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Friday, October 19, 2018

County Sells Bonds To Finance Several Major Projects

Credit Rating Agencies Deem County Finances and Management Strong

Wicomico County has sold $9.915 million in general obligation bonds to finance several major projects in the county. The bonds carry a true interest cost of 3.019%% County Executive Bob Culver reported this week. The County's issue drew a strong market response of 7 bidders, which is indicative of the attractiveness of its bonds.

"We met with all three credit rating agencies in New York in September and updated them on the positive financial outlook for our county," Culver said. "All three ratings agencies spoke highly of the county's strong management team and their continued confidence in our conservative fiscal practices."

The County earned an AA+ rating from S&P Global Ratings; an AA rating from Fitch Ratings, and an Aa2 rating from Moody's Investors Service.

A significant portion of the bond money will be spent on projects for the Wicomico County Board of Education. That includes $852,000 for Delmar Elementary School; $331,000 for Glen Avenue School; $154,000 Pinehurst Elementary; $75,000 for Fruitland Primary; $1,047,000 for Pinehurst Elementary; $1,216,000 for Mardela High/Middle School; $490,000 Stadium/Field House; $500,000 for Wicomico High School; $450,000 for Parkside High School.

Another project includes $5,189.500 for the Sheriff's Office Project for the Public Safety building.

Executive Culver concluded "All of these projects are important for Wicomico County, and I am pleased to report they are moving forward. Such favorable reports from the credit rating agencies reinforces that our fiscal management in Wicomico County continues to be strong."

Maryland Fishing Report

This week offers some exciting fishing opportunities for Maryland anglers – the weather is just about right, the changing color of the leaves paints a beautiful backdrop to outdoor activities and there are plenty of eager fish to catch.

For the next few weeks, state hatcheries arestocking most trout management watersthroughout Maryland. The trout are providing quality fishing close to home and allowing success on a fishing adventure, especially for our young anglers.

At the Atlantic coast, sea bass, flounder and dolphin are biting.

And in Chesapeake Bay, autumn is one of the most anticipated times for striped bass fishing. Rockfish like the cooler water temperatures and begin to feed aggressively to build up lost body stores. Cooler water also forces baitfish in the form of bay anchovies, juvenile menhaden and silversides to exit the tidal rivers and head down the bay.

This is a time for light-tackle vertical jiggingwith soft plastic or metal jigs. The advent of braided line has given anglers increased sensitivity; make sure to check the first 10 feet or so of line for fuzzing and damage. There is a new generation of braided line with a clear polymer coating that reduces fiber abrasion. Because it makes the line slick, one can cast a lot farther.

The results of the 2018 striped bass young of the year survey are out and the news is good. This survey of spring reproduction by spawning striped bass in Maryland’s tidal river spawning areas is one piece of the puzzle about striped bass populations throughout the year.

Forecast Summary: Oct. 17-23

It will be windy Wednesday and again Saturday with another chance of rain. Expect sunny to partly cloudy conditions most other days with temperatures from the mid-50s to mid-60s and nighttime temperatures in the upper-40s to low 50s. These breezy, cooling air temperatures continue to mix and cool and uniformly mix bay waters, providing plenty of cool, well-oxygenated water from the surface down to the bottom. The upper bay and part of the upper Potomac still suffer from poor water clarity. So for this week, anglers should focus on main bay areas with good structure such as underwater points, oyster bottom, reefs, channel edges and large schools of baitfish.

At the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration buoys, water temperatures are cooling, with the Susquehanna River at 64 degrees and Gooses Reef and Point Lookout at 70 degrees. Expect the Susquehanna River’s muddy water to continue to reduce clarity in the upper bay down to the Bay Bridge. In addition, poor water clarity remains on the Potomac River down to about the Wicomico River. In the mid-bay down to Little Choptank River, including Eastern Bay, expect poor water clarity near the Gooses due to an algal bloom. There will be above average tidal currents from Saturday through Tuesday as a result of the full moon Oct. 24.

For the full weekly fishing conditions summary and more, please be sure to check out Click Before You Cast.
Upper Chesapeake Bay

Water conditions at the mouth of the Susquehanna River remain stained and chilly. There is a lot of water coming through the Conowingo Dam driving water temperatures down to 63 degrees. Water conditions improve as one moves down the bay, as does fishing success. There has been good success in the Baltimore Harbor area for those casting topwater lures and swimshads near shoreline structure or jiggingalong deeper structure such as channel edges and bridge piers.
Photo of Man holding striped bass
Eli Adams holds up a nice striped bass caught while jigging. Photo by Travis Long

Chumming is popular and successful at Swan and Podickory points this week along the 25-foot to 30-foot edges. A few resourceful anglers are having success by live-lining small white perch at these locations and others have been live lining eels near the Francis Scott Key Bridge piers.

Trolling has been a good option along channel edges in the bay or river mouths with umbrella rigs using swimshads or bucktails as trailers. Small spoons have also been a good lure to use in gold or with a splash of chartreuse behind inline weights or planers. Green and red hoses have also been a good addition to trolling spreads.

Breaking fish are becoming a more common sight this week and although many of the fish being encountered are small striped bass, larger fish can be found at times by jigging underneath. Soft plastics have been a favorite to reach the striped bass that are often suspended at 25 inches or more.

The Bay Bridge rock piles and piers have been a popular place to fish this week. Jigging with soft plastics has been one of the best ways to fish for the suspended fish which are a mix of striped bass and large white perch that are holding at depths of 25 feet to 35 feet. Chumming and chunking are also effective ways to fish by anchoring up current of the bridge piers. Live-lining eels is another great way to target the striped bass holding near the bridge piers.
Middle Bay

Now that water temperatures are 70 degrees or lower, baitfish are pouring out of the tidal rivers and schools of striped bass are waiting for them along channel edges near the mouths of the major tidal rivers and out in the bay. Pods of baitfish are being pushed to the surface by feeding striped bass where diving sea gulls join in. A good set of binoculars is an important tool to keep on the boat this time of the year. Light-tackle jigging with metal or soft plastic jigs is a fun and productive to jig underneath breaking fish or to suspended fish along channel edges.

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Dr. Ford - an EYE OPENER!

You ask why Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford would do this? I’ll give you 4 reasons:

1) She owns a major portion of the company that makes the morning after abortion pill and she is afraid Kavanaugh will overturn Roe v Wade, therefore making her million dollar empire go caput.

2) She’s a professor at the same college (Palo Alto U) where Diane
Feinstein’s husband, Richard Blum, is on the board of directors. She has worked with Blum on the “resist Trump” movement for two years.

3) Dr. Blasey-Ford’s brother, Tom Blasey, is business partners with Peter Strzok’s cousin, Jill Strzok, for a company called Exiles Inc. Enough said there.

4) Feinstein and Chuck Schumer appointed lawyers to set up three GoFundMe pages for her the week BEFORE she testified, which are currently up to over a million dollars for her to keep as payment for her testimony. I can go on if you would like. Don’t believe for one minute this “professor” came out of nowhere!!

Winning: Job Openings Hit New Record High of 7.1 Million

U.S. job openings rose to a new record high in August, an indication that the U.S. economy continued to expand rapidly as the trade war with China escalated and Hurricane Florence hit the Carolinas.

The monthly Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, or JOLTS, released by the Labor Department on Tuesday showed job openings rose to 7.136 million. Economists had forecast 6.9 million.

The prior month was revised up to 7.077 million, the first time this number has ever exceeded 7 million. Until April of 2017, there had never been more than 6 million job openings.

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

NPR: Agency Prepares Asylum-Fraud Cases Against 2,000 Chinese Migrants

Homeland security officials are investigating 3,500 Chinese migrants who used fake stories to win asylum in the United States and 10,000 of their chain-migration relatives who subsequently migrated into the United States.

