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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Dog kennel prank

Pawscars honor top animal actors, including prolific primate

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Honoring actors brings out red carpets, couture and — sometimes — creatures.

A monkey who's starred in 25 movies over two decades was top dog at the sixth annual Pawscars, the animal version of the Oscars. Waving a statue over her head in triumph, a beaming Crystal accepts the "lifetime diva achievement award" looking every bit the part in a pink, floor-length gown and necklace during the show streaming online Wednesday.

The Capuchin monkey, who played a Ben Stiller-slapping, key-stealing primate in "Night at the Museum" and a drug-dealing monkey in "Hangover Part II," is "the Angelina Jolie of animal stars," said "NCIS" actress Pauley Perrette, who is hosting the show with teen actor Lou Wegner.

Holding her tiny hand, Perrette asks the prolific primate: "So Crystal, you have starred with some of the top leading men of all times — Bradley Cooper, Ben Stiller, Matt Damon, Robin Williams — did you have a favorite?"


Bride’s Scathing Wedding ‘Invitation’ to Estranged Parents May Be a Viral Hit, but Her Deeper Story Details Years of Abuse That Led Up to It

A scathing wedding “invitation” from an angry bride-to-be to her parents is rocking the Internet, but the woman’s now-viral gesture contains a deeper story rooted in what she says was years of abuse.

“So my narcissistic parents abused me for 16 years before I ran away from home. Now they’re trying to bully their way (via family, they haven’t bothered to speak to me personally) into getting an invitation to my wedding,” the woman posted on Reddit. “There was really only one way to respond.”


UMass Amherst prohibits Iranian national students from taking engineering and science courses

In what it claims to be an attempt to begin complying with a more than two-year-old US law, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst has said that it will no longer allow Iranian citizens to enroll in many of its science and engineering programs. The school says that the policy is "unfortunate," but necessary to comply with sanctions against Iran. However, the law that it cites doesn't actually appear to require this. The university references the "Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012," which prohibits Iranian citizens from receiving US visas if they intend to attend college and then return to Iran to work in energy, nuclear, or related fields.

That's quite different from supposedly banning schools from teaching subjects to certain students, which it does not appear to actually do. "US law does not prohibit qualified Iranian nationals coming to the United States for education in science and engineering," a State Department official tells The Boston Globe. "Each application is reviewed on a case-by-case basis." Basically, if someone has a visa, they should be good to go — it doesn't appear that it's up to the college to enforce this policy.

UMass-Amherst claims otherwise. "There are significant penalties, both civil and criminal, that could potentially impact faculty, staff and students, for violations of this act and the related regulations and restrictions," it explains in a lengthy statement on the new policy. To some extent, the school almost makes it sound like this policy could be in protest to overbearing aspects of the law that have been causing trouble for many of its Iranian students, but that tone is very quickly dropped in favor of explaining that this is simply how the school reads this law and believes it must act. In fact, in a separate statement, it suggests that other universities have this same policy. It is unclear what other schools have this same policy.


Walmart to give 500,000 employees pay raises, improve scheduling and training programs

NEW YORK - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is spending $1 billion to make changes to how it pays and trains hourly workers as the embattled retailer tries to reshape the image that its stores offer dead-end jobs.

As part of its biggest investment in worker training and pay ever, Wal-Mart told The Associated Press that within the next six months it will give raises to about 500,000 workers, or nearly 40 percent of its 1.3 million employees. Wal-Mart follows other retailers that have boosted hourly pay recently, but because it's the nation's largest private employer, the impact of its move will be more closely watched.

In addition to raises, Wal-Mart said it plans to make changes to how workers are scheduled and add training programs for sales staff so that employees can more easily map out their future at the company.


15 foods to cure a hangover


Overdone it on Mardi Gras? Forget "hair of the dog." After a big night out, you need to rehydrate and replenish your body’s lost vitamins and minerals and restore plummeting blood sugar levels. So before you grab some painkillers and go back to bed, try one of these natural hangover-curing foods.

Overdone it? Here are some natural ways to detox and feel human again


Board of Public Works approves funding for Clean Water and the Chesapeake Bay

Grants and loans will reduce pollution, improve water quality, conserve water

BALTIMORE, MD - The Maryland Board of Public Works approved more than $13 million in funding today to upgrade a wastewater treatment plant, improve a sewage system and drinking water infrastructure and reduce the effects of abandoned mines on water quality. The Board is composed of Governor Larry Hogan, Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot.

“Working to restore our most treasured asset, the Chesapeake Bay, is a goal that we all agree on,” said Maryland Department of the Environment Acting Secretary Ben Grumbles. “Upgrading the Freedom District wastewater treatment plant moves us closer to that goal. That project and the others approved today are not only good for the environment – they are good for jobs and good for business.”

The following projects were approved today:


Rare Finds - 1969 Chevy Camaro Z/28

"Somebody let loose a juicy tidbit about an original '69 Z/28 in a basement."

