Friday, August 26, 2011
Well, at least there's next to nothing left in supplies and we won't have to see more businesses boarding up their store fronts. Well, not because of a storm, anyway.
Like every one else out there, today I stopped in the stores to pick up some items, (or should I say necessities) just in case we do get hit hard. Better safe than sorry, I always say.
In the mean time, Americans always seem to fear the worst and obviously when Home Depot can unload 240 generators at $599.00 each, we tend to go overboard at the drop of a hat.
Ocean City has been completely closed down and now even inland areas are being told to evacuate. There is a good possibility of severe flooding because the storm is moving so slowly. However, are we really in as much danger as many would like to have us believe?
Mind you, I understand it's wise to be prepared but over my almost 50 years on this earth I have watched weather reports increase in accuracy and from what I can see at this point and time, this storm is weakening and will only get weaker as it moves north.
Yeah, I know, I'm not a meteorologist. Then again, I seem to call the weather better than the professionals who went to school for such a career. Before you react, I'm also not a journalist, yet I seem to have crushed the local MSM and that's something you can't argue.
I guess what I'm trying to say is, common sense sure does seem to beat the living crap out of very expensive degrees any more. Or maybe I should call it, WISDOM.
Media seems to get hyperactive on ONE issue.
In closing, Salisbury News will not be begging local radio stations to cover our blow by blow broadcasts during the storm in case every one loses power. IF things get that bad, GET THE HELL OUT OF HERE and stop worrying about anything else.
Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel Marcus Brown has activated the State Police Mobile Field Force and is pre-deploying additional troopers from that force in Worcester, Talbot, and Cecil counties. The State Police Underwater Recovery Team is pre-deploying along with three boats in those same counties.
Already this morning, 50 troopers joined Ocean City Police Department officers to assist with evacuation efforts in the resort. Troopers are assisting officers with door-to-door notifications regarding the mandatory evacuation order in Ocean City.
The largest State Police mobile command center is being moved to the Eastern Shore. It contains a full range of interoperable communications equipment. That command center will deploy as a command post at a disaster scene or it will be used to continue the operations of a barrack that sustains weather damage. Two other command vehicles will remain on the Western Shore and will be ready if needed.
Additional State Police personnel not normally assigned to road patrol have already been assigned to supplement troopers at barracks on the Eastern Shore throughout the weekend. Accommodations have been arranged at State Police barracks and through the National Guard. Extra troopers are prepared to stay on the Shore as long as necessary.
All State Police personnel have been put on standby and are to be ready for immediate recall to duty. Colonel Brown has directed supervisors, commanders, and personnel not normally assigned to road patrol to be ready for duty.
State Police personnel will be assigned to each county emergency operations center. This will provide troopers a direct link to issues in each county and increase State Police response speed to areas of need. Troopers are also a part of MEMA operations and will be coordinating State Police response with emergency managers there.
Throughout Friday, troopers will be working with Ocean City Police officers who are evacuating the resort town. Troopers are also deployed along evacuation routes; and are working to keep traffic moving.
Additional State Police four-wheel drive vehicles have been assigned to Eastern Shore barracks to provide better access to areas where roads may be flooded. Troopers will work with local fire and rescue services and will make every effort to reach anyone in need.
The State Police Aviation Command helicopter fleet will be ready to fly as soon as weather permits. State Police helicopter crews have conducted extra hoist rescue training this summer, which included training with the Beach Patrol in Ocean City. If aerial rescues are needed, State Police helicopter crews will be ready to respond.
Engineers and inspectors from the Office of the State Fire Marshal are on standby to assist with building inspections if needed. Deputy state fire marshals are also on alert and will be dispatched through MEMA if needed.
Colonel Brown urges citizens to heed the Governor’s advice and the instructions of local emergency officials. That advice includes staying off the roads during the storm and not driving into flooded roadways and risk being stranded.
“Use common sense,” Colonel Brown said. “Do not go out unnecessarily and risk creating an emergency rescue situation. The men and women of the Maryland State Police will be on patrol and ready to respond in coordination with our state and local partners.”
For the latest statewide emergency information, citizens are urged to visit the State of Maryland website at www.maryland.gov. In addition to making home and family preparations, citizens are also reminded to ensure their pets are appropriately cared for during the storm.
