Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Wicomico Republican Leaders: Please, Not Again!

Just like four years ago, with less than one month before early voting starts, Republican candidates for County executive and Council membership are getting no significant organizational support by their party. This past weekend is a case in point – rather than spending Saturday promoting the candidates with voters, the local Republican club held a special fete for a prominent national party member, whose presence here and adulation by locals does little if anything to generate votes this fall.

Although it may attract some new party members and raise money, this sort of “big name” event should have been held many months ago. And, if little or no effort was made at the Allen West gala to enlist a group to work actively for this year’s candidates, that opportunity was wasted.

Then, there’s the Republican club’s website, which does not even suggest that we are having an election this fall, much less provide information about the candidates (or even identify them) or links to their websites. Duh.

This situation reflects the local party leadership, such as a local blogger who focuses largely on state and national matters and several long-time members of the club and/or central committee who are seen only at the club’s meetings and social events. Unless things change immediately, this year’s election could be déjà vu all over again or much worse than just four more years with Rick Pollitt in charge.

The local Democrat party led by Phil Tilghman, Michael Pretl, etc. have hatched a plan to seize control of the Council by taking the seats being vacated by Republicans who are not running for reelection. The Democrat party has enlisted a slate of ultra liberal candidates that are being falsely portrayed as moderate and highly qualified. Their actual views and records are being carefully concealed from public scrutiny, as this blog has pointed out in previous posts.

With one sure Democrat and John Hall on the Council, all they need to control the Council is for two of their candidates to win. You can’t sit on your butts and let Pollitt have another term, and if both he and the Democrat Council candidates win, Wicomico County will sink to the level of Salisbury or lower.

This blog exposed one of their candidates, Ron Pagano, ending his campaign that was being managed by Pretl. But Pagano is just one part of the Democrat plan to take over the Council with a majority composed of Josh Hastings, Laura Mitchell, and Kirby Travers.

The Republican party should follow the Democrat lead in working long and hard to get out the vote for Bob Culver (County Exec.) and for the Council, John Cannon, Larry Dodd, Joe Holloway, Matt Holloway and Mark Kilmer. Don’t let Wicomico County become a larger version of Salisbury.

Is the Stock Market Top In?

The pool of greater fools willing and able to buy assets at higher prices with leveraged free money has been drained by six years of credit/risk expansion.

Is the top in U.S. stocks in? The consensus is "no"--corporate profits are rising, the U.S. economy is recovering and has reached "escape velocity," i.e. it can continue expanding even as the Federal Reserve ends its monetary stimulus (QE) and plans the first increase in interest rates since the zero-interest rate policy (ZIRP) was launched in response to the Global Financial Meltdown.

Many observers have noted that global capital flows (from the risky periphery to the less-risky core) favor U.S. stocks and bonds--another reason to see the 5.5-year rally continue to new highs.

The case for the top being in rests on three pillars: extremes in monetary manipulation (oops, I mean policy), sentiment, leverage and liquidity, the rise of the U.S. dollar and the diminishing returns on monetary stimulus and the repression of interest rates.

Secret Service chief quits amid scandal

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned on Wednesday, after a security breach at the White House and other high-profile incidents raised widespread concerns about the safety of the president and his family.

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced the resignation in a written statement, and the White House confirmed her decision shortly afterward.

"Today Julia Pierson, the Director of the United States Secret Service, offered her resignation, and I accepted it," Johnson said. "I salute her 30 years of distinguished service to the Secret Service and the Nation."


Maryland Looks At Ending Lifetime Casino Ban

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The agency that oversees Maryland's casinos is considering eliminating a program that allows gambling addicts to sign up for a lifetime ban from casinos.

The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency says it's planning to examine how the program is working and study changes. No timetable has been set.

Agency Director Stephen Martino tells The Capital Gazette that if the voluntary self-exclusion program is axed, gamblers would still be able to sign up for a two-year ban that includes counseling for problem gambling and a healthy-lifestyle program.


A Man With A Gun Stopped The Oklahoma Beheader From Murdering Another Woman

Anti-gun liberals of the world please take note – it was a man with a gun that stopped the Oklahoma beheader from beheading another woman. If a man with a gun had not been there and had not shot 30-year-old Alton Alexander Nolen, he would have finished his attack on his second female victim. And after that, Nolen would have probably kept beheading people for as long as he could before the authorities arrived. Of course this detail has been greatly played down by the reports in the mainstream media. They never want to say anything good about men with guns. But I’ll bet 43-year-old Traci Johnson sure is thankful that there was a man with a gun there to prevent her from losing her head.

The hero in this situation was an Oklahoma County reserve deputy named Mark Vaughan. But because he was a man with a gun, he is getting very little attention from the big news networks. The following is from a local news report that described what happened when Nolen went after his second victim…

At that point, Lewis claims Nolen met 43-year-old Traci Johnson and began attacking her with the same knife.

Officials say at that point, Mark Vaughan, an Oklahoma County reserve deputy and a former CEO of the business, shot him as he was actively stabbing Johnson.

“He’s, obviously, a hero in this situation,” Sgt. Lewis said, referring to Vaughan. “It could have gotten a lot worse.”


Halloween Bark – Fun Halloween Food

The season of tricks and TREATS is upon us!
PS….. this only takes minutes to make.
This Halloween Bark has become an October family tradition. Each year my girls  get super excited to make what they refer to as,  Spooky Food!

This fun Halloween food is such a great recipe for the kiddos to help out with. First of all, itonly takes minutes to make. There are no long waiting sessions for the kids to endure. :)While the adults are melting the chocolate or almond bark, those little fingers can be sorting out food sprinkles and breaking up cookies and pretzels.

Want to mix things up? This melt in your mouth Halloween Bark can be customized for your favorite color and candy. Try milk chocolate, or orange colored melts.  Add in leftover Halloween candy. Have FUN!

Muslim player penalized by NFL for dropping to his knees in prayer after scoring a touchdown may also be fined by league

A Muslim player was penalized for dropping to his knees in prayer after scoring a touchdown.

Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah received a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after he dropped to the ground and performed the Sajdah in the fourth quarter of last night's game against the New England Patriots.

Abdullah had just intercepted a pass from Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and returned it for a touchdown.


Hey, I Don't Know Where The Pittsville Money Went

Michael Moore, (possibly a distant relative of Denver Moore) would also like to know not only what happened to the missing funds in Pittsville, Maryland. We'd also like to know why Denver just ran an ad in the Daily Times for a job position while using a P.O. Box in Delmar, Delaware.

Oh, so what position did he run an ad for, a Bookkeeper of course. That's right, the Town Bookkeeper flat out quit and walked off the job. Can't say as I blame her.

In the mean time I am receiving calls on a daily basis asking what the update is with the States Attorneys Office and the possible investigation of such mentioned missing funds. My reply each time is that I would not expect Matt Maciarello to make any comment on an ongoing investigation, so only time will tell. 

That being said, just pull out today's Daily Times classified ads, (no, it is not listed on line) and you'll see the ad. I don't know about YOU but I know I would never want to take on a job in that kind of environment. At least now you know where that particular ad is referencing. It is NOT Delmar, DE. 

If someone who does get the daily times wants to send me an image of this ad I will post it. However, I'm not wasting my good money buying that paper. 

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Obama has skipped more than HALF of his daily intel briefings -- as spies hit back after he blamed them for underestimating ISIS

President Barack Obama has skipped his in-person daily intelligence briefing on four out of every seven days of his presidency, according to a shocking report released Tuesday.

The Government Accountability Institute, previously best-known for needling members of Congress over insider-trading deals that lax laws have rendered legal, used the official White House calendar to compile a list of the days when Obama wasn't scheduled to receive a briefing.

The resulting numbers showed that he only attended the Presidential Daily Brief 42.1 per cent of the time.


Case-Shiller Home Prices Tumble Most Since Nov 2011, 3rd Drop In A Row

For the 3rd month in a row, S&P Case-Shiller home prices fell MoM with July's 0.5% drop the biggest since November 2011. This dragged the YoY growth to 6.75% (missing expectations of 7.4%) and its slowest rate of increase since November 2012. Non-seasonally-adjusted the drop is even larger (-0.6% MoM). Perhaps most notably San Francisco was the biggest drag on the index.

4th miss in a row for YoY home price gains and weakest growth since Nov 2012...


Barack Obama, Outside Agitator

In his U.N. address, President Obama listed a parade of horrors afflicting our world: "Russian aggression in Europe," "terrorism in Syria and Iraq," rapes and beheadings by ISIL, al-Qaida, Boko Haram.

And, of course, the Ferguson Police Department.

That's right. The president could not speak of war, terrorism and genocide without dragging in the incident in a St. Louis suburb where a white cop shot and killed a black teenager:

"In a summer marked by instability in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, the world also took notice of the small American city of Ferguson, Missouri — where a young man was killed, and a community was divided."

What, other than its racial aspect, can explain why Obama is so hung up on Ferguson? At the Congressional Black Caucus dinner Saturday, he was back stoking the embers.

"Too many young men of color feel targeted by law enforcement, guilty of walking while black or driving while black — judged by stereotypes that fuel fear and resentment and hopelessness."


Crunch time: Dems face gloomy midterm forecast

With just five weeks until Election Day, early voting already under way and a midnight deadline for campaigns to file fundraising reports, the midterm forecast looks dismal for Democrats and promising for Republicans. President Obama, his approval ratings in the basement, thinks his party can hold onto the Senate and plans to try sell an anemic recovery by claiming most Americans are better off six years into his tenure. For vulnerable Democrats already heavily burdened with Obama’s domestic policy baggage, that sale will be tough indeed. Republicans, who have seen prospects for retaking the Senate improve in recent polls, have taken holdof the threat posed by ISIS militants, hammering the president’s foreign policy mismanagement and taking Democrats to task for their part in the mess. Meanwhile, Democrats in key Senate contests are scrambling to morph from the liberal anti-war stance that got many elected, to hawks on ISIS. The only bright spot for the blue team at this point: cash. They have lots more of it, with wealthy backers pouring in dark money even as Sen. Majority leader Harry Reid and his party deride Republicans over the support of their benefactors. As the GOP pushes contributors for a late surge to even the score, voters can expect an October barrage of ads. Whether that battleground and grassroots efforts can change what appears to be a gloomy outcome for Democrats, remains to be seen.


Decision To Let Cop Killer Abu-Jamal Give Commencement Speech 'Despicable,' Widow Says

A Vermont college's selection of convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal as commencement speaker is a “despicable” decision that should be reversed, his victim's widow told

Maureen Faulkner, whose husband Daniel was gunned down by Abu-Jamal in 1981, was shocked to learn of the selection by undergraduate students at tiny Goddard College in Plainfield. Abu-Jamal, who will not attend the event and whose speech will be pre-recorded, received a bachelor of arts degree from the 245-student liberal arts college in 1996 through a correspondence program.

“It’s not appropriate,” Faulkner said. “His freedom was taken away when he murdered a police officer in the line of duty. It seems like our justice system allows murderers to continue to have a voice over the public airwaves and at college commencement. It’s despicable.”



WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is initiating a program to give refugee status to some young people from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador in response to the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Under the program, immigrants from those countries who are lawfully in the United States will be able to request that child relatives still in those three countries be resettled in the United States as refugees. The program would establish in-country processing to screen the young people to determine if they qualify to join relatives in the U.S.

In a memorandum to the State Department Tuesday, President Barack Obama allocated 4,000 slots for refugees from Latin America and the Caribbean for next year. The number is a fraction of the number of children who have already crossed the border into the United States and are awaiting deportation proceedings.


Rare respiratory virus, paralysis spreads among US kids

Washington (AFP) - An unusual respiratory virus has sickened more than 400 children across the United States, and the emergence of sudden paralysis in some Colorado youths is sparking concern among doctors.

