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Thursday, March 08, 2018

A Homeless Man's Truck Is His Home, Judge Rules In Seattle

In a case that may have a significant implications for Seattle's fast-growing homeless population, a King County Superior Court judge ruled on Friday that the pickup truck a man was living in was his home.

The case concerns a 57-year-old man named Steven Long, whose pickup was impounded because it was improperly parked and he didn't move it every 72 hours. Long was living in the truck while working as a janitor at CenturyLink Field, and he said the vehicle wasn't running well enough to move it.

Because of Washington's frontier-era homestead law, the judge's ruling means the city can't impound the truck. The judge also ordered the city to refund the fees Long was levied for the towing and impoundment, saying Seattle violated constitutional protections against excessive fines.


Patients Like Hospital Care At Home, But Some Insurers Are Skeptical

Phyllis Petruzzelli spent the week before Christmas struggling to breathe. When she went to the emergency department on Dec. 26, the doctor at Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital, near her home in Boston's Jamaica Plain neighborhood, said she had pneumonia and needed hospitalization.

Then the doctor proposed something that made Petruzzelli nervous: Instead of being admitted to the hospital, she could go back home and let the hospital come to her.

As a "hospital-at-home" patient, Petruzzelli learned, she would get home visits from doctors and nurses who would come twice a day and perform any needed tests or bloodwork.

A wireless patch, a little bigger than her index finger, would be affixed to her skin to track her vital signs and send a steady stream of data to the hospital. If she had any questions, she could talk face-to-face via video chat anytime with a nurse or doctor at the hospital.


What You Might Not Realize About The Benefits Of Hand-Washing

OK, so maybe you're one of those people who don't wash their hands even after going to the bathroom because your dad never did and he never got sick.

Or you think a three-second hand scrub is more than enough.

Or you squirt on some hand-sanitizer and figure you've done your duty.

I have some news for you.

There's a new study out on norovirus and the role hand-washing can play in stopping an outbreak.

To sum it up: Wash up!

Norovirus is responsible for roughly 1 in 5 cases worldwide of acute gastroenteritis.The symptoms are pretty horrible: nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. And it's very, very, very contagious. It takes only one particle to infect a human, compared to roughly 50 to 100 particles of flu virus.


Breaking News: North Korea's leader invited President Trump to meet for nuclear negotiations.

Mr. Trump is said to have accepted, a breathtaking gamble.

North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, has invited President Trump to meet for negotiations over its nuclear program, an audacious diplomatic overture that would bring together two strong-willed, idiosyncratic leaders who have traded threats of war.

The South Korean official, Chung Eui-yong, who conveyed the invitation told reporters that Mr. Trump had accepted it and would meet with Mr. Kim by May.

Investigation Into Generic Drug Price Fixing Set To Widen

Forty-five states and the Department of Justice are claiming that generic drug prices are fixed, and the alleged collusion may have cost U.S. business and consumers more than $1 billion.

In their complaint, prosecutors say that when pharmacies asked drug makers for their lowest price, the manufactures would rig the bidding process.

"The companies would work out in advance who would get the lowest price and then the other competitors may put in what we would call a cover bid," says Michael Cole, who heads the antitrust department at the Connecticut Attorney General's office. (Such bids give the appearance of competitive bidding.)

Through subpoenas, his team has assembled millions of texts, emails and phone calls between 2012 and 2015. The prosecutors say the records show executives divvying up customers, setting prices and giving the illusion that generic pharmaceuticals were transacted in an open and fair marketplace.


Nordstrom rejects $8.4B Buyout Deal, says it's too low

A rejected takeover bid that valued Nordstrom at about $8.4 billion is pitting the department-store chain's board against its top executives.

After the company's founding family put together an offer of about $50 a share in cash, Nordstrom's independent directors spurned the deal on Monday, saying the price was too low. The board members, who formed a special committee to evaluate a possible transaction, warned the would-be buyers to quickly increase their offer or move on.


Washington becomes 1st state to approve net-neutrality rules

Setting up a likely legal fight with the Trump administration, Washington has become the first state to enact its own net-neutrality requirements after U.S. regulators repealed Obama-era rules designed to keep the internet an even playing field.

“We know that when D.C. fails to act, Washington state has to do so,” Gov. Jay Inslee said Monday before signing the bipartisan measure that banned internet providers from blocking content or interfering with online traffic.

The new law also requires internet providers to disclose information about their management practices, performance and commercial terms. Violations would be enforceable under the state’s Consumer Protection Act.


