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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The Murders That Were NOT Reported — And Why

On average, according to the latest FBI statistics, there are 46 people murdered in the U.S. every day — though it is notable that since President Donald Trump’s election, the murder rate is declining.

On Saturday, the whole nation heard about one murder. A sociopathic assailant and self-proclaimed anti-Semite attacked the Chabad of Poway synagogue near San Diego, leaving one dead and three others injured. This attack followed a similar sociopathic hate template of the heinous attack against the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh last October, which left 11 dead and seven wounded. The California attack was stopped by a good guy with a gun — Navy veteran Oscar Stewart and Border Patrol Agent Jonathan Morales, who were in the congregation, charged the assailant and chased him from the premises. Morales fired at the assailant. Stewart concludes, “It takes a good guy with a gun to stop a bad guy with a gun.”

The 19-year-old San Diego assailant was said to have taken his inspiration from the deadly attack on a mosque in New Zealand in March, though that attacker was an “eco-fascist” who did not fit the Left’s “right wing” profile. Far more consequential in terms of loss of life is the worldwide assault on Christians by Islamists — including the Sri Lanka attacks last week, in which 253 Christians were murdered by Islamists at Easter church services. But that does not fit the Democrats’ political narrative either.


Want to decrease suicide? Raise the minimum wage, researchers suggest

  • A new study finds that economic policies can reduce so-called "deaths of despair."
  • Raising the minimum wage and the federal Earned Income Tax Credit by 10 percent each could prevent 1,230 suicides per year.
  • By contrast, boosting pay and federal aid for lower-income workers doesn't significantly reduce drug-related deaths.

What some experts call "deaths of despair" -- fatalities related to alcohol, drugs and suicide -- have risen in recent years among Americans without a college degree, contributing to a decline in life expectancy in the U.S. Now new research suggests a way to deter people from killing themselves: pay them more.

Increasing the minimum wage by 10 percent reduces suicides among adults with a high school degree or less by 3.6 percent, according to a study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. A 10 percent hike in the Earned Income Tax Credit -- a federal subsidy for low-income families -- reduces suicides among the same group by 5.5 percent. Increasing both measures by 10 percent would prevent a total of 1,230 suicides per year,


How New Yorkers are making bank ratting out idling drivers

Dropping a dime on trucks and buses that keep their engines running while parked is paying big bucks to some New Yorkers.

The number of summonses issued for violating the city’s anti-idling law skyrocketed to 1,038 last year — up from just 24 in 2017 — following the creation of a reward program for ratting out offenders, The Post has learned.

Meanwhile, the city Department of Environmental Protection has handed out nearly $20,000 to 13 whistleblowers who each got a 25 percent share of the fines generated by their tips, according to official data.

Leading the list is lawyer David Dong, who pocketed $4,912.80 from 47 summonses, followed by theater worker Zachary Tinkelman, who scored $4,600, also from 47 summonses.


NR 4/30/2019 Mill Pond Village Apartment Fire



SALISBURY, WICOMICO COUNTY (April 30, 2019) – Fire Investigators with the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office are crediting an automatic fire sprinkler system, required fire separation and quick fire department response for saving a large property dollar loss and preservation of life at an early morning fire located in the Mill Pond Village Apartment complex.
The Salisbury Fire Department and mutual-aid departments were dispatched at 1:37 am for an apartment building fire at 312 Mill Pond Lane. The incident was quickly upgraded to a second alarm assignment. Units arrived on scene to find a significant fire condition involving a 3rd floor balcony and roof assembly above. The incident was placed under control after 45 minutes with 42 firefighters on the scene.
The apartment building is an approximate 25,000 square foot three story wood framed structure and contains 24 separate living units. A total of 35 occupants were displaced due to the fire and no injuries were reported. Damage to the structure is estimated to be $400,000.00 and additional damage to the personal contents of tenants is estimated at $100,000.00.
Fire Investigators determined the origin of this fire to be a third floor balcony. After a thorough fire scene examination the cause was determined to be accidental as a result of discarded smoking materials.
The investigation determined that the activation of only one automatic fire sprinkler head was able to prevent the spread of the fire from the balcony into the habitable living space. The fire did however access the attic space where the required fire separations prevented further fire damage.

Mill Pond

At these 7 Bay Area schools, more than half of the students are unvaccinated

At seven schools in the Bay Area, more than half of the students are unvaccinated, according to the most recent data available from the California Department of Public Health.

One of these schools, the small Marin Waldorf School in San Rafael, is among the state's top 10 schools with the lowest vaccination rates, according to a list generated by the department. Only 22 percent of its 36 students have all immunizations. The Berkeley Rose School, which also has a small student body, was 13th highest ranked in the state with just 29 percent of 21 students vaccinated.

See the schools with lowest vaccination rates in the Bay Area below, according to 2017-18 kindergarten data.


Oklahoma grandfather who claims a drug for DOGS cured him of cancer is tumor-free

In January 2017, Joe Tippens was certain that he would die of small cell lung cancer.

But then a veterinarian suggested he try something unconventional, to say the least: a drug for dogs.

The medication, fenbendazole, is an anti-worm compound used to treat hookworms, roundworms and other gut parasites in animals, primarily dogs.

In recent years, studies suggesting anti-worm drugs might have cancer-fighting properties have been cropping up in a growing number of journals.

It's far from a proven treatment, but with three months to live and nothing to lose, Joe decided to take a chance on it.


Population Math Is Adding Up to a Problem in the U.S.

For the first time in our world's recorded history, there are more elderly folks than kids.

“Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.” The directive from the Creator had a purpose. But the embrace of several ideas propagated by the political Left is proving to be a problem in our current culture related to the diminished value of legacy through family.

