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Friday, September 4, 2009

09/04/09 Hamilton Avenue School Principal Damaris Rau Says Goodbye And Heads To New Haven (Updated)

Outgoing Ham Ave. principal says goodbye to district - Greenwich Time

By Colin "BOE Brown Nose" Gustafson

... Hamilton Avenue School Principal Damaris Rau broke the news that she's leaving to different students in different ways on her last day ...

....New Haven, a larger district with 49 schools and nearly 21,000 students, Rau will be overseeing and evaluating 15 principals in a role that's similar to what the deputy superintendent does here, she said. That's a significant change from her work in Greenwich, where she oversaw a single elementary school with 315 students in a district with 16 public schools and nearly 9,000 students.......


Greenwich Time Cub Reporter Colin "BOE Brown Nose" Gustafson Failed To Mention That Damaris Rau's School Failed To Meet The Federal No Child Left Behind Standards Year After Year After Year.

Infact, Things Are So Bad At Rau's School, Parents Will Be Able To Legally Opt Out Of The School If Things Don't Improve By 2010.

Hamilton Avenue School Parents Would Be The Only Greenwich Parents Who Would Be Able To Chose Where There Children Could Go To School

As Ussual, Greenwich Time Cub Reporter Colin "BOE Brown Nose" Gustafson Refused To Interview Any Hamilton Avenue School Parents For This Article


Here Is What Parents Are Saying About Damaris Rau And This Greenwich Time Story On The Topix Message Board

Parent of 2 says:

See ya'!

HAS says:

She is a wicked, cruel dictator. Good riddance.

GS dad says:

Putting the mixed feelings about Dr. Rau aside, I wish all the HAS staff, students and parents well as they navigate this new change. Good luck to your school!

ByeBye says:

Doesn't this story tell it all? Always about Damaris. This whole story is about her singing her own praises. If Greenwich thought she was worth keeping she would be in another position here - so DUH! Goodbye! Don't let the new garage door hit you in the ...


09/02/01 BREAKING NEWS: CT Once Again Sites The Greenwich Board Of Education (Updated)


09/03/09 Greenwich Time Cub Reporter Colin "BOE Brown Nose" Gustafson Is Starting To Discover How Wrong He Has Been

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09/04/09 Ten Neocons Keep 9,000 Greenwich School Kids From Seeing President's Speech Urging Them To Study Hard And Stay In School On Tuesday (Updated)

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Obama's speech to students will be delayed in Greenwich - Greenwich Time

All Greenwich Public Schools students will see President Barack Obama's speech urging them to study hard and stay in school -- just not live on Tuesday, Superintendent of Schools Sidney Freund announced Friday.

Instead, individual principals will choose when the speech will be shown to the students.

"All of the students will see the speech," he promised.......

.....He said 10 residents and parents objected to the speech being broadcast at all in the school system.....
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Joe Scarborough says that the Obama school speech story is just getting ridiculous.

Scarborough points out in the clip below there simply must be more important issues far right fringe Republicans can focus on instead of the Obama school speech.

Conservative republicans have legitimate concerns about the growing national debt, Afghanistan, Iran, and even the reach of health care reform.

But preventing 9,000 Greenwich students from hearing a school address about hard work and setting educational goals in just bizare at best.

"Silly season": Morning Joe crew criticizes "angry voices" for bashing Obama's stay-in-school speech


Neocons Debate Students And Parents About

This News Story On The Topix Message Board

Obamabot says:

All hail our Dear Leader! Kneel before him and give him praise!

Greenwich Student says:

This entire "controversy" has been completely overblown. At no point has the Obama administration ever suggested that the speech will be politicized. It seems that, rather, it will just be a good luck speech, telling kids the normal things like,"Stay in school," or, "Don't do drugs."

There is no "secret political agenda" or "plot by the federal government to indoctrinate your children". Frankly, it's insulting that some would choose to treat it as such and is a reflection of the maturity of some.

