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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

9th Annual Willards Independence Day Celebration

Monday, July 3 at 5 PM - 10 PM

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Soros, Clinton-Linked Teneo Among Donors to McCain Institute

Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain in 2012 turned over nearly $9 million in unspent funds from his failed 2008 presidential campaign to a new foundation bearing his name, the McCain Institute for International Leadership.

The institute is intended to serve as a “legacy” for McCain and “is dedicated to advancing human rights, dignity, democracy and freedom.” It is a tax-exempt non-profit foundation with assets valued at $8.1 million and associated with Arizona State University.

Conservative and liberal critics, however, believe the institute constitutes a major conflict of interest for McCain, The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group has learned.

Critics worry that the institute’s donors and McCain’s personal leadership in the organization’s exclusive “Sedona Forum” bear an uncanny resemblance to the glitzy Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) that annually co-mingled special interests and powerful political players in alleged pay-to-play schemes.

The institute has accepted contributions of as much as $100,000 from billionaire liberal activist-funder George Soros and from Teneo, a for-profit company co-founded by Doug Band, former President Bill Clinton’s “bag man.” Teneo has long helped enrich Clinton through lucrative speaking and business deals.

And Bloomberg reported in 2016 on a $1 million Saudi Arabian donation to the institute, a contribution the McCain group has refused to explain publicly.

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Next up: a special counsel to probe Team Obama’s obstruction of justice

By using fired FBI Director James Comey to attack the new Republican administration, Democrats have opened up a legal can of worms for the Obama administration.

Under sworn questioning, Comey has veered off the topic of President Trump and Russia and revealed several damning incidents in which his predecessor’s administration politically interfered in the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation. And now the Senate will investigate Team Obama for obstruction of justice.

Specifically, the Senate Judiciary Committeeannounced last week it will hold hearings to “examine then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s involvement in the Clinton e-mail server investigation.”

The findings of the powerful panel, which has oversight of the Justice Department and FBI, could lead to a separate criminal investigation and the naming of another special counsel — exactly what Trump needs to distract attention from his growing legal woes.

What Lynch did reeks of obstruction. According to Comey his ex-boss:

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MEET CHESWICK THE LIFEGUARD CRAB THIS SUMMER!

Cheswick Reminds Ocean City Visitors and Residents to Walk Smart, Drive Smart and Bike Smart

As Ocean City gears up for the busy vacation season, Cheswick the Lifeguard Crab has been greeting the crowds and reminding everyone to stay safe this summer. From events like the Fireman’s parade to holidays such as Independence Day, Cheswick will continue appearing on the boards, the beach and the streets to spread the word: Walk Smart, Drive Smart and Bike Smart.

The OC Walk Smart OC crab was named Cheswick last summer by a poll, a tribute to Matt Cheswick, who lost his life due to a drunk driver in 2012. The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) deploys safety ambassadors to accompany Cheswick and hands out fun reminders of his important message and poses for pictures. The OC Walk Smart campaign is a collaboration between MDOT SHA, the Town of Ocean City, Ocean City Police Department, local businesses and other State and local partners. Click here or see below Cheswick’s 2017 Ocean City Schedule:

Dates and times are subject to change, based on weather conditions and other factors.

Good Luck Getting Out Of That Subprime Auto Loan When Used Car Prices Crash

We've written frequently in recent months about the coming subprime auto crisis which will very likely be prompted by a wave of off-lease vehicles that will flood the market with used inventory over the coming years. In fact, Morgan Stanley recently predicted that the surge in used inventory could result in as much as a 50% crash in used car prices over the next couple of years which would, in turn, put further pressure on the new car market which has already resorted to record incentive spending to maintain volumes.

Here are just a couple of our most recent notes on the topic:
Signs Of An Auto Bubble: Soaring Delinquencies In These 266 Subprime ABS Deals Can't Be Good
New Warning Signs Emerge For Subprime Auto Securitizations
Auto Lending Update - Someone Please Explain How This Is Not A Bubble

Of course, while pretty much anyone has been able to purchase that brand new BMW of their dreams over the past 5 years...courtesy of a surge in subprime lending volumes....

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Wicomico County Council News Release

The regularly scheduled County Council meeting for the first Tuesday of July has been rescheduled due to the 4th of July holiday.

Instead, the meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 5th, 2017 at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers of the Government Office Building, 125 N. Division Street, Salisbury, Maryland.