In years past, the Salisbury Zoo has become a victim of heavy floods and lost animals during flooding. The Zoo animals are also subjected to being traumatized by being transferred.
There are many things to also worry about. You know how old those trees are at the Zoo. God Forbid one of those trees comes down during the storm, believe me, the wire on the Jaguar Exhibit will not hold up. Mind you, more than likely the Jags will remain indoors during the storm but the damage could be very severe.
There's little the Staff can do to save the animals and or the Zoo. They simply cross their fingers and hope it won't be as severe as it could be.
Many people have learned there are NO D Size Batteries anywhere in Wicomico County and every one watched some 240 $599.00 Generators disappear in a matter of 4 hours at Home depot today but there's good news. Home Depot is expecting yet another major shipment of generators and D Size Batteries in a shipment to be delivered this evening.
Only On Salisbury News.
If you live in NJ, you should be outraged that your tax dollars are being paid to black deadbeat teenagers for doing what their parents should be doing. There is absolutely no personal responsibility taken by the black community and black parents in Camden NJ. Your $63,000 of tax dollars are being handed to these deadbeat teenagers for promising to go to school all the way through September 30.
The last I checked, the school year goes from September through June. What happens on October 1?
I wonder what the parents of the students who always go to school think about this program? How are the students who go to school to learn supposed to feel about the loser next to him in class getting paid $100 to show up? If this isn’t the most warped program in history, my name is Martin Luther King.
Camden to pay students $100 in anti-truancy program
The city’s newest attempt at combating truancy – I Can End Truancy, or ICE-T – will focus on conflict-resolution and anger-management workshops and educational reinforcement during the next five weeks, ending Sept. 30.
So you know, they are accepting pets as well.
Federal Reserve Policy Mixed With Extreme Weather Has Put The World On A Fast Track To Revolution And War
(Quantitative Easing + Extreme Weather = Revolution + World War III)
From the very beginning  we knew that the Federal Reserve’s QE program was going to cause the cost of food to rise and the dollar to decline in value, and that these intended results would lead to an increase in poverty and civil unrest. Now there is a new study that gives us some more proof of this obvious fact:
In other words, if the Fed engages in another round of QE, the global unrest that they have already ignited will go hyperbolic.Are food prices approaching a violent tipping point?
A provocative new study suggests the timing of the Arab uprisings is linked to global food price spikes, and that prices will soon permanently be above the level which sparks conflicts….
… there is a specific food price level above which riots and unrest become far more likely. That figure is 210 on the UN FAO’s price index: the index is currently at 234, due to the most recent spike in prices which started in the middle of 2010 [coinciding with QE2].
Lastly, the researchers argue that current underlying food price trends – excluding the spikes – mean the index will be permanently over the 210 threshold within a year or two. The paper concludes: “The current [food price] problem transcends the specific national political crises to represent a global concern about vulnerable populations and social order.” Big trouble, in other words….
The next part of the study identifies that the serious unrest in North Africa and the Middle East also correlates very closely with [the QE2] food price spike. Bar-Yam also notes: “Several of the initial riots in North Africa were identified in news stories as food riots.” From there, the researchers make their prediction of permanently passing the 210 threshold in 12-24 months. [read full report ]
Before getting into the details on how the Fed deliberately made these food prices spike, let’s look at another new study, which also helps demonstrate the obvious, extreme weather is linked to war:
MoreClimate cycles linked to civil war, analysis shows
Local Investigator: Tfc. N. Klahr # 5232
CRASH TEAM INVESIGATORS: Cpl. E. Gregson/Tfc. J. Bedell
On the above date and time Troopers responded to the above location for a fatal injury accident. The investigation revealed that vehicles two and three were traveling westbound on Route 50 business approaching the crossover that permits traffic traveling on eastbound Route 50 to turn left into a crossover that accesses the N/B Salisbury Bypass ramp. Vehicle one attempted to crossover westbound Route 50, when it failed to yield to vehicles two and three. Vehicle one was then struck by vehicle two and by vehicle three simultaneously. Charges are pending against the operator of vehicle 1 upon consultation with the States Attorney’s Office.
