Friday, June 15, 2007

a little history on bushnell park


for example (and i didn't know this one) it was the FIRST publicly funded park in the country!

i did know there is a river running under it.

we (the big brothers big sisters group i belong to) were supposed to go to the carousel the other day but there was a bus mix up and we never did go. the kids were horribly upset (as were some of the bigs but we STILL had fun)

Story By SUSAN CAMPBELL, The Hartford Courant


It's a beautiful spring day, and Edward Richardson of Glastonbury has just climbed 96 steps to the top of the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch in Hartford's Bushnell Park. To the south are the gold domes of the state Capitol and the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts. To the north? I-84 and the train station, and all around are the tops of the trees.That is Richardson's special love, the park's trees. After he retired from the Phoenix insurance company in the '80s, he wrote a guide to them, and he's happy to give a brisk tour.

Brisk because there's much to see in the park.But first? A little history: Back in the 1850s, Hartford was a happening place. In roughly a decade, manufacturing and insurance, banking and munitions concerns hummed, and the population nearly doubled. With the influx of new residents - many of them immigrants - came increased crime and sticky sanitation problems......



are second class citizens

if you (ALLEGEDLY) try to stab your ex-girlfriend MULTIPLE TIMES with a SHARP PIECE OF BROKEN WOOD, then (ALLEGEDLY) knock her to the floor and (ALLEGEDLY) try to strangle her then last but NOT least (allegedly) STOMP HER FACE WITH YOUR DIRTY WORK BOOTS- YOU GET OFF WITH A $1,000 BAIL AMOUNT (remember what ken krayeske's bail was? i do and it was
75 times what this dude's was)

what is wrong with the justice system? who is responsible for this bail amout?

Bloomfield Man Accused Of Attacking Ex-Girlfriend
By DAVID OWENS, The Hartford Courant

VERNON -- A Bloomfield man has been charged with brutally assaulting his former girlfriend at her Rockville apartment.Garfield Heinz Johnson, 36, of 7 Norman Drive, was arraigned today on charges of second-degree assault, breach of peace and violation of a protective order. He posted $1,000 bail before his arraignment, but Deputy Assistant State's Attorney Charles Johnson put the defendant on notice that he would seek to increase his bond at his next court date, which is July 3.
Garfield Johnson is accused of smashing his way into his former girlfriend's apartment, trying repeatedly to stab her with a sharp piece of broken wood, then pushing her to the floor and trying to strangle her.The former girlfriend "found it impossible to breathe and she thought she was going to die," according to the warrant for Johnson's arrest. Johnson then stopped trying to strangle the woman, the warrant reads, and stood up and began to stomp her face. He was wearing work boots, the warrant reads.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

a must read on da liebs

stuff i didn't know. makes me nauseated than i already was

'President’ Lieberman: A Cautionary Tale

by Robert Scheer
What if Al Gore had won the 2000 presidential election but died in office? Would President Joe Lieberman have been worse than George W. Bush? His recent actions suggest that he could have descended even lower in his illogical and immoral responses to the tragedy of 9/11. Although now an independent, Lieberman provides a cautionary tale for folks who talk of backing “any Democrat” who can win.
At a time when even President Bush has recognized the need for negotiations with Iran in order to stabilize Iraq, where disciples of Tehran’s ayatollahs have risen to power, thanks to the U.S. occupation he fervently supports, Lieberman urges war with Iran. “I think we’ve got to be prepared to take aggressive military action against the Iranians to stop them from killing Americans in Iraq,” he told CBS on Sunday, “and to me, that would include a strike over the border into Iran.” ..........

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

better than being armed - that's for sure

curtis sliwa is comin' to town and i don't think it's a half bad idea at all!

(the only thing upsetting about this is his comments about RACE WARS. it sounds like he is assuming the issues in new haven are ONLY among jews and blacks. i don't live in new haven and i don't know for sure but i have a stinking suspicion the violence EFFECTS ALL. it goes past color and class and religion and gender)

Guardian Angels founder bringing group to New Haven

by News Channel 8's Chris Velardi Posted June 13, 2007 Updated 12:15 PM
(New Haven-WTNH) _ The founder of the Guardian Angels is coming to New Haven Thursday to help patrol the city's Edgewood Park area. This comes after a neighborhood group started armed patrols in the area.
"It just highlights the problems and the issues that have been raised over the last several days and over the last two years," Eliezer Greer said.
That's why Eliezer and his brother Dov Greer decided to take matters into their own hands, to hop on their bikes and patrol the Edgewood Neighborhood armed with guns........