Trump Was Right: New Study Reveals Up to 5.7 Million Illegals Voted in Election

Media claimed illegals voting was "fake news"

A new study reveals that up to 5.7 million illegal immigrants were likely to have voted in the 2008 election, meaning Donald Trump was almost certainly right when he said this was the reason for him losing the popular vote to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 race.

After Trump made the claim that votes by millions of illegal immigrants cost him the popular vote, he was lambasted by the press, who blamed an Infowars story published on November 14 in which we reported that around 3 million illegals voted.

Ever since then, Trump’s assertion that millions of illegals voted has been called a “fake news” conspiracy theory.

Back in January, the New York Times again called Trump’s claim a “lie,” however a new study shows that if anything we underestimated the number of illegals who voted.

“A research group in New Jersey has taken a fresh look at postelection polling data and concluded that the number of noncitizens voting illegally in U.S. elections is likely far greater than previous estimates,” reports the Washington Times.

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Sheriff to cut sentences of inmates who helped fallen deputy


POLK COUNTY, Ga. -- Polk County’s sheriff said he plans on knocking some time off of the sentences of the inmates who stepped in to help when a deputy went down.

The deputy, who asked not to be identified, said that when he woke up on the morning of June 12, he didn’t feel well.

It was 76 degrees outside, and the humidity was at 100 percent. He was on a work detail at a local cemetery with six inmates -- men he knew well from working together seven hours a day, five days a week.

“We spend a lot of time together,” the deputy said.

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Border Patrol Ordered to “Negotiate” with Illegal Immigrants in Arizona

Despite President Trump’s pledge to tighten border security Border Patrol agents in one of the nation’s busiest sectors for illegal immigrants and drugs were ordered this week to stand back after a surveillance camera recorded a group entering the U.S. from Mexico, federal law enforcement sources told Judicial Watch. The incident occurred in the vast desert terrain between Arizona and Mexico, Border Patrol officials said. An agency Buckeye camera operated out of a mobile truck recorded the illegal crossers entering through Nogales, a town of around 20,000 adjacent to the Mexican state of Sonora. The video camera is used by the Border Patrol to monitor areas for illegal crossings and can be panned to follow crossers’ movements, sources told Judicial Watch.

Upon crossing the border, the group of illegal immigrants entered what the feds refer to as a “Samaritan camp,” according to a Border Patrol official who spoke on the condition of anonymity out of fear of retaliation from Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly’s management team. The special camps are operated by an Arizona-based open borders advocacy group called No Más Muertes (No More Deaths) and consist of several trailers on private property.

Although the organization’s sanctuary trailers are situated on the U.S. side of the border, federal agents are legally allowed to enter the property and remove the illegal crossers, law enforcement sources confirm. “If agents observe illegal conduct, apprehension does not require a warrant,” a federal law enforcement official with direct knowledge of the matter told Judicial Watch. In this case, probable cause had been established by the unlawful conduct observed by Border Patrol agents via the high-tech Buckeye camera. Instead of entering the property as legally allowed and removing the illegal aliens, agents were ordered to “negotiate” with the occupants,” Border Patrol officials said.

Photos produced by the surveillance camera were also produced to Judicial Watch by outraged Border Patrol officials who say Obama-era, open borders policies are still being implemented by Kelly’s management team.

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Democrats Block Witnesses from Testifying in House Intel Probe

House Democrats are continuing to block testimony from about a dozen witnesses who sought to appear before the intelligence oversight panel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Congressional officials said one of the key witnesses, former informal adviser to the Trump campaign Carter Page, was scheduled to testify at a closed hearing of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

But Democrats on the committee blocked the testimony, asserting they needed more time to prepare.

"He's the guy that many Democrats have been pointing to as the supposed mastermind and you would think they were interested hearing his story," said one Capitol Hill official.

Page, head of the firm Global Energy Capital, told the Washington Free Beacon he was disappointed by the failure to permit him to testify.

The House committee is also investigating whether the Obama administration improperly requested the unmasking of Americans' identities that were kept secret in classified transcripts of communications intercepts.

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Breaking News: A Milwaukee policeman was the latest officer to be acquitted in a fatal shooting

The case last August touched off two days of protests.

The outcome was announced after less than 10 hours of deliberations in a case that was closely watched in Milwaukee. Jurors had been sequestered since June 13.

