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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

BREAKING NEWS: ELECTED SCHOOL BOARD LEGISLATION FOR WICOMICO COUNTY BEING DRAFTED RIGHT NOW

Legislators in Annapolis are diligently working on drafting a Bill TODAY in Annapolis for an elected school board for Wicomico County as I write this. 

Once presented, a public meeting will take place in the County for public consideration.

For once we not only have the proper legislators in place, there's actually a strong possibility this will pass. 


For far too long John Fredericksen has been steamrolling citizens of the County with false information and it's high time he become accountable.

Originally posted at 11:30 am on 1-27-15 

SFD Calls For Service 1-26-14

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Dear Verizon Customers: Don’t Hold Your Breath Waiting For Rollover Data Plans

While T-Mobile and AT&T have each recently started allowing smartphone users to carry over unused data from one month to the next, customers of the nation’s largest wireless provider shouldn’t hold their breath waiting for Verizon to announce something similar.
Verizon Chief Financial Officer Fran “ShamWow” Shammo tells CNET that rollover data isn’t in the cards for Big V.

“We’re a leader, not a follower,” said Shammo in apparent disregard of every hubris-filled industry leader who dismissed market trends to their own peril.

“We did not go to places where we did not financially want to go to save a customer,” continued Shammo, whose name is really fun to say. “And there’s going to be certain customers who leave us for price, and we are just not going to compete with that because it doesn’t make financial sense for us to do that.”

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Bald eagles escape after being trapped in tree

Dunkirk, MD - On Jan. 25 at 7:40 a.m. Sammy Longfellow was leaving for work and heard what he initially assumed to be a hawk making a horrific "screeching" sound very close by. He looked in the direction of the sound and realized that it was not a hawk, but in fact a bald eagle which appeared to be lodged in the top of a tree by his yard.

Longfellow approached the tree and realized it was actually two bald eagles that had intertwined their talons during an apparent brawl and became wedged in the tree, unable to escape.

Longfellow contacted the Calvert County Animal Control Center who immediately dispatched the Department of Natural Resources to our home. Upon arrival of DNR officer, Justin Ball determined that a wildlife rescue was in fact necessary and officer Ball dispatched Dave and Shannon Edwards from a wildlife rescue organization in St. Mary's County, who arrived within the hour.

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The Secret Life of Hillary Clinton

“We’re going in!” The Envoy’s voice had the sting of a cold wind cutting across the taiga. Ratta. Tatta Tat. The plane out of Ramstein was pelted with a bararage of fire as it descended into Tuzla Air Base in Bosnia. Ratta Tatta Tat. One piece of shrapnel pierced the window next to the Envoy’s seat. She was calm. “We can’t make it ma’am. There’s even heavier fire below.” “That was an order, Major Fenton.” She was even cooler than her voice in the midst of the panic around her. “I’m going up front.” Bursting into the cockpit she took the controls and put the plane into a steep dive, getting it below the barrage of bullets. The plane hit the ground with a fearful bounce, avoiding a crash only because she had become one with the monster jet. On the tarmac, the plane took gunfire again. She cried, “We came here on a mission. We’re going in! Put down the chutes!” The slides deployed. Grabbing a rifle from her bodyguard she was the first one down. Running now, head down, holding rifle aloft with one arm to let the others know the path and with her daughter sheltered under the other, she outpaced them. And then she and the rest were safe in the hanger.

“I felt the snipers’ bullets whizzing overhead,” she declared to the assembled crowd, now safe. The hanger burst into applause. And then she was startled, as from a dream. The applause erupted in the press conference, as she finished her account. The worshipping press was mesmerized by her story. Among those who applauded loudest were those who were with her in Tuzla. They knew it was all a lie. Their careers were flourishing, their salaries soaring. She thanked them all. Before she knew it, she was whisked off the stage.

“Hill, what were you talking about?” Her bewildered husband looked at her in the holding room. You were never fired on, and you don’t even know how to fly a kite let alone a jet. “Oh, shut up, Bill. You underestimate me every time. Your memory fails you. I was there. You forget those long hours of learning to do stunt flying when I was president of the Winged Wellesley Women. For God’s sake don’t quibble about details. I had to push you to expand NATO when your buddies kept harping on Versailles.” Bill looked like a puppy that had just been whacked with a rolled up newspaper. He knew that there had not been so much as a paper plane flown at Wellesley. He bit his lower lip and fell silent.

The limousine picked them up and whisked them away to her all-important speech, her first State of the Union. Bill watched her take the podium before the joint session of Congress.

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Obama's Free Stuff Army

The lure of something for nothing grows as morality crumbles

Fresh from offering “free” health care, “free” phones and “free” food to the masses, he’s upped the bribery to “free” community college tuition and “free” child care. It’s not that the Clintons oppose any of these; they just need to affect moderation in case Hillary runs for president and has to knock back boilermakers again with the good old boys in Pennsylvania taverns.

Since someone has to pay for these expensive, new entitlements to the Free Stuff Army, Mr. Obama has proposed yet another “tax the rich” scheme that, if enacted (which is unlikely) would eventually plunder working-class families. To liberals, that’s what tax “reform” is all about.

