United launches non-stop BDL to Denver flight

heroAccording to Hartford Business United Airlines will launch nonstop service between Hartford and Denver starting in May. Airport officials said United’s Denver hub will be a convenient way to access other cities the airline serves.

The service will commence on May 5, 2016 utilizing an Airbus 319 aircraft with 128 seats. The flight will depart Bradley at 8:04 a.m. and arrive in Denver at 10:23 a.m. Mountain time. The return flight departs Denver daily at 3:43 pm Mountain time and lands at Bradley at 9:27 p.m.

Kevin Dillon, executive director of the Connecticut Airport Authority, said no airport funds were used as an incentive for the new route. “We may do marketing of the route as we do with other routes,” he said in a phone interview.

Dillon said no landing fee waivers were offered for the new flight because the airport already has service to Denver from Southwest Airlines. He said that incentive would only be used when trying to get an airline to start service to a new destination not offered currently. “It would be rare to do it on a competitive route,” he said.

This will expand United’s offerings at Bradley from 12 to 13 flights a day when service starts. Financial details were not immediately available in terms of assistance. Airports, under FAA rules, are allowed to provide marketing assistance to airlines for flights.

United will be the second airline offering nonstop service to Denver from Bradley. Southwest Airlines also offers daily service. Its flight, according to the Southwest Airlines website, leaves at 8:45 a.m. and arrives at 11:05 a.m. Mountain time. The return trip departs at 5:05 p.m. Denver time and arrives at 10:50 p.m. at Bradley.

Until Connecticut makes such a move, our government can rest easy knowing that increased access to a state that knows what it’s doing will allow Connecticut’s residents to help a different state slowly but surely climb to $100 million in annual tax revenue from marijuana.

BAT Response To FERGUSON TEEN Shooting

The original Michael Brown shooting story

TearsHeavenHow do teachers feel about acts of violence that result in the murder of students of color? Besides parents, we make the greatest investment in the nation’s youth. We nurture them. We watch them grow. We set them on the path to realize their dreams and send them into a world where their race still invites acts of suspicion and brutality. We have wept silently and individually for so many you like Michael Brown. The nation needs to know how we feel.

– Dr. Yohuru Williams




I’m too emotional to think clearly but I’ve begun a gathering. I’m gathering articles, pictures, and links to discuss Eric Garner and Michael Brown. I’m going to address this the first week of school. When we are going over the rules, behavior, and expectations. I will touch on the very real truth that what my borwn and black students do in public can and is perceived as worse than what any other teen does.

The school itself feels like a prison. They come in late to first period due to snafus with metal detectors. Walking down the hallway in a multi-school campus building has them accused of “trespassing”. Trying to explain that the bathroom on the floor was closed, gets them yelled at for “talking back”/ situations are escalated. The student is documented and then put into the system. This is in a school. I am tired of my students being criminalized. The environment is oppressive.

Working in the Bronx, I’ve written letters of recommendation and character witness letters. Students have hopped on the back of a bus in a rush and been roughly pulled out by the collar by officers. Arrested or detained for some perceived offense. Brought into the system. They have cried in my classroom. I have felt helpless. Does anything I do in my classroom even matter when a police officer can justify unjustly harsh treatment, violence, injury, and death of a student by saying he felt threatened, or the student resisted?

Hence, the gathering. The printing, The compiling. I will waste the ink in my printer. I will stand at that stupid broken copier in the hot office, where the smell of the polluted reek behind the school sneaks in and copy each page one by one. To reach each student one by one, I have become convinced of the need for stand for justice even in small ways to change the culture of fear and violence. Will you stand with me?

– Aixa Rodriguez


Reality Bites!

I took the day off yesterday. I made a purposeful decision to ignore the internet yesterday, no Facebook, no twitter, no internet news. I did not have any communication, except with my children. I was due for a day of spending time with some very wonderful friends, listening to live music, and celebrating the life of one of (in my opinion) the greatest guitar player of all time. Then I woke up today and reality hit, and it hit extremely hard. I experienced a quick drowning feeling in the realization that, even though my life may have been good for a day, other people were living in a nightmare.

