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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The resident "News Junkie" enters the mainstream

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It was online media entering the mainstream as CTNewsJunkie's Christine Stuart an appearance on Sunday's Beyond the Headlines.

Joining Paul Hughes of the Waterbury Republican-American, the focus of the discussion centered around questions raised by State Rep Chris Caruso regarding disgraced governor John Rowland's new gig as economic development director for Waterbury. The roundtable panel also discussed the impact of the "three strikes law" that was voted down by the judiciary committee and how this topic might impact the upcoming state elections.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Tell me I'm dreaming

Another "Stick with Joe" Democrat is elected back as a chairman of a DTC?
At their last meeting, Middletown's Democratic Town Committee re-elected Dan Russo as chairman of the committee.

Russo initially supported Chris Dodd in his run for president, and is now actively campaigning for Barack Obama.

But the significant fact, and it is a significant fact, is that Dan Russo backed Creepy Joe™ Lieberman against Ned Lamont even after Ned Lamont officially won the Democratic nomination for Senator. Let it be known that Russo was not a lone CT supporter of Lieberman (see Spazeboy's list here).

I've always viewed that support as a black eye for Middletown Democrats. The Democrats on the town committee don't seem to thinks so.

One could draw a syllogism. Dan Russo supported Creepy Joe™ Lieberman's election to the Senate. In doing so, he helped make possible the imbalance of power in the Senate, and has abetted Lieberman's support of a Republican presidential candidate.

I for one would love to hear Russo admit his mistake and apologize,
in public. A repudiation of his support for Lieberman would go a long way in gaining back the respect for the Democratic party in Middletown.

I'm shaking my head in disbelief...

Sunday, March 23, 2008

About that surge


After five years...
Rockets and mortars pounded Baghdad’s U.S.-protected Green Zone Sunday and a suicide car bomber struck an Iraqi army post in the northern city of Mosul in a surge of attacks that killed at least 57 people nationwide.

The deadliest attack of the day was in Mosul when a suicide driver slammed his vehicle through a security checkpoint in a hail of gunfire and detonated his explosives in front of an Iraqi headquarters building, killing 13 Iraqi soldiers and injuring 42 other people, police said.

4000 soldiers dead...
A roadside bomb killed four U.S. soldiers in Baghdad on Sunday, the military said, pushing the overall American death toll in the five-year war to at least 4,000.

[...]

Last year, the U.S. military deaths spiked along with the Pentagon's "surge" — the arrival of more than 30,000 extra troops trying to regain control of Baghdad and surrounding areas. The mission was generally considered a success, but the cost was evident as soldiers pushed into Sunni insurgent strongholds and challenged Shiite militias.

Military deaths rose above 100 for three consecutive months for the first time during the war: April 2007, 104; May, 126 and June at 101.

...and no end in sight.