Friday, February 29, 2008

America, Land of the Free?

US jail numbers at all-time high
A new study of US prisons has found that numbers of people in jail are at an all-time high, with more than 1% of the adult population behind bars.

The Pew Center report calls the US the global leader in the rate at which it imprisons its citizens.

Over 2.3 million people were being held this year, it said - far ahead of other countries with large prison populations like China, Russia and Iran.

The report called for fewer low-risk offenders to be sent to jail.

It claims that the growing prison population "is saddling cash-strapped states with soaring costs they can ill afford, and failing to have a clear impact either on recidivism or overall crime".

With 750 inmates per 100,000 people, imprisonment cost the 50 states more then $49bn last year.

According to the Pew Center study, the higher rates of incarceration did not reflect a similar increase in crime, or in population, but tougher sentencing measures.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The smell test

Some things pass, others, don't ...

Obama Speech In Hartford Draws IRS Attention

Staff and Wire Reports
11:22 AM EST, February 27, 2008

[Connecticut] Hartford Mayor Eddie A. Perez today called on Congress to look into the circumstances surrounding an IRS investigation of the United Church of Christ over a speech Sen. Barack Obama gave at its national meeting in Hartford last year after he became a candidate for president.

"Monday's action by the IRS is an intimidation tactic aimed at preventing churches and people of faith from hearing from public officials about the important issues of the day," Perez said, in a statement. "The IRS action is designed to intimidate not only the United Church of Christ, but every religious group that is drawn by its faith to learn about and speak out on important issues facing our society.

"If the IRS is successful, every church, synagogue and mosque that invites an elected official to speak on issues such as the War in Iraq, abortion, the environment, labor and other issues of social justice could fear loss of their non-profit status," he said. " This IRS action should outrage members of both parties and people of faith through out the country.

In a letter the denomination received Monday, the IRS said "reasonable belief exists" that the circumstances surrounding the speech violated restrictions on political activity for tax-exempt organizations. The denomination has denied any wrongdoing.

Obama, a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, spoke about faith and public life at the denomination's June 2007 General Synod in Hartford. He belongs to the 1.2 million-member Protestant group through his Chicago congregation.

The IRS said in the letter that it was concerned about articles posted on the church's Web site and on other sites stating that Obama had addressed nearly 10,000 people at the event. The agency also said Obama volunteers had staffed campaign tables "outside the center to promote his campaign."

The Rev. J. Bennett Guess, a spokesman for the Cleveland-based denomination, said a group of Obama volunteers was outside the Hartford Civic Center, where the event took place, but that they were told they could not enter the meeting.

The UCC had invited Obama to speak a year before he announced he was running for president because of his involvement in the denomination, Guess said.

Church leaders consulted with lawyers before the event on following IRS rules. Before Obama spoke, a top church official told the crowd that the senator's talk was not a campaign-related event and that no leaflets or other signs of political support would be allowed.

Nonprofits are barred from endorsing candidates or providing support for campaigns, although groups are allowed to invite candidates to address them and many do so. Guess said no other presidential candidates were invited because Obama was the only one active in the UCC.

The Rev. John H. Thomas, president of the denomination, called the inquiry "disturbing."

"When the invitation to an elected public official to speak to the national meeting of his own church family is called into question, it has a chilling effect on every religious community," Thomas said in a statement.

Amy Brundage, an Obama spokeswoman, insisted the speech was not a campaign event. In the address, Obama spoke about his personal spiritual journey and had said that faith had been misused in the past to divide Americans, partly because of the Christian right.

The IRS has stepped up its monitoring of the political activity of nonprofit groups during the 2008 election. It is more common for individual congregations to be targeted, not entire denominations, but very large ministries have been investigated in the past.

The inquiries can take years. Punishments can range from a financial penalty to loss of tax-exempt status -- an outcome that church attorneys call the "death penalty" for nonprofits.

The IRS does not comment on investigations because tax information is confidential.

J. Brent Walker, executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, which defends religious groups against government interference, called the timing of the investigation "peculiar." But he said he generally has found the IRS to be nonpartisan.

"They have not gone after the left or the right or one party over another," Walker said. "Both sides have accused the service of doing that, but my impression is that they've done a pretty good job being nonpartisan."

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"Reel" Screen writing

Broken Flowers

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Broken Flowers is a 2005 comedy-drama film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch and produced by Jon Kilik and Stacey Smith. It stars Bill Murray, Jeffrey Wright, Jessica Lange, Sharon Stone, Frances Conroy, Tilda Swinton, Julie Delpy, and Mark Webber.

It was filmed on location in Rockland County and Westchester County, New York, as well as in New Jersey.[1]

The film is dedicated to French director Jean Eustache. In an interview, Jarmusch said he felt close to Eustache for his commitment to making films in a unique and independent fashion.

Tagline: Sometimes life brings some strange surprises.


The main character, Don Johnston (Bill Murray), is a former Don Juan who wants to live in quiet retirement, having made a small fortune in the computer industry. His life is consumed by malaise, and he is content to sit around watching old movies and listening to classical music. The film opens with his current girlfriend, Sherry (Julie Delpy), leaving him, but Don can barely muster an argument to get her to stay. After she walks out, he finds a letter in his mail purporting to be from an unnamed former girlfriend, informing him that he has a 19-year-old son who may be looking for him. Initially Don doesn't intend to do anything about it, but his busybody neighbor Winston (Jeffrey Wright), who is a mystery enthusiast, pushes Don to investigate. Winston tracks down the current locations of the five women most likely to have written the letter, burns a CD for Don, and sends him to visit them.

