Letters to the Editor

| September 23, 2010
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The Mosque

The Muslims didn't bomb the World Trade Centers. A couple of guys giving Muslims a bad name did. See the difference? Let them build their mosque anywhere they like. If the terrorists were Christian, there would be no question about whether or not a Christian place of worship should be placed near ground zero. See the hypocrisy?

Tamar Love

Memphis

Religions

Bruce VanWyngarden's editor's letter (September 16th issue) was a breath of fresh air. It's true, as the editor pointed out, that all religions — Christian, Muslims, or whatever — have their version of charlatan leaders, fundamentalist nuts, and "holier than thou" adherents who believe theirs is the only true religion. It's also true that nobody on this planet has any idea what happens after we die or what form God may take, or even if he exists at all. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" works for everybody.

Ronald Atkisson

Memphis

Count All Votes

On September 17, 1787, 39 delegates from 12 states signed the United States Constitution. However, it did not become "the supreme law of the land" until the people had spoken. Representation was the cornerstone of the new American charter, but it wasn't perfect.

Before lending his signature, Benjamin Franklin confessed, "There are several parts of this Constitution which I do not of present approve." Many citizens agreed, and four years later, in 1791, 10 Amendments were added. In order to maintain the people's faith in the system, our Constitution has been corrected 27 times, four of those dealing specifically with voting rights.

From federal to local levels, voting has become a sacred right, which sustains a belief in the strength of our union. Unfortunately, in Shelby County those beliefs have been threatened on two fronts (Politics, September 16th issue). First, many people's faith in the system has been lost because of a flawed primary election. This crisis in faith has been further tested by an election chairman who appears to have come out publicly against our primary system. Having Bill Giannini as chairman is like having an atheist as a minister. We should not be shocked the election was broken.

We should fight for those who were denied their most sacred right and hold those in charge of the process accountable. Our individual freedoms rest in the liberty of our fellow Americans. Even if one citizen is wrongly denied their liberty, then each of us bears the burden of their loss.

Brandon Chase Goldsmith

Memphis

No to Marsha

If I had a nickel for every time someone said to me, "I'm a Republican, but I've got to admit Marsha Blackburn is an embarrassment," I'd be filthy rich. So if she's such an embarrassment, how does she keep getting re-elected? Are people so interested in party labels that they vote against their own best interests? It certainly seems that way, as Marsha's behavior gets more daring as time goes by.

Earlier in the year she co-sponsored HR 4529 with Paul Ryan of Wisconsin to turn Social Security over to the whims of the stock market and make Medicare a voucher system. Her fans defended her, calling the recipients of social security and Medicare, "leeches and parasites on society." Then she voted against extending unemployment benefits to over 600,000 Tennesseans.

Just a few days ago, Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) presented the Congressional Made in America Promise Act (H.R. 2039), amending the Buy American Act to extend the same requirements to the materials and supplies acquired for use by both houses of Congress. The act requires Congress to lead by example, to use American-made goods. For example, shouldn't the flag flying over the U.S. Capitol be made in America by American workers? According to Leonard Boswell, a Blue Dog from Iowa, "These bills would leverage the purchasing power of the federal government to invest in American companies, hire American workers, and in turn, fill and create American jobs." A no-brainer. The bill received bipartisan support and passed overwhelmingly with 371 votes. Marsha Blackburn was among the 35 who voted No. How un-American. She's counting on you not to notice. Let's ride that anti-incumbent wave and teach her a lesson.

