It’s All Relative, You See.

12May08

Much has been said about Mike Henrick since he became a Councilman. However, since he has become Council Chairman he has done an outstanding job for the citizens of Stratford. His actions may not always be absolutely correct, but they are actions and they are in the interest of the citizens. If a Republican were to become a candidate for mayor, based on his actions so far, I would strongly favor Mr. Henrick.

You read it in the Post (Never in the Star)

Stratford official attacks nepotism
RICHARD WEIZEL
Article Last Updated: 05/11/2008 11:34:35 PM EDT

STRATFORD — If Town Council Chairman Mike Henrick has his way, the town will no longer be able to hire close relatives of the town’s top public officials.

Henrick, R-10, said he will introduce an “anti-nepotism” ordinance to the council when it meets at 8 p.m. today in Town Hall.

Henrick cited both a “very long history of nepotism in Stratford” that predates the present administration, as well as recent events, for drafting the ordinance.

The proposal would apply to relatives of the mayor, chief administrative officer and members of the Town Council.

“Nepotism is rampant in Stratford and has been for at least 20 years,” Henrick said. “It’s time we put a policy on the books to stop it, similar to the school district and many other towns.”

Henrick also pointed to the recent flap over 29-year-old Christian Miron, the brother of Mayor James R. Miron, who was issued a conditional offer of employment as a police officer. Henrick was critical of the job offer since a detailed, nine-page background investigation of the younger Miron — leaked to the media and some council members — while giving Miron an overall recommendation for the post, also raised questions about his viability.

Henrick’s proposal would preclude close relatives from being hired, even if they are qualified for a job. He conceded, however, that the ordinance would have to be “grandfathered” so it would not have an impact on current employees or applicants.

“The town of Stratford will not hire any person to fill any paid employment position who is an immediate family member of the mayor, CAO or of any member of the Town Council,” the proposed ordinance states. “Immediate family member is defined as spouse, child, sibling, parent, spouse of a child, spouse of a sibling, stepchild, stepparent or stepsibling,” according to the proposal.

But some council members think the proposal goes too far.

“I can’t support something that is so restrictive because it would discriminate against qualified people just because they happen to be relatives of certain town officials,” said council Minority Leader Alvin O’Neal, D-2. “I could only support an ordinance that would not allow nepotism in instances when the applicant is clearly not the most qualified candidate for a position,” said O’Neal.

Miron also opposes the ordinance.

“We already have a checks-and-balances system in place that allows the Ethics Commission to investigate any circumstance in which an individual believes nepotism has occurred,” Miron said. “No one in Stratford has been hired who is not qualified to do their job.”

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37 Responses to “It’s All Relative, You See.”

  1. 1 pcsperling

    Bravo Mr. Henrick! It’s about time an ordinance such as that is put into play.

    Mr. Henrick is right – it’s been happening long before Jim Miron was elected, but the nepotistic hires have been blatant, in-our-face acts, proving just how much he cares about the people he was elected to serve.

    Starlooker is correct – Jim Miron may go down in history as Stratford’s first mayor, but anything positive that he may have done or will do before his term is up, will be overshadowed by the negative light he’s and his cronies cast on our Town.

  2. 2 gforrester

    DEFINITIONS:
    Relative – Parent, foster parent, spouse, child, sibling, grandparent, grandchild, aunt, uncle, cousin,
    in-law or step relative, or any person with whom the employee has a close personal relationship.
    Personal relationship – relationship between individuals who have or have had a continuing
    relationship of a romantic or intimate nature.
    Spheres of influence – scope in which an employee exerts direct or indirect control over another.
    Economic relationship – fiduciary relationship in which one employee benefits by receiving
    financial remuneration such as landlord/tenant relationships or business partnerships.
    Fraternization – relationship of an intimate or romantic nature between a supervisor and his/her
    subordinates or conduct that creates the appearance of impression that such a relationship exists.

    This is an except of the Livingston County Michigan policy which goes even further to include “Economic Relationships”

  3. 3 pcsperling

    So, can anyone confirm that Heather Habelka’s father just got a job with the Town and if so, in what capacity?

  4. 4 jezebel282

    WHAT????

  5. 5 pcsperling

    Jeze ~ that wasn’t quite my reaction – a little more like WTF!!!!!

  6. 6 jezebel282

    Pat,

    Now, now…we’re LADIES, remember?

    Heather Habelka’s father? OMG!

  7. 7 pcsperling

    Oops, I forgot. Sometimes I need a reminder when things get like this get me fired up!

    So, tell me, when the next mayor gets elected, do ya’ think he or she will clean house the family and friends network that Miron created at Town Hall? Got to tell you, if this is fact, it’s getting really, really ridiculous and much more blatant.

    You can’t make this stuff up!

  8. 8 1george1

    Saturday there was an obit for Susan McCauley Unwin, and listed
    “Mrs.” Tony Ross of Stratford as a relative.

    (There was NO MENTION of C. A. O. Suzanne McCauley, as a relative,
    but there was a male relative in Easton, where Suzanne came from)

    There is a Tony Ross of Stratford, who is a retired Fireman and his son
    is a Fireman. This Tony told me he is a CLOSE FRIEND of Dick Miron and
    he said it with AFFECTION & (platonic) PASSION, which is good to hear,
    since Ihad NEVER heard anyone speak highly of Dick.
    I respect Tony Ross for outstanding MASONIC work on the WW II
    Memorial, in building it and also for Lawn Care.
    I do not care that Dick Miron won the Bid for Materials and this is ONE
    thing in which I am PROUD came to being built, even with Dick Miron
    winning the Materials BID and JIM FEEHAN being the SPONSOR.

    I gotta give PRAISE & PROPS where it is DUE.

    I am stunned this Ordinance is proposed by Henrick?
    Frankly, I thought he was mostly a political hack, although he has
    done some good things on Building needs.

