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Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Delmarva Power Announces Conservation Event

New Record In Waiters And Bartenders Masks First Manufacturing Drop In Over 2 Years

In August, the reality of the oil crunch finally caught up with the BLS, when not only did the number of Mining and Logging employees decline again by 10,000 workers to 823K, the lowest since October 2011, an 8-month stretch of consecutive declines last seen during the previous recession driven by the ongoing weakness in the oil patch and the US shale drilling sector...


NRP Logs Busy Labor Day Weekend with Rescues and Arrests

The traditional final weekend of summer proved to be a busy one for the men and women of Maryland Natural Resources Police.

For the three-day Labor Day holiday, officers responded to 15 boating accidents that resulted in injury or property damage, arrested six people on charges of impaired boating and seven others on criminal charges. They wrote 437 tickets and issued 1,204 warnings. Officers across the state conducted 1,983 boat safety inspections, spoke with 3,587 anglers and 235 hunters.

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On Monday evening, NRP officers worked with local first responders and State Police to locate and rescue a woman who fell from a boat in the Choptank River and was found clinging to a buoy.

Why They Hate Us

A frequent theme nowadays is “Why do they hate us?” meaning why does so much of the world detest the United States. The reasons given are usually absurd: They hate our freedom or democracy. They hate us for our cultural superiority. They hate us because we are wonderful.

No. Actually the reason is simple if unpalatable. They hate us because we meddle, and have meddled. They hate us because we are the most murderous nation on the planet. They hate our insufferable smugness.

People remember slights. They may not remember them as they actually happened, but they remember them. The Civil War ended in 1865, the Federal occupation in 1877. Yet today many Southerners are still bitter, to the point that their emotional loyalty is to the South, not to Washington.


Across much of US, a serious shortage of psychiatrists

NEW YORK (AP) — It is an irony that troubles health care providers and policymakers nationwide: Even as public awareness of mental illness increases, a shortage of psychiatrists worsens.

In vast swaths of America, patients face lengthy drives to reach the nearest psychiatrist, if they can even find one willing to see them. Some states are promoting wider use of long-distance telepsychiatry to fill the gaps in care. In Texas, which faces a severe shortage, lawmakers recently voted to pay the student loans of psychiatrists willing to work in underserved areas. A bill in Congress would forgive student loans for child psychiatrists.

Even with such efforts, problems are likely to persist. A recent survey by the Association of American Medical Colleges found that 59 percent of psychiatrists are 55 or older, the fourth oldest of 41 medical specialties, signaling that many may soon be retiring or reducing their workload.


VA’s record of waste, fraud and abuse keeps piling up From stolen gravestones to Orlando junkets, agency frustrates Congress

Over the last year, the Department of Veterans Affairs has been repeatedly cited for waste, fraud, abuse and theft that took valuable tax dollars away from veterans, many who are still waiting in long backlogs to get benefits decisions.

The examples are jaw-dropping, starting with the a memo that surfaced in March by the VA’s chief procurement officer, Jan. R. Frye, who went public with a stunning admission that the VA likely wastes $6 billion a year on unnecessary contracts, purchases and services.

“Doors are swung wide open for fraud, waste and abuse,” Mr. Frye, the deputy assistant secretary for acquisition and logistics, wrote in a whistleblower letter that made national headlines.

The examples backing up Mr. Frye’s claims just keep piling up:

• The VA’s inspector general reported that the agency's human resources department wasted $6.1 million on two conferences in Orlando, Florida, that treated employees more to vacation than to training.

• The inspector general also divulged in that report that department officials wasted $97,906 on trinkets like bags, pens and water that were unnecessary. VA employees also improperly accepted gifts including room upgrades, meals, limousine services, golf, spa services, helicopter rides and tickets to see the Rockettes.

• In July, an employee at the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Exeter pled guilty to stealing 150 marble headstones from a veterans cemetery in a scheme that went unnoticed for a long time.

• In June, a former head engineer at the VA hospital in East Orange, New Jersey, was accused of taking $1.2 million in kickbacks for contracts, which fleeced taxpayers.

• The VA’s inspector general found last month that the Veterans Benefits Administration mismanaged millions of dollars in benefits for veterans who were unable to manage their own income and estates due to age, injury or disability. Among the woes cited in the report was a failure to remove two custodians who had misspent benefit funds.

• In testimony before Congress in May, Mr. Frye cited reports that VA employees in the Bronx in New York City had swiped charge cards 2,000 times, saying they were buying prosthetic legs and arms for veterans. Each charge was for $24,999, one dollar below the VA’s charging limit for purchase cards. When lawmakers demanded details about the charges, they were told there was no documentation.

For wasting federal tax dollars intended to help veterans who deserve the best health care money can buy after their service to this country, the Department of Veterans Affairs wins this weeks Golden Hammer, a weekly distinction awarded by The Washington Times highlighting the most egregious examples of wasteful federal spending.

The recent record of VA woes frustrates spending watchdogs, because the agency claims it needs more money to clear backlogs of cases for veterans waiting for benefit determinations.

“At a time when the VA has a massive backlog in getting veterans health care and getting veterans paperwork processed so they can see a doctor, it is obscene that they are wasting money on self congratulatory conferences,” said Richard Manning, president of Americans for Limited Government, a spending watchdog.

Following initial reports in 2014 that 40 veterans had died while waiting for health care at the Phoenix, Arizona, VA hospital, lawmakers, veterans groups and watchdogs called for President Obama to fire top VA officials and have echoed those cries since.

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Troopers Labor Throughout State Yielded Positive Results

(PIKESVILLE, MD) – The Labor Day weekend efforts of the Maryland State Police had a positive effect on reducing crashes and keeping the public safe to enjoy the last holiday of summer.