A new United Nations report notes that for the first time in our world’s recorded history, the world has more elderly folks, aged 65 years and up, than kids, birth to five years of age. Demographers track these data not for Trivia Night, but to anticipate future economic consequences, the impact to health-care systems, the needs of infrastructure and housing, and the implications of other policies and politics. In 2018, the number of seniors were tallied at 705 million, while there were just 680 million kids five and under. That gap is projected to widen as years pass, meaning the math isn’t adding up to a sustainable future.

First, it’s an important premise to understand that each of the ideas contributing to the decline in birth rate are borne out of the belief that the more educated, sophisticated individuals all align on the Left and, therefore, the philosophies espoused by this collective must truly reflect not only intellectual superiority but also the moral high ground.


Young Democrats Desperate for Officers

The Young Democrats of Maryland have become so desperate for officers that they had to advertise on Facebook to recruit some.

It probably isn’t going to work out for them very well since the individual who shared this with Red Maryland was a Republican.

When called out about this on Twitter, Young Democrats President Joseph Kitchen scoffed at the notion, saying “so ensuring that our members know they can file to run, when the deadline is = desperate.”

Normally that would be done through email, phones, and social media for the members who actually want to be part of the organization but it appears that the Young Democrats have run out of luck and run out of interest in people who actually want to lead the organization. Competently run organizations don’t need to advertise on Facebook begging people to run for office.


WATCH: Who Wants to Live in America?

Trump, 3 of his children and his business sue Deutsche Bank and Capital One in bid to keep them from giving financial records to Congress

Washington -- President Trump has filed suit against Deutsche Bank and Capital One in an attempt to block congressional subpoenas for his business records.

The lawsuit by the president, sons Donald Jr. and Eric and daughter Ivanka, was filed Monday in federal court in Manhattan. The Trump Organization and the Donald J. Trump Revocable Trust are among other plaintiffs.

Two House committees subpoenaed Deutsche Bank and several other financial institutions earlier this month as part of investigations into Mr. Trump's finances.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said at the time that the subpoenas were part of an investigation "into allegations of potential foreign influence on the U.S. political process." He has said he wants to know whether Russians used laundered money for transactions with the Trump Organization. Mr. Trump's businesses have benefited from Russian investment over the years.


City Council Considering Measures To Remove Mayors From Office

Amid the Mayor Catherine Pugh "Healthy Holly" book scandal, the Baltimore City Council is considering four bills that could limit the powers of future mayors, including giving the council power to remove a sitting mayor.

The current charter only allows a sitting mayor of Baltimore to be removed after being charged and convicted of a crime.

At Monday night's regular City Council meeting, members presented several changes to the city's charter to reduce the number of votes needed for a veto override, measures to allow council members more say in the budgeting process and give the council power to remove a sitting mayor from office.


Teen pays tribute to fallen Marines with prom dress design

A high school student is honoring 25 fallen Marines with her prom dress – which reportedly took her two years to make.

Aubrey Headon, who attends Rochelle Township High School in Rochelle, Ill., designed the patriotic dress to resemble an American flag, with streamers of red and white that flow down the blue skirt. The matching blue halter top features embellishments that look like stars.

However, it’s not the striking color scheme that has sparked attention — it’s the detail. On the red and white ribbons are 25 names printed in white and black belonging to the members of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, also known as 3/5 or Darkhorse, that were killed in action between September 2010 and April 2011 while conducting operations in the Sangin District of Helmand Province in Afghanistan.

Hearing about the battalion inspired Headon to pay tribute to the men’s sacrifice.


Who Are the Racists?


A felon-turned-city councilman in Flint, Michigan, berated a young reporter in the council chambers, calling her “nasty” and repeatedly saying she was ignorant.

“You’re a nasty woman. Maybe it’s a cultural difference,” Councilman Eric Mays said to reporter Zahra Ahmad, who is Muslim. “She ain’t from Flint.”

Mays also threatened to call the police on Ahmad.

Ahmad is one of the only print reporters to cover the impoverished city’s government, but Mayor Karen Weaver has prohibited her administration from speaking to journalists, according to one elected official.

“The mayor has told her staff not to talk to any media,” Councilwoman Eva Worthing told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “They use Facebook Live, she’ll go on radio to get her message across, where it’s her own broadcast. Employees are not allowed to talk to the media. There’s a lot of corruption with this administration, so they don’t want to be transparent.”


City Employee Allegedly Downloaded More Than 4,000 Sexually Explicit Pictures While At Work, Baltimore Officials Say

BALTIMORE, Md. (WJZ) — A Baltimore city employee allegedly used a city computer to download more than 4,000 sexually explicit images in a span of one month.
The city’s Office of the Inspector General conducted an investigation into the misuse of city computer.
OIG determined the employee was in possession of more than 4,000 images he downloaded in less than a month. he admitted to accessing and downloading the images and knew he was violating city policy. He was also downloading the photos while at work.

VP Mike Pence To Visit Baltimore Tomorrow

Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to visit Baltimore tomorrow.

Pence will speak at the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association Aguila Awards Luncheon to be held at the Embassy Suites Inner Harbor and the Grand Edinburgh Room

Following the luncheon the vice president will tour the ICE Baltimore Field Office and meet with ICE employees.

Get a job with the Census

Wanted: Census workers!

MAC, Inc., the Area Agency on Aging, will host a program on Friday, May 3, offering the opportunity to learn about the importance of the 2020 Census, available job opportunities and the chance to apply for Census jobs in person.

The program will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All are welcome.

Representatives from the U.S. Census Bureau will be on hand at the program to assist with completing job applications.

For more information, call MAC at 410-742-0505, ext. 118.

Voting for Dollars

What if correctional facility prisoners throughout the country were allowed to vote for any candidate they wanted and there just so happened to be a candidate who ran on the promise that if elected all sentences would be commuted to time served? And by voting together these prisoners constituted a majority, are there any doubts as to who would win and what the results would be?

