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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Fifteen Arrested After Theme Park Blocks Scarf-Wearing Muslim Customers

Rye Playland, a small Amusement Park in New York's Westchester County, was briefly shut down Tuesday, after officials refused to allow female Muslim customers to go on rides unless they removed their headscarves. Fifteen people, including three women, were arrested for disorderly conduct.

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Washington Monument Leaking After Irene

Walking into the Washington Monument on Monday after Hurricane Irene blew through, standing water was found puddled inside the iconic structure's interior.

That water could indicate more cracks in the monument than were previously detected, Park Service spokesperson Carol Johnson told News4.


Mel Gibson To Pay Ex-Girlfriend $750,000.00

Payment to Oksana Grigorieva will settle long-running dispute, custody issues

Mel Gibson will pay $750,000 to his ex-girlfriend and continue to provide housing and financial support for their young daughter to resolve a bitter, long-running legal fight, a judge said Wednesday.

The settlement is intended to end the bickering and accusations that have permeated the case handled in mostly secret proceedings for more than a year, Superior Court Judge Peter Lichtman said.

Gibson's payments to Russian musician Oksana Grigorieva are dependent on a lasting truce.


The Marxist At UBS And His Confusion

George Magnus, Senior Economic Adviser at UBS is a Marxist. FT has given him space to write an article which includes such gems as:
Marx analysed and explained insightfully how and why capitalism would succumb to recurrent crises, and especially big ones after a credit bust.
Let's be clear about a few things. The current financial crisis was caused by the on again, off again, money printing by central banks, such as the Federal Reserve.

Austrian business cycle theory fully explains the crises. Indeed, if one understood ABCT, you could have seen the current crisis coming in real time. (See here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here.)

Marx theories were a combination of bad economics, mixed with bad political theory, all wrapped with a Hollywood happy ending:

Rebuilding And Restoring

These past few days have not been easy. We still have Marylanders without power and families with homes that have been destroyed by mother nature. But utility crews continue to work around the clock, our Insurance Administration is ready to help families with claims and we continue to work with our federal and local partners to help Marylanders in need. We’re making progress, but won’t rest until every community is fully restored.

But even as we rebuild and restore our communities from an uncontrollable natural disaster, we also remain focused on spurring economic development to create and save jobs.

This morning, we kicked off the inaugural meeting of the Maryland Venture Fund Authority—a group that will oversee our new InvestMaryland initiative.

InvestMaryland is the single largest infusion of Venture Capital into our State’s economy—an infusion that will create thousands of jobs and spur millions of dollars in economic development.


Estranged Wife Begged 911 For Help Before Being Killed

'I could be dead,' Florida woman said; what happened in her final hours stumps authorities

Sarah Rucker had feared for her life for months.

In February, the 42-year-old Deltona, Fla. woman had filed domestic battery charges against her estranged husband.

Dwayne White was going to kill her the next time he saw her, she told investigators back in February, showing them her neck, red and swollen from White allegedly trying to strangle her.

"I'm as good as dead," Rucker had told sheriff's investigators at the time, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.

Suspicious Parcel At US Air Base; 3 Hospitalized


Three people from Scott Air Force Base in southwestern Illinois were hospitalized with rashes Wednesday and parts of the facility were evacuated after a suspicious package arrived at the base's mail center.

Capt. Kathleen Ferrero said 14 people were decontaminated on site and the three others were treated at a hospital in Belleville, Ill., then released. All were near the area of the base's mail center and may have been exposed, she said.

"Currently we're responding to a suspicious package that occurred at the official mail center (Building 1650)," air base spokesman Lt. Benjamin Garland tells CBS station KMOX St. Louis.

KMOX also reported that Hazmat crews are at the scene investigating the matter. It added the education center, bowling alley, and Airman Family Readiness Center are closed until further notice.


BREAKING NEWS: Obama Changes Date for Jobs Speech

President Obama has agreed to accept House Speaker John Boehner's request to reschedule jobs speech for Sept. 8

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New Gay Military Magazine Headed For Base Newsstands

With the official repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" less than a month away, members of the military can expect to see a new gay-themed magazine available at military exchange stores on Sept. 20, the same day the repeal goes into effect.

The gay-advocacy group OutServe launched the magazine last Spring and has already produced two editions. The group says its September edition will be available for free at select Army and Air Force bases.