When I signed on again, I soon learned about the unjustified murder of Michael Brown. Reading his story, as a mother, I have been extremely upset at the thought of the possibility of dealing with such a trauma. Like Michael, my own boy is eighteen, having recently graduated from high school as well. These are the thoughts that kept running through my head, haunting me, as I was out running errands this morning.
But what are the chances that MY son would be a victim to such a violent crime, perpetrated by the police, the very people that are duty-sworn to “serve and protect?” You see, my child is White. We live in an average suburb. He has access to a car to get him from point A to point B. The truth of the matter is, while there is still a chance of him falling victim to a violent crime, the chance of that crime being committed by the police is practically slim to none.
Reports say that Michael Brown was shot as he was walking from his house to his grandmother’s house. I began to wonder, “ What would life be like, living with the constant underlying fear, the knowledge that our “protectors,” the police, are a possible threat when my child walks down the street?” Would I have been able to take a day off to spend it with friends yesterday? Would I have been able to tell my children that they needed to remain home, inside, where it was safe all day until I returned home? I would never be able to force my children to become prisoners of their own home. But essentially, isn’t that what is being done to the thousands of minority children and families that live in fear that one day their child could be another Michael Brown, another Trayvon Martin?
It is time to call out these crimes against teens of color, against our students that are constantly living with this fear in the back of their minds. Every day of their lives, they come to school and, as teachers, we try our hardest to create safe learning environments to teach state-mandated curriculums.  But what are we really teaching them?  Are we really teaching them about life? About the injustice that our own society perpetrates upon them?  Are we teaching them about how to speak out and rise up against that injustice? Are we standing up for them in the sense that we are speaking out about these crimes, demanding that they stop?
I think it is time for all teachers to take a moment and reflect upon what our students really need from us. So, teachers, the next time someone tells us they don’t want us to show our students how to think for themselves, just simply tell them, “You know what? Reality bites.”

-Melissa Tonlinson

Letter To The View

Whoopi Goldberg, Barbara Walters, and Members of The View,


Your recent comments, which were perceived as an attack on teachers, have caused commotion within our respective communities. In good faith we would like to believe that you did not intend to attack teachers and we would like to believe that you may actually be supportive of good teachers. However, there were several misconceptions that were expressed during these shows and we would like to address them. 
First, Jenny McCarthy asked “But who is protecting the students?” We would like to make it clear that teachers are, quite often, the last line of defense for students and without our “tenure” (due process) protections, we would be unable to provide this protection without fear of termination. Another point was made regarding teachers having a union and students having no union. We would like to assure you that many of the issues our unions fight for, such as class size limits and safe working conditions are for the benefit and safety of students. The working conditions of teachers ARE the learning conditions for students. There are many other items negotiated by teachers that benefit students including preparation time for teachers. No student deserves to be taught by a teacher that does not have the necessary amount of time to prepare a quality lesson. Due process rights that protect teachers in their positions allow the students to benefit from the longevity, consistency and the experience of teachers that have a vested interest in their school and the surrounding community.
The rhetoric of “bad teachers” has become a direct campaign by the wealthy to target teacher unions. It is important to note that teaching is a predominantly female profession. The perception of “bad teachers” has been greatly exaggerated in media stories as this attack gains momentum. As our assistant manager, Melissa Tomlinson, posted on your Facebook page, “Bad teachers do not have any business being in education. But there is more to it than that. What is a bad teacher for one student, can be a wonderful teacher for another student. What may be a bad teacher could be the result of an unfair job placement because administration is trying to run that teacher out due to personal conflict. What may be a bad teacher may be a newer teacher that was never mentored in the beginning. Our due process rights protect us in these instances. They protect us as we speak out for the child that is brought back to school after attempting to commit suicide and has not yet worked out all of her emotional problems. Due process protects the teacher that fights to get a child classified or to get placement in a smaller classroom setting so they can work on reading and try to get up to grade level. Due process could allow a teacher to whistle blow when they see a misuse of funds. To say that we have lost our minds when defending our rights as educators of children when we are sometimes the last defense standing in front of these children is ignorant.” Teachers are the adults fighting against segregation, the lack of fair funding, the neglect of proper maintenance of school facilities, and the inequitable availability of resources, all of which harm our students.  Teachers fight for our LGBT students to have an extracurricular club, we fight for literature that is diverse, and we fight against forces in our school communities that don’t treat all children equally.  We can do this because we have a right to due process. 
As teachers we see the need to join together with parents and others to fight against the corporate education reform agenda that is starving our schools. We ask others to not fall in to this trap and we seek to enlighten people regarding the need to strengthen our unions and for union members to join one another in solidarity as this attack on our unions has become an attack on the very premise of the middle class. We sincerely hope that you will consider having on your show our co-founder, Mark Naison and another member of our association to openly continue this dialogue. We know that acknowledging another side of this issue and a willingness to have an open discussion with different views will serve your show’s mission.  We feel that The View should allow both sides of an argument so that the public has ALL the information to make an informed decision.  