Obamabot says:

Obama also has at no point expressed a desire to control the auto industry, the banking industry, or the healthcare system in the US.

Bully says:

There is nothing extraordinary or even newsworthy about this.

Ursa says:

It's a sad day when people now feel compelled to get their panties in a bunch over stuff like this.

Bailout says:

The issue was not the idea of the President speaking to our children, the problem was the content. If it were an essay about doing something for our country, your school or your community it would have been appropriate. The speach was connected to "How could you help President Obama" -- that's the problem.

Gail says:

Is it any wonder that very few want to go to Greenwich to be an educator there? If Freund didn't see it coming, he should anticipate that the least little things will set off a controversy. Just look at how much time in meetings and how many people this took to come to a compromise. What a waste.

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09/04/09 BOE PRESS RELEASE: President's Address to Students To Be Delayed By Failed Greenwich Public School System


Millions And Millions Of Children Across America Will See The Speech Live In School With Their Teachers, While Greenwich Students Will Be Blacked Out

It's No Wonder That Greenwich Fails To Meet No Child Left Behind Standards Year After Year After Year.

Please see attached for release regarding the viewing of the President's
Address to students.

Kim Eves
Director of Communications
Greenwich Board of Education
290 Greenwich Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06830


Phone: 203-625-7415
e mail:
Fax: 203-869-8003


(For immediate release: Greenwich, CT – Friday, September 4, 2009)

President Barack Obama will address the nation’s youth in a LIVE speech on Tuesday,

September 8, 2009 at 12:00PM. According to the U.S. Department of Education’s web site, the address will “challenge students to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for Superintendent of Schools,

Dr. Sidney Freund, said “This is a teachable moment, one that we
will take advantage of as it supports the fundamental tenet of our work – the importance of education – a message we certainly want to reinforce with our students.”

Greenwich Public Schools will view President Obama’s address to students at a date to be determined, following the LIVE broadcast on Tuesday.

Having only recently received the request by United States Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, to air the address - the District will take the opportunity to properly plan for the logistics of viewing the speech:

- to ensure that the District has the proper viewing mechanisms in place,
- to plan discussions and activities appropriate for each grade level, and
- to provide an opportunity for schools to select the optimal time during the day to view and discuss the address.

Dr. Freund will meet with District and School-based administrators early next week to plan for the in-school viewing and reinforcement of the President’s message about the importance of Dr. Freund has planned a message to be delivered to parents this afternoon via telephone using the District’s electronic home/school communications system. A transcript of the message “Good afternoon, this is Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Sidney Freund.

As you may be aware, President Obama is planning to address all students in the United States LIVE at noon on Tuesday, September 8th.

The advance notice states that the President will challenge students to work hard, set educational goals and take responsibility for their learning. President Obama is reinforcing the message that our Principals and teachers delivered on our first day of school.

I have received several emails and calls from parents and community members objecting to airing the speech during the school day. I have also received several calls encouraging me to show every student the President’s address. After careful consideration of all perspectives I have decided on the following course of action:

At this time, we do not plan to view the President’s speech live on Tuesday.

We will, however, make arrangements for all students to view the President’s address at a later date.

This decision has been made primarily to provide adequate time for us to plan the viewing:

- to ensure that we have the technical capacity in place

- to ensure that an instructional team has time to engage in thoughtful dialogue to prepare age appropriate activities to accompany the viewing of the President’s speech, and

- to ensure that every student has the opportunity to view the address
As a parent, you will be advised by your building principal of the date and time of the

I hope you view the President’s message and discuss its importance with your child.
Thank you and I hope you enjoy your holiday weekend. Good-bye.”



Whatever Happened To Respect For The President Of The United States?

The fact of the matter is - this is a fake controversy, nothing more and nothing less. It is a ginned up fake cheer-lead-the-base dumb exercise.

Greenwich kids and parents, just download the speech on Monday from the White House web site and see what the Bush Republican's of Greenwich don't want you to see.

