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Such is the case with Joshua Katz, a Libertarian who intends to challenge Republican Marilyn Giuliano for her seat in the Connecticut General Assembly's 23rd District.
According to his site, Katz wants to get rid of the state income tax, and roll back prohibitive gun laws that restrict law-abiding gun owners. He is pro-choice, and wants to prevent illegal immigrants from getting in-statetuition rates. Sounds like a typical Connecticut Republican, right?
If he sees Marilyn Giuliano as an opponent toward achieving lower taxes, and a better Connecticut, he isn't paying attention. He should be supporting Giuliano, not trying to fracture her vote.
Katz does come off as a bit of a moonbat in a couple areas, however. He apparently wants to prevent the Connecticut National Guard from being deployed overseas, and pull Connecticut out of the Selective Service, "protecting" any CT residents from a future draft.
Lofty goals for a candidate for state representative. As a state legislator, he'll pretty much need to get Connecticut to seceed from the Union to accomplish them. Good luck!
Finally, his answer to the health care issue is to expand naturopathic medicine and "alternative" health care. Excellent. I am certain there is no question that putting healing crystals on our nipples will greatly reduce health care costs. And greatly increase burial costs!
Mr. Katz's web site says that he doesn't want to sit back and do nothing about the problems he sees around him. That is admirable. However, if he unwittingly allows a Democrat to win this seat, he will have become the very problem he seeks to address.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
According to the AP, the Navy hopes to shoot it down before the satellite hits land.
If they miss... I fear what could happen... like the beginning of a crappy sit-com.
He served one term, from 1837-1841. He was the shortest president at 5'6" tall, earning him the nickname "Little Magician."
He was also known as "Old Kinderhook." But when I was in elementary school, there were portraits of all the presidents on a main wall, and, due to his fashionable hairstyle, I nicknamed him "Cauliflower Head."
He was a founder of the Democratic party and presided over the nation's first economic depression in 1837.
He was defeated in 1840 by William Henry Harrison, but would run again as a "Free Soil" candidate in 1848, only to lose again.
He was the only president of Dutch anscestry, owned two tiger cubs as pets, and wore loaded pistols when he presided over the Senate during his vice presidency. He also never mentioned his wife in his autobiography.
Here's to President Martin Van Buren, in celebration of Presidents Week!
Friday, February 15, 2008
"There is a perceived lack of professionalism with the chief of police and
the way he's conducting himself in meetings and with citizens, who have
complained to me directly," Shingleton said. "I've heard people have felt
they've been bullied and intimidated."Shingleton declined to name specific
Thursday, February 14, 2008
You'll get yours in the spring, after you file your 2007 tax return. What will you spend it on?
The gambit, I suppose, is that once everyone gets their refund, they will spend it, and that will help the economy. That is, of course, moronic.
I will probably use mine to pay other taxes. If they really want to help us out down in Washington, why don't they reduce our tax rate overall, instead of spending all the money it takes to process, print and mail all these refund checks?
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Especially when it comes to some important reforms.
In the Stamford Advocate today, Speaker Amann said "We really need to move at a snail's pace here this session. It's a very unknown economic situation we're going to be in for the next 90 days."
It's convenient when the national economy gives you an excuse, even if the excuse hasn't even materialized yet.
That certainly means that any retroactive tax relief which could have been enacted by the legislature is dead on arrival. Which is interesting because Senate Democrats have said that they want to enact immediate assistance within one month. That's hard to do when you're moving at a snail's pace.
The image of Amann moving at a snail's pace is easy to visualize... dragging his nasty underbelly across the political landscape leaving a vile snot-like smear as he goes. I can only hope this Speaker who would be governor has his political trail end like so many other slugs in the garden... floating in a plate of beer.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Look, I have to confess that I hate billboards, so I'm not really crying about this. Especially since I agree with Governor Rell that this has simply gotten out of hand. I'm all for business and advertising, but I'm also for reduced impact on the landscape from it.
Some of these new digital billboards they have now which intermittently change the image displayed are particularly ludicrous and distracting, and are one step short of actually having full commercials playing 30 feet tall on the roadside.
The way Interstates 91 and 95 were built truly make them ugly enough. A billboard here and there is alright, but it has gotten out of hand.
Of particular note are the billboards for shops to buy sex toys and porn movies at. Now, I know some Republican State Senator blew a head gasket a couple years back because there was a billboard for the Vagina Monologues he had suffered exposure to. (The muppet hasn't been built yet to make that show interesting to me). But this is much different.
