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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Suspect(s) Sought After Shots Fired Into Somerset Co. Home

(WESTOVER, MD) — Maryland State Police are seeking help from the public as they attempt to identify the person or persons responsible for shooting into an occupied home in Somerset County early this morning.

Just after 5:00 a.m. today, Maryland State Police from the Princess Anne Barrack responded to a home in the 8100-block of River Road, Westover, Md., after a man living there reported his residence had been shot at. Responding troopers found neither of the two occupants in the home had been injured, but the residence had been struck by gunfire.

The victim, a 55-year-old man who is not being identified at this time, told troopers he and his mother live in the residence. He said at about 5:00 a.m. today, he was asleep on a sofa in the living room when he heard multiple loud ‘pops’ outside his home. He then noticed what appeared to be bullet holes in his living room walls.

Looking out the window, the victim reported seeing a sedan leaving the area with red rectangular tail lights, each that appeared to be divided into three sections. The vehicle was last seen headed north on River Road.

Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division crime scene technicians responded and processed the scene, collecting evidence from inside and outside the home. Investigators from the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division responded and are conducting the ongoing investigation. Neighbors in the area told investigators they heard the shots fired this morning. Additional interviews are continuing.

Anyone with information about this shooting is urged to contact Maryland State Police at the Princess Anne Barrack immediately at 443-260-3700, or msp.princessanne@maryland.gov. Callers may remain anonymous.

At Last...

By Thornton Crowe

Here's a shocker for readers this morning...

After reading the article from this week regarding the proposed GPA for free education at WorWic by the County Council, it is most impressive that the members' are making an effort to up the ante for college-bound students receiving taxpayer back funding for college! I only have a couple of suggestions to sweeten the pie so more conservative County residents would come on board with this program is A) make the Grade Point Average 3.0 instead of 2.5 and B) add a community service give-back requirement.

First, by making the GPA 3.0 (B) it demonstrates the academic tenacity and agility to carry through a program to it's end, resulting in a degree or entrance to a university level program. Furthermore, it insures the students' are genuinely interested in pursuing trades or academic foundations offered at the community college level.

Additionally, when one looks at most scholarship programs (which this initiative essentially is) there are steeper academic requirements in order to maintain scholarship continuance over a person's academic career. Therefore, requesting an above average GPA is not unacceptable considering the student's lifetime takeaway education affords them.

Second, a community give-back would require the students to make an agreement to serve the community in some fashion. Whether it be volunteering with such organizations as Shore Up, Lower Shore Enterprises or Habitat for Humanity or tutoring fellow students in a school-sanctioned tutorial program, this would not only give back to the community, it would also instill a sense of personal responsibility needed in higher educational pursuits.

Furthermore, this type of provision is not uncommon for other scholarships offered at WorWic. There is one such program that asks students to obligate to employment at area hospitals to receive a generous scholarship for the nursing program.

A brilliant example of good, fiscally conscious governance while encouraging community-building efforts, it looks as though the County Council is finally getting back on track after their summer of sheer madness!

The Week In Review

The below posts with today's date were the most 
popular posts last week.

Breaking News: The F.C.C. has scrapped net neutrality rules. Internet providers will have more power over the web, allowing them to favor certain sites.

The Obama-era regulations had prohibited broadband providers from blocking websites or charging for higher-quality service or certain content. The federal government will also no longer regulate high-speed internet delivery as if it were a utility, like phone services.

Is it Really Just About the Cake?

By Thornton Crowe

Imagine a society where photographers, web designers and videographers were forced by law, to work for the porn industry. And should they choose not to accept these clients, they can be sued out of business!

The media would have you believe this cake baker suit before the Supreme Court is a pristine example of discrimination against the LGBT community, but that's simply rubbish.

America, if you remember, was started by many groups with a variety of reasons. Some came here to exploit the new land for money, while others came here because they were criminals in exile. However, one of the big reasons for the Northeastern colonies was a group escaping religious oppression in England. They didn't want to be aligned with the King's Church of England. They sought religious freedom, to worship the way they saw fit. Hence, why this right is very first Amendment in our Constitution! Make sense?

Whether a same-sex marriage or not, this case isn't about cake - it's about freedom of religion and speech...

The case could very well turn out to be our contemporary Roe v. Wade because it will determine whether or not business owners have a right to refuse service based on their personal conscience and beliefs. Not only does this hit the Religious Freedom, it also touches Free Speech. Christian baker Jack Phillips has turned this seemingly nuisance case into a legitimate fight to retain our First Amendment Constitutional right!

Show us the legal damages... or is it just a way for judicial activism to persecute Christians?


In reality, the same-sex couple had several other choices but they chose to make a big hoopla out of this one baker refusing service. Sounds like politics was more important to Charlie Craig and David Mullins than their wedding. Its always suspect when cases like this go to court because people - especially liberals - like to use the justice system as a method to validate their lifestyle or highlight some perceived injustice instead of what the court system is designed to do: find remedies for injured (civil suit) parties.

Frankly, the fact Phillips didn't bake their cake leaves no real injury for Craig and Mullins because they did get married. Hence, this begs one has to wonder why this case wasn't dismissed on the lower court level. In short, this is nothing more than judicial activism trying to, once again, dictate behavior through legal machinations.

Food for Thought: The same law that now protects a lesbian waitress for refusing service to that crazy gay-hating Westboro church member also protects Christians from baking cakes they don't want to make!

The oral arguments were heard last Tuesday and Justice Kennedy's questioning Colorado's tolerance toward Phillips is a good sign he's leaning towards his Constitution-loving contemporaries. Many have legal speculation has predicted we're looking at a 5-4 vote in the baker's favor, so let's keep the faith!

Fundamental disagreement does not constitute discrimination... 

And that, my friends, is the true nexus of this case!

We should thank our lucky stars for a patriot like Jack Phillips, who had the perseverance and wherewithal to take this all the way to the Supreme Court instead of just lying down and taking the tyrannical opinion of the Colorado court system. It would've been so very easy to do the latter, indeed!

How say you?

Delmar's Gal Pal Fight Club

By Thornton Crowe

"Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral."
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Looking at the post from earlier this week, it is stunning to read the comments where people are actually defending the trouble-making fighters and lashing out at everyone who suggests these girls are responsible for their own actions. How is this not an indictment of not only our school system but our truculent society on the whole?

