Letters to the Editor

Indie Memphis, gay marriage, re-fighting the Civil War, don't eat meat.

| November 07, 2013

Indie Memphis Film Fest

What a weekend. I just want to say to anyone who thought about going to Indie Memphis ("Meanwhile at Indie Memphis," October 31st issue) but didn't: You really missed a phenomenal event — from the Grifters to Meryl Streep to Craig Brewer to a slew of really cool films, documentaries, and shorts. Just an awesome, super-stimulating weekend all around. Congrats to everyone who made it happen. Can't wait 'til next year.

B.C. Wilder


Gay Marriage

How nice that the Flyer gives sympathetic coverage to two gay men who want to force their lifestyle on the rest of us by getting legally "married" (The Fly-by, October 31st issue). God made it very clear in the Bible that homosexual activities are an abomination in his eyes. The bottom line is that gay marriage formalizes and legalizes behavior that is immoral.

Charles Fuller

Bruce VanWyngarden's column on gay marriage (Letter from the Editor, October 31st issue) makes it clear how history is on the side of those who want to eliminate these stupid and unenlightened state gay-marriage bans. These laws were enacted during the last surge of power from the tea partying GOP. Those days are about to be gone, along with the 19th-century thinking that accompanied them. The forces of social acceptance and legal action will ultimately prove to be a winning combination, even here in the "buy bull belt."

Hell, even the Supreme Court is on our side. Put that in your "pipe" and smoke it, Lindsey Graham.

David Jefferson

Second Civil War

No shots have been fired. No blood has been spilled. But a second Civil War is under way with a new breed of angry white rebels taking up where the old Confederacy left off (Letters to the Editor, October 31st issue).

The Tea Party soldiers of this New Confederacy have seized control of the Republican Party and flexed their muscles by trying to shut down the U.S. government. The same anti-union spirit that flourished in 1860 drives the Tea Party movement, which sees itself as resisting the tyranny of an illegitimate Northern president. In 1860, it was the end of states' rights that the rebel states feared; today, it's universal access to health care. Let's call this hysteria what it is — racism. It is no coincidence that 10 of the 11 states of the Old South, including Tennessee, have refused to expand Medicaid access under the Affordable Care Act; as a result of that decision, the majority of the people who will suffer are poor, black, and working-class.

Welcome to the new normal. These rebels without a cause see President Obama as a Pied Piper of leeches out to strip Tea Party whites of their wealth and privilege and redistribute the spoils to undeserving dark-skinned people. Aren't you glad you don't think this way. Or do you?

Ron Lowe
Nevada City, California

Scared Meatless

I wasn't scared of all the witches, zombies, and assorted goblins wandering about on Halloween. What really scares me is the meat industry.

This is the industry that mutilates, cages, and butchers billions of cows, pigs, and other sentient animals; feeds carcasses of cats and dogs killed in pounds to chickens; exposes undocumented workers to chronic workplace injuries at slave wages; exploits farmers and ranchers by dictating wholesale market prices; punishes documentation of its abuses through unconstitutional "ag-gag" laws; promotes world hunger by feeding nutritious corn and soybeans to animals; generates more greenhouse gases than any other human activity; generates more water pollution than any other human activity; creates deadly antibiotic-resistant pathogens by feeding antibiotics to animals.

Now, that's really scary. And this is why I dropped animal products from my menu.

Morris Furman


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Charles we are not a theocracy. You may use any religious text to help you decide, who you should vote for. You may not use any religious text as the foundation documents of our country. We already have those and they are not religious texts.

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Posted by thecatsmeow on 11/08/2013 at 7:19 AM

Ron, it is always nice to hear from Nevada City. I can't tell you how much just knowing you care means.

Does regional bigotry Qualify for outrage? I do agree nominating "birthers", Muslimers", "legitimate rapers" and the like was stupidity in action. Hopefully, that 15 minutes is over. They have done more to hurt the Conservative Cause than the Liberals could ever have done alone.

The Reagan Coalition was built by focusing on the 80% we agreed upon, not the 20% we didn't. When we do that again we will win elections.

I do appreciate the liberal elite's hyperbolic stereotyping of those in the South as one toothed, mid-double digit IQed Bubbas. I just can't get enough of that. Thanks for your wisdom.

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Posted by thecatsmeow on 11/08/2013 at 7:36 AM

Morris, rare, medium rare or well done, it is all good. Of course exploitation of humans is wrong, as is inhumane treatment of our food sources. They need not be mutually exclusive of a good burger. Bon Appetit

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Posted by thecatsmeow on 11/08/2013 at 7:46 AM

NOTHING is clear in the Bible. That is why it is continually used to back opinions.

