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Monday, October 24, 2011

Three Cats Shot Three Times Each In Hunters Mill

On Saturday, October 22cnd, in the morning two cats were let out, 30 minutes later both cats came back shot 3 times each. Later that night, two houses were attempted to be broken into.

This happened in Hunters Mill, animal lovers should be aware. A police report has been made, but asked not to be told.

No one shoots a cat three times each to protect themselves...............

Publishers Notes: I received this information earlier today and thought it might be best to put this up as a top post for all to be aware. There seems to be quite a problem with people shooting and or attempting to shot animals in the Rockawalkin area. We have been told these animals will more than likely have to be put down.

New Posts to fall below.


The young man stands on the edge of his porch
The days were short and the father was gone
There was no one in the town and no one in the field
This dusty barren land had given all it could yield

I’ve been kicked off my land at the age of sixteen
And I have no idea where else my heart could have been
I placed all my trust at the foot of this hill
And now I am sure my heart can never be still
So collect your courage and collect your horse
And pray you never feel this same kind of remorse

The song from Mumford & Sons called Dust Bowl Dance is as pertinent to today as it was in describing the Great Depression.   I was taken by the lyrics and the rage in the song. The setting for the song is the Dust Bowl of the 1930′s in the US Midwest. Picture the Joads in Grapes of Wrath. As I listened to the song again this morning I was struck by the similarities between the time period described in the song and our present situation.


Millions Of Bees Escape Semi In Utah Accident

(CBS News)

ST. GEORGE, Utah - Angry swarms of bees ranging in the millions closed down part of Interstate 15 Sunday after a semi hauling the bees rolled on the freeway, CBS News affiliate KUTV-TV reported.

Officials said 25 million angry bees burst forth from the semi after the wreck near St. George, stinging people injured in the accident.


Today's Top Stories 10-24-11


Secretary of State Clinton said Pakistan will suffer “dire consequences” if it fails to “contain” terrorists operating from its soil, and it needs the U.S. and Afghanistan to help get the job done.

The U.S. will dismantle this week the last of its Cold War-era B53 nuclear bombs, the most destructive weapon in the country’s arsenal, the National Nuclear Safety Administration said today. The 10,000-pound bomb is the size of a minivan and contains about 300 pounds of high explosive surrounding a uranium core. It was designed to be dropped from a B-52 bomber and produce an explosion 600 times more powerful than the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima, Japan, in 1945.

European services and manufacturing output contracted at the fastest pace in more than two years in October, adding to recession signs as leaders try to stamp out the sovereign-debt crisis.

Norway is open to approaches from the euro area seeking external investment to help ease the region’s debt crisis, Finance Minister Sigbjoern Johnsen said.

Alexey Mordashov, the Russian steel billionaire who lost more than $2 billion on the sale of U.S. plants, is defying economic forecasts with a spending plan set to boost capacity at Severstal North America by 45 percent. The company plans to start new units at its remaining plants in Columbus, Mississippi, and Dearborn, Michigan, by the end of the year.

Gold rose for a second straight session on concern that Europe’s leaders won’t do enough to stem the region’s debt crisis, boosting demand for the metal as a haven investment.

The Federal Housing Finance Agency said it will eliminate fees and relieve banks of certain risks as part of a plan to help homeowners refinance their mortgages.

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner vowed to maintain policies that reduced poverty while being blamed by investors for fueling inflation of more than 20 percent after winning a landslide re-election.

AP Top Stories

U.S. and North Korean diplomats began talks Monday on Pyongyang's nuclear program, the second direct encounter between the two sides in less than three months.

The speaker of Iraq's parliament accused neighboring nations of meddling in Iraqi affairs and signaled it will only get worse if the country is seen as vulnerable after U.S. troops leave.

Fewer U.S. companies expect to hire new workers in coming months, as business economists grow increasingly pessimistic about the overall economy's growth in the coming year.

The Republican presidential race has become a no-holds-barred contest over character.

Afghan and NATO coalition forces killed or captured about 200 insurgents in eastern Afghanistan during two operations targeting the lethal Haqqani network, which has links to al-Qaida and the Taliban.

