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Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Legalized pot sends more teens to ER in Colorado, study finds

A Colorado children's hospital saw four times as many marijuana-intoxicated teenagers land in its ER or urgent care centers following legalization of recreational pot in that state, a new study reports.

The number of teens diagnosed annually with marijuana intoxication or testing positive for pot during a drug screen at Children's Hospital Colorado rose from 146 in 2005 to 639 in 2014.

The findings run counter to national surveys that have shown no increase in teenage pot use in states where recreational marijuana is legal, said lead researcher Dr. George Sam Wang. He's an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

For example, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found a similar percentage of teenagers reported pot use in 2015 as in the prior decade, researchers said in background notes.


Judicial Watch Sues for Sally Yates’ Emails While Serving as Acting Attorney General

Judicial Watch announced on Monday that it has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice for emails of former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates from her government account. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:17-cv-00832)).

The suit was filed after the Justice Department failed to respond to a February 1, 2017, FOIA request seeking access to her emails between January 21, 2017, and January 31, 2017.

Yates was appointed by President Obama as U.S. Attorney in northern Georgia and was later confirmed as Deputy Attorney General. In January 2017 she became acting Attorney General for President Trump.

Ms. Yates was involved in the controversy concerning Gen. Michael Flynn, allegedly warning the Trump White House in early January about General Flynn’s contacts with the Russian ambassador, Sergei Kislyak. (Judicial Watch is separately suing for recordsconcerning the surveillance and subsequent leaks regarding General Flynn.)

On January 30, Yates ordered the Justice Department not to defend President Trump’s January 27 executive order seeking a travel ban from seven Middle Eastern countries. That same day, President Trump fired her for refusing to defend the action.


Rehoboth Beach Officer Saves Suicidal Man

On April 20th, 2017 just after 2pm, Pfc. Josh Kosiorowski was called to check on a man preparing to attempt suicide by jumping from a bridge located between Rehoboth and Dewey Beach onto the roadway over 30 feet below. Pfc. Kosiorowski's quick judgement and rapid response stopped the suicide attempt and saved the man's life.

A Tour Down Homicide Lane, As Baltimore Descends Into Chaos

Last week, I wrote an article titled The Ferguson Effect: Baltimore Millennials’ Worst Nightmare. The Ferguson Effect is a theory where the increased scrutiny of police post 2014 death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Trayvon Martin in Florida will lead to higher crime rates.

Baltimore is turning this theory into a reality, as the city descends into chaos before summer start. According to The Baltimore Sun Newspaper, the city has logged in 118 homicides today with the projection of >400 murders for year’s end. It’s so bad here that Baltimore’s Mayor has asked the Federal Government for help in attempt to regain control. Even the police union sounds the alarm of an officer shortage leading to decrease in patrols. All of this is occurring as the Baltimore population declines, nearing a 100-year low, U.S. Census says.

Over the years, I’ve attended countless City Hall hearings, reviewed crime statistics, and toured the top worst zip codes America has to offer. What I’m about to show you is a unique perspective of Baltimore’s worst neighborhoods where homicides are flourishing this year.


$113 BILLION – The Annual Cost of Illegal Immigration to U.S. Taxpayers

Five Important Immigration Numbers You Need to Know
  • 45 million – The size of the current immigrant population in the U.S.
  • 78 million – The projected size of the U.S. immigrant population in 2065
  • 7.5% – The percentage of immigrants chosen based on skills or talent.
  • 24.5% – The percentage of the U.S. immigrant population here illegally.
  • $113 billion – The annual cost of illegal immigration to U.S. taxpayers.

POW! New killer disease permanently disables half of victims

CDC warns of disease that kills 10%, permanently disables 50%

The Centers for Disease Control is warning of the emergence of a far deadlier tick-related virus than Lyme Disease – one that kills 10 percent of those infected and permanently disables the other 50 percent.

It’s called POW for short, or Powassan, and it, like Lyme, is carried by deer.

Recent cases have been noted in the Northeast U.S. and the Great Lakes states.

The virus can cause inflammation of the brain, leading to death in 10 percent of cases and permanent disability in 50 percent of cases.

Signs and symptoms of infection can include fever, headache, vomiting, weakness, confusion, seizures, and memory loss, according to the CDC. Long-term neurological problems may occur. There is no specific treatment, but people with severe POW virus illnesses often need to be hospitalized to receive respiratory support, intravenous fluids, or medications to reduce swelling in the brain.

“About 15% of patients who are infected and have symptoms are not going survive,” said Dr. Jennifer Lyons, chief of the Division of Neurological Infections and Inflammatory Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and an assistant professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School. “Of the survivors, at least 50 percent will have long-term neurological damage that is not going to resolve.”


Rosie O’Donnell’s daughter makes startling claims in exclusive interview

Rosie O’Donnell’s daughter is haunted by an episode with her ‘drunk’ mother during which the actress locked the teen in her bedroom, tried to pull off her clothes to see her tattoo, threatened to hit her with an empty wine bottle and told her she could ‘kill her’.

In an exclusive interview with, Chelsea O’Donnell says the May 2015 attack was the beginning of two years of ups and downs with her mother which has culminated in an estrangement she now feels is irreparable.

Chelsea also revealed that she and boyfriend Nick Alliegro, 31, secretly got married last July after she found out she was pregnant.

But the newlyweds suffered a devastating blow weeks later when Chelsea had a miscarriage.


The New York Times vs. Trump: The use of this one word shows just how screwed up paper's view of the president is

Editor’s note: The following column originally appeared in The Resurgent.

Timothy Egan is one of the op-ed writers for the New York Times and the Times has been pushing out his column from Friday via Twitter. It is entitled “No Country for This Old Man.” With just one word, Egan and the Times show just how screwed up their view of Donald Trump is and, no doubt, it affects their coverage. Note these words from the column:

But do you know how many times Trump, as president, has been west of the Mississippi? Zero. While most presidents are curious about the land and people under their rule, Trump treats the sunset side of the 100th meridian as a foreign country.

