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Sunday, March 01, 2015

Weather Bulletin

Weather Bulletin
March 1, 2015, 10:45 AM

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Sunday (3/1/2015) from 10:45 AM to 4:00 PM for Wicomico County.

* HAZARDS: Primarily sleet and freezing rain.

* ACCUMULATIONS: Snow accumulation less than one half inch. Ice less than a tenth
of an inch.

* TEMPERATURES: Upper 20s to around 30 through midday and early afternoon then
rising to mid 30s by late afternoon.

* TIMING: Light snow and sleet becoming sleet and freezing rain during midday then
transitioning to all rain by late this afternoon.

* IMPACTS: Hazardous travel due to ice covered roads, bridges and overpasses.
A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet and freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Use caution while driving.


Wicomico County Department of Emergency Services (DES)


The DES is continuing to monitor the situation in conjunction with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the National Weather Service. Additional Weather Bulletins will be issued if warranted.

Salisbury Bypass Shut Down

In the very least, the south bound portion of the Bypass is closed down due to a large volume of accidents. 

The Week In Review

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

A Very Interesting Find: UPDATE

Publishers Notes: Because this article has created so much interest I've bumped it back to the top. 

Dr. Randy George of Marion Station presented the following remarks Feb. 11 to the County Ethics Commission as it begins to review financial disclosure forms submitted by the County Commissioners.

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“I’m have been very troubled by what’s going on with regards to this wind ordinance. The underlying reason, I think, why you’re here today is that wind ordinance.

“The drafting of an ordinance was commissioned by the County Commissioners to the Planning and Zoning Commission, and I think this whole discussion centers around the prestige of office, around the use of that. And that’s the underlying theme that I hear through it all.

“You are at some disadvantage, because you were not, like many of us, sitting through these long Planning and Zoning Commission meetings. Maybe that’s an advantage. But we do have, and the county does have audio/visual records of every bit of it, it’s out there.

“When Pioneer Green, we all know who that is, came into the county, it had very clear requirements. It was never vague about those requirements for what it had to have in order to be here. It needed to plant a series of turbines in an agricultural-residential area, because we are closely tied geographically to each other that didn’t leave a lot of area. People live quite close to each other even though it’s an agricultural region.

“Pioneer Green wanted to place these turbines 700 feet away from people. They finally conceded that it would be a 1,000 feet, otherwise they would have to walk. The height had to be a certain height, and if it were to be restricted, they would have to walk. If the sound was allowed to be too loud, they would have to walk, they required it to be in the range of airports and train sound levels permitted by the state of Maryland, otherwise they would not stay.

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County Executive Culver Responds To Mike Dunn's Article In Local Paper

Two Snaps Up

 
It would seem that your gay Mayor wants to use his position to throw parties Downtown as he frequents the Brick Room, MoJo's and Roadie Joe's with his special friends. So why don't they just call it "Gay Pride Night" and get it over with?
This is the newly proposed crosswalk at Division Street and Main Street. How special.

A Letter To The Editor: Giant Food Response

Joe:

The other night I wrote a letter to the Corporate Office of Giant and it was forwarded to the Salisbury store manager. I for one am another one who is sick and tired of the homeless hanging out around Giant and Walgreens and refuse to go there without my husband accompanying me. I am sorry to say but in my letter I told Giant that they were now located in the wrong area as they had a homeless shelter located directly behind them and a Substance Abuse Center across the street and maybe they needed to relocate as the shopping center was going downhill fast and they were going to be losing their customers if something was not done. Listed below is the response that I just received from Giant’s store manager so apparently I got the attention of the right person in Giant’s Corporate Office and only time will tell if they truly care about the safety of their customers.

Giant Responds:

My name is Michael Hunt and I am the store manager at the Salisbury Giant. I received a copy of the email that you sent to the company about the issue with homeless around the building. I called our landlord and our corporate office to get a security company to have a presence on our property to try to curtail the issue. Hopefully in the near future you will see a big difference on the property. Thank you for letting me know of this issue so I can address this issue with the company. If there is anything else you need please feel free to contact me at the store. Thanks again

A Viewer Writes: Delmar Needs a New Daycare Establishment

Hi Joe, Who in their right mind determined that Lil Red Hen in Delmar was a "5 star daycare" Or was it determined that way because the owners, Anne and Tom Atkinson, are extremely close to Karen Schrieber and a few of the other Delaware Stars workers who visited the daycare for weeks prior to their evaluation? ( Instructing the staff on what to say, what not to say) Either way, Lil Red Hen should barely qualify as a 2 star daycare.

We can start by the fact that neither one of the owners are hardly ever there. But yet the staff are treated like crap when the owners do decide to show up, even though they basically run the place.. ( Hence the reason why they can never keep any good employees for more than a year, if they're lucky) These two literally talk to their employees like dogs. The same employees who work sometimes 10 hours a day.

The rooms are way over licensing capacity, with not enough staff members. Take the infant and toddler area for example. The infant room is supposed to be just that, THE INFANT ROOM. Who wants their non mobile child in a room with toddlers who are walking and falling over them, potentially hurting them. Wasn't there an incident a few years ago where a 2 yr old bit an infant in the face? That child was pulled that day and never returned. Charges should have been filed then. But did they learn their lesson there? Nope.

And what about when Anne Atkinson instructed a staff member to discipline her own child, as the staff could not deal with him anymore. That staff member took her child in Anne's office with Anne present where she repeatedly spanked him. Two brand new employees ( one being my sister) who had to witness that, never came back to work there. Not only did the staff witness it, so did some of the other children. If you have children that attend Lil Red Hen, Joe, I advise you to let these parents know they should unexpectedly visit their "5 star daycare" and see just how these "5 star staff" speak to and treat our children. Don't get me wrong, there are and have been some great employees over the years, but any one of them who are great, aren't there anymore. Have any of you asked to see lesson plans for your child's class? There aren't any! 

Delmar needs another daycare, period. The office of childcare licensing will be visiting this establishment over the weeks to come due to issues I have had with them over the past few weeks, ( and obviously I have multiple inside people who inform me of a lot) so who knows how long they will be open. And apparently I am not the only person that has had issues with this place.

Thanks,
Delmar Mom

Wicomico County Schools Closed Friday 2-27-15


Let Me Make Something VERY Clear Here About School Closings


Was just told by a few school custodians that some of the contracted snow removal companies aren't doing lots till tomorrow. 

Custodians were told to get sidewalks clear for office staff so looks like no kids will be going. Shame because the BOE custodian have been working all day to get things ready for tomorrow. And city and county have done a much better job. 

