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    Legislators' Solitaire Playing Causes A National Stir

    Maybe this is why a lot of these politicians do not read the bills before signing them, they're too busy playing computer games while on the tax payer's time.

    Legislators' Solitaire Playing Causes A National Stir -- Courant.com

    It all started with late-night solitaire at the state Capitol Monday.

    And the fallout still hasn't stopped.

    Two Democratic legislators were playing solitaire on their state-issued computers Monday night during a late-night debate on the state budget, and an Associated Press photo that showed the solitaire games soon whipped around the nation on the Internet.

    From there it was a short hop to national cable TV news.

    Now there are calls for apologies and for new rules regarding computer games at the Capitol.

    Republican Thomas Foley, the former U.S. ambassador to Ireland who hopes to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd, has sent a letter asking state Democratic legislative leaders to adopt a new rule banning the use of laptops and electronic BlackBerry devices during formal House and Senate sessions.

    "I hope you share with me the sense of outrage felt by the people of Connecticut over the embarrassing spectacle of Democratic legislators playing solitaire on laptop computers while important debate was taking place on the state budget," Foley wrote in a letter to House Speaker Christopher Donovan and Senate President Pro Tem Donald Williams.

    Foley said that the photo "has subjected our state legislature to national shame and controversy."

    Williams declined to comment on Foley's letter. Donovan's spokesman, Doug Whiting, said that Donovan had not seen Foley's letter and had no comment.

    Milford Republicans are calling upon Democratic state Rep. Barbara Lambert to apologize for playing solitaire as House Republican leader Larry Cafero was speaking about the state budget. The chairman of the Milford Republican Town Committee, Tom Jagodzinski, said that voters "expect their elected officials to represent their interests, not be preoccupied with putting the red five on the black six. They expect their elected officials to listen to others' ideas, not to be sitting in the people's chamber looking for alternatives to Minesweeper."

    With a nod to Monday's game-playing, Jagodzinski announced that the Milford Republicans will be holding a solitaire fundraiser at their campaign headquarters on Sept. 15 to raise money for the local police department.

    Lambert, a Milford Democrat from the 118th District, replaced former House Speaker James Amann, who is now running for governor against Republican M. Jodi Rell. Lambert could not be reached Thursday night.

    State Rep. Jack Hennessy, a Bridgeport Democrat, was playing solitaire on the computer next to Lambert, and he, too, could not be reached for comment.

    Amann, a veteran of 18 years at the state Capitol, remembered the days when the House sessions were not televised and the general public had little idea what actually happened in the House chamber. During extremely long debates that spilled into the early morning hours in sessions that lasted more than 12 hours, House members sometimes started doing "the wave."

    Amann said that he could not blame Lambert his successor for playing a computer game.

    "I'm sure if they panned the whole place [in a photograph], there would have been a lot more on solitaire," Amann said.
    "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"

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    Re: Legislators' Solitaire Playing Causes A National Stir

    I would expect this behavior of an elementary school student in the computer lab, not of an elected official.
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    Oh good grief !

    What a bunch of pansies. As IF one couldn't play solitaire and listen to some drone prattle on.

    Keep it up, GOPers. Thin out the younger voting block support some more.

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    Re: Legislators' Solitaire Playing Causes A National Stir

    Is that someone on iTunes a couple computers to the right of the guys playing Solitaire?

    I bet that if you took a snapshot of everyone of their screens at that moment in time, Solitaire would not be the worst thing you would see.

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    Re: Legislators' Solitaire Playing Causes A National Stir

    This is amusing, and the fact that some are trying to use it for partisan politics is just sad. I dare people to watch one of these late night sessions on CSPAN and not do something to entertain themselves.

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    Re: Legislators' Solitaire Playing Causes A National Stir

    Quote Originally Posted by jackalope View Post
    Oh good grief !

    What a bunch of pansies. As IF one couldn't play solitaire and listen to some drone prattle on.

    Keep it up, GOPers. Thin out the younger voting block support some more.
    So you are saying that if you were an employer then you wouldn't mind your employees ****ing off while they are supposed to be working?
    "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"

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    Re: Legislators' Solitaire Playing Causes A National Stir

    Quote Originally Posted by ScottD View Post

    I bet that if you took a snapshot of everyone of their screens at that moment in time, Solitaire would not be the worst thing you would see.
    They should be condemned for it regardless of party affiliation. These people are employees of the tax payers and have no business ****ing off while on the clock.
    "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"

    Cicero Marcus Tullius

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    Re: Legislators' Solitaire Playing Causes A National Stir

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    So you are saying that if you were an employer then you wouldn't mind your employees ****ing off while they are supposed to be working?
    I think what he is saying is this: Reprimand, but don't make a federal case out of it. They did something they didn't, they got caught, but the way these people are making it out, you'd think somebody committed genocide.
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    Re: Legislators' Solitaire Playing Causes A National Stir

    People that live in glass houses should not throw stones so I wont.


    Its not like they were on a WoW raid or something. Now that takes some concentration.
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    Re: Legislators' Solitaire Playing Causes A National Stir

    Quote Originally Posted by Travelsonic View Post
    I think what he is saying is this: Reprimand, but don't make a federal case out of it. They did something they didn't, they got caught, but the way these people are making it out, you'd think somebody committed genocide.
    I do not think anyone is acting like they committed genocide. It is outrage over the fact that these employees of the tax payers were ****ing off/goofing off/not doing their job/shamming when they were supposed to be working. If these employees of the tax payers were goofing off then who knows how many more were doing the same thing.
    "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"

    Cicero Marcus Tullius

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