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Monday, October 09, 2017

PICS: Thousands of Poles Pray on the Border Against 'Islamisation of Europe'

Thousands of Catholics formed a human chain along the borders of Poland on the anniversary of an historic victory by Europe over the Ottoman Empire officially to pray for peace and “against the Islamisation of Europe”.

Polish media reports hundreds of thousands of adherents participated in the “Rosary on the Borders” event on Saturday, October 7th, to mark the anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto, where “the Christian fleet overcame the Muslim armada, saving Europe from Islamisation”.

The Catholic Feast of the Holy Rosary was established by Pope Pius V in 1571 as “Our Lady of Victory” after the Holy League won a landmark victory over the Ottoman Turks at their naval station in Lepanto.

The Solo Dios Basta foundation, which organised the event, attributed the victory to the recital of the rosary “that saved Europe from Islamisation”.

Prayers took place across some 4,000 locations along the country’s 2,000-mile border involving 320 churches from 22 dioceses.


Michelle Beadle: White Men Should Shut Up

If you had ESPN on your television Saturday morning, you had the privilege of hearing host Michelle Beadle tell all white men to “Shut up and listen for five minutes.”

Beadle gave her opinion on recent comments made by Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.

During a Wednesday presser, a female reporter had asked Newton about the effectiveness of the routes of his receivers. Newton condescendingly responded, “It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes. It’s funny.”


Rattlesnake bite kills hiker at Colorado park

A hiker bitten by a rattlesnake Saturday died hours after the incident, which happened at a park west of Denver, officials said.

The hiker, a man in his 30s, was at the Mount Galbraith Park in Golden, about 17 miles west of Denver, when the snake bit him, FOX 31 Denver reported.

A spokeswoman for St. Anthony Hospital is nearby Lakewood told FOX 31 the man died at the hospital.

The hiker was about a mile out on a trail when he was bit around 12:40 p.m.

The park is a popular location for hikers and offers "spectacular views of Golden," according to FOX 31.


‘I Hate White People’: Teen Accused Of Hate Crime Against Elderly Man In NYC

A teen was charged for assault after an alleged hate crime-related attack occurred Thursday on the New York City subway.

According to the New York Post, an 18-year-old named Devon Ahmad attacked a 65-year-old white male after the two men shared an elevator.

Ahmad reportedly said, “White people suck. I hate white people. White people are the source of my problems.”

“He then proceeded to punch the victim in the face with a closed fist,” saidNYPD spokeswoman Tiffany Phillips.


Queens man robbed and punched by teens is on life support

A man is on life support after he was sucker-punched by a teen as another stole his cellphone.

Mohammad Alam, 72, was talking on his cell outside a store in Queens, New York, at around 6.30pm on September 28 when a teen ran by him and snatched the cell from his hand.

When Alam tried to chase the thief, another youngster standing nearby broadsided him across the side of his face.

The blow sent Alam head-first into the concrete sidewalk.



Only 5 percent of news reports are positive, according to Pew Research Centre

Claims by President Donald Trump that media organizations primarily report negatively on him were proven true by a new research by Pew Research Center.

An analysis of 3,000 stories during the first 100 days of his presidency across 24 different media organizations found that reporting on Trump has been the most negative compared to other presidents over the past 25 years.

The research shows that only 5 percent of media reporting during the period was positive. 62 percent of the stories were negative, and 33 percent were neither positive nor negative.



Franchise paying the price for virtue-signaling its fans

Over just one month of player, coach and owner protests of the flag and National Anthem, the National Football League has gone from America’s sport to the least liked of top professional and college sports, according to a new poll.

From the end of August to the end of September, the favorable ratings for the NFL have dropped from 57 percent to 44 percent, and it has the highest unfavorable rating — 40 percent — of any big sport, according to the Winston Group survey provided exclusively to Secrets.

Worse for football, which was already seeing lower TV ratings and empty stadium seats, the month of protests and complaints about them from President Trump drove core fans, men 34-54, away, the most significant indicator that NFL brass aren’t in touch with their base.

