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Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Wednesday, May 05, 2010

So, I am confused here. A capital of one of our fifty states lies submerged today and has for the last few days and the national news has only made minor mentions.

Is this a backlash to what happened with new Orleans five years ago? Was it that there has been almost no looting in the city, so it is not deemed newsworthy?

Nashville, TN is suffering today and will be for weeks if not months to come. I have heard it described as a 500-year flood. Normally you hear about the 100-year flood, but this is a disaster.

The Opryland Hotel (above) is closed as the entire first floor is under water...The entire playing surface of LP Field where the Tennessee Titan's play football is under water. A good portion of 2nd Avenue where all the clubs are in Nashville is under water.

But try and find out some news on the TV and you would think all is right in the world.

Where are the stars coming out to ask for help? OH wait, this is here in the US, so we don't have to worry about it. If it were some Third World country, we would have already had three concerts and a telethon.

Sometimes I just do not get it...sorry I don't.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Yeardley Love who was brutally murdered on Monday. It looks like an open and shut case, but one never knows...

Running on to a playing field in the middle of a sporting event is one of the dumbest things you can do.

After the game in Philadelphia on Monday, some may think twice in the future.

The teen who ran on the field and alluded security guards for a few minutes was taken down by a taser used by a Philadelphia Police officer.

Now, I began by saying running on the field is dumb. Using a stun gun on someone who does this is completely stupid.

Look folks, there is no where for the clown to go. Wherever he decides to exit the field, a security officer can be right there to catch him.

This is the equivalent of having a 100mph chase on the freeway because someone ran a red light. Police have to think.

Should the officer be reprimanded? NO. BUT, there has to be a rule put in place that says if a fan runs on the field send two people out to herd the idjit to a spot where he can be apprehended and given his citation...no stun guns necessary.

Check out the results over at TRAVIS'

14 Of Your Sparks

  1. DrillerAA09 Says:
  2. I could say a lot of things about what is wrong with this country, but time and space don't permit. However, failing to take care of our own, in their time of need, is simply not acceptable. Just like I don't understand why we go half way around the world to adopt children out of poverty when there are tens of thousands of children here, in the U.S. that need a home with loving parents. Our laws have made it nearly impossible for an average, loving couple, to adopt a child within their own country. Something is dreadfully wrong with that picture.

  3. Liz Hill Says:
  4. I have been passing along the appeal from friends out of Nashville. I know people who have four and five feet of water in their houses along the Kentucky River here.

    I don't have a problem with that little jerk getting tased. Just don't. It's idiotic behavior and it just might stop someone else from doing it--even if his mindless parent says 'sure'

  5. Patti Says:
  6. When I saw photos of the devastation I wondered as well why the media has not spent more time on the flooding story.

    You're right about the Hollywood types not caring because the problem is here, in our country...I don't think they like the U.S. They just like to make money from all their millions of American fans. Errgghh

    I really don't think they'll be planning any concerts or telethons for Tennessee. Very sad.

  7. Ken Says:
  8. Terrorists and oil spills is way more important news apparently than a city under water.

  9. LAC Says:
  10. We are so saddened by the devastation in Nashville. Hubby went to college at NADC and spent over a year there. He loved it. We were thinking of visiting in Sept. when we go to Pigeon Forge. He has always wanted me to see the gardens in the Opryland.

  11. CiCi Says:
  12. I have been watching the news on the floods in Tennessee too. The oil spill is heading the news though. There is a lot going on and the best way to find out the real news is online. This is a good post and the pics help put it in perspective.

  13. Travis Cody Says:
  14. I recall when a couple of guys came out of the stands and physically assaulted a first base coach. So I submit that there are plenty of places to go and lots of harm an individual can do if he runs onto the field. If he has been requested to "freeze" by police and does not, then he is resisting arrest. I guess most PDs around the country authorize the use of whatever force is required to apprehend a suspect who is resisting arrest.

    I don't think it's fair to complain about "stars" not coming out to help with the situation in Tennessee. I think it does a disservice to people who have rushed into the area to assist. I also don't think there is anything "wrong" with this country. I think there are misguided individuals in this country. And I think sometimes media focuses on those who shout the loudest because it makes for good TV. I think it's easy to have contempt for celebrities. Why waste energy on that?

    As nature and plate tectonics continue to cause disasters like this...and as tragic accidents continue to cause problems like the oil spill...we can only do our best to help rescue, comfort, and clean up. That's where I'm going to focus my energies. I'll get out and sandbag and push a broom if I can get to the disaster area. And I'll send my dollars to help defray costs when I can't.

    That's my 2 cents, adjusted for whatever economic status describes the situation at present.

  15. ...floods suck, no matter how you look at it...

  16. Jay Says:
  17. The flooding in Nashville is terrible. Since that's the home of country music I expect to see some of the biggest country stars out there trying to drum help. Haven't so far though.

    I disagree with you on the tasing of that kid. I thought it was appropriate. Once he got on the field he was committing a crime and his failure to comply with a police officers order meant he was gonna get tased. Try it yourself sometime. hahaha

  18. DRILERAA: You make some valid points Sir

    LIZ: I hope your friends all are safe. Understand your point about the idiotic behavior.

    PATTI: I am more upset at the news than anything

    MICKEY: Appears so

    TECHNOBABE: Thanks for chiming in

    TRAVIS: You are correct about the dangers that could occur when someone runs on the field...no one knows their intentions

    As I said above, I am more upset at the news than the 'stars', but you would think that the country stars who owe so much to Nashville would speak up. My contempt is not for the celebrities who shout the loudest...it really is more about the lack of any news about this travesty..and yes, more and more of this will take place and we have to be prepared

    PHFRANKIE: Very true

    JAY: Exactly my point..I do not expect Hollywood stars to come out..but country music stars I do expect to see something being said
    I am taken to task on my taser standpoint by you and others.

  19. Travis Cody Says:
  20. I don't think anyone is taking you to task. I think you make a legitimate point. For myself, I just have a different perspective.

  21. Tug Says:
  22. Nashville is indeed tragic, and the news was minor but is picking up (twitter & facebook helped I think). I've also seen a couple country stars starting to get involved, so hopefully the city will get the help it deserves.

  23. TRAVIS: and different perspectives are always the building blocks to a good discussion

    TUG: Thanks for letting us know

  24. Dana Says:
  25. I was extremely disappointed in the coverage of the Nashville flooding. Seemed everyone was concerned about Louisiana being hit by an oil spill (God forbid we pay more for those oysters) than they were about the significant losses in Nashville.

    And tasers RULE!!


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