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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Democrats In Peril After Overplaying ‘War On Women’ Strategy In Key Swing State

DENVER — The Democrats’ “war on women” strategy may resonate with liberals, but it’s losing ground with crucial female swing voters in Colorado, said a poll released this week.

A whopping 77 percent of women voters surveyed agree that they “clearly see through the so-called Democrat ‘War on Women’ messaging strategy,” according to Magellan Strategies in Louisville, Colo.

The poll also found that 67 percent of those surveyed “do not fear a government bureaucrat taking birth control away from them, but what they fear are politicians using the issue of ‘access to birth control’ as a political tactic to scare them into voting a certain way.’”

The survey was conducted on behalf of the right-leaning Colorado Women’s Alliance, but those polled weren’t dedicated Republicans. The June 3-4 poll contacted 500 women identified as registered independents, Republican-leaning independents, and “soft” Republican voters.

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HOMELAND SECURITY REPORT CONFIRMS DISEASES SPREADING AT BORDER FACILITIES

The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General released a memo on Thursday confirming the problem of communicable diseases that are being spread throughout detention centers.

The OIG outlined a two-week report from the beginning of the month on the detention of Unaccompanied Alien Children. According to DHS IG John Roth’s memo to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, the IG office continues to make unannounced site visits to numerous detention centers along the southern border where Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are temporarily sheltering UACs.

The IG says they did not observe any misconduct or inappropriate conduct of DHS employees during their unannounced visits and did not receive any new complaints during their random interviews of UACs. However, the IG office stressed the problem of communicable diseases that are being spread at the detention centers.

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Suspect Apprehended in “Mantrap” after Bank Heist

Newark-Troopers have arrested and charged a New Castle man after committing a bank robbery at the Citizen’s Bank in Newark earlier this afternoon.

The incident occurred on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at approximately 3:30 p.m. as a male suspect later identified as Stephen D. Dunfee-38 of New Castle, Delaware, entered the Citizen’s Bank located at 40 Chestnut Hill Plaza, Newark. Once inside Dunfee approached the 32 year old female teller and presented a demand note for money. The teller complied and turned over an undisclosed amount of cash. As he attempted to leave, bank personnel activated a security device known as a “Mantrap”, which remotely secures the interior and exterior doors of the bank, trapping him in the vestibule. Dunfee attempted to escape the “Mantrap” but was unsuccessful in his attempts to break out, causing damage to the doors and glass. He was taken into custody without incident by arriving Troopers. There were no injuries as a result of this incident.

Dunfee was charged with Robbery Second Degree and Criminal Mischief. He was awaiting arraignment at the time of release. (2004 booking photo attached)

No surveillance photos or video available at the time of release.

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Another Boat Intercepted Off The Texas Coast

The Navy intercepted a boatload of people off the Texas coast today.
 

This placed the Navy in an awkward position as the boat was not heading to the USA , but towards Mexico and Central America .
 

 Another surprise finding was the people were white American retirement age seniors. Their claim was that they were trying to get to Central America or Southern Mexico as they wanted to return to the US as i ll egal immigrants. Then they would be entitled to far more benefits than they were receiving as legitimate American retirees.

It is believed the Navy gave them food, water and fuel and assisted them on their journey. We are booking on the next boat out. Let me know if you want to join us.

10 yoga poses to beat stress

If you're struggling with sky-high stress levels, yoga can be a great way to calm your mind while giving your body the attention it deserves.

It may seem counterintuitive that twisting yourself into a pretzel can promote relaxation, but it's true! Studies show that yoga has a whole host of benefits; it can boost immunity, fight food cravings, and can even help relieve stress since most practices dedicate several poses to meditation that brings your thoughts and feelings into awareness.

"The key to de-stressing is realizing how to calm the mind and be present," says world-renowned yogi and DailyBurn trainer Briohny Smyth.

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CIA Director John Brennan Apologizes For Search Of Senate Computers

CIA Director John O. Brennan has apologized to leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee after an agency investigation determined that its employees improperly searched computers used by committee staff to review classified files on interrogations of prisoners.

The embarrassing admission by the agency follows a dispute that erupted earlier this year when the CIA and the committee traded accusations of snooping on one another’s computer systems, prompting a public feud between Brennan and senior lawmakers.

The dispute centered on a computer system that the CIA set up at a secret office in Northern Virginia where committee aides pored over records of the agency’s use of harsh interrogation measure in secret overseas prisons established after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

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Is Aspirin a Wonder Drug for Cancer?

Aspirin is one of the oldest known medicines, first used by the ancient Greeks, who used a naturally occurring form of it to treat pain and fever. But the latest modern-day scientific research is also finding that standby headache remedy is proving to be something of a wonder drug that can help prevent heart attacks and even certain types of cancer.

The latest research has found that taking a low-dose aspirin for more than 10 years may lower the risk of developing pancreatic cancer by up to 60 percent. The study, by Yale University researchers, also found that even taking a daily aspirin for just three years lowered the chances of developing the deadly cancer by nearly half.

Nieca Goldberg, M.D., a cardiologist with New York University Langone Medical Center, called the new findings “exciting” and tells Newsmax Health they add to mounting evidence that the anti-inflammatory properties of the drug not only help prevent heart disease, but may ward off cancer, as well.

BREAKING NEWS: Israel, Hamas agree to 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire

Israel and Hamas agree to an unconditional, 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza conflict, set to begin Friday, the United States and United Nations announce.