Wal-Mart announced a new strategy that it hopes will pull in procrastinators early by giving them a big incentive: a guarantee that they'll get the lowest price no matter when they buy during the holiday season.

E-commerce will drive record holiday shipments this year for FedEx Corp , the world's No. 2 package delivery company said.

Saudi Arabia will not need to tap into its reserves this year to finance additional budget spending but it is considering whether to issue Islamic or conventional bonds to help fund specific projects.

Walmart To (Sort Of) Price Match Holiday Season Purchases

With more and more people doing their holiday shopping online (because it's generally cheaper and faster and doesn't require driving anywhere), the nation's largest retailer is doing what it can to encourage consumers to head to Walmart. Earlier today, Big W announced it will offer price-matching on purchases made between Nov. 1 and Dec. 25, even after you make your purchase.

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Hero Social Worker Barely Survives Tornado, But Workers' Comp Gets Denied

Social worker Mark Lindquist almost gave his life to try to save the three developmentally disabled adults in his care when the big tornado hit Joplin, Missouri in May. But despite being impaled by metal in the course of his work and suffering other near-fatal injuries, his insurance company has denied his worker's comp claims.

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Halloween: A Night For Treats, Not Tragedies

What You Need to Know to Keep Your Kids Safe on Halloween?

When it comes to preventing injury and keeping your kids safe on Halloween, it has been found that repeated and consistent messages are the keys to safety. Research by Safe Kids USA reveals that parents may be placing their children in harm’s way by failing to talk to them each and every year about Halloween safety. Given children’s limited attention spans, as well as their ever-evolving cognitive abilities, you must review all the correct behaviors with your children to help them be safe. Make sure to review our safety tips before you head out trick-or-treating.


Rehoboth Beach Man Arrested After Attempted Robbery

Location: Parking lot of Walmart, 18922 Rehoboth Mall Boulevard, Rehoboth Beach, DE
Date of Occurrence: Monday, October 24, 2011 at 1:05 a.m.
-19 year old Milton, DE woman
Defendant and Charge:  
-Robert J. Ovens, 43, Rehoboth Beach, DE
-Attempted Robbery 2nd Degree
Arraigned at JP Court 3 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution for lack of $5000.00 secured bail.
Rehoboth Beach, DE- A Rehoboth Beach, DE man has been arrested by the Delaware State Police following the attempted robbery of a Milton woman early this morning.
The incident occurred at approximately 1:05 a.m. as a 19 year old Milton, DE woman was seated in her parked car in the lot of the Walmart store located in the 18000 block of the Rehoboth Beach Mall, Rehoboth Beach, DE. The victim was then approached by a male subject who asked her for money so that he could get gas for his truck. The victim agreed and provided the subject with ten dollars. The subject, who because of a disability had to write down what he was saying, then asked the victim for more money. When the victim refused, the subject handed her a note advising her that he would hurt her if she did not comply. The victim then rolled up her car window and advised the subject that she was calling 9-1-1. The subject, later identified as Robert J. Ovens, then fled from the parking lot in a red truck. A short time later, Ovens was located traveling on Fisher Road in the area of SR 9 in Milton, DE. He was taken into custody without incident.
Robert Ovens was arrested and charged with the above crime. He was arraigned at JP Court 3 and committed to the Department of Corrections for lack of $5000.00 secured bail.

Loaded Gun Falls Out Of Checked Bag; TSA Says, Not Our Problem

Hey, you know how you have to take your shoes off at the airport and it's really annoying? Isn't it more annoying that all those safeguards/hassles in place that are supposed to protect you still let a loaded gun slip come flying out of a bag? Yeah. That happened.

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Labeling Tantrums A Mental Illness Doesn't help

In the winter of 2010, there was a lot of talk in the news (and I wrote an Op-Ed in The Boston Globe, "Warning label on new diagnosis") about a proposed new diagnosis for children, then called temper dysregulation disorder with dysphoria, or TDD. The committee that is assigned the task of creating the new DSM-V, the diagnostic manual for mental health, got a lot of flak, so now they have changed the name todisruptive mood dysregulation disorder, or DMDD.