Wicomico County Executive Richard M. Pollitt, Jr., will be one of the key speakers at the St. James A.M.E. Zion Church Health Fair. The Fair is set to begin at 9:00 A.M. at the church at 521 Mack Avenue in Salisbury. Mr. Pollitt will introduce members of his County Executive’s Council on Fitness and Healthy Living and offer a description of the Council’s programs and initiatives. A Council member, Ms. Marion Keenan, is also scheduled to describe a new program and fitness event, the Heart Chase Initiative.

Football Player Dies After Hit

FROSTBURG, MD - Frostburg State University football player Derek Sheely died on Sunday after a helmet-to-helmet hit in practice last week. University officials are working to help grieving students and to understand how this happened.

With school just starting up at FSU, students are arriving to find one of the school's beloved players is gone.

Fullback Derek Sheely was just starting his senior year.

"He's really the kind of young man that would be the cornerstone of your program," says athletic director Troy Dell. "And he was."


Christine O'Donnell Uninvited, Then Reinvited To Iowa Tea Party Rally [UPDATED]

Christine O'Donnell has been re-invited to a Tea Party rally in Iowa after being dropped from the event's lineup early Tuesday morning.

O'Donnell -- who was victorious in the 2010 GOP Delaware Senate primary over Rep. Mike Castle because of Tea Party supporters -- was slated to speak shortly before former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at a rally sponsored by the Tea Party of America. After announcing O'Donnell's scheduled appearance late Monday evening, the conservative group began getting complaints from people around the country.

They ultimately decided to cut O'Donnell from the lineup, only to re-invite her hours later.

Spokesmen from the Tea Party of America gave conflicting comments on why O'Donnell was uninvited.


Disaster Aid Battle Brewing In Congress

As people try to help victims of Hurricane Irene and other recent disasters, a political battle is threatening to slow money to the government's main disaster aid account.

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Judge Says Couple Can Sue Laptop Security Business For Recording Sex Chats

Security companies that track down stolen laptops don't necessarily have the right to peek into virtual bedrooms. A U.S. District judge ruled that there are potential grounds for a jury to find that a company violated a couple's privacy when it recorded their sex chats as it attempted to track down a stolen laptop the woman was using.

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Irene Knocked My Neighbor's Tree On My Deck, But He's Run Away From His Foreclosure

Irene blew a listing tree onto Brian's property from his neighbor's yard, smashing both his deck and fence. A seeming wrinkle is that his neighbor has long ago skipped town, leaving behind his foreclosed house with its drowsy trees untended. Brian wants to know how he can track the guy down, private eye style, and get reimbursed for the tree removal.

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Fruitland Police Department Press Release

DATE & TIME: Tuesday, August 31, 2011 @ 0850 a.m.

INCIDENT: Domestic Assault

LOCATION: 105 Spruce Street
Fruitland, Md.

CASE NO.: 2011-993


AGE: 36
ADDRESS: 105 Spruce Street
Fruitland, Md.

CHARGES: Assault
Disorderly Conduct
Fleeing and Eluding
Obstructing and Hindering

DISPOSITION: Released to custody of Central Booking at WCDC

On the above date and time Fruitland officers responded to the vicinity of 105 Spruce Street reference a disturbance taking place on the sidewalk. As the officers approached the area, two subjects were observed, one whom was yelling and screaming at the other. As the officers approached closer,the above named subject, who was known to the officers, turned and ran.

The officers gave chase on foot and and soon lost sight of him. As a recent contact with the subject involved a firearm and his location was unknown, the local schools were put on red alert. The subject was located hiding in his residence and taken into custody. There were no injuries sustained and no weapon was found. The local schools were then advised to return normal operation. He was charged and transported to WCDC.

Teen, 15, Robs 73-Year-Old Man Of 7 Cents, Gets 2-6 Years In Prison, Felony Record

(CBS/AP) SYRACUSE, N.Y. - A 15-year-old Syracuse boy will now spend the next two to six years in juvenile detention and the rest of his life as a felon. It was all for a robbery that earned him only pocket change.

Anthony Stewart was found guilty of first-degree robbery earlier this month for beating and kicking a 73-year-old man and robbing him of seven cents. Prosecutors say the victim was on his way to a store last December when the two teenagers ran up from behind, knocked him into a snow bank, then kicked and punched him. The two teens had handguns, which Stewart later admitted were BB guns, prosecutors said.


Benefits Of Universal Healthcare

A recent "Investor's Business Daily" article provided very interesting statistics from a survey by the United Nations International Health Organization.

