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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Carolina Panthers Owner Donates $10,000 To Each Family Of Charleston Shooting Victims

Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson donated $100,000 to the families of the nine victims killed in Wednesday night’s Charleston shooting, and to the church where the shootings occurred.

In a letter dated Friday, Richardson sent $10,000 to each family of the victims for funeral costs and another $10,000 to Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church as a memorial honoring the victims.

“We don’t want to comment on the specifics of the donation, but know our hearts are one with those who grieve the loss of these individuals,” Panthers spokesman Steven Drummond said in a text to the Observer.


Severe Weather Threat Causes Firefly Organizers to Clear Festival Grounds, Take Down Tents

Seek shelter.

That’s what the organizers of the Firefly Music Festival told concertgoers Saturday night as severe weather threatened the Woodlands in Dover, Delaware.


City of Spokane Fires Race Faker Rachel Dolezal from Police Watchdog Board

If you were following the case of race faker Rachel Dolezal, the white woman who for years has lied and said she is a black woman, had also become a member of the city’s citizen watchdog group that oversees the police department. Well, now the city has unanimously booted her off the board since she lied about her race on her application to be appointed to the board.

The city was looking into whether or not Dolezal actually broke the law by lying on her application and did note that it was at least an ethics violation.

But now, they’ve taken the first step by firing her from the board.


FBI Director: ISIS Zeroing In On Social Media To Recruit Americans

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A bigger threat than ever. The FBI says it has no way of stopping ISIS from recruiting thousands of Americans through social media.

Rick Ritter spoke with the director of the FBI and has the alarming details.

The FBI’s director was visiting Baltimore. He says it’s obvious more and more Americans are engaging with ISIS online–conversations that are far from easy to uncover.

One video after the other, ISIS continues to flood social media with their heinous acts of terrorism.


Hillary Clinton Says Charleston Church Shooting Was… Donald Trump’s Fault?

Here’s some campaign trail stupidity that will make your head spin… Hillary is now saying that the shooter at the Charleston church was driven to his crime by, uh, Donald Trump, or something.

Clinton made her idiotic comment on the Jon Ralston show on Thursday. She didn’t say Trump’s name specifically, but she went on to directly re-state some of the points he made in his announcement of his run for president.

Hillary Clinton didn’t call The Donald out by name, but she suggested in an interview Thursday that comments like ones the real estate tycoon-turned-Republican presidential candidate made during his recent announcement speech could “trigger” events like this week’s church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina.

“We have to have a candid national conversation about race, and about discrimination, hatred, prejudice,” Clinton said of the Charleston shooting in an interview with Jon Ralston on his show “Ralston Live.”

“Public discourse is sometimes hotter and more negative than it should be, which can, in my opinion, trigger someone who is less than stable.”

Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate, did not say Trump’s name, but went on to explicitly mention remarks he made during his announcement speech on Tuesday, the day before a white gunman opened fire in a historically African-American church, killing nine people.

“I think we have to speak out against it,” Clinton explained. “Like, for example, a recent entry into the Republican presidential campaign said some very inflammatory things about Mexicans. Everybody should stand up and say that’s not acceptable.”

She went on to again allude directly to Trump (again without saying his name) when the host mentioned him.


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Former candidate for Md. House of Delegates charged in theft from school boosters

A Former candidate for delegate has been charged with stealing $17,000 from the North County High School booster club he headed to pay for his campaign and at least one trip to the casino.

Steven Wyatt, 43, of Shipley Road in Linthicum, was charged with 34 counts of theft of less than $1,000, as well as one count each of participating in a theft scheme, embezzlement and making prohibited campaign expenditures, according to online court records.

A summons was filed in District Court against Wyatt on Thursday.

James Keatts, an attorney for Wyatt, said he has not yet reviewed all the evidence in the case. He said the charges have been very difficult for Wyatt and his family.


HUD war against the suburbs

An African-American millionaire can buy a home in any expensive suburb. Color is no longer a barrier. Despite this progress, President Obama’s Department of Housing and Urban Development is accusing expensive towns of racism, simply because most minorities can’t afford to live there.

Westchester County, N.Y., has struggled under a federal monitor since 2009 to compel the county to comply with HUD’s demands for multi-unit affordable housing in expensive areas. Hillary Clinton claims to be a warrior against inequality. But her adopted hometown of Chappaqua, an upscale Westchester village that one resident describes as “a little piece of heaven,” is battling HUD’s demands.

The legal war in Hillary’s backyard is a preview. The Obama administration is pulling out all the stops to launch a legal and regulatory assault on suburbs nationwide. HUD’s soon-to-be-released regulation, in the works since 2013, will compel affluent suburbs to build more high-density, low-income housing, plus of course sewers, water lines, bus routes and other changes needed to support it. All in the name of housing “fairness.”


DEA Using Billboards To Help Identify Pharmacy Looting Suspects

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Drug Enforcement Administration is hoping a billboard campaign will help them identify looting suspects during April’s riots.

The week-long campaign will begin Monday, when the DEA is expected to display photographs discovered during investigations into the looting of a number of city pharmacies on electronic billboards around the city.

The billboard will be on I-83 South of Cold Spring Lane, Russell Street, Hanover Street, 1-95 (just South of Russell Street) and I-95 (North of Ft McHenry Tunnel).


Remember This? SC Concealed Carrier Stops Mass Shooting During Church Service. No Casualties.

Following the horrific events that took place in Charleston, SC earlier this week, there has been significant talk about how to prevent further mass shootings at churches. Some of the debate has been centered around increased gun control while some has focused on better security and concealed carry inside of churches.

Here is an interesting data point that we might want to consider as the debate continues. Back in March of 2012, a possible mass shooting during a church service was actually stopped by a concealed carrying member of the congregation.

