Thursday, December 31, 2009

it's NOT classified

why throw fear into ORDINARY CITIZENS.

do your fucking jobs. the jobs include taking a NIGERIAN EXECUTIVE WHO STOPS BY A CONSULATE TO REPORT STRANGE GOINGS ON BY HIS SON (this is UNHEARD of by the way) seriously. you KNEW something was up.

really, patting someone down is NOT classified. and really, not letting someone relieve themselves for the last hour of a flight is FUCKING TORTURE (or it would be in MY case as i am on prescription diuretics)

steven and christopher, you have my sympathies. i'm sorry the cia or the tsa or homeland security or the fbi or WHOMEVER didn't do their jobs and now we can't have shite on our laps on a plane ride or get up for the last hour (how is THAT going to make a difference i ask you. it's STUPID)

ok, i'm going to stop now

TSA Threatens Blogger Who Posted New Screening Directive

By Kim Zetter

Two bloggers received home visits from Transportation Security Administration agents Tuesday after they published a new TSA directive that revises screening procedures and puts new restrictions on passengers in the wake of a recent bombing attempt by the so-called underwear bomber.

Special agents from the TSA’s Office of Inspection interrogated two U.S. bloggers, one of them an established travel columnist, and served them each with a civil subpoena demanding information on the anonymous source that provided the TSA document.

The document, which the two bloggers published within minutes of each other Dec. 27, was sent by TSA to airlines and airports around the world and described temporary new requirements for screening passengers through Dec. 30, including conducting “pat-downs” of legs and torsos. The document, which was not classified, was posted by numerous bloggers. Information from it was also published on some airline websites................

cia sat on underwear bomber report: blame game erupts

bottom pic: TSA Special Agent John Enright, left, speaks to Steven Frischling outside the blogger's home in Niantic, Connecticut, after returning Frischling's laptop Wednesday.
Photo: Thomas Cain/

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to the family and friends of sgt 1st class ronald jay spino

my thoughts and prayers go out to you. i am so very sorry for your loss

Soldier with Waterbury tie reported slain by insurgent
BA soldier who grew up in Waterbury and graduated from Holy Cross High School was killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday, according to members of his family.

Sgt. Ronald Spino, 46, of Fayetteville, N.C., was unloading supplies at a base Tuesday when an Afghan insurgent shot him in the back, according to his brother, Glen Spino of Avon. He said the insurgent wounded two Italian soldiers as well.

Various military spokespeople would not confirm Spino's death on Wednesday. The military is bound by law not to release names of casualties for 24 hours after a slain servicemember's family has been notified, military officials said.

Glen Spino said military counselors knocked on the door of the Florida home of his parents, James and Rita Spino, Tuesday night to give them the news.....................

pic: Sgt. Ronald Spino, 46, of Fayetteville, N.C., was unloading supplies at a base Tuesday when an Afghan insurgent shot him in the back. (Contributed Photo)

Army Sergeant, Waterbury Native Killed In Afghanistan

WATERBURY - A Holy Cross High School graduate and Army sergeant was fatally shot in Afghanistan Tuesday, his mother said today.

Sgt.1st Class Ronald Jay Spino, 45, was killed while doing his job, said Rita Spino of Venice, Fla. He was a paratrooper-nurse, she said.

He and his wife, Betty -- whom he met in the military -- have a house in Fayetteville, N.C, Rita Spino said. He joined the Army in 1993 at age 29.........

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

hey da liebs

why don't we bomb the WHOLE FUCKING WORLD? deport everyone in the us who is of muslim faith.

sounds like a plan to me da liebs! you won't rest until you (well not YOU personally. why get YOUR hands bloody when our sons and daughters can do it FOR US?) kill EVERY ONE OF 'EM will you?

we're so beloved NOW, just think what THAT would do for our rep

Joe Lieberman: How About Another War?

posted by John Nichols

Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman, who began openly and aggressively angling for a war with Iraq just weeks after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, and who has been the most ardent advocate for expanding the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan, appears to be determined to use the thwarted Christmas Day attack on a Northwest Airlines flight as an excuse to launch another crusade for another war.

Lieberman, the neoconservative solon who wanted to be the Secretary of Defense in the administration of John McCain (his 2008 candidate for president) and who would gladly play the same role in the administration of a Sarah Palin or any other saber-rattling Republican, is proposing the launch of a new preemptive war on Yemen.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the 23-year-old Nigerian accused of attempting to explode a plastic device aboard a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Friday, has told authorities that he traveled to Yemen to link up with al-Qaida operatives.............

