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Friday, October 25, 2019

Photos: Fall colors peak south of Syracuse

Fall colors along the Jamesville Reservoir, Jamesville, NY, Wednesday, October 23, 2019.

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Troopers Arrest Bridgeville Man on Drug Dealing Charges-Laurel

Laurel– The Delaware State Police have arrested 21-year-old Dwayne Dashiell of Bridgeville on drug dealing charges.

On October 24, 2019, members of Sussex Drug Unit (SDU), Governor’s Task Force (GTF) and the Laurel Police Department concluded a two week investigation of drug dealing involving Dwayne Dashiell. Dashiell was wanted on a Rule 9 Warrant from Sussex County Superior Court after previously being indicted by the Sussex County Grand Jury. Dashiell was observed at the Hollybrook Apartments complex in Laurel, where he was subsequently taken into custody after attempting to flee on foot from police.

Once taken into custody, Dashiell was found to be in possession of over $800.00 in suspected drug proceeds and approximately 9.34 grams of marijuana packaged for sale.

Dashiell was charged with two counts of Drug Dealing in reference to the Rule 9 Warrants. Further charges are pending. He was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $5000 secured bond.

Caravan Of Liberal Americans Makes Way Toward Socialist Paradise Of Venezuela

MEXICO—A migrant caravan full of leftists desiring to enter the socialist paradise of Venezuela departed the United States Thursday and began marching toward through Mexico, stating they will demand asylum so they might experience the far better life that socialism offers.

The migrants claim they are leaving America because of its high standards of living, strong economy, and record employment numbers, and hope to find a better life in Venezuela's much more equitable system.

"Everyone there has the same quantity of possessions and food," said one marcher. "Everyone makes millions of dollars, and very few people work. It's a real paradise." The refugees have complex motivations, but the vast majority simply want to see everything socialism has to offer after suffering the amazing benefits of capitalism for too long.

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Search Warrant Leads to One Arrest and Another At Large-Laurel

Date Posted: Friday, October 25th, 2019

Laurel-  The Delaware State Police have arrested 19-year-old Japree Ayers on multiple drug related charges and his mother, 42-year-old Rosalyn Ayers remains at large.
On October 24, 2019, members of the Delaware State Police Sussex Drug Unit (SDU), Sussex Governor’s Task Force (GTF) and Laurel Police Department concluded a drug dealing investigation involving Japree Ayers.  Japree Ayers had previously been indicted by the Sussex County Grand Jury and was actively wanted on two Rule 9 warrants for drug dealing.  Japree Ayers was observed leaving a residence located in the 500 block of Center Street, Laurel, and was taken into custody without incident.  Upon contact with Japree Ayers at this time, he was found to be in possession of approximately 3.22 grams of marijuana.
During the course of the investigation, the residence in the 500 block of Center Street was identified as the location in which Ayers stored his heroin.   A lawful search warrant was obtained for this residence and as a result the following was seized:
  • Approximately 977 bags of heroin (6.844 grams)
  • Approximately 99.34 grams of marijuana
  • Drug Paraphernalia
The residence is owned and occupied by Ayers’ mother Rosalyn Ayers.  There was also a juvenile present when officers arrived at the residence.
Japree Ayers was transported back to Troop 5 where he was charged with the following:
  • Possession with intent to deliver heroin in a tier 4 quantity
  • Possession of heroin in a tier 5 quantity
  • Endangering the welfare of a child
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
Japree Ayers was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $101,000.00 secured bond.
Rosalyn Ayers has an active warrant out of Troop 4 for the following:
  • Maintaining a drug property
  • Endangering the welfare of a child
  • Possession of marijuana
Anyone with information in reference to the whereabouts of Rosalyn Ayers is asked to please contact Troop 4 at 302-856-5850.  Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at

Taking Blood Pressure Meds in Morning Increases Danger of Dying

Taking blood pressure medications at bedtime rather than in the morning nearly halves the risk of dying from a heart attack, stroke, or heart failure, a large, new study finds.

