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  •  I think he's a lucky man--today. (5+ / 0-)

    My point is that calling him a "hero," because he has a nice voice is a bit absurd.  Then people jumping aboard to shower him with jobs, homes, and money just because of his voice...well...others here see my point.  

    •  well, that's your opinion (12+ / 0-)

      He's turned his life around after spending years living in the streets.  If that's not heroism, I don't know what is.

      People get called hero for lots of reasons: from helping a cat down from a tree to rushing into a house with a fire to save the inhabitants; from discovering a new cure to persevering through clinical depression; from simply being a role model to kids to quitting their lucrative day job to chase their personal passions.

      The point is the word "hero" applies to a variety of situations, from the trivial to the revolutionary.

      I suppose that might be ridiculous too, but i don't believe so ;)

      Notice a lack of personal attacks in my comments. I expect no less from you.

      by therehastobeaway on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 08:35:20 AM PST

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      •  he hasn't turned his life around, yet. It's (2+ / 0-)
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        being turned around for him.  Hey, don't get me wrong, I teared up when he started talking about his mom, but I just think to sensationalize it in the media seems wrong when there are so many people stuggling to survive who don't have a d.j. voice.

        •  well (11+ / 0-)

          we're all participants in our own luck, that's all I'm saying.

          It's not up to me or you to decide when he's turned his life around.  There's no litmus test for that.

          It's unfair, sure, but...damn, isn't the entire world that way?  Society's been that way always--from slavery (which built the U.S. economy) to the gap between Wall Street and Main Street (which is its largest) to the fact that your company's CEO makes 100s of buttloads more than both you and my salary combined even though we're all equally capable on a basic cognitive level.

          It's all unfair.  Pointing that out or avoiding sensationalist stories that are unfair isn't the solution; acting on ways to to reduce unfairness on a societal level is the way.

          Notice a lack of personal attacks in my comments. I expect no less from you.

          by therehastobeaway on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 08:41:33 AM PST

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        •  Maybe the problem has to do more wth (2+ / 0-)
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          with what he does for a living in your eyes.

          My father was lucky enough to get a job at a steel mill with very little English while living in his car, fresh from Mexico in the 1950's. It was the break he needed to get the rest of my family up here which he did once he had enough money.

          All this happened out of the public eye. My father ended up as a crane operator and then a mechanic. If crane operators and mechanics appeared regularly on television, you might of heard about his story too.

        •  You are 100% (0+ / 0-)

          correct with your assessment of his possibilities.  

          Fame may very well be what got him in trouble in the first place and going back to that environment may not be the best thing for him.

          In my job we often steer people away from areas where they have experience if it will eventually lead them to destruction.  

    •  Who peed in your Cereal?!?! n/t (7+ / 0-)

      "We are a Plutocracy, we ought to face it. We need, desperately, to find new ways to hear independent voices & points of view" Ramsey Clark, US AG

      by Mr SeeMore on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 09:23:11 AM PST

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    •  Everyone deserves a second chance... (14+ / 0-)

      and I'm glad he's getting his. He seems to be very sincere. You could see all of his emotions in his face in the Today interview - the excitement about his new opportunities, the sadness of not seeing his mother for a long time.
      It's hard to get out of a homeless situation once you're down that low. I'm very happy to see that he will not be on the streets any longer. It's good that people who can are taking him under their wings.

      I share a birthday with John Lennon.

      by peacestpete on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 09:40:15 AM PST

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    •  He could be a hero (2+ / 0-)
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      to thousands of men and women in similar circumstances; sure, not everyone is going to have a great voice like he does but most people do have some sort of talent or skill that with work can be used to not only support themselves, but help others as well.

      My brother-in-law has been in treatment for mental health issues; he was also an alcoholic because he was using booze to self-medicate. He's also got a talent for music, especially music recording/mixing; if someone with a small studio were to spot him and give him a chance to use his skills to do something productive, his brother, mother, and I would be extremely thrilled. And often, fighting one's own personal demons and succeeding can be more challenging than facing down enemy armies, and we have no qualms about calling our military men and women "heroes" at times.

      Now to try to end the wars we ask our gay and straight soldiers to fight. -- Chris Hayes

      by Cali Scribe on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 11:35:10 AM PST

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      •  It shouldn't (0+ / 0-)

        take that much for your brother-in-law to get a shot.  

        He should be able to apply like anyone else and get an interview like anyone else.  

        That's the real problem.  The only reason these places are looking at this guy because they are being shamed into doing so, which is okay by me.  

        The problem is that your brother-in-law will most likely not get that shot.  

        If Ted went into a regular place of business the HR lady would tell him to kick rocks no matter what he sounded like.

        It's good that he got hooked up, but the everyday process is the one that needs to be giving people like him the chance, not the freak accident he is involved with now.

    •  The guy has been sober for three years . . . (0+ / 0-)

      I've never been addicted to cocaine, but somehow I imagine that it's not an insignificant achievement to be clean for even one day once the addiction really takes hold.

      On top of this, by his own account he had some vocal training -- so it's part discipline, part natural gift.

      Hating on the guy for his stroke of good fortune just isn't right.  Even if the guy ultimately squanders the opportunity after twenty years of battling his demons it's good to see him earning a second chance.  

      As a side note, in both the Columbus-Dispatch video and in his voice intro for NBC morning it looks like the guy did his bit in a single take.  The guy makes it look easy, because he's a pro.  Even with a voice like his 999 out of 1,000 probably couldn't consistently nail those voice over bits in one take.  That's the by-product of training and a lot of experience (at least 10 years from what it sounds like before the guy started falling off the wagon).  

      •  That's not hating (0+ / 0-)

        that's being realistic.

        I know it's hard for people to understand but this guy is the exception.  He's so far from the rule that it would blow your mind.

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