Preliminary information indicates from September 4 through September 7, 2015, troopers made approximately 8,075 traffic stops. They issued 5,493 citations and 4,720 warnings. There were 126 drunk driving arrests and 866 repair orders issued for defective vehicle equipment.

In support of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, S.P.I.D.R.E., a full-time drunk driving enforcement team, was out this weekend in areas of Prince George’s County where drunk drivers and drunk driving crashes are known to be prevalent. The team arrested 20 impaired drivers and issued over 120 citations. Five of those drivers arrested were repeat offenders.

The traffic enforcement efforts of the Maryland State Police led to criminal violations as well. Troopers made 65 arrests and an additional 75 wanted people were arrested on outstanding criminal warrants.

Troopers assigned to the Southern Maryland and Eastern Shore regions worked the Operation SHOWBOAT initiative and inundated the Route 50 corridor from the Chesapeake Bay to Ocean City. Operation Millipede enforcement efforts placed troopers along the entire I-95/I-495 corridor from the Delaware to Virginia state lines. Both operations successfully contributed to highway safety this weekend. During these initiatives there were no fatal or serious crashes.

The Maryland State Police continue to support the Maryland Highway Safety Office’s ‘Move Toward Zero Deaths’ campaign. These high visibility enforcement efforts reduce the number of aggressive driving motor vehicle crashes in which speed, alcohol and other driving violations are contributing factors to crashes on Maryland roads. Troopers will continue initiatives throughout the year.

Just The Facts

Survivor released from hospital after fatal shooting of cameraman, TV reporter in Virginia

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The woman who survived an on-air shooting that killed two TV journalists has been released from the hospital, nearly two weeks after the attack.

Vicki Gardner, executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce, was released on Monday from Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, spokesman Chris Turnbull said.

Gardner was answering questions about the community on live TV at the Smith Mountain Lake Visitor Center on Aug. 26 when a gunman walked up and opened fire with a 9mm Glock pistol. Gardner was wounded and WDBJ-TV cameraman Adam Ward and reporter Alison Parker were killed. The gunman, Vester Flanagan, fatally shot himself five hours later after a police chase.


The Most Important Question About Abortion

Stacey Knox gains a kidney, but loses her father

Sitting in a Philadelphia hospital bed, Stacey Knox has had plenty of time to reflect on her father's last gift to her.

Anthony Jon Jenkins was attempting to cross Route 40 in New Castle when he was hit by a car and then a pickup truck. He never awoke from the trauma.

“Dad always said, 'You're my kid. I'd give my life for you',” Knox said.

On Aug. 8, he did.

The night of the accident, Knox said, she woke up from a deep sleep to a police officer pounding on the front door of her Kendale Road home. She and her husband, Francis, drove straight to her father's bedside in Christiana Hospital where churning machines were keeping him alive.

Knox spent the next few hours talking to her father in her soft and relaxed way, telling him she loved him. As his only daughter, she said, she knew she would eventually have to make a final decision on his care, a wish he shared with her during better times. “He told me he didn't want to live like that hooked up to machines,” she said.


Rep. Ed Royce Slams White House for Syrian Refugee Crisis

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce blamed the Obama administration for the refugee crisis in the Middle East, saying that U.S.-led airstrikes a year ago would have stopped the Islamic State from seizing land that has caused Syrians to flee their homes.

"The question is what could we do at the source to turn back ISIS?" the California Republican asked Brianna Keilar on CNN. "They have expanded from their original encampment."

Over the last year, Royce said, both Republicans and Democrats have "asked the president of the United States to allow the use of air power to suppress ISIS before it began to overtake cities.

"We went a full year with the administration rejecting calls from some in the Pentagon, from us, and certainly from the ambassador in Baghdad, for airstrikes before they took these 14 major cities," he said. "Even today, three-quarters of the planes that take off return without being able to drop their ordnances, because they cannot get approval from Washington, from the lawyers in Washington, to strike these ISIS targets.

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Safe Haven property abandoned

GEORGETOWN — Walking up to the former Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary in Georgetown, the first thing you notice is the alarm.

Constant ringing blares from the former animal shelter, which abruptly closed in October 2013. The sound breaks the eerie calm that otherwise surrounds the shelter. Beep-beep-beep sounds come in rapid-fire bursts just loud enough to notice, just quiet enough that it’s almost inaudible down the driveway.

It’s a contrast to the final days of Safe Haven, when moving trucks, media and cars streamed down the gravel pathway off Shingle Point Road in an effort to remove animals from the failing shelter. In the process, 19 dogs were euthanized at what had been a no-kill shelter.

That was the day Safe Haven ended as a business; the end became official in May 2015 when U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Mary Walrath approved a motion by Safe Haven’s attorneys to abandon the property.


Huckabee Schools Stephanopoulos On Kim Davis

On Sunday, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, appearing on ABC’s This Week, was queried by host George Stephanopoulos about Huckabee’s blazing defense of Kim Davis, who was jailed for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses in Kentucky. Stephanopoulos started by stating that some conservatives said Davis should not have defied the Supreme Court’s ruling that same-sex marriage was legal, quoting Rod Dreher, who stated, “What we cannot do, and what the government cannot permit, is open defiance of settled law.” Huckabee answered bluntly, “He would have hated Abraham Lincoln, because Lincoln ignored the 1857 Dred Scott decision that said black people weren’t fully human. It was a wrong decision. And to say that we have to surrender to judicial supremacy is to do what Jefferson warned against, which is in essence to surrender to judicial tyranny.”


