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Friday, January 31, 2020

More than 30 MILLION debit and credit card records stolen from hack on convenience store Wawa are being sold on the dark web in what researchers call one of the biggest breaches of all time

Credit and debit card information stolen in a major breach of a US convenience store have now surfaced on the dark web where they're being sold on a black market.

According to the cyber security firm Gemini Advisory, the stolen data is being sold on a black marketplace called Joker's Stash and includes more than 30 million debit and credit records hoovered from hundreds of stores in the US.

'Since the breach may have affected over 850 stores and potentially exposed 30 million sets of payment records, it ranks among the largest payment card breaches of 2019, and of all time,' write researchers.


How long will Trump's acquittal take? A day, or maybe days

Senate Republicans said Friday the final votes to acquit President Trump of two articles of impeachment could drag into Saturday, or longer, if lawmakers agree to a lengthy final debate.

The Senate is expected to defeat a motion late this afternoon to call additional witnesses in the trial, clearing the way for final consideration of the abuse of power and obstruction of Congress charges hanging over the president.

While Trump is certain to be acquitted, Democrats are likely to insist at that point on further deliberations, in public, that allow each senator a time to speak publicly about the case against the president for up to 10 minutes.

That could take days.





STATEWIDE (January 31, 2020) - After more than 29 years of service to the State of Maryland, Deputy Chief Fire Marshal Joseph Flanagan retired today from the Office of the State Fire Marshal. 
Deputy Chief Flanagan was born and raised in The Bronx of New York City and moved to Salisbury in 1988 to attend Salisbury University. Coming from a long family history in the fire service, including his father, who was the Deputy Chief Fire Marshal of New York City Fire Department, Flanagan embarked on his career on May 16, 1990, when he was hired by former State Fire Marshal Rocco J. Gabrielle. 
Flanagan graduated from the Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy in September of 1990 and was assigned to the Lower Eastern Shore Office as a Deputy State Fire Marshal. In January 1999, Flanagan was promoted to Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal, commanding the same office he was initially assigned. In January 2005, after nearly a year in the acting capacity, former State Fire Marshal William Barnard promoted Flanagan to Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal. The role of Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal is a Field Operations Division management function involving the supervision and coordination of the agency's law enforcement activities in the field of fire prevention, fire safety inspections, fire investigations, and explosives control. Chief Deputy Flanagan was responsible for supervising five regions, the bomb squad, and the accelerants/explosives detection canine unit. He served as second in command to the State Fire Marshal and oversaw various administrative programs for the agency.
After nearly eight years, Flanagan voluntarily took the opportunity to return to his role as Deputy Chief of the Lower Eastern Shore Regional Office. During his tenure at the Office of the State Fire Marshal, Flanagan served as a K-9 handler as well as a Bomb Technician with the Bomb Squad. Flanagan served as Acting State Fire Marshal multiple times throughout his years as Chief Deputy. 
Upon Flanagan being asked about his storied career and what he could pass on to future members of the agency after his retirement, "It's essential never to forget where you came from. While we don't live in history, history is where we came from. I have been honored to serve the State of Maryland, and I am forever grateful and appreciative of the opportunities and relationships during my career" stated Flanagan. 
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Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal Joseph Flanagan being presented his badge & retirement credintials by Chief Deputy Gregory Der

Bill Gates predicted a coronavirus-like outbreak - down to it starting at a Chinese market - in 2019 Netflix documentary show 'The Next Pandemic'

In a 2019 Netflix documentary, billionaire Bill Gates predicted a killer virus could originate in China's wet markets to rapidly infect the world

In what now appears to be an eerie premonition of future events, the Microsoft tycoon warned in an episode of the Netflix 'Explained' series that the world was ill-prepared to deal with a global pandemic.

In the series aired late last year Mr Gates had warned of the likelihood of a virus breaking out in one of China's wet markets - exactly like the one in Wuhan where this new outbreak of Coronavirus is believed to have originated.


Antifa plans massive anti-cop action in NY subways

Police in New York are increasing their presence in subways Friday after members of the far-left Antifa movement called for a mass protest against law enforcement and transit fares.

The Police Benevolent Association of New York City issued a strong warning ahead of Friday’s Antifa demonstration, urging New Yorkers to “pay close attention.”

“This is [the] true endgame of the anti-police movement, an end of all policing & destruction of public order,” the group said in a tweet. “Our members have spent their careers -- and in some cases given their lives -- to bring public safety back to NYC. We can't go backwards.”

Days earlier, an Antifa-backed social media account shared a video of three masked individuals accompanied by a tweet that read: “The streets are ours. The trains our ours. The walls are ours. This moment is ours.”


