Up for Debate: Wrapping up the session

Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 2:54am

What's your take on what the state legislature did in its second half?

79 Comments on this post:

By: Loner on 5/3/12 at 1:09

Synopsis: It was the idiots versus the assholes....and they both won.

By: bfra on 5/3/12 at 1:55

That pretty much sums up politicians in this part of the country, with the mayor & his cronies leading the pack.

By: dargent7 on 5/3/12 at 4:35

I'm still wating for my gun permit so I can go to all the bars downtown and still up some trouble.
Oh, and can't wait until Walmart gets those chicken coops in. Plan on lining my backyard with several.
Should round out the appearence, complementing the Corvair on bricks I have in the front yard.

By: Ask01 on 5/3/12 at 4:43

Wait, wait wait, this is a trick question, right?

The very premise of the question hangs on the supposition they, our elected employees, actually DID something?

Well, you won't fool me with that ploy.

The only positive aspect was the communities which elected the legislature got rid of them for the duration of the session.

Well, except for residents of Davidson County. Plus we had to tolerate them being in town.

Worse yet, neither our local elected employees nor the governor will leave town.

And those who leave will be back.

We in Nashville/Davidson County cannot win. Between state government and a joke of local government, we enjoy(?) the worst of both worlds.

By: dargent7 on 5/3/12 at 4:49

Did you guys get the Preds game last night?
All I got was the New York Rangers v. the Washington Capitals on my cable.
Game time was 8:00pm and couldn't find it.
Of course, after a case of Bud Lite, I couldn't find my shoes, either.

By: Ummm... on 5/3/12 at 5:22

If I start a charter school teaching gun-toting, homophobia, abstinence, intelligent design, climate change denial and the inherent superiority of caucasians, can I get huge amounts of government funding?

By: gdiafante on 5/3/12 at 5:26

Well, they did pass a resolution saying that Peyton Manning should sign with the Titans...

They also passed something about saggy pants...creationism...I'd say for Tennessee, it was par for the course.

Darge, the game was on CNBC.

By: Loner on 5/3/12 at 6:03

Please, do not get me wrong; New York's legislature is also made up of idiots and assholes; but we have a different ratio.

In the Empire State, it's about 40% idiots to 60 % assholes...in the Volunteer State, the ratio is about 60% idiots to40% assholes....according to my layman's analysis.

By: dargent7 on 5/3/12 at 6:09

You guys following this Junior Seau story? He shot himself in the chest to preserve his brain for concussion analysis....left behind 4 children, a mother.

By: yogiman on 5/3/12 at 6:10

Well, if I may give my opinion, it seems like it takes a100% idiotic asshole to determine the character of who is in political offices. That being one who has never been in a political office as an elected server of the State's citizens.

By: gdiafante on 5/3/12 at 6:11

That's speculation, darge, because another player shot himself in the chest last year for that reason. As far as I know, they haven't found a note so any talk that he intended to have his brain analyzed is premature.

But, the NFL is in trouble. It's all circumstantial at the moment, but there's a really good case that ex-players have brain damage. If the NFL thinks it can't be knocked from the top of the mountain, they should look to boxing.

By: dargent7 on 5/3/12 at 6:12

Who the F*** are the Washington Capitals? First we had the Coyotes, now these guys?
Bring on the Boston Bruins.
I remember the time when goalies didn't wear masks...Eddie Giacamo, Cheevers, Gump Whorsley...
Now, these guys look like NASCAR cars with all the logos.

By: dargent7 on 5/3/12 at 6:16

Gd: Yes, but, there's so many more rules now about, "helmet to helmet". "Horse- shoe tackels"...all shit that was legal since the 50's.
I still have a cap.."Say-Ow".

By: gdiafante on 5/3/12 at 6:23

Yes, but it's not just older players that are having these problems. Seau was 43 years old...

By: Loner on 5/3/12 at 6:35

We start damaging their little brains in the Pop Warner leagues; then we damage them further in High School football...from there it's College football.... the biggest, baddest, meanest and most durable players then go the the NFL, for a professional brain stomping.

By: govskeptic on 5/3/12 at 6:38

Whether Democratic or Republican majority it's always about the same
with our state legislature. Make sure the heavy donors and their business
interest are protected from those pesky voting citizens. Have a few very
controversial issues that one base or the other favors dominate the
lazy press coverage. In the end, the issues that affect every citizen of
the state's pocketbook and consumer protection is diminished a little more!
Yet, those issues didn't get enough silly quotes or visuals to make the news.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/3/12 at 6:40

I am going to have to make a correction to another one of yogi’s outrageous lies. Once again our idiot historian leaves out important facts.