OC: Body of Missing PA Man Located

OCEAN CITY, MD – On Tuesday, September 8, 2015, Ocean City police responded to the Ocean City Inlet for a report of a body in the water. The body, which was recovered by the United States Coast Guard, was confirmed to be that of missing 37-year-old James Benjamin Lenhart of Souderton, PA.

Lenhart was last seen in the area of Caroline Street at approximately 11:30 p.m. on September 5, 2015. Officers broadcasted a description and initiated a search for Lenhart. Coast Guard Sector Baltimore launched a boat crew and a crew aboard a helicopter to aid in the search. Maryland State Police Trooper 4 and Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police also assisted in the search for Lenhart.

Lenhart’s body has been sent to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Maryland for autopsy where the cause and manner of death will be determined.

Final Rehoboth lifeguard stand found

REHOBOTH BEACH — The last of seven Rehoboth Beach lifeguard stands floated out to sea has been found 250 miles south, off the beach of Salvo, N.C.

Upland, Pa. native Matt Doyle came across the stand just before he was about to cast his fishing line. He said he saw the white stand rolling in the strong rip current on the morning of Sept. 5. At first, Doyle said he thought the stand washed down from the nearby Outer Banks – Salvo is south of the Outer Banks on Hatteras Island. But when he and five of his friends pulled the stand in to shore, they found it had a Rehoboth sign.

A photo of the stand and Doyle’s finding it first appeared Sunday on the website


The Real Refugee Problem – And How To Solve It

Last week Europe saw one of its worst crises in decades. Tens of thousands of migrants entered the European Union via Hungary, demanding passage to their hoped-for final destination, Germany.

While the media focuses on the human tragedy of so many people uprooted and traveling in dangerous circumstances, there is very little attention given to the events that led them to leave their countries. Certainly we all feel for the displaced people, especially the children, but let's not forget that this is a man-made crisis and it is a government-made crisis.

The reason so many are fleeing places like Syria, Libya, Afghanistan and Iraq is that US and European interventionist foreign policy has left these countries destabilized with no hopes of economic recovery. This mass migration from the Middle East and beyond is a direct result of the neocon foreign policy of regime change, invasion and pushing "democracy" at the barrel of a gun.

Even when they successfully change the regime, as in Iraq, what is left behind is an almost uninhabitable country. It reminds me of the saying attributed to a US major in the Vietnam War, discussing the bombing of Ben Tre: "It became necessary to destroy the town in order to save it."

The Europeans share a good deal of blame as well. France and the UK were enthusiastic supporters of the attack on Libya and they were early backers of the "Assad must go" policy. Assad may not be a nice guy, but the forces that have been unleashed to overthrow him seem to be much worse and far more dangerous. No wonder people are so desperate to leave Syria.


The Invasion of Europe in one video..

The Invasion of Europe in one video... what the mainstream media is not showing you of the Islamic colonization/conquest...

Posted by WND on Tuesday, September 8, 2015

WOCO Fire Marshal's Office Press Release 9-8-15 (WOC Mobile Home Fire)

The Worcester County Fire Marshal's has investigated a fire which occurred on Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 12536 Old Bridge Road, (West) Ocean City, Maryland. Arriving firefighters responding to the 4:30PM fire found a mobile home with heavy smoke and fire extending from one end of the mobile home. The fire was quickly extinguished. The mobile home was not occupied at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported. The mobile home's tenants are David and Terry Kohlholf and their 8 year old son. The mobile home is owned by Ghassan Neshawat. The fire is listed as undertimed. Anyone with informaiton about the fire is asked to call Fire Marshal Jeff McMahon at 410.632.5666 ext. 1 or jmcmahon@wcfmo.og

Chicago Labor Day Violence: 6 Killed 27 Wounded, Dead Toddler's Head Found Floating in Lagoon

As Sunday drew to a close in Chicago, the Labor Day weekend so far has seen a high toll of dead and wounded with six killed and 27 wounded between Friday and Sunday.

The murders came fast on Friday with three killed between 8PM and midnight on the first day of the long Labor Day weekend. Including the three killed there were 13 shootings in the Windy City on the hot night of September 4.

By comparison, Saturday–another steamy day–seemed mild with only nine shootings and no deaths.

However, Saturday also saw the discovery of a toddler’s head and other body parts floating in the lagoon in Garfield Park, bringing to the day at least one death of thus far undetermined cause.

But Sunday came roaring back, though, with three more killed and another eight shot.


MSP Press Release 9-8-15 (Princess Anne Barrack)

US Under New Pressure To Absorb Syrian Refugees

The surge of refugees fleeing Syria and other war-torn regions is putting immense pressure not only on Europe but also the United States, as the Obama administration faces calls to take a more active role in the humanitarian crisis.

At the same time, some lawmakers on Capitol Hill are warning that loosening immigration rules to take them in would pose a serious security risk. For the Obama administration – and the one that succeeds it – there are no easy answers.

To be sure, many of the millions fleeing civil war and terror come from countries with a strong Islamic State presence, and lawmakers have warned that applicants must be properly vetted for terror ties. But the images emerging from Europe over the past several weeks underscore the humanitarian imperative -- photos of a drowned boy's body washing up on a Turkish beach, of clashes in Hungary over shuttered train routes to Western Europe, of an abandoned truck filled with refugees' corpses in Austria.

The pace and scale of displacement, and the extreme measures refugees are taking to escape their own battered homeland, has quickly made Syria’s problem everyone’s problem.

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Aspirin Boosts Cancer Immunotherapy: Study

Giving cheap aspirin to cancer patients may turbo-charge the effectiveness of expensive new medicines that help their immune systems fight tumors, experiments on mice suggest.