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NFL ticket prices plunge amid backlash over players kneeling during national anthe

CNBC analysis finds prices fell after mass protests following President Trump’s criticism

NFL ticket prices have plummeted in the wake of the uproar over the national anthem protests, dropping for the first time this year below the 2016 season’s prices.

An analysis released Friday by CNBC found that ticket prices during the first three games of the 2017 season enjoyed a 20-40 percent increase over last year, but then skidded in Week 4 and actually dropped by 2 percent in Week 5.

The timing coincides with the uproar following President Trump’s criticism of the protests on Sept. 22, which prompted nearly 200 players to sit or take a knee during the national anthem in the Sept. 24-25 games in Week 3.

“After the president’s comments and NFL player reactions, Week 4 saw only a 5 percent increase, and now we’re seeing an outright decline. So that’s a bad direction,” said CNBC’s Eric Chemi.

The figures, based on data from the website Ticket IQ, come with the national anthem protests losing steam in the two weeks since Mr. Trump suggested team owners should fire any “son of a bitch” who refuses to stand.


Christians Walked In Gay Man’s Coffee Shop To Order – He Kicked Them Out Refusing Service

It turns out the “bake the cake” crowd isn’t as tolerant as they want us to think that they are.

A group of Christians walked into a coffee shop owned by a homosexual man and they were immediately mocked and kicked out by the man, who refused to serve them. The irony here is that Christians are 100% willing to serve members of the LGBT community, as long as those people don’t ask the business to engage in their wedding ceremony.

But at no time has a Christian business owner blown up on their gay customers. (I assure you, or it would be all over the Internet and people would be calling for their metaphorical heads.)


Professor Caught On Camera Telling Class Mandalay Bay Massacre Is Trump’s Fault

Unhinged Hat Snatching Snowflake To Soon Get Special Lesson On Legal System

If you haven’t seen the amazing video of Special Snowflake Edith Macias taking the MAGA hat from Matthew Vitale’s head and then ranting on about this and that and the other, it should be watched. It’s an education in the mindset of the entitled Special Snowflakes who are Offended and demand that people have their 1st Amendment Rights taken away over it. Edith could soon get an different type of education

(Fox News) A college student in California who says he was assaulted by a classmate for wearing a ‘MAGA’ hat on campus said he plans to file criminal charges against his attacker.

Matthew Vitale, a member of the University of California, Riverside Republicans, said he was “stunned” when classmate Edith Macias snatched his “Make America Great Again” hat from his head during a campus meeting.

Vitale alerted authorities after the incident but declined to press charges because campus police told him it would only be a misdemeanor. But then Macias posted a bizarre, profanity-laced “SnatchAHat” video online, which eventually went viral, that showed her physically removing the hat from his head – and then verbally attacking him for promoting “genocide.” By showing that she took it off his person, the crime rose to the level of felony, Vitale said campus police told him.


Nancy Pelosi Thanks Illegals For Breaking U.S. Immigration Law: ‘Americans Owe Them A Debt’

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is at it again. This time she said we have a debt we owe parents who bring their children into the country illegally. And no, she wasn’t talking about this kind of debt either.

The former Speaker of the House gave the comments at a CNN town hall Wednesday night. The current House minority leader responded to a question from an audience member who was totally not paid to be there or was not a set up in any way. He said he and his sister were “terrified” of being deported, because, you know, they are illegal squatters.

Pelosi replied, saying DACA recipients are “beautiful” and thanked illegal alien parents for breaking the law and bringing their children into the country. More people for us taxpayers to feed and educate.

“Our Dreamers, they make America dream again,” Pelosi said. “They’re so lovely and we, frankly, owe a debt to your parents for bringing you here to be such a brilliant part of our future.”

Barf. A whole bunch of empty platitudes and vote pandering. We see right through it.


SURPRISE! Obama’s Cushy Pension Gets Makeunder From GOP – Potentially Saves Taxpayers MILLIONS!