Wonder if contractors had other obligations or better pay options.
Now I spent the day traveling all over Wicomico County and even a part of Sussex County. You see the message I received above, clearly John Fredericksen NEVER intended to have schools open. The first two pictures were taken at, (GET THIS) 4:45 PM TODAY! That's WiHi! 

I then traveled to Delmar to see what kind of condition the Middle and High School were and I think you'll agree, they're ready for students. Delmar Elementary was also completely cleared and ready for students.

NOW, let's talk about the roads. I wanted to make damn sure John Fredericksen was NOT going to state that the roads were not in good enough shape to send out buses. I'll be delivering absolute evidence that the County roads are perfectly fine and I challenge any one of you to say they aren't, because I have pictures of pretty much every single neighborhood and back road I could find. 

Were there some roads that hadn't been completed, yes. However, by 3:30 PM today they had not only been noted, they were sending crews to each location. Teachers Beware, the roads are clear, even in the Town of Delmar. By the way Delmar, nice work on both sides of Rt. 54.

I will be providing more photos and information as the evening goes on. 

Dem Congressman: We Need Food Stamps Because So Many Fathers Are In Jail

Democrat Georgia Rep. David Scott said that food stamps are necessary because of America’s “policy” of imprisoning families.

“Our policy of sending so many of our young eligible fathers to prison. Millions,” Scott said. “Our prison population went from 300,000 in 1975 to over two million today.

These are providers who are not there. This is why we have so many single female head of households. I mean, so when you look at everything we have done, we’ve got to correct some of these things first.”

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Closings & Delays For Friday 2-27-15


Wicomico County Schools - Closed

Somerset County Schools - Closed

Accomack County Schools - All schools are closed tomorrow Feb 27th due to road conditions. All 12 month employees are on a 2 hour delay Friday Feb. 27. Be safe and take care! 

Delmar School District - Closed 

Worcester County Schools - Closed 

Seaford School District - Closed

Laurel School District - Schools & Administrative Offices are closed Friday, February 27, 2015 due to emergency weather conditions.

LET'S CLEAR THE AIR, A LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Greg Johnson

As I read the comments on your post regarding HSB and Greg Johnson, I feel like I should chime in and provide another side of this story. 

Over the past several quarters, examiners from the Fed have been visiting the Hebron Savings Bank. This is not unusual as they visit all banks and conduct audits to be sure that the banks are keeping accurate records and are following the "rules". The rules are both established by law and/or prescribed by Federal Reserve policy. 

Recently, the Fed has been critical of the way HSB has been handling financial difficulties being experienced by some HSB customers. HSB has been reaching out to families and businesses and helping them keep their mortgages by restructuring loans, lowering interest rates temporarily, etc., in order to keep the loans serviceable. Sometimes this was necessary more than once a year as their financial positions changed. It seems logical that a bank would do much better to keep current loans serviceable than to foreclose - but that's not what the Feds want. The Feds have told HSB that it is no longer acceptable to assist its customers more than once a year. Greg Johnson found this position unacceptable. 

As a former bank examiner, Greg knew that it looks better to have serviceable loans than it does to have excessive fore closures on the books. He also knows that it is better for the community to help families and businesses through hard time than it is to litter our communities with empty homes and businesses. This is one of the reasons HSB has a four star rating. Regardless of the negative effect this has on our communities, the Fed came down on HSB, threatening sanctions. This caused the board to take a strong stance against Greg Johnson and his efforts to maintain a strong relationship between the bank and the community. 

Greg determined that it would be better for him to be able to work for a financial institution which shared his desire to foster such a relationship. THIS is why Greg Johnson left HSB to work for a financial institution in Delaware. I wish Greg much luck and I hope HSB, MY bank, finds someone else who shares his Greg's vision of a strong community. 

Thank you.

JUST IN: Results of the CPAC Straw Poll Announced

1st place - Rand Paul  26%

2nd place - Scott Walker 21%

3rd place - Ted Cruz 12%

4th place - Dr. Ben Carson  11%

5th place - Jeb Bush  8%

Saturday Construction/City Noise Ordinance

Hey Joe. Hope you're having a better evening than me. 

Just wanted to update you on whats happened the past week or so. On Monday someone in the neighborhood (not me) called SPD to make a complaint about the construction continuing well past 6pm. She told me that she watched the responding officer talk to one individual and then leave. That individual then went and told all the workers to get down and wrap it up, which they all did, she said. Then yesterday, oddly enough, Palmer Gillis called me out of the blue on my cell phone. I have never spoken to him before, and I don't know how he got my number, but he was very nice and pleasant to talk with. He assured me that they (Gillis Gilkerson, Terra Firma) fully have the surrounding community in mind while they're working at any project. He told me that there will SURELY be noise ordinance violations in the future, "that's just how it is." He wanted me to agree with him that the longer they are allowed to work, the sooner they would be outta there. That may be true, but I do not agree with him on that subject, because 7am-6pm means just that, and nothing more. I wonder if he only called because there is a Council meeting tomorrow, and this topic is in the agenda finally? I don't know. 

Well wouldn't ya know it?? The construction continued until 6:45pm tonight, when they absolutely couldn't see anything anymore. At 6:30 I called SPD (4th time in 3 weeks) to make a legitimate complaint about the heavy equipment and compressors that were still running. I was greeted by a nice female dispatcher, but she was unable to help, and put me on hold. After a few moments another dispatcher (Woods) came on the line and only asked for my address. I almost did not give it to him, because it is irrelevant, but I did anyway and he immediately changed his tone and became quite stand-offish telling me that "I've talked to you before (he's only talked to me once previously) and we don't have to send anyone out there." I told him my complaint was legitimate and not frivolous and that he cant just ignore it. (SPD has been called to that site a minimum of 6 times, and those are just the ones I know about) He didn't like having to talk to me, that much he made pretty clear. I asked him why he had an attitude with me and his response was "I don't have an attitude, I may be intense, but no attitude." Seriously?? He sounded just like Ireton to me. I then asked to speak with someone else. After all, these are the same cops that tell everyone in this neighborhood to call "anytime you have a problem with students being unruly."

After being placed on hold again another man came on the line. This time it was the LT on duty. He was very nice, but was very clear that there is nothing they can do. He said that they (contractors) can be cited, and that was it. He told me that the contractor can take a citation every day (unknown if a single citation has been issued), but it was not an arrestable misdemeanor offense, and "if they can afford it they'll just keep paying the fine."
I don't know what the "fine" amounts to in dollars, but I'm sure its very minor, probably $100 or less, and I'm sure Gillis would gladly pay the petty little fine to be able to work outside the allowed hours. I bet if each individual on site was written a citation every time they violate the hours their willingness to disregard the law would change. 