Over a few decades, the U.S. government has morphed into a gigantic income-redistribution machine, the ultimate mugger.

Since the New Deal, the only serious challenge to the mentality of plunder in both major parties came during the Reagan administration. To true believers like Mr. Obama, the Reagan years were a speed bump on the way to transforming America, and something to pretend to admire to keep the suckers ignorant.

Government is necessary because men are not angels. Its legitimate role is to secure justice by punishing evildoers, and to protect property and individual rights. Government does other things, such as delivering mail and public works — things like roads, water and sewage.

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Cardin Statement on Amendments to Keystone XL Bill

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, called on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to uphold his promise to return the Senate to ‘regular order’ and allow reasonable debate of Democratic amendments to a bill that would authorize the Keystone XL northern leg.

“It is disappointing that just over three weeks onto the new Congress, the new leader has lapsed to setting arbitrary deadlines to cut off even the most token of debate on Democratic amendments. I am among those senators who still have amendments pending. My amendment and others deserve a chance for an up or down vote; they deserve at least one minute of debate. Tabling amendments that would protect public health and preserve our environment serves no public interest.

“I have a long history of working across the aisle to get things done in both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. I’ve had the honor of serving the people of Maryland in both the majority and the minority party. It takes civility and mutual respect to work around the gridlock. At this time, we urgently need more of both in the Senate, if we are to find a path forward and get things done.”

Don't call Paris extremists 'terrorists', says BBC

The Parisian extremists who murdered 17 people in a series of attacks including the Charlie Hebdo massacre should not be called 'terrorists', a senior BBC executive has said.

Tarik Kafala, who runs BBC Arabic, said the term 'terrorist' was too 'loaded' and 'value-laden' to describe Said and Cherif Kouachi and their accomplice Amedy Coulibaly.

The Kouachi brothers shot dead 12 at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris and Coulibaly killed four at a Kosher deli after shooting dead a policewoman.

All three were eventually shot dead by French special forces after the Islamists all burst out of their hideouts two weeks ago.

Mr Kafalam runs the BBC's largest non-English language TV, radio and online news services, which have a weekly audience of 36million people.

He told The Independent: 'We try to avoid describing anyone as a terrorist or an act as being terrorist. What we try to do is to say that 'two men killed 12 people in an attack on the office of a satirical magazine'. That's enough.

'Terrorism is such a loaded word. The UN has been struggling for more than a decade to define the word and they can't. It is very difficult to.

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BREWS UP - HOME-BREWING
 BEER & WINE-MAKING CLASSES THIS WEEK & IN FEBRUARY

Berlin, MD:  Craft Beer Home-brewing and Winemaking is easy and lots of fun!  Now, with a local supply store, you can make beer and wine at home.  Come and check out locally owned Brews Up, Delmarva’s First Brew-On-Premise Beer and wine supply store in Berlin and SIGN UP for a wine-making or home-brewing class. Other dates available by appointment.
 
JANUARY & FEBRUARY CLASSES AND EVENTS 
HOME-BREWING CLASSES AT BREWS UP
This is a beginner class.  5 gallons in 2 hours! Call to reserve your brew pot and let us know what type of beer you want to brew. 443-513-4744
Jan 31st (Saturday) 11am-1pm.
Feb 7th (Saturday) 11am-1pm.
Feb 14th (Saturday) 11am-1pm. 
Feb 21st (Saturday) 11am-1pm. 
Feb 28th (Saturday) 11am-1pm.
 
WINE MAKING CLASSES
Beginner wine making classes. You will select a wine kit from our selection of over 45 different wine kit varieties.  Pricing for the wine ingredient kit starts at $69.95. 1 kit makes 30 bottles of wine! 
Wednesday’s from 6pm-7pm. Other times by appointment. You can make it a party when you bring friends. 
Jan28th – 6pm-7pm - CALL AHEAD.
Feb 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th - 6pm-7pm - CALL AHEAD.
 
Drop In Wine Making 
No experience needed. 1 kit makes 30 bottles of wine! JUST CALL AHEAD. 443-513-4744
Jan 10th & 11th  11am-3pm
Jan 17th & 18th 11am-3pm
Jan 24th & 25th 11am-3pm

Valentine's Day Weekend Wine Making Experience for Couples
Friday, Feb 13th 5:30-7:30pm
Saturday, Feb 14th 2-4pm or 4-6pm sessions 
 
Join us for an evening or afternoon of wine tasting, learn the art of wine-making and bottle your own to take home! Ticket: $50 per couple and includes a wine tasting, wine making, 2 bottles of wine to take home with a Valentine's Day label with your name on it. Wine selections that will be bottled include Merlot or Chardonnay. Tickets must be purchased in advance- no walk-ins accepted on  www.shop.brewsup.net or call 443-513-4744 to purchase over the phone. Brews Up, 9028 Worcester Hwy, Building C, Berlin, MD 21811
 
SPECIAL PAINTING EVENTS AT BREWS UP – LIMITED TO 16 PEOPLE
(OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS - UP TO 40 PEOPLE)
 
