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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Story Behind "Sweet Home Alabama"

In the late 1960s, in Jacksonville, Florida, a clean-cut gym teacher named Leonard Skinner sent student Gary Rossington to the principal’s office because his hair touched his collar. The teenager’s shaggy mop was a brazen violation of Robert E. Lee High School’s dress code. When Rossington and some of his friends and schoolmates—singer Ronnie Van Zant and guitarist Allen Collins, drummer Bob Burns, and bassist Larry Junstrom—were searching for a new name for their fledgling rock group—they drew on memories of the incident. Lynyrd Skynyrd (vowels changed “to protect the guilty”) was born.

More than forty years ago, on August 13, 1973, Lynyrd Skynyrd released its debut self-titled album (helpfully subtitled “Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd.”). They were an instant hit, opening for The Who on their Quadrophenia tour, and charting “Free Bird,” which would go on to become one of the most iconic power ballads of the era, if not all time. But their biggest hit was yet to come. “Sweet Home Alabama,” off their 1974 Second Helping album, reached number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart—and earned an eternal place in the hearts of many Southerners, even beyond the borders of the Yellowhammer State.


Anthony Weiner caught in new flirty online chat

First he was Carlos Danger. Now — in yet another sexting scandal — he’s a randy “mongoose.”

Sext fiend Anthony Weiner boasted of his animal prowess — claiming he was “deceptively strong . . . like a mongoose” — and gave his cellphone number to a college student during a flirty, private online chat on a recent trip to Los Angeles, The Post has learned.

But the joke was on the horndog pol, whose wife, Huma Abedin, is a top aide and close confidante of Hillary Clinton.
The target of his online affection was really a dude.



Wicomico Public Libraries is pleased to announce there will be a presentation by the Eastern Shore Baseball Foundation at the Downtown Library on Saturday, August 20th from

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The theme of the presentation is Baseball on the Eastern Shore at the turn of the century until 1922, when the Class D Eastern Shore League was born. There will also be on display memorabilia of Baseball items from that era plus other Baseball memorabilia from the Salisbury region.

The guest speaker is Marty Payne who has presented at various venues including “Country Ball on the Eastern Shore of Maryland,” at the Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, Keynote speaker, “Social and Economic Impact on Baseball in Rural Communities,” at the National Convention of Vintage Baseball Association and at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, “More Than a Ballplayer; Players of the 1880’s and Their Pursuit of the American Dream.” to name a few. Donnie Davidson, board member of the Eastern Shore Baseball Foundation will be displaying memorabilia from his collection. This program is a family friendly event and free and open to the public.

Wicomico Public Libraries are located in Downtown Salisbury, the Centre at Salisbury, in Pittsville, and the Library Bookmobile. Wicomico Public Libraries offer numerous resources such as free Internet access, a variety of classes and events, and an online eBooks library, and it engages the community through education, economic development and through various community events. You Belong @ Wicomico Public Libraries!


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Trump Slams "Disgusting, Corrupt" Media, Threatens "Dishonest" New York Times

In his latest rant during an hour-long speech in Connecticut, Donald Trump lashed out he would be leading Hillary Clinton by 20% if "the disgusting and corrupt media covered me honestly and didn't put false meaning into the words I say."Threatening to revoke The New York Times' press credentials (just as he did The Washington Post), Trump - somewhat understandably exclaimed "these are the most dishonest people," pointing to the press corps.

Speaking in Connecticut, a heavily Democratic state where he has a long-shot of being victorious, even Republican strategists questioning his decision-making...

"It's asinine that he would be in Connecticut holding a public rally less than 90 days before the election," said Republican strategist Matt Mackowiak.

"You don't see Hillary publicly campaigning in Idaho and Mississippi. I have to think this proves the candidate is running the campaign, which explains why it's such a disaster of biblical proportions."


Phelps Spies Reporter Wearing Steelers Gear, Has Perfect Reaction

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The greatest Olympian of all time will always be a fan of the Baltimore Ravens.

During a press conference at the Olympic Games in Rio he spied a reporter sporting Steelers gear and reacted as any Ravens fan would.

Watch his perfect reaction HERE

Islam Academic: Migrants Want Eurabia, Globalists Using Migrants to Destroy The West

A highly regarded researcher and academic has warned that Muslims in Europe view migration as the start of the Islamisation of the continent. Prof. Abdessamad Belhaj also detailed how globalists are using Muslim migrants to turn Western countries into socially divided societies of easily-controlled consumers.

The scholar of Islam and social sciences warned that large numbers of migrants are “calamitous” for the European people, and that neoliberal elites see Islamic terrorism, and state bankruptcy and collapse as collateral damage in their pursuit of endless wealth.

In an interview with Hungary’s Institute for Migration Research, Professor Belhaj discussed what he calls the Islamic moral economy.


New MAC executive director named

MAC Incorporated’s Board of Directors has appointed a new executive director, effective Oct. 1.

Pattie A. Tingle will succeed Margaret A. “Peggy” Bradford, who will retire from MAC on Sept. 30, after serving for 37 years as the executive director.

A reception to welcome Tingle will be held Friday, Aug. 26, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Hazel Dining Room at MAC. The public is invited.

MAC offers numerous programs and services for older adults on the Lower Shore, from health education, including chronic disease self-management and healthy cooking classes, and a wellness center gym designed specifically for those age 50 and older and anyone with a disability; to Meals on Wheels for home-bound adults; a network of senior centers featuring social, educational and recreational programs; and links to information and support services for caregivers, volunteers and seniors seeking employment.

Tingle most recently served as executive director of the Bay Area Center for Independent Living in Salisbury, a post she held for 26 years. BACIL serves individuals of all ages with disabilities in the nine counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Among her achievements during her tenure at BACIL, Tingle successfully grew operations three-fold within the past two years, connecting with more than 4,300 individuals with disabilities, their families and the professionals serving them.

Tingle holds a Master of Science Degree in Human Services Administration, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology, both from Wilmington University in Wilmington, De.

Among her professional affiliations, she is a licensed consultant, Standards of Excellence in Nonprofit Management, with the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations in Baltimore.

For more information, call Cindy Robinson at 410-742-0505, ext. 118.

MAC is a member agency of the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore.

FBI Enlists Prosecutor In Clinton Foundation Probe

A joint FBI-U.S. Attorney probe of the Clinton Foundation has begun, and the federal prosecutor leading the charge has a history of taking down politicians.

