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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Different Kind Of Christmas

It’s Time For The Other 13 Candidates to Drop Out

At what point in Donald Trump’s inaugural address do you figure the GOP establishment will finally will grasp what’s been happening?

The establishment — not “elites,” because they’re mostly bland functionaries who went to third-rate schools — have thrown absolutely everything they have at Trump. I’ve never seen so many Republicans featured on MSNBC.

At least no one will be able to say the Republican National Committee didn’t give it the old college try (and, again, that would be third-rate colleges).

Trump is a runaway hit with Americans for the simple reason that he’s the only candidate saying anything Americans care about.

After the San Bernardino terrorist attack, committed by Muslim immigrants — which followed the 1993 World Trade Center terrorist attack committed by Muslim immigrants; the 9/11 terrorist attacks committed by Muslim immigrants; the Fort Hood terrorist attack committed by a Muslim immigrant; the Boston Marathon terrorist attack committed by Muslim immigrants, and on and on — Trump suggested a temporary pause on Muslim immigration.

The other candidates responded by attacking him viciously. Now, the eunuchs are duking it out over who has the most aggressive approach to … fighting ISIS!

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Neglected Missouri boy dies from overheating

A 2-year-old boy died in a home used as a methamphetamine lab after his parents left him alone in his room with a heater turned on - and didn't check on him, police in Missouri said.

Braydon Barnes was put in his crib on a Friday and left unattended with a space heater on for more than 38 hours, St. Charles police said.

Both parents Kathleen Peacock and Lucas Barnes told police they had used methamphetamine recently. They told officers they had been manufacturing in the home the week preceding their son's death.

The two were home all weekend as Braydon was shut in his room.

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What American Muslims Do On Christmas: New Traditions Emerge

For many American Jews, Christmas Day means Chinese food and movies. But how do American Muslims spend their time on Christmas?

Jesus is also revered as a prophet in Islam. "Muslims and Christians believe that Jesus is the only messiah," explains Hisham Mahmoud, an Arabic teacher at Harvard University. He points out that Jesus' mother Mary is considered by Muslims to be a saint. "In fact, there's an entire chapter in the Quran called 'Mary' and the story of Jesus' birth is recounted in that chapter," he says.

On Christmas Day, Mahmoud and his devout Muslim family fast.

"We also relate the story of Jesus and Mary," he says. "We read those passages in the Quran and we make sure the holiday is focused through and through on Jesus — peace and blessing be upon him — as opposed to feeding into the commercialization of this holiday."

... which isn't to say that some American Muslims neverparticipate in the more commercial side of Christmas ...

"All the Persians in my community went full-blown Christmas the first year," says comedian Zahra Noorbakhsh. "I mean, my cousins even had a guy come over dressed as Santa."

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Police Use Noise Ordinance to Stop Christmas Caroling Outside Abortion Clinic

Give Him A Break!


How to Manufacture an Anti-Muslim Hate-Crime 'Epidemic'

Step one: Find an expert with an impressive-sounding academic title to legitimize shoddy advocacy propaganda.

Meet Brian Levin. He's the one-man band behind something called the "Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism" at California State University, San Bernardino. The "center" (that is: Levin) claims to be "nonpartisan" and "objective." But he is a former top staffer of the militant, conservative-smearing Southern Poverty Law Center, which was forced to apologize earlier this year after including famed black neurosurgeon and GOP 2016 candidate Ben Carson on its "extremist watch list" of hate groups.

At SPLC, Levin infamously posited that the 2002 Beltway jihad snipers were Angry White Men, a fatal error echoed by politically correct law enforcement officials whose wild-goose chase needlessly cost lives. A decade later, the SPLC's target map and list of social conservative groups were used by convicted left-wing domestic terrorist Floyd Lee Corkins to shoot up the Washington, D.C., office of the Family Research Council.

The radical left-wing SPLC, whose annual "hate and extremism" report spawned Levin's sham "center," brazenly declared that its mission is to "destroy" its political opponents. Harper's Magazine writer Ken Silverstein called the SPLC and its work "essentially a fraud" that "shuts down debate, stifles free speech, and most of all, raises a pile of money, very little of which is used on behalf of poor people."

