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Monday, December 22, 2014

State-by-state breakdown of child abuse deaths

The Associated Press asked all 50 states, the District of Columbia and military services to provide information on children who died of abuse or neglect over a six-year span, even as authorities were investigating them or their families or providing some form of protective services.

The overall tally for children who died under such circumstances was 786.

Here is a list:

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Congressman Andy Harris' vote on the Omnibus bill

I would like to share some thoughts regarding the passage of the Omnibus bill which has created real heartburn for conservatives.

As you probably know, the Senate under Harry Reid has not passed a single appropriation bill this year, out of the 12 that need to be passed to fund the government. In contrast, the House passed 7 of the 12 through the full House, with an unrestricted amendment process, and passed an additional 4 appropriation bills through the committee. The house stopped passing any more appropriations bills over the summer when it became clear that Harry Reid was obstructing the process to force a showdown this fall.

A new appropriation season begins in February - where we can expect the Republican controlled House and Senate to resume the normal budget process of 12 separate bills, allowing for amendments. This canresult in hundreds of time consuming amendments on each bill. It has been argued that re-visiting the entire budget next February for the current fiscal year under a short-term CR, would greatly set back the budget process for the coming year fiscal.

The message below from the Andy Harris Facebook Page addresses his decision to vote for the Omnibus bill. Of particular interest are the riders he lists, which have been largely ignored by the press. It helps to put into perspective the decision that he made.

Ellen 
Sauerbrey

Andy's Message

"A lot of misinformation has been spreading about what a vote on the bill to fund the federal government nicknamed the “Cromnibus,” actually meant. Here are the facts. If no funding bill had passed and the government had shut down, the President’s immigration executive order would have proceeded because it is funded through fees, not discretionary spending. (My edit: It would require passage of specific legislation to disallow the fees from being used for this purpose, which would have been killed in the Senate.) A short term continuing resolution (CR) would have still allowed for the executive immigration action to go forward. I supported an amendment brought to the Rules Committee by Congressman Mulvaney that would have banned the President’s immigration action altogether, but that amendment was rejected by the Rules Committee.

I supported a bill earlier this year that would have stopped the President’s illegal immigration executive orders, but the Senate has prevented us from holding President Obama accountable all year. By funding all of the government through September and the Department of Homeland Security only through February, Congress is in a better position to deal with the issue when the new Senate Majority is sworn in January 6th.

The “Cromnibus” bill, though far from perfect, was about putting Congress in the best position possible to take on the President’s unconstitutional actions, and advancing conservative principles on a wide range of issues. Our choice was to pass a continuing resolution, which maintains government spending just as it is now with no restrictions on the Administration, and without eliminating outdated government programs – or to pass an omnibus appropriations bill that includes many riders and spending levels that advanced conservative principles such as the following:
• Three new pro-life provisions
• Stopping DC from legalizing recreational marijuana use, while allowing medical marijuana use
• Returning discretionary spending to pre-Speaker Pelosi levels.
• Reducing funding for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by $345 million. President Obama had asked for a 1.5B increase for the IRS to implement Obamacare, so we really gave him 1.8billion less than what he wanted.
• Banning the IRS from targeting those individuals and organizations who are simply seeking to exercise their freedom of speech.
• Cutting funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by $60 million. The 21 percent reduction in EPA funding since FY2010 means the agency will be forced to reduce its staff size to 1989 levels.
• Prohibiting funds from being used to transfer detainees from the terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.
• Prohibiting the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from implementing regulations that would allow union organizing rules to circumvent the rights of workers.
• Providing no new funding for ObamaCare, and cutting $10 million from the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) – an unelected board of 15 bureaucrats given authority to address rising health care costs by denying care to seniors.
• Preventing taxpayer bailouts of insurance companies through Obamacare's risk corridor program.
• Providing needed oversight of ObamaCare’s tax subsidies by directing the Inspector General at the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of the Treasury to report back on any waste, fraud or abuse.
• Restricting the Grain Inspection, Packers, and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) from implementing regulations harmful to the livestock and poultry industry - something important to our poultry industry on the Shore.
• Restricting the EPA from applying the Clean Water Act to certain agricultural areas like farm ponds and irrigation ditches"

Predator Sentenced To More Than Two Decades In Prison

DOVER – Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden announced that an investigation and subsequent prosecution by the Delaware Child Predator Task Force has resulted in Douglas Watson, 43 of Hartly, receiving a 24-year sentence in Kent County Superior Court on Monday.

Watson, who was arrested in May, pled guilty on Oct. 29 to one count of second-degree rape and two counts of dealing in child pornography. Kent County Superior Court Judge William Witham sentenced Watson to 20 years on the second-degree rape charge and two years each on the child pornography charges.

DOJ Weekly Highlights Include Life Sentences for Two Murderers, Lengthy Sentences for Violent Criminals

WILMINGTON – Deputy Attorneys General in the Department of Justice secure a number of important convictions, sentencings and other court rulings each week. The Department of Justice will send out recaps of key cases.  Here are the sentencing highlights from the week ending Friday, Dec. 19.

  • Deputy Attorneys General Steve Wood and Dan Logan secured a life sentence for Jeffrey Kent, of the 800 block of West 9th Street in Wilmington after they convicted him at trial of first-degree murder and related charges earlier this year. Kent shot and killed Dewey Lee near the intersections of Eighth and Monroe streets in Wilmington on June 30, 2011.

  • Deputy Attorneys General Ipek Medford and Matt Frawley secured a life sentence plus 28 years for Vincent Stallings, 23 of Wilmington, who pled guilty earlier this year to shooting and killing Mohammed Ullah, a clerk at a 7-11 in Glasgow. Stallings was in the process of robbing the 7-11 when he committed the murder Sept. 12, 2012.

  • Deputy Attorney General Dave Holloway secured a 19-year prison sentence for Roderick Owens, 29 of the 700th block of Jefferson Street in Wilmington, who was convicted at trial earlier this year of two counts of possession of a firearm by a person prohibited. Holloway successfully argued for Holloway to be designated as a habitual offender, triggering enhanced sentencing. Owens was prohibited from carrying a firearm due to prior violent felony drug convictions.

