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Wednesday, April 02, 2014


(DOVER, DE) – The search for a fugitive wanted for an assault that injured three police officers in Wicomico County one week ago has ended with his arrest tonight in Delaware.

Edwin L. Fletcher, 32, of Salisbury, Md., was arrested at about 6:30 p.m. today by members of the Maryland State Apprehension Team, in cooperation with Delaware law enforcement. Fletcher was arrested without incident at a home in the 200-block of Dundee Road, Dover, Delaware. At this time his relationship to others at the residence is unknown.

Fletcher will be taken before a Delaware Justice of the Peace for an extradition hearing. It is not known at this time if he will waive extradition.

Fletcher had been sought by police throughout the Lower Shore region since the evening of March 26, 2014, when he fled after ramming a pickup truck into a police car as a multi-jurisdictional team of police officers was attempting to arrest him on a drug felony warrant in Wicomico County. Fletcher drove up onto and over the police car, inside of which were two state troopers and a sheriff’s deputy, all of whom were injured.

Other details concerning the arrest are not currently known. The investigation is continuing.

Edwin Fletcher Captured

It has been confirmed on Matt Maciarello's Facebook Page: "Edwin Fletcher in custody. MSP press release will be forthcoming".

GO HERE to see our original story on Shots Fired Downtown.

Originally Posted at 9:04 PM

You Can't Fix Stupid

A Viewer Writes: I'm so embarassed to be an American

Summary Earlier this month, US Secretary of State John Kerry finally got to Ukraine, and this week President Barack Obama is in Europe trying to rally his European counterparts against Russian President Vladimir Putin's recent invasion of Crimea and a looming attack on easternUkraine.
Pathetic Bonesman John Kerry removes Putin's Netflix Account. Mar 22, 2014; theunhivedmind; ... Bonesman Kerry threatens Russia over Ukraine's Territorial integrity;Kerry to Meet Lavrov in London; EU Could Shoot Itself in the Foot with Useless Sanctions;

And I’m sure Putin will now immediately order his troops back home so he doesn’t miss any Honey Boo Boo or whatever?

Obama Proposes UN Spending Hike; Wants Congressional Waiver Over Palestine Prohibitions

Recently, Iran’s President Rouhani named a co-conspirator from the 1979-81 Iranian hostage crisis as his country’s ambassador to the United Nations. You’d think an American president would deny this person entry, or for sure arrest him upon setting one foot on American soil.

But I don’t think either will happen with President Obama, and as a matter of fact, he may just pick up the cost of the airline ticket and hotel room. Because according to a report by “When U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power testifies before a House Appropriations subcommittee on Wednesday, the panel will consider a budget request for international organizations that is 33 percent bigger than last year’s, including a 43 percent hike in U.S. contributions to peacekeeping missions.”

Yes, we are $17.4 trillion dollars in debt and the Obama administration wants to increase spending for the UN and other international organizations. This is a clear indicator that Power and her boss, Obama, are more focused on being globalists than fixing the American economy and instilling fiscal discipline. Consider this, we are going to borrow money from China and others, in order to give more money to the most corrupt international body — the United Nations — run by despots, theocrats, autocrats, and dictators.

PB&J Goes Wild: Awesome Bites to Try on National PB&J Day

No matter how you like it — crunchy or smooth peanut butter; raspberry, strawberry, or classic grape jelly; crusts on or crusts off — you really can't go wrong with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. To honor the perfect marriage of these ingredients, PB&J is in the spotlight as Americans celebrate National PB&J Day today, April 2.

If you're a little more adventurous, you may want to pick up one of these items that put a slight twist on the the classic kid combo.

Tumbador Chocolate: PB&J Chocolate Bar


As the 2014 elections draw near, panic is setting in for President Obama and Democrats across the country. As John Harwood ofThe New York Times observed on Tuesday, “The very structure of the 21st-century national Democratic coalition makes its November turnout predicament bad, perhaps historically so.” Blacks, women, and young people turned out in historic numbers for Obama in 2012; those groups will experience significant turnout dropoff in 2014.

So, what happens when President Obama does not achieve his wish and take back the House while maintaining the Senate? He has already threatened to use his phone and his pen – and now that it is clear that Obama cares nothing about the limits of executive power, and that Congressional Democrats will stand for any abuse of that power, Obama may be planning the most far-reaching executive action in American history: amnestying 11 million illegal immigrants.

