Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Department of Homeland Security Overwhelmed by Green Card Catastrophe

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued thousands of duplicate green cards to immigrants, including many that include incorrect information and allow these individuals to stay longer than permitted in the United States, according to a new government oversight report that warns the Department of Homeland Security is incapable of tracking immigrants who may pose a security risk to the United States.

USCIS, which handles immigration cases and the distribution of green cards, was found to have produced at least 19,000 green cards during the past three years that were duplicates or contained incorrect information, according to a new report by the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general.

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AYCE Bull And Oyster Roast


99% Muslim, 43,000 Somali refugees settled in US under Obama

The Obama administration resettled 8,858 Somali refugees in the United States last year, and nearly 43,000 during Obama's eight years, a huge number that is now raising concerns after a Somali refugee led aone-man attack spree on the campus of Ohio State.

Like Syrian refugees, there is no adequate way to check the backgrounds of the Somalis, according to the head of the Center forImmigration Studies.

The Somali refugee numbers into the U.S. from the Department of Homeland Security and State:

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Santa Train Coming To Eastern Shore of Virginia Towns This Saturday

Santa starts his journey in Cape Charles at 9:00 a.m. Come out and visit with Santa and his helpers as the Bay Coast Railroad helps him on his long journey to the North Pole.

Trinity United Methodist Church will be handing out a small gift during Santa’s visit.


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How Trump can drain the federal swamp

Donald Trump has pledged to “drain the swamp,” but I wonder if he knows just how deep down the muck goes.

Yes, he plans to close the revolving door between his administration and the lobbying firms of K Street, and that’s a good start. If you don’t do that, a top federal official is going to be paying way too much attention to the lobbying firm he expects will hire him after he leaves government, and that’s a legalized form of bribery.

President Obama made a similar pledge, and as quickly backed away from it. He said that no administration official could leave government to take up a job as a lobbyist, but exemptions were given and end runs permitted until there was little left of the pledge. Trump proposes to up the ante, by extending the ban from Obama’s two years to five years. He’d also close some of the loopholes that permitted Obama officials to work in lobbying firms without registering as lobbyists.
We need to go further, however, and extend the ban to congressmen and their staffers.

About a third of the current former congressmen and senior staffers work in corporate government relations departments or as registered lobbyists, where they trade their government contacts in return for huge salary increases.

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Fake News: Jill Stein Says We Had ‘A Lot Of Hacking in This Election’

Monday on MSNBC, while discussing her attempts to initiate recounts of the presidential vote in the swing states of Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein said there was “a lot of hacking in this election” and said she want to make sure the vote was not “hacked,” so she is calling for a recount.

Stein said, “Well, unfortunately, it is not about me. It is about the American people who emerged from this election as not happy campers. And 80 percent of Americans, according to ‘The New York Times’ poll, were disgusted by the conduct of the election, and throughout the election.

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Ocean City Christmas Parade Marches Saturday, Dec. 3

Ocean City, Maryland –: It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and in Ocean City there is no exception! With holiday festivities filling up the calendar in December, Ocean City is adding to the holiday cheer with the 34th Annual Ocean City Christmas Parade marching along Coastal Highway on Saturday, December 3. The holiday parade starts at 11 a.m. on Old Landing Road and marches northbound in the southbound lanes of Coastal Highway to the judges’ stand at 120th Street. The event will feature more than 50 units, including high school bands, horses, antique cars, colorful holiday floats and more.

“This is the second year in the parade’s three decade history that the Town of Ocean is coordinating the event,” commented Ocean City Special Events Director, Frank Miller. “This is a historic holiday tradition and the Town of Ocean City is thrilled to continue a custom that is loved by so many!”

WBOC television anchors Maxine Bentzel and Chris Weimer return as the Masters of Ceremony, providing a play by play of the parade for spectators. Professional judges will review bands and other units in nine categories, with trophies being awarded inside the Carousel Hotel following the parade.

Annual Market Kicks Off Snow Hill’s Christmas Events

SNOW HILL – A Christmas tradition continues albeit in a new location this week in Snow Hill.

Visitors to Friday’s annual Christmas Market in Snow Hill will have the opportunity to get a start on holiday shopping as they admire the renovations in progress at the town’s former opera house. Though the Christmas Market is typically held at the fire house, a conflict prompted organizers to move it to the old opera house — soon to be Toy Town — on North Washington Street.

“It’s going to be a fun time,” said Michael Day, the town’s economic development consultant.

The Christmas Market will run from noon to 8 p.m. Dec. 2 at 209 N. Washington St. Day said the event, though it started early in the day, was meant to coincide with Snow Hill’s monthly First Friday event.

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Marc Elias Is a Hypocrite When It Comes to Election Recounts

Hillary Clinton’s lawyer Marc Elias announced over the weekend that the Clinton campaign would participate in the Wisconsin election recount even as he actively fights against recount efforts in a North Carolina governor’s race where the margin of victory was less than 5,000 votes.

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has raised millions to fund recount efforts in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan based on claims that voting systems in the states were hacked. Elias said the campaign had failed to find any “evidence of hacking or outside attempts to alter the voting technology” but would be joining the recount efforts nonetheless.

In North Carolina, where Republican Gov. Pat McCrory filed for a recount after he lost to Democrat Roy Cooper by just 4,772 votes, Elias is singing a different tune.

“Instead of attacking North Carolina voters and undermining our democratic process, Governor McCrory needs to accept his defeat and concede,” said Elias, who also represents the Cooper campaign.

Cooper’s margin of victory in North Carolina is far smaller than Trump’s margins of victory in Wisconsin (27,257 votes), Michigan (11,612 votes), and Pennsylvania (68,236 votes).

Not only is the margin of victory smaller in North Carolina, but there is also evidence of numerous problems on Election Day, including actual voter fraud.

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Gingrich: Recount Demands Show 'Collapse' of Democratic Party

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, blasting efforts by Green Party candidate Jill Stein and Democrats to force recounts of presidential votes in key states, says the move signals the collapse of the Democratic Party.

"The recount mania is one more example of the collapse of the Democratic Party as a realistic institution," Gingrich told Fox News' Sean Hannity. "You're seeing the sort of nutty wing of the Democratic Party begin to take over."

Stein has pushed for recounts in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania and is expected to file a recount request in Michigan this week.

"If there was a realistic chance that they could turn three states, and therefore turn the election, you could say, 'All right, I get it,'" Gingrich added. "But there's not. I mean, nobody believes they're going to turn Pennsylvania, period. If you don't turn Pennsylvania, nothing matters ... The odds against them ... are probably a trillion to one."

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Cambridge PD Press Release 11-30-16 (Suspect Drowning)

On 11/30/16 Cambridge Police Department was dispatched to the 300 block of Cedar Street in reference to a possible burglary in progress. Upon the officer’s arrival on scene a male suspect was seen jumping out of a second story window. Officers gave commands for the suspect to stop and comply with police, however the suspect refused officer’s commands and fled on foot. Officers gave chase after the suspect. The suspect continued running through the neighborhood and eventually onto the property of Generation III boat yard. During the foot pursuit the suspect was in possession of a handbag and was attempting to open it. The suspect then ran to the end of the pier and then jumped into the water. Officers attempted to help the suspect to safety but the suspect went under the water. Officers received assistance from a nearby waterman along with Rescue Fire Company and the Department of Natural Resources in an attempt to rescue the suspect. 

