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Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Maryland’s Most Naturally Beautiful Town Will Enchant You In The Best Way Possible

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder but when it comes to small towns, most Marylanders prefer quaint spots with water views. The following town is among the most scenic in the state and worth a weekend trip at least once.

Tilghman Island is located in Maryland's eastern region, offering surrounding views of the water and nature. 

Lovers of fishing will especially enjoy this spot, as the rocks are the perfect place to set up a rod. 


LA Mayor Warns Immigration Crackdown Could Spark Riots

“That’s A Very Dangerous Situation”

It’s been 25 years the since the Rodney King riots, and it seems like another wave of civil unrest in Los Angeles has never been more likely.

Even LA Mayor Eric Garcetti thinks that his city could be a “tinderbox,” ready to blow. During a recent interview with Latino USA, he admitted that he thinks President Trump’s tough immigration policies could spark LA’s next riot.

On Friday’s NPR’s “Latino USA” podcast, Garcetti said it is dangerous when “ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] calls themselves police,” adding that “it’s bad for ICE and it’s bad for LAPD” because “people open that door expecting to see LAPD.” He said “if something goes wrong” when ICE agents try to deport illegal immigrants, “I fear a tinderbox out there, where people will suddenly say no and try to defend… keep that person from being taken. That’s a very dangerous situation.”

“We just commemorated 25 years since the urban unrest and we know how quickly things can explode,” Garcetti said, referring to the 1992 L.A. riots.


Salisbury MSP: Motor Vehicle Collision 6-6-17 Rt. 50 / Mardela

**Amended Press Release to Accident**

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31st Annual Statewide Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics

Delaware – The 31st ANNUAL STATEWIDE LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS involving over 500 Law Enforcement Officers and spanning 160 miles will be held between Wednesday, June 7th and Friday, June 9th. The 2017 event is the 31st annual Torch Run, and in its history, Delaware Law Enforcement will have raised over $6.5 million.

Special Olympics Delaware provides a year-round program of quality sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and/or cognitive delays. A family of over 4,000 volunteers makes this program possible for the more than 4,200 athletes who compete in Special Olympics Delaware. The organization builds sports skills, confidence, strength, motivation and self-esteem ... not just for the athletes, but for everyone involved.

This year’s Torch Run will be a three-day event, starting in Rehoboth Beach on Wednesday, June 7th at 7:00 p.m. The Torch Run Kickoff ceremony is preceded by the Bike Prologue at 5:00 p.m., which is open to everyone and all are encouraged to participate. Live music by 33 1/3 will lead the gala Torch Run sendoff from the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand at 7:00 p.m.

On Thursday, June 8th the Torch will start at Lewes (6:30 a.m., Troop 7), Georgetown (7:00 a.m., The Circle) and Delmar (6:00 a.m., Rt.13 and Rt.54) and will travel to Milford, Harrington, and Dover where a brief stop will be held at Legislative Hall at 2:00 p.m., and then continue on to Smyrna and Odessa. The event continues on Friday, June 9th from Troop 9 at 6:00 a.m., with the Torch proceeding to the Wilmington Police Headquarters in Wilmington for a 9:45 a.m. celebration. The event culminates with a final leg into the University of Delaware Bob Carpenter Center for the official opening of the 2017 Summer Games where the Special Olympics Flame of Hope will be delivered.

Information about the event and maps of the run can be found by clicking on the attached link:

To learn more about the Bike Prologue and to register, please click on this link:

How 1989's Invasion Of Panama Set The Stage For 25 Years Of Endless War

By 1989, it had become apparent to all — everyone except the CIA, of course — that the Soviet economy, and thus the Soviet state was in very deep trouble.

In November 1989, the Berlin Wall came down in the face of Soviet impotence. And, with the Cold-War corpse not even cold yet, the US used the newly apparent Soviet weakness as an opportunity to begin invading a variety of foreign countries. These included Iraq, Somalia, and the former Yugoslavia.

But first on the list was Panama in December 1989. At the time, the Panamanian state was an authoritarian regime that stayed in power largely due to US support, and functioned as an American puppet state in Central America where Communists were often successful in overthrowing right-wing dictatorships. The US regime's man in Panama was Manuel Noriega, who just died at 83 years of age. After years in US, French, and Panamanian prisons, Noriega has been forgotten by nearly everyone. But, after he stopped taking orders from Washington, Noriega became the first in a long line of foreign politicians who were held up as the next "Hitler" by the American propaganda machine. This was done in order to justify what would become an endless policy of invading tiny foreign countries that are no threat to the US — all done in the name of "humanitarian" intervention.

Writing in April 1990, Murray Rothbard summed up the situation in Panama:


**Update-Surveillance Photos Released** Troopers Investigate Liquor Store Robbery In Gumboro

Millsboro- Delaware State Police are releasing surveillance photos of the suspect and truck involving in the robbery of a Millsboro area liquor store that occurred Saturday June 3, 2017 around 9:15 p.m.

The suspect was described as an unknown race male. He was 5’05”-5’07” tall, weighed between 150-175 lbs., and was last seen wearing blue jeans, a light colored flannel jacket, sneakers, a dark colored knit cap, and had a bandana covering his face. He then entered a dark colored unknown make and model pick-up truck and fled from the parking lot.

If anyone has any information in reference to this incident they are asked to contact Detective R. Truitt at 302-752-3813. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

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Damage to tiny blood vessels causes depression

Keeping the heart healthy by avoiding junk food may also ward off depression, research suggests.

Damage to tiny blood vessels increases the risk of the blues by up to 58 per cent, Dutch scientists claim.

This destruction of capillaries, part of the body's microvascular system, is most often caused by high blood pressure and diabetes as a result of poor diets.

