The dinner is an annual affair at which Washington-based media, politicians and celebrities get all tuxed up and bejeweled and spend the evening eating, drinking and rubbing egos. It's kind of like one of those red-carpet awards things, only the attendees don't look like they have had as much work done.
Malloy's first mistake was thinking he could soft-shoe his way out of state and no one would notice. Someone always notices when a governor has gone missing, particularly people who might want to be governor someday. Rule of thumb here: If you don't want constituents to know where you are going, maybe you shouldn't be going. Fortunately, Malloy ended up in Washington and not on the Appalachian Trail or in Argentina.
The second mistake Malloy made was accepting an invitation to attend the event as a guest of People magazine. He should have paid his own way from the start and not waited until it became a political issue to fork over $1,234 to cover his expenses.
Now, this ain't exactly Peoplegate. What we are talking about is a pretty minor ethical breach, if it is an ethical breach at all. That said, I reserve the right to change my view if in the coming weeks Malloy ends up on the cover of People as "America's Most Beautiful Governor."
Malloy's third mistake was in wanting to hobnob with a bunch of those kissy-kissy Hollywood types. You can dress Malloy up all you want, but in this black-tie crowd he stands out like a pair of wonky brown shoes.
I mean, how excited do you think Amy Poehler was when she learned she would be seated next to Malloy? And how about the starlet on his other side, "Mad Men" actress Jessica Pare. Do you think her reaction was, "Wow, I've done nude love scenes with John Hamm, and now I get to sit next to Dannel Malloy. My life is a fairy tale."
If there was any positive news out of Malloy's trip, it is there is no evidence to date that he took cell-phone selfies with anyone. If it turns out he had, we could be talking impeachment here.
Cicadas Back On The Menu?
I can't believe it has been 17 years since the cicadas last emerged. I also can't believe it has been 17 years since I ate a cicada. I can still hear the crunch. Perhaps I should elaborate.
I was part of a media contingent at Yale, drawn there by a professor who claimed cicadas actually tasted good, and that he was planing on frying up a batch in case anyone wanted to join him. Talk about knowing how to attract attention: Just offer reporters some free fried insects.
With the cameras rolling and pens scribbling, the prof dropped a handful of dead cicadas into a frying pain sizzling with garlic. Umm, Umm, the smell as the inch-long, beady-eyed bugs turned a greenish golden brown. When the cooking was finished, the professor passed the plate of bugs around as if they were hors d'oeuvres. Some people took one, some of the less dedicated journalists didn't. I did. It went down hard. The good news is, it didn't come back up. I declined seconds.
Before leaving, however, I got one to go for my boss. She had told me that if I ate one, she would too, which she did. A boss who will eat a cicada … they don't make 'em like that anymore.
Searching For Extraterrestrials in D.C.
An organization called the Paradigm Research Group held a hearing this past week in Washington to listen to testimony regarding the presence of visitors from outer space, and the government's ongoing efforts to deny their existence. According to its website, Paradigm Research Group's mission is "to advocate in all ways possible for an end to a government imposed truth embargo of the facts surrounding an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race." Six former members of Congress were paid to listen to the testimony and give the gathering a kind of congressional investigation ambience. On the good news front, none of the former Congress persons was from Connecticut.
Now Isn't This Interesting
For years now, a dedicated group of conspiracy wing nuts called birthers has insisted President Obama was ineligible to be president because he was born in Kenya (which he wasn't) and thus is not a "natural born citizen" as the Constitution requires to hold the office. Now along comes tea party darling Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who is dropping hints he may run for president in 2016. But hold on. Cruz was not born in the United States. Rather, he was born in Canada, of which there is no dispute. So, employing the birther rationale, Cruz is prohibited by the Constitution from holding the presidency, right? Don't you just love it when what goes around comes around and bites someone in the …
The Weak In Tweet
Ed Koch: "If you agree with me on 9 out of 12 issues, vote for me. If you agree with me on 12 out of 12 issues, see a psychiatrist."
Who would you rather have following you on Twitter, the pope or Warren Buffett?
Hoping UConn picks the old Hartford Times building for its Hartford campus.
Does fecal matter in ground turkey matter, or should we be matter of fact about the matter?
UConn professors rate low on student compiled list. I want to see the student's grades before judging.
Shouldn't a basking shark be on the beach?
Song Of The Weak
"Hollywood Nights" (Bob Seger)