While it may be disturbing to be confronted with the clinical name for genitalia written three stories tall as you drive along the road, it's also a bit much to drive by these VIP billboards. Truckers are a lonsesome lot, but I don't think they need a reminder every seven exits of where they can pick up a rubber f**k doll.
So I applaud you Governor Rell. Blow up the billboards!
Friday, February 8, 2008
Jessica Mayorga, DeStefano's city spokeswoman apparently sent out four pro-Obama emails before and after Super Tuesday.
DeStefano, whose large cranium makes him resemble the Great Gazoo of Flintstones fame, ought to know a little better than this... but apparently he doesn't. Nor does he care to learn.
Amazingly, nothing in state law directly prohibits municipal staff from publicizing a political endorsement. But according to the article, Joan Andrews, director of legal affairs and enforcement for the state Elections Enforcement Commission said "I'm not condoning it. It's not appropriate."
The Gazoo, however, believes he has the right to use his staff for campaign purposes. "It was a statement of fact. I didn't ask anybody in my statement to vote for him. There was no attempt to persuade." he is quoted as saying.
The reporter questioned Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch, Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz, U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro and asked them if they ever used their staff for such purposes. The answer was an all around NO.
Even House Speaker Jim Amann, a man who has lower ethical standards than any speaker in memory, doesn't engage in the practice. DeStefano seems alone on this.
All of the people who were outraged when M. Lisa Moody, Governor Rell's chief of staff, handed out campaign fundraising invitations from her state office on state time ought to be equally outraged. But they won't be, because we all know the "good government" left in Connecticut do not even play by their own rules.
Are you an Obama supporter? You can probably pick up a bumper sticker and some lawn signs in DeStefano's office.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
"Mr. Amann has not demonstrated that he's governor material. Part charming schmoozer and part street fighter, the speaker is best known for insulting Gov. M. Jodi Rell (last year he crossed the line by calling her 'a very dishonorable human being' in a fight over a bonding package), for trying to shake down lobbyists to make donations to his favorite charity, and for telling bloggers that he would "crush any idiot" who would run against him for his legislative seat. Such low statesmanship Connecticut doesn't need."
That sums it up rather well, in calling the pugnacious and deluded speaker out on the absurdity of his demeanor as well as his laughable aspirations.
Amann is not much of a statesman, low or otherwise. No one will ever publish a volume of Amann's public words bound in leather to adorn mahogany bookshelves in the company of those of Jefferson, Hamilton or Adams. If his utterances were ever to be bound and published, they would be tucked not-so-neatly in a basket next to a rarely cleaned toilet, between some Asian porn magazines and a dog-eared, mysteriously stained paperback volume of dick jokes.
Amann is simultaneously running for a third term as speaker, a first term as governor. He praises Governor Rell's plan to create two departments out the DOT expanding government and bureaucracy, but when asked about imposing a tough three strikes law, He remarked "There's more people going to jail, and Connecticut is a lot safer place than it was in 1994. So what's all the hubub about three strikes?"
He should ask Dr. William Petit that question.
Mr. Speaker, you are inadequate at every single one of your endeavors.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
They call this the Connecticut General Assembly.
Today was the opening day for the state House and Senate. It might seem like they were just in Hartford voting recently. That's because they were! While Connecticut is supposed to have a part-time legislature, the General assembly has managed to make it into session almost every month of the 2007 calendar year. A special session here... a special session there... sometimes more than one at once!
Governor Rell delivered her State of the State address, with some interesting proposals... some good, some bad. The session lasts three months, so we'll see what goes through the sausage press and comes out the other end.
Whatever it is... we'll be paying more for it.
Here, Romulan Commander Rosa DeLauro salutes as she reports back to the bridge of her Bird of Prey after a successful mission of voting for Obama, and bombarding a Federation star base.
Well, Connecticut Republicans have spoken, and they have chosen John McCain over all others.
Barack Obama scored what is being termed an "upset" in Connecticut, and I have once again been proven to be no Nostradamus concerning political predictions. However, Clinton did get the larger delegate booty overall yesterday.
McCain has a very significant delegate tally right now, more than double that of Romney, and that is disappointing.
Well, I'm finding this whole process inspiring. Where's the bathroom?
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
So says Judy Aron over at Consent of the Governed who has graciously awarded me the E for Excellence Award for blogging. I deeply appreciate the nomination from such an experienced blogger who regularly offers such great content over at COTG.
To accept, according to the rules, I must nominate at least another ten blogs which I believe to be excellent. I am nominating 11 blogs.
1. Everyday Republican - I think CT Republicans have made great strides this past year in breaking out in the blogosphere. Everyday Republican has been one of the steady lamplights in the dark, out in front, helping lead the way. Plus, I am a front-pager there now, and I am shameless.