Approximately thirty minutes later the suspect was recovered from the water and pronounced deceased by medical staff at the scene. Officers recovered the handbag that the suspect had in his possession and found a handgun inside. 

The suspect is believed to be involved in other felony crimes including a robbery incident with a handgun that occurred last week. The evidence from that robbery preliminarily matches the handgun that the suspect discarded. 


The identity of the deceased suspect is being withheld at this time until proper notification can be made.

Indiana to Consider Becoming 13th Permitless Carry State

Indiana state representative Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) is sponsoring legislation that will remove the requirement for a concealed carry permit in order to carry a gun for self-defense.

The legislation would make Indiana the 13th permitless carry state.

According to CBS 4, Lucas contends it is “immoral” to require law-abiding citizens to get a concealed carry permit before being allowed to exercise their Second Amendment right to bear arms. Moreover, he equates a permit requirement with criminality on the part of the state because it “[forces] an innocent person to jump through hoops and pay money to the state to prove their innocence and exercise a constitutional right.”

Permitless carry already exists in 12 states: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Vermont, Wyoming, and West Virginia. There are certain parts of Arkansas and Montana where a permit is required, but the vast portion of both states–99.4 percent, according to Gun Owners of America–is permitless.

And there is a great deal of momentum for permitless carry right now. Four states did away with a permit requirement in 2016 alone. Those four are Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, and West Virginia.

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US Military Space War? Preparations Underway for Potential Attacks

U.S. military commanders and advisers are scrambling to prepare for a space war that could knock out both military and civilian capabilities and impact the daily lives of Americans.

As more nations explore space and develop the capabilities to deploy satellites and other resources in space, the threat to U.S. technologies deployed there grows, according to leading military analysts, CNN reported.

The U.S. has grown dependent on satellites for bank transactions, traffic lights, and railroad switches. Airplane radar, weather data, and world communications are also dependent on satellites to work. In the military, satellite data is needed to deploy missiles and to know about nuclear attacks quickly if they should ever occur.

According to CNN, nations such as China and Russia have begun to develop technology for space weapons like rockets and missiles that could potentially take out U.S. satellites and disrupt the technology needed to protect ourselves from threats.

It’s entirely possible, Defense Department Adviser Peter Singer told the network, that the next war will begin or have a significant component in space.

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Media jump the gun on Ohio State shooting that never happened

What's the only thing faster than a speeding bullet? The willingness of journalists to jump the gun and begin to assign blame.

Relying on early and inaccurate information, national outlets reported this morning that a shooter was loose on campus at Ohio State. In reality, 18-year old Abdul Razak Ali Artan attacked and injured 11 students with a butcher knife and his Honda Civic, not a gun.

But rather than wait for the facts before rushing to judgement, the media quickly typed up a villain: firearms owners and organizations like the NRA who oppose increased regulation.

Even before first responders had sounded the all clear, Vox labeled the ambush "the Ohio State shooting." Yahoo News took the next step,reporting that the attack "spurs a look at Ohio gun laws." And pundits across Twitter blamed American gun culture for a mass shooting that had never happened.

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Wisconsin Elections Commission wants $3.5M for ballot recount

Green Party nominee Jill Stein and independent candidate Rocky De La Fuente will have to come up with $3.5 million by Tuesday afternoon to fund ballot recount efforts in Wisconsin, the state's bipartisan elections commission said Monday evening.

One or both of the candidates will have to pay $3,499,689 to the commission by 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to a statement from Commission Administrator Michael Haas.

"County Clerks have done their best to estimate the actual costs of conducting a large recount in a relatively short time," Haas added. "The estimates may vary widely as some clerks may not have been able to precisely identify their estimated costs in the short time available to them. If the estimate turns out to be too high, the campaign will receive a refund. If the estimate is too low, they will have to pay the additional cost."

Stein has claimed the voting machines were flawed, saying those in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania had security issues. Stein and De La Fuente wanted ballots to be counted by hand, but Wisconsin elections officials denied that request. The two would have to fund the hiring of thousands of temporary workers necessary for the recount effort.

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Pennsylvania State Department says Stein missed recount deadline

Jill Stein has everything she needs to launch a presidential recount. She's got the cash, the grassroots fervor and the spotlight of an adoring media. But there's one thing she needs to overturn Trump's victory: a calendar.

Stein missed Pennsylvania's deadline to file for a voter-initiated recount. That blown deadline is a huge blow for Democrats who have pinned their hopes on recounts in the Keystone State, Michigan and Wisconsin.

"According to Wanda Murren, spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Department of State," the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Monday, "the deadline for a voter-initiated recount was Monday, Nov. 21."

To keep their hopes alive, Stein has mounted a legal challenge in an attempt to force a recount. While the chances of litigation are uncertain, the vote tally is clear. Trump beat Clinton in Pennsylvania, a feat not accomplished by a Republican since George H.W. Bush in 1988.

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Deputies in Ethan Saylor's death appeal to dismiss civil case

Deputies who are being sued for their roles in the death of a New Market man with Down syndrome are challenging a ruling that allowed the man’s mother to pursue the legal action against them.

Attorneys for the Frederick County sheriff’s deputies filed a brief last week arguing that the U.S. Court of Appeals should overturn a federal judge’s Sept. 9 decision to allow a wrongful-death lawsuit to go forward.

Patti Saylor accused the deputies, Richard Rochford, Scott Jewell and James Harris, of violating her son Ethan Saylor’s right to constitutional protection from unreasonable search and seizure when they arrested him before he collapsed and died in January 2013.

The 26-year-old man died after he watched the movie “Zero Dark Thirty” with a caretaker at the Westview Promenade in Frederick. When he returned to the theater during a second showing and refused to leave, management called in the deputies, who were working off-duty as security officers, to resolve the situation.

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Here's how Trump's HHS pick wants to replace Obamacare

By tapping House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Tom Price to serve as his Secretary of Health and Human Services, President-elect Trump has added to his team one of the most serious and knowledgeable Republicans on healthcare policy, and in the process pressed his finger on the scales of the internal GOP debate over how specifically to replace Obamacare.

In contrast to many Republicans, who have talked in terms of repealing Obamacare without offering their own vision for the healthcare system, Price, an orthopedic surgeon, has for years been refining his own detailed plan. In fact, he was one of the few Republicans who introduced an alternative bill in 2009, during the actual debate over Obamacare. You can read that version of the "Empowering Patients First Act" in its entirety here.

Given that Trump offered scant details on healthcare during the campaign, Price could have outsized influence on the incoming president's health policy. Price happens to also be close with House Speaker Paul Ryan, who he succeeded as chair of the Budget Committee. Both of the men have similar attitudes on health policy, including overhauling Medicare and Medicaid. During an interview I did with Price for my 2015 book "Overcoming Obamacare," we discussed his basic philosophical approach to replacing the law.

Two things should stand out to those trying to understand the thinking of the next HHS Secretary (assuming Senate confirmation).

