Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Sen. Suzio, Lawmakers Welcome CT Wing Civil Air Patrol to Capitol

Sen. Suzio, Lt. Colonel Darren Cioffi, 
Sen. Heather Somers, Sen. George S. 
Logan, and Col. Ken Chapman.
Sen. Len Suzio and state lawmakers on May 10 welcomed members of the Connecticut Wing Civil Air Patrol to the State Capitol’s historic Senate Chamber.  The Civil Air Patrol (www.ctwg.cap.gov) is the all-volunteer official auxiliary of the United States Air Force.  In Connecticut, as a 501-3C corporation, the CAP performs search and rescue as well as emergency and disaster relief services. Sen. Suzio, who serves on the legislature’s Veterans Affairs Committee, represents Cheshire, Meriden, Middlefield, Middletown and Rockfall.  He can be reached at Len.Suzio@cga.ct.gov or call 800-842-1421.  On the web: www.SenatorSuzio.com.   

Stratfor - South Asia: A Bump in the Belt and Road

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As part of its ambitious Blet and Road Initiative, China is looking to build new inroads into South Asia. The region is rife with opportunity for Beijing. By establishing new security and economic connections with neighboring South Asian countries, China hopes to quell unrest in remote Xinjiang province. angle

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The Future of Global Trade  Beneath the headlines about Brexit, Russian efforts to expand its area of influence and the latest news from the White House lies an evolving story that

NumbersUSA - Trump tells The Economist that he doesn't want to cut legal immigration - Immigrants Oppose Illegal Immigration

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This Issue: Pres. Trump tells The Economist that he doesn't want to cut legal immigration to the United States

Fri, May 12th
This week's issue of the The Economist focuses on Pres. Donald Trump's outlook on the global economy, including his thoughts on legal immigration to the United States where he said that he doesn't want to cut immigration. The interview sounded alarm bells for those seeking to reduce existing immigration levels.
As with most things policy related that come from the President, his answer lacked detail, but that doesn't make it any less concerning. Trump reinforced his commitment to ending illegal immigration, but when asked if he's seeking to reduce overall numbers, his response was troubling, but vague.
And what about legal immigration? Do you want to cut the number of immigrants?

TRUMP: Oh legal, no, no, no. I want people to come into the country legally. No, legally? No. I want people to come in legally. But I want people to come in on merit. I want to go to a merit-based system.
He was then asked specifically about reducing overall legal immigration numbers.
But the numbers of those people could be as high as the numbers that are coming in legally now? You're not looking to reduce the numbers?

TRUMP: Oh yeah, no, no, no, no, we want people coming in legally. No, very strongly.
Trump spoke more in detail of his plan to replace the existing immigration system with a merit-based system like Canada's and Australia's. He said he wants "talented people" who are going to "love our country". He also said that they'd be ineligible for any sort of public assistance for at least 5 years.

Oath Keepers - Maloney's Stupid 'Smart Gun' Bill an Unintended Gift to Gun Owners



by David Codrea  



Get a load of the latest "gun sense" baloney from Maloney. (Carolyn Maloney: Facebook)
"In an effort to improve gun safety, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) has reintroduced The Handgun Trigger Safety Act, forward-thinking legislation to use new and emerging technology to prevent gun deaths," a press release from the congressthing proclaims. "The bill would promote the development of new 'smart gun' technology that only allows an authorized user to fire a gun. It would also mandate that all newly manufactured handguns use this technology within five years, and that existing handguns be retrofitted with this technology within ten years."

Corruption Chronicles: Obama DOJ Reprimanded SPLC for Hateful Attacks on Immigration Control Groups



MAY 10, 2017

The radical leftist group that helped a gunman commit an act of terrorism against a conservative organization was officially reprimanded by the Obama Department of Justice (DOJ) for its hateful attacks, according to documents  obtained by Judicial Watch. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is an extremist nonprofit that lists conservative organizations that disagree with it on social issues on a catalogue of “hate groups.” The previously undisclosed DOJ rebuke is a vindication for groups targeted by the SPLC’s witch hunts and is especially impactful because the Obama administration was tight with the SPLC and even hired the controversial nonprofit to conduct diversity training for the government. Judicial Watch uncovered documents relating to the SPLC’s diversity training at the DOJ back in 2013.

Also in 2013, Judicial Watch reported  that a Virginia man who planned a mass shooting based on the SPLC’s “hate map” of conservatives got a 25-year prison sentence. Prosecutors called it an act of terrorism and recommended a 45-year sentence. The terrorist, Floyd Lee Corkins, stormed into the headquarters of the Family Research Council (FRC) and carried out the politically-motivated shooting based on an SPLC target list. The FRC is a Christian organization that promotes the traditional family unit and the Judeo- Christian value system. Corkins pleaded guilty and admitted that he learned about the FRC from the SPLC, which describes itself as a civil rights group but labels conservatives who disagree with it on social issues as hateful.

