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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

What Does Jesse Jackson Think Of The All-White Democratic Debate?

LAS VEGAS — Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson kept true to the name of the spin room in which he held court following Tuesday night’s debate, shooting down the notion that his party’s all-white presidential field was cause for concern and accusing the Republicans of being the true minorities because of their policy positions.

With five white candidates, Democrats are fielding their least racially diverse line-up since 1992. Republicans, on the other hand, have four minority candidates. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson is black. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz are of Cuban descent. And Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is Indian-American.

But that racial imbalance doesn’t bother the 74-year-old Jackson, who ran for president on the Democratic ticket in 1984 and 1988.

Asked by The Daily Caller if his party’s all-white field was of concern, Jackson said that it is not.


Obama: ‘Yes’ I Would Win If I Ran For President Again

"I'd love to do some more."

“Do you think if you ran again, could run again, and did run again, you would be elected?” asked Steve Kroft on “60 Minutes” Sunday night.

“Yes,” replied Obama.”You do?” said Kroft.”I do,” replied the president.

The questions followed on an exchange where Kroft asked Obama if he agreed with First Lady Michelle Obama, who said a few months ago at a fundraiser that she is very pleased he cannot run again.

“Do you feel the same way?” asked Kroft.

“You know, it’s interesting … you go into your last year and I think it’s bittersweet,” Obama replied. “On the one hand, I am very proud of what we’ve accomplished and it makes me think, I’d love to do some more.”

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O’Malley Defends Policies In First Democratic Presidential Debate

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Rolling the dice in Las Vegas. The pundits weighed in on how former Governor Martin O’Malley did in the first Democratic presidential debate. The big showdown was watched by more than 15 million people.

Political reporter Pat Warren took a closer look at how O’Malley stacks up against the top candidates.

The first Democratic presidential debate drew ratings but no blood—though not for lack of trying on Martin O’Malley’s part. It also served as his introduction to the country.

“After 15 years of executive experience, I have learned how to be an effective leader,” he said.

He drew on that experience throughout the debate in a feisty exchange with Bernie Sanders on gun control laws he signed as governor.



Toyotas were supplied by the US government to the Al Nusra Front

U.S. counter-terror officials have launched an investigation into how ISIS got so many of those identical Toyota pickup trucks which they use in their convoys.

They don’t have to look very far …

The Spectator reported last year:

The [Toyota] Hilux [pics] is light, fast, manoeuvrable and all but indestructible (‘bomb-proof’ might not, in this instance, be a happy usage). The weapons experts Jane’s claimed for the Hilux a similar significance to the longbows of Agincourt or the Huey choppers of Nam. A US Army Ranger said the Toyota sure ‘kicks the hell out of a Humvee’ (referring to the clumsy and over-sized High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle made by AM General).


Wisconsin gun shop ordered to pay nearly $6 million to injured police officers

MILWAUKEE – Jurors ordered a Wisconsin gun store to pay nearly $6 million on Tuesday to two Milwaukee police officers who were shot and seriously wounded by a gun purchased at the store.

The ruling came in a negligence lawsuit filed by the officers against Badger Guns, a shop in suburban Milwaukee that authorities have linked to hundreds of firearms found at crime scenes. The lawsuit alleges the shop ignored several warning signs that the gun used to shoot the officers was being sold to a "straw buyer," or someone who was buying the gun for someone who couldn't legally do so.

Jurors sided with the officers, ruling that the store was negligent in selling the gun.



"It can’t raise rates..."

The United States shouldn’t raise interest rates to avoid hurting developing nations dependent on the U.S. dollar, China’s finance minister said. Lou Jiwei said the dollar remained critical to the global economy.

“The United States isn’t at the point of raising interest rates yet, and under its global responsibilities, it can’t raise rates,” Lou said in an interview published in the China Business News Monday. He spoke during the annual meeting of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Lima, Peru.

Lou was optimistic about Beijing’s economic future, but warned officials need to manage China’s slowdown carefully. “The slowing of China’s economic growth is a healthy process, but it is a sensitive period. The Chinese government must make accurate adjustments, keeping the economy within a predictable space while continuing to promote internal structural reforms,” he said.

Asian markets rallied after the U.S. Federal Reserve moved to keep rates steady in September. “Any sign of stimulus is being seized by the markets as a sign of stabilization and there is some bargain hunting, especially in the beaten down sectors, related to commodities,” said Nicholas Yeo, head of equities (China/Hong Kong) at Aberdeen Asset Management.

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Police: Daycare owner was attacked while protecting kids

HELENA, Mont. – A Montana daycare owner was punched and hit in the face with a shovel after refusing to hand three young siblings to their father, who was drunk and lacks legal custody, authorities said.

Martha McClure had surgery for her injuries Monday and is still struggling with double vision, according to her sister-in-law, Marlene Heath.