Percentage of men and women who survived a cancer five years after diagnosis:
U.S.          65%England   46%
Canada    42%

Percentage of patients diagnosed with diabetes who received treatment within six months:
U.S.         93%England  15%
Canada    43%

Percentage of seniors needing hip replacement who received it within six months:
U.S.         90%England   15%
Canada    43%

Percentage referred to a medical specialist
who see one within one month:
U.S.          77%England   40%
Canada     43%

Number of MRI scanners (a prime diagnostic tool) per million people:
U.S.        71England  14
Canada    18

Percentage of seniors (65+), with low income, who say they are in "excellent health":
U..S.         12%England    02%
Canada     06%

I Rest My Case

The percentage of each past president's cabinet who had worked in the private business sector prior to their appointment to the cabinet. 

Here are the percentages.
T. Roosevelt................... 38%
Taft............................... 40%
Wilson .......................... 52%
Harding.......................... 49%
Coolidge....................... 48%
Hoover ......................... 42%
F. Roosevelt...................50%
Truman......................... 50%
Johnson........................ 47%
Nixon............................ 53%
Ford............................. 42%
Carter........................... 32%
GH Bush....................... 51%
Clinton ......................... 39%
GW Bush...................... 55%
And the winner is:
Obama................... 08%
This helps to explain the incompetence of this administration: only 8% of them have ever worked in a job not supported by tax money!
That's right!  Only eight percent---the least, by far, of the last 19 presidents!  And these people are trying to tell our big corporations how to run their business?  They know what's best for GM, Chrysler, Wall Street, and you and me?

How can the president of a major nation and society, the one with the most successful economic system in world history, stand and talk about business when he's never worked for one?  Or about jobs when he has never really had one?  And when it's the same for 92% of his senior staff and closest advisers?  They've spent most of their time in academia, government and/or non-profit jobs or as "community organizers." They should have been in an employment line.

Chincoteague Police Department Poker Run


Two stories on Calculated Risk this morning tell the true story of the housing market and the criminal Wall Street Bank syndicate. First is the new applications for mortgages in the U.S. Mortgage rates are at record lows and the number of mortgage applications hit a 15 year low.

The Refinance Index decreased 12.2 percent from the previous week. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 0.9 percent from one week earlier.

“Refinance application volume declined for a second week from recent highs, despite rates staying near a 10-month low, while purchase volume remained near 15-year lows,” said Mike Fratantoni, MBA’s Vice President of Research and Economics.

The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages decreased to 4.32 percent from 4.39 percent, with points increasing to 1.30 from 0.88 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value (LTV) ratio loans.

Virtually no one is buying homes today. That means no one is selling homes either. The supply of houses for sale rises by the day. Guess what happens when supply rises and there is no demand?


Race And Economics

Overall U.S. unemployment is 9.1 percent. For white adults, it's 8 percent, and for white teens, 23 percent. Black adult unemployment stands at 17 percent, and for black teens, it's 40 percent, more than 50 percent in some cities, for example, Washington.

Chapter 3 of "Race and Economics," my most recent book, starts out, "Some might find it puzzling that during times of gross racial discrimination, black unemployment was lower and blacks were more active in the labor force than they are today." Up until the late 1950s, the labor force participation rate of black teens and adults was equal to or greater than their white counterparts. In fact, in 1910, 71 percent of black males older than 9 were employed, compared with 51 percent for whites. As early as 1890, the duration of unemployment among blacks was shorter than it was among whites, whereas today unemployment is both higher and longer-lasting among blacks than among whites.

How might one explain yesteryear's lower black unemployment and greater labor force participation? The usual academic, civil rights or media racial discrimination explanation for black/white socio-economic differences just wouldn't hold up. I can't imagine even the most harebrained professor, civil rights leader or media "expert" arguing that there was less discrimination a century ago and that explains why there was greater black labor market participation. Racial discrimination or low skills can explain low wages but not unemployment.


Texas Gov. Perry Became A Millionaire While Serving In Office

Since his first race for office more than a quarter-century ago, Gov. Rick Perry has emphasized his roots as a rural farmer.

Yet Perry's bank account no longer reflects those humble beginnings as his bottom line has soared in recent years, records show, thanks largely to a handful of real estate deals that critics allege were achieved through the presidential candidates' political connections.

In just about every campaign Perry has run since 1989, allegations of his using his position for financial gain have come up. It's an issue that Perry long ago accepted would linger as long as he remains in the public eye.