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Restaurant Turns Robbery Footage Into Hilarious Ad

9 Of The Top 10 U.S. Occupations Pay Miserly Wages

Of the 10 largest occupations in the United States, only one - registered nurse - makes more than the national average when it comes to all U.S. jobs.

Nurses make $69,790 annually while the average U.S. worker makes $47,230, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The bureau’s Occupational Employment Statistics program provides employment and wage estimates for more than 800 occupations nationwide.

More Americans worked as retail salespersons or cashiers in May 2014 than in any other job, accounting for about 6 percent of total U.S. employment.

The 10 largest occupations include retail salespersons and cashiers, food preparation and serving workers, general office clerks, registered nurses, customer service representatives, and waiters and waitresses. That combined group of workers accounted for 21 percent of total U.S. employment in May 2014.

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A father’s desperate – but dangerous – strategy to keep his ‘brain dead’ son on life support

“Hey, we need the police stat, to the hospital. We have a family member with a gun.”

This is the call that a staff member at Tomball Regional Medical Center put in 11 months ago, when George Pickering of Pinehurst, Tex., angrily pulled out a 9 mm handgun while standing at his son’s hospital bedside.

Gary Hammond, Tomball police’s head of criminal investigations, told the Houston Chronicle at the time that Pickering was “distraught” over the care his son, George Pickering III, was receiving. The younger Pickering was on life support after having a stroke.

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Congress’s $1.15 trillion spending bill: Heads they Win, Tails you Lose

Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s seminal masterpiece Crime and Punishment is often thought of as one of the longest classics at more than 200,000 words.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, which was signed into law on Friday, is nearly twice as long.

In case you’re not familiar with the background, the author was once quite wealthy.

But through years of reckless, irresponsible behavior, he gambled away his wealth until he was impoverished and unable to pay his creditors.

I am, of course, talking about BOTH Dostoevsky, and the United States government.

Dostoevsky went broke from a gambling problem. The US government has gone broke from a spending problem.

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Elks help cover costs of infant heart surgery

While Stephen and Amanda Lowe accepted a check of $1,500 from the Ocean City Elks Lodge in small ceremony on Friday afternoon, the guest of honor was fast asleep in a camo-colored carrier.

When he did wake up, 2-month-old Coleton Lowe was more interested in the people around him than a piece of paper.

But to his parents, the check from the William J. Jernick Memorial Fund – a grant designated for children under 21 who face illness or serious medical conditions – was another symbol of how much the community cared about their son.

“It’s unbelievable all the help we’ve been getting throughout this time,” said Stephen Lowe. “But all the support helps us be with [Coleton] during this time.”

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OBAMA BLAMES TERRORISM FEAR ON ‘MEDIA SATURATION’

Rather than the fact that extremists are murdering people

In an NPR interview yesterday, the president claimed that the overriding factor contributing to increased fear of terrorism among Americans is ‘media saturation’.

Asking about Obama’s strategy to combat ISIS, NPR host Steve Inskeep asked “What is the public missing?” adding “And I say that simply because, according to polls, you don’t have very much approval for it.”

“Well, I think what’s fair is, post-Paris, you had a saturation of news about the horrible attack there, and ISIL combines viciousness with very savvy media operations,” Obama replied.

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Ocean City fire hydrants to get makeover

Ocean City’s corroded and chipped-paint fire hydrants will be getting a makeover, the City Council decided at the evening Monday meeting. The council awarded the fire hydrant repainting bid to R&R Coatings in Salisbury on the recommendation of Public Works Director Hal Adkins.

R&R Coatings put a bid in for the repainting project for $45 per unit. With approximately 850 hydrants in the town, the overall cost will be $38,250. That money can be paid out of the Water Department’s Operating Budget without additional appropriation, Adkins said.

“Although I initially reacted, ‘how could they do that for that low amount of money,’ R&R recently did exterior painting and power washing of the building we are standing in today,” Adkins told the council. “I have no reason to disqualify them.”

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Governor’s Challenge Gets Underway On Saturday

SALISBURY- The 34th Annual Governor’s Challenge holiday basketball tournament gets underway on Saturday with early first-round games featuring local teams.

