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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Chinese people protest N. Korea's nuclear test

SHANGHAI, Sept. 20 (Yonhap) -- A group of citizens in a northeastern Chinese city bordering North Korea have taken to the streets protesting the North's latest nuclear test as concerns over radioactive contamination are mounting there, a U.S. broadcaster reported Wednesday.

They staged a protest Sunday against the North's most powerful nuclear test on Sept. 3 in downtown Harbin, Heilongjian Province, shouting, "We strongly protest the test that intimidates the three northeastern Chinese provinces (adjacent to the North)," Radio Free Asia said.

"No country conducts a nuclear test in border areas, but North Korea poses a grave threat to China by enforcing the nuclear test in a place very close to China," rights activist Yu Yunfeng, who led the protest, was cited as saying.

He underlined that the test triggering a 5.8 magnitude earthquake can affect China's air pollution as the test site, Punggye-ri in the North's Hamkyong Province, is just 36 kilometers from the border between the two nations, the broadcaster said.

The Chinese government carried out radioactive surveys in the Chinese provinces right after the test, and concluded that no noticeable impact had been discovered.

On Thursday, however, it temporarily shut down the southern part of its popular Mount Paekdu tourist site on the border with North Korea for safety reasons.


N. Korea says Trump threat is 'sound of dog barking'

NEW YORK,  North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho slammed U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday, saying his threat to destroy the nation amounted to "the sound of a dog barking."

Ri arrived in New York earlier in the day to attend the U.N. General Assembly.

Speaking to reporters in front of his hotel, he issued the regime's first response to Trump's threat a day earlier to "totally destroy" North Korea if it poses a direct threat to the U.S. or its allies.

"If he was thinking he could scare us with the sound of a dog barking, that's really a dog dream," Ri said, referencing a North Korean proverb that a procession moves even if dogs bark. In Korean, a dog dream is one that is absurd and makes little sense.

Asked to comment on "Rocket Man," Trump's new nickname for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, he said, "I feel sorry for his aides."


Human Kindness - Heroes Helping Houston Hurricane Harvey Victims

College football player dies after injury during 'routine' tackle

A college football player who suffered a neck injury during a game on Saturday has died, university officials announced Wednesday.

Robert Grays, a 19-year-old cornerback for Midwestern State University in Texas, died Tuesday at a hospital in Houston after he was hurt making a “routine tackle” during his team’s 35-13 win over Texas A&M-Kingsville, The Wichitan reported. University president Suzanne Shipley confirmed Grays’ death to students early Wednesday.

“Robert touched many lives while attending the university, but perhaps he will be remembered best for his smile,” Shipley said. “He was an inspiration on and off the field to those around him, and he will be remembered with love and affection by his friends, classmates, coaches, and teammates.”


BUSTED: Obama's DNI Chief James Clapper Swore Trump Campaign Was Not Wiretapped

Will CNN fire Clapper now that it’s abundantly clear he’s a serial liar?

Back in March, former Director of National Intelligence turned CNN contributor James Clapper swore up and down that no one on the Trump campaign was wiretapped and insisted he “would know” if that was the case.

Even though he’s a proven liar who was caught lying to congress before about mass surveillance, the mass media took his assurance that Trump and his campaign was not spied on as gospel.


California Attorney General Sues to Prevent Building of Trump’s Border-Wall Projects

Becerra: Trump administration is violating the Constitution in order to build the wall

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced a lawsuit on behalf of the state that would attempt to block any projects related to President Donald Trump's promised border wall between the U.S. and Mexico by deeming them unconstitutional.

The lawsuit, which is being filed in federal court, argues that the Trump administration has violated federal and state environmental laws, which it recently waived under an immigration provision in a 2005 law giving the Homeland Security secretary the power to do so.

Becerra argues that that law allowing the waiver violated the U.S. Constitutions' separation-of-powers doctrine to short-cut requirements under the Clean Water Act and the National Environmental Policy Act for environmental analysis of the impact of the border-wall prototypes.