Immunotherapy promises to revolutionize cancer care by offering a better, longer-lasting response with fewer adverse side effects than conventional treatment, but the new drugs do not work well in all cases.

One reason is that cancer cells often produce large amounts of the molecule prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), which turns down the immune system's normal attack response to tumor cells, according to scientists at London's new Francis Crick Institute.

Aspirin blocks PGE2 production and the researchers found that adding it to an immunotherapy treatment called anti-PD-1 substantially slowed the growth of bowel and melanoma cancers in mice when compared with treatment by immunotherapy alone.

There is already some evidence that the findings in mice will apply to human tissue but there is still a long way to go before this is proven.

Still, the research adds to aspirin's reputation as a "wonder drug."


Do You Recognize These Megastars?

20 rare photos of celebrities in their youth will have you doing double-takes

Hey Salisbury, Do You Know What The Definition Of Insanity Is?

How America Lost Track of Ben Franklin’s Definition of Success

According to Franklin, what mattered in business was humility, restraint, and discipline. But today’s Type-A MBAs would find him qualified for little more than a career in middle management.

When he retired from the printing business at the age of 42, Benjamin Franklin set his sights on becoming what he called a “Man of Leisure.” To modern ears, that title might suggest Franklin aimed to spend his autumn years sleeping in or stopping by the tavern, but to colonial contemporaries, it would have intimated aristocratic pretension. A “Man of Leisure” was typically a member of the landed elite, someone who spent his days fox hunting and affecting boredom. He didn’t have to work for a living, and, frankly, he wouldn’t dream of doing so.

Having worked as a successful shopkeeper with a keen eye for investments, Franklin had earned his leisure, but rather than cultivate the fine arts of indolence, retirement, he said, was “time for doing something useful.” Hence, the many activities of Franklin’s retirement: scientist, statesman, and sage, as well as one-man civic society for the city of Philadelphia. His post-employment accomplishments earned him the sobriquet of “The First American” in his own lifetime, and yet, for succeeding generations, the endeavor that was considered his most “useful” was the working life he left behind when he embarked on a life of leisure.


WCSO Press Release 9-8-15

Incident: Motor Vehicle Collision

Date of Incident: 5 September 2015

Location: Airport Road and Johnson Road, Salisbury, MD

Narrative: On 5 September 2015 deputies responded to a reported motor vehicle collision at the intersection of Airport Road and Johnson Road in Salisbury. The preliminary investigation has revealed that a vehicle operated by Hilda C. Vidal, 39 of Salisbury, failed to stop for a stop sign on Johnson Road and collided with a vehicle travelling on Airport Road that had the right of way.

Four subjects between the two vehicles were transported by ambulance to PRMC with three of those subjects later being transported to other facilities in Baltimore. One of those subjects transported to Baltimore was a two and a half year old toddler that was in Vidal’s vehicle.

The collision is still being investigated by the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit.

Charges: Pending

Releasing Authority: Lt. Tim Robinson 

Date: 8 September 2015

Check out Poll: Trump beats Hillary head-to-head

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump leads Democrat Hillary Clinton head-to-head, according to a new poll released Friday.

The poll by SurveyUSA finds that matched up directly, Trump garners 45 percent to Clinton’s 40 percent.

In other head-to-head matchups, Trump beats out Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) by 44 percent to 40 percent; Vice President Joe Biden by 44 percent to 42 percent; and former Vice President Al Gore by 44 percent to 41 percent.

Trump’s surge past Clinton marks a dramatic turnaround in the polls.

A CNN/ORC sampling of national voters in late June — just days after Trump entered the race — found that 59 percent supported Clinton to 34 percent picking Trump in a head-to-head race.

The same poll taken in July saw Clinton at 57 percent to Trump at 38 percent. And a version taken in August had Clinton with 52 percent support and Trump with 43 percent.

Trump has seen his campaign’s popularity surge through the summer while Clinton’s has struggled with voter concerns over her transparency and trustworthiness as secretary of State.

3 Illegals Charged in Shooting Death of 17-year-old Student

Three illegal immigrants were charged Saturday in connection with the murder of a 17-year-old Virginia high school student who was gunned down on his way to a bus stop Friday morning.

According to The Washington Post, Danny Centeno-Miranda, who attended Park View High in Loudoun County, was about 50 yards from the school bus stop when he was shot twice in the back.

Centeno-Miranda, who moved to Virginia from his native El Salvador to live with relatives in 2013, died later at Inova Fairfax Hospital.

Authorities have learned that the suspects are illegal immigrants based on information given to them by the suspects, Kraig Troxell, a spokesman for the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office, told The Washington Post.

All three suspects are to be arraigned Tuesday. They are being held without bond.

“This was not a random incident,” Sheriff Mike Chapman said at a news conference Saturday, the paper reported. “The suspects and the victim were known to each other.”

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The Jury as Liberty's Shield

It's no secret that government absolutely loathes juries. They are an obstacle, an encumbrance to greater power, and government sidesteps the jury trial any chance it gets. But a jury trial is our right as American citizens, for now, and government has to deal with it in most instances. So government settles for the next best thing: packing the jury box with the most gullible saps our society has on offer and hoping the State's slick lawyers and judges can cajole the jurors into delivering the desired verdict.

The government's beau ideal of a juror is a sap, a sheep, a serf who knows nothing of the law, or of rights, someone who would buy snow in the Arctic or sand on the Arabian Peninsula. They want malleable clay in the form of an unthinking person because they know government overreach is built upon such people.