  • Laura (Sharon Stone) works as a closet and drawer organizer and is the widow of a race car driver. She has a "jailbait" daughter, Lolita (Alexis Dziena), who flirts with Don and walks around the house completely nude in front of him.
  • Dora (Frances Conroy) is a realtor who hasn't yet let go of her past; once a flower child of the 60s, she appears very brittle and on the verge of exploding out of her confining life. Her controlling husband, Ron (Christopher McDonald), invites Don to an awkward dinner.
  • Carmen (Jessica Lange) works as an "animal communicator." Don recalls how she was formerly so passionate about becoming a lawyer, among other things. But "passion is a funny thing," she says. There are also hints that she may be involved in a lesbian relationship with her receptionist (Chloë Sevigny).
  • Penny (Tilda Swinton) lives in the country amongst blue-collar motorcycle enthusiasts. Having left Don years ago, she has no desire to reconcile with him now. When Don asks her whether she has a son, she gets upset; Don is beaten up by her friends as a result. He awakens the next morning in his rental car in the middle of a field. He has a nasty cut around his left eye as a result of the confrontation.

After the beating, Don stops at a florist to buy flowers from a friendly and attractive young woman named Sun Green (Pell James) who bandages his wounds. He leaves the flowers at the grave of the fifth woman, Michelle Pepe, who Don originally thought might be the mother before finding out she had died five years prior. Earlier Don told Winston he had loved Michelle — his only mention of love throughout the film. As he kneels at her gravestone he softly says "Hello, beautiful."

Disillusioned, Don returns home where he meets a young man in the street (Mark Webber) who he suspects may be his son. He buys him lunch, but when he remarks that the young man may wonder whether Don is his father, the young man becomes upset and flees.

As Don looks on, he notices a Volkswagen Beetle drive past. A young man in the passenger seat — played by Homer Murray, the real-life son of Bill Murray[1] — is listening to the music which Don himself has been listening to throughout the movie. Both the young man Don buys lunch for and the one in the car are wearing track suits like Don's. The "Kid in Car" holds unblinking eye contact with Don while the car drives on and away. Don is left standing in the middle of the road.

In the end, none of the mysteries posed by the film are resolved. Don ends his journey no closer to discovering which of the women wrote the letter, and there's even a suggestion that Sherry made the whole thing up to cause Don an existential crisis. It's unclear whether the kid in the Volkswagen is Don's son, or if Don has reached a point where he'll wonder whether every boy he sees might be his son.

[edit] Exhibition

Broken Flowers opened August 5, 2005 in the USA in a limited release.

[edit] Awards

At the 2005 Cannes Film Festival, the film was nominated for the Palme d'Or and won the Grand Prix.

[edit] Controversy

Screenwriter Reed Martin sued Jarmusch in March 2006, claiming that the director stole the film's concept from a very similar script that had circulated among several people eventually involved in the production. Jarmusch denies the charges and stated in response that Martin's claim has "absolutely no merit."[2] On September 28, 2007, a Los Angeles federal court jury rejected Martin's claim that Jarmusch and Focus Films stole the screenplay from Martin.[3]

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Rollin' Stone - Paul Rodgers & Co.

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This sums up all the reasons I worship at the altar of Paul. By the way, the "new album" he mentions is 1993's "Muddy Water Blues". If you are a fan of Paul Rodgers and/or the blues, buy it. It's excellent.

Survey: Americans switching faiths, dropping out

(AP) -- The U.S. religious marketplace is extremely volatile, with nearly half of American adults leaving the faith tradition of their upbringing to either switch allegiances or abandon religious affiliation altogether, a new survey finds.

The survey found the Roman Catholic Church has lost more members than any faith tradition.

The study released Monday by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life is unusual for it sheer scope, relying on interviews with more than 35,000 adults to document a diverse and dynamic U.S. religious population.

While much of the study confirms earlier findings -- mainline Protestant churches are in decline, non-denominational churches are gaining and the ranks of the unaffiliated are growing -- it also provides a deeper look behind those trends, and of smaller religious groups.

"The American religious economy is like a marketplace -- very dynamic, very competitive," said Luis Lugo, director of the Pew Forum. "Everyone is losing, everyone is gaining. There are net winners and losers, but no one can stand still. Those groups that are losing significant numbers have to recoup them to stay vibrant."

The U.S. Religious Landscape Survey estimates the United States is 78 percent Christian and about to lose its status as a majority Protestant nation, at 51 percent and slipping.

More than one-quarter of American adults have left the faith of their childhood for another religion or no religion at all, the survey found. Factoring in moves from one stream or denomination of Protestantism to another, the number rises to 44 percent.

One in four adults ages 18 to 29 claim no affiliation with a religious institution.

"In the past, certain religions had a real holding power, where people from one generation to the next would stay," said Penn State University sociologist Roger Finke, who consulted in the survey planning. "Right now, there is a dropping confidence in organized religion, especially in the traditional religious forms."

Lugo said the 44 percent figure is "a very conservative estimate," and more research is planned to determine the causes.

"It does seem in keeping with the high tolerance among Americans for change," Lugo said. "People move a lot, people change jobs a lot. It's a very fluid society."

The religious demographic benefiting the most from this religious churn is those who claim no religious affiliation. People moving into that category outnumber those moving out of it by a three-to-one margin.

The majority of the unaffiliated -- 12 percent of the overall population -- describe their religion as "nothing in particular," and about half of those say faith is at least somewhat important to them. Atheists or agnostics account for 4 percent of the total population.

The Roman Catholic Church has lost more members than any faith tradition because of affiliation swapping, the survey found. While nearly one in three Americans were raised Catholic, fewer than one in four say they're Catholic today. That means roughly 10 percent of all Americans are ex-Catholics.

The share of the population that identifies as Catholic, however, has remained fairly stable in recent decades thanks to an influx of immigrant Catholics, mostly from Latin America. Nearly half of all Catholics under 30 are Hispanic, the survey found.

On the Protestant side, changes in affiliation are swelling the ranks of nondenominational churches, while Baptist and Methodist traditions are showing net losses.