Northwestern Elementary PTA  Baked ZiƟ Dinner & Aucton


This Waitress Becomes The Victim Of A Life Changing Prank

Breaking News: Shooting on Fort Hood Army Base

Fox News is reporting there has been a shooting at Fort Hood Army Base In Texas.

CBS-TV KWTX, Waco confirms at least one dead at Ft. Hood. 

FORT HOOD, Texas -- There has been a shooting at Fort Hood and injuries are reported. Emergency crews are on the scene. No further details are know at this time.
As further details are available, they will be released through

UPDATE: Fort Hood's Directorate of Emergency Services has an initial report that a shooter is dead but this is unconfirmed.
The injured personnel are being transported to Carl R. Darnall Medical Center and other local hospitals. Numerous law enforcement agencies are in support and on the scene. The number of injured are not confirmed at this time. No further details are known at this time. 
The post is currently still on lock down.

Live Scanner Killeen and Fort Hood Area Police, Fire, and EMS

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UPDATE: At least one person was killed and 14 injured in a shooting at Ft. Hood in Killeen, Texas, a source with knowledge of the events tells Fox News. 

(AP) Obama says he's following Fort Hood shooting closely, US will get to bottom of what happened.

BREAKING UPDATE: 4 dead, 13 injured in shooting, according to  CNN

BREAKING: Fort Hood gunman identified as 34-year-old Ivan Lopez 

5 Ways Obamacare Is Ruining Lives

As the Obamacare enrollment period draws to a tentative close – and you never know when the period will close, given President Obama’s apparent willingness to manipulate the calendar repeatedly – horror stories about the Affordable Care Act mount.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) originally maintained, “All of [the horror stories] are untrue, but they’re being told all over America”; he now says that he never called such horror stories lies. It’s a smart backtrack, given the wide variety of Obamacare horror stories that continue to pile up day after day. Across the nation, premiums are blowing up; according to a December analysis by USA Today, more than half of the counties under the federal Obamacare exchange “lack even a bronze plan that’s affordable by the government’s own definition.”

And that is having an impact on individuals.


Edwin Fletcher Rumors

At this time there is a rumor being spread that Fletcher struck a U.S. Marshall in Dover. I made a call to the Delaware State Police and at this time they have not heard anything to confirm such a rumor. 

Berlin Fire EMS On Scene Of Serious Motor Vehicle Accident

There are multiple patients being transported to PRMC, one deceased on scene from a head on collision at Lewis Road near Sinepuxant Road.

Cancer-Stricken Dad Walks 11-Year-Old Down The 'Aisle' Because He Won't Be There For The Real Thing

Josie Metz's father won't be there to walk her down the aisle on her wedding day. But thanks to California photographer Lindsey Villatoro, the 11-year-old was able to experience what it might be like anyway.

Her father, Jim, 62, had already been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer when he and his wife, Grace, hired Villatoro -- a mother, photographer and founder of Love Song Photography based in Menifee, Calif. Two years ago, Villatoro began offering photography sessions for terminal clients or clients with serious illnesses to document their journeys and was referred to the Metz family.

"I try to really showcase the person for who they are and not the illness," she told The Huffington Post during a phone conversation Tuesday afternoon.


US Government Is World's 3rd Largest Economy

Monday's open enrollment deadline for ObamaCare, which, with its subsidies and tax credits, represents the largest expansion of government, is a good time to assess the total scale of government in the US.

Appreciating the full scope of the US government is difficult, because its activities are undertaken at the federal, state, and local levels. Adding all of this together, government in the US consumes more than $6 trillion a year. This makes the US government the world's 3rd largest economy.


Farmers Protest Bill That Would Threaten Somerset County Wind Farm

Debate over a bill aimed at halting development of an Eastern Shore wind farm heated up in Annapolis Tuesday, with Maryland farmers protesting the pending legislation.

Environmental leaders also sent a letter to the Maryland Senate, asking lawmakers to kill House Bill 1168.

“If passed, it would effectively shut down an emerging $1 billion wind industry on the Eastern Shore,” read the letter, signed by 15 environmental groups.

Why Not Just Get Rid of the Immigration Law Altogether?

The former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, John Sandweg, published an op-ed this week calling, in effect, for the abolition of immigration law.

Sandweg, a criminal defense attorney and Arizona crony of Janet Napolitano, wrote in relation to President Obama’s directive that ICE reexamine enforcement policies with an eye toward making them more “humane.” To that end, he says ICE “should eliminate ‘non-criminal re-entrants and immigration fugitives’ as a priority category for deportation.”