One comment was stirring when they suggested these "animals walk among us in stores..." because most people I know are ultra-cautious now days - especially during the Christmas season where predators lurk the malls, waiting for an opportunity to rob and assault shoppers. It is a sad situation that warrants law enforcement attention; however, with the ineffectual legislature to charge these kids as adults on a more constant basis, it is a moot point. The police can only go so far and the parents, much like LaVar Ball, often defend their child's criminal actions instead of exacting their own punishment.

When one looks to our legal system, minors are treated with kid gloves and then we're left with the criminals who are reared on victimhood and false perceptions about how the world works. Look at shows like Scared Straight, where the teens taken to the state penitentiary for the day, have no problem mouthing off to people - some of which who've killed others - and they don't scare easily. In fact, on many of the follow-ups, we find the experience didn't dissuade the teen from committing crime at all.

Is this also a prime example as to why the Federal Conceal and Carry is also a good idea at this point in our history. If they don't know who is or who is not packing heat, chances are they'll temper their mouths and actions. However, there will always be some who feel they're invincible.

The question as far as area schools are concerned is, what are the schools and the WCBOE going to do about this steady rise of school bullies who are creating a Fight Club environment? This is hardly a place where good kids can get an education in anything but fighting and all the wrong ways to settle disputes.

As for the poor-pitiful-victim commenters, your bully tactics are weak and mundane at best, especially done on a blog so why bother? You're just wasting your time. There's nothing you can say that can defend or justify the two girls in that video or their violent tendencies. There are more ways to solve differences without using violence. Shame on you for even trying!

Note: The image above is not the actual perpetrators of the Delmar incident, to protect the guilty. 

Here's What I Made This Weekend


With all the stray cats running around on the Shore, I wanted to come up with something to keep the little ones warm and out of the rain and snow.

So I went to the fishing part of WalMart and bought a Styrofoam cooler. I then went over to their plastic tub area and simply fit the cooler inside. The size needs to include being able to put the plastic lid on top with the Styrofoam cooler inside, (excluding the foam lid).

I then took a new razor knife and cut the hole in the plastic tub. I then placed the Styrofoam cooler inside and used a marker to mark the hole. I then used the razor knife to cut the next hole.

This is a very inexpensive process, $6.70 total. My outside cats wasted no time getting in each one of them. You can use pine needles to line the bottom. It should be very easy to clean whenever necessary.  Some put a brick on top to weigh it down.

Man Puts Gun To Pastors Head Demanding Money In Princess Anne

This week an African American man walked into St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Princess Anne, put a gun to the head of the Preacher and demanded money. The Preacher, (in front of several people) immediately stated, In the name of Jesus Christ I demand you leave. The man immediately walked out, Thank God.

WBOC's Channels 5 & 6 Completely Suck

They've been a mess all weekend, all broken up and NO ONE there to repair it. Another failing media source. 

FIGHT- Kid Approaching Police Officer At Tupelo Mall Turns Into MADNESS

What No One Is Talking About With Mayor Day's Roundabout

It's simple, how will people get through the intersection when they start construction?

It never ceases to amaze me how your local media ignore the most important topic, as if they simply don't want you talking about it.

Not only have our viewers gone viral in comments here showing their belief that this is just a stupid idea and a waste of taxpayer money, Day is using his rubber stamp media to simply ignore the masses.

Much like the $100,000.00 Day is gifting an after school program with an individual who has FAILED at other similar programs they have been involved in. Day would've been wise to structure the funding similar to how you pay a contractor, in stages. PROVE you can accomplish each stage and you get the funding. However, Liberals just do what they want with no accountability. 

Nevertheless, traffic is already bad at this proposed roundabout intersection, what will you do when the construction starts?

Notice They Never Mentioned Dan Satterfield At WBOC

Delmar '13 Graduate/ University of Delaware '17 Graduate (with a B.S. in Meteorology/ Climatology) and former Delmar FFA Chapter President, Alex Seymore, now a WBOC Meteorologist, joins Mike Lichniak in sharing the WBOC Weather Report Card of Delmarva's 1st Winter Storm 2017 Forecasting. 

Looks like WBOC is following WMDT's lead by hiring very young and very inexperienced people. Now we can all understand where Jake Day got the idea to hire young too. 

Just Remember, Trump Didn't Have To Run...


Trump accusers band together

Three women, who previously have accused President Trump of sexual misconduct, banded together Monday to call for a congressional investigation into the president – in what could be an opening effort to shift the sexual harassment spotlight from Congress to the White House.

The women revived their allegations during a press conference and television interview in New York City.

“I ask Congress to put aside their party affiliations and ask that they investigate Trump’s history of sexual misconduct,” Rachel Crooks said during a press conference in New York City Monday.

Crooks gave a detailed account of her story, accusing Trump of kissing her on the lips when she was a receptionist at a company in Trump Tower when she was 22 years old.

Samantha Holvey, a former Miss USA pageant contestant, alleged that during one pageant, Trump came backstage to where the contestants were in hair and make-up in bathrobes.

“He lined us up, and I thought this was going to be like a meet and greet, like ‘hi, how are ya, nice to meet you,’ it was not,” Holvey said on NBC. “He was just looking me over like I was a piece of meat, I was not a human being, I didn’t have a brain, I didn’t have a personality.

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BREAKING NEWS: PETE RICHARDSON PASSED AWAY THIS MORNING

Born on December 31, 1949


I'm absolutely blown away with this news. Pete Richardson was an incredible Family Man and Businessman. I've purchased items from Pete for the past 20 years, including our west Ocean City home through Pete Richardson Auctions. I'm sure many of you have similar stories.

One thing most of you may not know is that Pete is the biggest land owner in Wicomico County. I was shocked and saddened to receive the message that Pete had passed away this morning. In fact, I didn't believe it because I had just held a conversation with him recently.

To the Richardson Family, Jennifer and I offer you our sincere condolences. Rest In Peace Pete.

Some People Just Aren't Destined For A College Education, Free or Not!

It seems some Liberals are furious with the Wicomico County Council wanting to raise the qualified grade average for FREE College from 2.0 to 2.5. 

Look, you are either interested in an education or you're not. A 2.0 grade average means you really aren't interested, period. Most students with such a low grade average do NOT remain in school and in fact drop out. This is a waste of taxpayer money.

Raising the grade average to 2.5 gives high school students an incentive to work that much harder. Keep in mind, all of you, Wor-Wic goes through MANY different channels for alternative funding before FREE college is available. Most believe just anyone can get a free education and that just isn't true at all. Most do not! Wor-Wic provides help in assisting many interested students apply for all kinds of funding/opportunities they did no know were available. 

Starting the program at 2.0 was a great start but I agree with the County Council in raising it to 2.5. 