An NPR report quotes an unidentified Chinese migrant — identified as “Lawrence” — who helped prosecutors in 2012 target the initial group of immigration lawyers and aides. But Lawrence is now refusing to help officials prepare deportation cases against thousands of the Chinese asylum recipients:

“Because targets are different,” he says. “Those Chinese immigrants — those clients … their attorney just tell lie to them, to do that.”

The way Lawrence tells it, he is fighting a larger battle now against government agencies that are mixing up what is legal with what is right. He wants no part in helping the government use the letter of the law to strip asylum from people who won it years ago — even if that means he has to remain in hiding.

According to Lawrence, DHS asked him in 2017 to help resolve more than 2,200 cases.

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Meet 12 Tea Party Activists Who’re Busy Improving Their State

RICHMOND, Va.—Go in search of the tea party movement that rose up in opposition to the policies of President Barack Obama, and you won’t get the full picture if you fixate on political rallies and protests.

That’s because many tea party activists have been burrowing into state legislative houses across the nation, where their membership has developed expertise on a wide range of public policy questions.

With an eye toward the Virginia General Assembly session that begins in January, about 200 Virginia Tea Party members who gathered here at a downtown hotel Sept. 22 describe how their movement has “morphed” since its inception in 2009.

Instead of staging rallies in front of the Capitol in Washington or various statehouses, the tea party is focused on legislative initiatives that will have a more lasting impact, attendees of the Virginia Tea Party’s fall summit meeting told The Daily Signal.

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Poll: Three-Fourths of Americans Oppose Central Plank of FIRST STEP Act

Respondents back Trump opposition to release for drug dealers

An overwhelming majority of Americans oppose a federal sentencing change which would grant early release to those convicted of dealing hard drugs, a new poll released Thursday shows.

These results suggest that Americans would be unlikely to support the FIRST STEP Act, a criminal justice reform bill which has stalled out in the Senate following President Donald Trump's withdrawal of support, but which a coalition of Democrats and reform-minded Republicans still hope to pass in the next session.

The survey was administered by ORC International and commissioned by the Foundation for Safeguarding Justice, a group which represents the National Association of Assistant U.S. Attorneys, who are opposed to FIRST STEP. ORC asked respondents if they would "support or oppose a proposal to reduce penalties for traffickers in heroin, fentanyl, and similar drugs?" with 74 percent saying they would oppose the proposal. Majorities opposed the idea across all demographic groups, including both genders, three races, and all age groups.

This response matters because FIRST STEP's primary effect, if implemented, would be to reduce the number of federal prisoners by altering the system's "good time" credit rules, making it easier for convicts to be released early if they completed certain education, training, and other reformatory programs. Importantly, the good time credit expansion would not apply to violent offenders. But, as opponents of the bill—including Trump—have protested, the expansion would apply to federal drug offenders, over 99 percent of whom are traffickers.

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America's Disastrous Occupation Of Afghanistan Turns 17

...And the Taliban are in their strongest position in just that many years.

America has now passed the 17-year mark in Afghanistan. U.S. troops have been fighting there for longer than the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War I, and World War II combined. Yet Washington is further away than ever from anything that might pass for victory.

And for what?

After so many years of senseless combat, Erik Prince’s proposal to turn the conflict over to contractors almost sounds reasonable. His lobbying efforts in Kabul have not been notably successful, but some day American personnel will come home. And then Washington’s friends in Afghanistan will find themselves on their own.

Seventeen years ago the Bush administration was forced to act. After the 9/11 attacks, it was imperative to disrupt if not destroy al-Qaeda and punish the Taliban regime for hosting terrorist training camps. Washington quickly succeeded: al-Qaeda was degraded and dispersed, the Taliban was overthrown and punished. Washington should have left as quickly as it came. But the Bush administration had other hopes: to create a friendly, liberal, democratic state in Central Asia.

If there was ever a chance to establish a stable regime in Kabul, it was right after the Taliban’s ouster. However, the Bush administration immediately turned to Iraq, which had nothing to do with 9/11. That shift allowed for a Taliban revival. Even after twice increasing force levels—which peaked at 110,000 U.S. and 30,000 allied troops in 2011—the Obama administration was only able to limit the insurgency’s reach. Around that time I twice visited Afghanistan, and found that private, off-the-record opinions of allied military personnel, civilian contractors, and Afghan officials were uniformly pessimistic.

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Newt Gingrich: Here's a leader with a plan to genuinely control our southern border. He needs our support

When House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., introduced the Build the Wall, Enforce the Law Act he set the stage for a vital national debate on important questions.

Does our safety matter? Does the safety of our children matter? Does the safety of our neighborhoods and communities matter?

Every American should be grateful that McCarthy is boldly setting out a plan to genuinely control our southern border and provided the resources and organization needed. He has written a bill that he says the House will vote on in December.

When contrasted with the open borders bill of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. – which every Democratic Senate incumbent has co-sponsored – the choice between the two parties is clear.

Republicans will control the border. Democrats will throw the border wide open to anyone who wants to enter.

The American people can decide which future is safer and more desirable.

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Veritas Undercover Exposes MO Sen. McCaskill Hiding Liberal Agenda From Moderate Voters: "People Just Can't Know That"

In the third undercover video filmed by Project Veritas during the ongoing 2018 election season, Missouri Senator McCaskill's considerably more liberal views - "essentially the same as [Obama's]" - are exposed as she and her campaign staff conceals them in order to court moderate voters... and she needs them as her and her opponent are essentially tied:

Via ProjectVeritasAction.com,

Said James O’Keefe, founder and president of Project Veritas Action:

“This undercover report shows just how broken our political system has become. Senator McCaskill hides her true views from voters because she knows they won’t like them.”

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Ten Years After The Last Meltdown, Ron Paul Asks "Is Another One Around the Corner?"

September marked a decade since the bursting of the housing bubble, which was followed by the stock market meltdown and the government bailout of the big banks and Wall Street. Last week’s frantic stock market sell-off indicates the failure to learn the lesson of 2008 makes another meltdown inevitable.

In 2001-2002 the Federal Reserve responded to the economic downturn caused by the bursting of the technology bubble by pumping money into the economy. This new money ended up in the housing market. This was because the so-called conservative Bush administration, like the “liberal” Clinton administration before it, was using the Community Reinvestment Act and government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to make mortgages available to anyone who wanted one — regardless of income or credit history.

Banks and other lenders eagerly embraced this “ownership society”’ agenda with a “lend first, ask questions when foreclosing” policy. The result was the growth of subprime mortgages, the rush to invest in housing, and millions of Americans finding themselves in homes they could not afford.

When the housing bubble burst, the government should have let the downturn run its course in order to correct the malinvestments made during the phony, Fed-created boom. This may have caused some short-term pain, but it would have ensured the recovery would be based on a solid foundation rather than a bubble of fiat currency.

Of course Congress did exactly the opposite, bailing out Wall Street and the big banks. The Federal Reserve cut interest rates to historic lows and embarked on a desperate attempt to inflate the economy via QE 1, 2, and 3.

Low interest rates and quantitative easing have left the Fed with a dilemma. In order to avoid a return to 1970s-era inflation — or worse, it must raise interest rates and draw down its balance sheet. However, raising rates too much risks popping what financial writer Graham Summers calls the “everything bubble.”

Today credit card debt is over a trillion dollars, student loan debt is at 1.5 trillion dollars, there is a bubble in auto loans, and there is even a new housing bubble. But the biggest part of the everything bubble is the government bubble. Federal debt is over 21 trillion dollars and expanding by tens of thousands of dollars per second.

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Elizabeth Warren Melts Down in Wake of DNA Disaster

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) launched a bizarre Twitter rant late Monday afternoon following the disastrous rollout of DNA results that further debunkedher decades-long claim to American Indian ancestry.

Warren’s thread of 20-plus (and counting) tweets began at about 5:30 p.m. ET, where she attempted to both insult President Trump and defend herself.

In her first tweet, and without any evidence, Warren made the outlandish claim that Trump “makes creepy physical threats about me.” The truth is that all Trump has ever done is ridicule her false claims about being Cherokee.