Well, there is no need to think in the hypothetical for the answer because the results of such a system are seen in most major liberal cities across the United States. And it's all done legally by nonworking people who vote for Democrat candidates promising to overtax hardworking Americans to pay for the stuff they say is "free." Ronald Reagan put it as direct as possible, “When you rob Peter to pay Paul, you can always count on Paul's vote.” And Benjamin Franklin also warned against such practices when he said, “When the people find that they can vote themselves money that will herald the end of the republic.”

Because this system has been ongoing for decades, people accept it as business as usual when a Democrat is in office, yet outside the world of politics, people commonly refer to the practice as theft.


Iraq Combat Vet: 'I Scared the Hell' out of Synagogue Shooter Read Newsmax: Iraq Combat Vet: 'I Scared the Hell' out of Synagogue Shooter

An Iraq combat veteran who ran toward the man firing shots inside the Chabad of Poway synagogue in San Diego Saturday and yelled at him until he dropped his weapon is denying he's a hero and says he thinks there may have been an angel behind him speaking through his voice.

“I knew I had to be within five feet of this guy so his rifle couldn’t get to me,” the veteran, Oscar Stewart, 51, told The Daily Caller. "I ran immediately toward him, and I yelled as loud as I could. And he was scared. I scared the hell out of him.”

The priest of a neighboring church heard Stewart yelling at the man, and others at the church told the veteran it sounded more like four or five people were shouting.

Stewart said his military training had kicked in. He was in the Navy from 1990 to 1994 and then enlisted in the Army in 2001 after the 9-11 attacks.


Transgenderism. A Logical Look. Part 1

After admitting he planned to carry out ISIS-inspired attack at National Harbor, man pleads not guilty

GREENBELT, Md. — Weeks after he told the FBI he was going to drive into crowds of people at National Harbor, Rondell Henry signaled he intends to fight the first federal criminal charge brought by prosecutors so far.

Henry, 28, pleaded not guilty to interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle, after he admitted to law enforcement that he intended to carry out an ISIS-inspired truck attack.

“I was just going to keep driving and driving and driving,” Henry told investigators. “I wasn’t going to stop.”

The incriminating statements are laid bare in court papers and in sworn testimony from an FBI special agent.


2 suspended Pugh aides 'no longer employed by city'

BALTIMORE —Two suspended aides to Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh are no longer employed by the city.

A spokesman for Ex-Officio Mayor Jack Young said Bruce Williams, chief of staff, and Karen Stokes, who was director of government relations, are no longer with the city

The development comes days after three other Pugh aides -- Gary Brown Jr., Poetri Deal and Afra Vance-White -- were terminated.


Marine vet congressman rejects Ocasio-Cortez's claim of the VA not being broken

Rep. Seth Moulton, Mass., a Marine veteran and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, says he disagrees with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's, D-N.Y., claim the Department of Veterans Affairs operates smoothly.

Moulton said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" he also disagrees with President Trump's recent tweet bragging the VA is not broken anymore, because he fixed it.

"When people show up at the VA and they can’t even get seen for months. When I get sent home with the wrong medications after having a minor surgery, I mean, that is not a good healthcare system," he said.


This dad is admiring a car he sees parked in a restaurant parking lot, **Tissue Alert**

Now we know for sure that Trump is the better man

Those of us who live in solid Democrat strongholds amid single-minded leftists will know what it is like to attempt a civil conversation about President Trump. This is especially true if one encounters those true-blue Dems in the wealthiest areas of California, N.Y., and D.C. Because they are wealthy, successful, often educated at one of the prestige colleges, they know, with every fiber of their being, that they are smarter, wiser, and better than any of us lowly, deplorable Trump-supporters.

If they are Jewish, and you ask them if they appreciate Trump's support of Israel, they will look at you, roll their eyes as if you were even more verklempt than they thought. They hate Trump more than they love Israel. If you ask them if they are bothered by the open acceptance of anti-Semitism by the Democratic Party, they will shrug at the lunacy of your question and say something like "anti-Semitism has always been with us." They will deny to their death its escalation across the world at this moment in time, despite the obvious overt escalation and implicit approval of and by the global left. Their identities since the 2016 election are defined by their opposition to Trump. They have sold their souls because their candidate lost the election.

Ask them if they are not pleased with his phenomenal success regarding the economy. Are not the economic developments under Trump great for them, their 401(k)s, their stock portfolios? Have not his foreign policy maneuvers been successful? Are we not immeasurably better off overall than under Obama? Again, they will regard your question with disgust and disdain. As many others have observed, they hate the president more than they love this country, this country that made their privilege, wealth, and safety possible.


More from the intolerant left

Is there any  "ism or obia" that they forgot?   Maybe the democrats should work on corruption.  There seems to be a lot of that in their party.   Below is an article from last year that lists only a few things.  I'm sure the readers can add to the list. 

Democrats' tolerance of corruption gets more evident

Border Patrol: Central Americans Entering U.S. With Contagious Health Conditions

"Well, we're seeing an unprecedented number of people crossing the border illegally as family units," Aaron Hull, the chief for the El Paso Border Patrol sector, told "Sunday Morning Futures" with Maria Bartiromo.

Hull said there's been a 600 percent increase in arrivals, most of them family units, in the current fiscal year to date, compared with the same period in the prior fiscal year.

And many of those people are sick, he said, a situation that forces Border Patrol agents to divert from their main mission.

Hull called it a "huge resource drain."

"Agents join the Patrol to secure the border, to enforce the law, but increasingly they're being tasked with things that they never thought they would be doing -- heating up baby bottles, literally changing diapers, caring for more and more sick people, because a lot of these aliens coming in are carrying contagious health conditions, things like chicken pox, scabies, tuberculosis, lice."

Hull said 90 percent of the illegal aliens walking into the El Paso sector are from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.

