Sunday, December 21, 2014

Would you recognize this Santa and his bodyguard elves?

George W. Bush pays surprise visit to children's hospital to hand out toys
George W. Bush is nothing if not a good sport.

And in no better way was that illustrated when the former President donned a Santa suit for a hospital visit in Dallas.

The 68-year-old was handing out toys at the Children's Medical Center of Dallas to patients who have to spend Christmas at the facility.

The family that posted the picture of Bush to Facebook lost one of their twin daughters earlier this year to a heart disease called restrictive cardomyopathy.


WARNING: DISH Customers Could Lose FOX News and FOX Business Very Soon!

We at FOX News Channel are working around the clock to reach a distribution agreement with DISH Network. Despite our efforts, there is a real chance that DISH Network could block FOX News and FOX Business very soon.
In 18 years on the air, FOX News has never had a blackout due to a business dispute, and we want to keep it this way.  Unfortunately, DISH Network has a reputation of blocking channels on a regular basis.
In fact, if DISH Network decides to block FOX News and FOX Business, it will be the third time in just two months that DISH customers have suffered through a blackout.


Attention DISH Customers: DISH has blocked Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network. Despite the undeniable demand, you can no longer watch The O’Reilly Factor, The Kelly File, Hannity or Fox & Friends. Don’t let DISH control the news you watch! Make the switch to another TV provider NOW.

SFD Calls For Service 12-20-14

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The Week In Review

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Wicomico County Executive Culver Pulls ALL Non Law Enforcement Take Home Vehicles

County Executive Bob Culver has directed us to undertake a review of the entire county vehicle fleet. Included therein is justification by department of the necessity for every take home car. Justification must originate and be confirmed by signature of the department head, to include specific travel requirements of the position held by the employee to whom a vehicle is currently assigned. This information is to be returned to the Executive’s Office not later than Monday, December 22nd for all non-law enforcement personnel. All county vehicles, with the exception of law enforcement, are subject to remain parked effective December 31st. No county vehicle will be used for business or personal travel beginning January 1st without the expressed permission of the County Executive. A process of signing out vehicles will be forthcoming prior to January 1st.

After Seven Years We Might Just See Justice For The Sheriff's Department

Eight years ago the Voters of Wicomico County agreed to collective bargaining for the F.O.P. / Sheriffs Department. Along with that commitment, Deputies were encouraged that they'd be covered for pension and disability, something in which former County Executive Rick Politt left out for the time being. 

Seven years later your new County Executive Bob Culver brought forth his commitment to fulfill the Voters choice by bringing this forward to the County Council TODAY. Now let's see IF the Council Members YOU elected finally fulfill their commitment to the Voters and the F.O.P. 

With any real hope we just might see the passage of such legislation today and we can finally put this to rest. Agree with it or not, like it or not, the Voters agreed to such protection through a referendum EIGHT years ago and it's time this Council delivers. 

Today's Survey Question 12-18-14

Do you agree with Obama's changes with Cuba?

Wicomico County Council Tables F.O.P. Vote Again

At least two of the new County Council members would like additional time to go over the pension and disability agreement before casting a final vote on the matter. 

Marty Fisher from the F.O.P. kind of put his foot in his mouth by stating they would file a lawsuit by Friday if they didn't go through with it today, dumb move. 

Its not as if the Council doesn't agree with what is on the table, they just want to study it a little more and deliver what they promised during their campaigns.

The County has settled an agreement with the F.O.P. so the deal is pretty much done. Marty should have remained patient and understood, (or should I say, respected) the new Council Members positions. 

We should see a final agreement very soon. 

Salisbury's most infamous fake homeless guy, Nic Parks, still at it.

Caption This Photo 12-19-14

And What Will You Do Mayor Ireton, Arrest US Instead?

Salisbury has now placed a sign in the median strip at Sam's Club / WalMart on Rt. 13 North telling you, "DON'T CONTRIBUTE TO SOLICITORS"

So are we now to believe WE will be arrested for doing so, yet NO "solicitors" have been arrested. This Mayor is a complete IDIOT. 

I can see it now, Salisbury Police Officers chasing after people making donations to the Salvation Army through the parking lots too. I hope this time they won't chase down 14 year old kids and beat the crap out of them on Rt. 13 again. 

Fire Dept's 'Happy Birthday Jesus' Ignites Atheists

A Christmas-themed sign outside of a firehouse in Utica, New York, is drawing the ire of atheists, who argue that its message poses a constitutional violation.

The placard, which is on display at the Utica Fire Department Station 4, reads, “HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS WE LOVE YOU” — a message that the Freedom From Religion Foundation is demanding be immediately taken down, according to a press release from the atheist organization.

In a letter sent to Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri on December 10, the group once again made its case against the sign, calling it illegal “religious endorsement.” This follows a previous note that the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent to fire chief Russell Brooks in April 2014 after “a concerned area resident” reached out to the group.

But Brooks ignored the earlier demands, noting that a conservative legal firm had given the firehouse legal standing to display the sign after the American Civil Liberties Union waged a similar complaint in 2007.

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DISH Refuses to Carry WBOC and FOX 21 as of New Year's Day 2015

SALISBURY, Md.- WBOC and FOX 21, the local CBS and FOX affiliates found on Channels 16 and 21, on Friday announced that despite prolonged negotiations, it appears that DISH is unwilling to carry the stations past the end of its current contract. As a result, both WBOC and FOX 21 will no longer be seen on DISH as of Jan. 1, 2015.

“We are simply seeking a fair deal, which adequately values our number-one-rated and award-winning news, sports, entertainment, and weather programming that is paramount to our local viewers,” said Craig Jahelka, WBOC's and FOX 21's vice president and general manager. “In fact, for both of our stations, we are asking for far less than what DISH pays for other channels. And we cannot in good conscience offer DISH our signals for free, knowing that they charge their customers for them."

WBOC's and FOX 21's long-term agreement with DISH expires on Dec. 31, 2014. Unfortunately, WBOC and FOX 21 cannot force DISH to strike a deal to keep the stations' programming on its channel lineup after that deadline.