Researchers in Spain followed more than 19,000 adults with high blood pressure. They found people who took all their blood pressure meds at night had lower blood pressure around the clock compared to volunteers who took their medication in the morning.

"The findings are highly consistent regardless of sex, age, presence of diabetes or kidney disease, and other major known factors of increased risk," said study lead author Ramon Hermida.


"Absolutely Horrendous": All 39 Dead Found By UK Police In Back Of Truck Were Chinese Nationals

More than 24 hours have passed since Essex police were called to investigate a container truck with 39 dead bodies inside, including one victim believed to be a teenager. And while police have been tight-lipped, some new information trickled out on Thursday.

British media reported that all of the dead found in the truck were Chinese nationals, according to the BBC. The truck in which they were traveling was refrigerated. Temperatures in these types of trucks can get as low as -25 degrees Celcius, prompting some to speculate that the cooling system may have been turned on accidentally.

Richard Burnett, chief executive of the Road Haulage Association, said conditions for anyone inside the truck were "absolutely horrendous."


Why people live in Florida

Shocking moment a thug shoves a woman headfirst into a TRAIN

This is the shocking moment a man shoved a woman headfirst into an idle train at a New York subway station in what is the latest in a string of unprovoked attacks on innocent people in the city.

The latest attack occurred on the platform at the Dekalb Avenue subway station in Brooklyn on Wednesday just before 7.30pm.

Footage filmed by a witness showed the unidentified man jumping up and down on the platform and shouting 'what!' several times just moments before he lunged at the woman.

He approached the woman from behind on the platform and shoved her in the back with both hands.


Indian Wanting Coffee

An Indian walks into a cafe with a shotgun in one hand and pulling a male buffalo with the other.

He says to the waiter:

"Want coffee."
The waiter says, "Sure Chief. Coming right up."

He gets the Indian a tall mug of coffee.....

The Indian drinks the coffee down in one gulp, turns and blasts the buffalo with the shotgun, causing parts of the animal to splatter everywhere and then just walks out.

The next morning the Indian returns.
He has his shotgun in one hand, pulling
Another male buffalo with the other.
He walks up to the counter and says to the waiter:

"Want coffee."

The waiter says, "Whoa, Tonto!
We're still cleaning up your mess from yesterday.

What was all that about, anyway?"

The Indian smiles and proudly says,

"Training for position in United States Congress.
Come in, drink coffee, shoot the bull, leave mess for others to clean up, Disappear for rest of day."


Iowa Poll: Joe Biden Flops to Fourth Place

Former Vice President Joe Biden (D) has flopped to fourth place in Iowa, according to a Civiqs survey released on Wednesday.

While there has been significant fluctuation in national polling data in recent days, Biden’s fall in the Hawkeye State appears to be consistent with the overall trend.

According to the survey, taken October 18-22, 2019, among 598 likely Democratic Caucus attendees, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is leading the pack with 28 percent support – a four-point jump from last month’s results. Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) jumped to second place with 20 percent support, marking a seven-point jump for the South Bend mayor. Buttigieg’s spike coincides with the Suffolk University/USA Today poll released Monday, which showed the presidential hopeful rising to third place with 13 percent support among the crowded field of candidates.



The decline of the Christian faith in the United States continues to accelerate, and the latest numbers that we just got are absolutely staggering.

Most European countries are already considered to be “post-Christian” nations, and the U.S. appears to be headed down the exact same path. But when America was originally founded, it is estimated that 98 percent of the colonists were Christians. The Christian faith played a critical role in the development of our form of government, and down throughout history every generation of Americans was overwhelmingly Christian. But now things are changing in a major way. According to a brand new survey that was just released by the Pew Research Center, only 65 percent of Americans now consider themselves to be “Christians”, and that represents the lowest level ever recorded…
The religious landscape of the United States continues to change at a rapid clip. In Pew Research Center telephone surveys conducted in 2018 and 2019, 65% of American adults describe themselves as Christians when asked about their religion, down 12 percentage points over the past decade. Meanwhile, the religiously unaffiliated share of the population, consisting of people who describe their religious identity as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular,” now stands at 26%, up from 17% in 2009.

