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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Agents Racing To Save Girl Had One Blurred Clue

Federal agents watched in horror as an unknown man in an internet photo appealed for stomach-churning advice -- how to rape the child beside him.

The girl was in pajamas and the man appeared intent on abusing her sometime soon.

Homeland Security agents knew they were in a race against time to save the girl.

In a narrow, windowless office outside Washington, DC, Special Agent Jim Cole sits at a bank of computer screens. The room is modest but the technology Cole is using is second to none.


Disability Benefits Program For Federal Workers Reported Rife With Waste

The government's program for disability benefits for federal workers is rife with waste and abuse, according to a three part series in the Washington Examiner.

The series documents many cases of apparently healthy young federal workers feasting at the disability trough. One ran marathons while collecting disability. Another hauled in $142,000 in disability payments for a neck injury – all while buying a boat called "Free Ride," travelling the world, doing trapeze flips on a Club Med vacation and enjoying snow skiing and scuba diving.

"For some workers, they can actually make more take-home pay by going on disability than they could if they stayed on the job, " says Mark Flatten, an investigative reporter for the Examiner.



A woman who described herself as a teacher of the Constitution was caught on video clashing with members of a controversial Christian organization. Bradlee Dean, a figure TheBlaze has covered in the past, founded “You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International,” a ministry that delivers assemblies and speeches in public schools. Members of this organization recently engaged a woman in a contentious conversation — one that led her to physically attack the Christian activists.

The incident, which was captured on video and later released by the group, shows the volatile exchange that unfolded at a 7-11 gas station in Florida. The debate erupted as Dean’s ministry was apparently trying to nab support for the Bible and Christian values in public schools.

A press release that the organization distributed following the incident explains what happened in detail (strictly from its own perspective, of course):


Actor James Gandolfini Dead At Age 51

James Gandolfini, best known for his role as an anxiety-ridden mob boss on HBO's "The Sopranos," died in Italy, possibly of a heart attack, an HBO spokeswoman and the actor's managers said Wednesday. He was 51.

Gandolfini was on holiday in Rome, said Mara Mikialian, HBO's vice president for program publicity.

The actor was scheduled to make an appearance at the Taormina Film Fest in Sicily this week, according to the festival.


The Immoral Consequences Of Amnesty

An aide to Rubio shrugged off the possibility of millions of American workers being displaced by amnestied foreign ones. "There are American workers who, for lack of a better term, can't cut it," he said.

So the Rubio plan for these Americans is just to put them on the dole, then? If they can't cut it working, they'll need money from somewhere, and as American citizens, they still have the right to vote themselves wages for not working, right?

So many Libertarian "solutions" to problems rely on this First Assumption: "First, assume that we do not have a social welfare state, so that our policies will not increase the costs of maintaining that welfare state."

But we do have that welfare state, and it's not going anywhere, particularly when millions of Americans, formerly able to hold good-paying jobs, are now economically threatened by imported foreign workers and now can look only to the dole for their daily bread.


Support Growing For Wayne County Man Who Detained Young Vandals

Clyde, N.Y.- As public support for Jesse Daniels grows and people express outrage, The Wayne County District Attorney now says "the case is under review."

Daniels said he has no regrets, but would like to see the charges against him dropped or at the very least reduced.

This week, Daniels obtained a lawyer to defend him at his court appearance next week.

He is charged with four counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

This, after he admitted to locking four children, ages 8 and 10 in a closet, after catching them vandalizing his father-in-laws house.



Noted domestic terrorist Bill Ayers said Tuesday President Obama should be tried in the Hague for war crimes.

“What would be your rating of his presidency at this point?” Real Clear Politics’ Charlie Stone asked the former Weather Underground member. “Based upon not personality, but policy and politics. A through F.”

“I’d give him a failing grade,” Ayers responded, but added, “I don’t at all feel that Obama has let anybody down. All through the 2008 campaign, he said consistently, ‘I am a middle-of-the-road, pragmatic politician.’”