Lake County officials say McClure was caring for Francis Joseph Jackson's three children, all under the age of 4, when he showed up at her Ronan daycare center with an unidentified woman last week.

McClure knew Salish and Kootenai Tribal Child Protective Services had suspended Jackson's parental rights and he was not allowed to have contact with them.


'I Heard a Boom - then the Terrorist Got Out of the Car to Stab'

Shortly after the lethal car attack which took place in central Jerusalem even as a bus was attacked in the capital's southeast, Arutz Sheva arrived on scene to hear eyewitness testimony from the terrorist attack.

One eyewitness, Meir, said, "I got on my bike with a friend a moment before it happened. I just told him about the terror attacks that happened yesterday and how frightening it is. We went up there, I told him it's scary to ride a bike, I'm afraid an Arab will come and run us over. I just happened to say that to him."

His comment came just a moment before Bezeq telephone company employee Alaa Abu Jamal rammed his company car into pedestrians before exiting with a knife drawn, murdering one victim identified as Rabbi Yeshiyahu Krishevsky and lightly wounding another.

"A minute later I hear a huge boom, we turned around and I told him let's get off (the bikes). We went back and right away I saw...wounded Jews covered in blood, and the terrorist was there, someone had a handgun and he fired off a shot (at the terrorist). He was still moving and there was a knife on the ground," said Meir, noting the terrorist had gotten out of his car.

"He got out of the car to stab, I don't know if he managed to stab or not. The army came right away, they gave him another ten bullets or so. A second earlier I had been there and I was saved by a miracle. It was scary."


Towson University investigates anti-Semitic postings

TOWSON, Md. —Towson University officials are trying to determine who wrote anti-Semitic slurs Sunday on a chalkboard in the middle of campus.

The board at Freedom Square included such phrases as "Hitler was right," "With Jews you lose" and "Fascism just do it." Photos of the slurs were also circulated on social media.

In a letter to a concerned parent, Towson Vice President of Student Affairs Deb Moriarty wrote that the university acted swiftly when it was made aware of the slurs.

Moriarty wrote that the Student Government Association immediately removed the messages and requested that university police investigate the matter and have a presence in that area.


Local Cops Want Ability to Draw Citizens’ Blood Year-round

Police in Central Texas are proposing a year-round “no refusal” policy, which would allow officers to draw blood from people merely suspected of driving under the influence.

The Austin Texas Police Department is in the process of seeking funding for the unconstitutional scheme, an initiative Chief Art Acevedo claims will reduce traffic fatalities and collisions.

During a “no refusal” traffic stop, police can forcibly extract blood or breath samples against a person’s will after that person refuses sobriety tests.


Pennsylvania Man Facing $770 in Fines after Burnout, Hit-and-Run Collision

OCEAN CITY, MD – (October 13, 2015): Ocean City police have charged a Pennsylvania man involved in an attempted burnout on Philadelphia Avenue that led to a hit-and-run collision.
On October 9, 2015, at approximately 6:23 p.m. Ocean City police responded to a hit-and-run vehicle collision that occurred in the area of 7th Street and Philadelphia Avenue. It was reported that a vehicle had attempted to do a burnout on Philadelphia Avenue but lost control of the vehicle and struck the railing in front of Pickles Pub at 704 Philadelphia Avenue at a low speed. On October 10, officers discovered a video of the incident on social media. Through investigation, officers were able to identify and make contact with the driver of the vehicle who received multiple traffic citations for the October 9 incident.
The driver of the vehicle, Greg S. Peters, 44, of Lebanon, PA, was charged with the following traffic offenses:
  • Negligent driving
  • Spinning wheels
  • Driving vehicle on a sidewalk
  • Failure of vehicle driver to stop after unattended property damage accident
  • Failure of motor vehicle driver to furnish written identification information
  • Failure of vehicle driver to stop after unattended property damage accident
  • Failure of vehicle driver involved in accident to give insurance policy information
  • Driver failure to obey designated lane direction
The Ocean City Police Department is reminding residents and visitors of Ocean City that negligent and reckless driving behavior is extremely dangerous and could quickly result in tragedy. In an effort to keep Ocean City streets safe for motorists and pedestrians, similar driving behavior will be met with strict enforcement and zero tolerance.

Is Barack Obama Actually TRYING To Start World War III?

This is essentially the equivalent of poking the Russians directly in the eyes

Why has Barack Obama airdropped 50 tons of ammunition into areas that “moderate rebels” in Syria supposedly control?

