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Saturday, June 03, 2017

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Youngest, Oldest Physicians Diverge on Hippocratic Oath

Responses to a Medscape poll on physician beliefs about the Hippocratic Oath show that thoughts about the power of the oath and even whether physicians have taken it differ strikingly between the youngest and oldest physician groups.

According to the poll, to which readers began responding November 22, of those under age 34, 39% said it was very meaningful, compared with 70% of those 65 and older. Conversely, of those in the under-34 group (which had 267 respondents), 18% said it was not at all meaningful vs 10% of those in the oldest age group (836 respondents).

Total responses to the poll numbered 2674 physicians plus 134 medical students. Readers' comments numbered well over 200, and though commenters didn't give their ages, their responses helped describe the debate.

A commenter who listed his specialty as pain management wrote, "The Hippocratic Oath is quite relevant today as it gives our newly trained colleagues an idea of the principles our once noble profession espoused, when we served patients for their good, not bureaucrats for theirs."


35 St. Louis-area convenience store owners indicted following federal raids

ST. LOUIS, Mo. ( -A federal grand jury has indicted 35 store owners on federal conspiracy charges for trafficking contraband cigarettes, distributing controlled substances and money laundering.

According to reports, the suspects conspired for more than 2 years to buy contraband cigarettes in St. Louis, a low tax market, while transporting and distributing them in Chicago, Illinois, and New Jersey, which are high tax markets.

The store owners are accused of using several convenience stores that they operated to create the appearance of legal cigarette purchases.

Illegal profits form the contraband cigarette sales were laundered through accounts associated with the stores.

Synethetic drugs, K-2, was sold every day from a handful of the convenience stores. Authorities said the store owners manufactured synthetic drugs themselves by importing chemicals from China.


Los Angeles homeless numbers jump 23% in a year

The number of people homeless in the US city of Los Angeles has soared in the past year, a new report shows, despite efforts to combat the problem.

The homeless population in the city grew 20% while the numbers for the wider Los Angeles County were even higher at 23%, the figures revealed.

Experts say soaring rents and a high cost of living are major factors.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn described the figures as "staggering".

"Homelessness in LA County has grown at a shocking rate," she said in a statement.

"Even as work is being done to get thousands of people off the street and into housing, more and more people are becoming homeless. It is clear that if we are going to end the homeless crisis, we need to stem the overwhelming tide of people falling into homelessness."


Parents Shocked By Adult Drag Queen Performance – at Grade School Talent Show

What in the name of Ru Paul is wrong with the New York City Board of Education?

Parents are furious after children as young as 5-years-old were exposed to a man's erotic drag show performance at what was supposed to be a school district talent show.

“My first reaction was what the hell is going on,” parent Raquel Morales told me.

The New York Daily News described the lewd performance as “complete with gyrations, tongue gymnastics and a flashed G-string.”


Almost Half of Americans Die Nearly Broke

Americans aren’t known for being great savers.

In a recent GoBankingRates study, 69% of adults admitted to having less than $1,000 in the bank, while 34% said they actually don’t have any savings at all. But apparently, this collective lack of savings doesn’t get all that much better with age. A study by the National Bureau of Economic Research found not so long ago that almost half of Americans die nearly broke. Of the general population, 46% of retirees die with savings of $10,000 or less. But that number climbs to 57% among retirees who are single.

Now when we take other assets, like homes, into account, the picture gets a bit less bleak. Still, 57% of single-adult households and 50% of widowed households had no housing equity to show for when they died.

The problem is that dying nearly broke isn’t just a matter of denying one’s beneficiaries an inheritance. Rather, it points to a frightening degree of financial vulnerability during retirement. If seniors are passing without much in the way of assets, it means that in the years leading up to their death, they’re ill equipped to handle a major unexpected expense, such as a significant medical bill. In fact, in that same GoBankingRates survey, only 37% of seniors 65 and older claimed to have $1,000 or more in the bank.

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EPA letter tells PA to increase progress in cleanup effort or it will take action

Pennsylvania needs a realistic plan showing how it will provide enough funding and staff to dramatically ramp up its Bay-related pollution control efforts, or it could face a variety of potentially costly federal actions within the next two years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency warned state officials in a recent letter.

Pennsylvania was the only state to get such a warning, and it illustrates mounting concern that if the Keystone state cannot get its nutrient control program on track, it will prevent much of the Chesapeake Bay from attaining its clean water goals. Pennsylvania delivers more nitrogen to the Bay than any other state.

While most other states are generally on track to meet their required pollution reductions, Pennsylvania faces “serious deficits,” the EPA letter said, especially when it comes to controlling nitrogen from farm fields and stormwater from developed areas.