The Governor’s Challenge, long a staple on the holiday basketball tournament scene, has steadily grown to become the largest high school tournament in Maryland and perhaps the largest on the east coast. Starting Saturday and running through next Wednesday, December 30, the tournament will feature roughly 100 of the top boys’ and girls’ teams from around the region from Virginia to New York.

For years, the tournament featured the top high school basketball programs from both Maryland and Delaware competing against each other for bragging rights in the neighboring states along with signature desserts on the line for both states’ governors. The tournament was rebranded in 2010, and thanks in large part to a partnership with DMVelite Showcase Events, now features some of the best boys’ and girls’ teams from all over the mid-Atlantic region and beyond. The tournament last year added a girls’ varsity division and is adding a junior varsity bracket this year.

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Twas The Night Before Christmas


Kasich State Co-chair calls for Trump Assassination

Holidays Can Be Lonely Time For Some In Community

BERLIN — Eighty-five-year-old Gerta Stover got her holiday shopping done early this year, and she didn’t even have to leave her apartment.

“I do all my shopping, and everything else online,” said the Gull Creek Senior Living Facility resident in her wonderfully thick German accent. “Why would I want to go to the stores and deal with all the crowds? At my age, this is much better.”

Staying Active Is Key


Stover grew up in Berlin, Germany, and a twist of fate landed her at the Berlin, Md. facility several years ago. Mary Bohall, Gull Creek’s Marketing Director, is quick to say that Gull Creek is more of close knit community than it is a facility and its thanks in part to passionate staffers and “rays of sunshine” like Gerta Stover.

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Weird Weather Pattern Turns Weather Upside-down Across US

A weather pattern partly linked with El Nino has turned winter upside-down across the U.S. during a week of heavy holiday travel.

The unusual conditions have brought spring-like warmth to the Northeast, a risk of tornadoes in the South and so much snow across the West that even skiing slopes have been overwhelmed.

In a reversal of a typical Christmas, forecasters expect New York to be in the mid-60s on the holiday — several degrees higher than Los Angeles.

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PEGIDA Celebrates Christmas With Second Annual Christmas Carols Against Islamification

Thousands celebrated the end of a year’s campaigning against mass migration on Monday night at the Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West (PEGIDA) rally on the banks of the river Elbe in Dresden, Germany.

Relocated from their usual spot outside the Dresden Semper Opera house, which the city council had awarded instead to a much smaller anti-PEGIDA demonstration, the protest took place instead on the banks of the Elbe river.

Following the form established at the end of 2014, when PEGIDA was still only in its infancy but already attracting crowds of more than 17,000, the supporters of the movement gathered on Monday night to sing Christmas carols and listen to speeches.

Hotly debated was the revelation by the German police this week that just 10 per cent of refugees entering Germany have their identities checked, as forces at the borders are so overstretched they have become incapable of fulfilling their legal duties. Rally organiser Siegfried Däbritz called Angela Merkel the German “Queen of crime” and said she was standing at the bow of the “Titanic Europe”, steering it towards the iceberg.

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More than 3,000 Washington Prisoners Mistakenly Freed Early

More than 3,000 prisoners in Washington have been mistakenly released early since 2002 because of an error by the state's Department of Corrections that resulted in wrongly calculated sentences for about 3 percent of the prison population.

At a news conference announcing the error Tuesday, Gov. Jay Inslee said he has ordered immediate steps to correct the longstanding computer glitch.

"Frankly, it is maddening," Inslee said.

Authorities say a July 2002 state Supreme Court ruling required the Corrections Department to apply good-behavior credits earned in county jail to state prison sentences. However, the programming fix ended up giving prisoners with sentencing enhancements too much so-called good time credit.

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Rand Paul Flops as Father’s Successor

Diana Orrick was a loyal foot solider in the Ron Paul revolution in Nevada four years ago, fighting to put the libertarian icon’s imprint on the 2012 presidential race, and she had every hope his son, Sen. Rand Paul, would be the natural successor.

But her dream has been dashed, she said, with the younger Mr. Paul struggling to organize, raise money and find a message to reach voters the way his father did.

“Rand is not his father,” Ms. Orrick, one of Nevada’s two elected Republican National Committee members, said. “I mean the apple hasn’t fallen too far from the tree, but it has fallen some distance from the tree.”

