Long Weekend Open Forum

What’s on your minds?


17 responses to “Long Weekend Open Forum

  1. Best post in weeks, Tim. Well done!

  2. About the budget: It occurs to me that the Praying Mantis is the state’s insect. There’s got to be a connection here somewhere.

  3. In the face of two arrest warrants, Mayor of Hartford Perez is pressing forward. The notion that arraignments are disabling is probably a prosecutorial fairy tail. Didn’t Mayor Curley of Boston run the city from a jail cell – or was that some other Democrat?

  4. Not only did Mayor Curley run, he was elected. I would also lay money on the possibility that if Buddy Cianci ran for Mayor of Providence, he would be elected in a heart beat.

  5. You’re probably right about Cianci. When Curley was a first time alderman, he took a civil service exam for a political associate, was found out, and ran for re-election on the slogan “I did it for a friend.” He won. Such honesty is rarely to be met with these days.

  6. It now costs $60 for non residents to fish in salt water, up from $15 a few months ago and $0 before that. For residents, salt water fishing licenses cost $30, up from $10 a few months ago and $0 before that.

    http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/sports/ci_13278011 has some info about this.

    I guess the state needs to spend these license fees to make sure that there are enough fish in the ocean…

  7. AndersonScooper

    Wow. Freshwater licenses are normal, but a $30 license to fish in the ocean?

    You might as well turn around and tax all athletics. Why not a $20 per kid charge to play Little League or youth soccer? A $3/head surtax for every time someone walks onto a basketball court?

    What other leisure activities can the State go after? How about a license for kite flying?

  8. The licensing reminds me of a quote by Doug Stanhope:

    “They say if you give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day. But if you teach a man to fish…then he has to get a fishing license. But he doesn’t have any money, so he has to get a job and enter the social security system. And he has to file taxes, and you’re gonna audit the poor son of a bitch because he’s not really good at math. You pull the IRS van up to his house and take everything. You take his velvet Elvis and his toothbrush and it all goes up for auction with the burden of proof on him because he forgot to carry the 1. All because he wanted to eat a fish, and he couldn’t even cook the fish because you need a permit for an open flame. And then the health department is gonna wanna ask him a bunch of questions about where he’s going to dispose of the scales and the guts – this is not a sanitary environment. And ladies and gentleman, if you get sick and tired of all this at the end of the day, it’s not even legal to kill yourself in this country. You were born free and you got fucked out of half of it, and you wave a flag celebrating that fact. If you wanna fix the pledge of allegiance, put a disclaimer at the end: With liberty and justice for all…must be 18, void where prohibited, some restrictions may apply, not available in all states.”

  9. leaveonlyfootprints

    I would like to see some coverage of the Milford mayoral race.

  10. WSJ has an article from Saturday about how legalized prostitution is under pressure in Rhode Island: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125210953971287935.html

    Apparently the law is worded in such a way that prostitution is not illegal if it is indoors.

    Now with our state charging $30 or $60 for ocean fishing licenses, maybe they’ll see this as another revenue stream they can license…

  11. Turns out Bush I spoke to educators and students live in 1991 and got a rash of crap from the Democrats at the time mostly for spending rather than indoctrination


    As Barack Obama prepares a nationwide broadcast to America’s students next Tuesday, it has been revealed that Democrats complained in 1991 when then President George H. W. Bush broadcast a speech from a Northwest Washington junior high school.

    In fact, the House Majority leader at the time, Dick Gephardt (D-Mo.), said “The Department of Education should not be producing paid political advertising for the president, it should be helping us to produce smarter students.”

    House Democrats criticized President Bush yesterday for using Education Department funds to produce and broadcast a speech that he made Tuesday at a Northwest Washington junior high school.

    The Democratic critics accused Bush of turning government money for education to his own political use, namely, an ongoing effort to inoculate himself against their charges of inattention to domestic issues. The speech at Alice Deal Junior High School, broadcast live on radio and television, urged students to study hard, avoid drugs and turn in troublemakers.

