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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Wife chops off cheating husband’s penis, twice

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

A jealous wife in China chopped off her cheating husband’s penis as he slept, then snuck into his hospital room after he had it sewn back on — and hacked it off again and tossed it out the window.

Fan Lung, a dad of five, sealed his fate when he decided to use his wife’s cellphone to send his secret lover a hot and heavy email, Central European News reports.


2 Albuquerque officers charged with murder in March shooting

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two Albuquerque police officers were charged with murder Monday in the shooting death of a knife-wielding homeless man that led to violent protests and brought new scrutiny to the police department amid a federal investigation.

Acknowledging the frustration over the secrecy of the proceedings in those cases, the Albuquerque district attorney said she would bypass the grand jury process and instead present the murder case to a judge at a preliminary hearing that will be open to the public.The decision to bring murder charges occurred at a time when police tactics are under intense review nationwide, fueled by the fatal shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, and the chokehold death of another unarmed man in New York City. Grand juries declined to charge officers in those cases, leading to large protests.


Governor-Elect Hogan Announces Cabinet Secretaries, Senior Appointments, Official Staff

ANNAPOLIS, MD – January 15, 2015 – Governor-elect Larry Hogan announced today several additional Cabinet secretary appointments as well as over a dozen official staff members during a press conference today in Annapolis.

"I am very proud of the great team we have assembled," said Governor-elect Hogan. "I want to thank all of them for their willingness to serve the people of Maryland and move our state forward." 

The governor-elect announced Senator David Brinkley as Secretary of the Department of Budget and Management. Senator Brinkley served in the Maryland General Assembly from 1994 to 2014 and was elected to leadership roles in both the House and the Senate.

In addition to the announcement of DBM Secretary, Governor-elect Hogan announced Sam Maholtra as Secretary of Human Resources, Jennie Hunter-Cevera as Acting Secretary of the Maryland Higher Education Commission, Clay Stamp as Director of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, and Luis Borunda as Deputy Secretary of State. 

The governor-elect also announced seventeen staff members. They include:

Steve Crim – Director of Public Affairs
Senator Marty Madden – Senior Adviser to the Governor
Amanda O'Malley – Deputy Chief of Staff
Mike Richard – Deputy Chief of Staff
Roy McGrath – Special Assistant to the Governor & Liaison to Board of Public Works
Brad Peganoff – Director of the Governor's District of Columbia Office
Adam Dubitsky – Policy Director
Mark Newgent – Deputy Policy Director
Wendy Hershey – Executive Services Director
Steve DeBoy – Legislative Officer
Chris Carroll – Legislative Officer
Matt Clark – Communications Director
Doug Mayer – Deputy Communications Director
Erin Montgomery – Press Secretary
Shareese DeLeaver Churchill – Press Secretary
Hannah Marr – Deputy Press Secretary
Lorena Rivera – Deputy Press Secretary​


Critical Thinking 
At Its Best! 


Do you drink beer?
Man: Yes

How many beers a day?

Usually about 3

How much do you pay per beer?
Man: $5.00
 , which includes a tip
 (This is where it gets scary!)

And how long have you been drinking?
About 20 years, I suppose
So a beer costs $5 and you have 3 beers a day which puts your spending each
month at $450.  In one year, it would be approximately $5400
 , correct?

If in
 1 year you spend $5400, not accounting for inflation, the past
20 years puts your spending at $108,000, correct?
Do you know that if you didn't drink so much beer, that money could have
been put in a step-up interest savings account and after accounting
for compound interest for the past 20 years, you could have now bought a
you drink beer?

Where's your Lamborghini?

28-pound rainbow trout caught in northern Idaho would have been record-breaker

A 28-pound rainbow trout was caught in a northern Idaho river last week—which would have been the largest in state history-- but it had to be released due to state laws protecting the threatened species.

"It's the biggest rainbow trout I've seen," Steve Liebenthal, the public information specialist from Idaho Fish and Game, told

The fish was hauled in on Jan. 8 by angler Larry Warren on the idyllic Clearwater River.

Critics question Syracuse mayor's appointment of Nation of Islam rep to school board

The mayor of Syracuse is drawing criticism after appointing a member of the Nation of Islam to fill an opening on the school board, but the follower of firebrand minister Louis Farrakhan vowed to help the community tackle "the whole problem of race."

Mark Muhammad, 54, an assistant professor at nearby Onondaga Community College and adjunct professor at Syracuse University, was tapped by Mayor Stephanie Miner to fill the last nine months of a term won by a board member who moved out of the city. Muhammad is the city’s local representative for the often controversial offshoot of Islam, led by Farrakhan, who has a long history of making anti-Semitic and racist statements.

"Mark is a positive influence on our community and has been for many years,'' Miner said in a prepared statement. "I am confident he will go on to do good work for the children and families of the school district."


Maryland’s New Winter Turkey Season to Open Statewide

This month kicks off Maryland’s first-ever winter turkey hunting season, taking place January 22-24 statewide. The new season will provide hunters with increased turkey hunting opportunities while minimizing conflicts with other seasons.

The bag limit is one turkey, of either sex. Hunters who took a turkey in the 2014 fall season may not harvest any in the winter. Hunting hours are one half-hour before sunrise to one half-hour after sunset. Weapons are limited to shotguns loaded with #4 shot or smaller. Crossbows or vertical bows are also legal. Harvest reporting requirements are the same as other turkey seasons. Hunters may check-in their harvests via phone, internet or mobile device with theAccessDNR app.

