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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Judge Drops Charges Against Motorist Who Drove Through Black Lives Matter Mob

The case against a driver who struck a protester with his car last October was dismissed by a Multnomah County Circuit Court judge Monday morning because the victim could not stay in court all day.

A spokesman for the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office says the struck protester, Arthuray Dudley, met with a prosecutor on the morning the trial was set to begin and said he could not stay in court all day “because he had conflicting child care issues.”

The District Attorney’s office offered to contact CourtCare, a program that cares for children under 11 years old, to help provide child care. But Dickerson told the court he couldn’t stay.

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KKK, Blackface Virginia Governor Ralph Northam Vetoes Ban on Sanctuary Cities

The Washington Times reported that Governor Northam said he was vetoing the bill Tuesday because it imposes an unneeded burden on local law enforcement officials and “sends a chilling message.”

Republicans in the Virginia General Assembly narrowly passed the legislation along party lines.

Northam also vetoed a bill that would require law enforcement officials to notify the feds when an individual living in the US illegally is released from prison, reported the Times.

Ralph Northam is now on record advocating for the murder of born alive babies and protecting illegal aliens who rape and murder American citizens.


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Mortgage No More: Baby Boomers Who Rent Are On the Rise

As baby boomers age, more and more of them are choosing to rent instead of own their homes. It's led to a rise in the average age of renters and in renters overall.

From 2007 to 2017, there was a 43 percent increase in renters over the age of 60, according to a new report from Rent Cafe, a nationwide apartment listing service. As a result, the median age of renters ticked up from 36.7 years old to 38.1. Meanwhile, renting is near a 50-year high, with 36.6 percent of Americans doing it, according to the Pew Research Center.

The causes behind the rise in older renters are both demographic and economic, explains Mark Trekson, research associate for the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute.

Many senior renters, he says, are baby boomers who never purchased a home. Others are people who lost their homes in the Great Recession and have not bought again. The economic downturn also impacted seniors' retirement decisions. “There was a downward shift in mobility after the Great Recession,” Trekson says. As older workers aged out of the workforce, they were more likely to stay in their rental homes because the economic downturn ate away at their savings and nest eggs.

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WCSO Press Release 3-20-19


Incident: Possession of Heroin
Date of Incident: 17 March 2019
Location: 300 block of E. Carroll Street, Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Michael W. Barger, 59, Laurel, DE
Narrative: On 17 March 2019 at 1:03 AM, a deputy stopped a vehicle operated by Michael Barger for erratic driving and a registration plate violation. During the encounter, the deputy discovered an open warrant from another jurisdiction for Barger’s arrest. The deputy also discovered that Barger had heroin and drug paraphernalia in his possession.
The warrant was for Failure to Appear in Cecil County with a $5,000.00 bond.
The deputy placed Barger under arrest and transported him to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. After an initial appearance, the Commissioner released Barger on Personal Recognizance on the CDS charges and the warrant.
Charges: Possession of Heroin and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia


Incident: Possession of Oxycodone
Date of Incident: 18 March 2019
Location: Booth Street at West Road, Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Kenneth James Bryant, 25, Salisbury, MD
Narrative: On 18 March 2019 at 8:16 PM, a deputy stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation on Booth Street in the vicinity of West Road. During the encounter, the deputy detected a strong odor of marijuana emanating from within the passenger compartment of the vehicle. During a subsequent search, the deputy discovered that a passenger, Kenneth Bryant, was in possession of what was identified as oxycodone without a prescription.
The deputy placed Bryant under arrest and transported him to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. Following an initial appearance, the Commissioner released Bryant on Personal Recognizance.
Charges: Possession of Oxycodone


Incident: DUI / Pursuit / Resisting Arrest
Date of Incident: 18 March 2019
Location: Wicomico County
Suspect: Anthony J. Horton, 42, Salisbury, MD
Narrative: On 18 March 2019 at 11:35 PM, a deputy attempted to stop a vehicle operated by Anthony Horton for a registration violation and erratic driving in the area of Nanticoke Road and Parsons Road. Instead of stopping, Horton accelerated away from the deputy forcing the deputy to pursue him down Brick Kiln Road to Owens Branch Road and back onto Rt. 50 before turning on to Chippewa Boulevard. During the pursuit, Horton was driving at a high rate of speed and ignoring stop signs. The pursuit came to an end when Horton crashed into a curb on West Road, disabling his vehicle. Instead of staying put, Horton attempted to continue his flight on foot but was quickly apprehended.
During the apprehension process, Horton had to be assisted with placing his hands behind his back to be handcuffed. The deputy, who detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage would subsequently initiate an investigation into driving under the influence of alcohol by Horton.
During subsequent processing, Horton provided a breath sample of .12. The deputy also discovered that Horton’s privilege to drive a vehicle had been suspended by the State of Maryland.
The deputy transported Horton to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. Following an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained Horton in the Detention Center without bond pending a District Court bond review.

WCSO Press Release (Motor Vehicle Collision with Fatality)



UPDATE:
The Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank all of the concerned citizens who contacted us with information in relation to the tragic motor vehicle accident on Esham Rd. At this time, investigating deputies have identified the deceased and the next of kin has been notified.



Incident: Motor Vehicle Collision with Fatality
Date of Incident: March 17, 2019
Location: 7570 Esham Road, Parsonsburg, Maryland

Narrative: On March 17, 2019 at 11:49 P.M., Deputies from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to 7570 Esham Road in reference to a motor vehicle collision with a fatality.

The investigation revealed that the involved vehicle was traveling south on Esham Road when the driver lost control of the vehicle and left the roadway. The vehicle impacted a tree and travel trailer that were on the property causing the vehicle to burst into flames. Unfortunately the driver of the vehicle was unable to escape the wreckage and passed away at the scene. The vehicle was unregistered and deputies were unable to identify the deceased at this time. The Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the vehicle owner or person operating the vehicle. The vehicle is described as a 2003 Cadillac Seville SLS / STS Pearl White in color (similar to the stock photo).

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Williams at 410-548-4891 or 410-548-4898.

Releasing Authority: D/Sgt B. Williams
Date: 3/18/19


GOOGLE VP STEPPED IN AFTER EMPLOYEES OFFENDED BY CHRISTIAN VIDEO ON MARRIAGE

Google banned a video explaining Christian teaching on same-sex marriage from advertising on YouTube after backlash from upset employees, according to internal Google communications reviewed by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

The video was flagged in June 2018 in an internal listserv, “Yes at Google,” which is run by Google’s human resources department, according to those communications and other internal documents, which a source shared with TheDCNF on the condition of anonymity.