Jesse Gates showed up acting erratically at Boiling Springs’ South Side Freewill Baptist Church. That church is also in South Carolina just over 200 miles northwest from the scene of Wednesday night’s heinous crimes.

Gates told the pastor to call the local news. That was a pretty big tip off for the pastor, who instead of the news, called 911. The sheriff’s office came out, checked Gates out, and told him to leave the premises, but could not arrest him for anything at that time.


Liberal Leadership

Planner OKs Easton medical marijuana growing facility

EASTON, Md. - The town planner in Easton has approved a medical marijuana growing facility planned in the Eastern Shore town.

Town planner Lynn Thomas has determined that a growing facility is an acceptable use for the former Black & Decker building, where agriculture is allowed.

CBD Wellness Group made a presentation to the Easton town council during a special workshop session earlier this month. John Pica Jr., who represents CBD Wellness Group, said CBD plans to apply for one of the 15 medical marijuana growing licenses the state will grant.


Black Power - Interesting

You can determine if the author gives a balanced account.

This was written last October, obviously before the riots in Baltimore. What is the answer?

Fred Reed (born 1945 in Crumpler, West Virginia) is a writer and was formerly a technology columnist for The Washington Times. He has also written for The American Conservative and Additionally, he has spoken at an American Renaissance conference and currently writes for Taki's Magazine.

A former Marine and Vietnam War veteran, Reed is a police writer and an occasional war correspondent. He currently writes weekly columns for the website Fred on Everything. His work is often satirical and opinionated.

Reed notes that his columns are often provocative and calls himself, "an equal-opportunity irritant." His output does not fit into conventional political classification (although he does embody many libertarianphilosophies); it includes attacks on feminism (generally the province of the right), George W. Bush (generally the province of the left), Israel (though not of Jews in general) and evolution (generally the province of religious fundamentalists).
Many of Reed's articles speak of a yearning for a simpler time and urge the reader to forgo the pursuit of money and comforts in favor of a cultured life of the mind. Reed currently lives in Mexico.

Black Power: A Done Deal BY Fred Reed, October 30, 2014

As I write America waits, again, to see whether blacks will riot, this time in Ferguson. Will they loot, burn, kill, and destroy? The usual? The police in Ferguson prepare to protect stores from looters, as rioters seem to regard their insurrections as shopping opportunities. Will it come, we wonder tensely? Will the destruction get out of hand, spread to other cities?

Where Do You Fit in the Political Typology?

Are you a Steadfast Conservative? A Solid Liberal? Or somewhere in between? Take our quiz to find out which one of our Political Typology groups is your best match compared with a national survey of over 10,000 U.S. adults conducted by the Pew Research Center.

You may find some of these questions are difficult to answer. For example, you may partly agree with both statements, or feel that neither quite describes your view. That’s ok. In those cases, pick the answer that comes closest to your view, even if it isn’t exactly right. You can also use a group version of this quiz to engage your students or other group members.


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2016 Political Quiz

This is a good one. Be sure to answer additional questions when made available. Many more answers are available at the last answer option for each question.


Robert Wood Johnson report ranks Worcester 11th in Md.

Of the 23 counties and Baltimore City, Worcester ranks 11th in “health outcomes” according to a recently-released annual report compiled by the Robert Wood Johnson foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

The full report, found at, breaks out six major areas and ranks counties versus their states and the top performers in the country. Worcester does well in certain areas, coming in first in the state in “physical environment,” but the county falls to 20th place in social and economic factors, and 15th in health behaviors.

“Premature death is the one most troubling to me,” Michael Franklin, CEO of Atlantic General Hospital said. “It’s the one we’re all worried about.”

Defined as “years of potential life lost before age 75 per 100,000 population,” Worcester ranks 20th in the state with almost 7,300 years of potential lost life, almost a millennium more than the state’s average of 6,439.


Law Enforcement Seizes $11,000 From 24-Year-Old Without Charging Him

It was Feb. 17, 2014, and Charles Clarke, 24, just wanted to get home.

After spending several weeks with family in Cincinnati, Ohio, Clarke arrived at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in Hebron, Ky., for a flight back to Orlando, Fla., where his mother lived and where he would be taking classes at the University of Central Florida.

With $11,000 in his pocket—the culmination of five years worth of savings from various jobs, financial aid, gifts from family members and benefits from his mother, a disabled veteran—Clarke checked his bag and headed to the gate to await the departure of his flight.

He would eventually return home, but the cash Clarke had in his pocket didn’t make it.

Instead, the weight of the federal government came down on the 24-year-old, and his $11,000 was seized by federal and state law enforcement before he ever boarded the plane.

More here

Revealed: Dylann Roof named Charleston as his target in twisted online 'manifesto'

  • The Last Rhodesian website, seemingly by Dylann Roof, emerged Saturday
  • Includes rant against black people and predicts racial war
  • Roof says that East Asians could be 'allies' and some South Americans are 'worth saving'
  • Said Jews count as whites but wants to 'destroy Jewish identity'
  • Wished he could 'turn every Jew blue' to emphasize that they are different
  • Also contained stash of photographs showing Roof pointing a gun, posing with a Confederate flag and burning the Stars and Stripes
  • Roof has been charged with nine counts of murder and was in court Friday
Charleston killer Dylann Roof apparently left a ranting, racist manifesto on the internet calling for a new civil war in America before staging his massacre in a church.

A website hosting the document, seemingly written by Roof, 21, not long before the killings at the Emanuel AME Church emerged Saturday, and said he had 'no choice' but to carry out the massacre.

On the site, he pinpoints Charleston, South Carolina, as his target because of its high proportion of blacks, bemoans that there is 'no real KKK' to help him, and claims he has 'no choice' but to act.

'Married at First Sight' couple asks for restraining order, divorce

While very few expected the relationships developed on the A&E reality show "Married at First Sight" to last, things took a somewhat darker turn for former couple Ryan De Nino and Jessica Castro.