"I've been in politics long enough to know that this is just a part of doing business," Perry told the Star-Telegram in 1998. "I know full well, as my wife knows, that our private lives, particularly on the financial side, becomes fair game."

House Republican Bill Cuts Hurricane Monitoring Funds That Help Save Millions Of Dollars

In the wake of Hurricane Irene, which caused billions of dollars in damages up and down the U.S.’s eastern seaboard, House Republicans are callously claiming that any aid to victims of the disaster needs to be offset by budget cuts elsewhere. The savings favored by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) would come from cuts to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and first responders.

However, if House Republicans get their way, not only will recovering from the effects of Hurricane Irene be more difficult, but so will monitoring incoming hurricanes in general. As the Associated Press noted, the House Appropriations Committee has approved cuts to funding for “hurricane hunters” — military planes that fly into hurricanes in order to measure and track them:
Hurricane hunters – which are flying into Irene’s eye to feed forecasters vital information about the storm – could face big funding cuts under a budget proposal moving through the U.S. House.

Colleges Tell Smokers, 'You're Not Welcome Here'

(CNN) -- This summer, a group of University of Kentucky students and staff has been patrolling campus grounds -- scouting out any student, employee or visitor lighting a cigarette.Unlike hall monitors who cite students for bad behavior, theTobacco-free Take Action! volunteers approach smokers, respectfully ask them to dispose of the cigarette and provide information about quit-smoking resources available on campus.

The University of Kentucky is one of more than 500 college campuses across the country that have enacted 100% smoke-free or tobacco-free policies as of July 1. Although policy enforcement varies from school to school, most prohibit smoking on all campus grounds, including athletic stadiums, restaurants and parking lots.

Wicomico County Sheriff's Office Press Release

Incident: Assault
Date of Incident: 30 August 2011
Location: 700 block of N. Westover Dr., Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Diontray J. Sherwood, 25, Salisbury, MD

Narrative: On 30 Aug 2011
at 3:41 PM, a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office responded to investigate an altercation at a residence in the 700 block of N. Westover Drive in Salisbury.

Upon arrival, the deputies met with an obviously distraught female who advised that she became involved in an argument with her live in boyfriend that turned physical. The female subject stated that it was during this event that her boyfriend assaulted her. The boyfriend, Diontray Sherwood, was still on scene and acknowledged to the deputy that an altercation had taken place at the residence. Upon meeting with the female victim, the deputy saw multiple signs of injury that corroborated her account.

Sherwood was placed under arrest and transported to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. After an initial appearance, the Commissioner released Sherwood on Personal Recognizance.

Charges: Assault 2nd Degree
Reckless Endangerment

USDA Files Charges Against Cole Bros. Circus

Dover, Del.-The U.S. Department of Agriculture has filed formal charges against the Cole Bros. Circus relating to the physical safety and psychological wellbeing of two elephants.

The circus is scheduled to perform in Dover from Wednesday, Aug. 31 and Thursday, Sept. 1.

PETA, which recently filed two complaints with the USDA, pointed out that two elephants, Tina and Jewell, were forced to travel and perform despite being hundreds of pounds underweight and were sent to an unlicensed exhibitor with a long history of violating the Animal Welfare Act. The more than 10 charges filed against Cole Bros. by the USDA include failure to provide adequate veterinary care to the elephants and failure to hire personnel capable of caring for them.


Feds Aren't Cutting Back

Federal agency hiring, retention and bonuses rose despite a down economy, according to a new report from the Office of Personnel Management. OPM said agencies spent nearly $350 million in 2009 on recruitment, relocation and retention bonuses, with the largest share going to medical workers, engineers and patent examiners. The Defense and Veterans Affairs Departments far outspent others on incentives.

Man Decapitates Self With Cable, SUV


YORKTOWN, Virginia - A Chicago man who quickly accelerated in a sport utility vehicle with a cable around his neck decapitated himself after a domestic dispute in Yorktown, authorities said Tuesday.

Sheriff Danny Diggs said a deputy responding to a call of a domestic disturbance Tuesday was taking a statement from the man's ex-wife when another deputy driving by noticed an SUV pulling a utility trailer that was on fire. Authorities say the man started the fire.

A firefighter noticed a cable around the man's neck that was attached to a tree. When deputies tried to get the man to exit the SUV, he accelerated and was pulled from the vehicle and decapitated, they say.