The listserv has more than 30,000 members and is devoted to policing “microaggressions” and “micro-corrections” within the company, according to its official internal description.


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Jim Carrey draws scathing cartoon of 'vile miscreant' Trump and paints a SWASTIKA on president's forehead while blaming him for New Zealand mosque massacres

Jim Carrey is once again pulling no punches in his scathing caricatures of President Trump - this time blaming him for the massacres at two New Zealand mosques.

The Ace Ventura actor posted a drawing on his Twitter account on Monday.

It shows a meteor-like figure with Trump’s head and hair in a flaming ball of streaking fire as it heads for Earth.

A swastika is seen on Trump’s forehead, and his eyes are colored in all-white while his mouth is open.

The caption in the tweet reads: ‘Innocent people are now being slaughtered, families ruined and childrens’ lives destroyed.

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Warren Suggests Family Lied To Her About Native American Heritage During CNN Town Hall

During a Monday night town hall event hosted by CNN's Jake Tapper, 2020 presidential hopeful Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) was asked about her “lack of presidential tact” in handling her apparently phony claims of Native American heritage.

Warren, looking uncomfortable as she responded, seemingly blamed her family for lying to her about their heritage before pivoting to health care and other issues.

“How do you respond to people who think that, regardless of the underlying facts, the way you handled the question of your Native American heritage was tone deaf and indicative of a lack of presidential tact?” asked a man attending the event.

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Mark Meadows: US ambassadors conspired with DOJ to take down Trump

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., hinted Monday the coming release of documents that will "show" U.S. ambassadors conspired with the FBI and the Justice Department to harm President Trump.

“It's additional information that is coming out that will show not only was there no collusion, but there was a coordinated effort to take this president down,” Meadows told Fox News’ Sean Hannity. “We talk about the 'Deep State.' There are players now, even ambassadors, that are sitting ambassadors that were involved in part of this with the FBI-DOJ.”

Meadows did not name any ambassadors.

“As we look at this, it's time to show that we show the American people what's out there, declassify some of those documents,” added Meadows, a member of the House Oversight Committee. “I think when the American people see what I've seen, they will judge for themselves and know that this has all been a hoax.”

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Drones change the way advocates protect the environment

By Whitney Pipkin
Bay Journal


Riverkeepers, researchers and volunteer monitors have long kept an eye on water quality from the ground and from the river. But, with the help of technology that’s suddenly far more accessible, they’re taking to the skies, too.

Unmanned aerial vehicles, also called UAVs or drones, have recently become so affordable and easy to fly that they are winding up in the hands of more environmentalists.

Pipeline opponents and watchdog groups are a perfect example.

“The technology has come along to the point where everyday people can put a camera up in the air and see beyond the tree line or their property line,” said Ben Cunningham, Virginia field coordinator for the Pipeline Compliance Surveillance Initiative, a program that is training volunteers to use drones to keep tabs on controversial natural gas pipeline construction projects.

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Police Department Goes to All Co-Ed Lockers/Showers

Eagle Springs, KS – The tiny community of Eagle Springs is exactly what you would expect as far as a town makeup in rural Kansas: 99.4% white residents and a typical split of about 52% male and 48% female. Despite the makeup of the community, since progressive police Chief Mark Hill was hired from the outside (originally from Vermont) he has remained unwaveringly committed to having a “diverse team of law helpers.”

Hill, who says calling officers “helpers” is a good way to “keep their minds from becoming too aggressive” has made sure that in the small department of just 6 members has one white person (himself), an African american, an Asian-American, a Native American, A Latin-American, and one Mixed Race non-American from Morocco who also is in a wheelchair and color-blind. None of the officers are from the area but have all been recruited to one of the smallest yet most diverse departments in the country. It is also split directly down the middle with 3 males and 3 females, however Hill has encouraged that if anyone is interested in not identifying with any gender at all, it may help with some federal grants for equipment.

Until recently, the sleepy but proud town has rolled with the punches. After all, if you’re double parking in the one light town, you’re at fault no matter what race or background the officer who writes the ticket. But the collective eyebrows of the more conservative community have been raised when Mr. Hill announced that he was remodeling the station to eliminate any gender distinction, including the locker room and shower area. Since every shift has at least one male and one female to make everything as even as possible the genders will always mix when getting ready or cleaning up after work.

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Md. Rep. Elijah Cummings Accuses White House Of ‘Unprecedented Level Of Stonewalling, Delay And Obstruction’

House Oversight committee chairman Elijah Cummings accused the White House of an “unprecedented level of stonewalling, delay and obstruction” in a Washington Post op-ed published Tuesday as his committee seeks information related to multiple ongoing investigations into the Trump administration.

Cummings said the administration has not turned over “a single piece of paper to our committee or made a single official available for testimony during the 116th Congress” related to the ongoing committee investigations.

CNN reported Friday that though the White House is publicly maintaining they will cooperate with all requests, officials have internally taken an aggressive approach to the oversight requests as part of their strategy which has included slow-walking responses to demands for hearing dates and delaying efforts to turn over documents or schedule transcribed interviews.

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What's Hapening? 3-20-19

What's happening in the area?  The good the bad and the ugly!

More Than 120,000 Californians of Color Sent to Prison on Harris’s Watch

While serving as California's top cop, Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) oversaw the incarceration of at least 127,000 Black and Hispanic Californians, data obtained by the Washington Free Beacon show.

These data, based on reports from and a request to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), almost certainly undercount the total number of individuals who were sent to prison while Harris served as state attorney general. Still, they reveal that at least 44,172 black offenders and 83,370 Hispanic offenders were newly admitted to California's prisons between 2011 and 2016, compared to 48,761 whites and 11,182 "other"-identified individuals.

Percentage-wise, these figures translate into 23.6 percent of new incarcerees being black and 44.5 percent being Hispanic. By way of comparison, as of July 2018, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that 39.1 percent of Californians were Hispanic/Latino and just 6.5 percent were black or African American.

In other words, there is a profound racial disparity between the group sent to prison and California as a whole: the sort of disparity Harris's ideological peers routinely decry as racist.

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Young People’s Embrace of Socialism Shows Why We Shouldn’t Lower the Voting Age

The left really wants to give kids the right to vote.

This idea is so popular on the left that a majority of House Democrats voted in favor of lowering the voting age to 16.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., endorsed the idea as well.

Why would Pelosi and others on the left want to give high school children—hardly known for deep wisdom and sound judgment—a vote?

A new poll perhaps demonstrates why.

The Harris Poll, released exclusively by Axios, shows that roughly half of young Americans say they would prefer living in a socialist country.

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Ben Carson’s 3 Ambitious Agenda Items for Reforming Public Housing

President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2020 spending blueprint would cut the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s budget by 16 percent, but HUD Secretary Ben Carson says he supports the savings.