Looks like Barack Obama is going to have to live with yet another disappointment. He vetoed legislation in 2015 that would have reduced the salary of former presidents. But last week a Senate committee approved a bill doing just that. It’s called the Former Presidents Act and it would reduce just how much former presidents receive in pension benefits. It also reduces the total amount of money taxpayers contribute to former presidents. “Our national debt now exceeds $20 trillion; this bipartisan effort is another important step toward reigning in Washington’s out-of-control spending,” Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst, sponsor of the Senate legislation, said in a statement. “It is ridiculous to continue asking taxpayers to help foot the bill for former presidents’ perks at a time when they already rake in millions of dollars from book deals, speaking engagements, and more.” Amen to that.

The bill was unanimously approved by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Now it goes to the Senate for a full vote. The House is set to consider a companion bill, proposed by Georgia Republican Rep. Jody Hice. I imagine this really ticks off Obama and Clinton. The Bush family is well off and won’t be bothered one way or the other over this. Former presidents receive a $207,000 salary annually. Ernst’s proposal would cap stipends at $200,000 per year, adjusted each year for cost of living increases. The bill would not affect the security of former presidents.


Mia Love LEVELS Michelle Obama: ‘I Am a Black Republican Who Cares About America’

A few days ago, former First Lady Michelle Obama made some racist comments about the Republican Party. She continued the divisive rhetoric we’ve all grown used to hearing during her husband’s two terms as President. Here’s what she said, “It’s a feeling of color, almost. On one side of the room, it’s literally gray and white, literally, that’s the color palette on one side of the room. On the other side of the room, there’s yellows and blues and whites and greens. Physically, there’s a difference in color, in the tone. Because one side, all men, all white. On the other side, some women, some people of color.”

As always, the Left sees everything in terms of color. People who see always and only, color, when they look at other people? There’s a term for those folks. They are sounding and acting a lot like racists. It is simply ridiculous how the political Left cannot get through a day without referencing race.


Good News: Interior Deportations Under Trump Are Surging

We can call this the Trump Effect On Illegal Immigration. Deportations from those caught crossing the border have declined, as fewer attempt to cross the U.S.-Mexico border because of the harsh measures Team Trump has implemented (meaning they are enforcing the laws on the books), which includes catching and deporting illegals already in the country

(Washington Post) Deportations from the interior of the United States are rising under President Trump as the administration expands enforcement from the U.S.-Mexico border and into immigrant communities deeper inside the country.

From Jan. 22 to Sept. 9, officials deported nearly 54,000 immigrants from the interior, a 34 percent increase over the same period last year, and said that they expect the numbers to climb.

That is excellent news, and highlights President Trump giving ICE the green light to do the job they are told to do by duly passed federal laws, rather than restricting them, as we saw under Obama. And it helps to have someone directing ICE, Thomas Homan, who is happy to do the job.

The article then deflects into California declaring itself a sanctuary state, which writer Maria Sacchetti thinks is some sort of major blow, failing to realize that ICE will simply arrest illegals in the streets, and, really, wherever they want, regardless of whether California law enforcement and prison services have been directed to not help. And the article discusses some other things illegal immigration. It’s like Maria either had to fill the story out or just wanted to throw the whole sink in. Then we get to the part about Obama deporting upwards of 200,000 interior illegals per year from 2008-2011, before Obama decided to cut this as much as possible, directing ICE to not do their jobs in full, and empowering sanctuary cities to resist.


Russian Hacking Fuels Return to Paper Ballots

After the “hanging chad” fiasco during the 2000 presidential recount, many states and counties switched to electronic-only voting machines to modernize their systems.

Now, amid security concerns over Russian hackers targeting state voting systems in last year’s election, there’s a renewed focus on shifting to paper ballots.

In Virginia, election officials decided last month to stop using paperless touch-screen machines, in an effort to safeguard against unauthorized access to the equipment and improve the security of the state’s voting system.

In Georgia, which uses electronic voting machines with no paper record, legislators are discussing getting rid of their aging equipment and using paper ballots instead. In a municipal election this November, officials will test a hybrid electronic-paper system.

“States and counties were already moving toward paper ballots before 2016,” said Katy Owens Hubler, a consultant to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). “But the Russian hacking incident has brought the spotlight to this issue.”


