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Sunday, May 31, 2020

LIVE: "Protestors" at the White House

City Of Salisbury Press Conference (Mayor Day Deployment)

A Statement From Police Chief Barbara Duncan


New video shows George Floyd being dragged out of his car without resisting arrest, handcuffed and manhandled on the sidewalk before he was 'murdered' by cop who kneeled on his neck

New video footage shows the moment George Floyd was pulled from his car by police officers moments before a white officer pinned him to the ground by his neck in an altercation that led to his death and sparked national calls for justice in Minneapolis.

Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was filmed passing out on the ground on Monday after a police officer knelt on his neck as he arrested him for allegedly trying to use forged documents at a local deli.

He later died in hospital following the altercation that is now under investigation by the FBI and prompted thousands of protesters to take to the streets.

The Minneapolis Police Department had confirmed Floyd, a father of two, died on Monday night after suffering 'medical distress' after officers responded to a call of a 'forgery in progress.'


Hypocrisy On Display

Glad to see Virginia Governor leading by example and practicing all those safety regulations! Clearly the whole virus scare is a hoax. 

A Viewer Writes: Salisbury Maryland Mayor Jake Day

Jake Day is eating all this attention up. He loves it so much that he had to Pin his tweet to the Governor. A real hero doesn't do this job for the attention and glory like Jake is doing.

Caribbean Joe's Will Reopen This Saturday At Noon

The palm trees are all in, the Governor is allowing outside dining and I've got a 2 acre complex to work with so we're going for it. The menu will be limited but ALL the beer will be on ice and Dawn the Bartender couldn't be more excited to get back to work.

So come join us at noon for $1.00 drafts. At 1 PM, $1.50 drafts. 2 PM, $2.00 drafts. 3 PM, $2.50 drafts. 4 PM, $3.00 drafts. 5 PM $3.50 drafts. 6 PM and beyond, $4.00 drafts. We'll have our 80" outdoor flat screen going as well as ALL of our surround sound speakers. Heck, we might even have a band show up this weekend.


Based On These Restrictions Caribbean Joe's Will NOT reopen This Weekend

With all due respect towards Worcester County requirements  we have chosen to hold out for phase II  to reopen. 

The mere fact that we feel it will overwhelm so many different departments to approve or even disapprove these requirements and so many businesses in need of inspections we have chosen to hold out till phase II and see where things go from there. In order to make outdoor seating for a simple weekend, (financially) makes no sense at this time. One week just isn't worth it. On Thursday we went out, (once again for three weeks now) and purchased everything necessary to restock for opening Saturday and ultimately we received the requirements below helping me to make this decision. I'm growing tired of expenditures only to get shot down once again. 

As you will read below I'm confident all of you will understand why it is just impossible to meet all these requirements. Trust me, we want more than anything to stop this roller coaster ride to end and get back to work but how can we do so within just hours to make it happen and each and everyone to enjoy what "used to be". We will see what phase II brings and go from there but I have to admit, we're very disappointed and we're sorry we cannot deliver. 

I had in depth conversations with my entire staff and they firmly agreed with this final decision. ALL of us want to go back to work but the conditions are NOT what bars and restaurants are here for. We wish the very best to those who do choose to open and hopefully in the very near future we can all go back to business as usual. Thanks for understanding.

Must follow current MARYLAND STRONG: ROADMAP TO RECOVERY and all CDC Guidelines General Guidelines for Outdoor Seating