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

our christmas menu

everything homemade (unless i note otherwise)

lasagna (i didn't make the noodles this year. i do NOT have the time)
meatballs (separate from the lasagna i have a vegetarian niece)
cranberry sauce
vegan lasagna with added vegetables; mushrooms, butternut squash, eggplant, and whatever else i find in the fridge
mushroom tarts (some vegan some with cheese)
glazed carrots
cauliflower cheese tart (and something cauliflower vegan for me)
creamed corn (big bub won't eat any other kind of vegetable)
yukon gold spuds (i don't know how or what i'm going to do to them yet)
sweet potatoes (i don't know how or what i'm going to do to THEM yet either)
green bean casserole with HOMEMADE mushroom sauce and HOMEMADE fried onions
pickles - store bought
olives - store bought
italian bread-store bought

then my sister brings a GIANT salad and a roasted beast and some other kind of meat. she also brings a ton of desserts. one of my neice's husbands brings a big ol' ham. my OTHER (non cooking) sister makes ice. oh, and she bought an ice cream cake too.

Monday, December 21, 2009


i'm not even sure i have ANYTHING to say here except yeah, that's bambino and yeah, that's a bottle of mad dog 20 20 and yeah, it's a connecticut story

Woman Arrested for Demanding Three-Way Sex With Couple - Anna Bambino

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

first of all you GIANT asswipe

STFU. if you're NOT from connecticut you don't get to yell at us. I AM from here so I CAN yell at us (and so can rose delauro)

i didn't effing vote for him. i voted for ned lamont. WE, the good (and obviously sometimes not too very bright) citizens of connecticut ARE responsible for da liebs but we're NOT responsible for your big fat mouth (i have one too so that's why i'm saying it about YOU). so once again michael MOORE we don't want you we don't need you. fine. see what your boycott does. no rich peeps from parts unknown invading our towns for summer, winter, fall and spring vacations? believe me i can live with that. does that include YOU? do YOU have a home here? hope not. i don't like you in the least. oh sure, our sentiments are similar but mine are genuine. you spew all of this kumbaya stuff yet you live like DA MAN. you're NOT fooling me. where do you live? where does your child (or is it children, i really don't know) go to school? (hint, i bet it doesn't have a p.s. in front of it). do you fly coach? do you stay in holiday inns? hmmmmmmmmmmm

you're a GROWN man michael moore. stop using 2 for two, to or too and stop using u for you. you're not prince or sinead o'connor

i have an idea! why don't we, the good (if not somewhat stupid) citizens of connecticut boycott michael moore! let's BAN his ass from our state as well. not even flying OVER it will be allowed. jodi, what say you?

Michael Moore ‘holds Connecticut responsible’ for public option failure

By Daniel Tencer
Progressive filmmaker has called for a boycott of the state of Connecticut if voters there don't start an effort to unseat Sen. Joe Lieberman.

"People of Connecticut: What have u done 2 this country?" Moore asked in a Tweet Wednesday afternoon. "We hold u responsible. Start recall of Lieberman 2day or we'll boycott your state."

Lieberman has been the focus of progressive anger since he announced late last week that he would vote against the Senate health care reform bill if the bill included a Medicare buy-in provision that would allow some people aged 55 to 64 to buy into the government-run seniors' health care program............

and you big bag o' wind get this...............

................."Memo to Michael Moore and any other frustrated lefties out there: There is no such thing as a congressional recall. So until 2012, we're all stuck with Joe," writes Eric Kleefeld at TalkingPointsMemo..................

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i am seething with anger

black and blue square has ruined the town of west hartford for ME. i no longer go anywhere near the center (with the exception of every once in a while that whole foods if i can't get to the one at bishops corner). the area is now full of scenesters (you know who i'm talking about). i just described them as having designer suvs, designer dogs, designer kids and designer friends. anyone know what the rents of the center stores and/or black and blue square are? i'm sure they're NOT pretty.

plus where am i gonna park my new designer suv any damn way?

i am not a fan of malls either by the way. but westfarms never should have settled.

Westfarms' Owners Agree To $34 Million Settlement With Blue Back

The Harford Courant
WEST HARTFORD — - The owners of Blue Back Square are getting $34 million in compensation for lost revenue, increased financing costs and other losses as a result of the yearlong construction delay caused by a blizzard of 11 anti-Blue Back lawsuits bankrolled by a retail competitor.

