Tony Zizza Yes, Taylor Swift Can Sing
There is a very good reason why Taylor Swift is where she is today, and why other lesser souls some decades and decades older than her are just, well, blogging about her.
Feb 21, 2010 - 12:10:38 AM
Tony Zizza Missing Jessie
I always thought that when Jessie passed away, I would pull off a TS. That is, a Taylor Swift. She wrote her beautiful smash hit, "Love Story" in all of twenty minutes. I've got tears streaming on to my keyboard. Twenty minutes is a long shot.
Jan 29, 2010 - 12:15:36 AM
Tony Zizza Is It Possible To Be Addicted To Facebook?
If taken literally, a recent article by Renee DeGross Valdes in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper, ("Facebook: If Enough Is Not Enough", June 7th), pegs just about everyone who logs on to the social media site as - an addict. This is not good.
Jul 7, 2009 - 3:38:56 PM
Tony Zizza Privilege Tax on Visiting Athletes Is Immoral
I wonder if the June heat and humidity is starting to get the best of Tennessee State Representative G.A. Hardaway (D-Memphis). After all, his latest piece of legislation is chock full of hot air. I'm not going to mince words. It's completely immoral. Sure, some other states have adopted this legislation. Who cares? If something is wrong, it doesn't really matter how few or how many people are doing it.
Jun 13, 2009 - 5:22:00 PM
Tony Zizza Bonnie Sweeten Needs Jail Time, Not Mental Health Treatment
I think the old saying that suggested the only two things certain in life are death and taxes is about to be replaced by a more up to date version. It's a saying that surely explains why it seems no one is responsible any longer for the behavior they choose to engage in. Well, here goes. The only two things certain in life are that if you commit a crime, a lawyer will come forward and state you are not responsible because you are mentally ill. And the general public can breathe a lot easier since you will be getting the help that you need.
Jun 2, 2009 - 11:42:24 AM
Tony Zizza Hamilton County (Tennessee) Leaders Should Be Taken To The Dump
On May 17th, The Tennessean provided a wonderful public service to all Tennesseans by publishing an article that originally appeared in The Chattanooga Free Press. Matt Wilson's article, ("Parents could pay for kids' truancy"), is proof positive Tennessee is just another state among many that has completely discarded the idea of government only serving a limited role in our lives. I didn't even have to get to the end of the relatively short article to understand that some county leaders should be taken to the dump.
May 19, 2009 - 12:23:50 PM
Tony Zizza Just Take Away All Of Nadya Suleman's Children
You must excuse the misleading title of this column because I can't believe how much of a weasel Dr. Phil turned out to be. It should read something like "Just Take Away All Of Our Children" or "Just Take Away All Of Nadya Suleman's Parental Rights". She is not just a human slug. Or a spoiled brat who insanely thinks that whatever she wants, someone else should pay for it. She ought to be the national poster child of why the Welfare State is morally and financially wrong.
Feb 21, 2009 - 8:27:46 PM
Tony Zizza A Nurse In Every Public School Is A Sick Idea
I cut some slack for Rep. Eric Swafford (R-Pikeville) when he wanted to see Barack Obama's birth certificate. After all, we were voting in the most liberal senator to these United States of America. But it appears that's water under the bridge. Even Republicans are now running after silly socialist ideas as if they were chasing down the neighborhood ice cream truck for their inactive kid.
Feb 16, 2009 - 2:44:11 PM
Tony Zizza Calling Luxury Shameful Is The New Socialist Propaganda
On January 27th, the Associated Press ran an article that seems to be trying to push all of our envy buttons at the same time. How sad and childish. The article, "The wealthy turn stealthy as economy weakens", expands the myth that if the rich would just stop being rich, we could all enter the great socialist utopia with our collective stomachs full and our spirits high.