The vessels are responsible for transporting oxygen across the body, but if they become wrecked, various organs receive a reduced supply.

The brain is particularly vulnerable, Maastricht University experts said, as a lack of the vital gas can disrupt chemical levels.

An imbalance of these neurotransmitters is widely believed by researchers to be a cause of depression.


‘I Work At A F**king News Station, Motherf**ker’: Young Reporter Arrested After Unloading On Cop

A young reporter went on an obscenity-peppered tirade Sunday night outside a Philadelphia entertainment venue before getting arrested by local police officer.

Employees at the Helium Comedy Club asked Colleen Campbell, a 28-year-old recent graduate of Temple University, if she could be more quiet during actor and comic Craig Robinson’s standup performance, according to Philadelphia Magazine.

Even though management personally declined to comment, the broadcaster reportedly refused to lower her voice during Robinson’s show.

“About last night: this very obnoxious lady, who wasn’t drunk (nor high I think) was disturbing the show with her ‘loud whispering,'” comic Wil Sylvince wrote on a Facebook post. “After 3 warnings and other customers were complaining she was asked to leave.”


Breaking News: James Comey told Jeff Sessions he didn't want to be alone with President Trump after being unnerved by his request to end an F.B.I. inquiry

The day after President Trump asked James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director, to end an investigation into his former national security adviser, Mr. Comey confronted Attorney General Jeff Sessions and said he did not want to be left alone again with the president, according to current and former law enforcement officials.

Mr. Comey believed Mr. Sessions should protect the F.B.I. from White House influence, the officials said, and pulled him aside after a meeting in February to tell him that private interactions between the F.B.I. director and the president were inappropriate. But Mr. Sessions could not guarantee that the president would not try to talk to Mr. Comey alone again, the officials said.

What A Deal!

14 Indictments Connected To Drug Activity In South Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Authorities announced Monday the indictment of 14 suspects in connection with violence and drug activity in one south Baltimore neighborhood.

“Guns, gangs, and drugs continue to fuel the violence in Baltimore in 2017,” said Baltimore PD Commissioner Kevin Davis

Police say this investigation was into criminal activity in the south Baltimore area of Brooklyn, specifically from 5th St. to Patapsco Ave., and have eight of the 14 suspects in custody. They are asking the public to help them find the other six.

Police say these suspects face drug distribution and conspiracy charges. Police say they have recovered one stolen gun, but the suspects have not been charged with any acts of violence.


Trump's New Era of Aviation

Questions the People Want Asked of James Comey

Many citizens throughout America are calling their senators and congressmen to have these questions given to the Judiciary committees, demanding former FBI Director James Comey to answer on Thursday. Seeing as Comey is so hell bent on getting in the limelight, the public wants several issues put to rest once and for all. If he wants to be in center spotlight, maybe it's time he has the tough questions to answer that makes his moment in the sun worth the wait for the rest of us.

Intuition says Comey will refuse to answer any or all of these questions as they tend to be self-incriminating; however, it shows the farce of the hearing which wastes taxpayer time and money. In reality, it's just another showboat event for the ultimate poser. Nothing more.

-- TC

Questions Citizens are demanding to be answered:

  1. Did you discuss with anyone outside of the Justice Department any interactions you had with President Trump or President Obama regarding either the investigations of Trump associates' alleged connections with Russia or the Clinton email investigation? If so, with whom did you discuss those interactions, when, and why?
  2. Did you create any memos about interactions you had during either the Obama or the Trump administrations with the Deputy Attorney General, the Attorney General, or the President regarding either the investigations of Trump associates' alleged connections with Russia or the Clinton email investigation? If so, to whom did you provide copies  and when?
  3. Have you discussed any such memos or their contents with anyone outside the Justice Department? If so, with whom, when, and why?
  4. Did you discuss any such memos or their contents with anyone within the Justice Department? If so, with whom, when, and why?
  5. Did you share copies of any such memos with anyone outside the Justice Department? If so, with whom, when, and why?
  6. Did you retain copies of any such memos after leaving the FBI or otherwise maintain access to them? If so, please explain why.
  7. If you retained copies or can access them, please provide all such memos that you created, memorializing interactions you had with Presidents Trump or Obama, Attorney General Sessions or Lynch, and Deputy Attorneys General Rosenstein, Boente, or Yates regarding either the investigations of Trump associates' alleged connections with Russia or the Clinton email investigation. 

It was 73 years ago today...

Remembering D-Day - June 6, 1944

While many of these men are long gone, the memory will never be forgotten. Thank you for your service.

Delaware Joins U.S. Climate Alliance to Uphold Goals of Paris Agreement

Governor Carney pledges support in fight against
climate change

WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor John Carney announced on Monday that Delaware has joined the U.S. Climate Alliance, a coalition of states committed to upholding the Paris Agreement to combat climate change, after President Trump announced last week that he would withdraw the U.S. from the agreement. The Climate Alliance now includes 13 members.

“Delaware is the country’s lowest-lying state and with 381 miles of coastline, climate change is a very real threat to our future,” said Governor Carney. “As sea levels rise, more than 17,000 Delaware homes, nearly 500 miles of roadway and thousands of acres of wildlife habitat including our critical wetlands are at risk of permanent inundation. Rising average temperatures and an increase in extreme weather events also pose health risks to Delawareans, and threaten our economy. The U.S. should lead in the global fight against climate change. Delaware is proud to join this coalition of states providing that necessary leadership.”

The Paris Agreement called for the U.S. to achieve a 26-28 percent reduction of emissions, from 2005 levels, by 2025. Delaware’s continued commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and transitioning to clean energy also will provide economic opportunity for Delawareans, and offer significant public health and environmental benefits.