Rule? Rule? I realize the New York Times treated Barack Obama as a god-king who ruled over us, but that’s not how this republic works. That is not how any of this works.

Donald Trump is elected and accountable to the people. The law rules over us. Donald Trump is just the chief executive officer charged with executing those laws. There are three co-equal branches of government.

The use of “rule” explains the hysterical leftwing meltdown and the Times’ own reaction to Donald Trump. He is not a dictator. He is not a ruler. He is a president of the United States.

They handed Barack Obama massive amounts of power and refused to hold him accountable nor curtail the growth of the presidency. Now, because of their own precedents, they are scared of what they have unleashed.


DE: End of life medication bill introduced

Legislation that would allow capable, terminally ill patients to use medication to end their lives has been introduced

Sponsored by Rep. Paul Baumbach, D-Newark, the Delaware End of Life Options Act would create a process and set of procedures for terminally ill adults nearing the end of their lives to request, receive and use medication to end their lives. House Bill 160 includes counseling, physician’s evaluation and a waiting period before medication could be provided.

“This is a very delicate matter, which requires great sensitivity and care. The sensitivity of this issue, however, should not prevent us from addressing and discussing the need for this legislation,” said Baumbach. “This is an issue about allowing adults facing a terminal illness to make critical decisions about their life. Many people in the last stages of life wish to retain their dignity, including the ability to make decisions regarding their life and their suffering.


Wings and Wheels event at the Salisbury Airport


SALISBURY – May 8, 2017 - The Salisbury Regional Airport is hosting Wings and Wheels, sponsored by Piedmont Airlines, on Saturday, May 20th from 8 am to 3 pm to celebrate Armed
Forces Day and Aviation Appreciation Month.

“This is a great event for the whole family,” said Airport Manager Dawn Veatch. “We are excited to showcase our airport and invite the community to come out and share our passion for flying.”

Throughout the day aircraft will be on display including military aircraft and helicopters, assets from the Maryland National Guard, the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School and the Maryland State Police. Private pilots from around the region will be flying in and will have their planes on display as well. Airplane and helicopter rides will be available and food trucks and other vendors will be on hand.

Piedmont Airlines will have aircraft on display and tours of Salisbury’s air traffic control tower will be available. Classic cars will be on display and live music from several different live bands
will entertain throughout the day.

The event kicks off with a free pancake breakfast at Bay Land Aviation from 8 am to 10 am. Sponsors and volunteers are still needed, so visit to learn more.

A Viewer Writes: Child Abduction in Willards

Happening now: child abduction investigation in Willards by Wicomico County Sheriff's Office.

WCSO Press Releases - May 9, 2017

Incident: Wanted Subject
Date of Incident: 3 April 2017
Location: Wicomico County
Suspect: Shalonda Wynette Batson, 39, Parsonsburg, MD
Narrative: On 3 April 2017 at 7:00 a deputy transported Shalonda Batson back to Wicomico County following her arrest in Baltimore County on two outstanding arrest warrants.
Watson had been sought on two Circuit Court Bench Warrants that were issued back in 2005 after Watson failed to appear for a Violation of Probation Hearing in a Forgery case and a Counterfeiting a Private Document case. The Violations stem from charges that were initially filed by a deputy back in 2000.
Batson was detained on a total bond of $3,447.20 pending an initial appearance in front of a Circuit Court Judge.
Charges: Failure to Appear

Incident: Assault / Reckless Endangerment
Date of Incident: 4 April 2017
Location: 1000 Block of Grant Avenue, Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Shirley Louise Smith, 27, Salisbury, MD
Narrative: On 4 April 2017 at 1:53 PM, a deputy arrested Shirley Smith following an allegation of an assault. According to the complainant in this case, she asked Smith to leave her home and Smith became upset because she was asked to leave the residence. The complainant stated that Smith grabbed a child’s tricycle and threw it at the complainant but it missed and struck a window. Smith then allegedly punched the victim in the head before running out the door.
Following her arrest, Smith was transported to the Central Booking Unit where she was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. Following an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained Smith in the Detention Center in lieu of $15,000.00 bond.
Charges: Assault 2nd Degree and Reckless Endangerment 

Incident: “Most Wanted” Apprehension
Date of Incident: 4 April 2017
Location: 32000 block of Old Ocean City Road, Parsonsburg, MD
Suspect: Ian Thomas Schweiger, 41, Parsonsburg, MD
Narrative: On 4 April 2017 at 4:00 PM a deputy located and arrested a wanted subject, Ian Schweiger, at a residence in the 32000 block of Old Ocean City Rd in Parsonsburg. Schweiger was wanted on a Circuit Court Bench Warrant that was issued back in 2016 after he violated the terms of his probation in an Assault 2nd Degree case.
Schweiger had been featured as one of Wicomico County’s “Most Wanted” on local media outlets.
The deputy transported Schweiger to the Detention Center where he was detained without bond pending an initial appearance in front of a Circuit Court Judge.
Charges: Violation of Probation 

Incident: Assault on a Deputy
Date of Incident: 7 April 2017
Location: 1000 block of Delaware Avenue, Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Carlos Demonte Palmer, 37, Salisbury, MD
Narrative: On 7 April 2017 at 6:26 PM, a deputy responded to the 1000 block of Delaware Avenue for a reported disturbance. Upon arrival, the deputy learned that a fight had occurred prior to his arrival and during the subsequent investigation of that incident an individual later identified as Carlos Palmer approached the deputy while yelling and interfering with the deputy’s investigation. Instead of heeding the deputy’s instructions to cease his interference, Palmer charged at and pushed the deputy which caused the deputy to attempt to place Palmer under arrest.
Palmer resisted the deputy’s attempts to place him into handcuffs and fell to the ground, ripping the deputy’s uniform shirt in the process. Palmer, who was heavily intoxicated, lost consciousness while on the ground and was surprised when he woke up to find himself in handcuffs.
The deputy transported Palmer to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. Following an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained Palmer in the Detention Center in lieu of $5,000.00 bond.
Charges: Assault 2nd Degree and Disorderly Conduct

