Tuesday, May 31, 2016

News Busted - Final Episode - TSA Looking for Ways to Speed Up Airport Check-In

Jodi Miller announced that after nine years of News Busted, this will be the final episode.  She will be hosting a new comedy feature, "News Wrap with Jodi Miller" starting June 7th.  Log in to her new web site, News Wrap with Jodi Miller.


Roots in Ripon - The Ecstasy of Chocolate



My PhotoRoots in Ripon
30 May 2016
Chuck Roots

The Ecstasy of Chocolate

Chocolate! The word alone elicits delicious memories of moments of absolute taste bud euphoria which can only truly be experienced by a true lover of the cocoa bean and its eventual liquid, solid or powdered form. 

The makers of chocolate are known as chocolate makers by creating chocolate from cocoa beans and other ingredients. This is not to be confused with chocolatiers. A chocolatier is a person or company who makes confectionary from chocolate. Confectionery is also called sweets, or candy. In any event, chocolate is the end result of their efforts. Bless them!

As a kid my favorite chocolate bars were Three Musketeers and Baby Ruth. While in Marine Corps boot camp our training period ended just after Christmas of 1969. Since we had performed very well during our training, winning many honors for our drill instructors, we were told we could receive some Christmas goodies from home. Even with this permission being announced I was unwilling to take the chance so I wrote my parents and family members and specifically instructed them not to send me any goodies. They complied and I was spared the humiliation of possibly having to eat a whole lot of chocolate or other sweet, gooey stuff which more than likely would have wreaked havoc on my innards. 

Days before Christmas small packages began arriving for guys in my platoon.

Revised: Cat Tales - Walk-a-Thon/Run, Upcoming Events

Join us for the 2016 Animal Welfare Walk-a-thon/Run - June 18th


Fundraising Walk-A-Thon/Run Benefiting Cat Tales, Inc & CT Votes for Animals 

DOGS ON A LEASH WELCOME TO WALK/RUN AND JOIN THE FUN!
WWW.CATTALESCT.ORG/WALK-A-THON-RUN

This is a beautiful 2.2 course at Middlesex Community College -
100 Training Hill Rd, Middletown, CT  - Upper Parking Lot
Why Should I get Involved?
It is estimated that there are many thousands of stray and abandoned animals in CT alone; in Middletown, Cromwell, and Portland, cats in particular have nowhere to go due to the lack of or insufficient space in municipal pounds/shelters.  One un-spayed female cat can produce three litters per year, this results in overpopulation and many lives lost or forgotten.  
We can assist to overcome this problem of overpopulation with your help!!

Register today!!  https://www.crowdrise.com/2016CatTalesWalkRun
(Walk individually or as a Team)

or you can support the cause by sponsoring a walker/runner  https://www.crowdrise.com/2016CatTalesWalkRun
NEW FOR 2016 -

Monday, May 30, 2016

Coalition of CT Sportsmen - "The History of Memorial Day" - Legislaton

The History of Memorial Day

Originally called Decoration Day, from the early tradition of decorating graves with flowers, wreaths and flags, Memorial Day is a day for remembrance of those who have died in service to our country. It was first widely observed on May 30, 1868 to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers, by proclamation of Gen. John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of former Union sailors and soldiers.
During that first national celebration, former Union Gen. and sitting Ohio Congressman James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, after which 5,000 participants helped to decorate the graves of the more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers who were buried there.
“We do not know one promise these men made, one pledge they gave, one word they spoke; but we do know they summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men and citizens. For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.”
- James A. Garfield
May 30, 1868 Arlington National Cemetery

Freedom Is Not Free  - Kelly Strong

I watched the flag pass by one day.
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,

Patch Reports 21 State Employees Earn More than $500K

21 State Employees Earn More than $500K: Who Made the List?Reported by the Darien Patch:

At the top of the list are the University of Connecticut’s men’s and women’s basketball coaches, which likely isn’t a surprise to many people.

Numerous employees in the University of Connecticut Health Center are included on this list too.

In 2014-15 state employees earned a total of $6.26 billion in salary and fringe benefits. Currently, lawmakers are pursuing mass layoffs of state employees in an effort to plug a $960 million budget deficit.

