Saturday, September 14, 2019

Tax Alert: The Surprise Grocery TAX Hurts Everyone

New Meals Tax

From Senator Tony Hwang

A new “Meals Tax” contained in the Democrat  biennial state budget will place a 7.35% tax on many grocery store items previously not taxed and add more financial burden on CT families & residents. Here's everything you need to know.
The “meals tax” included in the Democrat and Governor Lamont's state budget is set to go into effect October 1, 2019.
The tax applies to prepared and ready-to-consume foods sold at restaurants AND grocery stores. 
The 7.35% tax will apply to not only prepared meals such as sandwiches, deli salads, pizza and hot buffet items, but also containers of lettuce, small packages of snacks, loose baked goods, wrapped salads, small servings of ice cream, and meal replacement bars. It also applies to fountain drinks including coffee and any beverage sold with a taxable “meal.”
"Governor Lamont and the Democrat regressive tax and spend biennial state budget continues to hurt working and middle class families, taking more and more out of people’s wallets every day for basic food and living needs." 
-- Senator Tony Hwang
Examples of Taxable “Meals” (taxed at 7.35% in eating establishments AND grocery stores):
  • Sandwiches, grinders, and wraps;
  • Popsicles, ice cream cones, cups, sundaes, and other individual servings of frozen desserts unless sold in factory pre-packaged multi-unit packs;
  • Ice cream, frozen yogurt, and other frozen desserts sold in containers of less than one pint;
  • Salads sold at salad bars;
  • Lettuce or greens-based salads sold in containers of 8 ounces or less;
  • Salads that are not greens-based (macaroni, potatoes, pasta, fruit, etc.) sold in containers of 8 ounces or less;
  • Donuts, muffins, rolls, bagels, and pastries (5 or fewer);
  • Cookies sold loose (5 or fewer when cookies are sold by quantity, or less than 8 ounces when cookies are sold by weight);
  • Pies or cakes by the slice;
  • Prepackaged or factory-sealed bags or packages of 5 ounces or less of chips, popcorn, kettle corn, nuts, trail mix, crackers, cookies, snack cakes, or other snack foods, unless sold in factory prepackaged multi-unit packs;
  • Pizza, whole or by the slice;
  • Cooked chicken sold by the piece, including buckets of chicken, and whole cooked chickens;
  • Cooked ribs sold by the piece or portion and whole racks of ribs;
  • Hot dogs served on a bun or heated;
  • Bagels that are individually prepared;
  • Soup sold in containers of 8 ounces or less, unless sold in factory pre-packaged units;
  • Smoothies;
  • Meal replacement bars;
  • All beverages provided with the sale of a taxable meal;
  • Food sold at a hot buffet;
  • Food that is cooked to order;
  • Popcorn, kettle corn, nuts and any other snack foods that are kept warm for purchase; and
  • Items such as salads, side dishes, and rolls, when sold as part of family pack meals typically including, whole chickens or buckets of chicken, when prepared and sold for immediate consumption, even when the items exceed the weight or quantity limits specified above
Examples of Taxable Drinks (taxed at 7.35% in eating establishments AND grocery stores):
  • Beer, including nonalcoholic beer;
  • Fruit juices, sweetened beverages, soft drinks, and soda;
  • Carbonated water;
  • Coffee or tea (ready to consume, hot or iced);
  • Distilled alcohol such as brandy, rum, whiskey, gin, vodka, and tequila;
  • Fountain drinks of any kind;
  • Hard cider;
  • Kombucha tea, and other naturally carbonated beverages;
  • Malt liquor;
  • Milkshakes;
  • Hot chocolate;
  • Syrup-flavored crushed ice drinks;
  • Wine
Earlier this year, Democrat lawmakers labeled the new tax as only a 1% tax increase on items already taxed at 6.35%, but the Department of Revenue Services (DRS) clarified this week that the new 7.35% tax will also apply to many food items that have never been taxed at all before when sold in grocery stores. The policy also results in a tax increase on food items sold by restaurants and eating establishments.
To see the full policy statement from the Department of Revenue Services visit:
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Saturday, September 07, 2019

"Open-Carry Shopping Weekend" Planned Nationwide

Image result for store that are asking people not to open carry
Photo courtesy of NC Public Radio
Next weekend, September 13,14 and 15, marks the first annual "Open-Carry Shopping Weekend", in America. 
This event is in response to retailers such as Walmart, Kroger, CVS Walgreen (and likely others), who are now now asking law abiding citizens to no longer openly carry firearms while shopping in their stores.