After hearing that response from SPD, and Palmer telling me it will definitely happen again, it seems the community has lost this battle because we can not compete with big business, big money, big government, and Salisbury University. 

Its very disheartening and upsetting to know that even the most minor of laws written only apply to certain people. It is also very frustrating that the folks elected to represent the people get butt-hurt when their opinions are challenged. I have been relentless in my quest to see that the current ordinance is followed, and for that I have been attacked on the other blog, spoken to like a piece of trash by Ireton, treated like a lame by some random dispatcher that thinks he is a lawyer/cop, threatened by one construction worker, and blown off by most of the Council. All for speaking/standing up for my community and our quality of life !!! I mean seriously....I don't do this crap for fun, Id like nothing more than to be silent as a church mouse. Problem is that the longer the Council takes to figure this out the more violations that will take place because there is no real consequence anyway. For that reason I have been quite diligent in making sure this community's voices are heard, and that Ireton, Mitchell, and Day have to deal with me like I have to deal with this noise 75 hours per week. 

I bet if I took my leaf blower over to Philadelphia Avenue or Ridge Road and gave it a tune up outside the legal hours to make noise, my ass would get arrested for disturbing the peace and surely fined for violating the city ordinance. The ordinances are only a bunch of words written on a paper, deciphered by lawyers that are in the pockets of big business. 

Thanks again for your help Joe.

End long rant. Looks like the community loses....yet again.

An Excellent Comment Worthy Of A Post

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post " County Executive Culver Responds To Mike Dunn's Ar...":

Joe,


Please let your readers know that there are two people named Mike Dunn in Salisbury whose name might be known to the public. 

One is Mike Dunn, the Realtor, whose signs you might see on for-sale properties.

The other is Mik
e Dunn, the donut hole, who is the author of the Independent piece to which this post applies. 

For the sake of fairness, please don't let your readers confuse these two separate and very different people.

Wicomico County Teachers This Week


Joe is out with the roads division

 

Wicomico County Has You unCOVERED





Don't you think for a second the Roads Division of Wicomico is slacking. All throughout the morning we have gone mobile to give you the real experience of snow removal. 

We will continue to show you the progress throughout the day and even evening so you'll finally know in real time what to expect with your road conditions, especially for your evening and morning commute tomorrow. 

There's NO NEED for YOU to get out there. We'll keep you posted. Stay warm, stay dry and stay safe. There's been many accidents already this morning. A simple curve in the road has found many completely out of control and sliding off into ditches. It's just not worth it. 

Reporting LIVE from Wicomico County, this is Special Bureau Chief Joe Albero, Salisbury News. LOL

Just In: Accident: UPDATE

Accident involving tractor trailer at 13 and Foskey Lane.

North bound lanes.........involving a liquid gas tanker and a Comcast van.

UPDATE: 13 northbound is shut down due to the accident.

Paul Tatem Found NOT GUILTY Of Attempted Murder

It only took 3 hours for the Jury to decide Paul Tatem NOT guilty of murder. Heck, other then a possession of a weapon charge, the Jury found him not guilty of all the 1st degree, 2nd degree attempted murder, armed robbery and a host of other charges.

Matt Maciarello basically stated, "the Jury has spoken". With all due respect, what the hell were all the charges about then?

Clearly if you are black in Wicomico County and you don't have the funds to get a good criminal attorney, (in which this guy fortunately did) according to statistics, YOU'RE GOING TO JAIL IN WICOMICO COUNTY. In fact, (according to statistics per capita) if you are charged of a crime in Wicomico County the odds are HIGHEST you'll see jail time over ANY other County in the entire state. With charges like the ones here, you have to wonder, are the new statistics a really good thing or a really bad thing?

This, (to me personally) is some pretty scary stuff. I'm thinking, heck, if you're charged with multiple counts of attempted murder and the whole nine yards and there's really no evidence you did the crime, WOW! 

I had also heard there was a female of which the Police stated they had found her dna at the scene, yet she claimed, WHAT THE HECK, I've never been to that home or property, WOW!

Now I've not seen a press release from the States Attorneys Office either last night or this morning but I'd say there's a major problem in Wicomico County and I'll clearly and openly state, this is NOT the first case like this here. 

So all they got on this guy was an illegal firearm. REALLY? And look, I don't care what this guys previous record states, he was charged with murder and he didn't do it! This means the MURDERER is still out there. Very scary stuff!

My hat is tipped to Tatem's attorney David Weck. 

A Message From The Salisbury Police Department

A "BRAKE"? How about a break instead.
Welcome to the Eastern Shore.

Snow Plows Just Hit The Road In Wicomico County

Snow Plows just hit the road in Wicomico Count to start spreading salt. I'm not so sure the snow is thick enough yet to plow but they are spreading salt. When I got up at 5:00 AM I was amazed at how little snow we had received so far.
Sure, there's snow on the ground but nothing like what we had expected. 

Todd Dudek's Last Day At The Daily Times Is This Friday After 25 Years: Please Wish Him Well

Well as most of you know, my job has been eliminated at the newspaper and Friday will be my last day. I have enjoyed the run of 25+ years, but looking forward to the future. I want to personally thank all of those who made my job easy, and some of those who made my job harder, I am a better person for it. I want to thank all the police and fire departments for unprecedented access to scenes, the tips that all of you (you know who you are) gave me, and the information that I received that made me the best spot news photographer in Maryland and Delaware year after year. To the schools that I enjoyed shooting all the sports and school events over the years. I will miss the daily grind (not really some days) but I believe that I was always a professional. To all the police officers and darn fire police I pissed off, sorry but I had a job to do also. I will see each and everyone of you on the "Other" side of my life and excited what that will bring! To you folks, Cheers!!!

There's Many Reasons Crime Is So Bad In Salisbury & Wicomico County

The image above is the Hudson Center, I'll get back to that in a minute.

I don't know if you've noticed lately but Salisbury News has been the front runner for the past 10 years bringing you crime information when the rest of the media ignored it. Fortunately that has changed quite a bit but in the past few months, (if not longer) law enforcement has been extremely quiet about crime.

Oh, they let us know about SHOPLIFTERS but IF we didn't put out certain breaking information we wouldn't see anything. In fact, law enforcement has placed so much pressure on a new Website out there breaking news as it comes in on the scanner that even they have stated they're going to back down from exposing what's going on. Many have suggested in comments the people behind that Site are Police Officers and Firefighters. 

States Attorney Matt Maciarello sends us press releases on people his office convicts but isn't it interesting WE don't get information on the original arrests any more??? Mind you, that is not Maciarello's fault but someone is purposely dropping the ball to the public.

