Thursday, July 24, 2014

City Refuses to Pay For Obama Fundraising

The city of Medina, Wash. says it won’t be paying for President Obama’s Tuesday evening fundraising visit.

According to Medina City Manager Mike Sauerwein, prior presidential visits have cost local residents as much as $35,000 due to security related issues; but not anymore.

“We love welcoming people to what we think is one of the most attractive communities in Puget Sound,” Sauerwein told Komo 4 News. “We just don’t feel that we should be passing the costs of the events to our citizens.”

Sauerwein says the bill will instead be sent to former Costco CEO Jim Sinegal, the host of the President’s $25,000 per plate Democratic fundraiser.


Maryland Jiffy Lube Owner Becomes Veterans Crusader

It was Veterans Day 2013, a chilly November morning, when John Way was approached by a young job seeker. The applicant was a veteran and Way, who owns two Jiffy Lube locations in the Baltimore area, immediately identified with him.

“I have a sign on my building that says ‘Veteran Owned and Operated.’ He felt that he would get a chance from me,” Way said. “I wasn’t going to create bad karma by not hiring a veteran on Veteran’s Day. He told me his story and absolutely, I helped him out.”

This experience led Way to launch a goal in January 2014, that at least 50 percent of his new hires would be veterans by the end of the year.


Security on the border between USA and Mexico


Work Begins July 25th and Will Continue Through Mid-August
Beginning Friday, July 25, 2014, the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) will start a project to paint and clean five bridges on state-maintained roads in Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester Counties.   The work will occur seven days-a-week during daytime hours only and is expected to be complete by mid-August, weather permitting.

Motorists should see painting crews on site at each of the bridges this Friday through Sunday, July 25-27, setting up equipment and doing prep work at each of the five locations. The cleaning and painting, primarily on the structural steel underneath the roadways, will be done on the following bridges:

• Somerset County - MD 413 (Crisfield Highway) over the Big Annemessex River just north of Marion Station.  Crews will work from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

• Wicomico County - Two bridges on US 13 Northbound and Southbound at the crossing of MD 12 (Snow Hill Road) at Nutters Crossing. Crews will work from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

• Wicomico County - MD 353 (Gumboro Road) Northbound and Southbound over Aydelotte Branch just south of Rounds Road  in the Town of Pittsville.  Crews will work from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

• Worcester County - MD 12 (Snow Hill Road) Northbound and Southbound over Nassawango Creek just west of Old Furnace Road. Crews will work from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

These are the first five of a total of 10 bridges in the three counties that will be cleaned and painted in the three lower Eastern Shore Counties this year.  The total contract for the maintenance work for all of the bridges is $1,025,400 and was awarded to Reglas Painting and Construction, Baltimore.

All of the bridges are fixed spans and no lane closures or detours will be required.  All staging areas for equipment will be on the road shoulders of each bridge maintenance project.

Cleaning and painting the bridges  preserves existing steel sections and protects them from  corrosion which could cause expensive and time consuming repairs and bridge closures in the future. Early this fall SHA will announce the locations and work hours for the remaining five bridges to be repainted in Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester Counties.

While SHA and its transportation partners work hard to maintain safe traffic mobility in work zones, each driver needs to actively modify his or her driving style to help prevent crashes. Stay alert and look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers.  Slow down and don’t follow too closely. Safe driving. Safe work zones. For everyone!

Aerial Pictures Of Tornado Damage At Cherrystone Campground

WAVY News’s Chopper 10 flew over parts of the Eastern Shore after severe weather, and a reported tornado, swept through the area Thursday.  Click HERE to see the pictures taken by Chopper 10

Confirmed: State Dept. Refused Protective Barrier at Benghazi Consulate

National Night Out 2014

SFD Calls For Service 7-23-14

  • Wednesday July, 23 2014 @ 13:28Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Wednesday July, 23 2014 @ 13:26Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Wednesday July, 23 2014 @ 13:02Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Wednesday July, 23 2014 @ 12:01Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Wednesday July, 23 2014 @ 10:57Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Wednesday July, 23 2014 @ 08:32 Nature: Structure FireAddress: 115 Second St Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Wednesday July, 23 2014 @ 08:32 Nature: Structure FireAddress: 115 Second St Salisbury, MD 21801

Cherrystone Campground (Video and Photos)

WAVY.COM has posted pictures of some of the damage done by the tornado. You can see those pictures by clicking HERE

SPD Press Release 7-24-14 Missing Person Located

Michigan Dept of Agri Forces Farmer to Dump 248 Gallons of Organic Milk and Break 1200 Free Range Eggs

While Americans in the nearby city of Detroit face life in third world conditions, unable to even afford running water, the state of Michigan decided to direct its resources towards cracking down on a small food co-op in Standish for having the utter audacity to provide milk, butter, cream and eggs to people who bought shares in the organic dairy.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture must be so proud of their deeds, after they forced Joe and Brenda Golimbieski, the owners of Hill High Dairy and Jenny Samuelson, the owner of My Family Co-op, to dump out 248 gallons of milk, to break 100 dozen eggs, and to destroy an undisclosed amount of fresh cream, butter and cheese.

According to a post on the Hill High Dairy page on Facebook, the agents from the MDA stood over the family, watching as the food was destroyed.

100 dozen eggs… Each egg had to be broken. 248 gallons dumped in a sprayer that had to be witnessed by MDA being dumped and sprayed on the field.


