Wednesday, December 29, 2021

The Spirit of '76 Museum

The Spirit of '76 Museum, 201 North Main St., Wellington, Ohio features the work of artist Archibald Willard. You may not know the name, but you will instantly recognize his world-famous painting, "The Spirit of '76", with its drummers, fifer and flag that symbolize the spirit of the American Revolution. Southern Lorain County Historical Society board member Scott Markel calls Willard “the least famous painter who created the most famous painting in the world.”

In this video, Becky Norton, Vice President of the SLCHS, guides us on a fascinating tour of the Museum. She is a wealth of knowledge and a wonderful guide!

The Spirit of '76 Museum also showcases the rich and colorful history* of Wellington and Lorain County and is operated by The Southern Lorain County Historical Society.  For more information on the museum and to arrange a tour, visit

People from Fayette County, Ohio, are likely familiar with Willards' work. His paintings adorn the courthouse and were recently restored to their original glory. They can be seen in this video, produced by The Ohio Channel at 3:30: 

The full-size original painting, (approx. 8"x10") is on display at the Marblehead Historical Commission, in Marblehead, MA. The thumbnail photo is from their website.

* Did you know that an escaped slave was captured and held in Wellington? While awaiting a train to take him back down south, the people of Wellington and nearby Oberlin freed him from his captor, and thus he was able to escape to Canada.

Monday, December 13, 2021

CCDL Meeting 12/14 - Pres. Holly Sullivan Named Grassroots Activist of the Year - Poker Run and More!


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This month's meeting is Tuesday December 14th at 7:00 p.m.

The meeting will be at the VFW Post 511 in New Britain. The post is located at 41 Veterans Drive, New Britain CT. Click here for directions

This month we are in-person only.

Meeting Agenda: 

  • President's Report & Legal Update
  • Vice President's Report
  • Treasurer's Report
  • Secretary's Report 
  • Permit Issues Report
  • Urban Engagement Report
  • Fundraising & Events Report, special update from Dave Bicknell about the New Year's Day Shoot
  • Legislative Coordinator Report
  • Membership Coordinator Report
  • Outreach Committee Report
Guest Speakers:
  • Mike France, Candidate US Congressional District 2 
  • George Logan, Candidate US Congressional District 5
  • Aileen Abrams, Candidate State Assembly District 78
Come Early and grab yourself a sandwich for $5

CCDL member Mona Starczewski will be selling grilled genuine New Britain kielbasa generously-sized sandwich for $5 donation starting at 6:00 PM.  All proceeds benefit CCDL.

Legislative Workshop Planning
It's time to start planning the Legislative Workshops for 2022.  If your club or organization is interested in hosting a workshop, please reach out to our Legislative Coordinator, Ray Bevis at

New Year's Day Shoot
The Branford Gun Club is hosting a New Years Day pistol and shotgun shoot starting at 9:00 AM and going until 4:00 PM  This event is open to the public. New shooters welcome, instructors will be on-hand. We will be shooting steel plates and clay targets. There will be prizes, pot luck, and CCDL merchandise. There will food available at no cost. $5 per round of Trap, shoot the pistols for $5.  Bring your own ammo.  The club is located at 40 Red Hill Rd in Branford.

CCDL President Holly Sullivan named Grassroots Activist of the Year

Congratulations to CCDL's President Holly Sullivan for being named 𝙂𝙧𝙖𝙨𝙨𝙧𝙀𝙀𝙩𝙨 π˜Όπ™˜π™©π™žπ™«π™žπ™¨π™© 𝙀𝙛 π™©π™π™š π™”π™šπ™–π™§ by the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms!

CCDL Poker Run Special Edition Charter Arms Revolver & ML Custom Shop Limited Edition Holster - Time running out!

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

You're Invited to a Christmas Party - Sen. Sampson honored by Parent's Choice CT


Dear Friends,

Please mark your calendar and plan to join me and lots of patriotic friends and neighbors for a Christmas party celebration. This will be an outstanding event with some great people!

I am tremendously honored to be recognized by my friends at Parent's Choice CT. Together we have been making considerable noise fighting for the rights of parents to make decisions about their children’s education and personal health decisions. Few things are more worthwhile.

I hope you can join us for a little holiday get-together that will also help out my re-election campaign for next year!

You can RSVP in just a few minutes online by clicking on the big green "Donate Now" button below or contribute at the door on Sunday.

The more the merrier so consider inviting a friend to join us! If you have already donated, please accept my sincere appreciation and consider asking other freedom lovers to donate as well.

I promise your contribution will be put to good use protecting our liberties and fighting for a better Connecticut.

