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Remembering ‘Hat’ and
Waterford’s Babe Ruth Dynasty
by Lee Elci - Wednesday, 20 May 2020
The year was 1980. Jimmy Carter was
president, the United States population was 226,504,825, PAC-MAN
hit arcades, and Luke and Laura ruled daytime TV while everyone wondered "who
shot JR." It was the same year that CNN launched its 24-hour
news network, the computer modem was invented, John Lennon was assassinated,
and a regional dynasty known as Waterford Babe Ruth Baseball was
Technically, the first of the 14 Babe Ruth State Baseball
Championships began the year before, when the 13-year-old All-Stars
competition to bring home that first piece of championship hardware — but
it was 1980 when the fun really began.
Rewind your brain and return with me to a time when game lineups were
made on the back of a Big Boy restaurant napkin and Coach's shirt pockets
might display an Electric Boat ID badge. Full time pipefitters/part-time
baseball managers puffed religiously on their Marlboros, clumsily attempting
to hit fungos to awaiting infielders while the cool moms, sporting
acid-washed jeans, flipped burgers in the concession stand and the
not-so-cool dads, donning their Members Only jackets, insisted whitewall
tires on their '78 Oldsmobile Cutlasses were still hip.
Baseball in the little town of Waterford was about
to explode. The Waterford Babe Ruth Complex is a beautiful oasis
built in the shadows
of the Millstone Nuclear Power Plant, and now it became a divided battleground
for a town whose loyalties were split in two. 1980 was the year the
league's hierarchy made a controversial decision to split the All-Star
team into two squads, the Waterford Americans and the Waterford Nationals.
On paper, the Nationals and the Americans were pretty equal but the
Americans had a secret weapon, a house-painter turned baseball Picasso,
manager, Harold "Hat" Fengar.
"Hat," a short, robust, loud, long-winded, hilarious lightning
rod, possessed a remarkable ability to communicate with the kids as
if they were adults. He created an environment of winning, simultaneously
adhering to the idea that baseball was supposed to be fun – and,
believe me, it was about to get downright electric.
At the time, before the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU)
became the dominating influence in youth sports, Babe Ruth League
Baseball was the next step
a young player would take after leaving Little League behind — and
the bigger, more physically demanding dimensions would oftentimes swallow
up young athletes who would eventually surrender themselves to other
outlets like soccer, piano lessons, or maybe a part-time summer job.
Babe Ruth separated the (soon-to-be) men from the less gifted boys.
In other words, Babe Ruth Baseball was a big deal — and
to be named to a Babe Ruth All-Star team was very big indeed.
The Waterford Americans went 14-4 in the magical month
of August playing fast and loose, and the more we won, the more notoriety
we received — stuff like front-page photos day after day in the
newspapers, WNLC 1510 broadcast the games live on the radio and you
can be sure if there had been an Internet in 1980, we would have gone
viral. We were rock stars! We even had groupies!
Our journey ended in Williston, North Dakot. Officially, we came in
fourth, beating Downers Groove, Ill., and Austin, Texas, but losing
to a juggernaut from Rotterdam, N.Y., who beat us up both times we
played and bounced us out of the series.
Months later, The Day's Bob Nauta, in the paper’s year-end round-up
of highlights Dec. 26, wrote, "Waterford Babe Ruth (who else?)
tops the 1980 poll.”
Hat Fengar perfectly summed up our adventure in that
article, saying, "I
think of the team's accomplishments every day. I reflect on it, as
I'm sure we all do — the other coaches, the kids themselves,
the parents, all of us. I think that as time goes, the kids are finally
realizing just what they did accomplish. Representing the Town of Waterford
was a thrill." Read Full
Not Spending One Tax Dime to Bail Out Folks Here Illegally
by Lee Elci - Wednesday, 13 May 2020
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What is it with California? People used to go there
to surf or become film stars or live in Jerry Garcia’s backyard pot farm. At some
point, though, it became the yellow brick road traveled by the homeless
and/or immigrants – and California said, “Sure! Why stop
in Chicago or Cleveland? C’mon! It almost never snows and we’re
glad to have you!”
In that spirit of lunacy, on April 8, California Governor Gavin Newsom
announced his state would make cash payouts of $500 each to undocumented
immigrants impacted by the coronavirus. The total amount set aside
for this act of righteous humanity is $125 million.
California has been the most aggressive state in the nation when it
comes to giving benefits to immigrants living in the country illegally.
They have routinely ignored federal mandates regarding illegal immigration,
providing people who are in the nation illegally freedoms without any
expectations or requirements to divulge personal information to receive
It’s still unclear who gets what, but Californians impacted
by COVID-19, who are ineligible for unemployment insurance benefits
and disaster relief including the CARES Act due to their immigration
status, will be able to apply. In layman's terms: Whoop-di-do if you’re
someone who ignored federal laws to come here!
Keeping true to themes that the common hard-working
Californian is only marginally important in relation to the legions
and homeless, rampant small-time crime has become a raging disaster.
Proposition 47 gives criminals the upper hand as anything they steal
below $950 keeps the crime a misdemeanor — and likely means the
thieves face no pursuit and no punishment. California is the liberal
paradise where videos surface routinely showing the recalcitrant homeless
population defecating in broad daylight in the middle of the sidewalk.
Cities are being overrun by lawbreakers. Instead of allowing law enforcement
to do its job, California has gone in the opposite direction —pilfering
the state taxpayers and distributing their hard-earned dollars to lawbreakers.
Average everyday citizens are ignored while the basic hoodlums thrive.
The wheels are coming off that bus.
I’m not sure if it’s possible if California’s generosity
is another contagion, but it seems their “we’ll foot the
bill” spirit may be making its way across the country to Connecticut.
On April 20, Senate Democrats penned a letter to Governor Ned Lamont
requesting our state follow California's lead. The letter stipulates, "Undocumented
workers need humanitarian relief, and Connecticut's cities need them
to have it, for their own economic and public health reasons. We now
have a public/private partnership model to emulate in California. We
believe that Connecticut should start by appropriating $20 million
in state funds and coordinate outreach to raise an additional $10 million
in private towards this economic relief.”
The letter is signed by Senate President Martin Looney and Senate
Majority Leader Bob Duff, along with senators John Fonfara, Saud Anwar,
Alex Kasser, Will Haskell, Matthew Lesser, and Christine Cohen .
The economic Armageddon and overextended shutdown
resulting from COVID-19 have caused many hardworking Connecticut
middle-class families to drain
their savings and liquidate all their assets to keep the lights on.