Incident: Assault
Date of Incident: 8 April 2017
Location: 1000 block of East Road, Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Patrick Powell Sheppard, 50, No Fixed Address
Narrative: On 8 April 2017 at 8:26 PM, a deputy arrested Patrick Sheppard following an allegation of an assault. According to the victim in this case, she engaged in a verbal altercation with Sheppard when he allegedly began choking her, pulling her hair and striking her in the head. The victim further added that Sheppard kicked her in the stomach and lower back before stepping on her glasses and breaking them.
Sheppard was transported to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. Following an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained Sheppard without bond in the Detention Center.
Charges: Assault 2nd Degree, Malicious Destruction of Property and Reckless Endangerment

*Try Not To Laugh Challenge* Funny Kids

Is it perfect? No. Is it better than Obamacare? Yes! And what have the Dems contributed in the First Hundred Days......

Dover PD officer’s leg broken during procession crash

DOVER – A Dover Police officer suffered a broken leg after his motorcycle crashed en route to the funeral of a slain Delaware State Police trooper, authorities said Monday.

Cpl. Jason Pfeiffer was thrown from the motorcycle after it clipped the back of a Dover police cruiser last Friday morning at approximately 5 a.m., spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said.

The hospitalized officer also suffered a facial laceration and other non-life threatening injuries. For security reasons, police did not update his status on Monday.

The accident occurred as Cpl. Pfeiffer was merging onto Del. 1 near Exit 104 and the Dodge Charger swerved into the same lane, Cpl. Hoffman said. The motorcycle was passing on the left in order to move to the front of the procession, police said.

Several Dover Police officers were heading toward the funeral at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington in dark, windy rainy conditions when the crash happened, authorities said.


Her Chelseaness: How to Be Entitled and Boring without Really Trying

Chelsea Clinton is a person, no, a citizen, no, a global citizen, and she is done being quiet. 

Chelsea Victoria Clinton was named after the Joni Mitchell song “Chelsea Morning,” and as of the spring of 2017, it’s Chelsea Morning in America. Boom, she’s in Variety . . . CBS This Morning . . . The New York Times Book Review. She even picked up a Lifetime award! Okay it was from Lifetime, as in the cable channel, not for a lifetime of achievement, but still, Chelsea Clinton is everywhere. America, whether it asked for it or not, has become the setting for an invasion-from-inside thriller: The Chelsening. 

She’s not just a little girl anymore, you know, not just someone’s daughter or campaign prop. Chelsea Clinton is a person, no, a citizen, no, a global citizen, and she is done being quiet. Hear, world, as Chelsea speaks out. She is speaking out about social media: “I’ve recognized, as a lot of people have, that Twitter is a vehicle for me to share my thoughts.” She’s speaking out on movies: “Of course I’m going to see Furious 8. I’ve already seen Logan. I love that Logan is being succeeded by a little girl.” She’s speaking out on the Clinton Foundation: “At its most distilled level, we try to make a positive, impactful, empowering difference in whatever ways we can.” She’s speaking out on speaking out: “This is not the time to be silent or stay on the sidelines.”


LeBel Delivers 'A Brief Relation of the State of Delmarva' May 10

SALISBURY, MD---Should the Delmarva Peninsula break off into its own state?

Dr. Phillip LeBel, retired professor of economics at Montclair State University, NJ, and lecturer at Salisbury University discusses the topic from historical and economic standpoints during the lecture “A Brief Relation of the State of Delmarva.”

His presentation is 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, in the Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons Assembly Hall.

The suggestion that the peninsula secede from its respective states has been debated for the past 150-plus years — including a few half-hearted succession bills in Annapolis when Maryland’s Eastern Shore felt it was not getting its fair share from the General Assembly.


Thomas Jefferson: Government’s Role is Defense of God-Given Rights

When declaring independence from King George III’s tyrannical rule, Thomas Jefferson wrote that men are born with God-given, “unalienable rights,” and the government’s duty is to protect those rights.

This no-doubt comes as news to Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and the whole Democrat Party, almost every member of which is focused on using the expansive powers of government to chip away at God-given rights rather than protect them.

For example, on August 6, 2013, Breitbart News quoted Murphy saying, “The Second Amendment is not an absolute right, not a God-given right. It has always had conditions upon it like the First Amendment has.”

Murphy is wrong in at least three places:

Addicts responding to Anne Arundel's 'Safe Stations' program

When Anne Arundel County and Annapolis officials announced an initiative last month to turn fire and police departments into "Safe Stations" for those addicted to drugs and looking to get treatment, it took only two hours for the first person to take them up on the offer.

Two weeks later, the number of opioid and heroin users seeking help has hit the program's projected capacity.

Ten people have visited either a fire or police station looking for assistance with addiction since the program launched April 20. County police Chief Timothy Altomare said officials with the departments involved plan to meet in a month, evaluate the effectiveness of the program and look into what more can be done.

"I don't think it's a concern. I think it's an opportunity and we'll figure it out," Altomare said.


Puerto Ricans Face ‘Sacrifice Everywhere’ on an Insolvent Island

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Angel González, a retired schoolteacher facing a 10 percent cut to his pension, is beginning to wonder whether his three-person household will have to cut back to one cellphone and take turns using it.