The United States Of Amerijuana

I've always been passionate about food," says Jenelise Robinson. "And I've always been passionate about marijuana and the things it can do for the world."

The Denver woman is 35 but looks 20, with heavy loop earrings distending her lobes and an enormous bracelet to match. From her clavicles southward, her body is a riot of tattoos—the usual skulls and anchors as well as a large circle with a squiggle inside it on her right arm. (When a visitor points quizzically to the squiggle, she replies politely, "It's a baby in a brain," though the tone of her voice says, "Like, duh.") We shouldn't be misled by the biker look or the faux-'60s talk of changing the world. Robinson is all business—a consummate tradeswoman. In the past 16 months she has found a way to combine her passions for food and pot and make the combination pay, as founder, owner and head baker of Nancy B's Edible Medicine, one of the most successful start-ups in Colorado's newest "industry": medical marijuana.


Father Of Md. Man Held In Aruba: Son Not A Monster

WASHINGTON (AP) - The father of a man being held in Aruba on suspicion of involvement in the disappearance and presumed death of a 35-year-old Maryland woman says his son is "not a monster."

In an interview with NBC's "Today" show that aired Tuesday, Frank Giordano said his son Gary is a "good human being, who is good to his family" and close with his children.

DelDOT To Suspend Construction Projects Over Labor Day Weekend

Dover -- The Department of Transportation (DelDOT) alerts all motorists that increased traffic can be expected on Delaware's major corridors beginning Friday, September 3, as Labor Day Weekend gets underway. DelDOT is prepared for the many motorists that will utilize its roads this weekend. Wherever motorists are headed, DelDOT crews will be on hand to assist and monitor traffic volumes throughout the state. In addition, DART First State is prepared for the weekend, readying the Beach Connection Route and Resort Transit Routes for multiple travelers headed to the beach for holiday getaways.

Peak travel times during the Labor Day weekend are expected to occur from noon until 8 p.m. on both Friday, September 2 and Monday, September 5. All construction projects underway will cease at noon on Friday, September 3, except in the event of an emergency. Construction will resume on Tuesday, September 6.

DelDOT's Transportation Management Center (TMC) monitors over 5,500 miles of state-maintained roads around the clock. TMC personnel will observe the state-wide road network and adjust traffic signals in response to increased congestion or incidents.

Motorists traveling southbound through Delaware have Route 1, Route 113 and Route 13 available to help them reach their destinations. Motorists who have E-ZPass will be able to maintain regular highway speed through the E-ZPass Highway Speed Lanes at I-95 Newark, Route 1-Biddle's Corner, and Route 1-Dover Toll Plazas.

In order to keep pace with the traditionally large southbound traffic volumes on Friday and northbound volumes on Sunday and Monday, extra toll takers will be manning the tollbooths at all three Delaware toll facilities throughout the weekend.


AT&T, T-Mobile Pledge To Bring Jobs To U.S.

(WASHINGTON) — AT&T Inc. is pledging to bring 5,000 wireless call center jobs, currently based abroad, back to the U.S. if it is allowed to proceed with its proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA.

The company is also promising that the merger would not result in any job losses for AT&T and T-Mobile USA wireless call center employees who are on the payroll in the U.S. when the deal closes



Keep Your Mind And Body Active This Fall

(Salisbury, MD) Wicomico County Recreation, Parks and Tourism offers several ways to keep you active all season long.  Whether you are looking for a way to keep fit and tone or interested in stimulating your mind this fall, we have you covered.  Join certified instructors in this season’s fitness classes, Bridge lessons and dance sessions at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center.

Body Sculpting is an easy to follow and fun fitness class. Proper form is taught while learning basic moves using resistance tubing and strength exercise. Get firm and tone during these six week sessions on Tuesdays from 5:30pm to 6:30pm.  There are three sessions to chose from, and they run August 30-October 4, October 11-November 22 (no class Nov. 8), and November 29-January 3. The cost is only $65.50 per person/per session.

Bridge lessons for intermediate and beginner players will take place Fridays, September 9-November 4.  This nine week session teaches players how to play the trick-taking game, Bridge and helps the more skilled player brush up on their skills. Intermediate lessons are from 12:15pm-2pm followed by beginner lessons at 2pm-3:45pm in Flanders Room One.  The cost is only $55.50 per person for the session.

