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Feel the hate

Friday, May 05, 2006
Time: 2:02 PM


Here's a small video clip of members of the Connecticut Citizens for Immigration Control (CTCIC) and U.S. Citizens for Immigration Law Enforcement (USCILE). Watch as these insane people display their racist hatred up and down the street of Danbury at the Immigration march Sunday. Pay close attention to some of the jerks in this group who tried to hide their face once they knew they were being videotaped (cowards). Also, you'll love Uncle Sam as he takes the xenophobe award for being the biggest jackass as you'll see at the end of the clip (note: he's also a board member of USCILE as well as a local television talk show host...don't worry, I'll get into that at a later time).

I didn't post the scenes of these jerks cursing at people in the march (which included children) simply because it's too disgusting but I think you'll get the tone of these people once you see the clip.

I'm finishing up on a full report of this incredible march and I'll have it ready very soon.

Remember these things:

1. These people DO NOT represent the views and opinions of a majority of people who LIVE in Danbury and most of the people in the group ARE NOT from Danbury (including Uncle Sam who lives in Bethel). Most people I speak to in Danbury wish that these jerks would just go away.

2. These are the same sick wackos that Nancy "Rubber Stamp" Johnson met with less than two weeks ago (becoming the FIRST politician in Connecticut who ever met with this racist hate-group...shame).

3. You can thank Mayor Mark Boughton for creating an environment in which racist hate groups like the CTCIC and the USCILE can thrive and bring shame to a wonderful city.

Nancy Johnson: Rubber Stamp Republican


Time: 11:44 AM

Nancy Johnson: bad for Danbury, bad for the 5th district, bad for Connecticut, bad for this country.


Two words: Chris Murphy.

Find the cheapest gas stations in Danbury

Thursday, May 04, 2006
Time: 4:43 PM

Later today, I'm going to post my report on gas stations in the area including my top three favorite stations in the city.

If you want to know where the cheapest gas stations are in Danbury, click here and all of your questions will be answered.

NOTE: Due to breaking news happening in the area, I'll post my report on gas stations at a later time.

Jury problem at Measles trial

Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Time: 3:24 PM

(Relatives of Maryann Measles. Credit: Hartford Courant)

I think it's time to bring in the alternate juror.
The co-foreman of the jury considering the fate of Keith M. Foster, accused in the 1997 murder of Maryann Measles, told the judge this afternoon that he and other jurors are concerned about the psychological well-being of one of the jurors.

The foreman's testimony indicated the juror in question is a man.

The foreman said the juror is not participating in deliberations and other jurors are concerned about his well-being and fear he may harm himself.

"I have concern about one of the jurors and I'm not sure what to do about it," the foreman told Judge Elliot Prescott, who began presiding over deliberations Wednesday in place of Judge Thomas V. O'Keefe Jr.

"And when you say you have concern about one of the jurors, does it go to their willingness or ability to participate in the deliberations?" Prescott asked.

"I believe participate, yes," the foreman responded.

"And in trying to speak in general terms, can you tell me what you mean?" the judge asked.

"I think he's emotionally unstable and unable to come to a decision based upon the evidence," the foreman responded. "That's all I can tell you."

[...]

The foreman said, "We actually have fear for his safety, physically. It is that emotional."
If these people involved in the killing of this poor girl get off the hook because of a juror, it will simply be horrible.
Members of the victim's family stood in silence in the hallway outside the courtroom, apparently stunned at developments.

Litchfield State's Attorney David Shepack and defense attorney Donald J. O'Brien met with Prescott in his chambers to discuss the next step.

That step could mean bringing back one of three remaining alternates, in which case deliberations would have to start anew. If the defense and prosecution agree, the case could continue with 11 jurors, said a court official familiar with the case. Or the judge could declare a mistrial.
A mistrial would be outrageous. This case has gone on too long as it is right now so throw the unstable juror out and lets get this over with. The family of Measles deserve closure.

UPDATE: Well, that didn't take long...
A Superior Court judge this afternoon excused a juror who said he was no longer able to bear the stress of deliberations in the case of Keith M. Foster, who is on trial in the 1997 killing of 13-year-old Maryann Measles of New Milford.

Three alternate jurors who heard evidence in the case will be summoned to Superior Court in Waterbury Thursday morning and one will be selected to join the jury and continue deliberating Foster's fate. Foster faces a host of charges, including felony murder, murder, sexual assault and kidnapping in the case.

More upgrades

Tuesday, May 02, 2006
Time: 5:25 PM

I'm very excited as we're almost finished with the beta testing of the new Hat City Blog site.

In other words, Hat City Blog is going to get a major facelift over the next few weeks.

With the addition of a new video section, more interviews with public officials, reviews on the various public access shows in the area, new original feature stories, and more in-depth local news that you won't find in the News-Times, I promose that Hat City Blog will soon become the most popular local blog in Connecticut and will serve as a model for other blogs that cover city news.

Things are going to get very interesting very soon.

Video highlights from Immigration rally


Time: 3:12 PM


Here are some brief video highlights from Sunday's immigration rally. Be sure to check out Uncle Sam freaking out and showing his true anti-immigrant colors...truly disgraceful.

I'll post a full report with more photos and video footage once I get this computer problem fixed.


More misc stuff


Time: 12:07 PM

Grr...

My computer is having problems today so I won' t be able to post my report on the immigrant march/protest until later tonight.

Don't worry, there is more stuff happening besides immigrant issues in Danbury (budget vote, BRT development, Common Council) but I can' t do much until my computer is fixed.

...and I thought Macs weren't suppose to have problems.

Lew Wallace not seeking re-election

Monday, May 01, 2006
Time: 12:16 AM

Didn't see this coming but his reasons for not seeking re-election are completely understandable.
Rep. Lewis Wallace, D-Danbury, announced Sunday he will not seek re-election this year.

The reasons, on the House floor, was to spend more time with his family. He recalled playing a game two summers ago with his then five-year-old daughter Gwendolyn, making faces for "sad daddy" and "mad daddy" — then she asked for "bad daddy."

"Why am I a bad daddy?" Wallace asked.

"Because you’re never home," his daughter responded.


[...]

Wallace was first elected on 1996. He is a financial planner working for the Common Fund in Wilton, which is an investment and financial management firm for non-profit institutions.

Before going to the legislature, he was a mayoral assistant to Danbury Mayor Gene Eriquez and later district director for U.S. Rep. James Maloney’s office in Danbury.

Wallace’s 109th district is in northeast Danbury. He didn’t rule out running for office in the future.

Images from Immigration rally

Sunday, April 30, 2006
Time: 11:15 PM

I'll have a full report on today's immigration rally including video highlights later. For now, here are a few of my photographs from today's event. I'll think you'll agree that the images are better than what the News-Times had to offer. Hopefully, they'll post better images tomorrow.

UPDATE: I thought the News-Times would fix their on-line photographs...I was wrong. Although they updated the photo section with more images, the low-resolution of the pictures destroy the quality of the photographs. Now, since I'm sure the photographer used a hi-resolution SLR camera, I can't understand why the people at the newspaper can't seem to get the images to display properly.

If I was the photographer, I'd be pissed off. I'll post a full report with more photographs and video highlights later. You'll be shocked and angry when you see the footage of the anti-immigrant hate mongers as they show their true intentions.

Click on any image to enlarge.











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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.

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3:06-cv-01992-RNC ( D. Conn. )

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Barrera v. Boughton, No. 07-01436
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(02.25.08) Court Docket

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Defendants' Motion to Dismiss State Law Claims

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