Monday, December 05, 2016

This Week's "American Political Zone" November 10, 2016

The American Political Zone - A Political Commentary on Current Events

Featuring Daria Novak, 2nd District Congressional Candidate and President of the Institute for American Politics, and Frank Vernuccio, New York Analysis Policyand Government, The American Political Zone is now a regular feature in the Middletown Insider.

One of the best political discussion programs you can find, our hosts possess a vast knowledge of current affairs and they share this with us in a lively and interesting fashion.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Wikileaks - The Benghazi Story

We all suspected that the Government's explanation of  Benghazi debacle was phony, but if Wikileaks is right about this information, our country made absolutely the right choice last week .  Unfortunately, Americans did not not have this information in time to have made the right choice in 2012 so we wound up with a weasel of the highest order as president for the past 4 years!
Joe Milardo

So here's the REAL story.
Amb. Stevens was sent to Benghazi post haste in order to retrieve US made Stinger missiles supplied to Ansar al Sharia without Congressional oversight or permission.


Hillary brokered the deal through Stevens and a private arms dealer named Marc Turi.


Then some of the shoulder fired missiles ended up in Afghanistan used against our own military.


It was July 25th, 2012 when a Chinook helicopter was taken down by one of our own Stingers,

but the idiot Taliban didn't arm the missile and the Chinook didn't explode, but had to land anyway.


An ordnance team recovered the serial number off the missile which led back to a cache of Stingers being kept in Qatar by the CIA.


Obama and Hillary were now in full panic mode and Stevens was sent in to retrieve the rest of the Stingers.  This was a "do-or-die" mission, which explains the stand down orders given to multiple commando teams.


It was the State Dept, not the CIA that supplied them to our sworn enemies,because Petraeus wouldn't supply these deadly weapons due to their potential use on commercial aircraft.


Then, Obama threw Gen. Petraeus under the bus after he refused to testify that he OK'd the BS talking points about a spontaneous uprising due to a Youtube video.


Obama and Hillary committed treason...and THIS is what the investigation is all about, why she had a private server, (in order to delete the digital evidence), and why Obama, two weeks after the attack, told the UN that the attack was because of a Youtube video,

even though everyone knew it was not.


Further...the Taliban knew that this administration aided and abetted the enemy without Congressional approval when Boehner created the Select Cmte, and the Taliban began pushing the Obama Administration for the release of 5 Taliban Generals.


Bowe Bergdahl was just a pawn...everyone KNEW he was a traitor. 


So we have a traitor as POTUS that is not only corrupt, but compromised...  and a woman that is a serial liar, perjured herself multiple times at the Hearing, whom is running for POTUS.


Only the Dems, with their hands out, palms up, will support her.


Perhaps, that is why, no military aircraft was called in… because the administration knew our enemies had Stingers.

Send again and again and again until everyone reads this truth.  


Our nation depends on people getting the TRUTH, instead of the pack of lies being fed to us by Obama and Clinton.

Roots in Ripon - Congratulatons, America!

My PhotoRoots in Ripon
Chuck Roots
7 November 2016

Congratulations, America!

As you read this we will be most likely in the midst of Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, 2016. This means our Constitutional system of government is still intact. No person, or party, or military strongman has taken over the government to establish a dictatorship, a socialistic government, or a junta.