Winter hunting will generally require different techniques than those used in the spring when turkeys are breeding. For example, hen calls and decoys will be less attractive. Hunters should consider using traditional fall season tactics such as locating food sources, scattering a flock once found, and using “assembly” or “lost” calls to attract winter turkeys.

Complete regulations, check-in procedures and information on public land hunting opportunities can be found online at or in the 2014-2015 Maryland Guide to Hunting & Trapping issued with each hunting license.

Boehner: 'Our Goal Here Is to Fund Department of Homeland Security'

( - House Republicans say they are eager to pass a bill to fully fund the Department of Homeland Security, as long as no funding goes to President Obama's vastly expanded immigration program.

At a news conference Tuesday morning, House speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said, "This is actually not about the issue of immigration. This is about the president acting lawlessly...Listen, our goal here is to fund the Department of Homeland Security.

"Our second goal is to stop the president's executive overreach. This is not the way our government was intended to work. The president said 22 times that he didn't have the authority to do what he eventually did. He knows -- he knows the truth here, and so do the American people. And our job is to listen to the American people and hold the president accountable."


Girl's balloon letter to deceased dad gets reply 436 miles away

AUBURN, Calif. (ABC News) - For her late father's Jan. 6 birthday, 16-year-old Ashlynn Marracino wrote him a letter and sent it floating on a star-shaped balloon.

One day later, Lisa Swisley stumbled upon the teen's touching request.

"I showed up at my restaurant and a customer handed it to me," said Swisley, who owns two restaurants in Auburn, California. "I noticed there was writing on it and I got very teary-eyed."

Ashlynn, a student in Whittier, California, had written a note to her father onto a balloon that traveled 436 miles to Auburn


Female leaders removed from Paris march images by Israeli newspaper

An ultra-conservative Jewish newspaper has digitally removed female politicians from an iconic image of world leaders marching through Paris, following last week's terror attacks.

Israel's The Announcer airbrushed out German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo - and cropped the front-page picture to completely exclude Danish Prime Minster, Helle Thorning-Shmidt.

It's believed the women were removed from the historic image, taken on January 11, so the newspaper would not offend its highly devout Orthodox readers.


Under Armour files trademark infringement lawsuit

BALTIMORE —Under Armour is filing a new lawsuit that accuses a Florida-based company of copying its trademark.

The trademark infringement lawsuit alleges that the company Salt Armour has been selling and promoting sporting goods and products under the names Salt Armour and Defense Armour since 2012.

The lawsuit says that in doing so, that company's consumers are likely to believe that its products have been made, approved or licensed by Under Armour, which isn't the case.


Benghazi campaign alert: Rand Paul calls Libya 'Hillary's War'

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul sent a strong signal Tuesday to 2016-watchers that Benghazi isn't dead as a presidential campaign issue, slamming former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for failing to prevent the 2012 terror attack in the Libyan port city that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other American personnel.

'We have to defend ourselves,' he told a conservative audience at a summit hosted by Heritage Action for America. 'We also have to defend our diplomatic missions around the world.'

'I put a lot of blame at the feet of Hillary Clinton for not defending the embassy – or the consulate – in Benghazi. I think she did a terrible job. And I think that it's inexcusable, basically, when you're asked for security that you not provide it.'

Paul added in a calculated barb at Clinton, who is the Democratic Party's presumptive 2016 front-runner, that protecting American assets 'is the job of the Commander-in-Chief, and that is the job of the executive branch.'


Rebuked by Graham, Duke University cancels bell tower broadcast of Muslim call to prayer

DURHAM — In the face of biting criticism from conservative Christian evangelist Franklin Graham, Duke University dropped its plan Thursday to let Muslim students chant a weekly call to prayer from the Duke Chapel bell tower.

“Duke remains committed to fostering an inclusive, tolerant and welcoming campus for all of its students,” Michael Schoenfeld, vice president for public affairs, said in a news release. “However, it was clear that what was conceived as an effort to unify was not having the intended effect.”

Members of the Duke Muslim Students Association hold prayer services, open to the public, at 1 p.m. each Friday in the Duke Chapel basement. Duke announced Tuesdaythat starting Friday the students would make the “moderately amplified” call to prayer – a chant called the adhan – from the bell tower of Duke’s iconic Gothic chapel.


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Immigrants can now get Mexican birth certificates in US

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The Mexican government on Thursday will start issuing birth certificates to its citizens at consulates in the United States, seeking to make it easier for them to apply for U.S. work permits, driver’s licenses and protection from deportation.

Until now, Mexico has required citizens to get birth certificates at government offices in Mexico. Many of those living in the U.S. ask friends and relatives back home to retrieve them, which can delay their applications for immigration or other programs.

Now, even as Republicans in Congress try to quash President Barack Obama’s reprieve to millions of immigrants living illegally in the U.S., Mexico is trying to help them apply for programs that would allow them to remain temporarily in the country and continue sending money back to relatives across the border.


NYPD union meeting erupts into chaos

An ugly scene erupted Tuesday at a Queens banquet hall where NYPD cops had convened to discuss ongoing tensions with City Hall.

