MJM

Mystery Solved

In April, Undercurrents reported that Hartford resident, Greg Fields, billed the City of Hartford because of services denied to him.

Now we know that the City of Hartford paid $10,000 for garbage removal from  G&G Enterprises.

Meanwhile, in South Green, there was quite the stench of garbage this past weekend. I’m not an expert or anything, but the three dumpsters in the parking lot between Dean, Alden, and Morris Streets might need to be emptied. Who is it, again, that I need to befriend to get some action around here?

MJM

The Panic Button

The Courant, and just about every other news outlet in CT, has reported that a 4th person from the state has been diagnosed with West Nile virus. What they fail to mention is that this person most likely contracted the virus outside of Connecticut.

MJM

Post-9/11 Hysteria

Does this sound like crime to you: Running, marking the route with a biodegradable and non-toxic substance, and ending the activity at a bar?

Are there really people who hate Swedish furniture so much that they would commit acts of terrorism over it?

Jesus. People need to go back and read The Boy Who Cried Wolf, then think long and hard about whether their reactions are reasonable or not. White powders: flour, baking soda, baking powder, powdered sugar, and cornstarch. Yes, there are poisons and drugs that could be added to the list, but why would a person jump to the conclusion that the most unlikely substance is what would be dumped through parking lots in the middle of the afternoon?

MJM

Don't Vote

…well, that is the message that Hartford residents might be hearing lately. To the list of dirty politics–well-timed look at how Perez keeps his kitchen, Gonzalez going to court over an old signature law, and the requisite mob mentality of a certain incumbent’s supporters–add forged signatures. It could get worse, I suppose, if one of the candidates gets accused of hosting cock fights.

Also add to this the new voting method. Now people wanting to exercise their right to vote will have to cope with terrifying flashbacks of taking those awful bubblesheet standardized tests from high school. Maybe all you want is to write-in the name of your next door neighbor, and to do that, you wind up sweating profusely, having sound hallucinations of your homeroom teacher scolding students for not filling the bubbles in completely or putting stray pencil marks all over the page. The new voting technique requires voters to use a black felt marker. They did not say what happens if you accidentally mark more than one candidate in a column (the old machines were designed so you just could not do that), if the scan machine misreads your form, and how you would know your choices were counted. The sandwich shop will give me a receipt for a meal under $6.00, and that’s far less consequential than knowing where my votes went.

MJM

Don’t Vote

…well, that is the message that Hartford residents might be hearing lately. To the list of dirty politics–well-timed look at how Perez keeps his kitchen, Gonzalez going to court over an old signature law, and the requisite mob mentality of a certain incumbent’s supporters–add forged signatures. It could get worse, I suppose, if one of the candidates gets accused of hosting cock fights.

Also add to this the new voting method. Now people wanting to exercise their right to vote will have to cope with terrifying flashbacks of taking those awful bubblesheet standardized tests from high school. Maybe all you want is to write-in the name of your next door neighbor, and to do that, you wind up sweating profusely, having sound hallucinations of your homeroom teacher scolding students for not filling the bubbles in completely or putting stray pencil marks all over the page. The new voting technique requires voters to use a black felt marker. They did not say what happens if you accidentally mark more than one candidate in a column (the old machines were designed so you just could not do that), if the scan machine misreads your form, and how you would know your choices were counted. The sandwich shop will give me a receipt for a meal under $6.00, and that’s far less consequential than knowing where my votes went.

MJM

In My Neighborhood




In My Backyard

Originally uploaded by astridiana

This afternoon I finally made it over to the Connecticut Creative store that borders Colt Park. Considering that I’ve been in this neighborhood for over a year now, it’s shameful that I only today got inside of this store. In my defense, they are only open about four hours per day.

What does a store near the old Colt estate in the middle of a city sell? Salsa, books, cow manure flower pots, suncatchers, postcards, sweaters, t-shirts, soda, soap, and dozens of other things, all made in Connecticut.

MJM

Fake IDs in Hartford

This blog gets hits every day from people looking for how to score/create/buy fake id’s.

So sorry, but grow up. The development of your alcohol dependency can wait a few years. I’m not going to supply you with the information you are looking for.

MJM

Politics with your Coffee

Some people want more time to wake up before dealing with all things political. If you’re not one of them, you might want to check out the Campaign Kickoff Breakfast at 10 this Saturday morning.¬† The Working Families Party will be meeting up at Aqui Me Quedo (150 Albany Ave.) to dine, after which volunteers will go door-to-door registering new voters and assessing whether or not they have a shot in hell of getting WFP candidates elected (it’s more likely than Nader becoming President).

If you’re interested, but still can’t stomach the “breakfast” idea, just think of it as brunch.