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Friday, September 01, 2017

Former PennDot employee charged with illegally issuing driver’s licenses and accepting bribes


PHILADEPHIA —An investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Philadelphia led to the indictments of a former driver’s license examiner with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and a Philadelphia man Aug. 29, for conspiracy, bribery and other charges. The Social Security Administration’s Office of Inspector General assisted in the investigation with cooperation from PennDOT.

Henry Gibbs, 54, a United States citizen, is charged with conspiracy to produce identification documents without lawful authority and bribery concerning agencies receiving federal funds. The charge of conspiracy carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine; and the charges of bribery concerning agencies receiving federal funds carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Gibbs is also charged with false statements to government agents, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Texans Don’t Want Empathy, They Want the Help Trump Has So Far Delivered

One of the biggest mistakes a person can make is forgetting that not everyone in the world thinks the way they do. This is especially true for the left-wing pajama boys who infest the establishment media and Republican party. How else to explain this breathtakingly stupid narrative against President Trump over his supposed lack of empathy for the people suffering in Texas under the oppression of Hurricane Harvey?

To no one’s surprise, one of the primary pipe organs complaining about this lack of sweet feelz, is the fake news factory we call CNN. Looking tweedy and exactly like someone eager to discuss ObamaCare on Christmas morning over a cup of hot cocoa, CNN’s Jeff Zeleny moaned that he has seen, “Very little in terms of empathy from this president. Very little in terms of emotion or talking directly to the people of Texas.”

And yes, this is the same Jeff Zeleny who once asked President Obama to tell the world about what most “enchants” him.

Things were not any better over at Fox News, where former-Bush 43 press secretary Ari Fleischer all but bit his lip to express his dismay over Trump’s lack of the sweet feelz, “There was something missing from what President Trump said, that’s the empathy for the people who suffer.”

While I have never been in a natural disaster, like most people, I have certainly lived through my share of crises, and the last thing you are looking for in the middle of a crisis is something as utterly useless and symbolic as empathy — especially from a stranger.

I cannot think of a better rebuttal to all of this metrosexual nonsense than this heroic woman‘s response to CNN’s oh-so empathetic questioning:

Frightful yet delightful; ghostly nettles haunt Chesapeake waters

Chesapeake summers. They’re hot and humid. We are drawn to the Chesapeake Bay and its many rivers for a cooling dip.

Whether you are along a beach, dock or on a boat, there is that one animal that makes you leery of entering the water. But this intimidating creature is not a shark. The animal that rules Chesapeake Bay summer waters is the simple sea nettle (Chrysaora quinquecirrha) whose graceful, gelatinous body keeps us onshore not wanting to risk its inevitable sting.

A member of the jellyfish family, sea nettles inhabit the Bay year-round. Before taking on the distinctive umbrella shape, sea nettles go through a variety of growth stages, neither recognizable nor seen with the naked eye. It is only the fearsome adult “medusa” form we are all too familiar with.

Adult sea nettles spawn from late summer to early fall, after which they die. Males release sperm into the water and females pump the sperm-laden water through their bodies to fertilize their eggs. Females then release minute larvae known as planulae. The planulae float at the mercy of the currents and many predators, including other sea nettles. After a few days, the surviving larvae settle to the bottom.


Trump Administration Looks to Reduce U.S. Presence at U.N.

The U.S. is reportedly considering scaling back its presence at the United Nations General Assembly next month, with aides to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly telling diplomats that the U.S. will have a “toe-print, not a footprint” at the gathering.

Politico reports that the administration wants to reduce the delegation to U.N. headquarters as part of Tillerson’s push to reduce to State Department’s bloated budget, as well as to send a signal about Trump’s intent to scale back America’s commitments abroad.

The Trump administration has taken an often-adversarial approach to the U.N., with Ambassador Nikki Haley repeatedly criticizing the international body on areas in which the administration believes needs improvement. In particular, Haley has zoned in on the body’s anti-Israel bias, as well as long-standing U.S. grievances such as the membership of the controversial Human Rights Council – of which Venezuela, Cuba, and Saudi Arabia are all current members.

Additionally, the administration has floated significant budget cuts to U.S. contributions to the U.N.’s budget, proposals that Haley said have sent “shock waves” through the U.N..


GSA announces new lease agreement for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in Camp Springs, MD

New lease will consolidate USCIS headquarters, save $21.4 million in first year and reduce footprint

 WASHINGTON – The General Services Administration (GSA) today announced a new lease agreement for occupancy by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Under the new lease agreement, USCIS will consolidate its headquarters from five leased locations and one federal asset to one facility. The new headquarters will occupy 574,767 rentable square feet (RSF) at One Town Center located at One Capital Gateway Drive, Camp Springs, Md., 20746 for a term of 15 years.

The new leased headquarters will save the agency $21.4 million in annual leased savings in the first year and reduce its footprint by 128,000 RSF. The new lease agreement is consistent with GSA’s mission to reduce the federal government’s footprint and deliver the best value to taxpayers while meeting federal agencies’ needs.

Levin: The Media Contribute to Tyranny in This Country

On his nationally syndicated radio talk show Monday, host Mark Levin slammed the news media for their critical comments of President Trump’s response to Hurricane Harvey, suggesting the media “contribute to tyranny in this country.”

“The media are all about themselves,” stated Mark Levin. “They don’t defend anything. They don’t report the news. They don’t even pretend to be objective. They don’t provide context for anything. They’re an appendage of the Democrat Party. So, no, the media don’t stand between us and tyranny. The media contribute to tyranny in this country.”

Levin’s comments came after MSNBC, among others, were critical of President Donald Trump’s response to Hurricane Harvey and suggested his decision to leave for Texas was too soon.

