November 18, 2018

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November 18, 2018



*US Military Advantage Has Eroded, Study Says:

The United States has lost its military edge to a dangerous degree and could potentially lose a war against China or Russia, according to a report released Wednesday by a bipartisan commission that Congress created to evaluate the Trump administration’s defense strategy.

The National Defense Strategy Commission, comprised of former top Republican and Democratic officials selected by Congress, evaluated the Trump administration’s 2018National Defense Strategy, which ordered a vast reshaping of the U.S. military to compete with Beijing and Moscow in an era of renewed great-power competition.

While endorsing the strategy’s aims, the commission warned that Washington isn’t moving fast enough or investing sufficiently to put the vision into practice, risking a further erosion of American military dominance that could become a national security emergency.

30+ People Didn’t Report
Nikolas Cruz’s Disturbing Behavior
Before Parkland Shooting:

Dozens of people failed to report disturbing behavior byNikolas Cruz before he committed the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. TheSun Sentinel reports that more than 30 people knew about his troubling actions—such as killing animals or threatening to murder his mother—but only reported it after he killed 17 people on Valentine’s Day this year.

“It’s very troubling behavior, and in many cases it probably should have caused them to report what they heard, saw or learned,” said Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, chairman of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission. “But for a variety of reasons they did not.”

Before the massacre, Cruz reportedly killed a duck with a tire iron, shot squirrels, and decapitated a bird. However, two students who did report Cruz’s behavior say they were brushed off by the school’s administration and a tip to the FBI reportedly went unheeded. The parents of one Parkland student who was killed are suing the FBI for negligence, saying Cruz could have been stopped.

‘Long Time, No See,’ ‘You Guys,’
‘Freshman’ to Long List of
Politically Incorrect Words:


Students at Colorado State University (CSU), apparently, should no longer say “long time, no see,” “you guys” or “freshman,” because those terms are not considered “inclusive language.”

In an opinion piece for the Rocky Mountain Collegiantitled “CSU has gone too far with inclusive language,” CSU studentKatrina Leibee said she was told to use “y’all” and “first-year” instead, in order to be “inclusive of all genders.”
“A countless amount of words and phrases have been marked with a big, red X and defined as non-inclusive,” Leibee wrote, describing her frustration with the university’s penchant for political correctness.. “It has gotten to the point where students should carry around a dictionary of words they cannot say.”

Inclusive language is language that “is free from words, phrases or tones that reflect prejudiced, stereotyped or discriminatory views of particular people or groups,” as well as language that “doesn’t deliberately or inadvertently exclude people from being seen as part of a group,” according to theU.S. Department of Education.
Leibee said she met with the CSU Director of Diversity and InclusionZahra Al-Saloom, who showed her an “entire packet” of words and phrases that are not considered “inclusive” at CSU. The common greeting “long time, no see,” for example, is verboten because it is apparently “derogatory towards those of Asian descent.”

“We have been asked to get rid of the language we have been using for as long as we have known the English language,” Leibee said.

*37.8 Percent in Generation That
Starts Turning 21 Next Year Was
Born to Unwed Moms:

In the 20-year cohort of American young people who were born in the years from 1998 through 2017 — and will start turning 21 next year — 37.8 percent were born to unmarried mothers, according to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

80,913,887 children were born during that two-decade stretch; 30,611,650 did not have a father who was married to their mother.

To put that in perspective, the CDC data shows that among the 20-year cohort of Americans born from 1940 through 1959 — who started turning 21 in 1961 — only 4.1 percent were born to unmarried mothers.

70,257,595 babies were born in those two decades, but only 2,905,000 did not have a father who was married to their mother.

In 1947, two years after World War II ended, 3,669,940 babies were born in the United States, according to the CDC. Only 131,900 — or 3.6 percent — were born to unmarried mothers.


Now YOU can invite your friends, family, and associates (if they’ve got the guts) by telling them to go


Immunity tends to wane by 20 percent a month, leaving those who got their Flu shot in August or September with less than desirable protection by the time they’re exposed.


Manhattan judge has ended a family feud between the owners of the legendary Palm Steakhouses by granting a late founder’s grandkids $120 million. Italian immigrants Pio Bozziand John Ganzi opened La Parma restaurant at Second Avenue and 45th Street in 1926.