She was an early supporter of the new Paul presidential campaign, eager to help the Kentucky lawmaker build on his father’s success by pushing libertarianism more into the mainstream. The campaign, though, ignored her, she said. So she shifted her allegiance to Donald Trump.

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Counterfeiters hit West OC, Berlin

What started as a Berlin alert has grown into a Worcester Criminal Investigations Bureau search for two women suspected of passing counterfeit $100 bills in Berlin, Pocomoke City and West Ocean City.

On Dec. 16, Berlin Police issued a “be on the lookout” alert for two Hispanic females, one believed to be Giselle Suarez, 18, from Herndon, Va. and the other unidentified female is described as being in her 20s. A security photograph shows the unidentified female wearing a camouflage-patterned shirt, black pants and gold hoop earrings.

Berlin Police Chief Arnold Downing and CBI Lt. Ed Shreier said the investigation is continuing, without new incidents reported or additional fake bills attributed to the young women being discovered.

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Elf on the Shelf Pushing Christ out of Christmas?

Elf on the Shelf, the Christmas fairy tale juggernaut that has generated more than $10 million in sales, is taking on Santa in terms of prominence during the holiday season — and worrying devout parents nationwide, who say it’s one more secular activity pushing the birth of Christ out of Christmas.

“Everyone does Elf on the Shelf; it’s now like Santa. I can’t comprehend it,” said Amanda White, the author of “Truth in Tinsel,” an Advent and activity book for children. “I wanted Christmas to be about Jesus. Jesus is the magical part — the story about him is magical, so miraculous, we need him to be the center of our celebration. Not that you can’t do some of those other things, they’re just not real.”

The elf is the brainchild of Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell, a mother and daughter who wrote “The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas tradition” a decade ago. In their mythology, the elf is a “scout” for Santa Claus, observing children during the day and reporting back to the North Pole at night so Saint Nick can compile his naughty-and-nice list.

Children are told the poseable red-and-white figure is to remain unmolested so it can observe the goings-on.

The eerie surveillance role the elf plays, and the heightened devotion it gives to Santa’s presents, have some evangelicals rejecting the concept altogether.

“I believe in grace too much to let Christmas be reduced to a monthlong disciplinary tactic,” Lee Hull Moses wrote in “The Christian Century,” explaining why there was no elf on his shelf in December. “The point of Christmas — at least the version I believe in — is not that we behave well. It’s that we’re not always all that nice, and God sends us the greatest gift anyway.”

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Fox GOP Debate Could Cut Main Debate to 6 Candidates

The next Republican presidential debate may have only six candidates on its main stage, based on new criteria by Fox Business Channel, The Hill reports.

Fox Business announced Tuesday that the two methods of qualifying for the prime time debate include being in the top six in qualifying national polls or in the top five in Iowa or New Hampshire.

As The Hill noted, the current top five in state polls also are in the top six nationally. Should that trend continue, only six candidates would make the main stage.

Currently, those top six candidates are businessman Donald Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, neurosurgeon Ben Carson, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

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Texas Governor Demands Removal of Satirical ‘Nativity Scene’ from Capitol

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has sent a letter demanding that a tasteless nativity from a non-theistic foundation be removed immediately from the Texas Capitol building.

Governor Abbott penned the letter to John Sneed, the Executive Director of the State Preservation Board that charges that a Freedom From Religion Foundation nativity is a “juvenile parody [that] violates the Preservation Board’s regulations and should be removed immediately.”

A member of the State Preservation Board, told Breitbart Texas that Sneed said the “nativity” scene will be removed from the Capitol today.

The exhibit, located in the basement of the state’s Capitol, has the bill of rights in a manager instead of a baby Jesus. It also has three founding fathers and the Statue of Liberty “worshiping one of America’s founding documents as a replacement for Jesus Christ,” wrote the Texas Governor.

The Texas Governor states that the Board should allow diverse viewpoints to be expressed in Capitol displays, “But it has no obligation to approve displays that purposefully mock the sincere religious beliefs of others.”

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Dick Morris: Hillary in Trouble, Just Lost Dem. Majority

In the latest Rasmussen Reports poll, taken right after the third and most recent Democratic debate shows that Hillary has lost crucial ground in the Democratic nomination battle.

