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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Dogwalker Hospitalised After Attack By Somalian Migrant Who Said ‘Dogs are Unclean’

A middle aged woman had to be hospitalised in Vienna following a brutal beating in broad daylight by a veiled Somali asylum seeker offended by her pet dogs.

The victim, named only as Ingrid T., described how she was talking with neighbours at the gate of her garden, accompanied by dogs — her deaf, almost-blind, three-legged Collie mix “sitting peacefully” alongside while 10-month-old ‘Poco’ meandered along an alleyway towards her parents’ house — when she “saw a pretty, veiled woman approaching slowly.”

“I knew some people from these countries do not like dogs, so I went to Poco and wanted to pull him back,” the 54-year-old told Krone from her hospital bed in the Austrian capital.


Mother Questions Use of Chemical After Son's Death

Wendy Hartley has her son’s last heartbeats tattooed on her chest. She asked the doctors to print out a tracing of them after they turned off his life support.

“I told them, ‘I carried his first heartbeat, I’ll carry his last,’” she said, tears slipping down her cheeks.

Kevin Hartley was working for his family’s business when he collapsed while refinishing a bathtub at a Nashville apartment complex in April.

When his father and brother couldn’t get him on the phone, they went to check on him and found him slumped over the side of the tub.

They quickly pulled him out of the bathroom and into fresh air. His brother performed CPR until paramedics arrived.

At the hospital, a doctor told Wendy that fumes from a chemical he’d been working with had caused Kevin’s heart to stop. Though they had been able to restart it with machines, they could not find any brainactivity. He had simply gone without oxygen for too long.

The Hartleys kept Kevin alive long enough to fulfil his wish to be anorgan donor and to give his sister, a nurse and captain in the Army, time to travel from Alaska to say goodbye.


Meet The Heroic Dog Who Saved A Drowning Baby Deer

Auto Defaults Soar On The Back Of "Hasty Loans And, At Times, Outright Fraud"

In the years after its 2009 bankruptcy, Chrysler looked for a dedicated lender to help customers "finance their cars quickly"...which was code for a lender who could help the struggling OEM expand their market share by making extremely risky loans to subprime borrowers all while laying off the credit risk to unsuspecting pension funds. As such, Chrysler ultimately picked Santander due to its expertise in “automated decisioning”...which was code for the ability to advance credit without actually performing income verification tests on borrowers.

For a time, Chrysler and Santander enjoyed a perfect symbiotic relationship as it offered Santander an opportunity to aggressively expand in the U.S. subprime loan market, and Chrysler, the perennial third wheel among the “Big Three,” was able to target customers that were previously deemed untouchable by lenders. Of course, as Bloomberg points out today, the problems surfaced almost from the start.


Foreigners purchase record number of U.S. homes

Foreign purchases of U.S. residential real estate recently rose to a record level in terms of dollar volume and number of homes sold.

According to the National Association of Realtors, between April 2016 and March 2017, foreign purchasers closed on $153 billion worth of U.S. residential properties. That number was up 49 percent from the same period in 2016, surpassing the previous high in 2015.

CNBC reported that “[f]oreign sales accounted for 10 percent of all existing home sales by dollar volume and 5 percent by number of properties. In total, foreign buyers purchased 284,455 homes, up 32 percent from the previous year.”

Sales in the states of Florida, California, and Texas accounted for half of all foreign purchases.


Colombia Produces Record Cocaine Crop For 2nd Straight Year

We didn’t need any more data to definitively expose the many shortcomings of the US-led global prohibition on narcotics – but we got one today, courtesy of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

New figures show that cocaine production in Colombia reached an all-time high for the second straight year in 2016, as coca cultivation in the South American country surged 52 percent, spanning 146,000 hectares, compared with 96,000 in 2015. The 2016 crops produced an estimated 866 metric tons of cocaine, an increase of 35 percent compared to 2015. Meanwhile, cocaine use appears to be increasing in the two largest markets, North America and Europe.

While the UNODC said the survey results were “disappointing,” it noted that there were “some positives” in the report, including an increase of 49 per cent in seizures of cocaine - from 253 tons confiscated in 2015 to 378 tons in 2016. Of course, each seizure inevitably means some low-level trafficker – possibly working under the threat of violence – is being jailed, at an enormous cost to the public, while the seizure has little impact on the larger organization.


Effective July 15 to Dec 15 2017 the minimum size for male hard crabs is 5.25 inches.

Orbital Loses Bid to Stop DARPA Satellite-Servicing Project

Spaceflight provider Orbital ATK this week lost its bid to stop the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) from moving ahead with a partnership with a competing company, Space Systems Loral, to demonstrate in-space satellite servicing, federal court documents show.