  • Deputy Attorneys General Periann Doko secured a lengthy prison sentence for Desmond Scott of Wilmington, who had pled guilty to possession of a firearm by a person prohibited. Scott was sentenced to 10 years in prison on the firearms charge, four of which were suspended. He was also sentenced to an additional three years in prison for violating his probation on a previous cocaine trafficking conviction, meaning he will spend nine years in prison.

  • Deputy Attorney General Brian Robertson secured an eight-year prison sentence against Raymond Sawyer, 49 of Wilmington. Robertson successfully prosecuted Sawyer earlier this year on three counts of second-degree robbery and had Sawyer declared a habitual offender. Sawyer was convicted of robbing a PNC Bank in Greenville, a PNC Bank in Claymont and Artisans Bank in Wilmington.

  • Deputy Attorneys General Melanie Withers and Casey Ewart secured a 12-year prison sentence for Philip Brewer, 18 of Bridgeville. Brewer had previously pled guilty to second-degree carjacking, three counts of kidnapping and four counts of second-degree conspiracy for his role in the March 2013 carjacking and kidnapping of an 89-year-old Sussex County woman, Margaret E. Smith. As part of his plea agreement with the Department of Justice, Brewer cooperated in the prosecution of the three other defendants, and the significant cooperation was reflected in his sentence. He received seven years in prison for his role in the carjacking and kidnapping and another five years for a previous parole violation.

Federalsburg firehouse now powered by the sun

FEDERALSBURG — The Federalsburg Volunteer Fire Company’s firehouse is now powered by the sun.

The fire company contracted with Solar Lane, of Easton, to purchase all the energy needed to run the firehouse, which will be generated by a solar panel array, installed by Paradise Energy Solutions of Salisbury.

A groundbreaking was held Tuesday, Oct. 28, behind the firehouse, and the switch was flipped Tuesday, Dec. 9, to turn on the new 85 Kilowatt solar electric generating facility. The site is served by Delmarva Power. Electrical output of the solar generating facility is estimated to be 110,000 Kilowatt hours per year.

It is comprised of 285 Solar panels, each of which produces 300 watts of electricity in full sunlight. Output and operation of the Solar Generating Facility will be continually monitored and performance reported through the Internet.

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Ex-CIA Pilot Gives Sworn Testimony That No Planes Hit The Twin Towers

A former CIA and civilian pilot has sworn an affidavit, stating that no planes flew into the Twin Towers as it would have been physically impossible.

John Lear, the son of Learjet inventor, Bill Lear, has given his expert evidence that it would have been physically impossible for Boeing 767s, like Flights AA11 and UA175 to have hit the Twin Towers on 9/11, particularly when flown by inexperienced pilots:

‘No Boeing 767 airliners hit the Twin Towers as fraudulently alleged by the government, media, NIST and its contractors’, he stated in the affidavit.

‘Such crashes did not occur because they are physically impossible as depicted, for the following reasons: in the case of UAL 175 going into the south tower, a real Boeing 767 would have begun ‘telescoping’ when the nose hit the 14 inch steel columns which are 39 inches on center.

‘The vertical and horizontal tail would have instantaneously separated from the aircraft, hit the steel box columns and fallen to the ground.

‘The engines when impacting the steel columns would havemaintained their general shape and either fallen to the ground or been recovered in the debris of the collapsed building.

‘No Boeing 767 could attain a speed of 540 mph at 1000 feet above sea level ‘parasite drag doubles with velocity’ and ‘parasite power’ cubes with velocity.

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OCEAN CITY MAN ARRESTED FOR MULTIPLE THEFTS IN MONTEGO BAY

Matthew W. Gruber
Matthew W. Gruber
(December 22, 2014) – The Ocean City Police Department has arrested an Ocean City man after tying him to a series of thefts from vehicles and a burglary that took place in the Montego Bay area between December 10th and 13th.
On December 10, 2014, Ocean City officers responded to three separate locations in the Montego Bay area in reference to thefts from motor vehicles. Jewelry, electronics and other miscellaneous items with an estimated total value of over $3,800 were stolen from the vehicles. Later that week, officers responded to a report of another burglary in the Montego Bay area where multiple electronics with a total value of approximately $500 were taken.
Working with the community, police quickly identified a suspect in a chain of thefts from parked vehicles in Montego Bay.  Subsequently on December 18, detectives located the suspect, Matthew W. Gruber, 30, of Ocean City, and took him into custody.  During the arrest officer’s recovered jewelry reported stolen from the vehicles.
A search and seizure warrant was served a short time later on Gruber’s residence where detectives found most of the items stolen the week before.  Additionally detectives located items taken during a first degree burglary of a private home in Montego Bay.
Detectives have charged Gruber with breaking and entering, two counts of theft less than $1,000, theft less than $10,000 and multiple other theft charges. Gruber was seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner and has been transferred to the Worcester County Jail on $75,000 bond.
Police are searching for further victims associated with additional property recovered from Gruber and believed to be stolen.  Any citizens that believe they may have been a victim of theft are asked to contact Detective Carl Perry at 410-520-5439 or cperry@oceancitymd.gov.

MSP DUI LOG 12-08-14 thru 12-21-14 (Berlin Barrack)

Maryland Reforms Juvenile Probation System

ANNAPOLIS — For a youth on probation in Maryland, a minor fault could mean a trip back through the complex juvenile justice system, sometimes resulting in incarceration, and often causing major setbacks to the youth’s rehabilitation.

To keep children from being dragged back into court for non-serious issues, the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services is developing a tool that will help case managers make objective and appropriate decisions about the juveniles in their care, and also help combat racial bias in the system, said Eric Solomon, public information officer for the Department of Juvenile Services.

The department in October began training case managers, who are responsible for monitoring juveniles on probation, to use a system of “graduated responses” — a grid-based set of guidelines to help them decide step-by-step how to appropriately respond when juveniles violate the terms of their probation.

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SPD Press Release 12-22-14 (Shoplifting)

Philadelphia drops civil asset forfeiture case against family

The city of Philadelphia has dropped its attempt to seize two homes using civil asset forfeiture laws.