Skip Lecates found this Camaro the same way he found the Yenko Deuce that appeared on the cover of this magazine's Sept. '12 issue ("Mission Accomplished"), by talking with muscle heads in his area. He determined that the owner was a very private individual. Instead of knocking on his door with no invitation, Skip asked "a friend of a friend" who works with the Camaro's owner to "talk to Larry and see if I can get in to look at the car."


Troopers Investigating Crash Northwest of Bridgeville Involving Three School Busses

Bridgeville, DE – Troopers are currently investigating a three vehicle crash involving school busses transporting students that occurred this afternoon.

Preliminary investigation indicates the incident happened around 4:00 p.m. Thursday February 19, 2015, as three school buses were traveling northbound on Adams Road approaching Newton Road (SR404) northwest of Bridgeville. As the first bus was coming to a slow stop due to icy conditions, the third bus began sliding on the ice and struck the rear of the second bus which in turn struck the lead bus. All three busses were loaded with students from the Woodbridge School District ranging from 3rd to 5th grade.

At least 16 children were transported by EMS to area hospitals where they were treated for minor non-life-threatening injuries. The additional students were transported by other busses to Woodbridge Middle School where a reunification center was set up in the gymnasium to reunite the kids with their parents as well as conduct examinations by Sussex County Paramedics and local EMS.

Troopers are continuing the investigation into this incident. SR404 at Adams Road was closed for approximately three hours as the crash was investigated and cleared. The 46 year old female, 30 year old male, and 55 year old male bus drivers were uninjured in the collision. No charges are forthcoming.

Shortly after 3:00 p.m. this afternoon, the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center began receiving calls regarding crashes throughout Sussex County, primarily due to hazardous road conditions caused by the wind-blown snow across the roadways. At least 51 collisions which includes eight that involved non-life-threatening injuries have been investigated by troopers since that time

Closings & Delays For Friday 2-20-15

Wicomico Schools will be closed on Friday, February 20th. School buildings and grounds are ready for students to return, but many secondary roads in the county and city are not. We are also concerned about having students walking or waiting outside in temperatures below zero. The safety of our students is our top priority. We’ll see everyone on Monday

Delmar School District - Closed Friday February 20th 

Somerset County Schools - Closed Friday

Laurel School District -Closed Friday

Seaford School District - Closed Friday 

Dorchester County Schools - DCPS are closed on Friday, Feb. 20th.

Worcester County Schools will be closed tomorrow. 

Additional Delaware School closing can be found Here

Terrorists already hit U.S. via 'refugee' program

Amid concerns potential terrorists can take advantage of the U.S. refugee quota for Syrians, it may be instructive to recall the family of Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the brothers who carried out the Boston Marathon bombing, were granted political asylum in the U.S. under a similar program.

WND reported last week a senior FBI official has admitted the U.S. is finding it virtually impossible to screen out terrorists that could be hiding among the thousands of Syrian “refugees” heading soon to American cities through the State Department’s refugee-resettlement program.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his parents came in April 2002 to the U.S. on a 90-day tourist visa and applied for political asylum, citing fears of persecution due to the father’s ties to Chechnya.

Crash involves three school buses near Bridgeville

BRIDGEVILLE - Within the last couple hours, 15 crashes have been reported in Sussex County, including one involving three school buses near Route 404 north of Bridgeville.

Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said the Bridgeville crash has sent some students to area hospitals, but additional information is not yet available.

The crash occurred at West Newton Road and Adams Road shortly after 4 p.m., according to the Bridgeville Volunteer Fire Company's website.


Oil Rally Seen Reversing as Rising U.S. Supply Deepens Glut

(Bloomberg) -- The rebound in oil will reverse because rising U.S. production is deepening the global supply glut, according to UBS AG, Bank of America Corp. and Commerzbank AG.

Brent futures entered a bull market this month as U.S. drillers stopped using a record number of rigs, companies cut at least $40 billion from spending plans and hedge funds turned the most bullish in seven months. None of that will stop Brent slipping back to $45 a barrel or lower within the next three months, from about $61 now, the banks’ analysts say. Prices fell as low as $45.19 on Jan. 13.

The highest U.S. oil production in three decades won’t be curtailed by the idling of rigs and inventories will keep expanding, according to UBS. The rally has been based on sentiment rather than the fundamentals of supply and demand, Commerzbank says. As storage space fills up, producers will need to discount to sell barrels, Bank of America predicts.

“Oil prices should again come under pressure,” said Giovanni Staunovo, an analyst at UBS in Zurich who expects Brent to reach $40 in the next three months. “Production is likely to rise further and inventories will continue to rise. This means the market will remain oversupplied in the first half of 2015.”

Brent’s advance to a two-month high of $62.57 on Monday prompted some members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries to signal confidence in a recovery. Qatar’s Energy Minister Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada said that “a sense of optimism” has returned, while Kuwaiti minister Ali Al-Omair said the supply glut is smaller than previously estimated.