Many Americans have vague denominational ties at best. People who call themselves "just a Protestant," in fact, account for nearly 10 percent of all Protestants.

Although evangelical churches strive to win new Christian believers from the "unchurched," the survey found most converts to evangelical churches were raised Protestant.

Hindus claimed the highest retention of childhood members, at 84 percent. The group with the worst retention is one of the fastest growing -- Jehovah's Witnesses. Only 37 percent of those raised in the sect known for door-to-door proselytizing said they remain members.

Among other findings involving smaller religious groups, more than half of American Buddhists surveyed were white, and most Buddhists were converts.

More people in the survey pool identified themselves as Buddhist than Muslim, although both populations were small -- less than 1 percent of the total population. By contrast, Jews accounted for 1.7 percent of the overall population.

The self-identified Buddhists -- 0.7 percent of those surveyed -- illustrate a core challenge to estimating religious affiliation: What does affiliation mean?

It's unclear whether people who called themselves Buddhists did so because they practice yoga or meditation, for instance, or claim affiliation with a Buddhist institution.

The report does not project membership figures for religious groups, in part because the survey is not as authoritative as a census and didn't count children, Lugo said. The U.S. Census does not ask questions on religion. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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A One Movie explanation of what is most wrong with America

Friday, February 22, 2008

Guns, Drugs, and Money

These Videos blame the US President, Military Big Wigs, Corporations, and Oil Companies for conspiring to take away freedom while smuggling drugs:

Full Metal Jackoff Pt.1 - Jello Biafra & DOA

Full Metal Jackoff Pt.2 - Jello Biafra & D.O.A.


Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Oh Yeah!

Muddy Waters - Rollin' Stone aka Catfish Blues

Newport 1960

The Band - Mannish Boy (Last Waltz Part 15)

The Band perform "Mannish Boy" with Muddy Waters and Paul Butterfield during the Last Waltz.

vietnam - "welcome to my room"

that sound ringing in your head is just your heartbeat...

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Got Freedom?

To all Connecticut Judiciary Committee Legislators:

Citizens that try to redress grievances to elected officials can be put on a police secret "enemies list" and are targets for false arrest and imprisonment. False allegations and police perjury accepted. Do you as legislators accept that citizens can be covertly spied on and are targets for political reasons, not for crimes committed? Is it ok that without your serving those that elect you, the US Constitution is null and void?

Ken Krayeske the campaign manager for the Connecticut Green Party for Governor was put on the secret police "Enemies List" and he was soon arrested, and had he not been a law student, journalist, and had connections, he would have been railroaded to prison for being on "the list". [more]

Christopher Kennedy and Francis C. P. Knize suffered judicial abuse in Connecticut Courts. I have watched their "progress" through the Appellate process. Judges will rule without jurisdiction, and summarily dismiss well prepared legal arguments. If the courts are rigged and if legislators will not act for constituents abused by system, there are no checks and balances.

Ritt Goldstein [video] came to you, and told you what was wrong with the courts and police at a special hearing you held in Dec. 1996, Ritt soon fled the US seeking political asylum in Sweden as he was so terrorized by Connecticut police. Should informing elected officials of police, prosecutorial, attorney, judicial, and official misconduct be reason for a citizen to be terrorize, arrested, and/or imprisoned as a political prisoner?

I went to State Senator Tony Guglielmo of Stafford, CT. I proposed Civilian Oversight of Police, for courts to act in the public's best interest for legislation, and asked the Judge Jonathan Kaplan of Rockville Superior Court be removed for bias in civil cases. I was then attacked on my property by a police informant, only I was arrested. Police had followed me around and told me that I would be arrested if I didn't leave Connecticut BEFORE I was arrested for having to defend myself. Judge Jonathan Kaplan, a judge I tried to remove, sentenced me to a year in prison with no record for assault 3rd and breach of peace and fixed my case so I would go to prison.

Is that ok with you?

Is it ok with you that a US Marine that had lodge a police misconduct complaint and Connecticut police paid an informant $10,000 to kill Stephen Murzin? Is it ok that another police informant, a felon on probation, stabbed Stephen 13 times, and was not violated by a Connecticut judge? Is it ok that Murzin was arrested in the hospital, for waking up with stab wounds, alive, for having "created a disturbance" while being stabbed? [more]

The whole country follows Connecticut lead in prison, DCF, police, and Constitutional legislation trends. What do you as legislators owe Americans, your children, your grandchildren?

Please turn back the tide that is making America a Police State with a poor quality of life for most citizens and which is, increasingly, a bad place to raise a family, live, own a home, and retire in.

-Steven G. Erickson

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Monday, February 18, 2008

RFID "chipped" Driver's Licenses

RFID "chipped" Driver's Licenses are like having an internal passport with GPS.

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Investigation Begins Into Connecticut State Police Officers Drinking At Office

SOUTHBURY, CONNECTICUT — A state police spokesman Tuesday confirmed an internal affairs investigation into an anonymous complaint that off-duty police officers drank alcohol in the police office at the Town Annex.

Lt. Col. Robert Duffy, commander of the state police Office of Professional Standards, has assigned investigators to determine whether the complaint has merit, said Lt. J. Paul Vance, a state police spokesman.

He said it doesn’t appear any criminal violations were committed. “We need to look at the allegations and see if there were violations of state police rules and regulations and/or Southbury Resident Trooper’s Office rules and regulations,” he said.

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"Bandits in Blue" fueled Crime Wave?

When Badges Are Tarnished
Troubled Madison Police Force Facing Crisis Of Confidence

By JOSH KOVNER | Courant Staff Writer
February 17, 2008

Bernard Durgin

Joseph Gambardella

Matthew Sterling

Timothy Heiden

MADISON [Connecticut] - The biggest problem facing the Madison Police Department isn't the dizzying list of brazen, on-duty crimes by officers, from burglaries to the electronic stalking of women to receiving oral sex from prostitutes to ripping off taxpayers through workers' compensation fraud.

