Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Joe Biden urges you to 'take back America!' Obama and Holder say 'that's racist!'

Maybe Biden doesn't know who's in charge....

On Monday, Joe Biden appeared in Detroit where he sought to rile up the flagging, flaccid, rapidly-diminishing ranks of the both the local UAW and union members nationwide. Unfortunately, as Biden is wont to do, he gave a goofy fiery speech that ended up revealing a lot about himself, not to mention his administration's incoherence.

In short, Joe Biden has exposed himself as a big, fat, ugly, racist, Tea-partying pig.

Not content to just say "Unions are super-cool, man, go join up," Biden started yelling about how "we need to take back America" and reform the tax code.

"The American people," Biden wailed, "Have not stopped dreaming! The American people have not walked away from what they believe they are entitled to! Just give them a chance! No handouts, just give them a chance! Because once you give Americans a chance, they have never, never, never, never, ever, let their country down! Never! So folks, it's time to take back America!"

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CDC Director: Ebola Outbreak ‘Is Spiraling Out Of Control’

ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta/AP) — The director for the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention says that the Ebola outbreak is going to get worse.

Speaking to “CBS This Morning” following his trip to the West African countries dealing with the outbreak, Dr. Tom Frieden explained that they have to act now to try to get Ebola under control.

“It is the world’s first Ebola epidemic and it is spiraling out of control. It’s bad now and it’s going to get worse in the very near future,” Frieden told CBS News. “There is still a window of opportunity to tamp it down, but that window is closing. We really have to act now.”

Frieden, who visited Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, will tell Washington tomorrow that the Ebola outbreak is “spiraling upward.” The CDC director explained that these countries still need help to deal with the deadly outbreak.

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Sentencing Delayed For Convicted Cop After Courtroom Outburst

A former police officer screamed obscenities and lunged at prosecutors during a sentencing hearing Tuesday and the courtroom erupted into chaos.

Former District Heights officer Johnnie Riley, 44, exploded from his seat, dashed past his public defender Allen Wolf, and raced towards the prosecutor's table. Assistant State's Attorney Jason Knight had been addressing the court when Riley raced towards him. Fellow prosecutor Rene Joy, who is in the late stages of pregnancy, scrambled over a 3-foot barrier that separates the spectators from the prosecutor's table.

Several court officers were needed to take down Riley.

The outburst resulted in a court recess. When Prince George's County Circuit Court Judge Hassan El-Amin brought both sides back to court, he delayed Riley's sentencing until Oct. 15 and revoked Riley's $100,000 bond. On top of the 45 years behind bars Riley already faces, he could also be charged with contempt of court.

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Irresponsible Choices

The latest Gallup poll indicates that 14 percent of the people “moderately disapprove” of Barack Obama’s performance as president and 39 percent “strongly disapprove.”

Since Obama won two presidential elections, chances are that some of those who now “strongly disapprove” of what he has done voted to put him in office. We all make mistakes, but the real question is whether we learn from them.

With many people now acting as if it is time for “a woman” to become president, apparently they have learned absolutely nothing from the disastrous results of the irresponsible self-indulgence of choosing a president of the United States on the basis of demographic characteristics instead of individual qualifications.

It would not matter to me if the next five presidents in a row were all women, if these happened to be the best individuals available at the time. But to say that we should now elect “a woman” president in 2016 is to say that we are willfully blind to the dangers of putting life-and-death decisions in the hands of someone chosen for symbolic reasons.

If we were to choose just “a woman” as our next president, would that mean that any criticism of that president would be considered to be a sign of being against women?

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MILITARY ABANDONS SOME COMBAT DOGS OVERSEAS

In his USA Today column, Jonah Goldberg exposes a national disgrace I was completely unaware of, one that is almost too heartbreaking to comprehend: the United State military sometimes reclassifies combat dogs as "equipment" and abandons them to languish in shelters overseas in war zones.

Other than the fact that combat dogs save an average of 150 American lives during their service, these living creatures form strong emotional attachments to the men assigned to them. But when their time is up -- when they become too old, combat fatigued or shall-shocked to be useful in combat -- rather than transport them home for adoption, they are sometimes heartlessly abandoned.

Goldberg writes that…
It is one thing to ask these warriors to say goodbye to their dog when it is still on active duty and is assigned a new handler, which often happens. It is quite another to ask them to leave these dogs behind when the dogs are effectively abandoned overseas, left to languish in shelters — or worse. That's why handlers are sometimes forced to make incredible sacrifices to get their four-legged comrades home on their own.
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Behind the Sinking of the Lusitania

About how America became involved in certain wars, many conspiracy theories have been advanced — and some have been proved correct.