Thanks for taking the time to read this message and please accept my thanks for your consideration.

State Senator Rob Sampson

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Our mailing address is:

Sampson for CT
276 Bound Line Road
WolcottCT 06716

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Will Power for Veterans - Poker Run Fundraise 18Sep21


Judicial Watch Sues HHS for Biodistribution Studies for the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson Vaccines

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch, the government watchdog group, announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for biodistribution studies and related data for the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (No. 1:21-cv-02418)).

This lawsuit was filed after the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease failed to respond to a June 8, 2021, FOIA request for:

[A]ccess to biodistribution studies and related data for the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines used to treat and/or prevent SARS-CoV-2 and/or COVID-19.

Similarly, HHS’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) failed to respond to the same request sent on July 15, 2021, after the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease advised Judicial Watch that BARDA “would be the appropriate federal agency to submit a request,” to obtain the records if they existed.

Biodistribution is a method of tracking where compounds of interest travel in an experimental animal or human subject.

“The Biden administration should follow the law and release any biodistribution studies concerning the vaccines,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Americans have a right to know as much as possible about the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines.”

Monday, September 20, 2021

"Justice for J6" Rally Exposed Government and Media Bias and Made the Case for the First Amendment and Equal Justice

Today, Tom Zawistowski, President of the Ohio-based TEA Party-Affiliated We the People Convention (WTPC), celebrated the success of the "Justice for J6" Rally on Saturday, September 18th and congratulated Matt Braynard from Look Ahead America, and Cara Castronuova from Citizens Against Political Persecution, for putting on a safe and effective event, despite irresponsible and baseless media claims that the event would be violent, and for their continuing efforts to get the January 6th Political Prisoners Equal Justice under the Law.

Zawistowski said, "The WTPC was proud to provide material support for the "Justice for J6" Rally which was a tremendous success on multiple levels. First and foremost, while the U.S. and World Media have intentionally killed any coverage of the plight of the January 6th Political Prisoners for the past nine months, with the exception of occasional blatant political hit pieces fed to them by their leftist handlers in and outside of government, the "Justice for J6" Rally and our organization's three front page ads in the Washington Times, goaded even the NY Times and the Washington Post and Rolling Stone into writing about the rally and thus the plight of political prisoners. Thanks to the corrupt media's unhinged need to demonize and attack Americans simply for having an opinion they don't like, and for using their First Amendment Rights to express it, they unwittingly brought the case before the U.N. Human Rights Committee to the attention of tens of millions of Americans! Just search on "Justice for J6" and see the thousands of links - few of which you would have seen two weeks ago. We did an outstanding job of using their prejudices against them. For those in the media who claim the event was "a dud" because it was attended by about 500 people, they were just clueless about of our actual goal, and we are thankful for their ignorance."

Monday, September 06, 2021

H.R. 1: A Cautionary Tale of Unintended Consequences

COMMENTARY  By Ken Cuccinelli II & Dominic Rapini

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This article first appeared in Real Clear Politics on 4Jun21 and is re-printed here at the request of Dominic Rapini.

For as long as politicians have been passing legislation, there have been measurable consequences to that legislation – both intentional and unintentional. Usually, the final impact is not known for years after a law is passed. We could write a book predicting problems with the proposed federal bill, H.R.1, the so-called For the People Act, but the state of Connecticut has given American taxpayers a timely preview of the burdens and waste we can expect from just one of the bill’s many government mandates. Specifically, the requirement that states must mail out ballot applications to all registered voters will unnecessarily spend, and ultimately waste, hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars.

The 2020 elections in Connecticut provide a cautionary preview of this proposed requirement in H.R. 1 to send absentee ballot applications (ABR) to every registered voter. Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise W. Merrill (pictured) did exactly that, spending $7.1 million in federal taxpayer money sending out unsolicited ABRs for the primary and general elections. A total of 3.6 million applications were mailed, yet only 865,000 were converted to actual votes. That’s a cost of $8.20 per ballot returned – by any measure, a poor yield on that investment.

The sad irony about this waste of taxpayers’ money is that

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Join Us for The End of the Long War in Afghanistan - National September 11 Memorial Museum


As we approach the milestone 20th anniversary of 9/11,

the 9/11 Memorial & Museum’s public program season will explore

a range of topics reflecting on the ongoing impacts and continued resonance of the attacks, their historical context, and their aftermath.

We are pleased to present

The End of the Long War in Afghanistan

Monday, August 30, 2 p.m. ET

The post-9/11 invasion of Afghanistan became the longest war in American history. Now with the total drawdown of American troops after nearly 20 years, the Taliban has retaken control of the country. Ronald E. Neumann, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan (2005–2007) and Edmund Fitton-Brown, coordinator of the UN Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team concerning the Islamic State, al-Qaeda, and the Taliban discuss the rapidly unfolding events in Afghanistan and what the future might hold for the country.

