Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Tuesday's County Council Meeting, More Drama, Drama, Drama!

I was looking over Tuesday’s County Council agenda and I noticed an Introduction to Legislative Bill 2017-02, An Act to amend the Wicomico County Classification and Pay Plan by establishing a certain class title and pay grade in the County Council Office – Mr. Steve Roser, Internal Auditor. As this summary did peak my curiosity, I decided to further investigate by looking over the Council’s briefing book published on the County’s website. I came across a 371 page document and did not find the topic until page 316 out of 371. I was thinking, what are they trying to hide? It was like adding pork to a bill. No one will read the whole document to find out. But, I did learn that this County Council loves to grow government by adding a new position. I immediately thought, is this really a necessary position?

How has the County Council grown government? Answer, having their own County Council Attorney that resulted in an inflation of the County Council’s 2017 budget. In addition to massive pay raises to the Council staff they including the Internal Auditor himself with over $20,000.00 in raises since he started this new position.

Another question is this legislative bill and introduction without an official approval? Look at legislative bill 2017-01, An act to amend the County Code, Chapter 414, titled “Fees” Section 141-4, titled “Department of Public Works” to adjust the per ton tipping fee for commercial brush/yard waste and to establish rates for other items. (That was a mouth full) It is my understanding that the County Council made the error of not properly approving the Legislative Bill and questioned Mr. Culver on their own error. Why would the County Council try to belittle and embarrass the County Executive on such simple matters when the Council and public had no problem with the proposal? At the last minute Cannon pulls a power play over Culver without validity. It seems as if every time Culver tries to move the County forward in a conservative direction, Cannon and Council tear him down.

What blows me away is that this Council is 6 to 1 Republican. Watching this Council is like growing up in a dysfunctional family and “Dad” Culver is like Father Knows Best. He is not out to hurt anyone!

On another note, ethically, how can Mike Lewis officiate John Cannon’s wedding when John Cannon, (Council President for Wicomico County) who approves the Sheriff’s Department’s budget? Now, I am not saying this is unethical but it is damn close. The pictures are all over Facebook.

Perhaps we will see many of you at Tuesday’s 10:00 a.m. Council Meeting to support the man you elected to lead Wicomico County, Bob Culver.

Originally published 2-20-17 at 9:11 PM

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13 of the Most Memorable Quotes From Trump's Latest Press Conference

President Trump held an unscheduled press conference on Thursday at the White House during which he aired his grievances with the media, listed his accomplishments, and gave some memorable quotes.

Here are 13 of the most striking quotes from Trump's press conference.

1. Trump Calls Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer a ‘Lightweight'

TRUMP: He wanted it but we called, called, called. They can't make a meeting with him. Every day I walk in and I would like the meeting, but he was probably told by Schumer or somebody like that, some other lightweight, he was probably told don't meet with Trump.

2. Trump Says the Leaks About Contacting Russia Are Real, But the News Is Fake


Republicans Hammer VA Officials

Republicans blasted Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) officials Thursday for allowing hundreds of employees to spend 100 percent of their work hours on union activities instead of caring for veterans, with some in the GOP questioning whether to eliminate taxpayer-funded union time entirely.

Some Democrats on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (HOGR) Subcommittee on Government Operations joined the Republicans in demanding a full accounting of the taxpayer-funded hours VA employees devote to conducting union work.

Their comments came after a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report revealed that VA doesn’t track official time accurately; some VA managers even worry such activities distract from patient care.

“Something’s gotta change,” an exasperated Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan said. “I appreciate y’all having the hearing, but look, this is unbelievable, unbelievable what we have here. So let’s hope we can change it and get rid of all these folks on official time.”


Americans are struggling to pay off their auto loans

Auto loan delinquencies in the fourth quarter hit their highest level since the financial crisis, a report out Thursday revealed.

About $23.27 billion in loans were 30 days or more late as of Dec. 31 — a whopping 14 percent increase from the year earlier and the most since the $23.46 billion in the third quarter of 2008, according to the New York Federal Reserve.

Delinquencies have moved up as the credit quality of the loans has deteriorated and the length of the auto loans has increased — sometimes to 84 months.


