Saturday, November 28, 2015

Barack Obama’s Solves Syrian Refugee Crisis with a Click

FBI tracking 1,000 ISIS suspects in the U.S.; 48 considered high-risk

The FBI has roughly 1,000 active Islamic State probes inside the U.S. and new reports have revealed that at least 48 of those suspects are ... 

Nearly 1,100 License Applications For Medical Cannabis

Maryland's Medical Cannabis Commission reports nearly 1,100 applications for licenses for the state's medical marijuana program.

According to figures released this week, the vast majority of the license applications, 811, were submitted for dispenser licenses. The commission says many dispenser license applicants submitted more than one application for different senatorial districts. State regulations prohibit that.

According to the commission's figures anywhere from seven to 30 applications were submitted in each senatorial district.

The state will only award a maximum of two dispensary licenses per senatorial district, for a total of 94 statewide.


Troopers Conducting Homicide Investigation

Bear, DE - The Delaware State Police Homicide Unit is continuing their investigation into the shooting death of a 41 year old male that occurred this morning in Bear.

The initial investigation has determined that the incident occurred at approximately 8:40 a.m. this morning, as Aloysisus Taylor, 41, of Wilmington, was seated in the driver’s seat of a vehicle in the rear parking lot of the American Car Wash, located at 1921 Pulaski Highway, Bear. It was at this time that he was approached by Bobby L. Taylor, 32, of New Castle, who then produced a handgun and fired one shot at the victim through the open vehicle window, striking him in the torso. Bobby Taylor then fled from the scene on foot in an unknown direction. Aloysisus Taylor was treated at the scene by New Castle County Paramedics and then transported to the Christiana Hospital where he subsequently succumbed to his injuries.

Through multiple interviews, detectives were able to identify Bobby Taylor as the suspect in this incident. It was also learned that Bobby Taylor and Aloysisus Taylor (no relation) are both employed at the car wash. Detectives have obtained warrants charging Bobby Taylor with Murder 1st Degree, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony, and Possession of a Firearm by a Person Previously Convicted of a Felony.

Bobby Taylor is described as being 5’09” tall, 160 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. He should be considered armed and dangerous.

If anyone has any information in reference to this incident or knows the location of Bobby Taylor, they are asked to contact Detective Dan Grassi at 302-365-8441. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."

I Know I Would. Would You?



How many of us give any thought as to how many innovations have been afforded us in our lifetime? Just think about the differences during you can remember, let alone in the last hundred years. A hundred years ago few people had a car, a telephone, indoor plumbing or electricity. If we had to go back and live as our forefathers lived, would we survive? Of course we would. A hundred years from now, people are going to wonder, like we do now, how in the world did people manage with all the antiquated contraptions we have to put up with.

People of a certain age remember how things were before many of our modern day conveniences. There are very few left that remember the “horse and buggy” days or the days of the outhouse. In fact, there are probably very few that remember the days before many things that we take for granted today. But, they remember enough to appreciate what we have today. The problem lies in how to use them.

Before cell phones that can even take pictures or videos and send them to a computer anywhere in the world, there was such a thing as a “party line”. This was a phone in your home that was connected by wires to a central telephone office. An operator had to physically make the connection. On a party line, you might find any one of ten people talking on the line. If this happened, you would either wait until the line was clear or, as happened many times, listen in to someone else’s conversation. The telephone operators early on connected two parties by a system of wires that were connected at a central telephone office. My grandmother was a telephone operator in 1906 or 1907; but she was quick to point out that she only handled local calls; the more experienced operators handled long distance. She spoke of it like it was high tech. And to her, it probably was. She lost her hearing during an illness in the 1920’s and never used a phone again. If she did, it was always her calling you. Her method was to dial your number, wait what she considered a reasonable amount of time and say into the phone that she wanted to see you and come right over.

Another modern device is the hearing aid. She had one of the early ones that had a large device that fit between her breasts and required batteries and had a wire that connected to an ear piece. It never worked to her satisfaction, so she gave up on it and never tried a newer model. She always said there wasn’t anything worth hearing anyway. If it was that important, she said it would be in the newspaper.

Today, many of us would be lost without our computers. There are so many applications that make our lives better. The internet is a fascinating thing. I am at an age where I am considered a techno dinosaur. I know just enough to get me in trouble. I have become comfortable with what I can do on mine and don’t try anything fancy. I made up my mind a long time ago that my computer is smarter than I am and I just stick to what I can do with it.