Preet Bharara, dubbed “The Showman” in The New Yorker for his penchant for theatrics and wisecracks, runs the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Southern District of New York and has racked up an impressive number of corruption convictions — from Wall Street bankers, hedge funds, and New York organized crime to prominent politicians.

The FBI has enlisted Bharara’s office (along with others) in part for his prosecutorial aggressiveness that career DOJ attorneys may lack.

The New York Times and other media outlets labeled him a “crusader” for his courtroom victories against the two most powerful figures in the New York legislature in 2015. Bharara took on New York Assembly Speaker, Sheldon Silver, in office since 1994, for funneling taxpayer money through his law firm.


Uncle Sam goes for gold, too: Up to $9,900 per Olympic gold medal

Michael Phelps swims fast, but not fast enough to beat Uncle Sam, who awaits him at the finish line each time he wins a medal. His total income tax bill for the 2016 Games? Up to about $55,000 for his five golds and one silver.

Olympic athletes who bring home medals also bring home cash — $25,000 for gold, $15,000 for silver and $10,000 for bronze — paid for by the United States Olympic Committee. Like any prize winner, from a jackpot hitter to a Nobel Prize recipient, the athletes are taxed because Olympic medals and cash bonuses are considered income, said Steven Gill, associate professor of accounting at San Diego State University.

The maximum possible "victory tax" on the bonus for each gold medal, using the top tax rate of 39.6% for the nation's highest earners, is $9,900, according to Americans for Tax Reform. For silver, it's $5,940, and for bronze it's $3,960. Athletes in lower tax brackets would owe less — and keep in mind that some or all of their massive training expenses would likely be deductible, whether they treat their sport as a business or a hobby.


PHOTOS: Hillary Clinton’s protective wall around Chappaqua estate

Hillary Clinton doesn’t miss an opportunity to ridicule Donald Trump’s illegal immigration solution of a wall on the southern border — but that’s exactly what she’s deployed to keep undesirables away from her.

“First of all, as I understand him, he’s talking about a very tall wall, a beautiful tall wall, the most beautiful tall wall, better than the Great Wall of China, that would run the entire border,” Clinton riffed in March.

“He would somehow magically get the Mexican government to pay for it. It’s just fantasy.”

A series of photos reveal a massive barrier running the entire border of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s estate in Chappaqua, New York — undoubtedly intended to keep the unwashed masses away from the political elites.

This aerial photo shows the high white fence surrounding the Clintons’ property:


WCSO Press Release August 16, 2016

Incident: Obstruct and Hinder.
Date of Incident: 15 August 2016
Location: 1000 block of Hayes Avenue, Salisbury, MD
Robert H. Workman, 55, Salisbury, MD
Elizabeth L. Workman, 22, Salisbury, MD
Narrative: On 15 August 2016 at 9:20 PM, a deputy responded to an address in the 1000 block of Hayes Avenue in an attempt to locate Elizabeth Workman who was the subject of a District Court Bench Warrant. The warrant was issued after Elizabeth violated the terms of her probation in a CDS case. Upon arrival, the deputy was told by her father, Robert Workman that she was not home. Mr. Workman even told the deputy that Elizabeth had not stayed there in several weeks. While speaking with Mr. Workman, the deputy observed an indication that there was someone else inside the residence, even though that was contrary to Mr. Workman’s statements that he was alone. As the deputy was leaving, the deputy was able to glance inside a bedroom window and observed a subject he identified as Elizabeth crawling across the floor in what appeared to be an attempt not to be seen.
The deputy made contact with Mr. Workman again who repeated that he was home alone and that he did not know Elizabeth’s whereabouts. The deputy entered the residence after seeing Elizabeth though the window and took her into custody on the warrant.
The deputy also arrested her father, Robert Workman, for hindering and obstructing. Both Elizabeth and her father were transported to the Central Booking Unit where they were processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. Following their initial appearances, Elizabeth Workman was detained in the Detention Center without bond while Robert Workman was released on Personal Recognizance.
Charges: Obstruct and Hinder

CareFirst asking for higher rate increase

BALTIMORE —Maryland's largest health-insurance provider has upped its rate-increase request with the state.

The rate consumers pay for health insurance isn't a random number set by an executive. It's settled on after a complicated process between the state and insurers every year.

During a hearing on the matter Monday before the Maryland Insurance Administration, the CEO of CareFirst defended his company's revised May filing for insurance plans people buy under the Affordable Care Act.

For individual plans, for example, CareFirst now wants to charge 27.8 percent more for its HMO and 36.6 percent more for its PPO. That's on top of an average 22.9 percent rate increase from the year before, and it tops nearly all other rate changes proposed by carriers in Maryland's individual market.


Troopers Seek Public’s Assistance in Identifying Assault Suspect – Update

Troopers Seek Public’s Assistance in Identifying Assault Suspect – Update

Presented by Public Information Officer Master Corporal Jeffrey R. Hale
Wilmington, DE- Delaware State Police have arrested a 39 year old Wilmington woman and charged her in connection with the assault of a customer at the Target Store in Wilmington earlier this month.
The initial investigation began on Thursday, August 4, 2016, after troopers responded to the Target store located at 1050 Brandywine Parkway, Wilmington, for the report of an assault. Upon their arrival, troopers learned that a female suspect had been involved in a verbal altercation with a female customer inside of the store. At one point during the argument, the female suspect obtained a bottle of bleach and proceeded to pour it on the victim's head. The bleach also struck a one year old child that was in the victim's shopping cart. The female suspect then fled the store.
Through multiple tips from the public, troopers were able to positively identify Lataka Mason, 39, of Wilmington, as the suspect. Mason turned herself in at Troop 1, Penny Hill, this morning, Tuesday, August 16, 2016. She was charged with Assault 1st Degree, Assault 2nd Degree, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Mason was arraigned at JP Court 2 and committed to the Delores Baylor Correctional Institution for lack of $25,000.00 secured bail.
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MSP: Salisbury Barrack DUI Arrests 8/6/16 to 8/12/16

The following Subjects were arrested for DUI / DWI during the week of 8/6/16 to 8/12/16 by Salisbury Barrack Troopers:

Marshall Blackwell 52yoa Salisbury, MD

Mamadou L Kone 43yoa Salisbury, MD

Marco Peratt Barton 29yoa Salisbury, MD

Erin D. Casseday 29yoa Ohio

Jamiel Laron Bowen 33yoa Berlin, MD

Jerry D. Hamilton 33yoa New Jersey

Vidal Anton Roberts unk. Landover, MD

Michele Lynn Smith 50yoa Arnold, MD

Owen Dallas Ramey Jr. 55yoa Hebron, MD

Tyrone Thomas Conway 61yoa Salisbury, MD

Laceigh Nicole Zawierucha 33yoa Salisbury, MD

Edgar P Chalba-Acevedo 35yoa Laurel, DE

Jack Allen Hill 57yoa Parsonsburg, MD

If You’re Looking For A New Job, Skip The Applications And Phone A Friend

Money, You've Got Lots Of Friends

The St. Louis Fed may have inadvertently cracked the code on the “True” value of social media. Economists at this Fed branch found that jobs which you find through personal contacts generally pay far more than those you might run across on your own. Or, as the old saying goes, “It’s not who you know. It’s who knows you.”