What that means is that people who have been formally deported and then sneak back in should be exempted from further attempts at removing them, even though re-entry after deportation is a felony. Also, he wants to exempt from deportation the hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens who have been ordered deported but ignored the order and simply absconded. He says, in the obligatory “to be sure” paragraph, “To be sure, those who repeatedly cross our borders illegally or abscond from the immigration court bear culpability” — but if they’re exempt from being taken into custody and removed from the country, what does that culpability mean? It’s not like they’re going to be prosecuted, even though reentry after deportation and absconding from court are both criminal offenses.


State Switching Health Care Website To Connecticut

Maryland will abandon operating its own health exchange website and adopt technology used in Connecticut.

Isabel Fitzgerald, who heads the Maryland Department of Information Technology made the recommendation Tuesday afternoon at a meeting of the exchange's board.

The exchange's board unanimously approved the move on Tuesday night.

After a six month enrollment period where the website was plagued by technical problems, Fitzgerald says Maryland's current website has "serious architectural problems," and would cost $66-million to fix. She also told the board that there is no guarantee that the website could ever be fixed.

Welfare Queens: Millionaire Couple Collected $165,000 in Government Checks

A Minnesota couple who collected $165,000 in government assistance had a $3 million fortune and lived on a yacht in Florida, it was revealed last week. Lady Andrea and Colin Chisholm, who are described as “Scottish aristocrats,” are now on the run from authorities.

The couple bilked taxpayers in two different states for seven years before anyone noticed, receiving free medical care and food stamps while collecting houses and sports cars. (Didn’t any red flags go up when “Lady Andrea” showed up to her free prenatal appointments in a shiny new Lexus?)

Colin Chisholm III, claims he is from a long line of Scottish aristocracy and is a wealthy broadcasting executive, according to court filings.

According to the criminal complaint filed in February, the Chisholms applied for more than a dozen forms of medical assistance, welfare payments and food stamps.


Where Does the Real Problem Reside? Two Charts Showing the 0.01% vs. the 1%

While I always supported the overall message and energy that encompassed the Occupy Wall Street movement, I never backed the slogan of the 1% vs. the 99%. From my own personal experience, it is entirely clear that the actual problem is a far smaller group within the 1%, the 0.1% or the 0.01% (although I recognize “We Are the 99.9%” isn’t catchy).

This is why you’ll never hear me demonize “the 1%”, rather I always try to use the term oligarch, which refers a small handful of people who benefit most disproportionately from Federal Reserve handouts, D.C. corruption, tax code loopholes and the destructive trend of financialization generally.

This is is also why I became so disgusted by Sam Zell’s ignorant and destructive comments on Bloomberg television earlier this year that decided to pen an open letter to him.


Blame Bush: Why Obama Gets So Little Respect From The Troops

Today Jennifer Rubin wrote an article in the Washington Post titled, “Why do the troops think so little of Obama?” I find it curious anyone even wonders why. Isn’t it obvious?

According to the Post’s poll of members of the armed services who went to Iraq or Afghanistan, is president is much less respected by the troops he leads than his predecessor: When it comes to their most-senior commander, the vets decisively prefer [President] George W. Bush to [President] Obama. Only a third approve of the way Obama is handling his job, and 42 percent of them think he has been a good commander in chief despite his decisions to bring troops home from Iraq, wind down the war in Afghanistan and increase resources for veterans. By contrast, nearly two-thirds of them think Bush, who launched both wars, was a good commander in chief.”

You see, one can command troops to attend a gathering and they will abide by the rule of mandatory happy, but that doesn’t mean you’re respected.
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Why I will never be converted to gay marriage

I am queer – an-old-fashioned term with which I am more comfortable than gay, which seems a silly and unsuitable word for my predicament. I have always been queer, my first enlightenment when I was eight. I have never lied about it, never denied it, but I did learn to dissemble, which is why I think of it as a predicament, a menacing situation.

At school, 70 years ago, it hardly mattered until we were in the Upper Sixth and authority was thrust on some of us, but National Service would have been impossible had the army known – and it was while I was in the Army that I was made terrifyingly aware of what could happen were I ever foolish enough to be open about my homosexuality. Sixty years ago, on March 24 1954, the 20th century’s most notorious trial for homosexuality concluded with the imprisonment of Lord Montagu, his cousin Michael Pitt-Rivers, and his friend Peter Wildeblood.