These same families are standing in embarrassment for hours in bread
lines to put food on the table for their children. This “give
it away” delegation seemingly has no issue burdening the unemployed
and insulting what is left of Connecticut’s taxpaying residents
with $20 million more debt. Democratic leadership, as well as leaders
in state-run sanctuary cities, are way out of line in requesting taxpayer
monies to enable individuals who have broken immigration laws.
While private humanitarian efforts to help the needy are to be looked
upon with appreciation, the responsibility of such aid should fall
on the shoulders of religious and charitable organizations – those
whose missions include raising funds to help out the children of folks
who are here illegally.
I predicted this abomination of benevolence (call me Nostradamus)
back in April. I had no doubt the progressives in this state would
want to mirror the actions of California.
Most of us work very hard for every dollar, and right
now all of us should be ultra-conservative with every nickel we spend.
drawing a line in the sand and hope you’ll join me. If Gov. Lamont
agrees with the Democratic hierarchy and diverts my tax dollars to
support undocumented, illegal aliens, I will stop paying Connecticut
income taxes. A tax revolt! How about you?
is Normal, and Little is Practical, about ‘New Normal’
by Lee Elci - Wednesday, 29 April 2020
Here are some repeated thoughts, bouncing
about my brain like a silver ball in a pinball machine, as I try
making sense of it all.
When someone says the "new normal," what
exactly does that mean? The prevailing wisdom of six-foot social
distancing, hand sanitizers,
and isolation may be effective in certain parts of the country, but
how would it work in New York and other crowded cities?
According to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority,
in September of 2019 the average weekday subway passenger load was
while city bus ridership was 2.25 million. That's more than double
the population of Connecticut. If you’ve ever taken a ride on
the subway, you’re well aware that social distancing and general
sanitation are often unattainable. There will be no feasible, workable
approach any government leader or agency can implement to protect residents
in metropolitan areas reliant on mass transportation. Eventually, citizens
will have to make a conscious choice factoring risk versus reward.
When we look back, perhaps the local businesses hit
the hardest by the coronavirus will be the casinos. Mohegan Sun’s
net revenues for the fiscal year 2019 were $992 million, while Foxwoods
hovered around $787 million. That equates to a $5 million loss per
day for the tribes during the shutdown.
Whenever casinos reopen, how can they possibly function
in the “new
normal” of hyper-vigilant cleanliness? It’s inconceivable
to consider decontaminating slot machines, the casino's biggest moneymakers,
as thousands of often unhygienic hands bang buttons and touchscreens.
The patrons, mesmerized by the hypnotic psychedelic gaming light shows,
will inevitably leave dangerous germ residue behind.
Add the cigarette smoke, the often-older clientele,
and it's not a good post-pandemic look. Then there are the patrons
gambling on the
tables, handing over money in return for chips, and those chips are
circulated constantly throughout the playing floor. I see no realistic
way to sanitize tens of millions of dollars’ worth of chips every
hour of every day.
The casinos will face a big challenge in reassuring
the public it’s
safe to return.
What will it be like going to a concert, sporting
event, or even a movie? Can we? Social distancing at the ballpark
won't work. Six feet
in front, behind and side-to-side is laughable. Imagine the crowd at
Yankee Stadium — where the stadium capacity runs around 50,000 — whittled
down to 5,000 die-hard, pom-pom waving, mask-wearing, super-fans. Imagine
these same fans strategically placed at the appropriate distance from
one another, unable to interact even after Giancarlo Stanton launches
a moonshot into the upper-deck for a ninth-inning Bronx Bomber win.
No high-fives, no chest bumps, no handshakes.
The whole idea is preposterous. Social distancing will prevent most
live sporting events, concerts, and Broadway shows. Major League Baseball
seems to recognize this and is trying to plan a short season in empty
Political divisions crisis proof
In last week’s column I threw out the idea of putting the partisan
squabbling aside until we've broken and beaten COVID-19. That idea
proved too ambitious a request considering the left's hostility for
the president. Striving for unity in a crisis appears hopeless since
all intellectual debate has morphed into a savage hatred for any idea
that is in opposition to our own. Contrary opinions unleash unfettered
and unforgiving animosities. It’s become impossible for Republicans
and Democrats to coexist at the national level. Differences of opinion
instantly revert to a primal, myopic battle between the left and the
It is worth mentioning the planet’s resurrection during the
outbreak. What’s been labeled by scientists as the largest scale
air quality experiment ever, data from NASA's Aura satellite shows
nitrogen dioxide pollution levels are down about 30% over major metropolitan
areas. Wild beasts are pushing boundaries including bears, wolves and
other animals of Yosemite having a "party" since the park
closed on March 2. Puma's were spotted roaming in Chili, wild boars
have returned to Spain, dolphins have come back in the absence of ferries
in Italy and in an empty French ski resort, a wolf was recently spotted
where one hasn't been seen in decades. Animals, at least in the short
term, are reclaiming territory that was once theirs. Read
a Moment Set Aside Trump Attacks and Unite
by Lee Elci - Wednesday, 22 April 2020
When a family member's lifeless body disappears beneath
the zipper of your local hospital's body bag, are there healthcare
officials waiting with clipboards in hand asking to which political
party the deceased belonged?
Are coroners and medical examiners equipped with two
different, distinctive death certificates, issuing a blue one for
a Democrat’s death
and a red version for a Republican's?
Is the Grim Reaper tallying up liberal deaths versus conservative
ones on his cosmic chalkboard?
No, death doesn’t care about your political
Yet, as the deaths are totaled, we remain on a path to complete political
separation wherein the future version of yourself may be identified
primarily by what political party you're affiliated with. Party above
The United States has become a virtual street fight, pitting media
and their audiences, on both the left and right, in gang-like warfare
against past, current and future politicians. All this undermining
and treachery has created a dangerous no-win crisis that is being over-amped
and leaving American citizens overexposed. People are afraid to leave
their homes, afraid to go to work and equally afraid of going broke.
Seven out of the eight stories on the Fox News Website on Tuesday
were COVID-19 related, while the CNN site focused on bleak projections
of the deadly virus and hurling amplified allegations of mistakes made
by the president. Local television stations, aside from a look at your
weather forecast, spend their broadcasts reviewing local death rates
and the latest Governor Lamont executive orders.
We are being overwhelmed with dire information. Americans are anxious.
Adding to the country’s misery is a clear, slanted depiction
of the competency of this administration. There is no doubt that President
Trump invites his attackers with ridiculous antics ranging from his
constant, self-aggrandizing to his incessant gutter battles with reporters
whose sole purpose seems to be to catch the president in a highlight
reel “Gotcha!” moment.
