I’ll be so glad when all this election brouhaha is over. I’ll be so depressed if Romney captures a majority of American votes… in other words, I will think so much is wrong with this country’s education policies.
So how likely is it that doing tax favors for the top 1% will raise the job totals?
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Kevin Siers in The Charlotte Observer:
At least Romney makes it clear who his support base won’t be…
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Joel Pett in The Lexington Herald-Leader:
One day women might disable the positions of Romney and his buddies…
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David Fitzsimmons in The Arizona Daily Star:
Some time accusations reverse themselves to define the accuser.
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Mike Luckovich in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Foreign policy requires a lot of basic knowledge. Romney doesn’t seem to have any.
It’s possible to convince people to want what’s bad for them…
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Chris Weyant at The Hill:
…but sooner or later they won’t buy it…
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… so the Republicans will find another way…
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John Jonik in the Philadelphia Daily News:
…and they will prey on absolute stupidity…
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…unless, of course, if their own party members grow a conscience.
This from the Hartford Courant:
The 20-16 vote came at 2:05 a.m., after more than 10 hours of debate. The measure now moves to the House of Representatives, where it has broad support. Democratic Gov. Daniel P. Malloy has pledged to sign the bill once it reaches his desk.
This brings into question what will happen to the two men convicted in the Petit murders (which I talked about a few years ago, since Dr. Petit, who was my Endocrinologist when I lived in CT and he lost his wife and daughters to these guys).
This raises the question of whether Steven Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky, sentenced to death for the Petit murders, will be executed. Some experts believe the courts will overturn the death sentences of all those convicted of capital crimes to make the law consistent. Will that happen?
- Connecticut Senate votes to abolish death penalty – Fox News (foxnews.com)
- Connecticut may be latest state to repeal death penalty (claimyourinnocence.wordpress.com)
- Connecticut To End Death Penalty, Become 17th State To Stop Capital Punishment (inquisitr.com)
- Connecticut moves to abolish death penalty (mercurynews.com)
- Connecticut’s wise move against the death penalty (csmonitor.com)
Sometimes the telephone can bring both good and bad news calls within minutes of each other. It is life, after all, and things happen that you look forward to and that you dread.
First the good. Elly called to say that the word had come up from Texas and they accepted the offer we put in on the house and 4 acres I spoke about on this blog yesterday. Now we can start planning our move and the future with chickens and goats.
Unfortunately the bad news overshadows the good.
My mother called to tell me that my Uncle Peter had died in Connecticut. Peter had been in a nursing home for the last couple of years, but we kept in touch through e-mail (he was a reader and commenter on this blog and, until last August, had a blog of hos own… As I understand it he used to completely take over the community computer in the Home to live on the Internet.)
He was my favorite Uncle, my father’s second youngest brother, a Yale PhD in English Literature ( his dissertation can still be read today : Epic prolepsis and repetition as structural devices in Milton’s Paradise Lost.)
In a family full of Republicans, he was the Democrat, and served as my guide as I became a lifelong liberal.
It was as a writer that he excelled… for many years at the Hartford Courant where he did columns and obituaries and local news… retiring early when they cut down on their staffs. For a while he worked with Elly and me at U-Design (actually that’s where he took up the computer.)
You might like to see a sample of his work, witty and wonderful and very provocative. This was on his blog last August:
I WILL NOT RUN FOR PRESIDENT
Politics – I Won’t Dance
by Pete Tchakirides
No! No! I won’t do it! I refuse to throw my hat into the ring. Today, I am announcing publicly, officially and categorically, that I will not be a candidate for the presidency of the United Startles in 2012. I will not run in a Democratic primary against President Barack Hussein Obama. I will not register as a Republican and seek the GOP nomination for that high post. As Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman said concerning the presidential election of 1884: “I will not accept if nominated and will not serve if elected.” Why, you ask? Why? Because I have no experience of elective office, especially one that requires knowledge of the legislative process, from the time of classical Greece’s democracy and the workings of the Roman Senate to the formation and development of the English Parliament. I do not have the political or oratorical skills of a Marcus Tullius Cicero, or the depth of historical knowledge of an Edward Gibbon. I have no experience, or appetite, for the commanding of men and women, especially those I might have to send to their deaths in combat. No, I am no Caesar, nor Cicero. You remember what happened to both of them? Yes, assassinated. You still press me to run? Nay, I am getting on in years, and see no need to trouble my old age with more headaches, and heartaches. What? You say that I am as qualified as anyone seeking the nomination for president today? That, as Henry David Thoreau tells us, “No man with a genius for legislation has appeared in America”? That most of the candidates are fools, and the rest both fools and knaves? That they represent the interests of political factions and special interests? Perhaps you are right. There are no wise men or women who would be president. I alone, like Socrates, know only I am wise, because I know I do not know anything. But, like Socrates, I would rather drink hemlock than to pretend that I am wise enough to be president.
Lately I’ve been rewatching a Canadian television series from 6 or 7 years ago, Slings and Arrows, about a professional Shakespeare Festival. There is an artistic Director who dies and comes back as a ghost that can be seen by only one person. If I have the opportunity of having a ghost that could talk with me, I would hope it was my Uncle Pete, who I will miss tremendously.
Good news and bad news. Tomorrow is another day.
When I told my wife that Leonard Harris had died last Sunday, she said “Who?”. I guess if you weren’t from Connecticut where you watched CBS, Channel 3, you might not have recognized Harris by name, but from 1966 to 1974 he was our television film critic, eventually reporting nationwide. Prior to that he spent eleven years writing book reviews for The Hartford Courant.
Although he lived in Manhattan, he died of pneumonia in his old stomping grounds in Hartford.
- Leonard Harris, Television Critic, Dies at 81 (nytimes.com)
My daughter Cassandra sent me an e-mail this morning forwarding me to an excellent blog called CtWatchdog.com (which I have added to my News Blogroll). It is written by George Gombossy, who spent 14 years as the Courant’s Bysiness Editor and was the first investigative consumer columnist in the Courant’s history. He was fired on August 14 for refusing to “be nice” (ie: tell lies about) major advertisers.
As a born and raised Connecticut guy (who left the state seven years ago but who still maintains strong family and friend connections there) I was shocked to read the articles at the site relating to thr demise of America’s oldest continuously published newspaper.
If you are interested in good journalism in general, or in Connecticut journalism in particular, this is a blog you should check in on.