Friday, September 21, 2007

It's been awhile....

The new duties at the paper are a bit more time consuming than I originally thought, but I will admit that I am enjoying the work. I think about the blog, but then the phone rings, or someone drops by the office, or an e-mail pops up that I "have to answer now" and so much for thinking about the blog.

But as I wrap up this week, a few thoughts....

A tip of the hat to U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, for his efforts to secure more funding for college bound students. As the father of a college freshman, any financial help that she can get over the next four years is a good thing. Like any father, I want her to be successful, and not burdened in debt when she makes her way into the world.

Today (Friday) is National POW/MIA Day....I would like to draw your atention to my Hackett on Politics column in Sunday's Norwich Bulletin about one particular MIA. (And if you want to copy it and send it out to everyoe you know, and then have them forward to their congressman and seantor....please do.)

And one final thought for you to ponder....

Speculation about a possible GOP vice presidential candidate is starting to rise, with the focus aimed at a "blanced ticket." If one believes that the Democratic presidential nominee will be either a black or woman, we all know the GOP nominee will be a white male....thus the interest in who might be in line for the #2 spot. Some speculation is being aimed at female, GOP governors....

Yes, Jodi Rell is a name among the so-called "possibless>''

Have a good weekend...


Blogger mccommas said...

I am the worst speller ever but we are all going to have to learn how the next president of the United States spells HIS last name so I will take a stab here ....Rudy Gulinii

NOPE. I just yahooed it and it’s properly spelled -- Giuliani. I am getting closer. Wow -- What a lot of i's!

Oh well. I have two years to get it straight.

Giuliani will pick someone who is ready to be a great president just like George W. Bush did. No Ray. It won’t be anyone you like. Giuliani will not pick someone that fits in a box -- woman, black or whatever.

But as it just so happens there is a woman, a black woman!, who IS ready to be a great president should something happen to President Giuliani.

And she would most likely be the nominee anyways so I don't think her being chosen is a response to Hillary or whatshisface (now there is a name I won't have to bother to learn to spell).

We live in serious times and we need serious leaders to deal with them. Is Rell a serious person?

She has a spine of jell-o, a tax increaser; she is a flip-flopper and can’t seem to pick a good judge to save her life.

She is on no one’s long list for anything.

10:16 AM  
Blogger rags said...

I'm hoping, regardless of gender, the Party of Lincoln, might be interested in looking at the former Governor of NJ, and former EPA Sec'y in the early years of GWB's first term, Christie Whitman.

Mccomma didn't actually name the black woman "who IS ready to readfy to be a great president should somehting happen to Prseident Giuliani."
Whoopi Goldberg is a Republican?
I did not know that-learn something new everyday, I guess.

8:44 AM  
Blogger Ray Hackett said...

I'm guessing here, but I believe Mr. McCommas might be refering to Ms. Rice.

As for Rell being "seriously" considered - I don't think so. What I do think is the Republicans are very concerned about losing in 2008 - and losing more than just the White House...and right now any and all speculation is being looked at.

2:54 PM  
Blogger Bill Jenkins said...

Since the Democratically controlled Congress has now reached is LOWEST approval rating ever (11%) I don't see how that equates to Republicans losing more seats in Congress in 2008.

If Hillary is the Democratic nominee, I don't see how she can win. People just don't like her. Her negatives are just too high, ask Nancy Johnson or Sam Gedjenson about that. Their high negative numbers are really the only reason that Murphy and Simmons ever defeated them.

11:52 PM  
Blogger rags said...

I was thinking more like Condoleeza Goldberg, or Whoppi Rice. Honest ;-)

Actually, what I was struggling to understand was how we moved away from discussing ideas rather than personalities when we look at choices for elected leaders?

As a kid, I can remember names like Nelson Rockefeller, William Scranton, Charles Percy, all as Republicans; but in today's Republican party, people with their beliefs would be castigated as 'liberals' (and spawn of Satan, or Hillary) and run out of Dodge on a rail.
Not that their loyal opposition is any better, or different.

We've moved election campaigns from dialogue and discussion to diatribe and demonization.