Taubman Centers Inc., the corporate parent of Westfarms mall and the mall's majority owner, agreed in an out-of-court settlement last week to pay its $26.8 million share of the money by today.

Pictures: Blue Back Square

The negotiated settlement — Blue Back lawyers were seeking more than $40 million — resolves Blue Back's 2007 lawsuit seeking damages. There is no admission of liability or fault in the settlement by Taubman, which owns 79 percent of the mall, or its four Westfarms partners, who own 21 percent.

The settlement money is being split by the private developers of Blue Back: Raymond Road Associates, BBS Development LLC and Blue Back Square LLC.

The lawsuits postponed Blue Back construction, resulting in a 2007 opening, just as the national economy began to shrivel.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

a heads up

do NOT 'cook' chestnuts in a microwave

NO i didn't attempt it. i bought some chestnuts for my pops the other day and left them. he's always scored the X in them and roasted them IN THE OVEN

today when i stopped at his house i could SMELL the burnt OUTSIDE. dang

pic from:

da liebs. can't stand 'em. don't want 'em

am embarrassed by 'em. he's NOT my senator. i did NOT elect him. is he thinking of his constituents OR is he being a vindictive steamin' pile? well i know what i think

Joe Lieberman the man who personally killed Health Care Reform

Posted by Rack Jite in Politics

Just when we all thought there was a watered down health care compromise that would work - tossing out the public option in lieu of allowing 55 year olds' and up to buy into Medicare - Senator Joe "Droppy Dog" Lieberman on Sunday said NO WAY. This after months of bragging he would personally filibuster any public option in a health care bill.

Lieberman may very well go down in history as the man who killed health care reform out of spite. He is a vindictive little shit of a man who needs to be RECALLED, today.

This being the end of the year it is time for me to decide who gets the Shithead of 2009 award. Not much doubt on who will win, but it is also time for the Shithead of the Decade award. I think he is going to get it. Sure there's Cheney, Rove, W, Beck, Limbaugh, Dobbs to choose from, but I have say all of them were following their ideology.............

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Monday, December 14, 2009

i was out an about yesterday

it was raw out and it definitely was rainy. at first it TRIED to snow but it couldn't so it just rained and rained. the windshields were not freezing and i saw cars moving easily up and down the street (from the safe and cozy inside of the half door. when i did go outside for a butt, i saw what appeared to be some kind of accident on the sidewalk. a bicyclist was prone on the sidewalk and not able to get up. the fire department and an ambulance (eventually) arrived to assist. the sidewalks WERE a sheet of ice. i saw a lot of people who were walking about the neighborhood slipping and sliding. i guess some of the roads must have been packed with black ice too. i proceeded home with much caution..........

Mangled Mess in Shelton after 50 Car Pileup

A 50 car accident closed Route 110 between Wheeler Street and Leavenworth Road in Shelton for over five hours Sunday.

Police say about 50 vehicles were involved in an accident along Route 110 near Indian Wells Road just before 12:30 p.m.

Steve Arena of Shelton's wife was driving one of those vehicles. She told him that she was driving 20 mph when she lost control of her car on the ice and slammed into the car in front of her. She was able to get out of her car, and watched the next car slam into her. Arena arrived moments later.

"As I got around the turn to approach, I thought I was seeing things in a movie," said Arena. "Just cars every which way, mangeled. I mean I've never seen anything quite like this."

Sixty-two people reported minor injuries and six of those people were transported to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries, said police. ..............

Photo courtesy of Joseph Martinka of the White Hose Fire Co #5 in Shelton.

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

the flock

st joseph's college. taken a couple of weeks ago.


if y'all are in the hood today (hartford), stop by the half door for their banging brunch. today it's cashew and berry stuffed toast of france. thick sliced white bread with a filling of homemade chunky style cashew butter, egg battered and griddled served with a three berry coulis and fresh strawberries, blueberries a...nd rasberries. erin will be your lovely bartender, brian will be your lovely manager, matt, maria, martin and louis will be your lovely cooks/chefs and the grrrrls, molly - amy - jess will be your lovely servers. (sorry for the crappy pic. but it looked WONDERFUL. unfortunately i couldn't eat it being vegan and all)

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

to the family and friends of cpl. Xhacob LaTorre

my thoughts and prayers are with you. i am so very sorry for your loss. i thank cpl latorre and everyone else who is serving their country. their service is much appreciated

Waterbury Marine Dies Four Months After Bomb Blast
On Monday, in his Texas hospital room, the gravely ill Cpl. Xhacob LaTorre of Waterbury received a Purple Heart for the wounds he suffered in August from a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

On Tuesday, he died of his injuries.

