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Friday, December 27, 2019

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Wicomico County Government Offices will be closed Wednesday, January 01, 2020, in observance of the New Year's holiday.


On Wednesday, January 01, 2020, the Newland Park Landfill, Convenience Center and Brush Pile, all external Convenience Centers, Whitehaven Ferry and Upper Ferry will be closed in observance of the New Year's holiday.

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

Despite Falling Rates, 70% Of US Homes "Unaffordable" To Average American

The general trend of torrid housing market growth fueled by low interest rates and a tight supply continued largely unchanged during the last quarter of the decade, as most expected it would. Though buyers who have struggled with highly unaffordable home prices in recent years did see a bit of a respite.

On Wednesday, Attom published its Q4 2019 report on home affordability in the US. The report showed that the dominant trend of the past few years was still very much in place. To wit, the median home prices in the fourth quarter of 2019 were unaffordable for average wage earners in 344 of 486 - or 71% - of the counties analyzed in the report.

To be sure, some slight progress was made: the figure was down from 73% in the prior quarter, and 75% during Q4 2018.


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Hard-boiled eggs recall expanded in deadly listeria outbreak

Almark Foods has expanded its recall of hard-boiled eggs to include products sold at stores nationwide, including Costco, Walmart, Kroger and Trader Joe’s.

The company first issued the recall Dec. 20 after the Food and Drug Administration linked the eggs to a listeria outbreak that killed one person and caused illness in several others.

The expanded recall, announced Monday, now affects all products manufactured at Almark Foods’ Gainesville, Ga., facility.

The affected products have a “Best If Used By” code starting with a “G,” indicating they were made at the Gainesville location. The recall includes hard-boiled or hard-cooked eggs sold under brands such as Egglands Best, Great Day, Giant Eagle, Kirkland Signature, Kroger, Great Value, Lucerne, Simple Truth Organics and ShopRite.



San Franciscans, Inundated By Feces, Now Want To Ban Paper Cups

First they came for the straws. Then they came for the disposable water bottles. Now San Franciscans, in the same city inundated by public feces and urine, are banning paper to-go cups in order to save the city from the environmental apocalypse.

Fox Business reports, “A growing number of coffee houses in San Francisco are banishing paper to-go cups and replacing them with everything from glass jars to rental mugs and BYO cup policies. What started as a small trend among neighborhood cafes to reduce waste is gaining support from some big names in the city’s food and coffee world.”

Some examples: the restaurant Atelier Crenn will eschew using to-go bags or disposable coffee cups next year; the Blue Bottle coffeehouse chain, which uses 15,000 to-go cups a month at its 70 U.S. locations, has stated it will “show our guests and the world that we can eliminate disposable cups,” and Starbucks has plans to test recyclable cups next year in San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Vancouver and London.


WaPo Columnist Rips Rachel Maddow For Hyping Steele Dossier

A columnist for The Washington Post blasted Rachel Maddow for her coverage of the infamous Steele dossier on Thursday, saying that the MSNBC host engaged in “a pattern of misleading and dishonest asymmetry” in her reporting on the salacious document in the nearly three years since its publication.

“As part of her Russianist phase, Maddow became a clearinghouse for news increments regarding the dossier,” writes Post media columnist Eric Wemple in his fifth installment in a series reviewing the media’s coverage of Steele’s dossier.

Wemple took on the project in the wake of the Justice Department inspector general’s (IG) report which undercut key aspects of the dossier, authored by former British spy Christopher Steele.


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Kevin Spacey accuser dies by suicide day after actor posts 'kill them with kindness' video

A prominent Kevin Spacey accuser died by suicide on Christmas Day.

Ari Behn, 47, was married to Norwegian Princess Martha Louise between 2002 and 2017 and accused Spacey of groping him under a table at a Nobel Peace Prize event in 2007.

"It is with great sadness in our hearts that I on behalf of the very closest relatives of Ari Behn must announce that he took his own life today," Behn's manager Geir Hakonsund told Norway Today.

This marks the third Spacey accuser to die in 2019. In May, Linda Culkin, who accused Spacey, 60, of sexual harassment, was killed when she was struck by a vehicle in Massachusetts. In September, an anonymous massage therapist who accused Spacey of sexual assault died in the middle of a lawsuit against the actor.


Don Imus, Legendary 'Imus in the Morning' Host, Dies at 79

The controversial radio personality passed away on Friday morning at Baylor Scott and White Medical Center in College Station, Texas.