Publishers Notes: In my honest opinion, FOX should be cancelling their contract with WBOC anyway. WBOC is a LIBERAL News Station, period. I watched BOTH shows last week at one time. I flipped from one WBOC station to the other and they were broadcasting the exact same information.

I have also noticed an extremely higher volume of commercials any more. I'd guestimate we're only getting about 12 minutes worth of news these days while being subjected to a ton of car dealership commercials. 

The above information seems to be a yearly event with DISH Network and WBOC. To me, it's all about selling commercials and NOT representing conservative views. 

BREAKING NEWS: 1 NYPD officer dead, 1 critically injured after shooting

DEVELOPING: A New York City police officer was killed and a second officer was in critical condition Saturday after they were shot as they sat inside a patrol car.

The attack took place in Brooklyn at around 3 p.m., the New York Daily News reported.

“The perp came out of the houses, walked up behind the car and lit them up,” a high-ranking police official told the Daily News.

An NYPD spokesman confirmed to Fox News that two officers were shot in the incident and were immediately moved to a nearby hospital. Police later told The Associated Press that one of the officers had been pronounced dead.


MSP Press Release 12-20-14 (Berlin Barrack) “Checkpoint Strikeforce”

Second graders stage Ferguson protest during recess

A group of second grade students protesting the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner staged a demonstration outside their Massachusetts school on Friday.

The 20-odd group of students, aged 7 and 8 years old, held signs that read 'Honk if you want justice' and 'Please don't shoot me, Ferguson' and chanted on the sidewalk beside Alma Del Mar Charter School in New Bedford.

The peaceful event was held during 11:30 recess, but one parent – a local police officer – has complained and accused the school of being 'anti-police'.


Oldest U.S. Black College On Verge of Financial Collapse

The nation's oldest black college, Cheyney University, one of Pennsylvania's 14 state-run universities, is on the verge of a financial meltdown that threatens its ability to continue operating, a state official said on Wednesday.

Cheyney's student body has shrunk by two-thirds, to about 1,000, since its 1983 peak, and its four-year graduation rate is just 9 percent. A quarter of students never receive a degree, and student loan defaults are high.

"Cheyney is in dire, dire, dire straits," the state's auditor general, Eugene DePasquale, said. The university has had a deficit for four of the last five years, growing to a cumulative $12.3 million shortfall as of June 30, 2013.

Cheyney's fiscal problems - students who are unable to repay debt and increasing pension costs - were exacerbated by cutbacks in state higher education funding.

DePasquale called upon the State System of Higher Education - the governing body for the state-owned universities - and the legislature to help Cheyney find a way out of "a vicious, destructive cycle" in which declining enrollment and state funding leads to less money for investments that could attract much-needed students.

Cheyney, located in the Philadelphia suburb of the same name, was founded in 1837 after Quaker philanthropist Richard Humphreys bequeathed part of his estate to build a school to educate descendents of the African race, according to the university's website.

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Michelle Obama: Asking a stranger for help at the store is racist

Who hasn’t ever been mistaken for an employee of some store or restaurant?

Bad news from Michelle Obama: if you’ve ever asked a stranger for help reaching something at the store, you’re a racist.

from Politico:

Barack and Michelle Obama are sharing their own personal experiences with racial prejudice, saying they’ve been mistaken for valet drivers and Target employees — the latter even occurring during their time at the White House.

“The only person who came up to me in the [Target] store was a woman who asked me to help her take something off a shelf. Because she didn’t see me as the first lady, she saw me as someone who could help her,” Michelle Obama told People magazine, recalling a trip she made to Target, according to excerpts released Wednesday.


Tempers Flare As Liquor Board Hikes Retail Prices

County commissioners past and present crossed swords over a proposed rate increase in retail pricing at the Worcester County Liquor Control Board stores.

“In our situation we need to increase revenue or cut expenses. We’ve made seven cuts in administration and the warehouse. We’ve made all the cuts. We need to generate more revenue,” Robert “Bobby” Cowger Jr. told the commissioners during their regular Tuesday meeting.

Effective immediately, all 1.75-liter products will increase in price by one dollar. All bottles of wine will increase in price by $.50. On Jan. 1, all products 50 ml in volume or greater will increase in price by $.50, and the “split case” charge for licensees will increase from $.50 per bottle to $.75 per bottle.


Police commissioner asks if officers who are shot will get marches too; protesters demand apology

Caring for human life is a one-way street these days, and no one is marching on it for cops.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts set off a firestorm when he said he wondered if those protesting alleged police brutality would show the same concern for the wounded officer who was shot during a traffic stop Sunday, the Baltimore Sun reported.

Baltimore police Officer Andrew Groman was shot by Donte Jones,19, after using his Taser in an attempt to subdue the suspect.


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Michelle Obama Recently Cited Alleged Example of Racism at Target — Her Story Sounded Pretty Different When She Told It in 2013

Watch the relevant portion at 4:40 the mark

Appearing on “Late Show” with David Letterman in 2013, First Lady Michelle Obama also told the story of how a woman once asked her for help getting something off a shelf. It’s the same story she told in a recent interview with People magazine, in which she seemingly suggested race played a role in the woman’s solicitation of her assistance.

However, her story seemingly lacked the racial undertones when she told it to Letterman last year.

“I went to Target. I thought I was undercover. I have to tell you something about this trip though,” she said. “No one knew that was me because a woman actually walked up to me, right, I was in the detergent isle and she said — I kid you not — she said, ‘excuse me, I just have to ask you something.’ And I thought, ‘cover’s blown.’ She said, ‘Can you reach on that shelf and hand me the detergent?’ I kid you not!”

Then she added some context.

“And the only thing she said — I reached up because she was short — and I reached up and pulled it down and she said, ‘Well, you didn’t have to make it look so easy.’ That was interaction, I feel so good. She had no idea who I was.”

Today's Survey Question 12-18-14

Should Parents Be Legally Responsible 

For Children's Serious Crimes?