2 in custody after police-involved shooting at Mar-a-lago

Police have two people in custody after a security breach at the Mar-a-lago estate ended in a police-involved shooting.

According to the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office, Florida Highway Patrol troopers were following a black SUV when it fled through two security check points on the property, Friday, at around 11:40 a.m.

Officers fired shots at the vehicle as it headed towards the main entrance of the estate.

The vehicle continued to flee from FHP troopers and a PBSO helicopter before it was later located on the property.


Pro-Life Super Bowl Ad Rejected by Fox

A pro-life group is reportedly calling out Fox Sports for blocking an ad the group wanted to run during Super Bowl.

Faces of Choice — which ran a 2-minute ad at this year's March for Life – claims its application to run a 30-second version was repeatedly stonewalled, LifeSite News first reported.

"We were one of the very first people to submit anything to them," Lyric Gillett, the pro-life group founder told the site. "We met every single stipulation that they asked for and every time we met the line they moved the line further to request something else."

She called the rejection "ironic."

"In an era where we’re trying to give survivors a voice, whether that is through the #MeToo movement or on any number of issues, for some reason we deem survivors of abortion worthy of being ignored into oblivion," she told The Washington Times.


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Kentucky Attorney General Leads 17 States in Potential SCOTUS Abortion Case

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron (R) is leading 17 states in the filing of an amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court in support of an Indiana law that requires parents to be informed when their child is granted court approval for an abortion without their consent.

WDRB reported Cameron argues in the brief for Box v. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky that states have an interest in protecting minors who are considering having an abortion.

As Breitbart News reported on January 2, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill (R) asked the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a measure signed into law in 2017, but never enacted, that requires parents to be notified when a minor who is granted court approval for an abortion, is about to have the procedure.

“Nothing in the U.S. Constitution prohibits Indiana from requiring parental notification when an unemancipated minor is getting an abortion,” Hill said in a press statement. “Even to get a tattoo, a minor in Indiana needs parental permission. Quite simply, parents have rights and responsibilities in the care and upbringing of a child.”


Attorneys General File Lawsuit Challenging Trump Administration Attack on Healthcare Access and Reproductive Rights

BALTIMORE, MD  – Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh today joined a coalition of seven states in suing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for its unlawful reinterpretation of Section 1303 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  On December 27, 2019, HHS issued a final rule requiring qualified health plans participating in the state exchanges to separately bill for the portion of health insurance premiums attributable to abortion coverage.  The rule also requires consumers to make a separate payment of at least one dollar for these services or risk losing all of their healthcare coverage.  This requirement threatens women’s access to abortion and puts millions at risk of losing critical health insurance coverage.

“This rule is another attack by the Trump Administration on women’s constitutional right to make their own health care decisions.  It illegally erects barriers and increases costs for women exercising their reproductive rights,” said Attorney General Frosh.  “In Maryland we stand with our mothers, sisters, and daughters.  We will sue to protect them.”

The lawsuit highlights that the new rule is incompatible with the ACA’s requirement of equitable access to healthcare and disproportionately affects states, like Maryland, that are committed to ensuring comprehensive reproductive health care.  All of Maryland’s qualified health plans cover abortion services, and HHS itself has conceded that requiring separate bills and separate payments will inevitably lead to confusion.  This puts nearly 160,000 enrollees in Maryland at risk of losing coverage if they fail to make both premium payments on time. 

The rule will also burden states with unnecessary administrative costs and harm consumers who could face higher insurance premiums because of increased costs to carriers.  For example, initial compliance is expected to cost all impacted insurance companies nearly $400 million, with another $100 million in estimated annual costs to maintain the separate billing and payment systems.  These excessive costs put pressure on insurers to remove abortion coverage from their plans and punish those Maryland insurers that cover abortion services.

In the lawsuit, the coalition argues that the rule is unlawful because it:
  • Imposes onerous and unnecessary regulatory barriers aimed at restricting women’s constitutionally protected right to access abortion care;
  • Seeks to frustrate state sovereignty by coercing states to change their policies relating to the protection of abortion care;
  • Violates Section 1554 of the ACA, which prohibits the promulgation of any regulation that creates unreasonable barriers to the ability of individuals to obtain appropriate medical care; and
  • Exceeds HHS’s statutory authority under Section 1303 of the ACA.

Attorney General Frosh joined today’s lawsuit along with the attorneys general of California, the District of Columbia, New York, Maine, Oregon, and Vermont.

