The Rumor Mill: Keeping it real by refuting the lies against Dover PD

Dover PD has a great record of not tolerating misbehavior even if it is not backed up by the Departments of Justice both Federal and State. We have a situation where a person was shot while trying to avoid custody. The person was an adult criminal who had outstanding warrants and was reported by a witness to be armed in a call in. I issued the following statement on Social Media also published in the Sunday Delaware State News. Here is the real story about the officer involved shooting on S. New Street today. The one shot was armed, would not put his weapon away, was 21, and shot in the leg. The street rumor says the officer shot an unarmed, 15 year old in the back twice while he was running away. That is a dangerous lie. Help keep your city safe by sharing the truth. Just like we took a strong stand against that horrible officer assault, we take a strong stand against anyone Read more

The Shooting of Terrance Fletcher By Dover Police, Justified?

Conflicting Reports By Different News Agencies and The Dover Police Dept. Causes Anger in Dover's Black Community. After reading conflicting reports about the shooting of Terrance Fletcher 21, by Dover police on the 100 block of South New Street on August 28, I decided to attend an open meeting of community residents and leaders at 6pm Saturday to get closer to the real story of what happened. According of the Dover Police media release Friday afternoon: At approximately 1:24pm (Friday) Chief Bernat notified the mayor to inform him of shots being fired at 111 South Ne, the details are still coming in however, a perpetrator confronted two Dover officers with a handgun and was told to put the gun down and he did not comply. One of the officers fired several shots. Subject has now been transported to Bayhealth condition is unknown at this time. Chief Bernat, Dep Chief Mailey and Read more

My Reflections On Katrina 10 Years Later

Kartina cost over 1800 lives and $125,000,000,000. It was the third most deadly Hurricane in American history and the most costly storm. It did not just devastate New Orleans, but wiped out 93% of Gulfport, MS and created a disaster that stretched from Louisiana to Alabama. I was on the ground within 3 days of the storm as part of the Delaware Army National Guard. Watching the coverage of the suffering of my fellow Americans spurred me to call and volunteer to go if a chance became available. I received the call while I was at work. I was asked if I could be at the New Castle County Airport in 4 hours. I called my district manager, called my wife and asked her to throw clothes in the laundry, finished my mandatory reports in half an hour, and hurried home to pack and change into uniform. I had my gear ready just in case, but still needed supplies. She picked up the kids from Read more

Debate on Iran Nuclear Deal Intensifies

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer US Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Powers, in a recent editorial in Politico has stated that the United States could find itself isolated from the international community if it rejects the proposed Joint Plan of Action (JPOA) with Iran, according to a L’Agence France-Presse (AFP) report. "If the United States rejects this deal, we would instantly isolate ourselves from countries that spent nearly two years working with American negotiators to hammer out its toughest provisions," Powers wrote in an opinion posted late Wednesday. "We would go from a situation in which Iran is isolated to one in which the United States is isolated.”, she continued. According to an article by Deb Reichmann, carried in the Huffington Post, President Obama has adequate authority to lift most sanctions against Iran by executive order, despite a override Read more

ONI Issues Chinese Navy Identification Chart

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer

The Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) has publicly issued an identification chart of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) Navy. The poster is downloadable as a PDF file and is available at:

http://www.oni.navy.mil/Intelligence_Community/china_media/posters/PLA_Navy_Identification_Guide.pdf

For an interesting companion article read Business Insider :

http://www.businessinsider.com/every-ship-in-the-chinese-navy-2015-8

Senator Marco Rubio on Education

Senator Marco Rubio, who is running for the Republican Presidential nod, released the following. It’s an exciting time of year: Our kids are heading back to school and millions of young adults are going off to college. But the schools they’re headed to aren’t nearly as good as they should be. And the burden of going back to a mediocre school is borne most by those who can afford it least — the least fortunate kids, who most need a better shot. Year after year, Democrats just want to throw more money at our outdated, inefficient system, trying to fix the problem by legislating from Washington and paying off their political backers who want to protect the broken status quo at all costs. I want an alternative, based on three important principles: Restore local control and stop Common Core. Modernize our higher education system. Give parents a choice. Stopping Common Read more

Trump not popular with Hispanics, but some in GOP Field are gaining Favor

Unsurprisingly, Donald Trump's hardline immigration stance is not gaining him towering levels of popularity in the Latino quarters. Pundits who with hand wringing, warn that the "Republican brand" would ever be damaged by having a spirited discussion and fight within the party are so far wrong. According to Gallup, Bush and Rubio have gained in popularity with Hispanic adults. You see Hispanics are not shallow and uniformed, as some seem to presume. They can decide who they like and don't without looking at labels. Trump should stay true to his beliefs. It is working for him. I would also submit that Bush and others should stay true to theirs. It may be working for them in the long run. Let's engage in a battle of ideas. It is good for America. I wish the numbers where broken down by registered voters as many of the adults are not registered and a few may not be citizens. Read more

Is Clinton Student Loan Program Meritorious?