The policy comes in the wake of a mass shooting at a Walmart in Texas and a mass shooting in Dayton's nightclub district, disappointing and angering many.  No one has yet to explain how an open-carry ban would have prevented the shootings, in question.

Organizers say the event is intended to remind retailers that the foundation of their customer base consists of law abiding gun owners who support the Second Amendment.

Participants are advised to make sure they are in compliance with any governing statues before carrying a firearm, anywhere.   Everyone is reminded that the purpose is to show businesses where their sales come from and that gun owner's business will effect their bottom line.   But most of all it is to show that gun owners are not a threat.   So, shop. Do your normal shopping, but shop.

And remember, you represent ALL other gun owners, so always be polite and courteous.

Sunday, May 12, 2019


Image result for declaration of independence“Declaring Independence”
Hoot Gibson, 6/3/2014

The Declaration of Independence is the first time the Colonies referred to themselves officially as Free States. The newly proclaimed thirteen States had united in cause and committed to being independent from Britain. Written in the title of the Declaration is “…the thirteen united States of America.” This new designation of ‘States’ and “United States” carries forward to the title of the “Constitution of the United States” and most all other subsequent documents.

The document can be broken into six parts, though the original document appears to be one very long continuous paragraph. I recommend you read the Declaration of Independence after reviewing this article. It may give better insight to the structure and how the wording applies to later development of the US Constitution.

PART 1, Title: This section provides the date of the declaration and is a notice to the King that the decision to become independent was unanimous in Congress. It also is the first reference to “…united States of America.”

PART 2, Introduction: This portion proclaims the United States will separate from England.

PART 3, Declaration of Rights: This establishes that the United States is equal to England and explains the reasons for independence. The first sentence of this paragraph became much of the foundation and motivation for inclusions in the US Constitution.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

-life: living without the constant fear of death by other than natural means
-liberty: living without oppressive restrictions imposed by authority or tyranny
-pursuit of happiness:
--pursuit; unrestricted by authority, the ability to follow or go after…
--happiness; a sense of confidence and quality of life, not to suffer due to

PART 4, Grievances: The Founding Fathers include a long list of injustices and reasons for declaring independence from England.

PART 5, Resolution of Independence: The last two paragraphs state to the King that the United States of America will have its own powers to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances [foreign nations], establish trade, and other acts as the United States…a separation nation.

PART 6, Signatures: There were 56 signers on the Declarations of Independence. As stated in the last sentence of the Resolution portion, each signer mutually pledged “…to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

The Declaration of Independence was approved by the Second Continental Congress on July 2, but dated and declared publicly on July 4, 1776. Though Thomas Jefferson is credited with writing the document; as a committee Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Robert Livingston, and Roger Sherman were all authors of the document.

The revolution for independence had already begun. This document, in essence, declared that the now United States is no longer a part of England and war will continue. During the Second Continental Congress, Benjamin Franklin made this statement regarding unity of the States and People, “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.” Benjamin Franklin was the eldest signer of the Declaration of Independence and later a delegate to the Constitutional Convention in 1787, developing the US Constitution.

The Colonies are no longer colonies; they are now the United States of America. The Colonists are no longer colonists; they are now Americans.

©Hoot Gibson, 2014 - 2019

Hoot is a retired USAF Master Sergeant. 

Monday, April 08, 2019

Middletown "Progressives" - Regressive

Photo from Wiki
Contributed anonymously.

Common council just passed a tax on paper bags at all commercial businesses based on Maria Hoztberg's suggestion to ban plastic bags.  Planning and Zoning just passed an overlay district which is well intended to reuse brown field sites, but bans Consignment Stores and other businesses in these areas.

Hate the DOT sidewalk bump outs on Main St.?  Blame Mayor Drew, John Hall and the Jonah Center for drowning out your voice.

