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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

School District Arms Teachers With ‘Bucket Of Rocks’ To Defend Students From Mass Shooters

The superintendent said arming each teacher with a 5-gallon bucket of rocks is the most he can do under the current laws.

Schuylkill County, PA – A school district has announced that in its attempt to stop a possible mass shooter from killing students and teachers, every teacher will be armed with a 5-gallon bucket of rocks.

Blue Mountain School District Superintendent David Helsel told WBRE News that he believes this strategy will provide an unexpected line of defense that could take out the shooter, without him realizing what hit him.

“We’re empowering our teachers and our students to do something,” Helsel said. “They hit somebody in the head it could actually knock them out or even hit them in the temple, it could kill them.”


Entrepreneurs Invent City Bench that Absorbs More Air Pollution Than a Small Forest

A team of hard-working entrepreneurs and scientists have developed a paradigm-shifting solution to air pollution that combines living organisms and sophisticated computer technology to provide a self-sustainable biological air filter.

With great technological advances—like the industrial revolution and the subsequent oil boom—came a great impact on the environment. As more industries began to fluorish, increasing the quality of life for billions of people around the world, the quality of air began to suffer.

As governments across the world began advocating for solutions that called for banning all the things, the folks in the free market who aren’t able to implement their ideas with force, began thinking up actual solutions to our world problems. Greencity Solutions are some of those folks.

The tech firm saw the problem with air polution within larger cities and they sat down and began thinking. After years of trial and error, the team at Greencity Solutions had created the CityTree.


After Multiple States Resisted, Feds Propose Bill To Legalize Growing Hemp—NATIONALLY

A bipartisan group of senators is pledging their support to a bill that would finally legalize hemp as an agricultural commodity.

The many Americans who have called out the federal government for waging a war on hemp and improperly classifying it as a dangerous substance have found an unlikely ally in a senator who still believes marijuana should be illegal.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that he will introduce the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, which seeks to remove hemp from the federal government’s controlled substances list and to legalize it as an agriculture commodity. A press release from the senator claimed that the bill seeks to:



Parkland, FL — After the tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida last month, a group of anti-gun high school children became the darlings of the anti-gun movement. They were given widespread coverage and platforms on all mainstream media networks to call for the disarming of Americans. They were sanctioned by the government to do so—and now they are getting what they asked for—less rights.

In the Land of the Free, marching for change used to mean that you were standing up to the government to demand more or equal rights. Fast forward to 2018, however, and it is the exact opposite.

The mainstream media and the government tells us that these students are brave for walking out of class and demanding change—but how is it brave to be used as a tool of the state?

Activism involves challenging the establishment and what these kids were tricked into doing is not activism.

Earlier this month, millions of students across the country were encouraged by the government, mainstream media, and even their own school systems to walk out of class and demand the government take away their rights. It was, by no means, a challenge of authority and, in fact, it was a celebration of it.



Great Britain is proving just how great it is, and it is using a six-year-old boy to do it. Proving that the Western world is a symbol of oppression, not freedom, the UK Home Office has rejected a plea from Alfie Dingley’s family and even MPs to allow Alfie access to cannabis to treat a rare form of childhood epilepsy that can cause up to 30 seizures a day and numerous hospital visits.

Of course, one could ask the obvious question: Why does anyone have to plea to use a plant in a country that never shuts up about how free it is?

For the Dingleys, there simply aren’t 200 years worth of waiting while the dying British Empire is dragged, kicking and screaming into the 21st Century, or any century for that matter. That is why the Dingleys did the only thing they could do for their child – leave the UK and travel to the Netherlands where they could access medical cannabis.

The results aren’t that surprising – Alfie’s seizures were dramatically reduced even at times going more than three weeks without having a seizure.


Al Sharpton's half brother charged with capital murder in Alabama shooting

Al Sharpton's half brother was arrested and charged with capital murder after a 23-year-old woman was shot dead in Alabama in a dispute over a car, authorities said Monday.

The Dothan Police Department said in a news release that Kenneth Glasgow, 52, was arrested along with Jaime Townes, 26, after Breunia Jennings was found dead in a wrecked car around 10:50 p.m. on Sunday.

