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Four dead and dozens hospitalized in Georgia due to massive overdose of sold-on-the-street painkiller

At least four people are dead and dozens more have been hospitalized after overdosing on what authorities in Georgia believe to be Percocet.

The victims reportedly ingested a “yellow pill,” which authorities have not yet definitely identified.  The Georgia Department of Public Health called the pills “extremely potent” and warned that while the overdoses are concentrated in the middle and southern areas of the state, the drugs may be sold elsewhere, AJC.com reported.

Opioid overdoses, including prescription drugs and heroin, killed more than 33,000 people in 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). More than half of the fatalities involved a prescription opioid.

Georgia Poison Center is currently working with the hospitals and gathering more information to determine whether these additional cases are connected to the cluster of overdoses reported in the past three days.

Emergency workers responded in the last 48 hours to reports of overdoses in Centerville, Perry and Warner Robins, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. However, the drugs might also have been sold on the street in other areas of the state.

Doctor are eagerly awaiting toxicology tests to find out what is in these pills that triggered this mass overdose.  They worry about the possibility of more cases if this drug is still on the streets.  “Difficulty breathing, slurred speech, most are coming through the ambulance,” Dr. Chris Hendry said.

The chief medical officer describes the symptoms of the rash of overdose patients that have arrived at a Macon hospital in the last 48 hours.  They all had one thing in common, they took pills that they thought were pharmaceutical quality pain meds. They were wrong.

“It’s being sold on the street as Percocet, however, when it’s taken, the patients are experiencing significant and severely decreased levels of consciousness, and respiratory failure,” Hendry said. “There have been four deaths associated with this opioid overdose.”

It’s not yet known what the pills contain.

In a recent trend, drug dealers are creating counterfeit pain pills that contain the powerful synthetic drug fentanyl but look like legitimate pain pills. Users have no idea of what they’re taking.  “Someone has developed this particular pill, this substance and passing it off as a prescription medicine. It’s not,” Sheriff Dave Davis said.  Davis said he’s working with state and federal law enforcement to catch those selling the drug, before there are more overdoses and overdose deaths.

“Somebody knows something about the person passing out this poison in our community and someone should make the call,” Davis said.

Doctors have issued an alert warning people not buy pain medications from someone on the street. They could produce deadly results.

 

[From articles published by FOX NEWS and WSB-TV in Atlanta]

 

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Fox News says House Intelligence Committee Democrats “hell bent” on destroying Trump

The House Intelligence Committee is supposed to be more bipartisan than other House committees and a place where members conduct serious oversight of America’s intelligence agencies. Its members are expected to put politics aside to oversee sensitive intelligence programs that are crucial to protecting our nation’s national security.

That’s not what we saw in Monday’s rare open Intelligence Committee hearing.  Democratic members spent every minute of the hearing to smear the president before the cameras. By doing so, they made a mockery of bipartisan intelligence oversight.

Republican Intelligence Committee members were taken off guard by hyper-partisan behavior of their Democratic colleagues. At the hearing there were some useful exchanges between Republican members and Comey on the seriousness of recent leaks of intelligence as well as the unmasking and illegal disclosure of General Michael Flynn’s name from NSA reports.  Unfortunately, these discussions were overshadowed by the Democrats who were much more aggressive in pushing their Trump-Russia conspiracy theories.

Congressional Republicans must learn from this episode that the Democratic Party is so obsessed with destroying President Trump that their Democratic colleagues cannot be trusted to engage in good faith deliberations or hearings on anything that they can use to hurt Trump.  Sadly, this includes national security.

This means there should be no more open hearings on issues like Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Additional open hearings that the Senate and House Intelligence Committees have scheduled on this issue should be made closed hearings.

Republicans seemed to have gotten the message on this. Friday, an open House Intelligence Committee hearing scheduled for next week on the Russia/election hearing scheduled was cancelled. It will be replaced with a closed hearing.