This is essentially the equivalent of poking the Russians directly in the eyes. Much of this ammunition will end up in the hands of those that the Russians are attempting to bomb into oblivion, and so to Russia it appears that we are attempting to make their job much harder. And of course the truth is that there aren’t really any “moderate rebels” in Syria at all. Nearly all of the groups that are fighting are made up primarily of radical jihadists and/or hired mercenaries. Personally, I don’t see anyone over there that you could call “the good guys”. At the end of the day, the U.S. supports just about anyone that wants to get rid of the Assad regime, and the Russians are working very hard to keep Assad in power. Just like the civil war in Ukraine, the conflict in Syria is in great danger of being transformed into a proxy war between the United States and Russia, and many fear that these conflicts could eventually be setting the stage for World War III.

The ferocity of Russian airstrikes in Syria has surprised observers all over the planet, and over the past couple of days these airstrikes have been extended to include some new areas


Marijuana, guns seized in Eastern Shore drug bust

STEVENSVILLE, Md. —Authorities on the Eastern Shore seized drugs and 17 guns, including an AK-47.

The Queen Anne's County Drug Task Force announced Tuesday that Vincent Michael Arcand, 33, and Samantha Carol Sittle, 32, both of Stevensville, were arrested on Oct. 6 on various drug charges.

Authorities executed a search-and-seizure warrant at a house in the 600 block of Old Love Point Road in Stevensville near Kent Island High School, where they said they found 22 suspected marijuana plants, 1,893 grams of processed marijuana, 11.3 grams of hashish and $3,591 in cash.


Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards Baltimore Closing

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore’s Sports Legends Museum draws tens of thousands of visitors a year, but, no more. The museum is leaving its home at Camden Yards because of a lease dispute with the Maryland Stadium Authority.

Meghan McCorkell explains what it means for the museum’s future.

The museum has been in lease negotiations since April, but all of that fell through last week.

It’s been in the shadow of Oriole Park for a decade, drawing tens of thousands of visitors a year. Now, the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards is closing its doors.

“Why? People pay millions of dollars to locate things like that close to major attractions like this park,” said Manuel Valles, sports fan.

A lease dispute with the Maryland Stadium Authority has the museum packing its things.

“At the 11th hour, they came back and offered us a one-year lease that really was a deal breaker because we wanted to be in the building longer than that,” said Mike Gibbons, Sports Legends Museum.

The 22,000 square foot museum houses one of the largest collections of state sports memorabilia in the country.


Operation Cross Country Recovering Victims of Child Sex Trafficking

Operation Cross Country, a nationwide law enforcement action that took place last week and focused on underage victims of prostitution, has concluded with the recovery of 149 sexually exploited children and the arrests of more than 150 pimps and other individuals.

The FBI, in partnership with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), conducted the annual action—the ninth and largest such enforcement to date—as part of the Bureau’s Innocence Lost National Initiative.

“Our mission is to protect the American people—especially our children—from harm,” said FBI Director James Comey.” When kids are treated as a commodity in seedy hotels and on dark roadsides, we must rescue them from their nightmare and severely punish those responsible for that horror. We simply must continue to work with our partners to end the scourge of sex trafficking in our country.”

“Human trafficking is a monstrous and devastating crime that steals lives and degrades our nation,” said Attorney General Loretta Lynch. “As a result of the FBI’s outstanding coordination and exemplary efforts alongside state and local partners during Operation Cross Country, more children will sleep safely tonight, and more wrongdoers will face the judgment of our criminal justice system.”


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Records: Aide to Michigan congressman arrested in Baltimore

BALTIMORE (AP) — An aide to a Michigan congressman was charged with attacking his boyfriend with a kitchen knife and shovel, according to police and court records.

Timothy Foster, 32, was arrested Oct. 8 and charged with aggravated assault and two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, online court records showed. A phone number could not be found for Foster, and court records do not list an attorney for him.

A police report said officers met a man at a Baltimore hospital, who reported he and Foster argued at Foster’s address.


WCSO Press Releases October 14, 2015

Aaron AllenAaron AllenIncident: Theft

Date of Incident: 13 October 2015

Location: 32000 block of Old Ocean City Road, Salisbury, MD

Suspect: Aaron Tyler Allen, 21, Salisbury, MD

Narrative: On 13 October 2015 at 5:45 PM a deputy arrested Aaron Allen in connection with a theft he reportedly perpetrated back in August. In this incident Allen stands accused of stealing a Snap-On Diagnostic Scanner and selling it at a local pawn shop.

Post arrest Allen was transported to the central Booking unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. Following an initial appearance, the Commissioner released Allen on Personal Recognizance.

Charges: Theft $1,000.00 to $10,000.00


Amy KellamAmy KellamIncident: Most Wanted Arrest

Date of Incident: 13 October 2015

Location: Wicomico County

Suspect: Amy Beth Kellam, 41, Salisbury, MD

Narrative: On 13 October 2015 at 6:40 PM Amy Beth Kellam surrendered at the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office. Kellam was being sought on a Circuit Court Bench Warrant that was issued back in January 2015 after she failed to appear for a jury trial in the Circuit Court for driving while both suspended and uninsured.

