Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Emergency Notice: School Board to be Veiled in Secrecy

Cartoon from RoseColoredGlasses
A source inside city government notified this editor that the Superintendent of schools is considering cutting the 2,000 odd dollars used to fund taping and televising board of Education meetings from its eighty six million dollar budget.  Supposedly, this is to save money, but the BoE's history of mismanagement and no bid contracting hints otherwise.  So much for transparency.

People wishing to voice their concerns can show up tonight at City Hall tonight at 6:30 PM.  The meeting will be in the Council Room.

The White House - 1600 Daily: Our long journey to the stars—and the Moon

First Lady Melania Trump visits with children for Christmas at Children’s National Hospital | December 7, 2017 (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks) 

Our long journey to the stars—and the Moon
Forty-five years ago today, NASA’s final Apollo mission landed on the surface of the Moon. No human has walked there since.

This afternoon, President Donald J. Trump will tell the country that it’s time to refocus our vision for American space exploration.

In signing Space Policy Directive 1 today—the first recommendation of the recently reconvened National Space Council—the President will shift NASA’s resources and attention toward the Moon and Mars. Given its relative closeness, the Moon in particular offers humans the best hope for long-term exploration and utilization.

President Ronald Reagan once eloquently captured the sweep of mankind as “his long climb from the swamp to the stars.” With President Trump’s order today, America commits itself once again to writing the next chapter of that story.

Watch the signing ceremony today at 3:00 p.m. EST.

‘The sacred birthright of equality’
President Trump listened closely as Reuben Anderson, Mississippi's first African-American Supreme Court justice, led a small tour group through the newly opened Mississippi Civil Rights Museum on Saturday.

"The [civil rights] movement was very uncomfortable," Museum Director Pamela Junior says, adding that guests should feel some of that discomfort to better understand what victims went through.
“The Civil Rights Museum records the oppression, cruelty and injustice inflicted on the African-American community,” President Trump said, as well as “the fight to end slavery, to break down Jim Crow, to end segregation, to gain the right to vote, and to achieve the sacred birthright of equality here.”

“Their memories are carved in stone as American heroes.”

Read the President’s full remarks here.

A look inside the White House at Christmas

Merriam-Webster Word of the Day - Sustain

December 12, 2017
sustain Audio pronunciation
verb | suh-STAYN  
to provide with nourishment
to support the weight of : prop; also : to carry or withstand (a weight or pressure)
to buoy up

to support as true, legal, or just

to allow or admit as valid
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Sustain, prop, buttress, and brace all mean "to provide support for something or someone." Sustain (from Latin sus-, meaning "up," plus tenēre, meaning "to hold") may suggest constantly holding up or maintaining ("the floor sustains the weight of dozens of bookcases"). Prop often implies a tendency to fall, sink, or recede on the part of the thing being treated—and therefore, a need for

CCDL Monthly Meeting Tonight - Year End Wrap Up

CCDL holds its monthly general membership meeting at 7:00pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Elks Lodge in Middletown, CT. Our next meeting is December 12th. All CCDL members are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Meeting Agenda:
  • End of 2017 wrap up
  • NRA representative on National Reciprocity bill
  • Anniversary dinner
  • Discussion on State Elections 2018
  • Southbury wrap up
  • Letter writing campaign
  • Waterbury discussion
  • December food drive
Avoid the wait and shipping fees! The full selection of CCDL merchandise is always for sale at our meetings, including many items not sold on our website. New merchandise listed!

2017 Retrospective
At the December meeting we will give a look-back at all the events and happenings of the past year.

National Reciprocity HR-38
CCDL will be conducting a Question and Answer session via phone link with a representative from the National Rifle Association during this month's member meeting. This is will hopefully clear up confusion about how this legislation might impact permit holders.

State Elections 2018
2018 might be a pivotal year for gun rights in our state. It all comes down to CCDL members becoming engaged in helping pro 2A candidates hold and win seats. This is the most effective way any one member can protect their rights. Please come and join us this Tuesday for some planning and strategy.

