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Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Cardin Calls Court Ruling on TMDLs a Win for the Chesapeake Bay

BALTIMORE – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, praised the ruling by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals that upholds a lower court ruling supporting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay. The Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint, which establishes a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for how much pollution can enter the bay each year, covers all states of the watershed region and the District of Columbia.

“The Chesapeake Bay is a national treasure and an economic engine for the region. I fully agree with the court decision that ‘The Chesapeake Bay TMDL will require sacrifice by many, but that is a consequence of the tremendous effort it will take to restore health to the Bay … a goal our elected representatives have repeatedly endorsed,’” said Senator Cardin. “We all benefit from a healthy Bay and therefore all have a role in restoring and protecting its health. Like most of the watersheds in this nation, the Chesapeake Bay has had to deal with challenges that come from a growing and expanding population and accompanying increase in excess nitrogen and phosphorus that leads to greater dead zones. Actions taken by Maryland’s farmers and all sectors have contributed to a slowing of the degradation of the Chesapeake Bay’s health, but if we want to restore the Bay and continue to develop practices that can be applied across the country, we need to increase our commitment and become more creative in our solutions.”

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Judicial Watch: Classified Clinton Emails Require Seizure of Server

The president of a conservative watchdog group says now that it is known that classified information was contained in Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private stash of State Department emails, it is time for the government to seize her personal server and related storage disks to determine whether security was breached during her tenure as secretary of state.

Thomas Fitton, who runs Judicial Watch, has filed, along with other groups, lawsuits to force the State Department to turn over memos and emails. These include Mrs. Clinton’s messages stored on her private, at-home server through which she exclusively conducted government business. A State Department official told a Senate committee this year that her practice was “not acceptable.”

U.S. guidelines are in place for the government to examine computer components that housed classified data without authorization.

Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit in May against Secretary of State John F. Kerry in an effort to have a federal judge order the government to seize Mrs. Clinton’s emails. With last week’s disclosure of classified material being contained in her messages, the watchdog group says its case is stronger.

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Remembering Music Legends We've Lost So Far in 2015 -- From BB King to Joe Cocker

All of them made their mark over an explosive 50-year period when American music became a worldwide phenomenon.
I have a passion for obituaries. I like to read them, I like writing them, and even on my radio show there’s still something fascinating about trying to come up with something relatively brief that, with musical accompaniment, helps others define somebody. Somebody they think they know or know a lot about, somebody they never heard of, sometimes even someone they really do know.

I am starting not to like it so much. Since January, I have done at least a dozen obits. In no order at all: B.B. King, Ben E. King, Ornette Coleman, Joe Cocker, Jack Ely, Jean Ritchie, Guy Carawan, Don Covay, Lesley Gore, John Renbourn, Evelyn Starks, Percy Sledge, Marcus Belgrave, Errol Brown, Bruce Lundvall, Lenore Travis and Lyle Centola.

That list includes the Kings, two of the greatest R&B/soul artists ever; one of that genre’s greatest songwriters, Covay; a pair of its most singular and spectacular voices, Sledge and Cocker; two great proselytizers of folk songs and folk singing, Ritchie and Carawan. It has Ely of the Kingsmen, who is perhaps the greatest one-hit wonder of all time (especially since his hit was swiped and his name temporarily erased from history, forget about royalties); in Gore, arguably the first female vocal star of the modern rock era; and two great discoverers and trainers of talent in Starks, who found the nonpareil singer/songwriter Dorothy Love Coates, who then led Evelyn’s Gospel Harmonettes to great glory, and Belgrave, whose great work with Ray Charles led him to Detroit where he played with damn near everybody and nurtured almost all the recent jazz grandees from the Motor City: James Carter, Regina Carter, Geri Allen, Kenny Garrett and many many others (and not only jazzers, for that matter). Jean Ritchie brought her beloved Appalachian culture to the rest of the nation, if not the world, at the time of the folk revival; she was a major instrumentalist, a key discoverer and historian of song, and a fine songwriter. Renbourn’s work with Pentangle redefined English folk as a searching, yearning counterpart of jazz. Guy Carawan gave “We Shall Overcome” to this country’s greatest liberation movement of our time, the Southern civil rights movement, a signature song that now speaks for freedom-seekers across the planet; he too was a significant song collector, a historian and writer, perhaps our greatest musical activist after Pete Seeger and Paul Robeson. Erroll Brown of Hot Chocolate was, in the United States, a one-hit wonder but what a hit, a love song whose core was the audacious declaration, “I believe in miracles!”

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Screen Addiction Taking Toll on Kids

What effects are computer games having on children? A new PBS documentary explores the subject in a special to be shown on Monday. "Web Junkie" shows what happens when kids spend hours every day playing video games, often non-stop, with no food or bathroom breaks.

China is the first country in the world to declare Internet addiction a national health crisis. They believe excessive Internet time distorts reality, making the real world seem fake, and stops normal social development.

The Chinese government has established a three-month military-like rehabilitation program called Daxing Boot Camp to jolt kids back to reality.

"Web Junkie" producers interviewed Tao Ran, the founder of the world's first Internet addiction clinic. He believes that Internet addiction is China's No. 1 health problem. "It has surpassed any other problem," he told PBS.

"They are the same as heroin addicts," he said, except they are addicted to games.

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Can Marijuana Cure PTSD? Many Veterans Say Yes

Many vets say that marijuana relieves their PTSD symptoms, although hard evidence is lacking. That may be about to change, but obstacles remain.

CASCADE, Colorado --
Matt Stys funnels a mound of finely ground God's Gift, a sativa strain of marijuana, into his multicolored glass bowl and takes a hit. "It allows the images and all the things in your head to lose focus and drift away for a while," says Stys as wisps of smoke curl from his mouth. For Stys, the images of being a noncommissioned officer running an entry control point in Iraq in 2007 and 2008 can fade away with the smoke: recollections of struggling to differentiate potential combatants from Iraqi citizens, of watching the wounded and dead flowing through his security checkpoint. Other demons in his head can waft away too, like the memories of spending his teenage years in foster care, and the moral ache of questioning the war in which he fought

"I had this misconception that we were over here to help Iraq," he says. "But we were just there to destroy a nation."

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The Civil War's Last Battlefield: The Schools

Five million public school students in Texas will begin using new social studies textbooks this fall based on state academic standards that barely address racial segregation. The state’s guidelines for teaching American history also do not mention the Ku Klux Klan or Jim Crow laws.

And when it comes to the Civil War, children are supposed to learn that the conflict was caused by “sectionalism, states’ rights and slavery” — written deliberately in that order to telegraph slavery’s secondary role in driving the conflict, according to some members of the state board of education.

Slavery was a “side issue to the Civil War,” said Pat Hardy, a Republican board member, when the board adopted the standards in 2010. “There would be those who would say the reason for the Civil War was over slavery. No. It was over states’ rights.”

