Time: 3:03 PM
Last night, I tripped and hyper extended my right ring finger. To make matters worse, I extended my finger so bad that my skin broke and required four stitches.
Don't worry, I'm doing okay pur it it hurts to type right now so I'm taking it easy today. Hopefully, the swelling will go down so I can get this blog thing off the ground and start waking people up to the nonsense happening around the city (TRUST ME, THERE IS A LOT OF NONSENSE HAPPENING).
Now, where is the Tylenol...
A Ken Krayeske history lesson
Time: 2:35 PM
1. Krayeske's name was somehow placed on a secret list.
2. A flyer with his full description was distributed among the State and Hartford Police Department.
3. Krayekse was arrested, held on 75,000 BAIL, and was later released (AFTER THE GOVERNOR'S BALL WAS OVER) on a promise to appear in court.
4. The police report contradicts several witnesses who saw the arrest as well as Krayeske's time stamp ON HIS PHOTOGRAPHS.
5. I could go on and on and on...just watch the video and maybe you'll begin to get a better understanding about why Krayeske was singled out.
Mayor Boughton's re-election campaign...
Time: 2:24 PM
The ONLY issue that matters in this eleciton is D-E-V-E-L-O-P-M-E-N-T and the mayor has a record to defend.
Boughton can't look to the future when everyone is looking at his past.
When it rains, it pours
Time: 2:15 PM
That's it! No more short cuts. I'm biting the bullet and paying the man to do a complete overhaul of the system. Thankfully, I uploaded the new layout and I'll have it up and running as soon I re-create the new graphics (yeah, you got it, I lost it on the laptop).
In any case, I think I'm at the point where I'm just going to add the new design to the site and update it as I go forward. I've been babbling about the new layout for too long and I can't take it any more. There is too much to report on and enough is enough.
Look for the new look this weekend.
Molly Ivins 1944-2007
Time: 8:33 PM
Syndicated political columnist Molly Ivins died of breast cancer Wednesday evening at her home in Austin. She was 62 years old, and had much, much more to give this world.
She remained cheerful despite Texas politics. She emphasized the more hilarious aspects of both state and national government, and consequently never had to write fiction. She said, "Good thing we’ve still got politics—finest form of free entertainment ever invented."
The issue is...
Time: 9:45 AM
From today's letter to the editor.
The News-Times recently covered the proposed Savannah Hills subdivision on Danbury's Great Plain Road.D-E-V-E-L-O-P-M-E-N-T.
The site being considered is part of a large hilly open space with vernal pools, hemlock forest, mountain laurel and wetlands that provide important habitats for wildlife.
The 33-acre proposed development is part of a larger 100-acre forest including ridgelines, gorges and streams of great beauty. This is a watershed area for Candlewood Lake, providing water protection for our area's greatest resource.
At the last Environmental Impact Commission public hearing, a neighbor mentioned amphibian population in the area. Dr. Danzer, Danbury's environmental scientist, reported that this site might be the habitat for the northern slimy salamander, which is on Connecticut's threatened species list. He recommended that the state Department of Environmental Protection be consulted.
The disappearance of an amphibian species is significant; a greater issue for Danbury citizens is the potential loss of an entire ecosystem, once commonplace in our area.
Overdevelopment was the main topic of discussion at Mayor Boughton's open forum on Jan. 20. The mayor talked about offering a bond referendum that would give Danbury residents an opportunity to preserve some of the most desirable remaining open spaces.
Currently, residents on the north, south and west sides of Danbury enjoy protected open space areas. I hope it is not too late to protect the only open space area remaining on the east side of our city.
Please contact the mayor, legislators and Common Council members if you share my concern.
Any development such as Savannah Hills should only receive approval if all steps are taken to preserve the quality of our environment. Our city's Environmental Impact, Conservation, and Planning commissions need to do all within their power to ensure that any development in the Great Plain woodlands respects the beauty and character of this truly priceless natural resource.
...just wait till this site gets up to full speed and you'll see what I mean.
Danbury High School Darfur documentary gaining more attention
Time: 6:43 PM
The genocide in Darfur is simply a disgrace; it's outrageous that the world is sitting on the sidelines while hundreds of thousands of Africans are being slaughtered.
In case you don't know the seriousness of the situation, here's a quick history lesson on the conflict.
The Darfur conflict is an ongoing armed conflict in the Darfur region of western Sudan, mainly between the Janjaweed (translated: "devils on horseback"), a militia group recruited from the tribes of the Abbala (camel-herding Arabs), and the non-Baggara people (mostly land-tilling tribes) of the region. The Sudanese government, while publicly denying that it supports the Janjaweed, has provided arms and assistance and has participated in joint attacks with the group, systematically targeting the Fur, Zaghawa, and Massaleit ethnic groups in Darfur. The conflict began in July 2003. Unlike in the Second Sudanese Civil War, which was fought between the primarily Muslim north and Christian and Animist south, in Darfur most of the residents are Muslim, as are the Janjaweed.