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Democrats Gain Huge Fundraising Advantage in 2018 Elections

A flood of donations has allowed Democratic candidates to outspend GOP candidates by almost 2:1 in 80 competitive districts since July, according to an analysis by the Associated Press.

The donations will allow Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s Democratic House candidates to spend $50 million on advertising more than GOP candidates in the run-up to election day, accordingto the Washington Post.

Much of the extra funding comes from small-dollar donations via the Act Blue website, which offers Democrats an easy way to direct donations to their favored local candidates.USA Today reported in August:

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Keith Ellison's lead vanishing amid domestic abuse allegations

Embattled Democrat Rep. Keith Ellison’s lead in the Minnesota Attorney General election appears to be vanishing amid allegations of domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend.

The congressman’s bid to become the top law enforcement official in the blue state was supposed to be an easy task for a popular Democrat who holds one of the top positions within the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

But Ellison’s lead has taken a dramatic cut since Karen Monahan came forward with her story in August detailing the physical and emotional abuse she suffered allegedly at the hands of Ellison.

In one particular incident, Ellison allegedly dragged her from a bed and shouted “F--- you, b---“ and “I hate you.” She also released a 2017 medical document in which she identified the congressman as the cause of her “emotional and physical abuse.”

Recent polls indicate that Ellison in a dead heat race with Doug Wardlow, the Republican opponent, according to the New York Times. The poll also found that 40 percent surveyed voters said the domestic abuse allegations “are a factor” in whether to vote for the Democrat. Another poll shows the congressman leading by five points.

Ellison has denied all the allegations and allowed the party to review Monahan’s allegations. The state Democratic Party hired Democratic Party-affiliated lawyer Susan Ellingstad whose draft report cleared him of wrongdoing.

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Turkish officials claim police found evidence Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in Saudi consulate

Turkish officials told reporters Tuesday that police have found evidence that Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Turkish police conducted a search of the consulate Monday and Tuesday and claim to have found "certain evidence" that Khashoggi was indeed murdered there, according to the Associated Press.

Investigators spent roughly nine hours searching the consulate for clues as to the reason for Khashoggi's disappearance. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the search was complicated because some of the rooms inside the consulate were freshly painted, raising some questions.

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Pat Buchanan Asks "Should The US-Saudi Alliance Be Saved?"

Over the weekend Donald Trump warned of “severe punishment” if an investigation concludes that a Saudi hit team murdered Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Riyadh then counter-threatened, reminding us that, as the world’s largest oil exporter, Saudi Arabia “plays an impactful and active role in the global economy.”

Message: Sanction us, and we may just sanction you.

Some of us yet recall how President Nixon’s rescue of Israel in the 1973 Yom Kippur War triggered a Saudi oil embargo that led to months of long gas lines in the United States, and contributed to Nixon’s fall.

Yesterday, a week after Jared Kushner had been assured by his friend Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman that Khashoggi walked out of the consulate, Trump put through a call to King Salman himself.

According to a Trump tweet, the king denied “any knowledge of whatever may have happened ‘to our Saudi Arabian citizen.’”

Trump said he was “immediately” sending Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Riyadh to meet with the king on the crisis. The confrontation is escalating. Crown Prince Mohammed and King Salman have both now put their nation’s honor and credibility on the line.

Both are saying that what the Turks claim they can prove — Khashoggi was tortured and murdered in the consulate, cut up, and his body parts flown to Saudi Arabia — is a lie.

For Trump and the U.S., this appears a classic case of the claims of international morality clashing with the claims of national interest.

The archetype occurred in the mid-1870s when Ottoman Turks perpetrated a slaughter of Bulgarian Christians under their rule.

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OPINION: Mueller’s Jig Is Up — But That’s Not Enough

The Mueller witch hunt is effectively over — not because Mr. Mueller had not planned to drag this out until he could concoct a crime against Mr. Trump or a member of his family but rather because the jig is up.

Have you noticed how long it has been since anyone even suggested that the president sit down with the “special counsel” for an interview?

Mueller’s raison d’etre was the outrageous and purposely propagandized prevarication that the Trump campaign and even Mr. Trump himself “colluded” with Russia to rig the 2016 presidential election against Hillary Clinton.

The Democrats who perpetrated this fraud are not only masters of projection and deception, but they took their playbook of personal destruction to a whole new level.

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The FBI DELIBERATELY IGNORED ‘Golden Emails,’ Crucial Abedin Messages And More

The Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Hillary Clinton have aHUGE Weiner problem that is even bigger than we first realized.

According to the recently released inspector general report, on September 28 and 29, 2016 the New York office of the FBI immediately reported to the Washington headquarters its discovery of, first, 141,000 and then 350,000 emails on the laptop of Anthony Weiner — also known as “Carlos Danger,” a now-convicted sex offender. Mr. Weiner is the husband of Hillary Clinton’s inseparable aide Huma Abedin.

Now we know by October 4, the New York office had found 700,000 emails. The New York agents had seen and reported to FBI leadership they had seen email headers, all domain names, Mrs. Clinton’s initials on one sensitive but not classified document, and the missing BlackBerry backups.

The New York agents described it as the “entire file” of all Hillary Clinton emails from 2006 until 2016, including the BlackBerry messages that Comey himself had referred to as “the golden emails.”

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Police Officer Charged With Raping Woman During Late Night Traffic Stop

An unnamed woman has accused Ryan Macklin, a six-year veteran police officer in Maryland, of sexually assaulting her during a late-night traffic stop on Thursday night. After a preliminary investigation, Macklin was charged with rape and a host of other charges.

The unidentified woman appears to be in the country illegally, though this has not been confirmed. Maryland's Prince George’s County Police Chief Hank Stawinski repeatedly said that the woman was targeted because she was female, and not because of her "immigration status."

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WATCH: Hillary Clinton Rides To The Rescue Of Sen. Bob Menendez, Crashes (Literally)

Failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made an appearance at a fundraiser for Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) last night and made a big impression on her way in the door.

Well, sort of. She made a big impression in a wall.

Clinton's black SUV rolled up to the fundraiser, then jumped a curb and crashed into the venue's side wall.

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Sen. Rand Paul: It's time to rethink America's relationship with Saudi Arabia -- It is not our friend

It’s time to rethink America’s relationship with the Saudi Kingdom.

It is no surprise to most Americans that we help arm, train, equip and otherwise prop up the government of Saudi Arabia. The Saudis have long bought and paid for many politicians and for an image of moderate pro-Americanism as part of the face they show the world.

But the face presented simply is not reality. It is time to use our leverage to force change in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We can start by cutting off our military aid and weapons sales to the kingdom.

The killing of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi is many things, including brutal and terrifying to those who report on the Saudis. What it also should be, in light of what it exposes about the Saudi regime, is a turning point in our relationship, where we as Americans stop and ask ourselves what we have been propping up and supporting.

The fate of Khashoggi might come as a shock to many Americans, but it’s nothing new. A U.N. report reveals that over “3,000 allegations of torture were formally recorded” against Saudi Arabia between 2009 to 2015, according to The Guardian, with the report also noting a lack of a single prosecution of an official for the conduct.

I have been attempting to expose this for many years. Others in the U.S. government know it, but either won’t admit it or attempt to brush it aside. It’s a fact that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the largest sponsor of radical Islam on the planet, and no other nation is even close.

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Trump threatens to cut U.S. aid to Honduras over immigrants

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday threatened to withdraw funding and aid from Honduras if it does not stop a caravan of people that is heading to the United States.

"The United States has strongly informed the President of Honduras that if the large Caravan of people heading to the U.S. is not stopped and brought back to Honduras, no more money or aid will be given to Honduras, effective immediately!" Trump said on Twitter.

Up to 3,000 migrants crossed from Honduras into Guatemala on Monday on a trek northward, after a standoff with police in riot gear and warnings from Washington that migrants should not try to enter the United States illegally.

