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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

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Congressman Andy Harris Announces Military Service Academy Resource Forums


BEL AIR, MD: Congressman Andy Harris (MD-01) has announced that his district offices are hosting two Military Service Academy Resource Forums for students in Maryland's First District. The events will be held at Bel Air High School and North Dorchester High School in the month of May. All college-bound high school students and their parents with an interest in attending a service academy are strongly encouraged to attend. 

Congressman Harris has invited representatives from West Point and the Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine, and Naval Academies to attend.  His staff will also explain the Congressman’s role in the nomination process. This is an excellent opportunity for high school students to explore the many different higher education choices.

Harford County Event
DATE: Tuesday, May 3, 2016
TIME: 6:00pm to 8:30 pm
LOCATION: Bel Air High School, 100 Heighe Street, Bel Air, MD  21014
To RSVP Please Contact our Bel Air Office at 410-588-5670.

Dorchester County Event
DATE: Thursday, May 12, 2016
TIME: 6:00pm to 8:30pm
LOCATION: North Dorchester High School, 5875 Cloverdale Rd, Hurlock, MD 21643
To RSVP Please Contact our Salisbury Office at 443-944-8624 or our Kent Island Office at 410-643-5425.

Found Bicycles

Joe, found these bikes in the wood in our neighborhood and I'm pretty sure they were stolen. Would like to see if I could get them back to owners before calling police. One looks to be almost new.
Thank you,
C.J. Townsend
I can be contacted at c.j.townsend@hotmail.com

Sheldon Silver gave preferential professional treatment to two women with whom he had extramarital affairs, feds say

NEW YORK - Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver abused his position as one of the most powerful men in state government by giving preferential professional treatment to two women with whom he had extramarital affairs, federal prosecutors said in court documents unsealed Friday.

The government said he used his position as speaker to help one woman who lobbied him on a regular basis and to get a state government job for the other.

U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni in Manhattan unsealed the papers Friday. The Democrat’s lawyers and a lawyer for one of the women, who were not identified, had opposed the release.

A day earlier, Silver declined comment as he left a court hearing over the issue. On Friday, his lawyers — Steven Molo and Joel Cohen — released a statement calling the revelations “simply unproven and salacious allegations that have no place in this case or public discussion.”

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Muslim Brotherhood Day on Capitol Hill

On Monday, April 18, legislators' offices were visited by individuals associated with a group unknown to most lawmakers: The United States Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO). In the interest of helping members of the U.S. Congress understand precisely who their interlocutors are, permit a brief introduction: The USCMO is the latest in a long series of front organizations associated with, and working to advance, the agenda of the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States.

Members of Congress should be clear about the true nature of that agenda. It is laid out most authoritatively in a document introduced into evidence by federal prosecutors in the course of the largest terrorism financing trial in the nation's history, U.S. v. Holy Land Foundation et al. Written in 1991 by a top Muslim Brotherhood operative, Mohamed Akram, and entitled "The Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal of the Group in North America," this internal correspondence was meant for the eyes only of the organization's leadership in Egypt. So, the document is direct and to the point: It explicitly states that the mission of the Muslim Brotherhood in North America is "destroying Western civilization from within ... by [the infidels'] hands and the hands of the believers so that Allah's religion is made victorious over all other religions."

There are two other important facts legislators should know about Akram's memo.

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Freedom From Religion Foundation: Part 1

Free thought and pride attract atheists, agnostics, and skeptics to the largest secular association in North America — the non-profit, educational Freedom from Religion Foundation. FFRF Co-President Dan Barker opines, “Much of the movement away from religion in America is being driven by Millennials, many of whom will be voting for the first time this year.” Hence, Parker adds, “We need secular voters to be vocal about their beliefs, or lack thereof, while rejecting efforts to push religious dogma on the nation.”

This, of course, is no small effort. The Foundation boasts 23,500 members, 20 chapters across America, not to mention secular student alliances. Nearly 8,000 secular voters are reaching out to educate the public about their beliefs. FFRF awards thousands of dollars in prizes for winning student essays; and they distribute “I’m Secular and I Vote” buttons, T-shirts, bumper stickers, and educational material.

What Exactly is Religion?

To be freed from something requires grasp of what is being discarded. So what exactly is the illusive concept of religion? Surprising to some, whether Judeo-Christian, Marxist-Leninist, secularist, or Islamic, all worldviews by nature are religious. Each defines an ultimate point of reference that dramatically influences every possible discipline from science to the arts, ethics to law, geo-politics to economics. All speak to an ideology, or movement, that offers some overarching approach to comprehend God (god), the world, and man’s relationship to both.

“Freedom from religion” is better understood as switching religion from one brand to another.

Allow me to explain.

Two Killed In Queen Anne’s County Plane Crash


April 19, 2016

(Stevensville, MD) – Two people are pronounced deceased at the scene of a plane crash near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

Emergency service responders pronounced the pilot and the passenger of a Vans RV12 single engine plane, deceased after their plane crashed shortly before 1:00 p.m. today. The identities of the two victims are being withheld, pending next of kin notification.

The preliminary investigation indicates the crash occurred in an open field near the Ellendale Manor community in Stevensville before bursting in to flames. Fire department personnel from Kent Island Volunteer were on the scene to extinguish the fires.

Maryland State Police, Maryland Transportation Authority Police and deputies from the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene. Allied agencies assisted with securing the scene and by keeping traffic flowing.

Federal authorities at the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were notified of the crash. FAA officials are already on the scene.

The Maryland State Police will not speculate on the cause of the crash. The cause of the crash will be investigated and determined by federal authorities.

Subject: IRS Contempt for Rule of Law

In a complete mockery of Rule of Law, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told the Senate Finance Committee last week that it’s “in everybody’s interest” to have illegal aliens use fraudulent Social Security numbers to file taxes. Come again?

Koskinen’s outrageous assertion came in response to a question posed by Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN), who wondered why “the IRS continues to process tax returns with false W-2 information and issue refunds as if they were routine tax returns.” Coats' staff also “learned the IRS ignores notifications from the Social Security Administration that a name does not match a Social Security number, and you use your own system to determine whether a number is valid.”

