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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Surveillance powers set to lapse with no deal in Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Security Agency is losing its authority to collect Americans’ phone records in bulk, after GOP Sen. Rand Paul stood in the way of extending the fiercely contested program in an extraordinary Sunday Senate session.

But that program and several other post-Sept. 11 counter-terror measures look likely to be revived in a matter of days. With no other options, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, in an about-face, reluctantly embraced a House-passed bill that would extend the anti-terror provisions that expire Sunday at midnight, while also remaking the bulk phone collections program.

Although the lapse in the programs may be brief, intelligence officials warned that it could jeopardize Americans’ safety and amount to a win for terrorists. But civil liberties groups applauded as Paul, who is running for president, forced the expiration of the once-secret program made public by NSA contractor Edward Snowden, which critics say is an unconstitutional intrusion into Americans’ privacy.

The Senate voted 77-17 to move ahead on the House-passed bill, the USA Freedom Act, which only last weekend fell three shorts vote of the 60 needed to advance in the Senate. For McConnell, it was a remarkable retreat after objecting ferociously that the House bill would make the bulk phone collections program unwieldy by requiring the government to search records maintained by phone companies.


Frustrated Worcester Teachers Exercise ‘Work To Rule’ Over County Pay Decision

BERLIN – Shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday, there was hardly a car in the parking lot at Buckingham Elementary School. Aside from a custodian doing yard work, the typically bustling school was quiet.

It was just before children began making their appearance for the 8:30 a.m. school day start that teachers began to arrive. They huddled in the parking lot, talking in small groups, before joining together to walk into the building at 8:20 — less than five minutes before their charges began filing off school buses.

Though a subtle display to those unfamiliar with the school, it, along with a similar event at Stephen Decatur High School, marked the first time in recent memory local teachers have resorted to “work to rule.” By meeting just the minimum required by their contracts — putting in no more time than the actual school day hours — teachers are hoping to share their frustration over the salary increases Worcester County officials have cut from the coming year’s proposed budget.


Salisbury Police Officer Caught Texting And Driving

This image and information was put out on Facebook today. Here's what you need to know. Believe it or not, law enforcement is immune to the texting and talking on the phone while driving laws. We were told directly a few years ago that they are exempt because they allegedly go through special training for this issue.

That being said, it depends on the Police Department. For example, Sheriff Lewis absolutely discourages ANY of his Officers from doing so. I'm not sure where Chief Barbara Duncan stands on this matter but I'm confident through comments we'll learn very quickly her position on the matter. 

Pictures don't lie but know this, Police Officer in Maryland are exempt from these laws. 

A Viewer Writes: More and more complaints about Fat Boys

Publishers Notes: Yesterday we shopped around for a bushel of crabs in Ocean City. Are you ready, $300.00 a bushel!!! So we threw some crab traps out yesterday and brought in 16 crabs. By mid day today we should have enough for everyone and yes, they are keepers. 

Carla Moore Released On A $200,000.00 UNSECURED Bond Without Collateral Security

While I have been doing this for a LOT of years, never, have I seen someone charged with a $200,000.00 Bond and be released without any security. 

Yeah, I'd be floating around with a cold one too. Absolutely amazing. 

Mike Lewis Appearance On Hannity Last Night

Another appearance on Hannity/Fox News last night:
Posted by Wicomico County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Pittsville Saga Continues

When you have a Council President allegedly not telling the truth, who can you trust and where is all the money?

It was reported today that Carla Moore was hired by another Town Employee. Our sources state, (flat out) "that's not true". 

It is in the Charter, the Council President hires and fires. Carla Moore was hired by her father, sources say. She started off as a part time employee in the main office handling checks and cash while in High School. She was then hired on full time after she got graduated High School.

Law Enforcement and the States Attorneys Office need to dig deeper. Putting blame and responsibility on someone else, rather then facing the truth is poor leadership and it will certainly make people wonder what other false information has been stated. 

The Council should immediately remove Denver Moore under the no confidence rule, at least until this matter is resolved. 


On May 29, bikers in Pheonix, Arizona, are holding a “Draw Muhammad” contest outside the mosque at the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix, which is where the two gunmen who opened fire in Garland, Texas, allegedly attended.

Nadir Soofi and Elton Simpson drove from Phoenix to Garland and opened fire outside of the Curtis Culwell Center on May 3, while a Muhammad cartoon contest was being held. The two men were quickly killed by police working security at the event.

In the weeks since that event, numerous media pundits have criticized Pamela Geller for organizing the Muhammad cartoon contest to begin with. At what she described as her freedom of speech and expression, pundits recoiled and said she was asking for it by allegedly antagonizing Muslims.