More here

Armed Robbery at Salisbury Family Dollar

Family Dollar, 13S, susp had a knife, susp, blk/m wearing red shirt, blk short

Approx 5:10p susp fled north, clerk suffered minor non-life threatening injuries,

CCTV of Family Dollar armed robbery suspect, do u know him, can u id him #crimesolvers 410-548-1776 #cashtips


Just because you’re not eating seafood, doesn’t mean you should stop using Old Bay!

Marylanders love their Old Bay seasoning, especially during the summertime. But for many, eating seafood every day just isn’t an option. So, they drone through life just itching for their next Old Bay fix.

But it doesn’t have to be limited to just seafood. It can be used on surf and turf as well. We’ve traveled around Maryland and collected the five BEST outside the box uses of the seasoning!


A British Muslim Is Suing the Southern Poverty Law Center

British Muslim reformer Maajid Nawaz is suing the far-left Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) after the group denounced him in a report calling him an anti-Muslim extremist.

Earlier this year, Mr. Nawaz announced that he would be seeking damages from the SPLC along with several Christian groups after being put on a “hate list”. The list, referred to as a “Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists” by the SPLC, put Nawaz and several conservative Christian groups along side extremists like the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) and members of actual neo-Nazi organisations.

In a video statement put out on YouTube in July. Nawaz said: “The Southern Poverty Law Center, or SPLC, who made their money suing the KKK, was set up to defend people like me, but now have become the monster they have claimed they wanted to defeat.”

Nawaz was placed on the hate watch list alongside Somalian-Dutch national Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a former Muslim and anti-Islam activist who lives under constant security protection because of threats to her life from radical Islamic adherents.


Correctional officer charged after attack on cab driver

A New Jersey correctional officer was arrested on Aug. 19 after he screamed racial slurs at a taxi driver and allegedly attempted to attack him.

Around 2:27 a.m., a cabbie reported to police that a white man later identified as Gerard P. Doyle, 34, of Bergenfield, New Jersey, had destroyed his passenger side-view mirror while the taxi was parked at 53rd Street. The mirror was “dangling from its housing by the electrical cords,” according to police reports. The taxi’s interior digital fare display also was destroyed.

The taxi driver said that he was waiting for fares when Doyle opened the front passenger door, sat inside and refused to shut the door. When the cabbie told him to shut the door, Doyle allegedly balled his fists up and struck the fare console.

Doyle also reportedly screamed “I’m a f****** police officer, you n*****, see my badge?” He then showed the driver his correctional officer’s badge and threatened him.


Donnelly to Keep Profits From Family Company Outsourcing Jobs to Mexico

Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly (D.) announced that he has finalized his sale of stock in a family-owned company that outsourced jobs to Mexico, but he will hold on to the thousands of dollars in profits he earned off the company in recent years.

Donnelly, who has positioned himself as a fierce critic of outsourcing, told the Associated Press on Tuesday that he sold his stock in Stewart Superior for $17,410 earlier this month. Donnelly had vowed to sell the stock in July shortly after it was reported that the ink stamp company run by his brother had shifted part of its manufacturing operation to a factory in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Donnelly's spokesman Peter Hanscom told the AP the senator would be donating the proceeds from the sale to local charities, but made no mention of what would be done with the up to $80,000 he earned in dividend payments from 2014 to 2016.

Hanscom did not respond to numerous email requests for more information on the sale.

Donnelly first made a significant investment in the company in 2013, around the same time the company told the Washington Free Beacon it shifted jobs to Mexico.

More here

Once lowly soft-shell crab new darling of haute cuisine

Time was, seaside restaurants would put out a simple handwritten sign, usually around Memorial Day. It would say, “we have soft crabs,” and diners would line up for the fried favorite, served between two pieces of white bread.

Nowadays, the sign would have to stay up much of the year. Thanks to increased demand, better shipping methods, a changing global palette and a drive for artisanal and local food items, the proverbial “bug on a bun” has been elevated to a place on top of salads, small plates and platters — and even cooking shows.

“It’s just getting unbelievable,” said Terry Vincent, owner of Lindy’s Seafood, a Hooper’s Island wholesaler that sells crabs from the Chesapeake Bay as well as from Florida, Georgia and North Carolina. “I think it’s like with oysters. Women are eating more oysters now. Women have come out of their shell for soft crabs. The demand is through the roof.”


Dartmouth faculty supports professor's comments justifying Antifa violence

More than 100 Dartmouth College faculty members rushed to support a controversial fellow professor who repeatedly justified Antifa's violent tactics -- despite the Dartmouth president's condemnation of the professor's support for the so-called anti-fascist group.

Mark Bray, the author of "Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook" and visiting professor at the Gender Research Institute at Dartmouth, appeared in dozens of television interviews after the Antifa movement gained national traction following deadly clashes in Charlottesville, Va. earlier in August. Bray supported Antifa's violence, dubbing it "self-defense" and a "legitimate response" to what he termed white supremacist and neo-Nazi violence.

A day after the controversial interview, Dartmouth President Philip Hanlon, troubled by Bray's support of the violent Antifa protests, condemned the professor's comments, Valley News reported.

Bray and more than 100 university faculty members took issue with Hanlon's condemnation and accused him of limiting free speech..



OCVFC is participating - I challenge all tri-state FDs to do the same - let's get it done!

Gorka: Bureaucrats, Policymakers Opposing Trump Agenda

Purge of conservatives underway in White House, government

President Trump's agenda has been stymied by government bureaucrats and some of his political appointees opposed to tougher policies on terrorism and new approaches to countering Chinese economic warfare, former White House adviser Sebastian Gorka says.

Gorka, until recently deputy assistant to the president and a counterterrorism expert, resigned on Monday following the departure of several senior national security officials who were forced out or sidelined as part of an effort to purge the White House of conservative hardliners.

The most significant departure was the resignation of chief White House strategist Steve Bannon who Gorka directly worked for.