January 30th Friday – PAINT, SIP & CORK
6-8pm Create a painting with local artists, sip wine and learn to make wine at Brews Up! Plan for 2 hours of fun! This makes for a great event for Birthdays, Bachelorette nights, ladies nights, and more! $50 per person. Limited to 16 people. Tickets available for purchase online at  www.shop.brewsup.net 
 
Feb 27th Friday – PAINT, SIP & CORK 
6-8pm Create a painting with local artists, sip wine and learn to make wine at Brews Up! Plan for 2 hours of fun! $50 per person. Tickets available for purchase online at  www.shop.brewsup.net 
 
March 27th Friday – PAINT, SIP & CORK 
6-8pm Create a painting with local artists, sip wine and learn to make wine at Brews Up! Plan for 2 hours of fun! $50 per person. Tickets available for purchase online at  www.shop.brewsup.net  

Va. House bill targets asset forfeitures that fund police

A bill moving through the General Assembly could eliminate a legal process that brings in millions of dollars for law enforcement agencies, but which critics say allows the government to confiscate property unfairly.

HB1287, sponsored by Del. Mark Cole, R-Spotsylvania, would end civil asset forfeitures - state legal proceedings that allow police to keep property seized from criminal suspects. The process rankles civil liberties advocates because such seizures can occur without a criminal conviction.

The proposal mirrors an order from Attorney General Eric Holder earlier this month that drastically curtails the federal asset-forfeiture process. If Cole's bill passes, the loss of both state and federal sources of asset forfeiture funds could put a significant dent in local law enforcement budgets.

From 2008 to 2013, Virginia law enforcement agencies seized more than $57 million through the state civil asset forfeiture process. Using the state process, police can keep 90 percent of the proceeds. The federal programs allow for 80 percent of proceeds to return to the agency that seized the items.

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Edward Snowden: Apple iPhone with Secret iFeature Allows Government to Spy on You

Apple's iPhone has "special software" that authorities can activate remotely

Edward Snowden, the infamous former contractor for the National Security Agency who leaked thousands of pages of previously classified NSA intelligence documents, reportedly thinks that Apple’s iPhone has “special software” that authorities can activate remotely to be able to gather information about the user.

“Edward never uses an iPhone; he’s got a simple phone,” said the lawyer of Snowden, Anatoly Kucherena, in an interview with the Russian media company RIA Novosti.

“The iPhone has special software that can activate itself without the owner having to press a button and gather information about him; that’s why on security grounds he refused to have this phone,” Kucherena added.

It is not clear if the “special software” being referred to in the interview is made up of standard diagnostic tools, or if the NSA whistleblower thinks intelligence agencies from the United States have found a way to compromise the mobile operating system developed by Apple.

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How Maryland STEM professionals change students’ lives

Nona Carroll has worked with hundreds of professionals in science, technology, engineering and math fields—and she has noticed a common thread.

“Something sparked their interest and passion for STEM very early, and they want to share that with the next generation,” said Carroll, program director at the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education (MBRT).

“They believe that if they can expose students to new career possibilities, those young people will be more likely to attend college, to choose a STEM-related major and to actually complete that major,” she said.

In recent years, MBRT’s STEM Specialists in the Classroom volunteer program has touched the lives of thousands of students from 52 Maryland high schools. Committing two to three half-days per year, STEM professionals engage students in hands-on learning experiences that demonstrate the real-world application of classroom skills.

“The volunteers take the experience far beyond a career day of just saying what they went to school for and what they do. I recently sat in on a presentation by a mechanical engineer at Pikesville High School. He really drove home the connection between the skills he learned in school and the job he does every day. He brought it to life for the students. They were asking questions they would have never considered without him in the room,” Carroll said.

MBRT is working to expand the program’s impact, but first it must grow its pool of volunteers.

Prospective volunteers may register online and attend a training session in Baltimore County on Feb. 4. Find additional details on MBRT’s recruitment flier.

Shut Up Jack Richards, Stevie Prettyman and Bernadette Dipino!


Officer & EMS Currently On Scene w/reported Suicidal Subject


IRS Scammer Gets OWNED!

Like A Good Neighbor...


New Jersey driver charged with $150,000 in heroin has Sussex County ties

A traffic stop Jan. 20 on Route 1 that uncovered about $150,000 in heroin in a car trunk, may have been meant for a Sussex County location, but police say they don’t know where.

Davon Tucker, 32, of Paterson, N.J., and a woman passenger were traveling south on Route 1 when police stopped them in connection with speeding.

“Tucker has ties to people in eastern Sussex County. It is unknown where and who they are, though,” said Master Cpl. Gary Fournier of the Delaware State Police.

Tucker was clocked going 72 mph in a 55 mph zone, according to court records. When an officer contacted Tucker, court records state he “smelled a strong odor of raw marijuana emanating from the vehicle.”