The Patrolmen's Benevolent Association chief Patrick Lynch, who so vocally demanded that Mayor Bill de Blasio apologize to the NYPD after showing what they called police bias following the Eric Garner decision, bore the brunt of the ire.

'I don't care about an apology,' one union rep yelled at Lynch as the meeting devolved into chaos. 'I want to know what you're going to do to protect us.'

It was toward the end of the tense 2-hour session when the yelling began, the New York Daily News reports.


Experts: If Holmes found insane, he’s unlikely to be freed

DENVER (AP) — If James Holmes is found not guilty by reason of insanity in the Colorado theater massacre, he would be committed indefinitely to the state mental hospital and could — in theory, at least — be released someday.

But psychiatrists and attorneys say that’s highly unlikely, given the enormity of the shootings and the notoriety they have generated.

“He doesn’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell of ever walking off the grounds of the Colorado state hospital,” said Dr. Steven Pitt, a forensic psychiatrist based in Scottsdale, Arizona, who works on criminal cases but is not involved in the Holmes case.


The end for Rosie and Whoopi? ABC considers ending The View

The View is dimming at the show that Barbara Walters built.

Network insiders tell Daily Mail Online that the long-running talk show could end after this season, amid struggling ratings and infighting among the talk show hosts.

Currently in its eighteenth season, the show created by retired TV journalist Barbara Walters is suffering some of its lowest ratings ever with its new team of Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O'Donnell, Nicolle Wallace and Rosie Perez.

Now under the umbrella of ABC News, the network is considering the possibility of ending the show and replacing it with an extended version of 'Good Morning America.'

'The brass at ABC feels like they've tried to do everything possible to breathe new life into this show,' said the insider. They moved it from ABC Entertainment Daytime to the ABC News division, that was having so much success with Good Morning America.


MSP Press Release 1-15-15 (Princess Anne Barrack)

Barrack “X” Princess Anne
30581 Perry Road
Princess Anne, Maryland 21853
PHONE: 443-260-3700
FAX: 443-260-3764

On Jan. 15, 2015 at approximately 0830 Hours, troopers from the Princess Anne Barrack responded to the 28000 block of Alfred Johnson Lane, Marion Station, Maryland for a complaint of a gun being fired in a residence. Upon arrival, troopers learned that Glenda Evans had been involved in a domestic verbal dispute. During the dispute, it was alleged that Evans discharged a firearm. Troopers attempted to make contact with Evans who had locked herself in the residence. She refused to speak with troopers nor would she leave the residence. There was no one else in the house at that time.

At approximately at 1130 hours, troopers established contact Evans. She agreed to come out of the residence. Evans was taken into custody without further incident. There were no injuries to Evans or other family members. Evans was taken to the hospital for further evaluation. Charges are pending.

Police: Marion Barry's son under investigation for violent bank altercation

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - The late Marion Barry's son threatened a bank teller and destroyed a security camera, police said Wednesday.

The incident comes just two weeks after Christopher Barry announced he would run for his father's Ward 8 D.C. Council seat.

According to police, Barry became upset when a teller at the PNC Bank branch in the 800 block of Seventh Street NW told him he could not make a large cash withdrawal because his account was overdrawn.

“You always give me a hard time. I’m going to have someone waiting for you when you get off, you b----,” Barry said, according to a police report on Tuesday's incident.


Caption This Photo 1-15-15

Oh, this is going to be good!

Chipotle pulls pork: Restaurant suspends carnitas in 500 stores

Chipotle says it stopped serving pork at hundreds of its restaurants after suspending a supplier that violated its standards.

Chris Arnold, a spokesman for the burrito chain, told The Associated Press it's the first time the company stopped serving a topping for its burritos and bowls.

He said Chipotle learned of the violation by the supplier on Friday through a routine audit, and did not have a timeline for when carnitas would return to affected stores, about a third of its total base.

'It's hard to say how long it will last,' he said.


Woman robbed after winning nearly $1K at casino; 2 arrested

WALDORF, Md. —Authorities said a woman was robbed of about $1,000 she won at the Maryland Live! Casino after a couple followed her home an hour away.

The Charles County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday that the couple saw the 40-year-old woman win about $1,000 at the Hanover casino in the early morning of Dec. 20. The sheriff's office said the couple followed the woman all the way home to Waldorf, an hour away.

That's when they said the man pulled a gun and stole her purse, which had her winnings inside.


US Retail Sales Drop Most Since June 2012 (And Don't Blame Gas Prices)

But but but... US retail advanced sales dropped a stunning 0.9% MoM (massively missing expectations of a 0.1% drop). The last time we saw a bigger monthly drop was June 2012. Want to blame lower gas prices - think again... Retail Sales ex Autos and Gas also fell 0.3% (missing an exuberantly hopeful expectation of +0.5% MoM) and the all-important 'Control Group' saw sales fall 0.4% (missing expectations of a 0.4% surge). Boom goes the narrative.

Advance Retail Sales massively missed For Dec.


Worcester County Bureau of Investigation Press Release 1-15-15

DATE: January 5, 2015
CBI Case #: 15-0008
LOCATION: Bay Terrace Apartments, Berlin, MD
Incident: Death Investigation

NARRATIVE: On January 5, 2015 the Berlin Police Department and Berlin EMS were called to respond to the area of Bay Terrace Apartments, Berlin, Maryland, regarding a male with a head injury. The male was transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center for treatment. During the investigation, investigators learned the male underwent multiple surgeries during the week and later succumbed to his injuries. As a result investigators from the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation were contacted and resumed the investigation. The investigation is on-going and anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to contact TFC Richard Keidel at the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation at 410-632-1111. Information can also be provided to the Lower Eastern Shore Crime Solvers at 410-548-1776.

