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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Kevin Brady: House Won't Agree to Nix Property Tax Deduction

The chairman of the House's tax-writing committee is expressing confidence that chamber won't go along with the Senate's proposal to eliminate the deduction for property taxes, setting up a major flashpoint as Republicans aim to put a tax cut bill on President Donald Trump's desk before Christmas.

The GOP is moving urgently on the first rewrite of the U.S. tax code in three decades, but key differences promise to complicate the effort.

Among the biggest differences in the two bills that have emerged: the House bill allows homeowners to deduct up to $10,000 in property taxes while the Senate proposal unveiled by GOP leaders last week eliminates the entire deduction.

The deduction is particularly important to residents in states with high property values or tax rates, such as New Jersey, Illinois, California and New York. Rep. Kevin Brady, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, said that he worked with lawmakers in those states to ensure the House bill "delivers this relief" and that he was committed to ensuring it stays in the final package.

"It's important to make sure that people keep more of what they earn, even in these high-tax states," Brady, R-Texas, said during an appearance on "Fox News Sunday."


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Here's What's Happening In Ocean Pines

While responding to a call of a suspicious person, Ocean Pines Police determined that a man had cut a screen at a local residence to gain entry and was concealing himself inside a closet in the residence. The suspect was known to the female victim. Police charged:

-Michael J. Cienava, W/M, 26 years of age, of Warwick, RI, with: One (1) count of 4th degree burglary, one (1) count of malicious destruction of property under $1,000, and one (1) count of possession of burglary tools.

Mr. Cienava was taken before a District Court Commissioner and was being held on $5,000 bond at the Worcester County Jail.

The Ocean Pines Police Department made the following arrests for Driving Under the Influence/ Driving While Intoxicated on the following dates:

-Teresa Marie Olsson, W/F, 62 years of age, of Ocean Pines, arrested October 28

-Rebecca Nicole Doyle, W/F, 33 years of age, of Millsboro, DE, arrested October 29

Roy Moore Responds To Mitch McConnell

Just minutes after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sided with "the women," and called for Alabama Senate candidate to "step aside," the outspoken former judge has responded...
We suspect this twitter battle is far from over, and for now President Trump has not stepped in. As Axios notes, this is setting up as a proxy war, with Steve Bannon (who has called for McConnell to be removed as speaker) on a mission to discredit Moore's accusers and McConnell intent on forcing Moore from the race.


Woman Says George H.W. Bush Groped Her When She Was 16

Another woman has come forward to accuse former President George H.W. Bush of groping her, an incident she says took place when she was just 16 years old and he was 79. The alleged incident also took place before George H.W. Bush had been confined to a wheel chair, which would negated past assertions by his spokesman that the alleged groping incidents were just unfortunate byproducts of his medical condition.

Speaking with TIME, Roslyn Corrigan claimed her meeting with the former president back in 2003 turned sour when he donned his "David cop-a-feel" persona and pinched her butt while posing for a photo.


Gregg Jarrett: Did Comey obstruct justice by protecting Hillary Clinton from prosecution?

Former FBI Director James Comey’s explanation for not prosecuting Hillary Clinton was always improbable. Now it seems impossible.

The Espionage Act makes it a crime to mishandle classified documents “through gross negligence” (18 USC 793-f). Punishment upon conviction carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.

With 110 emails on Clinton’s private server that were classified at the time they were sent or received, the Democratic nominee for president could have been prosecuted on 110 separate felony counts. Yet Comey scuttled the case.

But a story in The Hill this week by John Solomon says a newly discovered document shows that then-FBI Director Comey authored a draft statement accusing Clinton of mishandling classified documents and being “grossly negligent.”

The document was confirmed by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, who is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. It was written a full two months before Clinton was ever interviewed by the FBI.


Bannon: Republican Establishment and Media Launched a ‘Weaponized Hit on Judge Moore’

Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon discussed the allegations of molesting an underage girl leveled against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore on Monday’s Breitbart News Daily. Bannon agreed with SiriusXM host Alex Marlow that Moore is the target of a “coordinated hit” by Democrats, the media, and Establishment Republicans.

“Even Chuck Todd, the swampiest creature of swamp creatures, he walked through it yesterday on Meet the Press. He said it felt completely orchestrated,” Bannon pointed out, prompting Marlow to play a clip of those remarks from Todd.

“You ought to play that clip 20 times between now and the end of the show,” Bannon advised Marlow. “Chuck Todd laid it out. Within an hour – I think it was within 57 minutes, one of the things I found most surprising, all of a sudden on my BlackBerry with the comms alert, it was like 57 minutes and then bang, bang, bang, one after the other.”


Army expands mental health waivers for new recruits

The U.S. Army will now allow people with a history of certain mental health issues to seek waivers to join the service, according to a report.

The Army enacted a new policy in August that expanded waivers to potential recruits with a history of drug and alcohol abuse, “self-mutilation,” depression, and bipolar disorder, according to USA Today

Lt. Col. Randy Taylor, a spokesman for the Army, told USA Today the Army decided to expand the waivers because of increased access to medical information for potential recruits.