Build confidence by learning to belly dance in one of the two low impact physical activity classes offered.  Luna will teach dancers in the beginner class to isolate the hips, ribs, arms and other muscle groups to create basic movements and fun dance combos. Amany takes belly dancing one step further in the intermediate class by adding props such as finger cymbals and a veil.  The intermediate class also teaches dancers how to present a belly dance show to their audience.  Beginner classes are held Thursdays, September 22-November 3 from 7-8pm in Danang Room Three.  Intermediate classes are held Tuesdays, September 20-November 1 from 6:30-7:30pm in Danang Room Two.  The cost for both classes is $75.50 per person/per seven week session.

Twirl around the floor like a star in the ballroom dance classes Swing, Foxtrot and Cha-Cha.  Each dance is taught in the following four week seasons:
·         Swing-September 26-October 17
·         Foxtrot-October 24-Novermber 21 (no class Nov. 7)
·         Cha-Cha-November 28-December 19
These classes are for dancers that are just beginning ballroom dancing or would like to brush up on their dance moves. The cost is $70.50 per couple/per session.

For more information on any of the events listed, please call 443-235-4689 or email  Registration is currently being accepted.  To register, visit the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center Box Office Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm or visit to register online via 

Two Simple Secrets To A Great Relationship

There are two related things that you can do to make your relationships – not just your marriage, but all of your relationships – happier, stronger and more fun.

These are very easy things to do - if you set your mind to it. I always recommend doing all the easy things you can do. Sometimes, because they seem so easy, people overlook them. But it's the easy, simple things that you do every day that make a relationship strong and happy.

When you have the kind of base that is built by countless friendly, kind and playful interactions, then when the inevitable difficult conflicts or misunderstandings come up they are much less daunting because they are exceptions to the overall spirit that you have created between you.

Bids and Turning

The first is what John Gottman calls "Bids and turning."

When someone makes a bid for your attention, turn toward them – actually, physically, turn toward them; and respond to them.

Simple, right?


A Letter To The Editor 8-31-11

On behalf of all animal lovers, I want to say thank you for all your assistance in helping animals find their lost owners.  I know there has been a tremendous amount of success stories and am looking forward to many more.  Thanks for this great service.

Days-Old Infant Found Dead In Grocery Restroom

(CNN) -- Police in Hendersonville, North Carolina, said Tuesday they were interviewing a man and a woman in connection with the discovery of a days-old infant's body in a grocery store restroom.

The body of the newborn girl, who appeared to be 2 or 3 days old, was found Sunday by janitorial staff in a trash can in the women's restroom of a Bi-Lo grocery store, according to Hendersonville Police Capt. David Adams. It was not clear how long the baby had been dead, Adams said on Tuesday, and police were awaiting autopsy results.

Ocean City Bans Synthetic Marijuana

Officials in the beach resort town of Ocean City have banned synthetic marijuana.

Mayor Rick Meehan signed an emergency ordinance Tuesday banning the sale, possession and manufacturing of K2 and other substances sometimes known as "spice" that contain marijuana imitations or hallucinogenic agents, and any associated paraphernalia. The town council had approved the measures.

Councilman Joe Hall dissented, saying he preferred to wait for state action. But Meehan says that could take months and Ocean City shouldn't wait.

The council encouraged police to begin searching boardwalk stores for the substance immediately.

Worcester State's Attorney Beau Oglesby says he's optimistic the ordinance will have an immediate impact on what he considers to be a "very real problem" in Ocean City. He believes that county officials will consider a county-wide ban.

Dogs In Need Of A Home

Hello Joe,

Over the past month I have been taking care of my Grandfather's seven dogs, and have been working hard to find them their forever homes. My Grandparents had always been dog lovers. Over their lifetime together they raised over 50 dogs, and with a little patience could still remember every last one of their names. My grandmother unexpectedly passed away about a year and a half ago, leaving my grandfather to care for seven dogs (not to mention two cats). It became way too much for him to handle, but even harder for him to admit. He has become very ill, and will now have to be moved into assisted living where he can no longer care for his animals.

Every morning and afternoon, I go to his house to play, feed, love the dogs that remain. While I have two dogs of my own, it has become increasingly hard to care for so many animals. It is sad that they don't get the attention they deserve. I have adopted 4 out already, there are still three beautiful, loving dogs in need of a home. Each one is very special and would make loving, deserving pets for anyone who is ready to help an animal down on her luck. Please help me find them their forever homes!

The third dog who isn't pictured is named Baby. She is a 15 year old rat terrier, who despite her age is very spry and affectionate.