Senators Pledge to Support Rebuilding of Puerto Rico

U.S. lawmakers pledged on Saturday to back Puerto Rico’s recovery as Governor Ricardo Rossello prepares to request a multibillion dollar Congressional aid package to help rebuild from the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria.

Rossello said his government would make a request to Congress by January for long-term assistance. The U.S. territory continues to dig out after the Category 5 storm left much of the island in tatters and caused an estimated $80 billion to $100 billion in damages. He made his case to a bipartisan delegation of U.S. Senators on Saturday, as they flew over some of the island’s hardest hit areas.

“We need the resources so that Puerto Rico can get out of the emergency stage, stabilize, and then start rebuilding,” Rossello told reporters in San Juan, flanked by lawmakers. “This is the most devastating event in the modern history of Puerto Rico.”




















Antibiotic resistant infections are rising in pets

Infections from antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs’ are on the rise among pets across the United States, experts warn.

From bacteria that ‘colonizes the skin’ of its victims to ear infections and persistent strains of E.coli and salmonella, veterinary practitioners say these hard-to-fight afflictions are becoming increasingly common.

While the chances of these bacteria infecting humans may be low, the experts say it’s possible for the bacteria to jump across the species – especially if you’ve been bitten.


One Chart Explains What Bernie Madoff And Kentucky Public Pensions Have In Common

If Bernie Madoff taught us anything it's that every successful ponzi scheme requires precisely one critical component to keep it afloat: a steady stream of fresh capital to fund redemptions. Absent that key component, even the most carefully crafted ponzi, with the best, most creative accounting fabrications in the world, will inevitably fail from a lack of real, cold, hard cash to keep the illusion going.

Unfortunately, it seems that Kentucky's public pensions are now running into the very same problem that ultimately brought down Madoff's multi-billion dollar 'empire'. As the Lexington Herald Leader points out today, it's no coincidence that the Kentucky public pension system is suddenly collapsing just as the number of retirees (redemptions) has surged beyond the number of active employees (fresh capital)required to keep the ponzi going.

It’s impossible to know exactly who, where or when, but one day in 2016, a Kentucky state employee packed up her desk, said goodbye to her colleagues and retired.

Once she hit the exit, the number of retirees drawing a pension from the Kentucky Employees Retirement System (Non-Hazardous), the struggling $2.6 billion fund that serves most of state government, officially topped the number of active workers paying into it.

The 60-year-old fund has been mathematically upside down from that day forward.

Social Security, by comparison, has a roughly 3-to-1 ratio of workers supporting retirees, but KERS’ ratio is less than 1 to 1. Its numbers are expected to worsen as state government continues to cut its work force and aging baby boomers keep heading into retirement. The average age of a worker in KERS is 45, up from 43 just a few years ago. And they retire at age 57 on average to draw a lifetime pension.

“You just can’t depend on this model anymore,” said state Sen. Joe Bowen, R-Owensboro.


Exclusive: EPA Document Proposes to Eliminate Clean Power Plan ‘in Its Entirety’

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to repeal the agency’s Obama-era climate change program, the Clean Power Plan (CPP), “in its entirety,” according to a document obtained by Breitbart News.

The 43-page document, titled, “Repeal of Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stations Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units” details how the EPA plans to repeal CPP through a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). This version of the document obtained by Breitbart News remains subject to change through inter-agency review.

The agency contends that the EPA, under former Administrator Gina McCarthy, exceeded its authority to regulate carbon emissions as stipulated by the Clean Air Act. The document proposes to eliminate the Clean Power Plan, and then suggested that they might release an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) that will reflect a more thoughtful and modest approach to regulating air pollution given the EPA’s limited statutory authority.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order in March ordering a review of the Clean Power Plan as well as other environmental regulations. Instead of Obama’s stifling energy regulations, the Trump administration will promote policies that favor American “energy dominance.”


Man jailed for mishandling secrets: Hillary deserves lockup

'She lied to the American public and lied, probably, to the FBI and she's allowed to get off'

Just days after the FBI announced it would not prosecute Hillary Clinton for her mishandling of classified information, U.S. Navy Petty Officer Kristian Saucier was sentenced to a year in prison for mishandling classified information, despite his plea for leniency based on the government’s refusal to prosecute Clinton.