When the series came to a close last week, it appeared that Castro and De Nino had worked out some of their troubles that had led to rather aggressive arguments during the course of the show. They were one of the two couples who decided to stay married.


Town of Ocean City Officials Stress Safety on Balconies, Decks & Guardrails

Ocean City, MD – With notable incidents involving balcony tragedies reaching from the Ocean City community to communities across the country, the town of Ocean City is urging all owners of residential and commercial structures to follow the safety inspection checklist. Taking time to inspect all balconies, decks, guardrails, and stairs for potential safety hazards can prevent a catastrophe before it occurs.

“Poor maintenance is the number one reason for structure failure,” commented Ocean City Chief Building Officer, Kevin Brown. “All visitors that come to Ocean City to enjoy our wonderful town should be aware of balcony overloading. Too many people standing on a balcony at one time [overcrowding] can place an enormous amount of stress on the structural members and may result in a major collapse of the balcony and possible serious injury or even death.”

The building department urges residents and visitors to use caution when allowing children on a balcony, encouraging supervision of children on balconies, fire escapes and high porches at all times. Also, furniture and other items should be moved away from the balcony and deck railings to prevent children from climbing. “Proper inspections from a qualified engineer or contractor can help prevent hazards associated with deck collapse and hazards from a guardrail failure just to name a few,” Brown concluded.

Mom says third-grade daughter banned from school party for Common Core opt-out

A New Jersey mom says her third-grade daughter was “bullied” by school officials - left out of an end-of-year cupcake and juice box party - because she opted out of the state's version of Common Core testing.

Michele Thornton, of Oldmans Township, said school officials would not let 9-year-old Cassidy participate in Monday's party, telling her the bash was only for students who took the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams. Thornton feels especially bad because it was she who told the girl not to take the controversial test, which critics say is part of a plan by Washington to nationalize school curriculums.

“She shouldn’t be punished for something I did,” Thornton tells “She’s not a bad kid. It’s bullying. I’m not 9, they can’t bully me.”


Enforcement? What Enforcement?

Three recent items highlight the continuing collapse of interior immigration enforcement under Obama.

The first is information pried out of DHS by Senators Grassley and Sessions:

One hundred twenty-one convicted criminals who faced deportation orders between 2010 and 2014 were never removed from the country and now face murder charges, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Just to be clear, these were convicted criminals, in ICE custody, who had been ordered deported but were instead released back into U.S. communities, and then went on to murder Americans.

Most were released simply because the administration didn’t want to detain them. Only for two dozen does the administration have any excuse at all, saying that they had to be released because their home countries wouldn’t take them back. And even that’s no excuse, for two reasons: the Supreme Court decision Obama’s people point to (Zadvydas v. Davis) limiting open-ended detention beyond six months of any criminal aliens whose countries won’t take them back has significant wiggle room in it – wiggle room the administration refuses, in this one and only instance, to take advantage of. And second, the law requires the State Department to impose visa sanctions on countries that won’t take their own citizens back, a requirement Secretaries Clinton and Kerry have simply ignored.

More here


DEVELOPING: Louisiana authorities are searching Wednesday for a suspect who allegedly grabbed the gun from a New Orleans police officer and fatally shot the 22-year veteran in the head.

Dozens of law enforcement officials have flooded the scene in New Orleans to gather evidence after the shooting. reported that authorities have identified the suspect as 33-year-old Travis Boys. The shooting reportedly occurred inside a police vehicle.

The vehicle crashed into a utility pole and Boys—who was arrested on an aggravated assault charge- fled the scene, police told The Times-Picayune.


Summer Solstice this Sunday

The Summer Solstice occurs at 12:39pm on Sunday ushering the region into astronomical summer. This occurs when the sun's zenith reaches its farthest northern position at the Tropic of Cancer. This coincides with the longest duration of daylight in the northern hemisphere with D.C.'s stretch coming the 18th through the 24th of June.

As far as temperatures are concerned, our average high will continue to rise through July with the warmest average high temperature hitting 89 degrees from July 7th through the 22nd. I'm not sure anyone would even realize the change though as hot as it has been in May as well as the past 5 days at 92 degrees or higher!


The Big List of Drug-induced Killers

As WND has reported, Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof was a known drug user who was caught with the powerful mind-altering narcotic Suboxone when apprehended by police during an incident on Feb. 28.

Suboxone is used to treat addiction to opioid drugs such as heroin. It has a host of adverse side effects including irrational, violent behavior.

According to a data set of U.S. mass shootings from 1982-2012 prepared by Mother Jones magazine, of 62 mass shootings carried out by 64 shooters, the majority of the shooters (41) were noted to have signs of possible mental illness — the precise kinds of mental illnesses that psychotropic medications are prescribed for.

It is a well-documented fact that in the 1980s, a shift occurred in the direction of treating the mentally ill. Rather than institutionalize them, the preferred method was to “mainstream” them, encouraging them to function in society while being treated with a mind-numbing array of new anti-depressants being developed by the pharmaceutical industry.

WND has compiled a list of killings committed by persons who had used mind-altering drugs or recently come off of them at the time of their crimes:

[ The preceding examples are some of the best-known offenders who had been taking prescribed psychiatric drugs before committing their violent crimes – there are many others logged at SSRI Stories: Anti-Depressant Nightmares. ]

Police Segway Training Goes Hilarious Wrong


The military moves to set up an expensive network to defend American cities, but is the threat real?

The Pentagon is quietly working to set up an elaborate network of defenses to protect American cities from a barrage of Russian cruise missiles.

The plan calls for buying radars that would enable National Guard F-16 fighter jets to spot and shoot down fast and low-flying missiles. Top generals want to network those radars with sensor-laden aerostat balloons hovering overU.S. cities and with coastal warships equipped with sensors and interceptor missiles of their own.