Koskinen defended the procedure, beginning with the absurd assertion that it’s not the IRS’s job to ascertain such validity. “What happens in these situations is someone is using a Social Security number to get a job, but they’re filing their tax return with their [taxpayer identification number].” Koskinen further explained the agency sometimes knows such individuals “are undocumented aliens,” but they’re nonetheless paying taxes, and it’s in “everybody’s interest to have them pay the taxes they owe.”

Unbelievably, Koskinen kept digging. “The question is whether the Social Security numbers have been stolen. In many cases, they have been borrowed from friends or acquaintances with permission,” Koskinen said. “It’s not the normal identity-theft situation.” He went on to insist the agency is attempting to determine the difference between “bad” misuse of personal data and other misuse of it “without necessarily having people decide not to file their taxes.” He concluded, “Obviously, the priority is to have the IRS collecting those taxes.”

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Health-minded Americans Turn to Healing Prayer, Biblical ‘Laying On of Hands’: Study

A new study released Monday reveals that a vast majority of Americans turn to their faith during a health challenge. Nearly nine of 10 Americans have relied upon healing prayer at some point in their lives, praying for others even more than for themselves, according to a study by Baylor University epidemiologist Jeff Levin.

“The most surprising finding is that more than a quarter of all Americans have practiced laying on of hands — and nearly one in five has done so on multiple occasions,” said Mr. Levin, who tracks the role of faith in health and cultural matters across society.

“Interestingly, most people who use prayer for healing do so alongside regular medical care, rather than as a substitution, as has been presumed up to now. Healing prayer is being used more as a complementary treatment rather than as an alternative one.” noted the researcher.

“Outside of belief in God, there may be no more ubiquitous religious expression in the U.S. than use of healing prayer,” he said, adding that the findings also suggest that prayer may be among them most widely used forms of treatment for medical problems, rather than a “fringe activity.”

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FCC Commissioner: We Had to Stay Quiet on 'Obamaphone' Fraud

The five members of the Federal Communications Commission were told to stay quiet about an investigation into whether a California cell phone company had defrauded the federal Lifeline, or "Obamaphone" program, out of millions of dollars until the federal agency could announce its plans to expand the program, one of the commissioners said Monday.

"I think it's an outrage, not just as a commissioner but as a citizen for this program to be administered the way it has been, overlooking the fraud and expanding it even further," Commissioner Ajit Pai, a Republican member of the group, told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program.

"I'm hoping that shining a light on their operations will encourage and the American people to take a closer look at this program," he continued. "There's a lot of fraud that's basically under wraps and that needs to come out into the open. This is only the tip of the iceberg, I expect."

Last week, the FCC released a Notice of Apparent Liability that accused cell phone provider Total Call Mobile, which provides the service in 19 states, of enrolling tens of thousands of duplicate accounts and collecting an estimated $9.7 million in subsidies from the Universal Service Fund since 2014, reports The Washington Free Beacon.

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Subject: Netanyahu Promises to 'Settle Score' with Bus Bombers

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu responded to Monday's bus bombing in Jerusalem which left at least 16 wounded, including one critically and two seriously, pledging to find those responsible and "settle the score."

"We will find whoever made the bomb, we'll get to [the terrorists] who delivered it, we'll get to the people standing behind [this attack] and we'll settle the score with these terrorists."

"We're in a constant battle against terrorism - terrorism of knives, of shootings, and of missiles. And also of tunnels. Israel made a great achievement in our efforts to find the terror tunnels," said Netanyahu, referring to Monday's announcement of the discovery of a Hamas tunnel leading into Israel.

The Hamas terror organization praised Monday's bombing, calling it "the natural response to Israeli crimes, particularly the field executions it conducts, and the assaults on the Al-Aqsa Mosque."

Islamic Jihad also justified the attack, saying that it "delivered the message that the Intifada would continue."

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Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Press Release

On April 13, 2016 at 2252 hours a Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Deputy stopped a vehicle on Snow Hill Road and Stevens Road in Snow Hill, Maryland. The Deputy identified a passenger in the vehicle to be Deonte Keith McCauley 24 years old of Salisbury Maryland. Mr. McCauley was found to have two active failure to appear warrants from Wicomico County, Maryland for driving on a suspended license. Mr. McCauley was placed under arrest. Mr. McCauley was searched incident to arrest and the Deputy found suspected marijuana in Mr. McCauley’s pocket. Mr. McCauley was issued a citation for possession of marijuana less than 10 grams. Mr. McCauley was transported to the District Court Commissioner and was later held at the Worcester County Jail on $5,000.

Proposed Wicomico County Budget

BREAKING NEWS: SOME DOGS WILL BECOME AVAILABLE AT WICOMICO HUMANE SOCIETY TOMORROW

Wednesday April 20, 2016 some of the dogs will be available for adoption at the Humane Society of Wicomico County. 

To get to this point we have to thank all the groomers who volunteered their services, and the veterinarians who have been involved as well. We would also like to thank the Humane Society of the United States for their assistance as well. In addition, we would once again like to thank the entire community and surrounding areas for their generous donations. We have received so many donations that we needed temporary storage for the supplies. We thank Mr. Mills for providing us with cube trailers and Purdue for their trailers, giving us the ability to secure these donations. 

We would also like to thank Somerset Animal Control, Worcester Animal Control, Last Chance Pet Rescue, First State SPCA, Wags N’ Wishes, the Animal Resource Foundation, Talbot Humane, and Baywater Animal Rescue for their assistance. These organizations have received or will be receiving some of the dogs. 

The Humane Society website (www.wicomicohumane.org) will be updated as animals become available for adoption. As a reminder, each animal has to be examined, vaccinated, groomed, micro chipped, and spay/neutered before it can be adopted. 

For further information regarding animal care contact via email: execdirector@wicomicohumane.org 

Questions regarding legal charges should be directed to the State’s Attorney’s Office at 410-548- 4880.

Gay Mafia ‘More Powerful than the NRA,’ Warns North Carolina Governor

The embattled governor of North Carolina says the anti-Christian Human Rights Campaign is more powerful than the National Rifle Association, which is arguably the most powerful issue group in the United States.

Republican Governor Pat McCrory tells NBC that the powerful gay group has “…millions of dollars, which makes me want overturn [Citizens] United, because I don’t know who their donors are, either. But they are putting on a lot of pressure, instead of having a good dialogue.”