Carson, who has pushed many reforms on federal housing policies, shared with The Daily Signal his plans for making housing more affordable in the United States and lifting more Americans out of poverty.

Here are three agenda items the HUD secretary says he is working on during 2019:

1. Work Requirements for Rental Assistance

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Pence Arrives in Nebraska as Midwest Reels from Historic Floods

Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Nebraska on Tuesday to survey the devastation unleashed across the U.S. Midwest by floods that have killed four people and caused more than a billion dollars in damage to crops, livestock and roads.

The floodwaters have inundated a large swath of farm states Iowa and Nebraska along the Missouri River, North America's longest river, prompting half of Iowa's 99 counties to declare states of emergency.

"Touched down in Omaha, Nebraska to survey flood damage & thank volunteers & emergency personnel," Pence said on Twitter, in a post that included photos of him meeting with the governors of both states and lawmakers.

"The hearts of the American people are with those who have been impacted across the Midwest!" Pence said in the tweet.



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The Differences Between Communism and Socialism

The difference between communism and socialism is not conveniently clear-cut. The two terms are often used interchangeably, but these economic and political theories are not the same. Both communism and socialism arose from protests against the exploitation of the working class during the Industrial Revolution.

While applications of their economic and social policies vary, several modern countries—all ideologically opposed to capitalism—are perceived as either communist or socialist. In order to understand contemporary political debates, it's important to know the similarities and the differences between communism and socialism.


Communism vs. Socialism

In both communism and socialism, the people own the factors of economic production. The main difference is that under communism, most property and economic resources are owned and controlled by the state (rather than individual citizens); by contrast, under socialism, all citizens share equally in all economic resources as allocated by a democratically-elected government. This difference and others are outlined in the table below.


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Maryland county, state bills aim to make school drinking water safer

Montgomery County is considering tougher lead standards for public school drinking water, equivalent to the federal standard for bottled water.

And, a bill advancing in Annapolis would require the same change at all Maryland public schools.

Montgomery County Council member Tom Hucker’s bill, introduced last month, would apply to the county’s public schools.

“Scientists know much more today than they did when the assembly passed the current statewide lead standard of 20 parts per billion back in 2006,” Hucker said Tuesday ahead of a public hearing on the bill.

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Maryland may raise smoking age to 21, limit vape marketing

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — Several bills in the Maryland General Assembly could raise the age to purchase tobacco and vape products from 18 to 21 as well as prohibit certain types of “vape” packaging that target minors.

Usage of electronic nicotine delivery systems—known as vapes—has increased among among high school students nationwide from over 11 percent in 2017 to nearly 21 percent in 2018, according to the United States Surgeon General.

In addition to raising the legal age, House bill 1169—sponsored by Delegate Dereck E. Davis, D-Prince George’s—would change the definition of tobacco products to include vapor devices, parts and juices.

Nearly 9 out of 10 cigarette smokers had tried smoking by the age of 18, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This bill is intended to prevent more minors from trying cigarettes before they are of legal age, Davis said.

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FDA approves first postpartum depression drug

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug specifically developed for severe depression after childbirth.

The agency on Tuesday approved Sage Therapeutics' Zulresso, an IV drug given over 2 ½ days.

Sage said Zulresso will cost $34,000 without insurance, plus costs for staying in a hospital or infusion center. Whether the treatment gets covered by insurance is determined by each insurance company, which also sets the out-of-pocket costs, depending on the plan.

In a company-funded study of new mothers with moderate or severe postpartum depression, half the women given Zulresso had depression end within 2 ½ days, about double the rate of those in a comparison group given dummy treatments.

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Republicans propose amendment to limit Supreme Court to 9 justices

Republican Rep. Mark Green of Tennessee said Tuesday he is introducing a constitutional amendment to limit the number of justices on the Supreme Court to nine, after several Democratic presidential candidates have expressed support for expanding the number of justices to 15.

"This Thursday, I will be introducing a constitutional amendment that would limit the number of Supreme Court justices to 9 — the number of seats since 1869," Greene said on Twitter. "The Supreme Court must remain a fair and impartial branch of government not beholden to party ... Schemes to pack the court are dangerous to the Founders' vision of an independent judiciary that serves as a check on both the Executive and Legislative branches of government."

The Constitution doesn't specify the number of justices on the Supreme Court, leaving its composition up to Congress. The number of justices changed several times in early U.S. history before reaching its current total of nine.

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Mayor Pugh Sues Owners Of The Pimlico In An Effort To Block Move To Laurel

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Mayor Catherine Pugh has sued the owners of the Pimlico Race Course in an effort of keeping The Preakness in Baltimore.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in a Baltimore Circuit Court on behalf of Mayor Pugh, Baltimore City Council, Tony Bridges, Jimmy Mitchell and Pamela Curtis.

The complaint asks the Circuit Court to declare that state law prohibits the Preakness from leaving Pimlico, absent a disaster or emergency.

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Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh’s Healthy Holly LLC Gave Up To $7K To Political Campaigns, Including Her Own

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh’s book company has given $7,040 in political contributions over the last three years, including $5,000 to her own campaign, tax forms show.

Healthy Holly LLC gave $1,000 through a ticket purchase to Baltimore Cuunty Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr.’s campaign, and $1,000 to state Sen. Jill Carter.

The Olszewski campaign has said they were not aware of the contribution, and said they were returning the contribution Tuesday.

A smaller amount, just $40, was donated to the B.E.S.T. Democratic Club PAC in 2016.

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The Maryland Democrats education plan?

Maryland authorities could face open defiance if new gun laws pass, including from one of their own

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A Maryland-grown gun rights movement called “We Will Not Comply” is promising open defiance of any new gun control laws that may pass in the state.

Followers include the elected Sheriff of rural Wicomico County on the Eastern Shore who has promised neither he nor his deputies will enforce the laws.

“If these bills pass, we will not comply,” Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis said in a speech to supporters seen in a video posted to YouTube.

The “We Will Not Comply” movement started by a Second Amendment advocacy group called the Patriot Picket has gained steam as the 2019 session of the General Assembly has unfolded.

Members of Patriot Picket clad in “We Will Not Comply” T-shirts have been familiar faces on sidewalks and in hearing rooms for months.

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PUGH FALLOUT | Two UMMS board members resign, 4 more take 'voluntary leave of absence'

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - Two board members of the University of Maryland Medical System have resigned, and four more are accepting a "voluntary leave of absence," in light of a controversy with Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh's role on the UMMS board.

The mayor announced yesterday she was stepping down.

