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Friday, June 28, 2019

Huawei's secret back doors

An investigation of the telecommunications equipment produced by China’s Huawei Technologies Ltd. has uncovered numerous cases of secret access points that could allow Chinese intelligence to conduct cyber-operations through the equipment.

Finite State, a cyber-security research firm, conducted a survey of Huawei equipment and discovered that 55% of Huawei hardware devices it tested contained at least one backdoor access point.

The vulnerabilities in Huawei products pose serious security threats of cyber attack and data ex-filtration if the equipment is used, according to Finite’s report on Huawei published Wednesday.

“The Chinese National Intelligence Law of 2016 requires all companies ‘to support, provide assistance, and cooperate in national intelligence work,’” the report stated. “Even if Huawei may be technically correct in saying that Chinese law doesn’t explicitly ‘compel’ the installation of back doors, China’s intelligence and counter-espionage activities tend to be so expansive that these provisions could be used to justify activities extending well beyond China’s borders.”

The report notes that Huawei dominates the global market for next-generation 5G telecommunications infrastructure. The concern is that all data passing through mobile devices, smart homes and other internet-connected devices will become cyber attack vectors if Huawei equipment is used in 5G networks.


Media, Dems Shift From ‘Manufactured Crisis’ to ‘Crisis’ at Border

Leading media personalities and top Democratic officials have gone from saying there was no crisis at the southern border to saying there is one in just a few short months.

Hosts on CNN and MSNBC like Joe Scarborough, Don Lemon, Chris Cuomo, Nicolle Wallace and others went along with Democratic talking points earlier this year that the Trump administration had manufactured a crisis at the border to secure wall funding.

Illegal crossings have increased since then, but the situation at the border has been untenable for years. Now with increased reporting on poor conditions at border detention facilities for children, the situation has again been deemed a "crisis."

"He's lied so much about the realities of what he's calling a crisis," Cuomo said in January.


US Customs and Border Protection Press Releases

EAGLE PASS, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass South Station marine unit saved the life of an undocumented immigrant teen after he and his family, all from Honduras, attempted to cross the Rio Grande River Tuesday afternoon.

U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass South Station marine unit saved the life of an undocumented immigrant teen.
U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to
the Eagle Pass South Station marine
unit saved the life of an undocumented
immigrant teen.

“Words cannot express my gratitude nor convey the sense of pride I have for these agents," said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz.  "Without a doubt, their quick life-saving actions brought this young man back from the brink of death.”
On June 25, Border Patrol agents performing maritime operations on the Rio Grande River observed two individuals struggling to stay afloat near the Eagle Pass Port of Entry. As agents moved to assist, they saw a third person a short distance down-stream, submerged beneath the surface and unmoving. Agents moved closer and pulled the lifeless teen aboard their vessel. The 13-year-old male was unconscious and not breathing, and had been underwater for more than a full minute. The vessel commander quickly performed CPR, assisted by the vessel’s crewman. Through the agents’ efforts, the teen eventually coughed up water, began breathing on his own and regained consciousness. The other two people, later determined to be the rescued teen’s parents, were recovered from the river and all were brought safely to the U.S. shore.
Border Patrol EMT agents were on scene and evaluated the family of three until EMS personnel arrived. They transported the teenage male, accompanied by his mother, to a local hospital for advanced care. After being medically cleared, the family was taken to the Eagle Pass South Station where they were processed per CBP guidelines.

CBP Arrests Returning Cruisers

Linda Bravo's Family has confirmed that she was found in a canal in South Bethany

Wisconsin father punched, killed 5-year-old son for eating Father's Day cake, prosecutors say

A Wisconsin man allegedly punched and killed his 5-year-old son after he got angry the child had eaten his Father's Day cake, according to prosecutors.

Travis Stackhouse told police he punched the boy in the stomach and hit him in the face Friday because he was "upset that others were eating" his Father's Day cake, a criminal complaint stated.

The criminal complaint obtained by FOX6 stated the child sustained bruising to both eyes, a cut to his lip and a laceration to his sternum.

Stackhouse, 29, initially told police he saw his son “somersaulting down the stairwell," but the boy did not appear to be injured.