SFD Calls For Service 1-14-15

  • Wednesday January, 14 2015 @ 23:38Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Wednesday January, 14 2015 @ 22:42Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Wednesday January, 14 2015 @ 21:51Nature: Unresponsive PatientAddress: 312 Delaware Ave Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Wednesday January, 14 2015 @ 19:28Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Wednesday January, 14 2015 @ 16:21 Nature: Odor InvestigationAddress: 28768 Ocean Gtwy Salisbury, MD 21801

BREAKING NEWS: At least 3 reportedly killed in Belgium counter-terror raid

European news outlets are reporting at least 3 people killed during a police counter-terrorism raid in Verviers, in the eastern part of the country. One official told AFP that the operation was 'jihadist related.' 

Congressman Harris Appointed to Key Appropriations Subcommittees

WASHINGTON, DC: This week, Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) was appointed to two important new subcommittees on the House Committee on Appropriations. Congressman Harris was appointed to the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, and the Subcommittee on Homeland Security.

“My primary responsibility will continue to be working to control government spending and put our nation back on a path toward fiscal responsibility. I plan to use my new position on the agriculture subcommittee to ensure the agriculture economy in the First District remains strong,” said Harris. “On the Homeland Security Subcommittee, I will work to protect our nation at home from enemies who want to do us harm, while protecting our personal liberties.”

Congressman Harris will continue to serve on the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies. Congressman Harris has used his position on that subcommittee, and background as a physician and medical researcher, to work to speed up the process of finding cures to diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and cancer.

For more information on the issues each subcommittee covers, visit the websites below:

Somerset County Sheriff's Office Press Release 1-15-15

Noe Barnal Rubio of Crisfield, arrested 12-24-14 for driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol, negligent driving,  consuming alcohol while driving, violating license restrictions, and failing to keep right of center. Rubio was released on citations pending District Court actions. The arrest was the result of a traffic stop in the area of Crisfield Highway, and Crisfield Marion Rd where deputies were flagged down by a motorist reporting a suspected drunk driver.

Donald Lee Handy of Princess Anne, arrested 1-2-15 on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Handy was held on a $500.00 bond.

Troy Emanuel Smith Sr. of Salisbury, arrested 1-5-15 on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Smith was held on a $500.00 bond.

Kevin Wilson Phillips of Princess Anne, arrested 1-7-15 on a warrant for violating a protective order, and harassment. Phillips was released on an unsecured bond.

Gregory Theodore Tanouye of Curtis Bay Maryland, arrested 1-12-15 on a warrant for violation of probation. Tanouye was held without bond.

Thomas O’Leary Simpson of Pocomoke, arrested 1-12-15 on a warrant for violation of probation. Simpson was held on a $5,000 bond.

Kerri Eugenia Vaughan of Princess Anne, arrested 1-13-15 on a warrant for violation of probation. Vaughan was held on a $10,000 bond.

Liza Marie Nichols of Salisbury, arrested 1-13-15 on a warrant for contempt of court. Nichols was held on a $155.00 bond.

Jodi Arias revealed few new details in closed-door testimony

Two months ago, convicted murderer Jodi Arias went in front of jurors and pleaded to be spared the death penalty for the brutal killing of her ex-boyfriend.

However, a judge's ruling allowed her to testify in secret and sealed her words from the public.

Transcripts of that testimony were released Tuesday, weeks after an appeals court threw out a judge's decision to bar the public from the courtroom while Arias was on the stand.

At the time, the judge explained the witness, whose name was then kept secret, was skittish and wouldn't testify in public. The release of the transcripts came after news organizations protested the closure.


Guantanamo Bay Detainees Transfer Announced

Release No: NR-016-15

Detainee Transfer Announced

The Department of Defense announced today the transfer of Akhmed Abdul Qadir from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to Estonia.
As directed by the president’s Jan. 22, 2009, executive order, the interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force conducted a comprehensive review of this case. As a result of that review, which examined a number of factors, including security issues, this man was unanimously approved for transfer by the six departments and agencies comprising the task force.
In accordance with statutory requirements, the secretary of defense informed Congress of the United States’ intent to transfer this individual and of his determination that this transfer meets the statutory standard.
The United States is grateful to the Government of Estonia for its humanitarian gesture and willingness to support ongoing U.S. efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. The United States coordinated with the Government of Estonia to ensure these transfers took place consistent with appropriate security and humane treatment measures.
Today, 122 detainees remain at Guantanamo Bay.

Release No: NR-015-15
January 14, 2015

Detainee Transfer Announced

The Department of Defense announced today the transfer of Al Khadr Abdallah Muhammad Al Yafi, Fadel Hussein Saleh Hentif, Abd Al-Rahman Abdullah Au Shabati, and Mohammed Ahmed Salam from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to Oman.
As directed by the president’s Jan. 22, 2009, executive order, the interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force conducted a comprehensive review of this case. As a result of that review, which examined a number of factors, including security issues, these men were unanimously approved for transfer by the six departments and agencies comprising the task force.
In accordance with statutory requirements, the secretary of defense informed Congress of the United States’ intent to transfer these individuals and of his determination that this transfer meets the statutory standard.
The United States is grateful to the Government of Oman for its humanitarian gesture and willingness to support ongoing U.S. efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. The United States coordinated with the Government of Oman to ensure these transfers took place consistent with appropriate security and humane treatment measures.
Today, 122 detainees remain at Guantanamo Bay.