If you’re looking for a new job, skip the applications and phone a friend. That’s the ideal way to clinch a new position according to recent research by David Wiczer at the St. Louis Fed. He looked at the Survey of Consumer Expectations from 2013 to compare employment trends on those who “directly contacted organizations about posted vacancies or received referrals through their network.” Here are his findings:

“On average, salaries were 6 percent higher if workers found their job through their networks.” This includes an average weekly salary of $772.20 (about $40 K per year) for those who got their job from a referral compared to $725.84 (around $38 K) for those who didn’t go through their network.

“Workers who were searching while unemployed received offers through their networks that averaged 62 percent more than those found through direct contact.” Those looking for another job while employed “received network offers that were 12 percent higher, on average.” Source:

Workers receive more pay from referred jobs because “the workers who tended to find jobs through their network were different than those who found jobs through direct search, and the better-connected workers had access to better jobs.” Wiczer elaborates on this topic in a working paper out last month with Marcelo Arbex and Denis O’Dea. They pose a couple of other conclusions.

First, “network connections pass along wage offers like their own” since they’ve already “selected wages and climbed the ladder.” Second, “job referrals come disproportionately from workers who are more central to the network than an average worker.” That means they likely “have access to better jobs” and “will also refer better jobs to their own connections.”Here’s a link to the full report.


FOP responds to protesters outside its conference

BALTIMORE —Protesters chained themselves to railings outside and inside the lobby of the Baltimore Hyatt Regency Hotel Sunday afternoon as the state's Fraternal Order of Police held its bi-annual conference there.

Police arrested 12 protesters and charged them with trespassing. The Baltimore Bloc protested the FOP Tuesday, the second day in a row, at the FOP Lodge at 39020 Buena Vista Ave.

"The FOP is the No. 1 obstruction to police accountability and justice they operate more as a good ole boys club instead of a union," said Ralikh Hayes, coordinator of Baltimore Bloc.

"Well, I think there's a narrative out there that's just inaccurate. I think it's made up. I really don't think it's a misunderstanding," said O'Brien Atkinson, vice president of Maryland FOP.

Atkinson on Monday reacted to Sunday's protests and arrests.


Farmland Bubble Bursts As Ag Credit Conditions Crumble

Aside from a brief pause during the "great recession" of 2009, Midwest farmland prices have been bubbling up for over a decade with annual price increases of 15%-30% in many years. Private Equity and low interest rates no doubt played a role in creating the farmland bubble as "excess cash on the sidelines" sought out investments in hard assets (see "Is TIAA-CREF Investing In Farmland A Harbinger Of The Next Asset Bubble?"). No matter the cause, data continues to indicate that the farmland bubble is bursting.

2Q 2016 agricultural updates from the Federal Reserve Banks of Chicago, Kansas City and St. Louis indicate continued income, credit and farmland price deterioration for Midwest farmers. Lender surveys also suggest that as many as 30% of Midwest farmers are having problems paying loan balances. Declining asset values and incomes have also caused banks to tighten lending standards which has only served to accelerate the decline.

In Kansas' 10th District (which includes MO, OK, KS, NE), values of non-irrigated and irrigated cropland declined 3% and 5%, respectively, in 2Q 2016. In fact, 2Q 2016 marks the 6th consecutive quarter of YoY declines for irrigated cropland values. Between 2002 to 2014, the value of both irrigated and non-irrigated cropland declined in only one other time in 3Q 2009.


Two Pedestrian Accidents Over Weekend In OC

OCEAN CITY — After a long stretch of zero pedestrian collisions throughout much of the summer in the resort, there were four incidents in the last week including two hours apart last Saturday.

Around 10:45 p.m. on Saturday, Ocean City police responded to the area of 73rd Street and Coastal Highway for a reported traffic collision involving a pedestrian. The investigation revealed a 34-year-old male attempted to cross Coastal Highway and was struck by a four-door sedan.

The victim was not using a crosswalk at the time of the collision. He was transported to PRMC via Maryland State Police Trooper 4 helicopter and was released later that same night. The driver of the sedan was not injured in the collision.

A few hours later at around 1:45 a.m. on Sunday, OCPD officer responded to another traffic collision involving a pedestrian in the area of 123rd Street and Coastal Highway. In that incident, it was determined a 20-year-old male was in a crosswalk at the time of the collision, but was crossing against a pedestrian signal. Ocean City EMS transported the victim to PRMC with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.

The two accidents just hours came on the heels of another vehicle collision involving two pedestrians last Tuesday. An unidentified driver was traveling west on 85th Street and made a left turn south onto Coastal Highway when he struck the two pedestrians. Both pedestrians were transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.


Tim Kaine Claims He 'Never' Loses to NRA (He Has)

Democrat vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine claims he never loses to the NRA, but he has.

He assumed the office of U.S. Senator for Virginia in January 2013 and immediately threw his support behind Senator Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) post-Sandy Hook gun control legislation. The NRA opposed the legislation and it was soundly defeated on April 17, 2013.

Moreover, just one day after the December 2, 2015 San Bernardino terror attack Senate Democrats tried to use the heightened sense of emotion to squeak through a gun control bill adding terror watch-lists to background checks–although the San Bernardino attackers were not on any list. MSNBC reported that every Democrat Senator except Heidi Heitkamp (D-SD) voted for the gun control. The NRA opposed it. The measure was defeated.