In February, Orbital ATK filed suit in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to stop the program, known as Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites, or RSGS, on grounds that it violates provisions of the 2010 U.S. National Space Policy.

DARPA had selected California-based Space Systems Loral (SSL) as the agency's commercial partner for RSGS, with the goal of building a spacecraft to inspect, capture, reposition, repair and upgrade satellites in geosynchronous orbits. SSL also intends to demonstrate satellite refueling. [DARPA's Futuristic Satellite-Servicing Plan in Images]

Upon completion of the work for DARPA, SSL can sell RSGS services to commercial and government satellite operators, work that Orbital ATK said will compete with its own satellite-servicing business. Orbital ATK filed suit on grounds that the RSGS program violates U.S. space policy, which in part bans the government from building or buying systems that "preclude, discourage or compete with commercial systems."


Chinese Scientists Set the Record for the Farthest Quantum Teleportation

Chinese scientists have just shattered a record in teleportation. No, they haven't beamed anyone up to a spaceship. Rather, they sent a packet of information from Tibet to a satellite in orbit, up to 870 miles (1,400 kilometers) above the Earth's surface.

More specifically, the scientists beamed the quantum state of a photon (information about how it is polarized) into orbit.

Not only did the team set a record for quantum teleportation distance, they also showed that one can build a practical system for long-distance quantum communications. Such a communication system would be impossible to eavesdrop on without alerting the users, which would make online communications much more secure.

Experiments like this have been done before, but Howard Wiseman, director of the Center for Quantum Dynamics at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, told Live Science in an email that this one expands the possibilities for the technology. [10 Futuristic Technologies 'Star Trek' Fans Would Love to See]

"This is much more difficult, because it is to a rapidly moving target, and you have your quantum detectors way out in space where they have to work without anyone fiddling with them," he said. "It is a big step towards global-scale quantum communication."

The experiment takes advantage of one of several phenomena that describes quantum mechanics: entanglement, or "spooky action at a distance," as Albert Einstein called it..

(Go ahead. Geek out here..)

Ryan Squeezes 15,000 Extra H-2B Workers From DHS Chief John Kelly

Homeland defense secretary John Kelly will print 15,000 additional H-2B visas for foreign blue-collar workers in 2017, according to a statement from the agency.

The 11.00 a.m. announcement said:

U.S. businesses in danger of suffering irreparable harm due to a lack of available temporary nonagricultural workers will be able to hire up to 15,000 additional temporary nonagricultural workers under the H-2B program …

“Congress gave me the opportunity to provide temporary relief to American businesses in danger of suffering irreparable harm due to a lack of available temporary workers,” said DHS Secretary John Kelly. “As a demonstration of the Administration’s commitment to supporting American businesses, DHS is providing this one-time increase to the congressionally set annual cap.”

The decision was forced by GOP leaders in Congress, and is “a betrayal of [President Donald] Trump’s campaign promise to deliver blue-collar jobs to Americans,” said one opponent of the wage-cutting H-2B visa program.


Groups keep pressure up to stop partisan gerrymandering

By Len Lazarick

Elbridge Gerry was born 273 years ago Monday, but Common Cause, the League of Women Voters and the Hogan administration don’t want Maryland to forget the long-dead governor of Massachusetts, who gave his name to partisan drawing of legislative lines.

The good government groups, joined by Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford, celebrated their second Gerrymander Meander Sunday with a tame version of a pub crawl that took them to four restaurants into four different congressional districts along a 13-mile stretch of Baltimore City and County.

It started at the Le Bistro du Village in the city’s Mount Washington area in the 3rd Congressional District. Rutherford, who lives in the 3rd CD in West Columbia 20 miles away, said “everywhere is almost the 3rd congressional district,” since it spreads as far south as Silver Spring and as far east as Annapolis.


Head of Border Patrol Union: 'Energy' Among Agents Is Best I've Ever Seen

Morale among U.S. Border Patrol agents is at an all-time high, the president of the National Border Patrol Council said today.

Brandon Judd, the union's president, said agents felt hamstrung for years under the Obama administration's catch-and-release policies at the border.

"We signed up to do a job and this president is allowing us to do that job," said Judd, expressing hope that the border wall will be built.



It’s not every day that a Maryland-made product gets its claim to fame on national television.

Back in 2010, Steve McLaughlin was attending his son’s basketball practice, watching with a mixture of laughter and concern as the team slid across the court in their brand new basketball shoes. The slippery surface sparked McLaughlin’s creativity, and now seven years later, his solution is set to be featured on Steve Harvey’s new reality series, FUNDERDOME.

