Posted: March 16, 2017 Filed under: Breaking News, Foreign Policy, Global, Guns and Gadgets, Russia, War Room | Tags: Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, Connecticut, Donald Trump, East Coast of the United States, Espionage, Fox News Channel, Groton, United States, United States Navy, Viktor Leonov
A Russian spy ship that made a foray near a U.S. Navy submarine base in Connecticut in February is once again in international waters off the East Coast of the United States, presumably to monitor activity at American Navy bases.
The Viktor Leonov spy ship is now 50 miles east of the U.S. Navy’s submarine base at Kings Bay, Georgia, according to a defense official. The ship traveled there from a port in Havana, Cuba, where it docked for five days.
The Leonov’s earlier visit off the Eastern Seaboard in mid-February drew international attention although American officials noted at the time that the visits have become a regular occurrence in recent years.
Serena Marshall/ABC News. The Russian spy ship Viktor Leonov CCB-175 is parked at a Havana port as the US starts talks Cuba, Jan. 21, 2015.
For one day in February the ship was offshore of the U.S. Navy submarine base in New London, Connecticut, the furthest north the Russian intelligence ship had ever traveled up the East Coast of the United States.
Following that brief stop off New England, the Leonov headed south where it spent almost two weeks east of the U.S. Navy base at Norfolk, Virginia. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: September 15, 2016 Filed under: Mediasphere, Politics, Religion | Tags: African Americans, Associated Press, Bethel United Methodist Church (Bethel, Black church, Connecticut, Donald Trump, Flint, Flint River (Georgia), Hillary Clinton, Michigan, news, Republican Party (United States), United Methodist Church, video
Rev. Faith Green Timmons interrupts Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as he spoke during a visit to Bethel United Methodist Church, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016, in Flint, Mich. Timmons asked that Trump not deliver a political speech. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Posted: December 24, 2015 Filed under: Economics, Global, U.S. News | Tags: Associated Press, CNBC, Connecticut, Dan Malloy, Economy of the United States, Federal Open Market Committee, Federal Reserve System, Great Recession, Greenspan put, Interest rate
HOUSTON – Collin Eaton writes: For American drillers, the New Year will likely bring more of the same – financial pressure and mass layoffs.
The U.S. petroleum industry hasn’t seen this many bankruptcies in one quarter since the Great Recession, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas says, counting nine Chapter 11 court filings in the year’s final three-month period. And that’s just a third of the year’s domestic casualty count.
The Dallas Fed also estimates in a new report on Thursday the nation has lost about 70,000 oil and gas jobs since October 2014, a 14.5 percent drop in the 14 months after the domestic shale drilling boom that drew thousands to Houston’s oil hub began a steep decline.
But the sacrifice of dozens of U.S. oil producers, thousands of oil field workers and more than 1,200 drilling rigs still hasn’t stalled U.S. crude production enough to shrink the global oil glut that has sent oil prices below $40 a barrel.
Global crude supplies, the Fed said, could outpace demand by 600,000 barrels a day, and the world’s crude storage tanks may not start to decline until 2017.
That’s in part because increased production from Iran has come on earlier than anticipated and the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries is expected to continue pumping crude at current levels. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 9, 2015 Filed under: Education, U.S. News | Tags: Academia, al Qaeda, American Society for Cell Biology, Anthony T. Kronman, Associated Press, Association of American Universities, Audrey Hepburn, Brown University, Butler University, Campus, College town, Connecticut, Harvard University, Ivy League, New Haven, Sexual assault, Undergraduate education, Yale University
Yale University have confirmed that the lecturer who sent an email stating that students should not seek to censor Halloween costumes has today resigned from her teaching position.
Richard Lewis reports: Erika Christakis, an expert in childhood education, sent the email as a result of student activist complaints about cultural appropriation and perceived racism on campus. The protests will best be remembered for producing this video where a female student screamed into the face of Nicholas Christakis, husband of Erika and a Bowdoin Prize winning academic, making the bold claim that the university campus isn’t an “intellectual space.” Mr. Christakis shall also be taking a one term sabbatical in the aftermath of the incident.
Why the email generated any controversy is anyone’s guess. Mrs. Christakis asked the question, “Is there no room anymore for a child or young person to be a little bit obnoxious, a little bit inappropriate or provocative or, yes, offensive?” Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: October 5, 2015 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Guns and Gadgets, Law & Justice, Self Defense | Tags: 2nd amendment, Civil Rights, Connecticut, Gun control, Gun politics, Gun safety, National Shooting Sports Foundation, Newtown, Newtown Public Schools, Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Wrongful death claim
Sheriff John Hanlin informed the vice president he didn’t plan to enforce any laws he found unconstitutional. His deputies wouldn’t either.
