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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Wicomico County Tourism launches 2018 Photo Contest

SALISBURY, Md. – Amateur and professional photographers have the opportunity to submit photos that demonstrate the lifestyle, beauty and assets of Wicomico County for Wicomico County Tourism’s 2018 Photo Contest.

Photos can be of anything taken in Wicomico County in the past two years, although some suggested topics include nature and the outdoors, culture, shopping, food and drink, wineries and breweries, festivals and events, and history. The contest is open to photographers ages 18 and older.

The first place prize is $500 and the winner’s photograph displayed on the Wicomico Tourism website, in a Wicomico Tourism e-newsletter and in Wicomico County Tourism’s 2019 Visitors and Relocation Guide. Second and third place winners will be awarded $250 and $100, respectively, with the opportunity for their winning photographs to be displayed on the tourism website and in the guide.

The contest is open now, and entries will be accepted until Aug. 15 at 5 p.m.

Full photo contest rules and an online entry form can be found at

Photo Above: AJ Angello took first place in the 2017 photo contest (photo submitted on his behalf by mother Sandy Angello).

The More Young Men Are Bathed in Femininity, the More ‘Toxic Masculinity’ You Will See

One of the most ironic things about the constant “toxic masculinity” complaints that we hear these days is that we live in an overly feminized culture where most of the “toxic” males seem to have either been raised without fathers or claim to be adherents of feminism. The statistics on men raised without fathers are grim almost beyond belief.

70% of gang members, high school dropouts, teen suicides…and teen substance abusers come from single mother homes.

…80% of rapists motivated with displaced anger (Source: Criminal Justice & Behavior, Vol 14, p. 403-26, 1978.)

…85% of all youths sitting in prisons (Source: Fulton County Georgia jail populations, Texas Department of Corrections 1992)

Then there are the men from liberal Hollywood who have been at the epicenter of the #metoo earthquake. Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Michael Douglas, James Franco, Morgan Spurlock, Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, Russell Simmons – it goes on and on and on.

Doesn’t it seem a little odd that masculinity gets blamed when some kid without a dad turns into a rapist or ends up in prison? Doesn’t it seem weird that masculinity would get blamed for a feminist ally like Harvey Weinstein, “who championed older actresses like Meryl Streep and Judi Dench, joined a Women’s March, donated to Democratic candidates, raised money for Planned Parenthood and publicly venerated Gloria Steinem”?

We take a young man and kick his father out of his life, send him to school where he has mostly women teachers, barrage him with negative messages about masculinity, then turn him loose at college where we treat him like a guilty-until-proven-innocent rapist, and after all that, we blame “masculinity” when he goes off the rails despite the fact that he spent a lifetime bathed in femininity. Unsurprisingly, the more women try to change masculinity, the more negative and toxic it actually becomes. Yet, articles explaining how masculinity needs to be changed and rewired—written by women or feminized males—are practically a cottage industry these days. For example…


Jordan Candler: How the Obama EPA Fudged Regulatory Evaluation

Estimating "social costs" and "social benefits," the EPA put a big price tag on doing nothing.

It isn’t necessarily news to say the Obama administration used the Environmental Protection Agency treacherously, employing deceitful methods to enact a burdensome environmental agenda. But a recent report sheds some light on one way this was accomplished — “by gaming cost-benefit analysis to downplay the consequences of its major environmental rules,” The Wall Street Journal reveals.

The Obama EPA produced an annualized average of 565 directives, “imposing the highest regulatory costs of any agency,” according to the Journal. Legally, the EPA is generally required to submit these proposals to a cost-benefit analysis. The caveat is that the agency is also afforded considerable leeway in the process. The Obama administration considered this an opportunity and proceeded to exploit the system by estimating a cost for not enacting regulations.

The Journal explains, “By introducing ‘social costs’ and ‘social benefits,’ the EPA began factoring in speculation about how regulatory inaction would affect everything from rising sea levels to pediatric asthma. EPA optimists even included their guesses about how domestic regulations could have a global impact. Meanwhile, the agency ignored best practices from the Office of Management and Budget, juking the numbers to raise the cost of carbon emissions.”


5 Women Who Lied About Being Raped

“Things women do lie about: what they ate for lunch. Things women don’t lie about: rape.”Lena Dunham

The sentiment expressed in the quote above by Lena Dunham has become all too typical on the Left. If that had no consequences, it would be just one more thing liberals say as we roll our eyes and go on. However, there are real men paying a terrible price for this lie. Colleges have set up guilty-until-proven-innocent kangaroo courts where men have had their lives turned upside down after being falsely convicted of raping women. The #metoo movement has featured lots of accusations aimed at men, but despite the fact that many of those accusations don’t go much beyond he said/she said, men are losing their careers and having their lives ruined based on little more than one woman’s say-so. That is despite the fact that, depending on which statistics you believe, there are an awful lot of false rape claims made,


Governor Larry Hogan Announces $15.2 Million in New Funding for Baltimore City; Including Baltimore Safe Streets

Also Funds Transportation, Park and Community Center Projects; Part of Historic $5.5 Billion in Local Aid

Governor Larry Hogan today held his sixth Regional Cabinet Meeting at the Shake & Bake Family Fun Center in Baltimore City. The governor was joined by Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, former delegate and Baltimore City Council member Keiffer Mitchell, who served as emcee for the event, as well as more than 40 cabinet secretaries and directors representing agencies across the state, and numerous state and local officials.

