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Friday, August 24, 2018

Gerrymandered Virginia House Districts to Be Redrawn in Special Session

Gov. Ralph Northam has set Aug. 30 for lawmakers to begin hashing out a federal court order to redraw 11 House of Delegates districts -- six of them in Hampton Roads.

On the Peninsula, the court order would mean new lines for the 95th District, represented by Del. Marcia "Cia" Price, D-Newport News, and the 92nd District, represented by Del. Jeion Ward, D-Hampton.

In South Hampton Roads, the order calls for the redrawing of the 77th, 80th, 89th and 90th districts, represented respectively by Del. Cliff Hayes, D-Chesapeake; Del. Matthew James, D-Portsmouth; Del. Jay Jones, D-Norfolk; and Del. Joe Lindsey, D-Norfolk.

Redrawing district lines could move voters into new districts and change where they vote. People also could be placed under a new representative in the House of Delegates.


Rehabilitation Plus Rehab? Jails Treat Inmates With Opioid Addiction Medication

At a time when the U.S. government is trying to deal with a nationwide opioid epidemic, many jails across the country are only now rolling out medicines to help inmates overcome addiction. And most of those jails dispense only one of the drugs currently available.

Nearly 1 in 5 jail and prison inmates regularly used heroin or opioids before being incarcerated, making jails a logical entry point for intervention, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Medication, when paired with counseling and social support, is considered the standard treatment for opioid addiction. Three medications treat addiction to opioids. Methadone and buprenorphine diminish opioid withdrawal symptoms and can reduce cravings. Naltrexone blocks the effect of opioids and also treats alcoholism.

About 220 of more than 3,000 jails nationwide offer naltrexone for inmates — mostly to those about to be released, said Andrew Klein, project director of a Department of Justice grant program that supports agencies providing drug treatment for inmates. Only about 20 jails offer methadone or buprenorphine, he said. The numbers don’t include facilities that offer methadone for pregnant inmates.


22 States Ask Court to Reinstate Net Neutrality Rules

A group of 22 state attorneys general and the District of Columbia late Monday asked a U.S. appeals court to reinstate the Obama administration’s 2015 landmark net neutrality rules and reject the Trump administration’s efforts to preempt states from imposing their own rules guaranteeing an open internet.

The states, led by New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood, filed a lawsuit in January after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted in December along party lines to reverse rules that barred internet service providers from blocking or throttling traffic or offering paid fast lanes, also known as paid prioritization.

Several internet companies filed a separate legal challenge on Monday to overturn the FCC ruling, including Mozilla Corp, Vimeo Inc, Etsy Inc, and numerous media and technology advocacy groups.

The FCC handed sweeping new powers to internet providers to recast how Americans use the internet — as long as they disclose any changes. The new rules took effect in early June but major providers have made no changes in internet access.


Convicted Felon Cleared to Run for City Council in Texas

At first glance, it may seem typical that Lewis Conway Jr. got his name on the ballot for a seat on the Austin City Council — he paid the filing fee and turned in his application before the deadline. But Conway's success Tuesday is unique for one big reason: He's a convicted felon.

According to Texas' election code, a person is only eligible to run for office if he or she has not been "finally convicted" of a felony "from which the person has not been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities." Conway was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in 1993, and his candidacy is testing that state law.

It's the "resulting disabilities" portion of the code that's caused people to scratch their heads — there's no legal precedent defining the term. But after a brief challenge on Friday by the city clerk, Conway has been cleared to continue his campaign.

“I am happy that Austin is standing up for the nearly four million Texans affected by our criminal justice system," Conway said in a statement. "Our campaign is about more than just an election — it’s about diversity in leadership, belief in a fair chance, and bringing the sentence to an end. I have been released from parole and my voting rights have been restored. I have served my time and now I am ready to serve my community.”



After having a good laugh with her audience about the use of coal power, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi mockingly gave “all due respect to West Virginia” during a Wednesday discussion about energy policy at the Public Policy Institute of California.