At Least 163 Children Drowned In Pools & Spas This Summer

Now that summer is over, many of us have fond memories of a few months splashing around in the pool with family and friends. It’s also an opportunity to reflect on the potential for danger, as a new federal report claims that at least 163 children drowned while swimming in pools or spas in just the last few months. 

Sleep deprivation might be the antidote for depression

Depression keeping you up at night? Staying awake may be the key to rapidly improving your mood.

Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania looked back at decades’ worth of studies on sleep deprivation and concluded it can temporarily improve symptoms of depression in up to 50 percent of people.

All forms of sleep deprivation, ranging from partial (20 to 21 hours without sleep) to total (up to 36 hours), were an effective anti-depressant for patients across demographics, according to the analysis of 66 English-language studies on the topic from 1974 to 2016. What’s more, patients reported feeling better within as little as 24 hours after treatment.

“These studies in our analysis show that sleep deprivation is effective for many populations,” the study’s lead author, Elaine Boland, a clinical associate and research psychologist at the Cpl. Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center, told Penn Medicine.

“Regardless of how the response was quantified, how the sleep deprivation was delivered, or the type of depression the subject was experiencing, we found a nearly equivalent response rate,” she said.


Mauldin: Americans Don't Grasp The Magnitude Of The Looming Pension Tsunami

Total unfunded liabilities in state and local pensions have roughly quintupled in the last decade.

You read that right—not doubled, tripled, or quadrupled—quintupled. That’s nice when it happens on a slot machine, not so nice when it’s money you owe.

You will also notice in the chart that much of that change happened in 2008.

Why was that?

That's when the Fed took interest rates down to nearly zero, meaning it suddenly took more cash to fund future payments.

According to a 2014 Pew study, only 15 states follow policies that have funded at least 100% of their pension needs. And that estimate is based on the aggressive assumptions of pension funds that they will get their predicted rate of returns (the “discount rate”).

Kentucky, for instance, has unfunded pension liabilities of $40 billion or more. This month the state budget director notified local governments that pension costs could jump 50–60% next year.

That’s due to a proposed reduction in the system’s assumed rate of return from 7.5% to 6.25%—a step in the right direction but not nearly enough.
Think About This as an Investor: How Can You Guarantee 6–7% Returns These Days?

Do you know a way to guarantee yourself even 6.25% average annual returns for the next 10–20 years? Of course you don’t. Yes, some strategies have a good shot at doing it, but there’s no guarantee.

And if you believe Jeremy Grantham’s seven-year forecasts (I do: His 2009 growth forecast was spot on), then those pension funds have very little hope of getting their average 7% predicted rate of return, at least for the next seven years.



On September 19, 2017, a Wicomico County jury convicted Michael Wayne Carey, age 38, no fixed address, of one count of Robbery and one count of Theft-$1000 to under $10,000.

This conviction stems from Carey robbing the Bank of Delmarva on Route 13 in Delmar, Maryland on September 30, 2016. Carey was arrested in Greenwood, Delaware on October 1, 2016. Carey was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment, all suspended except 5 years of active incarceration. Carey was previously convicted of the September 26, 2016 robbery of First Shore Federal Bank on Mt. Hermon Road in Salisbury, for which he received a sentence of 15 years active incarceration. These two sentences will be served consecutively.

Wicomico County State’s Attorney Ella Disharoon commended the combined efforts of Corporal Thomas Esham of the Delmar Police Department, Detective Brandon Caton of the Salisbury Police Department, and many other officers and community members involved in the investigation. Mrs. Disharoon also thanked Assistant State’s Attorney James “Bo” McAllister, who prosecuted the cases.

Toymakers Won’t Let Toys ‘R’ Us Die Because That Would Be Bad For Their Business

Although the news of the Toys ‘R’ Us bankruptcy may have thrown some shoppers into a pre-holidays panic at first, the company will be keeping its stores open and its shelves stocked with toys. Not only because it wants to cash in during its biggest season, but because its suppliers need it to stick around.