"Why did I resign? Very simply, I came on board because I believed in the president's Make America Great Again agenda, and part of that was a very clear national security stance on the threat of radical Islamic terrorism to this nation," Gorka told the Washington Free Beacon.

"And the real believers, the real ‘MAGA' fighters inside the building were being progressively boxed out, or fired from the [National Security Council] which was even more disturbing."

The catalyst for leaving was the president's Aug. 21 speech on Afghanistan. Until the speech, the president frequently railed against radical Islamic terrorism. But all references to Islamic terror were scrubbed from the speech.

"When you have a speech, a very significant national security speech on the longest war America has been engaged against jihadism, against al Qaeda, ISIS and the Taliban and there is not one mention of radical Islam or radical Islamic terrorism, we have a serious problem," Gorka said. "And that's when I realized that I can do a lot more for the president on the outside of the building than I can on the inside of the building."

More here

We Need This Little Guy In Salisbury, NOW!

Offshore Powerboat Racing Set To Return

OCEAN CITY- The grand spectacle of offshore powerboat racing returns to Ocean City next weekend with the Bull on the Beach Offshore Grand Prix.

Bull on the Beach is teaming up with Offshore Powerboat Racing (OPA) to bring the Ocean City grand prix race back to Ocean City next weekend, Friday, September 8 to Sunday, September 10. For each of the last two years, Bull on the Beach fan favorite Phil Houck has scheduled an OPA race in Ocean City and each has been canceled by foul weather and rough conditions.

Offshore powerboat racing has been a staple of the resort’s shoulder seasons off and on for the last decade or so with the OPA making stops in the resort as part of its summer-long racing series. Next weekend’s scheduled race is sponsored in part by the Bull on the Beach, Crab Alley, the new Park Place Hotel, Worcester County, the town of Ocean City, the Dispatch, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Judith M.


University of Mississippi event cut short over discarded banana peel

A Greek life camping retreat sponsored by the University of Mississippi over the weekend was canceled after a group of black students discovered a discarded banana peel in a tree.

Organized by Fraternity and Sorority Life and the national group IMPACT, students had settled in at Camp Hopewell in Lafayette County for a three-day retreat, which was cut short Saturday after three black students discovered the banana peel in front of one of the camp’s cabins, The Daily Mississippian student newspaperreported Wednesday. (Photo can be viewed at The Daily Mississippian)

“It was so strange and surreal to see it there,” Makala McNeil, president of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, told the paper. “We were all just sort of paranoid for a second.”

The incident sparked “a day’s worth of camp-wide conversation surrounding symbolism, intended or not,” the paper reported.


CBP Awards Contracts for Border Wall Prototypes

WASHINGTON — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced today that contracts have been awarded for concrete prototypes of the Border Wall.

The companies selected to construct concrete border wall prototypes are:

Caddell Construction Co., (DE), LLC, Montgomery, Alabama,

Fisher Sand & Gravel Co., DBA Fisher Industries, Tempe, Arizona,

Texas Sterling Construction Co., Houston, Texas, and

W. G. Yates & Sons Construction Company, Philadelphia, Mississippi.

These concrete prototypes will serve two important ends. First, given their robust physical characteristics, like, reinforced concrete, between 18-30 feet high, the concrete border wall prototypes are designed to deter illegal crossings in the area in which they are constructed.

Americans Spend More on Taxes Than Food and Clothing Combined

( - Americans on average spent more on taxes in 2016 than they did on food and clothing combined, according to data released this week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The same data also shows that in three years—from 2013 to 2016—the average tax bill for Americans increased 41.13 percent.

In 2016, according to BLS, “consumer units” (which include families, financially independent individuals, and people living in a single household who share expenses) spent more on average on federal, state and local taxes ($10,489) than they did on food ($7,203) and clothing ($1,803) combined ($9,006).

The average tax bill for American “consumer units” increased from $7,423 in 2013 to $10,489 in 2016, according to data released this week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Wicomico County Council News Release

Fruitland PD Scam Alert 9-1-17

SPLC: Army Bases Are Confederate Monuments

The Southern Poverty Law Center has declared three of America’s largest Army bases Confederate monuments “with the potential to unleash more turmoil and bloodshed” if activists don’t “take down” the Army bases.

The SPLC included Fort Hood in Texas, Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Benning in Georgia on a list of 1,500 “Confederate monuments” that the SPLC claims could inspire more violence like what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia last month. All three bases are named after Confederate military leaders.

The list makes no mention of renaming namesakes of Confederate monuments; taking the monuments down is presented as the only option. The recent leftist campaign against Confederate namesakes and monuments has included a willingness among some far-left actors to destroy government property to accomplish their goals.

“More than 1,500 Confederate monuments stand in communities like Charlottesville with the potential to unleash more turmoil and bloodshed,” the SPLC website states. “It’s time to take them down.”


We Better Mind Our Property Ditches Before The Upcoming Storm

Yesterday we put up a press release from Wicomico County about checking your property storm water ditches. The storm we experienced last week delivered far more precipitation then WBOC said we'd get and frankly everyone was caught off guard.

In order to be proactive the County Executive put out a press release yesterday asking for people to participate by checking your properties and contact them if you felt there was an issue. In one case the county found a cooler stuck in a pipe and in another case they found a ball stopped up in a pipe. While these things happen, there's a lot of property ditches and pipes throughout the county where things can float in a storm and ultimately end up in these pipes and even blocking these pipes.

The county isn't asking you to do their job, they simply want people to keep an eye out and contact them if you feel something needs attention. Remember Folks, a lot of jerks litter and throw things into these ditches. Instead of bellyaching, pointing fingers and complaining, do your civic duty and just keep your properties clear of debris because this upcoming storm could drop some 7" of rain over the next 36 hours.

