Viewpoints: Bredesen signs off

Monday, February 1, 2010 at 10:45pm

From Gov. Phil Bredesen's eighth and final State of the State speech [Feb. 1, 2010]:

This is likely my final time to address you as Governor. We still have a lot of work to do, and it’s far too early for farewell remarks.

I do want to say, however, a most sincere thank you for the way you have treated me and worked with me and my administration these past years. I have never had a job I enjoyed as much or gave me as much satisfaction as serving as Governor. It has been a humbling experience.

To those of you who have helped me, my sincere thanks. For those of you who have not, all is forgiven now! I know how much so many of you care for our state and its people, and it has been an honor to work with you on their behalf. Thank you and Godspeed.

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309 Comments on this post:

By: gdiafante on 2/2/10 at 4:20

Not sure, Blanket. My knee jerk reaction is hell no. But it's hit home with me in several different ways, and not of the violent type either.

I guess I'm like Pink..."If I had my way...I'd have all of you shot!" lol

By: brrrrk on 2/2/10 at 4:20

gdiafante

Don't know where I heard this before but it seems appropriate...

The problem with drawing a line in the sand is that you have to be on one side or the other...

By: sidneyames on 2/2/10 at 4:22

brrrrk said " So I'm assuming you have no problem with legal abortions? I guess my question should have been.... for those who think abortion shouldn't be legal, what should the punishment be?

Brrrrk: I have no problem with legal abortion as long as the party seeking the abortion PAYS FOR IT. I do not want tax payers to pay for abortions unless it's to save a life.

Since abortion is legal, I still say this is a moot subject. If abortions are illegal, then we could discuss it further. Get back to us when that happens. (like it ever will)

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/2/10 at 4:23

gdiafante, i'm unsure about that one myself. most of the felons i've met never got it right and straightened out. so i don't have much faith in that regard. the ones who "find jesus" have usually found a better con - religion. and they milk it for all its worth.

By: gdiafante on 2/2/10 at 4:24

Yep, and it's usually experience that picks your side. In my case, I've seen the effects of the systematic damage "young and stupid" people can do.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/2/10 at 4:25

i'd like to have faith that people can change and be "rehabilitated" but the studies and statistics just aren't on that side of things.

By: brrrrk on 2/2/10 at 4:28

sidneyames said

"Brrrrk: I have no problem with legal abortion as long as the party seeking the abortion PAYS FOR IT. I do not want tax payers to pay for abortions unless it's to save a life."

So, you support abortions for the wealthy.... the people who can afford to have children, but choose to abort... yet you impose the poor with the yoke of their mistakes that we ALL ultimately pay for. Hmmm.. seems a bit.... well... hypocritical.

It seems sort of how banks loan money, they loan money to those who seem to need it the least.

By: sidneyames on 2/2/10 at 4:28

By: MamaG on 2/2/10 at 3:18
By sidney: Mama, maybe she should have driven herself to my rental condo. (just kidding; she's probably honest) The last person who "said" they fell down our steps, got $129,000 or so. Insurance settled cause it was a nusiance case (after 2 years of depositions). She lied! But she got the money! Not from Bart though.

This is an example, sidney. This was a stupid thing to say in regards to Brrrrk's friend who was seriously injured. This post reads as if you just want us to know you have a rental condo. And while we're on the subject, just how do you know the person lied? Were you there? Videotape? Witnesses?

Well, you are ASS-uming again mama, cause my condo was mentioned ages ago and I no longer own it. You are overly sensitive. I was not saying it to be mean. Well, if the chisel marks are on the bricks, and the sand is under them and other people who went in and out of the house saw no problem, then it must not be so. Our lawyer knew she was fabricating. He just gave us cause his boss (the insurance company said to).

Insurance companies pay the lawyers. The lawyer does not work for the homeowner; they work for the ins. co and insurance companies all over pay for "nuisance" lawsuits to go away.

And I hope your friend gets proper representation.. I never meant to imply she lie. So you can jump down my throat all you want to. All you had to do was ask me to clarify my statement. Take your pills, mama.

By: sidneyames on 2/2/10 at 4:29

Correction: Brrrrk's friend.

By: MamaG on 2/2/10 at 4:29

Dusty, you said, "for example corrections is the largest employer in Alaska after the military."
When there is nothing to do except be cold and drink and fight, I can easily understand why corrections is so big! Having daylight for so long would have to be maddening too, I would think.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/2/10 at 4:30

geez, sid. do you always have to post like such a jerk? read what you write and see how you'd like that coming right back at you!

By: sidneyames on 2/2/10 at 4:32

And mama, if you're so gung-ho on being nice, why'd you bring up Dart Burham for an attorney? I mean, how un-serious can you get?

Shouldn't you have recommended someone else? Did you do that to be mean or what? Did you think it was funny or what?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/2/10 at 4:33

Mama didn't "jump down your throat." you're the one who is too sensitive and speaks in a mean manner toward others. she doesn't need to "take" her pills.