The city’s seizure of the homes made national headlines and became the basis for a lawsuit that challenges Philadelphia law enforcement agencies’ use of civil asset forfeiture in drug cases. That lawsuit will continue even though the city has dropped these two cases.

Chris Sourovelis and his family lost their home earlier this year after his son was caught by police selling $40 of heroine.

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STATE POLICE ON SCENE OF BARRICADE IN STEVENSVILLE

(STEVENSVILLE, MD) – The Maryland State Police are on the scene of a barricade incident in Queen Anne’s County.

Shortly after 6:30 a.m. this morning, State Police at the Centreville barrack received a 9-1-1 call from a resident in a Stevensville community. The caller reported an unusual vehicle in the driveway of a home in the 900 block of Bayside Drive, where the residents were known to be on vacation. The caller also reported an unfamiliar man walking around the backside of the unoccupied residence.

Upon the arrival of two State Troopers, a broken sliding glass door was discovered on the back deck of the home. When troopers made verbal commands for the suspect to exit the home, the suspect refused to cooperate with police and barricaded himself inside the residence.

Troopers identified the blue Toyota Avalon in the driveway as a stolen vehicle. The vehicle was reported stolen from a residence in Berlin, Maryland last week during a burglary of an unoccupied home.

Although there is no indication there is anyone inside with the suspect, nor if he is in possession of any firearms, police are taking every precaution to ensure the safety of area residents. Troopers with the assistance of deputies from the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff Department established a perimeter and called for the Special Tactical Assault Team Element and State Police Hostage Recovery Team negotiators to make contact with the suspect.

Investigators from the Criminal Enforcement Division, Upper Shore Region, are on the scene assisting, along with the Maryland State Police K-9 Unit, Trooper 6 from the Aviation Command, the Office of the State Fire Marshal, officers from the Chestertown Police Departments, the Department of Natural Resources, and the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department.

Registered Sex Offender Charged with Unlawful Sexual Contact

Hartly - The Delaware State Police have charged Kevin E. Marrs, 33 of Hartly, in connection with multiple counts of sexual offenses that occurred in 2012 and 2013 involving two juveniles.

The investigation recently came to light at the beginning of December 2014 when an 11 year old female reported to her parents that she had been sexually assaulted by Kevin Marrs after he babysat her when she was, at that time, 9 years old. This incident occurred at her residence in Hartly sometime between September and November of 2012. An interview was also conducted with the victim’s younger sister who informed investigators that Marrs had sexually assaulted her while he was watching her at the same home sometime between March and May of 2013. At the time of the second incident, the victim was 7 years old.

On Friday December 19, 2014, Kevin Marrs was taken into custody by members of the Delaware State Police Sex Offender Apprehension and Registration Unit (S.O.A.R) and transported back to Troop 3 where he was charged with five counts of Unlawful Sexual Contact, two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and Indecent Exposure 1st. He was committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in lieu of $134,000.00 secured bond.

Because of the sensitivity of this case, and in consideration of the victim, only limited information will be released. Kevin Marrs, who is a medium risk Tier 2 sex offender from a 2001 Rape 4th conviction, has no familial relationship to the family.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1-800 842-8461). You may also email the unit Director at debra.reed@state.de.us.

Ron Pagano At It Again



  

RON PAGANO: YIKES -- DID YOU TELL THE DAILY TIMES ABOUT THIS STUFF?


Perhaps WBOC should open their eyes as well to this man and his criminal history. Heck, click on the link above or go to the search bar in the top left hand corner and type in his name. All of the articles about who this man is and what he is all about will come up.

While he's been somewhat dormant since bowing out of the Wicomico County Council race after we exposed him for who he truly is, now he's latched onto something new and it's something YOU need to be very aware of.

A few weeks ago the owner of Lucky's Garage took in a high school friend who had been homeless for the past two years. WBOC did a wonderful article on his quest to reach out to the community and find housing for not only Clint, (his high school friend) but to others down on their luck. 

To make a long story short, in comes Pagano. A guy out of nowhere who started up a Facebook Page using Clint's name, trying to raise money and goods on Clint's behalf. It didn't take long before Mack Malone, (owner of Lucky's Garage) caught on to this Pagano guy as Pagano started trying to friend Mack on Facebook. Since he had no clue who this Pagano guy was, he rejected all of his friend requests.

Come to find out, Pagano has been raising goods all along and when Mack called him out, he simply changed the goal of the page and changed it to say ALL homeless, yet he continues to keep the "Clint" name as the title. He also refers to Clint often. Know that Pagano never once gave ANY money or goods to CLINT. 

I felt it important to EXPOSE this information to make sure ALL OF YOU who are truly interested in helping CLINT only do so by donating to Lucky's Garage. Pagano is a convicted criminal in multiple states and we urge you stay far away from him. 

By the way, I want to personally thank ALL of the individuals and businesses who have contributed to Clint's cause.

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Letter to Santa, from a shelter dog

Letter to Santa, from a shelter dog
Posted on November 20, 2013 by Furry DogMa


Dear Santa Claws,
Some people don’t believe in you, but I do, because last year you brought me a tube of tennis balls, some yummy treats, a new dog sweater, and a plush, fleecy blue sheep that goes “Baaa-aaa-aaa” when I squeeze and chew on him. I stayed awake a long time next to the fireplace on Christmas Eve, waiting for you to come down, but I never did see you. Just my human Mom and Dad putting some packages under the tree. Thank you for those nice gifts last year! You are pretty special if you can sneak in past me!


This year I only want one thing for me for Christmas, and I promise, promise, promise that I’ve been good. My human Mom and Dad and sister and brother need your help a lot more than I do. See, Santa, my Dad lost something that was important to him this summer… something called a “job.” I looked for it all over the house and yard, but I don’t know what a job looks or smells like, so I couldn’t find it. He stayed upset for a very long time, and Mom got upset too, and they yelled at each other, and my brother and sister cried, and I don’t really understand.


BREAKING NEWS: Rock star Joe Cocker dead at 70

Sky News reports legendary rock musician Joe Cocker -- famed for such hit songs as the Beatles cover 'With a Little Help From My Friends' and 'You Are So Beautiful' -- has died of cancer at his home in Colorado.