By: yogiman on 5/2/12 at 11:31

You comment you would like to see the pictures of Bin Laden's death but you understand why they weren't shown. Do; do you know Bin Laden was actually killed? How many lies has Obama told since taking office?

Can you explain why those Navy Seals involved in the strike died on a plane crash just a few weeks later? Was that an accident, or a determined incident?

"We don't believe that any of the special operators who were killed were involved in the bin Laden operation," a senior U.S. military official told Fox News.


By: gdiafante on 5/3/12 at 6:42

Nemo, you know yogi never lets facts get in the way of a good conspiracy theory...

By: Captain Nemo on 5/3/12 at 6:46

There is no proof that yogi has ever been a “Weatherman” for the Navy or that he was a “Prison Security Guard.” The only fact is that he is nothing but a closet animal molester and compulsive liar.

Prove me wrong yogiman.

By: Kosh III on 5/3/12 at 6:48

Yogi will probably blame Oswald for killing Lincoln.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/3/12 at 6:50

I don’t think that the legislation is capable of doing anything, because it is trying to make the world into its on image.

By: gdiafante on 5/3/12 at 6:51

No one shot Lincoln...he's a vampire hunter.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/3/12 at 6:55

Look on the bright side of yogi’s stupid post; he is not assaulting any animals while on line. LOL

By: Captain Nemo on 5/3/12 at 6:58

Lincoln death was a government cover-up. He was about to confess that he was really born in Cuba and was apart of a Giant World Conspiracy to bring Obama into power.

By: Rasputin72 on 5/3/12 at 6:59

LONER, Your rhetoric has been rather weak for the last 10 days or so. You made up for it this morning with one of your classics at 2:09 AM.

By the way, I am wondering why someone would whine about having a brain injury from playing professional football. Is this not an optional vocation? Did somone not tell these "people" that a brain injury could accompany that vocation.

Junior Seau could have become a short order cook or a Kirby vacuum cleaner salesperson. It was his choice and the choice of others who whine about their lack of brains resulting from playing professional football.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/3/12 at 7:02

Oswald was transported back to 1864 and did lay out the plans for the phony assignation conspiracy.

By: gdiafante on 5/3/12 at 7:06

Raspy, it's obvious that you don't understand the issue. The lawsuit claims that the NFL deliberately withheld information from players regarding head trauma, encouraged players to conceal their medical conditions and refused to react to injuries by implementing rule changes to protect players.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/3/12 at 7:07

Did somone not tell these "people" that a brain injury could accompany that vocation.

Junior Seau could have become a short order cook or a Kirby vacuum cleaner salesperson. It was his choice and the choice of others who whine about their lack of brains resulting from playing professional football.

Don’t you just love how nonchalant Rasputin comes across about someone’s death as long as his gets his thrill from watching people beat up on each other.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/3/12 at 7:10

I really doubt that anyone has taken the time to explain brain injuries to any of the athletes of contact sports. This is a new and only lately has anyone been looking into the matter.

By: BenDover on 5/3/12 at 7:13

It was on at Jonny's, Darge but when I got home to watch the 3rd I couldn't find it anywhere on Comcast.

By: gdiafante on 5/3/12 at 7:15

You're right, Nemo. And it's not just football. Wade Belak, a former Predator, committed suicide last year...no one was even aware that (1) he had suffered concussions and (2) he was depressed.

I think it's a fine line...common sense would dictate that head trauma would have consequences...but if the NFL knew that the medical evidence predicated rule changes and didn't act, or actively encouraged players/coaches to conceal injuries, aren't they culpable?

By: slacker on 5/3/12 at 7:16

It seems to me, that some thing's are self-evident. Injuries, are hazards of the trade in contact sports.

By: gdiafante on 5/3/12 at 7:20

Like I said, I think it's common sense, slacker, but we're just now learning the extent of damage that can occur with a concussion. The issue is if the NFL knew this or they, like the rest of us, are just becoming aware.

And let's be honest here, the NFL needs to take care of their own...they've blown it with a lot of retired players.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/3/12 at 7:22

gdia, I don’t think any child wants to be a football player and get brain injuries.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/3/12 at 7:23

BTW yogi shut up you have braids for brains.

