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Thursday, November 08, 2018

Here Come The Crazies! Nancy Pelosi As Speaker, Maxine Waters, Adam Schiff, Elijah Cummings In Leadership Roles

President Trump just got an early Christmas present.

Fox News and NBC called the House at 9:30 pm. EDT, declaring that Democrats have taken control of the chamber. So yes, Trump's Republican Party has lost control of the U.S. House of Representatives, as predicted, but Democrats could well install Rep. Nancy Pelosi as the new Speaker — and that's a gift that just keeps on giving.

The 78-year-old Democrat from California, who was House Speaker from 2007 until the GOP took control of the chamber in 2011, is poised to resume that powerful position — and she wants it.


Driver who killed a father and his four daughters in horror crash is charged with vehicular homicide

A wrong-way driver who killed a father and his four daughters in a horrific crash has been charged with vehicular homicide.

Alvin Hubbard III, 45, of Maryland, faces five vehicular homicide charges for the deaths of Audie Trinidad, 61, and his daughters Kaitlyn, 20, Danna, 17 and 14-year-old twins Melissa and Allison.

He was indicted by a grand jury on Monday and was also charged with three counts of vehicular assault, inattentive driving and driving on the wrong side of the road, according to Delaware Online.


Barack Obama's Risks Turn Into Losses for Democrats

Former President Barack Obama broke his brief post-presidency silence to campaign for Democrats in the midterms, but all of his risky campaign bets came up short.

Obama held campaign rallies for losing candidates Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly, Democrat candidate for Governor Richard Cordray in Ohio, Democrat candidate for governor in Florida Andrew Gillum, and Democrat candidate for governor in Georgia Stacey Abrams.

The former president urged Democrats to oppose President Donald Trump, calling it the most important election in their lifetimes. Democrats successfully gained a majority in the House of Representatives but fell short in the Senate.


Powerful new Democratic chairman vows to probe Trump actions to feed 'financial self-interest'

A newly-empowered House Democratic committee chairman vowed on Wednesday to probe efforts by President Donald Trump for using his post to pursue what he called his own 'financial self-interest.'

But the president immediately signaled his own determination to resist a coming wave of investigations – and tried to intimidate the new opposition by brandishing his own threat of probes.

'If the Democrats think they are going to waste Taxpayer Money investigating us at the House level, then we will likewise be forced to consider investigating them for all of the leaks of Classified Information, and much else, at the Senate level,' The president wrote Wednesday morning.

'Two can play that game!' he added.

Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland issued the warning shot at Trump and his administration Wednesday hours after Democrats sealed their takeover.


Acting AG Matthew Whitaker: I Would Indict Hillary Clinton!

As Cristina Laila reported earlier…

Jeff Sessions turned in his resignation Wednesday afternoon and the President announced Matthew Whitaker will take over his position as Acting Attorney General.

Whitaker is also taking over Rosenstein’s job overseeing the Mueller witch hunt.

Matthew Whitaker is described as a “Trump loyalist” who has been privately described as the West Wing’s “eyes and ears” in the Justice Department, says the New York Times.

In August of 2017, Matthew Whitaker penned an op-ed for CNN titled, “Mueller’s Investigation of Trump is Going Too Far” wherein he argued the Special Counsel is roving outside of his jurisdiction to investigate Trump-Russia collusion.


Limited Bump Stock and Trigger Crank

In June 2018 the Delaware General Assembly passed a law making the possession of a bump stock or trigger crank illegal. In addition, the law mandates that Delaware residents relinquish these destructive weapons to law enforcement.

The legislation establishes a limited buy back program whereby Delaware residents are eligible to receive $100 for a bump stock and $15 for a trigger crank.

The buy back program is for Delaware residents only. The program is only intended for individuals and does not apply to wholesale, retail, manufacturers, and distributor business entities. Anonymous relinquishments will be permitted however no compensation will be provided. Compensation is not permitted for homemade bump stocks or trigger cranks.

McConnell: ‘We Have a Lot of Democrat Presidential Wannabes Here in the Senate’

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) joked Wednesday that his Democrat counterpart, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (N.Y.), could have an "attendance problem" as several Senate Democrats with presidential aspirations are likely to begin campaigning in the coming months.

"Schumer may have an attendance problem as he looks around to see who's in town when they're not in Iowa and New Hampshire, and we do apparently have a lot of Democrat presidential wannabes here in the Senate," McConnell said during an interview on Fox News. "It'll be interesting to see what they're up to."