Visit to attend this live, online event.

Captioning will be provided. 

Op-Ed: America’s Withdrawal From Afghanistan Will Open The Door For Sex Traffickers


Funds donated will go towards our efforts to end human trafficking and exploitation around the world.
By Tim Ballard
People are free to debate if it was right for the United States to invade Afghanistan in 2001, or if we should have maintained a presence in the country for over two decades, or even if the timing of our recent and hasty withdrawal was appropriate. However, one indisputable fact that is not open for debate is that the moment the United States entered Afghanistan, we accepted a moral, social, and arguably, legal obligation to care for and protect the country’s most vulnerable people, that being women and children.

The United States’ rapid and slapdash departure from Afghanistan represents a complete abdication of that responsibility and obligation. We are failing the very people we are supposed to protect and, worse, we are doing so despite our own government’s admission that there was still so much work left undone. The U.S. Department of State reported just this year that Afghanistan “does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and is not making significant efforts to do so…” 
Afghanistan was also included on a list of state-sponsored governments that had a “documented ‘policy or pattern’ of human trafficking in government-funded programs, forced labor in government-affiliated medical services or other sectors, sexual slavery in government camps, or the employment or recruitment of child soldiers.” This list, in addition to Afghanistan, includes governments from Burma, China, Iran, North Korea, and Russia to name a few. 

According to the U.S. Department of State in 2001, Afghanistan under Taliban rule had one of the worst human rights records in the world. The regime systematically repressed all sectors of the population and denied even the most basic individual rights. 

The 2002 Trafficking in Persons report noted that “the Taliban, a Pashtun-dominated fundamentalist Islamic movement, controlled approximately 90 percent of the country. Taliban forces were responsible for disappearances of women and children, many of whom were trafficked to Pakistan and the Gulf States.”

Under Taliban control, women were forced into sex slavery, largely prevented from obtaining real employment, forbidden to walk outside alone, denied access to education, and prevented from receiving appropriate health and medical care.

Children were also subjected to unspeakable atrocities, including the practice of bacha bazi, where male children are sexually abused by older men and forced into combat as child soldiers, as well as into marriage and as laborers, domestic workers and in the sex trade.
In an interview with The Atlantic, Manizha Naderi, a co-founder of Women for Afghan Women, said, “Before the U.S. invaded Afghanistan, there was nothing, no infrastructure, no legal system, no educational system, nothing there. And in the last 20 years, everything was re-created in the country, from education, to the legal system, to social, to economics … Women have gained everything. Not just women, but the Afghans in general have gained a lot.”

The fact is today’s resurgence of the Taliban, and the ensuing fall of the Afghan government, threatens to almost instantaneously erase the strides meant to aid women and children over the past 20 years and bring the issue to light. And for this, the international community should be disgusted and embarrassed. 

According to recent report from UNICEF, over the previous decade, 2.7 million Afghans left the country in the hopes of finding a better life. We know that from our experience, many individuals, especially children, who flee their homes, communities, and counties are extremely vulnerable and become targets for those who wish to force them into being trafficked for sex or forced labor.

These numbers are staggering, but they are reflective of a time when the Taliban was not in control of Afghanistan. Imagine how much those numbers will increase under the oppressive rule of the new Taliban regime. And the world will never know it, as the Taliban will keep the problem in the dark, or worse, sponsor and condone these abuses.  
Already, reports of fear and uncertainty are streaming out of Afghanistan now that the Taliban are on the verge of complete control. Despite the Taliban’s shallow promises that women’s rights will be honored, women are already being forced from their jobs, girls removed from schools. Some women are even going so far as to hide or destroy any evidence of their personal or professional accomplishments such as diplomas, certificates, and other documents. 

One Kabul resident wrote that men are already making fun of women and girls, seemingly delighting in their terror. “It is your last days of being out on the streets,” said one man. “I will marry four of you in one day,” said another.

Sadly, it was almost a forgone conclusion that this is how things would play out if the Taliban were allowed to regain unfettered power. For example, the United Nations reported that as U.S. and other military groups began their withdrawal from Afghanistan in the first six months of 2021, more women and children were killed or wounded than during any other year since 2009. 
Imagine being a woman or a child in Afghanistan now faced with one of two options, both with potentially tragic outcomes. The first, stay in a country that is ruled by a regime that was known to have one of the worst human rights records in the world. The second, attempt to flee the country and risk falling prey to those who seek to victimize the vulnerable, and force them into being trafficked for sex for forced labor.