Nearly 30 Percent of Public School Teachers Chronically Absent

Unionization plays role in shaping absentee rates

Public school teachers are three times more likely to miss large chunks of school days than their peers at charter schools, which could hurt student learning, according to a new report.

An analysis by Thomas P. Fordham Institute senior research and policy associate David Griffith found that more than 28 percent of public school teachers miss at least 11 workdays a year.

Hawaii led the country in absenteeism with 79 percent of public school teachers taking off at least 10 days. Educators' truancy rates are far higher than those in other industries. An average teacher will take eight personal or sick days each year compared to the nationwide average of three-and-a-half, according to the report, titled, "Teacher Absenteeism in Charter and Traditional Public Schools."

"The percentage of teachers in traditional public schools who take more than ten sick and personal days is almost four times higher than the percentage of employees in other industries who take at least ten sick days—despite the fact that teachers have significantly fewer work days than employees in other industries," the report says.


Panera CEO Challenges Fast Food Execs To Eat From Their Kids’ Menus For A week

When it comes to verbal throwdowns, Panera CEO Ron Shaich isn’t shy about expressing how he really feels about the chain’s rivals. Now, he’s challenging fast food executives to eat exclusively from their kids’ menus to prove they really like their own offerings. 

French University Suspends All Classes Due To Migrant Squatters

‘Indefinitely’ closed until ‘security conditions restored,’ says college president

The University of Reims Champagne-Ardennes has suspended all courses due to security concerns after around 40 migrants began to squat on the campus only days after classes began.

President of the university Guillaume Gellé wrote a letter to the student population on Sunday saying: “Access to the university premises located on the Red Cross campus is forbidden until security conditions are restored.”

Gellé told local media that the security situation also extended to the migrants themselves as he noted there were children amongst them, L’Express reports.

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Hey Kids, Now Your Parents Have to Take Driver’s Ed, Too

The driver’s license: Perhaps nothing represents teen freedom more than that document saying you can go wherever you want without having your parents or someone else drive you there. But times have changed from the day when driving autonomy was granted to any 16-year-old who could pass the DMV’s tests. Now, some states are requiring parents to take a form of driver’s education alongside their teens. 

Pat Buchanan: "Who Truly Imperils Our Free Society?"

“The Barbarian cannot make … he can befog and destroy but … he cannot sustain; and of every Barbarian in the decline or peril of every civilization exactly that has been true.”

Hilaire Belloc’s depiction of the barbarian is recalled to mind as the statues honoring the history and heroes of the Republic and of the West continue to be vandalized and smashed.

A week ago, the statue of missionary and Catholic Saint Fr. Junipero Serra was beheaded at the Santa Barbara Mission he founded. A century-old Columbus statue in Central Park was defaced and spray-painted with: “Hate will not be tolerated.”

Baltimore’s monument to Francis Scott Key, who observed the bombardment of Fort McHenry on a British warship late in the War of 1812 and was inspired to write “The Star-Spangled Banner,” was covered in red paint. “Racist anthem” was written across it.

In Berkeley, home of the Free Speech Movement, the university last week had to spend $600,000 to protect an invited speaker of the college Republicans from being assaulted.


Lyft, Budweiser Partnering Up Again To Fight Drunk Driving With Free Rides

Just like last year, Lyft and Budweiser are teaming up to offer drinkers a safer option for getting home than climbing behind the wheel of their car: They’ll be handing out 150,000 round-trip rides in some states through the end of the year. 

Finland’s Welfare State Has a Massive Baby Problem

The number of newborns has fallen to its lowest level in 148 years

You know you've got a problem when even the best don't have the solution.

Finland, a first-rate place in which to be a mother, has registered the lowest number of newborns in nearly 150 years. The birth rate has been falling steadily since the start of the decade, and there's little to suggest a reversal in the trend.

