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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

"It's Possible The Decline Has Already Begun..."

October can be an unforgiving month.

The terrible stock market crash that signaled the beginning of the Great Depression was in October of 1929.

The stock market crash known as Black Monday was in October of 1987.

In 1997, the Asian financial crisis sparked another stock market crash in… you guessed it—October.

And back in 2007 at the height of the giant bubble that almost brought down the entire financial system, the stock market peaked once again in... October.

It’s not that October is particular cursed. Maybe it’s just a coincidence. But I do find it strangely ominous that asset prices seemed to have peaked last month (October) and have been in decline ever since.

Real estate prices are starting to show signs of strain; more than one-third of homes for sale had a large price cut in October– the most discounting in the past eight years.

Corporate and government bonds are falling.

The S&P 500 is down 7%, and the big popular technology stocks that have been fueling the boom in stock prices for the past several years have been violently declining.

Facebook is down 36% from its peak. Apple is down 18% (and down more today on news of production cuts for iPhones). Semiconductor giant NVIDIA is down 45%.


Senate Democrats sue Trump to block Matt Whitaker's appointment as acting attorney general

Senate Democrats on Monday sued President Trump to block his decision to name Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general.

Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Monday. In the 17-page complaint, Democrats said Whitaker’s appointment by Trump earlier this month violates the Appointments Clause of the Constitution.

The clause requires that the Senate confirm high-level federal government officials, including the attorney general, before they exercise the duties of the office.


Former Ohio Judge Who Brutally Beat His Wife, Then Was Hired By Cleveland Mayor, Accused Of Stabbing His Wife To Death

On Saturday, a former Ohio judge named Lance Mason who was hired by Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson in 2017 despite the fact that the former judge had been jailed after punching his wife 20 times and slamming her head into a car’s dashboard in 2014, was arrested and accused of stabbing that same wife to death in her home.

After the arrest on Saturday, Jackson, who had hired Mason as a minority business development director over 15 other candidates, fired Mason. He stated, "I extend my deepest condolences to the family of Ms. Aisha Fraser, especially to her children.”


Migrant caravan at US border is harboring more than 500 criminals, Homeland Security claims

More than 500 criminals are traveling with the migrant caravan that’s massed on the other side of a San Diego border crossing, homeland security officials said Monday afternoon.

The revelation was made during a conference call with reporters, with officials asserting that "most of the caravan members are not women and children". They claimed the group is mostly made up of single adult or teen males and that the women and children have been pushed to the front of the line in a bid to garner sympathetic media coverage.

“All legal options are on the table and we have been negotiating with all our partners in central America with ways to deal with the caravan," one official said when asked about reports that the U.S. government is planning to make asylum-seekers remain on the Mexican side of the border while their claims are being reviewed.

Homeland Security officials say there are currently 6,000 people in Tijuana waiting to be processed at the San Ysidro border crossing, with more on the way.


Hollywood Actors Threaten To Boycott Georgia After Democrat's Loss

Several Hollywood actors are calling for a boycott of Georgia’s film industry after Republican Brian Kemp officially won the state’s gubernatorial contest against Democrat Stacey Abrams.

But like the threats to move to Canada if Donald Trump won in 2016, these are also more than likely going to be hollow.

To all my friends who are studio and network executives, if you choose to shoot movies and tv in Georgia, don’t bother to call me.— Ron Perlman (@perlmutations) November 17, 2018

Before Kemp was even certified as the official victor, actors were already threatening to boycott working in Georgia, a state with a large film industry that’s been dubbed the Hollywood of the South; complete with a hashtag: #boycottGeorgia

Abrams has since responded to the calls for a boycott from Hollywood elitists, saying that while she appreciates Hollywood’s calls for action, she does not want them to hurt people who make a living in the state’s film industry. Instead, the Democratic politician wants the actors to get involved in a new voting rights organization she is launching called “Fair Fight Georgia.”



Women’s March leader Linda Sarsour published a letter on Sunday criticizing the repeated calls for them to denounce Nation of Islam leader and known anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan while also denouncing anti-Semitism.

Sarsour’s letter begins with a background of her and fellow Women’s March leader Tamika D. Mallory’s familiarity and relationship with Farrakhan.

She was quick, however, to criticize how people have demanded her and the Women’s March organization as a whole to denounce the NOI leader following recent anti-Semitic crimes like the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, which Farrakhan was not involved in.

Sarsour did reject anti-Semitism and pointed to previous efforts of hers to help the Jewish community. She raised nearly $165,000 for a Jewish cemetery in Colorado that wasvandalized last December.


The Obama White House Spent 8 Years Attacking Fox News

I didn't have cable on Election Day 2016, but my TV package did include CNN, and so that's what we watched in my house that night. As the night progressed and it was clear that Donald Trump was about to pull off a stunning upset, it was amusing to see the election night panel desperately trying to explain to the audience Hillary's potential paths to victory. It was impossible for them to hide their shock and dismay. Van Jones looked on the verge of tears, and I'm surprised none of them spontaneously combusted.