Police officers are rejecting Beto O’Rourke’s gun control authoritarianism

If the federal government were to attempt an overtly unconstitutional gun control overreach, which side would the police take? We just got our answer loud and clear — and it's music to the ears of liberty-lovers across this country.

The police are an integral part of the communities they serve. They represent both the community and the government, a duality unknown in almost any other institution. Their role is simple: protect rights and keep the peace. This vital duty, one of the few true core functions of government, derives its effectiveness from the trust of the community, which sees police officers as their protectors. And that’s how it should be.

In a Tuesday morning appearance on Fox and Friends, the Fraternal Order of Police National Vice President Joe Gamaldi illustrated this in a stunning rebuke of Beto O’Rourke’s plan to use law enforcement to confiscate lawfully-purchased firearms. Gamaldi stated “At a time when everyone is asking us to bridge the gap with the community, his brilliant idea to connect with our citizens is to go door to door and seize their property? It’s completely ridiculous.”


SENATOR RAND PAUL Once Again Calls Out Lindsey Graham for BS Symbolic Resolutions While Refusing to Call in Promised Witnesses to Judiciary

On May 1, 2019 Lindsey Graham, the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, promised investigations on how the Mueller probe started.

He made the the comments during testimony by US Attorney General Bill Barr in front of the US Senate.

But Lindsey Graham lied.
Lindsey Graham is a fraud.
Lindsey Graham has scheduled NO COMMITTEE HEARINGS on Deep State, FBI, CIA, Spygate, Hunter Biden, Joe Biden, Mueller, Stefan Halper, George Papadopoulos, Tom Fitton, Sidney Powell, Joe diGenova, John Brennan, James Comey, Chris Wray, etc.

Lindsey Graham has no intention of confronting the latest criminal coup of this great American president.


Trump-Haters, Not Trump, Are The Ones Wrecking America's Institutions, WSJ's Strassel Says

The anti-Trump “Resistance” has devastated core American institutions and broken longstanding political norms in seeking to defeat and now oust from office President Donald Trump, said Kimberley Strassel, a columnist for the Wall Street Journal and member of the Journal’s editorial board.
“And this, to me, is the irony, right? We’ve been told for three years that Donald Trump is wrecking institutions,” Strassel said in an interview with The Epoch Times for the “American Thought Leaders” program.
“But in terms of real wreckage to institutions, it’s not on Donald Trump that public faith in the FBI and the Department of Justice has precipitously fallen. That’s because of Jim Comey and Andy McCabe. It’s not on Donald Trump that the Senate confirmation process for the Supreme Court is in ashes after what happened to Brett Kavanaugh. It’s not on Donald Trump that we are turning impeachment into a partisan political tool.”
The damage inflicted by the anti-Trump Resistance is the subject of Strassel’s new book, “Resistance (At All Costs): How Trump Haters Are Breaking America.”


Secret Service questioned Eminem over 'threatening lyrics' about the Trumps

Documents confirm the Secret Service interviewed Eminem to investigate “threatening lyrics” about President Trump used in 2017.

During the BET Hip Hop Awards in 2017, Eminem dove into a freestyle rap blasting the president and calling him a “kamikaze that will probably cause a nuclear holocaust.” Later in 2017, he released the song Revival, which included lyrics that described Ivanka Trump being murdered in the back of his car.

In Eminem’s 2018 Kamikaze album, he included the lyrics, “Agent Orange just sent the Secret Service/To meet in person to see if I really think of hurtin’ him/Or ask if I’m linked to terrorists/I said, ‘Only when it comes to ink and lyricists.'”


Revealed: Joe Biden twice used his position as Senator to intervene to boost son Hunter's lobbying

Joe Biden privately contacted the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice when he was a senior and influential U.S. Senator to discuss issues that his son Hunter’s firm was being paid to lobby on, according to government records.

