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Monthly Archives: July 2014

Good try

I do hope this ends up in the courts, though I know that the Satanists will lose: The Satanic Temple has launched a campaign seeking religious exemption from laws that restrict access to abortions, citing the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling. The group, which “facilitates the communication and mobilization of politically aware Satanists, secularists, and […]

Strangers: heather Bond Somers and the truth

There's really no other way to put it. Examples are probably legion, but let me submit one to a candid world: The break-up of Boughton and Somers after the convention had some Republicans questioning her loyalty, but Somers said earlier this week that she had planned to run for lieutenant governor last November before her […]

Let me unskew this for you

Over at the Daily Kos, they are trumpeting a poll that shows that Americans would prefer to have American jobs protected rather than passing more job killing trade agreements. I'm with the Kosites on this issue, but this poll cannot be relied upon as a true measure of the feelings of the American people. Let […]

Doublespeak, 2014 style

“Everything is the opposite of what it is, isn't it”“ John Lennon quoting Harry Nillson Now comes the Office of Management and Budget to prove the truth of Harry's observation: U.S. statistical agencies have proposed major changes to the definitions of manufacturing and services that would fundamentally change our understanding of what manufacturing is and […]

Wishing the best for Andy

Our local State Senator, Andy Maynard, had what must have been a serious accident over the weekend and is now in a Rhode Island Hospital. Details are sketchy, but it sounds like he's in pretty bad shape. Andy is a dedicated public servant who works tirelessly on behalf of his constituents. Plus, he's a very […]

That’s Doctor, to you

The New London school system has been placed in receivership by the State of Connecticut. The receiver has hired a school superintendent, and, not surprisingly, there are some questions about the credentials of the choice. Not surprising, given the Malloy administrations record of pushing unqualified people to the front of the line in the educational […]

Fuzzy Math

Let me stray a bit from politics. In this morning's Globe we learn that the Superintendent of Schools of Mansfield, Massachusetts has resigned after giving a graduation speech in which she plagiarized someone else's graduation speech. In my opinion, the punishment doesn't fit the crime, at least if the only crime were plagiarism. Plagiarism is […]


As I've said before, I'm in sympathy with Jonathan Pelto to a great extent. He's absolutely right that, at least in his first term, Dan Malloy has presented a clear and present danger to the public schools of this state. But I have to say his latest defense of his spoiler candidacy is a tad […]

One of life’s mysteries

For the most part, this story from Talking Points Memo is not surprising: A new Public Policy Polling survey found that 37 percent of Republicans who voted in the Mississippi primary runoff election between incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) and state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) said they would back the Confederate side if there was […]

Future Darwin Award Winners?

I've often often written about the fact that our area of the country ranks higher than the others in most measures of intelligent thought and action. But of course, we're talking averages here, and we're also talking about the United States of America, so, all things being relative, our superiority is nothing to get too […]