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The Biggest Economic Story Going Into 2015 Is Not Oil

Isn’t it fun to just watch the market numbers roll by from time to time as you go about your day, see Europe markets up 3%+, Dubai 13%, US over 2% (biggest two-day rally since 2011!), and you just know oil must get hit again? Well, it did. WTI down another 3%+. I tells ya, no Plunge Protection is going save this sucker.

And oil is not even the biggest story today. It’s plenty big enough by itself to bring down large swaths of the economy, but in the background there’s an even bigger tale a-waiting. Not entirely unconnected, but by no means the exact same story either. It’s like them tsunami waves as they come rolling in. It’s exactly like that.

That is, in the wake of the oil tsunami, which is a long way away from having finished washing down our shores, there’s the demise of emerging markets. And I’m not talking Putin, he’ll be fine, as he showed again today in his big press-op. It’s the other, smaller, emerging countries that will blow up in spectacular fashion, and then spread their mayhem around. And make no mistake: to be a contender for bigger story than oil going into 2015, you have to be major league large. This one is.

The US dollar will keep rising more or less in and of itself, simply because the Fed has ‘tapered QE’, and much of what happened in global credit markets, especially in emerging markets, was based on cheap and easily available dollars. There’s now $85 billion less of that each month than before the taper took it away in $10 billion monthly increments. The core is simple.

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SFD Calls For Service 12-21-14

  • Sunday December, 21 2014 @ 23:41Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
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Painkillers Kill More Than Heroin and Cocaine Combined

Yes, prescription painkillers do in fact take more lives per year than two of the hardest illegal drugs in the nation — surpassing both heroin and cocaine in their total related deaths.

It all has to do with how these prescription pharmaceuticals work in the brain, and how many individuals around the country are easily acquiring them to feed their deadly habits.

Because after all, who said legal drugs were all that different from illegal drugs in many cases?

Prescription painkillers are known to ‘numb’ the pain, which is achieved by their ability to bind to brain receptors and decrease your body’s ability to process pain signals. As a result, it’s easy to enter into this ‘feel good’ state to the point of serious addiction and even physical dependence. Think similarly to a heroin user who needs to inject the drug multiple times a day in order to reach the ‘high’ that they have become accustomed to.

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Up to 35% of your cell phone bill may be taxes and fees

Not only will you see 9-1-1 fees, you’ll also find franchise taxes, utility sales taxes and mysteriously named surcharges like the MCTD, TRS or PUC.

On average, customers pay 17.1% of their bill in federal, state and local taxes and fees. But in some states, the average charges can run as high as 24% of the bill, according to a new report from the Tax Foundation.

Some city residents, meanwhile, end up paying even more: Up to 35%, thanks to per-line fees and other charges.

All in, wireless customers end up paying tax and fee rates that are about twice as much as the average sales tax rate on other goods and services, the Tax Foundation found.

Here’s how it breaks down: First, there’s the 5.82% federal charge, which is part excise tax and part Universal Service Fund charge.

After that, how much more you pay depends on where you live.

The highest combined state and local rates are found in Washington state (18.6%), Nebraska (18.5%), New York (17.7%), Florida (16.6%) and Illinois (15.8%).

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Daycare Provider Charged after Leaving Children Unattended

Newark - The Delaware State Police have arrested a Bear area daycare provider after she left two children unattended in a vehicle while she shopped.

The incident began on Friday, December 19, 2014, at approximately 12:20 p.m. after troopers were told to respond to the parking lot of the Pencader Plaza Shopping Center located at 100 Pencader Plaza Drive, Newark, for the report of two children that had been left unattended in a vehicle. Prior to their arrival, however, troopers were advised that the vehicle had been towed to All Hooked Up Towing, located at 80 Aleph Drive, Newark.

Upon their arrival at the tow company, troopers made contact with a 32 year old male employee who advised them that he had just repossessed the vehicle, a 2007 Dodge Aspen, from the Pencader Plaza Shopping Center parking lot. The employee advised that prior to towing the vehicle, he did not notice anyone in the car, which had dark tinted windows and several large boxes blocking the view to its rear. Upon reaching the tow yard he began to unhook the vehicle at which time the employee heard children's voices coming from inside of the car. It was then that the employee located a five year old female and a 1 year old female in the third row seat of the car. He then contacted 9-1-1.

Troopers then responded to the Pencader Plaza where they made contact with the children's daycare provider, Tonya F. Robinson, 40, of Bear, who had also contacted 9-1-1 after discovering her vehicle missing. Robinson was then taken into custody and transported to Troop 6, Prices Corner, where she was charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. She was then arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 2 and released on $4000.00 unsecured bail.

The children, who were not injured and in good health, were turned over to a second daycare provider who transported them back to the residential daycare and turned them over to their parents.

$524,403 Gov't Study Examines Link Between Diabetes and Lesbian, Bisexual Women

(CNSNews.com) - The National Institutes of Health through its National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has awarded $524,403 in taxpayer dollars to San Diego University to study diabetes and sexual orientation in women.

"Type 2 diabetes (T2D) contributes to substantial morbidity, disability, and premature mortality in the U.S.," thegrant said.

"Lesbian and Bisexual (LB) women may be at elevated risk for developing T2D because they are more likely than heterosexual women to experience Obesity and other risk factors linked with T2D such as cigarette smoking, Violence victimization, and depressive distress," the grant added.

The study involves data collected for more than 20 years from nearly 100,000 women who took part in the Nurses' Health Study II.

Researchers want to find out the extent to which risk factors for Type 2 diabetes disproportionately affect lesbian and bisexual women over a lifetime.

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Police Respond To Giant

The Salisbury Police Department just responded to Giant as someone just had their purse stolen. You need to be very careful with your belongings this time of year. 

Unbelievable: Rolling Stone Writer Is Re-Reporting Her Botched UVA Story

Talk about sending the arsonist to put out the fire. Rolling Stone made it known that a re-reporting mission will be assembled to address the abysmal journalism in their disgraceful Nov. 19 story about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia. Sabrina Rubin Erdely wrote the piece and came under fire for failing, amongst other things, to reach out to the alleged attackers for their account of the night’s events. Now, it seems Erdely is re-reporting what happened on the night of the alleged assault, a night where the fraternity allegedly at fault held no social gathering.

