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Wednesday, September 02, 2015

MIKULSKI PRAISES PRESIDENT'S COST-OF-LIVING ADJUSTMENT FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES IN 2016


As Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator fought to protect federal employee COLA in FY16 Financial Services Appropriations bill
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today praised President Obama’s Alternative Pay Plan providing for a Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) for federal employees in January 2016.

“I’m pleased that President Obama has issued an Alternative Pay Plan providing for a COLA for federal employees in January 2016. This modest COLA would go a long way in recognizing the value of federal employees and further bring to a close years of pay freezes,” Senator Mikulski said. “I’m proud to fight on the front lines on behalf of federal employee pay just as federal employees work on the front lines each and every day on behalf of the American people. Federal employees have been undervalued and underappreciated for too long. Each and every day, federal employees stand up for America. That’s why I will continue to stand up for federal employees.”

Based on the President’s action, members of the military will receive a 1.3 percent COLA. Federal civilian employees nationwide will receive a one-percent COLA. In addition, those federal civilian employees living in more costly economic regions also will receive a locality pay adjustment.

Locality pay was established to provide parity between Federal and non-Federal salaries in areas where non-Federal pay exceeds Federal pay by more than five percent. Nationwide, this pay is set among 32 locality-pay areas to take into account the regional differences in salaries and wages. Locality pay has been frozen since 2010.

As Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Mikulski successfully worked to ensure no provision would be included in the fiscal year (FY) 2016 Financial Services Appropriations bill to block the President’s proposed January 2016 cost of living increase. This builds on Senator Mikulski’s successful fight to include a one-percent COLA for both blue collar wage-grade and General Schedule (GS) scale federal employees in the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015.

Maryland is home to the headquarters of 20 major federal agencies, from the Social Security Administration to the Food and Drug Administration. More than 300,000 federal employees and retirees live and work in Maryland, serving the nation and serving the world.

FBI Had 12-Page File On George Carlin Because He Made Jokes About Government

Comedian George Carlin is known as one of the most controversial and outspoken entertainers of his time, and as far as the government is concerned, he could have possibly been a terrorist.

Carlin was not a violent or criminal person in any way, but he said things during his routines that struck at the root of the problems in our society. He went into great detail about corruption in government and business.

During the 1978 Supreme Court case, FCC v Pacifica Foundation, the government cited Carlin’s work as an example of profanity. They used his “Seven Dirty Words” segment to show the type of language that was being used in records and broadcasts. However, the government’s interest in his work did not stop there.

Just after his 1969 appearance on the Jackie Gleason show, Carlin caught the attention of the FBI because he made jokes about then-FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover. According to the government, Carlin had “referred to the Bureau and the Director in a satirical vein.”

They added that his act was “considered to be in very poor taste” and “it was obvious that he was using the prestige of the Bureau and Mr. Hoover to enhance his performance.”

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Gun control groups accused of ‘swatting’ open-carry permit holders, putting lives at risk

Second Amendment groups are accusing the gun control lobby of putting law-abiding owners of firearms in danger by urging people to call the police on anyone carrying a gun in public.

As more states relax rules about open-carrying of guns, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence has taken to social media to urge the public to assume gun-toters are trouble, and to call the cops on anyone they feel may be a threat.

“If you see someone carrying a firearm in public—openly or concealed—and have ANY doubts about their intent, call 911 immediately and ask police to come to the scene,” the group wrote on its widely followed Facebook page. “Never put your safety, or the safety of your loved ones, at the mercy of weak gun laws that arm individuals in public with little or no criminal and/or mental health screening.”

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REPORT: LGBT RAINBOW HATE-FLAG FOUND IN WDBJ KILLER’S VIRGINIA APARTMENT

The Daily Telegraph has learned that “police reportedly confiscated a gay pride flag” from the apartment of Vester Lee Flanagan Wednesday. In an apparent hate crime, Flanagan is the 41 year-old black journalist who murdered two white Virginia reporters on live television Wednesday morning before turning his gun on himself.

In a manifesto faxed to ABC News, Flanagan, an Obama-supporter, claimed that his motive involved a “race war.” Flanagan was black and gay and apparently angered by the fact that he had been a victim of racism and homophobia at the hands of “black men and white women.”

Both of Flanagan’s intended victims were straight.

The gay pride rainbow flag reportedly found in Flanagan’s apartment is seen by many as a symbol of anti-Christian hate.

After a white racist terrorist in South Carolina murdered nine innocent black churchgoers, photos of the racist with the Confederate Flag resulted in a media frenzy to ban the flag.

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Mandel lies in repose at Maryland State House

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Gov. Larry Hogan and other Maryland officials received family members of former Gov. Marvin Mandel at the Maryland State House.

Mandel, who died Sunday, will lie in repose at the capitol for a public viewing from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday in Annapolis.

The viewing is open to the public.

Mandel was 95.

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Sign up now for annual Soles for Seniors event

SALISBURY - The 16th annual Soles for Seniors fund-raising walk will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, at The Centre at Salisbury, beginning in the Food Court area.