Vice President Mike Pence In Texas

If You Hate Poverty, You Should Love Capitalism

New Evidence Reveals Comey Exonerated Hillary Before Key Witness Interviews

A new letter from Senators Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham reveal testimony from new witnesses suggesting that former FBI Director James Comey had already started drafting documentation exonerating Hillary Clinton long before interviewing key witnesses, including Hillary herself.

According to the letter, which is based on testimony from James Rybicki, Comey’s Chief of Staff, and Trisha Anderson, the Principal Deputy General Counsel of National Security and Cyberlaw, Comey began drafting a statement to announce the conclusion of the Hillary investigation in April or May 2016, well before he had interviewed up to 17 key witnesses.

Meanwhile, as if that weren't bad enough, the Comey statement was also drafted before immunity deals were struck with Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson who seemingly ran point, along with Platte River Networks, to destroy Hillary's emails after a Congressional subpoena had been issued mandating their preservation.

Here is a summary from the Grassley/Graham letter:


Judge FBI Clinton Email Probe Public

A federal judge ordered the FBI Thursday to publicly release previously unseen documents related to the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.

U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg ordered the FBI to produce uncensored court documents describing the grand jury subpoenas issued to force Clinton’s internet service providers to turn over information related to her private server use, according to a statement released by Cause of Action Institute.

The ruling was made in response to a motion filed in June as part of a suit brought by Cause of Action Institute and Judicial Watch. The organizations claim the Department of State violated the Federal Records Act by failing to maintain records related to Clinton’s handling of classified information.

Boasberg justified his ruling on the basis that the set of documents in question “rehashes information already made public, thus obviating any need for secrecy.”

Cause of Action President and CEO John J. Vecchione praised the decision in a statement released Thursday following the court’s ruling.


Wasserman Schultz leads efforts to remove Confederate names, statue

Steyn: Wasserman Schultz scandal is Russia and no one cares

If U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., gets her way, the names of three Confederate generals will be removed from street signs in Hollywood, Fla., and the statue of a Confederate general representing Florida will be removed from the National Statuary Hall in Washington.

Wasserman Schultz, the former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee who resigned from the post in July 2016 amid allegations that she favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders for the party’s 2016 presidential nomination, has asked local leaders in Hollywood to remove the names of Robert E. Lee, Nathan Bedford Forrest and John Bell Hood from city streets.

Hollywood officials gave preliminary approval in a 5-2 vote in July.

Supporters of the plan say the city should not honor Confederate officers because they fought to preserve slavery. Opponents say the generals served the South honorably and removing their names would be erasing history.

Wasserman Schultz’s district includes Hollywood, as well as other parts of Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

Cops And Courts – September 1, 2017

First-Degree Assault Charge For Knife Threat

OCEAN CITY — A Pennsylvania woman was arrested on first-degree assault and other charges last weekend after allegedly threatening to kill her husband with a knife during a domestic dispute
Hotel Room Assault
OCEAN CITY — A Pennsylvania man was arrested on multiple assault charges last week after allegedly bursting through the door of a unit at a downtown hotel and attacking several victims including juveniles.
Indecent Exposure Arrest
OCEAN CITY — A Laurel, Md. man was arrested on indecent exposure charges last week after allegedly running naked from his motel room yelling “white power” in front of several onlookers including families with children.

Scholar says Google criticism cost him job: 'People are waking up to its power'

Every second of every day Google processes over 40,000 search queries – that’s about 3.5bn questions a day or 1.2tn a year. But there’s one question that Google apparently doesn’t want answered: is Google a monopoly?

Barry Lynn, until this week a senior fellow at Washington think-tank The New America Foundation, has spent years studying the growing power of tech giants like Google and Facebook. He believes the answer is yes. And that opinion, he argues, has cost him his job.

This week Lynn and his team were ousted from New America after the New York Times published emails that suggested Google was unhappy with his research. The tech giant, along with executive chairman Eric Schmidt, have donated $21m to New America since 1999. Schmidt chaired the organisation for years and its main conference room is called the “Eric Schmidt Ideas Lab”.

“Every day I see people waking up to the power of Google, Facebook and Amazon. We have to do something as a people, we have to do something through our government and address the power of these companies. The number of congressmen and others making statements on Capitol Hill about this is growing very rapidly. The number of businesses who are saying that something must be done about the power of these companies and the way they use their power.”

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Samaritan’s Purse Will Send Five Disaster Relief Units to Texas

Two Samaritan's Purse disaster relief units are now in Texas to help residents as they continue to struggle with rain, flooding, and destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey. Soon we will have a total of five of these tractor trailers in the state, setting up volunteer bases around Victoria, Rockport/Portland, Galveston/Santa Fe, and two in Houston.

Widespread damage and more than two dozen fatalities have been reported from this devastating weather event. Catastrophic flooding put much of Houston under water. Beaumont and Port Arthur—about 100 miles to the east—have been drenched, receiving 26 inches of rain in 24 hours. Now, the rain has stopped and the floodwaters have slowly started to recede, but the situation is still quite dangerous and movement is severely restricted. All branches of the U.S. military have been called in to help.

Two disaster relief units left North Carolina on the day the storm hit, and those tractor trailers are now in Victoria and the Rockport area. At those two locations, we are already coming alongside hurting homeowners in Jesus’ Name, accompanied by Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains. Specifically, volunteer teams are cutting trees, tarping roofs, and performing mud-outs.

More here (with volunteer opportunities)

Judge orders feds to release details of Clinton email probe

A federal judge ordered the FBI Thursday to disclose more details about how it handled its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s secret email account.

U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg said court papers describing the grand jury subpoenas the FBI obtained to compel information from Mrs. Clinton’s Internet service providers can be made public.

In doing so, he overruled objections by the Trump administration that had insisted making the information public would violate grand jury secrecy rules.

