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Thursday, June 05, 2014

Things You Don't See Everyday (Part 1)

Wash. parolees get the right to smoke pot

The policy will permit the state’s 14,000 parolees to consume marijuana like any other citizen under the I-502

The Department of Corrections is planning to allow parolees to smoke marijuana starting next week.

The policy will permit the state’s 14,000 parolees to consume marijuana like any other citizen under the I-502, legislation passed by voters in 2012, according to KREM.

“We’re putting some changes into effect so that we won’t routinely test offenders in the community for THC,” said Annmarie Aylward, DOC’s assistant secretary. The testing for THC will stop June 1.



HOUSTON, Texas — Breitbart Texas obtained internal federal government photos depicting the conditions of foreign children warehoused by authorities on U.S. soil on Wednesday night. Thousands of illegal immigrants have overrun U.S. border security and their processing centers in Texas along the U.S./Mexico border. Unaccompanied minors, including young girls under the age of 12, are making the dangerous journey from Central America and Mexico, through cartel-controlled territories, and across the porous border onto U.S. soil.

The photos illuminate the conditions of the U.S. Border Patrol’s processing centers, as well as the overwhelming task Border Patrol is facing.

Breitbart Texas Border Expert and Contributing Editor Sylvia Longmire reviewed the photos.


Obama Apologizes for Prisoner Swap, Judge Napolitano Says He Should Be Impeached

The AP has reported that the White House has apologized for not giving key lawmakers advance notice of the controversial Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap:

Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California and Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, the top Democrat and Republican respectively on the Senate Select committee on Intelligence, said White House officials called them Monday to say the lack of notification had been an oversight. Feinstein said she received a call from Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken.

The White House damage control comes as Republican lawmakers accused the White House of putting U.S. service men and women at risk by releasing the five top Taliban members being held in Guantanamo in exchange for Bergdahl.

An oversight?

How is that possible, when Obama himself signed the 30 day advance notice into law last year?


How Much Do Blue Crabs Cost This Week?

This was posted on the Facebook page of the Baltimore Sun. Aren't you glad you live on the Eastern Shore?

Marine watchdog: VA deaths actually ‘in thousands’

'It was all deliberate, and it was all in the name of an almighty dollar'

Evidence of dozens of U.S. veterans dying as they waited months for appointments and treatment are just the tip of the iceberg – and the real number of deaths could be in the thousands – according to a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who closely follows the issue.

Jessie Jane Duff spent 20 years in the Marines, rising to the rank of gunnery sergeant. She is now on the organizing committee at Concerned Veterans for America. While the government is essentially admitting to about 40 deaths in Phoenix due to long waits and dozens more facilities are under investigation, Duff said the real number of veteran deaths due to the VA bureaucracy in recent years is exponentially higher.

“Yes, I do estimate it’s in the thousands,” she said. “Let’s go to the backlog that they had. Fifty-three veterans died a day just waiting on their benefits in 2011. The VA itself has those numbers. We’re talking about egregious mismanagement, a culture of corruption that was allowing all these executives to give the impression that they had 14 days of waiting time, not months and months of waiting time, so they could get bonuses. So I expect it will be several hundred, if not thousands.”


Huge Arsenal Of Military Vehicles Being Auctioned In July

Wish you had something in your driveway with a little more … power? Well, now’s your chance.

One of the largest collections of military machines in the United States is being auctioned July 11-12 in California.

It was curated over the years by the late Jacques Littlefield, who housed the collection at his Military Vehicle Technology Foundation in Portola Valley.

After Littlefield’s death in 2009, the collection was acquired by the Collings Foundation, an educational organization whose mission is to preserve the history of military automobiles and aircraft.


America's War In Afghanistan Effectively Ended This Week

The longest war in American history effectively ended in a hurry in the past week.

On May 27, President Barack Obama laid out a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan, where the U.S. is wrapping up its 12-year military presence. Just four days later, the U.S. reached an agreement with the Taliban that freed the only American prisoner of war from the conflict. And Tuesday, the U.S. relinquished control over Manas Air Base in Kyrgyzstan, an installation crucial to maintaining supply lines to the American mission in Afghanistan.

The past week demonstrates the depth of the Obama administration's commitment to its withdrawal strategy. The administration has swiftly moved toward settling some of the thorniest aspects of the U.S.' over decade-long presence in Afghanistan.


