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Saturday, May 26, 2018

5 Hard Things You Need to Start Doing for Yourself on Hard Days

On particularly hard days when I feel that I can’t endure, I remind myself that my track record for getting through hard days is 100% so far.

And, I remind myself that hard days are necessary, to live through and to learn from. The hardest days make us who we are, inside and out. This can be difficult to grasp at first…

So many of us are afraid of ourselves, of our own truth, and our feelings most of all. We talk about how great the concepts of life and love and passion are, but then we subconsciously hide from them every day. We hide from our truest feelings. Because the truth is, life and love and passion all hurt sometimes, and the feelings this pain brings disturbs us.

We are taught at an early age that pain is evil and harmful. Yet, how can we ever deal with real life and true love and passionate work if we’re afraid to feel what we really feel? We need to feel pain, just as we need to feel alive and loved and driven. Pain is meant to wake us up, yet we try to hide from it. Realize this! Pain is something to carry willingly, just like good sense. Because you can only learn how strong you are in every important area of your life when being strong is the only choice you have.

It’s all in how you carry the things that don’t come easy or don’t go your way. That’s what matters in the end. You should stand up for your right to feel pain, to endure it, to deal with the hard realities of life and love and work, as you grow into the strongest, wisest, truest version of yourself.


Jim Kunstler Laments America's "Mushrooming Matrix Of Scandals"

When historians of the future finish their meal of rat à la moutarde at the campfire, and pass around the battered plastic jug of wild raisin wine, they will kick back and hear the griot sing of John Brennan, the fabled chief of an ancient order called the CIA, and how he started the monkey business aimed at bringing down the wicked Golden Golem of Greatness, chief of chiefs in the land once known as America.

Alas, the hero’s journey of Brennan, ends in a jail cell at the storied Allenwood Federal Penitentiary, where he slowly pined away between games of ping-pong and knock-hockey, dreaming of a cable network retirement package that never was...

One gets the feeling more and more that Mr. Brennan is at the center of this ever-mushrooming matrix of scandals around the 2016 election.

“Bigger Than Watergate?” the headline in today’s New York Times asks? The mendacity of this once-proud newspaper is really something to behold. Take the following paragraph, for instance:

“Depending on what is eventually proven, the core scandal could rival Watergate, in which a “third-rate burglary” of Democratic National Committee headquarters ultimately revealed a wide-ranging campaign of political sabotage and spying to influence the 1972 presidential election and undercut perceived rivals. In the current case, a hostile foreign power sought to sway the 2016 election and there is evidence that at least some people in Mr. Trump’s circle were willing to collaborate with it to do so.”


Blundering Into Recession

June 12 is just three weeks away.

That’s when the Federal Open Market Committee, FOMC, the Fed’s interest rate policy arm, will in all likelihood raise interest rates another 0.25%, the seventh such rate increase since the “liftoff” in interest rates in December 2015.

The market is currently putting the odds of a rate hike at 95%.

This is the most aggressive tempo of rate hikes of any major central bank and puts U.S. policy rates significantly higher than those in the U.K., Japan or eurozone.

The issue for investors is whether the Fed is raising rates too aggressively considering the strength of the U.S. economy. Higher rates imply a stronger dollar, imported deflation and head winds to growth.

If the U.S. economy is on a firm footing, then the rate hikes may be appropriate, even necessary to head off inflation.

But if the U.S. economy is vulnerable, then the Fed’s actions could trigger a recession and stock market sell-off unless the Fed reverses course quickly.


Anti-Trump forces threaten GOP lawmakers’ lives in name of #Resistance

Political conversations have grown increasingly nasty in recent years, and it may be spawning something even worse: a growing number of people taking their vitriol to another level by threatening members of Congress.

In the past couple of months, the Justice Department announced action in four cases involving people who threatened serious harm, or even death, to federal lawmakers.

Most of those threats were made online, reflecting just one way people can convey their most vulgar feelings toward those on other sides of public policy disputes.

Most of the targets have been Republican lawmakers, who are in the crosshairs of anti-Trump forces who relish their stance as a self-styled #Resistance.


Trump: No Deal on Immigration unless includes Wall

President Donald J. Trump vowed not to sign a bill on illegal immigration unless it included funding for a wall and strong border security.

“Unless it includes a wall, and I mean a wall, a real wall, and unless it includes very strong border security, there will be no approvals from me,” Trump said in an interview with Fox and Friends host Brian Kilmeade aired Thursday morning.

Trump added he was frustrated that he did not get more funding for the wall in the last funding bill, but said that $1.6 billion was a good start.

“I can tell you there is a mood right now for very strong border security,” he said.


Saved In The NECCO Time! Bankrupt Candy Company Sold At Federal Auction

NECCOmaniacs, take heart!

The bankrupt New England Confectionery Co., primarily known for its chalky sugar wafers and Valentine's Day candy conversation hearts, received an $18.83 million winning bid from Ohio-based Spangler Candy Company, maker of Dum Dum lollipops and Circus Peanuts, at a federal bankruptcy auction in Boston on Wednesday.

And while the future of NECCO candy is still uncertain, the deal may keep the company's products — which also include Mary Janes, the Sky Bar and Candy Buttons — on the shelves a little while longer.

That's good news for fans of the 171-year-old Massachusetts candy maker, which traces its roots back to 1847, when Oliver Chase, an immigrant from England, invented a lozenge cutter (the first American candy machine, according to NECCO). He and his brother, Silas, then founded Chase and Co., which became the New England Confectionery Co. after a merger in 1901.


Professor Vows to Boost Female Students’ Grades to Offset Gender Imbalances

University calls prof’s ploy unacceptable

University of Akron officials this week blocked a professor from carrying out his plan to raise female students’ grades as part of what he called a “national movement to encourage female students to go to information sciences.”

According to school officials, Liping Liu, an information systems analysis and design teacher who has worked at the university since 2001, said in an email to students:

“FYI, your grade has been sent to the university registrar. The following categories of students may see their grades raised one level or two: Female students (it is a national movement to encourage female students to go to information sciences).”