Two groups, Judicial Watch and Cause of Action Institute, have been prodding the government for more information about the Clinton emails, and they cheered the judge’s ruling as a victory for transparency.


Charlottesville police ordered to stand down at white supremacist rally, federal lawsuit claims

Robert Sanchez Turner claims cops turned blind eye to violence on the ground at Aug. 12 rally

A man who was assaulted during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, is suing the city and state police, alleging that officers were ordered to stand down and failed to act even as they witnessed the attack.

According to the federal lawsuit, Robert Sanchez Turner was sprayed in the eye with pepper spray and beaten with canes, and had urine thrown on him during the Aug. 12 rally in Charlottesville, as police officers stood less than 10 feet away and did nothing to stop the assault or arrest the assailants.

“By commanding their subordinates to stand down while hundreds of white supremacists and their sympathizers assaulted and seriously injured counterprotesters, these defendants were essentially accessories to, and facilitators of, unconstitutional hate crime,” states the lawsuit, a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Times.

Nexus Caridades Attorneys, which filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, is expected to announce additional details about the case Friday.


Women's March Recommends Harvey Donation

The Women’s March is encouraging people to donate to organizations that specifically help non-white groups after Hurricane Harvey.

In a tweet Tuesday, Women’s March said, “here’s a list of organizations working to keep immigrant, Black, Latinx, & other communities safe after Hurricane Harvey.”

Twitter users immediately chided the organization for not focusing their crisis donation efforts on all Americans rather than just select groups.

Does that mean they are not helping caucasians? How is this not reverse racism?

— kathryn kelly (@kathrynkellyPR) August 29, 2017

Thank You VP Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence

Motorists Reminded Of School Bus Safety Laws As Students Head Back To Class

With some students already heading back to school, and the majority returning after Labor Day, Maryland State Police are stressing bus safety for motorists. State troopers across Maryland will be joining their local law enforcement partners in special school bus enforcement patrols during the start of this school year.

Extra patrols will be deployed on school bus routes and troopers will be specifically targeting motorists driving unsafely around school buses or ignoring the red flashing lights when a bus is stopped. Those could breaking the law by police can cost a driver a $570 fine and a three-point penalty on their driver’s license.

According to the National Research Council. more than 800 students are killed going to and from school each year. This includes 131 fatalities to pedestrians, 46 to bicyclists, five who ride school buses and 15 pedestrians at school bus stops.

The National Safety Council has compiled the following tips for sharing the road safely with school buses:
When driving behind a school bus, make sure to allow a greater following distance than if you were driving behind another car. This will give you more time to stop once the yellow lights begin to flash.
Never pass a bus from behind or from either direction if you’re on an undivided road if it is stopped to load or unload children. It is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.

If yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop sign is extended, you must stop.

Make sure you’ve stopped far back enough to allow children to safely enter and exit the bus. The area 10 feet surrounding a school bus is the most dangerous for children.

Pay attention; children can be unpredictable and tend to ignore hazards.

Here’s to a safe and fun 2017-2018 school season!

Irma rapidly strengthens to Category 2, forecast to be 'extremely dangerous'

Tropical Storm Irma "rapidly" intensified Thursday, strengthening into a Category 2 hurricane with 100 mph sustained winds and is forecast to be an "extremely dangerous" storm for the next several days, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm is located over the Atlantic Ocean, about 650 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands, moving west-northwest at 10 mph.

Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean said Thursday it's still too early to tell whether Irma will pass well north of the Lesser Antilles and Puerto Rico, or have direct impacts there by next Wednesday or Thursday.

"What we do know is that it will be an exceptionally strong hurricane, and all interest across the Lesser Antilles/Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba and the U.S -- both Atlantic Coast and Gulf Coast -- need to monitor Irma’s path," Dean said.

Any impacts to the U.S., if any, would be a full 10 to 11 days away, according to Dean. Forecaster should have a better idea by next week where the storm is going, once Irma moves father across the Atlantic.

[Related: Joe Bastardi-Twitter]

Gun group, others react to report of suspect shot in head as Harvey struck

A gun owners group and others on social media reacted this week to news that a homeowner in Harvey-ravaged Corpus Christi, Texas, apparently took matters into his own hands against an alleged looter.

According to police, the unidentified homeowner shot the suspect in the head as he tried to break into the house, USA Today and Breitbart News reported.

The suspect was coherent at the scene and was taken to Christus Spohn Hospital Shoreline for treatment, police said, but his medical condition early Wednesday was unknown.

Soon after the incident was reported, lobbying group Gun Owners of America took to Twitter to share the story:


Jaywalking Leads To Felony Theft Charge Dating Back 25 Years

OCEAN CITY — An Ocean City man, who allegedly absconded with over $3,000 in cash from his resort roommate nearly 25 years ago, was picked up on a warrant last week after getting a pedestrian citation and now faces felony theft charges.

In September 1992, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers responded to a reported theft at a residence on Jamestown Road. The victim told police he went out to the store for about 30 minutes and when he returned, his two roommates, including Brian Toth, now 44, of Ocean City, were gone with most of their belongings missing along with around $3,300 in cash from the victim’s dresser drawer. A lengthy investigation ensued and Toth was identified as a suspect and ultimately a warrant was issued for his arrest way back in 1992. Fast-forward 25 years and Toth last week was detained by an OCPD officer for a pedestrian crossing violation.

Under normal circumstances, the OCPD officer would typically advise Toth about the importance of pedestrian safety and he probably would have been let go after the officer identified him and urged him to use the crosswalks. However, when the officer pulled up Toth’s information, he observed an arrest warrant dating back to September 1992 for the alleged theft of his roommate’s money 25 years ago. Now, he faces felony theft charges from an alleged incident that occurred when he was just 19 years old.