What you are hearing is that a LOT of the crime is based around drug addictions. Getting back to the Hudson Center, (above). The Hudson Center is a place for addicts to go but here's the problem. In years past the Hudson Center was accepting patients from, (get this) Baltimore City. Once that was exposed enough pressure was placed on them to stop accepting patients from Baltimore because we had such a drug problem here on the Shore. 

Well, guess what. the Baltimore patients are back. That's right, local people addicted to drugs simply can't get in. Once again you're seeing NONE of this in your local media and it's a shame because crime keeps going up, they know what the main root cause is from and if there's one thing I can assure you of is it will continue to skyrocket if these people can't get help. 

Let me just say this as well. If you THINK this doesn't or won't affect you, well, count your blessings because many affluent Families are also victims of the drug problem on the Shore and others are victims of the crime it causes.  

I'm not so sure our law enforcement leaders even know this is a problem with the Hudson center but one thing is for sure, they know it now. STOP allowing Baltimore patients into the Hudson Center and let's take care of our own right here on the Shore. 

Oh, let's also start publishing the REAL crime going on and STOP covering it up. If crime was as low as you publish, I'd say you could get rid of 80% of your staff. 

A Comment Worthy Of A Post 2-24-15

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post " IRVING JONES III SENTENCED TO 35 YEARS IN PRISON F...":

I was there at court watching this trial. These facts aren't accurate at all. The car was stopped for stopping on a white line. No drugs were found in his possession but in the pants of a girl. The driver of the car wasn't there to testify or even charged. This man was convicted because his money was sorted in order and had a past conviction of drugs. Not to mention the 11 white jurors one black and a black alternate. And his public defender Sandra freid is a joke. A real lawyer would've busted this out of the water. And finally the judge who retires in a couple months Honorable Jackson....never took his eyes off the computer. An objection was yelled and a huh what over ruled without explanation. The law failed this man. He was convicted of assumptions and not facts. Oh the scales weren't on him either. In a closed box in a missing drivers car. Not saying he wasn't a dealer. Probably was. But the law failed in this case.

Breaking Video Shows Fort Lauderdale Cop Slapping Homeless Man


BREAKING NEWS: Obama vetoes Keystone pipeline bill

The White House has notified the Senate that President Obama has vetoed the Keystone XL oil pipeline bill.

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Scott Walker: ‘I Don’t Know’ If Obama Is a Christian

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a prospective Republican presidential contender, said Saturday he does not know whether President Obama is a Christian.

“I don’t know,” Walker said in an interview at the JW Marriott hotel in Washington, where he was attending the winter meeting of the National Governors Association.

“I’ve actually never talked about it or I haven’t read about that,” Walker said, his voice calm and firm. “I’ve never asked him that,” he added. “You’ve asked me to make statements about people that I haven’t had a conversation with about that. How [could] I say if I know either of you are a Christian?”

Walker said such questions from reporters are reflective of a broader problem in the nation’s political-media culture, which he described as fixated on issues that are not relevant to most Americans.

“To me, this is a classic example of why people hate Washington and, increasingly, they dislike the press,” he said. “The things they care about don’t even remotely come close to what you’re asking about.”

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Council President Selected to 2015 Class of Leadership Maryland

Salisbury - Mayor James Ireton Jr., is pleased to announce that Salisbury's City Council President, Jake Day has been selected to the 2015 Class of Leadership Maryland. Leadership Maryland is one of 34 state leadership programs nationwide and has graduated nearly 1,000 statewide leaders. Day joins 26 past Leadership Maryland honorees from Salisbury, including Jim Perdue, Dr. Memo Diriker, Dr. Ray Hoy and Kathleen Momme.
“These selected participants represent a broad spectrum of highly qualified executives from an extraordinary pool of statewide applicants,” said Renee M. Winsky, president and CEO and Class of 2005 graduate of Leadership Maryland. “After participating in a comprehensive program of experiences throughout the year, these leaders will serve as important participants in the unified effort to shape Maryland’s future.”
Founded in 1992, Leadership Maryland is an independent, educational, non-profit organization designed to inform top-level executives, from the public and private sectors, about the critical issues, challenges and opportunities facing the state of Maryland and its regions. Each year, up to 52 accomplished and talented statewide leaders are selected to participate in the eight-month program.
“I am honored to be selected and to join an incredible class of leaders to help shape a better Maryland,” said Council President Day. “I hope to bring new ideas to Salisbury that are working elsewhere in our State, and to showcase our great city to leaders from around Maryland.”

BREAKING NEWS: ANOTHER HOME INVASION IN SALISBURY

Wicomico First Alert

***BREAKING NEWS***
***POLICE ALERT***
Attempted Home Invasion
Subject beat in the face with a gun

John Street
Salisbury

Attempted home invasion, a victim was beat in the face with a gun.
Police, EMS, and Fire on scene.
Suspects: 2 black males, 1 wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt.

Crime is down in Salisbury. At least that is what Jim and Jake are saying!

Wicomico First Alert
3 hrs · Edited ·

***BREAKING NEWS***
*SHOTS FIRED - HOME INVASION*

**PERSON OF INTEREST VEHICLE: Dark Blue/Black 1994 BMW bearing MD REG: Z43288. This vehicle is believed to be operated by the below listed person who is considered armed and SHOULD NOT be approached:

Tyquan Jamar Williams
26 year old, black male, 5'09" 175 lbs

*AGAIN: This person of interest is known to carry a firearm on his person and/or in his vehicle. He SHOULD NOT be approached. He has prior convictions in relation to narcotics and illegal possession of firearms.*

UPDATE: 3 bullet holes found in a house. No victims at this time. PD on scene.
UPDATE: Victim states this was during a botched home invasion. Requesting K9 for track. 12 gauge shotgun rounds.
UPDATE: Wicomico Sheriff's Office responding to assist. 2 or 3 suspects wearing masks.
UPDATE: Police are doing a neighborhood canvas, and knocking on doors. Stay inside with your doors locked. Police will identify themselves. K9 is also on scene at 11:13 pm.

In the area Shiloh Street and Hemlock Street
Salisbury

Trying to gain more information.
NUMEROUS calls in regards to shots fired in or at a residence.
Several PD units en route.

U.S.C.G. Breaks Ice On Wicomico River For Much Needed Oil Delivery



The United States Coast Guard brought in an Ice Breaker down the Wicomico River followed by the Vane Brothers Tug Boat managing a barge of oil today around 2 PM. This is the first delivery of oil in over a week, which was apparently much needed.