Radio personality Don Imus, whose insult humor and savage comedy catapulted him to a long-lasting and controversial radio career, has died at 79. His three-hour radio program, Imus in the Morning, was widely popular, especially with the over 25-male demographic.

Imus passed away on Friday morning at Baylor Scott and White Medical Center in College Station, Texas, after being hospitalized on Christmas Eve, a representative said. The cause of death was not given.


Berlin’s NYE comes in two editions

Thousands of residents and visitors can ring in the new year, and the new decade, next Tuesday in downtown Berlin with two ball drops.

Ivy Wells, Berlin’s economic and community development director, said the festivities started about seven years ago. It’s since developed into a popular town event.

“It started small, and it was also for locals who didn’t want to drive on New Year’s Eve, but wanted to come down and celebrate with their neighbors, and their friends, and then now it’s [grown] into such a large event,” Wells said.

There are two opportunities to partake in the holiday’s free festivities: the kids’ and adult ball drops.


‘Catch and Release Is Over’: Border Apprehensions Drop for Sixth Month in a Row

Enforcement actions at the U.S.-Mexico border fell again in November, marking six consecutive months of declining apprehensions.

Customs and Border Protection enforcement actions totaled 42,649 in the month of November, according to data obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. The data—which is a combination of the 33,510 arrests and 9,139 inadmissible aliens at the border for that month—show a 6% decline from October.

The Department of Homeland Security celebrated the latest numbers, and pointed to policies undertaken by the Trump administration as the root cause.

“The president’s strategy to address the historic flood of Central American family units illegally crossing the border has worked. And, thanks to the policies President Trump has implemented across the board, catch and release is over,” a Department of Homeland Security spokesperson said in a statement obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

The latest apprehension numbers indicate the swiftly waning crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, which was once overwhelmed with waves of Central American family units and other illegal aliens on a daily basis.


Trump's judges are great. He has Harry Reid to thank

President Trump has been more focused and more successful than any modern president in appointing excellent judges to the federal courts. With the help of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Trump has produced impressive raw numbers in terms of judicial influence.

Still, McConnell is not the Senate majority leader Trump should be thanking. That honor goes to McConnell's predecessor, former Democratic Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada.

Despite unprecedented, massively obstructive tactics by Senate Democrats, Trump, in fewer than three years, has secured the confirmation of two Supreme Court justices and 50 appeals court judges. In contrast, Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, in eight years each, secured just two appointees to the Supreme Court and, respectively, only 62, 61, and 49 appellate judges. At the highest levels of the federal courts, then, Trump is securing appointments at about twice the rate of his three predecessors. At the district court level, Trump has successfully appointed 132 of the 677 judges authorized by law and has an additional 42 nominees pending. In this respect, he is moving at about the same pace as recent presidents.


Guards at troubled New York jail find weed, cigarettes, cellphones, cords and barbecue sauce hidden in shower vent as smuggled phone video emerges of inmates dancing and rapping

A contraband search conducted at the Manhattan Detention Complex yielded a massive haul of weed, cigarettes, cellphones, electrical cords and even barbecue sauce.

Authorities found the contraband in a ceiling vent in an inmate shower area of the lower Manhattan facility, the New York Daily News reports.

Included in the stash were a pack of Newports, a lighter, vape pen, numerous iPhones, some five ounces of cannabis, loosies, cellphone charges and even barbecue sauce.

The barbecue sauce was an 18oz bottle of Kraft Sweet Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce.


‘Really bad job’: Trump rips California governor over state's homeless population

President Trump and California Gov. Gavin Newsom traded barbs over the growing homeless population in the state.

Following the Democratic debate last week, Newsom blamed the president’s Department of Housing and Urban Development, led by Secretary Ben Carson, for the rise in homelessness in his state.

“Shelters solve sleep. Housing and supportive services solve homelessness. Housing first. You have a new director on the Interagency Council on Homelessness in the United States appointed by Donald Trump that says housing [comes] fourth,” said Newsom.

He added, “They’re not serious about this issue. They’re playing politics with it ... There’s been nothing but division coming and emanating from the folks at HUD and the Trump administration.”


Schools shouldn’t need school-supply Santas

Shoppers are expected to spend an average of about $500 on gifts this holiday season. Public-school teachers will likely spend as much, or more, on classroom supplies this school year.