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Black Lives Matter mourns, defends Castro

The Black Lives Matter group mourned and defended former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, and said it felt an "overwhelming sense of loss" after the death of the communist dictator on Friday.

"Although no leader is without their flaws, we must push back against the rhetoric of the right and come to the defense of El Comandante," the group wrote in an unsigned editorial published Sunday titled, "Lessons from Fidel: Black Lives Matter and the Transition of El Comandante."

The group praised Castro's "revolution," and said humans deserve certain rights based on being born, including: "healthy food, clean water, decent housing, safe communities, quality healthcare, mental health services, free and quality education, community spaces, art, democratic engagement, regular vacations, sports, and places for spiritual expression are not questions of resources, but questions of political will and they are requirements of any humane society."

Through Castro, Black Lives Matter insists there can be lessons of "freedom and the peace."

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Dems fear recounts help Trump, hurt rebuilding plans

Democratic operatives are worried that Green Party candidate Jill Stein's effort to recount votes in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, where Trump won narrow victories over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, could end up boosting President-elect Trump and distracting their party from a desperately needed rebuilding effort.

The Democrats hope to regain competitiveness in the Rust Belt after suffering surprise losses there fueled by the defection of white working class voters who supported Democratic candidates for decades. They worry that the possibility of elevating Trump's image through pointless recounts, and giving him in effect another win, is not a good first step.

"We should all want to know the final count of this election, which was closer than many people realize, and identify any voter suppression or irregularities that are subverting our democracy," Rodell Mollineau, a Democratic operative who previously advised Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, said Monday in an interview.

"However, by waiting two weeks, we have undermined our credibility with the public and will be seen as sore losers," Mollineau added. "And the last thing Democrats should be doing is giving the American people any reason to feel sympathy for Donald Trump."

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The VA needs an executive, not a cheerleader

Dear President-elect Trump,

When you take office, you'll inherit a Department of Veterans Affairswith serious systemic challenges. There are insurmountable medical appointment wait times, despite receiving more than $10 billion for the Veteran Choice program. The Veterans Crisis Line rolls calls over to a contracted call center that places some veterans contemplating suicide on hold for nearly 20 minutes, which is extremely detrimental because 20 veterans commit suicide each day. Your administration will also need to address a records management nightmare, reconciling nearly 2 million active records of veterans who are believed to be deceased, providing a plan for equitable relief for the family members of thousands of veterans who died waiting for care and rectifying unresolved system errors that continue to deny nearly 30,000 Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans healthcare benefits.

These and other VA problems have lingered for decades at the VA because of bureaucratic malfeasance, a culture that prides itself on a lack of accountability and an environment where employees are routinely pressured to falsify reports about the quality of healthcare at the request of management officials.

In the past, falsified information in these reports have been submitted to Congress and repeated in speeches delivered by President Obama to veterans organizations. I am confident some of these reports have already been shared with your transition team. This unscrupulous behavior not only impacts veteran access to care, it also obstructs congressional oversight and will surely hinder your administration's efforts to reform the organization.

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Congressman Harris: Defying Federal Immigration Law is a Risky Gambit

WASHINGTON, DC: In a letter sent today, Congressman Andy Harris (MD-01) urged Baltimore County Executive, Kevin Kamenetz to reconsider his stance on refusing to comply with federal law enforcement on the issue of illegal immigration. Recently, County Executive Kamenetz penned a letter to the county’s higher education leaders, in which he urged schools to defy federal immigration law, and indicated that he instructed Baltimore County Police to do likewise.

“In short, I am concerned that your letter demonstrates a lack of understanding that federal immigration law is the supreme law of the land, and that defiance of it represents a potential dereliction of duty for a sworn elected official or law enforcement officer,” wrote Dr. Harris. “As a steward of the Baltimore County budget, you are surely aware of efforts in Congress (that I fully support) to withhold all federal funding from ‘sanctuary’ jurisdictions. Tens of millions of dollars in federal funds flow to Baltimore County, and tens of millions of federal dollars and loan subsidies also flow to the benefit of those educational institutions to which you wrote. Yours is a risky gambit.”

The full text of the letter can be found here

3 Dead in Tennessee Wildfire, Officials Say

A massive wildfire in eastern Tennessee has killed three people, burned hundreds of homes and forced thousands of people to evacuate, according to officials.

The wildfire, which Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said was the state's biggest fire in 100 years, was exacerbated by what authorities described today as hurricane-force winds of up to 87 mph.

The blaze killed three people in Gatlinburg, where many city officials, including Mayor Mike Werner, lost their homes, Haslam said at a news conference this afternoon.

Werner said at the news conference that it was a "devastating time" for the city" but that its people were "strong and resilient."

He said there are still areas authorities are trying to reach and they are hoping there will not be more fatalities.

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Donald Trump Called Racist For Warning About Somali Refugees

More than once during his presidential campaign, Donald Trump warned about the threat posed by improperly vetted Somali refugees only to be called insensitive and racist for raising the issue.

Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton clashed repeatedly on the issue of refugees throughout the election cycle. While Trump promised to suspend the influx of refugees due to security concerns, Clinton called for an increase in refugees brought to the U.S.

While much of the refugee debate focused on those coming from Syria, Trump did highlight the risks associated with Somali refugees in states like Maine and Minnesota, which have received high numbers of displaced Somalians. (RELATED: OHIO STATE ATTACKER IDENTIFIED: Everything We Know About Abdul Razak Ali Artan)

Speaking a rally in Maine last August, Trump warned that Somali refugees provide a “rich pool of potential recruiting targets for Islamist terror groups.” FBI Director James Comey has issued similar warnings.

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Ohio Newspaper Profiled OSU Somali Attacker Abdul Artan in August

The Lantern, Ohio State University’s official student newspaper, profiled Abdul Razak Ali Artan in August.

Artan, the deceased Somali refugee who attacked ten people on campus Monday morning before he was shot and killed by an Ohio State University police officer, was a “third year [student at Ohio State] in logistics management.”

“Law enforcement officials told NBC News the suspect’s name is Abdul Razaq Ali Artan, an 18-year-old student at the university. He was a Somali refugee who left his homeland with his family in 2007, lived in Pakistan and then came to the United States in 2014 as a legal permanent resident of the United States, officials said,” NBC News reported on Monday.

The interview of Artan, written by Kevin Stankiewicz and Jay Panandiker, ran in the August 25 print-only version of the Lantern’s Arts and Life section, and was titled “Humans of Ohio State.”

You can view the pdf of the eight page August 25, 2016 print edition of The Lantern here.

NBC News reported that Artan “posted a rant shortly before he plowed a car into a campus crowd and stabbed people with a butcher knife in an ambush that ended when a police officer shot him dead, a law enforcement official said.”

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A Viewer Writes: Think about this for a moment

Tuesday Nov. 8 at around 1700 hours, Hillary and 400+ Hillary Clinton loyalists gathered with 100+ cases of champagne, a Two-Million-Dollar, ($2,000,000.00) paid for massive fireworks display in downtown New York and a custom built dome with the mythical “glass roof” and the Bitch, (or as her Secret Service call sign names her-- “Broomstick One”) to celebrate Broom Stick One's victory over Trump as the first Female President of the United States. The inner cities were dancing in the streets, knowing their Welfare checks were going to continue and go up. Mexico was happy as they could continue to empty their prisons into America. ISIS was happy as they could continue to infiltrate America with their Terrorists!

