Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The White House - 1600 Daily: Fighting the Crisis Next Door, Restoring order to our immigration system

President Trump delivers remarks on the Opioid Crisis | March 19, 2018 (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

Fighting the Crisis Next Door
Two million Americans suffer from addiction to prescription or illicit opioids. In 2017, opioids killed more people than either car accidents or gun violence. 

Americans cannot let stigma, silence, or a lack of information prevent us from confronting this crisis. The Trump Administration is committed to leading that charge. Just as President Trump shared his personal story last October about his brother’s struggle with alcoholism, all Americans whose lives have been touched by opioid addiction deserve a place to tell their stories. 

Now, they have one. “We're announcing a new website,, where Americans can share their stories about the danger of the opioid addiction and addictions,” President Trump said yesterday in Manchester, New Hampshire. “This epidemic can affect anyone, and that's why we want to educate everyone.”
If you have an experience to share, you can record your story directly from your iPhone or upload a pre-recorded video. You may also watch what others have to say about confronting opioid addiction. 

Visit ‘The Crisis Next Door’ now to hear these voices—or to lend your own.

Restoring order to our immigration system

Merriam-Webster Word of the Day - Cadre


March 21, 2018

cadre Audio pronunciation
noun | KAD-ray  
a nucleus or core group especially of trained personnel able to assume control and to train others; broadly : a group of people having some unifying relationship
a cell of indoctrinated leaders active in promoting the interests of a revolutionary party
a member of a cadre
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Pet Adoption Event- Southbury, CT

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Southbury, CT on Friday, March 23, from 2:00-6:00 PM for an ADOPTION EVENT with Companion Pet Rescue!

Come see the adorable, adoptable dogs in need of loving, forever homes!  For more information, please call 203-586-1111!

Disgust With Hollywood's Antigun Activism Unifies Americans in Nationwide Poll

Disgust With Hollywood’s Antigun Activism Unifies Americans in Nationwide Poll
Disgust With Hollywood’s Antigun Activism Unifies Americans in Nationwide Poll
Based on the results of a Zogby Analytics poll released earlier this month, Second Amendment supporters may have a counter-intuitive message for virtue-signaling Hollywood heavyweights pledging their support for restrictive firearm laws: keep up the good work!  Gun control is gaining renewed social currency in some circles in the wake of the Parkland, Fla. tragedy. Hollywood, to no one’s surprise, has eagerly jumped on the bandwagon, with stars, starlets, and studio honchos displaying their usual self-importance and grasping desire for the spotlight. 
NRA-ILA: Institute for Legislative Action


Read "Bloomberg Gun Control Shill Targets Sportman’s Warehouse for Selling a Bolt Action .22" at the bottom.
The Science of Gun Policy
The Science of Gun Policy
The Rand Corporation, a “research organization that develops solutions to public policy challenges to help make communities throughout the world safer and more secure, healthier, and more prosperous,” released an ambitious review of existing firearms-related research earlier this month. This was the culmination of two years and a million dollars of effort.  The “Rand researchers evaluated thousands of studies to assess the available evidence for the effect of 13 common gun policies on a range of outcomes…”

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Roots in Ripon - An Act of Political Courage

From AZ Quotes
Roots in Ripon
Chuck Roots
19 March 2018
The Ripon Bulletin

As an amateur student of history, and in particular American History, I have always been amazed at the manner in which the United States of America came into existence. How were these colonialists of the seventeen hundred’s in what was known then simply as America, able to come together from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, and form a more “perfect union”?

In the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States, we read these enduring words: We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence (British spelling of defense), promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

What I should like to point out in this Preamble is the focus on the wording. The Founding Fathers purposefully wrote a Constitution that was for all Americans and was intended to last into perpetuity. That means it’s as relevant today in providing America with a basis for rights and liberties as it was the day it was drafted in 1787.

