Saturday, January 21, 2017

Slashing Spending: Will Donald Trump Do It?


Supporters of limited government are understandably optimistic about this week’s inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States. Why? Because Trump has vowed to slash federal spending – which grew by obscene amounts under the administrations of both George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

“I’m not cutting services, but I’m cutting spending,” Trump said early on in his 2016 presidential campaign.

He later included hundreds of billions of dollars worth of spending cuts as part of his broader economic agenda.

“If we save just one penny of each federal dollar spent on non-defense, and non-entitlement programs, we can save almost $1 trillion over the next decade – again this is spending that does not touch defense, and that does not touch entitlements,” Trump said during a speech last September.


‘Saturday Night Live’ Writer Tweets Barron Trump Will Be America’s ‘First Homeschool Shooter’

Katie Rich, a writer for Saturday Night Live, launched a personal attack on President Donald Trump’s youngest son Barron Trump.

“Barron will be this country’s first homeschool shooter,” Rich wrote Friday in a tweet that has since been deleted. 
 Writer Deletes Tweet Saying Barron Trump Will be America's 'First Homeschool Shooter' 
Barron, 10, attends Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in New York City.

President Trump and First 

Obama threatens to pounce on Trump

Vows to jump off political sidelines if incoming president goes against 'core values'

In his final news conference as president Wednesday, Barack Obama vowed to step off the political sidelines if incoming President Donald Trump dares to “round up” children of illegal immigrants, “roll back voting rights” or otherwise engage in “systemic discrimination.”

Obama offered hints about his post-White House plans when he indicated he would take a more activist role to defend “core values that may be at stake” under a Trump administration.

“If I saw systematic discrimination [is] being ratified in some fashion. I put in that category explicit or functional obstacles to people being able to vote, to exercise their franchise,” Obama said.

He added, “I put in that category institutional efforts to silence dissent or the press.”

But it was the so-called DREAMers, or children of illegal immigrants, who got Obama the most fired up.


Indiana YMCA Removes CNN from TVs Over Complaints About 'Fake News'

A YMCA in Indiana has removed CNN from the TVs in its wellness and exercise areas over complaints from members upset by the constant fake news the cable network airs.

The Valparaiso, Indiana, YMCA issued a statement to members that the cable news network was removed from facility TVs because too many members complained about the programing.

Debra Koeppen, the YMCA’s chief development officer, said that “Trying to please everyone” is the “No. 1 problem we have in the wellness area,” according to Chicago Tribune reporter Jerry Davich, who claims to be a member of the YMCA in question.

Earlier this week, Robert Wanek, CEO of the Valparaiso YMCA, sent a message to members saying, “In order to eliminate perceived political bias associated with national news outlets, the Valparaiso Family YMCA will only be showing local news channels in the future.”


Obama Leaves U.S.A $9,335,000,000,000 Deeper in Debt

( - President Barack Obama will leave the federal government approximately $9,335,000,000,000 deeper in debt than it was when he took office eight years ago, according to data released today by the U.S. Treasury.

The increased debt incurred under Obama equals approximately $75,129 for every person in the United States who had a full-time job in December.

The $9,334,590,089,060.56 that the debt had increased under Obama as of the close of business on Wednesday is far more debt than was accumulated by any previous president. It equals nearly twice as much as the $4,889,100,310,609.44 in additional debt that piled up during the eight years George W. Bush served as president.


The Un-Affordable Care Act - Why Obama's singular achievement was an absolute disaster


I received the attached letter (addressed to my son) this week from the IRS - Yes, the IRS. As many people know, the IRS is the enforcement agency for those people non-compliant with the ACA.

Let that sink in. The IRS, the scariest agency since the Gestapo, is in charge of making sure people pay for insurance they can’t or probably won’t use. The Obama administration told us “It’s not a tax.” And, the liberal leaning Supreme Court even sided with him. So, why was the tax collection agency put in charge of collecting the ‘fees’? And, if it’s not a tax, why pay for insurance you’re not going to use, or can’t use because the deductibles are too high? Maybe because you pay into the system so sick people who can’t afford health care can use your funds to pay for theirs?? If that’s not the definition of a tax –redistribution of wealth- I don’t know what is. And the liberals are still surprised that Trump won! He promised to eliminate this disaster and will be doing that next week. Thank God.

The letter states: “We are writing to make sure you know how you can AVOID THIS PENALTY by signing up for health insurance or getting an exemption.” The penalty would be at least $695 (and if he was married with children, a whopping $2,085!!). He hardly ever sees a doctor, and if he did, his bill would not be even close to $695, so why even get insurance. So, you can avoid the penalty for buying something you don’t need or want. Sounds like a great deal. Like selling ice cubes to Eskimo’s.

The irony of this letter is that my son, who graduated from college (was on our plan until then) and decided he wanted to serve his country, joined the Army that year to train for the Army Special Forces. Because of the Obama policy on limiting the size of the military (no need because “ ISIS is a JV team”), his 18x-contract was delayed. The IRS knows that, because he informed them, and they have records of his Army income. This is the same country he wants to serve and protect. Sometimes, I wonder why. Defending a bunch of flag-burning, NFL-kneeling, protesting liberals.

He already had his rectal exam at his physical. He doesn’t need the Internal Revenue Service to give him another one!!!

Mr. Trump….Make Our Country Great Again. Make it the country my son will be proud to serve.

Protests parallel inauguration, 217 arrested for rioting

WASHINGTON — Protesters halted traffic on a major highway, set a car on fire, threw rocks at police and swarmed streets a few blocks from the White House as Donald Trump’s supporters celebrated his presidential inauguration on Friday.