Ayers continued, praising Obama for being “charming.”



The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its long-awaited report on Tuesday detailing what it estimates the costs of the “Gang of Eight” immigration bill would if it were to become law.

CBO estimates if the bill passed into in current form, it would reduce the federal deficit by $175 billion over its first ten years. Over the next ten years following, CBO estimates the bill would decrease the federal deficit by another $700 billion. "The increase in the number of legal residents stemming from the bill would boost direct spending for federal benefit programs; direct spending for enforcement and other purposes also would rise," the CBO said in its report. "Under the bill, federal revenues would be higher as well, mostly because of the larger size of the labor force."

CBO’s analysis is quite different from the conservative Heritage Foundation report from analyst Robert Rector. That report estimates that an immigration reform bill like S. 744 (it did not specifically measure this bill, but conducted an analysis based on the general concepts of the bill) would add $6.3 trillion to the deficit overall. The Heritage report takes estimates far past the 20-year window CBO used in this report, which may account for some of the discrepancy, but the Heritage Foundation is planning an event on Wednesday where Rector and the Senate Budget Committee Republicans’ chief economist William Beach will explain the CBO analysis.


The United States Will Hold Peace Talks With…The Taliban

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — In a major breakthrough, the Taliban and the U.S. announced Tuesday that they will hold talks on finding a political solution to ending nearly 12 years of war in Afghanistan as the Islamic militant movement opened an office in Qatar.

American officials with the Obama administration said the office in the Qatari capital of Doha was the first step toward the ultimate U.S.-Afghan goal of a full Taliban renouncement of links with al-Qaida. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record, said U.S. representatives will begin formal meetings with the Taliban at the office in a few days.



Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) on Tuesday refused to answer why she opposed legislation to ban late-term abortions after 20 weeks — even if it would “save one life.” The question related back to Democrats’ frequent argument for gun control.

“Many Democrats, when they were arguing for gun control in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, said even if this saves one life, it will be worth doing,” a reporter apparently with began. “Why not support this bill, if it undoubtedly will save lives of babies that have been carried throughout five months of pregnancy?”

“Well, this is — this is…We already have laws in many states of this country. This bill is blatantly unconstitutional,” Degette replied.

Cop Gets Kicked Out Of Coffee Shop Because He's A Cop

Dog Eats Lemon And Goes Crazy

Privacy In The Age Of Surveillance

There’s a reason George Orwell’s 1984 is a predominant theme in my new book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State (available now on and in stores on June 25). It’s the same reason Orwell’s dystopian thriller about a futuristic surveillance society has skyrocketed to the top of book charts in the wake of recent revelations by former CIA employee and National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden that the nefarious spy agency is collecting the telephone records of millions of Verizon customers, with the complete blessing of the Obama administration.

Orwell understood what many Americans, caught up in their partisan flag-waving, are still struggling to come to terms with: that there is no such thing as a government organized for the good of the people – even the best intentions among those in government inevitably give way to the desire to maintain power and control at all costs.

The fact that the U.S. government now has at its disposal a technological arsenal so sophisticated and invasive as to render any constitutional protections null and void, and these technologies are being used by the government to invade the privacy of the American people should not come as a surprise to anyone who has been paying attention over the past decade.


Maryland Needs To Think 'Bold And Imaginative' To Grow Manufacturing, Advocate Says

Maryland officials need to “think big, bold and imaginative” to keep the state from getting another poor grade for its manufacturing industry, says a leading advocate for manufacturing in Maryland.

The comments come a day after the state received a “D” for the health of its manufacturing industry in a report by Ball State University’s Center for Business and Economic Research. That grade should spur “a substantive initiative that changes the paradigm,” said Mike Galiazzo, president of the Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland.