Muir Boda Running For Yet Another Local Election: May Have Broken A Record For Most Attempts In A Lifetime

Muir W. Boda

LOCATION:Salisbury, Maryland
OFFICE:City Council Candidate
PARTY:Non Partisan
Oct 06, 2015

Superintendent Fredericksen on Delay of West Salisbury Elementary

In the interest of transparency, please allow me to share some details for Wicomico County residents concerning the Dec. 2 Wicomico County Council vote to approve the County Executive’s revised bond bill. In this revised bond bill, the $1.25 million to draft plans for the replacement of West Salisbury Elementary School was eliminated.

County bond funding for planning would have helped demonstrate local support for this important project, for which state planning approval is pending. We can leverage local dollars to get substantial State dollars to help build the schools our students, teachers, and families need, but only if we have local support.

We anticipate at least a year’s delay now in beginning the design of plans for this project as a result of the decision to remove funding from the bond bill. That does not change the fact that West Salisbury Elementary students, staff and families need the improvements this project will bring:

  • Access to current instructional technology
  • An environment conducive to learning
  • Increased space for student learning and staff services
  • Improved operational efficiencies
  • Enhanced safety and security for all students and staff

Taliban 'burn teacher alive in front of pupils and behead children'

According to a NBC News report, citing an unnamed military official, the terrorists stormed the Army Public school in Peshawar, in north-west Pakistan, and committed the horrific act as well as detonating a suicide bomb which killed a number of students.

"They burnt a teacher in front of the students in a classroom," the unnamed military source told the US TV network.

"They literally set the teacher on fire with gasoline and made the kids watch."

At least six militants entered the Pakistani school wearing security uniforms, before massacring an estimated 132 people and injuring another 122.


Is It A Game?

We've decided not to move forward: Sony CANCELS the release of The Interview after the majority of theaters chose not to show it

The federal government confirmed on Wednesday that North Korea was behind the massive hack that saw the release of thousands of internal emails from Sony over the past two weeks.

This as Sony Pictures Entertainment pulled the planned Christmas Day release of The Interview after hackers threatened 9/11-like terror attacks on cinemas showing its North Korea comedy.

What's more, the film may never be released at all.

'Sony Pictures has no further release plans for the film,' said a spokesperson for the studio Wednesday evening.

This despite the fact that the film cost $42million to make and tens of millions to market.

Almost immediately, many in Hollywood voiced their concern, with writer Aaron Sorkin saying how upset he was that 'the U.S. succumbed to an unprecedented attack on our most cherished, bedrock principle of free speech by a group of North Korean terrorists,' and director Judd Apatow explaining the many problems this means for films moving forward.


BOOM. Cop Launches His Own T-Shirt in Response to the “I Can’t Breathe” Rioters

Jason Barthel is a cop as well as an entrepreneur. He’s the owner of South Bend Uniform, an apparel company.

The South Bend, Mich. police officer got tired of the “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirt craze, so he decided to combine his two professions. Now, Officer Barthel’s rejoinder has gone viral.

Athletes across the nation have recently taken to making sartorial statements with the “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirts, including Kobe Bryant and the entire Phoenix Suns team.

One of the most recent cases of athlete apparel awareness was the University of Notre Dame’s women’s basketball team, who wore the shirts during warm-up.


Michelle Obama: I Was Asked to Take Something Off a Shelf at Target

The Obamas talked with People magazine about dealing with their "own racist experiences," as the magazine described.

Michelle Obama told one story that recently took place, even as she was first lady of the United States.

"I tell this story – I mean, even as the first lady – during that wonderfully publicized trip I took to Target, not highly disguised, the only person who came up to me in the store was a woman who asked me to help her take something off a shelf. Because she didn't see me as the first lady, she saw me as someone who could help her. Those kinds of things happen in life. So it isn't anything new," Michelle Obama, who is 5'11", said.


BREAKING NEWS: Obama to announce changes in US-Cuba relations

President Obama is expected to announce changes in US-Cuba relations -- including opening an embassy in Havana and calling on Congress to lift the embargo -- following the release of American Alan Gross from 5 years of captivity in Cuba, sources tell Fox News. Watch Obama's announcement live at Noon ET on Fox News and


WCBOE's John Fredericksen Tells It Like It Isn't ... Again

Wicomico Public Schools superintendent John Fredericksen fancies himself a politician.  He uses tax dollars to implement a (usually unsuccessful) grass roots lobbying effort to obtain more money to spend.  He also doesn’t hesitate changing positions at a moment’s notice.  Today’s op-ed by Fredericksen (along with the typically courageous stance of the Daily Times) provide more evidence that our county and state elected officials need to exercise great caution when dealing with Fredericksen and the Wicomico County Board of Education (BOE).

Fredericksen implies that Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver lied to the public by claiming that a replacement for West Salisbury Elementary School was not in the capital improvement plan:
This is a project that has been in the works for many years. Additions to West Salisbury Elementary were recommended 16 years ago in the 1998 Seidel Commission Report. Plans for a West Salisbury Elementary project have been in the Capital Improvement Plan and "future plans" section of the Facilities Master Plan each year since the Fiscal Year 2001 report — some 14 years ago. These reports go to the Board of Education and County Council each year and are available to the public.
This is a typical “bait and switch” which Fredericksen loves to foist on a plain speaking public.  Culver was correct.  The county’s capital improvement plan (CIP) does not include replacing West Salisbury for most of those years.  It is not Culvers fault if the BOE did not submit a request or if the county council did not approve every capital request from the BOE.  Wicomico County would be bankrupt if it did.

Here is where Fredericksen switches horses:


Broad Daylight!

Sony says theaters they can pull The Interview after terrorist threats

The New York premiere of the Sony movie that is at the center of its hacking crisis has been cancelled after it was threatened with a terrorist attack.

Screenings of the movie have also been cancelled at thousands of theaters across the country.

Early Tuesday, the hacking group Guardians of Peace, who have been systematically releasing email correspondence and leaking films after breaking into Sony's internal system, claimed an event similar to '11th of September 2001' would occur at theaters showing the film.

North Korean hackers are believed to be behind the cyber attack and now terrorist threat, angered over the film which tells the story of two men who travel to the secretive communist nation to kill leader, Kim Jong-un.