Official On Key EPA Fracking Advisory Board Has Suspect Degree

An official on the Environmental Protection Agency’s hydraulic fracturing scientific advisory board got a doctorate degree from an unaccredited, shuttered online correspondence school that congressional auditors targeted a decade ago in an investigation into diploma mills.

The advisory board member is listed as Dr. Connie Schreppel in EPA records, which highlight her doctorate from Kennedy Western Universityand a master’s from Greenwich University.

Both schools are unaccredited or unapproved in several states, including Texas, where it’s a misdemeanor crime to cite a degree from either school in seeking a job or a promotion.

EPA officials declined to comment on Ms. Schreppel’s educational credentials and questions about her qualifications for the post. But the scientific panel’s deliberations have drawn intense interest from industry and environmental groups. In 2011, The New York Times reported that “Dr. Schreppel” was one of two New Yorkers serving on the EPA’s “board of independent scientists” studying the relationship between hydraulic fracturing — the drilling technique that has revolutionized American energy production — and drinking-water resources.

BREAKING NEWS: At least 2 shot at Seattle Pacific University, police say

At least two people were shot Thursday on the campus of Seattle Pacific University, and police were searching for a second gunman after apprehending one suspect.


Trained To Kill: The Policing Tactics The Public Isn’t Supposed To Know About

Despite the American public’s push for police reform, some law enforcement officers are attending classes emphasizing use of force -- even if their departments don’t Ok it.

On May 28, 126 police officers in Seattle filed a lawsuit in federal court, arguing that restrictions placed on the department by a federal court in 2012 regarding officers’ ability to use excessive force was a violation of their constitutional rights as officers.

Although the restrictions were put in place by the feds to curb the rampant unconstitutional policing the city was experiencing — especially when it came to the use of excessive and deadly force against mostly minority suspects — the officers argue that having to restrain themselves while on duty only leads to an increase in the number of citizens and officers killed.


Entries Sought For Fishing Photo Contest Through Oct. 15

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Fish and Wildlife invites angling and photography enthusiasts to enter the 2014 Delaware Fishing Photo Contest. The winning photo will be featured on the cover or inside of the 2015 Delaware Fishing Guide to be published early next year.

A judging panel composed of DNREC staff will be looking for photos that best portray this year’s contest theme, Taking Action for Conservation, by depicting anglers of all ages using catch-and-release techniques or otherwise demonstrating a conservation-minded action. Judges also will be looking at technical criteria including resolution, clarity and composition.

“After the success of last year’s contest, we are hoping that once again photographers from all over the state will share some of their best images with us, so we can share them with the fishing public,” said Division of Fish and Wildlife Director David Saveikis. “This year we look forward to photos that catch the conservation actions of anglers as they enjoy our great outdoors.”


Nobody Wins Elections Promising to Trim Waste/Fraud And Simplify Regulations

The problem in representative democracy is that every instance of waste, graft, fraud and monopolistic racket is somebody's fat paycheck or government contract.

Promising good governance guarantees a losing campaign for public office. The central irony of representative democracy is similar to the central irony of capitalism: the relentless pursuit of narrow self-interest ends up eroding the shared foundations every self-interested participant relies upon.

The problem in representative democracy is that every instance of waste, graft, fraud and monopolistic racket is somebody's fat paycheck or government contract. Those few who see the systemic damage wrought by unproductive skimming, scamming and churn are motivated by a concern for the foundations of the entire system, while those fighting to retain their share of the swag are driven by a fierce cornered-animal desire to keep their share of the loot regardless of the consequences to the system.

Who wins such conflicts? The people fighting tooth and nail to defend their share of the swag, even if it is unproductive, wasteful churn with high opportunity costs for society as a whole: for example, what else could we do with the hundreds of millions of dollars spent on tax preparation and avoidance were the thousands of pages of tax regulations radically simplified?


New 'Cult Classic' Film Set In Ocean City

OCEAN CITY, Md. -- A new movie, filmed in Ocean City is already being called a cult classic by some.

On Friday, "Ping Pong Summer" opens in theaters nationwide and will be available on iTunes.

Writer and director Michael Tully grew up in Frederick, Maryland, and spent summers in Ocean City.

"[He] actually came to Ocean City -- along with George Rush, who's the producer -- and met with me in the office here and wanted to talk about it, and tell us what their vision was," Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan tells WTOP.

"Michael wrote this about his experiences in Ocean City, and he said 'There's no where else we can do this movie. We need to do it here in Ocean City, Maryland. This is what I wrote about.'"