Now, Saucier is out of prison, deeply frustrated at very different standards of justice applied to him and Clinton, and determined to erase his conviction and move forward with his life.

In early July 2016, then-FBI Director James Comey offered a long public statement explaining Clinton’s poor conduct but ultimately deciding not to recommend prosecution because he saw no criminal intent on Clinton’s part.


Confederate monument removal costs piling up for cities

As cities across the country continue to debate and, in some cases, remove Confederate monuments from their municipalities, the costs are piling up for taxpayers.

In San Antonio, which removed its lone confederate monument last month from Travis Park, city officials found out Monday in a memo it cost $258,680 to take down that statue.

The memo, obtained by Fox San Antonio, showed it cost $147,775 for a third-party company to remove and transport the monument, $103,809 for police staffing, including officer overtime, fencing, barricades, and surveillance cameras. There was an additional charge of about $7,000 to cover replanting costs.


2 soldiers killed, 6 injured after accident at Fort Jackson

FORT JACKSON, SC (WSPA) – Two soldiers are dead and six others are hurt after an accident involving a military vehicle and a troop formation, Friday afternoon.

The injured soldiers, including two who were injured critically, were taken to a hospital off of Ft. Jackson.

The deceased victims have been identified as Pvt. Ethan Shrader from Prospect, TN and Pvt. Timothy Ashcraft from Cincinnati, OH.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of the soldiers we lost today and to the families of the injured, they represent the best of our Nation and we will endeavor to support all those affected through this difficult time” said U.S. Army Training Center and Fort Jackson Commander Maj. Gen. Pete Johnson.

The accident is under investigation.


Bergdahl Expected to Plead Guilty, Avoid Trial

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban for half a decade after abandoning his Afghanistan post, is expected to plead guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, two individuals with knowledge of the case said.

Bergdahl's decision to plead guilty rather than face trial marks another twist in an eight-year drama that caused the nation to wrestle with difficult questions of loyalty, negotiating with hostage takers and America's commitment not to leave its troops behind. President Donald Trump has called Bergdahl a "no-good traitor" who "should have been executed."

The decision by the 31-year-old Idaho native leaves open whether he will return to captivity for years — this time in a U.S. prison — or receive a lesser sentence that reflects the time the Taliban held him under brutal conditions.

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Migrants Threaten Swedish Migration Board Employees with Rape, Violence

In the first nine months of 2017, the Swedish migration board has reported 2,875 serious incidents against their staff including threats of rape and assault, and threats to set fire to their offices.

Particularly worrying for the female employees of the migration board, which handles all the country’s asylum claims, has been the number of sexual harassment incidents from migrants. So far, there have been 15 cases of sexual harassment including one in which a migrant threatened to rape a female employee, Aftonbladet reports.

Maria Johansson, working environment specialist at the Swedish Migration Board, said the incidents “can be anything including an inappropriate comment related to a sexual act. This is not a common problem with us, but it is serious when it happens.”

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As Overdose Deaths Pile Up, a Medical Examiner Quits the Morgue

CONCORD, N.H. — In the state morgue here, in the industrial maze of a hospital basement, Dr. Thomas A. Andrew was slicing through the lung of a 36-year-old woman when white foam seeped out onto the autopsy table.

Foam in the lungs is a sign of acute intoxication caused by an opioid. So is a swollen brain, which she also had. But Dr. Andrew, the chief medical examiner of New Hampshire, would not be certain of the cause of death until he could rule out other causes, like a brain aneurysm or foul play, and until after the woman’s blood tests had come back.

With the nation snared in what the government says is the worst drug epidemic in its history, routine autopsies like this one, which take more than two hours, are overtaxing medical examiners everywhere.

“It’s almost as if the Visigoths are at the gates, and the gates are starting to crumble,” Dr. Andrew said. “I’m not an alarmist by nature, but this is not overhyped. It has completely overwhelmed us.”


