Burch: Todd curries disfavor, again

Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 9:05pm
By Michael R. Burch

Curry Todd has redefined irony.

How very convenient for the state representative — arrested earlier this week and charged with DUI and possession of a handgun while under the influence — to not admit that he personally, and unwittingly, demonstrated that a bill he sponsored has been rendered sheer folly.

After all, it was Todd who spearheaded the 2009 legislation that allowed people with handgun permits to carry their weapons into establishments that serve alcohol — naïvely assuming they wouldn't drink. Even though police and prosecutors opposed the bill, it passed and survived then-Gov. Phil Bredesen’s veto.

During the debate over the bill in the Tennessee State Legislature, Todd assured his fellow lawmakers that the burden would not be on restaurant owners but, rather, on individuals. Todd’s reasoning was that gun carriers would be extra cautious and conscientious, knowing that if they were caught, they would lose their gun permits permanently.

But it seems the bill's sponsor wildly overestimated the personal ethics of inebriated individuals, including himself. It turns out that people who drink excessively — duh! — don't generally exercise good judgment. We must ask: Will Todd now give up his handguns forever, or is that just another pipe dream?

Todd posted bail of $3,000 and was released from jail Wednesday morning. He then released the following predictable statement:

"Let me begin by saying I am deeply sorry for the events of last evening. On the advice of legal counsel, I have decided not to make any public comments about the situation at this time."

Todd first drew national attention last year when he compared pregnant illegal immigrants to “reproducing rats.” Not surprisingly, the comment caught the attention of late-night comedians, who had a field day by skewering the man for his offensive and simpleton-like utterance. Once again, those comics are bound to have a good laugh at the expense of Tennesseans.

But as long as we keep electing politicians like Curry Todd, what should we expect? Cheers? 

Michael R. Burch is a Nashville-based editor and publisher of Holocaust poetry and other “things literary” at www.thehypertexts.com.

88 Comments on this post:

By: Captain Nemo on 10/13/11 at 11:35

It seem like that every time a law maker passes a silly law, it blows up in there face. Todd give us a good reason why driving under the influence of alcohol and carrying a gun is not one of the smarter laws passed. By him driving while under the effect of alcohol he could have cause an accident and killed or injured others. He could have gotten into an argument with someone and tried to persuade is point at the end of a gun. Or had the gun taken from him and used on him.

Drinking and driving is not good and so is drinking while carrying a gun. It could of have been worse and I glade it was not.

By: dargent7 on 10/14/11 at 5:12

Best point made is the onewhere these legislators think the gun carriers won't drink.
Why go into a bar? The terrific food? Atmosphere? Low, low prices?
These ya-ho's mowed the lawn earlier in the day and had a brew.
Probably 4.
Add in their meds and it's a recipie for disaster.
So far no one's been killed....so far.
But, Todd's crime was driving drunk. The car as a weapon exceeds a S & W .38
The gun in the car isn't as big a deal to me.
But, where's he'd get loaded? At what bar did overserved him?
Again, what was his BAC level?

By: treehugger7 on 10/14/11 at 6:23

Oh, the irony! This fool needs to resign immediately! In fact, everyone who voted for guns in bars ought to resign. It's only a matter of time before something much worse happens. Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert will have a field day with this. Why is it we only get national coverage for idiodic politicians?

By: govskeptic on 10/14/11 at 6:54

The residence of Collierville are waiting with batted breath for the
Nashville reaction to their having elected a Republican? Now that
they are reading our resident moral authority on the subject in a clear
and totally unbiased way, I'm sure they will find a sober and tee-totaler,
2nd amendment hating, sinless Democrat to vote for in 2012!
After all, we all want the approval of the press & television comedians!

By: dargent7 on 10/14/11 at 7:04

gov: The guy was as drunk as a skunk.
Driving a motor vehicle.
The loaded gun in the car was just gravy.
How'd the police even find it?
Cannot the moron hide it under the seat?
Or, in his shorts? The cops would think he was just happy to see them.

By: gdiafante on 10/14/11 at 7:10

The man could've killed someone, but hey, it happens...right?

It's disgusting how people defend the indefensible because of a political belief.

By: serr8d on 10/14/11 at 7:24

Oh! Burch!