The nationwide outbreak of enterovirus D68 -- which can cause wheezing and coughing -- coincided with the hospitalization of nine children due to limb weakness in Colorado since early August, and officials are investigating if there is any link between the two.

The nine children in Colorado "had respiratory illness and later developed neurologic illness," the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday.


Farmers, Congress team up to disarm bureaucrats

'They should do what the rest of us do, call the local sheriff'

Members of Congress and a major consumer-advocacy group have launched a campaign to counter the recent massive arming of federal government regulatory agencies.

The campaign was prompted by moves such as an order by the Department of Agriculture for submachine guns with 30-round magazines.

An online petition by the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund states: “Disturbingly, the arming of regulatory agencies has become more and more widespread in our federal government.”

The consumer group encourages lawmakers to “demilitarize” the agencies.

“While the actual number of armed raids has been low, the fear and distrust that they have created in the local foods community has been widespread and damaging,” the farm-support organization said.



Nearly a week after Comptroller reports massive revenue shortfall, Anthony Brown AWOL on solutions. Will Brown slash spending, hike taxes again or run up more debt to fix shortfall?

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Anthony Brown continues his general election strategy of refusing to directly answer questions on tough economic issues and instead, hiding behind the cut-and-paste responses of his campaign manager.  In the latest example, the reclusive Lt. Governor is absent without leave on a major report last week by state Comptroller, and fellow Democrat, Peter Franchot.  In a tough worded statement directed toward the O’Malley-Brown administration, that more than the massive $405 million tax revenue shortfall itself is the “painful reality it indicates for the budgets of Maryland families and small businesses.”

According to gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan, “Maryland taxpayers deserve to know whether Anthony Brown plans to fill this massive tax revenue shortfall by slashing programs, further tax hikes on struggling families or by adding to our $45.3 billion state debt.  Maryland needs a governor who won’t hide from reporters and avoid the tough questions on where he stands,” said the Anne-Arundel County small business owner who is running neck and neck with the sitting Lt. Governor.

“While it won’t be easy to change Annapolis, the solution is simple,” said Hogan.  “As governor, my first priority will be to submit a responsible budget that begins to eradicate the nearly $2 billion in waste, mismanagement and duplicative spending we’ve identified in hundreds of audits that have been ignored by the O’Malley-Brown administration.
“While protecting hard-working rank and file state workers whose jobs and pensions have been under assault by O’Malley and Brown, we will put senior administrators and agency heads on notice that all outstanding audits must be addressed by April 16th, ninety days after our administration begins.
“With the money we save, we will begin rolling back the Martin O’Malley and Anthony Brown’s 40 straight tax hikes.  Enabling struggling families and small businesses to keep more of their hard earned money will grow our economy and create jobs.”
Excerpts from Comptroller Franchot’s statement:
Franchot"Essentially, workers perceive that their take-home pay is headed in the wrong direction and the purchasing power for Maryland families is, in reality, diminishing,"

Franchot“Far more important than what a $405 million shortfall means for the state budget is the painful reality that it indicates for the budgets of Maryland families and small businesses.”

Franchot “Six years removed from the economic collapse, and far too many families and small businesses are still waiting for the recovery they keep hearing about.”

Burrell, Purnell and Gulyas to Be Sworn In October 27th

With no write-in candidates filing before the 5:00 PM deadline on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 the Berlin Board of Elections Supervisors announces that the elections for the Districts 1, 4 and At-Large Council seats will be cancelled. Incumbents Dean Burrell and Troy Purnell, representing Districts 4 and 1 respectively, and Thom Gulyas, who filed to fill the At-Large seat being vacated by long-standing Councilmember Paula Lynch, are automatically declared the winners in the 2014 Berlin Municipal Election.

“The Mayor and Council passed a Resolution in October of 2013 amending the Charter of the Town to allow for the cancellation of an election if only one person filed for a given seat” said Deputy Town Administrator Mary Bohlen. At the same time, a Resolution was also passed establishing a formal process for write-in candidates, which previously had not been specifically addressed in the Charter or Code. “In the past, by tradition, voters could write-in the name of any person on a ballot”, said Bohlen. “While no write-in candidate was ever successful, and there were always a number of invalid write-ins, this process needed to be clarified to avoid confusion.”

Burrell, Purnell, and Gulyas will be formally sworn in at the regular Meeting of the Mayor and Council on October 27, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

Northeast loses 40% of House seats as people flee high-tax states

The Northeast, once the nation’s political engine that produced presidents, House speakers and Senate giants including the late Edward M. Kennedy, is losing clout in Washington as citizens flee the high-tax region, according to experts worried about the trend.

The Census Bureau reports that population growth has shifted to the South and the result is that the 11 states that make up the Northeast are being bled dry of representation in Washington.

Critics blame rising taxes in states such as Massachusetts and Connecticut for limiting population growth in the Northeast to just 15 percent from 1983 to 2013, while the rest of the nation grew more than 41 percent.

The biggest impact comes in the loss of congressional representation.


Contained? Dallas Hospital Discharged Sick Ebola Patient 2 Days Before Isolation

While yesterday's CDC press conference was factual, it was clearly very much designed to avoid panic as time and again the US public was reassured that Ebola in America was 'contained', 'hard to contract', and would 'stop here'. However, as Bloomberg reports [2], the man with Ebola in Dallas was initially sent home from the hospital with antibiotics after seeking treatment for an unknown illness, officials said. We know CDC has stated the need for the US to be prepared but the fact that after the patient sought medical care on Sept. 26 and was sent home with antibiotics, he returned in an ambulance to Texas Health Presbyterian two days later and was admitted, suggests US healthcare workers are not prepared for the possibilities that Ebola is here in America (as this is the 13th possible case in the US).


Bill Clinton To Attend Brown Fundraiser

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Former President Bill Clinton is taking his wife's place at a fundraiser for Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown.

In a statement Tuesday, Brown says he respects Hillary Rodham Clinton's decision to cancel her appearance at his fundraiser to spend time with her daughter and new granddaughter, born Friday night. Brown also says he's grateful that Bill Clinton is changing his schedule to travel to Potomac for the event.