    I did not like what he and Crudo did to Ed Hargus.
    I doubt Crudo and he understood what it did to Ed, and I suspect
    they regretted over reacting to Ed’s stupid remark that NO ONE
    would EVER CONSIDER was a SERIOUS THREAT to ANYONE!

    I would like Henrich’s Ordiance with GAVIN’S FYI applied to all COMMISSIONS, specfically the ETHICS COMMISSION and clean out that CARP HOLE leadership.
    > Specifically Chaloux, ex-employer of Burturla’s daughter!
    > Although I like Sue Birge, relationships COLOR decisions!
    > I forget Mike’s last name, who was Jack Terceno’s best friend.
    I like & respect Mike and Jack, although disagree with much of Jack’s
    Liberal bent (many places to agree) and Mike is far more conservative.

    George H W Bush & W J Clinton administrations have virtually destroyed
    the below and it might even have been taken out of the U. S. CODE,
    during the Cheney / W. Bush Administration >

    = =

    Code of Ethics for U.S. Government Service
    Adopted July 11, 1958

    Resolved by the House of Representatives {the Senate concurring}, That it is the sense of the Congress that the following Code of Ethics should be adhered to by all Government employees, including officeholders.

    CODE OF ETHICS FOR GOVERNMENT SERVICE

    Any person in Government service should:

    1. Put loyalty to the highest moral principals and to country above loyalty to Government persons, party, or department.

    2. Uphold the Constitution, laws, and legal regulations of the United States and of all governments therein and never be a party to their evasion.

    3. Give a full day’s labor for a full day’s pay; giving to the performance of his duties his earnest effort and best thought.

    4. Seek to find and employ more efficient and economical ways of getting tasks accomplished.

    5. Never discriminate unfairly by the dispensing of special favors or privileges to anyone, whether for remuneration or not; and never accept for himself or his family, favors or benefits under circumstances which might be construed by reasonable persons as influencing the performance of his governmental duties.

    6. Make no private promises of any kind binding upon the duties of office, since a Government employee has no private word which can be binding on public duty.

    7. Engage in no business with the Government, either directly or indirectly which is inconsistent with the conscientious performance of his governmental duties.

    8. Never use any information coming to him confidentially in the performance of governmental duties as a means for making private profit.

    9. Expose corruption wherever discovered.

    10. Uphold these principles, ever conscious that public office is a public trust.

    [Source: U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee]

    =

    I doubt anyone in Berchem or among “SOME” of the MIRON / Norm people,
    could even understand, never mind practice this level of ETHICS.

  9. 9 mikereynolds

    I have a question for all our charter and policy experts…

    Let’s say for the sake of argument that the CRC changes its mind and decides it wants to enact a rule that says the town council will have say in who the mayor hires/fires.

    Fast forward to the next mayoral election. King Miron is defeated by Republican candidate John Q. Public.

    Mayor Public wants to undo what King Miron has done and he wants to hire qualified department heads and trim some of the fat at City Hall.

    Unfortunately, while Mayor Public has won the mayoral election, there has been a shift in the Town Council and the Democrats have a 6-4 majority.

    Now, when Mayor Public wants to rid City Hall of nepotism, he’s got a fight on his hands because the Town Council is run by Democrats and they want to help now dethroned King Miron save face, etc. All those Democrats needs is one dissenter from the minority, maybe an Independant candidate that snuck into a district seat, and Mayor Public, who vowed to potential voters that he’s going to clean house and restore order to City Hall, is stuck with Jim Miron’s friends and family.

    Possible?

  10. 10 freedomofspeach

    Well since the charter only really allows the department heads to be “at will” and “at the pleasure of the Mayor” anyone else, such as Christen if appointed to the PD, or Heathers father if that is true, cannot be fired (legally and technically) but for cause or taking the position out of the budget.

    It was my understanding that eliminating funding to positions to get people out has cost the town plenty of money in legal and settlement charges, much more than if they kept the person in the position and let them retire.

  11. 11 jezebel282

    Mike,

    There needs to be some mechanism to review hiring and firing in this town. We have had one example after another of the BAD things that can happen. Perhaps we can fall back on instituting Civil Service here, but that will add more bureaucracy that can be imagined. Council overview seems to be a measured response.

    Councilmen are subject to much more public abuse and more often. Right, Gavin?

  12. 12 freedomofspeach

    If the process is open and everyone knows there are job openings they won’t get blindsided, and then the TC can ask the hard questions like why after 100 applicants the Mayors brother made it to the hiring list? I am sure there was a “nationwide” search for the grants position that was amazingly filled by the mayors’ campaign press secretary who spent a lot of time at home.

  13. 13 gforrester

    “Unfortunately, while Mayor Public has won the mayoral election, there has been a shift in the Town Council and the Democrats have a 6-4 majority.”

    Very unlikely since the last 20 year history shows us that the Town Council was held by the Democratic Party twice.

    Clem Naples was named chairman with a 6-5 Dem. Majority back in 93-95 I believe (Rudy Weiss’s last term) and Bob Calzone had a 6-5 fractionalized majority in 2000-01 & 01-03. There has not been a Democratic Council Member in districts 1/7/8/9/10 in quite some time so maybe you could be looking at a 5-5 split. Collier (1st) Before my time (7th) Blake (8th) Ross (9th) David (10th) and up until this year Schrillo (6th)

  14. 14 gforrester

    “Councilmen are subject to much more public abuse and more often. Right, Gavin?”

    Historically that is the case Jez. Once in a great while someone likes what we have done and says so but that is rare lol.

    I will probably still get abuse long after I have retired from the Council at the end of 2009 due to term limits. I was once told that someone called, I think it was Tony Schrillo, 4 years after he was out of office and re-districted to tell him what a lousy job he was doing lol.

  15. 15 1george1

    Mike,
    Your issue about eliminating Miron appointments is right on target of the
    QUESTION I raised over a month ago to JEZE about institutionalizing the
    POLITICAL hires, and giving them MORE JOB PROTECTIONS.