BOE Democrats want to "delevel" all high School classes, meaning there will be no advance classes, no intermediary classes and no classes for students who need special attention.  All kids will be lumped into the same classes, regardless of ability, making it frustrating for those who excel and those who struggle.

The superintendent was given another raise and there are rumors schools don't have paper. 

The progressives dominated the conversation and decided your kids can't play on turf fields and had them banned at city fields in Middletown.

The progressives want to shape your community.  Both sides can work together when one side stops attacking personal freedoms.  Participate please.

If you don't want the progressive voices of Middletown to dominate the conversation please participate, attend & share.

The GOP on PZ fought hard to have these public sessions not on Wesleyan Campus, so ALL citizens could attend.

The city has created a survey, as well as two interactive workshops, where residents, community members, stakeholders and businesses can share input on the initiative.  To take the survey, visit:  Upon completion, respondents can be entered to win a gift card to a local restaurant.  Please take the time to take this PZ city sponsored survey and come to a public session to draft the new plan of conservation and development.

Two interactive workshops will be held April 25 at Middletown High School, 200 La Rosa Lane, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and April 27 at Woodrow Wilson Middle School, 1 Wilderman’s Way, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Each will address the plan’s major areas of focus, and form the basis for key recommendations.

For updates, visit For information, contact City Planner Mark DeVoe at or 860-638-4842

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

11-6-18 Get Out The Vote CT

Today is Election Day! 

The polls opened up at 6am; it's noon now,
have you gone out to vote yet? 

There is still time to get your voice heard by casting your vote for lower taxes! 
Cast your vote to #FixCT 

The polls will be open until 8pm sharp. 
Only those already in line will be able to vote once the 8pm deadline is reached. 
So start calling your friends and family and remind them to vote ASAP!

(Thanks for sharing, Theresa!)

Monday, October 29, 2018

CCDL - Crucial Election Information

The November 6th election is an important one for gun owners, especially here in Connecticut. It is imperative that CCDL members and supporters vote for pro2A candidates in this election.

The anti-gun groups in our state have endorsed Ned Lamont for Governor. If he wins, we will have four more years of non-stop gun control. If you disliked Governor Malloy, you're going to hate Governor Lamont.

This is some of what to expect from a Lamont administration:
  • Harsher requirements and penalties surrounding “safe storage” requirements
  • Elimination of "Open Carry", which means you could be arrested just for printing or having your shirt ride up while carrying concealed
  • Continued support for existing unconstitutional gun laws
  • Continued under-funding or even outright elimination of the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners
  • Continued looking the other way while numerous municipalities violate state statutes regarding new permits
  • Continued support of any and all anti-gun proposals that make it out of legislative committee
  • Bypassing legislators and implementing executive orders that will negatively impact legal gun owners

    CCDL endorsed candidates such as Bob Stefanowski for governor will respect the Constitution, and the rights of lawful gun owners.
    But first they must win on November 6th.
    If you are not yet registered to vote, there is still time, but you MUST hurry. The deadline for voter registration is Tuesday, October 30th.
Voter registration is simple, and can be done online. Just go to the following link and follow the

Sunday, October 28, 2018


The 2nd Battalion, 173rd U.S. airborne brigade advance toward suspected Viet Cong positions through jungles clouded over with smoke and dust from an earlier artillery barrage. | AP Photo
Photo from Politico
A guest column by Mike Peters, Vietnam Veteran
Edited by William Boylan

Days on missions were spent searching for the enemy in what the army labeled, “Search and Destroy” missions; fairly basic terminology, really, and self-descriptive.  There was no mistaking what the army expected of us.  We were given an objective for the day and if in the process of reaching that objective we encountered the enemy, engaged them and got a body count, then it was a successful day.  If we didn’t reach the objective because of engaging the enemy and in the process lost some of our own men as well, then that’s just the way it went.