2. Fly Right - I always get a kick out of the offerings of Fly Right, and this blog has turned out to be an enjoyable and fun offering on the conservative side.
3. Authentic Connecticut Republican - ACR is never really afraid of pissing people off. Some of his positions shock me sometimes. And I love it! Another great conservative blogger that I enthusiastically endorse.
4. CTTAXED - This blog really has some distinct and nuanced offerings. I am a bit hard-headed when it comes to economics, so a lot of this material goes over my head. But it is one of the few blogs I can credit with actually teaching me a thing or two.
5. Connecticut Commentary - Don Pesci regularly offers some reflective and insightful thinking. His journalistic instincts can make his posts long, so be prepared to settle in for a read... but the result is most often well worth the time invested. Good stuff.
6. Capitol Watch - Yes... Mark Pazniokas and Christopher Keating are a part of the "official" media with the Hartford Courant. Their posts on the doings up at the Capitol are usually very insightful, and oftentimes clever. They have provided me with a lot of source material being right in the center of the action in Hartford as they are. They also don't let people get away with any crap, Republican or Democrat, and that's always good.
7. The King's View - I'm glad that "The King" contacted me some time ago. Since then I have regularly checked in on his musings. The offerings of this gifted Anglophile and Theodore Roosevelt enthusiast are constantly getting more and more entertaining.
8. Connecticut Bob - Whoa! A liberal! That's right. I very rarely agree with anything Connecticut Bob posts, but he is, in my opinion, one of the standard bearers of the Connecticut political blogosphere. He also has a sense of humor, and to me, that's critical. A lot of political bloggers, particularly on the left, take themselves too seriously, or are overly bitter. Not Connecticut Bob - what you see is what you get, and that's mostly quality.
9. Roadrunner Droppings - I don't know where this guy came from, but he is definitely mentally ill. Sometimes I think he is conservative. Sometimes I think he is libertarian. And sometimes I think he hasn't properly treated a maddening case of syphilis. But I have laughed out loud reading his stuff sometimes. It's usually guilty laughter that I'm glad no one else saw.
10. Adam J. Schmidt.com - I like this kid's blog. He's a good young conservative. Plus, I can't wait to see how his planned escape from Washington D.C. turns out. I am prepared to send Snake Pliskin in to help rescue him if he needs it.
11. CT Local Politics - Last but certainly not least comes CT Local Politics, another place I currently have the honor to front page at. This blog is unlike any other... liberals and conservatives (and I think communists sometimes) meet on the cyber-hustings and sometimes engage in high-minded enlightening debate... and sometimes descend into a cacophony of lowbrow insults. Genghis Conn has created a unique place where a variety of blogging worlds collide, and I expect it will be a the hub of the CT political blogosphere for a long time to come.
So these are my eleven nominations. They are not all-inclusive... there really isn't enough space to write about all the good blogs out there. But I salute all the authors involved in the projects I noted above.
It appears to me the McCain has an advantage here in Connecticut, although I am voting for Romney. I believe Romney is closer to me politically than McCain, who in essence, is a liberal.
I think The Great One, Mark Levin said it best:
"Of course, it’s one thing to overlook one or two issues where a candidate seeking the Republican nomination as a conservative might depart from conservative orthodoxy. But in McCain’s case, adherence is the exception to the rule — McCain-Feingold (restrictions on political speech), McCain-Kennedy (amnesty for illegal aliens), McCain-Kennedy-Edwards (trial lawyers’ bill of rights), McCain-Lieberman (global warming legislation), Gang of 14 (obstructing change to the filibuster rule for judicial nominations), the Bush tax cuts, and so forth. This is a record any liberal Democrat would proudly run on. Are we to overlook this record when selecting a Republican nominee to carry our message in the general election?"
I have seen varying polls in Connecticut concerning Clinton and Obama, each new one giving the edge to a different candidate. After seeing the kind of crowd Obama pulled in last night, one has to acknowledge the traction he has, particularly with younger Democrats. I am not so certain that showing will translate directly into a primary victory for him in this state, or in the awarding of the majority of delegates today for that matter. In fact, I will go out on a limb here, and predict a Clinton victory in Connecticut, and an overall victory for her as well.
I will not predict a McCain victory here in Connecticut. If the Giants can beat the Patriots, Romney can pull out a victory here today.
One thing I ask of all the candidates is that there be no more more photos showing any of their nipples.
Saturday, February 2, 2008
If you are Bill Clinton or Ted Kennedy, Groundhog's Day is generally celebrated by walking around in a bathrobe, letting a little something slip out the vent in front, and asking the ladies if they think there will be six more weeks of winter.