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Friday, January 20, 2017

Bad Day

How a hoax website about paid protesters came crumbling down live on TV

The website for an organization calling itself Demand Protest made its mission pretty clear: “When your strategy demands paid protest, we organize and bring it to life.” Billing itself as a group that generated the “appearance of outrage” on behalf of left-wing causes, the existence of Demand Protest became an attractive story for many right-wing media outlets. The group, it appeared, was proof that dissent against Trump was manufactured by shady leftist organizations, and could be lucrative: one ad placed in Demand Protest’s name promised a full-time job that paid a $2,500 retainer, plus $50/hr., and benefits.

It was the perfect story to share, if you’re inclined to believe that anti-Trump protesters must be getting paid to be there. Something to that effect has long been in the canon of largely unsubstantiated rumors circulating on the Trump Internet. A well-known fake news writer even fabricated an “interview” with a protester who said he was paid $3,500 to protest at a Trump rally — a story that was shared on Twitter by Trump’s then-campaign manager. And like that made-up story, it also appears that Demand Protest is a made-up group, one that fooled quite a few news sources before being dramatically debunked on-air by Tucker Carlson.

Here’s an incomplete look at how we got here: a few days ago, the Gateway Pundit wrote a piece titled “BREAKING: Far Left Group Is Paying Activists a Monthly Salary to Stop TRUMP,” and cited 4Chan in mentioning a possible link between Demand Protest and George Soros.InfoWars was a bit more skeptical, hedging their story on Demand Protest as a “report” and writing that “it’s unclear if the website is actually legitimate.” The Washington Times also credulously reported on the Backpage ads. Breitbart, meanwhile,used the ads as evidence in an article that suggested that fears of pro-Trump inauguration violence was “fake news.”

“The facts tell a different story,” the Breitbart article says. “The left is gearing up for war, and hiring mercenaries.”


Talbot Co. Man Charged With Possession Of Child Pornography

(EASTON, MD) – Maryland State Police criminal investigators have charged a Talbot County man with multiple counts of possession of child pornography as a result of an Internet crimes investigation.

The suspect is identified as Harry H. Rieck III, 59, of Easton, Md. He is charged with ten counts of possession of child pornography. Rieck was charged on a criminal summons, which was served on him yesterday after he responded to the Maryland State Police Easton Barrack.

The investigation began in November 2016, when Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division investigators assigned to the Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force received information about an Internet user actively downloading images of child pornography online, using a peer-to-peer network. The investigation led to the identification of a residence and a search warrant was obtained. Investigators served a search warrant in mid-December 2016 at the residence and recovered computers and related electronic equipment belonging to the suspect.

A forensic preview was conducted at the Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Unit forensic laboratory. Investigators found multiple images of known child pornography. State Police investigators applied for criminal charges and a criminal summons was issued.

The forensic examination of the computer equipment is continuing. Additional charges are possible.

The Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is comprised of police agencies from around the State. Its primary mission is to protect children from computer-facilitated sexual exploitation. The Task Force works cooperatively with law enforcement agencies and prosecutors to provide resources to combat these crimes. Additionally, the Task Force provides community awareness campaigns helping to prevent the spread of these crimes through education.

Obamacare vs. Affordable Care Act #2

See the button House Democrats wore to Trump’s inauguration

On the day Donald Trump officially became president of the United States, Democrats still remained steadfastly opposed to the billionaire businessman’s proposals.

During the inaugural ceremony Friday, many House Democrats wore buttons emblazoned with the hashtag #ProtectOurCare, calling out Republicans and Trump for their promise to overthrow former President Barack Obama’s signature health care legislation, the Affordable Care Act.

“Members wanted to wear a sign of solidarity with the Affordable Care Act at the inauguration,” Drew Hammill, a spokesman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), told Talking Points Memo.



Trump Day!!!

Knock, Knock...

Pence Says 'Obamacare' Users Should Have 'No Anxiety' About Losing Insurance

(WASHINGTON) -- Vice President–elect Mike Pence assured Americans currently covered by the Affordable Care Act that they “should have no anxiety about losing their insurance.”

“Any American who has insurance today, through an ‘Obamacare’ exchange or through the Obama plan itself, should have no anxiety about losing their insurance,” Pence told ABC News’ Martha Raddatz in an interview today. “We’re committed to an orderly transition, to a new and better health insurance set of reforms that are going to work for every American, just like the president-elect said.”

Pence said he anticipates a plan to replace “Obamacare” will be brought forward in the “early weeks” of the new administration.

“Right now, literally as we speak, our policy team is working with leaders in the House and the Senate and some Democrats coming together to fashion that replace plan,” he said.


Senator Eckardt Weekly Wrap-Up

Senator Adelaide Eckardt, District 37
 Legislative Weekly Wrap-Up

January 18, 2017
I am excited to welcome Colin Dennis (right), senior at Salisbury University studying Political Science with a pre-law track, as an intern with my office this semester. Jaelon Monay (left), freshman at Williams College studying Political Science and Africana Studies, will be interning with Delegate Mautz for the month of January.
Governor Hogan Veto Overrides
Governor Hogan vetoed several key pieces of legislation last year. The Governor vetoed Senate Bill 921 – Clean Energy Jobs – Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard Revisions stating this legislation would be yet another tax increase to Marylanders. The additional burden imposed on Maryland ratepayers through utility costs was another reason the Governor decided to veto Senate Bill 921. The state of Maryland supports Clean Energy initiatives, but need to do so in a fiscally responsible way. The General Assembly is expected to vote on Governor Hogan’s override later this week. I fully support Governor Hogan’s veto, as this bill would increase taxes for Marylanders and prevent substantial job growth within the state.

