As we segue into podcasting peculiarity, OIB begins a new feature later this week: Pol Pod, interviews with city decision makers that you can listen to with a click of your pointer.
Interviews won’t be long, five minutes or so, but we’ll share a little oratory flavor from the great and near-great pols that impact your life, and maybe a little more insight than they were expecting to give!
Alas, the interviews will not be as compelling as say a George Carlin monologue, but you never know. I remember the first joke I ever heard off the brain-dropping genius’ tongue: it was on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In about 40 years ago in vintage deadpan … “Here’s a sports score … the 76ers 49, the 49ers 76.”
Don’t ask me why at 10 years old I was laughing so hard I required oxygen. Thanks to Carlin, who’s passed into expletive purgatory, we get to use the “Seven Dirty Words” at OIB, although discerningly. (Is that possible?) I’m not sure I’d ever use one of the words in a headline, unless, of course, it came in the form of an official-to-official rant. I remember the day State Sen. Ed Gomes, as a member of the City Council, called his peer on the council Chris Caruso a “fat slug.” When I asked Eddie if he wanted to take back the words he said, “Yes, that’s an insult to slugs.”
Caruso gives as good as he takes. There was the day he called former State Sen. Ernie Newton, when he served on the council, a snake. I asked Chris the same thing. Did he want to take it back? Caruso’s reply: “Once a snake, always a snake.”
So, fair warning, if OIB Pol Pod subjects decide to use one of Carlin’s seven words, we’ll run them here in case you forgot …
“Shit, Piss, Fuck, Cunt, Cocksucker, Motherfucker and Tits.”
Speaking of dirty, Cougar Rodgerson (just kidding, Coug) is promoting pictures and playtime Thursday nights at downtown’s Baldwin Plaza. Click here www.u-c-e-r.com/fall/summer-series.html for this week’s flick. Bring white russians.
News release from Mayor Bill Finch
Mayor Bill Finch (D-Bridgeport) traveled to Miami, Florida on Friday to participate in the U.S. Conference of Mayors 76th Annual Meeting along with hundreds of other chief elected officials from around the country. The U.S. Conference of Mayors is a nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. During the meeting, mayors will debate and vote on policy recommendations to forward to Congress and the new presidential administration.
Agenda topics for the meeting range from the mortgage crisis to global climate change, all centering around how major policy issues will affect urban populations and what the mayors of large cities can do to influence national policy decisions.
“I’m very happy to be here at this very important meeting representing the largest city in the state of Connecticut,” said Mayor Finch. “This is a significant opportunity for mayors of all political affiliations to put urban issues front and center in this year’s presidential campaign, much as I’ve done in my home state by forming the Urban Mayors Caucus with Mayor Richard Moccia of Norwalk.
“This annual meeting is a great place for mayors to come together to trade policy ideas and debate the urban issues that confront us all.”
On Saturday Presumptive Democratic Nominee for President Senator Barack Obama addressed the group with a speech entitled “A Metropolitan Strategy for America’s Future.” The next day, former President Bill Clinton also presented to the group regarding what our cities’ mayors can do to force real change in America .
At the meeting, Mayor Finch submitted a resolution encouraging legislation allowing adult adoptees to gain access to their original birth certificates in an effort to raise awareness about the issue on a national level. In February of this year the mayor submitted testimony in support of Connecticut state Senate Bill 345, “An Act Providing Adult Adopted Persons Access to Information in Their Original Birth Certificates.” The bill, sponsored by state Senator Edward Meyer (D-Guildford), was co-sponsored and strongly supported by Mayor Finch when he served for seven years as Senator to the 22nd district.
Other Connecticut elected officials attending the Florida meeting include First Selectman Kenneth Flatto (D-Fairfield), Mayor Richard Moccia (R-Norwalk), Mayor Dannel Malloy (D-Stamford) and Mayor James Miron (D-Stratford).