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Saturday, July 08, 2017


Summer and baseball, Wicomico’s 150th birthday and Civil War era history – we have paired them all! On July 9, beginning at 11 am (or thereabouts) you can enjoy it all at Pemberton Historical Park. Vintage baseball is not your usual game. This one is played in an open field, without gloves, with special bats, and even its own language! Dating from the mid-1800s this is the grand-daddy of modern baseball, different in the way players behave, look, and even talk.

This year’s game follows a tradition begun several years ago by Westside Historical Society when they invited the Easton Fair Play vintage Baseball Club to come play one Sunday afternoon in Mardela Springs. Moving to the field in front of Pemberton Hall seemed a good solution when the Mardela field became unavailable. Easton players agreed to come, but rather than playing against other teams from the Mid-Atlantic Vintage Baseball League, this year their opponents will be two teams of local volunteer “baseball” players! One team organized by Steve Greenwood and one put together by Charlie Echard, both baseball fans from “way back,” these teams may be in for an education! Pemberton Hall Foundation and Westside Historical Society, with Wicomico Parks and Recreation, will jointly sponsor this event, proving that history can be fun!

MSNBC, CNN Eat Crow After Trump Grills Putin

President Trump forced MSNBC and CNN to eat crow after he addressed Russian election meddling during his first sit-down meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin.

A number of anchors and pundits on the two media outlets assumed that Trump wouldn’t raise the interference issue due to his somewhat cozy relationship with Putin. Analysts operated under the speculative assumption all day Friday.


Chimp peeps into bag and demands a drink

Sears to close 43 more stores to cut costs

Sears Holdings Corp (SHLD.O) is closing eight of its namesake department stores and 35 Kmart locations to cut costs and square footage in an effort to return to profitability, Chief Executive Officer Eddie Lampert said on Friday.

The store closings are in addition to 150 the company announced in January. Once the largest U.S. retailer, Sears has struggled with years of losses and declining sales as shoppers have shifted from the mall to the web. The company said in February it would cut costs this year by at least $1 billion.

Shares of Sears fell as much as 4.8 percent in afternoon trading.

"This is part of a strategy both to address losses from unprofitable stores and to reduce the square footage of other stores because many of them are simply too big for our current needs," Lampert wrote in a blog post.


Maryland Natural Resources Police Respond to 15 Boating Accidents this Holiday Weekend

Partners with U.S. Coast Guard for Operation Dry Water

For the second consecutive year, the Fourth of July holiday ended without a boating fatality, the Maryland Natural Resources Police reported.

Statewide there were 15 boating accidents, an increase of three over 2016, and officers arrested 12 boaters for operating under the influence of alcohol, the same number as last year.

The most serious boating accident occurred in Ocean City Saturday when a Kawasaki personal watercraft struck the Route 90 bridge around 4:30 p.m.

Yash Bhargava, 28, of Cumberland, Rhode Island, was taken to Atlantic General Hospital with head and internal injuries and then transferred to Peninsula Regional Medical Center for additional treatment. His passenger was not injured.

Bhargava was cited for negligent operation and operating in excess of 6 knots within 100 feet of a structure.

From June 30 through July 2, the department’s police unit teamed up with the U.S. Coast Guard for Operation Dry Water, a 9 year old national campaign to crackdown on impaired boating. Saturation patrols focused on high-traffic areas and traditional hot spots. Since its inception, the campaign has resulted in 82 arrests.

Officers issued 526 citations during the holiday, a 6.2 percent increase over 2016. Tickets were issued for violations such as: exceeding the 6-knot speed limit, insufficient number of life jackets, a lack of boat safety equipment, and exceeding crabbing and fishing limits.

The Maryland Natural Resources Police is responsible for patrolling state parks and other public lands. During the July Fourth holiday weekend, officers were in contact with 8,138 visitors. In addition, officers conducted 2,153 free vessel safety inspections and checked 3,709 recreational anglers, 1,549 crabbers and 224 watermen.

Rand Paul is going to war with his own party

Sen. Rand Paul has not been quiet about his displeasure with the Republican healthcare bill as it was written, saying many times that he can't vote for it unless it looks more like an actual repeal of Obamacare.

Paul has derided Republicans for dropping the essence of their previous "repeal and replace" mantra for another big government approach, which promises an infusion of more federal money into the healthcare system.

Now that Paul has voiced support for separating the repeal effort from the replace effort into two different bills, he has distinguished himself even further from the rest of his caucus as one of the few remaining small government, pro-liberty Republicans.

Commenting on the current bill, he said, "We have nearly $200 billion in insurance bailouts. Does anybody remember us complaining that Obamacare had insurance bailouts?"


Budweiser Clydesdales coming to Delaware

The Budweiser Clydesdales will be in Delaware next week.
The team will parade through Newark, pulling the famous red, white and gold carriage as it makes deliveries to downtown businesses.