Without a doubt, CNN has repeatedly proved itself to be an anti-Trump network. They were before the election, they were on Election Day, and they have been ever since. Unlike past Republican presidents who have been treated unfairly by the mainstream media, President Trump has not been shy about calling them out on it.

For example, this tweet from August of this year:

"Unable to function" is probably an understatement. As Trump continued his attacks on the media, particularly CNN, the narrative of a constitutional crisis evolved. Trump criticizing the media, particularly CNN, was somehow an attack on the free press! Can you imagine? Calling out bias is apparently unconstitutional in the eyes of the media talking heads.


I Identify as a Jesus-Follower Far More Than as an Older, White, Male, Conservative American

It’s true that I prefer the Republican Party platform to the Democratic Party platform, hands down. It’s true that I’m a moral conservative when it comes to social issues like abortion, homosexuality, gender distinctions, and the meaning of marriage. And that means that, demographically, I fit right in with the older, white, male, Republican crowd. But that is absolutely not my place of personal identity. My identity flows from my relationship with the Lord and is fueled by His calling and His Word.

Put another way, I do not long to uphold the status quo of America. To the contrary, everything in me challenges the status quo when the status quo challenges godly values and godly ways.

I am a revolutionary at heart, and I burn to see radical change come, both to America and to the nations.


Pelosi’s Bid For House Speaker Hangs In The Balance As Handful Of Dems Revolt

A handful of Democrats vowed Monday to oppose Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s bid to retake the speaker of the House, putting the California Democrat’s chances of retaking the job in peril.

Sixteen Democrats — 12 incumbent representatives, three incoming House freshmen and one candidate who has not yet won his seat — signed a letter opposing Pelosi’s campaign. They claim the party needs a new direction.

“Our majority came on the backs of candidates who said that they would support new leadership because voters in hard-won districts, and across the country, want to see real change in Washington,” they wrote. “We promised to change the status quo, and we intend to deliver on that promise. ”

The letter puts a substantial crimp in Pelosi’s plan. She needs 218 votes among lawmakers present and voting to be elected speaker in January. House Democrats won 233 seats, meaning she can only afford to lose 15 votes.


Forecasters warn Thanksgiving could be the coldest on record

Another blast of cold air is expected to bring one of the coldest Thanksgivings on record for some Northeast cities.

A strong area of high pressure from the Arctic Circle will descend southward acrossCanada and into the Northeast, sending temperatures plummeting toward levels more common on New Year's Day, not Thanksgiving Day.

The weather is expected to plunge into the low twenties in Manhattan and could hit the mid teens in the coldest projected Thanksgiving on record since 1996, meteorologists told The New York Post.


Acosta decision could make it easier for White House to kick reporters out

The decision by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly in Cable News Network v. Donald J. Trump ordering the White House to restore the press pass of reporter Jim Acosta has been hailed as a victory not only for CNN but for the entire press and the cause of journalism. But the end result of Kelly's ruling, and of the CNN lawsuit, might not be happy for reporters and the news organizations that employ them.

The transcript of the Nov. 16 court session in which Kelly delivered his oral ruling was released in group of court papers on Monday. Kelly declared that the White House could not eject Acosta without first providing him due process — specifically, notice of the revocation of his press pass, a chance for Acosta to respond, and a written decision.

In short, the judge said to the White House: You can't throw out a reporter without going through a process. But if you go through a process — which you, the White House, can design — then you can throw the reporter out. In the end, it could be that Kelly's ruling will make it easier for the White House to oust reporters in the future — and to make the decision stick.


1,200-Pound Pumpkin Dropped From 100 Feet High in Tewksbury

The owner of a bowling alley in Tewksbury fulfilled a longtime dream by dropping a 1,207-pound pumpkin from a crane 100 feet high onto the parking lot at his business Sunday.

The pumpkin, which was a recent (and late) competitor at the Topsfield Fair in October, fell to the asphalt while about 1,200 people (or about one per pound) looked on, according to the Lowell Sun.

The pumpkin was stuffed with 276 ping pong balls. Onlookers paid $10 per ping pong ball, with the ping pong ball that ended closest to a target on the ground being declared the winner.

The winner took home half the ping pong ball money, or $1,380. The other $1,380 went to a scholarship fund set up by the business, Wamesit Lanes, according to the Lowell Sun.


A Plea for No Stoned Driving, As Recreational Marijuana Sales Begin in Massachusetts

Mothers Against Drink Driving and Uber are warning about driving under the influence of marijuana on the eve of the first legal retail sales of the brain-altering drug for recreational purposes in Massachusetts.

Uber riders are scheduled to receive an email message from the company Tuesday.

“Driving under the influence, like drunk driving, is preventable. Marijuana usage impacts the skills needed to drive safely. If you are under the influence of any substance, make the right choice and don’t get behind the wheel,” the email message states, according to State House News Service.

Uber and MADD work together to promote alternatives to driving while intoxicated.

The topic is particularly pressing in Massachusetts because marijuana is expected to be legally sold for recreational purposes for the first time in the state on Tuesday morning, in two municipalities – Leicester and Northampton.