Still, the left-leaning, media-driven narrative that
Trump has bungled and botched his way through this crisis is patently
unfair. Everything "the
orange man" does isn't evil.
As recently as late February, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director
of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, stated
did not yet need to change their behaviors."
Around the same time Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
toured San Francisco’s Chinatown to send this message, “We should
come to Chinatown. Precautions have been taken by our city. We know
that there is concern surrounding tourism, traveling all throughout
the world, but we think it’s very safe to be in Chinatown and
hope that others will come.”
Pelosi toured the area, hugging friends and waving to onlookers.
Given the thinking at the time, what exactly should
Trump have done differently? The highest level of political and medical
was giving the public the "all clear” signal into early
Maybe, in hindsight, the president should have ordered more personal
protective devices manufactured and prioritized creating an easier
testing system that could have been administered quickly to infected
Without question the lack of foresight regarding testing
equipment will go down as the president’s Achilles heel as
it pertains to COVID-19. However, Americans are normally very non-compliant,
how many people would have offered themselves up for testing if they
were not feeling sick? According to recent reports, over 25% of infected
individuals remain asymptomatic.
This administration has delivered on many of its promises.
Kayleigh McEnany, White House press secretary, tweeted over the weekend
administration “secured 523 MILLION gloves, 69 MILLION surgical
masks, 55 MILLION N95 respirators,10.5 MILLION surgical gowns, 5.9
MILLION face shields, 10,998 ventilators, and 8,450 federal medical
Every action this president took faced
carefully constructed criticism from the Democrats. The attacks are
often emotionally based
on a deep,
unfettered hatred of Trump. Connecticut’s own Senator Chris Murphy
essentially stood on the bodies of dead citizens to wave an anti-Trump,
pro-Democrat banner, when he said, “The reason we are in the
crisis today is not because of anything China did, it’s not anything
the WHO did, it's because of what this president did.” Exonerating
China for this pandemic is shameful. Read Full Article
Out into Our Strange, New Pandemic World
by Lee Elci - Wednesday, 15 April 2020
I was ordered out on a military mission recently with
the directive handed down from the top brass official (my wife.) The
assignment was to search out and acquire ample quantities of both hand
sanitizer and disinfectant wipes. With Connecticut now a month-plus
into a semi-catatonic lock-down state, my bride was a bit tense and
becoming increasingly anxious watching our dwindling supplies.
Four big-box stores, two major supermarkets, one mom and pop shop
and a near empty CVS later, I returned home a dejected, epic failure.
The only comparable market-trip failure I can compare it to is when
Jack traded the family cow Milky-White for some magic beans.
While seeking the bounty my betrothed requested, I
made sure to socially distance myself from everyone. I walked the
right way down the one-way
aisles and adamantly and thoroughly wiped down everything I touched.
Even before this outbreak, I considered myself a Type-1 personality.
I never willingly touched a doorknob; hated shaking strangers’ hands;
and might be seen diving for cover if someone in the vicinity openly
And now, citizens at large have surged forward in panic, leapfrogging
all of us former germaphobe freaks, creating a super race of hyper-microorganism-killing
While on my wife’s assignment in futility, I conservatively
estimate 70% of the shoppers were donned in complete coronavirus apparel,
consisting of surgical gloves and medical-grade face masks. The real
serious players came equipped with an N95 that blocks splashes, sprays,
and large droplets – a piece of sophisticated, bio-hazard-grade
equipment that can also filter out 95% of the minute particles that
include viruses and bacteria.
Many patrons had customized masks to perfectly fit
their personality characteristics. One hefty husband embraced his
inner Captain America,
covering his face with emphatic patriotism proudly displaying America’s
Stars and Stripes. A middle-aged woman — clearly unable to find
the fruits and vegetable section of this supermarket, filling her carriage
with succulent necessities ranging from Ring-Dings to Doritos — had
carefully glued cat whiskers on her medical mask, attempting to channel
her inner feline. Honestly, I felt a little naked with just my ripped
jeans, sweatshirt, dark sunglasses and the "FBI" skull cap
separating me from certain exposure.
Post coronavirus video footage from China and other
countries from the Pacific Rim display a different way of life; nearly
100% of the
citizens protect themselves with face masks. And, perhaps because of
the Surgeon General’s flip-flop on the idea of Americans wearing
masks, it was still a shock to see that fashion statement hit the streets
and stores of the U.S.A. It's one thing to see cashiers, store clerks,
bank tellers or health care workers wearing masks for protection, but
it may take more than a little social adjustment to get used to hardcore
Harley riders, steel workers or construction personnel shopping for
groceries hiding behind surgical masks.
Is this newly discovered caution here to stay? Will this be business
as usual? Will we look back and reminisce about the good old days when
we all crowded stadiums enjoying sporting events or concerts without
concerns about plague? Is this the end of Disneyland or Six Flags?
Will our new reality regard a dinner date with friends as taboo, a
happy hour business gathering as simply too dangerous to entertain?
Due to this stunning new biological fear, will social distancing become
a permanent solution to a temporary problem?
On the bright side of all of this pandemic, pollution levels are way
down in cities all over the world. The nuclear family has found itself
again. Pet adoptions are through the roof. And great acts of kindness
have surfaced, reinvigorating hope for humanity. Read
Infant Death to COVID-19 was Needlessly Alarmist
by Lee Elci - Wednesday, 8 April 2020
Social media has the unique ability
to spread information like wildfire. Millions of keyboard soldiers
share tweets and or posts that allow commentaries that once would
get no attention in the mainstream press to reach millions of people.
On Friday afternoon, the information highway harnessed the power
of the internet and spread a commentary about our governor. It resulted
in hundreds of my loyal listeners overrunning my inbox with a compelling
video featuring one of Connecticut's political rising stars.
The Stamford-raised and educated Candace Owens, who
has become a hero in conservative circles, posted a "Live Facebook" video
that quickly went viral, calling for the resignation of Gov. Ned
She is accusing the Connecticut governor of lying about the death of
a 6-week-old baby who tested positive for the coronavirus.
It all began with a series of tweets from the governor
is with heartbreaking sadness today that we can confirm the first pediatric
fatality in Connecticut linked to COVID-19. A 6-week-old newborn from
the Hartford area was brought unresponsive to a hospital late last
week and could not be revived. Testing confirmed last night that the
newborn was COVID-19 positive. This is absolutely heartbreaking. We
believe this is one of the youngest lives lost anywhere due to complications
relating to COVID-19."