Because of a language barrier, it became The Palm and eventually grew to a mini-empire of 21 locations serving Italian classics like veal marsala and 36-ounce New York strip steaks sliced tableside. Nearly a century later, John Ganzi’s grankids — Garry Ganzi and his sister, Claire Breen — sued their cousin Walter Ganzi Jr. and his partner, Bruce Bozzi Sr., Pio Bozzi’s grandson, for unpaid royalties.

The siblings control a 20 percent stake in the restaurant chain while the partners own the remaining 80 percent. Late Tuesday, Justice Andrea Masley released a ruling finding that the partners cheated the siblings out of millions in royalties by paying them an annual $6,000 licensing fee for each restaurant instead of a percentage of sales.


Shields and Brooks on midterm results and GOP ‘lockstep loyalty’ to Trump —

Kent Moyer, Acclaimed Security Expert, Weighs in on the
Use of Drones in Executive Protection,
Estate Protection & Investigations

Kent Moyer, CEO and President of the World Protection Group, is head of the only security firm currently using drones and supporting law enforcement in the use of drones. In this day and age, this can be seen as shock to some, with the usage of drones for public safety on a steady incline for the last couple of years.

“There are a number of alerts from various intel sources and they’re not going to stop,” said Kent Moyer on amped-up security at events like the recent Emmy Awards. His firm was involved with security at one the prolific parties that night. “I doubt any security budgets are being cut this year. One thing we’re thinking about this year that we didn’t a year ago at the Emmys is the use of drones.”

“The World Protection Group has been at the forefront of innovation in the executive protection industry for the past twenty years.” concludes Moyer.  “We have never had a security breach or unresolved security incident.”

Advanced Nutrients Founder and CEO Discusses
First FDA-Approved Cannabis-Based Drug
Epidiolex, the first cannabis-based medication approved by theFood and Drug Administration, will now be sold in all 50 states. It has been approved to treat Dravet and Lennox-Gastaut syndromes, two conditions that cause patients over the age of two to suffer seizures. Epidiolex will be listed at about $32,500 per year, and will be covered by most insurance plans once it hits the market.

BigMike Straumietis, founder and CEO of Advanced Nutrients, isn’t surprised at all by this news: “This is what I’ve been saying for years — that Big Pharma will only continue to lobby against cannabis reform until they figure out a way to get their hands in it. This is only the first step in that direction, and you can expect to see major changes coming very soon.”

Epidiolex was first recommended for approval in April 2018, then approved by the FDA two months later. In September of this year, it was classified as a Schedule V controlled substance as per the Controlled Substances Act. This classification made it possible for doctors in the United States to prescribe the drug.

BigMike, who recently won the Best of Los Angeles Award forBest Cannabis Fertilizer, believes that new public awareness of the medical benefits of cannabis will bring favorable attention to companies like Advanced Nutrients. “Being close to our clients matters, and providing the best quality nutrients is, above all, the most important thing we do,” says BigMike in recognition of his recent award.


Kathy Hourigan, vice president, managing editor of Knopf Doubleday along with 12 members of the White House staff, 3Nobel Prize winners, over 100 Academy Award winners, 6U.S. Senators, and over 300 Grammy Award winners.
One of the pleasures and challenges of this job is you do a lot of traveling. I’ve been in 23 states over the last three months. The general impression I get is that I’m not covering a midterm election campaign. I’m covering two separate electorates.

The biggest difference is atmospheric. In urban and suburban America, Donald Trump’s outrage du jour is on everybody’s lips: Did you see what he tweeted now? Did you see his racist ad? Where will the Mueller investigation go?

In rural America, by contrast, all that stuff is like a thunderstorm in Inner Mongolia. It’s something happening very far away with no particular relevance here, and so no one’s paying much attention.

In urban America people talk about Trump constantly. In rural America people generally avoid the subject. Even if 80 percent of the locals support Trump, you never know how somebody will react if you mention his name — they might call you a racist — so it’s not a safe topic of conversation.

The 28-seat swing that gave Democrats control of the House wasn’t even half the 63 seats Republicans won in 2010. Yet even that shellacking (to use Barack Obama’s word) did nothing to help Mitt Romney’s chances two years later. The Republican gain in the Senate (the result in Arizona isn’t clear at this writing) was more predictable in a year when so many red-state Democrats were up for re-election. But it underscores what a non-wave election this was.

LBN Examiner Edited By: Cedric Houle

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