AFSCME Statement on Termination of Michael Allred

“AFSCME members believe that Michael Allred’s social media comments were inappropriate and insulting to 7,200 Maryland correctional officers. We believe Secretary Moyer has taken the right course of action in terminating his employment with the department.” 

Jeff Pittman AFSCME Maryland Communications Director 443.509.4269

Global crowdfunding platform forges Maryland partnership

You’ve developed your product and investigated the market, but where will you find the funding to expand your startup? That’s where a company like OurCrowd steps in.

Since its founding two years ago, OurCrowd of Israel has become a leading global crowdfunding platform for accredited investors. OurCrowd has raised more than $100 million and invested an average of $1.6 million in 56 companies, bringing together contributions from 7,000 investors in 94 countries.

OurCrowd plans to extend its reach through a new partnership with the Maryland/Israel Development Center (MIDC), which is a partner of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED). OurCrowd has pledged to look at Maryland companies for investment opportunities. The MIDC will assist OurCrowd’s portfolio companies with their U.S. market entry. The organization will also help attract them to business opportunities in Maryland and introduce OurCrowd to potential investors.


Road Conditions In Worcester County

Worcester County Sheriff's Office

Deputies are responding to numerous accidents on county roads at this time. Please exercise caution tonight if you are travelling. With the Temps expected to drop to single digits we ask that you travel prepared. Cell phone charged, blanket, and most importantly let someone know your travel plans and time frame. We are encountering empty vehicles off the roadway that we must check. SHA and County Roads have attempted to clear what can be cleared. Remember most of the treatments they use are ineffective in these temps. Weather reports suggest Sunday will bring warmer temps and rain. Please be patient and safe if you must go out tonight. The Board of Education has not made a decision yet on schools. As always be safe in your travels.

Drink This, Sleep 90 More Minutes A Night

Gulping 16 ounces a day could knock you out cold

No, it's not whiskey. New research from Louisiana State University finds that drinking tart cherry juice twice a day can help you sleep nearly 90 more minutes a night.

Researchers had seven older adults with insomnia drink eight ounces of Montmorency tart cherry juice twice a day for two weeks, followed by two weeks of no juice, and then two more weeks of drinking a placebo beverage. Compared to the placebo, drinking the cherry juice resulted in an average of 84 more minutes of sleep time each night.

(Are you getting the recommended amount of shuteye? Find out How Many Hours of Sleep You Really Need.)

Cherry juice is a natural source of the sleep-wake cycle hormone melatonin and the amino acid tryptophan, says study coauthor Frank L. Greenway, director of the outpatient research clinic at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center at LSU.


7-Eleven offering 9 Maryland locations for no franchising fee

Convenience store giant 7-Eleven is offering franchise agreements for 200 stores across the country without standard franchising costs. Across Maryland, the offer applies to nine stores that are currently corporate owned.

The Zero Franchising Fee Initiative could save franchisees around $80,000 in fees.

"These locations offer would-be entrepreneurs a chance to go into business for themselves without the expense of the one-time franchise fee," said Greg Franks, vice president of franchising systems. "With the Zero Franchise Fee Initiative, we opted to waive the fee on these specific stores to allow the new owner a chance to build his or her customer base and business, while backed by our proprietary systems, processes and ongoing support."


SPD Press Release -1-19-15 (Attempted Robbery Investigation-Arrest)

Ariz. man buys watch for $6, sells it for $35,000

An Arizona bargain hunter stumbled on a rare wristwatch at Goodwill. Then he made a bundle selling it to a timepiece enthusiast.

It had taken a licking and was ripe for the picking.

But only if you knew the real value of a 1959 Jaeger-LeCoultre diving watch.

And Zach Norris of Phoenix knows his watches.

He saw the rare timepiece, sans wrist band, at his local Goodwill store. The price tag said $5.99.

"I didn't even want to give it to her scan," he says of his rock bottom-priced purchase. "I was like, 'You can scan it in my hand if your want to.' I just didn't want to let it go," he told KTVK-TV.


Md. Man Arrested For Soliciting Sex From Minor On Kik App

HOWARD COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — A popular smart phone app among teens led Howard County police to an alleged sex offender, charged with soliciting a 12-year-old girl. Now police are sending parents a dire warning.

Gigi Barnett has the details.

Check your teens’ smart phone. You may find the Kik app on it. One Howard County girl had the app on her cell phone and started receiving sexually explicit messages from 21-year-old Vincent Paul Hill of Prince George’s County. She turned her phone over to cops.

“One of our detectives gained access to her account with her permission and began to communicate with the suspect over a period of of two days,” said Sherry Llewellyn, Howard County police.


BREAKING NEWS: Police take suspect into custody in Las Vegas road rage shooting

A suspect in the killing of a Las Vegas mother of four following a road rage incident last week has been taken into custody, police say.