When James K. Polk got his declaration of war as Mexico had "shed American blood upon the American soil," Rep. Abraham Lincoln demanded to know the exact spot where it had happened.

And did the Spanish really blow up the battleship Maine in Havana Harbor, the casus belli for the Spanish-American War?

The Gulf of Tonkin Incident, involving U.S. destroyers Maddox and C. Turner Joy, remains in dispute. But charges that North Vietnamese patrol boats had attacked U.S. warships on the high seas led to the 1964 resolution authorizing the war in Vietnam.

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REPORTS: FEDS LOSE TRACK OF 6,000 FOREIGNERS ON STUDENT VISAS WHO COULD 'DO US HARM'

The federal government has reportedly lost track of more than 6,000 foreigners on student visas, some of whom may be in the country "to do us harm."

According to an ABC News investigation, "58,000 students overstayed their visas in the past year. Of those, 6,000 were referred to agents for follow-up because they were determined to be of heightened concern." ABC found that "the number of foreign nationals obtaining visas to study in the U.S. has grown from 662,966 in 2003 to more than 1.2 million in 2012."

Peter Edge, "the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official who oversees investigations into visa violators," told ABC News that some of the foreign nationals "could be here to do us harm" and his "greatest concern is that they could be doing anything."

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In Pennsylvania, buying beer out of state makes you a bootlegger

Adam Vickers is a just a regular guy who works for a general contractor and sometimes takes the back way home from work in Maryland. On occasion, he stops at a rural liquor store in Freeland, Md., to pick up some beer on his drive to Stewartstown, not far over the state line in Pennsylvania.

It sounds innocent enough, but under Pennsylvania’s Prohibition-era liquor laws, Vickers is also considered a bootlegger, and he’s technically subject to a citation just for picking up some cold ones, like he did the Thursday before Labor Day.

As crazy as it sounds, it’s against the law for Pennsylvania residents to buy alcohol outside of the state and then bring it back.

“I wasn’t aware that it was actually illegal,” Vickers said, cradling a 12-pack that would become contraband as soon as his truck crossed the Mason-Dixon Line.

“It’s absurd,” he added.

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HEARTWARMING VIDEO OF MOM WITH ALZHEIMER'S REMEMBERING DAUGHTER'S NAME


Alzheimer's disease is one of the most heartbreaking health afflictions a person and their family can go through. With the rapid mental deterioration of their mental state, families and friends literally watch their loved ones fade away before their eyes. But one daughter got a brief moment of hope when her Alzheimer's stricken mom remembered her name.

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They walk among us!



RGA Chair Christie To Headline Fundraiser For Larry Hogan

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Chairman of the Republican Governor's Association, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, will headline a fundraiser for Maryland gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 in Bethesda, Md.

Maryland's next governor Larry Hogan said, "Governor Christie and the RGA recognize that we are in a position to win this year, and that our effort has dramatically changed the dynamic of this race. The failed policies of Anthony Brown have crushed struggling families and small businesses. People everywhere are realizing that we have a real opportunity to win this race and bring real change to Maryland."

Governor Christie is the first national figure to help raise money for the Hogan campaign. It marks a turning point in the race as national observers have begun to pay more attention following recent polls that show the race tightening. A recent poll by a respected national pollster shows Hogan just three points behind Brown and within the margin of error – a statistical dead heat.

Last week, campaign finance reports filed with the Maryland State Board of Elections show Hogan with a better than 3 to 1 money advantage heading into the final 60 days of the campaign.

Obama's Sinking Poll Numbers Have Dems 'Depressed'

On Tuesday’s broadcast of “CBS This Morning,” CBS News political director John Dickerson broke down how the numerous crises around the world are interfering with Democrats’ campaigns in the upcoming November midterm elections.

Dickerson explained that while Republicans are motivated, it is Democrats that are struggling get their core domestic policy expressed to voters.

“If you talk to voters and say what issue do you care about the most – it’s still domestic issues that they pick when they say what’s driving their vote,” Dickerson said. “But, what’s motivating Republicans in this election is disappointment with the president. The president’s approval ratings are at about 40 [percent]. More [Republicans] disapprove of the job [Obama] is doing than in 2010. You may remember, 2010 was a terrible year for Democrats. So Republicans are very motivated.”

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News Organizations Sue For Access To Possible Michael Brown Juvenile Records

CLAYTON, Mo. – Lingering questions about Michael Brown could be answered Wednesday as two news organizations seek the release of any possible juvenile records for the unarmed 18-year-old who was killed by a Missouri police officer last month.