Man accused of vicious attack on V. Stiviano appears in court

The 40-year-old man accused of attacking V.Stiviano in a racist assault which left her face severely bruised intends to deny the charges, his lawyer has said.

Dominick Diorio made a brief court appearance on Wednesday and was released without bail.

He did not speak to waiting reporters but his attorney David Scott Smith said he expects the allegations to 'begin to fail' as soon as they are examined with more scrutiny.

He went on to accuse Stiviano of inventing the attack in order to gain publicity or to 'keep her name in the spotlight'.

'Simply put, a credible victim of a crime does not have her attorney call the press before she calls the police,' said Smith.

'Miss Stiviano seems intent on keeping her name in the spotlight. But I can assure you if this case goes to trial, my cross-examination will last longer than her 15 minutes of fame.'


Wildlife Reminders Issued In Light Of Recent Fox, Deer Sightings In North Ocean City

OCEAN CITY — A family of foxes frolicking among the dunes in the area of 134th Street and a deer in another area of north Ocean City have recently provided an up close and somewhat adorable brush with nature in the otherwise fairly urban resort, but residents and visitors are reminded to keep their distance and observe wildlife from afar.

Several times last month, a family of what appeared to be four foxes was spotted among the dunes in the area of 134th Street. In addition, a deer was surrounded by police on a dune in north Ocean City over Memorial Day weekend after initially being spotted in a commercial parking lot. While it may seem odd in an urban area like Ocean City in the summer months, it’s certainly not unusual to see wildlife interacting with human neighbors on the barrier island.

In recent years, there have been numerous sightings of foxes, squirrels, raccoons, opossums, skunks, rabbits, snakes and even white tail deer in the increasingly developed areas of Ocean City. As the town has grown and reached build-out, much of the wild animals’ natural habitat has been developed, causing more and more interactions with their human counterparts.

U.S. Govt. Hires 60,000 Illegal Immigrants, Pays Them $1 Per Day

(Michael Allen) The U.S. government does not allow U.S. companies to hire illegal immigrants in America, but relies on 60,000 undocumented immigrants to provide labor at federal detention centers where they are held after being caught by the Border Patrol.

The federal government pays the immigrants 13 cents an hour, or about $1 a day (a rate that was set back in 1950), reports The New York Times. Some immigrants are not even paid money, but are reimbursed with candy bars or soda.

If normal American businesses do this, they can be prosecuted and go to jail. Reginald Wayne Miller was recently arrested after allegedly paying foreign students $50 a week for 40 hours of work, which is more than the U.S. government pays.



(PRINCESS ANNE, MD) – Maryland State Police are investigating the death of a Somerset County man who was found dead in his apartment this morning by a friend who checked on him.

The deceased is identified as Kevin M. Green, 34, of the 11000-block of Stewart Neck Road, Princess Anne, Md. Green was pronounced dead at his residence.

Shortly after 9:30 a.m. today, Maryland State Police criminal investigators responded to Green’s apartment to conduct an investigation into his death. The preliminary investigation indicates a friend of Green’s went to the residence to check on him this morning. Green had not been heard from since June 3rd and he had failed to report for classes yesterday at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, where he was a graduate student.

When Green’s friend received no response at the door today, he forced entry into the apartment and found Green on his bed. Emergency medical services personnel responded and determined Green was deceased.

Investigators found no signs of foul play in the apartment and observed no obvious signs of trauma on Green’s body. His body will be transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.

The investigation is continuing.

Group Backed By Labor Unions Airs TV Ad Highlighting Twin Gansler Controversies

An independent expenditure group in Maryland funded largely by labor unions launched a television ad Wednesday claiming that Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler is “unfit to be governor” because of a pair of controversies that dogged his campaign last fall.

The 30-second spot by “One State, One Future” features television news coverage of stories about Gansler ordering troopers assigned to drive him to speed and run red lights and his appearance at a teen beach party where there was apparent underage drinking.

Those stories broke last fall in The Washington Post and the Baltimore Sun just as Gansler was launching his bid for the Democratic nomination for governor.


French Priest Offering Up Blessings To Extend The Life Of Parishioners’ Smartphones

Having a phone that’s always running out of juice is an irksome experience. So one French Catholic priest is offering a help line in the form of a blessing for his parishioners’ smartphones, to extend their battery life. “We must remember that the blessing of communication devices is written into the tradition of the Church just like with boats, carts and all instruments of labor and animals,” he explains. [via]


(ABERDEEN, MD) – A man suspected in a homicide in South Carolina injured himself after a brief pursuit this morning on I-95 in Harford County.

