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Thursday, August 22, 2019

4 Female Students Shot At Historically Black University

On Tuesday, the first day of school at Clark Atlanta University, one of a group of historically black colleges, a male shooter fired into a group of roughly 200 students, wounding four female students who attended either Clark Atlanta or nearby Spelman College. The shooting occurred outside the library, which is used by students from nearby colleges as well. The students were holding a party to mark the end of orientation, ABC News reported.

Atlanta police Capt. William Ricker stated, “It appears there were two separate groups that were targeting each other, and these people were just caught in the crossfire.”

11 Alive reported, “Police said they initially found three women students with gunshot wounds near the Robert W. Woodruff Library at the AUC. Those students were immediately taken to Grady Hospital. That’s when a fourth student showed up to the hospital as well to be treated for a gunshot wound. Police said the victims are in stable condition.”


The Green New Deal: Less About Climate, More About Control

If someone asked you to describe the Green New Deal, what would you say?

According to Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., it’s a “bold idea” that would “create millions of good-paying jobs” and help “rebuild communities in rural America that have been devastated.”

Oh, you thought the Green New Deal was all about fighting climate change? Well, think again.

Turns out it’s a green-glossed Trojan horse designed to increase government control over the economy.

Just ask Saikat Chakrabarti, chief of staff to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., the author of the deal. “The interesting thing about the Green New Deal is it wasn’t originally a climate thing at all,” Chakrabarti said. “We really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing.”


Dems are heading for a complete split with Israel

Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar are forcing fellow Democrats to choose between them, on one hand, and standing up for America’s most important Middle East ally, Israel, on the other. Guess which side the Dems are taking?

Hint: Not Israel’s.

After the Jewish state nixed the two lawmakers’ anti-Israel publicity stunt last week, House Democrats began weighing retaliatory measures, including possible legislative action against Israel’s US ambassador, Ron Dermer, and the US envoy to Israel, David Friedman.

Meanwhile, Dems close their eyes to the pair’s blatant anti-Semitism, which is only growing after Israel’s decision. On Friday, for example, the two posted an anti-Israel cartoon by an artist known for drawings that mock Holocaust victims and feature anti-Semitic imagery. Outrage from Dems? Ha.


Attorney General Frosh Files Brief to Protect Women’s Rights to Safe Abortion Services

Attorneys General Argue Indiana’s Application of Its Licensing Requirements Unconstitutionally Denies Women Access to Safe Abortion Care

BALTIMORE, MD (August 22, 2019) – Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh today joined a coalition of 16 in filing an amicus brief supporting women’s access to safe reproductive health care.  The coalition filed the brief in Whole Woman’s Health Alliance v. Hill, which is currently pending in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.

The coalition filed the brief in support of a lawsuit filed by Whole Woman’s Health Alliance (WWHA), which is attempting to open a medication abortion clinic in South Bend, Indiana.  In the brief, the coalition argues that states have an interest in protecting the health and safety of residents, which includes promoting access to safe health care and reproductive health care.

“One state’s illegal prohibition against safe abortion services for women affects all states,” said Attorney General Frosh.  “We are joining in filing this brief to help ensure that women, especially those in areas where basic medical services are scant, are given the opportunity to make safe choices about their own reproductive health.” 

WWHA filed a lawsuit against the Indiana state officials after they denied WWHA’s application for a license to open a clinic that would provide medication abortions in South Bend.  The state denied the license claiming that WWHA’s application did not provide complete and accurate information about affiliated entities operating clinics in other states.  WWHA filed suit and sought a preliminary injunction, arguing the state’s licensing requirements, as applied to the South Bend clinic, are overly vague and unconstitutional.  The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana entered a preliminary injunction requiring Indiana to allow WWHA to open the clinic, ruling that WWHA was likely to prove that the state’s application of the regulatory process in the case was unconstitutional because it placed undue burden on a woman’s ability to choose to have an abortion.

The coalition points out that states have a strong interest in ensuring that abortion care, like all health care services, is provided safely.  States’ interest in public health is best served when their licensing and regulatory processes are applied to protect the health and safety of patients, rather than to deny women access to safe abortion services.  In the brief, the attorneys general argue that preventing a clinic from operating in an underserved area may cause women to seek abortions from wholly unregulated sources or to undergo more risky procedures because they are forced to delay care.

Furthermore, the coalition argues, when a state enforces its licensing regulations in a manner that deprives an underserved population of access to abortion care, it increases the public health risk for pregnant women.  According to WWHA, women who do not have access to a safe abortion clinic may be forced to travel significant distances to receive safe abortion care in their home state or in a neighboring state.  When women are forced to travel to other states to access care due to their home state’s unlawful conduct, it may strain health care systems in those neighboring states.  In short, the coalition argues, the repercussions of Indiana’s actions are not limited to Indiana or the women who live there.