This certainly reminds me of your post on *Democrat* and State of Tennessee House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rob Briley (D, Drunk) who:

*Led police on a high-speed (over 100MPH) chase through 3 counties, felon-evading-arrest;

*After being installed in the police car (AFTER he called the cops HITLER!111!11!!!!), he then kicked out the back window of the vehicle;

*After all of that, DEMOCRATS rallied to his SUPPORT!

But you didn't, of course. You posted that he should immediately step down, and give up his seat. Which he didn't, of course.

Right?

Hypocrite.

By: serr8d on 10/14/11 at 7:27

The hippies get to stay in Zuccotti Park.

But I still think they need baths...

http://twitpic.com/6znp4a

By: dargent7 on 10/14/11 at 7:30

Briley was drunk. He submitted to a breath test and blood sample.
This Todd, refused. So, his attorney will get him off because there's no evidence he was drunk.
Both were and are humiliated.
Todd will loose in the next election.
Unless, of course, the typical Tennessean moron shows up and just pulls the R lever.
Like yourself, for instance.

By: Loner on 10/14/11 at 7:36

Good morning, Nashville!

I love the headline. Mike Burch nailed it, once again. Mr. Curry Todd, the ex-cop is about to become an ex-lawmaker (if there is any justice), an ex-permit holder and a former driver...of course, Todd will be able to drive to and from his house of worship....let's hope that he does not worship in a gun shop or bar.

This topic has been played out, IMHO...this was the topic of at least one NCP news item and it was used twice as an up for debate topic. This thread will be all we have to work with until Monday, I suppose.

It's odd that growing Cannabis will get you more fines and jail time in TN than DUI-DWI and-or carrying a firearm while intoxicated. Which is more dangerous to the general public, a drunk driver with a loaded gun, or a Cannabis farmer?

Tennessee has a long, long way to go.

By: dargent7 on 10/14/11 at 7:44

BTW: None of this is on any National news program.
When Larry Craig got arrested or Mark Foley, or a Kennedy, a Hollywood cleb., it was National.
This yo-yo is way under the radar.
"A rep in Tenn. got arrested for drunk driving...AND he had a gun..."
"No shit?" "A gun?" In Tenn.?" "No way...."

By: Loner on 10/14/11 at 7:46

Serr8d, my old friend, with all due respect, sir, if anyone or anything needs bathing, it is your worldview. Time to scrub that right-wing manure off your face and take a wash cloth to your cerebral cortex...you have been ingesting BS. Time to wash that brain and get the fecal cooties out of your nether regions.

Once you have washed, rinsed and sanitized your mind, you can don the robes of righteousness....I'll lend you one of my spare robes...it's immaculate, of course.

Cleanliness is next to godliness, Serr, and you certainly aspire to godly heights.

By: sidneyames on 10/14/11 at 8:04

"He could have gotten into an argument with someone and tried to persuade is point at the end of a gun. Or had the gun taken from him and used on him."

"coulda, shoulda, woulda": But didn't happen, so what's your point?" Not relevant data. The facts are the facts. And he will face a trial - or plea out - or, or, or. However, he is one in thousands who have carry permits. His situation is not the "norm"; it appears to be the exeption to the rule since more of these situations are not occurring.

There are many more unregistered, unlicensed, illegal and criminal people caught on a daily basis. He is just someone who had an "error" in judgement, not your normal, run of the mill criminal (LOL).

Have fun bashing each other today. Hey Serr8d and Yogi - have a great day.

By: Loner on 10/14/11 at 8:16

They take your driver's license, if you are DWI-DUI, even if you did not cause an accident; they should revoke the carry permit and seize the weapon(s) if found drunk and with a loaded firearm within arm's reach, or on your person, even if you did not shoot anyone.

Same logic, if "coulda, shoulda, woulda" applies to driving a vehicle, it certainly should also apply in the case of packing firearms. Guns, motor vehicles and alcohol just do not mix well.

By: Loner on 10/14/11 at 8:23

Serr8d left a link to a photo of "dirty hippies" supposedly occupying Zucotti Park:

http://twitpic.com/6znp4a

That photo is old and it was not shot at Zucotti Park. Check the clothes and hairstyles...also, most telling, nobody in that photo is talking on a cell phone...the link is pure BS....something we have come to expect from our manure-spreading plowboy.

Plowboys can be very gullible; they've been around the stink so long, they can't smell the stench....but hey, we need the dairy products.