The Marine leaves behind his wife, Frances, and a 1½-year-old son, Javier. A 2005 graduate of Crosby High School in Waterbury, LaTorre was in the ROTC program. He would have turned 21 Saturday.

LaTorre's legs were severely injured when an improvised, explosive device detonated in the Helmand province of Afghanistan on Aug. 10. The bomb instantly killed a fellow Marine who had been on foot patrol with LaTorre, said his aunt, Carmen LaSalle.

His legs had to be amputated, LaSalle said. LaTorre had made progress, though, and was talking and eating at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio within weeks of his injury, she said.

Then infection set in, and his condition worsened, LaSalle said. When he was conscious, he screamed in pain, she said..................

as always the courant has a link to the war dead from connecticut

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Friday, December 11, 2009

coyote on fern street in west hartford

on my way to work yesterday about 2:30 or 3:00 am, i saw a coyote on FERN STREET RIGHT NEAR MORLEY SCHOOL. really. so if you have a cat, i'd NOT let it stay outdoors overnight. REALLY

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

i WAS gonna post this but forgot

until i just saw it in boing boing

plus this is WAY WAY WAY better than that woman who found a stupid arse egg with a 'cross' on it (it was just a wonky misshapen egg). this is a COW with a cross!!! (no, i don't think it's a divine symbol my peeps. i think it's a darn cute calf)

Calf with a cross on its head

David Pescovitz

Praise be, this holy calf was born a week ago on a Sterling, Connecticut farm owned by Brad Davis. From WFSB:
Davis said, "Well, I think it's maybe a message from up above. I'm not sure. We're still trying to figure that out."

Megan Johnson of Sterling said, "Well I wasn't surprised. I wasn't surprised at all because the dairy industry has needed a miracle for a long time and this is it. I think it's divine intervention, personally. I'm in the breeding business and I know about reproduction and genetics and I don't think this could happen again in a million cows."

"Cow Born With Divine Symbol" (via Fortean Times)

here's the wfsb link

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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

look at me, look at me, look at me

no one was paying attention to me for the last five minutes so i had to open my big ugly trap and start spewing garbage again

i never forgave da liebs for his running as an independent and stealing the vote (from a bunch of either stupid connecticuters or ignorant ones or just plain uninformed ones).

da liebs HAS to go. no forgiveness, boot his ass to the curb. he's playing with y'all right now BUT when you take his toys away, he's going to start crying like that baby he always turns into

Health Care: Lieberman Puts Himself In The Spotlight, Again
Washington Post

WASHINGTON - Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., has once again inserted himself into the middle of an inflamed partisan debate, raising questions about his motives, his ego and his fickle allegiance to the Democratic Party, which forgave him after he supported Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., for president.

Lieberman says he is feeling "relevant" as he threatens to withhold his vote — potentially the decisive 60th — on health care reform legislation if it includes a government-run insurance plan. And it is hard to dispute Lieberman's assertion as Capitol Hill moves farther from the "public option," to the consternation of liberals.

"There is no question he's taken pleasure in this role," said Jacob Hacker, a Yale University political scientist who helped write the initial public option proposal..............

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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

if you're free 10 am thursday morning

or near a pc/laptop (it looks like it is going to stream live as well) why don't you listen to

Binnie Klein's WPKN Radio Show To Preview CT Young Writers Event

WPKN Newsletter December 7, 2009

89.5 FM Bridgeport,
New Haven — 88.7 FM Montauk,
Westerly, New London
— online

Arts, Culture & Entertainment

Binnie Klein hosts a special show on boxing and writing. Guests include Andy Thibault, author, blogger, and teacher, John "Iceman" Scully, boxer, trainer, and ESPN commentator, Felicity Sheehy, student and prize-winning poet, Bruce Coffin, her teacher at Westover School, and Gaby Calvocoressi, acclaimed poet. We'll be discussing the upcoming CT Young Writers Triple Knockout Event: Prose, Poetry And Pugilism, Hartford Club, January 15 to benefit young writers.

Show Airs Thursday, December 10 at 10:00 AM.

