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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Holy Cow! I-16 In Texas

SPD Press Release 8-27-17 (Doverdale Burglary Arrest)

In Memory of Jay Bunting

A Viewer Writes: Dirt Bike Menaces In Salisbury Maryland

Just captured two males on dirt bikes. Popping wheelies, no tags (no insurance) and wearing Ski Masks!

This isn't my first time seeing them. Surprised they followed at least one law and stopped at a red light.

Where are the police? If they are to get in accident, who's at fault? I wonder why they haven't just been followed and caught.
Victoria Adkins posted on Facebook as well.

Salisbury Independent Volunteer Fire Co.1 Station 13

Salisbury Independent Volunteer Fire Co.1 Station 13

We want to take a moment and clarify the truth to the public. Sometimes, news media outlets will provide inaccurate information and lead to false conclusions. 

Recently, the disappointment in the reporting by WBOC TV 16 Delmarva's News Leader has led to this. Our company and it's members have not given up on our dedication to serve the public. The assumptions of WBOC-TV that our company has reached the end and that station 13 will not exist is not only misleading, but is 100% false. It is obvious that their lack of due diligence in finding the facts and reporting the facts, shows their one sided support to the city of Salisbury in what could be conceived as a politically fueled race of personal agendas between certain individuals of the County Council and City officials, to include the Mayor. 

These dirty back door political deals need to come to an end. These officials were elected to represent the public and what the public desires. They were not elected to pursue what they desire themselves. We expect these elected officials to live up to the definition of integrity, stop the lies, stop the backdoor deals, and provide a safer community to the public. The community in which we have served since 1986 has shown their support to us, and we will continue to show our dedication to continue serving them. Our legal team is working diligently on assessing the fire service agreement and it's current legality given recent events. It is our intention to continue moving forward with serving our community and improving the public safety of Wicomico County. The cost of improving public safety should be in a proactive manner, not reactive. The goal is to prevent the loss of life, not wait to justify the cost after someone's life is lost. 

We are asking you as the public, to contact John Cannon, County Council President, and all of the Wicomico County Council. You need to inform them that you are not willing to be a statistic. Tell them that you are not willing to have your family member be the one that loses their life to justify better funding and increased fire/EMS public safety. Maybe now they will listen to you since the council members of The City of Salisbury seem to think this is a joking matter. Don't let your life be a choice or a joke to those you elected.

Because We Can't Do Our Job & We Don't Have To Pay YOU

It’s High Time Barron Trump Starts Dressing Like He’s In the White House

I’ve been on the Barron Trump train from the start, but it’s about time the president’s son starts dressing the part.

Barron is the youngest son of Donald Trump and the only child the president shares with Melania Trump. Time and time again Barron has proved that he’s just a normal 11-year-old kid, despite the fact that his dad is the President of the United States and he lives in the White House. One thing that isn’t normal though is the way he dresses when he joins his parents for a public appearance.

Barron was returning to the White House from New Jersey on Sunday and while the president and first lady traveled in their Sunday best, young Barron looked like he was hopping on Air Force One for a trip to the movie theater


Editor's note:  Joe did not post this. I did!  I do not in any way agree with this article. It was meant to show you how some media is allowed to get away with going after children.  He's 11 years old and he looks just fine!  

NAACP announces national boycott of NFL over Kaepernick

"This is not a simple request. This is not a statement. This is a demand," said Gerald Griggs of the Atlanta NAACP.

At a Friday afternoon news conference, the Atlanta chapter of the NAACP announced a boycott of the NFL due to the ongoing unemployment of quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

"There will be no football in the state of Georgia if Colin Kaepernick is not on a training camp roster and given an opportunity to pursue his career," said Griggs.

Kaepernick has remained unsigned by an NFL team after opting out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers. While it was thought that several teams were considering the former Super Bowl quarterback, none have given him a shot this year.

Last year, Kaepernick made headlines for his controversial decision to kneel rather than stand during the national anthem. Griggs said Kaepernick remained unsigned solely due to his silent boycott of the national anthem last season.