Governor Hogan’s FY 2018 Budget
On Wednesday, Governor Hogan submitted the administration’s fiscal year 2018 budget. As promised, the governor developed a balanced budget that is fiscally responsible while not raising taxes or cutting services in the state of Maryland. For the third year in a row, the budget fully funds K-12 education. The administration has pledged to address the growing heroin and opioid crisis in Maryland and nationwide. This budget contains $1.3 billion for mental health and substance abuse services and $4 million to help the state’s work with those struggling with addiction.

Prescription Drug Prices Rise
Rapid increased costs for EpiPens statewide has sparked an interesting debate regarding prescription drug prices. Prices for some necessary prescription drugs have escalated making it extremely difficult for Marylanders to afford. Lawmakers, with the support of Attorney General, will introduce legislation that requires pharmaceutical companies to reveal the basis for drug prices. Another piece of legislation would authorize the Attorney General to sue drug makers for price gouging. The price for EpiPens and some prescription drug prices needs to be addressed for all Marylanders. We will be following this issue closely.

New Legislation that I have co-sponsored
  • Public Senior Higher Education Institutions – Financial Aid – Reduction Restrictions – Senator Young
  • Tax Overpayment – Interest on Refunds - Senator Bates
  • Income Tax - Subtraction Modification - Military Retirement Income -Senator Sallings
  • Alcoholic Beverages – Definition of Beer – Hard Cider - Senator Ready
  • Labor and Employment – Labor Organizations – Right to work Act -Senator Ready
  • Environment – Water and Sewer Plan Approval - Senator Ready  
Mark Your Calendars
I will be participating in the Second Annual Oxford Polar Bear Dip, Friday, February 12 at 12:00pm! Visit to register!
Senator Adelaide Eckardt
District 37 – Caroline, Dorchester, Talbot, Wicomico Counties
410-841-3590; 410-221-6561

Maddow: Trump’s Speech ‘Militant,’ ‘Dark,’ ‘America First Has ‘Dark Echoes’ of Anti-Semitism and Nazism

During MSNBC’s coverage of Friday’s Inauguration, anchor Rachel Maddow stated that President Trump’s Inaugural Address “was militant, and it was dark,” and “America First” “means a specific thing in this country,” the “infiltrated by Nazis” and “anti-Semitic” America First Committee, and “to re-purpose it now, not that far down the historical path, it’s hard.”


Donald Trump sworn in as 45th US president

Donald Trump has been sworn in as the 45th President of the United States.

After formally taking office, Trump said: "Together we will determine the course of America and the world for many, many years to come."

Mr Trump added that January 20 would be remembered as "the day the people became the rulers of this nation again".

An anti-Trump protester screams in agony as the new US President is sworn in.

The woman, sitting cross-legged on the ground close to Capitol Hill, was filmed yelling "no" at the top of her voice as Donald Trump took his oath.


Scenic Somerset County Property Protected

150-Acre Easement Includes Waterfront

A Somerset County couple recently donated a conservation easement that permanently protects more than 150 acres, including a mile of waterfront property along the Big Annemessex River.

The Maryland Environmental Trust and the Lower Shore Land Trust worked with Randy and Bobbie Stadler to conserve their land and vital wildlife habitat. Bobbie is a retired wildlife rehabilitator, having dedicated much of her life to protecting the wildlife on her land.

“The Stadlers’ generosity is an example to us all,” said Maryland Environmental Trust Director William Leahy. “We are grateful for their gift ensuring the wetlands, forests and an impeccable waterfront view will be protected for generations to come.”

“When the process was complete, the Maryland Environmental Trust sent us a sign that says, ‘This land is protected forever.’ What a wonderful feeling,” said Randy Stadler. “That sign represents the culmination of everyone’s work to make this happen. It also made us realize we truly had done our part to protect an area of the state that we both love.”

Chicken Industry, A Mainstay of Delmarva’s Economy, Shows Sensible Growth

GEORGETOWN, Del. – Delmarva’s chicken industry was a force for stability in 2016, keeping its bird capacity level and even slightly reducing the number of chicken houses in operation, while maintaining the total chicken produced and supporting the region’s crop family farms with nearly $1 billion spent on feed ingredients.

Statistics on the chicken economy compiled by Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. (DPI), the nonprofit trade association, should put to rest worries about the industry ‘overbuilding’ new chicken houses. The data, supplied by the five poultry companies that operate on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and in Delaware, show total chicken house capacity declined 0.5 percent in 2016, from 123 million birds to 122.5 million. The number of chicken houses in operation also fell, from 4,840 at the beginning of 2016 to 4,700 houses in use at the end of the year. The reason is simple: many chicken growers are building modern, efficient chicken houses, replacing more numerous and smaller structures as they do so. The overall effect, though, is in no way a runaway pace of growth in chicken house capacity, as some chicken critics agitating for a moratorium on new chicken house construction assert. In fact, the opposite is true, with a net reduction in 140 chicken houses seen last year.

Family farms and chicken companies use a wide variety of production methods to provide consumers with choices in the type of chicken they buy for their households. Regular and comprehensive animal care training for farmers and their employees and ongoing monitoring of bird health and welfare are part of the high standards for Delmarva chicken farmers and companies. That commitment to raising chickens efficiently and responsibly led to a 4 percent increase in the total pounds of chicken produced on Delmarva in 2016, with a total of 4.1 billion pounds of “Delmarvalous” chicken delivered to market.