Today, UMMS board chairman Stephen A. Burch said he has asked "those Board members whose businesses currently have relationships with the Medical System - August J. Chiasera, Francis X. Kelly, James A. Soltesz and Walter A. Tilley, Jr. - to immediately take a voluntary leave of absence from the Board while we thoroughly review our governance practices and move toward even greater transparency."

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US Government Canceled 362,000 Passports Last Year Over Back-Taxes

Starting in 2021, Americans will require permission to visit Europe... technically the 26 borderless countries within Europe’s Schengen area.

The process will start out simple enough, taking about ten minutes to complete and costing around $8.

The EU estimates it will grant about 95% of the Americans who apply three years of access to the region.

But what if you are part of that unlucky 5%?

Over 12 million Americans travel to Europe each year. So upwards of 600,000 Americans could have trouble entering the EU starting in 2021.

That’s if everything goes according to plan...

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OPA Director Ted Moroney announces resignation

In an unexpected turn of events, Ted Moroney on Saturday announced his resignation from the Ocean Pines Board of Directors.

Moroney was appointed to the board in September 2017 to replace Brett Hill after his resignation. He was then elected to a one-year term last August.

He emailed a statement to board members on Saturday that was forwarded to this paper:

“Over the last four months I have been dealing with family issues that were not present when I ran for the board last year. At that time I had retired and planned to downsize and move full time to OP. Since then things have gone 180 degrees and other family issues have changed those plans dramatically. As Colette, Slobodan and Doug know from our work last year, I was fully immersed in my OPA duties.

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Marriage and Divorce

On their way to get married, a young Catholic couple is involved in a fatal car accident. The couple found themselves sitting outside the Pearly Gates waiting for St. Peter to process them into Heav
Whilewaiting, they began to wonder: Could they possibly get married in Heaven?When St. Peter showed up, they asked him. St. Peter said, "I don't know This is the first time anyone has asked. Let me go find out,'" and he left. The couple sat and waited, and waited Two months passed and the couple were still waiting. While waiting, they began to wonder what would happen if it didn't work out; could you get a divorce in heaven?

After yet another month, St. Peter finally returned, looking somewhat bedraggled. "Yes," he informed the couple,"You can get married in Heaven." "Great!" said the couple, "But we were just wondering, what if things don't work out? Could we also get a divorce in Heaven?" St. Peter, red-faced with anger, slammed his clipboard onto the ground. "What's wrong?" asked the frightened couple. "OH, COME ON!," St. Peter shouted, "It took me three months to find a priest up here! Do you have any idea how long it'll take me to find a lawyer?"

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Trump Blasts "Low IQ" Biden After Former VP Accidentally Announces His Candidacy

Capitalizing on a verbal stumble by the former VP over the weekend, President Trump has officially unveiled his nickname for Joe Biden: "Low IQ Individual"

As a reminder, The Hill reported that during a speech in Delaware to members of the state Democratic Party, Biden argued that criticism from members of the "New Left," a term used to define progressive who align with principle espoused by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) during his 2016 presidential campaign, was unfounded.
"I'm told I get criticized by the 'New Left,' " Biden told the audience. "I have the most progressive record of anybody running for the ... anybody who would run."
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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Trump Vows To Investigate Facebook

Scavino - who manages several of the president's and White House's social media accounts, reported being blocked from responding to someone's question over the social media platform - asked Facebook "WHY ARE YOU STOPPING ME from replying to comments followers have left me - on my own Facebook Page!!??"


President Trump renewed his criticism of Silicon Valley tech giants on Tuesday, calling Facebook, Google and Twitter "on the side of the Radical Left Democrats."
 

Since the 2016 election, left-leaning tech platforms have been caught censoring, mocking, or otherwise limiting the reach of conservatives. 

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Border Patrol catches two deported sex offenders crossing into Arizona

U.S. Border Patrol agents on Tuesday caught two illegal immigrants with criminal convictions as they crossed into Arizona from Mexico.

One man, 35-year-old Santos Avila Rosales of Honduras, was convicted of child molestation in Louisiana in 2011, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The other, 46-year-old Arturo Benjamin Avila Torres, is a two-time convicted felon who was deported after his crimes in California. He was convicted in 1993 for assault with a firearm and again in 1998 for "lascivious acts with a minor under 14."

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Md. legislators approve overhaul to human trafficking laws

ANNAPOLIS — Human trafficking moved one step closer to officially being recognized as a “crime of violence” in Maryland.

On Friday, the House of Delegates fell quiet as the electric board used to tally votes lit up with a wave of green “yes” votes, then broke into applause as a bill put in by freshman Del. Jesse Pippy (R-Frederick and Carroll) passed unanimously, 136-0.

In an overhaul of the state’s human trafficking laws, Maryland state’s attorneys are expected to more easily and clearly prosecute individuals who force, threaten, coerce or defraud people into prostitution, forced marriage or other sexual acts. The bill also takes away a defense that allows people to assert that they didn’t know a minor’s age when they trafficked them.

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VIDEO: We Build The Wall ‘MAGA All-Stars’ Town Hall – Cincinnati


Our advisory board members held a town hall in Cincinnati, Ohio last week. Speaking at the event were Brian Kolfage, Steve Bannon, Kris Kobach, Sheriff David Clarke, Brandon Darby, Tom Tancredo, and Angel Parents Mary Ann Mendoza & Steve Ronnebeck.

In the clip below, Kolfage tells how the wall campaign started & how it affected the decision-making of those on Capitol Hill. Darby & Bannon speak about Mexico being a failed narco-state, Clarke talks about sanctuary cities, and Tancredo explains why both major political parties have allowed illegal immigration to continue unabated.


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Manchin questions impact of transgender rights bill on local schools

A key Democrat announced Monday he opposes legislation to add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected categories under the Civil Rights Act.

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said that West Virginia officials have warned him away from backing the bill, the Equality Act, which would appear to allow students the right to use bathroom facilities and locker rooms based on their gender identity.

"I am not convinced that the Equality Act as written provides sufficient guidance to the local officials who will be responsible for implementing it, particularly with respect to students transitioning between genders in public schools,” Manchin said in a statement.


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Pentagon finds $12.8 billion for Trump's border wall

The Defense Department has identified $12.8 billion in possible funding that it could use to fulfill President Trump's call for a border wall.

Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., released the 20-page spreadsheet on Twitter Monday night.

Trump last month declared a national emergency at the border, and said he wants to use $3.6 billion for border wall projects. The Pentagon's list said it has found possible funding sources that are "in excess of the amount needed."

But it's not clear which projects the Defense Department will draw from. Some states that have been allocated big chunks of money that haven't been spent could see a hit.

