Up for Debate: Super Tuesday issues for Tennesseans

Friday, March 2, 2012 at 3:18am

What are the top issues for Tennessee voters headed into Super Tuesday — economy, debt, gas prices, health care, unemployment, Syria, Iran? What will you consider most at the polls Tuesday?

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84 Comments on this post:

By: bfra on 3/2/12 at 10:00

Rasputin72 - I will agree on that, I learned mine, mainly from my parents. To me, the best in the World, but far from rich. However, their children never wanted for the needed things. Most of our politicians could have learned a lot from them.

By: Rasputin72 on 3/2/12 at 10:48

LONER.....There is no question in my mind that you were a delight for all of your mail recipients.

Humor takes a lot of the hostility out of years of building our bias.

By: BenDover on 3/2/12 at 10:57

"I see, if the economy approves, Obama gets no credit...if it goes bad, he gets all the blame....that is your usual response, Ben"

I've supported my position Loner. Your dismissal is without merit.

By: Loner on 3/2/12 at 11:14

Ben, you dismissed the four sources that I provided...all contradicting your "wrong direction" allegation....now you accuse me of dismissing your dismissal....of course, you'll dismiss my dismissal of your dismissal.

BTW, I corrected "approves" to "improves".

Rasp, they all loved me, until they got their neighbor's mail by mistake...or a wet newspaper...or if I ran over their beloved, but decrepit mailbox....or whenever I bit their dog....but, yeah, most of the time the postal patrons loved the lone one.

By: yogiman on 3/2/12 at 11:37


Do you have any Tennessee kinfolks? This could be one of your kinfolks carrying my mail. It isn't every day, but its way too often I get my neighbors mail.

Which makes me wonder; is he getting mine?

By: Loner on 3/2/12 at 11:50

Yogi, of course he is getting your mail too....we used to call it our "Get To Know Your Neighbors Program", (GTKYNP), it's our way of trying to enhance community cohesiveness and promote brotherly love.

Just get a Sharpie marker and write, "NOT HERE, ASSHOLE!!!" on the envelope of the misdelivered piece and then put it back in your mailbox, with the flag up.

You can also scribble stuff like, "CAN'T YOU READ??!!" on the envelope and circle the name or number with that Sharpie marker...to really rub it in the carrier's face...and to insure that when it finally gets delivered properly, the addressee will know that the piece may have been buggered.....by an asshole.

By: Loner on 3/2/12 at 11:53

One caveat, Yogi....your mailman could go postal, if you follow my "advice"...you have been warned.

By: Loner on 3/2/12 at 11:56

I may have "kinfolk" in Tennessee, Yogi, my great-great grampa fought with the union army....he sowed some wild Southern oats...according to family legend.

By: Loner on 3/2/12 at 12:17

In interview, Obama says he’s not bluffing on Iran, warns against premature strike by Israel

My comment:
1:10 PM EST
Obama claims he ain't bluffing...if there's gonna be a war, he'll do the bunker stuffing and the people snuffing....Bibi can do the huffing, the puffing and the bluffing.....Obama will do the stuffing and snuffing.

If interested, join the discussion here:


By: yogiman on 3/2/12 at 12:28

Interesting; Is Obama planning to strike Israel if they don't follow his orders? Will such strike be with the consent of congress of will he just do it on his own, thinking; To hell with congress, they aren't following my wishes anyway.

By: pswindle on 3/2/12 at 12:33

I can't understand why any woman would be for any of the GOP candidates because of their views on women's health and the disrespect that they have toward women. I keep thinking, these men have wives, and they stand by their man with a look of disbelief on their faces.

The white men of this country cannot take it because we have a black president. He is doing a great job on every front, and it is more than their southern or any pride can take.

I rest my case with the insult of Rush. He should be taken off the air and sued for at least 100M for what he said about the law student that testified in Congress on birth control, and now we have a Circuit Court Judge in Montana that makes an awful remark about our president. He needs to be taken off the bench.

By: yogiman on 3/2/12 at 12:46

I understand your understanding, pswindle. But I think you should open your door and look outside every once in a while.

If the "white" men were against Obama because of his race, how in the hell did he get "elected" with only 12% of the population being of his race?

Now, understand, pswindle, that is of the total population of the nation, not the percent of the eligible voters of the nation. Impossible? That is, unless he used bunch of votes from people that don't exist.

By: Mike Burch on 3/2/12 at 12:57

The real question in the upcoming general election is this:

After the GOP has blasted its legislative guns at women, the elderly, the poor, the sick, teachers, union workers, gays, legal immigrants, non-Christians, et al., who will vote for Republican candidates for any office, much less the presidency?

The only people who will vote for people targeting them for destruction are religion-addled voters who ignore the fact that Jesus, the apostles and Hebrew prophets all called for the rich to help the poor, rather than oppress them.