Kunstler Warns: "Enjoy The Last Few Weeks Of Relative Normality"

Personally, I believe that the plodding, implacable Robert Mueller, white knight of the Deep State, will flush the Golden Golem of Greatness out of office, probably on some sort of money-laundering rap having nothing to do with “Russian meddling.” Anderson Cooper will have a multiple orgasm. Rachel Maddow will don a yellow hard-hat and chain-saw a scale model of Mar-a-Lago to the glee of her worshippers. The #Resistance will dance in the streets. And then what?

I doubt that Mr. Trump will go gracefully. Rather he’ll dig in and fight even if it means fomenting a constitutional crisis. He’ll challenge Mr. Mueller on veering into matters unrelated to alleged Russian pranks in the 2016 election. He may well attempt the self-pardoning gambit. He will have a lot of support out in the Deplorable gloaming. But, at some point, I expect a bipartisan consensus to emerge in congress that the guy has got to go. He’s making it impossible to conduct even the routines of bribery and domestic collusion that Washington exists for. Nobody is getting paid — at least not the bonuses they’re accustomed to seeing.


Danish Prime Minister unveils plans to eradicate ghettos by 2030

The Danish government has put forward plans to tackle social problems in urban areas it defines as 'ghettos' in the latest of a series of tough measures designed to integrate immigrants.

The centre-right government's 'One Denmark without parallel societies - no ghettos by 2030' policy unveiled on Thursday has 22 proposals, including reducing benefits for immigrants who move into ghettos.

'The ghettos must disappear. We will take control of who moves. In particularly burdened areas, we will punish criminality extra hard . . . It needs a historic change in the method in which we deal with these problems,' Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said while presenting the plan during a visit with ministers to the Mjolnerparken ghetto in Copenhagen.


Tor Project "Almost 100% Funded By The US Government": FOIA

The Tor Project - a private nonprofit known as the "NSA-proof" gateway to the "dark web," turns out to be almost "100% funded by the US government" according to documents obtained by investigative journalist and author Yasha Levine.

The Tor browser, launched in 2001, utilizes so-called "onion routing" technology developed by the US Navy in 1998 to provide anonymity over computer networks.

In a recent blog post, Levine details how he was able to obtain roughly 2,500 pages of correspondence via FOIA requests while performing research for a book. The documents include strategy, contract, budgets and status updates between the Tor project and its primary source of funding; a CIA spinoff known as the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), which "oversees America's foreign broadcasting operations like Radio Free Asia and Radio Free Europe."

By following the money, I discovered that Tor was not a grassroots. I was able to show that despite its indie radical cred and claims to help its users protect themselves from government surveillance online, Tor was almost 100% funded by three U.S. National Security agencies: the Navy, the State Department and the BBG. Following the money revealed that Tor was not a grassroots outfit, but a military contractor with its own government contractor number. In other words: it was a privatized extension of the very same government that it claimed to be fighting.

The documents conclusively showed that Tor is not independent at all. The organization did not have free reign to do whatever it wanted, but was kept on a very short leash and bound by contracts with strict contractual obligations. It was also required to file detailed monthly status reports that gave the U.S. government a clear picture of what Tor employees were developing, where they went and who they saw. -Yasha Levine


White South African farmers to be removed from their land

White South African farmers will be removed from their land after a landslide vote in parliament.

The country's constitution is now likely to be amended to allow for the confiscation of white-owned land without compensation, following a motion brought by radical Marxist opposition leader Julius Malema.

It passed by 241 votes for to 83 against after a vote on Tuesday, and the policy was a key factor in new president Cyril Ramaphosa's platform after he took over from Jacob Zuma in February.

Mr Malema said the time for 'reconciliation is over'. 'Now is the time for justice,' News24 reported.

'We must ensure that we restore the dignity of our people without compensating the criminals who stole our land.'


Prisons Of Pleasure Or Pain: Huxley's "Brave New World" Vs. Orwell's "1984"

Many Americans today would quite possibly consider Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” to be a utopia of sorts with its limitless drugs, guilt-free sex, perpetual entertainment and a genetically engineered society designed for maximum economic efficiency and social harmony.

Conversely, most free people today would view Orwell’s “1984” as a dystopian nightmare, and shudder to contemplate the terrifying existence under the iron fist of “Big Brother”; the ubiquitous figurehead of a perfectly totalitarian government.

Although both men were of British descent, Huxley was nine years older than Orwell and published Brave New World in 1932, seventeen years before 1984 was released in 1949. Both books are widely considered classics and are included in the Modern Library’s top ten great novels of the twentieth century.


Steven Mosher on Trade Deficit: China ‘Might as Well Have Carpet Bombed the American Heartland’

Richard Nixon had “created a monster” by opening America and the West to China, said bestselling author and Asia expert Steven Mosher in a Wednesday interview on SiriusXM’sBreitbart News Tonight with Senior Editor-at-Large Rebecca Mansour.

