Lots of stuff I couldn’t fit in on Friday … like we should run John Mayer for public office. I’m just trying to figure out what office. Mayer for Mayor sorta has a nice ring, but after reading John’s new take in Rolling Stone, one thing’s clear … he’s a master baiter.
What do you expect … John spent his early years in Bridgeport. Says Mayer …
I have masturbated myself out of serious problems in my life. The phone doesn’t pick up because I’m masturbating. And I have excused myself at the oddest times so as to not make mistakes. If Tiger Woods only knew when to jerk off. It has a true market value, like gold bullion. First of all, I don’t jerk off because I’m horny. I’m sort of half-chick. It’s like District 9. I can fire alien weapons. I can insert a tampon. No, I do it because I want to take a brain bath. It’s like a hot whirlpool for my brain, in a brain space that is 100 percent agreeable with itself.
See link to Mayer’s website under my favorites. John’s not sure, after reading the Rolling Stone interview, if he wants to hang out with himself.
Now, on to more mundane matters …
The Board of Education Thursday night approved Ben Barnes, most recently director of operations for the City of Stamford, as director of Building Operations and Facilities. This is the hire that became an eraser fight among split divisions of the BOE. Well, now they have their hire and hopefully Ben is a fit.
My oh my Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz, Dem candidate for attorney general, has some explaining to do. Is she reinventing history? From Jon Lender, Hartford Courant:
AG Candidate Bysiewicz Took Exemption From Lawyer Fee, On The Basis That ‘I Do Not Engage In The Practice Of Law’
Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz — shown in a new Quinnipiac University poll as the front-running candidate for attorney general — obtained a 50-percent exemption from a state lawyers’ fee in 2006 on the basis that she didn’t “engage in the practice of law as an occupation,” records show.
“I do not engage in the practice of law as an occupation,” says the official state form that Bysiewicz signed. The form also says: “I hereby certify that the information provided herein is true and correct.”
That exemption form, dated May 22, 2006, meant Bysiewicz paid only half of the normal $110 fee that lawyers and judges must pay each year into the state judicial department’s “Client Security Fund,” which compensates people for losses due to lawyers’ misconduct or mistakes.
But that small savings of $55 may have political significance. Although this was the only year out of 11 that she claimed the partial exemption — and her campaign spokeswoman said Friday that Bysiewicz will correct what she described as a mistake in filling out the wrong form in 2006 — it may undercut Bysiewicz’s argument that her 11 years in office should count as the “active practice” of law.
It is a key argument for Bysiewicz. State statutes require that Connecticut’s attorney general have “at least 10 years’ active practice at the bar of this state,” but a few critics have said that she does not meet that “active practice” requirement even though she has been registered as an attorney here for 23 years.
It’s time to take positions and Congressional candidate Rick Torres of Black Rock has never been afraid to express himself.
News release from Torres
Congressional Candidate, Rick Torres, blasts Banking Reform as Diversionary Tactic
Bridgeport, CT – Rick Torres, candidate in Connecticut’s 4th congressional district, today urged the president to resist further regulation of the banking industry. In a statement issued today, Torres said, “Lack of regulation was not the cause of our present financial crisis. The exact opposite is true.”
Torres pointed to the creation of the now bankrupt Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, to President Carter’s Community Reinvestment Act of 1977, to President Clinton’s 1999 forcing of banks to lower their lending standards to increase the number of loans to ‘distressed inner city areas’, and to the Federal Reserve’s policy of keeping interest rates artificially low for the few years leading to the crisis.
“Banks never gave out risky loans prior to these government initiatives,” Torres continued. “But when the government started to use the free market for social engineering, banks no longer acted prudently. This caused our financial crisis.”
According to Torres, President Obama’s push for banking regulation is nothing more than a populist move to distract voters from the public rejection of his other policies in the face of the voter backlash in Massachusetts’ election on January 19th.
“Not only is his push for more banking reform dangerous, but the timing is suspicious. I suspect this is merely a ploy to distract voters from Tuesday’s election in Massachusetts, where the public soundly defeated his other attempts to regulate our economy,” Torres noted.
“Allow banks to act in their own self interest, without government manipulation, they won’t give risky loans. It’s that simple.”
News release from Dick Blumenthal
BLUMENTHAL: “I OPPOSE BEN BERNANKE’S CONFIRMATION”
Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, today announced that he opposes the confirmation of Ben Bernanke to a second term as the Chair of the Federal Reserve:
“While I have great respect for Chairman Bernanke, now is the time for new leadership at the Federal Reserve to do more for economic recovery on Main Street not just Wall Street. I oppose Chairman Bernanke’s confirmation to a second term as Chair of the Federal Reserve.
“As Attorney General, I have written to Chairman Bernanke repeatedly, asking him to take action against unconscionable bonuses to failed financial executives, spiraling credit card fees and interest rates, and other abuses and excesses requiring reform. Despite the intent of Congress, such increasing fees and interest rates have been widely imposed, even on many consumers who pay in full and on time.
“Chairman Bernanke’s responses have been inadequate, consisting of broad generalities and platitudes, failing to fully acknowledge the severity of issues I and others have raised or the need for real reform. He has failed to support common sense reforms to safeguard investors and consumers and prevent Wall Street from engaging in risky practices that precipitated our nation’s worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.
“I respect Chairman Bernanke’s dedicated service, but I see firsthand as I’ve traveled the state how our economic recovery is failing to reach our citizens and small businesses.