This guy's dad has Alzheimer's

City Council Sends Minimum Wage Bill Back To Committee

The Baltimore City Council voted 8-6 Monday night to send a bill that would have raised the minimum wage back to committee.

The bill would have increased the minimum wage gradually to $15-an-hour by 2022, but as the bill was called to the floor the measure's sponsor, City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke asked the bill be sent back to the Labor Committee to consider an amendment that would require disabled workers to be paid the minimum wage by 2020.

Labor Committee Chairman Councilman Bobby Curran said he would only let the bill out of his committee again if the measure had the eight vote majority needed to pass .

Clarke said that if the bill doesn't get the eight vote majority, she'll introduce the measure again in December when a new city council takes office.


Why Voter Fraud is Still a Massive Problem

CLINTON CASH: Bill and Hillary Made $238 Million After White House

Bill and Hillary Clinton made $238 million after departing the White House in January 2001, according to Hillary’snewly released tax returns.

Despite being supposedly “dead broke” at the conclusion of their two terms, which happened to coincide with the dot-com bust and an economic downturn, the Clintons made a tremendous amount of money from books and speaking fees.

In recent years, the Clintons were averaging in the twenties. They made $27 million in 2013 and $28 million in 2014. But their haul went down in 2015 to $10.7 million, perhaps to fashion for themselves a more populist image.


Three Arrested in Delaware Meth Lab Operation

Three Arrested in Houston Meth Lab Operation

by Gary Fournier
Houston, DE- The Delaware State Police Kent County Drug Unit has arrested three people after the culmination of a two week investigation into the manufacturing of Methamphetamine (Meth) at a residence on Williamsville Road.
On Monday August 15, 2016 at approximately 8:00 p.m., the Kent County Drug Unit (KDU) with the assistance of the Kent County Governors Task Force (GTF) responded to the 2000 block of Williamsville Road in order to conduct a probation administrative warrant in response to an on-going investigation into the manufacturing of meth at the house.  Upon arrival, Brian L. McGinnis, 30, Linda A. Walsh, 52, and Barry D. Lituski, 58, all of that address, were taken into custody without incident.  Upon conducting a search of the property, detectives located equipment and component mixtures of the manufacturing stages of Meth along with key ingredients in making the drug, as well as 1.09 grams of Methamphetamine.
All three subjects were transported to Troop 3 in Camden where they were each charged with Operating a Clandestine Laboratory, and Conspiracy 2nd.  Brian McGinnis was additionally charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  He was arraigned at JP7 and committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center (JTVCC) on $12,100.00 secured bond. Barry Lituski was arraigned at JP7 and committed to JTVCC on $2,500.00 secured bond.  Linda Walsh was arraigned and released on $3,000.00 unsecured bond.
No evacuations were ordered as it was determined that there was no immediate hazard to nearby residents. DNREC also responded to the residence to assisted with the search and containment of the combustible substances.

SPD Press Release 8-16-16 (Training Exercise Tonight)

Now Clinton talks about her health issues

Comes after week of reports that suggest stroke, seizure, inability to stand up

After a week of reports raising questions about Hillary Clinton’s health, the Democratic candidate for president has chimed in: She says she’s fine.

The Washington Examiner reported Friday Clinton in a campaign podcast talked about how worn out she was after the Democratic convention and a subsequent bus trip.

“By the end of those two weeks that’s exactly how I felt, it was, ‘Oh my gosh, I don’t know that I can get up, let alone what I will do if I am vertical,'” she said.

She said she tries to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

“I, knock on wood, am pretty lucky because I have a lot of stamina and endurance, which is necessary in the kind of campaign I’m engaged in,” Clinton said, the Examiner reported. “But I also … try to eat right, not always succeeding but try, try to get enough sleep, try to get exercise. Now I’m not going to pretend that I like it because I don’t but between yoga and walking, getting on the treadmill, some weights, I try to keep up.”

Hillary Clinton is a Lying Thief! She's Caught!

Look for Trump To Defeat the Totalitarian Media

My election predictions are not primarily based on the polls. When I picked John Kerry to win the Democratic nomination in 2004, he was I think fourth in the polls and had mortgaged his house. When I picked Trump as a possible nominee in early July of last year, he was fourth or fifth in the polls. Instead, I look at all of the facts and make a judgment based on decades of experience watching the American electoral circus.

The mainstream media, which I now call Pravda, has, for the tenth time, pronounced Trump dead. I am not convinced. Calling them Pravda may actually be an understatement. Most people knew Pravda was a pack of lies spewed out by the regime. Many still think the MSM is legit. However, it is clear to me they are basically the public relations arm of the Clinton campaign.

Let me give you two examples. When Mr. Khan waved the Constitution, did any reporter ask him why he did so? If they did, I missed it. Now, it really doesn’t matter what the answer would be, whether plausible or baseless. The point is this: it never occurred to Pravda to even ask the question because somewhere deep in the recesses of their minds, they may have realized that the answer might help Trump, a violation of the prime (unspoken) directive.


Shock Video–Milwaukee Rioters: 'They Beatin' Up Every White Person!'

Paul Joseph Watson of InfoWars collected videos from Saturday night’s riots in Milwaukee where participants say they are targeting white bystanders for assault.

From InfoWars:

The clip shows angry rioters chanting “black power!” before asking “is they white?” as cars slowly drive past.

“Yeah they white!” states someone else, prompting the mob to run towards the vehicle.

“Yeah they white, get their ass!” screams another.

“Hey they beatin’ up every white person!” exclaims another rioter.

“He white – beat his head – bitch!” he adds.

The footage appears to show the mob attacking cars and trying to drag out the drivers.


Hillary drafts illegal 'Dreamers' to get immigrants to vote

Hillary Clinton's campaign on Sunday announced a program to recruit undocumented "Dreamers" into a voter registration army even though they are not allowed to vote.

Celebrating the four-year anniversary of President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Clinton launched "Mi Sueno, Tu Voto" (My Dream, Your Vote), to rally and "secure commitments" from immigrants who can vote.

The DACA program created so-called "Dreamers," the children of illegal immigrants who the president has offered renewable two-year work visas and deportation deferral. The goal for many in the program is amnesty.


Chicago Records Deadliest Day In 13 Years As City Spirals Out Of Control

Last week the Chicago Tribune pointed out that nearly 100 people had been shot in Chicago in less than a week. 9 people were killed on Monday alone marking the deadliest day for the city in 13 years. Now, with weekend data out, turns out the story is even worse. For the week ended 8/13, a total of 110 people were shot in Chicago with 24 of them killed. YTD statistics indicate the city is spiraling out of control with total shootings up to 2,621, a mere ~50% YoY increase, with 445 total homicides.