And he repeated what so many Americans have heard over and over again:

Here's who Newt Gingrich thinks will win Democratic presidential race

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich thinks California Sen. Kamala Harris is "most likely" to be nominated to the Democrats pick to challenge President Trump in the 2020 presidential race. Gingrich, speaking to CBSN on Monday, said Harris' base of California and general likability make her a serious contender for the nomination.

"She's very articulate and I think a likable person, and I think that she represents a new generation in a way that [Joe] Biden and [Bernie] Sanders are going to work very hard to be able to match," Gingrich added. The lifelong Republican said that while Biden and Sanders both have the advantage of national name recognition, the larger dynamic of the Democratic party as it stands now leans so far left that it presents a potential challenge for traditional candidates like the former vice president and the Vermont senator.

"It's also [open] to newer faces in a way that I think Sanders has a hard time coping with." Gingrich's forecasting isn't far off either, according to recent polling by Monmouth University, Harris placed third, behind both Biden and Sanders with 8 percent support.


Man charged in Capital Gazette shooting enters not criminally responsible plea

The man charged in the Capital Gazette shooting case on Monday entered a plea of not guilty and not criminally responsible after three deadline extensions.

Anne Colt Leitess, Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney, said Monday her office will respond in writing in the next couple of days to ask the court to order the defendant be evaluated by the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

A circuit court judge will then order the accused be examined by a forensic psychiatrist with the state health department. The evaluation is to be completed within 60 days of the judge signing the order, though it can be extended if the health department experts request more time.

William Davis, the lead public defender representing the accused, did not respond Monday to a request for comment.


Trump proposes an application fee for asylum-seekers

President Trump has proposed charging an application fee to asylum-seekers as his administration tries to stem the flow of migrants surging across the southern border with Mexico.

Trump announced the proposal in a presidential memo on Monday and also called for the attorney general and secretary of Homeland Security to overhaul the immigration system.

According to recent stats, more migrants seeking asylum have been denied their applications since Trump became president.


Judge Denies Mosby Request To Dismiss Marijuana Convictions

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Judges have denied a request from Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby to dismiss convictions in nearly 5,000 cases of marijuana possession.

Mosby announced in January that she would cease prosecuting cases of marijuana possession as well as ask the courts to throw out thousands of old convictions.

She said those cases clog the system.

The State’s Attorney’s Office said it is considering its options following the judge’s ruling.



The May Delmarva History Lecture offered by Westside Historical Society on May 20 will be delivered by Dr. Stephen Gehnrich at the MAC Center in Salisbury, beginning at 2:00 pm. The topic will be a familiar figure to many local residents, General Amos W.
W. Woodcock, native of Salisbury. The title of his talk is “General Amos W.W. Woodcock of Salisbury, Maryland (1883-1964): Gentleman, Soldier, Scholar, and Good Citizen”

General Amos W. W. Woodcock was a prominent citizen of Salisbury, MD who served his community, state, and country in numerous capacities. His life (1883-1964) was intertwined with many of the major events in the first half of the 20th century, and he played a significant role in many of them; from guarding the Mexican border in 1916, fighting in World War One, enforcing Prohibition, and Prosecuting Japanese War Criminals after World War Two. He was also actively involved in Maryland, serving as
the U.S. District Attorney, the President of St. John’s College, President of the Wicomico School Board, and active member of Asbury Methodist Church. Why has this Renaissance man of great accomplishments and public service been virtually forgotten,
even in his hometown? This will be the approach Dr. Gehnrich will examine in his talk.

Dr. Gehnrich, who was awarded a PhD in Biology from Tufts University in  Massachusetts and did research at Harvard, joined the Department of Biiological Sciences at Salisbury University in 1988. As he explains, his interest in local Salisbury history began
when he asked the late Salisbury historian Richard Cooper about a low brick wall just off Riverside Drive. Mr. Cooper explained that the wall surrounded a well that had part of a garden in the estate of General Amos W.W. Woodcock, a prominent citizen of Salisbury
who had been the commander of Salisbury’s National Guard Company while fighting in France during World War One. Steve was already a World War One buff, so this was perfect fit! He decided to pursue a Master’s degree in History, which he completed in 2008. His thesis was a biography General Woodcock.

Steve has been fortunate to visit many of the World War One battlefields in France and Belgium, and he is particularly interested in the men from our area that served in the War. He is a member of the Western Front Association, an international organization
based in England that promotes the study and remembrance of World War One.

This should be another very interesting and provocative talk and one not to be missed! As always, this lecture is free and open to the public. The talk will be held in the Bradford Room of the MAC Center and begins at 2:00. Audience members are welcome
to ask questions and participate in the discussion following Dr. Gehnrich’s presentation.

For more information email or phone Westside Historical Society at , cell 410-726-8047.

Which Number Would You Press?

Tuesday Morning Funnies

Public Notice: Public Hearing on the proposed Wicomico County FY20 Operating Budget

Monday, April 29, 2019

Huawei: The story of a controversial company

The African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa is a shiny spaceship-like structure that glistens in the afternoon sun.

With its accompanying skyscraper, it stands out in the Ethiopian capital.

Greetings in Mandarin welcome visitors as they enter the lifts, and the plastic palm trees bear the logos of the China Development Bank.

Everywhere, there are small indications that the building was made possible through Chinese financial aid.

In 2006, Beijing pledged $200m to build the headquarters. Completed in 2012, everything was custom-built by the Chinese - including a state-of-the-art computer system.

For several years, the building stood as a proud testament to ever-closer ties between China and Africa. Trade has rocketed over the past two decades, growing by about 20% a year, according to international consultancy McKinsey. China is Africa’s largest economic partner.