It's like the internet: No matter what you believe, you can find something written to support it......look harder, and you'll find the opposite.

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Posted by poots on 11/08/2013 at 9:13 AM

@ poots

Obviously, I disagree. Which explination for our existenance and thought can I rail against 8o)

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Posted by thecatsmeow on 11/08/2013 at 3:45 PM

Uh oh Charles. Better pick out the best looking boy around. Gay marriage is going to be forced on you. I'd get ahead of the game if I were you.

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Posted by 38103 on 11/08/2013 at 5:13 PM

@ me

"explinination" clearly your lack of ability to spell simple words indicates an inability for intelligent thought.


Posted by thecatsmeow on 11/09/2013 at 5:31 AM


Why do you attack someone's spelling and try to link it to intellgience? So what if a person spell words wrong? As long as you know what they are saying, they are effectively communicating.

The spelling of words is memory, not necessarily intelligence. There are famous authors that can't spell worth a shit and cannot effectively write grammar well, but, they hire people with the expertise to write it correctly, however, those people don't possess the talent to tell or conjure up a story well.

As for gay marriage, it is wrong for anyone to equate civil marriage with religion. Religious marriage is a rite performed using the cannon of whatever religion that one belongs to. Civil marriage is a secular ceremony, a way to establish rights from a coupe of separate individuals to one and to establish succession under civil law.

The United States of America respects all religion and makes no laws against religion, however, it gives no official rank to any religion or ranks one religion over another. So, technically, one can get married in a church, but never tak out a license, however, one is still married, the state just does not recognize it. How do you explain that?

The rights under our constitution are not gender specific. Rights are afforded to persons, regardless of gender, on an equal basis. Now that can be changed. All one has to do is do what is necessary to change, not states constitution, but the federal constitution. When it comes to individual rights, the federal constitution trumps all state laws according to the supremecy clause of the federal constitution.

So, when the question is put before a judge and that judge looks at the federal constitution, there is but one way he/she can rule. It is just that simple.

So, I ask the only question relevant to same sex marriage. Show me where, in the federal constitution, does it forbid same sex marriage or say there are different stands of rights depending on the gender of the individual. When you truthfully answer this, leaving personal and religious beliefs out of it, you have solved the problem.

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Posted by oldtimeplayer on 11/09/2013 at 9:25 AM


"Why do you attack someone's spelling and try to link it to intellgience?

It was me "attacking" me. I do put more emphasis on content rather than being grammatically correct, these aren't formal submissions. Didn't you see the smiley?

As to your ramble about same sex marriage, did you read my post?

But, thanks for playing.

Don Pardo, what do we have for our departing guest?

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Posted by thecatsmeow on 11/09/2013 at 11:22 AM

Well Cats, we have a case of Ken-L Ration dog food. Nutritious good food for your pet at a reasonable price.


I understand my not being a bigot, usually right on fiscal matters and an over-all "nice" guy can be frustrating to liberals. Have a great day and GO!!! TIGERS!!!

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Posted by thecatsmeow on 11/09/2013 at 12:17 PM


You are not a liberal, it is just in your mind. You are not right n fiscal matters either. Your thoughts on fiscal matters is not a one size fits all, but your personal take on where money should come from and how it should be spent. You are one of the first ones to say, if we continue on this or that course, we will be bankrupt. That is only your personal opinion and everyone does not share into it.

We are one, if not, the lowest taxed industrialized countries in the world, yet these other countries do much more for the poor and downtrodden in their respective countries.

It is not that we are going broke, for that is not true, it is what are our priorities when it comes to spending. Any nation that spends more money on its pets than some countries GDP is in no way going broke.

You may be considered a liberal or fiscally sound in your circles, but, this nation is bigger than just your thoughts.

As an example, today, we christened a brand new multi-billion dollar aircraft carrier. What do we need it for? We already had the capability to destroy any country in the world, conventionally. We have spent almost a trillion dollars on a fighter plan, the F-22 that has never seen action in any of our wars, has never been deployed, but, yet, you say that we are going broke.

Get out from around your little circle and come out and see how the real world operates.

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Posted by oldtimeplayer on 11/09/2013 at 3:36 PM


Dang, reread and rethink. I never claimed to be liberal. Fiscally conservative and wise as to money, yep. Of course, that is subjective, until you come to me for another loan or bail out. No, not you personally.

I do rather discombobulate, huh?

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Posted by thecatsmeow on 11/09/2013 at 4:47 PM

I can't play the race card. I can't play he hates the poor card. I can't play he hates gays card. He advocates for the needed safety net as it was intended. How do I beat this guy?

You can't.

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