Car accidents increased in four states that have legalized marijuana, according to a study released in October by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.


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Candlelight Vigil Tonight For Aaron "BULL" Hudson

Such a sad day for so many. Heartsick over the loss of one of our favorite heroes.

Candlelight vigil celebrating the memory of Aaron “Bull” Hudson. 5pm tonight, corner of Division & West Main Street. Please come show your support.

Mayor Day has ordered City flags to half-mast until further notice. A community-coordinated vigil will be held this evening at 5:00 p.m. at the corner of Main St. and N. Division St., at the Community Rock Garden. N. Division St. in front of the GOB, and the Plaza will both be closed from 4 to 6 this evening to accommodate.

Master Police Officer Aaron “Bull” Hudson was a decorated member of our Salisbury Police Department and an integral part of our Salisbury community.

From Third Friday to National Night Out to his daily patrol, Bull has been a familiar face within the Salisbury Community who was known for his outgoing personality. He had a charisma that could bring a smile to your face as he brightened the day of all he came into contact with. Officer Hudson embodied the quintessence of what it means to be a public servant as he was more than a government official, he was a liaison helping to strengthen relationships between our community and law enforcement.

As we take the time to reflect upon Officer Hudson’s legacy and remember his service to our community, let us also keep his wife, Heather, in our thoughts.

In honor of Officer Hudson, the flag of the City of Salisbury is to be flown at half-staff until further notice. Furthermore, the City Park fountain will be illuminated in blue for the remainder of 2018 in awareness of suicide prevention and to pay tribute to the life of Salisbury Police Department Master Police Officer Aaron “Bull” Hudson.

Angry Tijuana Residents Push Back: ‘This Is an Invasion’

Hundreds of angry residents took to the streets of downtown Tijuana on Sunday to protest the caravan of Central American migrants that has been streaming into the city in recent weeks.

Carrying Mexican flags and singing the national anthem, the demonstrators marched to a sports complex where about 2,000 of the migrants are being housed. There, held back by a wall of riot police, they denounced the mostly Honduran migrants as “criminals” and “freeloaders” who were openly flouting Mexican law.

“This is an invasion!” shouted local carpenter Luis Alexis Mendoza, according to the Los Angeles Times. “We demand respect. We demand that our laws be followed.”

Sunday’s anti-caravan march reflected simmering tensions in Tijuana, a sprawling border city of about 1.6 million, over the arrival of the latest Central American caravan. While the city has long been a way-point for migrants of all stripes heading to the U.S., it has not had to deal with the presence of thousands of homeless Central Americans who are waiting indefinitely to apply for asylum at the ports of entry.


Democrats’ Redistricting Effort Touts Wins Where Steyer and Soros Invested

The National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC), an effort spearheaded by former Obama-era Attorney General Eric Holder, is claiming victory in several states targeted for a barrage of outside spending by a 527 group led by billionaire activists George Soros and Tom Steyer.

The NDRC believes one of the reasons Republicans have enjoyed a lengthy majority in the House of Representatives is because of gerrymandered house districts. Because state legislative bodies usually draw house districts, the NRDC was trying to elevate some of these elections by putting a national veneer on races that usually come down strictly to local politics.

Drawing new house districts will begin again after the completion of the 2020 census, which is why the NDRC is making such a strident push now in what they call a "fight to shift the balance of power away from Republicans before redistricting occurs in 2021."

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Top Dem Donors Hosted Director from Group that Registered Dead People to Vote

The left's largest network of wealthy donors tapped an individual for a discussion on "expanding the electorate" at its fall investment conference from a group that was caught submitting fraudulent voter registration forms—including registering dead people to vote—and saw one of its employees go to prison for the crime.

The Democracy Alliance, a dark money donor club that consists of more than 100 millionaires and billionaires who each vow to pour hundreds of thousands of dollars into the coffers of progressive groups every year, held its fall investment conference last Thursday and Friday at the Capital Hilton hotel in Washington, D.C., where donors and progressive activists huddled to begin plotting their upcoming strategy for the 2020 elections.

Among the events was a strategy briefing on "expanding the electorate," according to documents obtained on site by the Washington Free Beacon.

DaMareo Cooper, director of the Ohio Organizing Collaborative, a progressive nonprofit that works on direct advocacy and engaging voters throughout the state of Ohio, sat on the panel alongside representatives from the New Florida Majority, Center for Community Change Action, and Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

The Ohio Organizing Collaborative raised red flags in 2015 after the vice-chairman of a local board of elections in Ohio began noticing frequent problems with registrations submitted by the group, the Washington Free Beacon previously reported.

"They have turned in roughly 530 voter registrations, of which five of them were dead people," the vice-chairman said at the time. "They actually had the dead people's drivers license numbers and Social Security numbers, and of course they forged the signatures of these dead people."


China ‘has taken the gloves off’ in its thefts of U.S. technology

It was the great microchip heist — a stunning Chinese-backed effort that pilfered as much as $8.75 billion in patented American technology.