Juvenile records are confidential in Missouri, so it's not definitively known if Brown was arrested before he legally became an adult. Police have said Brown had no adult criminal record. The family's attorney, Benjamin Crump, has refused to discuss whether Brown had a juvenile record.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch and a California online journalist have filed separate petitions in St. Louis County Family Court to determine whether Brown had past legal trouble. Both cite an overriding public right to know Brown's background after his shooting death by Ferguson officer Darren Wilson sparked more than a week of sometimes-violent protests and drew international scrutiny.

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After 3 decades, NC man freed from prison

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's longest-serving death row inmate and his younger half brother walked out as free men Wednesday, three decades after they were convicted of raping and murdering an 11-year-old girl who DNA evidence shows may have been killed by another man.

Henry McCollum, 50, hugged his weeping parents at the gates of Central Prison in Raleigh, a day after a judge ordered his release, citing the new evidence in the 1983 slaying of Sabrina Buie. His half brother, 46-year-old Leon Brown, was later freed from Maury Correctional Institution near Greenville, where he had been serving a life sentence.

"I knew one day I was going to be blessed to get out of prison, I just didn't know when that time was going to be," McCollum said. "I just thank God that I am out of this place. There's not anger in my heart. I forgive those people and stuff. But I don't like what they done to me and my brother because they took 30 years away from me for no reason. But I don't hate them. I don't hate them one bit."

Through his attorney, Brown declined to be interviewed following his release.

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The Jig-Saw Puzzle Challenge

A little silver-haired lady calls her neighbor and says, "Please come over here and help me. I have a killer jigsaw puzzle, and I can't figure out how to get started." 

Her neighbour asks, "What is it supposed to be when it's finished?"

The little silver haired lady says, "According to the picture on the box, it's a rooster." 

Her neighbour decides to go over and help with the puzzle. She lets him in and shows him where she has the puzzle spread all over the table. 

He studies the pieces for a moment, then look at the box, then turns to her and says, "First of all, no matter what we do, we're not going to be able to assemble these pieces into anything resembling a rooster." He takes her hand and says, "Secondly, I want you to relax. Let's have a nice cup of tea, and then," he said with a deep sigh, "Let's put all the Corn Flakes back in the box."

US Signs Agreement with Mexico to Protect Mexican Workers – Including Illegals

At a signing ceremony on Friday, the U.S. government, through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), entered into a Memorandum of Understanding(MOU) with the Mexican government to allow Mexican Nationals – regardless of immigration status – to “exercise their workplace rights.”

The MOU is consistent with the “core mission of this commission,” Mexican Ambassador to the United States Eduardo Medina Mora Icaza said, adding “that regardless of national origin or immigration status all workers have rights and there are processes to safeguard them.

“This is what makes this country so great,” the ambassador said.

The four-page memorandum states in the “Overall Objective” section, in part, that its purpose is: “to establish a collaborative relationship to provide Mexican Nationals in the United States with information, guidance, and access to education and training resources to help them understand and exercise their workplace rights, particularly with regard to reducing violations again them under the laws and regulations that are administered and enforced by EEOC.”
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Worker Found Beaten To Death Inside Brooklyn Park Popeyes

BROOKLYN PARK, Md. (WJZ)–Searching for a killer. An employee was found dead inside a popular fast food restaurant in Anne Arundel County. Now police have made an arrest.

Rochelle Ritchie spoke with neighbors shocked by the crime.

Police have not released any information about the arrest, not naming the suspect or discussing the motive.

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Facebook Is Down

Reports are coming in that facebook is down.  No need  to adjust anything on your computer. No word on when the problem will be fixed.

JAMIE LUMPKIN CONVICTED OF SECOND DEGREE RAPE AND SECOND DEGREE SEXUAL OFFENSE




On September 3, 2014, Jamie Alfredo Lumpkin, age 36, of Salisbury, Wicomico County, Maryland, pleaded guilty and was convicted of second degree rape and second degree sexual offense upon a minor. Lumpkin was also found in violation of probation on a second degree sexual offense. The Honorable D. William Simpson sentenced the Defendant to fifty (50) years in the Division of Corrections. The Defendant will serve half of his sentence before being eligible for parole. Upon his release, the Defendant will register as a Tier III offender and sexually violent predator, and be supervised for the remainder of his Life.
Wicomico County State’s Attorney Matthew A. Maciarello commended the Wicomico Child Advocacy Center and its partners (Maryland State Police, Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office, Salisbury Police Department, Department of Social Services and Life Crisis Center). Mr. Maciarello also thanked Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Jamie Dykes who prosecuted this case.
For more information or for an interview please call the Office of the State’s Attorney at (410) 548-4880 or visit www.wicomicosao.com.