Regardless of how the election results turn out, America is the winner because our nation continues to move along following the political and philosophical dreams of our Founding Fathers. Now, don’t misunderstand. Everything is not all lollypops and roses in our country. I have attempted to highlight many of the problems in the past several weeks. But America has not had to endure the endless cycle of government takeovers, or changes, with new or rewritten constitutions the way many countries have. Last I read, Italy has changed governments (not just leaders within their government, but restructure of how their country is run) 19 different times since the end of Mussolini and World War II. Here in America we have had one government for the past 240 years, with the Constitution being ratified by all 13 original states in 1790, our nation has moved along fairly well by staying within the Constitutional guidelines. 
Since the end of World War II we have had 12 presidents. The 13th will either be Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. And in line of succession, our newest president will be the 45th president of the United States. 
If you reflect on this achievement, it is quite spectacular that our nation has been able to stay focused on the importance of the rule of law as laid out in the Constitution. The office of the president is still bigger than any single person. Each elected candidate to this highest office of the land is awed and humbled by the role and responsibilities associated with the position. Some men have been crushed by the sheer weight of the job. Others have managed to keep their heads above water (barely, in some cases), and yet others seem to have been born to the job. 
My pastor delivered a sermon this past Sunday, entitled, “Being a Christian in an Election Year.” It was very well done. I am going to share the gist of it, hopefully doing it justice. 
The basic premise of the message was this: During an election year, we tend to be, 1. Fearful, 2. Prideful, 3. Selfish, and 4. Divisive. These are not necessarily stand-alone characteristics. Instead, when you allow fear to enter into your thinking, the other three (pride, ego, and division) are nipping at your heels. I would share with you a passage written by the Apostle Paul in which he admonishes us to focus on the right things. Read this section carefully:

Philippians 4:6-9: Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.’’ [“The Message” Translation]

This is great encouragement because regardless of the election results, a lot of people are going to be unhappy. So then, based upon this Bible passage, if God is seated on his eternal throne, then all is well, and we need not fear anything. However, if God is not on his throne, then he does not exist and we should be full of fear because we are all in a world of hurt. 
The naysayers from both political parties foresee the worst-case scenarios should their candidate lose. It’s easy to get caught up in this fear-mongering and forget that God is still very much involved in the affairs of the human race. 
As for me, I choose to trust in God. He has blessed the United States of America, and I believe he still wants to, in spite of our wandering hearts as a nation. 
So, that’s why I say, Congratulations, America! Now watch and see what God has yet to accomplish. Be prepared to be amazed! 
God bless America!

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Nadine's Move to Change - Boxes, Bubble Wrap and Packing, Packing, Packing


Wow, it’s been awhile since I’ve written to this blog, and I very much appreciate all of you who have stuck it out with my posting black out.  This moving stuff is a LOT of work!  The day Marilyn, my real estate agent, told me she was definitely coming over with papers for me to sign, I started pulling from my stash of boxes in the basement and was packing before she even got there.  I knew this could take a bit of time and I sure did not want to leave it until the last minute.  As usual, my desire to avoid stress is paramount, and I decided that the earlier I could start, the better.  What I discovered is that I must be the world’s slowest packer.  My friends were either at work, running businesses, in physical therapy for extreme pain or otherwise engaged.  So I was on my own for the most part.  And yeah – I….am…..s-l-o-w.

What used to be my dining room became box-packing ground zero.  During the course of the following weeks (yes, weeks….), I bought LOTS of tape and bubble wrap, made appeals on Facebook for boxes and newspapers and packed a lot of boxes.  The ZZZWWWIPPPP!! sound of the tape gun could be heard coming from my house at all hours for days on end.  My friend Paulette came a couple of days and brought massive amounts of boxes with her in addition to helping me.  She was a HUGE help!

ARTFARM Announces The Politics of Laughter: A Tribute to Dario Fo and Franca Rame

ARTFARM invites theater activists and comedy enthusiasts to gather to honor the life & legacy of the iconic Italian actor/playwright/activists Dario Fo and Franca Rame. This tribute will take place at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown on Thursday, December 8 at 6 pm.

The Politics of Laughter: A Tribute to Dario Fo and Franca Rame will be introduced by Wesleyan Theater Professor and Fo scholar Ron Jenkins, and will feature readings by actors from ARTFARM’s Ensemble, including Artistic Director Marcella Trowbridge, Executive Director Dic Wheeler, and actor John Basinger (known to Shakespeare in the Grove audiences as King Lear in 2014). This will be an evening of comedy, memory and celebration.