The crowd more than doubled in size from Saturday, when some 1,300 people set off from northern Honduras in what has been dubbed "March of the Migrant," an organizer said. The migrants plan to seek refugee status in Mexico or pass through to the United States.

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Sen. Dim Kaine: 'We've Got' to 'Fight in the Streets'

Commenting on how Democrats can strengthen their party by effectively targeting Trump administration policies they oppose, Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) said liberals must "fight in the courts, fight in the streets" and "fight at the ballot box."

On Tuesday morning's Morning Joe (MSNBC), co-host Mika Brzezinski asked, "So, broad question about the future of the Democratic Party, especially given your firsthand experience with what we've all been through. There's so much going on here that we clearly see, you know, places where you -- we can criticize what the administration is doing, but how does the party rebuild? How do you prevent overreach in a situation like this? How do you prevent a continuation of the bubble in a situation like this, and how does the party reclaim its reach across the country while fighting these battles?"

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Democrat Sen. Sherrod Brown Urges Amnesty for Illegals with Jobs

The federal government should stop enforcing deportation laws against illegal migrants who have jobs, Ohio Democrat Sen. Sherrod Brown said in a campaign debate with his GOP opponent, former Rep. Jim Renacci.

Even as Brown urging a national amnesty for illegal-immigrant workers and their children, he also said taxpayers should pay to repair the damages caused by the mass illegal-immigration which he supports.

The demand from the flood of illegal immigrants — up to 22 million nationwide — raises rents and real-estate prices, but Brown said housing is too expensive and the government should provide more cheap housing.

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GOP Senator Rescinds Praise of McCaskill, Asks Campaign to Remove Him From Ad

A Republican senator, whose compliment was featured in a Claire McCaskill campaign ad, rescinded his praise this week and asked the Missouri Democratic senator to remove his name and image from the ad.

The newest McCaskill ad, titled "Independence," trumpets her moderate record and her history of working across the aisle. "It's why Republican Senator Pat Roberts said, ‘if you want to pick somebody to work in a bipartisan manner … to get things done — you pick Claire McCaskill," the ad's narration says, over a picture of the Kansas Republican and McCaskill.

But Roberts, who has endorsed McCaskill's Republican opponent Josh Hawley, took back the remark and asked for his name, image, and quote to be removed from the ad.

"Senator Claire McCaskill’s days of bipartisanship are long over," Roberts said in a statementissued through the Hawley campaign. "On critical issues over the last year, I’ve watched her vote to raise taxes on Missourians and oppose conservative judges including Judge Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. I’m very disappointed that she’s sided with her party’s leadership and opposed the Trump Administration against the best interests of Missouri at every turn."

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TV reporter fired for wearing MAGA hat while covering Trump rally

A television reporter in southern Minnesota might need a new hat saying “Make Me Employed Again.”

James Bunner, a multimedia journalist for NBC affiliate KTTC-TV in Austin, was fired Friday, reportedly for wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat while covering President Trump’s rally in Rochester on Thursday.

As the rally got underway, images of Bunner wearing the bright red hat began appearing on Twitter

Noel Sederstrom, the station’s news director, told the Star Tribune of Minneapolis that the station’s policy does not allow staff members to wear apparel from political campaigns while covering stories.

Bunner had uploaded a video of himself appearing to celebrate while dancing in a newsroom on Trump’s inauguration day.

“Me watching the Trump inauguration,” he wrote in the description.

Sederstrom told BuzzFeed News that Bunner was fired for wearing the hat during Thursday’s rally, not because of the political views displayed on his social media pages.

Bunner doesn’t have a listed phone number and didn’t immediately return a social media message seeking comment Friday.

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A Viewer Writes: Salisbury University Coach Placed On Administrative Leave

Though it was interesting Salisbury University head basketball coach Andrew Sachs was put on administrative leave but no one knows why.

Mexico Vows to Stop Migrant Caravan If It Ignores Immigration Law

Mexico’s immigration authorities vowed to stop members of a migrant caravan consisting of roughly 1,300 individuals from Honduras trying to make their way north, eventually to the U.S. border. Those wanting to enter Mexico will have to follow immigration law or they will be turned back, officials say.

In a prepared statement, the National Immigration Institute (INM) claimed that members of the migrant caravan wanting to enter Mexico would have to request a visa through their consulate and follow immigration law. Those who refuse would be turned back.

Over the weekend, more than 1,300 migrants began an organized caravan in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, publicly claiming that their goal was the U.S. Border, Breitbart Texas reported. The caravan was apparently organized through social media and started on Saturday. By Monday, the group already entered Guatemala as they made their way toward the border with Mexico. The statements made by group members point to a lack of jobs and violence in Honduras as their reason to head north.

Most recently, President Donald Trump tweeted the federal government informed Honduras that if the caravan was not stopped reversed, the U.S. would stop all foreign aid to the nation.

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'Pull over NOW': Mom filmed whipping teen son with belt after he took her new BMW

Liza Campero's 14-year-old brother will at least have to go the rest of the year without his cell phone, PlayStation 4 and the door on his bedroom.

But the high school freshman from El Paso, Texas, rides into his punishment on a wave of social media attention after he went joyriding in his mother's new BMW last week.

In a series of now viral tweets, Campero filmed her furious mother as she intercepted the boy on the road like a hawk and whipped him with a belt near oncoming traffic.

The boy planned to sneak out with the car to see his girlfriend. But it appears he underestimated his mother's innate tracking ability.

"[My brother] was embarrassed at first," she said. "But he went back to school yesterday, and everybody tells him he's like a legend."

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Big Pharma Trying to Undermine Trump Drug Price Legislation

As the Trump administration pushes for drug price transparency, the pharmaceutical industry is already trying to subvert the coming changes.

On a Monday morning press call, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) CEO Stephen Ubl said they believe “just including list prices is not sufficient and would be misleading for several reasons.” He contends that since list prices rarely reflect what consumers actually pay through insurance, the price information could discourage patients from seeking needed medical attention.

Instead, PhRMA wants to provide in-ad links to websites that would reportedly feature a “drug’s list price, an expected range of possible patient out-of-pocket costs and financial support that is available to help consumers pay for their drugs.”

PhRMA’s move did not impress Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar, who does not believe this half-measure is nearly enough:

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"Why Don't You Go Kill Yourself?" - Two GOP Candidates Assaulted In Minnesota

Police say they've identified two suspects who allegedly attacked two Republican candidates for Minnesota's state legislature over the past week - attacks that have helped justify President Trump's warning that the Democratic Party has become the "party of Mob Rule" in the wake of the widespread outrage and street demonstrations provoked by the confirmation of SCOTUS Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

According to the National Review, Republican state representative Sarah Anderson was punched in the arm last week after confronting a man who was vandalizing lawn signs promoting Republican candidates. Over the weekend, Shane Mekeland, a first-time Republican candidate, received a concussion after he was sucker punched while speaking with constituents at a restaurant in his assembly district.

Republican state representative Sarah Anderson

Anderson said she was terrified by her assailant, who only backed off when she climbed back in her car and drove away.

"It was just insane. He was charging at me, saying, 'Why don’t you go kill yourself?' To have someone physically coming after you and attacking you is just disheartening."

Charges against the suspects, who have not been publicly identified, will likely be filed in the coming days, according to local police. Meanwhile, Mekeland has continued to suffer memory loss and sensitivity to light stemming from the concussion he received during the assault.

"I was so overtaken by surprise and shock, and if this is the new norm, this is not what I signed up for," Mekeland said.

The attacks occurred in the days after the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party suspended a member of its communications staff for a week after he wrote in a Facebook post that Democrats would [bring Republicans] to the guillotine" during the upcoming midterm election, per the Washington Free Beacon.

Mekeland expressed disappointment with Democrats for not condemning his attacker and for not doing more to punish the communications staffer.

"He's a political staffer so you'd think if anybody should know boundaries, I think that'd be it," he said.

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Most states facing confirmed or possible cases of polio-like illness

This year, more than half of all US states have had confirmed or possible cases of acute flaccid myelitis, the polio-like illness that can cause paralysis and mostly affects children, according to an exclusive CNN analysis.