DJS Partners with Habitat for Humanity to Teach Youth Vocational Skills

Seven youth from the Department of Juvenile Service’s (DJS) Backbone Mountain program were recently selected to participate in a “Youth Work Week” with Habitat for Humanity. The seven young men worked on four homes that were part of a 28 home project in the Hopeland Village neighborhood in Oakland, Maryland. Jerry Lynch, the Board President for Habitat for Humanity in Garrett County said of the DJS volunteers, “Backbone Mountain kids are great volunteers and we really appreciate having them.” A homeowner benefiting from their work said, “There is no way that we can repay you, but thank you so much.” Programs such as Backbone Mountain’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity are part of the O’Malley-Brown Administration’s goal to drive down recidivism in Maryland.

3 Arrested At Wedding After Groom Allegedly Hits On Pregnant Reception Worker, Gets Into Fight

STATION SQUARE (KDKA)- Three men were arrested after a big fight in Station Square early Monday morning.

Pittsburgh Police Spokeswoman Sonya Toler said a fight involving people from a wedding party broke out at 12:55 a.m. on Monday.

Police were called to the Gateway Clipper dock area at Station Square. When police arrived, they found two men covered in blood.

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Man Was Taken by Emergency Responders to the Hospital. When His Family Returned Home, This Note Was Waiting for Them.

A Texas fire department is attracting nationwide attention for actions they took after helping rush a man to the hospital last week for a heart attack.

The individual, John McCormick, 65, was mowing his lawn when he suffered a heart attack, collapsing inside his home as his family called for help. Medics arrived at the scene and took the 65-year-old, who had a history of heart problems to the hospital.

The firefighters followed the medics to the hospital, per normal operating procedure — but it’s what they did next that has them in the media spotlight.

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Biggest food industry trade group to create a database of food additives

The nation’s largest food industry trade group said Wednesday it will roll out a series of initiatives to address growing concerns among consumers and the Food and Drug Administration about the safety of chemicals that often are secretly added to food with no vetting by the federal government.

The Grocery Manufacturers Association said it will create a database of food additives —
including chemical preservatives, flavorings and thickening agents — along with the scientific findings companies have made to determine that the substances are Generally Recognized as Safe, or GRAS.

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WCSO Press Releases September 3, 2014

Incident: Escape
Date of Incident: 2 September 2014
Location: 8000 block of Burnt Branch Rd., Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Markeeta Lateece Waters, 19, Salisbury, MD
Narrative: On 2 September 2014 at 12:00 PM a deputy located Markeeta Waters at her residence and took her into custody on an arrest warrant that charged her with escape. The warrant was issued back in July 2014 after Waters failed to report to the Detention Center to begin serving a sentence.  Upon arrest, the deputy transported Waters to the Central Booking Unit where she was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. After an initial appearance,the Commissioner detained Waters in the Detention Center without bond.
Charges: Escape 2nd Degree

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Incident: Vandalism
Date of Incident: 2 September 2014
Location: 20300 block of Red Hill Lane, Nanticoke, MD
Suspect: Pending
Narrative: On 2 September 2014 at 12:13 PM the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into a vandalism that occurred at the Roaring Point Park in Nanticoke, MD. In this incident an unknown subject wrote a message on a “porta –potty” with overt disparaging racial and ethnic overtones.  The incident is being handled as a racially or ethnically motivated hate crime.  This incident is being actively investigated by the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office at 410-548-4890 or Crime Solvers at 410-548-1776. Callers to Crime Solvers will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward that leads to an arrest in this case.
Charges: Malicious Destruction of Property 

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Releasing Authority: Lt. Tim Robinson        Date:  3 September 2014

SFD Calls For Service 9-2-14

  • Tuesday September, 2 2014 @ 23:55 Nature: Structure FireAddress: 404 Brookridge Dr Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Tuesday September, 2 2014 @ 23:41Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Tuesday September, 2 2014 @ 23:20Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Tuesday September, 2 2014 @ 22:06Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Tuesday September, 2 2014 @ 21:02Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury

Busy day in Berlin

Berlin fire EMS units on scene with an elderly male with a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was transported to PRMC with life threatening injuries.

Soon after, Berlin units were dispatched to Assateague State Park for a drowning. Male patient, unconscious, unresponsive. Units are working the patient.

