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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Septic Stewardship Act Of 2018

Important Legislation Aids In Bay Restoration Efforts

Note: House Environment and Transportation Committee to Hold Hearing on HB 361 February 23, 2018, 1:00 PM

“This legislation will build on our administration’s remarkable Chesapeake Bay restoration progress, record funding, and common sense regulatory reforms by incentivizing septic system maintenance and agricultural best practices to reduce runoff and protect the Bay.” - Larry Hogan, January 29, 2018

Septic Stewardship Act Of 2018

Governor Hogan’s Proposed Legislation Allows For The State’s Bay Restoration Fund To Be Used To Reimburse Homeowners For The Cost Of On-Site Sewage Systems Pumping, If Their County Creates A Septic Stewardship Program. “Subject to paragraph (8) of this subsection, financial assistance to eligible homeowners for the reasonable cost of pumping out an on-site sewage disposal system once every 5 years; and Transfer 50% of the funds to the Maryland Agriculture Water Quality Cost Share Program in the Department of Agriculture in order to fund cover crop activities. Financial assistance under paragraph (2)(I)5 of this subsection may be provided only if the homeowner resides in a local jurisdiction that has developed a septic stewardship plan that includes provisions to ensure that on-site sewage disposal systems are operated and maintained, including provisions for routine pump-outs and inspections of on-site sewage disposal systems.” (“House Bill 361,” Maryland General Assembly, 1/24/18)

Governor Hogan Has A Strong Record Of Protecting Our Most Precious Natural Asset, The Chesapeake Bay

Governor Hogan: “We will continue to provide record state support and tireless advocacy at the federal level for Bay restoration, and develop innovative policy solutions that encourage all Marylanders to become guardians of our environment.” (Press Release, “Governor Hogan Announces Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Initiatives,” Office Of The Governor, 1/29/18)

Since Taking Office, Governor Hogan Has Committed Over $4 Billion In State Funds Toward Wide Ranging Bay Initiatives. (“Budget Highlights Fiscal Year 2019,” Maryland Department Of Budget And Management, Pg. S1; “Budget Highlights Fiscal Year 2018,” Maryland Department Of Budget And Management, Pg. S1)
Governor Hogan Has Committed Nearly $210 Million Toward The Chesapeake And Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund; Fiscal Year 2019 Marks The Third Year In A Row That The Governor Has Fully Funded This Important Bay Restoration Initiative. (Maryland Department Of Budget And Management)

U.S. Blocks a Chinese Deal Amid Rising Tensions Over Technology

United States officials have torpedoed a Chinese state-backed group’s plan to buy an American electronics company, signaling the Trump administration’s continuing skepticism toward Chinese investment deals, particularly those that involve transferring technological know-how.

Xcerra, a Massachusetts-based provider of equipment for testing computer chips and circuit boards, said this week that it was withdrawing from its $580 million sale to an investment group backed by a Chinese government-controlled fund.

The reason, according to Dave Tacelli, Xcerra’s president and chief executive, was that the deal was not likely to be approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, a multi-agency Washington panel that operates largely out of the public eye. The committee, known as Cfius, plays an advisory role to the president, but it can effectively block foreign acquisitions of American companies over national security concerns.

The intensified scrutiny comes as China’s government is ramping up a plan, called “Made in China 2025,” to use state support and overseas acquisitions to dominate high-tech fields such as big data, advanced robotics and electric cars.


HEARING ALERT: Alcoholic Beverages - Manufacturer’s License Fees - Alteration

Important Legislation Reduces Fees For Alcoholic Beverage Manufacturers

Note: Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee to Hold Hearing on SB 311 on February 23, 2018, 1:00 PM
House Economic Matters Committee to Hold Hearing on HB 357 on February 23, 2018, 1:00 PM

“We have had tremendous success with the growth of our breweries, our wineries, and now our distilleries. And the quality of the beer and the wine and the distilled spirits that we’re producing is really fantastic.” - Governor Larry Hogan, November 1, 2017

Alcoholic Beverages - Manufacturer's License Fees - Alterations

Governor Hogan’s Proposed Legislation Alters Licensing Fees For All Alcoholic Beverage Manufacturers In The State To A One-Time Licensing Fee Of $200. “There is a Class 1 distillery license. The [annual] one-time license fee is [$2,000] $200. There is a Class 9 limited distillery license. The [annual] one-time license fee is [$500] $200. There is a Class 2 rectifying license. The [annual] one-time license fee is [$600] $200. There is a Class 3 winery license. The [annual] one-time license fee is [$750] $200. There is a Class 4 limited winery license. The [annual] one-time license fee is $200. There is a Class 5 brewery license. The [annual] one-time license fee is [$1,500] $200. There is a Class 6 pub-brewery license. The [annual] one-time license fee is [$500] $200. There is a Class 7 micro-brewery license. The [annual] one-time license fee is [$500] $200. There is a Class 8 farm brewery license. The [annual] one-time license fee is $200.” Note: Brackets indicate matter deleted from existing law. (“Senate Bill 311,” Maryland General Assembly, 1/22/18)
According To Analysis From The Department Of Legislative Services Would Save Alcoholic Beverage Manufacturers Nearly $200,000 Annually. “General fund revenues decrease by at least $195,300 annually as existing licensees no longer pay annual license and renewal fees.” (“Senate Bill 311,” Maryland Department Of Legislative Services, 2/20/18)

"There Was A Mistake Made" - FBI's No. 2 Refuses To Provide Details On How Cruz Tips Were Fumbled

After admitting last week that "protocol was not followed" when at least two individuals called the FBI's anonymous tip line to warn that Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old suspected of murdering 17 of his former classmates, the No. 2 FBI official said Thursday that he had visited the FBI's call center this week as part of his review of why the tip wasn't followed.