If open congressional hearings on the Russia/election or similar issues are held, Republican members must be much more aggressive in pursuing leaks of classified information and the abuse of U.S intelligence by the Obama administration to spy on the Trump campaign. Committee chairmen should run such hearings with iron gavels and give Democratic members zero leeway to turn them into political circuses.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes proved that he knows what he’s up against in the aftermath of Monday’s intelligence committee hearing by the way he handled new information suggesting that the Obama administration did surveil the Trump campaign.

Nunes was given intelligence, apparently under the table from U.S. intelligence officers, which indicates the names of Trump campaign aides were “demasked” in intelligence reports that had nothing to do with Russia or any alleged wrongdoing by the Trump campaign.

This is a big deal because the names of American citizens incidentally collected by U.S. intelligence agencies are blacked out and are not supposed to be revealed unless there is a compelling national security reason.

Nunes has been condemned by Intelligence Committee Democrats and the news media by the way he disclosed this information since he presented it to the press without informing his Democratic colleagues in advance. Nunes also informed the White House about this information before he briefed the committee and is refusing to tell Democratic committee members the name or names of his sources.

Maybe Nunes should not have brought this information to the White House before he briefed committee members.  (He apologized to them for this.)

My view is that Nunes took the right approach. He knows it is pointless to work with committee Democrats on this issue and if he had brought this intelligence to them before his press conference, they would have quickly leaked this information to the press to discredit it.

Nunes also is absolutely right in not revealing the name or names of his sources since there is a good chance committee Democrats would try to out these sources or get their managers to retaliate against them. I saw this happen when I worked for the CIA.

This story looks like it will soon get even more interesting. Fox News’ James Rosen reported Thursday that the committee may soon receive – possibly today — intelligence that “is said to leave no doubt the Obama administration, in its closing days, was using the cover of legitimate surveillance on foreign targets to spy on President-elect Trump.”

Nunes was smart to double down on his effort to fight back against Democratic politicization of intelligence oversight when he said at a press conference Friday that he was cancelling an open hearing next week on the Russia election hearing and had turned it into a closed hearing.

In addition, Nunes said he has recalled FBI Director Comey and NSA Director Rogers to testify to this hearing.

I assume Nunes’ new information, the FBI’s refusal to fully cooperate with the committee’s investigation and Comey’s failure to fully answer questions about intelligence leaks are why Nunes is recalling Comey and Rogers.

Predictably, Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee complained bitterly in a follow-up press conference Friday that Nunes cancelled the open hearing and questioned why Comey and Rogers were being recalled.

It was the height of gall for Schiff to complain that Nunes’ actions indicate he is not interested in an independent and objective investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election after Schiff and his Democratic colleagues proved at Monday’s hearing that they are only interested in using this investigation to destroy the Trump presidency.

Nunes realizes this and decided to fight back.  Until congressional Democrats start putting the good of the country above their hatred of President Trump, Republican congressional leaders must employ similar tactics to do the work of the American people and safeguard our national security.

 

[by Fred Fleitz, writing for FOX NEWS]

 

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Why liberals (still) want to get rid of the Electoral College voting system

Liberals argue it’s not fair that someone can garner more votes than his or her opponent but still lose the election because of the Electoral College. They say it’s a system that disadvantages Democrats.

 

NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  It does NOT disadvantage Democrats, it levels the playing field — as it was designed to do — so that rural votes have the same overall weight as big-city votes. What DOES disadvantage Democrats are lying, stupid, corrupt Democrats, as Clinton and Obama have both now proven beyond dispute.

 

As many have pointed out time and time again, if we decided elections purely by popular vote, candidates would not bother campaigning in Middle America. They’d focus on the big cities. New York and Los Angeles would decide every election.

The Electoral College makes it so that a candidate has to have widespread support across the nation, instead of having the support of a few, densely populated population pockets.

Bill O’Reilly of Fox News explains:

After Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, the left in America is demanding that the Electoral College system, put into place in 1787, be scrapped.