Santiago Domenech, a general contractor with $2 million of his savings tied up in bonds Puerto Rico just defaulted on, once had 450 employees. Now he has eight. His father-in-law, Alfredo Torres, owns Puerto Rico’s oldest bookstore, but it has been going downhill for two years.

“The government is bankrupt,” said Bernardo Rivera, 75, a private bus driver who sometimes earns only $40 all day. “Everyone is bankrupt. There is nothing left. People who do not have jobs do not take the bus to work.”

These are some of the voices of Puerto Rico’s business owners, retirees and public servants who are caught in the middle — they would say the bottom — of the largest local government insolvency in United States history. Faced with a $123 billion debt it cannot pay, Puerto Rico filed for a kind of bankruptcy protection on Wednesday, a move that sent shivers down the spines of everyone from bond holders fearful of staggering losses to street sweepers and public employees whose already meager paychecks are likely to dwindle.


MS-13 gang member with assault convictions removed to El Salvador

WASHINGTON – A 35-year-old El Salvadoran man was removed to his home country Friday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers.

Ingmar Guandique-Blanco, a documented MS-13 gang member, was transferred to the proper law enforcement authorities upon his arrival in El Salvador. Guandique traveled via ground transportation from Virginia to Pennsylvania where he boarded a flight to Alexandria, Louisiana. From there, ICE officers removed him from the United States onboard an ICE Air Operations flight, which departed Alexandria International Airport in Louisiana, and made its way to San Salvador International Airport in El Salvador.

“Mr. Guandique unlawfully entered the United States, and once here, continued to violate U.S. laws by assaulting innocent victims,” said Matthew Munroe, acting ERO Washington field office director. “As a result of his actions, he has been removed to his home country of El Salvador.”

Breaking News: President Trump approved a plan to arm Syrian Kurds to fight ISIS, despite strong objections from Turkey

American military commanders have long argued for arming the Y.P.G., a Kurdish militia that contain some of the most experienced fighters among the Syrian force that is battling the Islamic State.

But Turkey has vociferously objected to such a move, insisting that the Kurdish fighters are linked with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which both it and the United States regard as a terrorist group.

The debt-bubble landmine Obama left for Trump

President Trump came in for much jeering when he told reporters he had “inherited a mess” from President Barack Obama. On the economy, though, Obama did indeed leave behind a hidden mess: a seemingly healthy jobs market dependent on cheap debt.

When this debt bubble bursts, just as the last one did, the manufacturing jobs Trump wants to save will be in even greater peril.

The country’s last bubble was in housing. Between 2000 and 2007, Americans nearly doubled their mortgage debt, from $5.9 trillion to $10.6 trillion.

This didn’t bother anyone in a position of power. The housing boom created millions of jobs, from construction to home-furnishing, and people felt rich.

What bothered the pols was when the illusion broke.


Wicomico County Council Budget Sessions - Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Wicomico County Council Budget Sessions - Wednesday, May 10, 2017


Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Government Office Building
125 N. Division Street, Room 301
Salisbury, Maryland 21801

9:30 am - 10:00 am       – Elections (07)
10:15 am - 10:45 am     - Wicomico Library (32)
11:00 am –  12:00 pm  – Recreation, Parks, Tourism (60)
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm       - Volunteer Fire/EMS (18,19,20)
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm         - Sheriff’s Office (17&56)

Don't Believe The BS Your Local Media Is Feeding You When They Claim Your Homeowner Insurance Rates Are Lower In Salisbury

Customers buy insurance to minimize their risk and make them whole should a covered loss occur. What many may not understand is that several factors can cause their premiums to skyrocket before a covered peril even occurs. Adjusters and claims managers handling the ensuing claims also need to be aware of these possible red flags and their impact on any settlements. An up-to-date home inventory complete with photos can be a major asset to any claim. Encourage owners to take a digital tour of every room to record furniture, electronics, antiques, works of art, family heirlooms and other irreplaceable items in the home. After a fire or major flood, it can be difficult to identify valuable items or their pre-loss condition. 

The photos and a detailed inventory should be stored off-site in a safe deposit box or other secure location and copies provided to the insurance agent to ensure they are added to the appropriate policy. Keeping them on the computer at home won’t help if the computer is destroyed in a fire or stolen in a robbery. 

A similar tour of the outside of the home can capture possible risks like trees near the house, foundation issues or possible roofing problems, as well as assets like copper gutters and other aftermarket finishes that add value to the home. According to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.), in 2012, 97.6% of the claims filed involved property damage, including theft, and jewelry was the top claims category under homeowner’s policies in 2011. From 2008-2012, I.I.I. says 7.3% of insured homes had a claim and the average loss was $8,255. 

Here are 10 factors that can make a homeowner’s property a greater risk to insure. 

Pets: Not every dog is man’s best friend and some insurers don’t take kindly to all breeds. Owning a German shepherd, Great Dane, Siberian husky, Doberman, Rottweiler, pit bull, Akita or any other dog that could be considered aggressive could raise insurance rates. “This isn’t only limited to dogs, as exotic animals such as tigers, monkeys and others may cause rates to be high, if you can even get insurance,” says insurance expert Chris Tidball. 

Bad credit score: Insurers will look to see if a homeowner has paid her bills on time and check credit scores. A lower number could result in higher premiums. 

Location, location, location: Just like in real estate, the location of the home really does matter. Owners of homes located in Tornado Alley, along coastal Florida (or any coast for that matter), in a hurricane-prone state or in an area known for sinkholes can expect to pay more for homeowners' coverage. 

Trampolines: Although exercise is important, some exercise equipment can impact insurance rates. Trampolines result in approximately 92,000 hospital visits each year. Parents frequently are unaware that they cause spinal injuries, fractures and head injuries. Most injuries are not caused by children flying off the trampoline, but because one child lands on another when they are jumping or they try something silly like riding a bike and jumping. Doctors recommend that only one child at a time be on a trampoline with adequate supervision. 

