BREAKING NEWS TO COME: FIRST DEMOCRAT THROWS HAT INTO MAYOR'S RACE
Time: 10:19 PM
I'll spill the beans soon...
Get well soon News-Times
Time: 9:43 PM
As a blogger, I know the frustration when a site goes down as Blogger crashes if you sneeze too hard. Hopefully, they'll get everything worked out soon.
Eugene, two words: mirror server.
Republicans cry foul over Gov. Rell's budget proposal
Time: 9:39 PM
Rep. Chris Murphy comes out swinging against Republicans, supports Iraq resolution
Time: 3:53 PM
In the mist of the full-mode Republican smear machine against the Democrats (with leader of the pack Indiana Republican Rep. Steve Buyer implying that supporter of the Iraq resolution were "unpatriotic"), Rep Chris Murphy took the podium at 1:00 AM and promptly put the dishonest member of Congress in their place while offering his support for the resolution.
In order to get a true feeling of how intense the debate was between the two political parties when Murphy took the podium, view the videoclip and watch the atmosphere Murphy walked into by the end of the session. I couldn't post the entire tirade but this clips picks up when tension reached a boiling point.
Eliminationism in America
Time: 3:11 PM
Stop the raids forum announced
Time: 5:36 PM
Supporters of the Danbury 11 announced today that the formation of a east coast regional meeting to address the recent crackdown by Danbury and the federal govermennt on immigrants.
The event will be held on February 25th at 4 PM at the Ives Concert Hall (White Hall), Western Connecticut State University.
Homeland Security is disappearing thousands of immigrant workers from their homes and workplaces every week. Its agents are forcibly breaking up families, trampling civil liberties, and violating due process rights. They have attacked union worksites and day laborer centers and tried to bust union organizing drives. Raids, arrests, and deportations have become a regular feature of life in towns which not one year ago witnessed historic mobilizations for immigrant rights.For more information, call 203.512.3452
Supporters of immigrant rights need to regroup and think out how best to address this national crackdown.
Immigrants in Danbury have led the struggle in Connecticut, including the defeat of Mayor Boughton’s proposal in 2005 to deputize state troopers to deport immigrants. But Homeland Security has disappeared 23 immigrant workers from Danbury in 4 months. Mayor Boughton encourages the arrests and lends the resources of City Hall to terrorize the immigrant residents of Danbury.
Join forces from across the region to discuss an effective response to these ongoing attacks, and hear a panel featuring:
Speakers (List in formation):
- Ana Avendaño, Associate General Counsel and Director, AFL-CIO Immigrant Workers Program
- Anabel Pimentel and Reina Campos, Victims of Raids in the Swift Meatpacking Plant in Hyrum, Utah
- Lawyer for the Immigrants of Hazelton, Pa. from the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund
- Carola Otero Bracco, Director, Day Laborers Center, Mount Kisco, NY
VIDEO: League of Women Voters immigration forum 2/8/07
Time: 1:34 PM
From last Thursday, here is the full video footage from the immigration forum held at the Wilton Library.
The video runs about 1 hour and 30 minutes.
I'd like to thank The League of Women's Voters of Wilton for hosting the event and giving me a great spot to set up my video camera.
UPDATE:The Wilton Bulletin did a write-up on the forum and can be read by clicking here.
Congressman Murphy holds press conference/releases statement on Iraq resolution
Time: 11:10 PM
Here's audio footage of his statement to the media regarding the statement he plans to deliver on the floor of the House of Representatives.
Below is the text of Congressman Murphy's prepared speech.
I thank the gentleman for yielding.
Mr. Speaker, I'd like to thank Speaker Pelosi and Leader Hoyer for allowing each of us the opportunity to speak on this critical issue, and the co-sponsors of this resolution for their leadership.
The question before this chamber today is a simple one: Do we agree with the nation's military establishment, the country's foreign policy community, and popular opinion, and reject the President's wrongheaded plan to send 21,000 more troops into Iraq ? Or, do we remain silent, like past Congresses, and allow this potentially disastrous escalation to move forward? I think the question answers itself, and I am proud to rise today to register my strong opposition to escalating the war in Iraq.
I am joined on the floor this hour by several of my younger colleagues in the House of Representatives. Our unity is significant and should remind other Members of the House that we are discussing the fates of many young men and women - my classmates and friends - that are at this hour fighting and dying in a country halfway around the world. As younger members, we also serve as reminders that our duty here is to set policies that secure the safety of our country, not just in the coming months and years, but in the coming decades.