President Trump Pursues Smart China Strategy Heading Into Meeting With Xi Jinping

President Trump Pursues Smart China Strategy Heading Into Meeting With Xi Jinping

“At President Trump’s planned meeting Saturday with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 Summit in Japan, Trump is expected to continue to advance a strategy that his administration introduced in his first six months in office: viewing China as a strategic competitor to the United States and its allies,” writes Dr. Nadia Schadlow, Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute, in Fox News.
“This shift from an enabling posture to a competitive strategy was a response to years of Chinese Communist Party efforts to shape the international system in a way that disadvantaged the United States on trade and advanced China’s authoritarian system.”
President Trump has two goals for that approach, Schadlow says. The first is fixing economic relationships so that America is never giving a strategic advantage to an adversary. The second is tilting the global balance of power toward free, open societies.
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“Congress on Thursday approved $4.6 billion in emergency aid to deal with the border crisis, giving President Trump a symbolic victory on immigration and money to improve conditions for migrant children and families crowding the border,” Stephen Dinan and Gabriella Muñoz report in The Washington Times. President Trump “asked for the money nearly two months ago, but Democrats blocked it from being included in a disaster spending bill this month. Democrats also blocked 18 other Republican attempts to force the bill onto the floor.”
“The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was one of the most comprehensive tax overhauls ever enacted,” Bruce Thompson writes in the Washington Examiner. “Yet as far as the media is concerned, the bill only slashed taxes for corporations and the wealthy . . . This characterization of the bill is false and misleading, yet it is an assertion endlessly reported by reporters and pundits in the national media, as well as Democrats.”
“Americans hate to wait. We scout out the shortest grocery line. We choose the fastest delivery option. We chafe at slow-moving internet speeds. And we don’t like to wait for health care when we or our loved ones urgently need it,” Steven Law writes in Fox News. “Why do government-run health care systems—including so-called single-payer schemes like Medicare-for-All—result in long waits for needed care? Because unlike the private sector, government has zero incentive to customize care to individual needs. It achieves efficiencies primarily by doling out one-size-fits-all health care to everyone, regardless of unique circumstances.”
“On behalf of doctors across America and their patients, I am writing to underscore the importance of the executive order President Trump signed this week on ‘Improving Price and Quality Transparency in Healthcare.’ Everyone will benefit from this, save for those who profit from keeping Americans in the dark,” writes Marni Jameson Carey, Executive Director of the Association of Independent Doctors, in the Washington Examiner.

WCBI Press Release 6-28-19 (Home Invasion Whaleyville)

NOI 6/27/19 Wicomico Apartment Fire Edgewater Drive

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Date:   June 27, 2019
Time:  3:03 p.m.
Location / Address:  715 Edgewater Dr., Salisbury, Wicomico Co.
Type of Incident:  Fire
Description of Structure / Property:  Two story wood framed apartment building
Owner / Occupants:   Tide Mill Apartments (Owner)  
Injuries or Deaths:   None
Estimated $ Loss: Structure:  $500                      Contents: $0
Smoke Alarm Status:  Present, did not activate
Fire Alarm / Sprinkler Status:   n/a
Arrests(s):   None
Primary Responding Fire Department:  Salisbury Fire Department
# of Alarms:   1    # Of Firefighters:   7
Time to Control:   5 minutes
Discovered By:   Apartment management staff
Area of Origin:   Second floor balcony
Preliminary Cause:   Under Investigation
Additional Information:  Anyone with information is asked to call the Salisbury Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal at (410) 713-3780.
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NOI 6/28/19 Wicomico Dwelling Fire Bryn Mawr Avenue

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Date:  June 28, 2019
Time:  12:39 a.m.
Location / Address:  1117 Bryn Mawr Ave., Salisbury, Wicomico Co.
Type of Incident:  Fire
Description of Structure / Property:   One story wood framed single family dwelling
Owner / Occupants:   Christina Collins
Injuries or Deaths:  None
Estimated $ Loss: Structure:  $80,000                      Contents: $20,000
Smoke Alarm Status:  Unknown
Fire Alarm / Sprinkler Status:  n/a
Arrests(s):  None
Primary Responding Fire Department:  Salisbury Fire Department
# of Alarms: 1      # Of Firefighters:  25
Time to Control:  40 minutes
Discovered By:  Passerby
Area of Origin:  Attic
Preliminary Cause:  Accidental, electrical
Additional Information:  
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NOI 6/17/19 Wicomico Playground Equipment Fire State Street