How long should people be paying student loans? Why did the government ban refinancing at today's lower interest rates? Why ban student loans from being discharged in bankruptcy? The student loan program was rigged by government to benefit the lenders, the colleges, bankers, and the bureaucrats. It became such a disgrace that President Obama got away with nationalizing the 1.3 Trillion Dollar boondoggle. Sadly, except for some common sense reforms to help people who cannot pay their loans, it just changed who took the money. Students and families did not benefit greatly. How is that a surprise? Senator Elizabeth Warren stumbled upon something that is just plain common sense. People are being forced to pay loans at 8% interest. Just let them refinance like every other borrower at today's lower interest rates. This idea would be beneficial to taxpayers who guarantee the loans Read more

Rubio Is the Worst Nightmare for Progressives

If the election were yesterday, what would a Rubio v. Clinton election look like? Rubio would win by 2 or 3 points, but would have a strong showing in the electoral college giving Clinton the doubt in VA, NH, MN, and Rubio IA and OH where he leads within the margin of error. New polling puts him solidly ahead in MI and PA. Map created at 270toWin.com By Comparison Donald Trump is not at that level currently. Map created at 270toWin.com A Bush v. Clinton race would be unpredictable. Map created at 270toWin.com Read more

Iran to Build a Nationwide Nuclear Science and Technology School System

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer

The Director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Ali Akbar Salehi, announced last Tuesday that the agency plans to build special nuclear science and technology training schools across Iran.

Speaking at a groundbreaking ceremony of the new Nuclear High School in Mashad, he said, “The country’s second nuclear energy school will be constructed in Mashhad and a memorandum of understanding has also been signed among the AEOI, Khorassan Governor General Razavi ‘s Office and the Khorassan Education Department in this regard.”

The AEOI also has plans to construct a hospital with advanced nuclear medicine diagnostic and treatment facilities in Tehran, according to Salehi.

Planned Barrenhood Underfire

Planned Parenthood is unworthy of taxpayer support or even existence. Money spent on them should go to real community health facilities that do not charge what Planned Barrenhood does for health related services then demand subsidies while they rake in large amounts for disgusting practices resulting in their reputation among critics as America’s Killing Fields. Thousands are protesting across America for good reason. Enough said.

Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan, Egypt May Discuss Syrian Crisis

Conference Expected to Convene in Moscow Next Week By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer FARS News has reported on Wed Aug 19, 2015 that there is likelihood that a multilateral conference on the Syrian situation will be convened in Moscow next week. Yury Barmin, a political analyst of Russia Direct Research Institute, stated that the concurrence of visits by senior officials from Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan and Egypt has given rise to speculation that they might take part in joint talks on regional crises. During a face-to-face discussion with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir in Moscow last week, Russian Foreign Minister,Sergey Lavrov, reiterated that Russia will not accept exclusion of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from the peace talks, however, he also stated that Russia and Saudi Arabia had “agreed on practical steps to facilitate the political process in Syria.” Read more

Combating Crime in Wilmington, DE

GUEST OPINION By: Steven Washington, M.Ed How do we combat crime in Wilmington, Delaware? It appears that nonsense shootings are happening almost daily and we constantly look for solutions. Have we exercised every avenue or do we really want it to stop? We really must become proactive and not reactive. I would like to introduce safety right in the palm of your hand via your mobile phone. This app will help deter crime and build communication. Don't hesitate to visit my web-site: www.ubnappd.com/sw71 UbnAppd is a video recording and safety alerting app: What would you do if you got pulled over by the Police, walking alone or had an incident with someone? Would you want an eye witness? Parents, Do you worry about your kids safety? Would you want to be alerted within minutes of an incident they have? UbnAppd is an app that records video, alerts emergency Read more

Iran to Submit Syrian Peace Plan To UN

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer

FARS News has reported that Iran will submit a new peace plan to the United Nations in favor of a political settlement in Syria.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said that the plan was drafted after “detailed consultations between Damascus and Tehran” and is an amended version of an Iranian initiative presented last year.

He also was quoted as saying that “The proposal amounts to one of the most effective and serious plans on the agenda of the UN and international players.”

Trouble Brewing On The Korean Peninsula; War Talk From Japan

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-161041/Japans-war-threat-North-Korea.html In lieu of a recent exchange of hostilities between North and South Korea along the heavily guarded Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), North Korea has warned it could strike US targets anywhere in the world. US intelligence chiefs said North Korea probably had missiles capable of attacking America's west coast as well as one or two nuclear missiles, according to Daily Mail foreign reporters Japan's Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba said, "Our nation will use military force as a self-defense measure if North Korea starts to resort to arms against Japan." The US has substantial military assets in Japan and these would be considered targets of North Korean Missiles. Although Japan's post war constitution bans war as a means to settle disputes, Ishiba proposed working with the US in developing a joint defense system Read more

Markell Is Right to Veto The Jail Zoe Hart Bill

Delaware is absurdly strict already when it comes to regulating consensual relationships between therapists and patients. They cannot have sexual relationships for 3 years after the professional relationship ends without risking losing their license. That is of course absurdity. 6 months is more than enough cooling off period We should be moving toward respecting adults and their choices. Representative Williams introduced HB 130. She must be jealous of Dr. Zoe Hart so she introduced the jail Zoe Hart bill. (See the popular show Hart of Dixie). The popular show is perfect the illustration for my point that health professionals are just people. No one would pass a law like this for lawyers, plumbers, ski instructors, mechanics, ministers, or real estate brokers. The idea that the aftermath of criminal activity on rare occasions should be used to criminalize legitimate relationships Read more

Does the Animas River Spill Show EPA Has Lost Its Focus?