Mr. Speaker, I have never fought in a war. I have never shot another man on a battlefield, nor have I been wounded myself. I have been allowed the privilege of representing my constituents in this body because of the selfless bravery of the men and women of our Armed Services who have volunteered to go overseas and fight. And therefore it is my duty to thank them for their service, and to be their advocate here tonight.
The President is asking a cadre of our bravest men and women to go house to house in Baghdad to root out an insurgency, while he does virtually nothing to address the systemic causes of that insurgency. 100,000 troops may not be enough to do the job that the President is asking 21,000 to do - troop escalation in Baghdad hasn't worked in the past, and it won't work here. Through his actions, the President is putting our soldiers' lives at an unnecessary and unconscionable risk. There is a resolution in Iraq , but it is a political, not military resolution. We owe it to our soldiers, who have done everything we have asked them to do, to stand up to a President who has asked them to do a job that they cannot, and should not, do.
And beyond the duty we owe to the current generation of troops on the ground in Iraq, our responsibility also lies with the generations to come. I decided to seek a seat in this House at a young age because I know that the decisions being made within this chamber will have dramatic consequences in the world in which my future children and grandchildren will live. I came here to begin a conversation that acknowledges that what will make my future grandchildren safe is not a nation built on bullying - not a strategy based on scattershot military intervention - but a comprehensive foreign policy that combines American might with American humility.
We live in a world in which our own supposed allies foster extremism and violence among the most marginalized members of their society. At the same time, this Administration strangely views cultural and political global detachment as a virtue, rather than a weakness. This combination causes those that speak different tongues and worship different gods to look upon our great nation with undeserved derision.
This must change. We do that in three parts. First, we must pass this resolution. Second, in the coming days and months, we must redeploy our troops to home and to fights that are central to the war on terror such as Afghanistan . And lastly, we must begin to renew the multilateral spirit that once made this country great by proving ourselves to be both a strong America and a humble America .
Mr. Speaker, I stand in support of this resolution today.
The xenophobe follies continue
Time: 2:07 PM
He's at it again.
A group advocating stricter immigration rules asked federal officials this week to conduct a criminal investigation of the city of Danbury and its residents for housing and employment policies that it believes promote illegal immigration and violate federal immigration laws.Good grief...watching Steitz and his goonsquad in the CTCIC is like watching a Three Stooges movie.
The same group, the CT Citizens for Immigration Control (CTCIC), filed a complaint in 2005 with the U.S. attorney's office against Stamford Mayor Dannel Malloy and Bill Callion, the city's director of public safety, for authorizing "no-hassle" zones for day laborers in the city. That complaint is still pending, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Connecticut.
The group sent its latest request to the U.S. attorney for Connecticut, the U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Internal Revenue Service and the state attorney general.
"The city of Danbury has become one large illegal smuggling, employment and housing operation," Paul Streitz, founder and co-director of the group, said in a statement. "This is racketeering. It is coordinating various operations with one intent: to displace resident citizens with illegals."
To illustrate my point, watch this videoclip from the immigration forum when members of the CTCIC pulled their usual comical nonsense and Streitz made his "announcement" about his complaint against Mayor Boughton (make sure to keep an eye on the audience while these xenophobes waste everyone's time with their babbling).
Okay, lets recap:
This is the same Paul Streitz and CTCIC that do nothing but hold idiotic publicity stunts which a MAJORITY of people in Danbury and Connecticut simply ignore and/or ridicule.
- The so called "protest" in front of the Danbury News-Times that ONLY attracted 18 people out of a city of 70,000+.
- The so called anti-immigration forum which yielded UNDER 100 people out of a city of 70,000 (and what many considered nothing more than a xenophobic fundraiser for FAIR).
- The idiotic self-hyped "Stop the invasions" demonstration back in January 2006 that ONLY yielded 50 CTCIC members.
- The racist "MexDonalds" survey, which was so flawed, misleading, and disgusting that 2 out of the 3 founding members disassociated themselves from Strietz.
DON'T BE FOOLED.
Time: 12:15 PM
Look, it's simple...STAY HOME. The roads are just awful and it's not worth risking your safety with the possibility of getting involved in an accident. The roads are nothing more than a sheet of ice and the secondary roads are a joke.
This picture I took of Osborne Street should give you an idea in terms of how bad the streets are right now. You can also click here to check out the live-cam from the Weather Center at Western Connecticut State University.
Do the right thing, stay home, and watch cheesy TV shows.