The offence was, of course, homosexual activity, but the trial was conducted so obviously from the high moral ground of bigotry and prejudice that homosexuality itself was in the dock, reason, common sense and natural justice abandoned, the letter of the law triumphant. The severity of the punishment, however, the notoriety and disgrace that ripped apart family and friends as tough to bear as the months in gaol, had unexpected consequences. It proved to be the tipping-point into a long and very slow change in the attitudes of society that, six full decades later and almost to the day, gives homosexual men and lesbian women the legal right to enter into marriages.


Chick-fil-A Again Tops KFC As Top Chicken Chain

Chick-fil-A widened its lead over rival KFC as the No. 1 chicken chain in the U.S. last year.

Preliminary data from food industry researcher Technomic shows that Atlanta-based Chick-Fil-A held the lead because its locations are much busier, even though there are far fewer of them.

Chick-fil-A first surpassed KFC as the top chicken chain in 2012. KFC is still much bigger globally.

KFC, owned by Yum Brands Inc., has been struggling in recent years, despite a variety of new menu items like boneless chicken pieces and snack cups designed to fit in a car cup holder. It even began testing a more upscale restaurant concept called "KFC eleven." Sales at established locations nevertheless fell 2 percent last year.

SFD Calls For Service 4-1-14

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Civil rights leader says irrelevant White Privilege Conference wastes taxpayer money

MADISON, Wis. – Niger Innis, national spokesman for the Congress of Racial Equality, considers the annual White Privilege Conference to be frivolous, irrelevant and a waste of taxpayer money.

Not to mention the convention does nothing to address the real needs and concerns of struggling minorities, Innis told Wisconsin Reporter.

Still, Innis doesn’t have a problem with the conference’s progressive organizers inviting thousands of teachers, university faculty, activists, government employees and students to discuss the “evils of Western Civilization and white people” — so long as they are prepared to pay for it themselves.


"Obama's DOG Flies In A Better Helicopter Than Seal Team Six"

Last night it was an honor and a pleasure meeting the Father of one of the Navy Seals, (Billy Vaughn) from Seal Team Six who was killed along with 29 other Navy Seals. 

Things you don't know. The helicopter they flew on that mission was made in the 1960's! Vice President Joe Biden exposed who the people were killed in the Bin Ladin mission, exposing that Seal Team AND their Families to terroristic threats and attacks. This was a breach of national security by our own ice President.

I could go on and on about Mr. Vaughn's speech last night but instead of spoiling it, I'd encourage you to buy his book instead and see just why he and his Wife have chosen to travel the United States exposing incredible corruption with documents facts.

The book is called "Betrayed"  GO HERE to purchase the book.

How Climate Change Influenced the End of the Late Bronze Age

No gas guzzlers were needed for 3,100-year-old environmental disaster.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has issued its latest warning. The ice caps are melting, water supplies are declining, heat waves and heavy rains are increasing in frequency, and coastal communities are under threat because of man-made climate change.

“Throughout the 21st century, climate-change impacts are projected to slow down economic growth, make poverty reduction more difficult, further erode food security, and prolong existing and create new poverty traps,” the new IPCC report says. The panel projects that these changes will cause conflict over land and resources, including water and food.

This has happened before.


Week 12: Delegate McDermott's Field Notes

Field Notes
Observations and Reflections on Legislative Activities
By Delegate Michael A. McDermott