Vehicle 1: 2000 Mazda passenger (Destroyed).
Operator: Sara Goonasekeram w/f, 43yoa, of Gaithersburg, MD (Injured)
Front seat passenger: Ambrosina Buckley, w/f, 78yoa, of New York (Deceased)
Rear driver passenger: Child, 8yoa, of New York (Life threatening injury)
Rear passenger side: Child, 12yoa, of New York (Injured)
Vehicle 2: 1995 Ford Econline van (Destroyed)
Operator: Timothy Jason Thomas, w/m, 34yoa, Salisbury, MD (Not injured)
Passenger: Timothy Tyrone Day, b/m, 48yoa, Salisbury, MD (Not injured)
Vehicle 3: 2003 Ford Escape (Minor Damage)
Owned by: Beth Neiswinter Watson, w/f, 42yoa, Salisbury, MD (Injured)
Operator is the same.
1. Never slap a man who's chewing tobacco.
2. Never kick a cow chip on a hot day.
3. There are two theories to arguing with a woman. Neither works.
4. Never miss a good chance to shut up.
5. Always drink upstream from the herd.
6. If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.
7. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it and put it back into your pocket.
8. There are three kinds of men:
The ones that learn by reading.
The few who learn by observation.
The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence and find out for themselves.
9. Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
10. If you're riding' ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it's still there.
11. Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier'n puttin' it back.
12. After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him.
The moral: When you're full of bull, keep your mouth shut.
Before this season, Danica Patrick had to decide if she wanted to again run the ARCA race at Daytona in February as a way to gain more experience in a stock car.
She had driven in that race in 2010, overcoming a spin to finish sixth, a result that left her smiling after exiting the car. But that day was one reason why Patrick chose not to run in the ARCA race this season.
"To be honest, if I go back for a second time, this is maybe my own fear, but you all expect me to do better,'' Patrick told reporters in February. "There's that added pressure of like it's not just to go out there and drive around for the day. Like, 'OK I did it last year, now I need to do better this year.' That's an added pressure. Public perception was one [of the reasons].''
The expectations will only intensify for Patrick.
(Aug. 26, 2011) Maryland’s medical marijuana work group recently had its first meeting and will soon divide into subgroups to address concerns about the usefulness and safety of a statewide medical drug policy.
The work group met for the first time on Aug. 17, “to design a program that respects potential benefits as well as potential risks,” said Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
“The plan for the program will not be like California’s [medical marijuana program] where you can simply get an access card from a doctor to go to [a marijuana dispensary shop.]” Sharfstein said. “This would be overseen by academic centers and would be treated as an investigational therapy, which means there has to be a reason to use it based on evidence, based on informed consent and probably a set of other requirements. This committee’s job is to come up with those requirements.”
(Aug. 26, 2011) Times are tough, but Gov. Martin O’Malley told state officials and visitors to Ocean City last weekend that Marylanders can cooperate and plan through the challenging economy.
During the Maryland Association of Counties summer 2011 conference, which ran from Aug. 17-20, at the Ocean City convention center on 40th Street, O’Malley touted state growth, private sector job growth, community investment and the need for state budgets to accommodate all of the above issues.
The governor spoke about the need to invest in the future while making sure Marylanders have enough money for the present during a keynote speech closing the conference on Aug. 20.
We’re getting plenty of calls from area businesses wondering what to do to prepare their computer network for Irene’s arrival this weekend. I’m sure that some of your readers might have the same question, so I’ve prepared 8 tips to help:
If you have a Disaster Recovery Plan already, pull it out, check to see if anything is out of date, and delegate tasks to employees within your organization.
Do a full backup of your critical information, and take this information off-site. If you have the time, store it in your bank safety box. If you don't have a safety box, take it home with you. Customers that use Inacom's Offsite Backup Service are already covered! If you want, you are welcome to use a Free Offsite Backup Trial. We can't guarantee all of your data will get backed up in time, but chances are good that we can take a Quickbooks file or My Documents Folder before the storm comes.
Power off your systems, and unplug them. This includes your servers, PCs, Routers, Switches, Wireless Access Points, Copiers, and Telephone Systems. Don't forget to remove the coax or telephone lines from your equpment - lightning damage coming from these lines is very common!