To produce those chickens, Delmarva’s poultry industry used 85.4 million bushels of corn, 35.5 million bushels of soybeans and 1.7 million bushels of wheat. The industry’s total feed bill topped $997 million in 2016, down 1.8 percent from the year before. Most locally grown corn and soybeans are used to feed Delmarva’s chickens. That means chicken industry dollars support Delaware, Maryland and Virginia family farms and the local economy many times over. A strong chicken industry that keeps cropland in production also provides an ecological benefit, since farmland produces less pollution per acre than developed land does.

Payments by chicken companies to contract growers on family farms rose 6 percent in 2016, from $229 million to $243 million. Wages earned by the 14,500 people directly employed by the region’s five chicken companies also rose, by 7.7 percent, to $663 million.

“Nearly every business on Delmarva – including small businesses – is positively affected by the chicken industry,” said Bill Satterfield, DPI’s executive director. “These numbers reinforce just how important the chicken industry is to the region, and they show the industry growing at a calm, sustainable pace. An unwarranted clampdown on Delmarva’s chicken industry would result in widespread economic harm; it would endanger the livelihoods of farmers, chicken company employees and countless others; and it would represent a step back in terms of conservation, by exposing more farmland to development pressure.”

Look What the Chicken Industry Is Doing for Delmarva
2016 Facts about Delmarva’s Meat Chicken Industry

Annual broiler/roaster/Cornish production: 594.9 million
Total pounds produced: 4.12 billion
Number of broiler/roaster/Cornish houses: 4,700
Broiler/roaster/Cornish house capacity: 122.4 million
Broiler/roaster/Cornish and breeder growers: 1,736
Poultry company employees: 14,500
Value of chicks started: $189.7 million
Annual feed bill: $997.1 million
Bushels of corn used for feed: 85.4 million
Bushels of soybeans used for feed: 35.5 million
Bushels of wheat used for feed: 1.8 million
Packaging and other processing supplies: $220.7 million
Poultry company capital improvements: $94 million
Grower contract payments: $243 million
Wholesale value of broilers/roasters/Cornish: $3.21 billion

United Way releases Maryland poverty report

A report issued Jan. 9 by the United Way found that 31 percent of Worcester County residents are in financial purgatory of sorts — they earn more than the federal poverty level, but less than the cost of living.

The percentage was not as bad as it was in the other two lower shore counties, with Wicomico at 35 percent, and Somerset County recording the highest number in the state at 53 percent.

The household income threshold for those under 65 as defined in the report is $40,000 for Worcester and Wicomico and $45,000 in Somerset County. Over-65 household income is $30,000 for Worcester and Wicomico, and $25,000 in Somerset.

The report was gathered from data collected in 2014, based on a pilot program in New Jersey and later expanded to 15 other states, including Maryland.


Biden Blasts Trump-Putin Plan "To Collapse The Liberal International Order"

In a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Joe Biden took aim at president-elect Trump and Russian president Putin in what is likely his final public appearance as US vice-president.

The speech was long on scaremongery and war rhetoric and short on 'fact', as The Wall Street Journal reports, Mr. Biden said cooperation between the U.S. and Europe formed “the bedrock of the success the world enjoyed in the second half of the 20th century."

“Strengthening these values—values that served our community of nations so well for so long—is paramount to retaining the position of leadership that Western nations enjoy.”

Mr. Biden also leveled sharp criticism at Mr. Putin, whom Mr. Trump has praised and said he would seek to cooperate with. Mr. Putin’s goal, Mr. Biden said, was “to return to a world where the strong impose its will through military might, corruption, and criminality, while weaker nations have to fall into line.”

“With many countries in Europe slated to hold elections this year, we should expect further attempts by Russia to meddle in the democratic process,” Mr. Biden said. “It will occur again, I promise you, and again the purpose is clear: to collapse the liberal international order.”

So - bottom line - according to the vice-president of the only US president to have been at war every day of their 8-year-term, the American people have 'unwittingly' voted a man into office who puts the entire world order at risk of collapse.


Beached seal brings swift response from National Aquarium

The sight of a migrating harp seal taking a breather on the beach in Ocean City last weekend brought a quick response from volunteers, who were intent on assuring the creature remained undisturbed.

Members of the National Aquarium in Baltimore’s Marine Mammal Wildlife Rescue and the Maryland Coastal Bays Programs Seal Stewards group monitored the scene at 135th Street prior to the seal returning to the sea overnight on Sunday.

Aquarium volunteer Chuck Erbe of Ocean View, Delaware materializes whenever a marine animal or sea turtle turns up on the beaches in Ocean City or Assateague.

“I won’t say I’m on call 24/7, but it’s very close to that,” he said. “What we do is come down and assess the situation.”


Keep It Real Washington, D.C.

The Smaller Crowd Mystery Solved By Salisbury News

Donald Trump said his inauguration would have "record-setting turnout," but a quick glance at bird's-eye photos of his event and Barack Obama's in 2009 shows how far that claim is from the truth. In recent days, various groups estimated that the crowd for Trump was likely to be between 700,000 and 900,000 people. In 2009, an estimated 1.8 million people flocked to the National Mall to watch the swearing-in of the nation's first black president.


Worcester County weighs reducing cell tower distances on highway

The Worcester County Commissioners have scheduled a public hearing for Feb. 21 to consider a proposed zoning amendment that would reduce separation distances for cell towers in heavily traveled roads and highways.

Deputy Director of Planning Phyllis Wimbrow said the amendment was submitted on behalf of the Columbia-based Cellco Partnership, operating under the Verizon Wireless moniker.