[Graphic] Terrorist’s Funeral Ends With Unexpected Surprise: “Allahu Akbar”

Islamists love violence and s their ther they’re holding their child in front of gunfire to blame Israel for killing their children, or detonate a car bomb in a busy public square, no task is too gruesome for a devout Muslim terrorist.

Perhaps the most honorable means of fighting infidels is to strap a suicide bomb vest to their chest and take as many non-Muslims with them as they can, which is exactly what one of their own did.

At the fallen terrorist’s funeral, however, there was an “unexpected surprise,” leaving many of the late bomber’s fanatics in the same position as their dear hero.

Apparently, the person who prepared the body to be carried through the streets forgot one very important detail – removing the suicide vest.


The Strange Case of Jonathan Reich

Jonathan Reich, a 22-year-old man residing in Avon, New York was arrested in May 2013 for several phone calls he made in January 2013 to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner H. Wayne Carver II and other parties involved in the December 14, 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. As most readers of Memory Hole are aware, Carver was Connecticut’s controversial chief medical examiner who allegedly oversaw the autopsies of the Sandy Hook shooting victims, then guffawed through a brief press conference with reporters from national media outlets and hasn’t been heard from since.

Alongside calls placed to Carver’s office, Reich, who went by the name “Scotty Walker” on YouTube and other online forums, called the Allison Wyatt Foundation for Allison (victim, 6 yrs old) to point out that on the organization’s Donations page the photo alleging to be Allison was in fact one Lily Gaubert. Reich inquired whether the foundation was aware of the anomaly and asked if it would be changed. The wrong image stayed on the donation page for a few additional weeks.

In another instance, Reich politely asked several questions to the Carver’s receptionist concerning the state coroner’s involvement in state legislation related to child autopsies as well as the shooting’s aftermath. I have examined Sandy Hook police reports related to the case, which note that “Jonathan Reich was investigated for calling the [Office of the Connecticut Medical Examiner] and it was determined that no criminal actions had taken place and that no action to press charges will be taken.”


The Future Is Smaller - That's The Only Way This Works

Leopold Kohr was a rather obscure Austrian economist from the early 20th century who spent the better part of his career railing against the ‘cult of bigness’.

Kohr’s fundamental premise was simple: Big doesn’t work. Big corporations. Big governments. Big countries. There are just too many problems from size.

Think about ancient Rome. As the empire expanded, Rome’s imperial government had to create layers and layers of bureaucracies. Municipal levels, provincial levels, regional levels, etc.

They had to maintain a massive standing army to secure their constantly-growing borders. Tax collection was a nightmare. Infrastructure constantly needed expansion and maintenance.


Health-care Group Says 111 Md. Legislative Candidates Support A Higher Tobacco Tax

A health-care advocacy group continued a push to raise Maryland’s cigarette tax to $3 a pack next year by touting a list Wednesday of 111 legislative candidates on the fall ballot who support the idea.

Vincent DeMarco, president of the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative, said the numbers suggest that a majority of members in the both the House and Senate will likely be on board when lawmakers return in January.

A tax rate of $3 a pack would be among the highest in the nation. Maryland last increased its tobacco tax in 2007, when lawmakers voted to double it to $2 a pack.


Wall Street Journal’s Story On Wall Street Journal Hack May Be The Strangest Thing You Read Today

As unpleasant as it is to read about another hack attack on a big-name company, there is something strangely amusing about the way in which the Wall Street Journal is reporting on a data breach of its own network.

“Computer systems housing The Wall Street Journal’s news graphics were hacked by outside parties, according to Journal publisher Dow Jones & Co.,” reads the lede of the Journal’s story, which then goes on to quote an unnamed spokesperson for the very paper that is reporting on the matter: “We are investigating an incident related to’s graphics systems. At this point we see no evidence of any impact to Dow Jones customers or customer data.”

And rather than writing that “Bonnie in IT says she’s taken affected systems offline,” the Journal report cites the ever-present “people familiar with the matter.”


Grocery Store Runs On Electricity Generated By Its Own Food Waste

It’s the ciiiiiiircle, the circle of life, but instead of a cartoon lion there’s a grocery store running on electricity generated by the same food waste that store creates. More recycling, fewer anthropomorphic talking animals, but it’s a circle… of science.

The Sainsbury superstore in Staffordshire, England is reportedly the first time a retailer in that country has come off the National Grid to power a store, reports the BBC.

The store already sends all its food waste to an anaerobic digestion plant, which basically feeds the garbage to bacteria that break down the food in many steps, producing primarily carbon dioxide and methane gas, explains Popular Science.

The methane is separated from the carbon dioxide and turned into biomethane gas, which is then used to generate electricity. A 1.5-kilometer-long cable carries the electricity back to the store.


John Wayne Museum In Bowie, Md., In Danger Of Closing

The one of a kind John Wayne Museum in Bowie, Maryland is in financial trouble and in danger of closing.

Bill Atkins, the owner, joins Maryland's Morning News to discuss the financial situation of the museum dedicated to one of Hollywood's biggest stars.

The eight-year-old museum costs Atkins, who is also a real estate broker, about $20,000 a year. "It's become a little bit of a burden to keep it open," he says.

He hopes to save the collection of John Wayne memorabilia by getting corporate sponsors and rounding up donations.

You can help by calling Atkins' cellphone at: 301-526-3481 to make a donation.

Listen to his story above, or click here.

Minimum Wage Workers Find Budget Tight For Families

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Tomorrow marks the 5th anniversary since the federal minimum wage was raised to $7.25 and many workers say their families are barely making it.