Memo To Washington: Iraq Is Not A Nation And You Can’t Build One There With Bombs

Washington’s strategy in Iraq is in shambles, but not just because America’s spanker-in-chief is really a wimp at heart. The problem is far more generic. To wit, the geographic territory of Iraq is not a nation; it is an arbitrary series of lines on a map drawn 100 years ago by dandies in the foreign offices of two fading empires (the British and the French) - which lines encircled numerous tribes, ethnicities and religious confessions which had no interest in sharing a common statehood.

In the subsequent century, the warring peoples corralled within the Sykes-Picot boundaries were ram-rodded into a tenuous co-existence by a series of brutal monarchs, generals and dictators, backed up by British and American occupiers. But then the neo-con geniuses in the George W. Bush Administration hung the last dictator and the poll readers in the Obama White House had the good sense to adhere to their campaign pledge and bug out.

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Sen. Mike Lee Pleads: Abolish Common Core

Sen. Mike Lee has called on Americans to join him in the effort to abolish the federal Common Core education standards in a fundraising email for the conservative group FreedomWorks.

"As a U.S. Senator, I’ve seen the federal government make a mess of everything it touches," the Utah Republican wrote in the email sent out Monday morning.

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Pressing the climate hoax

The Obama administration signs up for a war on carbon dioxide

The globalists are taking the next step in the war on carbon dioxide. Scientists have linked this gas to the feeding of healthy plants and the blossoming of flowers, so the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the United Nations‘ global warming alarmist arm, last week let slip a plan for getting rid of it when the U.N. summit on the climate convenes on Sept. 23.

President Obama is preparing to use his executive authority to impose the carbon-dioxide limitations dreamed up by the climate hysterics when they meet next year in Paris. He intends to ignore his constitutional duty to ask the Senate’s consent, and use the Environmental Protection Agency and other departments to impose the rules. Ignoring the Constitution can be habit-forming, as Mr. Obama has shown us.

A 127-page draft by the U.N. climate panel insists that humans must drastically reduce their production of carbon dioxide because it’s heating the globe. Urgent action is needed lest “abrupt and irreversible change” result. The European Union just banned the most effective vacuum cleaners and has announced it is about to ban powerful hair dryers, lawn mowers, smartphones and kettles, all suspects in the continuing plot against the planet.

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Feds Still Studying Why Lesbians Are Obese

Update: Total government funding now $2.87 million

The federal government is still seeking answers as to why the majority of lesbians are obese and U.S. taxpayers are footing the bill, which now totals $2.87 million.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) study is now in its fourth year, receiving an additional $670,567for fiscal year 2014. The project seeks to determine why “nearly three-quarters of adult lesbians overweight or obese,” and why gay males are not.

In just two years the project’s budget has nearly doubled, growing from $1.5 million to nearly $3 million today, despite fears that sequestration could jeopardize the project and other NIH funding.

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MARYLAND DESIGNATED AS A “SINKHOLE STATE”

Maryland has some hefty bills to pay in the near future, and not enough money to pay them.

According to an analysis of the state’s 2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and actuarial reports, in The Financial State of States by Truth in Accounting, Maryland has $45.3 billion in bills due, yet only has $15.9 billion available to pay them, earning the designation of “Sinkhole State.”

Citing “budget shenanigans” that include borrowing money to fill budget holes and delaying payments for current bills, Truth in Accounting seeks to bring transparency to the true state of the states’ financial picture.

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Would-Be Dairy Queen Bandit Shot, Killed by Armed Employee

On August 28 "a man trying to rob" an Albuquerque, New Mexico, Dairy Queen was shot and killed by an armed employee.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, a Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) spokesman said the would-be robber "went to the Dairy Queen window with a gun and demanded money." A store employee handed money to the suspect, after which the suspect continued pointing the gun and "asked for more money." That is when a different employee – one who was armed – stepped up shot the suspect.

Walter Lopez was working in his backyard next to Dairy Queen when he "heard three shots, then a pause, and then two more shots."

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Hogan HQ Lower Shore Opening

Please join us Sunday (9/7/14) at 4:00pm for the Grand Opening of our Lower Shore HQ!
HOGAN FOR GOVERNOR HQ
4:00PM
1801 North Salisbury Blvd
Salisbury, MD 21801

Obama’s Miserable Failure

It was always obvious what Obama’s supporters wanted. They weren’t willing to settle for a Hillary, just another politician who would punch the clock, deliver tepid speeches and push their leftist agenda.

They wanted someone larger than life. A head made for Mount Rushmore and a body that would be cast in statues across the country. Speeches meant to be studied in classrooms for the next hundred years.

They compared him to JFK and Reagan. He was treated as the icon that his backers wanted him to be. His election was supposed to be a watershed moment in American history.