McCrory said, “I don’t think the government should be telling the private sector what their restroom and shower law should be, to allow a man into a woman’s restroom or shower facility at a YMCA, for example.”

McCrory is under continued assault from a highly organized and very rich coterie of homosexual organizations and their friends in business and the entertainment world for his defense of women and girls who do not want biological men urinating and showering with them.

PayPal canceled an expansion into Charlotte. Bruce Springsteen cancelled a concert, as did Ringo Starr. The NBA is threatening to pull the All-Star Game. And dozens of other major corporations have complained about the law.

Transsexual advocates cast the issue as one of discrimination, that biological men have a right to urinate and shower with biological women and girls. The Detroit Free Press this week editorialized that it is a violation of their Constitutional rights not to be allowed in girls’ bathrooms and showers.

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Why does Delaware get $122.64 and Maryland only $50.00

This is for Delaware customers *see below for Maryland*

EXELON RATE CREDIT

On March 23 our merger with Exelon Corporation was completed, making us a member of the Exelon family of companies. As a result, $40 million in residential rate credits will be distributed among our Delaware customers as part of the Customer Investment Fund provided by Exelon.
Who is eligible to receive this credit?

All Delmarva Power Delaware residential customers of record with an active account 30 days after the merger are eligible to receive a rate credit.
How much is the credit?

The total credit amount will vary depending on the type of service you receive.

Rate credit amounts (approximately):
Electric customers: $122.64
Gas customers: $49.95

If you are an electric and gas customer, you will receive both credits listed above.
Where can I view my credit?

You will see this credit listed as an “Exelon Rate Credit” and it will be applied toward your total amount due.

When applied, the Exelon Rate Credit will appear the “Electric Summary” or “Gas Summary” section of customer bills, found on page 2 or page 3.
Can I choose to receive this credit as a rebate or a check?

No, this credit is not available as a rebate or a check.
If I am enrolled in Budget Billing, will I still receive a credit?

Yes, Budget Billing customers are also eligible and will see their budget amount reduced by their eligible rate credit for the billing cycle during which the credit is applied.

Maryland Customers

EXELON RATE CREDIT


On March 23 our merger with Exelon Corporation was completed, making us a member of the Exelon family of companies. As a result, rate credits will be distributed among our residential customers in Maryland as part of a Customer Investment Fund provided by Exelon.
Who is eligible to receive this credit?

All Delmarva Power Maryland residential customers of record with an active account 30 days after the merger are eligible to receive a rate credit, and customers of record with an active account 12 months after the merger are eligible to receive a second rate credit that will be issued at that time.
How much is the credit?

This $50 rate credit is the same for all of our Delmarva Power residential customers in Maryland.

Eligible customers will receive the second rate credit of $50 if they are still a Delmarva Power residential customer in 12 months.
Where can I view my credit?

You will see this credit listed as an “Exelon Rate Credit” and it will be applied toward your total amount due.

When applied, the Exelon Rate Credit will appear in the “Electric Summary” section of your bill, found on page 2.
Can I choose to receive this credit as a rebate or a check?

No, this credit is not available as a rebate or a check.
If I am enrolled in Budget Billing, will I still receive a credit?

Yes, Budget Billing customers are also eligible and will see their budget amount reduced by $50 for the billing cycle during which the credit is applied.

$1,000 Gun Tax Pushed as “Role Model” for States

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A $1,000 per gun tax should serve as a “role model” for states, according to the governor of the U.S. territory of the Northern Mariana Islands, which imposed the $1,000 gun tax earlier this month. An idea first endorsed by Hillary Clinton in 1993, steep gun taxes have now taken hold in Cook County, Ill. the city of Seattle, and now a U.S. territory.

As reported by the Saipan Tribune:

The administration of Gov. Ralph DLG Torres defended the CNMI’s new gun control laws on Friday as a law that could be “a role model” for other U.S. states and jurisdictions facing seemingly uncontrolled and continued gun violence.

The administration was responding to queries regarding its position on recent reports that the a legal challenge to the new law, Public law 19-42, was likely, particularly over a provision that assesses a $1,000 excise tax on pistols.


The threat of such a tax serving as a role model for other politicians to impose is not an idle one. Consider the following:

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Here's what would happen at if the Republicans have a contested convention

For much of the last year there were two things the vast majority of political prognosticators—including those here at Slate—could agree on: 1) Donald Trump would not be the Republican nominee, and 2) there would not be a contested convention in Cleveland. With half of the Republicans delegates now awarded, it now seems one of the two has to be wrong.

So what would a contested convention actually look like? How would it work? How did we get here? You have questions; we’ve got answers.

Let’s start at the very beginning. What exactly is a contested convention?

Definitions vary but, generally speaking, a convention is considered contested when it begins with the ultimate nominee still in doubt. Typically, that means no single candidate has locked up a majority of delegates—the threshold needed to win the nomination—by the time the political festivities get underway. In a broader sense, though, a contested convention can happen even if someone does have the necessary majority of delegates as long as one of his or her rivals is unwilling to give up before the convention begins—as was the case in 1980 when Ted Kennedy mounted an unsuccessful last-ditch effort to snatch the Democratic nomination away from then-President Jimmy Carter via a rule change that would have freed pledged delegates to vote any way they wanted on the floor.

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Adult ‘Refugee’ Posing As Child Evicted From Student Housing After Schoolgirl Rape

A group of asylum seekers in Austria have been evicted from student accommodation after one allegedly subjected a 13-year-old schoolgirl to a three-month rape ordeal.

Around 20 migrants from Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq, all claiming to be minors, were given free accommodation in the grounds of the technical college in the town of Hollabrunn, where a nursery school is also based.

The man arrested for the crime, identified only as Ahmad S. from Afghanistan, said he was 16-years-old. However, police now believe he is in his 20s.

The migrant first contacted and then groomed the young girl on social media. He met with her for the first time in a wooded area, before verbally threatening and then repeatedly raping her, police say.