But there is a hidden reason for this. As we have reported, even though Secretary Clinton won the popular vote by 2.8 million, the progressive state of California provided that margin, Clinton defeating Trump there by about 4.3 million votes.

So, if the Electoral College were abolished, presidential candidates could simply campaign in the nation’s largest states and cities – New York, LA, Chicago, Houston – and rack up enough votes to pretty much win any election.

That’s what the left wants – because in the large urban areas and blue states like New York and California, minorities are substantial.  Look at the landscape – Philadelphia, Dallas – Fort Worth, Miami – in all of these places the minority vote usually goes heavily to the Democrats.  Add that to New York City, LA, Chicago, and San Francisco and you don’t really have a national election anymore, you have targeted populations.

Newspapers like the New York Times and the L.A. Times have editorialized to get rid of the Electoral College.  They well know that neutralizing the largely white rural areas in the Midwest and South will assure liberal politicians get power and keep it.

Talking Points believes this is all about race. The left sees white privilege in America as an oppressive force that must be done away with.  Therefore white working-class voters must be marginalized, and what better way to do that than center the voting power in the cities?

Very few commentators will tell you that the heart of liberalism in America is based on race.  It permeates almost every issue – that white men have set up a system of oppression and that system must be destroyed.  Bernie Sanders peddled that. To some extent Hillary Clinton did. And the liberal media tries to sell that all day long.

So-called white privilege bad; diversity good.  If you look at the voting patterns, it is clear that the Democrats are heavily reliant on the minority vote.  Also on the female vote.  White men have largely abandoned the Democrats and the left believes this is because of racism – that they want to punish minorities and keep them down.

So that’s what’s really going on when you hear about the Electoral College and how unfair it allegedly is.

Summing up, the left wants power taken away from the white establishment and they want a profound change in the way America is run.  Taking voting power away from white precincts, and putting it in the hands of Democrat voting blocs, is the quickest way to do that.

 

NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  Once again, Democrats are demonstrating that they want a voting system that is NOT best for the country, but best for them.  When are we going to see a Democrat — ANY Democrat — who is in favor of doing what he or she was elected to do, which is to make the USA a better place to live and work?

 

[From an article published by EAGLE RISING]

 

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Here’s proof that common sense is not extinct yet!

Good grief, Charlie Brown. What a bunch of blockheads.

A school principal in Killeen, Texas, got her bells jingled after ordering a staffer on Wednesday to remove a Charlie Brown Christmas poster quoting the famous Bible passage in the book of Luke which says “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a savior which is Christ the Lord.” The poster also then shows Linus saying “That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”

Well, ma’am, this is Texas. As in “don’t mess with.” And one of the things they don’t mess with is Christmas. So when the state attorney general called, the school principal probably knew to expect a lump of coal in her stocking.

“This is an attack on religious liberty and a violation of the First Amendment and state law,” Attorney General Ken Paxton said. “I am calling on the school board of the Killeen Independent School District to immediately reverse their unlawful decision.”

The school board has a long history of standing up for religious liberty. The Board of Trustees voted to change the name of “Winter Break” to “Christmas Break,” refused to cease praying before meetings, and ignored the federal Department of Education’s demand for transgender bathrooms.

In 2013, then-Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican, signed the “Merry Christmas” bill into law. TheBlaze reported that this legislation protected public school officials’ right to make biblical references to Christmas. The principal might have inadvertently broken this law.

This isn’t Linus’ first foray into the storm of political correctness. Fox News reported that last year a Kentucky school cancelled a Charlie Brown Christmas play due to the inclusion of Bible verses.

In another school, one horrified grandmother told WND that “Silent Night” had been replaced by the “Whip Nae Nae” song. Seriously.