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Evergreen State Is Cutting Tons Of Staff Because No One Wants To Attend The School Anymore

The Evergreen State College is cutting dozens of faculty and staff positions, according to a Tuesday announcement it sent to employees.

The Washington state school is cutting 24 faculty positions, some of which were occupied by adjunct professors, and striking 19 vacant staff capacities,reported Campus Reform.

“Over the past several days, 20 staff members have been notified that they are at risk for layoff,” wrote John Carmichael, Evergreen board of trustees’ secretary and president’s chief of staff, in an email obtained by Campus Reform. “These layoffs, although necessary to stabilize the college’s budget, represent a profound loss felt by many.”

The college previously announced it would be trimming $5.9 million from its operating budget, a decrease of over 10 percent, according to The Olympian.


Mueller probe on Trump obstruction charge will end by Sept. 1, vows Rudy Giuliani

Special counsel Robert Mueller will finish his probe into whether President Donald Trump obstructed the Russia election inquiry by September 1, vowed Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani.

His announcement puts heavy public pressure on the special counsel's office to meet that deadline as Trump spent Sunday in a tweet storm that was full of rants and raves about Mueller's handling of the investigation into Russia's role in the presidential election.

The former New York City mayor said waiting any longer would risk influencing voters in November's midterm election, which could hurt the Republican Party at the polls.


Brennan "Needs Very Good Lawyer" Says DiGenova; "He's Going To Be In Front Of A Grand Jury Shortly"

Veteran D.C. attorney Joe diGenova - who President Trump initially wanted to hire to represent him in the Mueller probe, only to have to step aside due to conflicts - sat down on Fox News on Thursday where he put a bow on what many believe was a high-stakes gamble by various members within the Obama Intelligence Community (IC) and others to infiltrate the Trump campaign and frame Donald Trump with Russiagate.

Key among the participants in this alleged plot is former CIA director John Brennan, whose involvement is thought to have dovetailed with the FBI's recently disclosed "operation Crossfire Hurricane" - the code name given to the agency's earliest counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign. The FBI says the operation was launched following a drunken conversation between a Clinton-linked Australian ambassador and a low-level Trump associate, George Papadopoulos, who may have been set up from the start after being fed information by a professor named Joseph Mifsud, who is currently missing.


Congressman Andy Harris Rejects Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, DC: On May 18, the U.S. House of Representatives rejected H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (commonly known as the Farm Bill). Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) issued the following statement after voting against the Farm Bill:

“Congress’ failure to increase the number of available H-2B visas has placed severe, undue stress on the First District’s seafood processing, tourism, and landscaping industries. These industries are being forced to scale back their operations, increase prices, and lay off American workers. I voted against the Farm Bill today because I could not in good conscience vote to advance more legislation through Congress without a resolution to the H-2B visa shortage.”

No Walking Dead Here! Walking Benefits the Brain and Prevents Cognitive Decline

We know that walking makes us feel good, especially after a stressful day. That’s why some people choose to “walk away” from problems, or from negative people. Scientists have discovered another thing going for this simple exercise: It helps boost mental health.

Researchers observed 12 healthy young adults and used ultrasound to measure internal carotid artery blood velocity waves and arterial diameters to compute cerebral blood flow (CBF). They were tested while standing up and walking at the rate of one meter per second. The researchers found that foot impact while walking is lighter compared with running. But walking still creates bigger pressure waves in the body that substantially increase blood flow to the brain. Walking led to less dramatic effects on CBF compared to running, but they were greater than those seen during cycling, which had zero foot impact.

Researchers from the New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU) found that the foot’s impact while walking sends pressure waves through the arteries that substantially raise blood supply to the brain.


Where to Donate Everything Everything in Your Home A-Z

Nothing makes clutter clearing easier than knowing your household items, clothes, and shoes are going to a worthy cause. That's why donating is such a wonderful pursuit; it helps other people while freeing you of stuff you don't need any longer.

Below we've highlighted some of the most popular things to donate, three places to donate them to, and tips on what to do before you donate.

It's hard to give away beloved books--so don't1 Keep them, display them and enjoy them. But what about all of those books that you're not reading, are not beloved and you don't use (like cookbooks you never us)? Donate those. Knowing they will go to a good "home" makes the task of donating books much easier for me.

Places to Donate Books:


Trump Revs Immigration Reform for November: 'We're Going to Change the System'

President Donald Trump shoved cheap-labor immigration back into the November election by suggesting he would veto any amnesty which emerges from the discharge petition process, and also by urging Congress to pass his four-part immigration package.

“I think it’s time to get the whole package,” Trump told Fox News’ anchor Brian Kilmeade. “It’s not such a big deal, Brian. It’s time to get the whole package … We’re going to change the system — we have no choice for the good of our country.”


DOJ Clues About Trump Campaign Informant

The Department of Justice and FBI are fighting tooth-and-nail to avoid giving Congress documents related to a top secret informant who provided information about Trump campaign advisers for the Russia probe.

But the agencies’ resistance is hypocritical given that they appear to be behind leaks of key clues about the source, whose existence was revealed to the public in a May 8 report from The Washington Post.

So far, three articles published over the past 10 days have revealed tidbits of information about the source. And though the name of the informant remains a secret, the clues have touched off intense speculation that the person is a professor who had several contacts with Trump campaign advisers Carter Page and George Papadopoulos.


Paul Ryan Under Fire Again: Speaker's Lack of Action on North Carolina's Establishment Loser Endangers Majority

House Speaker Paul Ryan is under fire yet again, this time for refusing to force outgoing failed Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-NC) to endorse the Republican nominee for his district, who defeated him in a primary election on May 8.

Pittenger, an establishment politician whose vote for the omnibus spending bill without reading it cost him his House seat, is refusing to endorse conservative Dr. Mark Harris. Pittenger became the first incumbent Republican politician to lose a primary to a conservative challenger on May 8, and now he is refusing to support Harris in the general election–at least at this time.