The killings of nine black parishioners in a South Carolina church last month sparked a broad backlash against the Confederate battle flag , to some a symbol of Southern heritage but to others a divisive sign of slavery and racism.

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Bill Cosby said he got drugs to give women for sex

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Bill Cosby admitted in 2005 that he got quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with, and that he gave the sedative to at least one woman and "other people," according to documents obtained Monday by The Associated Press.

That woman and a second woman testified in the same case that they knowingly took quaaludes from him, according to the unsealed documents.

The AP had gone to court to compel the release of the documents from the deposition in a sexual abuse lawsuit filed by former Temple University employee Andrea Constand - the first of a cascade of sexual abuse lawsuits against him. Cosby's lawyers had objected on the grounds that it would embarrass their client.

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Federal Appeals Court Rules Against Groups Trying To Block The Clean Up Of The Chesapeake Bay

The future of the Chesapeake Bay looks a little cleaner Monday, after a federal appeals court struck down a case that sought to undermine an effort to clean up the bay.

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals’ newly-released opinion upholds a decision made by a lower court that found that the Environmental Protection Agency-led cleanup effort, which involves all six states in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, is legal. The plan, called the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint, establishes a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for how much nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment can enter the bay each year — limits that aim to cut these forms of pollution by 20-25 percent by 2025.

The EPA’s plan is being put in place by the states in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. But a range of agriculture groups, including the American Farm Bureau Federation, the Fertilizer Institute, and the National Pork Producers Council, have taken issue with the plan, with the Farm Bureausuing the EPA over it in 2011. That lawsuit garnered the support of 21 attorneys general from states almost exclusively outside the Chesapeake Bay region, who claimed that the rule constituted EPA overreach.

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Entire Staff in Tenn. County Clerk’s Office Resigns Over Same-Sex Marriage

They said they are leaving because the Supreme Court’s decision to allow same-sex marriages clashes with their religious beliefs.

The entire staff at a Tennessee county clerk’s office submitted their resignations this week rather than issue same-sex marriage licenses, reports WBIR.

Decatur County Clerk Gwen Pope — along with employees Sharon Bell and Mickey Butler — said their last day on the job will on July 14, and that they are leaving because the Supreme Court’s decision to allow same-sex marriages clashes with their religious beliefs.

Speaking for the three employees whose resignations take effect July 14, Pope said they were doing it for “for the glory of God,” and not for the publicity.

“It’s kind of sort of like you don’t want to draw attention to yourself for any reason,” Pope explained. “That’s not why we’re doing this. Not doing it in any way to draw attention to us. It’s for the glory of God. He’s going to get all the glory.”

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Thousands In South Carolina Receive Menacing Confederate Flag Robocall Over Independence Day Weekend

The call compared the flag's removal to ISIS.

South Carolina residents began receiving robocalls on Friday comparing the movement to remove the Confederate flag from statehouse grounds to ISIS.

The state’s General Assembly is set to begin debates Monday on removing the flag, which has flown over the statehouse since 1961. Talk of removing it grew heated after a white supremacist gunned down nine African-American churchgoers on June 17, including State Senator Clementa Pinckney.

The message, featuring an eery-sounding and likely digitally-generated voice, was paid for by a group called the Conservative Response Team (CRT). According to their Facebook page, the group dropped 40,000 robocalls. They will continue to do so throughout the July 4th weekend and next week.

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23 Cents an Hour? The Perfectly Legal Slavery Happening in Modern Day America

If you thought slavery was outlawed in America, you would be wrong. The 13th amendment to the Constitution states that "...Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction … ."

In plain language what that means is slavery in America can still exist for those who are in a prison, where you basically lose all of your rights. (You don’t gain a lot of your rights back when you get out of prison, either, but that is a different story.) So, given the country’s penchant for rapacious capitalism, it may not come as a surprise that there is much of the American prison system that exploits American prisoners much like slaves.

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Capping Drug Prices

As more expensive specialty drugs come on the market to treat some of the most serious chronic diseases, more states are stepping in to cushion the financial pain for patients who need medicine that can cost up to hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.

At least seven states — Delaware, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Montana, New York and Vermont — limit the out-of-pocket payments of patients in private health plans. Montana, for instance, caps the amount that patients pay at $250 per prescription per month. Delaware, Maryland and Louisiana set the monthly limit at $150 and Vermont at $100. Maine sets an annual limit of $3,500 per drug.

New York prevents insurers from listing specialty drugs in a separate category that allows for charging higher payments out of pocket.

In an effort to hold down prices, legislators in other states, including California, Massachusetts and North Carolina, have proposed requiring companies to make broad financial disclosures justifying their high drug prices. So far, no such law has passed.

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U.S. Chamber Of Commerce: Lobbying Hard For Big Tobacco Worldwide

The term “Chamber of Commerce” plants visions of a quaint, local organization helping hang banners in the town square at Christmas time, or sponsoring youth groups in a Fourth of July parade during warmer seasons. Realistically, however, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the nation’s largest business and commerce trade group. And among all their other lobbying work, the Chamber of Commerce has become one of the world’s biggest advocates for Big Tobacco, pushing that industry’s interests globally. 

BP Agrees To Pay $18.7 Billion (Over 18 Years) For 2010 Gulf Disaster

More than five years after an explosion at the Deepwater Horizon oil well in the Gulf of Mexico left eleven people dead and released untold amounts of oil into the water, BP has agreed to make $18.7 billion in payments — spread out over nearly two decades — to settle all federal and state claims related to the disaster. 

Bubble Wrap: Now With Less Pop

We’ve all been there: You receive a fragile packaged carefully wrapped in Bubble Wrap that’s just begging for you to start pinching the plastic between your fingers to create that joyous popping sound. The days of that sweet sound may be over as the biggest company in the Bubble Wrap game is revamping its signature product by removing its popping possibility. 

NYC Mailman Accused Of Stealing More Than $1M In Tax Refunds In Years-Long Scheme

Is there some kind of greedy bug sweeping through the New York City mail system? Okay, probably not, but for the second time in two months a postal employee has been charged by federal prosecutors with taking part in a scheme to pad their own pockets. The most recent case involves a mail carrier who allegedly stole more than $1 million in tax refunds. 

Florida Trooper Pulling Over Speeding Cop At Gunpoint

Monday, July 06, 2015

Pictures That Make You Say WTH! (Part 1 of 2)

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Gowdy Hammers Hillary Mercilessly As He Destroys Her Benghazi Defense On Nat’l TV

You could call it the Gowdy version of an “f-bomb” — the GOP congressman’s repeated use of the word “false” when describing Hillary Clinton’s defense in the use and content of Benghazi-related emails she sent or received in her official duties as secretary of state. In a weekend appearance on CBS’ Face the Nation, the chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi described Hillary’s excuses and explanations regarding her controversial email practices as “false” (twice), “demonstrably false,” and “patently false.”