Yet school districts already have budgeted more than $8,000 per classroom for supplies, data from to the National Center for Education Statistics indicate. So why are teachers also serving as school-supply Santas? Parents, teachers, and taxpayers deserve answers.

First, some background., a nonprofit organization that provides funding for school supplies, found that teachers spent an average of $740 each on classroom supplies in 2018, which works out to a staggering $2.3 billion in total teacher spending.

This was up significantly from just a couple of years earlier. During the 2015-16 school year, for example, teachers spent an average of $460 each on classroom supplies, according to an Economic Policy Institute analysis. Teachers in several states, including Arizona, California, Delaware, Hawaii, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, and Rhode Island, as well as Washington, D.C., spent more than $500 each that year.


Politico: Democrat Insiders Say Bernie Sanders Could Win Nomination

Democratic Party insiders now reportedly believe that democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) could win the 2020 presidential nomination, despite having written him off months before.

Politico reported Thursday that the stumbles of former Vice President Joe Biden and the recent setbacks suffered by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) have given the 78-year-old Sanders, who recently suffered a heart attack, the inside track on the party’s primary contest.

As Politico noted:


Islamic State terrorists kill 11 Christian hostages on Christmas Day to 'avenge the deaths of their leaders in Iraq and Syria'

Eleven Christian hostages were killed by Islamic State terrorists in Nigeria on Christmas Day, it has been reported.

The Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) claim they killed the captives to avenge for the killing of their leaders Abu bakr al-Baghdadi and Abul-Hasan Al-Muhajir in Iraq and Syria.

A video released on Wednesday showed 13 hostages, 10 believed to be Christian and three Muslim. ISWAP claimed they spared the lives of two of the Muslims, local media reported.

The deaths came after an earlier video saw the hostages plead with the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to negotiate their release.


Andrew Cuomo vetoes popular bill by his own party just so he can stick it to Trump judges

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vetoed a popular state bill sponsored by a member of his own party because it would have allowed any federal appellate or district judges, even those appointed by the Trump administration, to officiate wedding ceremonies in the Empire State.

That will show the president who is the boss.

“I cannot in good conscience support legislation that would authorize such actions by federal judges who are appointed by this federal administration,” the governor said in his veto message. “President Trump does not embody who we are as New Yorkers.”

We are all about “diversity, tolerance, and inclusion,” Cuomo's note continued.

“Based on these reasons, I must veto this bill,” he wrote, adding once more in what I presume is a mistake, “Based on these reasons, I must veto this bill.”

For the record, the list of officials who can legally officiate a wedding in New York is long and comprehensive, and it includes the governor himself. State judges can officiate weddings, but federal appeals and district court judges cannot! Take that, Drumpf!


Where's Hunter? Joe Biden's son and his new pregnant wife are both missing from Christmas family photo amid his ongoing paternity battle

Joe Biden's son Hunter and his new pregnant wife Melissa Cohen were both missing from the Christmas family photo posted by the former Vice President Wednesday.

The Democrat shared the festive image with his wife Jill, daughter Ashley and grandchildren including three of Hunter's daughters, Naomi, Finnegan and Maisy.

Joe Biden wrote: 'May your time with loved ones be full of peace, laughter, and joy. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. With love, from my family to yours.'

He even shared a video of his dogs to Twitter, writing: 'When we say Merry Christmas from the entire Biden family, that means even the dogs.'

But Hunter himself was nowhere to be seen amid his ongoing paternity battle with his Arkansas baby mama Lunden Roberts, who cast him as a dead beat dad as she demanded sole custody of their child.


AOC accepts Tom Steyer contribution despite ripping Buttigieg and Warren for wealthy donors

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accepted a $2,700 donation from billionaire Tom Steyer, who is running as a Democrat for president, according to a 2018 filing uncovered by

The donation comes after Ocasio-Cortez railed against billionaire money in politics during a campaign event for Sen. Bernie Sanders last week. "For anyone who accuses us for instituting purity tests — it's called having values," she said. "It's called giving a damn. It's called having standards for your conduct to not be funded by billionaires but to be funded by the people."

The long-simmering tension between Democratic hopefuls boiled over at the sixth Democratic debate in Los Angeles in December, with Buttigieg and Warren arguing over their donor base and personal wealth. As the Democratic Party attempts to coax working-class voters, candidates have tried to diminish the role that big money plays in their campaigns.