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Maryland Lawmakers Choose Planned Parenthood over Federal Family Planning Dollars

Maryland may become the first state to retaliate against a new Trump administration rule governing family planning by ending the state’s participation in the federal grant program known as Title X.

Maryland lawmakers in the state House passed a bill Saturday that would allow the state to refuse federal family planning funds and, instead, fund its own family planning program that props up Planned Parenthood and other abortion vendors that provide and refer for abortions.

According to the Baltimore Sun, if the state’s health department does not accept federal family planning dollars, the state would have to fund its own program at the same level as the previous fiscal year.

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Ice Cream Or Italian Ice? DQ, Rita’s Give Away Freebies On First Day Of Spring

(CBS Local ) — Need another reason to be excited for spring’s arrival?

Both Dairy Queen and Rita’s Italian Ice are celebrating the first day of spring on Wednesday, March 20 with some freebies.

Dairy Queen will be giving away a free small vanilla cone all day long at participating locations.

Find your closest Dairy Queen location here: dairyqueen.com/us-en/locator/

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Church Sues Washington State for Forcing It to Pay for Abortion Coverage

A church is suing the state of Washington over a law forcing the church to pay for abortion coverage as part of the employee health plan it offers.

Cedar Park Church, a family of churches across the Evergreen State that also operates Christian schools, purchased group health insurance for its employees in keeping with its moral and legal obligations. Under SB 6219, a state law passed last year, any group health plan that includes maternity coverage, as Cedar Park’s does, must also include abortion coverage. The penalties for noncompliance include fines and imprisonment.

On Friday, the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), an Arizona-based nonprofit legal organization, filed suit on behalf of Cedar Park in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. The lawsuit challenges both the constitutionality and the legality of SB 6219.

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NEWS IN NUMBERS

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MARCH 18, 2019
Cut to the EPA's budget in President Trump's 2020 proposal. His budget also proposes major cuts for Medicaid, food stamps, cash welfare, public housing, transportation, clean energy and economic development.
Source: Governing

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MARCH 15, 2019
States in the U.S. Climate Alliance, a group committed to upholding the 2015 Paris Agreement to combat climate change. President Trump pulled America out of the agreement, making it one of the world's only countries not participating. Nevada is the latest to join.

24 hours

MARCH 14, 2019
Cooling-off period that a Georgia lawmaker proposes before men can buy pornography. Rep. Dar'shun Kendrick's "Testicular Bill of Rights" -- which is a response to a "heartbeat" bill moving through the legislature that would ban abortions often before women first realize they're pregnant -- would ban vasectomies, classify sex without a condom as aggravated assault, require men to pay child support during pregnancy and require men to get their partner's consent to buy Viagra.

14 years old

MARCH 13, 2019
Age that teens in New York would be able to get vaccines without their parents' consent under a proposed bill. Seven states, plus the District of Columbia, don't require minors to have parents' permission. The state of New York is currently facing a measles outbreak.

Supreme Court sides with Trump on detention of immigrants

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled in favor of the Trump administration by deciding federal officials can detain immigrants at any time for possible deportation after they have served their time in the U.S. for other crimes.

The 5-4 decision reversed the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which said officials have to detain these immigrants immediately or they are exempt from ever being detained.

Justice Samuel Alito delivered the majority opinion for the court, and he was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh. Justices Steven Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan dissented.

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ALUMINUM CANS ARE PILING UP IN LANDFILLS BECAUSE NOBODY WANTS TO PAY TO RECYCLE THEM

Used aluminum cans are piling up in scrap yards as the market for aluminum recyclables shrinks in size and profitability, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The price for used aluminum cans tanked 30 percent since the summer of 2018. Aluminum rollers are cutting recycled aluminum from cans out of their business models to prioritize more profitable areas of business.


Old aluminum cans are limited in what aluminum products they can be used in. Car and airplane manufacturers tend to stay away from using aluminum made from recycled cans. Aluminum producers are turning away from the used can market despite facing social pressure to embrace recycling, WSJ reports.

The slowdown in recycling aluminum cans comes amid a downturn the recycling market more broadly. Chinese tariffs and increased standards in recyclables’ purity have tanked the price of scrap paper and used plastic in the U.S.

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120 people killed, 140 homes destroyed by Nigeria Fulani since February

At least 120 people have been killed by alleged Fulani militant attacks since February in the Kaduna state of Nigeria with the latest attacks on Monday resulting in the deaths of over 50 and the destruction of more than 140 homes.

The governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai, imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew this week in the troubled Kajuru Local Government Area as thousands have been displaced from their homes by violence caused by militant Fulani herdsmen.

The curfew comes as there have been a string of recent attacks against communities within the predominantly Christian Adara chiefdom of southern Kaduna.

On Monday, 52 people were killed, dozens injured and around 143 homes were destroyed in attacks on the villages of Inkirimi, Dogonnoma and Ungwan Gora in the Maro district of the Kajuru Local Government Area, according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide.


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OCASIO-CORTEZ QUIETLY REMOVED FROM BOARD OF PAC SHE AND TOP AIDE CONTROLLED

Democratic Rep. Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez and her top aide are no longer board members of the outside PAC credited with orchestrating her political rise, according to a corporate document filed Friday to a Washington, D.C., agency.

The New York Democrat and her chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, who served as her campaign chair, joined the board of Justice Democrats in December 2017, according to the political action committee’s website. It also said the two held “legal control over the entity” at the same time it was playing a key role in supporting Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign prior to her shock victory over incumbent Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley in June 2018.

Attorneys for Ocasio-Cortez said she was removed from Justice Democrats’ board in June 2018, but she was listed an “entity governor” of the PAC as recently as March 14, according to corporate filings, The Daily Caller News Foundation previously reported.

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Nunes sues Twitter, some users, seeks over $250M alleging anti-conservative 'shadow bans,' smears

California GOP Rep. Devin Nunes filed a major lawsuit seeking $250 million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages against Twitter and a handful of its users on Monday, accusing the social media site of "shadow-banning conservatives" including himself to influence the 2018 elections, systematically censoring opposing viewpoints and totally "ignoring" lawful complaints of repeated abusive behavior.

In a complaint filed in Virginia state court on Monday, obtained by Fox News, Nunes claimed Twitter wanted to derail his work on the House Intelligence Committee, which he chaired until 2019, as he looked into alleged and apparent surveillance abuses by the government. Nunes said Twitter was guilty of "knowingly hosting and monetizing content that is clearly abusive, hateful and defamatory – providing both a voice and financial incentive to the defamers – thereby facilitating defamation on its platform."