Marisa Gerbe writes: “I think that’s the worst thing in the world that can happen,” said Kellim, 86, who runs KC’s Exchange gun shop out of her home.
The words “2nd Amendment” are pasted in a decal onto her front door and there’s a Rifle Range Street nearby. In Roseburg, deer antlers line people’s driveways and locals hardly notice the pop-pop-pop of gunfire from nearby shooting ranges.
“What I fear most, is that we’re going to create criminals … out of some of our most ordinary, normal, law-abiding citizens.”
“This is hunting territory,” Kellim said, smiling proudly. Her views about guns — and who should be able to buy them — didn’t change, she said, when a gunman shot and killed nine people and wounded at least nine others at Umpqua Community College not far from her home.
“Watch, listen, and keep an open mind.”
In Connecticut, state leaders called for stricter firearm laws after the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
People in Tucson rallied behind then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who became a loud supporter of gun reform after surviving a 2011 shooting at a grocery store.
[Read the full story here, at the LA Times]
And when a 22-year-old man stabbed and shot several students in Santa Barbara County last year, one of the victims’ fathers, who grew up hunting, went on every national TV station that invited him and begged for stricter gun laws.
Ross William Hamilton/The Oregonian. Dick and Gloria Shafer, pictured with their 9-year-old son, John, run an excavation business in Elgin. They are so frightened of drug violence, especially after a triple homicide at their town, that they say they sleep with handguns close at hand. Gloria Shafer keeps her 9 mm gun under her pillow.
The tone in Roseburg is different.
An ex-girlfriend of a surviving victim scoffed at the idea of tightening gun laws, and Kendra Godon, an elementary education student who hid from the shooting in a nearby classroom, said she hoped her community’s tragedy wouldn’t get spun into the national debate about firearms.
“That’s not the issue,” she said.
John Hanlin, Douglas County’s sheriff and the public face of the community since the shooting, is also an outspoken critic of increasing gun control.
On his work biography, the broad-shouldered lawman who once attended Umpqua Community College lists three interests: fishing, riding his Harley and hunting.
When Vice President Joe Biden asked for stricter gun laws after the Newtown killings, Hanlin decided to speak up.
He wrote Biden a letter. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: September 12, 2015 Filed under: Law & Justice, Mediasphere, Politics, Think Tank | Tags: 9-11, 9/11, Barack Obama, Bob Corker, Connecticut, Democratic Party (United States), Filibuster, ihadist appeasement, Iran, Jihadism, Nuclear program of Iran, Republican Party (United States), United States, United States Congress
David French writes: It’s entirely appropriate that the Democrats filibustered Republican efforts to block the Iran Deal on September 10. After all, the Democrats — now fully the party of jihadist appeasement — are the primary political repository of September 10 thinking, but without the excuse of ignorance. We know what jihadists are capable of. We know their war aims.
And yet the Democrats overwhelmingly voted to grant the world’s most powerful terrorist state a $150 billion economic stimulus, access to international arms markets, and access to ballistic missile technology – without even stopping their nuclear program or establishing a viable inspection program….(read more)
Source: National Review Online – Breitbart.com
Posted: April 22, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, History, Mediasphere, U.S. News | Tags: Arlington, Connecticut, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Hartford Courant, Home front during World War II, Norman Rockwell, Rosie the Riveter, Simsbury, The Saturday Evening Post, Vermont, World War II
Elahe Izadi writes: You know Mary Doyle Keefe, but maybe not by that name. In 1943, the then-19-year-old telephone operator had been called upon to provide a unique kind of service during the war effort: Become the face of dedicated patriotism from the home front.
“I didn’t think much about it, and I didn’t really see myself as some epitome of the modern woman. There was a war on, and you did what you could. And in a small town like Arlington, it was simply a matter of we knew he was a painter and asked a lot of people to come down to pose for his pictures.”
Norman Rockwell painted Keefe as “Rosie the Riveter,” an image that graced an iconic Saturday Evening Post cover and “became a symbol for millions of American women who went to work during World War II,” according to the Norman Rockwell Museum.
“I didn’t really make anything of it and didn’t really see it or realize what would happen to that picture until it came out.”
Keefe, 92, died in Connecticut this week after a brief illness, her family told the Associated Press on Wednesday.
How Keefe’s likeness came to be immortalized — and turned into a symbol of female independence — happened rather serendipitously. Rockwell and Keefe were neighbors in Arlington, Vt., and he often asked folks in the community to pose for his work.
The 1943 oil on canvas painting “Rosie the Riveter” by Norman Rockwell is displayed in Bentonville, Ark. (Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art/AP
“He liked to paint from photos, so his photographer took pictures of me, just posing me different ways and telling me to look this way or that.”
During a 2012 interview with the Hartford Courant, Keefe recalled how she returned for a second photo session because Rockwell asked her to model in a blue shirt and loafers. She was paid a total of $10.