The fundraiser is expected to raise more than $1 million for Brown's campaign. The former president also attended a fundraiser for Brown in Potomac in May that raised more than $1 million for Brown.


I Need To Get Out More Often!

As most of you know I've been in West Ocean City for the past 4 months working my tail off. That being said, it's been quite a while since I've been out and about and last night was just wonderful.

Talk about an incredible group of people. If there's ANY group of upbeat and exciting people to surround yourself with, it's the REPUBLICANS in Worcester County. 

Last night Mike McDermott held a fundraiser at the Carousel Hotel in Ocean City. Oh, I'd guess to say there were more than 200 people there, as well as former Governor Erlich and his beautiful Bride. 

I'll simply say this. I thank you ALL for a wonderful time and it truly was a pleasure seeing all of you once again. Vote for Mike McDermott for State Senate and let's get some HONEST people representing us once again. 

Beau Oglesby Fund-Raiser

Ebola victim was originally SENT HOME from hospital with antibiotics before the deadly virus was diagnosed after he had mixed with other people for TWO DAYS

The man with the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. went to hospital feeling sick only to be given antibiotics and be sent home.

It was not until two days later that the man was admitted to the Dallas hospital and put in isolation, it has been reported.

It raises the frightening prospect that he was mixing freely with other people for a full two days while showing symptoms of the virus - the time when Ebola is most contagious.

The unidentified patient has been in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital since Sunday, officials said. The hospital has launched a review into the delay.

Scott Gordon, a reporter for KXAS, tweeted 'Hospital reviewing why patient wasn't properly diagnosed on Friday when he was evaluated and sent home. Dismissed with antibiotics.'


Air drop blunder sees water, food and ammunition delivered to ISIS militants by mistake

Blundering Iraqi air force pilots gave vital supplies of food, water and ammunition to Islamic State militants instead of their own beleaguered troops.

The aid drops were meant to help Iraqi soldiers desperately fending off jihadist fighters near Saqlawia in the western province of Anbar.

Hakim Al-Zamili, an Iraqi MP who is a member of the security and defense committee, said the mistake had effectively allowed ISIS to kill off its besieged soldiers.


'The world could be a very different place if he pulled that gun'

Secret Service allowed a three-time felon carrying a firearm to travel in an elevator with Obama this month

Just three days before a knife-wielding veteran broke into the White House, Secret Service let an armed felon ride in the same elevator as President Obama.

The startling revelation that the commander-in-chief's life was compromised was revealed today, as the director of the Secret Service testified before Congress to explain the recent lapses in security.

The newest security slip-up happened on Mr Obama's September 16 trip to Atlanta, Georgia for a briefing on the Ebola crisis at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

At the CDC, Mr Obama and his security detail entered an elevator when a contract security officer operating the lift started taking photos and video of the president.


Salisbury Police Department Lawsuit Article About To Become #1 In Just 24 Hours

Yesterday we published the third article referencing one of Salisbury's Finest being charged with yet another lawsuit HERE

If you count the individuals suing the City and this Officer there are now EIGHT people who have filed suit. 

While one individual out there calls me a cop hater simply because I have broken ALL of these news stories, I guess it would be best in his eyes we simply COVER IT UP, just like the rest of your local media have done until Salisbury News came along. 

You know, only tell you the good stuff, like the Chamber of Commerce and Liberal Politicians ask for. Well, we're not like the rest of the local media. We break stories and we tell the TRUTH. 

I'm glad to see you found such interest in these stories and I'm especially glad that one individual gets to see just how responsive YOU have been to such a story. Salisbury News does NOT set the order of the Top 5 Posts, Google does. 

Maryland Awarded Five-Year $650 Million Federal Demonstration Project to Improve Child Safety, Prevent Abuse and Reduce Need for Foster Care

BALTIMORE, MD — Governor Martin O’Malley and Lieutenant Governor Brown today announced Maryland is the first state this year authorized by the federal government to conduct a 5-year, $650 million demonstration project that allows Maryland more flexibility in using federal foster care funds to achieve improved safety, permanency and well-being of vulnerable children. The project includes an extensive planning process and can begin as early as July 1, 2015.

“Every child deserves a home. Maryland’s Child Welfare Demonstration project will help us keep more children safe and help keep more families whole,” said Governor O’Malley. “We would like to thank our federal partners for selecting Maryland to take part in this innovative initiative and for the additional flexibility the waiver allows to invest resources in what works best for strengthening families, protecting children and supporting thriving communities.”

Under federal law, federal foster care grant awards made to states under Title IV-E of the Social Security Act can only be used to provide services to children in out-of-home care. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) can approve up to ten states per year to conduct demonstration projects that instead allocate IV-E funds as a block grant and that allow states to more flexibly spend these funds on services that keep children safe at home.


Mob of Black Teens Brutally Beats Elderly Man, Smashes Cars in Memphis

Memphis, Tennessee suffered another attack by a rampaging mob of black teenagers after they flooded the streets after a local high school football game Friday.

The mob of some 40 teens flooded into the street near inner city Central High School on Friday, September 26 just after the end of the game.

A witness to the rampaging mob, Sharon Mourning, said she wished she were armed at the time. "Had I had been armed we would have had a lot of kids laying in the Bellevue street that night," she said.

The laughing, screaming teenagers waded into the street throwing bricks at cars, jumping on them and damaging them, and accosting pedestrians.


Teachers Union to Spend Record Amount to Help Democrats

The American Federation of Teachers is on track to spend $20 million on midterm elections this year – more than ever before – to target conservative governors and to help Democrats in Senate races that may determine control of the upper chamber.

The Senate races include those of Democrats Mark Begich bid in Alaska, Gary Peters in Michigan, and Al Franken's tighter-than-expected contest in Minnesota, BuzzFeed reports.


Al Sharpton May Pick the Next Attorney

FBI informer "engaged in immediate conversations" with the White House

Would-be coke dealer and government informant Al Sharpton may help the federal government pick Eric Holder’s successor.

Sharpton’s National Action Network is “engaged in immediate conversations” with the White House,” the organization recently announced.