On Demand Tears

Wayne Dupree was the man who called Kathy Griffin's reaction to people's upset over her free speech [sic]. As many saw her press conference, she cried as she relayed how her career was ruined by the Trump family for her distasteful display of disdain towards the President. She's even so broken up that she's hired attorney Lisa Bloom. You may not know her, but she's Gloria Allred's daughter. Need I say more?

Ah, the comedy otherwise known as Liberalism!

Left's Outrage on Paris Agreement

Does it makes sense that former Secretary of State, John Kerry is upset about global warming and President Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Agreement when he sanctioned and gave Iran nuclear capability to blow up whole regions within seconds?

Just something to think about!

Democratic Operative Says Hillary Clinton's DNC Claims Are "F***ing Bulls***"

Angry Democrats are pushing back against criticisms that Hillary Clinton levied against the party during an interview earlier this week, saying Clinton “mischaracterized” the DNC’s work and the quality of its data operation while “needlessly stoking internal divisions,”according to the Hill.

During an interview with Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg at the Recode "Code" conference earlier this week, Clinton blamed the FBI, DNC, Russian agents – everyone but herself – for her stunning election loss in November. RNC Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel said Clinton’s comments were completely lacking in self-awareness.

Clinton has repeatedly blamed the DNC even though leaked emails have shown that the committee favored her during her primary fight against Sen. Bernie Sanders. Clinton blasted the committee as having “mediocre to poor, non-existent, wrong” data operation, the Hill reported. The remarks were also seen as a rebuke of President Obama, who chose the leaders of the DNC during his tenure.


Driver who crashed into Ed’s Chicken receives probation

The driver of a car that crashed into Ed’s Chicken and Crabs in Dewey Beach in August was sentenced to two years of probation after pleading guilty to first-offense DUI and criminal mischief.

Michelle Small, 37, of Wyoming, apologized for the accident at her June 2 sentencing.

“I am truly sorry,” she said, fighting back tears. “If I could take it back, I would.”

Besides probation, Small was ordered by Delaware Superior Court Judge E. Scott Bradley to pay a $500 fine and $241,000 in restitution - $65,000 to Ed’s owner Ed Riggin and $176,000 to the Catts family, owners of the building.


NASA Data Proves Trump Right to Exit Paris Climate Accord

Paris accord meant to kill US economy to make America dependent on globalism

Nasa’s own data backs President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, despite the agency’s politicized leaders claiming otherwise.

Additionally, recent Canadian Ice Service data shows Greenland ice nearing a record high as Arctic sea ice extends over 300,000 square miles past its 2016 levels.

“The useful idiots in the press who report on climate, continue to insist that the Arctic is melting down and nearing catastrophe,” wroteclimate analyst Tony Heller. “In the actual Arctic, sea ice extent is normal and Greenland has gained a record amount of ice this winter.”

In 2015, a NASA study showed that Antarctic sheet ice was expanding, refuting claims by global warming advocates that polar ice would soon disappear.


This 93-year-old bride’s request, love story is inspiring the internet

A 93-year-old bride asked the internet for help on deciding what to wear for her upcoming special day and has received thousands of replies.

Four pictures of a woman named Sylvia were posted on Facebook to a page named Birdsnest. Each picture showed Sylvia wearing a different dress and asked, “What should Sylvia wear to her wedding?”

Then the page gave a little background on Sylvia’s upcoming marriage. Her husband-to-be is named Frank and they lived together in a retirement village. The post said Fred has asked for Sylvia’s hand in marriage “many times” but she usually refused. Sylvia says the reason was because didn’t want to be disrespectful to her late husband.

Then a year ago Sylvia became ill and moved to be near family, leaving Frank alone. When she recovered from her illness, however, she found Frank again and convinced him to move and be with her. Eventually the two decided to get married and now Sylvia is asking for help on what to wear.


Is Afghanistan A Lost Cause?

“We are there and we are committed” was the regular retort of Secretary of State Dean Rusk during the war in Vietnam.

Whatever you may think of our decision to go in, Rusk was saying, if we walk away, the United States loses the first war in its history, with all that means for Southeast Asia and America’s position in the world.

We face a similar moment of decision.

Wednesday, a truck bomb exploded near the diplomatic quarter of Kabul, killing 90 and wounding 460. So terrible was the atrocity that the Taliban denied complicity. It is believed to have been the work of the Haqqani network.

This “horrific and shameful attack demonstrates these terrorists’ compete disregard for human life and their nihilistic opposition to the dream of a peaceful future for Afghanistan,” said Hugo Llordens, a U.S. diplomat in Kabul.

The message the truck bombers sent to the Afghan people? Not even in the heart of this capital can your government keep civilian workers and its own employees safe.

Message to America: After investing hundreds of billions and 2,000 U.S. lives in the 15 years since 9/11, we are further from victory than we have ever been.