Obama's speech to children has been turned into a advertising campaign for socialism. "As far as I am concerned, this is not civics education - it gives the appearance of creating a cult of personality," said Oklahoma state Sen. Steve Russell. "This is something you'd expect to see in North Korea or Saddam Hussein's Iraq." Florida state chair Republican Party, Jim Greer warned Obama is trying to "indoctrinate America's children to his socialist agenda." Boo-yeah! Go 'git 'em commie bastards, Jimmy Bob!!!

Thanks to the profound intellect of conservative talk radio and the right-wing blog-wingnuts, Obama's speech to children is now a lecture on socialism, Marxist-Leninist-Mao ZeDong thought. I wish it was so because it would be impressive to listen to anyone who can expound and explain socialist and communist theory in 20 minutes. Then I would encourage the kids to listen because to understand true capitalism, you need to understand the counterpoints of facism, socialism, communism and neo-socialism. Das Kapital and The Wealth of Nations.

The culture wars never ended.

In fact the chasm between right and left, Republican and Democrat is so wide that the continental divide seems like an irrelevant analogy.

We certainly can't have the President of the United States of America telling the children of Hamilton Avenue School if you apply yourself and try hard you can overcome your failed school and school district.

In a town that has an growning educational gap between white and minority students, we certainly can't have the President of the United States telling children to challenge students to work hard, stay in school .


In 1991, former President and Greenwich resident George H.W. Bush delivered a nationally televised speech to students from a Washington school, encouraging them to say no to drugs and work hard.

What Does The National PTA President Say About The President's Speech To The Nation's Children?

Here is what the national office e-mailed to state and local chapters

Q: How does National PTA feel about the President giving this speech on the first day of school and about parents "opting-out" of their kids watching it?

A: Anytime a president gives a speech about the importance of education; a speech that inspires kids to do well in school; a speech that speaks directly to them; we feel those are positive messages for children to hear. National PTA supports making children feel good about being in school. Finally, any time we can encourage additional student-teacher dialogue on setting academic goals, it's a positive step.

We also recognize that parents have a choice and if they choose to "opt-out" of having their child watch the speech, that is certainly their right. However, it should not be a detriment to the child's learning experience. In other words, the child should only be re-directed to a different activity during the time of the speech and not miss the entire day of school.

Q: Does PTA support those lesson plans and if any guidance is being given by the National PTA to its affiliated schools?

A: The lesson plans were developed by teachers (the Teaching Ambassador Fellows at the US Department of Education) for teachers.

National PTA works on legislative and policy issues; not curriculum. You may want to contact the NEA...

NOTE FOR YOUR REFERENCE: The lesson plans are optional for use (so teachers don't have to do them) and they are framed as "menus" of activities that teachers can use to use the speech as a learning opportunity . Using the optional lesson plans is a local decision to be made by teachers and principals

It Looks Like Superintendent of Schools Dr. Sidney Freund And Some Greenwich Board Of Education Members What To Play Politics With The Education Futures Of Greenwich School Children.

Maybe Dr. Sidney Freund Should Consider The Following As He Yields To Far Right Wing BOE Political Pressure.....

The Majority Of Greenwich Public School Parents Voted For Obama.

Obama Carried Greenwich Last Year.

Only Former Superintendent of Schools Betty Sternberg Would Be Stupid Enough To Allow The President's Address To Students To Be Politicized.

If Some Far Right Wing Greenwich Ideologue Is Afraid Of Their Child Being Encouraged To Stay In School, Then Let Them Opt Their Child Out Of Viewing The President's 20 Minute Address.

It Will Be The Perfect Chance For Their High School Age Child To Make A Run To Chicken Joe's Or To Have A Quick Cigarette On The Far End Of The GHS Campus.


09/03/09 Greenwich Time Cub Reporter Colin "BOE Brown Nose" Gustafson Is Starting To Discover How Wrong He Has Been


Ronald Reagan's Speech To Students

Want to talk about indoctrination?