"It's very tough, very, very tough," said Verna Matheny. "You can't do anything. You don't have enough money to do anything by the time you get your paycheck it's gone."

Matheny makes $7.95 an hour which supports her - and her 9 year old son Kenneth.

"I might want a new pair of shoes but if he needs a uniform then that money has to go to him," said Matheny. "Then you have gas and electric."

Matheny and her son were waiting in line to receive free fruit and vegetables from a local food pantry. She says to help suppliment her budget she's also working side jobs like babysitting and hair cutting .

"You don't know whether to buy groceries or pay rent," said Matheny. "It's one or the other and you have to have a roof over your head."


Don't Forget, TONIGHT is $5.00 Burger Night At All Station 7 Restaurants

Take the entire Family out tonight to Station 7 in Laurel, DE., Pittsville and West Ocean City for a 1/2 pound burger, (including fries) for only $5.00!

You can also enjoy a HUGE chicken breast sandwich for the same price, (in case you're not a red meat eater). My Wife loves it with the Cajun sauce. 

El Galeon Andalucia sets sail for Ocean, City, Maryland to kick off the Sail to Sunny Fort Lauderdale 16th Century Ship Tour

OCEAN CITY -- The Spanish tall ship El Galeon Andalucia will be sailing into Ocean City on August 1st, for it’s first port-of-call on a five-month tour of East Coast.  The ship will make nine ports-of-call in five states on it’s Sail to Sunny Fort Lauderdale, Florida where it will be featured in the nationally televised Winterfest Boat Parade on December 13th.
     The 170-foot long,  500 ton ship is the only Galeon class vessel sailing today.  Five of the seven decks will be available for the public to tour. It carries an all Spanish crew of 25 sailors, several of which will welcome visitors onboard when they tour this one-of-a-kind vessel.
     El Galeon Andalucia is currently featured in the NBC series Crossbones starring John Malkovich as the legendary pirate Blackbeard which airs on Friday nights. After visiting Ocean City last summer, the ship spent three months in Puerto Rico where the series was filmed.
     "El Galeon will bring the spirit of discovery and exploration to over two hundred thousand visitors on its Sail to Sunny Fort Lauderdale,” said Bryan Lilley, head of the National Air, Sea & Space Foundation. “When you step onboard the ship it’s like traveling back in time 500 years to experience for yourself what it was like to explore the new World.” 
     El Galeon will spend the month of August in Ocean City, Maryland and will then make seven ports-of-call en route to Fort Lauderdale including Annapolis, MD, Morehead City, NC, Savannah, GA and Port Canaveral, FL.  The ship will also represent Spain at the Star Spangled Sailabration in Baltimore to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner.
     The Foundation will invite thousands of public school students on board El Galeon in each port to participate in the Future Explorers Education Program, part of its non-profit mission to educate youth in Air, Sea and Space. 
     “When the ship sails into a port it’s like bringing a hands on learning experience on the scale of a field trip to St. Augustine, Jamestown or Plymouth to the community,” Lilley said.  “The foundation is proud to be able to offer such an opportunity to public school students free of charge.”
     The ship will be open for public tours daily from 10 am to 6 pm in each port-of-call.  The foundation will host an evening event in each port where the public can come on board at night to see the ship. Opportunities to host private events onboard in the evenings are also available to companies and groups.
      For more information or to purchase advance tickets online at a savings of up to 25% visit


(PORT DEPOSIT, MD) – An adult and two youths have been charged with the murder earlier this year of a Cecil County man with whom they lived.

Alishawaine R. Monk, 23, of the unit block of Green Lane, Port Deposit, Md., is charged with first and second degree murder, first and second degree assault, conspiracy to commit first and second degree murder, and conspiracy to commit first and second degree assault. Monk had been arrested on July 2, 2014, by a US Marshals Service fugitive task force at a relative’s home in Philadelphia. That arrest was the result of a warrant obtained by Maryland State Police for drug charges that resulted from the ongoing murder investigation. State Police returned Monk to Maryland on July 22nd and served him with the murder charges. He is currently awaiting an initial appearance before a court commissioner at the Cecil County Detention Center.

Willy Woodberry, 14, of the unit block of Green Lane, Port Deposit, Md., is charged as an adult with first and second degree murder, first and second degree assault, conspiracy to commit first and second degree murder, and conspiracy to commit first and second degree assault. He was arrested without incident at his residence on July 22nd by Maryland State Police. A District Court commissioner ordered him held without bond at the Cecil County Detention Center.

The third suspect is being charged as a juvenile and is not being identified. He is 11 years old. He is charged with first and second degree murder and first and second degree assault. He was staying with relatives in Philadelphia, Pa, where he was taken into custody on July 22nd by police who were acting on a body attachment issued by the Cecil County State’s Attorney’s Office. Department of Juvenile Services officials are working with Pennsylvania authorities to return this suspect to Maryland.

The victim is identified as Vincent M. Robertson, 47, of the unit block of Green Lane, Port Deposit, Md. Robertson was found dead in his home when emergency medical services personnel responded there for what was reported to be a medical call on the morning of February 17, 2014. After what appeared to be a gunshot wound was observed, Maryland State Police were called and the State Police Homicide Unit initiated an investigation.

An autopsy conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined the victim had died from gunshot wounds. His death was ruled a homicide.

The victim lived in the residence with his wife and her five sons. An intense and extensive investigation led by the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit developed evidence that implicated three of the five sons in Robertson’s murder. Evidence was presented to the Cecil County state’s attorney for review and he approved charges for the three suspects. A specific motive for the murder remains unclear at this time.