DEA seizes 90 pounds of heroin in I-95 traffic stop

A Baltimore-area Drug Enforcement Administration task force seized more than 90 pounds of heroin Thursday after pulling over a vehicle on Interstate 95 in Howard County, court records show.

The amount of drugs could have a street value of more than $9 million, Special Agent Todd Edwards estimated.

"It's a very significant seizure," Edwards said.

A federal complaint unsealed Friday shows that police have been investigating a man named Perry Brown, 53, of Baltimore, and were tracking his phone when they received information about a possible drug transaction.

Investigators traced Brown's phone to a truck stop parking lot in the 8800 block of Washington Blvd. in Jessup, and watched as he removed two large bags from a tractor-trailer cab and placed them inside his vehicle, court records say. They followed Brown onto I-95, where Maryland Transportation Authority Police conducted a stop for alleged traffic violations near the I-195 exit.


Ex-Penn State officials sentenced to jail

For roles in Jerry Sandusky child-sex scandal

Three former Penn State administrators were sentenced Friday to jail terms for their roles in the Jerry Sandusky child-sex scandal.

Former President Graham Spanier, who was the only one of the three to take his case to trial, was sentenced to the shortest time in prison: 4 to 12 months, with two months in jail and two months under house arrest. He also will serve two years probation, pay $7,500 in fines and serve 200 hours of community service.

Former Athletic Director Tim Curley was sentenced to 7 to 23 months, with three months to be served in jail, and four months under house arrest. He’ll pay $5,000 in fines and serve 200 hours of community service.


A crab unlike any you’ve ever seen has been pulled from the Chesapeake Bay

She’s a large blue crab from the Chesapeake Bay with a sight impairment — she has two oysters growing on either side of her head near her eyes.

The crab is estimated to be about 2 years old and was found last week in a crab pot that belonged to the mayor of Tangier Island.

The mayor — James “Ooker” Eskridge — couldn’t immediately be reached for comment. As of Wednesday, wildlife experts at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation said the crab was still alive.

Watermen and wildlife experts said she’s unique, and there’s a tale of how she got stuck with two oysters on her head.


Professors Rip Their Alma Mater For Failing To Defend Free Speech

The war on free speech being waged by Social Justice Warriors on college campuses across the country has been largely met with cowardice by faculty and administrators, who seem to believe the best way to handle fascistic, violence-prone bullies is coddling and retreat. So it's heartening to see those who actually have a spine in higher education take a stand against the mob that is rapidly turning universities into the least free-thinking places in the country.

Six alumni of Middlebury College, who are also college faculty and administrators at other institutions, penned an open letter to their alma mater shaming it for failing to adequately defend free speech and outlining steps it can take to set a much-needed example for other colleges around the U.S.

Middlebury was the scene of one of the more reprehensible literal assaults on free speech in recent months: the leftist mob's shutdown of a discussion featuring widely respected scholar Charles Murray, which devolved into violence and left Middlebury Professor Allison Stanger with a concussion (Stanger, by the way, went on to blame Donald Trump for the students' violence).

The Middlebury alumni say enough is enough. Here's how the letter begins:


Maryland's highest court stops medical marijuana hearing

Maryland's highest court on Friday intervened to stop a case that threatened to upend the medical marijuana industry.

The Court of Appeals blocked a Baltimore judge from holding a scheduled hearing about whether to put the entire cannabis program on hold. While the fledgling industry can move forward for now, its future is far from certain.

The underlying lawsuit still remains, and it seeks to throw out the process used to pick medical marijuana growers because the state did not consider racial diversity.

The high court issued a stay in the case "until further notice," but did not reveal what issues it would consider.


Maryland Congressional Delegation Lauds $9M Federal Grant to Implement Positive Train Control on MARC Trains

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On June 2, Congressman Andy Harris (MD-01), in conjunction with Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05), Elijah E. Cummings (MD-07), C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02), John Sarbanes (MD-03), John K. Delaney (MD-06), Anthony G. Brown (MD-04), and Jamie Raskin (MD-08), issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Transportation announced a $9 million grant to the Maryland Transportation Administration (MTA) for the installation of Positive Train Control (PTC) technology – a crash-avoidance rail-safety system that can automatically prevent collisions – along the MARC Train Penn Line, which connects Baltimore to Washington, D.C.:

“Every day, thousands of Marylanders use the MARC trains to commute to work. This grant is a critical investment in Maryland’s infrastructure, which will allow the state to implement life-saving Positive Train Control technology on the MARC’s Penn Line and keep Marylanders safe.”

The PTC system will cover a total distance of 77 miles from the Perryville, MD MARC Station to Union Station in Washington, DC.

Murder rate soars in Baltimore, hits five-month record

WASHINGTON — As the homicide rate in the nation’s capital drops, it is a much different story 40 miles north in Baltimore, Maryland, where murders are soaring to record levels.