Newsweek had already published and shipped the next issue with the cover “Madam President” and a detailed analysis of precisely how the Clinton political machine had captured the Electoral College with a whopping 324 votes. They had her acceptance speech in an article gracefully calling for all Americans to join with her and blah, blah, blah.

Among the 400+ giddy followers were those who had already received confirmation of their future assignments and high paid government jobs in the White House, FBI, Department of Labor, Ambassadorships and the list goes on. All were assured of at least four (4) and probably eight (8) years of lucrative jobs that they had dedicated over 3 years of their lives to achieving. They had all rented or bought housing in D.C. or nearby in Georgetown. Reservations had been made at the Hilton and other 5 star hotels in New York City for the PARTY.

They knew the fix was in: every poll and every media outlet except Fox News and Drudge was in the tank for Hillary and against Trump. At a rate of 45 to 1 Department of Justice employees had contributed to the campaign over Trump. CNN, NBC, CBS had all supplied Hillary with the debate questions well in advance. The fix was in over all the scandals and the WikiLeaks was all the fault of the Russians who had even changed the language in the emails. The Department of Justice and FBI had cleared Hillary of any criminal conduct.

Every media pundit and all of the polls except the LA Times and one other had Hillary with a 1-8 point lead. The odds in Las Vegas were 200 to 1 and by election time were still 5 to 1. The exit polls were 100% in the Democrat’s favor and the path to victory was clear.

Then within 5 short hours it all came crashing down. They were stunned—told to go home and go home they did so they could organize riots and proclaim to the world that Trump was not their President.

Imagine the abject depression and shock that set in.

I freaking love it.

"Congrats to All Patriotic Americans that love their Republic, great job!"

Md. lawmakers compromise with governor on funding

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland legislative leaders are announcing a compromise with Gov. Larry Hogan on school funding and a loan for Northrop Grumman.

House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller announced the compromise Tuesday.

Northrop Grumman requested aid to acquire a 300,000 square-foot facility in Linthicum and keep 10,000 employees in Maryland. Last year, lawmakers approved a $37.5 million tax credit for the defense contractor. Another $20 million proposed by Hogan needs approval by the Legislative Policy Committee.

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Space Poop Challenge

The Problem

In space, no one can hear you flush. This is because in space, there are no toilets. While you may go about your life mostly unaffected by this, it is more of a challenge for our brave astronauts in their space suits.

After all: when you gotta go, you gotta go. And sometimes you gotta go in a total vacuum.

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POLLAK: False ‘Nazi’ Accusations Are Mainstreaming Hatred

Two weeks ago, during morning prayers at my synagogue, a young black man burst into the sanctuary, gave a “Heil Hitler” salute, and made a machine-gun motion with his hands. Worshippers chased him out, and we called police, but they did not come in time.

The incident was incredibly strange, but also a reminder that there is a real threat of antisemitism and neo-Nazism. Ironically, I was spending much of my week fighting false, defamatory “Nazi” accusations about Breitbart by the likes of Howard Dean.

Calling someone a “Nazi” is absurd hyperbole, and it often discredits the person making the claim. But in the current climate, the term “Nazi” is highly inflammatory, because people are upset about the recent election and looking for someone to blame.

Some individuals and organizations are deliberately hyping the paranoia. The Anti-Defamation League — which should drop the “Anti,” since it has been responsible for so much defamation these past few weeks — actually compared Trump’s proposal to track immigrants from terror-prone countries to the way that Nazis registered Jews during the Holocaust, to kill them later.

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Ohio State attacker praised ex-Al Qaeda leader as 'hero' online, sources say

The Somali refugee who plowed a car into a crowd at Ohio State University before stabbing several pedestrians with a butcher knife on Monday is said to have referred to American-born Al Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki as a “hero” on his social media accounts.

Law enforcement sources told Fox News on Tuesday that the reference of al-Awlaki on Abdul Razak Ali Artan’s social media accounts is “deeply concerning” because it could suggest he was self-radicalized before launching the attack.

While a motive has not been confirmed, authorities are looking into whether the car-and-knife attack by the Somali-born student was an anti-U.S. terrorist attack.

The FBI is now in possession of Artan’s electronic devices and will focus their investigation on whether he was reading the two recent ISIS propaganda journals that called for attacks using vehicles and knives, a law enforcement source added.

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Engelbrecht: Voter Fraud Has Been ‘Institutionalized,’ Allowing Non-Citizen Voters to ‘Flood Our Rolls’

True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht joined SiriusXM host Alex Marlow on Tuesday’s Breitbart News Daily to discuss accusations of voter fraud in the 2016 election, including President-elect Donald Trump’s assertion that millions of ballots were cast by people who were not legally allowed to vote.

“You know what? I think we don’t really know,” Engelbrecht said of Trump’s allegation. “We put out a statement shortly after the President-elect’s comments came out, and we said that we support the belief that there could, in fact, have been millions of illegally cast votes, and we are doing tremendous amounts of research to try to get to some of those answers.”

“We set ourselves up, Alex, in a system where for a long time, nobody’s wanted to get answers, so questions haven’t been allowed to be asked,” she told Marlow. “That’s the paradigm that we now have to shatter.”

Marlow noted that while some illegal votes are certainly cast in every election, Trump’s dramatic claim of millions in 2016 was very broad. He asked Engelbrecht if she thought the number could really be that high.

“I think so, yes,” she replied. “And here’s why I think that: When we talk about fraud in sound bites, we often sort of get caught up in, oh, you know, the dead are voting, people are being bused in. Do those things happen, and are those all worthy of debate? Absolutely.

But the real problem that we face is that fraud has been institutionalized. We have set up processes that allow for non-citizens, among other ways, but non-citizens certainly to flood into our rolls. And that’s just one of the ways that we set ourselves up with the potential for illegal votes.”

“The amount of vitriol that has come at our organization and board members as a result of this discourse, this exchange of ideas, is nothing short of stunning,” she said. “It begs the question: how close to the bone must we be to engender that kind of outrage.."

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99,726 Somali Refugees Settled in U.S. Since 9/11

(CNSNews.com) – Nearly 100,000 Somali refugees have been admitted into the United States since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, including 9,020 during fiscal year 2016 and 2,279 in the last two months alone.

According to the State Department’s Refugee Processing Center database, between the al-Qaeda terror attacks in September 2001 and today, 99,726 Somali refugees have been resettled in the U.S.

Of those refugees, 99.6 percent are Muslims, reflecting the religious makeup of Somalia’s population, which is almost entirely Muslim, predominantly Sunni.

The largest numbers of Somali refugees arriving in the country since 9/11 have been settled in Minnesota (almost 16,000) and Ohio (more than 7,500), with sizeable communities also in Texas, New York and Arizona.

Monday’s attack on the Ohio State University campus in Columbus, Ohio, was carried out by a student who, according to law enforcement officials, was a Somali refugee who came to the U.S. in 2014, after living for several years in Pakistan.