One of those generals is Adm. William Gortney, who leads U.S. Northern Command, or NORTHCOM, and North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD. Earlier this year, Gortney submitted an “urgent need” request to put those new radars on the F-16s that patrol the airspace around Washington. Such a request allows a project to circumvent the normal procurement process.

While no one will talk openly about the Pentagon’s overall cruise missile defense plans, much of which remains classified, senior military officials have provided clues in speeches, congressional hearings and other public forums over the past year. The statements reveal the Pentagon’s concern about advanced cruise missiles being developed by Russia.

Full article here

"No danger" from decades of Pa. nuclear leaks? By Ray Wallace

The nuclear industry is self-reporting these repeated uncontrolled radioactive leaks to groundwater under an industry-led “voluntary initiative” program. In our view, voluntary reporting is not a reliable or acceptable substitute for a comprehensive regulatory program aimed at protecting water resources.
     -- From the Executive Summary of “Leak First, Fix Later: May 2015” at this current site:

     Radioactive material was detected in a monitoring well in April at an Exelon-owned nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania about 40 miles from Baltimore, according to nuclear regulators.

     Exelon, the parent company of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. and the largest owner of nuclear power plants in the United States, notified the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission that it found dangerous levels of tritium, a radioactive isotope of hydrogen, in a monitoring well at Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station on the Susquehanna River in Delta, Pa.

     The agency said the contamination posed no danger.

     -- From “Radioactive leak reported at Peach Bottom plant,” by Carrie Wells, at this June 18, 2015 Baltimore Sun site:
Beyond Nuclear report reveals Peach Bottom leak is part of pattern

     A groundwater monitoring well at the Peach Bottom nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania that tested positive in April 2015 for significant levels of tritium contamination is just the latest example of a decades-long pattern of leaking nuclear reactors and a weak regulatory system that fails to openly address and fix the problem as required in licensing agreements.

     These were the conclusions of a Beyond Nuclear investigative report – Leak First, Fix Later: Uncontrolled and Unmonitored Radioactive Releases from Nuclear Power Plants  released today. The 2015 version of the report updates the findings of the first edition, published in 2010. 

     “Nuclear plant operators and their regulator consistently fail to address and enforce reactor performance requirements to protect the environment and public health,” said Paul Gunter, Director of Reactor Oversight at Beyond Nuclear and the author of the report. “Our research found that U.S. nuclear power plants continue to experience uncontrolled leaks and spills of radioactive water because the buried pipes and tanks that transport and store it remain inaccessible,” Gunter said.

     -- From this June 18, 2015 Beyond Nuclear site:

FEMA Denies Disaster Aid to Cover Baltimore Riots

Federal officials have denied Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's request for a disaster declaration to let the city of Baltimore and the state recover millions of dollars in costs stemming from rioting that followed the police-involved death of Freddie Gray, officials said Friday.

The state and city said they are reviewing their options, including a possible appeal, which must be filed within 30 days.

"We thought the request we put together was pretty comprehensive in relation to other requests I've seen," said Chas Eby, a spokesman for the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, which prepared the governor's request.

In a June 12 letter, Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator W. Craig Fugate wrote that after reviewing all available information, the agency determined that federal aid "is not appropriate for this event."


Maryland Justice Reinvestment Coordinating Council Convenes June 22

State Officials Announce Joint Effort to Improve Public Safety and Control Costs Through Criminal Justice Reform
ANNAPOLIS, MD - Governor Larry Hogan, in conjunction with President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr., Speaker Michael E. Busch, Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera and Attorney General Brian E. Frosh announced today that Maryland has launched a collaborative reform-driven process to improve public safety and control corrections costs.
The Maryland Justice Reinvestment Coordinating Council (JRCC), established by the General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Hogan, will hold its first meeting June 22 in Annapolis. The JRCC will use a data-driven approach to develop a statewide framework of sentencing and corrections policies to safely reduce Maryland’s incarcerated population, control corrections spending and reinvest in more effective, less expensive strategies to increase public safety and reduce recidivism.
“We must ensure that every Maryland tax dollar spent on our criminal justice system delivers the highest public safety return on investment,” said Governor Hogan. “I look forward to working with the council members, members of the General Assembly and other criminal justice stakeholders to ensure Maryland is best positioned to hold offenders accountable, rein in corrections spending and protect our state’s hardworking taxpayers.”
“Our number one concern is to ensure the citizens of Maryland, our neighbors and families will never be at risk,” said Stephen T. Moyer, Secretary of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. “While there has been programming in the past to better prepare inmates for release, we cannot continue to follow outdated processes, simply because ‘that is the way it’s always been.’ Nonviolent criminals should be supervised in the least restrictive environment which is community supervision under outstanding case management.”
Maryland will receive technical assistance from the Pew Charitable Trusts and its partner, the Crime and Justice Institute at Community Resources for Justice. This assistance is provided as part of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, a public-private partnership between Pew and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance. Over the past several years, more than half of the states in the country have deployed justice reinvestment strategies to reduce the prison population, control corrections spending and protect public safety through policies that focus prison space on serious, repeat and violent offenders while reinvesting savings from averted prison costs into evidence-based incarceration alternatives and community supervision practices proven to reduce an offender’s likelihood of reoffending.
The JRCC consists of representatives from the state executive, legislative and judicial branches, local government and a wide array of criminal justice stakeholders. The Council will spend the next five months analyzing the state’s prison, parole and probation populations, considering evidence-based community supervision strategies and developing recommendations. They will also convene an advisory stakeholder group and conduct roundtable forums for public input from every region in Maryland. A final report will be submitted to the Governor and General Assembly by December 31, 2015.
“For too many individuals, incarceration becomes a way of life, in which they flounder in a cycle of recidivism. It is clear we need a new direction in how we supervise offenders,” said Christopher Shank, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention, and Chair of the JRCC. “The current revolving door of the criminal justice system is a drain on our economy. We need these individuals to be contributing members of their communities. The justice reinvestment process will ensure prison beds are reserved for the most serious criminals and low-level offenders are supervised through community-based programs that are proven to be effective. Everyone wins when that happens.”
Justice Reinvestment Coordinating Council Members
  • Christopher B. Shank, Executive Director, Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention, Chairman
  • Senator Bobby Zirkin
  • Senator Michael Hough
  • Senator Nathaniel McFadden
  • Senator Douglas Peters
  • Delegate Kathleen Dumais
  • Delegate Erek Barron
  • Delegate Michael Malone
  • Delegate Geraldine Valentino-Smith
  • Judy Sachwald, Director of Parole and Probation
  • Sam J. Abed, Secretary of the Department of Juvenile Services
  • David Eppler, Attorney General’s Office
  • Paul DeWolfe, Office of the Public Defender
  • Judge Diane O. Leasure, Howard County Circuit Court (Ret)
  • Robert L. Green, Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation
  • Sheriff Troy D. Berry, Charles County
  • Scott Shellenberger, State’s Attorney, Baltimore County
  • Judge Joseph Murphy, Maryland Court of Appeals (Ret)
  • Caryn Aslan, Job Opportunities Task Force
  • Tim Maloney, Attorney
  • LaMonte E. Cooke, Queen Anne’s County Detention Center

