Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Uber, New Jersey Town Partner To Offer Residents Free Rides After A Night On The Town

Since its launch, Uber has had a somewhat contentious relationship with cities and municipalities over the legality of its services. But in an interesting turn of events, the ride-hailing app is actually partnering with one town, offering free rides for citizens that may have had a few too many adult beverages.

Uber has teamed up with Evesham Township, NJ, to offer residents free rides home in hopes they won’t get behind the wheel after visiting one of the city’s many local watering holes, cutting down on the number of drunken driving cases, Reuters reports.

Under the partnership, which is funded through donations, Uber will provide free rides to anyone drinking between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. in at least 19 alcohol-serving establishments within the city.

“We’re dealing with people who might’ve had too much to drink, so we needed to make it so easy for them to open their iPhone and push a button,” Evesham Mayor Randy Brown tells Reuters.

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Saudi prince held in record Beirut airport drug bust

BEIRUT: A Saudi prince and four others were detained on Monday in Lebanon in the largest drug bust in the history of the Beirut airport, a security source said.

Saudi prince Abdel Mohsen Bin Walid Bin Abdulaziz and four others were detained by airport security while allegedly “attempting to smuggle about two tons of Captagon pills and some cocaine,” a security source told AFP.

“The smuggling operation is the largest one that has been foiled through the Beirut International Airport,” the source said on condition of anonymity.

Captagon is the brand name for the amphetamine phenethylline, a synthetic stimulant. The banned drug is consumed mainly in the Middle East and has reportedly been widely used by fighters in Syria.

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Facebook Wins Dismissal Of $15 Billion Privacy Lawsuit

It’s been more than three years since a federal judge in California heard arguments in a large class-action lawsuit filed against Facebook over its questionable privacy practices. Finally, on Friday that judge sided with the social network and threw out the case — while leaving open the option for plaintiffs to revise and re-file their case.

The complaint involves Facebook’s tracking of users both while they are logged in as Facebook users and after they log off.

The plaintiffs argued that, in exchange for offering free access to Facebook, the company “conditions its membership upon users providing sensitive and personal information… including name, birth date, gender and e-mail address,” and requires that users accept numerous Facebook “cookies” on their web browsers that allow Facebook to track that a user’s Internet browsing history — which is then marketed to advertisers.

Of particular concern to the plaintiffs was Facebook’s continued tracking of users even after they had logged out of Facebook.

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A Hundred Years Dry: The U.S. Navy’s End of Alcohol at Sea

As a flotilla of naval vessels from around the world participates in the Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) to sustain relationships in the maritime community, a century ago this week international navies converged for a remarkably different occasion—to drink the last of the U.S. Navy’s supply of alcohol. On July 1, 1914 the ships of the U.S. Navy officially became dry under General Order No. 99. “The use or introduction for drinking purposes of alcoholic liquors on board any naval vessel, or within any navy yard or station, is strictly prohibited, and commanding officers will be held directly responsible for the enforcement of this order,” reads the hundred year-old order. Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels issued the order. A teetotaler, former newspaper publisher, and supporter of the temperance movement, the North Carolinian had already become unpopular with many of those in the sea services. When the order was first announced in on April 16, 1914, it was met with derision and mockery in the press, which regarded the policy as an attempt to make the Navy softer.

Editorial cartoons dubbed Daniels “Sir Josephus, Admiral of the USS Grapejuice Pinafore” who oversaw a fleet of Navy ships with names such as “USS Piffle” that were bedecked with flowers, rocking chairs and potted plants. But Daniels’ order was actually just the final phase of a long process that had been slowly reducing the presence of alcohol on Navy ships.

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Pediatricians: Raise Smoking Age To 21, Ban Flavored Tobacco, Restrict E-Cig Sales

Even though the percentage of smokers in the U.S. has been slashed by more than half over the last 50 years, smoking is still the leading preventable cause of death in the country. The American Academy of Pediatrics believes there are a number of steps that should be taken in order to prevent people from picking up the habit in the first place.

In a statement of public policy [PDF] released this morning, the organization calls for, among other changes, the smoking age to be increased to 21, a ban on flavored tobacco, and restrictions on marketing and sale of non-tobacco nicotine-delivery devices like e-cigarettes.

According to the document, nearly 9-in-10 adult smokers got their start before the age of 18, and “Middle and high school students often obtain their first tobacco products from older children.”

The organization hopes that making it more difficult for older teenagers to obtain cigarettes, they won’t be as likely to give their younger pals their first smoke.

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A Viewer Writes: Outward Bound

These folks were in the Florida keys on simple sailboats living off the mangrove islands and fishing for survival food. I never paid much attention 30 years ago, being young & single, but it’s a way to give an addict a sense of self-worth and viability. I wonder if the State could step up with financial help?

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New Subscription Service Offers Live-Streaming Broadway Shows

If you can’t make it in person to see the neon lights of Broadway, there’s now another option for fans of the theater: a new subscription service is offering up on-demand, live-streaming theatrical productions. I know what you’re thinking — how will I be able to aggressively shush the annoying people talking throughout?

Two veteran Broadway producers teamed up to start BroadwayHD, Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley, who have worked in the past on partnering with networks to broadcast stage performances, reports Mashable. Technology has come along way, making it easier to provide live content on-demand to audiences anywhere with an internet connection.

“The streaming thing, the whole convenience of ‘what I want when I want it,’ is just how people are conditioned to consume their entertainment nowadays,” Comley told Mashable. “It’s how the business is evolving. It’s art meets theater meets the Internet.”