We no longer speak to one another, but rather we shout at each other.
We're so busy yelling, no one is listening.

6:14 AM  
Blogger mccommas said...

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10:21 AM  
Blogger mccommas said...

Well my friend Rags I could not be happier that RINOs like Lincoln Chaffee are out of office and switching to the Democrats where they belong.

There should be a nice crisp difference between your choices when you step into the voting booth. --Liberals Vs Conservative. I have no use for the half-breeds who can’t make up their minds without the latest poll numbers in front of them. A liberal I can grudging respect. These so-called “moderates” can not say the same.

Yes, politics is meaner than ever but maybe that’s because the stakes are so high.

I think you are wrong in that we no longer talk about ideas. What are we doing right now? In the modern digital age small fry like you and me get to be in on the action whereas before the elections were rigged by the old media who would slant the stories to benefit their Democrat allies.

Now a days you and me can take on people like Ray who buy ink by the barrel – and win!

Think about Dan Rather and how he tried to sabotage the reelection of the President with his phony un-named sources and forged documents. How many other times has he and others done the same thing and had gotten away with it? I would love to know!

And Ray this Republican is not worried about 2008. I am looking forward to it. Anyone wringing their hands about it is not a true believer in our cause. I do not read the Cook Report because Cook does not know what the hell he is talking about. Republicans will do just fine, we will make progress, and I am hoping to get the Senate back. It won’t take much. With Hillary at the head of the ticket we just might get both the House AND Senate back. Connecticut’s delegation will probably stay the same but out West and in the South it’s a whole different ballgame.

If somehow Hillary did win the White House than the Republicans would give birth to twin majorities in 2010 no sweat just like happened the last time a Clinton was in the White House -- and for the same reason. But I don’t see how that will ever happen. Jenkins is right. Mrs. Clinton just can’t win with so many people outside Democrat primary voters disliking her as much as they do. What state will she win that Kerry and Gore could not?

But what gives me pause however is that you can call the Clintons all kinds of things but dumb is not one of them. There is this nagging voice in the back of my head wondering what tricks they still have up their sleeves. Tricky Dick was an amateur compared to these two. Maybe the old bait and switch? Maybe somehow Mr. Clinton will walk out of the convention the nominee if her poll numbers don’t improve drastically?

What’s stopping them? Just the 22nd Amendment? Is that all? Those two lawyers can figure something out even though in the wording of the 22nd no where is there that empty vessel word “is”. Maybe the Clintons can re-invent what the word “No” means as in “No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice”.

Or is something else? It must be something else but what? What?! I have gone over it and over it a million times and I don’t know what they are up to but rest assured there is a zinger that has yet to be zinged.
Time will tell…

10:55 AM  
Blogger rags said...

I doubt that we've done one another's hair, or gone shoe shopping. In other words, we are NOT friends, but can probably learn to diasgree without being disagreeable.

Here's a smile I hope everyone can enjoy, especially those with pesky labels other have stuck to them:

There once was a young person named Little Red Riding Hood who lived on the edge of a large forest full of endangered owls and rare plants that would probably provide a cure for cancer if only someone took the time to study them.

She lived with a nurture giver whom she sometimes referred to as �mother�, although she didn�t mean to imply by this term that she would have thought less of the person if a close biological link did not in fact exist. Nor did she intend to denigrate the equal value of nontraditional households, although she was sorry if this was the impression conveyed.

One day her mother asked her to take a basket of organically grown fruit and mineral water to her grandmother�s house.
�But mother, won�t this be stealing work from the unionized people who have struggled for years to earn the right to carry all packages between various people in the woods?�

Red Riding Hood�s mother assured her that she had called the union boss and gotten a special compassionate mission exemption form.
�But mother, aren�t you oppressing me by ordering me to do this?�

Red Riding Hood�s mother pointed out that it was impossible for women to oppress each other, since all women were equally oppressed until all women were free.
�But mother, then shouldn�t you have my brother carry the basket, since he�s an oppressor, and should learn what it�s like to be oppressed?�

And Red Riding Hood�s mother explained that her brother was attending a special rally for animal rights of community.
�But won�t I be oppressing Grandma, by implying that she�s sick and hence unable to independently further her own selfhood?�

But Red Riding Hood�s mother explained that her grandmother wasn�t actually sick or incapacitated or mentally handicapped in any way, although that was not to imply that any of these conditions were inferior to what some people called �health�.