“This application seeks to amend the zoning code to allow for greater flexibility for cell towers in areas where currently you have to be at least 1,000 feet from any home, except in situations where you have a non-conforming use,” she said. “In this situation, we’ve got high demand transportation corridors.”


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Rand Paul Doubles Down: Someone Needs To Go To Jail For Fake Trump Leaks

"This was either leaked by intelligence officials or by Democrats that are part of the elite"

In a strong performance on fake news channel CNN Tuesday evening, Senator Rand Paul doubled down on comments he made last week, saying “somebody should go to jail” for leaking fake intelligence regarding Donald Trump and the Russian government.

“I think it’s unseemly that people in our intelligence community, the CIA director, is out there giving press conferences, criticizing the incoming president — I think that’s inexcusable and I would not have anybody in the CIA that’s publicly criticizing the president.” Paul told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, who has continued to defend CNN’s coverage of the Trump/Russia blackmail fake news story.



The Ocean Pines Police Department is set to receive a $30,030 grant from the state of Maryland for a technology upgrade that allows officers to quickly identify suspects involved in criminal actions. Officers are gaining the upper hand with the assistance of a new finger and palm printing machine.

According to the Ocean Pines Police Department, law enforcement agencies indicate that at least 30 percent of the prints lifted from crime scenes – from knife hilts, gun grips, steering wheels and window panes – are of palms, not fingers. For this reason, capturing and scanning latent palm prints is becoming an area of increasing interest among the law enforcement community, including the Ocean Pines Police Department.

An upgraded fingerprinting system, which has been recently installed, now helps to increase officer efficiency.

“In addition to identifying the individual, it also quickly searches state and federal criminal history databases for warrants that may still be in effect,” said Ocean Pines Police Chief David Massey. “Automation eliminates the old messy ink procedures, and accurately tells an officer that the print is acceptable, or whether a new re-print is necessary.”

Alibaba'a Jack Ma Drops a Redpill in Davos: The U.S. Wasted $14 Trillion on Wars Over the Past 30 Years

And there it is, the unvarnished, raw, truth about how everything went wrong for middle class America.

Since the Vietnam war, more than 45 years ago, the US has embarked on a neocon strategy of war in an effort to build a global empire. The result of that strategy has left American infrastructure second rate, its school system in shambles, and its healthcare system a complete and utter joke.

Just imagine what America could've done with $14t of investable dollars, instead of waging wars.

Aside from the wars, America spends more than 50% of its discretionary budget on the military, per annum, 16% of its overall budget.


Nammo to Bring More Than 130 New Manufacturing Jobs to Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head

Company will invest more than $30 million to manufacture rocket motors and warheads, demilitarize aging explosive devices

ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Nammo Group, based in Norway, will bring more than 130 new manufacturing jobs to Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Indian Head in Southern Maryland over the next five years. As part of an agreement signed today, Nammo Energetics Indian Head, a Maryland corporation, will partner with the installation’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (EODTD) to establish both a solid rocket motor and tactical warhead production facility, as well as an energetics demilitarization operation at Indian Head. The company plans to invest more than $23 million in renovations to existing facilities on the base and an additional $7 million in new equipment.

“The Public Private Partnership Agreement is a unique opportunity for Nammo to become part of the U.S. National Technology Industrial Base,” said Morten Brandtzæg, CEO of the Nammo Group. “Our priority number one will be to create a sustainable and highly competitive operation at Indian Head with a strong focus on our core capabilities and competences – creating jobs in Maryland.”

“Nammo’s $30 million investment in Maryland manufacturing – and the addition of more than 130 new jobs – is confirmation of the positive business climate our administration set out to establish two years ago,” said Governor Hogan. “In December, I had a very productive meeting with President Brandtzæg in Annapolis, during which he briefed me on plans for Indian Head. I am very pleased to welcome him and Nammo to our state on a permanent basis and appreciate the positive impact their presence will have on Southern Maryland’s economy.”

What Day Is It

Background on the Clinton Global Initiative

Following Hillary Clinton's loss in the 2016 election, the Clinton Global Initiative, an arm of The Clinton Foundation, is closing. The foundation was forced to lay off CGI's 22 employees last week.

The Clinton Foundation issued a WARN filing with the New York Department of Labor, saying that 22 CGI employees will lose their jobs due to the “discontinuation of the Clinton Global Initative.” This has reportedly become the subject of a significant dispute within the Foundation in terms of how the layoffs ought to be handled.

The Clinton Foundation tainted Clinton's campaign last year with conflicts of interest. Reports indicated, for instance, that foundation donors were awarded special State Department privileges during Clinton's tenure as secretary of state.

Because of the controversy, former President Bill Clinton indicated that he would step down from the Clinton Foundation board if his wife was elected. Foreign donors also reportedly backed out of their annual contributions.

Author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza said that latter point was pretty telling.


Something Strange Happens When Democrats leave office...

As they prepare for their exodus from the White House, the Obamas are about to join another rarified club that of the ruling liberal elite class owning multiple ultra-expensive homes in highly exclusive communities that none in America can afford save the one-percenters. The very same one-percenters whom they rant and rail against as being the greedy, ego-centric millionaires who simply have too much.

Following the likes of Bill and Hillary Clinton who (despite Hillary's claim earlier this year that they left White House dead broke ) somehow managed to educate their daughter at Stanford, Oxford, NYU and Columbia; acquire a $1.7 million estate in Chappaqua and a $2.85 million mansion in Georgetown) and Bernie Sanders who shortly after ending his 2016 presidential bid bought his third home a$600,000 lakefront vacation house on Lake Champlain. Barack and Michelle have real estate designs of their own.