Kellam had been featured as one of Wicomico County’s “Most Wanted” recently on local media outlets.

Kellam was detained without bond pending an appearance in front of a Circuit Court Judge.

Charges: Failure to Appear

Releasing Authority: Lt. Tim Robinson        Date:  14 October 2015

SPD Press Release 10-14-15 (Life Saving Event)

Two 13-Year-Old Boys Involved in Knife Attack in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM—A 13-year-old Israeli boy in Jerusalem, emerging Monday from a candy store and climbing on the bicycle he had parked outside, was set upon by two Palestinian youths and repeatedly stabbed.

One of the Palestinian assailants was also 13.

The other, reportedly his cousin, was 17. Both were from a nearby Arab neighborhood in northern Jerusalem.

An Israeli driving near the scene rammed his car into the younger assailant, who was taken to hospital in serious condition. The older youth stabbed a man nearby, seriously wounding him, before being shot to death by police.

The Israeli boy was rushed to hospital where his loss of blood appeared to make his situation hopeless. By evening, though, doctors said his situation had stabilized although his condition remained life threatening.

Although Israelis have become accustomed to daily knife attacks over the past two weeks the involvement of two 13-year-olds—one as assailant, the other as victim—was a shock.

Israel Television showed a school bag confiscated by police, which contained notebooks, textbooks and a knife. It was not clear to whom the bag belonged. Until now, almost all assailants in the current round of violence have ranged in age from 17-20.

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Jury: Boy not liable for exuberant hello that injured aunt

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut jury on Tuesday rejected a woman’s bid to sue her 12-year-old nephew for injuries she says she suffered from his exuberant greeting at his birthday party four years ago.

New York City resident Jennifer Connell claimed the Westport boy acted unreasonably when he jumped into her arms at his 8th-birthday party, causing her to fall and break her wrist. She sued in Bridgeport Superior Court for $127,000.

The Connecticut Post reports ( ) that the six-member jury found that the boy was not liable. The newspaper reported that she ignored shouted requests for comment as she passed reporters outside the courthouse.


Dramatic Footage: Security Guard Shoots Jerusalem Terrorist

Dramatic video shows attacker being eliminated, after ramming car into a bus stop, murdering one.

Dramatic video footage has emerged showing the moment a security guard gunned down the terrorist who murdered Rabbi Yeshayahu Krishevsky in Jerusalem, after plowing his car into a bus stop and emerging wielding a knife.

The attacker - named as Alaa Abu Jamal, a resident of Jabal Mukhaber in eastern Jerusalem - also injured another man before being killed. The attack was the second deadly terrorist incident in the capital Tuesday, and the fourth terrorist attack nationwide, following a deadly shooting and stabbing attack aboard a Jerusalem bus, and two separate stabbings in Ra'anana.

The quick-thinking security guard who shot Abu Jamaal likely saved many other lives, as dozens more innocent bystanders looked on.

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Boardwalk Hotel’s Expansion Design Clears OC Planning Commission

OCEAN CITY — The downtown Ocean City skyline could be getting a not-so-subtle change after town planners last week approved a site plan for a three-story elevation of the Park Place Hotel on the Boardwalk between 2nd and 3rd Streets.

The Ocean City Planning and Zoning Commission last Tuesday approved a site plan for a significant expansion of the Park Place Hotel on the Boardwalk including the addition of three more floors on the existing elevation. The expansion would net an additional 99 rooms and suites and include some commercial elements such as pool and pool bar among others.

The plan calls for modifying some existing units on the lower floors in order to meet the parking standards and bring the project into compliance with the addition of the new units on the top three floors. Planning and Community Development Assistant Director Blaine Smith laid out the site plan review for the commission on Tuesday. He said the project as proposed met the town’s standards for parking, trash, stormwater management and landscaping and the staff review did not turn up any significant issues with the hotel expansion.


A Viewer Writes: 10-14-15

This was on the BOE facebook there ANYONE in this area that can get wjztv? I know directv can't because wboc and wmdt won't let them. I have tried to get some baltimore or washington stations.

Athletics, marching band, academics?! Wicomico County students were involved in all kinds of competition over the weekend, including academic competition. James M. Bennett High School's team traveled to Baltimore Saturday to compete in the first round of the 2015-2016 competition year. This match will air on WJZ TV at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 28.

The ‘Gun Control’ Farce

President Obama’s intrusion into the mourning community of Roseburg, Oregon, in order to promote his political crusade for stronger gun control laws, is part of a pattern of his using various other sites of shooting rampages in the past to promote this long-standing crusade of the political left.

The zealotry of gun control advocates might make some sense if they had any serious evidence that more restrictive gun control laws actually reduce gun crimes. But they seldom even discuss the issue in terms of empirical evidence.