Customers can choose from a monthly subscription ($14.99), a yearly membership ($169.99), or pay à la carte to watch one specific show. There will also be some free content.

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WELCOME SHOPPERS!

You and your friends are invited to the next opening of the Holly Center Auxiliary Canteen Boutique! We have women’s, men’s and children’s apparel as well as beautiful jewelry, scarves, pocketbooks, home accents and lots more! We are located on Snow Hill Road in Salisbury. The next opening of the Canteen Boutique is:

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2015
11:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
CANTEEN BUILDING

All proceeds realized from this venture are utilized by the Holly Center Auxiliary to enhance the quality of life for the Holly Center people. We welcome support from individuals, community groups and organizations.

For more information on the Canteen Boutique, call Marlina Belote, Director of Volunteer Services & Community Relations, @ 410.572.6204.

Boehner-Obama Spending Deals Have Increased Debt $3,970,023,503,348.07

(CNSNews.com) - The federal debt has increased by $3,970,023,503,348.07 since House Speaker John Boehner cut his first spending deal with President Barack Obama in 2011.

That equals $33,832.64 for every household in the United States.

After the Republicans won a majority of the House of Representatives in the 2010 elections, Boehner was elected speaker in January 2011. At that time, the government was operating under a continuing resolution that expired on March 4, 2011. Before that CR expired, Boehner cut a spending deal that President Obamas signed to fund the government after that date.

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteer opportunities are available at the Holly Center in area departments such as Recreation, Adult Day Program, the Holly Center Auxiliary and Advocacy. The benefits of volunteering are of enormous!

In addition, volunteers are needed to assist staff with special events that directly benefit the Holly Center people. If you would like you to consider becoming a volunteer of Holly Center, please contact the Office of Volunteer Services at 410.572.6204. The next scheduled adult volunteer orientation will be held on:

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2015
       ACTIVITIES BUILDING
4:30 PM
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Pre-registration is required to attend the Volunteer Orientation. For more information, please call Marlina Belote, Director of Volunteer Services & Community Relations at 410.572.6204.

Growing a 2,000-pound pumpkin

COVENTRY, R.I.

Ron Wallace grows pumpkins nearly the size of a Fiat.

From the pumpkin patch in his Rhode Island backyard, Wallace has become the rock star of giant pumpkin-growing. He was the first person in the world to break the 2,000-pound, or 1-ton, barrier when he grew a 2,009-pound pumpkin in 2012, and he previously broke the world record in 2006.

A friend calls him a "mainstreamer," someone whose passion for the hobby has spread word to the broader public.

Wallace, a country club manager, has spent 27 years at it, swapping ideas with growers worldwide. About 30,000 people grow giant fruits and vegetables competitively, and pumpkins are most popular, said Andy Wolf, president of the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth, which he calls "the NFL of pumpkin-growing."

"All walks of life. Doctors, lawyers, farmers," Wallace says. "The bond is giant pumpkins."

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“LEE RECEIVES EMPLOYEE AWARD”

Recently, Janet Lee, received the “Employee of the Month” award for the month of October by the Employee Recognition Committee of Holly Center. Mrs. Lee has worked at the Center for 24 years and is positioned in the Dietary Services Department. She was referred to seek employment at the Holly Center by a friend and appreciates the opportunity to work at a facility assisting people with intellectual disabilities.

Mrs. Lee is a resident of Wicomico County and resides in Salisbury with her husband, James, who is retired. They have 2 adult children and 5 grandchildren. The grandchildren are: Jakkari; 19, Jamir; 14, Shakayla; 10, Ja’Bri; 9, and Sanai; 7.

Mrs. Lee relishes in spending quality time with her family, gardening, baking, reading the bible, and enjoys helping others. Future goals include retirement, opening a bakery business and traveling.

Colleagues report, “Mrs. Lee always demonstrates a willingness to assist others on any shift while insuring that the Holly Center people receive their meals and snacks. She enjoys preparing different delicious specials in the cafeteria and is eager to do any assignment that is requested. Mrs. Lee is indeed a great asset the Holly Center. Congratulations Mrs. Lee for doing a fantastic job!”

Half of All Church Fires in Last 20 Years Were Result of Arson

The Pew Research Center finds that over the past twenty years, more than half of all fires in U.S. houses of worship were intentionally set as acts of arson, far more than the percentage of fires in other buildings.

Between 1996 and 2015 there were 4,705 reported fires in houses of worship in the United States, of which 2,378, or slightly more than 50 percent, were found to be the work of arsonists.

Many of the attacks on churches have been religiously or racially motivated, the Center notes, such as a string of arson attacks at six predominantly black churches in the Saint Louis area this month, although federal law enforcement agencies have ruled these fires to be unrelated and police are as yet unwilling to say whether the attacks are racially driven. Acts of arson are also significantly more common in churches than in other structures, and in recent years only 5 to 10 percent of residential and non-residential fires were intentionally set, as compared to the 51 percent of church fires that were deemed acts of arson.

Church burnings have also been more common in the south, a sad legacy to the years of the civil rights movement when church arson was a relatively common occurrence.

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BLM Now claiming private land in Red River Texas

BREAKING NEWS: Military blimp that broke loose is grounded in Pennsylvania

A military blimp that broke free in Maryland and caused power outages from a cable being dragged underneath has been grounded in Montour County, Pa. after a four hour flight.