The toddler's death is awful and heartbreaking, but
labeling the virus as the killer is not entirely accurate. There
is/was no proof that
this infant succumbed to the coronavirus, and misleading the public
is a massive disservice. People are frightened and searching for answers
and they are desperate for accurate information. What the governor
provided was manufactured hyperbole alarming young mothers and mothers-to-be,
inducing potential panic by distorting the details of this child's
death. The public is reliant on leadership to deliver accurate, unbiased
information. It's imperative that the administration gets this right.
Yelling “Fire!” in a crowded movie theater is not the answer.
The Office of the Chief State Medical Examiner has still not issued
a cause of death and has said it could take weeks.
Owens alludes to a potential conspiracy linking governors
from states in desperate financial straits (Connecticut, New York,
to extract wealth from the federal government. She says that: "Lamont
is using the coronavirus as a money grab."
Conspiracy theories are wrought with multiple moving
parts with the ultimate execution being utter fantasy. Extorting
money from the federal
government by purposely inflating death numbers would prove to be a
viciously damnable offense by any administration. The governor gets
a tepid benefit of the doubt that he made a simple mistake in so strongly
linking the death of the young girl to COVID-19. This should prove
yet another warning to all politicians and leaders, including the president — you
are responsible for what you say, own it.
There are obvious public benefits when health departments
can determine COVID-19 infections in individuals who have passed
away. There should
be no issue with testing anyone and everyone to help determine and
track the path of this virus. Information gleaned from postmortem examinations
could prove invaluable in locating the potentially infected. However,
scaring the public into a catatonic state is deceitful. The public
is already on the verge of panic and feeding the fire with inaccuracies — even
if they are unintentional — is detrimental to the safety and
The coronavirus is real, and reported COVID-related deaths were approaching
13,000 in the U.S. on Wednesday. However, warping numbers to inflate
death totals is only adding to public unrest. Read Full Article
Built on a Mountain of Debt - the Avalanche will Follow
by Lee Elci - Wednesday, 1 April 2020
If you listen close, you can almost
hear the low decibel hum of the printing presses within the well-guarded
treasury facility in Fort Worth, Texas, churning out $100 bills faster
than the mythical lightning bolt that struck Benjamin Franklin's
On March 27 President Trump signed the largest relief
package in U.S. history, extending aid to many struggling Americans
payments and expanded unemployment insurance. The package provides
loans and grants to businesses and sends additional resources and assistance
to depleted health-care providers. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin
has said he wants the payments to go out within three weeks, which
equates to $22 billion additional C-Notes, which comes out to over
one billion Benjamin’s every day for the next 21 days or, even
more an astonishing, 41,666,666 $100 bills per hour.
Realistically, the treasury is not printing out that
much cash, but it’s an important visual of just how much money
we are talking about.
All U.S. residents, with adjusted gross income up
to $75,000 ($150,000 for married couples) will get a $1,200 ($2,400
for couples) “rebate” payment.
They’re also eligible for an additional $500 per child. The agreement
provides $150 billion for state and local governments, with no state
getting less than $1.5 billion.
While huge numbers of American citizens are either
broke, or sick with some lying and dying in hospitals, or both, some
of the 535 members
of Congress grabbed the opportunity to pack pork into a bill designed
to instill hope. Shame on the federal representatives who insisted
on $25 million set aside for the capitol building’s cleaning
supplies; $25 million extra for the House of Representative’s
salaries; $1 billion kept for the airlines’ recycling program;
$9 million for “miscellaneous Senate expenses"; $1 billion
for an Obama-esk era free phone program; $30 million that will be fed
to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for increased
regulations; $50 million to the “Legal Services Corporation” for “civil
assistance” while legitimate businesses are left to fight through
a vague assistance plan in the bill on their own; $25 million for the
Kennedy Center and $75 million for the National Endowment for the Arts.
More political fat will surface as the details of
this bill become common knowledge. But make no mistake, these payouts
and payoffs are
yet another symptom of this country’s bloated and ever-expanding
The year I was born, the national debt was a robust
$319 billion, and every president and each congressional incoming
class has largely
ignored the expanding debt crisis. Republican and Democratic leaders
are magicians at making taxpayer dollars disappear. Page one of any
politician’s handbook reads the best way to get elected and re-elected
is to spend.
If the coronavirus continues to prevent American business
and American workers from returning to their normal routine, President
and Congress will be forced to revisit multiple recovery stimulus packages — launching
our national debt through the stratosphere. Or well beyond the stratosphere;
it’s already blasted through.
This recovery package might be well-intended and may will serve its
purpose, but previous gluttonous misspending cycles have left all of
us in an unenviable financial situation. Currently, the nation's debt
hovers just below $24 trillion, and if we continue to borrow and print
money, not only will we surge past the $30 trillion mark, the inflation
that eventually hits this country will be catastrophic. Read
Flu’ More Accurately Names Virus and What it Means
by Lee Elci - Wednesday, 18 March
The probability is high that today
you've scrubbed your hands as if preparing to perform surgery, bathed
sanitizer, bought a dozen cases of toilet paper and binge-watched seven
full Netflix-produced television shows, all while hoping for the end
of this God-forsaking planetary quarantine. While countries scramble
to test citizens, sequester the infected and point fingers of blame,
there’s one thing we know to be true: The Wuhan Virus is 100%
the fault of the Chinese government.
Before you reach for your phone to call the racist
police, I'm well aware that I have broken the fundamental liberal
taboo of global political
correctness. However, the coronavirus was unleashed on the world at
a wet market in Wuhan, China. Giving the infection a friendlier/less-offensive
(politically correct) intrusive moniker like coronavirus or COVID-19
is a disservice to the rest of the world. This is China's fault and
they should be held fiscally and morally responsible. Naming this pandemic
the Wuhan Flu is not racist; it’s accurate.
Scientists and infectious disease doctors believe the virus passed
to humans at a wet
market in Wuhan. Wet markets get their name due
to the fact that the floors, stalls and tables are wet from melting
ice and being constantly hosed down, often mingling with blood, wastes
and other bodily fluids. The unmistakable smell of death and fear is
everywhere as stressed and dehydrated animals, struggling in confined
quarters, instinctually aware of their circumstances, wait to be butchered
Chinese menu offerings include items bizarre to western
tastes — featuring
snakes, bamboo rats, bats, foxes, wolf cubs and even domesticated dogs.
These markets pose a heightened risk of viruses jumping from animals
to humans, and the spread of these pathogens are turbo-boosted by a
of hygiene at these live-food exchanges.
China is the country of origin and Wuhan was the epicenter producing
patient zero unleashing this plague on the world. Eight Chinese scientists
who tried to sound the alarm were denounced, gagged and reprimanded
by authorities. A doctor who warned about the virus died of it.
