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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Majority Of Young Americans Live In A Household Receiving Welfare

New analysis from CNS News finds that the majority of Americans under 18 live in households that take "means-tested assistance" from the US government.

The study, based on the most recently available data from the Census Bureau, leads with the question: Will they be called The Welfare Generation?

The data presented by CNS editor Terrence Jeffrey shockingly reveals that in 2016 "there were approximately 73,586,000 people under 18 in the United States, and 38,365,000 of them — or 52.1 percent — resided in households in which one or more persons received benefits from a means-tested government program."


BOZELL & GRAHAM: Oprah Shouts For Abortion

Over the years, Oprah Winfrey has seemingly evolved into America's mom. After her TV career, she sounds like an evangelist preaching a feminist substitute to replace religion in her monthly Oprah Magazine. Her August issue carries this motivational nugget of Oprah wisdom on the cover: "We all want to feel radiant, joyful, and alive. It starts with choosing love — in any form." No mention of faith, but no surprise there.

How do you feel "radiant, joyful, and alive"? Winfrey has the answer. In this very issue, she devotes a full-page ad to promote — ready? — the hashtag ShoutYourAbortion. According to Oprah Winfrey, a good way to show you're "choosing love" is to murder your unborn baby.


Shooting at high school football game leaves 1 dead, 2 injured, police say

A shooting at a high school football game in Jacksonville, Fla., on Friday night left one person dead and two injured, officials said.

The shooting happened about 10 p.m. ET, 15 minutes after the game ended at Raines High School, where about 4,000 spectators attended, the Florida Times Union reported, citing Jacksonville authorities.

About three-quarters of the crowd was gone by the time the gunfire started, the newspaper reported.


The Washington scandal volcano is rumbling

In D.C., when the gods are angered, the P.R. volcano needs human sacrifices, but it will not get President Trump.

As the Drudge Report featured, it could have been considered a "Hell Day" for the president when Paul Manafort got his split decision while blaring headlines concurrently reported that a now proven doofus lawyer had pleaded out to legitimate crimes and one count of a non-crime. The P.R. timing of the criminal plea, on the day the Manafort verdict was reached, was a tactical and strategic move designed to really hurt the president.

However, as the singer Peggy Lee smoothly crooned, is that all there is?

It is commendable that the president doesn't drink, but his opponents do, perhaps now early and often.

I am old enough to recognize an inoperable "modified limited hangout" from the Nixon presidency:


Sen. John McCain, Former Presidential Nominee And Prisoner Of War, Dies At 81

Arizona senator and former Republican presidential nominee John McCain died Saturday at the age of 81.

McCain leaves behind his wife of 37 years, Cindy; seven children, including three from his first marriage, to Carol Shepp; and his 106-year-old mother, Roberta McCain.

Perhaps America's most famous prisoner of war, the former Navy pilot with a famous admiral father was shot down over Vietnam and spent 5 1/2 years as a POW in the north, most of that time in a prison sarcastically termed the Hanoi Hilton for the way inmates were treated.


Trump: "I May Have To Get Involved" To Get To "Bottom Of Crooked Hillary Corruption"

With his back against the well after longtime Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg was granted immunity by US prosecutors one day after the National Enquirer's David Packer received a similar deal, on Saturday morning Trump continued his attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, accusing the former senator of not understanding "what is happening" at his Justice Department.

In a pair of tweets Saturday morning, the president wrote that Sessions was allowing Mueller "and his gang of 17 Angry Dems" to have a "field day" at the Justice Department with his decision last year to recuse himself from the investigation into the Trump campaign.

"Jeff Sessions said he wouldn’t allow politics to influence him only because he doesn’t understand what is happening underneath his command position. Highly conflicted Bob Mueller and his gang of 17 Angry Dems are having a field day as real corruption goes untouched. No Collusion!" the president wrote.

Trump then quoted Sen. Lindsay Graham speaking about the possibility of a new attorney general, suggesting that the president may be considering Sessions' firing.

“Every President deserves an Attorney General they have confidence in. I believe every President has a right to their Cabinet, these are not lifetime appointments. You serve at the pleasure of the President," Trump added, quoting Graham.

Jeff Sessions said he wouldn’t allow politics to influence him only because he doesn’t understand what is happening underneath his command position. Highly conflicted Bob Mueller and his gang of 17 Angry Dems are having a field day as real corruption goes untouched. No Collusion!


Rahm Emanuel poses with a youth flashing a gang sign

Let's chalk this up to reckless pandering. Chicago voters go to the polls next February, and Rahm Emanuel is so panicked that he's a little too eager to pose with a potential black voter. A gentleman who identifies himself on Facebook as HobMob Taydoe has posted a picture of Rahm doing constituent outreach with him. The only problem is that Mr. Taydoe, or whatever his real name is, is standing next to Hizzoner flashing a gang sign.
For those who have been living in a mountain cave over the last few years, Chicago is plagued by gang shootings that have made it world-famous for its murder rate. There is even a website,, that keeps a running tab on shootings:


Time For Sessions To Leave, Senior Senate Leaders Say

As President Donald Trump’s relationship with Attorney General Jeff Sessions continues to deteriorate, several key Republican Senators announced Thursday that they would support the president if he chooses to replace Sessions. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), both long-time colleagues of Sessions, told reporters Thursday that although Sessions has served the Justice Department with distinction, his lack of faith in the president and vice versa, has now become a distraction to the administration.