Jennings' death came just a day after Glasgow's homeless and community ministry,Ordinary People Society, participated in the nationwide March For Our Lives, which advocated for gun control and protested gun violence.

In a news conference on Monday, police said they believe that Townes was angry at Jennings because he believed she had stolen his car, according to The Dothan Eagle.


Emergency Regulations for Hooks, Bait, Striped Bass

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources submitted an emergency action to the Maryland General Assembly Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review that will make changes to several regulations from May 16-Dec. 15. The committee is in the process of reviewing the action.

Detailed information is available here and here.

We Are a Fundamentally Unserious People

Guys, did you know that cooking eggs in a certain manner is problematic? I know you're shocked—something utterly meaningless being denounced for violating whichever principle we happen to be adhering to this day? No!—but really, it's true. Of course, the central struggle of our times is determining how, exactly, it's problematic. Which tenet of intersectionality does it most egregiously violate? Is said method classist (and, therefore, probably racist, given the overrepresentation of minorities in the lower economic classes)? Or is it, gasp, sexist to criticize said method of cooking eggs?

Let's find out!

The method of cooking eggs in question involves an "egg spoon," or an insanely expensive iron spoon that cradles the egg in a fire pit. I guess. I wouldn't have any idea because this seems like a nutso way to cook an egg when you can literally scramble one in minutes. But I digress. The egg spoon, according to the New York Times, is a dreadfully classist way of cooking:

"She’s Pol Pot in a muumuu," [Anthony Bourdain] was reported to have said at a New York food festival shortly afterward. "I saw her on ‘60 Minutes.’ She used six cords of wood to cook one egg for Lesley Stahl."

The lines were drawn. On one side were those who viewed cooking an egg over a fire as the embodiment of food elitism and all that is annoying about the Slow Food movement. Only people who are very rich or very poor have fireplaces in their kitchens, critics said. Where is a working parent supposed to find the time?


The week Trump was the only sane man in Washington

Much of putatively sane Washington believes that in January 2017, a crazy man landed in town from Manhattan or Neptune or some other strange place to take the reins of government, for some reason having been elected to do so two months earlier by voters who had taken leave of their senses.

Each day, President Trump rants on Twitter and raves on the South Lawn, all while insouciantly lobbing monkey wrenches into the proper workings of government by issuing executive orders, saying nasty things, and wantonly firing people with whom he lacks “rapport.”

But never has the logic of voters been on better display than last week. Never has it been clearer that voters, in their wisdom, had decided that Washington was so implacably devoted to immolating the country upon the kindling wood of discarded common sense that only a man unafraid of defying “reasonable” groupthink could save the nation.


Mark Zuckerberg Will Testify Before Congress About Data Privacy

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has bowed to mounting pressure and announced he will appear, at an undisclosed date, in front of Congress to offer testimony on how his company is working to ensure data privacy.

The social media giant's announcement comes in the midst of increased scrutiny by lawmakers and federal regulators after it was alleged that a data firm employed by President Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign, Cambridge Analytica, obtained data on more than 50 million Facebook users without their knowledge. It is unclear which Congressional committee Zuckerberg will appear in front of, as no fewer than three have extended invitations, CNN reported.

Last Wednesday, when news of the potential breach first broke, Sens. John Kennedy (R., La.) and Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.) were the first to call on the Facebook CEO to appear before Congress. The duo's sentiment was echoed by colleagues from across the political spectrum. The pressure for Zuckerberg to testify culminated on Monday when Senate Judiciary Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) extended a formal invitation for Zuckerberg to appear in front of his committee. The invitation, extended to the CEOs of Twitter and Google as well, requests Zuckerberg's attendance at a hearing, slated for April 10, to discuss the "future of data privacy in social media," according to Facebook sources who spoke to CNN.


Planned Parenthood Affiliate: ‘We Need a Disney Princess Who’s Had an Abortion’

Planned Parenthood Keystone, a Planned Parenthood affiliate that serves much of eastern Pennsylvania, tweeted Tuesday that "we need a Disney princess who's had an abortion."

In that tweet, which as since been deleted without explanation, the group also said "we need" a Disney princess who is pro-choice, an undocumented immigrant, a union worker, and transgender.