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CREDIT CARD SCAM AFFECTS OCEAN CITY BUSINESSES AND CITIZENS

(July 31, 2014) – The Ocean City Police Department is advising citizens of a recent cyber-attack that compromised the security of numerous credit card processing companies nationwide. One of the victims of the security breach includes an out-of-state company that has contracts with numerous Ocean City businesses, primarily restaurants and bars.

Businesses that were affected were compromised from June 2 until July 9, 2014; however, those systems are now secure. The United States Secret Service is currently investigating this case.

Citizens are strongly encouraged to check your bank statement to ensure that you are not a victim of this cyber-crime scam. Any citizen that believes their information may have been compromised should contact their bank or credit card issuer immediately.

Yale's Robert Shiller: Housing Recovery Still on Shaky Ground

Sluggish home prices and sales signal a sluggish home market in general, says Nobel laureate economist Robert Shiller of Yale University.

The S&P/Case-Shiller index of home prices in 20 metropolitan areas slipped a seasonally-adjusted 0.3 percent in May from April. And the index rose 9.3 percent in the 12 months through May, the slowest pace since February 2013.

"The way these markets go, that [0.3 percent] dip could be a turning point," Shiller told CNBC.

Given recent declines in new and pending home sales, "there's some clear evidence of a weakening," he said.

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NRP Launches “Don’t Get Pinched” Campaign to Catch Illegal Crabbers

The Maryland Natural Resources Police today rolled out its newest education and enforcement campaign ─ “Don’t Get Pinched­” ─ to help protect the Chesapeake Bay blue crab population.

“Our slogan, ‘Don’t Get Pinched,’ is a lighthearted way of reminding people to play by the rules while crabbing because rest assured, we will do everything in our power to catch violators,” said Col George F. Johnson IV, NRP superintendent.

The campaign takes aim at those who ignore State regulations on minimum sizes, possession limits, harvest hours and crab pot registrations. Officers also will be on the lookout for recreational crabbers who keep female crabs, which is illegal in Maryland.


“We will use every enforcement tool available to us, including saturation patrols, undercover operations, night vision equipment, and the cameras and radar units of the Maritime Law Enforcement Information Network,” said Johnson.

Yes, Stocks Could Drop 50%

After meandering higher for most of the year, the stock market is now sputtering.

That's triggering chatter about a minor "correction," which many people believe is long overdue.

And maybe that's what we're at the start of, a minor correction. Or maybe this is just a blip, and the brilliant and prudent Jeremy Grantham is right that we're on the cusp of a new bubble that will take the S&P 500 up another 10% to 15% over the next year to 2,250. (As a stockholder, I sure hope so!) Or maybe we'll get both — a minor correction and a new bubble spike. Or maybe we're just in the middle years of a fantastic bull market.

I don't know. (Neither does anyone else, by the way.) I'm also not predicting a crash.

One thing I do know, though, is that stocks are extremely expensive on every valid historical measure I know of. In the past, this level of overvaluation has presaged poor long-term returns. So I'm not expecting my retirement account to do well from this level over the next seven to 10 years.

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BREAKING NEWS: Dow plummets more than 300 points

The Dow Jones Industrial Average wipes out 2014 gains as the market falls more than 300 points. 

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The Fed's Failure Complicates Its Endgame

To demonstrate it hasn't failed, the Fed must taper/withdraw its monetary heroin.

That the Federal Reserve's policies have failed is now so painfully evident that even the political class is awakening to this truth. Rather than re-ignite broad-based, self-sustaining economic growth, the Fed's loose-money policies (zero-interest rate policy a.k.a. ZIRP, and quantitative easing a.k.a. QE or free money for financiers), have perversely distorted the economy and widened wealth and income inequality.

After six long years of unprecedented monetary expansion and intervention--more than enough time to have succeeded in its stated purpose of restarting the real economy-- political and financial blowback is forcing the Fed to withdraw its monetary heroin.

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SPD Press Release 7-31-14


National Oyster Cook-Off Call for Entries

Flambéed in white wine, sautéed in lemon butter, fried and served with chipotle grits ─ Chefs of all skill levels are invited to test their original oyster recipe against the best, in the 35th National Oyster Cook-off!

A panel of food experts will choose nine of the most creative and mouthwatering recipes to take part in the oyster cook-off on Saturday, October 18 at the 48th Annual St. Mary’s County Oyster Festival in Leonardtown. Three chefs will compete in each category ─ hors d’oeuvres, soup/stew, and main dish.

The top recipe from each category will receive a cash prize, ranging from $150 to $300. Out of the top three contestants, a Grand Prize winner will be chosen and awarded an additional $1,000 and an engraved silver tray along with the bragging rights that come with a national title. The Peoples’ Choice and Best Presentation winners will also receive honors.

All nine contestants will enjoy a night’s stay in the Lexington Park Hampton Inn and receive an invitation to the Oyster Festival opening reception.

The Oyster Festival, including the U.S. National Oyster Shucking Championship and the National Oyster Cook-off is organized by the Rotary Club of Lexington Park. The Oyster Cook-off is supported by the Maryland Department of Natural of Natural Resources Seafood Marketing Program, the St. Mary’s County Department of Economic and Community Development and the Rotary Club.

Participants must email their recipes to Kelly Barnes at Kelly.barnes1@maryland.gov by August 31, 2014 to enter.