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JUST IN: Small Plane Crashes At Bay Bridge Airport


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Jackson Gone from $20 Bill

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is expected to announce this week that Alexander Hamilton’s face will remain on the front of the $10 bill and a woman will replace Andrew Jackson on the face of the $20 bill, a senior government source told CNN on Saturday.

Lew announced last summer that he was considering redesigning the $10 bill to include the portrait of a woman. The decision to make the historic change at the expense of Hamilton drew angry rebukes from fans of the former Treasury Secretary. The pro-Hamilton movement gained steam after the smash success of the hip-hop Broadway musical about his life this year.

Those pressures led Lew to determine that Hamilton should remain on the front of the bill. Instead, a mural-style depiction of the women’s suffrage movement — including images of leaders such as Susan B. Anthony — will be featured on the back of the bill.

A Treasury spokesman declined to comment on the pending changes. But Lew hinted that a decision could come this week.

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Lost Dog 4-19-16: UPDATE

Hi Joe,

I am asking for help locating an elderly yellow lab in the area of Cooper Lane and Allen Rd. She is deaf and blind and wandered off early this morning. I'm afraid I do not have a picture but she answers to the name of LUCKY. She's very friendly and I'm sure she is scared. If anyone sees her please call or text me at 410-430-1123.


Reunited in 2 hours.

NY Post: Saudi Arabia’s Role in 9/11 ‘Deliberately Covered up at the Highest Levels of Our Government’

Paul Sperry writes that the “highest levels” of the U.S. government are implicated in a cover-up of Saudi Arabia’s role in the 9/11 attacks, all to preserve diplomatic relations with the oil-rich Islamist nation.

From the New York Post:

In its report on the still-censored “28 pages” implicating the Saudi government in 9/11, “60 Minutes” last weekend said the Saudi role in the attacks has been “soft-pedaled” to protect America’s delicate alliance with the oil-rich kingdom.

That’s quite an understatement.

Actually, the kingdom’s involvement was deliberately covered up at the highest levels of our government. And the coverup goes beyond locking up 28 pages of the Saudi report in a vault in the US Capitol basement. Investigations were throttled. Co-conspirators were let off the hook.

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GRAND OLD PONZI CONVENTION

A STOLEN NOMINATION LOOMS …

In case you missed it, the “Republican” party – which this website left for dead years ago – is in the midst of a complete and total implosion. This ongoing meltdown – pitting party elites against the rank-and-file grassroots activists who put them in power in 2010 and 2014 – can be directly traced to the populist insurgency of GOP frontrunner Donald Trump.

Trump is by no means the perfect candidate (in fact we have called him out when he deserved it), but his campaign has repeatedly and relentlessly exposed the failure of the party “establishment” to stand on anything resembling its rhetoric.

(As if we needed a reminder of that).

Meanwhile Ted Cruz – another anti-Washington, D.C. candidate – has channeled the moral outrage of hardcore evangelical voters, creating another populist insurgency within the party.

Trump and Cruz have won the vast majority of delegates to the 2016 GOP convention. More importantly, they have won a whopping 14.5 million votes – or two-thirds of the ballots cast thus far.

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GAY MONEY IS GREEN MONEY

BUT SO IS HOMOPHOBE MONEY…

An openly gay British CEO has decided to move his company’s headquarters from Charleston, S.C. to Los Angeles, California … ostensibly because of S.C. Senator Lee Bright‘s controversial “bathroom bill.”

Bright’s legislation seeks to prohibit local governments from regulating restrooms … ostensibly in the name of preventing transgenders from relieving themselves in the wrong stall.

Bright’s bill hasn’t passed, but that’s not stopping some gay businessmen – like Uphold CEO Anthony Watson – from leaving the Palmetto State anyway.

“Some of you may be aware that Uphold’s U.S. headquarters is based in Charleston, South Carolina,” company CEO wrote on his company’s blog. “In recent days, we have been made aware that South Carolina Sen. Lee Bright has introduced a bill largely mirroring North Carolina’s controversial law that blocks local governments from passing LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination ordinances. As such, we feel compelled to take action to oppose the discrimination being proposed in South Carolina and protect our LGBT employees.”

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MORE SC “REPUBLICAN” DELEGATE SHENANIGANS

“FIRST IN THE SOUTH” FUNNY BUSINESS …

Another day, another story of South Carolina “Republican” insiders working to undercut frontrunner Donald Trump in the battle for “First in the South” delegates he’s already technically won …

We’ve previously reported on alleged “necktie bribes” offered by a sitting state lawmaker in the Palmetto State’s seventh congressional district, but today’s story comes from the fourth congressional district – where an operative allegedly in the employ of the S.C. “Republican” party was busted passing out flyers purportedly on behalf of the Trump campaign.

These flyers identified a so-called slate of Trump delegates in the hopes party loyalists attending the convention would cast their votes for other candidates.

Here’s a look at one of the flyers …

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A Voting Lines Lawsuit? Must Be Nice

ARIZONA CASE HIGHLIGHTS U.S. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT’S HYPOCRISY ON VOTING RIGHTS

A major voting rights lawsuit will be filed in Arizona this week related to last month’s disastrous primary election – in which voters were forced to wait in lines of up to five hours due to a shortage of available polling places (and ballots).

“Arizonans were denied their constitutional right to vote because those who run the system weren’t prepared, and it can never happen again,” said Ann Kilpatrick, a Democratic U.S. Senatorial candidate who is one of the plaintiffs in the action.

Those bringing the suit – including the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton – allege that the polling place/ ballot shortages were specifically targeted to low-income, minority areas of the state. Oh, and in addition to the lawsuit the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) has opened an investigation in the matter – sending a letter to Arizona officials demanding that they provide information to the agency’s civil rights division so it can be determined whether Arizonans voting rights were violated.

Good …

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There’s A John Kasich Gay Smear, Too?

MORE INSANITY FROM AMERICA’S BIZARRO ELECTION…

First it was Marco Rubio … now it’s John Kasich.

Conservative internet websites are ablaze with rumors that the Ohio governor – a devout, married evangelical – is really a closeted homosexual. Leading the coverage? The Political Insider, a website which played a starring role in spreading the “Rubio is gay” smear.

According to the site, “almost all of Kasich’s inner circle seems to be homosexual moderate Republicans.” The site also alleges that Kasich “lived with a gay man for years while serving in Congress.”