While it's a shame that such a large percentage of Christians praise the name of Jesus while advocating social and economic Darwinism, hopefully 50% of the people who vote in the general election are not complete morons.

If our nation elects someone like Santorum, we have clearly lost our national marbles. If we elect Romney, as a nation we are still in the throes of prejudices that cause us to cut off our nose to spite our face, because the GOP's prime directive remains warmongering and making sure the rich don't pay their fair share of taxes.

How anyone with a brain can even consider voting for Republicans until they come to their senses is beyond me. A clear majority of votes going to Democrats would suggest that we are coming to our senses as a nation, finally.

By: yogiman on 3/2/12 at 1:33

An odd way of thinking, Mike. Are you inserting the Republican party should be abolished and we should all become Dumbasscraps? (Excuse me, I meant Democrats)

I believe the nation has advanced more through the Republican party that it has through Democrat party. Q

Questions: What party allowed slavery to enter our nation? What party abolished slavery in our nation? What party was so well known for the Ku Klux Klan?

I agree, the rich can and should help the poor, but it depends on what made them poor. If it was because of a devastation of any kind, yes, give them a helping hand. But if it's because they are too damn lazy to work, then no, they do not deserve to be "helped".

By: BenDover on 3/2/12 at 1:57

I didn't dismiss your sources loner. I simply disagree with your conclusion about these stories and how they relate to any, so called, accomplishments by Obama.

If anything he's along for the ride with his hand on the regulatory and uncertainty coaster-brake all the while running up my grandchildren's credit card.

By: dargent7 on 3/2/12 at 2:03

pswindle: Right on the money.
All these white men screw like rabbits. 90% screw white women. The other 10% are closet homosexuals that deny gay's their rights.
Yet, they deny women contraception, health care, and their dignity.
If these guy's prostates started to expand and then explode at age 40 for lack of a medicine, these SOB's would pass legislature TODAY providing free gland pills for all men. As a preventative health measure.

By: BenDover on 3/2/12 at 2:13

I don't think Jesus advocated government putting a gun to someones head, stealing their earnings and using it to buy political favor with a voting block either ignorant or morally bankrupt enough to accept it there Burch. There is no such thing as government altruism as it requires taking from one person to provide for another.

Maybe my bible is not the same as yours though; but I do so enjoy the way you use something you don't even believe in to try to hammer your point. Alinski #4 I think.

By: yogiman on 3/2/12 at 2:29

Well said, BenDover, but I believe you was mistaken.

Following so many of Mike's posts before, I do think he is one who believes what he's posting. No? Possibly. But then why is he so repetitious in his issues and points?

By: BenDover on 3/2/12 at 2:48

I don't think Burch is calculating in all of this. I think he's just aping his college professors who, too, were aping their predecessors all the way back to the Frankfurt School movement that realized their end would require a certain means of tapping into key human emotions that had been kept well in check by our Judeo/Christian cultural influences and values.

By: yogiman on 3/2/12 at 3:01

The saddest part, BenDover, Mike isn't alone on this site.

By: Loner on 3/2/12 at 6:03

I just saw the weather reports...hope everyone is safe down there.

By: yogiman on 3/2/12 at 6:16


Want a show to watch for the weekend? Go to www.youtube.comwatch?v=HlZrVomkf3E
and let me know what do you think of it.

I can recall much of this in my lifetime and if you aren't knowingly on the road to communism it hopefully might wake you up.

By: Mike Burch on 3/3/12 at 1:23

I'm not "aping" anyone, and my college professors stuck mostly to education. I majored in computer science, which is essentially the study of logic.

I just say what I think myself, based on a study of the facts and the application of logic. That's how computer programs are written. We know that "garbage in" yields "garbage out."

But such things have no attraction for people like Santorum and Gingrich. Who needs facts or logic, when politicians can appeal to the irrational beliefs of millions of religion-addled yokels? So rather than contraception, the GOP favors women being forced to breed like rabbits. Rather than equality, we have the Israeli tail wagging the US dog, which means war with Iran for no possible gain to ourselves. Rather than gun control, we have guns in bars and public parks. And so on.

Every idea spawned by American "people of faith" is a step in the wrong direction. Is the Holy Spirit stupid, or are human beings fooling themselves about the origins of their "wisdom"?

By: BenDover on 3/3/12 at 6:12

Having been in the computer field for the last 25+ years myself Burch I've done my share of programming so I'm quite aware of logic. One thing I've learned though is that it's not the end-all in that my immediate assessment of the constants and variables at hand don't always lead to the best decisions. Often times when you look at a program someone has done (or even you yourself have done years earlier) you have that 'what was this idiot thinking?" moment and start to gut the program in favor of a better way to do it... only to rediscover along the way that it was done the way it was for good reason.