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Date:   June 27, 2019
Time:  7:19 p.m.
Location / Address:  714 State Street, Sharptown, Wicomico Co.
Type of Incident:  Fire
Description of Structure / Property:  Playground equipment
Owner / Occupants:   Wicomico County Parks and Recreation (Gene Lowe Park)
Injuries or Deaths:  None
Estimated $ Loss: Structure:  $500                      Contents: $0
Smoke Alarm Status:  n/a
Fire Alarm / Sprinkler Status:  n/a
Arrests(s):  None
Primary Responding Fire Department:  Sharptown Fire Department
# of Alarms:  1     # Of Firefighters:  5
Time to Control:  5 minutes
Discovered By:  Passerby
Area of Origin:  Tube slide
Preliminary Cause:  Incendiary (intentionally set fire)
Additional Information:  Anyone with information is asked to call the Salisbury Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal at (410) 713-3780.

Independence Day 2019 Holiday Schedule


Salisbury, MD ... Wicomico County Government Offices will be closed Thursday, July 4, 2019, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.


Salisbury, MD ... On Thursday, July 4, 2019, the Newland Park Landfill, Convenience Center and Brush Pile, all external Convenience Centers, Whitehaven Ferry and Upper Ferry will be closed.

For more information, please contact the Newland Park Landfill at 410-548-4935. Ferry information is available by calling 410-543-2765.

So deep in student debt, they're suing Betsy DeVos over delays in loan forgiveness

Alicia Davis feels like she was scammed. As a student at Florida Metropolitan University from 2006 to 2008, she said she was told the cost of her online criminal justice program would be covered by Pell grants and scholarships. She was told her credits could be transferred to other schools. Graduating from the school, a subsidiary of the for-profit Corinthian Colleges, would lead to a job and a decent wage.

None of it was true, said Davis, who accrued more than $22,000 in student loans from FMU. The 36-year-old is now one of seven plaintiffs suing the U.S. Department of Education and its chief, Betsy DeVos, for allegedly failing to offer relief to more than 158,000 student-loan borrowers who claim they were defrauded by for-profit colleges.

"They pretty much sold me a lie and a dream," Davis told CBS MoneyWatch. "Turns out pretty much all of it was a lie."


Want to Grow Your Own Cannabis? Get Ready to Fight ‘Big Marijuana’

Illinois is about to make history as the first state to legalize recreational cannabis and allow commercial sales through the state legislature instead of via a voter initiative, pending the governor’s signature. But this historic piece of legislation almost died along the way over the increasingly contentious issue of homegrow.

Eventually, lawmakers compromised by allowing only medical cannabis patients to cultivate for themselves; recreational consumers can’t grow at all. This may sound like politics as usual, but it actually represents a worrying trend for those who believe that the right to grow your own cannabis is an essential part of a truly equitable legalization plan.

Currently, every state—except for Washington—that allows recreational cannabis dispensaries also allows homegrow. So far, none of these states have seriously considered rescinding the policy, and in Washington, there’s a growing push to add homegrow to the mix.


Government Intrusion in Higher Education Is Sowing the Next Debt Crisis

It was one of those moments whose significance only became apparent years later. It was part of the pro forma interview process for a faculty position. I was to be interviewed by the university’s bursar.

He was an elderly gentleman, tall, erect, and rather dapper in his black pinstriped, three-piece suit complete with pocket watch. If central casting had called for a Germanic-looking bureaucrat for a WWII war movie, this would have been the guy.

His formality and dress seemed out of place in an era where suits and ties came off, and faculty dress was almost indistinguishable from that of the students.

Being young and arrogant, I mentally dismissed him as a relic of another era. He was more than pleasant, and we both knew we were engaged in an academic ritual of another time.