Wicomico-Salisbury Connection: It's All Just One Big Movie Plot

By Thornton Crowe

There's a hilarious legal eagle sleeper flick from the 80s called, From the Hip, where Judd Nelson plays a hotshot lawyer who makes an arrangement with his nemesis - a prosecutor - to turn a simple misdemeanor assault trial into a First Amendment case over using the word 'asshole' in a court of Law. Of course, in humorous antics, it becomes a huge courtroom drama, leaving everyone laughing! In truth, their stunning 'performance' is to progress both their careers - which it does - and no one else is the wiser.

These kinds of arrangements are always on the hush-hush and seldom are people witnessing the facade, aware there's any connection between the two opposite parties. Much like a play, it's scripted with plot twists and turns where you'd think the two actors were almost at odds, when in fact, they are conspiring together to make things appear differently than they truly are.

Couldn't we say this is what's going on with County Council President John Cannon and Salisbury Mayor Jake Day?

Save Dumser's on the Inlet and Nathan's Building in Ocean City, MD

For continuing information about this issue, please visit the support page at

Our goals we wish to achieve:

1. That the Town of Ocean City not require Nathans or Dumser's to vacate the property on October 31

2. That the Town of Ocean City not require that the Nathans' building be removed or demolished.

3. That the Town of Ocean City concede that Nathans is the owner of the land on which its building sits by virtue of its continuous possession thereof for one hundred five (105) years, just as the Maryland Appellate Courts have already decided that Windsor Resorts, Inc.owns its property located just south of the Nathans' property.
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Mayor and City Council of Ocean City

BREAKING: Berlin Butcher Shop Owner Investigated For Stealing Meat From Grocery Store

OCEAN CITY — Less than a year after opening, the future of a Berlin business is unclear this week due to a criminal investigation into the owner stealing meat from an Ocean City grocery store as well as failure to pay rent.

The Berlin Butcher Shop, which opened last September on William Street, is owned by Lisa Hall, a former Berlin council member and mayoral candidate.

Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) Public Information Officer Lindsay Richard confirmed Thursday a theft investigation was initiated on Saturday, Aug. 19. Employees at the Acme store on 94th Street informed police at approximately 1:38 p.m. a female suspect ordered a substantial amount of meat and did not pay for it on two consecutive days.

In recent months, Hall has been buying cases of various meat products from the Acme store and then selling it retail at her Berlin shop, which violates numerous health code rules that govern food-selling operations.


‘Give Up The Home You Own’: Black Lives Matter Activist Makes List Of ‘Requests’ For White People

An activist associated with the Black Lives Matter movement recently offered a list of requests for white people.

The article for Leo Weekly, titled, “White people, here are 10 requests from a Black Lives Matter leader,” was written by Chanelle Helm, a self-described “cofounder and core organizer of Black Lives Matter Louisville.”

In the post, Helm opens by telling white people, “if you don’t have any descendants, will your property to a black or brown family. Preferably one that lives in generational poverty.”

White people who can “an afford to downsize” are urged to “give up the home you own to a black or brown family.”


Hillary's New Book

Hillary Says "Creep" Trump Made Her "Skin Crawl"

With two weeks left until "What Happened,” Hillary Clinton’s post-campaign memoir, is slated to hit the shelves, excerpts from the book are starting to leak. And, in order to build the pre-launch buzz, the first chapters to emerge focus not on the mistakes Clinton made during the campaign, but target the man who some believe stole her presidency with the help of the Russian government.

Audio of Clinton reading from “What Happened” was leaked to MSNBC’s “Morning Joe." Here, Clinton describes how her “skin crawled” during a moment during the second debate with President Donald Trump when the "creepy" Republican nominee loomed behind her while she spoke – a moment that was roundly mocked by “Saturday Night Live.”

Clinton noted the timing of the debate, which took place two days after Trump’s “Grab her by the p***y comment emerged, in a transparent effort to make Trump's supposedly "aggressive" behavior look shadier than it was.


