Sunday, January 29, 2006

From the ‘Tourist of Everything’ blog, interesting photo journey:

View one photo, and not much can be known about the eye and feelings of a photographer. View albums taken of photos of interest, not family members, and a message can be conveyed.

How much time to we take away from are busy days, just to look, listen, and ponder?

-Steven G. Erickson aka Vikingas

I enjoyed viewing the photos below:

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Authorities holding innocent family members hostage?

It is just plain wrong, and makes authorities look as bad as criminals that they pursue.

U.S. Army seized suspects' wives
At least 2 women were detained, documents showBy Charles J. Hanley The Associated Press Posted January 28 2006

The U.S. Army in Iraq has at least twice seized and jailed the wives of suspected insurgents in hopes of "leveraging" their husbands into surrender, U.S. military documents show.

In one case, a secretive task force locked up the young mother of a nursing baby, a U.S. intelligence officer reported. In the case of a second detainee, one American colonel suggested to another that they catch her husband by tacking a note to the family's door telling him "to come get his wife."

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Friday, January 27, 2006

Is the State of Connecticut Defrauding the I.R.S.?

Fax to Governor M. Jodi Rell:

January 27, 2006

To Governor M. Jodi Rell and to Whom It May Concern:

I invested 100’s of thousands of dollars and years of my sweat and hard labor to fix up Connecticut rental houses I fixed up from a boarded up Condition in Stafford Springs, Connecticut. I couldn’t make money in rents if there were teens and other non-tenants selling heroin and crack cocaine off my front yard and near my property, teens were drinking beer in lawn chairs and selling drugs off my front yard 24 hours a day, prostitutes would move into my apartments without my permission and the Connecticut State Police refused to do anything but threaten me with arrest or worse for complaining about crime and criminals, and my windows were being smashed and I was going without sleep. I went to State Senator Tony Guglielmo and former Rep. Mordasky regarding my concerns and proposed Civilian Oversight of Police. There was a conspiracy to set me up for prison and to be thrown out of Connecticut wrecking my life, my family unity, credit, retirement, and making me lose my small business of 22 years. Why won’t any of you that are officials, stand up to the plate and help right a wrong that was due to out of control corruption in Connecticut?

Should proposing Civilian Oversight of Police and pissing off Arthur L. Spada, the former Police Commissioner of Connecticut State Police have caused me to be harassed by police, my false arrest, fixed bogus criminal trial, my false imprisonment, and the threat of more prison and arrests if I didn’t pack up and leave Connecticut in an hour after I was placed on probation after serving time in prison for being a beating and mugging victim in my own Connecticut dark driveway???!!!

Selectman John Julian of Stafford told me to sell my property at a loss to one of his friends as I was told he was more ‘important’ and if I didn’t sell it then to come back and see him as I was going to sell it at a loss, it was just a matter of when. What!!!???

That was probably ground zero for the State Police going after me to ruin me and run me off my property.

Ritt Goldstein proposed Civilian Oversight of Police and he later fled the official Connecticut abuse and corruption seeking asylum in Sweden.

Should Rich Murzin a former Hartford Police Detective’s sons have been arrested and beaten for one son having witnessed a police illegal beating of a suspect, and then the former detective suffering a felony arrest in retaliation for complaining about the illegal arrests and beatings of his sons?

Should Phil Inkel be retaliated against for reporting the same criminal police behavior and not have his accusations that Connecticut Police put out a hit on him when he lodged complaints against police???!!!

Rich Murzin faced a felony arrest for going home for lunch a common police procedure in his department, for getting pay while not working.

Police Commissioner Arthur L. Spada was using paid drivers to take him out golfing while he was supposed to be working and Spada falsified records, demoted the highest ranking police woman for being a woman, and was a general little racist, thin skinned little pipsqueak criminal piece of crap unelected official?

I emailed Spada the day before I was to be sentenced by Judge Jonathan J. Kaplan for being found guilty of ‘overreacting’ to being beaten on my own property while I was being mugged, by having used pepper spray.

A lawyer can be put in prison and lose his/her law license for actually defending their client. Attorney Michael H. Agranoff seemed to aid the prosecution and prevented me from defending myself. This seems to be policy in Connecticut.

I asked Spada to remove the US Dept. of Justice Community Policing webpage called, “COPS,” on community policing policies, citing the policies were not being followed, I indicated that I was sending hardcopy of the email to the USDOJ.

Kaplan freaked out on me the next day, screaming at me, asking who the hell I thought I was. It is illegal for police and a judge to conspire behind the scenes to sentencing or fixing the case of an accused. Everything that has happened before and after is ridiculous and beyond belief, so I ‘marked’ my case by having sent that email to Spada of the police, to view the reaction of Kaplan, a Judge.

Should Chris Kennedy have had his kids taken away, faced numerous arrests, a $500,000 bond, 30 years in prison for complaining about Judge Jonathan J. Kaplan and trying to expose Connecticut’s corruption and flagrant abuse of hardworking Connecticut citizens that dare speak out about Connecticut Official abuse.

Should Don Christmas get arrested and face prison for having threatened to sue Connecticut Police for civil rights abuse and for having proposed Civilian Oversight of Police as I had.? Should a police officer’s 16 year old prostitute girlfriend face no punishment for attacking Donny on his property, while Donny faced a year and a half in prison, no deals, for being slapped in the back of the head and yelled at by the Enfield Police Officer’s prostitute 16 year old girlfriend?

Should Kathleen Dickson have been thrown in a mental hospital and prison and made to sign a paper to “not criticize the government” to silence her after she exposed Rowland administration era corruption?

Should victims of Connecticut corruption still suffer?

Two Connecticut State Troopers committed perjury to get me convicted. Troopers Amaral and Langlois under oath, said I never tried to make a complaint against Brian Caldwell a front teeth missing, drug using, violent alcoholic who admitted on the stand to threatening to kill me and demanding money after he jumped me on my property at night during a robbery attempt.

If there isn’t still corruption being covered up and vocal citizens being retaliated against, why won’t you do anything to help correct the past abuse which is still continuing?

I await action and consideration for myself and others that still suffer for having lived in Connecticut and speaking their minds and exposing the truth.

There are so many people that have come to me about their abuse in Connecticut, including police officers abused by their own, officials abused, military people abused returning from war, etc.

I wanted to join the ranks of the Vermont or Massachusetts State Police before having moved to Connecticut, investing in rental property. Those departments don’t disrespect and abuse citizens based on their zip code, economic status, type of employment or lack thereof, or race, as is the case in Connecticut.

I have been a disaster relief worker in the aftermath of Katrina in Mississippi and Louisiana and met police officers from all over the country, I can’t say that I met one that was disrespectful, not upstanding, nor from all that I saw day after day, seeing so much, did I once see a police officer do ANYTHING questionable or illegal.

I can’t say the same thing for my observing officers in Connecticut, in as little as one day going by, that have no fear of oversight, nor punishment for retaliation, misconduct, being highly disrespectful and downright rude, and illegal behavior as unwritten Connecticut State Police policy.

It all can make sense after one realizes that Connecticut police and courts are all about revenue collection and criminal correction is just a sideline around the main task.

The population has stayed the same and so has growth, unlike almost all other states that are growing, that aren’t as blatantly corrupt. In over a decade the amount of State officials being hired and revenue collected has gone up 25 to 30 percent, with no growth.

How can it be justified for State Government to be more and more of a pig, parasite on the people? When there is corruption and government growth out of control, good working people have to be targeted for their assets and cash to feed a revenue collection system out of control.

Connecticut gets money to take away children in federal tax dollars, whether the parents are good to their children or not. Connecticut gets federal dollars to lock up citizens guilty or not. Connecticut gets federal dollars to ‘process’ citizens for restraining orders and other ‘processing’.

So, how much longer will Connecticut get away with defrauding federal taxpayers nationwide?

How long will taxpayers be taken offline, being ruined, whenever they speak out about the abuse in Connecticut, or try to propose laws to elected officials to correct the abuse? Should the IRS investigate Connecticut for ripping them off by taking federal taxpayers offline?

Should families and individuals continue to suffer because of the abundance of sociopaths in the DCF, Police, and Judiciary in Connecticut that have no oversight and quality control?

