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Posted by bigwillq in General Discussion: Presidency
Thu Sep 08th 2011, 07:03 PM
Just said to me by my boyfriend.
He added that he "hates" that "f*cking orange guy that sits next to the vice-president".

I did not watch the speech. I am at work. Might catch it on a replay, and will def. try to read a transcript and read newspaper and on-line articles about it.

From what I am reading, it seems like the President gave a very fiery speech, one that needed to be made. Props to him in that regard.

B/F said that the President's speech basically said to cut the BS and do things that are right for the American people.

Let's hope Congress listens.
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Posted by bigwillq in Sports
Thu Jul 28th 2011, 03:11 PM

Former New York Yankees starter Hideki Irabu has been found dead in his California home, according to

The suspected cause of death is suicide. Irabu was 42.


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Posted by bigwillq in General Discussion: Presidency
Sat Apr 02nd 2011, 10:36 AM
She's my state Rep. Scary stuff


A city man faces a second-degree harassment charge after he allegedly threatened state Rep. Linda Gentile, D-Ansonia, making reference to the recent shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona, police said.

Police Lt. Andrew Cota said John Matika, 67, of 40 Edgehill Ave., made several phone calls to Gentile’s office March 24 and March 25, commenting on gun legislation.

During the calls, Matika made reference to the Arizona shooting, and that, if the gun bill passes, the same thing will happen here, police alleged.

On Thursday, police stopped Matika in his car on Jackson Street and took him into custody on a warrant. Matika was turned over to the Capitol Police Department and was arrested Thursday.

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Posted by bigwillq in The DU Lounge
Mon Mar 14th 2011, 05:46 PM
To the kind and generous DUer who donated in my name.

I hope this post didn't make it seem like I was begging for a donation. I wasn't. But I thank you and appreciate the kind gesture.

Been busy with work but have been meaning to donate. Just haven't gotten around to it yet. When I do, I will make sure I pay it forward

Thanks again.
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Posted by bigwillq in General Discussion: Presidency
Wed Feb 16th 2011, 05:58 PM

The son of the late U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy says he won’t run for the seat held by retiring Connecticut U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, I-Conn., because he wants to spend more time with his two children.

WFSB-TV reports that Edward M. Kennedy Jr., a Branford resident, made the statement at the JKF Legacy Dinner on Tuesday night. The event marks the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy.

“It’s something I’ve thought a lot about, and I think at this point in time, I’ll have to say that I think I’ll have to wait before I make the plunge into a campaign,” Kennedy told the TV station.

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Posted by bigwillq in Latest Breaking News
Tue Jan 18th 2011, 04:43 PM
Source: ABC News


Former Democratic vice presidential candidate and Peace Corps founder Robert Sargent Shriver Jr. died today at age 95, family sources told ABC News.

Serving in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations in the 1960s, Shriver ran the War on Poverty and founded or was an early advocate of groups including Head Start, VISTA, Job Corps, Community Action, Legal Services, Upward Bound, Foster Grandparents and Special Olympics.

He was the U.S. ambassador to France from 1968 to 1970. But his biggest foray into national politics came in 1972 when George McGovern chose him to replace Thomas Eagleton as his running mate on the ill-fated Democratic ticket.

Shriver married John F. Kennedy's sister, Eunice Kennedy, in 1953. She died at age of 88 in 2009.


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Posted by bigwillq in General Discussion: Presidency
Tue Dec 21st 2010, 11:14 PM
Obama called UConn coach Geno Auriemma after the UConn women's basketball team won its 89th straight game, surpassing the UCLA men for the most consecutive victories in collegiate basketball.


The women’s basketball carnival, which reached the height of surreal Tuesday night with a call from President Barrack Obama during the midst of Geno Auriemma’s post-game interview, will likely calm down for a while, now that the magic No 88 and record-breaking 89th consecutive wins have been achieved.

“No, you’re not interrupting anything,” Auriemma told the president. “If I was calling you and you had all those reporters in front of you, you’d be dying to take my phone call.”

Auriemma thanked the president for “that lesson you gave (UConn) on the White House lawn,” and was reminded by Obama that UConn hasn’t lost since he was inaugurated. Hopefully we can keep that streak going for a couple more years.”