“The decision was primarily due to the increased availability of medical records and other data which is more readily available,” Taylor said in a statement to USA Today. “These records allow Army officials to better document applicant medical histories.”

A ban on waivers was issued by the Army in 2009 after suicides among troops spiked.


The GOP is in a civil war, and Mitch McConnell is making it worse

The Republican Party is in the middle of a civil war. And instead of trying to resolve it, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is making it worse.

According to a recent report, the Senate majority leader has decided to escalate his feud with Steve Bannon, the former adviser to President Trump and current Breitbart News executive chairman.

McConnell’s allies cite the decision as evidence of his toughness.

But it illustrates instead the limits of his leadership.

While long considered a canny operator, the reality is that McConnell has been unsuccessful in leading Senate Republicans in the current environment. And the decision to treat his critics as adversaries suggests that he would rather deflect blame for his missteps than rise above a conflict that threatens to tear his party apart.


GOP lawmakers tell Sessions to probe Clinton-Comey or resign

Tuesday is shaping up to be a rough day for Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who is expected to be grilled during an appearance before the House Judiciary Committee by both Republicans and Democrats. Both parties are unhappy with his job performance.

Two House Republicans expressed frustration Monday that the attorney general has not appointed a special counsel to investigate FBI Director James B. Comey’s handling of last year’s election, and suggested that he either appoint an independent investigator or resign and clear the way for someone who will.

House Democrats, meanwhile, put Mr. Sessions on notice last week that they intend to question him about “inconsistencies” in accounts the attorney general has given about his knowledge of Russian interaction with members of the Trump campaign, when the then-senator served as a top security-policy adviser.

Mr. Sessions appearance before the House committee comes two weeks after the first criminal charges against members of President Trump’s 2016 campaign were unsealed — offering new information about Russian efforts to arrange meetings with Mr. Trump or members of his campaign.


In Defense of Judge Roy Moore

If one reads the original Washington Post article on Judge Moore’s supposed harassment of underage “girls” with an open mind, one will conclude that Judge Moore is completely innocent, and that he is the victim of Fake News.

First, a few definitions. I shall call a human female who is under the age of consent, a “girl.” I shall call a human female who is of the age of consent, a “woman.” I shall also define the “age of consent” to be what the legal code of the state of Alabama, both in the 1970s and today, to be the age of consent: 16. This age is above the biological age of consent, which is puberty: menstruation for a woman, pubic hair for a man. In medieval canon law, a woman was thus of the age of consent around 12. In most of current-day Mexico, this is still the age of consent. I am a 70-year-old college professor, and to me, a woman under the age of 30 seems like a young girl. I personally regard none of my female students as women; all are children in my eyes. But I shall reject both the biological age of consent, and my own personal view of the age of consent, and adopt Alabama’s age of consent.

Now read the Post article and assume that the reporters wrote the exact truth about what four human females told them (a big assumption, I grant). Then three of the four claim that Roy Moore dated them when they were women, not girls. And not only did they themselves consent to dating Moore, their families consented to their dating Moore. (Actually, according to one, her family withdrew consent, after which Moore ceased to date her). Furthermore, according to these three women, Moore never went beyond kissing and hugging. Which are the only acts a Christian man is permitted to engage in with a woman not his wife. According to these three women, Moore consistently acted as the Christian he claims to have been, and claims to be now.


Air Force Academy Racist Messages Fake

Racist messages written on a whiteboard at the Air Force Academy in September that made national news and inspired an impassioned speech from a lieutenant general were written by a student supposedly victimized by the messages.

A report from KKTV11 Tuesday states “one of the cadet candidates at the Air Force Academy Preparatory School allegedly targeted by racist remarks has been found responsible for the act.”

The cadet candidate has now left the school, KKTV11 reports.

Spokesperson Lt. Col. Allen Herritage told The Gazette in an email, “We can confirm that one of the cadet candidates who was allegedly targeted by racist remarks written outside of their dorm room was actually responsible for the act,” adding, “(t)he individual admitted responsibility and this was validated by the investigation.”

Messages that read “Go home n***er” were discovered drawn on whiteboards outside the rooms of African-American cadet candidates at the Air Force Academy late September.


Moore Threatens Lawsuit Over Story

Alabama Republican Roy Moore says a lawsuit will be filed over the newspaper report carrying allegations that he had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl four decades ago and that neither Democrats nor Republicans want to see him win a special Senate election.

While pressure to quit the race four weeks before Election Day intensified from within the Republican Party, Moore assured supporters Sunday night at a Huntsville, Alabama, gym that the Washington Post story was "fake news" and "a desperate attempt to stop my political campaign."

Moore said allegations that he was involved with a minor child are "untrue" and said the newspaper "will be sued," drawing a round of applause. The former judge also questioned why such allegations would be leveled for the first time so close to the special election in spite of his decades in public life.

"Why would they come now? Because there are groups that don't want me in the United States Senate," he said, naming the Democratic Party and the Republican establishment and accusing them of working together. He added, "We do not plan to let anybody deter us from this race."

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Kayla Moore: ‘It’s Just Not True–Any of It’

Kayla Moore, the wife of Judge Roy Moore, spoke out for the first time in response to the Washington Post’s salacious allegations against her husband last week in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News. Mrs. Moore, the Judge’s wife of 32 going on 33 years, told Breitbart News in no uncertain terms that the allegations against her husband are “just not true” in any way and that the Washington Post has caused her and her family significant harm with its publication of them.

