Up for Debate: The year in Nashville's (strange) stories

Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 10:05pm

Looking back over the year, what have been Nashville’s quirkiest or perhaps most embarrassing stories of the year?

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62 Comments on this post:

By: yogiman on 12/27/11 at 11:15

My answer to that question: The many co-posters on NCP insisting Barry Soetoro is the President of the USA. Why? If Barry Soetoro was a true American legally in the Oval Office, why would he be so willing to spend unnecessary millions of tax dollars to take so many "vacations"? Why not just take his family in one plane instead of placing his family in two different flights, crews and security?

By: tomba1 on 12/28/11 at 2:52

slut strut ! PERIOD ! but not all of them could have one !

By: dargent7 on 12/28/11 at 4:51

Passing the guns in bars, where 68% of "the people" didn't want the godamn thing is criminal.
Tenn. coming in #1 for "Corruption" was a good one. Fell to #2 for meth labs.
Always can be counted on to rank #47th or so in scholastic achievement just ahead of those egg-head states, Miss. Alabama. Good going, "the south".

By: dargent7 on 12/28/11 at 4:58

"yogi": I'm beginning to think you're onto something with your proclamation of having only half a brain.
Obama stayed behind in Washington because the bone-headed Congress almost shut the gov't down before Christmas and then wouldn't pass the payroll tax cut, extend UN-employment benefits, and demanded that Keystone XL Pipeline to be built.
Obama demanded they all stay in session until they could hammer out a deal. So, as symbolic, he had to stay behind too. Why penalize his wife and two kids for the actions of the gaggle of idiots called "Congress"?
Your Chimp-in-Chief spent $239. million a DAY in Iraq, for 9 years. Where were you bitchin' fools then about expense and money then?

By: Loner on 12/28/11 at 6:15

Good morning, Nashville.

Another year draws to a close and we reflect on the big stories in Nashville.

My picks for stories of the year include Curry Todd's DUI arrest in which the swerving lawmaker was found to have a loaded handgun on the front seat of his vehicle.

The couple who were busted for growing Cannabis in their bath tub and had to come up with $125,000 in bail money (each) also sticks out in my memory of Nashville events in 2011. A dope-sniffing cop caught the scent while on other police business....the guy is a human K-9 cop.

The way that panic-stricken Gov. Haslam sent in 75 SWAT team members to bust 29 peaceful"occupy" protesters at 3AM...4or 5 of which were undercover policemen...has to be one of the most memorable of ridiculous stories in Nashville during the past year.

We all got a laugh out of the Underground Railroad Quilt Art project....seems the people spending the taxpayer's money did not do their homework...the "quilt code" is just a myth...but that did not stop Jen Cole from going ahead with her pet project.....stuffing other people's money down an artistic rat-hole.

The Fairgrounds SNAFU, the food truck wars and Nashville's attempt to protect the GLBT community from job discrimination - reversed by Tea Party lawmakers at the state level - are also highlights from the past year, IMO.

By: dargent7 on 12/28/11 at 6:32

This just in...Tenn. is debating whether to allow the slaughter of horses for "horse meat".
What complete idiot would eat a dead horse?
Is they're any level "the south" won't stoop to for vulgarity, corruption, guns, incest, hypocrisy?

By: yogiman on 12/28/11 at 6:37


Christmas wasn't the only "vacation" Michelle took the children on a different plane.

And by the way, it seems to take only half a brain to be your superior in intelligence on the political issues.

By: Loner on 12/28/11 at 6:45

"Horse meat"? Why not...I mean, who hasn' t attended a donkey roast and enjoyed a hot, delicious piece of ass? It's not just for Democrats.

A juicy slice of horse's ass sounds mouth-watering.....in Tennessee.

By: yogiman on 12/28/11 at 6:45


Apparently you aren't old enough to know much about the past. Horse meat was eaten during WWII. Have you eve eaten 'possum meat? Snake meat? Porcupine meat?

What do you think about dog meat being eaten in Asian nations?

Okay, I understand, you don't understand it so you shouldn't eat it.

You need to grow up, young man. Learn to understand other people's thoughts and ideas.

By: Loner on 12/28/11 at 6:53

Stuffed horse schlong is a delicacy in certain cultures...the original $5 foot long?

By: Ummm... on 12/28/11 at 7:04

Curry Todd s#!t-faced with a pistol certainly ranks right up there in the "height of hypocrisy" category.

By: Loner on 12/28/11 at 7:25

Summer's over up here....the rain turned to snow...the temps took a nose-dive....the days may be getting longer, we passed the Solstice.....but old man Winter is just now moving in....he didn't get the memo.

Have skis...will skidaddle.

By: djarrell on 12/28/11 at 7:48

How about Ramsey giving his own staff big raises during the wage FREEZE?

How about a Metro official working part time with full time pay and ending up with a pension more than a school teacher's salary with a Masters Degree and 30 years experience?

Just wondering - if a marriage doesn't work out, could the couple get a refund of the "why must I donate for you to do the job you'are already being paid to do" FEE?

By: wataboutbob on 12/28/11 at 8:02

go yogi. You could have mentioned that horse meat is a common menu item in several European countries.