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Planned Parenthood Keystone covers most of the eastern half of Pennsylvania, excluding Philadelphia:

FBI doubles staff in response to subpoena for alleged FISA abuse, Hillary Clinton email probe documents

FBI Director Christopher Wray said on Tuesday that he is doubling the number of FBI staff to handle House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte's records request related to the panel’s inquiry into alleged bias at the Justice Department, as well as the investigation into the handling of the Hillary Clinton private emails probe.

“Up until today, we have dedicated 27 FBI staff to review the records that are potentially responsive to Chairman Goodlatte’s requests. The actual number of documents responsive to this request is likely in the thousands,” Wray said in statement, revealing he is doubling the number of staff to 54.

"The staff will work two shifts per day from 8 a.m to midnight “to expedite completion of this project,” he said.


'Suitcase Killer' executed for killing Texas woman, stuffing body into luggage

A Texas man who was on death row for the murder of a pregnant Lubbock woman was executed on Tuesday.

Rosendo Rodriguez III, dubbed the "Suitcase Killer," was sentenced to death in the 2005 slaying of 29-year-old Summer Baldwin, a pregnant prostitute whose naked and battered body was found inside of a new suitcase in a Lubbock city landfill.

Investigators tracked down the luggage purchase to Rodriguez, a 38-year-old Marine reservist who was in Lubbock for training.

He also confessed to killing a 16-year-old girl, also from Lubbock, and similarly dumped her body in a suitcase.


Ibuprofen could 'eliminate' Alzheimer's disease

Ibuprofen could prevent Alzheimer's disease, scientists claim.

At-risk patients, discovered via a saliva test, may be able to avoid dementia if they take a low-dose of the painkiller from middle age for the rest of their lives, they add.

Ibuprofen is thought to dampen inflammation in the brain, which leads to the death of nerve cells and is associated with Alzheimer's.

Lead author Dr Patrick McGeer, from the University of British Columbia, said: 'Individuals can prevent that from happening through a simple solution that requires no prescription or visit to a doctor.

'This is a true breakthrough since it points in a direction where Alzheimer's can eventually be eliminated. If it is applied worldwide, Alzheimer's would disappear. Our discovery is a game changer.'


Seahawks release QB Trevone Boykin after girlfriend accuses him of domestic violence

The Seattle Seahawks released backup quarterback Trevone Boykin Tuesday, a day after his girlfriend accused him of choking and beating her in Texas last week.
Shabrika Bailey told WFAA-TV that Boykin had broken her jaw during an altercation in Mansfield, southwest of Dallas. Mansfield police told the station that they were investigating Bailey's allegations.
Bailey told the station that she Boykin got into an argument on the evening of March 20 over a text message that he wanted to see on her phone. She claimed Boykin began choking her when she refused to show him the message.
"I remember him choking me and I'm trying to calm him down. And I just couldn't,' Bailey said. And I blacked out. I just couldn't calm him down at all."
"The pressure got hard to where I just remember just collapsing completely," she added. "And I just woke up in a puddle of blood on the kitchen floor. My whole right side was full of blood on the kitchen floor."

'There'll Be a Civil War': Watters Blasts John Paul Stevens' Call for 2nd Amendment Repeal

Jesse Watters reacted to an op-ed by retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens who said "March For Our Lives" participants should seek a repeal of the Second Amendment.

The 97-year-old Stevens, a Republican nominated by President Gerald Ford, said repealing the right to bear arms is the most effective "lasting reform" that could be sought on the matter.

"There'll be a Civil War if you take away the Second Amendment," Watters said. "[The government would say] surrender your weapons or else."


These Marines are hacking their vehicles to prepare for cyberwarfare

The U.S. Marines completed the first extensive adversarial cyber testing of the Light Armored Vehicle, or LAV, at the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton on Feb. 9, according to a press release from the service March 23.

To identify cyber vulnerabilities within the LAV system, Marine researchers launched disruptive cyberattacks against the vehicle during a simulation.

“We looked at how we can disrupt the mission,” said Chim Yee, a cyber engineer for the Marine Corps.

Cybersecurity assessments like this one, operated by the Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity (MCTSSA), can provide insight into cyber vulnerabilities and the potential mission impact of such vulnerabilities, according to Capt. Brian Greunke, MCTSSA network test engineer.

