Letters to the Editor

Monday, August 10, 2009 at 12:00am

Monday morning facial

When The City Paper came on the scene I had high hopes it would be different, and that [commentaries] would not be driven by a leftist agenda.

So much for hope.

Liz Garrigan’s column in which she basically mocks people of faith is a perfect example. I won’t be reading your rag again. Go the hell!

John Mallernee, 37215

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188 Comments on this post:

By: bnakat on 8/10/09 at 12:08

Based on the letter writer's closing exclamation, he probably did not finish his Dale Carnegie course. However, if his intent was to be terse, we would be compelled to give him a positive grade. As to his core message, a sampling of Liz Garrigan's commentaries supports a progressive bent. Her columns appear to be editorial, i.e. opinion pieces, rather than hard news. If they are expressive of "The City Paper" editorial philosophy, then John's dismay is understandable since he obviously prefers a more moderate, or perhaps conservative policy.

Actually, that which passes as journalism today is so blurred it often fuses with commentary. In a bygone era, a sharp distinction was drawn between the news and opinions about it. Now, ideologues seem unable to separate the two. It is important to note that those who hear or read reports often suffer from the same malady. Postmodern thought eschews objectivity. John will have to rely on the alternative media for his sources.

By: bnakat on 8/10/09 at 12:41

Note to Mr. D'Argent: The Executive Committee has recently been advised by our temporary monitor that you are remiss in your tutorial responsibilities. Rather than providing exemplary guidance to the intern, you have actually been off topic in many of your posts. Since you are the Chief MOP, we expect you to adhere to the strictest standards. Perhaps the intern was following your lead when she ran amok on a few posts last week. Please rectify the situation.

As before noted, yours is an unpaid position, but the measure of esteem that you receive from the others on the board for your normally stellar leadership is your reward. This is currently in jeopardy. Sincerely, The Director

By: dooley on 8/10/09 at 1:40

bn what's this silly stuff to D'Argent about ?

By: dargent7 on 8/10/09 at 4:20

Couple of quick points: The LTE, thank God, isn't about health care, but TCP chose this one to run? "Go to hell!"? I wonder if they edited it?
Mr. "Dooley": bnakat and I communicate in "code" in TCP much like "Scorpio" did with the police while he was the "Zodiac" killer. it's a very high level, sophisticated method of communication.
At the nursing home this is considered "fun".
I think "House" is onto us, but he's creating a super race of "Whites" in the lab, so he gets preoccupied.

By: house_of_pain on 8/10/09 at 4:53

The chair is against the wall; John has a big mustache.

By: Kosh III on 8/10/09 at 6:11

It's Clinton's fault!

By: CAH on 8/10/09 at 6:46

Got this in email this morning and felt all of you guys would like to see it. It is a powerful reminder, not only politicians, to all of us about where our roots are.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
This resulted from a Mom in Alabama asking her high school son to help with a commercial for the Tea Party she was involved in organizing. Boy, does it slam the message home. Very impressive. Here is her note:

"I asked Justin if he could help me make a commercial for my group's Tea Party. He sat down at the laptop for about an hour, and then brought this to me and asked, 'is this okay, Mom?'

After I finished watching it, my stomach was in my throat.

Everyone that I have sent it to has really enjoyed it, so I wanted my friends to see it. I am so proud!"

A very powerful video...turn up the sound, sit back and think...!!!

http://mrusofababy.multiply.com/video/item/18

By: dargent7 on 8/10/09 at 8:05

CAH: Where was your stomach and brains parked during Bush's faulty, 100% b.s. excursion into Iraq? You now get all teary eyed with the TEA parties but were silent during a bogus invasion? After a 7 year bloodbath and zero results for America, rising up against the Obama Administration gets your motor running. Pathetic.

By: Funditto on 8/10/09 at 8:25

Anyone see the scary commercials about "Socialized Medicine" this weekend. They were playing during the Titans game. As if health care isn't rationed now by big wigs getting fat paychecks sitting in a cubicle at the home office. As if seniors aren't already being marginalized and gouged at the drug store and each time they see the doctor? These are the same scare tactics used to get us in Iraq.
And it is scary.