Mueller caught in a trap of his own making

Special counsel Robert Mueller looks likely to face a huge humiliation in court and a massive public relations disaster. And it couldn't happen to a more deserving guy. Unless a Trump-appointed judge bails him out and grants an exception to federal law, trampling on the rights of the defendants he indicted, Mueller will have to go into court to try a case he doesn't seem to think he can win – or else face the humiliation of dropping the charges he brought against 13 Russian entities (some of which did not exist at the time of the alleged crime) with great fanfare.

Richard Pollock of the Daily Caller News Foundation reports:

Special Counsel Robert Mueller asked a federal judge Tuesday to reject the four-decade-old speedy trial law in the case against 13 Russians and three Russian companies and has asked for an indefinite delay to the Russian collusion trial.

It is the second time Mueller tried to delay the trial. Judge Dabney L. Friedrich, a Trump appointee, rejected the earlier request without comment and ordered the case to go forward.

One of the Russian companies – Concord Management and Consulting – entered the U.S., hired American lawyers, and demanded a speedy trial. The Speedy Trial Act is a 44-year old federal law that dictates that a federal criminal case must begin within 70 days from the date of the indictment.


Drug Companies Want To Use The State To Shut Down The Competition

Blue jeans have more in common with drugs than you might think.

One of the more consequential episodes in the history of crony capitalism occurred in 17th and 18th century France. Cheap clothing made from cotton was threatening the rich woolen, linen, and silk manufacturers, so they persuaded the government to ban it. In short order, government agents began spying into homes and coaches and reporting on anyone who dared to wear the new fabric.Thousands of violators of the ban were rounded up and either sent to prison or to ships as galley slaves, which was a death sentence.

In Britain, the same manufacturers demanded a similar ban from the King, but were turned down. As a direct result, Britain launched its industrial revolution by making cheap cotton clothing for the world, and began to get rich, while France stagnated economically.

If France had not banned cotton, and had not fallen so far behind Britain economically, Napoleon might have had the money to build a huge fleet and successfully invade Britain. European and world history might have turned out quite differently.

It is easy to recognize and mock the absurdities of crony capitalism in the past, but not always easy to spot it today.


FBI Informant Stefan Halper Accused Of Making ‘False’ And ‘Absurd’ Allegations About Russian Infiltration At Cambridge

FBI informant Stefan Halper said Russians infiltrated the Cambridge Intelligence Seminar

He flagged interactions between a Russian researcher and Mike Flynn

People involved called Halper’s claims “false” and “absurd”

The FBI informant who made contact with members of the Trump campaign has made allegations of Russian spy infiltration at the University of Cambridge that people involved in the matters have called “false” and “absurd.”

A Russian academic who worked at Cambridge with the informant, Stefan Halper, said he made “false allegations” about her interactions with former national security adviser Michael Flynn at an event the Cambridge Intelligence Seminar (CIS) hosted in February 2014.

Halper’s claim in December 2016 that Russians infiltrated CIS has also been called “absurd” by Christopher Andrew, the official historian for MI5 and head of CIS, the Financial Times reported.


Grassley Demands DOJ Explain Redaction of Strzok Text Suggesting Obama White House Ran Probe

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA)sent a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Wednesday demanding the Justice Department remove redactions from a text message exchanged between FBI agent Peter Strzok and former bureau lawyer Lisa Page.

The senior Iowa lawmaker contends the redactions cover up excessive spending habits of FBI officials and appear to make reference to the Obama White House exerting control over an unspecified probe.

“On May 1, 2018, and May 18, 2018, Committee staff reviewed in camera less redacted versions of the Strzok and Page text message productions provided to the Committee. On several occasions, my staff have requested that the Department of Justice provide the Committee with a redaction key, to no avail. Thus, the Committee is still in the dark about the justification the Department is relying upon to withhold that information from Congress,” wrote Grassley.

“As one example of redacted material, in a text message produced to the Committee, the price of Andrew McCabe’s $70,000 conference table was redacted. In another, an official’s name was redacted in reference to a text about the Obama White House ‘running’ an investigation, although it is unclear to which investigation they were referring.”


FBI Releases Pro-2nd Amendment Report, Cites ‘Preparation’ by Citizens and Police

The FBI recently released a report this past April citing the necessity of Second Amendment rights and the rights of citizens to defend themselves. Their findings showed that almost half of the incidents that involved active shooters were ended by an armed citizen exercising their Second Amendment right. Without these citizens protecting others, these incidents could have escalated to include more severe injuries and even additional deaths.

The Report

The report included information on the 50 active shooter incidents that occurred in the United States between the years of 2016 and 2017. 2016 saw 20 such incidents and 2017 saw a total of 30.

The active shooter incidents included in the report defined an active shooting as an incident as one in which one or more assailants engaged in acts to kill or attempt to kill people in a targeted public area.

The report explained the use for this definition by stating, “the active aspect of the definition inherently implies that both law enforcement personnel and citizens have the potential to affect the outcome of the event based on their responses to the situation.”

Citizen Engagement

Of the 50 total incidents, ten involved the shooter being confronted by non-police citizens. In those incidents, four of them included an armed citizen who stopped the shooting thus ending the incident and prevented more loss of life.

Other incidents involved citizens being able to restrain the shooter until police arrived and one incident involved a citizen stopping a shooter through the use of their vehicle.

These situations show a willingness for citizens to exercise their right to protect themselves as well as innocent people around them to prevent tragedies from becoming even more devastating.


Why the Left Won't Call Anyone 'Animals'

If you want to understand the moral sickness at the heart of leftism, read the first paragraph of the most recent column by Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne:

It’s never right to call other human beings ‘animals.’ It’s not something we should even have to debate. No matter how debased the behavior of a given individual or group, no matter how much legitimate anger that genuinely evil actions might inspire, dehumanizing others always leads us down a dangerous path.

Let’s begin with the first sentence: “It’s never right to call other human beings ‘animals.'”

This is so self-evident to Dionne that he adds, “It’s not something we should even have to debate.”


101 People Owe Over $1 Million (Each!) In Federal Student Loans

Editor’s Note: Outstanding student debt reached $1.521 trillion in the first quarter of 2018.