In addition to Maryland, the brief was filed by the attorneys general of California, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Washington.

How a Big Hurricane on Aug. 22, 1933 Created the Ocean City We Know Today

Ocean City dates its history back to 1875, but the resort town we know today really didn’t take shape until Aug. 22, 1933. That’s when a hellacious storm tore a hole through town and altered the course of its future forever. Nobody gave names to storms back then, so this one is generally known only as “The Hurricane of 1933.” It arrived in the midst of one of the wickedest hurricane seasons ever–20 big storms formed in the North Atlantic that year.

The storm made landfall on Tuesday, Aug. 22. But before that, Ocean City had endured four long days of torrential rain. It’s hard to believe one of the newspaper accounts I reviewed, which says that 10 inches of rain fell on Ocean City on each and every one of those four days.

That was just the warm-up act for the Hurricane of 1933, of course. The hurricane itself lasted two days. At the end here, I will provide links to some video shot while it
was raging. Winds and flooding tore up the boardwalk. Streets filled with floodwaters,sweeping cars and trucks up and away with the current. A good number of homes and businesses were washed into the ocean. (Amazingly, I have not seen any reports of fatalities specific to Ocean City, only ones that refer to seven deaths statewide.) 


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Republican Jewish Coalition Backs Trump

The Republican Jewish Coalition on Wednesday backed President Donald Trump in his attacks on Jews who vote for Democrats, saying on Twitter that the President was "pointing out the obvious."

"We take the President seriously, not literally," the coalition, headed by Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, said in one tweet. "President Trump is pointing out the obvious: for those who care about Israel, the position of many elected Democrats has become anti-Israel."

The group then referenced U.S. Reps. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., who have been banned from Israel for supporting boycotts over the Jewish state's treatment of Palestinians.

"When Tlaib and Omar talk loyalty, they're questioning American Jews' loyalty to the United States," the coalition said in another post. "President Trump is talking about caring about the survival of the Jewish state."


Yarmuk: The Forgotten Source of ISIS’s Inspiration

Today in history, on August 20, 636, one of the most consequential battles between Islam and the West took place, the Battle of Yarmuk. Not only did it decide whether the Arabian creed thrives or dies; it became a chief source of inspiration and instruction for jihadis throughout the centuries, right down to the Islamic State, or “ISIS.”

And yet, very few in the West are even aware of this encounter’s existence—much less how it motivates ISIS. As such, and in what follows, a detailed examination is offered.

The story begins, perhaps unsurprisingly, with the prophet of Islam. Four years before the battle, in 632, Muhammad had died. During his lifetime, he had managed to rally the Arabs under the banner of Islam. On his death, some tribes that sought to break away remained Muslim but refused to pay taxes, or zakat, to the caliph, Abu Bakr, Muhammad’s successor. Branding them all apostates, the caliph initiated the Ridda (“apostasy”) Wars, which saw tens of thousands of Arabs beheaded, crucified, or burned alive. In 633, these wars were over; in 634, so was the life of Abu Bakr. It would fall to the second caliph, Omar bin al-Khattab (r. 634–44), to direct the full might of the once feuding Arabs — now one tribe, one umma — against “the infidel.”


Rand Paul Renews Call for Auditing Federal Reserve

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., on Wednesday reiterated his longstanding call for an audit of the Federal Reserve in an all-capital-letters tweet that echoed similar concerns by President Donald Trump.

"IT SHOULD BE GETTING AUDITED," the second-term senator said in his post, which included a Trump all-caps tweet challenging Fed monetary policies.

Paul, 56, has long called for the Fed to be audited, and in January reintroduced legislation to have the General Accounting Office examine the central bank.

In 2016, the Senate passed Paul's bill — and the House has twice approved the legislation, but the White House and the Fed have opposed any audit.

Rand Paul's father, former Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, who later became a Libertarian, first proposed legislation in 1999 to eliminate the Fed and later to audit the agency after the 2008 banking crisis. The bills have stalled in Congress.


Pollak: Trump Just Told Liberal Jews What They’ve Been Telling Conservative Jews for Years About Disloyalty

Conservatives are often puzzled about how the majority of Jews can still vote Democrat even though the party has become so anti-Israel, and tolerates anti-Semitism from the likes of Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).