  • Host Profile: Binnie Klein

  • WPKN Home Page

  • Prospect Magazine Features Poet Gaby Calvocoressi, CT Young Writers Triple Knockout Event Jan. 15, 2010 & Hartford Boxers Past & Present

  • the above from the cool justice report

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    Monday, December 07, 2009

    the bridge in west hartford

    has been around forever (since 1969). if you CAN, help them out this holiday season (of course, you don't have to WAIT for the holidays to help them out you know)

    they're quite a worthy AND more importantly TRUSTWORTHY organization

    Bridge Family Center In West Hartford Seeks Aid

    Needs Coats, Basketballs, Other Gifts For Youth

    Special To The Courant

    WEST HARTFORD — - Because The Bridge Family Center in West Hartford serves 10,000 children, youth and families a year, it's understandable that its holiday wish list includes items that kids and teens love.

    Executive director Margaret Hann says gift cards lead the list of donations that the agency is seeking this holiday season.

    "Gift cards, those are huge," she said.

    The list includes cards for Marshalls, Walmart, Kohl's, BJ's Wholesale Club, Best Buy, Bob's Stores, Target, Old Navy, A.J. Wright, TJ Maxx, Burlington Coat Factory, CVS, Showcase Cinemas, Bow-Tie Cinemas, nail salons, supermarkets and restaurants such as Chili's Grill & Bar, Ruby Tuesday, Olive Garden and Friendly's.

    The agency is also seeking phone cards; new official-sized basketballs; new winter coats for teenagers; new raincoats for children aged 3 to 6; Sony PlayStation games such as Guitar Hero and Rock Band; picture books for children from birth to age 8; stamps and stationery..........

    the bridge family center

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    welcome home jameson!

    and of course, thank you for serving. now we just have to get the REST of our men and women back (WITHOUT wounds, mental or physical)

    Marine Returns Home To Wallingford With Purple Heart

    The Hartford Courant

    WALLINGFORD — - They came from next door and they came from Maine. Some brought flags and others brought homemade chocolate chip cookies. But they all had a common purpose: Thanking Marine Cpl. Jameson Charest for his service to this country. Charest, 20, returned home to Wallingford Saturday evening to an enthusiastic, snow-covered crowd of friends, family and total strangers. "We have to let them know that their sacrifice has not gone without notice," said Chet Miller , a local U.S. Navy veteran who never met Charest, but came from his other home in Maine for the event. Charest, a 2007 graduate of Lyman Hall High School, enlisted on his 18th birthday. But he had been talking of joining the military since he was a young boy, his mother, Karen Charest, said. .................

    pic: Marine Jameson Charest, who received a Purple Heart for injuries he sustained in Iraq while serving as commander of a mine roller, is welcomed home by throngs of flag-waving neighbors and friends outside his home in Wallingford. At right is friend Alyssa Funaro of Durham. (TIA ANN CHAPMAN / HARTFORD COURANT / December 5, 2009)

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    Saturday, December 05, 2009

    litchfield, land of the free

    costly and home of the brave rich effing snobs.

    now i'm not one for using ribbons. i certainly support cures for cancer and aids and rights of people and our military. i just happen to not understand how a piece of fabric is going to bring our men and women home or find a cure for cancer. HOWEVER, the ribbons in general don't offend me. if it brings someone comfort to put a ribbon on their door or a TREE, even a tree on a town (or borough) green, well then, fine.

    the town of litchfield famous for saying NO NO AND HELL NO to jews is now saying NO NO AND HELL NO to town residents who wish to put (for the sixth year in a row mind you) ribbons around trees on the town green

    seems like the town outright lied whoops, i mean misspoke about a botanist saying the ribbons were causing trees to be damaged.

    Borough Of Litchfield Board: Get Those Yellow Ribbons Off Our Town Green Trees

    ITCHFIELD — - For the past six years several military mothers here and their supporters have decorated the trees on the town green with yellow ribbons to express their support for local residents who serve in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    But on Tuesday the Borough of Litchfield's governing body, the board of warden and burgesses, voted to prohibit expression that involves ribbons on trees, and that has thrown this attractive tourist mecca in Litchfield County into an uproar.

    At its December meeting, the board said its ban was motivated by concerns about the health of the trees on the historic green, and the fear that other groups would demand the same right to hang ribbons. Ribbons would be banned on the green except for holiday purposes.

    ..............First, the board members said, Norfolk forester Starling Childs had inspected the trees on the green and concluded that the ribbons were hurting their health, encouraging the growth of fungus under the ribbons. Second, the presence of yellow ribbons on the green might encourage other groups to apply for permission to hang ribbons there.