He also addressed, in the most detail yet, the mounting criticisms facing the bureau, according to the Washington Post.

The remarks followed NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch's assertion that the FBI was primarily to blame for not preventing the shooting.

Shortly before Bowdich spoke Thursday, NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre, who was speaking at the same event, said the FBI's leaders had gone "rogue."


3 MS-13 gang members sentenced to more than 20 years’ imprisonment for murder of 19-year old man

NEW YORK — Three members of the notorious MS-13 gang were sentenced Feb. 15 following an investigation and subsequent arrest by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York working jointly with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, New York Field Division (ATF), the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and the Suffolk County Police Department (SCPD). The men lured the victim from Queens to Long Island and shot him having believed he was cooperating with law enforcement.

Milton Contreras, Oscar Welman Espinoza-Merino and Jose Osmin Rubio were each sentenced in Brooklyn federal court following their convictions for the murder of a 19-year-old victim on Long Island in 2014. Contreras was sentenced to 27 years’ imprisonment, while Espinoza-Merino and Osmin Rubio were each sentenced to more than 24 years’ imprisonment. After serving their sentences, all three defendants will face deportation from the United States.
“It is not a secret that MS-13 gang members are violent for the sake of being violent, and in this particular case exhibited their murderous ways by executing a teenager in Long Island,” stated HSI Special Agent-in-Charge Melendez. “As they use violence to seek power through instilling fear into the neighborhoods in which they live, we will be relentless working with our partners to dismantle this vicious gang and bring peace back to the communities.”

Hawkins: Government Failed to Protect Us, Yet They Don't Want Us to Protect Ourselves

The government failed to protect students and faculty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, yet government officials respond to the heinous attack by digging in their heels against any suggestion that teachers be armed to defend themselves.

Consider the information available to us at this point:

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBCSO) received 911 calls about Nikolas Cruz in November 2017. The calls referenced violence and erratic behavior. CNNreports that in one of the calls with the host family, with whom Cruz was living after the death of his mother, told PBCSO they feared Cruz was going to turn a gun on the family. The family member told deputies that Cruz was “buying “tons of ammo” and had allegedly put “put [a] gun to others heads in the past.” No charges were filed, no arrest made.
1. On January 5, 2018, the FBI received a tip describing “Cruz’s gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting.” The FBI did not act on the tip.
2. On February 14 Cruz attacked students and unarmed teachers in Stoneman Douglas High. A report from CNN claims four Broward County sheriff’s deputies were at the school as the attack was taking place but not one of them entered the school. On February 22 Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel told ABC 13 that video showed deputy Scott Peterson by building 12 on campus, yet Peterson never went inside to confront Cruz. The CNN report quotes Coral Springs sources that claim there were actually four Broward County deputies on scene who did not enter the building.

When Cruz attacked the school he faced no armed resistance because the teachers were not allowed to carry. President Trump noted that the lack of armed teachers is a weakness too great to ignore and, on February 21, called for “20 percent” of our nation’s public school teachers to be armed for school safety. The next day he reiterated his call, noting that first responders are “5 to 8 minutes” away when a school shooting occurs, but teachers are on scene to shoot sickos “immediately.”

And how did government officials respond to the call for teachers to be armed to defend themselves? The Hill reported that Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) called Trump’s push for armed teachers “abhorrent.” He intimated that arming teachers for self-defense was “an anathema.”

Prohibition Never Works: Banning Alcohol Didn't Work, And Banning Guns Won't Either

They say those who don’t pay attention to history are destined to repeat it...

It seems like even though humans have paid attention, they somehow think the same things that failed in the past, like prohibition and communism, will magically work now.

Alcohol kills almost three times as many Americans as guns. Last year, about 33,000 people died of gunshot-related injuries, including those who shot themselves; suicide. When removing those who killed themselves only (again, suicide), that number drops to 15,549, by even anti-gun activists estimates. To put that in perspective, this year’s flu and the vaccine to “prevent” said flu is more deadly. So far, it’s been killing an estimated 4,000 Americans per week. That’s roughly 16,000 per month, a number already higher than last year’s total “gun deaths” which include justified homicides (or self-defense.) You don’t have to be a genius at math to understand that “gun violence” isn’t really the epidemic the media wants you to believe.


McCain Associate Invokes the Fifth

David J. Kramer, a former State Department official and longtime associate of John McCain, reportedly invoked the Fifth Amendment to get out of testifying before the House Intelligence Committee regarding the infamous, largely discredited 35-page dossier on President Donald Trump. reported:

Kramer, who is a central player in how the unverified Trump dossier made its way to the FBI in late 2016, testified before the committee in December in a closed-door session, indicating he had information about the dossier’s sources. A subpoena was issued for mid-January, as first reported by the Washington Examiner.