Here is what Ronald Reagan had to say to some middle school students back in 1988 .

The speech was later carried to schools nationwide. .....

"Today, to a degree never before seen in human history, one nation, the United States, has become the model to be followed and imitated by the rest of the world. But America's world leadership goes well beyond the tide toward democracy. We also find that more countries than ever before are following America's revolutionary economic message of free enterprise, low taxes, and open world trade. These days, whenever I see foreign leaders, they tell me about their plans for reducing taxes, and other economic reforms that they are using, copying what we have done here in our country.

I wonder if they realize that this vision of economic freedom, the freedom to work, to create and produce, to own and use property without the interference of the state, was central to the American Revolution, when the American colonists rebelled against a whole web of economic restrictions, taxes and barriers to free trade. The message at the Boston Tea Party -- have you studied yet in history about the Boston Tea Party, where because of a tax they went down and dumped the tea in the Harbor. Well, that was America's original tax revolt, and it was the fruits of our labor -- it belonged to us and not to the state. And that truth is fundamental to both liberty and prosperity.'

Why Wasn't Faux News And Glen Beck All Over This Speech?

So just remember kids,

It's OK If You're A Right Wing Republican.

Parents and right wing commentators need to calm down and realize that the Obama address will not mean the loss of their child forever.

If their children turn out to be "leftists" Greenwich Roundup sincerely doubts that the Obama address will be the turning point in their lives where they came to believe in the Obama "socialism" message.

Send your kid to school and if you really are concerned talk with them about the Obama address over dinner.

That may be the best lesson your child receives that day.


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09/04/09 The Greenwich Briefing

Comprehensive News Feed for Greenwich, CT.

  • Greenwich says bonjour to specialty foods store
    posted on September 04, 2009 03:20:59 pm
    ... A bright, spacious interior and the option of buying delicacies to go or to eat inside has been luring folks from Greenwich and elsewhere to Le Gourmet since its opening in July 2008. Owner Jean-Louis Gerin, a native of France, is a familiar face in ...
  • New talent takes the helm of both public and private schools
    posted on September 04, 2009 03:20:50 pm
    With new leadership in the public and private schools in Greenwich, and an unprojected increase in the number of incoming students this fall, Greenwich Citizen caught up with five educators on what they see as their challenges and what they are looking forward to in their new positions.
  • New superintendent sets the tone for his administration for the year 2009-2010
    posted on September 04, 2009 03:20:44 pm
    More than 1,200 teachers, administrators and staff members took their seats in the Greenwich High School Student Center on Monday morning for the Town's annual convocation ceremony.
  • Healthy living begins on Holly Hill Lane
    posted on September 04, 2009 03:20:37 pm
    Before 6 a.m. on a recent Tuesday morning, a half a dozen health-conscious souls -- mostly employees of Greenwich Hospital -- were warming up for their "Boot Camp" exercise with teacher Kelly Herzog, at Greenwich Hospital's Richard R. Pivirotto Healthy Living Center on Holly Hill Lane.
  • Greenwich father-son duo set sail in Vineyard Race
    posted on September 04, 2009 03:15:25 pm
    For as long as he's been sailing, Victor Ansart, 17, has been second mate to his dad, Benoit. But Friday the Greenwich High School senior steps into the skipper's shoes, captaining his your ad here Resource guide
  • Agents and Agencies
    posted on September 04, 2009 11:59:51 am
    ... has spent time in Europe and South America. She is a member of the Consolidated Multiple Listing Service, the Greenwich MLS and the Darien MLS. - Doreen Kostecki in the Newtown office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage also has been accepted ...
  • Investment firm director lists 5BD for $13.8M
    posted on September 04, 2009 08:14:04 am
    ... W. Hall of Fite Shavell & Associates is the agent for the listing. Newquist is managing director of GBP Capital, a Greenwich, Conn.-based firm that focuses on investing in the life-sciences industry. He previously was a partner at Morgan Stanley & ...
  • Olga Hirshhorn shares art from - The Mouse House'
    posted on September 04, 2009 06:40:58 am
    Olga Hirshhorn, widow of famous art collector Joseph H. Hirshhorn, whose gift of his art collection to the Smithsonian Institution established the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden for international modern and contemporary art on the Mall in Washington, D.C., in 1974, is known as "one of Greenwich's most intriguing native daughters." This might ...
  • Recession Dining: Per Se at Home
    posted on September 04, 2009 05:53:09 am
    ... and cheeseburgers - or high-end." Below is a fourteen-course meal the two prepared for a recent dinner party in Greenwich, Connecticut (obvi!). Cost per person: $260. Compare that to the Per Se tasting menu, and you get five more courses for fifteen ...
  • Layoffs pace seen slower in August
    posted on September 04, 2009 05:33:22 am
    ... and will be forced to rehire quickly as activity begins to rise," said Stephen Stanley, chief economist at RBS in Greenwich, Connecticut. "Already, there have been scattered anecdotes that companies are bringing laid-off workers back, most ...
  • In-Depth Look - Greenwich Homeowners Feel the Burn
    posted on September 04, 2009 08:53:02 am
    Homeowners Turn to the Rental Market in Greenwich, CT; Single Family Sales in Greenwich Fell 48% This Year
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09/04/09 RECESSION BUSTER: Save 75 Cents - Read Saturday's Greenwich Time On Friday Night For Free !!!!!