Troopers Arrest Seaford Man on Multiple Drug and Weapon Charges

Darnell C. Stokes
Darnell C. Stokes (photo: 2010)

Seaford- The Delaware State Police have arrested a Seaford man after he resisted arrest and was found in possession of drugs and a weapon.

The incident occurred at approximately 1:27 a.m., on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 on King Road in the area of Concord Pond. Troopers observed a silver color Ford Focus stopped on the grassy area and observed a subject exit the vehicle. As Troopers approached the subject and attempted to identify him, the suspect fled on foot and a foot pursuit ensued. The suspect later identified as 35-year-old Darnell C. Stokes, was subsequently taken into custody. A search in the vicinity of Stokes' vehicle yielded approximately 4.69 grams of cocaine, brass knuckles, and drug paraphernalia.

Stokes was transported back to Troop 5 where he was charged with the following:
Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony
Possession with Intent to a Controlled Substance
Possession of a Deadly Weapon by a Person Prohibited Prior Violent Crime Felony
Resisting Arrest
Tampering With Physical Evidence
Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon
Criminal Impersonation
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2 counts)
Driving While Suspended or Revoked
Disorderly Conduct
Failure to Comply with Taking Fingerprints

Stokes was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to theSussex Correctional Institution on $13,250.00 secured bond.

Gingrich: Foreign spies are threatening US colleges -- we must stop them

The United States is home to the world’s highest-ranking colleges and universities. Indeed, our higher education system is one of our greatest assets. Yet we do too little to defend it.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, more than 20 million students planned to attend U.S. colleges and universities in 2017. And the National Science Foundation reported that more than 800,000 international students were enrolled in institutions of higher education in the U.S.

Most of these international students, faculty members and researchers are here to capitalize on America’s educational opportunities. However, some are here to exploit the openness of our higher education system.

According to an advisory warning released by the FBI in 2011, foreign intelligence services target American universities to recruit students and faculty members to be agents of espionage and attempt to steal technical information and products. The FBI also reported that certain foreign actors illicitly exploit the student visa program and use universities as hubs to spread false information and political propaganda.

For example, FBI Director Christopher Wray testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee in February that China uses “nontraditional collectors, especially in the academic setting, whether it’s professors, scientists, students, we see … in almost every field office that the FBI has around the country.”

Wray added that China is “exploiting the very open research and development environment that we have, which we all revere. But they’re taking advantage of it.”


Arizona: Hillary Clinton’s Election Fraud Masterpiece

The Clinton machine used brazen voter suppression and election fraud to steal Arizona

She stole Iowa, Nevada and Massachusetts – but Arizona is Hillary Clinton’s election fraud masterpiece.

Desperate to prevent another “Michigan upset”, Hillary found an ingenious way to guarantee victory in Arizona.

The key to Clinton’s strategy in Arizona was early voting. In Arizona, around 70% of voters cast their ballot by mail. Why is this important? Because

of the 297,714 voters who have already cast their ballots—174,706 were female, 59 percent of the total early Democratic vote. The breakdown of early Democratic voters by gender and age is shown below. The early vote by women is dominated by older age groups. Voters under 30 account for only 7 percent of Democratic early voters compared to 41 percent for the over 65 crowd. The large number of women, particularly older women, who have already cast Democratic ballots, is a good sign for Hillary Clinton.

In other words, the elderly (see: Clinton supporters) make up the vast majority of early voters in Arizona.


Bill to remove Lee statue from Antietam remains in House committee

A bill co-sponsored by Congressman John Delaney to remove a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee from Antietam National Battlefield has stalled in committee.

Delaney spokesman Will McDonald said Tuesday that the bill, H.R. 3779, hasn't made any headway in the Republican-controlled House Committee on Natural Resources.

"If the majority doesn't want to move a bill, they're not going to move it," McDonald said.


Steve King: 'Importing Millions' from Central America 'Means Death for Americans'

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) says “importing millions” of young men from one of the most violent regions in the world, Central and South America, “means death for Americans.”