Rep. Trey Gowdy of S.C. used the word “false” four different times as he tore into Clinton’s misstatements, deceptions, contrivances, and out-and-out lies about having come clean and turned over to the State Department all her work-related emails. And on the subject of the State Department under the direction of Secretary John Kerry, Gowdy told Face the Nation host John Dickerson that the committee he heads has been frustrated time and time again in trying to get State to release email correspondence between Hillary and her then-aides and associates.

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Farmer Charged, Farm Raided, Animals Seized BECAUSE He Cared For Them Better Than A Factory Farm

Schenectady County, New York – Earlier this month, a family farm in rural New York was raided by police. The owners were cited on a number of “regulatory violations”. The owner of the farm, Joshua Rockwood, is being accused of mistreating his animals; an excuse for the local government to confiscate them.

Police initially visited Rockwood’s property on February 25th to investigate reports of unlicensed working dogs, weeks before the raid. Unfortunately, Rockwood naively decided to voluntarily show local police around his property. After showing them around, they wrote a number of citations for arbitrary offenses.

The very next day, a veterinarian visited the farm to check on the animals and confirm that they were well taken care of and in good health. The vet said that the animals were just fine, and did not seem to share the “concerns” that the officers alleged during their walk-through…

A second veterinarian was also called in to verify the health of the animals and they also found them to be in perfect health.

A week later, police returned again to notify Rockwood that he was to appear in court on a number of charges relating to the animal’s food and shelter. In total, 12 different charges were brought against Rockwood, but he has posted a number of photos to a Facebook support page, which shows the animals with sufficient housing, and plenty of food.

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The most SHOCKING thing about Trump’s comments isn’t the part about Mexicans

He resonates. He is “The Donald,” and his light — no matter what you think or believe — shines brighter than the rest. He is larger than life. You dare him to tell you how rich he is, and he says, “I am rich. I AM VERY RICH” — and then he shows you just how rich. Bling! Yes, he’s really rich.

When the pundits claim he’s not really running, one can almost envision their fingers crossed behind their backs. Then, the companies weigh in and drop his products. Ah, who wants to shop Macy’s anyway? There are sooooooo many other retailers, I can get what I want elsewhere — Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Amazon, etc. — and probably better quality at that. I’m not particular — except when companies do something I don’t like.


The pundits angrily refer to him as the “clown,” the “side show,” arguing he will ruin the debates. They seem to be saying, “Donald, we want only your money — not you!”

Not that he needs anyone to defend him, because when The Donald punches back, he punches HARD — with a precise uppercut.

But, wait a minute, what’s happening here? The truth is, Trump’s not only resonating; he’s defining the GOP race. Consequently, he driving the multitudes to not only come out from under the covers and define themselves, but also show the public where they are coming from. Let me explain:

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It seems the sheeple have chosen!


There have been a lot of weird little blobs of clear jelly washing up on the beach this week

There have been a lot of weird little blobs of clear jelly washing up on the beach this week; we’re talking THOUSANDS of...

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Obama Takes Action Against Military Style Police Forces

Last Monday, US President Barack Obama, journeyed to Camden, N.J. Police Department to shine some light on crime reduction as well as their new community policing tactics that the Obama administration hopes can become a standard around the country. Due to the ridiculous number of recent police shootings aswell as the more clear coming increasing numbers of Immigrant deaths, the administration has finally decided to take action with the idea of a ban-list.

“We’ve seen how militarized gear can sometimes give people a feeling like there’s an occupying force as opposed to a force that’s part of the community that’s protecting them and serving them,” Obama said in Camden Monday. “It can alienate and intimidate local residents and send the wrong message.” the Administration stated.

The idea is to limit what Agencies such as the Defence, Justice and Homeland Security departments can provide to local police stations, even in the event of a riot.

The ban-list consists of; certain types of camouflage uniforms, bayonets, tank-like armoured vehicles that move on tracks (vehicles that don’t move on tracks?), grenade launchers, weaponized aircraft, firearms and ammunition of 50. caliber bullets or higher.

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Illegal Alien Murderer Says He Chose San Francisco For Its ‘Sanctuary City’ Policies

Francisco Sanchez admitted to fatally shooting 32-year-old Kate Steinle last week in San Francisco — he moved to the city, he says, because he knew that he would not be deported due to its “sanctuary city” policies.

In a jailhouse interview with San Francisco’s KGO, Sanchez — who has been deported back to Mexico five times — said that he shot Steinle on Wednesday with a gun he found wrapped in a t-shirt at a popular tourist destination. He also said that he does not remember much because he had taken sleeping pills.

Sanchez was also asked: “Did you keep coming back to San Francisco because you knew that they wouldn’t actively look for you to deport you?”

“Yes,” replied Sanchez, who has been convicted of at least seven felonies.

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Statewide July 4th Campaign Yields Significant Results


(PIKESVILLE, MD) –Troopers’ statewide campaign this past Fourth of July weekend resulted in significant results as efforts to keep Maryland roads safe will continue throughout the summer.

Maryland State Police installations across the state conducted initiatives during this Fourth of July weekend. Preliminary statistics revealed over 7,000 traffic stops were made. Troopers issued in excess of 5,100 citations and 4,100 warnings. There were an additional 790 repair orders issued for defective vehicle equipment.

The Maryland State Police S.P.I.D.R.E. Team was out this weekend concentrating their resources in the Langley Park area of Prince George’s County. Members of the team arrested 17 drivers for DUI. Of those arrested, six were repeat offenders and two others were transporting children in the vehicle while impaired. To date, the S.P.I.D.R.E. Team has made more than 1330 arrests since their inception in May 2013.
 

Troopers conducted traffic enforcement initiatives such as, Operations Millipede, Showboat, and Bear Claw throughout Maryland during this past weekend. Operation Millipede, along I-95, resulted in 536 vehicles stopped and almost 550 citations and 280 warnings issued. Operation Showboat, along Route 50, yielded 773 traffic stops resulting in approximately 560 citations and 306 warnings issued. Operations Bear Claw, along interstates 68 and 70 in Western Maryland, resulted in 784 vehicles stopped with 454 citations and 419 warnings issued. Additional initiatives will continue during the upcoming months focusing on impaired or distracted drivers, speeding and aggressive motorists, as well as those electing not to properly use safety restraints.

The Maryland State Police encourage all motorists to be considerate and patient while traveling. Remove as many distractions while driving and never get behind the wheel if you have been drinking. If you are impaired, call a friend or family member, use public transportation or stay where you are. If you see a driver you think is impaired or driving a vehicle in an unsafe manner, keep your distance and dial 9-1-1.

UFC President Asks Athletes to Stop Thanking Jesus: “Keep It At Home…”

The United States, though founded on Judeo-Christian ethics, has become increasingly hostile to Christianity. From the president to private citizens, secular crusaders have fought to abuse the rights of Christians and now, even the UFC president has joined the crusade against Christians by asking athletes to stop thanking Jesus.