The thorniest consequence, the one facing most crippled police departments, is this: The climate of corruption is so deeply seated that just removing the bad cops -- the painful process going on now with no clear end in sight -- may not by itself bring radical, permanent change.

"The 'rotten apple theory' is a farce,'' said Neal Trautman, who's been teaching police officers about moral dilemmas for 20 years through the National Institute of Ethics, which is based in Mississippi. "These problems are cultural, and they're created over a period of years. Just removing the bad apples is a way of the dodging the truth.''

Who's to blame in a situation like this?

"If a chief's been there a long time, then he owns part of it, and the police commission owns the rest,'' said Michael Buerger, a professor of criminal justice at Bowling Green University in Ohio and a former police officer.

The Madison police, with a $3 million yearly budget and a spacious $5 million station, serve a shoreline community with hardly any violent crime. But problems in the 22-member department, led by Chief Paul D. Jakubson for the past 10 years, have resulted in the recent firings of four officers. A fifth faces a termination hearing; one more is still under investigation.

Here's an example of the extent to which shoddy work and criminal behavior became part of the agency's culture:

Officer Joe Gambardella was confronted by local marina owner Bruce Beebe in June 2006 after an alarm was tripped at his business. Beebe ran out in his underwear to investigate why the alarm went off and encountered Gambardella in his cruiser, driving away -- after allegedly stealing equipment from Beebe's shed.

All Gambardella said to his sergeant, Tim Heiden, about the incident was that he had had a weird encounter with a guy in his underwear. Gambardella was later charged in that burglary, and in October 2006 he would be suspended when he was caught on videotape stealing lobsters from Lenny & Joe's Fish Tale.

"In hindsight, you'll always find something that could have or should have been a trigger,'' Jakubson said in an interview last week.

He said the same held true for the long-running misconduct attributed to another fired officer, Bernard Durgin, who was charged in October with making dozens of illegal computer queries dating back to February 2006. The names he ran included his ex-fiancee, her new boyfriend and 10 women he met in his second job as a security officer at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Durgin's boyhood friend, convicted felon Albert LeClaire, would tell internal police investigators that he brought two prostitutes to Madison to service Durgin "30 to 40 times.'' Durgin was out on injury leave for 468 days between 2000 and 2006; he was later found to have worked on at least a dozen occasions at the hospital, beginning as early 2003, while getting disability pay from the police department.

The department began an investigation after Durgin, co-founder of the Poor Boyz Motorcycle Club, flashed his Madison badge last summer in front of New Haven officers in defense of a riding buddy, ex-felon Gerard McAfee, who was fighting with the officers. Durgin and his friends had been stopped for reckless driving -- on a night when Durgin had called in sick.

"No one suspects a police officer is a criminal. As soon as we heard even a rumor of misconduct we investigated,'' Jakubson said. "Yeah, I'm upset. It's upsetting to know that people think they can get away with this behavior. But I didn't foster any belief in the workplace that you could do this stuff and not face consequences. These are grown men and trained professionals. What caused these people to do this? I can't climb inside their heads.''

'How Much Did Those Hookers Cost?'

Trouble has come in waves for the Madison police. It has destroyed the public trust and has hampered officers on the job.

"How am I supposed to believe that when I need help and I call, that they're going to deal with the situation in an effective manner?'' said resident Charles O'Meara, a registered nurse who lives on Durham Road. "I mean, my friends from out of town are calling me up making jokes about our police department. 'Hey, how much did those hookers cost?' There's just no defending this conduct.''

The damage done by rogue officers has hurt the department in other ways. There's a telling passage in the internal affairs report about Officer Matthew Sterling, who was fired in January after he patronized strip clubs, massage parlors and a house of prostitution in Bridgeport that was under investigation by police there. The report refers to unrelated accusations of sexual misconduct in 2003 against a former Madison officer who had been running the Madison Police Explorers, a youth group.

"This officer engaged in sexual activity with a female explorer that he was entrusted to mentor. Due to these events, our agency additionally lost support regarding proposals to assign a school resource officer to the school system. Patrolman Matthew Sterling was allowed to take over [as adviser to the explorer's post] in an effort to rebuild the credibility and reputation of this agency,'' the report says.

Scandal has dogged the department since the early 1990s. Current and former town officials said in interviews over the last three weeks that the betrayal and disgust residents are feeling now is the legacy of ineffective chiefs and 25 years of cronyism on the police commission.

"Commissioners wanted to be pals with the cops, and some cops always got preferential treatment, sometimes because they had something on one chief or another,'' said Michael Haynes, former chairman of the Republican town committee. He quit the post in 1997 over a dispute about appointments to the police commission.

"Both parties in this town should have taken more care in who was appointed to that commission,'' Haynes said. "We're paying for it now.''

'Proud Of My Time Here'

Wrenching and costly appeals, lawsuits and medical claims are expected to follow the recent set of disciplinary hearings and internal probes. Counting the officers charged with corruption, those compelled to give statements against them and those doing the internal investigations, twothirds of the department has been consumed for much of the past year.

There's a crisis of confidence in Jakubson, who makes $96,000 under a contract with no time limits that was awarded by a prior police commission; he can serve as long as he is able.

During the past few years, as the alleged misconduct went on, Jakubson never varied his business travel schedule. Expense records show the chief faithfully kept to a yearly slate of conferences, training workshops and business meetings outside the department from 1998 to 2008. He collected $28,000 in reimbursements for food, travel, fees and other related costs during that time.

Sources told The Courant that Jakubson was told, as far back as 2002, about problems with production on the midnight shift, with officers doing little or no work. These were some of the same officers who would be ensnared by the corruption probe and charged with criminal offenses four and five years later.