The suspect is identified as Darryl Flowers, 35, of the unit block of Elmwood Place in Goose Creek, South Carolina. Flowers has outstanding warrants for murder and assault with intent to cause serious harm with a weapon through Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office. Flowers attempted to flee troopers while he was operating a green Ford Explorer with South Carolina registration. The vehicle was listed as stolen by the Charlestown County Sheriff’s Office. Due to Flowers’ self inflicted injuries, he was transported by Harford County emergency medical personnel to Bayview Medical Center for treatment.

Preliminary information reveals just before 9:00 a.m. this morning, a trooper from the John F. Kennedy Highway Barrack working routine patrol observed a green Ford traveling northbound on I-95 prior to MD 543. A check of the South Carolina registration plate indicated the vehicle was reported stolen and may have been involved in a homicide. Troopers attempted to stop the vehicle, but Flowers refused.

Troopers were able to safely deploy tire deflating devices on the left shoulder. Flowers stopped a short distance later. As troopers approached his vehicle, they observed Flowers cut his throat and wrist with a box cutter.

Troopers immediately rendered assistance until emergency medical personnel from Harford County arrived on the scene. Flowers was transported to Bayview Medical Center where he remains under guard.

Members of the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division responded to the scene and will be assuming the investigation. Crime Scene Technicians from the Maryland State Police Crime Lab responded to process the scene.

Due to severity of the incident I-95, was shut down for approximately three hours. Members of the Maryland Transportation Authority assisted with road closures and detours.

Documents Show That Big Tobacco Has Been Interested In Pot For At Least 45 Years

With medical marijuana now legal in nearly half the country and pot now a legal retail item in Washington and Colorado, it would make sense that the nation’s tobacco companies would be seeing the potential for making green from green. And a new report uncovers documents showing that the tobacco industry has been thinking about marijuana long before most of the people who smoke it today were even born.

Researchers, led by Stanton A. Glantz, PhD, Director of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at UC San Francisco, searched through the mountain of tobacco company documents that the industry was forced to make public as part of a legal action, and which are now housed in the UCSF Legacy Tobacco Documents Library.

Their report, just published in the health policy journal Milbank Quarterly, unearthed a treasure trove of correspondence on the industry’s interest and research into marijuana going back to the 1960s.


National Donut Day Is Tomorrow!

National Donut Day is tomorrow! Are you ready for a FREE donut with any beverage purchase?

CLICK HERE to find a location

SFD Summer Fire Safety Press Release for June 2014

SFD Calls For Service 6-4-14

  •  Wednesday June, 4 2014 @ 22:15Nature: Medical Emergency City:Salisbury
  • Wednesday June, 4 2014 @ 21:52Nature: Medical Emergency City:Salisbury
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  • Wednesday June, 4 2014 @ 19:35Nature: Medical Emergency City:Salisbury
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  • Wednesday June, 4 2014 @ 10:58Nature: Emergency Unknown City:Salisbury
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TRAFFIC ALERT - Route 13 Intersection Improvements Project Will Require Nighttime Intermittent Lane Closures on Route 13

Seaford -- The Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announces that the on-going intersection improvements project in Seaford will require nighttime intermittent lane closures on Route 13 between Tharp Road and Herring Road in Seaford for the installation of a storm drain. The contractor for these improvements is Mumford & Miller Concrete, Inc.

Beginning on Sunday, June 8 through Wednesday, June 11 from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. each night, Route 13 southbound will have intermittent lane and shoulder closures.

On Thursday, June 12 through Thursday, June 19 from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. each night, Route 13 northbound will have intermittent lane and shoulder closures.

Variable message boards will be posted for motorists for the upcoming lane closures.

Salaries of Phoenix VA employees

This is the list of salaries of those employed at the VA hospital in Phoenix! Not bad for a group not doing their jobs well. Seems like the only

Government employees who are punished for doing their job poorly are our soldiers!


Who Do Americans Trust More: FOX, MSNBC, or CNN?

A poll conducted by Robert Morris University (RMU) surveyed 1,004 people nationwide with proportional contributions from each state via an online survey held May 6-13.

Most Americans perceive partiality in the news media and more believe Fox News is the most trusted for accurate reporting among the major television news organizations. Ironically, they also said Fox News was the most biased.