“I think allowing China into the World Trade Organization must rank as one of the greatest strategic blunders made by any great power in human history,” said Mosher, framing modern trade policies towards China as sowing the seeds of a rival state’s geopolitical ascendance.

Mosher, the author of Bully of Asia: Why China’s Dream is the New Threat to World Order, explained that the Chinese state does not operate in good faith in trade arrangements.


Rand Paul wants to repeal federal gun-free school zones

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., introduced legislation on Thursday that would repeal a 1990 law banning guns from school zones, a move that fits with his push to arm teachers and other school personnel so they can prevent school shootings like the one that took place in Florida last month.

Paul's bill would repeal the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 and all amendments to that law.

The law bans weapons in and around all public and private K-12 schools, with limited exceptions. Its supporters say the law is needed to reduce violence at schools.

But Paul is a long-time advocate of allowing some teachers to be armed, and has argued along with other conservatives that current law makes schools easy targets for mass shootings.

In early 2013, just weeks after the Sandy Hook shooting that left 26 people dead, including 20 elementary school kids, Paul said it was time to arm teachers.


South Africa's Future: A Communist Induced Famine

Democrats Brag About Gun Control In Baltimore

Baltimore is the most dangerous city in America, according to a new study by USA Today, with 55.8 murders per 100,000 residents. In spite of that fact, the Maryland Democratic Party is touting the “assault weapons ban” the party implemented in 2013 as a way to raise money. “Will USA follow MD’s lead?” asks a fundraising email from Maryland Democratic Party Chairwoman Kathleen Matthews.

The fundraising email from Matthews, wife of MSNBC personality Chris Matthews, reads, “Following the tragic Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, Democrats in Maryland passed one of the toughest assault weapons bans in the country.”

“Now, as young people in Parkland are leading the Never Again movement against gun violence, all of Maryland’s Democratic members of Congress are united against the NRA and their Republican cronies in the fight to pass an assault weapons ban to protect all Americans.”



Common sense dictates that illegal immigrants who have both entered our country illegally then proceeded to commit crimes should be turned over to the proper federal authorities. Maryland should not protect criminal illegal immigrants.

JOIN ME IN TAKING ACTION: I am the sponsor of HB 1308, Keep Our Communities Safe Act of 2018. This bill will require law enforcement to turn over illegal immigrants who have been convicted of a crime to ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) if asked. The bill hearing for HB 1308 is on March 13 in the House Judiciary Committee.

Please add your signature to the petition if you agree and SAY NO TO SANCTUARY STATE STATUS

Uncle Sam must rein in retirement benefits or we’re headed for economic disaster

The American polity recently tore itself apart debating the morality of adding $1.5 trillion in tax cuts to the national debt. Yet the $82 trillion avalanche of Social Security and Medicare deficits that will come over the next three decades elicits a collective shrug. Future historians — and taxpayers — are unlikely to forgive our casual indifference to what has been called “the most predictable economic crisis in history.”

Over the next 30 years, according to data from the Congressional Budget Office, Medicare will run a $40 trillion cash deficit, Social Security will run a $19 trillion cash deficit and the interest on the resulting program debt will be $23 trillion. (To inflation-adjust these figures, trim by one-third.)

CBO projects that, over the next 30 years, the national debt will grow from $20 trillion to $92 trillion ($52 trillion after inflation) — or much higher if interest rates return to historically typical levels.


Democrats Crack Down On Sleeping At Capitol

Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) members are aiming to crack down on lawmakers who sleep in their offices in the Capitol, calling the practice “unsanitary.”

Members of the CBC argued that lawmakers sleeping in their offices represented an abuse of taxpayer funds in a letter requesting an investigation by the House Ethics Committee, as reported by Politico.

“There’s something unsanitary about bringing people to your office who are talking about public policy where you spent the night, and that’s unhealthy, unsanitary — and some people would say it’s almost nasty,” Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, the top Democrat on the Homeland Security Committee, told Politico.


Ron Paul Fears "Huge" Correction In Stocks, Warns "It's Going To Be A Calamity"

"I think we have a greater distortion and a financial danger sitting out there bigger than ever before," warned former presidential candidate Ron Paul in an ominous interview with CNBC this week.

While markets briefly got nervous over Trump's tariffs last week, Paul warns Wall Street is missing the bigger picture and that the real trouble stems from Fed policy and easy money...

"If the Fed continues on the things that they are sort of planning on doing, it's going to be a calamity."


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Bush says Trump ‘makes me look pretty good’ by comparison: report

Former President George W. Bush often jokes that President Trump's administration makes his own former White House team look "pretty good," according to a Republican source.

The former Republican president regularly knocks the current administration, a source close to the Trump administration told National Journal, unable to understand why the White House often seems to be in chaos.