A Viewer Writes: Saw this pulling out of SPD about 10 this morning.

What's Happening 8-24-17

Time to let everyone know what is going on in the area!  The good, the bad and the ugly

BACKFIRE: Major NASCAR Sponsor Tells Trump Supporters To Shop Elsewhere — Racing Legend Vows To Cancel $150,000 Order

Marcus Lemonis, the CEO of Camping World, doesn't want anyone who supports Donald Trump to shop at any of his 120 stores across America.

Following the very fake news reports that President Trump had somehow supported white supremacists in Virginia, Lemonis said he had had enough.

"There’s no doubt that there is probably not many consumers in this country today that are in favor of what has been said in the last couple days — and if they are, frankly, don’t shop at my business," Lemonis said last week in an appearance on CNBC.


If Appeal Unsuccessful, Dumser’s Dairyland Maintains ‘No Circumstance Under Which We Will Ever Be A Tenant Of The City’

OCEAN CITY — It remains to be seen if Dumser’s Dairyland’s current landlord will be successful appealing a Circuit Court decision to allow the town to ultimately remove the structure, but if the city assumes ownership, the iconic resort business will not be its tenant.

Earlier this year, a Worcester County Circuit Court judge ruled in favor of the Town of Ocean City in a land ownership dispute over a building on the east side of the Boardwalk at South Division Street. The ownership of the land in which the historic building sits was called into question last year after a 50-year agreement reached in 1966 between the heirs of the original owner, Nathan Rapoport, and the Town of Ocean City expired.

As a result, the Rapoport heirs, known as Nathan Associates, are enjoined from any use of the property after Oct. 31 and the plaintiffs are required to remove or demolish the structure by Dec. 31.

Caught in the middle of the land ownership dispute is Dumser’s, which does not own the building, but merely leases it from the Rapoport heirs, just as it has done for decades.


Congressman calls for removing Lee statue at Antietam

KEEDYSVILLE — The National Park Service didn’t put up that big statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee near the Newcomer House on Shepherdstown Pike, and has no plans to take it down.

But U.S. Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., said this week that he believes the statue should come down, and that the park service should review all monuments and exhibits concerning the Confederacy that are on its properties for historical accuracy.

Delaney’s concern over the statue, which became the possession of Antietam National Battlefield when it acquired the Newcomer property several years ago, is not simply that it recognizes an icon of the Confederacy. It also is because it doesn’t accurately tell the story of Lee’s misadventures in Maryland.

“I don’t believe that statues and monuments meant to glorify the Confederate cause and Confederate leadership belong on federal land, and they should be taken down unless they serve the clear purpose of educating people about American history and are placed by historians in the proper context for that purpose,” Delaney said in a statement to Herald-Mail Media.


Hogan: MD Flag Won't Change As Long As He Is Governor

TV producer files suit against Punkin Chunkin, farm owner, TV network and state

A television producer, who was severely injured when a cannon misfired during last year’s Punkin Chunkin event, has filed suit in federal court in Wilmington.

Suzanne Dakessian’s wide-ranging suit lists organizers of the event, the owners of the farm where the fall Punkin Chunkin was held, cable network operator Discovery Communications and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources. DNREC inspected the cannon.

The suit seeks a jury trial.

Dakessian was working for a production company that was taping the event for broadcast on one of Discovery’s channels.


Missouri Senator Who Said "I Hope Trump Is Assassinated" Refuses To Resign

The Missouri State Senator who published a Facebook post calling for President Donald Trump’s assassination is refusing to resign despite finding herself in hot water with both the Secret Service and her fellow Democrats, according to the Kansas City Star.

In her response, State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal struck what the newspaper described as a “defiant” tone, saying that she published the post out of “anger and frustration” after President Donald Trump said “both sides” were to blame for an attack in Charlottesville Va. last weekend that killed one counter-protester and injured more than 20 others. She explained that it would be hypocritical for her to be punished for her speech when Trump makes similarly offensive comments on a regular basis.