The law enforcement source confirmed, however, that Kramer did not appear and has exercised his Fifth Amendment rights.


Embattled CA Dems Will Have 24-Hour Sexual Assault Hotline at Party Convention

California Democrats will have a 24-hour “sexual assault and harassment” hotline at this weekend’s party convention in San Diego as some top Democrats in the state have had to resign or come under fire because of allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment.

The party’s convention website reads:

Sexual Assault & Harassment Hotline We have worked with national survivor advocates to establish a 24-hour hotline during the three days of the Convention where Delegates have a safe and confidential way to report an assault or threatening behavior against themselves or others. Information about the Sexual Assault & Harassment Hotline will be provided to Delegates when they register, and will be posted throughout the Convention.

Additional Security Following current best practices, we are stepping up the level of visible security at our Convention this year. We are taking this step for several reasons. First, we want to ensure adequate personnel to respond to any reports we get from Delegates or from the Sexual Assault & Harassment Hotline. We also want to ensure that there are plenty of trained professionals who can de-escalate potential problems before they turn into situations that threaten your safety. Lastly, in the unlikely event of a natural disaster or other major incident, we want to make certain everyone in the Convention Center is safe and secure.


Q Posts! 1.22.18 These People Are Sick... #QAnon #Q-Anon

Government Missed Chances To Stop Shooter

Federal, state and local government agencies repeatedly missed opportunities to prevent school shooter Nikolas Cruz from killing 17 people at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., last week.

The repeated failures of government officials to do their job are a crucial point of context as liberals and media members clamor for further gun laws in the wake of last week’s horrific shooting.

Sheriff’s deputy Scot Peterson, who was on duty at the school when Cruz started shooting, “never went in” to confront the shooter, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said on Thursday. Peterson, who resigned on Thursday, could hear gunfire from coming inside the building but stayed outside the building, even as heroic students and faculty members died saving students from the hail of bullets.

Peterson’s failure is just the latest instance of government employees failing to stop the shooter from carrying out his deadly rampage.


Donald Trump Raises Concerns About Violent Video Games, Movies Following School Shooting

President Donald Trump suggested that Americans should have a conversation about taking action to prevent children from viewing violent video games and movies.

“[A] lot of bad things are happening to young kids and young minds, and their minds are being fooled,” Trump said, citing “violence” in video games that were “shaping young people’s thoughts.”

“The fact is that you are having movies come out that are so violent, with the killing and everything else, that maybe that is another thing that we are going to have to discuss,” he said, pointing out that “a lot of people” were concerned about the level of violence in movies.


Maryland State School Superintendent Statement on School Safety

Dear Maryland Education Community:

The events of February 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida have shaken every educator, parent and student to their core.  Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the students, families, school system and community affected by this senseless tragedy.

Student safety is of paramount concern to all of us.  The safety of our children is our core value as a society and the foundation for learning in our schools.
As Chair of the governing board for the Maryland Center for School Safety, I have convened an emergency meeting of the board to take place on Monday, February 26 to ensure that every resource available is being maximized to strengthen school safety throughout our State. The Maryland State Department of Education and the Maryland Center for School Safety stand ready to assist all school systems with resources, technical assistance and training in an effort to keep our children and educators safe from harm.  In the near future, the Center will be holding a state-wide safety meeting to discuss key elements of school safety, including responses to an active shooter situation. 

In addition, two key training events have already been scheduled for next month:
  • The Center will be hosting the 2018 Maryland School Safety Initiative, in partnership with Michele Gay of Safe and Sound Schools. The subject: “Recovering the School Community in Crisis.”  The trainings will take place in Worcester County on March 13, Carroll County on March 14, and Prince George’s County on March 15.
  • On March 21-22, a two-day Behavioral Threat Assessment Training led by Dr. Gene Deisinger, a subject matter expert, will be held in Montgomery County, which is hosting the event.

For more information, contact Ed Clarke, Executive Director of the Maryland Center for School Safety, at 301-370-3497 or
We must not only focus on improving security measures, but we must leverage local and state of Maryland services to intervene early, as well as provide supports and counseling to troubled students.  We must implement and improve threat assessment teams that include experts in counseling, instruction, school administration, and law enforcement.  School cultures must encourage the trust that allows for students, parents and community members to report information that may ultimately prevent a school shooting. 

The MSDE and the Maryland Center for School Safety are placing the highest urgency on actions to improve school safety.  Together we can unite to make our schools safe places for teaching and learning.
Dr. Salmon Signature
Karen B. Salmon, Ph.D.
State Superintendent of Schools

Perilous times for black colleges

Two years ago, Amelia Smith received the one thing she thought she always wanted – a blue envelope from Spelman College. She had been accepted to what many consider the finest black college in America.

Her grandmother went to Spelman. So did her mother. And her aunt. And her sister, who’s a senior there now. So Smith wasn’t surprised when she was accepted, too.

She is just wrapping up her sophomore year. But not at Spelman. She’s studying biomedical engineering at Georgia Tech.

“I am kind of the black sheep in the family,” Smith said. “When I got accepted into Tech, I felt very proud of myself. My grandmother (a dean at Fort Valley State University) was very proud of me. She said if she had had the opportunity to go to Tech when she was choosing a college, she would have gone. But she never got that chance.”