Crime-Ravaged Mexico City Deploys 140,000 National Guard Troops To Enforce Order

Mexico is deploying its new militarized National Guard police force within Mexico City in an effort to quell a recent surge in violent criminal activity, according to President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

"We need a stronger presence of security forces and more protection for residents of the capital," Lopez Obrador said during his daily news conference on Thursday, pointing to increases in homicides, kidnappings and extortion amid intense cartel turf wars, according to Reuters.
The sprawling urban area that has a population over 21 million was for years a bastion of relative calm while much of the country slid into violent drug wars.
That said, Reuters notes that Mexico City is still safer than some US cities - including the Democratic strongholds of Baltimore, Detroit and St. Louis.


Boy tossed from mall balcony still faces ‘serious complications’

A 5-year-old Minnesota boy who was tossed off a third-story Mall of America balcony has endured more than 15 medical procedures or surgeries — and it’s unclear when he’ll return home from a hospital, a family spokesman said.

Landen Hoffman, of Woodbury, is continuing to face “serious complications” stemming from the random April 12 attack when Emmanuel Aranda, 24, threw the boy nearly 40 feet off a balcony at the massive mall in Bloomington.

“While the miracle of his survival is what we celebrate and thank Jesus for every day, we must also acknowledge that our beautiful boy has been on a very challenging road to recovery,” family spokesman Noah Hanneman wrote late Tuesday on a GoFundMe page for the boy that has raised more than $1 million. “It has been so hard for our young son and our family.”

The boy has undergone a litany of surgeries and medical procedures for his extensive injuries, including two broken arms, a broken leg and fractures to his face and skull.


Under pressure from U.S., Mexico launches raids against migrants

Mexico City -- About 100 Mexican soldiers and immigration agents raided a freight train in the southern state of Chiapas on Thursday and detained dozens of Central American migrants riding atop the cars. Such raids had been rare since the last crackdown on migrants in 2014. But under increasing U.S. pressure to reduce the flow of hundreds of thousands of Central Americans through Mexican territory, Mexico's government has stepped up enforcement.

At least some of the troops wore armbands of Mexico's newly formed National Guard. The government says it has deployed thousands of Guard agents across the country with supporting immigration enforcement.

In a scene filmed by Associated Press journalists, the train rolled to a stop in a rural area, and then soldiers climbed ladders to the top of freight cars shouting, "This is the army, you're surrounded!"


'Those poor souls, they didn't have their fathers here': US Colonel buries his soldier son

One of the most heart-wrenching photos from the Second World War has been colourized alongside a series of images from the Pacific Theater.

The photo shows US Marine Colonel Francis Fenton conducting the funeral of his son Private First Class Mike Fenton, near Shuri, Okinawa, in May 1945.

The two briefly met each other during the bloody Battle of Okinawa in Japan and exchanged news. A few days later, Mike, 19, was killed in a Japanese counterattack.

After burying his son, Colonel Fenton stared at the bodies of other dead soldiers and said: 'Those poor souls. They didn't have their fathers here'.

Other captivating shots in the collection show US Marines injured in the line of duty receiving urgent medical attention, a Japanese soldier surrendering after spending days evading capture, and a troop of soldiers caring for a child orphaned by the brutal fighting.

The photos have been colourized by electrician Royston Leonard, 55, from Cardiff, Wales who spends up to five hours working on each individual photo. He believes that photos 'give more' when they are in color.


The Day Fox News Was on the TV on My Gym

I'D OCCASIONALLY seen him in the gym — we both work out at the same Brookline Village health club — but we had never previously had occasion to speak. The other day, as I was using a weight machine near the front desk, I noticed him approach and speak to the staff member on duty. He motioned with apparent consternation toward the TV screens mounted on the opposite wall, and I heard him say the word "Fox." One of the eight screens was tuned to the Fox News Channel, and it became clear he wanted it changed.

"I'm sorry," the staffer replied. "Another member specifically asked for Fox to be put on."

He turned to resume his workout, plainly unhappy, and saw that I had been observing the exchange. "Are you the person who's watching Fox?" he asked me.

"No," I told him. "I don't like TV news. But what's the big deal? There are eight screens to look at. If you don't care for Fox, you have seven other options."

"That's not the point," he said (I'm paraphrasing from memory). "They shouldn't have Fox News on in this gym."


Pinkerton: Soros-Backed Group Plans $50M Ad Campaign to Swing Trump’s Rural Voters Using Healthcare Issue

Here’s a headline to ponder: “Democratic group’s poll shows Trump vulnerable with his base on health care: American Bridge is planning a $50 million advertising campaign targeting small-town Trump supporters and swing voters.”