Swimming pools: Another source of higher homeowner insurance rates involves swimming pools. According to Parents magazine, drowning takes more than 1,000 lives a year and more than half of these events take place in the children’s own home and one-third take place in the homes of friends and relatives. 

Fire concerns: Location also matters when it comes to fire stations. Living too far away from the local fire hall or a fire hydrant could raise insurance rates. Of course, a neighbor’s pool could be a source of water in an emergency, as well as a nearby pond. 

Poor maintenance: Owners who don’t keep up with their home maintenance may see their rates raised or their homeowner’s insurance cancelled altogether. Leaky roofs, old hot water heaters, dripping pipes and poor water seals are just some of the items to watch out for. In 2012, 17.5% of the losses claimed were related to water damage and freezing pipes. 

Weather preparations: Being ill-prepared for bad weather can also impact homeowner’s insurance rates. “In some states such as Florida, a homeowner can have a qualified wind inspection that demonstrates the ability of the insured structure to withstand certain force winds, which can result in a discount,” explains Tidball. 

Claim frequency: Insureds who make multiple claims may be viewed as a higher risk and charged accordingly. Damage from a burst pipe, a tree that lands on the roof, or a kitchen fire on the same property will raise a red flag and cause insurers to take a closer look. 

Neighborhood crime: “Living in a high crime area has been tied to an increase in certain types of claims, such as robbery,” says Tidball. “Rates will be assessed accordingly.” Approximately one in 190 insured homes have a property damage claim related to theft each year according to the I.I.I. 

And, based on I.I.I. figures from 2011, rates for homeowners insurance are highest in Florida, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Oklahoma. Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Wisconsin and Washington have the lowest rates.

Jailed Palestinian Terrorist And Hunger Strike Leader Caught On Tape Eating

TEL AVIV – The Israeli Prison Service released a video on Sunday that appears to show Palestinian terrorist and wannabe politician Marwan Barghouti secretly eating a candy bar and other food in the bathroom of his cell while purportedly leading a hunger strike.

Barghouti, who is serving five life sentences, was filmed eating on two separate occasions. The first time on April 27 shows him unwrapping cookies from a hiding place in the bathroom and then eating it while sitting on the toilet. He then tries to conceal the fact by washing his hands and face and hiding the wrapper. On the second occasion on May 5, Barghouti is filmed eating a candy bar and salt.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan slammed Barghouti as a “murderer and a hypocrite” for eating while leading a hunger strike.

“As I said from the very beginning, this hunger strike was never about the conditions of the convicted terrorists, which meet international standards. It is about advancing Marwan Barghouti’s political ambitions to replace Abu Mazen,” Erdan said, referring to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas by his nickname. Barghouti is seen as a major contender to succeed Abbas.

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Richard Simmons Sues National Enquirer Over ‘Sex Change’ Story

Richard Simmons filed a libel lawsuit Monday against theNational Enquirer and Radar Online over a 2016 story that claimed the reclusive fitness guru was undergoing a sex change to transition into a woman.

The suit — filed in Los Angeles Superior Court Monday — alleges that the tabloid publication relied on a former friend and associate of Simmons as the sole source for a series of stories that claimed the 68-year-old fitness star was undergoing breast implant surgery and taking hormones for a planned transition into a woman.

In the complaint, Simmons’ attorneys claim the Enquirer‘s source for the stories, an individual named Mauro Oliveira, “has blackmailed, extorted, and stalked Mr. Simmons for several years with the intention of destroying” his career and reputation.

On June 8, the Enquirer published a cover story with the title, “Richard Simmons: He’s Now A Woman!” The story purported to reveal the “real reason” the fitness star had not been seen in public for nearly three years, and claimed Simmons had undergone or was looking into obtaining a “secret boob job” and “castration surgery.”


Homeless Vets

Ever notice the states with most homeless vets are also the ones seeking sanctuary city & state status?

Maryland Municipalities Receive Parks and Playgrounds Funding

Department Funds Projects from Aberdeen to Williamsport
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources today announced the awarding of 23 Community Parks and Playgrounds Program grants – totaling $2.5 million – to municipalities across the state.
From pickleball courts in Ocean City to new playground equipment in Mountain Lake Park, the program provides essential funding for the creation, enhancement and renovation of recreational facilities in Maryland’s incorporated cities and towns.
“This department program is so important to communities and municipalities across Maryland,” Land Acquisition and Planning Director Emily Wilson said. “Our cities and towns really rely on this critical funding for needed recreational amenities designed to improve the quality of life of all our citizens and their neighborhoods.”
The following Community Parks and Playgrounds Program projects were included in Governor Larry Hogan’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget, which was presented to the Board of Public Works for final approval:

SF Chronicle Admits: Some Anti-Trump Protesters are Paid

Despite the left’s attempt to deny it, some anti-Trump protesters are indeed paid to show up — including those from a growing number of tech companies who are paying their employees to participate in anti-Trump rallies.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported on Saturday, in an article titled “Bay Area demonstrators may be paid to protest, by employers,” that the “common accusation lobbed at liberal protesters” that “they’re being paid to protest” is at least partially based in fact.

According to the Chronicle, “an increasing number of companies have unveiled policies that allow employees to take paid time off work for political or civic activities, such as protesting, canvassing, voting, volunteering or even running for office.”


Elderly Woman Attacked At 'Block Boyz' Pool Party in Florida, Thrown Into Pool With Her

According to MTONews, the woman "suffered serious head trauma" and almost drowned

An elderly white woman was slammed to the ground and then thrown into a pool along with her dogs on Saturday after she politely asked a mob of party-goers in South Florida to lower their music.

According to MTONews, the woman “suffered serious head trauma” and almost drowned.

MTONews reports she was “later rushed to the hospital and is currently in STABLE condition” and police are investigating the incident.