The current homicide rate through August indicates the city is on pace for over 700 homicides in 2016, a 63% increase from 2015 (see chart below).


FBI will hand over notes on Clinton email investigation to Congress

The FBI plans to hand over to Congress notes taken during the agency’s interview with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over her exclusive use of a private email server to handle classified documents, according to a Sunday report.

CNN anchor Jake Tapper cited sources who said that notes taken by an FBI agent during the interview would be turned over to Congress, adding: “This email story, it’s just not going away.”

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the Utah Republican who heads the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has asked for all documents related to Mrs. Clinton’s FBI interview, including transcripts, notes and analysis.

Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican, applauded the FBI’s decision, citing Mrs. Clinton’s reputation for not being truthful.

“Hillary Clinton is a known non-truth teller,” Ms. Brewer said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “The bottom line is that the people of America know that she does not tell the truth, and we deserve the right to see the transcripts or the notes from the FBI.”


Clinton, the inartful dodger

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has given just a handful of press conferences since she began mererly hinting that she might run for president. A few news outlets point this out occasionally, but most let her get away with it.

Meanwhile her rival, GOP nominee Donald Trump, has a reputation for being hostile toward the press because he blacklists organizations and certain reporters from his events and routinely calls out media bias. But as Politico noted last week, Clinton has been using Trump's treatment of the press as cover for her own avoidance.

"First, the Clinton press conferences and gaggles became rare," the paper wrote, "Now, the Trump campaign's foot-dragging in allowing a basic press pool — a group of reporters that share travel duty to cover public events and minimize the logistics burden on the campaign — has given Clinton cover to not institute a protective pool, which would cover the candidate's every move and ride on the campaign plane in the same way the White House press pool does and which typically begins when the candidates becomes the party's official nominee."


It’s official: Obama to send TPP to Congress

Jeff Sessions: 'He arrogantly thinks he knows best'

The White House has put Congress on official notice that it will be sending lawmakers a bill to implement President Barack Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement later this year.

The White House submitted what’s known as a Statement of Administrative Action giving Congress a 30-day notification that the administration plans to present legislation implementing the TPP.

Obama has previously said that he intends to push the TPP in the lame-duck session of Congress after the election.

Congressional leaders have said they would not consider the so-called “free trade” deal before the election because it is extremely unpopular with voters.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have spoken out against the TPP, though Clinton helped negotiate it and once called it the “gold standard.”


DC Teachers Outraged Walmart Wants To Help Them

Washington, D.C.’s teachers union is expressing outrage over a promotion by Walmart that awards free school supplies to teachers.

Walmart is currently running an election-themed back-to-school promotion in which students can nominate their teacher to be a “commander-in-teach.” Winners of the contest will receive $490 to pay for school supplies in their classroom.

And that has the Washington Teachers’ Union (WTU) irate. The union, which represents over 5,000 current and former teachers in D.C., says that it’s wrong for Walmart to help teachers when members of the Walton family have also donated money to support charter schools.

“Walmart has tried to position itself as a friend and supporter of public schools and teachers when in reality the opposite is true,” WTU President Elizabeth Davis said in a statement. “Walmart and the Walton Family have consistently sought to privatize our schools and destroy public education.”


Republicans must unite behind Donald Trump

“Doom and Gloom for the GOP” — the headlines speak for themselves as the media gleefully report that morale is low in the Republican Party and a growing number of traditional Republicans are expressing their discontent and unwillingness to support Donald Trump. These anti-Trump Republicans are ready to hand over a victory to Hillary Clinton, who continues to display a penchant for “pay-for-play” deals and offers no new solutions for strengthening America.

The anti-Trump Republicans think that they are abandoning just the nominee, but they are also abandoning many grass-roots Republicans and millions of voters who made their voices heard in the primary season by backing Mr. Trump.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus boldly sent a message to those anti-Trump Republicans, saying that “we will win with or without you this fall.” Despite the growing obstacle from their own party members, the Trump campaign and the survivors at the Republican National Committee are focused on developing a solid grass-roots ground game and reaching new voters in key states. They are not giving up on the GOP and understand the dangerous consequences of a Clinton presidency.

It’s not even September and some establishment GOP types are ready to throw in the towel on Mr. Trump and focus on 2020. They oppose Mr. Trump’s unorthodox campaigning style and his rhetoric. Some even agree with Mrs. Clinton that he is “dangerous.”


USDA teams up with Iowa law school and Cyndi Lauper to celebrate lesbian farmers

It’s tough being gay and living in rural areas – or so says the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

That’s why the agency known for grading your beef is teaming up with LGBT groups and Drake University’s law school to host an “LGBT Rural Summit” on Thursday.

#RuralPride Campaign: LGBT Rural Summit Series is part of an effort by the USDA, the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the True Colors Fund – an LGBT homelessness group started by singer Cyndi Lauper – to reach out to LGBT people who live in rural areas.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will be the keynote speaker, according to a press releaseby the law school. Other speakers will include university employee Matt Russell, of Drake’s Agricultural Law Center, whose experience includes farming with his husband.


Milwaukee victim’s father makes ASTONISHING confession

Col. Allen West writes frequently on these pages about the tragic decline of the black American family, how young black men growing up with no male role model, no faith and no discipline end up with no job and no future…and often turn to a life of crime.

It’s a refrain most often heard from conservatives, as liberals eagerly blame systemic racism or social “unfairness’ for the problems.

Which is why it’s so incredible, in his moment of grief, that the father of Sylville Smith, (who was shot by police in Milwaukee after fleeing and refusing to drop his (stolen) weapon), admitted he might actually bear some blame for his son’s tragic fate.


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App Maker: Trump Will Win Election

Anonymous question and answer polling app claims to solicit "pure answers"

Despite a majority of opinion polls showing the 2016 presidential election going to Democrat Hillary Clinton, a smartphone app developer says his data suggests challenger Donald Trump will be the victor.

“Based on the stats we see, he looks strong,” says Ric Militi, co-founder of San Diego-based Crazy Raccoons, maker of the Zip question and answer app. His app poses questions and polls responses based on an average of 100,000 daily users. “I go with Trump, based on what we see.”