Walkers can register as a team or as individuals. The cost is $15 per walker in advance, $20 the day of the event. The registration fee includes a T-shirt. Teams can earn bragging rights and a chance for a prize in two categories: most team members or those walking the most miles, either by actually walking or by donations of $1 per mile.

Registration and check in begins at 9:30 a.m. and the walk will be held from 10-11 a.m. Exhibitor and information booths will be open outside the food court from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Featured will be a decorated shoe contest, senior craft fair, senior art show, photo booth and demonstrations.

An after party from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. will feature music by The Jones Boys duo, in addition to music by "The Pan Man" Augustine Digiovanna as well as door prizes.

Proceeds will benefit the Senior Emergency Loan Fund of MAC Inc., the Area Agency on Aging. The fund makes interest-free loans to eligible area seniors toward the purchase of hearing aids, dentures and eyeglass costs not covered by Medicare.

For more information or to register, call 410-742-0505, ext. 118; or visit www.macinc.orgto register online or to make a donation.

Megyn Kelly's August ratings just in. Did she slay Trump?

When it comes to the battle between presidential candidate Donald Trump and Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, who is winning?

It depends on what you use as your criteria for victory.

If television ratings are your sole factor, it appears Kelly is performing extremely well, logging the highest-rated cable-news show for the month of August, even with her vacation after the first Republican debate.

“Buoyed by the record-breaking showcase of Fox News Channel’s GOP debate and her 11 p.m. telecast that night, she outpaced typical victor Bill O’Reilly for only the third full month since she shifted to her high-profile primetime slot in late 2013,” noted the Hollywood Reporter.
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Bill Clinton tried to cheer up Hillary this morning by reminding her that Nelson Mandela got elected after he was released from prison.

Gov. Hogan Feeling Strong After 4th Round Of Chemo

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Governor Larry Hogan is heading home, after completing his fourth round of chemo.

The governor tweeted out a picture Tuesday of him and the first lady leaving the hospital

Governor Hogan was diagnosed with stage III non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in June. He’s being treated at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

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Rand Paul Promises To Shut Down NSA Data Center If He Becomes President

Republican Senator Rand Paul has been one of the few vocal critics of the U.S. government’s spying programs. He’s the only presidential candidate that has made NSA spying a central topic of their campaign.

NSA spying is so important to Rand that he’s promised to shut down the NSA data center if he becomes president. After he stops the indiscriminate collection of Americans’ data, he’ll convert the data center into a “Constitutional Center” where the Fourth Amendment will be studied.

“I’m on my way to the airport, but we decided to stop by the NSA facility in Utah. When I become President, we’ll convert it into a Constitutional Center to study the Fourth Amendment! Bulk data collection must end!”

Questions of whether the spying programs were unconstitutional have been swirling since 2013 when Edward Snowden made details about the programs public. Snowden is the NSA contractor who copied large amounts of classified documents onto a thumbdrive and leaked the information to journalists.

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Front-yard sex between 2 older Michigan men leads to child porn bust

COLDWATER, Mich. (WWMT) — Outdoor sex between two older men lead to a child porn bust in Michigan.

One of those men is behind bars facing felony charges for allegedly having dozens of pictures of child pornography.

While one suspect was just arraigned on the child pornography charges Wednesday morning, this all started months earlier when someone in Coldwater spotted their neighbors having sex in their front yard, pulled out their phone and got it all on camera.

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Police Cruiser Hit by Gunfire, Crashes, Catches on Fire; Search for Suspect Underway

A Massachusetts police cruiser crashed and caught fire after it was struck by gunfire Wednesday afternoon, and now police are looking for the gunman.

The incident occurred at approximately 3:00 p.m. in the town of Millis, about 20 miles southwest of Boston, according to Massachusetts State Police.

Shepard Smith reported that police have confirmed that an officer was in the vehicle when it was struck by at least one bullet. The officer then ran his car off the road and crashed it, causing the vehicle to catch fire.

Police have said they are not aware of any injuries at this time.

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ARMED BLACK PANTHERS TO TEXAS COPS: ‘WE WILL START CREEPING UP ON YOU IN THE DARKNESS’

HOUSTON, Texas – Armed Black Panther members marched in front of the Waller County jail and shouted, “You’re gonna stop doing what you’re doing, or we will start creeping up on you in the darkness.”

The statement was made just two weeks prior to the assassination of a Harris County deputy sheriff.

Shannon Miles, a black male, allegedly came “creeping up” behind Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth in the darkness on the night of August 28. While Goforth stood at a convenience store pumping gas into his patrol vehicle, Miles allegedly raised a pistol and shot him dead.

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Powellville Chicken House Fire


Report: More than half of immigrants on welfare

More than half of the nation's immigrants receive some kind of government welfare, a figure that's far higher than the native-born population, according to a report to be released Wednesday.

About 51% of immigrant-led households receive at least one kind of welfare benefit, including Medicaid, food stamps, school lunches and housing assistance, compared to 30% for native-led households, according to the report from the Center for Immigration Studies, a group that advocates for lower levels of immigration.