• Must adhere to all conditions of the Governor’s most current executive order as it pertains to physical distancing, face coverings and hygiene for retail and food service establishments.
• Outdoor seating space, tents and barriers shall not block fire department access for emergency apparatus, sprinkler fire department connections, fire hydrants or knox box accessibility.
• The outdoor dining area shall be clearly delineated by railings, stanchions, or other suitable barriers and shown on the plan. No service shall be permitted outside the delineated area.
• Handicap access to and from seating to the building, restrooms and parking areas shall be shown. Must maintain a clear, marked path for pedestrians, a minimum of six feet.
• Outdoor seating or new use areas may not be located within a required yard setback, stormwater management facility, drainage area or closer than ten feet to any well.
• Outdoor seating will be limited by state restrictions on restaurant capacity, but in no instance can previously permitted seating levels for the food service facility be exceeded.
• Seating that is not used due to state capacity restrictions must be removed or roped off and restricted for public use with appropriate signage.
• Customers shall be served only when seated at tables. No standees.
• Must maintain six feet between tables as measured from the closest chair to closest chair as measured when occupied.
• Adequate on-site parking must be provided as required by the Zoning Ordinance for the size of the use area as determined by the Zoning Administrator.
• No outdoor food or beverage prep shall be permitted, nor shall a bar structure be permitted.
• No outside music or sound system shall be permitted in the temporary outdoor seating area.
• Social distancing must be maintained. No waiting queues are permitted; patrons required to make reservations or have a mobile device notification.
• Outdoor area must close the earlier of 10:00 P.M. (Sunday – Thursday) / 11:00 P.M. (Friday and Saturday) unless required to close earlier by the Board of License Commissioners.
• The plan should identify any lighting or other safety measures to be utilized during the evening hours of operation.
• Signage of customer requirements shall also be posted at each buffet table and for restrooms. Directional signage, ropes or stanchions will be required to manage the flow of customers through the buffet lines and back and forth to the restrooms to ensure proper physical distancing.
• Must contact Environmental Health Department for operational procedures, including cleaning and sanitizing.
• No portable restrooms shall be permitted.

NOTE: A separate permit will be required to be obtained from the Worcester County Health Department.


And So It Begins!!!

Figures RINO

'When the looting starts, the shooting starts': Trump outraged by Minnesota protests

President Trump reacted with shock and anger to the third night of protests in Minneapolis and St. Paul over the death of George Floyd.

Just before 1 a.m. ET, after the Minneapolis Police Department's 3rd Precinct was set on fire, Trump shot off a series of tweets that decried a "lack of leadership" from Minneapolis officials and compared the protesters to "thugs."

"I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis. A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right," Trump said in one tweet.

"These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen," Trump said in another tweet. "Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you."


A Comment Worthy Of A Post: Caribbean Joe's

I would never go to your establishment because of your undying support of Donald Trump, however as a fellow business owner CONGRATS! and hopefully you have a kickass season - if any place can do outside dining and social distancing in West Ocean City its you!!! Good Luck!!!!

Police in Minneapolis withdraw from locations in the city as looters take over during protest

The police chief says it's too dangerous for his officers

The Minneapolis Police Department has pulled its officers away from several locations in the city after protests over the death of George Floyd erupted in violence, looting, and vandalism on Wednesday night.

What are the details?

As a Target store, a liquor store, and an AutoZone were all overcome by looters, a KARE-TV reporter noted to Police Chief Medaria Arradondo that there was no police presence at the locations during an evening interview. Arradondo explained, "Our main priority for our officers there are the safety of those who are out there."

The chief noted that there were peaceful protesters who were "in the mix of those who are causing destruction" and said the MPD wanted to make sure they had the resources in place to protect the peaceful protesters and to preserve "life and safety."

The KARE reported then asked, while showing footage of the looting at Target, "I want to make sure I'm understanding you correctly. So, what you're saying is it's too dangerous for police to directly confront the looters, so, you've made the decision to maybe let that site go for now and focus on keeping the rest of the neighborhood as safe as possible?"


Maryland COVID-19 Data 5-24-2020

COVID-19 Statistics in Maryland

Number of confirmed cases : 46,313
Number of negative test results : 194,049
Number of confirmed deaths : 2,162
Number of probable deaths : 115
Currently hospitalized : 1,290
Acute care : 787
Intensive care : 503
Ever hospitalized : 7,939
Released from isolation : 3,319
Cases and Deaths Data Breakdown:
Parenthesis = Confirmed death, laboratory-confirmed positive COVID-19 test result 
Asterisk = Probable death, death certificate lists COVID-19 as the cause of death but not yet confirmed by a laboratory test
NH = Non-Hispanic
By County
Anne Arundel3,307(145)8*
Baltimore City4,782(222)9*
Baltimore County5,373(285)15*


Prince George's13,521(468)22*
Queen Anne's146(12)
St. Mary's393(14)
Data not available
By Age Range and Gender

Data not available
By Race and Ethnicity
African-American (NH)13,762(899)37*
Asian (NH)889(81)6*
White (NH)9,232(898)59*
Other (NH)2,272(28)
Data not available8,775(65)6*

****A new, interactive map of COVID-19 testing sites is now available. Users can find nearby testing locations and learn more about their hours and appointment policies. More sites will be added in the weeks to come.