Graham, who spoke to on Thursday afternoon, noted that Sessions has served with distinction but Trump has the right to replace him as the relationship between the two is in disrepair.

The working relationship is strained, that happens on occasion and I support the president’s right to have a cabinet of his choosing

“I think this president, like every other president, has the right to pick cabinet members that he feels comfortable with, as long as they are qualified and competent. To suggest that President Trump is stuck with one attorney general for his eight years, or four years, is just not right,” said Graham. “Jeff Sessions is a fine man. There will come a day, I believe, when President Trump will want somebody new. The working relationship is strained, that happens on occasion and I support the president’s right to have a cabinet of his choosing.”


Donald Trump Continues Taunting Jeff Sessions for 'Double Standard'

President Donald Trump continued battling publicly with Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday, suggesting he was not enforcing the law fairly.

Sessions responded to Trump in a statement Friday, outlining that he would not allow political considerations to “improperly influence” investigations.

“Jeff, this is GREAT,” Trump wrote on Twitter, “What everyone wants, so look into all of the corruption on the ‘other side’ including deleted Emails, Comey lies & leaks, Mueller conflicts, McCabe, Strzok, Page, Ohr, FISA abuse, Christopher Steele & his phony and corrupt Dossier, the Clinton Foundation, illegal surveillance of Trump Campaign, Russian collusion by Dems – and so much more.”


Former head of CDC arrested on charges of groping woman

Tom Frieden, the former head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), was arraigned in New York on Friday afternoon and released without bail, according to the Brooklyn District Attorney.

Frieden was arrested Friday morning amid allegations he groped a woman in his apartment.

According to the New York Police Department, he was charged with forcible touching, sexual abuse and harassment after he allegedly inappropriately touched a woman in October 2017. He is accused of grabbing a woman's buttocks. The woman reported the incident in July, police said.


Malcolm X and Ali Warning About Liberals and Multiculturalism


Russia Considers Taking in 15,000 White South African Farmers Fleeing Black Violence

"According to Breitbart, 1,187 farmers, 490 family members, 147 farm employees, and 24 farm visitors are known to have been murdered between 1998 and the end of 2016 — although the true figure is estimated at between 3,000 and 4,000."

A delegation of Boers recently travelled to the world’s largest country to consider taking their money and escaping from farm murders and expropriation.

The world’s largest country, Russia, which remains relatively underpopulated for its size, is reportedly considering welcoming thousands of white South African farmers into its borders to boost its agricultural industry.

A group of about 15 000 farmers have reportedly offered their services to the country, to go and farm in the south, while investing their savings in the country and offering English lessons as well.

According to a Russian news channel, the plan is for the first 30 families to first establish themselves before more follow.


Blue State Blues: Donald Trump Is (Mostly) Right About South Africa

President Donald Trump’s comments on South Africa on Wednesday evening burst the bubble of political correctness that has long shielded that country’s leaders from responsibility for self-destructive policies that have hurt black and white South Africans alike.

Critics cried “racist” when Trump tweeted that he had told Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “to closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures and expropriations and the large scale killing of farmers.”

The term “large scale” could be misconstrued: there are no mass graves of farmers. But the tweet was otherwise correct — and overdue.


High school football participation has dropped 7 percent since 2009 amidst CTE concerns

As evidence continues to mount about the dangers of youth and high school football, the sport's participation has plummeted 7 percent from its peak in 2009, according to data released today by the National Federation of State High School Associations.

Some states have been affected more than others. In Ohio, where high school football reigned atop the sports hierarchy for decades, participation is down 23 percent over that time. Both North Carolina and Illinois have seen a 19 percent dip as well.

According to NBC News, at this rate, there will be fewer than 1 million high school football players in the United States by 2020.

US cuts aid to Palestinians by more than $200 million

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration has decided to cut more than $200 million in bilateral aid to the Palestinians, following a review of the funding for projects in the West Bank and Gaza, the State Department said Friday.

The department notified Congress of the decision in a brief, three-paragraph notice sent first to lawmakers and then to reporters. It said the administration will redirect the money to "high priority projects elsewhere."

The move comes as President Donald Trump and his Middle East pointmen, Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, staff up their office to prepare for the rollout of a much-vaunted but as yet unclear peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians.

"At the direction of President Trump, we have undertaken a review of U.S. assistance to the Palestinian Authority and in the West Bank and Gaza to ensure these funds are spent in accordance with U.S. national interests and provide value to the U.S. taxpayer," the department said. "As a result of that review, at the direction of the president, we will redirect more than $200 million ... originally planned for programs in the West Bank and Gaza."