DACA Amnesty, Chain Migration Threatens English as Primary U.S. Language

The English language remains the key behind the United States’ common culture, but with talks of amnesty for illegal aliens and the potential mass immigration that would follow, American English’s future is on rocky ground.

Under a deal being pushed by White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short – who formerly led a ‘Never Trump’ effort inside the pro-open borders Koch brothers’ organizations – the Republican establishment, and Democrats not only would the estimated 800,000 illegal aliens currently shielded by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program receive amnesty, but millions more as well.

As Breitbart News reported, any form of amnesty for illegal aliens would potentially lead to a massive chain migration, primarily from Mexico, into the U.S. that could reach upwards of eight million foreign nationals. In addition, the amnesty could result in a surge at the U.S.-Mexico border, where hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens may attempt to enter the country.

Also, the amnesty could be expanded years later to include all 12 to 30 million illegal aliens residing in the U.S., creating a chain migration of hundreds of millions that would expand in decades afterward.


If This Doesn't Give You Goosebumps, I don't know what else ever will... 1,000 High School Students

Breaking News: The E.P.A. chief plans to repeal President Obama's signature climate policy, setting up a fight over U.S. efforts to tackle global warming

At an event in eastern Kentucky, Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, said that his predecessors had departed from regulatory norms in crafting the Clean Power Plan, which was finalized in 2015 and would have pushed states to move away from coal in favor of sources of electricity that produce fewer carbon emissions.
“The war on coal is over,” Mr. Pruitt said. “Tomorrow in Washington D.C., I will be signing a proposed rule to roll back the Clean Power Plan. No better place to make that announcement than Hazard, Kentucky.”
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A coal miner pension bailout could set the stage for a multi-trillion-dollar taxpayer bailout. Don't do it

A bipartisan group of federal lawmakers from coal country have introduced an updated bill to use federal taxpayer dollars to pay for the broken promises of one particular coal mining union—the United Mine Workers of America, or UMWA.

If passed, this bill could be the tip of a multi-trillion dollar taxpayer bailout. President Trump, whose sympathy for the miners is well known, should beware, along with Congress.

That’s because the UMWA is not the only pension plan that has made promises to its workers and failed to set aside the funds to keep those promises. Out of nearly 1,400 union-run or “multiemployer” pension plans across the U.S., 85 percent of them are less than 70 percent funded, and they have promised $500 billion more than they can pay.

The second proposed “funding” mechanism is a taxpayer loan to the insolvent pension plan—which is no different than a straight-up bailout. When there’s virtually no chance of repayment, that’s not a “secure loan.”


Polish Catholics pray at borders 'to save country'

KODE? (POLAND) (AFP) - Thousands of Polish Catholics formed human chains on the country's borders Saturday, begging God "to save Poland and the world" in an event many viewed as a spiritual weapon against the "Islamisation" of Europe.

Reciting "Rosary to the Borders", they called to be protected from the dangers facing them. The episcopate insisted that it was a purely religious initiative.

The goal was to have as many prayer points as possible along Poland's 3,511-kilometre (2,200-mile) border with Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Russia and the Baltic Sea.


Oct. 6 Fall Trout Stocking Update

Hello, earlier this week the department announced the start of the fall trout stocking. We anticipated one location stocked but the hatchery decided it was best to move additional fish before the weeks end. We hope you can take advantage and go fishing.

Areas Stocked 10/06/2017
Bear Creek, Garrett County - Quantity: 1,000 Rainbow Trout
Youghiogheny River, Delayed Harvest Area, Garrett County - Quantity: 500 Rainbow Trout
Youghiogheny River, Friendsville Area, Garrett County - Quantity: 800 Rainbow Trout

Areas Stocked 10/05/2017
North Branch Potomac River, Upper Catch and Release Area, Garrett County - Quantity: 500 Rainbow Trout

Areas Stocked 10/04/2017
Greenbrier Lake, Washington County - Quantity: 500 Rainbow and Golden Trout

Go to our trout stocking website for a full list of the latest stocked locations.

Enjoy Maryland's outdoors!