Those numbers increase for households with children, with 76% of immigrant-led households receiving welfare, compared to 52% for the native-born.

The findings are sure to fuel debate on the presidential campaign trail as Republican candidates focus on changing the nation's immigration laws, from calls for mass deportations to ending birthright citizenship.

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Redneck Deck Party - Take 2!

Boonies' Redneck Deck Party
 
Ya'll asked for another Redneck Party...
So we are having it again, this weekend...
Saturday, September 5th 2015
 
GEORGE'S Bloody Mary Mix Tastings 4-7pm!
Happy Hour from 3:00-7:00pm!
 
Offering $2 Can Beers All Night...
Plus $5 Status Vodka Bloody Mary's & More
RIDE THE MECHANICAL BULL (6:00pm-10:00pm)
BBQ Dinner Specials & Live Music til 10pm.
 
FREE CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT...
Teams must sign up by 6pm.
$100 Southern Boys Gift Card for 1st Place!
 
Call ahead for large groups... 410.873.2244
Supporting Westside VFD with a portion of proceeds.

Daily Marijuana Use Amongst College Students On The Rise

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A new study on college marijuana use is cause for concern. Researchers found daily marijuana use among college students is on the rise, even surpassing cigarette use.

Meghan McCorkell with the dangerous shift.

According to that study out of University of Michigan, 1 in every 17 college students admits to using marijuana almost every day.

As college students go back to school, more may be lighting up a joint instead of a cigarette.

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Back-To-School Whiteboard Contest


IRS: New York Lost Most Tax Paying Residents In 2013

More taxpaying residents left New York than any other state in the nation, IRS migration data from 2013 shows. During that year, around 115,000 New Yorkers left the state and packed up $5.65 billion in adjusted gross income (AGI) as well.

Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) notes, “This new data shows that New York will remain America’s ‘Biggest Loser,’ having lost nearly 1.6 million taxpayers between 1985 and 2013. Those residents took with them more than $80.8 billion in annual AGI.”

“The phenomenal failure of New York to retain taxpayers and businesses is directly related to its uncompetitive tax and business climates. By some measures, New Yorkers face the greatest tax burden of any state in the nation.” 

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March For Life Beats Obama Admin In Birth Control Challenge

A federal court prohibited the Obama administration from forcing a pro-life nonprofit to insure “abortion-inducing” contraceptives Monday, in what is the first exemption from the mandate granted to a secular organization.

March for Life, which holds a pro-life rally every March in Washington, D.C., filed suit against three federal agencies last year, demanding an exemption from the mandate. It requires employers to provide insurance coverage for 20 FDA-approved contraceptives at no extra cost to the employee — including birth control pills March for Life and other pro-lifers believe are a form of abortion.

A D.C. District Court sided with March for Life Monday, signaling organizations that are not overtly religious can be exempted from the mandate, in addition to those which fall under a religious exemption put in place.

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WCSO Most Wanted 9-2-15


Call Crime Solvers of the Lower Eastern Shore at 410-548-1776 with any tips on the whereabouts of these subjects. They pay cash for tips!!

Destiny Ariel Baker-Guida
• White Female, 5’05” 150 lbs
• DOB 10/02/1995 19 years of age
• Brown hair, Blue eyes
• Baker-Guida’s last known address was Willards MD
• Baker-Guida is wanted by the Sheriff’s Office on a District Court Arrest Warrant issued in June 2015 for Escape 2nd for failing to report to Wicomico Detention Center to serve a sentence for Theft
• And on a Circuit Court Bench Warrant issued for Failure to Appear in July 2015 on the charge of CDS possess not Marijuana
• There is no preset bond, she must be brought before the court
• The state will extradite her from DE and VA
• Baker-Guida has history of DRUG ABUSE


Phillip Anthony Price
• Black Male, 5’07” 160 lbs
• DOB 05/23/1985 30 years of age
• Black hair, Brown eyes
• Price’s last known address was New Castle DE
• Price is wanted by the Sheriff’s Office on a Circuit Court Bench Warrant issued for Failure to Appear in April 2015 for a Violation of Probation hearing on the charge of Resist Arrest
• There is no preset bond, he must be brought before the court
• The state will extradite him from the states surrounding MD
• Price has history of RESIST ARREST and should be APPROACHED WITH CAUTION 


Delensher Levo Numat
• Black Male, 5’08” 175 lbs
• DOB 06/09/1992 23 years of age
• Black hair, Brown eyes
• Numat’s last known address was Salisbury MD
• Numat is wanted by the Sheriff’s Office on a Circuit Court Bench Warrant issued for Violation of Probation in February 2015 on the charges of Burglary 2nd
• The preset bond is $20,000
• Numat should be APPROACHED WITH CAUTION


George Franklin Jackson III
• Black Male, 5’11” 220 lbs
• DOB 03/15/1978 37 years of age
• Black hair, Brown eyes
• Jackson last known address was Upper Marlboro MD
• Jackson is wanted by the Sheriff’s Office on a District Court Bench Warrant issued for Failure to Appear in April 2010 for a Violation of Probation hearing on the charge of CDS Possession Marijuana
• The preset bond is $10,000
• Jackson has history of DRUG ABUSE


