Friday, September 29, 2006

roses from john mattia

Amateur rose grower John Mattia created this hybrid, the Elizabeth Park Centennial Rose. (JOHN MATTIA)

wow, have you seen a prettier rose than this? it's lovely!!!

A Life Of Roses John Mattia Grows Them, Creates Them, Loves Them

By WILLIAM WEIR Courant Staff Writer September 28 2006

You've spent the last six months tending to your roses. Now that it's fall, what to do?For this, we turn to John Mattia. In his 42 years of growing roses, Mattia, 68, has won about every major national award that an amateur rose grower can win. Indeed, he's the only Connecticut resident to win the American Rose Society's top prizes. He's a founder of the Connecticut Rose Society and a former board member of Elizabeth Park -- for which he developed its own "centennial rose." Even Hollywood seeks his abundant knowledge on all things roses.Now that we've established his credentials, here are his autumn suggestions:1. Cut the roses back to about waist-length.2. Clean the fallen leaves and other debris around them.........

are you surprised when da liebs votes AGAINST basic human rights

AND the law??????????

i'm not. and hey, i'm not saying give alleged (that is the KEY word here alleged) terrorists milkshakes and burgers. i'm saying GIVE THEM THE RIGHTS THE LAW ENTITLES THEM TOO. well the OLD law. now it appears we will have a NEW law

Senate passes Bush detainee bill

Filed by RAW STORY
The US Senate has passed the Detainee Treatment and Trials bill (S. 3930) by a vote of 65-34, RAW STORY has learned.
This follows the US House of Representatives passage of a similar resolution (HR 6166) yesterday, essentially scoring a significant pre-election victory for the Bush administration. Critics have denounced the bill as a suspension of the right of habeas corpus, which entitles detainees to seek release from unlawful imprisonment.
Twelve Democrats voted in favor of the Senate bill: Tom Carper (DE), Tim Johnson (SD), Mary Landrieu (LA), Frank Lautenberg (NJ), Joe Lieberman (CT), Bob Menendez (NJ), Bill Nelson (FL), Ben Nelson (NE), Mark Pryor (AR), Jay Rockefeller (WV), Ken Salazar (CO), and Debbie Stabenow (MI).............

Thursday, September 28, 2006

please stop by star's blog

the enigmatic paradox.

The Enigmatic Paradox has launched a "Make a Difference: Help Defeat Johnson" counter-campaign, a drive to play a song supporting her challenger, Chris Murphy, on radio throughout the district.

Monday, September 25, 2006

da liebs was just on

nbc 30. i didn't hear the beginning OR the end (notice a pattern with me???) but what i DID hear was; HE WANTS TO SEND TWO TO THREE MORE TIMES THE TROOPS TO IRAQ

IS HE INSANE? i have nothing more to add (at this time)

more on a connecticut hero; george christian

to me, HE is a real patriot. HE knows the constitution is more than a mere piece of paper

A Patriotic Act

By JUNE SANDRA NEAL September 24 2006
On Feb. 15, 2005, someone walked into a Connecticut library, sat down at a computer and used the Internet from 4 to 4:45 p.m.Five months later, two FBI agents walked into George Christian's Windsor office and handed him a letter. It demanded "any and all subscriber information, billing information and access logs of any person or entity related to" the library computer's IP address on that February day.To Christian, executive director of the Library Connection, the scene seemed a G-man version of the Odd Couple: one agent dressed nattily in a blazer and tie; the other gruff, in a knit muscle shirt.And though the atmosphere of the meeting was tense, Christian suspected the FBI's demand wasn't its Priority No. 1."It was addressed to the wrong person; it was dated May 19, 2005, and it referred to an event that had taken place six months ago."The document they handed Christian was a national security letter, a piece of the Patriot Act few people had heard of at the time.Did Christian understand, the agents asked, that he could discuss the letter with no one?"I said I did, but I would like to speak to my lawyer.""Fine, have him give me a call," one agent said, and gave Christian his business card.Even the agent apparently didn't know that the order he had handed Christian prohibited the library executive from discussing it with anyone - including his organization's board of directors, his wife or even his own attorney.Had the national security letter been issued to someone else, it might have attracted little attention or created much stir as its recipient complied with its terms. But for Christian, whose agency oversees computer and other services for a consortium of 27 libraries around the state, it was a boot on his neck.For one thing, he knew that Connecticut is one of 48 states with a statute expressly protecting the confidentiality of library users. Secondly, the letter struck at the core of Christian's definition of a library: "The nation's most democratic institution that supports a free exchange of information.".........

guess who is NOT on this luncheon's guest list?

(me and i would imagine ned too)

Bush Enters On Cat Feet

It's hard to imagine how a scheduled visit by the president of the United States could have a lower profile.Only 30 of Connecticut's most elite VIPs got invitations, not by mail but discreet phone call. The luncheon George W. Bush will attend in Greenwich Monday is so intimate that neither the White House nor state Republican Party will disclose where it will be or who is hosting it - except that it will be in a private home.But even when a fundraiser is wrapped in secrecy, the word spreads quickly among political insiders when the president is slipping into town and it'll cost $15,000 per couple to shake hands with him.Insiders say L. Scott Frantz, a 46-year-old investment banker, will host the lunch at his oceanfront estate in the Riverside section of Greenwich, a property that affords spectacular views of Long Island Sound.Frantz has contributed more than $150,000 to the GOP over the years but prides himself on being a low-key, out-of-the-spotlight fundraiser who does not flaunt his wealth............

and it's more like on WEASEL'S FEET not cat feel