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Monthly Archives: February 2013

One would like to think that local media, including local independent newspapers, would be immune from the disease of beltway centrism, but at least in the case of the New London Day, that’s clearly not the case. Today’s Day channels the Washington Post. A basic requirement for beltway punditry is that one must operate in […]

It actually kinda makes a little bit of sense

John Aravosis, at Americablog, does not take kindly to some remarks made by a black African cardinal (a serious pope candidate, apparently): His name is Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana, and he’s one of the top candidates being considered for next Pope. He also has some disturbing theories on race. You see, Cardinal Turkson, who […]

Can’t make this stuff up

A few days ago, while writing about a local proposal to allow non-resident taxpayers to vote in local referenda, I engaged in a bit of slippery slope argumentation, wondering among other things, if corporate taxpayers would also get to vote and wondering if perhaps votes should be weighted: the greater the property, the greater the […]

Obama’s Legacy

It is an unfortunate fact that Barack Obama will not go down in history as another Franklin Roosevelt, though the times and circumstances conspired to give him the opportunity, had he grabbed for it. We forget that he started his presidency with commanding majorities in both houses; but failed to use them to take decisive […]

Friday Night Music

Dedicated to Dan Friedman of the New York Daily News. Actually, only the title fits, but it’s not a bad song. If you don’t get the reference, let Stephen Colbert explain. The Colbert ReportGet More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,Video Archive

Shocking news from the Vatican (not)

When the news came out your truly opined that someone had something on Benny. Probably to no one’s surprise, turns out I was probably right: A potentially explosive report has linked the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI to the discovery of a network of gay prelates in the Vatican, some of whom – the report […]

Republicans revenge comes up short

I didn’t realize it was Karl Marx that said “History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce”, but apparently it was. But being liberals here, we won’t reject the aphorism on that account. But what happens when history begins as farce? Well, it turns out that when Republicans are at work, it returns as […]

Groton safe for now

Property does not have rights. People have rights. Justice Stewart’s trenchant phrases came to mind when I read this morning’s Day: Groton – A discussion by the Town Council on allowing nonresident taxpayers to vote at referendums has inspired talk about possibly revising the town charter. Groton Town Mayor Heather Bond Somers asked fellow councilors […]

Always look on the bright side of life

Here’s what you call mixed good news, about which I intend to follow the Python’s advice: WalMart executives are freaking out over lousy sales, according to this article in Business Insider. After a disastrous January, one WalMart exec wrote in an email that February sales so far are a “total disaster,” according to a Bloomberg […]

Friday Night Music

I know this is really scraping the bottom of the barrel. My only excuse is the meteor in Russia, which is sort of like an extraterrestrial visitor, which is sort of what this song is about. This is also a song that appealed to me a lot when it came out, but then, I was […]