A total of 217 people were arrested after violence broke out just before Trump was to be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. They were charged with rioting and will appear in court Saturday morning, said Interim D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham.

“We welcome visitors to our city. But we will not tolerate the destruction of our neighborhoods and we absolutely will not tolerate violence against our police officers,” Mayor Muriel Bowser said in an evening press briefing.


Riots Escalating: Explosives, Feces, Bottles Full Of Nails Thrown, Multiple Cops Hospitalized

Washington DC – Our police sources on the ground at the Washington DC inauguration riots are reporting back to us that the situation is escalating with more cops getting hurt.

The Washington DC inauguration rioters are throwing explosives, feces, bottles full of nails, and bricks at police officers. At least one patrol car has been flipped and set on fire. Several officers have been injured in the attacks and have been transported to the hospital.

Around 100 people have been arrested so far in the riots but there are hundreds of more violent rioters who continue to attack police officers and have lashed out violently at any perceived Trump supporters.

The incident started to escalate earlier when rioters began attacking officers and smashing everything in sight. Police surrounded a group of about 100 rioters and arrested them, and the remaining rioters escalated their attacks against police. Officers responded with countermeasures to disperse the crowd and the rioters have grown increasingly violent.


Trump and Obama's Legacy of Racism

Day one. Every Trump cabinet official will learn how the Obama administration has made racial resentment the major focus of everything they do.

And they have been doing that daily for eight years.

Job one: The Trump brigade will have to decide whether to ignore it, pretend it is good, or rip it out by the roots.

Not one future cabinet member, or their boss at Trump Tower, has indicated they are aware of how widespread this is. How much damage it has done. Or their attitude towards it.

Let’s look at a few examples, starting with the easiest, the Department of Justice. For eight years, the two attorneys general have crusaded to let the world know there are too many black people in prison for no reason what so ever -- other than white racism.

Too many arrested. Too many prosecuted. Too many convicted. Too many sent away for too long. And once let out, too many return too soon.


Governor’s Budget Includes $1 Million for Salisbury Main Street Improvements

Salisbury – Governor Larry Hogan has revealed his FY2018 budget, and Salisbury Mayor Jake Day is excited to announce that Salisbury’s Main Street overhaul has been prioritized by the Governor with a $1 million commitment in the coming year.

Salisbury joins Hagerstown and Cumberland as one of only three cities across the State receiving downtown revitalization funding in this budget.

“I’m extremely pleased that Governor Hogan has chosen to partner with us to bring Salisbury’s Main Street Master Plan to fruition,” said Mayor Day. “I offer my thanks to the Governor, as well as our tireless Delegate, Carl Anderton, and the entire Eastern Shore Delegation for being our advocates, and for recognizing that ours is city on the rise.”

Governor Hogan will join Mayor Day in Salisbury to further discuss the Main Street Master Plan on February 13th.

CNN’s Top Executive Makes Veiled Threat

Fake news outlet CNN’s top executive, Jeff Zucker, is threatening the incoming president of the United States Donald J. Trump.

“It’s just unfortunate that the most powerful person in the world is trying to delegitimize journalism and an organization that plays such a vital role in our democracy,” Zucker, CNN’s president, said in an interview with New York Magazine’s Gabriel Sherman, when asked about how Trump denounced CNN as “fake news” at his press conference last week in New York City. “I think he’s entitled to his opinion, but it’s — to use one of his favorite words — sad.”

Later in the interview, when asked by Sherman about how Trump shut down CNN’s Jim Acosta telling him his network was “fake news” and instead took questions from real news outlets like Breitbart News Network and Fox News, Zucker specifically threatened Trump in a veiled way that CNN will work to hurt the incoming president’s reputation on the world stage.

“Acosta didn’t get to ask a question at last week’s press conference. The first question went to Fox News, and Breitbart got to ask a question. Are you concerned about getting access to Trump?” Sherman asked Zucker.

In his response, Zucker specifically noted that Trump’s “adversarial relationship” with a network seen in foreign capitals is “a mistake.”



The Great Jail Incident

Back in 1936, it was determined that the old jail behind the Wicomico County Courthouse was not adequate and a new one was needed. The first phase entailed razing the old jail. As is proper with government projects, the job was put out for bids.

On the day the sealed bids were opened, they first opened the one for building the addition to the court house. This went to another contractor, a good friend of my grandfather’s. He was William Bounds who lived on E. William Street and had been mayor of Salisbury twice, from 1910-12 and again from 1914-16. His daughter, Louise, was a good friend of my mother and remained so for the rest of their lives. In fact, she and her family lived only two doors from where I live now. That is really small town for you. If you go back far enough, everybody is connected in some way or another. When they opened the envelopes for the bids to tear down the two-story structure behind the court house, my grandfather’s bid was substantially lower than anyone else’s. When questioned by his peers as to how he could do the job at such a low cost, he replied that it wouldn’t cost that much to just dynamite the old jail and haul the rubble away. At that point, he was told he had really made a serious mistake because it was illegal to set off dynamite within the city limits. They told him it would cost him far more than his bid to bring in a crew with sledge hammers and raze the old jail. He just shrugged and said nothing.

Late the following Sunday night a great explosion was heard in downtown Salisbury. The following morning found him standing in front of the Clerk of Court with $25 in his hand. When asked what the money was for, he told the clerk that it was for the maximum amount he could be fined for setting off dynamite within the city limits according to the City Charter. He then proceeded to help with shoveling the rubble into dump trucks and clearing the space where the new jail was to be erected. Needless to say, his costs were well under his estimate. I guess reading the Charter produced good results even 75 years ago.