Day care facilities plan for swine flu
As the town's public and private schools are dealing with the predicted resurgence of swine flu this fall, day care centers, preschools and after-school programs have their own plans to deal with
Lower Fairfield County legislators on Friday told commuters they would fight if a cut in operating funds for Metro-North Railroad and state bus lines made this week is used to justify higher fares.
EAST AURORA, N.Y. -- None of the Eckert sisters ever envisioned walking the halls of Congress, advocating to right wrongs to protect the country from tragedy.

You can learn bridge or hone your skills
For those interested in learning how to play bridge or in improving their games, September brings with it several opportunities to do so. At the YWCA, the supervised play class that was suspended for
MONDAY LABOR DAY -- Senior Center Closed No Lunch or Programs TUESDAY 10 -- Sit & Stretch, Quilting 10:30 -- GREATS Meeting 1 -- Chess and Bridge Play - Lions Den 1:15 -- T'ai

Labor Day Closings - Monday, Sept. 7, 2009 Banks -- Bank of America; Chase; First Bank of Greenwich; Greenwich Bank & Trust; People's Bank, closed Monday.
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09/04/09 News Release: Just Books' Author Events - Sept 12 Charise Mericle Harper - Children's Author

Hi – attached is a news release for Just Books’ upcoming author event with Children’s Author Charise Mericle Harper for Saturday, September 12. I hope you can use this information. Let us know if you need anything else.


Have a great Labor Day weekend!

Jenifer Howard
J. Howard Public Relations
P: 203-273-4246
E: jhoward@jhowardpr.com
Twitter: jhowardpr


12:00 – 2:00 PM, Saturday, September 12

(Old Greenwich, Conn., September 3, 2009) -- Just Books welcomes children’s book author and illustrator Charise Mericle Harper, as she introduces her adorable new book Mimi and Lulu: Three Sweet Stories, One Forever Friendship (Balzer+Bray, $16.99; August 25, 2009), at Just Books on Saturday, September 12, from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Just Books is located at 28 Arcadia Road, Old Greenwich, Conn. 203-637-0707 or www.justbooks.org.

Mimi and Lulu love yummy cupcakes, princesses, pink elephants, and surprises. But most of all, they love being together! Charise Mericle Harper has published lots of fun several picture books and chapter books for children including Imaginative Inventions, Itsy Bitsy, the Smart Spider, the Fashion Kitty series, and the Just Grace series. She lives with her family in Westchester, New York.