McConnell was responding to a question from host Dana Perino, who noted that there are many Democrats in the Senate who are expected to run for president in 2020.


Some in Jewish Community Advocate Bearing Arms After Pittsburgh

The attack on Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue was the worst attack on Jews in American history. It reignited the debate over how to deal with such mass-casualty attacks, especially in the Jewish community.

Progressive Jewish groups came out in favor of gun control in the days that followed. The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism called for "common-sense" restrictions. The Jewish Reconstructionist Communities endorsed a "ban on assault weapons." Rep. Ted Deutch (D., Fla.), a Jewish congressman whose district covers Parkland, where a school shooting killed 17 in February, stressed that "gun safety is on the ballot" Tuesday.

Pro-gun Jews, including a number who spoke with the Washington Free Beacon, took a different approach, with many advocating for those in the Jewish community to arm and train themselves.

Tomer Israeli, a former chief security officer in the Israeli Shin Bet and owner of the Israeli Tactical School, said the answer to anti-Semitic attacks is similar to that of other violent attacks: training and preparation.

"The best tactics should be prevention with counter-surveillance skills side by side with firearms skills around sensitive locations. In simple words, deter, detect, and intercept," he said.

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Abrams Doesn’t Concede to Kemp, Suggests She Can Force a Runoff in Georgia

Georgia Democrat gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams did not concede the election to Republican Brian Kemp despite trailing by more than 100,000 votes on Tuesday night, telling supporters there were still votes to be counted.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Kemp led Abrams by roughly 115,000 votes. More importantly, he had 51 percent of the vote; in Georgia, he'll have to get at least 50 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff.

"Tonight, we have closed the gap between yesterday and tomorrow," she told supporters in Atlanta. "But, we still have a few more miles to go."

Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Greg Bluestein reported Abrams' campaign believed there were "tens of thousands of absentee ballots around the state" and that many of them were likely Abrams voters. It cited 45,000 votes in the metro Atlanta counties Cobb and Gwinnett.

Abrams would have to get Kemp below the 50-percent threshold to force a runoff, meaning a huge majority of outstanding votes need to go in her favor.


Suspect in Trump Walk of Fame vandalism pleaded no contest, officials say

A California man was sentenced Wednesday after pleading no contest to an act of vandalism to President Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star, which was damaged with a pickaxe earlier this year, officials said.

Austin Mikel Clay, 24, was handed a three-year formal probation sentence, as well as one day in county jail and 20 days of community labor after he pleaded to a "felony count of vandalism causing over $400 in damages," a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said.


Clay is also required to go to counseling and needs to “pay restitution of $9,404.46 to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce” in accordance with a plea agreement, the DA’s office said.

“On July 25, Clay used a pickaxe to smash the star located on Hollywood Boulevard,” the office wrote, adding that he surrendered to authorities the next day.


The DA’s office charged Clay in August with one felony count of vandalism, and on Aug. 15, it tweeted that he'd pleaded not guilty.


Ten Commandments Amendment Cruises to Victory in Alabama

The constitutional amendment, allowing religious monuments in government buildings, will almost surely wind up in court.

Alabama voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure to allow the Ten Commandments to be displayed in schools and government buildings in the state.

By greater than a three-to-one margin, voters in the state supported the controversial ballot initiative that almost certainly will invite court battles over the First Amendment.

The amendment effort was led by by Dean Young, a Christian activist who once served as an aide to Roy Moore, the former chief justice who made national headlines in 2001 when he had a 5,200-pound granite monument of the Ten Commandments installed in the rotunda of the state courthouse.


The Right to Hunt Is Now Constitutionally Protected in North Carolina

The state is the latest where voters have weighed in on the debate.

North Carolina voters on Tuesday approved an amendment to codify the right to hunt and fish in the state’s constitution.

This type of amendment is not new, though it has rapidly gained steam in the last two decades. More than 20 states have cemented a constitutional right to hunt and fish -- most through the ballot box.

The effort was backed by outdoor sporting groups and the National Rifle Association (NRA) but faced concerns from animal rights groups.

Approved by 57 percent of the vote, this change will limit the state's ability to regulate hunting and establish hunting as the "preferred" means of managing wildlife.

Some opponents view this policy through the lens of gun rights. After all, the NRA testified in support of the amendment in June. But supporters say it's about protecting a rural pastime that in some cases becomes a necessary source of food.