Thank you, “baby!” Trump tells story of Kellyanne’s Bravery

At last night’s Inaugural Gala, Donald Trump spoke to an enraptured audience. He gave the greatest nod to Kellyanne Conway, who he brought up for special recognition. This is a woman who is literally unafraid to go into the media lion’s den… and she always emerges victorious, leaving biased media enemies in tatters and bloody. It’s magnificent to watch. Kellyanne is the first female campaign manager to aid in the election of a President. She didn’t just break the glass ceiling, she shattered it. Kellyanne Conway was stunning in a bright red off-the-shoulder gown last night. She was a literal flame of spirit and devotion to President Donald Trump (have to get used to typing that). She curtsied as gracefully as you can in a full length ball gown. Trump knows he owes this woman more than he can say and he adores her. She will be a close consultant throughout his presidency. More

Are You Ready America?

Obama’s 10 Most Outrageous Lies

The moonbattery gushing from the Washington Post like smelly filth from a burst sewer main can be almost insufferable. But sometimes the paper redeems itself — for example, by looking back on the misbegotten Administration of Hope & Change by listing the Moonbat Messiah’s 10 biggest lies, all of which earned Four Pinocchios:

1. “More young black men languish in prison than attend colleges and universities across America”

2. “We signed into law the biggest middle-class tax cut in history”

3. “90 percent of the budget deficit is due to George W. Bush’s policies”

4. “If you like your health-care plan, you can keep it”

5. “The Capitol Hill janitors just got a pay cut”

6. “The day after Benghazi happened, I acknowledged that this was an act of terrorism”

7. “I didn’t call the Islamic State a ‘JV’ team”

8. “Republicans have filibustered 500 pieces of legislation”

9. “The Keystone pipeline is for oil that bypasses the United States”

10. “We have fired a whole bunch of people who are in charge of these [VA] facilities”


CNN President: Donald Trump Wants To ‘Delegitimize Journalism’

In a recent interview with New York Magazine, Jeff Zucker defended his network’s decision to report on an unsubstantiated 35-page dossier that claimed the Russian government has comprising information about the president-elect.

“I actually think this was a pretty easy call in terms of its news value,” Zucker said. “The fact is, the top four intelligence chiefs of the United States decided to include in their briefing to the president and president-elect a two-page summary of allegations involving the president-elect. That is newsworthy by any definition.”

“We didn’t pass judgment on the allegations. We reported we had not been able to corroborate them. But the news was that the two most powerful people in the world had been briefed on the existence of these allegations.”


If You Can Relate To These 6 Signs, You Are Probably An Out Of Control Liberal

Of course there are more than 6 ways to determine whether you’re a liberal, but Downtrend compiled the top ways of finding out whether you are completely out of touch.

Not everyone who is out of touch is a liberal and not every liberal is out of touch, but if you can related to these six items, you might want to give yourself a serious reality check, because you must be living on the moon.

#1: You actually think Bush caused the recent recession.

You’ve probably heard the narrative promoted by the wigglejaws on MSNBC: George W. Bush caused that terrible recession that we just experienced!


What, pray tell, did George W. Bush do to cause that recession? His signature economic legislation, including the Bush tax cuts, was passed in 2001. More tax cuts were passed in 2003. How did either of these laws cause a recession which began in 2007?

The fact is this: a bunch of banks made stupid real estate loans. The real estate market crashed, and everything went sour. George W. Bush had nothing to do with it.

#2: Your “news” comes from Comedy Central hosts like Jon Stewart or Trevor Noah.


Another Cover Up At ECI

Salisbury News has learned an inmate was stabbed multiple times at ECI last Wednesday, yet there's been no press release. At this point, (especially since there was no press release) was this another stabbing employees knew about in advance?

BIKERS FOR TRUMP Break Through Inaugural Protester Wall To Let Supporters Through

There’s nothing that inspires more fear-driven respect than seeing a bunch of burly, angry bikers approaching your adorable little “protest.” No matter how much you believe in whatever is written on that unoriginal sign you’re holding, you step out of the way when you see they’re coming through.

Which is exactly what happened during the inauguration on Friday, when a wall of protestors refused to let supporters of the new President through to the inauguration.

The video is simply magical.

I don’t know what it is with liberal protestors and the need to block roads and keep people from getting where they need to go, but that is a trend that should have been left in 2016.

While innocent people were headed to the inauguration of President Donald Trump, a line of protestors formed a human chain, preventing them from passing. The bikers weren’t having it.

You can see in the video that these men were having to physically pull people through the protestors in order to get them into the event. Turns out a bunch of grass-munching wimps aren’t much of a match for a large biker. Who would have guessed?

Watch the video below:


Obama Commutes Life Sentences of Four Mexican Cartel Leaders

ROMA, Texas — Four family members who ran one of the largest cartel smuggling operations in south Texas had their life in prison sentences commuted and will likely be returning to this border city from where they ran their criminal empire. One of the main destinations that the criminal organizations delivered drugs to was Chicago, Illinois.

This week, outgoing President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 209 convicted criminals and pardoned 64 others. The majority of the convictions were from drug trafficking or production offenses.

Four of those convicted criminals who had been sentenced to life in prison will be released by May 17. They ran a criminal organization made up of close to 80 men and women who worked with Mexico’s Gulf Cartel to move between 100,000 to almost 750,000 pounds of marijuana into the U.S. during a 10-year period. The drugs were moved into Houston and then distributed to Atlanta, Chicago, and other major metropolitan areas.