    This is in the Department head area, rather than the LoSchiavo boys /
    Chris Miron level of Employees.

    In the 1971 Postal Reorganization Act, under NIXON, they kept all of the
    PUTZ / SCHMUCKS of POLITICAL APPOINTMENTS in Management, in place,
    while turning it into Civil Service, which is supposed to be Merit based.

    Unfortunately the Political Appointees (KGB equivalents) control every
    Department and Agency in the Federal, State, & Local Governments.
    > Mike, as such, they control who gives the test and can influence the
    results of testing, by simply having the one tested fill out another test
    at home and they can fill in the blanks….
    > Mike it is almost like URINE SUBSTITUTE for athletes, except it is … 😦

    =

    “Councilmen are subject to much more public abuse and more often. Right, Gavin?”

    Historically that is the case Jez. Once in a great while someone likes what we have done and says so but that is rare lol.

    Aw Gavin, I give ya props MANY, MANY TIMES & you are the ONLY PLASTIC DONKEY
    RECIPIENT, with NO PLASTIC ELEPHANT RECIPIENTS and ya don’t even acknowledge that ya gets credit, even from people who RAN against you, like Paul Joy too?

    =

    I will probably still get abuse long after I have retired from the Council at the end of 2009 due to term limits. I was once told that someone called, I think it was Tony Schrillo, 4 years after he was out of office and re-districted to tell him what a lousy job he was doing lol.

    Ya mean the Tony Schirillo who
    1) spent $ 250,000 paving Shakespeare, when so many streets, especially in Dem Districts needed paving.
    2) helped raise the Town Attorney fees to more than double
    3) helped appoint Dick Miron as Registrar
    4) was instrumental in appointing Dick Burturla as Town Attorney.
    5) assisted in the canard Civil Law suit grand theft of my rights and covered
    up any help for investigation into MURDER?
    6) I could add to a Bill of Particulars…IF there was a legitimate VENUE in
    CORRUPT-icut’s Political In-Justice system, and I am sure you read what I
    wrote about other items in this SUBOR-NATION.

    I gotta call Tony and tell him what a lousy job he did and is doin?
    Worse of all…
    Tony is not a bad person and means well, but like many, he is a captive of…
    POLITICAL LOYALTY above his CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY, and I have told him to
    his face.

  16. 16 1george1

    WITH my brief COMMENT

    An Act (or Bill) of Attainder is a Parliamentary proceedure in which Parliament passes judicial sentence on an accused person as if it were a court of law. In essence Parliament acts in place of a judge and jury, with the Bill of Attainder supplanting a judicial verdict. The accused criminal is sentenced by statute of law rather than by a judiial decision.

    A bill of attainder (also known as an act or writ of attainder) is an act of legislature declaring a person or group of persons guilty of some crime and punishing them without benefit of a trial. The United States Constitution forbids both the federal and state governments to enact bills of attainder, in Article 1, Sections 9 and 10, respectively. It was considered an excess or abuse of the British monarchy and Parliament. They are fundamentally impossible to abolish in the United Kingdom because of parliamentary sovereignty – any statute purporting to abolish bills of attainder would be superseded and by implication repealed by any later parliament actually passing an act of attainder – though no bills of attainder have been passed since 1798. Attainder as such was also a legal consequence of convictions in courts of law, but this ceased to be a part of punishment in 1870

    Henrick Ordinance is too narrow, to realistically reduce REAL Stratford nepotism

    The Star Chamber (Latin Camera stellata) was an English court of law that sat at the royal Palace of Westminster until 1641. It was mistakenly thought that in 1487 an act was passed which established a special “Court of Star Chamber” to deal with the nobles; however; the only legislation passed in that year in this context was to set up a tribunal to prevent the intimidation of juries and to stop retaining. It seems to have gone out of use by 1509 and it had no connection with the later Court of Star Chamber whose primary purpose was to hear political libel and treason cases.

    In modern usage, legal or administrative bodies with strict, arbitrary rulings and secretive proceedings are sometimes called, metaphorically or poetically, star chambers. This is a pejorative term and intended to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the proceedings. The inherent lack of objectivity of any politically motivated charges has led to substantial reforms in English law in most jurisdictions since that time.

    USA political justice system. Executive Session. Berchem + Burturla + Holcolm + Scot Rite – Ancient Orders – Religeous nuts > Feds / State / Locals in Mulligan vs Mossman

    keenan long wire

    The doctrine of containment emerged in 1945 and 1946 as hopes faded of a harmonious postwar relationship between the victorious Allied Powers, including the United States, the United Kingdom, France, and the Soviet Union. Failure to agree over arrangements for administering Germany under occupation, conflict in Greece and Turkey, and the Soviet establishment of the Communist Information Bureau (Cominform) under the auspices of the old socialist Internationals, were early indications of a new, wide-ranging conflict.

    American resistance to perceived Soviet aggression and expansionism could have taken a variety of active or passive forms. The intellectual origins of containment are usually traced to a diplomatic dispatch, the so-called “Long Telegram” sent from the United States Embassy in Moscow on February 22, 1946, by George Kennan. Then a middle-ranking diplomat, Kennan soon rose to lead the policy planning staff at the U.S. Department of State. A revised version of his analysis was published under the pseudonym “Mr. X” and titled “The Sources of Soviet Conduct” in the journal Foreign Affairs, in July 1947.

    The essence of Kennan’s analysis was that the Soviet Union was driven to relentless hostility against capitalist democracies by the nature of its communist ideology and by its rigid political and economic system. Yielding to the Soviet Union, Kennan argued, would repeat the error of appeasement made in the 1938 Munich Pact, in which European powers submitted to the territorial demands of German leader Adolf Hitler. On the other hand, according to Kennan, the Soviet Union was likely to move cautiously. Consequently, there was no need for the United States and its allies to go on the offensive or to plan for an inevitable war. If the Soviet Union could be firmly “contained,” its system would ultimately collapse by the nature of its own inefficiencies, cruelties, and incompatibility with human aspirations.