New Emails: Lois Lerner Referred to Conservatives as '***holes' and 'TeRrorists'

(CNSNews.com) - A newly discovered email exchange from Lois Lerner's official IRS email account "directly demonstrates Ms. Lerner's deep animus towards conservatives, which she refers to as '---holes,'" House Ways and Means Committee Chair Dave Camp wrote in a letterto Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday.

In that Nov. 9, 2012 email, Lerner further suggests that conservatives will ruin the country: "So we don't need to worry about alien teRrorists (sic). It's our own crazies that will take us down," she wrote.

Camp (R-Mich.) told Holder the email "shows that Ms. Lerner's mistreatment of conservative groups was driven by her personal hostility toward conservatives."

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Two Suspects Charged in Shooting In Montgomery County

Is this what Maryland has to look forward to by bringing in the unaccompanied illegals?  I did a little searching on the web about this gang called 'Little r'. 

Their leader in the Montgomery County area was sentenced to 15 years in jail last November (click here to see the story).  

The gang is also known as La Raza (La Raza is a street gang founded in Chicago in 1972. Their colors are green, white, and red (same as the Mexican flag). Their symbols include the Mexican flag, cross, and a six point star.).  Read the press release from the Montgomery County Police department below. 


Detectives have arrested a 13-year-old and 19-year-old for the shooting of an 18-year-old female that occurred yesterday morning in Wheaton. Both suspects were located yesterday afternoon and taken into custody by officers.

Candidate Won't Distance Self From Secessionists

GLEN BURNIE, Md. (AP) -- A Republican candidate for Anne Arundel County Council says he won't respond to calls to distance himself from a group called the League of the South.

The Capital of Annapolis (http://bit.ly/1kmyVom ) reported Wednesday that Michael Peroutka said he won't play into Democrats' "cynical game." He also repeated that he is not a racist.

Peroutka said at a news conference that the League is a "Christian, free-market group" that has been unfairly labeled as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The Law Center says the group supports secession of Southern states.

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Trey Gowdy: Clinton, Petraeus Need to Testify on Benghazi

The chairman of the Benghazi Select Committee said the panel will not give a pass to anyone in its fact-finding mission to determine what happened on Sept. 11, 2012, when four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, were killed during a terrorist attack, Fox News reported.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican who heads the committee with Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, told Fox News reporter Catherine Herridge that he "can't skip over a witness that I think we ought to talk to simply because there is an assertion of either privilege or immunity."

That includes former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former CIA Acting Director Michael Morell, and former CIA Director David Petraeus, a four-star general. Petraeus is still under FBI investigation after resigning less than two months after the attack following revelations that he had been having an extramarital affair with his personal biographer.

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BREAKING NEWS: CIA chief admits spying on Senate committee

CIA Director John Brennan apologizes to Senate Intelligence Committee after inspector general finds agency employees had improperly searched Senate computers last year.

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The Greatest Evil on Earth?

Imperial Washington is truly running amuck in its insensible confrontation with Vladimir Putin. The pending round of new sanctions is a counter-productive joke. Apparently, more of Vlad’s posse will be put on double probation, thereby reducing demand for Harry Macklowe’s swell new $60 million apartment units on Park Avenue. Likewise, American exporters of high tech oilfield equipment will be shot in the foot with an embargo; and debt-saturated Russian state companies will be denied the opportunity to bury themselves even deeper in dollar debt by borrowing on the New York bond market. Some real wet noodles, these!

But it is the larger narrative that is so blatantly offensive—that is, the notion that a sovereign state is being wantonly violated by an aggressive neighbor arming “terrorists” inside its borders. Obama’s deputy national security advisor, Tony Blanken, stated that specious meme in stark form yesterday:

“Russia bears responsibility for everything that’s going on in Eastern Ukraine” and “has the ability to actually de-escalate this crisis,” Blinken said.

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California Health Insurance Rates Rise Up to 88% From Last Year

Healthcare insurance premiums for individuals in California rose between 22 percent and 88 percent in 2014 from last year, even after the federal healthcare overhaul, the state’s insurance commissioner said.

The rate increases, with variation for geography and age, were masked by federal subsidies that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provides to 88 percent of the 1.4 million Californians who purchased healthcare through the state’s exchange, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said.

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Farming The Bluefin Tuna, Tiger Of The Ocean, Is Not Without A Price

In a windowless laboratory in downtown Baltimore, some tiny, translucent fish larvae are swimming about in glass-walled tanks.

They are infant bluefin tuna. Scientists in this laboratory are trying to grasp what they call the holy grail of aquaculture: raising this powerful fish, so prized by sushi lovers, entirely in captivity. But the effort is fraught with challenges.

When I visited, I couldn't see the larvae at first. They look incredibly fragile and helpless, just drifting in the tanks' water currents. But they're already gobbling up microscopic marine animals, which in turn are living on algae.

"It's amazing. We cannot stop looking at them! We are here around the clock and we are looking at them, because it is so beautiful," says Yonathan Zohar, the scientist in charge of this project.

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Another Travesty of Justice: Carr Brothers Given Leniency

In December of 2000, within the span of less than a week, two brothers, Reginald and Jonathan Carr, engaged in a series of crimes in Wichita that Kansans recognize as among the worst in their state’s history.

First, they abducted and robbed assistant baseball coach Andrew Schreiber. Three days later, the Carrs set their sights upon 55 year-old librarian and cellist, Ann Walenta: they shot and killed Walenta as she attempted to flee them in her automobile.

But it wasn’t until three days after thismurder that the Carrs’ campaign of evil reached its horrifying climax.