“It was like something out of comedy show – as the team would change direction, all the players would wipe out,” McLaughlin said. “The boys couldn’t play well and with the potential for injury with falls like that, I knew we had to find a way to get better traction on the court.”

McLaughlin – a Harford County native and current resident of York, PA – has always had a knack for fabricating solutions to everyday problems; even as a child, McLaughlin would repair his own sports equipment. After that disastrous basketball practice, he and his son Seth spent the following weeks tinkering with ways to get improved, sustainable traction on the court. From there, Court Grabbers was born.


Byron York: What campaign wouldn't seek motherlode of Clinton emails?

The public learned on March 10, 2015 that Hillary Clinton had more than 60,000 emails on her private email system, and that she had turned over "about half" of them to the State Department and destroyed the rest, which she said were "personal" and "not in any way related" to her work as Secretary of State.

The public learned later the lengths to which Clinton went to make sure the "personal" emails were completely and permanently deleted. Her team used a commercial-strength program called BleachBit to erase all traces of the emails, and they used hammers to physically destroy mobile devices that might have had the emails on them. The person who did the actual deleting later cited legal privileges and the Fifth Amendment to avoid talking to the FBI and Congress.

Clinton's lawyer, David Kendall, told Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Benghazi Committee, that investigators could forget about finding any of those emails, whether on a device or a server or anywhere. Sorry, Trey, he said; they're all gone.

It was, as the New York Times' Mark Landler said in August 2016, the "original sin" of the Clinton email affair — that Clinton herself, and no independent body, unilaterally decided which emails she would hand over to the State Department and which she would delete.

Still, there were people who did not believe that Clinton's deleted emails, all 30,000-plus of them, were truly gone. What is ever truly gone on the Internet? And what if Clinton were not telling the truth? What if she deleted emails covering more than just personal matters? In that event, recovering the emails would have rocked the 2016 presidential campaign.

So, if there was an enormous trove of information potentially harmful to a presidential candidate just sitting out there — what opposing campaign wouldn't want to find it?

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Amazon Considering Allowing Developers Access To Alexa Transcripts

According to the Information, Amazon is considering opening up access to private transcript data from its Alexa devices to third-party developers, raising concerns of privacy for users.

Amazon’s Echo system was one of the first mass-marketed home assistants available, giving it a head start over other devices such as Google Home. However, while Amazon currently does not allow developers access to everything users say, Google Home does; with Apple moving into the market as well, Amazon cannot afford to lose the lead it gained early on.

If Amazon were to go ahead with handing over full transcripts, it would certainly cause unease with users aware of the potential breach of privacy. Not only could developers see exactly what they have been saying or searching for, but anyone malevolent enough to hack their systems could do as well.


Dawn Mitchell Parks Appointed As Director of Finance

The Wicomico County Executive Office is pleased to announce the appointment of Dawn Mitchell Parks as our new Director of Finance. We are excited for the opportunity to continue having her on our team because she has been an integral member of the administration since 2005.

In her previous positions, Ms. Parks worked as a Financial Systems Program Manager and later went on to serve as the Assistant Director of Finance for Operations. Presently, she is our Acting Director of Finance since May, in addition to the Systems Project Manager under the Department of Information Technology.

Ms. Parks is preparing to sit for an examination to become a Certified Public Finance Officer. Once successfully completed, she will be licensed in the five subject areas: Governmental Accounting; Auditing and Financial Reporting; Treasury and Investment Management; Debt Management; Operating and Capital Budgeting; and Retirement and Benefits Risk Management and Procurement.

Ms. Parks is a Business Administration graduate from East Carolina University as well as completing additional studies in Accounting at both Salisbury University and North Carolina State University. In addition to her education accolades, she has held appointments as the Eastern Shore Representative for the Maryland Government Financial Employee's Retirement Investment Trust and the GASB 45 Trust. Furthermore, she currently chairs the Tyler Technologies Maryland User's Group.

Prior to joining us, Ms. Parks worked for a financial systems software company, which implements governmental software for municipalities in states throughout the US.

Once again, we are delighted to make this announcement and look forward to Ms. Parks continuing her career with Wicomico County in her new position.

