Letters to the Editor

Sunday, October 4, 2009 at 10:56pm

Seeing double… standards

Not that we’re lacking in evidence of double standards.

But it is remarkable, with as many similarities as exist between the circumstances of an extortion attempt over David Letterman’s adulterous affairs and those of resigned state Sen. Paul Stanley, how different the reaction was from local media.

Tony Gottlieb, 37077




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81 Comments on this post:

By: dooley on 10/5/09 at 1:34

This letter is almost too stupid to comment on . I don't think David lettermans problems could not potentially harm the people who watch him through his dishonesty as Stanley potentially could because he is a representative of the people who trusted and elected him and Letterman is not
If Stanley had have been a commedian I would agree that there should have had equal coverage given . But then who even knew stanley?

By: eastnashville37207 on 10/5/09 at 2:59

What's stupid is the people trusting any of these politicians and this goes for both parties.

By: Loner on 10/5/09 at 4:54

Good morning, Nashville!

I agree with Dooley, this LTE is almost too stupid to comment on. Tony Gottlieb just doesn't get it, elected officials are held to a higher standard of morality than comedians are are held to... 'twas ever thus.

It's the hypocrisy part that chafes. Unlike Dave Letterman, Replican State Senator Paul Stanley tried to portray himself as a paragon of virtue, as he pandered for the Christian right's vote. This is the guy who wanted to ban gay couples from adopting children and he was an opponent of Planned Parenthood, because he believed that unmarried people should not have sex.

Stanley was poking an intern whose husband was servng a prison term. Apparently, Stanley wasn't her only boyfriend. Stanley should be checked for STD's, he probably eschewed the use of condoms. A dose of clap would be poetic justice for this phony moral crusader.

Yes, both Letterman and Stanley were extortion victims, as a result of their illicit sexual activity, but that's where the smilarity ends. Letterman never claimed the moral high ground, Stanley did.

By: Funditto on 10/5/09 at 5:44

Mr. Letterman is a private citizen who happens to have a job hosting a late-night talk show. Mr. Stanley's job was given to him by people who voted him into office. Big, diff, Tony.

By: dargent7 on 10/5/09 at 5:51

According to my sources...Letterman was UN-married at the time. In fact, his current wife was a former staffer. The exposure for "Dave" that could of made trouble for him was that he was a "boss" and the pages/ staffers worked for him. Someone might of sued for sexual harrassment. But, like Bob Barker's girls, one who did sue, and lost, because it was consentual. I assume "Dave's" girls were consentual as well.
Boy, is today going to be a bore. Let's get OFF topic as quickly as humanly possible.

By: Funditto on 10/5/09 at 6:07

Anyone catch FAUX New's "The Truth About Acorn" this weekend? LOL!

By: Loner on 10/5/09 at 6:18

Amen, Brother Paul. What's your pleasure?

By: Loner on 10/5/09 at 6:19

The Titans and the Bills have some work to do. (Monday morning quarterbacking here,)

By: dargent7 on 10/5/09 at 6:38

Loner: Between you and me, I always thought this Paul Stanley was the lead singer for KISS, and wondered how the hell he got into politics.
I thought he wanted to "one-up" Gene Simmons for that "Family Jewels" nightmare,

By: sidneyames on 10/5/09 at 6:59

D7, you are right; Letterman was single. The women he slept with were consenting and I bet they wanted to climb the ladder in the business or become Mrs. Letterman. That's probably why they didn't file lawsuits. Everyone came out a winner! Well, sort of. And now David has egg on his face after making fun of so many others. My guess is that he'll turn it around and make fun of himself. After all, we're not laughing AT him; we're laughing WITH him. Men watch out: You're all targets for one reason or another and that's scarey!

By: dargent7 on 10/5/09 at 7:25

Sid"V": Letterman might have to answer to the CBS brass about why he finds it necessary to sleep where he eats. But, answering to Ms. Letterman might cause him more pain. They were living together, not yet married, having a child, good luck in explaining that one. Suprised TMZ/ People Magazine/ National Enquirer hasn't uncovered "these women" yet and they're not on The Today Show. Maybe mid-week.