“I don’t remember the photographer telling me to have any kind of attitude on my face, but I’m 90 and don’t remember.”
“He liked to paint from photos, so his photographer took pictures of me, just posing me different ways and telling me to look this way or that,” Keefe said. “I don’t remember the photographer telling me to have any kind of attitude on my face, but I’m 90 and don’t remember.”
[Real-life ‘Rosie the Riveter’ women share their stories and philosophy]
The resulting image — of “Rosie” with a rivet gun on her lap, sandwich in hand and “Mein Kempf” beneath her feet — didn’t quite resemble the 19-year-old. Keefe, who told the Courant she had never even seen a rivet gun before, was petite, contrasting with Rosie’s large biceps, broad shoulders and large hands.
“Other than the red hair and my face, Norman Rockwell embellished Rosie’s body,” Keefe told the Courtant. “I was much smaller than that and did not know how he was going to make me look like that until I saw the finished painting.”
Rockwell sent Keefe a letter 24 years after completing the painting, apologizing for bulking her in size “and calling her the most beautiful woman he’d ever seen,” the AP reported. “I did have to make you into a sort of a giant,” he wrote. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: April 21, 2015 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Education | Tags: Academic achievement, Connecticut, David Finkelhor, High school, New York City, Saturday Night Live, Scott Malone, Sexual abuse, Stamford, United States Department of Education
Is the era of deferential treatment that protects women sex offenders from going to jail finally coming to an end?
(Reuters) – Barbara Goldberg reports: A “Saturday Night Live” skit about a male student having sex with his female high school teacher painted the relationship as every teen boy’s dream, but drew a firestorm of criticism on social media.
“Law enforcement is increasingly feminized, and women are much less prone to the old attitude: ‘Oh, this is just some kid who got lucky’. They recognize the issues involved and they go after women who violate the statutes.”
— David Finkelhor, director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center
The reaction to the comedy sketch reflected a growing view among law enforcement and victims’ advocacy groups that it is no laughing matter when a woman educator preys on her male students.
[Also see – Busted for Sex with Student and Sending Nude Pics, Connecticut High School Teacher Danielle Watkins Not Looking Happy in Police Photo]
[Also see – Meredith Powell, Boy-Crazy High School Teacher Accused of Rape Resigns, Surrenders Teaching Certificate]
[More – ‘Embarrassed and Mortified’: Oklahoma High School Teacher Confessed to Sex with Student Inside Teacher’s Lounge Multiple Times]
[ More – Joy Morsi Update: Queens Gym Teacher Gets Probation For Sex With Underage Students]
The crackdown is the result of ‘two seismic shifts’, says Christopher Anderson, executive director of Male Survivor, the largest U.S. advocacy organization for male sex-crime victims.
“One is a recognition that it does not matter who the perpetrator is or what the circumstances are. A teacher has absolutely no business engaging in sexual contact with a student…”
In U.S. schools last year, almost 800 school employees were prosecuted for sexual assault, nearly a third of them women. The proportion of women facing charges seems to be higher than in years past, when female teachers often got a pass, said Terry Abbott, a former chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Education, who tracked the cases.
[Also see – High School Teacher Julianna Ortiz Mills Charged with Indecent Liberties with a Student]
“…The second is a shift in the culture where boys and their parents are feeling empowered to come forward to say that something has been done.”
— Christopher Anderson
This year’s numbers are already slightly ahead of last year with 26 cases of female school employees accused of inappropriate relationships with male students in January compared to 19 cases the previous January.
Erica Ann Ginnetti, Lower Moreland High School math teacher who had sex with a 17-year-old student
“There are contrary examples, such as Pennsylvania’s Erica Ann Ginnetti, 35, the Lower Moreland High School math teacher who had sex with a 17-year-old student and was sentenced to 30 days in jail by a male judge who said, ‘What young man would not jump on that candy?'”
Female educators who sexually abuse their students are facing tougher prosecution in part because there are more women police officers. There is also a greater awareness among prosecutors, judges and the general public that students who are victimized by an authority figure, regardless of gender, experience trauma with life-long consequences.
Terry Abbott, a former chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Education
“Social media enables the behavior to start. There is no way that a teacher is going to walk up to a kid in the hallway and say, ‘Hey, would you like to see a naked picture of me?’ They won’t do it. But they will do that on social media. It’s like it erases what used to be that barrier.”
— Terry Abbott, a former chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Education
“Law enforcement is increasingly feminized, and women are much less prone to the old attitude: ‘Oh, this is just some kid who got lucky,'” said David Finkelhor, director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center. “They recognize the issues involved and they go after women who violate the statutes.”