The small electronic devices that are available today are seemingly endless. Ten year olds are running around with cell phones, ipods and MP3 players. I remember when my son got a video camera to film my granddaughter. Then it dawned on me that I didn’t have a DVD player to watch the DVD’s it would produce. I got one and my son hooked it up for me. When I expressed some ignorance as to it’s operation, he said that Lily could operate hers and she was only four years old. I can’t wait until she turns ten and can help me with my computer.

So, the bottom line is: “Enjoy what you have today and don’t worry about what is coming next. They are inventing new things while you’re sleeping and you can never be completely up-to-date.”

Like my grandmother always said, “It’s a great life, if you don’t weaken.”

Maryland teen charged in kidnapping of Ohio girl

An 18-year-old from Maryland stole his father’s car and picked up a 16-year-old girl in Ohio after the two planned to run away together, Pittsburgh police said.

But they didn’t get far before police tracked them down at a Pittsburgh motel Tuesday evening, charged the 18-year-old with several crimes and returned the girl to her guardians.

Police said Mark Thompkins met the girl through an online app about a year ago when she was 15. The girl’s grandparents forbade her from having any contact with Mr. Thompkins at the time, according to a criminal complaint, but the two continued to correspond anyway.

That led to Tuesday morning, when Mr. Thompkins drove his father’s vehicle — which had been reported stolen from his home in Preston, Md. — to Steubenville, Ohio, to pick up the girl at her grandparents’ home about 7:45 a.m., police said. The girl, who was not identified, later told police that the two “planned to meet and leave Ohio,” the complaint said.


Nurses Tell All! Salaries, Benefits, and Whether They'd Do It Again

Nurse Compensation and Satisfaction Survey

This year Medscape surveyed nurses for the first time on compensation and job satisfaction levels, with more than 8000 nurses meeting the screening criteria and completing the survey. Respondents were required to work in the United States as advanced practice nurses (APNs), registered nurses (RNs), or practical nurses whose titles are either licensed practical nurses (LPNs) or, in some states, licensed vocational nurses (LVNs); the positions are similar.

Among the highlights in the survey are the following:

Only 60% of APNs, 56% of RNs, and 48% of LPNs would choose nursing as a career again, percentages that are even lower than the 64% of physicians who reported in the Medscape 2015 Physician Compensation Report that they would choose the same profession if they had a chance to do it over.

According to the Medscape survey, APNs earn the most, with their salaries varying by specialty: $170,000 for nurse anesthetists, $102,000 for nurse practitioners (NPs), $99,000 for nurse midwives, and $95,000 for clinical nurse specialists. RN salaries average $79,000, and LPNs/LVNs make the least—$46,000, on average.

The income sex gap among nurses favors men to about the same extent that it favors male physicians, even though about 90% of nurses are women.

Nurses who responded to this survey fare better in terms of compensation in the West and worst in the North Central and Southeast regions of the United States.

About one fourth (26%) of full-time LPNs/LVNs have no employer-subsidized health insurance, and 9% have no benefits.

Over half (52%) of nurses in the Medscape survey reported an increase in salaries in 2014 compared with 2013. Only 9% said that their compensation had declined since 2013.

How Are Nurses Compensated?

You'll Never Guess The Most Charitable Nation In The World

And the winner for most charitable nation in the world is ... Myanmar. Coming in second: the United States.

If you're scratching your head, one reason may be that the ranking confounds the common perception "that generosity and wealth are connected to one another," says Adam Pickering. He's the international policy manager of the London-based Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), which publishes the annual World Giving Index, now in its sixth year. Only five of the G20 countries appear in the top 20, he points out. So "even though you might think it would," wealth does not necessarily translate into greater generosity.


Bikini Evolution on the Beaches of Southern France!

ISIS or ISIL Explanation

Subject: ISIS or ISIL explanation......
 HERE is an explanation of the difference between the terms ISIS and ISIL. I have been suspicious of the term ISIL to which the administration stubbornly clings.