Following the revelations of the Mollie Tibbetts Iowa murder case — where the 20-year-old young woman was allegedly stabbed to death by an illegal alien from Mexico — King posted online a statement in which he indicates that the United States will only become more violent as more than 1.5 million illegal and legal immigrants, mostly from Central and South America, continue being imported to the country every year.

In the last decade, alone, the U.S. has imported more than ten million foreign nationals, primarily from Mexico and Central America, as Breitbart Newsreported.


Suspects went home 'to eat the pizza' after robbing, killing delivery driver, police say

Three suspects are accused of shooting and killing an Indianapolis pizza delivery driver for his pizza, which they then took home to eat, investigators said.

Papa John's driver and manager LaVon Drake, 24, reportedly hadn't been scheduled to work Monday night, but had come in to help his co-workers.

The suspects were identified as Juwuan Terry, 18; Jason Epeards, 18; and Jasean Dale, 19. They are suspected of killing Drake with two different weapons, officials said, according to Fox 59 of Indianapolis.


Joni Ernst Slams Elizabeth Warren: Mollie Tibbetts ‘Forever Separated from Her Family’

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) slammed Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in an exclusive interview with SiriusXM Patriot’s Breitbart News Daily, saying that 20-year-old college student Mollie Tibbetts is “forever separated from her family” at the alleged hands of an illegal alien.

In an interview with Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow, Ernst slammed Warren’s comments on the death of Mollie Tibbetts. An illegal alien allegedly stabbed her to death and dumped her body in a cornfield.

In an interview with CNN yesterday, Warren said that rather than focusing on the fact that Tibbetts’ alleged killer should never have been in the United States, Iowans need to focus on “real problems” like foreign national adults being separated at the U.S.-Mexico border from the children they arrive with.

More here

China set for North Korea invasion

The Pentagon’s latest annual report on China’s military for the first time reveals contingency plans by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to intervene in North Korea.

Relations between the two communist nations remain strained and last year were at the lowest level in decades.

According to the report, China fears North Korea’s provocative nuclear and missile tests will set off a regional conflict. Beijing wants stability, a denuclearized peninsula and no U.S. forces near its borders.

“China’s priority is maintaining stability on the Korean peninsula, which includes preventing a [North Korean] collapse and preventing a military conflict on the peninsula,” the report said.

China’s government has issued strident statements regarding North Korea, including suggestions the PLA will be used to respond to a Korean crisis.

The response could include options ranging from “securing the China-North Korea border to prevent the flow of refugees, to a military intervention into North Korea.”


Welcome 2018 Jeep Week Attendees: FREE TRUMP 2020 FLAGS AT TRADER LEE'S

Starting today we will be giving away TRUMP 2020 Flags to the first 50 Jeep owners who stop by Trader Lee's at 4 PM. We will continue this offer on Friday and Saturday. 

We want to keep the movement going and we will continue doing so during Bike Week where we'll be giving away an additional 1,000 free flags to bikers as well. 

Parasitic disease caused by 'kissing bugs' has sickened 300,000 Americans

A parasitic illness that can cause strokes and heart failure is spreading across the US, doctors have warned.

Chagas disease is transmitted by an insect known as the 'kissing bug' because it tends to bite people's faces, near their mouths.

Many never shown signs that they've been infected with the disease, which is why it has earned the nickname of the 'silent killer'.

The disease has mostly been limited to Central and South America, but it has entered the States, sickening an estimated 300,000 Americans.

A statement released by the American Heart Association says that if US doctors don't become better at recognizing, diagnosing and treating Chagas disease, it could result in a devastating outbreak.

Chagas disease is caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, which lives in the gut of bug that transmits the disease, the triatomine insect, which is also known as the 'kissing bug'.

However, the disease is not spread through the bug's bite, rather through its feces.

After the bugs feed on you, they tend to defecate. If the feces accidentally are rubbed into the wound or the eye, it can result in infection.