NOI 01/30/2020 Dorchester Bomb Squad Disposes of Military Marine Flare Church Creek

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Date:  01/30/2020
Time:  5:05 P.M. 
Location / Address:  2724 Hoopers Island Road, Church Creek, Dorchester County 
Type of Incident:  Military Ordnance 
Description of Structure / Property:  Located Outside Single Family Dwelling    
Owner / Occupants:  Joseph Hayden, Jr. 
Injuries or Deaths:  None 
Estimated $ Loss: Structure: $0.00       Contents: $ 0.00
Arrests(s):  None 
Primary Responding Fire Department: Church Creek Volunteer Fire Company
# of EMS Staff:  2     # Of Firefighters:  8 
Discovered By: Owner 
Nature of Service Requested: Assessment of Military Ordnance
Action Taken/ Resolution:  The military ordnance was inspected and deemed to be a military marine flare.  The Office of the State Fire Marshal Bomb Squad personnel subsequently disposed of the military marine flare.  
Assisting Agencies:  Dorchester County Sheriff's Office and Dorchester County EMS 
Additional Information:  The owner discovered the military ordnance while commercially harvesting oysters in the Chesapeake Bay, and contacted the proper authorities after arriving  to his home residence. 

BREAKING: Coronavirus declared public health emergency in US

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced on Friday that the coronavirus has been declared a public health emergency in the U.S. Beginning at 5 p.m. on Feb. 2, U.S. citizens returning from Hubei province will be subject to a 14-day quarantine, while other Americans who traveled elsewhere in China will be instructed to self-monitor for possible symptoms.

Azar also said that President Trump is temporarily suspending entry into the U.S. for foreign nationals who pose a risk of transmitting the virus.

In the same press conference, the Department of Homeland Security announced that starting on Sunday, flights coming to the U.S. from China will be funneled through seven airports that are equipped to screen passengers for symptoms of the virus.

Officials continued to stress that the overall risk to the American public remains low, but that the measures being taken are to help "focus efforts as we are dealing with unknowns."


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Just thought I'd give you a heads up about unique situation to be aware of:

I just ordered a replacement re-elect Trump flag from Amazon as gift for a friend, only to have received it with what appears to been someone deliberately spitting or dumping something all over it!
To say least I'm pretty angry and taking the issue up with Amazon. It's totally unacceptable and doesn't seem at all like an accident!

Amazing how low and ignorant liberals are while self proclaiming to be such upstanding citizens. I utterly despise such hypocrisy!!

By all means if you order any such material from Amazon, I highly recommend checking it over immediately upon receiving it!!!!


Here are the photos Joe. I thought your readership would be interested in this. It's truly a shame to see how the radical left chooses to act and stoop so low as hypocritical liars portending to be patriots. Hiding behind media propaganda they are more a symbol of the evil mentioned by Aldus Huxley that would come in the modern era in his book Brave New World.

These marks on this new flag are hardly an accident. Anyone in a shipping department with any sense whatsoever would NEVER send new merchandise to a customer in this condition. I'm sure they'll call it an accident when I finally make contact with my complaint. 

But one thing I can assure you of, is that it WON'T be an accident if I decide to kick some liberals ass when they are out of line in my presence. Good thing for these folks who sent this flag that they are safely tucked away in their "safe space" like true cowards with no respect for others or themselves. 

Route 50 Shut Down In Whaleyville

The West bound lanes of Route 50  at Route 610 have been shut down due to an accident.  Traffic is being detoured onto Old Ocean City Road.  Avoid the area if possible.

Evening News Spin: 100% Negative on Trump Defense, 95% Positive Dems

Before the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald J. Trump was gaveled into session, Chief Justice John Roberts presided over a swearing-in ceremony where all 100 senators pledged to be impartial jurors. The liberal media zeroed in on that pledge and decried Senate Republicans who seemed to be siding with the President.

But a Media Research Center study of broadcast evening news coverage of the opening arguments of both sides, found ABC, CBS, and NBC did not live up to the standard they demanded of Republicans.

They gave Democrats double the airtime and showered their arguments with mostly praise, while expressing only criticism of the President’s legal team.

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US coronavirus evacuees being kept under 14-day quarantine, CDC says

The 195 passengers who arrived in California from Wuhan, China, on Wednesday will be kept under a 14-day quarantine as they are continually monitored for symptoms of coronavirus, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials said on Friday.

The evacuees, who are being temporarily housed at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County, are not believed to "pose a threat" to other residents in the area, officials said.

Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC's national center for immunization and respiratory disease, said the order was given under the authority of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and is the first the agency has issued in 50 years.

Pilots, flight attendants demand flights to China stop

Pilots and flight attendants are demanding airlines stop flights to China as health officials declare a global emergency over the rapidly spreading coronavirus, with American Airlines' pilots filing a lawsuit seeking an immediate halt.