ISIS = Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.  Iraq is to the east of Jordan
 (shaped like the hatchet) and Syria is to the north.
ISIL = Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Iraq is still to the east of Jordan, and “the Levant” is a term that comes from “the rising (of the sun, i.e., to the east)” - and is basically the land along the Mediterranean - that includes Lebanon, Israel, and those countries along that region.
By saying ISIL, you “negate” Israel as its own country and lump it in with the rest of the countries along the Mediterranean - and Israel sort of disappears (loses its sovereignty) and becomes part of “the Levant ” - which is therefore part of ISIL.
If you've wondered, as I have, why all government agencies and especially Obama calls it ISIL and even spells it out every time it’s used, instead of ISIS as the rest of the world, here's the answer.
Decoding Obama’s speech reveals some startling revelations. In one press conference after another, when referring to the Muslim terror super-group ISIS, United States President Barack Obama will use the term ISIL, instead of their former name ISIS, or current name Islamic State.
Have you ever wondered about that?Here is the difference: What makes up the near exact center of the Muslim Levant?  Israel.   ISILstands for the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Now, to us Westerners we don't really make much of a distinction, do we? No, honestly from our perspective it’s all about the same.  But how would a Muslim living in the Middle East view it? Just what is the Levant anyway? Let’s take a look.
The geographical term LEVANT refers to a multi-nation region in the Middle East. It’s a land bridge between Turkey to the north and Egypt to the south. If you look on a map, however, in the near exact middle of the nations that comprise the Levant, guess what you see? It’s Israel.
When Barack Obama refers over and over to the Islamic State as ISIL, he is sending a message to Muslims all over the Middle East that he personally does not recognize Israel as a sovereign nation, but as territory belonging to the Islamic State.
Now you know why Obama says that he has no plan, no goal, and no stated aim for dealing with ISIS.But he does have a plan, and it’s a really nasty, diabolical one.Obama’s plan is to drag his feet for as long as he can, doing only the bare minimum that Congress forces him to do.  His plan is to buy ISIL as much time as possible to make as many gains as they can.
Listen as Obama, his press secretary, the spokesperson for the State Department, and his Joint Chiefs of Staff painstakingly spell out the letters I-S-I-L so there is no doubt in your mind. And it’s working.
The Islamic State has garnered millions of dollars, a vast cache of weapons, and in their latest foray have captured Syrian fighter jets and now 12 commercial passenger planes. With each passing day that Obama fulfills his stated aim of doing nothing, the Islamic State grows by leaps and bounds. 
The ultimate goal, of course, has not changed and will never change. The ultimate goal is the destruction of Israel.
Now you know a little bit more about why Obama chooses his words so carefully.


President Assad (who is bad) is a nasty guy who got so nasty his people rebelled and the Rebels (who are good) started winning.

But then some of the rebels turned a bit nasty and are now called Islamic State (who are definitely bad) and some continued to support democracy (who are still good). 

So the Americans (who are good) started bombing Islamic State (who are bad) and giving arms to the Syrian Rebels (who are good) so they could fight Assad (who is still bad) which was good. 

By the way, there is a breakaway state in the north run by the Kurds who want to fight IS (which is a good thing) but the Turkish authorities think they are bad, so we have to say they are bad whilst secretly thinking they're good and giving them guns to fight IS (which is good) but that is another matter.

Getting back to Syria. President Putin (bad, as he invaded Crimea and the Ukraine and killed lots of folks including that nice Russian man in London with polonium) has decided to back Assad (who is still bad) by attacking IS (who are also bad) which is sort of a good thing?

But Putin (still bad) thinks the Syrian Rebels (who are good) are also bad, and so he bombs them too, much to the annoyance of the Americans (who are good) who are busy backing and arming the rebels (who are also good). 

Now Iran (who used to be bad, but now they have agreed not to build any nuclear weapons and bomb Israel are now good) is going to provide ground troops to support Assad (still bad) as are the Russians (bad) who now have ground troops and aircraft in Syria.
So, a Coalition of Assad (still bad) Putin (extra bad) and the Iranians (good, but in a bad sort of way) are going to attack IS (who are bad) which is a good thing, but also the Syrian Rebels (who are good) which is bad. 

Now the British (obviously good, except Corbyn who is probably bad) and the Americans (also good) cannot attack Assad (still bad) for fear of upsetting Putin (bad) and Iran (good/bad) and now they have to accept that Assad might not be that bad after all compared to IS (who are super bad).
 So Assad (bad) is now probably good, being better than IS (no real choice there) and since Putin and Iran are also fighting IS that may now make them good. America (still good) will find it hard to arm a group of rebels being attacked by the Russians for fear of upsetting Mr Putin (now good) and that mad ayatollah in Iran (also good) and so they may be forced to say that the Rebels are now bad, or at the very least abandon them to their fate. This will lead most of them to flee to Turkey and on to Europe or join IS (still the only constantly bad group).

To Sunni Muslims, an attack by Shia Muslims (Assad and Iran) backed by Russians will be seen as something of a Holy War, and the ranks of IS will now be seen by the Sunnis as the only Jihadis fighting in the Holy War and hence many Muslims will now see IS as good (doh!).