To recap, the alleged victim named Jackie claims several men gang raped her in a darkened room on a broken glass table. When the ordeal was over, she was bloodied, beaten, and traumatized. Yet, her three friends (“Andy,” “Cindy,” and “Randall”) who also weren’t contacted by RS, claimed that they felt something traumatic had happened to her, but there were no visible injuries on her when they saw her that night. They wanted to go to the authorities, but Jackie was against this course of action.

It’s a far cry from how Erdley described them. In her piece, they were distant, apathetic, and consumed about their position on UVA’s social ladder; claims they rejected in their recent interview with ABC News. Oh, and their real names are Ryan Duffin (“Randall”), Alex Stock (“Andy”), and Kathryn Hendley (“Cindy)”

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MIKULSKI: FEDERAL WORKERS DESERVE A COLA AND OUR APPRECIATION FOR THEIR HARD WORK

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today praised President Obama’s announcement of a one percent Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) for civilian federal employees next year.

“This pay increase for federal workers is well deserved and appropriate, and I’m pleased that the President has made good on the plan that we worked out as part of the Omnibus budget,” Senator Mikulski said. “I’ve been Chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee for two years and today’s decision marks two straight years of COLAs for two million federal employees following three prior years of pay freezes. I’ve always been proud to advocate for federal workers, who work on the front line each and every day on behalf of the American people. Federal employees have been undervalued and underappreciated for too long. Each and every day, federal employees stand up for America. That is why I will continue to work to end the era of government shutdown, government on autopilot and pay freezes.”

As Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Mikulski was instrumental in fighting to end the three year pay freeze for federal employees. Since that time, the President has been able to implement his plan for a one-percent COLA for federal employees on the General Schedule (GS) Pay Scale. The COLA will take effect on January 1, 2015.

Last year, Mikulski was able to end the pay freeze for white-collar and blue-collar federal workers. Senator Mikulski has worked consistently to ensure that spending laws written under her watch put funds in the federal checkbook to pay for COLAs.

North Korea threatens to 'blow up' the White House

After claiming to find 'clear evidence' that the GOVERNMENT was behind controversial Sony film The Interview

North Korea has threatened more attacks against the U.S. government and other American institutions in the wake of the hack on Sony which cancelled the release of The Interview.

The government - which was outraged by the film showing the assassination of leader Kim Jong Un - also claimed to have 'clear evidence' that the U.S. government engineered the project as a 'propaganda' attack against North Korea.

In a ranting post published by the state news agency KCNA, Korean authorities hit back in an escalating war of words in which they say they will 'blow up' the White House - while bizarrely continuing to deny they have anything to do with the cyber attacks on Sony.

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FERNANDO GUERRERO RETURNS TO SALISBURY WITH SEVEN PALLETS OF TOYS AND GIFTS


De Blasio accused of having 'blood on his hands'

Hundreds attack New York City Mayor for backing anti-cop protesters before two officers were shot dead 'in revenge for Garner'

Many are blaming the murder of two New York City cops on Saturday afternoon on Mayor Bill de Blasio following his recent support for protesters in the city marching in opposition to a grand jury's decision to not indict the police officer who killed Eric Garner.

Hundreds have taken to social media to say that de Blasio has 'blood on his hands' and should 'be charged with murder' after the two men were killed 'execution style' in Brooklyn.

What's more, many feel that de Blasio should not attend the officers' funerals, this after many members of the NYPD signed a petition asking that the Mayor not attend their service should they be killed in the line of duty in light of his recent actions.

This as hundreds of NYPD members turned their backs on de Blasio as he entered a news conference Saturday afternoon.

These same officers later lined the streets outside the Woodhull medical Center and silently saluted as the bodies of the two slain officers were taken away.

Pat Lynch, president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, said in a statement; 'That blood on the hands starts on the steps of City Hall in the office of the Mayor.'

Mayor de Blasio responded to this, saying in a statement; 'It's unfortunate that in a time of great tragedy, some would resort to the irresponsible, overheated rhetoric that angers and divides people.'

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Fewer US-Born Americans Have Jobs Now Than In 2007

Fewer Americans born in the U.S. have jobs now than were employed to November 2007, despite a working-age population growth of 11 million.

The amazing drop in employment highlights President Barack Obama’s slow recovery from the deep 2008 shock, but also spotlights many companies’ growing reliance on foreign migrant labor.

Almost one in every two jobs added since 2009 have gone to foreign-born workers.

In November 2014, one in every five U.S. jobs was held by a foreign-born worker, up from one-in-six jobs in January 2010, according to federal data highlighted by the Center for Immigration Studies.

Since November 2007, the number of working legal and illegal migrants has risen by two million, from 23.1 million in November 2007 to 25.1 million in November 2014.

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AG Gansler Announces $90 Million "Cramming" Settlement with T-Mobile

AG Gansler Announces $90 Million "Cramming" Settlement with T-Mobile
Refunds available for consumers improperly billed for third-party services
 
Baltimore, MD- Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler today announced that his Consumer Protection Division, along with the Attorneys General of the other 49 states and the District of Columbia, the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission, reached settlements with T-Mobile USA, Inc., resolving allegations that T-Mobile placed unauthorized charges for third-party services on consumers' mobile phone bills, also known as "cramming."

"Cell phone bills are already high enough without these unauthorized and often unwanted services," said Attorney General Gansler. "T-Mobile has agreed to provide refunds for overcharged consumers and adopt strict guidelines to ensure consumers are only billed for products or services for which they knowingly agreed to pay an additional fee."

Under the terms of the settlements, T-Mobile must provide each victim of cramming who files a claim under its Premium SMS Refund Program an opportunity for a full refund. In total, T-Mobile must pay at least $90 million, with at least $67.5 million paid to consumers (a portion of which may be paid by forgiving debts consumers may owe T-Mobile). T-Mobile will also pay $18 million to the Attorneys General and $4.5 million to the Federal Communications Commission.