At the meeting, Governor Hogan announced $15.2 million in new funding for programs and projects that will directly benefit Baltimore City and its citizens. This includes $5 million in new funding for violence intervention programs, such as the Baltimore Safe Streets initiative; along with $3 million for much needed repairs to the Hanover Street bridge.

“Baltimore City has endured some difficult times, but a strong Maryland depends on a strong Baltimore,” said Governor Hogan. “That’s why, over the past four years, we have been overwhelmingly supportive of the City, providing more than $5 billion in local aid, more than $2 billion for transit projects, and our state investment into Baltimore City’s school system is three-and-a-half times more than the state average.”

The governor allocated $5 million in his upcoming budget for the Maryland Violence Intervention and Prevention Program Fund, which will support effective violence reduction strategies by providing competitive grants to local governments and nonprofits in areas of the state disproportionately impacted by violence. This fund was created by legislation the governor signed earlier this year as part of a comprehensive, bipartisan package of bills aimed at reducing violent crime, including the governor’s historic legislation to toughen sentences for repeat violent offenders and people who commit crimes with a gun.

This funding will be available to support evidence-based programs that use public health principles to prevent gun violence, such as the Baltimore City Safe Streets Initiative. The Safe Streets Initiative employs outreach workers with firsthand experience in the community to intervene with individuals at high-risk of violence and has seen promising results.

“I’m pleased that the Governor has been supportive of the budget priorities we submitted,” said Mayor Catherine E. Pugh. “We have many additional needs and appreciate the Governor’s commitment to working with us as we continue to move our City forward. Without question, the prospects for our success depend on a strong partnership with the State.”

Lawmakers In Illinois Embrace Medical Marijuana As An Opioid Alternative

A painkiller prescription could become a ticket for medical marijuana in Illinois. Lawmakers there passed a bill making anyone with a prescription for opioids eligible for its medical cannabis program.

With this move, Illinois joins a growing number of states turning to legal cannabis in the fight against painkiller addiction.

"As we see the horrible damage inflicted by opioid use and misuse, it seems like a very low-cost and low-risk alternative," says state Sen. Don Harmon, a Democrat from Oak Park, Ill., and sponsor of the Senate version of the bill.

The Alternatives to Opioids Act would allow millions of patients to apply for temporary access to the state's existing medical cannabis pilot program. The bill, which passed on May 31, is now awaiting Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's signature. Though the bill has bipartisan support, marijuana advocates have some doubts about whether he'll sign it, given his past opposition to medical cannabis.

Lawmakers in several states have taken action to initiate or expand their medical marijuana programs in light of the opioid crisis.


Maryland Launches “Know Your Zone” Hurricane Preparedness Campaign

Program Designed to Ease Evacuation in Areas Subject to Tidal Floods, Surge

With the record-setting 2017 hurricane season still fresh in most American’s minds, the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), in conjunction with local emergency managers, is rolling out a new hurricane and severe weather evacuation system as a result of the Maryland hurricane evacuation study which concluded earlier this year. The study identified 3 large areas in Maryland subject to tidal flooding. Know Your Zone aims to bring awareness of the evacuation zones to the forefront of Marylanders’ summer plans and make evacuation notices easier to disseminate.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently released its forecast for the upcoming season and predicted near- to above-normal activity. However, it only takes one storm hitting the mid-Atlantic area to seriously affect Maryland.

“As experts are forecasting an active Hurricane season this year, I strongly encourage all Marylanders to be proactive, prepared, and to Know Your Zone,” said Governor Hogan. “We are all too familiar with the devastating impacts of severe weather and flooding, so remain vigilant, spread the word to your friends, family, neighbors and let them know about the importance of this potentially life-saving initiative.”


Pedestrian Struck By Scooter In West Ocean City

At approximately 1:35 today, Ocean City Fire/EMS was dispatched for a pedestrian struck by a scooter, eastbound Rt. 50 in front of the Francis Scott Key resort. The patient was transported to PRMC with life threatening injuries. While en-route the patient's condition deteriorated. Paramedics from Berlin requested to assist in the vicinity of the MSP Barrack.

In 1968, Poor Americans Came to D.C. To Protest, Some By Mule

The photographer and folklorist Roland Freeman documented a caravan of mule-driven wagons that left Mississippi to march on Washington 50 years ago to draw attention to poverty.

Fifty years ago, photographer and folklorist Roland Freeman hitched his hopes to a humble caravan of mule-driven wagons. The Mule Train left the small town of Marks, in the Mississippi Delta, for Washington, D.C. It was part of Martin Luther King Jr.'s last major effort to mobilize impoverished Americans of different races and ethnic backgrounds.