The attack has so far gotten zero mainstream media coverage.


Kermit Gosnell Still Registered to Vote in Philadelphia

Abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who was found guilty of murdering babies born alive during abortions, is among the convicted felons who are still registered to vote in Philadelphia.

“In the City of Brotherly Love, you can retain your voter registration no matter what crime you commit,” reports Robert Knight, senior fellow at the American Civil Rights Union (ACRU), at the Washington Times. “That’s because election officials refuse to take convicted felons off the voter rolls even if they’re still serving time in jail.”

Gosnell, now 75, was found guilty in 2013 of severing the spinal cords of babies born alive during abortion and in the death of one of his patients. He was also convicted on 21 felony counts of performing late-term abortions and on hundreds of other lesser counts, including corruption and more than 200 violations of the 24-hour informed consent law.

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'Soon, The White Devils Will Be Exterminated': DC ISIS Sympathizer Arrested Buying AK-47 For 'Race War'

Wonder why the national media is ignoring this story?

A Muslim black nationalist and ISIS sympathizer was busted by the FBI last week in Washington DC buying an AK-47 to allegedly attack “white devils” and start a “race war.”

I wonder why the national media is ignoring this story?

From NBC Washington:

A D.C. resident who sympathized with ISIS bought an automatic weapon that he wanted to use to start a “race war,” federal prosecutors say.

Clark Calloway, 38, was arrested by FBI agents Thursday after he arranged to buy an AK-47 from an FBI informant, court documents say.


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White Marlin Open Suit Headed To Court This Month

OCEAN CITY — A multi-party federal suit, involving an alleged rules violation in last year’s White Marlin Open (WMO) that has left the tournament’s top prize of $2.8 million hanging in the balance for several months, is inching closer to resolution with a trial date this month.

Last August, WMO officials discovered a potential rules violation that could disqualify the winner in the white marlin division, a 76.5-pounder caught by angler Phillip Heasley on the Kallianassa out of Naples, Fla. Heasley’s 76.5-pound white marlin was awarded a tournament-record $2.8 million in prize money because the Kallianassa was entered across the board in all added entry levels and the fact it was lone qualifier.

WMO officials announced potential rules violations regarding the timing of the catch two weeks after the tourney and that Heasley and three other individuals on the Kallianassa including the captain and two mates were deceptive on their answers to some of the questions during the requisite post-tournament polygraph examinations for the winners in major categories.


Former Reagan Administration Official Is Warning Of A Financial Collapse Some Time ‘Between August And November’

"The S&P 500 is going to drop by hundreds and hundreds of points sometime over the next few months as we drift into this unexpected crisis."

If a former Reagan administration official is correct, we are likely to see the next major financial collapse by the end of 2017.

According to Wikipedia, David Stockman “is an author, former businessman and U.S. politician who served as a Republican U.S. Representative from the state of Michigan (1977–1981) and as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (1981–1985) under President Ronald Reagan.” He has been frequently interviewed by mainstream news outlets such as CNBC, Bloomberg and PBS, and he is a highly respected voice in the financial community. Like other analysts, Stockman believes that the U.S. economy is in dire shape, and he told Greg Hunter during a recent interviewthat he is convinced that the S&P 500 could soon crash “by 40% or even more”…

The market is pricing itself for perfection for all of eternity. This is crazy. . . . I think the market could easily drop to 1,600 or 1,300. It could drop by 40% or even more once the fantasy ends. When the government shows its true colors, that it’s headed for a fiscal blood bath when this crazy notion that there is going to be some Trump fiscal stimulus is put to rest once and for all. I mean it’s not going to happen. They can’t pass a tax cut that big without a budget resolution that incorporated $10 trillion or $15 trillion in debt over the next decade. It’s just not going to pass Congress. . . . I think this is the greatest sucker’s rally we have ever seen.”


ICE: Md. teen facing weapons charges should not have been released

ICE arrests public safety threat after detainer not honored

BALTIMORE – An 18-year-old El Salvadoran national with multiple criminal arrests was taken into custody May 4 by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) after he was released on bond with an active ICE detainer in place. He is currently detained at the Howard County Detention Center in Jessup, Maryland.
Mario Granados-Alvarado was released from local custody on May 3 despite immigration officials formally lodging a detainer with the Montgomery County Detention Center a day earlier. Montgomery County, Maryland, is listed as a jurisdiction that has publicly limited cooperation with ICE and frequently ignores legally authorized detainers.
“Keeping people safe means not tolerating the release of aliens that present a clear public safety threat back into our communities,” said Dorothy Herrera-Niles, field office director for ERO Baltimore. “ICE is committed to fostering positive collaboration with our local law-enforcement partners, and welcomes changes from county officials that would prioritize public safety.”
According to Department of Homeland Security databases, Granados-Alvarado was originally encountered by U.S. Border Patrol on March 6, 2014, near Falfurrias, Texas, and it was determined he had unlawfully entered into the United States from Mexico. He was issued a notice to appear in immigration court, and is currently in removal proceedings.

'Forbes' Ranks SU Among Nation's Best Values

SALISBURY, MD---Forbes magazine has named Salisbury University among “America’s Best Value Colleges.”

SU is one of “300 schools worth the investment,” according to the publication. The University has been named among “America’s Top Colleges” by Forbes for the past three years.

“Being named among the top 300 of approximately 1,500 colleges and universities nationwide speaks highly not only of the value of a Salisbury education, but of the quality, as well,” said Dr. Diane Allen, SU provost and senior vice president of academic affairs. “Our faculty, students and staff work hard to maintain the high standards for which SU has become known while keeping that education affordable. This new ranking is a testament to their success.”

Selection for the Forbes list was based on quality (as judged by Forbes’ “America’s Top Colleges” rankings), student debt, on-time graduation rates, dropout risk and number of Pell Grant recipients.