We all know that that while inspecting a containment pond of toxic mining chemicals that EPA inspectors caused a spill of 3 million gallons of Arsenic and Lead tainted water into the Animas River in Colorado which eventually polluted the water supply of 3 states. Accidents happen. What was most disturbing was the lack of a coherent response. There was no containment. The unspoken strategy seemed to be close down the rivers and let them naturally purge themselves. Imagine if private industry suggested that. The EPA director was slow to make it out to Colorado and never went to the original site. Imagine the press if the FEMA director behaved the same way. The EPA has become more focused on the exotic and less on the practical. The EPA budget has been cut by 555 million dollars in the clean water area, but the administration increased it in the area of fighting "global climate Read more

Fallout From Iran Nuclear Deal (2)

A Russian-Iranian Alliance? By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer Recent developments in Russo-Iranian relations have some Western observers increasingly focused. • On Wednesday August 19, 2015 Russian Deputy Foreign Minister , Mikhail Bogdanov announced that Russia and Iran have finalized an arms agreement over purchase and delivery of four advanced long-range S-300 VM (Antey-2500) mobile surface-to-air anti-ballistic missile systems by the end of 2015. [ This is presumably an Iranian effort to counter anticipated Israeli missile strikes of its nuclear R&D facilities. ] • In the wake of lifting of UN sanctions as a result of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, this is actually a new revision of an earlier Russian/Iranian contract for deliveries of (now discontinued) S-300 PMU ABM systems, interrupted in 2007 by the UN Arms Embargo. • Russia and Iran Read more

Bundestag Approves Third Bailout of Greece

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer After hard lobbying by Chancellor Angela Merkel and Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble, the German Bundestag has approved a 3.2 billion Euro ($3.53 billion) bailout of Greece. Read more at: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-08-19/germany-set-to-approve-greek-aid-after-merkel-lobbies-lawmakers and http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2015/08/19/German-legislature-approves-Greek-bailout/1901439994433/?nll=1 Despite some opposition in the form of opposing votes and abstentions with,in the ruling CPD/CSU party coalition, the measure passed by a wide margin. Read more

Fallout From IRAN Nuclear Deal (1)

IAEA Withholds Information From US Senate and Obama Administration By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer An official spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) claims that International Atomic Energy (IAEA) Director, Yukiya Amano, in response to direct Iranian pressure, has withheld secrets of the “Roadmap of Cooperation Between Iran and the IAEA” [an apparent separate agreement with Iran] from the U.S. Congress and Obama Administration. Behrouz Kamalvandi, speaking in a meeting with Iranian lawmakers in Tehran on Monday August 17 declared that “If secrets of the agreement are revealed, we will lose our trust in the Agency.”, according to the FARS News Agency The announcement as it stands can have serious implications for US Senate ratification of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action signed in Vienna on 14 July 2015 (commonly known as the Iran Nuclear Read more

O’Malley calls out DNC for stifling Debate; Harkin Says Biden won’t run

Retired Senator and Iowa powerbroker. Tom Harkin is endorsing Secretary Hillary Clinton saying it is past time for a woman President. He says Vice President Joe Biden is not contacting people and likely will not run. Another day and another 17,850 emails that are relevant to legal requests are discovered originating from Clinton staffers. But State officials responded Thursday with the news that they had inexplicably found 81,159 emails on Reines' ".gov" email account despite asserting two years ago that none existed. Keep up to date on current issues by going to Midlantic Dispatch Read more

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Rejects Iran Nuclear Deal

By Wolf von Baumgart,Staff Writer

U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman, has announced he will reject the proposed nuclear agreement with Iran, despite major White House efforts aimed at securing Senate ratification.

Read more here:

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2015/08/18/Sen-Bob-Corker-rejects-nuclear-deal-with-Iran/6731439894543/?nll=1 .

Lifeguard Times to be Reduced at Delaware State Park Beaches

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer

Seasonal cutbacks of weekday lifeguard hours will be in effect at two Delaware State Park beaches starting Monday, August 24.

The Tower Road area at Delaware Seashore State Park and the Fenwick Lot area at Fenwick Island State Park will be guarded only on weekends and unguarded on weekdays from Monday, Aug. 24 through Friday, Aug. 28, and Monday Aug. 31 through Friday, Sept. 4 according to the DNREC Division of Parks and Recreation.

The Cape Main and South Side Inlet state beaches will remain guarded from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day through Labor Day (Monday, September 7) with reduced swimming areas and fewer lifeguards on-duty.

For more information, call the Division of Parks and Recreation’s Operations Section at 302-739-9200.