Students At Delware School May Have Been Exposed To Tuberculosis

June 6, 2017
Dear Howard T. Ennis Community Member:
The Delaware Division of Public Health and Indian River School District wanted to let you know that some individuals may have been exposed to active Tuberculosis as part of being transported to and from the Howard T. Ennis School. If you have not received a phone call or letter from the Division of Public Health, you or your child has not been exposed and so there is no need for you to take further action.
We recognize this information can cause concern and are reaching out to the entire Howard T. Ennis community in order to provide the most medically accurate and up-to-date information. We also want to be clear that the risk of transmission is low and that we are only recommending testing for certain individuals as a precaution.
We want you to know that while testing and treatment are very important, TB is preventable, and is curable with medicine. TB is transmitted by breathing in germs (bacteria) that are coughed or sneezed into the air by someone sick with TB disease. TB is not spread by touching objects or sharing eating utensils like forks, knives, or plates. TB is spread when someone spends a lot of time every day close to someone who is sick with TB disease. Usually, this is a family or household member.
There are two forms of TB. One is “latent TB,” where the germ is “asleep” in the body; the person is not sick and cannot spread the germs to others. Medication is provided to kill the “sleeping” germ so the person does not become sick in the future. The second form is “active TB disease,” in which the TB germ has made the person sick. Left untreated, this can result in serious illness or be life-threatening. Medication is available to kill the germs in the active form of TB, too, and cure the patient.
Below are TB fact sheets for further background. If you have any concerns about it or any other disease, we encourage you to contact your health care provider.
We also want to say again, if you are getting this letter, you or your child was not exposed to the disease.
Thank you.
Karyl Rattay, MD
Division of Public Health Director
Department of Health and Social Services

Mark Steele
Indian River School District

Real Green Fund Money Contributions

The other day many of you posted all these grand numbers depicting what other countries paid into the Green Fund prior to President Trump pulling out of the Paris Agreement. Here is the official number for the countries that owe the most under the agreement.

Now can you see why these countries are upset about the US pulling out or do you need a better graphic?


Normandy Landings 2017: What the D in ‘D-Day’ actually means

When northern Europe was in the clutches of Nazi control 70 years ago, 156,000 allied soldiers were there to fight for liberty.

The date these soldiers landed on the beaches of Normandy – June 6, 1944 – would from that day forward be remembered as D-Day in the World War II conflict.

It is estimated that more than 425,000 allied and German soldiers lost their lives, were wounded or went missing during the invasions that followed the D-Day landings making it a date all would remember for decades to come.

Here is everything you need to know – including what the D in ‘D-Day’ actually means.

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When was D Day?

Maryland Casinos Generate $136.5 Million in Revenue During May

MGM National Harbor tops $50 million for the second time

(BALTIMORE) – Maryland Lottery and Gaming today announced May 2017 revenue numbers for the state’s six casinos: Hollywood Casino Perryville in Cecil County, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore in Baltimore City, Casino at Ocean Downs in Worcester County, Maryland Live Casino in Anne Arundel County, Rocky Gap Casino Resort in Allegany County and MGM National Harbor in Prince George’s County. Maryland’s casinos totaled $136,464,277 in revenue during May 2017 – an increase of $32,113,058, or 30.8%, compared to the May 2016 figure of $104,351,219.

In a year-to-year comparison not including MGM National Harbor, which opened on Dec. 8, 2016, statewide casino revenue in May 2017 decreased by $18,439,027, or 17.7%.

MGM National Harbor generated $50,552,085 from both slot machines and table games in May. Gross gaming revenue per unit per day in May at MGM National Harbor was: $273.10 for slot machines, $5,708.55 for banked table games and $1,403.19 for non-banked table games. MGM National Harbor operates 3,137 slot machines and 165 (126 banked and 39 non-banked) table games.

The Army will offer soldiers $90K to re-enlist in efforts to expand its ranks

In an effort to increase its ranks and convince reluctant soldiers to re-enlist, the Army will triple the amount of bonuses it's paying this year to more than $380 million, according to the Associated Press. Some soldiers could get as much as $90,000 up front by committing to another four or more years.

The incentive comes as the army hopes to reverse a downsizing trend that was seen under the Obama administration after years of growth brought upon by the wars in the Middle East.

The enlistment campaign was driven by Congress' decision late last year to expand the size of teh Army--a frequently touted tenet of President Trump's military strategy.


Tiger Woods DUI: Prescription drugs are a growing threat to safety on American roads

The number of drivers involved in fatal car crashes testing positive for drugs has nearly doubled in 10 years

Tiger Woods isn’t the only one driving under the influence of prescription drugs.

Woods, the former No. 1 golfer in the world, was arrested early Monday near his home on Jupiter Island, Fla., for driving under the influence. Police reportedly found him asleep at the steering wheel of a running vehicle and arrested him because of his slurred speech and for failing police-instructed roadside tasks. But his alcohol breath test was zero. In a statement late Monday, Woods said, “I take full responsibility for my actions. I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved. What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications.” Woods had back surgery last month.

Crashes involving drugged drivers have nearly doubled over the last decade. In 2015, 21% of the 32,166 fatal crashes in the U.S. involved one driver who tested positive for drugs, up from 12% of the 39,252 fatal crashes in 2005, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, according to data released last year by the government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “Use of marijuana and prescription drugs is increasingly prominent among drivers on America’s roads, which raises a new safety challenge,” the NHTSA says. “While it’s illegal across the United States to drive while drunk, the laws involving drugged driving vary across the states.”


See the unbelievably massive salaries paid to public-school educators in NY

Despite years of teachers-union-led complaints about a lack of funding for public schools in New York, a review of the salaries and benefits paid to public-school teachers and officials has revealed massive taxpayer-funded compensation packages.