Investigative assistance was provided by the Cecil County Narcotics Task Force, the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office, the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division Northern Region, the Gang Enforcement Unit, and the Maryland State Apprehension Team. Assistance was also provided by the Philadelphia Police Department and the US Marshals Service.

BREAKING NEWS: Urkainian prime minister says he's resigning

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk says he is resigning, citing a "collapse of the coalition" governing the country.


LIVE BLOG: Three dead after tornado touches down in Cherrystone Family Camping Resort in Cape Charles

A tornado touched down in Cherrystone Family Camping Resort in Cape Charles, Virginia on Thursday morning, according to the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office. The Eastville Volunteer Fire Department confirms three people are dead.
Virginia State Police have only confirmed two deaths at this time.

A Letter To The Editor, "Homeless"

Dear Joe, were you aware that at the present time there is no where in this community to go if you are a homeless man for shelter? The Christian Shelter is where the men normally go. It has been under renovation since March. There was an article in the paper about the homeless Sunday and not to give them money but to donate to the shelters and to send them there. Which I totally agree with but my question is why doesn't the community know that there is not shelter at the moment and why is there a temporary place for them to go until the Christian shelter is complete? The homeless men could be actually helping to get it ready. Every time I call to see if it is open they say not yet maybe in two weeks the painters didn't come today or there are a few little things that need to be done. The reason this whole situation bothers me so much is I have come in contact with a young man who is disabled, not on drugs , doesn't suffer from mental illness but was taking advantage of by the system and has lost his ssi money. He gets Temporary Disability which is $185 a month . There is no place in this town that will take him. To Stay in a motel it's at least $219 a month. We have tried to get help through social services, health dept., Joseph House, Mac Independent living, shore up, Dors and some low income rentals. He just needs a room. The best we could find was $300 a month. We even tried some church's . They weren't aware of this situation. This young man so desperately wants to be a productive citizen. He has no criminal background and is volunteering at the hospital . There may not be many out there like this but be has certainly made e aware of how broken our system is. I'm all about missions and helping people but please start with your own community.

Snobby Sells For Two Montgomery Co. Communities

WASHINGTON - Two Maryland communities are considered among the snobbiest places in the U.S.

But for the real estate bloggers at, snobby can be a good thing. It can mean a higher number of art galleries, high median income level, higher percentages of residents with a college degree, more private schools per capita and higher median home prices.

That could be a good thing for a particular home shoppers, according to the blog.

"It's okay to have refined tastes in life. Knowing a Cabernet from a Merlot is nothing to be ashamed of," according to the blog. "Here at the Movoto Real Estate Blog, we're a bit snobby ourselves, especially when it comes to houses."


BREAKING NEWS: French official says missing Air Algerie jet with 116 people aboard has crashed in Mali

A French Ministry of Defense official tells Fox News that a missing Air Algerie flight with 116 people aboard has crashed in Mali, and that two French fighter jets have located the wreckage.


Debbie Wasserman-Schultz: “I Stand Corrected”

Bill O'Reilly Attempts to Belittle the Positive Impact of Copblocking

Where’s the media outrage? Democratic senator’s daughter uses maneuver to avoid US corporate taxes

I’ve always been fascinated by how politicians change their view when a family member is involved.

Their job, as professionals, is to weigh the evidence and arguments on all sides of an issue and reach a conclusion. Of course, we all know it doesn’t work in the civics-textbook way when lobbyists, donors and powerful special-interest groups are involved.

But how many times has an officeholder pushed for more funding to eradicate a disease that happened to strike a relative? Or softened or changed a position on same-sex marriage after learning that a son or daughter is gay?

The latest case in point is Sen. Joe Manchin. But the West Virginia Democrat finds himself in the uncomfortable position of opposing what his own daughter did.

Manchin’s daughter is Heather Bresch, the CEO of a generic drug firm called Mylan that makes big bucks from Medicare and Medicaid.

Last week, the company announced that it was renouncing its status as an American company and would be incorporated in the Netherlands. In other words, it would still be a U.S. company and milk the U.S. market, but avoid a whole lot of taxes.


Sudanese Christian woman spared death sentence for apostasy arrives in Italy

Italy's vice-minister for foreign affairs says Meriam Ibrahim has been flown to Rome along with her family after spending over a month in the US Embassy in Khartoum. 

Gubernatorial Candidates Point Fingers Over Beretta Move

The candidates for governor are weighing in on the decision by gun maker Beretta to stop making weapons in Maryland.

The company announced Tuesday that it would move its manufacturing operations, with 160 jobs, from Prince George's County, to a new facility in Tennessee, starting next year. The company says it would continues to keep administrative and marketing offices in Maryland.

Lt. Governor Anthony Brown's campaign manager, issued a news release, noting the state worked with with Beretta to stay in Maryland, but it appeared that the company" never planned on staying."

The statement from campaign manager Justin Schall adds that Hogan's objections are more troubling noting Hogan opposes provisions in the laws preventing the mentally ill from getting guns.


FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv

The FAA has announced that U.S. airlines are clear to fly into and out of Tel Aviv's Ben-Gurion Airport 

Sandy Hook: Obama Poses For Photo With Murdered Child

Video Content: (1) Allegedly deceased child (Emilie Parker) seen alive in photo-op with President Obama (2) Two accounts of compelling evidence revealing foreknowledge of the Sandy Hook Massacre based on Google date listing of victim websites constructed prior to alleged massacre.