Saving lives is serious business. But claiming to be saving lives and refusing to deal with evidence is a farce. Nor is the Second Amendment or the National Rifle Association the real issue, despite how much the media and the intelligentsia focus on them.

If there is hard evidence that stronger gun control laws actually reduce gun crimes in general or reduce murders in particular, the Second Amendment can be repealed, as other Amendments have been repealed. Constitutional Amendments exist to serve the people. People do not exist to be sacrificed to Constitutional Amendments.

But if hard evidence shows that restrictions on gun ownership lead to more gun crimes, rather than less, then the National Rifle Association’s opposition to those restrictions makes sense, independently of the Second Amendment.


21 most consequential Clinton scandals, ranked from most important

1. Monica Lewinsky: Led to only the second president in American history to be impeached.
2. Benghazi: Four Americans killed, an entire system of weak diplomatic security uncloaked, and the credibility of a president and his secretary of state damaged.
3. Asia fundraising scandal: More than four dozen convicted in a scandal that made the Lincoln bedroom, White House donor coffees and Buddhist monks infamous.

BUK missile struck MH17 on left side of cockpit: official

Air crash investigators concluded Tuesday that Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down by a missile fired from rebel-held eastern Ukraine last year, killing all 298 people on board.

Even before the highly-anticipated release of the official report on the disaster by a Dutch-led investigation, Russian officials were disputing the findings which are sure to further degrade strained ties between Moscow and the West.

"Flight MH17 crashed as a result of the detonation of a warhead outside the airplane against the left-hand side of the cockpit," the chairman of the Dutch Safety Board, Tjibbe Joustra, told a press conference.

"This warhead fits the kind of missile that is installed in the BUK surface-to-air missile system."


If Big Food Buys Your Favorite 'Natural' Brand, Will You Trust It?

Big food companies are buying up small ones. Honest Tea is now part of Coca-Cola. The French company Danone controls Stonyfield yogurt. Hormel owns Applegatenatural and organic meats.

The Cornucopia Institute has put together a poster that shows the full extent of the merger wave, at least for the organic industry. In the latest deal, announced a few weeks ago, Perdue Farms, a big poultry producer based in Maryland, bought Niman Ranch, which started as an idealistic group of farmers protesting against companies like Perdue.

For shoppers who like their food natural, local and organic, though, these deals can be unsettling. Will they still trust a food brand if someone else now owns it?

As it happens, some of the founders of those companies wonder the same thing.


Special "Homecoming" for Governor Hogan

This afternoon my executive staff surprised me with a special "homecoming" outside Government House as I arrived back in...

Posted by Larry Hogan on Tuesday, October 13, 2015

King Of Beers: SABMiller Agrees In Principle To Merger With Budweiser Brewer

After rejecting a number of earlier offers, British-based beer company SABMiller accepted in principle a 69 billion British pound ($106 billion) offer from Budweiser brewer Anheuser Busch InBev.

If Tuesday's agreement is finalized, the new beer company will be the largest in the world and control two top U.S. brands in Budweiser and Miller Genuine Draft,according to the Associated Press.

SABMiller rejected at least four other offers before provisionally accepting the offer which values SABMiller at 44 pounds (about $67) per share, 6 pounds (about $9) more than AB InBev's first offer a month ago.

As we reported last week, SABMiller turned down a $104 billion cash bid from AB InBev — the company's third offer — saying AB InBev "still very substantially" undervalued the maker of Miller Lite and Coors.


North Korea Can Hit U.S. With Long-Range Nuclear Missile

North Korea is capable of hitting the United States with a long-range nuclear missile, the commander of the U.S. Northern Command said last week.

“I agree with the intel community that we assess that they have the ability, they have the weapons, and they have the ability to miniaturize those weapons, and they have the ability to put them on a rocket that can range the homelands,” said Adm. William Gortney, the Northcom commander who is also in charge of defending the United States from long-range missile attack.

“And as the defender of North America, the United States officially, in the ballistic missile defense, I think the American people expect me to take the threat seriously,” he said Wednesday at the Atlantic Council.

The comments by Gortney were made days before North Korea held a military parade in Pyongyang marking the anniversary of the founding of the ruling communist Worker’s Party of Korea. Military analysts say the parade showcased a new variant of a long-range road-mobile missile built with Chinese assistance.


Socialist Sanders is Coming For Your Guns

Report: Islamic State Seizes U.S. Missiles in Iraq

The Pentagon acknowledged on Monday that Iraqi forces could have discovered a cache of U.S. weapons and missiles seized by Islamic State (IS) militants operating in the country, according to U.S. officials and regional media reports.

Iraqi forces combatting IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) are said to have found a stockpile of U.S. weapons, including ammunition and anti-armor missiles, hidden at sites controlled by terrorist forces, according to foreign military sources who spoke to Iran’s state-controlled Fars News Agency. This is said to include a “huge volume” of advanced TOW II anti-tank missiles.