The days were long, arduous, and full of angst as peril was always just a step away.  Whether it was the rainy season or the dry season, the heat was oppressive and unrelenting in its design. We would sweat until it seemed like we could sweat no more.  Water was the key to our survival and we had to caution ourselves not to drink too much at any one time.  Although we were supposed to get re-supplied every two to three days, it didn’t always happen and we had to ration water until we did get re-supplied, adding additional stress to our already overly stressed bodies.  Our fatigues, once olive drab in color, would turn to rags and transform to a sandy tan color from the sweat and dirt of our daily toil.  Ultimately, they were destined for the fire pit on our return to the firebase.  At the end of each day, we would set up in an ambush perimeter, putting out trip flares and claymore mines around our position and wait for the enemy to come to us.  Each flank of the four sides of the perimeter had a guard on duty all night long and we would all share in the guard in two-hour increments throughout the night. If we were lucky, we might get 4 to 5 hours sleep per night.

Most nights on guard were uneventful and welcomed breaks from the discord of the day.  However, guard duty could be an intensely lonely time, as well, since almost everyone was asleep.  There was no one to talk to except for God and I must admit I talked to him many a night.  The only other being about was Death, lurking in the jungle, sprawling before us.  He was there; he was always there.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

PTSD - The Beast

Image from
A guest column by Mike Peters, Vietnam Veteran
Edited by William Boylan

It’s August, 1974 and we’re walking through a large open field of deep grass that is being utilized as a parking lot for the Canfield Fair in Youngstown, Ohio.  There are quite a number of people heading toward the fairgrounds.  Not too far in front of us, some kids set off some firecrackers and the smell of gun powder permeates the air.  The grass is thick, long and somewhat moist from a thunder storm that had passed through the area in the early morning hours.

With each step, the grass rolls over my shoes and rustles beneath my feet; a hauntingly familiar sound that begins to trigger something in my psyche.  The odor emanating from the combination of wet earth, grass and gun powder further stir my senses and heighten the angst I am now feeling.

I have been here before, not here; not Youngstown, but on this walk and I desperately want to be away from it; to be as far away from this field and this smell as I can get!  But, I cannot leave, not without having my fiancĂ© and my friends think I’m crazy.  So I continue on, and once inside the fairgrounds, the feeling subsides.  I realize what it is and try to shrug it off, telling myself that perhaps it was something I ate for breakfast and had a reaction to.

But deep down, I knew it wasn’t; “It” was back. That same feeling I experienced every day some five years prior, in the jungles of Vietnam.  It was supposed to stay there in those jungles, in that horrid war torn country.  Everything after that year of hell was supposed to be gravy.  That’s what the lieutenant said one day as we waited on the choppers to pick us up for what was to be a long and dangerous mission; “All gravy!”
Now it was back. The Beast was back.  In reflection, I now knew what it was that rousted my father from sleep those years I was growing up.  He was an infantryman with the 26th Infantry Division in the Battle of the Bulge, in World War II.

Reasons to Vote for Rob Sampson

Dear Friends,

It's less than three weeks to go until Election Day and my opponent is clearly desperate and attempting to mislead voters.  Please help me push back and set the record straight.   Share this message with as many voters as you can. 
Reason #1 to support Rep. Sampson for State Senate over his opponent – He doesn’t lie on his campaign mailers.
Last week, it was a false statement in a campaign mailer about my record on prescription drugs and healthcare.
Today, another campaign mailer from my opponent showed up in mailboxes across the district.
Below, I will address ALL FIVE false statements from my opponent’s mailer one by one.
1 - “Voted NO to pay equity – one of 4 no votes”
My opponent is attempting to deceive voters into believing that I voted against equal pay for women. However, the bill has absolutely nothing to do with pay equity for women, or anyone else. The language simply adds even more regulation on businesses - preventing employers from inquiring of job applicants of any gender, about their pay history.
2 - “Voted NO to health benefits for women and children”
Here, my opponent is attempting to deceive voters into believing that I voted against health benefits for women and children. That is an absurd accusation on its face but let me address it. This bill included 2 basic parts. First, it was a Democratic initiative that places major parts of OBAMACARE into CT law out of fear that the Trump administration and congress may succeed in repealing it. This would preserve Obamacare in CT state law. Since this bad policy which has done extensive damage to both the access and affordability of healthcare is still federal law, the bill has no current effect.

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