    Co-incidence the USSR packed it in on 200th Anniversary of USA Constitution?
    Then the USA found a NEW MISSION / NEW ENEMY with non nuclear BIN LADEN
    surrogate, and killed off former ALLIES / enemies of USSR, rebuilding USSR with
    KITED OIL / GAS prices.
    Taking over almost virgin IRAQ OIL FIELDS, near the surface = easy & cheap to get?

    Lowering Israeli deaths vs. Arabs with IRAQ WAR, yet still with policies for the
    SWORDS of DAMOCLES
    1. Of ARABS aimed at ISRAEL
    2. Of KOREA aimed at JAPAN

    Blue Star mothers of Stratford, have a vested interest in PEACE.

    ==

    The Official Secrets Act is any of several Acts of the Parliament of the United Kingdom for the protection of official information, mainly related to national security. The latest revision is Official Secrets Act 1989 (1989 chapter 6), which removed the public interest defence by repealing section 2 of Official Secrets Act 1911.

    > Note the TIMING. Immediately AFTER the USSR collapse and end of the COLD WAR.
    A WAR which was COLD in europe, but raged in the 3rd World, where TURKEY
    SHOOTS of Civilians and outclassed Militaries ……

    ==

    The USA PATRIOT Act, commonly known as the ‘Patriot’ act, is an Act of Congress that United States President George W. Bush signed into law on October 26, 2001. The acronym stands for ” Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001″ (Public Law Pub.L. 107-56).

    The act expands the authority of US law enforcement agencies for the stated purpose of fighting terrorism in the United States and abroad. Among its provisions, the Act increases the ability of law enforcement agencies to search telephone, e-mail communications, medical, financial and other records; eases restrictions on foreign intelligence gathering within the United States; expands the Secretary of the Treasury’s authority to regulate financial transactions, particularly those involving foreign individuals and entities; and enhances the discretion of law enforcement and immigration authorities in detaining and deporting immigrants suspected of terrorism-related acts. The act also expands the definition of terrorism to include domestic terrorism, thus enlarging the number of activities to which the USA Patriot Act’s expanded law enforcement powers can be applied.

    > Note the TIMING. Immediately AFTER the 9/11 attack. The USA had a new enemy & the Military had a new mission. Budgets of Security & Military increased. The pay for PENTAGON and INTELLIGENCE CONSULTANTS INCREASED, as did JOBS at MILITARY CONTRACTOR COMPANIES, who saw dramatic growth in CONTRACTS.
    Yet AVCO was CLOSED and SIKORSKY lost the Presidential Helicopter?

    ->
    When they took the 4th Amendment, I was quiet because I didn’t deal drugs.
    When they took the 6th Amendment, I was quiet because I am innocent.
    When they took the 2nd Amendment, I was quiet because I don’t own a gun.
    Now they have taken the 1st Amendment …and I can only be quiet.”
    – Lyle Myhr
    ->
    “This year will go down in history. For the first time a civilized nation has full gun registration! Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient and the world will follow our lead in the future.”
    – Adolf Hitler 1938
    ->
    “The American Republic will endure, until politicians realize they can bribe the people with their own money.”
    – Alexis de Tocquevile = “MOTTO of BERCHEM, MOSES, DEVIL, & BURTURLA?
    ->
    America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.
    Alexis de Tocqueville
    ->
    The surface of American society is covered with a layer of democratic paint, but from time to time one can see the old aristocratic colours breaking through.
    Alexis de Tocqueville
    ->
    There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle.
    Alexis de Tocqueville

    Just some food for thought for the CRC and others to consider whether we / you
    truly want STRONG GOVERNMENT…..

    OR ….

    GOOD GOVERNMENT

    > Expand your focus, open your minds, unclench your fists…with hands open

  17. 17 jezebel282

    Nepotism? What nepotism?

    You read it in the Post:

    Henrick blasted on nepotism plan
    Article Last Updated: 06/10/2008 11:28:32 AM EDT

    It seems to me there are other issues that need Stratford Town Council Chairman Michael F. Henrick’s attention at this time. After all, it is budget season!

    Isn’t there enough on Henrick’s plate in considering the town budget instead of wasting the time of the Town Council and taxpayers proposing an ordinance creating a town anti-nepotism policy? There is already an anti-nepotism policy in the town’s ethics ordinance — or hasn’t Henrick read it? I urge Henrick to please stop grandstanding and start working for the town instead of always working against the mayor and constantly demonstrating his petty ignorance.

    Margo Paquette Stratford

  18. 18 1george1

    Hmmm?
    Margo does not like Henrick?
    Surprize there.

    Didn’t they publish a letter of hers about 1 month ago about a very
    complaint and that there are Ethics rules to cover that already?
    > However if you control the Ethics Commission – strike 1
    > However if you control the Police Department – strike 2
    > And now if you control the CT. POST – strike 3

    One more OUT

    It is almost like keeping the Head of the Charter Revision Commission on the
    payroll of the Town Atorney and Mayor, since he was the Town Attorney
    when 42 % of the Registered Voters turned out in an off year election to
    support the Referendums on
    > Term Limits – strike 1
    > 2 % Budget Cap – strike 2
    > Prohibit Financial Self Interest – strike 3

    Hmmmm?
    I wonder if several of the people on the C. R. C. have financial self interest,
    which became a LAW?
    > I can turn to the Democratic Town Committee – strike 1
    > I can turn to the Republican Town Committee – strike 2
    > I can turn to the Town Council – Foul Ball
    > I can turn to the Town Mayor – Foul Ball
    > I can turn to the Town Attorney – Foul Ball
    > I can turn to the Town Police Chief – Foul Ball
    > I can turn to the State Attorney General who was Kevin Kelly’s boss – Foul Ball
    > I can turn to the State Criminal Attorney Kevin Kane – Foul Ball
    > I can turn to the United States Attorney Kevin O’Connor who was appointed to follow up for GO GO Gonzalez as # 3 in the entire Justice Department – Foul Ball
    > I can turn to the United States FBI > Oh they work for the US Attorney and the
    politically appointed leaders in the USA IN justice Department – strike 3.