Town Meeting on Saturday, May 4

We have again been presented with an opportunity to stand up for what we believe in.  On Saturday May 4th @ 10 AM two County Commissioners will hold a Town Hall at the Ocean Pines Library, and guest speakers will include the new Worcester Sheriff and the new County States Attorney (prosecutor).  This is a rare opportunity to hear the viewpoints of locally influential people who have a heck of a lot control over your rights and your quality of life, and to tell them how you feel about the issues at hand.

And FYI, one or more of our group will ask the new sheriff about his position on our constitutional rights when it comes to the 2nd Amendment, as well as asking him, the States Attorney, and the Commissioners about their feelings re Worcester County become a Second Amendment Sanctuary County, as many counties across the country have done.  (The America-haters are trying to take away our First Amendment right to free speech, but the Second Amendment stands in their way.)
Please attend, support our speakers, and speak up yourself if you see fit.   

From the email announcing of the townhall:
Worcester County Commissioner Chip Bertino will host a town meeting on Saturday, May 4 at 10 a.m. at the Ocean Pines library.  He will discuss issues and developments impacting the Ocean Pines district and the county.   Commissioner Bertino’s guest speakers include Worcester County Sheriff Matthew Crisafulli, Worcester County State’s Attorney Kris Heiser and Lynne Barton, principal of Stephen Decatur Middle School.

PRESS RELEASE- Pemberton Hall - Salisbury, Md

Pemberton Hall, an outstanding example of 18th century architecture, located in Pemberton Historic Park, will be open to the public Saturdays 12pm – 2pm beginning in May through October. Pemberton Historical Park with its 262 acres of scenic trails and water views can be explored year-round at 5561 Plantation Lane, Salisbury, Maryland. Find more at


In-Dept Look At Crisis On Southern Border

Cartel Gunmen in Armored SUV Clash with Mexican Military near Border

Cartel gunmen used an armored SUV during a clash with Mexican military forces near the Texas border. The fierce gun battle killed one gunman while authorities managed to arrest four others. The rest of the hitmen managed to escape.

The shootout took place on Friday afternoon near the town of Vallecillo, Nuevo Leon, approximately 50 miles south of the border with Laredo, Texas. The scene of the gun battle is not far from a cartel incineration site discovered last year. The fighting began when a convoy of Mexican soldiers spotted four SUV’s and an armored truck known as a “monstruo” or “monster” leaving a business.


NOI 4/28/19 Wicomico Outbuilding Fire Marshall Street

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Date:   April 28, 2019
Time:   8:44 p.m.
Location / Address:   309 Marshall St., Salisbury, Wicomico Co.
Type of Incident:  Fire
Description of Structure / Property:  10’ x 20’ wood framed residential outbuilding
Owner / Occupants:  Chester Parker
Injuries or Deaths:  None
Estimated $ Loss: Structure:  $4,000                      Contents: $1,000
Smoke Alarm Status:  n/a
Fire Alarm / Sprinkler Status:  n/a
Arrests(s):  None
Primary Responding Fire Department:  Salisbury Fire Department
# of Alarms:  1     # Of Firefighters:  15
Time to Control:  15 minutes
Discovered By:  Passerby
Area of Origin:  Exterior
Preliminary Cause:   Incendiary (intentionally set fire)
Additional Information:  Anyone with information is asked to call the Salisbury Office at (410) 713-3780.

No prison time for school bus driver who admitted to raping 14-year-old girl

A former upstate New York bus driver who admitted to raping a 14-year-old girl will avoid prison time.

Shane M. Piche, 26, was sentenced to 10 years' probation last week, the Watertown Daily Times reported. The ruling comes two months after Piche pleaded guilty to third-degree rape in the 2018 incident.

Police said he met the girl on a bus he drove for the city's school district, but raped her at his Watertown home.

As part of his plea deal, Piche is not allowed to be alone with anyone under the age of 17. He must also register as a Level 1 sex offender -- which is less severe than the Level 2 designation the district attorney recommended.


WCSO Press Releases - April 26, 2019

Incident: “Most Wanted” Fugitive Apprehension
Date of Incident: 4 April 2019
Suspect: Kelite Ferreras, 35, Salisbury, MD
Narrative: On 11 April 2019, officers assigned to the Capitol Area Regional Fugitive Task Force responded to Baltimore Washington International Airport for the purpose of collecting Kelite Ferreras who arrived under an armed escort following his deportation from Haiti. After a two-year fugitive investigation conducted by the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office, United States Marshal’s Service Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, and the United States State Department in addition to Special Investigators on the ground in Haiti, Kelite Ferreras was arrested by the U.S. State Department with the assistance of the Haitian National Police on 23 March 2019. Ferreras was arrested as a fugitive from the State of Maryland after he failed to appear for court on March 2017 to answer the charges of Rape Second Degree, Sex abuse of a minor, Sex Offense Second Degree and Incest.
Ferreras is currently housed in the Wicomico County Detention Center without bond pending his next appearance in the Circuit Court,
Charges: Sex Abuse of a Minor /Household, Rape 2nd Degree, Sex Offense 2nd Degree, Incest


On Saturday April 27, 2019 just after midnight, a deputy on patrol was conducting a probable cause search of a vehicle when this loaded .357 Magnum Revolver was located in the rear passenger area. The deputy was able to discern that the handgun belonged to one of the passengers in the vehicle, Jaron Purnell, 18 years of age and from Snow Hill, Maryland. Not only was Purnell prohibited by age from possessing the firearm, he was also a prohibited person due to a previous adjudication. Purnell was arrested and transported to the Central Booking Unit. Following an initial appearance, Purnell was detained without bond in the Detention Center.

Anti-Gunners Call For Gun Control Laws Following Poway Synagogue Shooting But This Is What They're Getting Wrong

Every time some sort of mass shooting occurs, anti-gunners rush to call for stricter gun control laws. The San Diego County Sheriff's Department and the FBI are still investigating the shooting that took place earlier today at the Chabad of Poway Synagogue, just outside of San Diego. We don't even know all of the facts yet, but from what we do know, gun control laws anti-gunners want to push are either already on the books or would have made no difference.

