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Monday, December 18, 2017

D.C. Metro defends ban on Catholic Church’s Christmas ads

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority told a federal appeals court on Friday that a lower court was right to reject an injunction that would’ve let the D.C. archdiocese advertise a Christmas campaign on city busses.

Metro defended the lower court’s ruling denying the Archdiocese of Washington’s “Find the Perfect Gift” campaign in a 32-page filing entered in response to a new emergency motion for injunction pending appeal currently being considered by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

The Archdiocese of Washington sued Metro in D.C. District Court last month after the transit agency refused to let it advertise a website, FindthePerfectGift.org, on Metrobus exteriors. The archdiocese asked U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson to grant a preliminary injunction forcing Metro to run the ads, but she ruled against them on Monday, December 11, prompting its attorneys to file another motion for injunction in D.C. federal court the next day.

The archdiocese claimed that Metro’s rejection constituted a violation of its First Amendment rights “because the prohibition creates an unreasonable and disproportionate burden on the exercise of the archdiocese’s speech without any legitimate justification.”

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NFL Attendance Continues To Plummet As Empty Seat Epidemic Enters Week 15

Ravens vs. Browns, Start 2nd Qtr

As the NFL copes with a ratings slump and ESPN slashes $80 million in salaries after losing 15,000 subscribers a day in October, another major issue facing the league continued to play out in week 15 - terrible attendance.

While many blame the kneeing epidemic of unpatriotic players refusing to stand for the National Anthem - which started in the summer 2016 pre-season by former San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, others point to a boring season, cord cutters and broke millennials staying home.

Either way, it's ugly. Since most NFL attendance figures are based on "tickets distributed" as opposed to actual turnstile count, and most NFL ticket sales are to season-ticket holders, it's nearly impossible to tell how many people are simply choosing not to attend games for which they've already bought tickets. Except, pictures don't lie...

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Record sexual harassment settlement exposes byzantine congressional process

WASHINGTON — Of all the secret deals cut on behalf of accused members of congress, the one that resulted in the largest settlement yet uncovered may be the most surprising. The details provide a window into a process so opaque, convoluted and confusing that even the accused congressman was left in the dark about exactly how and why his accuser ended up being paid $220,000 for her claim.

With new harassment accusations being revealed on a nearly daily basis in Congress, documents obtained by NBC News from this one case shed light on how taxpayer money ends up being used to essentially sweep such incidents under a bureaucratic rug with little accountability.

The documents include drafts of a letter approving the settlement and a confidentiality agreement as well as an internal “lessons learned” memo written by a House employment lawyer. And while many of the accusations and details of the case remain in dispute, the eventual settlement is a case study of a process shrouded in secrecy despite being funded by taxpayers.
The Complaint

In 2011, Winsome Packer, a congressional staffer who worked for the United States Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (known as the Helsinki Commission) filed a complaint against the commission, alleging that its chairman at the time, Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., made unwanted sexual advances toward her and that she was threatened with retaliation.

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Question of the Day...

What Is Your Favorite Christmas Song?

SPD ---- Suspicious death

Salisbury Police‏ @SalisburyPD 6m6 minutes ago

We are in the 600 block of Smith St investigating a suspicious death.

Breaking News: Puerto Rico's governor has ordered a recount of deaths from Hurricane Maria. The official toll is 64; a Times analysis put it around 1,000.

Facing mounting evidence that Puerto Rico has vastly undercounted the number of people who died because of Hurricane Maria, Gov. Ricardo A. Rosselló ordered on Monday that every death on the island since the calamitous storm be reviewed.

Chick-fil-A Feeding Thousands of Stranded Travelers at Atlanta Airport

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed had a problem.

How do you feed thousands of stranded airline passengers at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport with no electricity.

It turns out the answer was pretty simple: call Chick-fil-A.

Normally Chick-fil-A restaurants are closed on Sundays so employees can attend church and spend time with their families.

But when the lights went out at the international airport — the mayor needed immediate help in feeding folks with no place to go. So he called Dan Cathy, the chief executive officer of Chick-fil-A.