"We're coming to Washington in a 'Poor People's Campaign,' " King said on March 31, 1968, only days before he was assassinated. One of the most symbolic groups making the journey to demonstrate at the National Cathedral was the Mule Train. When King visited Marks, he said he saw "hundreds of black boys and black girls walking the streets with no shoes to wear."



North Korean general saluted Trump first, which is a sign of deference

Leftists are claiming that President Trump committed treason and honored a murderous regime by saluting a North Korean general, but were not so irate when Barack Obama bowed and groveled to the Saudi King.

A video clip shows Trump going to shake the hand of the military man before the general reacts with a salute. Trump then salutes back before the general offers his hand to Trump and the two shake hands.


Democrats Plan Unusually Early 2020 Convention

Democrats don't know who they will nominate for president in 2020, and they don't know yet where their convention will be held.

But the Democratic National Committee has now set a date for its next presidential nominating convention: July 13-16, 2020.

That's earlier than when conventions have been held in recent presidential election years, when the political spectacles have been staged as late as September, in order to maximize voter attention.


Pakistan: Killing of Pakistan Taliban Chief 'Significant'

Pakistan's caretaker Prime Minister Nasir-ul-Mulk described the killing of Pakistan Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah in a U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan as a "significant development in the fight against terrorism."

Mulk made the comment in a telephone conversation Friday night with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and thanked him for sharing information about Fazlullah's killing, said a Pakistan government statement.

The call was initiated by Ghani, who tweeted that Fazlullah's killing was "the result of tireless human intel by Afghan security agencies."


Neighbor Who Attacked Sen. Rand Paul Sentenced To 30 Days In Prison

The neighbor who attacked Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, breaking six of his ribs, was sentenced to 30 days in prison by a federal court on Friday.

It was a November day in the city of Bowling Green when Rene Boucher, a physician, says he lost his temper over debris that had piled up near the property line between his home and Paul's. When he saw the Republican senator outside, he tackled him —resulting in broken ribs and bouts of pneumonia.

Boucher was released on a $7,500 bond after spending nearly a day at the county jail,NPR's Bill Chappell reported. In March, he pleaded guilty to assaulting a member of Congress.


Corey Stewart wins GOP Senate nomination in nail-biter

Prince William Board of County Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart won the Republican nomination to challenge Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., Tuesday night.

Stewart fought off an unexpectedly tough challenge from Virginia state lawmaker and former Green Beret Nick Freitas. E.W. Jackson, the 2013 Republican nominee for lieutenant governor, ran a distant third.

The contest highlighted regional and generational divides within the Republican primary electorate, as Stewart embraced President Trump, Virginia's Confederate heritage symbols, and a strong stance against illegal immigration. Freitas aligned himself with more libertarian Republicans nationally, including Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and pressed Stewart to distance himself from the "alt-right," whcih reached new levels of infamy in Virginia after a Charlottesville rally left one counterprotester dead.


The "Hitler Of South Africa" Tells White People, He Won't Kill Them...Yet!

Earlier this week while most of the world was transfixed on the World Cup, the Trump/Kim handshake, or a multitude of other sundry events, Julius Malema, aka the Hitler of South Africa, was busy telling white people in his country that he’s not going wage genocide against them. Yet.

In an interview with TRT World News published this week, Malema said, “We have not called for the killing of white people. At least for now. I can’t guarantee the future.”

When the reporter mentioned that some people might view these remarks as a call to genocide, Malema responded, “Crybabies. Crybabies,” but later warned white South Africans that “the masses are on board” for “an un-led revolution and anarchy”.


FBI Agents Called Hillary "President" While Investigating Her, Texted "Screw You Trump" On Election Day

One of four FBI agents investigating Hillary Clinton's email server - not Peter Strzok or Lisa Page, referred to Clinton as "the President" in a text exchange with another FBI employee four days after interviewing the Democratic candidate, according to Thursday's DOJ Inspector General report.
Then, in a different text exchange with one of the other three Clinton email investigators (not Peter Strzok or Lisa Page), another agent wrote "screw you trump" after the first agent admitted "You should know...that I'm...with her."

Trump says he won't sign Ryan's Amnesty Bill

President Donald Trump strongly affirmed on a surprise Friday morning Fox News appearance he would “certainly” not sign a “more moderate” Republican immigration bill that Speaker Paul Ryan is pushing in Congress.

“I’m looking at both of them,” President Trump said speaking of two Republican immigration bills jockeying for support in Congress. Those two bills are Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s immigration bill and Speaker Ryan’s bill. He affirmed “certainly” that he “wouldn’t sign the more moderate one.” The “more moderate” bill of the two is Ryan’s bill.

“I need a bill that gives this country tremendous border security,” Trump told Fox. He added that it has to end catch and release, end the visa lottery, and “we have to have the wall, if we don’t have the wall there’s no bill.”