By: dargent7 on 10/14/11 at 8:26

Sid: The salient illegality was Todd was driving drunk.
The cops had probable cause to search his car for liquor, beer (they smelled alcohol), or drugs.
Then they find the gun.
It happens all the time on "COPS" tv show.
It just adds to the charges.
He's an ex-cop so will lose his gun permit for 5 years.
Should lose his DL for 1 year.
The fact that he's a lawmaker, a Tenn. Rep., championed a law allowing guns in bars, is irrelevant.
Maybe loose his his pension too, but I don't think so.
Perry Mason, over and out!

By: serr8d on 10/14/11 at 8:34

Heh. Of course that's an old Woodstock file photo, Loner (you were there, right? I see you toking a number, right there in the foreground~!) with Zuccotti Park masterfully dubbed in at the top.

But, hippies are hippies, no matter where you find them; they all need baths

A shame there were no fire hoses. I guess the patchouli soap shipment didn't arrive in time... )

By: yogiman on 10/14/11 at 8:36

Just wondering, you all are making your comments about Mr. Todd man drinking (a) bar(s) and getting drunk.

How many of you were with him? Did you get drunk with him or just sit there enjoying yourself thinking: Yeah, this damn Republican lawmaker is gonna git drunk and we can slam the hell out of him with accusations?

You make the remark he 'could have killed someone' in an accident. Are we to presume no one will ever be killed in an accident caused by a reckless driver, like some of you could possibly be?

Or are you all such nice peaceful outmates (not in prison) you are never responsible for anything in a negative fashion?

My main point is; was he drinking in a bar or at a private party. Or just sitting in his office and overdid it thinking about some legislature he must consider? Let's put the facts on the table, children, you don't know, do you? So its okay to throw you comments into the wind.

Grow up, children. You're adults now physically so fill your skull with adulthood.

By: serr8d on 10/14/11 at 8:40

Rob Briley did much more damage. Felonies included fleeing across three counties at speeds in excess of 100 MPH; kicking out the back window of a police cruiser.

OH! Why, calling the cops HITLER!!1111!111!!!1 should've gotten his Monday Night Football-viewing privileges revoked for a lifetime!

But Dems loved him. He was not kicked out of the Tennessee State House. Democrats closed ranks around him. Why was that?

Todd has already resigned from a State 'Firearms Task Force'.

But, even after 200 deaths (including 2 US Agents killed) Democrats still refuse to consider "Fast and Furious" as the huge scandal it really is. Eric Holder must resign; Barack Obama is not immune to this, as he was kept informed. (what did he know, and when did he know it?).

I'd much like to see Issa get Holder quickly, then simmer BHO over open indictments for the remainder of his term.

Ahhhh, the smell of burning Democrat in the morning~!

By: yogiman on 10/14/11 at 8:49

serr8d,

Holder was only operating on the orders of Barry Soetoro. They, and all others with them, should be brought to trial for treason.

I would argue their purpose for that little episode is to take the Constitution a little more and rebuke our 2nd Amendment.

By: Ingleweird on 10/14/11 at 8:59

@8utterknife:
Saying the Occupy protesters' messages are irrelevant because they are hippies, is a fine example of an ad hominem fallacy. Please stop being so fallacious and go felate yourself instead.

What's the ugliest part of your body?
I think it's your mind.

By: BenDover on 10/14/11 at 8:59

We debate the degree to which we must submit to the state without discussing whether we should submit to the state. This is only news because a stupid restriction was imposed in the first place. Mr Todd neither blasted nor crashed into anyone.

I suggest a No Harm No Foul amendment to the Tennessee Constitution. We can call it the George Jones amendment in honor of the time tested tradition in Nashville of just dodging him and flipping the finger rather than dialing 911. Then maybe we can get our per-capita incarceration rates in Tennessee down with the likes of Syria, Russia and China.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/14/11 at 9:06

By: sidneyames on 10/14/11 at 8:04
"coulda, shoulda, woulda": But didn't happen, so what's your point?" Not relevant data. The facts are the facts. And he will face a trial - or plea out - or, or, or. However, he is one in thousands who have carry permits. His situation is not the "norm"; it appears to be the exeption to the rule since more of these situations are not occurring.
*****************************************************************

Our very own drunken gun totting lobbyist comes to Todd’s rescue. Her morning breath smells of alcohol and gun power and around her neckline is a necklace made of Bud Light bottle tops.