Hmmm … seems thin to us, but then again Kasich’s over-the-top (and costly) Christian conservatism makes him a target for such attacks.

Once a fiscal conservative stalwart, Kasich has veered wildly to the left in recent years … in fact he has emerged this year as the top choice of so-called moderate and centrist “Republican” voters. In recent months, Kasich has sought to marry his fiscal liberalism with a more “tolerant” social posture – saying he would oppose efforts to ban gay marriage, for example.

“The court has ruled … we’ll accept it,” Kasich said.

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A McDonalds Restaurant tries All You Can Eat Fries

ST. JOSEPH, MO (WPVI) -- Forget super-size. How about all-you-can-eat fries? That's exactly what one McDonald's restaurant is trying out in St. Joseph, Missouri.

In addition to the fry-for-all, there are some important changes that aim to speed up service. Customers will be able to place their order at a kiosk and their orders will be brought to the table.

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Obama's War on Property

Obama and his Democratic allies are busy undermining the fundamental principle of private property rights.  Too many Americans today do not understand the importance of property rights or the danger of undermining them on other rights.  As described by  President Calvin Coolidge: “Ultimately property rights and personal rights are the same thing.  The one cannot be preserved if the other be violated.”

In case you have not aware of the current attack in Baltimore County, the County Council will be considering a bill that will force those who rent out their property to accept Section 8 vouchers. And HUD is now promoting forcing them to accept those with a criminal record. AND the County Executive has agreed to building 1000 houses at $300,00 per house to move inner city residents into "prosperous neighborhoods."   Who pays for this housing? The hard working citizens who are struggling to pay their mortgage on their $100,000 town house.

We have come a long way from a free society.  Is it possible to go back?

Obama’s War on America and Property

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Recently Baltimore County came to a settlement with the City over a scheme to colonize affluent County neighborhoods with HUD housing. According to Fox News:
“With crime in the inner city soaring and many of Baltimore’s neighborhoods plagued by gang violence, there was a push to integrate those communities into neighborhoods in the surrounding county. The NAACP and others sued Baltimore County over alleged housing segregation – and the county has now settled, agreeing to spend $30 million over the next 10 years to build 1,000 homes in affluent neighborhoods.
On top of that, the Baltimore County executive is planning to put forward legislation outlawing the practice of landlords denying – or as some see it, discriminating against – Section 8 tenants.
“I think it’s important that we make sure that opportunities are available to everyone within the region,” County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said.”
First it should be pointed out that integration was never the primary purpose of the Fair Housing Act or any subsequent legislation; the purpose was to grant civil rights to protected classes, allowing them to live where they choose. Integration was a tool used to enforce civil rights in education, not in housing. Nowhere is integration even implied as a fundamental right in the Constitution, nor is the benefits of living in a good neighborhood.
What is very interesting is that the County plans to force landlords to accept government funding of unqualifiable tenants via Section 8. Section 8 is a difficult program to deal with; they require a series of inspections, often very demanding and far above what local municipalities require of landlords, and they have a bad habit of simply stopping funding at inopportune moments for any and every reason. This should not stand in court, but in the era of Obama - who has appointed fully 324 Federal judges as of April 12 of 2016 - chances are good that it will not be struck down.
And since when is opportunity a civil right? Opportunity is the fallout of civil rights, not a right in itself, and property rights are by far the cornerstone of all civil rightsPresident Calvin Coolidge once said;
“Ultimately property rights and personal rights are the same thing.  The one cannot be preserved if the other be violated.”

And the philosopher John Locke, so influential to the Founding Fathers, said;
“Government has no other end than the preservation of property.”
Or as John Adams put it:
The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the law of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence.”

HUD has been pursuing a scheme to build low-income housing in affluent neighborhoods nationwide

Yet here we are in modern America promoting the idea that property rights must be abridged to “grant” civil rights to a certain protected class. And this is not just a quirk of Baltimore; HUD has been pursuing a scheme to build low-income housing in affluent neighborhoods nationwide, ostensibly as a way to redress discrimination. According toCNS News:
“On Wednesday, two weeks after getting the Supreme Court’s okay, the Obama administration issued a final rule intended to move poor people “into communities that are rich with opportunity,” as HUD Secretary Juli├ín Castro phrased it in his news release.

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Subject: Yellow Fever Outbreak in Angola is 'Threat to Entire World'

An outbreak of yellow fever in Angola in which hundreds have already died could be "a threat to the entire world", the World Health Organisation has warned.

Cases of the mosquito-borne virus were first reported in Angola's capital Luanda in December. The disease has now spread to 16 of the country's 18 provinces.

So far, thousands of people are suspected to have been infected with the disease and 238 people have died, WHO has reported.

"The evolution of the situation in Angola is concerning and needs to be closely monitored," it stated in a report.

People traveling from Angola have already exported the virus to China, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo, where at least 21 people are reported to have died.

The trend has sparked concerns among the WHO, which fears the virus is at risk of spreading further because of the large international communities living in Angola that regularly travels to neighboring countries.

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‘The Chalkening’ of Trump: Terror grows on campuses

Free-speech advocates confirm students distraught over campaign slogans

On university campuses, where many enthusiastic students vote for the first time, political candidates’ slogans typically appear on signs, bumper stickers, T-shirts, placards, dorm-room walls and even in chalk on sidewalks.

But as with about everything else in the 2016 presidential race, there’s nothing normal about the impact of the slogans this year, especially the ones promoting GOP front-runner Donald Trump.

They’re striking terror.

The incidences of Trump sidewalk art across the nation even has been dubbed “The Chalkening.”

“‘The Chalkening’ spreads,’ tests universities’ commitment to free speech,” headlined the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

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Why Ballistic Fingerprinting Is Not An Effective Crime Tool (May 2003)

After a killing spree in the national capital area in October, 2002, gun haters have once again used the Beltway shootings as an excuse for more gun control.

USA Today. The New York Times. Various syndicated columnists. They have all jumped on the gun control bandwagon. This should be no surprise, for gun control advocates feel that restrictions on firearms are the cure for all of society's ills: from stopping murderers to curing the common cold.

