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Ridgefield CT Tea Party

March 22, 2009
Ridgefield Tea Party 006 by jen.booth.

Saturday March 21 saw 300+ people turn out for a Tea Party in Ridgefield Connecticut. This event came on the heels of an initial Connecticut Tea Party in Hartford on Feb 27. Eugene Driscoll at Connecticut Post reports (excerpt)

RIDGEFIELD — They carried signs, chanted slogans, urged motorists to honk horns. There was even a folk singer urging the audience to “take back” the country.

Sounds like your average protest, right?

The difference here: many of the protesters were political conservatives who had never felt it necessary to take to the streets before.

And yet there they were, about 300 strong, lining both sides of Main Street in front of Ballard Park on Saturday for a “Tea Party” protest against President Barack Obama’s $3.5 trillion budget and the government’s effort to “stimulate” the sagging national economy through spending.

“The primary focus is a concern over the direction the policies of the current administration are taking us,” said Andrew “Skip” March, a Ridgefield resident who helped organize the protest, news of which spread like wildfire on the Web…

Michelle Malkin ran nice coverage of this event and some other Tea Parties plus earlier coverage here. Free Republic offers several videos including this one:

Ridgefield Tea Party 005 by jen.booth.

All photos credit Jen Booth. Find these and her other photos of the Tea Party at Flickr..

Also read Pam Geller’s coverage at Atlas Shrugs

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Bush Chimp v Obama Chimp: Chimp News Update

February 22, 2009

There was a a lot of comment on our earlier postings: Bush Chimp vs Obama Chimp and Chimp Story Has Legs…. The recent horrific chimp attack in Connecticut and the chimp cartoon in the NY Post prompted a flurry of new postings across the blogosphere. A sampling, some serious and some humorous follows (not always sure which is supposed to be funny and which is not):

GasBag Keith Olberman weighs in with Al Sharpton
:

Rev David Mannings take:

The View Goes Overboard….

David Drake says it’s again a case of the left seeing racism where it doesn’t exist.

From an L.A. Times Op/Ed:

    …it was obvious that the monkey was supposed to represent the Washington establishment that produced the unwieldy legislation passed by Congress and signed by President Obama.

    Chimp Cartoons  Update

La Scala Drinks the Goracle Kool Aid….

June 3, 2008

Sad news from La Scala in Milan: (from AP)
MILAN, Italy (AP) – First it was the film and the book. Now the next stop for Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” is opera. La Scala officials say the Italian composer Giorgio Battistelli has been commissioned to produce an opera on the international multiformat hit for the 2011 season at the Milan opera house.
Fortunately the opera won’t appear, if ever, unti 2011. By that time, hopefully, Al Gore’s alarmism will prove to be unwarranted and his crackpot theories will have been exposed for the fraud that they are.

In the meantime we present this modest proposal for La Scala and Signr. Battistelli:

Il mondo Nuovo Secondo il Goracle
(opera in diversi atti nefasto)

Di Londra che brucia! Di Londra che brucia!

In tutta la città, tutta la notte
Tutti con la guida completa fari
Bianco o nero che a sua volta, affrontare la nuova religione
Everybody’s seduta ’round guardare la televisione!

Lbretto:

Il Goracle: (Basso-Baritone)
Ho inventato Internet. Come l’uomo più intelligente del mondo portare prima di una visione del mondo catastrofe, un mondo soffocamento nel proprio gas di scarico.

1a prostituta: N. Pelosi (Mezzo Soprano)
Fare la tua offerta O Goracle; a portare l’America in ginocchio; a “level playing field “per tutte le nazioni; ad imposta nel dimenticatoio noi con i nostri” cappuccio e il commercio “regime.

2a prostituta: B. Boxer (Soprano)
E ‘sui nostri bambini, sui loro figli, e circa il pianeta che abbiamo ereditato.

il Salvatore: J. McCain (Tenor)
Vorrei ripulire il pianeta, farò il riscaldamento globale una priorità.

Risposta pubblico, gettando la frutta: Basta Cretini

h/t: Scott Thong

Candidate Must Be Natural Born….

February 28, 2008

It was inevitable I guess that the old bugaboo about John McCain’s birth in the Panama Canal Zone in 1936 should resurface in the present campaign.