A deadly shooting on Wednesday marked Baltimore’s 146th homicide so far this year — the highest number the city has ever recorded during the first five months of a year, as first reported by the Baltimore Sun.

The number of homicides is more than 30 percent higher than this time last year and the number has climbed about 85 percent when compared to three years ago.

“No one is proud of this violence,” said Baltimore police spokesman T.J. Smith in May. “It shouldn’t be tolerated. We should be doing what we can to make sure there is not another person who is associated with that number.”


College melts down over plan for white people-free day on campus

After protesters at a Washington state college called for a day without white people, a biology professor says he no longer feels safe on campus — and student activists complain they’re being vilified by conservative media.

Evergreen State College students said racial tensions have been simmering in recent weeks, but reached a boiling point when a faculty member disagreed with their plans to protest what they say is institutional racism at the Olympia campus,according to The Olympian.

Students were particularly incensed by an email that surfaced on Twitter on May 25 between Professor Bret Weinstein and Rashida Love, director of First Peoples Multicultural Advising Services. Weinstein, who is white, allegedly condemned the “Day of Absence” event that asked white people to leave campus for the day.


DOJ blasts report Sessions may have met privately with Russian official

The Department of Justice blasted a report alleging the possibility of an undisclosed, private meeting between a Russian official and then-Sen. Jeff Sessions, with the DOJ outright denying on Wednesday night any secretive “or side conversations” occurred.

The pushback followed a CNN story claiming Sessions, now the attorney general, met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at a Trump campaign event at the Mayflower Hotel on April 27, 2016. The report, building on the storyline of possible Trump team collusion with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election, is based on “a source with knowledge.” A meeting the same day between Sessions and Kislyak – and also featuring VIP organizers and other diplomats – was already known to have happened at the hotel, the site of a Trump foreign policy address. But the CNN report alleges investigators are trying to determine if a second, private meeting occurred between the two.

“It is unfortunate that anonymous sources whose credibility will never face public scrutiny are continuously trying to hinder that process by peddling false stories to the mainstream media,” a statement from DOJ spokesperson Sarah Isgur Flores said.

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AFSCME Spent $20M More on Politics Than It Did Representing Members

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, one the most influential labor unions, spent nearly $20 million more on politics than it did on representing its members, The Washington Free Beacon reported, citing a federal labor filing.

Just over $55 million was spent by AFSCME on "political activities and lobbying" in 2016, compared to $36.4 million for "representational activities," including contract negotiations.

The union has 1.3 million public sector employees. Most of its political spending went to help Democratic candidates, according to the Free Beacon.

The website noted the union's political spending is at the heart of a case likely headed for the U.S. Supreme Court. A lawsuit brought against the union is attempting to overturn an earlier decision allowing state and local governmental agencies to require public workers to pay union dues as a condition of employment.

AFSCME officials are looking to gain support from liberal activists in defending its right to collect the dues from workers.

"We need the entire labor and progressive movements to stand with us and fight for us," wrote Naomi Walker, assistant to AFSCME president Lee Saunders wrote in an article for In These Times.


Rasmussen: Over Half Think Leaking Classified Information to Media Is an ‘Act of Treason’

More than half of voters think leaking classified information to media outlets is an “act of treason,” a Rasmussen Reports poll released Wednesday finds.

A majority, or 53 percent, believe it’s an act of treason, while 30 percent disagree and 18 percent are not sure. An overwhelming majority of Republicans, or 73 percent, feel that the leaks are treasonous, as do 50 percent of independents and 36 percent of Democrats.

Nearly half, or 47 percent, think the media are hurting national security, while 34 percent say the media are performing “a public service” by publishing the leaks. Nineteen percent are unsure..

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Taser used on 9-year-old in Maryland

A Carroll County Sheriff's Office deputy deployed a Taser on a 9-year-old boy in Finksburg on Wednesday night after the boy allegedly threatened responding deputies and the boy's mother.

The boy allegedly had two kitchen knives and, while deputies tried to talk the boy into dropping the knives, it got to a point where the deputies' lives were in danger, Sheriff Jim DeWees said.

"It appears the deputies acted appropriately and used the right amount of force under the circumstances," DeWees said.

The deputy did not use the Taser in order to take the boy into custody. The decision was made to use a Taser based on the immediate threat, sheriff's office spokesman Cpl. Jon Light said.