Governor Larry Hogan Submits 189 “Green Bag” Appointments

Thirty-two Percent of Names Submitted Will Fill Key Economic Development, Education Roles
ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today submitted 189 appointments to the Maryland State Senate. Secretary of Appointments Chris Cavey presented the Senate with the names of the “Green Bag” nominees.
“The appointments we submitted today represent our administration’s continued commitment to the people of Maryland to provide the most responsive, competent, and well-qualified representatives that Marylanders deserve and expect,” said Governor Hogan. “I am proud that these men and women are reflective of the diverse nature of our state, and I look forward to seeing the great things they will accomplish as we continue to Change Maryland for the Better.”
Representative of the administration’s unyielding commitment to making Maryland more business-friendly, more than fifteen percent of the “Green Bag” nominations will fill roles on boards and commissions that focus on economic development, including the appointment of Nicole Alt-Myers to the Maryland Economic Development Corporation (MEDCO) Board of Directors.
Governor Hogan also made several nominations to the University System of Maryland Board of Regents, highlighting the administration’s commitment to strengthening our higher education system and ensuring it remains one of the most competitive and best in the country. More than fifteen percent of today’s appointments represent nominations to education boards and commissions.
“I am extremely proud of the process that has allowed Governor Hogan to fill key leadership positions with individuals that are qualified and eager to serve our great state,” said Appointments Secretary Chris Cavey. “These appointees come from all regions of the state and from diverse ethnic and professional backgrounds. We are confident that these men and women are prepared to serve Maryland and work hard to Change Maryland for the Better.”
This year’s Green Bag includes appointment nominations for more than 70 different boards and commissions. A sample of the nominations includes:
  • Lourdes Padilla, Baltimore City  Secretary of Department of Human Resources
  • Karen Bond, Baltimore City – State Amusement Ride Safety Advisory Board
  • Clarissa Coughlin, Anne Arundel – State Racing Commission
  • Jennifer Elisseeff, Ph,D, Baltimore City – Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) Board of Directors
  • Kai K. Hirabayashi, Esq., Montgomery County – Maryland Economic Development Commission
  • Vera R. Jackson, D.S.W., Prince George’s – Higher Education Commission
  • Milton Lawler, Ph.D., Prince George’s – State Higher Education Labor Relations Board
  • M. Margaret McFarland, Esq., Montgomery – Historic St. Mary’s City Commission
  • John Molesworth, D.O., Frederick – Frederick Community College Board of Trustees
  • Wes Moore, Baltimore City – University System of Maryland Board of Regents
  • Jeanette Glose Partlow, Esq., Baltimore City – Maryland Economic Development Commission
Dating back to 17th-century England, the term “Green Bag” refers to the green satchel that is used once every year to bring the gubernatorial nominations to the Senate. It is a longstanding tradition for a member of the governor’s staff to deliver the bag once a year to the Maryland State Senate.

Dramatic moment shop owner shoots and kills armed burglar

Shocking video reveals the fatal 13 second shootout between a convenience store clerk and a burglar.

Emmanuel Henry, 22, was shot and killed Tuesday during an attempt to rob Happy's Package, a convenience store northwest of Atlanta.

The video shows Henry calmly walking into the store then leaping behind the counter where he threatened the clerk for cash.


Monday, February 20, 2017

NASA is closer to solving its space poop problem

NASA rewarded five people on Wednesday for their ideas for solving one of astronauts’ biggest problems: pooping in a spacesuit.

The honors came after the space agency, along with crowdsourcing platform HeroX, launched the Space Poop Challenge last October — a competition that asked the world to submit sanitary solutions for suits that astronauts wear up to 144 hours. More than 5,000 ideas were submitted by about 19,000 people.

“The response to the Space Poop Challenge exceeded all of our expectations,” Steve Rader, NASA Tournament Lab deputy director, said in a statement. “The level of participation and interest went far beyond what we expected for such a short competition.”


HALF of families text each other in the same house

Some will find it depressing. Others will recognise an all-too familiar snapshot of tech-obsessed modern life.

But nearly half of families with children now text each other when they are in the same house.

Just under a third of us (32 per cent) are guilty of tapping out messages on mobiles when we want to talk to someone under the same roof, according to research.

That figure rises to 45 per cent for households with children – suggesting the phenomenon is only set to get worse.

It’s not the only way mobiles get in the way of family time at home.

In a third of households, people use their mobiles during their mealtimes.

More than four in ten parents complain their children have ignored them at the table because they were so distracted by their phones. In fact, tablets and mobiles are so prevalent at home, they are also depriving us of rest.

A quarter of the 2,800 adults surveyed by Aviva admitted at least one person in their household was losing sleep because they were staying up too late on their phone, and one in five said that there was someone at home who just couldn’t ‘switch off’.


These Are Times Of General Corruption

"And I'll leave you with one set of numbers that I found today, which is just an absolute for this whole thing. In 2015, Wall Street Bonuses, not regular compensation, bonuses, seven years after they were bailed out with the public purse, totaled $29.4 billion dollars. Total compensation paid to every single person in this country who makes minimum wage totaled $14 billion...

The era of neo-liberalism is over. The era of neo-nationalism has just begun."

Mark Blyth

"Caesar was swimming in blood, Rome and the whole pagan world was mad. But those who had had enough of transgression and madness, those who were trampled upon, those whose lives were misery and oppression, all the weighed down, all the sad, all the unfortunate, came to hear the wonderful tidings of God, who out of love for men had given Himself to be crucified and redeem their sins.

When they found a God whom they could love, they had found that which the society of the time could not give any one— happiness and love."

Henryk Sienkiewicz, Quo Vadis: The Time of Nero

When historians look back on this period of the last forty years and diagnose what went wrong, they might do worse than to conclude thatat the root of it was a general failure of character, from the top down.


DNC leaders unhappy with party activists' aggressive tactics to pick new chairman

Democratic Party activists who tried unsuccessfully to sink Hillary Clinton’s nomination at last year’s convention are at it again, pestering national party members ahead of next week’s vote on a new chairman.

Party leaders are eager to incorporate the energy of progressives who buoyed Sen. Bernard Sanders’ presidential campaign last year — but less enthusiastic about the activists’ rough edges that continue to irk many Democratic National Committee members.