But, oh, what power a jury has. Higher than a judge, the jury is the law. A quote from goes like this:

There are five boxes to use in the defense of liberty: the soapbox, the mailbox, the ballot box, the jury box, and the ammunition box. Use them in that order.


SPD Press Release 9-8-15 (Shoplifting)

Why Can't the Kentucky Clerk Get Bail?

Rowan County, Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis has been jailed without bail since Thursday for refusing to allow her office to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Her attorney, Matthew Staver, says that even some people accused of murder are allowed to be free on bail while their trail is pending.

"This woman who hasn't done any crime at all," Staver told Newsmax on Sunday. "She's being held without bail for an indefinite period of time. In fact, one of the U.S. marshals when they were directed by the judge to take her into custody told her he had never arrested somebody who had not committed a crime."

GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee told ABC's "This Week" Sunday that there is a double standard for liberals and conservatives when it comes to violating same-sex marriage laws. He pointed to former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsome and President Barack Obama's former Attorney General Eric Holder for allowing same-sex marriage when it was illegal, yet suffering no consequences.

U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning has said he jailed Davis without bail in an effort to force her to comply on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling this summer legalizing gay marriage nationally.

Staver, Davis' lawyer, is skeptical that Bunning ever even considered a fine – even though the gay couples seeking the original injuction against Davis specifically requested a fine and not jail time.

The temporary injunction ended at the end of the day August 31, Staver said, and at 10:30 the next morning a motion for contempt was filed. Bunning set a 1 p.m. hearing, allowing only a five-page response, when the rules allow for 20 pages.

When the hearing was held 48 hours later, Bunning already had the jailer – who had to travel from another county – in the courtroom ready to take Davis into custody.


'Path of Honor' created to remember 9/11 victims

PARKVILLE, Md. —Chuck Ritz said he made a promise almost 14 years ago never to forget the victims killed on 9/11 and the sacrifices made by the first responders and so many others on that infamous day in U.S.history.

That promise is on full display along Putty Hill Avenue in Parkville. Along a 3/4-mile stretch from Harford Road to the fire station on Old Harford Road, a "Path of Honor" has been decorated with 2,977 flags, one to represent each victim of 9/11.

"Everything we do is in remembrance of 9/11," said Ritz, the founder of the Hope and Peace Foundation, told WBAL-TV 11 News. "Our motto is 'keeping the promise.' Right after 9/11 we made a promise never to forget not only the lives lost on that day but also of the first responders and those that worked on the piles in the months that followed."



Ocean City Fire/EMS on scene at the inlet. Body floating in the water. Possibly the missing person from the other morning.

GoFundMe Nixes Fundraiser For Kentucky Clerk

The left-leaning fundraising site GoFundMe has declined to accept a fundraising campaign for jailed Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk Kim Davis.

Davis was jailed on Thursday for defying a federal court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges in June. She was ordered detained for contempt of court and later rejected a proposal to allow her deputies to process same-sex marriage licenses that could have prompted her release. She has become the symbol of religious opposition to the heavy-handed tactics of the “gaystapo” who are ramming same-sex marriage through at the federal level across the nation in opposition of religious conservatives.

U.S. News and World Report noted, “In sending her to jail, U.S. District Judge David Bunning ignored the American Civil Liberties Union’s request that Davis be fined to compel compliance with orders that she issue marriage licenses. ACLU attorney Heather Weaver, who is working on the case, said there was testimony about fundraising efforts on Davis’ behalf, apparently a factor in the judge’s decision not to impose financial penalties.”

Davis will remain incarcerated until she agrees to resume issuing licenses, including those for same-sex marriage.

Supporters attempted to initiate a GoFundMe campaign for her defense, but were thwarted by the site’s Terms and Conditions, which were updated on April 29 to specify the site can choose not to allow “campaigns in defense of formal charges or claims of heinous crimes, violent, hateful, sexual or discriminatory acts.”

These terms were updated in response to the massive support behind the bakery Sweet Cakes By Melissa.


School Backs Down And Allows Pro-life Club

LAS VEGAS – Just how frequently do public schools get away with violating students’ rights, just because most students don’t know their rights, or how to find legal help when they need it?

One student, Angelique Clark of Las Vegas, is one bright student who refused to be trampled on.

Last December Clark filed an application to form a pro-life club for students at her school, the West Career and Technical Academy in the Clark County (Las Vegas) school district.

In February she learned the school’s assistant principal had denied the application for a variety of reasons: he considered abortion “controversial,” pro-choice students would feel “left out,” and other people were more qualified than Clark to speak out on the issue, according to a release from the Thomas More Society.

Clark enlisted the aid of her national organization, Students for Life of America, which retains the Thomas More Society for legal representation.

The Thomas More Society got involved with Clark’s case and sent a letter to the school district, citing clear legal arguments and demanding approval of the club by June 1, 2015. No response came back, so the Thomas More Society filed a lawsuit on Clark’s behalf in mid-August.

That did the trick.

This week the school district formally approved Clark’s application to form a student pro-life club, with no strings attached.

School district General Counsel Carlos McDade formally confirmed on Aug. 31 “that Angelique Clark will be allowed to form a non-curriculum related, non-school sponsored, student initiated, student led pro-life group at West Career & Technical Academy.”

Not only do Clark and her fellow club members have a First Amendment right to express their views, but they are protected by the Equal Access Act of 1984, a federal law which guarantees equal rights for students religious groups.


Gov't Official Caught Allegedly Trading Food Stamps For Sex

Tennessee state officials announced Thursday that they have arrested state Department of Human Services Eligibility Counselor Alfred Awonuga for allegedly trading food stamps for sex.

In his role, Awonuga was responsible for deciding if a person was eligible for food stamps. An investigation by Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) found he used his authority to coercive individuals into having sex with him. This included some not otherwise eligible to receive benefits.