Tornado in Sussex Confirmed

(Smyrna) – A team of meteorologists from the National Weather Service (NWS) office in Mount Holly, New Jersey along with personnel from the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA), and Sussex County Emergency Operations conducted a site assessment this morning, where it was confirmed that a tornado touched down last evening in the Greenwood, Delaware area. There were no reports of injury, however some damage was reported.

A storage building at the Delaware Electric Cooperative site on U.S. Route 13 in Greenwood sustained some damage. Four structures on the northwest side of the intersection of Sugar Hill and St. Johnstown Roads were also damaged. Most of the damage affected farm buildings; however one nearby home had damage to its porch.

National Weather Service officials say that visual evidence, along with radar data received during the storm, helped to confirm their finding of a tornado that impacted a specific area of western Sussex County. The visual examination was enhanced by a DEMA aerial drone, which provided an overhead view of wooded areas that would have been difficult to examine from ground level.

Breaking News: One of Iraq's most famous landmarks, a mosque in Mosul, was destroyed

Iraq said ISIS did it, but the militants blamed a U.S. airstrike

The mosque is where the Islamic State leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ascended a pulpit in 2014 and declared a caliphate after his fighters took control of Mosul and swept through other areas of northern Iraq and Syria.

Dems Cancel Committees, Slow Senate in Effort to Block Obamacare Repeal

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) on Tuesday announced the latest move in Democrats' ongoing effort to obstruct the Senate in opposition to the Republican push to repeal Obamacare.

Schumer announced that Senate Democrats will invoke the so-called "two hour" rule, which blocks committees from meeting once the Senate has been in session for more than two hours, the Hill reports.

Democrats threatened as much on Monday, saying that they would interrupt Senate procedure unless Republicans allowed public debate and at least one committee hearing on their health care reform plan.

"As we've made clear to our Republican colleagues, if they continue to insist on ramming through a secret health care bill without any public input or debate, they shouldn't expect business as usual in the Senate," a statement from Schumer said.

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Report: Opioid crisis hitting hospitals hard

WASHINGTON — A new report shows that hospitals are straining under a new influx of victims of the opioid crisis.

A report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality tracked opioid-related inpatient hospital stays and emergency-room visits for 2014 and found that the rate of the former went up 64 percent over the numbers from 2005, while the latter nearly doubled.

Maryland is one of the most troubled states in this regard: The state had one of the highest rate of inpatient stays related to opioids in 2014, the report said, at 442.7 men per 100,000 in population and 367.2 women. They had the highest rate of emergency-department visits, with 353.5 men per 100,000 and 251.1 women.

With regard to inpatient stays, Maryland ranked in the top 25 percent in three of the four age groups specified by the study: 1 to 24, 25 to 44 and 45 to 64, ranking in the middle only in the 65-and-up group. For emergency-department visits, Maryland was in the top one-quarter in all age groups. 

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Davis 'surprised' Baltimore not among cities to receive federal crime funding

12 cities to receive Justice Department aid to lower crime
BETHESDA, Md. — The Justice Department will help 12 U.S. cities develop long-term strategies to decrease violent crime, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday.

Baltimore is not among the cities.

The department will help local authorities study crime patterns and create specially tailored plans to reduce gang and gun violence, he said. Federal authorities will help cities find "data-driven, evidence-based strategies" that can be measured overtime.

"This program will help communities suffering from serious violent crime problems to build up their capacity to fight crime," Sessions said, speaking at a gathering of federal and state law enforcement officials in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Columbus Zoo provides giraffe plasma to assist with calf medical care

The Maryland Zoo partnered with the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium to provide additional support to the male giraffe calf born at The Maryland Zoo.

“The first 48 hours after birth is the critical time for giraffe calves to get the antibodies from mother’s milk, or in our case, the colostrum supplement. While markers in the blood were trending in the right direction, the calf still was not receiving enough of these infection-fighting antibodies from the supplemental feedings,” stated Erin Cantwell, mammal collection and conservation manager.

The only option after the 48-hour window was a plasma transfusion from the blood an adult giraffe. The Maryland Zoo decided to give the giraffe another boost to his immune system with the transfusion. The plasma was donated by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

“Maryland Zoo hospital keeper Kaitie Kessler drove to Morgantown, West Virginia, Friday night to meet Columbus Zoo Assistant Curator Shannon Morarity and Veterinarian Dr. Priya Bapodra-Villaverde."

