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U.S. Open weekend

Saturday, August 30, 2008
Time: 4:07 PM

Well, it's that time of the year when I take a few days off from the blogging scene and enjoy what tennis has to offer in New York.

I'll probably post from pictures from the US Open later but no local nonsense...go out and enjoy the holiday weekend...I'll be back on the local political scene on Monday night (and trust me, there's much work to be done between now and the Sept. Common Council meeting).

Happy birthday John!

Friday, August 29, 2008
Time: 6:00 PM



We'll never forget...



h/t to Scarce

Back on track...and McCain picked WHO?


Time: 10:45 AM

Now that the absolutely amazing Democratic convention is over, and according on NBC, McCain's VP pick is Sarah (one and 1/2 year as governor of Alaska, a.k.a McCain's argument about Obama's lack of experience is officially out the window) Palin, I can slowly get back to Danbury nonsense.

I'll bring things back up to speed here soon...

UPDATE: Here's more on McBush's VP pick Sarah Quayle Palin.

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her administration is rocked by revelations that she and her family used the governor's office to carry out a vendetta against a policeman who was a former brother in-law, up to firing the public safety commissioner because he wouldn't fire the trooper. The top wingnut radio host in the state, a huge fan, has turned on the governor big-time, declaring her a one-term governor. The Republican-dominated state legislature is talking investigations. For a state party rocked by scandal, who had seen Palin as a savior -- clean and new, this abuse of power scandal has to be crushing.

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In an interview just a month ago, she dissed the job, saying it didn’t seem “productive.”

In fact, she said she doesn’t know what the vice president does.

Larry Kudlow of CNBC’s “Kudlow & Co.” asked her about the possibility of becoming McCain ticket mate.

Palin replied: “[A]s for that V.P. talk all the time, I’ll tell you, I still can’t answer that question until somebody answers for me what is it exactly that the V.P. does every day? I’m used to being very productive and working real hard in an administration. We want to make sure that that V.P .slot would be a fruitful type of position, especially for Alaskans and for the things that we’re trying to accomplish up here for the rest of the U.S., before I can even start addressing that question.”

Two words: game over.

State Rep Jason Bartlett wants State Central to show Lieberman the door

Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Time: 3:38 PM

As I stated in an earlier post on My Left Nutmeg, today, the Danbury News-Times reports that Connecticut delegate State Rep. Jason Bartlett called upon the State Central Committee to look into taking Joe Lieberman off the party rolls.

A few hours ago, I caught up with State Rep Bartlett by phone and talk to him about his frustration with Lieberman and why he feels that it's important that State Central should consider taking action against John McCain's possible choice for Vice President.

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Part 2 of the interview focuses on why State Rep. Bartlett thinks removing Lieberman off the party rolls is legal.


Inside look at the CT delegation at the convention

Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Time: 12:33 PM


As I stated earlier, postings will be a bit on the light side as I'm handling the coverage from the Democratic convention for my other site My Left Nutmeg.

Today, the great Lon Seidman posted an AMAZING video report on the Connecticut delegation breakfast from Monday and it's a must see (hell, he even shot the video in high-definition).

UPDATE: I would be remiss if I didn't mention that State Rep. Jason Bartlett is also in Denver at the convention as a delegate and is posting his experiences over at the News-Times blog.

Danbury Live 08.16.08 broadcast

Monday, August 25, 2008
Time: 10:42 PM

The Common Council President Joe Cavo (in his poor defense of the City Clerk) admitted to violating the City Charter edition...I'll explain later."


8 out of 457,000


Time: 3:32 PM

This program was simply an excuse to reinforce ICE raids...it's that simple.
This month, the Bush administration rolled out a new strategy to solve illegal immigration and just as quickly rolled it back in. It was called Operation Scheduled Departure, and it was simply this: It asked people to turn themselves in.

Those who showed up would have 90 days to get their affairs in order — to find foster parents for their citizen children; to settle mortgages and car loans; to prepare themselves for new lives in the old country. Of the 457,000 people facing deportation orders, eight took the bait. The program was scrapped after three weeks.

It is tempting to mock the administration for naïve conception and even worse execution, but that would give it too much credit for sincerity. Immigration and Customs Enforcement could never have expected to reap a big crop of undocumented people this way.

We suspect what it really wanted was to lend cover to its continuing campaign of raids and arrests. That is the real strategy. It is brutal, simplistic and also ineffective, but it is the one the country is sticking with.

By capturing almost nobody, the report-to-deport program has bolstered the talking points pushed by the immigration agency and the restrictionist hard-core: illegal immigrants are a vast class of criminal fugitives, and only more enforcement can solve this problem.