Here are some of the gun control calls (so far):


Today marks the end of an era.

Push Them Hard Enough And The Productive Class Will Opt Out Of Servitude

People love their big paychecks, but they also value their sanity.

One of the most astonishing manifestations of disconnected-from-reality hubris is public authorities' sublime confidence that employers and entrepreneurs will continue starting and operating enterprises no matter how difficult and costly it becomes to keep the doors open, much less net a profit.

The average employee / state dependent reckons that the small business owner / entrepreneur is killing it financially, banking a small fortune in pure profit every month, and that they're doing what they love so they'll continue doing it no matter what. In other words, they're all wealthy Tax Donkeys who can easily afford higher taxes and fees and will tolerate paying more to keep doing what they love.

Wrong on both counts--dead wrong. A far more typical response is the one a house painter emailed me last year: every day, he reported, he wanted to dump his spray rig and power washer in a dumpster and leave the U.S.

The number of small businesses and entrepreneurs hanging on by a thread financially and emotionally is legion. Rather than killing it, they're getting killed by rising rents, wages, labor overhead, taxes, fees, licensing, inspection fees, insurance and so on.


OC’s Springfest Returns Thursday

OCEAN CITY — Ocean City celebrates the start of the season with the 29th annual production of Springfest, May 2-5.

The annual event, located in the Inlet parking lot, features live music, art, crafts, food and more – all located adjacent to Ocean City’s historic boardwalk and beautiful clean beach. Springfest, one of the top arts and crafts shows in the United States, features nearly 300 vendors with over 250 selling art and crafts. Visitors should also bring their appetite as the event includes 30 food vendors serving a variety of delicious offerings, from famous Eastern Shore delicacies an assortment of ethnic food and gourmet offerings.

Springfest comes to life with a diverse variety of live musical entertainment on two stages all day for four days with anchoring ticketed evening headline acts. Almost Queen, the Ultimate Queen Experience, takes the stage Thursday, May 2, beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $10 and will be available on the festival grounds at the Springfest ticket booth. LeAnn Rimes will play to a sold out country music crowd on Friday night. Saturday evening hosts an 80’s night with Night Ranger and special guest The Reagan Years. Don’t let the fun stop there, purchase tickets at Springfest for the headline acts at Sunfest, which will be held Sept. 19-22.


Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein submits resignation

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Monday submitted his resignation to President Trump, effective May 11.

Attorney General William Barr in a statement said Rosenstein served the Justice Department "with dedication and distinction."

"His devotion to the Department and its professionals is unparalleled," the statement read. "Over the course of his distinguished government career, he has navigated many challenging situations with strength, grace, and good humor."

Rosenstein previously served as deputy assistant attorney general and U.S. attorney.


Drug Czar: ’93 Percent of Heroin’ in U.S. ‘Comes from Mexico’

Jim Carroll, director of the U.S. Office of Drug Control Policy, told Breitbart News that “93 percent of heroin” in the country “comes from Mexico,” offering his remarks on Friday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow.

Carroll’s comments came ahead of the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) National Takeback Day, scheduled for Saturday. The DEA is encouraging Americans to “prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths” by disposing of unwanted, unused, and expired prescription medications at collection sites.

Marlow invited Carroll’s comments linking border security to the DEA’s broader mandate to enforce laws and regulations related to controlled substances.

“We’re really working hard, especially our folks at DHS, whether it’s the U.S. Coast Guard out at sea, border patrol, or Customs and Border Protection,” replied Carroll. “These men and women out there are really doing everything they can to protect us from drugs coming into our country.”

Carroll added, “I think it’s important for everyone to realize — when we talk about the southwest border — 93 percent of the heroin that comes into the country comes from Mexico. So it’s coming right across the border.”

“We know fentanyl is being produced in Mexico as well as China, and coming across the border, as well,” continued Carroll. “Even cocaine from Columbia is not all coming by sea, some it is also coming up through the southwest border, as well.”


Federal Court Rules Against Catholic Foster Care Agency

A federal appeals court sided with the city of Philadelphia against a foster parent and the Catholic foster care agency with which she works in a Monday ruling.

In Sharonell Fulton, et al. v. City of Philadelphia, the court upheld a city policy that prevents Catholic Social Services from finding families for foster children, according to a press release from Becket Law.

In 2018, the city of Philadelphia made an urgent call for more foster parents to help the "nearly 6,000 children and youth" in foster care in the city. Despite being a top-ranked foster agency, Catholic Social Services was not allowed to place more children with families.

A week after making the call for more foster parents, Philadelphia stopped referring children to Catholic Social Services and then threatened to terminate its contract with the organization if it did not give up its religious beliefs about marriage. Becket notes that no family had ever filed a complaint with Catholic Social Services on account of its Catholic mission, and no child had ever been unable to find a home because of the organization's beliefs.


‘Outrageous’ bill may release murderers, rapists back on city streets

A state bill that could unleash hundreds of locked-up murderers, rapists and other hardened felons is incensing New York City law enforcement officials who say it would undo years of crime-fighting.

The “elder parole” bill, which would grant parole eligibility to all inmates ages 55 and up who have been in prison at least 15 years, is “outrageous and idiotic,” said Staten Island District Attorney Michael McMahon.

The legislation would even extend to those serving life without parole, a group which includes famed criminals such as ‘90s serial killer Joel Rifkin, the Queens Wendy’s massacre mastermind John Taylor, and Bronx child rapist Clarence Moss.

The rush to let killers loose leaves the families of the victims by the wayside, said Queens Chief Assistant District Attorney John Ryan.