......"I understand their pain, I understand their victimization, and I understand their frustration at the growing violent crime problem," the group's founder Curtis Sliwa said during a live telephone interview on Good Morning Connecticut, "except I'm bringing a solution -- an inter-racial patrol, unarmed."
Sliwa plans to meet with the Greers Thursday. He says they have the right idea, but they may be going about it wrong. Sliwa believes the armed patrols may lead to a racial war.......
i wrote about this before. not the two officers suits but their complaints against burr and against oxford's first selectman august palmer iii. i searched high and low for the posting but i just can't find it.

IF what troopers john butkevicius and patrick carroza say about burr is true (that he had his guns taken away MORE than once for domestic complaints), WHY THE HELL IS BURR STILL ON THE JOB AND CARRYING GUNS? therapy or not ....

either butkevicius and carroza are correct in what they say

....... "Two woman filed three restraining orders against Burr, and police officials took his guns away twice. He was arrested in one of the incidents, but the charges have since been dropped and he is back on the job. He traded a gun for a tattoo in Waterbury and improperly disposed of drugs found at a death scene, according to the lawsuit.Palmer allowed Burr to return to work over the objections of Butkevicius and Carroza. The troopers claim that they were later harassed by Burr and that his instability "caused them to be in fear for their lives and the lives of their families and loved ones." "..

or august palmer iii is correct. it should be a matter of public record if three restraining orders were filed against burr. it should be a matter of public record if he had his guns taken away TWICE. it should be a matter of public record if burr improperly 'disposed' of drugs at a crime scene and it should be a matter of record if he traded a gun for a tattoo (was the gun registered? is it legal to trade a gun for ink? did the tattoo artist then register the gun in her or his name?)

i wonder how one starts to investigate this? if the above is true about burr we're ALL in deep deep shite if he's back on the job with a loaded weapon

Troopers Sue Over `B-Team' Treatment Supervisors Accused Of Ignoring Complaints

By TRACY GORDON FOX, Courant Staff Writer

Two state troopers have sued five state police supervisors, two former commanders and the former public safety commissioner, saying their civil rights were violated and their work environment was hostile because they are not on the department's "A-team."Troopers John Butkevicius and Patrick Carroza, who at one time were resident state troopers in Oxford, also are suing the town's first selectman, August Palmer III, and a local police officer, James Burr, in the suit filed in U.S. District Court in New Haven Tuesday.

The two troopers claim they were removed as Oxford's co-resident troopers after they complained about the behavior of a local officer, whom they supervised.........

and this from behind the blue wall (back in late 2005)

November 30th - December 1st, 2005 - Oxford Police Cpl. James Burr has just been suspended again. He's had three restraining orders filed against him by 2 women and has been suspended from duty & had his guns taken away twice. The State Troopers supervising Burr say they fear he'll hurt them or somebody else, that he's unstable, and possibly using drugs. Burr's ex-girlfriend said in court that he called her recently 94 times in two days, parked outside her house, and she's afraid. His former wife also filed a restraining order against him in 2003 and a second one in 2004. Oxford First Selectman (City Manager) August Palmer III had planned on having Burr RETURN TO WORK regardless of everything but yesterday Judge Deborah Frankel extended his restraining order for 6 months, and today finally it's announced there will be an internal investigation. FINALLY! BURR BLAMES the murder-suicide last week - Trooper Victor Diaz murdered Officer Ciara McDermott - for the current extension of his restraining order, but he was collecting those before last week's tragedy. Police are also looking into whether Burr made threatening comments to others that he would go after the 2 troopers if he lost his job.......

State drops harassment case against Oxford cop

...Mariano said Burr has gone for counseling and "has done perfectly well. He's done everything he's supposed to. He's volunteered for more extensive drug tests than are necessary, and he's passed with flying colors."
Based on conversations with the Family Relations Office and on psychiatric testing Burr underwent, Mariani said the State's Attorneys Office felt dropping the charges was not a problem. He also said Gaudett was fine with the case being nolled...

my feeling is this: you can go to ALL the counseling in the universe. if, for a job you carry guns BUT need to take 'extensive' drug tests and have had restraining orders taken out on you and have called your ex 94 times in two days i sure don't think you should be allowed to carry a gun any longer. i think you can change your life around sure. i think you can become a new person, a better person, a good person. BUT - i just don't want to take a chance and put a gun back into your hands. PERIOD

as far as i'm concerned he crossed the line LONG ago

but now even his OWN PARTY thinks he's gone way too far

i think his remarks are without thought. i think they're based on one thing and one thing only and it has NOTHING to do with american soldiers being killed

i think what he said on sunday is insane AND dangerous

Lieberman asked to resign from his own party

(WTNH) _ The Connecticut for Lieberman Party is calling on Senator Joseph Lieberman to resign from the U.S. Senate following his remarks made Sunday on CBS' Face the Nation regarding military action against Iran.
Lieberman said on the national television program that, "we've got to be prepared to take aggressive military action against the Iranians." .......