They say the phone calls to lobby for Rep. Keith Ellison, the choice of progressives, over Tom Perez, viewed as the establishment choice, are out of control.


Netanyahu rebuffed Kerry's secret peace offer, Obama officials claim

JERUSALEM – Israel's prime minister turned down a regional peace initiative last year that was brokered by then-American Secretary of State John Kerry, former U.S. officials confirmed Sunday.

Netanyahu took part in a secret summit that Kerry organized in the southern Jordanian port city of Aqaba last February and included Jordan's King Abdullah II and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi. The secret meeting was first reported by the Haaretz daily.

According to two former Obama administration officials, Kerry proposed regional recognition of Israel as a Jewish state -- a key Netanyahu demand -- alongside a renewal of peace talks with the Palestinians with the support of the Arab countries.

Netanyahu rejected the offer, which would have required a significant pullout from disputed territories, saying he would not be able to garner enough support for it in his hard-line coalition government.


Trump Declares CNN, NYT, CBS, ABC And NBC Are "The Enemy of The American People"

If you thought yesterday's press conference was "ranting and raving", it appears President Trump just turned the anti-'Fake news'-media amplifier up to '11', declaring  CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS , The New York Times (yet not The Washington Post) as "enemies of the American people".
The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes@NBCNews@ABC,@CBS@CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!
Incidentally, this was the second tweet, after Trump removed the first version one, which some thought was deleted as it was just a little too "aggressive" but as it turned out, simply ommitted ABC and CBS.

As a reminder, Trump and chief White House strategist Steve Bannon have both referred to the media as the "opposition party."


Matt Mohr Writes...

"Joe your a fucking moron"

I'm guessing he's upset with the fact that they had around 200 people show up for a rally while Salisbury News has had over 170,000 hits on our Website this weekend. Yeah, that's got to hurt, A LOT!

Donald Trump is the answer to all that ails Washington

In a whirling dervish White House press conference, President Trump manhandled the press, piledrived all the fake news and reminded the world why he tore through both political parties and got elected president in the first place.

Trump “inherited a mess.”

“I have nothing to do with Russia.”

“CNN is full of anger and hate.”


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We wanted to express one last time our traffic today on Salisbury News at 7:00 PM. 

I hope this shuts the nay sayers up for good. Shame on any of you for challenging us. 

Court rules that CNN officially puts out fake news

CNN aired a "series of false and defamatory news reports"

Those who accuse CNN and other mainstream media outlets of “fake news” will probably revel in a recent decision by a federal judge in Atlanta, Georgia.

While Judge Orinda Evans didn’t all out declare that CNN was peddling in falsehoods, she did take aim at the network in an initial judgment in favor of a former hospital CEO who sued CNN accusing them of purposely skewing statistics to reflect poorly on a West Palm Beach hospital. Judge Evans didn’t mince words in her 18-page order allowing the case to move forward, and dismissing CNN’s attempt to get it thrown out of court.

Davide Carbone, former CEO of St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, filed a defamation lawsuit against CNN after they aired what he claims were a “series of false and defamatory news reports” regarding the infant mortality rate at the hospital. CNN’s report said the mortality rate was three times the national average. However, Mr. Carbone contends that CNN “intentionally” manipulated statistics to bolster their report. He also claims that CNN purposely ignored information that would look favorable to the hospital in order to sensationalize the story.


Major public fraud suit-Steve Walton Onancock

More Reds Under Our Beds

President Dwight Eisenhower’s warning about the dangers of the military-industrial complex made half a century ago ring as loud and clear today. The soft coup being mounted against the Trump government by America’s ‘deep state’ reached a new intensity this week as special interests battled for control of Washington.

The newly named national security advisor, Lt Gen Michael Flynn, was ousted by Trump over his chats with Russia’s ambassador and what he may or may not have told Vice President Pence. The defenestration of Flynn appeared engineered by our national intelligence agencies in collaboration with the mainstream media and certain Democrats.

Flynn’s crime? Talking to the wicked Russians before and after the election. Big, big deal. That’s what security advisors are supposed to do: keep an open back channel to other major powers and allies. This is also the job of our intelligence agencies.


Jesse Watters Confronts Notorious Anti-White Professor

Fox News personality Jesse Watters went to St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia to confront Professor David Parry, who came to national prominence after his post-election rant telling students not to “open their hearts to white Trump supporters” was recorded and went viral.


Dems taking it on chin in daily tracking poll

Those identifying with the party of Clinton, Obama plunge to 25%

The party of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton is taking it on the chin in a daily tracking poll.

The Gallup survey found that only 25 percent of voters self-identify as Democrats as of about the beginning of this year.

The percentage who identify as Republican is 28, while it is independents who have made the biggest gains, measuring 44 percent.

The data lists the trends from 2004, and notably, Democrats plunged from 31 percent at the time of the 2016 presidential election to the current 25 percent.

Republicans were essentially unchanged, at 27 percent at the election and 28 percent now.

But independents were at 36 percent when President Donald Trump was elected and now stand at 44 percent.


Exclusive: Hundreds of Texans May Have Voted Improperly

Texas election officials have acknowledged that hundreds of people were allowed to bypass the state's toughest-in-the-nation voter ID law and improperly cast ballots in the November presidential election by signing a sworn statement instead of showing a photo ID.