Dark-roast coffee may prevent Alzheimer's and Parkinson's

For years, scientists have suspected that drinking coffee helps lessen the chances of getting Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. A new study indicates that this may indeed be the case, and that the darker the roast, the better it works.

Led by Dr. Donald Weaver, scientists at Canada's Krembil Brain Institute compared three types of Starbucks 100-percent Arabica instant coffee – light roast, dark roast, and decaffeinated dark roast.

In in vitro (glass dish) tests, it was found that the two dark roasts were both particularly effective at keeping the protein fragments beta amyloid and tau from clumping. The clumping of these fragments within the brain is believed to be a key cause of both Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

Of all the compounds that were analyzed in the coffees tested, there was only one – a group known as phenylindanes – that had the anti-clumping effect. The longer a coffee is roasted, the greater the amount of phenylindanes it contains, thus the more potent the effect is. Interestingly, the caffeinated and decaffeinated dark roasts were equally potent, indicating that caffeine content is irrelevant (that said, a study recently conducted at Indiana University Bloomington suggests that caffeine iseffective at warding off dementia).


Amid Roe v. Wade Uncertainty, Alabama and West Virginia Voters Preemptively Criminalize Abortion

Alabama and West Virginia voters preemptively criminalized abortion in case Roe v. Wade is struck down. But voters in Oregon defeated an attempt to restrict coverage.

At a time when advocates on both sides of the issue either fear or hope that Brett Kavanaugh's appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court will increase abortion regulations and limit women's access to the procedure, voters in Alabama and West Virginia have taken away a woman's right to an abortion.

The new laws, however, will be largely unforceable unless Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that legalized abortion, is overturned or severely gutted by the new Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, voters in Oregon defeated a ballot measure that would have ended abortion coverage for public employees and Medicaid patients.

West Virginia's ballot measure will have one immediate effect: Medicaid, the nation's health insurance for the poor, will no longer cover abortion services in the state.


Voters Overwhelmingly Reject Massachusetts Question 1, Patient Limits for Nurses

Massachusetts would have been the second state with nurse-to-patient ratio requirements.

Voters in Massachusetts handily struck down a limit on the number of patients that hospital nurses can help at one time. With just 14 percent of precincts reporting, the measure was defeated 70 percent to 30 percent, according to The Boston Globe. It would have been only the second state in the country with nurse-to-patient ratio requirements.

Question 1 would have created legal ratios based on the type of patients that nurses are dealing with. Nurses aiding women during birth and up to two hours after, for instance, would have been limited to one patient. If they were working with children, they could have seen four patients at once. In the psychiatric ward, nurses could have helped up to five patients.


County Executive Gives Thanks

I want to thank all those who voted for my re-election. Your support means more than you can know. I am committed to continuing with my conservative philosophy and making Wicomico County the place that we all want to call home. I congratulate Jack Heath and John Hamilton for their hard fought campaigns and hope to work with them in the future.

Obama loses again

Even after decimating Democratic state legislators while in office and setting up his own party to lose the White House to Donald Trump, the myth of a unifying Barack Obama has persisted. Sure, he remains an undeniably formidable figurehead and fundraiser. While the Democratic Party struggles to find a new leader, he and the persistently popular Michelle Obama make telegenic godparents for the party. But getting into the mud with politics as dirty as these was never the strong suit of the wily and covert brute force of Obama.

Consider, of the three competitive races that Obama re-emerged from (quasi) private life to try and whip, all three lost.

Andrew Gillum, Sen. Bill Nelson, and Stacey Abrams were all supposed to be in unbelievably tight races. In the end, they all finished behind their Republican opponents (Abrams could still just barely make a runoff, but it doesn't look good) despite Obama taking the time to rally for them.


Statement from Governor Larry Hogan on Federal Court Redistricting Ruling

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. District Court ruling in the case ofBenisek v. Lamone:

“This is a victory for the vast majority of Marylanders who want free and fair elections and the numerous advocates from across the political spectrum who have been fighting partisan gerrymandering in our state for decades. With this unanimous ruling, the federal court is confirming what we in Maryland have known for a long time – that we have the most gerrymandered districts in the country, they were drawn this way for partisan reasons, and they violate Marylanders’ constitutional rights.

“We remain steadfastly committed to moving forward in an open and transparent manner that is free of the partisan influence that has dominated the redistricting process in Maryland for far too long. It’s past time for Marylanders to choose their representatives instead of politicians choosing their constituents, and today’s ruling is a major step in that direction.”