JUST IN: Accident In Pittsville Gumboro Road And East Line Road

Delaware State Police Camp Barnes Applications Available

Contact Information:
For questions call Master Corporal Shawn Hatfield at 302-856-5850 X 212


Applications for Camp Barnes will be available at all State Police Troops and can be downloaded at the camp’s website starting March 1st.
Camp and orientations dates will be listed on the website. Camp Barnes is a recreational overnight summer camp run by the Delaware State Police.
All Children that are residents of the State of Delaware and are between the ages of 10-13 are eligible. Below are some of the many activities campers participate in throughout the week:

Swimming in an Olympic size pool.
Kayaking in Millers Creek
Arts and Crafts
Nature Walk
Talent Show
Fishing and Crabbing

Campers also enjoy a scaled down version of the Olympics, and State Police demonstrations by the K-9 unit.
Camp Barnes has a staff of 12 counselors, 2 cooks, 1 nurse and 1 kitchen assistant. Counselors are required to submit to a criminal check as well as an interview. There is also a State Trooper on the grounds at all times when the camp is in session. Camp Barnes isNOT a boot camp or intended for youth with behavior or disciplinary problems.

Campers are required to get a physical exam or an updated physical exam prior to being accepted to Camp Barnes. It is encouraged that all parents get an updated physical for their children now in preparation for the upcoming camping season. Applications and physicals should be turned in by May 15, 2015.

The Delaware State Police is also seeking individuals to fill position of camp counselor:

Starting salary is $300.00 per week
Food and lodging provided
Weekends off
Must be a graduating Senior in high school or older to apply

Applications may also be found on the camp’s website and the deadline for these is April 16, 2015.

History-In 1947, the Delaware Association of Chiefs’ of Police, an organization which was composed of active law enforcement and correctional officers, accepted the challenge to undertake a project to combat juvenile delinquency in the First State. A committee was appointed to investigate the problems confronting youth. The committee’s resulting recommendations led to the establishment of Camp Barnes for the recreation of deserving youth from throughout the state.
Camp Barnes, located on Miller’s Creek, a tributary of Little Assawoman Bay, has since served the needs of thousands of children from throughout Delaware. Camp Barnes was originally designed to provide the children who were unable to attend summer camp an opportunity to experience life at a summer youth camp. Camp Barnes has remained basically unchanged, providing Delaware children with these outdoor experiences for over 60 years.


Nominees sought for recognition banquet on April 23rd
The annual recognition for outstanding community service known as “The Berlin Award” will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary banquet on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at the Berlin Fire Hall, located on North Main Street.

The banquet, sponsored by the Berlin Lions Club, begins with a social hour at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and a program at 7 p.m. Tickets at $25 per person may be purchased by phoning Russ Barrett at 410-641-4322. The dinner will feature fried chicken and baked ham with anniversary cake as desert.

The evening promises to be very special and memorable as the program will include projected images and a live narrative that will feature “50 years of memories” of Berlin since the establishment of the Berlin Award in 1965.


Bring In Your Pets!

CENTREVILLE - Leaving your pet outside in extreme weather conditions could cost you $1,000 and 90 days in jail.
“We are experiencing extreme cold in our area, please protect your pets,” cautioned Dawn James, manager of Queen Anne’s County Animal Control. “If they are kept outside your shelter must meet the current county regulations.” Proper shelters must contain at a minimum warm, dry, bedding and access to unfrozen water. The shelter must be structurally sound and not made of metal. It must face away from the prevailing wind and must have a flap door.
County regulations prohibit dogs from being tethered outside between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Animal cruelty charges in the county are $1,000 fine.
State law also prohibits dogs from being tethered in unsafe conditions and violators are subject to criminal charges, a $1,000 fine and/or 90-days in jail.
Failure to meet or comply with the above can result in penalties or removal of the animal. Your pets deserve to be safe and warm. To report animal abuse or neglect call QAC Animal Control at 410-758-2393.

Sad But True

Here are the 10,535 pages of ObamaCare condensed to 4 sentences… As humorous as this may sound, every last word of it is absolutely TRUE!

1. In order to insure the uninsured, we first have to uninsure the insured.

2. Next, we require the newly uninsured to be re-insured

3. To re-insure the newly uninsured, they are required to pay extra charges to be re-insured.

4. The extra charges are required so that the original insured, who became uninsured, and then became re-insured, can pay enough extra so that the original uninsured can be insured, which will be free of charge to them.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is called "redistribution of wealth" ...or, by its more common name......... SOCIALISM.

Top Obama adviser reveals what happens when President loses his cool

He is typically a stoic Commander-in-Chief.

But now, Barack Obama's former top adviser has revealed in a new book what happens when the President loses his famous cool.

David Axelrod, Obama's top strategist during his 2012 presidential campaign, claims the 53-year-old once cussed at him in front of others and stormed out of a debate-prep session in a fit of rage.