[More – Gifts & Affection: ‘Teacher Of The Year’ Darcy Smith Accused Of Raping 14-Year Old Student]
[OH YES SHE DID: Georgia Mom Rachel Lynn Lenhardt Accused of Hosting ‘Naked Twister Party’ for Teen Daughter, Friends]
[More – Teacher in Fullerton Arrested for Alleged Relationship With 14-Year-Old]
Depression, low-self esteem and difficulty maintaining future relationships are among the long-term consequences that male victims face, according to experts. Those problems are sometimes compounded by confusion and guilt over whether they are actually victims since their adolescent bodies involuntarily respond to physical contact. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: March 30, 2015 Filed under: Mediasphere | Tags: American Civil Liberties Union, Arkansas, Bill Clinton, Bill Maher, Charitable organization, Clinton Foundation, Connecticut, Dan Malloy, Executive order, Free Exercise Clause, Freedom of religion, Hillary Clinton, Indiana, Mike Pence, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, White House
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy revealed that he will prohibit all state-sponsored travel to this heretical member of the Union. He joins the mayor of Seattle, who also blocked city-funded travel to Indiana in protest over this perfectly banal law.
Noah Rothman writes: The frenzied outpouring of disproportionate outrage from the left over Indiana’s state-level version of the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act can be best described as a tantrum.
[Read the full text here, at Hot Air]
A number of firms including Apple and Angie’s List Inc. have announced that they will respond to the legislation that critics insist is designed to discriminate against gays and lesbians by reviewing their commitments to do business in the state. A cornucopia of liberal groups are organizing a boycott of all things Hoosier. And, on Monday, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy revealed that he will prohibit all state-sponsored travel to this heretical member of the Union. He joins the mayor of Seattle, who also blocked city-funded travel to Indiana in protest over this perfectly banal law.
“This law, like other RFRAs, merely requires that state laws meet a demanding, but hardly insurmountable, test before infringing upon the religious practice or conscience of religious believers.”
— The Washington Post’s Volokh Conspiracy blogger Jonathan Adler
This reaction is nothing short of an embarrassment for the left and a repudiation of the values that the Democratic Party espoused as recently as the 1990s, when President Bill Clinton signed a national version of this act into law.
“RFRA is a shield, not a sword. It can be used to defend oneself against lawsuits or administrative action. It can’t be used affirmatively to try and deprive others of the protections of law.”
— Attorney Gabriel Malor, The Federalist
The hypocrisy exhibited by the left in this display of childish pique over Indiana’s RFRA bill is impossible to ignore.
“[W]hile Indiana is being criticized, the NCAA didn’t say it was concerned over how athletes and employees would be affected by Kentucky’s RFRA when games were played there last week, there aren’t any plans to boycott states like Illinois or Connecticut, and Miley Cyrus has yet to post a photo of President Clinton or any of the 19 other governors who have also signed RFRAs,” The Washington Post’s Hunter Schwarz wrote. “Indiana might be treated as if it’s the only state with a bill like this, but it’s not.”
“Malloy’s absurd response to the Indiana law is, no doubt, an effort to distract his liberal constituents from the fact that Connecticut’s RFRA law – yes, they have one, too – goes farther than the act signed last week by Governor Mike Pence.”
“This law, like other RFRAs, merely requires that state laws meet a demanding, but hardly insurmountable, test before infringing upon the religious practice or conscience of religious believers,” observed The Washington Post’s Volokh Conspiracy blogger Jonathan Adler. “If the law imposes a substantial burden on religious belief, the law must yield unless the law serves a compelling state interest and is the least burdensome way to advance that interest.”
Malloy’s absurd response to the Indiana law is, no doubt, an effort to distract his liberal constituents from the fact that Connecticut’s RFRA law – yes, they have one, too – goes farther than the act signed last week by Gov. Mike Pence.
The Federalist’s Sean Davis makes the case:
Connecticut’s law, however, is far more restrictive of government action and far more protective of religious freedoms. How? Because the Connecticut RFRA law states that government shall not “burden a person’s exercise of religion[.]” Note that the word “substantially” is not included in Connecticut’s law.
The effect of the absence of that single word is enormous…(read more)
That seems straightforward enough. Still have questions? Over at The Federalist, attorney Gabriel Malor answers all of your pressing inquiries. The most substantive assertion that he makes, however, is that all RFRA’s do not and cannot license discrimination. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: March 4, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Education, Politics, Religion | Tags: Board of Education, Connecticut, Council on American–Islamic Relations, Dhu al-Hijjah, Eid al-Adha, Eid al-Fitr, Islam, Islamic calendar, Muslim, Muslim holidays
“We made a pledge to families that we would change our school calendar to reflect the strength and diversity of our city. Hundreds of thousands of Muslim families will no longer have to choose between honoring the most sacred days on their calendar or attending school,” Mr. de Blasio said in a statement.