Amelia Smith’s good fortune is Spelman College’s loss. She is a talented and highly coveted black student who had her pick of any college she could get into and afford. But that hard-won freedom comes at a price for historically black colleges and universities. Predominantly white schools are picking off some of black colleges’ best prospects.

Fifty years ago, 90 percent of all black college students went to black colleges. Today, 90 percent of black students are at mostly white schools.

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Congressman Harris to Hold Tele-Town Hall on February 26

WASHINGTON, DC: Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) will hold his fifth telephone town hall of 2018 on Monday, February 26. Congressman Harris’ office will automatically call out to nearly 50,000 constituents living on the Eastern Shore, pulling phone numbers from the constituent services database.

If constituents prefer to be called on a certain phone number, they can list that number through the link below.

· Date: Monday, February 26, 2018

· Time: 5:30-6:30 PM

· Sign Up:

Questions about the event can be directed to Congressman Harris’ DC office at (202) 225-5311. Constituents who wish to be removed from the call list should contact Congressman Harris’s DC office.


Salisbury Photographers

We have all encountered old photographs that cannot be identified. In antique shops they are referred to as “instant relatives”. We all have that shoebox full of old photographs of our relatives that Mom saved. How many people in the pictures are identified on the reverse? Not many, you say? If you have such a box, get it down and put the names on the back. Ask older members of the family to help you with the names.

Over the years there have been many professional photographers in Salisbury. I have located many through old directories and phone books. Many others are identified by either the impression on the cardboard picture frame or by a rubber stamp on the reverse of the photograph. I have identified the following professional photographers in Salisbury through the years, beginning in 1864: Freeburger, George W. McBriety, Moffett, D. J. Gordon, H. W. Rich, J. W. Edwards, P. C. Hunter, Geo. W. Hitchens, Wm. T. Hearn, A. J. Taylor, Wm. Hitchens, The Smith Studio, Wm. T. Watson, Mrs. E. M. Hitchens, Leon Sklar, Davis Studios, Photo-lite, Walter Thurston, Jos. W. Brown, Henry Nelson, Jr. and Delmarva Aerial Photo Co. This list only goes up to about 1962. There have been many others since then. This does not include all of the “family photos” taken by individual members of a family. These should also be identified for future generations. Sure, we know who they are, but will your great-grandchildren?

A studio photo posed for by an ancestor can be a family treasure. One that cannot be identified might be frustrating to the researcher who would like to know the identity of the person in the portrait. The early low-speed cameras had to have the subject remain perfectly still for many seconds, if not minutes, to get the portrait. In some of the photos, you can see the rod extending up the back of the subject that facilitated this posture for the length of the sitting.

One of the more gruesome aspects of early photography was the taking of a portrait of a deceased child. Since many children died either in infancy or at birth, the only way to remember them was by a photo. They are poignant to look at and usually have no identification as to who the child was or to what family they belonged.

Some of the real treasures to me are the ones that were made into post cards. Luckily, my mother was great for identifying photos. I have a post card that my grandfather sat for in Cincinnati in 1908 and sent to my grandmother in Salisbury before they were married in 1911. I also have post cards of my mother (born 1912) when she was 3, 6 and 9. Look around. You may have some, too.

Wicomico County Sheriff's Office: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

NRA to Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel: 'You were the one that didn't protect these children'

The National Rifle Association hit back on Friday at Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel after accused NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch of "not standing up" for the survivors of the school shooting that took place last week in Parkland, Fla.

"No Sheriff Israel you were the one that didn't PROTECT these children and that is your job. You run the largest fully accredited sheriff's office in the United States, yet your office failed this community," the NRA said from its verified Twitter account.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students questioned lawmakers and the NRA on Wednesday during a gun town hall hosted by CNN in Sunrise, Fla.

During the town hall, Israel told Loesch that she wasn't "standing up for the students" affected by the massacre.

"You just told this group of people that you are standing up for them," Israel told Loesch. "You're not standing up for them, until you say I want less weapons."


Uranium One: Undercover FBI Informant's Attorney Demands DOJ Inquiry Into Coordinated Smear

The attorney for an FBI informant who was deeply embedded in the Russian nuclear industry is demanding that Attorney General Jeff Sessions investigate a coordinated smear campaign against her client. After several decades working for the CIA and the FBI, William Douglas Campbell uncovered two related bribery schemes involving Russian nuclear officials, an American trucking company, and efforts to route money to the Clinton Global Initiative through an American lobbying firm in order to overcome regulatory hurdles, according to reports by The Hill and Circa.

After details of Campbell's undercover work for the FBI first emerged in an October 2017 report by The Hill - which did not divulge his name, Michael Isikoff of Yahoo News and Joel Schectman of Reuters published articles smearing Campbell, saying he was "so unreliable that prosecutors dropped him as a witness" in a case unrelated to his undercover work - while two "senior officials" within the Justice Department fed Congressional investigators the same thing during a December 15 briefing.


What About That Cough?

Ralph K. Campbell, MD

Coughing has a wide range of significance and severity. Starting with the attention getting, brief cough associated with clearing the throat before speaking, progressing through what an advertisement described as "great expectorations," we can appreciate the need to look at the causes.

