Two columns, a summer report, an apology

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I’m way behind on postings. I know that!

It’s a combination of things. I’m squeezing in as many long bike rides as possible as I prepare for an August tandem bike trip from Paris to Amsterdam. (It’s a magazine assignment.) I still haven’t practiced on a tandem. I’m a little nervous about that.

I'll be riding a Santana bike in Europe.

I’ll be riding a Santana bike in Europe.

And the summer and pre-summer have been full of other things, including four days at the Berkshire International Film Festival and  time spent at New Haven’s International Festival of Arts and Ideas. I did comedy monologues with Sea Tea Improv and storytelling at The Mouth at the Mark Twain House. I’ve caught some fine music, including the Shinolas at SummerWind and Dianne Mower’s Bonnie Raitt tribute at Japanalia. I’m also trying to get ready for an onstage interview with Stephen King at the Bushnell, but the man writes faster than I read. My recent Shakespeare schedule included the Bristol Vic’s amazing Midsummer Night’s Dream in New Haven, the very fine “Twelfth Night” in Hartford and Joss Whedon’s “Much Ado About Nothing” on the big screen.

That's Freedy Johnston, Syd Straw and Chris Collingworth with the Shinolas. They broke out a wild version of Nights in White Satin right at that moment. (Joe Nunes Photo.)

That’s Freedy Johnston, Syd Straw and Chris Collingworth with the Shinolas. They broke out a wild version of Nights in White Satin right at that moment. (Joe Nunes Photo.)

Anyway, I should have blogged about all those things, but somehow, instead, I was just doing them. I hope your summer is similarly crowded.

Anyway, here’s this week’s column.  I’m adding a point of clarification about worker’s comp in Texas. The system exists but it’s not mandated. In Texas, an employer can simply opt out and not offer worker’s comp. Also, I’ll stick the Wendy Davis animation at the bottom so you don’t have to hunt for it.

And here’s last week’s column, which was never posted here. It’s about poll numbers and the governor’s race.

 

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20 thoughts on “Two columns, a summer report, an apology

  1. richard

    I remember when Lawlor and McDonald attempted to run unconstitutional legislation through government to control Catholic Church finances. after getting bagged they lisped in unison “Our constituents made us do it”. Married at the Governors Mansion. What’s next. Dog marriage with the Rev Cathy Malloy presiding?

    Had it been anyone but one of those two, fine. Lawless and/or McDonald? That was a deliberate FU to State Catholics from Dan and Cathy.

    No, its not Texas. Lucky Texas. Can we burn the mansion down “Inglorious Basterds” style?

    Bitter you say? Or irritated by the heat?

    1. Billy Yo

      I’m waiting for inter-species. I know this fine panther that I have the big time hots for.

      1. Billy Yo

        I’ve already been scratched and bitten so I can handle it. Nefertiti is her name. And I don’t need to worry about opening doors for her because she jumps threw hoops.

        I’m keeping it low key until the legislation passes.

        Oops.

    2. John R. McCommas

      So Lawlor is off the market huh? Too bad. He may be evil doer trying to set all the killers free on us but I never said he was ugly…..

      As for this Wendy Davis person, I am sure glad she isn’t my Mom. Think of how her kid must have been humiliated to have her mother filibuster (an un-democratic maneuver that should not even be legal) talking endlessly about how she wished she had aborted her daughter rather than have her?

      What a …..

      1. Cynical Susan

        ” talking endlessly about how she wished she had aborted her daughter rather than have her? ”

        Is that what she said? Really?

    1. Billy Yo

      I knew we shouldn’t have allowed so many dammed Catholics in the country.

      What’s next; a Connecticut Massi warrior conference?

    2. John R. McCommas

      One of them is on the Supreme Court and the other one is a jailer to likes to let the bad guys out. I am all for gay marriage though. Not all gays are liberals you know.

  2. richard

    More on CTs vaunted liberalism

    CTs incarceration rates. The racial disparity index.

    CTs Whites have one of the lowest incarceration rates in the nation. Probably because they are very, very good.

    Ratio of White to Hispanic in CT prisons? Highest in the nation.

    Blacks? 4th highest in the nation.

    Obviously our Blacks and Hispanics are bad. Very bad. And the Whites are so very good.

    Of course that’s what the Blue State Democrats would have you believe. CT is a liberal Mecca. The Xanadu for minorities and the South is so very, very evil.

    http://www.sentencingproject.org/doc/publications/rd_stateratesofincbyraceandethnicity.pdf

    1. Billy Yo

      Richard… Oh, put it on stage. You are funnier than all of us. I am right now roaring with laughter.