Sunni Muslims will also see the lack of action by Britain and America in support of their Sunni rebel brothers as something of a betrayal (might have a point) and hence we will be seen as bad.

So now we have America (now bad) and Britain (also bad) providing limited support to Sunni Rebels (bad) many of whom are looking to IS (good / bad) for support against Assad (now good) who, along with Iran (also good) and Putin (also, now, unbelievably, good) are attempting to retake the country Assad used to run before all this started?
That should clear it up.


Food for Thought

Not a single Democratic candidate would admit we are at war with ISIS, yet they just vowed attacks on US soil.
Look how long ago it was known and understood what we were going to face.
 Europe didn't head his warning, will we???
Eight pictures to make you think... and Churchill foresaw it!!!!
Be sure to read Churchill's comments at the end, and share it!

There are no words to add to this!!!  But Churchill saw it coming.  Read his ending comment.,,,,,,,,and the very last

Makes you think!






EGYPT (Cairo
University) 1959


EGYPT (Cairo
University) 2012


(Amsterdam) 1980


(Amsterdam) 2012


...And some people still do
not see a reason to worry!

Winston Churchill 1899. 
"Individual Muslims may show
splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyses the
social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde
force exists in the world."
This is amazing. Even more
amazing is that this hasn't been published long before


Unbelievable, but the speech below was written in 1899.
(Check Wikipedia - The River War). The attached short speech from Winston
Churchill, was delivered by him in 1899 when he was a young soldier and journalist. It probably sets out the current views of many, but expresses in the wonderful Churchillian turn of phrase and use of the English language, of which he was a past master. Sir Winston Churchill was, without doubt, one of the greatest men of the late 19th and 20th centuries. He was a brave young soldier, a brilliant journalist, an extraordinary politician and statesman, a great war leader and British Prime Minister, to whom the Western world must be forever in his debt. 

He was a prophet in his own time. He died on 24th January 1965, at the grand old age of 90 and, after a lifetime of service to his country, was accorded a State funeral. 


"How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy.

The effects are apparent in many countries, improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement, the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute
property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction

of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.

Individual Muslims may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it.

No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that
Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had

vainly struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization
of ancient Rome."

Sir Winston Churchill;
(Source: The River War, first edition, Vol II, pages 248-250 London

Churchill saw it coming.


A Female Physician in Munich, Germany sends a message to the world

Europe is in a big mess now.

A Female Physician in Munich, Germany sends a message to the world . . . . . .

Yesterday, at the hospital we had a meeting about how the situation here and at the other Munich hospitals is unsustainable. Clinics cannot handle emergencies, so they are starting to send everything to the hospitals.

Many Muslims are refusing treatment by female staff and, we, women, are refusing to go among those animals, especially from Africa. Relations between the staff and migrants are going from bad to worse. Since last weekend, migrants going to the hospitals must be accompanied by police with K-9 units.

Many migrants have AIDS, syphilis, open TB and many exotic diseases that we, in Europe, do not know how to treat them. If they receive a prescription in the pharmacy, they learn they have to pay cash. This leads to unbelievable outbursts, especially when it is about drugs for the children. They abandon the children with pharmacy staff with the words: “So, cure them here yourselves!” So the police are not just guarding the clinics and hospitals, but also large pharmacies.

Truly we said openly: Where are all those who had welcomed in front of TV cameras, with signs at train stations?! Yes, for now, the border has been closed, but a million of them are already here and we will definitely not be able to get rid of them.

Until now, the number of unemployed in Germany was 2.2 million. Now it will be at least 3.5 million. Most of these people are completely unemployable. A bare minimum of them have any education. What is more, their women usually do not work at all. I estimate that one in ten is pregnant. Hundreds of thousands of them have brought along infants and little kids under six, many emaciated and neglected. If this continues and German re-opens its borders, I’m going home to the Czech Republic. Nobody can keep me here in this situation, not even double the salary than at home. I went to Germany, not to Africa or the Middle East.

Even the professor who heads our department told us how sad it makes him to see the cleaning woman, who for 800 Euros cleans every day for years, and then meets young men in the hallways who just wait with their hand outstretched, want everything for free, and when they don’t get it they throw a fit.

I really don’t need this! But I’m afraid that if I return, that at some point it will be the same in the Czech Republic. If the Germans, with their nature cannot handle this, there in Czechia it would be total chaos. Nobody who has not come in contact with them has no idea what kind of animals they are, especially the ones from Africa, and how Muslims act superior to our staff, regarding their religious accommodation.