She loves to meet new people and would adapt well to any household.

Mr. Cheney’s Victory Lap

Dick Cheney is taking a lap around all the talk shows, peddling his memoir while giving his reputation one final spit-shine before he dies and goes straight to hell.

Oh—so you actually doubt he’ll go to hell? With the shit he’s pulled? Cabrón, please . . .

It is remarkable that relatively few people seem outraged by Mr. Cheney. Here is the man who, as Vice-President of the United States, violated some of the most important rights, freedoms and liberties that America has defended for over two-hundred years. Not only did he commit what in other times would have been considered war crimes and crimes against humanity—he is proud of having done so!


2 Brazilans Killed In Afghanistan

The Dept of Defense briefed the President this morning. They told President Obama that 2 Brazilian soldiers were killed in Afghanistan .                                  .

To everyone's surprise, he collapsed onto his desk, head in his
hands, visibly shaken, almost in tears.

Finally, he composed himself and asked, 'Just how many is a brazilian?'

This is not surprising, since he obviously has no understanding of
billion or trillion either.


“Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

Senator: Obama Told Me Pass Amnesty Or I’ll Leave The Borders Open

On June 18, 2010, Arizona Republican Senator Jon Kyl told the audience at a North Phoenix Tea Party town hall meeting that during a private, one-on-one meeting with President Obama in the Oval Office, the President told him, regarding securing the southern border with Mexico, “The problem is, . . . if we secure the border, then you all won’t have any reason to support ‘comprehensive immigration reform.’” [Audible gasps were heard throughout the audience.] Sen. Kyl continued, “In other words, they’re holding it hostage. They don’t want to secure the border unless and until it is combined with ‘comprehensive immigration reform.’”

Sen. Kyl also said he reminded President Obama that the President and the Congress has an obligation, a duty, to secure the border.


Church Grand Opening

Mayor's Curfew vs Burger King


The Mayor seriously needs to go to Burger King (by the college) to explain about his curfew. 

There were five people fired when they showed up to work on Monday.  Why?  Because they didn't show up to work the morning shift Sunday morning.  They were following the Mayor's curfew. 

Next time he announces a curfew should those working fast food ignore it?


Customer Service/Load Out Operator/Grounds Maintenance

Employee Type: Full-Time
Location: Frankford, DE
Industry: Manufacturing
Education: High School

Contact Information
Company: Eastern Shore Forest Products
Contact: Sara Hall

Please email Sara for more details….

Caption This Photo 8-31-11

Labor Day Party At Boonies

Come out to Boonies Chop House and Pun for the release of Evolution Craft Breweries Jacques Au Lantern Pumpkin Ale. This fall seasonal is an unfiltered amber ale brewed with locally grown pumpkins. Roasted pumpkins are added to the mash and traditional pumpkin pie spices to the kettle, and then ferment with a
Belgian Yeast Strain

Four Gadgets To Weather The Next Storm

You may find yourself stranded on a back country road. You may find yourself living in a suburb without power. But no matter where you are, being without electricity is absolutely no fun at all.

Of course, the ultimate solution is to have a massive generator standing by to power up the house.
Unfortunately, most of us don't have that luxury--and when the power is out, it can be difficult to find fuel to power the generator. Furthermore, where would you put a generator in a one-bedroom apartment?


Stop Sale Of Johnson & Johnson Breast Implants

Consumer advocates asked health regulators to take silicone breast implants made by Johnson & Johnson off the market because the company has not been able to provide enough long-term safety data.

The groups spoke on Tuesday at a two-day Food and Drug Administration advisory panel meeting to discuss follow-up safety studies for silicone implants that have already been approved for sale. The FDA said the issue of product removal was not under consideration during the meeting.


The Pastor's New Dentures

A Pastor goes to the dentist for a set of false teeth. 

The first Sunday after he gets his teeth, he talks for only eight minutes.  The second Sunday, he talks for only ten minutes.  The following Sunday, he talks for 2 hours and 48 minutes. The congregation had to mob him to get him down from the pulpit and they asked him what happened?

The Pastor explains the first Sunday his gums hurt so bad he couldn't talk for more than 8 minutes.  The second Sunday his gums hurt too much to talk for more than 10 minutes.  But, the third Sunday, by mistake he put his wife's teeth in and couldn't shut up...