“The resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder is met with both pride and disappointment by the Civil Rights community,” he said. “We are proud that he has been the best Attorney General on Civil Rights in U.S. history and disappointed because he leaves at a critical time when we need his continued diligence most,” according to Business Insider.

As’s Mikael Thalen reported when it was announced Holder would step down, the AG’s record of abuse is long and sordid. The list includes Fast and Furious, allowing banks to get off the hook for money laundering, and attacking journalists and government whistleblowers.


A Letter To The Editor: Senator Mathias and the Rain Tax

The O'Malley, Brown administration has made Maryland the topic of many a national joke when they decided to pass a tax on rain. Senator Mathias and his staff continually state that the senator voted
against the Rain Tax. And that is true. But, when you dig a little deeper you will find that before the senator voted against this tax, he voted "for it" by voting for Cloture. The conservatives held the floor and mounted a filibuster to stop passage of the Rain Tax bill, but Senator Mathias voted with the liberals to shut down the debate and override the filibuster. Then, an amendment was offered by the conservatives to place a sunset provision on the tax so that it would have to be brought back to the Assembly for renewal. Without a new authorization, the Rain Tax would have died, but again, Senator Mathias voted with the liberals against this amendment. On the surface it appears that the senator voted against the Rain Tax, but did he really? Senator Mathias portrays himself as a conservative but according to, his voting record is anything but conservative. He votes for higher taxes and more regulation. He supports centralize medicine (the failed Maryland Health Care Exchanged), centralized education (common core). These are not conservative values.

F. Gebhart
Berlin, MD

Wicomico County Tourism on the Rise

Wicomico County Tourism Initiatives Result in $43.1 Million Economic Impact

Wicomico County Executive Rick Pollitt and the Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism announce that Tourism initiatives brought a total of 34 events to Wicomico County and infused $43.1 million into the local and state economy in FY14, an 11% increase over the previous fiscal year. Of this amount, the direct impact was $27 million.

County Executive Pollitt stated, “More and more people are coming to realize what we’ve known for years. We live in a very special place. Tourism is an essential component of our economic development strategy and continuing to grow it remains one of my top priorities.”

CDC confirms sick Dallas patient has first ever US case of Ebola virus

Federal health officials on Tuesday confirmed the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S., a male patient who recently traveled from Liberia to Dallas and a sign of the far-reaching impact of the out-of-control epidemic in West Africa.

The unidentified patient was critically ill and has been in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital since Sunday, officials said.

Health authorities have begun tracking down family and friends who may have had close contact with the patient and could be at risk for becoming ill. But officials said there are no other suspected cases in Texas.


Easton Police Department claims 1st place in the Maryland Law Enforcement Challenge

Easton Police Department

October 1, 2014
Easton Police Department claims 1st place in the Maryland Law Enforcement Challenge
On September 8th, the Easton Police Department was awarded first place for the state’s primary traffic initiative; The Maryland Law Enforcement Challenge, for their category. During the past 13 years, the Easton Police has taken the top honor 11 times. Easton police competed in the same category of police agencies with 25-75 officers.

To achieve this recognition, officers had to demonstrate excellence in their use of educational programs and enforcement of Distracted Drivers; Click it or Ticket; Impaired Driving; Aggressive Driving; and Child Occupancy Protection.

The motivation of this program is to help make all of Maryland’s roadways safer by education, prevention, and enforcement. Although the Easton Police Department is the recipient of the award, the citizens of Easton are the true winners. During the rating period, auto collisions have reduced in Easton by 10%

As with the other State of Maryland partners, the Easton Police are also committed to the methodology of “Towards Zero Deaths”, a goal towards having no fatalities on any Maryland roadway.

Secret Service Missed Man With Gun In Elevator With Obama

A man with a gun that the Secret Service did not know about rode in an elevator with President Obama during his visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta on Sept. 16.

The previously undisclosed breach, confirmed by two sources familiar with the case, raises new questions about the agency's ability to protect the president.

The incident, which took place three days before an intruder jumped a fence and sprinted inside the White House, involved a failure in Secret Service advance work to prevent an armed man from coming into close proximity with Obama while he was visiting the CDC to receive a briefing about the Ebola threat.


Question Of The Day 10-1-14

Should all police wear body cameras while on duty?

52% of World's Wildlife Gone over Last 40 Years

The world populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles fell overall by 52 percent between 1970 and 2010, far faster than previously thought, the World Wildlife Fund said on Tuesday.

The conservation group's Living Planet Report, published every two years, said humankind's demands were now 50 percent more than nature can bear, with trees being felled, groundwater pumped and carbon dioxide emitted faster than Earth can recover.

"This damage is not inevitable but a consequence of the way we choose to live," Ken Norris, Director of Science at the Zoological Society of London, said in a statement.

However, there was still hope if politicians and businesses took the right action to protect nature, the report said.


Your Car From 1999 Or After Doesn’t Need A Tune-Up

Most people who drive learn the essentials of driving, traffic, car maintenance, and road rage skills from their parents. That’s what parents are for: to pass on their wisdom as well as their bad habits. We also pick up bad or outdated information along the way, like the requirement to change our oil every 3,000 miles. Or the belief that cars need frequent tune-ups.

If your car is more than 15 years old or so, yes, you do need to tune it up. That includes adjustments of parts that newer cars don’t even have, like the carburetor, and replacing spark plugs and the condenser as they wear out. Spark plugs in newer cars, meanwhile, last for up to 100,000 miles.


What the UK Can Learn from Maryland

Earlier this month, I traveled to London to discuss the ways in which CitiStat and StateStat have transformed how we govern in Maryland.

Seven years ago when I took office, the O’Malley-Brown Administration set out to govern in a fundamentally different way – setting goals, measuring performance, hitting deadlines, and getting results. And we set out to make our progress visible and to hold ourselves accountable. As part of our commitment to performance measurement and management, we set 16 Strategic Goals to move Maryland forward.