On at least two occasions, Biden contacted federal departments to discuss issues related to Hunter’s firm’s lobbying clients, according to records reviewed by the Washington Examiner.

Biden’s behind-the-scenes outreach illustrates how his Senate work overlapped with his son’s business interests. Biden has faced scrutiny for taking actions that were perceived to benefit his son’s work, including calling for the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor and backing policies that helped the Delaware-based credit card industry while Hunter was working for MBNA, headquartered in the state.


Rep. Katie Hill paid female lover thousands of dollars in consulting fees

California Democratic Rep. Katie Hill was still paying consulting fees to her campaign staffer and former lover Morgan Desjardins, 24, as recently as last month.

According to FEC Records, since April 2019, Hill's campaign has paid a little over $14,000 in fundraising-related consulting fees to Desjardins, doling out around $2,500 most months. Additionally, between 2017 and 2018, she made around $50,000 as a senior campaign staffer.

Hill, who is facing a House Ethics Committee investigation over allegations she had an intimate relationship with her legislative director, Graham Kelly, found herself under scrutiny after a nude photo of her brushing Desjardin’s hair was posted on the RedState.


Mexican man previously deported 9 times faces drug charges

CINCINNATI —A Mexican national was charged Oct. 23, in a three-count superseding indictment with intent to distribute cocaine and more than 400 grams of fentanyl, as well as illegally reentering the United States after having been previously deported.

Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Field Office Director Rebecca Adducci, announced the superseding indictment returned yesterday.

Luis Tapia, 27, was arrested at a Cincinnati residence Sept. 13. At the time of his arrest, Tapia attempted to escape from a second-floor window onto the roof. He eventually retreated into the house and locked himself in a closet. Special Response Team agents then forcibly entered the home and apprehended Tapia. He has remained in custody since.

In August 2019, Tapia fled from law enforcement during a routine traffic stop. Before fleeing the stop, Tapia falsely identified himself as his brother, who is legitimately in the country under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. Tapia is ineligible to remain in the country under DACA because of his previous felony convictions. Further investigation uncovered a photograph of Tapia illegally reentering the country at a border checkpoint.

Cops & Courts – October 25, 2019

Knock Out On 6th Street
OCEAN CITY — A Pennsylvania man was arrested on assault and disorderly conduct charges last weekend after allegedly punching a man and knocking him down on the sidewalk.

Disorderly Conduct Charge For Screaming Obscenities
OCEAN CITY — A Maryland woman was arrested on disorderly conduct charges last week after allegedly screaming at police as the car in which she was a passenger was being towed following an accident.

Resisting Arrest Charge
OCEAN CITY — A Fort Washington, Md. man was arrested on disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and other charges last week after police pulled him over for traffic violations and determined his license was suspended.

Drunken Spree Arrest
OCEAN CITY — A Bishopville man was arrested on disorderly conduct and malicious destruction of property last week after allegedly stumbling around and throwing rocks and other objects during a motorized special event.

Restitution Ordered In Bottled Water Incident
OCEAN CITY — A West Virginia man, arrested in September after swiping a case of bottled water from a north-end convenience store and throwing bottles around the parking lot, pleaded guilty last week to malicious destruction of property and was ordered to pay nearly $100 in restitution to the victim.

Probation For Egg Throwers
OCEAN CITY — Two foreign student-workers, arrested earlier this month for throwing eggs at parked cars, each pleaded not guilty this week and granted probation before judgment and placed on probation for 90 days.


'I used it purposefully': CNN commentator maintains GOP sit-in like 'a Klan group'

CNN commentator Keith Boykin compared the GOP lawmakers who disrupted the impeachment proceedings to "a Klan group" and then stood by the claim after facing pushback.

Republican lawmakers not on the committees involved in the testimony of Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper demanded entry into the hearing but were denied Thursday.

Boykin made the comparison to the Ku Klux Klan during a Thursday afternoon appearance on The Lead with Jake Tapper.