According to the RealClearPolitics average of opinion polls, which are performed by calling people on landlines and cell phones, and answering questions on websites, Clinton leads with 47.8%, to Trump’s 41.0%.

How can Zip’s results be so different?

“We’re not a poll. We’re a conversation, and 100% anonymous,” Militi says. “People feel comfortable answering questions without fear of being bullied or being called a racist. People can express themselves safely, and you get a pure answer.”

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Are Animal Hoarders Criminals?

The stereotype of the crazy cat lady has some truth to it.

You know the character: The person who is struggling with trauma or mental illness, and has more animals than he or she could possibly provide for. Unneutered and confined to the house, the hoard multiplies quickly. The animals get sick, some die.

Reports of people hoarding animals are on the rise, driven partly by the attention social media and reality TV programs have focused on the public health and safety problem. And states and localities are finding themselves walking a fine line between criminalizing the compulsive behavior and helping people with the mental illness that underlies it.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) estimates there are between 2,000 and 5,000 new hoarding cases reported each year, with up to 250,000 animals involved. The average number of animals involved in a case is 50, the ASPCA said, though it also has seen instances in which more than a thousand animals were hoarded.


Donald Trump's 2nd Amendment Warning Was on Target

Last week Donald Trump issued a warning about the defense of the 2nd Amendment. He warned that 21st Century patriots might defend the 2nd Amendment against Queen Hillary with the same passion as 18th Century patriots defended it against King George.

For the ignorant or willfully forgetful, the patriots of 1789 who wrote the United States Constitution believed that the rights enumerated in the Constitution and Bill of Rights are rights that all citizens have as natural rights, as gifts from our Creator, not as grants from a benevolent government. Moreover, speaking of King George, the American patriots declared, “A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.”

Donald Trump was warning that when the Bill of Rights is targeted for repeal or nullification, it is likely that patriots will respond with something more direct than a letter to the editor. Undisguised subversion of fundamental rights may spark armed rebellion.


Clinton E-mails Show George Soros Gave Sec of State Foreign Policy Marching Orders

A series of message within the September 2015 State Department dump of Hillary Clinton e-mails show the Secretary of State of the United States received direct orders over U.S. foreign policy from none other than Hungarian-American billionaire George Soros.

Soros – who for years has been suspected of pulling the strings behind Clinton as well as dozens of foreign policy and open borders groups – appears to have sent a message through his “special advisor” Jonas Rolett.

Rolett, who is listed as “Special Advisor to the Chair” on Soros’s Open Society Foundations website, sent a message to then-State Department official Richard Verma.


More States Start Funding Colleges Based on Outcomes

Under a new state law, Rhode Island’s public colleges won’t get additional state funding simply for enrolling more students. They will have to prove that they’re making progress on goals such as increasing graduation rates.

Over 30 states now partially—or in Tennessee’s case, almost completely—fund higher education based on metrics such as graduation rates, course completions and the share of low-income students enrolled. States have applied these formulas only to two-year colleges, only to four-year colleges, or to all their public institutions.

It’s not yet clear whether such funding incentives will lead to progress on the goals lawmakers have identified. Some critics worry that outcomes-based funding models will just pressure colleges to become more selective in admissions, for example.

Earlier this year the Century Foundation, a progressive think tank, released a reportthat summarized the mixed research and concluded that higher education institutions are simply too complex to be reformed by a funding tweak.

Yet the idea of funding college based on outcomes has an irresistible, bipartisan appeal, particularly as lawmakers try to rein in the cost of college and ensure that students’ tuition dollars pay off.

Alabama is among the states currently considering adopting an outcomes-based funding formula. Other states that have already adopted formulas are deepening their commitment to this kind of funding. Wisconsin’s Republican Gov. Scott Walker plans to propose allocating any additional university funding according to performance criteria in his next budget (Wisconsin already partly funds its two-year colleges based on performance).


2012 Pentagon report warned Obama was creating ISIS

Predicted current policies would lead to Islamic state in Syria

Donald Trump’s declaration this week at a campaign rally that President Obama and Hillary Clinton “founded” ISIS drew outrage from establishment media, and the Republican nominee now insists he was being sarcastic, but a Defense Intelligence Agency document declassified last year shows the Obama administration was warned in 2012 that if it continued its policies, a radical Islamic regime could form in Eastern Syria.

Writing in Chronicles magazine, Jim Jatras, a former U.S. diplomat and foreign policy adviser to the Senate GOP leadership, cited a DIA report in August 2012 that was declassified and released last year under a Freedom of Information Act request from Judicial Watch.



From the beginning, we’ve have been saying that Obamacare is a BAD IDEA for more than one reason. Heck, for more than 100 reasons really. Now of course, it is proving to be a total disaster.

Aetna, one of the largest health insurers in the country, announced Monday that it will significantly scale back its presence on the ObamaCare marketplaces next year in a blow to the health law.

The move from Aetna comes as a range of insurers have complained of financial losses on the ObamaCare marketplaces.The company said that it will scale back from participating in 15 states this year to just four states in 2017.

It cited a loss of $200 million in the second quarter.


Bill Cosby Loses Another Round In His Legal Battles

Comedian Bill Cosby's attempt to have his deposition testimony about alleged sexual assaults resealed was rejected by a federal appeals court, which decided that the issue is moot because the details have already been published.

The 3rd U.S. Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled:

"Re-sealing the documents would not provide Cosby with any meaningful relief, and thus this appeal is moot. ... The contents of the documents are a matter of public knowledge, and we cannot pretend that we could change that fact by ordering them re-sealed."

As NPR's Jeff Brady reports, the deposition became public last summer after a request from The Associated Press to unseal testimony Cosby gave in 2005 in a lawsuit brought against him by Andrea Costand. She was a Temple University employee who claimed that he drugged and assaulted her in his home in 2004.

Cosby has insisted that their sexual relations were consensual. Cosby settled with Costand for an undisclosed sum.


Evangelical leaders pray for protection of the Trump family

“Pray for me. I pray for you,” Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told an audience of 700 evangelical leaders in Florida on Thursday. “This will be an election that will go down in the history books. For evangelicals, for Christians, for everybody of religion. This may be the most important election that our country has ever had. So go out and spread the word. And once I get in, I will do my thing that I do very well. And I figure it is probably, maybe the only way I’m going to get to heaven. So I better do a good job.”