Hillary's Bullying the Media

Hillary Clinton’s $35 doorstop of a memoir is a flop. It was a best-seller to hard-core Democrats, but her advance is estimated at $14 million, which means Simon & Schuster is taking a bath in the hopes of publishing a future president.

Worse yet, The Washington Post reported that according to an measurement of which electronic books are most-read, Hillary’s book came in dead-last among recent political books. Every time people highlight something in a book on their Kindles, Amazon records that data. By that measure, most readers barely started it. “The deepest into Hard Choices the popular highlights get is page 33, a quote about smart power. Three of the five most-popular highlights occur within the first 10 pages.”

After “Hard Choices” came the anti-Hillary books. Ed Klein’s “Blood Feud” claims the Clintons and the Obamas loathe each other. It replaced “Hard Choices” at the top of the best-seller list. The New York Post reported Hillary told college friends last year that President Obama was “incompetent and feckless” and charged that he had “no hand on the tiller half the time.”

That sounds quite accurate – but it’s unsubstantiated. Klein’s reliance on anonymous sources gives the pro-Hillary media a reason to ignore him. That doesn’t mean they don’t have a double standard, however. Recall NBC and others gleefully detailing the gossipy Joe McGinniss character assassination of Sarah Palin in 2011; and never mind Kitty Kelley’s uber-trashy Nancy Reagan biography.


The Sandy Hook “Smoking Gun”: Game, Set, Match!

BREAKING NEWS! A photograph of the photographer taking the photograph proves that it was a drill.

Shannon Hicks receives NENPA award for her staged Sandy Hook photograph

During a debate about Sandy Hook with someone who refused to identify himself other than as “Count One”, I was repeatedly challenged to produce extraordinary evidence.

He repeated and repeated the refrain, “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof!” But the evidence I was producing, time after time, was extraordinary and met that standard.

The most extraordinary is that the “iconic” photograph taken by Shannon Hicks for which she was named “Photographer of the Year” was actually one in a series staged for the fake shooting!

This case abounds with extraordinary proof that has been published in “Top Ten Reasons: Sandy Hook was an elaborate Hoax”, “Sandy Hook Elementary School: Closed in 2008, a stage in 2012″ and “The Newtown School Board meeting and the meaning of silence”, including, for example:

* that the final report from Connecticut authorities does not included the names, the ages or the sex of the alleged victims of the shooting: THAT IS EXTRAORDINARY!

* that the Clerk of Newtown entered into secret negotiations with the state legislature to avoid releasing their death certifications: THAT IS EXTRAORDINARY!

* that the Connecticut State Attorney General opposed the release of the 911 calls and had to be denied withholding them by courts: THAT IS EXTRAORDINARY!

* that a special panel of the state legislature recommended state employees who released information about Sandy Hook be subject to an E-felony: THAT IS EXTRAORDINARY!

* that those who were involved in the demolition of the school building itself were required to sign life-time gag orders about anything they saw or did not see: THAT IS EXTRAORDINARY!


NAACP To Hold National Convention In Baltimore

BALTIMORE (AP) — The NAACP says it will hold its 2016 national convention in Baltimore.

Tessa Hill-Aston, president of the Baltimore branch of the civil rights organization, said in an email on Wednesday that the national board, meeting this week in Las Vegas, selected Baltimore as the site.

The organization has been headquartered in Baltimore since 1986.


9/11 Commission Chair, Vice-Chair Say 28 Pages Should Be Declassified

BREAKING NEWS: Plane carrying 116 disappears from radar over western Africa

An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people disappears from radar during a flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers, the official Algerian news agency reports.


SPD Press Release 7-24-14

Gold Alert Issued for Missing Laurel Man

Laurel, DE - The Delaware State Police are issuing a Gold Alert for Michael D. Vanderhoeven, 28 of Laurel, Delaware.

Troopers are looking for Michael D. Vanderhoeven who hasn’t been heard from or seen since approximately 4:30 p.m. Wednesday July 23, 2014.

There is a concern for Vanderhoeven's safety and welfare as troopers have been unable to make contact with him to check on his welfare and attempts to locate him have been unsuccessful. Vanderhoeven was last seen leaving his residence in the 34000 block of Branch School Road, Laurel and is described as a white male, 5'09" tall, 180 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes. (Photo Attached)

He may be in the Delmar or Salisbury, Maryland areas.

If anyone has any information in reference to the whereabouts of Michael Vanderhoeven they are asked to call Troop 5 at 302-337-1090 or by utilizing the Delaware State Police Mobile Crime Tip Application available to download at: Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."

Black and white is the new orange? Sheriff buys jail jumpsuits after orange becomes 'cool'

SAGINAW, MI — If orange is the new black, as the popular TV show title says, then black-and-white stripes are the new orange at the Saginaw County Jail.

The jail's all-orange jumpsuits increasingly are viewed as "cool," Saginaw County Sheriff William Federspiel says, prompting him to begin purchasing jumpsuits with horizontal black-and-white stripes for use inside the jail instead.

The choice was not arbitrary, the sheriff says.



3 easy ways to help right now

Every day as I travel across this great state, I meet folks from all walks of life who are fed up with politics as usual in Annapolis and eager to help us bring change to Maryland. Here are three quick and easy things you can do right now that will make a big difference.

Pledge Your Vote.

Pledge your vote to the Hogan-Rutherford team today and then share your support on your Facebook or Twitter profile. Social media is a great, and easy, tool that you can use to help spread our message!