Of those polled in the survey - here are the results:
31.8 percent identified themselves as Democrats and 25.7 percent as Republicans.

Which news network is the most biased: 37.1 percent said MSNBC, 36.6 percent said CNN, Fox News was the most biased with 47.8 percent.

Which is the most honest news network: 18.4 percent said Fox News is the most trustworthy. MSNBC was the least-trusted network, clocking in at 4.4 percent, and CNN was declared trustworthy by 14.1 percent of respondents.

JUST IN: Conviction Overturned For Democratic Party Official Accused Of Molesting Children

The Virginia Supreme Court has tossed out the convictions of a former Democratic Party official who was accused of molesting three children.

Michael Armin Gardner was convicted of molesting two girls, age 9 and 11, who attended a slumber party for his daughter's 10th birthday. An Arlington County Circuit Court jury was unable to reach a verdict on a charge related to the third child.

During the 2012 trial, the prosecution said it had DNA evidence linking him to acts against the two girls, though Gardner maintained he never touched them.

The 50-year-old former chairman of the Democratic committee in Falls Church was sentenced to 22 years in prison in May of 2012.

Worcester County And Hardwire Partner To Boost Public Safety

The Commissioners announced their partnership with Hardwire, an innovate, high technology company located in Pocomoke City, to enhance public safety in Worcester County.

“Hardwire is an international leader, creating cutting edge products for military and public safety customers,” Commission President Church said. “We are proud to say Hardwire’s headquarters and manufacturing operations are located in Worcester County, and we are pleased to partner with them to boost public safety."

The county purchased bulletproof whiteboard shields and clipboards from Hardwire totaling $12,000, with Hardwire stepping up and agreeing to match the purchase dollar for dollar to provide additional, much needed safety equipment. The shields and clipboards will be used by Sheriff’s Deputies and School Resource Officers in the public schools and court houses. These boards will also be used in the State’s Attorney Office, Treasurer’s Office and Worcester County Developmental Center.

"After the Sandy Hook event and most recently the University of California Santa Barbara shooting, it is evident that there continues to be a serious problem with active shooters that needs to be addressed,” Hardwire Chief Executive Officer George Tunis said. “At Hardwire, we want to help take proactive steps in our community to ensure that if this unfortunate situation were to present itself here we are prepared to keep as many folks safe as possible. We applaud the work of our commissioners and county leadership in purchasing Hardwire Bulletproof Whiteboards and Clipboards for the various county department workers.”
For more information, contact Worcester County Economic Development Director Bill Badger at (410) 632-3112.

The Story You Haven’t Yet Heard About Bowe Bergdahl’s Desertion

Five years ago, I publicly raised questions about Bowe Bergdahl’s desertion from Blackfoot Company, 1-501 Infantry (Airborne), 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division.

A few weeks after his so-called “capture” in late June 2009, three conflicting accounts surfaced: U.S. officials told the Associated Press Bergdahl had “walked off” the base with three Afghans; the Taliban claimed on its website that “a drunken American soldier had come out of his garrison” and into their arms; and Bergdahl claimed in his Taliban “hostage video” that he had “lagged behind a patrol” before being captured. I asked on my blog: Were the AP’s sources mistaken? Or is the disturbing first account the right one? What about the “three Afghans” Pfc. Bergdahl reportedly “just walked off” with after his shift? Who are they? What’s going on? Five years ago, one of the brave soldiers who risked his life to search for Bergdahl answered my questions, and I published his statement on July 20, 2009: “I know the story and the accounts that he was drunk or that he was lagging behind on patrol are not true — this soldier planned this move for a long time. He walked off the post with a day’s supply of water and had written down before that he wanted to live in the mountains. … He is an embarrassment to everyone who has worn the uniform.”


United Auto Workers Vote to Raise Dues 25%

Delegates at a United Auto Workers convention have voted to raise dues by 25 percent to shore up the union’s finances. Representatives voted by a show of hands to approve the increase from two hours of pay per month to two and a half hours. It will cost the average longtime autoworker who makes around $28 per hour about $14 more per month. The increase will raise $15 million per year for the union. The raise is the first in 47 years for the U.A.W., which has been selling assets and raiding its strike fund to pay operating expenses. Dues revenue has dropped nearly 40 percent since 2006 to $115 million as membership has fallen to about 391,000 today from a peak of 1.5 million in 1979.