Got Corn? Ethanol Is No Longer King In Iowa Among Candidates

For decades, many presidential candidates campaigning in Iowa have made sure to offer their loud support for ethanol — the fuel made from corn.

Ethanol is an important industry in Iowa. The state is the top producer of ethanol in the nation, accounting for 28 percent of national production, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

But this election cycle, ethanol is not the campaign force it once was.

Take the contrast between George W. Bush's 2000 presidential campaign and the current campaign of his brother, Jeb Bush.

During a 1999 debate in Iowa, George declared, "I support ethanol, and I support ethanol strongly. I'd support ethanol whether I was in here in Iowa or not."

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Why the Fed HATES Physical Cash and Could Move to Tax It

The big banks want to do away with physical cash.

Why?

Because it represents a means of getting your money out of the system.

In its efforts to prop up the Too Big To Fail banks, the Fed has made keeping your money in a bank a low value proposition.

To whit, for decades individuals kept their money in bank savings accounts for two reasons:

1) Safety.

2) Returns.

By not implementing any real reforms to the banking industry, nor jailing anyone who committed the fraud that caused the 2008 Crisis, the Fed has irreparably damaged #1.

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Ben Carson: Hillary ‘Poster Child’ of Dishonesty…

Dr. Ben Carson would “relish” the opportunity to take on Hillary Clinton—whom he dubbed the “poster child” of dishonesty—in a general election.

On Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot channel 125, Carson, who is now the frontrunner in Iowa, told host and Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon that a contest versus Clinton would be the “most clear-cut election in history.”

He said Hillary Clinton’s campaign would be about the the “usual tax and spend, promise them everything, give them nothing policies.”

Carson also said a potential general election battle with Clinton would also allow him to “demonstrate to people the whole concept of dishonesty.”

“She’s the poster child for that,” Carson said.

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PITTSVILLE ALSO HAS ELECTIONS TUESDAY

As usual, the Town of Pittsville has done nothing to advertise they have en election this Tuesday. I'm told the voting will happen at the Fire House from 12 to 7 pm, (correct me if I'm wrong) where TWO council seats are up for grabs. The two incumbents are running again and one woman, (new) is also running. Let your friends and neighbors know there is an election, since the Town refuses to let the public know. 

Muslim Invasion of Europe

The Syrian government sells passports and birth certificates at affordable prices. Many migrants have no passport, no ID, and refuse to give fingerprints.
Because Islam is the heart of the culture of people formerly colonized, Europeans rejected criticism of Islam, saying it would blend smoothly into a multicultural Europe. They did not demand the assimilation of the Muslims who came to live in Europe. Much of the time, Muslims are not assimilated -- and often show signs of not wanting to assimilate.

Any criticism of Islam in Europe is treated as a form of racism, and "Islamophobia" is considered a crime or a sign of mental illness.

European people still have the right to vote, but are deprived of most of their power: all important political decisions in Europe are made behind closed doors by technocrats and professional politicians in Brussels or Strasbourg.

Europe has renounced force, so to many, it appears weak, vulnerable and easily able to be overpowered.

The sudden arrival of hundreds of thousands more Muslims most likely prompts Europeans to think that the nightmare will get worse; they see, powerlessly, that their leaders speak and act as if they have no awareness of what is happening.

Central European leaders and people, who have already lived under authoritarian rule, seem to be thinking that entering the European Union was a huge mistake. They came to what was then called the "free world." They do not seem willing to be subjected again to coercive decisions made by outsiders.
Illegal Muslim migrants will live on social benefits until the bankruptcy of welfare states.

In all 28 countries of the European Union, birth rates are low and the population is aging. People under thirty account for only 16% of the population, or 80 million people. In the 22 Arab countries, plus Turkey and Iran, people under thirty account for 70% of the population, or 350 million people.
The flow of illegal migrants does not stop. They land on the Greek islands along the Turkish coast. They still try to get into Hungary, despite a razor wire fence and mobilized army. Their destination is Germany or Scandinavia, sometimes France or the UK. Some of them still arrive from Libya. Since the beginning of January, more than 620,000 have arrived by sea alone. There will undoubtedly be many more: a leaked secret document estimates that by the end of December, there might be 1.5 million.

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Governor Larry Hogan: Sagamore Another Example that Maryland is Open for Business

BREAKING NEWS: Republicans pick Ryan to replace Boehner

Republicans have picked Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan to be their candidate to replace John Boehner as House speaker. The full House will vote Thursday to select the next speaker.

Pastor Investigated After Stating Jesus Did Not Want ‘Predatory Migrant Hordes’

Local prosecutors are investigating a pastor in Germany who referred to migrants as “predatory hordes” and claimed they were creating conditions that could trigger a civil war.

The pastor of the Evangelical Free Church in Riedlingen, southwest Germany, spoke of an “illegal, sometimes even violent invasion” and said that German Chancellor Angela Merkel wanted to control the population through “civil war-like conditions”.

The Stuttgarter Zeitung reports that the pastor – who has not been named – said: “Jesus has definitely not said that we should let our land be plundered by invading predatory hordes.”

The mayor of Riedlingen, Marcus Schafft, said the church did not speak for the local community. “This is a counterpoint, not reflecting my opinion, nor that of the citizens of Riedlingen.”

The pastor’s remarks were an “extreme position”, Mr Schafft said, adding that the local prosecutor must investigate their legality. However, the prosecutor said that the results of any investigation were not likely to be published until the New Year.