General Surgeon Shortage Growing Across America

The shortage of general surgeons in the U.S. is projected to get worse as the number of these doctors entering the workforce each year fails to keep pace with population growth, a U.S. study suggests.

Researchers predict shortages based on their estimates of population growth by 2050 and the number of medical schools and hospital-sponsored general surgery trainee positions in the U.S.

By 2050, there will be a deficit of 7,047 general surgeons nationwide, researchers calculated. That's higher than the shortage of 6,000 they projected a decade ago based on the pace of population growth and new surgeons entering the job market at that point in time.

"Leaders in surgery have predicted a pending shortage in the general surgery workforce for more than 10 years," said lead study author Dr. E. Christopher Ellison of the Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus.

"The impact of the general surgeon shortages on patients is measured in the timeliness of care and the consequences of delays in care," Ellison said by email.

Because most general surgeons practice in metropolitan areas, the impact of the shortage will be more keenly felt by rural communities, Ellison added.

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Former Playboy model, 36, found strangled to death inside her bedroom

Mystery surrounds the death of a former Playboy model who was found strangled in her bedroom in Pennsylvania Wednesday night.

Christina Kraft, 36, has been identified as the victim of the suspicious homicide that occurred in her condo on Sibley Avenue in the west side suburb of Ardmore.

Lower Merion Township Police were called to Kraft's residence around 9.15pm to perform a welfare check on the brunette bombshell and she was found dead in her bed. Police have not confirmed who initiated the wellness check.

An autopsy report revealed the lingerie model died by 'ligature strangulation.' As of late Thursday night, police had not made any arrests.


Federal judge shoots and kills himself after holding a 13-year-old girl and her parents hostage

A federal judge has shot and killed himself after holding terrified family members at gunpoint in a 10-hour standoff with police SWAT teams.

Timothy Maher, 51, ended the standoff with a self-inflicted gunshot wound around 8.20am on Friday morning in a home outside of Miami, allowing the 13-year-old girl and her parents to escape uninjured.

Maher, a federal administrative judge with 10 years on the bench, had spiraled out of control in recent days, drawing an arrest and multiple police contacts over a dispute with the estranged mother of his four-year-old son.

Police said Maher was related to the hostages, but it is unclear how. Neighbors said that the homeowner may have been the judge's brother-in-law.

The standoff began late Thursday with a plaintive text message to 911 reading simply: please help.


Dem Candidate’s Campaign Twitter Account ‘Likes’ Vulgar Anti-Police Tweet

Jealous (D.) had to explain Thursday why his campaign's official Twitter account liked a vulgar tweet attacking police as "dirty Cunt cops," saying it didn't reflect his true position.

The tweet in question was from Feb. 3 and read, "Yet people still believe cops are saints, and Freddie Gray killed himself. Fuck #BlueLivesMatter and all these dirty Cunt cops. You aren't a cop if you're dirty…you're a target to the criminal world. If you get killed…that's on you."

It quote-tweeted a Feb. 2 tweet by Jealous saying it was time to end the "failed war on drugs" because it had "corrupted too many police officers," linking to a story about Baltimore police corruption.

The "Ben Jealous for Governor" account "liked" the tweet, but a campaign spokesman said it was the result of a staffer's mistake
"This tweet was not liked by Ben and certainly doesn’t reflect his views on law enforcement," Jealous campaign spokesman Kevin Harris said. "As Ben has said on several occasions, he values and respects law enforcement, including the several members of his own family who have worn the badge or are currently serving."


Trump Cancels Pompeo Trip to North Korea, Citing Lack of ‘Sufficient Progress’ on Denuclearization

President Donald Trump announced Friday he had canceled Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's upcoming trip to North Korea due to a lack of "sufficient progress" in denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.

Pompeo had been scheduled to travel to Pyongyang next week alongside special envoy Stephen Biegun for further nuclear talks. The United Nations nuclear watchdog reported this week that North Korea, despite promises to the contrary, has continued to develop its nuclear program since Trump's historic summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in June.

Trump, who previously declared that North Korea was "no longer a nuclear threat," added he felt China was no longer helping in the denuclearization process because of the tougher U.S. stance toward it on trade. China is North Korea's chief trading partner and holds immense power over its economy.

"I have asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo not to go to North Korea, at this time, because I feel we are not making sufficient progress with respect to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," Trump wrote. "Additionally, because of our much tougher Trading stance with China, I do not believe they are helping with the process of denuclearization as they once were (despite the UN Sanctions which are in place)."


"They're Getting Eaten Alive", Morgan Stanley Warns Of Momentum In Hospital Closings

While the stock market could indeed be in the most extended bull market in history, there are new, troubling signs that the real economy is faltering.

A new report has sounded the alarm about the pace of hospital closures across the country. It says there are several factors pressuring margins at hospitals that are contributing to the accelerating rate of closures, particularly in rural communities.

The American Hospital Association (AHA) conducts an annual survey of hospitals in the United States. The data shows hospitals have been closing at a rate of about 30 per annum.