I’m posting this Fax to you on

Thank you,

Steven G. Erickson
Fax 504-324-0585

Fax numbers and other IRS information (click)

Pictures and more of what I lost:

Testing the First Amendment in the US is Dangerous

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Text of a Fax I sent to the IRS regarding Connecticut defrauding the IRS and Federal Taxpayers. cc Governor M. Jodi Rell
additional text was faxed 01-30-06 (fax did not go through as someone picked up the phone during transmission)

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The below faxed to 1-212-436-1442, Northeast USA IRS center, at approx 1 PM EST:

January 30, 2006

To Whom It May Concern at the IRS (fax 978-474-9405):

I believe the State of Connecticut is defrauding Federal Taxpayers and the I.R.S.

Those within the official system in Connecticut are targeted for job loss and retaliation if they complain and/or expose corruption and/or officials involved in corruption. Please request the transcripts of a CHRO (Commission of Human Rights) special meeting at the Capitol Building of Hartford Connecticut, 7 PM, April 14, 2005, for more on how federal taxpayers and the I.R.S. are being defrauded.

Taking workers off of the tax roles and out of their jobs based on retaliation for whistleblowing defrauds the I.R.S. and Federal Taxpayers in taxes not collected due to illegal, unconstitutional, and immoral behavior. Good behavior is punished in Connecticut, bad, parasitic, illegal behavior is rewarded with federal tax dollars.

A State hording federal tax dollars to break up families to get the reported $90,000 in federal funds for each child taken away and throwing more and more citizens in prison for the $75 plus/inmate/day in federal tax dollars is an abomination. Former Governor Rowland of Connecticut seemed to be part of an organized crime outfit in trying to build “Juvie Jails” and more and more adult prisons so he and his cronies could profit in bribes and skimming off funds, federal tax dollars.

The former Connecticut State Police Commissioner allegedly helped hide corruption and helped fix State Police investigations to silence whistleblowers, for retaliation against those that dare speak out or complain, and to protect official criminals. Spada allegedly turned in bogus records regarding how Homeland Securtiy funds were spent and for his “playing hookey” out playing golf, submitting fraudulent records.

Spada also allegedly tried to shield his Chief of Staff from being prosecuted for fraud, theft, and other crimes blatantly committed. It all would be comical if it wasn’t so darn appalling.

Federal and State Courts are also fixed to protect official criminals in Connecticut and for retaliation. The ADA rules aren’t followed in Connecticut courts and if you are the wrong race, sexual orientation, or if you complain about corruption, the courts in Connecticut are a rubber stamp on abuse.

RICO Statutes need to be used to fix Connecticut.

I came to Connecticut, invested in boarded up rental property, spent 100’s of thousands of dollars and years fixing up the properties. Police aligned themselves with prostitutes, drug dealers, and other criminals to retaliate against me for having proposed Civilian Oversight of Police, for my being critical of police in newspapers, and because I did not sell my property at a loss when the Stafford Springs, Connecticut selectman told me to sell my property to someone “more important”, his friend at a loss, or else. What!!!???

Because, Connecticut Officials, Police, and Members to the Judiciary illegally and unconstitutionally harassed and threatened out of my home, out of my investment property, credit, retirement, family unity, health insurance, in my being a productive/taxpaying citizen for years, wrecking me financially, 22 year career as a contractor, and my life as I knew it, I feel that that because I did not make a profit, but lost money, and haven’t been able to earn a living that I do not owe the $10,000 plus in federal taxes mistakenly assessed on me.

Please investigate the criminals in Connecticut for fraud, federal income tax payer abuse, and for other federal crimes committed in defrauding the I.R.S. and Federal Taxpayers.

Connecticut is an example of what might be a future national nightmare. Connecticut has lead the nation in testing the Constitution and seeing what can be gotten away with by officials for centuries. The party should now be over for Blue Bloods, Racists, and Corrupt Career Criminals in Corruptikut, and the IRS is the answer.

Population and business in Connecticut has remained stagnant for over a decade, but because of corruption and the lack of checks and balances and the obeying of laws by police, elected and unelected officials, and members of the judiciary in Connecticut, the amount of personnel and money being spent by the state and the size of the State Budget has increased by 25 to 30 percent with ZERO GROWTH. What!!!???

Police partnering with criminals is the result to parasite off the middle class and anyone owning property and assets that lacks political power is a way to wreck America. Connecticut police are being sent to doors to collect library fines allegedly under the threat of felony arrests citizens are being terrorized into paying money they may not even owe. What!!!???

Did the Connecticut State Police change an investigation’s results because rich and politically powerful Connecticut residents asked them to? Did Connecticut police put out a citizen that saw police illegally beating up a citizen and then daring to lodge a complaint?

A small business owner giving awy faree coffee is more at risk of arrest and being ruined than a prostitute, teen drug dealer, and common criminal parasite.

Thank you,

Steven G. Erickson
PO Box 730
Enfield, CT 06083

Fax 1-504-324-0585
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P.S. I finally got some work as of September 2005 and have been working in Hurricane Katrina devastated areas as a disaster relief worker in Mississippi and Louisiana and don’t have regular access to post mail. Please put, “Arthur L. Spada” in a search engine for more information. I am going to post this fax to you on

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What's up with

Yes, the site has been down off and on.

Many of the links here at SRV refer to posts at

It seems whenever I have some damning accusations with proof attached, goes down, coincidence?

With the absence of, this post tells the what I have had to say all along, with pictures:

Testing the First Amendment in the US is Dangerous

My story and more on

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Telling the Town Selectman/Police Chief to go 'F' himself- PRICELESS
Warning: graphic language, names named of citizens and officials in Stafford Springs, Connecticut, and others in the State of Connecticut.

If you click on and put my name, “Steven G. Erickson” without quotes with key words such as “Chris Kennedy”, “Arthur L. Spada”, “Governor John G. Rowland”, “Rell”, “Connecticut”, “Connecticut State Police Misconduct”, “Class Action Lawsuit”. “Attorney Michael H. Agranoff”, “Peter Coukos”, “Rape Rob Murder”, “Police Informant”, “Korruptikut”, “Corrupticut”, “Corruptikut”, “DCF Abuse”, “Jeffrey R. Yeaw”, “Kathleen Dickson”, “William Mulready”, “Rich Murzin”, “Ritt Goldstein”, “Donald Christmas”, “Don Christmas”, “Enfield Connecticut”, “Stafford Springs, CT”, Prostitute, “Common Criminal Parasite”, “What is prison really like?”, etc, and then click on the cached version in the yahoo search engine you’ll see the post as it was minus any attached photos. also allows searchers to click on cached posts

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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Shutting up complainers with E-Bombs?

To ignite an E-bomb, a starter current energizes the stator coil, creating a magnetic field. The explosion (A) expands the tube, short-circuiting the coil and compressing the magnetic field forward (B). The pulse is emitted (C) at high frequencies that defeat protective devices like Faraday Cages.


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Would it be cheaper for authorities to E-Bomb those that could win civil suits in the tune of millions of dollars or to send out an operative in a cable or utility van in proximity of your house?

How great is the individual authorities drive to not get caught for wrongdoing, silencing whistleblowers, and keeping their taxpayer paid job at all costs?

The technology has definitely been out there a while.

Do governments not use such a useful tool when they have it?

Bloggers can be on the frontlines of the Free Speech battle. As soon as America is unplugged from the grid, the true nature of the beast will be exposed.

More on E Bombs

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Then vs. Now

Thoughts on the Patriot Act

Anatomy of the Good Ole Boy Network

Dear Mr. President (9-15-01)

Are U.S. Courts still racist, but now just a little more slick about it?

Testing the First Amendment in the US is Dangerous

Police Informants. Does it promote crime, drug use, alcoholism, and defraud the Federal Government in taxes not collected?