“Awonuga used his position to attempt to get a participant in the state’s food assistance program to have sex with him in exchange for benefits,” a press release from TBI detailed. “Agents further learned Awonuga manipulated the program in a separate incident by obtaining benefits for an applicant who would otherwise not be eligible in an attempt to get the participant to have sex with him.”


UC Irvine: US Flag Banned for 'Representing Hate-Speech'

Could there be anything more offensive than hanging the ISIS flag or a Nazi swastika at a major American university campus?

The answer, according to one student leader at the University of California, is yes: the flag of the United States of America.

In an interview with American documentary-maker and activist Ami Horowitz, UC Irvine student Matthew Guevara claimed he had submitted a motion to have the flag removed because it "represents hate-speech."

More incredibly, his motion was PASSED by the student government with a 60% majority.

Apparently unaware of the tongue-in-cheek nature of the interview, Guevara's answers to Horowitz's questions were at times simultaneously cringe-worthy and hilarious.

Horowitz has become something of a viral sensation with his videos exposing the hypocrisy of the far-left in particular.

Recently he revealed how Irish businesses who supported the anti-Israel BDS boycott movement, ostensibly motivated by a concern for "human rights," were more than happy to stock produce from such bastions of human rights as Iran, North Korea and Sudan.

More here (with video)

New Regulations Require Idaho Cities To Cut Phosphorus By 90 Percent

The federal government is cracking down on phosphorus in Idaho.

"Federal officials have issued permits to three northern Idaho cities that limit how much pollution can be put into the Spokane River," the Seattle Timesreported.

Under the new mandate, these cities must lower phosphorus discharges into the Spokane, one of the most polluted in the state. The rules say discharges must be cut by 90 percent over 10 years by Coeur d'alene, Post Falls, and Hayden.

"The new limits are included in wastewater discharge permits for the cities of Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls and the Hayden Area Regional Sewer Board, which were issued last week by the U.S. Environmental Protect Agency," the Spokesman-Review reported.

Algae is part of the impetus for the new regulations.

"The new permits come after years of effort to reduce algae blooms and boost dissolved oxygen levels in the river. Washington dischargers have been operating under similar limits since 2011," the report said.


City Residents Not Happy With T-Shirt Fundraiser For Officers Charged In Gray Case

Riots broke out in response to the police in-custody death of Freddie Gray. The six officers charged have been suspended without pay and that has inspired a fundraiser for the officers' families. Organizers are selling T-shirts for $25.

There is a depiction of a brick with the words "Baltimore Riot 2015: The Battle of Mondawmin." But trying to capitalize on the saddest days in Baltimore's modern history is rubbing a lot of people the wrong way.

"It's not the right message. I don't think so at all. They could do a lot better and for $25? Listen, I think you should think about what you did before you did it," John Lawson said.


Clinton’s backup emails could come biting

Judge poised to order accounting of copies

A federal judge may soon demand Hillary Clinton and her attorney answer questions about the existence of backup copies of the thousands of personal emails she has claimed are nobody’s business but her own.

At issue are the 31,000 emails that were wiped from Clinton’s personal server – emails that the former secretary of state claimed were personal and private. The missing emails have sparked considerable interest among watchdogs and politicians alike, particularly when Fox News journalist Ed Henry questioned Clinton about their disappearance and she ultimately feigned innocence about the meaning of the word “wipe,” saying she didn’t understand how the technology worked, as WND reported. A former Clinton spokesman, Brian Fallon, who served as her press secretary at the State Department, adopted the same mantra in a recent interview on CNN, telling host Brianna Keilar: “I don’t know what ‘wiped’ means,” WND also reported.

Thanks to an order from Judge Reggie Walton of the U.S. District Court for the D.C. Circuit, those wiped emails could now come back to bite Clinton.

The Hill reported Walton has shown interest in ordering the State Department to question Clinton and her attorney about the existence of backup copies of these 31,000 deleted emails. The order could come before the end of next week.



Exclusive: Myra Adams interviews Roger Stone, famous GOP strategist

Today’s Q&A is with Roger Stone, a seasoned political operative and pundit. A veteran of eight national presidential campaigns, he served as a senior campaign aide to three Republican presidents before leaving the GOP for the Libertarian Party. He is author of the New York Times bestseller, “The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ,” and has written for Fox Opinion, Breitbart News, the Daily Caller’s and the op-ed page of the New York Times. A well-known voice in politics for more than 40 years, Roger Stone often gives insights on behind-the-scenes political agendas on Fox News, CNN, CNBC and MSNBC.

WND: Recently in Politico, you described your forthcoming book, “The Clintons’ War on Women,” as “The definitive expose’ on Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton. Raw, shocking and true.”

Is your description just hype to stimulate pre-sales since the book will not be released until Oct. 13, or are you and your co-author Robert Morrow really breaking new ground that will make headlines and possibly impact the 2016 race?

ROGER STONE: The mainstream media have suppressed the shocking truth about the Clintons and the way they have climbed over the backs of innocent women, men and children in their quest for power and wealth. Most people who read this book will learn shocking facts for the first time. Clinton’s apologists will try to dismiss it as “old news.” News is not “old” to those who never heard it. The book is not about Whitewater or Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton and a cigar. It is the true story of serial rape, intimidation, violence, terror tactics, drugs, lies, greed, cover-up and ambition. It’s blunt, ugly and shocking. It’s the definitive expose on Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton. Bill and Hillary Clinton are the penicillin-resistant syphilis of our political system.