YOU MAKE THE CALL ON THIS ONE...

I don't know much about the Fingerlings. What I have found out is they sell for $14.99 in the stores. Seems this guy has gone around and bought out the stores and is selling them for $75.

Hallmark Channel Christmas Movies Under Fire for “Caucasian Cheer”

A lot of our readers enjoy watching The Hallmark Channel. It’s a throwback to an age when Hollywood was producing family-friendly films.

The network consistently broadcasts movies that have narratives promoting faith, family and patriotism — stories that tug at your heartstrings.

Viewership has skyrocketed since President Trump was elected — up 16 percent since January. It’s obvious that television viewers crave programming that celebrates the values that make America great.

But not everyone is a fan of The Hallmark Channel.

Slate published a scathing review of the network — complaining about its around-the-clock Christmas movies.

“They brim with white heterosexuals who exclusively, emphatically, and endlessly bellow “Merry Christmas” to every lumberjack and labradoodle they pass. They’re centered on beauty-pageant heroines and strong-jawed heroes with white-nationalist haircuts,” the Slate writer declared.

There were complaints about the lack of gay people and feminists and Muslims in The Hallmark Channel’s movies.

Slate also whined about what it called the network’s “42 hours of sugary, sexist, preposterously plotted, plot hole–festooned, belligerently traditional, ecstatically Caucasian cheer.”

“The Christmas-down-your-throat bombast, holly-jolly sexism, the characters’ zaniness and unyielding impulsiveness—it’s all very Trumpian behavior,” the Slate writer said.

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A Viewer Writes: City of Salisbury Maryland Employees Abusing Taxpayers

The city should get someone to sit in the Wawa parking lot taking pictures of the numerous city vehicles in and out of here taking their "breaks." Many of them parking in the Fire Lanes illegally, many eating full breakfasts, many coming through multiple times for coffee. They drive across town, place their order, wait for it and then 20 or 30 minutes later they leave. I know they are entitled to a break but does that mean they should drive to Wawa to take their breaks while on the clock and burning gas or diesel. 

Surprisingly it's rarely the PD. Mostly is tucks like public works workers and you know who else. Here's a thought. Why aren't secretaries and most office staff allowed to get in their cars allowed to get in their cars and drive to Wawa for their break, if they even get one. These same city workers are here every single work day and it's a part of their daily routine. They have been doing this routine for years because I have seen some of the same ones. 

I just stopped by Wawa and I just saw 3 trucks and multiple employees on the same side I'm parked on and no telling who is on the other side. It's late morning if that gives you an idea. Their day starts at 8 am and there is usually several here then getting breakfast before they start work.

At 10:58 am these 2 pulled up, (above). It's all morning long M-F if not all day long.

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Maryland State Police Arrest Man On Fentanyl Distribution Charges



(SALISBURY, Md.) – Maryland State Police arrested a man linked to a multi-state fentanyl distribution operation.

Narada Michael Walls, 37, is charged with manufacturing, distributing and possessing controlled dangerous substances. He is being held at the Wicomico County Detention Center pending a bond review hearing on Dec. 18.

Beginning in late fall 2017 the Maryland State Police Heroin Investigative Unit, assisted by the Maryland State Police, Criminal Enforcement Division, Gang Enforcement Unit, Maryland State Police, Salisbury and Berlin Barracks, Maryland State Police, Central South Narcotics, Salisbury Police Department, Drug Enforcement Administration, Department of Homeland Security Investigations, Wicomico County States Attorney’s Office and United States Attorney’s Office began an investigation into the distribution of opioids by Walls in several counties, Baltimore City and neighboring states. Walls’ opioid distribution was primarily focused in and around Salisbury and Wicomico County, Maryland.

The investigation revealed that Walls was importing and selling a large amount of opioids on a daily basis. The opioid was methoxyacetyl fentanyl. The DEA verified that the specific analog strand of fentanyl was one of the most potent strands of fentanyl currently being illegally imported from outside the United States. The DEA estimated the fentanyl in question is as high as 15 times stronger than other analog strands. Multiple sources throughout Maryland and several neighboring states supplied Walls with the methoxyacetyl fentanyl that he distributed.

On Dec. 15, 2017, the Maryland State Police Heroin Investigative Unit, led by the Maryland State Police, Criminal Enforcement Division, Gang Enforcement Unit and assisted by Maryland State Police, Salisbury and Berlin Barracks; Maryland State Police, Central South Narcotics; Salisbury Police Department, Drug Enforcement Administration, Department of Homeland Security Investigations, Wicomico County States Attorney’s Office and United States Attorney’s Office ended this investigation with a well-coordinated operation that encompassed the service of five search and seizure warrants in Salisbury and Wicomico County, Maryland.

The following items were seized because of the operation:
442.3 grams of a fentanyl
86 grams of marijuana
$17,705 in U.S. currency
Quantities of identified cutting agents used to dilute controlled dangerous substances prior to sale.
Hand tools with controlled dangerous substance residue used to process/dilute the substances
Two digital scales found in working order and containing controlled dangerous substance residue
Numerous rubber gloves and filtration masks
Two electric coffee-style grinders covered with controlled dangerous substance residue
One pint of promethazine with codeine cough syrup
Corroborative documents
Numerous cell phones believed to contain corroborative information
One Samsung smart television believed to contain corroborative information
Various items identified as being used to assist in the further processing and packaging of controlled dangerous substances

Shooting In Salisbury Last Night

Shooting Investigation underway in 800 block of Hemlock. One male victim transported to PRMC.

WBOC SUCKS AND HERE'S PROOF

This has been going on for several days and is beyond ridiculous. Own it WBOC, your station sucks any more.

Have At It...


Kim Jong Un's top aide executed by North Korean death squad, reports suggest

A key member of Kim Jong Un's inner circle touted as a powerful military figure mysteriously vanished from public life recently, sparking rumors he was executed by a North Korean death squad after allegations of bribery, recent reports indicated.

Hwang Pyong-so, a vice marshal who held the most senior position in North Korea’s military, hasn’t been seen in public since Oct. 13, sparking rumors of his death.

Kim has previously dispatched his enemies via a variety of gruesome methods, including shooting them with anti-aircraft weaponry at a close distance and feeding them to a pack of ravenous dogs.

News about Hwang’s troubles within Kim’s regime emerged in mid-November, when South Korea’s spy agency reported the top aide and his deputy, Kim Won-hong, were expelled from the military’s General Politico Bureau and “punished,” Yonhap News Agency reported.