Chagas disease has two phases known as the acute phase and the chronic phase.

More here

["The disease has mostly been limited to Central and South America." So how did it get here? --Editor]

And The Top Thing People Spend Their Food-Stamp Money On Is...

Politicians may fret about welfare recipients loading up their carts with non-essentials, but more than 44 million people rely on food stamps to feed their families. With the average food stamp recipient receiving $125.79 per month in benefits, let’s take a look at what they’re buying the most, according to research from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The researchers present their data with a couple of caveats. For one, the data analyzed doesn’t include purchases from outlets like farmers markets. In addition, when people use both SNAP benefits and cash or a credit or debit card to make a purchase, it’s impossible to determine which items had been purchased using food stamps and which had been bought with the person’s own money.

Finally, the researchers note the difference in spending on various items was often very small. At first glance, it looks like food stamp households spend far more money on lunch meat (No. 10 out of 100 ranked commodities) than on apples (No. 67). In reality, SNAP recipients spend about half a cent of every food dollar on apples and about 1½ cents of every dollar on lunch meat.

Let’s take a quick look at the 10 items food stamp recipients are most likely to purchase.
10. Lunch meat

MSNBC’s Eddie Glaude Laughs At Murder Of White Farmers In South Africa

“I think two of them, perhaps, might have been killed in some instance…”

What’s Going On In South Africa And Why Is Trump Tweeting About It?

President Donald Trump dove into South Africa’s thorny racial politics Wednesday night, announcing on Twitter that he ordered his top diplomat to look into attacks on white farmers and Pretoria’s plans for land redistribution.

“I have asked Secretary of State [Pompeo] to closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures and expropriations and the large scale killing of farmers,” Trump wrote.

“South African Government is now seizing land from white farmers,” he added, tagging Fox News host Tucker Carlson.

Trump sent his surprise tweet following an airing of Carlson’s show, which featured a segment on South Africa’s impending plan to seize land from white landowners and redistribute it to poor black farmers.


Senate Rejects Bill To Defund Planned Parenthood, Rand Paul Doesn’t Hold Back

The Senate rejected an amendment to the government spending bill Thursday that would prevent Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers from receiving federal funding.

Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky proposed the provision, which was defeated 45-48 and required a 60-vote threshold to pass. Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska voted against it.

“While I am disappointed in the outcome of this vote, I will never apologize for standing up for life,” Paul said in response to the vote. “If it took exposing the preference of so many in my own party to continue reckless spending over protecting the innocent, it was a fight worth having.”


Captain KIRK Mocks Al Sharpton for misspelling Aretha Franklin's song as R-E-S-P-I-C-T

Sea Lice Outbreak Reported In Ocean City

OCEAN CITY, Md. (WJZ) — Ocean City Beach Patrol is reporting numerous complaints about sea lice in the water.

A spokesperson for the patrol wrote on Twitter and Facebook, “They can get into bathing suits while swimming and cause discomfort.”
Eastern Seaboard is experiencing the nature phenomenon of Sea lice which is larvae. They can get into bathing suits while swimming and cause discomfort. best advice is to rinse with fresh water. if you choose to swim, swim in front of a lifeguard. Our stands are farther apart


17 Downright Funny Memes You’ll Only Get If You’re From Maryland

There are some jokes that only Marylanders will get, including the ones featured in the following memes. Get ready to smirk, laugh, and relate to the following memes created by Maryland My Maryland.

1. The only bad thing about going "downy oshun" ...

Robin Leach, 'Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous' Host, Dies at 76

The veteran journalist had been working as a celebrity columnist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Robin Leach, the veteran entertainment journalist best known for his work on TV's Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, died Thursday night. He was 76.

Leach had been hospitalized since Nov. 21 after suffering a stroke in Cabo San Lucas, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, where Leach worked as a celebrity columnist.