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Riddle Me This 6-21-17


Answer will be given at 6:30pm

Attorney General Sessions Announces Creation of National Public Safety Partnership to Combat Violent Crime

As the Department of Justice continues its efforts to fulfill President Trump’s commitment to reducing violent crime in America, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced today that 12 cities are joining the Department’s newly organized National Public Safety Partnership (PSP). The announcement came during the opening session of a national summit organized by the Attorney General’s Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety. The summit convened federal, state and local law enforcement to discuss how to support and replicate successful local violent crime reduction efforts.

A list of the cities is posted at www.nationalpublicsafetypartnership.org(link is external).

“Turning back the recent troubling increase in violent crime in our country is a top priority of the Department of Justice and the Trump Administration, as we work to fulfill the President’s promise to make America safe again,” said Attorney General Sessions. “The Department of Justice will work with American cities suffering from serious violent crime problems. There is no doubt that there are many strategies that are proven to reduce crime. Our new National Public Safety Partnership program will help these communities build up their own capacity to fight crime, by making use of data-driven, evidence-based strategies tailored to specific local concerns, and by drawing upon the expertise and resources of our Department.”

The Justice Department created PSP and the task force in response to President Trump’s February 9, 2017, Executive Order charging the agency with leading a national effort to combat violent crime. The partnership provides a framework for enhancing federal support of state, local and tribal law enforcement officials and prosecutors as they aggressively investigate and pursue violent criminals, specifically those involved in gun crime, drug trafficking and gang violence.

Twelve sites have been selected to receive this significant assistance:
Birmingham, Alabama
Indianapolis, Indiana
Memphis, Tennessee
Toledo, Ohio
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Buffalo, New York
Cincinnati, Ohio
Houston, Texas
Jackson, Tennessee
Kansas City, Missouri
Lansing, Michigan
Springfield, Illinois

We anticipate announcing additional sites this calendar year.


Publishers Notes: ALL but 2 of the mayors of the cities listed are Democrats,  the other 2 are Independents.

DSL providers save faster internet for wealthier communities

Noncable internet providers offer broadband speed to just 22 percent of the population in poor areas

When noncable internet providers — outlets like AT&T or Verizon — choose which communities to offer the fastest connections, they don’t juice up their networks so everyone in their service areas has the option of buying quicker speeds. Instead, they tend to favor the wealthy over the poor, according to an investigation by the Center for Public Integrity.

The Center’s data analysis found that the largest noncable internet providers collectively offer faster speeds to about 40 percent of the population they serve nationwide in wealthy areas compared with just 22 percent of the population in poor areas. That leaves tens of millions of Americans with the choice of either purchasing an expensive connection from the only provider in their area, typically a cable company, or just doing the best they can with slower speeds. Middle-income areas don’t fare much better, with a bit more than 27 percent of the population having access to a DSL provider’s fastest speeds. The Center reached its conclusions by merging the latest Federal Communications Commission data with income information from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Memphis activists target Confederate monuments after failed attempt to dig up general's grave

Social justice warriors in Memphis, Tennessee are staging a rally to pressure city officials into removing Confederate statues in the community, the latest stunt aimed at snubbing out the region’s forefathers.

Organizers for the group that calls itself “Take Em Down 901” are advertising the protest at Bruce Elementary School on Bellevue Boulevard for 6 p.m. Tuesday “to discuss action steps to remove Confederate statues in Memphis,” according to the group’s Facebook page.

The group is led by Tami Sawyer, “a political leader, speaker, writer & activist for Social Justice and Educational Equity.”

Sawyer told WMC last week that she’s leading a boycott of the city’s famed 4th Bluff Park until the city removes statue of Jefferson Davis, and her group is urging the public to avoid scheduled summer events like “Downtown Yoga in the Park” and an art show until they get their way.

“Having the statutes (sic) is another thing that says black people don’t matter in Memphis,” she said.

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Five Hurt After Underground Steam Explosion Near Camden Yards


Five people have been hurt after an underground steam explosion occurred underneath a roadway near Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Fire officials said a steam pipe exploded around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday on Eutaw Street between West Lombard and Pratt streets outside the Holiday Inn. Police said no criminal actions are suspected.

Two people were being treated at the scene. There were no serious injuries, fire officials said.

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Cholesterol-lowering jab could help prevent heart attacks

Promising early research shows the injection can direct immune system to lower cholesterol

A new vaccination that prevents heart attacks and could provide an effective alternative to statins is being developed by Austrian scientists.

mmune system to lower cholesterol – and if given yearly to at-risk patients, may help keep arteries clear and reduce the risk ofheart disease.

