Letters to the Editor

Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 1:38am

Too much to endure

Saturday, Sarah Palin was the keynote speaker at the “Tea Party Convention” held in Nashville. I would first like to state that I am very proud whenever Nashville is selected for any major venue, political or otherwise. But the very fact that Palin was selected as the keynote speaker shows that the Tea Party movement is not in danger of being taken over by the Conservative Republican movement, but that it already has been. Their true colors are being shown right from the beginning.

One of the first things that Sarah Palin did was to mention good southern barbeque and sweet tea. I found that interesting as I was left wondering whether she had actually had any since she and others had lobster at several hundred dollars per plate.

In fact, all of the attendees had to pay over $500 to attend. I seem to recall that several weeks ago a similar Democratic event was held in which both southern barbeque and sweet tea were served which was, incidentally, free of charge. We did not partake of any lobster, but we did have important keynote speakers.

As usual, Palin stated the expected platitudes toward those who serve our country in uniform. While that is always admirable, these conservatives always try to make it seem that only conservative Republican types serve in our military. Let me be clear, there are many liberal Democrats proudly serving their country in our military also. But Conservatives like Palin tend to forget that.

Soon after that she referred to “Alaska” as being a “beacon of hope” for the rest of the world. Well, at least that was her only gaff! But she went on to state that we need more than tough talk from the current administration while ignoring the fact that this administration has literally conducted more missile strikes against the terrorist threat than any administration before has done. 

And she invoked John F. Kennedy by stating that it should be recalled that “all of the world’s problems aren’t his [Obama’s] predecessor’s fault.” Of course, she forgets that during the previous administration everything was blamed on the Clinton administration. They can dish it out, but they can’t take it.

She mentioned TARP without recalling that this was a Bush administration “fix” for our economic problems, insinuating that it was all an Obama administration idea. And, of course, she was highly critical of TARP and stated that we are in the worst economic situation ever due to the consequences of Obama administration policies. Never mind Bush administration policies.

She mentioned annoyance with the national debt without acknowledging that it was the Bush administration that took us from a surplus back into greater national debt in the first place.  Republicans never made a single peep concerning the national debt while the Bush administration was in charge, but can’t shut up about it now as they insinuate that the Obama administration has somehow caused it all by itself. There is no thought to how bad this “great recession” might have been if the present administration had not taken measures to reign in the negative effects of the runaway conservative agenda.

Finally, she made reference to “liberal intolerance,” which is an oxymoron if I ever heard one. It is, in fact, conservatives who are intolerant of others, not liberals. And almost in the same breath she insinuated that liberals reject children with special needs, which I found particularly insulting since I happen to have two nephews with special needs, one of whom, I am very proud to say, is a Freemason and a Shriner and has been elected as chaplain for Hendersonville Lodge this year. 

If Palin wishes to insinuate that Democrats like myself reject those with special needs then she should come to understand that we accept people no matter who they are and believe in providing them with opportunities as they grow and develop in their lives. We are not solely focused on the yet to be born, but acknowledge and support those already born as well.

In the end, the chants encouraging Palin to run for President of the United States of America were just a bit too much to endure. I implore the American people to thoughtfully consider what it would be like for this nation and their families if she were to become the most powerful person on this planet. Do you really want that? Think about it.

John M. Browder, 37211

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293 Comments on this post:

By: Captain Nemo on 2/9/10 at 9:56

By: girliegirl on 2/9/10 at 9:49
Gdia, the streets are clean but wet out here in Hermitage. Wonder how much tax $$$ this is costing us by "not" attending school.

The reason schools close in Nashville, is because of Joelton and Goodlettsville. Both have school and children are in a higher lavation and the road can be dangerous. This is way they close all schools

By: dargent7 on 2/9/10 at 9:58

I really thought that one would go over you girl's head's.

I remember the Ms. asking, "how much are we expecting tonight?"
I said, "One to two inches". Problem was we were in Hawai'i and it wasn't even raining.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/9/10 at 10:01

Speaking of real snow, my first trip to Detroit there was about 4 inches (sorry Paul) on the ground and roads. We took a trip into Windsor, Canada and I was amazed that snow was much whiter in Windsor than in Detroit.

By: girliegirl on 2/9/10 at 10:02

Seems crazy to me, but what if this weather pattern continues? At some point, couldn't Metro try a different approach?

By: dargent7 on 2/9/10 at 10:05

Cpt. Nemo: Is that a racist comment? "You know who" will be all over you. And if you listened to The Beatles "White Album" in "whiter snow than in Detroit", you're finished as a poster.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/9/10 at 10:05


If we continued to have as much snow as we are having then the city would have to consider changing their snow plans and buying more equipments.

By: Funditto on 2/9/10 at 10:07

gg, then you'd balk at metro spending all this money on snow removal equipment when it never snows here... snow days are built into the calendar each year and cost us nothing. I guess you don't remember the day a few years ago when they didn't close schools and kids were stuck on buses - some as late as midnight - cell service was overloaded and it was a nightmare!