Demographics are a concern across the developed world, of course. But they are particularly problematic for countries with a generous welfare state, since they endanger its long-term survival.


Congratulations America, You Gave Airlines $7.1B In Baggage And Change Fees Last Year

For the better part of the last decade, airlines have been tacking on fees for everything from checking bags to allowing customers to cancel or change their flights. While spending $25 now and then for the convenience of not dragging your bags around the airport might not break the bank, those fees add up — to $7.1 billion. 

Unions Are Training Hotel Workers to Face Down Immigration Raids

Hotel workers in cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York have been gathering for training sessions recently on how to handle visits from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The sessions, organized by the labor union Unite Here!, teach workers how to effectively stonewall ICE agents, emphasizing employees’ right to refuse to answer questions or show identification.

Organizers don dark sunglasses or jackets and role-play as ICE agents, with a “good cop” entreating the volunteers with lines such as “You look like a good person,” and a bad cop screaming threats at them. “I need you guys to be just absolute a$$holes,” organizer Hugo Soto, a former hotel worker who helped develop the training program, tells colleagues when preparing them to portray agents. “We need to train ourselves to be able to beat ICE.”


Judge Jeanine: I'll tell you what happened, Hillary

Wisconsin Appeals Court Tosses Right to Work Injunction

Second state court to dismiss attempts to block law in as many days

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that the state's right-to-work law was constitutional and ordered a district court to dismiss a union lawsuit on Tuesday.

The three-judge panel effectively ended a suit from a coalition of the state's largest labor unions seeking to block the 2015 law, known as Act 1, from taking effect. The Court said the unions failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the law, which prohibits companies from mandating union membership as a condition of employment, violated the state Constitution by unlawfully denying them property without compensation.

"Act 1 does not take property within the meaning of the Wisconsin Constitution. … The Unions have no constitutional entitlement to the fees of non-member employees," the ruling says.


19% of college students support violence to silence dissent, study shows

Early results from a Brookings Institution study on the First Amendment’s standing among college students foreshadow an ominous future for free speech rights.

University of California at Los Angeles professor and Brookings senior fellow John Villasenor released preliminary findings this week on the free exchange of ideas at universities. The scholar said his poll of 1,500 current undergraduate students at U.S. four-year colleges and universities was so “disturbing” that he wanted to “get some of the key results out into the public sphere immediately.”

“Freedom of expression is deeply imperiled on U.S. campuses,” the professor said Monday. “In fact, despite protestations to the contrary (often with statements like ‘we fully support the First Amendment, but…), freedom of expression is clearly not, in practice, available on many campuses, including many public campuses that have First Amendment obligations.”

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Judge Napolitano: Obama Wiretapping Trump Tower Could Have Been To Help Hillary

“How could the FBI director not know about this?!”

With confirmation that former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort was indeed wiretapped before and after the election by the Obama administration, Judge Andrew Napolitano has speculated that it may have been an effort to help Hilary Clinton secure the Presidency.

“Were they listening to Paul Manafort during the campaign in order to find out what Donald Trump was going to do next in the campaign and help Hillary?” Napolitano speculated.

“Were they listening to Paul Manafort because they thought he had committed a crime?”Napolitano followed up.

“Were they listening to Paul Manafort because they were looking for something with which to tarnish the future president?” he further asked.

Napolitano noted that it is not known whether the wiretapping was conducted under a FISA or a regular warrant, and explained the significant distinction.


Teacher Axed After Post On Black People

A Mississippi school district fired a second grade teacher earlier this week after she allegedly posted a Facebook status claiming black people should “pack up and move back to Africa.”

Cammie Rone, a former teacher at Batesville Intermediate School, lost her job after the school investigated the Facebook post. The post was written as a solution to black people who get offended, reports the New York Post.

“If blacks in this country are so offended, no one is forcing them to stay here,” Rone posted on her profile, according to screenshots from parents at the school. “Why don’t they pack up and move back to Africa where they will have to work for a living. I am sure our government will pay for it! We pay for everything else.”