On the night of December 14, the Carrs broke into the residence of Brad Heyka, Aaron Sander, and Jason Befort. Heyka was a financial analyst, Sander a seminary student preparing for the priesthood, and Befort a high school science teacher and coach. Also in the home that evening were Heather Muller, Sander’s former girlfriend and a graduate student who also happened to work as a pre-school teacher at a local church, and a young woman named “H.G.”—a school teacher to whom Befort was about to propose and who would be the sole survivor of the grisly events that were about to unfold over the next few hours.

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Governor O’Malley, Lt. Governor Brown Issue Statements on FBI Headquarters Site Evaluations

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Martin O’Malley and Lt. Governor Anthony Brown issued the following statements after a joint panel of the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) identified sites in Greenbelt and Landover as potential locations for the new FBI Headquarters:
Statement from Governor O’Malley:
“I applaud the General Services Administration for its decision to name two Maryland sites to the short list of locations being considered for the new FBI headquarters. Today’s announcement is a positive step forward for our State and for Prince George’s County.
“Both Greenbelt Station and Landover Mall are outstanding options. Establishing the FBI headquarters at either site would provide phenomenal strategic advantages for the Bureau, catalyze sustainable development and bring more jobs and vitality to Prince George’s County and Maryland. Thanks to the dedication of our Congressional delegation, local leadership and private sector partners, Maryland has two of the strongest proposals our State has ever seen. 
“Our commitment to investing in the things that work has never been stronger. We’ll continue to invest in education, to focus on innovation, and to rebuild our infrastructure. That’s how we will ensure that our children are winners in the 21st century global economy.”
Statement from Lt. Governor Brown:
Today’s important announcement highlights the great assets that Maryland and Prince George’s County can provide to the FBI: world-class universities, a highly trained workforce, a well-developed transit system, proximity to other key federal facilities, and strong partnerships between federal, state, and local government and community leaders.
Together, we remain committed to bringing the FBI headquarters to Prince George’s County because it will help grow our local economy and create job opportunities for Marylanders.

Catholic League Chief Speaks Out on Obama's Eid al-Fitr Message

Catholic League President Bill Donohue is slamming President Barack Obama for his statement commemorating the end of the Muslim Ramadan observance, saying Obama doesn't "stand with people of all faiths."

Obama's brief statement, issued earlier this week to send best wishes to Muslims during the Eid al-Fitr celebration, said that the observance reminds him and wife Michelle "of the many achievements and contributions of Muslim Americans to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy."

Further, Obama said he and his wife "stand with people of all faiths, here at home and around the world, to protect and advance their rights to prosper, and we welcome their commitment to giving back to their communities."

"While Eid marks the completion of Ramadan, it also celebrates the common values that unite us in our humanity and reinforces the obligations that people of all faiths have to each other, especially those impacted by poverty, conflict, and disease," the president said.

Donohue wrote on the Catholic League's website that Obama does not stand with all faiths while protecting human rights.

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As France Grants Asylum to Iraqi Christians, Rep. Wolf Slams ‘Silence’ in Washington |

(CNSNews.com) – The French government says it is willing to grant asylum to Iraqi Christians in the face of a jihadist onslaught against them.

“We are assisting displaced persons who are fleeing the Islamic State’s threats and seeking refuge in Kurdistan,” Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in a joint statement this week. “Should they so wish, we are prepared to offer them asylum on our soil.”

In Washington, meanwhile, a leading religious freedom advocate on Capitol Hill slammed both President Obama and Congress Tuesday for their “silence” about the plight of Iraq’s Christians, which he said amounted to “genocide.”

“The silence in this town – in Washington – is deafening,” Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) said on the House floor. “Does Washington even care?”

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DOJ Says Pa. State Police Discriminated Against Women Who Flunked Physical Fitness Tests

(CNSNews.com) - The Obama administration is suing the Pennsylvania State Police for requiring both men and women applying for entry-level trooper jobs to pass the same physical fitness tests.

Because more men than women pass the tests, their use is discriminatory and violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Justice Department says.

Because female applicants failed the 2003 physical fitness test and the revised 2009 test at "statistically higher rates than male applicants, female applicants were less likely to proceed through the selection process and thus less likely to be hired as entry-level troopers," DOJ stated in its lawsuit.

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Planned Parenthood Overbilling Customers

For the third year in a row, an annual report by Alliance Defending Freedomdiscovered widespread waste, abuse and potential fraud by Planned Parenthood on the taxpayer’s dime.

Steven H. Aden, senior counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom, called the latest findings “disturbing.”

The report comes as the organization faces backlash following undercover videos that revealed counselors offering controversial sex-ed advice about “BDSM”—a practice in which sexual partners beat, lash, or otherwise inflict pain on each other—to girls who the staffers think are 15- and 16-year-olds.

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Md. Approves $1M Grant For Hagerstown Manufacturer

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- The state of Maryland has announced approval of a $1 million grant for a Hagerstown manufacturer.

Gov. Martin O'Malley and the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development announced the conditional grant for National Golden Tissue. The company manufactures paper towels, bath and facial tissues and napkins.

The grant has been awarded to help facilitate the company's expansion. The company has acquired the former Boat USA building in Hagerstown. It plans to upgrade the facility and more than double its workforce by adding 100 new jobs.

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School Board Frustration Over Expected Immigrant Students

Members of the Indian River School Board expressed frustration at yesterday’s meeting with Governor Jack Markell over the impact of the state taking in over a hundred unaccompanied undocumented children.