Week 12 March 21-25, 2014
Wednesday Morning Voting Session: Bills on Third Reader
Thursday Morning Voting Session: Bills on Third Reader
This week the House debated the budget (SB-170) and transgender rights (SB-212) for two entire days, and I saw nothing that reflected on the nature or scope of these bills. The reporters wrap up for the week did not even mention it! So allow me to provide a few details that apparently were not “fit to print”.
Overall, the proposed budget, SB-170, will increase total spending by over 4%. Unfortunately, our revenues will only increase, optimistically, by 1%. They had to get the money from somewhere, so they robbed the Teachers and Employee Retirement Trust Fund of another $200 million this year with another $200 million to be taken next year (along with $700 million in the next few additional years out). This gamble will cost us a boatload of money. Delegate Conway told us they would replace the money in the coming 20 years, but this includes a $600 million balloon payment. Now tell me this, if we are a state that cannot even stick to a plan for 12-months to return $100 million…what odds would you give me on us replacing $600 million?
They also raided all of the other, so called, “trust funds” in order to balance out their spending increases to the tune of $4.5 billion transfers. This included the Chesapeake Bay Trust, the Transportation Trust Fund and a host of lesser funds collected for a variety of set aside issues. The Republicans take exception to the robbing of these established funds and diversion to non-specified purposes. When the government takes money from the public for a specific issue, it is a violation of trust not to use those funds for their stated and intended purpose.  I co-sponsored bills to keep this from happening, but the ruling party simply cannot live with access to the kitty on every account.
Further, we do not return the Highway User Money to local governments. Instead, we are totally funding the Red and Purple Transit Lines that are used by only 6% of our population. 94% of our people rely on roads and bridges and pay fuel taxes to cover their upkeep and maintenance, and yet they fail to direct funding back to those who pay the bill. In a word, shameful!
The budget increase in spending since O’Malley took office will come close to 40% this year. It would be easy to blame the governor for his part in this reckless package, but he finds willful accomplices in the Democrat controlled General Assembly. On the lower shore both Senator Mathias and Delegate Conway voted in favor of the budget and spending bill.
Republicans offered 15 Floor Amendments aimed at controlling spending or doing away with funding for non-existent program areas which were all rejected. For the fourth year in a row, we also offered up an alternative budget that would have eliminated the pension theft and restored some financial integrity to the budget, but they would have none of it. (there were a few of us who refused to even vote for this increase on principle).
TRANSGENDER RIGHTS (aka “The Bathroom Bill”)
Granting specified “Civil Rights” to those who are physically one sex but believe themselves to be another is something we could debate. For instance, John Hopkins University Hospital has discontinued sex change surgery following years of many of their patients wanting to be changed back…and then back again. The American Medical Association classifies these individuals as “mentally ill.” Having said that, if the debate were simply about fair housing or not being denied service at a business, most would probably not stand in the way of adopting these changes; however, “public accommodations” goes a lot further.
Senate President Miller made it clear that SB-212 had to pass with no amendments or it would die in the Senate. Sadly, the House leadership acquiesced to these demands. We went from a deliberative body to a rubber stamp for the Senate in short order. That did not stop the Republicans from offering some great amendments; they were amendments that the bill desperately needed to even have a chance of being operationally effective. All attempts at change were rejected, even when glaring problems were pointed out.
When the governor signs this nonsense, here is what you could face or will face in the future:
·         By definition of law, a person is a “transgender” if they simply feel or desire to be of the opposite sex. There are no precursors and somebody who has never dressed differently or expressed themselves in such a way in the past could simply decide, “today, I am a woman” and have the power of law to allow them full access to facilities dedicated as a women’s bathroom.
·         By definition, the same is true for any private facilities such as YMCA, spa, or gym facilities that have separate locker rooms for men and women. There are simply no barriers and the action revolves around the state of someone’s mind and how they see themselves today.
·         There is an exception when it comes to bathroom and private facilities: if the owner/operator provide facilities that are substantially equivalent to those available to women or men, those who consider themselves to be transgender could be required to utilize those facilities. (How long before we hear the “separate but equal” argument on this legislation?)

We fought this bill for hours, but the Democrats prevailed. The costs to the business community could be significant if they elect to put in a separate facility. Most simply cannot afford to do so which assures us that somewhere along the way, there will be a conflict. I think I summed it up best in my closing remarks on the floor: “We are in serious trouble when a confused state offers up confused legislation on behalf of some very confused individuals.”

WH Report: Chronic Marijuana Users Up 84% in 10 Years

The number of chronic marijuana users--defined as those who used it on four or more days in the past month--increased 84.3% between 2000 to 2010, according to a RAND Corporation report commissioned by the White House.

“In January 2012, the U.S. White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) asked RAND to generate national estimates of the total number of users, total expenditures, and total consumption for four illicit drugs from 2000 to 2010: cocaine (including crack), heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamine (or meth),” says the report, What America’s Users Spend on Illicit Drugs: 2000-2010. (See Spend on Illegal Drugs 2000-10.pdf)

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Common Core Assignment Asks Kids to Choose Two Amendments to Remove From Bill of Rights

Common Core is an Agenda 21 (U.N.) based curriculum that teaches sustainable development, zero-population philosophies and the dangers of humans impacting the environment. Over the course of a citizens educational years it will teach children what kind of action should be taken globally, nationally and locally by organizations of the United Nations System, Governments, and Major Groups. In order to adopt a global-type-thinking, an individual must be trained to give up their personal sovereignty and adopt phrases like “for the good of the whole”. A key step is to disregard the whole importance of basic human rights held in the Bill of Rights. A current Common Core assignment has Constitutionalists concerned for the blatant brainwashing against Bill of Rights.