Remember how Mayor David Dinkins responded to the stabbing murder of a Utah tourist on the New York City subway in 1990? In a subsequent press conference, Mayor Dinkins said that the stabbing (with a knife) proved that we needed more gun control, such as a national waiting period on firearm purchases!

Well, the latest weapon in the gun hater's arsenal is the registration of firearms. Specifically, they want to register the supposedly unique "ballistic fingerprint" that many firearms leave on bullets or cartridge cases after they are fired, and trace them back to the original buyer of the guns.

Ballistic fingerprinting will hardly ever solve a crime, but it will accomplish something else -- a gun registry tied to the owners of the guns.
Ballistic registration does not work to track criminals

Ballistic fingerprinting will not work to lower crime rates for a number of reasons. Probably foremost is that most crooks do not use valid IDs to buy guns in stores. According to the Carter Justice Department study done by Drs. Wright and Rossi, criminals usually do not leave a paper trail when buying guns. That means that the evidence chain will rarely ever connect back to the bad guys.

To state the obvious, criminals can steal their guns from their victims, or they can borrow or rent them from fellow crooks.

Lee Boyd Malvo, one of the DC-area snipers in October of 2002, has admitted that he stole his Bushmaster rifle from a gun store in the state of Washington. All the ballistic registration laws imaginable would not have linked the gun to him.

Even when bad guys buy their weapons from gun stores, they can use fake IDs or straw purchasers to complete the sale.

The General Accounting Office issued a report in 2001 which shows how investigators were able to purchase guns using fake IDs every time they tried. Of course, this suggests that criminals can easily get their firearms from gun stores -- even while submitting to the background check.

All the evidence to date suggests that criminals will easily be able to get around a registration scheme that traces ballistic evidence at a crime scene back to the person who originally bought the firearm:
* Maryland registers the ballistic fingerprints of every new handgun sold in the state. To date -- despite the fact that thousands of ballistic fingerprints have been registered with the state police -- not one crime has yet been solved with this technology.

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Ohio State Disbands Protest By Treating Students Like Adults

A few months ago, protesters disrupted the University of Missouri. Caving into their demands, the university lost its president and enrollment dipped. Students attempted something similar at (The™) Ohio State University last week, listing demands such as complete access to the university’s budget and that OSU divest itself from investments in Hewlett Packard because, the protesters claimed, the company was involved in human rights abuses. To call attention to these demands, 80 to 150 students occupied the main administration building.

This is when Ohio State Vice President Jay Kasey paid them a visit.

In a video of the exchange, Kasey said the OSU president would not negotiate with the students. “If you refuse to leave,” Kasey warned, “then you will be charged with a student code of conduct violation. … If you are here at 5:00 a.m. we will clear the building and you will be arrested. We will give you the opportunity to go to jail for your beliefs.”

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WILLIAM NEAL DUDLEY CONVICTED OF SEX ABUSE OF A MINOR AND RELATED OFFENSES SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS IN D.O.C.

On April 15, 2016, the Honorable W. Newton Jackson sentenced William Neal Dudley, age 31, to 15 years in the Division of Corrections for Sex Abuse of a Minor and related charges. Dudley will also be required to register for life as a Tier III sex offender.

Dudley was found guilty on January 5, 2016 following a jury trial. He was convicted of Sex Abuse of a Minor and Second Degree Assault. His victim was a four-year old child.

Wicomico County State’s Attorney Matthew A. Maciarello commended the members of the Child Advocacy Center, along with lead investigator Detective Ed Fissel of the Salisbury Police Department, for their work in the investigation and prosecution of this case. Mr. Maciarello also thanked Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Karen M. Dean, who prosecuted the case.

Veteran Lays Out One Simple Thing That Congress Can Do to Help Treat PTSD

Every day, 22 Veterans commit suicide in America. As Donald Trump and many others have pointed out, we do a terrible job of taking care of our Vets. Many suffer from crippling depression, homelessness, and a crippling sense of purposelessness that makes a full life wholly unlivable. Simply put, this is unacceptable in a nation that is as wealthy and as engaged globally as the United States. If we're going to be sending so many men into harm's way, we'd better make damn sure that we're going to take care of them when they get back. Where do we start? One young Vet has a solution. As ABC reports:

As Cole Lyle testified before Congress today, his service dog, Kaya, was at his feet.

Lyle, a Marine veteran who served in Afghanistan, suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

After several years taking prescribed sleep aids and antidepressants and even contemplating suicide, he said he decided to try a different kind of therapy: trained service dogs.

Service dogs are not provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, so Lyle tried to get a dog through local nonprofit groups.

But the wait times were over a year, and Lyle said he didn’t feel like he had time to wait. He purchased Kaya and had her trained for PTSD symptoms by an Assistance Dogs International-accredited trainer. After spending $10,000 of his own money, he had the help he needed.“The bad days are less frequent than they have ever been,” Lyle told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Lyle testified before the committee about the benefits he’s experienced since having Kaya, including how Kaya knows to wake him up when he’s suffering from a nightmare. The dog has reinvigorated his life with purpose, he said.

Now, he’s speaking out in the hopes that the VA will change its policy.

Currently, the VA does not provide benefits for PTSD or mental health dogs because they say the dogs are not known to be effective in overcoming specific functional limitations in veterans with PTSD.

...A new bill, H.R. 4764, will direct the VA to carry out a five-year pilot program in which the agency will provide service dogs and veterinary health insurance to certain veterans who served on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001, and were diagnosed with, and continue to suffer from, PTSD.

Lyle's testimony is above, and it's pretty damn convincing. As we stated earlier, Veterans are dying every single day. Many more are suffering and on their way to suicide. This is unacceptable, and we should be throwing everything AND the kitchen sink at the problem. As Lyle notes, the price of an exhaustive government study that won't provide an answer until 2018 is the lives of many of our courageous young men and women, who are currently unable to get the help they need. A nation so quick to send young people off to fight in foreign lands shouldn't all of a sudden get deliberative and cheap when it comes to mitigating the consequences of those tours. If anecdotal evidence from combat veterans suggests that a therapy dog will help them recover, then Congress should move to fund an arrangement that funds and expedites the adoption process.