WCSO Press Releases - July 17, 2017

Incident: Assault
Date of Incident: 15 July 2017
Location: 800 block of Snow Hill Road, Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Oifoghe Ogheneruona, 35, Salisbury, MD
Narrative: On 14 July 2017 at 5:58 PM a deputy responded to an apartment in the 800 block of S. Schumaker Drive in Salisbury for a reported assault. Upon arrival the deputy met with a victim who stated that her roommate, Oifoghe Ogheneruona, had cut her on her arm with a knife during an altercation. The deputy observed signs of injury that corroborated the account
The deputy placed Oifoghe Ogheneruona under arrest and transported her to the Central Booking Unit where she was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. Following an initial appearance, the Commissioner released Ogheneruona on $10,000 unsecured bond
Charges: Assault 2nd Degree and Reckless Endangerment 

Incident: Possession of CDS
Date of Incident: 15 July 2017
Location: 800 block of Snow Hill Road, Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Hubert C. Herring, 41, Temperanceville, VA
Narrative: On 15 July 2017 at 9:30 AM a deputy responded to a Chicken BBQ for the report of a customer who had dropped a baggie containing pills and a white powdery substance in the parking lot of the event. The deputy learned that a subject, later identified as Hubert Herring of Temperanceville, VA, dropped the baggie as he exited his truck to make a purchase at the BBQ event. Herring drove away without retrieving the baggie. Herring returned to the lot (prior to the deputy’s arrival) after he apparently realized he did not have the baggie anymore but left when he could not locate it.
The deputy identified the pills in the baggie as Oxycodone and the white substance as Cocaine. The deputy was unable to locate Herring and subsequently left the area.
The deputy learned that Herring had returned a second time in an effort to locate the baggie at which time the deputy was able to respond back and detain Herring. Following a subsequent investigation, Herring admitted to inadvertently dropping the baggie. After placing Herring under arrest, the deputy found additional drug paraphernalia along with Marijuana and a smoking device in Herring’s possession.
The deputy transported Herring to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. Following an initial appearance, the Commissioner released Herring on Personal Recognizance.
Charges: Possession of CDS (Cocaine), Possession of CDS (Oxycodone), Possession of drug Paraphernalia 

Incident: Possession of a Handgun
Date of Incident: 15 July 2017
Location: S. Salisbury Blvd. at Bateman Street, Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Mahesh Alvin Sharp, 28, Cape Charles, VA
Narrative: On 15 July 2017 at 3:44 PM a deputy stopped a vehicle after observing the operator talking on a hand-held cell phone while driving. During the encounter, the deputy observed an empty holster laying on the rear seat. Further investigation revealed a loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun under the seat of the passenger, Mahesh Sharp of Cape Charles, VA.
The deputy placed Sharp under arrest and transported him to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. Following an initial appearance, the Commissioner released Sharp on $2,500.00 unsecured bond.
Charges: Handgun in Vehicle and Concealed Dangerous Weapon

Rick Perry: We aim for energy domination

President Trump "doesn't want us just to be independent. He wants us to be dominant."

A day after Secretary of Energy Rick Perry toured a coal-fired power plant in northern West Virginia, the former Texas governor sat down with the Washington Examiner at the National Energy Technology Laboratory in suburban Pittsburgh.

The facility is one of 17 government-funded national labs within the Department of Energy and is also part of a fascinating chapter in American history, not just in the development of energy, but also of science. The complex, atop a rolling Appalachian ridge, once housed the head of the Ordnance Engineering Group for the Manhattan Project and the researchers and scientists who helped design the trigger for the first atomic bomb.

Perry visited for a tour of the lab that is working to expand the possibilities for horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in shale. He praised work the lab is also doing to identify and extract rare-earth elements from coal and coal byproducts.


Dershowitz: ‘A Candidate Has the Right to Get Information From Whatever Source’

Saturday on Fox News Channel’s “Justice,” Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz defended President Donald Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., for meeting with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya to do opposition research.

According to Dershowitz, there is nothing wrong with a candidate getting information on his opponent from any type of source.

“If it were to be prosecuted, the First Amendment would trump. A candidate has the right to get information from whatever source the information comes,” he argued..


Months After Leaving Office, Obama Quietly Influencing Military Decisions

It’s indisputable that Barack Obama severely weakened our military during his time in office. His administration treated our service members like a large-scale social experiment, and many were hopeful that Donald Trump would turn the tide. But it seems like Obama’s shadow is still looming over our troops, even though he’s no longer in the White House.

The Obama administration made climate change a huge priority for the Pentagon, pushing for more renewable energy sources in the military. And Trump’s military leaders don’t seem eager to change that.

Richard V. Spencer, Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of the Navy, spoke during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, which unanimously confirmed Spencer. “The Navy, from my briefings to date, is totally aware of rising water issues, storm issues, etc.,” Spencer said. “We must protect our infrastructure, and I will work hard to make sure we are keeping an eye on that because without the infrastructure, we lose readiness.”