On Tilghman Island, law-breaking watermen defended

On a midwinter afternoon, William "Billy" J. Lednum steered the Kristin Marie into the Knapps Narrows, a channel that separates Tilghman Island from the rest of the Eastern Shore. It was 35 degrees and gusty, but Lednum, a "waterman cowboy" who has won dozens of boat-docking trophies, whipped the stern around and flawlessly backed into his slip. After tying his boat to the dock, he unloaded 125 silver-scaled rockfish, weighing a combined 699 pounds.

This was the 42-year-old waterman's last trip before heading to prison — and perhaps the last rockfish haul of his life. Lednum, known around Tilghman Island as "Billy," is now Federal Bureau of Prisons inmate No. 57529-037 at Fort Dix, N.J.

"Days like today I would have stayed home," he said, referring to the numbing cold and wind that penetrated his red sweatshirt. "But I moved things up so I could get things done."

On insular Tilghman — a 2.7-square-mile island with fewer than 800 residents — many are outraged by Lednum's fall. Not because of his crime: poaching rockfish in violation of state and federal law.

They are upset that this fourth-generation islander and chief of the volunteer fire department will be serving a year and a day behind bars for pursuing his livelihood. Neighboring families can't recall anybody ever going to prison "just for catching a fish." Curiously, not even watermen who had their 2011 quotas slashed as a result of the poaching said they were upset with him — or the three others convicted last year in the poaching scheme.

The Tilghman Island Volunteer Fire Company recently decided that Lednum should continue as chief while he's in prison. Two marinas have offered to dock the Kristin Marie for free. A waterman friend will be mowing his lawn while he's gone.

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Why Have A Law If You Can't Enforce It?

I took this photo Friday evening and clearly no one was going to clear the sidewalk before the sun set.

As I stood there I watched people walking in the street, which was happening pretty much anywhere you went in Salisbury. Some shoveled their sidewalks, some did not. It only takes ONE property to screw that all up.

Here's what I don't get though. If you have to have them cleared within six hours of the final snow flake, if the Board of Ed can't get their sidewalks cleared, why does the Mayor want to punish and fine people for something like this?

Now I can see if the Mayor gets a crew out there and clears your sidewalk for you, THEN THEY CAN FINE YOU. However, if they cannot, is it really fair to punish everyone when the ultimate goal, (according to them) is to make sure citizens can walk about freely on every sidewalk.

This is the Eastern Shore. Snow doesn't last very long on the ground. In fact, look around today. With the rain and warmer temperatures I'd say the sidewalks should be clear by days end. 

Considering these rules were actually designed to HELP the Postal Service, (shhhh, you're not supposed to know that) so why don't they just STOP mail delivery until everything clears up. IF you want your mail, YOU go to the Post Office and get it. 

Here's another thought. IF the City is so concerned about snow removal, WHY hasn't someone thought "out of the box" and create an ON CALL list of people out of work willing to shovel snow SEVEN hours after the last flake drops. They can set a residential fee that is fair and actually pay HUNDREDS of people who really need the money. Oh, I'm sorry Ladies & Gentlemen, I forgot that we're talking about non business people like Jim Ireton and Jake Day. 

As far as businesses go, (like the ones shown in the picture above) they should be fined. 

Do you think we need an additional 2,000 laws every year in Maryland?

How Many Laws do we Need?

Del Szeliga's legislative agenda - light

So far, there have been 1159 bills introduced in the House of Delegates and 821 in the Senate. Some of these are duplicate bills filed in each chamber - called cross filed bills.

Remember, every bill has the potential of becoming a law. Do you think we need an additional 2,000 laws every year?

I am the primary sponsor of 6 bills.

HB 238 - will allow airports under the Maryland Aviation Administration to trim and cut trees that are hazards to navigation. Currently, only airports governed by the FAA - Federal Aviation Administration are allowed to do this. My bill will help the 16 smaller airports under the MAA.

HB 257 - will give homeowners near the Eastern Sanitary Landfill the opportunity to petition Baltimore County for a property tax credit. The County signed a contract with Harford County and recently began processing Harford County's trash. The County is getting $9 million per year. It's only right that the neighboring residents of Loreley Beach should be able to ask the County for a tax credit.

HB 454 - will prohibit the State of Maryland from charging drivers a Vehicle Miles Traveled tax. This is a concept that has been considered in the past. It's a terrible idea for lots of reasons.

HB 735 - will allow people traveling through our state to transport legally owned firearms via vehicle or boat. The unintended consequences of the restrictive gun bill that passed a couple of years ago is that it prohibits lawful firearm owners from driving or boating through our state with certain firearms that are now illegal to own in Maryland.

HB 1011 - allows an adult child to obtain a copy of their parent's birth certificate.

HB 1147 - is a matching grant request for $200,000 for Angel Park in Perry Hall. This new park will be located on Honeygo Blvd and will be similar to Annie's Playground in Harford County - a playground fully accessible to handicapped children. Angel Park has already raised about $1 million in private contributions and this will help with the playground equipment purchase. There are usually $7 million in grants for community projects approved by the House and $7 million by the Senate.
I have cosponsored many other bills. If you'd like to see the whole list of bills I've sponsored and cosponsored CLICK HERE.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

WICOMICO PUBLIC LIBRARIESCELEBRATES TEEN TECH WEEK™

Local teens will be tuning in at the library as Wicomico Public Libraries celebrates Teen Tech Week, March 8 – March 14, 2015. They join thousands of other libraries and schools across the country who are celebrating this year’s theme, “Libraries are for Making…” to raise awareness about how Wicomico Public Libraries creates a space to extend teens’ learning beyond the classroom where they can explore, create and share content.

Teen Tech Week is a national initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults. The purpose of the initiative is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of technology, especially the types offered through libraries. Teen Tech Week encourages teens to take advantage of the technology at libraries for education and recreation, and to recognize that librarians are qualified, trusted professionals who can help them achieve greater digital literacy.

Andrea Berstler, Executive Director, stated that, “providing a ‘space’ for teens in the Library is important. We offer activities, access to computers, and homework help so that they can succeed not only today, but so they can realize their future potential. Once they discover how to use these resources, we show teens that with an education, anything is possible.”

Teens are encouraged to celebrate Teen Tech Week. Wicomico Public Libraries hopes to attract a wide variety of teenagers and increase teen technology literacy locally by offering a series of programs including:

Fan-art Contest- teens are challenged to create an original work of art inspired by their favorite character

Master Chef Apps and Dessert Contest - teen cooks prepare their favorite appetizer or dessert and are judged by local culinary experts

Wicomico Teen Video Contest – teens show their vision by creating a 5-15 minute video which is uploaded to You Tube and judged at the Teen Tech Week Film Festival

Film Festival – Videos from the Teen Tech Week Video Contest are viewed and voted on for best film. During the Film Festival teens enjoy treats from the Master Chef Apps and Dessert Contest

Teen Tech Week is held annually the second week of March. For more information, visit http://www.wicomicolibrary.org.