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Peter Richardson Obituary

Salisbury: Peter “Pete” Edward Richardson, 67, of Salisbury passed away at his home on Thursday, December 14, 2017. Born December 31, 1949, in Salisbury, he was the son of the late Vaughn E. Richardson and Mary Jane McMonigal Richardson. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Connie Gibson Richardson; one devoted daughter, Dana Catherine Richardson; two sisters, J. Maureen McAllister and Vicki Heland and husband Ken; a special mother-in-law, Bonnie Gibson; two sisters-in-law, Catherine Reddish, and Anne Marie Kanwisher and husband Bill; brother-in-law, Vincent Gibson and wife, Melissa. He was a devoted uncle to Colin and wife Stephanie and Kevin McAllister, Hannah, Elijah, and Micah Reddish, Amanda and Mark Gibson, Sara, Catherine, and Laura Kanwisher, Ava, Eliza, Oliver, and Everett McAllister. In addition to his immediate family, there are so many people whose lives he touched. Pete was a 1968 graduate of James M. Bennett High School and later graduated from Wheeling University. For 40 years, Pete owned and operated Pete Richardson Auction Sales in Willards. He credited much of his success to his dedicated team of employees. He was a member of the Wicomico County Liquor Control Board, Wicomico County Soil Conservation District, Past Board Member of Hebron Savings Bank, Life-time member of the Salisbury Gun Club, the Wicomico Yacht Club, Green Hill Country Club, Salisbury Elk’s Lodge, Salisbury Moose Lodge, Maryland Standardbred Breeders Association, and the East Side Men’s Club. Pete was an avid hunter, horseman, and fisherman, and Clemson Tiger fan. To all that knew Pete, he was mostly known as a legendary storyteller. In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his brothers, Vaughn Richardson, Jr., and Michael Richardson. He will be sadly missed by his loyal pugs, Teddy and Winston. A Life Well Celebrated service to honor Pete’s life will be held on Thursday, December 21, 2017, 11:00 AM, at The Fountain’s Conference Center, 1800 Sweetbay Drive, Salisbury. The Reverend George Patterson will officiate. Family will receive friends on Wednesday, December 20, 2017, from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at The Fountains Conference Center. Burial will be private. Pete loved his community and donated to many different organizations. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Pete Richardson Charitable Fund, c/o Melodie Carter at the Hebron Savings Bank, 543 Riverside Dr., Salisbury, MD 21801, allowing the family to continue Pete’s generosity throughout the community for years to come.

Clintons 'destroyed' Secret Service's integrity

Bill and Hillary Clinton forced the Secret Service to undermine itself by 'systematically destroying' the rules that were put in place for their protection, a former officer who guarded them claims.

In his new book, New York Times best-selling author Gary Byrne writes that the Secret Service was nearly undone by serving the Clintons with 'blind loyalty' which they took advantage of for their own gain.

Agents were allegedly forced to collude with the Clintons in the 'Chinagate' campaign finance scandal in 1996 by ignoring the contents of brown paper bags brought into the White House by Chinese officials.

The problem was compounded by Secret Service leadership mistakenly thinking that the Clintons were 'invincible,' Byrne writes.

'The view from the front lines, however, was that something, somehow, was bound to ensnare them. It was simply a matter of the right scandal,' he writes.

Byrne served in federal law enforcement for nearly 30 years first in the Air Force Security Police, then in the Uniformed Division of the Secret Service where he guarded the Clintons.

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President Trump Participates in an Event Regarding Deregulation

Oyster Restoration Plan Announced; Historic Cecil County Land Protected

Maryland Announces Comprehensive Oyster Restoration Plan
Breton Bay and St. Mary’s River Selected for Large-Scale Restoration; State Investment in Manokin, Nanticoke and Severn

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources today announced a comprehensive plan on oyster restoration, including its intention to recommend Breton Bay and the upper St. Mary’s River as the fourth and fifth tributaries to satisfy the state’s commitment to the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement. 

Report: Pakistani, Afghan Nationals To Be Resettled in U.S. 'Have Acute Mental Health Problems'

Single men from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Myanmar expected to be resettled in the United States next year “have acute mental health problems,” according to a New York Times report, after President Trump failed to end a refugee deal with Australia that he committed to opposing.

Former President Obama signed the Australian-U.S. refugee deal during his last months in office — promising to take 1,250 Middle Eastern refugees off Australia’s hands.

The refugees – who are mostly adult males – were being held in detention centers on Manus Island and Nauru Island in Australia. Despite Trump’s original statement calling the deal “a dumb deal,” the president has now broken two long-promised campaign pledges: Throwing out deals that don’t benefit Americans and stopping the flow of foreign refugees.

Already, about 54 Middle Eastern refugees from the Australian detention centers have been resettled in the U.S., despite allegedly having mental health problems, as Breitbart Newsreported. Now, an additional 60 to 65 single men from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Myanmar are expected to arrive next year, the majority of which have mental health problems as well.

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Trey Gowdy "WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?" Gowdy GRILLS Rod Rosenstein, Clinton Email, Russia Probe

Williams: Stalking Horses

When hunting was the major source of food, hunters often used stalking horses as a means of sneaking up on their prey. They would synchronize their steps on the side of the horse away from their prey until they were close enough for a good shot. A stalking horse had a double benefit if the prey was an armed person. If the stalkers were discovered, it would be the horse that took the first shot. That's what blacks are to liberals and progressives in their efforts to transform America -- stalking horses. Let's look at it.

I'll just list a few pieces of the leftist agenda that would be unachievable without black political support.

Black people are the major victims of the grossly rotten education in our big-city schools. The average black 12th-grader can read, write and compute no better than a white seventh- or eighth-grader.

Many black parents want better and safer schools for their children. According to a 2015 survey of black parents, 72 percent "favor public charter schools, and 70 percent favor a system that would create vouchers parents could use to cover tuition for those who want to enroll their children in a private or parochial school." Black politicians and civil rights organizations fight tooth and nail against charter schools and education vouchers. Why? The National Education Association sees charters and vouchers as a threat to its education monopoly. It is able to use black politicians and civil rights organizations as stalking horses in its fight to protect its education monopoly.

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Columbia Professor Urges Universities to Rethink Commitment to First Amendment

A Columbia University comparative literature professor's recent urging of universities to rethink their commitment to the First Amendment in light of "new technologies," such as video cameras, has prompted criticism from across the political spectrum.

Judith Butler argued that "in a world of changing technology where incitement and harassment take on new forms," so-called "free speech absolutists" must understand that the First Amendment can "clash with other basic values," according to a blog post based on her remarks delivered at a panel on free expression at the University of California-Berkeley earlier this month.

