Since the Courant's reversal of fortune on a CT political icon whom they have supported for decades, the CT Democratic establishment did what it does best. Circle the wagons around their wounded leader. They've been doing a "dog and pony" show around the state where all the leading Democrats stand behind the embattled Dodd.
Including Attorney General Dick Blumenthal
Wouldn't surprise me. Hey, wasn't it the CT State Police that got caught illegally maintaining gun purchase records? Did Blumenthal every actually do anything about that?
A nice piece on the problem of pirates. And just why it is such a problem.
The navy of the British Empire, with some aid from other western navies, wiped out piracy in the first half of the 1800s. British sailing ships with muzzle-loading blackpowder cannons fought pirate sailing ships using the same technology. In a time without steam, radio, aircraft, satellites, etc. they tracked pirates down to their bases and brought them to justice.
Yet, today, in a world of universal. instantaneous, world wide communication, satellite surveillance and weapons of such reach and accuracy that the President of the United States can order a missile shot through a particular window in a particular building on the other side of the world, we can’t seem to prevent a bunch of Somali rednecks in bass boats from seizing giant container ships.
Clearly, we find ourselves paralyzed due to the collapse of our trust in international maritime law. In the past, broad international agreement existed on how to deal with pirates. Any naval or police power of any state could attack any vessel attacking a merchant vessel of any state. Any port that harbored pirates’ ships was liable to attack itself. Pirates disappeared from the seas because the swift and sure universal response to piracy made piracy suicidal. Today, when faced with piracy, we dither. Maritime law, once considered clear and long-established, suddenly now is viewed as ambiguous and unsupported.
And because, in large part, we've got a bunch of people in charge who seem to think that actually DOING is far inferior to talking about doing something, no matter the consequences of not actually doing. Witness the Navy having some friggin' FBI negotiators staging off a destroyer to talk to the pirates, instead of doing what the Navy well knows how to do; and if you don't think it's because of orders from the White House, well, I've got a bridge you ought to buy.
I'll also note that this, added to the bow to the Saudi king, is really screwing us up: "Look, Achmet, the Great Satan has this powerful ship, loaded down with weapons, and is afraid to use it." That's really going to help.
And last, Sondra says we really ought to watch out, as Somebody Is Watching And Will Fink On Us. Partial excerpt, with Clair's comments included:
"AMERICAN NETWORK MONITORING ANTI-OBAMA ACTIVITIES
A site dedicated for American citizens monitoring and reporting all anti-obama [ a Regular Person would Capitalize That, DumbAss. Or has it become generic, already—like kleenex?] activities taking place on the world wide web.
A site dedicated to the preservation of truth, justice and the American way. Where true American citizens can monitor and report [to *whom*?] all anti-obama activities taking place on the world wide web. [gonna
fink on *report* the EUs giggling over ∏eh R∅∅b, too? Careful—they might wet themselves.]
This is a place where one [one what?] can post and report on all activities, web sites and or blogs that would be considered erroneous, slanderous or detrimental to the newly elected President of the United States. [*reporting* instead of, oh I dunno, *challenging* errors, slanders and detrimental statements? fine idea. for a three year old. a particularly slow and enfeebled three year old. but I guess ya gotta play to your own strengths...] There are those who go under the disguise of patriotism who seek to undermine the President by reporting false allegations as truth and there by starting a incendiary viral campaigns based on lies and innuendo. [like, I imagine, that whole lying video about bowing to a Saudi Cretin? That kinda innuendo?][admit it—you only used that word not cuz you actually know what it means but because it kinda makes ya hot, am I right?]
Effing Morons. You know what's scary about this crap? This clown actually believes he can 'report' us for not bowing down to The Obamessiah, Pres. B. Cartman Obama.
And unrelated to the above, you know those hot wax baths you can get to soak your hands in? They really do help.