December Food Drive
For nearly eight years, CCDL has collected and distributed food for those in need at our monthly meetings. The holiday months can be a particularly trying time for many. We are asking for members to please bring a canned good or other non-perishable item if possible.
Anniversary Dinner

Come celebrate our anniversary at the 9th Annual CCDL dinner, to be held February 10, 2018 at the Aquaturf Club in Plantsville. Relax, enjoy a meal, and share a well deserved night out.
Tickets may be purchased at our monthly meeting or online, and you must show your ticket at the door to gain entry. Tickets are $57 per person when ordered online in our web store. Tickets ordered online will not be shipped. They will be held at the door under the name used to order them.
Dinner will be buffet style, salad and cheese tables are on the menu as well. This event is 4pm-9pm, with dinner to start at 5:30. We will have some speakers, but not TOO many! This is a night to sit back and enjoy a well deserved meal. Bring some cash for raffle tickets and the bar! All lawful forms of carry are permitted and encouraged, but remember the Aquaturf does serve alcohol. Please carry (and drink) responsibly.
The Aquaturf is located at 556 Mulberry st, Plantsville CT, 06479. Their phone number is 860-621-9335.
New Merchandise
SWEATSHIRTS have arrived in our E-Shop on the website....crew neck, pullover hoodie and zip-up hoodies are now available. Orders will be placed on a monthly basis with our vendor and once the order is complete and received by CCDL, they will be shipped. These are a pre-order online item only due to storage space.  
Featured Sponsor: Proactive Self Defense

Next Meeting December 12th, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Join us in Middletown for our next monthly meeting. This meeting is open to all Members! As usual, we will be collecting canned goods/non-perishables at our meetings. 
The Connecticut Citizens Defense League strives for hands on activism from our members. We want an organization for us all to be proud of as we put forth effort to fight for our 2nd Amendment rights in our beautiful State. See you there!

Location : Middletown Elks Lodge 771
44 Maynard St
Middletown, CT 06457
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Roots in Ripon - He Won’t Fight!

George B McClellan - retouched.jpg
1861 photograph by Mathew Brady - Wiki
Roots in Ripon
Chuck Roots
11 December 2017
The Ripon Bulletin

Recently, I wrote an article about General Robert E. Lee, commanding officer of the Confederate Army during our American Civil War. Lee very nearly pulled off the upset of American history by outmaneuvering the apparently hapless Union generals called upon by President Abraham Lincoln to carry the fight to the outnumbered Southern forces. By most historical accounts, the Civil War should have been over in a matter of months, not the four long years and 700 thousand deaths it extolled from a war-weary nation.

My sister Joy, came over for Thanksgiving last month, bringing me a couple of magazines she ran across that she knew I would treasure. As a Civil War buff, I have accumulated over the years a small library of books, magazines and other items pertaining to this horrific war. The two magazines Joy acquired for me are both copies of The Civil War Times: one dated August 1968, and the other August 1962. A section in the 1962 edition focused on the centennial edition of the Battle of Antietam. The summer months of 1862 are considered the high summer of the Confederacy. Never again would the cause of the South and her fight for independence come as close to success as it did under the leadership of Lee, Stonewall Jackson, Jeb Stuart, and other notable Southern generals. 

Historians argue over the ineptness of Union (or Northern) military leaders. In my research, I have found two primary reasons for the Union army failing repeatedly to secure major victories in the early stages of the war. First, the Northern forces were not defending their homeland against an aggressor the same way the Southern forces were. This is one of the reasons the war was referred to by southerners as the “War of Northern Aggression.” 

Second, the Union general selected to head the Army of the Potomac (later to be called the Union army) was not willing to fight. General George B. McClellan, like his counterpart of the Confederate army, General Robert E. Lee, was second in his class at West Point. And like Lee, McClellan was a military engineer. He never commanded troops in the field against an enemy until the Civil War. And this was his undoing. 

John F. Barrett of Middletown, Passes Away at Age 84

Provide by Helen Landry, Secretary of The Middletown Republican Town Committee.