Kudos to Mary Ashanti and the NAACP

At last night’s meeting of the Wicomico County Council, Mr. Culver praised the NAACP’s forum for candidates last week, for which he noted his appreciation and thanked Ms. Ashanti for her effort and work on behalf of that group. We agree.

Hypersensitive Liberals on Twitter Try to #CancelColbert

You’d think every American would love free speech. Wrong. Some ultra sensitive liberals oppose free speech even when applied to their favorite TV hosts—as illustrated by the recent Twitter protest of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report.

Last Thursday night, Twitter began blowing up with the hashtag #CancelColbert. The online protest started when the Twitter account attached to The Colbert Report posted a tweet that at first glance seemed insensitive to Asians.


FIFTEEN Days Later The Daily Times Finally Reports On Sheriff's Pay Increase

"Wicomico sheriff may get pay raise after council revote"

Can someone please tell me why people pay good hard earned money for this Newspaper? FIFTEEN days later they finally expose something that was voted on TWO weeks ago.

In the twelve o'clock hour we will have an article going up about the Navy Seal Team Six Father who came all the way to Salisbury, Maryland to share his heart warming story about the death of his Son. Was the Daily Times there, WBOC or WMDT? NO! 

I just don't get it Ladies & Gentlemen. Even after getting rid of Joe Carmean and Greg Bassett, that paper continues to go down hill. They can claim their budget doesn't allow them to afford to go to this and that event. However, this BLOG with VOLUNTEERS and incredible dedication delivers breaking news and stories WEEKS in advance.

Oh, referencing a portion of their article they quote John Hall on Sheriff Lewis' pay raise as saying, “Everybody I talked to said this is the right thing to do,” Hall said. See, it's CONVENIENT to quote these elected officials with LIES because it's not the Daily Times lying.

I can tell you this, I personally spoke with John Hall and flat out told him why the Council should say no. Many other Council Members said they had received numerous calls from people stating they supported the pay raise. Well, DUH, Lewis simply had people calling Council Members stating they supported the pay raise. What a bunch of Idiots. 

Tent City Residents Leaving

The future of a tent city that has been home to about a dozen homeless residents is in jeopardy – some have lived in the camp off of Route 1 near Midway Presbyterian for nearly two years.

Delaware State Police Cpl. Matthew Blakeman, who has checked on the residents over the past two years, said he is helping make arrangements to move the residents off the property by Saturday, April 5.

“I was contacted by the troop that the landowner sent a letter saying he wanted everyone off his property because he received a letter stating he was in violation of county code,” Blakeman said.

CIA officer confirmed no protests before misleading Benghazi account given

Information on ground rejects protest account

Before the Obama administration gave an inaccurate narrative on national television that the Benghazi attacks grew from an anti-American protest, the CIA’s station chief in Libya pointedly told his superiors in Washington that no such demonstration occurred, documents and interviews with current and former intelligence officials show.

The attack was “not an escalation of protests,” the station chief wrote to then-Deputy CIA Director Michael J. Morell in an email dated Sept. 15, 2012 — a full day before the White House sent Susan E. Rice to several Sunday talk shows to disseminate talking points claiming that the Benghazi attack began as a protest over an anti-Islam video.


BREAKING NEWS: Overall limits on campaign contributions struck down

Supreme Court, in 5-4 decision, strikes down cap on total contributions individuals can make to candidates, PACs and parties.


The Problem Is Liberalism, Not Racism

When Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif, went off on Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis, for his remarks that “We have got a tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work,” the wrong part what she had to say got all the attention.

The big buzz that Congressional Black Caucus member Lee generated was her accusation that Ryan’s remarks were a “thinly veiled racial attack.”

But the part of her remarks I found most interesting was “…Mr. Ryan should step up and produce some legitimate proposals on how to tackle poverty and racial discrimination in America.”

Paul Ryan has been one of the most creative and courageous policy thinkers in Washington in recent years.



Annapolis, Md. (April 1, 2014) -- Governor O'Malley and Lt. Governor Brown issued the following joint statement on the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange Board's recommendation to upgrade the exchange's IT system:

"Thanks to the incredible hard work and commitment of hundreds of consumer assistance workers, brokers, carriers, Exchange staff, and many other stakeholders -- Maryland exceeded our goal and has so far enrolled more than 295,000 people during this first open enrollment period. That means a lot to these families who have the security and peace-of-mind that comes with having quality, affordable health care. And it means a lot for the long-term affordability of our healthcare system.