Earlier this year it was revealed that upon his leaving the presidency the Obamas will not be returning to Chicago they will instead be moving into a $6 million, 8,200-square foot, 9-bedroom 12-bathroom mansion in Kalorama, one of the District's most posh, desirable and exclusive neighborhoods in the heart of one of America's wealthiest zip codes.
With daughter Malia off to college that leaves just Barack, Michelle and Sasha until the younger daughter graduates high school in 2018. Nothing says I care about climate change, energy consumption and our CO2 footprint more than keeping an 8,200-square foot house heated and air conditioned year round for just three people. The hypocrisy and do as I say not as I do hubris of all these wealthy climate change proponents is sickening. By the way, the Obama's new home is just two doors down from Clinton campaign manager, John Podesta, who recently lost the most significant campaign of his life.

But that's not the new news. We have now learned Barack and Michelle are the proud owners of yet another home, this one on the Left Coast.

As reported by PageSix and other sources, the Obamas have a new home in Rancho Mirage, California. Rancho Mirage is a popular golf getaway which would explain its attraction to the soon-to-be ex-golfer-in-chief. By some counts this makes the Obama's fifth home. Also from PageSix, The Obamas are also said to have bought a holiday getaway in Obama's childhood home state of Hawaii. How many American families own five of anything, let alone houses? Let alone houses in Hawaii that they see once a year or so. Most of us are blessed if able to rent a hotel room or condo on Hawaii once a decade.

The relocation habits of Democrats leaving office is very interesting.

Obama's Chelsea Manning 'Pardon' Proves The "Russian Election Hack" Story Was One Big Lie

We applaud Obama for commuting the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning from 35 years to 7 years.

Army soldier, Chelsea Manning was convicted in 2013 of leaking hundreds of thousands (some counts have the number at 750,000) classified documents about US national security activities to WikiLeaks.

Those documents included diplomatic cables, military intelligence in Iraq and Afghanistan, and video files showing US strikes against “terrorists”, and in one instance showing strikes that killed two Reuters journalists.

By granting Manning clemency, Obama admits that the massive leak of classified intelligence information (arguably the most damning US intelligence leak ever) was damaging, but not so damaging as to warrant a 35 year prison sentence.

Certainly Manning’s intelligence leak is magnitudes worse a leak (in relation to US national security) than the John Podesta emails, that have the entire US establishment up in arms and pleading for a heavy retaliation.

Keep in mind that Chelsea Manning has pleaded guilty and admitted to the intelligence breach. No evidence has ever been provided to the public that proves the Russian state was behind the Podesta or DNC document leak.

Which brings us to this argument.

The Democrat Party, and their outgoing President Barack Obama, are gravely concerned about “Russian election hacking”, concerned enough to impose sanctions on Russia, expel Russian diplomats, and even call for a “war-like” response towards Russia, with no evidence.


Lindsey Graham shames NAACP President Cornell Brooks at confirmation hearing

Maryland is the 26th best state to raise a family, a new study finds

Looking to relocate your family or business, or both? Maryland may not be your best bet.

The state ranked 26th in a study done by WalletHub measuring the best states to start and raise a family, ranking behind nearby states such as Delaware and Virginia.


Best Obama Sketch

Jack Wheeler is a brilliant man who was the author of Reagan's strategy to break the back of the Soviet Union with the star wars race and expose their inner weakness. For years he wrote a weekly intelligence update that was extremely interesting and well structured and informative. He consults(ed) with several mega corporations on global trends and the future, etc. He is in semi-retirement now. He is a true patriot with a no-nonsense approach to everything. He is also a somewhat well-known mountain climber and adventurer.

Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler:

The O-man, Barack Hussein Obama, is an eloquently tailored empty suit. No resume, no accomplishments, no experience, no original ideas, no understanding of how the economy works, no understanding of how the world works, no balls, nothing but abstract, empty rhetoric devoid of real substance.

He has no real identity. He is half-white, which he rejects. The rest of him is mostly Arab, which he hides but is disclosed by his non-African Arabic surname and his Arabic first and middle names as a way to triply proclaim his Arabic parentage to people in Kenya. Only a small part of him is African Black from his Luo grandmother, which he pretends he is exclusively.

What he isn't, not a genetic drop of, is 'African-American,' the
descendant of enslaved Africans brought to America chained in
slave ships. He hasn't a single ancestor who was a slave. Instead, his Arab ancestors were slave owners. Slave-trading was the main Arab business in East Africa for centuries until the British ended it.

Let that sink in: Obama is not the descendant of slaves, he is the descendant of slave owners. Thus he makes the perfect Liberal Messiah.

It's something Hillary doesn't understand - how some complete
neophyte came out of the blue and stole the Dem nomination from her. Obamamania is beyond politics and reason. It is a true religious cult, whose adherents reject Christianity yet still believe in Original Sin, transferring it from the evil of being human to the evil of being white.

Thus Obama has become the white liberals' Christ, offering absolution from the Sin of Being White. There is no reason or logic behind it, no faults or flaws of his can diminish it, no arguments Hillary could make of any kind can be effective against it. The absurdity of Hypocrisy Clothed In Human Flesh being their Savior is all the more cause for liberals to worship him:
Credo quia absurdum, I believe it because it is absurd.

Thank heavens that the voting majority of Americans remain Christian and are in no desperate need of a phony savior.

He is ridiculous and should not be taken seriously by any thinking American.

And yet he got elected, not once but twice. Thanks to those that did not think it was important to vote for freedom and those that were willing to give up their freedoms for entitlements.