"Sad to report the death of famed celeb reporter, friend and colleague #RobinLeach @ 1:50 a.m. in #LasVegas. He would have been 77 Wednesday. He suffered a second stroke Monday. He in hospice care. He'd been hospitalized since Nov. 21, after suffering a stroke in Cabo San Lucas," announced columnist John Katsilometes on Twitter.


News Alert: $675 billion Pentagon spending bill approved by the Senate

The Senate passed its version of a $675 billion appropriations bill Thursday to fund the Pentagon in fiscal 2019, setting up negotiations with the House on a final spending plan.

The proposal represents the biggest hike in defense funding in about 15 years, but now must be reconciled by a conference committee with a similar $675 billion bill passed by the House in June. The Senate bill was passed as part of a minibus appropriations bill that included the departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services.

Read the full story here.

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A Viewer Writes: These photos were sent around today...seriously, stating OMG it is Mr. Burns.

Breaking News: Senator John McCain will no longer receive care for his brain cancer, his family said, a sign that he is most likely entering his final days.

Mr. McCain had been undergoing treatment since July 2017, and has been absent from Washington since December. Mr. McCain’s family has gathered in Arizona, and people close to him say his death is imminent.

Whistleblower: It Was A Failed Coup, Mainstream Media Are Covering Up Phony DOJ Dossier

CIA whistleblower Kevin Shipp says that the mainstream media is laser-focused on the recent Cohen plea and the Manafort conviction, both of which have nothing to do with “Russian collusion.” He says this is because the mainstream media are conspirators and have nothing to do with real news.

“We know the mainstream media (MSM) is not interested in the news,” said Kevin Shipp to USA Watchdog‘s Greg Hunter.

“They have, from their editors on down and their corporate owners, an objective and, in this case, to remove Donald Trump. He stands against everything that they are, the Left or the ‘Dark Left’ as I call it. Trump is actually confronting the Shadow Government and Deep State, and he has them shaking. He has the news media shaking that pushes these really leftist things. So, they are intentionally and on purpose blocking the news and deleting the news about things like this soft coup, the (phony) dossier.”


Fruitland Police: Thefts From Vehicles

Small Business Ownership among Blacks Jumps 400% since Trump

As black unemployment remains at historic lows, The number of small businesses owned by African Americans in the United States has exploded by 400% year-over-year, according to a survey of more than 2,600 small business owners and entrepreneurs by Guidant Financial.

The survey reveals that in 2018, 45% of small business owners were minorities - up from just 15% three years ago, with the majority of them belonging to African American owners.

Following African Americans, Hispanics were the next largest group of minority small business owners representing 14% of the business owners interviewed for the survey. Meanwhile, Asians made up 8% of the business owners surveyed while Native Americans made up 4%. -Small Business Trends

Looking more closely at the data, we find that the majority of black business owners are between 40-49 years of age, while the #1 state for the demographic is Texas, followed by Georgia, California, Florida and North Carolina.


Texas Exports more Oil than it Imports for 1st Time Ever

The Texas Gulf Coast oil terminals sent abroad more crude than they received in April, the Energy Information Administration said this week. During that month, crude oil exports from the Houston-Galveston port district exceeded imports by 15,000 bpd. Over the next month, the advantage of exports over imports welled further, to an impressive 470,000 bpd.

Total U.S. oil exports in may hit a record of 2 million bpd, with Houston-Galveston’s share of the total at a record-breaking 70 percent, from an average of about 50 percent since the middle of 2017, the EIA said.

The bulk of crude oil exports from the Houston-Galveston area went to China, Canada, Italy, and the UK, with exports to China averaging 300,000 bpd in both June and July. This month, however, not a single crude oil cargo has been loaded for China, according to media reports, amid growing trade tensions between Washington and Beijing.

Meanwhile, however, Texas is on track to become the biggest oil producer after Russia and Saudi Arabia, according to production estimates by HSBC, quoted by CNN. If the estimates turn out to be correct, the Lone Star State will be pumping almost 6 million bpd in 2019.