By: Loner on 10/5/09 at 7:26

Lawyers smell blood in the waters that Letterman swims in...big bucks, sexual harrassment lawsuits may be in the offing. Hey, that's the USA today...we are a nation of, for and by the lawyers. Everybody hates them, until they need one.

By: dargent7 on 10/5/09 at 7:40

Loner: We could pile on the Titans which would bring us to pg. 2
Then, pile on Obama for going to Copenhagen to schill for Chicago....pg.3

By: Loner on 10/5/09 at 7:54

There's always an appetite for the "4G nutwork (sic"): God, Guns, Gays & Guvmint (and, of course, fruitcake).

By: Loner on 10/5/09 at 8:00

Google news has a pair of stories that caught my interest a 37 year-old woman was klled by her pet bear and a 74 year-old woman in Florida was killed by a pack of raccoons.

Are humans part of the food chain?

By: house_of_pain on 10/5/09 at 8:13

Fruitcake season is quickly approaching.
How many should I put you down for, d7?

By: sidneyames on 10/5/09 at 8:28

I wonder if he was living with his now wife during his escapades. Maybe he was still truly "single" when he was sleeping around. My guess is that his now wife will forgive him; after all, she's Harry's mom and the beneficiary on his insurance (probably), and with his heart, maybe she won't have to wait long. I like Jay Leno. He seems to be a real down to earth "faithful to his wife" kind of man. Like I said "men are targets" whether married or not.

By: dargent7 on 10/5/09 at 8:29

d'pain": Fruitcake season already? And I'm still in Nashville? Let's see....did add a shed in the back with sliding doors. Does GrandMa "House" have a special formula/ recipie for aluminum door stoppers? That stuff I bought last winter is still in my duodenum. I'm going to charge somebody rent.

By: dargent7 on 10/5/09 at 8:31

Sid"V": I beg to differ. I only WISH I was a target of a woman's affections. Would a "bulls-eye" help?

By: dargent7 on 10/5/09 at 8:35

Nothin' is cuter than a baby raccoon. That woman's karma has to be the worst I've ever heard of. She must of came at them with a blow torch in a clown suit.

By: house_of_pain on 10/5/09 at 8:37

Granny's got something up her sleeve this year.
She asked to borrow a centrifuge.

By: slacker on 10/5/09 at 8:50

pain, as long as she wants it for peaceful purposes let her have it.

By: dargent7 on 10/5/09 at 9:32

d'pain: Any mention of "yellow cake"?
And those borders she took in, names like Mohammed and Saihib. I'd look into it.

By: Loner on 10/5/09 at 9:46

My house is shaking. My dog is nervous. A roofing crew is up there, stripping off the old shingles, repairiing rotted boards etc. They're young and spry, they should have the whole job done in a single day. I had some overhanging tree branches removed too. This ain't gonna be cheap...but I can now put the drip pans away and repair the ceiling tiles as needed. This old shack is almost paid off, now the big ticket repairs are coming due, you can't win.

House shaking or not, I'm manning my position at the console. Go ahead, Nashville...

By: slacker on 10/5/09 at 9:52

Loner, remember Rosemary Clooney's version of This Ole House?

By: pswindle on 10/5/09 at 10:04

The difference is that Letterman was not married during his sexual activities and and Stanley was. Stanley preached family values and Letterman did not.

By: Funditto on 10/5/09 at 10:07

Loner, did you have "wind damage?" Around here, everyone has "wind damage" and after a nominal deductible, homeowners insurance foots the bill for any and all roof repairs.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/5/09 at 10:31

that didn't work for me, Funditto.

By: Loner on 10/5/09 at 10:34

I do remember that tune, kind of an upbeat hymn. No wind damage, Fundit. A tree branch did hit my Honda car a few year's back, auto insurance covered it. The roof was old and winter's not far off, it had to be done.

By: Funditto on 10/5/09 at 10:45

Me either, blanket. But I tried.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/5/09 at 11:06

seems like every other house on my street had "wind damage" except for me. huh.

By: chiefpayne568 on 10/5/09 at 11:11

Just to change the subject --- I wonder if Obama will be getting a new commanding general for Afghanistan?

Barack Obama furious at General Stanley McChrystal speech on Afghanistan

I sure sounded to me like Gen. McChrystal was being called on the carpet.

