Friday P.M. Saturday A.M Housecleaning (Updated)
By Ken Krayeske • Hartford • 12:00 PM EST (again at 12:45 AM 2-10)
Here's a smorgasbord of stuff:
Dick Cheney revealed his 40-year plan - endless war in Iraq. In an interview with Fox News on Sunday, Jan. 14, he said:
This is an existential conflict. It is the kind of conflict that's going to drive our policy and our government for the next 20 or 30 or 40 years. We have to prevail, and we have to have the stomach for the fight, long term.
And CTNewsJunkie said her party Wednesday night at was a success, and will finance improvements to her site! So good on everyone who supported her, and good on her!
The column on the madness of Eddie Perez generated some response. Aside from the folks over at Knox Parks expressing their thanks for someone actually noticing the lost trees - the worst being a 40-year-old Siberian Elm, an anonymous tipster suggested a few school sites for the Pathways to Technology school.
Neither of these, our astute reader noted, would take property off the tax rolls:
The corner of Broad Street and Capitol Avenue. Recently, the state has turned it into another surface parking lot. Most of the vacant land there is state owned, but the Greater Hartford Flood Commission apparently owns a piece of as that is where the Park River is buried. There is still no land for playing fields, but it is as close or closer to potential internships –the Courant, state government, Aetna. I don’t know if the river would create too many structural problems, but there was a building there until recently. The state would sure look good giving up an unpaved parking lot for a brand new magnet school!(KK aside: I'm of the mind that this is the first spot we should consider daylighting the Park River and making it into a park - if those condos in the old Hartford Office Supply building are ever built, it will be the perfect spot for parkland - or maybe we can combine the uses - it is a really, really big lot).
The parking lot on spruce Street opposite Union Station. Also tax exempt, it is controlled by the Greater Hartford Transit District. GHTD is interested in this possibility. Again, no playing fields, but close to Bushnell park. And the New Britain-Hartford Busway will be coming through there. A little Transit Oriented Development.
Among other things worth noting, if you haven't been following the Trial of Scooter Libby down in Washington, DC, the burning pups over are FDL have been covering in a way that mass media, well, refuses to (most likely because their stars, like Tim Russert and Judy Miller have been on the stand in this one).
And finally, yesterday, Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! interviewed some folks from Counterpunch about Israel's advance knowledge of 9/11 and Israel's potential illegal spying going on in the U.S. before that fateful day.
Whether we like it or not, American interests are married to Israeli interests, and it raises literally thousands of questions about who knew what when and why didn't anyone do anything about it.
Peace out. Have a good Friday afternoon.