The appearance will take place on Saturday, July 15, from 2 – 4 p.m., beginning in the Newark Shopping Center on East Main Street and traveling to the Park-N-Shop plaza on South Main Street.
The team will also make three other appearances in the state:
  • – Dewey Beach Parade on Wednesday, July 12th from 6-8 p.m.
  • – Dover Downs Hotel Casino on Thursday, July 13th from 6-8 p.m.
  • – Blue Rocks Stadium, Wilmington on Friday, July 14th from 5-7 p.m.
In Newark, there will be a rolling closure of one lane on E. Main Street from the area of Tyre Avenue to South Main Street between 2- 4 p.m., as well as a slight delay on South Main Street from W. Main Street to Apple Road.


Putin denies US election meddling when pressed by Trump

Trump pressed Putin about US election meddling during their G20 sitdown. Putin denied any involvement. President Trump grilled Vladimir Putin in their first meeting about Russian interference in the US presidential election — which the Russian president “denied,” according to officials. 

The two leaders met......

Missing Person In Delaware

I am asking everyone for your help! Please help us find Cory Parson, he is our son, fiancé, brother and friend. He has not been seen or heard from since Thursday afternoon July 6, 2017, we love him very much and we are concerned about his well being. He is hard to miss as he is around 6' 10" and has multiple tattoos, he was last seen driving his 2008 Chevy P/U dark blue in color (much like the one pictured), it has tinted windows and has a Bicentennial DE tag C3408. If you see him please call me @ 302-260-5291, or Sarah @ 302-841-4000 or Robin @ 302-505-0047. CORY, IF YOU SEE THIS, PLEASE CONTACT US AND LET US KNOW YOU’RE OKAY. ..

Pro-refugee George Clooney moving family back to U.S. over fears England has become too unsafe with too many terrorists

Clooney, who is pro-refugee, currently lives in England with his wife Amal and newborn twins Ella and Alexander. According to a report from Life and Style Magazine, Clooney and his family are making the move over increased security concerns in the United Kingdom.

“He doesn’t feel like Amal and the twins are safe living in the English countryside,” a source told Life and Style. “He’s determined to move his family to LA, where he feels much more secure.”

“He’s waited so long for this family,” the Clooney “insider” explained. “He’ll do whatever it takes to keep them safe.”

According to the source, Clooney hired former members of the U.S. Secret Service recently to “assess all his properties and make recommendations for improvement.” The agents said Clooney’s Los Angeles estate in Studio City was most secure. The mansion is just minutes from a Los Angeles police department station.


Ketamine And Depression: FAQ

Major depression affects more than 16 million American adults each year, nearly a third of whom don't find relief fromantidepressants and other traditional treatments. When depressionisn't treated, it increases the chance of alcohol and drug dependence, as well as suicide.

The anesthetic ketamine could offer hope for people who don't have other depression treatment options. The most recent research on ketamine, as well as a statement from experts on its use published in April, finds the drug works quickly, makes dramatic improvements in mood, and can work on people who haven’t gotten better with otherdepression treatments.

The evidence is so enticing that the FDA has granted two ketamine-based drugs breakthrough therapy status and fast-tracked them to market. Yet the studies done so far on ketamine have been small, and its availability is so far limited mainly to ketamine clinics and research studies.

Researchers still have a lot to learn about how well it treats depression and its long-term side effects, yet they say ketamine could be very helpful.

"It is potentially the most exciting development in my lifetime for the treatment of mood disorders, but there is still a way to go before this is ready for prime time," says Gerard Sanacora, MD, PhD, director of the Depression Research Program at Yale University.

What is ketamine?


First group of alleged inaugural rioters appears in DC court

WASHINGTON — Twelve people charged with inaugural rioting in D.C. appeared before a Superior Court Judge on Friday.

Their arraignment came hours after a grand jury issued a superseding indictment, which added more charges against those arrested Jan. 20.

Appearing Friday in court was the first group of the 214 arrested and charged in the unrest on 16 city blocks that occurred while President Trump was being inaugurated. During that mayhem, several businesses had windows broken and other property damage. Rioters also threw rocks and other objects at officers.

Judge Lynn Leibovitz heard two cases — the first involving an alleged rioter from Florida, the other involving the pleas of 11 indicted on a charge of inciting a riot and destruction of property, among other charges.


'There Should Be No August Recess Vacation'

Congress should call off its August recess and seriously get down to the business of reforming healthcare and putting tax cuts in place, top economist Larry Kudlow told Newsmax TV.

"The economy is kind of ambiguous and ambivalent . . . Business investment is not moving," Kudlow, a CNBC senior contributor, told host Steve Malzberg on Thursday. "And to me that means we should be much more urgent. Really light a fire under our efforts to get business tax cuts.

"Get the corporate rate down to 15 percent . . . and the repatriation of the cash overseas, American cash overseas. Boom, boom, boom."

But to achieve that, Capitol Hill must be percolating through the rest of the summer.


Drug groups sue Maryland over Rx ‘price gouging’ law

WASHINGTON — A group representing manufacturers of generic prescription drugs filed a federal lawsuit against Maryland Thursday, trying to stop the state’s new “price gouging” law from taking effect.