Autistic boy suspended from college for kissing and hugging student

An autistic college student, 20, cried all day as he waited for a school bus that never came.

That's because he was suspended from his classes for 'sexual assault' on January 5 for hugging and kissing a stranger, says his troubled mother.

Brian Ferguson was in a special needs program at Navarro College in Waxahachie, Texas when he saw a woman in the hallway he thought he knew and went in to hug her and give her a friendly kiss, says mother Staci Martin.

'He gave her a hug and kissed her on the top of her head,' Martin said told NBC.


Russian billionaire 'is selling Brooklyn Nets amid financial concerns'

The Russian billionaire who owns the Brooklyn Nets has decided to sell the NBA team amid concerns about its financial losses and performance on court, according to reports.

Mikhail Prokhorov, 49, has apparently retained investment adviser Evercore Partners to sell his share of the basketball franchise, which he bought for a staggering $223million in May 2010.

The businessman, who is worth an estimated $11.1billion, currently holds 80 per cent of the Nets, as well as 45 per cent of the Barclays Center, the club's two-and-a-half-year-old arena in New York.

Of these, only the team is for sale, two sources close to the matter told Bloomberg News.


Pancho the Chihuahua disappears from view as he plays in the snow

A new video demonstrates why small and frail Chihuahuas are best kept indoors during snowy weather.

Footage shows Pancho the puppy being thrown into inches of white powder while on a winter vacation in Bardonecchia, Italy, only to be lost from view.

His body leaves a gaping hole in the frosty ground with grass poking through but the tiny canine is nowhere to be seen.


President Obama Sends Me A Letter

Remember a while ago I did an article about how someone thought it would be funny to add my name to a Democrat list and I started getting all these e-mail messages from the Democratic Party, including President Obama, Michelle, Joe Biden and others? 

Well their trick backfired because for the past two years I've been getting direct information from their Party, watching them attack Conservatives and I'm not kidding when I tell you I get at least two e-mail messages a day, and up to five per day.

In each one of them they BEG for money, even after Obama was re-elected, they still keep asking for money in every message. 

Well, about two months ago they sent me one saying they wanted to have President Obama send me a personalized letter with his signature on it. I thought, oh, what the heck. Let's see if they'll actually do it. I received the letter on 1-14-15. 

Mr. Obama, no, "thank YOU for all that YOU have done, and will do" to keep me abreast of every underhanded BS message you have sent me personally for all this time. 

I must say, the quality of the paper you provided was quite nice. Usually it takes more than that to start my fireplace. Watching that paper fire up and burn, well, that was so sweet. As Richard Prior would say, NOW THAT'S A FIRE! 

GOP, with Dems’ Help, Takes First Swipe at Obamacare

As promised, the newly Republican-controlled Congress is about to take its first swipe at the president’s health care law.

Though many in the GOP would love nothing more than to repeal Obamacare in its entirety, doing so would be impossible as long as President Obama is in the White House. Instead, they’ve set their sights on systematically undoing some of the law’s most unpopular provisions—and it looks like the medical device tax may be the first to go.

On Tuesday, a group of 10 senators, including six Republicans and four Democrats, filed legislation that repeals the 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices imposed under Obamacare. The levy is among a handful of taxes that help finance the health care law. The Joint Committee on Taxation has previously estimated that it will raise about $28 billion over the next decade.

The bipartisan bill sponsored by Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) does not include how it will make up for the lost revenue. Still, it is perhaps one of the only realistic chances the GOP has to strip down a portion of Obamacare this year. It’s unclear whether the president would kill the bill with his veto pen, though the White House has threatened to veto a similar bill in the past.

The law’s medical device tax is a popular punching bag among Republicans and a handful of Democrats who live in districts with large medical device companies and factories. Opponents of the tax say it’s a job killer; they also claim the tax will ultimately get passed onto patients in the form of more expensive care.


Jailed lawmaker’s return brings Virginia Capitol more unwanted attention

Joseph D. Morrissey left his jail cell Wednesday morning and headed to a tiny office cluttered with boxes next to the state Capitol, where he took an oath of office to serve in the Virginia House of Delegates.

For the oldest continuous lawmaking body in the New World, this was new drama: a jailed legislator who makes laws by day on work release and gets locked up by night.

That has left the rest of the House wondering just what to do with Morrissey, a Democrat- ­turned-independent who is serving a six-month term stemming from his relationship with a then-17-year-old former receptionist at his law firm. He resigned his seat when he was convicted but won it back in a special election Tuesday.


Guns and Hoses Step Back In The Ring

In Pics behinds the Check from left to right

Left to right for the Hoses (Fire Fighters) Carlos Stanley, Kenneth Vickers, Bandon Recordsm and Coach Hal Chernoff surrounded by members of the Main st Gym.
Absent is Fire Fighter, Moses Edwards
Left to right for the Guns (Law officers) Ryan Brittingham, Jesse Kissinger, John Oliver and Coach Hal Chernoff. Absent for the Law officers, Brian Barr

Following the successful Guns & Hoses Boxing Event held at Main St Gym, the Police Officers and Firefighters returned to the ring to present donations to their chosen Charities. Each group raised just over $500 from their ticket sales with Main St Gym adding to the funds to make a $1000.00 donation in honor of the participants of the Guns and Hoses event.