Feb 2, 2009 - 10:26:00 AM
Tony Zizza A Regular High School Diploma Isn't a Right
I read an article on December 24th by Amy Griffith Graydon at nashvillecitypaper.com that left me scratching my head. If we read "Diploma issues trouble special education parents" correctly, are we to believe that tutors in Nashville are hiding? Quite frankly, nothing is further from the truth.
Dec 26, 2008 - 8:36:27 PM
Tony Zizza Should This Christmas Present Be Returned To Sender?
The cold weather and a plethora of other things tell me Christmas is just about here. I've lived in the South for over a decade. I'll tell you this. My blood has thinned out big time. The cold that reminds me I grew up in the North now chills me to the bone. A wind chill of fifteen degrees is extremely unpleasant in Tennessee. Up North, I guess those degrees could be called quite balmy.
Dec 25, 2008 - 12:43:59 PM
Tony Zizza Don't We All Have A Personality Disorder?
Next to complaints from the atheist community that Christmas in any way is being observed on federal property, the Associated Press reporting that yet another segment of the population is mentally ill, signals the official start to winter looms large.
Dec 10, 2008 - 11:32:08 AM
Tony Zizza When Sacrifice Turns Into Virtue
I enjoyed Bonna Johnson's article in The Tennessean, ("Treats For Kids Are Last To Go", November 16th) very much. And for a plethora of reasons. Some of the reasons are self evident in Johnson's well written article. Others are just some things you are grateful for taking away from an insightful look at family and sacrifice.
Nov 24, 2008 - 7:44:59 PM
Tony Zizza We Don't Need The Government To Count Calories For Us
Recent events have shown us that the government largely doesn't know what it's doing, much less what's actually going on in our dynamic culture. This being said, it seems more and more people are turning to the government for more and more help with just about everything and anything. The Brave New World is no longer something we must wait for. It has arrived, and no one blinked an eye. It certainly didn't happen overnight, but we've been transformed into pathetic adult children.
Oct 29, 2008 - 10:34:04 AM
Tony Zizza When School Bells Ring Again, So Too Do Claims of ADHD
The impending arrival of another school year is marked by several things. Cooler weather. One last dip in the pool. A rush to buy school supplies during a state wide tax free holiday. Oh, and pre-season NFL football games on the boob tube. These are all sure-fire signs that a significant change in seasons and parent-child thinking is about to happen.
Aug 18, 2008 - 1:18:08 PM
Tony Zizza The Problem With Psychiatry And Race In The Victoria Osteen Case
When black celebrities claim dog fighting isn't criminal because it's a cultural thing, or when Barack Obama claims Republicans have made race a Presidential issue while he simultaneously reminds us daily that he is indeed a black man, it's safe to say some black people simply inject race into everything.
Aug 13, 2008 - 11:00:28 AM
Tony Zizza City of Atlanta Neutered by Political Correctness
After reading ("'Men At Work' signs to disappear in Atlanta: Decision follows complaints by magazine editor"), July 9th, on http://www.ajc.com, I am glad I no longer live in Georgia. I miss some friends. I miss Red Top Mountain. I miss Atlanta Braves games at Turner Field.
Jul 12, 2008 - 11:21:46 PM
Tony Zizza Blame 'Alleged' Pet Owners, Not Economy
Judging from a recent article in The Tennessean newspaper concerning the high number of pets that have been dumped at county shelters by their alleged owners, perhaps when cats and dogs are in trouble in Music City, God should send them owners that are not such pathetic slugs.
Jul 7, 2008 - 12:14:32 PM
Tony Zizza Obama On Fatherhood: The Audacity Of Stupidity
"We need fathers to realize that responsibility does not end at conception. We need them to realize that what makes you a man is not the ability to have a child - it's the courage to raise one." -- Father's Day 2008 speech by Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) to the Apostolic Church of God in Chicago
Jun 23, 2008 - 11:32:29 AM
Tony Zizza Isn't Chelsea Clinton All Grown Up Now?
