Thursday, September 14, 2006

Motivational, Inspirational

I'm speechless.

Helen Ubiñas, fortunately, isn't. Read her column on this weird subject here.

22 comments:

bluecoat said...

and the sleazebag former guv has a gig with the NC basedJohn Locke Foundation wh decries the Kelo case that never would have happened were it not for Rowlandnomics. He'll probably tell the audience why the policies that uplifted Kelo were bad and even get away with it. He went to jail a liar and came out one to. Thanks Judge Dorsey!!!and thanks Jodi too!!!

Anonymous said...

So is he supposed to stay in house for the rest of time? Seriously folks, the guy went to prison and served his time, al biet not enough IMHO, so why shouldn't he be able to do this?

If people buy it, I see nothing wrong with him selling it and based upon what I heard on the news after his first speach, he wasn't half bad.

bluecoat said...

and this from the invitation to the John Locke event:Join John Rowland as he tells his compelling cautionary tale about his downfall and why the public should be skeptical of ethics reform legislation at the local, state, and national levels.

bluecoat said...

I have no problem with him getting a job for the first time in his life instead of feeding at the govt trough but I just wish he'd stop lying. I guess that's too much to ask though of his staunch supporters and former defenders. The guy is as arrogant as ever - and Maybe that's why it's the title for his talks.

Anonymous said...

So you answered my question bluecoat. YOu think he should sit at home and do nothing.

The title of the speaches is fitting in that he tells his tale...and arogance couldn;t be further from the truth...from what I saw and have read he is as about as humble as any man can get. Don't let your hatred for him blind you of what he has become.

Hate him all you want but recognize that he has been reformed.

And before you call me one of his, "staunch supporters and former defenders"...I never voted for him. Not once.

bluecoat said...

Nice spin 1:22; I don't hate the guy but I hate what he did to CT and I hate to see him continuing to lie while projecting his false humility and getting a free pass in the process. There were several people who saw him up close and personal when he spoke RI and saw right through the guy - even asking him to explain himself . Maybe you didn't vote for him becasue you don't live in CT, you were too young to vote or you didn't vote? No matter, see it your way and I'll see it mine.

Anonymous said...

It's not spin. I'll agree to let it go but I think you are dead wrong. And for the record, I just didn't like the guy. That's why I didn't vote for him.

bluecoat said...

His bio is anything but humble and saying he instituted prison reform certainly to me belies the truth - and I think their are a few who lost their family members to abuse in the "privatized" VA prisons he sent people too - in the name of "faith based" reform. and I have no problem with privatizing prisons but it has to be done the right way.

Anonymous Valley Republican said...

He was such a bad governor that the only way the Dems could beat him was by persecuting, I mean prosecuting him. Johnny GR did some very good things in his 10 years to go along with the not-so-good things and people ought not forget those.

Look, I’m not saying the guy shouldn’t have resigned and served time, because he should have. I just think that we should all move on. That goes for Jodi Rell too. She seems to have an aversion to coming to the Valley…the smart money says it’s because we still love Johnny here. Either way, screw the state’s firefighters at your own political peril, Jodi.

bluecoat said...

He resigned only after it got too hot and his pension for ten years of service was assured. In the meantime the GA spent $6 million of taxpayer money to get the goods on him. And all the guy has ever done is admit he made mistakes - with the big one being that he got cught - but he has never once apologized for screwing the people of CT - not once.

Anonymous said...

So sex offenders and violent criminals and drug users can be rehabilitated, yet someone who didn't pay taxes on gifts he received can't be. Interesting!

bluecoat said...

Moat everything that Rowland did good was with taxpayer money - big deal.

Grumpy said...

Wow. Speechless does not begin to cover it.

John Rowland will be speaking at the John Locke Foundation in North Carolina, and offering his wisdom about why the public should be skeptical about ethics reform. Seriously?

By way of background, North Carolina's got it's own problems with unethical behavior among elected officials. The problems include bribery scandals, politicians doing favors in return for campaign contributions, lobbyist money greasing the skids for legislation, etc. And wouldn't you know it, the John Locke Foundation is one of the outfits leading the charge against ethics and campaign finance reform in North Carolina.

So here's John Rowland. Fresh out of prison. While he was up the river, Connecticut adopted sweeping ethics and campaign finance reform in response to the scandals of his administration. And he hires himself out as an inspirational speaker for the forces in North Carolina who are opposed to similar reforms in that state!

The foundation chose "The Arrogance of Power" as the title for Rowland's appearance. Someone down there is a master of the art of comedic irony.

Unbelievable.

Anonymous said...

No way should any convicted felon be able to go on a lucrative speaking tour right out of the prison door like this. No, he did nowhere near enough time, and yes he should not be able to make money speaking about his slimy world. Ultimate sleaze.

bluecoat said...

It isn't that Rowland couldn't have rehabilitated himself and apolgized for his wrongdoing, it's that he didn't. Instead of going the full twelve steps he only got to #5 or 6 - and that's apparently enough for some organizations to hire the guy..

Anonymous said...

I always gear of all the good Rowland did..for the love of god man what was it?

Go back to the 2000 election debates and listen to what Bill Curry said. Everything he said was not only true but came true.

Besides.Rowland still has all his state benifits and pension

Anonymous said...

I'm sure Helen Ubinas will be writing a similar scathing article about Ernie Newton once he makes the speaking rounds when he is out of prison in several years. I'm also waiting anxciously for her column criticizing Rep. Jefferson Davis, too.
It's a free country, Helen, and people are buying tickets to Rowland's speeches. Get over it and stick to defending kids with eyebrow rings.

Anonymous said...

Anon 5:07 - did i fall asleep and miss ernie newton and jefferson davis getting elected the governor of ct?

Anonymous said...

The plain fact is that John Rowland, besides being a sociopath, was a bad governor. No transportation policy, his urban legacy a myth; his buddy Rock Regan bringing the state's IT system to the brink of collapse. Christine Ragalia drunk at the helm of DCF; that arrogant little toad Art Spada running public safety like a private club; Mental Health and Mental Ratardation policy dragged back 20 years in time, Public Works and Administrative Services laundering operations for political favors and money. What she knew or didn't know doesn't matter to me as much as the fact that, while most of the high profile screw-ups are gone, Rell hasn't really changed anything. Dozens of Rowland thugs and loyalists are still in goverment in postions of influence. (Check Lisa Moody's invite list). Anything compared to Rowland looks good but does it have to be Rell's mind numbing mediocrity.

Anonymous said...

For what its worth (and it is probably worth very little), I am firmly convinced that if Rowland and Curry ran against each other today, Rowland would still win.

Anonymous said...

Love the liberal hypocracy. You can be a cold blooded murderer like Tookie Williams and go on a race hating murder rampage and kill people. And be forgiven by libs and defended against your proper sentence. But ohhhhh boy, if youre a republican and you do something like accept a bribe, oh man you should be tortured and put to death.

bluecoat said...

3:40; you are rather astute there with your brilliant observation; I didn't pick up on it but now I see it clear as day - the libs wanted Rowland tortured and put to death while working to get Tookie elected to governor of CT. Thanks for pointing that out.