Trump also touched on the very low number of immigration court appearances by those who are given notices to appear.


Idaho Child Diagnosed with State's First Case of Plague in Humans Since 1992

An unidentified child in Elmore County, Idaho, is being treatedfor the state’s first human case of plague in over 25 years.

The child is being treated with antibiotics, and is expected to recover. It is unknown whether they were exposed to the disease at home, or abroad in a recent trip to Oregon.

“Plague is spread to humans through a bite from an infected flea. People can decrease their risk by treating their pets for fleas and avoiding contact with wildlife,” said Central District Health Department epidemiologist Sarah Correll. “Wear insect repellent, long pants and socks when visiting plague affected areas.”

The CDHD says that the spread of plague to human hosts is rare, but is often naturally found in wild rodents such as squirrels. In the spring and summer, when animals are more active, the risk of infection increases. To prevent exposure, no one should ever feed wild rodents, nor handle any that are sick or dead.



Merkel disagreed with sending migrants back to the border if they had already been registered somewhere on the asylum database, or been previously deported

Angela Merkel is facing a potential mutiny over her mad, dangerous open door migration policy.

As Westmonster reported earlier this week, Interior Minister, Horst Seehofer, was due to unveil a new 63 point “migration master plan” which was kicked into the long grass after a falling out with the Chancellor.

Merkel disagreed with sending migrants back to the border if they had already been registered somewhere on the asylum database, or been previously deported.

Seehofer wanted to reject such people at the border.


Muslim Students to Swedish Teacher: Won't Listen to You "Because You're White"

Swedish teachers are concerned over Muslim students’ open hostility to non-Muslims allegedly learned from their extracurricular Koran studies.

Kent Karlsson, a teacher at a school with students from grades three to six in Borlänge, said Muslim students wouldn’t listen to him because he was white or a non-Muslim.

“... Students question teachers who do not have [a] Muslim background by saying, ‘I do not listen to you because you are white’ or ‘You are not Muslim, why should I listen to you?’” He said. “This occurs in all age groups, from six-year-olds to thirteen-year-olds.”

"It worries me if some of the children in the Koran school interprets that it is only Muslim men and women to listen to.”


Jim Kunstler Warns Of "More Dangerous Forces Loose Abroad"

Washed, Bleached, and Rinsed

The FBI brass must have needed hazmat suits to scrub DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on agency misconduct around the 2016 elections. The result of their mighty exertions is something like 500 pages of pasteurized tofu. I will be surprised if a new scandal does not erupt over exactly how the scrubbing went down, and I wouldn’t count out the possibility of the original unscrubbed report emerging from deep inside the FBI itself. You have to wonder how embarrassed Mr. Horowitz is, and whether he, or others seeking to defend his integrity, might do anything about it.

In any case, the report managed to whitewash or evade altogether the most troubling angles of the FBI’s role around this garbage barge of institutional roguery.

Among unanswered questions: just what were Bill Clinton and then Attorney General Loretta Lynch up to in their mysterious airport tête-à-tête July 2016, a few days before then FBI Director James Comey let Mr. Clinton’s wife, a presidential candidate, off the hook on the email server issue? How did Deputy FBI Director Andy McCabe consort with Clinton campaign bag-man and then Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe in a way that dropped nearly $700,000 into Mrs. McCabe’s own campaign war chest for a state legislative race? How did the wife of FBI higher-up Bruce Ohr get on the payroll of the Fusion GPS company that brokered the nefarious Christopher Steele “dossier?” How did the FBI conceal the Clinton campaign’s payments for the Steele dossier from judges who ruled on FISA warrants against Trump campaign associates?

Instead, the OIG report focused on the now-shopworn “love-bird” emails between FBI counter-espionage chief Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page, finding only a vague “biased state of mind,” but nothing tied to any particular actions taken by them, despite overt declarations of intent by Strzok to “stop” Trump, presumably by using the powers of the FBI. Former FBI Director Comey got off with the equivalent of a wrist-slap on vague allegations of “insubordination” — to whom? What did insubordination have to do with Comey granting immunity to many Clinton campaign factotums before Mrs. Clinton was interviewed by the agency (not under oath, by the way, for reasons never advanced nor discussed in mainstream media).


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‘Willingness’ To Impact The Election: IG’s Clinton Report Is Loaded With Bombshells

The Department of Justice’s internal watchdog released a much-anticipated report on the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state.

The report contained several bombshells.

Anti-Trump FBI agent showed “willingness” to impact election

Anti-Trump FBI agent Peter Strzok showed a “willingness to take official action” to impact the presidential election, according to the new report from Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz.


IG Report: FBI Never Designated Hillary Clinton as ‘Subject’ of Classified Email Probe

NEW YORK — The Justice Department’s internal watchdog division documented in its report released today that the FBI’s criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s misuse of her private email server never actually designated Clinton as a subject or target of the official probe.

This news comes even though former FBI Director James Comey described Clinton as the subject during his overview to the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General, which released its 500-page report today. The report also documented how Comey and former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe were highly involved in overseeing the probe.