Here's a list of closings and cancellations as of 11 AM to 12 PM (via WLAD).
Tune to 800AM WLAD for an up to date list on closings.
Tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies...
Time: 4:24 PM
From the January 23 Public Safety committee hearing, watch and listen as Department of Public Safety Commissioner Leonard Boyle and Hartford Chief of police, Daryl Roberts, falls on Gov. Jodi Rell's sword and spread misinformation (a.k.a LIE) regarding the arrest of freelance journalist/blogger Ken Krayeske.
Some things to consider when you watch and hear the lies.
1. Chief Police officer Roberts stated that Krayeske was "aggressively approaching the governor" when arrested although several witnesses as well as a a Hartford Courant reporter who was on the scene give a different account of the incident.
2. Krayeske was arrested by the police AFTER he photographed Gov. Rell on the parade route.
3. Krayekse's name was placed on a "secret list" which was distributed among the police officers and was singled out as a "threat."
Oh, I could go on forever so I'll just let the video speak for itself.
UPDATE: I've just been told that State Sen. Andrew McDonald, D-Stamford, and state Rep. Michael Lawlor are "drafting bills that would require law enforcement to use greater care in assessing the potential threat posed by political dissidents."
Brian Lockhart did write-up on the proposal in today's Stamford Advocate:
Lawlor said he is concerned state police oversold Krayeske as a threat to their Hartford counterparts.This quote from Lawlor should alarm everyone (as a blogger, I know it concerns me bigtime).
The legislation he and McDonald are proposing could prevent a re-occurrence by defining political dissidents versus threats; limiting the circumstances for surveillance on dissidents; ensuring that security briefings include reminders to respect constitutional rights; and creating a legislative oversight committee to review the procedures every few months, Lawlor said.
"The problem here is there was nothing about Ken Krayeske's history that would lead one to believe he's an actual, physical threat to the governor," Lawlor said. "The most he'd be a candidate for is heckling or trying to talk to the governor in the parade. I have no problem . . . if a cop stood next to him as the governor went by, asked him for ID or hassled him for a little bit. But they didn't. They arrested him on sight."
Lawlor and McDonald also are pursuing legislation to better control bail amounts and ensure they are not artificially inflated to detain individuals.
Boyle's memo to Rell does not explain why his bail was set at $75,000. Lawlor, a former prosecutor with the state's attorney's office in New Haven, said the amount is "ridiculous."
"Something extraordinary happened in the Krayeske situation where, by all accounts, it appears bail was used to deprive (him) of his liberty long enough to get past the governor's ball," McDonald said.
Lawlor said he has "anecdotal evidence" that such actions are becoming more routine in Connecticut.In other words, if it happened to Ken, it could happen to anyone.
No concerned people...very concerned.
Jodi Rell: closet stereotypical liberal
Time: 1:55 PM
What would you call a governor who proposed vast increases in spending on mass transportation and education, urged income tax increases, pushed for public campaign financing and signed a civil union bill for gays?Guess we have the start of a good ol' Republican civil war on our hands...where's the popcorn?
In any other state, the term would almost certainly be "Democrat," and probably "Liberal Democrat" at that.
Here in the old Land of Steady Habits, however, that record belongs to a Republican woman from a small town in an affluent, southwestern part of the state usually perceived as rather conservative.
M. Jodi Rell’s remarkably un-Republican approach to government has been baffling for politicians on both sides of the partisan divide.
Democrats, who had been giving lip service to public campaign financing, were shocked in 2005 when Rell announced she would back such a plan if the legislature agreed to reform its own campaign practices. It was Rell’s determination that eventually forced adoption of a landmark reform measure.
Many Republicans weren’t too happy with Rell’s action on campaign finance but they grudgingly went along, in part because it was clear how uncomfortable Democrats were at Rell’s unexpected tactics.
Her latest escapade — proposing huge education spending increases and a state income tax increase to pay for them — left GOP lawmakers reeling. Democrats seemed as bewildered, as if they’d fallen down a political rabbit hole and awoken in Wonderland, with Rell playing the role of Alice.
Take the reaction of state House Speaker James A. Amann, D-Milford, who has been urging increased spending on local education and calling for increased income tax rates for millionaires for years.
After Rell’s budget speech last week, Amann was angrily questioning Rell’s call to raise $1.3 billion in new state income tax revenue and wondering if the state really needed to spend that much on local schools.
Asked if Rell had pulled the rug out from Democrats again by co-opting some of their signature issues, Amann was verbally stumbling all over the place in his vehement denial.