This respect for 'precedent' fully applies to life as well in that experience in society's evolution has largely informs us through culture and mores what works and what doesn't. The long forgotten lessons of failures and mistakes of the past are sewn into society and we ignore their influence upon everyday life at our own peril. Instead you suffer Youngman's disease... arrogantly approaching life....calling intelligent and experienced people idiots while you yourself have not yet learned how little you know.

By: yogiman on 3/3/12 at 9:01


You seem to be the most knowledgeable man over the nation's questions on this site so I have a question: What do you you think of Sheriff Arpaio's staff's findings that Obama's birth certificate is a fake?

Consider now, these men are all retired career investigators in the law enforcement business. Were they lying or did they make their findings just because they are just all anti-Obama investigators?

Also, how did Obama find the time to go on a Oprah TV program to talk about his BC, but he can't seem to find the time to enter a federal judge's courtroom to talk about it?

By: bfra on 3/3/12 at 9:58

Saw that Cain is in Nashville campaigning for Newt. Now that is a "birds of a feather", for sure. Maybe they swap available women's names in different Cities, on the campaign trail.

By: yogiman on 3/3/12 at 11:37

As long as he isn't campaigning for your boy Barry.

By: bfra on 3/3/12 at 1:18

Off your rocker again! I don't know any boy's named Barry.

By: yogiman on 3/3/12 at 3:33

Ah, yes you do, bfra. He's going by the name Barack Hussein Obama. He really has you fooled, doesn't he?

By: Loner on 3/3/12 at 7:11

Yogi One-note

Yogi could only sing one note
And the note he sings was this

Poor Yogi One-note
sang out with "gusto"
And just over-lorded the place
Poor Yogi One-note
yelled willy nilly...USURPER!!
Until he was blue in the face
For holding one note was his ace

Sing Yogi One-Note,
Sing out with "gusto" and
Just overwhelm all the crowd
So sing Yogi One-Note, out loud!!

By: yogiman on 3/3/12 at 9:24

Sorry, Loner,

I'm not as loud mouthed as you. There doesn't seem to be enough sensible people on this site that's able to see beyond their nose and see the barrel of s..t Barry Soetoro (going by the name Barack Obama) is throwing this country in. It looks like so many of them are being copy cats to you.

You're "gang" seems to be prepared for Barry's takeover. But If you aren't already in the program, I hope you're all ready for his takeover.

By: Loner on 3/4/12 at 7:45

Yogi...you poor man...while you dwell on this dead horse of an allegation...the real usurper of American power is coming to the US this week to address AIPAC...the America Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Israeli PM Netanyahu will address the potent pro-Israel interest group. All of the top GOP candidates will send a video message to the AIPAC crowd..it's an up-sucking contest.

The US President will address AIPAC today, Sunday, March 4.

AIPAC directs the candidates and the incumbents to the Israel lobby donors, AIPAC itself does not hand out the legal bribes, it basically chooses who will get how much and from whom...AIPAC directs the bribery but keeps its own hands clean.

Check out the facts here:


When the Prime Minister of a foreign theocracy is allowed to decide if there is to be a war with Iran, one that will surely suck the US into the fight, then the US Commander-in-Chief's role has been usurped by a foreign leader...that should alarm you more than any BHO birth certificate issues.

Netanyahu is the usurper, not Obama. Wake up, Paul...we've been had.

By: yogiman on 3/4/12 at 12:22


We agree on one thing; the members of our Congress should not accept "donations" from foreign nations or foreign citizens, but it has been going on since Israel "won their battle".

Candidates running for any part of our government should not be allowed to accept "donations" from a foreign government or a foreign citizen. My question on that point is: Who are they representing, us or them?

A common man today has no chance to a seat in congress unless they can convince a "donor" they're good for the job.

Donations for all offices should be restricted to the people of the district a Rep is going to represent. Donations for a Senate seat should be restricted to the citizens of the state they are going to represent and Presidential race should be restricted only to the citizens of the USA.

And for the birth certificate issue; It isn't going away until the facts are out. I know you haven't read what I've read.

Don't you think for one minute Obama would refuse to identify himself if he was in that office legally?

As I have noted before, being born with a Kenyan father his best status could be dual citizenship. He gained Kenyan citizenship in 1963 when Kenyan gained their freedom from the British Empire. By the Kenyan Constitution, he would have gained full American citizenship on his 21st birthday unless he made the declaration or Kenyan citizenship. Did he, or didn't he? Which way did he go on his 21st birthday?

Being born in dual-citizenship made him unqualified to become President of the USA.

By: yogiman on 3/4/12 at 9:17


Going a little bit farther down the road from above. What I stated in my last post was supposing Obama was born in Hawaii. Let's look at so many articles that have mentioned his being born in Kenya.

If he was born in Kenya, his mother could not pass her American citizenship down to him. He would have only received his father's British subject citizenship. When England released Kenya, he would have naturally gained Kenyan citizenship. Consequently, he could not gain American citizenship unless he became a naturalized citizen.