Salisbury– Mayor Jake Day has announced that three additional City of Salisbury employees have tested positive in relation to last week’s positive case within the Salisbury Fire Department, bringing the total of City employees who have contracted the virus to five.

As a precautionary measure, all members who may have been in direct contact with last week’s COVID-19 positive member are being tested. These tests revealed three more positive cases contained within the Salisbury Fire Department, bringing the total to five positive cases. Two of the three additional Salisbury Fire Department employees who tested positive are currently asymptomatic and are not experiencing any problems at this time. The third employee has lost their sense of taste.

“As a precaution and based on CDC guidelines, these members will not return to work for 10 days post positive testing. Should these members begin to experience any symptoms, their leave time will be extended,” noted Salisbury Fire Chief, John Tull.

Mitigation of the virus is as important as ever and the City of Salisbury and its administration continue to take proper precautions in order to keep employees and citizens safe and healthy. Essential City employees have their temperatures checked throughout the day, wear cloth and medical-grade masks while on duty, practice social distancing, avoiding those who are sick, and stay home and self-isolate if it is suspected that they are sick.

City Administrator, Julia Glanz added “This is a reminder of how important ample testing is for all communities to get back to normal. If these employees were not testing they could have unknowingly spread COVID-19 to those around them. By getting these employees tested they can quarantine at home and reduce the growth of COVID-19. I appreciate Chief Tull for taking all the appropriate measures to keep his team and our community healthy.”

Ocean City Restaurants Calls It Quits For The 2020 Season: Paul Revere Smorgasbord

It is with a very heavy heart and much disappointment to announce to all of our friends and customers that due to new Covid-19 guidelines, It has been decided that the buffet-style Restaurant "Paul Revere Smorgasbord" will not reopen for this 2020 season.

Restaurants in Maryland have yet to receive any inside or outside dining accommodations at this late date which has made it hard to make any business decisions. 

Thank you to all for your wonderful words and for checking in over the past few months! we apologize for this late decision as we were working hard and being very hopeful to the last possible moment.

A Viewer Writes: Speed Cameras-School Zones


Why hasn’t Salisbury City turned off the speed cameras in school zones? Their justification for the cameras was “student safety”? They even justified leaving them on at night and on weekends because students had sporting events that required them to be on campus. They justified leaving them on during summer due to children attending summer school. However, since school closed on March 15th, there are no students on campus AT ALL. There are no sporting events, there will be no summer school on campus and there is no student foot traffic at all. The argument and justification of “student safety” does not apply. Every speed camera citation that has been issued since March 15th should not be valid since their justification no longer applies. I may be mistaken but, I believe, the law allows it for “student safety”. If so, with the current events, the cameras are outside of the scope of the law. The city should be required to turn them off until students are permitted to return.

The Bill Passed For Second Stimulus Check And Hazard Pay For Essential Workers

The House successfully passed a fourth stimulus relief package yesterday. The $3 trillion Heroes Act contains a second round of $1,200 stimulus checks, $200 billion in hazard pay for essential workers, six additional months of COVID-19 unemployment, funding for state, local and tribal governments and food and housing assistance among several other things. Overall, three different stimulus relief packages have so far gone on to become law and are currently being implemented throughout the nation. Though the Republican-led Senate is pushing against injecting more stimulus money into the economy, Friday’s House vote was a huge step towards delivering a fourth stimulus package to America.

Most Americans, including the unemployed, employed, employers, governments, students and families, have an interest in many aspects of the newest stimulus package; however, some aspects stand out more than most for some I have spoken with. Based on these studies and the near daily conversations I have with a cross-section of employers, executives and employees, there is huge interest in two specific core aspects. A bunch of discussion occurs around whether Congress will pass a second round of stimulus checks and whether it will pass hazard pay for essential workers.

Here are the questions we have been getting and howThe Heroes Act that the House passed yesterday advances some answers.


Saturday, May 30, 2020

2020 Great Pocomoke Fair Cancelled

Now We'll See How the Snowflakes Handle the Barbarians

“The torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans,” President John F. Kennedy said at his inaugural in 1961. Today, this generation is passing that torch to invite a new generation of barbarians to burn and loot and pillage, not serve and protect.