Read the full article, here: Darien Patch

We Will Not Forget

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"FROM BEHIND BARS" - A Series, Part 32 - Day 513

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This is the thirty second in a series of letters written by someone currently in the custody of the Connecticut Department of Correction.  Three times per week, Mon., Wed., and Friday, one letter will be published until we catch up to the present day.

In this issue, our correspondent talks about getting a calculator for school, Ohio more trucker-friendly since they raised the speed limit, his cousin visiting, lock downs and conditions worsening, training new COs, the state piling on more debt . . .

Friday, May 27, 2016

Rep. Lesser Announces Increase in Graduation Rate

More students are graduating!

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I am pleased to announce that last year's state record of an 87.2 percent graduation rate is 4.5 points higher than five years ago and 4.9 points higher than the national average.
  

 

The graduation rate in struggling school districts, known as Alliance Districts, has risen 6.4 percentage points since 2011 to 77.6 percent last year. In the 10 lowest performing Alliance Districts, known as the Educational Reform districts, the graduate rate went up 8 points to 71.6 percent during that same period.



It is also important to note that over the past five years, the graduation rate for our high needs students across the state, which includes English learners, those eligible for free or reduced price lunch, and students receiving special education services, has jumped 11.2 points. Last year, high needs students increased again to 76.1 percent.

Four-year cohort graduation rates by state, district and school are available on the Connecticut State Department of Education’s new data portal, EdSight.

As graduation rates rise, I will continue to advocate for an increased investment and focus on education.


Sincerely,  

Matthew Lesser

Lyman Orchards to Host 3rd Annual Golf Outing to Benefit National Down Syndrome Society

  

Shakespeare Goes To Italy Rooftop Gala on June 17 in Middletown

Soprano Thalia Berardozzi
Soprano Thalia Berardozzi will be the headliner at ARTFARM’s  Shakespeare Goes To Italy Gala on June 17 in Middletown

Italian opera, Italian theater, fine wine and food from Middletown’s best Italian restaurants await the guests at ARTFARM’s Shakespeare Goes To Italy Gala in the rooftop garden of the Community Health Center on Friday, June 17.

After ten years of presenting professional outdoor Shakespeare each summer in Middletown, ARTFARM will be transporting Shakespeare in the Grove to Italy this summer with a production of Carlo Goldoni’s classic comedy The Servant of Two Masters. The production will run July 13 – 24 on the campus of Middlesex Community College.

Shakespeare Goes to Italy promises to be an unforgettable evening in the unique rooftop garden overlooking downtown Middletown and the river

Sen. Len Fasano on 22 Million Dollar Hedge Fund Give Away

State Senator Len Fasano


In this NBC Connecticut story, the Malloy Administration says giving $22 million of your tax money to the world’s largest hedge fund is a great idea for CT taxpayers.

Meanwhile, CT Democrats are cutting funding for schools, for seniors, for hospitals, for the disabled, and for vital services to vulnerable individuals of all ages.

***Do you think sending a $22 million check – your (borrowed) state tax money – to a multi-billion hedge fund is a great idea?
If you don’t, then:
  • Call the governor today at 860 566-4840.
  • Call House Democrats today at 860 240-8500.
  • Call Senate Democrats today at 860 240-8600.
Learn more: http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Hedge-Fund-to-Receive-22-Million-from-CT-380727991.html

"FROM BEHIND BARS" - A Series, Part 31 - Day 492

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This is the thirty first in a series of letters written by someone currently in the custody of the Connecticut Department of Correction.  Three times per week, Mon., Wed., and Friday, one letter will be published until we catch up to the present day.

In this issue, our correspondent talks about his pen pal's trip out of state, starting school, a ban on porn, cartooning, the outrageous cost of phone calls (yes, they have to pay for calls out of pocket), the worsening food, and more.

Those following this series will observe that the letters started out rather "slow" but as time went by, they became more personal, revealing the emotional and physical distresses faced by those committed to Connecticut's prisons. These distresses are not confined (no pun intended) to just the prisoner, but extend to the prisoner's family and friends. And we pay for it.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

TRAGEDY - Body of Missing Teenager Found

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Photo from the Silver Alert
On May 21st, a Silver Alert posted to Face Book by Middletown resident Robin Goss was picked up and shared by The Middletown Insider.  Tuesday, a body was reported found by fishermen at Harbor Park.