By: house_of_pain on 8/10/09 at 8:39

Fun, did you get to see your rookie play?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/10/09 at 8:59

yeah, Fun. did you drink a beer too?

By: Loner on 8/10/09 at 9:00

Good morning, Nashville!

The heat and stifling humidity of late summer have finally arrived here, on the Erie Canal; we've had a cold and rainy Spring/Summer. Now folks will be complaining about that which they wished for.

As for John Mallernee's short and nasty LTE, I got a laugh out of the way this guy fancies himself a "Christian", while revealing his contempt and disgust. This righteously indignant, former NCP reader actually cursed the paper and its staff with his final vitriolic ejaculation, "Go to hell!"

Perhaps, the Felician nuns and Roman Catholic priests who taught me all about Jesus of Nazareth got it all wrong. They claimed that Jesus was an unarmed pacifist who eschewed violence, even in self-defense. He was God incarnate. and was called "The Prince of Peace". My mentors told me that Christ was apolitical and that His Kingdom was not of this world.

After listening to some of what is termed "Christian broadcasting", it appears to me that the so-called "Christin Right" has a far different view of the nature and mission of Jesus of Nazareth. That currently popular view is in direct conflict with my recollection of the Catholic description of the Savior.

According to these televangelists, radio pastors and online ministers, Jesus was a heterosexual, virgin stud, who packed heat, believed in a strong military and embraced the idea of a Jewish State in Palestine. They even claim that Jesus was a death penalty advocate.

These Holymen of the airwaves and internet ether would have us believe that Jesus of Nazareth had contempt for the poor, the ecosystem and organized labor.

Both of these opposing descriptions of the Redeemer of mankind cannot be true. Sadly, many "Christian" preachers are teaching dangerous heresy about the nature and mission of Christ. It behooves us to inquire who they are and why this is so.

In my opinion, our City Paper letter writer, John Mallernee, has been spiritually misled.

By: BenDover on 8/10/09 at 9:12

Anyone have a link to the Garrigan's article?

By: house_of_pain on 8/10/09 at 9:17

Loner, did you happen to see any National Geographic programming over the weekend?
Nothing but marijuana. I got a contact buzz just watching.

By: BenDover on 8/10/09 at 9:19

John does have a point though. The City Paper has swung a hard left since Clint Brewer departed. As much as I hated the little Napoleon he did throw a little much-needed balast against the hard to port list we suffer now.

By: brrrrk on 8/10/09 at 9:22

A "leftist agenda"? Here in Nashville? With all due respect to Mr Mallernee, he doesn't know what a real leftist agenda is.

By: Kosh III on 8/10/09 at 9:28

From the Post section
"Chattanoogan.com reported that Tom Owens, director of marketing and communications for the AFL-CIO's Building and Construction Trades Department in Washington, D.C., said Volkswagen is not living up to its promise of hiring locally in the construction of the $1 billion plant at the Enterprise South Industrial Park. According to the report, Owens also said many workers currently at the site are undocumented workers."

Illegal aliens and carpetbaggers. Gee imagine that. A dishonest business.

By: BenDover on 8/10/09 at 9:32

Loner... you should be ashamed... you turned Jesus into a strawman to launch an offensive against conservatives. Bad boy.

Conservatives don't hate the poor. We hate poverty and want to do something about it... and we know that pumping the wealth of society through an inefficient, often corrupt and politically motivated bureaucracy to do some politician's definition of good does nothing but create poverty and all the other ailments of society you note above.

Charity cannot be enforce by the muzzle of a gun the way our government portends it will do... charity must be individual and voluntary... otherwise it's stealing... stealing the hard earned wealth and stealing that person's opportunity to be charitable his/herself .

By: brrrrk on 8/10/09 at 9:35

Loner

"After listening to some of what is termed "Christian broadcasting", it appears to me that the so-called "Christin Right" has a far different view of the nature and mission of Jesus of Nazareth. That currently popular view is in direct conflict with my recollection of the Catholic description of the Savior."

Well said, and it is for this reason that I'm no longer part of the "Christian faith". I still believe in the philosophy; a philosophy, I might add, that transcends Christianity and is pivotal in most major philosophies.