The Association for Accessible Medicines filed the suit in U.S. District Court, calling the measure “an unconstitutional overreach.”

“Rather than allow the vibrant competition in the generic drug marketplace to continue working for patients, Maryland would become the first state to reject generic competition in favor of more government regulation,” said AAM’s CEO Chip Davis.

Under the law, which is set to take effect in October, Maryland’s attorney general would have the power to bring civil actions against manufacturers of off-patent or generic drugs that make “unconscionable” price increases.


Ted Cruz: 'We've Got to Do It Right'

Sen. Ted Cruz told Newsmax TV on Thursday that Republicans can pass legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare, but that "we've got to do it right."

"Results matter," the Texas Republican told "The Joe Pags Show" in an interview. "It's not just passing a bill whose title is Obamacare repeal.

"We actually go to do something that fixes the problem.

"It's that we honor our promise that we've made to the voters," Cruz continued. "For seven years, Republicans have said, 'If you elect us, we'll do this, we'll repeal Obamacare.'

"We've got to keep our word."

In addition, the first-term senator said, "we've got to lower premiums."


West OC housing attractive to J-1s

Roughly 20 young adults, half of them J-1 visa students, live in a house off Golf Course Road in West Ocean City, and according to some of them, it’s preferable to living in Ocean City.

“I definitely don’t feel overcrowded,” said Elena Rotareanu, a 21-year-old from Moldova who is spending her second summer with the J-1 visa program here. “United Work and Travel found this house last year, and I had the option to change it this time, but I didn’t want to. I had the same number of roommates last year, and we became lifelong friends. Even now, we keep texting each other.”

Rotareanu is one of nine women using a bedroom divided into two sleeping areas: one with two beds and a larger room with four bunkbeds. Overall, the house has six bedrooms and three bathrooms, and a spacious kitchen and living room.


ISIS Surveillance Eyes From Sky in US

Air Force intelligence analysts watching thousands of hours of live video footage from Iraq and Syria are the military's eyes on ISIS that can never look away.

In an exclusive report on the secret work underway at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia, The Washington Post followed one analyst, identified only as Courtney, in a grueling 10-hour day characterized by "long stretches of boredom and grim flashes of action" as she helps guide pilots' decisions on when to shoot – "and watches the last seconds of another person's life."

According to the Post, with President Donald Trump likely to send thousands more troops to Afghanistan and maintain a military presence in Iraq indefinitely, "some airmen will spend most of their careers immersed in the war zone, watching an ever-expanding flood of live video."

"Our airmen never get to unplug," Lt. Col. Alison Kamataris, the deputy commander of the 497th Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Group, told the newspaper.

On the day of the Post interview, Courtney was the first link in a chain that runs from her base in Virginia to the air operations center in Qatar to the drone pilots scattered across the United States, the newspaper reported.

"The targets are chosen by commanders who rely on voice intercepts, satellites, human intelligence, high-altitude surveillance planes, and the analysis of people such as Courtney," the Post reported.

When she types her observations in a chat room monitored by dozens of U.S. military and intelligence officials around the world, even the smallest details can have life-or-death consequences, the Post reported.

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Delaware Senator Brian Pettyjohn Has Been Served By Sheriff Mike Lewis Himself With Felony Charges

Name:State of Maryland
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Gold Alert Issued for Missing Selbyville Woman

Selbyville,De.– The Delaware State Police are issuing a Gold Alert for Kerrie Jones, 39 of Selbyville .

Kerrie Jones is a white female, 39 years of age, 5’05” tall, 120 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes.

Troopers have been unable to make contact with Jones to check on her welfare. Attempts to locate her have been unsuccessful and there is a real concern for her safety and welfare.

If anyone has any information in reference to her whereabouts, they are asked to contact Troop 4 at 302-856-5850. Information may also be provided by contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at Anonymous tips may be sent by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

Making America First And Great Again

While the rest of the #G20 leaders wore a special G20 lapel pin, President Trump wore an American Flag lapel pin.


Virginia election officials quietly removed 5,556 voters for being noncitizens, and a new investigation suggests it’s just the tip of the iceberg.

The Public Interest Legal Foundation, partnering with the Virginia Voters Alliance, found that noncitizens in the Old Dominion voted 7,474 times between 2011 and May 2017.

“Virginia election officials routinely fail to alert law enforcement about these illegal votes or registrations,” PILF president and general counsel J. Christian Adams charged in a new report, “Alien Invasion.”

Edgardo Cortes, commissioner of the Virginia Department of Elections, discounted PILF’s concerns, saying the information on illegal voters was “readily available on our website.”


Polish president calls 'FAKE NEWS' on reports his wife snubbed Trump

Call it the snub that wasn’t.

Social media lit up Thursday with a clip showing Poland’s first lady supposedly ignoring President Trump in favor of greeting U.S. first lady Melania when he went in for a handshake during his visit to Warsaw.

But Polish President Andrzej Duda took to Twitter to call the reports “FAKE NEWS.”