209k Jeep and Dodge recalled for Bad Brakes

Fiat Chrysler is recalling nearly 209,000 minivans and SUVs worldwide to fix a brake problem that can cause longer stopping distances.

The recall covers the 2018 Dodge Journey, 2019 Jeep Cherokee and the 2018 and 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan and Jeep Compass. Most are in the United States.

The company says a brake-system part wasn't built to specifications, allowing gas bubbles to form in the brake fluid. FCA has received no customer complaints or reports of any crashes or injuries from the problem.

Owners will be notified shortly. Dealers will replace the brake fluid, which Fiat Chrysler says will solve the problem.


Executive Kittleman, Councilmember Weinstein announce five-year, multifaceted flood mitigation strategy for Ellicott City

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman and Councilmember Jon Weinstein today announced a five-year strategy to mitigate flooding in Ellicott City, including a core component that would address the most immediate life safety threat on the town’s lower Main Street within one year.

The strategy includes the acquisition and removal of 10 buildings on the south side of Main Street within the next year and the creation of a public open space amenity with a wider, deeper river channel in their place. The community will be engaged to provide input into the design and use of this new public space through the continuing Ellicott City Master Plan process.

As part of this strategy, at least two additional culverts, each 10 feet in diameter, will be installed beneath Maryland Avenue to carry water from the Tiber-Hudson branches further downstream in the Patapsco River. The Hudson branch channel under Main Street near Court Avenue will be widened to eliminate a significant pinch point that causes the water to rush out onto upper Main Street during heavy rainfalls.

“The most experienced forecasters are telling us that storms capable of producing these devastating flash floods are becoming more likely in the entire mid-Atlantic region,” said Kittleman. “Our need to adapt to this likelihood, and our need to first and foremost protect life safety, has changed the conversation. I wish we weren’t at this point, but this is the change we need.”

The POWERFUL Moment Sarah Huckabee Sanders Will Never Forget

Comptroller Peter Franchot Slapping Wicomico County In The Face Over The 2-B Liquor Law

Salisbury Maryland Mayor Jake Day and Comptroller Peter Franchot are ignoring state laws by allowing the recently sold riverfront property for $5,000.00 to allow beer sales without due process through the Wicomico Liquor Board. 2-B laws are strictly designed to help a festival, (such as this one) to bypass the Liquor Boards across the state for only beer and wine manufactured IN THE STATE of Maryland. It does NOT include Budweiser, Miller and so forth, yet even though we had stated early on that when Day and Council President Jack Heath put together the sale and contract of that $5,000.00 riverfront lot there was no way they could get the liquor license in time and the contract was no good based on that alone. 

Well, clearly they never planned on going through the normal channels every single business is forced to do, just like the rainbow cross walk Downtown is 100% illegal. Do all of you remember the thin blue line Ocean City painted and then had to remove down Coastal Highway not that long ago. Well, like the crosswalk or not, it's illegal, period. 

The Comptrollers Officer refuses to return phone calls referencing this matter.

5 Articles Show How TPTB "Fix" You Like Staked Goats

Five recent articles exemplify the ever-increasing surveillance by TPTB (The Powers That Be) to “fix” you and I... in the manner of goats staked out to lure in the lion. In this case, the lion is a ravening wolf, performing his own staking in the guise of a sheep. The articles will be listed in chronological order. Ironically, the level of alarm should increase with that order, as well.

The reason I’m writing about this is that it is important to cite the things that generally do not receive the greatest amount of interest by the public overall. Some of them are obscure and do not really “jump” out at you until you examine them and see them not merely as they are presented... but the underlying significance to it all. Then it materializes into a puzzle piece.

When the pieces are matched with others in the jigsaw picture? To paraphrase O’Brien in Orwell’s “1984,” you will then see the true portrait of the world they are creating.
1. July 24th, 2018 “What is 5G and what will it mean for you?” by Matthew Wall.