The hypocrisy of school officials who preach diversity but miss no opportunity to exclude all things Christian is glaringly nonsensical.  December 25th  is called Christmas. Not Wintermas, not Breakmas, not Giftmas.  At the center of the holiday is Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God. He was a flesh-and-blood, real, historical person, the evidence for which is overwhelming, both in the Bible and in secular writings.  Our schools might as well start teaching that George Washington never existed as to try to ignore Jesus the Messiah.

Thank you, Linus.

Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown.

Texas, we’re depending on you.

 

 Hillary’s doomed recount effort still doomed: “Borders On The Irrational,” says judge

Four days after Green Party candidate and Hillary Clinton point woman Jill Stein was informed by a federal district court judge that she had no standing to call for a vote recount in Michigan, she received the same “Dear Jill” letter this morning from a judge in Pennsylvania. From the Associated Press:

A federal judge on Monday issued a stinging rejection of a Green Party-backed request to recount paper ballots in Pennsylvania’s presidential election, won by Republican Donald Trump, and scan some counties’ election systems for signs of hacking.

In his 31-page decision, U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond said there were at least six grounds that required him to reject the Green Party’s lawsuit, which had been opposed by Trump, the Pennsylvania Republican Party and the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office.

Suspicion of a hacked Pennsylvania election “borders on the irrational” while granting the Green Party’s recount bid could “ensure that that no Pennsylvania vote counts” given Tuesday’s federal deadline to certify the vote for the Electoral College, Diamond wrote.

America’s Sore Loser Party (aka the Democrats) may just tell its members to hold their breath and pout till their faces turn a much deeper shade of blue.

 

NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  Call us crazy, but we think the whole “Hillary for President” thing bordered on the irrational.

 

[From articles published by CONSERVATIVE TRIBUNE and by LIBERTY UNYIELDING]

 

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Obama’s comments show he is deep in denial that his own mistakes doomed the Democrats

As Obama sought to blame Fox News for the Democrats’ humbling and humiliating showing on Election Day, Fox host Neil Cavuto suggested Friday that Obama was in denial over the fact that his mistakes doomed the Democratic Party.

During a Rolling Stone interview about the election, Obama continued his assault on media outlets that reported different perspectives than his own.

“The challenge is people are getting a hundred different visions of the world from a hundred different outlets or a thousand different outlets, and that is ramping up divisions. It’s making people exaggerate or say what’s most controversial or peddling in the most vicious of insults or lies, because that attracts eyeballs,” Obama said.

He later added that the election loss was triggered in part by “Fox News in every bar and restaurant in big chunks of the country.”

Cavuto heard in Obama’s words the same type of refusal to admit the truth Cavuto had experienced with health issues that led him to need open heart surgery.

Denial is deadly, so forgive me when I see the same reaction from Obama, not over a physical crisis, but a personal crisis, this election. His candidate lost, and he cannot fathom why that happened,” Cavuto said.

Cavuto said Obama is confusing cause and effect.

“Fox News didn’t create this populist wave, your policies did. It wasn’t us playing in bars that doomed you, but so many people perhaps going to those bars because of you,” he said.

Cavuto noted that Obama does not seem to have understood then or now the consequences of his actions.

“You went after the rich, and seemed stunned when everyone else revolted. All but called the other side racist, yet failed to see the writing on the wall that was pretty black and white,” Cavuto said.

“Just like you failed to see that voters didn’t have a problem with the color of your skin, maybe just the thickness of it. Just like you failed to see Americans weren’t chauvinist for rejecting a woman for president, but just this hugely  corrupt and dishonest woman,” he added.

Cavuto said the election turned on what the president had done, not what voters were doing.

“The buck stopped with you, not some guys in a bar watching Fox reporting on you. Fox News didn’t help to win the election, but you helped mightily to lose it. Yet even that is beyond your understanding.”

Cavuto closed with one final comment.

“Sometimes the toughest part is looking in the mirror and knowing the only guy who will ever be looking back is you, with all your flaws and imperfections,” he said.