Patients have been enrolled into an early-stage clinical trial to see if the approach, so far tested on mice, will work in humans.

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Here It Is! A List Of Every U.S Town Obama SENT “Refugees”, Is Your Town On The List?

MARYLAND

Baltimore, MD
Glen Burnie, MD
Rockville, MD
Silver Spring, MD

Why They Are After Trump

For several months, I have felt that the Trump=Russia witch hunt was a diversion. Sure, they want Trump out, but not for the stated reason – not for Russia. They want Trump out because what he represents is a voice for people who are tired of seeing every libertine, immoral, property rights and wealth destroying progressive platform agenda shoved down their throats. Trump ran against almost every plank of this life-destroying force.

I wrote on this topic in March; from the conclusion:

Russia is a diversion; it is useful as a means to an end. It isn’t the end. The end is the salvation of the many pillars of the progressive agenda; the end is the final destruction of western, classical liberal, civilization.

Don’t expect me to explain it as well as Judge Napolitano can and has; I have listened to and read several commentators on the topic of the special prosecutor, Comey’s testimony, etc. I can only offer a semi-ignorant layman’s summary.

A special prosecutor was appointed with no crime to prosecute; with no crime to prosecute, you have a dozen of the most aggressive, capable attorneys looking for something…anything. Show me the man and I will show you the crime.

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"I have one message to Iran: Do not threaten Israel"

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday warned Iran not to threaten Israel after Tehran launched ballistic missiles at a Syrian base of the Islamic State group.

Iran's Revolutionary Guard said it had fired six missiles from western Iran into northeastern Syria on Sunday, targeting "terror bases."

The Guard said the strike was "in retaliation" for June 7 attacks in Tehran that killed 17 people in the first IS-claimed operations in the country.

Netanyahu has repeatedly said Iran is a threat to the Jewish state, the Middle East and potentially the world.

"We follow their actions and we follow their words," he said Monday. "I have one message to Iran: Do not threaten Israel."

"The army and our security forces are constantly monitoring the activity of Iran in the region," Netanyahu told senior members of his Likud party on Monday.

"This activity also includes their attempts to establish themselves in Syria and, of course, to transfer advanced weapons to Hezbollah and other operations," a party statement quoted him as saying.

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DISGUSTING: Liberals Mocked Student Who Was Beaten To Death By North Korea

Comedy Central’s pathetic favorite, Larry Wilmore was one of the chief scumbags that took to mocking an American being held hostage, and had started one of his shows (when he still had it) with an eight-minute bit of jeering that acknowledged the North Korean regime’s interpretation of the events, mocked Warmbier’s tormented tears, and even posted a graphic that labeled the now deceased young man as an “ass” — based on the initials of a phony fraternity. So what’s the message? Let’s mock and ridicule white boys because we are racist, heartless ones. Here’s a little snippet, just watch for yourself:

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Sea Turtle Washed Ashore In Ocean City On Saturday


OCEAN CITY – A leatherback sea turtle washed ashore in Ocean City last weekend, hours after it was first seen in the shallow areas of the water.

Tyaskin resident Jody Earp said she and her family were on the beach for the OC Air Show when they saw the sea turtle swimming close to the shore on 4th Street between 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Earp, who was in the water, said she saw a fin appear in front of her before immediately yelling out that it was a shark.

“People had gotten out of the water fast and then within moments we could see it was a turtle as he stuck his head up,” she said.

Earp said she, her husband and several people gathered around to view the sea turtle, but expressed concern that a nearby lifeguard did not clear the water.

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Travelers Left A Record $867,800 In Change At TSA Checkpoints Last Year

Sure, forgetting a few pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters might not seem like a lot to leave behind when dashing through airport security, but it adds up. To that end, the Transportation Security Administration says it once again collected a record number of change last year.

The Washington Post reports that the TSA collected more than $867,812.39 in change from forgetful passengers last year, besting its previous record of $765,759 collected in 2015.

The new haul bring the TSA’s total coin collection tab to more than $5.1 million since 2008, when $383,000 was collected.

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Michael Brown's Parents Settle Wrongful Death Lawsuit With Ferguson, Mo.

Nearly three years after their son's death sparked nationwide protests, the parents of Michael Brown have settled their wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Ferguson, Mo.

Brown, who was African-American, was shot and killed by a white police officer in August 2014.