Remember you don't have to be on a southern plantation to be a slave, if you are dependent on government entitlements you just have a different slave owner.

2nd California Student vows to remove penis if Trump builds wall

In a bizarre show of solidarity with fellow University of California student Seth Greenberg, Sophomore Jakob Connulson has also pledged to remove his penis if Trump adds any additional structure to the existing US-Mexico border wall. Apparently, Greenberg and Connulson are members of a private campus group known as the “Open Borders Friends,” described by one source as being a group of radical students who don’t believe in the validity of Sovereign states.

In a recent Open Borders Friends assembly, Greenberg invited other members to join him in taking a pledge to remove a bodily appendage if Trump strengthens the border wall. When asked why he would agree to this, and why he would also elect to remove his penis, Cunnulson stated “we all know Trump isn’t gonna do shit. He’s just a blowhard saying things to rile people up. Still, I stand with the Mexican people, and I am fully prepared to emasculate myself to prevent further separation between people in the US and in Mexico. As far as why I am choosing to remove my penis instead of maybe a finger, or a toe, I feel that the penis represents my anger about an oppressive male dominated culture, and I would be fine with not having one.”



Thomas Paine was born in 1737 in Britain. His first thirty seven years of life were pretty much a series of failures and disappointments. Business fiascos, firings, the death of his first wife and child, a failed second marriage, and bankruptcy plagued his early life. He then met Benjamin Franklin in 1774 and was convinced to emigrate to America, arriving in Philadelphia in November 1774. He thus became the Father of the American Revolution with the publication of Common Sense, pamphlets which crystallized opinion for colonial independence in 1776.

The first pamphlet was published in Philadelphia on January 10, 1776, and signed anonymously “by an Englishman.” It became an instantaneous sensation, swiftly disseminating 100,000 copies in three months among the two and a half million residents of the 13 colonies. Over 500,000 copies were sold during the course of the American Revolution. Paine published Common Sense after the battle of Lexington and Concord, making the argument the colonists should seek complete independence from Great Britain, rather than merely fighting against unfair levels of taxation. The pamphlets stirred the masses with a fighting spirit, instilling in them the backbone to resist a powerful empire.

Ladies & Gentlemen, President Donald J. Trump

Dad says Monster Energy drinks killed his son

Suit claims he consumed as much as caffeine as in 14 cans of Coke

(WGNTV) — A father claims too much energy drink killed his son.

He’s now suing the makers of Monster Energy drink, according to TMZ.

His son, Dustin Hood, was 19 when he drank three and a half, 24 ounce cans of Monster within 24 hours in 2015.

The lawsuit claims Hood played basketball after his last can and collapsed on the court.

One Down, One To Go

CNN Requests Access To Inauguration Event- The Response? PRICELESS!

You are probably already familiar with the “Deporaball.” The name is taken from the quote where Hillary Clinton decides to call all Trump supporters deplorables.

If you missed her awesome quote check it out here:

You know there are only 60 days left to make our case — and don’t get complacent, don’t see the latest outrageous, offensive, inappropriate comment and think well he’s done this time. We are living in a volatile political environment. You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right?
The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up. He has given voice to their websites that used to only have 11,000 people — now how 11 million. He tweets and retweets their offensive hateful mean-spirited rhetoric. Now, some of those folks — they are irredeemable, but thankfully they are not America.

Well, CNN wanted to come to the ball. The response is classic.

Trump Team Preparing "Dramatic Cuts To Government Spending"

According to a report from The Hill this morning, President-elect Trump's transition team is already working with career staff at the White House on plans to slash federal spending. The Hill reports that significant cuts are expected to the budgets of the Department of Commerce, Energy, Transportation, Justice and State, among others, and would total $10.5 trillion over 10 years.

The departments of Commerce and Energy would see major reductions in funding, with programs under their jurisdiction either being eliminated or transferred to other agencies. The departments of Transportation, Justice and State would see significant cuts and program eliminations.

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting would be privatized, while the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities would be eliminated entirely.

Overall, the blueprint being used by Trump’s team would reduce federal spending by $10.5 trillion over 10 years.

While details are scarce now, a 200 page "skinny budget" document is expected to be released within the first 45 days of Trump's administration with a "full budget" to be released toward the end of his first 100 days in office.


Trump Announces Executive Orders Planned For DAY ONE- Liberals In MELTDOWN Mode

Donald Trump is coming to the White House in no time at all. Tomorrow is the big day. And he is ready to start as soon as the inauguration takes place.

According to Conservative Tribune:

Soon after Donald J. Trump takes the oath of office this Friday, he’s going to act quickly to eliminate wide swaths of President Barack Obama’s legacy.

And it’s all going to begin with his pen and his phone.

According to Reuters, Trump spokesman and incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced Wednesday that Trump would be signing a series of executive actions on his first day in the Oval Office.

“He’s got a few of them probably in the area of four or five that we’re looking at for Friday,” Spicer said during a news briefing on Wednesday. “Then there are some other ones that I expect him to sign with respect to a couple of issues that have been high on his priority list.”


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Annapolis man on learner's permit strikes 3 parked vehicles, charged with DUI

A 26-year-old Annapolis resident was charged with driving under the influence after police say he struck three parked vehicles on Pindell Avenue Tuesday morning.

According to the Annapolis Police Department, officers responded to a vehicle collision on the 200 block of North Pindell Avenue in Annapolis before 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Police say they found that Carlos Campos Chavez, who lives on the block, had struck three parked vehicles on the road before his car came to a rest after striking a fence. The department wrote that Campos Chavez was driving with a learner's permit and no one else in the car at the time of the crash.