Whether we’re taking action to drive down violent crime or reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, we’re testing our policies to see what works, and learn how we can fix problems that are important to Marylanders. From cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay to ensure the long-term health of our environment and our economy, to improving student achievement to give all our children more opportunities to succeed, we’re changing the way government works.

You can follow our progress online and learn more about what we’re doing in Maryland to make our state better by visiting

And to learn more about my visit to London, and to hear how we all benefit by exchanging ideas and making government more open, please visit the Institute for Government’s blog.

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Combating campus sexual assaults

College freshmen are completing their first month on campus. According to the website The Other Freshman 15, “The first 15 weeks of college can be the riskiest for sexual assault. … One out of five students experience rape or sexual assault while they are in college, and in the great majority of cases (75-80 percent), the victim knows the attacker.”

The Washington Post recently carried a front-page story about campus sexual assaults. As the father of former college students, two of whom are daughters, I was stunned by the presumptions in the story. It was written in a way that assumed all female college students will have sex and get blind drunk at parties where they will be assaulted by young males.

In the news stories and in comments by President Obama and public officials, there are only scattered references to individual responsibility. In the Post story some parents advise their daughters to take self-defense classes and be careful. But this deals with effect, not cause. The conversation about sexual behavior should start with young women and men long before they step foot onto a college campus. Young women should be taught to respect themselves and to conduct themselves honorably. Young men should be taught to be gentlemen and respectful of women.

Unfortunately, culture has robbed women of what we used to call modesty and men of their obligation to respect, even protect, women. These were the values I was taught, but today the media drown us in sex and sexual violence.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014


BALTIMORE -- Earlier today at each of the Maryland Food Bank's three facilities, representatives from the Maryland State Police and the Maryland Department of Transportation joined food bank executives in welcoming a caravan of squad cars, trucks, buses and other official vehicles stuffed to the brim with 33,405 pounds of donated food. The loaded vehicles convened at the food bank locations in Baltimore, Salisbury, and Hagerstown to deliver and weigh donations gathered from across the state during Hunger Action Month.

"This outpouring of support is absolutely overwhelming," said Deborah Flateman, Maryland Food Bank president & CEO. "We are truly grateful to each and every person who donated a dollar or a can of food, as well as to all of our partners who, quite literally, did the heavy lifting. The passion to end hunger in Maryland is palpable."

Throughout September, food donations from generous Marylanders were received at all Maryland State Police barracks as well as select State Highway Administration buildings, Motor Vehicle Administration offices and inspection stations, BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, the Port of Baltimore, and even in designated toll lanes at the Baltimore Harbor and Fort McHenry tunnels, as well as other Maryland roadways.

New this year, an online option to donate through the food bank's virtual food drive platform added to the success, allowing supporters to designate specific food items to be purchased with their cash donations. Those still interested in donating can do so online at

Today's weigh-ins wrapped up yet another successful Hunger Action Month, which for the first time included a challenge to Maryland's elected officials to "be a voice" on social media and help bring awareness to the issue of hunger. Elected officials ranging from Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley to Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, as well as state senators and gubernatorial candidates, uploaded selfies with personal messages about ending hunger in Maryland. To see who took part in the challenge, search #BeAVoiceMFB on Twitter and Facebook.

Transgenderism Is A Mental Illness, Not A Civil Rights Issue

If someone came to a doctor and asked him to cut off a perfectly healthy arm because it just felt “wrong” for the arm to be there, should the doctor do it? This isn’t an idle question because this does happen with a mental illness called Body Integrity Identity Disorder (BIID). People who have it feel as if they’re not supposed to have a certain body part, like an arm or leg. As a general rule, doctors won’t remove a healthy body part; so some of these poor deluded people crush, mangle, burn, or otherwise deliberately destroy their own arms or legs in order to get a surgeon to slice them off.

This raises a question: Are surgeons who refuse to remove healthy limbs from people with BIID doing them a service because they’re mentally ill or are they denying them their civil rights? MOST of us would say that a surgeon who refuses to cut off a healthy leg is doing the right thing.

Of course, not everyone would agree. In fact, there are some people who will tell you that mental illness is a “super power.”

Members of the mad pride movement do not always agree on their aims and intentions. For some, the objective is to continue the destigmatization of mental illness. A vocal, controversial wing rejects the need to treat mental afflictions with psychotropic drugs and seeks alternatives to the shifting, often inconsistent care offered by the medical establishment. Many members of the movement say they are publicly discussing their own struggles to help those with similar conditions and to inform the general public.


Middle School Team Pulls Off "Ugly Kardashian" Trick Play

One middle school recently pulled off one of the most creative--and creatively named--trick plays we've seen.

 Was it a great idea or just unfair?

GRAPHIC Disturbing video exposes cattle abuse

She Woke Up to Sound of Her ‘Stalker’ Kicking in Her Door. He Was Left in ‘Disbelief’ at What Was Waiting for Him on the Other Side.

In a blog post, the victim explained that she was forced to move, get a restraining order, and obtain a concealed carry permit after Jackson started “stalking” her. Further, she’s apparently had to go to extreme lengths to keep Jackson out of her home, including sleeping with a chair in front of the door.

The woman seemingly penned the blog post, titled “I shot my stalker tonight,” following the terrifying incident and told her story:
I’m writing this staring at the mess the police left for me, in a bit of a fog. After 6 months of stalking and threats against my life my stalker finally snapped and decided to kick my door in and make good on his promise.


Walking Is the Super food of Exercise

Walking may never become as trendy as CrossFit, as sexy as mud runs or as ego-boosting as Ironman races but for fitness experts who stress daily movement over workouts and an active lifestyle over weekends of warrior games, walking is a super star.

For author and scientist Katy Bowman, walking is a biological imperative like eating. In her book, “Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement," she suggests there are movement nutrients, just like dietary nutrients, that the body needs.

“Walking is a superfood. It’s the defining movement of a human,” said Bowman, a biomechanist based in Ventura, California. “It’s a lot easier to get movement than it is to get exercise.”

Researchers say emerging evidence suggests that combined physical activity and inactivity may be more important for chronic disease risk than physical activity alone.