    Lookin like there will be NO JOY in Mudville when they finally realize they
    placed their bets on people who rigged the game? (against everyone else)

  19. 19 freedomofspeach

    Hey Margo, if there is a viable and enforceable anti nepotism regulation in place, how do you explain two and a half Lachavos and a unqualified Miron getting jobs? Let’s see the Deputy Chief of Police family members and the Mayors brother get jobs when the rule is in place it must mean that its unenforceable or they are saying screw the taxpayers. What one is it?

    Oh, I guess the regulation promotes nepotism and Hendrick wants to stop it, and that’s the problem.

  20. 20 1george1

    Next inning we can start with the same State Reps who shorted Stratford
    $ 54,000,000 in E. C. S., messed up the Shakespeare, meesed up DOT I -95,
    messed up DEP on Raymark site.

    Looks like it will be another hitless inning.

    But wait the next inning we can appeal to the U. S. Senators & Congress
    who closed down AVCO, down sized Sikorsky, delayed EPA clean up/funds
    > allowed OIL supplies and prices to spiral to cause PAIN / CHANGE
    > changed the laws on credit cards interest
    > changed the laws on bankruptcy
    > changed the rules on borrowing & created the situation on foreclosures.
    > didn’t do due diligence on going to War, perpetuating sedition.
    > perpetuate the War on Crime, instead of real Edukation
    > raised and spent almost $ 500,000,000 on presidential primaries,
    (from Oil / War / Crime / Hedge funds > $?)

    Looks like it will be another hitless inning.

    Wait! We have the Cheney / Bush Whitehouse and the Rockefeller Senate
    Intelligence Committee.

    Looks like it will be another hitless inning.

    Wait! We have the Patriots in the Defense Department.
    Ooops. War increases the Budget and chances for promotion.

    Looks like it will be another hitless inning.

    Wait! We have the Supreme Court and the inferior courts …

    Looks like it will be another hitless inning.

    Wait! We have the Corporate controlled electronic and printed media?

    Looks like it will be another hitless inning.

    Wait! We have the colleges and institutions of higher learning. Oh, the
    Presidents come from the White House or Legislative Branches like
    Schultz, Rice, Gates, Boren and/or the big instutions were created by the
    Rober Barons like Cornelius Vanderbilt, Leland Stanford, Rockefellers &
    other for Univ Chicago, Duke, and then there is the IVY League.
    and the Professors have to work for the Governments to bring Grant $$.

    Looks like it will be another hitless inning.

    Wait! We have Corporate America!

    Looks like it will be another hitless inning.

    Wait! we have the Military Academies. Oh, I forgot, they are all political
    appointments, who in turn appreciate their political patrons.

    Looks like it will be another hitless inning.

    Who was it that said >

    Justice delayed,
    is
    Justice denied

    First they came for the Jews
    Then they came for the Gyptsies
    Then they came for the Catholics
    Then then came for the Protestants
    Then they came for the Masons
    Then they came for me….

    No man is an island ………..
    Ask not for whom the bell tolls,
    it tolls for thee!

  21. 21 1george1

    Freedom,
    For someone bouncing around the USA, and never living in Stratford,
    you seem to be well informed about personnel issues…. Hmmmm.

    But then you mess up my question by misspelling LoSchiavo?

    I gotta ask, with no intent to be cruel.
    I didn’t understand Jeze’s reference to Tubes, which he then attributed to
    Alaska OIL Senator Stevens …. but (Lob alert)

    Two and a half LoSchiavos?

    Unqualified Miron(s)?

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Where did SUDDS go?
    Where did GB Cheddarhear go?
    Where did Mike Reynolds go?
    Not much from Cyclops.
    Taxpayer Tim & On Target dropped off the edge of the World.

    Come back Shane…
    Shane?

    S h a m e

  22. 22 freedomofspeach

    1George1

    1. As I said I have followed Fairfield County local politics when I was in Connecticut and still do. These people have been around for many years.

    2. I spelled it phonetically as I did not remember the exact spelling.

    3. It was my understanding that Stratford hired 2 family members and one in-law, if that’s incorrect, please let me know so I can correct the record. I always try to be factual.

    4. From what I understand, Christian was deemed not the best choice for the police position. In fact, from the news reports he clearly lied on his polygraph exam, and that should have been an automatic no hire.

    5. Looks like your rambling again, and that takes away (in my opinion) from some of the great on point arguments that you make.

  23. 23 jezebel282

    Freedom,

    You forgot the Buturla Boys. And let’s not leave out Kent Miller, Miron’s childhood friend, who started out as a $45,000/year go-fer for Miron and now makes a nice coin at Berchem, Moses & Devlin.

    George,

    Ted Stevens was in charge of the committee that oversees the internet. Something he obviously knew nothing about. (Just in case, George, the internet is not made up of tubes). He got there through politics and outlasting the competition.

  24. 24 1george1

    Freedom,
    Thank you for the compliment.
    Thank you for the constructive criticism.
    My dad took me to see the Mets vs. Phillies.
    Mike Schmidt was in his rookie year.
    Mike Schmidt struck out 5 times, that game.
    Made me wonder why he had such a big build up?

    He only went on to be a Hall of Famer.
    I doubt if his life time Battting Average is .300.

    If I could hit .300 on these blogs, and hit with power,
    and have defense, I might be a 4 tool player
    (I’ll never have speed) 😉

    Freedom, I am happy to take positives when they wander my way.