Italian actor/playwright/director/painter/designer/activist/Nobel Laureate Dario Fo died on October 13 of this year at age 90; his wife, actor/playwright/activist Franca Rame, passed away in 2013. They had been married and creating theater and havoc together in Italy and throughout the world since 1954.  Their unique brand of satirical theater serves as an inspiration for activists and theater makers around the globe, not only for the past sixty years but into the future. Up to their deaths Fo and Rame remained as thorns in the side of Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, a billionaire turned politician who was repeatedly accused of misogyny, womanizing, corruption, and was ultimately brought down by a tax evasion indictment.

Ron Jenkins is Professor of Theater at Wesleyan University and a Visiting Professor at Yale. He had been the chief American translator of Fo and Rame (both for their written work and in performance) since the 1980’s, and is one of the pre-eminent scholars on their work in this country. He will discuss their work and legacy, as well as share some video selections of Dario Fo onstage at the Joyce Theater in New York.

This will be followed by live readings of selections of the works of both Fo and Rame by members of ARTFARM’s Shakespeare in the Grove Ensemble. Attendees are welcome to bring short selections or Fo/Rame experiences to share, or simply to come and listen.

ARTFARM is a Middletown-based non-profit theater company, founded in 2001, which cultivates high-quality theater with a commitment to simple living, environmental sustainability and social justice.  

For more information, contact or call (860) 346-4390.

Friday, December 02, 2016

Gershwin! and Jazz Up Close at Russell Library - December Schedule


Big news!

After nearly two decades, we are releasing an updated brand identity that includes a new logo, tagline, colors and font.

Our design goal was complex in its simplicity: capture the energy we feel as we serve the people of Middletown. We partnered with The Pita Group to help us design this new look. We met with staff, trustees, and surveyed our patrons. Over and over we heard that Russell Library needed an update, a modern look that reflects the culture in which we live and the high demand for innovative services.

Throughout the process, we reaffirmed our great strengths and discovered areas where we can do so much more. We learned that we need to turn outward to work directly with our community to reach our collective aspirations. And, finally, it ignited a need to create more learning experiences and to improve access to resources for people of all ages.

We hope that you like our new look.  We believe it matches who we are in the 21st century.  Please let us know what you think! We look forward to seeing you in the library - it's "a great place to be."
All programs are free and open to all.

Thank you to The Friends for their continued support!

Emil Altschuler, violin
Thomas Pandolfi, piano

Thursday, December 8
Hubbard Room

Enjoy an evening resounding with the timeless classics of the American master, George Gershwin - with acclaimed violinist Emil Altschuler and dynamic piano   virtuoso Thomas Pandolfi.
Jazz Up Close:
Spanning Generations

Featuring:  Godwin Louis, alto saxophone    
Sunday, December 11 
Hubbard Room

Resonant Motion, Inc. presents the third event of the 2016 Spanning Generations performance and discussion series. Saxophonist and composer Godwin Louis leads a quartet with bassist Henry Lugo, drummer Allan Mednard, and pianist/series curator Noah Baerman. 

Free; no registration. Additional sponsors: Middletown Commission on the Arts and The Friends of the Russell Library.
Film Series:
Race to the Rescue 
Classic Hollywood Adventures
Tuesday, December 20
12 noon
Hubbard Room 

Captain Blood (1935) 

Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland star. Comments by Scott Higgins, professor of Film Studies and chair of the College of Film and the Moving Image at Wesleyan University, will follow the screening.

Senator Hwang - Operation Hope Food Drive


Middletown High Parent Pissed

To the Editor of The Middletown Insider,

Typically you get letters and articles about politics and such, and I’m not sure if this counts as an “and such”, but the topic is very simply, Our Local Sports Programs (& Our Kids that Play Them), and the regulatory agency that profits off of them when it seems convenient.