The Education Action Group Foundation reported on Wednesday a review of teachers’ compensation in one New York school district—Central Islip Public Schools, a public-school district in Long Island—found the 534 teachers earned more than $64 million in salaries alone, averaging $121,261 per teacher.

“They also received a combined $12,897,342 in benefits, for an average of $24,152 per teacher, and the school district made $8,566,330 in retirement contributions on their behalf, for an average of $16,041 per teacher,” reported Steve Gunn for the Education Action Group Foundation.


A Flint official blamed the city's water crisis on blacks who 'don't pay their bills'

A public official in Flint, Michigan, blamed the city's ongoing water crisis on black residents who 'don't pay their bills' in a recorded conversation with an advocacy journalist last month, The Washington Post reported.

Phil Stair is the sales manager for a county agency that manages tax-foreclosed homes. Stair, who is white, used the N-word, according to the recordings.

The day after the recording was published in an online blog, Stair resigned from the Genesee County Land Bank.


Moment 90-year-old hit over the head with a CANE in NYC

Surveillance video has captured the shocking moment a 90-year-old man was hit in the head in an unprovoked attack on Friday.

NYPD officers say the assault occurred in the neighborhood of Inwood in Manhattan around 5:55pm.

The callous attacker is walking down the street when he notices the elderly gentleman and gives a swift kick to his shopping cart.

He then deliver a vicious strike to the side of the 90-year-old's head with a cane.


NFL Ends Ban On Liquor Commercials During Football Games

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The NFL will no longer be strictly beer when it comes to advertising during games.

Previously, the NFL avoided alcoholic ads like this due to “concerns of associating hard liquor with famous football players in front of young fans.”

According to The Wall Street Journal, the league will now allow its TV partners to accept commercials for distilled spirits for the 2017 season — of course, there’s a catch: the ads have to include a “prominent social responsibility message” and can’t have a football theme or target underage drinkers.

The NFL said it will only accept four, 30-second hard liquor spots per game with a limit of two such spots in any quarter or during halftime.


Is Recycling Broken?

To survive and prosper, local recycling efforts are forging ways to update, upgrade and educate.

In 2014, six months after the residents of Lowell, Mass., received new 96-gallon recycling carts, Gunther Wellenstein got a “nastygram.” The letter to the city’s recycling coordinator came from the recycling contractor, Waste Management. It let Wellenstein know that contaminated -- that is, unrecyclable -- items were making their way into the carts.
Wellenstein was incredulous. He got in his car and drove around, stopping every now and then to get out, lift the lid of a recycling cart and inspect what was in it. “Lo and behold,” he says, “there was quite a bit of stuff that I guess people hoped could be recycled.”

What he found ranged from the mundane -- plastic forks, metal coat hangers, trash bags and even food waste -- to the outrageous -- diapers, syringes, appliances, bowling balls, doggie beds. He even found a cart full of leaves. “It was like people were saying, ‘Well, my trash can is full, but I’ve got room over here in the recycling cart.’”

Understandably, Waste Management wanted Wellenstein to address the problem. The syringes, bowling balls and other unrecyclable items were causing havoc at its recycling facility. A metal pry bar, for instance, got stuck on one of the conveyor belts and split it length-wise, shutting the building down for two days and costing the company upwards of $50,000. But the mundane things were also costly. “The first thing that comes off the line at the facility by hand is plastic bags, regardless of what’s in them,” says Wellenstein. “They automatically get thrown into the trash, and we get charged [for Waste Management] to process it and take it to the incinerator.”


Ex-intel contractor sues Comey, alleging FBI covered up mass civil liberties violations

A former U.S. intelligence contractor has sued fired FBI Director James Comey and other current and ex-government officials, alleging the bureau has covered up evidence provided to agents showing widespread illegal spying on Americans.

The suit, filed late Monday night by Dennis Montgomery, was assigned to the same federal judge who has already ruled that some of the National Security Agency's collection of data on Americans violates the U.S. Constitution's Fourth Amendment, setting up an intriguing legal proceeding in the nation's capital this summer.

Documents obtained by Circa outside of the lawsuit show that the U.S. attorney's office in Washington in 2015 approved a grant of limited immunity for Montgomery so he could explain how he managed to walk out of his contract work for several U.S. intelligence agencies with 47 hard drives of highly classified documents -- a security breach potentially larger than Edward Snowden's leak.

The documents show FBI agents interviewed Montgomery on videotape for several hours and collected the 47 hard drives.


Opioid crisis: Lethal drugs threaten lives of first responders; police make changes

WASHINGTON — The number of calls to police for opioid overdoses, and the threat those cases pose to responding officers, are inspiring several departments across the D.C. region to change how they do their jobs.

The synthetic opioid fentanyl, and the even stronger carfentanil, have taken lives and threatened officers responding to overdose calls far too frequently, said Capt. Paul Liquorie, with the Montgomery County police.

“We had an officer who was transporting some fentanyl back to be logged into evidence. … While he was en route to the station he started getting symptomatic and had to be transported by EMS. It’s in these kinds of things that you have to be more careful,” he said.

It’s a threat to officers nationwide, typified by the recent case in Ohio where an officer suffered an accidental overdose by wiping powder off his uniform.


Martin Armstrong Asks "Is Trump Becoming More Popular In Europe Than America?"

While the leftists are out in force against Trump calling him racist and whatever else they can dream up for his travel ban from countries with Islamic terrorism, we are starting to see European protest against the anti-Trump movement.