    I suspect others know more about the LoSchiavo’s than I do.

    Freedom, you do seem pretty well plugged in.
    Most Town Residents don’t even know where the council star chambers
    are located… 🙂

    As one prominent Dem stated, they should have sent Christian to a nearby
    town and we could have taken one of theirs. When defining lose-lose-lose
    in Webster’s dictionary, it refers to Stratford politics and the public.

    Christian is not a bad young man. He and sister Brook have ALWAYS been
    polite to me, and I try to give mutual respect. I have yet to meet a perfect
    person, and if the Almanac is correct about 70 % of Americans experimented
    with X Y Z . (I do NOT Drink alcohol; NOT do CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES; NOT
    SMOKE; NON abuse PERSCRIPTION DRUGS. > However I am OBESE so I guess I
    have a SUGAR abuse problem (not sticky nose issue) )

    Freedom, I believe you did indicate you ARE an Attorney
    (I won’t hold it against you)

    Maybe you can explaint to the blog readers about

    1) UNCONSTITUTIONALITY of “Corruption of the Blood”

    2) UNCONSTITUTIONALITY of “ACT of Attainder” (anti nepotism ordinance)
    (I am not in favor of nepotism, graft, patronage or Town Committee vampires)

    3) CONSTITUTIONAL PURVIEW of “JUST CONCENT” of the GOVERNED.

    4) Definition and Differentiation between INALIENABLE RIGHTS and
    ENLIGHTENED SELF INTEREST as cause and basis for “RULE of LAW.”

    Freedom of speach, this can be your SHOW TIME!!! 🙂

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Lastly,
    I have known many, many people far worse than the Mirons / Burturlas.
    It is just there are political difference on the part of some people, which
    HARM others. Totally UN-NECESSARY!
    I believe innocents and “relative innocents” should not be transmorgrified!

    People, it is the people out side of Stratford who stir the pot, plant the
    seeds, nurture the fruits of the poisoned tree. Even Fagan and his band
    of pick pocked reconized the need for “honor among THIEVES!”
    That is the whole BASIS of the MAGNA CARTA!”

    The princes and nobles of England were just as ignoble and slimy as the
    rest of the world, but they recognized the whole was greater then the
    parts…

    As it WIKIPEDIA’s definition of the BOOK “UTOPIA” the various royal families
    would send their rambunctious warriors around the world to wreck mayham
    on unsuspecting aboriginies.
    They set up their own empires overseas, much like Milton’s Paradise Lost.
    As they grew older and consolidated power, they needed people to obey
    the rules they broke, to perpetuate themselves.

    They devised ranks, chains of commands, civilian, military, business, and other
    groups, all designed to protect the KEEP of the Castle.

    That is the past and present.

    ———-

    Right now my friends, every one of you is more blessed in a material sense
    than most kings and emperors of less than a century ago.

    As I kiddingly repeat.

    IF YOU LET the SYSTEM WORK, everyone can STEAL MORE….
    and it won’t even be STEALING, because PIES can become SOOOO BIG…

  25. 25 freedomofspeach

    1george1 I will answer only because I am curious on how this intertwines with the subject at hand, as you don’t have a constitutional question in Stratford

    “UNCONSTITUTIONALITY of “Corruption of the Blood””
    Simply put the term means the person was found to have committed “treasonous acts” and thus prohibited them from passing on any property or inheritance, usually after a Bill of Attainder. It was heavily used against our nation’s founders to try and get them in line. It is unconstitutional.

    “UNCONSTITUTIONALITY of “ACT of Attainder” (anti nepotism ordinance)
    (I am not in favor of nepotism, graft, patronage or Town Committee vampires)”
    It is an act or a bill that punishes a single person or group, it is unconstitutional under Article 1 Section 9 Clause 3, and Section 10 if I remember correctly. I don’t see any relationship to the anti-nepotism ordinance, nor is there any case law to prevent enacting one. It is different from an act of impeachment or a prohibition by ordnance.

    “CONSTITUTIONAL PURVIEW of “JUST CONCENT” of the GOVERNED.”
    Well that’s from the Declaration of Independence, the context is “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,….” Sometimes the government forgets.

    “Definition and Differentiation between INALIENABLE RIGHTS and
    ENLIGHTENED SELF INTEREST as cause and basis for “RULE of LAW.”
    Not sure I can follow that one, Enlightened Self Interest is a ethical conundrum that states that anyone doing something good for someone is presently or will eventually be doing it for their own self interest.

    Inalienable Rights are the ones that cannot be taken away, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, ect.

    Not sure how this is the cause and basis for Rule of Law, as ROL is basically that no one is above the law.

    Clue me in if its related to the subejct at hand, as long as it doesn’t include the trilateral commission, UFOs, Bush, Oil/War/Industrial Complexes, conspiracies among nations to take over minds, ect.

  26. 26 1george1

    Thank you Freedom:

    I will work backwards first, from the above response

    Generally, the Declaration of Independence is regarded as cause for separation
    from the Colonial Country.
    Many people assume it is the PURVIEW for the U. S. CONSTITUTION.
    In the practice of Law and rule of Law, I don’t believe it (SO FAR) has standing,
    unless some Supreme Court or Legislative actions eventually decides to add it.

    In HISTORY, the Declaration of Independence and Constitution are studies either
    jointly or in close proximation for causal, dialectic, and reactive relationships.

    The CONSTITUTION had a hard time being implemented / ratified, until the
    Bill of Rights was added, making the CONSTITUTION into an organic legal
    document. (This means it can grow and evolve)

    The CONSTITUTION and rule of LAW, limits the INALIENABLE RIGHTS noted in
    the Declaration of Independence, which was purportedly product of the
    ENLIGHTENED SELF INTEREST movement, and is somewhat Anti-thetical to the
    unencumbered human rights, whereas people willingly give up rights under
    CONDITIONAL COMPACTS and AGREEMENTS. (Like the Mayflower compact or
    the writings of Thomas Payne, George Mason, Descartes, Voltaire, etc.)