As we reported, Brown's parents filed a civil lawsuit against the city of Ferguson, former police chief Thomas Jackson and former police officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed the unarmed 18-year-old.

The lawsuit claimed Wilson "unjustifiably shot and killed" Brown, using "an unnecessary and unreasonable" amount of force.

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Cops shocked by Md. teen caught impersonating police

WASHINGTON — Police in Montgomery County want to know if residents interacted with a teen trying to pass himself off as a police officer.

“I was shocked at his demeanor and his boldness,” said Fourth District Commander Laura Lanham. “It really does give me pause.”

Police arrested 19-year-old Philip Jonathan Ross, of Dickerson, Maryland, for impersonating a police officer on June 12 after an officer saw a white Ford Crown Victoria driving at a high rate of speed and using its emergency white and red lights as if they were sirens.

Several cars did move out of the way for the speeding vehicle and at one point the car even attempted to back up another officer making a traffic stop. 


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Philip Morris uses chemical industry consultants to perpetuate 'light cigarette' myth

Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, the tobacco giant maintains that "low-tar" cigarettes are safer than regular ones

In a landmark ruling nearly a decade ago, a federal judge ordered tobacco companies to stop lying.

After listening to 84 witnesses and perusing tens of thousands of exhibits, U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler of the District of Columbia took a year to write a 1,652-page opinion detailing the companies’ elaborate strategy to deny the harmful effects of smoking.

“In short, [the companies] have marketed and sold their lethal product with zeal, with deception, with a single-minded focus on their financial success, and without regard for the human tragedy or social costs that success exacted,” Kessler wrote in United States of America v. Philip Morris USA.

Kessler noted that the Justice Department, in a racketeering lawsuit, had presented “overwhelming evidence” of a conspiracy to defraud the public. She ordered the companies to take a number of actions, including ceasing to claim there was such a thing as a low-tar cigarette that reduced the risk of disease. The evidence showed this simply was not true.

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CREEPY JOE STRIKES AGAIN: Former Vice President Biden Kisses Woman Without Consent

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s history of lecherous behavior has been seared into the American consciousness. Despite cries from the American public to cease this predatory behavior, Uncle Joe the Pervert continues his reign of terror even out of office.

The latest attack came Wednesday when a young African American woman posted an Instagram video from her college graduation.

The video starts out innocently enough—with the young woman and the former vice president smiling. Suddenly, Biden embraces her cheek without asking for written (never mind spoken) consent. After the woman realizes what’s happening, she immediately lets out an incoherent scream before pulling away in terror.

Biden was the commencement speaker at Morgan State University—a location that, of course, provides ample opportunities to prey on unsuspecting women.

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Black Feminist Should Reject Wonder Woman Because She Isn't Black. Or Something.

Wonder Woman is a fantastic movie. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed it and I want to take my oldest kid to go see it soon. It was nice to see a female superhero get a great movie for a change, something I've actually craved for a while. That may be surprising considering my anti-SJW bonafides here on the pages of PJ Media, but it's true.

It's been unsurprising that many feminists have embraced her as their own. After all, she's a woman fighting a war at a time when the patriarchy was actually a very real thing...and kicking more butt than any man in the movie in the process.

What is unfortunate is that for some people, even that isn't enough. Arielle Iniko Newton begins this piece about the movie at Essense with:

Author's Note: If you ain’t a Black woman or femme, this conversation ain’t for you.

Yes, that's actually how this dreck starts out. Frankly, with an invitation like that, how can a white cis male such as myself refuse?

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Republican Study Committee Lists Conservative Demands for Senate Health Care Bill

The conservative Republican Study Committee (RSC) drafted a letter to send to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) demanding that the Senate adopt the House’s more conservative health care reforms.

The letter, obtained by the Independent Journal Review, details the Committee’s concerns with the Senate’s bill to repeal Obamacare. The letter states, “We write to express our serious concerns regarding recent reports suggesting that the Senate’s efforts to produce a reconciliation bill repealing the Affordable Care Act are headed in a direction that may jeopardize final passage in the House of Representatives.”

The conservatives cheered the House’s health care discourse, noting that the “vigorous and robust debate” between members allowed for crucial changes that allowed the bill to pass. Meanwhile, the Senate has remained secretive about its health care bill despite reports that McConnell will have the Senate on the bill before the July 4th recess.

Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker (R-SC) wrote that there are four parts of the House’s Americans Health Care Act (AHCA) that remain crucial for House support of the bill:

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Florida Democratic Party Chair: 'They're Like Children, These Black Lawmakers'

Florida Democratic Party chairman Stephen Bittel is considering resigning following backlash from racially charged comments he made toward members of the legislative black caucus.

The tension started at a Saturday fundraiser for the Florida Democratic Party, the Miami Herald reports. Bittel shortened the program by removing a segment in which state legislators would be recognized.

Bittel referred to the anger from lawmakers over the snub as "childish." Bittel also said State Sen. Oscar Braynon (D.), a black legislator who expressed lawmakers' unhappiness to the chairman, was acting "like a three year old."

After the dinner, white State Sen. Lauren Book (D.) asked Bittel about the situation.

"They're like children, these black lawmakers. They just don't get it," Bittel said. "I raised more money in this amount of time than they ever could."

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Council Approves Tiered Parking Rates At Inlet Lot On Fourth Of July

OCEAN CITY — Concerned about the Fourth of July falling on Tuesday this year, Ocean City officials on Monday approved a further tiered flat fee schedule for parking at the Inlet on the holiday in the hopes of ensuring the lot stays full.

In 2013, the Mayor and Council approved a one-day only flat fee of $50 for parking all day at the Inlet lot on the Fourth of July. The intent was to allow visitors to park in the prime Inlet lot all day for an upfront fee of $50 and stay for the entire day straight through the Fourth of July fireworks and beyond.

In addition, the primary goal was to alleviate the massive traffic jams on the Inlet lot following the fireworks when hundreds of cars would stack up trying to pay as they exited the lot, sometimes for several hours. The $50 flat fee for all-day parking at the Inlet lot was successful in the first year and the following year, the fee schedule was modified to $50 if entering the lot before 3 p.m. and $30 after 3 p.m.

On Monday, Public Works Director Hal Adkins recommended a new fee schedule at the Inlet lot for the Fourth of July when the holiday falls on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Adkins and his staff recommended continuing the $50 fee at the start of the day from 6 a.m. to noon, $30 if entering from noon to 3 p.m., $20 if entering from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and just $10 after 6 p.m.

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Chelsea Clinton Scolds Steve Bannon for ‘Fat-Shaming’ Sean Spicer

A grouchy Chelsea Clinton took issue Tuesday with a joke reportedly made by White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon — accusing him of ‘fat-shaming’ White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

The former first daughter, who is definitely not running for political office anytime soon, was reacting to a report in the Atlantic about the scaling back of White House press briefings. The article included a text message Bannon sent to a reporter asking why fewer briefings were being held on-camera.

“Sean got fatter,” Bannon reportedly quipped.

The response did not sit well with Clinton 3.0, who accused the White House of “using fat shaming to justify increased opacity.”

University Socialist Group Calls for Beheading Republicans

A student group at the University of Georgia is facing a police investigation after saying on Twitter that Republicans should be “guillotined.”

Responding to a story about a professor at the Art Institute of Washington who allegedly claimed that House Republicans should be “lined up and shot,” the Young Democratic Socialists at the University of Georgia reportedly tweeted that the Republican members of the House should instead be “guillotined.”

In response to a storm of criticism and a statement from administrators claiming that the campus police department is investigating their call for violence, the Young Democratic Socialists chapter announced that they would disassociate from the University. The student group deleted not only the offending tweet but their Twitter account in its entirety.

“Recent events have made clear that the only way forward is through the democratic will and revolutionary spirit of our members and community.."

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College Professor Calls Whites ‘Inhuman @ssholes’ and Says ‘Let Them Die’

There is nowhere that outright racism is really considered acceptable in today’s society — nowhere except academia, that is. On college campuses, it’s fine for professors to spew all kinds of race-based hatred, as long as it’s directed towards the “right” race. Consider this Trinity College professor, who responded to news of the Steve Scalise shooting by saying that first responders should have just let them die… because some of the victims were white.

Johnny Eric Williams is an associate professor of sociology, and was evidently incensed that Scalise, a congressional aide, and two Capitol Police officers would not succumb to their wounds after being targeted by James T. Hodgkinson, a progressive Bernie Sanders supporter.

Sunday, Williams took to his Facebook page, writing that the victims of the shooting should have died. “It is past time for the racially oppressed to do what people who believe themselves to be ‘white’ will not do, put end to the vectors of their destructive mythology of whiteness and their white supremacy system. #LetThemFuckingDie,” he wrote.