Parents, including Keboni Anderson, saw the since deleted Facebook post. The parents took a screenshot of the post and notified the school.


We Said Crime Is Down, Now Shut The Hell Up!

I went into my history and pulled up an old link for calls for service. See the top in yellow. It now says page not found.

Mayor Day and Salisbury Police Chief Duncan have launched a new Website for the Police Department. They have completely removed the Calls for Service

They are trying to cover up the massive crime in Salisbury. They are doing everything in their power to keep any form of media, (or you) from exposing what's going on, on a daily basis. To top it off, it seems very clear they do not want you taxpayers to know what's happening on a daily basis, crime wise.

In one neighborhood there was some 26 car break ins. Come to find out when the SPD posted the break ins, guess what, because it was in ONE neighborhood they only showed it as ONE break in. That's so we peasants wouldn't know it was a major problem. This is how they pad the numbers. I've been told by other Officers they regularly, (Chief Duncan) change felony crimes down to misdemeanors. Can you say Safe Streets Program! Crime is down my rear end!

A word to the wise Jake and Barbara, it is not called the Wicomico County Humane Society. PRIDE is also mentioned a lot on their new website. Hope they remember the old saying.. "Pride goeth before a fall"

Federal Court Ruling Guts Police Ability To Use Guns

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that Seattle police can only use force “proportional” to the threat they face, seriously damaging the Seattle Police Department’s ability to use firearms.

The ruling from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the use of force reforms put in place by federal mandates under the Obama administration that required police to use only “objectively reasonable force, proportional to the threat or urgency of the situation,” the Associated Press reports. The unanimous ruling strikes down a lawsuit filed by a group of more than 120 Seattle officers in 2014 who claimed that the strict reforms infringe on an officer’s right to self defense and the Second Amendment.

“The City of Seattle has a significant interest in regulating the use of department-issued firearms by its police officers,” Judge William Hayes wrote, adding that the policy “did not impose a substantial burden on plaintiffs’ right to use a firearm.”



'People Will Die!'

As time runs out for the Republicans to keep their longtime campaign pledge to repeal and replace Obamacare, Democratic Senators rallied a small group of constituents outside of the capitol on Tuesday to oppose the Graham-Cassidy legislation that could be voted on by the Senate and the House by the end of the month.

The health care rally, sponsored by the George Soros-backed and supported by Planned Parenthood and other left-wing groups, featured Senate leaders who said, if the bill becomes law, it will result in American deaths.

“People will die,” Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) said at the rally.

“Thousands of people a year will die if that legislation becomes law,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said.

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How The Military Defeated Trump's Insurgency

Trump was seen as a presidential candidate who would possibly move towards a less interventionist foreign policy.

That hope is gone. The insurgency that brought Trump to the top was defeated by a counter-insurgency campaign waged by the U.S. military. (Historically its first successful one).

The military has taken control of the White House process and it is now taking control of its policies.

It is schooling Trump on globalism and its "indispensable" role in it. Trump was insufficiently supportive of their desires and thus had to undergo reeducation:

When briefed on the diplomatic, military and intelligence posts, the new president would often cast doubt on the need for all the resources.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson organized the July 20 session to lay out the case for maintaining far-flung outposts — and to present it, using charts and maps, in a way the businessman-turned-politician would appreciate.

Trump was hauled into a Pentagon basement 'tank' and indoctrinated by the glittering four-star generals he admired since he was a kid:

The session was, in effect, American Power 101 and the student was the man working the levers. It was part of the ongoing education of a president who arrived at the White House with no experience in the military or government and brought with him advisers deeply skeptical of what they labeled the “globalist” worldview.


Weekly Fishing Report: Sept. 20, 2017

Many would agree we are entering one of the most beautiful times of the year in Maryland. Mornings are cool and daytime temperatures are inviting for outdoor activities.