Enjoying the comforts of a prosperous nation such as we have become, fogs the image of

CCDL - Upcoming Public Hearing on Gun Bills Friday March 23rd

The Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing on Friday, March 23, 2018 at 10 A.M. in Room 2C of the Legislative Office Building (LOB), 300 Capitol Ave, Hartford.

We need members to show up in force and stay united.
REMEMBER THESE BILLS ARE NOT JUST ABOUT BUMP STOCKS AND GHOST GUNS, there is more in these bills that infringe on our rights. People who oppose our rights plan to be there in large numbers.
There will be four gun related bills:

To ban the sale or transfer, possession, manufacturing or use of bump stocks or other accessories to increase the rate of fire of a firearm.

This bill also includes binary triggers, and anything that is constructed, manufactured, designed or intended to mechanically increase the rate of fire in ANY WAY.


CCDL - Public Testimony Tips

With a public hearing on gun bills set for this Friday, it's time to repost our tips for preparing public testimony for the legislature - written and in person.
Legislative Testimony “Tip Sheet” originally published on 1/25/2013
Testifying (in person or written testimony) may seem like a daunting task at first. Use this “tip sheet” to help you as you prepare for your testimony. Regardless of how you testify (in person or written) many items are still the same. However, if you plan to submit written testimony AND testify in person, you do not need to stick to your written testimony. This is particularly helpful if you have knowledge of a particular subject that was not answered in previous testimony.
Keep all your testimony brief and “stick to the facts”. It is also helpful if you personalize your written testimony and explain how a bill will affect you. This also makes it easier for you to not repeat the same facts and testimony of previous speakers. If your written testimony is essentially the same as previous speakers, tell the committee you agree with previous speakers and you are available to answer any questions.
Regardless of how you testify, the following should always be included:

The White House - 1600 Daily: What’s troubling New Hampshire, New frontiers

President Donald J. Trump and Prime Minister Leo Varadkar of Ireland | March 15, 2018 (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

What’s troubling New Hampshire
New Hampshire has had the second highest rate of opioid-involved overdose deaths in the Nation since 2014. A poll conducted last year found that drugs were the biggest problem facing the Granite State—the first time in the poll’s history that a majority named any single issue as the most important.

Today, President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump travel to Manchester, New Hampshire. The President will address America’s opioid epidemic at Manchester Community College and discuss his Administration’s initiative to stop opioid abuse and reduce drug supply and demand, which has four components: 

1. Address the driving forces of the opioid crisis, including over-prescription, illicit drug supplies, and insufficient access to evidence-based treatment. 

2. Reduce demand and over-prescription in part by educating

Merriam-Webster Word of the Day - Yegg

March 20, 2018
yegg Audio pronunciation
noun | YEG  
one that breaks open safes to steal : safecracker; also : robber
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Safecracker first appeared in print in English around 1873, but English speakers evidently felt that they needed a more colorful word for this rather colorful profession.

International Criminal Communication Service Dismantled

Infographic depicting a cell phone with a globe coming out of it, with the logos of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, FBI, and Australian Federal Police on the globe.
International organized crime and drug trafficking groups were dealt a blow by the takedown of an encrypted communication service they used to plan and commit their crimes, the FBI and its international partners announced yesterday.
Canada-based Phantom Secure was a criminal enterprise that provided secure communications to high-level drug traffickers and other criminal organization leaders. The group purchased smartphones, removed all of the typical functionality—calling, texting, Internet, and GPS—and installed an encrypted e-mail system, so the phones could only communicate with each other. If a customer was arrested, Phantom Secure destroyed the data on that phone, which is obstruction of justice under U.S. law. In an attempt to thwart law enforcement efforts, the company required new customers to have a reference from an existing user.

Given the limited functionality of the phones and the fact that they only operate within a closed network of criminals, all of Phantom Secure’s customers are believed to be involved in serious criminal activity. Most of Phantom Secure’s 10,000 to 20,000 users are the top-level leaders of nefarious transnational criminal organizations in the U.S. and several other countries, and the products were marketed as impervious to decryption or wiretapping.

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