31 Days of Christmas

Good morning everyone for those of you who are not familiar with our 31 days of Christmas raffle here's how it works:
1. We have 31 prizes one prize every day starting December 1st through December 31st. The prizes are listed on the back of the ticket as well as posted here on our Facebook page
2. You do not have to be present to win you do not have to live locally to our fire company or even the state of Delaware.
3. Tickets can be purchased through any Blades Volunteer Fire Company member or online or you can send a check and we will mail your tickets.
4. Starting December 1st between 5 and 6 p.m. by Facebook live our first drawing will be done and every night thereafter through December 31st.
5. If you're not on Facebook at the time it's okay if your name is drawn we will contact you if you don't live local we can mail you your prize.
6. 31 days of Christmas is our annual raffle fundraiser that we do to raise money for the upkeep of equipment and to purchase new equipment that we need to help better serve our community. Blades Volunteer Fire Company is a nonprofit organization without the help of our fundraisers it would be hard for us to purchase equipment and gear. We thank you in advance for your support.

Crime Maps *calls for service* For SPD!/dashboard?incident_types=Assault%252CAssault%2520with%2520Deadly%2520Weapon%252CBreaking%2520%2526%2520Entering%252CDisorder%252CDrugs%252CHomicide%252CKidnapping%252CLiquor%252COther%2520Sexual%2520Offense%252CProperty%2520Crime%252CProperty%2520Crime%2520Commercial%252CProperty%2520Crime%2520Residential%252CQuality%2520of%2520Life%252CRobbery%252CSexual%2520Assault%252CSexual%2520Offense%252CTheft%252CTheft%2520from%2520Vehicle%252CTheft%2520of%2520Vehicle&start_date=2017-09-07&end_date=2017-09-21&days=sunday%252Cmonday%252Ctuesday%252Cwednesday%252Cthursday%252Cfriday%252Csaturday&start_time=0&end_time=23&include_sex_offenders=false&shapeIds=&date_type=absolute&position_id=194&shape_id=194&lat=38.378287&lng=-75.588126&zoom=14¤t_tab=map

CrimeReports™ CrimeReports helps residents see and understand where crime is happening in their neighborhood and engage with their local law enforcement agencies. Find out more!

Above is the new way SPD is reporting crimes. If you notice on the top left you can change the "filter" so it only includes certain dates. You can also select "incident type" at the bottom of that list and choose what type of crimes you want to see on the map. On the right side (middle of the map) it says LIST. Click on that and select the "INCIDENTS" tab at the top. Once you do that it will show all the crimes from the dates you selected. You can also click on each incident to see more information. At the top of the page you can select "CREATE AN ALERT" you can fill in the information and they will send you a report in email either daily, weekly or monthly. Once you get the alert there will be a blue bar in the email. Click on that and it will open the map to show you where the incident happened. The report just tells what crimes were committed not a date or time. Clicking on the map will tell you that information.


Will Liberals Give Weinstein the O’Reilly Treatment?

I’ll never forget the one time I laid eyes on Harvey Weinstein outside the pages of Vanity Fair. It was at a movie premiere in Manhattan in 2014. My sister and I got up before the film started for a pre-emptive bathroom run. As we left the theater, we couldn’t avoid walking past Mr. Weinstein, who was pressed up close to a younger, much smaller man in the hallway.

Mr. Weinstein was inches from the younger man, pointing fingers at his face, swearing at him and threatening him. The man being berated was flush against the wall. He stood there, taking it, not saying a word.

I’d read enough profiles of Mr. Weinstein to know about his money troubles and his gorgeous wife and his boiling temper. Still, I’d never seen a person talk to another that way. It shocked me. But the most astonishing thing about it was that this happened in public — at a Weinstein-produced movie, no less. Powerful people streamed by this shameful interaction and said nothing.

As it turns out, younger, less powerful women say his bullying, predatory behavior toward them was equally unconcealed. But it took dogged Times reporters to nail down the details and they are vile.

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Gun Control

Schumer to Trump: Obamacare Repeal 'Off the Table'

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Saturday he told President Donald Trump Democratic lawmakers were willing to work with him on making needed fixes to the Affordable Care Act, but that repeal of the law was "off the table," The Hill reported.