Right Wing Rants

10 Certifiably Insane Rants from the Right-Wing Fringe This Week: War on Santa Edition

  1. Megyn Kelly: This is for all you kids out there: Santa is white! Hear me? He’s white!One is only left to scratch one’s head and wonder why, why, why? Why was it so gop-logo2important to Fox host Megyn Kelly to repeatedly look into the camera and tell America’s children that Santa is “just white”?It is laughable, yes—and Jon Stewart helped us laugh at it when he asked, “Who is Megyn Kelly talking to? Children who are sophisticated enough to watch the 10 o’clock news, yet naïve enough to believe in Santa, and racist enough to be upset that he might not be white?” That is, as he points out, a fairly narrow segment of viewers.But what Kelly’s insane rant really shows is just how mean-spirited she really is, that her vaunted empathy extends only to white working women, or rather to white working right-wing women who think like her.  Her empathy deficit is front and center in the repetition of the word, “kids,” and the use of the word “just.” When she says, Santa is “just white” to the “kids” out there, and they are just going to have to deal with it, it seems that she is also talking to non-white kids. Just deal with it, you non-white kids. Santa’s not for you.In the ensuing kerfuffle, she accused her detractors of race-baiting — and claimed it was an off-handed remark, that she was just kidding — and again asserted that Santa us white. In response to a thoughtful article on Slate by Aisha Harris, who chronicles the genuine pain she felt reconciling Santa’s “whiteness” with her African-American family’s Christmas celebration, Kelly ratcheted up the jerkiness. “Just because it makes people uncomfortable, doesn’t mean it has to change.”Because you can’t change the facts of a made-up story about a jolly man who flies around and gives children toys. And made-up stories belong on the news, kids.Kids!? Are you listening?
  2. Pat Robertson: Letting lesbians into your house could turn your kids gay.Patty Robertson slays us. He really does. His delusional view that gayness is a contagious germ was revealed this week when a viewer named Catherine wrote in for some advice. She had recently reconnected with an old best friend who, it turned out, was a lesbian. Catherine had invited her old friend to meet her children, but became concerned when her old friend wanted to bring her life partner along.Big mistake, the 700 Club host told her. Having lesbian friends in her home could turn her children gay, and “you don’t want your children to grow up as lesbians.”Exactly how this transmission of sexuality would occur, he did not explain. It, like the lord, works in mysterious ways, but suffice it to say, “Danger!”While Catherine should not risk infecting her children with the acceptance-of-the-lesbian-lifestyle virus, Rev. Pat said nor should she shun her old friend. Because, who knows, maybe Catherine could infect her friend with the good Christian, heterosexual lifestyle, ummm, virus.Failing that, he counseled: “It doesn’t hurt to tell somebody, ‘Look, I love you and we’re going to do what we can to be friends if we can, but I have my lifestyle, it’s Christian. And you have yours, it’s not. And so, I’m sorry, we can’t indulge in certain things together.’”Like lesbian sex, we’re presuming. That’s out.