While the corrupt media focuses on 9 shot in South Carolina, 11 were shot 3 dead in Baltimore, Chicago and Philadelphia Guess who was doing the shooting?

Just thought I add a little equal time to the Black lives that don’t matter when the shooters are other Blacks.

Boy, 15, among 2 killed, 4 wounded in Tuesday shootings

6 shot in Chicago 2 dead

3 shot in Baltimore 1 dead

Three men shot, one fatally, in city shootings Tuesday

Baltimore Sun‎ – 2 days ago

2 shot in Philadelphia

FOX 29 News Philadelphia – FOX 29 News Philadelphia | WTXF-TV‎ – 20 hours ago

Philadelphia police are investigating a double shooting on the 600 block of W. Tioga Street …

From The Last Tradition



More Costly Berlin-Snow Hill Excursion Train Route Favored

BERLIN – Track repairs and the construction of a depot in the north end of the county mean bringing the much discussed excursion railroad to Worcester County could cost a minimum of $1.5 million.

The consulting firm hired to investigate the possibility of an excursion railroad in Worcester County reported to the Worcester County Commissioners Tuesday the project would cost a minimum of $1.5 million. Though the consultant is still working on a complete financial analysis. Bill Badger, Worcester County’s director of economic development, says the numbers look good. He says a major rail events company has already expressed interest in the project.

“People are watching what we’re doing,” he said. “The ideal scenario is the railroad ownership and the owner of the special events company would see a compelling business opportunity and partner to invest.”



Police departments being forced to become revenue-generators

Back in March, Nevada Supreme Court Justice James Hardesty warned state legislators that the NV Supreme Court coffers were bare, due to a drop in revenue from traffic tickets. A decrease in the amount of tickets being issued by law enforcement state-wide had left the courts $700k over budget this year and facing another $700k shortage next year, for a $1.4 million total shortfall. In Nevada and other states, the state supreme court is funded by assessment fees added onto the fines for traffic citations.

Hardesty made sure lawmakers knew he wasn’t fooling around with an ominous threat to take everyone’s ball and go home if they didn’t find some way for taxpayers to pay up:

“If this is not addressed by May 1, the court will not have sufficient cash to operate,” Hardesty said in his testimony to lawmakers, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. “I believe the legislature has a constitutional obligation to fund the judicial branch of government. Do you want me to close the judicial branch of government at the state level on May 1?”

As you’ve probably noticed, it’s past May 1st and Nevada still has a functioning Supreme Court. That’s because the state legislature passed NV SB469, which provided $600k in “emergency” funds to hold them over for a little while longer. There are, of course, larger issues beyond an unpredictable budget that are created by the propensity for government agencies and courts to use traffic and other citations as a revenue generation source.


Woman Sentenced To Seven Months For Jail Cell Arson

SNOW HILL — A Bishopville woman, charged with arson in November after setting a fire in her holding cell in Ocean City by concealing a lighter, pleaded guilty last week and was sentenced to seven months in jail.

Around 9 p.m. last Nov. 12, an Ocean City police officer on patrol was approached by a cab driver who informed the officer he just had a female passenger jump from his vehicle in the area of 64thStreet. The officer responded to the area and found the woman, later identified as Lisa Kerstetter, 53, of Bishopville, allegedly crawling in the parking lot of the 64th Street Village shopping center. The officer asked Kerstetter how he could help her and when asked if she wanted EMS to respond, she said no, according to police reports.

Kerstetter became agitated and called the OCPD officers expletives. She told one of the officers she was going to smack him and walked toward the officer, but lost her balance and then picked up a soft drink bottle and struck the front glass door of a nail salon. At that point, Kerstetter was taken to the Public Safety Building for processing and put in a holding cell.



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The Congressional Animal Protection Caucus: Speaking Up for Animals on Capitol Hill

Animals cannot speak for themselves; they need a strong voice to speak up on their behalf. In the halls of Congress, the HouseCongressional Animal Protection Caucusserves as that voice.

Co-chaired by Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA), this bipartisan caucus raises awareness of animal welfare issues in Congress and builds broad coalitions in support of common-sense animal welfare legislation. In recent years, the caucus helped pass new laws to:
close the federal loophole protecting spectators at animal fights,
ban the commerce in appalling “crush videos,” and
protect the rights of states to pass their own animal protection laws.

Rand Paul: "Blow Up the Tax Code and Start Over"

The Kentucky senator outlines plans in WSJ, on same opinion page that blasts Marco Rubio's budget-busting proposal.