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Good Morning Delmarva


Taya Kyle reacts to surprise AmericanSnipers.org donation

Expecting Too Much and Demanding Too Little

Anyone with common sense can appreciate Governor Larry Hogan finding himself thrown into the liberal briar patch of Maryland State government. However, he does possess a mandate from across the state to put our fiscal house in order, and he appears to remain focused on this one issue. Yet, there are other areas that concern his base which he must not be allowed to neglect or deny.

While it is true that he will meet great resistance from the likes of President Miller and Speaker Busch, those of us who pushed to see him in the Governor’s Mansion must provide a measure of constant pressure to insure that the conservative view of government was just not campaign rhetoric. In Annapolis, the base is often trampled in an effort to appease the monster who gives little while demanding much.

Conservatives may not be able to expect too much success from this governor beyond fiscal restraint and pro business policy decisions, but that does not mean we should not have demands on his agenda. For the past eight years we have had social policy mayhem crammed down our corporate throat. On most of these issues, the General Assembly was clearly divided in spite of what liberals want to believe. Critical votes on gay marriage, transgender rights, gun confiscation, education reform, and property rights often came down to one or two key votes.

On many of these issues, the concrete is still not cured and there is opportunity for Governor Hogan to etch his initials into these policy changes. He is off to a good start with the Phosphorus Management Tool regulations, but the tendency is to think that a “bad” policy or bill simply needs to me altered so it can be “better”. In reality, much of what is proposed as bad policy must be soundly rejected not modified. Our farmers have not seen the last of the PMT and a legislative version could come out of both chambers and land on the governor’s desk begging for a veto.

One of the legacy’s of the O’Malley administration is laziness on the part of the General Assembly leadership. When heavy lifting was required, other means were sought to implement policy rather than walk it through legislative channels with the commensurate slower process. The Maryland Governor has immense power; in fact, he is the most powerful governor of the 50 states. The Maryland Governor’s pen and cell phone can work more effectively than President Obama’s, and, in this area, conservatives must make our policy demands on the governor.

For instance, the governor will appoint a Superintendent for the State Police. It is the superintendent’s policy interpretation that ultimately defines what a “good and substantial” reason is for a law abiding Marylander to be permitted to have a Handgun Wear and Carry Permit issued to them. The current superintendent placed value on a bag of gold, but not so much on a 2 year old child. The gold was reason enough to get a permit, the child…not so much.

There are areas such as these in every state agency; policy that can be interpreted to the betterment and greater freedom for the average Marylander. While the General Assembly seeing their way clear to do the right thing can be a Herculean task, a governor’s nod can be the least path of resistance; and it must be the focus of conservative Marylanders who did the yeoman’s task of placing him in office.

The governor assigns funding levels in his budget and the General Assembly cannot add anything to a submitted budget unless the governor acquiesces. So if Governor Hogan wants to include Stem Cell money in his budget, conservatives should demand that it only be directed to adult stem cell research. After all, the liberals are on the other side of the fence and there is no point in allowing them to have their cake and eat it too.
Sadly, many do not expect Governor Hogan to champion any conservative legislation, knowing that it could fail, unless it serves a purpose for the 2018 election. They say this would be expecting too much in such a blue state. However, in boldness lies the real essence of the new governor’s success or failure. If he truly believes in conservative governing principles, he must act accordingly. A middle of the road, melba toast approach at appeasement will only insure a one term governorship.

Fundamental change comes from leaders who believe and and are willing to act on their beliefs.

We must expect the governor to push for conservative causes through his appointments, interpretations of law, and his Executive Orders. Not just those that address our economic status as a state, but even those that address certain areas outside of his comfort zone. We must not limit our rightful demands for change.

The Hogan administration contains many folks who learned hard lessons during the Ehrlich years, and that includes the governor himself. This being the case, conservatives can give the governor a wide berth for that which is seen, at the same time holding the governor accountable for those actions that are often unseen.

The democrats will not work nor help to make this administration successful, but the Maryland governor has many roads to choose from which lead to success. Let’s hope the most gifted in this administration are the cartographers whose ultimate destination is liberty.

THANKS OBAMA! Amnesty Allowed Illegal Alien who Killed an Arizona Man to Stay in America

Obama has made it abundantly clear that he is going to ignore any and every immigration law that we have on the books, and that is shown in his refusal to deport criminal aliens; even those convicted of felonies. One man, Apolinar Altamirano, killed a U.S. citizen over a pack of cigarettes after he was released on federal bail for pleading guilty to burglary.

President Barack Obama has given thousands of criminal illegal aliens amnesty by refusing to deport them after they have beenconvicted of felonies.

One such recipient took advantage of Obama’s unconstitutional generosity and killed a U.S. citizen in cold blood over a pack of cigarettes in Mesa, Arizona early Thursday morning.

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu took to Twitter on Friday to criticize the Obama administration for failing to deport the illegal alien:

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FDA could set millions of genetically modified mosquitoes loose in Florida Keys

KEY WEST, Fla. – Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases.

Never before have insects with modified DNA come so close to being set loose in a residential U.S. neighborhood.

"This is essentially using a mosquito as a drug to cure disease," said Michael Doyle, executive director of the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District, which is waiting to hear if the Food and Drug Administration will allow the experiment.