It’s the fulfillment of a campaign pledge Mr. de Blasio made when he was running for office in 2013, and today the mayor said it reflects the growth of the city’s Muslim population. Mr. de Blasio has also expressed support for giving students the day off for Lunar New Year, something for which the city’s growing Asian American community has advocated. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: January 30, 2015 Filed under: History | Tags: Barack Obama, Beer, Connecticut, India, India Pale Ale, Indian American, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, New England, President of the United States, United States
Gandhi was assassinated on this day in 1948, a shocking and dispiriting event covered by media all across the world, including a mournful Nation. But perhaps more interesting to read today is this article from our issue of May 6, 1897, “East Indians in South Africa,” written by Alfred Webb, an Irish MP and an early president of the Indian National Congress.
Mahatma Gandhi, lying in state, after his assassinatino in 1948. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.
According to the historian Ramachandra Guha, this is the first mention of Gandhi ever to appear in the American press.
The population of India increases rapidly and encroaches upon the means of subsistence. South Africa is the nearest outlet for emigration. The climate is congenial; and thither numbers of Indians have repaired…. While all were at first welcomed as helpful toward the development of the country, all alike have been subjected to disabilities by color prejudice and by law…. M.K. Gandhi, a Hindu barrister, long resident in South Africa, returned to India to arouse public interest in the subject. His address at Bombay, last September, has been published…Mr. Gandhi says: “The general feeling throughout South Africa is that of hatred towards the Indians, encouraged by the newspapers and connived at, even countenanced, by the legislators…(read more)
January 30, 1948
Posted: January 18, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, History | Tags: Brooklyn, Connecticut, Diane Arbus, Independent candidates, John Waters (filmmaker), Museum of Modern Art, New Haven, New York City, Yale University Art Gallery
The Wadsworth Atheneum’s ‘Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008’ dives into the oceanfront playground’s role as a muse to artists.
writes: New York’s Coney Island has long attracted a human merry-go-round of strivers, oddballs, hucksters, thrill-seekers, sun-worshippers—and some famous artists, too.
“The exhibition is about great art and a singular place in the American imagination.”
— Curator Robin Jaffee
With its new show, “Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008,” the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Conn., dives into the oceanfront playground’s role as a muse to painters, photographers, filmmakers and other artists. The museum calls the show the first one dedicated solely to art about Coney Island and the largest museum exhibition to focus entirely on the entertainment mecca in Brooklyn, N.Y. It opens Jan. 31 before starting a three-city U.S. tour.
Daze | ‘Coney Island Pier’ | 1995 COLLECTION OF THE ARTIST
“There has been nothing that takes people through the ages literally from Coney Island’s beginnings,” said curator Robin Jaffee Frank, who has been working on the show for the past five years. “The exhibition is about great art and a singular place in the American imagination.”
“Such sexually suggestive forms of pleasure mixed voyeurism, exhibitionism and public humiliation into an addictive modern cocktail.”
— Curator Robin Jaffee, Frank, in a catalog essay
Ms. Frank, a Brooklyn native who visited Coney Island often as a child, vividly recalls being terrified by sights like the Cyclops head that hung at the Spook-A-Rama, a 1950s thrill ride that took passengers under a blood-red waterfall and past horror figures.
Marie Roberts | ‘A Congress of Curious Peoples’ – COLLECTION OF LIZ AND MARC HARTZMAN
She grew increasingly fascinated by art about the landmark over her more than two decades at the Yale University Art Gallery, where she became senior associate curator of American paintings and sculpture in 2006. She brought her research for the show with her when the Wadsworth Atheneum hired her as chief curator in 2011. The Yale University Art Gallery is the exhibit’s biggest lender. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 15, 2014 Filed under: Mediasphere, Politics, Self Defense, U.S. News | Tags: AR-15, Benjamin Ide Wheeler, Connecticut, Gun violence, Media bias, Mike Lupica, Newtown, Newtown Public Schools, propaganda, Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Semi-automatic rifle, Victoria Leigh Soto
The facts aren’t on their side
Charles C. W. Cooke writes: Angered by the news that American voters are now more supportive of the Second Amendment than they have been in two decades, the New York Daily News’s Mike Lupica used his weekend column to vent. Over the course of 900 words, Lupica lambasted the public for continuing “to protect gun nuts,” chided the “mouth-breathing” NRA for its murderous myopia, and contended emotively that “there are no words” available to describe the horror of “a recent poll that says a majority of Americans believe it is more important to protect the right to own guns than it is for the government to limit access to guns.”
[read Charles C. W. Cooke’s complete article here]
And then, having established his moral bona fides for all to see, he tried to sneak a brazen lie past his audience:
The flyers on the table feature a picture of a beautiful, smiling girl with a pink bow in her hair, with Christmas and her whole life ahead of her until Adam Lanza walked into her school on a Friday morning with an automatic weapon — the kind of gun we are told must be protected or the Second Amendment is turned into a dishrag — and started shooting.