“Out of anger and frustration, I said something that could have been reframed,” she said. “And I refuse to shy away from the hypocrisy and chaos our country is enduring under Trump.”

Somewhat ironically, Chappelle-Nadal accused the White House of “traumatizing” people of color, saying in a tweet that “when (people of color) are respected by this (White House) & they are willing to do real work, I’ll sit down with them. People are traumatized!”


Judges Rule Football Coaches Cannot Pray on Football Field

A Washington state high school football coach who was punished for taking a knee at the 50-yard line for a post-game prayer violated the U.S. Constitution, according to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

A three-judge panel ruled the Bremerton School District was justified in suspending Coach Joe Kennedy after he took a knee and prayed silently at mid-field after football games.

“When Kennedy kneeled and prayed on the fifty-yard line immediately after games while in view of students and parents, he spoke as a public employee, not as a private citizen, and his speech therefore was constitutionally unprotected,” the 9th Circuit wrote.

Kennedy, who served as an assistant coach at Bremerton High School from 2008-2015, was ordered to refrain from bowing his head, taking a knee or doing anything that could be perceived as praying on public school property.


Six-Phase, $10M Delmar School Renovation Plan Moves Ahead

SALISBURY – Delmar Elementary School will receive improvements to its building after design and construction documents were approved by the Wicomico County Board of Education this month.

The facility, which was constructed in 1978, will undergo renovations to include a new HVAC system, fire alarm, sprinkler system, lighting, ceilings, walls, doors, elevator, front entrance, handicap-accessible restrooms and improvements to the administration suite, according to Paul Butler, director of communications for Wicomico County Public Schools.

The school will undergo the renovations in six phases over the course of two years.

In a Board of Education meeting two weeks ago, Facilities Planner Matt Auchey said the approved drawings will be submitted to the state in order to request funding.


PARCC Scores Show Schools Are Underfunded

The Maryland State Department of Education released Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test results for the 2016-2017 school year.

Maryland State Education Association President Betty Weller released the following statement:

“This year’s PARCC scores are a reflection of the fact that our schools are underfunded. When you have class sizes of more than 30 kids to a teacher, when you have high teacher turnover rates because we underpay educators, and when you don’t address the non-academic barriers to learning in our communities of high poverty, you see achievement gaps persist.

"It’s not enough to talk about test scores—kids are never going to test their way out of poverty. We need more funding in our public schools to meet the needs of every child, and until then you’re going to keep seeing the same results.

"Unfortunately, Gov. Hogan has no plan whatsoever to give our schools the support they really need—in fact, he’s made cuts to our schools several times as governor. That’s why educators are working with leadership in the state legislature and other education experts to put together a comprehensive increase in education funding in the years ahead.”

Consultants hired by the Maryland State Department of Education have concluded that Maryland public schools would need $2.9 billion more in funding to ensure every student is ready for college or a career.

Most Marylanders support change to antiquated alcohol laws

An overwhelming majority of Marylanders support fundamental changes to the state’s alcohol laws that govern the production, distribution and sale of beer, according to the results of an online survey released today by Comptroller Peter Franchot.

“Maryland’s current beer laws are dysfunctional and outdated and work to the detriment of consumers and small business,” said Comptroller Franchot in response to the unscientific survey. “Without comprehensive reform, Maryland’s reputation within the national craft brewing industry will continue to suffer. We must have laws that make sense for all the stakeholders and promote economic growth for all three tiers and create the best market for Maryland consumers.”

This past spring, the Comptroller announced the formation of a Reform on Tap Task Force to do a comprehensive review of the state’s antiquated laws governing the manufacturing, distribution and sale of Maryland craft beer. Forty task force members, representing every region of the state from large and small breweries, distributors, restaurants, bars and retailers, consumers and local and state officials have been meeting regularly to discuss issues affecting the industry. As a result of the meetings, an online poll was taken live from August 7 to 11. During that time, 2,472 respondents completed the survey. Below are the questions and the results:


Breaking News: President Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio

President Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio, an ex-sheriff accused of profiling Latinos, after saying he was “convicted for doing his job”

President Trump on Friday pardoned Joe Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff whose aggressive efforts to hunt down and detain undocumented immigrants made him a national symbol of the divisive politics of immigration and earned him a criminal contempt conviction.
Mr. Trump, who made cracking down on illegal immigration a signature campaign issue and had pressed for local officials to do more to assist federal authorities in rounding up undocumented people, had been openly flirting with the idea of pardoning Mr. Arpaio.
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Police blast Phoenix rioter in crotch with pepper-ball cannon

Ouch. Gonna need to put some ice on that.