By: sidneyames on 2/2/10 at 4:33

By sidney: Mama, maybe she should have driven herself to my rental condo. (just kidding; she's probably honest)

I even said I was kidding. Can't you read?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/2/10 at 4:34

someone needs a tall glass of grow up......

By: MamaG on 2/2/10 at 4:36

Thanks, sidney. How on earth do you figure I'm being over sensitive? What a crazy thing to say...oh well...maybe you ASS-U-med that. because that's how you are yourself? I wasn't jumping down your throat either, just asking how you knew the person lied (in your case). I think you're the one who needs to get the meds refilled and PDQ at that.

By: sidneyames on 2/2/10 at 4:37

Brrrk said "So, you support abortions for the wealthy.... the people who can afford to have children, but choose to abort... yet you impose the poor with the yoke of their mistakes that we ALL ultimately pay for. Hmmm.. seems a bit.... well... hypocritical."

Your words, Brrrk, not mine. Everyone rich or poor knows where babies come from. So everyone rich or poor needs to step up to the plate and be responsible.

Your attitude enables people, rich or poor, to be irresponsible. My mom was poor. It didn't stop her from being responsible. Income is not, and should not be, a factor in defining and determining intelligence and responsibility.

By: sidneyames on 2/2/10 at 4:40

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/2/10 at 3:30
geez, sid. do you always have to post like such a jerk? read what you write and see how you'd like that coming right back at you!

Geez blanket, have you read some of the posts sent to me? Of course you have; but you think they are nice.

I'm not a jerk unless you are one. I do read what I write. And I read what is thrown at me. It is not nice.

I said my husband was younger than I. I was called a liar. Like I don't know and he does not know his DOB and someone on this post knows more than we do about his b'day?
SO pleeeez, geez, blanket.

By: MamaG on 2/2/10 at 4:42

Blanket, thanks for the defense! :-) Love ya sweetie! Hope you all have a great evening--I'm gone. Perhaps I'll pop back in when I get home and see what smarmy remarks have been flung my way!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/2/10 at 3:34
someone needs a tall glass of grow up......

My #1 vote for best post of 2010 so far!!!

Sidney, I did not recommend BD. Re-read my posts.

By: brrrrk on 2/2/10 at 4:43

Sid,

You said,

"Brrrrk: I have no problem with legal abortion as long as the party seeking the abortion PAYS FOR IT. I do not want tax payers to pay for abortions unless it's to save a life."

So you tell me who has the financial wherewithal PAY FOR IT? Try to deny it if you want, but that's clearly a prejudicial statement towards the poor.

By: sidneyames on 2/2/10 at 4:44

mama said: This was a stupid thing to say in regards to Brrrrk's friend who was seriously injured. This post reads as if you just want us to know you have a rental condo. And while we're on the subject, just how do you know the person lied? Were you there? Videotape? Witnesses?

This was a stupid thing to say" is so sweet. And questioning me about how I knew she lied was so supportive.

And telling me that I just want ya'll to know I have (had) a condo was so .... well, so sweet. I can't think of a nicer way to communicate with someone as she did with me.

By: house_of_pain on 2/2/10 at 4:45

I've seen our courts in action, and I can tell you without fear of reproach, it's totally ass-backwards.

By: bfra on 2/2/10 at 4:49

said my husband was younger than I. I was called a liar. Like I don't know and he does not know his DOB and someone on this post knows more than we do about his b'day?
SO pleeeez, geez, blanket.

sid - you are so wishy-washy in your comments. Like I posted you should follow Judge Judys motto, if you tell the truth you don't have to have a good memory. Mama, blanket & others have offered some good advise and you scoffed at it with another excuse. Like, I don't think anyone one cares how many acres you have, how many condos you have, whether or not you need botax among the many "notice Me" info packed comments you have posted.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/2/10 at 4:49

Mama, i'm sure there will be plenty of ASS-inine remarks made by a certain poster....

By: sidneyames on 2/2/10 at 4:50

By: brrrrk on 2/2/10 at 3:43
Sid,

You said,

"Brrrrk: I have no problem with legal abortion as long as the party seeking the abortion PAYS FOR IT. I do not want tax payers to pay for abortions unless it's to save a life."

So you tell me who has the financial wherewithal PAY FOR IT? Try to deny it if you want, but that's clearly a prejudicial statement towards the poor.

Again brrrrk, your words, not mine. Poor people, rich people. Sex does not know what a $$$ sign is. It is merely an act between two people who should think about the consequences of their actions - whether they are rich or poor.

How can I be prejudiced against the poor when I was poor (very poor) as a child and know the anguish. I'm merely stating that everyone needs to be responsilbe for their own actions. I am not prejudiced against poor anything. Stop putting words in my mouth.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/2/10 at 4:50

indeed, house.