“The question we begin with is not, ‘What’s the ‘best’ school?’ but whether a college will deliver a meaningful return on investment,” said Caroline Howard, Forbes reporter for education, enterprising women and special projects.

“A Google search of ‘Is college worth it?’ yields nearly 300 million hits,” she added. “A college degree is still a near-universal aspiration.”


'Bat Salad Case' Spotlights Potential Bagged Lettuce Contamination

If you’re doing your best to eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, the convenience of pre-washed bagged salads may be too hard to resist. The problem is such products can contain contaminants and foreign substances that can make you sick.

That reality was dramatically spotlighted last month when two people ate fresh salad from a bagged lettuce product before discovering the remains of a bat in it. Further complicating things, the unfortunate were treated for rabies as a precaution (although lab tests later showed the bat was not rabid).

Peter Cassell, spokesperson for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), noted the case was extremely rare and not a reason for a larger public health concern.

But he acknowledged such products can contain contaminants, so consumers need to take precautions to be sure they are not consuming anything dangerous or, at least, unappetizing.


Urine Test Revolutionizes Lyme Disease Detection

May is Lyme disease awareness month, and there's exceptionally good news to be aware of this month —an accurate urine test has been developed that promises early detection of the disease. Early detection means the possibility of a cure with antibiotics before acute-stage progression.

Conventional Lyme disease testing is through blood analysis, and it has proven so ineffective there's a law in Virginia that requires doctors to tell patients of the tests shortcomings.

Researchers at Ceres Nanosciences, a spinoff of George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., have developed a novel approach that pinpoints the presence of Lyme disease antigens in urine previously undetectable. The new technology is revolutionary because it uses nanotechnology to trap the antigens, binding them together before they can degrade in the body. Such aggregation then allows detection.

The company has been offering the test — albeit with limited access — for more than a year, but hopes to branch out with point of care version, meaning a local lab or doctor's office would be able to provide results.

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Bay health gained slightly in 2016, assessment finds

The Chesapeake Bay’s ecological health improved slightly last year, according to a new assessment, with three of the estuary’s key fish populations in their best shape in decades.

For the fifth straight year, the Bay’s condition in 2016 earned a C grade on the annual report card produced by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. The overall score — combining measures of water quality, habitat and fish abundance — ticked upward to 54 percent, a 1 percent gain over 2015.

Sen. Ben Cardin, D-MD, and officials from Maryland and the Environmental Protection Agency turned out for a press conference in Baltimore's Inner Harbor to celebrate the Bay's progress, while cautioning that much more needs to be done.

"It gives us all who didn't start out getting good grades hope," Cardin said.


Krauthammer to Obama: 'Good Riddance, Mr. President'

A lot of people were impressed with former President Barack Obama's acceptance speech as he received the Profiles in Courage Award on Sunday night, but conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer was not among them.

Krauthammer, appearing Monday on Fox News' "Special Report," called Obama's words "complete moral condescension."

"It's been a full 100 days, but it was nice to be reminded of why we should be grateful as a nation that he is gone," Krauthammer said. "Good riddance, Mr. President."


ObamaCare cost spike is Trump’s fault, ACA architect Gruber says

ObamaCare co-architect Jonathan Gruber -- who infamously said “the stupidity of the American voter” helped get the measure to become law -- now blames Trump for rising premium costs.

“Whose fault is this?” Gruber asked on “Fox News Sunday.” “Since President Trump has been elected … premiums are going up and insurers are exiting.”

Gruber, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology economics professor, argued that perceived rising premium costs are really a one-time increase in 2016 to cover “massively underpriced” policies for the first two years of the 2010 law.

He also said the increase “fixed” the problem because insurance companies then showed signs of profitability and talked optimistically about continued participation in the program.


Woman claims 50 sexual encounters in Las Vegas fire stations with 7 firefighters

The sex scandal rocking the Las Vegas Fire Department is growing. Criminal charges against a captain accused of having sex with a 15-year-old prostitute inside a fire station have now brought new allegations by a former AMR EMT. Mallissa Barthule tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s David Ferrara about more than 50 sexual encounters with at least seven firefighters inside 13 different Las Vegas fire stations up until 2015. Barthule, who now lives in Texas, went on the record with her allegations after the recent arrest of Captain Richard Loughry on eight felony charges. In an arrest report, police say Loughy claimed to have previously brought women into Fire Station 47 and thought the underage girl was actually 22-years-old. Fire Chief William McDonald announced during a press conference Thursday there is zero tolerance “for this kind of behavior.” Chief McDonald said visitation at all 20 Las Vegas firehouses will now be limited and security cameras installed. McDonald acknowledged a previous incident that he says was isolated. It involved a firefighter who had sex at Station 5. According to the chief, that firefighter was fired about two-years-ago. More

Poll: Majority of Voters Do Not Want Chelsea Clinton to Seek Political Office

Chelsea Clinton is not getting much support to run for office from American voters, according to a new poll.

Only 27 percent of registered voters say they would support Clinton if she ran for political office, while 48 percent said they would rather not see her run, according to a Morning Consult/Politico poll.

The remaining quarter of voters said they had no opinion or were unsure.

Along party lines, Clinton, 37, did not have a lot of support from her own party, with only 48 percent of Democrats saying they would support her in a future run for office. An overwhelming 74 percent of Republicans said they would oppose her candidacy.

Clinton performed poorly in the polls among independents as well, with only 20 percent of independents supporting her and 48 percent opposing her.


Kellyanne Conway: Hillary’s Reemergence Shows Dems Have No Leader, They’re A ‘Collection of Ad Hoc Protesters’

Saturday, on the Fox News Channel’s “Justice,” counselor to President Trump Kellyanne Conway weighed in on former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s recent reemergence, saying it shows the Democratic Party has “no game.”