In his book, 'Believer: My Forty Years in Politics', he describes how he attempted to offer Obama some constructive criticism prior to his first debate with Republican nominee, Mitt Romney.


Who Said Firefighters Don't Have Big Hoses

There was a small 12 x 12 shed fire behind a residence in Powellville. We saw this picture and just couldn't resist. Come on guys, it's funny! 

SFD Calls For Service 2-18-15

  • Wednesday February, 18 2015 @ 23:52 Nature: Structure FireAddress: 324 Poplar Hill Ave Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Wednesday February, 18 2015 @ 22:28Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Wednesday February, 18 2015 @ 20:40Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Wednesday February, 18 2015 @ 19:35Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Wednesday February, 18 2015 @ 19:22 Nature: Flood With Electrical HazardsAddress: 711 East Rd Salisbury, MD 21801

Md. Senate Oks Speed Limit Boost To 70 On State Highways

The Maryland Senate has voted to raise the speed limit from 65 to 70 mph on state highways.

The Senate voted 39-7 for the measure on Thursday.

Senate approval marks a milestone for the bill, which passed the House of Delegates last year, but stalled in a Senate committee. A similar bill is pending in the House this year.

Gov. Hogan, Lt. Gov. Rutherford, & Sec. Duncan read to Empowerment Academy

Listen to the kid that says his teacher isn't doing a good job.

US 'crusader' returns to Iraq with Christian militia to fight ISIS

A 28-year-old former US soldier has returned to Iraq as part of a militia defending one of the world's oldest Christian communities under threat from terror group ISIS.

The man, known only as Brett, is one of the leading foreign fighters in the Dwekh Nawsha Christian militia. He had previously served in the US Army in Baghdad between 2006 and 2007.

Now, he is based in Al-Qosh, home of a mostly Christian population, which had been forced to flee into Kurdistan when ISIS fighters threatened to approach.

Brett describes himself as a crusader' with a tattoo of Jesus with a crown of thorns on one arm and a machine gun on the other.

He is also responsible for recruiting fellow foreign fighters.

ISIS was never able to capture Al-Qosh, but much of the population, like that in Mosul, which had a large Christian community, has also been forced to flee.

Speaking from the Dwekh Nawsha stronghold in the Kurdish city of Dohuk, he said: 'One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter. But here we're actually fighting for the freedom of the people here to be able live peaceably, to be able to live without persecution, to keep the church bells ringing.'

The mass exodus that took place in mid-2014 has put the continued existence of one of world's oldest Christian communities into question.

With Kurdish peshmerga fighters now clawing back land around Mosul, some Christians are keen to take up arms for their survival and Dwekh Nwasha is only one of several recently formed groups.

Thousands of westerners have been recruited into the ranks of ISIS, but many of those end up as 'cannon fodder' or suicide bombers to assist more valuable Chechen fighters.


MD Delegate Wants to Raise Highway Speed Limit to 70 MPH

ANNAPOLIS, MD - The speed limit on Maryland's highways could end up getting faster.

Delegate Neil Parrott is sponsoring a bill to increase the speed limit from 65 to 70 on Maryland's expressways, interstates, and highways.

"Prior to 1973, that was the maximum speed limit in Maryland. It was 70 miles per hour. Now our roadways are safer. Our cars are safer. They run more efficiently at high speeds, and it makes sense to return to what we had before at 70 miles per hour," says Parrott, (R) , Washington County.

Senator George Edwards is sponsoring his own bill to increase the speed limit from 65 to 70 along Route 68 in Maryland.

"It connects 69 to West Virginia, where it is 70 miles per hour. A lot of my constituents say, 'If you go 70 miles per hour in West Virginia on 68, why can't we do it in Maryland?' Our roads are actually better than their roads when you look at the safety features, the width of it, and so forth," says Edwards, (R) - Garrett, Allegany, and Washington Counties.

Senator Ron Young is a co-sponsor of the bill.

"The roads, like in Senator Edwards' area, there's not a lot of traffic. The roads are designed for it. They're safe. There are roads around the state where the same conditions are true, and I think it just makes sense. It improves traffic," says Young, (D) , Frederick and Washington Counties.


Cape May - Lewes Ferry Closed Due To Heavy Ice And Wind Conditions

Cape May - Lewes Ferry
For Thursday, Feb. 19 -- As of noon today -- Boats scheduled for departure for the afternoon and evening are cancelled due to heavy ice and wind conditions. For Friday, Feb. 20 -- the 7:30 am boat out of Cape May and 9:15 am leaving Lewes are also cancelled to allow tug operations time to clear the ice. Our apologies for any inconvenience.

Giving Illegals The Vote: How To Wreck A Country

Immigration: State officials are warning that President Obama's de facto amnesty easily enables illegals to cast ballots in U.S. elections — effectively canceling out the votes of American citizens. This is how a republic is wrecked.