The federal government has place 117 of them with families in Delaware.

Superintendent Susan Bunting told the board that the children will attend schools in the district promising to work with them.

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Lost Dog 7-31-14

This dog is lost and looking for home in the Fruitland Recreation field as of 9:00am.. Animal control coming to pick him up soon FYI..

Enjoy Brew River This Friday Night


Rand Paul Laying Groundwork for 2016 With Iowa Trip

In what many see as a sign of his intent to run for the Republican presidential nomination, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky will begin August on a three-day tour of the Iowa, according to a schedule released Tuesday by his political action committee, RANDPAC.

The political action committee also announced the hiring of Michigan strategist John Yob to serve as its national political director. Currently the head of Michigan-based Strategic National Consulting, Yob previously worked for the campaigns of Republican presidential candidates John McCain and Rick Santorum in 2008 and 2012.

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Gov. Mike Pence irked as Obama sends illegals to Indiana on sly

Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana is the latest politician to accuse the White House of dumping illegal minor-aged immigrants in his state absent even a courtesy notification — and he’s now penned a letter to the president asking him to send them back to their home countries.

“In Indiana last week, we learned from media reports that more than two hundred unaccompanied children had been placed by the federal government with sponsors in our state,” Mr. Pence wrote to Mr. Obama, Breitbart reported. “Only after these media reports were published did the state receive notice from the Department of Health and Human Services that in fact 245 unaccompanied children had been placed in Indiana during the period from January 1, 2014 through July 7, 2014.”

Mr. Pence also said the children should go home, for their own sake, to be reunited with their own families.

“While we feel deep compassion for these children, our country must secure its borders and provide for a legal orderly immigration process,” he went on, Breitbart reported. “Those who have crossed our border illegally should be treated humanely and with decency and respect, but they should be returned expeditiously to their home countries to be reunited with their families rather than being dispersed around the United State in sponsored placement or long-term detention facilities.”

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Congress Races To Wrap Up Legislation For Veterans, Transportation On Last Day Before Summer Break

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress is racing to wrap up legislation addressing chronic problems at the Veterans Affairs Department and a shortfall in highway money ahead of its five-week summer break. Deep divisions cast doubt on any resolution to the surge of immigrants at the border.

The institutional split of a Republican-led House and Democratic-controlled Senate has added up to inaction, especially in a midterm election year with control of the Senate at stake. In the final days before leaving Washington, lawmakers have struggled to compromise on a handful of bills to deal with the nation's pressing problems amid overwhelming partisanship.

Congress is poised to send President Barack Obama legislation revamping the VA, with a Senate vote expected Thursday. Lawmakers also are working on a path forward for highway and transit projects.

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Md., Va., D.C. high on list of places taking in youths who’ve crossed the Mexican border

The Washington region’s robust Central American community has taken in a relatively large percentage of the tens of thousands of children who have been detained at the U.S.-Mexico border this year, federal statistics show.

Since January, about 4,600 children have been sent to live temporarily with family or guardians in Virginia, Maryland and the District, amid a historic wave of illegal immigration from Central America.

In all, 30,340 children from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras have been placed with sponsors nationwide while their deportation cases are pending — part of an effort to manage what has become a political crisis that includes a last-ditch effort in Congress to pass new legislation on border security before the summer recess.

Several thousand more Central American minors who have no relatives or potential guardians in the United States have been sent to shelters inside military installations and centers operated by nonprofit groups.

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Solar Activity Could Cause Global Warming, New Paper Says

The impact of carbon dioxide on climate change may have been overstated, with solar activity giving a better explanation of changes in the Earth's temperature, according to Chinese scientists.

A new paper published in the Chinese Science Bulletin has found a "high correlation between solar activity and the Earth's averaged surface temperature over centuries," suggesting that climate change is intimately linked with solar cycles rather than human activity.

The paper, written in Chinese, says that there is also a "significant correlation" between solar activity over the past century and an increase in Earth's surface temperatures over the same period. The correlation between solar activity and water temperature is even higher than the correlation between solar activity and land temperature.

The paper, by Dr Zhao Xinhua and Dr Feng Xueshang, adds that a peer-reviewer said the results "provide a possible explanation for the global warming".

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'Glorious is God': The chilling words of the grinning Florida college dropout who became a suicide bomber in a video shortly before Syria attack

A second video has emerged of the smiling Florida man believed to be the first American to carry out a suicide attack in Syria.

In footage released by an al-Qaeda-linked group fighting in Syria, college dropout Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha, smiles while talking about wanting to die and is also shown making his bomb before strapping it on.

This is the second video to feature the American jihadi, and it contains a haunting soundtrack of Arabic music set against the images and words of a man hell-bent on dying for the cause.

'I want to rest in the afterlife, in heaven,' Abu-Slaha says. 'There is nothing here, my heart is not resting here in this life.'

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Prayer Vigil Held for Unaccompanied Kids

More than 300 people gathered at McKeldin Square for a prayer vigil for the thousands of unaccompanied children crossing over the border illegally from Mexico.

The group, made up mostly of Lutheran churches throughout Maryland,

"We want to make very sure that those arriving here in the United States are not detained in mass shelters, but that we find foster families for them," said Bishop Wolfgang Herz-Lane, Delaware-Maryland Synod.