We call on the United States and other governments, non-profits, and NGOs to act immediately. At the Nazarene Fund, and at its sister organization, Operation Underground Railroad, we are prepared to do our part, but we can’t do it alone. If the international community fails to step up and respond to this situation, we will see a huge influx in the number of women and children being trafficked. 

The international community should not do what it has done far too often in the past — turn a blind eye to the problem and make an already-tragic situation even worse. We must address this issue head on for the sake of saving the lives of so many women and children who might otherwise be lost. 

Tim Ballard is the Founder of Operation Underground Railroad and the CEO of The Nazarene Fund.
Funds donated will go towards our efforts to end human trafficking and exploitation around the world.
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Monday, August 23, 2021

Opinion: The Unfolding Disaster in Afghanistan

Matt Corey
By Matthew Corey, USN Veteran

Republican Candidate for US Senate 2018

News from Afghanistan is unfolding at a rapid pace. The conditions on the ground are heartbreaking.  Politicians are blaming the withdrawal of American troops, before the withdrawal of civilians on incompetence, with each party pointing to the other side of the aisle.  The Commander in Chief must be fully accountable for what is happening in Afghanistan.  His appointed officials at the highest levels should bear the same responsibility for what is transpiring.

I remember my WW II veteran father telling us to be quiet while the news was on. News Hour was Dad’s time and we watched and listened with him.  I was eleven years old; we were watching the evacuation of troops from Vietnam.  We had also watched the protests prior to the end of the War.  I remember the chaos as I watched the last flights out of Saigon.  I looked over and asked my dad if the war was over and did we win?  I don’t remember if he actually gave me an answer.  I soon learned that we weren’t allowed to win because of a lack of political courage and that the war against communism would never end.  Our Veterans started returning home to a not-so-welcoming country, which was devastating for our troops and the country as a whole.

Editor’s Note: The North Vietnamese Communists later admitted they were on the verge of surrendering when America agreed to “peace” terms.  American forces had devastated the Viet Cong army.  They had been pounded down; their capacity to make war was nearly depleted.  Had the US held out for a few weeks longer, countless lives would have been saved and the needless suffering of millions of people would have been avoided.

As I watch the news, I see President Biden blame the last Administration for the agreements that were put in place with the Taliban.  In his position as President, he can override any previous deals.

While it is completely naive to believe former President Trump and Secretary of State Pompeo could negotiate with the same terrorist group that helped and harbored Al-Qaeda, I believe they would have handled the withdrawal from Afghanistan in a more orderly, efficient and safe manner.

Surely, the previous administration would have assured the safety of the tens of thousands of Americans and the tens of thousands of Afghans who aided America and her allies.  Surely, the previous administration would not have allowed a vast arsenal of heigh-tech weaponry to fall into the hands of barbarians!  Surely, the previous administration would not have left a humanitarian crisis the likes of which have not been seen since the end of the Vietnam War!

It is my opinion that most Americans have no stomach for endless wars when there isn’t a clear mission.  I understand that we have been there for 20 years, but we also have had troops in Europe and Asia for close to three quarters of a century. Why? To keep the peace and protect the citizens, while also monitoring our interests.

It takes generations to change the hearts and minds of people.  What better way to bring about positive change than to introduce freedom and liberty in a part of the world that hasn’t known them?  That is something to defend at all costs.  It also requires protection of the newly freed, and guidance over time.  No other country knows that better than the United States.

I watched President Bush’s speech to America and our allies before the invasion of Afghanistan.  The purpose of the mission was to rid the country of terrorists and to help the Afghan people.   Now, we are witnessing our politicians turn their back on the promises they made, not only to America, but to the world.

In my opinion, keeping a small force, with air support to keep the Taliban out of Afghanistan would have been well worth it.  Was the Afghan Government corrupt?  I believe so.  There are corrupt politicians all over the world, including here in the United States.  The cost of leaving troops in Afghanistan would pale in comparison to the suffering the Afghan people and surrounding countries will have to endure, now that they have been abandoned to the Taliban.

With what has transpired, even we will be less safe in our homeland.

I can only imagine how the brave men and women who made sacrifices to the mission, along with our friends and allies in “Enduring Freedom”, must feel knowing this is the outcome.

I wonder if Gold Star families, who will miss and mourn their losses forever, believe this was all worth it.  It's not our military that has failed us; it’s our political leadership that has failed our military and our citizens, once again.

We can only hope that those in positions of power can come together with honesty to, and for, the American people, and do the right thing.  God bless the United States and our brave men and women who protect our freedoms around the world.

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