Auto Bloodbath: Lowest Domestic Auto Sales In Three Years Despite Record Inventories And Incentives

After abysmal March and April prints and growing speculation on Wall Street that auto sales are looking less like a "plateau" (Ford's term) and more like a debt-fueled bubble on the verge of a "2007-like" collapse (Bloomberg's term), analysts were looking toward May auto sales for signs of hope. Unfortunately, the "hope" fizzled for the 5th straight month as overall auto sales declined again, with domestic light vehicles sales printing at an annualized 12.59 million, the lowest sales number going back more than three years, with GM missing badly even as its dealer inventory rose to a post-bankruptcy record "channel stuffing" high, while those carmakers who did beat expectations, did so by using record incentives and discounted sales to rental and other fleet customers (such as Ford).

Here's the math: domestic car sales continued their decline on a year-over-year basis, although there was a silver lining within SUVs and pickup trucks, which rose for many manufacturers. May car sales came in at an annualized 4.50 million units (according to Stone McCarthy calculations), compared to April's pace of 4.80 million, and last May's 4.98 million. Light truck sales declined in May to 8.09 million compared to the 8.32 million selling pace reached in April, and below the 8.13 million units sold a year ago. In total, May domestic light vehicle sales fell to 12.59 million units, below expectations and far below April's 13.12 million selling pace. In fact, as shown in the chart below (blue column) this was the worst monthly print going back more than three years.


Narrative-Shaping Obscures Obama Administration's Abuse of Power

More than ever before, Americans are aware of media efforts to “shape the narrative” — which is most cases means filtering the truth through a progressive lens.

On April 28, the New York Times published a story about abuses by the National Security Agency, noting it had “halted one of the most disputed practices of its warrantless surveillance program, ending a once-secret form of wiretapping that dates to the Bush administration’s post-Sept. 11 expansion of national security powers.”

On May 24, Circa published the same information — with a decidedly different take. “The National Security Agency under former President Barack Obama routinely violated American privacy protections while scouring through overseas intercepts and failed to disclose the extent of the problems until the final days before Donald Trump was elected president last fall, according to once top-secret documents that chronicle some of the most serious constitutional abuses to date by the U.S. intelligence community,” it stated.

The Times story did not mention the Obama administration at all..

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Breaking News: The Trump administration is returning copies of the 6,700-page report on C.I.A. torture to Congress, where it may never be made public

The Trump administration has begun returning copies of a voluminous 2014 Senate report about the Central Intelligence Agency’s detention and interrogation program to Congress, complying with the demand of a top Republican senator who has criticized the report for being shoddy and excessively critical of the C.I.A.

The Trump administration’s move, described by multiple congressional officials, raises the possibility that copies of the 6,700-page report could be locked in Senate vaults for good — exempt from laws requiring that government records eventually become public. The C.I.A., the office of the Director of National Intelligence and the C.I.A.’s inspector general have returned their copies of the report, the officials said.

Democrat Rep. Mark Pocan Identified as Lawmaker Behind Anti-Israel Capitol Hill Forum

Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) has been identified as the anonymous member of Congress who reserved official Capitol Hill space for an anti-Israel forum that is being organized by several organizations that support boycotts of the Jewish state, according to congressional sources who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon.

News of the June 8 anti-Israel event, which was first disclosed earlier this week by the Free Beacon, sparked outrage on Capitol Hill and initiated a search to identify the anonymous member of Congress sponsoring the event.

The event, which sources confirmed to the Free Beacon is being sponsored by Pocan, is being organized by anti-Israel advocacy groups that have supported Israel boycotts and have been cited for distributing propaganda slandering the Jewish state.

Pocan, a supporter of the liberal Middle East advocacy group J Street, has come under fire in the past for meeting with convicted terrorist associated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a terror organization.

Since the Free Beacon first reported on the event—which many have described as a propaganda effort meant to defame the Jewish state—pressure has been mounting for the anonymous congressman behind the event to step forward.

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WCSO Press Releases - June 3, 2017

Incident: Warrant Arrest
Date of Incident: 30 May 2017
Location: 4000 block of Pheasant Drive, Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Bradley Michael Alexander, 30, Salisbury, MD
Narrative: On 30 May 2017 at 1:31 PM, a deputy arrested Bradley Alexander on two outstanding Circuit Court Bench Warrants at a residence in the 4000 block of Pheasant Drive. The warrants were issued after Alexander failed to appear for two cases where he had been charged with Burglary 1st Degree.
The deputy transported Alexander to the Detention Center where he was detained without bond pending an appearance in front of a Circuit Court Judge.
Charges: Failure to Appear

Incident: Possession of CDS
Date of Incident: 31 May 2017
Location: Ocean Highway at Chestnut Street, Delmar, MD
Suspect: Arlene Gail Wheatley, 55, Delmar, DE
Narrative: On 31 May 2017 at 2:35 PM a deputy stopped a vehicle operated by Arlene Wheatley after the deputy observed that Wheatley was not wearing a seat belt. After developing reasonable suspicion of drug activity, the deputy received consent from Wheatley to search the vehicle. During that search, the deputy located pills that were identified as Oxycodone Hydrochloride, Acetaminophen and Lorazepam. Wheatley did not have a prescription for any of these pills. Also located was a cut straw with residue suspected to be from the pills.
The deputy transported Wheatley to the Central Booking Unit where she was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. Following an initial appearance, the Commissioner released Wheatley on Personal Recognizance.
Charges: Possession of CDS and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

School defies threats from ‘civil rights activists,’ brings back popular Bible class

FREMONT, Mich. – Bible study is back at Fremont Public Schools.