The gender theorist and passionate supporter of the academic boycott of Israel cited the trolling methods of fringe right-wing speaker Milo Yiannopolous, who has publicly mocked LGBTQ individuals during his campus appearances, as evidence for the need for widespread reform.

"Maybe we shrug our shoulders and say that this is expressive activity, but surely it crosses the line between expressive activity and threat; and that line was crossed in a new way—and is crossed all the time now in new ways—because of the way technology is now used to incite people to engage in cyber-bullying that did not exist before," wrote Butler.

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Preschoolers Break Out into Brawl over ‘Baby Jesus’

Preschoolers broke out into an all-out brawl over Baby Jesus during a Christmas pageant for a Tennessee church—and it may just be the cutest Christmas pageant brawl ever..

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Two Student Clubs File Federal Lawsuits Alleging Violations of First Amendment Rights

Two student clubs filed federal lawsuits this week against their respective universities, both alleging violations of First Amendment rights.

Business Leaders in Christ (BLinC) charged the University of Iowa (UI) with illegally deregistering it last month, after the student group refused administrators' direction to revise its religious mission statement, according to the complaint filed Monday.

UI administrators cancelled the official club status of BLinC, founded in 2014 at UI's Tippie College of Business, when a member claimed he had been denied a leadership role in 2016 because he was gay.

BLinC rejected that accusation in Monday's suit, saying the student was rebuffed "because he expressly stated that he rejected BLinC's beliefs and would not follow them."

Elsewhere, the conservative student club Turning Point USA filed a suit Wednesday against Arkansas State University (ASU) to fight the school's "speech zones" policy.

The suit, filed by Alliance Defending Freedom on behalf of student Ashlyn Hoggard, charged that ASU has severely limiting freedom of expression policies by setting up such zones.

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Kansas Dem drops out of race after sexual harassment allegation

WASHINGTON - Andrea Ramsey, a Democratic candidate for Congress, will drop out of the race after the Kansas City Star asked her about accusations in a 2005 lawsuit that she sexually harassed and retaliated against a male subordinate who said he had rejected her advances.

Multiple sources with knowledge of the case told The Star that the man reached a settlement with LabOne, the company where Ramsey was executive vice president of human resources. Court documents show that the man, Gary Funkhouser, and LabOne agreed to dismiss the case permanently after mediation in 2006.

Ramsey, a 56-year-old retired business executive from Leawood, was one of the Democratic candidates vying to challenge Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder in 2018 in Kansas’ 3rd District.

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Kansas Dem Andrea Ramsey, accused of sexual harassment

Andrea Ramsey, a Democratic candidate for Congress, will drop out of the race after the Kansas City Star asked her about accusations in a 2005 lawsuit that she sexually harassed and retaliated against a male subordinate who said he had rejected her advances.

Multiple sources with knowledge of the case told The Star that the man reached a settlement with LabOne, the company where Ramsey was executive vice president of human resources. Court documents show that the man, Gary Funkhouser, and LabOne agreed to dismiss the case permanently after mediation in 2006.

Ramsey, a 56-year-old retired business executive from Leawood, was one of the Democratic candidates vying to challenge Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder in 2018 in Kansas’ 3rd District.

She was running with the endorsement of Emily’s List, a liberal women’s group that has raised more than a half-million dollars to help female candidates who support abortion rights.

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Attorney General Frosh Joins Coalition Challenging Trump EPA’s Illegal Delay of Clean Water Protections

BALTIMORE, MD – Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh today joined a coalition of 11 Attorneys General challenging the Trump Administration’s proposed two-year suspension of the “Clean Water Rule,” a federal regulation that defines “waters of the United States” under federal law. In comments addressed to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE), the coalition charges that the proposed suspension of the Clean Water Rule – which is designed to ensure the nation’s lakes, rivers, streams, and wetlands receive proper protection under the federal Clean Water Act – would violate federal law.

As Oklahoma Attorney General, Administrator Pruitt had sued to halt the implementation of the Clean Water Rule. Since becoming EPA Administrator, he has refused to recuse himself from this rulemaking involving the very same issues. Pruitt has appeared in promotional videos for private organizations that have brought suit challenging the Clean Water Rule, and those ads, the coalition alleges, misstated the rule’s provisions. The coalition charges that Pruitt’s involvement in this rulemaking is “illegal.” It states that the process “renders a final rule invalid” due to Pruitt’s refusal to follow ethics review procedures and due to of his lack of impartiality.

State Police Drug Investigation Leads to Multiple Arrests – Frederica

Frederica– The Delaware State Police Kent County Drug Unit assisted by the Kent County Governor's Task Force (GTF) and the Delaware State Police Special Operations Response Team (S.O.R.T) concluded a drug investigation with the arrest of three people.
The month long drug investigation concluded on Friday, December 15, 2017, when members of the Kent County Drug Unit assisted by the Kent County GTF and the DSP  S.O.R.T executed a narcotics search warrant in the 100 block of Jackson Street. Upon entry to the residence, three suspects identified as 26-year-old Dazzel J. King of Frederica, 22-year-old Kaylia S. Custis of Frederica, and 66-year-old Jerry L. Warren Sr. of Frederica were taken into custody without incident.
A search of the property resulted in the recovery of (679) packages of Heroin totaling (4.75) grams, (9.98) grams of Crack Cocaine, (70.93) grams of Marijuana, a .38 caliber handgun, $645.00 in suspected drug money, and multiple drug paraphernalia items.
Dazzel J. King was charged with four counts of Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance, Conspiracy 2nd Degree, Receiving a Stolen Firearm, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, Possession of a Weapon with an altered serial number, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited.  King was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $135,500.00 secured bond.
Kaylia S. Custis was charged with four counts of Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance, Conspiracy 2nd Degree, Receiving a Stolen Firearm, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of a Weapon with an altered serial number.  Custis was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 2 and released on $54,500.00 unsecured bond.
Jerry L. Warren Sr. was charged with Maintaining a Dwelling for Drug Distribution.  Warren was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 2 and released on $3000.00 unsecured bond.

Nine more women say judge subjected them to inappropriate behavior, including four who say he touched or kissed them

Nine more women say that Alex Kozinski — a high-profile judge who sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit — subjected them to sexual comments or other conduct, including four who say he touched them inappropriately.

Kozinski, known for his libertarian views and colorful written opinions, already had been accused of subjecting several women to a range of inappropriate sexual conduct or comments, and the circuit’s chief judge on Thursday took the first step in launching an investigation into his behavior. The matter was assigned Friday to the 2nd Circuit judicial council.