Recruit Your Friends.

Our campaign to change Maryland has attracted over 104,000 Republicans, Democrats, and independents from every corner of the state. If each person recruited even just one new supporter, we would instantly double our reach, and if each person could recruit ten new supporters, we would have over one million Marylanders engaged and this election would be won! Encourage your friends to get involved today by pledging their support and following us on Facebook.

Sign Up to Volunteer.

"Boots-on-the-ground," grassroots volunteers are the heart of our campaign. Spend some time with the Hogan-Rutherford team at a parade or fair, doorknocking, making phone calls, staffing events - the opportunities are endless and we always have FUN! Click here to sign up to volunteer today.

Thank you for your continued support and your committment to turning our state around. Please take a few moments to complete this list and when you do, you'll receive a complimentary Hogan-Rutherford tee-shirt!
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our campaign by phone at (443) 221-4450, or stop in and visit us at our Annapolis headquarters, located at 2635 Riva Rd., Suite 100, Annapolis, MD 21401.
Thank you!
Larry Hogan
Hogan for Governor

Maryland Has Successful Sale of $1.15 Billion in General Obligation Bonds

ANNAPOLIS – Maryland State Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp
announced that the Board of Public Works (BPW), composed of Governor Martin O’Malley, Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Kopp, completed the sale of $1,149,715,000 of General Obligation bonds today in three series, including the direct retail sale of $50,385,000 of Series A bonds which sold on July 18th and July 21st exclusively to retail investors with a first priority to Maryland residents.

The direct retail bond sale (Series A), conducted through a group of
underwriters led by Citigroup Global Markets, Inc., carried a true interest rate of 1.1883%. The net premium was $6,381,311.

Competitive sales for Series B and Series C occurred at today’s BPW meeting.

The State received bids for the $449,615,000 of Tax-Exempt General Obligation Bonds (Series B) and the $649,715,000 of Tax-Exempt Refunding Bonds (Series C). The Series C Refunding Bonds will reduce the State’s debt service by approximately $58.3 million.

In today’s competitive sales:

 $449,615,000 in tax-exempt bonds in Series B sold at a true interest cost of 2.6535%; the winning bidder was J.P. Morgan Securities, LLC, and the net premium was $64,221,141; and
$649,715,000 in tax-exempt refunding bonds in Series C sold at a true interest cost of 1.8821%; the winning bidder was Morgan Stanley & Co., LLC, and the net premium was $148,876,381.

There were five bidders on Series B and five bidders on Series C.
Treasurer Kopp commented “Today’s results were very satisfying for the taxpayers of Maryland. The State was well-timed to be in the market and benefited from investors’ ‘flight to quality’. The demand for Maryland bonds and the resulting favorable interest rates are a reflection of the top quality of Maryland’s credit and the security of the investment it provides. The State’staxpayers benefit from saving millions of dollars because of our strong AAA bond ratings and resultant lower interest rates. In addition, today’s successful sale of tax-exempt refunding bonds will save Maryland taxpayers more than $58million in debt service costs. It is also good news that all Marylanders who wanted to do so were able to buy the State’s high-quality bonds during the retail sale period. Their investment in Maryland in turn will allow Maryland to invest in projects that support communities throughout the State. Overall, Maryland’s
citizens benefit from the investment in Maryland’s schools, colleges, hospitals, prisons and cultural projects that are supported with bond proceeds.”

Maryland is one of only ten states to currently hold the AAA rating, the highest possible rating, from all three major bond rating agencies. The AAA was affirmed by Fitch, Moody’s, and Standard & Poor’s as recently as July 7, 2014, in anticipation of this bond sale.

The Maryland State Treasurer’s Office expects to conduct another bond sale in February or March 2015.

Hogan agrees to eighth candidates’ forum as Brown continues to duck debates

ANNAPOLIS – Larry Hogan’s campaign announced that the gubernatorial candidate today has agreed to a fifth televised debate, this one to be co-hosted by NewsChannel 8, WTOP and POLITICO. This is the eighth overall gubernatorial forum the Anne Arundel businessman has accepted and agreed to participate in. As of today, Lt. Governor Brown had yet to confirm participation in any televised debates.

Today’s announcement follows news that Anthony Brown would only agree to participate in the Maryland Association of Counties’ (MACO) candidates forum, with the condition that he not appear on the stage at the same time as Hogan, the GOP nominee. The Hogan campaign reiterated that it had placed no restrictions on the format of the MACO or other forums and expressed its strong preference to have a moderated back-and-forth exchange between the candidates for governor.

Larry Hogan said, "As Anthony Brown has ducked questions about his mismanagement of the Health Exchange or any other questions regarding his record, he is apparently continuing to hide in his communication bunker and is trying to duck any serious debates. The voters of Maryland deserve better. After two terms of O’Malley-Brown, the voters need to hear directly from Brown on why he deserves another four years. Brown wants a promotion, but he refuses to show up to the interview," Hogan said. Hogan has accepted invitations from major news stations in both the Baltimore and DC media markets and on the Eastern Shore. Including today accepting the NewsChannel 8/WTOP/POLITICO debate, Hogan has accepted invitations for candidate debates or forums from:

· June 26 - Invite received for Maryland Municipal League (MML) Gubernatorial Candidates Forum

· July 1 – Accepted invitation to MML candidates’ forum and issued statement calling for several TV debates around the state.

· July 3 – Invite received and accepted for WBFF TV Gubernatorial Debate.