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WCSO Press Release - July 30, 2014

Incident: Assault

Date of Incident: 29 July 2014

Location: 800 block of State Street, Sharptown, MD

Suspect: 1. Jennifer Marie Henderson, 28, Sharptown, MD

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               2. Dorothea Maria Gonce, 48, Perryville, MD

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Narrative: On 29 July 2014 at 9:30 PM a deputy responded to a reported altercation at a residence in the 800 block of State Street in Sharptown, MD. Upon arrival the deputy learned that two subjects staying at the residence, Jennifer Henderson and Dorothea Gonce, became embroiled in an argument over a set of car keys that turned physical. Both parties accuse each other of an assault and both displayed signs of injury.

The deputy placed both under arrest. Following processing and an initial appearance in front of a District Court Commissioner they were both detained in the Detention Center on a bond of $2,500.00 each.

Charges: Assault 2nd Degree
                                                                          
Releasing Authority: Lt. Tim Robinson        Date:  30 July 2014

Local Haitians report mistreatment

The Haitian Association of Indiana hosted a town hall meeting for local Haitians Sunday, officially meeting the largest Haitian population outside of Indianapolis.

Around 50 Haitian residents, along with 30 other local residents, listened to state and federal agencies summarize their services to local Haitians.

More than 400 Haitians currently live in Washington, brought in mainly for work at the Perdue processing plant. About 190 work at the plant, according to the turkey processing plant. The Haitian workers started coming to Washington last year and have expanded rapidly. So much, some have said there is not enough local housing for them.

Jean Gerve, president of the Haitian Association of Indiana, said there has been reports of mistreatment to local Haitians.

"They have no voice, and that is the reason we are here," Gerve said.

Joane Theodule, a third-year law student helping the association, went on further to say what those issues were.

"There were some issues of people perhaps working and not getting paid on time. Individuals living in maybe three-bedroom houses that had 10 to 12 people living in them," Theodule said. "These are red flags and I learned about even more issues."

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Is Coffee Good For You?

The health effects of coffee are quite controversial.

Depending on who you ask, it is either a super healthy beverage or incredibly harmful.

But despite what you may have heard, there are actually plenty of good things to be said about coffee.

For example, it is high in antioxidants and linked to a reduced risk of many diseases.

However… it also contains caffeine, a stimulant that can cause problems in some people and disrupt sleep.

This article takes a detailed look at coffee and its health effects, examining both the pros and cons.

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Attend Women Supporting Women at Eastern Shore Lanes 8-16-14

Women Supporting Women at Eastern Shore Lanes in Pocomoke - 8-16-14
When
Saturday August 16, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM EDT
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Where
Eastern Shore Lanes
1834 Market Street
Pocomoke City, MD 21851
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Breast cancer survivors are invited to bring their children, grandchildren, friends and family for a fun night out.  Bowling is an outing for the entire family, from 3 years old to grandparents!

Enjoy 2 games of Bowling, shoe rental, pizza 
and a drink

ALL FREE!
  
For a great family night out with lots of fun and laughs, come join us!

Saturday, August 16, 2014 
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Please remember, small children must have
 parental supervision.

 Women Supporting Women is able to provide this event through a grant funded by:

Ronald McDonald House Charities

Click on the link below to register or RSVP
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I can't make it
Any questions about the event or on how to register, don't hesitate to contact our office at 410-548-7880. Hope to see you at the event!
 
Sincerely,
 
Cindy Feist
Women Supporting Women
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QUOTE OF THE CENTURY!!


Quilting Demo & Classes


First Steps in Starting Your Own Business

What: First Steps in Starting Your Own Business

When: August 20, 2014 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Where: One Stop Job Market, Conf. Room #025

Registration: Pre-registration is required. To pre-register or for more
information regarding this course or other general inquiries, please contact Lisa Twilley, Outreach CoordinatorOf Maryland Capital Enterprises by telephone: 410-546-1900

or via email: ltwilley@marylandcapital.org. Sign up Online at
www.marylandcapital.org

Course Fee: FREE

Course

Description:

Decide if entrepreneurship is for you. Find out about pros and cons of small business ownership, what skills and resources are needed, State of Maryland requirements to start a business, why is the credit important, why a business plan is needed.

*This class is offered every third Wednesday of the month at the same location and time.

Somerset County Sheriff's Office 7-31-14

Sean Patrick Kable of Princess Anne, arrested 7-10-14 on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Kable was held on a $500.00 bond.

Joel Thomas Collins of Princess Anne, arrested 7-10-14 on a warrant regarding trespassing, and harassment. Collins was released on a $3,000 unsecured bond.

Cathy Lynn Guillen of Crisfield, arrested 7-12-14 on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Guillen was released on a $5, 000 unsecured bond.

Eric Robert Dannenfelser Jr. of Princess Anne, arrested 7-12-14 on a warrant for 2nd and 4th degree burglary, theft under $10,000 and theft scheme. Dannenfelser was held on a $10,000 bond. The arrest was the result of a theft investigation regarding  property taken from a house on Perryhawkin Road.

Darian Lamont Collins of Salisbury, arrested 7-14-14 on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Collins was held on a $500.00 bond.

Ronald Lee Hall Jr. of Crisfield, arrested 7-14-14 on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Hall was held on a $500.00 bond.

Henry Josua prock of Princess Anne, arrested 7-15-14 on a warrant for   violation of probation. Prock was held on a $10,000 bond.

Kenneth Augustus Llewellyn of Salisbury, arrested 7-15-14 on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Llewellyn was later released after posting a $5,000 bond.