Wicomico Public Libraries are located in Downtown Salisbury, the Centre at Salisbury, in Pittsville, and the Library Bookmobile. Wicomico Public Libraries offer numerous resources such as free Internet

NYC police commissioner blames cops for ‘many of the worst parts of black history’

New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton told a predominantly black crowd Tuesday that police have made some of the worst parts of black history possible, including slavery.

Speaking at a Black History Month event in Queens, Mr. Bratton said that while police have played crucial role in maintaining order during civil unrest, “many of the worst parts of black history would have been impossible without police, too,” DNAinfo reported.

“Slavery, our country’s original sin, sat on a foundation codified by laws and enforced by police, by slave catchers,” he added.

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State Dept. official charged with soliciting minor

A U.S. State Department official was jailed Tuesday on a charge of soliciting a minor.

Daniel Rosen was arrested at his home in Washington, D.C., about noon on Tuesday and was in custody at the D.C. jail Tuesday night, said Fairfax County, Virginia, Police Department spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell.

Rosen, 44, was arrested 'following a series of online exchanges' with a detective assigned to the Fairfax County Police Department's Child Exploitation Unit, Caldwell said.

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EU unveils vast plan to merge 28 energy markets

BRUSSELS — The European Union's executive has unveiled a vast plan to boost coordination between the EU's 28 national energy markets to wean Europe off unstable Russian gas supplies and provide cheaper energy for consumers.

European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic on Wednesday called it "undoubtedly the most ambitious energy project" since the inception of the EU over half a century ago. He believes that improving links across borders in Europe's energy grid could save businesses and consumers up to 40 billion euros ($45.4 billion) a year.

A more energy-independent Europe will also increase the EU's political options in eastern Europe.

Europe imports 40 percent of its natural gas from Russia, half via pipelines through conflict-torn Ukraine, and it could to take years of investment to reduce that dependency. Ukraine and Russian energy monopoly Gazprom have been embroiled in numerous gas price wars, which have hit supplies in Europe over the past years.

"Our dependence on external energy resources has affected our ability to conduct an independent foreign policy," warned the leader of the European Parliament's liberal ALDE group, Guy Verhofstadt.

He said that an ambitious energy project will create jobs, tackle climate change and hit Russian President Vladimir "Putin where it hurts most."

Sefcovic said the EU would work closely with neighbors like Algeria, Turkey and Norway to help diversify sources of supply.

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The Wal-Mart ripple effect begins with this retailer

Let the wage war begin.

Less than a week after Wal-Mart announced that it would raise wages for 500,000 employees to $9 an hour in April, off-price retailer TJXsaid in its fourth-quarter earnings report that it, too, will boost pay.

The parent company of T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods said Wednesday its full- and part-time hourly U.S. employees will earn at least $9 an hour starting in June. In 2016, all hourly U.S. workers who have been with the company for six months or more will earn at least $10 an hour.

"At TJX, we attribute our success over the last 38 years primarily to the people we have hired who have remained focused on our mission of delivering consumers amazing values," CEO Carol Meyrowitz said in the company's earnings release.

"This pay initiative is an important part of our strategies to continue attracting and retaining the best talent in order to deliver a great shopping experience for our customers, remain competitive on wages in our U.S. markets, and stay focused on our value mission."

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Maraschino Cherry Tycoon: The Secret Drug Lair New York City Police Uncovered

In a scene reminiscent of the TV show "Breaking Bad," New York City investigators raided the business of one of the nation's largest processors of maraschino cherries -- only to find that his Brooklyn factory also allegedly served as a marijuana growing operation, authorities said.

Investigators returned to the factory today in the Red Hook section, a day after the owner shot and killed himself in an apparent suicide as authorities raided it. police said.

There's a good chance the cherry atop your sundae or at the bottom of your Manhattan is fromDell's Maraschino Cherries, a family business founded in 1948 that now appears to have also hosted what sources described to ABC News as a large-scale, elaborate marijuana growing operation.

A team of city and state environmental regulators, along with prosecutors from the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office, had been at the company for several hours Tuesday investigating a complaint of illegal chemical dumping in the waters off Red Hook, prosecutors said.

At first owner Arthur Mondella, 57, cooperated with the search, police said. Then, as investigators discovered "flimsy shelving and a faint smell of marijuana," a source briefed on the investigation said, Mondella became increasingly vague.

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App Assists Homeless Without Fears They’ll Spend it On the Wrong Things

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - It can be an uncomfortable situation. A stranger approaches you when you’re stopped at a red light or while you’re walking down the street. The person asks for money. You’d like to help.

But you wonder to yourself if the money will be used to buy necessities or some sort of vice.

“So you have that kind of moral hazard of, so you’re giving a person money, but you actually could make their lives worse,” said Neel Sus from his tech company Susco Solutions.

Sus says he has always had a desire to help people but he could never be certain that cash donations would be used for necessities.

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Here Is The Most Wildly Popular Type Of Store In Each State

It may not surprise you that there's a lot of demand for surf shops in Hawaii, but did you know that South Dakota is all about its art galleries?

A recent collaboration between The Huffington Post and Yelp reveals what kinds of stores are the most insanely popular in each state, based on the review website's listings. It's the same idea behind our recent map showing each state's most popular type of cuisine.

To collect info for the map, Yelp delved into its online catalogue of store listings and calculated the percentage of a given type of shopping business relative to the total number of business listings in that state. Then, it compared those percentages with each type of store's representation nationwide and produced a list of the top 10 most disproportionally common stores in each of the 50 states.

The map below, made by HuffPost's Alissa Scheller, shows which type of retail shop is the most likely to appear in each state.

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Breaking News: Another Fight In Salisbury

Police and Ems are responding to the South Wawa In Salisbury for a fight.

UPS Illegally Shipped 136 Million Contraband Cigarettes In New York, Says New Lawsuit

A new multimillion-dollar federal lawsuit alleges that UPS unlawfully shipped almost 700,000 cartons of untaxed cigarettes in New York, undercutting anti-smoking efforts and depriving the state of millions of dollars in tax revenue.

The joint lawsuit, filed Wednesday by both the state and the city of New York, says the shipping giant made nearly 80,000 illicit shipments of cigarettes from unlicensed vendors on the state's Native American reservations to locations elsewhere in the state from 2010 to 2014.

