Friday, June 30, 2017

Stratfor - Saudi Arabia Polishes Its Crown Jewel

June 26, 2017

The Brief

  Putting a portion of its prized oil company up for public offering is critical for the country's economic reform agenda. And those in power have already started to hone the details. angle 




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The Demographic Timebomb: A Rapidly Aging Population
Will millennials be able to diffuse the demographic timebomb, or will an aging population be the final straw.
Technology Helps the Lawless Find Digital Safe Spaces angle Criminals and terrorist are adopting advanced encryption for communications and data, and the trend will accelerate and spread.
Rolling Back Democracy angle
Geopolitics isn't just about military strength, economic growth, and political institutions. It's also about the ways we interact with one another. 

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MegaVote for CT's 3rd District and Senate

June 26, 2017
In this MegaVote for Connecticut's 3rd Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes
  • Senate: Long Nomination - Confirmation
  • Senate: Mandelker Nomination - Confirmation
  • Senate: Billingslea Nomination - Confirmation
  • House: Federal Lands Vegetation Management Protocol
  • House: Surface Water Storage Permitting
  • House: State Coordinated Temporary Employment Subsidies
Upcoming Congressional Bills
  • Senate: Nomination of Kristine Svinicki to be a Member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • Senate: Health Care Reconciliation
  • House: Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
  • House: Defund Sanctuary Cities
  • House: Prison Sentences for Deported Criminal Aliens Who Return

Recent Senate Votes
Long Nomination - Confirmation - Vote Confirmed (95-4, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Brock Long to be administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The Old Farmer's Almanac - Beets, deadly hurricanes, swordfish kabobs

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June 26, 2017


pine-clad mountains in summer
When sun-rays crown thy pine-clad hills
And summer spreads her hand,
When silvern voices tune thy rills,
We love thee, smiling land
–Sir Cavendish Boyle, governor of Newfoundland (1849–1916)

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How to Make Garden Tea

Using your own garden weeds and grass, you can make homemade fertilizer tea. Here’s how.

Purple Iris Solar Lantern

Enhance outdoor spaces with these pretty solar-powered flower lanterns. Hand-painted glass petals add a lovely pop of color during the day. At night, a string of automatic LED lights illuminate the flowers creating a colorful glow. The metal hook and beaded chain makes this unique lantern easy to hang. 

Growing and Harvesting Beets

Beets are a cool season vegetable crop. This root veggie grows quickly and has many different varieties, which showcase deep red, yellow, or white bulbs of different shapes.

You Wouldn’t Know A Line Is Crooked….Unless You Know What A Straight Line Is

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By Donna Ziccardi

    I am witnessing several people saying, “OK, the elections are over, Trump won, we can stop talking about it and get on with our lives”.  And these statements are coming from Republicans.  You can tell a lot about a person by listening to them speak, and these people are showing me they have no idea what is actually taking place in this fragile country.  Or, what has taken place over the past few decades.

    No, the election is NOT over.  The War Against President Trump has just begun.  As I write this article, the “Cry Babies” in Congress, on BOTH sides of the Isle, are drafting impeachment proceedings, with the help of the Mainstream Media (the Real Fake News), George Soros, Hillary Clinton, Obama, the CIA, many Muslim Groups and, yes, the American Educational System. These factions, just mentioned, are known as the Deep Government or the Shadow Government.  This Deep Government will continue to do everything in its power to undermine and destroy the presidency of Donald Trump, to get him assassinated or to resign or impeached.  AND, to take away our freedoms and enslave us in poverty.  As I am writing this, Obama is heading back to DC to head this Shadow Government, funded by foreign interests, especially China.  He already has his players in place with Hillary Clinton and most sitting congressmen from both parties.  The Clinton plan was to become president and hand us over to China.  Happy Communist Day to you!

    The Deep Government did not spring up overnight.  It has been here and gaining in power over many past administrations.  Why have you not known this?  Because, people, such as I, have been trying to inform you of facts that were hidden since the 1980’s. But most of you had a wonderful time laughing at us and calling us “Conspiracy

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Henson Ong - Patriot speaks about Second Amendment, 2013

Contributed by Theresa Tillett

Editor's note:  I had the privileged of being present while Mr. Ong delivered his powerful and compelling address to the CT legislature's Public Safety Commission.