Today, Middletown Press editor Cassandra Day reports the body found Tuesday was identified by authorities as being that of Justina Alicia, the subject of the Silver Alert issued last week.

At 3:45 AM, security cameras at the Sunoco station on Washington St. picked up her image, indicating she was walking west, toward Meriden.  She was reported missing by her family on May 20th.

The Press article reports; while there was no sign of foul play, police major crimes unit and state medical examiners are investigating.

Few other details were given.

Editorial: Why Charges Should be Pressed Against Teen Vandals

Middletown resident Kevin Kelly with sign vandalized in broad daylight.
On the morning of May 19th, West Hartford resident, Jeff Weiss was a guest on WTIC AM 1080's, "Sound Off Connecticut", hosted by Jim Vicevich.  Jeff gained notoriety after catching two teenage girls in his driveway stealing his Trump signs and recording the encounter.  The podcast of Jim's conversation with Jeff can be heard via podcast at the beginning of hour #2.  The incident also made the news on Fox61.


Jeff didn't want to press charges because the thieves were young, and Jeff was once young "and did stupid things, too".  I can understand that; nevertheless,  I recommend preferring charges for the following reasons:

1) They knew what they were doing was wrong and REASONED they would get a pass because of their age.

Purple Heart Homes takes May Military Appreciation Month and the Entire Year Seriously to Improve Veterans' Lives One Home at a Time

89 year old WWII Veteran Alex Sawchyn and wife Theresa
May 24, 2016, 07:00 ET from Purple Heart Homes

STATESVILLE, N.C., May 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ 

When 89-year-old Redding, CT WWII Veteran Alex Sawchyn received a knock on his door last summer, an insurance representative handed him a list of all that he needed to get done in order to maintain the homeowners insurance policy he faithfully paid for 50 years.


Sawchyn obtained an estimate of what it would cost. Where was he going to come up with $42,000 to take down trees, paint the house and put a new roof on his home? He and his wife started to seriously look at selling their home and moving into a costly assisted living facility.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Sen. Martin: Don’t Use CT State Taxpayer $$ to Finish Hartford Baseball Stadium

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Sen. Henri Martin on May 25 joined with the entire State Senate Republican caucus in urging the governor to not use state taxpayer money to finish construction on Hartford’s delayed minor league baseball stadium.

“We are writing to urge you not to use state taxpayer dollars to bail out Hartford’s Dunkin Donuts Stadium,” reads the (attached) May 25 letter to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy that is signed by 15 Republican senators, including Sen. Martin.  “As a result of construction of the stadium exceeding the agreed upon deadline, we understand that costs are now likely to increase for the project. We are also aware of comments from the Hartford Stadium Authority indicating that they will not go back to the city to seek the needed added capital. That needed capital should not come from the state and our already overburdened taxpayers.”

Sen. Martin (www.senatorhenrimartin.com) represents Bristol, Harwinton, Plainville, Plymouth and Thomaston.  He can be reached at Henri.Martin@cga.ct.gov or at 860 240-0022.

Opinion by Rep. Rob Sampson: The New Economic Reality

 
The "New Economic Reality" is Getting Old Fast
 
As I write this, I’m still digesting the debate over revisions to the FY17 Connecticut state budget that were voted on during the May 13th special legislative session.   This was an unusual situation as we typically vote on our state budget in the first year of every two-year legislative term.  The reason for a budget debate this second year of the biennium has been the gargantuan and growing projected deficit.

$22 million….of your (borrowed) tax money… Goes to Hedge Fund

State Senator Art Linares

Democrats in Hartford cut state funding for the disabled, our seniors, our schools, our hospitals, and our lowest income residents.

Now, they will spend $22 million of your (borrowed) taxpayer money on the world’s largest hedge fund?

Please read the attached article and tell me what you think at Art.Linares@cga.ct.gov .
http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Republicans-criticize-Malloy-over-22-M-grant-to-7940560.php

Energy Forum Following Chamber’s Thursday Member Breakfast

middlesexcounty.liveeditaurora.com2016 Energy Forum to Take Place Following Chamber’s Thursday  MEMBER Breakfast

(Middletown, CT.) Chairman Vincent Capece of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce announced that the chamber’s 2016 Energy Forum will be held on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at the Radisson Hotel in Cromwell.