“Actively sedentary is a new category of people who are fit for one hour but sitting around the rest of the day," Bowman said. “You can’t offset 10 hours of stillness with one hour of exercise.”


By Doni Glover,

(BALTIMORE - September 30, 2014) - To say the least, I found last week’s news on WBAL TV 11 about statements by Larry Hogan very interesting. Hogan, the Republican gubernatorial candidate in Maryland, asserts a financial connection between Governor Martin O'Malley's Democratic Governors Association (DGA) fundraising and the Health Care Exchange contracts. Now, the Republicans believe that the money donated to the DGA is being funneled into Anthony Brown's campaign.

So, I asked the Hogan camp for more details.

This is the overview they shared:

• Governor O’Malley led the Democratic Governors Association (DGA) as chairman from 2010 to 2012 and immediately thereafter assumed the role of finance director, leading the organization’s fundraising efforts.

• UnitedHealth Group, the parent company of Optum/QSSI, donates $375,000 to the DGA in 2011 and $275,000 to the DGA in 2012. CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (BCBS) donates $25,000 to the DGA in 2012. The Blue Cross Blue Shield Administration, an association of 37 independent locally operated BCBS companies, donates $525,000 dollars to the DGA from 2011 to 2014.


Allah Made Me Do It

Stop me if you’ve heard this story before.

A Muslim convert who recently became very religious beheads a woman while reportedly shouting Islamic phrases. The authorities rush to convince everyone in sight that it has nothing to do with Islam.

I’m not talking about Alton Nolen in Oklahoma at the end of September, but Nicholas Salvador in the UK at the beginning of September. Salvador, a Nigerian Muslim convert, beheaded an 82-year-old European woman with a foot-long blade. Nolen killed a 54-year-old American woman with a 10-inch blade.

The bios of both men are fairly similar to the beheaders of British soldier Lee Rigby. The perpetrators were Nigerian converts to Islam. Alton Nolen was a black convert to Islam. They had a history of criminal behavior followed by a conversion to Islam and the inevitable bloody ending.


Who’s A Seaman? Supreme Court May Chart The Waters

EWELL, Md. (AP) — William Smith Dize’s life revolved around water.

The boat captain worked the waters of the Chesapeake Bay, and when he wasn’t operating a boat, he was working on them and around the dock.

But when Dize got sick and sued his employer in 2008, claiming a boat maintenance project led to a deadly respiratory illness, he quickly found himself navigating stormy waters.

His bosses said his work did not qualify him to be a “seaman,” a designation needed to sue his employer under a federal law.



FRANKFORD, Del. (AP) -- American schools are scrambling to provide services to the large number of children and teenagers who crossed the border alone in recent months.

Unaccompanied minors who made up the summer spike at the border have moved to communities of all sizes, in nearly every state, Federal data indicates, to live with a relative and await immigration decisions. The Supreme Court has ruled that schools have an obligation to educate all students regardless of their immigration status, so schools have become a safe haven for many of the tens of thousands of these young people mostly from central America living in limbo.

Delaware's rural Sussex County has long attracted immigrants, partly because of work in chicken factories, and soybean and corn fields. The district's population is more than one-quarter Hispanic, and for years has offered an early learning program for non-English speakers.

Still, officials were caught off guard by about 70 new students mostly from Guatemala - part of the wave crossing the border - enrolling last year, mostly at Sussex Central High School. The Indian River School District over the summer break quickly put together special classes for those needing extra English help.


Hollywood’s attack on men: Will the industry change its gender stereotyping following UN summit?

LOS ANGELES – “I’ve seen my father’s role as a parent being valued less by society,” actress Emma Watson, an Ivy League graduate and a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador, said in a now-celebrated speech at the United Nations last week. “We don’t often talk about men being imprisoned by gender stereotypes but I can see that they are.”

And perhaps nowhere is male gender stereotyping more prevalent than in the entertainment and advertising industries, which have made billions in the past few decades portraying adult males as lazy, clueless, emasculated idiots. Think everything from “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” “Super Bad” and “The Hangover” to ABC’s “Modern Family,” “Man Up” and television’s beloved Homer Simpson.

Watson works with the HeForShe initiative, which encourages men to stand up for women’s equality—but the actress also brought an important point into the spotlight: Men are plagued by gender stereotypes too. Will her highly praised speech spur a change in Hollywood? Or will the industry continue to tear males down by portraying them as lovable idiots who ought to be banned from the domestic sphere?


Andy Harris Comments About First Diagnosed Case Of Ebola In The US

The first case of ebola has been diagnosed in the US. While this is concerning, it is important to remember a few things. Ebola currently spreads from direct contact with bodily fluids from a patient already sick with the virus, it does not spread through the air. Hospitals in the US have isolation units and the capacity to treat those with ebola. The CDC and health care providers are the best in the world and should be able to prevent significant spreading. Some drug treatments for ebola look promising, but the FDA must work with industry to remove red tape and quickly get safe treatments to patients.

No, America isn’t Communist. It’s only 70% Communist.

“The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. Workers of the world, unite!”

Most people remember Karl Marx’s most potent points and phrases, and the mountain of corpses his disciples left behind, especially in the 20th century.

However, most forget or don’t even know the specific policies that Marx advocated.

Within his 1848 Communist Manifesto, Marx outlined a list of ten short-term demands. These, he thought, would be the precursor to the ideal stateless, classless communist society.

Ironically in today’s world, Marx’s demands look pretty much mainstream.

That is because nearly every single item on the list has been implemented to varying degrees in the United States.


CASA VOTING: Organizations Team Together To Push For Immigrant Voting And Rights

Ask Mayor Ireton & Chief Duncan About This: 10 MOST DANGEROUS CITIES IN MARYLAND

Population: 30,778
Annual Crimes Per 1,000 Residents
Violent Crimes: 11.89 per 1,000 residents
Property Crimes: 60.40 per 1,000 residents
Total Reported Crimes: 72.29 per 1,000 residents
Salisbury has a crime rate of about 72 per one thousand residents.
Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Salisbury? One in 13.
Salisbury’s ranking when considering both violent and property crimes? #4

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Local Pot Laws Change This Week

WASHINGTON -- Under a bill passed by the Maryland General Assembly in April, penalties for possessing marijuana will loosen statewide later this week.