Accident: Old Ocean City Road Parsonsburg

Congress Needs to Sunset Unnecessary Legislation

One of the big problems with Washington, D.C. is that politicians allow expiring legislation to continue on -- even when unnecessary. The idea of requiring a sunset of legislation makes sense, because there are times when Congress needs to revisit legislation in the years after an idea is made into law. If the law continues to have popular support and is still necessary, then it should be reauthorized. When legislation is given a sunset date, because it addresses a temporary situation and the drafters intended for this legislation to remedy a short-term situation, then that legislation should be allowed to expire.

We have witnessed example after example of permanent legislation becoming that is in need of a revision or expungement. FreedomWorks has a funny list of federal laws that might be in need of a second look including: 21 USC Sec. 461 & 9 CFR Sec. 381.171(d) makes it a crime to sell “Turkey Ham” as “Ham Turkey” or with the words “Turkey” and “Ham” in different fonts; and, 18 USC Sec. 1865 & 36 CFR Sec. 7.96(b)(3) make it a federal crime to harass a golfer or tennis player in any national park in Washington, DC. There are elements in current law in need of a second look. These laws show that Congress has a difficult time dealing with changed circumstances and updating existing laws that seem to have no current useful purpose.

A great example of a law that Congress has an easy route to fix is one that is embedded in a law providing a massive subsidy to corporate America. Congress passed temporary legislation in 1988, and reauthorized in 2014, titled the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act Reauthorization Act (STELAR) containing the subsidy. This bill originally provided subsidies and special permissions for small and newly deployed satellite companies, to help them compete with dominant cable companies. These supports were put in place 30 years ago, yet they are continually reauthorized in legislation scheduled to sunset at the end of this year.


Gunfire from Mexico Crossed Border and Hit Texas Woman in Face

Police officers in Laredo, Texas, say that a woman sustained non-life-threatening injuries after being shot in the face by a stray bullet they believe was fired from the Mexican side of the border. Laredo police say they turned the case over to the FBI as a “transnational event.”

Laredo Police Department officers responded to a call Saturday night at a local hospital in regards to a woman who appeared to have sustained a gunshot wound to the face. The officers traveled to the location where the woman said she had been shot, according to a Laredo Police Department press release.

When officers arrived on the scene of the shooting, they found two additional bullet holes in a house. The officers followed the trajectory of the bullet and found an additional impact point in a house located to the east of the original location. At that location, officers found a projectile of an undetermined caliber and recovered it from that house.

“Initial information indicates that the bullet may be a stray bullet coming from the Mexican side of the border,” police officials stated in the press release.


Trump: Judge Napolitano Asked Me for Supreme Court Appointment

President Donald Trump said Saturday evening that Fox News Channel senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano asked to be appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court and for a pardon for a friend of the former superior court judge in New Jersey.

The president tweeted after his rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin, that Napolitano turned “very hostile” once his request to be nominated to the highest court in the land was rejected.

“Thank you to brilliant and highly respected attorney Alan Dershowitz for destroying the very dumb legal argument of “Judge” Andrew Napolitano,” wrote President Trump.

“Ever since Andrew came to my office to ask that I appoint him to the U.S. Supreme Court, and I said NO, he has been very hostile! Also asked for pardon for his friend. A good ‘pal’ of low ratings Shepard Smith,” he concluded, with a shot at Fox News Channel daytime news anchor.


New York Times Publishes Antisemitic, ‘Offensive’ Cartoon, Fails to Apologize

In Thursday’s international edition of The New York Times, a cartoon with “anti-Semitic tropes” was published that portrayed a blind President Trump led by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu depicted as a dog with a Star of David collar around its neck.

The cartoon appeared in the April 25 international edition and coincided with the end of the Passover holiday and Shabbat, two days many observant Jews were not online.

The cartoon was quickly criticized by several social media users.


OC: Man Jumps Off Balcony, Battles Police Until Taser Deployed

OCEAN CITY — A Virginia man faces numerous charges this week after a bizarre incident involving jumping off a second-floor hotel balcony onto the dune, fleeing from police and ultimately having to be hit with a Taser.

Around 8 p.m. last Saturday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer was dispatched to a hotel at 91stStreet to assist Ocean City EMS with an individual suffering from an alcohol overdose. When OCPD officers arrived and entered the hotel room, they observed a female on the floor vomiting in a waste basket, according to police reports.

Abner Velasquez-Sanchez, 24, of Woodbridge, Va., was also in the room. When officers asked Velasquez-Sanchez where the female’s identification was, he became visibly nervous and began pacing in the room with his breathing accelerated, according to police reports.

Velasquez-Sanchez reportedly asked the officer to come out on the hotel balcony and speak with him, but the officer said no. In the meantime, a hotel staffer located the female’s wallet in a purse and OCPD officers found her identification inside. The officer attempted to verify the female’s identification and placed the wallet on the bed.


250 new herpes cases a day reported during Coachella music festival

More than one of every six Americans ages 14-49 have 
genital herpes.

This year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was headlined by hundreds of musical acts. It was also headlined by hundreds of new cases of the herpes simplex virus, according to a report by HerpAlert.

HerpAlert is an app that connects patients who think they may have HSV with physicians for secure, private and fast diagnosis and treatment. It told CBS Los Angeles that it normally deals with 12 cases a day.

However, during the two weekends of the 2019 Coachella festival, the rate spiked to 250 cases a day in the towns surrounding the famed event, KCAL reports.

In all, 1,105 herpes cases were reported in the Coachella Valley area and in the nearby cities of Los Angeles and San Diego, the NY Post reports.


Dark Money Leftist Group Runs Facebook Ads Targeting Kavanaugh

A dark money progressive organization hoping for a leftward turn on the courts is targeting Justice Brett Kavanaugh with advertisements, suggesting the Court is illegitimate following his elevation last October.