Bloomberg spoke with Morgan Stanley analysts led by Vikram Malhotra, who examined data from roughly 6,000 US private and public hospitals and determined eight percent are at risk of closing; another 10 percent are considered extremely “weak.” Malhotra defined weak hospitals based on criteria for margins for earnings before interest and other items, occupancy and revenue. The “at risk” group was defined by capital expenditures and efficiency, among others.


4 Reasons We Still Need James Bond Movies

James Bond is facing his greatest menace yet. Studio shenanigans.

Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle just bailed on the latest 007 assignment, citing the proverbial creative differences. Now, Team Bond is scrambling to find a new visionary to bring star Daniel Craig back for a fifth spy adventure.

It’s tempting to say, “why bother?”

Craig clearly doesn’t want the gig. He all but said so after his fourth Bond outing, “Spectre.” It’s hard to blame him. The shoot left him shaken and bruised. Today’s action heroes do plenty of their own stunt work. Just ask Tom Cruise.

It took a massive paycheck to help change Craig’s mind.

And then there’s the pressure to modernize James Bond. Cast a woman as the next Bond! Why not a man of color! Does he have to be so cruel, by the way?

It’s enough to make you shrug and say, let the franchise expire. Only we need James Bond now… more than ever. Here are four reasons why.


DSP S.O.A.R. Searching For Wanted Sex Offenders

Dover, DE- The Delaware State Police Sex Offender Apprehension and Registration Unit (S.O.A.R) is currently looking for the following wanted sex offenders after they either failed to register or re-register their current address. If anyone knows the location of these subjects, they are asked to call 302-672-5306. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the
Presented by the Director of Public Information, Sergeant Richard Bratz
Released: 082418 1915
David TreadwayFrederick ParkerJeffery MccannJohn Elliott

Illegal Alien Accused of Murdering Mollie Tibbetts Has an Anchor Baby

The illegal alien accused of murdering 20-year-old college student Mollie Tibbetts and leaving her body in an Iowa cornfield has a U.S.-born child.

This week, law enforcement announced that Tibbetts’ body was found in a cornfield in her rural hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa, after she was last seen jogging on July 18.

Illegal alien Cristhian 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. The illegal alien lived in a region of Iowa that was surrounded by sanctuary cities, as Breitbart News noted.

Police have previously noted that Bahena-Rivera has been living in the U.S. illegally for the past four to seven years. A new report reveals that the illegal alien has a U.S.-born child with one of Tibbetts’ former high school classmates.


Trump congratulates new Australian prime minister Scott Morrison

President Trump congratulated newly installed Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison late Friday, after Malcolm Turnbull was ousted by party rivals.

“Congratulations to new Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. There are no greater friends than the United States and Australia!” Trump tweeted. 

Poll: Plurality of Minnesota Voters Say State Has ‘Too Many Refugees’

A new Suffolk University/St. Cloud Times poll released on Thursday shows that a plurality of Minnesota voters say the state has “too many refugees.”

Forty-four percent of likely Minnesota voters say the state has “too many refugees,” while 38 percent say the number of refugees in the state is “just right.”

A mere ten percent say they want more refugees.

Refugee resettlement is one of the key issues in the state that now has the largest Somali community in the country in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. Most Somalis arrived in the state through the federal refugee resettlement program, or are children and grand-children of those who were resettled through that program.

GOP gubernatorial nominee Jeff Johnson has made ending the state’s participation in the federal refugee resettlement program a key element of his campaign.

That issue appears to be resonating with voters.


L.A. Antifa Group Calls For 'Revolutionary Violence' Against ICE

A Los Angeles-based antifa group is calling for a "sea of armed masses" to use "revolutionary violence against the enemies of the people" and ultimately "take power" in America, Far Left Watch reports.

The revolutionary Maoist group Serve the People -- Los Angeles (STPLA) made the call during a recent demonstration in South Central Los Angeles, where "dozens of protesters" wearing red bandannas and carrying STPLA flags, banners, and a Trump piñata-effigy "rallied the masses" to demand the release of Gladis Hernandez, an illegal immigrant woman who is being detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).


The Communist Who Launched Keith Ellison’s Career

Keith Ellison's political career began with controversy over his links to the Nation of Islam's Louis Farrakhan, connections that continues to dog him to the present day despite his repeated disavowals. But less commonly known is another radical association of Ellison's: a decade-long relationship with Marxist University of Minnesota professor and 1974 Communist Party gubernatorial candidate in Minnesota, Erwin Marquit. Marquit helped launch Ellison's national political career in 2006 using Marquit's political connections, anti-war associations, personal donations, and hosting at least four fundraisers over the years for Ellison in the Marquit home near Cedar Lake in the Bryn Mawr section of Minneapolis.

Marquit, the "state's best-known Communist" according to a Minneapolis Star-Tribune profile published shortly before Marquit's death from cancer in 2015, openly supported Ellison from the start. In his Memoirs of a Lifelong Communist, Marquit wrote that he and his wife Doris actively solicited backing for Ellison as early as May 2006, sought signatures for a letter of support for Ellison that was circulated among anti-Iraq war activists, and hosted the first fundraiser for Ellison in their home in July 2006.