John F. Barrett, 84, of Middletown, CT, loving husband of 56 years to Mary Lou (Bennett) Barrett, peacefully passed Dec. 8, 2017 surrounded by his family after a brief illness. John was born on January 2, 1933 in Sayville, NY, son of Joseph and Grace Barrett. He attended All Hallows High School and CCNY in New York. He was predeceased by his brother William. He is survived by his four children and spouses: John and Monica of Glastonbury, Mark and Christine of New Orleans, Christopher of Denver, and Sharon of S. Windsor, two grandchildren, Allison and Adam and numerous nieces and nephews. He was active as a Little League Coach and Boy Scout leader, enjoyed a long career in advertising and print sales, actively enjoyed playing pool at Glastonbury Senior Center, and wintering in Panama City Beach, Florida. Calling hours are Wednesday, December 13 from 4-7 PM at the Mulryan Funeral Home, 725 Hebron Avenue, Glastonbury, CT. Funeral service will be held Thursday, December 14 at 10 AM at St. Paul’s Church, Main Street, Glastonbury. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Russell Library - December Events

Russell Library
 Russell Library 123 Broad Street, Middletown, CT

Russell Library Hours for December 2017
Russell Library, 123 Broad Street in Middletown has hours: Mondays 10am – 6pm; Tuesdays 10am – 8pm; Wednesdays 1pm – 8pm; Thursdays 10am – 8pm; Fridays 10am – 6pm; Saturdays 10am – 2pm. Sundays 1pm – 4pm. The library will be closed for Christmas Eve and Christmas day on Sunday and Monday, December 24 and 25, and for New Year’s Eve on Sunday, December 31. All library programs are free of charge.
Donate New Socks and Mittens!  
Throughout December. The Lobby, Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Come celebrate the holidays by donating new socks and mittens. Russell Library staff will be collecting them throughout the month and pass them along to the local shelters.
Wonderful Ones
Mondays, December 18, 10:30am. The Activity Room, Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. One-year-olds and their caregivers will enjoy literacy-based, age-appropriate activities and toys in the company of other families in this supportive, nurturing library program. 
For one year olds (12 to 23 months). Siblings welcome! 
Drop in; no registration required. 
Sponsored by the Friends of the Russell Library.
Totally Teen Time
Mondays, December 18, 3:00 – 5:00pm. The Totally Teen Area, Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Take back the Totally Teen Area! Mondays from 3 to 5 pm, Heather, Russell Library’s Teen Librarian, will be available in the Teen Area. Laptops will be on hand for homework or gaming--whatever you need!
For teens in grades 7 - 12 (ages 12 - 18).
Drop in; registration is not required. Just stop by!
Sponsored by the Friends of the Russell Library.
Twos are Terrific
Tuesdays, December 12* and 19, 10:30am. The Activity Room, Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. This librarian-led program is designed to increase two-year-olds’ literacy and social skills as they enjoy story time, movement, music and play time with other toddlers and their families.
For two year olds (24 - 35 months). Siblings welcome! 
Drop in; no registration required. 
*December 12th will meet in the Hubbard Room.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Russell Library.

Racial Justice Book Group

The group will not meet on January 2, 2018 but will resume on February 6, 2018 with The Warmth of Other Suns: the epic story of America’s great migration by Isabel Wilkerson.
Baby Rhyme Time  
Wednesdays, December 13 and 20, 4:30pm. The Activity Room, Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Looking for something to do with your infant or toddler? Come join us for Baby Rhyme Time, a program for babies one year and under and their caregivers. We'll sing songs, learn rhymes, finger plays and more in this fun, interactive program.
For babies birth-12 months and their caregivers. Siblings welcome!
Drop in; no registration.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Russell Library.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Photo of the Day

Photo from Scott Wilson, President of The Connecticut Citizen's Defense League.
If you have a great photo from anywhere in Connecticut that you would like to share, please forward it for consideration for the Photo of the Day to MiddletownInsider@gmail.com. 
(Unless otherwise credited, all photos are by the editor.)

Merriam-Webster Word of the Day - Orphic

December 11, 2017
orphic Audio pronunciation
adjective | OR-fik  
(capitalized) of or relating to Orpheus or the rites or doctrines ascribed to him
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Orpheus was a hero of Greek mythology who was supposed to possess superhuman musical skills. With his legendary lyre, he was said to be able to

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