For now, the local hospital staff has not come down with the diseases they brought here, but, with so many hundreds of patients every day – this is just a question of time.

In a hospital near the Rhine, migrants attacked the staff with knives after they had handed over an 8-month-old on the brink of death, which they had dragged across half of Europe for three months. The child died in two days, despite having received top care at one of the best pediatric clinics in Germany. The physician had to undergo surgery and two nurses are laid up in the ICU. Nobody has been punished.

The local press is forbidden to write about it, so we know about it through email. What would have happened to a German if he had stabbed a doctor and nurses with a knife? Or if he had flung his own syphilis-infected urine into a nurse’s face and so threatened her with infection? At a minimum he’d go straight to jail and later to court. With these people – so far, nothing has happened.

And so I ask, where are all those greeters and receivers from the train stations? Sitting pretty at home, enjoying their non-profits and looking forward to more trains and their next batch of cash from acting like greeters at the stations. If it were up to me I would round up all these greeters and bring them here first to our hospital’s emergency ward, as attendants. Then, into one building with the migrants so they can look after them there themselves, without armed police, without police dogs who today are in every hospital here in Bavaria, and without medical help.

Expert Parent Combines Power Wheels And Leaf Blower For Clean Up Playtime

Every day parents ask themselves, “how do I get my kids to help with the family chores?” You’ve probably heard “make them a game” but one parent took that idea to the extreme with this Power Wheels/Leaf Blower mashup. Now this little champ can just go out for a ride while making the lawn presentable for company. Is this a parenting hack or a lawn care hack? Let us know what you think in the comments.


A Simple Equation to Survive Living Next to an ISIS Target

As simple as Area=πr².

Last week, my 22-year-old daughter, with whom my wife and I and our one-year old daughter live in Washington D.C., mentioned something that reminded me of the new normal in which we're now living: "My friends have been asking me if I am scared," she said.

I guess they would. Terrorists attacked Parisians on Friday, and on Sunday there was the threat that terrorists explicitly planned to attack here. And not just "here" meaning the greater metropolitan region of D.C., which by some definitions covers roughly 664 square miles and has more than 6,000,000 inhabitants. No, it is a little more personal than that.

We live less than 800 meters from the rotunda of the Capitol itself, less than 400 meters from the Supreme Court. My youngest daughter attends nursery roughly 75 meters from the latter. When you see one of those long helicopter shots of the dome, one of those Capital Hill houses in the background is ours.

The area of a circle, if you remember from grade school, is simple to calculate: A=πr². With the U.S. Congress sitting at the center, and "r" meaning "radius," the math is so simple even a historian like me can solve the equation. Our home, where I write and we all live, is inside an area roughly ¾ of a square mile from one of the original targets on 9/11 and an implied target last week. I have been living with the idea of threats abroad and at home for so long I forgot what it must seem like to people who do not.


Friday, November 27, 2015

MSP Press Release 11-27-15 (Berlin Barrack)

Underwear thefts - often drug-related - on the rise

Last July, Dorene Delyte Rainey wanted heroin. So she stole some underwear.

She was working with an accomplice. The pair got away with more than $1,500 in underwear from a western Henrico County Macy’s. The plan was to sell it for half the retail price, then use the money to buy drugs.

But the authorities caught up with her, and she was sentenced to three years in prison, with all but six months suspended, plus restitution.

The man who prosecuted Rainey, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert J. Windle, estimated he has seen five or more similar cases of underwear shoplifting in the past couple of years.


Princeton Student Group: We Stand for Academic Freedom and Open Dialogue

Dear President Eisgruber,

We write on behalf of the Princeton Open Campus Coalition to request a meeting with you so that we may present our perspectives on the events of recent weeks. We are concerned mainly with the importance of preserving an intellectual culture in which all members of the Princeton community feel free to engage in civil discussion and to express their convictions without fear of being subjected to intimidation or abuse.

Thanks to recent polls, surveys, and petitions, we have reason to believe that our concerns are shared by a majority of our fellow Princeton undergraduates. Academic discourse consists of reasoned arguments. We simply wish to present our own reasoned arguments and engage you and other senior administrators in dialogue. We will not occupy your office, and, though we respectfully request a minimum of an hour of your time, we will only stay for as long as you wish. We will conduct ourselves in the civil manner that is our hope to maintain and reinforce as the norm at Princeton.