Spokesperson Amanada Hannah tells me the famed, fast-food chicken restaurant quickly mobilized staff and team members who live near the airport.

“They are making sandwiches and delivering them to the emergency operations center,” she said. “City and airport officials there are distributing sandwiches to passengers who are stranded due to the power outage.”

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Salisbury Fire Department Calls Them "War Wagons"

Hello folks just a "sneak peek" at the two new "War Wagons" that just arrived today!!!!! Salisbury Engine Company 16 — with Chris Twilley.

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WBOC Excited About Local Business Closing Their Doors

After almost two decades of serving the Salisbury community, the Old West Steak House closed their doors for good yesterday. WBOC's broadcast this morning never shared how it's a shame yet another local business is closing their doors. Instead, they gave free advertising for the "tag sale" hoping to get a large crowd of people to show up and purchase the memorabilia. 

In their heyday, Old West employed quite a few people. Royal Farms purchased the property. The owner chose not to renew his lease and instead he will temporarily retire and take a break. 

Just keep in mind people, you are not seeing local politicians taking pictures of businesses opening their doors with ribbon cuttings. Instead, the City of Salisbury is growing government and using taxpayer money to open a non profit day care, marathons and even a festival. This is what I call putting good money after bad money. The time to do those things is when your commercial space is all rented out and your local economy is thriving. 

WBOC proved once again they are a joke and celebrate business closings. They have to believe their viewers are just plain stupid. 

Nephews of Venezuela first lady each sentenced to 18 years in prison for conspiring to import cocaine into the United States

MANHATTAN, N.Y. – Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Raymond Donovan, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Special Operations Division, announced today that Efrain Antonio Campo Flores (“Campo Flores”) and Franqui Francisco Flores De Freitas (“Flores De Freitas”) were each sentenced to 216 months in prison for conspiring to import cocaine into the United States. A jury convicted Campo Flores and Flores De Freitas on November 18, 2016, following a two-week trial before U.S. District Judge Paul A. Crotty, who imposed today’s sentences.

Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said: “In part to fund an election campaign for the first lady of Venezuela, Efrain Antonio Campo Flores and Franqui Francisco Flores de Freitas devised a plan to work with the FARC terrorist organization to send literally tons of cocaine to the United States. At their trial last November, a unanimous jury saw their plot for what it was – a massive drug distribution conspiracy. With today’s sentencing, for participating in this brazen cocaine trafficking scheme, they will spend many years in an American prison.”

“The sentencing of Campo-Flores and Flores-de Freitas serves as a strong reminder that anyone choosing to traffic drugs will be relentlessly pursued by the DEA and prosecuted for their involvement in such activities,” said DEA Special Operations Division Special Agent-in-Charge Raymond Donovan. “Campo-Flores and Flores-de Freitas were involved in illegal drug trafficking practices that assisted in transporting drugs to the doorstep of thousands of people in the United States, contributing to their addictions and overdoses on illegal substances.”

According to the evidence presented at trial and in connection with sentencing proceedings:

Beginning in August 2015, Campo Flores and Flores De Freitas worked with others in Venezuela, Mexico, Honduras, and elsewhere – including at least one member of Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (“FARC”), a designated foreign terrorist organization – in an effort to dispatch large loads of cocaine via private aircraft from premises controlled by Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro at Simón Bolívar International Airport in Maiquetia, Venezuela. The defendants’ aunt, Cilia Flores, is the first lady of Venezuela, and during the investigation, Campo Flores and Flores De Freitas told individuals acting at the direction of the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) that they intended to use part of the proceeds of their drug trafficking to fund her December 2015 campaign for a position in the Venezuelan National Assembly. Electronic communications seized from the defendants’ phones also demonstrated, among other things, that Campo Flores and Flores De Freitas had engaged in a scheme to solicit bribes from debtors of Venezuela’s state-run oil and natural gas company,Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. (“PDVSA”), in exchange for promises that a cousin, Carlos Erik Malpica-Flores, would cause PDVSA to approve and make payments on certain debts. Maduro, Malpica-Flores, and other current and former senior Venezuelan officials have been sanctioned by the U.S. Department of the Treasury pursuant to Executive Order (“E.O.”) 13692, which authorizes sanctions against officials of the Government of Venezuela and others undermining democracy there.