Mods, not sure if this is the best place for this thread. Move if necessary.
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Posted by bigwillq in General Discussion: Presidency
Wed Jul 28th 2010, 10:47 PM
This might have been posted. Not sure. Haven't been on DU much in the last few days.


Longtime Connecticut resident Ted Kennedy Jr. announced today that he is endorsing Democratic businessman Ned Lamont in the race for governor. In new TV and radio ads that will begin airing across the state tomorrow, Kennedy cites Ned's long record of hard work and giving back to the community, praising his ability to bring people together.

"What makes Connecticut so special to me are the people that I've met here, people like Ned and Annie," said Kennedy. "Over the years, I've been lucky enough to become good friends with them and I know they share the same values I believe in - the values of hard work and giving back. I've seen Ned in action. I know he has what it takes to bring people together and move Connecticut forward, and that's why I'll be voting for him on August 10."

"Ted and his wife Kiki are great friends and proud Connecticut residents," said Lamont. "I'll never forget standing beside Ted's father singing 'When Irish Eyes Are Smiling' when he came to campaign for me in 2006. Senator Kennedy always believed that our best days were ahead of us, a belief that Ted Jr. and I share for the state of Connecticut. As governor, I will work every day to create jobs and make Connecticut a place where every family has the opportunity to achieve their own American dream."


This link is to a blog. But there's a link inside to view the ad.
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Posted by bigwillq in General Discussion: Presidency
Fri May 21st 2010, 09:24 PM
State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, under fire for misspeaking about his military record during Vietnam, easily won the endorsement Friday night of Connecticut Democrats to fill the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Chris Dodd.

"This week, as you all know, I had a little bit of a tough fight myself," Blumenthal said with a smile. "You all have been hearing what my wife, Cynthia, has been telling me for almost 30 years ... that I am not perfect. That I make mistakes. But you also know that I'm a fighter."

Despite the national attention that Blumenthal's misstatements have attracted, Democrats said they could not ignore his 26 years of political service — six years as a state lawmaker and 20 as Connecticut's omnipresent attorney general — to the state.
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Posted by bigwillq in General Discussion: Presidency
Mon May 17th 2010, 08:44 PM
Not sure if this has been posted.

CT Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, the front runner to earn the Democratic nomination for US Senate (to replace Dodd), never served in Vietnam as he previously has said.

Ut oh. Not good. I really liked Blumenthal, too, but (if true), why do politicians have to lie about stuff like this? You either served, or you didn't. No biggie. VET groups can't be pleased by this revelation. We'll see what happens.

At a ceremony honoring veterans and senior citizens who sent presents to soldiers overseas, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut rose and spoke of an earlier time in his life.

“We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam,” Mr. Blumenthal said to the group gathered in Norwalk in March 2008. “And you exemplify it. Whatever we think about the war, whatever we call it — Afghanistan or Iraq — we owe our military men and women unconditional support.”

There was one problem: Mr. Blumenthal, a Democrat now running for the United States Senate, never served in Vietnam. He obtained at least five military deferments from 1965 to 1970 and took repeated steps that enabled him to avoid going to war, according to records.

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Posted by bigwillq in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Wed Feb 20th 2008, 11:27 PM
Ever since each Democratic candidate announced their intention to run for President, I haven't been moved by any of the "top tier" candidates. Sure, each one had his or her's good qualities as well as some serious flaws.

I immediately took to Dennis Kucinich, who I believe, and still do, was the most progressive candidate running. Of course, he was a long shot candidate, who didn't have the money, nor the appeal or the perceived elect ability factor and name recognition to win a national election. What a shame.

I wasn't initially moved or inspired much by Barack Obama. I was one of the those skeptics who didn't think he stood for much of anything, thought he didn't have enough experience and was dismayed by the McClurkin issue.

I always thought Hillary Clinton had the right credentials and the experience after her years of being a public servant, whether it was during the Watergate investigations, in her tenure as First Lady and as a Senator.

Her book, Living History highlights her successful, and at times, groundbreaking, eight years as First Lady. I didn't like her vote on IWR and I didn't think our country would progress if it fell further into dynastic rule. I also thought that as much good that came out of the Clinton administration, there was a lot that wasn't so good and not in just policy. I didn't want the scandals of the 1990s to divide us even more.