The London policy institute Chatham House calls a “reservoir of public support” on the continent for exactly such polices. The survey of 10,000 people found that support for ending Muslim immigration averaged 55% across 10 European countries, ranging from 71% in Poland to 41% in Spain. With the latest attacks in Britain, one must wonder how high this poll is going to go.

Perhaps there should be a 30 day sentence for those who are against travel bans. However, prison might be too good for them and they certainly will not learn anything but wear it as a badge of honor and they get room service. Perhaps they should be made to travel to the countries they support and have to stay their for 30 days in an average room, not a 5 star hotel with room service. Perhaps they might then begin to understand how much culture matters. In some place, a woman will be arrested for walking down the street un-escorted. Prostitution is just assumed. It is not a question of religion. Every religion has its extreme left and right if we are talking about Christians or Judaism. Islam is no different.

Turkey may be Islamic, but it is a totally different branch. Tuvana Türkay is a famous Turkish actress born in Istanbul who many consider one of the most naturally beautiful women.


Visualizing The Train Wreck Of Auto Inventories

On May 10, 2017, there were 145,763 new 2016 vehicles unsold.

Today, 2016 new car inventory stands at 112,310.

At the current rate of sale, we will not sell through the new 2016 inventory till the last week of August.
Why this matters

Dealers always focus on selling their oldest vehicles first. This is because the majority of dealers floor plan their inventory.

As a vehicle gets older, the interest expense grows larger. Because of this, the oldest inventory always gets the prime real estate at a retail dealer location for maximum visibility. Newer arrivals are usually staged in lower customer traffic areas and not discounted as much in efforts to sell the oldest vehicles first. This method of inventory control works great as long as supply doesn't overwhelm demand.

More Supply Than Demand Is Our Current Reality

Here's a visual representation of this in action. On the way to a local park, I passed a dirt lot previously used as farm land now filled with cars. I looked at my wife and asked, "Did we just see that?" I quickly turned around to capture the image below.


The Greatest Moments of Ben Shapiro

Senator voices concerns about pro-Dem firm working 2020 Census

Concerns are being raised on Capitol Hill about whether partisan politics could impact the 2020 Census and swing congressional redistricting in favor of Democrats.

Fox News has learned that last summer, a pro-Democratic analytics firm that describes itself as “a platform for hope and change” was included as a subcontractor in a $415 million advertising contract for the 2020 Census.

The data firm, Civis Analytics, was founded by the chief analytics officer on former President Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign.

Since congressional redistricting, which occurs every 10 years, is based on the results of the national Census, the chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is now asking the secretary of the Department of Commerce to ensure that the Census will be conducted in a nonpartisan fashion -- and that redistricting will not be impacted.

“In 2016, the Bureau awarded an advertising contract that included a subcontractor with close ties to the partisan politics that reportedly ‘spun out of’ the reelection campaign of President Obama,” Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., wrote to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in a letter obtained by Fox News.



SKILL SAW: A portable cutting tool used to make boards too short.

BELT SANDER: An electric sanding tool commonly used to convert minor touch-up jobs into major refinishing jobs.

WIRE WHEEL: Cleans paint off bolts and then throws them somewhere under the workbench with the speed of light. Also removes fingerprints and hard-earned calluses from fingers in about the time it takes you to say, 'Oh shit'. Will easily wind a tee shirt off your back.

DRILL PRESS: A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat metal bar stock out of your hands so that it smacks you in the chest and flings your beer across the room, denting the freshly-painted project which you had carefully set in the corner where nothing could get to it.

CHANNEL LOCKS: Used to round off bolt heads. Sometimes used in the creation of blood-blisters.

HACK SAW: One of a family of cutting tools built on the Ouija board principle. It transforms human energy into a crooked, unpredictable motion, and the more you attempt to influence its course, the more dismal your future becomes.

VISE GRIPS: Generally used after pliers to completely round off bolt heads. If nothing else is available, they can also be used to transfer intense welding heat to the palm of your hand.

OXYACETYLENE TORCH: Used almost entirely for igniting various flammable objects in your shop and creating a fire. Also handy for igniting the grease inside the wheel hub out of which you want to remove a bearing race.

TABLE SAW: A large stationary power tool commonly used to launch wood projectiles for testing wall integrity. Very effective for digit removal!!

HYDRAULIC FLOOR JACK: Used for lowering an automobile to the ground after you have installed your new brake shoes, trapping the jack handle firmly under the bumper.

BAND SAW: A large stationary power saw primarily used by most shops to cut large pieces into smaller pieces that more easily fit into the trash after you cut on the inside of the line instead of the outside edge. Also excels at amputations.

TWO-TON ENGINE HOIST: A tool for testing the maximum tensile strength of all the crap you forgot to disconnect.

PHILLIPS SCREWDRIVER: Normally used to stab the vacuum seals under lids or for opening old-style paper-and-tin oil cans and splashing oil on your shirt; but can also be used, as the name implies, to strip out Phillips screw heads.

STRAIGHT SCREWDRIVER: A tool for opening paint cans. Sometimes used to convert common slotted screws into non-removable screws and butchering your palms.

PRY BAR: A tool used to crumple the metal surrounding that clip or bracket you needed to remove in order to replace a 50 cent part.

PVC PIPE CUTTER: A tool used to make plastic pipe too short.

HAMMER: Originally employed as a weapon of war, the hammer nowadays is used as a kind of divining rod to locate the most expensive parts adjacent the object we are trying to hit. Also very effective at fingernail removal.

UTILITY KNIFE: Used to open and slice through the contents of cardboard cartons delivered to your front door. Works particularly well on contents such as seats, vinyl records, liquids in plastic bottles, collector magazines, refund checks, and rubber or plastic parts. Especially useful for slicing work clothes, but only while in use. These can also be used to initiate a trip to the emergency room so a doctor can sew up the damage.