Mr. Trump grinned. The appreciative audience chuckled, then gave him a standing ovation. And then they prayed, led onstage by a single pastor as Mr. Trump stood nearby, flanked by Mike Huckabee, a former GOP presidential hopeful himself. It was a solemn but spontaneous moment.


Comedy Central Cancels Larry Wilmore's 'Nightly Show'

"The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore" will call it a day after Thursday's episode.

Comedy Central has canceled the half-hour series that replaced "The Colbert Report" on Jan. 19, 2015, making "Nightly" the first of the recent wave of late-night newcomers to shutter.

Wilmore informed his staff of the cabler's decision Monday afternoon.

In the near term, Comedy Central will slide Chris Hardwick's pop culture quiz show "@Midnight" to the 11:30 p.m. slot that follows "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah."

Comedy Central president Kent Alterman said the decision was made because "Nightly" had failed to gain ratings traction with the cabler's core demo of young adults, nor were there positive signs for the show in key social media metrics. Alterman made a point of praising Wilmore and the distinctive approach he brought to commenting on the day's news.

"We hold Larry in the highest esteem, personally and professionally. He brought a strong voice and point of view to the late-night landscape," Alterman told Variety. "Unfortunately it hasn't resonated with our audience."


How Long Can Economic Reality Be Ignored?

Trump and Hitlery have come out with the obligatory “economic plans.” Neither them nor their advisors, have any idea about what really needs to be done, but this is of no concern to the media.

The presstitutes operate according to “pay and say.” They say what they are paid to say and that is whatever serves the corporations and the government. This means that the presstitutes like Hitlery’s economic plan and do not like Trump’s.

Yesterday I listened to the NPR presstitutes say how Trump pretends to be in favor of free trade but really is against it, because he is against all the free trade agreements such as NAFTA, the Trans-Pacific and Trans-Atlantic partnerships. The presstitutes don’t know that these are not trade agreements. NAFTA is a “give away American jobs” agreement, and the so-called partnerships give away the sovereignty of countries in order to award global corporations immunity from laws.

As I have reported on many occasions, the Oligarchs’ government lies to us about everything, including economic statistics. For example, we are told that we have been enjoying an economic recovery since June, 2009, that we are more or less at full employment with an unemployment rate of 5% or less, and that there is no inflation. We are told this despite the facts that the “recovery” is based on the under-reporting of the inflation rate, the unemployment rate is 23%, and inflation is high.

GDP is measured in current prices. If GDP rises 3% this year over last year, the output of real goods and services might have risen 3% or prices might have gone up by 3% or real output might have dropped but is masked by price increases. To know what really happened the nominal GDP number has to be deflated by the amount of inflation.


When a presidential race rages out of control

It’s the conceit of every generation that horses have never been faster, whisky has never been older, beautiful women have never been younger — and politics have never been rowdier. But maybe our generation has a legitimate claim.

The clown vs. the crook, the vulgarian vs. the witch, both stained worthies that neither party wants. One is a big talker who can’t keep his mouth shut and his tongue at ease, the other driven by greed, lies and avarice, ever on the scout for loose valuables. Has the republic ever had such a choice?

Well, politics were particularly rowdy in the decades after the War of Northern Aggression, and rarely rowdier than in the year 1884, with Gov. Grover Cleveland of New York, the Democrat, suiting up against James G. Blaine of Maine, the Republican. The Democrats rehashed old allegations of bribes, graft and grease suborned by Blaine, the man in the pocket of railroad barons, the Wall Street villains of his day. Like a presidential candidate we could name, Blaine didn’t brook allegations of sordid behavior but haughtily dismissed them as “stale slander.” This gave Democrats the famous rallying cry, “Blaine, Blaine, James G. Blaine, the continental liar from the state of Maine.” Not quite as to the point as “lock her up!” But it stirred the masses.


Politico: Bill Clinton Paid $17.5 Million by For-profit University

Michael Stratford at Politicowrites about Bill Clinton’s large compensation from the for-profit higher education company Laureate Education.

Bill Clinton was paid more than $1 million in 2015 by Laureate Education, a global operator of for-profit colleges, according to tax returns released today by Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

The new figure brings the former president’s total compensation from Laureate to more than $17.5 million for his five-year role as an “honorary chancellor.” His role consisted of advising the company on educational matters and traveling to campuses across the world to speak to young people. Clinton ended his position at Laureate in April 2015 after Hillary Clinton launched her bid for the White House.


Desperate NeverTrumpers Try to Get Trump Removed from the Ticket

Marginalized former Republican elected officials are still trying to stop Donald Trump just as Trump is picking up newfound momentum.

Exploiting a several-week rough patch for Trump that mostly centered around his initial non-endorsement of Paul Ryan, some aging political relics tried to hurtle themselves back into mainstream relevance. News networks reported on a letter signed by “70 Republicans” calling for Reince Priebus to stop RNC funding for the Republican nominee. But letter organizer Andrew Weinstein told Breitbart News that his group did not even attempt to reach out to currently-serving Republican members of Congress, noting that it would be more difficult for them to buck the party’s nominee.

On Friday, Breitbart News obtained an “An Open Letter To Morton Blackwell” written by Beau Correll, a Ted Cruz delegate in Virginia who took part in the failed anti-Trump “Free the Delegates” movement in Virginia with political casualty Ken Cuccinelli.


Hillary Couldn't Even 'Get Up' After Exhausting Convention

Hillary Clinton stated Friday that she did not know if she could even stand up because she was so exhausted duringthe disastrous Democratic convention in Philly.

“By the end of those two weeks that’s exactly how I felt, it was, ‘Oh my gosh, I don’t know that I can get up, let alone what I will do if I am vertical,'” Hillary Clinton said in a campaign podcast.

“I, knock on wood, am pretty lucky because I have a lot of stamina and endurance, which is necessary in the kind of campaign I’m engaged in,” Clinton stated.


FBI Mutiny? Feds Said To Launch Clinton Foundation Corruption Probe Despite DoJ Objections

Having detailed Clinton-appointee Loretta Lynch's DoJ push-back against the FBI's Clinton Foundation probe, it seems Director Comey has decided to flex his own muscles and save face as DailyCaller reports, multiple FBI investigations are underway involving potential corruption charges against the Clinton Foundation, according to a former senior law enforcement official.

As we previously noted, a US official has told CNN...

At the time, three field offices were in agreement an investigation should be launched after the FBI received notification from a bank of suspicious activity from a foreigner who had donated to the Clinton Foundation, according to the official.