"Bush is often heard to remark, unable to stifle his trademark smirk: 'Sorta makes me look pretty good, doesn't it?' " National Journal reported.


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France to set legal age of sexual consent as 15

France plans to fix the legal age of sexual consent at 15, meaning sex with someone younger than that would be considered rape.

Equality Minister Marlène Schiappa welcomed the move, which follows advice from doctors and legal experts.

Currently, prosecutors must prove sex with someone under 15 was forced in order to bring rape charges.

The change comes amid uproar over two recent cases of men accused of having sex with 11-year-old girls.

Under the existing legislation, if there is no violence or coercion proved, offenders may only be charged with sexual abuse of a minor and not rape. This has a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of €75,000 (£66,000; $87,000).

Sentences are the same for sexual assaults of minors and non-minors, but rape convictions carry much harsher punishments.


Republicans want new special counsel to probe surveillance abuses

Washington could see two special counsel investigations running in parallel if a pair of House Republicans can convince Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appoint a second one in the space of a year.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy wrote Tuesday to Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, asking for a new independent prosecutor to probe the FBI's decision to obtain surveillance warrants covering former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

The applications, first filed in 2016 under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, led to harsh criticism from GOP politicians who smelled partisanship in the waning days of the Obama administration.

Led by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, Republicans have charged that the FBI misrepresented its case for spying on Carter when agents presented facts to a federal judge.


'Where Is Their Disavowal?': Guilfoyle Rips Group of House Dems for Farrakhan Connections

Kimberly Guilfoyle reacted to news that at least seven House Democrats were found to have ties to radical preacher Louis Farrakhan.

Farrakhan, born Louis Walcott in The Bronx, N.Y., is the leader of the controversial Nation of Islam.

In a recent speech, Farrakhan claimed "white folks are going down and Satan is going down. And, Farrakhan, by God's grace, has pulled the cover off of that Satanic Jew, and I'm here to say you're time is up - your world is through."

Democratic Reps. Maxine Waters and Barbara Lee of California, Gregory Meeks of New York, Danny Davis of Illinois, Andre Carson of Indiana, Keith Ellison of Minnesota and Al Green of Texas have all reportedly attended one of Farrakhan's events.

"Where is their disavowal?" Guilfoyle asked on "The Five." "Where are their statements [condemning Farrakhan]."


Trump wants to cut the trade deficit. If he does, he’ll create a lot of US jobs

Of all the economic policies President Trump has marked for attention this year – merit-based immigration, infrastructure and vocational training – fixing the trade deficit offers the biggest bang for the buck. Cutting the $620 billion annual trade gap in half could create 2 million jobs.

Manufacturing would benefit most, and it finances two-thirds of business research and development. Investments in intellectual property for new materials, supply chain management, artificial intelligence and the like could boost long-term economic growth by a full percentage point.


6 Times Globalist Gary Cohn Tried to Derail Trump's 'America First' Agenda

As White House economic adviser Gary Cohn resigns from the White House, Breitbart News looks back on six times that the economic globalist attempted to derail President Trump’s “America First” agenda.

1. Gary Cohn’s War on Coal

White House National Economic Council director Gary Cohn, a former Goldman Sachs banking executive, has reopened the U.S. government’s war on coal in direct contravention of directions from President Donald Trump.

“Coal doesn’t even make that much sense anymore as a feedstock,” Cohn said in Europe on Air Force One, while speaking for the White House to the press, the New York Times’ Brad Plumer noted. [Emphasis added]

“Natural gas, which we have become an abundant producer, which we’re going to become a major exporter is, is such a cleaner fuel,” Cohn continued.

2. Gary Cohn’s Attempt to Soften Trump’s Actions Against China


Nashville Mayor Pleads Guilty To Felony

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony theft for spending more than $10,000 worth of government money, but will serve no time in jail.

Barry had reportedly been working on negotiations with Nashville District Attorney Glenn Funk to face no prosecution if she were to resign from office. Instead of jail, Barry will serve three years of probation and agreed to repay the city $11,000 in reimbursement fees, although it was reported she spent nearly $33,000 of the government’s money.

The news comes as Tennessee Bureau of Investigation received information that Barry could have broken the law, prompting her to announce her resignation at a press conference Tuesday morning.


U.S. Considers Broad Curbs on Chinese Imports, Takeovers

The Trump administration is considering clamping down on Chinese investments in the U.S. and imposing tariffs on a broad range of its imports to punish Beijing for its alleged theft of intellectual property, according to people familiar with the matter.

The U.S. Trade Representative’s office last year began investigating China’s IP practices under a seldom-used trade law that gives President Donald Trump powers to impose trade restrictions to protect American commerce from unfair trading actions by foreign nations. An announcement about the investigation is anticipated in the coming weeks.