"Somebody has to be the president's pit bull.."

White House deputy assistant Sebastian Gorka elaborated to Fox News host Sean Hannity on Friday night about why he is so aggressive during his appearances on MSNBC and CNN, saying that "someone has to be the president's pitbull."

Hannity asked Gorka what made him decide to go into the "dark corners" of the media with Trump's message.

"We've got beautiful, intelligent women like Kellyanne [Conway]," Gorka responded. "We've got brave professionals like Sean Spicer. Somebody has to be the president's pit bull and I'm ready. I'm gonna take it to them."


Students Love Socialism... But Can't Define What It Is

Md. child porn suspect walked free as evidence sat for months

WASHINGTON — For months, the cellphones of a Charles County coach charged with sexually assaulting boys sat waiting. For months, no one saw the videos or images that depict the abuse at his home and in a classroom. And for months the former teaching assistant was free.

Investigators don’t know whether any more children might have fallen prey between the time the phones were seized in December and Carlos Bell’s arrest on June 30 for assault and child pornography charges.

But due to a backlog of work at a Maryland State Police computer forensic lab, the monthslong wait is not unusual, officials said.

“It takes 8 months on any case when you’re talking about computers. You have, in a new day and age, computers and other devices are used all the time in crime, and we have not upgraded the forensics unit as far as personnel and resources,” said Charles County State’s Attorney Anthony Covington.


Ron Paul Warns "Central Bankers Are Always Wrong...Especially Before A Bust"

The global dollar-based monetary system is in serious jeopardy, according to former Texas Congressman Ron Paul. And contrary to Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen’s assurances that there won’t be another major crisis in our lifetime, the next economy-cratering fiat-currency crash could happen as soon as next month, Paul said during an interview with Josh Sigurdson of World Alternative media. Paul and Sigurdson also discussed false flag attacks, the dawn of a cashless society and the dangers of monetizing national debt.

Paul started by saying Yellen's attitude scares him because "central bankers are always wrong - especially before a bust."

“There is a subjective element to when people lose confidence, and when is the day going to come when people realize we’re dealing with money that has no intrinsic value to it, we’re dealing with too much debt, too much bad investment and it will come to an end. Something that’s too good to believe usually is and it usually ends. One thing’s for sure, we’re getting closer every day and the crash might come this year, but it might come in a year or two.”

“The real test is can it sustain unbelievable deficit financing and the accumulation of debt and it can’t. You can’t run a world like this, if that were the case Americans could just sit back and say “hey, everybody wants our money and will take our money.”

Paul advised that, for those who are already girding for the crash by buying gold and silver and stocking their basements with provisions like canned food and bottled water, the rewards for their foresight will only grow with the passage of time.


Maryland 'price gouging' law meets immediate legal challenge

State lawmakers have been searching for ways to curb major price increases on medicines in recent years, but Maryland, the only state that has passed a law aimed at such "price gouging" practices, already is facing legal barriers.

The law, formally known as the "Prohibition Against Price Gouging for Essential Off-Patent or Generic Drugs," gives the state attorney general authority to challenge drug companies when they have significantly raised the prices of a generic drug to an "unconscionable" level or one that is "excessive" and "not justified." The law passed in April and is set to go into effect Oct 1.

Advocates say they hope the law can reduce healthcare costs and health insurance premiums. Opponents, including generic drug-makers, counter that the law's language is not only too vague but is likely in violation of the U.S. Constitution. They note that prescription drug prices are not set by states, and that the power to regulate interstate commerce belongs to the federal government.

Armed with those arguments, the Association for Accessible Medicines, which represents generics, filed a lawsuit against the attorney general and the state health secretary.

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Republicans use state payoffs to win votes for repeal bill

Republicans hammered Democrats seven and a-half years ago for larding Obamacare with state-specific payoffs and sweeteners to secure the last few votes for passage. Who can forget the “Cornhusker Kickback,” which funneled $45 million to Nebraska to nail the support of former Sen. Ben Nelson?

But the revised Senate Obamacare repeal bill shows Republicans engaged in the same pattern of horse trading as they try to win 50 ayes to advance an unpopular bill.

Leaders are likely to cook up even more deals to entice uncommitted senators. As conservative health policy expert Chris Jacobs points out at The Federalist, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell still has about $200 billion that he can spend on holdouts without breaking Senate budget rules he's using to try to pass the legislation. The Trump administration is pitching a proposal to Nevada as a way to bring Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval and Sen. Dean Heller on board that aims to move Medicaid expansion enrollees into the private insurance market where they could use subsidies to help pay for premiums.