This explains the 5G system that will be emplaced by many nations by 2020, according to the article. Here are some excerpted passages, compressed together to save time:

“What is 5G exactly? It’s the next-fifth generation of mobile Internet connectivity promising much faster data download and upload speeds, wider coverage, and more stable connections. What will it enable us to do? “Whatever we do now with our smartphones we’ll be able to do faster and better,” says Ian Fogg from OpenSignal, a mobile data analytics company. “Think of smart glasses featuring augmented reality, mobile virtual reality, much higher quality video, the Internet of things making cities smarter. But what’s really exciting is all the new services that will be built that we can’t foresee…driverless cars will be able to “talk” to each other and traffic management systems…swarms of drones co-operating to carry out search and rescue missions, fire assessments and traffic monitoring, all communicating wirelessly with each other and ground base stations over 5G networks…mobile videos should be near instantaneous and glitch-free….weara


Older adults over-prescribed dementia medication at high cost: Study

The majority of older adults diagnosed with dementia are prescribed costly medications for up to a decade despite little evidence that drugs used to treat symptoms are effective beyond a year.

Long-term use can cost patients and their insurers up to $20,000 over the course of treatment, according to a study published Tuesday by the AARP Public Policy Institute.

“Our research shows some health care providers continue prescribing dementia drugs to patients for much longer than is supported by the clinical evidence,” Elizabeth A. Carter, co-author of the study and senior health services research adviser for the AARP Public Policy Institute, said in a statement. “Not only do these drugs carry potential side effects, they are costing both patients and the health care system a lot of money.”


Angel Mom: ‘How Many More’ American Murders Will It Take?’

After an illegal alien was charged with the murder of 20-year-old college student Mollie Tibbetts, Angel Mom Sabine Durden asks, “how many more” Americans have to die at the hands of illegal aliens before the United States’ border is secured?

On Tuesday, police officials revealed that Tibbetts’ body was found in a cornfield in the rural area of Brooklyn, Iowa, where she was last seen jogging on July 18.

Illegal alien Christian Bahena-Rivera, a 24-year-old from Mexico, has been charged with first-degree murder in her death after police say he admitted to confronting and chasing down Tibbetts.

Durden, who lost her son Dominic when he was murdered by an illegal alien, asked online: “How many more will it take for all of America to wake up and get behind [President Trump] to secure our borders and clean up our country?”


Thank God Its Friday 8-24-18

What will you be doing this weekend?

Trump & The Deep State Fight To The Finish

US Special Forces Soldier Arrested Smuggling 90lbs Of Cocaine Into Florida

A U.S. special forces soldier is accused of attempting to smuggle 90 pounds of cocaine from Cali, Colombia, into the Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

Army Master Sgt. Daniel Gould, assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group, reportedly tried to smuggle the drugs on a military plane, but they were caught before the aircraft ever left Colombia and before the drugs made it onto the plane.

He was already back in the United States but was promptly arrested by the DEA after the two backpacks of cocaine were discovered.

“We are aware of recent allegations concerning a U.S. soldier assigned under U.S. Army Special Operations Command for reportedly attempting to smuggle narcotics from Colombia into the U.S.,” said Army spokesman Lt. Col. Robert Bockholt, as reported by NBC News.

“We are cooperating fully with law enforcement officials concerning this matter. In order to protect the integrity of the investigation and the rights of the individual, there is no additional information available for release at this time.“

Government employees have been caught trafficking drugs before, from TSA agents to police officersto other soldiers.

The CIA, too, has been implicated in vast drug operations, most notably its role in the explosion of crack cocaine in inner-cities in the 1980s.


Road Rage: Man Attacks Woman Riding Motorcycle, Gets Shot Dead

A 24-year-old woman riding her motorcycle in Pierce County, Washington, came under a road rage attack from a 60-year-old man and ultimately shot and killed him to stop his assault on her.

The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office has ruled that the woman, Aubrey Bowlin, will not face prosecution for the death.