When the Press Loses Credibility

When is the press no longer the watchdog America’s founders intended to keep government accountable?When it reports and publishes unverified smears.

America’s founders believed that a free press was of such significance they granted it constitutional protection.Thomas Jefferson said, “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” The press was an integral ingredient to a free nation which Jefferson believed could be an unbiased watchdog to keep the government honest.

What happens, though, when the watchdogcannot be trusted?

On January 10, notably excited CNN journalists delivered“breaking news”that classified documents presented to the current and incoming presidents included allegations that Russians had compromising information about Donald Trump. Not long after, BuzzFeed apparently heard CNN’s dog whistle and published a 35-page dossier, which was really nothing more than a compilation of uncorroborated hogwash, obviously created to delegitimize Trump’s presidency.

The following day, NBC News reported a senior U.S. intelligence official disputed CNN’s claims. The official said Trump was not briefed on the dossier and claims “no investigations found any conclusive or direct link between Trump and the Russian government.” Later, Trump tweeted that National Intelligence director James Clapper “called me yesterday to denounce the false and fictitious report that was illegally circulated.”


Trump Already Executing Plans To Destroy WASTEFUL Government Program!

President Trump, like the rest of us with two brain cells to rub together, knows that the government is spending way too much money and doing nothing to help grow the economy. This is why he plans to radically cut spending and do away with useless, wasteful programs.

It looks like he has already started making a list of things he wants to eliminate.

Trump has set his sights on the National Endowment For the Arts as the first casualty of government shrinkage, and liberals are going to have a hissy fit.

Don’t get me wrong, the arts are extremely important in America, and are essential in becoming a well-rounded individual but is it really the government’s job to pay for it?

(Hint: The answer is “no.”)

In a report on wasteful spending filed four years ago, it was revealed that this mission apparently involved wasting nearly $1 million to study the influence of romance in books, films, etc., according to TheBlaze. And that doesn’t even count that study of French lesbianssince World War II.

The president-elect also aspired to privatize the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, another bloated program whose sole purpose is “to ensure universal access to non-commercial, high-quality content” by “distributing more than 70 percent of its funding to nearly 1,500 locally owned public radio and television stations.”


Did Hillary Really Just BUST Bill Checking Out Ivanka Trump!?

One of the oddest details of the Trump Inauguration was the presence of his former opponent Hillary Clinton, along with her creepy husband that did that one thing with that one intern.

Like you needed any reminders.

To say it was a forced appearance, is an understatement, but they did show up, and that’s more than I can say for the slough of worthless members of Congress that decided to take a snow day off from the inauguration. But I digress…the Clintons made an odd sight, and several accidentally hilarious moments ensued. Starting with Hillary’s look when she exited her vehicle. Now, I realize that this was a candid shot, and she wasn’t ready, but it’s Hillary Clinton. Do we need permission to poke fun at her after everything she’s done to hurt Americans and their position in the world? No, the answer is no.


Church Ladies

They're back! Those wonderful Church Bulletins! Thank God for the
church ladies with typewriters. These sentences actually appeared in
church bulletins or were announced at church services:

The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals.

Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.


The sermon this morning: 'Jesus Walks on the Water' The sermon tonight:'Searching for Jesus'


Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.


Don't let worry kill you off - let the Church help.


Miss Charlene Mason sang 'I will not pass this way again,’ giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.


For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.


Next Thursday there will be try-outs for the choir. They need all the help they can get.


Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.


A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow.


At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be 'What Is Hell?' Come early and listen to our choir practice.


Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.


Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered.


Governor Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot Announce Taxpayer Protection Act of 2017

Governor, Comptroller Join Forces on Behalf of Maryland Taxpayers

Governor Larry Hogan and Comptroller Peter Franchot today announced their support and plans for the administration to introduce the Taxpayer Protection Act of 2017, legislation that will provide greater protections to Maryland taxpayers from tax fraud and identity theft. The proposed legislation will strengthen the ability of the Office of the Comptroller to prevent tax fraud, protect taxpayer information, and hold fraudulent filers and tax preparers accountable.

“Tax fraud is real, it’s unacceptable, and it often unfairly targets some of our most vulnerable citizens,” said Governor Hogan. “This legislation makes key reforms to protect Marylanders from predatory tax practices and safeguard taxpayers’ private information.”

“As Comptroller, my top priority continues to be protecting taxpayers from the devastating consequences of tax fraud and identity theft,” said Comptroller Franchot. “The provisions in the Taxpayer Protection Act will grant my office additional statutory powers that bolster our existing efforts to prevent financial criminals from preying on innocent and hardworking Marylanders.”

During his remarks at the Taxpayer Security Summit at the University of Baltimore on Thursday, Comptroller Franchot thanked Governor Hogan for including the Taxpayer Protection Act as part of his administration’s legislative package. The summit – which included state and federal tax administrators, private sector leaders, and consumer advocacy groups – focused on how the public, private, and nonprofit sectors can work collaboratively to combat tax fraud in Maryland.

Governor Hogan: The Time for Action Is Now

Governor Hogan: The Few Should Not Tarnish the Many

Perdue expands nutrient recycling with $12 million investment in composting

New venture adds to Perdue AgriBusiness line-up of natural and organic fertilizers and soil amendments

Perdue Farms has expanded its $68 million investment in nutrient recycling on Delmarva with the addition of a $12 million capital investment in a composting operation. The AgriSoil composting facility, which started operation next to Perdue AgriRecycle’s organic fertilizer plant in Blades, Del., increases the company’s capacity to handle surplus poultry litter from Delmarva chicken farms and adds the capability to recycle other agricultural by-products that were previously land-applied.