When Madison residents sent Jakubson a message recently by delaying action on an $84,000 payment he's scheduled to receive from a heart and hypertension claim, the action received wide publicity. But he is also pursuing a claim for a neck and cervical spine injury that he sustained Dec. 3, 2004 -- when he was flipped by another officer during prisoner-restraint training.

A doctor examined him and determined that he had a 42 percent disability in the neck and spine -- a rating that translates to a workers' compensation payment of $911 per week.

The payment is being withheld while the town's insurance carrier disputes the disability rating. The amount of the award and the number of weeks that it includes have not yet been determined.

Jakubson said he filed the heart and hypertension claim in the late 1990s because he was entitled to it and said the neck injury is the only workers' compensation claim he has made in his 33-year career.

"I'm proud of my time here, and I'm proud of my accomplishments for this department and the town,'' said Jakubson, who is the president-elect of the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association.

"In June, I'll have 34 years of service. I will remain here as long as it takes to get through these current issues and to get beyond them,'' Jakubson said.

"With the terminations and retirements, this department will have a fresh new look, and we're going to get into extensive retraining and a reaffirmation of management philosophies. That's where my focus is -- getting this straight and moving forward.''

'Legal, Moral And Practical'

Criminal justice experts contacted for this story were given a snapshot of the Madison situation. They were told the department has struggled to string together a few scandal-free years since the early 1990s; that the current chief was promoted from captain without a search, a job posting or any interviews of other candidates; that the appointed police commission is autonomous from the elected town leaders; and that some of the police misconduct that came to light between the fall of 2006 and the summer of 2007 had already been going on for three years or longer. The experts were asked whether a chief should be held accountable for officers who commit repeated, systematic transgressions.

"There's a doctrine called 'respondeat superior,' the notion that the department leaders -- the chief, the police commission -- are responsible to hire, train, supervise and properly correct the officers. That's why, in a lawsuit, chiefs and towns are named. It's a legal, moral and practical responsibility,'' said Buerger, the criminal justice professor at Bowling Green.

Robert Castelli, a professor of police science at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York and a former supervisor with the New York State Police, had difficulty swallowing the idea of a chief who was appointed without a job search or competing candidates.

Jakubson's appointment was arranged at an "emergency'' meeting of the police commission and immediately followed the sudden retirement of Chief James Jay Cameron.

A few years back, Castelli helped a small police department in Westchester County, N.Y., hire a new chief. The recruiting effort drew more than 130 applicants from as far away as Washington, California and Florida, which included police executives bristling with academic degrees and a New York City deputy chief with 5,000 people in his command.

"There's talent out there, and they want jobs like these. It's the responsibility of any police commission or town board to cast as wide a net as possible. The problem in the situation you're describing is that, at best, the question of whether they got the best candidate for chief will always linger," Castelli said. "And you'll never know.''

Madison First Selectman Al Goldberg is much more limited in his freedom to talk about the situation. He and other town officials have been told by lawyers that any statements they make that are viewed as "prejudicial'' could come back to haunt the town in lawsuits.

When Goldberg was asked if Jakubson should face negligence charges and a termination hearing, the former health care administrator, who was elected in November, said: "There has to be a change in the leadership structure.''

" 'Structure' is a politician's word. But all I have is my bully pulpit," Goldberg said. "Hiring and firing, by charter and state statute, is the purview of the police commission. The board of selectmen, the finance board and the voters have control of the budget; the police commission has control of the oversight, management and governance of the police department.

"I have told the police commission that we need to completely and convincingly finish these investigations, that there has to be that structural change in leadership and that the plan of corrective action has to involve public input and focus on the selection, hiring, training and supervision off officers. In other words, identify all the things that excellent police departments do. Without those three legs, the stool won't stand.''

The police commission, headed by businessman Emile Geisenheimer, has discussed paying for a study of the police force that is shaped, in part, by what the remaining officers see as the priorities. But the panel still has at least one more termination hearing to hold.

And something else is nagging town officials. There was a string of nighttime thefts of tools and power equipment from construction sites from 2002 to 2006. The thefts are unsolved, and there is a lingering question about whether they were thoroughly investigated, the officials said. The thefts stopped in the fall of 2006, when the latest scandal broke.

"We were hoping, with these hearings, that someone in the department would crack and name the person or persons responsible,'' said one official, who requested anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak about internal police matters.

"If that doesn't happen, then these investigations will not have uncovered all of the problems.''

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The state attorney general's whistleblower unit is investigating allegations that a state police pilot threatened to kill other troopers and to crash the Trooper One helicopter into airplanes at the department's aviation unit in Hartford, state officials said Tuesday.

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Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire?


Enfield Connecticut Judge Howard Scheinblum

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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Jeff Dunham - Achmed the Dead Terrorist

Comedian Denis Donohue

The Evolution of Denny

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While tributing Charlie Chaplin, comedian Denis Donohue gives a glimpse of his 10 year stand up comedy career. Clips include scenes from Carolines on Broadway, cheering up a NYC crowd post 9/11, winning the Connecticut Comedy Festival, and The World Famous Comic Strip Live.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Is this accurate?

Destroy Parental Influence

In 1902, Rockefeller's General Education Board was founded. The agenda was clarified two years later with the publication of John D. Rockefeller's Occasional Letter No. 1 in which he detailed his plans to mold Americans to his concept of "perfect human nature." This, he claimed, might best be accomplished by DESTROYING PARENTAL INFLUENCE, traditions and customs, while reducing national intelligence levels.
The battle for custody of your children is far past the your EX, attorneys, judges or politicians.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Urge Overkill - Girl You'll Be A Woman Soon

David Gilmour D. Bowie - Arnold Lane

Willy "The Moocher" Clinton

Part 2

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Bush, Clinton, and Back Door Borrowing?