Half of Americans Can't Afford Their House

As the housing market slowly recovers, a majority of homeowners and renters are finding it hard to meet rising rents and mortgage payments, new research finds.

Over half of Americans (52%) have had to make at least one major sacrifice in order to cover their rent or mortgage over the last three years, according to the “How Housing Matters Survey,” which was commissioned by the nonprofit John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and carried out by Hart Research Associates. These sacrifices include getting a second job, deferring saving for retirement, cutting back on health care, running up credit card debt, or even moving to a less safe neighborhood or one with worse schools.

“Affordability issues are real and a major hurdle,” says Lawrence Yun, chief economist at the National Association of Realtors, an industry group. Home prices have increased 20% over the past two years while wages have barely gone up, he says. “Only by adding more new supply, via housing starts, can home prices be tamed,” Yun adds. In fact, construction of housing units has averaged around 1.5 million a year for the past five decades, he says, but it’s likely to be less than 1 million in 2014.


Better Yet!

Wow: Six cases of black mob violence in Chicago the local press ignores … all except one

Over the Memorial Day Weekend, Second City Cop blog reported all sorts of mayhem at the Gold Coast: The upscale shopping area of downtown.

Lots of people denied it happened.

One week later, this is what we got from the Superintendent of police:

McCarthy said police responded to a handful of incidents already this past weekend.

“Over the weekend, we had at least five or six examples of large groups of kids coming off the CTA, that we escorted around basically like NATO protesters, which is the tactic that we used last year that was so effective,” McCarthy said.

A week????? And this is what we get?


The New World Order And The Rise Of The East

“Actually, as Winston well knew, it was only four years since Oceania had been at war with Eastasia and in alliance with Eurasia. But that was merely a piece of furtive knowledge, which he happened to possess because his memory was not satisfactorily under control. Officially the change of partners had never happened. Oceania was at war with Eurasia: therefore Oceania had always been at war with Eurasia. The enemy of the moment always represented absolute evil, and it followed that any past or future agreement with him was impossible…” – George Orwell, 1984

Nations, cultures and populations are best controlled through the use of false paradigms. This is a historically proven tactic exploited for centuries by oligarchs around the world. Under the Hegelian dialectic (the very foundation of the Marxist and collectivist ideology), one could summarize the trap of false paradigms as follows:

If (A) my idea of freedom conflicts with (B) your idea of freedom, then (C) neither of us can be free until everyone agrees to be a slave.


Public Pre-School Becomes Campaign Issue

All three Democratic candidates for governor have proposals for expanding pre-kindergarten education in Maryland, which they discussed in a segment of Monday’s debate. Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown has been attacking Attorney General Doug Gansler for this failure to promise universal pre-K across Maryland.

Currently 41 states, including Maryland, offer some form of subsidized pre-K program.

“I’m super excited about this,” Del. Heather Mizeur said in the debate. “We are finally going to tackle the achievement gap in our schools.”

BREAKING NEWS: GM CEO says incompetence, negligence led to delayed recall

General Motors CEO Mary Barra says 15 employees have been fired after an internal investigation into the company’s recent ignition switch recalls.


10 Reasons to Oppose Common Core

Quite Possibly The Best Letter From Camp, Ever

Last year, my eight year-old son went to summer camp. It was the first time he had been away from home for more than a night. An hour after I dropped him off, I missed him. By the time I went to bed, I found myself wandering into his bedroom, just to feel close to him.

As the days passed, I wrote to him daily. Each hour dragged as I’d wait for the mailman, hoping for just one letter from him. By that point I missed him so much, I began to imagine what he might write.

I fantasized I would receive a letter something like this:


What the 2014 Elections Are Really About

A majority of Americans, regardless of which pollster asks the question, say the country is on the wrong track.

And as polls close in the eight states holding primaries today, there will be plenty of prognosticating as to what the latest election results tell us.

The media likely will continue its obsession with tea party vs. establishment candidates in Republican primaries. We’re told the establishment won in Kentucky and North Carolina, the tea party in Nebraska and Texas, and in Georgia … well, it depends on who you talk to.

And those who just can’t wait for 2016 will see which potential presidential contenders saw their endorsed candidates win, and which didn’t.

As with most elections, there is a lot at stake. But the most crucial outcome of Election Day 2104 isn’t related to the tea party, or to would-be presidential nominees. Instead, what matters most is whether we end up with enough lawmakers in Congress willing to reign in the increasingly imperial Obama presidency in his final two years.