"The president wanted to make another run at repeal and replace and I told the president that's off the table," Schumer said in a statement about a phone call he had with Trump on Friday.

"If he wants to work together to improve the existing health care system, we Democrats are open to his suggestions. A good place to start might be the Alexander-Murray negotiations that would stabilize the system and lower costs," Schumer added.


Williams: Blacks vs. Police

Let’s throw out a few numbers so we can put in perspective the NFL players taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem. Many say they are protesting against police treatment of blacks and racial discrimination. We might ask just how much sense their protest makes.

According to The Washington Post, 737 people have been shot and killed by police this year in the United States. Of that number, there were 329 whites, 165 blacks, 112 Hispanics, 24 members of other races and 107 people whose race was unknown. In Illinois, home to one of our most dangerous cities — Chicago — 18 people have been shot and killed by police this year. In the city itself, police have shot and killed 10 people and shot and wounded 10 others. Somebody should ask the kneeling black NFL players why they are protesting this kind of killing in the Windy City and ignoring other sources of black death.

Here are the Chicago numbers for the ignored deaths. So far in 2017, there have been 533 murders and 2,880 shootings. On average, a person is shot every two hours and 17 minutes and murdered every 12 ½ hours. In 2016, when Colin Kaepernick started taking a knee, Chicago witnessed 806 murders and 4,379 shootings. It turns out that most of the murder victims are black. Adding to the tragedy is the fact that Chicago has a 12.7 percent murder clearance rate. That means that when a black person is murdered, his perpetrator is found and charged with his murder less than 13 percent of the time.

Similar statistics regarding police killing blacks versus blacks killing blacks apply to many of our predominantly black urban centers, such as Philadelphia, Baltimore, New Orleans, St. Louis and Oakland. Many Americans, including me, see the black NFL player protest of police brutality as pathetic, useless showboating. Seeing as these players have made no open protest against the thousands of blacks being murdered and maimed by blacks, they must view it as trivial in comparison with the police killings.

Most of the police killings fit into the category of justified homicide.

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Why Are Hemp Farmers Fed Up with Federal Seed Laws?

Even though the cultivation of industrial hemp is now legal for research and development purposes in a number of states, farmers who are trying to revitalize the American hemp industry are facing myriad legal issues related to the acquisition of their most important resource: viable hemp seeds. These issues stem from the fact that although states may have legislation for growing industrial hemp, it is still illegal under federal law. For no reason that any sane person can comprehend, industrial hemp — with THC levels below 0.3% — is still classified as a Schedule I controlled substance.

For farmers, the problems start with finding sources of certified seed to plant. Because hemp has been illegal in the US for decades, there are practically no American sources for hemp seeds. For the few, small quantity domestic suppliers who exist, interstate shipping of seeds is so heavily regulated that it is virtually impossible to move them across state lines.


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Public’s Help Sought As Investigation of ATM Burglaries Continue In Dorchester Co. and Queen Anne’s Co.

(CAMBRIDGE, MD) – Investigators search for suspects responsible for ATM burglaries in Dorchester and Queen Anne’s County and urge anyone with relevant information to call police.

Shortly after 3:00 a.m. this morning, Easton Barrack received a 911 call from the Dorchester 911 Center advising of a glass breakage alarm at a convenience store in Cambridge. Investigators from the Easton Barrack and State Police crime scene technicians responded to the scene to process it for evidence and continue the investigation.

The investigation revealed two suspects forced entry into the business by breaking the glass in front of the building. The suspects were wearing dark clothing, masks and gloves. Upon entering the business, the suspects backed a dark colored pickup truck up to the store, hooked a chain or rope to the ATM machine and pulled it through the front of the building.

Approximately 35 – 45 minutes prior, police believe the same suspects committed the same crime at a convenience store in Queen Anne’s County. This incident is being investigated by the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Department. Police believe the possible suspect vehicle involved in both crimes is a dark colored Dodge Ram pickup truck.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Easton Barrack at 410-822-3101 as police continue to search area businesses and neighborhoods. The investigation is continuing.