For the “Hoses”, (Firefighters) Moses Edwards,Kenneth Vickers, Carlos Stanley and Brandon Records chose to donate to the Wounded Warrior Project The Project helps thousands of injured military men (Warriors) returning from the battlefield by providing assistance to them and their families. The “Guns”, (Law Enforcement Officers) John Oliver, Jesse Kissinger, Brian Barr and Ryan Brittingham chose to donate to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund located in Washington D.C. The Memorial Fund honors officers killed in the line of duty and conducts research into officers' fatality trends and other issues.

“This event was everything we knew it could be” said Main St Coach Hal Chernoff. "The community came out and really got behind all these young men and appreciated what they were doing regardlessof winning or not. These first responders achieved a goal that others have tried and failed; fostering good relations with our community's youth and between each other. I am so proud of all these police officers and firefighter who lead the way as pioneers of Guns& Hoses on the Eastern Shore."

As far as the future, Chernoff said "I have gotten feedback that other people from both fields would like to participate as well as some that want to return again. The fans let it be known loud and clear they want to see this happen again, so I will do all I can to make that happen. The slogan fulfilled itself, Guns& Hoses Creating Unity in the Community”.

URGENT: White House Makes Sickening Announcement About Their Plan to Censor the Media

President Barack Obama plans to use his bully pulpit to reinforce the extremist agenda of silencing opposition to radical Islamic terrorism, the White House announced on Monday.

Press secretary Josh Earnest claimed that the move was intended to sacrifice freedom of expression in order to protect American servicemen and women.

The irony inherent in the fact that those servicemen and women had taken an oath to defend that freedom of expression — as did the president himself — seemed completely lost on Earnest.

“The president … will not now be shy about expressing a view or taking the steps that are necessary to try to advocate for the safety and security of our men and women in uniform” if the White House feels that a given piece of journalism could offend Muslims and thereby provoke terrorist attacks.

Earnest made the statement while trying — lamely — to defend the Obama administration’s objections to free speech, specifically opposition it had voiced to anti-jihadi cartoons published in Charlie Hebdo in 2012.


BREAKING NEWS Hollywood shocker: ‘American Sniper’ receives Oscar best-picture nomination

"American Sniper" may snag the highest honor in Hollywood: An Oscar for best picture. 

WRONG AGAIN: Greenland’s Ice Sheet Defies Critics With 4-Year High

Despite fears that global warming is harming the Arctic region faster than the rest of the world, Greenland is defying climate scientists and currently growing at its fastest rate in four years.

The Danish Meteorological Institute reports that Greenland’s ice sheet has seen more growth so far this year than in the last four years. Greenland’s growth in 2015 is also higher than the mean growth for 1990 to 2011.


Monster Truck Winter Nationals Returns to the WY&CC Jan 30 and 31

Rev Up Your Engine as the Monster Truck Winter Nationals Returns to the WY&CC

Salisbury, Md. –
Monster Trucks Winter Nationals returns to the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center in Salisbury, Md. for three shows on Friday, Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 31 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. “This year we threw away the rule book and we’ll let the drivers turn the horsepower up on their trucks. No maximum engine size, no weight minimum - this will let the trucks really get some big air, which is what the people want to see,” said Big Ed Beckley, owner of Checkered Flag Productions.

Bigfoot, the most famous monster truck in the world, will return to fend off the competition. “We know when we come to race we are a target and everyone wants to beat us,” said Bigfoot driver J. R. Adams. Ready to take on Bigfoot this year are Monster Medic, Shockwave, Be Ware Monster, After Shock, Krazy Train and Saigon Shaker.

Saigon Shaker was built by The Metal Shop in Delmar, De. Also a sponsor of the event, The Metal Shop has been involved in the Monster Trucks Winter Nationals for years. “Rick Disharoon started in this business nearly 20 years ago with his Backdraft truck and we are excited to see their new truck,” said Beckley.
In addition to the trucks, the show will feature daredevil ATV rider Henry Rife as well as a Tuff Trucks Challenge. The general public is invited to get involved in the show with old demo cars, pickups, Jeeps and SUVs as they attack the obstacle course and race against the clock for top honors and the state championship. Those interested in entering the Tuff Truck Challenge may do so at the gate one hour prior to each show.

Advanced tickets for the Monster Trucks Winter Nationals are on sale now or in person at the WY&CC Box Office (open M-F 9am to 6pm). VIP tickets, including prime seating and pre-show Pit Party access begin at $30 while general admission tickets start at $20. Special pricing is available for youth tickets. Additional taxes and or fees may apply to all ticket prices.

Maryland Lawmakers Discuss Upcoming Session, Budget Woes

CAMBRIDGE, Md. (AP) — State and local officials in Maryland are wondering what will be cut next due to budget challenges.

Two days after outgoing Gov. Martin O’Malley brought budget cuts to the Board of Public Works for the current fiscal year, leading lawmakers made forecasts Friday as to how Gov.-elect Larry Hogan and lawmakers will close an estimated $750 million deficit for the next fiscal year. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch spoke on a panel at a conference of local officials about the upcoming budget challenges and where some of the needed savings might be found.