China minimized the original threat and delayed announcements
and virus updates as the infections spread. China wouldn't allow
experts in their country to assess the situation and instead continued
to cover up the seriousness of the outbreak. The birth of the outbreak
is home to the Wuhan Tianhe International Airport and for a long time
infected individuals continued to travel out of the city — bringing
the virus around the globe.
China is not an ally of the United States and it will
never be a friend. Ever since Richard Nixon became the first American
head of state to
set foot on the Chinese mainland, the People’s Republic has undertaken
the deliberative process of weaponizing capitalism. What started as
a slow drip has turned into a tsunami. China produces everything, including,
until recently, much of the steel for the U.S. market. Imagine the
insanity of handing over steel production to a country whose goal is
to gain greater world dominance.
pharmaceutical companies supply more than 90% of U.S. antibiotics,
vitamin C, ibuprofen and hydrocortisone, as well as 70% of acetaminophen
and over 40% of heparin in the past decade. Generic drugs whose key
ingredients are manufactured in China include medicines for blood pressure,
Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, epilepsy and depression.
We don't can’t even make penicillin anymore;
the last penicillin plant in the United States closed in 2004.
In an article in "Xinhua," one of the Chinese Communist
Party’s mouthpieces, a bruised Beijing threatened to impose pharmaceutical
export controls stating, "America will be plunged into the mighty
sea of coronavirus.”
China has the world’s second highest number
of pollution-related deaths, after India, and has no plans to quell
their planetary devastation.
According to the Chinese Ministry of Health, industrial pollution has
made cancer China's leading cause of death. Every year, ambient air
pollution alone kills hundreds of thousands of citizens. Hundreds of
millions in China are without safe and clean drinking water. Amnesty
International has documented widespread human rights violations, while
their record of animal cruelty is legendary.
Yet criticism of China is largely
muted. The world sits essentially silent and allows Beijing to continue
without criticism. Read
Bill a Peek into Future Under Democratic Control
by Lee Elci - Wednesday, 26 February
Each year, legislators introduce thousands
of bills and resolutions into the United States Congress with the
hopes they’ll become law. In fact, since 1999 a whopping 132,528
potential pieces of legislation have been proposed and debated, with
slightly less than 3.3% of those bills eventually becoming law.
Even though tens of thousands of bills wind up in
the shredder and essentially fade into oblivion, there are still
treacherous laws circulating within the House of Representatives. It's
my moral obligation and patriotic duty to warn all of you about one
such bill, "H.R.5383 - New Way Forward Act.”
New Way Forward Act was introduced on Dec. 10, 2019, by Democratic
Rep. Jesus G. Garcia of Illinois and subsequently co-sponsored by 44
Democrats, including the uber-left faction of the party led by Reps.
Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. (No House members from Connecticut
The bill’s official goal is to reform the process for enforcing
the immigration laws of the United States and, after reading the potential
law, I think there's a chance it might just be the most radical piece
of legislation ever proposed in this country. Its motive is crystal
clear — erase borders, language and culture.
Essentially, the legislation would completely neuter and de-fang the
Department of Homeland Security, prohibiting state or local officers
from performing certain immigration enforcement functions such as apprehending
illegal aliens. It would sever communications between the U.S. Immigration
and Customs Enforcement Agency and local communities.
The bill would seemingly abolish all existing enforcement
against illegal immigration to the extreme point where if ICE wanted
illegal immigrants, they’d have to prove in court that the suspects
are dangerous or flight risks. No longer would the simple act of being
here illegally be grounds for confinement. Fundamentally, this bill
decriminalizes illegal entry into America even by those previously
Under current law, immigrants who commit serious infractions
must be deported regardless of the sentences they receive. However,
5383, there will no longer be any crimes — including sex trafficking,
drug offenses or even rape — that would automatically result
in deportation without further legal proceedings. The bill is also
retroactively creating a pathway, using taxpayer money, to bring deportees
back into America.
Bill HR5383 is broken up into seven sub-sections.
1. End mandatory detention and
require probable cause for arrest. Phase out private, for-profit
detention facilities and
use of jails. This would encourage immigration judges to show maximum leeway in rulings
involving illegals with attempts to avoid jail time. This next line
is straight from the bill: “Immigration judges shall order the
least restrictive conditions, or combination of conditions, that the
judge determines will reasonably assure the appearance of the alien
as required and the safety of any other person and the community.”
2. Strict statute of limitations. The time clock for removal of anyone
here illegally becomes problematic, and greatly hinders the process
3. Limit criminal-system-to-removal
crime” gets a narrower scope: Only an alien who has been convicted
of an aggravated felony and sentenced to a prison term of not less
than five years, shall be considered to have been convicted of a “serious
crime.” So, any crime, no matter how vile and violent, is not
considered serious if a judge sentences the immigrant to less than
4. Restore judicial discretion
and end removal without due process. This is simply reaffirming the power of immigration judges, allowing
them extreme discretion in determining humanitarian purpose in the
context of assuring family unity. If you're member of MS-13 but have
a wife and four kids, the judge can see fit to ignore your violent
5. Prohibition against performance
of immigration officer functions by state and local officers and
employees. This is the section that
castrates the DHS and ICE, making it impossible for agents to work
6. Decriminalize migration. Open borders! Come on in!
7. Right to come home. I’ve saved the worst for last. Any previously
deported alien who falls under the new set of guidelines has the right
to come back to America – AT THE EXPENSE OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT.
This next line is also straight from the bill: "The Secretary
of Homeland Security shall provide transportation for aliens eligible
for reopening or reconsideration of their proceedings under this section,
at Government expense, to return to the United States for further immigration
proceedings and shall admit or parole the alien into the United States." Read
You Entertained by President Trump?
by Lee Elci - Wednesday, 12 February
After exhibiting countless cock-eyed
expressions of exasperation, the president's
chief antagonist, Nancy Pelosi, deliberately
and conspicuously tore her copy of the State of the Union speech in
quarters within perfect view
of millions of American eyeballs. It was an act so vile and disturbingly
polarizing it may have cemented the
2020 victory for Mr. Trump. To be sure, this was a calculated gamble
by the Speaker of the House — and was presumably well thought
out with the hopes of embarrassing the president. It’s simply
another blunder in a long line of political mistakes the Democrats
have inflicted upon themselves since 2016. Attempting to "out
Trump-Trump" is essentially political suicide.