· July 6 – Invite received and accepted for Maryland Association of Counties candidates’ forum.

· July 8 – Invite received and accepted for WJZ-TV/Baltimore Sun gubernatorial debate

· July 8 - Invite received and accepted for WBAL-TV/WBOC/WHAG/MPT – gubernatorial debate

· Week of July 14 - Agreed to attend a debate to be hosted by WMDT-TV

· July 14 - Accepted invitation to Maryland Fraternal Order of Police candidates’ forum

· July 23 - Received and accepted invitation to NewsChannel8-WTOP-POLITICO Debate

Troopers Seek Public’s Help in Locating Wanted Subjects

Georgetown, DE - The Delaware State Police is asking the public’s assistance in attempting to locate a man and a woman that scammed a female out of money for a car and possibly fled the state.

The incident took place on Tuesday July 22, 2014 when Heather Turner, 31 of Lincoln, contacted a 25 year old female victim via phone about purchasing an Acura Integra she knew was for sale. Turner and her male accomplice, Ryan L. Neyhart, 29 of Georgetown, picked the victim up from her residence and drove her to the 18000 block of Redden Road, Georgetown, where the car was located, and a $1,500.00 cash exchange took place. Neyhart entered the residence and then returned shortly thereafter making statements that they would need to get a tag and title work completed before she could drive it away. He and Turner then drove the victim to Fitzgerald's Salvage near Lincoln where they dropped her off and informed her someone would be coming to her with the keys and title. After a period of time, no one showed up.

Further investigation revealed the suspects had been driving Neyhart's father's blue 2002 GMC Sonoma pickup truck, Delaware registration CL98373, when this transaction occurred and were only given permission by the truck owner to use the vehicle to travel to court. Neither of the two suspects have since returned with the truck and are also in possession of the 56 year old male victim's cell phone.

Warrants have been obtained for Heather Turner and Ryan Neyhart for Theft Greater than $1,500.00, Conspiracy 2nd, Theft Under $1,500.00, and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. Both are also wanted out of Sussex County Superior Court for Violation of Probation. The two may be traveling to Virginia or Pennsylvania.

If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of Ryan Neyhart or Heather Turner, they are asked to contact Corporal R. Hargis at 302-337-1090 ext. 312 or by utilizing the Delaware State Police Mobile Crime Tip Application available to download at: Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."

SPD Searching For 19yo Rob Odell

Salisbury Police ‏
SPD search for missing 19yoa Rob Odell. Last seen wearing all white + red sneakers. Missing from area near Ward Museum. Call SPD w/info

*Posted by SPD on twitter*

Obama’s Summer of Denial

8th Annual Wheels On the Waterfront (W.O.W.) Cruise-In

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Church Fire Reveals Image Of Jesus?

If you look close you'll see an image of someone. Many would say it was an image of Jesus. What do you think?

Marine Veteran Literally Locked Inside A VA Clinic And Forgotten About

Retired U.S. Marine Jeffrey Duck was locked inside a Veterans Affairs clinic and forgotten about when the clinic closed without telling him, WKMG reported Tuesday.

Duck, who had gone to the Orange City clinic in Florida to get a prescription, was taken to a small room where he waited for three hours before realizing everyone else in the building had left for the day and that he’d been locked inside.

Worried he’d be accused of breaking in, he filmed himself walking around the empty clinic on his cellphone and eventually called 911 to get someone to let him out. Duck says he arrived at 1 PM and that he didn’t notice the clinic was closed until 4, even though the stated hours on their website say they’re open until 4:30 every weekday.


Pat Buchanan bets on Rand Paul to win the GOP nomination

'Their God Changes Path Of Rockets In Mid-Air'

As Israel continues to deal with the threat of terrorist rockets flying through its skies, a recent newspaper headline trumpeted the possibility of supernatural protection.

“Their God changes the path of our rockets in mid-air, said a terrorist,” was the headline in the July 18 edition of the Jewish Telegraph.

It was a partial quote from Barbara Ordman, who lives in Ma’ale Adumim on the West Bank.

Her exact quotation was: “As one of the terrorists from Gaza was reported to say when asked why they couldn’t aim their rockets more effectively: “We do aim them, but their God changes their path in mid-air.”


WBOC Loses Fox on Direct TV

In one week WBOC will no longer be delivering FOX on Direct TV.

It's Time for Conservatives to Stop Defending Police

There is nothing conservative about government violating the rights of citizens.

Imagine if I were to tell you there is a large group of government employees, with generous salaries and ridiculously cushy retirement pensions covered by the taxpayer, who enjoy incredible job security and are rarely held accountable even for activities that would almost certainly earn the rest of us prison time. When there is proven misconduct, these government employees are merely reassigned and are rarely dismissed. The bill for any legal settlements concerning their errors? It, too, is covered by the taxpayers. Their unions are among the strongest in the country.

No, I’m not talking about public-school teachers.

I’m talking about the police.

We conservatives recoil at the former; yet routinely defend the latter — even though, unlike teachers, police officers enjoy an utter monopoly on force and can ruin — or end — one’s life in a millisecond.


Live Incident On Beaglin Park Drive

The Wicomico County Sheriff's Office and several Officers are presently at Schumaker Pond and Beaglin Park Rd along with a Helicopter looking into the pond. We're not sure what is going on but there are a lot of Officers and Detectives on the scene. 