"We, of course, live together. We travel together. We do everything together. Even when he worked at the Supreme Court, he was just down the road from me, so when we got back to Montgomery this last time of course I went with him—and it was just me and him; we kind of had our own little place."

Moore told Breitbart News that she is “shocked” the Washington Post would “come up with something so outrageous” and inaccurate about her husband.

"In all the contests that he’s ever been in, nothing like this has ever happened. Nothing like this has ever come up. Nothing I’ve ever heard of. It’s supposedly coming from our hometown. I’ve never heard anything about it. They say it was “common knowledge,” but it wasn’t “common knowledge” for me and it wasn’t common knowledge for any of our family. We’re all shocked by this."

She’s been at his side in public ever since her husband was maligned with accusations of sexual misconduct by the Washington Post, but has yet to speak out publicly until now. And, her interview with Breitbart News came moments after the judge publicly announced at the event his plans to sue the Washington Post.

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People Destroy Their Keurig Coffee Makers After Company Pulls Ads From Hannity’s Show

Fans of Sean Hannity are destroying their Keurig coffee machines in protest of the company pulling its ads from the conservative host's Fox News show over his coverage of sexual misconduct allegations levied against Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore.

Keurig and four other companies—, 23 and Me, Eloquii, and Nature's Bounty—all pulled their ads from Hannity's show after he urged viewers not to rush to judgement against Moore. In response, some Hannity fans are smashing their Keurig machines and calling for a boycott of Keurig products, USA Today reported Monday.

Some viewers posted videos of themselves on social media destroying their machines in creative ways, while others tweeted about it, vowing never to use the coffeemakers again with the hashtags #BoycottKeurig and #IStandWithHannity.

The protest gained traction when verified Twitter user Angelo John Gage posted a video of himself smashing his Keurig with a hammer. The tweet reached his 28,000-plus followers, and he urged others to join him in the "Keurig Smash Challenge."


Wyden Tries to Stop Momentum Behind Bipartisan Sex-Trafficking Bill

Sen. Ron Wyden (D., Ore.) is trying to put the brakes on a bipartisan anti-sex trafficking bill that is picking up steam and appears headed for all but certain Senate passage early next year.

The bill, which the Commerce Committee unanimously passed this week, would allow families of victims of sex-trafficking, as well as states, to sue websites like Backpage, a Craigslist competitor, that allow advertisements selling sex with minors to be posted.

Wyden on Wednesday issued a hold on the measure, arguing that it could harm start-up Internet companies, the tech economy, and innovators.

The Oregon Democrat helped write the 1996 Communications Decency Act, a provision of which the measure would alter. He also has authored legislation aimed at curbing sex-trafficking.

"Having written several laws to combat the scourge of sex trafficking, I take a backseat to no one on the urgency of fighting this horrendous crime," he said. "However, I continue to be deeply troubled that this bill's approach will make it harder to catch dangerous criminals, that it will favor big tech companies at the expense of startups and that it will stifle innovation."


Eli Lilly Settles Cymbalta Withdrawal Lawsuits

Drugmaker Eli Lilly and Company has quietly settled hundreds of personal injury lawsuits involving patients who claim they experienced withdrawal symptoms while quitting Cymbalta.

When asked for an update on the cases, Robin McCall, media relations director for Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, P.C., one of the firms handling the cases, wrote in an email, “All we can say is that the suit has been resolved.”

Lilly is also tight-lipped about the settlement, but provided the following written statement:

“Eli Lilly and Company has reached a comprehensive resolution of all personal injury lawsuits alleging symptoms from discontinuing Lilly’s medication, Cymbalta. Lilly has defended these cases vigorously and has won every case to reach a decision on the merits, including defense verdicts in every trial. To avoid continued legal costs, Lilly reached a resolution with plaintiffs in the remaining cases. Lilly remains committed to Cymbalta and its safety and benefits, which have been repeatedly affirmed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.”

No additional details on the settlement were provided.


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The Whiskey Rebellion: How Brand New America Tore Up The Bill of Rights

223 years ago today, “The Dreadful Night” occurred in Western Pennsylvania, after an uprising called The Whiskey Rebellion.

The United States was brand new. Soldiers who had fought for independence from Great Britain found themselves on opposite sides of a skirmish. Some were having their rights violated practically before the ink was dry on the Bill of Rights. Other Veterans of the Revolution were doing the oppressing at Alexander Hamilton’s behest.

The Whiskey Rebellion saw farmers stand up to an unfair tax handed down by the federal government, and the government responded with the force of a monarchy. It may have all sprung from Alexander Hamilton’s desire for glory. Or Hamilton, the first Secretary of Treasury, may have had other motives for setting the precedent of force which still lives on today.

It all started after the Revolution, in 1791, when the federal government was in debt, and had no official money. The notes they paid to soldiers were worth fractions of what was promised, but many had no choice but to accept the funds and go home in order to try to survive.