"Brett Kavanaugh's performance during his testimony in front of the Senate was a disgrace. His blatant partisan attacks and hostile behavior towards senators calls into question his ability to serve as a fair and impartial judge. His conduct undermines the legitimacy of his decisions and the entire Supreme Court," the ad reads.

"We're calling on Congress to open an investigation into Kavanaugh right now."

Other ads by the group Demand Justice alleged there was "overwhelming evidence that Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh committed perjury during his confirmation hearings before the Senate" and also urged George Mason University to "fire" Kavanaugh from teaching a summer course at the Virginia school.

Unlike most other political players in this arena, Demand Justice is neither a political action committee nor a nonprofit.

"Instead, Demand Justice operates as an unincorporated entity organized by a tax-exempt fiscal sponsor," said a recent report from the Center for Responsive Politics.

"That sponsor is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit named Sixteen Thirty Fund, which provides a legal home and steers money from secret donors to more than 40 different unincorporated entities that are consequently not required to file separate tax returns or other incorporation documents."

[A Daily Caller News Foundation review has found that Demand Justice’s primary financial supporter, the Sixteen Thirty fund, is a one to whom Soros has given millions.]

More here

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Biden: ‘Not One Single Whisper of Scandal’ During the Obama Administration

Former vice president and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said on Friday that the thing he was most proud of about the Obama administration was that there was "not one single whisper of scandal."

"The thing I'm proudest of is we, coincidentally, we were each in a different part of the country and we were each talking to groups of people that were being televised. On the same day, purely coincidentally, we were asked what are you proudest of from your administration? You know what I said—he said the same thing, though probably a bit more clearly than I did: Not one single whisper of scandal," Biden said on ABC's The View. "That's because of Barack Obama."

This has been a common refrain among Democrats and people in the media. In 2018, Obama himself declared his presidency was free from scandal.

"I didn't have scandals, which seems like it shouldn't be something you brag about," Obama said.


Baltimore a den of thieves?

A lot of solid blue cities are getting raided by the FBI for corruption these days -Los Angeles, Taylor, Michigan, near Detroit, Chicago, the town of Harvey, Illinois, near Chicago, Edinburg, Texas... But none look quite so corrupt from top to bottom as Baltimore, whose mayor seems to be on the run from the long arm of the law (oh, wait, pneumonia) over a corrupt book deal, and now thieves are coming out of the woodwork like cockroaches. Here's the Baltimore Sun's description of the latest details:
The job training nonprofit raided Thursday by federal agents as part of an investigation into Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh is run by an executive director who was convicted of stealing $852,000 from a previous employer, court records show.

The Maryland Center for Adult Training, also known as MCAT, has received hundreds of thousands of dollars over the past decade from city, state and federal government agencies to provide training for men and women to become certified nurse assistants and medical technicians.

Since Pugh became mayor in December 2016, the city has awarded the organization $28,649 — mostly from a federal Department of Labor program and local casino money — to provide nurse training through last June. But MCAT’s approval to conduct that training expired in May, according to the Maryland Board of Nursing.

The nonprofit has not reapplied for certification. Nonetheless, Baltimore officials agreed in October to lease MCAT an office in the 4900 block of Park Heights Ave. — which federal agents raided Thursday. Documents prepared for the city’s spending board, which approved the lease Oct. 3, stated that MCAT was “certified by the Maryland Board” to train people to become nursing assistants.
Hiring a convicted thief. Using city funds to train people at an unaccredited school. Pouring money into the school even when there was no school. This is just one corner of the blue-city empire that Baltimore had become and there are quite a few others as this list of stories shows here. Any question as to why the city was so dysfunctional? It was a one-party city, its minions had the leftist contempt for rule of law, its denizens figured no one would ever be looking for it, and they were all convinced they were in to rule forever. Having zero changeover in government for decades, as was the case in Baltimore, was the perfect setup for corruption.


Wicomico Council Reviews Executive’s $148M Budget

SALISBURY – The county executive last week submitted his $148.5 million proposed operating budget for the coming fiscal year.

County Executive Bob Culver presented the Wicomico County Council with a proposed fiscal year 2020 operating budget of $148,541,879 last Friday.

“The primary focus of this budget is to effectively address Wicomico County’s core service needs: public safety and health, education and infrastructure,” he wrote in his budget message. “Recognizing that our citizens’ household and business finances are still under pressure, my proposed budget calls for no increase in either the real or personal property tax rates. However, the budget does address the most pressing needs in the aforementioned categories, continues my practice of providing efficient and cost-effective operation of our County departments and calls for reasonable utilization of our fund balance.”

In his budget message, Culver said revenues are expected to reach $145,022,554 – a 2.64% increase from the current fiscal year – and will fund recurring and non-recurring operating expenses, departmental capital investments and grants to outside agencies. He also proposed the use of $3,519,325 from general fund prior year revenue to pay for approved Capital Improvement Plan pay-go funding.


New Building Planned For UMES Pharmacy School

PRINCESS ANNE – Construction of a new building for UMES’ School of Pharmacy and Health Professions is slated to begin this fall, triggered by a $10 million allocation from the 2019 Maryland General Assembly.

The project enables the university to consolidate its pharmacy programs into a single building and fulfill a long-standing goal tied to accreditation. Pharmacy classes, laboratories and faculty offices currently are spread among six buildings.

A three-story structure will be built on the east side of campus across the street from the Engineering and Aviation Science Complex on property where a sprawling greenhouse complex once stood. A November 2011 fire destroyed that structure, and demolition got underway shortly after the legislature approved the 2019-20 capital expenditures budget.

Lawmakers also committed to provide UMES additional money for the project when they return to Annapolis next year and in 2021, helping ensure that funding stays on track. The new building’s projected price tag is nearly $90 million, which includes planning and equipment.