The modern urban mayor is epitomized by Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, who has chosen not to crack down on the barbarians torching his city, but encourages them to keep the flames hot because “The symbolism of a building cannot outweigh the importance of life.” That laughable, sophomoric statement isn’t going to save anyone or any structure.

That building is not a “symbol.” It has value to the person who owns it. And that’s the problem with Frey and the generation of snowflakes who are moving into positions of power and responsibility. Quite simply, they don’t believe in private property. In fact, they see private property as a genuine evil. So, of course, it doesn’t matter if you burn it. It’s not worth protecting.

We saw this same attitude in Baltimore in 2015 when Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake expressed the notion that protesters should be given space to destroy.


Lil Wayne On Floyd Death: Stop Blaming Entire Police Force, Entire Race; There Are ‘A Bunch Of Facts We Think We Know That We Don’t Know’

Reacting to the death of George Floyd, rapper Lil Wayne said Friday that folks need to be “very specific” when reacting to perceived injustices, warning not to blame the “entire force” or an “entire race.”

Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr., noted that he’s unimpressed by “hashtag” and “t-shirt” activism if you don’t actually help the person you’re claiming to get justice for.

The rapper also implored activists to “know” what they’re “protesting about” before they advocate a cause. “It’s a bunch of facts that we think we know that we don’t know,” he said.

“I think when we see these situations, I think we also have to understand that we have to get very specific,” Wayne told rapper Fat Joe via Instagram Live, according to Rap Up. “We have to get so specific and what I mean by that, we have to stop viewing it from such a broad view, meaning we have to stop placing the blame on the whole force and the whole everybody of a certain race or everybody with a badge.”

“We have to get into who that person is,” he continued. “If we want to place the blame on anybody, it should be ourselves for not doing more than what we think we’re doing.”


If The Local Media Had Any Stones They'd Award This Couple Business People Of The Year

The Roskovich Family never gave up. Against ALL ODDS they never slowed down, cutting us off at the knees and shutting all bars and restaurants down. 

While we all fought back, Pete and his Family self marketed through social media and the community came forward and supported their business through carry out. 

Most people today would've given up. Being a part of this experience I've watched so many bar and restaurant owners come together with outside dining in so many creative ways. Even though the income was extremely minimal, these bars and restaurants were forced to make even more serious investments for outside tables, chairs, lighting, you name it. 

Support your local bars and restaurants. Go see what the Roskovich Family did at Adams Ribs and Black Diamond in Fruitland. In fact, visit EVO, Rodie Joe's, Market Street Inn, they could all use the support.

Thanks for setting the bar Roskovich Family. You've set the perfect example of how American's should act and how we can and will survive against all odds. For that you deserve Business People of the Year. 

Just Like That

Reports: NYPD vehicles on fire, dozens of officers injured, 88th precinct under attack

NEW YORK, NY – The 88th precinct in New York is coming under attack – and we have reports in from multiple law enforcement sources that “dozens” of officers have been injured.

Local media is reporting hundreds of arrests have taken place.


Chicago Mayor to President Trump on Minneapolis: F-U ! (VIDEO)

***Live Updates*** George Floyd Protests Continue

George Floyd protests are continuing across America on Friday after former police officer Derek Chauvin was earlier arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

Stay tuned to Breitbart News for live updates. All times eastern.


Why All-Mail Elections Are Too Risky and Unwarranted

The push in Congress and in many states to force an all-mail national election in November and in the remaining state primaries is both unwise and unnecessary.

It is unwise because absentee or mail-in ballots are voted outside the supervision and overview of election officials—thus destroying the secret ballot, an important hallmark of American elections for more than a century. They are susceptible to being stolen, altered, and forced. They can lead to the intimidation and improper pressuring of voters in their homes.

And let’s not overlook the errant vulnerabilities and vagaries of being misdirected or not delivered by the postal system.

Finally, vote-harvesting in states that have legalized it—allowing candidates, campaign workers, party activists, and political consultants who have a stake in the outcome to pick up absentee ballots from voters—dramatically increases the likelihood of fraud and illegal “assistance” of voters.


Support Local Bar/restaurants This Weekend

Send me your pictures of your outdoor dining and I will publish them to support your businesses.

What Do You Think?