Rising college tuition and meritless loaning practices by the federal government has led to a massive increase in the number of student borrowers with super-sized student debt.

There are 101 borrowers who owe at least $1 million in federal student, a 621-percent increase from just five years ago when 14 borrowers owed that much, according to Department of Education data obtained by The Wall Street Journal.

Orthodontist Mike Meru, 37, is one of those borrowers. Meru borrowed $601,506 to attend the University of Southern California’s program, he told The WSJ. Within a few years, his debt had swelled to $1,060,945.

Meru, who earned $225,000 as an orthodontist in 2017, makes monthly payments of $1,590 against his debt on a government-sponsored repayment plan, but that isn’t enough to cover the interest. His debt grows $130 a day, meaning his loan balance will exceed $2 million in two decades.


Former Obama Officials Discussed How to Politicize Sandy Hook for Gun Control Before Victims Were Buried

A Freedom of Information Act request by the Baltimore Postreveals that former Obama White House officials discussed how best to exploit the Sandy Hook Elementary School attack for gun control before the victims of said attack were even buried.

The strategizing took place between Obama Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Chicago Mayor, former Obama White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel (D).

The Post published an email thread shared by Duncan and Emanuel on December 16, 2012:

At 6:57PM EST on December 16, 2012, Duncan wrote to Emanuel in a message titled “CT shootings.”

Duncan asked the Chicago mayor, “What are your thoughts?”

Five minutes later, Emanuel responded, “Go for a vote this week before it fades. Tap peoples emotion. Make it simple assault weapons.”

Duncan responded immediately, “Yup- thanks.”

“When I did brady bill and assault weapons for clinton we always made it simple. Criminals or war weapons,” Emanuel said in the email to Duncan.

“Gun show loophole?” Duncan responded. “Database? Cop-killer bullets? Too complicated?” he said.

“Cop killer maybe,” Emanuel responded. “The other no.”

The exchange ended when Duncan concluded with, “Got it.”


Hillary Clinton receives Harvard medal for 'impact on society'

Hillary Clinton, again wearing a long coat and bulky scarf in hot weather, has lectured a crowd that there is 'a crisis in our democracy' as Harvard University awarded her a medal.

Clinton spoke on Friday in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she accepted Harvard's Radcliffe Medal for her leadership, human rights work and 'transformative impact on society'.

The former Democratic presidential candidate, secretary of state, US senator and first lady said that American democracy is in crisis because of threats to the rule of law, the free press and free elections that are 'undermining national unity.'

She did not mention President Donald Trump by name as she called on audience members to do their part by voting and calling out fake news when they see it.

Although the temperature in Cambridge was in the upper 80s, Clinton again appeared in a long coat in scarf - in fact, it was the same combination she was wearing when she was photographed in New York City earlier this month with a bulge that some speculated is a back brace.


Drug Abuse In Starbucks Restrooms

Starbucks’s new bathroom policy will likely increase the issues of drug abuse in the coffee company’s bathrooms, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The Seattle-based company’s employees fear Starbucks’s new policy that permits anyone to use its restrooms, regardless of if they bought anything, believing that it will increase drug use in the newly public bathrooms,according to The WSJ. One former barista Darrion Sjoquist, 21, from Seattle, told The WSJ that employees already deal with people doing drugs in the Starbucks restrooms. Sjoquist even once found a hypodermic needle while taking out the trash, causing the employees to install a bin for drug users to safely dispose their needles in the future.

“Drug use wasn’t happening in the bathroom every day, but it was definitely something that was happening once a week,” Sjoquist added. “The cops were called a lot.”

Starbucks employees are not required to clean out dangerous materials and can instead call a hotline to take care of the matter.



$60,470 – $68,099 DOQ

Situated between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean is the capital of the Eastern Shore, Salisbury, Maryland. With a population of over 32,000, Salisbury has become home to a very diverse community of people. Whether it is for the vibrant economic opportunity, quality public education, world-class healthcare, reinvigorated environmental stewardship, or globally known corporations, people are coming to be a part of this ever-changing town.
The City of Salisbury is looking for an energetic and detail-oriented leader, with a track record of career accomplishments to serve in the capacity of Director of the Housing and Community Development Department. Top candidates for this challenging leadership role must thrive in a robust, fast-paced, and complex environment. The next Director will be creative, strategic, and able to fully implement best practices for a data-driven deployment of resources. The next Director will embrace and appreciate the performance of the entire Department.
The Housing and Community Development Department is a dynamic department that administers the enforcement of the City property maintenance code, develops community programs, and coordinates neighborhood outreach through 12 full-time staff. The department is organized into 3 divisions: Housing and Homeless Initiatives, Neighborhood Revitalization, and Code Compliance. With the support of partner organizations, the Housing and Homeless division provides support services and permanent housing for homeless individuals. The Neighborhood Revitalization division works with community agencies, neighborhood associations, and stakeholders, to provide support, advocacy, and programming for youth and families through community centers, activities, and outreach. The Code Compliance division utilizes code enforcement officers and specialists to monitor and enforce the City’s property maintenance Code.
Duties: Directs and oversees all department operations including budgeting, planning, programming, and personnel; develops and implements policies and procedures; collaborates with other City departments to administer citywide initiatives.
Additionally, the ideal candidate must possess the following qualifications:
Proven leadership qualities with the ability to build relationships of trust, respect, and credibility in the community and internally with staff and colleagues;
• A commitment to public service, fiscal responsibility, and innovation in government;
• Outstanding communication skills, which convey confidence and credibility, and a willingness to engage the public and other stakeholders;
• Strong advocacy skills with the ability to garner support from stakeholders, including the public;
• Proven ability in budget development and management;
• Competency in exercising fiduciary responsibility to protect the interests of the City and the public;
• Strong political acumen and proven effectiveness in developing and maintaining productive working relationships with surrounding agencies, regional and state partners;
• Visionary planning and change agent skills with a demonstrated record of successful
implementation of strategic and long-range business plans;
• Excellent problem-solving skills with the ability to proactively identify and support creative and viable business solutions and leadership during periods of transition and change;
• Experience working in an urban and diverse community;
• Active and genuine commitment to managing diversity in the workplace;
• Proven experience in leading and managing a high-performing diverse team.
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree, preferred, plus ten years of experience in housing or community development with five years at a supervisory level or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Estimated start date will be August 2018
Closing Date: June 22, 2018
APPLY: Submit City application, cover letter and resume to:
City of Salisbury HR
125 N. Division St.
Salisbury, MD 21801
410-548-1065 Fax: 410-548-3748

Morris: Voters Moving Right While Democrats Move Left

Over the past five months, President Trump’s ratings, according to the moving average, have flipped from 38-58 to 44-52 — a growth of six points in approval and a drop of six points in disapproval.