“Nothing is going to be sacrosanct, and we’re going to get through it,” Miller, D-Calvert, said at the Maryland Association of Counties conference, with less than a week before the start of the 90-day legislative session.

One potential budget target is the Geographic Cost of Education Index, a budget formula that sends extra state money to school districts in areas with higher education costs. Cutting the GCEI entirely would save the state about $126 million.


Dems Pull the Race Card on Education, Again

Liberals deploy the same old tactics to shoot down any attempts to curtail bad federal laws.

It has taken liberal school reformers almost no time at all to throw the race card into the debate about reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002.

Eager to retain an expansive federal role, but finding it tough to argue this position on the merits, liberal reformers have rushed to charge that the current effort to dial back the federal role is a thinly veiled attack on minority children.

Perhaps the best example of this phenomenon was provided just the other day by aDaily Beast column penned by Jonah Edelman, CEO of the education-advocacy group Stand for Children. Edelman is the scion of two liberal icons: Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, and Peter Edelman, a Clinton-administration official who famously resigned to protest welfare reform. Jonah is also a friend and a smart guy, and Stand for Children has done some laudable work.

Unfortunately, that’s what makes his column so notable when it denounces any effort to reduce the federal role as a surrender to the forces of “racism, politics, ignorance, [and] indifference.” Edelman perfectly illustrates the problems with liberal-flavored school reform and its hollow calls for “bipartisanship.”


Ripken Throws Support To Juvenile Crime Prevention Program

BALTIMORE (AP) — A juvenile crime prevention program designed to reduce tensions between police and inner city communities will broaden its presence in 2015 under the scrutiny of Cal Ripken Jr.

Badges for Baseball, which is operated by the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, will return to 21 states and add a few more this year.

The program pairs police and kids and is designed to serve as on outlet for youth during after-school hours.


Body cam video shows moment suspect pulls gun on rookie officer

Newly released footage from a police body camera shows how a calm encounter between an Arizona officer and a domestic violence suspect quickly and unexpectedly turned deadly for the rookie cop last month.

The nearly 14-minute video from Officer Tyler Stewart's department-issued recording device starts with Stewart in his patrol vehicle and ends with a gun pointed at him. The footage released Tuesday does not show the actual shooting.

Stewart and Robert Smith chat calmly outside Smith's Flagstaff home December 27 for about three minutes. Smith had his hands in his pockets most of the time.


Maryland cheers Martin O'Malley leaving

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San Fran Fed's Williams: June Rate Hike 'Reasonable' Amid Job Gains

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco President John Williams, who will vote on policy this year, said raising interest rates in June would be a close call amid “strong momentum” in the labor market and weaker wage gains.

“I would expect by June that the argument pro and con for lifting off rates will be probably a close call” assuming that inflation doesn’t fall further, Williams said in a telephone interview from his San Francisco office. “It’s a reasonable guess.”

His remarks dovetailed with earlier comments from Atlanta Fed chief Dennis Lockhart, also a voting member of the policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee this year, that rate liftoff in mid-2015 would probably be justified.


Mississippi Teen’s Burning Death Remains a Mystery More Than a Month Later

The reward for information in connection to the attack on a young woman in Mississippi who was allegedly set on fire and died shortly after has been increased to $43,000.

Reward money has come in from multiple sources since the Dec. 6 attack on 19-year-old Jessica Chambers, with the latest contribution of $25,000 from the FBI, officials said.

The U.S. Marshals Service contributed $10,000 early on in the search and Crimestoppers added $1,000, Panola County District Attorney John Champion told ABC News. The remaining $7,000 is made up by personal contributions.

Feds Add $10K to Reward in Murder Case of Burned Mississippi Teen

Mystery Deepens in Case of Burned Mississippi Teen Jessica Chambers as Police Call for Witnesses

The investigation is active but no arrests have been made, he said.


The State Is a Crime

There are three types of “crimes”, however two of those should not be considered as such. Let me explain.

1) Crimes against so called natural rights, conferred by natural law. Natural rights are universal ethical rules, developed over thousands of years and e. g. to be found in the commandments of all large religions. These natural rights link the Non Aggression Principle (NAP) to the respect for private property- you shall not kill, steal, covet your neighbor’s house, use violence or offer violence against any other person except in self-defense etc. Nobody should be coerced into a contract and thus all contracts should be based on voluntariness. The victims of crimes against these natural rights are always individuals.

2) Crimes directed at the state with the state as “victim”. Examples are inter alia tax evasion, tax fraud, objection to military service (i.e. slave labor) and damaging or stealing state property.

3) Victimless crimes against state statutes and rules.

Let’s now scrutinize these three kinds of “criminal acts” more closely.


Hillary Clinton 'upset Bill Clinton's name has been linked to Epstein'

Bill Clinton's name being recently linked to registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein has greatly upset his wife, according to a report published Thursday.

An unnamed source told Page Six 'Talk in Washington is that Hillary is furious with Bill about all this new information on Jeffrey Epstein.'

Court documents from 2011 describe Clinton's connection to Epstein, the news outlet reported. Epstein was convicted in 2008 for soliciting prostitution from a minor.

An excerpt of the documents, obtained by The Smoking Gun, said from 2002 to 2005 that 'Clinton frequently flew with Epstein aboard his plane, then suddenly stopped - raising the suspicion that the friendship abruptly ended, perhaps because of events related to Epstein's sexual abuse of children.