Where I live crops are being harvested, wildlife is on the move, bait in the tidal rivers is beginning to feel the urge to move out into the bay, and fish such as the striped bass are enjoying the cooler water temperatures and ready to intercept the schools of bait.

It's a great time of year to visit your favorite fishing hole, whether it is a creek or pond in Western Maryland or a dock in the Chesapeake Bay. Click here for the full report.

What, No Hurricane Bounce? Ford Idles 5 North American Plants In Wake Of Slumping Car Sales

As initially reported by the Census Department, motor vehicle sales were up 1.2% in July following a 0.9% gain in June. At the time, I commented, “This is unbelievably bizarre in the face of actual auto sales reports.”

The Census Bureau revised sales estimates much lower in September as noted in Retail Sales Unexpectedly Decline, Huge Negative Revisions in June and July: Reflections on “Bizarre” Sales Reports.

Today we learn Ford to cut production at five North American vehicle plants due to rising inventory and slumping sales.

Ford Motor Co said on Tuesday it plans to idle five North American vehicle assembly plants for a total of 10 weeks to reduce inventories of slow-selling models.

The plants affected include three assembly plants in the United States and two in Mexico, the company said in a statement.

The vehicle models include the Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ midsize sedans, the Ford Focus compact car, the Lincoln Continental and Ford Mustang, Ford Fiesta and the Ford Transit van.

The factories involved employ more than 15,000 people, according to Ford’s website. The company did not say how many of those workers would face temporary layoffs.


Manafort Spokesman: 'Felony' FISA Leak Warrants Probe

The revelation of secret court orders to wiretap former Trump campaign spokesman Paul Manafort before and after the 2016 election is a "felony" — and the Justice Department should investigate the leak, his spokesman charged.

The condemnation from Jason Maloni followed a CNN report that Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court orders were issued twice between 2014 and 2016 to wiretap Manafort, who served as Trump campaign manager until August 2016.

Manafort's dealings with Ukraine were a major factor in his exit.

"If true, it is a felony to reveal the existence of a FISA warrant, regardless of the fact that no charges ever emerged," Maloni said in an emailed statement, the Washington Examiner reported Tuesday.

"The U.S Department of Justice's Inspector General should immediately conduct an investigation into these leaks and to examine the motivations behind a previous Administration's effort to surveil a political opponent.

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A Viewer Writes: Stop Sign obscured by work sign @ Poplar & Calvert

**Take note people!**

If you are crossing the street in downtown Salisbury at the corner or Popular Hill Ave & Calvert St, cars can NOT see the stop sign due to the detour sign obstructing their view. My kids and I, walking to dance class, were almost hit and later I witnessed another car plow through the same stop sign.

This NEEDS to be corrected! ASAP!!

The forgotten Holocaust: Ukraine famine of 1932-33

One day in the summer of 1933, in a village in Ukraine, then part of the Soviet Union, a little boy woke on top of the family stove. He was starving — not just hungry but genuinely starving.

‘Dad, I want to eat! Dad!’ he cried. But the house was cold and from his father there came no answer.

The boy went over to his father, who was apparently still asleep. There was ‘foam under his nose’, he remembered. ‘I touched his head. Cold.’


Ohio State University 'privilege' workshop says only white people can be racist

If your skin color is white, only you can be a racist, and it’s impossible for you to be a victim.

That’s the message reportedly coming out of a workshop held at Ohio State University Tuesday aimed to teach white students about their "privilege" and how not to act racist.

"Whiteness grants you power and access to things," one student said during the workshop, according to an attendee who is a reporter for The College Fix. “As a white woman, I can walk into any space and know that my white privilege will grant me power and access to things that someone else is not going to experience.”

The session, titled "Interrupting Racism: Tips & Tools for White People,” was part of the university’s ongoing “Ally Week of Action," a series of events hosted by its multicultural center.

About 20 students attended the workshop. During the event, an African-American student asked Angie Wellman, associate director in the Student Life Multicultural Center -- who led the event – if white people are the only racists..