The new allegations — which span decades and include not just those who worked for Kozinski but also those who encountered him at events — bring the total number of women accusing the judge of inappropriate behavior to at least 15.

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Scheme To Pay Off Trump Accusers Emerges, One Woman Was Offered $750,000

California woman's rights Attorney Lisa Bloom operated behind a scheme to compensate Trump accusers and potential accusers using money from donors and tabloid media outlets during the final months of the 2016 presidential race, in an effort which intensified as the election neared, report John Solomon and Alison Spann of The Hill.

Lisa Bloom’s efforts included offering to sell alleged victims’ stories to TV outlets in return for a commission for herself, arranging a donor to pay off one Trump accuser’s mortgage and attempting to secure a six-figure payment for another woman who ultimately declined to come forward after being offered as much as $750,000, the clients told The Hill. -The Hill

The various accounts of Bloom's scheme were detailed in documents, emails and text messages reviewed by The Hill, and come on the heels of Bill O'Reilly's claim that there is a secret tape of a women who was offered $200,000 to file sexual harassment charges against Trump. It is unknown whether or not O'Reilly's claim is related to Bloom's activities.

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Legalizing ‘Dreamers’ would cost $26 billion: CBO

Legalizing 2 million illegal immigrant “Dreamers” would cost the government $25.9 billion over the next decade, as those now-legal people would claim more tax, education and other benefits they haven’t been able to get before, the Congressional Budget Office said Friday.

The CBO also said newly legalized Dreamers would sponsor 80,000 more immigrants to enter the country as part of “chain migration.”

Immigrant-rights activists have argued that legalizing Dreamers would be a financial boon to the country, but the CBO and the Joint Committee on Taxation suggested otherwise, saying that while they would pay somewhat higher taxes in to the government, they would take far more out of it.

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Judicial Watch: State Department Made Deal with Hillary Clinton to Keep Call Log, Schedules Secret

Judicial Watch has released new U.S. Department of State documents showing former Secretary Hillary Clinton and her then-Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin were permitted to remove electronic and physical records under a claim they were “personal” materials and “unclassified, non-record materials,” including files of Clinton’s calls and schedules, which were not to be made public. The documents show the Obama State Department records would not be “released to the general public under FOIA.”

The new records also show that Huma Abedin was allowed to take five boxes of “physical files” out of the State Department that include records described as “Muslim Engagement Documents.”

Judicial Watch obtained the reports about the records from a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for:

Any and all DS-1904 (Authorization for the Removal of Personal Papers and Non-Record Materials) forms completed by, or on behalf of, any of the following individuals:

Former Secretary Hillary Clinton

Former Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills

Former Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin

Former Deputy Chief of Staff Jacob Sullivan

The documents include a list of official and personal calls and schedules that Clinton removed, which carry a special notation that the documents were not to be made public records. The notation is on an addendum to a DS-1904 signed by Clarence N. Finney Jr., then-director of the Office of Correspondence and Records, who was the reviewing officer.

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DHS Announces New Rules to Prevent Terrorism, Curb Visa Overstays

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Friday new rules for the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) aimed at preventing terrorism and stopping visa overstays.

The VWP, administered by DHS, allows citizens of 38 countries with close ties to the United States to travel to the United States for business or tourism for up to 90 days without acquiring a visa. In exchange, U.S. citizens receive reciprocal travel rights to each of those countries.

Some 20 million travelers come to the United States using the VWP every year, according to a senior administration official. VWP expected departures made up about 43 percent of total expected immigration departures in 2016.

The tightened security requirements are in part meant to address the threat from potential terrorists with citizenship making them eligible for the VWP. Such concerns were first raised in November of 2015, when it was discovered that several of the perpetrators of the terror attacks in Paris had French and Belgian citizenship, making them VWP-eligible.

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Judge Temporarily Blocks Roll-Back of Contraceptive Mandate

A federal judge issued an injunction Friday temporarily blocking the implementation of President Donald Trump’s executive order rolling back the controversial contraceptive mandate component of ObamaCare.

The injunction came following a lawsuit spearheaded by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro (D.), the Hill reports. On Twitter, Shapiro called the injunction "a critical victory for millions of women and families and for the rule of law."

Shapiro’s victory came after arguments in front of Judge Wendy Bettlestone Thursday, where the A.G. contended that the rollback would harm Pennsylvania’s 2.5 million women. Dr. Cynthia Chuang, of Penn State University, testified before Bettlestone that the rollback would cause "serious medical harm," including unintended pregnancies, Courthouse News reports.

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Gregg Jarrett: Did the FBI and the Justice Department, plot to clear Hillary Clinton, bring down Trump?

There is strong circumstantial evidence that an insidious plot unprecedented in American history was hatched within the FBI and the Obama Justice Department to help elect Hillary Clinton and defeat Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

And when this apparent effort to improperly influence the election did not succeed, the suspected conspirators appear to have employed a fraudulent investigation of President Trump in an attempt to undo the election results and remove him as president.

Such a Machiavellian scheme would move well beyond what is known as the “deep state,” a popular reference to government employees who organize in secret to impose their own political views on government policy in defiance of democratically elected leadership.


However, this apparent plot to keep Trump from becoming president and to weaken and potentially pave the way for his impeachment with a prolonged politically motivated investigation – if proven – would constitute something far more nefarious and dangerous.

Such a plot would show that partisans within the FBI and the Justice Department, driven by personal animus and a sense of political righteousness, surreptitiously conspired to subvert electoral democracy itself in our country.

As of now, we have no proof beyond a reasonable doubt of such a plot. But we have very strong circumstantial evidence.

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FBI Edits To Clinton Exoneration Go Far Beyond What Was Previously Known; Comey, McCabe, Strzok Implicated

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has discovered that edits made to former FBI Director James Comey's statement exonerating Hillary Clinton for transmitting classified info over an unsecured, private email server went far beyond what was previously known, as detailed in a Thursday letter from committee chairman Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) to FBI Director Christopher Wray.

The letter reveals specific edits made by senior FBI agents when Deputy Director Andrew McCabe exchanged drafts of Comey's statement with senior FBI officials, including Peter Strzok, Strzok's direct supervisor, E.W. "Bill" Priestap, Jonathan Moffa, and an unnamed employee from the Office of General Counsel (identified by Newsweek as DOJ Deputy General Counsel Trisha Anderson) - in what was a coordinated conspiracy among top FBI brass to decriminalize Clinton's conduct by changing legal terms and phrases, omitting key information, and minimizing the role of the Intelligence Community in the email investigation. Doing so virtually assured that then-candidate Hillary Clinton would not be prosecuted.