Instead it ends in miserable failure.

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Hope And Anxiety Over Medical Marijuana

Chloe Isaac of Westminster takes a pharmacopeia of medication every day. There's the liquid Xanax, and the Valium twice per diem. There's the three kinds of anticonvulsants and liquid Ativan for when she has a particularly bad day. She must get her blood tested once a week to insure the risky blend of drugs is not damaging her liver, her kidneys or causing her to go blind.

Chloe is 23 months old.

According to her mother, Courtney Moser, Chloe suffers from Aicardi syndrome, a rare disorder that hijacks her nervous system with seizures as often as 200 times a day, even while she is sleeping. Moser and Chloe's father, Kevin Isaac, spoke with the Carroll County Times in March about how they hoped to access a medication that had reduced the number of seizures in other children with similar disorder and reduced their dependency on addictive medications: medical marijuana

At that time, however, the push for a legal medical marijuana system in Maryland seemed to have stalled. Maryland's first medical marijuana law had been passed in 2013, but it restricted the program to academic medical centers, such as Johns Hopkins.

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Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Fire Station #2


Things I Don't Understand

There are things that really puzzle me. Some life insurance companies charge lower premiums if you haven't made a life-shortening lifestyle choice. Being a nonsmoker is one of them. Actuarially, that makes sense because the life expectancy for smokers is at least 10 years shorter than for nonsmokers.

Insurance company policies charge higher premiums to those who are obese. The National Institutes of Health reports that those with a body mass index greater than 40 have a six- to 14-year lower life expectancy. Again, actuarially, that makes sense. Indeed, there's a strong advocacy for higher life insurance, as well as health insurance, premiums for those whose lifestyle choices impose a greater financial burden on society, which obesity does. But there's one important exception.

According to the International Journal of Epidemiology, life expectancy at age 20 for homosexual and bisexual men is eight to 20 years less than for all men. That's a lifestyle shortening of life expectancy greater than obesity and tobacco use. Yet one never hears of insurance companies advertising lower premiums for heterosexual men.

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And he's off! Obama jets out of the country without saying a single word about Steven Sotloff -- three hours after ISIS beheading video is made public

Barack Obama left for a three-day European swing Tuesday afternoon without saying a single word in response to a terrorist video showing the beheading of Steven Sotloff, the second American journalist to die that way on camera.

The president's departure came amid equally deafening swirls of helicopter rotors and tough questions about whether and when the U.S. will strike back in a meaningful and public way against ISIS, the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham.

News of Sotloff's execution broke online at 1:05 p.m. as White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest prepared for his daily briefing with reporters; he said four minutes later that he hadn't heard the news.

By 3:40, Obama was lifting off from the South Lawn of the White House on his way to a waiting Air Force One, which was 'wheels up' by 4:00.

Just two weeks ago, the president was widely criticized for being pictured fist-bumping on the golf course minutes after solemnly addressing the nation about an ISIS video showing photojournalist James Foley's death.

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Ben Carson: Obama Says ‘We Are Not a Judeo-Christian Nation’ – But He Doesn’t Get to Decide, We Do

Neurosurgeon and best-selling author Dr. Ben Carson said that although President Barack Obama has claimed America is “not a Judeo-Christian nation,” he is not the one to decide that point, we the people “get to decide that.”

“We as Americans have certain beliefs and cultures that led us to the pinnacle of the world,” said Dr. Carson while speaking at the 8th Annual Defending the American Dream Summit on Friday in Dallas, Texas.

“One of those things is that we are a people of faith,” he said. “I know the president has said that we are not a Judeo-Christian nation. But guess what? He doesn’t get to decide that, we get to decide that.”

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Irsay Pleads Guilty To Misdemeanor In Drug Case

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay must submit to drug testing for a year after pleading guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated stemming from his arrest after a traffic stop in March.

The 55-year-old Irsay admitted to a Hamilton County judge that he was under the influence of the painkillers oxycodone and hydrocodone when he was arrested March 16 near his home in the Indianapolis suburb of Carmel.

Irsay will be on probation for a year and is prohibited from drinking or possessing alcohol during that time. His driver's license also was suspended for one year. Judge J. Richard Campbell asked Irsay about his history of prescription drug troubles.

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Tool Would Significantly Cut Phosphorus Runoff In MD

Maryland’s proposed, but controversial, Phosphorus Management Tool would help achieve significant nutrient reductions from the state’s agricultural lands if implemented, according to an analysis by the Bay Program.

