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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

PROTESTING THE PRESIDENT IN NEW LONDON

The Hartford Courant is offering a live stream of everything happening at President Bush's speech in New London. You can view all the action by clicking here.

Senator Dodd new TV ad

Here's the latest TV ad, named "Ready to Lead," from Senator Dodd. The ad is currently on air in Iowa, New Hampshire, and on national cable stations.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Senator Dodd calls for a Corporate Carbon Tax

With gas prices in the nation at an all time high, Democratic Presidential candidate Senator Chris Dodd issued the following statement.
"For the sake of both our economy and our national security, we must break our addiction to Middle East oil by investing in new, clean and reliable fuels we can cultivate right here using the ingenuity of the American worker.

"This is not the time for half-measures and dancing around the edges. We need leadership that will act with honesty and conviction to do what needs to be done to meet this challenge.

"By dramatically increasing fuel standards and enacting a Corporate Carbon Tax that would invest in alternative energy, the Dodd Energy Plan would break our addiction to Middle East oil and help make energy more affordable for our families."

Monday, May 21, 2007

HELP REMOVE THE BIGT'S TALK & VARIETY SHOW FROM CABLE: Would you allow an adult to talk to your daughter like this?

(here's an important cross-post from HatCityBLOG. Please help me remove profane, indecent language from local cable TV)

Okay, here comes the main course.

The name of the walrus man in the photo is Tom Bennett and we at HatCityBLOG want him and his co-hosts' contracts with Comcast Local Access terminated for repeated violations of the rules and guidelines of public access.


(Click here for a list of highlights of Comcast Rules and Regulations on Public Access)


BACKGROUND HISTORY

When he's not out spinning tunes as a wedding/birthday DJ or selling "hand-made" party favors, Bennett spends his time as the head producer and host of the local access late night trainwreck "BigT Talk & Variety show. This show, WHICH COMES ON EVERY FRIDAY BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 9 AND 10 PM).

For as long as I can remember, this individual (known to the YouTube community as BigT(urd)) has somehow been able to get away with using some of the most disgusting, indecent, profane, racist, homophobic language I've ever heard on the airwaves (those from Danbury know what I'm talking about).

Now with the advent of digital video, we have the power to expose the violations of the rules and regulations of Comcast public access by Bennett and his co-hosts and place pressure on Comcast to enforce their rules and IMMEDIATELY terminate Bennett's contract and everyone associated with the show and being an end to indecent programming on the public's airwaves.

THE EVIDENCE

What I'm going to do is work backwards from the most recent outrageous remark and go backwards to my earliest video footage of Bennett's show and document EVERY disgusting remark that has gone unchecked on his show. I'll also provide contact information on how to contact at Comcast and express your outrage as well as other organizations you can call on the state and national level (F.C.C.). For now, I don't want to wait any longer as Bennett's days as a talk show host HAS TO COME TO AN END as soon as possible.

Let's start things off with a video clip from last Friday's show where Bennett has a exchange with a 15 year old girl over homosexuality. When you read the transcript and watch the video, ask yourself this question: Would you allow an adult to talk to your daughter like this?

Make note of Bennett's arrogance after it's revealed that the person he's talking to is a minor (WHICH IS PAINFULLY OBVIOUS TO ANYONE WITH HALF A BRAIN).

WARNING: the following exchange has explicit language
Tom Bennett: Why would you okay a girl...why would you okay another girl eating another girl or another girl sexing another girl? [...] How would you approve that?

15 year old caller: excus...

Bennett:
How would you approve a man sucking another man's p-? How would you approve that?

15 year old caller:
Excuse me, excused me, by the way I'm 15 so I appreciate that you don't say those things.

Bennett: Hey I have a doctor right here with me. I'm talking medical terms. I'm talking medical terms here. You called me, I didn't call you.

15 year old caller: That's not medical terms.

Bennett:
"penis" is not a medical term?


Bennett's arrogance in this clip alone should get him a phone call from the Danbury police department.

Not only does he NOT use medical terminology, he has the arrogance to get flippant with a minor who was offended with his choice of words (hmm...I don't remember the term "eating" being used as a medical term in my sex-ed class).

Now, if you're a father and you learned that an adult talked to your child using this language, what would you do?

Again, take a look at Comcast's own rules and guidelines regarding content on public access (note the section in bold).
Section E: Program Content: numbers 3-5.

3. No libelous, slanderous or illegal material.

4. No obscene material, sexually explicit conduct, or material soliciting or promoting unlawful conduct.

Trust me, I'm just scratching the surface here folks...

No matter what your views are, we can all agree that this person needs to be yanked off the air pronto and the sooner the better. PLEASE contact Comcast and tell them public access is not the palce to use this type of language (note: It's important to know that this show comes on between the hours of 9-10 P.M.).