The rural Newaygo County school district has twice canceled the popular Bible study class for elementary students in recent years following complaints from “civil rights” activists, but superintendent Ken Haggart recently announced that the program will be back for the 2017-18 school year, Mlive reports.

“Michigan law specifically authorizes public schools to release students for up to 2 hours per week for religious instruction at an off premises location which is exactly what happened in Fremont,” says attorney Timothy Denney told WZZM.

Students at Daily Brook Elementary School were left hanging in 2015 when the Michigan Association of Civil Rights Activists forced the district to end the Bible classes because they allegedly violated the law because they were held in the school’s gymnasium, Haggart told the news site.

School officials resolved the issue and re-instituted the program this year with monthly sessions at Fremont Wesleyan Church during students’ lunch break. Students who returned parental permission slips were transported to the church by a pastor in a private bus, according to the news site.

But another MACRA complaint this year convinced Haggart to end the program again.

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‘Boardwalk Elvis’ hospitalized briefly, OC community rallies

When the iconic “Boardwalk Elvis” Norman Webb was hospitalized last week, the community came out to support his recovery.

“Lots of people came to visit me [in the hospital]. The place was filling up,” Webb, 77, said days after he was released from Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin. “They like me. I guess I’m a legend, and a legend in my own mind.”

Webb was admitted to the hospital on May 20 for an obstruction in his esophagus. He was released four days later and recovered at his brother and sister-in-law’s house in Showell.

“It got to the point where he couldn’t swallow, and he was a little dehydrated,” said his sister-in-law, Joan Webb. “But he’s doing well. He was up and about on Saturday.”

Much like Thrasher’s fries or Fisher’s Popcorn, Webb riding a bicycle or wearing an Elvis jumpsuit has been an Ocean City tradition for decades. Once word spread of his illness, dozens of well-wishers stopped by his hospital room and hundreds sent get well soon cards. Others took to Facebook to share their memories of spotting Webb on the boards.


The ACLU says Trump Withdrawing From the Paris Agreement Is RACIST

Never ones to miss out on a chance to scream "Racism!", the ACLU tweeted Thursday that President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Obama-era Paris Agreement on climate change is a 'massive step back for racial justice.'

In subsequent tweets, the ACLU sought to explain their bizarre climate-race connection by saying that poor people of color are more affected by climate change than, presumably, rich white folks.

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CNN Panel Mocks Hillary Clinton, “A Lot Of [Democrats] Would Prefer To Have Her Fade Away…”

Southern cities tear down Confederate statues — while Seattle’s Lenin remains

Critics of the decision to remove several Confederate monuments in New Orleans are pointing to offensive communist monuments in places like Seattle that are protected for their intrinsic value.

A towering 18-foot-tall statue of Russian communist Vladimir Lenin has remained standing in the eccentric North Seattle neighborhood of Fremont for decades despite strong public opposition and repeated vandalism, KOMO reports.

The comparison came from opponents of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s recent decision to move forward on the City Council’s 2015 vote to remove statues of Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, and P.T. Beauregard, as well as a granite obelisk the mayor dubbed “symbols of white supremacy.”

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People Not In Labor Force Soar By 608,000

While the payrolls report (and wage gains) was an unmitigated disaster for anyone seeking "evidence" of an economic rebound (i.e., the Federal Reserve), there was some good news in the Unemployment rate which declined from 4.4% to 4.3%, the lowest going back to 2001.

There is just one problem with the above "silver lining": the unemployment rate declined for all the wrong reasons, because contrary to expectations, the Household Survey reported that the number of employed Americans actually declined by 233K to 152.923 million, the lowest going back to February.

So how could the unemployment rate decline as the number of employed Americans tumbled? Simple: the labor force plunged, with the BLS reporting that the total labor force declined by 429,000 Americans in the month of May. This was the result of a whopping 608,000 American exiting, as the number of people not in the labor force soared to 94.983 million, up from 94.375 million in April.

As a result, the labor participation rate tumbled once again, sliding to 62.7%, the lowest print since 2016.