Do Hillary Clinton and George W. Bush have something big in common? Are billions being stolen from taxpayers, by installing judges that don't go after the corrupt politicians that appoint them?

run time of video: approx 15 min

Complete Steven G. Erickson interview of Elena Sassower (approx 55 minutes)

Billions of dollars in bonds can be pilfered. Elena Sassower contacted Hillary Clinton's US Senate Office in New York and found herself in prison for 6 months to shut her up about what Hillary Clinton didn't want exposed. [click here] for more

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I lodged complaints against Rockville Connecticut Judge Jonathan Kaplan for bias in civil cases, going to elected officials to try and have him removed. A felon was given immunity for trying to rob me, threatening my life, and for jumping me and assaulting me, for Judge Jonathan Kaplan to rig my trial so I got a year in prison for pepper spraying the mugger in my dark driveway:

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Report crimes to police, risk arrest and prison

Chris Kennedy, a prominent Ellington, Connecticut, citizen that ran for State Representative, talks about how Judge Kaplan retaliates against citizens that lodge police or judicial misconduct complaints. [click here]

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Saturday, February 09, 2008

Uh Oh!

FBI program alleged to prepare businesses for martial law

Michael Roston
Published: Friday February 8, 2008

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A public-private partnership program on infrastructure preparedness and protection run by the Federal Bureau of Investigation allegedly has briefed its corporate members on the possibility of martial law and the use of lethal force, according to an exclusive report in the magazine The Progressive.

"One business owner in the United States tells me that InfraGard members are being advised on how to prepare for a martial law situation—and what their role might be," writes Matthew Rothschild in the Feb. 7 report, quoting an anonymous whistleblower on the program. "'Then they said when—not if—martial law is declared, it was our responsibility to protect our portion of the infrastructure, and if we had to use deadly force to protect it, we couldn’t be prosecuted,' he says."

Rothschild's report details InfraGard, a program set up between the FBI and a number of businesses engaged in maintaining elements of "critical national infrastructure," such as agriculture, banking and finance, the chemical industry, defense, energy, food, information and telecommunications, law enforcement, public health, and transportation. The program's 23,000-plus members provide information to the FBI and in turn receive privileged information from the FBI on threats to infrastructure.

In one case, Rothschild expalined, InfraGard members appeared to get details on a threat to California's bridges prior to then-Gov. Gray Davis. The California governor was informed by his brother Barry, a banker, of the danger potentially faced by the state's residents.

"I was on the phone with my brother, who is an investment banker. And if he knows, why shouldn’t the public know?" Davis' former press secretary Steve Maviglio quotes the governor as saying, according to Rothschild.

The FBI called accusations of deputizing businesses to shoot-to-kill in emergency situations "ridiculous."

“If you want to quote a businessperson saying that, knock yourself out. If that’s what you want to print, fine," a spokeswoman for the bureau told Rothschild.

The full article can be read at the Progressive's website.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

The Most Fun Campaign Video?

Text with video:
Mike Gravel, the only 2008 presidential candidate speaking hard truths to the corrupt power structure, was excluded from the Oct. 30th NBC debate. At the prior debate he had exposed the media queen Hillary Clinton for her voting for the Lieberman-Kyl amendment which set the framework for an attack on Iran. This was not the first time he's been shut out. He was earlier excluded from the AFL-CIO debates by the corrupt union leaders that abandoned this country decades ago. His loudly voiced views on corporate power and government corruption have made him almost a lone voice speaking the truth in politics.

What is the world seeing?

This video below got 1,618,361 at the time of this posting:

Yes We Can - Barack Obama Music Video

Text with video:
02/05/08 Note: Please keep the comments civil and try to keep the conversation to issues. No personal attacks or pejoratives. We'd prefer to keep the comments, and dialogue, open and flowing.

Most importantly, no matter who your preferred candidate is, get out and vote today!

Yes, We Can! - Si, Se Puede!

Song & video, featuring a star cast, by of The Black Eyed Peas. Inspired by Barack Obama's 'Yes We Can' speech.

It was a creed written into the founding documents that declared the destiny of a nation.

Yes we can.

It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists as they blazed a trail toward freedom.

Yes we can.

It was sung by immigrants as they struck out from distant shores and pioneers who pushed westward against an unforgiving wilderness.

Yes we can.

It was the call of workers who organized; women who reached for the ballots; a President who chose the moon as our new frontier; and a King who took us to the mountaintop and pointed the way to the Promised Land.

Yes we can to justice and equality.

Yes we can to opportunity and prosperity.

Yes we can heal this nation.

Yes we can repair this world.

Yes we can.

We know the battle ahead will be long, but always remember that no matter what obstacles stand in our way, nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change.

We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics...they will only grow louder and more dissonant ........... We've been asked to pause for a reality check. We've been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope.

But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.

Now the hopes of the little girl who goes to a crumbling school in Dillon are the same as the dreams of the boy who learns on the streets of LA; we will remember that there is something happening in America; that we are not as divided as our politics suggests; that we are one people; we are one nation; and together, we will begin the next great chapter in the American story with three words that will ring from coast to coast; from sea to shining sea --

Yes. We. Can.

Celebrities featured include: Jesse Dylan,, Common, Scarlett Johansson, Tatyana Ali, John Legend, Herbie Hancock, Kate Walsh, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Adam Rodriquez, Kelly Hu, Adam Rodriquez, Amber Valetta, Eric Balfour, Aisha Tyler, Nicole Scherzinger and Nick Cannon

Also check out this other great song and video inspired by Barack:

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Obama Rally Feb 4 Raw Footage Hartford Connecticut

This footage was from camera 2, an old VHS-C camera just for getting additional footage for videos posted here and on YouTube. I recently purchased this camera in eBay for $45.

[Click Here] to see camera 1 footage of Barack Obama's entire speech at the XL Center, formerly the Hartford Civic Center.

video shot by Steven G. Erickson

Video includes shots of blogger Connecticut Bob, Ken Krayeske, New England media personalities and cameramen and women. Suzanne Malveaux of CNN gets ready to go out live.