Is it just me, or have we become a culture where every day our front page news must include the latest adult who is mortally offended by "comments" made by another adult? There can no longer be any doubt about this extremely sad fact. Political correctness is destroying human communication each and every day. We've lost our spine, our sense of humor, our sense of sarcasm, and ultimately, our sense of what it means to have a free exchange of social commentary.
Feb 11, 2008 - 9:13:10 PM
Tony Zizza Shame On Jamie Lynn Spears
"I definitely don't think it's something you should do; it's better to wait. But I can't be judgmental because it's a position I put myself in." --Jamie Lynn Spears, OK! Magazine
Jan 2, 2008 - 8:04:51 PM
Tony Zizza Is Michael Vick A Yard Short Of Redemption?
Of all the asinine things that have come out of his mouth during the Michael Vick dogfighting criminal investigation, at least when the sentence of 23 months in a federal penitentiary came down, Billy Martin finally made some sense.
Dec 17, 2007 - 12:37:40 AM
Tony Zizza There's No Such Thing As Free Birth Control
There's an old joke about Maine that goes like this: "What do you call a man from Maine with a full set of teeth?" "A tourist." Well, times have changed and perhaps this joke is outdated. And given the recent news that the King Middle School Health Center in Portland is giving birth control prescriptions to female "children" as young as eleven, here's the updated Maine joke: "What do call a school board member from Portland who has a clear sense of morality and sanity?" "A tourist."
Oct 31, 2007 - 6:57:17 AM
Tony Zizza "No More Excuses For Unfit Kids"
An article appeared in The Atlanta-Journal Constitution newspaper the other day that found a way to surprise me. I'm pleasantly surprised The Georgia Youth Fitness Assessment reccomends that "parents should serve as role models for healthy behaviors." I was under the impression that as far as public schools were concerned, parents have been deemed irrelevant.
Oct 24, 2007 - 1:00:34 AM
Tony Zizza Prescribe a Dog Instead of a Drug!
Dogs have an absolutely curious way of making you feel better. Better with a capital B, I might add. They bring an incredible amount of comfort to your spirit. Certainly, dogs can deliver a supreme sense of wellness that is often missing in this writer's opinion from designer mood and sleep drugs we (and the medical profession) are far too quick to rely on.
Oct 21, 2007 - 12:14:16 AM
Tony Zizza Ban ADHD Drugs, Not Tag
It appears the last good thing coming out of the state of Colorado is Coors beer. Everything else has taken a horrible left hand turn down the drain.
Sep 4, 2007 - 6:43:03 AM
Tony Zizza Let's Hang Michael Vick - Out To Dry
I'm a dog lover. Well, I'm just one of at least 24 million in these United States of America. And I probably shouldn't be writing this column with a smile still beaming on my face from recently walking Jessie, my beloved shepherd mix. She is a wonderful 12-year-old "friend in fur" who is absolutely priceless in every sense of the word.
Jul 23, 2007 - 11:42:57 AM
Tony Zizza Because It's The Right Thing To Do
I don't think a week goes by without me hearing the following jab from an otherwise thoughtful friend: "Why do you share custody of the dog? You're divorced. It just doesn't make any sense." My answer, week in and week out, goes like this: "Because it's the right thing to do."
May 6, 2007 - 8:26:48 AM
Tony Zizza Give Alec Baldwin A Pass On This
I hate Alec Baldwin's politics. I think he is dead wrong when it comes to President Bush, Iraq, and PETA. And I must admit, I always chuckle quite loudly when Sean Hannity replays Alec Baldwin's infamous argument with him, along with his dreadful attempt at trying to be a radio talk show host. Absolutely laughable. Every time.
Apr 21, 2007 - 11:04:34 PM
Tony Zizza It Feels Like 1984
If you need further evidence that political correctness has run past the amok stage, just look at the whirlwind surrounding shock jock Don Imus for wondering out loud if members of the Rutgers women's basketball team look like "nappy-headed hos."
Apr 13, 2007 - 8:04:50 AM