Donald Trump, is the undisputed media
king and a modern day P.T. Barnum. His presidency is the "Greatest Show on Earth." Prior to
the SOTU, I half-expected to see news footage depicting Vice President
Mike Pence twirling a cardboard sign with big block letters in carnival
typeface that read, “This way to the Show. Grandstand seats only
30 cents,” the VP fitted with a big black top hat, waving congressional
folks inside with a flourish while that old classic anthem by Emerson,
Lake and Palmer plays at double digit decibels on distorted outdoor
speakers, "Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends
/ We're so glad you could attend / Come inside, come inside."
No president previously has shown the audacity and/or brilliance to
use the hallowed halls of Congress for his personal three-ring circus.
While Barnum and Bailey delivered elephants, lions, freaks and death-defying
acts of incredible wonder, Trump dazzled his supporters with marvelous
stories tugging on the heartstrings of middle America.
One by one, Trump directed us to look upward, eerily similar to how
a circus ringmaster would point toward the pinnacle of the Big Top
for a Reaper-cheating feat performed by the Flying Wallendas. First,
Brigadier General Charles Edward McGee, the last surviving Tuskegee
airman, recognized in front of the chamber for his bravery and valor.
Next up, the president announcing that Democrat Public Enemy No. 2
(Trump still holds the distinction as Public Enemy No. 1) Rush Limbaugh,
recently diagnosed with stage four lung cancer, was being awarded the
Presidential Medal of Freedom. Limbaugh shakily struggled to his feet
while the First Lady placed the medal around his neck. Great theater,
For his grand finale, the president brings the house down when he
reunites Sgt. 1st Class Townsend Williams of the 82nd Airborne Division
with his wife and two kids after serving four deployments and being
away from his family for seven months. Not a dry eye in the house.
That’s showmanship, pure and
simple: That's a quality for better or worse that no other running
Until now the president
has been unable to build on his base; however, according to the latest
Gallup poll President Donald Trump's job approval rating has risen
to 49%, his highest in since he took office in 2017. American politics
is reality television on steroids!
If you were searching for soul-altering
substance in the SOTU speech you probably didn't find it. And that’s fine with the president:
for him, it’s all in the presentation. "Lights, camera,
action!" Read Full Article
I’m Too Old for a Politically Correct, Non-binary World
by Lee Elci - Wednesday, 5 February 2020
Fate can be a funny and ironic friend. My 54th birthday
approaches with the shocking quickness of a starving kitten racing
to get a discarded gas-station baloney sandwich. My aging brain keeps
bamboozling me into believing I'm still 25, a guy brimming with eternal
optimism, sporting a cascading mane of long hair and an unbreakable
Reality returns whenever I catch a glimpse of a mysterious old man
looking in my direction whenever I pass a mirror.
Life hands out a new set of rewards and responsibilities
with each passing birth anniversary. At 16-years-old, we are legally
behind the wheel of a car. The age of 18 officially ushers us into
manhood (or womanhood) when we’re eligible for military service
and voting. And 21 gives each of us the power to saunter up to any
bar and legally order a refreshing adult beverage. But as we age, the
birthdays become a little less of a celebration and a little more a
reminder of our inevitable, and increasingly approaching, doom.
As luck would have it, on the same day I received
a "Notice to
Renew" from the Department of Motor Vehicles, the State of Connecticut
made a bold announcement offering non-binary gender designation on
licenses. Every eight years you've got to head down to your friendly
neighborhood DMV or participating AAA member, fork over a $72 renewal
fee, and have a mugshot taken to continue the privilege of driving.
This year will prove to be especially exciting, however, since I'll
be given the choice of choosing my gender designation. Imagine! Fifty-four
years after the doctor grabbed my legs, held me upside-down, and welcomed
me to the planet with a gentle whack on the rear end, I can choose/change
what sex I am!
The choices: female, male, or non-binary.
Gov. Ned Lamont tweeted, "Connecticut residents have the option
of selecting ‘non-binary’ for the gender identification
on their @CTDMV driver's licenses and ID cards. We have a responsibility
as a state government to be inclusive across our customer experiences."
On the same morning, DMV Deputy Commissioner Tony
Guerrera added that “offering
a non-binary option had been one of the department’s top priorities” since
he and commissioner Sibongile Magubane were appointed by Gov. Lamont
That’s the top priority?! Not addressing the
typical four-hour DMV wait or otherwise improving the notoriously
To be completely honest with you, I really wasn't sure what non-binary
meant until I looked it up. Non-binary is a spectrum of gender identities
that are not exclusively masculine or feminine. Non-binary identities
can fall under the transgender umbrella, since many non-binary people
identify with a gender that is different from their assigned sex. But
it is not necessarily so, as some intersex people are also non-binary.
Confused? Me, too.
Not to minimize the importance of equality for non-binary individuals,
the more I thought about it, the more the whole idea sounds a little
restrictive. Why isn't the DMV offering a designation for androgynous,
asexual, cisgender, gender-expansive, gender-fluid, genderqueer, intersex,
pansexual or transgender individuals?
I clumsily navigated through four years a public high school, followed
by four years of college. Three decades later, I'm considering hiring
legal counsel in an attempt to secure a full or a partial refund from
both Waterford High School and Old Dominion University since the teachers
and professors at both these fine institutions taught me there are
only two genders, male and female. I sat in the most advanced high
school biology classes available, while in college I took part in dissecting
a human cadaver as part of advanced anatomy and physiology. I never
saw or learned of a non-binary.
Without sounding unsympathetic, non-binary presents
itself as more a feeling or a desire and less about actual medical
facts. Except for
the small percentage of the population born as intersex — meaning
individuals born with physical variations of sexual characteristics
that do not fit the typical definitions for male or female bodies — we
are either born male or female.
About 1.4 million Americans, and slightly more than 12,000 Connecticut
residents, consider themselves transgender with about 35% of those
individuals identifying as non-binary. That breaks down to about 4,300
people essentially altering the protocol of the DMV. Read
Unit Targeting Right-Wing Extremists a Dangerous Step
by Lee Elci - Wednesday, 29 January 2020
I had to read the headline in the
Washington Times three times before it finally sunk in. "Connecticut
Democrats propose a new state police department to combat 'far right'
The ruling political party in an ultra-liberal
state is thinking about proposing a new department at the Connecticut
State Police that would
be tasked with specifically combating “far-right” extremism?
To me, weaponizing the state police for political purposes is a perilous
Defending the proposal in the Senate
Democrats “Just Connecticut” agenda,
Senate President Martin Looney commented, "Unfortunately, people
who entertain hateful beliefs are protected as long as (those beliefs)
don’t result in hate-crime actions. That’s what we’re
talking about. We want to be more aggressive in enforcing our laws
and identifying likely sources of potential domestic terrorism acts
against religious institutions and ethnic institutions.”