Does the Connecticut State Police give excuses instead of paying its bills? (a question of cops screwing the Homeland Security Fund)

A Blow Job, A Governor, And a State's Police For Sale

Is there a US Iron Curtain (Connecticut)? Why would a US citizen, Ritt Goldstein, feel the need to flee the US (Connecticut) and seek politicial asylum after proposing Civilian Oversight of Police to elected officials? Post

Getting Involved in the Legislative Process and/or Complaining about Officials
(a partial list of those abused and their stories)

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Monday, January 23, 2006

Eminent Domain

In Defense Of Private Property (click for link) - a July 6, 2005, Stark Raving Viking Post on Eminent Domain

From the Creative Justice Blog:

January 23, 2006
Creative Justice

Filed under: General Nonsense — wuli @ 10:57 am

A interesting turn of events in the news. The current Supreme Court is more in tune with corporate interests than it is with the rights of citizens. One of the recent decisions regarding Eminent Domain allowed the government to seize pribvate property and then give it to corporate interests and private developers, allowing commercial induistry to get rich on the backs of private citizens.

This was certainly not the intent of the framers of our constitution. Eminent domain was intended to allow property to be purchased from the owner at a fair price to allow for construction of roads or other uses that benefitted the public welfare. Somehow hotels don’t seem to fit this idea of the public god except with an extreme stretching of logic.

How does a landowner that has lost their family homestead benefit from a hotel that they could never afford to stay?

WEARE - Activists who want U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter to pay a personal price for ruling New London, Conn., could seize private property for a development project rallied Sunday in Souter’s small hometown, arguing the town should take Souter’s home to build a hotel. More

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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Defending the USA from dishonest government

(click) for an interesting blog with a list of Republicans under investigation or in prison for corruption.

Corrupt Politician Watch

To be fair, does anyone have a Democrat list with similar lists of names etc? If so please email me at:

Connecticut, The State that Rips You Off

I’m singing the ‘Taxman’ by the Beatles to myself.

I was sent a bill by Connecticut authorities for $140,000 from the Connecticut State’s revenue collection arm for having been a painter, having had to collect 6% tax from customers in a 3 month period. It was stated if I did not contest the amount my property was in jeopardy. I owed nothing, just another example of Connecticut thievery.

I had multiple towns sending me bills of Connecticut State vehicle taxes. The registry was aware of this, the town officials were aware of this, yet they continue to double dip and rip citizens off.

If you own a business or rental property and you aren’t connected to a Connecticut corrupt official expect to be harassed, nickel and dimed, and face losing all that you have even worked for, being arrested, and possibly spending the rest of your life in prison if you dare complain about or expose the lying scumbags that are in too high a percentage in the judiciary, law enforcement, and other positions that allow lazy criminals to suck up tax dollars.

I found this on a site about outsourcing to India:

Jobs, Outsourcing and Employment News

DOT employees arraigned in bid-rigging scheme

Conn. –Five state Department of Transportation employees and a contractor pleaded not guilty in New Britain Superior Court on Wednesday to charges connected with a bid-rigging scheme.

Prosecutors said the investigation represented the latest efforts to root out corruption from former Gov. John G. Rowland’s administration.

A hearing on whether to unseal the arrest warrants is set for Jan. 25. All six are due back in court Feb. 8.

Robert Marino, 60, of Peabody, Mass. and his company, Marino Brothers of New England, Inc., are accused of bribing state employees and colluding with DOT Maintenance Manager Joseph A. Misbach to make Marino the sole contractor for the cold sealing of cracks on Connecticut highways between 1997 and 2004.


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Dummies´ Guide to Corruption
Guide to Corruption
by Carole Bass - November 13, 2003

Before the phrase "Waterbury mayor" became a synonym for pedophilia, it was a synonym for corruption. One mayor went to prison. Another was indicted. The FBI stumbled onto then-Mayor Phil Giordano's sordid relationship with a prostitute and two young girls while it was investigating alleged payoffs. One target of the investigation, which still continues, is a Mafia-connected construction company.

Giordano admitted at his sex-abuse trial that he took cash from contractors who were doing or seeking business with the city. The feds have been investigating an environmental cleanup of what became the Brass Mill Center Mall since 1998. They have yet to indict anyone.

Intersecting orbits: Giordano also took campaign contributions from at least two of the major bribe-givers in Bridgeport scandal.

Ethics laws are written by the very politicians who are supposed to follow them. How tough do you think these laws are?

Is there going to be a Corporate exodus out of Corrupt Connecticut?

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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Lame Mascots?

Neve (a snowball) and Gliz (an ice cube), the blissed-out symbols of Torino 2006, represent the two things absolutely necessary for the Winter Games: snow and ice.They were designed to personify winter sports. They are all about the harmony of sports and the power of athletes. Copyright 2006, Hartford Courant

From the Hartford Courant:

Olympic Lonely Guys 2006's Snowball And Ice Cube Simply Don't Have Much Crowd Appeal
January 18, 2006 By GREG MORAGO, Hartford Courant Staff Writer

The life of an Olympic mascot isn't all it's cracked up to be; identity crisis is acute.Are you animal, vegetable or mineral? Does your species actually exist?

Is your sex readily definable? (Or, horrors, are you genderless?)

It gets worse: Do you have to compete for attention with a co-mascot?

Are you saddled with a silly name?

Are you on Zoloft? (We ask only because you're always so darn happy.)

Do you worry that anyone will remember you after all the medals have been tossed around so many muscled necks?

Pity the Olympic mascot.

We're only weeks from the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, and the event's two mascots are busy trying to put on a brave face amid reports that the global public is thoroughly nonplussed about the Games.

Neve and Gliz, the blissed-out symbols of Torino 2006, are going for the gold in the PR department. It helps that they're considered cute as buttons.

But just what are they? Um, buttons?

No, Neve (a snowball) and Gliz (an ice cube) represent the two things absolutely necessary for the Winter Games: snow and ice.

They were designed to personify winter sports. They are all about the harmony of sports and the power of athletes. (This, according to the Games' official release. To us, they look like campfire marshmallows just begging to be burned at the end of a pointed stake.)

Poor Neve and Gliz are only the latest examples of particularly curious thingamajigs that have been passed off as happy mascots in the name of Olympics branding.

As Olympic mascots go, they are neither repulsive (like the Athena and Phevos of the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens) nor particularly cuddly (like Hodori, the tiger cub from the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul).

They share the same sort of abstract, cartoony terrain as Magique (the "snow imp" of the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville), but they're not the grotesquerie that was Izzy, the abstract "Whatizit" from the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

Few Olympics mascots can approach the popularity of Misha, the lovable, huggable bear cub of Moscow's 1980 Summer Olympics. Misha's big ears, roly-poly belly and eager smile made him the adorable must-have collectible of that year's Olympics and the furry winner against which all other mascots have been measured.

It is the rare mascot, though, that comes close to Misha's gold medal turn. Does anyone hold any high affection for Roni the raccoon of the 1980 Winter Olympics of Lake Placid? Or for the "Snowlets" - Sukki, Nokki, Lekki and Tsukki - of the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano? What became of Powder, Copper and Coal of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City? Why have Olympic mascots mostly failed?

"They've tried to accomplish too much with the mascots. Make it representative of the Games, yet at the same time make it saleable from a merchandisable standpoint. They [the Olympic Committee] try to be all things to all people with their mascots and end up appealing to no one," said Bill Field, president of Mintz & Hoke Communications Group, a public relations and advertising firm in Avon.

"Neve and Gliz look like they're on a Saturday morning cartoon show from the '60s. You won't find them anytime soon in the Mascott Hall of Fame alongside the San Diego Chicken or the Phillie Phanatic. They'll go to mascot heaven like all the other previous Olympic mascots."

So what makes a great mascot, Olympic or otherwise?

Field said the public needs to connect with the mascot on a purely emotional level.

"Audiences need to view mascots as extensions of their teams and sports that they have a personal stake in," he said.

"How can anyone get excited about two characters named Neve and Gliz?

You have to care about a mascot.

"But before you care about it, you have to remember it."

A good mascot has to be memorable. If it's hard to identify or isn't recognizable as something specific, it's not going to do the job it's supposed to. A mascot needs to stand for something. It needs to be more than just cute - it has to have a personality," said Don Carter, creative director at Adams & Knight Advertising in Avon.

"Pro sports mascots are very much symbols of competitiveness and team spirit. With the Olympics, the competitiveness is certainly less aggressive. So the mascots tend to be much more in the spirit of sportsmanship and world camaraderie."

