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Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 04:48 AM PDT

Life or Death for Public Education

by Owlet

From Diane Ravitch's blog today

A reader sent this comment:

If I may be so bold and presumptuous, it is time for a deep breath, a time-out from the issues of the day, and a focus on the issues of tomorrow: THIS ELECTION IS LIFE OR DEATH FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION.

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Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 03:34 AM PDT

The True Cost of Military Spending

by Owlet

Discuss

Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 04:18 AM PDT

Did McMahon Commit Perjury?

by Owlet

In an email to members, the president of Connecticut's largest teacher organization raised serious questions about Linda McMahon's understanding of public education as demonstrated by her public statements.  In addition, McMahon appears to have falsely answered several questions on a questionnaire submitted when she was trying to be appointed to the State Board of Education.

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Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 04:13 AM PDT

Good Old Joe

by Owlet

One of the brighter moments of this year was the announcement by Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) that he would not be seeking reelection.  Since that time, Lieberman has been gathering up tributes to his service, the latest coming a few days ago at a meeting of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce.

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Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 06:45 AM PDT

C'mon, Chris!

by Owlet

I sent Chris Murphy, candidate for Senator from Connecticut $50.  Now, I grant you, that's not going to get me a whole lot of access if/when Murphy is elected Senator, but I feel that it does give me the right to criticize his campaign which has been, to put it mildly, WHOLLY INEFFECTIVE!

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Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 12:53 PM PDT

Save Our Bacon

by Owlet

Now here's a story with some meat in it, for a change

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Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 06:31 AM PDT

An 80 year-old solution

by Owlet

Marriner Eccles
was a banker, and by all accounts a very good one.  He was called upon to help draft the Emergency Banking Act of 1933, the Federal Housing Act of 1934, and the 1933 act creating the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.  In November 1934 FDR appointed him Chairman of the Federal Reserve.

Almost two years earlier, in February 1933, Eccles addressed the Senate Finance Committee.  In that prepared testimony, he outlined a program to deal with the major problems of the Great Depression.  The conditions he described then are disturbingly familiar to those which we face today, and the solutions he proposes are equally applicable to today's problems

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Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 04:56 AM PDT

Connecticut: Who's On Top?

by Owlet

The Connecticut Supreme Court Wednesday heard arguments from the State's two major political parties as to which, Democrat or Republican, should appear on the top line of the ballot in the November election.

The case, brought by the state Republican Party revolves around the number of votes cast in the gubernatorial election of 2010.  The relevant statute language is as follows:

    Sec. 9-249a. Order of parties on the ballot label. (a) The names of the parties shall be arranged on the machines in the following order:

      (1) The party whose candidate for Governor polled the highest number of votes in the last-preceding election;

      (2) Other parties who had candidates for Governor in the last-preceding election, in descending order, according to the number of votes polled for each such candidate;

CT. Gen'l Statutes

Seems pretty straightforward, right?  Well, no.  Not really.  There's a twist.

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Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 01:07 PM PDT

Update: Suspect Identified

by Owlet

At a packed news conference held today at the Volunteer Fire Department meeting hall - the only place in town big enough - Police Chief Ricky Noodnick identified the suspect responsible for the recent rash of vandalism, missing items and petty aggravations that have been plaguing this small nondescript town.

"We believe that the perpetrator is one Abigail van Basset", the Chief began.  "She has quite a lengthy record, going all the way back to when she spent a good deal of her time tearing up Pee Pads instead of...er...using them for their intended purpose."

"We had occasion to detain the suspect a month or so ago on suspicion of mole hunting on a neighbor's property, but since there were no witnesses or legible paw prints, we released her in her own recognizance.  Volunteers are passing out the mug shot taken at that time."

Below is the mug shot referred to by the Chief.

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Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 01:31 PM PDT

Gold is Money?

by Owlet

I get RSS feeds from a number of finance- and economy-oriented blogs, many of them carrying multiple ads for sites that sell gold and silver.  More than one of these blogs actively promote gold ownership as the ultimate hedge against what is perceived as a doomed financial system based on paper or 'fiat' currency.

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Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 01:41 PM PDT

Crime Wave in Kayville

by Owlet

A security guard was mugged and a flower garden vandalized in this usually  dull and peaceful small Connecticut town

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So says Roger Bootle, a British economist in this twelve-minute video.  When I came across this, I had no intention of watching the full twelve minutes,  but this guy is so low-key and matter-of-fact that I sat through the whole piece.  Your mileage may vary.

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