Another way of categorization of coughs is to consider where they originate---a superficial "tickle" from the nasopharynx or from deep down in the bronchial tree. The cough reaction is designed to clear the airway and can be initiated by just a "tickle" to the need to get copious amounts of material out of the airway. It is accomplished by a sudden, hard contraction of the diaphragm---the flat sheet of muscle that separates the chest cavity from the abdominal cavity. This increases the pressure in this closed space that, like squeezing a toothpaste tube, forces air to exit the lungs and releases the material in the airway. It will be repeated in spasms of coughing if the secretions are too sticky or viscous.

If someone is choking on a particle of food that is blocking the airway, the same action of increasing pressure in the lungs can be accomplished by the Heimlich maneuver, in which a sudden and forceful thrust in and upwards is applied just below the rib cage.

Post-nasal drip

Post-nasal drip is an apt term. Infection, irritants in the air, or nasal allergy from airborne agents such as pollens, or food allergens, can cause excessive amounts of mucus. The resulting "tickly" cough is an attempt to get this irritating stuff out of the airway.

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Todd Starnes: The Left Wants to Confiscate All of Your Firearms

A few days ago, I warned you on my radio program that the Left would use the survivors of the Florida school shooting as propaganda pawns in a nationwide gun grab.

I warned you to be prepared because they were about to mount an ugly assault on the Second Amendment – smearing every law-abiding gun owner as bloodthirsty monsters.

And that’s exactly what happened Wednesday night during CNN’s repulsive town hall meeting.

CNN shamefully exploited a terrible, terrible tragedy in an attempt to smear the National Rifle Association as a domestic terrorist organization and law-abiding gun owners as child killers.

Sen. Marco Rubio and NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch were subjected to a verbal flogging. They tried to engage in a thoughtful discussion, but they were shouted down by the angry crowd.



Day 14 Of Wife Being Away On A Work Trip

FBI Tipster Transcript Leaked: Cruz Will "Get Into A School And Shoot The Place Up"

Update: Amid public demands for transparency, the Broward Police have released the full list of 23 calls for service to the home of attacker Nikolas Cruz, in a desperate bid to deflect criticism over handling the Parkland school shooting. The final call, however, just like the transcript from the January 5 call discussed below, shows that serious concerns were not acted on.

“In the interest of full transparency, we are making available the list of all 23 calls for service at the Cruz home,” the sheriff’s office said in a Friday tweet. “18 involved Nikolas Cruz. None appeared arrestable under Florida law. However, two of the calls remain under internal investigation.”

As color coded in the list, the most serious warning came on November 30, 2017, when a caller located in Massachusetts advised that Cruz was collecting knives and was likely to conduct a school shooting. The caller was concerned Cruz would kill himself and “be a school shooter in the making.” They believed that Cruz’s weapons were kept at a friend's house.

The incident was categorized as ‘suspicious’ by Broward County Police but no report was initiated, according to the document. That call is now under Internal Affairs review and investigation, the document shows

In two incidents from 2012, Nikolas fought with his brother, Zachary, and hit his mother, Linda Cruz, with a plastic vacuum cleaner hose. In 2013, Linda told police Nikolas threw her against a wall because she confiscated his Xbox games console. The following year, he punched the wall after she took away the Xbox again. Later, in 2014, a neighbor reported Nikolas had shot at his chickens with an airsoft rifle, a replica of a real gun that shoots plastic pellets. In a "suspicious incident" recorded in 2016, an Instagram report said that Cruz was going to “shoot up a school.” The Instagram post involved a picture of guns.


Don't Drink And Take The Stairs

Arizona football players 'gang-raped female students'

An outstanding federal lawsuit against the University of Arizona has been amended to include an allegation that members of the school's football team gang-raped female students and support-staffers.

Details about the allegations have not been revealed.

The lawsuit was originally filed in October and claims that multiple school employees knew about running back Orlando Bradford's abusive history but did not report him or do anything to stop him until after he was arrested in 2016.

Bradford was accused of 15 domestic violence-related offenses involving two ex-girlfriends who claimed he hit and choked them. He has since been sentenced to five years in prison after testifying that he did choke both women.


KFC To Compete With The 7-11 Big Gulp

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Former 49ers LB Plummer estimates he sustained 2,500 concussions

The turning point for Gary Plummer came after his former teammate and friend, Junior Seau, committed suicide in 2012.

Seau’s family was later informed the Hall of Famer’s brain showed abnormalities associated with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Seau’s death sent shockwaves through the NFL, and it had a chilling effect on Plummer.

“I knew I was having some issues, but like a typical NFL guy, you think you’re still invincible,” Plummer said on The 49ers Insider Podcast.

“After Junior, my wife said, ‘Dude, you got to do something; I don’t want you to be the next Junior Seau.’ ”


Study: As Nations Grow More Equal, STEM Gender Gap Widens

Analysis helps explain persistent male/female gap in hard sciences

The much-discussed gender gap in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) can be explained in part by differences in individual students' comparative academic strengths, a gap which only grows as societies become more gender egalitarian, a recently released study shows.