Delmar Middle: 5th Grade SNACK FUND

Publishers Notes: I found this gem this weekend and thought I'd share it with everyone. What I found really interesting is that this is one of the only schools that is fiscally responsible and I tip my hat to them. IF you want to get involved, you can. IF you do not, NOTHING is shoved down your throat. When I compare Delmar to Wicomico County and I think of those Gift Cards my blood just boils. They are almost 50% to their goal. Let's help close it out. 
My name is Vicki Di Vittorio and I am fifth grade Special Education teacher at Delmar Middle School in Delmar, DE. (Please bear with the explanation below and read to the end!)

Delmar is "The Little Town Too Big For One State". Delmar's 962 residents live in a unique community that calls two states, Delaware and Maryland, home. (the district has over 1,300 students, some of whom live in Delmar, MD but attend school in Delmar, DE).

Our school district is unique in that it consists of only one building; comprised of a Middle and a Senior High School: there is no elementary school on the Delaware side (K-4 students attend Delmar Elementary School in Delmar, MD). The middle school and high school students and faculty share not only a gym, a cafeteria, all specials teachers (art, music, gym, foreign language, computer) but also all district offices and support staff.


Five shot dead, including boy, 7, in Charlotte over Labor Day weekend

A 7-year-old boy was shot and killed while celebrating a birthday party in Charlotte, North Carolina on Saturday, police said.

The boy was identified as Kevin Antonio Calderon Rodas.

It is the tenth shooting and fifth fatality in the area over the weekend, according to The Charlotte Observer.

Charlotte police officers are being called back in from days off and vacations to try and stem the violence.

The dead include a 7-year-old boy killed during a birthday party around 9 p.m. Saturday in a front yard on Fieldvale Place in southwest Charlotte.


Beach Patrol: O.C. Drowning Preventable

A man who went into the ocean is missing and a little girl died after she went swimming in Ocean City over the holiday weekend.

Captain Butch Arbin of the Ocean City Patrol tells WBAL NewsRadio 1090 that both incidents were preventable. Both victims went swimming when lifeguards were not on duty.

Arbin says the 8-year-old was apparently knocked down by a wave and pulled out by a rip current at the Inlet.

"She was located off shore. The currents around the Inlet jetty because of the back Bay emptying out are pretty strong," says Arbin.


Moderate Muslims?

Beach Traffic Coming Home Backed Up More Than 20 Miles

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — For the thousands driving back home from the beach Monday night, traffic was heavy.

Congestion lasted late into the evening westbound at the Bay Bridge.

At times, backups were more than 20 miles long.