"This is a disgraceful stunt," he said. "This looked like a Klan group assembled outside of a jail trying to get the sheriff to let them in so they could deliver their own justice against somebody who was inside. It’s not a good look for our democracy. It's not a good look for the Republican Party. ... Republicans are already on these committees that are in this impeachment investigation."


Zombie Nation? The Democratic Party Is Dead, And Everyone Knows It But Them

Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, thought to have finally retired from politics after an embarrassing electoral loss to a politically-inexperienced reality show personality, is threatening to enter the 2020 race, serving up reheated Cold War fearmongering and an ironclad sense of royal privilege to a Trump-weary populace. A morally and fiscally bankrupt Democratic Party is poised to enable this sick drama with the help of a spineless and compliant media.

How could this possibly happen? Surely Democrats learned their lesson after their decision to take Clinton’s money in order to stay financially solvent in 2016 required them to rig the primaries in her favor, a crime that likely tanked her candidacy when it was revealed by WikiLeaks? Surely the mainstream media realizes that, three years on, the preposterous Russiagate conspiracy theory they cooked up to defend her has ripped the last shreds of journalistic integrity out of the mainstream media establishment?

Just kidding — the Democratic Party and its media handmaidens bargained away their morals long ago. They’re aiding and abetting a Clinton comeback, wheeling her out to give her opinion on everything from the latest steps toward peace in Syria (bad, needs more war) to the 2020 candidates. Last week, she took aim at Tulsi Gabbard, the best hope the party has of getting voters excited enough to show up in 2020, claiming (without a shred of evidence) that the National Guard major and former DNC chair is being groomed by Russia to act as a third-party spoiler, handing the election to Trump. Had such a claim come from anyone else, the DNC would have slapped it down. But they know on which side their bread is buttered. They’d rather lose than defy their queen.


John Durham opens criminal inquiry in DOJ’s investigation of the investigators

U.S. Attorney John Durham opened a criminal inquiry in his investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation and into the conduct of the Justice Department, FBI, and Intelligence Community during their scrutiny of possible connections between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

The significant new move in the DOJ’s investigation of the investigators, which would give Durham the power to impanel a grand jury and hand down indictments, according to the New York Times.

The DOJ did not immediately return the Washington Examiner’s request for comment.

Earlier this week, it was revealed that the secretive DOJ inquiry included scrutiny of former CIA Director John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former FBI special agent Peter Strzok, and British ex-spy Christopher Steele. Durham has also been seeking interviews with members of the CIA and FBI.


Most Americans Do Not Believe That This Chapter Of American History Is Going To End Well

This is a very difficult article for me to write. America is more divided today than it has ever been in my entire lifetime, and the very deep divisions that now exist are getting deeper with each passing day. In particular, the animosity between the political left and the political right has risen to an extremely frightening level.

Instead of learning to love those that we disagree with, we are constantly being trained to absolutely loathe them, and the pot is constantly being stirred by the mainstream media and many of our national leaders. And as both sides go at it like cats and dogs, irreparable damage is being done to our political system. At this point, we are not too far away from a point where this country will not be governable by anyone. Our federal government has degenerated into a bad soap opera featuring an endless parade of insults, threats, petty stunts, scandals and investigations. All of this drama may be entertaining at times, but it is not any way to run a country.

And now all of the political strife and discord in this country has been given a focal point. I have repeatedly warned that Democrats should have never gone down the road of impeachment, because either way this process turns out it is going to be very bad for America.
  • If Trump is impeached by the House but protected by the Republicans in the Senate, the left is going to go absolutely ballistic.
  • But if Trump is impeached by the House and then removed from office by the Senate, the right is going to go absolutely ballistic.
Either way, this story is going to have a very negative end.

And even if Trump wasn’t in the White House, the seething hatred between the left and the right would still be there. In fact, things have gotten so bad that a new survey found that 67 percent of all Americans believe that we are “on the edge of civil war”


Anita Hill Says She is Ready to ‘Hold Joe Biden Accountable’

Anita Hill has said that she is now ready to “hold Joe Biden accountable” for his treatment of her during Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’s confirmation hearing.