Christian conservatives also ask me, politely, why Jews are liberal. Jewish conservatives are less restrained, and often express outright frustration. Norman Podhoretz even wrote a book about it: Why Are Jews Liberals?

For most Jewish conservatives, the question is as much about pain as politics. Each of us bears the scars of family dinners gone wrong, of angry e-mails from relatives who call us disloyal Jews — and even anti-Semites — because they watch CNN or believe their liberal rabbi or follow the trash that the New York Times prints about President Donald Trump, the first Jewish zayde [Yiddish for 'grandpa'] in the White House and the best friend that the Jewish State has ever had.

So when President Trump criticized Omar and Tlaib for their hostility toward Israel, and asked how Democrats could consider cutting aid to Israel because of “two people that hate Israel and hate Jewish people,” adding, “I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty,” most Jewish conservatives knew exactly where he was coming from, even if we may not have chosen those words.

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Wicomico & Worcester Joint Press Release - Mosquito Pool Tests Positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Worcester

Mosquito pool tests positive for
Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Worcester

(August 22, 2019 Snow Hill, MD) – The Worcester County Health Department received notification from the State of Maryland that a mosquito pool in the Whaleyville area of Worcester County recently tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). This is the second positive test for EEE in Worcester in 2019.

Arboviruses, such as the EEE virus, are most common during the summer and fall months. The viruses are transmitted by infected mosquitoes and spread to humans, birds, horses and other animals. Since mosquitoes can breed in as little as a quarter inch of water, eliminating standing water is critical for the control of mosquito populations. Many factors impact when and where outbreaks occur, such as weather, numbers of mosquitoes that spread the virus, and human behavior.

The Worcester and Wicomico County Health Departments provide the following tips to help prevent contact with mosquitoes and reduce risk of infection with EEE or other mosquito borne illnesses:
       Remove standing water around your home; as little as one-half inch of water will support dozens of mosquitoes. Remove or turn over buckets, bottles, and other containers; discard old tires or drill drainage holes in tires used for playground equipment; clean rain gutters; store canoes, wheelbarrows, and plastic wading pools upside down; flush birdbaths and the bottom of plant holders twice a week; remove pet food and water dishes that are not being used; adjust tarps (over pools, boats, etc.) to eliminate standing water; fix dripping faucets.

       Wear clothing that covers the arms, legs, and feet whenever you are outdoors.

       Use mosquito repellents sparingly on exposed skin. An effective repellent will contain 20% to 30% DEET (N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide). Higher concentrations may cause side effects, particularly in children. Avoid applying repellents to the hands of children and do not use repellents on children under 3 years of age. Follow package instructions carefully.

       Spray clothing with repellents containing permethrin or DEET as mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing.

       Minimize outdoor activities at dawn, dusk, and in the early evening when mosquitoes are most active.
       Inspect window and door screens and repair any holes found.

Signs and Symptoms

People with milder illnesses typically recover on their own, although symptoms may last for several weeks. In more severe cases, patients need to be hospitalized to receive supportive treatment. Signs and symptoms of Eastern Equine Encephalitis include fever, headache, irritability, restlessness, drowsiness, vomiting, diarrhea, cyanosis, convulsions, and coma. Anyone with possible symptoms of EEE should contact a health care provider immediately.

Horse owners can protect their horses from EEE with a vaccine, contact your veterinarian for information.

For more prevention tips and information about Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) or for info specifically related to EEE in Worcester County,

DC mayor blocks planned shelter for unaccompanied migrant children

Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) has moved to block the Trump administration's construction of a shelter for unaccompanied migrant children in the district.

The Washington Post reported that Bowser blocked the shelter's construction by using emergency regulations that bar the city's child welfare agency from issuing licenses to facilities that house more than 15 people.

Federal officials had planned to oversee the construction of a 200-bed facility in the Takoma neighborhood built by Maryland-based contractor Dynamic Service Solutions.

The federal government awarded Dynamic Service Solutions with a $20.5 million contract to build the facility, but the D.C. Child and Family Services Agency later found the contractor's application to be "inadequate," though it did not reject it completely, an unnamed D.C. official told the Post.


'Boycott 93% of her own party?' Maher responds to Tlaib's call for a boycott of his show

HBO comedian Bill Maher responded to Michigan Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib days after she suggested people boycott his show over comments he made criticizing boycotts against Israel.

"Some people have one move only: boycott. Cancel. Make-go-away. But here's the thing, the house voted 318 to 17 to condemn the #BDS movement, including 93% of Dems," Maher tweeted Tuesday, referencing the House's vote earlier this year to condemn the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement, which aims to penalize Israel for Palestinian living conditions. "Does Tlaib want to boycott 93% of her own party?"