Maryland Donors Warned of Charity Scams in the Wake of Natural Disasters

ANNAPOLIS, MD – As the public demand for donations increases for Hurricane Harvey survivors, many Marylanders may feel compelled to donate. For those that do choose to make a donation to support those in the impacted areas, the Secretary of State John C. Wobensmith and Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh advise consumers to be vigilant to donate wisely.

“During these times of unfortunate events, individuals will attempt to prey on your generosity and introduce all types of scams, frauds or deceptive acts to line their own pockets,” warns Secretary Wobensmith. “Be sure you know who you are giving to and it is best to give directly to well-established charitable organizations.”

The Office of the Secretary of State registers and regulates charitable organizations that solicit charitable contributions in Maryland. Together with the Attorney General’s Office, the Secretary of State’s Office works to ensure that charitable contributions go to qualified charitable organizations and are used for their intended purpose.

“Sometimes at the end of a storm, you get a rainbow; other times you get a scammer,” said Attorney General Frosh. “It is wise to research the charity first before donating, and consumers should avoid any charity or fundraiser that is reluctant to give information on how donations are used.”

For more tips on how to give wisely, please visit the Maryland Attorney General’s Office, Consumer Protection Division publication Consumer's Edge Charitable Giving Tips.

To find out whether a particular charity is authorized to solicit in Maryland, the Secretary of State’s Office maintains a public registry of charitable organizations authorized to solicit in Maryland. For more information and to search the registry, please visit the Secretary of State’s charity home page:

If you feel like you may have been a victim of a deceptive or illegal charitable solicitation, you should contact the Charities and Legal Services Division of the Secretary of State’s Office at 410-974-5521 or 1-800-825-4510.

Bullies Don't Stop Until You Stand Up To Them

“Black-clad antifa members attack peaceful right-wing demonstrators in Berkeley”… Washington Post

We should add to the picture above Antifa which had its roots in Nazi Germany. Antifaschistische Aktion was founded in Germany by the Communist Party to ensure that the Communists had a militant wing to rival the Nazis. They were known for violent confrontations. Like the Brown Shirts, ANTIFA’s tactic is chaos, violence, and disruption, shouting down anyone they oppose with calls of fascist, racist, bigot, and xenophobe. Directly or indirectly, the American version of Antifa is funded by the far left and communists, including Alliance for Global Justice, Refuse Fascism, the Tides Foundation and billionaire George Soros.

As Antifa actions in Berkley have vividly demonstrated, Donald Trump was right to recognize their role in the violence in Charlottesville. It is time for all Americans, including the media and Republican and Democrat Leadership to speak out and call these thugs for what they are…communists and anarchists who want to destroy our country. They should be prosecuted.

Lawsuit alleges Charlottesville police were ordered to stand down

A man who was assaulted during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, is suing the city and state police, alleging that officers were ordered to stand down and failed to act even as they witnessed the attack.

According to the federal lawsuit, Robert Sanchez Turner was sprayed in the eye with pepper spray and beaten with canes, and had urine thrown on him during the Aug. 12 rally in Charlottesville, as police officers stood less than 10 feet away and did nothing to stop the assault or arrest the assailants.

“By commanding their subordinates to stand down while hundreds of white supremacists and their sympathizers assaulted and seriously injured counterprotesters, these defendants were essentially accessories to, and facilitators of, unconstitutional hate crime,” states the lawsuit, a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Times.

Nexus Caridades Attorneys, which filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, is expected to announce additional details about the case Friday.

More here

Southern Poverty Law Center Transfers Millions in Cash to Offshore Entities

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a liberal, Alabama-based 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization that has gained prominence on the left for its "hate group" designations, pushes millions of dollars to offshore entities as part of its business dealings, records show.

Additionally, the nonprofit pays lucrative six-figure salaries to its top directors and key employees while spending little on legal services despite its stated intent of "fighting hate and bigotry" using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy.

The Southern Poverty Law Center is perhaps best known for its "hate map," a collection of organizations the nonprofit deems "domestic hate groups" that lists mainstream conservative organizations alongside racist groups such as the Ku Klux Klan and is often referenced in the media. A gunman opened fire at the Washington, D.C., offices of the conservative Family Research Council in 2012 after seeing it listed as an "anti-gay" group on SPLC's website.

The SPLC has turned into a fundraising powerhouse, recording more than $50 million in contributions and $328 million in net assets on its 2015 Form 990, the most recently available tax form from the nonprofit. SPLC's Form 990-T, its business income tax return, from the same year shows that they have "financial interests" in the Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, and Bermuda. No information is available beyond the acknowledgment of the interests at the bottom of the form.

However, the Washington Free Beacon discovered forms from 2014 that shed light on some of the Southern Poverty Law Center's transfers to foreign entities..

Violent Color Revolution in America

What is now unfolding in America is a process of engineered dissent which is controlled by the corporate elites. This process precludes the formation of a real mass movement against racism, social injustice and US led wars.

This article by Larry Chin analyzes how the elite opponents of Donald Trump are manipulating public opinion with the support of the mainstream corporate media. Through staged protest events funded by corporate foundations, the unspoken objective is to create profound divisions within American society. These divisions preclude the formation of a meaningful and united protest movement.

The objective of these staged protest movements against Trump is not to support democracy. Quite the opposite. It is to ensure complete control over the US State apparatus by a competing faction of the corporate establishment. Where is the civil rights movement? Where is the US antiwar movement? Rarely are these engineered protests against US led wars.

A grassroots and united movement against the Trump presidency and the Neocons, against war and social injustice is what has to be achieved. But this will not occur when several of the organizations which are leading the protest against Trump are supported and funded by Wall Street.


Someone Posted This On Facebook, Could It Be True?