Christina Louise Callery of Princess Anne, criminal summons served for 2nd degree assault, malicious destruction of property, and false imprisonment. Callery was released on signature pending court actions.

James Leroy Handy Jr. of Wilmington Delaware, arrested 7-19-14 for driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while intoxicated, and a headlight violation. Handy was released on signature pending court actions. The arrest was the result of a traffic stop conducted by deputies in the area of Popeye’s Restaurant, Princess Anne.

James Sylvester Lee of Fruitland, arrested 7-19-14 for failing to appear in court. Lee was later released on personal recognizance.

Rudolph Melvin Tilghman of Princess Anne, arrested 7-19-14 on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Tilghman was held on a $25,000 bond.

Tasha Orlene Holden of Temperenceville Virginia, arrested 7-20-14 on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Holden was released on personal recognizance.

Leroy Edward Somers of Crisfield, arrested 7-21-14 on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Somers was held on a $1,200 bond.

Alfonzo Lamar Jackson of Marion Station, arrested 7-23-14 on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Jackson was held on a $500.00 bond.

Rubicel Sanchez Rodriguez of Princess Anne, arrested 7-24-14 on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Rodriguez was later released to the Fruitland Police Department.

The Statin Controversy Continues…for Good Reason!

You’ve likely heard about the importance of cholesterol and how you should get your cholesterol levels checked every year as part of your annual check-up. Blood cholesterol has been used as an indicator of health risk now for a number of decades. Ever since the link between LDL cholesterol and coronary artery disease was made, the role of cholesterol in the diet has also been highly publicized.

Remember the egg controversy? The prevailing wisdom was that you shouldn’t eat eggs because they contain cholesterol. The thought was that you should also avoid all foods high in cholesterol or saturated fat, which raises cholesterol levels.

In the meantime, scientists working for major drug companies really understood the secret to all of this. They found that most of the cholesterol measured in the blood was actually made in the liver and not directly associated to food intake.

They found an enzyme inside the liver that was necessary in the process of making LDL cholesterol and developed a drug to block this enzyme. They called this drug a statin drug, of which there are now several being used by millions of Americans to lower cholesterol.

But hold on now…is this really necessary?

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Memories (Part 3)




Michigan teachers who want to quit union trapped by obscure rule

Rob Wiersema teaches high school economics, and he knows the merits of a simple cost-benefit analysis.

Leaving the Michigan Education Association, he surmised, made economic sense. Another professional association he found, offered better benefits at a lower cost.

But his simple economics become complicated. The union didn’t want him to go.

In December 2012, Michigan passed a Right to Work law, which allowed teachers and other workers to keep their jobs without belonging to the union. Until then, union membership was all but a requirement for employment.

“I thought, great, I’m out,” Wiersema said. “As soon as I heard you could leave, I thought, great. My contract is up in 2013. I sent letters to the MEA and the local association to say I quit, but it obviously didn’t work.”

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Immigration - Yesterday vs. Today

This was written by Rosemary LaBonte to the editors of a California newspaper in response to an article written by Ernie Lujan who suggests we should tear down the Statue of Liberty because the immigrants of today aren’t being treated the same as those who passed through Ellis Island and other ports of entry. The paper didn't print Rosemary's letter, so her husband sent it out via the Internet.
Maybe we should turn to our history books and point out to people like Mr. Lujan why today's American is not willing to accept this new kind of immigrant any longer. Back in 1900 when there was a rush from all areas of Europe to come to the United States , people had to get off a ship and stand in a long line in New York and be documented.
Some would even get down on their hands and knees and kiss the ground. They made a pledge to uphold the laws and support their new country in good and bad times. They made learning English a primary rule in their new American households and some even changed their names to blend in with their new home.
They had waved goodbye to their birth place to give their children a new life and did everything in their power to help their children assimilate into one culture. Nothing was handed to them. No free lunches, no welfare, no labor laws to protect them. All they had were the skills and craftsmanship they had brought with them to trade for a future of prosperity.

Most of their children came of age when World War II broke out. My father fought along side men whose parents had come straight over from Germany , Italy , France and Japan . None of these 1st generation Americans ever gave any thought about what country their parents had come from. They were Americans fighting Hitler, Mussolini and the Emperor of Japan. They were defending the United States of America as one people.
When we liberated France , no one in those villages were looking for the French American, the German American or the Irish American. The people of France saw only Americans. And we carried one flag that represented one country. Not one of those immigrant sons would have thought about picking up another country's flag and waving it to represent who they were. It would have been a disgrace to their parents who had sacrificed so much to be here. These immigrants truly knew what it meant to be an American. They stirred the melting pot into one red, white and blue bowl.

And here we are with a new kind of immigrant who wants the same rights and privileges. Only they want to achieve it by playing with a different set of rules, one that includes the entitlement card and a guarantee of being faithful to their mother country. I'm sorry, that's not what being an American is all about. I believe that the immigrants who landed on Ellis Island in the early 1900's deserve better than that for all the toil, hard work and sacrifice in raising future generations to create a land that has become a beacon for those legally searching for a better life. I think they would be appalled that they are being used as an example by those waving foreign country flags.


And for that suggestion about taking down the Statue of Liberty, it happens to mean a lot to the citizens who are voting on the immigration bill. I wouldn't start talking about dismantling the United States just yet.

BOEHNER: Any Talk Of Obama Impeachment Is A Democratic 'Scam'

A visibly frustrated House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday that House Republicans have no current or future plans to move to impeach President Barack Obama, calling any talk of impeachment a "scam" to help Democrats fundraise ahead of the 2014 midterm elections.