Before the debate, Rasmussen had her defeating Bernie Sanders by 50-29 (a margin of 21). Now her lead is down to 16 points – 46 to 30. Her four point drop in vote share is huge because it means that a majority of the Democratic primary voters do not want to vote for her.

Sanders won 30 points in the poll, O’Malley got 7 points, 9% favored some other candidate, and 8% percent were undecided.

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What Is Your Favorite Christmas Tradition?


General Electric Headquarters Sets In January

The presence of corporate headquarters of giants such as GE can boost a state's economy by providing hundreds of high-paying jobs, as well as the taxes that come along with the company. It also increases the amount of taxes a state can collect through business and income taxes. Instead, Immelt is trying to ensure that GE's headquarters are located in a state that will benefit the company in the long term, regardless of who is CEO. GE employs about 800 people at its Fairfield County headquarters. 

Earlier this year, General Electric predicted that the decision whether to move would be made by the end of 2015. It is rumored that after touring many cities, GE has narrowed its options down to either Boston, New York state or Providence, according to a December 10 story in the Boston Globe, which said that GE is interested in Boston's up and coming Seaport District. 

He said Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has led the state to the most successful pension reform in the country, which likely has GE's eye. Hopefully, they will find out for sure next month.

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The Thin Blue Line

We are ambassadors, who promote the brave and good within our blue protectors, especially during this time of unrest.

Our home will be open to any LEO that will be working on Christmas Eve. From 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. we will provide chili, drinks and desserts.

It’s our privilege to show you appreciation for working on the holidays and Every Day

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CAIR and Co. Warn 2016 Candidates: Spew ‘Islamophobia’ at Your Political Peril

(CNSNews) – Leaders of several American Muslim organizations warned Donald Trump and other presidential candidates Monday that if they engage in bigotry and “Islamophobia” they will pay a political price because Muslim voters – in the words of one – will mobilize and “make sure you are out of there.”

“Let it be heard, and clear, to all political candidates, be it Donald Trump or whoever else, that indeed, if you engage in Islamophobia, if you engage in demagoguery and bigotry, you will pay a political price,” American Muslim Alliance director Mahdi Bray said at the National Press Club.

“Because we’re going to register our people and we’re going to use our ballot and we’re going to ‘take our souls to the polls’ and make sure you are out of there,” he continued.

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6 Times the Mainstream DC Media Ridiculed Children of Republicans

One of the biggest lies told by our corrupt and rotting DC Media is the one that states that the children of politicians are off-limits. Unwritten or unspoken, there is no such rule. There is, of course, a strictly-enforced DC media rule about the children of Democrat politicians being off-limits. The children of Republican politicians, however, have always been fair game — and I’m not talking about in the left-wing fever swamps, but in mainstream outlets such as the Washington Post, CNN, NBC News, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, and Salon.

An excellent example of this double standard occurred almost exactly a year ago when Elizabeth Lauten, a no-name Capitol Hill staffer, took to Facebook to criticize the behavior of President Obama’s two lovely teenage daughters during the President’s annual turkey pardon ceremony.

As documented by the Washington Free Beacon, the DC Media went berserk over this. Network news vans camped outside of the home of Lauten’s parents, the Washington Post “assigned one of its foreign affairs correspondents to comb through an archive of columns Lauten wrote for her college newspaper in 2006 and 2007. … Both ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today show devoted segments to the controversy on Sunday and Monday[.]”

Lauten apologized but still lost her job as a Communications Director for a Republican Congressman. And I am in no way defending her. Children of politicians should be off-limits. They are civilians, bystanders, innocents who should be allowed to live their own lives, enjoy their own opinions, and make their own mistakes without being dragged onto the national stage and used as a billy club against their parents.

The idea is to make things so nasty and so ugly, no decent Republican will enter politics. Moreover, as you’ll see below, the DC Media is desperate to destroy Republican families that might be appealing to voters.

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Quinnipiac: Americans Oppose Syrian Refugees, Ban on Muslims

American voters say they oppose Syrian refugees coming into the United States, but do not agree there should be an overall ban on Muslims entering the country, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.

On Syrian refugees, by the numbers:

Overall: 51-43 percent oppose accepting refugees
Democrats accept, 74-22 percent
Republicans ban, 82-13 percent
Independent voters ban, 51-42 percent
Men ban, 56-40 percent
Women divided, 46-47 percent

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Baltimore City leaders get pay raise

BALTIMORE —Baltimore City leaders are getting a pay raise.