It would be easy — and wrong — to dismiss this change as the mere fluctuation of polling or margin of error. No way. Considering the enormous polarization of opinion Trump has engendered — and the intensity with which those who disapprove hate him — it is remarkable that six percent have come over from a negative to a positive view of the man. They had a very long distance to travel.

But six percent have jumped the wide synapse and now like Donald Trump — a conclusion they would have found unthinkable five months ago. And the polls that break down approval and disapproval to indicate the depth of the sentiment — (i.e. strong approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, and strong disapprove) — report that most of the six percent have gone from strong disapproval to strong approval, bypassing the “somewhat”ratings in between. A great many have gone from hate all the way to love.


Baltimore's leftist prosecutor, Marilyn Mosby, now gets a cop killed

After as loathsome and odious a performance as the Freddie Gray fiasco, you'd think Baltimore's youthful state prosecutor, Marilyn Mosby, would have learned a thing or two about the stupidity of race-baiting in the name of cop-hatred. Her malicious prosecution of six officers in the Freddie Gray case, where there was no evidence any of them killed the guy (and juries refused to convict), led to a de facto police strike that made Baltimore a crime hellhole.

Well, in her case, no. Turns out she's learned nothing from her past incompetence and doesn't seem to be bothered a bit by her latest blunder, letting a thug off who later killed Officer Amy Caprio by running her over in a stolen car during the course of a burglary. If the cops were alienated by the Freddie Gray frame-up she cooked up, they're going to be even more alienated now.

The chief of Baltimore's juvenile services, Sam Abed, pointed the finger at Mosby in the fiasco, saying she let 16-year-old hardcore offender Dawnta Harris off, even when the juvenile justice officials begged for it not to happen. Given that all of these people are leftist bleeding hearts of some kind, that's saying something.

According to the Baltimore Sun:

Maryland's secretary of juvenile services says the justice system failed in the case of a West Baltimore teen charged with murder in the death this week of a Baltimore County police officer.


Remains found in drainage pipe ID’d as teen who vanished over 2 years ago

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Human remains discovered in a drainage pipe at a Little Rock park were identified as those of a teenager who was last seen in the area before disappearing two and a half years ago, authorities said Wednesday.

Little Rock Police spokesman Officer Steve Moore said cold-case investigators were following up on Ebby Steppach’s disappearance Tuesday when they found the skeletal remains in an underground drainage pipe at Chalamont Park. The pipe opens near where police found Steppach’s car days after she was reported missing in October 2015 when she was 18.

The Arkansas State Crime Lab concluded Wednesday afternoon that the remains were Steppach’s.

Moore said authorities last searched the park in November 2016 but were following up this week using “gut instinct.”

“We’ve never given up on this,” he said of the disappearance, which is still considered a missing-person case.


WATCH: Trump Shakes Literally Every Naval Academy Graduate’s Hand

President Donald Trump gave a speech to the graduates of the Naval Academy Friday morning. Then, the president went a step further, offering to shake the hands of every single graduate — more than 1,000 midshipmen.

“I was given an option. I could make this commencement address, which is a great honor for me, and immediately leave and wave goodbye. Or I could stay and shake hands with just the top 100,” Trump said, “Or I could stay for hours and shake hands with 1,100 and something. What should I do? What should I do?”

Trump then shouted, “Stay! Ok, I’ll stay.”


James Clapper: ‘There Could Have Been’ Other Spies on Trump Campaign

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper declined to rule out whether intelligence agencies sent additional informants to spy on members of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

“Well, there could have been,” he said when asked by CNN host Jake Tapper on Wednesday about the possibility of other informants. “Never say never, but I’m not aware.”

Clapper has stated that he does not like to use the term “spy” to refer to civilian informants for intelligence agencies.

The idea of additional spies was first raised by former Trump campaign advisor Michael Caputo in an interview on Fox News, reacting to the revelation of the identity of FBI informant Stefan Halper, who spied on Trump campaign advisors.

“He’s not the only person that came at the campaign and the FBI is not the only Obama agency that came at the campaign,” Caputo said.


Obama: I Had a Scandal-Free Presidency

Former President Barack Obama on Wednesday contrasted his presidency with those of other modern presidents, claiming his administration was free of scandals.

Obama was speaking at a technology conference in Las Vegas when he made the claim regarding his eight years in office, Newsweek reports.

"I didn't have scandals, which seems like it shouldn't be something you brag about," Obama said.

"But actually, if you look at the history of the modern presidency, coming out of the modern presidency without anybody going to jail is really good," Obama said. "It's a big deal."


Trump on NFL anthem protests: 'Maybe you shouldn't be in the country'

President Trump said NFL team owners “did the right thing” by requiring players to stand during the National Anthem – suggesting that those who don’t perhaps “shouldn’t be in the country.”

“You have to stand proudly for the National Anthem and the NFL owners did the right thing if that’s what they’ve done,” Trump told “Fox & Friends” in an interview that aired Thursday morning.

Trump had been speaking at a roundtable on immigration on Long Island when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the policy Wednesday.

The policy requires players and personnel to stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” or face fines — though each team may develop its own rules about those who do not comply with the new rules.

The new policy also gives players the option to stay in the locker room during the playing of the anthem if they do not wish to comply.

“Well I think that’s good,” Trump told Fox News. “I don’t think people should be staying in locker rooms. But still I think it’s good. You have to stand proudly for the National Anthem,” he said.


