Letters to the Editor

Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 11:45pm

Networks dropped the ball

Once again [this time on Sunday, March 21] I was appalled when I turned to the local stations in an attempt to see the evening newscasts. As usual, I found that the CBS Evening News had been pre-empted by sports and that NBC News was as well. ABC News, on the other hand, had the good sense to show an actual newscast.

On this momentous day in history [with the passage of the health care bill], one might think that someone at CBS or NBC would have had the good sense to preempt their beloved sports in favor of the news. But, once again, we see that they believe that people playing with a ball is more important than our nation's future!

Kudos to ABC News, which truly carried the ball.

John Mark Browder, 37211

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254 Comments on this post:

By: house_of_pain on 3/22/10 at 1:36

MamaG, I made it to Sonic this past weekend. I would highly recommend the #2 combo, with a cherry-vanilla Sprite.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/22/10 at 1:37

cherry vanilla sprite is the bomb.

By: bfra on 3/22/10 at 1:38

That is all admirable to try, but they don't want the food, they want the money for a beer. Had a deal with a restaurant to give them a meal, never had the 1st one to show up and some times I would still be close enough to watch them walk right on by. But I still don't give them Money!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/22/10 at 1:40

bfra, i was cutting through downtown after going to the farmer's market and i saw someone with a will work for food sign. i gave him a piece of fruit and he chucked it at my car when i drove away. it was all i could do not to turn around and chew him out.

By: gdiafante on 3/22/10 at 1:40

I got 500 free business cards, printed "Paul D'argent: Mall Cop" on them and I hand them out to the homeless.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/22/10 at 1:41

i got 500 free business cards that say "D-Argent, Exotic Dancer"

By: house_of_pain on 3/22/10 at 1:42

Paul D'Argent: Man About Town

By: slacker on 3/22/10 at 1:43

Paul D'Argent escort service.

By: slacker on 3/22/10 at 1:45

Paul D'Argent: Men's Body wash

By: bfra on 3/22/10 at 1:46

Blanket: That was a good laugh for the day and I don't doubt that one bit.

I would give everybody my itinerary for the past week, oh he**, make that for a month, but then sid has already done that boring task.

By: house_of_pain on 3/22/10 at 1:46

Ha! Good one, slacker.

By: bfra on 3/22/10 at 1:48

Amazes me, the ones that want food or a ride and standing there holding a dog, sometimes, more than 1.

By: house_of_pain on 3/22/10 at 1:49

"house_of_pain: Dentist In A Can"

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/22/10 at 1:49

bfra, i'm about 5'0" and half Italian. so it would have been some short chick waving her hands around while yelling at a bum. i probably could've made it onto America's Funniest Videos.

By: gdiafante on 3/22/10 at 1:50

There seems to be a lot of "veterans" selling papers lately...

By: house_of_pain on 3/22/10 at 1:51

Blanket, my wife is half Italian, half Mexican.
We go through a LOT of shaving cream around here.

By: bfra on 3/22/10 at 1:52

Blanket: But if you got that Italian temper riled, he might have wished he had ate that orange. LOL

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/22/10 at 1:52

yikes, house! I'm half Italian, then part German and Irish. hell of a mix....i guess that makes me related to Hitler and Mussolini with a little IRA thrown into the mix.

By: slacker on 3/22/10 at 1:52

lol pain

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/22/10 at 1:52

bfra, i almost gave him an offer he couldn't refuse.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/22/10 at 1:54

thank goodness he didn't throw one of my roma tomotoes or all bets would be off.

By: slacker on 3/22/10 at 1:55

nazi, they already have crabs.

By: BenDover on 3/22/10 at 1:56

When I was in Biloxi last month to see my son off I ran across a guy sitting outside a convenience store in the corner by the dumpster with a sign saying "need help" or something like that. I went inside to get myself a six-pack and I got him 6 cans of potted meat, a box of saltines and a couple of chocolate milks. When I gave it to him he fell on it like a starving dog... kept saying, 'God bless you, God bless you".

Saw him the next day at the same little store buying smokes. I don't really begrudge him for it. I'm just another emotional melt-down away from living on the streets myself; and I'd probably want smokes and a beer when I could get them too.

Now that I’m down town I think when I get settled in I’m going to try to find a good street musian who I can pay to teach me the guitar… basic chords, etc. Anybody think that’s a bad idea?

By: MamaG on 3/22/10 at 1:56

Love Sonic, house!

Good ones you guys!

I've heard every story under the sun: I'm stuck in town; my car broke down; my baby's sick, I need formula; I need help paying my lights, water, phone, gas, because of _____; my motel won't let me stay one more night; blah, blah, friggin' blah. I'm very jaded when it comes to sob stories. I hear this crap every day and usually it's many times a day.

Blanket, I don't see how you kept yourself from running that person over who threw your food back at you. I don't know what I might have done but that kind of thing ticks me off so bad!!!