Oh, dear me. When a fully-triggered leftist decides to kick a can of teargas back at the police during a riot, you can be fairly certain it's not going to end well for him. He's basically begging the police to fire back, so he can claim some sort of politically correct victim status.

Sometimes, the cops refrain from offering a response. Other times, they do not. Last night in Phoenix, their 'witty rejoinder' came in the form of a "pepper-ball" - an anti-riot weapon that hits hard, breaks open, and disperses a cloud of eye-and-lung-irritating capsaicin powder.

Getting hit with one of these "non-lethal projectiles" is painful anywhere on your body, but this guy goes for the gold. He takes a shot to the...well...let's just hope he isn't planning on having kids, because I suspect his baggy cargo shorts didn't provide a great deal of protection.


Jefferson Memorial To Be Altered to Emphasize Slave Ownership

A nonprofit group that provides substantial financial support to the National Mall says the Jefferson Memorial and other monuments to the Founding Fathers will be updated to reflect their personal records as slave owners.

In the wake of a deadly clash in Charlottesville between white supremacists and radical leftwing protesters including Black Lives Matter and Antifa, the president of the Trust for the National Mall in Washington, D.C. says “the physical symbols of American history and democracy will be scrutinized and challenged” in the near future.

“Recent events only reinforce the need for an open, inclusive and safe space for Americans to exercise their First Amendment rights and to gather in pursuit of our shared ideals — life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all,” wrote Catherine Townsend in a letter to supporters, reports the Washington Examiner. “I hope you will join us as we steward private support to implement modern and resilient solutions that can transform this dynamic space and preserve the historic legacy of the National Mall.”

Beginning with the Jefferson Memorial, what Trust officials are calling the “complexity” of the personal lives of the Founding Fathers will be emphasized as the monuments are altered.


A Comment Worthy Of A Post 8-24-17

So to all the ones that think they are not being lied to, the chief, mayor, and others say that another firehouse isn't needed in Salisbury (after station 1 volunteers leave as a whole) then, why does the fire chief have two new additional firehouses in his five year plan? One on the north end of Salisbury around target area and one.... oh where could it be? Oh I know, on the other side of bypass by shorebirds stadium. So, why were these firehouses needed in his eyes but, now no no no it's not needed?

Al Sharpton Is Shocked At The "Poisonous Atmosphere" In America "Being Stoked By The President"

Al Sharpton, who’s built his career on stoking racial tensions for personal and financial gain, accused President Donald Trump of inciting a “poisonous atmosphere” in the US.

“We’re in a poisonous atmosphere that is being increased by the president of the United States. It’s like turning on the gas in a room.”

"Any match could lead to an explosion, and we’re getting that kind of atmosphere from this president.”

As anyone familiar with Sharpton’s history is probably aware, the hypocrisy inherent in his statement is staggering. Even within the black community, Sharpton has become associated with transforming tragedies into media circuses for personal and financial gain. In 1987, the Reverend famously accused a prosecutor in upstate New York of taking part in the rape of a black teenager. Her story was soon found to be fabricated. One family member of Akai Gurley, a young black man who was shot and killed by police in Brooklyn in 2014, complained that Sharpton swooped in and “put his name on” the situation before discussing it with the family.