Larry Hogan, lawmakers agree to 'work together' as General Assembly opens

State leaders hammered the theme of bipartisanship Wednesday at the opening of Maryland's 2015 General Assembly Session in Annapolis, even as a $750 million budget deficit looms in front of a government that could become divided by party and priority.

Gov.-elect Larry Hogan set the tone before the House of Delegates and Senate officially opened at noon. Hogan, a Republican who will be inaugurated next week, appeared with the Democrat he beat in November's gubernatorial election, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown.

Hogan later gave separate speeches to the Senate and House, both of which are populated largely by Democrats. He pledged to cooperate.


Wisconsin Senators Demand Investigation Into VA Facility

A VA medical facility in Wisconsin — known by veterans as “Candy Land” — is handing out record numbers of opiates, and punishing staff who disagree. Veterans are reportedly so high during therapy that they drool and burn themselves on cigarettes.

Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Rep. Ron Kind are demanding that Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald further investigate a report on the facility. The Center for Investigative Reporting originally broke the story on Friday, revealing that from 2004 onward, the number of prescriptions handed out has quintupled under the direction of chief of staff Dr. David Houlihan.

Staff members stated that Houlihan punished anyone who raised questions about lax prescription policies.


WCSO Mourns The Loss Of Deputy First Class John Brune

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the untimely passing of Deputy First Class John Brune, W303 of the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office. John passed this morning after going into cardiac arrest at his home. John was an extremely valued employee of our Civil Division and will be missed by those who knew him

19.7% of American households use food stamps

Beneficiaries exceed 46 million for 38 straight months

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The number of beneficiaries on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—AKA food stamps–has topped 46,000,000 for 38th straight month, according to data released by the Department of Agriculture (USDA).

In October 2014, the latest month reported, there were 46,674,364 Americans on food stamps. Food stamp recipients have exceeded 46 million since September 2011.

The 46,674,364 on food stamps in October was an increase of 214,434 from the 46,459,930 on food stamps in September.


"Have been discussing this with Ireton but he refuses to change it, saying it is correct the way it is, but it isn't".

The first picture is the War Memorial in Salisbury on N. Salisbury Blvd. across from Pep Boys. It is a 1950 postcard showing the American flag being flown on the proper side of the monument. It is, and should be, on the right side, if you are standing at the monument and viewing it. (This would be viewing it from the opposite direction shown). The other picture is recent and shows the American flag on the opposite side, and the city flag on the other. City officials, at the top, have been advised that this is not correct etiquette for the American flag. They insist it is correct the way it is, but it isn't. It has been suggested they ride around Salisbury and check flags flown at county, or state facilities, but apparently they don't care enough to do so..

The flag is always on the right, as you are facing out from the objective or subject. If you are on a podium facing an audience, it should be on your right, the observers left. If it is in front of a building with other flags, and if you are standing on the steps facing out, it would be on your right, the observers facing toward the building would see it on the left. The zoo is a good example, as is the Elks Lodge, Wor-Wic College and many others locally. 

Considering that the monument in question is the subject, and if you are standing in front of it facing out toward the flags, the American flag should be on your right.

92.9 Million Americans Are Out Of The Labor Force


America’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 5.6 percent in December (its lowest level since June 2008). Meanwhile another quarter million new jobs were created in December, according to the monthly job report released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Good news, right? Sure … if you’re not paying attention.

Mainstream media outlets like The Wall Street Journal touted America’s “strongest year of job growth in 15 years” and a new “postrecession low” in unemployment as “evidence of momentum for the labor market.”

The only problem? The labor pool continued to shrink, wages also declined and the quality of jobs continued to diminish – a sad testament to the “recovery” created by the economic policies of presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

Most important for those of you keeping score at home, America’s labor participation dropped in December to 62.7 percent – its lowest reading since December 1977. Translated into hard numbers? A total of 92.9 million working age Americans were not part of the labor force – a new record.

“Only 111,000 more Americans were employed in December than the month before, while 456,000 people abandoned the workforce entirely. That is how the unemployment rate dropped to 5.6 percent in spite of extremely disappointing job growth numbers,” said Rick Manning, vice president of public policy and communications for Americans for Limited Government.


Will Wicomico EVER Get An Elected Board of Education?

Not Unless County Council Gets Off the Dime

As long as Wicomico County voters aren’t allowed to have a say in who runs their public schools they will continue to see a school system that grows in bureaucracy and borrows to build new schools rather than adequately maintain existing buildings. All anecdotal evidence indicates that a majority of voters favor a school board elected in the same manner as the county council – five members by district and two members at large. The only way to receive objective evidence is a vote at the polls; something that certain special interest groups want to deny Wicomico voters.

An elected school board will not be a silver bullet to correct the problems our public schools face; it certainly won’t yield worse results than we’ve seen to date. However, the powers that be continue to stonewall the county’s voters.

How can we get an elected school board? It all starts with the County Council. They need to pass a resolution which would (hopefully) be signed by newly elected County Executive Bob Culver. Members of the county’s legislative delegation would then be asked to sponsor a bill in Annapolis calling for a question to be placed on the 2016 ballot. If the question received a majority vote of Wicomico voters, it would then fall on the legislature to approve a bill allowing for an elected school board.