The gender gap in STEM is a persistent quandary for policy makers. Recent data from the Economic and Statistics Administration found that women made up more than half of college-educated workers but only 25 percent of college-educated STEM workers, and that while nearly as many women hold undergraduate degrees as men, women make up only 30 percent of STEM degree holders and are a disproportionately low share of degree holders across all STEM fields.

"Despite considerable efforts toward understanding and changing this pattern, the sex difference in STEM engagement has remained stable for decades," the study's authors write. "The stability of these differences and the failure of current approaches to change them calls for a new perspective on the issue."


Grandma Foils Potential Mass Murder at Washington High School

New national gun policies like Fix NICS might have their place (some would say, “buried in the backyard”), but local community intervention via a concerned citizen (or armed concealed carrier) will always be the best way to stop the next school shooting.

Case in point, WFMY News2 reported yesterday that a possible mass murder had been foiled at a Washington State high school by the would-be shooter’s grandmother. The woman, Cathi O’Connor, called the authorities after reading troubling statement’s in her grandson’s journal.

Court documents state the young man, recently identified as 18-year-old Joshua O’Connor, wrote, “I can’t wait to walk into class and blow all those (expletives) away,” and “I need to make this shooting/bombing infamous. I need to get the biggest fatality number I possible can.”

The journal also stated, “I am learning from past shooters/bombers mistakes so I don’t make the same ones.”

O’Connor owned an AK-pattern rifle, which he had stored in a guitar case. Prosecutors have also alleged that the teen possessed inert grenades that he planned to fill with black powder.


California City Tells Revolutionary War Reenactors: No Guns Allowed, Use Sticks Instead

City officials in Elk Grove, California put their foot down when a nonprofit wanted to reenact the Battles of Lexington and Concord at a local park.

The problem was that the nonprofit, the Elk Grove Historical Society, wanted to bring muskets to the event. You know, the appropriate arms of the era. The very tools used to win our independence from Great Britan.

Officials pointed to a park ordinance that makes it illegal to “Use, maintain, possess, fire, or discharge any firearm”

Now, one would think that common sense would prevail in this case. City leaders would say, we can make an exception here because those muskets won’t be loaded with anything but black powder. Plus, the reenactment isn’t just a bunch of guys playing dress up, it also serves as an educational opportunity for children. A way to teach them about our nation’s history. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.


Are Your Schools Safer Today?

Dear School Administrators: Are Your Schools Safer Today?

Having spent about eighteen years in school buildings as a student and twenty-nine years in school buildings as an unarmed teacher, fifteen of them post-Columbine, I think I have a right to voice an opinion on this matter. I’m pretty proficient with firearms, yet I faced each day of teaching knowing that I could easily be shot down right along with my students!

So, school administrators, board members, parents, and anybody else responsible for the kids in your community, is your school safer this week? If it is, great work. Thanks for getting at this important task. If not, WHY not! Are you not angry enough yet? I am angry, and I don’t blame students around the country for being angry. Why would they NOT be angry; they are at risk, and nobody seems interested in actually fixing the problem. And I can’t blame an immature sixteen-year-old for placing all the blame on guns; there are plenty of adults who can’t get past that false notion themselves.

I want to know – are you one of the many school administrators just sitting around this week philosophizing and pontificating over coffee about gun control fantasies and improvements needed in the mental healthcare system? Meanwhile, hundreds of unprotected, innocent young people are streaming into your buildings every morning. Since you’ve probably devoted much of your life to obtaining multiple degrees, you are likely well prepared to be a very confident and polished speaker when the national news stations stick their microphones in your face. But if tragedy strikes YOUR school system next week, next month, next year, tomorrow, are you prepared to sacrifice the lives of your students, all the while knowing that there were some pretty effective preventative measures that could have been taken.


Dana Loesch: 'Media love mass shootings'

University of Wisconsin School Ends Tutoring Policy Biased Against White Students

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has announced the cancellation of a discriminatory tutoring program that only asked white students to pay.

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has terminated a tutoring program that only charged white students. “U.S. minorities” were offered the service for free, regardless of their income level. Both low-income white students and veterans were also offered the tutoring service for free.

Under the policy, white students would be forced to pay for the service, while wealthy minority students would not. Campus Reform reported that the policy seemed to be in direct contradiction with the University of Wisconsin’s non-discrimination policy, which states that no student will be discriminated against on the basis of their race.


NBC Demonstrates How Much Damage an AR-15 Can Do to a Watermelon.

This Is NOT An AR-15, It's A Shot Gun. Can't wait till people see it. Wonder how long it will take someone to notice?

High School Students Lobby Legislators for Saran-Wrap Sex Ed Bill

BOSTON — The lead House sponsors of a bill requiring that sexual health education be “medically accurate, age-appropriate” pumped up high school students lobbying for the bill Thursday but acknowledged the bill’s prospects in the House this session are uncertain.

State Representatives James O’Day and Paul Brodeur, both chairmen in Speaker Robert DeLeo’s House, rallied with about 80 students participating in a Planned Parenthood lobby day at the Massachusetts State House. Brodeur, who was first elected in 2010, told the students the bill had “been around longer than I’ve been in the Legislature,” and O’Day emphatically said, “we absolutely have to get this bill passed this session.”