President Trump SLAMS Jim Acosta: You Are A Rude Terrible Person

Nate Jackson: Democrats' House Win Provides Trump a Foil

The president may actually benefit from Nancy Pelosi's obstruction agenda.

Get ready for subpoenas, investigations, obstruction, and maybe impeachment in 2019, as the one thing the underwhelming “blue wave” did manage to accomplish yesterday was flipping the House to Democrat control. Democrats needed to pick up 23 seats and they’ve gained at least 27. For perspective, however, Bill Clinton lost 52 House seats in 1994 and Barack Obama lost 63 House seats in 2010. By comparison then, 2018 GOP losses are what former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer called “in line with the historical average” and what Demo cheerleaders in the Leftmedia consider a “heartbreaking” disappointment.

In fact, despite not being on the ballot and his party losing the House, President Donald Trump might be the night’s biggest winner. Yes, likely incoming Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to push legislation antithetical to the Trump agenda — new gun laws, Demo-friendly changes to ObamaCare, expanded special protections for “LGBTQ” Americans, and legal status for “Dreamers” and no border wall — but those bills will die in the Senate, while Trump will find a willing partner for his desired infrastructure spending.

Most importantly, however, Trump does best when he has a “foil” — an enemy to run against. The #Resistance House Democrats, suffering as they do with Trump Derangement Syndrome, will fill that role perfectly. Pelosi even mused recently that “subpoena power is interesting … in terms of negotiating other subjects.” She claimed Tuesday night that the midterms were about “restoring the Constitution’s checks and balances on the Trump administration,” as well as that the House’s job will be “stopping the [Senate] GOP.”


Pelosi: 'We'll Have Accountability, and We'll Strive for Bipartisanship'

Flanked by her two young grandsons and some of her fellow Democrats, presumptive incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told a victory rally Tuesday night that Democrats "have taken back the House for the American people."

"We'll have accountability, and we'll strive for bipartisanship, with fairness on all sides," she said.

She also promised that Democrats will strive for "peace" and "results."

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[Wouldn't that be lovely? One can only hope.. --Editor]

WCSO Press Releases - Nov. 8, 2018

Incident: Assault
Date of Incident: 11-6-18
Location: 20000 block of Harbor Rd, Nanticoke
Suspect: Williams, Wayne Alan, 39, of Tyaskin    **SBYNEWS**
Narrative: On 11-5-18, Deputies were contacted by the victim who advised that she had been assaulted by Wayne Williams. The victim relayed that the suspect used a cigar to burn the victim. The Deputy saw an injury that was consistent with the reported assault. Deputies were able to locate and arrest Williams. Williams was transported to Central Booking where he was held without bond by a District Court Commissioner.
Charges: Assault in the second degree 

Incident: Assault
Date of Incident: 11-05-18
Location: 200 block of Hampshire Rd, Salisbury
Suspect: Paul, Matthew C, 38, of Salisbury  **SBYNEWS**
Narrative: On the evening of 11-5-18, Deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 200 block of Hampshire Rd, Salisbury, for a domestic disturbance. The victim reported that she was assaulted by Matthew Paul. The victim displayed injuries from the assault. Paul was arrested and transported to WCDC where he was held without bond.
Charges: Second Degree Assault

Judicial Watch Files Lawsuit For Records on Hillary Clinton's Security Clearance Status

The government watchdog group Judicial Watch has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the State Department requesting "all records regarding the security clearance status of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and four of her top aides during her tenure at the State Department."

Judicial Watch had to file the lawsuit because the State Department did not respond to a standard FOIA request made on Aug. 21.

“The State Department needs to provide the full truth on the security clearances of Hillary Clinton and her top aides and why the agency allowed Mrs. Clinton to keep her clearance despite her mishandling of classified information and related false statements,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement.

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NRA Suit Against New York Can Proceed on First Amendment Grounds

U.S. District Judge Thomas McAvoy ruled Tuesday that the NRA’s suit against New York can continue on First Amendment grounds.

The New York Law Journal reports McAvoy issued his ruling after Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and Department of Financial Services Superintendent Maria Vullo sought to have the NRA’s suit dismissed.

On May 3, Breitbart News reported that New York declared NRA’s Carry Guard insurance program “illegal” and barred it from being marketed in the state. The state also canceled policies of New Yorkers who had already acquired Carry Guard.