Troopers Offer Tips to Protect Yourself and Your Property

Dover - Being in the midst of the holiday shopping season, with the weather turning colder and the hours of daylight decreased, the Delaware State Police have seen an increase in the number of thefts from vehicles, not only in parking lots, but at residences as well. Another crime trend also on the rise during the holiday season is the theft of delivered packages from residences.
In order to help you protect yourself and your property we would like to offer the following crime prevention tips.
Protect Yourself
  • Keep your head up and scan your surroundings.  Make eye contact with people so they are aware that you see them.  This sends a message that you know they are there, and that you can also identify them if necessary.
  • Walk confidently. Project an assertive, confident image.
  • Avoid listening to music through earphones when out on the street.  It prevents you from paying full attention, and distracts you from what and who is around you.
  • If you are being followed, or you see a person or group that makes you feel uncomfortable, give yourself permission to act; cross the street, walk in another direction, go in to a business, or ask other people walking if you may walk a short distance with them.
  • If someone demands your property and displays or implies in any way that they have a weapon, don't resist.  Your physical property isn't worth getting injured or killed over.
Secure Your Vehicle
  • Do not leave valuables in your car. That sounds like common sense, but drivers/passengers do leave items of value in plain view every day. If you leave valuable items visible in your car, your car is automatically a target.
  • If you must leave valuable items in your car while out and about, place items out of sight before reaching your destination or move them inconspicuously.
  • Once home, unload your valuables immediately. Do not store valuables in your car any longer than necessary, and certainly never overnight.
  • Try to park in busy, well-lighted areas, or in your garage (if you have one).
  • Raise your windows and lock ALL of your vehicle’s doors even if you plan to be gone for only a brief time. Every week, items are stolen from unlocked vehicles where the owner expected to be away for “just a second.”
  • Set any alarm or anti-theft device. If you have one, use it! Many people believe that car alarms no longer make a difference, but they can be an effective deterrent to vehicle break-ins
  • Don’t think your dark tinted windows will hide your valuables. Thieves often use flashlights to see through tint, and after-market tint is handy to keep all the broken glass in one “sheet” when they break out your window.
Deter Package Theft
Package thefts often increase between the months of October and January.  Some package thieves follow delivery trucks and then take the packages after the delivery is made.  Others are crimes of opportunity, when thieves see packages in plain view of the street. Here are a few measures you can take to decrease your chances of being a target:
  • Track your shipment online.
  • Choose a shipping option that requires you to sign for delivery.
  • Arrange to ship the package to another location for someone else to receive.  This can be a friend, relative, trusted neighborhood or landlord/apartment leasing office.  Many local 'mailbox' businesses may agree to accept shipment of your item for a small fee.
  • Ask the delivery service to hold the package for customer pick-up at their facility.
  • A more expensive option is to buy a locking bin. This should be bolted down so the bin cannot be removed.  You can then give the key code to the delivery company.
Regardless of the situation, circumstance or location, if you observe any type of suspicious activity make sure to report it.
 “TRUST YOUR GUT”
“SEE SOMETHING SAY SOMETHING”

2017 Christmas photo of President Trump and first lady Melania Trump


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Can You Hear Me Now?


2018 Military BAH Rates to See Small Average Increase

Military Update: Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) paid to 956,000 service members living off base in the U.S. will climb modestly Jan. 1, an average of only 0.7 percent or $10 a month, as an allowance-dampening formula enters its fourth year.

Actual BAH increases for individuals will vary widely based on where they are assigned, paygrade and whether they have family.

But military folks assigned to 128 of 301 of military housing areas will see no housing allowance increase in 2018 because local BAH rates will fall.