This quote suggests that Looney favors
thought police. If your thoughts differ from the Democrats, and are
judged by them as “hateful,” you
will be hunted down and punished.
Since this story broke, I sat down
with three retired Connecticut State police officers whose initial
response after reading the story
was a loud, unified, "This is (expletive)!"
They all agreed that instituting this
type of task force is completely unnecessary since there currently
is no significant presence of any
major right-wing extremist group or groups of any substance in Connecticut.
The extra department of law enforcement, they emphatically agree, is
unneeded and could usher in abuse of political power – herding
the state’s finest into a shadowy wing of partisanship, rather
than letting them root out criminal conduct wherever it many exist.
To organize a group of law enforcement
professionals focused only on right-wing activists sends a clear
message from the state that certain
politics will no longer be tolerated. Looney and his cronies would
give state residents the illusion they are protecting all of us from
the evils born in the brains of the right wing. The reality could be
an abusive task force that tramples on the First Amendment in its demands
for uniformity with the ruling party’s beliefs.
In speaking with these three officers,
the mood was an overwhelming sense of dread. The state police force
is silently crumbling and falling
apart while officers struggle with an all-time low morale. It’s
the opinion of these officers that the news media has manipulated an
ugly narrative and has driven a story line of perpetual negative coverage
that has become a destructive force in disintegrating the spirit within
the ranks at the Connecticut State Police. Many officers want out.
Money is being cut from just about every State Police department with
specialized units being gutted or eliminated completely. The K-9 and
SWAT teams have both seen their overtime and extra training session
budgets slashed. How can this legislative body even consider creating
an entirely new department when the ones we have now are not adequately
In the late 1980s, Gov. William O'Neill
instituted the idea of maintaining a state police force with a minimum
number of 1,248 troopers. Gov.
Lowell Weicker allowed the numbers to dwindle, laying off troopers
during his administration. Gov. Dannel Malloy's policies pushed many
troopers out the door; they were never replaced. Currently, due to
fluctuations in hires and attrition, the number of state troopers sits
in the low 800s. According to one of the state troopers I spoke with, "Nobody
wants to be a cop anymore. TV, the print media – all micro-scrutinize
every action and reaction, always putting the police on the defensive.”
There are potentially misleading “statistics” that crime
is down in the state, and you may be able to find a chart or a study
to back those assertions. However, with less boots on the ground, the
result is fewer good guys to catch bad guys. A 30 percent reduction
in total troopers results in less cars being stopped and less criminals
being caught. The information available shows the total number of stops
per year from 2014 to 2016 has decreased roughly 7 percent. That’s
over 40,000 less vehicles being pulled over. Read
the Good Fight Against Tolls
by Lee Elci - Wednesday, 15 January 2020
Yes, I realize your eyes are watering from reading
about it. Your ears are bleeding from hearing about it. Your tongues
are swollen from talking about it. But despite the state being punch
drunk with toll fatigue, the issue of gantries on Connecticut highways
still dominates the news cycle.
Last Friday, I packed the radio studio with a half dozen legislators
including House Minority Leader Themis Klarides; Senate Republican
President Pro Tempore Len Fasano; Republican state Senator Heather
Somers; Democratic state Rep. Joe de la Cruz; former Republican gubernatorial
candidate Bob Stefanowski; Joe Scully, the president of the Motor Transport
Association of Connecticut; and firefighter and No Tolls CT founder
Patrick Sasser. Without question, the deck was stacked in opposition
of tolls, but the conversation still proved to be dynamic.
If you were of the “Can’t fight city hall/tolls are inevitable” mindset
and are holding your breath in gratitude because it hasn’t happened,
you can thank Mr. Sasser and his NO TOLLS team. Their efforts are the
major reason why ground hasn’t yet been broken on toll gantry
foundations. Sasser spent almost three hours with me in the studio,
and the one thing he continually wanted to convey was that trust of
politicians by citizens has disintegrated. Sasser said, "Citizens
are fed up with taxes and they know tolls are just another tax. Officials
might say it will just be trucks paying tolls, but we all know it will
eventually include cars."
"No Trust" is a common theme even from sitting Connecticut
legislators. Themis Klarides astutely weighed in: "The Democrats
have had (the legislative) majority in 48 of the last 50 years, so
if they want to pass tolls they could pass tolls. But what the governor
started, and the Democrats in the legislature perpetuated, is a culture
Senator Fasano's take was a bit more apocalyptic about
what happens if Democrats get their tolls for trucks. "We are
all going to wake up four years from now and, without a doubt, cars
are going to
be tolled. No doubt in my mind."
Senator Somers railed against tolls, defending her
constituents, saying, "The
people of Connecticut have spoken, and they said, ‘No tolls!’ But
residents should be fearful that in the end, all vehicles will be tolled.”
Stefanowski added, "This governor spreads misinformation.
He tries to set up secret meetings. And I cannot believe we would
the days of Dannel Malloy."
To Rep. de la Cruz's credit, he came into hostile
territory and stood his ground, saying on air that he is "a pro-tolls guy" and “if
years from now there's a vote to turn trucks-only tolling into cars-and-trucks
tolling” he would vote yes.
Over the decades, it’s been the elected officials who have sown
rampant mistrust amongst constituents – and the politicians don’t
even trust each another. We’re living in a state where the political
machine is so dirty and deceitful, the people in power won't even turn
their backs on each other for fear someone will insert a political
Within the past year, Gov. Ned Lamont has moved the
goal post no less than half a dozen times, from the beginning trying
to manipulate a
money-grab using toll gantries. If the trucks-only toll plan doesn't
work to raise the needed money — or worse, Connecticut is successfully
sued by truckers and trucking companies put the state on the hook for
millions — we all know the resulting reaction will be to flip
the gantry switch and toll all of us. Read
Acted Boldly while our Senators Dithered and Cackled
by Lee Elci - Wednesday, 8 January 2020
Less than 15 hours after President
Donald Trump successfully ordered the military attack on Qassem Soleimani,
the commander of Iran’s
Quds Force, Connecticut's two senators held a press conference castigating
the president's overly aggressive military operation — at least
overly aggressive in their minds. Senator Richard Blumenthal and Senator
Chris Murphy took to the microphones to deliver somber warnings of
potential dangers that may plague United States citizens in the days,
weeks and months ahead.
Murphy, who to my knowledge still owns the dubious
distinction of being the only U.S. Senator who can’t legally vote for himself – he’s
admitted he doesn't actually live here — was visibly distressed
and came across almost apologetic when condemning President Trump’s
Middle East victory.