Marquit also went door-to-door for Ellison, also described in his memoirs:

Brace Yourself: Now Coconut Oil Is 'Pure Poison'

You know the drill: start eating or drinking the food or beverage that all the experts announce is beneficial to your health. Then, a few months/years/decades later, stop eating or drinking that same food or beverage when all the health experts decide that it will kill you. Rinse and repeat.

Remember how coconut oil was the best thing since organic, sustainable quinoa? Well, apparently it will kill you. It turns out the stuff is "pure poison," according to a Harvard professor:


Small Business Ownership Among Black Americans Jumps 400% Since Trump's Election

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.

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Elizabeth Warren Earned Royalties From Natural Gas Producer With Long Rap Sheet Of Environmental Violations, Tax Returns Reveal

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren received royalty payments in 2017 from one of the largest natural gas producers in the nation, according to tax return documents her campaign released Wednesday.

Warren received $121 in royalty payments in 2017 from Chesapeake Operating, LLC, a subsidiary company of Chesapeake Energy, according to her tax return. Chesapeake is thesecond-largest natural gas producer in the nation behind Exxon Mobil and is the most active driller of new gas wells in the country.

Chesapeake has been hit with over $17 million in fines relating to environmental and leasing violations since 2007, the largest being a $3.2 million fine levied in 2013 after one of its subsidiary companies dumped unauthorized materials into dozens of streams and wetlands in West Virginia.

The natural gas royalties Warren collected in 2017 is negligible in comparison to her estimated net worth of between $3.7 and $10 million, however, the existence of the Democrat’s financial ties with Chesapeake is curious considering her aggressive stance against the energy industry.


This makes the 4th Rape in August In Salisbury Maryland

Sexual Assault
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Aug 23, 2018

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Ann Coulter Diagnoses The Mainstream Media

On today’s video edition of the Daily Daily Caller Podcast we sit down with best-selling author Ann Coulter to talk about her newest book, “Resistance is Futile!: How the Trump-Hating Left Lost Its Collective Mind.” In typical Ann Coulter fashion, she holds nothing back when it comes to how the media has turned into “La Resistance” and how destroying journalism may be the only thing that can save it, and it does need to be saved.

It’s a funny and important discussion with one of the most popular conservative writers on the planet.


Democrats not ready to govern, says Trump, citing Tibbetts murder, other immigration-related crime

Their 'immigration policies are destroying innocent lives, and spilling very innocent blood' president says

President Trump said Friday night that Republicans will prevail in the midterm elections because Democrats “are not in a position to govern” with lax immigration policies that he said led to the death of Iowa teenager Mollie Tibbetts and others.

Speaking to the Ohio state Republican Party’s annual dinner, Mr. Trump predicted, “This November we are going to win really big.”

“Today’s Democrats are not just extreme, they are really not in a position to govern,” he said. “They are just not in a position to govern when you look at what they are for — open borders and crime.”

The president raised the case of Ms. Tibbetts, who was killed while jogging, allegedly by an illegal immigrant from Mexico who stalked her.

“Everybody is talking about Mollie. Everybody loved her,” the president said.


How "Wealthy" Would We Be If We Stopped Borrowing Trillions Every Year?

These charts reflect a linear system that is wobbling into the first stages of non-linear destabilization.

The widespread presumption is the U.S. is wealthy beyond words, and will remain so as far as the eye can see: wealthy enough to fund trillion-dollar weapons systems, trillion-dollar endless wars, multi-trillion dollar Medicare for all, multi-trillion dollar Universal Basic Income, and so on, in an endless profusion of endless trillions.

Just as a thought experiment, let's ask: how "wealthy" would we be if we stopped borrowing trillions of dollars every year? Or put another way, how "wealthy" would we be if the rest of the world stops buying our trillions in newly issued bonds, mortgages, auto loans, etc.?

The verboten reality is our "wealth" is nothing but a sand castle of debt. Take away more borrowing and the castle melts away. I've gathered a selection of charts that show just how dependent we are on massive debt expansion that continues essentially forever, as any pause in debt expansion will collapse the entire system.

Corporate buybacks have powered rising corporate earnings--and the buybacks are funded by debt. Corporate debt has exploded higher in the past decade, enabling stock buybacks on an unprecedented scale.

Government debt--federal, state and local-- is rising an exponential rates.We're not paying for more government programs with earnings--we're simply borrowing trillions and hoping we can borrow the interest payments that will also rise along with the debt.

Household debt, student loans, auto loans--all are soaring. The corporate sector, government and the household sector--all are living on borrowed money, and relying on magical thinking to mask the inevitable consequences.

Here's debt to GDP. Yes, the economy expanded, but debt expanded much faster. Every additional dollar of GDP now requires multiple dollars of new debt.