The report, issued Monday, elicited a bristling reaction from a spokeswoman for Gov. Martin O’Malley. In an email, Takirra Winfield blasted the report as “a one-sided portrait of Maryland’s growing and strengthening innovation economy.” The report flies in the face of other studies, such as ones from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Milken Institute, that give Maryland high marks for the performance of its economy and for research and development, respectively, she said.


Fellow Patriots: Rally For Freedom--And Against The IRS

The time has come for men and women of integrity, with an unwavering commitment to freedom and the Constitution in their hearts, to come together once again, en masse, to show the ruling class in DC that their long train of abuses has come to an end.

Join Tea Party Patriots and many others for an Audit the IRS rally on the west lawn of the Capitol in Washington, DC on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at high noon.

The members of the ruling class, from both parties, are outing themselves in the wake of scandal after scandal, as they seek to do damage control and circle the wagons around each other. That foul stench emanating from Washington, DC is the fear they have of losing their power. For four years, the tea party movement has been sounding the alarm that big government is out of control in every way, in every department, in every agency, in every branch of government, and in every party.

Which scandal gets under your skin the most?


Retrial Brings Conviction In Md. Officer’s Slaying

EASTON — The retrial of a man convicted of murdering a Hagerstown police officer has produced the same verdict as in 1976: guilty of first-degree felony murder.

Talbot County Circuit Judge Broughton Earnest announced his verdict Tuesday in the retrial of 63-year-old Merle Unger Jr.

Earnest also found Unger guilty of armed robbery and a handgun offense in the 1975 slaying of Donald Kline.


The Loss Of Trust

Amid all the heated crosscurrents of debate about the National Security Agency’s massive surveillance program, there is a growing distrust of the Obama administration that makes weighing the costs and benefits of the NSA program itself hard to assess.

The belated recognition of this administration’s contempt for the truth, for the American people, and for the Constitution of the United States has been long overdue.

But what if the NSA program has in fact thwarted terrorists and saved many American lives in ways that cannot be revealed publicly?


Yahoo Discloses Number Of U.S. Government Data Requests

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Yahoo is the latest company to disclose how many requests for user data it has received from U.S. government agencies, putting the number between 12,000 and 13,000 in the six months that ended on May 31.

Yahoo Inc. CEO Marissa Mayer and General Counsel Ron Bell said in a blog post late Monday that the most common requests concerned fraud homicides, kidnappings, and other criminal investigations.

Yahoo says it plans to update the report twice a year.


Was Justice Roberts Intimidated Into Voting For ‘ObamaCare’?

After Chief Supreme Court Justice John Roberts voted to uphold the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as “ObamaCare,” many wondered if there could be a yet-unknown reason why the Republican-nominated justice made the unexpected decision.

On the Glenn Beck radio program Tuesday, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) explained why he believes Roberts was intimidated into changing his vote late in the process, as laid out in his new book Why John Roberts Was Wrong About Healthcare.


Gas Prices: Two Different Tales For Two Different States

Gasoline prices are heading in different directions in Maryland and Virginia.

AAA Mid Atlantic says blame it on new motor fuel tax laws that go into effect in two weeks in both states. Starting July 1, the cost of gasoline here in Maryland will likely increase by over three and a half cents a gallon.

In an historic fuel tax policy transformation, Virginia's pump prices will likely drop by nearly six cents per gallon that same day.



Vince Flynn, author of political thriller novels, dies at age 47 after a two-year battle with prostate cancer, his publisher said in a statement.

More on this story HERE.

'Dead Zones' Predicted for Chesapeake Bay, Gulf of Mexico

Scientists in Michigan and Louisiana are predicting a big summer "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico unless a tropical storm hits the area shortly before or during the annual measurement. In the Chesapeake Bay, scientists expect a smaller-than-average area where there's too little oxygen to support fish, shellfish and other aquatic life.

The hypoxic zone in the Gulf is likely to be the largest since annual measurements began in 1985, covering 8,561 square miles - about the size of New Jersey, according to scientists from Louisiana State University and the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium.