    I believe:
    1) The Declaration of Independence exists in the 9th & 10th Amendments
    of the Constitution.
    2) The Amendments are SUPERIOR to the CONSTITUTION, which is a
    conditional and organic document.
    3) Since the Constitution holds itself to be the SUPREME LAW of the LAND
    in at least 2 places in its’ own TEXT, then EVERYTHING and EVERY PUBLIC
    Office holder (Appointed or Elected – Manager or Employee)
    must subordinate it/him/herself to the CONSTITUTION in
    1 – STRATFORD LAW, Ordinances, Resolutions, Codes, Regulations and/ or
    TOWN CHARTER; or
    2 – CT CONSTITUTION LAW, Statutes, Rules, Regulations , Codes, Practices;
    3 – US CODE, of legal laws, Rules, Regulations , Codes, Practices;

    FREEDOM = Those are the relationships of the Declaration of Independence
    and U. S. Constitution to Stratford, from my view and OPINION.

    We agree that in principle, although not in practice:
    “Not sure how this is the cause and basis for Rule of Law,
    as ROL is basically that no one is above the law.”

    END of those points. I await your perspective, and that of others.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    The point on: “JUST CONCENT.”

    We have CONSUMER protection LAWS, CONTRACT LAWS, even RICO ACT.
    They have ACTIONABLE PENALTIES which involve prison, fines, and even
    loss of Property related to the fruit of the poinsoned tree or BUSHES.

    What if those LAWS were applied to POLITICIANS & LAWYER PICK POCKETS?
    A) Can anyone suggest LOCAL / STRATFORD “candidates?”
    B) What about the INSIDER TRAITORS / TRADERS in the WHITE HOUSE and
    the ONGRESS, whose decisions have affected Stratford.

    END of that point. I await your perspective, and that of others.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    “ACT of Attainder”
    WIKIPEDIA > A bill of attainder (also known as an act or writ of attainder)
    is an act of legislature declaring a person or group of persons guilty of
    some crime and punishing them without benefit of a trial.

    KEY phrase > person or group of persons


    If you selectively eliminate the QUALIFIED situations, and PROJECT
    the potential for SUBJECTIVE MISCHIEF … of the below >
    Bills of attainder are special acts of the legislature that inflict (capital)
    punishments upon persons supposed to be guilty of (high) offenses,
    (such as treason and felony,) without any conviction in the ordinary
    course of judicial proceedings.

    In truth, I was unaware that it SPECIFICALLY referred to
    CAPTIAL CRIMES
    HIGH OFFENSES
    TREASON & FELONY

    My perceptions were about
    “special acts of the legislature that inflict punishments upon persons
    supposed to be guilty”
    “without any conviction”
    “ordinary course of judicial proceedings”

    Mike Henrick’s proposed
    “special act of the legislature” YOU can project the REST

    Simply my interpretation of abuse of legislative discretion towards an
    individual or group of individuals, which are “inconsistant with EQUAL
    PROTECTION of the LAW!”
    Or…
    Liberty and Justice of all…All…ALL… A L L !!!!
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    “Corruption of the Blood”

    DICK MIRON did X Y or Z

    What does that have to do with Jim, Ann, Chris, Brook?
    Unless one can prove
    1) a crime was committed;
    2) intent or foreknowledge to be accessory
    3) intent or foreknowledge to be an accomplis

    JIM MIRON did A B or C
    What does that have to do with Dick, Ann, Chris, Brook?
    Unless one can prove
    1) a crime was committed;
    2) intent or foreknowledge to be accessory
    3) intent or foreknowledge to be an accomplis

    Any other MIRON did E L or P
    What does that have to do with the others who
    1) Were not a Public Figure?
    2) If a Public figure from past, is now inactive?
    3) If a present Public figure, was neither CAUSAL to,
    INSTUMENTAL IN; or ASSISTED in harm or crime to others.

    Everyone makes mistakes.
    No one can be responsible for decisions of others.
    Blood is thicker than water, both in good and bad

    My POINT is that why over react with schadenfreude on the pain
    or actions of others who are family or support, when the focus
    should be in correcting the problem and persons responsible.

    DISCIPLINE is supposed to be CORRECTIVE in NATURE and
    NOT PUNITIVE in NATURE.

    FAILURE is the PARENT of SUCCESS.
    POLITICS should be the ART of the POSSIBLE.

    Federist papers inversions:
    LAWS should be for the MANY, not for the FEW.
    HISTORY has proven that peoples’ rights are in most danger when held
    by those least held in suspicion.
    CONTROL the means of a man’s SUBSISTENANCE, and you CONTROL his WILL,
    which is diametric to Declaration of Independence, and additional cause
    for the evisceration of CONTROL SUBSTANCES & RUG DEPENDANCIES!

    One can PROJECT how that affects Stratford, via FREE Association.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    POLITICAL DOPE RINGS

    Each political party:
    Run by DOPES
    Run the DOPE

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

  27. 27 jezebel282

    Sigh…I give George his own page and this is the thanks I get?

  28. 28 1george1

    Sorry Jeze,
    I was answering Freedom’s reply and it is easier for everyone, including
    myself in responding, to scroll up and then back down to respond.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I found it interesting that commentary is greatly reduced since my letters
    to the editor were published about the CANARD C. R. C. / CHARTER and
    Burturla’s opinion.

    Tuesday got really interesting with “very, very provacative e-mails” from
    politically appointed people.
    I believe I “MAY HAVE”caught people in lies and trying to set up a controlled
    situation which is supposed to be non political. I am not naming names and
    not casting doubt on anyone’s reputation, as I have place a QUALIFICATION
    on MY BELIEF, as noted in this paragraph.