Perdue Commits One Million Pounds of Protein to Support Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts in Texas

SALISBURY, Md — Perdue has committed a minimum of one million pounds of protein to support relief efforts in Houston and surrounding communities in southeastern Texas following historic flooding from Hurricane Harvey.

Donated protein will be directed to local Feeding America-affiliated food banks and the Houston Independent School District.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those people affected by this developing tragedy,” said Steve Evans, president of Perdue Foods. “The images of suffering are heartbreaking and we’re compelled to do our part to help. We hope that our donation will provide some level of comfort to those impacted. We know the recovery process will be long and difficult for many, and Perdue will continue to look for ways to assist.”

As part of Perdue’s ongoing commitment to Feeding America, approximately half of the protein donation will be distributed to food banks in the Houston area, and Victoria and San Antonio, Texas. Rescue efforts are also under way for pets and animals, and Perdue has donated nearly 68,000 pounds of its Spot Farms® brand dehydrated dog food to Feeding America.

“As families in Houston and other areas in Texas that were devastated by Hurricane Harvey struggle to reclaim their communities, Feeding America is grateful to partners like Perdue that respond quickly with valuable product,” said Bill Thomas, chief supply chain officer at Feeding America. “Perdue’s contribution of fresh and frozen protein will provide nourishment through feeding sites to Texans who have been forced to evacuate as well as help fill meal boxes for those in their homes but recovering from the damage. Their donation of pet food recognizes the importance of feeding the whole family.”

In addition, the Houston Independent School District will receive 500,000 pounds of protein to assist feed victims and first responders through a network of nine feeding center in surrounding communities.

As HISD Nutrition Officer Betti Wiggins explains, “So many people – our students and their families, employees, and the community at-large – have lost so much. They’re worried about basic things, like shelter and how to start the rebuilding process. The donation from Perdue Farms will help us to feed them good, nutritious food and that will be one less thing for them to worry about.”

Colin Kaepernick’s Mom Breaks Her Silence Against Her Son

Colin Kaepernick has been making headlines recently for his refusal to stand during the National Anthem. He has publicly stated that by sitting, he was standing up for minorities who are oppressed every day. It has caused a lot of public outrage, and perhaps the harshest response came from his own mother.

She didn’t hold back when discussing her feelings on her son’s protest. You won’t believe what she had to say:

Colin’s birthmom gave him up for adoption when he was just 6 weeks old. He was adopted by Rick and Teresa Kaepernick, who are both white. Rick and Teresa had lost 2 of their own sons to heart defects and were looking for a boy to fill their void.

He would become the youngest of 3 children, growing up with older brother Kyle and sister Devon Kaepernick.

Before getting to his mother’s public outrage, first take a look at who Colin really is.

He is a devout Christian. Many of the tattoos on his body reference the bible. On his right arm, there’s a scroll with the verse Psalm 18:39 written on it. Underneath that scroll is the phrase “To God The Glory” with praying hands.

On his left arm, there’s a crucifix with “Heaven Sent” on it with “God Will Guide Me” around it. His back also has a large tattoo of angels fighting against demons.


Do You Have Flood Insurance?

We found it quite interesting when a friend called me from Pittsville to inform me that after this latest hurricane they called their insurance company to add flood insurance to their policy.  Low and behold, when they went to look it up they replied stating the Town of Pittsville doesn't participate with the federal program, therefore they could NOT provide a policy. So much for better safe then sorry. 

I think it would be very interesting to reach out to all of you to see just what towns on the Eastern Shore do in fact ALLOW you to purchase flood insurance.

Does Anyone Know Who These Thieves Are?

‘Drive By Shooting’: Cop Deploys Taser from Car Window at Boy on ATV—Killing Him

Warren, MI — Under no circumstances is it ever okay to fire a weapon, lethal or not, at an unarmed child who is controlling an ATV—especially if you are a police officer and you are also in a vehicle. However, that is exactly what happened in Warren, Mich. last weekend and now an aspiring high school freshman is dead because of it.

Michigan State Police Officer Mark Bessner allegedly fired his taser from his police cruiser, striking 15-year-old Damon Grimes. Grimes then, according to his family’s lawyer, either died immediately from the 50,000 volts surging through his body, or died from the subsequent seizure which left him unable to safely control his all-terrain-vehicle (ATV) which crashed into the back of a pickup.

Bessner was apparently trying to get the teen to get off of the roadway and thought it would be a good idea to deploy his taser from one moving vehicle to another (ATV). Since Grimes died as a result of the officer’s actions, it now seems the Michigan State trooper may not have properly thought through all of the ramifications of his actions before deploying the deadly taser.


Facebook-Organized Protests to Face Off at Trump's MO Speech

Up to two thousand anti-Trump activists are expected to join forces at a local Teamsters Union hall, then march off to protest the president’s speech at a Springfield, MO company on Wednesday. But, another group of Missourians is organizing to help keep the peace. Both events are being organized on Facebook.

The anti-Trump rally, dubbed “The People’s Protest,” is being organized by eight member organizations:

Indivisible STL Resist
Missouri 2nd District for Change
Indivisible St. Louis
Springfield Indivisible
The Emerging Church
MOmentum: Missouri Moving Forward
NARAL Pro Choice Missouri

The “People’s Protest” activists plan to meet at Teamster's Union Local No. 245 in Springfield, MO, then begin their protest President Donald Trump’s scheduled speech at Loren Cook Company, a local manufacturer of ventilation equipment.

Meanwhile, a group calling itself Patriots Protecting Trump is recruiting Missourians to ensure the event is not disrupted by violent factions of the ANTIFA and Black Lives Matter (BLM) movements:

Woman Diagnosed With Spinal Meningitis After Being Bitten By Tick

A cluster of Lyme disease cases on Staten Island is causing concern after one woman wound up with spinal meningitis because of a tick bite.