The report quotes Randall Coleman, the former assistant director of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division, as expressing shock that the FBI investigation remained designated as “unknown subject(s),” known within the FBI as UNSUB, even as it became clear the investigation started to focus on Clinton.

“We certainly started looking more closely at the Secretary because they were her emails,” Coleman told the Inspector General’s office. “I don’t know [why] that was the case, why it was UNSUB. I’m really shocked that it would have stayed that way because certainly the investigation started really kind of getting more focused.”


Sweden: "It's Fun To Build A Mosque"

Some Muslims in Sweden want to be able to broadcast public calls to prayer throughout the country. They have already succeeded in obtaining permission for this in three cities -- Botkyrka, Karlskrona and Växjö. "We want to have calls to prayer in more places. There are many Muslims who are Swedish citizens, who have the same rights as everyone else" said Avdi Islami, Press Officer of the Växjö Muslim Foundation, after the police recently gave permission for the Växjö mosque to make a roughly 4-minute-long prayer call every Friday around noon.

A March poll of 1,000 Swedes showed that a majority of Swedes -- 60 percent -- are against public Muslim calls to prayer.

"We do not consider the contents of the loudspeaker broadcast, but [only] the potential noise that it makes," said Magnus Rothoff, unit commander of the southern Swedish police region, in explaining the decision-making process of the police.

"Therefore, we chose to refer it to the municipality's environmental management, where there is expertise on the [noise] level that should apply. Then we came to the conclusion that we are not disturbed to the extent that one can make a different decision than to approve."

The municipality also did not consider the content of the call to prayer.

The desire of Swedish authorities that the content of the Muslim call to prayer, also known as the Adhan, can be ignored and that the issue is only of noise levels is symptomatic of the way Swedish authorities in general approach the increasing Islamization of Sweden: that is continually to deny or ignore the scope of the problem.

The content of the Adhan prayer, from a Western point of view, is deeply problematic. Its purpose is not only a neutral call to prayer -- such as church bells, which consist only of musical notes. Here is the translation of the prayer:

"Allah is the greatest (Allahu akbar). I testify that there is no God but Allah (Ashhadu anna la ila ill Allah). I testify that Mohammed is Allah's Prophet (Ashhadu anna Muhammadan rasul Allah). Come to prayer (Hayya alas salah). Come to security/salvation. Allah is the greatest (Allahu akbar). There is no God but Allah (La ilah ill Allah)".

"Allahu akbar" means "Allah is greatest" or "Allah is greater " -- presumably meaning than other deities.


Nunes: ‘Who’s Gonna Get Busted? Who’s Gonna Go to Jail?’

A government watchdog report strongly criticizing the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation is not the last word, the top Republican on the House of Representatives intelligence panel said Thursday.

House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” that his committee would continue its pursuit of documents related to the probe and the counterintelligence investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

“Ultimately, this is all gonna spill out,” he said. “And then people are going to ask, ‘Well, what are you going to do? Who’s gonna get busted? Who’s gonna go to jail?”

Nunes expressed outrage that the report released Thursday by the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (IG) contained a damning text message that had not been turned over to his committee. A previously released text message from FBI lawyer Lisa Page to lead investigator Peter Strzok expressed dismay at the possibility that Trump might win the election.

Strzok’s answer, which had not been released until Thursday’s IG report: “No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it.”

More here

High School Receptionist Belts Out Etta James Classic Over PA System

Steve King: Republican House Members Considering Forcibly Removing Paul Ryan

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) told Breitbart News Tonight earlier this week that House Republicans are considering forcibly removing House Speaker Paul Ryan from the speakership via a “motion to vacate the chair” over Ryan’s efforts to undermine President Donald Trump’s agenda.

“It’s kind of odd that he has as much power as he has,” King said of Ryan during the appearance on SiriusXM 125 the Patriot Channel with Rebecca Mansour and Joel Pollak on Breitbart News Tonight earlier this week. “But I do predict, and it is happening, that that power is diminishing. I also have got information that there are–I’ll say ‘members’–I say that plurally, with knowledge, that are considering introducing a motion to vacate the chair. If they do that, that will throw this place into a tizzy and force the kind of election for a Speaker that may bring out someone who is a lot stronger on this.”

A motion to vacate the chair would call a referendum on Ryan’s speakership to the floor.

More here

Governor Larry Hogan Requests Presidential Disaster Declaration for Frederick, Washington Counties Following May Flooding

ANNAPOLIS, MD - Governor Larry Hogan has requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration for the State of Maryland as a result of the heavy rainfall and flooding that affected Frederick and Washington counties from May 15-19. This was the first of two major flooding events that occurred in May 2018. Officials continue to collect and validate damages from the second incident, which primarily affected Howard and Baltimore Counties and Baltimore City.

