Thursday, March 09, 2006
it is NOT because he is muslim either. it's because of his affiliation (former or OTHERWISE and i have my doubts about the former part) WITH THE TALIBAN
From Taliban To Yale Man Enrollment Of Group's Former Ambassador Draws Outrage
By KIM MARTINEAU And PENELOPE OVERTON Courant Staff Writers March 9 2006
NEW HAVEN -- As a former ambassador for the Taliban, Rahmatullah Hashemi was a spokesman for a hated regime. He's now a freshman at Yale University and depending on your politics, he is either a symbol of what Yale is doing right, in trying to build bridges to the Muslim world, or he's proof that the nation's elite universities have taken diversity too far.Two weeks ago, Rahmatullah appeared on the cover of The New York Times Magazine, in a long narrative that traced his life from minding his father's shoe store to becoming a Taliban ambassador and then traveling to Yale to better himself with an Ivy League education. The story humanized a man who had been an apologist for the Taliban's mistreatment of women and the destruction of Afghanistan's cultural heritage.Since Rahmatullah, now 27, was thrust in the national spotlight, political conservatives have been on the attack. Fox News has dubbed Rahmatullah the "Ivy League terrorist," and a columnist for The Wall Street Journal has compared him to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels. A group of Yale graduates has taken their alma mater to task. Two have launched a campaign to "Give Yale the Finger," urging alumni to send press-on nails to Yale as a reminder of the fingernails the Taliban tore from women who wore nail polish."Yale is not a right," said Brian Wesley Cook, 22, of Fairfield. "Yale is a privilege. Not everyone is entitled to that privilege. We are talking about the mouthpiece of one of the most despicable regimes in history."Another alumnus, former Army Capt. Flagg Youngblood, has criticized Yale for welcoming a former enemy on campus while continuing to block military training. Youngblood works for Young America's Foundation, which promotes conservative ideas on college campuses...........
Lamont to announce candidacy for Lieberman's Senate seat
March 8, 2006
HARTFORD, Conn. --Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont will formally announce next week that he will challenge U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman in the August Democratic primary, his campaign said Wednesday.
Lamont, 52, who has already taken steps toward becoming an official challenger to the three-term incumbent, will make the announcement Monday at the Old State House in Hartford.
The founder and president of cable television company Lamont Digital Systems and former newspaper editor said he is dissatisfied with a number of issues, including the war in Iraq, access to affordable health care and economic policies that provide education and good jobs.
"This president plays on our fears, not our hopes," Lamont said in a written statement. "In too many ways our country is going off course. And Connecticut's Sen. Lieberman is doing nothing to stop it -- and is in fact supporting many of the president's misguided policies."
Lieberman has come under fire from members of his own party for his support of the war in Iraq.........
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Settlement over peace letters
March 7, 2006
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. --A teacher who said she was fired from a Roman Catholic elementary school for refusing to have her students write letters protesting the war in Iraq has reached an out of court settlement.
Bonnie Allen Lazor sued the Diocese of Bridgeport after she dismissed in March 2003. She said her firing came after she refused to instruct her second-grade students to write letters to President Bush.
"It was settled to the mutual satisfaction of the parties," Lazor's lawyer, Anthony Pantuso told the Connecticut Post. He would not disclose the amount of the settlement.....
i think the lieutenant governor has said it all for me
Lieutenant Governor calls for resignation of victim advocate
By Susan Haigh, Associated Press Writer March 7, 2006
HARTFORD, Conn. --The state's victim advocate should resign over comments he made against an emergency contraception bill being considered by lawmakers, Lt. Gov. Kevin Sullivan said Tuesday.
Sullivan, a Democrat, said James Papillo crossed the line when he spoke at a public hearing in opposition to a bill that would require all hospitals, including the state's four Catholic hospitals, to offer rape victims access to the morning-after pill to prevent an unwanted pregnancy.
Papillo, an ordained deacon in the Roman Catholic Church, told the legislature's Public Health Committee that the bill is unnecessary and is an assault on religious freedom. He also accused victims rights groups that support the bill of having an anti-Catholic agenda.
The Archdiocese of Hartford has said it would oppose any legislation requiring hospitals to administer contraceptives in cases where an egg already has been fertilized or ovulation has occurred. Catholics believe life begins at conception.
"He can have all the strong opinions that he wants personally and privately, but he has an obligation to leave them outside the door of his office and to leave them outside of his job," said Sullivan. "Instead, yesterday, he abused his office, he abused the constitution that he swore to uphold."
Sullivan, joined by Rep. Denise Merrill, D-Mansfield, said Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell should immediately replace Papillo....
Mother, boyfriend arrested in attack on 6-year-old
March 7, 2006
HARTFORD, Conn. --After wrongly implicating another man, a woman and her boyfriend were charged Tuesday with beating her 6-year-old daughter so badly that her lower left arm had to be amputated, city police said.
Yajaira Rodriguez, 24, and Jose Graciani, 23, were arraigned in Hartford Superior Court on six counts each of first-degree assault and assault on a mentally disabled person and one count each of risk of injury to a minor, police said. Bond was set at $750,000 for both.
Rodriguez's daughter, Natasha Santiago, was born with a rare defect that has left her mentally retarded, unable to speak and unable to walk on her own. The six assault counts were based on the number of fractures she suffered, the Journal Inquirer of Manchester reported Tuesday.