But the soldiers were not the only ones who needed to be paid after the war. There were a number of rich investors and bankers who had provided the capital needed to win the Revolution. They too were awaiting repayment.


Judicial Watch Sues DOJ for Mueller Russian Special Counsel Budget

( -- The government watchdog group Judicial Watch is suing the Department of Justice (DOJ) to release its information on the budget for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged Russian collusion with the 2016 Trump campaign.

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit was filed in federal court because the DOJ did not respond to a July 10, 2017 request from Judicial Watch seeking information on the special counsel's budget, which is paid for by U.S. taxpayers.

“The Mueller special counsel investigation is growing with seemingly little concern about costs to the taxpayer,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Is the Justice Department hiding basic budget information about the Mueller special counsel operation because taxpayers and Congress would be outraged by the costs? "

"Mr. Mueller is not above the law and he shouldn’t be able to keep his budget secret," said Fitton. "No one else in D.C. seems to be providing oversight of the Mueller juggernaut, so once again it is up to the citizens group Judicial Watch to go to court and demand accountability.”

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The Real Scandal in the Alabama Senate Race

Scandals take many forms. If you could be transported back to antebellum times, for example, would you not find scandalous the desire to perpetuate the legal institution of slavery? This brings us to the Alabama special election to fill Jeff Sessions’ vacant Senate seat, a contest now front-and-center with the recent sex allegations made against GOP hopeful Judge Roy Moore. Moore denies the charges, but there are certain things that can’t be denied.

Democrat Doug Jones, Moore’s opponent, has some noteworthy positions. He’s pro-prenatal infanticide. It’s not a stance he took 40 years ago but has since abandoned, and it doesn’t mean he’s accused of once having kissed an underage girl.

It means he believes in the murder of underage girls — and boys. That’s beyond scandalous.


UN Plans Nine More Anti-Israel Resolutions

Next month, the UN General Assembly is expected to affirm east Jerusalem’s status as “occupied territory,” call for international companies to boycott Israel and condemn Israel’s presence on the Golan Heights.

Nine drafted texts, of what will likely be a slate of 20 anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian resolutions, were overwhelmingly affirmed Friday in New York at a meeting of the Fourth Committee – also known as the Special Political and Decolonization Committee – which is made up of the 193 UN member states.

“The US continues to oppose the annual submission of a disproportionate number of unfair UN GA resolutions biased against Israel,” a United States representative told the committee, explaining that it is planning to oppose the texts.

“This one-sided approach damages the prospects for peace by undermining trust between parties and failing to create the kind of international environment critical to achieving peace,” the representative said.

“We are disappointed that despite support for reform, member states continue to single out Israel with these resolutions. As the US has made clear repeatedly this year, this dynamic is unacceptable,” the representative said.

He noted in particular that the resolutions condemned Israeli settlement activity but not Palestinian violence against Israel.

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Baltimore among 11 jurisdictions that will provide legal help for immigrants in deportation cases

Mayor Catherine Pugh announced Thursday plans to provide increased support for immigrants facing deportation proceedings.

Baltimore is one of 11 jurisdictions that joined to form the SAFE Cities Network, a group devoted to providing publicly-funded legal representation for immigrants threatened with deportation. Prince George’s County is also part of the national network, which is supported by grant money from the Vera Institute of Justice.

“Our community is safest when our neighbors trust their officials and institutions and know they will be treated justly and with dignity,” Pugh said in a news release. “Providing legal representation to those facing deportation maintains trust in law enforcement and our local institutions and keeps us all safe. If our residents don’t feel safe – for example, coming forward to report crimes and cooperating with law enforcement – all of us are at more risk.”

Under the initiative — a continuation of the Safe City Baltimore program launched earlier this year — the city will provide money for attorneys to represent detained Baltimore residents during deportation hearings. The city plans to put up $100,000, which will be supplemented by matching funds collected by the Vera Institute, said Catalina Rodriguez Lima, director of the Mayor's Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs. The combined pot of money should help about 40 people obtain legal representation.


NYT: Two WH Officials Float Replacing Moore With Sessions

Two White House officials have floated the idea of replacing beleaguered Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, The New York Times reports.

Sessions held the seat before he was appointed to AG and could take it again if Gov. Kay Ivey of Alabama were to immediately appoint him when it becomes vacant again.

A source told ABC News' Tara Palmeri that Sessions was not interested in reclaiming his old seat, saying, "this is wishful thinking by people who probably don't even know Jeff Sessions, and certainly haven't spoken to him."


Yale Causes Controversy By Removing Portraits of White People

Stephen Davis is the head of Yale University’s residential colleges – Pierson College. Yale caused a massive controversy by taking down the portraits of white men who have served as head of a residential college ahead of a Halloween party. Something about a bid for diversity. Looks like Yale is now the go-to Ivy League school for social justice warriors. Davis is claiming that an email he sent to students last week has been “misrepresented” as saying the white men’s portraits would not be put back up in the dining hall. He says they will be. Frankly, they should never have been taken down in the first place. Just sayin’.