Deadbeat son evicted from parents’ home says he’s too broke to move

The unemployed millennial who has been ordered to pack up his belongings and vamoose from his parents’ home after they sued him says there’s one problem — he can’t afford moving boxes.

Freeloader Michael Rotondo, 30, was ordered by an Onondaga County judge to get out of the house in upstate Camillus by noon Friday.

His parents, Mark and Christina Rotondo, lowered the boom on their deadbeat son, who has been living with them rent-free for the past eight years, by suing him.

Michael, who has a young son, told The Post this week that he wanted three months to move out — or he’d appeal the judge’s ruling. But he cited a practical matter that he said prevents him from moving out.

“Mostly, I need to start packing my boxes so I can move,” he told on Thursday.

“But I have to pay for the boxes, which might be a problem.”


Judge suspended for courthouse affair with social worker

A Massachusetts judge who engaged in sexual acts with a social worker in his courthouse chambers will be suspended indefinitely, the state's highest court ruled Thursday, and may face removal from the bench.

The Supreme Judicial Court said Judge Thomas Estes' 'grave, willful and repeated wrongdoing' has damaged the public's faith in the judicial system.

'The sanction we impose is not severe because we seek to punish the judge severely, but because ... we seriously question whether he can command the respect and authority essential to the performance of his judicial function,' the judges wrote.


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BLM-Cheerleader Accuses Police Officer Of Sexual Assault, Body Cam Footage Proves Otherwise

Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King is something of a male Rachel Dolezal, the former NAACP chapter leader who was exposed for lying about being black. He too has been caught lying about being black, as his birth certificate lists two white parents - which King explained away by claiming that he doesn't know who his real father is (which begs the question as to why he thought he was black). Dolezal's lies have all-but ruined her life, but King remains a prominent activist with millions of followers who believe everything he says.

King has lied about a lot over the years. He rose to prominence as a columnist for the New York Daily News, writing a notable column following the Michael Brown shooting, in which he, a man with no forensics experience whatsoever, analyzed the scene where Michael Brown was shot. He concluded that the officer who shot Brown was in no danger. Every other forensic analysis (i.e. the kind admissible in court) disagreed.


Boardwalk Elvis, The Original Boardwalk Street Performer, Honored With Key To Ocean City

OCEAN CITY – One of Ocean City’s most iconic Boardwalk performers received a key to the city this week.

On Friday, the Mayor and Council honored Norman Webb, known by many as “Boardwalk Elvis,” for his years of entertainment to Ocean City’s residents and visitors.

In the 1960s, Webb began his entertainment career by walking along the Boardwalk with his boom box in tow. His local claim to fame, and his moniker, however, came about in the early 1970s, when he began to dress like Elvis Presley and play Elvis music.

While he is now retired from his Boardwalk-performing days, visitors and residents still recognize Webb. His Facebook page, for example, has amassed more than 5,000 followers.


What Changed? The Same Media Who Excuse Bob Mueller Abused Ken Starr

Today’s journalists routinely assert that it is “extreme,” “dangerous,” and possibly even criminal for the White House – or anyone else, for that matter – to criticize an investigation into the President. But twenty years ago, Independent Counsel Ken Starr was savaged by the same liberal media during his investigation of then-President Bill Clinton. At that time, Starr was harangued as a “partisan” and “inept prosecutor,” and a “peeping Tom.”

On Monday evening, MSNBC host Chris Matthews shared his take on the Trump administration’s attitude towards Mueller while hosting Hardball: “President Trump is indicating today that he’s willing to go to extreme new lengths to discredit the Russia probe.”

“It seems extremely dangerous that you have investigators investigating the investigation,” intoned a deeply concerned Don Lemon. The CNN Tonight host continued, “You have a President who appears to be, by anyone’s standards, trying to manipulate the process.”

Chris Cuomo was similarly incensed on Tuesday, providing the following synopsis on CNN’s New Day: “The logic is clear. Attack the people who are attacking you, even if it’s just in perception. Bring down their credibility, and that will reduce the impact of anything they find...”


Facebook Demands Driver's License, Social Security Number to Run Ad for Obama Expose Book

Matt Margolis is a best-selling author and contributor to PJ Media. The last time he tried to advertise his latest book, The Scandalous Presidency of Barack Obama, on Facebook they banned him for a week for "spamming." Facebook never explained how paying for advertising and then distributing that ad in conservative groups is "spamming." Now Facebook is doing it to him again. This time Margolis attempted to buy an ad for the re-released and updated version of his first smash hit, The Worst President in History; The Legacy of Barack Obama. After filling out the appropriate form, Margolis received this response from Facebook: "Your ad was not approved because your Page has not been authorized to run ads with political content. What to do: Complete the authorization process."

Matt Margolis is a best-selling author and contributor to PJ Media. The last time he tried to advertise his latest book, The Scandalous Presidency of Barack Obama, on Facebook they banned him for a week for "spamming." Facebook never explained how paying for advertising and then distributing that ad in conservative groups is "spamming." Now Facebook is doing it to him again. This time Margolis attempted to buy an ad for the re-released and updated version of his first smash hit, The Worst President in History; The Legacy of Barack Obama. After filling out the appropriate form, Margolis received this response from Facebook: "Your ad was not approved because your Page has not been authorized to run ads with political content. What to do: Complete the authorization process."


Amazon De-Monetizes Conservative Blog Without Warning

William Jacobson, founder of the conservative blog Legal Insurrection, writes that Amazon has terminated his website’s “Amazon Associates” account, which the site used to earn revenue via affiliate links.

Jacobson says that the company cites a TOS violation that Legal Insurrection had “remedied” in January — which Amazon acknowledged at the time and expressed thanks.

From Legal Insurrection:

For as long as I can remember, Legal Insurrection has participated in Amazon Associates, a way for websites to earn fees when readers shop at via links from our website.

It was an important source of revenue to us, and paid for some of the operating expenses readers never see.

On Saturday morning, April 28, 2018, I woke up to an email in my inbox from Amazon Associates telling me our participation in the program was terminated, our account closed, that the decision was final and there was no appeal. On top of that, Amazon was holding back any accumulated money it owed us.


