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: Loner on 2/2/10 at 7:19

Good morning, Nashville!

Well, Phill Bredesen has come a long way; from Shortsville , NY to the Governor's mansion (and bunker) in Nashville, TN. Now, the savvy carpetbagger is riding off into the sunset. Let us hope that some of his favorite failures go with him.

For years, Bredesen's favorite program seemed to be his "Marijuana Eradication Program". Untold thousands, if not millions, were sucked down that rat-hole over the years, with little or no effect on the availablility of mrijuana on the streets.

While other governors were seeking ways to legalize medical marijuana or to decriminalize, if not legalize the herb, Bredesen was playing a theatrical role for the powerful Bible Belt audience in the Volunteer State. He must have played the role convincingly.

Let us hope that a new governor will propose a progressive Cannabis Taxation Program as opposed to continuing a phony Marijuana Eradication Program.

By: dargent7 on 2/2/10 at 7:36

Loner, my wayward, lost, friend....if this ass-backward state cannot get wine sales into a grocery store, or sold on any given Sunday, they sure as hell aren't going to legalize or decriminalize marijuana, medical, or not. Not ever.

By: house_of_pain on 2/2/10 at 7:50

Bredesen, don't even think about taking that bunker with you.

By: Loner on 2/2/10 at 7:52

Steve Cohen for TN Governor!

TN is not completely backward, D7, we have the NCP and Steve Cohen as proof.

By: Loner on 2/2/10 at 7:54

Gotta run this morning, carry on....

By: Kosh III on 2/2/10 at 7:56

Goodye and good riddance.

By: DustyU on 2/2/10 at 8:18

Howdy all!

K3 walked into a gay piano bar in Shortsville , NY and saw Bredesen and Cohen playing a gig :)

By: house_of_pain on 2/2/10 at 8:21

I'd vote for Cohen.

By: dargent7 on 2/2/10 at 8:25

Who'd live in a city called, "Shortsville"? I always favored "Hell, Mich." or "Climax, Mich." "Santa Claus, IN" was always too happy for me.

By: DustyU on 2/2/10 at 8:25

I'd vote for Lady GaGa

By: DustyU on 2/2/10 at 8:27

d7 - I lived halfway between Mars and Freedom PA for a little while :)

By: Captain Nemo on 2/2/10 at 8:30

Good morning

By: Loner on 2/2/10 at 6:54
Gotta run this morning, carry on....
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By: Kosh III on 2/2/10 at 6:56
Goodye and good riddance.
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Kosh that is no way to talk to Loner.

Just kidding.

By: house_of_pain on 2/2/10 at 8:32

PA cities have some great names.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/2/10 at 8:32

Shortsville is that where Superman grew up? lol

By: Captain Nemo on 2/2/10 at 8:36

I think Bredesen was a better governor than mayor.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/2/10 at 8:38

d7, I've been to hell Mich. Did they ever repair the dam?

By: dargent7 on 2/2/10 at 8:38

I figured, girls living in "Climax" had a leg up, and gave me a head start, vs. girls living in "Hell".

By: govskeptic on 2/2/10 at 8:42

I gave up on the Governor after he allowed "His" Special Session
on "Ethics" to turn into nothing more than a worthless unproductive
PR stunt. Final bill was totally written after all the public hearings and
DO Good suggestions were taken behind closed doors in a
joint agreement. What very little was accomplised was then
stripped the following yr. No matter the Governor, Speaker, Lt,
Governor, or Political Party, my beloved State has a Legislature
that is never changing in it's constant embarrsement and
manulation of it's citizens/voters!

By: Captain Nemo on 2/2/10 at 8:55

From yesterday

By: sidneyames on 2/1/10 at 7:22
There is something ironic about being the last poster at 5:51 and 5:54; it's sort of a dit, dit, dot, dot. Whats going on with your letters, Capt.? Call me and dictate what you wanna say and I'll type it in. That might lend credibility to my posts. After all, they are ridiculous when I write them.
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At 7:22 sid is talking about the last poster. Seem to me that she is the last poster.

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She just can't stand not knowing. lol

By: dargent7 on 2/2/10 at 9:10

Cpt.: She's of the belief, "You can't sue Corporations". Tell that to Toyota who has 200 lawsuits filed already, as well as the Dealerships that sold the cars.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/2/10 at 9:34

That doesn’t surprise me, d7.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/2/10 at 10:02

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By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/2/10 at 10:03

oh damn, it's doing it again! lol

By: DustyU on 2/2/10 at 10:17

Morning capt - how are you feeling? - I'll try to hang with you guys today - fell out yesterday :(

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/2/10 at 10:18

fell out?

By: DustyU on 2/2/10 at 10:18

d7 - ever had the honor of getting flamed by hounddogharry and uncledonna at top? :)

By: DustyU on 2/2/10 at 10:20

Blanket - yeah - unfortunately literally - grandson had to put me in bed :(

By: dargent7 on 2/2/10 at 10:30

D-U: Are you referring to The Tennessean w/ the abbr. "top"?
I cannot stand that paper, lately. The LTE's are brain dead, and the first two psychotics out of the box are always "ed179" and "stopthelunacy". "dooley" is sometimes 1st, and they all pile on him..."US_Male", "bj105".....I stick with USA Today, San Diego Union-Trib., Honolulu Advertiser, and the several gay papers.