    Childs, who maintains the 6,000-acre Great Mountain Forest in Norfolk, is one of Connecticut's best-known tree experts. Reached on Friday, Childs said that he was asked by the Borough of Litchfield in October to conduct an inventory of its trees on the green as part of a plan for preserving the space. But Childs says that he was not asked to examine the question of the yellow ribbons and in fact did not even mention them in his report.

    "They must be confusing me with some other botanist, because I don't remember even noticing the ribbons at all and I certainly didn't comment on them," says Childs.

    pic LAURIE PARMENTIER, whose son Liam Dwyer served in Iraq as a Marine till 2007, stands with a yellow ribbon tied around a tree on the Litchfield Green. The boroughÂ’s board has voted to ban the ribbons, which have been on the trees for years. (MARK MIRKO/Hartford Courant / December 4, 2009)

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    Friday, December 04, 2009

    here's what aetna is up to

    and believe me 600,000 is A LOT of people to drop coverage on. that is almost unheard of in the biz

    my company had aetna coverage for YEARS and YEARS. next year we're going with another insurer. i'm not sure if it was MY company's decision or aetnas. i'm guessing it was my company and they did it because they found someone cheaper.

    companies like mine will never have a problem insuring their employees. we have several thousand people. companies like mine make up 300,000 of the aetna dumps. the other 300,000 are smaller companies. now THEY WILL have a hard time. you get one employee with a significant health problem and that's all she wrote.


    Aetna Forcing 600,000-Plus To Lose Coverage In Effort To Raise Profits

    Sam Stein

    Health insurance giant Aetna is planning to force up to 650,000 clients to drop their coverage next year as it seeks to raise additional revenue to meet profit expectations.

    In a third-quarter earnings conference call in late October, officials at Aetna announced that in an effort to improve on a less-than-anticipated profit margin in 2009, they would be raising prices on their consumers in 2010. The insurance giant predicted that the company would subsequently lose between 300,000 and 350,000 members next year from its national account as well as another 300,000 from smaller group accounts............

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    just saw some pics

    of snow in huston today. well it was in the 50s in the greater hartford connecticut area today. hmmmmmm what's wrong with that picture ON DECEMBER 4TH?

    Thursday, December 03, 2009

    i'm still in a total state of disbelief and shock

    oh i knew this happened (and i'm guessing is STILL happening). i am sickened by the ATTITUDES of some. molesting children is ok UNTIL someone makes a big ol' stink out of it. molesting children is ok because it's ONLY SPORADIC. molesting children is ok because we have to worry about keeping the faggots out of the church instead. yeah, that's how THIS evil monster felt i'm here to tell you (and if you need telling YOU'RE an evil monster too). i am only sorry there is no hell because if there was egan would burn in it for eternity.

    i know this for a fact. i know it because it is and always will be with ME. you can't "cure" it. oh i don't believe you can at all. so catholic church while you worry about not giving communion to a kennedy (just because he happens to support a woman's right to choose) and you're worried about keeping gay priests out, you let our children be marred for life because f**king a kid isn't any big deal, but a man f**king another man is. yup, there's nothing wrong with that thought process at all

    note: the courant has extensive coverage of this. timelines and pictures and transcripts too. really DO click on the article link below

    pic: New York Cardinal Edward M. Egan, while serving as bishop of the Bridgeport Roman Catholic Diocese from 1988 to 2000, allowed several priests facing multiple accusations of sexual abuse to continue working for years. (SCOTT OLSON / GETTY IMAGES / June 16, 2005)

    Documents Shed Light On Church's Treatment Of Allegations Against Priests

    Even as a young seminary student, Raymond Pcolka's psychiatric problems caused doctors to question whether he should be a priest. Early in his studies, seminary officials sent Pcolka home for a year to "recover control of his nerves." But after returning to school, a Bridgeport psychiatrist deemed Pcolka to be suffering an "obsessive compulsive type neurosis." Another doctor diagnosed a neurotic reaction and "adjustment problems of late adolescence." Still another recommended further psychiatric examination for the "uncommunicative" Pcolka. >> Transcript of Oct. 7, 1997 Videotaped Deposition of Bishop Edward Egan >> Transcript of Sept. 23, 1999 Videotaped Deposition of Bishop Edward Egan "If there is any question of this man's stability or ability," one doctor wrote, "I would recommend psychological testing before final vows." Despite his odd behavior, Pcolka was ordained in 1965 by then-Bridgeport Bishop Walter Curtis and assigned to St. Benedict's Parish in Stamford. Within months, he allegedly fondled an altar boy at the church...............
    and this is the MOST shocking right here:

    .............Over the course of five depositions, which were among the documents released Tuesday, Curtis testified that he kept "secret archives" from whichhe regularly purged "antiquated" complaints of sexual abuse. Curtis also said he viewed pedophilia as "an occasional thing" and not a serious psychological problem, and indicated that he was more concerned with weeding out potential gays among clergy applicants. In one deposition, Curtis claimed that there had been no complaints of children being sexually abused by a priest between 1961 and 1988 — even though multiple complaints had been filed. Although a dozen people eventually said they were abused by Pcolka, Curtis testified that he didn't remember any complaints against the priest, while Egan admitted that he dismissed many of the claims, simply saying in a deposition, "The 12 have never been proved to be telling the truth."...........

    "These things [sexual abuse complaints] happen in such small numbers. It's marvelous when you think of the hundreds and hundreds of priests and how very few have ever been accused, and how very few have even come close to having anyone prove anything," Egan said in a deposition.............

    here's some nyt coverage as well:

    In Egan’s Depositions, a New View of a Sex Scandal



    Then the lawyer sprang his big question: You could have prevented someone from hurting people and you decided not to. Why?

    The witness was Edward M. Egan, then the Roman Catholic bishop of Bridgeport, Conn. The question was about a priest who had been accused of sexually molesting children.

    “I didn’t make a decision one way or the other,” said Bishop Egan, whom the lawyer suggested had failed to act quickly against the cleric. “I kept working on it until I resolved the decision.”

    The exchange is one of hundreds recorded in a vast trove of documents the Diocese of Bridgeport made public on Tuesday after battling in court for seven years to keep them sealed. The archive — more than 12,000 pages of memos, church records and testimony — was gathered for 23 lawsuits, alleging sexual abuse of children by seven priests, that the diocese settled in 2002.............

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    Sunday, November 29, 2009

    shocking, shocking!!!

    food carts (even from 'established restaurants') in OUR west hartford? oh hell, what is this, HARTFORD? in all seriousness, i really AM surprised about this. i know some of the 'rules' one has to adhere to when one has a restaurant in west hartford (some are incrediblly SILLY and/or STUPID) mmmmmmmmmm i could dig a falafel right about now.
    Special Permit Would Allow Restaurants To Use Food Carts Outside In West Hartford
    WEST HARTFORD — - Next summer, folks should be able to buy takeout gelato or other food from local restaurants if a proposal to allow sidewalk sales of food by established restaurants wins town approval. The proposal, sparked by a request earlier this year from several business owners, would allow a small number of already licensed restaurants to sell food from their restaurants in sidewalk carts in front of their addresses. The plan is still being refined. It seeks to amend zoning rules to create strict, first-ever regulations for food carts. Restaurants seeking a food cart would first need to apply to the town for a special use permit and attend a hearing before getting permission. "We're trying to avoid a Bushnell Park situation," Town Manager Ronald Van Winkle said Monday, referring to the numerous outdoor food vendors whose trucks and carts lined the street weekdays, catering to hungry pedestrians in a restaurant-poor stretch of Hartford.........
    (in other words, we're trying to avoid ETHNIC foods or foods OF COLOR. well, that's MY interpretation at any rate)

    pic from here

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    Sunday, November 22, 2009

    even peeps from other states

    know what a GIANT asswipe da liebs is

    dependable renegade sure knows:

    Joe Lieberman: Still a fucking tool,


    now with an extra serving of tool-ness:

    Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) raised hackles among liberals earlier this week when he claimed that the public option wasn't a part of the 2008 presidential campaign. He repeated that claim to reporters tonight, though acknowledged, when pressed, that then-candidate Barack Obama did in fact include a public option in his campaign health care proposal.

    And then there's this:

    Anyway, I'm opposed to it."............