SON OF A BITCH TOOL: Any handy tool that you grab and throw across the garage while yelling 'Son of a bitch' at the top of your lungs. It is also, most often, the next tool that you will need.

Subject: Judge Decides Everyone Who Got Illegal Dish Network Telemarketing Calls Should Get More Money

Dish Network will have to pay more than $60 million — three times the originally calculated damages — for sales reps who made repeated, unwanted cold calls to thousands of people on the Do Not Call Registry.

Back in January, a jury in North Carolina found Dish Network responsible for repeated marketing calls made to more than 51,000 calls to 18,000 folks whose numbers were on the Do Not Call list.

Dish didn’t technically place the calls itself; a third-party company it hired did. But the class-action lawsuit ended with Dish being held responsible for its vendor’s actions. The jury had to determine how much Dish owed, on a scale of $0 to $500. They settled on $400 for each illegal call — adding up to a total of $20.5 million.


Trump blasts Senate as ‘obstructionists,’ demands approval of his nominees

President Trump accused Senate Democrats Monday of blocking his nominees — particularly ambassadorships — from confirmation, issuing yet another Twitter challenge to Capitol Hill.

But Democrats fired back, saying the problem is that Mr. Trump has been slow in sending nominees over to Capitol Hill for action, and it’s up to him to get the ball rolling.

It’s the latest flare-up in a relationship that has only deteriorated over the first four months of Mr. Trump’s presidency.

“Dems are taking forever to approve my people, including Ambassadors. They are nothing but OBSTRUCTIONISTS! Want approvals,” Mr. Trump said on Twitter amid an outburst that spanned everything from the latest London terror attack to gun control to criticizing how his own Justice Department has mounted the legal defense of his extreme vetting policies.

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer fired back, saying Mr. Trump has been the problem. He said there are more than 500 positions that require Senate confirmation, and Mr. Trump has only nominated 63. Another 15 have been announced but not formally nominated.

Of the 63, just 39 have been confirmed..


Why The Supreme Court’s Ruling In Toner Cartridge Case Is A Win For Consumers

“Patent exhaustion” isn’t exactly a thrilling pair of words. But that was the crux of a case the Supreme Court ruled on today that answered one incredibly important question for consumers: Can a company that sold you something use its patent on that product to control how you choose to use after you buy it?

Happily for consumers, the Court’s answer is, basically, “nope.”

The Court heard the case, Impression Products, Inc v Lexmark International, Inc, in March and issued a final ruling on the matter today.

The key question at play in the Lexmark case was one of patent exhaustion. Precedent has held that a patent-holder’s rights are used up — legally, exhausted — at the moment that it sells the thing it has a patent on to someone else. But in the modern era of microchips and DRM, some usage restrictions are suddenly enforceable long after an original item is sold. So question the Court was setting out to answer was: Can the company that sold you something it holds the patent on determine what you do with it after you’ve bought it, or do they exhaust their patent and therefore relinquish control?

That case was, basically, a dispute between a company that makes printers (Lexmark) and a third-party company that makes and refills ink and toner cartridges for use in printers (Impression Products).


Trump quietly slashes number of refugees from Obama’s target despite court order

Despite a court order halting most of his extreme vetting policy, President Trump’s administration has quietly been working toward his goal of a drastic cut in the number of refugees the U.S. will accept this fiscal year.

President Obama had set a target of up to 110,000 on his way out the door, but Mr. Trump tried to reset that number to 50,000. If the pace continues, the final tally is likely to be about 60,000 when the fiscal year ends in September — well below the level Mr. Obama wanted to lock in.

Most striking is the drop in the number of refugees from the seven terrorist-connected special interest countries that Mr. Trump singled out for extra scrutiny in his executive orders: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

“Even if ‘extreme vetting’ is on hold, good vetting takes time, and the Trump administration’s plans to follow the law are eliminating the irresponsible rush to judgment that took place under the Obama administration,” said Matthew J. O'Brien, research director at the Federation for American Immigration Reform and a former senior anti-fraud executive at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, one of the agencies that handles refugees.

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ESPN bringing Hank Williams Jr. back to Monday Night Football

ESPN is bringing Hank Williams Jr. -- and all his rowdy friends -- back into the Monday Night Football fold, six years after the sports network parted ways with the brash country rocker following controversial remarks involving then-President Barack Obama.

Williams' new version of “All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night," with his trademark opening: "Are you ready for some football?" will debut before a Sept. 11 game between the New Orleans Saints and the Minnesota Vikings.

“I think it’s a return to our past in that it’s such an iconic song associated with football,” said Stephanie Druley, ESPN’s senior vice president of events and studio production.


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23,000 potential jihadis in UK, but authorities admit they can't monitor all

The number of potential UK-based terrorists on the radar of the British security services is as high as 23,000, it has emerged.

The figure is more than six times the figure previously released by the Home Office at the time of last month's Manchester bombing.

Then, it was revealed the security services had 500 live investigations into more than 3,000 suspected radical jihadis, including about 400 people who have remarkably been allowed to return to their shores after fighting with terror group Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria.


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My husband just went to Sun Trust Bank at 10:00 am and it was closed. Strange.

2017 Hebron Fireman's Carnival Starts Tomorrow!

2017 Hebron Fireman's Carnival
The 2017 Hebron Fireman's Carnival will start on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Kitchen opens at 6:30 pm and rides open at 7:15 pm. The following is a list of dates/weeks that the 2017 Hebron Fireman's Carnival will be open (weather permitted).