The Carmike Cinemas chain, which operates 278 theaters in 41 states, is now the first chain who will not be showing the film when it opens.

California's ArcLight cinemas. whose Hollywood location is one of the most famed and popular theaters in the country, will also not be showing the film.

Also backing out is Landmark Cinemas, who have now cancelled the film's New York premiere which was scheduled for Thursday at the famed Sunshine Cinema in the city's Lower East Side.


Perdue secrets and the Chesapeake Bay: By Ray Wallace

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     These “biosecure poultry operations” (or, as you or I would call them, “farms”), where most of the chickens we eat are raised, are totally inaccessible to people outside the industry. And once you see what’s inside them, oh wow, does that desire for secrecy make total sense....

     That “USDA Process Verified” label isn’t an inspection program. It’s a marketing program that allows producers to make claims and create certification logos without actually having their farms inspected or verified.

     -- From “Perdue Execs Are Probably *Terrified* That This Video Exists. Too Bad,” by Melissa Gilkey, at this current Upworthy site:

     When Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) hits his last few days in office next month, he plans to enact dramatic new regulations for farmers who use chicken droppings to fertilize their fields....

     The new regulations focus on phosphorus, a nutrient found in the tons of chicken litter produced by the Eastern Shore’s poultry industry, which is anchored by the processing giant Perdue Farms. Although phosphorus is necessary for plant development, if it is not absorbed by crops or retained in the soil, it can seep into the local waterways and travel to the bay....

     Phosphorus, along with another manure ingredient, nitrogen, have been blamed for seriously polluting the bay and contributing to the formation of oxygen-deprived “dead zones.” Environmentalists warn that major action is needed now and cannot be delayed.

     -- From “Pending chicken manure regulations fan debate in Md.,” by Jenna Johnson, at this December 14, 2014 Washington Post site:

Gas Station Owners Aren’t Passing Their Savings On To Consumers

You may have noticed prices gradually falling at your neighborhood gas station over the last few months, what you may not know is that the price of oil has been falling even faster than that. Why aren’t station owners passing the savings on to drivers? They’re in a generally low-margin business, and we’re all still buying gas anyway.

Gas costs about a dollar less nationwide right now than it did a year ago, which is putting more money in consumers’ pockets for other things, and making drivers more cheerful in general. The problem is, while that’s a nice decrease, oil prices are down about 40% since earlier this year. The price that we pay for gasoline hasn’t kept up with that. During that same period, investment bank Goldman Sachs estimates that gas stations’ profit margins are 18.5% higher than they were at the same time last year.


Unconventional Approach to Calming Traffic in Salisbury Neighborhood

Salisbury Mayor James Ireton, Jr., today unveiled a new, perhaps less-than-conventional approach to slowing speeders on City streets. Signs urging drivers to “Drive like your kids live here” have been installed at several locations on Middle, and North Boulevards. Mayor Ireton considers the signs just one part of a larger, holistic approach to calming traffic patterns on Salisbury surface streets.

“As we have improved infrastructure in this area of the city – including paving in much of the neighborhood – it became clear that residents needed drivers to slow down. In addition to “SLOW” signs painted on the new blacktop, we decided to think outside the box with these signs. By referencing the safety of children and families, we hope to connect with drivers on a personal level,” said Mayor Ireton.

BREAKING NEWS: Former Wicomico County Executive Staffer Tamara Lee-Brooks GUILTY

Originally published at 4:36 PM.

Salisbury North

Watch What Happens When a 76-Year-Old Man Is Confronted By Police for Not Displaying a Vehicle Inspection Sticker

Police in Victoria, Texas, placed an officer on administrative duty pending an investigation after an altercation with a 76-year-old man who didn’t have an inspection sticker on his car.

Victoria resident Pete Vasquez pulled over at the Adams Auto Mart, where he helps with mechanical work, when the officer, 23-year-old Nathanial Robinson, got out of his patrol car and confronted him. The 76-year-old is seen on dashcam video pointing to the dealer license plate on the back of the car.

The Victoria Advocate newspaper reported that Vasquez told Robinson the vehicle was exempt from requiring an inspection sticker because it still had dealer tags. Police chief Jeffrey Craig later confirmed to the paper that the vehicle was, in fact, exempt.


Sharia-compliant Muslim dolls that have no facial features

COMING SOON: Infidel dolls that have no heads.

Asian Image  A new ‘Islamic doll’ with no facial features has been launched in Britain. The ‘Deeni Doll’ has no eyes, nose or mouth whatsoever in a bid to comply with Islamic rules governing the depiction of faces.

Teacher's Union Leaders Worry About Hogan's Budget Cuts

Ahead of next month’s legislative session, the state’s largest teacher’s union is holding a conference in Annapolis today, and they have some questions for the governor-elect.

Leaders of the Maryland State Education Association (MSEA) say they are worried Governor-elect Larry Hogan will pursue spending cuts in education to help balance the state budget.

"He has not been very specific," Sean Johnson government relations director for the MSEA told WBAL NewsRadio 1090.


SPD Press Release 12-15-14 (Skipjack Seafood- Domestic Shooting Investigation)

Former president George W Bush pays surprise visit to 9/11 museum

Former President George W. Bush made an unannounced visit to the 9/11 museum on Sunday where he walked in silent contemplation among the exhibits.

Bush, who was in office during the terrorist attacks 13 years ago, spent an hour at the Ground Zero site in lower Manhattan.

He arrived at 6pm, while the museum was still open to the public, accompanied by his security team.


Cruel teenagers laugh as they slap and taunt elderly man on subway

A manhunt has been launched to find two young men who were filmed slapping and taunting an elderly man on a subway train in Chicago.

The men, both African American in their late teens or early 20s, towered over their victim as they laughed and jumped around him, hitting his head, on a CTA Blue Line train.

At one point the slaps become so hard they are audible on the clip, which was filmed by their friend and posted on Facebook.


Unbelievable! Obama wants followers to skimp on charity and give to his ‘organizers’ instead

During this season of giving, there are so many great charities to choose from it can be tough to decide.

You can give to charities for sick children like St. Jude, or an organization that helps the poor and the hungry like The Salvation Army.