University of Michigan scientists predict that it will be smaller but still sizeable: the seventh-largest ever, at 7,286 square miles. That would be about the area of Connecticut, Rhode Island and the District of Columbia combined, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which released those estimates and the one for the Chesapeake Bay on Tuesday.


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Almost Half Believe White House Ordered IRS To Target Tea Party

Monday, CNN released a poll showing that a full 50% of Americans no longer trust President Obama. Tuesday, CNN released another poll that helps to explain why. Last month only 37% believed the White House ordered the IRS to target conservative groups. Today, however, almost half the country --47% believe the same. Only 49% disagree.

Obama has lost Independents on this issue in a major way. Last month 36% believed the White House was behind the IRS harassment of Obama's political opponents. Today, that number has jumped 14 points to 50%.

A clear majority, 55%, believe the IRS scandal is a "very important issue."


One Town Nominates Morris The Cat

Residents of one eastern Mexican city are fed up with corrupt politicians. Their frustration with the Veracruz state government has led to the practice of calling lawmakers “rats”. So, they've nominated a mayoral candidate they say is specially equipped to handle the problem – Morris the cat. 

This isn't the first time disillusioned citizens have jokingly drafted an animal to hold office. In recent months, they ran a political campaign for a donkey, and even nominated a chicken to express their resentment for their political system. The cat's nomination is complete with campaign posters reading, “Fed up of voting for rats? Vote for a cat”, and a Facebook page with more than 125,000 likes. Although Morris has gained a huge following, he is not officially registered as a candidate in the July 7th election, so his owner is asking voters to write in his name on their ballots.

New Exhibit Honoring Korean War Veterans At The Pentagon

Arlington, VA - Whether or not you are one of the 250,000 people per year that tour the Pentagon, the Department of Defense is giving Americans one more reason to visit.
On June 18th, members of the DoD 60th Anniversary Committee officially welcomed a new permanent Korean War exhibit to the Pentagon. The exhibit in in honor of the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice with a special ribbon cutting one month before the 60th Anniversary Signing of the Armistice event on July 27th.

"This exhibit is a testament to the hundreds of thousands of our nation's men and women who answered the call of duty and served in the military during the Korean War," said Colonel David J. Clark, the Committee's Director. "I believe that unveiling the exhibit today to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice and our Korean War Veterans accentuates the importance of recognizing all who served during the Korean War as we approach the 60th Anniversary capstone event next month."

The committee worked with Korean War Veterans to conceptualize the Korean War exhibition that includes photographs, videos, weapons used during the War, and other items. The display will include individual sections that highlight women in the Korean War, medical and technology advancements, and show how the military was integrated during the War.

"Our mission is to honor Korean War Veterans, commemorate the war, and educate the American public about the War and the sacrifices made by the Veterans," said Colonel Clark.

On July 27th, "Heroes Remembered", a major event to honor thousands of Korean War Veterans and commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Signing of the Armistice, will be held at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the Korean War Pentagon Exhibit, the July 27th commemorative event, a Korean War Veteran's oral history, and obtain other information about the Korean War, visit the website at

NSA Director Keith Alexander Testifies Before The House Permanent Select Committee