Free admission and parking!!!
Ride tickets are $2 each or ride all night with a wristband for $14

June 7th - June 10th
June 14th - June 17th
June 21st - June 24th
June 28th - July 1st
July *5th* - July 8th (July 5th the Carnival will end @ 9pm, Fireworks will be @ 9:30pm)
July 12th - July 15th

Federal contractor arrested for leaking NSA intelligence to news outlet

A 25-year-old federal contractor is facing charges she leaked a classified National Security Agency document to a news outlet in May.

The charges against Reality Leigh Winner came about an hour after the publication of a story based on an NSA document detailing Russian attempts to hack American voting systems in 2016.

President Trump has been pushing Justice to go after leakers inside the federal government, which he has identified as "the big story" when it comes to Russia's involvement in the 2016 presidential election. Winner's arrest could signal the federal government is going to aggressively investigate and prosecute individuals who send classified intelligence to news organizations.

Trump and other Republican allies in Washington have made pursuing leakers one of their top priorities, but Winner is the first to face charges for releasing classified intelligence.

Winner, of Augusta, Ga., is facing charges that she removed classified material from a government facility and mailed it to a news outlet. She was arrested on Saturday and appeared on the charge Monday.

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Trump Signs Bills Into Law to Help Law Enforcement

DHS Officers Humiliate Judges by Enforcing Immigration Laws, Declares Judge

Judges are humiliated and dehumanized whenever they must enforce the nation’s immigration laws, according to a senior judge on the far-left Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The judge’s cry of outrage came when he could not block the orderly repatriation of an illegal immigrant who has two drunk driving convictions, plus a U.S. wife and three children.

“We are unable to prevent [Andres] Magana Ortiz’s removal, yet it is contrary to the values of this nation and its legal system,” complained Judge Stephen Reinhardt, who wishes to extend citizens’ rights to illegal foreign migrants. He said:

"We are compelled to deny Mr. Magana Ortiz’s request for a stay of removal because we do not have the authority to grant it. We are not, however, compelled to find the government’s action in this case fair or just. …

"The government’s decision to remove Magana Ortiz diminishes not only our country but our courts, which are supposedly dedicated to the pursuit of justice. Magana Ortiz and his family are in truth not the only victims. Among the others are judges who, forced to participate in such inhumane acts, suffer a loss of dignity and humanity as well. I concur as a judge, but as a citizen I do not."


The Campus Mob Came for Me - and You, Professor, Could Be Next

Persecuted professor reveals backstory to Evergreen State College mayhem

I was not expecting to hold my biology class in a public park last week.

But then the chief of our college police department told me she could not protect me on campus. Protestors were searching cars for an unspecified individual—likely me—and her officers had been told to stand down, against her judgment, by the college president.

Racially charged, anarchic protests have engulfed Evergreen State College, a small, public liberal-arts institution where I have taught since 2003. In a widely disseminated video of the first recent protest on May 23, an angry mob of about 50 students disrupted my class, called me a racist, and demanded that I resign. My “racist” offense? I had challenged coercive segregation by race. Specifically, I had objected to a planned “Day of Absence” in which white people were asked to leave campus on April 12.

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Collins: Forgetful Miller denies partisan gerrymandering

By Michael Collins

The legal case against the gerrymandering in Maryland is getting curiouser and curiouser, thanks to depositions provided by former Gov. Martin O’Malley, Senate President Mike Miller, and Speaker of the House Michael Busch.

Former Gov. Martin O’Malley put the first crack in the Democrat’s Blue Wall of Silence last month when he admitted under oath, what everybody already knew—that the Democrats’ 2012 gerrymander of Maryland was designed to gain Democratic seats at the expense of Republican ones.
‘I know nothing’

Miller seemed to alternate roles during his deposition. On the one hand, he was solicitous to the point of incredulity. On the one hand he seemed like the insincere Eddie Haskell character in “Leave It to Beaver.” “Oh, no, Mrs. Cleaver, I would never, ever, think a partisan thought.”


Bozeman schools prefer kids in class on MLK Day

As more families from other states move to Bozeman, some parents are surprised or upset to learn that kids here don’t get a holiday from school on Martin Luther King Day.

Bozeman schools use the day as an opportunity to teach kids about the slain civil rights leader, but Superintendent Rob Watson told School Board trustees Tuesday that some parents see it as diminishing King. They worry about the message it sends to the larger community.

“It’s a little alarming for some folks,” Watson said. “They see it as almost a slight.”

Trustees discussed informally the idea of changing Jan. 15, a federal and state holiday, to a day off school. But in the end, all said they prefer the way Bozeman schools celebrate the day now — by asking classes to teach students lessons about King, his service and sacrifice.

“I’ve had friends say we’re not progressive, Montana’s behind the times,” Board Chair Andy Willett said. “I’d rather keep it staying in school, but inform the community” about school observances of King.


FBI Arrests NSA Contractor Who Leaked Top Secret "Russian Hacking" Document To The Intercept

Earlier this afternoon, the Intercept reported that according to a "top secret NSA document", Russian Military Intelligence "executed a cyberattack on at least one U.S. voting software supplier and sent spear-phishing emails to more than 100 local election officials days before election."

The NSA document, reportedly dated May 5, analyzes recently acquired intelligence about "a months-long Russian intelligence cyber effort against elements of the U.S. election and voting infrastructure." The document notes that investigation only began in the last few months. The document claims the investigation was spurred by "information that became available in April 2017."

According to the Intercept, the report is "the most detailed U.S. government account of Russian interference in the election that has yet come to light. It is said to reveal that that Russian hacking may have penetrated further into U.S. voting systems than was previously understood" and "states unequivocally in its summary statement that it was Russian military intelligence, specifically the Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate, or GRU, that conducted the cyber attacks described in the document." This is what the document alleges:

Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate actors … executed cyber espionage operations against a named U.S. company in August 2016, evidently to obtain information on elections-related software and hardware solutions. … The actors likely used data obtained from that operation to … launch a voter registration-themed spear-phishing campaign targeting U.S. local government organizations.

