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Connecticut Man1
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - 11:11pm

For anyone that believes that participatory democracy works better than suppressed democracy...

The DoJ recently hammered out some pretty darn good rules of the road and then some when it comes to the previously under utilized and relatively unenforced motor voter laws. From the Op Ed pages of the NY Times:

A more

Connecticut Man1
Wednesday, August 4, 2010 - 7:52pm

Judge Walker issued his rulings and struck down Prop 8 on the basis of violations of due process and equal protections rights:

Plaintiffs have demonstrated by overwhelming evidence that Proposition 8 violates their due process and equal protection rights and that they will continue to suffer these constitutional violations until state officials cease enforcement of Proposition 8. more

Connecticut Man1
Monday, August 2, 2010 - 12:33pm

Think about the coming redistricting as a result of the recent Census.

Imagine that many states that will gain a lot more Congressional weight through the Census results inevitable redistricting suddenly decided to chase a particular growing population from their state with certain targeted policies in order to achieve the goal of keeping these newly minted Congressional heavy weights in the hands of a more

Connecticut Man1
Friday, July 30, 2010 - 12:06pm

From the Rachel Maddow show, Chris Hayes notes an odd contrast in immigration policies that is sure to piss off the left, right and even the middle. From the Maddow Blog:

President Obama is expected to deport 10 percent more people this year than President Bush deported in 2008. At the same time, the Obama administration has taken on Arizona' more

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 6:04pm

Journalism is a totally unregulated profession. It always has been and it should always be so, even when it fails miserably to do its job.

The dirty little secret about journalism is that you don’t need any special training to call yourself a journalist. You don’t need a license, you don’t need to join a union, and heck, you don’t even need a job or income to call yourself a journalist.

So, if you would happen to wake up someday disgruntled with your miserable life, you could grab a pen and a paper and write a news story. Once finished, you could more

Connecticut Man1
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 11:24am

I found this video to be a bit disturbing. Not for the simple idea of polygamy, as I really could care less what consenting adults decide to do in their private lives, but for the fact that so many people (about 95% of them, give or take) did absolutely nothing as they witnessed what they thought was a 15 year old child being forced into marriage:

Forced Into Polygamy in Public
What Would You Do If You Thought You Saw a Child Bride?

Colorado City, Ariz., home to the more

Open Thread
Saturday, July 24, 2010 - 4:17pm


Via the New York Times,


HOUSTON — As Tropical Storm Bonnie weakened to a mere tropical depression over the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday, a drilling rig and about a dozen other ships working to repair the crippled Macondo oil well reversed course and began heading back to the well site.


Well, that's good news. We hope.

So, how's things going, folks? It's awfully quiet out there...

Open Thread
Saturday, July 24, 2010 - 4:34am


In the Gulf of Mexico, spill response vessels leave the Macondo drilling area in advance of an approaching and potentially problematic Tropical Storm Bonnie: more

Connecticut Man1
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 5:16pm

"I don't fact check at all":

Andrew Breitbart, who published the video clip of Shirley Sherrod's speech that led to her forced resignation, tells TPM he doesn't have the entire video either and that the clip came to him from a source already edited. But he's seen enough: "I think the video speaks for itself. The way more

Connecticut Man1
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 12:32pm

to come up with possible links to hate groups. H/T to Electablog, and first the backgrounder on his campaign:

Ryan J. Murdough, a 30-year-old who says he works with children with special needs at a more