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Illegal immigration on border surges back to Obama levels

Illegal immigration across the Southwest border has surged back to Obama-era levels, according to the latest data released Friday that suggests the gains President Trump made early in his tenure have worn off.

Nearly 40,000 illegal immigrants were nabbed attempting to sneak in at the border in November, which was up about 12 percent compared to October, and more than twice the monthly numbers from March and April, when Mr. Trump touted his early accomplishments.

Perhaps just as worrisome for officials is the rise in families traveling together, which surged 45 percent last month, and unaccompanied minors traveling without parents, which rose 26 percent in November.

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Mainstream Media Whitewash Admits US Funds ISIS But There Is Much More To The Story

Following on the heels of the pseudo-journalistic whitewash by the BBC regarding the UK government’s funding of terrorism in Syria, USA Today has released a similar piece revealing how the United States has armed ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

Of course, USA Today claims that the arms which made their way from the United States and Saudi Arabia to the hands of ISIS were all unintentional, thus completing another whitewash of what has already been exposed numerous times in the alternative media.

The report by USA Today, entitled “The U.S. Bought Weapons For Syrian Rebels – And Some Wound Up In The Hands Of ISIS Terrorists,” Jim Michaels wrote,

Sophisticated weapons the U.S. military secretly provided to Syrian rebels quickly fell into the hands of the Islamic State, a study released Thursday disclosed.

The report said the Islamic State’s possession of these weapons remains a threat to the U.S.-led coalition still operating against the terror group in Iraq and Syria.

The arms included anti-tank weapons purchased by the United States that ended up in possession of the Islamic State within two months of leaving the factory, according to the study by Conflict Armament Research, an organization that tracks arms shipments. The study was funded by the European Union and German government.

Efforts by the United States and other countries to supply weapons to rebel groups “have significantly augmented the quantity and quality of weapons available to (Islamic State) forces,” the report concluded.

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Alabama’s top court blocks order to preserve digital voting records in Tuesday’s election

Alabama’s top court has blocked a lower court’s order directing state election officials to preserve all digital ballot images in Alabama’s hotly contested special Senate election between Roy Moore and Doug Jones.

Controversies surrounding Moore may give Democrat Jones an edge in the Republican-dominated state. Multiple women have accused Moore of sexual misconduct with teen girls when he was in his 30s. Moore is now 70 and denies the charges.

On Monday, a Montgomery County Circuit judge had ordered that all ballot scanners in the state save all digital copies of Tuesday’s ballots.

All counties employing digital ballot scanners in the Dec. 12, 2017, election are hereby ordered to set their voting machines to save all processed images in order to preserve all digital ballot images,” reads a court document obtained by AL.com.

Late Monday, attorneys for Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill and the state administrator of elections, Ed Packard, filed an emergency stay on the lower court injunction.

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Hypocrat of the Day

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, during whose four-year speakership the debt increased by more than $5 trillion, said at her press briefing today that the Republican-controlled Congress is “robbing from the future by increasing the debt.”

Pelosi made the remark as part of her criticism of the Republican tax-reform plan.

“This is who they are,” Pelosi said. “This is what they came here to do: tax cuts for the rich at the expense of the middle class, at the expense of the health and well-being of the American people. Robbing from the future by increasing the debt.”

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Tucker: Sexual Harassment Charges Being Used Against Innocent People ‘To Settle Scores, Gain Power’

The noble effort to eliminate sexual harassment has turned into “something dark and menacing,” Tucker Carlson warned Thursday, commenting on PBS host Tavis Smiley’s firing.

On his Fox News Channel program, Carlson said that Smiley’s politics are irrelevant to the charges being leveled against him.

Carlson warned that allegations are now being made against innocent people to gain revenge and political power:

“Innocent people fear persecution and that's always the hallmark of a witch hunt. Others use allegation to settle scores or gain power and that’s the opposite of justice.”

But, it’s not just public figures who should be worried, Carlson said:

'No Women Were Interviewed' for 'Top Spot' at NYT

Commenting on the appointment of 37-year-old Arthur Gregg Sulzberger to be the new publisher of the New York Times, Catholic League President Bill Donohue said the hiring process at the "old-boys club par excellence" was a "classic case of nepotism," and added that "no women were interviewed for the top spot," nor were any blacks, Latinos, Asians, Native Americans, Muslims, Protestants, Catholics or transgenders.

There is no glass ceiling at the New York Times, said Donohue, there is a cement ceiling, "one that will never be penetrated by women or minorities."

The appointment of Arthur Gregg Sulzberger, or A.G., to the top spot was announced Thursday.

"The appointment was made by Arthur Gregg's father, Arthur Sulzberger Jr.," said Donohue in a statement released today. "He got his job because his predecessor, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, was his father. Thus does the white male dynasty continue."

A.G. "represents the fifth generation of his family since the Grand Patriarch, Adolph S. Ochs, bought the newspaper in 1896," said Donohue.

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Ben Shapiro: How to Deal with Bullies

This week, America found a new cause to rally around: Keaton Jones. Keaton is a middle school student who was apparently viciously bullied at school for the crime of having a scar on his head from the removal of a tumor. His mother filmed a video of him crying as he explained that other kids had poured milk over his head and mocked him; through his tears, Jones questioned why kids treat one another this way.

The video was absolutely heartbreaking.

It was particularly painful for me. I skipped two grades. By the time I hit sophomore year of high school, I was half a foot shorter and 40 pounds lighter than the other kids. The other kids had been in classes together for years; I was a newcomer. That meant being physically shoved into trash cans and lockers. On one overnight trip, some of my classmates handcuffed me to a metal-framed bed and then hit me repeatedly on the rear with a belt. I pretended to sleep through it, and rather unconvincingly.

So I know what Keaton went through. Being bullied makes you feel like a bottle about to burst — the frustration eats away at your stomach lining and makes you dread going to school. It makes you miserable; even when you're happy, you're constantly waiting for the next shoe to drop.

Still, I don't think Jones' mom should have taken that video.

I think that for two reasons..

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Spike in Illegal Immigration Coincides with Talk of DACA Amnesty From GOP

A steady increase in illegal immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border under President Trump’s administration has coincided with continued talks among lawmakers to give amnesty to illegal aliens.

The number of border-crossings in November 2017, Breitbart Texas reported, has risen to a staggering 39,006 illegal aliens. This puts last month’s border-crossings under Trump in-line with former President Obama’s administration when it comes to illegal immigration at the southern border.