2017 Punkin Chunkin CANCELLED

Our non-profit, the World Punkin Chunkin Association, a 100% volunteer based group, has recently come under litigation regarding the incident where Ms. Suzanne Dakessian, a Sharp Entertainment’s employee, was involved in an unfortunate accident at our 2016 event. The pending lawsuit lists our non-profit and its officers as Defendants.
The landowners who graciously donate the use of their property each year for our non-profit endeavors are also listed as Defendants. They are reluctant to host our 2017 event in light of the lawsuit.

With less than 74 days until our event, we are left with no options. It is with our deepest regrets that we announce that 2017 Punkin Chunkin is canceled and with it, the economic impact that Delaware receives, the funds that we generate to help fund other non-profits and the scholarships for deserving youth. Refunds will be issued within the week. 

It is unfortunate that Suzanne Dakessian was injured, and we continue to extend our best wishes to her, her family and her loved ones. We have no further comment at this time.

New Restaurant Opening In Pittsville

There is a new restaurant that will be opening in Pittsville in September.  The Valor House Restaurant is located in the old Station 7 building.  You can find them on Facebook at the link listed below

Valor House doors will be open on Wednesday August 23 at 10:00am to 2:00pm & Saturday August 26 at 11:00am to 4:00pm for applications. We are accepting applications for the following positions.
Cooks, line cooks, dishwashers, busboys, hostesses, waitresses, barmaids.
serious inquiries only.

Perdue Family Farmhouse, birthplace of Frank Perdue and Perdue Farms, celebrates 100 years

Restored homestead joins famous state buildings on the
Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties

The Perdue family farmhouse, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, was officially placed on the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan during a Monday, Aug. 21 ceremony in Salisbury, Md. From left to right are Joseph Bartenfelder, Maryland Secretary of Agriculture, Maryland Rep. Carl Anderton, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Anne Oliviero, Beverly Jennings, Sandy Spedden, and Jim Perdue, chairman of Perdue Farms.

SALISBURY, Md., (August 21, 2017) --- State and local dignitaries joined descendants of chicken business and advertising icon Frank Perdue to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Perdue family farmhouse and its inclusion in the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties.

The farmhouse, which is part of the company’s logo and located across the street from the corporate offices of Perdue Farms, was built in 1917 by Arthur W. Perdue. Three years later, he founded on his family farm what would become Maryland’s third-largest company and the country’s most famous brand of chicken.

“It’s an honor to have such an important part of our company’s heritage listed among the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties,” said Chairman Jim Perdue. “The farmhouse is a daily reminder to all of us at Perdue of the tenets of quality, integrity, hard work and trust upon which my grandfather built his business, and of our beginning as a family farm.”

“From humble beginnings in 1920 when Arthur and his wife Pearl started their small family poultry farm, Perdue has grown exponentially over the past century into a respected and celebrated name, and the number one fresh chicken brand in the United States of America,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “The focus of our administration has been on growing the private sector, creating jobs, and turning our economy around. Our success is due in large part to Maryland companies like Perdue, which have shown such loyalty and commitment to the future of our state.”

The house’s storied history began in 1917, with Pearl Parsons Perdue tending to a flock of egg-laying hens while Arthur saved up enough money to go into the business full time. In 1920, the year Frank Perdue was born, Arthur started the company as a table egg business, later moving to selling chickens. Over the years, the farmhouse became the site of a hatchery and later a research farm.

In 2007, the farmhouse underwent a restoration, revealing the original wood-sided exterior, and interior hardwood floors, woodworking and fireplaces. The work uncovered a wood shingle hidden in one of the walls, signed and dated “September 1917” by Arthur Perdue.

Attendees at the event included Maryland Governor Larry Hogan; Mike Gill, Maryland Secretary of Commerce; Joseph Bartenfelder, Maryland Secretary of Agriculture; and Salisbury Mayor Jake Day, along with Perdue executives, family and board members, and long-term associates, retirees and farmers.

The event also included the release of a video tour of the farmhouse, narrated by Perdue family members.

Democrats Demand No-Strings Amnesty

Top Democrats are dismissing a proposed amnesty deal from President Donald Trump’s globalist aides, which would trade citizenship for at least 800,000 ‘DACA’ illegals — plus their parents and immediate relatives — in exchange for some package of real or symbolic immigration-related benefits.