Former Officials Give Conflicting Accounts of Kerry State Dept's Handling of Trump Hoax Dossier

TEL AVIV – Seeming discrepancies between the claims of two former officials in John Kerry’s State Department about actions taken involving the infamous, 35-page largely discredited anti-Trump dossier raise immediate questions about the State Department’s possible role in the sordid affair.

The dossier, which contains wild and unproven claims about Trump’s campaign and Russia, was authored by ex-British spy Christopher Steele on behalf of the controversial Fusion GPS firm and was paid for by Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

The dossier was reportedly utilized by the FBI to launch its probe into Trump. According to House Republicans, the questionable document was used by Obama administration officials to obtain a FISA warrant to conduct surveillance on Carter Page, who briefly served as a volunteer foreign policy adviser to Trump’s campaign. The political origins of the dossier and issues relating to Steele’s credibility as a source were kept from the FISA court, a House Intelligence Committee memo documents.


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BOMBSHELL: Comey Held Secret Obama White House Meeting Before The Inauguration

FBI Director James Comey held a secret Oval Office meeting with President Barack Obama two weeks before Trump’s inauguration and may have deliberately misled Congress about it, according to an email sent by National Security Advisor Susan Rice that GOP Sens. Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham partially unclassified.

The meeting — which Comey never previously disclosed to Congress — occurred in the White House on Jan. 5, 2017. It included Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Rice deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, and Comey. The topic of the meeting was potential Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

By failing to inform the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about the meeting in his June 8, 2017, testimony, Comey may have deliberately and intentionally misled Congress about his interactions with the former president, especially a meeting so close to Trump entering the White House.

“President Obama had a brief follow-on conversation with FBI Director Comey and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates in the Oval Office,” Rice wrote in an email written the day before the inauguration.


A Bit of Lost History from Kodak

(Be sure to read the poem at the end.)
Judging                                                          by the saddle                                                          style, this                                                          unidentified                                                          cowboy was                                                          working in the                                                          late 1870s or                                                          1880s. In his                                                          holster, he                                                          carries a Colt                                                          model 1873                                                          single action                                                          revolver with                                                          hard rubber                                                          grips, and he                                                          has looped his                                                          left arm                                                          around a                                                          Winchester                                                          model 1873                                                          carbine in a                                                          saddle                                                          scabbard. On                                                          the back is                                                          the light                                                          pencil                                                          inscription                                                          Indian                                                          fighter. :
Judging by the saddle style, this unidentified cowboy was working in the late 1870s or 1880s. 
In his holster, he carries a Colt model 1873 single action revolver with hard rubber grips, 
and he has looped his left arm around a Winchester model 1873 carbine in a saddle scabbard. 
On the back of this photo is the light pencil inscription "Indian fighter."
Snow Tunnel ~ On the Ouray and Silverton Toll Rd ~ Colorado ~ 1888
1899                                                          Concord,                                                          Michigan
1899 Concord, Michigan "Buggy & Wagon Shop"
Thankful                                                          someone took                                                          the time to                                                          photograph                                                          this type of                                                          beauty - April                                                          1937.
Thankful someone took the time to photograph this type of beauty - April 1937. Buttermilk Junction, Martin County, IN.
1887-West                                                          Center Street,                                                          Anaheim,                                                          California:
1887 - West Center Street, Anaheim, California. Now we have Disneyland here!  
Moser's,                                                          Guns, Banjo's,                                                          and Mules at                                                          the                                                          Liverystable                                                          in East                                                          Tennessee                                                          around 1890:
Guns, Banjos, and Mules at the Livery stable in East Tennessee around 1890.

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House Republicans launch 'Phase 2' of Trump dossier probe

House Intelligence Committee Republicans have launched “Phase 2” of their probe into the origins of the unverified anti-Trump dossier, firing off an inquiry to a host of current and former officials -- including former FBI Director James Comey.

In a letter obtained by Fox News, committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., posed a string of dossier-related questions to current and former intelligence, law enforcement and State Department officials. He specifically wants to know when they learned the document was funded by Democratic sources, and how it was used to obtain one or more surveillance warrants at the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

In the Feb. 20-dated letter, Nunes even threatened to issue subpoenas.

"If you do not provide timely answers on a voluntary basis, the Committee will initiate compulsory process,” he wrote.


Sheriff Clarke Alleges Student Gun Control Effort Has "Soros' Fingerprints All Over It"

George Soros' fingerprints are "all over" the push to demand gun control in response to last week's Parkland, FL high school shooting, claimed former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr.

Clarke made the startling allegation in a Tuesday tweet, saying "The well ORGANIZED effort by Florida school students demanding gun control has GEORGE SOROS' FINGERPRINTS all over it." Adding "It is similar to how he hijacked and exploited black people's emotion regarding police use of force incidents into the COP HATING Black Lives Matter movement."

Clarke, a vocal Trump supporter who resigned as sheriff last year amid speculation he would join the Trump administration, is a senior advisor and spokesman for the pro-Trump America First Action PAC; he fired off the tweet in advance of a planned appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) later this week.

Several conspiracy theories have emerged in the wake of the Valentine's day shooting, which left seventeen people dead when a gunman opened fire on students in the early afternoon. A clip which was promptly featured on YouTube earlier, claimed that various students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are "crisis actors" who are being used as political cudgels in efforts to repeal the Second Amendment.