The move would escalate tensions already running hot over Trump’s plan to impose stiff tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, risking retaliation from allies and major trading partners like China and rankling Republican lawmakers over the economic costs. Trump struck a defiant tone this week, tweeting that he’d welcome a trade war.

The Trump administration could combine the tariffs with restrictions on Chinese investments in the U.S., which are reviewed for national-security risks by Treasury’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., the people said. The new measures being considered by the administration could go beyond even domestic security considerations.

The U.S. has long been wary of China’s push to develop its own semiconductor industry that could compete with American firms. That concern was highlighted in a letter made public Tuesday, in which the Treasury Department said Singapore-based Broadcom Ltd.’s hostile takeover attempt of Qualcomm Inc. could pose a national security risk.


Another Great Open Mic Night At OC Billiards @ Trader Lee's

Talk about TALENT! I'd say at least 50% of the people that came in last night were new faces, new musicians and they did NOT disappoint! Keep your Wednesday nights open because you'll not find such talent for free, where these people play and sing their hearts out. Country, heavy metal, classic rock, jazz, it's/they're just unbelievable. 

Don't forget this Friday night. $1.00 drafts and $2.00 rail drinks with a $5.00 cover. Coming soon, a pair of electronic dart machines that are internet related. If you can't find a partner you can actually play against someone in New York, California or wherever. 

Saturday night we have "Rick & Lennon" playing LIVE, no cover charge. The band starts at 8:00 PM. 

Report: Facebook Change Hits Fox, Breitbart, Conservative Sites – CNN, New York Times Unaffected

A report from the Outline finds that conservative sites including Breitbart News and Fox have also seen dramatic falls in engagement, while 'mainstream' sites like CNN and the New York Times were unaffected.

Using data from analytics service Buzzsumo, the online publication found a stark contrast in the engagement rate for conservative media vs. mainstream media, with the former dropping sharply while the latter held steady. The Outline also found a decline in engagement for what they call left-wing “clickbait” sites, including Shareblue and BuzzFeed.

The Outline reports that engagement for conservative media, much like the decline in engagement on President Trump’s page, cannot be attributed to a decline in posting frequency.

'Mainstream' media saw their engagement hold steady or even increase, despite a moderate decline in posting frequency..

More here

[Just in time for the primary election season. --Editor]

Justice Department to turn over 'Fast and Furious' documents to House panel

The Department of Justice announced it has reached a settlement with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to turn over documents related to its investigation into the botched Fast and Furious gun-running operation.

In June 2012, the House of Representatives voted to hold then-Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for refusing to turn over certain documents related to the botched sting, which he dismissed as “politically motivated.”

The House also approved a civil measure against the attorney general, which allowed the House Oversight Committee to eventually file a lawsuit against Holder over his failure to produce the subpoenaed documents.

That lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Washington in August 2012.

Now, it appears that six-year long court battle is coming to an end..

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A Sound, Compassionate Response to the Trans Movement

What was once unthinkable has become unquestionable. And so, every Christian must know how to engage this transgender moment.

Imagine this scenario: Your 17-year-old daughter tells you she’s trapped in the wrong body, is really a boy, and wants hormone therapy to begin the process of transitioning. As her parent, you love your daughter, but you disagree. You want to look at other options to help her.

She decides to take you to court. Even though she’s a minor under your care, the judge decides your beliefs are a danger to your daughter, and takes her from your custody.

Well, imagine this scenario no more. That’s exactly what happened in Ohio recently.

And we shouldn’t be surprised. As Ryan Anderson, a Senior Research Fellow in American Principles and Public Policy at The Heritage Foundation warns, Americans can expect more cases just like this one.

Anderson’s in-depth research of the transgender movement and sexual ideology is now available in his new book, “When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment.” And I don’t say this lightly, this book is one every single Christian needs to read and understand.

This is a movement with considerable momentum—in popular culture, education, and even public policy. It’s an evolving movement.

Here’s what I mean:

U.S. Steel to Call Back 500 Employees to Illinois Plant After Trump Announces Tariffs on Foreign Steel

United States Steel announced Wednesday morning that it would call back 500 employees to work at its Granite City, Illinois, plant after President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. would impose tariffs on foreign steel.

“Our Granite City Works facility and employees, as well as the surrounding community, have suffered too long from the unending waves of unfairly traded steel products that have flooded U.S. markets,” U.S. Steel President and Chief Executive Officer David B. Burritt said in a statement released Wednesday.

The steel company announced that it would need the additional personnel to support increased demand for steel after President Trump announced last week that the U.S. would impose tariffs on aluminum and steel imports.