This event, sponsored by Eversource, Connecticut Natural Gas, Southern Connecticut Gas, and Pullman & Comley LLC, will feature a packed agenda full of outstanding content focused on economic development through energy efficiency. It will be held following the chamber’s May Member Breakfast Meeting with Dr. Edison Liu, CEO of the Jackson Laboratory. The forum will begin at 9:15 a.m. and will conclude at 11:30 a.m.

CEO of Jackson Lab to Speak at Middlesex Chamber May Breakfast

Edison Liu, president and CEO of The Jackson Laboratory TO SPEAK AT MIDDLESEX CHAMBER’S MAY BREAKFAST

middlesexcounty.liveeditaurora.com(Middletown, CT.) Chairman Vincent Capece of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce announced that Edison Liu, M.D., president and CEO of The Jackson Laboratory will serve as guest speaker at the chamber’s Member Breakfast Meeting on Thursday, May 26, 2016.

This event, sponsored by Farmington Bank, will be held at the Radisson Hotel Cromwell, with networking beginning at 7:00 a.m., breakfast buffet at 7:30 a.m., and meeting program 8:00-9:00 a.m.

The Jackson Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit organization focusing on mammalian genetics research to advance human health. Their mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health.

"FROM BEHIND BARS" - A Series, Part 30 - Day 457


Touring Historical Prisons
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This is the thirtieth in a series of letters written by someone currently in the custody of the Connecticut Department of Correction.  Three times per week, Mon., Wed., and Friday, one letter will be published until we catch up to the present day.

In this issue, our correspondent talks about lock downs and shake downs, filing the appeal brief, "pink slime", the expensive commissary food, the Republican primary, NASCAR; more.

Those following this series will observe that the letters started out rather "slow" but as time went by, they became more personal, revealing the emotional and physical distresses faced by those committed to Connecticut's prisons. These distresses are not confined (no pun intended) to just the prisoner, but extend to the prisoner's family and friends. And we pay for it.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Incident on Rt. 9 in Middletown - With video

Last night, Monday, May 23rd, at approx 6:50, while parked in front of city hall ahead of the monthly RTC meeting, I noticed a trooper with his lights on and saw a male running in the grass along the side of the road directly across from the boathouse at Harbor Park.

The trooper stopped the man and patted him down.  The trooper was joined moments later by three Middletown police officers who questioned the man.  I was able to get a few photos and a short video, before running out of space on the card, and since the meeting was about to start, was not able to continue to observe the situation unfold.






Local Pastor Goes to Indy for the 100th Running


Marotti Racing's #77 car, driven by Oriol Servià, will start at Indy on the inside lane of row 4.  Pastor Will, as he is known, is pastor at the New Life Church in Wallingford.

Sen. Formica Honored by AARP for Protecting Seniors


On May 20 at the East Lyme Senior Center, Sen. Paul Formica was presented with a Legislative Achievement Award from the Connecticut AARP.  The award recognized Sen. Formica’s advocacy in protecting consumers from unaffordable expenses for essential energy services. Formica represents Bozrah, East Lyme, a portion of Montville, New London, Old Lyme, a portion of Old Saybrook, Salem, and Waterford. On the web: www.aarp.org and www.senatorformica.com .

Attached photo, left to right:  AARP State Advocacy Director John Erlingheuser, Sen. Formica, and AARP Volunteer Joanne Davis of Waterford.

MegaVote - How Congress Voted in CT's 3rd Distict and Senate


May 23, 2016
In this MegaVote for Connecticut's 3rd Congressional District:
Recent Congressional Votes
  • Senate: Fiscal 2017 Military Construction-Veterans Affairs and Fiscal 2017 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development Appropriations – Passage
  • Senate: Fiscal 2017 Military Construction-Veterans Affairs and Fiscal 2017 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development Appropriations – Zika Funding
  • Senate: Fiscal 2017 Military Construction-Veterans Affairs and Fiscal 2017 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development Appropriations – Cloture on the Substitute Amendment
  • House: Fiscal 2016 Zika Response Appropriations – Passage
  • House: Fiscal 2017 Defense Authorization – Passage
  • House: Fiscal 2017 Military-Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations – Federal Contractors and Sexual Orientation Discrimination
  • House: Fiscal 2017 Military-Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations – Passage
Upcoming Congressional Bills
  • Senate: Fiscal 2017 Defense Authorization
  • House: Zika Vector Control
  • House: Clarifying Congressional Intent in Providing for District of Columbia Home Rule
  • House: Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations
  • House: Energy Policy Overhaul