Grueunke pointed to recent examples from the commercial sector to illustrate cyberattacks on vehicles. In 2015, hackers gained remote access to a Jeep’s internal computer network, taking control of physical components like the engine and wheels.


Judge shows scant patience for military transgender ban

SEATTLE — President Donald Trump’s move last week to tweak his ban on transgender people joining the military might not save it from being struck down, a federal judge in Seattle suggested Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman was one of four federal judges around the country who late last year temporarily blocked the president from overturning an Obama-era directive allowing transgender troops to serve openly, finding the ban likely unlawful and discriminatory. The legal challenges have been brought by transgender troops, those who aspire to serve and a range of civil rights organizations.

Pechman scheduled a hearing Tuesday for arguments on whether to make her ruling permanent, but late Friday, Trump announced that he was rescinding his previous decision after a Pentagon review. Instead of barring transgender troops outright, he would allow them to serve in certain limited cases. Any who have transitioned to their preferred gender or who need medical treatment to do so would be presumed ineligible for service, though they could seek individual waivers allowing them to serve.

The Justice Department immediately asked Pechman and other federal judges to dissolve their old orders as moot — something Pechman showed little interest in doing, noting that the late Friday filing left scant time for the plaintiffs to respond.


No ‘atheist’ chaplains, lawmakers tell Navy

Lawmakers are applauding a decision by Navy officials to reject the application of a secular humanist — called an atheist by many — to be a Navy chaplain.

It’s the second time the sea service has declined to accept Jason Heap, who calls himself a “humanist” and and a “non-theist,” into the chaplain corps.

A “humanist” is one who doesn’t believe in a god, but in the natural ability of humans to “lead meaningful, ethical lives capable of adding to the greater good of humanity,” according to the Humanist Society.

The latest denial of Heap’s application is at the center of a debate on whether or not one who doesn’t believe in a deity can serve as a military chaplain.

Despite the swirling debate around Heap’s beliefs, or lack thereof, no one is denying his qualifications. Heap holds a master’s degree in divinity from Texas Christian University as well as a theological history degree from Oxford.


#MeToo helps shine a light on lack of feminine hygiene products in prison

Growing recognition of the lack of access to pads and tampons in prisons and jails has created a wave of measures in state legislatures which aim to train staff, supply inmates with hygiene products, and raise awareness on the widespread issue.

Kimberly Haven couldn't get the feminine hygiene products she needed in Maryland's only prison for women while serving a 15-month sentence, so she made her own using toilet paper. She said that after her release in 2015, she suffered toxic shock syndrome and needed an emergency hysterectomy.

"Toxic shock, emergency hysterectomies – it runs the gamut of how women are forced to pay for, with their very health, our bad policies and our inattention to the gender disparities that exist within our system," Ms. Haven said.

Fueled in part by the national #MeToo movement, state legislatures around the country – as well as corrections officials and the federal government – are working to supply prisons and jails with adequate feminine hygiene products, train staff, and raise awareness of the longtime, widespread issue.


Federal courts ask: What is the meaning of 'sex'?

Existing prohibitions against discrimination 'because of sex,' already provide a civil rights umbrella wide enough to cover discrimination based on sexual orientation and transgender identity, some judges are beginning to say.

A number of federal courts have begun to ask a question that has become more and more subtle over the past few years: What is the meaning of ‘sex’?

It’s a question that has in many ways evolved out of the storms of cultural change that have surrounded the country’s shifting ideas about human sexuality and gender over the past few decades. Many of these culminated in the US Supreme Court’s landmark 5-to-4 decision in 2015, in which a bare majority declared same-sex marriage a constitutional right.

On the one hand, the high court’s epoch-changing decision that legalized same-sex marriage created the kind of situation that inevitably arises out of rapid cultural change. Today, neither the federal government nor some 28 states offer any explicit civil rights protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people (LGBTQ), either in the workplace or any other arena of daily life.


County Seeks Tax Differential Lawsuit Dismissal

SNOW HILL – Citing the millions in grants provided to the resort each year, attorneys for the Worcester County Commissioners late last week filed a motion to dismiss the civil suit filed earlier this year by the Town of Ocean City over the long-standing tax differential issue.