They also seem to be hard-shilling vehicles for Olympics merchandising. How else to explain the three mascots of the 2002 Summer Olympics in Sydney. If you bought Olly, a Kookaburra, you also had to buy Syd, the platypus and Millie the echidna (representing the new millennium).

And just how warm and fuzzy can you get to "concept" mascots like those from the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City? Powder, Copper and Coal may have represented "faster," "higher" and "stronger," but they also were hideously unfriendly.

"I can't remember even one Olympic mascot because they're all completely bland and forgettable. To create a memorable mascot, Olympics committees need to pump up the personality," said Patrick Dugan, senior copywriter at Adams & Knight.

"For example, provide a back story, maybe one of those `Up Close and Personal' segments that dives into the challenges the mascot has had to overcome, such as squeezing their oversize foam heads through tight spaces. Then, `edge them up' with some paparazzi photos of the mascot partying with celebrities like Paris Hilton or Lindsay Lohan. I guarantee people will remember Neve and Gliz if they're wearing some bling and hitting the club scene instead of frolicking merrily in the Olympic Village."

Field said the Olympic mascot gurus need to go back to the drawing board and reconsider their motives in creating a lovable symbol of the Olympics - something that's both a good merchandising vehicle and something people will care about.

So, how will the post-Torino Olympic mascots fare? They're obviously not listening to Field. The 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing sports five mascots - five! Called the Five Friendlies, they represent the five rings of the Olympics and "embody the natural characteristics of four of China's most popular animals - the fish, the panda, the Tibetan antelope, the swallow - and the Olympic flame," according to the official site.

Um, OK. But we're not buying five plush toys no matter how friendly they look.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Oops. What did you say?

Nagin apologizes for 'chocolate' city comments

Tuesday, January 17, 2006; Posted: 8:21 p.m. EST (01:21 GMT)

Programming note: Anderson Cooper interviews New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin about his "chocolate" city comments, 10 p.m. ET Tuesday.

"New Orleans was a chocolate city before Katrina," said Nagin, shown here earlier this month.

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) -- Mayor Ray Nagin on Tuesday apologized for urging residents to rebuild a "chocolate New Orleans" and saying, "You can't have New Orleans no other way."

"I'm really sorry that some people took that they way they did, and that was not my intention," the mayor said. "I say everybody's welcome."

Nagin added that he never should have used the term "chocolate." (Watch some reaction to the mayor's remarks -- 3:21)

Across the Hurricane Katrina-ravaged city, many voiced their displeasure with the mayor's Monday remarks at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day speech. One Web site even began peddling T-shirts showing Nagin with a top hat along with the caption "Willy Nagin and the Chocolate Factory."

Resident Alex Gerhold called Nagin's remarks "stupid" and "pitiful."

"He used the wrong dairy product to describe us. We're more Neapolitan, not chocolate," Gerhold said. "It doesn't do the city any kind of justice."

Aisha Johnson said she didn't think the mayor's comments were necessarily inflammatory, just out of line.

"He should have chosen his words more carefully," she said.

But some residents, like Ann McKendrick, were angered.

"You can't reunite a city if your comments are going to divide a city," McKendrick said.

Nagin's remarks fall into a line of inappropriate statements the mayor has made, said civil rights attorney Tracie Washington. She said she is "done trying to figure out what our mayor is going to say off the cuff on any given day."

"It was an unfortunate goofball statement for him to make," Washington said. "All it has really done is make the city look just a little bit more ridiculous."

The mayor, who is up for re-election this year, publicly apologized for his remarks at the beginning of a Bring New Orleans Back Commission meeting. He said he was trying only to encourage many of the city's displaced poor population to return.

In an interview with CNN, Nagin said he was addressing an "unspoken thing about who's coming back, who should come back, what type of city we are going to have in the future."

Before Katrina hit on August 29, the city was 67 percent African-American.

"It was designed to talk to the African-American community for the most part, not only for here but throughout the country -- and to make sure that they understood that they were welcomed in this city," he said.

On Monday, Nagin said God wanted New Orleans to be predominantly black and said he didn't care what the predominantly white Uptown section of the city had to say about it.

"I don't care what people are saying Uptown or wherever they are. This city will be chocolate at the end of the day," he said. "This city will be a majority African-American city. It's the way God wants it to be."

After the statement, he insisted he wasn't being divisive.

"How do you make chocolate? You take dark chocolate, you mix it with white milk, and it becomes a delicious drink. That is the chocolate I am talking about," he said.

"New Orleans was a chocolate city before Katrina. It is going to be a chocolate city after.

How is that divisive? It is white and black working together, coming together and making something special."

Nagin, first elected in 2002, was supposed to come up for re-election next month. However, state officials postponed the city election until April because of the disruptions caused by Katrina.

Why not dig even deeper?

Connecticut might be our Union's most corrupt state. If trends start in Connecticut, as a dipstick for our nation, we are in for a world of shit.

Too many criminals that are officials and business Big Wigs, need to be fairly tried and then see the inside of a prison cell, not those 'little people' that speak out turning the bastards in!

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From the Hartford Courant:

Former Conn. CFO Indicted In Bank Fraud Scheme In N.H.
7:55 PM EST, January 17, 2006 Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. -- The former chief financial officer of a Connecticut company has been indicted in a bank fraud and embezzlement scheme in New Hampshire.

U.S. Attorney Thomas Colantuono said today that John Carney, 56, of Worcester, Mass., has been charged with conspiracy, bank fraud and wire fraud.

Carney had been an executive of Bridgeport Metal Goods Corporation, which made packaging for cosmetics and toiletries at a plant in Hinsdale, Colantuono said.

The indictment charges that Carney and other unidentified employees of the company secured loans in excess of $2 million from Wells Fargo Credit Inc. with false sales invoices and inflated inventory. The indictment also accuses Carney of embezzling $76,000 from the Connecticut company.

Carney's trial is scheduled for trial on March 7.

Colantuono said that if convicted, Carney could be imprisoned up to 55 years and be fined as much as $2.25 million.

What Ethics?

The Ex-governor of Connecticut, John G. Rowland, is the poster child for corruption and scandal. Removing him did not remove the flawed system nor the majority of criminals still holding official jobs.

An ethics commission in Connecticut, could not act ethically investigation reports of abuse of citizens.

There is no growth of population, nor of business in Connecticut. Many are planning on not moving to Connecticut and others are planning on taking their businesses and bodies out of Connecticut.

So, why does Connecticut’s budget and number of people working for the state steadily increasing?

When there is not enough business and individuals to tax a bureaucracy out of control starts to act as a parasite on humanity, breaking up families, taking away business, assets, cash, and homes on thin, manufactured excuse. Bad behavior is rewarded, good punished.

Connecticut revenue collectors get money in federal tax dollars for taking kids away and putting citizens in prison, guilty or not. If they keep building more and more prisons and detention centers and keep hiring more and more prison guards and the population is stagnant, and crime rates are going down, who are they going to be throwing in prisons?

The answer is: YOU AND ME.

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From the Hartford Courant:

Ethics Chief: Shaky Start Bycel, Facing Scrutiny, Says `Time To Move On'
January 16, 2006 By JON LENDER, Courant Staff Writer

Last month, Charlotte Koskoff quit her seat on the new Citizen's Ethics Advisory Board because she believed the board was moving too hastily toward hiring a new state ethics director.

On Sunday she said, "I am saddened that some of my fears seemed to have been proven" - referring to a debacle last week in which newly appointed ethics director Benjamin Bycel quickly had to rescind his controversial hiring of a gubernatorial aide for his new Office of State Ethics.

Despite Bycel's impressive resume that includes service as Los Angeles' ethics chief, Koskoff said, "This is troubling."

Though it's too early for a final judgment, "sometimes a resume is more about a person's ability as a self-promoter," said Koskoff, a three-time Democratic nominee for Congress from Plainville.

Such comments by Koskoff and others in recent days indicate that Bycel will now be watched even more carefully in his sensitive new role.

"We want to give him a chance to redeem himself, but at the same time we'll be watching closely the new hires that he makes," said Rep. Christopher Caruso, D-Bridgeport, co-chairman of the legislative committee that oversees Bycel's ethics agency.

Bycel said Sunday night that he is "looking forward to Tuesday morning" when he returns to work after the holiday.