If an offence has been committed, the pastor could face up to five years in jail.

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BREAKING NEWS: Military blimp breaks free in Maryland

NORAD says two fighter jets are tracking an unmanned high-tech blimp over Pennsylvania that broke free from Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland.

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Parole and Probation Agents Ensure no Tricks for Halloween

Some Sex Offenders to be Closely Monitored on Holiday

NO
CANDY
Towson, MD (October 28, 2015) –Division of Parole and Probation agents will be closely monitoring certain sex offenders throughout the state on Halloween, visiting their homes and directing them not to give candy to children.

Agents from the Collaborative Offender Management Enforced Treatment (COMET) team will concentrate their efforts the afternoon and evening of Saturday, October 31, 2015. Within that time, COMET agents will travel to the homes of those offenders for whom the intervention is determined to be most appropriate such as those whose victims were minors.

A letter and an unadorned, black and white “No Candy” sign have been provided to all offenders under COMET supervision. The agents will work closely with law enforcement during the initiative.

Sex offenders should remain at home on Halloween from 5 to 10 p.m., during which time agents will conduct home visits. Offenders must keep their porch lights off and post the “No Candy” sign on their door. They are not to answer their doors to trick-or-treaters.

Stunning Bernie Sanders Video From 1985 Just Surfaced — This Is Who He Really Is

This is groundbreaking...

Democratic presidential nominee Bernie Sanders calls himself a “democratic socialist.”

He has stated: “Democratic socialism is taking a hard look at what countries like Denmark, Sweden, Norway (and) Finland…have done over the years and try to ascertain what they have done that is right, in terms of protecting the needs of millions of working families and the elderly and the children. And I think there’s much that we can learn from those countries that have had social democratic governments and labor governments or whatever.”

Has Sanders also spoken positively of more radical regimes such as Fidel Castro’s Communist Cuba?

In a 1985 video discovered by CNS News, Sanders applauded Castro for having “totally transformed society” in Cuba.

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Governor Larry Hogan Joins Officials for Sagamore Spirit Groundbreaking

Whiskey Distillery Will Be One of the First Port Covington Redevelopment Projects

ANNAPOLIS, MD –
Governor Larry Hogan today joined local elected leaders, Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, and executives from Sagamore Spirit, a new Baltimore-based whiskey company, to break ground on the company’s 5-acre whiskey distillery in Port Covington. The distillery will be one of the first projects in the larger Port Covington redevelopment.

The Hogan administration has consistently reaffirmed its support for the City of Baltimore and for transformational projects like Port Covington, which has the potential to be a major employment center in the city. Current plans for the Port Covington site include up to 3 million square feet of office and manufacturing space for Under Armour, plus additional commercial and recreation space.

“Sagamore Spirit and the entire Port Covington development project serves as an outstanding example of the economic development potential for Baltimore when companies invest in the city's future,” Governor Hogan said. “Our administration is wholly focused on creating the right conditions to grow the private sector, get people back to work, and turn Maryland's economy around. Sagamore will be an important partner in those efforts.”

NO, THE TEA PARTY ISN’T DEAD. IT’S JUST WAITING.

The left chortled on Monday after learning the results of a new Gallup poll showing an all-time low for Tea Party support. According to Gallup, just 17 percent of Americans say they support the Tea Party, with 24 percent calling themselves opponents and 54 percent saying they have no opinion.

The poll’s high water mark for the Tea Party stood at 32 percent in November 2010. Oddly, the drop-off has been steepest among conservative Republicans, who have dropped from 63 percent support to 42 percent support from 2010 to 2015. Moderate or liberal Republicans never really supported the Tea Party; just 32 percent supported the Tea Party as of 2010, and that number has now dropped to 17 percent.

What happened?

The establishment Republican Party went to war with the Tea Party, over and over again.

Unlike the Democratic Party, which has a useful habit of coopting the left’s hardcore popular grassroots movements, from Occupy Wall Street to Black Lives Matter, the right has an unfortunate habit of disassociating from its popular uprisings. Almost from the outset, Republican insiders seemed uncomfortable with the Tea Party movement, believing it to be a reflection of anger that could blow back on them.

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State of Maryland, Gyeonggi Province Sign Memorandum of Understanding

Partnership Focuses on Cooperation in the Areas of Business, Research and Development, and Innovation

ANNAPOLIS, MD –
The Hogan administration today strengthened the State of Maryland’s business ties with South Korea at a signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the State and Gyeonggi Province, South Korea’s most populous province and the country’s major economic center.

On behalf of Governor Larry Hogan, Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford signed the MOU, along with the governor of Gyeonggi Province, Nam Kyung-pil, at the Maryland State House. The MOU fosters economic and cultural development for both Maryland and Gyeonggi, as the two parties agree to work together to maximize business opportunities; strengthen cooperation in the research and development sector; advance enterprises, including startups; create jobs; and generate new economic opportunities in both regions.

“I had the pleasure of meeting with Governor Nam during our trade mission to Asia, when we discussed our regions’ potential for cooperation and partnership,” said Governor Hogan. “Today’s agreement solidifies this partnership, and is another key step forward in strengthening Maryland’s business and cultural ties with South Korea.”

What Americans blame most for mass shootings (Hint: it’s not gun laws)

As Democrats look to make gun violence a core issue in the 2016 presidential campaign, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds wide agreement that gun violence is a problem but bitter and stark division on whether new gun laws should trump the constitutional right to gun ownership.