U.S. officials say the theft took a year to pull off and involved commercial spies, a Chinese-backed company, a Taiwanese chipmaker and employees affiliated with Micron Technology, a U.S.-based microchip behemoth.

Yet what Micron called “one of the boldest schemes of commercial espionage in recent times” is most notable because it’s not unusual.

Beijing over the last two years has significantly ramped up its swiping of commercial technology and intellectual property, from jet engines to genetically modified rice, as U.S. relations with China have grown more acrimonious under President Trump, according to U.S. officials and security experts.

“They want technology by hook or by crook. They want it now. The spy game has always been a gentleman’s game, but China has taken the gloves off,” said John Bennett, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s San Francisco office, which battles economic spies targeting Silicon Valley.

“They don’t care if they get caught or if people go to jail. As long as it justifies their ends, they are not going to stop.”


Gun Grab 2018? Go Ahead, Make My Day - Dirty Harry & #Tucker Carlson React

The Inconvenient Truth About the Republican Party

Carl Bernstein suggests media should edit White House pressers before airing them

Veteran journalist Carl Bernstein said cable news networks should stop broadcasting White House press conferences and briefings in their entirety because they have become "propagandist exercises."

"I don't think we should be taking them live all the time and just pasting them up on the air because they're basically propagandist exercises because they are overwhelmed by his dishonesty and lying," Bernstein said during a segment of CNN's "Reliable Sources" on Sunday, referring to President Trump. "Maybe we should be there, edit, decide as reporters what is news, and after the press conference or briefing is over then go with that story with clips rather than treating the briefing or press conference as a campaign event, which they really are."

But Bernstein added it was important to still record the events and make them available online for the record. He also noted that cable news had cause to reconsider its coverage of the White House before the Trump administration took office.


Keep Them Coming — Confirm All Pending Judges

With the midterm elections behind us, it is time for Congress to refocus on the people’s work. It won’t be easy, but congressmen should reject the cynical voices preaching “nothing can be done now, so we should prepare for next year.”

In the Senate, the priority should be the confirmation of all pending judicial nominees.

President Donald Trump has done an excellent job nominating constitutional judges. Helped in no small part by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), the president has confirmed 29 appellate court judges, 53 to the district court and, of course, two Supreme Court Justices. His appellate appointments set a new record for the first two years of a president’s first term.

The Senate has done good work, but this is not the time to let up. The overall number of appointments for President Trump is not a record by any stretch. His 84 confirmations compare to President George W. Bush’s 80 and President Bill Clinton’s 128. In fact, as noted by the Heritage Foundation, there are more judicial vacancies awaiting at this point of President Trump’s term than for the last five presidents — all the way back to President Reagan. There are 122 vacancies.


DC City Council Passes Bill to Decriminalize Fare Evasion, Cites ‘Racism’

The Washington DC City Council voted 11-2 last week to decriminalize fare evasion on the DC Metro after councilmembers said “90 percent” of the 20,000 riders cited for fair evasion were African-American.

From WUSA 9:

A bill that would decriminalize fare evasion on the DC Metro system passed on Tuesday, with 11 councilmembers voting yes.

The bill prevents those who evade fares from getting jail time and lowers the maximum $300 fine associated with it. Now, a fine may be no more than $50. It is no longer a criminal offense, but a civil offense.

The bill, which was originally introduced by eight councilmembers, was vigorously debated on Tuesday afternoon, with Councilmember Allen and White recalling instances of offenders being arrested.

Allen said on Tuesday that something that these people who described have in common is that, “they’re all residents of color.”

Both White and Allen brought up a report released in September, that more 20,000 citations were issued for fare evasion in a two-year period and more than 90 percent of those riders were black.


"The Outlook For The Global Economy Has Deteriorated": Oil, Copper, & Lumber Signal The Next Economic Downturn Is Here

Oil, copper and lumber are all telling us the exact same thing, and it isn’t good news for the global economy. When economic activity is booming, demand for commodities such as oil, copper and lumber goes up and that generally causes prices to rise. But when economic activity is slowing down, demand for such commodities falls and that generally causes prices to decline. In recent weeks, we have witnessed a decline in commodity prices unlike anything that we have witnessed in years, and many are concerned that this is a very clear indication that hard times are ahead for the global economy.

Let’s talk about oil first. The price of oil peaked in early October, but since that time it has fallen more than 25 percent, and the IEA is warning of “relatively weak” demand out of Asia and Europe

The International Energy Agency said on Wednesday that while US demand for oil has been “very robust,” demand in Europe and developed Asian countries “continues to be relatively weak.” The IEA also warned of a “slowdown” in demand in developing nations such as India, Brazil and Argentina caused by high oil prices, weak currencies and deteriorating economic activity.

“The outlook for the global economy has deteriorated,” the IEA wrote.

Meanwhile, the price of copper has been declining for quite some time now. The price of copper also fell substantially just before the last recession, and many analysts are pointing out that “Dr. Copper” is now waving a red flag once again

The message of weakening demand on the oil front was reinforced by the falling price of copper. The base metal is often referred to as “Dr. Copper” on its presumed ability to forecast the peaks and troughs of business cycles since it is used in different areas of the economy such as homes, factories and electricity generation. Copper has served as a leading indicator of both recessions and economic booms.