By: Captain Nemo on 2/9/10 at 10:07

Don't even think about it Paul. ;- (

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 10:07

girlie, i don't think they want the legal liability if a bus runs off the road.

By: dargent7 on 2/9/10 at 10:10

GG: I've only been here in Tenn. for 3 years. Every winter it has snowed, closed all the schools, and paralyzed the state. Whether or not Al Gore is correct about "climate change", this state cannot handle SNOW. Maybe next year it's 60 degrees in Jan/ Feb., but for the last three it's "10-20 degrees below Normal"....

By: MamaG on 2/9/10 at 10:16

Darge, that joke was a little limp...LOL

I've lived here all my life and can remember growing up with great snows every winter. I remember sledding for hours and having the best time! I don't know how people survived way back when we had "real" snows. I remember walking to the nearest place to buy beer when it was about 20 below zero one January. It was probably around '86? Can't remember the date...we had a good foot of snow/ice on the ground then.

By: Funditto on 2/9/10 at 10:16

D7 - it used to snow way more than that here. People who live don't get any practice driving in it, so it's safer for everyone to shut down. Even transplants from the north loose their skills and wreck. I've seen it hundreds of times. Snow days don't hurt anybody! And best of all, we get to sleep in - what's so bad about that?

By: Loner on 2/9/10 at 10:16

Back home now, my opening posts were sent from the Java Junction in historic Brockport, NY.

Thanks for the link Pain, I'll check it out.

Yes, Girliegirl, we have Widmer's available. I'll bet that you are a fan of ice cold Crackling Niagara...that bubbly, effervescemt, sparkling, white wine made from the Niagara grape. That high-spirited and vivacious varietal will induce smiles and giggles at any gathering of wine lovers.

If I can be of service, please contact me by visiting my blog. Just Google new_york_loner, I should be the first hit on page one.

It is both sad and strange that Gov. Bredesen seems to have lost all of his boyhood affiliations and connection with his "roots". One might think that a man from the Finger Lakes region would appreciate the benefits to people in both NY and TN, if New York wines were made available in the Volunteer state. Mr. Bredesen is from Shortsville, NY...about 60 miles from where I now sit.

I must admit it, I was surprised to learn that our wines are not available in your state....this will not stand! I now have a new mission.

Tennesseans, it is time to uncork New York!

By: dargent7 on 2/9/10 at 10:16

And it was snowing last night around 7:00pm, really pretty, and the CLOSED school notices appeared on TV. Luckily, it stayed at 32 deg, rose to 34, and just rained. But, the schools remained CLOSED.
In Michigan we never had ONE day of a school closure, EVER.
What's with the "bus driver's discretion" crap? Like a bus driver wants to make that call? I've got nothing against bus drivers, but aren't they the equivilent to plumbers?
Not exactly the sharpest tools in the shed.
I feel real sorry for parents who have to arrange baby sitting or take time off work to accomodate the brats staying home.

By: Funditto on 2/9/10 at 10:17

I'll join! And I don't even drink wine!

By: Captain Nemo on 2/9/10 at 10:18

I was in Augusta, GA many years ago when it snowed. It wasn’t much, but it was enough to cause over 200 car crashes. I watched as people in cars could not travel the slightest hill.

By: gdiafante on 2/9/10 at 10:21

I think you guys are crazy. Except for the snow/ice a few weeks ago, we haven't had a measurable snow here in years.

Spending millions of dollars that this state doesn't have on snow equipment because we get one measurable snow every six years is ridiculous.

By: dargent7 on 2/9/10 at 10:21

Fund: As a kid, I'd love the day off of school. But, as a parent, you've got to make arrangements for the kids. You cannot leave a 5,6, 7,8, 9 year home alone.
So, as a parent, you have to find a sitter or take off work. Am I missing something?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 10:22

has anyone else noticed that sid is gone but girlie girl has shown up?

By: Captain Nemo on 2/9/10 at 10:23

You said the dirty word Blanket. NO SOUP FOR YOU TWO WEEKS.lol

By: gdiafante on 2/9/10 at 10:24

You're right Darge, but given the trend in the last few years, parents should know that schools systems have a quick trigger finger and they should have arrangements in place.

Our daughter starts school next year and we've already got plan B for winter.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 10:24

two weeks is too kind!

By: dargent7 on 2/9/10 at 10:24

MamaG: For the record, that "one to two", was fully erect.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/9/10 at 10:26

At 10:22 I was in bed asleep and you all are talking about me.- you know who

By: dargent7 on 2/9/10 at 10:30

gdia: Just look at the Eastern Seaboard...another round of 2 ft. on top of the 2 ft. they got 2 days ago. This SNOW here in Tenn. ain't real SNOW. And it's goint to continue like this all week....25 lows to 38 highs. Is Hawai'i a left or right turn on the 40E?