Verizon to boot rural customers because they like Verizon too much

Verizon Wireless plans to disconnect 8,500 rural customers from its network, citing the roaming charges the customers rack up.

The customers live across 13 states, including Alaska, Idaho, Iowa and Indiana and they account for 19,000 lines. The customers were notified of the disconnection earlier this month via letter, with their service set to stop on Oct. 17, according to Ars Technica, which first reported the story.

In addition to the aforementioned states, some of the customers live in Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Utah and Wisconsin.

The letter from Verizon to the affected customers reads: “During a recent review of customer accounts, we discovered you are using a significant amount of data while roaming off the Verizon Wireless network. While we appreciate you choosing Verizon, after October 17, 2017, we will no longer offer service for the numbers listed above since your primary place of use is outside the Verizon service area.”


Publishers Notes: As many of you know, I own a home, (rural) in Delmar, Delaware. In fact, for more then a decade I published SBYNews from that location. What you may not know is that I did so from a wireless card. Not only was it very expensive and very slow, over time Verizon would attempt to get me to change up my original card. I did it once and immediately found my signal got much weaker. I immediately went back to my original card.

When I completed our Ocean City home I had cable there and incredible Internet service, hence one of the reasons I run SBYNews from that location. However, at one point I went to Delmar and tried to access the Internet on my wireless card and I just couldn't connect. I spent quite some time talking to Verizon's customer service people and I finally said, I want to speak to someone higher up.

Out of nowhere, (total luck) they connected me with Verizon's top executive on towers. I told him my Internet problem and went on to en having problems with our cell phones. We can text but we can't make calls without it breaking up most of the time. He looked up our location and said, look, I'm going to be honest with you. We got rid of the tower close to you and the closest tower is now over 5 miles away. He then explained that Verizon was getting rid of a lot of rural towers because 90% of their business is now DATA, (text messages). 

I was truly grateful for his honesty but it explained a LOT. Unless you are in a metropolitan area you will start losing service and we all know Verizon was the best for us here on the shore. You should also know that Verizon used to send their signals from the highest part of the towers. Other cell services are lower on each tower so you don't get a good signal. 

Verizon no longer provides the service we grew used to. There are a LOT of dead spots now, in case you wondered why, now you know. 

Power Sought To Unmask Americans On ‘an Almost Daily Basis’

Obama U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power "unmasked" some 260 people in 2016, including in the lead-up to President Donald Trump's inauguration.

Most of Power's unmasking happened in the final months of former President Barack Obama's administration, Fox News reports.

"Unmasking" refers to the process of revealing the names of individuals which are otherwise obscured but incidentally collected in intelligence reports. Some have suggested that Power, along with former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, may have misused the unmasking procedure, including by unmasking Trump campaign associates in the lead-up to the 2016 election.

In July, Rep. Devin Nunes (R., Calif.), the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, wrote to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats to inform him that the committee had learned "that one official, whose position had no apparent intelligence-related function, made hundreds of unmasking requests during the final year of the Obama Administration."

That official is likely to be Power.

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Have Coffee with Cops Wednesday, September 27

OCEAN CITY, MD – Wednesday, September 27, residents and visitors are invited to enjoy a cup of coffee with Ocean City Police Department officers at Dunkin Donuts located at 6701 Coastal Highway.

Attendees will have an opportunity to chat with officers over coffee from 7:30 a.m. until 9 a.m. This community policing event is a partnership designed to bring together police officers and the communities they serve.

“Our first Coffee with Cops event in July was a huge success and we enjoyed speaking with each of the attendees,” commented Chief Ross Buzzuro. “We thank Dunkin Donuts for their partnership and look forward to another successful event.”

Woman Raised by Lesbians: LGBT is an 'Extremist Minority' Pushing 'The Extinction of Gender'

Millie Fontana, a donor-conceived child of lesbian parents, is a child's rights activist who believes that same-sex marriage and the push for "gender equality" is a ruse, a coordinated step by an "extremist minority" to end "gender altogether."