Attack Iran? Joe Stirs Debate Senator: The Threat Boosts Diplomacy

By DAVID LIGHTMAN, Washington Bureau Chief

WASHINGTON -- Joe Lieberman this week triggered the debate Washington really doesn't want: what to do about Iran.For nearly three decades, Iran has been the foreign policy irritant no American president or Congress has been able to contain.
Lieberman, an independent who caucuses with Senate Democrats, has been suggesting all week that the United States and its allies should be prepared to take military action against Iran if the country continues helping extremists who are killing American soldiers in Iraq.He is not urging such a strike at the moment, but Connecticut's junior senator argued Tuesday that "diplomacy is only likely to succeed if it is backed by a credible threat of consequences.".............

.........The comments triggered an instant firestorm. Retired Gen. Wesley Clark weighed in Monday and again Tuesday, calling the senator's views "highly irresponsible and counter-productive," and Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson suggested a softer approach, such as sanctions.........

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

da liebs da warmonger

hey you piece of steamin' you know what, IRANIANS WOULD NOT BE KILLING AMERICANS IN IRAQ (if in fact they are at all. i'm uncertain of that) IF WE WEREN'T IN IRAQ IN THE FIRST PLACE. we shouldn't be there. iraq never attacked the united states. they were NOT the ones who flew the planes into the pentagon or the world trade center. they were NOT the ones that trained the terrorists. there was and is NO REASON for us to have invaded THEIR country. there was and is NO REASON for us to have displaced tens of thousands of iraqi citizens.

if we bring our troops home, neither iraqis or iranians will be killing OUR men and women. it's simple. BRING THEM HOME NOW

Lieberman says U.S. should prepare to strike Iran

Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Joe Lieberman said Sunday the United States should consider a military strike against Iran because of Tehran's involvement in Iraq."I think we've got to be prepared to take aggressive military action against the Iranians to stop them from killing Americans in Iraq," Lieberman said. "And to me, that would include a strike over the border into Iran, where we have good evidence that they have a base at which they are training these people coming back into Iraq to kill our soldiers."
The U.S. accuses Iran of fostering terrorism and Tehran's nuclear ambitions have brought about international reproach.Lieberman, the Democratic nominee for vice president in 2000 who now represents Connecticut as an independent, spoke of Iranians' role in the continued violence in Iraq...............

is this legal???

i sure don't want armed vigilantes in MY hood. even if they ARE on bikes

no, i wouldn't mind citizen patrols but NOT with guns. that's a disaster waiting to happen

Armed citizen patrol in New Haven

by News Channel 8's Annie Rourke

New Haven-WTNH) _ One group armed with guns is ready to make their New Haven neighborhood a safer place by patrolling in the area around Edgewood Park.
The Edgewood Park Defense Patrol will be patrolling the 16-block area from Whalley to Edgewood and Winthrop to West Park. They believe that the police are not doing their part to keep the streets safe.
Their uniform is a black tee-shirt with Edgewood Park Defense Patrol and their mission is to keep peace on the streets with armed bike patrols.
"It's certainly not the substitute that one would want but when you're missing what you're supposed to have and things are slipping out of hand then you're left with no choice but to do something about it," said Eliezer Greer. .............

Monday, June 11, 2007

they took my cigarette lighters

yet let me walk in with DOZENS of boxes of matches. i don't get it. the whole place is made of concrete. wtf would burn?

tons of police and security AND you have to walk through metal detectors AND have your handbags rifled through.

what am i talking about? the boxing match at the
connecticut convention center in hartford.

addy was supposed to box first, but her match ended up being fourth. good thing because her match only lasted 35 seconds! yes, that's right 35 seconds. those women hit MORE than the men did in ALL three prior matches.

i'm so very happy for you addy! congratulations!

(and oh yeah, i got to see a fighter who got popped in the gut, just STOP in the ring, bend his head down, spit his mouthpiece out, then go to the ropes and puke over the side. good thing i didn't spring for the $500.00 seats!

Majority Decision

By SHAWN COURCHESNE, Courant Staff Writer
..........Irizarry: Quick StudyBoxing trainer Paul Cichon said one of the best traits that Addy Irizarry has is that she's a great listener in the training room.Irizarry proved that point loudly.In her pro debut April 6 at the Mohegan Sun Casino, Irizarry was overmatched and somewhat overwhelmed in losing a four-round unanimous decision to Ela Nunez."We talked a lot about that," Cichon said. "We talked about her first fight not knowing what to expect. I told her, 'Now you know what to do so go out there and do it first and fast and hard.'"Irizarry hit on every one of Cichon's points perfectly on the way to a 35-second technical knockout of Tiffany Lucas in a scheduled four-round lightweight undercard fight.Irizarry (1-1, one KO) came out at the bell and landed a huge straight left to Lucas' head, sending her flailing back to the ropes."As soon as I landed that shot I knew I was in good," Irizarry said..................