Released on bail for their various rape and child molestation arrests, the Occupoodles intend to invade Wall Street tomorrow. Here’s what they claim they will prove – it sounds exactly like a course syllabus from almost any college’s liberal arts department today – with this kind of passion and good intentions, how is it that these people can find no one willing to hire them?
Daily Archives: September 16, 2012
David Rafferty, the Democrat candidate from Old Greenwich who likes to affect the Yasir three-day-beard look, was recently mentioned here for advocating the elimination of “profit-driven” corporations from the state’s electrical distribution network in order to drive down prices and improve service. Friends of his may want to break the following news to him gently: with the encouragement of the state, major water companies are gulping down their smaller competitors. Seems the capital requirements to build and maintain a water system are too much for small towns – an electrical system would seem to be even more expensive, which is probably why Rafferty’s crowd urges the elimination of electricity entirely.
Aquarion Water Co. has acquired 57 water systems in Connecticut — many in the western part of the state — during the past 18 months, said Charles V. Firlotte, the company’s president and chief executive officer.
“Small systems are not able to keep up. They don’t have the muscle to really do the job that needs to be done,” Firlotte said.
The population of Danbury, the largest city in the area, grew 8 percent between 2000 and 2010, and outlying towns have seen big increases as the circle of New York City suburbs widens. MetroNorth reports commuter rail ridership up 5 percent between 2000 and 2011 on the region’s Harlem line.
With fast-growing populations, local communities have found a need for more efficient water systems.
Brookfield, which has grown from a farm community to a suburb since the 1960s, did not even have fire hydrants, instead requiring developments to install water tanks, said First Selectman Bill Davidson. In the long term, water tanks are costly and ineffective, he said.
Aquarion stepped in, buying and consolidating water systems. Brookfield completed its first major water line two years ago and is building another in a commercial area, Davidson said.
“This heavily fragmented system is going away,” he said.
Aquarion, part of Macquarie Bank of Sydney, Australia, with Connecticut headquarters in Bridgeport, spends up to $50 million annually on capital investments in the state, Firlotte said. The company expects to spend “several millions of dollars” in acquisitions in western Connecticut, he said.
In many cases, smaller companies are looking to leave the business, which requires large investments of capital for pumping, storage, treatment and equipment. The state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority has invited larger companies to “take a look” at smaller businesses that have been looking for the exit, said John W. Betkoski III, vice chairman of the state agency.
Which is more frightening: that our administration is lying to us or that it’s actually this clueless?
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi was not premeditated, directly contradicting top Libyan officials who say the attack was planned in advance.
“Our current best assessment, based on the information that we have at present, is that, in fact, what this began as, it was a spontaneous – not a premeditated – response to what had transpired in Cairo,” Rice told me this morning on “This Week.”
“That’s something we should be real clear on right now,” [Ezra] Klein said. “From what we think we know, attacks in Benghazi were not about the weird Internet video which created the attacks in Egypt. The attacks in Benghazi appeared to have been a response to an American drone strike against an al-Qaida leader. And that drone strike wasn’t an anomaly. It wasn’t some rare event. This is how the Obama administration has chosen to prosecute its offensive against terrorism.”
It’s an election year, and you would hardly expect Obama to admit that his entire Middle Eastern strategy has been a complete bust, so if he and his stooges are just lying, fine: it’ll help his drones huddle peacefully tonight. But what if he truly believes, as his UN Ambassador said today, that “we’re actually quite popular in Libya, Tunisia and Yemen”? That’s a pretty frightening disconnect from reality, and if the Messiah is basing his foreign policy on the loving feeling he senses wafting from those steaming piles of camel dung, we’re all in trouble.
On average, they work a month less each year than private sector workers. Better that they just stay home and stop hurting people as far as I’m concerned, but as long as we have to pay them, can’t we use them for digging ditches or something useful?
Reached at Mal Pray’s celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Peter Tesei, clothed in loaned Vineyard Vine garb, expressed confidence that town workers, at least, were not slacking off. “The fact that the Building Department is open only three hours a day, once a week, is no reflection on the hard work they’re performing behind closed doors”, he insisted, “and my gosh, you should see the Russian porn collection ol’ Boris Hutorin has amassed down in our IT department. Not working? Pshaw – I blame this unfounded, cruel rumor on a certain blogger in town.”
Objective: weave peans to ObamaCare into plots of top-rated shows.
Abby Goodnough of The New York Times is reporting as the California state government is setting up its ObamaCare exchange, the exchange has hired a PR firm (with federal government money).
“Realizing that much of the battle will be in the public relations realm, the exchange has poured significant resources into a detailed marketing plan — developed not by state health bureaucrats but by the global marketing powerhouse Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, which has an initial $900,000 contract with the exchange,” she wrote. Ogilvy’s plan is to tap major network TV shows like “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Modern Family” to sell Americans on the health care law:
Hollywood, an industry whose major players have been supportive of President Obama and his agenda, will be tapped. Plans are being discussed to pitch a reality television show about “the trials and tribulations of families living without medical coverage,” according to the Ogilvy plan. The exchange will also seek to have prime-time television shows, like “Modern Family,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and Univision telenovelas, weave the health care law into their plots.
“I’d like to see 10 of the major TV shows, or telenovelas, have people talking about ‘that health insurance thing,’ ” said Peter V. Lee, the exchange’s executive director. “There are good story lines here.”
“We need a regular process by which the 12 million people who are part of our society can be fully part of our society, and they need documents,” the congressman said. “It’s important for the labor market of this country because as long as there are 12 million people without documents, there are 12 million people who can’t stand up for their rights as workers, and that means there are 12 million people who can be used by unscrupulous employers to keep down wages and to prevent unions from organizing.”
Sherman was joined at the press conference by Rep. Judy Chu, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee* and Rep. Lloyd Doggett. Each member thanked President Obama for his executive order to stop the deportation of certain illegal immigrants, but they said it was only the first step in a process Congress needs to finish.
*Called “the dumbest woman in Congress” which is at least open to question when there are so many contenders, but she did ask NASA reps if the Mars Rover would show the flag planted on the planet by our astronauts on their previous visit, and, attempting to call Tea Party members racists, lost the word for “sheets” and claimed that they dressed in …”um, clothing with a name”, an apt title for the lady herself.