China has reported nearly 10,000 cases and 213 deaths, but the virus has spread to 18 countries often by plane passengers.

The Allied Pilots Association (APA), which represents American Airlines pilots, cited "serious, and in many ways still unknown, health threats posed by the coronavirus" in a lawsuit filed in Texas, where the airline is based.

American said it was taking precautions against the virus but had no immediate comment on the lawsuit.


Victim’s Death Elevates WOC Assault Case To Homicide

WEST OCEAN CITY- The charges against a local homeless man for the beating death of another man in West Ocean City in December were elevated from first-degree assault to first-degree murder this week after the victim succumbed to injuries sustained in the alleged attack.

Eric J. Jarrett, 48, of no fixed address, on Tuesday was indicted on charges of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment for his role in the beating death of another local homeless man at a residence on Golf Course Road in West Ocean City on December 19. Jarrett was charged immediately after the incident with first- and second-degree assault and has been held without bond since.

However, the victim, identified as George L. Stinnett, 58, of no fixed address, later succumbed to injuries sustained in the alleged assault and an autopsy was ordered. When the autopsy determined Stinnett’s death was a homicide, the Worcester County State’s Attorney’s Office then presented the new evidence to a grand jury, which indicted Jarrett this week on first- and second-degree murder and other charges.


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Paramedics, nurses and pharmacists will be able to train as doctors in just three years under post-Brexit plans to tackle NHS staffing crisis

Paramedics, nurses and pharmacists will be allowed to train-up as doctors in three years under drastic plans to tackle the NHS's staffing crisis.

The Government is hoping to take advantage of freedoms brought by Brexit to enable some medical staff to gain fast-track doctors' qualifications.

The radical measures, due to be announced next week, will be presented as a solution to the NHS's doctor shortage, which is being worsened by a pensions standoff.

Latest official figures show that the NHS is short of 11,500 doctors – equivalent to nearly one in ten posts being left vacant.


Proposal To Bring Offshore Wind Power Ashore On Hold

FENWICK ISLAND – Officials say a proposal to improve Fenwick Island State Park through a partnership with an offshore wind developer has come to a standstill as staff review thousands of responses from a public survey.

On January 15, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Division of Parks & Recreation closed the comment period for proposed improvements, including new recreational amenities and infrastructure upgrades, at Fenwick Island State Park. Orsted, the developer of the Skipjack wind farm off the coast, has proposed funding the capital projects in exchange for constructing an onshore interconnection facility on park grounds.

This week, Delaware State Parks Community Relations Coordinator Shauna McVey said DNREC received 2,319 unique survey responses during the public comment period. She explained that staff will be reviewing those responses throughout the coming weeks.


Iowa releasing convicted sex offender due to sex change lowering chance of re-offending

Iowa officials have decided to release a convicted child molester from incarceration due to the belief that a recent sex change lowered the offender's testosterone level making the felon less likely to re-offend.

Josie Smith, a biological male, was convicted of second-degree sexual abuse against a female victim in 2012 and lascivious acts with a child against a male in 2014. Smith was sentenced to prison in 2015.

It is believed that Smith, whose birth name is Joseph Matthew Smith, molested as many as 15 people ranging from ages 1 to 13, according to a report prepared by state expert Dr. Jeffrey Davis.


Statement from the White House Regarding the President’s Coronavirus Task Force

Today, President Donald J. Trump announced the formation of the President’s Coronavirus Task Force. Members of the Task Force have been meeting on a daily basis since Monday. At today’s meeting, which the President chaired, he charged the Task Force with leading the United States Government response to the novel 2019 coronavirus and with keeping him apprised of developments.

The Task Force is led by Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, and is coordinated through the National Security Council. It is composed of subject matter experts from the White House and several United States Government agencies, and it includes some of the Nation’s foremost experts on infectious diseases.

The Task Force will lead the Administration’s efforts to monitor, contain, and mitigate the spread of the virus, while ensuring that the American people have the most accurate and up-to-date health and travel information.

The President’s top priority is the health and welfare of the American people. That is why, in 2018, President Trump signed the National Bio-defense Strategy, which improves speed of action in situations such as this. The Administration, led by the President’s Task Force, will continue to work to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

The risk of infection for Americans remains low, and all agencies are working aggressively to monitor this continuously evolving situation and to keep the public informed. For more information, please visit


GOP has votes to block impeachment witnesses as wavering senator backs Trump

A key Republican senator announced he will not vote in favor of calling additional witnesses to testify in President Trump’s impeachment trial, making it more likely the trial could be over by this weekend.

Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee released a statement at the end of the day’s proceedings Thursday saying that he does not support extending the trial in order to subpoena new witnesses and additional documents related to articles of impeachment against Trump.

Alexander’s decision makes it more certain there will not be enough votes to call new witnesses.


Tulsi: CNN Gave No Explanation for Excluding Me from Upcoming Town Hall

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) on Tuesday said she has received “no explanation” from CNN as to why she was excluded from the network’s upcoming town halls taking place ahead of New Hampshire’s February 11 primary.

The presidential hopeful told Fox News she has yet to receive a response explaining why she was excluded from the network’s upcoming town hall in New Hampshire, which is slated to take place at Saint Anselm College on February 5 and 6.

“We have reached out, I think, more than once, and we received no explanation,” Gabbard said.

“I don’t even think we’ve gotten a response to date about why they’re excluding the first female combat veteran ever to run for president, the only woman of color in the race,” she continued.

“We’re still waiting for an answer."


Resort Officials Sign Off On Ambitious Drone Program

OCEAN CITY- The future has arrived in Ocean City with a plan approved this week to utilize Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), or drones for all manner of public safety and other applications.

For the last several months, Emergency Services Director Joe Theobald has been working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other regulatory agencies to allow Ocean City to begin implementing a UAS, or drone, program in a variety of capacities over the skies of the resort. The use of drones for public safety and other governmental interests is certainly not new, but Theobald and his staff has been working closely with the FAA and other regulatory agencies to tailor a suitable program that meets the resort’s specific needs.

On Tuesday, Theobald presented the Mayor and Council with an outline of the UAS program. Already the town has secured three of the aircraft through grant funding and has worked through the approval process with restrictions appropriate to the resort area.


Rand Paul Reveals Impeachment Question Censored by Chief Justice John Roberts

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) opened Thursday’s impeachment trial proceedings with one of the first submitted questions for the record, but Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts refused to read the question to the Democrat impeachment managers and President Donald Trump’s counsel.

The text of the question to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Trump’s counsel, as Paul submitted it to Roberts, was subsequently obtained by Breitbart News. The text of Sen. Paul’s Thursday question exactly as submitted to Roberts, the senator’s office confirmed to Breitbart News, was:

--Manager Schiff and Counsel for the President, are you aware that House Intelligence Committee staffer Shawn Misko had a close relationship with Eric Ciaramella when at the National Security Council together, and are you aware and how do you respond to reports that Ciaramella and Misko may have worked together to plot impeaching the President before there were formal House impeachment proceedings?”

In the question, Paul does not identify Eric Ciaramella, a CIA analyst who has been widely reported to be the “whistleblower” whose complaint launched the Democrats’ impeachment proceedings, as the “whistleblower.”

But Roberts has now multiple times throughout the trial censored any mention of Ciaramella’s name, despite his direct involvement in these matters.

Paul also tweeted this after the fact:

My question is not about a “whistleblower” as I have no independent information on his identity. My question is about the actions of known Obama partisans within the NSC and House staff and how they are reported to have conspired before impeachment proceedings had even begun.

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'Lazy and silly and wrong': Tucker Carlson blasts The View hosts for impeachment takes

Fox News host Tucker Carlson ripped into ABC's The View hosts after a contentious segment they had with Alan Dershowitz, a member of President Trump's impeachment defense.

"Clearly, they despise the president. They seemed entirely sincere about that, but, like so many people who are running and commenting on the impeachment trial, they seem to have no idea what it’s actually about," the host said Friday on his show. "They don't understand the charges. They know nothing about the historical precedent. Facts and details are irrelevant to them."

"They didn’t even bother to read the GAO report that they introduced as evidence. They got it backward. Not that it slowed them down or ever does. They are lazy and silly and wrong, but, at the same time, they are utterly certain they are on the morally correct side of history," he added.


Tyvon Davis convicted of intent to distribute narcotics and violating probation, sentenced to nineteen years.

Hillary Clinton using Secret Service to dodge defamation lawsuit, Tulsi Gabbard attorney claims

The Secret Service blocked a server from alerting Hillary Clinton about the lawsuit filed against her by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, according to the Hawaii congresswoman’s attorney.

Gabbard, 38, filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit against Clinton, 72, last week after the former secretary of state insinuated she was a "Russian asset." The lawsuit got a lot of attention, but Clinton reportedly still hasn’t been served with the paperwork because she refused to let the server through Secret Service.