My Throw Back Thursday as we head into the Independence Day Holiday Weekend:

This video is from 2013, a year which had many long days of men & women of all races, religions, and income brackets going up to the state capitol to fight for our rights to protect our families; a year when many people started paying attention to politics for the first time and taking action.
Henson Ong is a Legal Immigrant to America who bacome an American citizen. Henson Ong testified at the Jan 28th 2013 Legislative Office Building  in Hartford CT.  At the public hearing, he explains the history of guns and the Constitutional Right to Bear Arms.  Henson reminded us of historical events here and abroad and with lawsuit references, reminds us that gun ownership has been upheld by numerous court rulings.

Gun ownership is both a right that is written as a reminder to the government in both the US & CT constitutions that the people have the right to defend themselves and their states and that the right to self defense is an inalienable right... 

Just for fun, here is another video, taken by renowned Patriot, Palin Smith . . . 

Senator Hwang - Democrats on Vacation During Budget Crisis

(Please read and share the following July 28 Hartford Courant editorial for an update on the CT state budget.  Send your comments to – !)

(See video, below)

Mr. Aresimowicz, Get The Democrats To The Capitol

It's on you, Joe Aresimowicz.

For many months, the Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives has known that the state was facing a multibillion-dollar problem. He knew legislators would have to make painful cuts and find creative and fair ways to raise revenues if they had a prayer of solving it.

And they had a deadline. The fiscal year ends Friday.

But now, after mustering zero workable solutions over the past few months and with only hours to go, Mr. Aresimowicz has refused to call for a vote on a reasonable stop-gap budget offered by the governor and supported by the Senate's Republican and Democratic leaders.

Why? Because, Mr. Aresimowicz said, a temporary solution isn't good enough — but also because the Democrats are on vacation.
v"I believe my members are less than likely to hop on planes and leave their families at vacation places all over this country and other countries to come in and do a temporary fix," he told reporters on Tuesday.

He refused to identify for The Courant those Democratic state representatives who chose to go on vacation at a critical time in one of the most serious budget crises the state has ever faced. Leaving town this week is a stunning dereliction of duty.

Mr. Aresimowicz and the rest of the House Democratic caucus are instead choosing to accept spending cuts so drastic that basic social safety nets for some of the state's most vulnerable will be lost. Cuts to town aid will be so deep that local officials might have to recast their entire budgets. The move also puts the state's shaky credit rating at further risk.

Apparently realizing that the legislature is incapable of finding its own elbows, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy earlier this week wisely offered legislators the option of passing a "mini-budget" for the next quarter that would allow for some new revenue (much of it already earmarked for certain programs but not yet spent). Without a budget, the governor can't raise revenue or shift funds. He can only slash millions, cutting services for the sick and the poor and eviscerating school funding grants to towns.

The vote on the mini-budget would have to take place Thursday or Friday. If nothing passes by the end of Friday, the governor's executive order budget goes into effect.

Senator Markley - “The CT Senate Chamber is empty.”

Please watch Joe's commentary on the lack of a CT state budget, the necessity of  bear hunting as a matter of public safety, the uncertainty of a Convention of States and the negative economic impact of tolls on Connecticut roads – thank you!

The budget and an empty chamber.
On bear hunting in CT.

On the Convention of States.

On tolls in CT.

State Senator Joe Markley

The Old Farmer's Almanac - The Big Bug Hunt 2017: Hide and Seek

The Big Bug Hunt
Welcome to the Big Bug Hunt 2017 international research project newsletter!
When you’re on the hunt for bugs, the damage caused by pests is often more obvious than the culprits themselves! Some bugs are expert at playing hide and seek, whether it’s eggs hidden on the undersides of leaves or slugs tucked out of reach in the bushes. Your job as a keen-eyed gardener is to look for signs they are present.

Damage to plants takes many forms. Slugs chew distinctive gouges into foliage. Carrot rust flies create tunnels filled with rusty-brown castings. And leaf miners leave telltale meandering trails where they have been feeding.

So play detective and let us know if you find any type of bug, or evidence of it, in your garden. Thank you for continuing to send us your reports. Each report takes us another step closer to a pest early warning system, so keep them coming.
Report any bugs you've seen here..> Carrot Root Fly Damage to Parsnips

Statement of Rep. Matthew Lesser re: Departure of UConn Board Chairman Larry McHugh

Larry McHugh - Photo from CTMirror
 “I am deeply appreciative of Larry's leadership at UConn. Here in Middletown we are grateful for his role in making Connecticut a national leader in higher education, and I wish Larry the best during this transition period.”

-         Rep. Matthew Lesser (D-Middletown)

Roots in Ripon - The Girls of Summer

Photo from All Events in Turlock

Roots in Ripon
Chuck Roots
26 June 2017

The Girls of Summer

There was my granddaughter, Brooklyne, proudly wearing her red team jersey with the name in black emblazoned across the chest; "Lady Warriors", one of the many softball teams for 9-11-year-old girls in Turlock. 