This dialogue is necessary because many students have shared with us that they are afraid to state publicly their opinions on recent events for fear of being vilified, slandered, and subjected to hatred, either by fellow students or faculty. Many who questioned the protest were labeled racist, and black students who expressed disagreement with the protesters were called “white sympathizers” and were told they were “not black.” We, the Princeton Open Campus Coalition, refuse to let our peers be intimidated or bullied into silence on these — or any — important matters.

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ACLU questions legality of Harford County heroin checkpoints

BEL AIR, Md. —Controversy is brewing over whether a drug enforcement initiative by the Harford County Sheriff's Office is legal.

Earlier this week, deputies set up heroin interdiction checkpoints, which involved 73 officers from seven agencies. Authorities targeted major highways, including routes 152, 1, 24 and 40. They also focused on hotspot neighborhoods known for heroin use and sales.

Unlike DUI checkpoints, the heroin checkpoints allowed drivers to proceed at the posted speed limit. Motorists got pulled over for committing some type of traffic offense.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland contends the effort raises red flags. The ACLU believes the checkpoints violate Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures.


How Much Damage Can He Do In His Last Year In Office?

Insidiously and inadvertently, Barack Obama is alienating the people and moving the country to the right. If he keeps it up, by 2017 it will be a reactionary nation.

But, counter-intuitive as it seems, that is fine with Obama: Après nous le déluge.

By sheer force of his personality, Obama has managed to lose the Democratic Senate and House. State legislatures and governorships are now predominantly Republican. Obama’s own favorable ratings rarely top 45 percent. In his mind, great men, whether Socrates or Jesus, were never appreciated in their time. So it is not surprising that he is not, as he presses full speed ahead.

Obama certainly has doubled down going into his last year, most recently insisting on letting in more refugees from the Middle East, at a time when the children of Middle Eastern immigrants and contemporary migrants are terrorizing Europe. What remaining unpopular executive acts might anger his opponents the most? Close down Guantanamo, let thousands more refugees into the United States, free thousands more felons, snub another ally, flatter another enemy, weigh in on another interracial melodrama, extend amnesty to another million illegal aliens, make global warming laws by fiat, expand Obamacare, unilaterally impose gun control? In lieu of achievement, is the Obama theory to become relevant or noteworthy by offending the public and goading political enemies?

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The Latest: 3 dead in Colorado Planned Parenthood shooting

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The latest on the shooting near Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado. (All times local):

7:15 p.m.

Police say three people are dead after a shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs.

Those who died Friday include two civilians and one police officer from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

The university is about 10 minutes away from the clinic and officials say the fallen officer responded to help city police with the shooting.

Mayor John Suthers says the community “mourns the loss of a very brave police officer.”

Nine other people are hospitalized and police say there are in good condition.


Team Obamacare Fights For An Insurer Bailout

Until recently, the insurance giants saw Obamacare as a cash cow. They are now finding the law's insurance marketplaces to be sickly quagmires causing billions in losses.

In response, the Obamacare insiders — the wealthy and powerful operatives who alternate between top government jobs and top industry jobs — are hustling to find more bailout money for insurers. Republicans, if they are able to hold their ground in the face of lobbyist pressure, can block the bailout of Obamacare and its corporate clientele.

United Healthcare, the nation's largest insurer, last week announced it was suffering huge losses in the exchanges. "We cannot sustain these losses" UHC's CEO said in a conference call, saying conditions for the insurer were "worsening." The company forecast $700 million in losses on the exchanges. Fellow insurance giant Aetna also said it expected to lose money on the exchanges, and other insurers said enrollment was lower than they expected.

More here

Black Friday Shoppers

Have You Seen The Moon Tonight?

Dems: Listen to Trump on Gun Control Bill

Senate Democrats told House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday that they should follow the lead of Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, who has indicated support for a Democratic plan to block people on the terrorist watch list from buying guns and explosives.

"Just two days ago, Donald Trump, the Republican front-runner for president, said anyone on terror watchlist should 'absolutely' not be allowed to buy guns," Democrats wrote in their letter to the two congressional leaders.

Senate Democrats want Ryan, R-Wis., and McConnell, R-Ky., to "quickly schedule votes on their legislation, the 'Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2015.'"

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., first introduced the legislation in February, but Democrats begin promoting it again last week in response to the Paris terrorist attacks, which involved both guns and explosives.

"There is no reason why suspected terrorists who we consider too dangerous to board airplanes should be able to walk into any gun store in the United States and purchase a firearm or an explosive for the purpose of carrying out a terrorist act," Democrats wrote.

More here

Anyone Have Plans To Do This?