OR you can donate to the charity of our president’s choice.

In an unbelievable act of selfishness, the ego-in-chief has asked his supporters on Twitter to donate to his “charity,” Organizing For Action.

During this season of giving, save a donation to support grassroots organizing:

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 11, 2014

That’s right. While so many are suffering from the terrible economic decisions the president himself has made, he wants you to donate to forgo the hungry, the poor and the sick kids and give him more of your money. Money he can use to train more progressive propagandists.


Obama Commutes Sentences of Eight Nonviolent Drug Offenders

President Barack Obama is cutting short the sentences of eight federal drug offenders, including four who were set to die in prison, as part of a new initiative to reduce harsh sentences for nonviolent crimes.

Sidney Earl Johnson Jr., Rickey Marcell McCall, Larry Nailor and Israel Abel Torres had received life sentences and were going to die behind bars. Their commutations, and those of four others who were convicted of drug crimes, mean they'll all be released in 2015, The Huffington Post reports.

Obama has now commuted the sentences of 18 people, which a White House official noted was more than either President Ronald Reagan or President George W. Bush, the Huffington Post reports.

The clemency policy changes aren't limited to drug offenders, who compose about half of the roughly 216,000 federal prisoners, but the criteria make it clear they are the main targets.


Saturday, December 20, 2014

American Jailed for 15 Years for Helping Al-Qaeda Read Latest Breaking News from Urgent: Should Obamacare Be Repealed? Vote Here Now!

A naturalized American was jailed for 15 years in Miami on Wednesday for conspiring to provide thousands of dollars to Al-Qaeda and its affiliates in Syria and Somalia, U.S. justice officials said.

Gufran Ahmed Kauser Mohammed, 31, admitted to the court in July that he conspired to provide money and recruits to Al-Qaeda, the Al-Nusra Front in Syria and the Shebab in Somalia, a Justice Department statement said.

Mohammed, who lived in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, and co-conspirator Mohamed Hussein Said were arrested last year in Saudi Arabia after an undercover sting and brought to Miami by FBI agents.


Who Knew Santa Could Dance?

Man Dressed As St. Nick Robs Downtown San Francisco Bank During SantaCon

He knows if you’ve been bad or good, and he apparently also knows when your guard is down.

This last Saturday, some Scrooge dressed as Santa—much like most the rest of the city during the SantaCon street party —tiptoed right into a Wells Fargo bank on Sutter Street downtown, and robbed it.

The real life Man With The Bag approached the teller window in the early afternoon with a demand note in hand, and then gracefully walked away.

The sneaky St. Nick was described only as a man in his 40s or 50s standing about 5-feet, 11-inches tall. KPIX 5’s Joe Vazquez was the first to track down FBI photos revealing that he was wearing an ill-fitting beard.

He slipped into the SantaCon crowed filled with hundreds of merry-makers who were drinking and partying in the streets around Union Square.

“The suspect decided to take advantage of this event dressed as a Santa,” said SFPD spokeswoman Grace Gatpandan


Fed Bill Includes Assateague Funds

ASSATEAGUE — The U.S. Congress this week passed a federal spending plan that includes over $70 million in investments in Maryland waterway projects including a handful on the Lower Shore and across the Eastern Shore.

Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced this week the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015 includes $70.3 million for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects in Maryland. The bill was passed by the House and Senate and now heads toward final approval by the president.

“These investments in Maryland’s waterways create and sustain private sector jobs,” said Mikulski this week. “This federal investment in the lives and livelihoods of those who depend on clean and open waterways will keep businesses open and keep Marylanders working.”


TIME warns reporters: Boost reader 'traffic' or get sacked

Time Inc., one of the nation’s oldest media firms, is joining the newest kids on the block like Buzzfeed and Gawker in demanding that its stable of writers drive more reader “traffic” to its website, or else.

The warning comes from Time’s Washington boss who told the Washington Post that he has “the right” to fire a reporter who is unpopular on the internet.

Once home to many reporters who poured their scoops into a blender that editors turned into impactful stories, the goal now appears to be dragging in as many “eyeballs” to the website as possible, helping to drive up advertising rates.

Longtime Post reporter Thomas Heath (please click his page) interviewed Time’s Norman Pearlstine for story this week. He is the “chief content officer,” a new term for top editor being used in legacy media that is shifting to online.


JUST IN: Baltimore Man Suspected In Fatal Shooting Of 2 NYPD Officers

NEW YORK (AP/WJZ/WCBS) — An armed Maryland man that allegedly killed two New York Police Department officers sitting in a patrol car in a Brooklyn, NY neighborhood Saturday afternoon was also linked to another shooting just hours before in Baltimore County, police said.

NYPD Police Commissioner William Bratton confirmed that the suspect was Ismaaiyl Brinsley, a 28-year-old Baltimore man.

Bratton says the suspect shot his ex-girlfriend Saturday morning around 5:45 a.m. in Owings Mills.

The ex-girlfriend’s mother told Baltimore County police that Brinsley was posting on her daughter’s Instagram account.

Police learned of Brinsley’s connection with Brooklyn and had faxed a warning flier to the NYPD, but it was not received until around the same time as the 2:47 p.m. shooting.

Brinsley allegedly posted anti-police postings on his ex-girlfriend’s Instagram account before the shooting.

According to CBS News, Brinsley posted a photo of a handgun on Instagram.

“I’m Putting Wings On Pigs Today,” the post said. “They Take 1 Of Ours. Let’s Take 2 Of Theirs. #ShootThePolice #RIPErivGardner (sic) #RIPMikeBrown This May Be My Final Post. I’m Putting Pigs In A Blanket”

Christmas Day Climatology

Sen. Ted Cruz: Obma Is Acting Out of Anger at American People

Canada Woman Who Parked Car On Highway To Help Ducks Sentenced In Deaths Of 2 On Motorcycle

MONTREAL – A Canadian woman who caused a fatal traffic accident after stopping her car to help ducks on a busy highway has been sentenced to 90 days in prison.

Emma Czornobaj was convicted by a jury on two counts of criminal negligence causing death and two counts of dangerous driving causing death.