Teen Murder Suspect carried 'Backpack Of Hatred'

Editor's note: This story contains language that some readers may consider offensive.

Brandon, Mississippi (CNN) -- To get to Brandon, you have to drive across the Pearl River, a boundary that seems to separate black Mississippi from white.In the town's center, a monument stands honoring the confederate soldiers who fought in the Civil War.

Will Ruling On Tasers Change Police Procedure?

In 2007, a University of Florida undergraduate created a rallying cry when he pleaded with a police officer, “Don’t tase me, bro.” Now, a powerful federal appeals court in California has given support to the anti-Taser movement. The court ruled last week, in a case involving a pregnant woman pulled over for speeding, that using Taser stun guns on civilians can in some circumstances be unconstitutional. The ruling, although not a complete win for tasered civilians, should prompt police across the country to rethink when and how they use Tasers — and to use them less.

Solar Power Becoming More Affordable, Realistic

Engineers and manufacturers are ever-so-slowly getting better at helping you siphon electricity from that massive power generator 93 million miles away. Due in part to technological advances and growing demand, solar power is starting to grow a little more mainstream and practical.

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We Pay More to Drive Than We Spend On Taxes

By the time the costs of gas, insurance, tolls, parking, and car payments are added up, the average American family spends more on driving than on health insurance or taxes. And for the bulk of society—those who use cars every day to commute, drop the kids off at school, and run errands—it seems impossible to trim the high costs of transportation in any substantial way.


Dagnabbit! Rustlers Costing Ranchers Millions

Even with cattle theft rampant in much of the nation's midsection, Oklahoma rancher Ryan Payne wasn't worried about anyone messing with his cows and calves. By his estimation, his pasture is so far off the beaten path "you need a helicopter to see it."

That changed last month when Payne, 37, checked on his livestock and found a ghoulish scene: Piles of entrails from two Black angus calves he says thieves gutted "like they were deer." They made off with the meat and another 400-pound calf in a heist he estimated cost him $1,800.


US Pulls Out Ambassador From Syria Over Safety Fears

Robert Ford angered Damascus with support for protest movement

The United States has pulled its ambassador out of Syria over worries of his "personal safety" after his cultivation of contacts with protesters led to attacks on his embassy and residence by backers of President Bashar al-Assad, the State Department said Monday.

State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Monday that Ambassador Robert Ford returned to Washington this weekend after "credible threats against his personal safety."

If You Want A Giftless Holiday Season, Now Is The Time To Start The Legwork

If you've had a rough financial year, or are simply sick of running the stress-inducing hamster wheel of gift exchanges, perhaps you'd like a present-free holiday season.

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Occupiers Have To Convince The Other 99 Percent

The occupation movement’s greatest challenge will be overcoming the deep distrust of white liberals by the poor and the working class, especially people of color. Marginalized people of color have been organizing, protesting and suffering for years with little help or even acknowledgment from the white liberal class. With some justification, those who live in these marginalized communities often view this movement as one dominated by white sons and daughters of the middle class who began to decry police abuse and the lack of economic opportunities only after they and their families were affected.

This distrust is not the fault of the movement, which has instituted measures within its decision-making process to make sure marginalized voices are heard before white males. It is the fault of a bankrupt liberal class that for decades has abandoned the core issue of economic justice for the poor and the working class and busied itself with the vain and self-referential pursuits of multiculturalism and identity politics.

Opportunities To Support Our Students And Schools

Tuesday, Oct. 25
Halloween Carnival
Wicomico High School
The Wicomico High School Class of 2012 will host a Halloween Carnival at the school from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 for anyone under age 12 (with chaperone). The carnival will feature face painting by WiHi student artists, Monster Freeze Dance, Halloween golf, ring toss, black cat craft, decorate a cupcake, and more. The carnival will take place in the Wicomico High Auditorium parking lot (rain location: WiHi cafeteria). Admission is $5, with proceeds supporting the WiHi senior class. 410-677-5146.