The Democrats’ leader in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, refused to even consider offering any benefits to Americans in exchange for the permanent amnesty of the 800,000 younger illegals who are now getting work-permits via former President Barack Obama’s “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals amnesty, which was first announced in the run-up to the 2012 election.

Dreamers are not a bargaining chip for the border wall and inhumane deportation force. Period.

— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) August 22, 2017

Schumer is a strong supporter of amnesty and pushed hard for passage of the 2013 “Comprehensive Immigration reform” amnesty-and-cheap-labor bill, which was also backed by the nation’s business sector.


Cardin: 'Monuments Should Represent Contemporary Needs of Our Society'

Confederate monuments alone do not teach Americans our history and removing them does not change the past, Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., said Sunday.

"The president's gotten this all wrong as to what we're trying to do," Cardin told "Fox News Sunday." "We're not changing history. We want to learn from history. There's no question about that. That's an important aspect."

President Donald Trump has warned this week about the slippery slope of taking down American monuments, but Cardin maintained it is not something we should worry about because of ties to slavery.

"You don't need a monument to learn history," Cardin told host Bill Hemmer. "Monuments are put up for different purposes. Some are more modern than others."


Ocean City considers relaxing pot policy for police

Although Maryland has relaxed a hiring policy that disqualifies police recruits for past marijuana use, Ocean City officials want to set the bar lower to boost their seasonal officer numbers.

Mayor Rick Meehan reminded the Police Commission during Monday’s meeting that because the state prohibits hiring people for law enforcement if they have used marijuana within three years of their applications, the resort had to reject some potential officers.

That policy came down from the Maryland Police and Training and Standards Commission in April. It replaced a rule dating back to the 1970s that disqualified candidates who had used marijuana more than 20 times in their lives or five times since turning 21 years old.

“We’ve had this conversation before, and I think it’s important to the state as a whole to look at this,” Meehan said. “It’s a reflection of where we are in 2017 that we had to cut some fine young individuals that wanted to be police officers.”


Cardin Praises Takedown of Historic Monuments in Baltimore and Annapolis

On the Sunday morning Fox News show, our own Senator Ben heaped kudos on Gov. Hogan and the mayor of Baltimore for removing the statues of Confederate generals and Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney. And he went out of his way to dump on President Trump and Sen. Mike Miller for voicing opposition to those or similar events.

Sears Death Spiral Accelerates: Vendors Halt Shipments As Cost Of Default Insurance Soars

When we commented back in March on the unexpected "going concern" notice in Sears' 10-K which sent the stock crashing, we pointed out the immediate spin provided by Eddie Lampert's distressed retailer which promised that its comeback plan may help alleviate the concerns, “satisfying our estimated liquidity needs 12 months from the issuance of the financial statements", to which however we added the footnote that "the question is what happens when vendors start demanding cash on delivery as concerns about SHLD.'s liquidity concerns continue to grow."

Shortly after, we wrote "Sears Enters Death Spiral: Vendors Halt Shipments, Insurers Bail" in which we described that as Sears financial condition deteriorated, vendors were boosting their "defensive measures", such as reducing shipments and asking for better payment terms, to protect against the risk of nonpayment as the company warned about its finances.

The managing director of a Bangladesh-based textile firm said his company is using only a handful of its production lines to manufacture products for Sears' 2017 holiday sales. Last year, nearly half of the company's lines in its four factories were producing for Sears. "We have to protect ourselves from the risk of nonpayment," said the managing director, who declined to be identified for fear of disrupting his company's relationship with Sears.

Furthermore, precisely as we predicted, Mark Cohen, the former CEO of Sears Canada and director of retail studies at Columbia Business School said vendors will keep a close eye on Sears' finances. "Whatever vendors continue to support them are now going to put them on even more of a short string. That means they’ll ship them smaller quantities and demand payment either in advance or immediately upon delivery."

He added: "Sears stores are pathetically badly inventoried today and they will become worse."