If people can be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer -- you name it -- and children are told they don't need a biological mother and a father, and that people of any gender may marry and obtain children in myriad ways, then gender loses its meaning.

“I think it’s really funny that [Barack] Obama has stood up and said it’s time for everyone else to evolve [on gay marriage]," said Millie Fontana at the Cost of Equality event in Melbourne, Australia. "But last time I checked, evolution took a few fair steps. It took a little longer than a decade to eventuate."

"I don’t see ‘gender equality,'" she said. "I see a pitch to get rid of gender altogether."

Earlier in her remarks, Fontana said, “My mother pitched a question to me the other week. She said to me, ‘Millie, what if my [lesbian] partner and I were able to be married? What if we had that stable, household environment that everybody else has?’ And I answered the question very simply."


Professor: "We'll Just Get Rid of All the Whites in the United States"

Infectious disease expert makes ‘joke’ suggestion to eliminate vaccine refusniks
An infectious diseases expert ‘joked’ that a good way to eliminate vaccine refusniks, who overwhelming tend to be white people, is to simply “get rid of all the whites in the United States”.

The comments were made by Carol J Baker, M.D. at a May 2016 event in Atlanta, Georgia but are only just beginning to receive attention.

Baker, who is a Pediatrics-Infectious Disease Professor at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, told a National Meningitis Association panel discussion that a “solution” to the large numbers of white people who refuse to let their children be given vaccines is to “get rid” of white people.


A Simple Sunset

Don't miss another... "End of Summer" sunset at Seacrets*Jamaica, USA and join others for a relaxed happy hour event from 5-7pm on Thursday, September 28th.

You can make a donation at the door, online, or in the mail...but by all means come on out and have a good time with friends. A quick note from you letting us know we are on your calendar would be great!

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Remember When James Clapper Categorically Denied Any Wiretap Against Trump Campaign?

Why in the world would the mainstream media continue to take James Clapper seriously?

In March the former Director of National Intelligence under PresidentBarack Obama appeared on Meet the Press to respond to PresidentDonald Trump‘s now-infamous tweets regarding a “wiretap” related to his campaign during the Obama Administration. Host Chuck Todd asked Clapper point-blank whether any wiretap had occurred:

But I will say that, for the part of the national security apparatus that I oversaw as DNI, there was no such wiretap activity mounted against– the president elect at the time, or as a candidate, or against his campaign. I can’t speak for other Title Three authorized entities in the government or a state or local entity.


Delingpole: Climate Alarmists Finally Admit 'We Were Wrong About Global Warming'

This is the inescapable conclusion of a landmark paper, published in Nature Geoscience, which finally admits that the computer models have overstated the impact of carbon dioxide on climate and that the planet is warming more slowly than predicted.

The paper – titled Emission budgets and pathways consistent with limiting warming to 1.5 °C – concedes that it is now almost impossible that the doomsday predictions made in the last IPCC Assessment Report of 1.5 degrees C warming above pre-industrial levels by 2022 will come true.


Do I Need Flood Insurance?

Hurricane Jose is expected to weaken to a tropical storm later this morning, but it could still bring rain during the morning commute and whip up strong winds during the day.

New York City was spared a direct hit by Jose, but the storm flooded areasfrom New Jersey to Long Island.

With more extreme weather events predicted for New York City and the surrounding area, flood insurance might be on your mind.

We spoke to Emily Rogan, the chief operating officer for United Policyholders, an advocacy group that helps disaster survivors navigate the insurance claim process, about the basics of buying a flood insurance policy.


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Two Auburn University bus drivers charged in rape

Two men who worked for a company that runs the Auburn University transit system have been charged in the alleged rape of a student on one of the buses.

James Don Johnson Junior, 32, of Auburn, Alabama, and Tony Martin Patillo, 51, of Columbus, Georgia, were arrested Saturday, the Auburn city police department announced Monday.

Each is charged with first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy in the Friday night attack.