    ( Thoughts on this by Savage) See i try to be fair for everyone and in this case this is a miss quote what he actually said was ” You dont want your kids to grow up lesbian you want to show them that’s not an exceptable life style for your family ” he was pretty much speaking for  that woman in her place from what their religious beliefs dictate is that wrong maybe  most of use know Gay/bi/lez is not a life choice but people are born that way…  tThis was a misquote to make him look evil and i believe in this case it was not right
    Feel free to correct me if you think i am wrong in a comment here or on FB
  3. Trump rejoices at having his birther conspiracy confirmed.Perhaps Trump’s obsession with the wide-ranging conspiracy to obscure President Obama’s real birthplace could be better sorted out by a psychiatrist, one who specializes in racist delusions. Know anybody?
    Of course, the wonderful thing about conspiracies is that everything proves them. And so it was this week that a tragedy gave the real estate tycoon Spy magazine dubbed “the short-fingered vulgarian” further fodder for his ongoing crusade to prove the president is a “furriner.” (Note that we high-minded, progressive scribblers would never make fun of someone for physical attributes they can’t help, so we won’t repeat that short-fingered thing again. Vulgarian, maybe.)Loretta Fuddy, the 65-year-old Hawaii state health director who authorized the release of Obama’s birth certificate was killed in a small plane crash over the coast of Hawaii. Nine other passengers survived. “How amazing, the state health director who verified copies of Obama’s ‘birth certificate’ died in plane crash today. All others lived,” the Donald tweeted.The implication is clear. The president had his thugs kill her. How? you ask. Or, more to the point, why? Since the birth certificate is released, confirmed Obama’s Hawaii birth and the matter closed for everyone except the truly irrational.
  4. Jim Garrow: Of course, Obama was in on that plane crash, and he also tried to nuke America (God stopped him!)The Donald is not the only eminently reasonable man who thinks Obama arranged that plane crash. He enjoys the company of Conservative nutjob Jim Garrow, who also knows for a fact that Obama killed Andrew Breitbart, Michael Hastings and Tom Clancy. Oh, yes, and he tried to nuke America.“There are no coincidences with this administration and with the thugs that have brought Chicago tactics to bear,” Garrow said. “We’re seeing murder.”His theory: Fuddy was killed with neurotoxins before the plane crash.Dastardly plan revealed. Mwah-ha-ha-ha, the president said in a statement.
  5. Beck manages to make the strange story of the fraudulent sign language interpreter at Mandela’s funeral even stranger.For many, truth can truly be stranger than fiction. Much of what is in the news would not be believable in a fictional universe. The revelations about the fraudulent, schizophrenic sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s funeral, who may have thought he was signing the voices inside his head, was one such story. It was all the responsible media could do to keep up with the bizarre facts as they were revealed. But for Glenn Beck, mental illness and a history of violence were not enough. Something else, an even more sinister plot, had to be at work. He wants the man’s blood tested, he said on his radio show “to find out if anybody jacked him on anything.” Why, you say?”This is exactly the kind of guy,” Beck said, “you hire to stand next to all of the world leaders at something like this hoping that he will do something. I believe it is not unreasonable to check his bloodstream to find out if anybody jacked him on anything to have him hallucinate … It might have just been enough to say somebody cause some kind of problem at this, for whatever the reason. But something is really wrong here.”For the crazies, there are no simple or even massive screwups.
  6. Todd Kincannon: The left likes school shootings.The Twitter war launched by gun nuts in the immediate aftermath of the Arapahoe school shooting, which coincided with the anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shooting, reached new levels of viciousness.“Allow law-abiding school employees who will go through weapons training to carry guns at school. Solved. But the Left likes school shootings,” Todd Kincannon, former executive of the South Carolina GOP tweeted.Kincannon is not a nice man. Some of his earlier tweets include suggesting transgendered people be put in camps, and lamenting to an Iraqi veteran that the enemy did not have better aim. It should be mentioned that he was pushed out of his leadership role with the South Carolina GOP. Still, the gunnies love him, and he definitely has his followers.“I bet gun-hating commies are just giddy that a bunch of children got shot in one of their ‘gun free zones.’ More propaganda for them,” he continued.And still more:“Obama started the day using Christmas to push socialized healthcare. Now he can use children killed by gun control to push gun control.”