Lt Col Dick Cole Turns 100 years young today

 Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Dick Cole autographs items sent to his home in Comfort, Texas, on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. Cole, who is naturally left handed, writes with his right hand because his grade school teachers taught him to do so. As a result, his writing is very deliberate and looks almost like calligraphy. Cole was copilot to Jimmy Doolittle on April 18, 1942, during World War II, when 16 B-25 bombers flew off the deck of the USS Hornet aircraft carrier to bomb Japan. Cole is turning 100 years old.
COMFORT — Dick Cole is fond of saying he’s a big believer in luck and never tried to manufacture it.
Not that he had to.
Luck, like serendipitous moments and sweet victories in love and war, just came his way. Take the time his B-25B pilot, Capt. Vernon Stintzi, fell ill with an ulcer as training neared for a secret mission.
Cole, fearing the entire crew would be scratched, asked the mission commander to keep them on. It was a bold request for a second lieutenant out of flight training at Randolph Field, but Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle did him one better, taking Stintzi’s seat on their plane.
“That might have been the luck. Not for (Stintzi), but for me,” Cole said softly, laughing. “For me and the rest of the crew.”
On his 100th birthday this morning, the life of Richard Eugene Cole is perhaps best described in an old saying, “The brave man carves out his fortune, and every man is the sum of his own works.” Cole wasn’t thinking about the author of that quote, the novelist Cervantes, when he looked back on it all at the end of a long interview but said something similar, for the war and one spectacular mission is just a moment in time for him.
    Cole is best known as Doolittle’s co-pilot on the famous Tokyo Raid. It was a singularly bold mission, a one-way trip with no promise of a return home, a strike that stunned Japan, buoyed American morale and altered the course of the Pacific war by prompting changes in enemy plans. All of this is why the story holds up so well 73 years later, but he’s the first to say there have been many other breaks over his century, as well as tragedy and loss, and his life isn’t about any single one of them.
    “I feel like the Tokyo Raid is pretty beat up. I think there are more fertile stories to tell,” Cole says before walking the 100 yards from his single-story brick home in the Texas Hill Country to his mailbox.
There are, starting with his constitution.
    The first thing to know about Dick Cole the centenarian is that he keeps going. In a world where most folks his age are in wheelchairs, he steps out of bed after dawn and takes short, measured steps while tackling the day’s chores. In that way, it’s no different from the days when he milked cows and plowed fields as a young man during the Depression earning $75 a month on an aunt’s farm in Ohio, saving the money for college.
    These days Cole works in his barn, tending to fruit-bearing trees on his four-acre spread, cutting the grass with a 1949 Ford tractor and fixing things when they break. The old tractor’s burned-out ignition switch is his latest project, as is a Weed Eater that rests on a pair of wooden sawhorses, the assembly directions waiting to be read.
    There used to be bison on the land but they were too big and strong, and he was too frail, and so they’re gone. Still, when things break — and they do in a house built 20 years ago — Cole is Mr. Fix It. When a 14-year-old hot water heater went out five months ago, he drove his Ford F-150 pickup seven miles into Comfort, got a new one and installed it himself — and it wasn’t the first time, either.
This might seem amazing for a man showing classic signs of old age. He wears hearing aids in each ear and sometimes stops a thought in mid-sentence, losing it the way a mist vanishes suddenly on a damp, cloudy morning. He rises slowly when the phone rings and walks with a pronounced stoop, but gets to where he’s going.
    A sense of determination radiates from him. Cole wears a pedometer and is quite conscious of the need to remain mobile. He once joked, “The secret is you’ve got to keep moving like the sheriff is after you,” and so he does, walking a mile every day. Oh, and he clings to the keys of his pickup and a beloved sedan, and plans to take at least one more spin now that he’s 100.
    Cole is in a class of his own in a nation where only a fraction of the original 16 million World War II veterans are still alive. The 80 Doolittle Raiders aboard 16 bombers that flew off the USS Hornet and bombed Tokyo, Nagoya and Yokosuka on April 18, 1942 are down to Cole and David Thatcher, 94, of Missoula, Montana.
    They came to the mission as volunteers who had no idea where they were headed while training for short takeoffs under the tutelage of a naval officer in the Florida Panhandle, and had reason to worry after Hornet put to sea. Cole, though, was amazed to be on a mission with his boyhood hero, and everyone concentrated on their jobs as the Mitchell bombers spun up on the aircraft carrier. “We didn’t have much time to think about what was going to happen,” said Thatcher, a gunner aboard the Ruptured Duck, a plane made famous in the movie. “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo.”
    Still, it was risky business.   Doolittle’s crew would be the first to ever fly a bomber off an aircraft carrier. They were supposed to launch on the evening of April 19 and fly 400 miles to Japan, but took off early that morning after the Hornet spotted an enemy trawler. The bombers flew 645 miles, meaning many of them might not make it to airfields clandestinely set up for them in China.
    Doolittle and his crew bailed out over a mountainous part of China during a thunderstorm. Thatcher fell unconscious and four other crewmen were seriously injured after the Ruptured Duck crashed on a Japanese-held island. In all, three raiders were executed, one died in prison, another was killed bailing out. Two other died of injuries sustained in plane crashes. Eight were captured.
    All were given the Distinguished Flying Cross. Doolittle received the Medal of Honor and was promoted to one-star general.
    Most of the others got home, with 19 Doolittle Raiders later dying in North Africa and the China-India-Burma theater of war. Cole stayed in Asia flying cargo planes for 14 months before briefly landing a sweet stateside job in Tulsa, Oklahoma, testing B-24s that were fresh out of the factory. One day in the summer of 1943 a woman told him she was learning to fly and asked if she could get some flight time while he tested the plane. Cole fell in love with her on the spot, but said no.
Later, somewhere around 12,000 feet, she appeared in his cockpit.
    “The co-pilot, an older guy, took a match cover out of his pocket and gave it to her and said, ‘Put your number on here,’ and she did, but she gave the thing to me,” Cole recalled.
Two weeks later, they got married.“That’s back in the luck category,” he smiled.
Cole went back to war that winter, building airfields behind Japanese lines in China. He made a career in the Air Force, retiring as a lieutenant colonel, but there were bad breaks along the way. His wife, Lucia Martha Harrell, who went by Marty, died in 2003. A son, Andrew, lost his life two years ago in a car accident, and a daughter, Christina, suffered a fatal aneurysm in 2003
    These days Cole insists on remaining as independent as possible . His daughter, Cindy Chal, is nearby and sees him every day, but tries not to hover over him. Talk with him for long and it becomes obvious that he’s happy and would love to live well beyond 100, if only to see if the world gets better in the future. The other thing that is clear is which part of his life he loves the most.
“All of it,” Cole said, “because no matter how you look at it, all the parts made the whole.”
Larry D. Kelley PD
Delaware Aviation Museum Foundation
21781 Aviation Ave
Georgetown, Delaware 19947  
cell: 410-991-2356

Putting Up the Flag

Lost Dog 9-4-15 UPDATE

Hi Mr. Albero,

Thank you again for posting the information about my mom's lost dog. Sadly, she still has not been found. My mom is now back in town so I am going to include phone numbers for her. If you could update the post with the following information I would greatly appreciate it.

Please help us bring Peaches home. She was last seen in the Salisbury area of Snow Hill Rd. and Nutters Cross Rd on Saturday evening. It was noticed at a previous siting that one of her hind legs seemed to be hurt. Unfortunately, she is shy towards strangers and has been running away when approached. She needs her medication immediately and is microchipped. If you happen to see her, please call 410-726-1235 or 443-944-2863 or take her to the Wicomico County Humane Society or nearest veterinary hospital so she can be treated. Thank you for your help!

Thank you for allowing us to use your site in a effort to find Peaches!

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Feds Want Evidence They Let Mexican Drug Cartels Buy Guns Kept Quiet

"The defendants should be precluded from mentioning Operation Fast and Furious"

Prosecutors in the trial of a murdered US Border Patrol agent are trying to keep details about guns found on the murder scene from the jury because of their connection to a scandal-ridden federal program.

Between 2006 and 2011, the Arizona field office of the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) used a tactic known as “gunwalking” in a secretive program known as Operation Fast and Furious. During that time period, the ATF purposely allowed licensed firearm dealers in Phoenix and Tucson to sell weapons to illegal straw buyers, with the hope of later tracking them to Mexican drug cartels.

The operation turned out to be an embarrassing failure for the Bureau, as the ATF ended up losing track of 2,000 weapons. Since then, the Mexican government has claimed that some of these firearms have turned up in at least 10 crime scenes in that country.

Two of these guns were also found at the scene of US Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s death, and now case prosecutors are trying to keep the guns out of trial proceedings.