Brian Dunne, Gabbard’s attorney, told the New York Post that the person trying to serve the lawsuit was first turned away from Clinton’s home in Chappaqua, New York, by Secret Service agents and told to serve the lawsuit to the former first lady’s attorney, David Kendall. Williams & Connolly, the Washington, D.C.-based law firm that employs Kendall, then told the server that they could not accept the lawsuit on Clinton’s behalf.

“I find it rather unbelievable that Hillary Clinton is so intimidated by Tulsi Gabbard that she won’t accept service of process,” Dunne said. “But I guess here we are.”

Clinton’s remarks about Gabbard angered many who felt she crossed a line by claiming the Kremlin was “grooming” Gabbard to run a third-party bid that could sink Democrats and lead to reelection for President Trump.


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Impeachment Manager Hakeem Jeffries Says Clinton Use of Steele Dossier Not Foreign Election Interference Because Dossier “Was Purchased”

This is peak 2020 Democrat hypocrisy.

Impeachment manager Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) on Thursday was asked whether the Clinton campaign’s use of the Steele Dossier in 2016 would be considered impeachable under the Dems’ standard.

Hakeem Jeffries said no because the Steele dossier was opposition research that “was purchased.”

What a disaster for the Democrats!


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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Gun Control Folly In D.C.

Earlier this month, the Washington Post reported that the homicide rate in Washington, D.C., in 2019 was higher than it was in 2018. There were 166 people killed in 2019, compared to 160 in 2018. In fact, the 2019 D.C. homicide rate is the highest number since 2008.

But isn’t that impossible? After all, our nation’s capital has one of the strictest gun-control laws in the United States.

The Post points out, “D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham has identified illegal firearms as a major factor fueling homicides.”

But how is that possible? Given that the city has such strict gun-control laws, how is it possible that people are still being killed by guns?

The answer is very simple. People who are willing to murder people don’t give a hoot about gun-control laws. Why should they? If they get caught, prosecuted, and convicted of murder, they are going to have to serve a very long jail term, maybe even life in prison. They know that. What difference does it make if a judge adds another 5 years for violating some gun-control law?


How drinking one cup of black tea or a glass of red wine each night could HALVE your risk of dementia (and scientists say eating kale and broccoli can also ward off the disease)

Drinking tea and red wine with plenty of kale could slash the risk of Alzheimer's disease, a study suggests.

The products are rich in chemicals called flavonols, among many other nutrients which may support brain health.

Researchers at Rush University in Chicago tracked more than 900 older people for up to 12 years after asking them about their diets.

Those who consumed the most flavonols - around one cup of black tea a day - were half as likely to develop Alzheimer's.


Parties must move on from Trump impeachment — or end in mutual destruction: Goodwin

As part of his closing remarks Tuesday, Jay Sekulow, a defense attorney for President Trump, urged senators to put themselves in Trump’s shoes. It was an odd but interesting challenge.

When you accept it, the view from there is a series of unhappy flashbacks. It starts with Trump’s 2016 campaign being investigated by the FBI. Before he took office, then bureau Director James Comey showed Trump parts of the Steele dossier, calling it “salacious and unverified.”

Said Sekulow, “It was so salacious and unverified, the FBI had used it to get FISA warrants” to spy on the campaign.


Elizabeth Warren Made Millions Helping Corporations Evade Their Pension and Healthcare Obligations

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has a well-documented history of working for the benefit of the big corporations she routinely rails against, largely building her multimillion-dollar fortune by assisting corporations in navigating the bankruptcy laws she helped pen, Breitbart News senior contributor, bestselling author, and Government Accountability Institute (GAI) President Peter Schweizer reveals in his investigative bombshell Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America’s Progressive Elite.

Because of her legal expertise on bankruptcy laws, Warren advised the National Bankruptcy Review Commission in 1995, acting as a “key advisor on an obscure but profoundly important section of the bankruptcy law called U.S.C. 524(g), which dealt with mass tort bankruptcies of corporations and had to do specifically with asbestos companies.” She would go on to advise companies facing such troubles and financially benefit from their legal woes. She made $212,000 by assisting insurance giant Travelers, which sought immunity from asbestos-related lawsuits, alone.

The revisions to the laws she helped author “had enormous positive ramifications for America’s largest corporations,” allowing “financially healthy corporations to start using bankruptcies as a way to avoid liability from legal suits,” Profiles in Corruption details.


Wuhan evacuee tries to walk off California military base halfway through mandatory 72-hour coronavirus observation period - forcing officials to issue quarantine order

A passenger on the US evacuation flight from the coronavirus outbreak epicenter in Wuhan has reportedly tried to leave a California military base less than halfway through a mandatory 72-hour observation period.