FBI officials wanted to investigate whether there was a criminal conflict of interest with the State Department and the Clinton Foundation during Clinton's tenure.


The Department of Justice had looked into allegations surrounding the foundation a year earlier after the release of the controversial book "Clinton Cash," but found them to be unsubstantiated and there was insufficient evidence to open a case.

As so as a result...

DOJ officials pushed back against opening a case during the meeting earlier this year.

Some also expressed concern the request seemed more political than substantive, especially given the timing of it coinciding with the investigation into the private email server and Clinton's presidential campaign.

However, as DailyCaller reports, The FBI is undertaking multiple investigations involving potential corruption changes against The Clinton Foundation...


The Democrats are hacked AGAIN: Private phone number of EVERY House Democrat is posted online by 'Russian' hacker after leak of DNC emails and cyber attack on Hillary

A suspected Russian hacker has leaked the email addresses and cell phone numbers of almost every Democrat in the House of Representatives - along with the message claiming the presidential election is being 'settled behind the scenes.'

It's the latest cyber-attack on the Democratic party since WikiLeaks published tens of thousands of hacked emails from inside the DNC and Russian hackers apparently broke into the computers of the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Top Democrats have claimed that Russian intelligence is behind the cyber-attacks as part of an attempt to influence the election.

Documents released appear to include information from U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi's computer.


A Viewer Writes: Why is that?


Through all of these months of email and website hacking of Democrats, there hasn't been one reported instance of anyone doing the same thing to the Republicans. 

It's seeming more and more that people the world over are getting tired of the Dems and fear what Hillary has done and will do.

House Republicans Make Case for Perjury Charge

House Republicans are continuing to push for legal action to be taken against Hillary Clinton, laying out a four-point case for the Department of Justice to charge her with perjury.

According to The Hill, Reps. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia and Jason Chaffetz of Utah — the chairmen of the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees — found inconsistencies in what Clinton told a House panel last year regarding her use of a private email setup while she served as secretary of state and what the FBI discovered to be true during its investigation.

The pair sent a letter to Channing Phillips, the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, with their findings and said there is evidence that appears to "directly contradict" what Clinton told lawmakers.


Here are the winners and losers in the race to grow medical marijuana in Maryland

CannaMED Pharmaceuticals LLC

This applicant recently hired Hal Saylor, retired police chief in tiny Delmar, Md., as its public information officer. Jesse Parker, the company's head of security, was formerly on the U.S. Air Force's security police and a federal air marshall.

Angeline Nanni , chief executive/president

Who's involved

Matthew James Burroughs

Mathew Brandon Hoffman

Angeline Nanni

Jeffrey Siskind

Bruce Lowe

Jesse Delnor Parker Jr.

Hal Saylor

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New Black Panther Leader on Milwaukee: This Is A War

Responding to the latest violent incidents in Milwaukee over the weekend, Babu Omowale, the so-called national minister of defense for the People’s New Black Panther Party, declared “Is it a war? Yes, it is. It’s a war against black people because we’re the ones being murdered.”

Omowale is also co-founder of the Huey P. Newton Gun Club, a black militant gun group named after Black Panther Party founder Huey P. Newton.

Omowale was speaking in an interview set to air Sunday night on this reporter’s talk radio program, “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio,” broadcast on New York’s AM 970 The Answer and News Talk 990 AM in Philadelphia.


Obama Announces Single Largest Transfer of Guantanamo Inmates

U.S. officials said on Monday 15 inmates from the Guantanamo Bay prison were transferred to the United Arab Emirates, the single largest transfer of Guantanamo detainees during President Barack Obama's administration.

The transfer of the 12 Yemeni and three Afghan citizens brings the total number of detainees down to 61 at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Most have been held without charge or trial for more than a decade, drawing international condemnation.

Obama, who had hoped to close the prison during his first year in office, rolled out his plan in February aimed at shutting the facility. But he faces opposition from many Republican lawmakers as well as some fellow Democrats.

"In its race to close Gitmo, the Obama administration is doubling down on policies that put American lives at risk," Republican California Rep. Ed Royce, who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee said. "Once again, hardened terrorists are being released to foreign countries where they will be a threat."


A Viewer Writes: Main Street Ellicott City Clean Up

Hey Joe, 

Today's photos from ground zero Ellicott City, Howard County MD.
Many business owners hundreds of helpers. County Executive Allan H Kittleman on scene in jeans seen helping many and leading business owners in every way. Lots of volunteers handing out waters, ice, small snacks. The extreme heat is a factor, however no issues to report. Truly a Community Team effort here.

Water breaks taken as directed every thirty minutes, most everyone hits the nearby placed misting tents.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane Found Guilty on All Charges in Perjury Trial

The Pennsylvania's state attorney general was convicted Monday of all nine counts in a perjury and obstruction case related to a grand jury leak.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane showed little emotion as jurors announced their verdict late Monday. The jurors agreed the first-term Democrat leaked information about a 2009 grand jury probe to embarrass a rival prosecutor.

Earlier, a lawyer for Kane in closing arguments blamed her former top aides for the leak of grand jury material, which found its way to a newspaper. Kane wanted the public to know her predecessor had failed to prosecute a case involving an NAACP official, but she never authorized the leak of secret criminal files, said her lawyer, Seth Farber.

Instead, he said, Kane's chief deputy, Adrian King, abused his power when he sent the files to a reporter through Kane's political consultant. King and the consultant, Josh Morrow, testified against Kane last week.


How the Clinton Foundation Ripped Off Haiti

EPA’s science advisers challenge agency report on the safety of fracking

Science advisers to the Environmental Protection Agency Thursday challenged an already controversial government report on whether thousands of oil and gas wells that rely on hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” systemically pollute drinking water across the nation.

That EPA draft report, many years in the making and still not finalized, had concluded, “We did not find evidence that these mechanisms have led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources in the United States,” adding that while there had been isolated problems, those were “small compared to the number of hydraulically fractured wells.”

The conclusion was widely cited and interpreted to mean that while there may have been occasional contamination of water supplies, it was not a nationwide problem. Many environmental groups faulted the study, even as industry groups hailed it.

But in a statement sure to prolong the already multiyear scientific debate on fracking and its influence on water, the 30-member advisory panel on Thursday concluded the agency’s report was “comprehensive but lacking in several critical areas.”