The survey finds that 46 percent say new laws to reduce gun violence should be a bigger priority, while 47 percent say it's more important to protect the right to own firearms. This marks a shift away from gun laws since April 2013, when Democrats' push for increased background checks fell short in the aftermath of the massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.; back then, a 52 percent majority said new laws should be a priority.

Bigger priority: New gun laws or protect gun rights?

Which do you think should be a higher priority right now – (enacting new laws to try to reduce gun violence), or (protecting the right to own guns)?

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Operation CYA


Chicago Weekend Violence Leaves 5 Dead, 17 wounded Including 15-Year-Old Girl

The toll of violence in Chicago continues to spiral higher and higher, and this weekend brought another five killed and 17 wounded to add to the growing number. The weekend’s violence included the wounding of a 15-year-old girl and a knife attack on a British man visiting the city.

The killing started on Friday afternoon at 3PM when a a man was shot and killed in Jefferson Park. A second death occurred just before 9PM that day. Two more were killed on Saturday, with the fifth killed by Sunday.

Also, Friday through Sunday, 17 were wounded in Chicago.

In one case, in Marquette Park, a teenaged girl was shot in the back when an unknown party fired at her and a 20-year-old man who was identified by police as a known gang member.

The teen was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center where she was reported in stable condition.

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Do You Know How Many Countries the US Military's Deployed In?

Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Special Ops “Successes."

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If journalism was once considered the first rough draft of history, now, when it comes to American military policy at least, it’s often the first rough pass at writing a script for "The Daily Show." Take, for example, a little inside-the-paper piece that Eric Schmitt of the New York Times penned recently with this headline: “New Role for General After Failure of Syria Rebel Plan.” And here’s the first paragraph:

“The Army general in charge of the Pentagon’s failed $500 million program to train and equip Syrian rebels is leaving his job in the next few weeks, but is likely to be promoted and assigned a senior counterterrorism position here, American officials said on Monday.”

Yes, you read that right. Major General Michael Nagata is indeed “likely to be promoted.” He remains, according to Schmitt, one of “the Army’s rising stars” and is “in line to be awarded a third star, to lieutenant general, and take a senior position at the National Counterterrorism Center in Washington.” Oh, and one of the reasons for his possible upcoming promotion, other than having overseen a program to produce 15,000 American-backed “moderate” Syrian rebels ready to fight the Islamic State that actually only produced a handful of them who fought no one, is according to “colleagues” his “bureaucratic acumen in counterterrorism jobs at the C.I.A. and the Pentagon.”

Celebrating 14 years since we kissed our freedoms goodbye

If you haven’t already, now’s the time to get out your party hats to celebrate the 14th anniversary of the USA PATRIOT Act.

You know about the law, I’m sure; passed barely six weeks after the 9/11 attacks, the USA PATRIOT Act is one of the most sweeping, liberty-destroying pieces of legislation in American history.

Remember the rule of thumb: the more high-sounding the name of a law, the more disastrous its effects. And the USA PATRIOT Act absolutely conformed.

It stands for Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Interdict and Obstruct Terrorism.

And this name is truly disingenuous when you think about it.

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Hillary Clinton Second Oldest President If Elected

Only Ronald Reagan was older at inauguration

At 69 years of age during the next presidential inauguration, Hillary Clinton will be the second oldest president if elected.

When the next president is inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2017, Clinton will be 69 years, two months and 25 days old and only Ronald Reagan was older at his inauguration, but only by a little over eight months.

So far, the second oldest president at inauguration, William Henry Harrison, was 68 years and 23 days old upon his swearing in, an age which Clinton will reach a little over three weeks from now.

Although age is just a number, the former Secretary of State is also suffering from numerous health problems which raise doubts over her ability to serve as president.

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Hillary Would Eat Carson Alive

I have all the respect in the world for Ben Carson. For only the second time in American politics, we would have a president who made his name outside of politics prior to his election if he won. (The first, for trivia fans, is Herbert Hoover as an engineer). He is humble, virtuous, honest, reliable, committed. But there is no way on Earth that he could defeat Hillary Clinton or even stand up to her in a debate.

Clinton would have him for lunch.

Carson combines the limited knowledge of government and budgeting of Sarah Palin with the soft voice of John McCain. Just as Obama ran all over McCain in the debates, so would Clinton run over Carson. But a lot worse.

On top of that, the Hillary Clinton who arrogates the credit for OK’ing the raid that killed Osama bin Laden is going to make mincemeat of Carson for his statement that he would not have sent troops to Afghanistan to pursue the Taliban after 9/11. Instead, Carson said in the first debate, he would have sought to end our dependence on foreign oil.

Ending our dependence on foreign oil is key and we are just a few years away from achieving total energy independence (except for imports from Canada and Mexico). But it will have taken 20 years. It was no substitute for an invasion that knocked al-Qaida back on its heels, forced it into the mountains and toppled the Taliban government in Afghanistan.

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Mosby Talks About His Run For Baltimore City Mayor

Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby is running for mayor.

The freshman councilman kicked off his campaign at a rally in West Baltimore on Sunday.

A Democratic councilman for a district that encompasses the swath of West Baltimore most directly impacted by the April 27 riot, Mosby is the husband of State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby, who is prosecuting six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray.

His entry into the race was widely anticipated after Rawlings-Blake announced she wouldn't seek re-election.

Mosby, 36, has positioned himself as a reform-minded politician.

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Can the People Make the Peace Again?