Riverside County Health officials issued a quarantine order requiring the passenger to remain at March Air Reserve Base on Thursday.

The subject of the order, who was not identified, was one of 195 passengers who landed at the base in Riverside on Wednesday morning on a flight chartered by the State Department to remove US diplomats and private citizens from the virus-stricken Chinese city of Wuhan.

All of the passengers are being monitored for coronavirus symptoms on the base for 72 hours to ensure they do not pose a risk to the public.


New owner of foreclosed house in Maryland finds the body of its previous resident inside as a neighbor says the woman, 39, had special needs and lived without electricity and heat after relatives stopped visiting months ago

The new owner of a house in Maryland has discovered the dead body of its previous resident inside, after acquiring the home in a foreclosure auction.

A neighbor says the 39-year-old woman found deceased inside the District Heights house Saturday had special needs and was cared for by her grandmother who died about a year ago.

The man who lived across the road from the property said soon after the grandmother's death, relatives stopped visiting but she had a caretaker up until a few months ago.

Then utilities were gradually shut off in the height of winter.


Virginia Congress Continues Gun Control Frenzy With 9 More Bills, Ignores Massive Protest

Despite a massive and peaceful turnout on the Lobby Day rally on January 20th, the Virginia State Congress remained totally unphased by what the people wanted and proceeded to advance numerous unconstitutional gun laws over the following week.

While everyone has been focused on the Wuhan coronavirus, state lawmakers have been quietly eroding gun rights.

“Red Flag” gun law passed

Proving they don’t care at all about the opinions of the people of Virginia, the state’s Senate passed a “red flag” gun law only two days later. Here’s the summary of SB240.
Creates a procedure by which any attorney for the Commonwealth or any law-enforcement officer may apply to a general district court, circuit court, or juvenile and domestic relations district court judge or magistrate for an emergency substantial risk order to prohibit a person who poses a substantial risk of injury to himself or others from purchasing, possessing, or transporting a firearm. If an emergency substantial risk order is issued, a judge or magistrate may issue a search warrant to remove firearms from such person.

An emergency substantial risk order shall expire on the fourteenth day following issuance of the order. The bill requires a court hearing in the circuit court for the jurisdiction where the order was issued within 14 days from issuance of an emergency substantial risk order to determine whether a substantial risk order should be issued.

NOI 1/30/20 Wicomico Apartment Fire Alabama Ave.

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Date: January 30, 2020
Time:  12:52 a.m.
Location / Address:  522 Alabama Avenue, Salisbury, Wicomico County
Type of Incident:  Fire
Description of Structure / Property:  Two story wood frame 12-unit apartment building
Owner / Occupants: Oak Hill Townhouses / Jordan Groff
Injuries or Deaths: n/a
Estimated $ Loss: Structure:  $10,000                    Contents: $500
Smoke Alarm Status:  Present and activated
Fire Alarm / Sprinkler Status: n/a
Arrests(s):  None
Primary Responding Fire Department:  Salisbury Fire Department
# of Alarms: 1      # Of Firefighters: 20
Time to Control: 30 minutes
Discovered By:  Occupant
Area of Origin:  Rear second floor balcony
Preliminary Cause: Under Investigation
Additional Information:  


A Bill of Rights for Students 2020

Given the many counterproductive ideas that sweep through education, given all the endless, murky debates conducted in our media, it is helpful for the American people to focus on what, at a minimum, young people are entitled to in our schools:

1) THE RIGHT TO LEARN TO READ. All progress in education depends on literacy. It is imperative that children learn the alphabet and the sounds early, and that they are reading in the first grade. Children have a right to be reading age-appropriate books by the second or third grade.

2) THE RIGHT TO MASTER BASIC ARITHMETIC. Again, as fads have undermined effective teaching for many decades, millions of children never learn how to add, subtract, multiply and divide. These are such basic skills--easy enough to teach, easy to test. If administrators can’t ensure that all children can do these essential things, find other administrators.

3) THE RIGHT TO WRITE, IN BOTH SENSES. One essential goal in the first years of schooling is to be able to write a small essay or a letter to grandmother, signed with a real signature. Cursive handwriting, according to many experts, is an indispensable assist in learning to read, write, and spell.



Veteran British newsreader Alastair Stewart has lost his job of 30 years after quoting a Shakespeare passage to a black man that included the word “ape,” despite the fact that he had previously directed the same tweet to a white person.

Broadcaster ITN said Stewart had made “errors of judgment” is his use of social media that breached editorial guidelines.