They say a nation that has no borders is no longer a nation. But for state officials who are seeing "a massive problem" of illegals voting in U.S. elections after President Obama's questionable amnesty of 5 million, it's real life, according to testimony last week before the House Oversight Committee.

Secretaries of State Kris Kobach of Kansas and John Husted of Ohio warned Congress Thursday that Obama's issuance of Social Security numbers to illegals through his Immigration Accountability Executive Actions, as well as various states' issuances of driver's licenses to illegals, make it impossible — impossible — to distinguish between legal and illegal voters in elections.

"These are the same documents that federal law requires the states to recognize as valid forms of identification for voter registration," Husted testified.

"There is no way for us to validate" U.S. citizenship, "since under the executive actions previously undocumented non-citizens will have access to the same documents as U.S. citizens."

In other words, under Obama all U.S. identification cards are worthless now that anyone can vote here. And this comes as goodies for illegal immigrants are being piled high.

Those eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, for example, are being given a fast track to citizenship, according to testimony Friday by Department of Homeland Security officials.

And the Internal Revenue Service confirmed that illegals would be given "amnesty bonuses" worth as much as $24,000, retroactive through three years, via the earned income tax credit. Even those who have never filed tax returns are eligible.

The extension of such privileges and rights look suspiciously like an attempt to build a new Democratic voting base from scratch — a base of foreigners from the least-educated parts of Central and Latin America last seen electing Venezuela-style communists offering economy-wrecking handouts.

Don't think the Venezuela model won't be tried here. In 2004, two months before the late dictator Hugo Chavez faced a tough recall, he handed out instant citizenship and voting rights to 5 million illegals in his country. It may well have been the difference in his questionable "victory" that year.

More here


Wind Chill Advisory

1107 AM EST THU FEB 19 2015

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Maybe If The Wicomico County BOE Didn't Take So Much Money From The County...

There would be enough money left to better clear our roads in the City and County! You have to wonder just how much could have been plowed with Gift Card money too. 

Mich. woman fatally shoots self while adjusting bra holster

Christina Bond accidentally shot herself in the eye on New Year’s Day when she tried to adjust her bra holster.

A Michigan woman was trying to adjust her bra holster when she shot herself in the face, authorities said.

Christina Bond, 55, was repositioning the handgun inside her brassiere when she looked down and fired a round into her eye, the Kalamazoo Gazettereported Wednesday.

"She was having trouble adjusting her bra holster, couldn't get it to fit the way she wanted it to," said St. Joseph Public Safety Director Mark Clapp.

"She was looking down at it and accidentally discharged the weapon," he said.


Cardin Introduces Bill to Cut Polluted Stormwater that Rushes Off Buildings, Roads, Parking Lots into Rivers, Streams, Chesapeake Bay

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today announced the introduction of the Highway Runoff Management Act, S. 518, a federal measure to reduce the pollution and erosion damage caused by untreated stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces.

“We have got to do more to control the unabated flow of pollution into our waterways, along with the erosion that follows surges of stormwater. This bill address these problems head-on, and better places the financial responsibility for the solutions on the agencies that most directly contribute to the problems,” said Senator Cardin, a senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee. “Far too much of America’s transportation infrastructure is obsolete and not up to the task of adequately protecting our waters. Ignoring this problem any longer gives rise to unacceptable risks on the road for the public and does a chronic disservice to our creeks, streams, rivers – and the Chesapeake Bay.”

Untreated runoff from impervious surfaces like buildings, roads and parking lots is a growing source of pollution nationwide. Stormwater that falls on roadways, for example, washes oil, grease, asbestos brake-dust, nitrogen deposits from tailpipe emissions, trash, sediment, salt and de-icing agents into nearby waters. Worse, the erosion that too often accompanies storm surges chokes waterways and can undercut roadways, causing them to collapse.

3rd Friday: February 20

February 20th 2015 is the next 3rd Friday inDowntown Salisbury, and proves that even in the winter months, Downtown Salisbury has tons to offer!  The restaurants and shops will  be open with 3rd Friday menu specials, and the bars are ready to rock with live entertainment booked all night long.   
Salisbury University Gallery
Salisbury University | Downtown Campus, on North Division Street, will open two brand new exhibitions this Friday, Light Shadow Wave Water by Edward Brown and the new works of Kristin Walsh.  Brown, an associate professor in SU's Art Department, uses charcoal to draw dark and light tones, accentuated with calligraphic lines, to render the rhythmic and nebulous forms of waves at Assateague Island.  
Kristin Walsh's work also draws from landscapes, and investigates how changing uses of the environment refuse any clean distinction between "natural" and "manmade." She uses installation, photographic prints and sculpture to construct a series of object-landscape scenographies to make visible how and why an object creates a spatial void in a landscape.