This morning, NSA director Keith Alexander and other intelligence officials testified before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. The Committee chairman, Representative Mike Rogers of Michigan, convened the hearing to defend the NSA's internet and phone surveillance programs. Today's hearing, called “How Disclosed NSA Programs Protect Americans, and Why Disclosure Aids Our Adversaries,” was meant to provide a public forum for Director Alexander to make the case that government spying has kept Americans safe. Alexander began the hearing with an opening statement, saying, “I would much rather be here today debating this point than trying to explain how we failed to prevent another 9/11.” He refused to provide details, but said that the surveillance program has prevented 50 potential terrorist attacks since 2001. NSA deputy director, John Chris Inglis, also testified, and described how the agency handles phone communications in the U.S. He said the standard for looking into U.S. based phone calls requires a “reasonable, articulable suspicion” of terrorist activity, and that only 20 analysts within the NSA have the power to target US-based phone calls. According to Inglis, analysts must get supervisor approval on any domestic targeting. However, throughout the hearing, intelligence officials stated numerous times that U.S. citizens are not being targeted. Director Alexander repeated this assurance, saying, “the NSA may not target the phone calls or emails of any US person, anywhere in the world,” without a court order. It appears today's hearing was meant to defend government surveillance programs, and assure Americans that our phone and email privacy remains intact. It's not clear yet whether today's hearing achieved the intended result. The debate about government surveillance continues. Stay tuned.


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Salisbury, MD… Wicomico County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (WCNAACP) will host its 8th annual Back-to-School Rally from 1:00pm to 3:00 P.M. on Thursday, August 1st, at the Salisbury Middle School, Morris Street, Salisbury, MD.
This program encourages each child to begin the school year ready to work and learn. In addition to entertainment and a motivational speaker, each student will be given a bag of school supplies. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade are eligible to receive school supplies. For more information, contact Mary Ashanti at 410-543-4187.
The WCNAACP is accepting monetary donations or school supplies, with the goal of providing at least 300 students with supplies. Supplies can be delivered to Sojourner-Douglass College at 408 Coles Circle, Suite D, Salisbury. For financial contributions, you may write a check payable to Wicomico County NAACP; mail to P.O. Box 1047, Salisbury, MD 21802.
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in public and private sectors.

WSCO Press Release 6-19-13

Feds' Deconfliction

Civil Liberties Oversight Board Meets Behind Closed Doors Today

The controversy over National Security Agency surveillance programs may revive a little-known advisory group. The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board meets behind closed doors today for the first time since the leak. President Barack Obama has asked it to examine the NSA spy programs. The board began in 2004 as part of the executive branch. Congress made it independent four years later, but it's had trouble finding its rhythm. Chairman David Medine was confirmed in May after administrative delays and resistance from some lawmakers.

“An Epidemic Of Black Mob Violence.”

SPD Press Releases 6-19-13

Derivative Losses, Bad Bets, And Aggressive Assumptions Leave Detroit's Pensions Massively Underfunded

Late last week, Detroit's emergency manager Kevyn Orr, outlined his plan to stop a disaster becoming a catastrophe in the slumping city. The initial suspension of payment on pension obligation bonds is just the start as Orr warns unsecured creditors may only receive up to 10 cents on the dollar as about $2.5 billion in general unsecured debt won't be recovered. Rather incredibly, the city's General and Police and Fire retirement systems have a combined underfunding of $3.5 billion made worse by "aggressive actuarial assumptions," and "investing in risky development projects around the city and loans that will never be repaid." Under more realistic assumptions the funding status of the two pensions drops from 83% and 100% to 65% and 78% and he notes that "if these pension funds' assets had just been invested in a conservative way," as opposed to the political and reach-for-yield driven extravagance, "they probably would be fully funded now." The bottom line is not just creditor haircuts but,"significant cuts in accrued, vested pension amounts for both active and currently retired persons."



YO, KARL ROVE: The 1986 Amnesty Bill Turned California Into the Closest Thing America Has to a Third World Country

Another phenomenal guest post culled from a comment at City Journal.

“What pragmatic assessment leads to thinking that the Simpson-Mazzoli 1986 amnesty program did anything bad? Anything at all?”

Let’s see how many bad things came from that 1986 Amnesty. California is America’s number one immigration state and the state most impacted by the IRCA (the 1986 Reagan Amnesty).



(WEST FRIENDSHIP, MD) – The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) recognized the Maryland State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division for the organization’s leadership in helping modernize Maryland’s transportation infrastructure to improve safety and efficiency by deploying the DrivewyzeTM commercial vehicle inspection pre-clearance program.