Raise your hand if you are a U.S. American and you have lived one single day of your life when the United States government was not killing someone in some foreign country somewhere. I thought so. Very few hands.

The truth is we are a nation of permanent war, except for some short interruptions here and there, we have been ever since “pilgrims” landed in Jamestown in 1608. As much as we don’t like to talk about it, war has been the norm throughout our history.

And yet, there was an extraordinary time when the people rose up against war in massive numbers, in the 1960s and '70s. That war was in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. As much as the great big forgetting and misremembering machine wants us to think otherwise, there is a lot to be learned from looking back at that movement.

That’s the assumption behind the recently published book, The People Make the Peace: Lessons From the Vietnam Antiwar Movement (Just World Books) of which I am co-editor and a chapter author.

What’s the book about? If you just read it as a collection of adventure stories, it’s a pageturner. It is also a work of history—neglected and important history in several ways. And it’s a mythbuster, debunking several falsehoods about the Vietnam antiwar movement. It’s not just the guy’s version either—half of the authors are women. Karin Aguilar San Juan is the co-editor.

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Why Parents Drink

A father passing by his son's bedroom was astonished to see that his bed was nicely made and everything was picked up. Then he saw an Envelope, propped up prominently on the pillow that was addressed to'Dad.'

With the worst premonition he opened the envelopewith trembling hands and read the letter.
Dear Dad:
It is with great regret and sorrow that I'm writing you. I had to elope with my new girlfriend because I wanted to avoid a scene with Mom and you. I have been finding real passion with Stacy and she is so nice. But I knew you would not approve of her because of all her piercing, tattoos, tight motorcycle clothes and the fact that she is much older than I am. But it's not only the passion...
Dad she's pregnant. Stacy said that we will be very happy. She owns a trailer in the woods and has a stack of firewood for the whole winter. We share a dream of having many more children. Stacy has opened my eyes to the fact that marijuana doesn't really hurt anyone. We'll be growing it for ourselves and trading it with the other people that live nearby for cocaine and ecstasy. In the meantime we will pray that science will find a cure for AIDS so Stacy can get better. She deserves it.
Don't worry Dad. I'm 15 and I know how to take care of myself. Someday I'm sure that we will be back to visit so that you can get to know your grandchildren.
Love,
Your Son John

PS. Dad, none of the above is true. I'm over at Tommy's house.
I Just wanted to remind you that there are worse things in life
than a Report card that's in my center desk drawer.
I love you.
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Obama administration unveils health care premiums for 2016

When consumers turn on their laptops and tablets Monday morning, they should be able to check premiums for 2016 under President Barack Obama's health care law.

Rates are going up in many parts of the country as a new sign-up season starts Nov. 1. But people have options if they shop around, and an upgraded government website will help them compare costs and benefits.

HealthCare.gov and state-run insurance markets are entering their third year, offering taxpayer-subsidized private coverage. That's helped cut the share of Americans who are uninsured to about 9 percent, a historical low. Still, the many moving parts of the Affordable Care Act don't always click smoothly, and people are divided about the law.

A look at what's new for 2016:

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BREAKING NEWS: Hastert pleads guilty in hush-money case

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert pleads guilty in a $3.5 million hush-money case in a deal with prosecutors that calls for him to serve up to six months in prison.

Who’s More Shameful, Hillary or Her Media Protectors?

Isn’t it just great that the liberal establishment views Hillary Clinton’s testimony in the Benghazi hearings in terms of performance art rather than substance? That’s the liberals’ way of telling you how much they value integrity.

It would be one thing if the mainstream liberal media said, “Clinton got caught red-handed in a number of lies, and not just on insignificant matters but on very important ones, but overall she held up well under pressure, and because of her performance, the hearings may actually be a net plus for her.”

At least that would be closer to honest. It wouldn’t be totally forthright, though, because if the liberal media went after her for her lies instead of helping cover them up, there is no way the hearings would benefit her.

In fact, conservatives have complained about the liberal media for so long that we tend to forget just how influential they are to their followers — liberal America and Democratic voters. If they would ever do the right thing — as opposed to selecting and slanting the news to promote the liberal agenda — America would be quite a different place today.

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Diary entry from Benghazi victim’s dad: ‘I gave Hillary a hug,’ she blamed filmmaker

A day after new records were made public showing Hillary Clinton said from the start the 2012 Benghazi attack was not linked to an obscure anti-Islam film, the father of a former Navy SEAL killed that night told Fox News she blamed the filmmaker for his son's death in a conversation with him.

Charles Woods, father of Ty Woods, who died defending the CIA annex, shared with Fox News the diary notes he took after his encounter with Clinton during the ceremony on Sept. 14, 2012, when the bodies were flown back to the U.S.

"I gave Hillary a hug and shook her hand. And she said we are going to have the film maker arrested who was responsible for the death of my son," the entry says.

"She said -- the filmmaker who was responsible for the death of your son," Woods emphasized as he read his diary entry. Woods attended Thursday's hearing where the former secretary of state testified to the Benghazi congressional committee.

"She wasn't saying the failed foreign policy that I was responsible for. It wasn't her taking the blame for it. It says we are going to place the responsibility [for] the death of your son on the filmmaker," he said.