The hard work of getting so many Marylanders enrolled was made even tougher because Maryland’s health exchange website did not meet expectations -- a source of great frustration, especially for those who were trying to obtain healthcare for the very first time.

Our Administration has not succeeded at every first try, but we have never given up. We learn from both success and failure. The vendors we hired failed to build us the platform they promised. So now that the first open enrollment period has ended, we’ve decided to upgrade our website.

The Health Exchange Board selected a partner with a proven track record to upgrade our website using a platform that has an established record of success. We’re confident that this partner will have the website upgraded by the time the next open enrollment period begins in November.

The Maryland Health Exchange is much more than a website. It’s the board, policies, connector entities, call center, other consumer assistance networks, staff, and many other aspects that have allowed the state to exceed its enrollment goal despite the IT challenges. All of this will all remain in place. The website is one piece of the Exchange, and that piece is being upgraded."

Cleveland Clinic CEO: Three-Quarters Of ObamaCare Signups Have Higher Premiums

House Rejects Bid To Block Pay Raises

Democrats in the House of Delegates sidetracked a Republican attempt Tuesday to force a vote on a 16 percent pay raise for lawmakers – virtually assuring the pay hike will take effect without a vote.

The House voted 87-48 to defeat a procedural move by Del. Cathleen M. Vitale, an Anne Arundel County Republican, to bring her resolution blocking the raise to the floor. The motion required 94 votes to pass. Only a handful of Democratic delegates, including gubernatorial candidate Heather R. Mizeur, joined a united Republican caucus in supporting the move.

By sending Vitale's resolution of disapproval to the Rules Committee — which is under the control of House Speaker Michael E. Busch — the Democrats can prevent the measure from coming up for a vote.

U.S. Navy Seals Elite Parachute Team to jump at OC Air Show

Ocean City will be one of the only shows in the nation with all DoD branches participating

OCEAN CITY, Md. – The U.S. Navy Seals elite parachute team, the Leap Frogs have announced they will perform at the 2014 OC Air Show June 14-15, 2014.

The 7th annual edition of the event will be the only air show of the year in the mid-Atlantic region to feature the Leap Frogs. With the addition of this elite Navy parachute team every branch of the Department of Defense will be participating in the 2014 event The Marine Corps will feature an AV-8B Harrier Demo, the Army Silver Wings Parachute Team will also perform and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will headline the event.

The OC Air show has also just unveiled the Performer Page on the official website Several civilian performers have been announced including the first ever B-25 Mitchell flight. The addition of the World War II era bomber “Panchito” is sure to delight veterans and history buffs alike. The GEICO Skytypers will be returning in their World War II era SNJ-2 naval training aircraft as well.

“This year’s line up is looking to be one of the best in OC Air Show history ” said Bryan Lilley, President of the OC Air Show. “We’ve got a great variety with the military demos, warbirds, parachute teams, formation flight teams and we’re not done announcing performers yet.”

FDA Proposes Burdensome, Costly, Unnecessary Rules For Beer Makers

Why would they do this? In Government World, why not? They have nothing better to do

(Fox News) Beer brewers are objecting to a proposed federal rule that would make it harder for breweries to sell leftover grains as animal feed instead of throwing them away.

The Food and Drug Administration rule change would mean brewers would have to meet the same standards as livestock and pet-food manufacturers, imposing new sanitary handling procedures, record keeping and other food safety processes on brewers.

Beer makers complain that the new rules, if adopted, would force them to dump millions of tons of “spent grains,” which are left over after barley, wheat and other grains are steeped in hot water.

Bear Republic brewmaster Rich Norgrove says the rules would be costly and force brewers to dump the grains, instead of the more sustainable practice of feeding them to livestock.


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Senate Votes 20% Pay Raise For Top State Officials

The Senate voted Tuesday to provide a 20% salary increase over the next four years to the attorney general, comptroller, state treasurer and secretary of state.

The attorney general, comptroller and treasurer each earn $125,000 annually. The secretary of state makes $87,500 annually.

Under the bill, which Senate members approved 36-10, the attorney general, comptroller and treasurer would earn $149,500 in 2018, and the secretary of state would earn $109,500.