    I can not get into specifics, predicated on what happens in a meeting.
    However, when after the Meeting the agreements and rules appeared
    to have been shams, I believe I have a right to “generally” make some
    people aware, including to keep people from doing something stupid,
    trying to provoke and entrap me, and having altered information.
    Especially since there are people with Motive to want to harm me or
    warn me off a situation, which they are too self centered to realize,
    my alternatives are in their best long term interests.

    Several people I communicate with, caution me that a Meeting Friday night
    at Town Hall could be set up as a Trap.

    Jeze, if you are who people suggest you are and if what I am told about some
    relationships in town, then someone I would tend to believe is a friend of
    yours > strongly suggested to me several months ago, to NEVER let them get
    you alone. Been there. Done that!

    For business reasons, I may or may not be able to make that meeting, and I
    will not know for sure until sometime Friday the 13th, same day.

    If I do attend the meeting, precautions have been taken with multiple
    people and certain information already offsite and disperse.

    There are also check ins and checks and balances.

    Experience has taught me, some people have a RECKLESS DISREGARD for the
    TRUTH, primarily because on multiple occasion they were able to CONNECT
    their way out of trouble.

    Often they are able to scape goat and smoke screen.
    However, sometimes they get caught.
    With an increasingly angry public, which the politicians want moving so they
    can gain control of the energy, they could fall off the tiger and get eaten.

    If nothing happens with business as usual, there will be open communications
    where honest differences of opinions can be exchanged.
    If something happens, regardless of potentially altered information, those 3
    Letters to the Editor would raise RED FLAGS to reasonable people AND there
    are some people more knowledgeable and more connected than others who
    may have cause and ability to open some doors and take out the trash.

    After an initial insult ticked off me, my family, and friends, things became so
    transparent it became comical to all of us.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I am trying to solve problems, caused by short sighted and selfish people,
    who are used to ABUSE of DISCRETION* and the COLOR of the LAW.

    * Political, Investigatory, and Prosecutional, among others

  29. 29 jezebel282

    George,

    “Jeze, if you are who people suggest you are and if what I am told about some
    relationships in town, then someone I would tend to believe is a friend of
    yours > strongly suggested to me several months ago, to NEVER let them get
    you alone.”

    Moi?

    Je suis juste un autre bel avatar.

  30. 30 1george1

    No habla y comprendo espanol. 🙂

    I don’t know how to write it in french. 😦
    I think John Astin may have romanitic desires towards your blog.

    ——————————————————————————-

    As far as my content, a friend suggested, only the paranoid survive.

    Good news / Bad news.
    I just did a follow up call about my business meeting Wedensday, which
    can pick up 2 new customers, in a split / joint venture, which lowers
    their individual weekly / annual outlay to be extremely affordable, while
    increasing my revenue. With lower costs to them come lower targets,
    goals, objections, and expectations, making it easier for me to meet &
    exceed increasing their Revenue, Cash Flow, Margins, and Profits.
    I project multiple avenues of Cost Savings and Cost Avoidance, in part,
    due to the geograph nature of the joint venture.
    And then there are increased efficiencies, productivites, opportunities,
    and complimentary/supplementary services. FUN and EXCITING times.

    The owner of one of the two companies could not speak to me, and
    asked if I CB Friday. I was told it looks like we have a go.

    I may have to meet Friday afternoon, which may mess up the fun meeting
    at Town Hall on Friday night?

  31. 31 jezebel282

    Did anyone (anyone at all) really think this would happen?

    You read it in the Post:

    Late amendment sinks nepotism law
    RICHARD WEIZEL
    Article Last Updated: 06/25/2008 01:15:47 AM EDT

    STRATFORD — An anti-nepotism ordinance was defeated by the Town Council’s ordinance committee Monday — falling one vote short after its chief sponsor introduced an amendment excluding council members from the ban.

    Councilman Gavin Forrester, D-3, said he wanted council members included in the ordinance and voted against the proposal that excluded council members from the ban.

  32. 32 1george1

    Jeze,
    I was there.

    1) Henrick put in an amendment to exclude the Town Council from friends
    and family being hired by the Town or Board of Ed.

    2) Alvin pointed out the realistic past practices of both parties.
    Alvin offered to give specific examples.
    I could offer almost as many.

    3) The motion was neither defeated nor accepted, due to absent member
    and a 5 to 4 approval.
    The motion was then tabled to the next full Town Council Meeting.
    Dempsey should be there for a full 10 Votes.

    4) The Town Council always has 1 month to RECONSIDER any motion.

    Jeze, this is your blog.
    However, it would help you if you knew more about what actually
    happened at a meeting, and what the rules are regarding votes that
    took place (Weisel failed to print the second vote, I believe) and the
    Town council rules, which allow for reconsideration of a vote / motion.

  33. 33 jezebel282

    George,

    This is your blog too. If you have better information, please post it anytime.

  34. 34 1george1

    PCS
    Jeze can block me at anytime, if he/she choses.
    Jeze can pull the plug anytime, like the play write.

    In fairness to PCS, I doubt she saw my subsequent post,
    which is not directly about Stratford in some ways,
    while it is in others.

  35. 35 sudds

    Be fair now George… as much as I have harassed Jez for proof lately he/she could have easily blocked me… but I’ll give him/her credit for allowing anything (within reason I hope) to be posted here!!!

    He/she is doing a good thing… and I believe that she has good intentions (probably helps that we see eye to eye on 90+% of issues)… so I would not worry about anyone getting blocked (even YOU… LOL) unless it is REALLY called for!!!

  36. 36 jezebel282

    Umm…”Dumstein” is blocked (by request). But “Officer Sean” is not.

  37. 37 1george1

    Jeze, Sudds, PCS, Mike, Freedom, Laura, Officer, Dum, et al..

    Jeze answered the question, promptly and reasonably.
    Jeze is most often prompt….. 🙂

    When Jeze lets his/her buttons get pushed …. 😦
    Otherwise … 8)


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