From prankNfile:

We all do it.

Most of us don't get caught.

We want to avoid prosecution, but mostly, we want your wife if she's hot, or if not, your daughter, if she's hot.

If not, don't worry.

We'll use DMW records, surveillance, we will get laid.

We are Connecticut police.

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Police Sergeant Charged With Computer Crime

By HILDA MUÑOZ | Courant Staff Writer
2:20 PM EST, February 5, 2008

A Hartford police sergeant was charged Monday with misusing a criminal records database, police said.

Sgt. Reginald Allen, a 17-year veteran currently assigned to the Patrol Divison, released information from the National Crime Information Center, a database for federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, to an unauthorized person, police said.

He is charged with one count of third-degree computer crime. He is scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Hartford on Feb. 11. Allen has been suspended without pay until the court case and an internal police investigation have been completed, police said.

Hartford Police Chief Daryl K. Roberts said his police department respects the privacy of all citizens.

"I will not tolerate the unauthorized release or abuse of secure databases intended solely for law enforcement purposes," he said in a prepared statement.

Copyright © 2008, The Hartford Courant

Monday, February 04, 2008

Hartford [Connecticut] Detective Avoids Prison

By TINA A. BROWN | Courant Staff Writer
12:55 PM EST, February 4, 2008

A Hartford narcotics detective escaped jail time Monday when he agreed to resign from the department and repay money he stole from an account used to pay confidential informants.

Alfred "Nick" Henderson, 38, had entered a plea no contest on Oct. 26, 2007 to a charge of second-degree forgery. Prosecutors say he took more than $6,500 from the CI account during 1994 and 1995. Following an internal affairs investigation, he was arrested in January 2006 on charges of first-degree larceny, four counts of second-degree larceny and fabricating evidence.

Superior Court Judge David Gold on Monday granted Henderson to a one-year conditional discharge provided that he resign from the Hartford Police Department, repay the department $6,665 in restitution and agree not to sue the police department for any claim not related to his pension.

Prosecutors say that on four different occasions in 2004 and 2005 Henderson signed another officer's name in connection with withdrawals from the account. He also told a CI to lie to authorities investigating the charges, prosecutors said.

Henderson joined the department in 1994 and was promoted to detective in 1999.

Copyright © 2008, The Hartford Courant

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My comment to the Hartford Courant piece:


Hasn't this type of behavior gone on 4 or 5 decades too long.

There would be a "need" for so many cops if cops weren't paying citizens to commit crimes?

Informants commit crimes for police, including murder, an informant under oath:

Drug dealers can allegedly keep half the drugs and half of taxpayer money paid to police informants to break the law to set up bigger fish for big busts and the maximum property, asset, and cash confiscation.

It is time to end the free for all for police in Connecticut, institute Civilian Oversight of Police, and end the practice of using tax dollars to pay registered Connecticut Police Informants to break the law.

So, if police have money to pay criminals to commit crimes, police have no qualms about stealing the money directly, putting it is their own pockets.

The officer that was caught does what a too high a percentage of officers in Connecticut do, he just got caught, being sloppy. That is why this officer was given a free pass, he might tell on all the others.

My Last Meal?

It is easy to end up in prison, and maybe for life.

The last time I ended up in prison, I had previously owned about $500,000 in real estate and had a small business built up over 2 decades.

All it took to end up in prison was to live or be in Connecticut, and believe in Free Speech and the US Constitutionm and test one's theory that you actually have rights that will be protected.

I resisted being mugged on my own property, feet from my back door. The mugger beat me from behind after jumping me, telling me he would kill me if I didn't turn over my wallet. I pepper sprayed him. Self-defense isn't legal in Connecticut, so the mugger was given immunity to prosecute me.

Police didn't arrest my assailant and paraded me around my home in handcuffs for all of my neighbors to see. I was placed on the hood of the car facing forward with another Connecticut State Police cruiser's spotlight, as a trophy, so all that drove by could see me in handcuffs.

Police offered a crack cocaine smoking, alcoholic, and prostitute bopping, bi-polar, sociopath, help in obtaining a gun permit, to terrorize me and my 14 year old daughter out of Connecticut. I posted the audio of his threats to kill my daughter if she didn't smile at him and address him "correctly" [click here]

The Connecticut State Police arrested this citizen for legally carrying a pistol, but someone saw it when his coat opened. [story]

So, if I leave the sanctuary of Brattleboro, Vermont, and end up in Connecticut testing that state's Un-American policies, maybe I could end up railroaded to prison for life, again held in a Connecticut jail, as a political prison.

If I do, I would like what is above, served as my last meal on the outside.

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Click image for larger size. This letter shows the utter ridiculousness of my plight. The nightmare started then and still hasn't ended.

Connecticut State Police Troop C Troopers and Stafford Police allegedly offered Peter Coukos help in obtaining a pistol permit if he used tactics like this to terrorize and my then 14 year old daughter out of Connecticut. Coukos became the owner of the properties that I had fixed up from a boarded up condition. Terms of the sale, which he decided to write in at the last minute, was that I was to stay on the property and live in an illegal apartment in the basement. When police informed Coukos I was kicked out of Connecticut, he started leaving messages like the one below and assaulting me if he caught me outside my door.

The properties in Stafford Springs and Somersville Connecticut:

Evidence that police in Connecticut target citizens and use police informants to terrorize and assault citizens that make police misconduct complaints, an informant under oath:

Friday, February 01, 2008

From Bad Cop News Blog:



GROTON, CONNECTICUT - In the summer of 2005, then-Norwich Police Officer Jamie Longolucco, drunk and stumbling, smashed a window out of a shop below Margaritas Mexican restaurant in Mystic and grabbed three fake Faberge eggs, according to an arrest-warrant affidavit released Monday in New London Superior Court.