"Our lawsuit alleges that UPS blatantly disregarded New York and federal tax and public health laws, by shipping tens of millions of cheap, untaxed cigarettes to New Yorkers," New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement Wednesday. "We contend that UPS cost this state millions in revenue and is helping to make illegal, low-cost cigarettes available to our young people, who are disproportionately lured to smoking by lower costs."

"To limit smoking, which remains the number one preventable public health crisis today, we must stop the flow of illegal cigarettes and enforce the law," he continued.

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Stephen Hawking Warns That Aggression Could 'Destroy Us All'

Forget doomsday asteroids, global plagues and super volcanoes. British theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking says we're facing a much more immediate threat -- and it's our own behavior.

The human failing I would most like to correct is aggression,” Hawking told contest winner Adaeze Uyanwah, according to the Independent. “It may have had survival advantage in caveman days, to get more food, territory or a partner with whom to reproduce, but now it threatens to destroy us all.”

Uyanwah, a 24-year-old from California, won the "Guest of Honor" contest fromVisitLondon.com. The prize package included a tour of London's Science Museumwith Hawking.

While being shown around, Uyanwah asked Hawking which human shortcoming he would most like to change, and which trait he'd enhance.

Hawking chose aggression and warned that a nuclear war could end civilization and possibly the human race. We need to replace aggression with empathy, which "brings us together in a peaceful loving state,” he said.

The subject of "The Theory of Everything" also told her that the future of man lies beyond Earth.

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What A Man's Hands Say About How He Treats Women

Listen up, ladies. If you want to figure out if your date is a nice guy or a jerk, take a look at his hands.

A strange new study suggests that the shorter a guy's index finger is compared to his ring finger, the more likely he is to be nice to women. Guys whose index fingers and ring fingers are close in length, or whose index fingers are longer than their ring fingers, watch out!

"When with women, men with smaller ratios [of index to ring finger] were more likely to listen attentively, smile and laugh, compromise or compliment the other person," Dr. Debbie Moskowitz, a psychology professor at McGill University in Montreal and the study's lead author, said in a written statement.

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Light of Literacy Awards Ceremony Scheduled for Thursday, April 9th

Salisbury, MD – The Friends of Wicomico Public Library will hold its third annual Light of Literacy Awards Ceremony on Thursday April 9th, 2015. Nominations are necessary to make this event a success. Nominees help others improve their reading, information, computer, financial and other literacy skills, giving them the necessary tools to become lifelong learners. Winners will be honored at an awards breakfast at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center.

If you know someone who is lighting the way for others and has a passion for utilizing what they do to ensure others succeed please nominate them for a Light of Literacy Award. You may nominate more than one person. Nominee submissions are due by Friday, March 6th.

Nominations can be mailed to:

Friends Awards
c/o Wicomico Public Library
122 S. Division St., Salisbury, MD 21801

"Coffee With Your Council"


Cuccinelli: Homeland Security Negotiations 'Embarrassing' for GOP

The political back and forth on a GOP plan to fund Homeland Security without the immigration provisions opposed by President Barack Obama has been "embarrassing," says Ken Cuccinelli, president of the Senate Conservatives Fund and former Virginia attorney general.

On Wednesday, Senate Democrats signed onto the plan, putting the Senate on track to pass it and stop a partial agency shutdown on Friday.

Shortly before the decision, Cuccinelli told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV the Republicans seem unable to negotiate and would rather roll over.

"You don't need to have a PhD in negotiating tactics. When you see something like that, you know you're looking at a guy who has no idea how one properly goes about negotiating anything," Cuccinelli said.

"It's embarrassing to watch when such important strategic issues are at stake. It's horrible to watch and there are reasons we all thought [House Speaker John] Boehner should be removed.

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Team Bibi Schools Team Obama In Boycott Showdown

Team Barack started strong, but Team Bibi is showing it knows how to finish, as supporters of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pick up steam against those urging a boycott of his speech next week before Congress.

About 20 House and Senate Democrats announced early on that they would not attend the March 3 speech, which is being cast as a rebuke to President Obama, but since then only a handful have joined them as pro-Netanyahu advocates counter by hinting at political consequences for the no-shows.

Christians United for Israel, for example, sent out an action alert a few weeks ago urging its members to contact their representatives in support of the Netanyahu speech. The result was a blast of more than 30,000 emails asking lawmakers not to let “partisan politics and petty excuses keep you from fulfilling the most basic of responsibilities of your office.”

Mr. Obama is refusing to meet with Mr. Netanyahu during his visit here, accusing Mr. Boehner of breaking protocol in issuing the invite. Vice President Joseph R. Biden, who as presiding officer of the Senate would normally sit on the dais behind the prime minister, has scheduled a trip and won’t be in attendance.

But only 23 of the House’s 188 Democrats, two of the Senate’s 44 Democrats and one independent have said they will skip the March 3 speech, according to an online “whip list” maintained by The Hill.

“Here’s the difference: Obama doesn’t have to run for re-election again. A lot of these guys do,” Mr. Brog said. “So if they’re doubling down with the White House on what is increasingly proving to be a naive approach to this evil, they could pay with their jobs.”

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Miller, most Senate Democrats back end to contested judicial elections

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller called Tuesday for an end to Maryland's practice of allowing challengers to run against appointed Circuit Court judges, saying a system that forces judges to raise money for political campaigns is "very unseemly."

Miller endorsed a constitutional amendment that would require newly appointed Circuit Court judges to run to keep their seats in so-called "retention" elections, in which voters would either say yes or no to their remaining on the bench. That is the system the state uses for appointments to its appellate courts.

The Circuit Courts are Maryland's principal trial courts for serious criminal and civil cases. The judges are now appointed by the governor but must run to stay on the bench for a 15-year term in the next possible election. Traditionally, new judges run in both party primaries. Usually they win the nominations of both parties, but in some cases a challenger wins one party primary to set up a general election contest.

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Taxpayers Duck Obamacare Tax, Snubbing IRS

Taxpayers are already telling their accountants they plan to stiff the IRS on the Obamacare tax, saying they figure the chances the agency comes after them for a few hundred bucks are pretty slim, and it makes sense to take the risk.

Still other taxpayers are recoiling when they find out they owe far more than the $95 minimum penalty for not having insurance in 2014, said Christopher Wittich, an accountant in Minnesota.

“And that’s a big problem for them,” he said. “They don’t have 200 bucks.”

Taxpayers are facing the first round of penalties under Obamacare’s “individual mandate,” which requires most Americans to prove they have health insurance coverage or else pay the tax that the Supreme Court ruled made the law constitutional.