The chief election officers in two of the state's largest counties are now considering whether to refer cases to local prosecutors for potential perjury charges or violations of election law. Officials in many other areas say they will simply let the mistakes go, citing widespread confusion among poll workers and voters.

The Texas law requires voters to show one of seven approved forms of identification to cast ballots. It was softened in August to allow people without a driver's license or other photo ID to sign an affidavit declaring that they have an impediment to obtaining required identification.

Even after the affidavits were introduced, voters who possess an acceptable photo ID were still required to show it at the polls.


JUST IN: Trump Chooses H.R. McMaster as National Security Adviser

WASHINGTON — President Trump picked Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, a widely respected military strategist, as his new national security adviser on Monday, calling him “a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience.”

Mr. Trump made the announcement at his Mar-a-Lago getaway in Palm Beach, Fla., where he has been interviewing candidates to replace Michael T. Flynn, who was forced out after withholding information from Vice President Mike Pence about a call with Russia’s ambassador.

The choice continued Mr. Trump’s reliance on high-ranking military officers to advise him on national security. Mr. Flynn was a retired three-star general and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is a retired four-star general. His first choice to replace Mr. Flynn, who turned the job down, and two other finalists were current or former senior officers as well.

Shortly before announcing his appointment, Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter: “Meeting with Generals at Mar-a-Lago in Florida. Very interesting!”


DNC chair contender drops out, endorses Keith Ellison

A contender to be chair of the Democratic National Committee dropped out of the race Saturday and endorsed Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., just days before Democratic officials vote on a leader at the DNC's meeting next week.

"While it was a tremendous honor to run for DNC Chair over the past few months, I am proud to throw my support behind Keith so we can ensure that the next Chair of the DNC is dedicated to investing in and strengthening state parties and ensuring that the DNC is an accountable organization," New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley said in a statement first reported by NBC News. "As I've talked to the DNC membership, it's clear Keith has widespread support, and I know as our next DNC Chair Keith will successfully unite and grow our party."

Ellison said he is "proud" to have Buckley's support. He added that he asked Buckley to "lead our effort to provide the support and resources the state parties need in a new and innovative 57 state strategy."

Ellison was viewed as a front-runner at the beginning of the DNC chairman campaign, but has seen fierce competition from former Labor Secretary Thomas Perez. Last week, Perez announced that of the 224 votes needed to win when votes are cast, he has the support of 180 of 224 DNC members. The threshold a candidate needs to pass in order to win represents just one vote above half the 447 voting members.


Juanita Broaddrick To Chelsea Clinton: Your Father Is ‘Horrifying, Sick And Awful’

“I need a thesaurus,” Clinton tweeted this week with a link to a story about an illegal immigrant who was detained while trying to obtain a protective order against her domestic abuser. “What’s another word for horrifying? Sick? Awful? Running out of adjectives these days that mean unconscionably terrible.”

Broaddrick — the Arkansas woman who claims Bill Clinton raped her in 1978 — responded, “Well, since you asked, Here’s my definition of horrifying, sick & awful. Answer: Your father, Bill Clinton.”


3 man I.T. SPY ring busted in Congress! Maria Bartiromo goes Ballistic.

When A Man Is Brutally Beaten Coming From A City Council Meeting, Is This What You'd Expect From The SPD?

Shouldn't this at least be listed as an Assault?

EXCLUSIVE: Disabled Veterans Report Discrimination, Targeting At Export-Import Bank

Disabled veterans working at the Export-Import bank are reporting that management is trying hard to oust them from the agency.

Two disabled veterans at the Trade Credit Insurance Division of the Export-Import bank say that management is forcing them to move to the agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., and increasing their working hours, despite the fact that they suffer from debilitating medical conditions.

Another disabled veteran has reportedly been systematically passed over for a promotion and is now locked in a lawsuit with Ex-Im, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.

Laurie Evans, a 60-year-old disabled veteran who has served at Ex-Im for 16 years and received a performance review of “Excellent,” spoke with TheDCNF about management’s decision to turn the teleworking arrangement on its head for herself and another disabled veteran.


Commercial Breeders Love Rescue Groups

Commercial dog breeders view dogs as livestock and a “cash” crop. Most of these folks started out in other types of factory farming and failed. They then turned to dogs in the hope of an easier crop. They make no distinction between “farm” animals and “house” pets. In order to understand why it’s so important to not provide them with a source of income, you must understand this simple truth. As long as there are buyers at auctions for a particular breed, that breed will continue to be at auctions. The auctioneers and sellers care not where the money comes from; money is money. They count on rescue groups to purchase the dogs other breeders don’t want.

The auctioneers pitch goes like this to the crowd. “Where can you start your business for $800 and triple your money in a year? Breed her twice a year sell the 8 pups for pets;, sell through a broker to pet stores or here at the auction.” The auctioneer continues, telling the crowd “I was brokering 350 dogs per week. It’s easy! Go to the internet see what’s selling. Cross them with other breeds. There’s a lot of money in dogs. Look at the prices. This is a great business.”