The lawsuit alleged defamation, conspiracy and negligence, and sought not only damages, but also an injunction compelling Twitter to turn over the identities behind numerous accounts he said harassed and defamed him. The lawsuit is separate from Nunes' work on the House Intelligence Committee, where he is now the ranking member.

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https://www.foxnews.com/politics/nunes-files-bombshell-defamation-suit-against-twitter-seeks-250m-for-anti-conservative-shadow-bans-smears 

Maryland Democratic Party Criticizes Governor Larry Hogan’s Derogatory Comments

Annapolis, MD—Last night, after Governor Larry Hogan claimed in an interview that he comes from “the Ronald Reagan school of politics,” Chairwoman Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings stated that “With this, Larry Hogan promises to be a dog whistle white nationalist instead of a Trumpian white nationalist. This is a cold comfort when what the world needs is love & Unity.”

In addition to policies that directly undermined Civil Rights, Ronald Reagan infamously used derogatory terms like “welfare queen” to play on racist imagery and stereotypes in order to draw support for his political platforms. There is a troubling parallel between Reagan and Hogan’s political rhetoric, as demonstrated by Hogan’s comments yesterday when he criticized the Democratic-controlled legislature, saying it “seems to be the most pro-criminal group of legislators I’ve ever seen.” Yet this is not new for Larry Hogan. From killing Baltimore’s Red Line to his war on public education, Hogan has channeled Reagan in both rhetoric and deed by his track record of public hostility toward underserved communities.

Hogan’s comments yesterday were insensitive and irresponsible, and like Reagan’s derogatory comments before him, will only exacerbate negative stereotypes, divide Marylanders, and contribute to a more toxic political culture. The Maryland Democratic Party is calling on Larry Hogan to apologize for his comments.

71 percent of Americans think economy is doing well, poll says

A newly released poll shows nearly two-thirds of Americans say the economy is in good shape and and a slim majority say President Trump should get credit for it.

Seventy-one percent of respondents approve of the economy, the strongest showing since 2001, according to CNN.

A majority, 51 percent, of people surveyed also said they approve of Trump's handling of the economy. The results additionally pegged Trump’s overall approval rating at 42 percent, while 51 percent of respondents disapproved.

The survey, which was conducted by SSRS and ran Thursday through Sunday, asked half of participants surveyed whether they approved or disapproved of the way Trump was handling various hot-button issues. The poll has been keeping track of some of these issues since around the time Trump took office.

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WICOMICO COUNTY PROVIDING FREE NALOXONE TRAININGS

Throughout Maryland the opioid epidemic continues to claim lives, and locally 30 lives have been claimed in Wicomico County since September 2018. In an effort to address the local opioid epidemic, County Executive Bob Culver has encouraged all full-time Wicomico County employees to be trained on administering naloxone (brand name Narcan®), which is a medication that reverses opioid overdoses. “By encouraging county employees to attend a naloxone training, we are ensuring more individuals will be prepared and equipped to save a life should they witness and overdose situation”, says Culver.

Since the start of the Opioid Response Program in 2015, nearly 3,300 Wicomico County residents have been trained to administer naloxone; roughly 1,000 residents were trained during Fiscal Year 2018 (July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018) and 781 more since July 2018. The Wicomico County Opioid Coordinator, Christina Bowie-Simpson, continues to provide free naloxone trainings to the public as well as Wicomico County employees. Individuals who attend naloxone classes are not only taught how to administer the life-saving medication, but they are also provided with a naloxone kit for their personal use should they encounter an opioid overdose in the community. The training also provides additional information about the Good Samaritan Law, which provides protection from arrest for certain crimes if the individual calls 911 in an overdose emergency situation.

Naloxone trainings are held every second Tuesday of each month at the Wicomico County Public Library in Downtown Salisbury from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the lower level meeting rooms. In addition to these trainings, community members can contact the Wicomico County Health Department to schedule a free training at their agency or business. For more information or to schedule naloxone training, contact Christina Bowie-Simpson at (410) 219-3956.

If you or someone you love is struggling with a substance use disorder, you can find help at BeforeItsTooLateMD.org or by calling 211 and pressing 1 or contacting the Community Outreach Addictions Team (COAT) at 443-783-6875. For more information on the community efforts to fight the opioid epidemic, contact the Wicomico County Health Department at 410-219-3956, visit our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @WicomicoHealth.

Dollar General In Salisbury

JOE- I have rarely in my 70+ years made a complaint about a store or business. But this is #2 for me Yesterday I went into the Dollar General @ 1005 Rt 13 North store to make some purchases for a bingo group that meets in Salisbury. The prizes furnished are around a dollar or so that everyone can afford. This location hasn't been opened long .I think about maybe a year and a half. The store floor was so filthy the light color was almost like walnut stain smeared everywhere but it was just filthy. The isles were littered so badly you could not get down any of them with their little shopping carts, and I mean LITTERED to the extreme, like a tornado had gone through. The shelves were not stocked the items on them were like they had been thrown. Containers of shampoos and body wash items were sticky and dirty, in fact everything was dirty, torn and rummaged through, you would think items that were sparse would have been stocked more or removed for something else. It seems like the place has been severely neglected for quite sometime, either they need new management or shut this location down. I do know the location in Fruitland is very clean, always stocked, all aisles straightened and I believe this location has been opened longer than the one at 1005 Rt 13 North. It is a nice store to find nice stuff at reasonable prices and always the ones working are pleasant. I don't know how to report the other to the health dept but I hope someone does as the location could benefit a lot of people, and I would hate to see any business close.

Dozens Charged in Police Academy Admissions Scandal

Washington, D.C. – Federal prosecutors have announced the impending conclusion to an investigation well underway for more than 14 months that has uncovered a scam to gain admissions into the nation’s most prestigious police academies. The operation, headed by the FBI, was code-named “Bakers Dozen” and has now successfully brought evidence forward of the acceptance of less than qualified recruits in exchange for free pastries.

The academies involved read like a star studded Oscar nominations list: NYPD, LAPD, Boston PD, Las Vegas Metro, Texas DPS-Rangers Division and Michigan State Police just to name a few institutions to have been named thus far while others are still being held close to the chest by investigators.

But it’s not just these beloved historic police academies that are involved as it always takes two to tango. At the heart of the scam are some of the owners and higher executives at prominent donut chain locations such as Dunkin’ Donuts, Krispy Kreme and even Canadian based Tim Hortons. BNN attempted to obtain a statement from George Price Cooper IV (CFO and Executive VP at Krispy Kreme) as he was visiting a location near the Capitol building but employees shut the “hot now” sign off and locked the doors.