The phosphorus tool, which was proposed by the state Department of Agriculture last year, uses information about phosphorus concentrations in soil and other site-specific conditions to determine the likelihood that the nutrient would run off fields and into waterways. Farmers could be prohibited from applying additional phosphorus to fields that score too high.

But the tool has been controversial because it could make large amounts of Eastern Shore cropland off-limits for additional applications of litter produced by Delmarva’s poultry farms.

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Jimmy Carter at Islamic Conference: Americans Must “Use the Principles Of Allah To Bring Peace And Justice to All”

(TPNN) – Former President of the United States and unapologetic friend of violent extremists around the globe Jimmy Carter spoke this past weekend at an Islamic conference and hailed the “principles of Allah” as the key to finally seeing peace in the Middle East.

The failed president who was too weak to retrieve our captured U.S. citizens from the hands of Iranian college students has been seen, until recent years, as the worst president with regards to foreign policy. With the numerous failures of President Obama having devastating consequences around the globe, it’s clear that Jimmy Carter has been downgraded to being the second most-cowardly president in history.

During his speech at the annual convention for the Islamic Society of North America on Saturday, Carter called for “justice for the Palestinians,” saying, “You can’t bring peace to the Middle East without justice and human rights for the Palestinians. When my prayers are answered and we have peace in that Holy Land then the Israelis and all their neighbors will be blessed to live in peace and prosperity.”

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Generous Teacher Pensions Continue as Illinois’ Financial Crisis Worsens

6,000 retired educators collecting more than $100,000 annually

If the Illinois Teachers Retirement Service (TRS) had to pay out all of its pensions today, it could only afford to give its members 40 cents on the dollar.

Yet the number of six-figure pensions TRS has been doling out has increased 24 percent this year compared to last, with about 6,000 retired educators collecting more than $100,000 annually, according to records obtained by Open the Books, an online aggregator of local spending that tracks educator salaries, pensions and vendor spending.

The group’s Labor Day report found more than 100,000 retired Illinois educators had been paid back what they invested into the system just 20 months after leaving work, a financial burden linked to union collective bargaining, which can cost taxpayers $2 million or more per teacher over the course of retirement.

“For most school districts pension payments are one of the top five annual expenses,” said Adam Andrzejewski, founder of Open the Books. “Are we going to educate children or provide lavish lifetime benefits for administrators and teachers? There’s not enough taxpayer money to do both.”

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Princess Anne Police Dept Press Release 9-2-14

On 8-24-14, the Princess Anne Police Department served an outstanding District Court arrest warrant on Edward Patrick Williams Jr., 32, of Princess Anne Maryland. The warrant was issued from a first degree assault investigation that occurred earlier on 8-24-14 where a security officer was assaulted in the Talons Square South apartment complex located at 30515 UMES Blvd. The warrant charged Williams Jr. with assault 1st and 2nd degree, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, and affray. The security officer was transported to PRMC was placed in the intensive care unit. Williams Jr. was seen by a District Court Commissioner who issued a $200,000 bond. Williams Jr. was released into the custody of the Somerset County Detention Center.


· On 8-24-14, the Princess Anne Police Department arrested Adilberto Lovaton Hernandez, 34, of Crisfield Maryland for child abuse second degree and assault 2nd degree. The arrest stemmed from a fight complaint at the Somerset County Civic Center, located at 11828 Crisfield Lane. Hernandez was charged with child abuse 2nd degree and four counts of assault 2nd degree. Hernandez was seen by a District Court Commissioner who issued a $75,000.00 bond. Hernandez was released into the custody of the Somerset County Detention Center.


· On 8-21-14, the Princess Anne Police Department arrested Keondre Devon Perkins, 19, of Princess Anne Maryland for possession of a controlled dangerous substance. The arrest stemmed from a traffic stop where Perkins was found to be the operator. Perkins was charged with traffic violations, possession of a controlled dangerous substance-not marijuana, and possession of controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia. Perkins was seen by a District Court Commissioner who issued a $5,000.00 unsecure bond.

Email reveals Lois Lerner ignored political expenditures by unions

The official at the center of the Internal Revenue Service tea party scandal once dismissed complaints that labor unions were not reporting millions of dollars in political activities on their tax forms, according to an email obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

In 2007, Lerner responded directly to a complaint that some major labor unions reported completely different amounts of political expenditures when filing with the IRS and the Department of Labor.

At the time of the email, Lerner was the Director of Exempt Organizations at the IRS.

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Foreign Ownership of U.S. Government Debt Passes $6 Trillion

(CNSNews.com) - For the first time in the nation’s history, foreign interests now own more than $6 trillion in U.S. government debt, according to the most recent Treasury Department report on major foreign holders of the debt, which includes the numbers through the end of June.