How do I know? I was there. This is the reality of dog auctions, and you must understand that first, in order to determine the best way to deal with them. People who truly love dogs and take a special interest in a particular breed have paid exorbitant prices to rescue their breed from such a fate. The problem is the puppy millers recognize outsiders. The khaki slacks, button down shirts, wife and child are a dead give away. Millers utilize shills to bid up the prices when rescue groups are present. I recently witnessed a group of 20 Kerry Blue Terriers sell for a total value of $16,975. It is believed that many went to well intended rescue groups. This high selling price just created a demand for more dogs at future auctions! Such expenditures, though well meaning, encourage and enable puppy millers. These guys count on dog lovers to be emotionally impacted by the conditions of a puppy mill dog’s existence. It is impossible not to be. I understand and appreciate the motivation. Unfortunately, we encourage puppy millers by making the sale of dogs profitable at auctions, as there is little pet store market for our breed.


NAACP Leader Balks At Idea Of Congressional White Caucus

Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO of the NAACP, was at loss for words Thursday night as former Reagan adviser Jeffrey Lord injected a hypothetical Congressional White Caucus into a debate on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360.

The racially charged exchange began during a discussion of President Trump having asked an African-American reporter from a black-focused new radio outlet if she knew the leadership of the Congressional Black Caucus.


Comments Worthy Of A Post

Joe the snowflakes are claiming victory....we need some pics of the truth..either way...

I replied: 1:59, I would think so, this was their event. Just as I have stated from the very beginning, let them blow off steam. They rallied together and held a peaceful event and that's awesome.

I'm extremely pleased the Pro Trump people kept their cool. This sets an incredible example of how AMERICANS should act/behave.

While we may not agree with their values and beliefs, they have every right to express their opinions just as we do.

That being said, my hat is tipped to ALL of you who attended.

I spent my day detailing my Harley, washing several of my vehicles, planting flowers and preparing our bonfire for all my friends this evening. Hope all of you had just as rewarding day as I've had. Tomorrow is Family Day on the Boardwalk.


I Found This Comment On Facebook

Ray Kozlowski I had the privilege to go through the immigration process with my wife and step son prior to my return to America from Japan. Guess what. It's not that painful for someone whose never committed a crime. Neither are the update appointments for their green cards.

So having been through the process I feel there is no viable reason for someone to enter the US illegally.
And the illegals are where the problem is. They're already violating our laws by entering the country illegally. Chances are good they'll continue to do so.

Russian ambassador to the UN dies after passing out at embassy

Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations died Monday morning after suffering heart problems at the embassy in Manhattan, sources told The Post.

Vitaly Churkin was at the Russian embassy on East 67th Street when he became sick with a “cardiac condition” around 9:30 a.m., sources said.

His death was announced at a UN meeting.


9/11 Conspiracy Author Phillip Marshall, His Dog and 2 Kids Found Dead in California

Phillip Marshall, a former airplane pilot and author whose works included the 2003 novel “Lakefront Airport,” – “False Flag 911: How Bush, Cheney and the Saudis Created the Post-911 World (08)” and “The Big Bamboozle: 9/11 and the War on Terror,” a 2012 publication in which Marshall theorized it wasn’t al-Qaida but rather U.S. and Saudi government officials who orchestrated 9/11, was found dead along with his two children in their Murphrys-area home in California – 2013. Reports indicate all 3 died of gunshot wounds.

Friends of Marshall’s kids, Alex 17 and Macaila 14, discovered the gruesome scene after showing up to check on them on Saturday after not having heard from them for numerous days.

The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office reported that both children as well as the family dog were shot once in the head with a handgun.

Marshall’s estranged wife and mother of the 2 kids was traveling abroad at the time of the shootings.



Though federal judges tend to uphold a lot of unjust campus decisions in sex-assault cases, Judge Elizabeth Dillon, an Obama appointee, proved on December 23 that some campus procedures are just too outrageous to survive judicial review.

The judge’s due process ruling came in a case out of James Madison University. (You can read her opinion here.) After troubling appellate rulings in California(which approved a process one judge had compared to a kangaroo court) and in the 6th Circuit (where one judge suggested that military court martials represented an appropriate model for campus sexual assault cases), the Dillon ruling is important.

The James Madison case also illustrates the effects of an often- overlooked effect of the 2011 Dear Colleague letter—the requirement that colleges introduce allow accusers to appeal not-guilty findings. As in comparable cases at George Mason and the University of Michigan, at James Madison, this double-jeopardy principle created an additional layer of injustice. Indeed, in all other types of disciplinary cases at JMU, an accusing student can’t appeal a not-guilty finding.


There Is No Solution in Afghanistan

Analysis: The road to Kabul goes through Islamabad and New Delhi

The American predicament in Afghanistan is at once ridiculous and tragic. More than 8,000 U.S. troops remain in the country, prosecuting the longest war in our nation's history. Overlapping networks of insurgent groups—most prominently the Taliban—had a good year in 2016, seizing terrain and conducting terror strikes to destabilize the U.S.-backed Kabul government. The American commander in the country wants a "few thousand" more troops. Despite the supporting role that the U.S. contingent is meant to play, casualties are still being sustained, sometimes in places with depressingly familiar names—as in Sangin, seized from the Taliban a few years ago at the expense of gallons of British and U.S. Marine blood. Two Americans were wounded there last week.