That headline appeared in Politico on June 24; the article explained that the goal of the Democratic group American Bridge is to chip away at Trump’s percentages in red rural areas. As American Bridge’s president, Bradley Beychok, said, “We’re trying to go from losing these segments [of voters] 85-15 to maybe 75-25.”

Such a nibble-around-the-edges strategy could bear fruit. For instance, in 2016, Donald Trump won 82 percent of the vote in Sioux County, Iowa, giving him a margin in that county of more than 12,000 votes. In the meantime, Trump won Iowa with only 52 percent, a mere 48,000 votes out of nearly a million-and-a-half ballots cast. So if American Bridge really could chisel down Trump’s supermajority numbers, the Democrats might succeed in flipping the Hawkeye State next year.


Pregnant woman shot in stomach indicted over unborn baby's death

Birmingham, Alabama — A woman from Alabama who suffered a miscarriage after being shot has been charged with manslaughter for the death of her unborn child. The case has outraged abortion rights advocates nationwide.

Marshae Jones' arrest came some six months after the 27-year-old, who was five months pregnant at the time, was shot in the stomach. According to the grand jury indictment, Jones "intentionally caused the death of her unborn baby by initiating a fight knowing she was five months pregnant," concluding it was "caused in a sudden heat of passion."

The altercation happened last December at a Birmingham, Alabama suburb shopping center. The panel found that the shooter, 23-year-old Ebony Jemison acted in self-defense when she pulled out a gun.

The manslaughter charges against Jemison have since been dropped.


What the Viral Border-Patrol Video Leaves Out

News outlets seized on the video as evidence of the Trump administration’s cruelty, but they omitted the crucial context.

In an attempt to justify Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s absurd comparison of American detention facilities to Holocaust-era concentration camps, many figures within the media have shared a viral video clip of a legal hearing in which a Department of Justice attorney debates a panel of judges as to what constitutes “sanitary conditions.” The majority of the shares were of a version put out by NowThis News, which claimed that the video shows a Trump administration official arguing that “children don’t need soap, toothbrushes, or beds to be ‘safe and sanitary’ while in Border Patrol custody.” The claim has led to several days of outrage, and has been used repeatedly as evidence that the current administration is being intentionally cruel to migrant children. Countless journalists, along with clickbait outlets such as The Hill and the Huffington Post, have highlighted the video inside this framing.

Unsurprisingly, it is not that simple. Indeed, the hearing in the video was related not to actions taken by the Trump administration, but to a challenge of a 2017 ruling that the CBP under the Obama administration had violated the Flores Settlement agreement with its treatment of children in custody. The judge in that case cited specific infractions that she felt were in violation of the “safe and sanitary” requirement under the Flores agreement and recommended a special monitor be appointed to ensure these facilities were complying with the original standard. The DOJ attorney in the video, Sarah Fabian, was not arguing that the United States should decline to provide those items to children, but rather that the Flores Settlement agreement didn’t specifically require those items. The notoriously liberal Ninth Circuit judges disagreed with this argument, preferring to read Flores narrowly. Fabian has been arguing similar cases on behalf of the Justice Department for years; that is her job. Some of her legal arguments have upset immigration advocates before. But they have never led to this type of media coverage, or to the claim that her fulfilling her legal role is indicative of a moral shortcoming.


The True Story of Two Dead Migrants

“Photo of drowned migrants triggers fight over Trump asylum clampdown.”

That’s how Reuters headlined the fallout following this week’s revelation that two Salvadorans, a father and his two-year-old child, failed in their attempt to traverse the Rio Grande. The photo is unequivocally heartbreaking. It’s the kind of picture that makes one sick to his stomach. But like most things in life, emotional incidents without proper context inevitably result in irrational knee-jerk reactions.

According to The Daily Mail, the family’s journey began on April 3, when they departed El Salvador. For the next two months, the family — which was seeking asylum in the U.S. — was lodged in a migrant camp in southern Mexico. Restless and intent on engineering a more expeditious asylum process, they jumped onto a bus that took them to the U.S. border this past weekend. “When they arrived, the consulate was closed but they also learned they were far down a list of hundreds of migrants in line for interviews,” the Mail reports. “They decided to make the crossing illegally rather than wait — a decision that led to their deaths.”