Hill made the remarks at the Citizen by CNN conference on Thursday.

“Have I forgiven Joe Biden? I’m ready to move on, but I am also ready to hold Joe Biden accountable. Accountability means acknowledging your role in the problem and the harm it’s caused. Acknowledging that you have culpability and are a part of it,” Hill said. “Giving me clear information that you have made a change and that you are going to do something to make us all better off around gender discrimination,” she added.

Biden has long faced backlash from fellow Democrats, particularly in the black community, for his behavior during the hearing which many believe was accusatory and didn’t do enough to protect Hill from very tough questioning from his Republican colleagues.


1600 Daily

Watch: THANK YOU for rebuilding our country!

President Donald J. Trump traveled to Pittsburgh yesterday, where he spoke to workers in America’s booming energy sector at the Shale Insight Conference.

The last time President Trump spoke at the conference was on the campaign trail in 2016. Back then, American energy was under relentless assault—not from some foreign enemy, but from our own Federal Government. The previous Administration made it its mission to stifle growth with crippling regulations aimed at energy producers. These policies did nothing to advance “green energy,” but they did cost many workers their jobs.

American energy dominance is a powerful symbol of President Trump’s larger mission for our nation: “Instead of relying on foreign oil and foreign energy, we are now relying on American energy and American workers like never before,” he says.

“I’m here with the incredible people who fuel our factories, light up our homes, power our industries, and fill our hearts with true American pride,” he added. “With unmatched skill, grit, and devotion, you are making America the greatest energy superpower in the history of the world.”

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Shocking photos of Congresswoman Katie Hill are revealed as she's seen NAKED showing off Nazi-era tattoo

Shocking photographs of Democrat Katie Hill posing naked with a tattoo of what appears to be a Nazi-era Iron Cross on her bikini line while smoking a bong and making out with her young female aide have been obtained exclusively by

The congresswoman, 32, was also pictured naked brushing the young woman's hair, who can identity as Morgan Desjardins, 24, from Santa Clarita, California.

Desjardins began a relationship with Hill and Heslep shortly after she started working for Hill in 2017, before the three-way affair broke down this summer when Hill told both her husband and her lover that she wanted to focus on her work.

Hill's wild lifestyle has been laid bare in a cache of texts and intimate photographs obtained by, as sources revealed Hill and Heslep also posted her naked photos online under a thread called 'WouldYouF**kMyWife'.


White House directs government agencies to stop subscribing to New York Times and Washington Post

The White House is directing federal agencies to cancel their subscriptions to The New York Times and The Washington Post, two flagship newspapers that consistently break news about and relevant to the president's administration.

The plan, first reported by The Wall Street Journal on Thursday and confirmed by CBS News, was floated by President Trump earlier this week in an interview with Fox News. The Post and the Times are some of his favorite targets to denigrate as "fake news."

"The media is corrupt. Not all media," Mr. Trump told Fox News' Sean Hannity. "Look, I know some — some great people, including you, but I know some great journalists. ... The New York Times, which is a fake newspaper — we don't even want it in the White House anymore. We're going to probably terminate that and The Washington Post. They're fake."


Reversal of fortune: Senate Democrats demand millionaire tax cut, GOP blocks it

Senate Democrats finally got a chance to put their mark on tax policy in the Trump era and inexplicably voted for a tax cut for millionaires.

Sen. Cory A. Booker of New Jersey backed the millionaire tax cut, which failed on a mostly party-line vote, but several of his rivals for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination dodged the vote.

Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Bernard Sanders of Vermont, who are running on tax-the-rich platforms, were no-shows. Sen. Kamala D. Harris of California, a Democratic presidential hopeful who vows to repeal President Trump’s tax cuts “Day One” of her presidency, also was absent.

The Democrats used a rare procedural move to force the vote that would have reversed the part of President Trump’s law to put a cap on deductions for state and local taxes.


Ilhan Omar Blamed Trump for the Death of an Infant Who Is Still Alive

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) shared a New York Times story about a 9-month-old infant who almost died from a respiratory virus and how he was not covered by Medicaid. In sharing the story, Omar claimed the child died.