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A Viewer Writes: SPD Violations

Walmart North @ approximately 12:15 PM on 12-15-17. I thought this SPD officer was issuing a citation to the Malone & Phillips and truck and the many other violators for parking in the Fire Lane. The officer was no where to be found. It appears this officer was violating the Fire Lane laws as well. I watched for some time and numerous vehicles kept parking in the Fire Lane without any worries. No wonder so many people break this law with these types of examples set. If the SPD is parking there to investigate an incident then Walmart should designate a parking space or two for the police cars and not for them to do their Christmas shopping. And if this officer is doing an investigation or shopping they should issue a couple of citations while they are there.
Parking behind Buffalo Wild Wings in Salisbury at approximately 12:00 PM. How many parking spaces does this SPD officer need? They should be working with the other officer issuing citations to people illegally parking in the Fire Lanes and Handicap spaces at Walmart, Sam's Club, Kohls and Wawa.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Suspect(s) Sought After Shots Fired Into Somerset Co. Home

(WESTOVER, MD) — Maryland State Police are seeking help from the public as they attempt to identify the person or persons responsible for shooting into an occupied home in Somerset County early this morning.

Just after 5:00 a.m. today, Maryland State Police from the Princess Anne Barrack responded to a home in the 8100-block of River Road, Westover, Md., after a man living there reported his residence had been shot at. Responding troopers found neither of the two occupants in the home had been injured, but the residence had been struck by gunfire.

The victim, a 55-year-old man who is not being identified at this time, told troopers he and his mother live in the residence. He said at about 5:00 a.m. today, he was asleep on a sofa in the living room when he heard multiple loud ‘pops’ outside his home. He then noticed what appeared to be bullet holes in his living room walls.

Looking out the window, the victim reported seeing a sedan leaving the area with red rectangular tail lights, each that appeared to be divided into three sections. The vehicle was last seen headed north on River Road.

Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division crime scene technicians responded and processed the scene, collecting evidence from inside and outside the home. Investigators from the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division responded and are conducting the ongoing investigation. Neighbors in the area told investigators they heard the shots fired this morning. Additional interviews are continuing.

Anyone with information about this shooting is urged to contact Maryland State Police at the Princess Anne Barrack immediately at 443-260-3700, or msp.princessanne@maryland.gov. Callers may remain anonymous.

At Last...

By Thornton Crowe

Here's a shocker for readers this morning...

After reading the article from this week regarding the proposed GPA for free education at WorWic by the County Council, it is most impressive that the members' are making an effort to up the ante for college-bound students receiving taxpayer back funding for college! I only have a couple of suggestions to sweeten the pie so more conservative County residents would come on board with this program is A) make the Grade Point Average 3.0 instead of 2.5 and B) add a community service give-back requirement.

First, by making the GPA 3.0 (B) it demonstrates the academic tenacity and agility to carry through a program to it's end, resulting in a degree or entrance to a university level program. Furthermore, it insures the students' are genuinely interested in pursuing trades or academic foundations offered at the community college level.

Additionally, when one looks at most scholarship programs (which this initiative essentially is) there are steeper academic requirements in order to maintain scholarship continuance over a person's academic career. Therefore, requesting an above average GPA is not unacceptable considering the student's lifetime takeaway education affords them.

Second, a community give-back would require the students to make an agreement to serve the community in some fashion. Whether it be volunteering with such organizations as Shore Up, Lower Shore Enterprises or Habitat for Humanity or tutoring fellow students in a school-sanctioned tutorial program, this would not only give back to the community, it would also instill a sense of personal responsibility needed in higher educational pursuits.

Furthermore, this type of provision is not uncommon for other scholarships offered at WorWic. There is one such program that asks students to obligate to employment at area hospitals to receive a generous scholarship for the nursing program.

A brilliant example of good, fiscally conscious governance while encouraging community-building efforts, it looks as though the County Council is finally getting back on track after their summer of sheer madness!

The Week In Review

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

Breaking News: The F.C.C. has scrapped net neutrality rules. Internet providers will have more power over the web, allowing them to favor certain sites.

The Obama-era regulations had prohibited broadband providers from blocking websites or charging for higher-quality service or certain content. The federal government will also no longer regulate high-speed internet delivery as if it were a utility, like phone services.