Libertarianish Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has announced the outlines of an income tax plan that will, in his words, "blow up the tax code and start over." In the Wall Street Journal, Paul writes:

I am announcing an over $2 trillion tax cut that would repeal the entire IRS tax code—more than 70,000 pages—and replace it with a low, broad-based tax of 14.5% on individuals and businesses. I would eliminate nearly every special-interest loophole. The plan also eliminates the payroll tax on workers and several federal taxes outright, including gift and estate taxes, telephone taxes, and all duties and tariffs. I call this “The Fair and Flat Tax.”

To paraphrase Matthew McConnaughey, all right, all right, all right. Then again, the details, which have not yet been released, really matter. Especially when, like all flat taxes, you start out immediately with exemptions, despite the whole idea of a flat tax being equally applied to all people and income, right?

All deductions except for a mortgage and charities would be eliminated. The first $50,000 of income for a family of four would not be taxed. For low-income working families, the plan would retain the earned-income tax credit.



Mayor Accused Of Prejudice Against Koreans In Liquor Store Fight

The head of a Korean business association has accused Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake of prejudice as she butts heads with Governor Larry Hogan over whether recovery loans should go to certain liquor stores damaged during riots after Freddie Gray’s death in April.

The mayor laid tough, new requirements for 23 non-conforming liquor stores Wednesday to receive interest-free loans through the Maryland Business Recovery Program.

The stores lost their zoning when the city overhauled the zoning code four decades ago, but were allowed to continue operating under the non-conforming status.

David Kim, chairman of the Korean-American Grocers & Licensed Beverage Association of Maryland, said the mayor is targeting “particularly” Koreans because she is “definitely prejudiced.”


The New World Map

Adolf Hitler started World War II by attacking Poland on September 1, 1939. Nazi Germany moved only after it had already remilitarized the Rhineland, absorbed Austria and dismantled Czechoslovakia. Before the outbreak of the war, Hitler’s new Third Reich had created the largest German-speaking nation in European history.

Well before the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Imperial Japanese government had redrawn the map of Asia and the Pacific. Japan had occupied or annexed Indochina, Korea, Manchuria and Taiwan, in addition to swaths of coastal China. Attacking Hawaii, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Indonesia was merely the logical 1941 follow-up to more than a decade of Japanese aggression.

Fascist Italy, by the outbreak of World War II in Europe, had already been remaking the map of the Mediterranean region in imitation of ancient Rome. Strongman Benito Mussolini had annexed what is now Ethiopia, Albania and most of Libya. He promised Italians that the Mediterranean would soon be mare nostrum, “our sea.”

All of these hegemonies had arisen without triggering a global war. Had Hitler, Mussolini and the Japanese just been satisfied and consolidated their winnings, there was no evidence that the tired Western democracies would ever have stopped them.

The contemporary world is starting to resemble the 1930s, and maps again must be redrawn.

The Islamic State plans to take Baghdad to make it the capital of a radical Sunni caliphate from what is left of Syria and Iraq.


Ryan’s ‘Misperceptions’ on Trade Deal Unveiled, Reports Suggest

House Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) joined NPR Wednesday with Steve Inskeep to stress why he says it’s important for Congress to pass Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which grants President Obama fast-track trade authority. With TPA, Congress cannot issue any amendments to trade agreements and merely gets an up or down vote on a final trade deal.

Ryan’s go to remark when first questioned about TPA or the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) – which is part of three trade deals currently being negotiated – is he needs to clarify “misperceptions.”

“We’re not considering the TPP, the Trans-Pacific Partnership. There isn’t a trade agreement yet to consider. It’s not a deal, it’s still being negotiated,” Ryan said.

However, as Breitbart News previously reported and numerous Congressmen have confirmed, several hundreds of pages of Trans Pacific Partnership are available for review in a secret room only for individuals with security clearance. Therefore, there is in fact a trade deal in existence, and Australian Financial Review reported it is near completion.

“We are literally one week of negotiation away from completing this extraordinary deal across 12 countries and 40 per cent of the world’s GDP,” said Andrew Robb, Australia’s trade minister.


Download and Share Our Hot Weather Infographic to Prevent Pets from Suffering in Hot Cars

As summer heats up, it’s tempting to bring your pet with you on car rides around town. Sadly, many people believe that cracking a window is enough to keep their dogs cool in the car while they make a quick pit stop—but they couldn’t be more wrong. When it’s 80 degrees outside, your car will be a staggering 114 degrees in less than 30 minutes.

Worse still, dogs can’t cool themselves down as easily as people, and once they overheat, they can suffer extensive organ damage or die. That’s why leaving an animal alone in a car is more than just a bad idea, it’s a form of animal cruelty. And since the ASPCA can’t be everywhere at all times, we need YOU to be our eyes and ears on the ground. That’s whywe’ve created a hot weather safety infographic that you can share with friends and family on your social media networks, alerting others to the dangers of leaving pets in hot cars.



Nanticoke School

The Nanticoke School was opened in 1914 and covered every grade from first through eleventh, the highest grade possible until 1949 when grade twelve was added to all county high schools. The high school continued until the late 1930’s, at which time it was reduced to only a grade school.

Even though restoration efforts in the last thirty years have been attempted, the results do not look good for the old Nanticoke School. Throughout the 1950’s, and until it closed for good in 1967, the guiding force behind the school was a teacher by the name of Mildred Turner. She had two passions in life – theNanticoke School and the Baltimore Orioles. The story goes that she took most of the school on a class trip toWashington in 1960. She was so proud of the school that she had beanies made up and everyone that went had to wear a beanie. This included teachers, chaperones and all students. She picked the colors of black and orange, which just happened to be the colors of her beloved Baltimore Orioles. Well, during the trip, in Washington, a taxi cab hit their bus. Thinking that the driver of the cab had caused it, Ms. Turner jumped out of the bus and began giving the cab driver a severe tongue lashing. When he had heard enough, he told her to get herself and her stupid-looking hat back on the bus.