We discussed the controversy of the UFC’s Yoel Romero having the audacity to say the word “Jesus” live on television. Leftists accused him of hate-speech against the gays and called for his job. UFC President Dana White has weighed in on the matter.
“America doesn’t want to hear your thoughts on Jesus. Keep that stuff at home – religion, politics, all the stuff. When you’re fighting and being interviewed, they want to hear about the fight. It’s awesome you love Jesus. Love Jesus all you want. You just don’t have to do it publicly.”

In Dana White’s defense, there was a time where he once caved to political correctness far less than the the heads of most other sports/entertainment organizations. As of late though, he’s been incredibly inconsistent. Both he and Ariel Helwani (the interviewer) agree that it’s was blown out of proportion, and Dana even said “I know for a fact that’s not what [Yoel] meant.” Still, he wants fighters to stop thanking Jesus.

Here’s my view. The fighter earned his speech, he just went through hell and back in a cage-fight and won. He deserves his time on the mic, and as long as he isn’t inciting any kind of violence, the guy should be able to thank whomever he wants.

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Not Everyone Likes the Fourth of July-Themed Al Jazeera Video that Mocks Americans as Fat, Gun-Toting Racists

Al Jazeera’s digital media platform AJ+ posted a Fourth of July-themed video mocking Americans as fat, cheese-eating, gun-toting, pill-popping, racist porn watchers.

While some on social media applauded the creation, others slammed the Qatar-owned network for using the holiday “to dump” on America.

Social media users got particularly riled up by the criticism coming from the channel owned by Qatar — a country where stoning is a legal punishment under Shariah law, women have second class legal status, writers can be imprisoned for criticizing the emir and abuse of foreign laborers has been repeatedly criticized by human rights groups.

The video is sarcastically titled “Americans Show Why USA Is The #1 Country In The World.”

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Maryland State Police trooper charged with first degree sex offense

CAPITOL HEIGHTS, Md. (WJLA) – A Maryland State Police (MSP) trooper was charged with first degree sexual offense and a handgun charge, according to Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD).

Brian Tucker, 43, an 18 year veteran with MSP's Automobile Safety Enforcement Division, was arrested around 2 a.m. early Monday morning in the area of Rochell Avenue and Hazelwood Drive, according to police.

A PGPD officer noticed an SUV in a cul-de-sac in a commercial area and decided to investigate. He discovered Tucker and the victim outside of the vehicle, standing near the passenger side. The female victim told the officer that Tucker had a gun. Tucker then told the officer that he was a Maryland State Police trooper.

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JUST IN: South Carolina Senate votes to remove Confederate flag

The South Carolina Senate has voted to remove the Confederate flag from a pole on Statehouse grounds.

The 37-3 vote Monday allows the state to remove the flag and the flagpole where it flies as soon as it passes the House and is signed by Gov. Nikki Haley.

The bill must pass a two-thirds vote, which is likely to be held Tuesday.

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Farmers eager for drones, but most can’t legally fly them

CORDOVA, Md. (AP) — Mike Geske wants a drone.

Watching a flying demonstration on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the Missouri farmer envisions using an unmanned aerial vehicle to monitor the irrigation pipes on his farm — a job he now pays three men to do.

“The savings on labor and fuel would just be phenomenal,” Geske says, watching as a small white drone hovers over a nearby corn field and transmits detailed pictures of the growing stalks to an iPad.

Nearby, farmer Chip Bowling tries his hand at flying one of the drones. Bowling, president of the National Corn Growers Association, says he would like to buy one for his Maryland farm to help him scout out which individual fields need extra spraying.

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Gay Marriage is a Lie: Destruction of Marriage, Masha Gessen

Rare stone slave quarters unearthed at Belvoir

CROWNSVILLE, Md. (AP) — Janice Hayes-Williams held a shard of a plate at the slave quarters archaeological dig at Belvoir, the site of an 18th-century plantation in Crownsville.

‘Oh, my, I found another one,” said the historian, an Annapolis resident.

Hayes-Williams was having a fruitful first day volunteering at the dig, carefully scraping and brushing thin layers of earth around a hearth in what was once a 34-by-34-foot structure that housed slaves — unusually big for slave quarters.

The property, now owned by the Rockbridge Academy, a private Christian school, had been occupied by a cross section of people over the last 300 years — the landed gentry, indentured servants, slaves, free blacks and soldiers from the Revolution, the War of 1812 and the Civil War.

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Dollar Value over Real Cost: War and Oil

The oil and gas industry is a million dollar fossil fuel industry, which influences American politics every year. To date, it has been reported that over $34 million has been spent lobbying for government support. Pipelines, such as the controversial Keystone XL to export dangerous tar sands from Canada to the Gulf Coast, and Arctic offshore drilling by Shell, are high on agenda, with Obama publicly supporting a financial boost for the companies in April.

But there is no risk of immediate war in the Arctic, the only pro to drilling on the unstable shelf in a pristine sea; unlike the lobbyist counterparts in other oil rich regions, such as Iran, Iraq, and now Syria.

Lobbyists have pushed and targeted environmental regulations and scientific research into environmental research much like the bully in the school ground. Lamar Smith, a republican for the U.S House of Representatives, spoke recently at a climate change denial conference, attacking NASA and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), stating “the science is clear and overwhelming but not in the way the President says. The fact is there is little evidence that climate change causes extreme weather events,” he continued his attack, “…the EPA justify their dictatorial approach by claiming regulations will slow global climate change and reduce carbon emissions. But heavy handed regulation and arbitrary emission targets will do lasting damage to our economy all for little environment impact.”

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News Alert: Navy confirms everything ‘all clear’ at Walter Reed

The Navy confirmed that everything is "all clear" at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, where many employees have been sheltering in place in response to an unconfirmed report this morning of a single gunshot heard. 

JUST IN: US appeals court upholds EPA plan to clean up Chesapeake Bay; farmers call it a power grab

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A U.S. appeals court on Monday approved a federal plan to limit pollution in the Chesapeake Bay despite objections from farmers, builders and others who accused the Environmental Protection Agency of a power grab.

The ruling by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds restrictions on farm and construction runoff and wastewater treatment, and has the support of environmentalists and officials in the six states that surround the Chesapeake.

"The Chesapeake Bay (plan) will require sacrifice by many, but that is a consequence of the tremendous effort it will take to restore health to the Bay — to make it once again a part of our "land of living," Circuit Judge Thomas Ambro wrote, quoting American poet Robert Frost.

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MSP DUI Arrests 6-29-15 thru 7-5-15 (Berin Barrack)


A Viewer Writes: HANDICAP PARKING

Not to beat a dead horse, but if the police want more money they can collect several thousand $ per day by stationing a "meter maid" at the rt 50 post office - 21801, NOBODY pays any attention to the Handicap Parking signs...Police included..

Police: Maine man shoots off firework from top of his head, dies instantly

CALAIS, Maine (AP) - A young man who was drinking and celebrating the Fourth of July tried to launch a firework off the top of his head, fatally injuring himself, authorities said Sunday.