But Indiana accountant Scott Frick said one of his clients, told he would have to fork over $850 for going without insurance last year, thought about the IRS and decided not to pay, just to “see what happens.”

The episodes raise questions for the revenue agency, which is trying to figure out just how far it’s prepared to go to collect the Obamacare tax — and if future administrations will enforce it at all.

Under the 2010 law the IRS cannot pursue criminal penalties or put liens on the property of people who ignore the Affordable Care Act’s mandate.

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A Letter To The Editor: Wicomico County BOE Waste

Joe,

Good morning. I enjoy reading your blog... thank you for keeping the community informed.

I thought I'd pass along another example of our great BOE's waste of taxpayer's money. In light of our financial situation it is beyond me how money is continually put toward unnecessarily extravagant items. The latest that has come to my attention is a fully funded trip to Florida for 2 BOE employees to attend a conference regarding the "summer program". They left 2/17, returned 2/22 or 2/23. Flights, hotels, meals paid for. How much could this have cost the taxpayers of Wicomico County? Not to mention the same two employees have been on other "conferences" together in the past which required flights/mileage/hotels/meals... Is traveling up and down the east coast really necessary? They also frequent local "establishments" during the summer months under the guise of "meeting to write curriculum", no doubt this is written off as an "expense".

Wicomico County Council Agenda For March 3, 2015

WINNING JOKE IN BRITAIN

An Israeli doctor says: "In Israel, medicine is so advanced that we cut off a man's testicles, put them on another man, and in 6 weeks, he is looking for work.

The German doctor says: "That's nothing, in Germany we take part of a brain, put it in another man, and in 4 weeks he is looking for work."

The Russian doctor says: "Gentlemen, we take half a heart from a man, put it in another's chest, and in 2 weeks he is looking for work."

The American doctor laughs: "You all are behind us. Six years ago, we took a Muslim with no brains, no heart and no balls and made him President. Now, the whole country is looking for work!"

Prominent American blogger hacked to death on Bangladeshi street

A prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger has been hacked to death in the street by militant Muslims after denouncing religious extremism.

Dr Avijit Roy, who lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and is known for his outspoken atheism, was jumped by the gang of machete-wielding assailants last night Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.

An obscure militant group, Ansar Bangla 7, has claimed responsibility for the attack, which it said is in retaliation for his 'crime against Islam'.

They also said he was singled out because he is a U.S. citizen, and characterized the vicious killing as 'revenge' for attacks on ISIS in Syria.

Police said at least two men attacked Roy landing three strong, deliberate blows to the right side of his head.

They turned on his wife, Rafida Ahmed, when she tried to save him, then fled into the crowd.

His body was found in a pool of blood on Thursday night after the brutal attack.

Ahmed, 45, is also a blogger. She is reportedly now in hospital with a deep cut to her head.

Roy, who is a naturalized U.S. citizen and also a bio-engineer, had been receiving death threats online for years.

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'Knives are out'

Hawaii Dem faces backlash for taking on Obama over 'Islamist' extremism

She was Hawaii's golden girl after winning a seat in Congress with support from top liberal groups, but now that Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has been critical of President Obama, her political reputation in the bluest of blue states is taking a hit.

That isn’t stopping the twice-deployed 33-year-old Army veteran from continuing to challenge the president, her home state's favorite son, over his refusal to identify terror groups like the Islamic State as driven by "radical Islam.”

“Every soldier knows this simple fact: If you don't know your enemy, you will not be able to defeat him,” Gabbard told FoxNews.com. “Our leaders must clearly identify the enemy as Islamist extremists, understand the ideology that is motivating them and attracting new recruits, and focus on defeating that enemy both militarily and ideologically.”

Gabbard has been hitting this message for weeks now, putting her at odds with many in her party who toe the line that the Islamic State should not be associated with Islam.

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Martin O’Malley Gets Zero Votes in 2016 Poll

Former Maryland Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley received zero votes in an Iowa poll of 619 likely Democratic caucus-goers on whom they would support in a 2016 primary.

The Quinnipiac University poll found that not a single respondent said O’Malley would be their first choice for the Democratic nominee.

Politico reports:

Iowa Democrats don’t seem to be all that enamored with Martin O’Malley, according to a new poll released Thursday.

Among 619 likely caucus-goers surveyed by Quinnipiac University, zero percent responded that they would support the former governor of Maryland in 2016. And only 3 percent say he would be their second choice.

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Rand Paul at CPAC: ‘Not one penny more to these haters of America’

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said Friday that the United States must protect its interests while promoting stability abroad and called for an end of foreign aid to “haters of America.”

“We must protect ourselves from jihadists without losing who we are as a people in the process,” he said at the Conservative Political Action Conference just outside of Washington, D.C. “We must think before we act. We should promote stability — not chaos.”

As Mr. Paul does frequently, he knocked “Hillary’s War” in Libya, a reference to former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Rodham Clinton, and the move to arm rebels in Syria’s civil war.

“At home, conservatives understand that government is the problem, not the solution,” he said. “As conservatives, we should not succumb to the notion that a government inept at home will somehow become successful abroad.”

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Keyes: Hey, America! Who Loves Ya, Baby?

I am reminded of the scene from some television comedy I once saw. After many unsuccessful contrivances, an unfaithful wife, determined to eliminate her arrogantly unsuspecting husband, finally manages to deliver what appears to be a fatal blow.

Wising up at last, his eyes wide with surprise and shock, her husband gasps, “Does this mean you don’t love me anymore?”

Enter Rudy Giuliani, supposedly speaking for America’s wounded feelings, letting us know that Obama doesn’t love America. Yet it says something deeply uncomplimentary about America’s leadership during this era of purposely induced decline that a well-known star in the GOP’s firmament has taken this long to get less than halfway to the truth about Obama.

I say halfway because, like the unfaithful spouse in the slapstick comedy, Obama has approached the task of bringing American down with studied ingenuity. Nothing that contributed to our success has escaped his destructive efforts. Refusing seriously to address the issue of his eligibility for office, he quietly sneered at the authority of the Constitution’s words. Seeking to confer voting privileges on the D.C. delegate in Congress, (which the Constitution explicitly withholds), he waved off another constitutional provision. Seeking to usurp Congress’ oversight of the decennial Census, he sought to poison the electoral root of its independent representation of the people.

In the years since then, his repeated tyrannies and usurpations have induced every symptom of pious outrage from GOP leaders, but little effective resistance. Even now, they are doing their best to make sure Obama’s unconstitutional executive orders on illegal immigration move forward unhindered. They are also working to pass a new international trade agreement that will increase his power to negotiate and implement policies that sell out America’s economic potential.

There's lots more here..