Dengue and chikungunya are growing threats in the U.S., but some people are more frightened at the thought of being bitten by a genetically modified organism. More than 130,000 signed a Change.org petition against the experiment.

Even potential boosters say those responsible must do more to show that benefits outweigh the risks.

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Video shows NJ student slamming teacher to floor for allegedly taking phone away

PATERSON, N.J. (PIX11) — A ninth grader at John F. Kennedy High School in Paterson, N.J. was arrested Friday after police say he attacked his teacher and slammed him to the floor in the classroom.

All because of a cell phone.

The attack, captured on video, shows the teen slamming the 62-year-old teacher to the floor in front of other students in an effort to get his cell phone back on Thursday.

David Cozart, principal of operations at JFK, said the incident began when the teacher confiscated the phone from the student.

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4 Fatal Shootings In Less Than 24 Hours In Baltimore Area

BALTIMORE (AP) — Police are investigating four fatal shootings in a 5-mile area in Baltimore city and county.

The latest killing happened Sunday night. City police say they found a 22-year-old man lying in the street in northeast Baltimore, bleeding from a gunshot wound to his chest. The man died shortly after.

The shooting happened a half-mile away from another killing in city limits. Police say 28-year-old Jason Ballard of Baltimore was fatally shot in the head Saturday night.

Meanwhile just across the county line, one woman died of at least one gunshot wound Saturday night after she was found lying in the street in Parkville. And on Sunday morning, a man was fatally shot 5 miles away at a motel in Rosedale.

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States Should Force Federal Gas Tax Cut

For decades conservatives have advocated scaling back the role of the federal government in transportation, yet the federal gas tax that was supposed to end in 1969 is still hanging around 46 years later. Fortunately, there is a feature of the current law that gives states the the upper hand, and they should seize the opportunity to act.

Most of the federal gas tax is temporary, set to automatically expire. If Congress simply does nothing, the tax will automatically drop from 18.3 cents per gallon on September 30, 2016 to just 4.3 cents the next day and thereafter. (The permanent 4.3 cent tax is Al Gore’s crowning achievement: a vestige of Bill Clinton’s 1993 tax hike that was – try not to laugh – supposed to be dedicated to deficit reduction.)

To allow that date to come and go as scheduled, each state should pass a pick-up law that would take effect if and only if the temporary portion of the federal gas tax lapses.

The pick-up law would replace the lapsed 14 cent federal tax with a lower state gas tax of 8 to 10 cents. Freed of all the strings that come with running money through Washington – most infamously the Davis-Bacon requirements that inflate construction costs – states could easily deliver more while motorists receive a net tax cut.

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A Letter To The Editor 1-27-15

Mr Albero, 

I have Huge issues with our chief of Salisbury police Chief Duncan. I feel that her hands may be tied by Mayor Ireton when it comes to crime and crime prevention we are having escalated crime in known areas like the mall, Wawa, so called homeless walking into the roads begging for money, crime in the college area and so forth and so on. I myself have had it and have my home up for sale because I feel I cannot raise a child in this town. If she cannot do her job as Police Chief she should resign for the good of the Salisbury Citizens. If she doesn't then I guess it's about the $ and pension and not the People. Good luck Salisbury your going to need it. 

Concerned X Citizen.

Dean Cain Doubles Down On Michael Moore Comments!

More Liberal BS

Here in the U.S., we're known for working hard. But, some of us may be working ourselves right in to an early grave. A new article by Alexandra Bradbury over at Alternet says that we need to think about more than just adding more jobs to our economy. In fact, Ms. Bradbury says, "I think we need less work." After learning about Maria Fernandes, a fast food worker who died last year while trying to juggle three jobs, Alexandra realized that our problem isn't that we don't have enough work. It's that the work we have is not being shared among those who want it. Instead of one person working 60 hours or more, that job could provide a 30 hour job to two different people. To do this, our nation would have to demand higher wages and a stronger social safety net, but we have the money to make this idea a reality. For many of us, our work is our life, but that doesn't mean we should give our life just to get enough work.

Don't Trust Free In-Store Blood Pressure Machines

Everybody loves to get something for nothing. But one particular freebie – the blood pressure machines found in pharmacies, supermarkets, and other public places – may be hazardous to your health because they often give false readings, say experts.

The main problem is the one-size-doesn’t-fit-all arm cuffs. If the cuff is too small, you’ll get an artificially high reading. If it’s too big, you’ll get a falsely low reading.

But even if you have an arm that correctly fits the machine, you may still get an inaccurate reading.

The reason: Public machines get a lot of use. Unless they’re tested twice a year and recalibrated if necessary – which most aren’t – they will give inaccurate results.

“People need to realize that there are limitations,” says Mary Ann Bauman, M.D., national spokesperson for the American Heart Association (AHA). “That’s why it’s worthwhile to be cautious about those readings.”

One recent study from the Mayo Clinic shows that in-store machines are more accurate for people with average-size arms than for those with small or large-size arms.