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Is Earth Alone? Kepler Finds 4,034 Possible Companions

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Are we still alone?

Setting the stage for the next chapter in the quest to end cosmic loneliness, astronomers released a list on Monday of 4,034 objects they are 90 percent sure are planets orbiting other stars.

The new list is the final and most reliable result of a four-year cosmic census of a tiny region of the Milky Way by NASA’s Kepler spacecraft.

“The search for planets is the search for life,” said Natalie Batalha, a Kepler mission scientist from NASA’s Ames Research Center. “These results will form the basis for future searches for life.”

Extrapolated from one small patch to the entire sky, the data will help NASA design a space telescope for the 2030s or thereabouts, big and powerful enough to discern the images of planets around other stars.

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Three University of Albany Students Who Faked a Hate Crime Only Get Probation

Hate crimes carry heavy penalties when someone is convicted of one. But what happens if someone is found to have faked one? The punishment is much less severe — or, in the case of three college students, practically non-existent.

Ariel Agudio, Asha Burwell, and Alexis Briggs were all students at the University at Albany. They claimed that they were attacked while riding a bus by a group of white men, who called them the n-word and assaulted them. The three students also got into a fight with other bus riders, but accused the other people of starting the altercation.

The hate crime accusation took off like wildfire. A Twitter hashtag campaign was launched, #DefendBlackGirlsUAlbany. Protest marches at the school took place, with Black Lives Matter participating and arranging for speakers to attend. NFL players and celebrities began to chime in. And even Hillary Clinton spoke up about the alleged incident:

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St. Louis Cardinals Take Huge Stand For Christianity… Tick Off LGBT Community

So the LGBT community can have their own parades around the nation, they can dedicate a whole month to their sexuality, and they have everyone else afraid of saying something that is slightly less than idolizing. Why, then, is the idea of the St. Louis Cardinals having a Christian Day so unbearable?

Why is the LGBT community so intolerant of Christians? Why aren’t they more understand of people who are different than them? Why are they denying their right to celebrate their faith, while at the same right demanding the right to celebrate who they choose to sleep with?

Seems hypocritical if you ask me.

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Governor Larry Hogan Addresses Business Leaders at French Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Emphasizes Maryland’s Economic Advantages During Trade Mission to Paris Air Show

ANNAPOLIS, MD –
Governor Larry Hogan today delivered remarks at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs as part of an ongoing economic development trade mission to Europe, which includes the Paris Air Show in Paris, France. The governor was joined by French officials and business leaders, as well as representatives from the United States’ and Canadian Embassies in Paris, and state officials and members of the Maryland delegation at the event, which was hosted by the Office of Science & Technology of the French Embassy in the U.S.

“Maryland is proud of our excellent relationship with France, which is evident through the success of the French-headquartered companies in our state,” said Governor Hogan. “Looking ahead, we want to further expand Maryland’s relationship with France and find ways to do even more together in the future.”

For the past two years, the Hogan administration has made economic development a top priority, attracting nearly 100,000 new jobs to the state. Maryland offers numerous advantages to the international business community, particularly in the fields of cybersecurity and aerospace technology – key industries represented at the Paris Air Show that are critical to the state’s economy.

“Maryland is a thriving location for space exploration, satellite technology and research, and design and manufacturing of unmanned aerial vehicles and robotics,” Governor Hogan continued. “In the emerging field of cyber security, Maryland has become the cyber capital of the world. There is no better time to invest in Maryland than right now.”

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UPDATE: Mauled teen texted mom before attack

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - UPDATE, 10:35 a.m. MONDAY: Alaska State Troopers have identified the victim of Sunday's bear mauling at Bird Ridge as 16-year-old Patrick Cooper of Anchorage.

ORIGINAL STORY:

A parent's worst nightmare came to life this Father's Day when a teen running an annual trail race was fatally mauled by a bear near Bird Creek.

Law enforcement officials and fellow competitors said a 16-year-old boy was participating in the Robert Spurr Memorial Hill Climb at Bird Ridge, which was being run for the 29th year straight.

Dozens of runners, including the teen, toed the starting line that morning for the mountain race that begins at the start of Bird Ridge Trail, and meanders through heavily wooded terrain. As for the ascent, that's a 3,400-foot vertical climb that spans three miles for adult racers and half that for juniors, those who are 17 and younger taking on the mountain.

Challenging terrain, but in those three decades, many said the territory had never proven to be a big problem.

That all changed shortly after noon Sunday.

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