Pollsters botch key races as turnout models over-count Democrats

Pollsters on Tuesday avoided their disastrous 2016 election forecasts by correctly predicting that Democrats would regain control of the House, though botching some important statewide races.

Unlike 2016, when political gurus at The New York Times, The Washington Post and other media said President Trump had little or no chance of winning, surveyors this time captured voting in blue-state congressional districts where a number of Republican seats flipped.

But pollsters did not fully redeem themselves for the sins of 2016 when they collectively botched Trump wins in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. There were glaring survey errors in 2018 as turnout models over-counted Democrats. By Tuesday night, Republicans had won important Senate and governor races...

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Trump pushes back on threats of investigation: 'Two can play that game!'

President Trump taunted Democrats over investigation threats Wednesday, promising to respond in kind.

With Democrats succeeding in taking back control of the House, Mr. Trump threatened to pit the divided chambers of Congress against themselves to push back on new probes into his campaign and administration.

“If the Democrats think they are going to waste Taxpayer Money investigating at the House level, then we will likewise be forced to consider investigating them for all of the leaks of Classified Information, and much else, at the Senate level,” Mr. Trumptweeted. “Two can play that game!”

Wednesday’s tweet is a much more aggressive tone than the president struck Tuesday night. Mr. Trump called House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who aims to take back her position as speaker, and backed her call for bipartisanship in Washington.

For Mrs. Pelosi’s part, she told PBS Tuesday night that she would not support impeaching Mr. Trump unless the special counsel investigation calls for it, though she didn’t say anything about challenging him.

“We certainly will honor our responsibility as oversight of the executive branch,” she said.


Liz Cheney Announces Bid for GOP Leadership Position

Rep. Liz Cheney (R., Wyo.) announced her candidacy for House Republican Conference chair on Wednesday morning.

In a letter sent to colleagues in the House of Representatives, Cheney championed revamped Republican messaging, a developed ground game, and a switch to the offensive in the face of attacks from Democrats.

Cheney is challenging Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R., Wash.) for the position. McMorris Rodgers won reelection last night, defeating Democrat Lisa Brown. The Wyoming Republican is former Vice President Dick Cheney’s eldest daughter and a former State Department official. She has held Wyoming’s at-large congressional seat since winning election in 2016.

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The Economy Does Not Care Who Won The Midterm Elections

Over the past few weeks I received numerous requests from readers to publish my predictions on the outcome of the midterm elections, but I did not do so for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, I view the election process very differently from many people. I do not see it as legitimate in the slightest, therefore my predictions of the past have been based not on voter turnouts, polls or any other such nonsense. Elections are molded events, framed under the false pretense that the Left/Right paradigm in politics is real. As far as the upper echelons of politics are concerned, the paradigm is completely theatrical.

To be sure, the average American does lean either “left” or “right” on the political spectrum. Such divisions are a natural part of social discourse. However, political theater is designed in most cases to drive citizens away from centrally shared principles of freedom and equal opportunity (not equal outcome) and push them to the far ends of the spectrum toward extremism and zealotry. And to be clear, there is no “good” form of zealotry.

Zealots are not self-aware, and they never subject their own positions to scrutiny. They operate on pure assumption that they are divinely correct in everything they do, and anyone who disagrees with them, even in the slightest, is an enemy that must be destroyed by any means necessary. Zealotry is the root of human atrocity. Zealots are a tidal wave of war and genocide. They are a cancer on the soul of mankind.

Certain groups of people within the establishment, namely globalists that desire total centralized control of every aspect of economy and society, prefer that the public remain as radicalized and divided as possible. For them, zealotry is an asset.


Video shows student hitting teacher at Baltimore high school

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - A video of a student hitting a Baltimore teacher has gotten a lot of attention on social media.

The incident happened at Frederick Douglass High School, off of Gwynns Falls Parkway near Reisterstown Road, confirmed Baltimore City Public Schools spokesperson Edie House-Foster.

(WARNING: Graphic language and intense images)


Girl Scouts sue Boy Scouts over program's name change

NEW YORK -- The Girl Scouts of the United States of America filed a trademark infringement lawsuit on Monday against the Boy Scouts of America for dropping the word "boy" from its flagship program in an effort to attract girls. In the complaint filed in Manhattan federal court, the Girl Scouts claim the program "does not have a right under either federal or New York law to use terms like scouts or scouting by themselves in connection with services offered to girls, or to rebrand itself as 'the Scouts.'"