He is not just one in a thousand; he spearheaded the drive to legalize guns in bars. Now after this little incident I wonder if he was not just looking out for in own interest in the first place.

By: dargent7 on 10/14/11 at 9:06

Not so fast.
Have him do a Republican, "Circle Dance" in the Nashville airport's Men's Room.
Or, fondle male pages.
Then deny you're a homosexual.
At least Clinton was straight.

By: Loner on 10/14/11 at 9:14

Serr8d admits the photo was bogus; there may be hope.

I was in Uncle Sam's Army when Woodstock took place..stationed in Moehringen, Germany. We never heard about it, the Armed Forces Radio Network never mentioned it. Some new recruits finally came in and told us about it. I got out in Nov. 1969... a sea change had occurred; when I went in the war was popular; when I got out, it was losing popularity fast...the tipping point had occurred.

As for Holder and Obama, all I can say is Obama is a reneger. The war on drugs has intensified under Obama and Holder is seriously cracking down on the medical Cannabis dispensaries in states with Medical Marijuana laws. The prohibition industry must have yanked Obama's chain last June...he got his mind right now, boss....the guy's a friggin' reneger! He' tap dancing to a different tune than when he was campaigning for the presidency.

Holder is pumping guns into the Mexican drug cartels while simultaneously busting the medical marijuana dispensaries in the US...Holder's a friggin' reneger too.

I'd vote to throw these renegers out of office; but the alternatives are even worse...I may sit out the 2012 election...we are screwed folks.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/14/11 at 9:20

I have driven home plenty of times with one or two bottles stuffed down my bra and have never hurt anyone. Unless you count the time old man Smith died of a heart attack replacing the mail box I hit coming home from the bar one night.

BuddyBee Itch.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/14/11 at 9:21

Loner-

Why would we expect serr8d to have the real photo of what is going on in Zucotti Park? He gets his news the same as Fox does, out of the trash dump behind some porno shop.

By: Loner on 10/14/11 at 9:21

Ingleweird hit the nail on the head. Serr8d used the ad hominem attack, because that's all he's got to go with. Good call.

By: Loner on 10/14/11 at 9:25

LOL, Cap'n. You got that right.

Ben Dover has a point....underneath that tin-foil headwear....(JK)

"No harm, no foul"? I kind of like that idea....sure I was drunk, but I didn't harm anyone, or anything, so what's the big deal?...I want exoneration, if not compensation. Hmmm....

By: Loner on 10/14/11 at 9:30

In case of topic burnout:

We could shift the topic to the alleged Iranian "plot" to bomb the Saudi Ambassador while dining in a Washington, DC eatery and then bomb the Israeli and Saudi embassies.

I smell a false flag operation here...anyone else catch a whiff of that?

By: Captain Nemo on 10/14/11 at 9:31

By: yogiman on 10/14/11 at 8:36
My main point is; was he drinking in a bar or at a private party. Or just sitting in his office and overdid it thinking about some legislature he must consider? Let's put the facts on the table, children, you don't know, do you? So its okay to throw you comments into the wind.
Grow up, children. You're adults now physically so fill your skull with adulthood.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

It does not matter where he was drinking. What matters is he was driving under the influence and caring a gun. Gee the fringe nuts go into frenzy when embarrassed by one of their own. Now flush your head.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/14/11 at 9:31

B/T/W yogi the only point you have is your head.

By: BenDover on 10/14/11 at 9:32

A no harm no foul amendment would go a long way toward putting government back in its rightful place, Loner. We could focus on people who actually do harm rather than the remote potential to do harm. I'd think you could appreciate the idea.

By: Loner on 10/14/11 at 9:32

This used car salesman-Iranian agent character could invoke the "no harm, no foul" defense, right Ben? Nobody got hurt...no biggie.

By: BenDover on 10/14/11 at 9:33

Was it a sting, Loner? I think I remember hearing an early story that it was but that would undermine the whole meme about it being this huge anti-terrorism success.