By: slacker on 5/3/12 at 7:26

gdiafante, You are an obvious hockey fan. Do you think, the prof. hockey league's should ban fighting?

By: slacker on 5/3/12 at 7:38

If I was an NFL owner, negotiating a multi-million dollar contract with a player. I would have a clause in the contract, to place several million dollars in a trust, to address the player's future repercussions from injuries.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/3/12 at 7:38

I want to grow up to be the Village Idiot

Paul Wade-

By: dargent7 on 5/3/12 at 7:40

Terry Bradshaw is doing NutriSystem commercials. He's got to be in his 60's.
Dan marino was just on FOX News..has to be 50, looks great.
Joe Montana does "Joint Juice", has to be 50.
Seau drove off a carlsbad 'cliff" (50 ft.) 2 years ago after he was arrested for a domestic violence.
Samoans and Tongas can be a violent people, if riled up.
The Hawaiian lore of peaceful people, is a myth.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/3/12 at 7:51

I think there is a difference in knowing something that could happen and not knowing. A brain injury in football player was something that once was thought as a maybe. Death in auto racing was a given.

“You ask me about tragic accidents? If I am on my tractor at my farm and it rolls over on me and kills me, that's a tragic accident. If I die in a race car, that's life. I died doing what I love.”
― Dale Earnhardt

By: Moonglow1 on 5/3/12 at 7:52

Moonglow1: Haslam's administration suffers from Traumatic Brain Injury. They get an F for their "work" in this legislative session. If they were "employees" I would fire them all, but since they are legislators we will need to vote them out. It is too expensive and tedious to go through a recall.

Haslam has been mentioned recently in the New York Times for "creationism" and other dumba legislation. He is trying to distance himself from his own legislators by not signing, but he could have vetoed and did not (on the creationism). He thinks history will say it was the idiot legislators who passed it, but it was done under his administration so the "credit" is all his. Take a bow Mr. Governor!

By: Captain Nemo on 5/3/12 at 7:55

lol Moonglow

By: slacker on 5/3/12 at 7:57

Warning label on professional football helmet.

Playing this violent sport will probably lead to:
Headaches, depression, arthritis, cheerleaders, millions of dollars, bankruptcy, fathering of several illegitimate children.

By: gdiafante on 5/3/12 at 8:08

Yogi: personally, I think fighting is a part of the game. Yes, concussion from fighting is an issue and the NHL has come a long way in addressing that. It only took that big baby Crosby to get his bell rung for them to notice, though.

But let's be honest here, most fights are pretty tame...just a lot of holding and grabbing...the biggest threat of injury from a fight is that the helmet comes off and they can fall and crack their grape on the ice.

Then again, if we ban every dangerous part of the game, it wouldn't be ice hockey...after all, those are sharp blades and can cause death (seriously, there was a guy a few years ago that had his carotid cut during a game...Youtube it...gruesome...)

By: Rasputin72 on 5/3/12 at 8:30

Gdiafante........It is obvious to me that I know exactly what I need to know about you and your bias against intelligence.,

By: Captain Nemo on 5/3/12 at 8:38

I read, “Bias against intelligence?” Oh boy the yogi disease is spreading.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/3/12 at 8:43

I got to go to work.

You can come out yogi.

By: yogiman on 5/3/12 at 8:45

Perhaps those of you with such small brains can't see beyond your noses. How many young men have you ever known that would turn down a multi-million dollar job even if they were told in might damage their brain? None. After all, what man have you ever known who could believe it could happen to them?

I see it as WOW!, several million bucks for only a few years playing a sport I love.

By: gdiafante on 5/3/12 at 8:46

What is it with these twits always commenting about "intelligence"?

By: Loner on 5/3/12 at 8:52

By: Rasputin72 on 5/3/12 at 7:59

LONER, Your rhetoric has been rather weak for the last 10 days or so. You made up for it this morning with one of your classics at 2:09 AM.

Thank you, Raspy...I think.

"Weak rhetoric" is something that I try to avoid....I strive for entertaining, yet informative posts...not "strong" rhetoric, as a general rule.

The topics for debate have not been all that inspiring of late....IMHO.

I never got any closer to a football gridiron than playing tenor sax in the HS football band...I used to envy the big, strong athletic types...now that I'm in my sixties, I am glad that I was a scrawny, pale...woodwind playing...kid....some of those big guys are now six feet under or have one foot in the grave.