In a tweet on Thursday, Omar said his "death" was the "direct result of Trump’s cuts to Medicaid and CHIP. He is one of a million children to lose healthcare. Let that sink in."

Rep. Ilhan Omar✔@Ilhan
A nine month old died as a direct result of Trump’s cuts to Medicaid and CHIP.

He is one of a million children to lose healthcare.

Broken health care system is causing rampant burnout among doctors, nurses

Imagine a health-care system in which doctors and nurses are so exhausted and beaten down that many of them work like zombies - error-prone, apathetic toward patients and at times trying to blunt their own pain with alcohol or even suicide attempts.

That is what America's broken health care system is doing to its health workers, according to a 312-page report released Tuesday by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, one of the country's most prestigious science institutions.

The report found that as many as half of the country's doctors and nurses experience substantial symptoms of burnout, resulting in increased risks to patients, malpractice claims, worker absenteeism and turnover, as well as billions of dollars in losses to the medical industry each year.

Symptoms, they said, include emotional exhaustion, cynicism, loss of enthusiasm and joy in their work and increasing detachment from their patients and the patients' ailments. The problem has been linked to higher rates of depression, substance abuse and suicide. The suicide rate among physicians, for example, is twice that of the general population and one of the highest among all professions.

The problem often starts with a well-intentioned, perfectly reasonable law, explained co-author Vindell Washington, chief medical officer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana. That is turned into a regulation, which is interpreted and made into a policy, often taking the most conservative path possible for legal protection.

"At every step, the original intent gets a little misinterpreted or picks up an unexpected effect," Washington said.


[“We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it'. --Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi]

Fake News Echo Chamber: NYT Prints Lies by Adam Schiff Witness Made in Secret Testimony

The New York Times on Wednesday published what would have been a major story on White House National Security Council (NSC) aide Kash Patel—if only it had been true.

The story, which relies on leaks from Democrats conducting the “impeachment inquiry” into President Donald Trump of testimony by one witness who had no firsthand knowledge of the allegations she was making, claims Patel had provided President Trump with documents on Ukraine and met with the president about them.

Citing as its sources “people briefed on the matter,” the Times’ Julian Barnes, Adam Goldman, and Nicholas Fandos wrote that Patel was referred to by President Trump as “one of his top Ukraine policy specialists” and that President Trump “wanted to discuss related documents with him.” The Times reporters claimed that Patel’s NSC and White House colleagues “grew alarmed” over all this.

Later in the Times piece, it became clear where exactly this allegation came from—Fiona Hill, a former Trump administration Russia hand, whom the Democrats have been relying on for testimony in the impeachment inquiry. Hill testified earlier this month in the secret room in the basement of the Capitol building from which Democrats have been running their private impeachment proceedings.


Political Memes

Friday Morning Funnies

Adolf Hitler, Alexis de Tocqueville, Don Feder

"We are Socialists, we are enemies of the capitalistic economic system for the exploitation of the economically weak, with its unfair salaries, with its unseemly evaluation of a human being according to wealth and property instead of responsibility and performance and we are all determined to destroy this system under all conditions."
-- Adolf Hitler
(1889-1945) German Nazi Dictator
May 1 1927

"[Some people] have a depraved taste for equality, which impels the weak to lower the powerful to their own level, and reduces men to prefer equality in slavery to inequality with freedom. I believe that it is easier to establish an absolute and despotic government amongst a people in which the conditions of society are equal, than amongst any other; and I think that, if such a government were once established amongst such a people, it would not only oppress men, but would eventually strip each of them of several of the highest qualities of humanity. Despotism, therefore, appears to me peculiarly to be dreaded in democratic times."
-- Alexis de Tocqueville
[Alexis Charles Henri Maurice Clerel, le Comte de Tocqueville] (1805-1859) French historian

"What is a left-wing socialist but a Marxist without a gun?"
-- Don Feder
(1950- ) American columnist