The 25-year-old was charged in the deaths of Andre Roy, 50, and his daughter Jessie, 16.


Financial Market Manipulation Is The New Trend: Can It Continue?

Financial Imperialists Attack Russia

A dangerous new trend is the successful manipulation of the financial markets by the Federal Reserve, other central banks, private banks, and the US Treasury. The Federal Reserve reduced real interest rates on US government debt obligations first to zero and then pushed real interest rates into negative territory. Today the government charges you for the privilege of purchasing its bonds.

People pay to park their money in Treasury debt obligations, because they do not trust the banks and they know that the government can print the money to pay off the bonds. Today Treasury bond investors pay a fee in order to guarantee that they will receive the nominal face value (minus the fee) of their investment in government debt instruments.

The fee is paid in a premium, which raises the cost of the debt instrument above its face value and is paid again in accepting a negative rate of return, as the interest rate is less than the inflation rate.


Wicomico County Eyes Database To Improve Transparency

SALISBURY – Wicomico County is following in the footsteps of many other local governments seeking greater transparency by approving funds for a new Citizen Transparency database.

A resolution making a supplemental appropriation from Contingency to the Department of Finance in the amount of $17,500 came before the County Council on Tuesday morning to fulfill the desire for heightening transparency.

The resolution states, “The Executive, Council and Citizens of Wicomico County have expressed a desire for greater transparency in government. The Finance Department has been preparing and posting a series of financial reports to the County’s webpage on a periodic basis, which provide interested consumers with a substantial amount of fiscal information in fixed report formats. The County’s accounting software provider, Tyler Technologies has recognized the nationwide demand for greater transparency in local government and has developed a near real-time, cloud based data reporting module that will allow citizens to access MUNIS financial data, graphs and charts directly from the County’s website. The Executive [County Executive Bob Culver] desires to replace the current report oriented financial reporting process with a dynamic, interactive and searchable source of financial information for both citizens, vendors and elected officials.”


Training centre for North Korea's cyber spies revealed after Sony hack

Just like in a Bond movie, an army of teenage geniuses tap away at keyboards in fortified complex tucked away from prying eyes in a rogue state, bent on bringing cyber-carnage to their Western enemies on the orders of their leader who is bent on revenge.

But this isn't the plot line from a film. This is North Korea in 2014. And the cyber-warriors inside have diverted from their usual work of disrupting governments and big business to turn their collective fury on Sony.

The building, the Kim Il-Sung Military Academy, is one of four North Korean universities known to train children, hand-picked for their intelligence from all around the country, and turn them into recruits for an elite group of hackers simply known as Unit 121 or Bureau 121.


Two Alcohol Licenses Suspended For Infractions

SNOW HILL – Two local businesses face hefty fines and suspensions for liquor license violations following hearings with Worcester County’s Board of License Commissioners.

On Wednesday, the board fined de Lazy Lizard $3,000 and suspended its alcohol privileges until May 26, 2015 (the Tuesday after Memorial Day) following a number of license violations. The board also fined the Friendship Food Mart $3,000 and suspended its alcohol sales until Jan. 5.

“A liquor license is a privilege not a right,” BLC Chairman William Esham told de Lazy Lizard.

Violations stemmed from two occasions in September — a concert during Bike Week and a wedding held Sept. 27. During Bike Week, on Sept. 16, De Lazy Lizard violated its license by setting up a tent and offering live music outside. The number of entertainers also amounted to five — one more than allowed. The bar’s license allows four-piece, live entertainment inside.


Cheney, CIA Torture Offer Rare Glimpse Into Darkness of New World Order

The CIA torture program is fully exposed to the world and there goes Dick Cheney - still alive, still defiant, still selling tyranny, dictatorship and fascism to anyone who will listen. Every time the man speaks he seems to be attempting to speak to your consciousness with the voice of darkness and evil. The voice seems to be saying- “Bad is good, eye for an eye, survival of the fittest wins, he who has the biggest gun wins, kill or be killed, the ends justifies the means.” Now where have I (we) heard this before? Who thinks this way? Who declares boldly that anything goes, murder and torture is fair game, love and peace is weak and useless, might and force rules, and thinks that we live to kill enemies?

I remember now – it’s the villains in every movie we watched as children. It was the villain in every cop show we watched growing up. Remember the bad guys that always died at the end? The ones whose missions almost succeeded except for the actions of a superhero, or hero cop, detective, agent or investigator saving the day.

I remember the typical villains in old shows and movies – They never felt like they owed anything to humanity. Everything they did was for themselves. They were consumed in egoism and selfishness. The villains of old movies and TV shows never felt responsible for anything they did and they never felt any guilt when doing something evil. Remember those typical personality profiles of the evil villains?


Smoking Rate Plummets To 7.7% In Worcester County

BERLIN – Smoking is on the decline in Worcester County.

According to local health officials, the percentage of adults using tobacco products in Worcester County dropped from 23.7 percent in 2000 to 7.7 percent in 2012. The drop, which is outlined in a recent report from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, mirrors statewide trends.

“I’m amazed,” said Marty Pusey, director of prevention services for the Worcester County Health Department. “Generally Eastern Shore counties tend to be higher in smoking rates. I’m pleased to see this but what we get one year doesn’t mean we’re going to get that the next year.”

Across Maryland, the rate of tobacco use dropped from 20.5 percent in 2000 to 16.2 percent in 2012. Here in Worcester County, Pusey says it’s hard to pinpoint a specific reason for the decrease. She believes the significant amount of funding the county received in 2000 — the year the Cigarette Restitution Fund was created — played a role, as did the passage of the Clean Indoor Air Act in 2007. The funding increase allowed the county to expand its smoking cessation programs, its enforcement programs and its educational programs.


Obama Again Bows to a Dictator, Will ‘Normalize’ Relations with Communist Cuba

Barack Obama has made an unprecedented announcement following Cuba’s release of American Alan Gross, who has been held in a prison in Cuba for five years, accused of being a spy. The release came as the result of a swap, in which the United States also released three Cuban citizens who had been held jailed in Florida.