Thus Red Riding Hood felt that she could get behind the idea of delivering the basket to her grandmother, and so she set off.

Many people believed that the forest was a foreboding and dangerous place, but Red Riding Hood knew that this was an irrational fear based on cultural paradigms instilled by a patriarchal society that regarded the natural world as an exploitable resource, and hence believed that natural predators were in fact intolerable competitors.

Other people avoided the woods for fear of thieves and deviants, but Red Riding Hood felt that in a truly classless society all marginalized peoples would be able to �come out� of the woods and be accepted as valid lifestyle role models.

On her way to Grandma�s house, Red Riding Hood passed a woodchopper, and wandered off the path, in order to examine some flowers.
She was startled to find herself standing before a Wolf, who asked her what was in her basket.
Red Riding Hood�s teacher had warned her never to talk to strangers, but she was confident in taking control of her own budding sexuality, and chose to dialogue with the Wolf.

She replied, �I am taking my Grandmother some healthful snacks in a gesture of solidarity.�
The Wolf said, �You know, my dear, it isn�t safe for a little girl to walk through these woods alone.�

Red Riding Hood said, �I find your sexist remark offensive in the extreme, but I will ignore it because of your traditional status as an outcast from society, the stress of which has caused you to develop an alternative and yet entirely valid worldview. Now, if you�ll excuse me, I would prefer to be on my way.�

Red Riding Hood returned to the main path, and proceeded towards her Grandmother�s house.
But because his status outside society had freed him from slavish adherence to linear, Western-style thought, the Wolf knew of a quicker route to Grandma�s house.

He burst into the house and ate Grandma, a course of action affirmative of his nature as a predator.

Then, unhampered by rigid, traditionalist gender role notions, he put on Grandma�s nightclothes, crawled under the bedclothes, and awaited developments.

Red Riding Hood entered the cottage and said, �Grandma, I have brought you some cruelty free snacks to salute you in your role of wise and nurturing matriarch.�

The Wolf said softly �Come closer, child, so that I might see you.�
Red Riding Hood said, �Goodness! Grandma, what big eyes you have!�
�You forget that I am optically challenged.�

The Wolf could not take any more of these specist slurs, and, in a reaction appropriate for his accustomed milieu, he leaped out of bed, grabbed Little Red Riding Hood, and opened his jaws so wide that she could see her poor Grandmother cowering in his belly.
�Aren�t you forgetting something?� Red Riding Hood bravely shouted. �You must request my permission before proceeding to a new level of intimacy!�

The Wolf was so startled by this statement that he loosened his grasp on her.
At the same time, the woodchopper burst into the cottage, brandishing an axe.
�Hands off!� cried the woodchopper.

�And what do you think you�re doing?� cried Little Red Riding Hood. �If I let you help me now, I would be expressing a lack of confidence in my own abilities, which would lead to poor self esteem and lower achievement scores on college entrance exams.�

�Last chance, sister! Get your hands off that endangered species! This is an FBI sting!� screamed the woodchopper, and when Little Red Riding Hood nonetheless made a sudden motion, he sliced off her head.

�Thank goodness you got here in time,� said the Wolf. �The brat and her grandmother lured me in here. I thought I was a goner.�

�No, I think I�m the real victim, here,� said the woodchopper. �I�ve been dealing with my anger ever since I saw her picking those protected flowers earlier. And now I�m going to have such a trauma. Do you have any aspirin?�
�Sure,� said the Wolf.

�I feel your pain,� said the Wolf, and he patted the woodchopper on his firm, well padded back, gave a little belch, and said �Do you have any Maalox?�

8:27 AM  
Blogger mccommas said...

You are right man. We are not friends. My friends have better taste than that.

10:28 PM  
Blogger rags said...

With apologies to Starkist's Charlie Tuna, you prefer friends with good taste to friends that taste good? ;-)

9:43 AM  

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