“Contrary to some surprising reports my wife did shake hands with Mrs. and Mr. Trump @POTUS after a great visit. Let's FIGHT FAKE NEWS,” he tweeted -- a message that surely will delight the U.S. president who has focused intensely on battling media outlets he deems unfair and often uses the ‘fake news’ label.


Maryland Casinos Generate $130.5 Million in Revenue During June

Ocean Downs, Hollywood Casino Perryville, Rocky Gap see increases from June 2016

(BALTIMORE) – Maryland Lottery and Gaming today announced June 2017 revenue numbers for the state’s six casinos: Hollywood Casino Perryville in Cecil County, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore in Baltimore City, Casino at Ocean Downs in Worcester County, Maryland Live Casino in Anne Arundel County, Rocky Gap Casino Resort in Allegany County and MGM National Harbor in Prince George’s County. Maryland’s casinos totaled $130,480,062 in revenue during June 2017 – an increase of $37,114,143, or 39.8%, compared to the June 2016 figure of $93,365,919.

In a year-to-year comparison not including MGM National Harbor, which opened on Dec. 8, 2016, statewide casino revenue in June 2017 decreased by $13,021,491, or 13.9%.

MGM National Harbor generated $50,135,634 from both slot machines and table games in June. Gross gaming revenue per unit per day in June at MGM National Harbor was: $270.72 for slot machines, $5,944.57 for banked table games and $1,403.47 for non-banked table games. MGM National Harbor operates 3,126 slot machines and 168 (129 banked and 39 non-banked) table games

Lindsey Graham Demands DNC Server Hacking Report

Republicans want to know what exactly happened with a hacked Democratic National Committee computer server last year.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told The Washington Times he'd like to see the results of the cybersecurity report that was conducted after the server was hacked. Evidence suggests that Russia was behind the attack.

"I want to find out from the company [that] did the forensics what their full findings were," Graham said.

The DNC sought help from cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike to investigate who was behind the hack. It did not ask for assistance from the FBI or another law enforcement agency, although it has since provided the bureau a copy of the server.

Graham's request to see the full report may indicate that lawmakers want to dig into the server as they investigate claims that President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russia and Russia's attempts to influence the U.S. presidential election.

Hacked emails from the server were released last summer ahead of the Democratic National Convention, which resulted in DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz stepping down from her post.


ATV, dirt bike dealers struggling with thefts

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. — As police departments in the D.C. region search for gangs that illegally drive dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles, more of those vehicles are hitting the streets as businesses that sell them are targeted by thieves.

“It’s happening all over the place,” said Mike Johnston, owner of the Maryland shop Ellicott City Motorsports. “It’s a huge inconvenience.”

Johnston’s store was recently hit by thieves twice over the course of 10 days. Each time, the criminals took five dirt bikes. They were eventually caught by police.

“Almost all these bikes end up in the city streets,” said Johnston. “It’s a common problem across the country.”

“It’s happening all over the place,” said Mike Johnston, owner of the Maryland shop Ellicott City Motorsports. “It’s a huge inconvenience.” Johnston’s store was recently hit by thieves twice over the course of 10 days. Each time, the criminals took five dirt bikes. They were eventually caught by police. “Almost all these bikes end up in the city streets,” said Johnston. “It’s a common problem across the country.”


Trump: Everyone at G-20 Talking About ‘Disgraceful’ John Podesta Not Giving DNC Server to Feds

President Donald Trump tweeted Friday that "everyone" at the G-20 summit in Germany was talking about John Podesta and his refusal to give the Democratic National Committee server to federal authorities.

"Everyone here is talking about why John Podesta refused to give the DNC server to the FBI and the CIA. Disgraceful!" he wrote.

The tweet was a reference to Podesta and the Democratic Party declining federal assistance as his and the DNC's emails were breached and leaked during the 2016 election. The top U.S. intelligence agencies have said Russia was behind the cyber attack.

Podesta served as chairman of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign but was not head of the DNC.


"Never Give Up!" MOTIVATIONAL VIDEO - Presidential Address To The Class Of 2017

ACLU Sues Miami for Complying with Trump’s Immigration Detainer Policies

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing Miami-Dade County, Florida, and its mayor for complying with President Donald Trump’s policies on immigration detainers.

A Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Inspector General (OIG) report under then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch identified Miami-Dade County as not honoring immigration detainers, Breitbart Texas reported. Following President Trump’s executive order withholding federal law enforcement grants from jurisdictions not in compliance with immigration officials, Miami-Dade County reversed its sanctuary city policy and began honoring immigration detainers.

The ACLU urges, perhaps warns, “other cities large and small across the country” to “refus[e] to serve as tools of overzealous immigration enforcement policy.” The group is seeking money damages because their client spent an extra night in jail “solely for a suspected civil immigration violation.”

The ACLU of Florida issued a statement from Amien Kacou that called the county’s decision “to cave in to the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant threats” “premature.”

After they filed the lawsuit, the self-described “nation’s premier defender of the rights enshrined in the U.S. Constitution” tweeted, “We warned the county about the dangers posed by the premature decision.”