Murphy had asked rhetorically, "If the administration has given
any thought as to how to manage the fallout that comes from such a
drastic action. This is the equivalent of the Iranians assassinating
the U.S. Secretary of Defense." He went on to predict the killing
of Soleimani would cause more harm and that the administration had
not "gamed out" how badly this could go for American citizens. “Americans
in the Middle East are in much greater harm today than they were yesterday."
But as of Wednesday, all Iran had done was fire a few ineffective
missiles, causing no U.S. casualties, and then declared their retaliation
I found it curious that Murphy repeated the word “assassinate” to
drive a message and form the narrative that somehow the president's
actions were criminal. Let’s not forget that Blumenthal and Murphy
sat in silence when former President Barack Obama used the drone program
as his own personal X-Box, overseeing more strikes in his first year
than George W. Bush carried out during his entire presidency. A total
of 563 strikes, largely by drones, targeted Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen
during Obama’s two terms, compared to 57 strikes under Bush.
About 800 civilians were killed in those countries, estimates suggest.
When the United States can eliminate dangerous threats
it becomes the responsibility of administrations — regardless of political
ideologies — to search out and destroy those individuals and/or
entities that may attempt to harm U.S. citizens. Presidents take an
oath “to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the
As the Commander-in-Chief, presidents make decisions on life and death.
Soleimani directed the deaths of hundreds of American soldiers during
the Iraq war. He was the mastermind in destabilizing multiple relationships
throughout the Middle East. The world is a better place for his death,
the same statement that can be said about Saddam Hussein, Osama Bin
Laden, and Al Baghdadi.
Since May, the Iranian government has been testing the waters to see
how far it could push Trump who, after Iranians shot down an American
surveillance drone, used discretion and reversed his earlier decision
to bomb Iran, concerned there would be too much collateral damage.
Iran spent the summer attacking multiple tankers in the Gulf of Oman,
stoking the fires and setting both Trump and Iranian leader Sayyid
Ali Hosseini Khamenei on a collision course towards conflict. Recently,
an Iranian sponsored attack left an American contractor dead and several
U.S. Service members injured. The final straw for Trump was the attack
on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq.
No sane person would advocate for another war, but
when the United States is in the beginning stages of undertaking
against a foreign nation, partisanship and posturing border on the
edge of treason. Having Connecticut’s two sitting senators proclaim
the sky is falling, and we should all hide under our desks because
Iran might get mad, is disruptive and dangerous. Apologizing for protecting
American citizens is an embarrassment. Shame on Blumenthal and Murphy.
It went beyond just the politicians. There was silly
sophistry from the Hollywood folks, like actress and former Marilyn
Rose McGowan tweeting an apology to Iran hours after the strike. She
tweeted: “Dear Iran, The USA has disrespected your country, your
flag, your people. 52% of us humbly apologize … we are being
held hostage by a terrorist regime. We do not know how to escape. Please
do not kill us.”
Nike hero Colin Kaepernick tweeted, "There is
nothing new about American terrorist attacks against Black and Brown
people for the expansion
of American imperialism.” Read
Seconds of Real Time in America
by Lee Elci - Wednesday, 1 January
You may not believe this, but the
descriptions in the following account are as actually happened in
the span of 30 seconds of real time.
Christmas morning had lost its slow battle with the afternoon and
the low winter sun was hovering in the west, desperately clinging to
the vestiges of its own daylight. I was sitting impatiently in my car,
tapping to the music of Jim Morrison, with my golden retriever Ozzy
Elci in the back, idling in the lefthand lane at the new traffic light
in front of the East Lyme power transfer connector and the corner of
Costco and I-95 south.
Directly in front of me, quietly waiting as well for
the light to change, sat a light green Honda Civic. From my angle,
it was tough
to determine the sex/age/gender of the car’s two inhabitants,
but it was clear both individuals were wearing some kind of heavy wool
knit hats and both were enjoying a tasty vaping session. I could clearly
see clouds of white smoke billowing from both driver and passenger
The Civic came decoratively garnished with four separate
bumper stickers. The first was outlined in silver with dark blue
letters and said, "Elect
a clown, expect a circus." The second sticker was black and white
and featured the popular "Impact font" for more shock value.
It was positioned on the lower right corner of the bumper and simply
read, "Please spay and neuter your Republican friends." There
was a smaller, triangular-shaped sticker fashioned with two suction
cups that hung in the window that declared this driver "Brakes
for Trees." I found this one particularly amusing since the sign
was more than likely made from some configuration of paper. It’s
also amusing inasmuch as the driver had better brake for trees or smash
into one. And the final bumper sticker appeared to be a cartoon rendition
of Earth and the clever heading alerting us to the fact that "There
is no Planet B."
As if on cue from the accountant in charge of some
cosmic ledger sheet, roaring up on my right and settling next to
the Honda was a muffler-less,
jacked-up Ford F-150. Molly Hatchet’s Southern rock anthem "Flirtin’ With
Disaster" blasted at jet-engine-decibels, causing my passenger
widow to rattle. Ozzy, who hates Danny Joe Brown’s voice in any
case, snarled. Normally, I wouldn't mind the classic rock, but hearing
Hatchet on Christmas Day seemed over the top and, frankly, a bit sacrilegious.
My guess is that the truck was at least as old as
the Clinton impeachment hearings and hadn't seen the inside of an
emissions testing station
since Bush the second left office. It appeared the truck’s color
used to be some sort of metallic blue, but the owner seemed to be performing
an ongoing experiment with the paint-conquering properties of rust.
The truck’s front cab windows were closed but, above the smaller,
half-open back window, above the oversized tires, was a black and tan
coonhound with a slobbering Christmas smile. The Ford wasn't without
bumper stickers of its own, proudly displaying the CCDL (Connecticut
Citizens Defense League) logo as well as the infamous "I Kneel
for God and Stand for the Anthem" sticker displayed proudly in
bold red, white and blue on the tailgate. And tied to the F-150's antenna
was a limp Trump 2020 banner.
My vantage point made it difficult to see if either
occupants recognized and/or acknowledged their collective metaphor
in the dying of the light on Flanders Road: Two totally opposing political
ideologies, perfectly timed and coming together for a brief moment
on the date of the birth of the baby Jesus.
Perhaps inevitably, when the signal went from red to green, the truck
took a hard right and disappeared down I-95 South while the Honda Civic
turned slowly in the opposite direction, heading north on the same
As for me, I just kept moving straight ahead, right down the middle. Read Full