In total, CNN found 47 confirmed cases and 49 more that were suspected or being investigated, for a total of 96.

CNN found that Colorado had 14 confirmed cases, more than any other state, followed by Texas with eight and Minnesota with six.

Acute flaccid myelitis, also called AFM, is a rare but serious condition that affects the nervous system, with a particular focus on the gray matter of the spinal cord.

The CDC has seen an increase in cases since August 2014. Although the cause remains a mystery in the majority of cases, the 2014 jump coincided with "a national outbreak of severe respiratory illness among people caused by enterovirus D68," though it wasn't found in all patients, according to the CDC.

Other enteroviruses have also been found in patients with AFM. For example, 11 of the Colorado cases of AFM this year have tested positive for EV A71, a rare type of enterovirus not usually seen in the US, rather in Asia and other parts of the world, according to state epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy.

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Treasury Dept Official Leaked Trump Associates’ Financial Records To BuzzFeed

A U.S. Treasury Department official was arrested Wednesday and charged with providing a reporter with sensitive reports related to suspicious banking transactions of several Trump associates.

Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, a senior official at Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), was arrested for leaking documents known as Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) that were cited in a series of news articles published by BuzzFeed News.

She is charged with one count of unauthorized disclosures of suspicious activity reports and one count of conspiracy to make unauthorized disclosures of suspicious activity reports. The case is being handled by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan.

According to a government complaint, Edwards leaked documents of banking records for former Trump associates Paul Manafort and Rick Gates. She also leaked financial reports ofMaria Butina, a Russian national indicted on charges of acting as an undercover Russian agent.

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Facebook Deletes Disabled Vet’s Page Without Warning — After Taking $300,000 for Ads

Facebook blacklisted the conservative news page run by disabled Air Force veteran Brian Kolfage with no warning or explanation — after he reportedly spent more than $300,000 on Facebook advertising.

On his new website which aims to put an end to social media censorship, Air Force veteran and triple-amputee Brian Kolfage explains who he is and the challenges he’s facing stating: “I’m a veteran of The United States Air Force. I was severely wounded in combat, on 9/11/2004 while serving in Iraq I lost both my legs entirely and my right hand. I’m the most severely wounded US Airman to survive.”

Kolfage continued: “I’m not a ‘conservative.’ I’m not a ‘liberal.’ I’m an American, with deep beliefs in what our country stands for. I proved this by vowing to protect and fighting for America greatest tenant: Free Speech. Many Americans have fought for these political freedoms … freedom of speech … and every American has enjoyed those freedoms… UNTIL TODAY. October 11th Facebook shut down thousands of Facebook accounts for their political opinions stating that they don’t have a ‘legitimate political argument’. STOP SOCIAL MEDIA CENSORSHIP NOW!”

Kolfage was the administrator of a number of Facebook pages, notably the pages Right Wing News and Military Grade Coffee, both of which were deleted recently as Facebook attempts to crack down on what it considers “misinformation” on the platform. Right Wing News had more than 3 million followers at the time of its blacklisting by Facebook.

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Two cops face dismissal after they fired at an unarmed teen driving a stolen car

Two Chicago police officers are facing dismissal after they fired on a stolen Jaguar being driven by an unarmed teen who was then killed by a third officer.

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson found that Officers Michael Coughlin Jr. and his partner that day, Jose Torres violated department rules when they fired on the Jaguar being driven by 18-year-old Paul O'Neal in July of 2016.

The case now goes to the Chicago Police Board which will determine which rules have been violated and if the officers should lose their jobs, according to theChicago Tribune.

While Torres and Coughlin's shots did not strike O'Neal, when the teen ditched the car and started running through backyards in the South Shore neighborhood, Officer Jose Diaz believed he was armed and fired at him.

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MeSioux Movement Mourns - When Warren Woke Up To A World Without Her

Elizabeth Warren’s national political career is over. And malignant narcissist that she is she keeps trying to score rhetorical points against Donald Trump, thinking if she can just get in a good one, she’ll stop being a laughing stock.

But, that’s not going to happen. She’s accumulating nicknames now at a rate that is faster than black men are leaving the Democrats.

Fauxcahontas

Lie-awatha

Last of the Fauxhicans

Fraudazuma

Fakeagawea

After being thoroughly rebuked by the Cherokee Nation for using her DNA results (which, by the way, make her more Aryan than Hitler) for cheap political purposes, Warren continues to debase herself stridently rallying her supporters to force Trump to pay up on his ‘bet’ with her that she is significantly Native American.

She went from possibly being of Cherokee origin to being the founding member of the Slapaho tribe.

Because, seriously, someone needs to slap some sense into her.

And if this incident proves anything it is that she’s surrounded by the worst political strategists this side of Hillary Clinton.

My dad used to say, “It is better to be thought an idiot than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.” Honestly that may be the longest sentence my dad ever spoke aloud.

It’s too bad Lizzie’s dad didn’t teach her that.

But, what’s truly awe-inspiring about this beginning of the Me Sioux Movement here is how unbelievably tone deaf Warren is to how things work in politics now.

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New York Forest Rangers stretched thin as state park tourism soars

Leaf-peeping season is peaking all over the Adirondacks and Catskills. As New Yorkers from the city and suburbs swarm to see nature's yearly show and get in a good hike or canoe trip, state forest rangers are concerned about managing more tourists and more land without additional rangers.

The New York State Forest Ranger force, part of the Department of Environmental Conservation, numbers around 134 across the state. Most are located in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks. Known as the Forest Preserve, this land is dedicated by legislation passed more than a century ago to remain "forever wild."

The Adirondack Park is nearly 6 million acres on its own — 2.6 million of that state parkland — the largest publicly protected area in the continental United States; the Catskills parkland adds another 700,000 acres. The state has actually added land to the preservation area in recent years. It's a great accomplishment, but one that has grown forest rangers' responsibilities but not their workforce.

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The Results Are In

State Department provided 'clearly false' statements, 'shocked' federal judge says

In a combative exchange at a hearing Friday in Washington, D.C., a federal judge unabashedly accused career State Department officials of lying and signing "clearly false" affidavits to derail a series of lawsuits seeking information about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email server and her handling of the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth said he was "shocked" and "dumbfounded" when he learned that the Department of Justice's Inspector General (IG) had granted immunity to former Clinton chief of staff Cheryl Mills during its investigation into the use of Clinton's server, according to a court transcript of his remarks.

"I had myself found that Cheryl Mills had committed perjury and lied under oath in a published opinion I had issued in a Judicial Watch case where I found her unworthy of belief, and I was quite shocked to find out she had been given immunity in — by the Justice Department in the Hillary Clinton email case," Lamberth said during Friday's hearing.

The DOJ IG, Michael Horowitz, noted in his report that it was "inconsistent with typical investigative strategy" for the FBI to allow Mills to sit in during the agency's interview of Clinton during the email probe, given that classified information traveled through Mills' personal email account. "[T]here are serious potential ramifications when one witness attends another witness’ interview," the IG wrote.

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MEF uncovers Obama-era scandal; Congress investigates

An investigative report by the Middle East Forum (MEF) has prompted the US House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to initiate an investigation into a 2014 decision by the Obama administration.

In 2004 the U.S. Treasury Department listed a Sudanese organization-- the Islamic Relief Agency (ISRA, aka the Islamic Africa Relief Agency)-- a “Specially-Designated Terrorist Organization”. It did so because ISRA provided "direct financial support" to Osama bin Laden; "was responsible for moving funds to the Palestinian territories for use in terrorist activities"; and “serve[s] as a conduit to Hamas.”

The Forum’s Sam Westrop exposed in National Review that in 2014, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) approved a $200,000 grant to the Islamic Relief Agency (ISRA) in Sudan through World Vision, Inc.

The project was temporarily suspended in November 2014 after USAID and the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) were alerted to ISRA’s terror links.