Devon Staples and his friends had been drinking and setting off fireworks Saturday night in the backyard of a friend's home in the small eastern Maine city of Calais, said Stephen McCausland, a spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety.

Staples, 22, of Calais, placed a fireworks mortar tube on his head and set it off, he said.

The firework exploded, killing Staples instantly, McCausland said.

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Greeks Vote 'No' on Bailout Referendum, Rocking World Markets

Greeks voted overwhelmingly "No" on Sunday in a historic bailout referendum, partial results showed, defying warnings from across Europe that rejecting new austerity terms for fresh financial aid would set their country on a path out of the euro. 

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What the government is threatening to do to the “Redskins” is OUTRAGEOUS

The Obama administration doesn’t have enough to do just running the country. ISIS, Middle East chaos, climate change, the Benghazi scandal, the Clinton email scandal, the IRS scandal, the VA scandal, Vladimir Putin trying to rebuild the grandeur of the old Soviet empire, gun control, mass murders, zero water in California, golfing, vacations abroad in every major country, fat school children, and trying to spread the wealth around. I’m exhausted just trying to imagine how he does it.

Now, in a broad and sweeping grand design to control every last aspect of our lives, the United States government, more specifically the National Park Service, is putting the screws on FOOTBALL and the NFL franchise owners.


Washington DC and Redskins owner Daniel Snyder have been working on an agreement to move the Redskins back to their old home stadium — the RFK Stadium. That would mean a makeover for the old stadium, which would mean JOBS! But no, Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, that jewel who is quarterbacking the Park Service, has declared that the Washington Redskins will not be allowed to hike another ball in their old stadium unless the Redskins’ owner agrees to a name change. And coincidentally –Obama thinks the name should be changed too.

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WASHINGTON BROUGHT IN $70M IN TAXES ON LEGAL POT IN ONE YEAR

Washington initially predicted a windfall of $36 million in taxes for its debut year of sales

Washington’s first year of legal marijuana sales has generated $70 million in tax revenue, a new report says.
That total follows the Evergreen State’s first stores selling the drug opening in July 2014, according to The Associated Press.

AP said Washington now boasts 160 marijuana stores and sales topping $1.4 million daily.

The state netted $250 million in sales of the plant during its first year of legal transactions. About $65 million of that haul stems from marijuana excise taxes.

The $70 million total in taxes for the state’s first year of sales includes all state and local sales and other taxes, AP reported.

Poll: Rise in Voters Backing States Over Supreme Court

After last week's Supreme Court rulings on Obamacare and same-sex marriage, more voters believe that states should have the right to ignore federal court rulings, a new Rasmussen Reports survey shows.

The poll found that one-third of the 1,000 likely voters surveyed agree that states should hold the power, up nine points from the 24 percent who agreed in a February Rasmussen poll.

Further, 52 percent of the voters in the current poll, taken between June 30-July 1, disagree that states should be allowed to go around the Supreme Court's rulings, down from 58 percent in February.

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Report of single shot heard on Walter Reed Medical Center campus in Bethesda

BETHESDA, Md. (AP/WJLA) - Police say they are checking on a report of a single shot fired at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center outside Washington.

Montgomery County police spokeswoman Natasha Plotnikov says a 911 caller reported hearing one shot inside Building 1, the original hospital on the campus in Bethesda, on Monday morning. She says police are on the scene checking the report.

All lanes of Maryland Route 355 were closed in both directions between Cedar Lane and Jones Bridge Road due to police activity. Some lanes at Rockville Pike near Walter Reed Medical Center and the National Institute of Health were also reportedly blocked, according to Montgomery County police.

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Daily Times Continues Campaign Against Bob Culver, Even More Outrageously

In it latest assault on Mr. Culver, in a recent editorial the Daily Times has portrayed him (falsely, of course) as the Godfather of the request made by the manager of the County's Airport for a special $14 million capital appropriation for the purpose of attracting larger planes. According to Bob Bryant, that sum Is needed to build a hangar large enough to accommodate Boeing 757 Aircraft, which he apparently feels would attract more passenger service.

With its typical blather, the Daily Times suggests that Culver must be behind this plan because he "has taken steps to bring the airport back into the fold of County government" and, although he "has not approved the investment, he also has not vehemently nixed the idea." The editorial also reiterates the Daily Times' rant about Culver's very sensible positions on the West Salisbury Elementary School farce and the Northwest Collector road to nowhere.

Beginning almost the day after the general election last year, the Daily Times has berated and belittled Bob Culver for the change that he promised as a candidate – which most voters supported – and for making changes and other prudent actions after he took office as Wicomico County Executive. This time the editor has entirely jettisoned all ethical standards and resorted to extreme, biased and unfounded mudslinging at Mr. Culver, who has not been a catalyst for or sponsor of the proposal made by the airport manager. He has simply received but not acted upon it.

Apparently, the Daily Times feels that Mr. Culver should not bother to evaluate anything that it feels should be rejected, such as the hangar proposal, or, like the demolition of Bennett Middle School, endorsed without further discussion.

It is truly amazing that for eight years the Daily Times rarely, if ever, criticized anything that Rick Pollitt either did or did not do or say as the Wicomico County progressively deteriorated during his tenure as its County Executive, but has castigated Culver constantly and carpingly since he dethroned Pollitt. It is also outrageous that it does so in a manner that misrepresents the facts and misleads its few remaining readers.

Yes, Wicomico, elections do make a difference. Thank goodness.


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Poll: 70 percent of Americans believe news media is intentionally biased

Obama White House Pays Women 15.8 Percent Less Than Men

The Obama White House pays its female staffers 15.8 percent less on average than its male staffers, according to an analysis by the American Enterprise Institute.

AEI economics scholar Mark J. Perry looked at the salaries of all White House employees, which are publicly available, and averaged out those who were male and female.

Female staffers earned on average $65,650 a year to male staffers' $78,000, Perry found.

"Therefore, female staffers in the Obama White House currently earn 84.2% of the median salary for male staffers, or 84.2 cents for every $1 men earn, and there is a 15.8% gender pay gap at the White House," Perry wrote. "That pay gap is slightly smaller than the 17.9% gender pay gap at the White House last year, but is still almost two times the average gender pay gap for Washington, DC of 9.2% according to the most recent data from the Department of Labor."

Still, Perry noted, President Barack Obama makes presidential proclamations annually for National Equal Pay Day. This year, Obama marked April 14 as the date at which a woman must work into 2015 to earn the same as a man earned by Dec. 31, 2014.

"On average, full-time working women earn 78 cents for every dollar earned by men, and women of color face an even greater disparity," Obama said at this year's proclamation. "I call upon all Americans to recognize the full value of women's skills and their significant contributions to the labor force, acknowledge the injustice of wage inequality, and join efforts to achieve equal pay."

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Going Around The Internet: NEW SS CHECKS!

Did you know this? I certainly did not. Once again, our beloved
Congressmen are playing fast and loose with vernacular.
What motive did they have for changing the name of our Social Security?