    One of his followers chimed in that since the left likes abortion so much, it only stands to reason that they like school shootings too.

    See, this is just another example of how when it comes to fighting dirty, Democrats, progressives, the left, is totally, well, out-gunned.

  7. Gun lobby uses Newtown anniversary to raise money.While the parents and family members of the 20 children and six adults massacred in Newtown a year ago celebrated the sad anniversary of these horrific murders by urging others to perform acts of kindness for their fellow humans, the gun lobby celebrated in its own way: by using the anniversary as a way to raise money.On the eve of the anniversary, Gun Owners of America, one of the most aggressive pro-gun lobbies, posted a message on its website celebrating all of its achievements in the past year. They failed to include that, by Mother Jones’ estimate, at least 194 children have been killed by guns in the year since Newtown, many of them at home, by family members, many by accident, simply because there was a gun around.More guns is the solution. And more money for Gun Owners of America, in order that they may attain their goal of a fully armed America, and the defeat of this naïve notion that schools should be gun-free zones. A fully armed and cocked nation—that will cut down on the gun violence.
  8. Eric Cantor calls Capitol police to bully singing children away.Some children gathered outside GOP leader Eric Cantor’s office last week to sing Christmas carol tunes with immigration reform lyrics. They were pretty cute, and of course, their singing carried a poignant message about not tearing their families apart. Apparently, Cantor was unmoved. Instead of coming out and talking to them and the adults who were escorting them—or even giving them lip service like most politicians—he called the Capitol police to come and bully them away. That they did. Large men with booming voices came and told those kids to stop their caterwauling, comprende? Or else. They did stop singing—the littlest among them looking a bit frightened. Two minutes later, the big men reappeared and told them that arrests were going to start happening.What was Cantor doing during all this? Speculation is that he might have been reading the GOP White Paper on how to talk to women without offending them, soon to be followed by the GOP White Paper on how to talk to children without scaring them.
  9. Wait, did the head of the Virginia GOP just threaten Obama’s life?What’s a little humor among friends? Well, if the friends are Virginia Republicans, it can be vaguely incoherent and a little menacing. Last weekend, Pat Mullins, chair of the state’s Republican Party joked to about 450 party members at a party retreat that President Barack Obama was “so close to death” that Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-VA) needed to buy a life insurance policy.
    You might have thought such a gathering would include some soul-searching about the drubbing Virginia Republicans recently received in all three statewide races, for the first time in 24 years.You’d be wrong. It was the media’s fault Ken Cuccinelli lost, Mullins said, because they keep hammering away on that whole fictitious “war on women” thing when all Cuccinelli wanted to do was ban abortions and oral sex.“This is false narrative by false prophets… Republicans do not win when we are mini-Democrats or Democrat-lite,” he said. Or even, reasonably modern people-lite.But the certain failure—or should we say, fervently wished-for failure—of the healthcare law is what Republicans will continue to pin their hopes on. And that was when he made this creepy pronouncement.“Obama’s so close to death that Terry McAuliffe is about to buy life insurance on him,” Mullins joked. “I’m looking forward to taking the gloves off!”

    Oh those Republicans. Such cards.

  10. Steve King: Don’t vote on immigration; keep fruitlessly fighting Obamacare.Elsewhere in the country, similarly delusional Tea Partying fools continued to rally supporters despite the fact that there does not seem to be any more tea to dump into Boston Harbor.Iowa Tea Partier, rabid anti-immigrationist Steve (cantaloupe calves) King remains desperate not to let the nation or President Obama move on to immigration reform, which he fears will further divide the Republican Party. (On that he might be right.) “Only bad can come from passing anything in the House that has to do with immigration,” he portentously told the far-right birther site WorldNetDaily. The bad he fears, will be those immigrants who will erode the law by voting Democratic.He would prefer just to keep debating Obamacare forever, refusing to acknowledge that that ship has sailed.

Source By: AlterNet / By Janet Allon
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