Court ORDERS Hillary Clinton to Testify UNDER OATH about Private Email Server!

Judicial Watch announced that U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ruled that within 30 days Hillary Clinton must answer under oath two additional questions about her controversial email system.

In 2016, Clinton was required to submit under oath written answers to Judicial Watch’s questions. Clinton objected to and refused to answer questions about the creation of her email system; her decision to use the system despite warnings from State Department cybersecurity officials; and the basis for her claim that the State Department had “90-95%” of her emails.

After a lengthy hearing on Wednesday, Judge Sullivan ruled that Clinton must address two questions that she refused to answer under-oath:

“Describe the creation of the system, including who decided to create the system, the date it was decided to create the system, why it was created, who set it up, and when it became operational.”

“During your October 22, 2015 appearance before the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Benghazi, you testified that 90 to 95 percent of your emails “were in the State’s system” and “if they wanted to see them, they would certainly have been able to do so.” Identify the basis for this statement, including all facts on which you relied in support of the statement, how and when you became aware of these facts, and, if you were made aware of these facts by or through another person, identify the person who made you aware of these facts.”


Ancient clay pipes found in Virginia reveal site of the REAL first Thanksgiving

Archaeologists have discovered 400-year-old artifacts that could point to the location of the first Thanksgiving in America – an event that took place two years before the well-known celebration at Plymouth Rock.

According to the team, the first Thanksgiving was not that held in 1621 by the pilgrims that arrived on the Mayflower, but hundreds of miles away in 1619, by a short-lived colony that set sail from England years earlier.

Recent work at the Berkeley Plantation in Virginia has uncovered clues that hint at the site of this settlement on the banks of the James River, including clay tobacco pipes that show both Native American and English influence.


Homebuilders Come Clean - Admit Housing Market Optimism Has Collapsed

As Upton Sinclair once famously said:

"It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it."

But, after a couple of years of exuberant ignorance, Homebuilders have finally started to face reality - or admit reality - slashing their optimism about the US housing market dramatically...

Against expectations of a 67 print, NAHB's optimism index crash from 68 to 60 in November - itsbiggest drop since 2014 (to its lowest since Aug 2016) as the highest borrowing costs in eight years restrain demand, adding to signs of a cooling housing market.

Of course the 'hard' housing data has been collapsing for months...


Republicans Want Trump To Declassify A New Batch Of FBI Documents

Republicans for months have pressed the Justice Department to turn over classified emails that show that the FBI “withheld evidence” from the federal court that authorized surveillance warrants against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday.

California Rep. Devin Nunes, the Republican chairman of the Intelligence panel, said in an interview on Fox News that Republicans have recently added the documents to a list of records that they hope President Donald Trump will declassify.

“For months, we have been reviewing emails between FBI and DOJ and others that clearly show that they knew of information that should have been presented to the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance] Court. It is real evidence that people within the FBI withheld evidence from the FISA court,” Nunes said on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” with Maria Bartiromo.

Nunes did not further describe the documents, except to say that some contain information that remains redacted, even from congressional review.


Hell Hath No Fury Like A Liberal Scorned: The Media Turns On Facebook And Google

Here's the ugly truth: Facebook and Google are profit-maximizing quasi-monopolies who will do anything to protect their monopolies.

Of the many remarkable trend changes of the past year, few are more striking than the fawning embrace of Facebook et al. by Big Media turning to an enraged sense of betrayal. Facebook and Google--by their own self-definitions, shining beacons of liberalism and goodness (we're not evil, we're fantabulous!)-- were viewed by the famously liberal Big Media as allies in the fight against Trump, illiberalism, populism, deglobalization, etc.

Now, to their horror, Big Media has discovered that not only did their Big Tech sweethearts betray their affection and trust, they're just another bunch of predatory profit-maximizing monopolies who will stab anyone and everyone in the back who gets in their way to higher profits and more power.

It would be sad if it wasn't so pathetic. Poor Big Media, so anxious to be hip and with it, so anxious to impress social media while trying to exploit its reach to prop up their own dying business model. Big Media, so easily seduced by Big Tech: we're liberal, too, and together we'll lead the world out of darkness into light, blah blah blah.

Then Big Media discovered its virtue-signaling liberal sweetheart, Big Tech, is just as threatened by liberals as by conservatives, and it turns its firepower on liberals with the same savage abandon as it does on independent and conservative media.

The bitter rage of the previously besotted and now betrayed suitor is evident in these recent articles in The Atlantic, New York Times and Washington Post, all bastions of virtue-signaling self-righteous defense of the state-cartel Empire, a.k.a. liberalism.


Illegal immigrant, 18, is charged with murdering a shop clerk in Texas

A suspected illegal immigrant has been charged in the murder of a convenience store clerk during an armed robbery in Houston, authorities say.