However, even after confirming ISRA’s status as a sanctioned entity, OFAC nonetheless authorized a $125,000 transfer to ISRA in May 2015, after “close collaboration and consultations with the Department of State.”

The Forum’s findings resulted from a successful Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against USAID, countless hours poring through documents, and working with an investigator in Khartoum.

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Georgia Democrats Cry Racism to Mask Voter Fraud

In news even less surprising than Democrat Sen. Elizabeth “Fauxcahontas” Warren’s DNA test showing she is 99.9% white, the Georgia Democrat Party is using accusations of racism and voter suppression as a smokescreen to hide their own efforts at voter fraud.

Georgia’s Democrat/Socialist gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has filed a lawsuit claiming Georgia’s Secretary of State (and Republican gubernatorial candidate) Brian Kemp has disenfranchised 53,000 mostly minority voters by flagging their voter applications pending verification under Georgia’s so-called “Exact Match” law.

Where to begin?

First, and most importantly, the law does not prevent anyone from voting. Democrats claim that a simple spelling discrepancy is enough to prevent a voter from casting a ballot, but that is a blatant lie. In fact, the phrase “exact match” appears nowhere in the law.

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Why Require Voter ID?

With the midterms less than a month away, the idea of election integrity should be on everyone’s minds. Unfortunately, Democrats and their Leftmedia super PAC would have us believe that voter fraud is a myth concocted by the Right to keep minorities from voting. Instead, they would rather focus on the phantom Trump-Russia collusion story that has been refuted by all but the most rabid anti-Trump leftists.

For Democrats, it’s easy to believe that Russian ads on Facebook can swing an election away from Hillary Clinton. The idea that the millions of duplicate and dead voters on the nation’s electoral rolls could be unduly swinging elections, however, is a bridge too far.

Judicial Watch’s Election Integrity Project released a report last year that found that America’s voter rolls were in chaos. By crunching numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and the federal Election Assistance Commission, Judicial Watch discovered that there were 3.5 million more registered voters than actual eligible adult voters in the United States.

Think that might be relevant again with the November midterms around the corner?

National Review’s Deroy Murdock took a deep dive into the numbers...

Judge Maciarello Clears The Air On Daily Times Mistake


Matt Maciarello

Good evening friends. Today the Daily Times published a story about President Trump and Attorney General Brian Frosh. In the story the paper used my picture which was placed next to a large print, anti-Trump quote from former Attorney General Doug Gansler. As I have received numerous calls and texts about the confusion this caused, I am hoping my friends will spread the word that I did not make any such comment about President Trump and would never comment publicly about individuals running for office or those holding office. (To do so would be a breach of judicial ethics and protocol.) The Daily Times has apologized for their error and the confusion this caused and I accept it—mistakes happen and to err is human!


Publishers Notes: Don't sweat it Matt, barely anyone gets that paper any more.

Supreme Court to hear a case that could determine whether socials can censor their users

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that could determine whether users can challenge social media companies on free speech grounds.

The case, Manhattan Community Access Corp. v. Halleck, No. 17-702, centers on whether a private operator of a public access television network is considered a state actor, which can be sued for First Amendment violations.

The case could have broader implications for social media and other media outlets-- in particular, a broad ruling from the high court could open the country's largest technology companies up to First Amendment lawsuits.

That could shape the ability of companies like Facebook, Twitter and Alphabet's Google to control the content on their platforms as lawmakers clamor for more regulation and activists on the left and right spar over issues related to censorship and harassment.

The Supreme Court accepted the case on Friday.

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U.S. Returns To #1 In Economic Category For First Time Since 2008

The United States returned to the top spot as the most competitive country in the world for the first time since 2008 after it made the second highest overall gain from the previous year's ranking from the World Economic Forum.

The top five countries were the U.S., Singapore, Germany, Switzerland, and Japan — all of which saw their scores increase in 2017, The Wall Street Journal reported.

"Economic recovery is well underway, with the global economy projected to grow almost 4% in 2018 and 2019,” the report stated, adding that "recovery remains vulnerable to a range of risks and potential shocks."

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Liberal profs launch campaign to pack Supreme Court

Less than a month after the confirmation of Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh entrenched a 5-4 conservative majority on the Supreme Court, leading law professors are urging Democrats to expand the size of all of the nation's federal courts and pack them with liberals.

Far-left Harvard professors Mark Tushnet and Laurence Tribe are lending their support to the so-called "1.20.21 Project," which was launched by political science professor Aaron Belkin on Wednesday to counter "Republican obstruction, theft and procedural abuse" of the federal judiciary.

That rhetoric reflects the professors' apparent surprise after Democrats lost the 2016 presidential election, which they had hoped would allow the party to continue appointing liberal judges and justices.

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Kicked Her To The Curb, Eh...


Bring It On...


When Will We Stop These Liberals?


Yeah, Uh Huh!


Idiot!


Very Creative!


Dan Said It Was Going To Be Like This...


Overdose Deaths in Maryland Continue to Increase, while Wicomico County Experiences a Decrease

(Salisbury, MD) On Friday October 12, 2018, The Maryland Department of Health released the second quarter Unintentional Drug and Alcohol Related Intoxication Death report which documented an 11% increase in overdose deaths in the state of Maryland when compared to the same time period last year (January-June 2018). Although the state is seeing an overall increase, Wicomico County is seeing a reduction in lives lost, dropping from 19 lives lost from January to June of 2017, to 17 lives lost from January to June of 2018.

This report came on the same day Wicomico County recognized and honored lives lost due to overdose in our community, at the County’s rescheduled Overdose Awareness Day event. Over two hundred people were given access to community resources and Naloxone trainings in an attempt to educate and raise awareness around this important topic.

“It is events such as these that aid in reducing the number of overdoses experienced in Wicomico County. Not only are we providing resources to the community, we are humanizing those individuals struggling with the disease of addiction in an attempt to break the surrounding stigma,” states Christina Bowie-Simpson, Opioid Coordinator for Wicomico County. Prevention and treatment efforts continue to be a priority for the County with hopes that lives lost to addiction will continue to decrease.

If you or someone you love is struggling with a substance use disorder, you can find help at BeforeItsTooLateMD.org or by calling 211 and pressing 1. You can also contact the Community Outreach Addictions Team (COAT) at 443-783-6875.

Indiana Man Shows His Appreciation To a Convoy of Soldiers By Paying Their Entire Tab

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Poland, Austria to Quit UN Migration Compact: ‘We Want Poles to Be Safe in Their Own Country’

“We as the Republic of Austria can decide for ourselves on migration issues.”

Austria may join the U.S. and Hungary in withdrawing from the United Nations (UN) migration pact, Sebastian Kurz has said, following news that Poland is preparing to quit the agreement over security concerns.

At a press conference Wednesday, the Austrian leader cited concern over sovereignty relating to the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, which claims that huge movements of people across borders are “inevitable, necessary, and desirable”.

“We view some of the points in this agreement very critically. We will therefore do everything to maintain the sovereignty of our country and ensure that we as the Republic of Austria can decide for ourselves on migration issues,” Reuters reported the Chancellor as saying.

Speaking after a cabinet meeting, Kurz told journalists that the Danish government has expressed similar concerns over the agreement, which was previously signed by all UN member nations except the U.S., which withdrew last year.

Vice-chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache, from the populist Freedom Party, added that the government is looking into the legal implications of the document.

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I Watched ‘Gosnell.’ Here Are My 5 Takeaways.

After I saw “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer,” I was disheartened—and at same time, incredibly thankful.

I’m thankful because finally, the horrific true story of Kermit Gosnell, the late-term Philadelphia abortionist who went to prison after being convicted in connection with the deaths of three babies, is being told.

But I’m depressed that such a story even exists.