The feud between Tlaib and Maher began last week after the Israeli government barred Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota from traveling to the country, like they had planned, citing their support for the boycott movement.


CNN's John King: ‘Trump is absolutely right’ on China and he 'deserves a lot of credit'

CNN anchor John King acknowledged that President Trump is "absolutely right" in his stance on the U.S.-China relationship.

The president, who has repeatedly threatened China with tariffs over what he claims are unfair trade practices, said that he was "the chosen one" to take on the foreign adversary while speaking to reporters on Wednesday.

King was a guest on CNN Right Now, which is hosted by Brianna Keilar, following the president's remarks. She said, “On the trade war, he actually tried to distance himself from his own trade war.”


WATCH: De Blasio video appearance has unfortunate audio glitch

A series of unfortunate events plagued New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s appearance at a labor event.

The 2020 presidential candidate was supposed to appear in person in Iowa at an AFL-CIO event on Wednesday, but had his flight canceled to due weather.

He then appeared via video, but an audio glitch made the mayor sound like he had inhaled helium.


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Cost of Tucker Carlson Tonight ads nearly doubles despite boycotts

The cost of advertising spots for Tucker Carlson Tonight have nearly doubled in the last year despite numerous rounds of boycotts by advertisers.

The analysis, which was done by the media research firm SQAD, found that advertising spots for Carlson's show had gone up from an average of $11,099 for a 30-second spot in July of 2018 to $21,878 for the average 30-second spot in July of 2019.

Carlson, 50, has seen a sharp increase in cost of ad spots this spring and summer, with his show demanding an average of $13,289 a spot in March but an average of over $20,000 a spot in proceeding months.


Seeing Is Believing: Fake News May Lead To False Memories, Voter Study Finds

“Fake news” is a term that has been impossible to escape in the United States over the past few years. Misinformation and fabricated stories, especially those posted on social media, played a troublingly large role in the 2016 election, and unfortunately, there is every indication that this trend is going to continue heading into another big election year in 2020.

But just how persuasive is fabricated news?

According to a joint study conducted by both American and Irish researchers, fake news almost certainly influences voters, and can even cause many to form false memories based on fabricated news reports they’ve seen.

After analyzing voters in the week leading up to the 2018 Irish referendum on abortion, researchers say that individuals are more likely to form false memories based on a fake news report if it aligns with their political beliefs. Furthermore, the more a topic elicits an emotional response, the more likely a person is to form false memories that support their preconceived notions.

With this in mind, the study’s authors say they expect fake and fabricated news to have a similar effect on U.S. voters in 2020.


Cherokee Nation Tests 200-Year-Old Treaty by Sending Delegate to Congress

The new president of the Oklahoma-based Cherokee Nation is appointing for the first time a delegate to the United States House of Representatives, a move that is believed to be codified in a 200-year-old treaty between the tribe and the federal government.

Tulsa World is one of many media outlets that have reported on the historic development, saying:

In a letter Thursday to the speaker of the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council, Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. requested a special meeting of the council later this month to consider confirming Kimberly Teehee, a former adviser to President Barack Obama, to the position. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter on Friday.

Hoskin, the tribe’s former secretary of state, was elected leader of the 370,000-citizen tribe, the country’s largest, in June with almost 58 percent of the vote.

In a statement released by the tribe, Hoskin said the Cherokee Nation’s right to a congressional delegate was reaffirmed by two separate treaties with the federal government and reflected in the tribe’s constitution. He also said it was important now because native issues “continue to rise to the forefront of the national dialogue.”

“At Cherokee Nation, we are exercising our treaty rights and strengthening our sovereignty,” Hoskin said. “The announcement next week is simply the first step in a long process, having a Cherokee Nation citizen seated as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. We are eager to work with our congressional delegation from Oklahoma to move this historic appointment forward.”


DOJ Dusts Off '68 'H. Rap Brown Law' to Prosecute Antifa

The U.S. Department of Justice is dusting off a rarely used 1968 anti-crime measure known as the "H. Rap Brown Law" to launch prosecutions of both the far-left Antifa and white supremacists, DOJ sources told Newsmax on Tuesday.

Officially known as the Anti-Riot Act, the law makes it a federal crime to cross state lines "with intent (A) to incite a riot or (B) to organize, promote, encourage, participate in, or carry on a riot."

Sources in the prosecutorial community who spoke to us agreed the law would easily apply to Antifa after its role in the nationally watched (and often violent) demonstrations against the fascist "Proud Boys" in Portland, Oregon, this weekend.