Starting Wednesday, Oct. 1, possessing a small amount of marijuana will no longer be a crime.

According to the measure, which is labeled SB 364, having less than 10 grams of marijuana will be a civil offense, similar to a traffic ticket.

It will not lead to a criminal record or carry jail time.


Ron Paul Explains Why The "Scottish Referendum Gives Reasons To Be Hopeful"

Even though it ultimately failed at the ballot box, the recent campaign for Scottish independence should cheer supporters of the numerous secession movements springing up around the globe.

In the weeks leading up to the referendum, it appeared that the people of Scotland were poised to vote to secede from the United Kingdom. Defeating the referendum required British political elites to co-opt secession forces by promising greater self-rule for Scotland, as well as launching a massive campaign to convince the Scots that secession would plunge them into economic depression.

The people of Scotland were even warned that secession would damage the international market for one of Scotland’s main exports, whiskey. Considering the lengths to which opponents went to discredit secession, it is amazing that almost 45 percent of the Scottish people still voted in favor of it.


Investigation: Balt. Police Brutality Settlements Cost Taxpayers $11.5M

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The allegations revealed in a Baltimore Sun investigation. They involve people who suffered broken bones, head trauma and even death—allegedly after altercations with city police.

Mike Hellgren, in partnership with the Sun, takes you inside these troubling cases.

For years, Baltimore City police have grappled with excessive force complaints. Now an exhaustive Baltimore Sun investigation revealed more than 100 people have won settlements and judgments that, along with legal fees, cost city taxpayers $11.5 million over the past four years.

Victims include a pregnant accountant, a woman selling church raffle tickets, a deacon, an 87-year-old grandmother and another grandmother, Barbara Floyd. The city paid her $30,000. She said she was trying to get her grandson into her house when officers claimed she was interfering with his arrest.


6 foods that help fight the flu

Getting your flu shot isn't the only way you can help prevent the flu. What you eat can also help lower your odds of coming down with a nasty bug, says Rachel Berman, R.D., health content manager for Check out her favorite flu-preventing foods:

Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are full of zinc, which helps white blood cells fight off illness. Try these Sweet and Spicy Pepita Clusters to get your fix.

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This fish is an excellent source of selenium, which helps protect cells from free-radical damage and boosts your immunity. Try this healthy Mediterranean Tuna Sandwich to ward off the flu in a delicious way.


Pediatricians Urge IUDs Or Implants For Teen Girls

Teen girls who have sex should use IUDs or hormonal implants - long-acting birth control methods that are effective, safe and easy to use, the nation's most influential pediatricians' group recommends.

In an updated policy, the American Academy of Pediatrics says condoms also should be used every time teens have sex, to provide protection against sexually transmitted diseases that other forms of birth control don't provide, and to boost chances of preventing pregnancy.

Condoms alone are the most common birth control choice among teens, but with typical use they're among the least effective methods at preventing pregnancy. Both long-acting methods are nearly 100 percent effective, with lower failure rates than birth control pills, patches and injections, the academy says.


State of Delmarva Show Canceled

SALISBURY, Md.- WBOC has announced that the State of Delmarva show will no longer be aired on FOX21.

According to station management, the show failed to garner a large enough audience to remain on air. The show, which made its debut in 2013, focused on current events and issues of interest to Delmarvans.


Publishers Notes: GOOD! I have to agree with a recent commenter, THIS SHOW COMPLETELY SUCKED. In fact, I too stopped watching it after the very first time. WBOC tried to host a television Blog and took most of their point, counter points directly from Salisbury News survey questions of the day. Karma


What you see above is just a portion of the formal letter of intent provided to the City, Mayor, Police Chief and Tom Stevenson. 

Mayor Jim Ireton already put his foot in his mouth when he went on television and stated he had seen video evidence PROVING the Officer, (THE SAME ONE IN THIS CASE) was in the right when he allegedly assaulted a 14 year old and then out of nowhere, guess what, that video somehow and mysteriously disappeared. 

Mayor Ireton also stated that he found no evidence this very same Officer had done anything out of line/wrong when it came to the other three college students who filed suit against the City.

Now we have THREE more students, (this time, DRIVING WHILE BLACK) held at gunpoint because they allegedly didn't turn on their turn signal soon enough. Oh, the Officer admits they turned it on but apparently not soon enough. 

Now have ANY of you WHITE people EVER been pulled over for a similar and alleged violation? I'm not even sure there was a VIOLATION, considering they did in fact put on their turn signal. 

In Summation: 

1) Everyone admits and acknowledges the Officer’s dashboard surveillance camera was not working—yet he went out unsupervised, despite numerous warnings that he was dangerous.

2) No one was ever informed about the reason of the stop (not then, not now).

3) The guys were held up at gunpoint for what they estimate to be 10-15 minutes

4) They were searched, frisked and the canine unit arrived.

5) Nothing illegal or suspicion found, whatsoever.

6) The whole incident took at least 40 minutes. There are text messages that support the time-line. A routine traffic stop should be less than 20 minutes, at least.

7) A written warning was given under very suspicious circumstances, who even uses a turn signal 100 feet before stopping at a STOP SIGN???

8) The officer probably did not want to go to court, or else he’d have given a ticket, or, as he has been known to do, charge the guys with “obstructing and hindering.”

9) These guys were all college students at SU. All three are minority students.

10) The driver, Mr. Smith, does not even drink alcohol, smoke or use drugs of any kind.

11) No one was ever told why all this happened—the three students have no idea to this day. No explanation, apology, etc.

12) Will the States Attorneys Office now “make up” news charges to support this Officer and SPD like they did with the other college students?

13) These guys literally feared for their life (held up at gunpoint) for no reason. It all could have been prevented if the SPD and Mayor simply took some corrective action against an officer they knew was placing the public at risk.