In 2015, the SPLC issued a hit list  of U.S. women against sharia law, the authoritarian doctrine that inspires Islamists and their jihadism. This included a starter kit for Islamists to attack American women who refuse to comply with Sharia law and a detailed list of female bloggers, activist and television personalities who reject Sharia law, which is rooted in the Quran. Among those targeted were colleagues and friends of Judicial Watch who fear for their safety simply for practicing their rights under the U.S. Constitution. That SPLC hate list is titled Women Against Islam/The Dirty Dozen and includes illustrations and detailed information on all the women, who are branded “the core of the anti-Muslim radical right.” The SPLC hate brochure further targets them by claiming that they’re “a dozen of the most hardline anti-Muslim women activists in America.”

Another favorite SPLC target is any group or individual that speaks openly against illegal immigration. The DOJ reprimand, issued last year but kept quiet at the agency’s request, involves the SPLC’s atrocious behavior during immigration court proceedings. Two groups that oppose illegal immigration, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) and the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI), were the target of personal, baseless and below-the-belt attacks from SPLC attorneys during official immigration court proceedings. The SPLC filed a motion attacking and defaming the two respected nonprofits by describing them as “white supremacist”, “eugenicist”, “anti-Semitic”, and “anti-Catholic.” In its reprimand the DOJ says it is troubled by the conduct of SPLC lawyer Christopher Strawn and that his conduct “overstepped the bounds of zealous advocacy and was unprofessional.” Furthermore, SPLC made “uncivil comments that disparaged FAIR and its staff,” the rebuke states, adding that the language constitutes frivolous behavior and doesn’t aid in the administration of justice.

The Obama administration kept the reprimand confidential and asked FAIR and IRLI to keep it under wraps. In the meantime, SPLC continues to publicly trash the groups and escalate attacks against them by putting them on the official hate list. The executive director and general counsel of IRLI, Dale Wilcox, says his nonprofit and FAIR will keep fighting for immigration policies that put America first. “The SPLC’s latest tactic in its never-ending witch-hunt and the federal government’s resulting reprimand should send the following message to the mainstream media,” Wilcox said: “Stop using the SPLC as a legitimate hate-watch source in your news coverage. That a cabal of biased list-keepers can play such an important role in distorting the immigration debate in this country is testament to the utter failure of much of the mainstream media which frequently publishes their inflammatory commentary and refuses to question their baseless methods or financial motivations.”
 
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

MegaVote - CT's 3rd District and CT Senate 5/21/17

May 1, 2017
In this MegaVote for Connecticut's 3rd Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes
  • Senate: Perdue Nomination
  • Senate: Acosta Nomination
  • House: Register of Copyrights
  • House: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Oversight
  • House: Short-Term Fiscal 2017 Continuing Appropriations
Upcoming Congressional Bills
  • Senate: Fiscal 2017 Omnibus Appropriations
  • Senate: Clayton Nomination
  • House: Fiscal 2017 Omnibus Appropriations
  • House: Workers Comp Time


Recent Senate Votes
Perdue Nomination - Vote Confirmed (87-11, 1 Present, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Sonny Perdue to be secretary of Agriculture.

Sen. Christopher Murphy voted YES
Sen. Richard Blumenthal voted NO

The Big Bug Hunt 2017: Gain The Upper Hand On Garden Pests

The Big Bug Hunt

Welcome to the Big Bug Hunt 2017 international research project newsletter!
There’s no better time to be in the garden than spring. There’s lots to do, but this is also a crucial time to start looking out for common, and not so common, garden pests. Aphids, Japanese beetles, slugs – they’re all gearing up for a summer of action and now’s the moment to gain the upper hand and stop them!

Look for pests on the ground among your plants, on leaves, stems and buds, or in the soil as you till, plant and tend. When you find a bug, hop onto The Big Bug Hunt website to file a report. It takes seconds and you’ll be helping to build up a picture of when and where bugs spread. Don’t forget, we want to know about all bugs, both pests and beneficials. Thank you for taking part!
Report any bugs you've seen here..> Report your bug sightings to bigbughunt.com

Get on Top of Slugs

Slugs are the gardener’s enemy number one! Don’t let them get the

On Watch: Episode 14 - Corruption and the Increasing Opioid Epidemic


Below, is the latest edition of Chris Farrell's On Watch.  

To watch this video cast (vodcast) program, click on the arrow below. We have also included a full transcript of the edition below.


Transcript: I’m Chris Farrell . . . and this is On Watch.

I’ve discussed how public corruption is fueled by the flow of Mexican drug cartel heroin across our southern border.  Be sure to go back and watch earlier episodes of On Watch, specifically, our premier show and episode 3 to get up to speed on those subjects.

Today, we’re going to talk about fentanyl.  Fentanyl is a narcotic.  A very powerful synthetic opioid that’s properly used as a pain medication.  It works quickly and has a relatively short duration of action in the body. Most often, it’s used to alleviate pain after surgery and with late-stage cancer patients. 

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