Westside Intermediate Celebrates The Arrival Of 3rd-grader Edward

Full-Time Jobs Tumble By 367,000, Biggest Drop In Three Years

While on the surface, the payrolls report, the wage growth and the unemployment rate (which dropped for all the wrong reasons) were disappointing, a quick look inside the underlying data reveals even more troubling trends, such as that in addition to the number ofemployed workers dropping by 233K according to the household survey, the composition of these jobs raised even more red flags because in May the US lost 367,000 full time jobs offset by the gain of 133,000 part time jobs.

Putting this number in context, it was the biggest drop in full-time jobs going back to June 2014.

And in this context, we are happy to announce that while manufacturing jobs once again declined by 1,000, the waiter and bartender recovery continues to hum along, with 30,000 workers added in "food services and drinking places."


Philly principal hit with a brick at school dismissal

A Philadelphia principal suffered serious injuries when he was struck in the face with a brick at dismissal — a symptom, some administrators say, of a larger problem at some city schools.

The incident happened Wednesday outside Fitler Academics Plus School in Germantown, officials said.

Anthious Boone, principal of the K-8 school, was overseeing dismissal when a fight broke out between Fitler students and pupils from various nearby Mastery Charter schools, officials said.

Boone waded into the fray to try to break it up, said Robin Cooper, president of Commonwealth Association of School Administrators Local 502, the union that represents principals.



The Newspaper

One the more historic institutions in this country is fast becoming relegated to history. And that is the printed word, the newspaper. Since its inception almost three hundred years ago, Americans have relied on their daily newspaper. One of the more famous quotes about newspapers was uttered by none other than Mark Twain. He said that anyone who doesn’t read the daily paper is uninformed, but anyone who reads it is misinformed. It just goes to show that not much has changed over the years.

Newspapers were a penny years ago and slowly rose to its present lofty price structure. I remember growing up that my grandfather read four papers every night – the Salisbury Times, the Baltimore Sun, the Wilmington Evening Journal and the Philadelphia Inquirer. He went down to Gordy’s Drug Store on Main St. to procure the three out-of-town papers, always leaving his car running while he went in for the papers. After all, it was still maintaining many small town ways. The local paper he had delivered. My grandmother would do terrible damage to the paper while reading it but, instead of chiding her, he simply increased his subscription to two papers – one for him and one for her. When I was first aware of his paper buying habit, they each cost a nickel. When they went to seven cents, I never heard him complain about anything so vociferously. He said that if they ever went to a dime, he was going to stop getting them – and he did.

My grandmother was deaf for the 60 years before she died in 1986. She said it never bothered her because if it was important enough, they would put it in the paper. She began reading the National Enquirer later in life and said that was some exciting news. When she finally stopped getting it, I asked why and she said it was just too exciting and her heart couldn’t stand it.

I grew up with the Salisbury Times and the reporting was far better than it is today. I miss columns such as “Local Happenings” where you could read about local people doing different things. Today there is too much opinion and not enough straight news. When they put the paper to bed in those days, that meant the world had gone to bed also. There were paper boys that got their bundle of around one hundred papers every afternoon. A bundle was delivered to the corner I lived on and it was eagerly anticipated. All the scores of any sports game the previous night was included. You never saw anything like “game ended too late for inclusion in this issue”. In the summer, the Little League scores and the subsequent write-ups about the games were a high priority to any boy my age. The long-time sports writer for the Times was Ed Nichols. We all thought he was something special, until someone made me aware of the fact that his column was almost identical to Bob Maisel’s daily column in the Baltimore Sun.

There was more local news in those days. They even listed every driving ticket and the amount fined. That was my first experience in “making the papers”. Some memories are not so sweet.

BREAKING: Ontario passes ‘totalitarian’ bill allowing gov’t to take kids from Christian homes

Pro-family advocates warn Bill 89 gives the state more power to seize children from families that oppose the LGBTQI and gender ideology agenda, and allows government agencies to effectively ban couples who disagree with that agenda from fostering or adopting children.

Bill 89, or the Supporting Children, Youth and Families Act, 2017, repeals and replaces the former Child and Family Services Act that governs child protection services, and adoption and foster care services.

It adds “gender identity” and “gender expression” as factors to be considered “in the best interests of the child.”

At the same time, it deletes the religious faith in which the parents are raising the child as a factor to be considered, and mandates child protection services consider only the child’s own “creed” or “religion” when assessing the best interests of the child.


President Trump Meets with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc

Berlin MSP Sobriety Checkpoint 6-3-17

The Beatles Forever

Sgt. Pepper at 50.

I'm fascinated by the photograph of the Beatles in the open gatefold of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, which was released 50 years ago today. From left to right sit Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison, clad in colorful psychedelic military garb against a yellow background. All four Beatles have unkempt versions of their classic mop-top haircuts as well as four very un-classic mustaches. John, wearing glasses, is the only one smiling, a toothy grin that's a bit unsettling. Taken on its own, the photo is completely ridiculous.