Police said Natasha was beaten in December. After the incident, police said Rodriguez lied in a sworn statement to authorities by implicating her ex-boyfriend, Jaime Hoy.
Authorities said Tuesday that they vacated the arrest warrant against Hoy, who had contacted police to say he had been deported years ago from Canada to his native Colombia and was not in Hartford when the girl was injured.
Rodriguez, a mother of four, was charged with falsely reporting an incident and other crimes in January and had been free on $10,000 bond since her arrest.
She had claimed Hoy broke into her apartment armed with a gun and refused to let her check on her children for three days..;..................
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
State victim advocate opposes morning after pill legislation
By Susan Haigh, Associated Press Writer March 6, 2006
HARTFORD, Conn. --State Victim Advocate James F. Papillo called on lawmakers Monday to oppose a bill requiring Connecticut hospitals, including Catholic institutions, to provide the "morning after pill" to rape victims.
Papillo, an ordained deacon in the Roman Catholic Church, also accused private victims' rights groups of attacking the church and religious freedoms.
He questioned any need for the bill and told the legislature's Public Health Committee that he has never received a complaint from a rape victim who was denied the pill from a Catholic hospital. Papillo has held the job for more than six years.
"What's being proposed here is a solution in search of a problem. Victims are not being denied services," he said, adding that Catholic hospitals refer victims to places where they can obtain the pills.
Papillo, who told legislators he was speaking as the victim advocate and not as a deacon, accused private advocacy organizations of using crime victims to further an anti-Catholic agenda.
"I see this for what it is. It is not a victims' rights issue. It is not a victims' services issue," Papillo said. "Victims here are being used as a hook to further an agenda they are hiding ... The issue is an attack on the Catholic institutions."
Officials from Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services Inc., which is lobbying for the legislation, said they were shocked by Papillo's remarks. The 24-year-old group runs a rape crisis hot line and accompanies rape victims to emergency rooms, among other services, and is not a political organization, said Laura Cordes, director of policy and advocacy for ConnSACS.........
Monday, March 06, 2006
if you don't want to take a contraceptive DON'T. no one is forcing you. if a woman is raped and taken to the hospital, she is NOT going to be thinking 'oh don't take me here or there they don't offer the morning after pill'. she is going to be thinking HELP ME. that's all just HELP ME. part of that help is being allowed to have the morning after pill IF that is what SHE decides. it's up to HER not YOU.
Protest held in Waterbury over proposed Morning After Pill bill
(Waterbury-WTNH, Mar. 5, 2006 6:35 PM) _ Should a Catholic hospital be forced to offer the morning after pill?
That's a question generating plenty of debate.
This afternoon members of Connecticut's Right to Life group rallied in Waterbury.
They are opposed to a bill that would require Catholic hospital to provide emergency contraception victims of rape.
by News Channel 8's Jamie Muro
It stands to be one of the most controversial topics discussed during this legislative session in Hartford. Rape victims in the state may soon be able to obtain emergency contraception at any hospital, including Catholic hospitals, if a bill being considered is passed. ...........
Rivals Blast Rell Stance
Catholic Hospitals, Rape Victims At Issue
By MARK PAZNIOKAS Courant Staff Writer March 4 2006
Gov. M. Jodi Rell's defense of the right of Catholic hospitals in the state to withhold emergency contraceptives from rape victims was criticized Friday by the two Catholic mayors running for governor.Stamford Mayor Dannel P. Malloy held a press conference with his wife, who runs a rape crisis center, to denounce Rell's position as "completely unacceptable, unreasonable and, quite frankly, shocking."New Haven Mayor John DeStefano Jr. issued a statement equally critical of Rell's suggestion that rape victims could get the emergency contraceptive, known as Plan B, at a non-Catholic hospital."Patients don't always choose what hospital to seek care at, and to expect a woman who has been raped and examined and tormented to go from hospital to hospital to receive treatment is ludicrous," DeStefano said.Malloy and DeStefano, who are vying for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, each endorsed pending legislation that would require all hospitals to offer emergency contraceptives to rape victims.Earlier this week, Rell said she was comfortable with the status quo..............
From Taliban mouthpiece to Ivy League undergraduate
Tim Reid, New Haven, Connecticut March 04, 2006
SECONDS before meeting the Taliban's former spokesman amid the venerable towers of Yale, to talk about his astonishing journey from Mullah Mohammed Omar's adviser to Ivy League undergraduate, I wonder if I will recognise him.Suddenly, there he is, walking towards me, and it is unmistakably Rahmatullah. Gone are the dark turban, flowing beard and baggy trousers in which he travelled the world in early 2001 as the Taliban's "roving envoy", defending the Islamic zealots' treatment of women, their destruction of the ancient Buddha statues of Bamiyan, and their determination to keep Osama bin Laden as a guest of Afghanistan.
He is now wearing chinos and Nike trainers, with a trimmed beard and rucksack full of books, and looks worried. A man is filming him. Rahmatullah takes out his mobile to call the police.
It has been a stressful week for Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi, 27, who met bin Laden in his native Kandahar in the late 1990s, having just become the Taliban's deputy foreign secretary at 22.
After eight months at Yale, in New Haven, Connecticut, where even his closest friends did not know his past, the US press has revealed all. Some of the reaction has been hostile. Rahmatullah fears for his wife and two children in the Pakistani border town of Quetta......