Yale has been going down the social justice rabbit hole for some time now. In a Nov. 1st email to students, Davis wrote that the portraits, which were initially removed to make space for the college’s annual Halloween dance, would not immediately be put back up as customary. “In the context of campus-wide conversations about diversity and inclusion in public art and representation,” Davis wrote, “… we’ve decided to leave the walls empty for the time being, in the hope that the blank walls will begin to prompt conversation on what it means to create common spaces where everyone has a sense of belonging and ownership.” Then after that blew up, he hotly contended he was misconstrued. Dude, we get it… you are a politically correct, race baiting moron.


Reps. Jordan and Gaetz: 'Do Your Job'

Mr. Attorney General, it’s time to do your job.

Why in 2016 did FBI Director James Comey call the Clinton Investigation a “matter,” not an investigation? After all, Mr. Comey wasn’t Director of the Federal Bureau of Matters.

Why in 2016 did FBI Director Comey begin drafting an exoneration letter for Secretary Clinton, whom he called “grossly negligent” in an early draft of the letter, before completing the investigation? Before interviewing several witnesses? And before interviewing Secretary Clinton?

Why in 2016 did James Comey and the Justice Department give Cheryl Mills, Secretary Clinton’s Chief of Staff, an immunity agreement for turning over her laptop computer? Typically, the Department would issue a subpoena or get a warrant and seize it. Why in this case did the FBI agree to destroy the laptop?

Why in 2016—one day before the Benghazi report was released and five days before Secretary Clinton was interviewed by the FBI—did Attorney General Lynch meet with former President Clinton on the tarmac in Phoenix?

Why did the intelligence community in the final months of the Obama Administration unmask names at a record rate?

Why in the days following the meeting, and when emailing with the public relations staff at the Justice Department, did Loretta Lynch use the pseudonym “Elizabeth Carlisle?” If your conversation with the former President was only about golf and grandchildren, then why not use your real name?

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New York Church Invites Members To Bring Guns To Service

Believe in God and don’t want to be victimized by a hateful atheist with mental issues? Then the Lighthouse Mexico Church of God in Oswego County, New York is the church for you.

Pastor Ronald Russell is inviting his congregants to arm themselves for their own protection. The 2015 shooting in Charleston, South Carolina and the 2017 shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas have prompted followers of the Bible to begin carrying their firearms to church in an attempt to reduce their chances of victim-hood, and it’s a damn good idea.


Court-Ordered Deportations Massively Increase As Trump Ends Obama Admin Delay Tactics

Oh boy, liberals are sure to get their panties in a knot now.

President Donald Trump isn’t allowed for the delay tactics of the previous administration to prevent him from making America great again by ousting a load of people who have been breaking the law since day one. While immigration lawyers had a series of tools in their arsenal to delay court-ordered deportations under Obama, Trump isn’t playing those games, and is demanding courts issue decisions faster regarding the legal ability of an immigrant to stay in the United States.

During Obama’s 8 years as President, immigration lawyers often left their client’s case in a sort of legal limbo, which made it impossible for the court to issue a decision in their case. Reports indicate that 200,000 deportation cases were closed by use of administrative closure under Obama.

“Rather than getting [a decision on removal proceedings] … Instead it created this culture of seeking continuance to try to build up a request for prosecutorial discretion for administrative closure, and so it had a ripple effect,” said an official from the Justice Department.



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‘I called a trans boy a girl by mistake.’ Teacher Suspended For Praising Student Using Wrong Gender

Only in 2017 would someone have to worry about losing their job after accidentally identifying a transgender student by the wrong gender, despite promptly apologizing and correcting himself. Why? Because the mother complained.

So now 27-year-old Joshua Sutcliffe, who teaches math at a state secondary school in Oxfordshire for the time being, has been issued a summons for “misgendering.”

The whole thing occurred after he said “Good job, girls” when he noticed a group of students working hard. Well apparently one of those “girls” is not actually a “girl,” but a transgender student. When he realized his error, Sutcliffe corrected himself and apologized, but that student told their mother, and she filed a complaint. Now he’s been summoned to a formal disciplinary hearing and is facing “misconduct charges.”


Opioid abuse crisis takes heavy toll on US veterans

NEW YORK – Opioid drug abuse has killed more Americans than the Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam wars combined, and U.S. veterans and advocates this Veteran's Day are focusing on how to help victims of the crisis.

Veterans are twice as likely as non-veterans to die from accidental overdoses of the highly addictive painkillers, a rate that reflects high levels of chronic pain among vets, particularly those who served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to federal data.

U.S. government and healthcare officials have been struggling to stem the epidemic of overdoses, which killed more than 64,000 Americans in the 12 months ending last January alone, a 21 percent increase over the previous year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. About 65,000 Americans died in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.

President Donald Trump named opioids a national public health emergency and a White House commission last week recommended establishing a nationwide system of drug courts and easier access to alternatives to opioids for people in pain.

"Our veterans deserve better than polished sound bites and empty promises," said former Democratic Congressman Patrick Kennedy, a recovering addict and a member of the president's opioid commission.


Millionaires and billionaires told Congress not to cut their taxes

A group of more than 400 U.S. billionaires and millionaires are sending a letter to Congress this week urging GOP leaders not to cut their taxes, according to The Washington Post.

The Post on Sunday reported that the message presses Congress not to pass any tax bill that increases the debt and “further exacerbates inequality.”