VA Will Let Officials Keep Taxpayer Money They Stole

Two officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs who allegedly defrauded the agency of $400,000 will walk away with the taxpayer money they took after receiving demotions and unspecified pay cuts as punishment.

Diane Rubens and Kimberly Graves were both accused of manipulating a VA program meant to relocate agency employees who transfer long distances to take jobs within the VA. Rubens fraudulently netted more than $274,000 and Graves more than $129,000, according to the agency's inspector general.

Rep. Jeff Miller, chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, said he was "flabbergasted" by the VA's decision to let the two women keep the taxpayer money they siphoned from the program.

"This is not a situation in which VA can have it both ways," Miller said in a letter to VA Secretary Bob McDonald Monday. "In demoting Rubens and Graves, VA has already admitted what they did was wrong. Consequently, the department's failure to recoup the money Rubens' and Graves' unethical behavior enabled them to benefit from defies all logic."

Miller noted the VA "aggressively" goes after veterans or their surviving family members when they accidentally receive overpayments from the agency, but allow its own executives to pocket bonuses or benefits they obtain illegally.

Both Rubens and Graves invoked their Fifth Amendment rights and refused to testify when the House VA Committee attempted to question them about their abuse of the relocation program earlier this month.

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The Perfect Thanksgiving Leftover Meal

Just mix it all. 
Mashed potatoes, stuffing, 
corn and gravy. 


Dessert, the remote and 
College Football Games.


Rubio to GOP Congressional Leaders: Let's Stop Obamacare Bailouts

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has sent a letter to Republican congressional leaders urging them to take further action in upcoming spending legislation to "completely shield" taxpayers from a potential multibillion dollar bailout of insurers losing money through Obamacare.

"So far we've succeeded in stopping the Obama Administration from bailing out health insurance companies under ObamaCare, and it's critical that Congress once again stand with taxpayers to stop any taxpayer-funded bailout of health insurers from happening," Rubio wrote in the letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and other top congressional leaders on Tuesday.

Rubio's letter comes as the Republican presidential candidate is aiming to highlight his role in preventing a taxpayer-funded bailout of Obamacare insurers (so far) and ahead of a Dec. 11 deadline for lawmakers to pass a spending bill.


Ocean City Christmas Parade Marches Saturday, Dec. 5

Ocean City, Maryland – : Tis’ the Season! The 33rd Annual Ocean City Christmas Parade marches along Coastal Highway on Saturday, December 5. The holiday parade starts at 11 a.m. on Old Landing Road and marches northbound in the southbound lanes of Coastal Highway to the Judges stand at 120th Street. The event will feature more than 50 units, including high school bands, horses, antique cars, colorful holiday floats and more.

“This is the first year in the parade’s three decade history that the Town of Ocean is coordinating the event,” commented Ocean City Special Events Director, Frank Miller. “We wanted to continue the tradition of the event, which is loved by so many, but also add a few new exciting features, including the first ever Masters of Ceremony and post parade reception.”

This year, WBOC television anchors Maxine Bentzel and Chris Weimer will act as the Masters of Ceremony, providing a play by play of the parade for spectators. Professional judges will review bands and other units in nine categories, with trophies being awarded inside the Carousel Hotel following the parade.

The awards presentation is part of a post-parade reception hosted by the Carousel Hotel, bringing additional family fun for participants and patrons alike. Festivities at the hotel will begin immediately after the parade conclusion and will include half-priced ice skating, a DJ playing continuous holiday music and free photos with Santa and Mrs. Clause. In addition, complimentary winter refreshments will be available.

“We are really excited to continue the holiday celebrations and long lived tradition of the Ocean City Christmas Parade,” Miller continued. “An extra special thanks goes out to our parade sponsors at Carousel Oceanfront Hotel and Condos, Coca-Cola, The Green Turtle, UA Local 486 and Food Lion, for helping us to continue this family tradition in Ocean City.”

To participate in the Ocean City Christmas Parade, which is coordinated by the Town of Ocean City, registrants should contact the Special Events Department at 410-250-0125. There is no charge to participate. For those wishing to view the parade, plenty of seating will be available along the west side of the half-mile parade route, including the Food Lion parking lot and judging area. Spectators will not be permitted to watch the parade from the median area of Coastal Highway. Motorists are reminded that traffic pattern changes will begin approximately 8 a.m. and traffic congestion and delays should be expected. Also, due to the high volume of pedestrian traffic, everyone is reminded to Walk Smart by using cross walks and crossing with the traffic control signal.