Cody Lee Holland
• White Male, 5’09” 160 lbs
• DOB 04/11/1994 21 years of age
• Brown hair, Brown eyes
• Holland’s last known address was Salisbury MD
• Holland is wanted by the Sheriff’s Office on a District Court Bench Warrant issued for Failure to Appear in June 2015 on the charges of Assault, Disorderly Conduct, Personate a Police Officer, Disorderly Conduct, Resist Arrest, False Imprisonment, and Failure to Obey Officer
• The preset bond is $20,000
• The state will extradite him from DE and VA
• Holland may RESIST ARREST and should be APPROACHED WITH CAUTION 


Joseph Everette Dukes
• White Male, 6’00” 200 lbs
• DOB 08/14/1977 38 years of age
• Brown hair, Blue eyes
• Dukes’ last known address was Parsonsburg MD
• Dukes is wanted by the Sheriff’s Office on a District Court Arrest Warrant issued in June 2015 for Child Abuse, Assault, and Reckless Endangerment
• Dukes has history of RESIST ARREST, ASSAULT POLICE, DRUG ABUSE and ESCAPE
• The state will extradite him from DE and VA

Contractor assaulted, dragged while moving equipment

BALTIMORE —Baltimore police said two men and a woman assaulted a contractor unloading his work van Tuesday morning.

According to police, the assault occurred in the 5300 block of St. Albans Way in the Northern District at about 10:30 a.m.

The victim said he noticed three people, one of whom was inside his van. When he confronted them, one of the suspects assaulted him and stole items from the vehicle. The victim observed the suspects getting into a white minivan, followed them and grabbed one of the window frames as they fled.

The victim was dragged about 40 feet, police said.

Both male suspects are described as African American, about 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches, believed to be between late 20s and 40s. Both had short hair, and one had short twists in his hair.

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Video of Israeli soldier arresting boy becomes latest in war of perception

A soldier pins a boy down and is assaulted by his family: The scene might have gone unnoticed if not for footage that has turned it into another weapon in the Israel-Palestinian war of perception.

Palestinians see it as proof of Israel's abuses in the occupied West Bank, while many Israelis say the soldier fell into a media trap laid by activists.

The incident played out on Friday in the Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh and footage of it has since gone viral, generating a bitter debate both online and off.

As is often the case when it comes to the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, there has been little room for middle ground.

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MIKULSKI ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $142,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR BULLETPROOF VESTS TO KEEP MARYLAND POLICE OFFICERS SAFE


EDITORS NOTE: Wicomico will get 32 new vests. See bottom of the post
 
Federal funds to allow 28 Maryland law enforcement jurisdictions to purchase 368 bulletproof vests
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) Subcommittee, which funds the Department of Justice (DOJ), today announced that law enforcement agencies in Maryland will receive $142,594 for the purchase of bulletproof vests.

“Police protect our homes and communities, and the federal government has a responsibility to protect them by providing them with the tools they need to do their jobs safer and smarter,” Senator Mikulski said. “Every day when our first responders report for duty, they don't know what they will face. These funds in the federal checkbook will help protect our protectors when they put their lives on the line to keep us safe. I will continue to fight for the equipment, training and staffing our protectors and communities deserve.”

The grants are awarded through the DOJ’s Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program within the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). In Maryland, 28 different jurisdictions are receiving these funds to support the purchase of 368 new bulletproof vests. Nationally, BJA is awarding $18.2 million to nearly 4,000 jurisdictions to help purchase 49,000 vests.

The BVP is a critical resource for state and local jurisdictions that saves lives. Since 1999 it has awarded a total of $393 million in federal funds to more than 13,000 jurisdictions for the purchase of over one million vests (1,197,348 as of December 2014). Based on data collected and recorded by BJA staff, in fiscal year (FY) 2012, protective vests were directly attributable to saving the lives of at least 33 law enforcement and corrections officers in 20 different states – an increase of 13.7 percent over FY 2011.




Maryland BVP awards by jurisdiction:

Mediterranean’s ‘Best Beach’ a Ghost Town Since 1974

FAMAGUSTA, Cyprus — Beyond a wilderness of parched weeds, crumbling buildings and roads amputated by tangles of razor wire, a long line of multistory hotels basks in the east Mediterranean sun.

Behind it, the turquoise sea glistens, rolling softly onto a five-mile stretch of golden sand.

In July, places like this around the Mediterranean are normally crowded with thousands of tourists. Yet a nearby beach, once visited by the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren and Paul Newman, is different.

At the height of the tourist season, and every other season for the last 41 years, this beach is deserted.

In 1974, after a decade of conflict in Cyprus between its Greek Cypriot majority and Turkish Cypriot minority, Turkey invaded Cyprus.

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Chicken House Fire In Powellville

EMS From Station 11 (Powellville) Station 8 (Willards) and Station 7 (Pittsville) have been called to a chicken house fire on Powellville Road and Mount Pleasant Road.  