Just Books is the oldest independent bookstore in Fairfield County and has been family-owned since 1949. Just Books offers many programs including the well-attended Meet-the-Authors series, in-store book signing events with popular authors, book clubs, children's story hours, a Kid's Board and a Just Books Teen group. Just Books was awarded the Best of the Gold Coast Connecticut by Moffly Publications’ Greenwich, New Canaan-Darien and the Westport magazines. Just Books was also voted the Best Independent Bookstore in Fairfield County by Fairfield County Weekly for two years in a row. Just Books, is located at 28 Arcadia Road in Old Greenwich. Just Books is owned and operated by Marion Holmes. For a complete listing of upcoming author events, visit


SEPTEMBER 12, 12:00 PM – CHARISE MERICLE HARPER with MIMI & LULU at Just Books (Children’s Book Signing)
SEPTEMBER 14, 7:00 PM – MARTIN GROSS with NATIONAL SUICIDE at Just Books (BookTV will be taping this event!)

SEPTEMBER 16, 7:00 PM – LEV GROSSMAN with THE MAGICIANS at Just Books (Book Signing)
SEPTEMBER 19, 10:00 AM – PETER SAVERINE & BOBBI EGGERS with JENNY’S PENNIES at Just Books (Children’s Book Signing)

OCTOBER 3, 12PM – KATIE MALACHUK with YOU’RE ACCEPTED at Just Books (Book Signing Event)
OCTOBER 6, 6;00 PM – WALLACE SHAWN with ESSAYS at the Avon Theatre (call 203-967-3660 for ticket information)
OCTOBER 16, 7:00 PM – GEORGE TABER with IN SEARCH OF BACCHUS: WANDERINGS IN THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF WINE TOURISM at Richards of Greenwich (Wine & Cheese Festival in support of the Young People’s Concerts for schools; tickets: $100 {tax deductible}; call 203-637-2143 for more information)
OCTOBER 17, 11:30 AM – JEANNE MCNANNY with MIRACLE IN SUMATRA at Just Books (Children’s Book Signing)
OCTOBER 19, 6:00 PM – MARY ANN HOBERMAN with THE TREE THAT TIME BUILT at Just Books (Children’s Book Signing)
OCTOBER 21, 7:00 PM – JANET CONNOR with WRITING DOWN YOUR SOUL at Just Books (Book Signing)

NOVEMBER 2, 2:00 PM – KATHERINE HALL PAGE with THE BODY IN THE SLEIGH at Just Books (Book Signing)
NOVEMBER 18, 6:30 PM – GAIL RENTSCH with SMART WOMEN DON’T RETIRE at the Westport Library (Book Signing)



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09/04/09 Question About "Darren DeBerry Turned Self In To Police"

To whom it may concern;

I am trying to find Darren DeBerry because he wrote our business a check on a closed account. I keep coming up to your blog when I google his name or business but can't find it in your blog. I am wondering if he is a criminal or is in jail and someone stole the check from him or if he is just slime!

If you could please forward me that part of your blog with the information about him I would greatly appreciate it.

Thank you for any help you can offer.


Bernadette Daniele
Knightsbridge Co., Inc.


We Are Not Sure If This Is The Same Darren DeBerry.

The Greenwich Roundup Post You Might Be Looking Can Be Found Here:

11/11/08 Greenwich Time News Links On Veterns Day (updated)

Police blotter

Darren DeBerry, 43, of 9 West Fort Drive, Meriden, turned himself in to police headquarters Thursday afternoon on an outstanding arrest warrant stemming from a bad check issued in July, police said.

According to a police press release, DeBerry issued a bad check to a car dealership for service on July 11.

The amount of the check was $5,449.81, police said.He was released on a $2,500 surety bond and is scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in Stamford on Nov. 14.


Greenwich Roundup Wonders If Mr. DeBerry Wrote A Check For His $2,500 Surety Bond Last November.