AgriSoil can compost poultry litter, nutrient-rich by-products such as treated biosolids from poultry plant wastewater, and such other organic material as soybean stems. With the addition of the composting operation, Perdue expects to nearly double the amount of litter and byproducts recycled and relocated to an estimated 80,000 tons per year. Perdue AgriRecycle, which celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2016, already handled more than a billion pounds of poultry litter.

“Our company depends upon farmers, and we all want to protect the Bay,” said Randy Day, chief operating officer, Perdue Farms. “The $80 million we’ve spent so far on nutrient recycling demonstrates our commitment to supporting the economic and environmental sustainability of agriculture and family farms on Delmarva.”

Environmentally responsible alternatives to land application

Just as with poultry litter, most of these other by-products have been land applied, presenting the same risk for nutrient run-off. “Fifteen years ago, Perdue saw the coming need for an environmentally friendly alternative to land application of poultry litter and built Perdue AgriRecycle,” said Steve Levitsky, Vice President of Sustainability for Perdue Farms. “Now, we’re taking the same proactive approach to a broader range of byproducts.”

“The Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy is always looking for solutions to water quality problems caused by excess nutrients,” said Jeffrey Horstman, executive director and Miles-Wye Riverkeeper. “We commend and want to support the efforts of Perdue in their new Agrisoil and existing AgriRecycle initiatives. These efforts, investments and new technologies will reduce water pollution from excess nutrients on the Delmarva, which is very much in line with our mission.”

Home Security System

Can't Argue That

Friday, January 20, 2017

Bad Day

How a hoax website about paid protesters came crumbling down live on TV

The website for an organization calling itself Demand Protest made its mission pretty clear: “When your strategy demands paid protest, we organize and bring it to life.” Billing itself as a group that generated the “appearance of outrage” on behalf of left-wing causes, the existence of Demand Protest became an attractive story for many right-wing media outlets. The group, it appeared, was proof that dissent against Trump was manufactured by shady leftist organizations, and could be lucrative: one ad placed in Demand Protest’s name promised a full-time job that paid a $2,500 retainer, plus $50/hr., and benefits.

It was the perfect story to share, if you’re inclined to believe that anti-Trump protesters must be getting paid to be there. Something to that effect has long been in the canon of largely unsubstantiated rumors circulating on the Trump Internet. A well-known fake news writer even fabricated an “interview” with a protester who said he was paid $3,500 to protest at a Trump rally — a story that was shared on Twitter by Trump’s then-campaign manager. And like that made-up story, it also appears that Demand Protest is a made-up group, one that fooled quite a few news sources before being dramatically debunked on-air by Tucker Carlson.

Here’s an incomplete look at how we got here: a few days ago, the Gateway Pundit wrote a piece titled “BREAKING: Far Left Group Is Paying Activists a Monthly Salary to Stop TRUMP,” and cited 4Chan in mentioning a possible link between Demand Protest and George Soros.InfoWars was a bit more skeptical, hedging their story on Demand Protest as a “report” and writing that “it’s unclear if the website is actually legitimate.” The Washington Times also credulously reported on the Backpage ads. Breitbart, meanwhile,used the ads as evidence in an article that suggested that fears of pro-Trump inauguration violence was “fake news.”

“The facts tell a different story,” the Breitbart article says. “The left is gearing up for war, and hiring mercenaries.”


Talbot Co. Man Charged With Possession Of Child Pornography

(EASTON, MD) – Maryland State Police criminal investigators have charged a Talbot County man with multiple counts of possession of child pornography as a result of an Internet crimes investigation.

The suspect is identified as Harry H. Rieck III, 59, of Easton, Md. He is charged with ten counts of possession of child pornography. Rieck was charged on a criminal summons, which was served on him yesterday after he responded to the Maryland State Police Easton Barrack.

The investigation began in November 2016, when Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division investigators assigned to the Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force received information about an Internet user actively downloading images of child pornography online, using a peer-to-peer network. The investigation led to the identification of a residence and a search warrant was obtained. Investigators served a search warrant in mid-December 2016 at the residence and recovered computers and related electronic equipment belonging to the suspect.

A forensic preview was conducted at the Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Unit forensic laboratory. Investigators found multiple images of known child pornography. State Police investigators applied for criminal charges and a criminal summons was issued.

The forensic examination of the computer equipment is continuing. Additional charges are possible.

The Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is comprised of police agencies from around the State. Its primary mission is to protect children from computer-facilitated sexual exploitation. The Task Force works cooperatively with law enforcement agencies and prosecutors to provide resources to combat these crimes. Additionally, the Task Force provides community awareness campaigns helping to prevent the spread of these crimes through education.

Obamacare vs. Affordable Care Act #2

See the button House Democrats wore to Trump’s inauguration

On the day Donald Trump officially became president of the United States, Democrats still remained steadfastly opposed to the billionaire businessman’s proposals.

During the inaugural ceremony Friday, many House Democrats wore buttons emblazoned with the hashtag #ProtectOurCare, calling out Republicans and Trump for their promise to overthrow former President Barack Obama’s signature health care legislation, the Affordable Care Act.

“Members wanted to wear a sign of solidarity with the Affordable Care Act at the inauguration,” Drew Hammill, a spokesman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), told Talking Points Memo.



Trump Day!!!

Knock, Knock...