Reports of a fully involved chicken house fire with another chicken house very close to the one fully involved.

Station 6 (Parsonsburg) now also responding 

Station 79 (Gumboro) is being asked to standby at Station 7

Patent-Law Change Would Raise Medical Costs

Congressional Budget Office estimates $1.3 billion increase in federal health-care costs over a decade

A patent law change sought by the pharmaceutical industry could cost federal health-care programs $1.3 billion over a decade by delaying new generic medicines, an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office found this summer, according to people familiar with the matter.

Pharmaceutical trade groups are asking Congress to exempt drug patents from being challenged through an administrative process that is cheaper and faster than the federal courts. The procedure has become popular with generic-drug companies looking to sell copies of brand-name products.

Drug makers say hedge-fund manager Kyle Bass used the procedure to challenge companies whose shares he is betting against, or selling short. The Coalition for Affordable Drugs, a group created by Mr. Bass, has this year challenged more than 20 patents held by companies including Biogen Inc., Celgene Corp., and Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC.

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, also known as PhRMA, and the Biotechnology Industry Organization, or BIO, say brand-name pharmaceutical patents should be excluded from the procedure, called Inter Partes Review, or IPR, through patent legislation that Congress is considering.

“Our solution,” said Mit Spears, general counsel at trade group PhRMA, “is to essentially exempt [pharmaceutical] products” from IPR challenges.

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"It's Your Election To Lose"


2nd Annual Ferguson Games

Blumenthal: John Boehner Is 'Alcoholic,' 'Lazy,' 'Banal'

Hillary Clinton confidant Sid Blumenthal had nothing but bad things to say about incoming House Speaker John Boehner on the day Republicans won back the House from Democrats in 2010, according to new emails released by the State Department late Monday.

"Boehner is despised by the younger, more conservative members of the House Republican Conference," Blumenthal wrote to Clinton. "They are repelled by his personal behavior."

"He is louche, alcoholic, lazy, and without any commitment to any principle," he added.

[According to dictionary.com, "louche" means "dubious, shady, disreputable."]

"He is not Gingrich, the natural leader of a 'revolution,' riding the crest into power," Blumenthal continued as he described Boehner, R-Ohio. "He is careworn and threadbare, banal and hollow, holding nobody's enduring loyalty."

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Mainstream Media Goes Berserk

A culture that featured a Piers Morgan as a reputable source of wisdom and proposition is a sick society

The practice of objective journalism has been effectively banned from the bodypolitik. The social culture is driven by the embodiment of an unceasing drumbeat of disinformation; spoon fed prevarications and carefully shaped distortions, projected by a mass media that is in the tank for protecting the ruling elite. The myth that the press is endowed with an inherent courage to confront the establishment has been laid bare for any honest observer to witness. However, the problem is that the bulk of the marginally functioning intellects that still accept the mind control of the corporate media, continue to linger on in their dream world of obeying the prevailing order.

Some order, the nation is breaking apart at the seams all over the country. The reign of terror that appears on the boob tube, news site or printed rags from the accepted moguls of the new social media keeps pushing out the tired diatribe that the system still is working well.

PLEASE, wake up and smell the coffee.

Running the gambit of ideological shades of grey, the mainstream media all share the same common trait; keep the can kicking down the road. It is a universal prerequisite to achieve a long lasting career in the bowels of the beast that a propagandist must ignore truth to power.

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In The Month Of September 2015 We Officially Enter The Danger Zone

Throughout history, there have only been 11 times when the S&P 500 has declined by more than five percent during the month of August

Is September 2015 going to be one of the most important months in modern American history?

When I issued my first ever “red alert” for the last six months of 2015 back in June, I was particularly concerned with the months of September through December, and not just for economic reasons. All of the intel that I have received is absolutely screaming that big trouble is ahead. So enjoy these last few days of relative peace and quiet. I mean that sincerely. In fact, that is exactly what I have been doing – over the past week I have not posted many articles because I was spending time with family, friends and preparing for the national call to prayer on September 18th and 19th. But now as we enter the chaotic month of September 2015 I have a feeling that there is going to be plenty for me to write about.

At this time last month, I declared that we were entering “the pivotal month of August 2015“, and that is exactly what it turned out to be. August was the worst month overall for stocks in three years, and it was the worst month of August for U.S. financial markets in 17 years.

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Is The Virginia Shooting Hoax Blowing Up in the MSM's Face?

Gun control false flag crisis actors be warned: Facial recognition search software is going to bust you. Funny, the technology is easy enough to use on Facebook, one has to wonder why the mainstream media and police don’t use it for these alleged mass shooter events.

Actually, this is an even bigger warning to the billionaire “philanthropists” who back aggressive gun control initiatives and are likely backing these staged “events.” You’ve hired horrible actors. You’re going to get busted unless you back off. But, alas, we know your allegiance to the UN Small Arms Treaty requires you to push forward despite a growing number who know your game.

The latest reporter shooting hoax in Virginia is getting so easily torn apart by the conspiracy research community that the media’s emotional staging of actors is becoming absurd.