Hero Teacher Was Shot Three Times Taking Down School Shooter

Noblesville West Middle School science teacher Jason Seaman took down the school shooter.

Noblesville, IN – A hero Noblesville West Middle School science teacher tackled a seventh-grade student who opened fire in his classroom on Friday morning.

Jason Seaman, 30, was shot three times by the gunman, and was “doing well” after surgery, his mother, Kristi Hubly Seaman said in a Facebook post.

“Please pray for my son Jason,” she wrote earlier in the day. “This morning there was a shooting at his school Noblesville West Jr High. He was hit 3 times & is undergoing surgery now. We are told he is in good condition but haven't gotten to see him yet.”

Seaman was shot “through the abdomen,” as well as in the hip and forearm, Kristi later said in an update.


Nancy Pelosi challenged over her age days after 'slurring her words'

Nancy Pelosi has defended the role of older politicians after a being asked whether it was time to make way for younger people to run for office.

The issue of her age comes as she appeared to slur her speech while making garbled statements during a press conference with education union leaders.

The 78-year-old House Minority leader was challenged by Mary Pat Linnen at a CNNTown Hall over the fact that half the senators running for re-election this year are over 65 years old.


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K-12: History of the Conspiracy against Reading

In his 1984 book about American education, Samuel Blumenfeld pointed out that "[n]othing has mystified Americans more than the massive decline of literacy in the United States. Children spend more time at school and the government spends more money on education than ever before. Yet, reading ability keeps declining. What has gone wrong?"

You have probably heard this lament. But here's where it becomes really alarming. Blumenfeld looked back seven decades to the year 1915. That's when the literacy figures for 1910 were published by the U.S. Bureau of Education and quoted in a weekly publication, School and Society, edited by James McCain Cattelll, one of the luminaries in the Progressive education movement. School and Society stated that:

Statistics compiled by the Bureau of Education for use at the Panama-Pacific Exposition, show that of children from 10 to 14 years of age there were in 1910 only 22 out of every 1,000 who could neither read nor write[.] ... The following states report only one child in 1,000 between ages of 10 and 14 as illiterate: Connecticut, District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah, and Washington[.] ... It is evident that the public schools will in a short time practically eliminate illiteracy.



Tick-resistant clothing protects you from 3 species of the bug

Tick-resistant clothing debilitates three different common species of tick, preventing them from biting humans and spreading disease, a CDC study found.

This summer is expected to be a particularly bad one for ticks, which can carry 14 diseases, including the nervous system condition, Lyme disease.

Since 2004, rates of tickborne illnesses have tripled in the US.

Tiny as they are, bites from ticks can be difficult to prevent, but the CDC's latest study on peremthrin-treated clothing shows that the chemically-enhanced clothes can immobilize the bugs.

According to its findings, buying some $30 tick-repellent pants just might keep you safe from Lyme disease this summer.


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Come to OC Billiards @ Trader Lee's starting at noon today for an incredible benefit. We'll have Amish food from Laurel Delaware and live entertainment second to none this weekend. FIVE bands today, starting at 4 PM. Drink responsibly. $10.00 donation.

Dozens Gather Outside NFL Headquarters to Protest for Players' 'Right to Kneel'

In the wake of the NFL's announcement that it has adopted a policy of fining teams and personnel who do not “stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem," dozens of protesters gathered outside the league's New York headquarters.

Friday's demonstration was reportedly organized by the NAACP, the Justice League of New York City, the National Action Network and the Women’s March.

Protesters carried signs and chanted as they defended athletes' "right to kneel."Some people wore clothing or jerseys featuring Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who began the trend of not standing for the anthem during the 2016 NFL season to protest racial injustice and police brutality.


Cigarette smoke directly damages leg muscles, study finds

Smoking cigarettes damages the muscles in your body, a new study has found.

The smoke directly reduces the number of blood vessels in leg muscles and limits the amount of oxygen and nutrients they can receive.

Previous studies have shown that smoking makes muscles weaker because lungs become inflamed by cigarette use, restricting your ability to exercise and perform activities.

However, this study, conducted by researchers from California, Brazil and Japan, is the first to show the direct impact of smoking on the muscles.


Breaking News: North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, met with South Korea's leader amid doubts over a proposed summit meeting with President Trump

North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, held an unannounced summit meeting with President Moon Jae-in of South Korea on Saturday, Mr. Moon’s office said, a new twist in the whirlwind of diplomacy over the fate of the North’s nuclear arsenal.Read More »
North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, held an unannounced summit meeting with President Moon Jae-in of South Korea on Saturday, Mr. Moon’s office said, a new twist in the whirlwind of diplomacy over the fate of the North’s nuclear arsenal.
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North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, held an unannounced summit meeting with President Moon Jae-in of South Korea on Saturday, Mr. Moon’s office said, a new twist in the whirlwind of diplomacy over the fate of the North’s nuclear arsenal.Read More »

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“Because you signed the blank check to the American people payable with your lives, you now stand ready to hold the line to protect America's experiment in democracy, with all the cunning, ferocity and grit you have inside you.”
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, in his commencement address to the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Class of 2018.

Community partners recognized at annual Wicomico County Tourism reception

SALISBURY, Md. – Wicomico County’s tourism division recognized its strongest partners during a reception and awards ceremony Thursday, May 17, at the newly-renovated Wicomico Youth & Civic Center.

Held annually since 2000, the reception recognizes community members and businesses who have dedicated themselves to supporting tourism initiatives in Wicomico County. The event took place during a Business After Hours in partnership with the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce.

In Fiscal Year 2018, Wicomico County’s tourism division sold or held 45 events, eight of which were of regional or national caliber. These events generated over 43,000 hotel room nights, more than 125,000 visitors and an estimated economic impact of $55.8 million.

The tourism division has the goal of reaching a $75 million economic impact by 2020, said Tourism Manager Kristen Goller at the event.

“Renovations here at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center and the expansion at the Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex are helping us meet that goal,” Goller said. “What else is helping make that goal a possibility? You all – everyone in this room.”