Manning: Trump’s Tariffs Are Key to Revitalize U.S. Manufacturing

Tariffs on aluminum and steel imports are key to revitalizing domestic manufacturing industries, said Rick Manning, president of Americans for Limited Government, in a Monday interview on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight with co-hosts Rebecca Mansour and Joel Pollak.

Combined with regulatory and tax reform for energy production, the implementation of tariffs on aluminum and steel imports will make America a lucrative option for manufacturing operations, said Manning.

“In today’s world, as opposed to ten to twelve years ago, we have the potential to be the dominant energy producer in the world,” said Manning. “Between natural gas, coal, and oil, we have the potential of being the dominant — repeat, dominant — energy producer in the world. That means cheap energy [and] cheap electricity are real possibilities, as opposed to what Obama’s policy was, which was to drive up the cost of electricity.

"Electricity drives industry. So if you have inexpensive electricity [and] raw materials available — steel, aluminum, things that you build things with — and you have those available in supply and domestically created … and you have a road system, which we have, and you’re close to market, there’s no reason for anybody to build a factory anywhere but in the United States of America, at least to service the American economy. That’s one of the critical pieces of this.”


MD Senate Passes Bill Forcing Presidential Candidates to Release Tax Returns

The state Senate of Maryland has passed a bill requiring presidential candidates to publicly release their tax returns in order to appear on the state’s ballot.

The bill, which passed through the Democrat-controlled state Senate by 28-17, requires both presidential and vice-presidential candidates to release their tax for the past five years to participate.

The legislation is widely seen as targeting President Donald Trump, who refused to release his tax returns during the 2016 presidential campaign. Yet the move has already attracted bipartisan condemnation, with critics describing it as childish and unconstitutional.


Williams: Hidden Agenda or Ignorance?

Before we discuss violence with guns, I'd like to run a couple of questions by you. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every day nearly 30 Americans die in motor vehicle crashes that involve drunk driving. What kind of restrictions should be placed on automobile ownership? Should there be federal background checks in order for people to obtain a driver's license or purchase a car?

The FBI's 2015 Uniform Crime Report shows that nearly three times more people were stabbed or hacked to death than were killed with shotguns and rifles combined. The number of shotgun and rifle deaths totaled 548. People who were stabbed or hacked to death totaled 1,573. Should there be federal background checks and waiting periods for knife purchases?

Any mature and reasonable person would argue that it is utter nonsense to deal with drunk driving deaths and knife deaths by having federal background checks and waiting periods to obtain a driver's license or to purchase a car or knife. One would recognize, just as courts and the general public do, that cars and knives are inanimate objects and cannot act on their own. Therefore, if we want to do something about deaths resulting from drunk driving or being stabbed or hacked to death, we must focus on individuals. It would be folly and gross negligence of victims for us to focus on inanimate objects like cars and knives. Guns are also inanimate objects and like cars and knives cannot act on their own. It's also plain folly to focus on guns in the cases of shooting deaths.

What about the availability of guns?..

Is North Korea Really Willing to De-nuclearize? Nope.

On Tuesday, after North and South Korean officials engaged in diplomatic talks (importantly, talks initiated by the North), South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s office stated, “The North Korean side clearly stated its willingness to de-nuclearize. It made it clear that it would have no reason to keep nuclear weapons if the military threat to the North was eliminated and its security guaranteed.” That’s a seemingly significant about-face from mere months ago, when North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un was threatening “thousands-fold” vengeance, “Armageddon” and vowing to annihilate the U.S. down to “the last man on this planet.”

So did Kim just get religion? Not likely.

This is a game the world has seen — and fallen for — too many times. The provoking nation invites the world’s ire and subsequent sanctions, only to then signal a desire to negotiate and willingness to change its provocative ways. Soon it obtains sanctions relief, only to later renege on its promised changes while leveling blame on the other negotiating parties for supposedly failing to uphold their end of the bargain. Kim Jong-un is attempting to play this gambit — the same one both his father and grandfather successfully exploited.

So what is Kim really after here?

Betsy DeVos pressed to toss Obama’s lenient school-discipline directive

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is coming under renewed pressure to uproot the Obama administration’s lenient school-discipline directive, which critics say backfired tragically with last month’s high school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Senator Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, has urged Mrs. DeVos to overhaul the 2014 “Dear Colleague” letter on school discipline, a joint guidance by the Education and Justice departments that threatened schools with federal civil rights probes unless they reduce law-enforcement referrals, suspensions and expulsions of minority students.

Those policies, embraced at the outset by the Broward County Public Schools, have been blamed for allowing shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz to avoid being arrested or taken into custody despite committing offenses such as assault and carrying bullets to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Sen. Rubio said the guidance should be revised “to ensure that schools appropriately report violence and dangerous actions to local law enforcement,” while others have encouraged Mrs. DeVos to repeal it outright.