“No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty five years, and been fourteen Years a resident within the United States…”

U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section I

OK, this controversy about the intent of the constitution’s framers in the phrase “natural born citizen” has been around for years but now the NY Times, no surprise, brings it up again in the contest of the McCain candidacy.

The controversy, so far never resolved, but alway hanging in the air as a possible challenge to a candidate or even an elected president, has emerged on the left with the NY Times article and on the right on various blogs opposed to the McCain nomination.

The Times article notes:

The phrase “natural born” was in early drafts of the Constitution. Scholars say notes of the Constitutional Convention give away little of the intent of the framers. Its origin may be traced to a letter from John Jay to George Washington, with Jay suggesting that to prevent foreigners from becoming commander in chief, the Constitution needed to“declare expressly” that only a natural-born citizen could be president.

Interestingly, another Arizona presidential candidate, Barry Goldwater, underwent eligibility scrutiny because he was born in the Arizona Territory before it became a state in 1912. And, Mitt Romney’s father, George Romney, also a presidential candidate, was born in Mexico of American parents.

On Minorities

November 11, 2007

Minorities-
We need to show more sympathy for these people.
* They travel miles in the heat.
* They risk their lives crossing a border.
* They don’t get paid enough wages.
* They do jobs that others won’t do or are afraid to do.
* They live in crowded conditions among a people who speak a different language.
* They rarely see their families, and they face adversity all day every day.

I’m not talking about illegal Mexicans;
I’m talking about our troops!

Doesn’t it seem strange that many Democrats and Republicans are willing to lavish all kinds of social benefits on illegals, but don’t support our troops and are now threatening to de-fund them?

From an email making the rounds; appropriate for Veterans Day.

In other Veterans Day news……

Two Vietnam-Era Veterans Receive Purple Hearts

NORWICH, Conn. (AP) _ Two Connecticut veterans have been presented with Purple Heart medals for injuries they received while serving in the Vietnam War.

U.S. Congressman Joe Courtney presented the awards at the Norwich Veterans of Foreign Wars post today (SATURDAY), calling the honors long overdue.

One of the veterans, Montville resident John Gleason, was injured during a nighttime attack in which he was temporarily blinded by shrapnel that struck his face.

The other veteran, David Salemma of Baltic, was injured when a booby-trapped explosive went off near him as he and a comrade worked to plan a nighttime ambush on the enemy.

The presentation of the awards are among many events and ceremonies planned throughout Connecticut over the next few days in honor of Veterans Day.


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CT Dept Public Utility Control Denies AT&T’s IPTV

October 24, 2007

In a surprising anti-consumer action the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control has denied the application of AT&T to continue with it’s roll out of IPTV fiber optical services in Connecticut. This can affect some 7000 customers already enrolled in the program which represents a major advance in television technology and utilization. Also hundreds of jobs for technicians trained in the new application may be in jeopardy. The new application named AT&T U-verse was the subject of the following news release from the company (10/01/07):

Beginning today, Connecticut consumers will benefit from a new law that enables more choices for video entertainment. AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) today submitted an application to the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control to become a Certified Competitive Video Provider. Further demonstrating its commitment to bringing the benefits of video choice to more consumers in the state, the company also announced that AT&T U-verseSM TV and Internet services are now available to more than 135,000 homes in Connecticut in parts of 40 cities and towns.

However, now various sources including TVovernet and FreedomWorks, have announced the CT DPUC denial of the franchise:

In a surprising anti-consumer decision, the Connecticut Department of Public Utility rejected AT&T’s application to expand its U-verse IPTV service further across Connecticut. This is surprising because AT&T was granted a statewide video franchise, but the CDPU shockingly classified IPTV as a cable offering. By forcing IPTV to conform to 1970’s era regulatory standards designed for cable monopolies, the CDPU and state attorney general have sided against competition and the free market.

Connecticut is the only state to consider IPTV a cable system, and therefore it is not covered under video franchise law. Unfortunately for Connecticut’s consumers, this decision will prompt AT&T to stop investing in Connecticut’s telecom sector, terminating 1300 jobs and ending service to over 7000 consumers rather than attempt to comply with recalcitrant bureaucratic regulators.

Complaints to the CT DPUC may be addressed here.

An interesting video about this emerging technology from Tellabs is here.