Jose Bonilla-Ortiz, 18, was arrested on Saturday morning at an apartment about two miles north of the Metro Food Mart where he is accused of gunning down Bangladeshi immigrant Faruk Bhuiya, 48.

Surveillance footage shows two armed robbers wearing hoodies waking into the store in northwest Houston around 9pm on November 10.

They briefly look around the shop before passing out of the frame, at which point they allegedly shot and killed Bhuiya.

Houston police Detective Jason Fay said tipsters helped identify Bonilla-Ortiz in the video, while the other man has not been identified or arrested.


WCSO Press Release

Incident: Possession of Crack Cocaine
Date of Incident: 10 November 2018
Location: 900 block of West Road, Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Howard B. Purnell, 56, Salisbury, MD
Narrative: On 10 November 2018 at 7:50 AM, a deputy observed a subject identified as Howard Purnell in the 900 block of West Road. The deputy, aware of an active warrant for Purnell’s arrest for violation of Probation in a CDS Possession case, approached him to taken him into custody. The deputy observed that Purnell attempted to discard a plastic baggie as the deputy approached. The deputy placed Purnell under arrest for the active warrant and recovered the baggie which contained what was recognized as crack cocaine.
Purnell was transported to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed on the warrant and the Possession of CDS charge. Purnell was detained in the Detention Center without bond.
Charges: Possession of CDS and Violation of Probation

Incident: Possession of Psilocybin Mushrooms
Date of Incident: 11 November 2018
Location: U.S. 13, Fruitland, MD
Suspect: Kendrick D. Downing, 32, Temperanceville, VA
Narrative: On 11 November 2018 at 1:49 PM, a deputy stopped a vehicle operated by Kendrick Downing for speeding on U.S. 13. Upon making contact with Downing, the deputy detected a strong odor of marijuana emanating from within the vehicle. During a subsequent search of Downing’s vehicle, the deputy located what was identified as Psilocybin Mushrooms.
The deputy placed Downing under arrest and transported him to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. Following an initial appearance, the Commissioner released Downing on Personal Recognizance.
Charges: Possession of CDS

Incident: Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person
Date of Incident: 13 November 2018
Location: 600 block of S. Salisbury Blvd., Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Shaheed N. Morris, 25, Salisbury, MD
Narrative: On 13 November 2018 at 10:33 PM, a deputy stopped a vehicle operated by Shaheed Morris for a traffic violation. Upon making contact with Morris, the deputy detected the odor of marijuana emanating from with Morris’ vehicle. The deputy also discovered that Morris was operating a rental vehicle with only a learner’s permit.
During a subsequent search of the vehicle, the deputy located five individually wrapped baggies of what was identified as crack cocaine. Also located in the vehicle was a loaded .22 revolver with one spent round in the cylinder. Further investigation by the deputy revealed that Morris was prohibited from possessing a regulated firearm due to a previous conviction for manslaughter.
The deputy placed Morris under arrest and transported him to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. Following an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained Morris in the Detention Center without bond.
Charges: Possession of a Regulated Firearm by a Prohibited Person, Handgun in Vehicle, Transport a Loaded Handgun in a Vehicle and Possession of a Firearm During a Drug Trafficking Crime

Red Flag Gun Laws: Yet Another Government Weapon For Compliance And Control

We never learn.

In the right (or wrong) hands, benevolent plans can easily be put to malevolent purposes.

Even the most well-intentioned government law or program can be—and has been—perverted, corrupted and used to advance illegitimate purposes once profit and power are added to the equation.

The war on terror, the war on drugs, the war on illegal immigration, asset forfeiture schemes, road safety schemes, school safety schemes, eminent domain: all of these programs started out as legitimate responses to pressing concerns and have since become weapons of compliance and control in the police state’s hands.

Mark my words: red flag gun laws, which allow the police to remove guns from people suspected of being threats, will only add to the government’s power.


Chipotle Caught Lying After Firing "Racist" Manager; Backpedals When Internet Outs Food Thief

Chipotle is scrambling to contain the fallout after they fired a St. Paul, Minnesota manager named Dominique for refusing to serve a 21-year-old black man she suspected had previously stolen food. The company reversed course and reportedly offered to rehire her after the internet sleuths discovered that the man had a lengthy Twitter history admitting to dining-and dashing.

What's worse, Chipotle admitted that they knew of the man's history of theft before firing her, but did so because they had "no choice" but to believe the word of the man who was convicted in January of theft and had previously pleaded guilty to another theft charge, according to the Daily Caller's Luke Rosiak.

St. Paul, Minnesota, resident Masud Ali posted a video on Twitter of Chipotle employees refusing to serve him and a group of black men after asking for proof that they would pay, saying that Ali had left without paying previously.


Somerset County Sheriff's Office reports most recent arrests

Filmore Christopher Jr. of Princess Anne, arrested 10-17-18 on a warrant for failing to register under the sex offender requirements. Christopher was later released on an unsecured bond.

Dorthy Joann Kauffman of Crisfield, arrested 10-20-18 on a warrant for violation of probation. Kauffman was later held without bond.