Pence Says 'Obamacare' Users Should Have 'No Anxiety' About Losing Insurance

(WASHINGTON) -- Vice President–elect Mike Pence assured Americans currently covered by the Affordable Care Act that they “should have no anxiety about losing their insurance.”

“Any American who has insurance today, through an ‘Obamacare’ exchange or through the Obama plan itself, should have no anxiety about losing their insurance,” Pence told ABC News’ Martha Raddatz in an interview today. “We’re committed to an orderly transition, to a new and better health insurance set of reforms that are going to work for every American, just like the president-elect said.”

Pence said he anticipates a plan to replace “Obamacare” will be brought forward in the “early weeks” of the new administration.

“Right now, literally as we speak, our policy team is working with leaders in the House and the Senate and some Democrats coming together to fashion that replace plan,” he said.


Senator Eckardt Weekly Wrap-Up

Senator Adelaide Eckardt, District 37
 Legislative Weekly Wrap-Up

January 18, 2017
I am excited to welcome Colin Dennis (right), senior at Salisbury University studying Political Science with a pre-law track, as an intern with my office this semester. Jaelon Monay (left), freshman at Williams College studying Political Science and Africana Studies, will be interning with Delegate Mautz for the month of January.
Governor Hogan Veto Overrides
Governor Hogan vetoed several key pieces of legislation last year. The Governor vetoed Senate Bill 921 – Clean Energy Jobs – Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard Revisions stating this legislation would be yet another tax increase to Marylanders. The additional burden imposed on Maryland ratepayers through utility costs was another reason the Governor decided to veto Senate Bill 921. The state of Maryland supports Clean Energy initiatives, but need to do so in a fiscally responsible way. The General Assembly is expected to vote on Governor Hogan’s override later this week. I fully support Governor Hogan’s veto, as this bill would increase taxes for Marylanders and prevent substantial job growth within the state.

Governor Hogan’s FY 2018 Budget
On Wednesday, Governor Hogan submitted the administration’s fiscal year 2018 budget. As promised, the governor developed a balanced budget that is fiscally responsible while not raising taxes or cutting services in the state of Maryland. For the third year in a row, the budget fully funds K-12 education. The administration has pledged to address the growing heroin and opioid crisis in Maryland and nationwide. This budget contains $1.3 billion for mental health and substance abuse services and $4 million to help the state’s work with those struggling with addiction.

Prescription Drug Prices Rise
Rapid increased costs for EpiPens statewide has sparked an interesting debate regarding prescription drug prices. Prices for some necessary prescription drugs have escalated making it extremely difficult for Marylanders to afford. Lawmakers, with the support of Attorney General, will introduce legislation that requires pharmaceutical companies to reveal the basis for drug prices. Another piece of legislation would authorize the Attorney General to sue drug makers for price gouging. The price for EpiPens and some prescription drug prices needs to be addressed for all Marylanders. We will be following this issue closely.

New Legislation that I have co-sponsored
  • Public Senior Higher Education Institutions – Financial Aid – Reduction Restrictions – Senator Young
  • Tax Overpayment – Interest on Refunds - Senator Bates
  • Income Tax - Subtraction Modification - Military Retirement Income -Senator Sallings
  • Alcoholic Beverages – Definition of Beer – Hard Cider - Senator Ready
  • Labor and Employment – Labor Organizations – Right to work Act -Senator Ready
  • Environment – Water and Sewer Plan Approval - Senator Ready  
Mark Your Calendars
I will be participating in the Second Annual Oxford Polar Bear Dip, Friday, February 12 at 12:00pm! Visit to register!
Senator Adelaide Eckardt
District 37 – Caroline, Dorchester, Talbot, Wicomico Counties
410-841-3590; 410-221-6561

Maddow: Trump’s Speech ‘Militant,’ ‘Dark,’ ‘America First Has ‘Dark Echoes’ of Anti-Semitism and Nazism

During MSNBC’s coverage of Friday’s Inauguration, anchor Rachel Maddow stated that President Trump’s Inaugural Address “was militant, and it was dark,” and “America First” “means a specific thing in this country,” the “infiltrated by Nazis” and “anti-Semitic” America First Committee, and “to re-purpose it now, not that far down the historical path, it’s hard.”


Donald Trump sworn in as 45th US president

Donald Trump has been sworn in as the 45th President of the United States.

After formally taking office, Trump said: "Together we will determine the course of America and the world for many, many years to come."

Mr Trump added that January 20 would be remembered as "the day the people became the rulers of this nation again".

An anti-Trump protester screams in agony as the new US President is sworn in.

The woman, sitting cross-legged on the ground close to Capitol Hill, was filmed yelling "no" at the top of her voice as Donald Trump took his oath.


Scenic Somerset County Property Protected

150-Acre Easement Includes Waterfront

A Somerset County couple recently donated a conservation easement that permanently protects more than 150 acres, including a mile of waterfront property along the Big Annemessex River.

The Maryland Environmental Trust and the Lower Shore Land Trust worked with Randy and Bobbie Stadler to conserve their land and vital wildlife habitat. Bobbie is a retired wildlife rehabilitator, having dedicated much of her life to protecting the wildlife on her land.

“The Stadlers’ generosity is an example to us all,” said Maryland Environmental Trust Director William Leahy. “We are grateful for their gift ensuring the wetlands, forests and an impeccable waterfront view will be protected for generations to come.”

“When the process was complete, the Maryland Environmental Trust sent us a sign that says, ‘This land is protected forever.’ What a wonderful feeling,” said Randy Stadler. “That sign represents the culmination of everyone’s work to make this happen. It also made us realize we truly had done our part to protect an area of the state that we both love.”