By: sidneyames on 2/2/10 at 4:51

By: bfra on 2/2/10 at 3:49
said my husband was younger than I. I was called a liar. Like I don't know and he does not know his DOB and someone on this post knows more than we do about his b'day?
SO pleeeez, geez, blanket.

sid - you are so wishy-washy in your comments. Like I posted you should follow Judge Judys motto, if you tell the truth you don't have to have a good memory. Mama, blanket & others have offered some good advise and you scoffed at it with another excuse. Like, I don't think anyone one cares how many acres you have, how many condos you have, whether or not you need botax among the many "notice Me" info packed comments you have posted.

So bfra, are you saying NO ONE ELSE posts private, personal information?

And I'm the only wishy-washy poster here? Or alive on the planet?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/2/10 at 4:51

brrrrk, nice try but she seems to be immune to knowledge. *sigh*

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/2/10 at 4:53

so everyone else is horrible and needs their "meds" except for you, sid? funny how everyone is saying the same thing. maybe you should listen for once. view it as constructive criticism.

By: sidneyames on 2/2/10 at 4:53

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/2/10 at 3:51
brrrrk, nice try but she seems to be immune to knowledge. *sigh*

Blanket, would that be "general" knowledge or the "knowledge according to the Gods and Goddesses of C P posting".

ha, ha, ha. You make me laugh. "sigh" and "sigh" again. (Sigh-a-na-rah)

By: DustyU on 2/2/10 at 4:55

By: house_of_pain on 2/2/10 at 3:45
I've seen our courts in action, and I can tell you without fear of reproach, it's totally ass-backwards.

amen to that house!

By: brrrrk on 2/2/10 at 4:55

One question Sid.... who in this country can most easily pay for an abortion out of pocket? Remember the 9th....

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/2/10 at 4:55

ugly
- adj.

1. very unattractive or unpleasant to look at; offensive to the sense of beauty; displeasing in appearance.
2. disagreeable; unpleasant; objectionable: ugly tricks; ugly discords.
3. morally revolting: ugly crime.
4. threatening trouble or danger: ugly symptoms.
5. mean; hostile; quarrelsome: an ugly mood; an ugly frame of mind.

By: DustyU on 2/2/10 at 4:58

so everyone else is horrible and needs their "meds"

that's me!!! I should be tossed into the sun!!!

By: sidneyames on 2/2/10 at 5:00

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/2/10 at 3:53
so everyone else is horrible and needs their "meds" except for you, sid? funny how everyone is saying the same thing. maybe you should listen for once. view it as constructive criticism.

blanket, I don't take drugs and would not take them. WHY would I listen to a bunch of "initals" and code names on a site like this.
And Blanket, you must have sent us a description of yourself, cause I know you're not talking about me.

Ask D7 to research and post the first ugly comment he made about and to me.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/2/10 at 5:09

you're really limited, aren't you, sid?

By: dargent7 on 2/2/10 at 5:15

D7 here....this woman, "Sid" is clinically nuts.
No rational person can track her posts, from one end to the other.
She invites "piling on", but, like a cripple in a wheelchair I do not find it amusing.
I'll take on "Chief", idgaf, gdia, Nemo, Loner, House....like in a football game.
But, Sid is different.
She'll blame someone, anyone, and everyone, for an attack on her "posts", then act indignant how they can respond in kind.
Freud had a medical term for it; "Nut's".

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/2/10 at 5:20

so you're saying that you wouldn't take me on, d7? geez, thanks!

8~P LOL

By: sidneyames on 2/2/10 at 5:24

omg, I"m a mess. I just looked into the mirror of CP and saw myself for what I really am. I must end this. Think I'll slash . . . .. my tires! That would serve me right for being such an ugly monster.

OH, if only I had been a good girl on CP. If only I had adhered to the rules of civil procedure on CP. If only I had flowed with the flush on C P. If only I had not stepped out of line with the marchers as they moved forward and upward on CP. Oh, forsooth! I have forsaken all of those brave souls who went before me, above me, beyond me.

I am totally ignorant. I am stupid. I am not worthy of thee, oh CP.

Clinically nuts? D7. That's sort of a diagnosis. What qualifies you? Scarey to think about. Going to kick the dog now. That's slang for shutting down the computer in my world.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/2/10 at 5:26

d7, you wouldn't happen to be a songwriter, would you?

By: house_of_pain on 2/2/10 at 5:28

d7 is actually "Weird Al", Blanket.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/2/10 at 5:32

gotcha, house.

8~)

By: DustyU on 2/2/10 at 5:33

House - really? I'm a BIG yanker fan!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/2/10 at 5:35

can we have your autograph, d7?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/2/10 at 5:36

it's getting that time of day again. will it be beer or Zumba? let me get a coin....

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/2/10 at 5:36

damn. Zumba two times in a row. maybe i should do the best out of 5......

By: house_of_pain on 2/2/10 at 5:37

Beer! Beer! Beer!

By: DustyU on 2/2/10 at 5:37

House - loved his "Eat It" rendition :)

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/2/10 at 5:37

huh. beer AND zumba.....that would be interesting.....

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/2/10 at 5:38

me too, Dusty! it cracks me up every time!