The terror attack comes two months after a 20-year-old college student – the U.S.-raised son of refugees from Somalia – stabbed 10 people at a Minnesota shopping mall before an off-duty police officer shot and killed him.

In a campaign stop in Minnesota shortly before the November 8 election, Republican nominee Donald Trump pointed to the mall attack and accused the administration of “faulty refugee vetting.”

During October alone, 1,352 Somali refugees were admitted to the U.S., where they were resettled in 38 states and the District of Columbia.

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Rep. Peter King: 'Up to 40 Somali Americans' Have Become 'ISIS Terrorists'

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), a member of the Homeland Security Committee, said Monday's attack at the Ohio State University "has all the indicators of terrorism," including a Somali refugee as the suspect and the use of a knife and a vehicle to harm people, as ISIS has encouraged its followers to do.

"There's been a real problem with the (American) Somali community as far as having a large number of Al-Shabaab supporters," King told Fox News's Megyn Kelly Monday night.

As CNSNews.com reported on Tuesday, nearly 100,000 Somali refugees have been admitted into the United States since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, including 9,020 during fiscal year 2016 and 1,352 last month alone.

"Minneapolis-St. Paul and Columbus, Ohio are the two areas with the highest concentration of Somali refugees," King told Kelly. "We've had up to 40 Somali Americans have gone over to Somalia to fight as ISIS terrorists. So this is a real threat, it's a real danger. And again, it's a community where the overwhelming majority are good people, but there's a hard core within it.

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Alt-Left Insanity: National Tantrum Spreads

Call it a big-league freakout (in tribute to our new P-eOTUS). Or maybe mass insanity. I prefer to call it the National Tantrum.

It’s hard to tell which group has lost its grip on reality more – liberal activists or their brothers and sisters in arms in the media. The activists are protesting, marching, rioting and vandalizing their way across lefty America, because conservative America wouldn’t tolerate it. Meanwhile, journalists are almost acting worse.

The activists are trying a multi-pronged approach. They are protesting/rioting. (It’s often hard to tell them apart with the alt-left.) Then they have organized a largely astroturf #NotMyPresident hashtag on Twitter. Next, they have begun to threaten and intimidate electors to overturn the election. And then, they’re claiming the electoral college win is illegitimate because they lost it. The alt-left even pushed a meme that pretended Mike Pence was gay.

Former Bernie Sanders spokeswoman Symone Sanders (no relation) told CNN that the future of the Democratic party is without white leaders. Sanders told the world in her special bigoted way, "we don't need white people leading the Democratic party right now." I’m sure Trump’s communications team is sending her a Christmas card.

The tantrum among the major media is almost worse..

Sorry, it’s the Democrats who racialized US politics

Democratic pundits are calling on their party to court working-class and non-coastal whites in the wake of this month’s electoral rout. But the Democratic Party is now dominated by identity politics, which defines whites, particularly heterosexual males, as oppressors of every other population in the United States. Why should the targets of such thinking embrace an ideology that scorns them?

The most absurd Democratic meme to emerge from the party’s defeat is the claim that it’s Donald Trump, rather than Democrats, who engages in “aggressive, racialized discourse,” in the words of a Los Angeles Times op-ed.

By contrast, President Obama sought a “post-racial, bridge-building society,” according to New York Times reporter Peter Baker. Obama’s post-racial efforts have now “given way to an angry, jeering, us-against-them nation,” writes Baker, in a front-page “news” story.

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What a Cluster: Jill Stein Now Suing both Pennsylvania and Wisconsin to Force Hand Recounts

Well, this is devolving into a ridiculous cluster%&$*.

In a first-ever attempt to demand recounts in multiple states following a presidential election, Dr. Jill Stein has raised more than twice what she raised as a presidential candidate of the green party — over $7 million — to pay for temporary workers, legal fees, and filing costs to demand vote recounts in the key states of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan.

Theoretically, if all three of these states were “flipped” in the recount process, the presidency would go to Hillary Clinton.

Well, now the Wisconsin Elections Commission has denied Stein’s request to have the votes specifically recounted by hand, so she’s announced that she’s suing the whole state.

Just in Wisconsin alone, the cost of hiring the thousands of temp workers that completion of a hand recount would require will be somewhere in the ballpark of $3.5 million to get it all done by the federal deadline of December 12. If she loses the lawsuit, Wisconsin can recount the votes however it chooses (which will, quite obviously, not be by hand).

Pennsylvania said Stein already missed the deadline of November 21, so she’s suing that state too.

What a magnificent letter...

With fourteen NFL games on Sunday, and the 49ers on that list, there's no question that some players will protest during the national anthem.
However, Marine Colonel (Ret) Jeffery A. Powers is sick of it, so he wrote a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Former Congressman Allen West posted the letter to his site:
Commissioner, I’ve been a season pass holder at Yankee Stadium, Yale Bowl and Giants Stadium.

I missed the ’90-’91 season because I was with a battalion of Marines in Desert Storm. 14 of my wonderful Marines returned home with the American Flag draped across their lifeless bodies. My last conversation with one of them, Sgt Garrett Mongrella, was about how our Giants were going to the Super Bowl. He never got to see it.
Many friends, Marines and Special Forces Soldiers who worked with or for me through the years returned home with the American Flag draped over their coffins.
Now I watch multi-millionaire athletes who never did anything in their lives but play a game, disrespect what brave Americans fought and died for. They are essentially spitting in the faces and on the graves of real men, men who have actually done something for this country beside playing with a ball and believing they’re something special! They’re not! My Marines and soldiers were!
You are complicit in this! You’ll fine players for large and small infractions but you lack the moral courage and respect for our nation and the fallen to put an immediate stop to this. Yes, I know, it’s their 1st Amendment right to behave in such a despicable manner.
What would happen if they came out and disrespected you or the refs publicly?
I observed a player getting a personal foul for twerking in the end zone after scoring. I guess that’s much worse than disrespecting the flag and our National Anthem.
Hmmm, isn’t it his 1st Amendment right to express himself like an idiot in the end zone?
Why is taunting not allowed yet taunting America is OK? You fine players for wearing 9-11 commemorative shoes yet you allow scum on the sidelines to sit, kneel or pump their pathetic fist in the air. They are so deprived with their multi-million dollar contracts for playing a freaking game!
You condone it all by your refusal to act. As such, you are just as bad and disgusting as they are. I hope Americans boycott any sponsor who supports that rabble you call the NFL. I hope they turn off the TV when any team that allowed this disrespect to occur, without consequence, on the sidelines. I applaud those who have not.
Legends and heroes do NOT wear shoulder pads. They wear body armor and carry rifles.
They make minimum wage and spend months and years away from their families. They don’t do it for an hour on Sunday. They do it 24/7 often with lead, not footballs, coming in their direction. They watch their brothers carted off in pieces not on a gurney to get their knee iced. They don’t even have ice! Many don’t have legs or arms.
Some wear blue and risk their lives daily on the streets of America . They wear fire helmets and go upstairs into the fire rather than down to safety. On 9-11, hundreds vanished. They are the heroes.
I hope that your high paid protesting pretty boys and you look in that mirror when you shave tomorrow and see what you really are, legends in your own minds. You need to hit the road and take those worms with you!
Time to change the channel.