While the manufacturer victimized by the attack has its name masked throughout the report, the Hill suggests that it might be VR Systems. The email account used to spear-phish customers is listed as, and the attack made use of malware-infected files with titles that reference to the EViD poll book system. The report makes reference to voter-registration themed phishing attacks against third parties possibly using information from the account, making it likely the company is somehow related to registration or voter roles. VR's website says EViD products were used in California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, North Carolina, New York and Virginia. The company is based in Florida.


'Raise the Age' Laws Could Reduce Recidivism For Young Offenders

You have to be 18 to vote in a general election or join the military without your parents’ consent — and you’ve got to be 21 before you can belly up to the bar.

But in some states, if you’re under 18 and you break the law, you’ll be treated as an adult, no matter how slight the crime — even if it’s just jumping a subway turnstile or shoplifting.

Sixteen-year-olds in New York and North Carolina are still funneled through adult criminal courts and housed in adult prisons and jails. In Georgia, Michigan, Missouri, Texas and Wisconsin, 17-year-olds are automatically prosecuted as adults.

Raising the age can have a huge impact on the lives of young people. Teens funneled into adult prisons do not have access to rehabilitative services that the juvenile justice system provides. And adult prisons can be extremely dangerous for teens.


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Barnes & Noble Sets Closing Date In Towson

There will be a party for the community on Towson Barnes & Noble's last day.

The next chapter is coming for the storefront that has for years housed Barnes & Noble on Towson Circle.

The Joppa Road store will be closing after business on Saturday, June 10, store representatives told Patch.

There will be a celebration on that day for community members to say goodbye to their beloved bookstore.

In the meantime, much of the store is running a 50 percent off sale. There are some items that remain full price. What does not sell will be shipped back to Barnes & Noble.



Baltimore Public Schools Lay Off 115 On Thursday

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — 115 Baltimore City Public Schools staff members are being notified Thursday that they will be laid off, for the first time in a decade as the school system try to balance a 1.3 billion-dollar budget for next year.

Only 13 classroom teachers were among the layoffs, with 32 of the staff members working in the district and the remaining 68 in non-teaching positions among 83 schools.

The original budget cuts considered laying off over 1,000 employees, but officials were able to get that number down to 115. School district officials say guidance counselors and librarians were the ones cut.

Thursday, the 115 were met in the classrooms and offices, handed a green folder, offered counseling and told they’d be let go.


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Offshore Wind Turbines Blamed For Killing Family Of Whales

Marine environmental experts blame offshore wind turbines for the deaths of three minke whales that washed up on British beaches, The Times reported Monday.

Wildlife experts claim that the noise generated by wind turbines affected the sonar that whales use to navigate, causing them to beach themselves. There are several commercial offshore wind farms close to where the whales beached themselves.

“My personal opinion is that it could be a consequence of wind farms and the amount of sand in the water,” John Cresswell, chairman of the Felixstowe Volunteer Coast Patrol Rescue Service, told The Times. “If you stop the boat off the coast you can feel the vibrations and hear the noise.”

The U.K. coastguard received reports of a minke whale calf that had become separated from its mother Friday evening. By the next afternoon, it had been found dead at the mouth of the River Ore, and its mother washed up near Felixstowe. On Sunday, another dead adult whale surfaced, indicating that an entire family could have been killed.


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Wicomico County’s Brothers of the Brush contest launches

People can still register for facial hair growing competition

The Brothers of the Brush facial hair growing contest launched with shaving on Saturday, and there’s still time to get involved.

To kick off the competition, Eric Ludwig’s Downtown Barbershop shaved the facial hair of Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism Director Steve Miller and Wicomico County Councilman Matt Holloway on stage at the Downtown Salisbury Festival.

Miller and Holloway will be participating in the fastest growing beard category, in which participants start with a clean-shaven face and see how long they can grow their facial hair by the judging on Friday, Sept. 15, during 3rd Friday.

Other categories include moustache, partial beard, full beard, most unusual and worst beard. Competitors have a chance to win sesquicentennial prizes and trophies, and it is free to participate.

On Saturday, people registered for the contest, with a few shaving on-site.

The Brothers of the Brush contest is being held as part of Wicomico County’s 150 Year Celebration. Back when Wicomico County celebrated 100 years, in 1967, there was a beard growing contest. Now, the contest has returned as the County honors this sesquicentennial milestone.

Judging will take place Friday, Sept. 15, in conjunction with 3rd Friday in downtown Salisbury. For a participant to qualify for prizes, the registration form must be received by Friday, Sept. 1.

Register online or download a registration form at The contest rules and a schedule of other 150 Year Celebration events can also be found at that link.

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Brave Police Save Town From Man Selling Veggies

It is the simplest, most basic aspect of life: you need food, so you grow some vegetables. If you have extra you sell them on a street corner to your neighbors, and if you live in California you get arrested for it.

Licensing is when the government takes a right from you, and sells it back. This California man failed to purchase his rights back from the state.

But the poor police had pictures taken of them while arresting the man, and now they are hearing from the public about their unjust actions.

The Sheriff’s Department of Alameda County Florida responded on Facebook to the public outrage, including thousands of criticisms posted to their Facebook page.

Selling food on street corners violates county ordinances and public health codes. Persistent street vending harms local businesses, especially small, start-up food vendors…

There you have it, from the horse’s mouth in plain black and white: the point of licenses is protection. You pay to play, if you don’t pay off the city and county, they will send their hired thugs to rough you up and demand the protection money.