Dave King, Head Public Access Coordinator:
Phone: 203-792-1265
Email: Dave_King@cable.comcast.com

Candiann_Roswell: Public Access Coordinator:
Phone: 203-792-1265
Email: Candiann_Roswell2@cable.comcast.com


When emailing, please cc: hatcityblog@yahoo.com so we can place your message of outrage on our blog (privacy will be honored).

Help bring an end to this disgusting television show and remove this man and his associates from the airwaves.

The Godfather IV: Fredo's revenge

A little political humor for the night...

Rep. Courtney works on campaign promise with defense bill passage

Courtney_BTH


Sunday, Congressman Joe Courtney made an appearance on WTIC's Beyond the Headlines to discuss the House passing of the Defense Spending Bill that paves the way for the production of two submarines in Groton.


Sunday, May 20, 2007

He's back...and the President isn't happy

Reviews are coming in on Michael Moore's new film on the health care industry "Sicko."
'Triumphant Return'

"After the screening, several hard-nosed U.S. critics and journalists admitted to crying during the film."
-- The Wall Street Journal


"Brilliant and Uplifting"
-- FOX News


"Comedy, Poignancy and Outrage"
-- Variety


"Very Strong and Very Honest"
-- Stephen Schaefer, Boston Globe

Meanwhile, King Goerge Co. stoop to a new low in their war against the man who exposed the stupidity of the president.
Bush's Treasury Secretary, Henry Paulson, launched an investigation of a trip I took to Cuba to film scenes for the movie. These scenes involve a group of 9/11 rescue workers who are suffering from illnesses obtained from working down at Ground Zero. They have received little or no help with their health care from the government. I do not want to give away what actually happens in the movie because I don't want to spoil it for you (although I'm sure you'll hear much about it after it unspools Saturday). Plus, our lawyers have advised me to say little at this point, as the film goes somewhere far scarier than "Cuba." Rest assured of one thing: no laws were broken. All I've done is violate the modern-day rule of journalism that says, "ask no questions of those in power or your luncheon privileges will be revoked."

This preemptive action taken by the Bush administration on the eve of the "Sicko" premiere in Cannes led our attorneys to fear for the safety of our film, noting that Secretary Paulson may try to claim that the content of the movie was obtained through a violation of the trade embargo that our country has against Cuba and the travel laws that prohibit average citizens of our free country from traveling to Cuba. (The law does not prohibit anyone from exercising their first amendment right of a free press and documentaries are protected works of journalism.)

I was floored when our lawyers told me this. "Are you saying they might actually confiscate our movie?" "Yes," was the answer. "These days, anything is possible. Even if there is just a 20 percent chance the government would seize our movie before Cannes, does anyone want to take that risk?"

Certainly not. So there we were last week, spiriting a duplicate master negative out of the country just so no one from the government would take it from us. (Seriously, I can't believe I just typed those words! Did I mention that I'm an American, and this is America and NO ONE should ever have to say they had to do such a thing?)

I mean, folks, I have just about had it. Investigating ME because I'm trying to help some 9/11 rescue workers our government has abandoned? Once again, up is down and black is white. There are only two people in need of an investigation and a trial, and the desire for this across America is so widespread you don't even need to see the one's smirk or hear the other's sneer to know who I am talking about.

All hail the local Liebercrats


Hugh Bailey nails it.
Local Democrats must be so proud. James Amann, Bill Finch, Paul Ganim: their hard work is going toward bringing control of the U.S. Senate back to Republicans.

Surprising no one, Sen. Joe Lieberman has announced he will campaign and raise money for his good friend Sen. Susan Collins, of Maine. Collins is a Republican, and if she wins next year, it could go a long way toward putting her party back in control of the Senate.

Elections have consequences. Congress is this year finally holding hearings and trying to get answers from a White House that rules by executive fiat. President Bush will be gone after next year's election, but investigators will be sorting through the wreckage of his presidency for years. Restoring to power a party dedicated to looking the other way is bad for the country.

[...]

Lieberman can argue that he's only repaying Collins' favor to him last year. It's true, she came to Connecticut and did what she could to help her fellow ranking member on the Senate's committee on homeland security. But for Collins, there was no downside. Win or lose, Lieberman or Ned Lamont, the Connecticut senator was going to caucus with the Democrats. Collins' seat, though, is a toss-up, and should she win, it could deal a severe blow to Democrats' chances of holding onto the Senate.

[...]

We'll never know what kind of senator Ned Lamont would have made, but we can be sure he wouldn't have spent time and money campaigning for Republicans. Elections have consequences, and all local Democrats who stuck with Lieberman and turned against their own party should be reminded of what their support has brought them — no oversight, no meaningful investigations from his committee and active support for Republicans. Thanks again, guys.

Don't forget those who stuck with Joe...don't EVER forget.

Tip to T-Party for the heads-up.