I'm sure they have a plan, and it won't be to our betterment.

Here we go.

JUST REALIZED THAT WITH REQUIRED AUTO DEPOSIT, YOU NEVER GET TO SEE THE CHECK....ALERT EVERYONE YOU KNOW. THIS AFFECTS ALL OF US. SOCIAL SECURITY becomes FEDERAL BENEFIT CHECK Have you noticed, the Social Security check is now (or soon will be) referred to as a *"Federal Benefit Payment*"?

I'll be part of the one percent to forward this. I am forwarding it
because it touches a nerve in me, and I hope it will in you.

Please keep passing it on until everyone in our country has read it.

The government is now referring to our Social Security checks as a *"Federal Benefit Payment ". *This isn't a benefit. It is our money paid out of our earned income! Not only did we all contribute to Social Security but our employers did too. It totaled 15% of our income before taxes .

If you averaged $30K per year over your working life, that's close to
$180,000 Invested in Social Security.

If you calculate the future value of your monthly investment in social
security( $375/month, including both you and your employers contributions) at a meager 1% Interest rate compounded monthly, after 40 years of working you'd have more than $1.3+ million dollars saved!

This is your personal investment. Upon retirement, if you took out
only 3% per year, you'd receive $39,318 per year, or $3,277 per month.

That's almost three times more than today's average Social Security benefit of $1,230 per month, according to the Social Security Administration. (Google it – it’s a fact).

And your retirement fund would last more than 33 years (until you're 98 if you retire at age 65)! I can only imagine how much better most average-income people could live in retirement if our government hadjust invested our money in low-risk interest-earning accounts.

Instead, the folks in Washington pulled off a bigger *Ponzi scheme* than Bernie Madoff ever did.

They took our money and used it elsewhere. They forgot (oh yes, they knew) that it was OUR money they were taking. They didn't have a referendum to ask us if we wanted to lend the money to them. And they didn't pay interest on the debt they assumed. And recently they've told us that themoney won't support us for very much longer. (Isn't it funny that they NEVER say this about welfare payments?)

But is it our fault they misused our investments? And now, to add insult to injury, they're calling it a *benefit*, as if we never worked to earn every penny of it.

Just because they borrowed the money doesn't mean that our investments were a charity!

Let's take a stand. We have earned our right to Social Security
and Medicare. Demand that our legislators bring some sense into ourgovernment.

Find a way to keep Social Security and Medicare going for the
sake of that 92% of our population who need it.
*Then call it what it is: *Our Earned Retirement Income*.

State Police Investigating Fatal Pedestrian Crash, Georgetown

Georgetown, DE - The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is currently investigating a fatal pedestrian crash that occurred early this morning.

Preliminary investigation has determined that the incident occurred around 4:30 a.m. this morning, Monday July 6, 2015, as Trevor W. West, 32 of Georgetown, was operating a 2007 GMC Sierra northbound on DuPont Boulevard (US113) in the left lane just north of Bramhall Street. Jennifer L. Hughes, 44 of Dover, was walking eastbound across the highway from the center median when she walked into the path of the pickup truck. The GMC struck Hughes in the left lane causing her to land in the right northbound lane while the truck was able to come to a controlled stop just north of the impact in the center median.

Jennifer Hughes, who was not crossing in a designated crosswalk and not carrying a flashlight, was transported by EMS to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Trevor West, who was properly restrained, was uninjured in the crash.

Haley says church shooting will forever change her outlook

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — For five years, Gov. Nikki Haley, South Carolina’s first minority governor, dismissed calls to remove the Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse lawn as a divisive issue far from her agenda.

In her 2010 campaign, she said the two-thirds legislative approval required to move the flag from its 30-foot perch was too high a hurdle to allow for real debate. When her re-election opponent called last fall for it to be removed, she branded it a desperate stunt.

None of that mattered, she said, after nine people were killed last month at a black church in Charleston, including its pastor, State Sen. Clementa Pinckney, in a crime she called “pure hate.” When Haley arrived at the church, she found strangers hugging and weeping, and the grief was overwhelming.

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Shocking: Obama Implemented Martial Law…Now Confirmed!!!

You’ve heard all the hype. We’ve heard all the stories and videos about Jade Helm, FEMA Camps, and Martial Law… and people said we were “Conspiracy Theorists.” Even the Mainstream Media Has Covered Obama’s Plans For Martial Law, but still people looked the other way.

I’ve covered, FEMA Concentration Camps Disguised As Shopping Malls Being Built Everywhere, and people looked the other way. Military and U.S. Agents Have Been Caught Patrolling Texas Streets Asking Mysterious Questions, and as shocking as it is, on more than one occasion, Texas’ Governor Mobilized State Militia’s To Protect Against the Feds, but still, people looked away. I’ve covered the sick and twisted relationship going on with Jade Helm, the Bilderberg’s, the CIA, and the sicking merging of Jade Helm With the Pentagon’s Biological Technology Office, but still, people looked away.

WHAT DO PEOPLE THINK ALL THIS IS?

In the video below you’ll get a rude awaking into what to expect from Martial Law… and Obama just signed it into law. A source also recently spotted thousands of Martial Law signs… more to come on that when the proof comes if the source can provide a picture for it. For now, check out the video, then learn what Obama has done right below.


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WCSO Press Release - July 6, 2015 Fatal Collision

Incident: Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision

Date of Incident: 3 July 2015

Location: 8800 block of Athol Road, Mardela Springs, MD

Narrative: On 3 July 2015 at 7:54 PM, deputies from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported motor vehicle collision between a vehicle and an off road ATV. Preliminary investigation revealed that the ATV was being operated by a 7 year old male subject who attempted to cross the road and pulled out in the path of an oncoming Ford sedan. The 7 year old was critically injured in the collision and was transported to PRMC. While at PRMC the 7 year old operator succumbed to his injuries.

There were no injuries to any occupants in the Ford sedan.

This collision in currently under investigation by the Collision Reconstruction Unit of the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office. Athol Road remained closed for several hours during the course of the investigation.
                                                                        
Releasing Authority: Lt. Tim Robinson        Date:  4 July 2015

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Puerto Rico’s Minimum Wage Object Lesson

A report released by the Puerto Rican government this week fingers the territory’s minimum wage as a prime factor in its emerging debt crisis. Though its economy is significantly less developed than even the poorest American states, it is still subject to the federal $7.25 minimum wage, 77 percent of its median wage. This high wage floor acts as a significant employment barrier, contributing to the island’s pathetic 43 percent labor force participation rate and its economic stagnation in general.

Puerto Rico’s minimum wage — and the one being debated across the rest of the United States — is a historic anomaly. When first passed in the 1930s, it didn’t apply to low-wage sectors of the economy like agriculture, retail sales, hotels and restaurants. Rather, it was the shift to the south of northern manufacturing jobs in search of cheaper labor that drove the idea of a federal wage floor. Predictably, even with industry exemptions from Roosevelt’s New Deal wage law, his Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins reported to the president that the new law was causing people to lose jobs.