CNN Self Immolates: Deleted Tweets, Airport Shunning, Oh - And They Got The Wrong Guy

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One week after James O'Keefe destroyed CNN's last shred of credibility, the network rife with ham-handed propagandists has doused itself in gasoline and lit a match - forever condemning themselves to irrelevancy and ridicule.

As you are now aware along with the rest of the world, CNN went on a witch hunt over the weekend to track down the identity of Reddit user 'HanAssholeSolo,' who they claimed is responsible for creating a video of Trump beating up a man with a CNN logo for a head, which the President tweeted on Saturday.

After discovering the man's identity - through possibly illegal means, the network threatened to expose the Redditor's identity, 'doxing' him. In response, the internet exploded with rage - creating dozens of new similar CNN memes and receiving a formal declaration of war from 4chan users, who have begun 'unmasking' CNN employees for the world to harass.

Deleted Tweets

After the immense public backlash over CNN's witch hunt, CNN's Chris "that sucks" Cuomo - a giant douche, deleted a tweet asking followers "Should CNN reveal name of Reddit user who made trump wrestling video?"


DNC Server: Most Critical Evidence To Proving "Russian Hacking" Is Being Withheld From Mueller, Why?

If there were any actual crimes committed during the 2016 presidential election, then the origin of those crimes can be traced back to a single piece of hardware sitting at the DNC which housed the emails that were stolen and subsequently shared with WikiLeaks. Ironically, despite the fact that they're apparently sitting on perhaps the most critical evidence available to prove that Russia "hacked the election," an allegation that has been hammered 24/7 on CNN for the better part of a year now despite a lack of actual tangible evidence to support the allegation, the DNC has completely refused to cooperate with the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and/or Robert Mueller's independent investigation. Which begs one very simple question, why?

As the Washington Times points out, a cybersecurity firm called CrowdStrike, is the only organization that has been allowed by the DNC to inspect their email inspection which quickly resulted in the very 'convenient' conclusion that Russia was the culprit of the hack...even though minimal details supporting that conclusion were ever revealed to authorities.

Latino Activist Says He Faced Racism at Democrat Fundraiser

A liberal activist says he was the victim of "blatant racism" while attending a San Francisco fundraiser for Democrat Josh Harder, a frontrunner to be the party's candidate in one of the California districts being targeted in 2018.

Anthony Castillo, a resident of the district Harder is running to represent, says he drove two hours up to San Francisco late last month with the intention of learning more about Harder but was instead "silenced by a room full of white people."

Castillo says the largest man in the room was openly hostile to him and when he complained about the aggression to the event's hostess he was grabbed by the arm and thrown out of the house.

"It seemed unbelievable that I—a lifelong resident of CA10, a dedicated community organizer and volunteer, a proud member of our vibrant Hispanic community—was silenced by a room full of white people who allowed the largest white man in the room to harass and intimidate me," Castillo said in a Facebook post.

"These rich, white, ostensibly concerned Democrats watched as I was dragged from the event by its host, who continued to humiliate and accost me, even as I tried to leave," he said.


Auto OEMs And Auction Houses Are Colluding To Prop Up Used Car Prices; It Won't Work

We've written frequently about the pending collapse in used car prices that will inevitably be brought on by a surge in leases over the past 5 years. With wages stagnant and car prices rising, the only way Americans could 'afford' those brand new BMWs and Mercedes was to lease them.

Of course, the math behind how we got here is fairly obvious. The majority of Americans buy cars based on one factor: monthly payment. And when it comes to managing your monthly payment to the lowest level possible, leasing is the way to go. Per the Bank Ratecalculator below, buying a $30,000 car comes with a monthly payment of around $600 while leasing the same vehicle might only cost $420 per month.


Attempts to Ban Child Marriage Meet Opposition from ACLU, Planned Parenthood

A California state senator is trying to ban child marriage in his state, but he has run into opposition from groups including Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Although the age of consent in California is 18, children can legally marry at any age regardless of the age of their spouse, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Democratic state Sen. Jerry Hill set out to fix that fact, proposing legislation to set the marriage age at 18.

But Hill's bill is now trapped in legislative limbo by unexpected opposition. While it is still moving through committee, SB273 has had its age restrictions removed by amendment. Instead, they have been substituted with increased oversight requirements for judges to establish that child marriages are not coerced.

Hill is one of several state legislators pushing for reform of state marriage laws. Last month, New York state passed a law limiting under-18 marriage to only 16- or 17-year-olds who had been legally emancipated. Texas passed a similar law setting the line at 17, and then with a judge's permission.

Advocates of the bill include Sara Tasneem, who was forced at the age of 15 to marry a 28-year-old in her father's cult. Six months later she was pregnant.


Bald Eagle Shot Near Havre de Grace on 4th of July; Police Seek Suspects

A juvenile bald eagle found injured on Independence Day at a Havre de Grace area park had been shot, according to Maryland Natural Resources Police. The wound was crippling enough that regional wildlife rehabilitators and veterinarians were forced to euthanize the raptor.