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EPIC! Kayne West Exposes Mind-Control Tactics of the Democrat Party’s Corrupt Media and Entertainment Mob

In an Epic Twitter Soliloquy, Kayne West Exposes the Mind-Control Tactics of the Democrat Party’s Corrupt Media and Entertainment Mob

Americans have frequently witnessed different versions of the Democrat Party ‘s political mobs, which take different forms and utilize different means to intimidate their targets, from the overtly violent paid protesters known as Antifa, who are currently threatening ICE Agents along innocent bystanders in Portland, OR, to the paid professional agitators that make up much of the Women’s March and Code Pink, who recently besieged Senators during Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation process.

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Trump snubs Feinstein, Harris to nominate conservative judges to liberal 9th Circuit

President Trump is plowing ahead to fill three vacancies on the liberal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, brushing aside Democratic resistance to nominate conservative judges.

Presidents traditionally work with senators from judicial nominees' home state -- in this case, California -- to put forward judicial picks. They often seek what's known as a "blue slip," or an opinion from those senators.

But in a snub to California Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, the White House announced Wednesday that Trump had nominated Patrick Bumatay, Daniel Collins and Kenneth Kiyul Lee (all from the Golden State, and reportedly all members of the conservative Federalist Society) to the influential circuit. The court, with a sprawling purview representing nine Western states, has long been a thorn in the side of the Trump White House, with rulings against the travel ban and limits on funding to "sanctuary cities."

GOP critics have branded the court the “Nutty 9th,” in part because many of its rulings have been overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Sacramento Bee reported that White House officials had been negotiating with Feinstein and Harris about the appointments earlier in the year, but the dialogue collapsed over the summer.

Any working relationship is likely only to have soured further after Harris and Feinstein led the charge on the Senate Judiciary Committee against the confirmation of now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. In particular, Trump and Republicans accused Feinstein of withholding information about an allegation of sexual assault against Kavanaugh until after the hearings were over. Both Feinstein and Harris voted against Kavanaugh's nomination, joined by all but one Democratic senator.

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Six Ways Nancy Pelosi Aims to Take Away Firearm Freedoms

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) believes securing gun control is more important than continuing to win elections and she supports numerous controls that will she undoubtedly pursue if Democrats gain control of the House.

The Washington Times reported that Pelosi reacted to the February 14, 2018, Parkland high school shooting by stressing that securing more gun control is a “higher [priority] than winning the next election.” In other words, she expressed willingness to trade her political career for the opportunity to restrict Americans’ Second Amendment rights.

Here are six gun controls Pelosi is certain to pursue if Democrats take control of Congress:

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NETWORK OF GARBAGE: CNN Attacks Kanye Using Dead Mom, Mental Health, Wife's Ex-Lover

Every day is a new low for CNN.

The far-left network has launched a smear campaign against rapper Kanye West over his support for President Donald Trump, using racial slurs to attack him and suggesting that he is mentally ill.

The attack started on Tuesday when CNN host Don Lemon led a panel that mocked West — while Lemon laughed.

"Kanye West is what happens when Negroes don’t read," CNN’s Bakari Sellers said.

CNN’s Tara Setmayer declared West to be "the token Negro of the Trump administration," adding that "no one should be taking Kanye West seriously" because "he clearly has issues, he’s already been hospitalized."

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Wanted Subject Escapes Courthouse-Georgetown

Georgetown - The Delaware State Police and Delaware Capitol Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a subject after he escaped from the Sussex County Courthouse, located at 1 The Circle, Georgetown this afternoon.

The incident occurred at approximately 12:00 p.m., on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 when 24-year-old Ronald N. Stow escaped from the custody of the Delaware Capitol Police while being detained for the Delaware State Police. At the time of the escape, Stow was wanted on criminal warrants out of Troop 7 for Burglary 2nd degree, Unlawful Use of a Payment Card and Theft from a victim over 62 years of age.

The Delaware Capitol Police currently have an active warrant for Stow on Escape 3rd charges.

Stow was last seen operating a black Ford Focus with Delaware registration 376330, traveling eastbound on S. Bedford Street, Georgetown.

Ronald N. Stow is described as a white male, 5’07” tall, 103 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes.

If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of Ronald N. Stow they are asked to call 9-1-1 immediately. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://delaware.crimestoppersweb.com

'Something big is happening'

President Trump said Monday that he sees another groundswell of support for him building, and he promised “something big is happening.”

“The crowds at my Rallies are far bigger than they have ever been before, including the 2016 election,” the president tweeted.

His assessment of voter energy comes just three weeks before the Nov. 6 midterm elections when Republican control of the House and Senate are on the line.

“Never an empty seat in these large venues, many thousands of people watching screens outside. Enthusiasm & Spirit is through the roof. SOMETHING BIG IS HAPPENING - WATCH!” he tweeted.

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Hugin Calls Out Menendez As ‘Hypocrite’ For Believing Ford But Not His Own Underage Accusers

New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez is being called out as a “hypocrite” in an ad released by his Republican opponent Bob Hugin for believing Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s sexual assault accuser even though Menendez faced allegations of sexual relations with minors.

The ad comes as Menendez was one of the first senators to publicly say he believedChristine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Kavanaugh of high school-era sexual assault. After an FBI investigation could not find corroborating evidence of the claims, Menendez said “if that’s an investigation, it’s a bullsh*t investigation.”

However, years prior, a Department of Justice investigation against Menendez turned up with “corroborating evidence” that Menendez and a South Florida eye doctor, Salomon Melgen, used underage prostitutes in the Dominican Republic. An FBI investigation, however, did not find corroborating evidence on this specific claim.

In the ad released Monday, Hugin calls out Menendez for his hypocrisy in relation to the two issues, asking Menendez about the underage girls who accused him of sexual misconduct and why their voices do not deserve to be heard.

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Woman is mauled to death by her own pit bull inside a Washington DC home

A woman from Washington DC lost her life on Sunday after being mauled by her own pet pit bull inside the family's home.

DC Fire and EMS responded to a home in the 1300 block of Dexter Terrace Southeast in our nation's capital shortly after 6.30pm for a report of a dog attack.

The victim, identified on Monday as 55-year-old Angela Smith, was taken to a hospital to be treated for life-threatening injuries, but she was pronounced dead a short time later.

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West Virginia Is In A Full Blown Constitutional Crisis

West Virginia is in the grips of a constitutional crisis, as the state’s highest court effectively ended an impeachment proceeding against one of its own members.

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals ruled that the state legislature exceeded its authority in impeaching its own chief justice, Margaret Workman, for violations of the state judicial conduct code. Should Workman be removed from office, she would become the fourth justice in as many months to leave the court in disgrace.

West Virginia’s Supreme Court has been in a state of disarray since the summer. A full complement of duly elected justices sat on the court in June of this year: Workman and Justices Robin Jean Davis, Menis Ketchum, Beth Walker and Allen Loughry. Since then,Loughry and Ketchum have been convicted on fraud charges in federal court, Davis retired to avoid an impeachment trial, and Workman and Walker were impeached by the state legislature.

GOP Gov. Jim Justice appointed two interim justices to the vacant Davis and Ketchum seats in August. Workman appointed a third acting justice to replace Loughry.

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Cornell professor: Media headlines 'overstate' Elizabeth Warren's DNA test results

The press is making too much of the DNA test results revealed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, thatpurport to show she likely does have a distant ancestor who was Native American, according to Cornell Law professor William Jacobson.

Jacobson writes for the conservative blog Legal Insurrection and has attempted to trace Warren's lineage for years. He argued Monday that the results, which Warren released and had published in the Boston Globe, merely show she may have one single ancestor of Native American heritage six generations or more ago but said that report is not conclusive and that it would be inaccurate to say she proved her claims of lineage.

"Despite the weakness and speculative nature of the findings, media headlines are achieving Warren’s intended purpose of acting as if this is conclusive," wrote Jacobson.

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'Hyper-alarming' study shows massive insect loss

Insects around the world are in a crisis, according to a small but growing number of long-term studies showing dramatic declines in invertebrate populations. A new report suggests that the problem is more widespread than scientists realized. Huge numbers of bugs have been lost in a pristine national forest in Puerto Rico, the study found, and the forest's insect-eating animals have gone missing, too.