After it became apparent that Kucinich had no shot at the nomination, and the other candidates ended their bids, I, and we, were left with Obama or Clinton.

I really thought I would vote for Clinton in my state primary in CT because I was still mad over the McClurkin mess and I still wasn't moved or inspired by Obama like so many have been.

I went with my heart and voted for Kucinich because a primary is the only chance you can vote your heart.

But after reading up on both Clinton and Obama more-I finished Living History on Monday and I am 170 pages into The Audacity of Hope-I feel that Obama is the future.

For those that still think Obama doesn't stand for anything, read his books or his website.
He does have a clear vision in how to move forward in this country and around the world.

Like it's said so many times, Senators don't win the Presidency often because they have a public record that pundits, critics and the American voter can go back and look at, scrutinize and dissect. Making a decision on a bill, with all the pork and amendments, is a difficult one. I can't really fault Obama, or Clinton, for some of the decisions they made. I do believe that both made every decision in the best interest of this country.

I really do like, and admire, Hillary Clinton but, doing my best junior high impersonation, she is so 1990s.

I still think Obama has many faults and I disagree with some of his policies but I truly believe he is an agent of change. I still have yet to be really moved by him or any of his speeches but I finally "get" what he's been trying to say all along.

I think he's run a great campaign and I now understand his intentions in trying to reach out to all people even if at first I thought he was throwing some of us under the bus or reaching out to some groups, mainly the religious right, just to get a vote.
I think he really is the one that can unite us as a nation and improve our standing in the world.

Whether we are Democrat or Republican, Independent, white, black, latino, gay or straight, we need to all come together, to unite, to pass policy to make this country better than it is or ever was.
Many people use the expression hope and change during a campaign. I think most candidates do want change and hope that is possible or they wouldn't be running.
I feel Obama is the one, and with a Democratic president, and increased majorities in Congress, that, and more, is possible.

I fully intend to support Obama, or Clinton if she gets the nomination, because I want my country back. I am sick of the division and the partisanship. Who knows, Obama, if he's elected, may turn out to be another typical Washington politician but at least he's trying not to be. He's ready to end the division and put the people first again. I like that, and finally, I like Obama.
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Posted by bigwillq in The DU Lounge
Sun May 14th 2006, 05:17 PM

Have a beer on me!

Thanks to those who nominated it!
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Posted by bigwillq in Latest Breaking News
Sat May 13th 2006, 09:04 PM
Plane carrying Sen. Kennedy struck by lightning
Eds: Note Conn. angle in lede.
BOSTON (AP) — A plane carrying U.S Sen. Edward M. Kennedy from a commencement speech in western Massachusetts to his Cape Cod home on Saturday was struck by lightning and had to be diverted to New Haven, Conn., a Kennedy spokeswoman said.
The plane lost all electrical power and the pilot had to fly the plane manually, according to Melissa Wagoner, Kennedy’s press secretary. No one was hurt.
The Massachusetts Democrat had just delivered the commencement address at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams and was on his way to Hyannis to spend Mother’s Day with family when the plane was struck at about 2:45 p.m., she said.
Kennedy planned to stay in Connecticut overnight because he is scheduled to deliver another commencement address at Springfield College on Sunday, she said.
The incident was reported to the Federal Aviation Administration, Wagoner said.
The FAA did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press on Saturday night.
AP-ES-05-13-06 2158EDT

Some how it just came over our wire at work now. But it says incident happened at 2:45 p.m.
Don't know if this is a dupe. This is the first I heard of it.
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Posted by bigwillq in The DU Lounge
Sat Mar 25th 2006, 09:19 PM
More specifically, post a picture of an animal or scenery, you captured on camera.

Even if you didn't take it yourself, show me some nature shots!

I want to see some pretty things!

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Posted by bigwillq in The DU Lounge
Sat Mar 18th 2006, 06:54 PM
I don't know how the hell that happened. I didn't even think that was possible.

I was looking through "My DU" function and just clicked on Ignore list for fun. I know I never put anyone on ignore purposely.

But come to think of it, there are some people who are on my buddy list that I don't know how they got there either. I guess I just hit the wrong button sometimes.

Sorry, Skinner. Didn't mean to ignore you!

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