By: brrrrk on 8/10/09 at 9:41

BenDover said

"Charity cannot be enforce by the muzzle of a gun the way our government portends it will do... charity must be individual and voluntary... otherwise it's stealing... stealing the hard earned wealth and stealing that person's opportunity to be charitable his/herself ."

"Those who want the dispositions to give, easily find reasons why they ought not to give." --Thomas Jefferson

By: gdiafante on 8/10/09 at 9:46

I love it...the LTE writer compains about someone expressing dissenting views on religion and he responds with "Go the Hell". I assume that NCP didn't correct on purpose...kudos to NCP.

I suppose that some people only want to read and hear what is compatible with their own ideology, and to hell with those who don't. VERY Christian, huh?

By: house_of_pain on 8/10/09 at 9:48

gd, sounds like you've got a case of the Mondays...we'll put you on the prayer list.

By: BenDover on 8/10/09 at 9:51

lol.. you're using Thomas Jefferson to support the idea of wealth redistribution via taxation?

By: gdiafante on 8/10/09 at 9:59

Yeah, I wouldn't use Jefferson unless you need to point out liars or hypocrites.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/10/09 at 10:06

charity being individual and voluntary....it simply just wouldn't happen, Ben.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/10/09 at 10:07

Ben, you remind me of the folks who want all "welfare" to come through churches, yet you don't get help unless you buy into their dogma.

By: CAH on 8/10/09 at 10:15

By: dargent7 on 8/10/09 at 9:05
"CAH: Where was your stomach and brains parked during Bush's faulty, 100% b.s. excursion into Iraq? You now get all teary eyed with the TEA parties but were silent during a bogus invasion? After a 7 year bloodbath and zero results for America, rising up against the Obama Administration gets your motor running. Pathetic."

That's your opinion. One I don't agree with but will defend your right to express it. Why won't you do the same.

"Since when has it been part of American patriotism to keep our mouths shut?" - Hillary Clinton 2006

"Dissent is the highest form of Patriotism" - Hillary Clinton 2006

"Blind faith in bad leadership is not patriotism" - Hillary Clinton 2006

By: Loner on 8/10/09 at 10:15

Thank you, Brrrk.

No, I missed it, Pain. Maybe I was part of the show; was their vintage footage of actual hippies? I want my royalties...in Acapulco gold, please.

Well said, Gd.

Ben, you old dog.....always up to the same old tricks. Now you are accusing me of exploiting Christ for political advantage - that's the time-worn tactic of the withering, right-wing, theocratic movement that you are so enamored of, Ben. The Judeo-Christian theocrats are waning in power, there is hope for peace on earth.

Shame on you, Doctor Dover....or should I address you as Rabbi Ben-Dover?

By: BenDover on 8/10/09 at 10:18

You've got to be kidding me, blanket. Charity does and has happened all though the history of man. The problem is that people have become warped in such a way to believe that it cannot happen except through government mandate, in which case, as I've already pointed out; it is not charity at all but, instead, stealing.

Stealing is on the top 10 list right up there with Murder, Adultery and Idol Worshiping. Jesus would not advocate the system of wealth redistribution we have today where people buy political power with the promise of redistribution other people's hard earned money.

By: brrrrk on 8/10/09 at 10:18

BenDover said

"lol.. you're using Thomas Jefferson to support the idea of wealth redistribution via taxation?"

I hate to tell you this, but Jefferson was a huge supporter of the redistribution of wealth, or in his case land. He firmly believed that any land owner that had more land than was necessary for his immediate needs should be made to give land to those who didn't have enough land.

By: brrrrk on 8/10/09 at 10:20

Blanketnazi2 said

"Ben, you remind me of the folks who want all "welfare" to come through churches, yet you don't get help unless you buy into their dogma."

Boy Howdee! Ain't that the truth......

By: Captain Nemo on 8/10/09 at 10:24

Good Morning Nashville

Still in Vegas and after reading this letter, I am brought back to reality, idgaf lives in my homwtown.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/10/09 at 10:24

Ben, hate to break it to you, but we are not a Christian nation. Give me a scripture that shows that Jesus would not advocate your "wealth distribution" idea. He said to pay Caesar's things to Caesar.