I was on Twitter the other night, and I asked a gentleman associated with a local online station that covers Middletown High football, pretty much; “Hey, what gives? You did games right along, and now that we’re in the Playoffs, you bail on us? What’s the deal?”  He politely informed me that the CIAC, (Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference) charges stations wishing to have the right to broadcast the playoff games $200 per game!

I happen to know that the station has been covering Middletown and area sports for years now, is an all- volunteer station.  While they have sponsors, that’s just so they can keep the lights on.  No one there is drawing a salary.  They do this for the kids and they’ve always done this for the kids.  So, the question is; why, all of a sudden, does the CIAC need to charge a station $200 when that station has been doing games right along all year, for free?

CIAC, by the way, is also supposedly a non-profit organization.  Furthermore, if a television station wants to broadcast a game, it’s a $1000 charge per game.  Is Channel 3 paying this?  Are Channel 8, 30, & 61 paying this?  The point is, why is a supposed non-profit organization, suddenly deciding that they need this money; just because kids achieved their goals, and won?  Is this how we support our kids?  By further separating them from media coverage they so rightfully deserved, because a non- profit station that was there from day #1, suddenly can’t, because they can’t swing two hondo’s?

I’m sorry, and this message is directed at CIAC: CIAC, you are hindering our children’s success. Instead of supporting them, and letting them get the notoriety they so deserve, instead, you’re holding them hostage.  These kids are on the verge of college.  On the verge of the rest of their lives, and their success means nothing to you, and that, is sad.


A Terribly Disappointed Middletown High Parent

Election 2016 - "It is Over"

It is over.

The voters of our country confirmed the new direction our nation will take.  President-elect Trump early today (Nov. 9th) requested that a truly united citizenry set aside our differences, bind our wounds and work together to restore equal opportunity for all, for the common good of this nation.

I take his call to mean that we must live and let live, tolerate our differences, and never elevate anyone's agenda to special interest status, taking precedence over anyone else's agenda.  

If we can do that, I am hopeful that when we discard debilitating social experiments such as affirmative action, race and gender based politics, political correctness and the political abuses of our governmental institutions, we can once again achieve greatness in this country.

I have sent many politically sensitive photos, articles and videos since July asking for support of our newly elected President.  I did not ask for permission to send such information and I offer no apologies for having done so.  I simply thank you for your attention to them, whether they influenced you or not, to vote as you did yesterday.

This election was too important to me and the future of my family to stand idly by and do nothing to affect the course our nation was pursuing.

Joe Milardo

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Electon Update from Senator Joe Markley

CCDL - Statement on Boughton Exploratory Committee

Statement on Boughton Exploratory Committee

by Chris
(Groton, CT) - The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state's largest gun rights organization) release the following statement after Danbury mayor Mark Boughton announced the creation of an exploratory committee for the governor's seat in 2018.

Statement from CCDL President Scott Wilson:
"Mark Boughton was a member of the gun control group "Mayors Against Illegal Guns".
The Mayor also made several public statements about recently passed anti-gun laws that were very troubling to gun owners in Connecticut”
Mayor Boughton did finally severe his affiliation with MAIG towards the end of his last gubernatorial campaign because his being associated with gun control hurt his campaign. As far as CCDL can tell, there has been no outreach or attempt by the mayor to mend any fences. We must assume his position hasn't changed in the last few years.
We hope that the mayor of Danbury is aware that gun owners do vote, and they do not forget."
Wilson also stated:
"It would be an extremely difficult hurdle for any candidate to overcome a prior platform position that included gun control in a statewide election. Mayor Boughton would not just be campaigning in Danbury, but across the entire state".
About the CCDL: The Connecticut Citizens Defense League was formed in 2009 by a small group of concerned citizens as a non-partisan organization to advocate second amendment rights in the state of Connecticut. Since their founding, the group has grown to over 25,000 members from across the state.
Thanks to this large supportive base, the CCDL has become a fixture at the state capitol, and well-recognized by committees that see firearms related bills.
As the go-to organization in the state they are consulted regularly by lawmakers who have questions and concerns about pending legislation or existing laws. For more information on the CCDL please visit
Press Contact:
Scott Wilson

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Regional Emergency Response Drill Scheduled in Middlefield CT December 3 2016.