When asked to address the reports on Monday, a Pentagon official acknowledged that U.S. weapons had gone missing last year, but denied that the United States was intentionally arming IS or its affiliates in the region.

“As you may recall, when ISIL overran Iraqi positions last year, we were aware of ISIL capturing some Iraqi weapons and equipment that had been supplied by the U.S. to Iraqi forces,” the official said. “However, the claims that U.S. and Coalition forces are directly supplying ISIL with any weapons, equipment, or ammunition are completely false.”

Fars claimed the U.S. weapons and ammunition were discovered over the weekend near the Iraqi city of Fallujah and that they had been “airdropped” into the area by American forces.


Gag Order Imposed On Lawyers At Gray Trial

Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams is imposing a gag order on prosecutors and defense attorneys in the Freddie Gray case.

"I do not want you discussing my orders with anyone...except your clients and your experts," Williams told lawyers at the end of today's proceedings.

A formal order will be filed tonight.

It is not clear which attorneys the judge may have been targeting in issuing the order, but it came after attorneys for Officer William Porter asked the judge to force the state to turn over further evidence the case.

The judge did that. Porter himself did grant an interview to the Washington Post last month, and is set to go on trial at the end of next month.


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Veteran Officer Suspended After Video Shows Him Reportedly Spitting On Handcuffed Man

The investigation continues into the incident that occurred last night (October 12, 2015) in the area of Old York Road. The incident led to an arrest of a man for disorderly conduct. During the arrest, the officer appears to have spit on the suspect while he was in handcuffs.

This is now a criminal and internal investigation. Based on additional video and witness interviews, the decision has been made to suspend the officer’s police powers.

"Our internal investigation progressed rapidly today with the review of available video and interaction with witnesses. The video appears to depict the police sergeant spitting on the arrestee. That is outrageously unacceptable and it directly contradicts the necessary community relationships we are striving to rehabilitate. The police powers of Sergeant Robert Mesner are now suspended, and a criminal investigation is underway. Our entire community deserves to be treated with dignity and respect." Said Interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis.

Sergeant Mesner is a 34-year- veteran of the Baltimore Police Department.


Drug deaths now outnumber highway fatalities in Virginia

Deaths in Virginia from heroin and opioid use outnumbered highway fatalities for the first time last year.

In a stunning benchmark of heroin’s and other drugs’ increased use in Virginia, a pattern across much of the country, deaths from drug overdoses in 2014 cost 728 Virginians their lives.

That is compared with 700 highway fatalities that year, the most recent annual time frame available. Highway deaths have been dropping as drug deaths increase: The highway death toll in 2013 was 741 compared with 661 from drugs. In 2009, there were 750 traffic fatalities compared with 504 deaths from heroin and opioids.


Applications Being Accepted for Position of Cadet Trooper

Dover – The Delaware State Police are now accepting applications for the position of Cadet Trooper.
The Cadet Trooper's primary duties include the enforcement of handicap parking and fire lane violations, however they are also used in various administrative duties such as traffic control at large events and foot patrol at the State Fair.  The Cadets will complete 40 hours of mandatory classroom instruction and will be assigned to various troops throughout the state.  Since the program began in 1998, the Delaware State Police have hired 69 Cadet Troopers.  21 of those cadets have been hired as Delaware State Troopers. 
Minimum Qualifications to become a cadet includes:
  • Education- Candidates must be a Delaware resident and currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at an accredited college in the state of Delaware (full-time or part-time)
  • Age- Candidates must be between the ages of 18-21
  • Citizenship- Candidates must be a citizen of the United States
  • Driver's License- Candidates must possess a valid driver's license
Selection Process includes:
  • A formal State of Delaware application
  • An Oral Board Interview
  • Polygraph Examination
  • A Background Check
An online application can be found by clicking on the following  Once at that page, scroll halfway down the page and click onImportant Documents.  The Cadet Application will be found on that page.  The deadline for receiving the applications is Friday November 6, 2015.  Completed applications should be mailed to: Delaware State Police - Recruiting Office, P.O. Box 430, Dover, DE 19903.  Any questions should be directed to the Delaware State Police Recruiting Office at 302-739-5980.

'Dead' Indian man wakes up minutes before post-mortem

A homeless Indian man who had been pronounced dead woke up on an autopsy table, shocking hospital staff who were about to begin a post-mortem, authorities said Tuesday.

Police in Mumbai said they found the man, who has not been named, unconscious and suffering from multiple infections on Sunday morning and took him to the local hospital.

A doctor at the Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital certified the man as dead and sent the body for autopsy, Ashok Dudhe, Mumbai Police deputy commissioner told AFP.

"As the autopsy was about to begin, the man awoke triggering chaos after which the doctors rushed to the room. Then they snatched the death certificate from my staff and tore it up," Dudhe said.