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FRESHMAN REPUBLICAN SENATOR WANTS TO GET CONGRESS OUT OF A RUT BY TAKING AWAY A PRIZED CASH COW

  • Freshman Sens. Rick Scott of Florida and Mike Braun of Indiana are the cosponsors of the Banning Lobbying and Safeguarding Trust (BLAST) Act.
  • Scott and Braun want to put an end to lawmakers stepping into the so-called “revolving door of K Street” — using their connections to become well-heeled lobbyists once they are out of office.
  • “I think that here you’d attract better people if you didn’t have them make a career out of it,” Braun told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Republican Indiana Sen. Mike Braun, co-sponsor of a recently introduced bill banning ex-congressmen from lobbying Congress, said his bill would help get Congress out of a “rut” — but he’s not expecting the legislation to gain traction anytime soon.

“I think that here you’d attract better people if you didn’t have them make a career out of it,” Braun told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “But so many incentives are put in place with pensions, the ability after you’re done to become a lobbyist, so you do nestle in, and then you start maybe not making the right long-term decisions. You basically make a decision: what will be best for me to nestle in further, be around here longer.”

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The U.S. has 1 million more job openings than unemployed workers

U.S. employers posted nearly 7.6 million open jobs in January, near a record high set in November, a sign that businesses are still hungry for workers despite evidence the economy has slowed. There are now about 1 million more open jobs than unemployed workers.

The Labor Department said Friday that hiring also rose and the number of people quitting their jobs picked up. Quits are a sign of a healthy economy, because people typically leave a job for another, usually higher-paying, one. Openings began to outpace the unemployed last spring, for the first time in the 18 years the data has been tracked.

"The question now is, will workers be increasingly tempted to switch to new jobs or will their current employers raise wages to keep them?" said Nick Bunker, an economist at job listings website Indeed.

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Family says Obama's top economic adviser killed himself

The family of a Princeton University economist and former top economic adviser to former President Barack Obama, has said he committed suicide.

Alan Krueger, 58, died on Saturday, according to a university announcement. His family said in a statement: "It is with tremendous sadness we share that Professor Alan B. Krueger, beloved husband, father, son, brother, and Princeton professor of economics, took his own life over the weekend.

"The family requests the time and space to grieve and remember him. In lieu of flowers, we encourage those wishing to honor Alan to make a contribution to the charity of their choice."

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MINNESOTA DEMOCRATS REPORTEDLY WANT ILHAN OMAR OUT — SHE BLAMES TRUMP

Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar blamed President Donald Trump on Sunday after reports that members of the Minnesota Democratic Party are considering removing her from congressional office for her repeated anti-Semitic statements.

“I’m sorry Mr. [Trump],” Omar tweeted in response to the reports. “I am for real, you can’t #MuslimBan us from Congress!”



I am sorry Mr. @realDonaldTrump
I am for real, you can’t #MuslimBan us from Congress! pic.twitter.com/EX1KNeUPiA
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) March 17, 2019

Minnesota Democrats are reportedly dismayed that Omar has made a string of bigoted comments about Jews, which have received massive condemnation from both sides of the aisle. Consequently, members of the state party are looking for someone to contest her nomination in 2020 and run a different candidate in her place.


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Boomtown: DC Swamp Issues More than 2.7 Million Traffic Tickets, Collecting $324 Million for Government

The Washington, DC, government prides itself on its transparency, but digging up the facts about it’s red light camera and other ticketing policies is difficult, with officials referring reporters to outdated information and some data only coming through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

It is also necessary to slice and dice the facts because the revenue the District receives is not the same as the money violators owe but have not paid.

For example, Breitbart News asked the D.C. Office of Tax Revenue about the money generated through tickets, and the office responded that in Fiscal Year 2017, “photo ticket revenue” was slightly over $100 million and about $98 million in Fiscal Year 2018.

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Food Stamp Usage Falls to 37 Million for First Time Since October 2009


Overall participation in America’s food stamp program fell to 37 million for the first time since October 2009, according to the latest statistics released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The most recent USDA data revealed that 37,911,631 people received food stamps through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in December 2018, marking the lowest level of overall participation in the nation’s food stamp program in nearly ten years.

The last time overall participation in food stamps reached this level was in October 2009, when 37,672,818 people were on the government dole, according to USDA data.

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An Armed Citizenry Is A Free Citizenry, Which Is Why Liberals Want You Disarmed

Kentucky recently became the 16th state to amend its laws to get rid of onerous restrictions on healthy, law-abiding adults bearing arms, conforming its concealed weapons statutes to the Constitution and irritating liberals who prefer that we citizens remain helpless sheep. Some of us channel the Founders and believe it is every eligible citizen’s duty to own the kind of guns liberals label “assault weapons” in order to be able to personally protect themselves, their families, their communities and their Constitution; others just want the option of carrying a .38 at a house of worship or elsewhere in public where evil might manifest. But liberals oppose this natural right. Why? Well, there are only two kinds of people who object to Normal Americans being able to protect their lives and freedom, felons and aspiring tyrants, and it just so happens both of them are key constituencies of the Democrat Party.

The trend in most states is to “shall issue” concealed weapons permits, with a third of the states tossing out even those useless obstacles to free citizens exercising their personal choice when it comes to packing heat. In 2019, Second Amendment is evolving right, with society increasingly recognizing that this essential freedom should not be arbitrarily restricted. Liberals should be all aboard. Remember how liberals keep telling us that our conception of rights is supposed to take changes in society into account? We always hear how the Constitution must evolve when it’s a fake right that Democrats like, as opposed to one that’s actually written in the Bill of Rights. Well, the overwhelming trend lately is for legislatures and governors across the country to democratically enact gun freedom measures, so we need to ask our liberal friends, “Where’s your ‘living Constitution’ now?”

For some reason, gun-grabbing liberals seem to think that the existence of people who want to shoot random civilians should make us want to be less able to defend ourselves. Uh, no. The horrifying New Zealand terrorist attack would usually have drawn universal attacks by liberals on law-abiding Americans and their rights. On the upside, the dishonest and disgraceful slander of fellow Americans that usually accompanies these events was comparatively muted, perhaps because this loser (who should die anonymously, his videos unviewed, his manifesto unread, and his name unspoken) was so transparently attempting to provide everyone with fodder to hate their political opponents. To rile liberals, he mixed in references to Trump and Candace Owens; to outrage us Normals, he embraced leftism and environmental wackoism. It was a scam to set us at each other’s throats. The proper response to this creep’s crude manipulation is to not pretend that he was motivated by anything other than resentment over his own manifest inadequacies and failures. To hang this idiot’s acts on one’s political opponents for cheesy short-term rhetorical advantage is to play his game; instead, we should come together in the hope that the Kiwis hang that idiot.