Chicago police have only charged 1 person weeks after bloodiest weekend of the year

One man, accused of a trio of weapons violations, remains the only person charged in connection with the carnage wrought three weeks ago in Chicago, when 75 people were shot -- 12 fatally -- during the city's bloodiest weekend of the year.

Rick Franklin, 27, was arrested Aug. 4, and charged with three felony weapons charges, including aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. The offenses were linked to Franklin due to the latest technology being monitored by police and civilian analysts, the Chicago Tribune reported.

After Franklin allegedly fired a gun near an intersection, the shots were detected by acoustic sensors in the area, and an alert was soon sent to a monitoring center more than a mile away. Cops then immediately used surveillance cameras at the intersection to track down a blue Ford Focus seen fleeing the scene, officials said.


Parents fight back after school drops Pledge of Allegiance for student-authored oath to ‘global society’

Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School Principal Lara Zelski decided students will no longer recite the Pledge of Allegiance during the school’s morning meeting agenda, which she described to parents as “an effort to begin our day as a fully inclusive and connected community.”

“Over the past couple of years it has become increasingly obvious that more and more of our community were choosing to not stand and/or recite the pledge,” she wrote, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

The statement, posted to the school website, promised parents students could recite the Pledge of Allegiance later in the day, if they felt like it, and vowed to create better pledge specifically for the school.

“Teachers and the K-5 leadership team will be working with students to create a school pledge that we can say together at morning meeting,” Zelski wrote, adding that it “will focus on students’ civic responsibility to their school family, community, country and our global society.”

“I’m really looking forward to what our students create,” she wrote, according to TheBlaze.

The move infuriated parents and quickly gained the attention of Georgia House Speaker David Ralston, gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp, and others who denounced the decision.


South Africa Shocked After Trump Dings Country For Seizing White Farmers

South Africa accused President Donald Trump of stoking racial division Thursday after the president suggested his administration would study the country’s policy of seizing farmers’ land.

The government blasted Trump’s tweet calling out land seizures in South Africa. It called the president’s message “false information” that reflects a “narrow perception which only seeks to divide our nation and reminds us of our colonial past.”

“I have asked Secretary of State @SecPompeo to closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures and expropriations and the large scale killing of farmers. “South African Government is now seizing land from white farmers,” the president told his Twitter followers Wednesday.

I have asked Secretary of State @SecPompeo to closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures and expropriations and the large scale killing of farmers. “South African Government is now seizing land from white farmers.” @TuckerCarlson @FoxNews


Chinese Communist Party Funds Washington Think Tanks

China's Communist Party is intensifying covert influence operations in the United States that include funding Washington think tanks and coercing Chinese Americans, according to a congressional commission report.

The influence operations are conducted by the United Front Work Department, a Central Committee organ that employs tens of thousands of operatives who seek to use both overt and covert operations to promote Communist Party policies.

The Party's United Front strategy includes paying several Washington think tanks with the goal influencing their actions and adopting positions that support Beijing's policies.

"The [Chinese Communist Party] has sought to influence academic discourse on China and in certain instances has infringed upon—and potentially criminally violated—rights to freedoms of speech and association that are guaranteed to Americans and those protected by U.S. laws," the report says.

"Despite the CCP's candid discussion of its United Front strategy, the breadth and depth of this issue remain relatively unknown to U.S. policymakers."


WALSH: It's Time To Tear Down The Statues Of These Three Monstrous Liberal Heroes

The Left was ecstatic this week when "protestors" (read: criminal vandals) toppled a Confederate statue on the campus of University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. This, of course, is just the latest monument of its sort to be removed, legally or illegally, in the name of combating white supremacy. There seems to have been a precedent established over the past few years: if you don't like a statue, pull it down. The law will step to the side and allow felony destruction of property to occur.

There are a few problems with this precedent, starting with its uneven application. It has been open season on "offensive" monuments, only so long as they are monuments to 19th century white guys from the American south. The rather selective nature of this historical purging has led many people — myself included — to suspect that there is a specifically left-wing ideological motivation behind this outcry against statues. If it is not ideological, if our modern sensibilities simply will not tolerate statues that commemorate "problematic" figures of any sort, then why hasn't the outrage extended beyond Confederate soldiers?

Many people in the south feel that this is an attack on their heritage and history. If it is not that, if it is really just a movement against evils like racism and slavery, then all statues associated with evil should come down. This is not "whataboutism." This is simply a matter of consistently applying a principle. The statue-toppling mobs, if their motives were honest, would assemble to yank down, stomp, and spit upon the following non-Confederate monuments. Though of course I would only want this to be done legally:

1) The monument to child sex predator Harvey Milk in San Francisco.


Hot New Industry: Rental Goats

The Chinese lunar calendar denotes 2018 as the year of the dog, though up until now August has been the month of the goat.

A pair of goats were spotted wandering along New York City subway tracks earlier this week, prompting the city's transit authority to retool its train schedules while employees – with the help of comedian Jon Stewart – rounded up the rogue animals and transported them to a nearby animal sanctuary.