Rep. Harris Issues Statement on NDAA Passage

WASHINGTON, DC: On May 24, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5515, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019. Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) issued the following statement lauding the bill’s passage:

“Today, the House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY19. The NDAA gives our military a well-deserved pay raise – the largest increase in nine years – and increases funding for training programs in every branch. This legislation also provides critical funding to repair worn out equipment and crumbling military buildings. Our military men and women serve our nation selflessly, and Congress is giving our troops the support they need to protect us.”

County Council Special Legislative Session to Adopt FY19 Budget

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the County Council of Wicomico County, Maryland, will hold a special Legislative Session to consider adopting the Annual Budget and Appropriation Bill (Legislative Bill No. 2018-05) and to set the tax levy for Fiscal Year 2019, on Thursday, June 14, 2018, at 10:00 a.m., in the Government Office Building, Room 301, Salisbury, Maryland.

Rep. Harris to Attend Memorial Day Services in Salisbury and Ocean Pines

WASHINGTON, DC: On May 27, Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) will attend and speak at the American Legion Wicomico Post 64 Memorial Day Service in Salisbury, MD. The following day, Congressman Harris will attend and speak at the Worcester County Memorial Day Ceremony in Ocean Pines, MD.

American Legion Memorial Day Service
May 27, 2018
12:00 – 1:00 PM
American Legion Wicomico Post 64
1109 American Legion Road, Salisbury, MD 21801

Worcester County Memorial Day Ceremony
May 28, 2018
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Worcester County Veterans Memorial
Racetrack Road and Cathell Road, Ocean Pines, MD 21811


Two Public Hearings will be held during the Tuesday, May 29, 2018 City Council Legislative Session, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers (Room 301) of the Government Office Building. The Public is invited to attend. 

1. Resolution No. 2832 – to modify the annexation agreement for the area of land previously made a part of the corporate limit of the City of Salisbury, known as the Merritt Mill Road/Smith Annexation, effective as of February 27, 2014 through Resolution No. 2356 and located on the southerly side of and binding on Merritt Mill Road, east of the intersection of Merritt Mill Road and Phillip Morris Drive 

2. Ordinance No. 2485‐ 2nd reading‐ to reallocate the 2003 CDA Loan Unexpended Proceeds 

For additional information, please contact City Clerk Kim Nichols at 410‐548‐3140 or at

Governor Larry Hogan Announces Additional Legislative Actions

Vetoes Three Bills That Weaken Accountability in Maryland Schools

Governor Larry Hogan today vetoed three pieces of legislation passed during the 2018 session of the Maryland General Assembly that weaken accountability in Maryland schools: Senate Bill 739 - State Board of Education - Membership - Teachers and Parent; House Bill 808 - Collective Bargaining - Education - Supervisory Personnel; and House Bill 643/Senate Bill 678 - State Department of Education - Employment Categories and Practices.

During the 2018 legislative session, in addition to providing record funding for K-12 public schools and enacting legislation to increase education spending by more than $4.4 billion over the next decade by ensuring all casino revenues go toward schools, Governor Hogan proposed common sense legislation to increase accountability by creating an independent Investigator General to look into allegations of wrongdoing in schools. Unfortunately, despite demands for increased transparency and oversight from students, parents, and communities across the state, the legislature did not act on the governor’s proposal and instead passed retributive, tone-deaf legislation that gives special interests and lobbyists greater control over the education system and erodes accountability standards.

“These three bills are a crude attempt to accomplish two things: dilute the authority of the Board of Education by packing it with appointees that represent the interest of lobbyists rather than those of teachers, parents, administrators or students; and, these bills seek to prevent the Maryland State Department of Education - a body that is already insulated from political influence - from removing high-level employees who are ineffectual, incompetent, or who simply aren’t getting the job done,” said Governor Hogan in his veto message. “It is shocking to me, as well as the citizens of Maryland, the lengths the General Assembly will go to to weaken accountability that will hurt the performance of our school children.”

Governor Hogan vetoed Senate Bill 739 - State Board of Education - Membership - Teachers and Parent. Senate Bill 739 would have changed the process Maryland uses to select members to the State Board of Education, a move that would have diluted the independence of the State Board of Education by giving teacher unions control over two additional seats on the Board, and dictating that three seats be chosen by just two stakeholder groups, a move that would risk turning this critical policy-making body into a collection of special interest group representatives.

Governor Hogan also vetoed House Bill 643/Senate Bill 678 - State Department of Education - Employment Categories and Practices. This legislation would weaken the Maryland State Department of Education’s capacity to achieve the state’s educational goals - at a time when strengthening the performance of Maryland’s schools and students is more important than ever - by hindering the Department’s ability to compete in an already competitive job market and acquire talented employees.

Finally, Governor Hogan vetoed House Bill 808 - Collective Bargaining - Education - Supervisory Personnel. This legislation would remove local authority to determine who is classified as a “supervisory employee” and give authority over local school system organizational charts to the Public School Labor Relations Board. This new structure would prohibit school leadership from ensuring an efficient operation best suited for the needs of their local school system.

“These pieces of flawed legislation join the unfortunate litany of attempts by the General Assembly over the past four sessions to pass legislation to enhance the power of partisan special interests, while eliminating transparency and usurping accountability,” said Governor Hogan. “At a time when unethical behavior and mismanagement continue to hold our school systems back from serving school children, this sequence of bills that I am vetoing today seek to move Maryland in exactly the wrong direction. Instead, we need to be working together to restore accountability for our students, teachers, and families.”

Read the governor’s veto letter here.

Trump posthumously pardons Jack Johnson, boxing's first black heavyweight champion

President Trump on Thursday granted a posthumous pardon to Jack Johnson, boxing's first black heavyweight champion, after being urged to do so by “Rocky” star Sylvester Stallone.

"It's my honor to do it. It's about time," Trump said during an Oval Office ceremony.

Johnson, born in Galveston, Texas, was the target of racial resentment, particularly after he defeated white boxer James Jeffries in the 1910 “Fight of the Century,” a bout that sparked race riots.