The group of wealthy Americans includes CEOs, doctors, entrepreneurs and lawyers say that Republicans are mistaken for reducing taxes on the wealthiest U.S. families at this time.

The coalition maintains in their letter that Congress should instead raise taxes on rich people like them, citing the high national debt and major wealth inequality.

“I think a tax cut is absurd,” said Robert “Bob” Crandall, a former American Airlines CEO whose name is on the message.

“[Republicans are] saying we can’t afford to spend money, but we can afford to give rich people a huge tax break,” he added. “This makes no sense.”

“I have a big income. If my income gets bigger, I’m not going to invest more. I’ll just save more.”

The plea was assembled by Responsible Wealth, a liberal organization that advocates for progressive causes.

The letter’s signers include billionaire hedge fund manager George Soros and philanthropist Steven Rockefeller.

Bill Gates firm buys AZ land for $80 Million for 'Smart City'

A real estate investment firm owned by Bill Gates recently bought a giant plot of land in Arizona for $80 million to be developed into a “smart city.”

Arizona-based Belmont Partners, one of Gates’ investment firms, purchased close to 25,000 acres of land in Tonopah, around 50 miles west of Phoenix, to create a “smart city” called Belmont, KPNX reported.

“Belmont will create a forward-thinking community with a communication and infrastructure spine that embraces cutting-edge technology, designed around high-speed digital networks, data centers, new manufacturing technologies and distribution models, autonomous vehicles and autonomous logistics hubs,” Belmont Partners said in a press release, according to KPNX.


Let Children Experiment with Gender Identity, Church of England Tells Schools

The Church of England has said schools should encourage young children to experiment with their “gender identity”, in its new guidance on bullying.

“Pupils need to be able to play with the many cloaks of identity (sometimes quite literally with the dressing-up box),” reads the latest church advice on homophobic bullying, which has been updated to warn of the perils of “transphobic” and “biphobic” harassment — using “HBT” as a shorthand.

4,700 schools, which serve more than a million pupils in total, were told by the Church of England Education Office to allow young children to experiment with their gender identity, in advice which said that primary school and nursery school children, in particular, must be a period of “creative exploration”.

“Children should be at liberty to explore the possibilities of who they might be without judgment or derision. For example, a child may choose the tutu, princess’s tiara and heels and/or the fireman’s helmet, tool belt and superhero cloak without expectation or comment”, it reads.


Dems Demand Gun Ban On Domestic Abusers

Members of Congress ignorant of current law

Several Democrats have called on Congress to write a bill banning guns from domestic abusers, not realizing that this proposed law already exists.

Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) first tweeted the idea on Monday :
Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) tweeted on Tuesday that they already began working on a bill to prevent people convicted of domestic violence from buying a firearm.


Cross-Dressing ‘Queer Role Models’ Read to Toddlers to Stop ‘Hate Crimes’

Men dressed as women are being brought into UK nursery schools as ‘queer role models’ for two and three-year-olds to stop them committing “hate crimes” later in life.

Drag Queen Story Time (DQST) holds sessions at taxpayer-funded schools, community centres, and libraries at which children learn songs about “transgender” teddy bears, as cross-dressers teach about homophobia, misogyny, and racism, and read books which promote ‘queer’ and LGBT lifestyles.

The project — which nursery bosses say will help children “see people who defy rigid gender restrictions” — is to hold sessions at seven nurseries run by the London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) over the winter, which if successful will be rolled out across all the foundation’s 37 sites, the Mail on Sunday reports.

Founder Tom Canham explained that DQST targets two and three-year-olds in order to prevent “hatred” later in life, claiming infants have yet to develop prejudice at that age.

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MSNBC's Chris Hayes: Dems Need 'Real Reckoning' With Bill Clinton Allegations

Dems increasingly worried about Bill’s allegations amid Hollywood sex assault scandals

MSNBC host Chris Hayes tweeted Friday that Democrats need to have a “real reckoning” with sexual misconduct allegations against Bill Clinton.

Hayes said:

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As gross and cynical and hypocrtical as the right's "what about Bill Clinton" stuff is, it's also true that Democrats and the center left are overdue for a real reckoning with the allegations against him.
He also shared a 2016 Buzzfeed article about Juanita Broaddrick’s rape allegations against Bill Clinton. Broaddrick claims that then-Arkansas attorney general Bill Clinton raped her in the late 1970s.


Gainor Questions ‘Suspicious’ Timing of WaPo’s Hit Piece on Roy Moore To Cause ‘Maximum Damage’

Media Research Center Vice President of Business and Culture Dan Gainor joined Breitbart News Daily SiriusXM host Alex Marlow on Monday to discuss the ongoing controversy surrounding a Washington Post report on Republican Senate candidate from Alabama Roy Moore, as well as left-wing media claiming President Trump’s agenda is done after Gillespie’s loss in the Virginia Governor’s race.

“Anybody who looks at the timing of this has to be suspicious of that aspect of it. You just have to be,” Gainor said regarding the Post’s initial report.

Gainor continued, “they dropped the story right as it could do the maximum damage, not just to Roy Moore, but the GOP.” Gainor made the point that it was too late for the GOP to replace Moore on the ballot by the time the Post decided to publish the story.