Achievement Redistribution: University Of Wisconsin To Distribute Grades Based On Race And Ethnicity

One time I was speaking at a local South Florida high school and explaining “wealth redistribution.” I used a football analogy, with the example of a team being ahead at halftime 28-7. However, when the team came back after halftime, the scoreboard read 21-14. I explained to the students that officials met in the press booth and decided to have equitable apportionment of touchdowns to make the game fairer. They believed the self-esteem of the other team was being adversely affected. When I asked the high school seniors if they agreed, they vehemently said no. They felt they’d earned their touchdowns. So I asked why? Shouldn’t they share their good fortune? I was met with a resounding no. They responded that the other team should have practiced more and played better.

Clearly the University of Wisconsin-Madison would have trouble understanding that analogy as the faculty has just adopted a new charter advocating “proportional participation of historically underrepresented racial-ethnic groups at all levels” including “the distribution of grades.”


Lost Cat 7-23-14

Hey Joe.... I am looking for a missing cat. She has been missing since Thursday from the Mt Hermon area behind kmart. Her name is Bella. Unfortunately I lost all the pictures in my phone when I switched to a new one. Can you please post this on the site to see if anyone has found her. There is a cash reward if anyone can bring her home! We have two little boys who are missing her. Please have them call or text me at any time! 443-614-7117

Rep. Jared Polis' anti-fracking crusade riles Colorado

Multimillionaire draws ire of fellow Democrats, oil and gas industry

DENVERRep. Jared Polis and his personal fortune were instrumental in helping Democrats wrest control of Colorado from Republicans, but now Democrats fear that he may jeopardize everything they’ve worked for with his anti-fracking crusade.

The multimillionaire Democratic congressman from Boulder is sponsoring two ballot measures targeting hydraulic fracturing, and, in doing so, he’s awakened a powerful foe that has even more money than he does: the state’s oil and gas industry.

If Initiatives 88 and 89 gather enough signatures by Aug. 4 to qualify for the November ballot, analysts say the ensuing political bloodbath could wipe out the Democrats’ gains over the past decade by boosting pro-fracking Republicans and endangering the re-election bids of Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper and Sen. Mark Udall.

The situation worsened last week for Democrats after the pro-fracking Mr. Hickenlooper abandoned his push for a special legislative session, which was aimed at convincing Mr. Polis to drop his initiatives in exchange for a compromise bill giving localities more authority over the industry.

“If there’s no compromise coming, [Mr. Polis] is going to end up doing this,” said Denver pollster Floyd Ciruli. “He’s going to be the financier of a group of people who will spend every waking moment criticizing the governor. That is so utterly unbelievable for a person who is ambitious in the Democratic Party.”


Maryland Department of Natural Resources Links Watermen With Chefs

It is a refreshing June morning as the sun shines down on Solomons, Maryland, causing the Patuxent River to sparkle in its reflection. A crew of four Washington, D.C., area chefs stands on a wooden dock alongside Steve Vilnit, the Director of Fisheries Marketing at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), eagerly awaiting the arrival of our captain, Bruce Abbott, and his fishing vessel.

Vilnit coordinates educational trips intended to connect local chefs with living resources. By creating these experiences, he is able to spread the word about the importance of buying local seafood and illustrate the hard work that goes into moving fresh seafood from the ocean to the dinner table.

The O’Dark Thirty appears in the distance and sidles up to the dock for the crew and guests to climb aboard. Once everyone is situated, Abbott heads east, out of the mouth of the Patuxent and into the main stem of the Chesapeake Bay. About 20 minutes go by before the boat comes to a halt next to one of roughly 1,500 pound nets in the Bay. Pound nets are used by watermen to harvest large quantities of a specific fish species, like perch, menhaden, croaker or striped bass. Vilnit describes the net and why it is so popular: “The way a pound net works is by playing off of a fish’s natural instinct to head to deeper water when they feel threatened. The net funnels them into the center where they are trapped,” he said.

Rand Paul: Less Government, More Sharing Economy

Who will be the GOP nominee in 2016? I don't know, but I have a pretty good idea who the running mate will be: Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. Unless Paul is the nominee.

A new NBC News/Marist poll found that Paul would be the top GOP vote-getter against Hillary Clinton in critically important Iowa and New Hampshire; political reporter Chuck Todd duly has proclaimed Paul the Republican front-runner.

So I had to see the libertarian-leaning darling Saturday. He delivered a keynote speech to the LincolnLabs' "Reboot 2014" confab of libertarian-leaning techies, also known as "conservatarians."

You'd expect the audience to be simpatico. Tech geeks and libertarians have so much in common. Both tend to be male, young and much impressed with their own intelligence.

Though libertarian thinking may seem sink-or-swim, Paul showed how less government is good for the hip and trendy sharing economy. He hailed companies such as Uber and Lyft as "so popular you can't stop them."


I Blamed My Wife For Our Messy House, I Was Wrong For Many Reasons

I was building shelves in my garage when a neighbor girl, one of my 4-year-old daughter’s friends, approached me and said, “I just saw in your house. It’s pretty dirty. Norah’s mommy needs to clean more.”

“Some people find comments like that rude,” I said.

The little girl looked at me with a snarky smile and said, “yup!”

What really sucks about what 5-year-olds say is that they are 100 percent honest. And indeed, our house was a mess. At the time, I could probably have listed a million reasons to explain our clutter piles, random installments of underwear, laundry baskets full of clean laundry sitting precariously in the middle of the living room, and so on. There always seems to be a bracelet loom, a couple dolls, a play dough kit, and a few dirty dishes on the table.