Recent Senate Votes
Fiscal 2017 Military Construction-Veterans Affairs and Fiscal 2017 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development Appropriations – Passage - Vote Passed (90-8, 2 Not Voting)

COMING EVENTS AT RUSSELL LIBRARY - JUNE 2016

Russell Library


Russell Library 123 Broad St., Middletown, CT

 

COMING EVENTS AT RUSSELL LIBRARY



Russell Library Hours for June 2016
Russell Library, 123 Broad St. in Middletown is open 9am-8:30pm Monday through Thursday; 9am-6pm on Fridays; Saturdays 9am-5pm. The library is closed Sundays throughout the summer months.

All library programs are free of charge.

EXHIBITS

Metal and Clay: Four Artists
Throughout June, in the Lobby Case. Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Featured is work by four ceramic artists, two of whom also work in metal. Members of the Wesleyan Potters Guild, the artists exhibiting are: Marcia Eager, Marcy LaBella, Cheryl Tuttle, and Art Tuttle.
Missing U and Other Abstract Paintings by Catherine Filloramo Thrall 
Throughout June. Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Catherine Filloramo Thrall graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art. She has been studying calligraphy with internationally acclaimed artists for the past 35 years. Her work is abstract, primarily on paper using gouache, watercolor, ink and acrylic. She creates paintings, drawings, collage and artists books, often using the strong influence of letter forms. Her featured piece, Missing U, is an abstract alphabet.  
“Balancing formal elements on a foundation of calligraphy my art vocabulary includes line, shape, texture, and color arranged in a wordless journey that evokes visual and emotional memory.” 

Natural Inspiration: Paintings by Ellen Dougan 

Monday, May 23, 2016

Tremors Felt at Middletown City Hall



Szynkowicz with senate candidate Len Suzio

At tonight's monthly Middletown Republican Town Committee meeting, held in the council chambers at the town hall, Board of Education pit bull, Linda Szynkowicz was nominated to run against twenty eight year 33rd District incumbent Rep. Joe Serra, (who's children live out of state but are registered to vote in Middletown).  Szynkowicz said she intends to run against Serra's voting record as representative and the damage and costs his record brought to Middletown and Connecticut.

Middlesex Community Collage student Anthony RJ Moran received the party endorsement to run against incumbent NeverHadaRealJobInHisLife, Matt Lesser.  Moran says he will run a campaign highlighting Lesser's history of fiscal irresponsibility.  Moran, an ordained minister, was also endorsed for Justice of the Peace and served as ballot clerk in April's Republican primary.  (no photo available)

Earl Roberts, (no relation to Oral) was also endorsed as candidate for Connecticut Senate seat in the 9th District, running against Paul Doyle, office holder since 2007. 

At tonight's meeting, town committee members endorsed twenty candidates for Justice of the Peace.  The endorsed candidates are Leslie P. Adams Jr., David P. Bauer, Stephen T. Gionfriddo, Kimberly Inglis, Tami J. Kapacziewski, Kevin Kelly, Ryan Kennedy, Deborah Kleckowski, Victoria A. McDowell, Anthony RJ Moran, Anton A. Petras, Diane A. Petras, Jonathan Pulino, Annabel L. Resnisky, Leslie A. Spatola, Patricia D. Sloan, Eleanor C. Tomaszewski, Lea L. Tomaszewski, Anne M. Tommasi, William S. Wilson.

David Bauer, nominee
Then the earth moved.

In the only contested battle for office, the 32 RTC members present cast their ballots.  Challenging 16 year veteran Republican Registrar of Voters, Janice Gionfriddo (no photo available), was former Councilman David Bauer.  The secret ballots were issued via roll call by RTC Secretary Helen Landry.  After all the ballots were counted, they were counted again.