“The flooding in Frederick County and Washington County severely impacted residents, businesses, and infrastructure in the area. I have requested a disaster declaration in order to facilitate federal assistance to the counties that were affected by the storm in mid-May,” said Governor Hogan. “This was not the only recent severe storm—I have also directed MEMA to assess damages and work with the jurisdictions affected by flooding over Memorial Day weekend to seek federal assistance.”

This request comes after MEMA conducted damage assessments with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and officials from Washington and Frederick counties.

“MEMA and FEMA worked closely with our partners in the affected jurisdictions and we jointly assessed the damages and costs incurred,” said MEMA Executive Director Russ Strickland. “Our initial estimates have validated the devastating impact of the heavy rainfall, severe storms, and flooding.”

If the federal government issues a Major Disaster Declaration, it would allow for federal assistance to be made available through the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.

Earlier today, Governor Hogan announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved his request for a physical disaster declaration for Frederick County following flooding that occurred in mid-May. This declaration will allow affected businesses, homeowners, and renters to apply for low-interest loans to repair damages. People who live in adjacent counties, including Carroll, Howard, Montgomery, and Washington counties are also eligible to apply.

RIP Boardwalk Elvis

Family, friends and fans. It’s with a heavy and broken heart to inform you that Uncle Norman has finished his earth journey this morning peacefully, comfortably and with loving family members by his bedside. Please keep our family in your prayers. We appreciate the love that everyone has shown. Please continue respecting the privacy of the family in this difficult time.

I will provide more information in the coming hours and days.

Kansas sheriff’s deputy dead, 1 in critical condition after shooting near courthouse

One Kansas sheriff's deputy was killed and another is in critical condition following a shooting near a courthouse in Kansas City on Friday.

The incident occurred while the two Wyandotte County Sheriff’s deputies were both "overcome by an inmate being transferred from jail to the courthouse" on Friday morning, police said. Officials said the other officer is a female.

The deputy that died was identified as Deputy Patrick Rohrer, 35. Rohrer had been on the force for seven years, the Wyandotte County Sheriff's office said.

The suspect was also shot and is undergoing surgery. No other details were released about the suspect, including his condition.

Both Rohrer and the unidentified officer were transported to the University of Kansas Medical Center, where Rohrer later died.

Major Kelli Bailiff, of the Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office, said it was possible the deputies were shot with their own weapons.

Police said no other suspects were being sought.

Bailiff said the investigation was now being handled by the police department in Kansas City. Police Officer Zac Blair said authorities were reviewing surveillance video.


This teen is having a bad day

Matt “Guitar” Murphy Dies: Blues Brothers Guitarist And Noted Sideman Was 88

Matt “Guitar” Murphy, best known as one of the stalwarts of the Blues Brothers Band and a renowned sideman with Howlin’ Wolf, Memphis Slim, Muddy Waters, James Cotton and many others, has died. He was 88 and his death was confirmed by his nephew, Floyd Murphy Jr., on Facebook.

Murphy gained his biggest audience as a member of the band in the Blues Brothers movies, appearing as the beleagured husband of cafe owner Aretha Franklin, insisting that he was “the man” when Franklin objected to him re-joining the band.


Trump can profit from foreign government business at his hotel if he doesn’t do favors in return, Justice Dept. argues

Top lawyers for Maryland and the District contend that President Trump’s financial interest in Washington’s Trump International Hotel allows him to unfairly profit in violation of a constitutional ban on payments to federal officials from foreign governments.

Justice Department lawyers say the president is not breaking the law when foreign officials book rooms at his hotel in the capital because he is not trading favors in exchange for a benefit.

The competing arguments came during a federal court hearing Monday in Maryland as attorneys parsed the definition of the anti-corruption emoluments clause, a once-obscure provision that now is a pivotal issue in several lawsuits taking aim at the president’s business dealings.

U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte is expected to decide this summer whether the case brought by D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine (D) and Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (D) can move forward after a hearing that touched on land deals involving George Washington and on dictionary definitions from the 1770s.


Inside Donald Trump's White House

President Donald J. Trump receives a briefing on a military strike on Syria from his National Security team, including a video teleconference with Secretary of Defense, Gen. James Mattis, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, on Thursday April 6, 2017, in a secured location. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

FBI employee blasted Trump voters: ‘Uneducated, lazy POS’

An FBI employee involved in the Hillary Clinton email investigation lashed out at supporters of President-elect Trump a day after the 2016 election, calling them “uneducated” and “lazy POS,” according to a report.

A Justice Department inspector general review of the Clinton probe released Thursday said the unnamed employee used the crass language while responding to an instant message from another fed, known as “FBI Attorney 2” in the document, Fox News said.

The e-chatting FBI employees appeared to be supporters of Clinton, with the attorney being particularly concerned that his or her work might have helped Trump win.

“I am so stressed about what I could have done differently,” according to “FBI Attorney 2.”

The employee responded: “Don’t stress. None of that mattered.”

But the attorney still lamented that the FBI’s probe of Clinton using a personal email server likely tipped the election.

“I don’t know. We broke the momentum,” the attorney wrote.

