Malloy "shrink government" plan isn't exactly a big cost cutter
Among the programs Governor Malloy plans to eliminate are the Advisory Committee for the Center of Real Estate and Urban Studies, the Geospatial Systems Information Council, the Computer-Assisted Mass Appraisal Systems Advisory Board and the State Board of Examiners of Shorthand Reporters. I’m actually a Board of Shorthand Reporters member myself. I report on all of the day’s most important breaking news, except I only post the first 140 characters of the story. Like for example, my breaking news story today was this:
"Hartford, Connecticut - Authorities report that a mass-murderer is on the loose in the area. Police warn citizens to please stay away from th"
Connecticut listed as worst place to retire... or maybe not. Can we be the worst and be happy about it?
I don’t put a ton of stock into this study because it defines happiness by the cost of living. In other words, Kentucky is supposed a better place to retire than Connecticut, because you can live more cheaply. Just because something is more expensive doesn’t necessarily mean it’s worse. I mean, my friends all told me that I was throwing my money away when I bought a nitrous tank made of solid diamond for 3 million dollars, but who’s laughing now? I am. Mostly because of the nitrous, but still.
Howie Day performs at The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center on Feb. 11
I have a friend who used to attend Northeastern University, and while she was there, Howie Day walked through the halls of her dorm playing acoustic guitar. He actually stopped in her room to play a few songs. In a related story, one time I got the Poughkeepsie Calzone delivery guy to come right to my dorm room instead of having to meet him in the lobby.
Super PAC Attack: A new media project out of Wesleyan follows the money
A group at Wesleyan has been tracking Super PACs, in an attempt to shed light on the troublesome issue of money in politics. In case you don’t know, the creation of Super PACs has essentially led to a system whereby a handful of billionaires are allowed to decide our elections. It’s not fair. I miss the good old days when you only had to be a millionaire to handpick our leaders.
Crime & Punishment: UConn TV network in trouble for airing rape jokes
UConn TV Network took a lot of heat recently for airing a comedy sketch that mocked rape victims. The sketch featured a blue light that spoke to women in a Siri-like voice. The voice said that females were “always crying about being raped” and told them to “suck it up.” Not only is the sketch offensive, but it doesn’t even make sense. Now if the Siri blue light asked the user to agree to a 55-page terms and conditions, or if it made them view an interstitial ad before alerting authorities, that still wouldn’t have been funny, but it at least would have been more realistic.
The GOP risks alienating young voters with Cold War rhetoric
The other day, Mitt Romney verbally attacked a protester, telling the man that if he didn’t like America, he should go live in China, Cuba or North Korea. C’mon Mitt, that’s a little overboard. People might have issues with the U.S., but we’d all rather live here than in North Korea. Unless of course we’re talking about Utah. I’ll take my chances with Kim Jong-Un over that Mormon hellhole any day.
Have a Heart: Visit the Valley Has a Heart Food Drive in Ansonia, Seymour and Shelton
If you live in the New Haven area, please visit this food drive and donate. It’s the right thing to do, plus it gives you a good feeling inside when you donate to others. I don’t mean to brag, but I gave a bunch of money to charity the other night and it felt great. I also gave some money to Destiny, Chastity and Strawberry. I would have given more but apparently the Gold Club closes at 1am on Wednesdays. Stupid blue laws!
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