In 2014, an international team of biologists estimated that, in the past 35 years, the abundance of invertebrates such as beetles and bees decreased by 45 percent. In places where long-term insect data are available, mainly in Europe, insect numbers are plummeting. A study last year showed a 76 percent decrease in flying insects in the past few decades in German nature preserves.

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HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION DAY SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2018 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Salisbury, MD ...Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver is pleased to announce that County residents will have an opportunity to dispose of hazardous household waste at no charge on Saturday, October 20, 2018, at the Newland Park Landfill. The hours for "Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day" are 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The event is open to residents of Wicomico County and participants should bring a valid proof of residence such as a driver's license. The Landfill will be accepting the following:

Gasoline Gas/Oil mixes
Fuels Acids Cleaners
Solvents Automotive Fluids
Bleach Ammonia
Batteries (all types) Household Smoke Detectors
Asbestos Pool Chemicals
Dark Room Chemicals Household & Lawn & Garden Pesticides
Insecticides & Herbicides Painting Products
Compressed Gas Propane cylinders (30 gallons and under) Oil Based Paint
Paint Thinner Thermometer (mercury)
Turpentine Wood Preservatives
Wood Stripping Chemicals

The Landfill will not be accepting the following:

Commercial, Industrial or Farm Waste Explosives
Ammunition (handled by Fire Marshall) Medical Waste
Radioactive Material

Landfill officials suggest that participants pre-arrange large loads.
Empty fuel containers may be returned upon request and the staff will assist to unload vehicles.
For more information, please contact the Newland Park Landfill at 410-548-4935.

Closing in on Clinton-Justice Dept. Russia collusion conspiracy

Congressional Republicans are collecting evidence to show an extensive, election year, anti-Trump conspiracy between Hillary Clinton operatives such as Fusion GPS and Barack Obama appointees at the Justice Department and the FBI.

The investigation took a new turn last week. Fusion co-founder Glenn Simpson decided to invoke the Fifth Amendment rather than testify under subpoena before a special House Republican task force.

The Republicans see Mr. Simpson as the key middleman between Justice and the Clinton campaign. He orchestrated the Democrat-financed dossier on which the FBI built its early investigation of candidate Donald Trump. Republicans believe the unproven dossier, with its charge of extensive Trump-Russia collusion, is a sham perpetrated by Democrats and the press.

“Glenn Simpson was an absolutely essential figure in launching the entire Russia collusion hoax,” a Republican congressional staffer told The Washington Times.

Mr. Simpson decided to invoke his Fifth Amendment rights during the same week that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein balked at testifying. Republicans want information about his May 2017 meeting with then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. He said in a memo that Mr. Rosenstein talked of secretly recording the president, The New York Times reported.

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WCSO Press Releases - Oct. 17, 2018


Incident: Attempted First Degree Murder
Date of Incident: 10 October 2018
Location: 27000 block of Pemberton Drive, Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Samuel Jesus Gomez, 29, Salisbury, MD
Narrative: On 10 October 2018 at 3:18 PM, a deputy responded to a reported altercation in the 27000 block of Pemberton Drive. Upon arrival the deputy learned that an employee, Samuel Gomez, became embroiled in an argument with a coworker during which Gomez produced a knife. According to witnesses, Gomez lunged at this co-worker with the knife before other co-workers restrained him. The investigating deputy interviewed the victim regarding this incident and received the same information as provided by the witnesses.
As Gomez had left the scene prior to the deputy’s arrival, a warrant was obtained for Gomez’ arrest.
Gomez was located at approximately 2100 hrs. and was taken into custody. The arresting deputy transported Gomez to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. Following an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained Gomez without bond in the Detention Center.
Charges: Attempted 1st Degree Murder, Assault 1st Degree, Dangerous Weapon, Reckless Endangerment 

 
Incident: Assault on a Deputy
Date of Incident: 10 October 2018
Location: 800 block of Booth Street, Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Willdelys Morales Otero, 27, Salisbury, MD
Narrative: On 10 October 2018 at 9:04 PM, deputies were in the 800 block of Booth Street attempting to locate the suspect in a previously reported assault on Pemberton Drive. During this ensuing investigation, the deputy was conducting a search of a vehicle for evidence pertinent to the investigation when the operator of the vehicle, Willdelys Otero, took umbrage with the search. During the subsequent attempt to calm a boisterous and disorderly Otero, she scratched one of the deputies with her car keys and spit on another one.
Otero was placed under arrest and transported to the Central Booking Unit where she was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. Following an initial appearance, the Commissioner released Otero on Personal Recognizance.
Charges: Assault 2nd Degree on a Law Enforcement Officer, Assault 2nd Degree, Disturbance of the Peace 


Incident: Assault
Date of Incident: 10 October 2018
Location: 1800 block of Thomas Lane, Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Steavon T. Williams, 24, Salisbury, MD
Narrative: On 10 October 2018 at 8:45 PM a deputy investigated a reported altercation at a residence in the 1800 block of Thomas Lane. Upon arrival, the deputy learned that a female victim became embroiled in an argument with her estranged husband, Steavon Williams, when he allegedly assaulted her. During the investigation the deputy observed signs of injury that corroborated her account.
The deputy placed Williams under arrest and transported him to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. Following an initial appearance, the Commissioner released Williams on a $2,500.00 unsecured bond.
Charges: Assault 2nd Degree 


Incident: Pursuit
Date of Incident: 13 October 2018
Location: Wicomico County
Suspect: Marcus Cornelius Maddox, 36, Cambridge, MD
Narrative: On 13 October 2018 at 12:51 PM, a deputy on patrol on Olivia Street in Salisbury initiated a traffic stop of a vehicle after observing the driver and sole occupant later identified as Marcus Maddox involved in suspicious activity. Maddox pulled over but quickly pulled away as the deputy approached the side of Maddox’ vehicle. During the maneuver by Maddox, the deputy had to jump out of the way to avoid being struck by the fleeing vehicle.
The deputy imitated a pursuit that ultimately lead to Ocean Gateway westbound. Upon the pursuit reaching western Wicomico County, Maddox crossed over Ocean Gateway and attempted to elude the deputy while driving westbound in the eastbound lanes.
Maddox exited onto Marsh Road and continued westbound to elude the deputy. Maddox did not realize he was heading down a road that dead-ended at a barricade just prior to the Nanticoke River. Maddox crashed into that barricade.
Maddox attempted to flee through the adjacent wetlands but was soon encouraged to return to dry land at which point he was taken into custody. Following his arrest, Maddox was transported to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. Following an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained Maddox in the Detention Center without bond.
Charges: Assault 1st Degree / Attempt to Flee and Elude / Driving Without a License / Speeding / Negligent Driving / Reckless Driving / Unsafe Lane Changing / Driving Off Roadway While Passing / Following Too Closely / Failure to Stop at Stop Sign / Failure to Stop for Red Signal 


Incident: Possession of Crack Cocaine
Date of Incident: 15 October 2018
Location: Lake Street at King Street, Salisbury, MD
Suspects:
Remere Tyrez Moise, 20, Salisbury, MD
Aziz Nalla Seck, 19, Salisbury, MD
Narrative: On 15 October 2018 at 1:37 PM, a deputy stopped a vehicle operated by Remere Moise for an equipment violation on Lake Street. Upon contacting Moise, the deputy discovered that he was operating on a learner’s permit and his passenger, Aziz Seck, did not have a license at all. During this encounter, the deputy detected the odor of marijuana emanating from within the vehicle and observed paraphernalia in plain view.
During a subsequent search of the vehicle, the deputy located a baggie of what he identified as crack cocaine in the glove box.
The deputy placed both Moise and Seck under arrest and transported them to the Central Booking Unit where they were processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. Following an initial appearance, the Commissioner released Moise on a $5,000.00 unsecured bond while releasing Seck on Personal Recognizance.
Charges: Possession of Crack Cocaine