Carla Ann Renee Ruf of Princess Anne, arrested 10-20-18 on a warrant for violation of probation. Ruf was later held without bond.

Terence Weldon Belfield of Pocomoke, criminal summons issued for selling alcohol to a minor. Belfield was later released on signature pending court actions.

David Martin Brickwood Jr. of Pocomoke, criminal summons served for selling alcohol to a minor. Brickwood was later released on signature pending court actions.

Dennis Furbush Williams of Salisbury, arrested 11-15-18 on warrants for violation of probation, and the Department Of Corrections Detention Unit. Williams was later held without bond.

Banoo Ozma Tabib of Princess Anne, arrested 11-15-18 on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Tabib was later released on personal recognizance.

Do not plug space heaters into power strips, fire officials warn

The colder weather is here and so is the need to stay warm, but if you use a space heater, do not plug it into an extension cord or a power strip.

Doing so is a fire hazard, according to the fire authorities.

Power strips and extension cords are not equipped to handle the extra current flow needed to power a space heater and can overheat and even catch fire.

Firefighters said heating elements in a space heater can get up to more than 500°F to 600°F. They are reminding residents that a space heater should only be plugged directly into the wall, and always keep an eye on it when it's in use.


First black top network exec and the woman who fired Roseanne steps down from ABC

ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey, who created a deep bench of ethnic diversity in the network's shows and fired Roseanne Barr for a racist tweet, will be stepping down.

Her decision announced Friday comes amid ABC corporate parent Walt Disney Co.'s pending acquisition of 21st Century Fox and the planned reorganization of Disney's television units.

Dungey, who became the first African-American programming chief for a major broadcast network when she was named to the job in February 2016, will be replaced by Karey Burke, head of programming development at ABC sibling cable channel Freeform since 2014, the network said.


Six Bangladeshis Apprehended in 12 Hours at Texas Border

Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents continue to find illegal immigrants from Bangladesh who cross the border from Mexico. During a 12-hour period beginning on Saturday evening, six Bangladeshi nationals were apprehended in two separate incidents.

Agents assigned to the Laredo South Border Patrol Station came upon a group of four suspected illegal immigrants while patrolling near Masterson Road in Laredo, Texas, on Saturday. The agents conducted interviews as part of Laredo Sector line watch operations. The questioning revealed the four young men were Bangladeshi nationals, according to Laredo Sector Border Patrol officials.

The following morning, Laredo South Station agents carrying out line watch operations came upon another group of two suspected illegal immigrants walking near Oleander Street in Laredo. An interview with the subjects revealed the young men to also be Bangladeshi who were smuggled into the U.S., officials reported.

In an incident on October 29, Laredo South Station agents patrolling along the Rio Grande River rescued a group of Bangladeshi nationals as they attempted to cross the river, Breitbart News reported. Two of the migrants nearly drowned before agents were able to pull them into their boat.


A ‘Cinderella story’: How this year’s White House Christmas tree came to Washington

This year's White House Christmas tree, a 19 1/2-foot-tall Fraser fir, was plucked from the North Carolina mountains but was nearly abandoned before being chosen.

Before it was presented Monday in Washington, D.C. the tree hailed from Larry Smith's tree farm in the mountains of Newland, North Carolina.

The tree nearly had a different fate, according to Smith.

“I’d basically abandoned it,” Smith told theCharlotte Observer.

However, he told the newspaper that two White House officials who chose the tree loved the “natural look” of the fir that had not been trimmed in a few years.

“It’s like a Cinderella story,” Smith added.

Smith did not respond to ABC News' request for comment.


Arms trafficker found guilty of conspiring to supply and use anti-aircraft missiles after pleading guilty to other arms offenses

LOS ANGELES – A federal jury has convicted a black-market arms dealer of conspiring to acquire, transfer and use missiles and missile systems designed to shoot down aircraft.

Rami Najm Asad-Ghanem, 52, who was commonly known as Rami Ghanem, a naturalized United States citizen who was living in Egypt at the time of the offenses, was found guilty of the missile conspiracy charge late Thursday afternoon in U.S. District Court. The jury returned the verdict at the conclusion of a nine-day trial.

The case is the result of an extensive investigation led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), with significant assistance from the Department of Defense’s Criminal Investigative Service and the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security, Office of Export Enforcement.


Vacant Mobile Home Bratten Avenue

Date:   November 17, 2018
Time:   11:21 a.m.
Location / Address:  11464 Bratten Ave., Princess Anne, Somerset Co.
Type of Incident:  Fire
Description of Structure / Property:   Vacant 12’ x 70’ mobile home
Owner / Occupants:   Livingston Collins
Injuries or Deaths:  None
Estimated $ Loss: Structure:  $10,000                      Contents: $0
Smoke Alarm Status:  Unknown
Fire Alarm / Sprinkler Status:  n/a
Arrests(s):  None
Primary Responding Fire Department: Princess Anne VFD
# of Alarms: 1     # Of Firefighters:  15
Time to Control:  20 minutes
Discovered By:  Passerby
Area of Origin:  Interior
Preliminary Cause:  Under Investigation
Additional Information:  Anyone with information is asked to call the Salisbury Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal at (410) 713-3780.