The Taliban's efforts in Sangin appear to be part of a larger campaign to seize the entirety of opium-rich Helmand Province, including its capital Lashkar Gah, a small city that was untouchable during the period of peak U.S. operations but which now is battling the insurgency on its very streets. According to a U.S. government watchdog, eight out of 14 districts in Helmand are under insurgent "control or influence." One of these is Marjah district, where seven years ago today I was fighting alongside a few thousand other U.S. Marines on behalf of the Afghan government. We were told we were bringing a "government-in-a-box," and by 2011 there were manifest gains in the district's security, about which the Marines who fought there can be proud.


Obama-linked activists have a ‘training manual’ for protesting Trump

By Paul Sperry

An Obama-tied activist group training tens of thousands of agitators to protest President Trump’s policies plans to hit Republican lawmakers supporting those policies even harder this week, when they return home for the congressional recess and hold town hall meetings and other functions.
Organizing for Action, a group founded by Obama and featured prominently on his new post-presidency website, is distributing a training manual to anti-Trump activists that advises them to bully GOP lawmakers into backing off support for repealing ObamaCare, curbing immigration from high-risk Islamic nations, and building a border wall.

In a new Facebook post, OFA calls on activists to mobilize against Republicans from now until Feb. 26, when “representatives are going to be in their home districts.”

The protesters disrupted town halls earlier this month, including one held in Utah by House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz, who was confronted by hundreds of angry demonstrators claiming to be his constituents.

The manual, published with OFA partner “Indivisible,” advises protesters to go into halls quietly so as not to raise alarms, and “grab seats at the front of the room but do not all sit together.” Rather, spread out in pairs to make it seem like the whole room opposes the Republican host’s positions. “This will help reinforce the impression of broad consensus.” It also urges them to ask “hostile” questions — while keeping “a firm hold on the mic” — and loudly boo the the GOP politician if he isn’t “giving you real answers.”

“Express your concern [to the event’s hosts] they are giving a platform to pro-Trump authoritarianism, racism, and corruption,” it says.

The goal is to make Republicans, even from safe districts, second-guess their support for the Trump agenda, and to prime “the ground for the 2018 midterms when Democrats retake power.”

The goal is to make Republicans, even from safe districts, second-guess their support for the Trump agenda “Even the safest [Republican] will be deeply alarmed by signs of organized opposition,” the document states, “because these actions create the impression that they’re not connected to their district and not listening to their constituents.”

After the event, protesters are advised to feed video footage to local and national media.

“Unfavorable exchanges caught on video can be devastating” for Republican lawmakers, it says, when “shared through social media and picked up by local and national media.” After protesters gave MSNBC, CNN and the networks footage of their dust-up with Chaffetz, for example, the outlets ran them continuously, forcing Chaffetz to issue statements defending himself.

The manual also advises protesters to flood “Trump-friendly” lawmakers’ Hill offices with angry phone calls and emails demanding the resignation of top White House adviser Steve Bannon.

A script advises callers to complain: “I’m honestly scared that a known racist and anti-Semite will be working just feet from the Oval Office … It is everyone’s business if a man who promoted white supremacy is serving as an adviser to the president.”

The document provides no evidence to support such accusations.
Protesters, who may or may not be affiliated with OFA, are also storming district offices. Last week, GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher blamed a “mob” of anti-Trump activists for knocking unconscious a 71-year-old female staffer at his Southern California office. A video of the incident, showing a small crowd around an opening door, was less conclusive.

The anonymous plaintiff in Roe v. Wade has died

Norma McCorvey was a symbol of abortion rights, but reversed her views later in life.

Norma McCorvey became an almost mythological figure to millions of Americans, more a symbol of what they believed in than who she was.

Since the landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling of Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion in America, perhaps 50 million legal abortions have been performed in the United States.

Pruden: When the high-minded stoop to the low-down

Rage can lead the unwary to dangerous places, and some of our media notabilities are half-way there. E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post poses the question that bugs them most.

“Let’s not mumble or whisper about the central issue facing our country,” he demands. “What is this democratic nation to do when the man serving as president of the United States plainly has no business being president of the United States.”

Mr. Dionne, judging by the rants and raves on display in newspapers and on television newscasts, clearly speaks for many of his colleagues.

He doesn’t offer a direct answer to the question he bravely plucked from his navel. But the answer is logically self-evident. He clearly doesn’t think the nation can wait four or eight years to get rid of Donald Trump by defeating him in another national election. “Central issues” are too important for that.

He could pray for a loathsome and incurable disease to do the work, but that might be too late if the situation is as dire as Mr. Dionne says it is. Disease, even loathsome disease, usually takes its time.

So, if it’s not an election or disease, the country must wait for the Donald to become bored or tired of the job. That does not look likely. The man is clearly having a lot of fun, and that enrages Nice People like E.J. all the more..

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Day Without Illegals Becomes a Political Dud

The much-ballyhooed “Day Without Immigrants” turned out to be a day without many protestors or any political impact, but with many Mexican flags, angry slogans, and a muted social-media response by amnesty advocates.

The Thursday turnout in most cities was few hundred protestors, despite some employers shutting their workplaces. But organizers did get a turnout of several thousand people in North Carolina and Chicago. NBC described the national turnout as merely “thousands,” despite an estimated population of roughly 11 million illegals.