RTC Chair Chris Petter
The vote count was tied; sixteen votes for Gionfriddo, and sixteen votes for Bauer.  Per statute, when a tie vote occurs, the Town Committee Chair casts the tie breaking vote.  Newly elected Town Committee Chair Chris Petter, cast the tie breaking vote for . . . David Bauer.

After the vote was announced, Gionfriddo graciously conceded to Bauer and offered him her support.  Janice was recognized for her many, many years of service to the community and the Republican Party going back decades before she was registrar, and received a standing ovation from all in attendance, including Bauer.

Wednesday May 25 at Maria’s Pizza in Colchester: Linares and Ziobron Update Taxpayers

State Senator Art Linares 


Wednesday at Maria’s Pizza in Colchester:
Linares and Ziobron to Update Taxpayers

Are taxes going up? 

Is funding for schools being cut? 

What bills have become law?

Sen. Art Linares and Rep. Melissa Ziobron are inviting area taxpayers to get these and other questions answered on Wednesday (May 25) at Maria’s Pizza, 744 Middletown Rd., Colchester.

The lawmakers will meet with area residents from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

For more information, contact 800 842 1421.

Middletown Department of Planning, Conservation and Development - Newsletter

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City of Middletown
Department of Planning, Conservation and Development
Weekly Newsletter for May 23, 2016

UPCOMING MEETINGS-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Riverfront Boathouse Design Workshop
Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 7:00 PM, Council Chambers
Please join us to help review the concept design for the new community boathouse for the Riverfront. This community facility will be the heart of the riverfront and we need you input. You can sign up on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Riverfront-Middletown-Connecticut/456448574448563 or email michiel.wackers@middletownct.gov


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You can find agendas, minutes and legal notices at www.middletownplanning.com

“How will you be remembered?”



My PhotoRoots in Ripon
23 May 2016
Chuck Roots

What Will They Say?

It is an enormous assumption, but I’m certain everyone has wondered at some point how they will be remembered once they have passed from this life. What will others say about you? What will come to their mind when you are mentioned in conversation? Perhaps most importantly, how will your family remember you?

As I recall, my first real confrontation with the brevity of life came when I turned 25. Some months prior I had been in Vietnam exposed to enemy fire and feeling very fortunate to still be on this side of the grass. Like most war veterans you do not forget your first exposure to combat. How quickly a life is gone! Snuffed out in the blink of an eye.

My 25th birthday had an impact on me which startled me with just how quickly that first quarter-century had slipped past. Would the rest of my days on planet earth go by as quickly? Is there a brake handle I can pull on to slow down this train of life?

"FROM BEHIND BARS" - A Series, Part 29 - Day 423 - BONUS ISSUE

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This is the twenty nineth in a series of letters written by someone currently in the custody of the Connecticut Department of Correction.  Three times per week, Mon., Wed., and Friday, one letter will be published until we catch up to the present day.

In this issue, our correspondent talks about his pen pals' job and new son-in-law, Micheal Skakel, a new prisoner (a transvestite), filing a brief, closing the chow hall, "Super Sandwich Sunday" and more!

Those following this series will observe that the letters started out rather "slow" but as time went by, they became more personal, revealing the emotional and physical distresses faced by those committed to Connecticut's prisons. These distresses are not confined (no pun intended) to just the prisoner, but extend to the prisoner's family and friends. And we pay for it.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Update - Daily Mail - Stratfor: What Brought Down EgyptAir Flight MS804?

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The Meaning of Jihadist Silence on the EgyptAir Crash

Two days after EgyptAir Flight MS804 disappeared over the Mediterranean, investigators have begun recovering debris and are now examining it for any signs of a terrorist attack. 
The fact that the plane, which was carrying 66 people, went down over water greatly complicates the investigation, and an official explanation for the crash could take months or years -- if it can be traced at all.
That said, the possibility of a terrorist attack is currently the leading theory, for the same reasons Stratfor noted in this initial piece (published as early reports of the crash were coming in late Wednesday evening, Central time). Now, while still gathering information about the crash itself, analysts are also listening closely to what is happening in the jihadist realm. And the lack of a credible claim for the supposed attack at this point raises duelling possibilities.

Read our latest analysis for free at Stratfor.com.


Update - Daily Mail

How doomed EgyptAir flight MS804 spiralled out of control after being set ablaze 'just