Chicken Industry, A Mainstay of Delmarva’s Economy, Shows Sensible Growth

GEORGETOWN, Del. – Delmarva’s chicken industry was a force for stability in 2016, keeping its bird capacity level and even slightly reducing the number of chicken houses in operation, while maintaining the total chicken produced and supporting the region’s crop family farms with nearly $1 billion spent on feed ingredients.

Statistics on the chicken economy compiled by Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. (DPI), the nonprofit trade association, should put to rest worries about the industry ‘overbuilding’ new chicken houses. The data, supplied by the five poultry companies that operate on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and in Delaware, show total chicken house capacity declined 0.5 percent in 2016, from 123 million birds to 122.5 million. The number of chicken houses in operation also fell, from 4,840 at the beginning of 2016 to 4,700 houses in use at the end of the year. The reason is simple: many chicken growers are building modern, efficient chicken houses, replacing more numerous and smaller structures as they do so. The overall effect, though, is in no way a runaway pace of growth in chicken house capacity, as some chicken critics agitating for a moratorium on new chicken house construction assert. In fact, the opposite is true, with a net reduction in 140 chicken houses seen last year.

Family farms and chicken companies use a wide variety of production methods to provide consumers with choices in the type of chicken they buy for their households. Regular and comprehensive animal care training for farmers and their employees and ongoing monitoring of bird health and welfare are part of the high standards for Delmarva chicken farmers and companies. That commitment to raising chickens efficiently and responsibly led to a 4 percent increase in the total pounds of chicken produced on Delmarva in 2016, with a total of 4.1 billion pounds of “Delmarvalous” chicken delivered to market.

To produce those chickens, Delmarva’s poultry industry used 85.4 million bushels of corn, 35.5 million bushels of soybeans and 1.7 million bushels of wheat. The industry’s total feed bill topped $997 million in 2016, down 1.8 percent from the year before. Most locally grown corn and soybeans are used to feed Delmarva’s chickens. That means chicken industry dollars support Delaware, Maryland and Virginia family farms and the local economy many times over. A strong chicken industry that keeps cropland in production also provides an ecological benefit, since farmland produces less pollution per acre than developed land does.

Payments by chicken companies to contract growers on family farms rose 6 percent in 2016, from $229 million to $243 million. Wages earned by the 14,500 people directly employed by the region’s five chicken companies also rose, by 7.7 percent, to $663 million.

“Nearly every business on Delmarva – including small businesses – is positively affected by the chicken industry,” said Bill Satterfield, DPI’s executive director. “These numbers reinforce just how important the chicken industry is to the region, and they show the industry growing at a calm, sustainable pace. An unwarranted clampdown on Delmarva’s chicken industry would result in widespread economic harm; it would endanger the livelihoods of farmers, chicken company employees and countless others; and it would represent a step back in terms of conservation, by exposing more farmland to development pressure.”

Look What the Chicken Industry Is Doing for Delmarva
2016 Facts about Delmarva’s Meat Chicken Industry

Annual broiler/roaster/Cornish production: 594.9 million
Total pounds produced: 4.12 billion
Number of broiler/roaster/Cornish houses: 4,700
Broiler/roaster/Cornish house capacity: 122.4 million
Broiler/roaster/Cornish and breeder growers: 1,736
Poultry company employees: 14,500
Value of chicks started: $189.7 million
Annual feed bill: $997.1 million
Bushels of corn used for feed: 85.4 million
Bushels of soybeans used for feed: 35.5 million
Bushels of wheat used for feed: 1.8 million
Packaging and other processing supplies: $220.7 million
Poultry company capital improvements: $94 million
Grower contract payments: $243 million
Wholesale value of broilers/roasters/Cornish: $3.21 billion

United Way releases Maryland poverty report

A report issued Jan. 9 by the United Way found that 31 percent of Worcester County residents are in financial purgatory of sorts — they earn more than the federal poverty level, but less than the cost of living.

The percentage was not as bad as it was in the other two lower shore counties, with Wicomico at 35 percent, and Somerset County recording the highest number in the state at 53 percent.

The household income threshold for those under 65 as defined in the report is $40,000 for Worcester and Wicomico and $45,000 in Somerset County. Over-65 household income is $30,000 for Worcester and Wicomico, and $25,000 in Somerset.

The report was gathered from data collected in 2014, based on a pilot program in New Jersey and later expanded to 15 other states, including Maryland.


Biden Blasts Trump-Putin Plan "To Collapse The Liberal International Order"

In a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Joe Biden took aim at president-elect Trump and Russian president Putin in what is likely his final public appearance as US vice-president.

The speech was long on scaremongery and war rhetoric and short on 'fact', as The Wall Street Journal reports, Mr. Biden said cooperation between the U.S. and Europe formed “the bedrock of the success the world enjoyed in the second half of the 20th century."

“Strengthening these values—values that served our community of nations so well for so long—is paramount to retaining the position of leadership that Western nations enjoy.”

Mr. Biden also leveled sharp criticism at Mr. Putin, whom Mr. Trump has praised and said he would seek to cooperate with. Mr. Putin’s goal, Mr. Biden said, was “to return to a world where the strong impose its will through military might, corruption, and criminality, while weaker nations have to fall into line.”

“With many countries in Europe slated to hold elections this year, we should expect further attempts by Russia to meddle in the democratic process,” Mr. Biden said. “It will occur again, I promise you, and again the purpose is clear: to collapse the liberal international order.”

So - bottom line - according to the vice-president of the only US president to have been at war every day of their 8-year-term, the American people have 'unwittingly' voted a man into office who puts the entire world order at risk of collapse.