"No, I think what (she) did, by blowing through the spending cap by a half billion dollars and throwing a billion dollars worth of income tax (increases) on the table, I think that rug is good cover for us," said Amann. "I think it will be more of a cover over our heads if we want to now discuss any increases in taxes or spending that we want to do."
So she’s done it to both sides once again, this mild-mannered "Betty Crocker" of Connecticut politics, who continues to look and sound like a buttoned-down Republican while doing all sorts of very Democratic things.
VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Tereza Pereira's attorney criticizes Mayor Boughton's immigration enforcement policy
Time: 2:44 PM
For those who don't know, attorney Boyle was able to get Pereira released from jail and have her immigration case re-opened after filing a motion with the court.
A federal immigration judge in Hartford had agreed to reopen Pereira's immigration case and release her from jail after her attorney, Michael Boyle, had filed a motion in Hartford Immigration Court on Tuesday. It described previous attorneys' errors that led to Pereira's arrest at her Danbury home last month.
The judge agreed with Boyle that Pereira and her husband Lima, who both started working with Hartford-based lawyers in the 1990s to gain legal status, did not receive a fair hearing before immigration officials.
After several errors and miscommunication by previous attorneys, immigration officials ordered both of them removed, Boyle said. Pereira and Lima say they were never notified of that decision.
His comments at the forum echoes those of other individuals who have spoken out against Mayor Boughton's policy and as more details surrounding Pereira's situation, as well as the events surrounding the arrest of eleven day-laborers last year, come to the surface, expect more people top step forward and express their opinion (and/or outrage).
Come back as more video clips from the immigration forum (as well as the entire event) will be posted throughout the week.
11 AM WLAD news wrap-up
Time: 11:30 AM
Shoot me an email and let me know if you can't hear the audio.
Crossing my fingers...
David Cappiello throws Gov. Rell's budget proposal under the bus
Time: 10:39 PM
Cappiello isn't the only conservative screaming foul over Gov. Rell's budget, what little we have in terms of the conservative online community has been ripping Rell's "tax-and-spend" budget proposal to pieces...and rightfully so (my God, I'm giving Sean credit...I must be sick).
Of all the states, Connecticut bears the higher average total tax burden. Now, in order to pay for her grand idea, Gov. Rell plans to increase the state income tax to 5.5%. I do recognize that local taxes may go down with the state government paying more of the education bills, but there still will undoubtedly be yet another tax increase.As a proud progressive, let me say that I don't know of many Democrats or Republicans who are jumping for joy over Rell's proposal. We're taxed to death in this state as it is and Rell's increase in taxes, combined with her increase in state government, is only going to hurt the average Joe who's barely making it as it is.
State Republicans are generally appalled with the proposal; Genghis quoted one Democratic insider saying, “Republicans are going to have a heart attack.” Gov. Rell was elected on a platform of, among other things, common sense and fiscal responsibility. For example, she wanted (and still wants) to eliminate the car tax, because she thought it was illogical and was a way to reduce taxes. Her education proposal violates the ideas that she had promoted in her campaign, a move that is deceitful and dishonest.
Gov. Rell’s proposal will increase taxes and the size of our government, and I am by no means convinced that it will produce results. Her tax increase may seem insignificant, but it epitomizes a larger problem with our government. To make themselves notable, people in power often feel the desire to establish programs that affect the lives of their constituents, a tangible result of their leadership. Thus, the size of the government will continually grow, and with it taxes will increase and personal freedom will decrease. I had thought my vote for Gov. Rell would support an agenda that promoted, at least to some extent, libertarian concepts, like small government and few taxes, that resist this trend. Now that she is proposing something that the Democrats are enthralled with and Republicans are suspicion of, I am beginning to regret my vote.
Heck, House Speaker James Amann has stated on several occisions that the car tax is dead on arrival, Republican State Senator and Minority Leader Lou DeLuca said that he wouldn't support Gov. Rell's budget proposal in it's current from and Republican Mayor Boughton and Democratic First Selectman Herb Rosenthal both went on record together expressing serious concern over eliminating the car tax.
Of all the criticism, Cappiello took the trashing of Gov. Rell's budget to the next level and while he had every reason to do so, I don't think the governor is going to have him over for dinner anytime soon. Take a look.
Time: 2:47 PM
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Since I'm almost done working out all the kinks, you'll start to see more in-depth posts on the site. Come back often and check out what we have to offer...trust me, you won't be disappointed.
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