In January, after years of veiled threats, Ocean City filed a petition for declaratory judgment against Worcester County seeking judicial relief on the tax differential stalemate. In simplest terms, tax differential, or a tax setoff, may be granted by a county to a municipality for services and programs duplicated by the two jurisdictions.

Last Friday, attorneys for the Worcester County Commissioners filed a motion to dismiss the case or, in the alternative, enter summary judgment in favor of the county. While Ocean City is asserting the town is owed tax differential, or a tax setoff, because of the services and programs the municipality provides to its residents and visitors, services the county would otherwise have to provide, Worcester County contends the unrestricted grants it provides to the town each year satisfies the cost of duplicated services.

The motion to dismiss the suit filed late last week “hereby requests that this honorable court dismiss this action because this action is not ripe or, in the alternative, enter summary judgment in favor of the defendants as there is no genuine dispute or material fact and defendant is entitled to judgment as a matter of law.”


First openly transgender recruit signs military service contract

The first openly transgender recruit has passed both the physical and medical exams and signed a military service contract, DoD confirmed.

The recruit, from Illinois, was not immediately identified by gender or service.

Openly transgender individuals have not previously been able to join the military. But policy changes implemented by former Defense Secretary Ash Carter, and a series of court cases, opened a path for them to enlist, beginning Jan. 1.

Currently serving transgender recruits and those seeking to join the military may still be impacted by final guidance that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis sent to the White House last week. An informal poll by Military Times last year found that a majority of readers opposed having transgender service members.


Juanita Broaddrick Says Anderson Cooper, CNN, ’60 Minutes’ Have Never Interviewed Her

During a Monday night appearance on Fox News with Sean Hannity, Juanita Broaddrick, who has credibly accused former-President Bill Clinton of rape, revealed that neither 60 Minutes nor CNN have ever interviewed her.

“Have you ever been interviewed on 60 Minutes?” Hannity asked.

“No, never.” Broaddrick replied. “Or CNN, or MSNBC.”

The full interview with both Broaddrick and Paula Jones is embedded below.

Those of us who lived through the 1990s are watching with endless amusement as our disgraced, impossible-to-shame media twists itself into knots over the fact that some 12 years ago President Trump is alleged to have had consensual, extra-marital flings with a Playboy playmate and a porn star.

The reasons for this amusement are countless. To begin with, when Bill Clinton’s 12-year affair with Gennifer Flowers went public in the heat of his 1992 quest for the presidency, 60 Minutes came scurrying to his rescue. Bill and Hillary appeared on the storied news magazine show, lied about the affair, and turned his campaign around.

Although Flowers had audio recordings of her telephone calls with Clinton, the very same media now obsessing over playmates and porn stars, still wrote Flowers off as an opportunistic slut and informed the voting public that personal character no longer matters when choosing a president.

About five years into his presidency, and just a few rooms away from his own wife and daughter, Clinton had a sexual affair with a 22-year-old White House intern in the Oval Office. Even after he committed perjury to cover the affair up, the media actually joined the White House campaign to personally destroy Lewinsky as a dangerous stalker. After she provided DNA evidence of the affair, the media then told us this was a private matter between man and wife..

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[FLASHBACK: Hillary Clinton calls Bill Clinton's sexual assault victims "Bimbo Eruptions" ]

Gun Control March Organizer Backs Out of Debate with Pro-Second Amendment Parkland Student

Gun control march organizer Cameron Kasky announced Monday that he is backing out of a debate with pro-Second Amendment Kyle Kashuv.

Kasky and Kashuv are both Parkland students and were planning to debate because they hold opposing views on the Second Amendment.

Fox News reports that Kasky pulled out of the debate because Kashuv was critical of a student who complained about a proposed requirement for students to use clear (transparent) backpacks to prevent people from sneaking weapons into school unseen. The student, a 14-year-old who lost his sister in the Parkland school shooting, voiced concern that requiring clear backpacks would violate students’ privacy.

Kashuv responded by tweeting, “Instead, let’s violate Constitution?” which appears to be a reference to the gun control measures being pushed instead.