While acknowledging the gravity of the allegations, Gainor also pointed out that Moore has been in public life for decades and only now – at the last minute – are we hearing this news.

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Troopers Investigating Fatal Crash Involving Pedestrian On Coastal Hwy.-Rehoboth Beach

Rehoboth Beach– The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal crash that occurred on Coastal Highway (SR 1) just north of the Inlet Bridge late last evening.

The incident occurred around 11:18 p.m. Monday, November 13, 2017 as a 56-year-old man from Orlando, Florida was operating a 2015 Ford E-350 Budget Rental box truck in the left lane of southbound Coastal Highway approaching the Inlet Bridge. A pedestrian, a 26-year-old man from Millsboro was on foot walking in a southwesterly direction just south of the box truck in the left lane of Coastal Highway. As the box truck approached the pedestrian from the rear, the operator was unable to see him. As a result, the box truck struck the pedestrian, projecting him southbound. Both the box truck and the pedestrian came to rest in the left lane of travel on Coastal Highway.

The operator of the box truck remained on scene, was properly restrained and uninjured as a result of the crash. Alcohol is not a factor on his behalf.

The victim, 26-year-old Joshua Covelli of Millsboro was wearing all dark clothing none of which was reflective, and was not carrying a light. He was removed from the scene by EMS and transported to Beebe Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. It is unknown at this time if alcohol is a factor on his behalf.

The Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing their investigation into this incident and asks anyone with information to please contact Troop 7 CRU at (302) 703-3267. No charges have been filed at this time.

The Southbound lanes of Coastal Highway just north of the Inlet Bridge were closed for approximately two hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1-800-842-8461). You may also email the unit Director at

BIG STORIES the mainstream were afraid to tell you!

Bannon: Republican Establishment and Media Launched a ‘Weaponized Hit on Judge Moore’

Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon discussed the allegations of molesting an underage girl leveled against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore on Monday’s Breitbart News Daily. Bannon agreed with SiriusXM host Alex Marlow that Moore is the target of a “coordinated hit” by Democrats, the media, and Establishment Republicans.

“Even Chuck Todd, the swampiest creature of swamp creatures, he walked through it yesterday on Meet the Press. He said it felt completely orchestrated,” Bannon pointed out, prompting Marlow to play a clip of those remarks from Todd.

“You ought to play that clip 20 times between now and the end of the show,” Bannon advised Marlow. “Chuck Todd laid it out. Within an hour – I think it was within 57 minutes, one of the things I found most surprising, all of a sudden on my BlackBerry with the comms alert, it was like 57 minutes and then bang, bang, bang, one after the other.”

“You’re going to find out that what happened down there was Republican operatives had this information or were concocting some of this information, working with the Washington Post, who is lying about this. Working with the Washington Post, who also had contacts with McConnell and these guys to drop this weaponized hit on Judge Moore, and then bang, bang, bang, hit it right away with all of McConnell’s lackeys,” he charged.


Fusion GPS’ financial details begin to emerge

When the Washington political operative behind the firm that compiled the explosive anti-Trump dossier meets with a congressional Russian election meddling probe behind closed doors Tuesday, the firm’s tangled web of funders is likely to be a main topic of interest.

Late last week Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson, a former Wall Street Journal reporter, struck a deal to be interviewed by the House Intelligence Committee as new details about the firm’s financing started to emerge.

For months, committee investigators pushed for an explanation of who supported the hiring of ex-British intelligence officer Christopher Steele to compile the dossier, which contains many unverified and salacious allegations about President Trump’s alleged Kremlin connections.

In a story where revelations seem to tumble out daily, a new one emerged Monday in an Atlantic magazine report..

'A 40-Year-Old Story and We’re Being Told to Take It on Faith'

In an appearance Friday on HLN, Huntsville, AL radio talk show host Dale Jackson argued there was reason for Alabamians to be skeptical of a report in The Washington Post last week that accused former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore engaged in inappropriate conduct with four teenage girls decades ago.

According to Jackson, the timing of the report, which a month within the special election and the apparent disdain some in the northeastern corridor have for those in Alabama create cause for voters not to trust the report.


Pat Caddell: Global Elites Want to 'Manage' the Country's Decline

Pollster and political analyst Pat Caddell joined Breitbart News Saturday SiriusXM host Stephen K. Bannon to discuss the fight that Americans face today against the global elites.

“Our elites live in a world where everything is comfortable for them,” Caddell said. “I believe that behind the mindset … is a belief that the country is in decline and their job is to manage the decline.”

Caddell said the elites in the United States have bought into the idea that China is on the inevitable rise to global hegemony, replacing the U.S., and it is their job to manage that rise peacefully.

“This is the whole Thucydides Trap thing, ” Bannon said, referring to the idea that a declining superior power’s paranoia about a rising power will drive them to war.


Exclusive: Podestas Face Indictment

As Infowars predicted, elites move to sacrifice Clintons, Podestas
Tony and John Podesta are facing criminal indictments linked to the ongoing Russian probe, according to sources, which explains why they’re shutting down the Podesta Group, one of Washington’s most prominent lobbying groups.