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Pittsburgh Mills Mall Sold For $100 At Foreclosure Auction

TARENTUM (KDKA/AP) – A Pittsburgh-area mall that was foreclosed on after its owners failed to repay $143 million was auctioned off Wednesday for $100.
The sprawling Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills mall has been in trouble ever since it opened its doors 11 years ago. After defaulting on that $143 million loan, the bankruptcy court put it up for auction.
Wells Fargo Bank was owed the money from a 2006 loan and submitted the winning bid for the 1.1 million-square-foot mall. The bank was acting as trustee for MSCI 2007 HQ11, the trust that bought the mall in suburban Frazer Township.

Pittsburgh Mills mall auctioned off for a hundred bucks. Bid by Wells Fargo which is holding 149 Mill. Debt on mall.


Poll: Trump Viewed Favorably by More than Half of US Voters

Stark contrast to polls claiming low approval rating

While the corporate media is busy promoting polls claiming Donald Trump will enter the Oval Office with a low approval rating, a recent Rasmussen Reports survey finds more than half the country is supportive of the president-elect.

“The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 52% of Likely U.S. Voters share a favorable opinion of Trump, with 30% who have a Very Favorable one,” the polling agency reported Thursday, one day ahead of the 2017 inauguration.

Rasmussen’s survey results starkly contrast polls hyped by the mainstream media earlier in the week in the run-up to the inauguration, claiming Trump would enter office with a historically low approval rating.


FDA finally decide most dangerous fish for pregnant women

The FDA has finally revealed its highly-anticipated guidelines on which fish are most dangerous for pregnant women.

For years, health professionals have advised pregnant women and young children to avoid fish high in mercury.

The advice remained confusing, however, as there was no official dietary advice on which fish were low or high in mercury.

But now the finally-completed list gives the official verdict on which fish could cause most damage to an unborn baby.


Return to Camelot

U.S. capital prepares to host Trump's inauguration

WASHINGTON (Reuters) –
Rob Cortis calls it the “Trump Unity Bridge” – a bulky, metal 45-foot structure welded to two wheels and bedecked with red, white and blue signs echoing President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign themes.

He has towed it more than 20,000 miles (32,000 km) across the country. But as he arrived in Washington on the eve of Trump’s inauguration on Friday as America’s 45th president, he struggled to navigate the city’s crowded potholed streets.

“I’ve been on dirt roads that are smoother,” said Cortis, who lives in Michigan.

Things are no smoother for Washington – a city with a history of welcoming its White House occupants – following one of the most polarizing elections in modern U.S. politics. Nowhere in the country did the Republican Trump get less support, winning just 4 percent of the vote in the District of Columbia in the Nov. 8 election.

On K Street, best known for its well-heeled lobbyists, about 200 protesters chanted: “No Trump … no fascist USA.” Nearby, Trump supporters – some draped in red, white and blue shirts, hats and jackets – declared their unwavering support for the New York businessman.

Denise Hendrickson, 51, a nurse who moved to Washington when Democratic President Barack Obama took office eight years ago, walked the streets on Thursday with a sign thanking him for his service and proclaiming: “We Already Miss U.” As she moved down the sidewalk, she invited Trump supporters to talk, promising hugs to anyone who was willing.

One man wearing Trump’s signature red “Make America Great Again” hat just smiled, took a picture and moved on. Then a middle-aged woman, also in Trump gear, approached to talk. After a few minutes, the two women hugged.

“This city is bummed out, it’s a Democratic city,” Hendrickson said.


They Are On Their Way To The Capitol

28% of federal employees may quit their jobs when Trump assumes office: Poll

Almost two-thirds of federal employees voted for Hillary Clinton during the presidential election, according to a new survey.

The poll also found that six of 10 felt that the election itself gave Americans a negative impression of federal service.

So it may come as no surprise that some federal employees are considering leaving their employment when President-elect Donald Trump assumes office.

“More than one in four federal workers, or 28 percent, will definitely or possibly consider leaving their jobs after Jan. 20 when Trump is sworn into office and becomes leader of the executive branch,” according to the survey conducted by the Government Business Council and Government Executive, which both track the trends of the field.


Obama Goodbye

Religious artifacts thief sentenced

An Ocean City man was sentenced last week to 16 years for a pair of second-degree burglary charges, one involving religious artifacts, along with five years for growing cannabis at his residence.

Thomas Palenchar, 41, was found guilty of breaking into the Jewish Center uptown on Coastal Highway, as well as the Greene Turtle uptown just prior to Christmas 2015.

The Ocean City Police Department was called to the Jewish Center’s storehouse at approximately 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 24, 2015. Responding officers reported finding a broken widow, a painting cut from its frame along with several broken plaques and statues. Also numerous religious artifacts had been removed.

The day before, managers at the Greene Turtle contacted police after they discovered an outside cooler had been pried open. After reviewing video footage from earlier that morning, a suspect matching Palenchar’s description was seen removing food and beverages.


Trump Is Hours Away From Taking The White House- Mexico Sends Something UNEXPECTED!

Joaquin Guzman Loera is a Mexican drug lord known often as “El Chapo.” He is the epitome of a drug lord. He is responsible for trafficking huge quantities of drugs into our nation and taking apart American lives. But he has been held in Mexico after escaping an American prison. Although he was seeking refuge he finally was given a verdict.

And just like that he is being extradited to America to face trial for the crimes he has committed.

The Mexican Government came out with an official statement explaining what took place.