On June 17, 2013, Captain Norman Dofflemyer, Commander of the Maryland State Police CVED, was presented with the ITS America Smart Solution Spotlight award in recognition of their partnership with Drivewyze to utilize “smart” telematics technologies that offer cost savings and safety benefits of weigh station bypass programs to local and intrastate motor carriers. ITS America’s Smart Solution Spotlight award honors companies and organizations for their successful use of innovative technologies to create a safer, cleaner, more efficient and sustainable transportation system.

Expect Altered Downtown Traffic Patterns During 121st Annual Fireman’s Convention

The Maryland State Firemen’s Association is currently celebrating their 121st Annual Fireman’s Convention. Once again, the convention will include a parade down Baltimore Avenue on Wednesday, June 19 at 1:00 p.m.

Downtown traffic patterns will be affected as follows: Beginning at 11:00 a.m. on the day of the parade, all northbound traffic on Baltimore Avenue will be diverted to Philadelphia Avenue at 9th Street. No traffic will be allowed on Baltimore Avenue from 12th Street to 31st Street.

Baltimore Avenue should experience congestion between 11:00 a.m. until shortly after 5:00 p.m. Citizens should consider using alternate routes into Ocean City during these times in order to avoid traffic delays.

Heavy pedestrian traffic is also expected along the parade route. Parade spectators are encouraged to watch the parade on the sidewalk, avoiding the median at all times. Pedestrians are reminded to use marked crosswalks while crossing the street. In addition, pedestrians should not take unnecessary risks crossing busy streets against traffic lights and are encouraged to watch for traffic the entire time you are in the crosswalk. Motorists should also be extremely vigilant while driving, keeping constantly aware of parade participants, spectators, pedestrians, bicycles, mopeds and scooters.

Newark Man Arrested For Indecent Exposure

Location: North Harmony Road at Ogletown Stanton Road, Newark, DE

Date of Occurrence:
Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at 8:30 p.m.

Defendant, Charges, and Bail Information:
Charles C. Word, 31, of Newark, DE (photo attached)
Indecent Exposure Second Degree
Released on $500 unsecured bail

Newark – A Newark man has been charged after Troopers determined he exposed himself to a woman while stopped at a red light.

The incident occurred on May 1 at approximately 8:30 p.m. as the 45-year-old female victim was sitting in her vehicle, which was stopped at a red light on North Harmony Road at Ogletown Stanton Road. The windows of the victim's vehicle were open.

The victim heard a person in the vehicle next to her say "how do you like it?" The victim looked over to see the driver of that vehicle masturbating while looking at pornography on a laptop computer.

After learning that the Newark Police Department had arrested Charles C. Word, 31, for a similar act, Troopers obtained a warrant for Word's arrest. Word came to Troop 6 on June 14 where he was charged with one count of indecent exposure second degree and released on $500 unsecured bail.

Rhode Island Is Set To Become The Tenth State To Support A National Popular Vote

Late last week, state lawmakers voted to effectively abolish the electoral college, and award their electoral votes to the candidate who wins the popular vote. The bill now goes to Governor Lincoln Chafee, who has said he supports the effort. However, even if the proposal is signed by the Governor, is will not take effect until more states sign on, and the measure is approved by Congress. The national popular vote movement is fighting to prevent a candidate from winning the White House, despite receiving less votes from the American people – like what happened in 2000, with the election of President George W. Bush. A national popular vote could also limit the Republicans' ability to rig the next election, by gerrymandering even more congressional districts, and dividing up electoral votes in swing states. Under the National Popular Vote Compact, states will not begin enforcing these proposals until they have a coalition that represents 270 electoral votes. Currently, the compact has about half that amount, with Rhode Island bringing the total to 136. With three years to go until the next presidential election, popular-vote advocates are hoping to succeed in more states, and ensure the American people have the right to pick our next president.