The Obama administration’s complete breakdown in enforcing our immigration laws is causing havoc on the border. Obama’s recent moves to go around Congress, whether it be altering wage laws for federal contractors or imposing climate rules via the Environmental Protection Agency, are assaults on the very things the majority of voters say they care about most—jobs and the economy. And this is nothing new. Whether it is waiving work requirements in welfare laws or delaying implementation of various parts ofObamacare or First Lady Michelle Obama’s crusade to take over schoollunches, this is an administration that believes it knows better than the public, and the elected officials they’ve sent to Washington to represent them, how Americans should run their daily lives.


Former Bergdahl platoon-mates want 'a court-martial for desertion'

Two former comrades of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have confirmed to MailOnline that their former platoon-mate walked away from his post in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009 with the intention of reneging on his military oath.

'I'm positive that he's a deserter, and that it was all premeditated,' said Gerald Sutton, a 31-year-old Michigan college student who left the military in September 2012 and said he was 'a good friend' of Bergdahl when they were deployed to the Middle East.

A Pentagon investigation established in 2010 that on that Tuesday, Bergdahl abandoned his platoon in a war zone near the Pakistan border while serving with the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.

The Idaho native's disappearance led to an all-hands-on-deck manhunt in Afghanistan's Paktika Province, as thousands of troops were diverted to rescue a man who left the safety of his outpost with his eyes open.

'He wasn't out on some patrol one day and got captured by the Taliban, and nobody smuggled him off of the base,' explained Cody Full, a 25-year-old former infantryman who spoke with MailOnline from Houston, Texas.


Holder to Create ‘Homegrown’ Terrorism Task Force

Obama admin ramps up targeting of political enemies

Attorney General Eric Holder unveiled his plan to create a new Justice Department task force this week that will focus on the threat of “homegrown” terrorism.

In a video posted to the department’s website Monday, which was later removed, Holder argued that the focus on terrorism should “return” to the U.S. as opposed to remaining overseas.

“We face an escalating danger from self-radicalized individuals within our own borders,” Holder said. “As the nature of the threat we face evolves to include the possibility of individual radicalization via the Internet, it is critical that we return our focus to potential extremists here at home.”

The “Domestic Terrorism Executive Committee,” an admittedly revamped version of Janet Reno’s post Oklahoma City bombing task force, will include U.S. Attorneys as well as members from the FBI and Justice Department’s National Security Division.

Holder pointed to a 2013 Congressional Research Service report that claims domestic terrorism has produced more than two dozen incidents since 9/11 as justification for the task force, specifically noting the Boston Marathon bombing and Fort Hood shooting.

“Horrific terror incidents like the tragic shootings at Fort Hood and last year’s Boston Marathon bombing demonstrate the danger we face from these homegrown threats,” Holder said.


Hilary defends administration's decision to release Sgt. Bergdahl

Hillary Clinton gave a measured defense on Monday of the Obama administration's controversial decision to swap five Guantanamo Bay detainees for a US soldier held hostage in Afghanistan, noting that many of America's allies make similar deals.

The former secretary of state was asked about the exchange of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl at an event in Denver.

Clinton said she did not second-guess people who make such tough decisions, but said the American tradition of caring for its citizens and soldiers was a 'noble' one.


Md. GOP Gubernatorial Hopefuls Craig And George Fail To Qualify For Public Funding Match

Two Maryland Republican gubernatorial candidates who sought to participate in the state’s public financing system this year have failed to raise enough money to qualify, according to election officials.

Neither Harford County Executive David R. Craig nor Del. Ronald A. George (Anne Arundel) will be eligible for matching funds in advance of the June 24 primary, elections officials said Tuesday.

Candidates seeking to participate in the system faced a deadline of Monday at midnight to raise about $260,000 in “seed money” from individual donors in increments of $250 or less.

Couple recovers $50 million lottery ticket

A Canadian couple endured a roller-coaster ride of emotions when a lottery ticket worth $50 million went missing only to be found and returned by someone at their church.

Hakeem Nosiru won the January 17 Lotto Max draw and was one day away from claiming the money when the signed ticket, which he taped to the inside his wife's purse for safekeeping, was missing after they attended church.

That sparked a frantic search of their home, with garbage bins being upended and their contents picked through, an effort that left Nosiru and his wife — who are originally from Nigeria — empty handed and feeling 'miserable'.