The AP reports that the Obama regime has been in secret talks with Raul Castro’s regime in Cuba for over a year. These meetings took place in both Canada and the Vatican with Pope Francis getting involved personally. Following the announcement of the normalization of Cuba-U.S. relations, Pope Francis praised the decision. In an official statement from the Vatican, Pope Francis said that he “wishes to express his warm congratulations for the historic decision taken by the governments of the United States of America and Cuba to establish diplomatic relations, with the aim of overcoming, in the interest of the citizens of both countries, the difficulties which have marked their recent history.”

Obama called the economic sanctions and travel restrictions in regards to Cuba “outdated” and said it was time to take a new approach. The AP details some of Obama’s changes in policy towards Cuba.


Salisbury Public Works Press Release (Christmas Tree Pickup)

This Bullet Just Designed for the U.S. Military, Really Should Have ISIS Terrorists Quaking in Their Boots

Firefly and Stagecoach Present Big Barrel Country Music Festival

Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood to Headline 3-day event at The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway

DOVER, DE - Big Barrel Country Music Festival will take place in 2015 from June 26-28 at The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway, where the annual Firefly Music Festival is held. Hosted the weekend following Firefly, the festival will provide a similar world-class experience featuring headliners Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood. Additional artists include Jake Owen, Chris Young, Gary Allan, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, and over 40 more. Three-day general admission passes are $99.

In addition to three days of country music’s top performers, attendees will be introduced to a wide variety of attractions within the festival and campgrounds. Highlights include, but are not limited to, a large-scale Dance Hall, BBQ area, Saloon, marketplace with a variety of western goods and products, as well as a family-friendly area.

Students at George Washington University Sign a Petition to Deport Americans in Exchange for Illegal Immigrants

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‘Racial’ Cop Stories That Didn’t Make The Cut

In 2012, according to the CDC, 140 blacks were killed by police. That same year 386 whites were killed by police. Over the 13-year period from 1999 to 2011, the CDC reports that 2,151 whites were killed by cops — and 1,130 blacks were killed by cops.

Police shootings, nationwide, are down dramatically from what they were 20 or 30 years ago. The CDC reported that in 1968, shootings by law enforcement — called “legal intervention” by the CDC — was the cause of death for 8.6 out of every million blacks. For whites the rate was was .9 deaths per million.

By 2011, law enforcement shootings caused 2.74 deaths for every million blacks, and 1.28 deaths for every million whites. While the death-by-cop rate for whites has held pretty steady over these last 45 years, hovering just above or below the one-in-a-million level, the rate for blacks has fallen. In 1981, black deaths by cop stood at four in a million, but since 2000 has remained just above or below two in a million.

So what’s driving this notion that there is now an “epidemic” of white cops shooting blacks when in the last several decades the numbers of blacks killed by cops are down nearly 75 percent?

Where’s the evidence suggesting race had anything to do with the death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, who was pointing a pellet gun at bystanders before being shot and killed by police?

What’s the racial nexus to the death of Eric Gardner, the large, obese man who died after being taken down by several NYPD cops?

While the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case became another racial thermometer of America, the jury found Zimmerman not guilty, and several jurors later said that during jury deliberations “race never came up.”


Iraq, Afghan Wars Cost US $1.6 Trillion Since 9/11

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and counterterrorism operations have cost the U.S. a combined $1.6 trillion since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to a new Congressional Research Service analysis.

Through fiscal 2014, which ended in September, Congress approved $815 billion for warfare in Iraq, $686 billion for Afghanistan and other operations against terrorism, $81 billion for other war-designated spending and $27 billion for Noble Eagle air patrols over the U.S., according to the report posted on the agency’s internal website. The total includes $297 billion spent on weapon procurement and war repairs.

The assessment is the agency’s first full update of war costs since March 2011. It accounts for money provided to the Pentagon, State Department and Department of Veterans Affairs for war operations, training and equipping Iraqi and Afghan forces, diplomatic operations and medical care for wounded Americans over the past 13 years, the agency said in the report dated Dec. 8. It also includes most reconstructions costs.

“The main factor determining cost is the number of U.S. troops deployed” at different times, the research service said. U.S. troops in Afghanistan peaked at 100,000 in 2011; there are 11,600 there today as the U.S. withdrawal continues.

The figures include war-related intelligence funding that wasn’t tracked or spent by the Defense Department, according to the report. It wasn’t updated with the $63.7 billion in war spending for the current fiscal year for Afghanistan operations and the first installment of operations against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.


Ex-Reagan Cuba Adviser: Obama's Timing Is 'the Worst'

By normalizing relations, President Barack Obama has just thrown a lifeline to Cuba's flailing dictatorship instead of exploiting the island nation's desperate economic situation to extract meaningful concessions on human rights, a former Cuba adviser to President Ronald Reagan told Newsmax TV on Wednesday.

"We're getting in bed with a Stalinist regime, a communist regime," and at the worst possible moment because the U.S. negotiating position would have been strengthened by waiting even just a few months, Miami talk radio personality Carlos Perez told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner.


Michelle Obama’s Tales of Racialized Victimhood

She changes her story about her adventure at a big-box store.
Oh, woe is she. In an “exclusive” interview withPeople magazine this week, first lady Michelle Obama lamented the “sting” of “racist experiences” that she and her husband allegedly still suffer. My message for America’s Marie Antoinette? Cry me a river.

To show how she’s down with The Struggle of post-Ferguson agitators, Mrs. Obama cited a supposedly horrifying incident at a Target store where she was treated, in her paranoid mind, as a subservient. “Even as the first lady,” she bemoaned, “not highly disguised, the only person who came up to me in the store was a woman who asked me to help her take something off a shelf.”

A lowly peon asked her for an innocent favor? It’s Jim Crow all over again! ABC News reports that Mrs. Obama said such “incidents are ‘the regular course of life’ for African-Americans and a ‘challenge’ for the country to overcome.”


Rescue or relinquish: Where to bring animals for adoption

Outside of Ocean City, stray animals are, according to county code, to serve a quarantine of 10 days at the Worcester County Animal Control center off Timmons Road in Snow Hill. That’s a good 20 miles away from the Worcester County Humane Society, near the Ocean City Airport.