Kasky responded by tweeting that he will no longer take part in the debate:

Winner take all? Not if Electoral College critics win cases

BOSTON — Critics of the winner-take-all system used by 48 states to assign their Electoral College votes are hoping to have the practice ruled unconstitutional.

They took their first step last month by filing federal lawsuits in four states, arguing that the practice of assigning all of a state’s Electoral College votes to the winner of a state’s popular vote runs counter to the principle of one person, one vote.

The group behind the initiative, the League of United Latin American Citizens, said a state’s Electoral College votes should instead be assigned to candidates based on a proportional system.

They ultimately hope the U.S. Supreme Court will take up the case.


The Changing Landscape of Political Parties

The surprising outcome of the 2016 election and talk about Democrat hopes of flipping the House and/or Senate in 2018 have a lot of people speculating about political party alignment. Will Donald Trump drive Republican voters away from the Grand Old Party? Are we looking at 2018 or 2020 to be a “wave” election for Democrats?

A recent study by Larry Bartels of Vanderbilt University’s Department of Political Science asked these questions and more about the current state of affairs. What he found suggests some points that confound the prevailing wisdom.

Bartels maintains that there have been no mass defections from either Republicans or Democrats. His research found that the splits within each party break out in contrasting ways. Democrats are, of course, more united in their belief in an active government, but somewhat surprisingly they find themselves less united when it comes to cultural issues. Republicans tend to have the opposite leanings, being more united in their view on cultural issues but more at odds with one another when it comes to the role government should play in peoples’ lives.

Hence the failure to repeal ObamaCare and budgets that keep the Democrat pace on deficits.

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IG finds communications failures in FBI handling of San Bernardino shooter’s phone

The widespread encryption versus law enforcement debate started by the FBI’s attempts to unlock the iPhone of Syed Rizwan Farook, a shooter in the deadly December 2015 attack in San Bernardino, California, may never have occurred if the FBI had been better at communicating with its technology staff.

A March 27, 2018, Department of Justice Office of Inspector General report found that then-Director James Comey had reason to believe in his Feb. 9, 2016, and March 1, 2016,congressional testimonies that the FBI had no other way to access potentially critical information held on the shooter’s phone than to legally require the phone’s developer, Apple, to help them break into it.

However, the report also found the FBI had insufficiently communicated with members of the FBI Operational Technology Division’s (OTD) Remote Operations Unit (ROU), which ultimately provided the third-party vendor that had unlocked the phone. This lack of communication resulted in a Feb. 16 court order for Apple’s assistance occurring prior to the FBI’s exploration of all other options.


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Whistleblower: Facebook Able to Listen to You at Home and Work

Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christoper Wylie, appearing before a committee of British MPs on Tuesday, said that Facebook has the ability to spy on users in their homes and offices.

The British parliament is investigating Cambridge Analytica's involvement in the Brexit election. MP Damian Collins, who chaired the committee, asked Wyle whether Facebook has the ability to listen to what people are talking about in order to better target them with ads.

"There's been various speculation about the fact that Facebook can, through the Facebook app on your smartphone, listen in to what people are talking about and discussing and using that to prioritize the advertising as well," Collins said. "Other people would say, no, they don't think it's possible. It's just that the Facebook system is just so good at predicting what you're interested in that it can guess." He asked for Wylie's thoughts on the possibility...


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Exclusive--Kentucky Seeks to Transform Welfare by Hiring Private Contractors

Adam Meier, deputy chief of staff to Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, called for greater state flexibility in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News to hire private contractors to better service entitlement programs and benefit Kentucky taxpayers.

Kentucky serves at the vanguard of the conservative movement to reform welfare and entitlement programs. Now, the state has proposed contracting out their welfare services to private contractors to provide better service at a lower cost.


In January, Kentucky became the first state to implement work requirements for Medicaid recipients.

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin said during the announcement:

With federal approval of our Medicaid waiver, Kentucky will lead the nation in constructive changes to Medicaid. This marks the first significant change to a federal entitlement program in more than 20 years. The result will be a transformational improvement in the overall health of our people and will provide a model for other states to follow.


Tucker Carlson: Activists Like David Hogg 'Definitely Not Fit to Be Making Policy for the Rest of Us'

During Friday’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” host Tucker Carlson discussed the media trotting out activists like Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student David Hogg, who has been outspoken against gun violence since his school’s February shooting.

