Things are nutty in the Nutmeg State.

One of the bluest of blue states, Connecticut has more than its share of problems. According to Carol Platt Liebau, president of the Yankee Institute for Public Policy, the state is mired in an economic swamp and has the highest bonded debt per capita in America.

Mark J. Warshawsky of RealClear Policy notes Connecticut owns “one of the worst-funded state employee pension plans in the country,” whose assets cover less than a third of its liability — leaving a shortfall of nearly $22 billion.

And let’s not forget the capital city of Hartford, which could face bankruptcy now that insurance giant Aetna — a corporate denizen for more than 150 years — announced plans last month to move its headquarters out of Connecticut for a more tax-friendly home.

With all these problems on its plate, the state legislature had no choice but to recently approve the nation’s toughest hate crime law. The silly bill, which supersedes an earlier law,  passed the House and Senate unanimously, so Republicans share the blame with their Democrat comrades.

Now the very idea of hate crime laws is stupid. Laws are laws, and people who break them should pay the price. Imposing extra penalties on the perpetrators based on their biases conjures up images of Orwellian thought police. There’s little doubt the rise of hate crime legislation has promoted the fracturing of society, as alienated individuals join together to form “protected groups” so they can claim victim status.

Among the reasons lawmakers gave for beefing up the state hate crime law was the supposed wave of such offenses that washed across the country late last year and in early 2017. Left unsaid was that the increase coincided with the candidacy and subsequent election of President Donald Trump.

If you follow only the mainstream media, you might believe that thuggish bigots emboldened by Trump’s campaign ran amuck and terrorized racial minorities, Muslims and gays for the past year. But folks who pay attention to real news know that almost all of the headline-grabbing hate crimes were hoaxes designed to smear Trump supporters.

So common and widespread are the fake hate crimes that it’s impossible to list them here. (Fortunately, there’s a website, www.hatecrimehoaxes.com, that has a fairly complete rundown of falsely reported incidents.)

What’s especially egregious in Connecticut is that legislators cited threatening phone calls to Jewish community centers as one of the main reasons for stiffening the law. As news accounts revealed nearly three months ago, two men — neither of them conservative — were responsible for the vast bulk of the hate calls.

Juan Thompson, a former reporter and dedicated Trump foe, pleaded guilty June 13 to making more than a dozen phoned bomb threats that he tried to blame on an ex-girlfriend. The other suspect is a 19-year-old Israeli computer whiz accused of making more than 100 calls, whose motives are still unknown.

The new Connecticut law toughens the penalties for hate crimes. Offenses that once were misdemeanors become felonies, and what already were felonies carry enhanced fines and prison terms.

But one key point seems to be left out of the law: There doesn’t appear to be any penalty for miscreants who report fake hate crimes.

Legislators can cling to their fantasies that hate crime laws will bring peace and joy to the populace. But until hoaxers are punished as severely as haters, the laws themselves will be perpetrating injustice.

 

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT —  It’s officially summertime and many of us are looking toward to vacations and hitting the great open road to discover America, or other parts of the world.

For us, we head to the Midwest. There’s some truth in the old adage about the grass being greener, and all that; the living is always better where you aren’t.

Every summer we travel to Iowa. Now I know there are some people in Iowa wondering why in the devil dog would anyone want to come to Iowa, but we love it. My husband’s family is there but it’s not just that. It’s the road trip along the way. We take the backroads whenever we can and avoid interstates.

One year we left for the Midwest from the Dallas area after attending my grandson’s birthday and we ended up on Route 66 in Oklahoma which we rode out as far as we could, stopping to see all the cool Americana, road stops, signage, that we could. It was one of our more memorable trips.

To me, it’s the things you discover by accident as you roam, it’s not having a fixed plan or a rigid time schedule. When I was a child my father would throw us in the car and we’d head for the beach, but there would be only one stop along the entire fourteen hour trip. Maybe two. And they were fast. Get it and go.  Now I prefer to take things slower.

We love the Midwest, especially around the Fourth of July holiday because truly that’s where the heart of America can be found. The small town parades are the best.  In Shreveport, where we live, the Fourth is celebrated with a huge fireworks extravaganza and massive crowds, traffic jams, in the hot, humid Louisiana night. Give me the small town tractor parades any day.

Maybe it doesn’t matter where you go, just that you go. Sometimes we all need to get away and recharge our batteries, have some real down time.  What I’ll be doing next week is sitting in my sister-in-law’s backyard in the evenings while kids roast hotdogs over a fire pit, watching fireflies light up the dark corners of the yard…in the morning the tornado siren will go off at 7 a.m. for it’s daily test (and again at noon). The Amish buggies will clap down the streets and at the Sale Barn down the road the farmers that fill up America’s bread baskets will meet to solve the world’s problems over eggs and coffee. We will drive up to my husband’s family’s generational farm, breathing in gravel dust from the road as we traverse some of the prettiest rolling hills I’ve ever seen.