"Such misconduct will not only cause confusion among the public, damage the goodwill of GSUSA's Girl Scouts trademarks, and erode its core brand identity, but it will also marginalize the Girl Scouts Movement by causing the public to believe that GSUSA's extraordinarily successful services are not true or official 'Scouting' programs, but niche services with limited utility and appeal," the complaint said. The Girl Scouts is among a number of major youth organizations in the nation seeing declines in membership in recent years due to competition from sports leagues and busy family schedules.

The organization argued that only it has "the right to use the Girl Scouts and Scouts trademark with leadership development services for girls." In a statement to CBS News, the Girl Scouts said its actions were "in keeping with standard practice in any field, and we did what any brand, company, corporation, or organization would do."


2 Marine aviators grounded amid latest sky-penis investigation

The Marine Corps said Tuesday it has grounded two of its aviators as it continues to investigate a penis-shaped flight pattern drawn over southern California by one of its aircraft last month.

Any disciplinary or administrative action will not be taken until the completion of the probe into the looping phallic flight path by a T-34C Turbomentor that was posted to Twitter in October by a tracking site.

The aircraft is part of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing based out of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, and the flight in question occurred near Palm Springs.


Major Math Error Puts Widely-Cited Global Warming Study On Ice

An widely-circulated study which concluded that global warming is far worse than previously thought has been called into question by a math error, reports the Daily Caller's Michael Bastasch.

Princeton scientist Laure Resplandy and researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanographyconcluded in October that the Earth's oceans have retained 60% more heat than previously thought over the last 25 years, suggesting global warming was much worse than previously believed.


Ex-Navy SEAL mocked by 'SNL' elected to Congress

The former Navy SEAL made fun of on "Saturday Night Live" last weekend is headed to Washington after scoring an easy win Tuesday in Texas' 2nd Congressional District.

Republican Dan Crenshaw, who lost an eye while serving in Afghanistan, beat Democratic opponent Todd Litton with 53.1 percent of the vote and 99 percent of precincts reporting, according to the Associated Press.

Though running in a relatively safe GOP seat, Crenshaw's victory comes days after "SNL" castmate Pete Davidson compared him to "a hit-man in a porno movie" during the "Weekend Update" segment of the show. Crenshaw, who will replace outgoing Republican Rep. Ted Poe, wears an eye patch to conceal his injury.


Nov. 10 Grilled Pork Chop Dinner

The public is invited to join the Delmar VFW Auxiliary for a Grilled Pork Chop Dinner onSaturday, November 10, from 5 - 8 p.m. at the VFW Post, 200 W. State St., Delmar, MD.

The menu includes a large savory grilled pork chop that has marinated for 24 hours, a tossed salad with choice of dressing, a seasoned baked potato with sour cream and/or butter, a choice of succotash or broccoli with or without melted cheese, and a dinner roll. The cost is $12 per person. Desserts will also be available.

Carry-outs may be ordered in person only after 5 p.m.

Proceeds benefit the many local charities and organizations supported by the Delmar VFW Auxiliary.

Over PETA's Objections, California Voters Pass Strict Animal Protections

Advocates say Prop. 12 represents the world's strongest protections for animals raised for human consumption.

California voters approved what advocates say are the strictest animal protections in the world.

Although Proposition 12 is intended to improve conditions for animals raised for meat and eggs, it pitted two of the nation’s leading animal rights groups against one another.

The initiative bans the sale of meat and eggs from animals confined to areas that don't meet minimum space requirements. By 2020, calves will be entitled to 43 square feet each. Breeding pigs will be given 24 square feet. Egg-laying hens will get one square foot and need to be cage-free.

All of this will “significantly reduce the suffering of millions of animals and make food safer for California families,” said Chris Holbein of the Humane Society, the leading sponsor of the proposition.


Voters Just Say No to Tampon Taxes and Higher Cigarette Taxes

For results of the most important ballot measures, click here.

For some voters, filing their taxes is one of the only regular interactions they have with the government. It's no surprise, then, that many of them feel strongly about the topic.

On Tuesday, voters in several states had a chance to weigh in on what does and does not get taxed -- Groceries? Tampons? Tobacco?

Grocery Taxes

Residents in the Pacific Northwest were split on two similar ballot measures that would have banned any new taxes on groceries -- with the exception of tobacco, alcohol and marijuana.

Oregon rejected its measure, while Washington voters appear poised to pass its grocery tax ban. With 64 percent of precincts reporting, 54 percent were in favor.