Col Jeffrey A Powers USMC (Ret)
Vista, California

53 Years After JFK Assassination and CIA Admits this Conspiracy THEORY is Actually FACT

Shortly after noon on November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated as he rode in a motorcade through Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas, Texas. It’s been 53 years since the assassination. Since that fateful November day, conspiracy theories have abounded. However, when we sift through the disinformation and look at only verifiable facts, we find no need for theories — as the conspiracy was a fact.

In 2015, while the world debated the Kardashians and Miss Universe, the CIA quietly declassified a report showing that former CIA director John McCone was complicit in withholding information regarding the assassination– a de facto conspiracy.

As Politico noted, according to the report by CIA historian David Robarge, McCone, who died in 1991, was at the heart of a “benign cover-up” at the spy agency, intended to keep the commission focused on “what the Agency believed at the time was the ‘best truth’—that Lee Harvey Oswald, for as yet undetermined motives, had acted alone in killing John Kennedy.” The most important information that McCone withheld from the commission in its 1964 investigation, the report found, was the existence, for years, of CIA plots to assassinate Castro, some of which put the CIA in cahoots with the Mafia. Without this information, the commission never even knew to ask the question of whether Oswald had accomplices in Cuba or elsewhere who wanted Kennedy dead in retaliation for the Castro plots.

“If the commission did not know to ask about covert operations about Cuba, he was not going to give them any suggestions about where to look,” the CIA report notes.

While the report may be referred to as ‘benign’ by the CIA as an attempt to downplay its significance, it was a cover-up nonetheless — a cover-up that halted any further investigation into Oswald and his potential ties to Cuba and any of his possible connections or accomplices.

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Remember when Hillary Clinton said it would be 'horrifying' if Trump didn't accept the election results?

OHIO STATE ATTACK: Twitter EXPLODES On John Kasich For Opening State’s Borders To Refugees

People are blaming Kasich's calls to open the Buckeye state’s borders to international refugees for Abdul Artan’s actions

John Kasich was the recipient of a tidal wave of Twitter hate Monday, as countless users blamed the Ohio governor for Monday’s horrific attack on Ohio State University’s campus.

Kasich praised Ohioans for exhibiting strength and resilience in the face of such a tragedy with a statement Monday afternoon.

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JUST IN: President Trump has Tweeted that he will be leaving his business interests to focus on the presidency


I will be holding a major news conference in New York City with my children on December 15 to discuss the fact that I will be leaving my great business in total in order to fully focus on running the country in order to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! 


While I am not mandated to do this under the law, I feel it is visually important, as President, to in no way have a conflict of interest with my various businesses. Hence, legal documents are being crafted which take me completely out of business operations. The Presidency is a far more important task!

Carrier Says It Has Deal With Trump To Keep Jobs In Indiana

WASHINGTON (AP) — Air conditioning company Carrier Corp. says it has reached a deal with President-elect Donald Trump to keep nearly 1,000 jobs in Indiana. Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence plan to travel to the state Thursday to unveil the agreement alongside company officials.

Trump confirmed the meeting on Twitter late Tuesday, promising a “Great deal for workers!”

Trump spent much of his campaign pledging to keep companies like Carrier from moving jobs overseas. His focus on manufacturing jobs contributed to his unexpected appeal with working-class voters in states like Michigan, which has long voted for Democrats in presidential elections.

The details of the agreement were unclear. Carrier tweeted that the company was “pleased to have reached a deal” with Trump and Pence to keep the jobs in Indianapolis.

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When You're Tired Of People Standing Too Close To You


Worcester County Schools Delayed Due To Fog

All schools will be operating on a one hour delay today, November 30, 2016, due to foggy conditions. All school programs will begin following the one hour delay. Thank you.

The Christmas Lights Road Trip Through Delaware That’s Nothing Short Of Magical

It’s time for another Only In Delaware Road Trip – and this time, we’re going to see the BEST Christmas Light displays in Delaware! Starting up north in Wilmington, heading down through Bear, Townsend, Odessa and finishing up with an amazing display at the beach, it really doesn’t get any better than this. The final display in Rehoboth Beach is dedicated to helping all local Children celebrate the holidays, so no matter what, don’t skip that last stop! Read more about this magical Delaware Christmas Lights Road trip below, and use our interactive map to plan your trip.

Here's the trip - plan a night or two and check out each stop!

Archaeological Survey at Pemberton Historical Park set for Dec. 10

Salisbury, MD – What’s beneath the ground at Pemberton Historical Park?

Archaeologist Ed Otter and his team will be completing an Archaeological Survey at Pemberton Historical Park on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., and the public is welcome to attend this free event. Learn about archaeological digs and see if any artifacts are discovered at the park.

If interested in helping with the dig, please contact Andy Kitzrow at akitzrow@wicomicocounty.org. Attendees must be 18 or older to assist with the dig.

Visit www.PembertonPark.org for more information about the park, which is located at 5561 Plantation Lane in Salisbury.

Muslims Forced A Maryland School To Ban Christmas From Calendars

The War on Christmas continues as Muslims in the Montgomery County School District in Maryland successfully strip the Christian holiday from the school’s calendar. In addition to this measure, the schools will no longer recognize Easter or Yom Kippur to satisfy unhappy Muslim parents and students.

The controversy began when the Muslim community put pressure on the school board to include the Islamic holiday Eid al-Adha on their calendar. Their claim was that Eid al-Adha was a religious holiday that was just as important as Christmas is to Christians and Yom Kippur is to Jews.

Students who followed the religion complained that, just like Christmas, Eid al-Adha was about spending time with their family. However, when students missed a day from school, they would find themselves buried in homework and falling behind their classmates.

The board responded by saying the holidays recognized on the school’s calander were not about honoring or accepting a religion, nor were they about giving children time to spend with their families. Instead, the school was considering the high absentee of students and faculty members on the Jewish and Christian holidays.

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Where Have All The Hero's Gone?

Young rugby players who suffer head impacts could undergo changes in their brains

Youngsters who suffer head impacts in sports like rugby and American football undergo changes in their brains after a single season, say scientists.

Scans of high school American footballer players, aged under 18, found alterations in the grey and white matter in their brains that had been caused by the collisions.

Researchers said the findings related to all contact sports - and it is now important to discover if there are long-term effects.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

25 Days Of Christmas TV Schedule

A complete schedule can be found at this link https://www.25daysofchristmastv.com/Schedule

Why Are Kids in Waycross Getting Cancer?

Fourteen-year-old Lexi Crawford was attacked by lower back pain so sharp that she couldn’t even sit up to eat. Her mother had to bring her food while she was lying flat on her back. Doctors in Waycross, GA, the small town where she lives, thought it was a kidney infection. But after months of antibiotics didn’t clear it up, a visiting doctor in the local ER suggested an X-ray.

What he saw on the scan was terrifying.

Black spots covered Lexi’s spine. “That’s cancer,” he told her mother, Cristy Rice. “I don’t know what kind it is, or where else it is, but that’s cancer.”