"We have no plans to impeach the president. We have no future plans. It's all a scam started by Democrats and the White House," Boehner said at a press conference Tuesday morning with other House Republican leaders.

Indeed, last weekend, Democratic campaign organizations blasted out no fewer than 21 fundraising emails alluding to a potential impeachment of Obama. The groups built off comments from White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer, who on Friday said he wouldn't "discount" the possibility of impeachment, amid Boehner's plan to sue Obama over a provision of the Affordable Care Act.

On Sunday, incoming House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, the No. 3 Republican in House leadership, pointedly refused to rule out the possibility of impeachment when pressed on "Fox News Sunday."

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What Happened To This Crab?

Assateague Island National Seashore

After a morning of crabbing, a visitor and his young daughter brought this crab into the visitor center. Check out its deformed claw. What happened?

Crustaceans are invertebrates and have skeletons that are on the outside. In order to grow they have to molt or shed their exoskeleton. Before it can molt, the crab must create a new, soft, paper thin shell beneath the existing hard one. When the new shell is fully formed under the old shell, the crab stops eating and finds a safe place to begin molting.

Prior to coming out of its old, hard shell, the crab begins to absorb water into its tissues, causing it to swell up like a balloon. Eventually the outer shell splits at a seam that is located at the back of the crab where the carapace (top) and abdominal shells meet. Very gradually, as the crab pushes and compresses its appendages inside the old shell, the carapace begins to lift up. At this point, the the blue crab slides out of the back of the old shell. When it emerges, it is pillow soft. The crab immediately begins to pump water into its tissues again to make the new soft shell grow; it remains this way for up to 72 hours. During this period, we suspect that the crab in the picture below got attacked by a predator.

When threatened, the crab’s first instinct is to raise its claws as a warning to the potential predator. It is very likely that the predator called the crab’s bluff and grabbed its soft claw. In doing so, the claw ripped in multiple places. Obviously the crab fought off its predator and its shell hardened up. When the crab molts again a new claw will emerge in place of the damaged one.

On Washington's Ukrainian Fiasco: "Who Is The Real Problem Here?"

In just 800 words Pat Buchanan exposes the sheer juvenile delinquency embodied in Washington’s current Ukrainian fiasco. He accomplishes this by reminding us of the sober restraint that governed the actions of American Presidents from FDR to Eisenhower, Reagan and Bush I with respect to Eastern Europe during far more perilous times.

In a word, as much as they abhorred the brutal Soviet repression of the Hungarian uprising in 1956, the Prague Spring in 1968 and the solidarity movement in Poland in the early 1980s, among many other such incidents, they did not threaten war for one simple reason: These unfortunate episodes did not further endanger America’s national security. Instead, in different ways each of these Presidents searched for avenues of engagement with the often disagreeable and belligearent leaders of the Soviet Empire because they “felt that America could not remain isolated from the rulers of the world’s largest nation”.

Accordingly, during the entire span from 1933, when FDR recognized the Soviet Union, until 1991, when it ended, the US never once claimed Ukraine’s independence was part of its foreign policy agenda or a vital national security interest. Why in the world, therefore, should we be meddling in the backyard of a far less threatening Russia today?

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GOP: ‘Fire Harry Reid’ For Ignoring 300-Plus Bills Now Languishing on His Desk

House Republicans joined Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, for a “Fire Harry Reid” rally near the steps of the Capitol on Tuesday, saying he should lose his job because he has not acted on any of the more than 300 bills passed by the House and sent to the Senate.

“It’s time to fire Harry Reid,” Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) said at the rally, standing next to a towering pile of the bills.

Blackburn and other speakers listed the bills by category: 43 deal with job creation, 31 to reign in government spending, 15 in support of veterans and numerous on energy, including H.R. 3 to approve the construction, operation and maintenance of the Keystone XL pipeline. The latter has been under review by the Obama administration for more almost six years:

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Patent Workers Paid To Exercise, Shop And Do Chores, Investigation Reveals

Dozens of employees working for an obscure federal agency went years with little work to do, allowing them to collect salaries and bonuses while they shopped online, caught up on chores, watched television or walked the dog, an investigation revealed Tuesday.

The probe by the Commerce Department’s inspector general found that paralegals at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s appeals board were paid more than $5 million for their time even though there was so little work for them to do that supervisors didn’t care how they used it.

“I almost don’t blame [paralegals] for watching TV because, I mean, you’re sitting around for 800 hours,” one chief judge told the investigators, who found that supervisors not only tolerated the problem but in one instance admonished an employee who complained about the lack of work.

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Two of Delmarva’s Most Respected Health Systems Form HealthPartners Delmarva

Two of the leading and most comprehensive healthcare systems on the Delmarva Peninsula today announced that they have joined together to form an interstate partnership to improve the overall healthcare experience for all Delmarva residents.

Bayhealth of Dover, Delaware, with hospitals in Dover and Milford, and Peninsula Regional Health System of Salisbury, Maryland, which operates Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC), have formed HealthPartners Delmarva. The collaboration allows each hospital to share the best practices of both organizations, but is not a financial purchase of one health system by the other. The partnership is focused on collaborating to improve patient care and access and is not a consolidation of workforces.

HealthPartners Delmarva was developed and approved by the Boards of each health system to better implement the healthcare Triple Aim of improving the experience for the patient, improving the health of our communities and creating a way for people to obtain those services in the most affordable setting.

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