Here’s a rundown of some of the ways the latest bill seeks to win over members of the GOP caucus:


The ACLU’s attack on election integrity

If you don’t think the Left is terrified by the prospect of clean voter rolls, you might not have heard about the latest ploy by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

The ACLU has sued President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, charging them with violating federal “transparency” laws.

The suit is a bald attempt to halt the panel’s mission, which is to examine the prevalence of vote fraud in America and to recommend ways to secure the election process.

Given the media-fed hysteria over Russia’s alleged tampering with last November’s election, you’d think progressives would welcome a thorough investigation. They claim loudly that vote fraud is just a myth, and that voter “suppression” is widespread, but they don’t want anyone actually investigating voter rolls and election records. Why not?


Dark Hair Dye and Chemical Relaxers Linked to Breast Cancer

(Reuters Health) - African-American and white women who regularly chemically straighten their hair or dye it dark brown or black have an elevated risk of breast cancer, new research suggests.

“I would be concerned about darker hair dye and hair straighteners,” epidemiologist Tamarra James-Todd said after reviewing the report online now in the journal Carcinogenesis. “We should really think about using things in moderation and really try to think about being more natural."

“Just because something is on the market does not necessarily mean it’s safe for us,” she said in a phone interview. James-Todd, a professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, was not involved with the new research.

The study of 4,285 African-American and white women was the first to find a significant increase in breast cancer risk among black women who used dark shades of hair dye and white women who used chemical relaxers.


Madaleno Running For Governor

Montgomery County state Sen. Richard Madaleno is running for governor.

The lawmaker, currently the vice chairman of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee in Annapolis, kicked off his campaign with a news conference at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville.

While a vocal critic of Gov. Larry Hogan on education funding and other budget issues, Madaleno is best known as the sponsor of the Marriage Equality Act, which legalized same sex marriage in Maryland. The measure was passed by lawmakers and then approved by voters in 2012.

Madaleno told WBAL NewsRadio 1090 that he is trying to make history in a number of ways in his run for governor.

Madaleno says he is seeking to become the first openly gay governor in the nation, along with the first Italian American Governor of Maryland, and the first sitting legislator to be elected as governor in more than 100 years.


Drug and Gun Arrest in Somerset County Maryland

On Monday evening. July 17, 2017 at 5:37 p.m. Tpr. Travers from the Maryland State Police Princess Anne Barrack stopped a passenger vehicle for exceeding the posted speed limit of 55 mph on U.S. Rt 13 S/B in the area of Lake Somerset Campground, in Westover, Somerset County, Maryland.

Upon contacting the driver, Tpr. Travers immediately smelled a strong odor of raw marijuana emitting from inside the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed 14.2 grams of marijuana and a 9 mm handgun in the passenger compartment of the vehicle, which was immediately accessible to the driver. The driver was identified as Jamel Anthony Norwood 11/16/1992 who displayed a Georgia driver’s license. Norwood was processed and transported to the Somerset County Commissioners office were he was held on a $10,000 bond at the Somerset County Detention Center.

Women’s March Surrounded by Armed Guards As They Protest NRA, Gun Rights

True to the left’s habit of having one set of standards for itself and another set for the common man, participants in Friday’s Women’s March against the NRA and gun rights were surrounded by armed guards.

In fact, NRA TV showed Women’s March co-chair Tamika Mallory getting into a car with armed guards all around:

Such frauds, @NRATV @rangerholton just showed Tamika Mallory getting into a car surrounded by armed guards

"Every step of the way” #NRA2DOJ

— Cameron Gray (@Cameron_Gray) July 14, 2017

Ironically, one of the protest themes at the march was, “Real Men Don’t Need Guns,” which is lefty talk for disarming the public while making sure high-profile liberals continue to live ensconced behind layers of armed security.

Townhall reports:

"Leftist agitators like Linda Sarsour and Shannon Watts hiring armed protection while demanding the rest of us turn in our guns into government bureaucrats is nothing new. Watts does the same every time she shows up to protest at the NRA annual meeting. Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who pays Watts millions to take away the Second Amendment rights of everyday Americans, doesn’t go anywhere without his security detail."

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Is Russiagate Really Hillarygate?