Is it Really Just About the Cake?

By Thornton Crowe

Imagine a society where photographers, web designers and videographers were forced by law, to work for the porn industry. And should they choose not to accept these clients, they can be sued out of business!

The media would have you believe this cake baker suit before the Supreme Court is a pristine example of discrimination against the LGBT community, but that's simply rubbish.

America, if you remember, was started by many groups with a variety of reasons. Some came here to exploit the new land for money, while others came here because they were criminals in exile. However, one of the big reasons for the Northeastern colonies was a group escaping religious oppression in England. They didn't want to be aligned with the King's Church of England. They sought religious freedom, to worship the way they saw fit. Hence, why this right is very first Amendment in our Constitution! Make sense?

Whether a same-sex marriage or not, this case isn't about cake - it's about freedom of religion and speech...

The case could very well turn out to be our contemporary Roe v. Wade because it will determine whether or not business owners have a right to refuse service based on their personal conscience and beliefs. Not only does this hit the Religious Freedom, it also touches Free Speech. Christian baker Jack Phillips has turned this seemingly nuisance case into a legitimate fight to retain our First Amendment Constitutional right!

Show us the legal damages... or is it just a way for judicial activism to persecute Christians?


In reality, the same-sex couple had several other choices but they chose to make a big hoopla out of this one baker refusing service. Sounds like politics was more important to Charlie Craig and David Mullins than their wedding. Its always suspect when cases like this go to court because people - especially liberals - like to use the justice system as a method to validate their lifestyle or highlight some perceived injustice instead of what the court system is designed to do: find remedies for injured (civil suit) parties.

Frankly, the fact Phillips didn't bake their cake leaves no real injury for Craig and Mullins because they did get married. Hence, this begs one has to wonder why this case wasn't dismissed on the lower court level. In short, this is nothing more than judicial activism trying to, once again, dictate behavior through legal machinations.

Food for Thought: The same law that now protects a lesbian waitress for refusing service to that crazy gay-hating Westboro church member also protects Christians from baking cakes they don't want to make!

The oral arguments were heard last Tuesday and Justice Kennedy's questioning Colorado's tolerance toward Phillips is a good sign he's leaning towards his Constitution-loving contemporaries. Many have legal speculation has predicted we're looking at a 5-4 vote in the baker's favor, so let's keep the faith!

Fundamental disagreement does not constitute discrimination... 

And that, my friends, is the true nexus of this case!

We should thank our lucky stars for a patriot like Jack Phillips, who had the perseverance and wherewithal to take this all the way to the Supreme Court instead of just lying down and taking the tyrannical opinion of the Colorado court system. It would've been so very easy to do the latter, indeed!

How say you?

Delmar's Gal Pal Fight Club

By Thornton Crowe

"Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral."
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Looking at the post from earlier this week, it is stunning to read the comments where people are actually defending the trouble-making fighters and lashing out at everyone who suggests these girls are responsible for their own actions. How is this not an indictment of not only our school system but our truculent society on the whole?

One comment was stirring when they suggested these "animals walk among us in stores..." because most people I know are ultra-cautious now days - especially during the Christmas season where predators lurk the malls, waiting for an opportunity to rob and assault shoppers. It is a sad situation that warrants law enforcement attention; however, with the ineffectual legislature to charge these kids as adults on a more constant basis, it is a moot point. The police can only go so far and the parents, much like LaVar Ball, often defend their child's criminal actions instead of exacting their own punishment.

When one looks to our legal system, minors are treated with kid gloves and then we're left with the criminals who are reared on victimhood and false perceptions about how the world works. Look at shows like Scared Straight, where the teens taken to the state penitentiary for the day, have no problem mouthing off to people - some of which who've killed others - and they don't scare easily. In fact, on many of the follow-ups, we find the experience didn't dissuade the teen from committing crime at all.

Is this also a prime example as to why the Federal Conceal and Carry is also a good idea at this point in our history. If they don't know who is or who is not packing heat, chances are they'll temper their mouths and actions. However, there will always be some who feel they're invincible.