Carlson argued that Hogg, who bashed Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) as a “sick f***” who wants to “sell more guns, murder more children” and “get re-elected,” is acting as an extremist who is “definitely not fit to be making policy for the rest of us.”


President Trump secured his first major trade deal: a pact with South Korea. It may have been driven by looming talks with North Korea.

The deal, which could be formally announced on Wednesday, opens South Korea’s market to American autos by lifting existing limits on manufacturers like Ford Motor and General Motors, extends tariffs for South Korean truck exports and restricts, by nearly a third, the amount of steel that the South can export to the United States. President Trump used his threat of stiff steel and aluminum tariffs as a cudgel to extract the concessions he wanted, helping produce an agreement that had stalled amid disagreements this year.

But winning the deal may have had more to do with the geopolitical realities confronting the United States and South Korea as America embarks on tricky nuclear discussions with North Korea. The United States cannot afford a protracted trade standoff at a moment when it needs the South as an ally.

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The deal, which could be formally announced on Wednesday, opens South Korea’s market to American autos by lifting existing limits on manufacturers like Ford Motor and General Motors, extends tariffs for South Korean truck exports and restricts, by nearly a third, the amount of steel that the South can export to the United States. President Trump used his threat of stiff steel and aluminum tariffs as a cudgel to extract the concessions he wanted, helping produce an agreement that had stalled amid disagreements this year.

But winning the deal may have had more to do with the geopolitical realities confronting the United States and South Korea as America embarks on tricky nuclear discussions with North Korea. The United States cannot afford a protracted trade standoff at a moment when it needs the South as an ally.Read More »

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Tucker Explains Why The Left Should Keep David Hogg Out Of The Gun Debate

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson explained on Friday night that the left has been using Parkland survivors like David Hogg to impugn the character of gun owners without reproach.


Obesity rates swelled again last year, new CDC report warns

Obesity rates have swelled again in America, bleak new figures reveal.

Researchers were heartened by news that child obesity remains relatively unchanged over the past decade - although the staggeringly high figure is not decreasing.

But since 2007, adult waistlines have been steadily expanding with no signs of letting up, particularly among women.

The overall rate of obese adults climbed from 33.7 percent in 2007 to 39.6 percent in 2016, according to a nationally representative study of 40,000 people.

That includes 37.9 percent of men (up from 32.2) and 41.1 percent of women (up from 35.4).

Meanwhile 7.7 percent of Americans are morbidly obese - 9.7 percent of women (up from 7.3) and 5.6 percent of men (up from 4.2).


Moment Husky shocks its excited owner and tells her 'I love you'

Her dog really is her best friend.

An adorable video taken somewhere in the United States shows the moment a Husky named Cash imitates his owner and tells her he loves her.

After the woman, Megan Vaughan, prompts her pooch by telling it 'I love you,' he responds by howling the three words in a surprisingly articulate manner.


Jim Kunstler Warns "An Unspooling Has Begun"

With spring, things come unstuck; an unspooling has begun.

The turnaround at the FBI and Department of Justice has been so swift that even The New York Times has shut up about collusion with Russia - at the same time omitting to report what appears to have been a wholly politicized FBI upper echelon intruding on the 2016 election campaign, and then laboring stealthily to un-do the election result.

The ominous silence enveloping the DOJ the week after Andrew McCabe’s firing - and before the release of the FBI Inspector General’s report - suggests to me that a grand jury is about to convene and indictments are in process, not necessarily from Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s office. The evidence already publicly-aired about FBI machinations and interventions on behalf of Hillary Clinton and against Donald Trump looks bad from any angle, and the wonder was that it took so long for anyone at the agency to answer for it.

McCabe is gone from office and, apparently hung out to dry on the recommendation of his own colleagues. Do not think for a moment that he will just ride off into the sunset. Meanwhile, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Bruce Ohr, have been sent to the FBI study hall pending some other shoes dropping in a grand jury room. James Comey is out hustling a book he slapped together to manage the optics of his own legal predicament (evidently, lying to a congressional committee). And way out in orbit beyond the gravitation of the FBI, lurk those two other scoundrels, John Brennan, former head of the CIA (now a CNN blabbermouth), and James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence, a new and redundant post in the Deep State’s intel matrix (and ditto a CNN blabbermouth).Brennan especially has been provoked to issue blunt Twitter threats against Mr. Trump, suggesting he might be entering a legal squeeze himself.