Nanticoke has always been a close-knit community, and the lunches were provided by many of the local ladies who wanted to make sure their “little darlings” had a suitablemidday meal.

I think the only sports team they ever had was a soccer team. They even won the county championship one year. There is a team picture taken around 1930 hanging on the wall of the Westside Mini-Market, and one of the players was none other than Harold Kennerly, Jr., who eventually took over his father’s oyster business and founded Nanticoke Seafood.

There are but two schools that I know of that were active in the 1960’s,Nanticoke being one and Pittsville being the other. Both have now gone by the wayside. Even Hebron once had a high school. The only one still active is in Mardela. Now most of the upper grades are bussed to Salisbury to attend Wicomico, Parkside or James M. Bennett schools.

We may have all the technology known to man in our modern schools, but we are still graduating students that cannot read nor do simple math. Sometimes, I think the three R’s that we learned way back when, were a better foundation than what they are teaching today.

Worcester Bus Contractor Makes Final Runs Of 42-Year Career

WEST OCEAN CITY — “Happy Trails” was the appropriate theme this afternoon for an emotional sendoff for a Worcester County Public Schools bus driver making his last run after 42 years.

Bill Shockley, who has driven generations of local kids, now many adults with children of their own, to and from school for last four decades-plus, made his final run from Ocean City Elementary on Thursday afternoon following an emotional sendoff from students, teachers, staff, fellow bus drivers and parents. Shockley completed runs from Stephen Decatur High School and Berlin Intermediate earlier in the day and his busload of rambunctious elementary school students on Thursday was his last after a career that lasted 42 years plus.

Teachers blew bubbles and snapped pictures as Shockley made some farewells and goodbyes with fellow drivers and staff members with whom he had established long-term relationships over the years. When it came for the students to be released for the last day of the school year, chaos ensued as his young charges boarded the bus for the last time this year and the last time with Shockley ever.


A Message From A Friend In Va. Beach

The City of Virginia Beach regularly sprays synthetic pyrethroides in our neighborhoods to kill mosquito's. These same chemicals are TOXIC to bees. The chemicals are mixed in a light oil and sprayed into the air as the trucks drive in our neighborhoods. The oil causes the chemicals to stick to plants. When bees come into contact with the plant or flower, the chemical kills them by attacking their nervous system. can have your property "RED FLAGGED". When the spray truck sees the red circle (issued by the city) on your mail box, they will turn off the spray until they have passed.

To "RED FLAG" your property, call (757) 385-1470.
Any questions or comments can be directed to Phil Meekins:

I emailed Phil last night and had a response first thing this morning!

Have your yard "red flagged" for the sake of the bees! After all, this is National Pollinator Week!

Statues can be fun!

A Viewer Writes: Hurlock: Folks in Salisbury thought Barrie Tilghman was bad, but Joyce Spratt may be much worse.

Statement to be incorporated into the
October 28, 2013 Minutes of the Hurlock Mayor & Council Meeting

As the former Clerk/Treasurer of the Town of Hurlock I, Kathleen Clough, would like to present information to the Council and Townspeople of Hurlock to bring clarity to allegations that have been made against Councilman Reverend Charles T. Cephas, Sr. over the course of many years by Mayor Joyce Spratt.

Prior to November 25, 2009 I had never met or even heard of a woman named Joyce Spratt. On the advice of the late former Councilman William Mills, Joyce Spratt contacted me and asked if I would consider helping her as a new Mayor, working with her as the Clerk/Treasurer for the Town of Hurlock. After meeting with her at my home, Mrs. Spratt went to the Council seeking their approval and vote to appoint me to the position and to approve a contract starting December 8, 2009.

Upon being hired and sorting out what needed to be done, Mayor Spratt made it very clear that her number one priority was to “get” former Mayor Don Bradley and Councilman Charles Cephas. Mayor Spratt wanted me to go through all of the files and records to find something that she could use against them and take to the State’s Attorney or State Prosecutor to have them investigated. It was her hope that they would be indicted. After a brief overview of records I informed Mayor Spratt that there had not been anything done that was illegal. I told her and her husband, Joseph Spratt, and Councilman Michael Nordstrom, who were also adamant that I focus on finding things for an indictment, that they may not like how Mayor Bradley administered town business, but he did nothing that was illegal or outside of his authority or out of line with other Municipalities throughout the Country, and neither had Councilman Charles Cephas or any other Council member.

Mayor Spratt insisted that a more thorough inspection of all of the files be undertaken. Mayor Spratt, Councilman Nordstrom, and Mr. Joseph Spratt were becoming angry that I was taking too long to send information to the Maryland Office of the State Prosecutor, to the extent that Mr. Spratt would yell and curse at me in the Mayor’s office, as well as rant to my husband in his place of business, because they feared they would miss the Statute of Limitations. During this time on at least two occasions I stated to Mr. John Avery, who is now the Clerk/Treasurer, that I did not take the job to hurt anyone; I took it to help the Town because of my regard for William Mills.

I compiled the information, developed a spreadsheet of all expenditures and wrote a narrative about former Mayor Don Bradley and Councilman Cephas outlining the activities that Mayor Spratt considered egregious and submitted them to the Office of the State Prosecutor. In response, after careful review, the State Prosecutor determined that there had been no wrongdoing by either party and therefore there was nothing to investigate.