Estimated number of deaths in the conflict have ranged from 50,000 (World Health Organization, September 2004) to 450,000 (Dr. Eric Reeves, 28 April 2006). Most NGOs use 400,000, a figure from the Coalition for International Justice that has since been cited by the United Nations. As many as 2.5 million are thought to have been displaced.
Thankfully, the students at Danbury High are doing what they can to remind people about the situation in Darfur with a documentary on the tragedy. Entitled "The Promise," the seven minute documentary has caught the eye of many across the country and is receiving a great deal of media attention.
Here's channel 8's report on the student project.
For more information on the student documentary, click here (and make sure you bookmark the site).
Tillman media coverage
Time: 3:50 PM
Time: 2:25 PM
Thanks in advance.
InauguRELLgate scandal: Media coverage of Krayeske rally
Time: 1:39 PM
Finally the lies will be exposed.
Today starts the beginning of freelance journalist/blogger Ken Krayeske's trial. This morning, supporters on Krayeske held a rally in his honor outside Hartford Superior Court. Channel 8 was on the scene and filed this report.
UPDATE: Here are the reports from Channel 30 and 3 (5:30PM).
Stop the escalation
Time: 6:04 PM
Time: 5:45 PM
In honor of my manic state of mind, I present to you this oldie but goodie (depending if you're a product of the 80's).
Good grief...I'm old.
So off topic...but needs to be said.
Time: 10:10 AM
Her story is touching because my great-grandfather, who was also very independent, lived until 105 and made a living as a Pullman Porter. He was also the primary contributor to the novel "Raising From the Rails: Pullman Porters and the making of the black middle class" by Boston Globe Reporter Larry Tye (for those who don't understand the importance Pullman Porters had on African American society, I'll go into more detail about this topic during Black History month in February).
I was very fortunate to have my great-grandfather around until recently as I learned a great deal of important information about my family's past from conversations he had with our family. He knew how important his memories were to the family and made it a mission to pass as much knowledge down to everyone as possible. I'll always love him for sharing those important memories and will do everything in my power to make sure my daughter shares in that knowledge.
As African-American, being able to track back your family history to the slave trade is a VERY VERY RARE thing. Eventually, based on the information passed on from my great-grandfather, I'm sure my family will one day be able to trace back where in Africa we originated (and trust me, the day I'm able to go back to the area where my ancestors were captured from will be the greatest day of my life).
I can only imagine the knowledge Ms. Tillman passed down to her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and God bless Ms Tillman for having a such wonderful full life.
Time: 9:55 AM
For those I talked to for interviews this weekend, I will be emailing or calling you personally either today or tomorrow. Again, thanks for the incredible responses and feedback and I'm working like a madman to incorporate each of your ideas into the new site.
Please keep the feedback, concerns, news in your neighborhood, and documents coming. I promise our new team will get to each story so email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I can't wait for this to be over so I can get back to something of a normal life.
Manic Sunday and misc stuff
Time: 11:46 AM
I spend most of yesterday doing research on a very big story which is not getting the attention it deserves in the media (in fact, this story is outrageous and people should, and will, be held accountable). Lets just say again that based on my conversations with people in a majority of the wards in this city, THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE THIS YEAR WILL BE DEVELOPMENT, period. No illegal immigration, no sex offender ordinance, no 311 system...no, no, no, no. THE FIRST THING that comes out of the mouths of a CLEAR majority of people is one thing...D-E-V-E-L-O-P-M-E-N-T.
I'm tempted to just start rolling the stories but that wouldn't be the right thing to do. Most of my material will only work with the new layout, there is a great deal of paper work that needs to be digitized, and many more video interviews need to be conducted before I can get the ball rolling.
The thing I'm most excited about in my travels across the city was finding out how many people read this site and people thanking me for what I'm doing. It's one thing to see the number of hits on this site, it's another thing to have people say "HEY, your that HatCityBLOG guy, " proceed to talk to me about issues in their community, and ask me how they can help out.
With that, I'm very please to announce that more people will be joining the HatCityBLOG team and my ultimate goal is to have a person from each ward reporting on what's going on in their community. Right now some people are helping out as writers and others will doing the dirty work as researchers. It's getting to the point where this blog thing is becoming bigger than I ever thought and I'm helping readers of this site from other cities across the nation get started with their own blog.
In closing, I'd like to thank all those who I've talked to in the last month in my travels across Danbury. Thank you for your comments, talking to me about your concerns, and taking time out of your schedule to chat with me. It's almost like there is a serious disconnect with people who think they know what's going on and the community who seriously feel that their concerns are not being heard. Hopefully, over the next year, this site will be an vehicle for the silent majority who's getting overlooked and by all indications will express their feelings come this November.
Now, off to my parent's house...they want to see their granddaughter.
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