CIA Officer Convicted

A former CIA officer is convicted for leaking national defense information to the media. Jeffrey Sterling told a New York Times reporter a decade ago about a secret mission to disrupt Iran's nuclear program. The CIA's plan was to give Iran deliberately flawed blueprints. The hope was that Iran would try to develop nuclear parts based on the blueprints, but they wouldn't work. Attorney Gen. Eric Holder call's Sterling's conviction a "just and appropriate outcome." Sterling's sentencing is scheduled for April. He will have the option to appeal the case after that.

Berlin Police Department Press Release 1-27-15 (Vandalism)

Annapolis to fine non-compliant Uber drivers

The City of Annapolis is putting Uber Technology drivers on notice.

Drivers for the online ride-sharing application will get two weeks to comply with city code. After that, Uber drivers will face fines from city police and parking enforcement.

Fines for individual violations will range from $25 to $100. City Manager Tom Andrews said accumulation of multiple fines could cost drivers up to $2,000.

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BREAKING NEWS: NY, NJ and NYC lift blizzard travel bans

Governors of New York and New Jersey and mayor of New York City lift travel bans as blizzard moves into New England.

From Fox News

Hopkins Lacrosse Player Found Dead In College Dorm

Baltimore Police say a Johns Hopkins University lacrosse player was found dead in a college dorm Monday morning.

Homicide detectives do not suspect foul play but are conducting a death investigation.

The body was found in a dorm in the 3300 block of North Charles Street in the Johns Hopkins Homewood area.

Police say the student was Jeremy Huber, a freshman lacrosse player. According to the university, he was majoring in cognitive science in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. He had been salutatorian of his class at West Career and Technical High School in Las Vegas.

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Facebook is like a megaphone for stupidity (31 Photos

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Government employee piloted drone that crashed at White House

A man has come forward to say he was responsible for the drone that crashed early Monday on the White House grounds.

A U.S. official says the man made contact with the Secret Service after reports of the crash spread in the media. The man told the Secret Service that he was using the drone recreationally and didn't mean to fly it over the White House.

The official says the operator of the drone is a Washington resident and that he's cooperating with investigators. Secret Service agents are now interviewing other people to corroborate the man's story. The official says investigators don't currently have any reason to doubt the man's story.

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Question Of The Day..........Road Conditions

What are the road conditions in your area?

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Out With The OLD In With The NEW

 

Palin ‘Seriously’ Considering Wh Run: ‘I’m Ready For Hillary’

After declaring over the weekend that she was “seriously” considering a potential 2016 White House run, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin said she was ready to take on Hillary Clinton.

Speaking at Saturday’s Iowa Freedom Summit, Palin said it would take a bold conservative and a “village” to defeat Clinton should Democrats nominate her. Palin quipped that she wasn’t sure whether Clinton was a “new Democrat” or an “old one.”

She held up a a “Ready for Hillary” bumper sticker and declared, “I’m ready for Hillary.” She said there should not be a “no girls allowed” sign on the Oval Office door.

She also quoted Margaret Thatcher’s famous words in which Thatcher said, “If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.”

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Some Local On Line Predictions On Snowfall Were Just Ridiculous

As I scanned several Websites this morning I couldn't help but notice some of the ridiculous predictions that were out there LOCALLY. 

While we should get the word out there to help viewers be prepared, scaring the crap out of people like this is just irresponsible.

Social media sites knocked offline, Lizard Squad hack group claims responsibility

The hacking group Lizard Squad has claimed responsibility for what it said was an attack that briefly knocked several social networking sites, including Facebook and Instagram, offline early Tuesday.

The Facebook glitch was reported in the United States, Asia, Australia, and the U.K. and affected access to the site from personal computers and from Facebook's mobile app. The social media giant's Instagram service was also inaccessible.

Lizard Squad claimed responsibility for the outage in a Twitter posting that listed the sites it said it had affected, which included matchmaking app Tinder, AIM, and HipChat. The message concluded with the hashtagged statements "offline" and "LizardSquad."

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Closings And Delays 1-27-15



Talbot County Public Schools are CLOSED today, Tuesday January 27th


Laurel School District Schools will open on time today, Tuesday, January 27, 2015


Dorchester County Public Schools will be closed on 1/27 due to ice in the northern 1/2 of the Cnty. 12 month employees report 2 hours late. Be safe!

Caroline County schools will be closed today.

Due to the current weather conditions, Accomack County Public Schools will be operating on a 2-hour delay


 We will update this post as we receive additional information.

Obama Deflated Ball


BREAKING NEWS: Gunmen take hostages at hotel in Libyan capital, official says

A Libyan security official tells the Associated Press that gunmen have taken an unknown number of hostages after killing at least three security guards at an upscale hotel in Tripoli .

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5 reasons schools hate snow days

(CNN) The horror stories seem to stack up every winter: Students sliding and stomping through knee-deep snow on their walks to school, trapped inside school buses or nestling in for a surprise slumber party in the school gym.

On Monday, schools across the Northeast shut down or planned to close early to prepare for a blizzard. New York City Public Schools planned to be open Monday but canceled all after-school activities and field trips, according to the city government website. Schools will probably be closed Tuesday, the website said.