The other chatty fed answered: “That is not so.”


Rep. Harris Issues Statement on Passage of FY19 Spending Bills

WASHINGTON, DC: On June 8, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5895, the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act. Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01), a member of the Appropriations Committee, made the following statement lauding the bill’s passage:

“Last year, Congress passed four temporary funding patches before finally passing a deeply flawed omnibus spending bill on March 22 – more than five months late. Today, the House of Representatives sent a clear message to the American people and to the Senate: we are returning to getting things done on time and getting our nation’s finances back on track. The spending bills passed by the House today provide $85.3 billion for the Department of Veterans Affairs and direct $7.28 billion to the Army Corps of Engineers for repairing our nation’s water resources infrastructure, including much needed dredging in Maryland’s First District. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I am committed to seeing the rest of our spending bills passed through the House in a timely manner, and I urge my colleagues in the Senate to follow suit.”

CDC: Kellogg’s cereal source of salmonella outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said a salmonella outbreak that’s sickened 73 people in 31 states is linked to a variety of Kellogg’s cereal.

The CDC said from March 3 to May 28 the outbreak sent 24 people to the hospital, most in California, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania. No deaths have been reported.

The Kellogg Company announced Thursday it is recalling 15.3-ounce and 23-ounce packages of Honey Smacks cereal with “best if used by” dates between June 14, 2018, and June 14, 2019.

The recalled 15.3-ounce packages have a UPC code of 38000 39103 and the 23-ounce packages 38000 14810.

Kellogg’s has offered a full refund for the products. More information is listed on the company website.

More here

A Viewer Writes: Lay-off


Smith's Interconnect, formerly Lorch Microwave, is having a lay-off.
Unknown how many affected.

What A Night!

If you're in Ocean City today for the Air Show, stop in to OC Billiards @ Trader Lee's and check out what we've done to the facility. We have Live Bands all weekend, (Sat & Sun) and treat DAD to a fun night out on Father's Day. 

In Pursuit of Truth Presents - New Q Anon

A Viewer Writes: Marc Kilmer you will not get my vote

Look at the things they cut. Then gave 500k to the schools. What is Station 13 sinking fund?

Marc Kilmer, Wicomico County Council

Yesterday the council passed a budget for the next fiscal year. It was $411,197 under what had been initially proposed by the executive. We spent many hours in work sessions determining cuts and some recommendations for increases. The council worked very well together to find consensus on these budget changes. The executive and his staff also deserves a lot of praise for the information they provided and for their cooperation during this process.

Here is the list of the cuts we made and the recommendations we gave to the executive for new spending:
Executive's office -- $25,120 cut for a public information officer and $4,200 cut for promotional billboards
Wor-Wic -- $212,370 cut to keep Wicomico in line with Worcester County's appropriation; Wor-Wic is still eceiving an increase in spending over last year's level
Airport -- $100,000 cut in general revenue going to pay for day-to-day airport operations
Contingency -- $9,877 cut
Station 13 sinking fund -- $30,000 cut
Roads -- $79,370 recommended increase to deal with drainage issues
Library - $61,000 recommended increase
State's Attorney's -- $80,000 recommended increase that would allow the hiring of a new prosecutor

The executive had also recommended $750,000 in one-time funding for the Board of Education. State law requires that one-time funding requests be approved by the state, so the council did not feel comfortable providing this. Instead, the council cut that money and allocated $500,000 to help pay for the Board of Education's pre-kindergarten funding request.

While this budget was not exactly what I wanted, I joined all of my colleagues in voting for it. We also voted for a flat tax rate for next year. We had a very cooperative process within the council and between the two branches of government, and I think the end result serves the people of Wicomico County well. If you have any questions or concerns about the budget, please let me know.

31,000 Head To The Polls In First Day Of Early Voting

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — More than 31,000 people went to the polls Thursday for the first day of early voting in the primary election.

The State Board of Elections reports 31,024 cast their ballots, with more than 5,000 voters doing so in Baltimore County and Prince George’s County.

There were more than 4,000 voters in Montgomery County, nearly 3,000 voters in Anne Arundel County, and more than 3,000 voters in Baltimore City who headed out to vote early on Thursday.

Thursday’s early voting totals were less than 1% of the more than 3.5 million registered voters here in Maryland.

Click here to see totals for early voting.