Capitalism is a good idea, but just like Communism, looks good on paper but doesn't work well in the real world.

By: house_of_pain on 8/10/09 at 10:26

Sit tight, Nemo, we're bumping you up to the top of the prayer list.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/10/09 at 10:26

I find it abhorrant that the church would allow people to starve and suffer if they do not buy into a certain dogma. And that is exactly what they do. Disgusting.

By: house_of_pain on 8/10/09 at 10:28

Could it be training, Blanket?
No treat until you do a trick?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/10/09 at 10:29

By: house_of_pain on 8/10/09 at 11:28
Could it be training, Blanket?
No treat until you do a trick?

Well, religion does like brainwashing folks.

By: Loner on 8/10/09 at 10:32

The proprietors of those tax-exempt Churches, Temples and Mosques ought to stick to saving souls, as opposed to lobbying for receiving tax revenues and constantly injecting their irrelevant views into the secular political debates that determine how these tax monies are spent.

If all men were angels, voluntary charitable giving would be so widespread that government would not need to concern itself with the health and well being of its citizens. All men are not angels.

Considering the fact that these theocrats believe in the fundamentally sinful nature of mankind, it is remarkable that, when it comes to financing government-run social programs, they suddenly have faith in man's inherent generosity, altruism and empathy.

That's situational ethics - Republican style.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/10/09 at 10:37

thank you, Loner. you expressed it much more thoroughly and eloquently than i did. 8~)

By: Captain Nemo on 8/10/09 at 10:41

The church is a good place for programing the weak of mind and for those that can't think for themselves. It doesn't matter what the religion is called. It is mind control for the masses.

For me the church should be a place where people can talk about their thoughts about God,life and what may lay beyoun this time we live in.

By: Kosh III on 8/10/09 at 10:41

Private giving is not always enough.

There was a huge outpouring of charity following Katrina. Almost 2 billion was given.
Estimates to rebuild NOLA are around 80 billion.

Good point Loner.

By: brrrrk on 8/10/09 at 10:43

Blanketnazi2 on 8/10/09 at 11:24

"Capitalism is a good idea, but just like Communism, looks good on paper but doesn't work well in the real world."

Unregulated capitalism is cannibalistic. First of all, a successful Capitalistic system is dependent upon a truly free-market... which is a literal impossibility because all things are never equal. That aside, a system that allows companies to buy other companies (their competition) until that one company becomes a functional monopoly is diametrically opposed to a healthy competitive economy.

By: Loner on 8/10/09 at 10:45

Aw shucks, BN, I'm blushing. Credit (or blame) those nuns for teaching me how to diagram a sentence and how to express myself using the English language.

I often bitch about the "brainwashing", I should give it a rest. Those ladies took vows of poverty, obedience and chastity, they deserve my love and respect. Now, I'm getting misty...

By: Captain Nemo on 8/10/09 at 10:50

brrrrk, You are going to get such a tounge lashinh form Ben.

However you are correct. Just like any religion/government, when controled by a few, it is that few that says how the rest are to live.

By: house_of_pain on 8/10/09 at 10:52

Loner, "getting Misty" is a carnal sin...please whack yourself with a ruler and throw a couple Hail Marys.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/10/09 at 10:56

Hey Loner house bumbed me to the top of the payer list, you are getting wacked. lol

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/10/09 at 10:57

Atheism is a non-prophet organization.

By: house_of_pain on 8/10/09 at 10:58

lol.

By: Loner on 8/10/09 at 10:59

Pain, thanks, I needed that.

In my tiny old school, bad behavior in the classroom meant tapping erasers after school. Needless to say, I got a case of "white lung" at a tender age. (Cough...Hack...Spitoouy!!)

Now, I take a palliative to ameliorate my perceived sufferings....(Cough...Hack...Spitooouy!!)

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/10/09 at 10:59

Group Of Rich People Wants To Pay More Taxes, Not Less
http://newsjunkiepost.com/2009/08/10/group-of-rich-people-wants-to-pay-more-taxes-not-less/

Funny that they aren't whining about "wealth redistribution."