Mayor Spratt informed me, and I have heard her tell others, that Councilman Cephas charged people $500 to join his Church; that people he counseled in his job with the Maryland Rural Development Council were asked to make a donation to his church prior to receiving his assistance, that he had done some things that were wrong at MRDC and that he cheated a couple out of their home in Woodsedge with his wrongdoing. Recently Mayor Spratt sent out a letter suggesting voters go to the Maryland Judiciary Case Search website to do a search for cases under his name. Ironically, there are also several entries for Mayor Spratt and another candidate that she supports. I read each case under Reverend Cephas’ name and there is not a single felony or criminal conviction, even though Mayor Spratt has told people he is a criminal and a felon. Those are serious lies to tell about another person, and can destroy another person’s life and reputation. I also spoke with the State Prosecutor myself just this morning. I shared with him how Police Chief Leslie Hutton stopped me after the last town meeting to tell me that there are “people” who are interested and asking about my license plates and that he wanted to give me a heads up that “People are interested” and that I am “being watched.” The State Prosecutor is very aware of what is going on in Hurlock, including the drug and gang activity that is being downplayed by Chief Hutton and mayor Spratt. After all of the allegations and lawsuits that Reverend Cephas has endured, the State Prosecutor is aware that all of Mayor Spratt’s allegations against him have been unfounded; just as all of the allegations against me have been unfounded. The State Prosecutor also shared that he knows that Reverend Cephas is a good man with a good heart who wants only to do good and help people, but he sometimes does not come across well.

Blackhawk Update

Joe, I was in Fenwick Island today and I also saw what I thought were Blackhawk Helos. They flew North into Delaware and flew back to Ocean City. Not sure what that was about, but I saw your story posted.

A Viewer Writes: Again, tell me one "Combination Vehicles No Right Turn" sign would cost too much

This is the fifth time in a year and a half?

The Most Honest Post We've Ever Done


Perdue Farms, through a $4,500 grant funded by the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, is continuing its support for the Summer Reading Program at Wicomico Public Libraries. 

Summer Reading programs beginning June 17 and officially ending August 12 and have two parts for families to enjoy. Part One invites kids from birth through 18 years of age to come to any of the Library’s branches and receive a Summer Reading game board. Each game board is specifically created for each age group: birth to 5 years old, 6 to 11 year olds and teens. The board provides an assortment of activities to do at home from talking and singing to your baby, reading with your child and attending teen programs.

In addition to reading during the summer, part two of the program allows kids and their families to come to an array of free events such as magic shows, Superhero Cinema, Make and Take a Craft, Music with Uncle Pete, story times and much more. Sign-ups for game boards are now available.

“Summer Reading is an important component in a child’s education,” said Library Executive Director Andrea Berstler. “Much more than just entertainment, summer reading programs address the ‘Summer Slide’. This loss of skills and knowledge causes children to lose ground in their educational progress. Studies show that by the fifth grade, children can lose two to three years of educational progress, due simply to a lack of exposure to reading and educational opportunities over the summer months.”

Wicomico Public Libraries is also offering a Summer Reading Program for adults. Adults are eligible to be entered into a drawing for monthly prizes by picking up a “Find the Book Thief” game board at any Library branch and completing three quizzes and/or reading a book and entering a slip.

“We are honored to once again be able to donate to our local Library to assure this great program continues,” said Kim Nechay, Executive Director of the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation.

MCE Women’s Business Center Monthly Networking Luncheon in Salisbury

When: July 1, 2015 Where: Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce 144 E. Main St. Salisbury, MD 21801 

Registration: Pre-registration is required. To pre-register or for more information regarding this course please contact Lisa Twilley, Administrative Manager MCE Women’s Business Center by telephone: 410-546-1900 or via email:

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Course Fee: FREE Course Description: Our guest speaker is Candace Henry, VR Technical Specialist/Transition Counselor for MSDE-Division of Rehabilitation Services. She will be sharing with us Division of Rehabilitation Services overall service, as well as some work incentives.

MCE Women’s Business Center Monthly Networking

Luncheon in Easton

When: July 22, 2015

Where: Talbot County Chamber of Commerce

101 Marlboro Avenue #53, Easton, MD 21601

Registration: Pre-registration is required. To pre-register or for more information regarding this course please contact Lisa Twilley, Administrative Manager MCE Women’s Business Center by telephone: 410-546-1900 or via email: mailto:

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Course Fee: FREE

Course Description: Jennifer Currie, Director MCE Women’s Business Center will discuss services the Center has to offer.

The "Who's" "Whose" Of Salisbury University Graduates, (LOL)

Knock, Knock, Who's There!

Erik Rush: Dolezal Story Underscores Reality of 'Black Privilege'

I’ll preface with the obligatory qualifier that former Spokane NAACP President Rachel Dolezal’s action in representing herself as black in the capacity of an NAACP official when she is in fact white was profoundly unethical. Whether she truly perceives herself to be black, or sought some obscure advantage in publicly self-identifying as black, there is obviously some sort of psychopathology at work.

Rachel Dolezal would certainly not be the first, however, to impersonate a black person in order to exploit institutional advantages open to blacks in certain sectors. Writing for the New York Post in April, Vijay Chokal-Ingam (brother of “The Mindy Project” actress Mindy Kaling) chronicles how he pretended to be black to get into medical school over 15 years ago, when many schools’ admissions quotas favored blacks over Asians and whites.

#affirmativeaction is DISCRIMINATION; it's a lie to call it else. I got into medical school with a 3.1 GPA as black.

— Vijay Chokal-Ingam (@VijayIngam) March 5, 2015

In fact, many individuals have impersonated blacks over the last 35 years or so to exploit certain benefits. Some were exposed, and I’d wager the reason these did not make major headlines is because there are those who didn’t want the exclusive institutional benefits open to blacks to engender resentment among whites – or to appear quite so alluring to the unscrupulous.

When my book “Negrophilia: From Slave Block to Pedestal – America’s Racial Obsession” was published, there were some who didn’t quite get the subtitle. How did blacks occupy any sort of pedestal?

Others picked up on it right away. While there’s nothing enviable in being manipulated and exploited by the left, it is evident that culturally, black Americans have come to a place of inordinate esteem. The stereotype is a sword that cuts both ways, and in the case of blacks, it has helped to advance many positive perceptions around them.