That Lupica would knowingly write these words should be of great concern to anybody who is concerned with the truth. There were no “automatic” weapons used at Sandy Hook. Rather, Adam Lanza used a standard semi-automatic rifle of the sort that millions upon millions of Americans have in their homes. Moreover, Mike Lupica knows this full well, for on every other occasion he has written about the AR-15, he has described it correctly. In March of 2013, Lupica called for the federal government to ban “a semiautomatic rifle called the AR-15.” A few months later, railing against the same weapon, he explained to his readers that AR-15s are “semi-automatic” — and explained not just once, but twice. Elsewhere, he has proven himself to be more than capable of identifying different gun types when it has suited him to do so. Why, then, the change?
The answer, I suspect, lies in this famously dishonest piece of advice from the Violence Policy Center’s radical founder, Josh Sugarmann:
Assault weapons – just like armor-piercing bullets, machine guns, and plastic firearms – are a new topic. The weapons’ menacing looks, coupled with the public’s confusion over fully automatic machine guns versus semi-automatic assault weapons – anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun – can only increase the chance of public support for restrictions on these weapons.
Bingo. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 11, 2014 Filed under: Politics, Self Defense, U.S. News | Tags: Civil liberties, Civil Rights, Connecticut, Gun control, Gun politics, Gun rights, Newtown, Pew Research Center, Right to keep and bear arms, Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Second Amendment, Twitter
[Also see The Black Tradition of Arms and Historical Illiteracy]
[More – Black History and the Second Amendment]
Kate Scanlon reports: More Americans support gun rights over gun control, according to a newly released survey by the Pew Research Center.
According to Pew, 52 percent of respondents answered that it is more important to “protect the right of Americans to own guns.” In contrast, 46 percent said that it is more important to “control gun ownership.”
In the wake of the Newtown tragedy, 51 percent of Americans supported stricter gun control laws, and 45 percent supported gun rights.
Now, 57 percent of Americans responded that gun ownership does more to “protect people from becoming victims of violent crime,” while 38 percent believe it does more to “put people’s safety at risk.”
Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: October 28, 2014 Filed under: Entertainment, Humor, Mediasphere, U.S. News | Tags: California Department of Motor Vehicles, Connecticut, David, Department of Motor Vehicles, DMV, Driving test, Lagos, Santa Monica
Posted: October 1, 2014 Filed under: Mediasphere, Politics, Think Tank | Tags: American Legislative Exchange Council, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Northeastern United States, United States Census Bureau, Washington, Washington Examiner
The Northeast, once the nation’s political engine that produced presidents, House speakers and Senate giants including the late Edward M. Kennedy, is losing clout in Washington as citizens flee the high-tax region, according to experts worried about the trend.
“This result is one of the most dramatic demographic shifts in American history. This migration is shifting the power center of America right before our very eyes.”
The Census Bureau reports that population growth has shifted to the South and the result is that the 11 states that make up the Northeast are being bled dry of representation in Washington.
“The movement isn’t random or even about weather or resources. Economic freedom is the magnet and states ignore this force at their own peril.”
Critics blame rising taxes in states such as Massachusetts and Connecticut for limiting population growth in the Northeast to just 15 percent from 1983 to 2013, while the rest of the nation grew more than 41 percent. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 28, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, Mediasphere | Tags: Arrest warrant, Benedykt Dybowski, Connecticut, Cyr, Dybowski, Journal Inquirer, Russian roulette, VERNON
VERNON, Conn. – A man fatally shot himself in the head earlier this month during a game of Russian roulette that was seen by a friend during a video chat, according to an arrest warrant affidavit released this week.
Armand Cyr, 38, was at another friend’s apartment in Vernon, about 13 miles east of Hartford, when he put a .38-caliber revolver to his head and pulled the trigger on the evening of July 13, according to a report based on the affidavit in Wednesday’s editions of the Journal Inquirer.
Cyr shot himself after being handed the gun by the other friend, John Dybowski, 26, who had put the gun to his own head and pulled the trigger without a bullet discharging, police said. Dybowski was arrested last week after police said they found guns and drugs in his apartment.
Authorities said the fatal game was seen by an unidentified friend from East Hartford who was having an online video chat with the two men.
“Police said they found two more guns as well as marijuana, heroin, pills and cocaine residue in Dybowski’s apartment, resulting in his arrest.”
Dybowski told police he gave Cyr an unloaded revolver and a single bullet, but said he was in another room when Cyr shot himself, according to the affidavit.