TN Senators Demand Schools Let Parents See Islam Lessons

Two Tennessee lawmakers are wading into the controversy surrounding lessons on Islam in public schools by reminding school officials of their obligation to share classroom materials with parents.

“We have received reports that parents are being refused access to material used in 7th grade social studies regarding the teaching of Islam,” Sens. Mae Beavers and Kerry Roberts said in a joint press release cited by The Tennessean Thursday.

“We want to remind all Tennessee school districts that the law is very clear and that any teaching materials of any grade level shall be made readily available to parents or legal guardians at their request.”

The reminder follows public information requests sent by the American Center for Law and Justice to all Tennessee school districts requesting tests, quizzes, assignments and other instructional materials involving world religion, The Tennessean reports.

An attorney representing the majority of Tennessee school districts denied that request because the ACLJ is not a state resident, a technical requirement for disclosure, despite the fact that a local attorney signed the requests.

Parents across Tennessee and other states have objected to lessons on Islam taught in public schools that require students to write or recite the Islamic call to prayer: “Allah is the only God, Mohammad is his prophet.”


Baltimore Police Can’t Confirm Carson’s Story Of Holdup

BALTIMORE (AP) — Based on available information, Baltimore police it can’t verify Republican presidential contender Ben Carson’s account that he was held at gunpoint at a fast-food restaurant in the city, the department said Tuesday.

Carson, a retired Johns Hopkins Hospital pediatric neurosurgeon, told Sirius XM Radio last Wednesday he was in a Popeyes restaurant while working as a doctor in Baltimore when a man came in and put a gun in his ribs.

“I just said, `I believe that you want the guy behind the counter,”‘ Carson told “Urban View” host Karen Hunter.


School Fights Atheist Efforts to Cut Nativity Scene from Christmas Concert

DUNLAP, Ind. – An Indiana school district is resisting calls from atheist groups to cut a Nativity scene from its Christmas Spectacular celebration, prompting a federal lawsuit.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against Concord Community Schools in U.S. District Court on behalf of a student in the music program and his father, though neither are named in the litigation, The Elkhart Truth reports.

The lawsuit centers on the last 15 minutes of district’s annual Christmas Spectacular, which involves a Nativity scene with figures like Mary, Joseph and the three wise men acting out a reading from the Bible.

“The Nativity scene and the story of the birth of Jesus are, of course, well-recognized symbols of the Christian faith,” according to the lawsuit. “Their presence at the Christmas Spectacular is coercive, represents an endorsement of religion by the high school and the school corporation, has no secular purpose and has the principle purpose and effect of advancing religion.”

The lawsuit asks the court to force Concord schools to cut out the nativity scene for the 2015 celebration and all future productions, as well as legal fees, damages and “other proper relief,” according to the Truth.

The FFRF sent Concord Community Schools superintendent John Trout a letter in August with a threat of litigation if the Nativity scene wasn’t eliminated.


Report: EPA ‘Running a $160 Million PR Machine’

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) spent over $15 million on outside public relations consultants despite employing nearly 200 full-time in house PR workers.

A new report on EPA spending released by Open the Books, a nonprofit organization dedicated to transparency, found numerous examples of questionable expenditures within the agency.

Among them, the EPA spent over $15.1 million on outside public relations consultants between 2000 and 2014. The funding was on top of the $141.496 million in salaries and $1.5 million in bonuses on full-time public affairs officers the EPA has spent since 2007. As of 2012, the EPA employed 198 public affairs employees. The average EPA employee salary is $111,165.

“Everyone is under the impression that the EPA is spending money to ‘clean the environment.’ But, it turns out EPA is running a $160 million PR Machine, $715 million police agency, a near $1 billion employment agency for seniors, and a $1.2 billion in-house law firm,” said Adam Andrzejewski, the founder of Open the Books.

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OxyContin already under fire for being overprescribed in adults

Doctors are worried about the recent approval of OxyContin for use in children as young as age 11.

The drug, which is a powerful painkiller, has been linked to the rise in heroin addiction and drug overdose deaths. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved its use in children in August.

Although OxyContin was prescribed to children and adolescents prior to its approval in a practice known as “off-label use,” it is likely to be prescribed much more widely now that it is officially approved, doctors say. [5 Surprising Facts About Pain]

Treating chronic pain, especially in children, can be incredibly challenging for doctors. There’s no single, effective approach that makes pain go away for everyone, and for some patients, none of the existing drugs seem to work completely. In addition, some drugs commonly prescribed for people with chronic pain have the potential for addiction.

But even doctors with limited options for treating pain aren’t happy with the decision.

“There really aren’t many people that are applauding this decision,” said Dr. Andrew Kolodny, a psychiatrist in New York City and the director of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing.