Middlefield, CT

From: Peter Tyc
Fire Chief Middlefield Volunteer Fire Company

On Saturday December 3, 2016 at 8:00am an emergency response drill will be conducted for the communities surrounding Middlefield on Orchard Lane in Middlefield Ct. The drill will test the capabilities of Middlefield emergency response services, the surrounding communities and hazardous material teams to manage an emergency involving multiple jurisdictions and response agencies. The exercise will be postponed until December 4 in the event of inclement weather.

The drill will be a progressive type scenario and will engage a variety of response organizations. These will include at a minimum Fire, Ambulance, Emergency Management, and Hazardous Materials and local hospital. The resources will come from various regions of Connecticut.

The news media is invited to cover the drill activities. The drill site will be arranged for media coverage but access will be restricted to registered media participants. Please contact the office of JLN Associates, or Chief Tyc with names and cell numbers of staff whom will be participating at the drill site.

Information dissemination will be a drill objective; we ask that your organization participate in receiving information as they would in a real event (media briefings). The site will open to media at 8:00 am for registration and set-up.

JLN Associates, LLC under contract with State Emergency Response Commission and Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) is planning and implementing this hazardous material related full-scale exercise for Middlefield and the surrounding communities. The Planning and Implementation of this exercise is funded by a HMEP Grant being administered by the State Emergency Response Commission.

Your attendance and participation is anticipated and encouraged.

Respectfully Submitted

John L. Nickerson Peter Tyc
John L. Nickerson Peter Tyc
Principal Chief
JLN Associates, LLC Middlefield Fire Company

John L. Nickerson                                                                                  Fire Chief Peter Tyc
JLN Associates LLC                                                                              Middlefield Fire Company
43 Hatchetts Hill Road                                                                           405 Main St , suite 7
Old Lyme CT 06371                                                                         Middlefield, CT 06455
Phone 860-434-3443                                                                             Phone 860-349-7124

Friday, November 25, 2016

CCDL - Ackert For House Minority Leader

Ackert For House Minority Leader

by Chris
For Immediate Release:
(Groton, CT) - The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state's largest gun rights organization) is addressing a growing concern over the House Republican current leadership's lack of support for 2nd Amendment related matters.
CCDL President Scott Wilson States the Following:
"With the election of 2016 over, Connecticut citizens face the upcoming 2017 legislative session with no one in the leadership position in the House Republican Caucus that will look out for the rights of gun owners. It has been a serious sore spot for the twenty-five thousand members of our organization. We have a legitimate expectation that politicians who swear under oath to uphold the constitution will follow through. It is their responsibility”.
Wilson also Added:
"Gun owners like myself are tired of seeing elected officials such as Themis Klarides (114th District) go along with whatever gun control proposals that come along. We know that some of the incumbents and the newly elected freshmen that we have reached out to feel the same. House Republican caucus members have an opportunity to elect a new leader Thursday, and we certainly hope that they take that initiative. State Representative Tim Ackert (8th District) is challenging Klarides for the leadership position, and we feel that Mr. Ackert is a well thought out logical choice to fill that role ".
Press Contact:
Scott Wilson
About the CCDL: The Connecticut Citizens Defense League was formed in 2009 by a small group of concerned citizens as a non-partisan organization to advocate second amendment rights in the state of Connecticut. Since their founding, the group has grown to over 25,000 members from across the state.
Thanks to this large supportive base, the CCDL has become a fixture at the state capitol, and well-recognized by committees that see firearms related bills.
As the go-to organization in the state they are consulted regularly by lawmakers who have questions and concerns about pending legislation or existing laws. For more information on the CCDL please visit
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