In the meantime, there are several ways you can help. Write your member and tell them to support H.R. 4764. You can write the members of the committee, and urge them to expedite the process, or you can support organizations like Paws for Veterans and Vets Adopt Pets.

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Change for Life Baby Bottles Campaign 2016

The Eastern Shore Pregnancy Center in Salisbury, MD, is beginning its annual Change for Life Baby Bottle campaign on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, as a fund raising effort to provide for the on-going needs of the Pregnancy Center.

Said Jackie Seldon, the Pregnancy Center’s Director, “Mother’s Day is a perfect time to begin this campaign to remind people that the Eastern Shore Pregnancy Center is about the mothers as well as the babies, and that Father’s Day, on which we end, is about the fathers we assist, as well.”

This annual fund raising effort helps the center to provide material as well as educational and spiritual blessings and benefits to pregnant young women in the community, as well as to the babies, and their fathers.

Baby bottles may be picked up at the Eastern Shore Pregnancy Center at 1300 South Division St., Suite C, in Salisbury, for use at your church. These bottles may then be distributed on Mother’s Day, returned on Father’s Day, and filled with the change from your pockets and purse in between.

To get your baby bottles for the Change for Life Spring Fundraiser, please call the Eastern Shore Pregnancy Center at 410-546-5433.

Old Photos of "Firsts"

Jim Henson creating his first Kermit puppet. 
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A Viewer Writes: RANT!!!

I don't normally post negative things out here on social media but I am so disappointed with our local media. Yesterday several bikers attended the "RIDE TO THE TIDE" event that started in Smyrna, DE Harley Davidson and ended at Jake's Seafood in Rehoboth, DE. This was an event to support the "SPECIAL OLYMPICS." There were 1000 yes ONE THOUSAND motorcycles and over 1400 riders that attended this event. The local Delaware Blue Knights Chapter 1 put on this event and it was very successful. WBOC was a sponsor for this event. Has anyone seen or heard ANYTHING on this event in our local media? Come on WBOC it's more than just a matter of giving money to support. You are our local media television and radio station. Where was your booth? Your van? Your photographer? The Chopper? Can you imagine what this would of looked like from the view of Chopper 16? It was amazing. People lined the highway taking pictures and videos. The Police Department was awesome in the way they escorted and made sure there was NO incidents. We hear so much NEGATIVITY now in our area it's disgusting but when something great happens...where is the coverage? I just can't believe that you couldn't of assigned a crew to represent such a great event. If you have posted anything WBOC TV then I apologize and I will remove this post. But I haven't seen anything on your website or on the news. Shame on you! So for those of you who support our local community and believe that there are some good doers out there, thank you for riding! Eagle Riders Salisbury, Hogs and Hero's, Arrogant Bastards just to mention a few! Please feel free to share! Rant Over!

Trump vs. Hillary: How Soon?

Upcoming Primaries: The northeast corridor now steps into the proverbial batter’s box, as the New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Maryland primaries is just around the corner. New York voters will cast their ballots next Tuesday, while the other states’ electors have their chance on April 26th.

Several polls suggest that Donald Trump and former New York Sen. Hillary Clinton will easily win their respective Republican and Democratic New York primaries. But placing first there is not the only objective. Trump needs a major delegate haul to reinvigorate his campaign after losing Wisconsin on April 5th. It is critical for Trump to score a landslide delegate haul in order to return to the realm of obtaining a first ballot victory at the Republican National Convention. Therefore, he needs to garner in the neighborhood of 80 New York delegates from the pool of 95 in their very complicated delegate allocation system. In a combined statewide/congressional district allocation system (NY has 27 districts), attaining this number will be difficult even though all surveys project him to a healthy lead over Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

Ms. Clinton’s road to her nomination is much simpler than Mr. Trump’s. Now in a position where she needs only 30% of the outstanding delegates to clinch the nomination, taking the lion’s share of New York’s 291 Democratic delegates will go a long way to achieving her goal. Polling gives her low double-digit leads over Sen. Bernie Sanders, which might be considered an under-performance from a state that twice elected her Senator. Such a finish, however, will be more than enough to meet her state delegate projection quota.

Rigged! At least two candidates, one in each party, are complaining about both the Republican and Democratic nominating process. Donald Trump unleashed against the Colorado system that does not have a primary or caucus attached to the delegate allocation process. Rather, the Republicans meet in a state convention and choose the state’s 34 available delegates. Because Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) worked the process, he was rewarded with a sweep of the unbounded delegation and is apparently scoring a backdoor Winner-Take-All victory. A week earlier, the North Dakota Republican Party conducted a similar delegate apportionment state convention, also with Cruz faring considerably better than Trump, but without the chorus of complaints emanating from the Trump camp.

On the Democratic side, it was Hillary Clinton’s team who was accusing Sen. Bernie Sanders (I/D-VT) of trying to “rig” the convention. Ms. Clinton’s spokesman, Brian Fallon, stated that Sanders going after the announced Clinton Super Delegates to convince them to switch sides is his (Fallon’s) definition of “rigging” the nomination system. For the record, neither side is rigged, and all of the actions in both parties have been within the agreed upon party rules.


Source: AAN

Saving Violet: A Rescue Story


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Violets Story  http://wjla.com/news/local/a-mastif-thrown-away-left-to-die-gets-a-second-chance-at-life 



2-20-16  Your daily dose of Violet...Today Violet is trying to earn her keep and helping clean the dishes



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Hangin' in the kitchen with Foster mom. She was up 12 more pounds at her weigh in making her 87 lbs. today!!



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Look who's hanging out in the kitchen! Violet wanted to let you all know how well she's doing,and how much she appreciates the love and support from everyone. Just look at her beautiful brown eyes

Troopers Investigate Single Vehicle Fatal Crash West of Delmar

Delmar, DE – The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a single vehicle crash that killed one person.

The incident occurred around 10:06 p.m. Monday April 18, 2016 as a 37-year-old Laurel man was operating a 2004 Mini Cooper northbound on Providence Church Road just north of Pine Branch Road. The operator lost control of the vehicle as he entered a slight left curve and exited the east side of the roadway where it struck a driveway culvert causing the vehicle to go airborne and then strike a ditch embankment. The small car continued north and struck a tree with the front bumper before rotating clockwise and coming to a stop. Shortly after coming to stop, the operator was pulled from the vehicle as it became engulfed in flames.