The Art Institute and Gallery will also be opening a brand new exhibition, the 15th Annual Blooming Artist Youth Showcase!  Be sure to check out the entries from our area's children!  Awards will be made in four categories; pre-k, elementary, middle and high school.  Submissions will be judged and the reception and award ceremony will be held during 3rd Friday. In addition, the work of Shadi Jahelka, the 2014 BAYS Winner, will be on display in the Foyer Gallery.  The AIG is located on the lower level of the Gallery Building off the Plaza.   

Down on Poplar Hill Avenue, Season's Best is having a wine and cheese party with special sales, and upstairs, SWAC will be having an open house introducing their new program, Wicomico ArtScape, that puts local art in county businesses!  Local businesses can come meet program curator, Kathleen Gibson, and artists can bring in samples.  
This new program already is working with seven businesses, rotating local artists displays, and is looking to add an online shopping component in the near future.  Businesses and artists are encouraged to stop by to network and sign-up for the opportunity! 

1st SaturdayIn City Center Building, stop in Bury Apparel for your last chance to score a New Years Eve SBY Sweatshirt, on sale!  You can also grab tickets to the 1st Saturday Launch Party before they are gone.  Tickets to the launch party atHeadquarters Live are only $20, and all proceeds go to support the brand-new volunteer initiative to bring a free summer concert series to Downtown Salisbury.

Tickets will be on sale this 3rd Friday at Roadie Joe's Bar and Grill and Main Roots Coffee, and the concert features amazing local talent Lewis & ClarkChris English and The Larks!  Don't miss this event.   
The Downtown Bars and Restaurants will all be ready for 3rd Friday with specials for the dinner crowd, and plenty of entertainment planned for the night.  For the happy hour and dinner crowd,Roadie Joe's has Josh Pryor, Cellar Door has Paul Brion and Brew River has the Keith White Duo.  Starting at 10pm, The Brick Room has live music from Breakfast, Echelon has The Uprizing band,Market Street has DJ B-Side and Roadie Joe's has DJ Rusty Griswald.  Headquarters Live , Downtown Salisbury's brand new concert venue, will have a live concert by 3am Toyko!  

Stay tuned with all the latest info on our
 Facebook Event! 

10 Hours of Walking in Paris as a Jew

White House Tells Reporters: Violent Extremists Also Come from United States

Senior Obama administration officials said that the three-day “Countering Violent Extremism” (CVE) Summit being held at the White House this week will also focus on “violent extremists” from the U.S. in addition to Islamic terrorists abroad.

“ISIL is the near-term threat that we all are focused on, but we also recognize in the United States there has been violent extremists that come in all sorts of shapes and sizes,” an unnamed senior Obama administration official said during a background conference call with reporters on Monday.

Rather than focusing exclusively on Islamic terrorism, “the agenda for all three days is going to show a wide array of speakers and participants from all backgrounds who combat radicalization, violent extremism and terrorism in its many forms,” reporters were told.

More here

ATF Proposes Ban on AR-15 Ammo

It looks like the current administration is back to its old tricks of seeking backdoor gun control that will only affect law abiding gun owners. The ATF is apparently in the process of attempting to ban a popular type of 5.56mm round that is popular with AR-15 owners.

Based on new proposed regulations, the ATF is essentially seeking a ban on the popular M855 round (aka “green tip”).

The NRA-ILA weighed in on the measure:

Now, BATFE has released a “Framework for Determining Whether Certain Projectiles are ‘Primarily Intended for Sporting Purposes’ Within the Meaning of 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(17)(c)”, which would eliminate M855’s exemption to the armor piercing ammunition prohibition and make future exemptions nearly impossible.


Today's Survey Question 2-19-15

Do you think Verizon should offer 
rollback minutes on cell phones?

SPD Press Release 2-19-15 (Suicide Investigation/Autopsy Findings)


WASHINGTON  U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.), have signed on as original cosponsors of legislation that would ensure continued health care coverage to more than 135,000 children in Maryland. Senators Mikulski and Cardin joined Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) in introducing legislation to extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through 2019. If Congress fails to act, federal funding for CHIP will end on September 30, 2015, leaving millions children and pregnant women nationwide without, health care coverage.
“I fought to create the CHIP program in 1997 so that children across America, regardless of their parent’s income, would have access to quality, affordable healthcare. I have been fighting ever since to expand coverage and increase payment to states,” said Senator Mikulski, a senior member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. “States want to do the right thing, but they can’t do it on their own. That’s why this CHIP extension is so important. I will keep fighting, so that the federal government fulfills its responsibilities to America’s families, America’s children and America’s future.”
“No child in Maryland or in the nation should be without health care,” said Senator Ben Cardin. “By extending the federal funding CHIP program through 2019, we are making sure that states and health departments will have the resources needed to reach out and make sure every child who is eligible for Medicaid or CHIP is enrolled. Thanks to CHIP, we now have the highest number in history of children who are insured with medical and dental insurance. I am particularly proud that we guarantee dental benefits for millions of children through CHIP. Good oral health is essential for our children to thrive.”

Who Said The Eastern Shore Doesn't Have Snow Crabs

Just sprinkle some Old Bay on top.