But compared to the rest of the album's packaging, particularly the cover, this portrait of the Beatles is practically quaint. As Bill DeMain writes in Sgt. Pepper at Fifty, the decision to include a relatively straightforward photograph of the Fab Four was an effort to ground the visual aesthetics of the album. The band had initially wanted a psychedelic painting by a London-based design collective called The Fool to grace the cover, until an Eton-educated art dealer (and Paul McCartney friend) named Robert "Groovy Bob" Fraser recognized the painting as "not good art" and suggested that two of Fraser's clients design the cover. When Paul and the boys still wanted the "fiddly little acid-y drawing" (which Pepper at Fifty, a book otherwise full of terrific photos, does not reproduce) in the gatefold, Fraser pushed for photographer Michael Cooper's portrait instead.


Higher Calling Ministries Women’s Fellowship set for June 17 at WY&CC

SALISBURY, Md. – Higher Calling Ministries will hold a Women’s Fellowship event on Saturday, June 17, at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center.

Guest messengers include Pastor Kathy Hurley Millner, Pastor Tamela Wise, Evangelist Angela Dutton-Fooks, Elder Kesha Cook, First Lady Annette Dickerson, Pastor Pamela Polk, Prophet Craig Wilson and Prophet Craig Mitchell.

Fellowship colors are pink and white.

The event runs from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and the registration fee is $65. The deadline to reserve a spot is June 6. Payment can be mailed to Higher Calling Ministries, P.O. Box 481, Princess Anne, MD 21853.


The Arctic Ocean is warming up, icebergs are growing scarcer and in some places the seals are finding the water too hot, according to a report to the Commerce Department yesterday from Consulate, at Bergen, Norway

Reports from fishermen, seal hunters and explorers all point to a radical change in climate conditions and hitherto unheard-of temperatures in the Arctic zone.

Exploration expeditions report that scarcely any ice has been met as far north as 81 degrees 29 minutes.

Soundings to a depth of 3,100 meters showed the gulf stream still very warm.

Great masses of ice have been replaced by moraines of earth and stones, the report continued, while at many points well known glaciers have entirely disappeared.

Very few seals and no white fish are found in the eastern Arctic, while vast shoals of herring and smelts which have never before ventured so far north, are being encountered in the old seal fishing grounds.

Within a few years it is predicted that due to the ice melt the sea will rise and make most coastal cities uninhabitable .


I must apologize.

I neglected to mention that this report was from November 2, 1922, as reported by the AP and published in The Washington Post - 94 years ago

This must have been caused by the Model T Ford's emissions.

Press said Nothing...

NASA's Wallops Flight Facility Launch Today........Hopefully

Launch scrubbed because of boats in the impact area for the second stage motor. We will try again Sunday, June 4. The launch window is 4:26 to 4:41 a.m.EDT 

4:41 Launch has been scrubbed for today 
4:33Am Currently in the RED zone due to boats in the way.
They say third time is a charm. The countdown is on for the launch of the Terrier-Improved Malemute between 4:26 and 4:41 this morning. Launch attempts the two previous days have been scrubbed because of high upper winds or clouds. Let's hope today things come together. The mission is testing a new deployment system to support space science studies Blue-green and red artificial clouds that will be produced as part the test may be seen from New York to North Carolina.

Payload checks are complete for the Terrier-Improved Malemute launch this morning. The mission is testing a new deployment system to support space science studies Blue-green and red artificial clouds that will be produced as part the test may be seen from New York to North Carolina. Curious why scientists use vapor tracers for space research? More can be found at…/sounding-rockets/…/index.html 

Mailman Had To Go Home And Change His Pants

When You're Going To Be A While...

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U.S. ranked the 114th most peaceful nation on earth says annual global ranking

Land of the free, home of the brave - but America may not be the most peaceful spot on earth according to the 11th annual “Global Peace Index,” which bases judgement calls on a complex gauge of social, economic and political factors, including rates of homicide and terrorism activities.

The U.S. is now at No. 114, falling 11 places in the last year, the analysis says. Armenia and Rwanda are just in front of America on the list, El Salvador and China follow.

“Iceland remains the most peaceful country in the world, a position it has held since 2008. It is joined at the top of the index by New Zealand, Portugal, Austria, and Denmark. There was also very little change at the bottom of the index. Syria remains the least peaceful country in the world, followed by Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan, and Yemen,” the report said.

Most U.S. allies are in the top-20 of the index, including Canada, Japan, Australia, Ireland and Germany. The United Kingdom is at No. 41, however.

“The U.S. deterioration is primarily driven by the growing intensity of internal conflict within the country, which was partly seen in the divisive 2016 Presidential election, as well as increases in the perceptions of criminality across American society,” the analysis said, also citing the impact of “rising homicide rates in several major American cities” and several terrorist attacks on American soil.