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Republicans reap what they sow

‘PANIC” MAY BE too strong a word to describe what many establishment Republicans are feeling about the insurgency that has taken over Congress and the presidential campaign. Then again, maybe not. “We have to end this. We look absolutely crazy,” said New York Congressman Peter King after a bloc of 40 Congressional ultras tipped over the neatly-set table of succession in the US House this month. David Frum, a former speechwriter for George W. Bush, called the GOP’s turmoil “more than a little frightening.” On the campaign trail, party regulars are alarmed that half the nation’s likely Republican voters — or at least, the half who talk to pollsters — prefer a president without a lick of government experience. “The usual ways voters judge a candidate — experience, governing achievements, mastery of issues — have been devalued,” lamented Peter Wehner, who served in three Republican administrations. “Reason has given way to demagogy.”

None of these worrywarts would ever be mistaken for liberal. But they are pragmatists: They want to win. And after weeks of being gobsmacked by the rise of Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and the fractious Freedom Caucus, the establishment has begun to rally, prodding an uneasy consensus around Paul Ryan for house speaker and trying to slow Trump’s march as the party’s standard-bearer. “It is very important for Republicans to demonstrate to the country that they can trust us with the government,” said Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee.

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What Would It Take To Cut U.S. Data Cables And Halt Internet Access?

In the tense relationship between Russia and the United States, the latest salvo comes via The New York Times: According to American military and intelligence officials, Russian submarines and spy ships are "aggressively operating" near submarine cables that carry Internet communications, raising concerns of a potential attack "in times of tension or conflict."

The submarine cables are obscure, yet incredibly vital infrastructure that basically carries most of the communications around the world. Descendants of the old telegraph networks, fiber-optic data cables snake across the bottom of the oceans, linking continents to each other and shuttling the vast majority of all voice and data traffic.

The Times report presents an account from unnamed military and intelligence officials that Russia's naval activities along the known cable routes are raising concerns in the Pentagon:

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Maryland Department of Disabilities: The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation Governor's Citation

October 19, 2015 - The Maryland Department of Disabilities was proud to present The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation a Governor's citation at Rivers Edge Apartments and Studio for the Arts in Salisbury on Monday. The Foundation was recognized for their commitment to increased affordable housing for low income Marylanders with disabilities. The Department of Disabilities has partnered with the foundation to form the The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation's Affordable Rental Housing Opportunities Initiative for Persons with Disabilities. This initiative was created by building upon the strengths of the foundation and the State's Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program (LIHTC). This initiative seeks to increase accessible, affordable, and independent housing opportunities in the community.

Funding for eligible projects under this initiative includes a $2 million grant from The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation and financial assistance from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) through its Multifamily Rental Housing Program. The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) and the Maryland Department of Disabilities (MDOD) have partnered to qualify eligible households, refer potential tenants to property managers, and to ensure that these units remain occupied.

The units at Rivers Edge represent a unique combination of artist preference apartment homes and fully accessible units offered under the Weinberg program. The development was created on a piece of property which was formerly an unfinished construction of condominiums which lay vacant for some time before the project's inception. The project not only provides homes for those most in need but also reinvigorated a formerly unused space at the water's edge in Salisbury.

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation continues to change Maryland for the better by showing their commitment to increasing affordable housing in Maryland and assisting many residents toward a more economically stable future. The Department joined staff from the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Bay Area CIL, the Developmental Disabilities Administration, Osprey Property, Inc., United Needs and Abilities, Wicomico County, and Foundations Care Management to recognize The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation and present the citation. Secretary Beatty was pleased to welcome several elected officials and their representatives including City Councilman,Tim Spies; along with representatives from Congressman Harris, Senator Mathias, Delegate Anderton, and Mayor Ireton's offices.

To read more about this initiative and other ways the Department of Disabilities is working to increase affordable housing opportunities in Maryland please go to our website at www.mdod.maryland.gov.
City Councilman Tim Spies addresses the crowd during the citation presentation.

'Walking while black' can be dangerous too, study finds

That’s because a recent study suggests motorists are less likely to stop for an African American pedestrian in a crosswalk. A black pedestrian’s wait time at the curb was about 32 percent longer than a white person’s. Black pedestrians were about twice as likely as white pedestrians to be passed by multiple vehicles.

The small but provocative study — conducted by researchers at Portland State University in Oregon and the University of Arizona — suggests that biases just outside people’s conscious awareness can make them less likely to yield to minority pedestrians. And that could put those pedestrians at risk, said Kimberly B. Kahn, an assistant professor of social psychology at Portland State University.

Put another way: Not only do black men have to worry about being hassled — and possibly shot — by police for simply being black, they have to worry about being run over by motorists.

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Rep. Jim Jordan: 'Flat Out Wrong' Not to Bring Criminal Charges Against Lois Lerner

(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), head of the conservative Freedom Caucus and a member of the House Oversight committee, says he strongly disagrees with the Justice Department's decision not to bring criminal charges against former IRS official Lois Lerner for impeding conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.

"That is just flat out wrong, in my judgment," Jordan told "Fox News Sunday" with Chris Wallace.

"Here's a lady who systematically and for a sustained period of time targeted people for exercising their most fundamental rights, their First Amendment free speech rights.

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Columnn Says fat people should be charged more to fly

If airlines want to charge by the pound for passengers and their luggage on a private business basis, I have no problem with that. That has to do with space and fuel usage. However, I have a problem with the term ‘fat tax.’ Many of the big airlines out there are now no longer exactly ‘privately’ owned. All are heavily regulated by the Feds and the industry almost looks nationalized these days. Careful where you go with a fat tax. The minute the Progressives bureaucrats succeed in getting it implemented, it will spread everywhere. You could be taxed when you go out to eat, or when you take a train, cab or boat. You could be taxed at hotels and when you shop at retail outlets… all because you are deemed ‘fat.’ This has been the goal all along for Marxists. It’s another way to control the masses and force them to lose weight one way or the other.