Friday, Oct. 28, from 6-8 p.m.
Trunk or Treat Family Fall Fun Night
Westside Schools

Trunk or Treat is a safe and fun alternative to trick or treating. Westside Schools PTA will be partnering with our faith based partner, Cross Pointe Church of the Nazarene, to hold this event. The church is providing its parking lot for the Trunk or Treat. There will be many things happening including hay rides, pumpkin carving, costume contest, bonfire, food and beverages, and of course trick or treating. More details to come! Please contact Melissa Marcum if you would like to volunteer to help or decorate your trunks and pass out candy 410-251-2067 or

Friday, Oct. 28
4th annual Harvest Fest
Mardela Middle and High

From 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, the Mardela Middle and High School Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society and the Student Government Association will sponsor the 4th annual Harvest Fest at Mardela Middle and High School. This event is for children fifth grade and younger (age 11 and under); must be accompanied by an adult. There will be trick-or-treating throughout the school in decorated hallways, fall-themed dancing in the cafeteria, and a fun hayride which leads to a haunted forest. The public is invited to attend this fun and safe alternative to going out on Halloween night. A $5 donation per child is requested. 410-677-5142.

Clients Are Up, Funding Is Down For Free Legal Aid

As the economy has slowed, the demand for free civil legal services has risen, but funding for those services has not increased. “The situation is dire,” said Sharon Goldsmith, executive director of the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland. “The programs are feeling stretched beyond their limits. The funding is not there.”

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Indian Cult Leader Looks to Expand Family of 39 Wives, 94 Children

After marrying 39 women and fathering nearly 100 children, a tribal Christian cult leader in India said he wants to expand his family by walking down the aisle a few more times, the Hindustan Times reported Monday, citing the Indo-Asian News Service.

Zionnghaka Chana, 67, from the eastern city of Mizoram, has 94 children, 14 daughters-in-law and 33 grandchildren.

Not an Employee? Herman Cain Had Mailing and Email Addresses at Koch's Americans For Prosperity HQ

As the New Yorker's Jane Mayer wrote earlier this week, members of Herman Cain's campaign staff are loath to discuss his longstanding ties to Americans for Prosperity and the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, the organizing groups founded by billionaire David Koch, about whom Mayer famously wrote a comprehensive profile last year. AlterNet, which began reporting on Cain's ties to Koch last June, has learned that Cain's work for AFP at one time had all the appearances of a staff position.

Rape As A “Weapon of War” Against Men

Sexual violence against men, including rape, is under-reported, poorly addressed and has a severe impact on both men and their families, according to a presentation at the annual Sexual Violence and Research Initiative (SVRI), held in Cape Town, South Africa.

Results From Millersville Show

Erving Delgado

Corey Moore

Ivan Calixto

Millersville MD
Three Main Street Gym boxers came out with their hands raised high in victory after competing in Millersville MD Saturday evening. 
Eving Delgado, 16 was victorious in the 138lb J.O. division, while Corey Moore and Ivan Calixto outpointed their opponents in the 13-14 age group in both the 100 and the 95 lb division respectively.  
On Sat. November 5th, the three Main Street boxer  and a number of their teammates will have the opportunity to compete in Salisbury at the Main St Gym located on Bowl Dr, off Northwood Dr.  The show aptly names  "Fight Night at Main Street" will draw boxers from D.C. Baltimore, PA. and VA. in all ages and weight classes.  There will be music, food and great night of fights.

Tickets are $20 at the door for adults, and $10 for kids 12 and under. Presale adult tickets can be purchased for $15 by calling 410-430-6687.

PIO Officer Of Wicomico County To Retire In January

Salisbury News learned last week that PIO Officer Jim Fineran will retire his position in January of 2012. I was able to have a very pleasant conversation with Jim moments ago and he has in fact confirmed that he is vested with the County in January after 5 years and being in his mid 70's he's decided to stop punching a clock and spend more time with his Family. He stated he is not leaving/retiring for another job. Jim went on to say it's been great and he truly enjoyed his job.

In speaking to some other county officials I have learned Jim will enjoy around a $6,000.00 a year retirement salary with an 85% health insurance plan as well.

Free Stuff

Class warfare put in simple terms.