Rioters Destroy Bar That Black Minneapolis Firefighter Bought with His Life Savings

Rioters protesting the death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd, an African-American man who died after being arrested and pinned to the ground by officer Derek Chauvin, destroyed a bar owned by a black former firefighter Wednesday night.

Korboi Balla had invested his life savings in the bar and was planning to open it before the coronavirus pandemic caused mass business closures. Balla then moved the opening date to June 1, when Minnesota plans to lift restrictions on restaurants, but the bar has since been wracked and looted in the riots, CBS first reported.

CBS was filming a segment at the bar when looters entered through the back of the establishment to try to steal Balla’s safe.

“I don’t know what we’re going to do,” Balla said in an interview. “It hurts, man. It’s not fair, it’s not right. We’ve been working so hard for this place. It’s not just for me, it’s for my family.”

Balla’s wife Tywanna said that the bar was not insured.

“Yes people are mad and upset, I get that and I understand the protest, I’m hearing people say F*** the business they have insurance WELL WE DON’T AND THIS IS ALL OUT OF POCKET!!!” Tywanna wrote in a Facebook post. “Let someone come run in your home and loot for the cause then and let’s see you be ok with it!”


Delaware News Station, (WBOC) Threatens to Have GOP Congressional Candidate Arrested for Press Conference

Delaware news station WBOC has threatened to have America First congressional candidate Lauren Witzke arrested if she held a press conference in front of their station.

Witzke, who is running on a net zero immigration moratorium and putting Americans First, has been supporting the owner of the V Spa, which received a cease and desist notice from the state for planning to reopen in protest of the shut down order.

“Governor Carney’s excessive COVID-19 lockdowns have reached a boiling point today,” Witzke told the Gateway Pundit. “Not is he preventing small business owners from putting food on the table for their families, but now he’s clearly violated the First Amendment in threatening to arrest and fine peaceful protesters. My opponent Chris Coons is silent as our rights are being trampled.”


Bethany Police Department

No masks. No gloves. No social distancing. Yet these are the men and women giving out fines if you don't follow the rules. 

Robin Roberts Will Run For Wicomico County Council District 3

Well, I have given this a lot of thought, In the last two weeks I have attempted to contact Larry Dodd who represents the district we live in at least 3 times, AND my wife has attempted to contact him in the past with NO Response. The last time I checked he works for ALL of the Wicomico County taxpayers.

He does not have an issue posting when his children come to see him or don't, and letting all on Social Media when he goes to the hospital or is sick. BUT can't or Won't call a taxpayer back, one who I might add has known him for 30 + years. We will not attempt to contact the President of the Wicomico County Council again.

This brings me to what I have given a lot of thought to and here it is. I WILL be running for the Wicomico County Council District 3 in the next election. I am a lifelong resident of Wicomico County and served as a Law Enforcement Officer in Wicomico County and the State of Maryland for 30 years, Retiring as a Lieutenant with the Wicomico County Sheriffs Office after 26 + years of service.

The citizens of Wicomico County deserve a representative who WILL be available to them to answer their concerns and NOT put them off because it does not fit their personal agenda .

Wicomico County Council District 3

Caribbean Joe's On The Left, Governor Hogan On The Right

Death Of Talbot Co. Man Who Fled Traffic Stop And Was Later Found In Distress Under Investigation

(CAMBRIDGE, MD) – Maryland State Police are investigating the death of a Talbot County man who ran from a traffic stop this afternoon and when he was later found one-half mile away was transported to the hospital where he later died.

The man is identified as Larry D. Ross, Jr., 37, of Easton, Md. He was pronounced deceased at the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Dorchester.

Maryland State Police Homicide Unit investigators are conducting the investigation. They are being assisted by the State Police from the Criminal Enforcement Division and Forensic Sciences Division, was well as personnel from the Cambridge Police Department, Dorchester County State’s Attorney and the Dorchester County Drug Task Force.

This afternoon, members of a combined law enforcement team were working a drug enforcement initiative in the Cambridge area due to ten overdose deaths in the county so far this year, compared to seven for all of 2019. There have been 34 documented non-fatal overdoses. The region has been identified as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.

The preliminary investigation indicates that during the initiative, shortly after 1:00 p.m., a Maryland state trooper in uniform and in an unmarked patrol vehicle, stopped a 2002 Audi for failure to stay right of center and an equipment violation on Rt. 16, south of Chesapeake Street in Cambridge. As soon as the car stopped, the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, immediately ran from the car and behind several houses in the area.