Police Arrest A Homeless Man For Charging His Mobile Phone At A Public Park

Some say this story is ridiculous. Others say is a joke and cannot be happening in America today. But whatever your mind tells you about the story, we can only vouch that it is a true story and has happened in America today.

In January this year in the city of Sarasota-Florida, a homeless man was arrested by the police because he was charging his mobile phone at a public picnic shelter called the Gillespie Park in the city centre.

Police Sergeant- Anthony Frangioni made the arrest and Darren Kersey-the 28-year-old homeless man had to spend one night in jail simply because he used a public property. He was later charged with Utilities Theft and his bail bond was set at $500. Darren was arrested on Sunday that day.


6 Baltimore officers charged in Freddie Gray death seek to move trial

BALTIMORE —Attorneys for six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray are asking a judge to move their case out of Baltimore, arguing it will be impossible to select an impartial jury and receive a fair trial.

The officers face charges ranging from assault to second-degree "depraved-heart" murder.

Gray's death April 19 prompted a wave of protests that on two occasions gave way to violence, looting and arson. The U.S. Justice Department announced it's conducting an investigation of the city police department.


Pastor of Empowerment Temple Jamal Bryant Promises More Protests In Maryland

Pastor of Empowerment Temple Jamal Bryant shut down the major arteries into Baltimore city during morning traffic on Tuesday as a form of "civil disobedience," he stated on Maryland's News Now with Bryan Nehman.

Bryant and a few others walked along MLK and Washington Blvd to protest the governor's decision to fund the construction of a $30 million youth jail instead of funding Baltimore city public schools.

"Civil disobedience is always an inconvenience," he says. "It never comes without a challenge."

His target with these protests is Governor Hogan. Earlier this month, the Board of Public Works, which is chaired by the governor, approved the funding to build the 60-bed, $30 million juvenile detention center in Baltimore. At the same time, the governor refused to spend $68 million that lawmakers had set aside to fund Baltimore City and 12 other school systems.


BLOODY BALTIMORE: Murders Up 100% Since Last Year

BLOODY BALTIMORE: Murders Up 100% Since Last Year – Arrests Down 50% in the 65% black city (with a black mayor, black...
Posted by White Girl Bleed A lot on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Unrest will cost city $20 million, officials estimate

The recent rioting and unrest in Baltimore will cost the city an estimated $20 million, officials said Tuesday.

The expenses — which go before the city's spending board for approval Wednesday — include overtime for police and firefighters, damage to city-owned property and repaying other jurisdictions for police and other assistance.

Henry J. Raymond, Baltimore's finance director, said the city can temporarily cover the costs from its rainy day fund while seeking reimbursement for up to 75 percent from Federal Emergency Management Agency.


Should We Really Have Inexperienced Commissioners Determining Your Fate?

There's been a LOT of talk about the recent arrest of Carla Moore from Pittsville and the fact that she has been released on a $200,000.00 unsecured bond. 

Many have asked who is responsible for this action, so I called to find out. I had stated from the beginning that the decision is made by a Commissioner and this morning I confirmed just that. 

During my confirmation conversation I came to learn some things I'm confident even you didn't know. Did you know that the Commissioners in Wicomico County have absolutely NO legal background?

Here we have people making life changing decisions and the ONLY experience they have is a brief meeting in Annapolis. So a help wanted ad is run, (no qualifications) and someone answers the ad, (seriously) and they hire you. You go to Annapolis for a 15 minute meeting and you return as a Commissioner.

It's high time we remove these Commissioners and hire people who actually have a law degree as well as experience with the judicial system. 

In my own personal experience I had been arrested on BOGUS charges from the Director of the Salisbury Zoo. Fortunately, (for me) I had a video recording of the entire experience. I had been arrested, (turned myself in) I owned more than a dozen properties in Wicomico County, (no flight risk) and I sat in front of one of these Commissioners where she said, Mr. Albero, why would you use the F Word in front of children at the Zoo? I replied, what are you talking about. She said, the Director of the Zoo states that you used the F Word in front of children at the Zoo. I replied, that's absolutely not true. She aggressively said, ARE YOU CALLING THE DIRECTOR OF THE SALISBURY ZOO A LIAR? I replied, ABSOLUTELY, and I can prove it. She got extremely upset with me and said, THAT WILL BE A $50,000.00 BOND. I replied, I didn't kill anybody. The Commissioner, (knowing my residence was in Delmar, DE. also put in there that I could NOT leave the state of Maryland.

The next morning I went to the states attorneys office with the video and PROVED the Director was a bold face liar. It turned out this Commissioner was a FRIEND of the Zoo Director and almost got fired for what she had done. 