The road rage incident occurred in February, but Bowlin is just now publicly providing details. On August 17 she spoke to KIRO Radio about it, explaining how she looked in her mirror to see Jones driving right up on the tail-end of her motorcycle.


Prepare for the Sanctioned Russia-Iran-China-Turkey Supergroup to Blow Trump's Solo Act out of the Water

Trump's solo act can't compete with the hard rock presidents from the electric east

Those were the days, during the Cold War 1960s and 1970s, when the earth was actually ruled by rock supergroups – from Cream and Led Zeppelin to Yes and Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends – and the post-truth geopolitical remix of the supergroup. Meet The Sanctioned; a multinational band starring multi-instrumentalists Vladimir Putin (Russia), Xi Jinping (China), Hassan Rouhani (Iran) and Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Turkey).

As the whole rock universe knows, The Sanctioned run the relentless risk of being outshined – in the form of multi-layered sanctions – by undisputed glitter solo act Donald Trump (US).

The two real virtuosos in the band relish playing in perfect synch. Putin may indulge only the occasional Jimmy Page solo (as in Caspian-launched missiles against Daesh in Syria); he’s more like Keith Emerson invoking the Russian classical composer Mussorgsky. Xi is fond of orchestral Pink Floyd-esque concept albums, in the New Silk Roads mould. Rouhani could be Jack Bruce in Cream – supplying those subtle moments of faultless musicianship. It’s Erdogan who’s irresistibly attracted to summon the back door man’s antics of Robert Plant.


America For Me

By Henry Van Dyke 1852-1933.

'Tis fine to see the Old World and travel up and down
Among the famous palaces and cities of renown,
admire the crumbly castles and the statues and kings
But now I think I've had enough of antiquated things.

So it's home again, and home again, America for me!
My heart is turning home again and there I long to be,
In the land of youth and freedom, beyond the ocean bars,
Where the air is full of sunlight and the flag is full of stars.

Oh, London is a man's town, there's power in the air;
And Paris is a woman's town, with flowers in her hair;
And it's sweet to dream in Venice, and it's great to study Rome;
But when it comes to living there is no place like home.

I like the German fir-woods in green battalions drilled;
I like the gardens of Versailles with flashing foutains filled;
But, oh, to take your hand, my dear, and ramble for a day
In the friendly western woodland where Nature has her way!

I know that Europe's wonderful, yet something seems to lack!
The Past is too much with her, and the people looking back.
But the glory of the Present is to make the Future free--
We love our land for what she is and what she is to be.

Oh, it's home again, and home again, America for me!
I want a ship that's westward bound to plough the rolling sea,
To the blessed Land of Room Enough, beyond the ocean bars,
Where the air is full of sunlight and the flag is full of stars.

King’s second area school to remove bishops’ names from buildings

WILKES-BARRE — On the heels of The University of Scranton making similar moves, King’s College has announced plans to rescind prior actions taken to honor Diocese of Scranton bishops implicated in the scathing grand jury report on priest sex abuse.

A statement issued by the college notes King’s “has been reviewing the report with leaders of other local Catholic colleges and universities, board members and members of the college community to determine appropriate responses in accordance with Bishop (Joseph) Bambera’s edict that ‘child sexual abuse cannot be tolerated and must be eradicated.’”

King’s granted an honorary degree to Bishop James C. Timlin, accused in the report of covering up priest sex abuse. The college is considering rescinding that degree, the statement said.


Existing Home Sales Tumble As Home-Buying Sentiment Hits Lehman Lows

After June's dismal US housing data, hope was high for a rebound in July but it was crushed as existing home sales tumbled 0.7% MoM(against expectations of a 0.4% jump). This is the longest streak of declines since the taper tantrum in 2013.

Single-family home sales fell 0.2% MoM (-1.2% YoY) to annual rate of 4.75 million

Purchases of condominium and co-op units dropped 4.8% MoM (-3.3% YoY) to a 590,000 pace

As lower-priced home sales collapsed...

This is the weakest SAAR existing home sales (5.34mm) since Feb 2016...