The friend at the other end of the video chat said he saw Dybowski put the revolver to his head and pull the trigger, then told Dybowski and Cyr that what they were doing was “crazy,” the affidavit says. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: July 18, 2014 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Education, U.S. News | Tags: Board of Education, Connecticut, Danielle Watkins, Norwalk Connecticut, Police, Stamford High School, Stamford Police Department
A Connecticut English teacher turned herself in Thursday on allegations that she had sex with and sent naked pictures of herself to one of her students at Stamford High School.
Danielle Watkins, a 32-year-old English teacher at Stamford High School, turned herself in Thursday on charges that she had sex with one of her students numerous times throughout the school year, sent him naked pictures of herself and gave him marijuana. She allegedly threatened to fail the student when he tried to put an end to their sexual encounters. Watkins has an unlisted phone number, attempts to reach her Friday morning were not successful.
Who’s Up for Another Teacher Sex Scandal? For the NY Daily News, Michael Walsh reports: Danielle Watkins, 32, of Norwalk, allegedly had sex with the 18-year-old male numerous times in her car during school hours, off school property from September 2013 until June 2014, according to the Stamford Police Department.
Police say they recovered 2,000 text messages, including nude photos sent to the teen’s phone.
At one point the victim tried to end the sexual encounters but Watkins attacked him and accused him of being with someone else, he said.
Watkins allegedly threatened to fail the student if they did not continue having sex so he waited until the school year ended in late June before telling a counselor about the predicament. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: July 15, 2014 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Food & Drink, U.S. News | Tags: Connecticut, Police, Stabbing, Watermelon
For NBC Connecticut, LeAnne Gendreau reports:
A 49-year-old Connecticut man has been charged with threatening after his wife told police he stabbed and carved a watermelon in a passive-aggressive manner.
Thomaston Police Chief Jim Campbell said Carmine Cervellino’s wife originally went to police on July 4 to report finding marijuana and drugs in a toolbox at the house. The toolbox was not there when police responded and no charges were filed. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: May 2, 2014 Filed under: Mediasphere, Politics, U.S. News | Tags: Connecticut, Gallup, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Montana, Nevada, New York
If everybody in America had the opportunity to pack up and move to the state of their choice, Illinois, Connecticut, and Maryland would empty out, according to a new Gallup poll. Around half of residents in all three states said they would relocate to another state given the chance, with Illinois having the highest rate of people (50%) who want to get out; Connecticut clocked in at 49%, and Maryland at 47%. People in Montana, Hawaii, and Maine were the most inclined to stay put, with just 23% of residents of each state saying they would take the opportunity to move. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: April 3, 2014 Filed under: Education, Self Defense, U.S. News | Tags: Asnuntuck Community College, Connecticut, Daily Caller, Dan Malloy, Democratic Party (United States)
For The Daily Caller, Robby Soave writes: A Connecticut community college suspended a student veteran for his aggressive questioning of Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy during a public forum, prompting a First Amendment advocacy group to condemn the college for its flagrant disrespect for free speech and due process.
The student, Nicholas Saucier, tried to get Malloy to answer questions about his support for gun control legislation, which has put Saucier’s ammunition manufacturing business in jeopardy. Saucier followed Malloy to his car after the governor finished speaking at a public forum at Asnuntuck Community College. The exchange took place in October of last year, and was captured on video.
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Posted: February 18, 2014 Filed under: Economics, Guns and Gadgets | Tags: Andrew Cuomo, Beretta, Bill Haslam, Connecticut, Magpul Industries, New York, Tennessee, Terry McAuliffe, Texas
Bob Grabowski (right) said his office is the first one complete at PTR Industries in the Cool Springs Business Park on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2013. PTR Industries is a gun manufacturing company that moved from Connecticut. Grabowski is also an Horry County councilman. Photo by Janet Blackmon Morgan / email@example.com
AWRHawkins reports: What started as a slow trickle when American Tactical Imports (ATI) and PTR moved from the northeast to South Carolina, has now become an all out surge with Magpul Industries leaving Colorado, Beretta leaving Maryland for Tennessee, and Remington acquiring a 500,000 square ft. facility in Alabama.
[See also: Work begins at Horry County’s first firearms manufacturer]
As Breitbart News previously reported, Governor Andrew Cuomo‘s (D) SAFE Act drove ATI from New York in October while Governor Dannel Malloy‘s (D) draconian gun control drove PTR from Connecticut in June.
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In early 2013 Magpul made it clear they were leaving Colorado if the state’s Democrat legislators passed a ban on “high capacity” magazines. The legislators passed the ban anyway, and on January 2, 2014 Breitbart News reported that Magpul was moving manufacturing to Wyoming and its corporate headquarters to Texas.
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Posted: February 1, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, Entertainment, Mediasphere, U.S. News | Tags: Annie Hall, Connecticut, Dylan Farrow, Hollywood, Manhattan, Mia Farrow, New York Times, Ronan Farrow, Sexual abuse, State of Connecticut, Television, Woody Allen
“…what he did to me in the attic felt different. I couldn’t keep the secret anymore.”