By: dargent7 on 10/5/09 at 11:36

Chief: McChrystal said we need 40,000 more troops NOW, or we'll loose the thing.
So, he painted Obama into a corner no President wants to be in, and that's any corner.
If Obama drags his feet, and says, "No", we will get slaughtered over there, like the 8 on Saturday. We've been there 8 years, to Iraq's 7, and there's nothing to show for it. Except dead soldiers and a trillion dollar price tag. And puppet gov'ts that are paper thin, spineless, and on the dol. These people will NEVER stop fighting for our removal....it's their home(s). Call them the Taliban, al-Qaeda, "insurgents", rebels, whatever...it's their home. We do not belong there. Pull 'em ALL out.

By: house_of_pain on 10/5/09 at 11:36

Blanket, does your insurance cover Wing damage?

By: Funditto on 10/5/09 at 11:43


By: chiefpayne568 on 10/5/09 at 11:47


Question. If we pulled out of Afghanistan...and the Al Qaeda took over that country and then created training sites for terrorists and then shipped them into this country...would we be responsible for that?

By: Funditto on 10/5/09 at 11:50

Sounds a little like some of the posts that show up here....


By: house_of_pain on 10/5/09 at 12:02

Fun, I work with 2 Japanese guys & a S. Korean...I have to decipher that kind of s**t every day. It's unbereevable.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/5/09 at 12:07

house, no my insurance doesn't but my shrink does.

By: house_of_pain on 10/5/09 at 12:09

Listening to Wing voids the warranty on my stereo.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/5/09 at 12:09

it voids the warranty on my crystal.

By: chiefpayne568 on 10/5/09 at 12:18


Wouldn't listening to Wing be a complete void, as in a total vaccum?

By: house_of_pain on 10/5/09 at 12:21

Are you saying Wing sucks?

By: chiefpayne568 on 10/5/09 at 12:24


And blows...amazing, isn't it?

By: dargent7 on 10/5/09 at 12:27

Chief: The key words you said, "Shipped them to this country"....2 levels at work here..while we're still having 135,000 in Iraq, killing "them" daily, but still sustaining casualities, and marching into Afghanistan...there was that NYC bomb plot uncovered by the FBI and some 19 year old wanted to blow up a building in Dallas yesterday. Seal the borders, enforce immigration status, enforce VISAS, use the Patriot Act to evesdrop. There is no need to invade and occupy the middle east. They will come at us for all of eternity, either there, or here. Here is more diffilcult. Make the bastards work for "death to America".. They have no problem with dying for their "jihad". Americans want to live to see another day, their wives, children, family. These guys don't care about all that. They want to see Al'lah. There is no end in sight, no goal posts, no "we won". You military guys are stuck in a High School football game. "We can win coach...I just know it" mentality. Not in the middle east.

By: chiefpayne568 on 10/5/09 at 12:52


My point was, if they come back over here in a few years and do more damage, that would be ok then? Or are you assuming that we will have our borders secured? Because frankly, I haven't seen either party even try to get that done.

BTW, my point about our borders being open as was shown by the fact of the recent capture of a terrorist. Granted we caught this one...but how many more did we miss?

You REALLY think it'll be all that hard for them to come here to attack us? They've already been doing it...just not so much for the last few years.

Ah well, whatever. We'll end up fighting them one way or another anyway.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/5/09 at 1:14

By: Loner on 10/5/09 at 9:00
Google news has a pair of stories that caught my interest a 37 year-old woman was klled by her pet bear and a 74 year-old woman in Florida was killed by a pack of raccoons.

Are humans part of the food chain?

We always have been Loner. If we should until our bodies comes to a stop, then we become worm food.

By: Dragon on 10/5/09 at 1:34


I can understand if Obama's a bit ticked that McChrysal is making speeches without "clearing it" with the White House, but don't forget that the general is not just the US commander but the commander of all 168,000 UN troops. I hope the politicians don't screw up the military operations.

By: Dragon on 10/5/09 at 1:35

Mea Culpa ---- should have said NATO troops.

By: slacker on 10/5/09 at 1:52

I think we should start worrying about packs of raccoons, wearing black leather jackets, flashing gang signs, preying on the elderly, raping and pillaging the lowly Opossum. Be afraid, be very afraid.