"An organization of terror," is what President Trump tweeted about Antifa, whose clashes with the fascist "Proud Boys" brought Portland to a standstill this weekend.


Maryland State Fair organizers beef up security measures after mass shootings across U.S.

Organizers of the Maryland State Fair say security and safety are of the utmost concern, in the wake of recent mass shootings at so-called soft targets across the country.

“We try to make it a safe environment. That’s our goal — making people safe so they can enjoy themselves at the fair,” said Andy Cashman, the state fair’s general manager.

The 138th My Maryland State Fair opens Thursday evening at the state fairgrounds in Timonium, about 21 miles north of Baltimore. Organizers expect more than 500,000 visitors over the fair’s 11-day run.

Metal detectors and security personnel will be stationed at all entrances. In addition to all types of weapons, prohibited items include drones, fireworks, duffle bags, selfie sticks, hoverboards and alcoholic beverages.


Harry Reid: 'Of Course' Medicare for All and Decriminalizing Border Crossings Are Bad Ideas

"There are so many more important things to do," the former Senate majority leader said.

WASHINGTON — Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) isn’t happy that some of his party’s presidential candidates are pushing for Medicare for All and decriminalizing border crossings, two hot-button issues in the Democratic primary.

In a half-hour phone conversation with VICE News, Reid was blunt when asked if he thought supporting Medicare for All would be problematic in the 2020 general election.

“Of course it would be,” he said. “How are you going to get it passed?”


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GOP sets another 2020 money record, 1,900% increase in online fundraising

The Republican money train continues to haul in record cash.

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said the party received $20.8 million in July, the largest ever for a non-election year July.

So far, the party has brought in $117.9 million for the 2019-2020 cycle.

“Last month’s fundraising haul again smashed records, and we continue to directly invest this money into growing our top-notch data-driven infrastructure, recruiting and training thousands of new volunteers, and registering voters across the country,” said McDaniel.


Trump to Stop Fast-Tracking Work Permits for Migrants to Take U.S. Jobs

President Trump will tighten rules for a federal parole program that has allowed thousands of foreign nationals, who would otherwise be deemed inadmissible to the United States, to take jobs in the U.S.

An order issued this week by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) gives guidance to federal adjudicators to only consider providing foreign nationals who are paroled into the country with work permits after “all relevant factors” are considered “on a case-by-case basis.”

“USCIS will only consider employment authorization for parolees when, based on the facts and circumstances of each individual case, USCIS finds that a favorable exercise of discretion is warranted,” USCIS officials wrote in a release.

The rule is set to slow down the ongoing fast-tracking of work permits for foreign nationals arriving in the U.S. — allowing thousands of migrants to take U.S. jobs while they await court hearings.



(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that a federal court ordered a hearing for Thursday, August 22, 2019, on the Clinton email issue. On December 6, 2018, U.S. District Court Judge Lamberth ordered Obama administration senior State Department officials, lawyers and Clinton aides to be deposed or answer written questions under oath. The court ruled that the Clinton email system was “one of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency.”

The court ordered discovery into three specific areas: whether Secretary Clinton’s email use of a private email server was intended to stymie FOIA; whether the State Department’s intent to settle this case in late 2014 and early 2015 amounted to bad faith; and whether the State Department has adequately searched for records responsive to Judicial Watch’s request. Judicial Watch deposed nearly a dozen witnesses and will seek addition witnesses and documents from the court, including the deposition of Hillary Clinton and Cheryl Mills, her chief of staff at State and personal lawyer who directed the destruction of 33,000 State Department Clinton emails. Lawyers for Clinton and Mills are expected at the hearing Thursday.

The hearing and report were ordered in accordance with a July 2014 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, which was filed after the U.S. Department of State failed to respond to a May 13, 2014, FOIA request (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:14-cv-01242)).

In initially granting Judicial Watch discovery, Judge Lamberth criticized the State and Justice Department for possible “bad faith” and “chicanery.”



Hillary deposition decision tomorrow. Judicial Watch's Chris Farrell on AMERICA First


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Delmar VFW Ribeye Steak and/or Shrimp Dinner, Friday, August 23, 2019

The public is invited to the Delmar VFW for a ribeye steak and/ or shrimp dinner on Friday, August 23, from 5 -8 p.m. The VFW Post is located at 200 West State St., Delmar,MD

Dinner includes a tossed salad with choice of dressings, a baked potato with sour cream and/or butter, and a dinner roll. Cost is based upon the dinner option chosen.

Carry outs may be ordered, in person only,after 5 p.m.

Proceeds benefit the many local charities and organizations supported by the Delmar VFW.