“[P]eople are annoyed [Clinton] is back in the scene. I’m actually leaning into it a little bit these days. Because…it’s a stark reminder that the Democrats [have] no game,” Conway told host Judge Jeanine Pirro.

Pirro then asked who the Democratic leader was, to which Conway replied, “Is it Tom Perez, who bears the title of DNC Chair? Is it [Senator] Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who’s out there with his supporters booing Tom Perez? Is it Hillary Clinton, who won’t go away and saying she’s going to start a political action committee, as if people want her to revisit the campaign?”


Governor Larry Hogan Vetoes Partisan Redistricting Legislation

Fatally Flawed, Phony Bill Would Eliminate Chance of Real Redistricting Reform in Maryland

Governor Larry Hogan today vetoed Senate Bill 1023, which would prevent Maryland from moving forward with nonpartisan redistricting reform. He was joined by Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, Redistricting Reform Commission co-chairs Judge Alex Williams and Walter Olson, Commission members Tessa Hill-Aston of the Baltimore City NAACP, Christopher Summers of the Maryland Public Policy Institute, and Ashley Oleson of the League of Women Voters, Baltimore County Senator Jim Brochin, and House Minority Leader Nic Kipke.

“Instead of choosing fairness and real, nonpartisan reform, legislators pushed through a phony bill masquerading as redistricting reform. It was nothing more than a political ploy designed with one purpose: to ensure that real redistricting reform would never actually happen in Maryland, which is why I am vetoing this misguided legislation,” said Governor Hogan. “We will continue our fight to clean up the political process in our state, to ensure that the best interests of Maryland’s citizens are being represented fairly and honestly, and that the voices of the people we were elected to serve are finally heard.”

The governor detailed several fatal flaws in the legislation, including making any reform in Maryland contingent on five other states taking action; only applying to congressional districts and not state legislative districts; and creating a politically-charged commission with members selected by legislative leaders instead of removing politicians from the process, as the administration’s proposed legislation would do.

"I agree with the governor that the present bill just doesn't go far enough, it's not sufficient, and I support his efforts to veto this bill," said Judge Williams. "I trust the citizens of Maryland, and we need to put something before them that is fair, that is balanced, that is independent, and that is nonpartisan."

Nonpartisan redistricting reform is supported by the vast majority of Marylanders, and the state is widely recognized for containing some of the most gerrymandered districts in the nation. The governor’s veto letter points out that Maryland’s redistricting process is currently the subject of an ongoing federal lawsuit, in which the former governor and senior elected officials have been deposed. The letter quotes recent comments from former Governor Martin O’Malley, who said in January 2017: “As a governor, I held that redistricting pen in my own Democratic hand. I was convinced that we should use our political power to pass a map that was more favorable for the election of Democratic candidates.”

During the Hogan administration’s first year in office, the governor established the non-partisan Maryland Redistricting Reform Commission, which traveled the state to seek input from the public. In consultation with the commission, the administration introduced legislation in 2016, and again in 2017, that would make Maryland a leader in reform and develop a new process, independent from political influence. During both legislative sessions, the governor’s legislation was not brought to the floor for a vote.

Click here to read the governor's veto letter.


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UPDATE: Woman thrown into pool after complaining about noise

NORTH LAUDERDALE, Fla. —A Florida teenager turned himself in to police after a video showing him dragging and throwing a woman into a pool was posted online, officials said.

The video was captured during a pool party Saturday at a residential community in North Lauderdale, the Broward County sheriff's office said.

Video footage shows a woman walking into the pool area with her two dogs before some partygoers began surrounding the woman and taking video with their cellphones.

A red-shirted teenager then picks up the woman, but both of them fall to the ground. Within seconds, the man stands up, drags the woman and throws her into the pool, the video shows.


Peter Schweizer Warns About Jared Kushner And George Soros

The author of the best-selling book that revealed alleged pay-for-play schemes during Hillary Clinton’s time as secretary of state is sounding the alarm about Jared Kushner’s ties to liberal bankroller George Soros and Goldman Sachs.

Clinton Cash” author and Breitbart News editor Peter Schweizer said in a radio interview that Kushner’s ties to Soros — who funds a network of left-wing activists — as well as his billion-dollar loans, both of which he failed to include in his financial disclosure forms, present a “massive, massive problem” for the White House. Schweizer called for an independent audit of Kushner’s finances, which he said likely contain similar bombshells. (RELATED: Jared Kushner Failed To Disclose Business Dealings With George Soros)

Schweizer expressed similar concern over the opacity of Kushner’s political views — which the adviser has kept close to his vest — and said the president should let the public “lift the hood up from the car and see what kind of engine is underneath there — to see really what his views are, have him do some public interviews about what his positions are.”


Dogs Found Near Gander Mountain: UPDATE

Two found dogs by Gander Mountain in Salisbury, Maryland. Very friendly. Pit Bull looks to have just weaned puppies, the other looks more like a lab mix. 443-880-5059

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Rush Limbaugh: ‘What is the point of voting Republican?’

Radio titan joins others condemning budget deal as 'betrayal'

Conservatives have a message for President Trump and the Republican Congress: This isn’t “winning.”

After Donald Trump’s improbable 2016 presidential election victory, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan promised big political results from a new “unified” Republican government with command of both the executive and legislative branches.

But after the recent budget deal, it’s Democrats Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi who are celebrating.

Conservative leaders are fuming.

Laura Ingraham, who memorably endorsed Donald Trump with a powerful speech at the Republican National Convention, is vowing there will be “hell to pay.” And Rush Limbaugh told Vice President Mike Pence during an interview the Republican majority seems pointless.

“If this is what happens, Mr. Vice President, why vote Republican?” asked Limbaugh. “What is the point of voting Republican if the Democrats are gonna continue to win practically 95 percent of their budget objectives, such as in this last budget deal?”