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Time: 8:09 AM
Under the weather
Time: 4:24 PM
Sorry for the lack of posts but I've been rather sick these last couple of days.
I wanted to follow-up on several subjects, the most important of which is the situation surrounding the budget, but I'm just too under the weather to do much right now.
Once I'm back on my feet, I'll be able to pick up where I left off as things are going to be rather interesting in Danbury for the next few weeks.
...I'm going back to bed (and don't worry Andrew, I haven't forgotten about you).
Community Forum May 14 broadcast
Time: 5:19 PM
Guest: David Richard, co-owner Organic Food Market
"...I wanna be sedated"
Time: 1:22 PM
The U.S. government has injected hundreds of foreigners it has deported with dangerous psychotropic drugs against their will to keep them sedated during the trip back to their home country, according to medical records, internal documents and interviews with people who have been drugged.
The government's forced use of antipsychotic drugs, in people who have no history of mental illness, includes dozens of cases in which the "pre-flight cocktail," as a document calls it, had such a potent effect that federal guards needed a wheelchair to move the slumped deportee onto an airplane.
"Unsteady gait. Fell onto tarmac," says a medical note on the deportation of a 38-year-old woman to Costa Rica in late spring 2005. Another detainee was "dragged down the aisle in handcuffs, semi-comatose," according to an airline crew member's written account. Repeatedly, documents describe immigration guards "taking down" a reluctant deportee to be tranquilized before heading to an airport.
In a Chicago holding cell early one evening in February 2006, five guards piled on top of a 49-year-old man who was angry he was going back to Ecuador, according to a nurse's account in his deportation file. As they pinned him down so the nurse could punch a needle through his coveralls into his right buttock, one officer stood over him menacingly and taunted, "Nighty-night."
Are we getting closer to Elise "deer in headlights" Marciano's hate-group view of America?
COMING SOON: Special Comment on the rookie
Time: 11:00 PM
"I walked out of City Hall. They were leaving at the same time. I had never even met them before that meeting," said Wetmore, a Republican. "That was just a political move to slander me. I just wanted to get on the record that nothing happened. It's a little ludicrous to assume something was going on, especially when there were tons of people around."
Oh Andrew, Andrew, Andrew...now you've done it and after my "special comment" you're going to seriously regret uttering those words.
I promise, this will not be pretty...
Time: 5:35 PM
I guess the maker of this racist T-shirt voted for Clinton in the primary.
Marietta bar owner Mike Norman says the T-shirts he’s peddling, featuring a look-a-like of cartoon chimp Curious George peeling a banana, with “Obama in ‘08? underneath, are not meant to offend.
Norman acknowledged the imagery’s Jim Crow roots but said he sees nothing wrong with depicting a prominent African-American as a monkey. We’re not living in the (19)40’s,” he said. “Look at him . . . the hairline, the ears — he looks just like Curious George.” About a dozen prostestors rallied against the shirts Tuesday afternoon, condemning them as racist and asking Norman, longtime proprietor of Mulligan’s Bar and Grill on Roswell Street, to stop selling them.
Marietta native Pam Lindley, 47, joined the protest after reading about the controversy online.
“I don’t want people to think this is what Marietta is all about,” she added, motioning towards the tavern. “This is what some people think the South is still like. Marietta’s come a long way but I guess it’s still got a little ways to go.”
...but of course, it's crazy to suggest that racism will be a factor in this year's presidential election, right?
My Left Nutmeg is Denver bound!
Time: 4:06 PM
This is very exciting news as we'll be able to live blog directly from the convention this August as opposed to recycling news reports from other media outlets. You an read all the details on the announcement (including a welcome video from DNC chair Howard Dean) over at My Left Nutmeg.
At what cost
Time: 1:54 PM
In 2007, state legislators introduced more than 1,500 pieces of legislation related to immigrants and immigration.1 Many proposed laws were also introduced in local communities across the nation.2 The rise in state and local proposals was largely due to frustration at Congress’s failure to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
State and local anti-immigrant proposals have tried to prohibit undocumented children from attending state colleges; require local police to check people’s immigration status; and enlist local business owners, including landlords, as federal immigration enforcers. Many of these ordinances have been struck down in court, presenting significant costs to local taxpayers.3
Though some anti-immigrant activists have argued the ordinances have been “effective” in pushing undocumented immigrants out of their communities, these laws have in fact greatly harmed these states and local communities.
For example, Prince William County, Virginia, which passed an anti-immigrant ordinance in 2007, has effectively driven much of the Latino community, including many citizens and legal immigrants, from the jurisdiction:A vibrant Latino subculture built in Prince William County over more than a decade is starting to come undone in a matter of months.The negative effects of its anti-immigrant ordinance have become so apparent that Prince William County considered repealing the measure in late April, but compromised by softening its policy:
With Latinos fleeing the combined effects of the construction downturn, the mortgage crisis and new local laws aimed at catching illegal immigrants, Latino shops are on the brink of bankruptcy, church groups are hemorrhaging members, neighborhoods are dotted with for-sale signs, and once-busy strip malls have been transformed into ghost towns.4The Prince William County supervisors abolished a key part of the county’s illegal-immigration policy last night by directing police officers to question criminal suspects about their immigration status only after they have been arrested.Prince William County is only the latest community to regret rushing into local immigration enforcement. In September 2007, the municipality of Riverside, NJ rescinded its local anti-immigrant law:
In October, the Board of County Supervisors directed officers to check the legal status of crime suspects, no matter how minor the offense, if they think the person might be in the country unlawfully.5With the departure of so many people, the local economy suffered. Hair salons, restaurants and corner shops that catered to the immigrants saw business plummet; several closed. Once-boarded-up storefronts downtown were boarded up again.The economic effects come not only from undocumented immigrants leaving the communities, but from the flight of legal residents and U.S. citizens who no longer feel welcome. In Arizona, anti-immigrant ordinances have weakened an already slowing state economy and forced many immigrants, both legal and illegal, to leave the state. Experts say the diminished workforce could further hurt the Arizona economy.7
Meanwhile, the town was hit with two lawsuits challenging the law. Legal bills began to pile up, straining the town’s already tight budget. Suddenly, many people — including some who originally favored the law — started having second thoughts.