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Pocomoke City Police Department Press Release

02-03- 2018 David Colonna, age 34 of Darien, GA was cited for theft less $100. He was issued a criminal citation and released.

02-04- 2018 Isaiah Brown, age 19 of Salisbury, MD was arrested on a warrant for arson threat. He was held on $10000 bond.

02-08- 2018 Shonda Reid, age 31 of Parksley, VA was arrested on a warrant for Malicious Destruction of Property. She was released on her personal recognizance.

02-13- 2018 Martese Creekmore, age 27 of Danville, VA was cited for theft less $100. He was issued a criminal citation and released.

02-14- 2018 Dexter Jackson, age 60 of Pocomoke, MD was arrested on a failure to appear warrant. He was held on $3000 bond.

02-17- 2018 Desmon Corbin Jr., age 19 of Pocomoke, MD was arrested for 2 nd degree assault, robbery and theft. He was held without bond.

02-23- 2018 Miranda Bull, age 24 of Parksley, VA was cited for theft less $100. She was issued a criminal citation and released.

02-28- 2018 Joshua Ward, age 51 of Pocomoke, MD was arrested on a failure to appear warrant. He was released on his personal recognizance. There were (2) two juvenile arrests for 2 nd degree assault, theft and burglary.

(20) twenty additional arrests were made for various traffic violations during this time period.

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Worcester County Sheriff's Department Press Release

On March 8, 2018 at approximately 0243 hours, Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to the Wine Rack located at 12827 Ocean Gateway West Ocean City, Maryland in reference to an armed robbery. Deputies conducted a K-9 track with negative results.

Deputies requested the Worcester Bureau of Investigation to respond to the scene and assume the investigation. Investigators learned that an African American male approximately 6’0 medium build wearing a blue New Balance sweatshirt and gray bandana over his face entered the Wine Rack and brandished a butcher knife. The suspect directed the store employee to the cash registers where the suspect took an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency. The suspect left the scene on foot heading east. Investigators are currently reviewing video surveillance from the Wine Rack. Maryland State Police Crime Scene Technicians responded and processed the crime

Investigators are asking anyone with information about the armed robbery to contact the Worcester Bureau of Investigation at 410-632- 1111 or Lower Eastern Shore Crime Solvers at 410-548- 1776. Callers may remain anonymous.

And So The Stupidity Continues


Plane Crash Recovery Effort To Resume After Latest Storm

OCEAN CITY — After the second major coastal storm in a week passes through the mid-Atlantic region, the search for a second victim and more wreckage from last week’s plane crash off the coast of the resort is expected to resume.

Late last Wednesday night, a Cessna 172S Skyhawk airplane occupied by a flight instructor and a student pilot went down off the coast of Ocean City near the Ocean City Municipal Airport. The Maryland State Police, with assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard and Maryland Natural Resource Police (NRP) and other allied agencies, began an extensive search.

Late last Thursday afternoon, significant pieces of the wreckage along with one of the victims were recovered in an area about five miles off the resort coast. The recovered victim is believed to be the flight instructor, Banica Richard Robinson, although Maryland State Police officials said this week that has not been confirmed pending the completion of an autopsy.


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Sex And The City Star May Challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo In New York Democratic Primary

If Cuomo doesn't move further left, Cynthia Nixon says she's ready to run.

"Sex and the City" star and progressive activist Cynthia Nixon has prepared the paperwork required to mount a challenge to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in the state's upcoming Democratic primary, threatening to unseat the longtime liberal stalwart if he fails to move further left.

According to Politico, the actress has been reaching out to potential campaign staffers, including two "well known" Democratic operatives, and while she has yet to officially file to run for governor, sources told the political magazine that all of the forms are filled out and the checks are written. It's only a matter of time.


One Month Left To Seek a DPI College Scholarship

Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. (DPI) is reminding students that the end of the application period for the 2018 Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. College Scholarship Program is April 2, 2018. Applications are now being accepted for undergraduate and graduate scholarships that are available in the amount of $1,500 or more.

Undergraduate applicants must be Delmarva residents and students in good standing at any accredited, degree-granting institution in the United States, or in the case of graduating high school seniors, accepted to an accredited, degree-granting institution within the United States. Individuals must have an academic major in a subject area relevant to Delmarva’s chicken industry and be planning a career in a segment of this industry. An academic transcript must accompany each application.

Graduate student applicants must meet the above criteria, with the exception of Delmarva residency. In addition, the individual must be engaged in research that could positively benefit Delmarva’s chicken industry.