Meryl Rice

Whiteville

Comments (23)

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Marsha Blackburn Voted FOR:
Omnibus Appropriations, Special Education, Global AIDS Initiative, Job Training, Unemployment Benefits, Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations, Agriculture Appropriations, FY2004 Foreign Operations Appropriations, U.S.-Singapore Trade, U.S.-Chile Trade, Supplemental Spending for Iraq & Afghanistan, Flood Insurance Reauthorization , Prescription Drug Benefit, Child Nutrition Programs, Surface Transportation, Job Training and Worker Services, Agriculture Appropriations, Foreign Aid, Debt Limit Increase, Fiscal 2005 Omnibus Appropriations, Vocational/Technical Training, Supplemental Appropriations, UN “Reforms.” Patriot Act Reauthorization, CAFTA, Katrina Hurricane-relief Appropriations, Head Start Funding, Line-item Rescission, Oman Trade Agreement, Military Tribunals, Electronic Surveillance, Head Start Funding, COPS Funding, Funding the REAL ID Act (National ID), Foreign Intelligence Surveillance, Thought Crimes “Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, Peru Free Trade Agreement, Economic Stimulus, Farm Bill (Veto Override), Warrantless Searches, Employee Verification Program, Body Imaging Screening, Patriot Act extention.

Marsha Blackburn Voted AGAINST:
Ban on UN Contributions, eliminate Millennium Challenge Account, WTO Withdrawal, UN Dues Decrease, Defunding the NAIS, Iran Military Operations defunding Iraq Troop Withdrawal, congress authorization of Iran Military Operations, Withdrawing U.S. Soldiers from Afghanistan.

Marsha Blackburn is my Congressman.
See her unconstitutional votes at :
http://mickeywhite.blogspot.com/2009/09/tn…
Mickey

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Posted by MickeyWhite on 09/23/2010 at 7:35 AM

Quote from Ronald: '...It's also true that nobody on this planet has any idea what happens after we die or what form God may take, or even if he exists at all. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" works for everybody...'

For him to make this claim would require that he personally knows the state of every person that ever lived, is living, or ever will live; as to their after-life destiny. It also requires an infinite knowledge of the physical and immaterial realms as to know what form God does or does not have; to claim that no one else can know this. Lastly, the 'do unto others' phrase appears to come from the Bible and has a limited context. If we apply this to the sadist or masochist, we wouldn't want them to beat us just because they enjoy it! Nice irrational letter.

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Posted by CHG on 09/23/2010 at 5:56 PM

Charles, put the kool aid down and walk away.

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Posted by mad_merc on 09/24/2010 at 7:45 AM

Charles is now more moral than Jesus.

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Posted by Jeff on 09/24/2010 at 7:51 AM

I like the S&M reference. Is there something that you're not telling us Charles?

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Posted by mad_merc on 09/24/2010 at 7:59 AM

Marsha Blackburn is NOT the least bit concerned about what her constituents think; she lives in a safe Republican district. She's not campaigning, she's not debating, she's voting against American workers, first responders, veterans, seniors, teachers, students, farmers, small businesses, and the environment. In other words she votes against all of us regular people--regardless of political party. Who cares??
We've voted against our own interests for the past 8 years and she knows it.

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Posted by redbone on 09/24/2010 at 8:15 AM

It's time to elect a congressman who is one of us, not a career politician, but an independent thinking person who will do what is best for all of us, not just the wealthy few--someone who has sound ideas and experience that will be jobs to our district and advocate on our behalf. That person is Greg Rabidoux. www.rabidoux4congress.com.
P.S. Did anyone notice that Marsha bragged that she has not requested one cent for projects in her district in years? Damn, if we can't depend on our own rep to advocate for us, who will???

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Posted by granny on 09/24/2010 at 8:28 AM

Well Jeff, Jesus was a little suspect; He sounded suspiciously like a liberal.

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Posted by Packrat on 09/24/2010 at 9:01 AM

CHG.

Nice rebuttal of Ronald. Ummmm sure.

So do you claim to know what happens after we die? Any answer without a complete listing of everyone who has ever died, their fate, and their life leading up to their fate is contradictory.

Sounds like you really agree with the "We have no idea" crowd.

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Posted by 38103 on 09/24/2010 at 9:17 AM

Actually, for Charles to know what happens to us after he dies, logic dictates that first he must be every human being who has ever lived or will ever life. Then he must experience death and return to tell us about.