When the man disappeared behind the houses, the trooper lost sight of him and did not pursue. He returned to his car to alert other officers in the area about what had happened.

Several minutes later, a motorist drove by the location of the traffic stop and asked if they were looking for an individual who matched the description of the man seen running from the car. The motorist said he had seen the man running through a field toward the area of Race Street.

EVO's New Outside Dining

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our first night back! We can’t wait to do it all again today. (Hopefully with no rain this time!)
We open at 12—last seating will be 9pm.

Paul Craig Roberts Questions The Campaign Against HCQ

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought out many disturbing features of our society. Misinformation, or perhaps more accurately, disinformation, abounds in the service of agendas ranging from those who interpret the virus as a useful ploy for the construction of a police state, to Big Pharma and its allies who are moving us toward mass vaccinations, to the narcissistic views of those who would sacrifice the elderly and ill rather than to be inconvenienced by being denied access to bars and beaches. Every aspect of the pandemic, including Trump’s own use of HCQ, is being used against the President of the United States.

At a time when accurate information is essential, the waters are instead muddied by disinformation in the service of political, ideological, and profit agendas. The irresponsibility of those putting their self-interests first is extraordinary. It indicates that the social bond between people that made America a country has been dissolved by greed, multiculturalism, and Identity Politics. America has become a country without a common interest. It is a narcissistic state.

This article is limited to the campaign against HCQ. HCQ—hydroxychloroquine—has been in use for 65 years for the prevention or treatment of malaria, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. It is officially labeled a safe drug. Many doctors treating Covid patients have found and reported HCQ, when used early enough together with zinc and the antibiotic azithromycin to be an effective and safe treatment.

I have reported and made available many of the reports of HCQ’s efficacy and safety. See for example:


Check out this absurd email Twitter just sent us

Check out this absurd email Twitter just sent us

Dear 1600 Daily subscribers,
We are forwarding you this email that the White House just received from Twitter. It’s so absurd, we just had to share it with you.
This morning, the White House Twitter account reposted text from a tweet sent by President Trump. A short time later, Twitter censored the tweet, claiming it violated Twitter Rules about “glorifying violence.”
That is completely false. As the President just explained again, his tweet was CONDEMING violence and pledging federal support to keep Minnesotans safe.
The email we just received, presumably sent by a different team within Twitter, admits that the very tweet they are censoring does not violate any Twitter Rules. 
Yet the tweet is still censored. 
Twitter’s own staff just made this much clear: Twitter is a publisher with an editorial viewpoint, NOT a platform.
See the email above for yourself:

SU Will Reopen This Fall

Subject: Governor Hogan Announces Maryland’s Positivity Rate Drops to 11.6%, Lowest Level Since March 29

Total COVID Hospitalizations in Maryland Fall to Lowest Level in More Than Six WeeksMaryland’s Positivity Rate Down Nearly 57% Since Its Peak; Montgomery and Prince George’s Trends Match Statewide Decline1,686 COVID-19 Tests at Six Flags, Record High for State SitesMore Than 3,000 Tests at State Sites in Prince George’s County Over The Last Week
ANNAPOLIS, MDGovernor Larry Hogan today announced that Maryland’s COVID-19 positivity rate has dropped to 11.6%its lowest level in more than two monthsand current total hospitalizations have fallen to their lowest level in more than six weeks.
The governor also announced today that the state conducted 1,686 COVID-19 tests at Six Flags America on Friday—a record high for the state’s community-based sites.
“We started our first major testing site at FedEx Field in March with 100 tests, and since then, have increased our capacity exponentially in order to test hundreds of Marylanders in a matter of hours with no medical referral required,” said Governor Hogan. “We are encouraged to see so many residents take advantage of our new Six Flags testing site, and even more encouraged that as our long-term testing strategy progresses, our statewide positivity rate has fallen to its lowest level in more than two months and COVID-19 hospitalizations are at a six-week low.”
Maryland’s Positivity Rate Drops to Lowest Level Since March 29. Maryland has now conducted 339,361 COVID-19 tests, including 10,845 tests over the last 24 hours. The state’s positivity rate peaked on April 17, when it reached 26.91%. Since then, it has dropped by nearly 57%, down to 11.6% statewide⁠—its lowest level since March 29, when the statewide positivity rate was 11.3%.
The positivity rate in Baltimore City is down more than 60%, from a high of 27.38% on April 19, to 10.9% today. Baltimore County is at 11.2%, Frederick County is at 9.7%, and Howard County is at 8.8%all below the state average.