The question as far as area schools are concerned is, what are the schools and the WCBOE going to do about this steady rise of school bullies who are creating a Fight Club environment? This is hardly a place where good kids can get an education in anything but fighting and all the wrong ways to settle disputes.

As for the poor-pitiful-victim commenters, your bully tactics are weak and mundane at best, especially done on a blog so why bother? You're just wasting your time. There's nothing you can say that can defend or justify the two girls in that video or their violent tendencies. There are more ways to solve differences without using violence. Shame on you for even trying!

Note: The image above is not the actual perpetrators of the Delmar incident, to protect the guilty. 

Here's What I Made This Weekend


With all the stray cats running around on the Shore, I wanted to come up with something to keep the little ones warm and out of the rain and snow.

So I went to the fishing part of WalMart and bought a Styrofoam cooler. I then went over to their plastic tub area and simply fit the cooler inside. The size needs to include being able to put the plastic lid on top with the Styrofoam cooler inside, (excluding the foam lid).

I then took a new razor knife and cut the hole in the plastic tub. I then placed the Styrofoam cooler inside and used a marker to mark the hole. I then used the razor knife to cut the next hole.

This is a very inexpensive process, $6.70 total. My outside cats wasted no time getting in each one of them. You can use pine needles to line the bottom. It should be very easy to clean whenever necessary.  Some put a brick on top to weigh it down.

Man Puts Gun To Pastors Head Demanding Money In Princess Anne

This week an African American man walked into St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Princess Anne, put a gun to the head of the Preacher and demanded money. The Preacher, (in front of several people) immediately stated, In the name of Jesus Christ I demand you leave. The man immediately walked out, Thank God.

WBOC's Channels 5 & 6 Completely Suck

They've been a mess all weekend, all broken up and NO ONE there to repair it. Another failing media source. 

FIGHT- Kid Approaching Police Officer At Tupelo Mall Turns Into MADNESS

What No One Is Talking About With Mayor Day's Roundabout

It's simple, how will people get through the intersection when they start construction?

It never ceases to amaze me how your local media ignore the most important topic, as if they simply don't want you talking about it.

Not only have our viewers gone viral in comments here showing their belief that this is just a stupid idea and a waste of taxpayer money, Day is using his rubber stamp media to simply ignore the masses.

Much like the $100,000.00 Day is gifting an after school program with an individual who has FAILED at other similar programs they have been involved in. Day would've been wise to structure the funding similar to how you pay a contractor, in stages. PROVE you can accomplish each stage and you get the funding. However, Liberals just do what they want with no accountability. 

Nevertheless, traffic is already bad at this proposed roundabout intersection, what will you do when the construction starts?

Notice They Never Mentioned Dan Satterfield At WBOC

Delmar '13 Graduate/ University of Delaware '17 Graduate (with a B.S. in Meteorology/ Climatology) and former Delmar FFA Chapter President, Alex Seymore, now a WBOC Meteorologist, joins Mike Lichniak in sharing the WBOC Weather Report Card of Delmarva's 1st Winter Storm 2017 Forecasting. 

Looks like WBOC is following WMDT's lead by hiring very young and very inexperienced people. Now we can all understand where Jake Day got the idea to hire young too. 

Just Remember, Trump Didn't Have To Run...


Trump accusers band together

Three women, who previously have accused President Trump of sexual misconduct, banded together Monday to call for a congressional investigation into the president – in what could be an opening effort to shift the sexual harassment spotlight from Congress to the White House.

The women revived their allegations during a press conference and television interview in New York City.

“I ask Congress to put aside their party affiliations and ask that they investigate Trump’s history of sexual misconduct,” Rachel Crooks said during a press conference in New York City Monday.

Crooks gave a detailed account of her story, accusing Trump of kissing her on the lips when she was a receptionist at a company in Trump Tower when she was 22 years old.

Samantha Holvey, a former Miss USA pageant contestant, alleged that during one pageant, Trump came backstage to where the contestants were in hair and make-up in bathrobes.