Bad choices have consequences. Furthermore, as The Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh observes, “This was not a family turned coldly away as it fled violence and oppression. They were not turned away at all. They simply grew impatient waiting for the bureaucratic wheels to turn. Indeed, family members confirm that the family was not being persecuted in its home country.”

Which gets us to the other half of the story. The Mail goes on to reveal that the father had been employed at Papa John’s Pizza. Granted, his income of $350 per month was paltry, but seeking entry based on low or insufficient income, as Walsh explains, “isn’t how the asylum program is traditionally meant to be used.”


Pool: Media 'doubling down' to protect Google, 'big tech'

Independent journalist Tim Pool — one of the figures named during Project Veritas’ undercover video on politically biased moves at Google — says media outlets are largely A.W.O.L. from a “watershed” moment for the industry.

Exposés on Pinterest and Google this month by James O’Keefe’s whistle-blower website came to a political tipping point on Monday when his video on Jen Gennai, head of Google’s Responsible Innovation team, went viral on YouTube — only to be torpedoed at roughly 1 million views.

Mr. Pool told his 528,000 subscribers on Tuesday that only a select few outlets are covering what amounts to “technocratic authoritarianism.”

“One of the things that worries me greatly,” he said said. “Do a search for news articles about this. You’ll find The Washington Times. You’ll find conservative outlets. Will you find The New York Times? Will you find Vox or Buzzfeed? At least for now, the answer is no. I haven’t found any of them to be reporting on this.”

The journalist’s commentary came in conjunction with a new revelation from Project Veritas: clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson was called a “Nazi” by a Google employee in an email, along with conservatives Ben Shapiro and Dennis Prager.


Survey: Two out of Three American Employees Regret Their College Degrees

According to a recently released survey, two-thirds of employees admitted to having regrets about their higher education, specifically when it came to the high cost of college, as well as the area of study. Student loans represented the largest source of regret across all demographic categories.

The vast majority of those with a bachelor degree regret some aspect of their education, according to a PayScale survey released on Tuesday. The survey results also found that the two most common regrets pertained to high cost of higher education, and the individual’s choice in major.

“By far the most common regret reported was student loans,” reported PayScale, “No matter how we cut the data, student loans was the number one regret reported. After this, the most common regret was area of study, but this varied greatly by major. Those who majored in technical or high-earnings fields had the lowest rates of saying they regretted their field of study.”


AOC Weeps Over Empty Parking Lot

You may have seen the pictures released this week showing Alexandria "They're Concentration Camps" Ocasio-Cortez one year ago outside the tent city in Tornillo, Texas, right on the Mexican border.
Before @AOC hit the national stage & was just a fairly unknown House candidate frm NYC,she took time awy frm her campaign & came dwn to #Tornillo to protest the #tentcity housing migrant children.I made these previously unpublished fotos a yr ago today. #elpaso #aoc #onassignment
AOC was quick to point out how important that moment was to her:
I’ll never forget this, because it was the moment I saw with my own eyes that the America I love was becoming a nation that steals refugee children from their parents,& caged them. More kids died after this. To date, no one has been held accountable.
We need to save these kids.

The seven funniest moments at the Democrats’ first debate

Last night saw the expression “clown car” gain considerable justification as a description of the Democrats’ presidential field. It was “9 candidates with no shot at anything and the tenth, the first fake Native American candidate,” in Daniel Greenfield’s apt description of the farce. But there were moments of hilarity that punctuated the tedium, so it was not a total loss for those who subjected themselves to the entire broadcast, a marathon competition in pandering to the hard-left activists that shout the loudest on Twitter.

I confess that my secret hope of Robert F. O’Rourke jumping on top of his podium like some Iowa coffee shop counter was dashed, but the humor content was, by the standards of American political theatre, fairly impressive from the standpoint of a conservative.

In descending order of laughter potential:


General Assembly passes bill that mandates healthier drinks with kids meals

The Delaware General Assembly wants to make sure kids have an option other than soft drinks with their fast food meals.