"I was hired to do a job, and I think there was some fair criticism of me last week - that I did stumble."

But, he said, "it's time to move on, it's time to work together, and it's time to allow me to do my job."

Caruso and other legislators had been irked by Bycel's defiance Wednesday after his hiring of Daniel Moreland, aide to the governor's chief of staff, M. Lisa Moody.

The lawmakers said the new Office of State Ethics is too sensitive a spot to plant any political appointee - particularly Moreland, who recently was questioned by criminal investigators focusing on Moody's improper distribution of political fundraiser invitations at the state Capitol.

Bycel first told lawmakers it was none of their business - and only relented after it was revealed Moreland lied on his resume.

Even after dumping Moreland, it took Bycel until Friday to comply with Caruso's demand that he reveal the identity of a "mutual acquaintance" he said told him Moreland might make a capable executive assistant in the ethics office. Bycel said Friday the acquaintance was Gov. M. Jodi Rell's own ethics counsel, Rachel Rubin.

So angry were Caruso and other lawmakers that the good-government group Common Cause spent two days last week making calls to calm them down. For example, they helped broker a Thursday meeting in which Bycel apologized to Caruso.

"We went to the leaders and said to them, `Give the guy a second chance.

As crazy as it seems, he did not comprehend the situation here,'" said Andy Sauer, Common Cause's local director.

The "situation" is that Connecticut has been reeling from ethics scandals such as one that jailed ex-Gov. John G. Rowland. The stress of dealing with the Rowland scandal paralyzed the former State Ethics Commission so badly that legislators abolished it last year, replacing it with the new ethics office and advisory board. Caruso and other leaders wanted no more trouble from the new office - and that's why Sauer moved so fast last week.

"It's important that the new office succeed," Sauer said.

"We need a strong office of ethics."

Whether it succeeds depends partly on whether legislators who created the office are satisfied. Caruso, although satisfied with Bycel's apology, still questioned the salary that Rell-administration personnel officials established for the intended Moreland hiring.

Moreland makes $51,500 a year in the governor's office, where he will stay.

The new job of "ethics program manager," created by Rell-administration personnel officials in consultation with Bycel, has a salary range from $60,951 up to $78,185.

"That's excessive," Caruso said, noting that Bycel had described the job as merely a get-things-done office assistant's job.

"He was never intended to be a policy guy," Bycel said - but the official listing for Moreland's intended job at ethics involved "drafting regulations, policies and procedures."

Bycel said from now on he will "look at every single job description."Caruso said it was "very upsetting that anyone from the governor's office" spoke to Bycel about Moreland's potential transfer.

"I think this is a clear warning for anyone who works for the legislative or executive branch: Keep your hands off the Office of State Ethics," Caruso said.

"It's an independent agency, and needs to be maintained as that."

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Thursday, January 12, 2006

The Informant System sullies cops, creates addicts and criminals

(scroll down for current example)

The Outrage that should have been acted on back in 1997

Past posts that best make this point:

Dear Governor Rowland (Oct. 2, 2003)

A Village: What It Takes

Drug Dealer/House Breaker shoots pig in head, downtown Stafford Springs, Connecticut
Warning: graphic photos

David Mark Tracy, Dead, Victim of Bad Policies in Connecticut

A Nation Rots from its City Centers Outward, A National Disgrace

Real Life Corruption and Abuse goes beyond any Conspiracy Movie

Are U.S. Courts still racist, but now just a little more slick about it?

If Law Enforcement acted as Advertised, street crime and drug use would be vastly reduced.

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Officer Tied To Funds Theft Money Meant For Police Informants
January 12, 2006 By TINA A. BROWN, Hartford Courant Staff Writer

A veteran Hartford police detective is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from a fund earmarked to pay confidential informants. The arrest has the potential to spark a wider internal inquiry in the department's narcotics division, as well as to compromise pending criminal cases that the detective investigated, according to departmental sources and criminal attorneys.

Det. Alfred "Nick" Henderson, 36, formerly of the narcotics division, was charged in a warrant Wednesday with one count of first-degree larceny and four counts of forgery after he surrendered at the Hartford Police Department.

Henderson, who worked in the major crimes division at the time of his arrest, grew up in Hartford and has strong family ties here.He was released on $50,000 bail pending a court appearance Jan. 25. After his arrest, police said, Henderson was suspended without pay. He could not be reached for comment.

Henderson, who has been with the department since 1994, was the initial target in an internal probe, said Police Chief Patrick J. Harnett, who said the inquiry is ongoing.

"We are looking into the process of payment for confidential informants," Harnett said.

"We will go where the investigation takes us."

Sources said that Henderson allegedly withdrew up to $6,000 from the "buy account" during a series of withdrawals before the alleged thefts were detected about a week ago by Hartford police supervisors in the narcotics and major crimes divisions. Sources say that Henderson gained authorization from narcotics supervisors to withdraw money from the account because they believed he was using the money for information.

The account is controlled by the narcotics division. It was not known Wednesday how much money was in the account, or whether an audit had been ordered.

Police sources said that Henderson forged the names of other police officers, whose signatures appeared on the paperwork needed to withdraw the money. The documents were also signed by department sergeants and lieutenants, sources said.

One of the cases involving "buy" money collected by Henderson, sources said, resulted in an arrest. Sources say that prosecutors were preparing for the narcotics trial several weeks ago when they learned that an informant had not been paid as much as $1,000 from Henderson, who supposedly had withdrawn the money to pay an informant to buy drugs as part of a criminal investigation.

Several local defense lawyers said Wednesday that allegations against Henderson may impact pending criminal cases in Superior Court in Hartford in which the detective is involved. It has happened before, they said.

For example, attorneys say, when former narcotics supervisor Franco Sanzo and former Det. Nathaniel Ortiz were accused two years ago of planting narcotics evidence and lying to a judge, the prosecutors were quick to resolve pending criminal cases. Ortiz's and Sanzo's cases are pending in Superior Court.

"It helps to dispose of the cases without litigation," said defense attorney William Gerace, who spoke generally about how criminal cases are resolved after allegations of police corruption.

"The prosecutors know what officers are credible and those who are not."

In many of those cases, Gerace said, his clients receive a "better deal."

Cases of police misconduct "compromise the credibility of cases," added defense lawyer Walter Hussey.

"It can't do anything but help us and hurt the prosecutor."

Harnett said he was disappointed that a "respected" detective had been arrested but he was heartened that the case was investigated in a timely manner by the department's internal affairs investigators.

"This investigation reflects the strength of the officers in this department," Harnett said.

Police union lawyer Michael Georgetti declined to comment for this story.

Wednesday's arrest was not the first time that Henderson has faced felony charges. In February 2003, he was arrested in Springfieldafter he was accused of assaulting his former brother-in-law with a flashlight, officials there said.

Sources say that Henderson faced disciplinary action by the Hartford Police Department following that incident, but records describing how the case was disposed of in Massachusetts were unavailable Wednesday.

In December, another Hartford officer, Eric Lautenbach, of Newington, faced charges that he stole money from a Wal-Mart customer while working a private duty job. His case is still pending in Superior Court in Hartford.

A discussion of this story with Courant Staff Writer Tina Brown is scheduled to be shown on New England Cable News each hour today between 9 a.m. and noon.

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Perverts, Rapists, Thieves, Frauds, Liars … oops, did I mean the police in Connecticut?

The History of Abuse of Citizens arbitrarily caught up in the legal system

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Sue Connecticut for $100,000,000 and nothing is printed in the newspaper, why?