Now I could see IF I was a flight risk, had a long criminal history, a bond being set so high. In this case she was way out of line and it was more of a personal/political vendetta. In the case of Carla Moore, once again, show me all the properties she owns that absolutely tie her to not being a flight risk. Her Father is the president of the Town Commissioners, (Mayor) and that's enough for a free ride? NOTHING has been proven in this case, yet many are suggesting her Father may have somehow been involved. In time we'll see if that is the case but when a Grand Jury decides that there's a $170,000.00 theft, a bond is set at $200,000.00 and they are released on an unsecured bond, that is NOT protecting the interests of the very people who are victims of a theft. 

In fact, in my honest opinion, it's a SLAP IN THE FACE to all Pittsville taxpayers. There's been an ongoing investigation on this matter for more than a year. The state has done their due diligence and charges were filed. A Grand Jury has rendered their decision based on those facts. It's high time our delegates, senators, congressmen and Governor eliminate these inexperienced Commissioners and hire professionals instead. 


Pat Buchanan: As faith dies, individualism, materialism and hedonism replace it

“This is a Christian nation,” said the Supreme Court in 1892.

“America was born a Christian nation,” echoed Woodrow Wilson. Harry Truman affirmed it: “This is a Christian nation.”

But in 2009, Barack Hussein Obama begged to differ: “We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation.”

Comes now a Pew Research Center survey that reveals the United States is de-Christianizing at an accelerated rate.

Whereas 86 percent of Americans in 1990 identified as Christians, by 2007, that was down to 78 percent. Today only 7 in 10 say they are Christians. But the percentage of those describing themselves as atheists, agnostics or nonbelievers has risen to 23. That exceeds the Catholic population and is only slightly below evangelicals.

Those in the mainline Protestant churches – Presbyterians, Lutherans, Methodists, Episcopalians – have plummeted from 50 percent of the U.S. population in 1958 to 14 percent today. By accommodating the social revolution of the 1960s to stay relevant, mainline churches appear to have made themselves irrelevant to America’s young.


James Anthenelli Passed Away This Morning At 64

Talk about an incredible human being. Jim Anthenelli was by far the greatest attorney the Eastern Shore has ever had. All I'll say is, he fully supported the First Amendment and our thoughts and prayers go out to his Family, close friends and business associates. Jim had struggled with cancer for several years and put up an incredible fight. 

We'll see you at the 19th Hole Jim. 

Ladybugs Released In School As Senior Prank

CHAPTICO, Md. (AP) — A senior prank in which 72,000 ladybugs were released in a public high school has several youths and adults facing criminal charges.

The St. Mary’s County’s Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that early on May 20, five men forced open a door at Chopticon High School in Morganza, Maryland.

Deputies say the suspects, who were wearing masks and hoodies, released about 72,000 ladybugs throughout the school. Police say two others waited in a car.


Protesters Block Highway Ramp In Baltimore During Morning Traffic

Protesters blocked morning traffic northbound and southbound I-95 to 395 ramp in opposition to a new youth detention center.

Maryland Transportation Authority spokesman Tamory Winfield says Interstate 395 from I-95 into the city was closed just before 9 a.m. Tuesday for about 45 minutes, leading to delays on I-95.

Tweets from Rev. Jamal Bryant show the protest is related to a new juvenile jail to be built in the city. The state approved the plans to build the $30 million, 60-bed jail on May 13th, according to The Baltimore Sun.

Protesters believe the money should be spent on education instead of the facility.


A Comment Worthy Of A Post 5-26-15

Anonymous said...

Dear Joe,

Something happen to my husband and myself over the weekend that is really sad. I do own a handicapped tag which I need. My husband let me off at the door of a local big box store to get in and sit down while he parked the vehicle. We finished our business and returned to our vehicle to find an envelope with a business card enclosed which was a HATE FILLED RANT from a very disturbed person who had indicated they had witnessed my husband parking and that he didn't have a disability. Isn't it sad that people have no peace in their own life and feel that they must strike out at everyone even if they don't know the facts of the situation. To the person who left the envelope.....I am so sorry for you that you are not able to walk well and obviously have no empathy for others. Please get some help for yourself and find your will feel better in the end.

Can You Help SPD ID This Person?

Hancock Fabric has also been robbed again. This is the second time in less than a week. Det/Ofc invest robbery at Hancock Fabrics..susp is wht/m 5’5, medium build, pony tail, black pants, gray top.

A Viewer Writes: Shots fired Dover St last night

I heard gun shots last night and turned on the online scanner and there was a report of someone on Dover St calling in the complaint.

Breaking News: Motorcycle Accident In Ocean City

Ocean City fire EMS on scene, serious motor vehicle accident on Rt. 50 in the area of the bridge involving a motorcycle. Trooper 4 requested. Road shut down. Expect delays.

One-Year Crew Docking to the International Space Station