McDonald’s “Pay With Lovin'” Campaign Doesn’t Result In Any Actual Love For Company

Nearly four months ago, when we first got hints that McDonald’s was going to be making a Super Bowl-centered campaign about how “lovin’ is better than hatin'” and other folksiness, we predicted it wouldn’t exactly be well received by consumers. And when it finally rolled out the “Pay with lovin'” campaign, our opinion didn’t really change. Now that this brief, G-droppin’ period has passed, it doesn’t look like people have anymore love for McDonald’s than they did a few months ago. 

CDC Hypes Flu Dangers: Top Doctor

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges Americans over the age of six months to get an annual flu shot. Their pleas are combined with dire warnings of risking hospitalization and death for those who skip the shot. But are the warnings over-inflated?

On their own website, the CDC states that flu deaths between 1976 and 2006 ranged from a low of 3,000 people to a high of 49,000. But they also reported on their website that only 500 people died from flu in 2010. "The fact is, the outrageous claims of 3,000 to 49,000 deaths are inaccurate numbers," says holistic family physician Dr. David Brownstein. "They are just guesswork."

The CDC itself admits it doesn't know how many people die from flu each year, and that their figures are estimates. How does the CDC get such over-inflated flu death numbers? "The CDC lumps pneumonia with the flu to make their numbers look better," Dr. Brownstein tells Newsmax Health. "It is an estimated number that includes people who also die from pneumonia, and the flu vaccine has never been shown to protect against getting pneumonia," he says.

Why does the CDC keep reporting inflated numbers? "The CDC needs to keep Big Pharma happy, because that's what really controls healthcare," says Dr. Brownstein. "So, the CDC perpetuates the myth that everyone needs a flu shot. The CDC can say they're doing their job, Big Pharma can sell more shots, and everyone is happy."

So, hospitals, doctors, pharmacies and other health-related organizations and health personnel relentlessly push vaccination.

More here

Couple Travels 7,900 Miles In 28 Hours To Visit Three Disney Theme Parks On Valentine’s Day

So you think you love Disney, huh? Do you love it enough to fly to three different Disney theme parks in one day just to snap a celebratory anniversary photo? Didn’t think so, but one couple from San Diego managed to pull it off in the name of love on Valentine’s Day.

It’s not that they’re especially mushy about that particular date, but it was the only Saturday that worked out to celebrate their 17th anniversary, which was Jan. 17, reports the New York Daily News. It had to be Saturday, because that’s the day Magic Kingdom in Orlando — their last stop — stays open until midnight.

Every year on that day, they’d returned to Disneyland to mark their anniversary. But this year they wanted to do something different, so they decided to fly to Tokyo, back to Anaheim and on to Orlando on Saturday.

“It’s completely insane, and that’s why we did it,” the husband says.


Act of Kindness: Teen stops car to shovel snow for man with walker

NOTTOWAY COUNTY, Va. — A Nottoway High School senior who spends snow days clearing snow and ice from neighborhood driveways and sidewalks saw something out of his mother’s car window that compelled him to tell her to stop the car. Teresa Adams and her son Tommy were driving home from the DMV when they drove past an older man who was trying to shovel snow from his driveway. The man was using a walker to get around.

“Tommy said ‘Mamma stop the car,'” Teresa Adams recalled. “I got scared and asked ‘what’s wrong?'”

He said, “there’s an older man with a walker shoveling snow — I’ll help him out,” she added.

Tommy approached the man and asked him for the snow shovel.


WATCH LIVE: President Obama set to give closing remarks at White House summit on extremism

President Obama is set to give the closing remarks at the White House summit on 'Countering Violent Extremism,' which is streaming live now on

GO HERE to view.

Record Year For National Parks

National Parks draw record-breaking crowds in 2014. More than 290 million people visited national parks last year, breaking the previous record set in 1987. The National Park Service says the reopening of the Washington Monument in 2014 boosted visitation numbers. The parks saw a dip in visits in 2013. NPS attributes that to the 16-day government shutdown and several park closures for repairs after Hurricane Sandy. Uses Over-Inflated Retail Prices To Make Rent-To-Own Look Affordable

On its TV ads, shows people making peace with their “budget” alter-egos by doing their shopping on the website that allows you to make “low” monthly payments. But what the site doesn’t say is that not only do those payments add up to a lot more than the original price of what you’re buying, but that Fingerhut’s sticker prices are grossly inflated over the actual retail prices.

Just take a look at the three following examples that we picked at random from the many items for sale on Fingerhut.


Mayor Hires Company With Their Own Jet To Fix Salisbury Waste Water Treatment Plant

A plane owned by PC Construction Co. flew into Salisbury last night from Vermont and was here until early afternoon.

PC Constuction was involved in the Salisbury WWTP:

It looks like they are now involved in the repair:
(scroll near bottom, subcontracting bidding closes next month)