Closing school is a tough call, said school superintendents from across the country. The decision often requires hours of preparation and discussion among administrators, local officials, road crews and meteorologists. Most school leaders said they take a better-safe-than-sorry approach, but it can be hard to do as the number of days off climbs.

"We lose a lot of sleep over it," said Gregory Hutchings, superintendent of Shaker Heights schools in Ohio.

So why wouldn't schools call off classes when weather seems like it could be dangerous? Here are a few reasons.

1. Forecasts can be wrong.

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Greek F-16 crashes in Spain during NATO exercise, killing 11

(CNN) Eleven people died Monday after a Greek air force F-16 jet crashed at a base in Los Llanos in southeastern Spain, authorities said.

Nine were French military personnel, and two were Greek pilots, a senior Spanish defense official told CNN.

The jet crashed on takeoff, hitting other planes on the ground during a NATO training exercise, said the source, who by custom was not named.

Twenty people were injured, according to a statement from the Spanish Defense Ministry. All those hurt are either French or Italian.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said he was "deeply saddened" by the crash.

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Man opens fire on police during Minnesota city council meeting

(CNN) A man opened fire on police attending a swearing-in ceremony for new officers in New Hope, Minnesota, on Monday night.

Two officers were shot before police returned fire, killing the man. The officers are expected to survive.

The shooting happened right after two newly-sworn in officers left the chambers.

As a city council member began a discussion of a resolution, a man with a handgun began firing, said Hennepin County Chief Deputy Mike Carlson.

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MSP PRESS RELEASE 1-27-15 (DUI LOG)

Delmar Blizzard 5:00 AM Update

As you can see, not much has changed in Delmar since 3:30 AM this morning.

German bond yields go negative

German yields turn negative as European Court of Justice supports QE (Part 4 of 4)

German bond yields turn negative as market prices in QE effect

German bond yields

Germany (EWG) accounts for about 18% of the ECB’s (European Central Bank) capital. Currently, yields on certain German government bonds are already below zero. QE (quantitative easing) measures such as the ECB’s bond-buying program could push yields on German bonds further down.

germany 5 yr bond yieldEnlarge Graph

Rising bond yields signal growth

When an economy is growing, bond yields tend to rise. Increased economic activity leads to an increase in consumer spending, which boosts inflation as demand for goods and services increases. Expectations of a rise in the inflation rate sends bond yields up as investors’ expected return, which factors in inflation expectations, goes up. Hence, rising bond yields indicate a growing economy.
Similarly, declining bond yields spell economic contraction and low inflation expectations.

German bond yields enter negative territory

On January 14, the five-year German government bond plunged into negative territory with the yield at -0.014%. Market expectations seem to have factored in the interim decision of the European Court of Justice (or ECJ) in favor of the ECB’s monetary easing measures. Since then, German bond yields on the five-year German government bond have remained in the negative territory, closing at a record low of -0.05% on January 15.
At the same time, yields on the ten-year German government bond, also known as the German bund, also saw a dip. The German bund serves as a benchmark for all other European (VGK)(EZU) (FEZ) (EFA) economies. Yields on the German bund lost 15.3 basis points between December 16, 2014, and January 16, 2015.
To learn more about Europe’s weakening economy and how the ECB plans to rescue the Eurozone from another crisis, read our earlier series Draghinomics: Why Europe needs help fast.

Delmarva Power Prepared for Winter Storm

Winter Weather Advisory 1-27-15

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WAKEFIELD VA
352 AM EST TUE JAN 27 2015

MDZ021>025-271700-
/O.CON.KAKQ.WW.Y.0002.000000T0000Z-150127T1800Z/
DORCHESTER-WICOMICO-SOMERSET-INLAND WORCESTER-MARYLAND BEACHES-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...CAMBRIDGE...SALISBURY...CRISFIELD...
PRINCESS ANNE...SNOW HILL...OCEAN CITY
352 AM EST TUE JAN 27 2015

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM EST THIS
AFTERNOON...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM EST THIS
AFTERNOON.

* AREAS AFFECTED: THE LOWER MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE.

* HAZARDS: SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS: AN ADDITIONAL COATING TO 1 INCH. STORM TOTAL 1
  TO 3 INCHES.

* TEMPERATURES: RISING INTO THE MIDDLE 30S BY LATE MORNING.

* TIMING: LIGHT SNOW WILL GRADUALLY DIMINISH BY MID MORNING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW
WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW
COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITY...AND USE CAUTION WHILE
DRIVING.

Brett Favre's Wife



      
In a news conference, Deanna Favre announced she will be the starting Quarterback for the Green Bay Packers football team next season.

Deanna asserts that she is qualified to be the starting QB because she had spent 16 years married to Brett while he played QB for the Packers - even though she has actually never played football at any level from grade school up, never ran the offense of any team, nor ever played the game.

During this period of time, she became familiar with the definition of a corner blitz, the nickel package, man-to-man coverage, so she is now completely comfortable with all the other terminology involving the Packers offense. A survey of Packers fans shows 50% of those polled supported the move.