 

[From an article by Jack Davis, writing for WESTERN JOURNALISM]

 

NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  Personal accountability is, unfortunately, not a part of the lives of many American politicians. Just like Hillary attributed her election loss to the thickest of “glass ceilings” which prevented her from breaking through to a victory on November 8th, Obama cannot remotely understand that his own stupid mistakes and accompanying arrogance over the past eight years were responsible for his disastrous two terms in the White House.  People who are unable or unwilling to admit they need to change their view of reality should not run for public office, let alone be elected in spite of that huge shortcoming. Both Obama and Clinton are poor examples at best of what it takes to govern a nation, and when you demonstrate that you are seeking an office in order to better yourself instead of the country you’re attempting to lead, American citizens have no trouble at all seeing through that charade. Putting yourself ahead of the country is called SELFISHNESS and GREED; putting the country first is called DOING THE JOB RIGHT.  Neither Obama nor Clinton ever thought for a moment about doing the job right, and they cannot understand why the American public despises them. THAT is called STUPIDITY.

 

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Sheriff David Clarke of Milwaukee County says Obama “has been lying” about police responses toward blacks

Sheriff David ClarkeSheriff David Clarke appeared on CNN with Don Lemon to discuss the recent shootings of police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  During the course of the conversation, Lemon brought up that Obama has put data out in which he claimed that police officers were more aggressive towards black males than white males.  Clarke responded by saying, “The president has been lying about that.”

Clarke had predicted the shooting of police officers in America a couple of years ago.

“I’ve been watching this for two years. I’ve predicted this,” Clarke said. “This anti-police rhetoric sweeping the country has turned out some hateful things inside of people that are now playing themselves out on the American police officer.”

The Milwaukee County sheriff went after the Black Lives Matter movement and said that it inspires violence against police officers.  However, Lemon said that the movement’s message is “peace and coming together in the country” and asked Clarke what his message is.

“You don’t believe that for one minute, do you?” Clarke asked.

“That’s what they said to me,” said Lemon.  “Yeah, I believe them.”

One wonders if the devil told Lemon that he was not a deceiver, if he would believe him.

“Are there protests over the deaths of the cops in Baton Rouge?” Clarke probed.  “Any riots or protests over the police officers in Dallas, Texas?”

“I don’t know that,” Lemon answered and followed up by asking what he was getting at.

“My message has been clear from day one two years ago,” Clarke said.  “This anti-cop sentiment from this hateful ideology called Black Lives Matter has fueled this rage against the American police officer. I predicted this two years ago.”

Lemon seemed uneasy with Clarke’s straightforwardness and asked him to “keep the vibe down”.  However, Clarke continued without missing a beat and turned it on Lemon: “I’m looking at three dead cops this week and I am looking at five last week. You’re trying to tell me to keep it down?”

Lemon then brought up Obama’s claim about police officers being more aggressive towards black males than white males.  That’s when Clarke called Obama a liar.

“The president has been lying about that,” he said.

Back in January, Clarke went after Obama and Bill Clinton in an interview with Sean Hannity on FOX News Channel when he called them “anti-gun bigots.”  During that interview he said, “If you want to reduce violence, and the president knows this, you target criminals. You do not target law-abiding citizens. And you don’t make them have to go jump through hoops, in a higher threshold to exercise their Second Amendment right. But Sean, if he goes after the real perpetrators of violence in America, he would have to target the underclass young black male, and — who disproportionately is involved in all this violence, and he doesn’t want to do that.”

“I want as many law-abiding citizens to arm themselves in this country as we can get so that I have the partner that I need to beat back this sort of violence,” he added.  “And in these mass shooting situations, you’re right, the great equalizer is a law-abiding citizen in that situation, with a firearm, who can take action, because when seconds count, the police are usually minutes away.”

Obama and his fellow Marxists will continue to exploit the injuries and deaths of police officers in order to promote their killers, but you can be assured that they will not stop with cops.  Therefore, arm yourselves and let’s be vigilant in looking out after one another.