By: Captain Nemo on 2/9/10 at 10:32

By: dargent7 on 2/9/10 at 10:24
MamaG: For the record, that "one to two", was fully erect.


By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 10:34

Ron Reagan calls Sarah Palin a "clown" in light of Palin's Facebook comments about the Obama

By: Loner on 2/9/10 at 10:35

You're easy, Funditto....you are in!

Any other lover's and/or friends of the vine out there?

We have regional exclusives like Niagara (white grape) and Concord (red and white grape) varietals...we have excellent ice-wines...our Champagnes are world class. NY varietal red wines, like the Cabernet, Pinot Noir and Merlot are not as well established here. For now, California beats the Empire state for good value cabernets, IMHO.

The Chilean cabernets are excellent buys, they are superior, IMO, to the California product.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 10:36

Loner, do you dabble in Spanish reds? good buy for the $$.

By: Funditto on 2/9/10 at 10:37

D7 - we KNOW that? OK? If Michigan were ever hit with 100 plus degree temps and the humidity and bugs we face every summer, they'd think it was armageddon.

By: house_of_pain on 2/9/10 at 10:37

If there's alcohol involved, you can count me in.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/9/10 at 10:37

In Hawaii the weather forecast is taped once a year. Low in the 70’s High in the 80’s. Clear in the morning and rain late evening.

By: MamaG on 2/9/10 at 10:41

By: Captain Nemo on 2/9/10 at 10:32
By: dargent7 on 2/9/10 at 10:24
MamaG: For the record, that "one to two", was fully erect.


Agreed, Capt! Darge, I was only speaking of the Joke...

Loner, count me in, as well.

By: Loner on 2/9/10 at 10:41

House of Pain is now in, congratulations, you are one of the Founders.

Spanish reds? Notlately, BN. What do you recommend?

Let me get this straight, are you saying that wines from Spain are allowed in your liquor stores, but New York wines are not? If so, that is an outrage.

Are California wines available to people living in TN?

Please, enlighten me.

By: Funditto on 2/9/10 at 10:43

I held my nose and looked at Palin's facebook page. Every post is a criticism of Obama offering no solutions whatsoever. Like I said, if she is elected, America will get just what we deserve - we'll go straight from teleprompters to crib notes on hands.

By: dargent7 on 2/9/10 at 10:43

Well, if you KNEW that, you'd have some serious snow removal equiptment, and salt trucks. There were 300 accidents last week, and the temps will be the same this week. You DO know what Einstein said, right?
The kids are NOT getting any smarter here, I think Tenn. ranks 44th out of 50 in the brain dept.
When staying at home, they're playing video games and downloading porn. They're NOT reading World Book. That's for certain.

By: MamaG on 2/9/10 at 10:43

This doesn't make sense to me, either. Do any of you know why NY wines are not sold in TN? Did I miss something?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 10:44

well, i just haven't seen any NY wines in the stores i shop. i'd love to try some! i'll try to see if i can find any here locally.

Red Guitar is cheap and goes well with pizza. it's a red zin.

By: sidneyames on 2/9/10 at 10:44

By: dargent7 on 2/9/10 at 9:58
I really thought that one would go over you girl's head's.

I remember the Ms. asking, "how much are we expecting tonight?"
I said, "One to two inches". Problem was we were in Hawai'i and it wasn't even raining.

This one is going in my book under the title of "black calling kettle white". D7, is that the wife that left you?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 10:22
has anyone else noticed that sid is gone but girlie girl has shown up?

Thanks blanket. I was on at 7 a.m. but was waiting for someone to call me up and invite me. Thanks so much.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 10:45


oops, it's not a red zin. my bad.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/9/10 at 10:45

Yes they are, Loner. I have even gotten wine from Australia.

By: sidneyames on 2/9/10 at 10:46

Letter today is great. Sort of seems like follow up to Paul's great letter yesterday. (yes I said Paul and great in the same sentence).

I have a serious question. Who, in the past, has run for President or VP, LOST and then ran again and Won?

I know I could research, but that would take all day. So someone, anyone, most everyone smarter than I, would you please tell me?

I'm thinking you can't lose one year and then 4 years later win. I'd rather someone else runs next time.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/9/10 at 10:46

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By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 10:46

i like some south african wines too.

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By: Captain Nemo on 2/9/10 at 10:49

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By: Loner on 2/9/10 at 10:49

OK, MamaG is in at the Founder level. I salute the fortitude exhibited here.

We may need the Gaylord to host our Uncork New York event.

Will homeless winos wander in to sample the fare? I say, so be it...we'll put the NY Muscatel over to one side, for their sampling pleasure. A few barrels of fortified NY wine will embolden the masses to demand their NY wines....pitchforks and torches will be provided, along with simple maps to the statehouse and bunker.

This could be big.

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By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/9/10 at 10:52

fortified wine - lol! can you get night train up there?