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  • New Old News: All That Stuff About Vietnam

    Where does the mainstream media get off accusing Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal of misrepresenting his service in Vietnam, just because it didn't take place in Vietnam?

    It's the sort of thing that makes you want to take to the streets with your laptop and blog about in protest…




    Tags: Connecticut, Democrats, New Old News, Richard Blumenthal, Senate, Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report, Vietnam
  • Democratic Candidate for Senate Discovers That There's This Thing Called "Fact-Checking"

    "We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam," [Attorney General Richard] Blumenthal told a crowd of people gathered together to honor the memories of soldiers who served overseas.

    Unfortunately, that lesson learned had nothing to do with not pretending to have served in Vietnam to gain points on your senate campaign

    Mr. Blumenthal, a Democrat now running for the United States Senate, never served in Vietnam. He obtained at least five military deferments from 1965 to 1970 and took repeated steps that enabled him to avoid going to war, according to records…

    In 1970, with his last deferment in jeopardy, he landed a coveted spot in the Marine Reserve, which virtually guaranteed that he would not be sent to Vietnam. He joined a unit in Washington that conducted drills and other exercises and focused on local projects, like fixing a campground and organizing a Toys for Tots drive.

    To be completely fair to Mr. Blumenthal, I have an uncle who lost an arm at a Toys for Tots drive in Topeka. Those children. Everywhere, the children…


    Tags: Connecticut, Democrats, Military, Richard Blumenthal, Senate, Vietnam
  • Connecticut Catholics Urged to Fight the Power, Defend Child Molestors

    In Connecticut, victims of under aged sexual abuse currently have until 30 years after their 18th birthday to file a lawsuit against the people who abused them. But state legislators are trying to get it changed so that there is no time limit for legal action. If you'd like to know what kind of monster would be opposed to such an action? you're asking the wrong question.

    It should be: What kind of monster organization would be opposed to such an action? And I think you already know the answer

    A bill in Connecticut's legislature that would remove the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse cases has sparked a fervent response from the state's Roman Catholic bishops, who released a letter to parishioners Saturday imploring them to oppose the measure.

    Wow. They really dove headfirst into that bear trap, didn't they?

    The proposed change to the law would put "all Church institutions, including your parish, at risk," says the letter, which was signed by Connecticut's three Roman Catholic bishops.

    Why? Because my parish is harboring known child rapists? If my parish is harboring known child rapists, I'm not quite sure, but I think it might already be "at risk."

    The Catholic archdiocese of Hartford also published a pulpit announcement on its Web site, which was to be read during Mass on Sunday, urging parishioners to express opposition to the bill.

    So, what the Catholic Church — which, by the way, which millions of people worldwide are supposed to turn for moral guidance, in case you forgot — is doing now is asking its parishioners — the same ones whom it has previously asked to stand in moral opposition to condoms as a means to prevent the spread of AIDS — to go out into the world and line up alongside child rapists to defend their child rapist honor.

    Granted, I'm neither a P.R. person or a receptacle of divine knowledge straight from the mouth of God Almighty, but that, I don't think is likely to inspire confidence amongst the church members who might be wavering on certain current issues involving Church cover-ups and little raped deaf kids. But, like I said, I'm no expert or prophet.

    Anyway, in related news, Richard Dawkins has vowed to personally and single-handedly tackle and shackle the Pope Benedict XVI, Magnum P.I.-style.


    Tags: Atheists, Catholic Church, Christianity, Connecticut, Pope Benedict XVI, Religion, Richard Dawkins, Scandalgate, Sex
  • It's Quittin' Time for Three Top Democrats

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    Left to right, we have Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd (veteran/unpopular politician, Friend of Angelo); Colorado Governor Bill Ritter (let's assume he's "outdoorsy") and North Dakota Senator Byron Dorgan (the third guy).

    They're all Democrats. And they've all come to the same conclusion

    With the 2010 election year barely under way, two senators and one governor – all Democrats – ditched plans to run for re-election in the latest signs of trouble for President Barack Obama's party.

    Taken together, the decisions by Sens. Chris Dodd of Connecticut and Byron Dorgan of North Dakota as well as Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter caused another bout of heartburn for Democrats as they struggle to defend themselves in a sour political environment for incumbents, particularly the party in charge.

    As 2009 ended, Democrats watched a string of their House members announce retirements and one congressman defect to the GOP.

    Now, with Dodd, Dorgan and Ritter out, Republicans have even more to crow about, if not better opportunities to pick up Democratic-held seats.

    Trouble? Heartburn? Sour? This is so typical of media spin. Look, these guys aren't "ditching" anything. They're just passing the ball! They know exactly when to pass the ball so the team can win.


    Tags: Byron Dorgan, Chris Dodd, Colorado, Connecticut, Democrats, North Dakota, Senate
  • It's Joe Lieberman's Way or the Highway, Which Is Also Joe Lieberman's Way

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    The Joe Lieberman juggernaut of suck is still rolling today, and he's making Senate Democrats lose their lunches, to say nothing of their spines

    [O]n Monday night, Democratic senators emerged from a tense 90-minute closed-door session and suggested that they were on the verge of bowing to Mr. Lieberman's main demands: that they scrap a plan to let people buy into Medicare beginning at age 55, and scotch even a fallback version of a new government-run health insurance plan, or public option.

    Yes, but the important thing is that Joe Lieberman is important, and being important is so important to Joe Lieberman…

    Mr. Lieberman could not be happier. He is right where he wants to be — at the center of the political aisle, the center of the Democrats' efforts to win 60 votes for their sweeping health care legislation. For the moment, he is at the center of everything — and he loves it.

    "My wife said to me, 'Why do you always end up being the point person here?' " he said, flashing a broad grin in an interview on Monday.

    "Point person." That must be Connecticutian* for "d-bag."

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    * Fun fact: There is no actual word for residents of Connecticut, but as soon as they stop electing Joe Lieberman, we can refer to them as "heroes."


    Tags: Connecticut, Democrats, Health Care, Joe Lieberman, Medicare, Senate