By: slacker on 3/22/10 at 1:56

VinnyT, please delete my crab joke.

By: gdiafante on 3/22/10 at 1:57

Hell, I'll teach you guitar chords if you buy me some beer. Not the cheap stuff either...

By: bfra on 3/22/10 at 1:58

house - Saw you post about our beautiful (smirk, smirk) art around town. Now that is something that every Nashvillian should be ashamed of! No art! No taste! Nothing but piles of junk that cost $$$$$$$$$! The Art Commission should be ashamed to admit having any connection.

By: slacker on 3/22/10 at 1:59

Ben, that will be great idea up until the time they rob you.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/22/10 at 2:00

too late, slacker! LOL

be careful, Ben. most of them are pretty harmless but some are felons hiding from the law.

By: BenDover on 3/22/10 at 2:01

You're probably right, slack. I really wish there was a way to help them. How did the South-Park kids get rid of the 'Change' zombies?

By: MamaG on 3/22/10 at 2:01

bfra, if you bought the dog food, that would be appreciated! By the "owner" food and they throw it back at you!

gdia, those are the papers the homeless people sell. I don't get it, don't know how it works or any of that but I've been tempted to ask how "they" can afford to print a newspaper when "they" have to panhandle to eat.

Ben, don't do it...if you need food, I'll feed you! (But you might find someone at Tootsie's.)

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/22/10 at 2:01

slacker, keep it up and i'll give you a new pair of shoes so you can sleep with the fishes.

By: Funditto on 3/22/10 at 2:02

Ben, I think it's a great idea.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/22/10 at 2:03

MamaG, a non-profit prints the paper, the homeless buy it for a very nominal rate then sell it on the corners to make money.

By: dargent7 on 3/22/10 at 2:03

They identified that douche bag who shouted, "baby killer"....a GOP from Texas.
The place that executes more retards than any other state, especially when GW Bush was Governor.
Then, Bush invades Iraq, killing how many civilians?
And this dick weed yells out in Congress, "baby killer" to Stupak?

By: bfra on 3/22/10 at 2:03

slacker - Watch out, there comes that Italian (sleep with the fishes) in play! lol

By: sidneyames on 3/22/10 at 2:04

By: bfra on 3/22/10 at 2:46
Blanket: That was a good laugh for the day and I don't doubt that one bit.

I would give everybody my itinerary for the past week, oh he**, make that for a month, but then sid has already done that boring task.

bfra, and I suppose you think Funditto's iteniary was the bomb! Oh well, I'll have to step up to the plate and get a life!

G, if you'll teach me to play guitar, I'll buy you a fricking brewery! I want to play songs on the gee-tar!

bfra, what? How dare you criticize that railroad track twisted up like art at the bottom of Broadway. The arteeest worked so hard to disguise it.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/22/10 at 2:04

if they're legit they wear a badge showing that they (the paper) paid a permit fee to distribute them. it's actually not a bad way for them to make some honest money.

By: dargent7 on 3/22/10 at 2:05

My business card says:
Paul D'Argent: I'm from Detroit, so I'm blacker than you, sucker!"

By: slacker on 3/22/10 at 2:06

I want a sit down VinnyT. Work this thing out.

By: BenDover on 3/22/10 at 2:07

I would be my luck I'd run across Epic Beard Man from Youtube and get my arse kicked.

By: gdiafante on 3/22/10 at 2:07

Sid, I'll teach you to play guitar if you drop and roll at the Predator game tomorrow night...

By: MamaG on 3/22/10 at 2:08

I had a homeless guy, in a wheelchair, tell me he would not go back to work again because he could make more money panhandling the streets. I was shocked and amazed that 1) he would tell me, a stranger, that and 2) he was serious. He lived in what they call Tent City. It was a very strange conversation. And, it was at the DHS office when he was telling me all this. He said he had a home in Smyrna (I think) that was paid for and he let his ex wife and kids live there. He could go back anytime he wanted to but he made more money on the streets than at an honest day's work. Stunning...

By: BenDover on 3/22/10 at 2:08

Paul D'Argent: Epic Beard Man

By: house_of_pain on 3/22/10 at 2:09

"I'm from Detroit, so I'm more unemployed than you, sucker!"

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/22/10 at 2:09

slacker, "Only don't tell me you're innocent. Because it insults my intelligence and makes me very angry."

By: bfra on 3/22/10 at 2:10

MamaG - The dogs always look well fed and cleaner than the person holding them.

By: slacker on 3/22/10 at 2:11

Kraut/Mick it figures.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/22/10 at 2:11

Mama, that sort of arrogance is stunning. I've seen people in my neighborhood selling their food stamps for .50 on the dollar. Brazenly, out in the open! that sh1t makes me mad.

By: house_of_pain on 3/22/10 at 2:12

Paul D'Argent: Dog Renter To The Homeless