Diet Stories

How we got red meat wrong

Historical, wide-lens perspective of meat eating in America - from no scientific data / records on the high amounts consumed before 1900 to how the "high" meat consumption information shared is leading as chicken is lumped into this data and has been what has truly risen the past few decades; red meat consumption today is far less than what forefathers in U.S. consumed.

After years of study, high cholesterol foods - red meat, eggs, butter - are found to play a very small role in raising cholesterol

Quotes dietitian from Baton Rouge hospital on how focus on low-fat diets has seen cholesterol and other health conditions rise. Includes her insight on body's production of cholesterol, and how eating animal fats helps prevent overeating and offers good nutrition.

Search Warrant?

How many children, old people, and law-abiding citizens have to be injured, terrorized or killed before we call a halt to the growing rash of police violence that is wracking the country? How many family pets have to be gunned down in cold blood by marauding SWAT teams before we declare such tactics off limits? And how many communities have to be transformed into military outposts, complete with heavily armed police, military tanks, and “safety” checkpoints before we draw that line in the sand that says “not in our town”?

The latest incident comes out of Atlanta, Georgia, where a SWAT team, attempting to execute a no-knock drug warrant in the middle of the night, launched a flash bang grenade into the targeted home, only to have it land in a crib where a 19-month-old baby lay sleeping. The grenade exploded in the baby’s face, burning his face, lacerating his chest, and leaving him paralyzed. He is currently in the hospital in a medically induced coma.

Where too was the outrage when a Minnesota SWAT team raided the wrong house in the middle of the night, handcuffed the three young children, held the mother on the floor at gunpoint, shot the family dog, and then “forced the handcuffed children to sit next to the carcass of their dead pet and bloody pet for more than an hour” while they searched the home?


Obama set to ‘kill economy’ with 1 simple move

'Big hit to consumers, to families, to businesses. That means fewer jobs'

President Obama is moving forward with a central component of his climate-change agenda, as the Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that carbon emissions must be reduced by 30 percent at fossil-fuel-burning power plants by 2030 to fend off the devastating effects of a changing climate.

The plan is actually set to take effect next year, but EPA administrator Gina McCarthy says the administration has a “moral obligation to act.”

The reduction in carbon emissions was a critical component of Obama’s “cap-and-trade” agenda that failed to pass the U.S. Senate in 2010, even with a filibuster-proof Democratic majority. This time, the administration is not involving Congress, a move that has Republicans seething.

“That’s been par for the course ever since Republicans took the majority in the U.S. House. The president has just ignored Congress and done everything by administrative fiat, in many cases going beyond his legitimate authority. That’s really dangerous and not living under the Constitution in significant ways, said Louisiana Sen. David Vitter, the top Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

“I think it’s dangerous when you have this dramatic (of) an action plan which can’t get legislative support, even in the Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate,” he said.


Worcester County Retains Current Tax Rate of $.77


The Federal Reserve "Explained" In 7 Minutes

Look Up

The Call……

The home phone rings and the wife answers.
A pervert, with heavy breathing, says.
I bet you have a big butt, with no hair.

The woman replies.
Yes, I have.
He's watching TV... whom shall I say is calling?

New Years 2013 - Synchronized Epic Music (Heart of Courage)

Hershey’s Track & Field Games Set For June 19

Event Open to Kids Ages 9-14

Salisbury, Md. –
Do you want to go the distance, learn new activities, make new friends and come out on top no matter what place you take? You're on the right track! Welcome to HERSHEY'S Track & Field Games.

Every HERSHEY'S Track & Field Games meet offers running events, like the 50-meter dash and the 800-meter run and field events, like the softball throw and the standing long jump. And that's just for starters. If you work hard enough and qualify in your events, you'll get the chance to compete at the North American Final in Hershey, Pennsylvania. P.S. The trip to Hershey is totally FREE and you get to do a lot of cool things like go to Hersheypark, visit HERSHEY'S CHOCOLATE WORLD Attraction and tour HERSHEY'S state of the art chocolate factory.

If you're between 9 and 14 years old and everything we said sounds pretty cool, mark your calendars for the HERSHEY'S Track & Field Games in Wicomico County! The games will take place at Wicomico County Stadium (Glen & Civic Avenue) on Thursday, June 19. (Rain date Friday, June 20.) Registration will take place on-site from 5-5:45 p.m., event begins at 6 p.m. Participants must be Maryland residents. Please bring proof of age.

For more information, visit or contact Karen McInturff at 410-548-4900 x108

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