“He lined us up, and I thought this was going to be like a meet and greet, like ‘hi, how are ya, nice to meet you,’ it was not,” Holvey said on NBC. “He was just looking me over like I was a piece of meat, I was not a human being, I didn’t have a brain, I didn’t have a personality.

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BREAKING NEWS: PETE RICHARDSON PASSED AWAY THIS MORNING

Born on December 31, 1949


I'm absolutely blown away with this news. Pete Richardson was an incredible Family Man and Businessman. I've purchased items from Pete for the past 20 years, including our west Ocean City home through Pete Richardson Auctions. I'm sure many of you have similar stories.

One thing most of you may not know is that Pete is the biggest land owner in Wicomico County. I was shocked and saddened to receive the message that Pete had passed away this morning. In fact, I didn't believe it because I had just held a conversation with him recently.

To the Richardson Family, Jennifer and I offer you our sincere condolences. Rest In Peace Pete.

Some People Just Aren't Destined For A College Education, Free or Not!

It seems some Liberals are furious with the Wicomico County Council wanting to raise the qualified grade average for FREE College from 2.0 to 2.5. 

Look, you are either interested in an education or you're not. A 2.0 grade average means you really aren't interested, period. Most students with such a low grade average do NOT remain in school and in fact drop out. This is a waste of taxpayer money.

Raising the grade average to 2.5 gives high school students an incentive to work that much harder. Keep in mind, all of you, Wor-Wic goes through MANY different channels for alternative funding before FREE college is available. Most believe just anyone can get a free education and that just isn't true at all. Most do not! Wor-Wic provides help in assisting many interested students apply for all kinds of funding/opportunities they did no know were available. 

Starting the program at 2.0 was a great start but I agree with the County Council in raising it to 2.5. 

YOU MAKE THE CALL ON THIS ONE...

I don't know much about the Fingerlings. What I have found out is they sell for $14.99 in the stores. Seems this guy has gone around and bought out the stores and is selling them for $75.

Hallmark Channel Christmas Movies Under Fire for “Caucasian Cheer”

A lot of our readers enjoy watching The Hallmark Channel. It’s a throwback to an age when Hollywood was producing family-friendly films.

The network consistently broadcasts movies that have narratives promoting faith, family and patriotism — stories that tug at your heartstrings.

Viewership has skyrocketed since President Trump was elected — up 16 percent since January. It’s obvious that television viewers crave programming that celebrates the values that make America great.

But not everyone is a fan of The Hallmark Channel.

Slate published a scathing review of the network — complaining about its around-the-clock Christmas movies.

“They brim with white heterosexuals who exclusively, emphatically, and endlessly bellow “Merry Christmas” to every lumberjack and labradoodle they pass. They’re centered on beauty-pageant heroines and strong-jawed heroes with white-nationalist haircuts,” the Slate writer declared.

There were complaints about the lack of gay people and feminists and Muslims in The Hallmark Channel’s movies.

Slate also whined about what it called the network’s “42 hours of sugary, sexist, preposterously plotted, plot hole–festooned, belligerently traditional, ecstatically Caucasian cheer.”

“The Christmas-down-your-throat bombast, holly-jolly sexism, the characters’ zaniness and unyielding impulsiveness—it’s all very Trumpian behavior,” the Slate writer said.

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A Viewer Writes: City of Salisbury Maryland Employees Abusing Taxpayers

The city should get someone to sit in the Wawa parking lot taking pictures of the numerous city vehicles in and out of here taking their "breaks." Many of them parking in the Fire Lanes illegally, many eating full breakfasts, many coming through multiple times for coffee. They drive across town, place their order, wait for it and then 20 or 30 minutes later they leave. I know they are entitled to a break but does that mean they should drive to Wawa to take their breaks while on the clock and burning gas or diesel. 

Surprisingly it's rarely the PD. Mostly is tucks like public works workers and you know who else. Here's a thought. Why aren't secretaries and most office staff allowed to get in their cars allowed to get in their cars and drive to Wawa for their break, if they even get one. These same city workers are here every single work day and it's a part of their daily routine. They have been doing this routine for years because I have seen some of the same ones. 