Donors Beware!

ANNAPOLIS, MD – As the holidays approach, Secretary of State John Wobensmith warns citizens to beware of scam charities and deceptive practices. Charities in Maryland and beyond rely upon the generosity of citizens to provide programs and services to those in need across our great state.

The holidays inspire a spirit of generosity. Charities step up efforts to solicit donations during the holidays. Many of us respond and dig deep to help. Sadly, scam artists abound and often prey upon generous hearts.

Did you know that all charities who solicit money in Maryland must register with the Office of the Secretary of State before they can begin to solicit money? Check our website to confirm if a charity is authorized to raise money in Maryland:

Recognize red flags. Ask questions. Be suspicious of any charity that won’t answer your questions. Here are some red flags that should help you question whether a charity worthy of your support:
Did the organization refuse to send you written material or financial information?
Did the solicitor offer to send a person to collect your contribution?
Did the charity send you an invoice or statement that indicates a payment due for a contribution you never pledged?
Does the organization’s name and logo closely resemble another charity with a similar purpose?

Con artists abound. If you think you’ve been the victim of a scam, or change your mind and choose not to donate for any reason, it’s okay. Did you know that you have the right to change your mind after you pledged to donate? Well, you do!

Call 800-825-4510 to check if a charity is registered. More information about charities can be found on the Secretary of State’s Charity page at

The Secretary of State’s Office investigates complaints about charity fraud. To report a potentially scam charity, contact our Investigations Unit at 410-260-3859 or 800-825-4510.

Salisbury Ice Skating Rink

Riverwalk Amphitheater Rechristened in Honor of Pohanka’s Charitable Works

Salisbury – Mayor Jake Day is pleased to announce that the Riverwalk Amphitheater has been renamed in honor of the Pohanka of Salisbury Automotive Group. The newly-christened Pohanka Riverwalk Amphitheater takes its name from the company which has donated $75,000 to complete the second phase of construction on the performance venue, as well as another $25,000 to establish the City’s newest holiday tradition – the Salisbury Ice Rink.
The City celebrated a new holiday tradition last year, welcoming an ice skating rink to the City Park as part of the Winter Wonderland display. Generously provided by Pohanka of Salisbury as part of their Pohanka Pays It Forward program, the ice rink offered a unique and enjoyable holiday experience for hundreds of Salisbury families.
“We saw how much joy it brought to all of the families who came out to experience the ice rink. Ice-skating in December is just one of those time-honored traditions, and that’s why we thought it should be an annual one,” explained Sandy Fitzgerald-Angello, Vice President and Dealer Operator of Pohanka of Salisbury. Determined to keep the holiday spirit alive, the Pay It Forward program generously purchased and donated a 1,800 square foot ice rink to the City of Salisbury.
Now located at the Riverwalk Amphitheater, the glossy ice rink will be open to the public every weekend in December until Christmas. “Not only is this donation from Pohanka a great recreational addition to the city’s downtown, but it’s also going to be a tremendous resource for local non-profits as well,” said Mike Dunn, President, and CEO of the Greater Salisbury Committee. Working with the City of Salisbury, the GSC and Pohanka are looking to partner with several non-profits who will oversee the operation of the ice rink each weekend. Net proceeds collected from skate rentals will go towards benefiting the participating non-profits.
This generous donation by Pohanka comes as the latest in a decade worth of charitable giving under the “Pays It Forward” program. Continuing to make a name for themselves throughout the community as more than just a leader in automotive sales and service, Pohanka’s charitable giving program has effected change in every corner of the Eastern Shore. Pohanka’s commitment to support local non-profit organizations has resulted in the donation of more than $2.5 million to nearly 1,000 different charities.
“Pohanka prides itself on being able to help the community as much as possible. We believe it’s important to support anyone looking to make a difference and make the Eastern Shore a better place to live,” emphasized Conrad Morgan, Pohanka’s Marketing Director.
In addition to the generous donation of the ice rink, Pohanka has committed an additional $75,000 to help complete the Riverwalk Amphitheater’s second phase.
“The funds being contributed by Pohanka will help us build the canopy over the stage area, which will be the most visible addition,” said Mayor Jake Day. “Some of the not-so-visible additions will be audio and power enhancements which will make it easier for community groups to utilize the space.”
“And so it is with great pleasure that I announce, in recognition of Pohanka’s commitment to enhancing the livability of our City, and the lives of Salisburians in general, that the City will rechristen this space the Pohanka Riverwalk Amphitheater.”
The Mayor and Pohanka encourage citizens to join them on Saturday, December 1st at noon to celebrate the opening of the ice rink, and to officially cut the ribbon on the new Pohanka Riverwalk Amphitheater.

Thanksgiving Buffet & Oyster Fest

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Thursday, Nov. 22nd Thanksgiving Buffet
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Saturday, Nov. 24th Shuckin' Good Oyster Fest
Noon - 4:00pm / Rain or Shine / $39.99
Live Music by The High & Wides
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