The biggest decision I will have to make all day is if we want to drive to the WalMart in the next county to pick up a few things.

The people are nice, friendly, and as down to earth as you’ll find anywhere. They want to know where you’re from, who your people are, and they’ll wish you a nice stay.

“Iowa?  You’re going to Iowa?”

Yes, I am, and I can’t wait.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

We are getting yet another threat from our Democrat Friends concerning the potential firing of the Special prosecutor:

Several Democrats in Congress warned President Trump on Friday that he will face consequences if he fires special counsel Robert Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

“All Americans, regardless of party, agree on the fundamental principle that no one is above the law,” Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) told MSNBC Friday. “And if President Trump were to fire Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, and then [get] special counsel Mueller fired, I believe Congress would begin impeachment proceedings.”

Now normally I would not get in the way of the Democrats shooting themselves in the foot but if I was Donald Trump I would find Democrat threats to bring up impeachment in the house an incentive to fire the entire Special prosecutor team rather than a disincentive, in fact if I’m Donald Trump the thing I’d want most of all is a Democrat filing a resolution of impeachment on the floor of the House of Representatives as soon as possible, maybe by the end of next week.

Now you might find this an odd thing to think, but there are two simple reasons for this, the first being that as I’ve already explained the people who actually buy all this impeachment nonsense are hyperpatrisian Democrats and such a move would not only politically hurt him with is base, it might actually help

But more importantly getting the Democrats to push impeachment now would be learning a lesson of Watergate, To Democrats and the left, that word is magic, but the reality is it was an actual political event and if President Trump studies that event he would know how the Democrat’s impeachment push would end.  Let me explain:

In 1973 Fr. Robert Drinan who was a member of congress from Massachusetts introduced an impeachment resolution in the house, primarily on the grounds of Nixon’s actions on Cambodia.  Tip O’Neill one of the savviest Democrats in the house understood that this had the potential to blow up in their faces, the evidence for impeachment was not there and once one vote failed it would be hard to get another passed.  O’Neill talked about the issue in his autobiography Man of the House

At (Speaker) Cal Albert’s request, I went to Drinan and tried to talk him out of it.  “The timing is wrong,” I said, “It’s premature.  Let’s wait a few months until the evidence is in and we get the votes we need.”

Drinan agreed not to press the issue, but by then the resolution had already been filed and could not be withdrawn.  According to the rules of the House, any resolution on impeachment is, by definition , a privileged resolution, which means that any member, at any time can call it up for an immediate vote.  We could certainly see to it that no Democrat would bring it up, but who knew what the Republicans might try?  If I had been in their shoes, I would have brought up Drinan’s resolution immediately, because an early vote on impeachment would have been an excellent insurance policy against having to vote on a similar resolution at a later date.

Tip O’Neill Man of the House pages 247-248

They were so concerned that Tip, then majority leader, and the two whips made it a point to make sure one of them was always on the floor to make sure such a resolution was tabled on the spot until finally he got assurances from minority leader and future President Gerald Ford that the GOP had no plans on bring it for a vote.

The fact is President Trump is much more like Tip than he is like Nixon, he has finger on the pulse of the working class of the nation and knows that an impeachment resolution would energize his base to no end, furthermore such a resolution would expose every Democrat in the place as the radical leftist they are and would have laudable effects on election 2018.

If I was President Trump I’d take careful note of this example and do all I could to bait one of the house radicals like Maxine Waters to introduce a resolution of impeachment as soon as possible, perhaps by baiting the very gullible radical left, particularly in Hollywood and in the black lives matter movement to demand such a resolution. It would take little effort to make it an internet cause celebe. In fact I would beat the bushes of the left to find a radical democrats on the state level demanding impeachment and quietly encouraging them to primary sitting democrat congressmen and bankrolling pacs backing them with the express purpose of pressuring a member of the Democrat caucus to introduce such a resolution.  Because those democrats would be a lot easier to beat in the general election in anything that isn’t a completely blue state.

Furthermore an impeachment vote now would put any republican in the house who might consider for one moment to vote for it on the spot.  Such a pro-impeach vote would guarantee a pro-trump primary challenge that would likely not end well for the sitting congressman, after all consider what Robert Costa discovered about GOP voters when he left his bubble.

The left lives in a bubble amplified by Culture, but Trump has actual power backed up by the law.  I suggest he use it.


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