But on Thursday, the since-fired Longolucco was arrested and charged by Groton Town police with burglarizing the Goldsmith and Silversmith Shop more than two years ago. He had already faced assault and threatening charges.



NORWALK, CONNECTICUT - A senior Norwalk police lieutenant was charged yesterday with having sex with two 15-year-old boys and trying to lure another to his Dreamy Hollow condominium, police and court officials said.

Lt. Thomas Cummings, a 24-year department veteran, turned himself over to Stamford police yesterday morning and was charged with three counts of enticing a minor, two counts of second-degree sexual assault and three counts of risk of injury to a minor, his three arrest affidavits show.

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The Connecticut State Police, "White and Male Only" club?

The first Hispanic woman to become a state trooper says she faced discrimination and disrespect as
A New Voice Speaks Out

[Connecticut] STATE TROOPER DEBBIE GUTIERREZ, shown in her attorney's office in New Haven, says she faced discrimination as an instructor at the state police academy. (ROSS TAYLOR / January 30, 2008)

By TRACY GORDON FOX | Courant Staff Writer
February 1, 2008

Trooper Debbie Gutierrez had never publicly complained about racism she says she has encountered within the Connecticut state police.

And she was hesitant to speak out even at a hearing to discuss claims of racism within her department convened Tuesday by the legislature's black and Latino caucus. But Rep. Minnie Gonzalez, D-Hartford, one of the lawmakers who called the meeting, urged her to tell her story after hearing it herself.

So toward the end of the 10-hour hearing, Gutierrez, the first Hispanic woman to join the state police and one of only two in the entire sworn department, sat down at the microphone and spoke of how she was railroaded out of her job as an instructor at the state police academy, the very place where recruits are supposed to be taught about diversity and respect.

Her statements added a different perspective to the racism issue, which had been told primarily through testimony by Sgt. Andrew Crumbie, who had been chief of staff to a former commissioner and commander of the state police laboratory, and other black troopers.

Gutierrez, a 41-year-old mother of two, gave a glimpse ofthe racism that minorities claim is entrenched deeply in the agency from top to bottom.

"We have to stop this," Gonzalez said after hearing the testimony. "It's terrible. It's not fair. It's unbelievable we have to deal with an issue like this in 2008."

Gutierrez, who is married to a state trooper, said it was difficult enough to get through the training academy eight years ago when "she felt the heat" as the only Hispanic woman ever to go through it. Trained as a nurse, Gutierrez decided to change careers after having her children.

Six years after she earned her badge, she was asked to become an instructor at the training academy, and she jumped at the chance to mentor other troopers.

"I was transferred from Troop G [in Bridgeport], went to the academy, and immediately I was treated differently," Gutierrez said. "I went to the duty sergeant, and I said I was not being treated the same and not being respected. My sergeant said that was office politics that is everywhere throughout the agency."

After talking to the sergeant, her treatment there grew worse, she said. Then two of the instructors privately told a third that "my presence there was not welcome," she said. "'We don't want her here,' they said."

"I said, 'Why? Did they say why?'" Gutierrez remembers asking.

She never did get an answer.

And after the last academy class graduated in July 2007, Gutierrez was told she was no longer working at the state police academy and was transferred back to the Bridgeport barracks. She was told that she would have to "reapply" for her position as an instructor there.

She was also not allowed to continue an undercover operation with the U.S. Bureau of Diplomatic Security, even though the agency had requested her continued assistance.

Earlier last month, she filed a complaint with the state Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, alleging she was reassigned from her position at the academy and harassed by co-workers there because she is Hispanic and a woman.

"It's a shame an organization designed to protect the people of Connecticut is run like an old boy's club," said Rob Serafinowicz, Gutierrez's attorney. "It is egregious."

Public Safety Commissioner John A. Danaher said he is aware of Gutierrez's complaint. "It disturbs me whenever there is a claim of discrimination when it comes to our attention," he said. "We have to jump on it immediately."

He confirmed there is an internal affairs investigation being conducted into some of her complaints about the academy. Some troopers who were involved in the allegations of harassment have been moved from the academy, and Lt. Mark Newland, who is black, now commands the academy, Danaher said.

Regarding her complaints about being transferred, Danaher said she was not the only trooper transferred out of the academy after the last class ended.

"So often something happens, the individual sees it through their own light and don't understand the larger agency picture," Danaher said. "Only a small corps of troopers working at the academy stays an extended period of time. When the class is over, we don't need those troopers sitting at the academy."

Regarding the federal agency post, Danaher said there are always requests for troopers that cannot be filled because of manpower issues at the barracks.

"The priority of the department is making sure the troops are fully staffed," he said.

Christopher McWilliams, another trooper, testified that he had been denied positions in several specialized units, despite the fact he scored the highest in testing for those posts. When he questioned the decision, McWilliams said, he was transferred to another barracks that was more than an hour drive from his home as punishment.

"I am constantly being denied a fair chance for advancement, and the commissioner and his managers have provided no valid reason," McWilliams said. "All I am asking for is a fair, equal, unbiased opportunity for advancement and growth."

Danaher said he is aware of McWilliams' situation. "I have been monitoring it and discussing it," he said. "Our ultimate mandate is to be fair to everybody."

He said the hearing was "a valuable experience."

"A lot of things were put on the table, and sometimes we have to air these things out if we're going to make progress and move forward," he said.

Contact Tracy Gordon Fox at

Copyright © 2008, The Hartford Courant

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Are minorities and Whites that get in the way of the agenda of the "White Boy Club", police in Connecticut, terrorized, beaten, or even contracted to be murdered by Connecticut State Police Confidential Informants, state registered CIs?:

[click here] for my beef

Banging One's Head against a Wall?

file photo of concentration camp oven
Officials and the Government in Connecticut say, "Trust Us, We're here to Serve You"

[click here] for my email to Governor Rell regarding the Cheshire Connecticut Home Invasion

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