IG Report Reveals Steele Funneled Claims Through John McCain After FBI Dropped Him

Late Senator John McCain provided disgraced former FBI chief James Comey with five separate reports from Christopher Steele that the FBI didn’t previously possess related to unsubstantiated allegations of collusion between Russia and President Trump’s 2016 campaign, the Justice Department’s recent Inspector General report revealed.

There have long been questions about why it was necessary for McCain to pass Steele’s anti-Trump dossier to Comey on December 9, 2016, several weeks after the November 2016 presidential election. By then, Steele had already met numerous times with FBI agents to provide them with his controversial reports. Steele, however, was terminated as an FBI source in the fall of 2016 because he spoke to the news media.

The IG report discloses that McCain gave five new Steele reports to Comey that the FBI did not previously possess, showing that McCain served as a conduit for Steele’s information to reach the FBI even after the British ex-spy was formally cut off as an FBI source.

It is not clear whether McCain knew at the time that Steele had previously been terminated as an FBI source.


'Furious': Elizabeth Warren's brother rips senator for calling their father a janitor

David Herring, brother of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, said he is "furious" to learn the Massachusetts Democrat called their father a janitor on the campaign trail.

“According to a family friend, David has disagreed with the way Warren calls herself the daughter of a janitor as she describes the work he found after losing a job as a salesman after his heart attack," the Boston Globe reports.

Speaking with a family friend, Herring was adamant that his father was a maintenance worker, not a janitor. "My Dad was never a janitor," he told the Globe.

Warren has referred to her father as a maintenance man in the past but has used the term "janitor" while on the campaign trail.


Amazon refuses to help probe into driver stealing packages

A sheriff’s office in Florida said it caught an Amazon driver stealing a customer’s package but got no help from the company during its investigation.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday in a statement that it had arrested 27-year-old Jose Campos after detectives tracked down the vehicle he was using from homeowners’ association video and video from the Davenport, Florida residence where the package was stolen.

Detectives had initially contacted Amazon at its logistics center in person, but they were told they needed a subpoena before the company would help them, according to the sheriff’s office.

A loss prevention manager told detectives Amazon would not cooperate with law enforcement and identify their driver unless the sheriff’s office served a subpoena for their records at their corporate headquarters in Delaware, according to the statement from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

“I’m not surprised by much anymore, but this lack of cooperation from Amazon floors me,” said Sheriff Grady Judd. “This is just irresponsible on their part.”


Trump blames Trudeau for being cut from Home Alone 2 in Canada

President Trump faulted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after his short appearance in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York was cut during an airing in Canada.

“I guess Justin T doesn’t much like my making him pay up on NATO or Trade!” Trump tweeted Thursday.

“The movie will never be the same! (just kidding),” he said in another tweet.


My Semester With the Snowflakes

In May of 2019, I was accepted to the Eli Whitney student program at Yale University. At 52, I am the oldest freshman in the class of 2023. Before I was accepted, I didn’t really know what to expect. I had seen the infamous YouTube video of students screaming at a faculty member. I had seen the news stories regarding the admissions scandal and that Yale was included in that unfortunate business. I had also heard the students at Yale referred to as “snowflakes” in various social media dumpsters and occasionally I’d seen references to Ivy League students as snowflakes in a few news sources.

I should give a bit of background information. I was an unimpressive and difficult student in public schools. I joined the military at 17 and spent close to 26 years in the US Navy. I was assigned, for 22 of those years to Naval Special Warfare Commands. I went through SEAL training twice, quit the first time and barely made it the second time. I did multiple deployments and was wounded in combat in 2009 on a mission to rescue an American hostage.

Every single day I went to work with much better humans than myself. I was brought to a higher level of existence because the standards were high and one needed to earn their slot, their membership in the unit. This wasn’t a one-time deal. Every time you showed up for work, you needed to prove your worth.


Don Jr. and Vanilla Ice deny collaborating to turn Florida trailer park into Trump presidential library

President Trump’s eldest son Donald Trump Jr. and rapper Vanilla Ice have denied working together to turn a Florida trailer park into a presidential library.

“Don hasn’t spoken to anyone about building a presidential library and has never even met Vanilla Ice,” a spokesman for Trump Jr. told the Daily Beast.

Ice tweeted he didn’t know Trump Jr. but said he would help with the future project if asked.