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Posted by Jeff on 09/24/2010 at 9:56 AM

"For him to make this claim would require that he personally knows the state of every person that ever lived, is living, or ever will live; as to their after-life destiny. It also requires an infinite knowledge of the physical and immaterial realms as to know what form God does or does not have; to claim that no one else can know this."


kind of works both ways, no?

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Posted by wvfii on 09/24/2010 at 10:15 AM

"Actually, for Charles to know what happens to us after he dies, logic dictates that first he must be every human being who has ever lived or will ever life. Then he must experience death and return to tell us about it."

OMG! HE'S A ZOMBIE! GRAB YOUR HELMETS AND RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!

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Posted by B on 09/24/2010 at 10:45 AM

I would like to stongly disavow the notion that CHG is in any way shape or form connected to my beloved local S&M community.

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Posted by Neondragon on 09/24/2010 at 11:09 AM

38103, Not from an empirical/rationalistic epistemology like Ronald is apparently using. If special revelation is my epistemology, then I personally don't have to use empiricism and/or rationalism. We all have starting points for ultimate epistemology. If anything proves that starting axiom, then you must prove that point and onward to an infinite regress of proofs. We interpret from the most coherent starting points in a presuppositional manner.

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Posted by CHG on 09/24/2010 at 11:10 AM

"We" interpret that way? No, CHarles. You cannot speak for all of "us" unless of course you have examined every person, everywhere and at all times to be able to state that everyone does so.

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Posted by Packrat on 09/24/2010 at 11:56 AM

to continue, I realize you live in this fantasy world where "special revelation" has as much logical and rational basis for factual argument as does science, but I do remember you once countering my questioning of the literal truth of the Bible in which I stated the story of the talking snake in Genesis as an instance where the Bible (or a LITERAL view of it) is completely at odds with reality (please don't attempt to talk about an epistemology of reality here). Your knuckleheaded response? Since I hadn't examined every snake, everywhere, at all times, I couldn't say that there hasn't been an instance of a talking snake. NOw I know you live for this kind of pretzel logic/mental masturbation, but I'd like to know what you're smoking sometime. Really. Not to mention, if you actually believe the Bible to be completely and literally factual in its entirety, you're the one with the burden of proof. So.......one documented instance of a talking snake, please. I'm waiting.

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Posted by Packrat on 09/24/2010 at 12:08 PM

And if you can argue from special revelation, I also can argue from special revelation, and further more, I argue that I have had a special revelation that your special revelation was diabolically inspired, therefore you must be burned at the stake.

This, Charles, is called the Spanish Inquisition. I bet you didn't expect that. I would say "Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition," but that would be a fallacy because obviously I'm not everbody. But I had a special revelation that you wouldn't expect the Spanish Inquisition. If you had expected it, you wouldn't be arguing from the same foundation of their authority to burn people at the stake.

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Posted by Jeff on 09/24/2010 at 12:40 PM

Unless you're fine with burning people at the stake. Are you?

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Posted by Jeff on 09/24/2010 at 12:42 PM

Jeff, dost thou have a comfy chair in which to seat him?

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Posted by B on 09/24/2010 at 2:34 PM

@jeff:

Dost thou have a comfy chair in which to seat him?

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Posted by B on 09/24/2010 at 2:35 PM

I'm bringing marshmallows....

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Posted by Packrat on 09/24/2010 at 2:50 PM

Marsha Blackburn needs to go....she does nothing for the 7th District....heck, if anything, she hurts us everytime she votes!!! No matter what the issue, she is just worthless. Greg Rabidoux is a very serious, smart young person that will listen to his voters, will vote to help our district and will support measures that are good for the American people as a whole...Please vote for Greg.

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Posted by Hardeman County Rabidoux Fan on 09/24/2010 at 4:57 PM

Yes, and tea at eleven.

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Posted by Jeff on 09/27/2010 at 7:37 AM
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