You know those deadbeats who haven’t made a mortgage payment in over a year? Obama wants to take your tax dollars and let these scumbags refinance their underwater mortgage at 4%. He’d like to do it through your backdoor by having Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac take on another $70 billion of losses. These two wonderfully run organizations have already lost $130 billion of your tax dollars, so what’s another $70 billion.

This is how a socialist views the world. I have been making my monthly mortgage payments faithfully for 16 years. It doesn’t matter whether the value of the house is lower or higher than the mortgage. I have a financial obligation and I honor it. There are millions of deadbeats who have lived far above their means, took on too much debt, and never saved for a rainy day. Now they are living in homes for one or two years without making the legally required mortgage payment.
Obama feels their pain. His solution is to take my tax dollars and help the deadbeat out.

People make bad decisions every day. There are consequences to bad decisions, just as there are benefits to good decisions. Obama wants to reward the people who made bad decisions at the expense of the people who made good decisions. This is just another form of warped Keynesian thinking. These blithering idiots believe that the reduction in mortgage payments will boost the economy. Absolutely ridiculous!!! These morons haven’t been making any mortgage payments. They were already spending that freed up cash on iPhones and HDTVs.

What kind of country have we become? People who can’t or won’t make their mortgage payments need to be booted out on their fat asses. It’s time for them to rent or live in their mother’s basement. The housing market needs to be cleared of the massive oversupply through price discovery. At a low enough price, someone who had been renting and saving their money will be able to afford one of the houses. At the right price, every house will sell. The banks need to write-off their bad mortgages. If that pushes them into bankruptcy, so be it. An orderly liquidation of their assets has been precedent for a couple hundred years.

Don’t let Obama screw you again.


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When A Tree Falls, Who Pays?

There's lots of trees down after Irene and someone has to got to pay to get rid of them. But who? What if your tree fell on your neighbor's house? What if their tree fell on your house? Who's responsible? Here are the general rules of thumb.

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On Site Deputy Removed From Salisbury Middle School

Mr. Albero,

I often read sbynews with interest. 

There is an issue that may be of interest to your blog.  At the last minute, the Board of Ed. Informed the Principal of SMS that they would be removing the on-site deputy for at least the Fall of 2011 in spite of the concerns of both her and Mike Lewis.  There has been no communication with parents (an ongoing issue with the BOE administrative staff) and so to facilitate communication and information sharing as well as provide a forum to urge a resolution that protects children and staff, a group formed a Facebook page.  The location is  In addition, the SMS PTA provided the opportunity for parents to gather information and sign a petition on Back to School night.   The number of parents highly concerned about this issue is remarkable. 

The groups purpose is not only to provide an open forum but to urge the BOE to make choices in tough budget times that impact Board level administrative staff instead of directly impacting students and staff at Wicomico County schools.  There are also serious questions raised in the mind of many parents, why this school given its demographic and location, is this politically motivated by Dr. Fredericksen and why has there been no communication to key stakeholders – parents and surrounding community?

Are New LED Lightbulbs As Good As The Inefficient Incandescents?

Our scientific sisters over at Consumer Reports have set out to answer the question that's on everyone's minds lately: Is an LED lightbulb really a viable replacement for the controversial-and-soon-to-be-phased-out inefficient incandescent?

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Worth Repeating

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Since the Pledge of Allegiance  
The Lord's Prayer  
Are not allowed in most  
Public schools anymore  
Because the word 'God' is mentioned.....  
A kid in Arizona   wrote the attached  
NEW School prayer:  
"New Pledge of Allegiance"  
Now I sit me down in school  
Where praying is against the rule  
For this great nation under God  
Finds mention of Him very odd.  
If scripture now the class recites,  
It violates the Bill of Rights.    
And anytime my head I bow  
Becomes a Federal matter now.
Our hair can be purple, orange or green,  
That's no offense; it's a freedom scene...  
The law is specific, the law is precise.  
Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.  
For praying in a public hall  
Might offend someone with no faith at all..  
In silence alone we must meditate,  
God's name is prohibited by the state.  
We're allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,  
And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks...  
They've outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible.  
To quote the Good Book makes me liable.  
We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen,  
And the 'unwed daddy,' our Senior King.  
It's 'inappropriate' to teach right from wrong,  
We're taught that such 'judgments' do not belong..  
We can get our condoms and birth controls,  
Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles ..    
But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,    
No word of God must reach this crowd.  
It's scary here I must confess,  
When chaos reigns the school's a mess.  
So, Lord, this silent plea I make:  
Should I be shot; My soul please take!