I just stopped by Wawa and I just saw 3 trucks and multiple employees on the same side I'm parked on and no telling who is on the other side. It's late morning if that gives you an idea. Their day starts at 8 am and there is usually several here then getting breakfast before they start work.

At 10:58 am these 2 pulled up, (above). It's all morning long M-F if not all day long.

A Millennial Job Interview

Maryland State Police Arrest Man On Fentanyl Distribution Charges



(SALISBURY, Md.) – Maryland State Police arrested a man linked to a multi-state fentanyl distribution operation.

Narada Michael Walls, 37, is charged with manufacturing, distributing and possessing controlled dangerous substances. He is being held at the Wicomico County Detention Center pending a bond review hearing on Dec. 18.

Beginning in late fall 2017 the Maryland State Police Heroin Investigative Unit, assisted by the Maryland State Police, Criminal Enforcement Division, Gang Enforcement Unit, Maryland State Police, Salisbury and Berlin Barracks, Maryland State Police, Central South Narcotics, Salisbury Police Department, Drug Enforcement Administration, Department of Homeland Security Investigations, Wicomico County States Attorney’s Office and United States Attorney’s Office began an investigation into the distribution of opioids by Walls in several counties, Baltimore City and neighboring states. Walls’ opioid distribution was primarily focused in and around Salisbury and Wicomico County, Maryland.

The investigation revealed that Walls was importing and selling a large amount of opioids on a daily basis. The opioid was methoxyacetyl fentanyl. The DEA verified that the specific analog strand of fentanyl was one of the most potent strands of fentanyl currently being illegally imported from outside the United States. The DEA estimated the fentanyl in question is as high as 15 times stronger than other analog strands. Multiple sources throughout Maryland and several neighboring states supplied Walls with the methoxyacetyl fentanyl that he distributed.

On Dec. 15, 2017, the Maryland State Police Heroin Investigative Unit, led by the Maryland State Police, Criminal Enforcement Division, Gang Enforcement Unit and assisted by Maryland State Police, Salisbury and Berlin Barracks; Maryland State Police, Central South Narcotics; Salisbury Police Department, Drug Enforcement Administration, Department of Homeland Security Investigations, Wicomico County States Attorney’s Office and United States Attorney’s Office ended this investigation with a well-coordinated operation that encompassed the service of five search and seizure warrants in Salisbury and Wicomico County, Maryland.

The following items were seized because of the operation:
442.3 grams of a fentanyl
86 grams of marijuana
$17,705 in U.S. currency
Quantities of identified cutting agents used to dilute controlled dangerous substances prior to sale.
Hand tools with controlled dangerous substance residue used to process/dilute the substances
Two digital scales found in working order and containing controlled dangerous substance residue
Numerous rubber gloves and filtration masks
Two electric coffee-style grinders covered with controlled dangerous substance residue
One pint of promethazine with codeine cough syrup
Corroborative documents
Numerous cell phones believed to contain corroborative information
One Samsung smart television believed to contain corroborative information
Various items identified as being used to assist in the further processing and packaging of controlled dangerous substances

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Kim Jong Un's top aide executed by North Korean death squad, reports suggest

A key member of Kim Jong Un's inner circle touted as a powerful military figure mysteriously vanished from public life recently, sparking rumors he was executed by a North Korean death squad after allegations of bribery, recent reports indicated.

Hwang Pyong-so, a vice marshal who held the most senior position in North Korea’s military, hasn’t been seen in public since Oct. 13, sparking rumors of his death.

Kim has previously dispatched his enemies via a variety of gruesome methods, including shooting them with anti-aircraft weaponry at a close distance and feeding them to a pack of ravenous dogs.

News about Hwang’s troubles within Kim’s regime emerged in mid-November, when South Korea’s spy agency reported the top aide and his deputy, Kim Won-hong, were expelled from the military’s General Politico Bureau and “punished,” Yonhap News Agency reported.

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