The controversy was over a Twitter response Stewart sent to a black man in which he quoted a passage from Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure;
Than the soft myrtle: but man, proud man,
Dressed in a little brief authority,
Most ignorant of what he’s most assured,
His glassy essence, like an angry ape,
Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven
As make the angels weep; who, with our spleens,
Would all themselves laugh mortal.

VEXIT: West Virginia extends 158-year-old invitation for unhappy Virginians to join state

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- West Virginia became its own state in 1863 in the middle of the Civil War.

Creation of the West Virginia/Virginia border required multiple elections, including a decision by President Lincoln to override objections by half of his cabinet, and a Supreme Court decision validating an irregular election. In the end, 50 counties would be incorporated into a new state, and 99 counties would be left behind in the remnant of Virginia.

West Virginia is the only state to be formed by seceding from a Confederate state.

Some Virginia border counties were given the choice to become part of the new state if their residents approved. Berkeley and Jefferson counties gave their nod, siding with the Union.


Chief Justice John Roberts Shuts Down Rand Paul’s Question on Alleged ‘Whistleblower’

Supreme Court Justice John Roberts on Wednesday blocked an attempt by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) to pose questions regarding the so-called “whistleblower” — the individual who sparked the House Democrats’ partisan impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump — according to reports.

Politico and The Hill state Roberts indicated he would oppose reading Paul’s questions, as it is believed he would be forced to name or provide identifying information on the alleged individual.

Speaking to reporters following a Republican dinner, Paul signaled he may still fight to have his question read.

“It’s still an ongoing process; it may happen tomorrow,” he told reporters.

However, other Senate Republicans, include Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-SD), appear to have sided with Roberts over Paul.

“I don’t think that happens, and I guess I would hope that it doesn’t,” Thune said when asked if the so-called “whistleblower” will be named.

Roberts has not offered any legal argument for hiding the individual’s identity. As Breitbart News has repeatedly explained, the only statutory protection for people who submit whistleblower complaints is that the intelligence community inspector general (ICIG) cannot name him or her publicly:

Even left-wing mainstream media outlets—CNN, the New York Times, National Public Radio (NPR), and Reuters — determined that, certainly, no law prohibits President Donald Trump or members of Congress from disclosing the name of the leaker who sparked the impeachment inquiry.


World Health Organization declares coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency

The World Health Organization on Thursday declared the new coronavirus outbreak a global emergency amid the recent jump in the number of infected patients.

"The main reason is not what is happening in China but what is happening in other countries," WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced at a news conference in Geneva, Switzerland.

"Our greatest concern is the potential for the virus to spread to countries with weaker health systems, and which are ill-prepared to deal with it," Ghebreyesus added.

'Mind Boggling': Take a Look at These Demographic Numbers From Trump's New Jersey Rally

Tuesday night President Trump traveled to deep blue New Jersey for a campaign rally. Despite freezing temperatures in the middle of winter, people camped out a day ahead of his remarks in order to make it inside the arena.

According to Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale, over a quarter of registered attendees were democrats. Another significant portion of people have never voted before.

The demographics of the New Jersey rally are reflective of President Trump's previous rallies in Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Minnesota and elsewhere.


Criminalizing free speech online? Elizabeth Warren has a plan for that

Elizabeth Warren has a plan for that. And by “that,” I mean a chilling crackdown on free speech in the name of combating disinformation online.

On Wednesday, the 2020 candidate released a plan that would impose criminal and civil penalties on those who are deemed guilty of spreading “disinformation.” In a tweet unveiling the plan, she said, “Disinformation and online foreign interference erode our democracy, and Donald Trump has invited both.” The Massachusetts Democrat continued, “Anyone who seeks to challenge and defeat Donald Trump in the 2020 election must be fully prepared to take this on—and I've got a plan to do it.”

There is a real issue with people believing fake or misleading information they see online. And it is true that Russian actors exploited this trend in an attempt to sway or at least influence people's thinking during the 2016 presidential election, even though there’s little evidence they actually made any difference (beyond getting a few thousand clicks on odd Jesus-themed pro-Trump memes and other silly content).


Fired Ukrainian Prosecutor Viktor Shokin FILES FEDERAL COMPLAINT Against Joe Biden

After leaving office in 2017, Vice President Joe Biden Bragged about strong-arming the government of Ukraine to fire its top prosecutor.

Joe Biden made the remarks during a meeting of foreign policy specialists. Biden said he, “Threatened Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in March 2016 that the Obama administration would pull $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees, sending the former Soviet republic toward insolvency, if it didn’t immediately fire Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.” Biden suggested during his talk that Barack Obama was in on the threat.

In April John Solomon revealed what Biden did not tell his audience. Joe Biden had Shokin fired because he was investigating Joe Biden’s son Hunter.