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Liar, Liar, Thief, Scumbag

Department of Transportation employee John Marchese, left, leaves the Connecticut Chief State's Attorney's office in Rocky Hill. Marchese was among six people to turn themselves in Tuesday in connection with corruption charges in the Connecticut State Department of Transportation. The man at right is unidentified.
Jan. 10, 2006
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State Department of Transportation worker Mark Lalla leaves the Connecticut Chief State's Attorney's office in Rocky Hill. Lalla is one of several DOT workers facing perjury charges as the result of a state criminal investigation.
Jan. 10, 2006
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Robert Mongillo, right, leaves the Connecticut Chief State's Attorney's office in Rocky Hill. Mongillo was among six people to turn themselves in Tuesday in connection with corruption charges in the DOT. The man at left is unidentified.
Jan. 10, 2006
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State Department of Transportation employee Joseph Misbach leaves the Connecticut Chief State's Attorney's office in Rocky Hill. Misbach was among six people to turn themselves in Tuesday in connection with corruption charges in the DOT.
Jan. 10, 2006
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State Department of Transportation worker Joseph Czarnecki leaves the Connecticut Chief State's Attorney's office in Rocky Hill. Czarnecki was among six people to turn themselves in Tuesday in connection with corruption charges in the Connecticut State Department of Transportation.
Jan. 10, 2006
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Bids, Bribes And Lies Five DOT Workers And A State Contractor Charged

January 11, 2006 By DAVE ALTIMARI, Hartford Courant Staff Writer

State Department of Transportation employees lied about receiving free trips and baseball tickets from a company awarded a contract to patch roads while one of their bosses tailored a bid document to favor the contractor, records supporting the Tuesday arrests of five state workers said.

The workers, and contractor Robert Marino, were arrested by the chief state's attorney's office on charges ranging from bid-rigging and perjury to forgery. Marino and his company, Marino Brothers of New England Inc., which has offices in Middletown, were charged with bid-rigging and bribery.

Two of the DOT employees lied about getting free trips, including at least one to Las Vegas for a wedding celebration of another DOT employee, all paid for by Marino Brothers. Two others lied about getting tickets to a Red Sox game, authorities said.

Joseph Misbach, 54, of Wallingford, was charged with bid-rigging, attempted bid-rigging, conspiracy and perjury. The other four DOT employees - Robert Mongillo, 48, of Southington; Joseph Czarnecki, 56 of Naugatuck; Mark Lalla, 41, of Burlington; and John Marchese, 54, of Middletown - face perjury charges.Mongillo is the DOT's maintenance administrator.

He makes $129,205 a year, state records show.

Misbach and Czarnecki make at least $112,000, state records show.

The arrests come as a grand juror in New Haven, who has secretly been hearing evidence for more than a year, issued an interim report describing how mid-level DOT managers, most of whom work for the Bureau of Highways and Operations, made sure that Marino's company won a road sealant contract in April 2004.

Since 2001, Marino has received more than $3 million from the state for his "cold patch" sealant. The DOT's own internal tests done in 2000 showed that the product made the roads slippery.

The most serious allegations are against Marino, saying that he bribed DOT workers with either baseball tickets or airplane tickets and that he conspired with Misbach, a DOT maintenance manager, to rig the bid by writing specifications that excluded everyone but Marino's company.

But at least one former DOT employee, whom the grand juror, Judge Joseph Licari Jr., identified as forging documents to help Marino get business in other states, was not arrested Tuesday.

Licari wrote that there was enough evidence to charge Louis Malerba, the former maintenance administrator, with forgery for taking a study about the cold patch process that was intended for DOT use only and putting a new cover sheet with an official seal of the state of Connecticut on it - to make it appear to be an official state document. Marino and Malerba then used that document to get Marino business in other states, including Rhode Island and Virginia, the grand jury report said.

Chief State's Attorney Christopher Morano would not comment Tuesday on why Malerba was not arrested, but he did say that the investigation is continuing.

"We have seen in the past that corruption has been rooted out of the higher levels of government and we are now at the point of looking into the nooks and crannies of these agencies to root out corruption," Morano said.

Sources said that when Malerba was married a couple of years ago to a DOT employee, several co-workers went on a post-wedding trip to Las Vegas that was at least partially paid for by Marino. Both Marchese and Mongillo lied to the grand jury about receiving airline tickets or travel expenses from Marino, according to the report.

Sources familiar with the investigation said that several other higher-ranking DOT employees, including former Commissioner James Byrnes, went on the trip. Byrnes has testified before the grand jury, sources said.

The grand jury investigation was approved in November of 2004 after the public integrity unit of Morano's office received an allegation that DOT employees had steered a road sealant contract to Marino in exchange for gifts, including at least one free trip to the Foxy Lady, a strip club in Providence.

Sources said that investigators also videotaped free golf outings and several free meals that DOT employees received from Marino while the road sealant contract was still out to bid in 2004.

Sources said that the baseball tickets also were provided during that time frame. Lalla and Czarnecki were arrested and accused of lying to the grand juror about getting the baseball tickets, sources said.

The grand jury report shows that Misbach designated that the contract go only to companies on the Small Business Enterprise list maintained by the DOT. Marino Brothers was the only potential bidder for the sealant contract on that list.When some other companies complained to Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, the DOT decided to take the designation off and rebid the contract. Three companies bid on it: Marino Brothers, the Felix A. Marino Co. and Costello Industries.

Marino Brothers, whose headquarters is in Peabody, Mass., was the high bidder. Marino Brothers and Felix A. Marino are separate companies, both originally from Massachusetts and owned by feuding brothers.

The three bids were reviewed by employees of the DOT's Office of Maintenance and Highway Operations, which determined that the Felix A. Marino Co. equipment did not meet the specifications designed by the DOT workers. Costello Industries was eliminated because it was going to lease the equipment from the Felix A. Marino Co.

The only company whose equipment met DOT requirements was Marino Brothers. Sources said the DOT employees knew that the bid specifications they were placing on the equipment could only be met by Marino Brothers.

All five DOT employees and Marino are scheduled to appear Jan. 18 at Superior Court in New Britain. Each charge carries a possible five-year prison sentence.

DOT Commissioner Stephen E. Korta II said Tuesday that all the DOT employees were placed on administrative leave."These charges are disturbing," Korta said.

"These allegations date back to 1997. Over the last 18 months, DOT's leadership team has made contract standards and ethical conduct a focus throughout the agency."

When The Courant first wrote about the road sealant contract in 2004, Gov. M. Jodi Rell ordered DOT to devise a new method of handing out contracts. Rell issued a statement Tuesday expressing her disappointment in yet another corruption case within a state department.

"The Department of Transportation is entrusted with billions of dollars in taxpayer money, and there simply is no room for irregularities or mismanagement of contracts with private companies doing business with the state," Rell said.

"If the charges are proven true, these workers have betrayed their fellow state employees - the overwhelming majority of whom are hard-working, dedicated men and women - and must face the consequences of their actions," the governor said.

The $250,000 contract with Marino Brothers of New England was rescinded in 2004.

The Felix A. Marino Co. filed a bid protest with the state and a complaint with Blumenthal's office. The state Department of Administrative Services held a hearing and took the unusual step of rescinding the contract based also on Blumenthal's charge that the bid specifications were written specifically for Marino Brothers.

DOT officials did not put the contract back out to bid because they said they had concerns about the safety and performance of the cold sealing process.

These concerns were first raised by their own tests, done in 2000, in which skid tests on the road-patching product produced by Marino Brothers showed that it actually made roads more slippery.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Links to Un-American Judicial/Legal Abuse of Americans

Pre Patriot Act Hysteria

A Previous Terrorist Attack, Wall St., New York City

Questioning Authority

Testing the First Amendment in the US is Dangerous

What is Prison really like?

My letter to Bush, BEFORE I was attacked on my property

Can cops rape, rob, beat, and murder with immunity?
(Pictures of victims beaten by police, a 1978 Silver Anniversary L-82 Corvette, and the house I fixed up from a boarded up condition and lost because I was beaten and nearly robbed on the left side, half way down the driveway by a drug using, alcoholic, violent criminal)

Anatomy of the Good Ole Boy Network

My favorite links

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Sunday, January 08, 2006

Connecticut State Police Murder/Suicide incidents

Is there not enough oversight of police in Connecticut, and is murder/suicide, spousal beatings, and police misconduct out of control telling all that police can't police themselves?

Michael Bochicchio, a retired Major in the Connecticut State Police, kills himself, kills his wife

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Victor Diaz

Ciara McDermott

A Spiral Out Of Control
January 8, 2006
By DAVE ALTIMARI Hartford Courant Staff Writer

After his arrest for drunken driving in March, Victor Diaz sat in a room at the Institute of Living psychiatric treatment facility three times a week and told a bunch of strangers how angry he was at himself for the way he was treating his girlfriend, Ciara McDermott.