Obama, O'Malley, Pollitt & Ireton Hold A Press Conference (yawn)

Budget Conference Approves Alternative Approach To Rain Tax

House and Senate conferees working on the state budget tentatively approved an alternative to the contentious stormwater remediation fee dubbed the “rain tax” by opponents.

The surprise move offered by Sen. James Ed DeGrange of Anne Arundel County appears to be an end-run around environmentalists and the House Environmental Matters Committee, which has blocked any changes to the requirement that nine counties and Baltimore City impose a separate tax to clean up stormwater polluting the bay.

Following a contentious back-and-forth between the Carroll County government and state officials, the Maryland Department of the Environment allowed Carroll County to allot a portion of its property taxes to fund the county’s stormwater management program.

The 7 Reasons America Became A Great Power

My latest Townhall column is called, The 7 Reasons America Became A Great Power. Here’s an excerpt from the column.

“In the matter of reforming things, as distinct from deforming them, there is one plain and simple principle: There exists in such a case a certain institution or law; let us say, for the sake of simplicity, a fence or gate erected across a road. The more modern type of reformer goes gaily up to it and says, ‘I don’t see the use of this; let us clear it away.’ To which the more intelligent type of reformer will do well to answer: ‘If you don’t see the use of it, I certainly won’t let you clear it away. Go away and think. Then, when you can come back and tell me that you do see the use of it, I may allow you to destroy it.’” — G.K. Chesterton

We hear a great deal about how America needs to be “changed” by people who don’t seem to know America’s history, understand our country’s uniqueness, or appreciate how good we’ve had it as a people. Until you understand what made America a great nation to begin with, you have no business suggesting any changes to the policies, tradition, and culture that made us so uniquely successful. It’s not an accident that America became a great power. It’s because of these seven reasons.

1) Judeo-Christian Ethics: When people call America a “Christian nation,” they’re referring to the Judeo-Christian morals that shaped our country. Our strong sense of right and wrong kept corruption to a minimum, our Protestant work ethic caused Americans to be productive, and our belief in rights given by God, not government shaped our national philosophy. Respect for Christian values is a part of the fabric of our country that goes right back to our founding. Even if many people wouldn’t realize it until it is too late, an America where Christianity isn’t an important part of everyday life would no longer be America in any meaningful sense.

Once again, you can read it all here.

America the Beautiful? - Willie Nelson

You Don’t Have To Go Home, But You Can’t Stay At Walmart Drinking Beer For 2 Days

Back in the wilder days of my college youth, we knew the fun was over when the bar powers that be came on over the loudspeaker, saying “You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here.” Perhaps a New York Walmart could’ve used such a reminder for a woman accused of trespassing at the store for two days, just chilling out and drinking some beer.

Police say the woman was first spotted in the store Thursday night taking cans of beer from the store and drinking them where she stood, reports the Albany Times-Union.


Eggstravaganza Returns to Pemberton Park on Sunday, April 13

Salisbury, Md. – The Easter Bunny is laying eggs all over Pemberton Park! Hop on over to Wicomico Recreation’s Annual Eggstravaganza on Sunday, April 13 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. for a family-friendly afternoon filled with Easter fun.

Four egg hunts will take place during the afternoon for children 12 & under. (Please bring your own basket.) The whole family can take part in egg dyeing, crafts, the bunny hop, games and more! The fee for ages 3 & under is $2.00 and ages 4 & up is $4.00. Admission will be accepted at the event, advanced registration is not required. Pemberton Park is located at 5561 Plantation Lane in Salisbury.

For more information, visit or contact Katie Addis, Program Director or 410-548-4900 ext. 109.

The Federal Reserve Has No Integrity

As we documented in previous articles, the gold price is driven down in the paper futures market by naked short selling by the Fed’s dependent bullion banks. Some people have a hard time accepting this fact even though it is known that the big banks have manipulated the LIBOR (London Interbank Overnight Rate – London’s equivalent of the Fed Funds rate) interest rate and the twice-daily

Almost every week it is possible to illustrate the appearance of a large number of contracts shorting gold at times of day when trading is thin. The short-selling triggers stop-loss orders and margin calls and hammers down the gold price.

The Fed has resorted to this practice in order to protect the value of the US dollar from Quantitative Easing.


Washington, DC Decriminalizes Marijuana

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray on Monday signed a bill that decriminalizes possession of up to an ounce (28 grams) of marijuana in the U.S. capital, a spokeswoman said.

The law makes possession a civil violation with a penalty of $25, lower than most city parking tickets. Possession had been a misdemeanor carrying up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.


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