Does this sound idiotic and unbelievable ... or familiar to you?

Hillary Clinton makes the same claims as to why she is qualified to be the President of the United States and 50% of Democrats polled agree.

She has never run a city, county, or state during her "career" as being Bill Clinton's wife. When told Hillary Clinton has experience because she has 8 years in the White House,my immediate thought was, "So does the pastry chef, and the person who picks up dog poop from the White House Lawn"

When it comes to running the State Department, her biggest achievement was getting a US Ambassador and 3 other Americans killed, by pretending terrorism had been defeated.....Her words still echo..."what difference does it make"

Comment:  At least Deanna Favre is pretty !

It's 3:30 AM, Some Blizzard!

It sure doesn't look like we got much accumulation overnight. Who knows, maybe it will start coming down hard and heavy some time soon...

BREW JAM EVENT

Advance Tickets Available at EVO or online...

BREW JAM 2015

Sat. January 31st ~ 1:00pm until 5:00pm... 
Evolution Craft Brewing Company Public House 

Advance Tickets $19.99

Tickets Include:
Unlimited EVO Mainline & Seasonal Beer Tastings, 
Public House BUFFET: 
Build Your Own Grilled Cheese,  French Bread Pizza, Hummus & Veggies, P.H. Hash,  Jalapeno Poppers, Dill Weed Potato Salad & Brownies!

LIVE MUSIC from 1-5:00pm
"BAND OF FOOLS" 

Tickets are limited and may sell out early.
201 East Vine Street Salisbury, Md. 21804

10 High-Fat Foods That Are Actually Good For You

Ever since fat was demonized, people started eating more sugar, refined carbs, and processed foods instead.

As a result, the entire world has become fatter and sicker. However, times are changing. Studies now show that fat, including saturated fat, isn’t the devil it was made out to be (1, 2). All sorts of healthy foods that happen to contain fat have now returned to the “superfood" scene.

Here are 10 high-fat foods that are actually incredibly healthy and nutritious.

1. Avocados

The avocado is different from most other fruits. Whereas most fruits primarily contain carbs, avocados are loaded with fats. In fact, avocados are about 77% fat by calories, making them even higher in fat than most animal foods (3).

The main fatty acid is a monounsaturated fat called oleic acid. This is also the predominant fatty acid in olive oil, associated with various health benefits (4, 5).

Avocados are among the best sources of potassium in the diet, even containing 40% more potassium than bananas, a typical high-potassium food.

They're also a great source of fiber, and studies have shown that they can lower LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, while raising HDL (the "good”) cholesterol (6, 7, 8). Even though they are high in fat and calories, one study shows that people who eat avocados tend to weigh less and have less belly fat than those who don't (9).

Bottom Line: Avocados are a fruit, with fat at 77% of calories. They are an excellent source of potassium and fiber, and have been shown to have major benefits for cardiovascular health.

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Don't Try This At Home...


Monday, January 26, 2015

Senator Jim Mathias & Mark Odachowski, Worcester Counties Newest Cheech & Chong?


Royal Plus purchased a building in Snow Hill a few years ago. A very special deal was made on a 125,000, (+ or -) square foot building the County owned for pennies on the dollar. The deal was that they were to guarantee they'd hire a certain amount of people over the upcoming years. Because Odachowski had planned to build the Summerfield Community in Snow Hill, he set up a showroom inside. Since they went under on the project, so did the showroom and the employees. The property is now used to park their emergency vehicles.


Royal Plus has been trying to rent the building since without any takers. With no renter in sight, they've come up with the plan to grow medicinal marijuana inside. They allegedly approached the county with hopes of getting permission and it's now my understanding that they are going to try and orchestrate some legislation in Annapolis via Jim Mathias, who is on the Royal Plus payroll, to change the laws. Naturally Jim will not put his name on anything but will play a part in providing direction in regards to which legislators may be willing to consider sponsoring such a bill.

The story becomes more believable when contrasted with past indiscretions by Mathias. Who can soon forget the $1.25 million that was channeled to Royal Plus on the Casino deal just a few years back? That incident came to the attention of a Washington Post investigative reporter while reviewing Ethics Reports. Seems the senator “forgot” to list his association with Royal Plus on his ethics filings while sponsoring legislation that would give his employer a big payday. This was further complicated by the fact that he had been previously warned to disclose this relationship by the Ethics Committee, and yet failed to do so..

Using your position in State government for self aggrandizement is a big “no no”. Apparently, using that same position to say, gain access into a hurricane ravaged area under the guise of “coming to help” is alright from the senator’s perspective. What else would be the need to have a senator in your pocket if not to open a few doors, eh? I mean, if you are in the business of cleaning up from disasters, being the first trucks and company into a restricted flood zone definitely has financial advantages. When the government is the gatekeeper, you apparently need a government key shaped like a certain senator to open the door.

Previous ethics challenges and actions lend instant credibility to this story; and, unless your smoking dope, you make the connections easily enough.

Love us or hate us, we break the news well before anyone else. Heck, I can pretty much guarantee you that your Liberal Media will never even touch this story.