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09/04/09 Hey, Eric Bjork, Vice President Of Prudential Connecticut Realty Blogged This Front Page Greenwich Time Story Yesterday

PHOTO: Cheryl MacCluskey, president and chief executive officer of M&M Development LLC, in the driveway of a recently completed home at 63 Maple Ave. Homeowners saddled with the worst sales market in 30 years are turning to the rental market. (Bloomberg )

... A way to test drive the house&apos

By Oshrat Carmiel Bloomberg News

Cheryl MacCluskey broke ground on a five-bedroom luxury home in Greenwich last year, hoping it would sell by June. Then reality set in. After cutting the price 13 percent to $4.4 million failed to lure buyers, she rented it this week for $13,000 a month.

"I'd never have put it on for rent before," MacCluskey, president of M&M Development, said of the 7,800-square-foot house. "In this down market you don't really have a choice." .....

The Greenwich Time Has Hit A New Low As It Has Bloomberg News Service Replaces Origional Pictures And Content Above The Fold On The Front Page.
Please See:

The Greenwich Time Is Behind The Times:

Once Again Bloggers And Out Of Town News Sources
Are Breaking News In Greenwich


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09/04/09 It's Called Free Speech And Brave Young Men And Women Are Shedding Their Blood To Defend It As You Read This

Video: Hitler-like images of Obama create uproar in Cos Cob

pair of posters portraying Barack Obama as Adolf Hitler -- a toothbrush moustache added to the president's visage -- stopped visitors to the Cos Cob post office in their tracks Thursday.

They were placed next to a table on the sidewalk by Joe Billington and Margaret Greenspan, a brother-sister tandem of demonstrators from Hackensack, N.J., who are opposed to Obama's public insurance health-care initiative.

The duo is affiliated with a political action committee founded by Lyndon LaRouche Jr., an eight-time candidate for president and lightning-rod figure who has run under the banner of the Labor Party and as a Democrat......

....Janet Hamm, 71, who identified herself as a registered Republican from Greenwich, gave $20 to the duo.

A cancer survivor herself, Hamm said she has concerns about bureaucrats making decisions about her medical care.

"I'm not happy with someone deciding when I'm supposed to die," Hamm said.

Irene Senter, 79, a registered Democrat from Cos Cob and former chairman of the town's Affirmative Action Advisory Committee, bristled when she was approached by the demonstrators.

"I'm not on your side," Senter said.

Cos Cob is the home neighborhood of U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-4, an unabashed supporter of the public insurance option who has hosted three town hall meetings this week on health-care reform.......


Many, Including Greenwich Roundup, Consider Lyndon LaRouche Jr.To Be A Conspiratorial And Anti-Semitic Nut Case.

But LaRouche Was Stongly Opposed To The Wars In Iraq And Afghanistan.

Moreover, He Opposed George Bush's Stimulius Packages That Bailed Out AIG Fat Cats.

LaRouche Proposed The "Homeowners And Banks Protection Act of 2007," Which Would Freeze Mortgage Have Rates, Ban Foreclosures And Put The Banking System Through A Bankruptcy Reorganization.

This Was More Than One Year Before The Failed Investment Bankers, Who Threw Our Ecconomy Into Recwssion Were Bailed Out Last September.

Maybe We Should Let A Few "Nut Cases" Join The Debate Every Now And Then.

But On The Other Hand:

Sarah Palin And Lyndon LaRouche Jr Both Have This Crazy Idea That A Government-Run Insurance Program Will Create So-Called "Death Panels" Of Bureaucrats Who Will Act Like Nazi's And Decide Which Patients Will Get Medical Attention.


That was then, this is now -For What It's Worth

Cos Cob Democrats outraged at poster depicting Obama as Hitler.
Oh, fine, but before you fella’s get too worked out about this, please click on this link showing hundreds of Bush as Hitler posters and tell us when you said a word of protest.


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