I had to smile at that, remembering my Little League days when I played for a team in our town of Mount Kisco, New York, called Briccetti’s. This appliance store in the downtown area was responsible for sponsoring our team. Those days of playing endless hours of baseball are as alive in me today as they were nearly sixty years ago. 

Over the years I played some baseball in high school, and later softball, both fast-pitch and slow pitch, while serving in the Navy. I spent countless hours teaching both Laura and Jenny how to play softball. I even coached Jenny’s 7th grade team which is an article for another time. Yet, those early memories of playing with my friends is a cherished part of my childhood. I never wanted those games to end.

After arriving at Pedretti Sports Complex in Turlock for the 10:30 game, I set up the folding lounge chairs for Isaura and me in a shaded area since we’ve had a string of very hot days. Once the game started, however, I moved to the bleachers which offered a much better view of the field. This worked well as Brook was playing 3rd base, and the bleachers were on the 3rd base side. There she was, anticipating each pitch, dropping into a crouch, expecting the batter to hit the ball to her. As a nine-year-old, she has a lot to learn. But she’s game, and even got a hit! 

Trump - Week 22: Cynics & Critics

Make America Great Again

If we set aside the cynics and the critics we have an incredible opportunity to do extraordinary things for our country in the years ahead. History is written by the dreamers, not the doubters.

President Trump is embracing a new spirit of innovation that will make life better for all Americans.

We have made amazing progress in Making America Great Again and we’re just getting started.

Read about the President’s week below:

Bound Together By Common Values

Supporters gathered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa this week to hear from President Trump. Everyone in that arena was bound together by common values we all have: we love our country, obey its laws, honor its traditions, and care for our families and communities. All we want in return is a government that shows us the same respect and loyalty. Our country is getting stronger and President Trump promises to keep Making America Great Again with your help at record setting speed.

Making American Agriculture Great Again

American farmers and ranchers are the best at what they do. Given a level playing field, they can compete anywhere. Unfortunately, up until now, our farmers and ranchers have been let down and left behind because of our terrible trade deals. President Trump is cracking down on foreign trading abuses, making it easier to produce and grow in America. He is also supporting this effort by eliminating job-killing regulations, and training our great American workers. President Trump visited Kirkwood Community College in Iowa, to demonstrate how important it is to support schools like Kirkwood, that help train young Americans in cutting-edge technologies that will make American agriculture greater and more productive than ever before.

Make America Great Again

Fighting For Manufacturers

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Gov. Malloy Announces UConn Board Chairman Larry McHugh to Depart Position

Larry McHugh - Photo from the Hartford Courant
(HARTFORD, CT) - Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that Lawrence D. McHugh, Chairman of the UConn Board of Trustees, will not serve another term after his current six-year term ends this summer. At the request of Governor Malloy, McHugh has agreed to continue serving in the role until a successor is nominated.

McHugh was originally appointed board chairman in 2009 by Governor M. Jodi Rell to complete the unexpired term of the previous chair, John Rowe. In 2011, Governor Malloy nominated McHugh for a full six-year term.

'Under Larry's steady leadership, UConn has solidified its reputation as a world-class institution of higher education,' Governor Malloy said. 'His tenure will not soon be forgotten and includes historic investments that have led to increased student enrollment and a more competitive and diverse student body - making us all proud of our flagship university and its branches. I wish Larry the best in his next endeavor and thank him for his service to UConn and the State of Connecticut. I have no doubt that the incredible progress accomplished by the Board of Trustees will continue.'

'I want to thank Larry for his service to the UConn Board and to the state,' Lt. Governor Wyman said. 'He is a tireless advocate for education, serving on the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities Board before being appointed to the UConn Board, and he's a true partner in higher education and workforce development. He spearheaded major initiatives that will strengthen UConn and our statewide economy for generations to come. We deeply appreciate all of his work.'

'After a long period of reflection, I let the Governor know that I did not wish to be considered for a new term as chairman of the board,' McHugh said. 'This was not an easy decision. I have been involved in higher education in Connecticut for more than 35 years and feel an incredible sense of pride in UConn. Serving on the board with my fellow trustees and working with UConn's leadership to advance the university has been one of the great honors and privileges of my life. I want to thank Governor Malloy for his confidence and his extraordinary support for UConn. He has been and continues to be one of the greatest champions that public higher education has ever had in Connecticut, and we are deeply grateful for his vision and his leadership.'

During McHugh's tenure as chair, UConn's major accomplishments include:

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