The reasoning for this is admittedly nebulous, but as an organization trying to rebuild itself, the humane society is quite used to working in uncharted territory.

“We’re trying to organize policies and procedures, and we’re starting from scratch,” Kelly Austin, president of the humane society’s board of directors, said.

There exists a deal in which animals found in Ocean City can serve their quarantine at the humane society. All other animals are, for the time being, out of luck at that facility.


The Clinton ‘Nexus Of Money And Official Action’ To Be Investigated

While most news outlets focused on the North Korean Sony hack and U.S.-Cuban relations opening Wednesday, one shocker of a scandal fell under the radar.

Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin sat down with John Heilemann to discuss a story where Hillary Clinton, in her capacity as Secretary of State, lifted a ban on an Ecuadorean woman so she could work for one of President Obama’s top donors.

There is still more investigating to be done, “but the bottom line is not good for the Clintons,” Halperin said.


786 children have been killed across the U.S. since 2008

Shocking new figures reveal Florida to be the child abuse capital of America - as 117 children were killed while being monitored by welfare officers in the state in just five years.

And a sickening map of abuse shows how at least 786 children, most under the age of four, died from violence or neglect from 2008 to 2013 in plain view of child protection authorities.

Many of them were beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger.


Vermont Bails on Single-Payer Health Care

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin on Wednesday dropped his plan to enact a single-payer health care system in his state — a plan that had won praise from liberals but never really got much past the framework stage.

“This is not the right time” for enacting single payer, Shumlin said in a statement, citing the big tax increases that would be required to pay for it.

Shumlin faced deep skepticism that lawmakers could agree on a way to pay for his ambitious goal and that the feds would agree to everything he needed to create the first state-based single-payer system in 2017.

And that was all before Shumlin, a Democrat, almost lost reelection last month in one of the country’s most liberal states. And it was before MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, the now notorious Obamacare consultant who also advised Vermont until his $400,000 contract was killed amid the controversy, became political poison.

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Military Planes Caught Dumping Mysterious Fibers

State’s attorney, sheriff working on tailored GIS maps

If law enforcement or the state’s attorney’s office wants access to a particular map of an area for an investigation or trial, the process can be arduous, even if the data already exists within the county’s geographic information system coffers.

State’s Attorney Beau Oglesby admitted he’d welcome any solution to the problem that presented itself, which it has, sort of.

County employee Mark Dunlevy is pursuing, at his own cost and on his own time, a master’s degree in GIS management at Salisbury University. To complete that degree, he must complete and document a GIS-related project.

Dunlevy has offered to produce a web map, essentially the same as a PDF (Adobe Portable Document Format) file with some filters that could add or subtract layers of detail according to the users’ wants or needs. The document will be “read only,” so users could not modify the file information.


A Tweet On Women's Veils, Followed By Raging Debate In Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabian women wear their traditional face covering, the niqab, at a coffee and chocolate exhibition in the capital Riyadh on Monday. A prominent religious figure said on Twitter that the face veil is not mandatory, sparking a heated national debate.

The man at the eye of the storm in Saudi Arabia is Ahmad Aziz Al Ghamdi. He's a religious scholar, the former head of the religious police in Mecca, a group officially known as the Committee for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice.

He has the pedigree of an ultra-conservative. Yet he stunned Saudis with a religious ruling, known as a fatwa, that is very liberal by Saudi standards. He declared that the niqab, the black face veil that is ubiquitous among women in Saudi society, is not obligatory.

His answer came in a Twitter response to a tweet he receive from a Saudi woman who had turned to him for religious guidance. She asked: Does Islam allow her to post a picture of her face on social media?

His affirmative answer went viral within hours, with more than 10,000 comments on his Twitter feed that ranged from congratulations to death threats.

When Twitter commentators asked, "What about his own wife?" Al Ghamdi promptly stepped up the controversy another notch.


Holiday Celebrations, Services and Closings

The Town of Ocean City is reminding citizens that administrative offices will be closed on Wednesday, December 24, and Thursday, December 25, in observance of the Christmas holiday. The normal trash pickup schedule will be in effect on Wednesday, December 24, however; there will be no trash collection on Thursday, December 25.

Also beginning December 26, the Town of Ocean City will once again provide a Christmas tree drop-off site at the 100th Street Municipal Parking Lot. Trees can be placed in the northeast corner of the 100th Street lot December 26 through January 15. Please remove all tinsel, ornaments and other non-wooden items from the tree. Trees collected at the site are taken to the county landfill where they are recycled.

Citizens should also be reminded that Town of Ocean City administrative offices will be closed on Thursday, January 1, in observance of the New Year’s holiday. There will be no trash collection on New Year’s Day. The normally scheduled trash collection will resume on Friday, January 2.

Supreme Court Refuses To Block Arizona Driver's Licenses For 'Dreamers'

Arizona hoped an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court would prevent the state from having to grant driving permits to young undocumented immigrants, also known as "dreamers," who entered the country as children. A federal appeals court ruled in July of this year Arizona must start issuing the licenses to dreamers, who under Obama administration policy are permitted to remain in the United States.

NPR's Nina Totenberg reported on the Supreme Court's Wednesday decision and the background of the legal dispute:

"When Arizona refused to allow dreamers to get drivers licenses, a group of these young adults challenged the action in court. A federal appeals court ruled that since the dreamers were likely to prevail, the state must go ahead and grant the licenses while the case is litigated. Arizona then appealed to the Supreme Court, asking the justices to block that order."

The court's decision, she says, ultimately did not rule in the state's favor.

"The justices, by a 6-to-3 vote, refused to intervene, at least for now. The three dissenters were Justices Scalia, Thomas, and Alito."

The state has been fighting for more than two years to deny the licenses, beginning with an executive order by Republican Gov. Jan Brewer in August 2012. The Arizona Republic published a timeline of the state's legal actions surrounding the issue, showing Brewer issued the order on the same day President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program took effect. The program allows those undocumented immigrants to stay in the U.S. for 2 years in order to apply for immunity.