Michael Avenatti was at least $15M in debt during Nike extortion case, prosecutors say

Attorney Michael Avenatti was completely underwater with personal debt in the time frame during which he was accused by Nike of trying to extort $25 million.

Avenatti, 48, has been accused of trying to extort Nike by demanding $25 million for him and his client in exchange for his silence about alleged illegal branding deals. Nike maintains that there were no such deals taking place and turned Avenatti in to the authorities for attempted extortion.

The attorney, who became a household name while representing pornographic actress Stormy Daniels, pleaded not guilty, triggering a trial that will take place on Jan. 22. During a pretrial hearing to decide which evidence the jury can see, prosecutors claimed that Avenatti owed “conservatively, in excess of $15 million” to former clients, law partners, attorneys, and his ex-wife for spousal and child support.


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The Voter Purge Myth

Maggie Haberman, the esteemed New York Times reporter, recently tweeted out a Mother Jones article to 1.2 million followers. It was titled: “GOP-Led Voter Purges in Wisconsin and Georgia Could Tip 2020 Elections.”

The chilling piece warns readers that “hundreds of thousands of voters are set to be purged in two key swing states,” which “potentially” gives Republicans “a crucial advantage by shrinking the electorate” in those states.

None of this, of course, is true. Cynical pieces of this genre, an election-time tradition at this point, only allow Democrats to warn of widespread disenfranchisement and preemptively give aggrieved Democrats such as Stacey Abrams a baked-in excuse for losing elections and smearing Republicans.

How many people who fall for these claims understand that both federal law and state law mandate the updating of voter lists?

In Georgia, we already know that hundreds of thousands of “voters” were not purged, because at least 62% of registrations that were canceled recently by the state had surely moved away or died. Either their mail was returned as undeliverable or they had officially changed their address to a different state.

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Our broken immigration system encourages using ‘recycled’ migrant children as smuggling pawns

For the past six years, across two administrations, young children have been used and cast aside by adults posing as their parents to cross the southern border and enter our country.

These adults use children as pawns to create “family units,” guaranteeing them eventual release into the interior of the United States. I witnessed this firsthand as a member of the White House Security Council’s Human Smuggling Cell during the Obama administration, when I documented adults posing as parents crossing with young children that were not their own.

Last August, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan, went on record to document this issue:


Franklin Graham: Christianity Today Editorial Used to ‘Divide’ Evangelicals

Tuesday, during an appearance on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends First,” Samaritan’s Purse President Rev. Franklin Graham offered his view on Christianity Today’s editorial supporting impeachment and proclaiming President Donald Trump unfit for the presidency.

Graham, whose father Billy Graham founded the magazine 60 years ago, dismissed the editorial as one from a left-leaning magazine that would have disappointed his late father.

“This magazine — this left-leaning magazine, my father did start 60 years ago but is so far removed now from what my father founded the magazine to be,” Graham said. “And for them to say the president should be removed when he has done more for Christians and evangelicals than any president in my lifetime, I just find it to be crazy. The man’s just lost his mind.”

“[F]or Christianity Today to suggest that he should step down, why?” he continued. “What he’s done so much for our country, just because this is what Nancy Pelosi and a few people on the left want,” he continued. “And this magazine is following in step with the leftist agenda. My father would be very disappointed. My father actually had nothing really to do with this magazine for the last 25, 30 years.”

Graham argued the mainstream press were using the editorial to divide the evangelical community for political purposes.


Thank God It's Friday

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Washington Post Hacks Into Chevy To Show How Much Cars Are Spying On Owners

The Washington Post hacked into a Chevy Volt several days ago with the help of a automotive technology expert to find out just how much automakers are spying on their owners and discovered that vehicles are recording their owners’ every move.

The Post used a 2017 Chevy Volt for its experiment and learned that the car collected a wide range of highly precise data ranging from the vehicles location to information about the driver’s cell phone, including call records — noting that many vehicles copy over personal data the moment that a smart phone is plugged into the vehicle.

The Post noted that the Chevy Volt did not inform drivers what information it was recording and did not make mention of it in the owner’s manual since there are no federal regulations protecting consumer’s privacy and data from automakers.

The Post went to Jim Mason, who has a PhD in engineering and reconstructs car accidents for a living by hacking into vehicles, for help hacking into the Chevy Volt.

You'll be shocked at what he found..

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