Natural Resources Police have initiated an investigation and are encouraging the public to contact the agency with any tips or information that may provide assistance in the case.

While enjoying a Fourth of July hike at Swan Harbor Farm – a Harford County-owned 500-acre Chesapeake Bay-front park on the Oakington peninsula – visitors from Baltimore County discovered the bird laying in a field off a walking path. The juvenile eagle (which had not yet developed its namesake white plumage on its head) was clearly in distress – wing twisted, panting, and evidently unable to move or fly.


Thousands of Leftist Extremists Rampage in G20 March

Thousands of far-left activists and black-bloc extremists began protests against the G20 summit with their “Welcome to Hell” march against the police, the state, and capitalism, resulting in clashes.

The event was the first large protest to take place during the G20 summit, which officially kicks off on Friday, and is expected to see violence. Far-left extremists using so-called “black-bloc” tactics are expected to clash with the over 10,000 police who have been called in to manage security for the meeting between global leaders.

The protests started out peacefully during the early afternoon on Thursday, with many Antifa left-extremists taking part in the march. Hamburg authorities believe that extremists came to Hamburg from all across Europe to attend the demonstration.

Police also feared large-scale violence after the discovery of a large “weapons cache” in two residences in Rostock this week. Authorities say they found flammable liquids in containers, multiple knives, batons, and unknown chemicals.

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[Related info: The Definitive Field Guide to Black Bloc Terrorists]

Woman charged with stealing lotto tickets worth $25K

After an investigation that took place last winter and lasted until the spring, the Ocean City Police Department released details of a lottery ticket theft scheme that resulted in a convenience store losing tens of thousands of dollars.

In January, Saroj Pratap KC of Ocean Market on 141st Street reported that an employee had been stealing lottery tickets. The employee was identified as Yashodha Lama, 28, of Ocean City.

Ocean City police said that Lama allegedly printed “Racetrax” bets scratch-off tickets without paying for them from Dec. 22, 2016 to Jan. 23. Detectives estimated that she allegedly stole approximately $25,000 worth of tickets over the course of several weeks.


Conservatives revolt over talk of keeping ObamaCare tax

Conservative groups are warning GOP senators against keeping an ObamaCare tax on investment income in their healthcare bill, an idea that has gained some traction among lawmakers.

GOP lawmakers have floated keeping ObamaCare’s 3.8 percent net investment income tax to help pay for more generous healthcare subsidies for low-income people. Democrats criticized an earlier version of the Senate’s healthcare bill for eliminating the tax because it generally applies to high earners.

But prominent conservatives argue Democrats will criticize the bill regardless of what happens with the tax. They say the tax is harmful to economic growth and should be repealed.


Combat-Tested Marine Cobra Pilot Selected to Become an Astronaut

Marine Maj. Jasmin Moghbeli's grade school dream of becoming an astronaut has wavered only once: during her combat deployment to Afghanistan as an AH-1W Super Cobra pilot from 2009-10.

"Had I been offered to leave and go be an astronaut, I don't know that I would have said yes at that time," Moghbeli told in a June interview, "because I loved what I was doing in that moment."

Regardless, Moghbeli said, the dream has served as a guiding force throughout her distinguished 12-year Marine Corps career, shaping her plans and giving added purpose to years of intensive work and study.


Loretta Lynch Plot Thickens As New Details Emerge Of Her Dealings With The Hillary Campaign

Last night we asked a very simple question about why the DNC has failed to cooperate with Russia investigators by handing over their infamous email server to either the FBI or Robert Mueller's team (see: DNC Server: Most Critical Evidence To Proving "Russian Hacking" Is Being Withheld From Mueller, Why?). Afterall, if Russia did "hack the election", as we've been told 24/7 by CNN going on 8 months now, then the evidence could very well be on that server. Which prompted us to ask this very simple question:

All of which brings us back to our original question: If the DNC is in possession of actual tangible evidence that could prove once and for all that Russians hacked their servers and attempted to undermine the campaign of Hillary Clinton, why not share that evidence with investigators and enjoy the blissful vindication that its public release would provide?

We concluded by wondering whether the stonewalling from the DNC just might have something to do with this "purely coincidental' meeting between Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton on a tarmac in Phoenix and/or Loretta Lynch's 'assurances' to members of the Clinton campaign that the FBI's investigation (or, "matter" if you prefer) of Hillary Clinton "wouldn't go too far"? Afterall, if evidence of "Russian hacking" were on that server, so to would there be evidence of Lynch's transgressions...if they existed, of course.

But we're not the only ones wondering whether there's more to the Lynch story. According to an article in the New York Post, some testimony that Lynch offered under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee last year could come back to haunt her. In that testimony, Lynch said that she had "not spoken to anyone on either the campaign or transition or any staff members affiliated with them."


Tax Collectors In Florida Now Openly Carry Guns, While Public Is Banned From Doing So

Tax collectors in Florida are now publicly announcing the values of being armed when demanding money from citizens. The only problem is that the state bans open carry for civilians that the tax collectors are stealing money from.