Dylan Farrow writes:
For as long as I could remember, my father had been doing things to me that I didn’t like. I didn’t like how often he would take me away from my mom, siblings and friends to be alone with him. I didn’t like it when he would stick his thumb in my mouth. I didn’t like it when I had to get in bed with him under the sheets when he was in his underwear. I didn’t like it when he would place his head in my naked lap and breathe in and breathe out. I would hide under beds or lock myself in the bathroom to avoid these encounters, but he always found me. These things happened so often, so routinely, so skillfully hidden from a mother that would have protected me had she known, that I thought it was normal. I thought this was how fathers doted on their daughters. But what he did to me in the attic felt different. I couldn’t keep the secret anymore.
When I asked my mother if her dad did to her what Woody Allen did to me, I honestly did not know the answer. I also didn’t know the firestorm it would trigger. I didn’t know that my father would use his sexual relationship with my sister to cover up the abuse he inflicted on me. I didn’t know that he would accuse my mother of planting the abuse in my head and call her a liar for defending me. I didn’t know that I would be made to recount my story over and over again, to doctor after doctor, pushed to see if I’d admit I was lying as part of a legal battle I couldn’t possibly understand. At one point, my mother sat me down and told me that I wouldn’t be in trouble if I was lying – that I could take it all back. I couldn’t. It was all true. But sexual abuse claims against the powerful stall more easily. There were experts willing attack my credibility. There were doctors willing to gaslight an abused child.
“..I could only hide my panic until I found a place to be alone and fall apart…”
After a custody hearing denied my father visitation rights, my mother declined to pursue criminal charges, despite findings of probable cause by the State of Connecticut – due to, in the words of the prosecutor, the fragility of the “child victim.” Woody Allen was never convicted of any crime.
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Posted: January 1, 2014 Filed under: Law & Justice, Mediasphere, Politics | Tags: Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Gun control, Guns Ammo, Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Twitter, Weimar Germany, Weimar Republic
Jason Howerton reports: A now-viral photo showing a long line of Connecticut residents waiting to register their guns and ammo is circulating across the Internet — and it’s sending chills down the backs of some gun owners.
Photo credit: George Roelofson/WTNH.
Connecticut gun owners are rushing to register certain firearms and ammunition that will be considered illegal contraband in the new year.
Under a wide-ranging gun control law passed after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, they have until Tuesday to submit the paperwork with the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.
“Holy crap. Looks like Weimar Germany,” Twitter user @votermom said of the photo.
“Another disgusting picture from Connecticut . . .men waiting in line to register guns with the government,” user @chipwoods commented.
“First, they came for the guns,” @PaulRReyes added.
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Posted: December 15, 2013 Filed under: Mediasphere, Politics, U.S. News | Tags: Boston University, Connecticut, Fox News Channel, Media bias, New York Times, Rachel Maddow, Thomas Paine, United States
John Sexton notes: Last weekend the NY Times published a “Sunday dialogue” which included a letter to the editor by a Connecticut bookseller and some responses. The topic was media bias. Both the letter–and some of the responses to it–present a perspective on media bias one might not expect to find in the NY Times.
Here’s a portion of the initial letter by Mark Godburn:
Relying on one source, or even on several sources with the same bias, will leave you with only part of the story.
That’s why the much maligned right-wing media is just as important as the so-called mainstream press. Fox News and others on the right certainly have a deeply embedded conservative bias, but the liberal bias on the other side is just as pervasive. Taken together, they roughly fill each other’s omissions.
Fairness in journalism requires not that every story or point of view receive equal weight but that every valid position receive equal respect. Thus the pro-life position should be treated with the same validity as pro-choice; small-government conservatives with the same respect as tax-and-spend liberals; Republicans as more compassionate than they sound and Democrats as less omniscient than they think.
But since journalists and news organizations are partisan at heart, one must sift through the best reporting and punditry from each side of the journalistic divide and take all the biases and agendas into account to arrive at an informed understanding of any story.
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Posted: November 12, 2013 Filed under: Self Defense, U.S. News | Tags: Connecticut, Gun control, Hartford Courant, January, Newtown, Newtown Connecticut, Newtown Public Schools, Twitter
Applications for pistol permits in Newtown, Connecticut from January to May of 2013 were up 110 percent over the same time period of time from last year.
While politicians were talking about using gun control legislation to make guns harder to get in the wake of the heinous crime at Sandy Hook Elementary, citizens were taking steps to get guns for self-defense.
According to The Hartford Courant, Newtown citizens applied for 87 pistol permits during the time period of January to May 2012. That number rose to 183 during the same time period this year.
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