As far as ridiculous stories this year, one of them must be Dean's plan to use over a million dollars of leftover stimulus funds to provide professional training to marathon runners.

By: yogiman on 12/28/11 at 8:31

Well, they've got to learn how to put one foot ahead of the other, don't they, wataboutbob?

Yes, horse meat is well eaten in Europe. What about shark fin? That is a delicacy in some Asian countries. I even knew some people that ate polecats during WWII times. Never learned how that tasted. I just took their word for it as a delicacy.

It basically depend on where you're at as to what you eat. And who doesn't want to eat like the local folks eat where ever you're at?

By: bfra on 12/28/11 at 9:00

Trolls eat anything!

By: Moonglow1 on 12/28/11 at 9:03

Moonglow1: The Butts & Beaver "lawmakers". One was a birther who wanted President Obama to show his "long form birth certificate", the other debunked climate change using her "Aqua Net theory. " What a waste of our tax dollars.

Butts & Beaver epitomize the stupidity of the Tea Nuts.

Others on my list include Todd Curry careening down 21st and Blair drunk and with a loaded gun, Haslam giving his "executive" staff raises of between 12-40 % while cutting salaries for the rank and file and then blaming them for the cost of "big government", and the war on teachers, and passing the illegal voter I'd law and making it hard for the elderly, minorities, and students to vote.

Then there are all of the shootings in Nashville.

By: yogiman on 12/28/11 at 9:46


Do you think it's okay to have a photo ID for anything you need except your right to vote? Do you really want anyone to be given the "right" to vote without positive identity even though they aren't legally qualified, like illegal aliens? And how about someone using different names to vote at several different voting booths? Wouldn't fair votes be great in the USA?

By: yogiman on 12/28/11 at 11:21


i know it was a little early and your mind apparently wasn't working too well. I presumed you hadn't woke up before you made your comment , but you commented about George Bush spending 239 million a day in Irag for 9 years getting us deeper into debt. So, what is your explanation Barry Soetoro has placed our nation deeper into debt in three years than all presidents in office before him combined?

And by the way; George Bush was in office only 8 years, not nine. Barry insisted on getting in that door asap. And since he had been in office almost a year before the war began, let's knock his tenure in office during war was only 7 1/4 years....OK?

PS: Ever wonder why Barry didn't declare his oath to office correctly when being sworn in?

By: bfra on 12/28/11 at 11:34

I'll bet according to yogi & his smut sites, Obama doesn't use the correct color of ink to sign his name & wears the wrong color socks!

By: yogiman on 12/28/11 at 11:58


I honestly feel sorry for you. Your ignorance has to be self ordained based on your stupidity. But then, don't feel alone on this site. There's many others. And I'd bet they are all politically known as democrats.

Hang in there, though. You'll learn a lot next year.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/28/11 at 12:04

Hello all. I hope the Holidays was as good for you, as it was for me.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/28/11 at 12:08

How about his for the topic?

1- President Obama showing his Birth Certificate.

2- Palin teasing the faithful that she might run, while selling her book.

3- Bachman’s rise to the top of the polls, only o fall soon after.

4- Cain’s rises to the top while selling his book, only to have Perry spotlight his hanky-panky.

5- Perry’s rise to the top and then stumble at the debate.

6- Newt comes on strong only to be battered by Ron Paul.

7- Now we have Paul waving his finger at the rest. How long will it take before his nose shines?

By: yogiman on 12/28/11 at 12:27

When did Obama show his birth certificate, dumba..? I mean; his legal birth certificate?

By: Captain Nemo on 12/28/11 at 12:32

There you go with the name calling, yogi. Even at this time of year you can't call me by my call in name.

By: yogiman on 12/28/11 at 1:01

Captain Nemo,

As I have offered before, you get off of my back with all the innuendos you throw at me , and I'll stay off of yours. OK?

By: Loner on 12/28/11 at 1:10

I thought that we had a moratorium on name-calling in place here, until Monday.

Here's a sad story:


By: Loner on 12/28/11 at 1:14

From the Cheetah story: "Cheetah moved to the sanctuary around 1960, where he remained the most famous of its primate residents until his death. His interests included finger-painting, watching football and nondenominational Christian music."

Sounds like sufficient qualifications to run for the Republican-Tea Party presidential nomination.....the GOP had Cheetah, with his valuable name recognition, all those years and did not run him for public office...what a shame.

By: yogiman on 12/28/11 at 1:26

Captain Nemo,

With your Number one topic being Obama's birth certificate, may I put a couple of facts on the page.

In 1961, black Americans were known as Negroes, yet the "birth certificate" he showed gave his father's race as African. It also shows his father being born in "Kenya, South Africa". Kenya did not become a nation until 1963, 27 years after his father's birth, so how could such a claim be made in 1961 (foresight, perhaps?)? Kenya was known as the "British East Africa Protectorate" until 1963.

Barack Obama, Sr. could not have been born in the nation stated that did not exist at his birth.