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Levin: Cruz, Trump, Sessions 'Are Right,' 14th Amendment Doesn't Mandate Birthright Citizenship

Talk radio host and author of “Plunder and Deceit,” Mark Levin said that the 14th Amendment does not require birthright citizenship on Wednesday.

Host Sean Hannity stated, “Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) 93% was right on this, Trump was right on this, Cruz is right on this, Walker’s right on this.” He then put up a quotationfrom Citizenship Clause author Senator Jacob Howard (R-MI) during the debate on the 14th Amendment that “Every person born within the limits of the United States, and subject to their jurisdiction is, by virtue of natural law and national law, a citizen of the [United States]. This will not, of course, include persons born in the United States who are foreigners, aliens, who belong to the families of ambassadors or foreign ministers, accredited to the government of the United States, but will include every other class of persons.”

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Virginia Eastern Shore Keeper

With Accomack projected to increase Chicken House numbers by 100 houses just this year, and Northampton debating zoning changes that would could open the door to poultry expansion it is time for ESVA to sit down and talk chicken.

Citizens from both Northampton and Accomack County will have an opportunity to learn about current poultry operations on the Eastern Shore as well as plans for expansion. We will discuss potential environmental, economic, and public health consequences as well and folks will have an opportunity to ask questions.

This event is free and open to all residents of Virginia's Eastern Shore.

Representatives from Tyson have said they will make themselves available as well.

Wednesday, September 9 at 6:30pm

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Eastern Shore Community College
29300 Lankford Hwy, Melfa, Virginia 23410

Clinton E-mail Scandal: A Laughable Defense of Hillary

The former prosecutor who let Petraeus slide weighs in on the e-mail scandal. 

Well, well, well: The Obama-appointed prosecutor who gave Obama’s former CIA director a sweetheart plea deal when he was caught mishandling classified information now says there’s no case against Obama’s former secretary of state for mishandling classified information. How very persuasive. 

Oh, and did I mention that the Obama-appointed prosecutor is a donor to the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign?

In what appears to be an audition for attorney general in a hoped-for Clinton II administration, Anne M. Tompkins, the former U.S. attorney for the western district of North Carolina (appointed by President Obama in 2010), has penned an op-ed for USA Today arguing that Hillary Clinton is not guilty of “knowingly sending or receiving classified materials improperly.” 

Understand: Ms. Tompkins has had nothing to do with the FBI’s investigation of Mrs. Clinton’s handling of classified information through an unauthorized private e-mail system. She is not privy to the evidence the FBI is gathering — she knows no more about the case than anyone else who reads the papers. To exonerate Clinton, she relies on nothing other than her status as the government lawyer who oversaw the prosecution of David Petraeus.

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Martin O'Malley used 'junk' mansion furniture in new house

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley used the "junk" furniture he purchased from the governor's mansion to furnish his new house in Baltimore's Homeland neighborhood — a move criticized Tuesday by the head of the Maryland Republican Party.

O'Malley, a Democratic candidate for president, and his wife, Baltimore District Judge Catherine Curran O'Malley, furnished their new $549,000, four-bedroom house with the mansion furniture as well as with items they kept in storage from their previous house, in Northeast Baltimore, according to an aide.

The O'Malleys purchased 54 items from the Annapolis mansion at a steep discount in January because his administration had declared all of the furnishings to be junk. A Baltimore Sun investigation revealed last week that the O'Malleys paid $9,638 for armoires, desks, mirrors, tables and other items that originally cost taxpayers $62,000.

"It's obviously not junk if they're putting it in their house," said Joe Cluster, executive director of the Maryland Republican Party. "Either they got a great deal from the state or they used their position to get it discounted way below what it should have been."

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Jewish Dolphins Do It Better!

Police officer shot after responding to wrong home

ATLANTA (AP) — A police officer was shot and critically wounded Monday when he responded to a call of a suspicious person and showed up at the wrong house, authorities said.

The homeowner was also shot in the leg and his dog was killed in what DeKalb County police Chief Cedric Alexander is calling a complicated shooting. Officers fired their weapons, the chief said, but it's not clear if the homeowner had a gun.

Alexander said his department would typically handle the investigation since it did not involve a fatality, but because of the unusual situation, he asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to look into it.

"We did respond to the wrong residence tonight and then these other circumstances unfolded," he said.

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Brzezinski On If Hillary Used Role At The State Department To Guide Business To Clinton Foundation: 'It Looks That Way'

Mika Brzezinski ultimately insisted Hillary Clinton used her position at the State Department to refer business to the Clinton Foundation because they have “unencumbered money.”

Brzezinski argued Tuesday on “Morning Joe” that Hillary set up a private server so that she could “criss-cross interests” between the State Department and the Clinton Foundation.