“Our country and financial system needs someone as knowledgeable as Chairman Bernanke – but with vision and commitment to bring economic recovery to everyday Americans.”
Congressman Himes, Mayor Finch announcement
WorkPlace, Finch, Himes to Hold Roundtable with Key Partners to Put Recovery Act Grant into Action
Organizations to discuss first steps for Green-up Bridgeport initiative
BRIDGEPORT, CT—Less than two weeks after announcing a $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to fund its Green-Up Bridgeport program, The WorkPlace, Inc. along with Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) and Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch will hold a meeting with key partners to discuss the first steps for moving forward with the project.
This Pathways Out of Poverty grant will provide resources for local services and educational organizations, led by The WorkPlace, Inc., and the City of Bridgeport’s B-Green 2020 initiative to partner in training disenfranchised workers for in-demand “green” occupations. The program will focus on high-poverty neighborhoods in Bridgeport. Over the next two years it will directly place 350 participants into jobs in the clean-energy economy and will provide training for twice that number.
Who: Congressman Jim Himes
Mayor Bill Finch
Joe Carbone, President & CEO of The WorkPlace, Inc.
Representatives from more than 15 partnering organizations including: Bridgeport Regional Business Council, Environmental Management Consultants, FSW, GroundWorks Bridgeport, Family ReEntry, Mount Aery Development Corp, Bridgeport Social Services, 5 Million Green Jobs, The Green Team, Connecticut Department of Labor, Eastern Connecticut State University, Central Connecticut State University, Housatonic Community College, Bullard-Havens Technical High School, and CT Retail Merchants Association.
What: Planning meeting to establish first-steps for Green-Up Bridgeport, a project recently funded by a $4 million Recovery Act grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.
When: Monday, January 25th
Where: City Hall Annex
Conference Room A&B (1st floor)
999 Broad Street, Bridgeport
News release from Auden Grogins
REPRESENTATIVE GROGINS NAMED VICE-CHAIR OF SUB-COMMITTEE ON REGIONALISM COMMISSION
State Rep. Auden Grogins (D-Bridgeport)has been named by House Speaker Christopher G. Donovan (D-Meriden) and House Majority Leader Denise Merrill (D-Mansfield) Vice-Chair of the State Grants to Municipalities and Mandate Relief sub-committee of a new a commission that will seek to identify opportunities for more regional collaborations designed to create efficiencies and save money for municipalities.
The Blue Ribbon Commission on Municipal Opportunities and Regional Efficiencies (MORE) began its work this week with the goal of recommending legislation during the 2010 session.
“Regionalism is critical to encourage cities and towns to work together to decrease costs and promote economic growth. That will be a key to real property tax reform,” Rep. Grogins said. “Finding efficiencies and new ways of doing business through regional cooperation will jumpstart that process. I am proud to participate in a leadership role in this important initiative, and I look forward to the positive change that our efforts will generate.”
The sub-committee is charged with, among other things, identifying areas for mandate relief, determining the costs and cost effectiveness associated with identified mandates and evaluating alternatives.
The MORE Commission is comprised of 45 Democratic members of the House of Representatives and representatives of municipalities, regional organizations, education, business, unions and non-profits.
The Commission will look at a wide spectrum of issues and opportunities facing municipalities: multi-town collaboratives, Board of Education functions, regionally-based organizations, collective bargaining, mandates, revenue sources, health care, and state grants. In each of these areas, commission subcommittees will investigate costs, benefits, resources, legal obstacles and opportunities, potential savings, consolidation, and results-based accountability (RBA) methods for tracking performance.
Rep. Grogins represents the 129th district and serves on the Education, Government Administration and Elections, and Public Health Committees.
Black Rock Library Events
The Black Rock Branch Library Announces Four Premier Events in Celebration of Black History Month
Tuesday February 2nd 6:30 – 8:00 PM
RFK in the Land of Apartheid: A Ripple of Hope
Black History Month Celebration
RFK in the Land of Apartheid: A Ripple of Hope explores the impact of Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s visit to South Africa in 1966 during the worst years of Apartheid. This penetrating documentary makes connections between the Anti-Apartheid struggle in South Africa and the American Civil Rights Movement.
Filmmaker Larry Shore will be present to introduce the film and answer questions. (2009, 56min.)
Thursday February 11th 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Civil Rights in America – A Historical Perspective
with Dr. Derrick D. McKisick
Join us for the second event in our Black History Month Celebration:
Civil Rights in America – A Historical Perspective with Dr. Derrick D. McKisick, Fairfield University Professor of History.
Thursday February 18th 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Connecticut’s Oldest Surviving African American Settlement
Please join us for the third event in our Black History Month Celebration: “Little Liberia” A look at this important part of Bridgeport history.
Maisa Tisdale, President of the Mary & Eliza Freeman Center for History and Community
Charles Brilvitch, author and noted authority on Bridgeport history
Thursday February 25th 6:30 – 8:00 PM
“Race in 21st Century America – Have We Arrived?”
Don’t miss this final event of our Black History Month Celebration – A community discussion featuring distinguished guest panelists: artist, poet and playwright Iyaba Mandingo, Witness Project of CT Executive Director Marilyn Moore, Greater Bridgeport NAACP President Carolyn Vermont, Bridgeport City Librarian Scott Hughes and several others.
When: Tuesday February 2nd 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Thursday February 11th 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Thursday February 18th 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Thursday February 25th 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Where: THE BLACK ROCK BRANCH LIBRARY
2705 Fairfield Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06605
A Gathering Place for the Entire Community