In recognition of the low numbers, the response from pro-mass immigration politicians and activists was muted. Douglas Rivlin, Director of Communication for Democratic Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez, tweeted nothing about the marches. Neither did the National Immigration Forum. Linda Sarsour, Muslim organizer of the Women’s March, simply tweeted “solidarity.”

While there are panoramic photos of the two largest demonstrations in Chicago and Charlotte, N.C., photographs from the small demonstrations tend to be ground level and also close up. which allows the photographers to hide the small scale of a group from viewers.


Homeschoolers Revolt Against Republican School Choice Bill

Homeschooling families throughout the nation are voicing opposition to a Republican-sponsored school choice bill that they say will ultimately result in regulation of homeschooling in the United States.

Many parents who homeschool their children, as well as their numerous local and national homeschooling organizations, are protesting the bill, introduced by Iowa Rep. Steve King (R), and calling upon the members of Congress who are its sponsors to “leave homeschooling families alone.”

School vouchers created by H.R. 610, the Choices in Education Act of 2017, “would be a slippery slope toward more federal involvement and control in homeschooling,” asserts William Estrada, director of federal relations for the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA).

King’s bill would first repeal the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965. While many homeschoolers agree with the repeal of ESEA, the bill next would send all federal education funds to the states in the form of grants, which states would then distribute as vouchers to public, private, and homeschooled students.


Stats At 11:00 AM Today

Now that the weekend is over, the real hits begin. While it's only 11:00 in the morning, (when I took this image) we've already surpassed yesterdays numbers. I know this is boring some of you but it needs to be shown that the very people trying to claim we haven't been honest need to get a smack right in the face. 

In the mean time, ask the other media sources to publish their numbers, including bloggers. They won't, because they don't want people knowing they are insignificant any more. 

Just think Folks, we started out almost 13 years ago as a complete UNDERDOG. No journalistic background, no degrees, just a grass roots effort to tell the truth. No awards, no recognition, no proclamations, just massive hits thanks to all of you.

Obamacare Subsidies Projected to More Than Double Over Next Decade

Spending on certain programs to increase from $42 billion to $97 billion

Subsidies for health insurance purchased through the marketplaces established under the Affordable Care Act are projected to more than double over the next decade, according to a report from the Congressional Budget Office.

The report, which evaluated spending for various means-tested programs or programs that offer benefits to those who earn income under a certain threshold, found that spending on Obamacare subsidies will total $42 billion in 2017 and are estimated to more than double to $97 billion by 2027.

In fiscal year 2016, payments for subsidies totaled $31 billion and, according to the budget office, payments will grow rapidly in 2017 and 2018 largely due to the growth in enrollment.


Former Muslim Brotherhood member: "Barack Hussein Obama is a Muslim Terrorist"

Police name four more suspects linked to Kim Jong Nam’s death

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia’s senior police official says they are looking for four more North Korean suspects who had left the country the same day the North Korean leader’s brother died after being attacked at the airport.

Malaysia’s deputy national police chief Noor Rashid Ibrahim identified all four at a news conference on Sunday. He also identified a fifth person of interest and showed photographs of two more North Koreans who were not identified by name but are also wanted by the government in connection with Kim Jong Nam’s apparent assassination on Monday.

Four people have been arrested, including two women, a boyfriend of one of them and a North Korean man.

Ibrahim said all the North Korean suspects traveled on regular, not diplomatic, passports. He refused to say where they flew, saying it’s a “sensitive” issue.


Chicago gang members say more police won't stop the murders

Rashad Britt grew up in the Henry Horner projects on Chicago’s West Side, known for gangs and violence. He started hanging out with the members of the Vice Lords gang for safety. “Just for protection…my friends-we gotta get to school. So, we got each other’s back on the way to school,” he says. “And sometimes, that meant carrying a gun and [being] willing to use it.”

His first gun was a gift, given to him as a pre-teen. “I looked at it like that was love. I looked at it like this person loved me, for the simple fact that they wanted to see me protected. They gave me something that was going to protect my life,” he says.

Last Monday, I met with a group of street guys on the West Side. They say the gangs provided structure that their parents did not. “Half of these guys don’t got no mom, either they was crack heads, dope fiends, boosters or something,” says a man who would only identify himself as a member of the Black Disciples.

“They moms or fathers was lost to the same gang that we getting ourselves into now.”

“We more like a family than a gang… brothers,” says Kevin Gentry – associated with the Vice Lords. In the gang, someone was kind to them. Their role models sold drugs, had money, clothes cars and girlfriends. “The gangs have become family for a lot of young men here in Chicago and across the United States..

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Man "Beaten To A Pulp" In Salisbury Coming From City Council Meeting

Yesterday we published a story where we were told by a viewer that Mr. Richard Parsons had been mugged. It wasn't actually a mugging, he was simply brutally attacked and beaten, I've been asked not to give details of his injuries. I will say however our reliable source stated "he was beaten to a pulp." 

Mr. Parsons had attended last Monday's City Council Meeting and was walking through the Downtown Plaza and then down Fitzwater Street where he was attacked at 1100 Parsons Road. This occurred some time between 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm. 