Mika Brzezinski: There are plenty of e-mails about Clinton’s e-mail, itself. In one, Clinton asks a top aide to help her learn to use her so-called “hPad,” it’s the iPad. In another, Huma Abedin tells the secretary that someone tried to email her on her personal address and it bounced back. So the person called the State Department asking for help assuming she used official email. Abide added “they have no idea it was you, a random address, so they emailed. There is also one email that provides a glimpse into the workings of the Clinton Foundation. This one from Hillary Clinton to aide Cheryl Mills, they are discussing aid to rebuild schools in Haiti after it’s devastating earthquake in January 2010. Clinton writes, “Great ideas, let’s work towards solid proposal. Maybe to Red Cross and Clinton Foundation since they have unencumbered money.”

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Murder Rates Rising Sharply in Many U.S. Cities

MILWAUKEE — Cities across the nation are seeing a startling rise in murders after years of declines, and few places have witnessed a shift as precipitous as this city. With the summer not yet over, 104 people have been killed this year — after 86 homicides in all of 2014.

More than 30 other cities have also reported increases in violence from a year ago. In New Orleans, 120 people had been killed by late August, compared with 98 during the same period a year earlier. In Baltimore, homicides had hit 215, up from 138 at the same point in 2014. In Washington, the toll was 105, compared with 73 people a year ago. And in St. Louis, 136 people had been killed this year, a 60 percent rise from the 85 murders the city had by the same time last year.

Law enforcement experts say disparate factors are at play in different cities, though no one is claiming to know for sure why murder rates are climbing. Some officials say intense national scrutiny of the use of force by the police has made officers less aggressive and emboldened criminals, though many experts dispute that theory.

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Maryland State Police and Department of Transportation join forces with the Maryland Food Bank for 2015 Hunger Action Month Food Drive


The statewide effort will encourage Marylanders to “Be a Voice” to end hunger throughout September
 

SALISBURY, Md. – The Maryland State Police and Department of Transportation have once again teamed up with the Maryland Food Bank to host the third annual statewide Hunger Action Month food drive beginning today,Tuesday, September 1.

Throughout September, which is nationally known as Hunger Action Month, Marylanders will have the opportunity to donate nonperishable items at state police barracks and select Department of Transportation offices listed on www.mdfoodbank.org/hunger-action-food-drive. Additionally, individuals who can’t make it out to these locations can use the food bank’s virtual food drive platform at https://fooddrive.mdfoodbank.org to donate food online.

At the end of the month, Maryland State Troopers and personnel from the State Highway Administration will caravan all donated food to one of three regional food bank locations, including the Maryland Food Bank – Eastern Shore, on Wednesday, September 30 to officially weigh the food donations collected.

Maryland Food Bank – Eastern Shore Managing Director Jennifer Small joins, from left to right, TPR Daniel Tilghman, Lt. Patrick Metzger, William “Bo” Moore, and Jack “Slim” Palmer at the Princess Anne State Police Barrack, one of many drop-off locations for this year’s food drive.

All month long, Marylanders can also participate in the food bank’s Be a Voice Campaign, an interactive, multimedia collaboration to learn more about the issue of hunger, share stories, and take an active role in fighting hunger. Individuals and groups are encouraged to share photos holding Be A Voice speech bubbles with personal messages about hunger and why they care about the issue. Speech bubbles and information about the Be A Voice Campaign are included in the official Hunger Action Toolkit, available online atwww.mdfoodbank.org/hunger-action-month.

Governor Larry Hogan Announces National Blood Cancer Awareness Month in Maryland

Administration to Host American Red Cross Blood Drive

ANNAPOLIS, MD -
Governor Larry Hogan today issued a statewide proclamation announcing September as National Blood Cancer Awareness Month in Maryland. In addition, the governor announced that on Tuesday, September 15, the administration will host an American Red Cross blood drive at the State House, where a Bloodmobile will be set up to take donations.

“Going through my own treatments, I have witnessed the incredible strength and resolve in people who are fighting battles much more difficult than my own and their courage has been an inspiration to me,” said Governor Hogan. “This experience has shown me firsthand that cancer has no boundaries and affects nearly everyone in some way. Raising awareness is a critical factor in the fight against cancer and I encourage all Marylanders to join with me in supporting those battling this disease.”

The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be set up on School Street, in front of Government House, from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM on Tuesday, September 15.

“The American Red Cross currently has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors to prevent an emergency shortage and there isn’t a better time to donate than during National Blood Cancer Awareness Month,” said Governor Hogan.

According to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), in the United States, an estimated 1,185,053 people are living with, or are in remission from, leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, or another form of blood cancer, with an estimated 156,420 new cases expected to be diagnosed in 2015. Leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, and other blood cancers will kill an estimated 55,350 people in the United States this year alone.

Lymphoma is the most common blood cancer in adults and the third-most-common cancer overall in children. For more information on blood cancer, please visit www.lls.org.

Hero Saves Toddler Dangling From 4th-Floor Window Using Only A Mop

"His brave and courageous actions are worthy of praise."

A quick-thinking man is being hailed as a hero in China for climbing outside a fourth-floor window to save a toddler who was dangling off the side of the building. And he did it using only a mop.

Wang Baocheng, of Weifang, a city in Shandong province, heard the girl's cries while walking through the neighborhood.