As Lexi first started feeling sick, in a house across town, 2-year-old Harris Lott began complaining that his stomach hurt. He suddenly lost the ability to urinate, and his parents, who are both doctors, rushed him to an emergency room. He was diagnosed with an infection. After treatment, he was fine for a while, but a few weeks later, the problem returned, and a urologist said it was time for more tests. They found a tumor the size of a grapefruit in his abdomen.

A few days later, doctors told the grandparents of 5-year-old Gage Walker, who lives 14 miles east in nearby Hoboken, GA, that the unrelenting stomach pain he’d had for weeks was probably constipation. For 2 months, doctors sent him home with laxatives. “He would just cry and cry and cry. I thought something was really wrong,’” says his grandmother, Ellen Walker. It, too, turned out to be cancer.

The same cancer.

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Ocean City Scores Lone U.S. ‘Celtic Yuletide’ Performance During Holidays

OCEAN CITY – A two-time Emmy award nominee, producer and singer is bringing his production, “Celtic Yuletide” to the Ocean City Convention Center for one performance this Saturday, Dec. 3

Michael Londra, an Irish singer and lead voice of Riverdance on Broadway, said the Ocean City performance will be the only U.S. concert for the 2016 year.

“It is random because I usually do 30 dates in November and December,” said Londra, who added that prior engagements in Dublin prevented him from staying in the U.S. longer.

“What happened was I had a window of four days in the U.S. and that date was already booked by the convention center,” Londra said. “I literally fly out the next morning to Dublin.”

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Watch: Hundreds Gather to Protest Hampshire College’s Decision to Not Fly American Flag

‘If you help her, I’m going to kill you’: EMT student risks his life to try to save shooting victim

All he wanted to do was help, but before it was over, he had sustained multiple painful injuries from being shot and run over twice.

Daniel Wesley, 17, is a trained emergency medical responder studying for his EMT certification, and on the way home from a shopping trip at the Mall of Louisiana with his mother, Kathy Wesley, Sunday, he noticed 30-year-old April Peck lying in the roadway, Baton Rouge’s Advocate reported.

Moments after spotting Peck, the teenager pulled over, quickly yanked his father’s medic bag from the car and dashed over to the woman, who had been shot and tossed from her vehicle minutes earlier by her boyfriend, 48-year-old Terrell Walker.

Just as Wesley was putting a pair of gloves on, preparing to apply pressure to Peck’s gunshot wound to stop the bleeding, Walker came speeding back — this time, with the car aimed directly for the young medical responder and the smattering of others, including a physician and EMS ambulance crew, gathered around him.

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Stein’s Recount Funded By George Soros?

According to the official fundraising page, the “Stein/Baraka Green Party Campaign launched an effort to ensure the integrity of our elections” however it has been revealed that George Soros, the globalist billionaire well known for his donations to Black Lives Matter and the tens of millions he has given Hillary, is almost single-handedly funding the campaign.

Investigators became convinced Jill Stein’s fundraising operation was not the organic, grassroots campaign it has been promoted as after they noticed that funding came in at an absolutely perfect $160,000 per hour. That is odd enough, but the donations continued full speed at the exact same rate through the middle of the night while the country was asleep.

Jim Stone, the researcher who was tipped off about the pre-shipped Newsweek cover featuring “Madam President” Hillary Clinton, reports on the fundraising data that proves the Jill Stein campaign is not what the public has been told it is:

“A bot is pulling cash from a central fund, and giving it out at a pre-determined rate.

‘This pattern was nailed with precision up until noon CST, and then they shut it off right around 2:30 before it could hit the next “waypoint” at 6:10 PM. Just back calculate. She hit 4,000,000 at noon. She started it up at 1:30 the day before. That is 22.5 hours. Divide four million by 22.5. It comes out to 177,000 dollars an hour. A few people chipped in during the day, to add a little to the top of what the bot continuously ran at – 160,000 an hour

‘Ok so she has so far raised almost 4.5 million on THANKSGIVING DAY and the night before. FIGURE THE ODDS when her entire campaign did not hit 3 million. Yet she did THAT on THANKSGIVING??!!??

Jill Stein now has the money she needs to initiate the recount. Where did the funds come from? Soros. Despite spending the whole election season mocking Trump’s claim that the election could be rigged, mainstream media is now pushing the narrative that the votes were hacked – even in Pennsylvania where that’s not even possible.

What is about to happen could possibly cause a civil war. Anonymous, the infamous group responsible for hacking multiple high-level officials and agencies, just made an announcement:

“It’s over, folks.

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Americans Bought Enough Guns on Black Friday to Arm the Marine Corps!

Black Friday, a day of commercial consumerism. The lines are wrapped around the buildings waiting for the deals of a lifetime. While you might think most consumers are out there waiting for the latest new toy or the biggest TV, many buyers on Black Friday are buying something totally different.

Black Friday is apparently the day to buy guns. Lots of guns!

According to the FBI spokesman Stephen Fischer, Black Friday shattered the single-day record for gun sales – with 185,713 background checks processed in a 24 hour period. Fischer told Business Insider that nearly 400 more transactions were processed on Black Friday than in 2015.

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Jill Stein a Clinton Pawn in Push for Recount?

Former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has raised nearly $5 million to fund efforts to push for a recount in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. This has led to speculation over what Stein hopes to gain from a potential recount or if she is being used by billionaire investor George Soros or Bill and Hillary Clinton. ‘Stacy on the Right’ Show Host Stacy Washington weighed in on the potential factors driving the push for a recount.

“I saw something interesting this morning on ‘The Hill’ by writer Mary Chastain and she talked about the big deal with Donald Trump saying that he wouldn’t go forward with prosecution on Hillary emails.."

“I thought it was interesting, she [Mary Chastain] points out that the thing that the Clintons crave the most is power and to continue to have influence in Washington, D.C. And by forgiving her he would take away that spotlight.”

Washington explained that this has led to the speculation that Stein’s push for a recount is actually part of a plot by the Clintons to contest the election results without having their names associated with it.

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13 get 5 days in jail for Black Lives Matter protest on I-95

Thirteen protesters have been sentenced to five days in jail for illegally blocking traffic on Interstate 95 in Richmond during a Black Lives Matter protest in July.

All 13 demonstrators pleaded guilty Monday afternoon in Richmond General District Court as part of a plea agreement.

While the judge allowed some to report to jail in December — at least one woman was granted a delay because she has upcoming college exams — others were immediately escorted off by sheriff’s deputies to begin serving jail time.

“It was rush hour. They put themselves in danger, and they put other people potentially in danger, so we thought that five days in jail was an appropriate punishment,” said Richmond Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Davis Powell, the prosecutor in the cases.

Powell said in an interview afterward that the defendants’ behavior was “rather irresponsible,” adding that while demonstrators have the right to protest peacefully, “stopping rush-hour traffic is an entirely different thing. ... We thought that warranted punishment.”

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Jordan: Congress Has 'Obligation' To Investigate Clinton

Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan says that Congress has “an obligation” to continue investigating Hillary Clinton, despite Donald Trump’s recent comments suggesting that he will go easy on the former secretary of state.

“Congress has an obligation to do oversight,” Jordan, a Republican member of the House Judiciary Committee, said in an interview with Fox News on Wednesday.