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    it's more than 6% that's for sure

    no survey, no study, nothing could ever prove it. 90% of women abused by their partners (and men abused by THEIR partners...but women are more likely to be the ones abused) will never in a million years admit the abuse. i have seen abused women. i have heard every excuse in the book. i have done what i could to make them know they are not alone, make them know there is help (but THEY have to work very hard as well) and to make them know it's NOT their fault.

    sometimes my talks have paid off and the women have gotten out, sometimes i see the women crawl right back into the beds of their abusers

    it crosses color lines. it crosses classes. it crosses ethnicities. it crosses religions. it just is. it's everywhere. we must all work to stop it. the first step is getting rid of the stigma. to treat women as equal citizens. to not sweep domestic violence under the rug. to NOT hold the victim to blame.

    from this article it sure does seem like the library wanted to hide ms gillies away from the public AND from her coworkers. sure seems like they didn't want to help her

    Fired Worker's Lawsuit Puts Spotlight On Workplace Treatment Of Domestic Violence Victims

    Heather Gillies won praise for her work as a children's librarian at the Stonington Free Library. She was dedicated to the job, so much so that she performed a story-time program for children shortly after being beaten, allegedly by her husband.

    But commitment to her job meant nothing to her bosses after they learned she was a battered wife, Gillies says in a recently filed lawsuit. The lawsuit accuses the library of wrongful discharge, firing Gillies in part because she was a victim of domestic violence.

    Not so, says the library, which is denying Gillies' charges in a 27-page answer to her complaint. The library says it accommodated Gillies when she needed time off and supported her when employees there learned about the abuse.

    The legal battle, brewing in Superior Court in New London, has captured the attention of advocates against domestic violence, who are crediting Gillies with shining light on what they say is the often overlooked issue of how the workplace deals with employees struggling with family violence.

    Too often, advocates say, victims may not get the help they need because of fear that doing so may cost them their jobs.................

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    one extra extra extra lucky dude

    i read the headline and i winced

    Chainsaw Falls On Man's Face, Causing Minor Injury

    Friday, November 20, 2009

    must have been the mutha

    of ALL bulges is what i'm thinkin'

    Man With Bulge Had Drugs, Hartford Police Say

    ...................Francisco Rodriguez was carrying 3,303 bags of heroin — which accounted for the "unusually large bundle protruding from his stomach area," Sgt. Christene Mertes said.............

    pic: is actually heroin seized in hartford but NOT from this bust

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    Thursday, November 19, 2009

    ravings of a semi-sane madwoman: i live in connecticut

    ravings of a semi-sane madwoman: i live in connecticut

    un effing believable

    this is beyond the pale. after canceling their insurance, then reinstating it RIGHT AFTER A HORRIFIC ACCIDENT THAT KILLED AND INJURED MANY the creatures responsible for that accident (due to negligent truck maintenance and goddess only knows what else) CAN SUE THE INSURANCE COMPANY FOR NOT PAYING?


    what the hell is wrong with our system that this can happen?


    it's an ap article so i can't print anything from it at all. just click the link though for the whole disgusting story

    Conn. court: Truck owners in fatal crash can sue

    you can also check out my friend mark robinson's (who was IN the accident) website and book,

    smoke fire and angels . unlike the wilcoxs, mark is DONATING ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE BOOK TO A FUND FOR THE VICTIMS most in need.

    please also note, i've read the book and it's not only beautifully and compassionately written but VERY well researched. BUY A COPY

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    six months to report a very serious data breach. as i said, unbelievable.

    i know i've talked about it before, but i'm going to do it again. we have to encrypt everything with a social security # on it (well ANY personal data) if it's going outside. we CANNOT use flash drives AT ALL (we used to be able to but no longer). we have a data depersonalization program which is constantly evolving. we have a social security remediation project (which i'm personally working on). there is not a doubt in my mind, if some of my company's data was breached it would be reported immediately. (i personally think a LOT of the rules we have are unnecessary but no one asked me. rules like our desks, our cabinets have to be locked when we leave or are even away from our desks for over an hour. we have a secure building. cameras everywhere. security guards. key cards to get in. )

    no excuse for health net to wait six months

    Vast Data Breach Of Health Net Information Includes Patients' Records

    The Hartford Courant
    A hard drive with personal, financial and health information for about 446,000 Health Net customers in Connecticut was lost six months ago and first reported today, state officials said.

    The company informed the Attorney General's office and the state Insurance Department Wednesday of the security breach. A portable, external hard drive with Social Security numbers, bank account details and health information for patients "disappeared" from the insurer's Northeast headquarters in Shelton.

    The Data, with wide-ranging information from members and providers dating to 2002, was compressed, but not encrypted. The information requires a specialized computer program to be read, according to the Attorney General's office.

    Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and Insurance Commissioner Thomas Sullivan both said separately that they are investigating what happened, and why the company waited six months to report the incident..................

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