The check-in girl scowls as I try my best to be tactful. You see, these days, when I fly, I’m very particular about where I sit. But it’s not extra legroom or a window I’m after.

I just hate being plonked next to someone who – how shall I put it? – is a little too large for their seat. My request is always met with utter disapproval. Once, I was told not to moan and be grateful I am such a ‘beanpole’.

But as a slim person of 8 st, I am sick of finding myself sitting next to someone more than four times my size on flights. It happens so often, I reckon I’m sized up at check-in as a suitable companion for the clinically obese.

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Poll: 85 percent of voters think the U.S. is on wrong track

An overwhelming majority of American voters think the country is headed down the wrong path, according to a new public opinion survey commissioned by Clout Research.

The new poll of about 800 likely voters found that only nine of 100 Republicans and 15 of 100 independents believe the country is going in the right direction. A little over 50 percent of self-identified Democrats (51.9 percent) believe the country has taken a turn for the worst while 83.9 percent of independents and 87.4 percent of Republicans hold the same belief.

Despite enjoying a president from their own party, only 44 of 100 Democrats in the survey said they believe the U.S. "is on the right track."

"The latest WND.com/Clout Research survey shows that the dramatic dissatisfaction that Republican voters toward the Obama administration since early in his first term has spread to include all of Washington," Fritz Wenzel, a partner at Clout Research, said in a statement accompanying the results.

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Why We Must Hold Fast To The First Amendment

In the biography, “Churchill: A Life,” author Martin Gilbert writes how Winston Churchill loudly voiced his grave concerns about the apathy shared by those seemingly impervious to the malevolent National Socialist Movement’s intention to steam through Europe like volcanic lava, destroying everything in its way, including free speech.

In direct response, Hitler began warning Germans about the “dangers of free speech” and said, “If Mr. Churchill had less to do with traitors…he would see how mad his talk is…” History revealed whose talk was really mad.

Truth is, Churchill’s words touched a nerve the annoying way truth always does. Hitler was incapable of engaging in intelligent debate, so he changed the subject, lied, and attacked Churchill’s character. Hitler knew his movement couldn’t stand on its own for what it really was, so the only alternative was to silence opposing views. Throughout Germany books were banned and ceremoniously cast into blazing bonfires intended to squash divergence of thought and stifle man’s God-instilled unquenchable thirst for truth.

Historical accountings provide a glimpse into the warped psyche of those behind a movement that wrongheadedly believed they could build something worthwhile by shutting down debate, then dividing a nation by race and ethnicity. They coldly chose their target, the Jewish race, and purged some of the greatest minds in history from all levels of teaching. Schools and universities suffered. Before the movement decided to burn bodies as well as books, Historyplace.com cites that “Jewish instructors and anyone deemed politically suspect regardless of their proven teaching abilities or achievements including 20 past (and future) Nobel Prize winners” were removed from their professions, among them Albert Einstein.

I would’ve been one of those “purged professionals,” based on what I’ve heard lately from some disgruntled left-leaning readers. Because of my personal opinion about the president, one reader called me “a racist,” a religious bigot,” and “a political terrorist.” While calling me a “political terrorist” is noteworthy at least, most telling is this poor man’s statement that my column, as offensive as it was to him, “was permitted” in his newspaper.

Apparently, free speech is just for leftists.

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DISGUSTING: Liberals Propose Law To FORBID The Use Of These Words

The Left has always been the language police, telling the rest of us how to speak and which words to say.

For instance, the Left doesn’t want anyone saying ‘illegal immigrant’ anymore, and now they’re trying to officially ban these words:

Last week, as The Hill reports, Rep. Joaquín Castro (D-Texas) introduced the “Correcting Hurtful and Alienating Names in Government Expression Act.” Hoo-boy. How’s THAT for progressive politically correct “thought speak?”

“The bill would remove the term “illegal alien” and replace it with “undocumented foreign national” and keep executive branch agencies from using “alien” or “illegal alien” in signage and literature.”

Just incredible. Here we have government officials actually taking the time to tell the rest of us how to talk. If only they put this much time into figuring out how to secure the border.

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S.C. teacher bites off teen’s tongue during attempted rape in her home

It seems there is never an end to the crazies. A 16-year old young man attempted to rape a 33-year old woman in her home in South Carolina, but she fought back by biting off his tongue.

“Stop fighting and I won’t hurt you,” Antoine Miller, who’s charged as an adult in the case, allegedly told the 33-year-old woman after tackling her while armed with a knife, the Smoking Gun reported.

When she opened her door, she said Miller grabbed her and carried her to a bedroom where his attempt to take her shorts off was met with a kick in the groin.

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Identical Strangers Shocked To Meet Each Other While Studying In Germany

Two young women studying in Germany were shocked when they met each other and realized they looked exactly alike.

Ciara Murphy and Cordelia Roberts were, by coincidence, both studying in the city of Bremen when friends quickly realized that they looked nearly identical, the New York Daily News reports.

“When I was going on nights out, people were starting to ask me did I come here with a sister, or a twin,” Murphy, from Wexford, Ireland, said.

“I didn't know what they were talking about in the beginning, so I was just like 'No I'm completely on my own out here.' But then after a while I realized they were talking about Cordelia."

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