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St. Louis Prosecutor Says Witnesses Lied Under Oath

Some witnesses speaking under oath before a grand jury investigating the shooting death of an unarmed black teen by a white officer told lies, St. Louis Prosecutor Robert McCulloch said Friday.

“Clearly some were not telling the truth,” he said in an interview on KTRS 550.

This was the first interview McCulloch has given since the grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

“Early on I decided that anyone who claimed to have witnessed anything would be presented to the grand jury,” McCulloch said. He added that he would've been criticized no matter his decision.

In the interview, McCulloch spoke about a particular witness who “clearly wasn’t present” at the time of the shooting. He said the witness recounted a story out of the newspaper.

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Welcome Back to Fishing!

Now through January 31, 2015, Marylanders who have not bought an annual nontidal or tidal fishing license since 2011 will automatically enjoy a 50% discount on their fishing license purchase.

It’s as simple as logging into the DNR Compass Licensing System or visiting a DNR Service Center or a tackle shop to buy a 2015 license. The discount is automatic, but only through January, 2015.

The promotion is designed to encourage anglers to return to Maryland waters and enjoy the excellent fishing the state has to offer.

Fishing is one of the best values in life, promoting quality time in nature with friends and family.

For a limited time, the already low cost of entry is just 50% better.

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Troopers Seek Public's Assistance in Identifying Burglary Suspect



Smyrna - The Delaware State Police are seeking the public's help in identifying two suspects who burglarized a Smyrna area home earlier this month.

On Tuesday, December 9, 2014, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. two male suspects forced entry into a residence located in the unit block of Cedar Court, Holly Hills Estates, Smyrna, DE. Once inside the suspects removed items from the residence before fleeing in an unknown direction.

Both suspects depicted in surveillance photos are described as white males 30-35 years of age. One was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. The second suspect was last seen wearing a dark jacket with a shirt underneath. No further physical or clothing description is available.

If anyone has any information in reference to this incident or knows the identity of the suspects, they are asked to contact Detective William Miller at Troop 3, Camden, at 302-741-2807 or by utilizing the Delaware State Police Mobile Crime Tip Application available to download at:http://www.delaware.gov/apps/. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."

Saluting the fallen

Hundreds of NYPD staff pay their respects as bodies of two 'executed' police officers are driven past in ambulances after gunman shot them dead 'to get revenge for deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown'

This is the poignant moment hundreds of police officers saluted two police officers shot dead in a sickening revenge act for the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

The officers lined up three rows deep at the entrance to Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, raising their hands in a silent salute as two ambulances carried the bodies of their slain colleagues.

It came after Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley, 28, shot his former girlfriend in Baltimore County, Maryland, at 5.45am on Saturday morning then travelled 190 miles to Brooklyn.

There, he fired a fatal round of bullets at recently-married officer Wenjian Liu and father-of-one Rafael Ramos - before turning the gun on himself.

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DID LEFTIST GANG SEND NEW YORK'S COP KILLER?

Possible ties to Bill Ayers' Weather Underground terror group

The gang to which NYPD cop killer Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley may have belonged, the Black Guerilla Family, is allied with U.S. leftist groups and worked as an ideological partner with Bill Ayers’ Weather Underground terrorist organization.

Brinsley is the assassin who executed two officers in Brooklyn on Saturday after posting on social media his intention to avenge the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, both of whom were killed by police officers.

The Baltimore media reported his killing spree actually began in Baltimore County, where Brinsley was said to have murdered his former girlfriend before traveling to New York City to kill NYPD officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos. The New York Post reported the two officers were working overtime to participate in an anti-terrorism drill in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

The New York Daily News reported investigators went to Baltimore to probe Brinsley’s ties to the Black Guerrilla Family, which dominates the Maryland prison where Brinsley spent time. The BGF is an African-American Marxist revolutionary organization that seeks the overthrow of the U.S. government.

Numerous Baltimore media outlets confirmed law-enforcement officials are probing the BGF link.

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Today's Survey Question 12-22-14

Would you have a problem helping ANYONE 
get something off the shelves at any store?

Nativity Scene will Remain in Brookville, IN This Christmas

Thomas More Society Reaches Temporary Agreement with ACLU of Indiana

On the heels of their spirited hearing this morning before U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt, Thomas More Society has reached an agreement with the ACLU of Indiana that the Franklin County Nativity Scene will remain in place this Christmas. The agreement was reached on behalf of the two organizations’ respective clients—Franklin County and the Freedom from Religion Foundation.

“We’re pleased to secure the right to display the nativity scene on the Franklin County Courthouse lawn through Christmas,” said Peter Breen, Thomas More Society vice president and senior counsel. “The parties will now litigate the case on a normal schedule, without the threat of an emergency injunction forcing the removal of the nativity scene just before Christmas.”

“The Constitutional right to free speech protects religious speech in the public square, including nativity scenes, just as much as it protects nonreligious speech,” added Peter Breen. “We will continue working to protect the First Amendment rights of the people of Franklin County as they express themselves in the public forum in front of their Courthouse.”

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Could Marsha Blackburn Replace John Boehner?

The final recount from November’s election had not even been finished when current House Speaker John Boehner blew the mandate.

Voters gave the Republican Party a majority in the House of Representatives they had not seen in 80 years. Voters kicked Democrats to the curb in the Senate as the GOP had a nine-vote swing.

How did Mr. Boehner treat the American people who just gave the Republicans a mandate?

He gave the American people and the conservative base of the GOP the middle finger.

The “CRomnibus” spending bill that he pushed through the House was more than just a surrender to President Obama and the Democrats. It was Mr. Boehner’s way of sticking it to conservatives and telling them he was the boss.

On Jan. 3, a new Congress begins and one of the first orders of business in the House of Representatives is to pick a new speaker. The conventional wisdom is Mr. Boehner will be re-elected speaker. That may well happen and if it does it will be a disaster for the Republican Party.

Mr. Boehner’s allies in the House have pushed for a rule change that would punish Republicans who vote against Mr. Boehner.

The Republicans will have 247 members in the next Congress. If 30 of these members vote against Mr. Boehner, he will not have the majority he needs to be elected speaker. At that point, anything is possible, including Mr. Boehner stepping aside.