House Bill 79 passed both houses by lopsided margins and awaits signing by the governor. Delaware and Hawaii become the only two states in nationwith the law.

This bill requires state food safety standards for restaurants to include a system for requiring healthy beverages to be offered as the default beverage with a children’s meal.

It does not prohibit the restaurant’s ability to sell, or a customer’s ability to choose, a substitute or alternative beverage as-requested by a customer.


Public deserves to know more about new Dunbar principal

We’re not sure why the Baltimore school board thought it could quietly approve the hiring of a new Paul Laurence Dunbar High School principal who had been involved in a graduation scandal in Washington, D.C.

It was part of several routine hiring decisions made during a school board meeting this week.

But Yetunde Reeves is no routine hire. A simple Google search brings up an ample number of stories about Ms. Reeves, who appears to have been pushed out of her position at Frank W. Ballou Senior High School in Southeast Washington after it came out two years ago that students there were allowed to graduate despite missing excessive numbers of days of classes.

There were bound to be questions about her background, and we can’t believe school board members didn’t anticipate that. Yet, Chairwoman Cheryl Casciani declined to discuss in detail the reason for the hire.


The Courts Will Not Save the Democrats on Gerrymandering

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its opinion in the combined cases from Maryland and North Carolina challenging those state’s respective Congressional redistricting maps. As has been widely reported, the Court found that challenges to partisan gerrymandering do not rise to the level of a constitutional violation and the federal courts do not have jurisdiction to hear such cases.

While we here in Maryland may be disappointed by the Court’s failure to strike down the admittedly hyperpartisan redistricting map in our state, the Court’s ruling, delivered by Chief Justice Roberts joined by the court’s other conservative justices, is a circumspect opinion punctuated by judicial restraint and originalist constitutional reasoning.

Here are some quotes from the Court’s ruling:


Maryland public schools will soon see lockbox fund spent on education

ANNAPOLIS, Md. —It's been a long time coming, but a few days from now, Maryland will see the first of its gambling dollars being spent on public education.

This is money that has been set aside in what's called the lockbox fund.

July 1 begins a new budget year, in which local school systems will be able to cash in on much needed education money.

It's a victory won at the ballot box. That's where nearly 90% of Maryland voters approved the use of casino dollars to help pay for public education.

"The passage of this constitutional amendment, which is what we needed to see happen, really guarantees that the casino money will go to education," said Cheryl Bost, president of the Maryland State Education Association.


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4 Companies Quickly Move to Blacklist Project Veritas After Big Tech Exposés

Investigative journalism group Project Veritas has dropped multiple major stories this month on Big tech — here are 5 times Big Tech tried to censor them as a result.

Recently, investigative journalism group Project Veritas has published multiple stories that have hit Silicon Valley tech giants such as Google hard, revealing the company’s lack of respect for Congress and attempts to censor conservative opinions. As a result, Project Veritas has faced multiple attempts at censoring their stories off the Internet. Following a tweet from Project Veritas, Breitbart News has compiled a list of the various ways that Project Veritas has been censored in just the month of June alone.

1. @YouTube bans @Pinterest investigation
2. @Twitter suspends Veritas for Pinterest story
3. @reddit bans Project Veritas
4. @YouTube bans @Google investigation
5. @Vimeo removes Project Veritas account


— Project Veritas (@Project_Veritas) June 26, 2019

Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe said in a statement: “The established media and technology are so afraid of investigative journalism they need to censor it. YouTube calls REPORTING on someone by showing their face and name, and how they added a pro-life group to a porn blacklist, a ‘privacy complaint.’ Would they do this to NYT?”


Caribbean Joe's To Open Its Pool To The Public After 4th Of July

With four Red Cross Certified Lifeguards now on duty I plan to open our pool to our customers soon after July 4th, six days a week, 1 PM to 8 PM with the exception of Mondays. 

Don't miss our live music on the pool deck this Sunday (The Mercury Project) from 4 to 8 PM. This is an incredible up and coming local band you don't want to miss.

As for the future, Caribbean Joe's will be the go to place to hang out during the fall bike week event. Live music from multiple surprise guests, pool parties each and every day and tons of exciting special events. You can either go places to watch midget wrestling or you can come our way for adult bikini contests by the pool and more.