The New York Times tries to use common sense when it comes to immigration...
One in 20 workers is undocumented. Federal raids are seizing undocumented workers only a dozen or a hundred at a time, a rate that will leave millions in the shadows for decades to come. The raids are also sweeping up and terrorizing citizens. Mass deportation is an impossible mission, and a recipe for family and economic upheaval on a colossal scale: more than three million young Americans, native-born children, live in households where one or both parents are undocumented.

There is a better way. It is to build a system for immigrant workers and family members that more closely matches demand and supply — a system that people will go through, not around. It is to deal sanely with the hidden, hard-working undocumented by requiring them to legalize and assimilate, and using enforcement power to catch and deport the criminals.

That is the path toward a controlled border and a less vulnerable America — not quick fixes that sound good and solve nothing.

...unfortunately, we have idiots at City Hall who are more interested in votes than using common sense.

Doing Denver


Time: 2:54 PM

Posting will be on a bit on the light side here as I'm VERY VERY busy covering the Democratic Convention over at My Left Nutmeg.

My Left Nutmeg was picked by the Democratic National Committee as the blog from Connecticut to cover the convention. We have several bloggers right now in Denver covering everything convention-related so you can imagine the what I'm going through right now.

Local tidbits I'll cover this week:
* I'll offer my take on the Film Festival ad-hoc committee meeting.

* President Joe Cavo and City Clerk Jean Natale have some serious explaining to do but for now, I'm keeping my mouth shut until the appropriate time.

* Xenophobic, well known racists volunteering for Cappiello?

* The fall of the Big(o)T: one year later. You don't want to miss this...

* Holding them accountable: The smear job against the Hispanic Center. From the repeated slander from Lynn Waller and Joel Urice, to the spread of misinformation from Elise "deer in headlights" Marcaino and her band of morons, I'm going to lay out a compelling case where the Hispanic Center for Greater Danbury could (and should) file a defamation lawsuit against these anti-immigrant extremists.

* Why does the News-Times hate veterans?

Tick-tock...weeks away from teh Galante state trial on charges of illegal bundled campaign contributions to Mayor Boughton, David Cappiello, and former State Senator Lou DeLuca. I'll take you by the hand and take a look back at Boughton's dirty hands in this case.

Back to dealing with a mountain of emails, twitter posts, and instant messages...ugh!

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On September 26, 2007, ten plaintiffs filed suit in response to an arrest of aday laborers at a public park in Danbury, Connecticut. Plaintiffs amended their complaint on November 26, 2007.

The amended complaint states that plaintiffs sought to remedy the continued discriminatory and unauthorized enforcement of federal immigration laws against the Latino residents of the City of Danbury by Danbury's mayor and its police department.

Plaintiffs allege that the arrests violated their Fourth Amendment rights and the Connecticut Constitution because defendants conducted the arrests without valid warrants, in the absence of exigent circumstances, and without probable cause to believe that plaintiffs were engaged in unlawful activity. In addition, plaintiffs allege that defendants improperly stopped, detained, investigated, searched and arrested plaintiffs. Plaintiffs also allege that defendants violated their Fourteenth Amendment rights when they intentionally targeted plaintiffs, and arrested and detained them on the basis of their race, ethnicity and perceived national origin. Plaintiffs raise First Amendment, Due Process and tort claims.

Plaintiffs request declaratory relief, damages and attorneys fees.

CLICK HERE TO READ/DOWNLOAD MAYOR BOUGHTON'S DEPOSITION

CLICK HERE TO READ/DOWNLOAD MIKE McLACHLAN (then MAYOR CHIEF OF STAFF) DEPOSITION

Danbury Area Coalition for the Rights of Immigrants v.
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APPEAL HEARING: 10/21/14 @ 09:30 AM

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Decision Day: GUILTY!

Day Ten: Moving forward

Day Nine: DNA

Day Eight: The seven trillion dollar man

Day Seven: Jury Trial

Day Six: Motions denied

Day Five: Endless subpoenas and bizarre motions to dismiss

Day Three/Four: He's competent!

Day Two: Excuses, excuses

Day One: Strange behavior, disturbing arrest warrant affidavit

McGowan arrested, charged with first-degree sexual assault


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Watch Jean Natale's misleading, questionable, and outrageous testimony in front of the charter revision commission

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Freedom of Informaiton ruling on a complaint filed against Jean Natale.


Elise_Deer Highlighting the disturbing mind of a hate group leader and her xenophobic followers...

Exposing lies from Marciano regarding death threat made against yours truly

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I'm an AMERICAN!!!!!

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