The Board of Estimates on Wednesday approved pay increases for the mayor, the City Council president, the comptroller and other high-ranking positions.

In 2007, the board voted that if certain city employee groups received a raise, that elected officials are entitled to a 2.5 percent raise.

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Norad Tracks Santa



Islamic State recruitment video features Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, not Donald Trump

GOP Finale

Obama Goes Golfing After Terrorist Attack In Afghanistan Kills Six American Soldiers

President Obama is on vacation in Hawaii, where he was informed of a terrorist attack in Afghanistan that killed six American service members.

The attack was carried out by a suicide bomber on a motorcycle outside a U.S. military base, the largest loss of life of American troops in Afghanistan this year. The Taliban claim responsibility.

But the sobering news didn’t stop Obama from heading to the golf course, a tradition for the president as he enjoys the Hawaii climate during the holidays.

The president and three of his friends hit the golf course shortly after noon at the Mid-Pacific Country Club.

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One random act of generosity, just in time for holidays

When Ocean City resident Phyllis Mosmiller, 68, walked into a resort cell phone store during the Thanksgiving holidays, she was not expecting to leave with a new phone. All she anticipated was buying new batteries for her existing phone.

What she got, though, was much more than that.

Mosmiller was shopping with her daughter when she decided to stop in the store to buy a replacement battery for her phone.

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Troopers Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash South of Laurel

Laurel - The Delaware State Police are releasing the names of the victims involved in Wednesday’s crash as Robert W. Truitt, 42 of Downingtown, Pennsylvania (operator of the Scion) and Dewit Yewendwosen Teferi, 28 of Ocean City, Maryland (passenger in the Ford).

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Seymour M. Hersh on US intelligence sharing in the Syrian war

Barack Obama’s repeated insistence that Bashar al-Assad must leave office – and that there are ‘moderate’ rebel groups in Syria capable of defeating him – has in recent years provoked quiet dissent, and even overt opposition, among some of the most senior officers on the Pentagon’s Joint Staff. Their criticism has focused on what they see as the administration’s fixation on Assad’s primary ally, Vladimir Putin. In their view, Obama is captive to Cold War thinking about Russia and China, and hasn’t adjusted his stance on Syria to the fact both countries share Washington’s anxiety about the spread of terrorism in and beyond Syria; like Washington, they believe that Islamic State must be stopped.

The military’s resistance dates back to the summer of 2013, when a highly classified assessment, put together by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, then led by General Martin Dempsey, forecast that the fall of the Assad regime would lead to chaos and, potentially, to Syria’s takeover by jihadi extremists, much as was then happening in Libya. A former senior adviser to the Joint Chiefs told me that the document was an ‘all-source’ appraisal, drawing on information from signals, satellite and human intelligence, and took a dim view of the Obama administration’s insistence on continuing to finance and arm the so-called moderate rebel groups. By then, the CIA had been conspiring for more than a year with allies in the UK, Saudi Arabia and Qatar to ship guns and goods – to be used for the overthrow of Assad – from Libya, via Turkey, into Syria. The new intelligence estimate singled out Turkey as a major impediment to Obama’s Syria policy. The document showed, the adviser said, ‘that what was started as a covert US programme to arm and support the moderate rebels fighting Assad had been co-opted by Turkey, and had morphed into an across-the-board technical, arms and logistical programme for all of the opposition, including Jabhat al-Nusra and Islamic State. The so-called moderates had evaporated and the Free Syrian Army was a rump group stationed at an airbase in Turkey.’ The assessment was bleak: there was no viable ‘moderate’ opposition to Assad, and the US was arming extremists.

Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, director of the DIA between 2012 and 2014, confirmed that his agency had sent a constant stream of classified warnings to the civilian leadership about the dire consequences of toppling Assad. The jihadists, he said, were in control of the opposition. Turkey wasn’t doing enough to stop the smuggling of foreign fighters and weapons across the border. ‘If the American public saw the intelligence we were producing daily, at the most sensitive level, they would go ballistic,’ Flynn told me. ‘We understood Isis’s long-term strategy and its campaign plans, and we also discussed the fact that Turkey was looking the other way when it came to the growth of the Islamic State inside Syria.’ The DIA’s reporting, he said, ‘got enormous pushback’ from the Obama administration. ‘I felt that they did not want to hear the truth.’