“When you think about equal treatment under the law, it’s incumbent upon us to get to the facts and get to the truth here so that the American people know that, in fact, there is a standard in place called equal treatment under the law.”

Jordan’s pledge comes a day after Trump appeared to reverse course on a campaign promise to prosecute Clinton for exchanging classified information on a private email server.

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To Really ‘Make America Great Again,’ End the Fed!

The problem is not specific Fed policies, but the very system of fiat currency managed by a secretive central bank

Former Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Richard Fisher recently gave a speech identifying the Federal Reserve’s easy money/low interest rate policies as a source of the public anger that propelled Donald Trump into the White House. Mr. Fisher is certainly correct that the Fed’s policies have “skewered” the middle class. However, the problem is not specific Fed policies, but the very system of fiat currency managed by a secretive central bank.

Federal Reserve-generated increases in money supply cause economic inequality. This is because, when the Fed acts to increase the money supply, well-to-do investors and other crony capitalists are the first recipients of the new money. These economic elites enjoy an increase in purchasing power before the Fed’s inflationary policies lead to mass price increases. This gives them a boost in their standard of living.

By the time the increased money supply trickles down to middle- and working-class Americans, the economy is already beset by inflation. So most average Americans see their standard of living decline as a result of Fed-engendered money supply increases.

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Pro-Immigrant Leaders Demanding Obama Pardon all Illegals and for Expansion of Sanctuary Cities

Pro-Immigrant activists are calling on President Obama to pardon all immigrants who have illegally crossed into the United States and to expand the network of sanctuary cities to provide shelter and security for law-breaking aliens.

In a last ditch effort to protect those who may be deported under President Elect Trump’s immigration polices, several pro-immigrant leaders are pushing for a pardon for the estimated 11 million illegal aliens currently in the country.

Political director for PICO National Network, Bishop Dwayne Royster, said. “This is not a political issue; but rather a moral imperative. It’s time for President Obama to use his constitutional powers to protect vulnerable individuals and families and pardon communities from an administration intent on doing harm to those whom the bible calls, ‘the least of these’.”

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Roger Stone: Trump to Reduce Federal Land Holdings

Trump's response to BLM showdown with Bundy family in Nevada

Trump will announce his appointments for Secretary of State and Secretary of Interior sometime this week, the latter due to his desire to reduce federal land holdings, says insider Roger Stone.

“I think you’re going to get a Secretary of Interior this week, and I think you’re going to get a Secretary of State this week,” Stone said on The Alex Jones Show Sunday. “This week is going to tell us a lot in terms of the President-elect’s appointments, and those are pivotal.”

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Senator Releases List of Odd Things the Govt. Has Spent Your Taxpayer Dollars On

On Monday, the second annual “Federal Fumbles” report was released by Sen. James Lankford. (See full report here). The list details the absurdity of some of the things the United States government spends taxpayer money on. Lankford summarizes the list as “the federal government dropping the ball.” The report is about 154 pages long.

“For every one of these as we did last year, we’re focused on the same thing. We’re not just trying to raise the problem, we’re also trying to raise how do you solve it,” Lankford told reporters. He also pinpoints the four areas that serious government reform is needed for: oversight of grants, regulatory policy, agency inefficiency and lack of coordination between agencies.

Below are five listed bizarre areas that government taxpayer money was used for, highlighted by the Independent Journal Review:

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MYSTERY: Is Canada PM Justin Trudeau son of Fidel Castro?

Many in the free world were taken aback by the stunningly sympathetic remembrance of Cuban dictator by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

In his statement, Trudeau expressed “deep sorrow” after learning of “the death of Cuba’s longest serving president,” CNN reported.

“Fidel Castro was a larger than life leader who served his people for almost half a century. A legendary revolutionary and orator, Mr. Castro made significant improvements to the education and healthcare of his island nation.”

He continued, “While a controversial figure, both Mr. Castro’s supporters and detractors recognized his tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people who had a deep and lasting affection for ‘el Comandante.'”

Is there something more going on than a Canadian leftist mourning the death of the geriatric Cuban dictator?

New side-by-side photos and the documented history of Trudeau’s mother, Margaret Trudeau, are raising questions about whether Castro could be really the Canadian prime minister’s father.

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Dictionary.com's word of the year is 'xenophobia'

You might have thought about it, heard it. A lot. You might have even felt it: Dictionary.com's word of the year is "xenophobia."

While it's difficult to get at exactly why people look words up in dictionaries, online or on paper, it's clear that in contentious 2016, fear of "otherness" bruised the collective consciousness around the globe.

The Brexit vote, police violence against people of color, Syria's refugee crisis, transsexual rights and the U.S. presidential race were among prominent developments that drove debate — and spikes in lookups of the word, said Jane Solomon, one of the dictionary site's lexicographers.

The 21-year-old site defined xenophobia as "fear or hatred of foreigners, people from different cultures, or strangers." And it plans to expand its entry to include fear or dislike of "customs, dress and cultures of people with backgrounds different from our own," Solomon said in a recent interview.

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Chicago shootings leave eight dead and 58 injured over Thanksgiving weekend

At least 58 people were shot in Chicago over Thanksgiving weekend, leaving eight dead as the city faces the highest number of homicides in more than a decade.

The latest victim is an 18-year-old who was shot dead in his vehicle at 2pm on Sunday, NBC reported.

Two gunmen outside a house party on Saturday night left one dead and five others injured, while another shooting killed a 16-year-old boy on Friday evening.

In October, Chicago surpassed 600 homicides this year, in numbers that have not been seen since 2003. There were 468 murders in 2015, and 416 the year before.

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Accident In Berlin

Berlin Fire EMS dispatched to the area of Racetrack Rd and Adkins Rd. Motor vehicle accident with injuries. Use caution.

Annapolis sees record homicides in 2016

A 24-year-old man was killed in a double shooting in Annapolis over the weekend.

The shooting happened Saturday on Clay Street.

"It certainly appears the people shot were targeted," Annapolis police spokeswoman Cpl. Amy Miguez said.

The shooting fits a recent pattern in Annapolis, which has seen a historic increase in homicides.

Last year, there was one reported homicide. So far in 2016, there have been 10 homicides, "which is the most recorded since we started reporting information to the FBI in the mid '70s," Miguez said.

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Podesta Group Failed To Disclose Lobbying For Foreign Government

A Beltway lobbying firm with close connections to Hillary Clinton has acknowledged that it failed to disclose work it did for the Indian government in 2014 and 2015.

The Podesta Group disclosed the lobbying activities in an amended filing submitted to the Justice Department earlier this month, the Washington Free Beacon reported on Monday.

The documents lists five separate contacts that Podesta Group chairman Tony Podesta, a prolific Hillary Clinton campaign donor, made with his brother and former business partner, John Podesta, to discuss U.S.-India relations in 2014 and 2015. During that period, John Podesta, who co-founded the Podesta Group with Tony in 1988, served as White House counselor and then as Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman.

The Podesta Group’s failure to disclose the lobbying was an apparent violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Under the law, which was enacted in the 1930s to prevent Nazis from planting propaganda in the U.S., lobbyists are required to disclose all lobbying activities carried out on behalf of foreign governments to the Justice Department.

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