According to an insider account, the Clinton team, put together the Russia Gate narrative within 24 hours of her defeat. The Clinton account explained that Russian hacking and election meddling caused her unexpected loss. Her opponent, Donald Trump, was apuppet of Putin. Trump, they said, “encourages espionage against our people.” The scurrilous Trump dossier, prepared by a London opposition research firm, Orbis, and paid for by unidentified Democrat donors, formed a key part of the Clinton narrative: Trump’s sexual and business escapades in Russia had made him a hostage of the Kremlin, ready to do its bidding. That was Hillary's way to say that Trump is really not President of the United States—a siren call adopted by the Democratic party and media.
Hillary and the Orbis Dossier

The most under-covered story of Russia Gate is the interconnection between the Clinton campaign, an unregistered foreign agent of Russia headquartered in DC (Fusion GPS), and the Christopher Steele Orbis dossier. This connection has raised the question of whether Kremlin prepared the dossier as part of a disinformation campaign to sow chaos in the US political system. If ordered and paid for by Hillary Clinton associates, Russia Gate is turned on its head as collusion between Clinton operatives (not Trump’s) and Russian intelligence. Russia Gate becomes Hillary Gate.

Neither the New York Times, Washington Post, nor CNN has covered this explosive story. Two op-eds have appeared in the Wall Street Journal (Holman Jenkins and David Satter). The possible Russian-intelligence origins of the Steele dossier have been raised only in conservative publications, such as in The Federalist and National Review.


Honeymooning couple kidnapped woman from grocery store and raped her at motel, police say

Timothy Lowe and Rashada Hurley. (Miami-Dade County police)

Newlyweds honeymooning in Florida kidnapped and raped a woman at a motel and then got naked the following day inside a nearby convenience store and stole a couple of sodas, police said Friday.

Miami-Dade police said Rashada Hurley and Timothy Lowe kidnapped a 27-year-old woman at a Publix in Hialeah as she was pulling out of her parking space. Police said Hurley got out of her vehicle and hit the woman over the head with something rendering her unconscious, according to the Miami Herald.

The woman told police that when she woke up Hurley, 32, was choking her as Lowe, 37, was driving her car. They all arrived at a Motel 6 and Hurley used the woman’s credit card to purchase a room, police said.

An affidavit added that the woman was raped and forced to perform oral sex on Hurley. She then escaped when the couple was distracted, according to the Herald.


Worcester County Leads State With 91% DUI Conviction Rate

SNOW HILL — For the second year in a row, the Worcester County State’s Attorney’s Office has achieved the highest conviction rate for driving under the influence cases in Maryland.

The data is collected and compiled by the Maryland State’s Attorney’s Association each year. The association tracks the overall success rate on drunk-driving cases for each jurisdiction and the data collected for 2015 was released last week. Once the data was analyzed, the association determined Worcester County had the highest conviction rate in drunk-driving cases among all jurisdictions in Maryland.

According to the Maryland State’s Attorney’s Association, of the 912 impaired driving cases that were resolved in court in Worcester County in 2015, 832 had positive outcomes, although the criteria for a positive outcome was not defined. That represents a conviction rate of 91.2 percent for Worcester, which was the highest conviction rate in the state for 2015, or the latest year for which data had been analyzed.


14 Sex Offense Charges In Salisbury Maryland The Week Of 7-9-17

It's been a while since the SPD published their calls for service but now that it has finally popped up, wow. It looks like prostitution and sex offenses are through the roof and backs up my story from yesterday where a man was confronted at 4 AM for sex. Don't tell WBOC, WMDT or the Daily Times because they don't care anyway. 

Government Can't Fix Healthcare

The difference between your doorbell ringing 20 years ago to now

The cow, the ant and the old fart

Jane Sanders Cries ‘Sexism’ After Being Accused of Bank Fraud

Bernie Sanders’ wife, Jane Sanders, has been in hot water after it was discovered that she may be guilty of committing fraud. The FBI has been investigating her since the beginning of the 2016 presidential election, but Jane isn’t about to take responsibility for her actions. No, instead, she says that it’s all about sexism.

In early 2016, Brady Toensing filed a complaint against Jane Sanders, alleging bank fraud. Toensing’s investigation into Sanders began in 2014, several years before her husband would decide to mount a presidential run. The fraud accusations involve her time as president of Burlington College, a small, independent liberal-arts university in Vermont.

From 2004-2011, Sanders was head of the school, with the university quickly facing into financial difficulties under her leadership. With millions of dollars in debt, Sanders is alleged to have falsified loan documents in order to further expand the university grounds. She claimed that the school could raise over $2 million in donations to pay for the loan, but past donations had been significantly lower than that amount. Sanders eventually left the university, and the school went bankrupt.