Beached seal brings swift response from National Aquarium

The sight of a migrating harp seal taking a breather on the beach in Ocean City last weekend brought a quick response from volunteers, who were intent on assuring the creature remained undisturbed.

Members of the National Aquarium in Baltimore’s Marine Mammal Wildlife Rescue and the Maryland Coastal Bays Programs Seal Stewards group monitored the scene at 135th Street prior to the seal returning to the sea overnight on Sunday.

Aquarium volunteer Chuck Erbe of Ocean View, Delaware materializes whenever a marine animal or sea turtle turns up on the beaches in Ocean City or Assateague.

“I won’t say I’m on call 24/7, but it’s very close to that,” he said. “What we do is come down and assess the situation.”


Keep It Real Washington, D.C.

The Smaller Crowd Mystery Solved By Salisbury News

Donald Trump said his inauguration would have "record-setting turnout," but a quick glance at bird's-eye photos of his event and Barack Obama's in 2009 shows how far that claim is from the truth. In recent days, various groups estimated that the crowd for Trump was likely to be between 700,000 and 900,000 people. In 2009, an estimated 1.8 million people flocked to the National Mall to watch the swearing-in of the nation's first black president.


Worcester County weighs reducing cell tower distances on highway

The Worcester County Commissioners have scheduled a public hearing for Feb. 21 to consider a proposed zoning amendment that would reduce separation distances for cell towers in heavily traveled roads and highways.

Deputy Director of Planning Phyllis Wimbrow said the amendment was submitted on behalf of the Columbia-based Cellco Partnership, operating under the Verizon Wireless moniker.

“This application seeks to amend the zoning code to allow for greater flexibility for cell towers in areas where currently you have to be at least 1,000 feet from any home, except in situations where you have a non-conforming use,” she said. “In this situation, we’ve got high demand transportation corridors.”


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Rand Paul Doubles Down: Someone Needs To Go To Jail For Fake Trump Leaks

"This was either leaked by intelligence officials or by Democrats that are part of the elite"

In a strong performance on fake news channel CNN Tuesday evening, Senator Rand Paul doubled down on comments he made last week, saying “somebody should go to jail” for leaking fake intelligence regarding Donald Trump and the Russian government.

“I think it’s unseemly that people in our intelligence community, the CIA director, is out there giving press conferences, criticizing the incoming president — I think that’s inexcusable and I would not have anybody in the CIA that’s publicly criticizing the president.” Paul told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, who has continued to defend CNN’s coverage of the Trump/Russia blackmail fake news story.



The Ocean Pines Police Department is set to receive a $30,030 grant from the state of Maryland for a technology upgrade that allows officers to quickly identify suspects involved in criminal actions. Officers are gaining the upper hand with the assistance of a new finger and palm printing machine.

According to the Ocean Pines Police Department, law enforcement agencies indicate that at least 30 percent of the prints lifted from crime scenes – from knife hilts, gun grips, steering wheels and window panes – are of palms, not fingers. For this reason, capturing and scanning latent palm prints is becoming an area of increasing interest among the law enforcement community, including the Ocean Pines Police Department.

An upgraded fingerprinting system, which has been recently installed, now helps to increase officer efficiency.

“In addition to identifying the individual, it also quickly searches state and federal criminal history databases for warrants that may still be in effect,” said Ocean Pines Police Chief David Massey. “Automation eliminates the old messy ink procedures, and accurately tells an officer that the print is acceptable, or whether a new re-print is necessary.”

Alibaba'a Jack Ma Drops a Redpill in Davos: The U.S. Wasted $14 Trillion on Wars Over the Past 30 Years

And there it is, the unvarnished, raw, truth about how everything went wrong for middle class America.

Since the Vietnam war, more than 45 years ago, the US has embarked on a neocon strategy of war in an effort to build a global empire. The result of that strategy has left American infrastructure second rate, its school system in shambles, and its healthcare system a complete and utter joke.

Just imagine what America could've done with $14t of investable dollars, instead of waging wars.

Aside from the wars, America spends more than 50% of its discretionary budget on the military, per annum, 16% of its overall budget.


Nammo to Bring More Than 130 New Manufacturing Jobs to Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head

Company will invest more than $30 million to manufacture rocket motors and warheads, demilitarize aging explosive devices

ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Nammo Group, based in Norway, will bring more than 130 new manufacturing jobs to Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Indian Head in Southern Maryland over the next five years. As part of an agreement signed today, Nammo Energetics Indian Head, a Maryland corporation, will partner with the installation’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (EODTD) to establish both a solid rocket motor and tactical warhead production facility, as well as an energetics demilitarization operation at Indian Head. The company plans to invest more than $23 million in renovations to existing facilities on the base and an additional $7 million in new equipment.

“The Public Private Partnership Agreement is a unique opportunity for Nammo to become part of the U.S. National Technology Industrial Base,” said Morten Brandtz√¶g, CEO of the Nammo Group. “Our priority number one will be to create a sustainable and highly competitive operation at Indian Head with a strong focus on our core capabilities and competences – creating jobs in Maryland.”

“Nammo’s $30 million investment in Maryland manufacturing – and the addition of more than 130 new jobs – is confirmation of the positive business climate our administration set out to establish two years ago,” said Governor Hogan. “In December, I had a very productive meeting with President Brandtz√¶g in Annapolis, during which he briefed me on plans for Indian Head. I am very pleased to welcome him and Nammo to our state on a permanent basis and appreciate the positive impact their presence will have on Southern Maryland’s economy.”