Move any systems that are on the floor or next to windows to a safer location.
If you can't afford to turn off important systems, make sure that you have them plugged into an Uninteruptable Power Source (UPS), and that the UPS is properly configered to shut down your system.
Wrap important systems in plastic wrap, and make sure that they are off the floor.
Place important documents in sealed, plastic bins.
Make sure that you have emergency contact numbers on you when you leave the office. (Inacom’s number is 410.543.8200).
To help ensure that area businesses can properly prepare for Irene and get up and running as soon as possible, we’ve made plans ourselves. They include:
Free Offsite Backup Trial Accounts – We can’t guarantee that an entire server gets backed up due to time and the offsite location’s Internet speeds, but we can easily accommodate small files like a Quickbooks database. A decent Internet connection should be able to get 5GB of data to us this evening.
Technicians available Friday evening into Saturday morning to help proactively shut down systems and prepare them for Irene.
Emergency Computer Support – 11 technicians have volunteered to work this Sunday once the storm safely passes by. Just call 410.543.8200 and leave a message in our Emergency mailbox. We’ll call you back right away!
Additional inventory – PCs, Servers, Telephone Systems, and Copiers are in-stock and ready to go where needed.
If If anybody calls us today for help shutting down their computer network, we’ll donate $50 per site visit towards your community causes. They just have to say they are calling because they saw our tips on Sby News and we’ll bring a check to your office next week.
- Listen to the radio or TV for information.
- Secure your home, close storm shutters, and secure outdoor objects or bring them indoors.
- Turn off utilities if instructed to do so. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its doors closed.
- Turn off propane tanks.· Avoid using the phone, except for serious emergencies.
- Moor your boat if time permits.
- Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water.
- If you are directed by local authorities to do so. Be sure to follow their instructions.
- If you live in a mobile home or temporary structure—such shelters are particularly hazardous during hurricanes no matter how well fastened to the ground.
- If you live in a high-rise building—hurricane winds are stronger at higher elevations.
- If you live on the coast, on a floodplain, near a river, or on an inland waterway.
- If you feel you are in danger.
- Stay indoors during the hurricane and away from windows and glass doors.
- Close all interior doors—secure and brace external doors.
- Keep curtains and blinds closed. Do not be fooled if there is a lull; it could be the eye of the storm - winds will pick up again.
- Take refuge in a small interior room, closet, or hallway on the lowest level.
- Lie on the floor under a table or another sturdy object.
You think English is easy??
1) The bandage was wound around the wound.
2) The farm was used to produce produce.
3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
4) We must polish the Polish furniture.
5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.
6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
10) I did not object to the object.
11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
13) They were too close to the door to close it.
14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.
15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
18) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
20) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?
Let's face it, English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is is a pig.
And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth, beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?
If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell?
How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down; you fill in a form by filling it out; an alarm goes off by going on.
English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all. That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.
PS. - Why doesn't 'Buick' rhyme with 'quick' ?
One place they won't be looking: an estimated $30 billion from the bailout that was slated to help homeowners but is likely to remain unspent.
Instead, Congress has mandated that the leftover money be used to pay down the debt.
Of the $45.6 billion in Trouble Asset Relief Program funds meant to aid homeowners, the most recent numbers available show that only about $2 billion has actually gone out the door.
The low number reflects how little the government's home loan modification and other programs have actually helped homeowners  deal with the foreclosure crisis.
Demonstrators in Front of White House Continue Their Push Back Against Proposed TransCanada Oil Pipeline, And More
Obama Jobs Plan May Be Aimed at High Risk Mortgage Borrowers
“It almost seems to me you want to have some type of announcement or policy, program or something from the federal government that provides that clear signal that we are here supporting the housing market and this is indeed a good time to really consider buying,”
At the center of the Panic of 2008 were defaults on cheap mortgages for Americans with poor credit. The latest idea to reverse the resulting recession is for the government to offer cheap mortgages to Americans with poor credit.
There have been rumblings for weeks that the economic plan to be offered by President Obama after he returns from his vacation would be aimed, at least in part, at trying to re-inflate the American housing market.
The details of the aftershock are here.