Yes, I’m a Law and Order Liberal. My father-in-law and mother-in-law are retired Special Agents for the U.S. Treasury Department. Many of my mother-in-law’s relatives are local law enforcement. I honor and respect the jobs that all of them do, often putting themselves at personal risk to assure our safety and rights as citizens.
I guess that is part of the reason I get so annoyed when people do things that recklessly put law enforcement officials at risk or squander our taxpayer dollars that are supposed to be used to make us safer and protect our rights.
So, it looks like I may get bloggers credentials from the Media Bloggers Association to help with the coverage of the Scooter Libby trial. Scooter Libby is on trial for obstructing justice, making false statements and perjury in the investigation of who outed information about Joseph Wilson’s wife. If the allegations are true, he contributed to making our country less secure.
Over on MyLeftNutmg, MattW points out Rep. Tom Drew’s proposed bill, Proposed Bill No. 6502, AN ACT CONCERNING WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS.
That the general statutes be amended to establish a working group to make recommendations for creating incentives to expand or maximize wireless Internet access in the state.
On initial reading, this sounds like a great idea. Statewide WiFi. As I commented on MyLeftNutmeg:
As a starting point, every public building ought to have WiFi. Schools, libraries, town halls, court houses, police stations, etc. Some already do, and many others can without much work.
Getting WiFi at parks and Community Technology Centers probably brings even more bang for the buck, but is harder get through.
Yet the devil is always in the details. Who will be in the working group? What will happen to the recommendations? What sort of incentives are being considered? Will the group be made up of industry executives pushing for proposals for large corporate giveaways to get the corporations to make $30/month WiFi access more ubiquitous? Will the group be made up of technogeeks pushing for some wonderful but arcane and unusable solution? Will the recommendations end up being one more set of recommendations that get added to a library somewhere and not acted upon? We shall see.
How will this “maximize economic and other development” in our State? Will it be done in such a way that helps alleviate the digital divide, or will it compound the digital divide with policies that make it useful only to people that already have WiFi enabled laptops and the knowledge of how to use them.
I hope that we get a lot of people working together to make sure that this bill does bring about greater Internet access for a wide spectrum of citizens.
(Cross posted at DailyKos)
Smart lad, to slip betimes away
From fields where glory does not stay
And early though the laurel grows
It withers quicker than the rose.
I’ve been thinking a lot about this stanza from A.E. Housman’s great poem, “To an Athlete Dying Young” recently. Andre Agassi’s tearful farewell brought it into sharp focus. I sat in my father-in-law’s living room, with the extended family as we watched his last set, cheering him on each painful step of the way. It is sad to see him go. He has brought so much grace and excitement to the U.S. Open, and it will not be the same without him. Yet he knew it was time to step aside for a new generation of tennis stars, and he has done it incredibly gracefully.
This marks a profound contrast to Sen. Lieberman. Voters in Connecticut no long see Sen. Lieberman as a champion of the causes of the people of Connecticut. Some people question whether he ever was such a champion, others defend him to this day, but still call on him to recognize and acknowledge his defeat last month, when a record number of voters in a Connecticut primary voted for his opponent.
Andre Agassi leaves the field, with his head held high and people wishing it wasn’t time for him to go. Sen. Lieberman sticks around as people wish he would just leave.
Last night, I was contacted by Dave Mooney, who is running for State Representative in the 120th Assembly District, which covers part of Stratford. He was building a list of bloggers to send his press releases out to.
Later in the evening, I received Mooney State Rep Campaign Energized for November Election. Dave has been running a very energetic campaign for several months and it is great to see him reaching out to bloggers.