By: dargent7 on 10/14/11 at 9:39

"Obama is a reneger..."
Really?
I think everyone who wants this godamn, "office of the president" is in for wake up call of their lives.
All these GOP baffoons who think they can turn around this ship, "The USS America Titanic" are crazy.
Perry? Listen to his wife?
"I saw the burning bush...Rick saw the burning bush..."
Mormonism? John Smith saw God AND Jesus in Wyoming.
Guess what? A couple of hits of acid, and I saw the Beatles performing at Birdgestone Arena.
Anyone wants these two morons in the White House?
We already had two Texans in there. Wars, lies, then more wars.
GW Bush is dumber than a box of rocks. Has the moral compas of a convict.
Perry? Romney?
Obama has at least the intelligence to direct this thing somewhat straight.

By: BenDover on 10/14/11 at 9:40

I mean, if you bait him into becoming a terrorist and then catch him for being a terrorist, have you really advanced the cause? are you adding value? or are you just inventing positive press?

By: yogiman on 10/14/11 at 9:41

I'll ha ve to admit, dargent7,

Billy Boy was the best damn democrat liar we've had in a long time. Then along came Barry Soetoro to take that honor away from him.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/14/11 at 9:44

By: BenDover on 10/14/11 at 9:32
A no harm no foul amendment would go a long way toward putting government back in its rightful place, Loner. We could focus on people who actually do harm rather than the remote potential to do harm. I'd think you could appreciate the idea.
…………………………………………………………………………………………..
A person that does harm today was a person that could have done harm yesterday. Try again Ben.

By: BenDover on 10/14/11 at 9:49

It's just a different paradigm Nemo. The heat has been turned up slowly on us and now we're frogs at full boil and asking for more. That's not what made America special and it's a large reason why we're less and less special as time goes on.

By: Loner on 10/14/11 at 9:49

It was partly a sting, Ben, as I understand it.

Seems like this used car salesman owns property in Iran and holds an Iranian passport. While in Iran, he allegedly made a deal with his cousin, in the Quds force, to hire assassins, to kill the Saudi Ambassador and bomb some embassies.

The used car salesman contacted the Zeta cartel with a job offer. The Zeta drug cartel (Mexican) contact man was actually a DEA agent who reported the snuff job offer to the feds. They told him to play along, he did.

The used car salesman-Iranian agent (alleged Iranian agent) received 100,000 dollars, as a down payment on the 1.5 million hit job, from the Quds force in Iran...so the story goes...the car salesman then transferred the money to the undercover DEA agent. That's when the bust went down.

Following the money will be the key here; but do we trust the money trail detectives? I don't.

Notice how these US lawmakers were the first to call for action against Iran, as a result of this incident and check out who their paymasters are:

http://maplight.org/us-congress/interest/J5100

A lot of good and fair questions are being asked...this smells like a false flag operation. More holy war at Israel's behest? This is getting a little tiresome for old Uncle Sam...all this heavy lifting for apartheid Zionism is breaking the old man's back.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/14/11 at 9:53

Want to bit this was too hard for yogi

By: yogiman on 10/14/11 at 9:55

dumba..,

Where did you get the idea he was "carrying" a gun? Was it attached to his body, or was it on the seat beside him as noted in the officer's report?

So how can he be claimed to be "carrying" a weapon if it wasn't on his body?

And do you know you're going out to drink every time you "stop in a bar" to have one? Or do you run home to leave your gun before you go out drinking?

By: Captain Nemo on 10/14/11 at 10:00

s/h/b bet

By: BenDover on 10/14/11 at 10:03

Could be a false flag... It's not a fed-originated sting though so on face the outrage against Iran seems legit. if, in fact, Iran did orchestrate it.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/14/11 at 10:04

The fog thickens in yogi head. Go flush old boy.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/14/11 at 10:05

Loner Ben
Who ever it is, it was a stupid plan.

By: yogiman on 10/14/11 at 10:07

dargent7,

You keep slamming the door in Bush's face. You have repeatedly posted about Bush having us in two "wars". Well, as an apparent Barry Soetoro lover (by calling him Barack Obama) can you please explain why Your Barry Boy now has us in six wars? And was any of then approved by congress? Don't think so. Which one was because of possible harm to our nation.

I understand the "guvmunt" has educated you children through their communist education system so you might love it when Barry makes a full takeover.

Thirteen months. I can't wait to see.

By: bfra on 10/14/11 at 10:08

Nemo - After brrrrk's comment, yogi is still trying to figure out how to count to 21 with his pants down! He can't find the (1). LOL

By: BenDover on 10/14/11 at 10:08

Did we burn the informant in the Cartel?