So last week, the town rescinded the ordinance, joining a small but growing list of municipalities nationwide that have begun rethinking such laws as their legal and economic consequences have become clearer.6
In Colorado, the state’s anti-immigrant law is costing the state millions more than it saves 8 and has had a devastating effect upon the state’s agriculture industry. The law has led to the use of prison labor on Colorado farms:Ever since passing what its Legislature touted as the toughest anti-illegal immigrant laws in the nation last summer, Colorado has struggled with a labor shortage as migrants fled the state. This week, officials announced a novel solution: use convicts as farmworkers…In addition to the legal and economic consequences of anti-immigrant legislation, state and local anti-immigrant laws have also disrupted the social fabric of diverse communities across the nation:
Inmates who are a low security risk may choose to work in the fields, earning 60 cents a day. They also are eligible for small bonuses.
The inmates will be watched by prison guards paid for by the farms. The precise cost is subject to negotiations, but farmers say they expect to pay more for the inmate labor and associated costs than for their traditional workers.9Legal and illegal immigrants [in Prince William County] expressed the belief -- some with sadness, others with indignation -- that the law is part of a larger effort to drive Hispanics out of the county. Santos Perdomo, 38, a legal resident who owns a business and two houses in Prince William, said he had always donated to the county police charity fund. Now, he said, he no longer feels like giving.
"Even though I am legal, I feel rejected," he said. "This law has ruined all the good feelings. When I came here 12 years ago, my neighbors sent me pies. Now they look at me differently."10
1. "2007 Enacted State Legislation Related to Immigrants and Immigration." Immigrant Policy Project, National Conference of State Legislatures, January 31, 2008
2. "Local Law Enforcement Issues." National Immigration Law Center
3. Julia Preston. "Judge Voids Ordinance on Illegal Immigrants." New York Times, July 27, 2007
4. N.C. Aizenman. "In N.Va., a Latino Community Unravels."
Washington Post, March 27, 2008
5. Kristen Mack. "Pr. William Softens Policy on Immigration Status Checks." Washington Post, April 30, 2008
6. Ken Belson and Jill P. Capuzzo. "Towns Rethink Laws Against Illegal Immigrants." New York Times, September 26, 2007
7. Randal C. Archibold. "Arizona Seeing Signs of Flight by Immigrants." New York Times, February 12, 2008
8. Jeff Brady. "Colorado Finds Anti-Immigration Law Costly." National Public Radio, February 13, 2007
9. Nicholas Riccardi. "Prisoners to fill void left by migrants." Los Angeles Times, March 2, 2007
10. Pamela Constable and Nick Miroff. "Latinos Looking Over Shoulder." Washington Post, March 4, 2008
Something to consider when you hear the nonsense from the xenophobes in the area who hide their true bigotry behind the notion of enforcing the law.
Time: 1:29 PM
Bridgeport CT 05.12.08. Photo by CTBlogger
Now it's official.
Last night, delegates from the 17 towns (including Ridgefield) that make up the 4th Congressional District casted their ballots (had a chuckle at Lee Whitnum's expense) and named Jim Himes their nominee for Congress.
Setting his eyes on the seat currently occupied by Chris Shays, Himes blamed the current Congressman of being locked and step with President Bush, which has caused our economy to take a nosedive, damaged our image around the world, and placed this country in a pointless war with no end in sight.
Since I attended Chris Murphy's convention in '06, I decided to take a different route and focus more attention on a race that is sure to be highly competitive and if last night is any indication, Shays could receive his long oversue pink slip come this November.
From last night, here's highlights from the convention...
For more info on last night event and more info on Himes, be sure to check out his website.
Time: 4:16 PM
Tonight, the 5th and 4th Congressional districts will hold their Democratic conventions in Waterbury (5CD) and Bridgeport (4CD).
Currently, since HatCityBLOG covers the Danbury area, and Ridgefield is the 4th CD, I'm debating on which convention to attend. Last year, I filmed Chris Murphy accepting the nomination in the 5th and skipping Diane Farrell's speech in the 4th. This year, I'm really torn between going back to the 5th or covering Jim Himes in the 4th so I think and I think it's going to be a last minute decision on where I'm going.
Danbury Live 05.10.08 broadcast
Time: 11:14 PM
City hall in turmoil
Time: 11:20 AM
At 12:01 on May 16th, all hell is going to break loose in Danbury and if you're not in the loop, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you re-read my earlier post on the latest SCREW-UP from the Little Rascals at City Hall.
I'll fill everyone in on what's happening later as this is a developing story in progress and City Hall has been in lockdown mode since Thursday.
Community Forum May 7 2008 broadcast
Time: 4:36 AM
Guest: Gaby Ellert, Bethel Yoga
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