Since April 2017, border-crossings have risen under Trump a whopping 147 percent.

Meanwhile, the increase in illegal aliens attempting to enter the U.S. through the southern border has coincided with constant discussion from the Republican establishment, Democrats, the open borders lobby, and corporate interests about giving amnesty to nearly 800,000 illegal aliens under the Obama-created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

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Moore's Defeat in Alabama is NOT a Bellwether

We’ve been through this before, but the setup is key. One month before the Alabama Senate election, The Washington Post published apolitically timed hit piece detailing 40-year-old allegations of sexual misconduct against Roy Moore. The allegations were well reported and corroborated, and Moore did an ineffective job of refuting them, which, among other problematic aspects of his candidacy, cost him the election. (Note: We consider these allegations entirely separate from feminist charlatan Gloria Allred’s follow-up publicity stunt, which is far less believable.) In other words, contrary to Moore’s refrain of “fake news,” which absolutely is a problem, that wasn’t really the issue with these Post-reported allegations.

The core issue is that it was a political bushwhack. Clearly, the Post sat on the allegations until after Moore won the primary so as to do maximum damage to Moore, the GOP and President Donald Trump. It was clever, professionally done, and it worked.

Which brings us to the latest Post headlines: “Alabama results remake 2018 election playbook for both parties” and “Democrats see road map for 2018 in huge turnout among black voters in Alabama.” The stories are all about the bellwether Alabama supposedly represents.

What the Post is trying to do is spin Tuesday’s results as evidence of some overwhelming surge in favor of Democrats and, especially, a rejection of Trump.

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How House members quietly sidestep harassment claims

Critics lambaste taxpayer-funded probe of Farenthold’s office that failed to release results.

Members of Congress and government watchdogs are questioning why a little-known House agency used taxpayer funds to investigate a sexual harassment complaint involving Rep. Blake Farenthold’s office last year, and then failed to make the results public.

The Office of House Employment Counsel operates under the auspices of the House clerk’s office and advises members on employment practices. It also facilitates investigations into employee complaints, a spokesperson confirmed to POLITICO. But what happens afterward is murky: The office appears to serve House members and their offices — not necessarily the employees — and makes no public accounting of its determinations or its expenditures.

A spokesperson for the office declined to say how many sexual harassment complaints or other investigations it’s handled in recent years, citing attorney-client privilege. It also declined to reveal the firms that it hired or the amount paid to them. In addition, both Democratic and Republican House leadership offices declined to answer questions about the internal investigations.

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University says Santa, Christmas trees 'not appropriate' for holidays

Santa Claus, Christmas trees and the colors red and green are examples of inappropriate “religious iconography” during the holiday season, according to a paper distributed during a “Respecting Religious Diversity” event at the University of Minnesota.

"Jewish Hanukkah" is targeted, too, with menorahs and the colors blue and white also described as being "not appropriate."

“Consider neutral-themed parties such as a ‘winter celebration,’” the handout read. “Decorations, music, and food should be general and not specific to any one religion.”

“Our religious/spiritual beliefs and practices can play a key role in our identity but can be ‘off limits’ for discussion especially in public spaces,” part of the event’s description read.

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Democratic Virginia Rep. Bobby Scott accused of sexual harassment

A former congressional aide Friday accused Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., of sexually harassing her and claimed she was fired and blackballed from further work on Capitol Hill when she refused his advances.

Reese Everson, a former Congressional Black Caucus Fellow, alleged that Scott touched her leg and body without permission and promised to advance her career if she let him flirt with her.

Everson discussed her allegations on an episode of Fox News' "The Ingraham Angle" last month, but did not identify Scott as the lawmaker who allegedly harassed her.

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TV Ratings: ‘Thursday Night Football’ Fall To Season Low With Broncos’ Win

Perhaps adding fuel to the criticism against the near-end-of-week game, the stakes were pretty low for last night’s Thursday Night Football, with neither the Denver Broncos nor the Indianapolis Colts in the playoff running this season.

At least with their 25-13 win, the Broncos snapped an eight-game losing streak on the road in Week 15 of the season. Not that many were interested, it seems – and we don’t just mean all those empty seats at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium in a season sideswiped by protests, controversy and ratings declines.

Snagging a 7.4/13 in metered market results, last night’s TNF was a season low for the broadcast, on both CBS and NBC and simulcast on NFL Network. Taking a double-digit hit, the game was down from last week and also the comparable gridiron matchup of last year where the Seattle Seahawks beat the L.A. Rams 24-3.

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Strassel: FBI Still Stonewalling Congress on Clinton Email Inquiry

Kimberley Strassel said the FBI is stonewalling Congress' questions about how the bureau handled the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

On "The Daily Briefing" on Friday, Strassel, a member of The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board, pointed to the revelation that then-FBI Director James Comey’s draft statement on the Clinton email investigation was heavily edited before his July 2016 public announcement.

Line-by-line edits show "grossly negligent" being downgraded to "extremely careless." Similarly, the phrasing that it is “reasonably likely” hostile actors had gained access to then-Secretary of State Clinton’s private email account was downgraded to merely "possible."

Strassel said the FBI needs to answer questions about how and why these edits were made, and the agency has thus far appeared unwilling to do so.

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Boston University professor: 'Jingle Bells' rooted in racism

“Jingle Bells,” one of the most well-known Christmas carols in the world, is now being called racist.

A Boston University theater professor claims the Christmas carol has a “problematic history” because it was originally performed to make fun of African Americans.

“The legacy of ‘Jingle Bells’ is one where its blackface and racist origins have been subtly and systematically removed from its history,” Kyna Hamill, a BU theater historian, wrote in her “Theatre Survey” research paper on the story of “Jingle Bells.”

“Although ‘One Horse Open Sleigh,’ for most of its singers and listeners, may have eluded its racialized past and taken its place in the seemingly unproblematic romanticization of a normal ‘white’ Christmas, attention to the circumstances of its performance history enables reflection on its problematic role in the construction of blackness and whiteness in the United States,” she wrote.

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FLOODGATES OPEN: Congress ‘To Be Rocked’ In Next 72 Hours; Over A Dozen Resignations Coming, Says Reporter

An investigative reporter with The Daily Caller News Foundation (DCNF) announced on Friday that Congress’ human resources scandal is about to break wide-open and predicted that over a dozen members of the House of Representatives will resign.

DCNF reporter Luke Rosiak tweeted on Friday: “Congress' human resources scandal is just getting started. I anticipate we will see the resignation of more than a dozen House members over harassment and secret settlements, and soon.”