Hogan official accuses Maryland Senate president of 'unethical' behavior

The Hogan administration is charging that Senate President Thomas V. Mike Millerimproperly held the nomination of the state health secretary hostage this spring in an effort to force the administration to stop Anne Arundel Medical Center from gaining the authority to perform open-heart surgeries.

Doug Mayer, the chief spokesman for Gov. Larry Hogan, said Thursday that the Democratic Senate leader told the Republican governor, Health Secretary Dennis Schrader and other officials that Schrader would be confirmed by the state Senate only if the administration "inserted itself" into the independent process in which the hospital is seeking a certificate of need — a highly coveted green light to perform lucrative surgical procedures.

"The actions that were being suggested were flat-out illegal," Mayer said. He said Miller's actions were "unethical without a doubt." He did not say whether the administration planned to complain to any law enforcement agencies or ethics watchdogs.

Miller, who represents Prince George's County, described Mayer's charges as "spurious allegations."



A little-known court case is taking place in the Supreme Court of British Columbia in Vancouver. This case involves two scientists and two set of graphs. One of the graphs is very famous, and the basis for every man-made climate change believer’s faith, while the other…is not. The foundation of the church of man-made climate change is on shaky ground, and an earthquake could be coming.

Michael Mann is a climatologist and geophysicist working at Penn State University. In 1998, he was the leader of a group using statistical techniques that created a graph showing the earth’s temperature over the last 1,000 years. The graph would gain international fame and become known as the “hockey stick graph.” The graph showed steady temperatures on the earth’s surface with a sharp increase in the last few hundred years, giving it the shape of a hockey stick.

The graph is a religious artifact to those that belong to this religion. It is so revered that those who created it, were invited to work with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on its 2001 scientific assessment report. The assessment came to many conclusions, but three stick out:
There is new and stronger evidence that most of the warming observed over the last 50 years is attributable to human activities;
Human influences will continue to change atmospheric composition throughout the 21st century;
And, global average temperature and sea level are projected to rise under all IPCC SRES scenarios.

Not surprisingly, the conclusions also involve more government control over what people do, and more money for man-made climate change research. Figure 1. shows how much money the Government Accountability Office claims the federal government has spent on combating supposed climate change between 1993 and 2010. Today, it is harder to find the facts on how much is actually being spent by the federal government, but Salon is reporting over $12 billion is to be spent this year, and other organizations are reporting up to $27 billion is expected to be spent.

The worldwide climate change industry is valued to be worth $1.5 trillion. That’s a lot of money for “research.” Enter Dr. Timothy Ball.


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Glen Ave. Road Closure Announced for USSSA Eastern World Series Opening Ceremony

Salisbury, MD – The Wicomico Youth & Civic Center is scheduled to host an opening ceremony for week two of the USSSA Eastern World Series on Tuesday, July 18.

To provide safe passage of players, coaches and spectators, a portion of Glen Ave. in front of the WY&CC will close on Tuesday, July 18 from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. The closed portion runs from Civic Avenue to St. Albans Drive.

EVO's "Babes & Brews"

Ladies' Night at EVO
Tuesday, July 25th 6:30pm 
Celebration of "Summer Berries" 
 Chef's Four Course Dinner 
Includes EVO Beer & Beer Cocktails!
Canapé "Basket of Berries" & EVO Hops Limon 
 Parmesan Basket, Berries, Cream Filling
Seared EVO Scallops & EVO Beer'garita 
 Berry Chutney, Hoppy Glazed Potato, Micro Green Salad, Strawberry Vinaigrette
Seared Duck Breast & EVO PineHople 
 Chilled Blueberry Risotto Roulade, Raspberry Pesto, Salty Shaved Celery, Crispy Leeks
Bramble Berry Pop Tarts & EVO Beer'mosa 
 House-Made Assorted Berry Pop Tarts & Local Ice Cream
$50 per person, plus tax and gratuity.
Reservations Required... 443.260.2337
A portion of proceeds to benefit Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore.

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201 East Vine Street Salisbury, MD 

Army Mulls Creating New Pay Grades for Senior NCOs

The U.S. Army's top enlisted leader is trying to build momentum for an effort to create two new pay grades -- E-10 and E-11 -- to compensate senior noncommissioned officers as they take on more command responsibility.

Currently, enlisted pay grades stop at E-9, but command sergeants major typically advance from battalion level to higher command positions such as brigade-, division- and corps-level CSM without additional compensation.

Commissioned officers receive a pay increase each time they are promoted, all the way up to four-star general.

Sgt. Major of the Army Daniel Dailey discussed the effort at a recent conference in Texas but would not comment for this article.