If you’re leery about government intervention in your life, and you know that taxation is theft, this article will probably strike a nerve. However, on the other hand, if you revile and worship the government which steals from you and creates edicts you must follow under threats of violence using your stolen money, you’ll love what they are doing down in the Sunshine state.

“A Central Florida tax collector says a new policy will allow his employees to openly carry firearms while they work,” The Associated Press reports.

“Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg told the Orlando Sentinel that according to Florida law, he and his employees are considered ‘revenue officers’ and are exempt from the state’s ban on the open carrying of firearms while performing their duties.”


Trappe police chief suspended after complaint filed

TRAPPE — The town’s chief of police has been suspended after a complaint was filed against him with the Maryland State Police.

Trappe Police Chief George Ball has been suspended while he is being investigated by a Maryland State Police inquiry board as of June 29, according to an email response sent by Town Administrator Erin Braband.

“The investigation is ongoing at this time and therefore the council has no further comment as this is a personnel matter,” Braband wrote in an email on Monday, July 3.

Two days later at the town’s regular legislative meeting, town council members made minimal or no comment on the matter while being quizzed by Trappe residents and others.


'Verizon is blatantly cheating Americans visiting Israel'

A New York State Assemblyman is calling on his state’s attorney general to investigate America’s largest cell phone service provider, following a spate of complaints by constituents that the company was systematically cheating Americans traveling abroad.

Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a Democrat representing New York’s 48th district, has asked New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to probe Verizon Wireless and what he calls the company’s “bait-and-switch scam” that has cheated customers travelling to Israel.

According to Hikind, constituents who signed up to Verizon’s TravelPass service were subjected to erroneous charges and hidden fees many times higher than the price they had been led to believe they were liable to pay.

The TravelPass service, explained Hikind, attracts customers because it allows people to use their existing cellular devices overseas.

The advertised rate for the TravelPass service to Israel and other destinations is just $10 per day, including phone calls, text messages, and internet.

But constituents in Hikind’s district told another story, saying that when they returned home from trips to Israel, they were shocked to find exorbitant bills which included high-priced roaming charges for areas they had neither visited nor received calls from, including Saudi Arabia and Jordan.

Nor did Verizon acknowledge the mistake with customers, with customer service representatives insisting the charges were accurate. Most importantly, the company refused to erase the erroneous charges, forcing customers to pay hundreds of dollars for calls they never made.

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DEEP STATE SABOTAGE: Trump Facing Seven Times More National Security Leaks

President Trump has faced seven times more leaks during the first 126 days of his administration than the previous two administrations. That figure includes many leaks from the intelligence community that were aimed at embarrassing Trump but have damaged U.S. national security, according to a new Senate report.

“Since President Trump assumed office, our nation has faced an unprecedented wave of potentially damaging leaks of information,” said the report from the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

“Under President Trump’s predecessors, leaks of national security information were relatively rare, even with America’s vibrant free press,” the report found.

The report warned that the leaks have “real world consequences for national security” and recommended that federal law enforcement officials investigate the leaks:

"These leaks do not occur in a vacuum. They can, and do, have real world consequences for national security. To ensure the security of our country’s most sensitive information, federal law enforcement officials ought to thoroughly investigate leaks of potentially sensitive information flowing at an alarming rate."


Once were slaves, now are robots

The danger of the past was that men became slaves. The danger of the future is that men may become robots. 

Erich Fromm



The history of the Oyster Wars goes back to 1785. In that year, Virginiaheld ownership to the entrance of the Chesapeake Bay and exacted a heavy toll from Marylanders seeking access to the sea. In contrast,Maryland owned the entire Potomac River and retaliated by forbidding residents of Virginia from fishing there. It just happened that thePotomac River was one of the finest oyster-breeding grounds in the world. Its rocky bottom made it an ideal place for oysters to grow. It was only natural for the Virginians to lust after the large and plentiful oysters that grew in waters lapping at their shoreline. An agreement was reached between the two states. This was known as the Compact of 1785. Under this treaty Virginia residents would be allowed to fish in the Potomac but would be subject to Maryland rules and regulations.

This began the famous Oyster Wars that had oystermen breaking every law on the books. There was widespread poaching. Oystering at night led to shots being fired at both the boats and their occupants. The less harmful shooting occurred when an oyster boat was shot and sunk. Personal attacks were the more serious of the offenses and continued unabated for nearly 200 years.

This was not limited to the oystermen in combat with each other. Marylandhad what was known as the Oyster Navy; it began about 1870. They waged pitched battles with any boat catching oysters illegally. Most of the boats of the Oyster Navy were loaned to the U.S. Government during World War II. When they resumed after the War, it was named the Tidewater Fisheries Commission. New officers that had returned from combat duty in the War brought new energy and new courage to the pursuit of oyster law violators.

This uneasy accord continued in force (with certain modifications from time to time) until December 5, 1962 when President John F. Kennedy signed the Potomac Fisheries Bill. This mandated that the governing of the river was to be in the hands of a bi-state commission. Only then did the oyster wars more or less end.