An aide to Florida State Rep. Shawn Harrison (R) was fired Tuesday after emailing a reporter to suggest that student David Hogg and others are crisis actors. "Both kids in the picture are not students here but actors that travel to various crisis when they happen," wrote now-fired aide Benjamin Kelly - drawing condemnation from the likes of Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) and Harrison.


Johnson Waited On Talking About Russians

Former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said on MSNBC Monday morning that although the Obama administration knew of Russian hacking as early as summer of 2016, the administration did nothing initially out of concern for being labeled as “taking sides.”


Police: Pittsburgh Lawyer Sexually Abused Dog Multiple Times

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A prominent Pittsburgh attorney has been charged with dozens of counts of sexually abusing his dog.

Attorney Ivan DeVoren is accused of sexually abusing his dog.

Police have charged DeVoren, a Pittsburgh environmental lawyer, with 10 felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty, 10 counts of sexual intercourse with an animal, and possession of heroin, cocaine and marijuana.

Police say DeVoren sexually abused his dog, Snoopy, a 6-month-old yellow lab. DeVoren lives and works in his apartment in Azimuth Court in Highland Park.

According to detectives, a witness told them they overheard the sexual abuse happening at least 10 times.

Back in 2014, DeVoren spent five months volunteering at Humane Animal Rescue as a dog walker.

“What our dog walkers do is they work on a team, getting our shelter animals out for walks around the shelter. So, it’s usually about a 10–15 minute walk that our volunteers do as a team,” said Dan Rossi, Humane Animal Rescue CEO.


Happening This Weekend

200 Murders by MS-13 in 22 States since 2012, Claims Report

A new report from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) reveals that the hyper-violent MS-13 transnational criminal gang has spread to 22 U.S. states. The gang accounted for 207 murders, mostly in California, Maryland, New York, and Virginia since 2012. The rapid growth is attributed in the report to the influx of Unaccompanied Alien Children from Central American countries like El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala.

CIS Director of Policy Studies Jessica Vaughan researched MS-13 gang activity over the past six years and found the arrests of 506 MS-13 members who were charged with crimes in 22 states. Of those, 207 were murders and more than 100 cases were racketeering, drug trafficking, sex trafficking, attempted murder, sexual assaults, and extortion.


PIERS MORGAN: FBI is the Federal Bureau of Incompetence

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s official website couldn’t be any clearer about the purpose of the organisation.

‘The mission of the FBI,’ it reads, ‘is to protect the American people.’

As for the role of its much-vaunted Special Agents, the FBI defines their job as: ‘Staying ahead of the threat through leadership, agility and collaboration.’


Where do those two bold statements of intent sit today, I wonder?

It’s hard to imagine there has even been a worse week for the FBI in its 109-year history.

First, they were forced to admit they spectacularly dropped the ball on the Florida mass shooter.


Anti-Christian Group Declares War on Religious Freedom in America

Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AUSCS) has chosen Rachel K. Laser, an abortion-rights and LGBT-rights activist, as its new executive director in an ongoing battle against conservative Christianity.

Prior to coming to AUSCS, Laser worked for Planned Parenthood as well as leading the Pharmacy Refusal Project at the National Women’s Law Center, an initiative opposing the rights of pharmacists to refuse to fill certain prescriptions on grounds of religious or moral objections. Laser was also deputy director of advocacy for Reform Judaism and is the first Jewish director of AUSCS.

Laser, whose role model is Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, will focus her war especially on Christians as she endeavors to redefine freedom of religion as “a diverse, vibrant country, and not a monolithic, culturally favored religion in this country.” Although initially AUSCS was founded in opposition to Catholics, it developed over the years into a thoroughly anti-Christian organization, defending atheists and religious minorities against America’s traditionally Christian culture.

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Toledo pastor, family charged with aggravated robbery

A downtown Toledo pastor and his family are accused of robbing a Sunday school teacher at the church over the weekend.

St. Paul’s AME Zion Church Pastor Anthony Morris, 49, along with his wife, Zelda Morris, 46, and 19-year-old daughter Kamali Morris, are each charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, a first-degree felony.

Nickema Turner, 39, of Maumee was teaching Sunday school at the church, 954 Belmont Ave., when the younger woman grabbed her by the hair, according to a Toledo police report.


Billy Graham’s Final Social Media Post: ‘Wandering Away from Him Catches Up with Us’

The legendary evangelist Rev. Billy Graham, who passed away at the age of 99 Wednesday, had some inspiring words of wisdom on what happens to those who wander away from God.

Graham wrote in his social media post that there are consequences “when we decide to leave God out of our lives,” even though there are times when it seems like it may not make any difference:

""If you went for a walk in the woods, but then decided to wander off the path, and found yourself surrounded by a thicket of thorns and poison ivy, who would you blame? Would you blame the person who built the path? No, of course not. Instead you’d blame yourself if you were honest, because you alone were responsible for wandering from the path.

In a far deeper way, this is what happens when we decide to leave God out of our lives. For a time, it may seem like wandering away from Him doesn’t make any difference; it may even seem easier and freer. But eventually it catches up with us—just as wandering off that path and into the thicket caught up with you." —Billy Graham #BG100

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