Iranian Ballistic Missile Tests Could Violate Nuke Deal

Iran’s recent test firing of a ballistic missile does not violate the recent nuclear deal, Obama administration officials said on Monday. However, nuclear experts disagree and are calling on the administration to hold Iran accountable for violating international agreements barring such action.

Iran announced over the weekend that it had successfully test-fired a domestically produced long-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile.

Iran maintained that the test does not violate the nuclear deal, though U.S. experts quibbled with this analysis.

Asked to address the reports on Monday, John Kirby, a spokesman for the State Department, said that the administration is “aware of reports that Iran is conducting a new round of missile tests.”

“We will take appropriate actions at the United Nations if these tests violate any existing UN Security Council resolutions,” Kirby said in the statement. “Separately, we remain confident in our ability to defend ourselves and our allies in the region. And we will continue to work closely with our regional partners to boost their capabilities to defend themselves against any threats by Iran.”

However, Secretary of State John Kerry has stated in the past that such tests would not violate the accord. The State Department maintains that this is still its position.

Kerry informed Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) in recent correspondence obtained by the Free Beacon that a ballistic missile test would not violate the accord.


Court: Drunk woman who fell off chair can sue N.J. cops

BELMAR, N.J. — A woman who pounded double-vodka cocktails at 7 a.m. then repeatedly fell off a chair at police headquarters can proceed with a lawsuit against officers who arrested her for drunken driving, an appellate panel has ruled.

The woman, Linda Leone, claims that Patrolman Michael R. Allen and Sgt. Sean R. Pringle failed to exercise reasonable care over her while she was in their custody, and as a result, she suffered a broken hip after repeatedly falling off a chair while waiting to take a breath test.

Leone admitted she had four drinks of vodka and orange juice, each with double shots of liquor, at a nearby bar between 7 and 7:50 a.m. ET April 22, 2010, before getting in her car and ultimately being arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. Leone claimed she was “highly intoxicated" while in police custody, according to court records.


Sen. Cruz Questions Sierra Club President Aaron Mair on Climate Change

Governor Larry Hogan Completes Chemotherapy

Today I finished my final round of chemotherapy. Over the last four months, I've undergone 30 days of 24-hour chemo,...

Posted by Larry Hogan on Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Worcester County Tea Party Speaker Series 2015

Event: Worcester County Tea Party Speaker Series 2015

Speaker: Maryland District #1, US House of Representatives Candidate, Mike Smigiel

Topic: Party and Principles: Reagan's 11th Commandment, "Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican" verses honoring The Oath to the Constitution

Date: Thursday October 15, 2015

Time: Meeting begins at 7PM, doors open at 6:30PM

Location: Worcester County Library - Ocean Pines Branch, 11107 Cathell Rd., Ocean Pines, MD 21811

Admission: Free and Open to the Public.

For more information email, go to the web site, or call 443-614-7214

Winners and losers in the first Democratic debate

There were four winners and four losers in the first Democratic presidential debate of 2016, which is fairly impressive since there were only five candidates on stage.
Sen. Benard Sanders
He scored the most points, played most to the crowd, had the most populist one-liners and even found a way to distance himself fromHillary Rodham Clinton while uttering the most memorable line of the night to defend her: “The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails.” His biggest failure, however, was to credibly explain why Americans would elect a socialist as president.
Donald Trump
His idea to live-tweet the event effectively injected himself into the rival party’s debate and made a good case he has more media star power than any of the Democrats on stage Tuesday night.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
Certain to be the subject of the hardest questions and toughest criticism, Hillary Rodham Clinton found a way to keep her composure. Her answers were polished, even when they were contradictory or evasive, and she smiled plenty, engaged her colleagues in a friendly manner, embraced President Obama’s racial policy legacy and didn’t lose her cool. Those things played to the Democratic base, which is how you win primaries. She won by avoiding a big loss that was quite possible given the landscape.
Vice President Joseph R. Biden
His absence from a debate that proved dull and professorial at times, and lacking in star power, is only likely to increase the yearning for him to enter the race.
Former Rhode Island Sen. Lincoln Chafee
He did little to change any minds or gain much support, and probably remains an outcast as a former Republican in a liberal Democratic party.
Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb
He was stiff and seemed irritated at times by the lack of attention, and his answers played to a moderate Democratic Party more in tune with Bill Clinton in the 1990s that has since shifted further left under Mr. Obama.
Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley
He didn’t score any punches, and his most detailed answer was about a banking law that few Americans know or care about. Ultimately, his populist appeal among liberal Democrats likely trails far behind Mr. Sanders or Mrs. Clinton.
After two lively GOP debates, Anderson Cooper and his team couldn’t create any memorable debate moments in what felt like a college lecture at times. And who wanted to wait 45 minutes for the email question, which has deeply affected the trajectory of Mrs. Clinton’s candidacy.

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