And just a few weeks prior, a herd of several dozen goats descended upon a neighborhood just outside of Boise, Idaho, chowing down on grass, weeds and everything green that lay before them.

Goats aren't exactly staples of local Boise wildlife, and the bizarre collection of photos and videos accumulated by residents and local news outlets spread like wildfire – propelling the herd to internet stardom and mentions in The New York Times and The Washington Post.

The goats were eventually rounded up as more details of the story came together. As local reporter Joe Parris – who was among the first to post pictures of the goats on Twitter, helping the story go viral – later explained in a Facebook video, the herd was deployed by a local operation called We Rent Goats, which, as the name implies, rents goats out to those interested in using the animals to help clear weeds and plant overgrowth.


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Congo Ebola outbreak now at 105 cases, and bordering countries are on alert

MPONDWE, Uganda - On Tuesdays and Fridays, an estimated 19,000 people stream down the hill from Congo's North Kivu province to cross the border into this small town, many of them headed to a sprawling open-air market.

In recent weeks, crossing the border has become more difficult as Ugandan health authorities have beefed up precautions against the spread of the Ebola virus. An outbreak centered in North Kivu is responsible for 105 confirmed or suspected cases, including 67 deaths, according to Robert Redfield, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who has just returned from the area.

Uganda is determined to keep the deadly hemorrhagic fever from spreading to its side of the border. Before travelers are allowed through, they must step in small tubs of chlorinated water to disinfect their shoes, and their temperatures are taken with no-touch thermometer guns aimed at their temples.

Uganda moved quickly, imposing the precautions a week after the latest outbreak was declared Aug. 1. It has found six suspected cases at this crossing, but laboratory tests cleared them all.


'This Will Buy Us Time': Maryland's Plan to Lower Obamacare Premiums, for Now, Gets Federal Approval

State officials plan to announce Wednesday that the Trump administration has approved a federal waiver that is expected to stave off increases in health insurance costs for more than 200,000 Marylanders.

The two main sponsors of the legislation designed to control costs under Obamacare confirmed that the federal government has given Maryland the green light for its reinsurance program.

Amelia Chasse, a spokesman for Gov. Larry Hogan, confirmed plans for a Wednesday announcement but would not provide details. House Speaker Michael E. Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller are expected to speak at the event.

Del. Joseline Pena-Melnyk and Sen. Thomas M. "Mac" Middleton, who sponsored the bills to fill the gap left by Congress' elimination of a key source of funds for Obamacare, said they have been told the waiver has been approved.

"I'm very pleased that the work of the General Assembly is going to pay off," said Pena-Melnyk, a Prince George's County Democrat. "Honest to God, I think it's fantastic."

Passage of the bills creating the reinsurance plan and seeking the waiver were hailed as one of the chief bipartisan accomplishments of Maryland's 2018 General Assembly session.


Breaking News: Pope Francis arrived in Ireland for a two-day visit clouded by sexual abuse scandals in the Roman Catholic Church. Follow our live updates.

The pope is making the first papal visit to Ireland in 39 years, joining Catholics from around the world, but the celebrations will be held in the shadow of unrelenting revelations of sexual abuse and cover-ups that have eroded the moral authority and unity of the church.

Previously Deported Illegal Alien Accused of Stabbing Minnesota Woman to Death

A previously deported illegal alien has been charged with stabbing a Minnesota woman to death, police say.

Fraider Diaz-Carbajal, a 35-year-old illegal alien from Mexico, stabbed his ex-girlfriend, 27-year-old Enedelia Perez Garcia, to death with a knife before slashing his own throat, according to Shakopee Police Capt. Craig Robson.

Diaz-Carbajal has been charged with second-degree murder for the death of Garcia, whom police said had stab wounds covering her body. Police say the woman had gone back to Diaz-Carbajal’s apartment the night of the murder to get her belongings. A month before, police say she moved out of the illegal alien’s apartment because of domestic abuse.


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US Housing Market Slump Continues: New Home Sales Tumble In July

Following yesterday's hope-crushing drop in existing home sales (weakest since Feb 2016), new home sales were expected to rebound 2.2% MoM after crashing over 5% in June, but they didn't as new home sales tumbled 1.7% MoM (after upward revisions).

June's 5.3% drop was revised up to a 2.4% drop, which impacted the miss in July...

The first back-to-back decline since January was led by a 52.3 percent drop in the Northeast to 21,000 home sales, the fewest since 2015, as well as a 3.3 percent decline to 355,000 in the South, the biggest region. The West and Midwest recorded gains.


Troopers Arrest Smyrna Woman for Weapons Charges

Melanie L. Ballard
Melanie L. BallardSmyrna- The Delaware State Police have arrested a Smyrna woman after she pointed a loaded handgun at her former tenant.

The incident occurred at approximately 3:32 p.m., on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 when Troopers were dispatched to the 400 block of S. Carter Road for a trespass complaint. Upon arrival, it was learned that the 44-year-old male victim had responded to the residence to turn over his keys. A disagreement ensued between the victim and 44-year-old, Melanie Ballard. Ballard proceeded to display a handgun and pointed it at the victim, causing him to fear for his life.