Oregon’s was more stringent, retroactively applying to any tax passed after Oct. 1, 2017. If approved, it would have killed a soda tax passed in Multnomah County. It would also have prevented the state from enacting any new grocery taxes, whereas Washington’s would only ban local grocery taxes.

Advocates of the measures said it’s a way to make food more affordable for struggling families.

"Heaping taxes on everyday grocery items will raise our cost of living and make it even harder for working families, small businesses and their workers to get by," said a statement by Yes! To Affordable Groceries, a Washington state group that supported the measure.

Such taxes are regressive, meaning they take a proportionally larger share of income from lower- and middle-income residents than from wealthier taxpayers. Daniel Floy, a spokesperson for the Measure 103 campaign in Oregon, said grocery taxes keep popping up in the statehouse and city halls, and this initiative would have killed them once and for all.

"We’re done fighting them. It’s not something we want to keep fighting year after year," said Floy.


Federal judges in gerrymandering case toss Maryland’s congressional voting map

Federal judges in Maryland on Wednesday blocked the state from using its congressional voting map in future elections, ordering political leaders to draw new electoral lines for contests in 2020.

The three-judge panel unanimously threw out the congressional map in a longrunning partisan gerrymandering case. The decision gives Maryland officials until March to submit a new redistricting plan.

The judges acknowledged the inherently political redistricting process, but declared the boundaries unconstitutional and intentionally designed to target Republican voters in the 6th congressional district because of their political affiliation.


Republicans Make Senate Gains as America Rejects Gun Control Again

Republicans gained Senate seats on Wednesday in Indiana, Missouri, and North Dakota as American rejected gun control again.

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) campaigned for new regulations on gun shows and expanding background checks to prohibit gun purchasers by those accused of terrorist ties, rather than those convicted. ABC News reports that Donnelly’s pro-gun challenger, NRA endorsed Mike Braun (R), won the race 53 percent to 43 percent.

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) also ran on a gun control platform, openly voicing support for more regulations on gun shows. Behind the scenes she supported even more gun control, like a “semiautomatic rifle ban,” but hid that support from voters. Missouri residents learned of her support for the many additional gun controls via a Project Veritas video in which he staff laughed at how easy she was able to hide her anti-gun intentions from voters.


Biggest loser at midterms? Barack Obama

The midterms weren't a blue wave, but they weren't shark fin soup for Republicans either, given that they lost the House by a small margin.

That said, the big loser who stands out here is hard-campaigning President Obama, the guy who thought he was the star of the Democratic Party and who, throwing the tradition of former presidents staying aloof from politics out the window, campaigned hard, long, and loud, for Democrats in this midterm. Turns out the ones he fought the hardest for lost.

Now he stands exposed as politically irrelevant, powerless, an embarrassment. Sorry 'bout that legacy thing, Barry-O.

First, he did some easy ones and those candidates marched right through, Obama or no Obama:

Tim Kaine of Virginia and Joe Manchin of West Virginia for the Senate, Jennifer Wexton of Virginia for the House. J.B. Pritzker for the Illinois governorship. A couple of minor leaguers for the House in Illinois as tag-alongs.


Oh The Irony...

Monthly Crimes Reported to the WCSO October 2018

Monthly Crimes Reported to the WCSO

Updated by the 7th of Each Month for the Month Prior

  • Sector 1- Salisbury, Allen, Deer Harbour, Fruitland, Fox Chase
  • Sector 2- Parsonsburg, Delmar
  • Sector 3- Delmar, Log Cabin Road, Adkins Road
  • Sector 4- Nanticoke, Waterview, White Haven, Tyaskin
  • Sector 5- Booth Street, Reservation
  • Sector 6- Hebron, Mardela Springs, Sharptown
  • Sector 7- Pittsville, Willards, Powellville

Unsure of your WCSO Sector? Click HERE for the interactive map.

Veterans Day Luncheon

The Delmar VFW Auxiliary cordially invites all Veterans, separated and serving, to a Luncheon on Sunday, November 11, from 1 -3 p.m. at the Delmar VFW Post, 200 W. State St., Delmar, MD. In order to adequately prepare for the luncheon, RSVP must be received by Nov.7. Please call Chris Walsh 443-735-2416 or Chris Tyler 443-614-7224 to RSVP.

Honor military members at Veterans Day Ceremony on Nov. 12

SALISBURY, Md. – The Wicomico County War Memorial Committee invites the community to join in honoring military veterans at a ceremony on Monday, Nov. 12, at 11 a.m. The Veterans Day Ceremony will take place at the Wicomico War Veterans’ Memorial, located directly in front of the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center at 500 Glen Ave. in Salisbury.