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BREAKING NEWS: Bomb Threat At UMES


Princess Anne Police and UMES Police are currently searching the campus of UMES after receiving a bomb threat.

Special attention is being given to the Aviation Science Building.  

We will update this post as soon as more information is available.

Just What I Had Expected, You?


Activists burn Confederate flag in Baltimore

As the controversy surrounding the Confederate battle flag continues around the nation, Baltimore activists gathered in a vacant lot on the Fourth of July to burn one of the banners they said represents slavery and racism.

About a dozen members of the Peoples Power Assembly and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference gathered near Charles Street and North Avenue and circled a small grill that cradled a balled-up battle flag soaked in lighter fluid.

Before they set it on fire, members read portions of Frederick Douglass' 1852 speech, "What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July?"
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Wake Up America


The Wall of Separation

"God who gave us life gave us Liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever." --Thomas Jefferson (1774)

Amid all the contemporary political and cultural contests, too many conservatives fail to make the case for overarching eternal truths -- whether in debate with adversaries across the aisles of Congress, or with neighbors across Main Street.

Lost in the din is the foundational endowment of Essential Liberty, and any debate that does not begin with this eternal truth will end with temporary deceits.

The most oft-cited words from our Declaration of Independence are these: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

The eternal assertion that Liberty for all people is "endowed by their Creator" and is thus "unalienable" should require no defense, because "we hold these truths to be self-evident," and because the rights of man are irrevocable from the "Laws of Nature and of Nature's God."

But the root of all debate between Liberty and tyranny -- or, in political parlance, between Right and left -- is the contest to assert who endows Liberty -- God or man.

Contemporary Leftist protagonists seek to replace Rule of Law with the rule of men. This is because the former is predicated on the principle that Liberty is "endowed by our Creator," while the latter asserts that government is the giver of Liberty.

The history of man, since its first record, has repeatedly and tragically documented that when the people settle for the assertion that government is the source of their rights, tyranny is the inevitable result. And tyrants always attempt to undermine Liberty by driving a wedge between it and its foundational endowment by our Creator.

For generations, American liberals have driven that wedge by asserting that our Constitution provides a "wall of separation" between church and state. But does it?

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NEW TECHNOLOGY BLASTS WEEDS WITHOUT ROUND UP

Could it soon replace Round Up for good?

Corncob bits instead of chemicals for weed control? Sounds like an interesting, if not slightly odd possibility, doesn’t it?

U.S. Department of Agriculture research agronomist Frank Forcella has been using an air compressor to spray gritty material like corncob bits on both sides of a crop to kill young weeds without harming corn or soybeans. His method utilizing the new technology is gaining attention from organic farmers who don’t use chemicals to control weeds in their fields.

“It obliterates the weed, especially if it’s a small broad-leaved weed like Lamb’s quarters or pigweed that’s one to 3 inches high,” Forcella said. “The corn plants growing next to them are taller and thicker and can withstand the grit blast, but the weeds just disappear.”

Food companies who have been forced by consumer demand to provide snacks and staples that don’t have agrichemicals are interested, too.

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BREAKING NEWS: Major American stock markets open lower on heels of Greek rejection of bailout plan

Major American stock markets open significantly lower a day after Greek voters reject further austerity demands from international creditors in exchange for a debt bailout.

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The Lawsuits Begin

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit against a Kentucky clerk for refusing to give wedding licenses to four couples, two of whom are “gay.”

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis said her religious beliefs barred her from complying with the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that requires states to marry homosexuals. And instead of discriminating, she decided to stop issuing licenses altogether – for homosexuals and heterosexuals, Fox News reported.

Kentucky’s highest-ranking officials – Gov. Steve Beshear and Attorney General Jack Conway – warned clerks on Friday, right after the court’s decision made the media waves, to comply or risk criminal charges that could bring up to a year in jail.

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CLINTON CAMPAIGN ROPES OFF REPORTERS AT NEW HAMPSHIRE PARADE

“The use of a rope line at a New Hampshire parade is a sad joke..."

Campaign aides for Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton on Saturday roped off reporters from the candidate as she walked and talked with potential voters during a July Fourth parade in New Hampshire, sparking frustration from the press corps and outrage from the state Republican Party.

“Hillary Clinton continues to demonstrate her obvious contempt and disdain for the Granite State’s style of grassroots campaigning,” New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn said in a statement. “The use of a rope line at a New Hampshire parade is a sad joke and insults the traditions of our first-in-the-nation primary.”

Reporters were reportedly allowed to get close to Clinton but were later herded away by campaign aides concerned about crowd control.

“Spectacle of Clinton as candidate — press being pulled along with a rope,” tweeted New York Times presidential campaign correspondent Maggie Haberman.

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Lawmakers spend $2M on hotels, food and miles

Each year the members of the General Assembly spend 90 days raking over the state budget, debating $100,000 here, $1 million there.

Meanwhile, on the taxpayers' dime, they are staying in hotels, claiming expenses for mileage and eating meals. This year Maryland's lawmakers spent about $2 million in this way, most of it stemming from hotel stays. That amount is close to last year's.

Some lawmakers pledge not to spend any money in this way; others say the reimbursed expenses help them operate more efficiently. Elected officials can claim $100 a day for lodging, $45 a day for meals and $0.575 per mile.

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Poll: 70 percent of Americans believe news media is intentionally biased

"These are discouraging results for those of us who have spent our careers in journalism"

Nearly three quarters of Americans believe the news media reports with an intentional bias, according to a new survey.

The 2015 State of the First Amendment Survey, conducted by the First Amendment Center and USA Today, was released Friday. It shows that only 24 percent of American adults agree with the statement that “overall, the news media tries to report the news without bias,” while 70 percent disagree.

When the question was asked last year, 41 percent agreed, a 17-point difference.

“These are discouraging results for those of us who have spent our careers in journalism,” Ken Paulson, president of the First Amendment Center, wrote in an op-ed for USA Today on Thursday. “In 23 years in newsrooms, I saw consistent and concerted efforts to get stories right. Clearly, the public’s not convinced.”

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America: Mankind's Second Chance

38-year-old King George III ruled the largest empire that planet Earth had ever seen.

The Declaration of Independence, approved July 4, 1776, listed the reasons why Americans declared their independence from the King:

“He has made judges dependent on his will alone …
He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies …
To subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution …
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us …
For imposing taxes on us without our consent …
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of trial by jury …
For … establishing … an arbitrary government …
For … altering fundamentally the forms of our governments …
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny …
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions …”

33-year-old Thomas Jefferson’s original rough draft of the Declaration contained a line condemning slavery: “He has waged cruel war against human nature itself … in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating and carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere, or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither … suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or to restrain this execrable commerce determining to keep open a market where men should be bought and sold.”

A few delegates objected, and since the Declaration needed to pass unanimously and time was running short with the British invading New York, the line condemning slavery was unfortunately omitted.