“The government of the Republic announces that today the Fifth Appellate Criminal Court in Mexico City ruled to deny the protection of the Federal Justice system to Joaquin Guzman Loera against the agreements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on May 20, 2016, which permitted his extradition to the United States of America in order to be tried for various crimes, after finding that those agreements complied with constitutional requirements, the requirements of bilateral treaties and other legal rulings that are in effect and that his human rights were not and have not been violated by these proceedings,” Mexico’s government said in a statement.

The U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement that it “extends its gratitude to the Government of Mexico for their extensive cooperation and assistance in securing the extradition of Guzman Loera to the United States.”

Luckily this man will be receiving the justice that he deserves.


Wicomico County Schools Allowed/Encouraged/Forced Obama Inauguration

Parkside Forcing Students To Watch Obama

Today’s Inauguration Day Trump Derangement Syndrome Brought To You By Most Of The Media

The day has finally arrived when Donald Trump, the most unlikely of candidates, will be inaugurated as America’s 45th President. Rather than attempting to show some hope, maybe offer some ideas for Mr. Trump, the national news media continues it’s meltdown. Here’s the NY Times Editorial Board, part of the paper that published an unsubstantiated hit piece on Trump’s Energy Dept pick, Rick Perry. Those layers and layers of fact checkers took a nap

Can President Trump Be Presidential?

A special strength of American democracy has been the desire of newly elected presidents to unite the public with healing words after the sound and fury of the campaign.

Now comes President-elect Donald Trump. He has won the office and yet has continued his vindictive, disruptive style of politicking. He has run a post-campaign that has corroded the traditional grace period of considerate political transition that the nation needs. The hope of citizens for a better future, for a sense of uplift, has wound up hostage to his impetuous Twitter attacks on individuals, institutions and nations. (snip)

Mr. Obama’s final news conference this week was a study in the sort of intelligent public speaking on complex issues that has characterized his eight years of scandal-free governance. It was leavened with a bit of self-deprecation, as Mr. Obama referred to “No-Drama Obama” in noting his own optimism, as if mindful of the years of melodramatics that might follow.


Best Seats In The House, Thanks Congressman Harris

A Viewer Writes: Salisbury Ship - Yard

Felt proud to go by the shipyard today and see an American Cruise Line in dry dock, seems that the Shipyard is busy, hasn't always been that way. Good for the company, employees and Salisbury.

Exclusive: Trump Operative Roger Stone Survives Assassination Attempt

Doctors told him he had been poisoned with polonium and CDC tests found the substance in his blood

Former Trump adviser Roger Stone was recently targeted for assassination, he revealed on the Tuesday edition of the Alex Jones Show.

The renowned Republican operative says he’s usually very healthy, but became violently ill unexpectedly several weeks ago.

“I am generally a healthy person. I have been a runner and a weight lifter. I am very careful in my diet. I’m a user of the Infowars supplements. I have been treated with acupuncture by perhaps the greatest acupuncturist in the state of Florida if not the United States,” Stone told radio host Alex Jones.


The Trumps Are Finally Home

"Costs Are Rising, Wages Are Dropping" - The 'Real' Economy That Obama Left For Trump

As President Obama held his last press conference this afternoon, basking in the warm afterglow of an over-sampled poll showing his favorability near record highs, it would appear he (and the press corps) forgot to mention that for most Americans - the 80% in production and nonsupervisory roles - this morning's data showed real wages actually dropping for the first time since 2013.

Bloomberg's Vincent Cignarella notes "Costs are rising, while pay isn’t: is the U.S. on the road to stagflation?" Disposable income for U.S. consumers, as measured by real average earnings, took another turn lower in December as we noted earlier with headline inflation rising above 2% for the first time in more than two years.

As The Wall Street Journal reports, for several years now, wages have become a key barometer not only on the recovery, but on how much of the recovery is filtering down to the working class.

Companies have been reluctant to invest in their business without clearer signs of consumer demand, the key ingredient in crafting a organically strong economy. Wages and consumer demand trends underlie every valuation bet being placed in the markets right now. Understanding what is and isn’t happening is critical.

The inflation numbers get netted out against wage growth, to produce the “real,” or inflation-adjusted, wage rates.Average hourly wages, as per the December jobs report, rose 2.9% from a year ago. So, if you just compare that number to the inflation number, real average hourly earnings rose 0.8%.

A deeper dive, though, reveals that for many Americans, their wages are not outpacing inflation at all. For all production and nonsupervisory employees – a group that comprises 80% of all jobs in america – total average weekly earnings in December rose to $732.48 (about $38,000 a year) from $718.79 – up 1.9%. That rate is below this morning’s inflation numbers.

So, again according to the BLS, average weekly earnings fell 0.1%.


W. Va. school district decides job cuts by having teachers draw numbers from hat

A West Virginia school district has some educators scratching their heads after they had to choose numbers from a hat to determine whether they would still have their job in the 2017-2018 school year.

Due to a massive drop in enrollment, the Kanawha County School District announced last week that more than 70 positions would be cut due to a loss in state funding. On Thursday, 34 teachers in the school system had to draw a number from a hat to see if they would keep their current jobs, a local NBC News affiliate reported.

Kanawha County Schools told the station that the random selection procedure is part of code and based on seniority.

Rebecca Rhett, a kindergarten teacher at Overbrook Elementary, said teachers who drew 1-24 got to keep their jobs and those who drew 25-34 could face layoffs.

“I was already crying before I went up because I was frustrated, so when I drew the 28 I just left,” Mrs. Rhett told NBC.