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‘Strainer’ things have happened

Pomfret councilman sworn in wearing colander

January 3, 2014

A unique style of headwear was present during newly-seated Pomfret Town Council member Christopher Schaeffer’s oath of office Thursday afternoon, but it wasn’t intended to keep his head warm....

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Feb-02-14 12:00 AM

please remember, "an even more unique organization – "

something is either unique or not. You cannot be "more" unique. thx

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Jan-16-14 12:03 PM

Pomfret now has a councilman who is a rational thinker. So unChristian.... making it more difficult to get laws passed that will allow the hanging of witches and verses of the Bible displayed on public property....outrageous!

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Jan-13-14 10:24 AM

Wow, talk about persecuting someone for expressing his "religious beliefs."

If you're upset about someone wearing a collender on his head but have no problem with corporate fiefdoms of the 21st century that have turned 95% of us into economic serfs, then you're missing more than the point.

"ab uno disce omnes"

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Jan-08-14 5:51 AM

I could not have said it better than the picture in the article. The councilman? No, it's the voters that are illustrated here. The perfect representation of our voting population across the land.

I believe the flat earth theory was backed by "hard science" as well as the "fact" that the universe revolved around the earth.

Hard science has a way of tripping up the dogma of those who claim they have no dogma The fact that these idiots are claiming there is no Creator is dogma itself and proves the point.

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Jan-07-14 2:27 PM

I just feel that if he was "So Proud" of this aspect of his life, He should have worn the strainer when he was Nominated...and in this age of instant information, the fact that this never came to light during the election is laughable.

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Jan-07-14 9:35 AM

He's certainly not the first to don the colander. ***********huffingtonpost****/2013/08/26/texas-pastafarian-license-photo_n_3816839.html


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Jan-07-14 7:50 AM

HE boiled for your sins. If all you right-wing religious moronic bigots can't accept that Councilman Schaeffer wants to show his respect and appreciation to the FSM for HIS sacrifice, then there is no hope for you. I bet you people would strip the Orthodox Jew of his Yarmulke or the Muslim her Hijab, but never the cardinal his galero.

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Jan-06-14 11:06 PM


>>>If you are okay with a politician being sworn in on a Bible, but you're not okay with this, then YOU are everything that is wrong with this country.>>>

People being sworn in on the Bible aren't doing it to make fun of people. They are doing it to show that they take the oath seriously.

The fact that you can't distinguish between solemnity and adolescent stupidity is rather frightening. Are you a grown up?

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Jan-06-14 11:03 PM

>>>"It's just a statement about religious freedom," he said.>>>

No, it's obvious mockery of most of the people in your town, whom you supposedly represent.

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Jan-06-14 2:31 PM

If you are okay with a politician being sworn in on a Bible, but you're not okay with this, then YOU are everything that is wrong with this country.

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Jan-06-14 2:17 PM

May you be welcomed into the loving embrace of his noodly appendages.

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Jan-06-14 11:43 AM

This clown belongs in the circus, not representing the people from the Town of Pomfret.

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Jan-05-14 1:36 PM

It is a great statement Chris, an important one. Let's not forget the reason we are in America was to escape religious prosecution in England.

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Jan-05-14 12:40 AM

I think it's terrible that so many of you want to prevent this man from wearing a cross around his neck, which is obviously preventing him from expressing his religious freedom.

Oh, wait, he's not a Christian? Then the h&*% with him.

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Jan-04-14 11:59 PM

My new hero. Ramen.

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Jan-04-14 9:41 PM

If this man is such a believer in what he is saying why did he not wear the strainer during the entire campaign instead of suddenly putting it on after voters chose him????? This speaks loud and clear just what this man truly stands for " HIMSELF".

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Jan-04-14 7:45 PM

Someone professing to be a free thinker, and who opposes dogma , seeks out & obtains the endorsement of a major political party? Something's just wrong there.

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Jan-04-14 6:53 PM

"...saith the Lord" (Revelation 1:8).

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Jan-04-14 2:21 PM

"Same people who vetted Sarah Palin.."

Democrats did that?

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Jan-04-14 12:45 PM

I'm not sure what everyone's problem is. Research pastafarianism. There is a lot of satire, but there is sense to it. There is no contempt for religion. It's just trying to escape indoctrination--more of a spirituality thing than living under a creed.

I greatly respect Schaeffer for doing this, knowing he is going to be criticized. Everyone who is criticizing him is proving his point. People don't care about the right things. Focus on what he does as councilman, not what he may or may not have faith in.

He is showing me he is not going to act under any creed or indoctrination except his own. We vote people into office, not their religion.

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Jan-04-14 10:45 AM

Bottom line.....Shame on the Democratic Party for endorsing him they look like idiots. Steger is responsible for stopping the spaghetti strainer wearing. The Town is not respected and this certainly doesn't help. Hart may have missed too many meetings, however, he never did anything as ridiculous as wearing a spaghetti strainer. Why this clown was elected is a mystery. As for Sedota not getting elected being the small town grudge holding Town that it is how people felt about his father probably was the reason.

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Jan-04-14 10:31 AM

OPEN PLEA TO COUNCILMAN SCHAEFFER: Please adopt the Councilman Hart model of service. If you don't remember, check the OBSERVER archives (I just did); there you'll see that former councilman Hart demonstrated conclusively that there is no legal requirement for town board members to attend ANY meetings. His absences were investigated by Channel 7, written about several times in the OBSERVER, and still, he took several months off several years in a row to escape our harsh winters. Why, there's no reason you can't miss EVERY single meeting for the rest of your term- that's right, Chris, you've hit the jackpot! Stay home, count the holes in your hat, pray to the spaghetti monster and collect your paycheck every month. Please, do us all a favor and just stay home.

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Jan-04-14 9:52 AM

as always Captain believes he the "Alpha and Omega" on all topics and everyone else is wrong or has a disability, we thought that there was only "one " who was perceived to be "perfect", maybe we got it wrong and there was "two"

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Jan-04-14 8:47 AM

judeye: your penchant for taking the side of the underdog is getting old. Schaeffer was dead wrong making a mockery out of taking an oath, yet you congratulated him for standing up for what he believes? I'll agree it's a virtue for an elected official to display integrity, but I couldn't disagree w/you more on this one.

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Jan-04-14 8:05 AM

judeye... A clerk, a judge or other official cannot be forced to swear someone in. If they object for reason they consider good, then no swearing in.

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