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Scientist claims immortality within reach

A visiting American research scientist says he is close to discovering a 'cure' for ageing, that he could have a drug ready for testing by the end of next year

A visiting American research scientist says he is close to discovering a ‘cure’ for ageing, that he could have a drug ready for testing by the end of next year.

Molecular Biologist Dr Bill Andrews told TV ONE’s SUNDAY programme that humans shouldn’t have to suffer from the ravages of ageing. He says that ageing is a disease that should, and could be cured.

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Letter From An Australian to America: Here's Why I Love You, USA

It’s December 1985 in Sydney, Australia. Two parents are at wits’ end. Something is not right with their 16-month-old child. For months, they have visited doctor after doctor. No one can tell them what is wrong. On the night before Christmas Eve, with their child more unsettled than unusual, they head for the emergency room at Children’s Hospital.

The ward is nearly deserted, but there is one overnight doctor – a young man with a smiling face and an accent. As he looks the child over, the smile evaporates: “I think your son has neuroblastoma. Get him in for tests first thing in the morning.” Next day, the parents’ worst fears are confirmed. It is Stage IV neuroblastoma, a rare type of childhood cancer.

The parents were mine. The child was me. The doctor, it turned out, was an American.

Through the healing hands of God, the Master Physician, I defied the odds and lived. The instincts of the American doctor, fresh out of college, only in Australia for an internship, just in time, were crucial. So I haven’t only studied American exceptionalism. I’ve lived it. In fact, I’m alive because of it.

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Going To Work On A Monday

Going into work on a Monday...(video: Getty)

Posted by Woman's Day Magazine on Monday, June 29, 2015

Military and U.S. Agents Patrolling Texas Streets Asking Mysterious Questions

In the first video below, you’ll learn that there seems to be some developments on the DHS and FEMA Mobile Command Centers we spotted in Texas last week at a Federal Express Terminal.

In the second video is footage of when the Mobile Command Centers first showed up. When we first inquired, we were told the units were just there for storage, yet less than a week later, the Command Centers are driving the streets of Texas, and squads of agents are are going door-to-door asking residents about storm damage. D.H.S.? Storm Damage? I don’t think so. Worse, is these agents are asking in areas that have not been hit by storms. What are these agents really doing? Why are they going door-to-door?

WHAT ARE THEY REALLY DOING?

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Obama Leaves God Out of Independence Day Address

President Barack Obama marked the 239th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence with his annual video tribute to America, but some people noticed something he didn't say.

"Obama left out any mention of God in his recent address," wrote Gateway Pundit. "Instead, this year, he chose to end his speech with a very politically correct, 'Thanks, everybody. From my family to yours, have a safe and happy Fourth of July.'"

References to God have been fading over the past two years. Obama ended his 2013 Independence Day address with the typical presidential closing, "So, God bless you all. And may God bless The United States of America."

In 2014, he shortened it to simply, "God bless you all."

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Makes Sense To Me


NASCAR Fans Defy Request to Hide Confederate Flags at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Fans at Daytona International Speedway are defending and displaying their Confederate flags.

At NASCAR’s first race in the South since the racing series and its tracks urged fans to no longer wave the banner, dozens of Confederate flags were scattered throughout the vast infield.

The first motorhome inside the Turn 4 tunnel has one flying high above it, and it doesn’t take long to reach double figures when counting them on a stroll through the infield. They’re on clothing, coolers and cars, and even tattooed on skin.

NASCAR took a stance on the Confederate flag after last month’s South Carolina church massacre. The series stopped short of banning fans from displaying the flag at its events, but Daytona and 29 other tracks asked fans to refrain from flying them.

Not everyone obliged.

This Couple Spent 75 Years Of Their Lives Together, Even Dying Together – You Have To Hear Their Amazing Story!

This is stuff romance movies are made of. Meeting at the age of just eight years old when they decided to become boyfriend and girlfriend, Jeanette and Alexander Toczko would have nothing less than to be with each other until death did them part. Being married for 75 years is a long time and truly an accomplishment. They’re basically living out a real-life version of The Notebook. You have to hear this couple’s amazing story.

They lived out the dream others spend their life looking for. As Jillian from Workaholics would say she’s "looking for a true love companion who I can spend everyday of my life with until we die on the exact same day. Same breath.” If only she could be as lucky as these two. This may be the saddest and most inspiring story out their, all at the same time. These two made it through 75 years and died in each other's arms, and as anyone would know, that’s a long time to be with the same person and still want to see them on the final day. They didn't want it any other way though.

When Alexander found himself bed-ridden with a broken hip, it seemed like the couple had almost decided it was time to peaceably leave this earth. Knowing that these two could make it 75 years together and still want to be close to each other is truly inspiring. You could only hope to find a partner like this in life. These two will be in the other's, and now the world’s, memories forever.

Watch the video below to see their amazing journey, and SHARE this couples' touching story on Facebook with your friends.

Hoppy Beer Is Giving You Man Boobs

While drinking beer is usually considered to be a manly activity, certain kinds of beer may be causing some pretty unfortunate side effects.

Acclaimed author and herbalist Stephen Harrod Buhner explained in his book ‘Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers’ that hops, which give beer their flavor, contain high levels of phytoestrogen, a plant estrogen. The chemical can be used to treat insomnia and menopause, but in men it can also contribute to the development of breasts and a form of impotence caused by heavy drinking, which is also known as “brewer’s droop.”

Another herbalist named Susan Weed has noted that hops can be used as a sleeping aid or painkiller, and also to help boost production of milk for lactating women.

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Faces Never Forgotten with Joe Galloway

Members Of Delaware Family Poisoned On Caribbean Vacation Remain Paralyzed

Three members of a Wilmington, Delaware, family who were poisoned by pesticide while on a Caribbean vacation remain paralyzed and are not expected to recover further, U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth Mapp said during a June 30 news conference.

“Unfortunately, I have to give some bad news. The family that were the victims of the poisoning at Sirenusa is not doing well,” Mapp said, reports the Virgin Islands Daily News.

The four members of the Esmond family are believed to have been exposed to methyl bromide on March 18 while staying at the $800-a-night Sirenusa resort on St. John.

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Suspect in killing of San Francisco woman had been deported five times

San Francisco (CNN)Kate Steinle was walking on a busy pier in San Francisco with her father when there was a single popping sound in the air.

She fell to the ground, struck by a bullet, the victim of what police say appears to be a random killing.

The man accused of firing the deadly shot -- 45-year-old Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez -- is an undocumented immigrant, a repeat felon who has been deported five times to Mexico, according to immigration officials.

It would have been six, a federal law enforcement source told CNN, except authorities in San Francisco wanted him on a drug-related warrant.

So U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which had Lopez-Sanchez in its custody in March after his release from federal prison, turned him over to San Francisco deputies. ICE said they requested an immigration detainer, asking that the agency be notified before Lopez-Sanchez was released.

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Are The Aisles Getting Smaller?


Things I Never Learned In High School


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