If ANYONE witnessed what happened, please make contact with the Salisbury Police Department and help them solve this horrific crime. Again, this happened Monday night. 

Trump Says He Is Keeping His Promises to the American People. The People Agree.

New poll shows overwhelming majority say Trump is keeping promises

President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he has been delivering on his campaign promises and the American people overwhelmingly agree, according to a pollreleased early Thursday morning showing that a majority of people on both sides of the aisle agree with Trump on this point.

"I'm keeping my promises to the American people," Trump said in the opening statement of his Thursday press conference. "One promise after another, after years of politicians lying to you to get elected."

"I'm here following through on what I pledged to do," he said. "It's all I'm doing."


When President Obama’s National Security Advisor Lied, The Media Laughed

Buried deep beneath the Michael Flynn hysteria this week was Judicial Watch’s release of newly obtained State Department documents related to the Benghazi terrorist attack on September 11, 2012.

One email confirms—again—that the Obama administration knew the day after the attack it was not a random act of violence stemming from an anti-Muslim video. That was the excuse shamefully propagated by top Obama administration officials (including the president himself) and swallowed whole by a media establishment desperate to help Obama win re-election six weeks later.

According to the summary of a call on September 12, 2012 between State Department Under-Secretary Patrick Kennedy and several congressional staffers, Kennedy was asked if the attack came under cover of protest: “No this was a direct breaching attack,” he answered. Kennedy also denied the attack was coordinated with the protests in Cairo over the video: “Attack in Cairo was a demonstration. There were no weapons shown or used. A few cans of spray paint.”

It’s somewhat ironic—galling?—that this email was disclosed the same day the anti-Trump universe was spinning into the stratosphere over Flynn’s resignation as President Trump’s national security advisor. It begs for a little trip down memory lane, to a kinder, gentler time when the media gave a great big pass to another national security advisor in the days after four Americans, including an ambassador, were murdered in Libya by Islamic terrorists under her watch.

Lying to Us Only Matters If We Dislike You

Obama-linked activists have a ‘training manual’ for protesting Trump

The Obama-tied activist group training tens of thousands of agitators to protest President Trump’s policies plans to hit Republican lawmakers supporting those policies even harder this week, when they return home for the congressional recess and hold town hall meetings and other functions.

Organizing for Action, a group founded by Obama and featured prominently on his new post-presidency website, is distributing a training manual to anti-Trump activists that advises them to bully GOP lawmakers into backing off support for repealing ObamaCare, curbing immigration from high-risk Islamic nations, and building a border wall.

In a new Facebook post, OFA calls on activists to mobilize against Republicans from now until Feb. 26, when “representatives are going to be in their home districts.”

The protesters disrupted town halls earlier this month, including one held in Utah by House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz, who was confronted by hundreds of angry demonstrators claiming to be his constituents.

The manual, published with OFA partner “Indivisible,” advises protesters to go into halls quietly so as not to raise alarms, and “grab seats at the front of the room but do not all sit together.” Rather, spread out in pairs to make it seem like the whole room opposes the Republican host’s positions.


Remember When Salisbury Hired 12 New Firefighters Through A Grant A Few Years Ago?

The next morning, (after the Council agreed to hire these Firefighters) many of the Firefighters were laughing at all of us. Why, because they stood in front of the City Council and said, we'll have at least 12 people eligible for retirement and the new 12 will be needed to fill their spots. The next morning they laughed and stated, they may be eligible but NONE of them can afford to retire. 

Sunday we published a Press Release from the City showing they wanted $140,000.00 placed into the upcoming budget for four more Firefighters. What they DIDN'T tell you, (conveniently) is the fact that they are also proposing to bring in yet ANOTHER 16 Firefighters on yet another grant, in which the City will have to pay for these full time Firefighters after the grant is over, just like they had to do with the other 12 a few years ago.

You see Ladies & Gentlemen, this is yet again another reason why SBYNews is so important. We expose what no other media source will do. We give you the heads up well before a vote is cast. You now know the funding the Mayor and Council want should be dumped immediately, unless you really want to pay out for an additional 20 Firefighters, averaging some $35,000.00 per person, per year in salary alone. Then add healthcare and disability liability.

I also came to learn they want more Fire Trucks. The big question is, will you be going to tonight's Council Meeting to challenge your Mayor and Council? Be very careful how the Fire Department words it this time.

FBI: No Charges Against Michael Flynn

Law enforcement officials told CNN on Friday that, “barring new information that changes what they know,” charges will not be recommended against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn over his telephone conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Michael Flynn’s pre-inauguration calls to Kislyak became a controversy that ultimately resulted in his resignation, but even the final wave of media reports in the onslaught against him conceded that no illegal behavior occurred in the selected portions of his phone transcripts leaked to the media. Flynn’s defenders suspected the full transcripts were not leaked because they would prove he did nothing illegal. That suspicion appears confirmed by CNN’s report:

Flynn initially told investigators sanctions were not discussed. But FBI agents challenged him, asking if he was certain that was his answer. He said he didn’t remember.

The FBI interviewers believed Flynn was cooperative and provided truthful answers. Although Flynn didn’t remember all of what he talked about, they don’t believe he was intentionally misleading them, the officials say.