The Haircut

One day, a florist went to a barber for a haircut. After the cut, he asked about his bill and the barber replied, 'I cannot accept money from you; I'm doing community service this week.' 
The florist was pleased and left the shop. 

When the barber went to open his shop the next morning, there was a 'thank you' card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door. 
Later, a cop came in for a haircut and when he tried to pay his bill, the barber again replied, 'I cannot accept money from you; I'm doing community service this week.' The cop was happy and left the shop. 
The next morning when the barber went to open up, there was a 'thank you' card and a dozen donuts waiting for him at his door.

Then a Congressman came in for a haircut and when he went to pay his bill, the barber again replied, 'I can not accept money from you; I'm doing community service this week.' The Congressman was very happy and left the shop. 
The next morning, when the barber went to open up, there were a dozen Congressmen lined up waiting for a free haircut. 


And that, my friends, illustrates the fundamental difference between the citizens of our country and the politicians who run it. 


Dem State Senator Helps Pass Bill To Give Her Own Charity $1.5 Million… That Also Pays Her 6-Figure Salary

When politicians start saying something like it’s “For the Children” run and hide your wallet asap.

TGP: Florida – Democrat State Senator, Lauren Book helped pass a bill that allocated $1.5 million to a nonprofit that she founded. She also gets paid a six-figure salary by this nonprofit.

Judicial Watch: A Democrat Florida state lawmaker helped pass a bill that allocated $1.5 million to a nonprofit that she founded and pays her a six-figure salary and the state’s Republican governor approved it. The legislator, state Senator Lauren Book, represents South Florida’s Broward County and in 2007 she founded a charity called Lauren’s Kids to educate adults and children about sexual abuse prevention through school curricula, awareness campaigns, and speaking engagements.


Chess legend Kasparov back from retirement for US tournament

Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov is coming out of retirement to play in a US tournament next month, organizers announced on Thursday.

Kasparov, who dominated chess for more than 15 years, will compete against nine top players at the Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis, Missouri, which takes place on August 14-19.

The former champion, who retired from professional chess in 2005, was given a wild card entry for the event's Rapid and Blitz competition.

Current world No. 1 Magnus Carlsen of Norway will also play at the tournament, as will Hikaru Nakamura, ranked second in the world.

"Ready to see if I remember how to move the pieces! Will I be able to announce my re-retirement afterwards if not?," Kasparov tweeted sardonically.


Can I Get An Amen?

Polish President Slams 'FAKE NEWS' Report About His Wife Pushed By CNN

On Thursday, CNN's Chris Cillizza issued perhaps his most embarrassing tweet yet, a string of breathless OHMYGODs in response to a report that the wife of Polish President Andrzej Duda supposedly stiffed President Trump's handshake.

The only problem, like so many breathless "Fake News CNN" reports these days, is that it simplywasn't true.

The false report eventually made its way to President Duda himself, who took to Twitter on Thursday to smack down the "FAKE NEWS" pushed by CNN and others.

"Contrary to some surprising reports my wife did shake hands with Mrs. and Mr. Trump @POTUS after a great visit. Let's FIGHT FAKE NEWS," wrote Duda.


Study Targets Adjusted Climate Data

A new study found adjustments made to global surface temperature readings by scientists in recent years “are totally inconsistent with published and credible U.S. and other temperature data.”

“Thus, it is impossible to conclude from the three published [global average surface temperature (GAST)] data sets that recent years have been the warmest ever – despite current claims of record setting warming,” according to a study published June 27 by two scientists and a veteran statistician.

The peer-reviewed study tried to validate current surface temperature datasets managed by NASA, NOAA and the UK’s Met Office, all of which make adjustments to raw thermometer readings. Skeptics of man-made global warming have criticized the adjustments.

Climate scientists often apply adjustments to surface temperature thermometers to account for “biases” in the data. The new study doesn’t question the adjustments themselves but notes nearly all of them increase the warming trend.


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They Gave Me The Silent Treatment, I Was Dumbstruck To Say The Least

DNC email server most wanted evidence for Russia investigations

It is perhaps the key piece of forensic evidence in Russia’s suspected efforts to sway the November presidential election, but federal investigators have yet to get their hands on the hacked computer server that handled email from the Democratic National Committee.

Indeed, the only cybersecurity specialists who have taken a look at the server are from CrowdStrike, the Irvine, California-based private cybersecurity company that the DNC hired to investigate the hack — but which has come under fire itself for its work.

Some critics say CrowdStrike’s evidence for blaming Russia for the hack is thin. Members of Congress say they still believe Russia was responsible but wonder why the DNC has never allowed federal investigators to get a look at the key piece of evidence: the server. Either way, a key “witness” in the political scandal consuming the Trump administration remains beyond the reach of investigators.

“I want to find out from the company [that] did the forensics what their full findings were,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who is leading the Judiciary Committee’s inquiry, told The Washington Times.

Scrutinizing the DNC server hack and CrowdStrike’s analysis has not factored heavily in multiple probes exploring the Russia issue. But behind the scenes, discussions are growing louder, congressional sources say.