    “The Department of Education should not be producing paid political advertising for the president, it should be helping us to produce smarter students,” House Majority Leader Richard A. Gephardt (D-Mo.) said. “And the president should be doing more about education than saying, ‘Lights, camera, action.’ ”

    Two House committees demanded that the department explain the use of its funds for the speech, an explanation that Deputy Secretary David T. Kearns provided late in the day in a letter to Rep. William D. Ford (D-Mich.), chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee. Education Secretary Lamar Alexander was out of town. […]

    Rep. Patricia Schroeder (D-Colo.), chairwoman of the Select Committee on Children, Youth and Families, said it was outrageous for the White House to “start using precious dollars for campaigns” when “we are struggling for every silly dime we can get” for education programs.

    Rep. Martin Frost (D-Tex.) said that if Bush feels obliged to use government funds to hire outside consultants “to make him look good,” then he should fire some of the public relations experts on the White House payroll. “Then the president might be more sympathetic to unemployment benefits,” Frost said, referring to Bush’s threat to veto legislation to extend benefits.

  12. According to Bloomberg News, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, after having “won” a fraudulent election, is feeling his oats.

    Ahmadinejad said, after having received promises from the democratically elected dictator Hugo Chavez of shipments of oil, that the debate over Iran’s nuclear program is over. He won the debate, but Ahmadinejad is perfectly willing to discuss with American President Barack Obama other isues of moments – like, the weather.

    On his world-wind tour, Chavez dropped by the Venice Film Festival, to see a screening of Oliver Stone’s new film on Venezuela’s Che Guevara, tea shirts to follow. There is no word yet from the prestigious gathering of artists to indicate that Chavez has seen Michael Moore’s newest anti-capitalist film.

    Stone said that making the film was a “liberating experience.”

    In an attempt to counter “the media’s attacks on Chavez, the movie shows very clearly the level of stupidity in the kind of broad statements” that are made about the Venezuelan leader, he said.

    Sort of makes you wonder whether the West deserves to survive. Chavez and Ahmadinejad are convinced it doesn’t. Can they be right?

  13. Wow. Freshwater licenses are normal, but a $30 license to fish in the ocean?

    I never thought I’d see this. I’m speechless.

  14. What’s on my mind is where’s all the news on the upcoming primaries?

    The Republican American blasted the Governor in a piece called “Unhappy ending to the Rell era.” It’s a good read and strongly supports the theory that she’s not running in 2010.

  15. The Republican American blasted the Governor in a piece called “Unhappy ending to the Rell era.” It’s a good read and strongly supports the theory that she’s not running in 2010.

    You just never know with Jodi Rell.

    Sometimes she goes against what people think she’ll do: Think she’ll be against campaign finance reform? Then she signs the bill. Senate Vacancy: always said no, then signed it.

    And sometimes she comes up with an idea that no one saw coming: remember a year or two ago she had a proposal to change the tax system to have lower property tax and higher income tax.

    So who the heck knows if she’s going to run again? I wonder if she even knows.

    If she doesn’t run, there’ll be a sudden mad dash on the Republican side trying to find someone who can run. I’d guess Fedele would try. Maybe Shays, if he can find a treasurer for his campaign who won’t run off with all the money. Not many other Republicans with state-wide name recognition who aren’t running for Senate. Maybe they can figure out where Nancy Johnson is and run her.

    If Rell retires, it’d be very hard for the Republicans to hold the governorship. But with the Democrats’ recent track record, they might find a way to lose.

  16. Marine fishing licenses should be illegal. Would it matter if you’re fishing in the Housatonic River at high or low tide? Or a pier on the Sound in Bridgeport vs. a pier on Candlewood Lake?

    Besides, I thought waterways – especially those off shore were considered freeways of access. Who enforces this anyway? Does it matter if you’re on shore or on a boat?

    Something in this world’s gotta be free… like killing something to eat! This is one thing Herod, Pilate, and the Pharisees didn’t impose upon Jesus’s merry fishing disciples.

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