"The love he had for her was obvious - that's all he talked about," said Arthurine Lattimore, a Hartford pastor who was one of about 14 people in the counseling sessions Diaz attended in March and April.

Lattimore said Diaz often talked about the arguments he had with McDermott."He was not happy with himself for the way he was treating her," Lattimore said, adding many times Diaz ominously said "something bad is going to happen."

Diaz did not mention McDermott's name often in the sessions, usually referring to her as his girlfriend, but Lattimore said she got a knot in her stomach when she turned on the radio on the morning of Nov. 22 and heard that a state trooper had killed his ex-girlfriend.

"I didn't even have to hear the names and I knew it was Victor," she said.

"I had never met him before and never saw him again after those sessions but I could tell he was a tortured soul."

What made Victor Diaz lie in wait for several hours for Newington police Officer McDermott to return to her West Hartford house and kill her may never be fully known.

But an examination of court records and interviews with Diaz's friends and state police authorities shows that the Persian Gulf War veteran's downward spiral began with the March drunken-driving arrest in Cromwell.

Over the next nine months, Diaz underwent counseling at the institute; the mother of his child sought to limit his visitation rights and gain more child support; and he lost his girlfriend - McDermott moved out of the Middletown condominium they had been sharing.

In the days before the shooting, Diaz learned he was about to be arrested by West Hartford police for illegally using a state police computer to identify the owner of a car parked in McDermott's driveway. He also learned he would be the subject of a second state police internal affairs investigation - one that probably would cost him the job he loved.

West Hartford police are still investigating the murder/suicide and are expected to release a final report early this week. Sources said the investigation has been delayed to obtain Diaz's cellphone records, in an effort to determine whom he called before the slaying, and to get a toxicology report from the state medical examiner's office.

And state police are reviewing their actions involving Diaz since his DUI arrest, state Public Safety Commissioner Leonard Boyle said.

Among those actions was returning the weapon Diaz ultimately used to kill McDermott to his brother, Edwin Diaz. State police had confiscated Victor Diaz's .40-caliber Glock - a private gun, and not his police-issued weapon - after he was arrested in Cromwell. They kept it until his criminal case ended in July, then on July 7 signed the gun over to Edwin Diaz, who happened to be living with Victor at the time.Boyle said that because Victor Diaz was a police officer he did not need a permit for the off-duty gun, but that once he was arrested he no longer had police powers and therefore could not keep it without a permit.

Although the criminal case had concluded by July 7, Diaz was still on administrative duty.Boyle said it was likely state police were unaware that Victor Diaz, who had a gun permit, was living with his brother.

"We have to look back and see if we could have done some things better," Boyle said.

"We're concerned about the stress level of troopers. We have an early intervention program in place and we are in the process of reviewing it. We're going to improve the program to include a more robust counseling portion to it to make sure that troopers get the help they need."

After Diaz was arrested in Cromwell, Karen Roche, the mother of his 5-year-old daughter, went back to Superior Court in Hartford to change his visitation rights and to seek more money, records show.

Diaz had been paying $100 a week in child support since acknowledging the child was his in February 2000.

As of July 2004 he also had almost joint custody of the child, keeping her from Wednesday night to Saturday night. But Roche's action made it likely that that was going to change.

While some people who knew Diaz said he was concerned about losing access to his daughter, Roche's attorney, David Mester, said the changes had more to do with school schedules than anything else.

"Karen recognized from the very beginning that Victor and [the child] were very close and she always acknowledged that," Mester said.

Mester said both Roche and the child, who "clearly loved her dad," are having a hard time dealing with Diaz's death.

He said Diaz last saw his daughter on the weekend before the homicide.Sources said Diaz attended the counseling sessions at the institute as a pre-emptive strike to help resolve his drunken-driving case more quickly.

It apparently helped: He received accelerated rehabilitation, a special form of probation, in April from a Superior Court judge in Middletown.

Lattimore said Diaz attended the institute sessions three times a week for nearly two months, from mid-March through the end of April. Lattimore said Diaz complained constantly that the anti-depressants he took didn't allow him to sleep. She said Diaz talked about the problems with his girlfriend and his drinking, but rarely mentioned his daughter or that he was a gulf war veteran, even though other Army personnel were present at the sessions.

Institute officials would not comment on whether Diaz attended counseling there. Boyle said state police officials had no idea Diaz attended counseling at the facility.

Diaz, 37, became a state trooper in January 1998 after spending three years as a state correction officer. He was a 1987 graduate of Hall High School in West Hartford, where he excelled in football and was known as a good student.

Not long after completing high school, Diaz joined the Army and fought in the gulf war. He returned to his family's Hartford home and became a correction officer.McDermott, 30, followed in the footsteps of her father, Peter, a police officer for more than 25 years in West Hartford and Windsor. She joined the Newington Police Department eight years ago and was appointed to the town's youth adult council, groomed as a crisis negotiator and, ultimately, became the youth officer at Newington High School.

Her death hit current and former students at the high school particularly hard. Many attended her funeral; others wrote eulogies on a website established by McDermott's family in her memory.

"Officer McDermott was the most compassionate woman I have ever known," one former student wrote. "I'm a 2003 graduate from Newington High School. If it wasn't for her I would have never made it out of school."

She wrote me a quote in my high school yearbook: `We are about as happy as we make up our minds to be.' I keep it in a picture frame which is always right next to me.

"It's unclear how and when Diaz and McDermott met, or how long they dated. Many friends contacted by The Courant were reluctant to share those details so soon after the tragedy.At some point, they were living together in a Middletown condominium, and then in May 2005 she bought the Ridgewood road home in West Hartford. It's unclear if her plans to buy a house developed after Diaz's arrest in Cromwell or if they had originally planned to buy the house together.

About three weeks before the murder, Diaz noticed a new car sitting in McDermott's driveway. He called a state police employee at Troop H to look up the license plate on the car, an illegal action. He discovered that the car belonged to James DeLuca, a West Hartford police officer.

Diaz began making harassing phone calls to McDermott, who originally filed harassment charges against him with West Hartford police, but later decided not to pursue them.

The criminal investigation continued, because of the computer-use issue, but why she did not want to go forward with the other charges is another mystery.

Diaz found out five days before the shootings that West Hartford police had a warrant for his arrest . It could not have been much of a surprise, as sources said he admitted to West Hartford detectives he had accessed DeLuca's license plate through a state police computer.

At nearly the same time, Diaz received a letter from the state police indicating he was going to be the subject of another internal affairs investigation for misusing the computer. Because he was already serving a 60-day suspension as a result of the drunken-driving arrest, Diaz probably suspected the new probe would end his state police career, a fact that acquaintances said would have devastated him more than being arrested.

"He was looking at losing his daughter, losing his job and losing his girlfriend. There was a lot of pressure bearing down on him," another friend said.

Sources said police originally wanted Diaz to turn himself in on Nov. 18, a Friday afternoon, but because his attorney, Jeffrey Ment, was involved in a trial in Waterbury and couldn't make it back to West Hartford in time, an agreement was reached to have Diaz come to police headquarters at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 21.

Diaz instead drove his car to Wolcott Park, far enough from McDermott's home that she would not notice he was there when she came home from work.

He then walked to her home, entered it and logged on to her computer sometime around 1 p.m.

Then he went upstairs to a second-floor bedroom and waited.

When McDermott came home about three hours later, she grabbed her laptop, but before she could finish logging on Diaz shot her three times in the head and chest with the Glock state police had returned to his brother.

He then made at least three phone calls from inside her house, including one to Ment indicating he would not be showing up at police headquarters to turn himself in.

Then he went back upstairs and shot himself once in the head.

Many of McDermott's friends have been trying to figure out why the tragedy happened and how the relationship spiraled to such a violent end, claiming the lives of two police officers in their primes.

"There is something to be loved in all of us and Ciara saw what that was in Vic," a friend said.

"No one should ever underestimate the pain of others and that sometimes love isn't enough in a relationship, yet sometimes it is too much."

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No Jail For Ex-Wife In Hit Plot
January 8, 2006 Associated Press

LITCHFIELD -- A Torrington woman who repeatedly told a neighbor she wanted to hire someone to kill her ex-husband avoided jail and was sentenced to a special form of probation Friday.