Christopher Steele will be grilled on Trump-Russia dirty dossier

Former British spy Chris Steele must reveal under oath if he knows who leaked his notorious 'dirty dossier' and if it was Senator John McCain, it was revealed today.

Mr Steele will also be asked how he checked lurid claims in the explosive 35-page file during a seven hour grilling in London within the next three weeks.

The dossier made headlines around the world with its wild claims Donald Trump ordered prostitutes to carry out 'degrading sex acts' including a 'golden shower' in a Moscow hotel while secretly filmed by the Kremlin's secret police.

It also alleged Russia had been assisting Trump for 'at least five years' by sowing division in the US because Putin was 'motivated by fear and hatred of Hillary Clinton.'


Shocking moment man randomly attacks girl, 17, on Brooklyn sidewalk

New York City police are searching for a man who randomly assaulted two women within five minutes on Friday.

Shocking video of the incident shows the unidentified man grabbing a 17-year-old woman and throwing her on the ground before running away near the Tribuzio Meat Market in Brooklyn.

And just five minutes later, the same man exposed himself to a 31-year-old woman at a bus stop near the market.


Breaching The Public Trust - Facebook Is The Beginning

Last night I was chatting with a friend while waiting for my daughter. She told me her phone now informs her when her bills are due. Now, that may not seem like a big deal, but it is when you realize that she never told her phone to do that.

Her phone is scanning her emails and letting her know her when her electric bill is due.

I told her Google likely pushed down an update which she agreed to without realizing it (or getting the opportunity to opt-out of) which authorized them to not only scan her inbox but set up alerts for her.

She was angry about it, and rightfully so.

This is why I don’t use any of the Google apps on my Android phone. Outlook for email, Opera for my browser. Office for my productivity apps. It was a conscious choice. I moved to Android under protest because Microsoft willfully destroyed Windows Phone.

I know it’s not much better, but at least Microsoft appreciates my business, now, for the first time in their miserable existence.

And I wasn’t willing to shell out $600+ for a comparable iPhone. Pennywise and pound-foolish, I know, but no one’s perfect.

As a hardware-savvy guy I know when software is over-burdening hardware and why.


NYC sees largest increase in tuberculosis cases in 26 year

The number of tuberculosis cases in New York City suddenly jumped by 10 percent last year — the largest increase since 1992, according to the Health Department.

TB is a highly infectious bacterial disease that largely attacks the lungs, but can also infect and spread to other organs, including the kidneys, spine or brain.

There were 613 reported cases in 2017, compared to 556 in 2016.

TB has been on the decline in the city since peaking at 3,811 cases in 1992.

In an alert to medical professionals Monday, the Health Department offered no explanation for the surge.

People at high risk for TB include substance abusers and people with HIV.


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Who Runs March for Our Lives?

Follow the money.

It’s a strange political fact, but nearly every major anti-gun group has been a front group. The NRA is maligned 24/7 and yet it’s completely obvious whom it represents. Despite the efforts to tie it to everyone from firearms manufacturers to the Russians (if you can’t tie any random Republican thing to the Russians these days, you won’t be working at the Washington Post or CNN for very long), it represents its five million members. Anti-gun groups tend to represent shadowy networks.

Take Everytown, the noisiest and most dishonest anti-gun group on the scene. The one consistent thing about anti-gun groups is that that they are usually the opposite of what their name says they are.

Everytown for Gun Safety was formed out of two other groups: Moms Demand Action and Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Both are actually front groups for Michael Bloomberg, the lefty billionaire and former boss of the Big Apple, who used New York City resources to host at least one of its websites.

So Everytown is really New York City.

March for Our Lives is on every cable channel, but who runs it? The photogenic teen fronts are out front. But it’s obvious to everyone that a bunch of teens don’t have the resources and skills to coordinate a nationwide movement. Instead it’s the experienced activists who are actually running things.