Although an applicant is not required to have a family member or a family business that is a member of DPI, membership in DPI could be a deciding factor when applicants are otherwise evenly matched. Previous recipients, if still eligible, may reapply.

Applications must be completed and received at the following address on or before 4:30 p.m. on April 2, 2018: DPI College Scholarship Program, 16686 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947-4881.

Application forms and additional scholarship information are available from DPI by calling 302-856-9037, from the DPI website at, or by sending inquiries to

Governor Larry Hogan Submits $5 Million Supplemental Budget to Enhance Safety in Maryland Schools

$2.5 Million for Maryland Center for School Safety Operations; $2.5 Million in Grant Funding for School Safety Assessments

Governor Larry Hogan today submitted a supplemental budget that will provide increased funding for the Maryland Center for School Safety, the state’s office tasked with providing a coordinated and comprehensive policy for school safety in Maryland. The governor announced this funding as part of a comprehensive school safety plan he unveiled on February 28.

“Our one-of-a-kind Maryland Center for School Safety allows us to share safety information in near real-time among school security personnel, school administrators, law enforcement, and homeland security staff, while also providing technical assistance and training for our school personnel,” said Governor Hogan. “By providing additional resources and broadening the authority of this innovative center, we can make all Maryland schools safer for our children.”

The governor’s supplemental budget provides $2.5 million in operating funds to the center to hire analysts and social media trackers and allocate personnel and resources in more regions of the state. Center personnel will assist schools in conducting safety assessments and implementing new safety standards required by the governor’s emergency legislation announced earlier this week.

The legislation creates Maryland’s first statewide school safety standards, including required training and certification for all school resource officers and security staff. The legislation will also require all school systems to conduct an annual school safety assessment and develop plans to address behavioral threats and emergency situations. The plans will be subject to approval by the Maryland State Board of Education and overseen by the Maryland Center for School Safety.

The supplemental budget also provides $2.5 million in grant funding that will go directly to schools to conduct the required assessments, with oversight from the center.

“Government at all levels is grappling with what more can be done to keep kids safe,” said Governor Hogan. “In addition to the $125 million for school safety enhancements and $50 million in annual grants announced this week, submitting this supplemental budget is something we are doing right now, today, to make our schools safer for our children.”


Nominations are being accepted for the 2017 Outstanding Public Health Leader award. This award is presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the public health of the citizens of Wicomico County. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on Monday, April 2, 2018 at the Great Hall in Holloway Hall at Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland.

Nominations can be submitted electronically at or call (410) 334 – 3480 to obtain nomination forms. Nominations are due by Monday, March 26, 2018. Late submissions cannot be accepted.

Wicomico Recreational Vehicle Fire Melson Rd.

Type of Incident: Fire

Description of Structure / Property: 38’ Recreational Vehicle

Owner / Occupants: William Phippin and Sharon Thomas

Injuries or Deaths: None

Estimated $ Loss: Structure: $5,000 Contents: $1,000

Smoke Alarm Status: n/a

Fire Alarm / Sprinkler Status: n/a

Arrests(s): None

Primary Responding Fire Department: Delmar

# of Alarms: 1 # Of Firefighters: 15

Time to Control: 30 minutes

Discovered By: Owner

Area of Origin: Living room

Preliminary Cause: Accidental, electrical failure of temporary wiring

Troopers Warn the Public of Skimming Devices

Delaware - The Delaware State Police Financial Crimes Units are currently investigating several locations in which skimming devices have been reported throughout the state. These devices have been primarily placed at

ATM’s and gas stations.

Due to the large number of victims, the Financial Crimes Unit has been working with local businesses and financial institutions to identify potential victims and suspects.

The Delaware State Police reminds citizens to be vigilant and monitor your accounts closely. If you have used your payment cards at the following locations between January 1, 2018 to present., please review your accounts for fraudulent activity and contact the law enforcement agency where you live or where the illegal activity was completed. Those with additional information about this crime are encouraged to contact the Delaware State Police Financial Crimes Unit, Sussex County, Sergeant D. Rementer at 302-752-3814, or New Castle County, Detective G. Rash at 302-365-8468. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at
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232 illegal aliens arrested during ICE operation in Northern California

SAN FRANCISCO – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deportation officers arrested 232 individuals for violating federal immigration laws in the San Francisco area of responsibility (AOR), extending from the Bakersfield area north to the Oregon border, during a four-day targeted operation that ended Wednesday.

During the operation, ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested 232 individuals for violating U.S. immigration laws. Of those arrested, 180 were either convicted criminals, had been issued a final order of removal and failed to depart the United States, or had been previously removed from the United States and returned illegally. 115 had prior felony convictions for serious or violent offenses, such as child sex crimes, weapons charges, and assault, or had past convictions for significant or multiple misdemeanors.