Conservatives cannot simply oppose Mr. Boehner. That is not a plan. Some conservative groups are pushing Trey Gowdy of South Carolina as speaker. That makes a great headline but it isn’t going to happen. Mr. Gowdy has only been in the House since 2011 and has not built the kind of relationships necessary to lead.

There is one conservative who has been in Congress long enough and who has a solidly conservative record.

That is Marsha Blackburn from Tennessee.

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Federal Security Unit Warns Sony Malware Could Spread

The federal government issued a warning Friday about additional cyber attacks using the malicious software from the Sony Pictures cyber attack.

The U.S. Computer Emergency Response Team (US-CERT) said the targeted destructive malware affecting Microsoft Windows systems could be used in additional attacks.

“US-CERT was recently notified by a trusted third party of cyber threat actors using a Server Message Block (SMB) Worm Tool to conduct cyber exploitation activities recently targeting a major entertainment company,” the notice states.

The FBI said in a statement Friday that the Sony attack was carried out by “the North Korean government.”

The cyber attack “destroyed systems and stole large quantities of personal and commercial data.” The perpetrators posed as members of a group calling itself the Guardians of Peace.

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Muslim woman sues jail for making her go to a Christian service

A Muslim woman is suing an Ohio jail for forcing her to attend a Christian prayer service while behind bars.

Sakeena Majeed, 24, was locked up in Cuyahoga County Corrections Center for 60 days in April after having an altercation with a police officer in Cleveland.

She claims that corrections officers made her go to the prayer meets every Friday that were held by a baptist minister.

They threatened to put her in solitary confinement if she didn't go, The L.A. Times reported.

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Bratton: Cop killer made anti-police online posts

Mayor Bill de Blasio said this is 'not the time for politics' following the murder of two police officers in Brooklyn on Saturday.

This as New York City's police commissioner said the gunman who ambushed and killed two police officers had made online posts that were 'very anti-police.'

Police Commissioner William Bratton choked up at a news conference at the Woodhull medical Center on Saturday afternoon as he talked about the fatal shootings of two officers in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood.

Meanwhile, an eyewitness who spoke to The Daily Beast said that 'a lot of people were clapping and laughing' following the murder of the two police officers.

'Some were saying, "They deserved it," and another was shouting at the cops, "Serves them right because you mistreat people!”'said the man, identified as Carlos.

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Sony now says it WILL release 'The Interview' despite hacker's threats

Sony says it will release the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy 'The Interview' mere days after it announced the film would not in theaters for its scheduled Christmas release date.

Sony cancelled the film's release last week after the hackers threatened real-world attacks on cinemas screening it.

'Sony only delayed this,' said company attorney David Boies on today's NBC's Meet the Press.

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Pro-law enforcement rally held in Annapolis

In a month with many rallies and protests nationwide, another was held in Annapolis Saturday — this one to thank the police.

Participants walked bitterly cold downtown streets with signs reading "thank you" and "my daddy is my hero," and chanting "police lives matter." Cars honked their horns and passers-by shouted encouragement.

The rally, which drew more than 50 participants, was organized by Jessica Alvear of Arnold, who said her husband is a police officer in Maryland.

The group stopped at the intersection of Randall and Dock streets, holding signs and chanting "The police are here to protect you and keep you safe."

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Salisbury/Maryland Community Legacy Announce Downtown Grant Awards

Mayor James Ireton, Jr. is pleased to announce that the following local businesses have been selected to receive a grant from the City of Salisbury to assist with the cost of rehabilitation work to their commercial or residential buildings located in the Downtown Historic District:

1)   $9,750 – Brickshire Condo Association / 224-226 West Main St.
2) $15,500 – Tribus Reges Properties / 100 North Division St.
3) $18,650 – Chesapeake East / 501-507 West Main St.
4) $18,650 – Devreco / 118 North Division St.
5) $18,650 – WMDT-TV / 202 West Main St.
6) $18,800 – The Opportunity Shop / 158 West Market St.

The City of Salisbury received the funding for these grants from the Community Legacy Program of the Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD).  These funds may be utilized for interior and/or exterior improvements to the structure. 

This program is designed to aid in the revitalization of the Downtown area by fostering the growth of new businesses and assisting expanding businesses.  Its objectives are to improve the physical appearance of both the interior and exterior of commercial and mixed-use buildings.  Additionally, the program helps to preserve historical structures which are architecturally significant, and address any health and/or safety issues by eliminating code deficiencies.

“Special thanks goes out to Deborah Stam in our Community Development Department, and to the grant recipients,” said Mayor Ireton.  “This announcement, and our Monday awards visits, cap an incredible year in Downtown Salisbury.  The downtown physical structures, and their historic designation can, at times, make rehabilitation restrictive and expensive.  Working with DHCD and our partners at the state level, we have come up with a plan and funding to help offset those costs.  I say congratulations to the recipients, for they are long-standing contributors to our success downtown.  To our residents I say, in Downtown Salisbury the best is yet to come!"

Mayor Ireton is set to visit each of the grant recipients on Monday, December 22nd,between the hours of 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.  Residents, Downtown Stakeholders, and the media are invited to attend.

Devreco: 10:00 a.m.
Tribus Reges Properties at 100 N. Division Street: 10:15 a.m.
WMDT-TV: 10:30 a.m.
Brickshire Condo Association: 10:45 a.m.
The Opportunity Shop: 11:00 a.m.
Chesapeake East: 11:15 a.m.

Governor-elect Hogan holds Thank-You Tour stop at BIGGY's Community Center in Baltimore

ANNAPOLIS, MD – December 21, 2014 – Governor-elect Larry Hogan, Lt. Governor-elect Boyd Rutherford, and their wives, Yumi Hogan and Monica Rutherford, traveled to Baltimore Saturday for a Thank-You Tour stop at BIGGY's Community Center. There, the Hogans, Rutherfords, and staff passed out presents and goodie bags to local children and their families for the holidays.

"I was very happy to get back to the BIGGY's community," Governor-elect Hogan said. "This is a wonderful organization that is doing great things for the community, and I was thrilled to help them and to see all the kids and their families."