Maryland to beef up contact tracing operation. Make sure you answer your phone.

Marylanders might soon receive phone calls from “MD COVID," and though it may be tempting to let it ring, the state’s reopening and recovery could depend on enough people answering.

The state has hired about 1,400 contact tracers tasked with tracking down those who have been exposed to the coronavirus as part of its plan to move the state toward a safe and complete reopening.

Gov. Larry Hogan has said, for weeks, that the state must deploy thousands of contact tracers to slow the spread of COVID-19, which has infected over 43,000 residents and killed more than 2,000 in Maryland. The contagious upper respiratory disease has wreaked havoc across the world, sickening millions and slowing the global economy.

In an attempt to move Maryland’s progress forward, the state has increased its contact tracing operation more than fivefold, according to a Thursday news release, though it was not immediately clear how many employees would work for the state and how many would carry out their duties from within local health departments.


Customers Bullying Staff: "I Don't Like Your Mask"

STOP being jerks! Know that these waiters, waitresses, bartenders are now on the front line servicing you and this is what they get! If a single one of you come in to my business when and if we ever open I will file suit against you on behalf of my Staff. I don't care if the case in winnable or not, it's going to cost you dearly.

The Folly of Twitter's Fact Check

No American, not even the president, has an inherent right to a social media account. Tech companies are free to ban any user they see fit.

They’re free to fact-check anyone they want, to create a framework of acceptable speech, and to enforce their policies either consistently or capriciously. They’re free to accuse Donald Trump—and only Trump, if they see fit—of being a liar. They’re free to do all of these things.

Even if they shouldn’t.

Yesterday, after years of pressure from media and Democrats, Twitter labeled two of Trump’s tweets—in which he had claimed that the use of mail-in ballots for large numbers of people would be “substantially fraudulent” and result in a “rigged election”—as “potentially misleading.”


Fanning the Flames

Barack Obama: ‘Bigotry’ and Inequality ‘Painfully, Maddeningly Normal’ in USA

Valerie Jarrett: Trump’s Embrace of White Supremacists ‘Fueling Anger’ of Protesters

Michael Moore: Minneapolis Police HQ Must Be Demolished as ‘Contrition to Black America’

Exposed: 'Fascinating' alliance between China, Mexican drug cartels

Massive amounts of precursor chemicals coming from China are being used to supply super-labs in Mexico for the production of methamphetamines and more – and America is being harmed in the process.

OneNewsNow spoke to a former head of the Special Operations Division (SOD) of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) about the global drug trade, which uses precursor chemicals in illegally manufacturing narcotics and psychoactive substances. According to Derek Maltz, China's participation in the global drug crisis an "underreported story" and that "it's been going on for years and the average person doesn't even realize it."

However, he does acknowledge that in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the DEA "did an amazing job cutting off the ability for 'mom and pop' labs [in the U.S.] to produce meth." During that period, importation of precursor chemicals into the U.S. to produce meth was targeted with great success.

As a result, the former DEA executive says, drug-dealing "kingpins" like Chapo Guzmán and others recognized the U.S. success as "a golden opportunity to make a killing — so … they started bringing in massive quantities of precursor chemicals from China and other countries in Asia."


Black business owner weeps after looters destroy sports bar he invested life savings into: "We worked so hard to get here"

A black business owner in Minneapolis wept on camera Friday after rioters destroyed his sports bar into which he had invested his life savings.


"I don't know what we're going to do," the man cried. "We have worked so hard to get here. So hard."

The Unacceptably Unjust Death of George Floyd

The tragic death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer has circulated all over social media in the past two days. It is exceptionally difficult to watch.

The facts leading up to what the video captures have been recounted by numerous media outlets.

Minneapolis police officers arrived Monday evening to arrest Floyd, 46, on suspicion that he had committed forgery. Police said the officers ordered him out of his car, but he physically resisted them.

By the time a bystander begins to record the video, Floyd is handcuffed, face down on the asphalt, and Officer Derek Chauvin is driving a knee into Floyd’s neck with what often appears to be his full body weight.