The name shown on his "birth certificate" did not exist in Hawaii until 1978 when the two hospitals emerged. They were then known as the KauiKeolani Children's Hospital and Kapi'olani Maternity Home. The name changed to Kapi'olani Maternity and Gynecological Hospital in 1978 after they emerged.

By: wataboutbob on 12/28/11 at 1:53

Even most of us conservatives are tired of the continual haggling over BHO's birth . . . really mute at this stage of the game. Sorta like closing the gate after the horse is gone.

By: Loner on 12/28/11 at 2:04

Bob, Yogi suffers from Soetero Syndrome....nothing we can do for him....we ignore him when he goes into his birther ravings....poor bastard can't get past it...it's stuck in his craw, so to speak. Pitiable.

By: Loner on 12/28/11 at 2:08

Yogi was a big supporter of Herman "Sperman" Cain....that gave him cover on the racism charge....he likes Condi, Colin Powell and Clarence Thomas....the good Negroes...the well-behaved ones who carried water for the Republican Party and the Bush family....Yogi likes that kind of Negro, not the Obama kind.

By: Loner on 12/28/11 at 2:13

The three "C's" of GOP affirmative Action: Clarence, Condi and Colin. Role models for ambitious young black folks looking to climb to the pinnacles of power. Required reading for that ambitious group include Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Thom's Cabin"....and, of course, the King James Bible.

By: Loner on 12/28/11 at 2:35

My bad..."Uncle Tom", not "Uncle Thom"...the Grammar & Spelling police monitor these boards....staying clear of the law.

Where are Ben Dover, Serr8d, John Galt and the other right-wingers? I'd like to hear their lists of memorable 2011 Nashville News.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/28/11 at 2:43

Loner wataboutbob;

You would think if yogi believes this to be a conspiracy and this conspiracy was so wide spread that all of Washington was covering it up, that he would spend his time proving it to the world and not waste time with us.

Just thinking.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/28/11 at 2:45


There was an Uncle Thom that use to go around picking his nose in town.

By: bfra on 12/28/11 at 2:47

Loner - Good thinking! But without proof, yogi has nothing! From the article I read about Cheetah, yogi could have learnd a lot from him. Just saying! LOL

By: Captain Nemo on 12/28/11 at 2:57

Did you have a good Holiday bfra?

By: bfra on 12/28/11 at 3:10

Nemo - Really great. Alll the children were home, but a little white stuff (snow) would have been nice. Hope you did. also!

By: Loner on 12/28/11 at 3:19

Don't give the guy any ideas, Cap'n Nemo...we don't want to read about Yogi going to Washington....going out in a blaze of glory....consumed by Soetero Syndrome....blind with rage. Better he vent here, no?

We got the white stuff now, Bfra. Glad your Yule was cool.

Speaking of the late, great Cheetah, Tarzan's pet chimp, I'll bet that his finger painted "art" is now worth big bucks.....I'd like to own a Cheetah original...who wouldn't...I can see this coming on E-bay....."Cheetah Originals"....maybe auctioned off at Sotheby's?

By: Captain Nemo on 12/28/11 at 3:23

Was there a death certificated of Cheetah?

By: Loner on 12/28/11 at 3:26

Cheetah's resume/bio rivals that of Ronald Reagan? Both were beloved, retired Hollywood actors...both actors worked with members of another primate species (re: Bedtime for Bonzo)....both loved American football...both loved Christian music...both were artists...both were amiable and likable...and both lived a long, long time.

I never saw any footage of Cheetah's wife, so I don't know if the analogy goes any further.

May Cheetah and Ronald rest in peace.....Cheetah Oooongawa!

By: BenDover on 12/28/11 at 3:28

"Was there a death certificated of Cheetah?" lol nemo.

I went to a strip club in Atlanta one time called the Cheetah... I don't remember any hairy monkey's though.

By: Loner on 12/28/11 at 3:34

Cheetah's Birth Certificate seems to be flawed....the names, dates and serial numbers are suspicious....Cheetah may have been an illegal alien...his parents may have been born in Africa....how did that usurping chimp get a job in Hollywood in the thirties? Yogi may have more details on that...got any insider dirt on the chimp, Yogi?

By: Captain Nemo on 12/28/11 at 3:37

That is good to hear bfra.

I had a nice time with my daughter; however I left the book I was reading. I had misplaced it a year ago while I was in the hospital, but found it a week ago. I had to skim through it to refresh my memory, not I am going to have to wait some more. ;-/

By: Captain Nemo on 12/28/11 at 3:39

Let him go Loner. He could make a reality show out of looking for his birth place.

By: Loner on 12/28/11 at 3:43

I always wondered why Tarzan would name his pet chimp after a big cat....the cheetah. Any ideas on that?

By: Captain Nemo on 12/28/11 at 3:44

How you doing Ben, have a good Christmas? Tell what I would do if I saw a hairy stripper in a club anywhere, I would be headed for the exit.

Not that I have anything against hairy dancer. It is the guys that go for that kind of thing that bothers me. lol

By: Captain Nemo on 12/28/11 at 3:46

Cheap Hollywood writers, Loner.

By: BenDover on 12/28/11 at 3:47

I'm good nemo. Glad you are home safe from your travels.