Ballard was taken into custody without incident, and recovered from the scene was a loaded Glock 22 .40 caliber handgun. Ballard was transported back to Troop 9 where she was charged with the following:
Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony
Aggravated Menacing

Ballard was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 2 and released on $25,000.00 unsecured bond.

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. (1800 842-8461). You may also email the unit Director

Notice of Closed Session 8-27-18

There will be a Closed Session held Monday, August 27, 2018 upon the adjournment of Monday’s Legislative Session.

The Public Notice is attached and posted on the website at the link below:

Meeting Materials - 8-27-18 - Council Meeting

Attached is the Agenda Packet for Monday’s Council Meeting, which is posted on the website at the link below.

Public Notice - Cancellation of Tuesday, September 4, 2018 Work Session

The Tuesday, September 4, 2018 Council Work Session has been canceled.

The Public Notice is attached and posted on the website at the link below:


(Wednesday, August 22, 2018) Clarie had almost an entire year in recovery from active addiction on April 11, 2017, when her son found her lying on her mother’s floor suffering from an opioid overdose. Clarie was immediately transported by ambulance to Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC), where she found the hope that she needed to get back on the road to recovery.

That hope came from a member of the Wicomico County Community Outreach Addictions Team, also known as COAT. This member of the team sat with her for hours and helped her get into treatment as soon as possible.

Clarie is one of the real-life success stories of the now two-year-old COAT program. COAT was launched by the Wicomico County Health Department in partnership with the Wicomico County State’s Attorney’s Office, Wicomico County Government, Salisbury City Government, Wicomico County Sheriff’s Department and a number of community partners including Peninsula Regional Medical Center. The goal of the joint initiative is to combat overdoses and provide a smooth transition to treatment and recovery services to individuals with an opioid addiction.

Not only has the program been recognized nationally for its design and scope of collaboration, it’s also working very well.

At Peninsula Regional’s Emergency/Trauma Center in 2016, there were 264 opioid overdoses. PRMC began intense collaboration with COAT in July of that year. In 2017, total opioid overdoses dropped to 192. Through May 2018, the numbers are down even more significantly. Total opioid overdoses treated in the PRMC emergency department the first five months of this year were 58. That compares to 89 opioid overdoses during the same period in 2017.

“The COAT program is truly an asset in helping combat the opioid crisis here in Wicomico County," said Lori Brewster, Wicomico County Health Officer. “The program is designed to help bridge the gap between active addiction and treatment and break down barriers that may exist for those battling the disease. Our peers have seen similar struggles, and have experienced the difficulties of battling addiction. They are meeting individuals where they are at, in hopes the lives of the individuals they have come in contact with can be improved and not lost.”

The COAT program offers

- 24-hour phone and in-person support from Peer Support Specialists
- Connections to many community and local resources
- Access to treatment
- Support for family and loved ones
- Naloxone Trainings
- Ongoing follow-up
- Education and community outreach

“Not only did COAT respond at the time of my overdose, they kept up with me for several months through phone calls, which really meant so much. It really helped keep me going. I have such a respect for those who have been through hell, and choose to give back,” Clarie said.

Today Clarie has completed treatment, is working a full-time job and has received her high school diploma. Clarie is now enrolled at Wor Wic Community College and begins the Chemical Dependency Counseling Program in September. Her goal is to eventually obtain a job as a peer recovery specialist to help those in need, just as she was helped when she needed it the most. “The COAT team presence at an overdose is a huge resource to help someone get on track to recovery,” she added.

Do you or someone you love struggle with the disease of addiction?

You can reach out to the Community Outreach Addiction Team (COAT) 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling (443) 783-6875.

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Chicago Hopes To "Solve" Record Pension Deficit With Creative Solution: More Debt

John Maynard Keynes would be thrilled to hear about the brilliant solution Chicago has come up with to help solve its pension deficit: issue a $10 billion bond and take on more debt.

Chicago's pension deficit has been a problem that we’ve been covering at length. The stunning funding gap, which comes in at about $28 billion, is an issue that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel campaigned on fixing, along with the rest of the city's finances. "It’ll be a big test for sure,” said Vikram Rai, head of municipal strategy at Citigroup Inc. “But if it works it’ll set a good precedent for the other cities and states that have pension problems."

It won't work.

Absent dramatic haircuts to pension promises, it's simply impossible to resolve the third largest US city's pension crisis: as we noted last month when looking at the broader pension problems faced by Illinois, in 1987, pension promises made to active workers and retirees in the state’s five state-run pension plans totaled just $18 billion. By 2016, they had ballooned to $208 billion. That’s a cumulative 1,067 percent increase.

Contrast that to the state’s budget (general fund revenues) which was up just 236 percent over the same time period. Or household incomes, which were up just 127 percent. Or inflation, up just 111 percent. Promised pension benefits have blown past any ability of the state, the economy or taxpayers to pay for them.