CBS2’s Brian Conybeare spoke exclusively with the patient, Dee Vandenburg, who wants everyone to be aware of the dangers – even in the city.

The growing deer population has long been a problem on Staten Island.


Thank God Its Friday 9-1-17

What will you be doing this weekend?

MARYLAND Communities NOT Participating in the National Flood ...

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Court: Oregon Couple Must Cut Dogs’ Vocal Chords After Noise Lawsuit

The Oregon Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that a southern Oregon couple must quiet their incessantly barking dogs by sending them to the vet to have their voices surgically squelched.

The Appeals Court ruled “debarking” surgery is an appropriate solution to a noisy and relentless problem that neighbors living next to the dogs have had to endure for more than a decade on their rural property outside Grants Pass.

Debarking operations, also known as devocalization, are highly controversial. Groups such as the Oregon Humane Society and American Humane have spoken out against them. Six states have outlawed the procedure under certain circumstances, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

The surgery involves cutting the vocal cords. Opponents say removing a dog or cat's prime means of communication is cruel and unnecessary. Proponents say if done correctly, it can save problematic animals from being euthanized and still allow them to express themselves with a soft, raspy bark or muffled squeak.


Trump warns Congress not to disappoint him on tax reform

President Trump warned members of Congress on Wednesday not to block or delay his push to pass tax reform legislation this year after months of Democratic obstruction and Republican infighting stalled other aspects of his agenda.

"I don't want to be disappointed by Congress, do you understand me?" Trump said during a rally in Springfield, Mo., on Wednesday. The White House billed the event as a rollout of Trump's framework for the tax overhaul that congressional Republicans are expected to unveil in the coming weeks.

"I think Congress is going to make a comeback. I hope so," Trump said.

The president has spent much of the August congressional recess going after the Republicans he blames for preventing healthcare reform from advancing last month.


Brandon Smith: "Sorry, Joe Biden - The 'Soul' Of America Is Conservative"

Some political figures truly embody the classic role of the divider; their purpose seems to be to agitate and provoke, to instigate conflict rather than mediate peace. Al Sharpton and Nancy Pelosi come to mind. Let's not forget John McCain or Lindsay Graham. Barack Obama was known as the "great divider" for much of his presidency. While many leftists would argue that Donald Trump is the "most divisive" president in generations, I think the mainstream media has proven far more provoking than he has. In the case of Charlottesville, we see a whole host of individuals and institutions seeking to promulgate continued social tensions well beyond anything Trump has done. One of these individuals is Joe Biden.

In a short essay for The Atlantic, Joe Biden was quick to capitalize on the death of a protester in Charlottesville at the hands of an apparent white nationalist, spewing forth a host of cliches on "dark forces" creeping out from the hidden corners of America to smother the light and happiness of the silent Kumbaya majority like some kind of J.R.R. Tolkien novel.


Bless the court reporters!

These excerpts are from a book called "Disorder in the American Courts" and are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and published by court reporters that had the torment of staying calm while the exchanges were taking place.

ATTORNEY: What was the first thing your husband said to you that morning?
WITNESS: He said, 'Where am I, Cathy?'
ATTORNEY: And why did that upset you?
WITNESS: My name is Susan!

ATTORNEY: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact?
WITNESS: Gucci sweats and Reeboks.

ATTORNEY: Are you sexually active?
WITNESS: No, I just lie there.

ATTORNEY: What is your date of birth?
WITNESS: July 18th.
ATTORNEY: What year?
WITNESS: Every year.

ATTORNEY: How old is your son, the one living with you?
WITNESS: Thirty-eight or thirty-five, I can't remember which.
ATTORNEY: How long has he lived with you?
WITNESS: Forty-five years.

ATTORNEY: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?
ATTORNEY: And in what ways does it affect your memory?
WITNESS: I forget..
ATTORNEY: You forget? Can you give us an example of something you forgot?

ATTORNEY: Now doctor, isn't it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn't know about it until the next morning?
WITNESS: Did you actually pass the bar exam?

ATTORNEY: The youngest son, the 20-year-old, how old is he?
WITNESS: He's 20, much like your IQ.

ATTORNEY: Were you present when your picture was taken?
WITNESS: Are you shitting me?

ATTORNEY: So the date of conception (of the baby) was August 8th?
ATTORNEY: And what were you doing at that time?
WITNESS: Getting laid

ATTORNEY: She had three children , right?
ATTORNEY: How many were boys?
ATTORNEY: Were there any girls?
WITNESS: Your Honor, I think I need a different attorney. Can I get a new attorney?

ATTORNEY: How was your first marriage terminated?
WITNESS: By death..
ATTORNEY: And by whose death was it terminated?
WITNESS: Take a guess.

ATTORNEY: Can you describe the individual?
WITNESS: He was about medium height and had a beard
ATTORNEY: Was this a male or a female?
WITNESS: Unless the Circus was in town I'm going with male.

ATTORNEY: Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition notice which I sent to your attorney?
WITNESS: No, this is how I dress when I go to work.

ATTORNEY: Doctor , how many of your autopsies have you performed on dead people?
WITNESS: All of them. The live ones put up too much of a fight.

ATTORNEY: ALL your responses MUST be oral, OK? What school did you go to?
WITNESS: Oral...

ATTORNEY: Do you recall the time that you examined the body?
WITNESS: The autopsy started around 8:30 PM
ATTORNEY: And Mr. Denton was dead at the time?
WITNESS: If not, he was by the time I finished.

ATTORNEY: Are you qualified to give a urine sample?
WITNESS: Are you qualified to ask that question?

And last:

ATTORNEY: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?
ATTORNEY: Did you check for blood pressure?
ATTORNEY: Did you check for breathing?
ATTORNEY: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?
ATTORNEY: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
WITNESS: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
ATTORNEY: I see, but could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?
WITNESS: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law.