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Third Day’s “Lead Us Back” Tour Stops at the WY&CC Saturday, March 19

Tickets On Sale Now

Salisbury, MD -
Following the huge success of their “Lead Us Back” Tour in 2015, including multiple sell-out performances across the country, GRAMMY® Award-winning THIRD DAY has just announced plans for a 2016 leg of the in the spring. GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Brandon Heath is once again set to join the spring leg of the tour. The tour will stop at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center on Saturday, March 19.
THIRD DAY's hit single, “Soul On Fire,” was the most-played song at Christian radio in 2015, solidly sitting at No. 1 for 11 weeks, charting on the AC Monitored, AC Indicator, Inspo, Hot AC and National Audience Charts. Lead Us Back: Songs of Worship, THIRD DAY’s latest worship offering in more than 10 years, debuted top 20 on Billboard's Top 200 Album Chart and No. 1 on the Christian Album Chart when it released in the spring of 2015 and was the best-selling group album of the year on SoundScan’s Christian album chart.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center Box Office (M-F, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.), by phone at 410-548-4911 or online at www.WicomicoCivicCenter.org.

ABOUT THIRD DAY

During the last decade, Atlanta-based, multi-Platinum rock band THIRD DAY (comprising members Mac Powell, David Carr and Mark Lee) has racked up 31 No. 1 radio singles and sold more than 8.5 million albums, including two RIAA 2x Multi Platinum, five Platinum and twelve Gold certifications. A Georgia Music Hall of Fame inductee (2009), THIRD DAY has garnered 24 career GMA Dove Awards (from 42 nominations), four GRAMMY® Awards (with 11 career nominations), an American Music Award (with four American Music Award nominations) and multiple ASCAP honors, including its coveted Vanguard Award, for songwriting. Long known as Christian music’s premiere live band, THIRD DAY has played for audiences reaching into the millions all around the world. THIRD DAY has been featured by top media outlets including “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (NBC), “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (CBS), “60 Minutes” (CBS), ABC’s “Nightline,” USA Today, The New York Times and even graced the cover of Billboard Magazine, which called THIRD DAY “one of the best rock bands, period.”

To find out more about THIRD DAY, please visit ThirdDay.com.

ABOUT BRANDON HEATH

Since Brandon Heath's debut on Reunion Records with Don't Get Comfortable (2006), he has become one of Christian music's most beloved and respected artists and songwriters. Heath has garnered an Emmy Award, five GRAMMY® nominations and an American Music Award nomination. He has been honored as a six-time GMA Dove Award recipient, including "Male Vocalist of the Year" (2009 and 2010), BMI's 2014 Songwriter of the Year, and earned multiple additional songwriting honors. His award-winning songs and signature vocals reflect a soaring radio career that includes top hits "I'm Not Who I Was," "Wait and See," the 2009 GMA Dove Award-winning Song of the Year "Give Me Your Eyes," the eight-week chart topper "Your Love," "The Light In Me," and many others. Heath, a Nashville native, first began writing at age 13. His artistry and ability to connect with audiences have compelled countless media outlets across the nation to platform his story and music. Highlights include coverage in The New York Times, Billboard, The Wall Street Journal, Relevant, CBS Evening News and The Discovery Channel, and as a presenter on the 54th Annual GRAMMY® Awards.

4th Annual Camp Barnes Wrestling Classic

Date: Saturday, January 2, 2016 Wrestling begins at 9:30 am.
Location: Sussex Central High School 26026 Patriot’s Way Georgetown, DE 19947
All Questions: Det. John Messick John.Messick@state.de.us (302) 542-7119
Tournament Director: Capt. Rodney Layfield Rodney.Layfield@state.de.us (302) 542-8556

Weigh-Ins: Sussex Central HS - Saturday, 1/2/2016, 6:00 am – 8:00 am.
Entry Fee: $25.00 – Mail-in registration received NO LATER than Wednesday, 12/30/2015 -OR-
$27.00 – Online registration via www.WrestleReg.com - NO LATER than Thursday 12/31/2015 at 8:00 pm.