The 37-year-old male was the lone occupant of the vehicle. He was transported by EMS to Peninsula Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. His name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing their investigation into this incident. It is unknown if alcohol or drugs were a factor in this case. Providence Church Road was closed for approximately three and a half hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

How Obama's Budget Cuts Are Endangering Marines

Fox News reports that the Marine Corps Aviation has been severely suffering from budget cuts, and meeting deployment demands.

Out of 276 F/A-18 Hornet strike fighters in the Marine Corps inventory, only about 30% are ready to fly, according to statistics provided by the Corps. Similarly, only 42 of 147 heavy-lift CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters are airworthy.

Attrition is common in the military, where parts break regularly due to wear and tear, but these levels are unprecedently low, compromising national security. This is not the first time that attrition levels have been so high as to cause operational issues. Just last year, the US Navy was unable to sustain an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf for 2 months, relying on the French Aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle for air support.

Marines have always prized their fixed-air aviation due to their World War II experience. In Guadalcanal, the US Navy was pushed away, leaving Marines isolated on the island in the face of Japanese assaults. Although Marines emerged victorious, they desired fixed aviation from that point on. Time will tell if Obama's budget cuts will lead to the demise of Marine aviation and the end of

Marines have resorted to cannibalize current aircrafts to fix damaged ones. Marines have been operating the aging F/A-18 Hornet for several decades now, waiting for the F-35 to be operational. Obama's budget cuts have delayed upkeep of current aircrafts and procurement of new ones, putting our men and women in uniform at risk.

Source: AAN

Sarah Palin vs. Bill Nye: The Big Science Battle

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin ripped into Bill Nye “The Science Guy” Thursday at a Capitol Hill event, calling him an entertainer who harms kids by telling them global warming is man-made.

“Bill Nye is as much a scientist as I am,” Palin said at a Washington, D.C. event held in anticipation of the upcoming global warming-centered film “Climate Hustle.” “He’s a kids’ show actor, he’s not a scientist.”

Palin, who was a vice presidential candidate in 2008, advised parents to train their kids to question the kinds of beliefs shared by Nye, who became popular in the 1990s for hosting a children’s television show called “Bill Nye The Science Guy.”

Nye was previously interviewed by Marc Morano, the founder of climate change skeptic website Climate Depot, for the upcoming film “Climate Hustle,” which seeks to document the history of views on climate change.


Source: The Daily Caller

State Police Explorers to Host Community Safety Day

 
Millsboro- The Troop 4 Explorers Post will be hosting a Community Safety Day on Saturday April 30, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Oak Orchard American Legion Post #28 located at 31768 Legion Road, Millsboro.
 
The event is FREE to the public and will showcase a variety of special units including;
 
  • Police K9 Demonstration
  • State Police Aviation (Trooper 2)
  • Seatbelt Convincer
  • Indian River Fire Company Trucks and Demos
  • Special Operations Response Team
  • Conflict Management Team
 
There will also be a Chicken Barbeque Fundraiser and all proceeds benefit the Troop 4 Explorer Post.  For $8.00 you’ll get a platter with a half chicken, pickles, roll, and chips.
 
The Explorers program consists of young men and women who have an interest in Law Enforcement.  They participate in fingerprinting young children at community events; work the missing children’s area at the State Fair, and many more community events.  They also offer opportunities for the National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference and the Federal Leadership Academies as well as the Delaware State Police Cadet Program. 
 
Troopers teach the Explorers a variety of police procedures including fingerprinting, evidence collection, and patrol procedures.  We strive to lead them down the right path and stand as positive role models. We also instill leadership, responsibility, integrity, and commitment. Every Explorer Post is overseen and run by Delaware State Police Troopers.
 
There are minimum qualifications: a 2.0 Grade Point Average, mature, clean cut as well as clean shaven with no criminal convictions.  This is not a discipline program.  The age range is 14-20 years of age and at least in 9th grade.  The program consists of high school and college students. 
 
We hope to see you at our Community Safety Day so we can explain more about our program and how to become a Delaware State Police Explorer.       

How to Find Balance in Your Life

By D. Scott Trettenero

Much has been written and discussed about how balance in life will help us be happier and healthier. It is easy to notice when one’s life is out of balance with feelings of distress, anxiety, and uneasiness. Being in total balance is a goal that may never be obtainable as life is always changing and full of surprises.

Life seems to be a juggling act of its many different aspects.

To strive for the best balance possible, it is important to know what to balance. Life is full of contradictions and we are sometimes forced to manage situations that are not comfortable for us.

Dr. Robert Quinn of University of Michigan Business School gives us a description of these contradictions with his Competing Values Model that he applies to business and leadership. He says that we must juggle certain opposite and conflicting aspects of life to be successful. If we apply his model to our everyday life, we can better understand what the important areas are that we must concentrate on to create our balance.

• Healthy Relationships: We all have a need and a desire for healthy and respectful relationships. Relationships are our connection to others and help to create feelings of belonging, camaraderie, and ultimately love. Giving of ourselves creates a goodwill that attracts others to us.
• Meaningful Work: Work is an environment where we can use our given or learned talents in a way that creates value for services needed or wanted by others. If one is passionate about their work, it can become a part of one’s identity. The more value we can create, the more rewards we can earn.
• Adequate Recreation: Recreation is a time to relax, recuperate, and enjoy ourselves. We can recharge our batteries and let go of our burdens. All work and no play can make us one dimensional. Recreation can broaden our interests and capabilities.
• Self-Time: This is something that is much needed for a multitude of reasons. We all need time for introspection, reflection, and the space to create new perceptions of how we are living. This is also a time for exercise, reading, learning, and meditation. We need some time for working on our body, mind and spirit.

As we get out of balance in any of these areas of life, we will want to devote more time and energy to them to regain our balance. One thing to notice about these different aspects of life is that they are in opposition to each other. Work is the opposite of play and relationships are the opposite of self-time. We all might have an area of life that we are stronger in by our natures and our temperaments. The area we will be weakest in might be the one opposing it.

Working toward balance will help us not only to be more centered and grounded, but to become more and better rounded. We can all use more of that.