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POLL: NEW YORK STATE VOTERS OVERWHELMINGLY OPPOSE ILLEGALS GETTING DRIVERS LICENSES

A majority of New York State voters, according to a newly released Siena College poll, overwhelmingly oppose illegal immigrants receiving driver’s licenses.

Sixty-one percent of New York voters say they do not believe non-citizens should receive driver’s licenses. While 49 percent of Democrats support issuing driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, 84 percent of Republicans and 71 percent of Independents oppose such a policy.

“Overwhelmingly, Republicans and Independents, upstaters and downstate suburbanites, oppose allowing undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses. Democrats and New York City voters are closely divided on the issue,” Siena Research’s Steven Greenberg said. “White voters strongly oppose; black and Latino voters support it by small margins.”

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Polls: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Less Popular Than Trump, Hillary

Celebrity freshman congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) is not as popular as her many social media admirers would like to believe. In fact, recent polling suggests that AOC is pretty widely despised, even in her home state, and even within her party.

A March 15 Gallup poll, for example, found that just 31 percent of Americans view Ocasio-Cortez favorably, compared to 41 percent who view her unfavorably. It appears that as more people have gotten to know the congresswoman, the less they like her. The last time Gallup surveyed AOC's favorable rating was back in September 2018, prior to her election to Congress, when 50 percent of respondents had no opinion or had never heard of her. That number has shrunk to just 29 percent over the past several months as the congresswoman has aggressively made a name for herself on Capitol Hill.

Gallup's finding are in line with those of a Fox News poll of registered voters conducted in February, which found that Ocasio-Cortez had a favorable rating of just 26 percent, and an unfavorable rating of 39 percent (-13). In that poll, 34 percent of respondents didn't offer an opinion or said they'd never heard of AOC. Respondents had a slightly better view of President Donald Trump, who had a favorable rating of 43 percent, and an unfavorable rating of 54 percent (-11). Ocasio-Cortez did, however, perform better than Socialism, which had a favorable rating of just 25 percent, and an unfavorable rating of 59 percent (-34).

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Social Security may use your Facebook and Instagram photos to nix disability claims

  • The Social Security Administration may start screening your Facebook and Instagram posts to evaluate your disability claim
  • Currently, the federal agency uses them to investigate fraud cases, but it's planning to expand that usage
  • Social media is considered a poor measure of a person's life, so the practice raises data privacy questions
Careful what you post online. The Social Security Administration may start screening your Facebook and Instagram posts to evaluate your disability claim. At the moment, the SSA's disability investigations units and the Office of the Inspector General use social media posts to flag fraudulent activity. However, in the 2020 budget proposal released Monday, the SSA said it's planning to expand that usage to review and evaluate applicants for disability benefits. SSA spokesperson Mark Hinkle said the work is "ongoing."

"We are evaluating how social media could be used by disability adjudicators in assessing the consistency and supportability of evidence in a claimant's case file," the agency said in the 2020 budget. 


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Bills would fund HIV prevention, tracking, testing rape kits

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — Multiple bills that would provide protection and treatment for victims of sexual assault, as well as assist local law enforcement agencies with the testing and tracking of rape kits, made their way through the House and Senate, ahead of the Monday deadline for bills to crossover into the other chamber.

These bills are the byproduct of a January report on sexual assault evidence kits in the state, produced by the Maryland Sexual Assault Evidence Kit Policy and Funding Committee.

The committee was created in 2017 and is chaired by the Office of the Attorney General. Multiple stakeholders, including law enforcement, medical professionals, victim advocates and legislators make up the board.

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Off-Duty State Trooper Charged After Pointing Gun At Another Driver On I-695 In Road Rage Incident, Police Say

BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — An off-duty Maryland State trooper was arrested in a road rage incident on Sunday evening.

According to Baltimore County Police, Zachary Tyler Bowen allegedly pointed a gun at another driver on I-695 after he was allegedly cut off.

“The driver, the male victim, he changed lanes and didn’t realize there was another car either in that area or close to him and there was some type of interaction,” Baltimore Police said.

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Catherine Pugh Should Resign

“The development-political complex is a metastasizing cancer on the city’s body politic and economic health. Dixon is merely an excised limb. Unfortunately city politicians do not want to be cured, because ending the current system means giving up the power it provides them.”
January 6, 2010
“Until Baltimore voters decide to dismantle the machine, nothing is going to change. Nobody really thinks that Catherine Pugh and Sheila Dixon are all that different. Do they?”
April 16, 2016

The prescience of those above quotes have really come to light in the last few days.

By this point, everybody knows that Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh entered into an agreement with the University of Maryland Medical System to buy 100,000 copies of her self-published book for $500,000. We know that Pugh entered into this agreement while citing on the UMMS Board of Directors. We know that Pugh failed to report this agreement on seven years worth of state ethics forms dating back to her time as a State Senator. We now know that thousands of the books wound up in a Baltimore City School warehouse, that the school system never wanted them, and they have no accounting of where the books actually went. And we know that her fellow members of the Board of Directors, as well as the Hospital System CEO who ostensibly reported to her as a Director, donated vast sums of cash to her Mayoral campaign.


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Hogan: Not acting on Baltimore violent crime 'is outrageous & unacceptable'

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WBFF) - Asked about anti-crime bills moving through the Maryland General Assembly, Gov. Larry Hogan again blasted the staggering violent crime in Baltimore City and said "it's outrageous and unacceptable" to not be tough on violent offenders.

"It's very, very frustrating to me, because the violent crime, which has taken over Baltimore City, is something that is not only of critical important to the residents of Baltimore City, who are afraid to live in their own neighborhoods, but it's of concern to people all across the state," said Hogan at this morning's press conference.

"We have a bill to try to push tough sentencing [for] repeat violent offenders, who have multiple times been convicted of committing a felony with a gun, and it's not getting any traction," he continued.

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White House proposes caps on student loan borrowing

The Trump administration is proposing new limits on student borrowing as part of a broader plan to curb the cost of college.

White House officials announced the plan Monday amid a list of education priorities as Congress sets out to overhaul the Higher Education Act.

The plan says Congress should put a cap on federal student loans to prevent borrowers from taking on unmanageable debt. Officials didn't propose specific limits but said it could vary by academic program.

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Limbaugh: Real reason Trump soaring in battleground states

A new polls shows President Trump’s popularity is soaring in the key battleground states of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.

He leads a generic Democratic nominee in those states 46 percent to 40 percent, according to a Wall Street Journal survey.

Talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh told his listeners Monday it’s not hard to understand why.

Voters in those states like the “ongoing economic renaissance” they are experiencing.

“This wasn’t supposed happen. Trump was supposed to barely be above 30 now,” he said.


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