US Lifts Sanctions on Italian Firm Helping Iran Cheat

US President Barack Obama's administration has removed the Italian textile and chemical company Dettin Spa from its sanctions list, after the firm helped Iran evade American sanctions.

The lifting of sanctions was announced last Thursday, and an expert cited by the Washington Free Beacon on Tuesday warned the move showed a lenient stance by the US in catering to Iran even before the Islamic regime holds up its side of the controversial nuclear deal.

Dettin Spa still has a presence in Iran, and was sanctioned back in August 2014 for "knowingly providing Iran’s petrochemical industry with goods and support whose value exceeded $250,000," as reported by the US Treasury Department at the time.

Saeed Ghasseminejad, an Iranian dissident and expert at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told the Washington Free Beacon that "what raises questions about the de-listing decision is its timing."

"The de-listings are supposed to happen on the implementation day, it is not clear why this company is removed from the sanction list at this time. Removing companies from the sanction list even before the implementation day sends a clear message that Iran is open for business even though Iran has not delivered its nuclear promises yet."


OC Planning Commission Reviews Growth Trends

OCEAN CITY — Ocean City planners last week reviewed a couple of pending documents that will chart the future direction of growth in the resort.

The Ocean City Planning Commission received update from staff on two documents in the works, including the 2014 annual report to the Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) and the revision of the resort’s comprehensive plan, which should be completed in 2016 after a lengthy process. Planning and Development Director Bill Neville presented the updates to the commission, which voted to move forward with sending the annual report to the MDP.

Neville explained the annual MDP report provides an update to the state on the town’s growth and development each year. The report includes a checklist of sorts provided by the state and filled in by a community’s planners to chart new growth and redevelopment.


Bill: Close Mosques Which Incite Terrorism

MK Bezalel Smotrich (Jewish Home) submitted a bill Tuesday that would allow the State of Israel to close mosques which incite terror attacks against Jews and Israelis.

Smotrich's bill follows similar anti-incitement initiatives in France and the US, and the draft already has widespread support, with signatories from Jewish Home, Likud, and Kulanu.

"We will use every tool at our disposal," Smotrich said. "With terrorism, we must deal with the roots and not just the endpoints."

"Arab incitement is a well-oiled machine, and the platform upon which terrorism grows - and it's time to take care of it," he continued. "We will not allow the use of mosques as a fertile ground for incitement and terrorism."


Anonymous trolls ISIS by removing darknet site, replacing it with Prozac ad

GhostSec, a group that affiliates itself with Anonymous, took to the darknet today for some lulz by removing an ISIS propaganda site and replacing it with a Prozac advertisement and the following message:
Enhance your calm. Too many people are into this ISIS-stuff. Please gaze upon this lovely ad so we can upgrade our infrastructure to give you ISIS content you all so desperately crave.
The ad points to CoinRx an online pharmacy that bills itself as “the number one bitcoin online pharmacy” and sells everything from Viagra to Xanax without asking for a prescription.

This is one of the hundreds of websites Anonymous (with some crowdsourced help) has taken down after its recent declaration of war on the Islamic State.


The Latest: German Official Says Some Migrants ISIS Radicals

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- The latest on the mass movement of asylum-seekers and others seeking refuge in Europe:

A senior German police official says some of the migrants reaching Europe are Islamic State radicals planning terrorist attacks, but the refugee influx is not systemically used by extremists to bring members into the EU.

The Austria Press Agency cited German federal police chief Hans-Georg Maasen as saying that some who blend in with the migrants fought with IS and are planning a "combat mission" once they arrive in Europe. He said Thursday that his office knows of 7,900 Islamic radicals in Germany who advocate violence to advance their goals, with some trying to win migrants to their cause.

He said German authorities receive one or two "fairly concrete tips" a week of planned terrorist activity. And he described IS extremists as "combat-hardened professionals" more dangerous than those from al-Qaida.

Scores of migrants stranded at Greece's northern border have clashed with police while trying to force their way into Macedonia.

The migrants from Iran, Morocco, Pakistan and several other countries confronted Macedonian riot police who were seen hitting protesters with batons.

Macedonia toughened rules for migrant crossings earlier this month, restricting access to citizens from countries typically granted asylum in Europe, including Syria and Afghanistan.

Czech President Milos Zeman, known for his critical views of Islam, says Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka is endangering the country by not fully recognizing the danger asylum-seekers are posing.

In an interview published in Thursday's edition of the Mlada Fronta daily, Zeman say that unlike the prime minister he considers the migrant wave "an organized invasion."

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