"I heard her calling for help and quickly ran over," he told CCTV. "I saw that the girl's head was stuck and it was holding her up."

The child had been left home alone and somehow managed to crawl out the window. Her head got stuck in the bars, which stopped her from falling.

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Sumatran Rhino Goes Extinct in the Wild in Malaysia

The Sumatran rhino is now considered extinct in the wild in the Southeast Asian country of Malaysia, according to a new study.

No wild Sumatran rhinos (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) have been found on the Malaysian peninsula since 2007, and what are thought to be the last two female rhinos in Malaysian Borneo were caught and placed in captive breeding programs in 2011 and 2014.

Now, fewer than 100 of the species remain in the wild, researchers estimate, distributed among three wild populations on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. [See Photos of All 5 Rhino Species]

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Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today

National Preparedness Month Launches September 1, 2015
SALISBURY, MD –September is National Preparedness Month (NPM), and the Wicomico County Health Department and the Department of Emergency Services encourages everyone to make disaster preparedness a priority.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) 2015 NPM theme is “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.”  Each week will focus on a different type of emergency and how you and your family can prepare. Information on local emergency planning efforts and resources will also be made available to the community.
“Wicomico County is excited to participate once again in this national initiative. Our goal is to encourage everyone in Wicomico County to take part, make a plan and know what to do during an emergency. This means having an up-to-date contact list for those you may need to reach during a disaster and establishing alternate methods of communication in case traditional means are not available,” said Lori Brewster, Health Officer for Wicomico County.
Throughout the month, Wicomico County Health Department will offer tips from FEMA to help you be disaster ready, including ways you can stay safe during a disaster and steps you can take to protect yourself and your family.  
NPM Weekly Themes:
Week 1: September 1-5     Flood
Week 2: September 6-12   Wildfire
Week 3: September 13-19 Hurricane
Week 4: September 20-26 Power Outage  
Week 5: September 27-30 Lead up to National PrepareAthon! Day (September 30)
 “This month serves as a reminder that we all need to prepare for disasters and emergencies,” said Dave Shipley, Director of the Department of Emergency Services for Wicomico County. “Make preparedness manageable by taking one step at a time. 
Learn your risks, gather supplies for an emergency kit, and develop a family communications plan. By taking these small, but critical, steps, over time you and your family can be prepared for disasters.” 
For more details about National Preparedness Month, visit: www.ready.gov/september. #NatlPrep
To learn more about preparedness activities in Wicomico County, residents can visit the county website at:http://www.wicomicocounty.org/133/Emergency-Services.

Law School for the Public

On Saturday, September 19, 2015, from 9am-noon, the Wicomico County Bar Association will be sponsoring a free Law School for the Public at the Wor-Wic Community College.

Attendees will have the opportunity to attend sessions led by experienced local attorneys on a number of legal topics. This year's topics include the following:

- Buying and Selling Real Estate led by Morgan White, Esq. of Delmarva Title
- Estate Planning led by Jean Laws, Esq.
- Starting a Business led by Kristin Smith, Esq. of the firm Otway, Russo and Rommel
- Debt Relief led by Ann Shaw, Esq.

Attendees are encouraged to come with questions they may have on any of these legal topics.

A light breakfast will be provided for those attending. Please RSVP with the number attending to Karen at 410-546-1750.

SOS pursuing legal options

Save Our Stevensville is pleased to announce that Hoon & Associates, LLC (www.hoonassoc.com) has been retained to assist with the contest of the Queen Anne's County State Street Homeless Shelter project.

The law firm has been asked to pursue all appropriate avenues to assure that there is full compliance with the rule of law and all applicable regulations.

To that end, Mr. Hoon commented that "the key consideration here is whether the proposed use - the homeless shelter - is to be located in a legal and appropriate location - not whether the idea for such a facility elsewhere in Queen Anne's County is a good one."

Save Our Stevensville has clearly established that the State Street location is inappropriate, for multiple reasons.

In addition to the substantive land use issues at hand, some significant procedural irregularities are also being investigated.

All of your hopes and dreams come down to 0.25%

Charles Dickens opened his 1859 masterpiece A Tale of Two Cities with one of the most famous introductions in literary history:

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times… “

This line is notoriously incomprehensible to high school students around the world.

But as paradoxical as it sounds, it truly hits the nail on the head in describing social inequality.

Dickens wrote his book about the struggles in England and France just prior to and during the French Revolution.

For the aristocracy it was the best of times.

These people were born into a life of unparalleled prestige and luxury simply by accident of birth, without ever having to work a day in their lives.

The working class, on the other hand, toiled away in starvation devoid of any opportunity, freedom, or hope.

For them, it was the worst of times.

Right now the Fed is going to meet in Jackson Hole, Wyoming to discuss what they’re going to do about interest rates.

Interest rates have been kept at zero for years, and now there is talk that they might raise rates to 0.25%.

This is far from a guaranteed thing. In fact, one of the most influential members of the Fed has already stated that with stocks swooning they likely won’t raise rates after all.

That tells you everything you need to know about the Fed. They’re not there for the economy; they’re there to keep stocks in a bubble.