 

[by Tim Brown for Freedom Outpost, republished by CONSTITUTION.COM]

 

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Hillary says “our friends in Europe are not forthcoming in sharing intelligence information.” Let’s see if you can guess the reason for that…

On Thursday night, July 14, 2016, Bill O’Reilly (FOX News, O’Reilly Factor) conducted a phone interview with Hillary Clinton during which they discussed the terrorist massacre in Nice, France.

During that interview, O’Reilly and Clinton had the following conversation about what steps were needed to deal with the rapidly growing worldwide ISIS threat:

Clinton: “One of my priorities is to launch an intelligence surge. We still do not have enough, ah, intelligence cooperation between our agencies and those in other countries, including, ah, in Europe and we need to have a, a focal point…”

O’Reilly: “… Why, why is that? I didn’t know that. Why is that happening? Why aren’t… why don’t we have the intelligence?”

Clinton: “Well, I’ll tell ya, in part, because there has been, ah, a reluctance on the part of some of our, ah, friends in Europe to be as forthcoming in sharing information…”

What a surprise. Our friends in Europe are not “forthcoming in sharing information”!

Now, why might that be?

In a column (Clinton Guilty, But We’re Not Recommending Prosecution) on July 6, I wrote:

“It is disturbing to contemplate that there may be sufficient American voters who would jeopardize their own safety and security by helping elect someone who

  • Has demonstrated she is incapable of being trusted with national security information,
  • Has a well-documented history of bold serial lying to deceive the American public,
  • Would not be granted a security clearance if applied for today,
  • May well have been responsible for five deaths already (four at Benghazi, one in Afghanistan) as a consequence of her lax handling of pertinent national security documents,
  • Is likely to have a dossier on her national security violations held by our chief global adversaries (Russia, China, Iran), and,
  • Could not rely on our allies to share sensitive information with her for fear it would end in the wrong hands.”

I’ve emphasized that last bullet.

This is not rocket science, folks.

The reluctance of our allies to share intelligence is clear evidence that every intelligence agency on the planet is well aware of the massive security hole in US intelligence created by Hillary Clinton’s use of personal non-secure email servers to conduct business as Secretary of State.

When you combine Clinton’s massive abuse of FOIA law (that the FBI never investigated but about which they had abundant knowledge) with the Obama administration’s clear knowledge that this breach was ongoing and the subsequent special deference given her by not prosecuting her many breaches of national security at the highest level, it should be abundantly clear why in Hillary’s own words “there has been, ah, a reluctance on the part of some of our, ah, friends in Europe to be as forthcoming in sharing information…“.

 

[by Bob Webster, writing for iPatriot.com]

 

NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  Nice of Hillary to be so forthcoming as to tell Bill O’Reilly why she is not qualified to hold our highest elected office…but the problem is she does not realize WHY our “friends in Europe” are not forthcoming. Just like she does not realize why she is so mistrusted and disliked by at least half the US electorate.  Hillary undoubtedly thinks she’s going to be the most effective and revered president this poor ol’ republic has ever had. Remember, she and Obama are of the same stripe. Obama was the one who said upon entering the White House that the US was about to see the most transparent administration ever elected. We all know how that turned out…Obama deliberately became the most disliked and ridiculed president this country ever elected, because he never tells the truth. He wanted to embark upon a presidency of radical change, giving us changes we didn’t need, didn’t want, and didn’t ask for.  How could Obama say one thing and do the opposite? Because he DOESN’T CARE about American citizens or America itself. No one who cares about this country would do the things Obama has done to harm it. To deliberately harm it. Please remember: Hillary and Obama are the same. Neither one cares about America. They care only about themselves, their egos, and their bank accounts.  Both Hillary and Obama are godless people, practiced liars, and uncaring, cold, calculating politicians. Neither one cares at all what happens to you, your family, or your country.

 

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