Governor-elect Hogan and Lt. Governor-elect Rutherford are no stranger to the BIGGY's organization. During the campaign, the pair and staff held a Labor Day Cookout for BIGGY's and later toured the area and spoke to residents, many of whom were receptive to its message of change.
 

 "This was a great opportunity to do something for an organization that does so much for our youth and inner city communities," Rutherford said. "It feels great to be out here with the Governor-elect."

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Ron Paul on Cuba CNN Florida Republican Debate 1/26/12

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Robert Kennedy Jr - What the Ban on Fracking Means

How to Cook the Best Steak. Flip the Script: The Reverse Sear

USAF Thunderbirds

Live Or Dummy?


Name This Cow


Sunday, December 21, 2014

Would you recognize this Santa and his bodyguard elves?

George W. Bush pays surprise visit to children's hospital to hand out toys
George W. Bush is nothing if not a good sport.

And in no better way was that illustrated when the former President donned a Santa suit for a hospital visit in Dallas.

The 68-year-old was handing out toys at the Children's Medical Center of Dallas to patients who have to spend Christmas at the facility.

The family that posted the picture of Bush to Facebook lost one of their twin daughters earlier this year to a heart disease called restrictive cardomyopathy.

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WARNING: DISH Customers Could Lose FOX News and FOX Business Very Soon!



We at FOX News Channel are working around the clock to reach a distribution agreement with DISH Network. Despite our efforts, there is a real chance that DISH Network could block FOX News and FOX Business very soon.
In 18 years on the air, FOX News has never had a blackout due to a business dispute, and we want to keep it this way.  Unfortunately, DISH Network has a reputation of blocking channels on a regular basis.
In fact, if DISH Network decides to block FOX News and FOX Business, it will be the third time in just two months that DISH customers have suffered through a blackout.
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UPDATE

Attention DISH Customers: DISH has blocked Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network. Despite the undeniable demand, you can no longer watch The O’Reilly Factor, The Kelly File, Hannity or Fox & Friends. Don’t let DISH control the news you watch! Make the switch to another TV provider NOW. www.KeepFoxNews.com
 

SFD Calls For Service 12-20-14

  • Saturday December, 20 2014 @ 23:12Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Saturday December, 20 2014 @ 22:03Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Saturday December, 20 2014 @ 21:07 Nature: Citizen AssistAddress: 806 Booth St Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Saturday December, 20 2014 @ 21:04 Nature: Odor InvestigationAddress: 311 Craft St Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Saturday December, 20 2014 @ 20:59Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury

The Week In Review

The below posts with today's date were the most 
popular posts last week.

Wicomico County Executive Culver Pulls ALL Non Law Enforcement Take Home Vehicles

County Executive Bob Culver has directed us to undertake a review of the entire county vehicle fleet. Included therein is justification by department of the necessity for every take home car. Justification must originate and be confirmed by signature of the department head, to include specific travel requirements of the position held by the employee to whom a vehicle is currently assigned. This information is to be returned to the Executive’s Office not later than Monday, December 22nd for all non-law enforcement personnel. All county vehicles, with the exception of law enforcement, are subject to remain parked effective December 31st. No county vehicle will be used for business or personal travel beginning January 1st without the expressed permission of the County Executive. A process of signing out vehicles will be forthcoming prior to January 1st.

After Seven Years We Might Just See Justice For The Sheriff's Department

Eight years ago the Voters of Wicomico County agreed to collective bargaining for the F.O.P. / Sheriffs Department. Along with that commitment, Deputies were encouraged that they'd be covered for pension and disability, something in which former County Executive Rick Politt left out for the time being. 

Seven years later your new County Executive Bob Culver brought forth his commitment to fulfill the Voters choice by bringing this forward to the County Council TODAY. Now let's see IF the Council Members YOU elected finally fulfill their commitment to the Voters and the F.O.P. 

With any real hope we just might see the passage of such legislation today and we can finally put this to rest. Agree with it or not, like it or not, the Voters agreed to such protection through a referendum EIGHT years ago and it's time this Council delivers. 

Today's Survey Question 12-18-14

Do you agree with Obama's changes with Cuba?

Wicomico County Council Tables F.O.P. Vote Again

At least two of the new County Council members would like additional time to go over the pension and disability agreement before casting a final vote on the matter. 

Marty Fisher from the F.O.P. kind of put his foot in his mouth by stating they would file a lawsuit by Friday if they didn't go through with it today, dumb move. 

Its not as if the Council doesn't agree with what is on the table, they just want to study it a little more and deliver what they promised during their campaigns.

The County has settled an agreement with the F.O.P. so the deal is pretty much done. Marty should have remained patient and understood, (or should I say, respected) the new Council Members positions. 

We should see a final agreement very soon. 

Salisbury's most infamous fake homeless guy, Nic Parks, still at it.


Caption This Photo 12-19-14


And What Will You Do Mayor Ireton, Arrest US Instead?

Salisbury has now placed a sign in the median strip at Sam's Club / WalMart on Rt. 13 North telling you, "DON'T CONTRIBUTE TO SOLICITORS"

So are we now to believe WE will be arrested for doing so, yet NO "solicitors" have been arrested. This Mayor is a complete IDIOT. 

I can see it now, Salisbury Police Officers chasing after people making donations to the Salvation Army through the parking lots too. I hope this time they won't chase down 14 year old kids and beat the crap out of them on Rt. 13 again. 

Fire Dept's 'Happy Birthday Jesus' Ignites Atheists

A Christmas-themed sign outside of a firehouse in Utica, New York, is drawing the ire of atheists, who argue that its message poses a constitutional violation.

The placard, which is on display at the Utica Fire Department Station 4, reads, “HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS WE LOVE YOU” — a message that the Freedom From Religion Foundation is demanding be immediately taken down, according to a press release from the atheist organization.

In a letter sent to Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri on December 10, the group once again made its case against the sign, calling it illegal “religious endorsement.” This follows a previous note that the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent to fire chief Russell Brooks in April 2014 after “a concerned area resident” reached out to the group.

But Brooks ignored the earlier demands, noting that a conservative legal firm had given the firehouse legal standing to display the sign after the American Civil Liberties Union waged a similar complaint in 2007.

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