As of the end of June, foreign owners held $6,013,200,000,000 in U.S. Treasury securities, up from $5,976,500,000,000 as of the end of May.

Thirteen years ago, at the end of June 2001, the foreign-held U.S. government debt was $983,300,000,000—and had been trending downward for four months. Since then, it has grown more than six-fold.

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Downtown Rehabilitation Grants Extension

Downtown Rehabilitation Grants Extension

Salisbury Mayor, James Ireton, Jr., hereby announces an extension of the application due date for the City of Salisbury Rehabilitation Grants for Commercial Building Improvements in Downtown Salisbury. Due to concerns with the attachments that must accompany the application in order for the submission to be deemed complete, the City has decided to extend the application due date to give prospective applicants additional time to obtain the required approvals and compile the necessary attachments. Completed funding applications must now be received (not postmarked) by the Office of Business and Community Development by not later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 31, 2014. Applications are currently available at the Office of Business and Community Development, 125 North Division Street, Room 104, Salisbury.

Funding for the Rehabilitation Grant program is being provided by the Community Legacy Program of the MD. Dept. of Housing & Community Development (DHCD). Total 2014 funding awarded to the City by DHCD for this program is $100,000. The maximum amount any single individual/business entity may request in this competitive funding round is $20,000. The grants will be awarded on a competitive basis, and all complete application packages will be reviewed by an internal committee comprised of City staff members. Five grants will be awarded to businesses located in Downtown Salisbury for interior and/or exterior improvements to the permanent structure in which their business is housed.

For additional information you may contact the following individuals at the Office of Business and Community Development: Laura Kordzikowski – Business Development Specialist – (410) 677-1915 or Deborah J. Stam – Director of Community Development – (410) 334-3031.

Federal contractors used as testing ground for Obama social agenda

Wary of costs linked to minimum wage, overtime, discrimination, workplace safety rules

President Obama is increasingly using federal contractors as testing grounds for his social agenda, including a higher minimum wage and expanded gay rights.

But contractors warn about an eventual tipping point when rules become too costly or difficult. Driving bidders out of the marketplace, they say, will lead to fewer choices and higher costs for the government.

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Biden: "Unions Built The Middle Class In America"

U.S. Army Plans to Battle Anti-Government Dissidents in “Megacities”

The U.S. Army is preparing to fight political dissidents who challenge the power of the state as “megacities” become the battleground of the future, according to a new report in the Army Times.

The article details how the Army’s Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC) worked with US Army Special Operations Command, the chief of staff’s Strategic Studies Group and the UK’s Ministry of Defence earlier this year to wargame the future of armed combat, which will revolve around the neutralization of groups “who can influence the lives of the population while undermining the authority of the state,” a chillingly vague description which could easily be applied to political dissidents.

The plan foresees an unprecedented realignment of U.S. military strategy focused around putting “boots on the ground” in megacities to deal with “politically dispossessed” populations while relying on “more lethal and more autonomous” methods.

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As Labor Day Weekend Starts, 3 Lie Dead and 33 Are Wounded in Chicago Violence

Between Friday and Sunday night as the long Labor Day weekend began, three people were killed and 33 wounded -- and the weekend still has one more day to go, since Labor Day falls on Monday this year.

The long weekend began with a flurry of shootings, 11 in all, on Friday night.

The weekend's first homicide also happened Friday in the city's Back Of The Yards near south side neighborhood when at 10:45 PM police found a 36-year-old man lying on a sidewalk -- shot dead.

Less than five hours later, a 43-year-old man was shot and killed farther south.

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Employment Incentive Grant Program for Economic Growth

Wicomico County Executive Rick Pollitt and the Department of Planning, Zoning and Community Development report that so far, 30 applications have been received for the Employment Incentive Grant program. This grant program was developed to spur single-family housing construction in Wicomico County. Only 74 grants will be awarded during fiscal year 2015.

Jason Malone, of Malone Homes commented, “This program keeps me from raising prices due to increases in material costs.”

The amount of each award is $5321 and requires the developer to meet certain conditions including initiating construction of the home within 3 months of receiving the permit.

“This is our latest ‘jobs’ initiative, designed to spur construction of residential housing. I am happy that we were able to secure funding in this year’s budget for our incentive grant program,” County Executive Pollitt said.

Applications can be downloaded by visiting www.wicomicocounty.org and clicking on the Business tab or picked up at the Department of Planning, Zoning and Community Development office located on the 2nd floor of the Government Office Building.