Make Checks Payable to: Camp Barnes Wrestling Tournament
Admission: $5.00 - Adults / $3.00 - Students / Children 5 & Under – Free

NO ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THURSDAY, DEC. 31, 2015
NO WALK-INS --- NO WEIGHT CHANGES ON THE DAY OF THE TOURNAMENT
**No exceptions – Our brackets will be completed two days prior to event**
Rules: 1. National Federation Rules (modified) will govern this tournament.
2. All periods will be 1 – 1 – 1. OT will be 1 min SV followed by NHF Rules.
3. Headgear and singlet recommended.
4. Proof of age must be available, if challenged.
5. Director has the right to combine weight classes.
6. Division ages are as of January 2, 2016 & No Varsity experience.
7. Wrestlers may compete in more than one division / Fill out separate form / Must be ready to wrestle when called.

Divisions & Weight Classes: Based on ages as of 1/2/2016 ***Double Elimination***
Tot (Ages 6 & Under) 40 45 50 55 60 65 HWT (max is 85)
Bantam (Ages 7 – 8) 45 50 55 60 65 70 75 90 HWT (max is 115)
Midget (ages 9 – 10) 55 60 65 70 75 80 85 90 100 HWT (max is 130)
Junior (ages 11-12) 65 70 75 80 85 91 98 105 115 125 140 HWT (max is 185)
Intermediate (ages 13-14) 77 84 91 98 105 112 119 126 133 140 148 158 170 HWT (max 235)

Awards: Trophies for 1st – 3rd; Medals for 4th.
Mail Fee & Registration to: Camp Barnes Wrestling Classic, Attn: Det. Shawn Hatfield
Delaware State Police Troop 4
23652 Shortly Rd. Georgetown, DE 19947

*** In order to obtain a registration form, please contact Detective Shawn Hatfield at Troop 4, 302-752-3834 or via email at james.hatfield@state.de.us ***

In 1947, the Delaware Association of Chiefs’ of Police, an organization which was composed of active law enforcement and correctional officers, accepted the challenge to undertake a project to combat juvenile delinquency in the First State. A committee was appointed to investigate the problems confronting youth. The committee’s resulting recommendations led to the establishment of Camp Barnes for the recreation of deserving youth from throughout the state.

Camp Barnes, located on Miller’s Creek, a tributary of Little Assawoman Bay, has since served the needs of thousands of children from throughout Delaware. Camp Barnes was originally designed to provide the children who were unable to attend summer camp an opportunity to experience life at a summer youth camp. Camp Barnes has remained basically unchanged, providing Delaware children with these outdoor experiences for over 60 years.

The summer camp is an overnight residential camp run by the Delaware State Police and is open to children between the ages of 10 and 13 at no cost to the camper or family. Camp Barnes accommodates 60 campers per week for six weeks. The camp is in session from early July through August. All children are eligible to attend regardless of family income.

One of the many positive aspects of Camp Barnes summer camp is the innovative use of adventure based outdoor learning experiences. Camp Barnes has on its grounds an extensive outdoor initiative course with 17 different initiative and team building elements. Some of the many activities campers participate in throughout the week include swimming in an Olympic size pool, kayaking in Miller’s Creek, arts and crafts, nature walks, and talent shows. Campers also enjoy a scaled down version of the Olympics and State Police demonstrations by the K-9 unit. 

Camp Barnes has a staff of 12 counselors, two cooks, and one kitchen assistant and a nurse. Counselors are required to submit to a criminal background check as well as an interview. There is also a State Trooper on grounds at all times when the camp is in session. Website: www.campbarnes.net

The bodies of six US soldier killed in Afghanistan have been returned to the US.


The bodies of six US soldier killed in Afghanistan have been returned to the US. The six men were killed by a Taliban suicide bomber on a motorbike that struck near Bagram base.
Posted by All That's News on Wednesday, December 23, 2015
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TRUMP: HILLARY IS A LIAR — ‘SHE LIES LIKE CRAZY ABOUT EVERYTHING’

“Just another Hillary lie.”

Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” while responding to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton saying in the debate last night that he is “becoming ISIS’s best recruiter,” Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump declared that to be “just another Hillary lie.”

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