Court records indicate that Heather Hall, 31, was jealous of Dan Hall's relationship with his 10-year-old daughter by another woman.

The Halls, who were divorced in April 2005 after three years of marriage, had two children. They continued to share a home and a bedroom after their divorce.

Under the conditions of Heather Hall's probation, she can now have no contact with her husband and she does not have custody of their children.

Dan Hall told police he learned from a neighbor in July that his ex-wife wanted him dead.

Documents indicate that Heather Hall wanted to collect on a $200,000 life insurance policy and rid herself of jealous feelings.

"There was an issue of jealousy here, an unhealthy psychological view held by the defendant of Mr. Hall and the minor child," said State's Attorney David Shepack.

"The impression one gets after listening to the tapes is that there was venom; a situation the community has a right to be concerned about. She evinces an intent to do harm."

Dan Hall said he didn't believe the warnings but was sometimes afraid to eat at home because his ex-wife might poison him. He realized he was in harm's way when he heard tapes of near-nightly conversations between Desanti and Heather Hall that police recorded with Desanti's cooperation.

On the tapes, Heather Hall says that the perfect thing would be if something happened to the small plane Dan Hall owns and flies.When she learned that Dan Hall planned to change the life insurance policy, Heather Hall told Desanti she needed to act more quickly to "whack Danny."

"If she could have gotten away with this, she would have," Dan Hall said. "I was always hoping to hear her say something like 'This is crazy, why am I thinking this way."

'Judge Charles Gill agreed to the special probation because Heather Hall is a first-time offender, but he said he had reservations.

"There is an old expression of man's inhumanity to man, which is in this case a woman's inhumanity to man and child," Gill said.

If Hall abides by the conditions of accelerated rehabilitation imposed Friday in Superior Court in Litchfield, a charge of inciting injuries to persons will be erased.

A Lawyer who pisses off cops and judges has a short shelf life

Lawyers who actually defend their clients or know to much can lose their law license, freedom, families, and maybe even their lives, especially in Connecticut.

Disbarred Lawyer Involved In Crash Brewer Charged With Infractions
January 7, 2006

WEST HARTFORD -- Disbarred lawyer James Brewer is still finding ways to vent his rage against law enforcement, according to police. After crashing his car on I-84 Wednesday, Brewer insulted two state police officers with a string of four-letter words, calling them "pigs," according to a written report from a West Hartford police officer on the scene for backup.

State police charged Brewer - once videotaped shoving a town cop - with two infractions: failure to wear a seatbelt and failure to drive in the proper lane.Brewer sustained minor injuries in the accident, which occurred Wednesday at 5:15 p.m. near I-84 westbound Exit 40.

A Superior Court judge disbarred Brewer in July 2005 after he failed to show up for a court appearance at which he was supposed to tender his signed letter of resignation from practicing law. Brewer voluntarily gave up his law license in 2004 after he was videotaped in a deposition shouting curses and shoving West Hartford police Lt. Jack Casey.

He was facing an attorney disciplinary hearing for that conduct.

West Hartford police charged Brewer with assaulting a police officer, interfering with an officer, third-degree attempted assault and breach of peace.

A six-person jury in Superior Court in New Haven acquitted Brewer on the three most serious charges and found him guilty of breach of peace.

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Why would a police officer take a week to know whether or not he was assaulted or not? The answer would be, have to do with him not having really been assaulted. Police especially in Connecticut don't take any crap. Any citizen or official that steps out of line in the Connecticu State and local police eyes, is toast.

Defense lawyers, police, prosecutors, judges, and other officials belong to a special Good Ole Boys Club. If someone breaks rank they are out of the financial windfall club and into a world of shit.

The Stark Raving Viking post, "Assauting Police Officers"

Friday, January 06, 2006

Questioning Authority

Assault on Small Business and the Individual

(Text of a FAX)

To Whom It May Concern: 06 January 2006-01-06

Who is the preferred citizen in Connecticut?

Are families being broken up for profit?

Are those that speak out about corruption, maliciously investigated, followed by Connecticut police and then put in prison after ‘show trials’?

My friend, Chris Kennedy, was stabbed by his wife during a time they were arguing about financial and child custody issues. His wife, in the medical field, probably had more political power and connections.

The charges against Chris’ wife were dropped, she was awarded complete custody and Chris faced arrests, malicious harassment by legal authorities. After lodging a complaint against Judge Jonathan Kaplan, Chris faced a $500,000 bond and facing 3 decades in prison. Exposing corruption in Connecticut can mean losing everything and more.

My activities and that of others may have stopped the ‘normal’ retaliation progression to happen. Chris Kennedy’s cell phone number is [snipped, email: ]. He has been acquitted but still can’t see his kids and has lost his rights to them for RETALIATION.

I came to Connecticut and invested 100’s of thousands of dollars in Connecticut real estate. A Stafford selectman told me to sell my property at a $100,000 loss or else. I then had a police informant investigate me with a reward for setting me up. She failed, but I had to rent cars and hide inside for years from the Connecticut State Police that threatened and harassed me. I should have fled Connecticut for America, then.

I was arrested for using pepper spray to end an attack where I received injuries during a robbery attempt. The attacker, Brian Caldwell, is missing his front teeth and is a known violent, drug using, alcoholic criminal with a record. He urinates and passes out in public. Peter Coukos, the new owner of my Connecticut properties, has abused crack cocaine, hires prostitutes, propositions underage girls for sex, and was charged with a DUI after repeatedly bashing an African American’s car as he became upset after she had pulled in front of him.

These are 2 citizens the Connecticut authorities must prefer to an honest taxpaying citizen that gets in the way of the corruption-fest in Connecticut.

Don Christmas, also a landlord, also got mouthy to reporters about the lack of police protection and service, also proposed Civilian Oversight of Police to elected officials, and ALSO had planned on suing Connecticut Police for abuse ALSO BEFORE he was attacked on his property where the attacker received immunity to prosecute Donny. In Donny’s case he was attacked by a police officer’s 16 year old prostitute girlfriend.

Ritt Goldstein was a Connecticut small business owner and wanted Connecticut police accountability. After fearing for his life, being ruined financially, he fled to Sweden to seek political asylum from the abuse in Connecticut.

Jeffrey Yeaw lodged complaints against DCF workers. He was the better parent based on reports, but the kids were kidnapped by DCF. Jeffrey Yeaw took them out of DCF care and triggered an Amber Alert. Jeff was toyed with by Connecticut courts being led to believe he was going to spend the rest of his life in prison as court dates were played with and childish games went on with the Connecticut Courts. Jeff allegedly fled to avoid the malicious prosecution.

Phil Inkel and a Connecticut Narcotics cop’s son witnessed a police beating of a suspect. Both of Rich Murzin’s sons were arrested, beaten, and charged with crimes for retaliation for having lodged complaints against police. Officer Murzin was then maliciously investigated and faced felony charges. Former State Police Commission Arthur L. Spada was never charged for fraudulent records for accounting for taxpayer services. Murzin faced felony charges for how he spent his lunch time, going home, as many officers did.

Connecticut police officers allegedly hired hit men to kill Phil Inkel to shut him up. The case and investigation that had probable cause to arrest the officers was squashed.

Connecticut gets federal tax dollars to take children away.

Connecticut gets federal tax dollars to put as many citizens in prison, guilty or not.

When I was released from prison I was told I was not allowed to reside in Connecticut. I was given an hour to pack up and be out of Connecticut or automatically be violated on probation and immediately placed back in a Connecticut prison.

I could have spent the rest of my life in a Connecticut prison as a political prisoner.

Kathleen Dickson had her children taken away and was thrown in prison and made to sign an agreement not to expose corrupt officials as terms of her release. What!!!???

Legislators need to pick up where police and the courts have failed. There isn’t supposed to be encroachment between the branches of government, BUT you are mere puppets if they can operate Connecticut like is described above. There have been too many abused to even count. Connecticut courts are a sham and officials can lie, steal, rape, murder, and commit perjury at will with little fear of punishment.

We need YOU to help us clean our records and to prevent this abuse from being business as usual in Connecticut. I am placing links to my accusations on, I fear being again being put in a Connecticut prison for my views, outspokenness, and political activities.

-Steven G. Erickson, cell [snipped]

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