The ceremony, which is coordinated by the Wicomico County War Memorial Committee, includes patriotic music, prayer and remembrance to honor all veterans. Veterans Day is set aside to thank and honor living veterans who served honorably in the military, in wartime or peacetime.

In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held inside, in the Da Nang Rooms.

Veterans Day, initially termed Armistice Day, was created to honor World War I veterans and celebrate the official ending of the First World War, which occurred at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918. In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, legislation was approved by the 83rd U.S. Congress to change the name from Armistice Day to Veterans Day – thereby making Nov. 11 a day in which all American veterans of wars could be honored.

The Wicomico War Veterans’ Memorial at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center is a fitting location for this ceremony, as the Civic Center is a war memorial to all veterans. At the outside memorial, flags from each service branch, along with United States, Maryland, Wicomico County and POW-MIA flags proudly fly over a brick wall displaying bronze plaques with the names of Wicomico County’s fallen veterans from World War II and beyond. To learn more about the Wicomico War Veterans’ Memorial and the people it was built to honor, visit

Hogan ready to flex political muscle after winning re-election

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan became the first Republican governor to win re-election in the state since the 1950s, rolling to victory Tuesday over Democrat Ben Jealous in a race the governor said puts a red hue on a formerly deep blue state.

Now, he says, it’s time to spread the red, flexing his muscle on major political battles such as the upcoming redistricting process.

The Associated Press called the race for the 62-year-old governor at 9:07 p.m. — one bright spot for the GOP in what was expected to be an electoral bloodbath for Republican-held governor’s mansions across the country.

“Four years ago, we ushered in a new era of bipartisanship,” Mr. Hogan told supporters Tuesday evening. “I’m proud we’re setting an example for the rest of America.”

Mr. Hogan won easily in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans by a 2-to-1 margin, avoiding entanglements in hot-button social issues and focusing on the state’s business climate and local concerns such as traffic congestion. He also wasn’t shy about distancing himself from President Trump on touchy immigration policy questions.

“It’s still a Democratic state, but we’ve made it a place that can be competitive,” Mr. Hogan told The Washington Times in the run-up to Election Day.

He touted his ability to hold the line on taxes during his first term, said he’ll push for more accountability in education spending, and keep a focus on environmental stewardship.

But he said he’ll also invest second-term political capital on redistricting, which states will do after the 2020 census, redrawing state and congressional legislative districts.

Democrats who controlled the process the last go-around gerrymandered the lines to ensure only a single Republican-leaning district.

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One Final Lie from Martin O’Malley

You may have seen former Governor Martin O’Malley’s pathetic bid for relevance on the Baltimore Sun’s op/ed page prior to the election, where he makes baseless allegations of corruption against Governor Larry Hogan.

The frame of O’Malley’s nonsense hangs on the thin plaster of Our Maryland’s shoddy research.

Our Maryland is the dark money funded Democratic front group founded by progressive activists and Annapolis machine hacks.

Our Maryland claims that the Governor’s real estate firm, which is in a separate trust, benefitted “from decisions made by employees in his administration.”

These claims are demonstrably and provably false. Easily accessible public records show that initial planning and engineering decisions on the transportation projects Our Maryland claims benefitted the Hogan Companies, were in fact made during…

You guessed it, The O’Malley administration.

Here’s a quick Fact vs. Fallacy table that breaks down Our Maryland’s hatchet job.


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Why the Left Hates Prosperity

Here is Moore's rule of modern-day politics: The better the economy performs under President Donald Trump and the more successes he racks up, the more unhinged the left becomes. It's a near linear relationship. And it goes for media as well.

That's why the monthly jobs announcements and the quarterly GDP reports, like the one released Oct. 26, are the unhappiest days of the year for the Trump haters. News of 3.5 to 4 percent growth and 7 million surplus jobs are the bane of the resistance movement's existence.

So with the economy flying high, the pundits who predicted Trump would shut down the world economy have had to continually invent new reasons that Trump is the worst thing to happen to the United States since typhoid fever.

Consider the latest leftist rant: Trump has moved the GOP to the far right and has hijacked the principles of the Republican Party. Whatever happened, they ask, to the good ol' days when moderates in the GOP used to compromise, cut deals with Ted Kennedy and capitulate?