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

sorry to hear that, Dusty. feeling better today?

By: Captain Nemo on 2/2/10 at 10:36

lol Blanket.

Sorry to hear Dusty. Old fogies like us don’t need to be falling out.

I have been having trouble with my eyes lately. I have been far sighted as long as I can remember, but last week I can see better at a distance without my glasses. Now I can’t read. It is a complete reversal of what I am uses to seeing. I had to buy reading glasses at Target yesterday.

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

Nemo, is that why your typing is so much better today?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/2/10 at 10:39

it was hard to read the braille yesterday.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/2/10 at 10:42

Mst b Blnket. lol

By: DustyU on 2/2/10 at 10:44

d7 - yeah - the other paper with all the news 2 days late :)
blanket - hopefully so far :)
capt - my eyes fluctuate too much for glasses :(

By: Captain Nemo on 2/2/10 at 10:45

I had to feel around yesterday. But the good news is sid is still scratching her backside trying to know what was going on. lol

By: Captain Nemo on 2/2/10 at 10:47

Dusty is it cause of the diabetes?

By: DustyU on 2/2/10 at 10:50

capt - yeah - mostly :(

By: Captain Nemo on 2/2/10 at 10:55

That is what I am afraid of, Dusty. It could cost me my job. Then you would be stuck with me on line more.

By: DustyU on 2/2/10 at 10:57

Capt - as long as you can stay on your meds and watch your diet you should be able to maintain? :)

By: sidneyames on 2/2/10 at 11:00

By: dargent7 on 2/2/10 at 6:36
Loner, my wayward, lost, friend....if this ass-backward state cannot get wine sales into a grocery store, or sold on any given Sunday, they sure as hell aren't going to legalize or decriminalize marijuana, medical, or not. Not ever.

Who is their right mind would want to live in an "ass backward state (that) cannot get wine sales into a grocery store, or sold on any given Sunday" and who "aren't going to legalize or decriminalize marijuana, medical, or not. Not ever"?

Who, pray tell would even move there if they lived in a utopia state where these things are readily available, even on Sunday?

States with legal (medical) mary-wanna: Alaska (LMAO); CA, CO, HI, Maine, Michigan, MT, NV, NJ, NM, Oregon, Rhode Island, VT, Washington State; and AZ (John McCain country) and MD have favorable laws.

By: sidneyames on 2/2/10 at 11:02

And grocery stores selling wine, etc. are out there. Why not move to a state that you can be accommodated in, rather than kevetch about the one you chose? I mean, just asking.

By Andrea Bullard
Monday, January 19, 2009 at 4:44 p.m. Read more: Local, State, Business, Wine, Liquor, Grocery, Convenience, Licenses
States like Vermont, Florida and Nevada already allow the sale of wine and liquor in their grocery and convenience stores. In New York, you have to be licensed to sell wine and liquor.

Florida is nice; oops, no medical marijuana, but you're so close to Cuba.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/2/10 at 11:06

Dusty

The reading glasses help a lot. I can read the paper again. Couple of weeks a go I had to take off my glasses to read and put then on to drive. Eye doctors said for me to wait and how I adjust to the meds.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/2/10 at 11:10

By: sidneyames on 2/2/10 at 10:02
And grocery stores selling wine, etc. are out there. Why not move to a state that you can be accommodated in, rather than kevetch about the one you chose? I mean, just asking

sid, laws are made according to the populace which is always in flux. times change. if the majority of the populace wants wine in liquor stores then the laws would need to be adjusted to reflect that. times change. that is an inevitable fact of life.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/2/10 at 11:10

oops - wine in GROCERY stores. i need more coffee.....

By: sidneyames on 2/2/10 at 11:10

By: dargent7 on 2/2/10 at 8:10
Cpt.: She's of the belief, "You can't sue Corporations". Tell that to Toyota who has 200 lawsuits filed already, as well as the Dealerships that sold the cars.

By: sidneyames on 2/1/10 at 10:48
By: idgaf on 2/1/10 at 8:46
sid you CAN sue a corporation and it is done all the time.
What is protected is PERSONAL assets not corporate assets
Thanks idgaf. I stand corrected (and rightly so).

So D7, did you stop reading after I posted? Cause you APPARENTLY missed Idgaf at 8:46 a.m. correcting me and me "thanks idgaf, I stand corrected (and rightlyso).

Or did you choose to just be down right mean? I was corrected and today I learned something. I learned that you can't or don't read everything.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/2/10 at 11:10

What is kevetch?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/2/10 at 11:11

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By: sidneyames on 2/2/10 at 11:14

And being the last poster on the day is fun. When I am shutting down my computer I look to see the "next to the last post' If it's someone respectfully closing down, like DustyU I Might respond to him or not.

But then the next day, I get the last laugh cause some "curious george monkey" like D7 has gone to the last post of the day before to see what (or if) I said.

That's sort of poetic justice for me. I"m being made fun of for making the last post when I was NOT the last looker on the sight. You're so transparent D7. You seek to irk me and on a bad day for me, it works.

DustyU and Capt. hope you're both feeling better. And everyone else as well.

By: DustyU on 2/2/10 at 11:14

Capt - a good old yiddish term - we all kevetch a lot online :)

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/2/10 at 11:14

we just heard "broken record" by sid from TMI Productions.