  3. richard

    Wendy Davis. It’s possible to respect Wendy and disagree with her at the same time. All things being equal, I find the fetal pain argument a good basis to judge candidates. Luz Esty was one step away from saying “I don’t care how much pain they feel”. I’m not saying I’ve bought the science but I’ve seen some avid pro choicers issue more humane and intelligible comments than Esty or Delauro. Are either of them fit to join the human race? Remains to be seen.

    1. richard

      Remains to be seen? No pun intended concerning fetal waste and any extreme plans to bring the holocaust in a baggie to the patient room to hand to the Mother to sign off on the surgery and place the waste in the “to be incinerated” bucket’ as a burnt offering to choice.

      Moloch! Solitude! Filth! Ugliness! Ashcans and unob
      tainable dollars! Children screaming under the
      stairways! Boys sobbing in armies! Old men
      weeping in the parks! –Ginsberg….

  4. Cynical Susan

    “CTs Whites have one of the lowest incarceration rates in the nation. Probably because they are very, very good.
    Ratio of White to Hispanic in CT prisons? Highest in the nation.
    Blacks? 4th highest in the nation.
    Obviously our Blacks and Hispanics are bad. Very bad. And the Whites are so very good.
    Of course that’s what the Blue State Democrats would have you believe. ”

    Unlikely. I don’t know any Democrat who believes that, nor would they have YOU believe it.

    1. Billy Yo

      Cynical; Richard is Mark Twain. Don’t you get it?

      Richard; let me manage you. I take 10 percent plus 10 for road travel plus food and lodging.

  5. Billy Yo

    Colin, thanks for the blog. I frequently use this platform to develop ideas which I then go on to write about. A great way to end that day. I’ll see if I can go back to reading Herodotus. Interesting chap. He’s one of us.

  6. Billy Yo

    Colin, I assume that the bike picture is a “Santana.” But why do you want to ride on a two person bike? There is no advantage and clearly disadvantages. The biggest of which is that the front rider must not ever – I mean ever, break wind because the drift will most certainly seep right into the nose of the rear (excuse the expression) rider.

    Why would you want to risk a major fluff between two Americans (although your rider may be from another land) between Paris and Amstradam? It would make a great story in the International Harold Tribune if the Parisan granedairs (mispell) had to be called to seperate waring factions. European and in particular, Parisan delicacies include oils and beans which are quite conducive to internal methane build up in the stomach.

    And that is just one reason. There are other reasons.

    1. Cynical Susan

      A friend rode from Connecticut to California on the back of a tandem steered by her then-husband. She told many funny stories about the adventure, but none included this issue. I’d think that I’d be more concerned with matching cadence, trusting the front-rider’s steering abilities, how far to go in a day, etc.

      My adventures while you were “away,” Colin, included music by the same bunch but at a much smaller (and drier) venue, a couple of nice long-ish bike rides, a couple of lovely kayak-trips, a few excellent walks, a couple of good movies, dinners with friends, excellent chocolate. So while I missed you terribly, at least I was busy.

  7. John R. McCommas

    I tried to comment on “The Week Ahead on the CMS” but “comments are closed”. I wanted to say that Connecticut is a very hostile place for business. Here in Windham they are coming out with a new sign regulations that are down right nasty. Even style and color are subject to approval.

    1. Billy Yo

      John, you may have a valid point on a particular issue. But I am glad that we have many regulations that insures that development particularly commercial development remains within the standards of a community.

      Recently, I have volunteered to find homeowners who may allow a tree to be planted on their front lawns curtesy of the Knox Foundation. One neighbor told me that not only did he not need another tree to replace the one he recently pulled down, but that he intended to create a parking lot along one whole side of his house facing the street. Being the good neighborly snitch that I am, I reported him to licenses and inspections and was told that the homeowner will never be allowed to complete his plans.

      Thank god for regulations. We must except these inconveniences or strike out and find the old Davy Crockett trail. Stop complaining. We have a lot to be thankful for.

      Oh yes, we really do.

  8. Jennifer

    I’m glad others took the time to comment about the biking trip–fabulous! The tandem idea is very unsettling for me, but of course I have never played well with others and can be a tad controlling. The center of gravity on that bike with riders of different weights is …where???
    How does the team decide who is in *charge?* when it comes to what may be quick, necessary safety maneuvers? I may be over-thinking this. But please bring Band-aids :/

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