Sources tell Infowars that Tony Podesta in particular was told to prepare for indictments because Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s entire case against former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort goes through Podesta, and evidence suggests that Podesta has done everything Manafort is accused of doing, if not more.

“The Podestas might be used as sacrificial lambs for the Democratic Party,” radio host Alex Jones said, who was briefed by sources close to the matter.


The first digital pill has been approved by the F.D.A. It's designed to help doctors ensure that patients take drugs as prescribed.

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a digital pill — a medication embedded with a sensor that can tell doctors whether, and when, patients take their medicine.
The approval marks a significant advance in the growing field of digital devices designed to monitor medicine-taking and to address the expensive, longstanding problem that millions of patients do not take drugs as prescribed.
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UCLA team returns from China without arrested players

The UCLA basketball team returned to Los Angeles from China on Saturday without three players who were arrested on shoplifting charges during the overseas trip.

Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley remained in Hangzhou, China, while the rest of the team returned home.

Ball is the brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball.

Earlier Saturday, the No. 21-ranked UCLA squad won its season-opening game 63-60 over Georgia Tech in Shanghai.

The three players were questioned by police about allegedly stealing from a Louis Vuitton store next to the team's hotel in Hangzhou, which the Bruins visited before traveling to Shanghai.


Doctor Explains What Happens To The Human Body When It Goes Into Ketosis (Ketogenic Diet)

From a young age we’re taught that eating three meals a day, plus snacks, is healthy and necessary for the human body to function normally, and this rhetoric still dominates North American food guides today. Mark Mattson, the Current Chief of the Laboratory of Neuroscience at the National Institute on Aging, once asked:

Why is it that the normal diet is three meals a day plus snacks? . . . There are a lot of pressures to have that eating pattern, there’s a lot of money involved. The food industry – are they going to make money from skipping breakfast like I did today? No, they’re going to lose money. If people fast, the food industry loses money. What about the pharmaceutical industries? What if people do some intermittent fasting, exercise periodically and are very healthy? Is the pharmaceutical industry going to make any money on healthy people?


Do You Have A Dog Like This?

ID of Body

Jon died in a fire and his body was burned badly.

The morgue needed someone to identify the body, so they sent for his two best deer hunting friends, Zeke and Sheldon.The three men had always hunted and fished together and were long time members of a hunt camp.

Zeke arrived first, and when the mortician pulled back the sheet, Zeke declared, `Yup, his face is burned up pretty bad. You better roll him over.`

The mortician rolled him over and Zeke said, `Nope, ain't Jon.`

The mortician thought this was rather strange. So he brought Sheldon in to confirm the identity of the body. Sheldon looked at the body and said, Yup, he's pretty well burnt up. Roll him over.` The mortician rolled him over and Sheldon said, `No,
it ain't Jon.`

The mortician asked, `How can you tell?` Sheldon said, `Well, Jon had two a$$-holes.`

`Yup, we never seen `em. But everybody used to say, `There's Jon with them two a$$-holes."

Zeke and Sheldon are both employed by the U.S. Congress.

Facebook For Seniors

To others of my generation who still do not and cannot comprehend why Facebook even exists, Maybe try the following, like I'm doing,
and some not yet of my generation

Here's what I'm doing to gain better understanding:

I am trying to make new friends without using Facebook, but while applying the same principles.

Every day I walk down the street and tell passers-by what I have eaten, how I feel at the moment, what I have done the night before, what I will do later, and with whom.

I give them pictures of my family, my dead dog, and of me gardening, taking things apart in the garage, or fixing things, watering the lawn, standing in front of landmarks, driving around town, having lunch, and doing what anybody and everybody does every day.

I also listen to their conversations, then give them the
"THUMBS UP" and tell them I like them.

And it works!

I already have four people following me:
Two police officers,
a private investigator,
and a psychiatrist.

Burned up and priced out: Santa Rosa fire evacuees fear they can't afford to return

SANTA ROSA, Calif. - For Sharon Ditmore, the signs of the holidays showing up in this city devastated by fire are both comforting and depressing.

Ditmore lost her home in the working-class neighborhood of Coffey Park and has been living in a friend's guesthouse. She can't help but think back to the Thanksgiving gatherings she enjoyed with family members in the home she and her husband had rented for nearly 30 years.

But in the future, she and the thousands of others who lost homes see nothing but uncertainty. With rents surging as high as $13,000 a month in the aftermath of a fire that destroyed 3,000 Santa Rosa homes, they are not sure they will be able to afford to stay in the increasingly expensive wine country city.


Navy Rolls Out New Working Uniform Early to Sailors in Southeast

For sailors eager to swap their infamous "blueberries" camouflage with the new forest-green working uniform, the wait is officially over.

The Navy Exchange Service Command announced this week that the Navy Working Uniform Type III, soon to become the standard shore work uniform for all sailors, went on sale at exchanges within Navy Region Southeast on Monday.

The region, which stretches as far west as Texas and includes Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, had been scheduled to receive the new uniforms in January, Courtney Carrow, a spokeswoman for NEXCOM, told

"A lot of the sailors are highly anticipating the change and really excited, so we're trying to do what they're looking for and what they're asking for," she said.