Archive for January, 2013

January 30th, 2013

Thousands Turn Out For First Public Hearing On Guns

by Christopher O'Brien

By Hugh McQuaid

More than 2,000 people traveled Monday to the state Capitol for an all-day public hearing on gun regulations that was scheduled as a response to the Newtown murders. Most asked lawmakers not to pass stricter gun control laws.

Early in the day, a line stretched around the Legislative Office Building as members of the public waited in the snow to pass through metal detectors set up by the Capitol police. Officers manning the metal detectors reported no unusual incidents and said no one attempted to bring firearms into the building.

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January 29th, 2013

The World of Non-Dating; A Review of ‘The Gaggle’

by Christopher O'Brien

By Alles Jayne

The GaggleThe Gaggle: How the Men You Know Will Help You Find the Love You Want, a self-help book on dating, relationships, and love by Jessica Massa, casts off traditional dating myths and lore by offering a guide on how to view and inhabit what Massa calls the “Post-Dating World”: (n.). “A new romantic landscape developed in reaction to the strict rules, terrifying divorce rates, and non-irrelevant benchmarks of traditional dating culture; characterized by a generational embrace of ambiguous interpersonal connections and the rise of non-dates, techno-romance, and the gaggle.”

 

The journey to The Gaggle began with a night of despairing over relationships past. As they commiserated about life and love, best friends Massa and Rebecca Weigand discovered that their ideas about how much they were or weren’t dating and how the guys they did date never seemed to be the right “fit” were due to outdated perspectives.’

Massa went on a nationwide trip,….

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January 28th, 2013

Sex in the Suburbs

by Christopher O'Brien

Suburban Adventure Blog, a part of the Independent Media Network

I got passion in my pants and Im not afraid to show it….Im sexy and I know it.”   LMFAO

This song that was playing in my kitchen as I made my way downstairs this morning.  My Bose radio is set to WKTU- thanks to Giavanna-  We love music in our house, so there there is frequently some variety playing in the background.  I try to turn the channel every time I hear words that are clearly suggestive of sex but it is a great challenge. The word sexy is thrown around everywhere today. Giavanna is only nine years old and sort of understands the meaning of the word. Im not a prude it’s just that it seems to me that the bombardment of sexuality in our culture is a little too much for everyone.

I took Christopher to a PG movie last month  and almost all the previews were close ups of some sexual encounter as are most commercials. Our children hardly…

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January 28th, 2013

Mirror, Mirror, Who is That?

by Christopher O'Brien

by Angela Flynn | Simple Sensibilities

I don’t like to shop.  Let me rephrase that, I don’t like to shop for me.  I have a hard time finding clothes I like.  Maybe I’m too picky.  Maybe I don’t care.  In reality, I’m a blue jeans girl in a fashionista world.  My idea of looking presentable these days is a newer pair of jeans with a comfortable top.  I appreciate good fashion, and I like watching Project Runway, but the whole ordeal of finding something to wear is exhausting and frustrating.  There are times however, when an occasion arises that forces me into the mall.

Recently I was invited to a wedding.  Looking in the closet, I realized I hadn’t bought a dressy outfit in about 10 years.  Some still fit, but none seemed suitable enough to wear to a winter event.  So, I eventually decided to hit the mall.  I was determined to find something.  I walked the entire length, went into every store, and eventually landed in Macy’s.  I was surprised to actually find a few dresses to try on given the fact that many were for a much younger woman or, for a much older woman.  Being in that middle age range is like falling into the black hole of apparel.

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January 28th, 2013

Schools Early Dismissal Monday

by Christopher O'Brien

Due to the expectation of an afternoon snow storm, Wolcott’s schools will be dismissed early today, Monday January 28th.

January 28th, 2013

Feds Looking into Misallocation of State Bond Money; Legislature Under Investigation

by Christopher O'Brien

By Kevin Rennie

A federal investigation of corruption at the state legislature had bureaucrats scrambling last fall to obtain legal representation for the Legislative Commissioner’s Office (LCO) and, weeks later, the Executive Director of the Office of Legislative Management (OLM) after Attorney General George Jepsen “declined to represent” the legislative offices, Daily Ructions has learned. LCO, which strained to keep the matter secret, settled on the Hartford firm of O’Brien, Tanski & Young, asking that competitive bidding provisions be waived, “after receiving a list of firms whom [Jepsen’s office] would recommend to provide the requested services.”

Documents obtained by Daily Ructions reveal that those bureaucrats have gone to extraordinary lengths to keep information from taxpayers about the actions they are taking to protect the interests of their agencies and themselves at significant public expense. In emails, they discuss ways of wording  their communications in such a general way as to provide no useful information that would inform a member of the tax paying public who might seek access to their emails or letters through the Freedom of Information Act.

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January 28th, 2013

Will Consumers Now Pay Fees on Credit Cards?

by Christopher O'Brien
Jenn Strathman, Consumer Advocate

Jenn Strathman, Consumer Advocate

By Jenn Strathman

Will the cost of swiping plastic get more expensive starting this weekend? It depends on who you ask.

On Sunday, January 27, businesses who take Visa and MasterCard can begin imposing a surcharge on consumers who use credit. This new fee for consumers is being called a “checkout fee.” It can only be applied to credit cards, and not debit cards.

The surcharge can’t be more than the amount the business typically pays to accept credit cards. That fee ranges from 1.5% to 3% of the transaction amount.

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January 27th, 2013

Metal Detectors Installed for Monday’s Public Hearing at Capitol

by Christopher O'Brien

When visitors enter the Legislative Office Building Monday they will be asked to do something unusual—go through a metal detector. The Capitol police have decided to station two metal detectors at the west entrance of the building for a legislative hearing on gun control, which is expects to draw hundreds. As of Sunday afternoon, more than 500 people have already submitted testimony.

The decision was made by Capitol Police Chief Walter Lee on Friday.

Senate Minority Leader John McKinney said the idea of installing the metal detectors for Monday’s hearing was discussed by the staff for legislative leaders in both parties.

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January 27th, 2013

Legislative Sportsman’s Caucus Meets

by Christopher O'Brien

In any other year, the organizational meeting of the Sportsmen’s caucus of the Connecticut legislature may have gone unnoticed, but in the wake of the Newtown shooting and new found attention to gun control it drew an audience of lobbyists and media.

The caucus attracted about 15 lawmakers Thursday, including some new members of the legislature whose constituents are interested in outdoor recreation.

 

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January 25th, 2013

Public Input Invited on School & Gun Safety Task Force

by Christopher O'Brien

The legislature’s bipartisan task force on gun safety will hold a hearing 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28. The hearing on mental health issues will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29. Both will be held in room 2C at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. A fourth public hearing will be held by the task force at Newtown High School 6 p.m. Jan. 30.

Have something to add to the discussions before the task force on gun safety, mental health, or school safety? Send your testimony here. And here are general instructions on how to submit testimony for a public hearing.