Shorebirds to Change Team Name

SALISBURY, Md. -- The Delmarva Shorebirds will honor scrapple and play as the Delmarva Scrapple during their game on Saturday, August 18th against the Rome Braves.
Scrapple is a breakfast meat that is extremely popular on the Delmarva Peninsula and in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Whether you enjoy your scrapple thin and crispy or thick and mushy, on an egg and cheese sandwich, with ketchup, grape jelly, or with maple syrup, this celebration is for you.
The Shorebirds will sport specialty scrapple jerseys and caps on Saturday, August 18th in honor of this delicious breakfast meat. The specialty scrapple jerseys will be auctioned off during the game on the second level concourse and will resemble a package of scrapple that you can find in your local grocery store. The specialty scrapple caps show a brand new scrapple, egg, and cheese sandwich logo.
The Flock Shop, the Shorebirds' merchandise store, located on the second level concourse and onlineHERE , have scrapple merchandise available for purchase now! Make sure to get your Delmarva Scrapple gear prior to August 18th so that you can represent The Scrapple for the game.
"We know how much our fans and the people of Delmarva love their scrapple. We are tired of bacon and sausage getting all of the attention, when in reality the Delmarva Peninsula knows that scrapple is the epitome of the perfect breakfast meat and far more superior than bacon or sausage," said Shorebirds General Manager, Chris Bitters. "This promotion will finally give scrapple the national attention it deserves. While some people have strong feelings about scrapple, if scrapple is wrong, we don't want to be right."
As one might think, scrapple, egg, and cheese sandwiches will be on the concessions menu on the evening of August 18th. The team will even be enjoying scrapple as part of their pre-game spread.

Feminism - Before & After

Harvard consistently rated Asian-American applicants lower on personal traits, according to an analysis by a group suing the school for bias

Harvard consistently rated Asian-American applicants lower than any other race on personal traits like “positive personality,” likability, courage, kindness and being “widely respected,” according to an analysis of more than 160,000 student records.

The records were filed Friday in federal court in Boston by a group representing Asian-American students in a lawsuit against the university.

President Trump makes surprise appearance on 'Fox & Friends'


EVO Releases new Day Crush Session Sour

Evolution Craft Brewing Co. releases new draft beer: Day Crush Session Sour About Day Crush Session Sour:

Savor your summer with Evolution Craft Brewing Company’s new Day Crush Session Sour. Day Crush is a refreshing kettle sour with a mash bill of over 50% wheat for a silky mouthfeel. This beer’s rocky head embodies a soft cloudy presence that will leave you in a haze craze. This refreshing beer is quenchingly tart yet sessionable, making it an easy drinking beer from noon till night. At 4.7% ABV, Day Crush is the perfect beer to toss in your cooler and enjoy throughout the day. Whether you are at the beach with your friends or grilling out at a family barbecue, Day Crush is the exciting new reliable summer brew.

Currently available in the Evolution Craft Brewing Co. Tasting Room and officially on draft in the market on June 16, 2018. Soon available to be sipped out of a can summer of 2018.

About Evolution Craft Brewery: Evolution Craft Brewing Co., the leader of the Culinary Craft Beer movement, was founded by Tom and John Knorr in 2009. The brewery started in Delmar, Delaware and moved to Salisbury, Maryland in 2012 to meet growing demand. Evolution’s inspiration was born out of the Knorr brothers’ passion for pairing the great food at their restaurants with great craft beers.

Multi Family Yard Sale

When: This Saturday, June 16th
Where: 410 S. Kaywood Dr. Salisbury
off Mt. Hermon Rd
Time: 8:30-12:30----Variety of Items

Maryland Recreation & Parks Association completes renovation of Salisbury Salvation Army ball field

The Maryland Recreation & Parks Association (MRPA), in partnership with Montgomery County Parks, completed a one-day, top-to-bottom field renovation at a Salvation Army ball field in Salisbury on Wednesday, June 13.

The renovation included a new dirt infield, new sod outfield, irrigation and fences. These improvements increase playability and safety of the field for ball players.

The project was led by Montgomery County Parks, and approximately 14 volunteers from MRPA assisted with the renovation. The project provided MRPA members hands-on training while supporting one of MRPA’s three pillars, social equity: ensuring all people have access to the benefits of local parks and recreation.

Volunteers from The Salvation Army also assisted with the renovation.

Materials and/or time for the renovation were donated from numerous businesses and organizations including Best Fence, BSN Sports, Collins Wharf Sod, Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc., Luck Ecosystems, Mid-Atlantic Turf, Inc., MRPA, Montgomery County Parks, Newsom, Peninsula Irrigation, Queen Anne’s County Parks, The Salvation Army, SiteOne Landscape Supply and Wicomico County Recreation & Parks.

Immediately following the renovation, a girls softball game took place on the new field.

To see an aerial time lapse of the renovation, visit (Video credit: Shore Films.)

Microsoft may be in talks w Walmart for Checkout-free Stores?

Even though there’s only one Amazon Go location so far, it seems the existence of Amazon’s cashier-less, checkout-free convenience store has left some of the company’s biggest competitors wondering how they, too, can get in on futuristic retail.

According to Reuters, Microsoft is now working on tech that would allow retailers to build checkout-free stores. However, instead of installing that tech in the smattering of Microsoft stores across the country, sources told Reuters that Microsoft has had talks with Walmart about a potential joint effort that could give Amazon some competition.

Reuters says that Microsoft currently has a group of 10 to 15 people dedicated to creating new retail store technology, and while the report did not mention a lot of specifics, one method the team reportedly explored was attaching cameras to shopping carts in order to track purchases as customers walked around stores.