The folks who are getting the free stuff don't like the folks who are paying for the free stuff,

because the folks who are paying for the free stuff can no longer afford to pay for both the free stuff and their own stuff.

And, the folks who are paying for the free stuff want the free stuff to stop.

And the folks who are getting the free stuff want even more free stuff on top of the free stuff they are already getting!

Now... the people who are forcing the people who pay for the free stuff have told the people who are RECEIVING the free stuff that the people who are PAYING for the free stuff are being mean, prejudiced, and racist.

So... the people who are GETTING the free stuff have been convinced they need to hate the people who are paying for the free stuff by the people who are forcing some people to pay for their free stuff and giving them the free stuff in the first place.

We have let the free stuff giving go on for so long that there are now more people getting free stuff than paying for the free stuff.

Now understand this. All great democracies have committed financial suicide somewhere between 200 and 250 years after being founded. The reason?

The voters figured out they could vote themselves money from the treasury by electing people who promised to give them money from the treasury in exchange for electing them.

The United States officially became a Republic in 1776, 231 years ago. The number of people now getting free stuff outnumbers the people paying for the free stuff. We have one chance to change that in 2012. Failure to change that spells the end of the United States as we know it.

A Nation of Sheep Breeds a Government of Wolves!

Connecticut Home Invasion Killer Claims to Have Murdered 17 People, According to Prison Letter

A Connecticut man convicted in a deadly home invasion bragged in a letter from death row that he has killed 17 people and collected victims' sneakers as trophies, and he also disparaged his accomplice as "not even worthy" of being his partner in crime, according to a newspaper report.

Food Stamps Fraudsters Using Web As Tool

(CBS News)

In this economy, food stamps have become a lifeline for millions more Americans. Just this year, the government is spending more than $70 billion on food stamps. But there's a disturbing trend: People are buying and selling the benefits online, as correspondent Michelle Miller reports.

Bath Salts Ban Gets Drug Off The Streets

Doctors say bath salts cases are declining since state officials banned the drug last month.

Dr. Craig Hochstein, director of the emergency department for Bayhealth, said since the ban went into effect, there has only been one case related to bath salts.


First State In Trails Sets Project List

Nineteen projects have been proposed to create a world-class interconnected bicycle and pedestrian pathway network in the state.

Gov. Jack Markell’s vision for bicycling trails and pathways is to use them to create local jobs, link communities to improve local economies, improve health by providing accessible trails for safe transportation choices and re-establish Delaware as a Top 10 Bicycle Friendly state. The state now ranks 17th.


Canby School Board Votes Against Giving Students Birth Control

CANBY, Ore. - The Canby School Board unanimously voted Thursday night not to give birth control to students through a high school health clinic.

A lot of factors went into board members' decisions. Many of them called it a difficult decision and one they struggled with. But two of them said in the end, if the students are mature enough to have sex, they're mature enough to find their own contraceptives.

World’s First Anti-Wrinkle Pill May Actually Work

Many of us have tried rubbinganti-aging creams on our faces and bodies to eliminate wrinkles, but what if taking a pill could yield better results? New Scientist is reporting that a new three-a-day "gene food" capsule may be a more affordable, less painful alternative to Botox, and possibly the first pill of its kind to succeed in banishing wrinkles from the inside out.

WikiLeaks Halts Publication To Raise Money

London (CNN) -- WikiLeaks announced that it was temporarily stopping publication Monday to "aggressively fundraise" in order to keep the site afloat.

In a statement distributed after a press conference, the organization said a financial blockade by Bank of America, VISA, MasterCard, PayPal and Western Union had destroyed 95% of its revenue.

Obama's New Call: We Can't Wait

With Republicans continuing to stall action on President Obama's $447 billion jobs bill, the White House is taking action to help jump-start the economy with the message "We can't wait."

President Obama is going to begin a series of executive branch actions that will not require action from Congress - or the assent of Republicans.


Lost Dog

My sister took her dog and one of my dogs to the Salisbury Zoo Dog Park.  Somehow.....I am not dog, Ziggy, got out of the car.  He is a 15 lb, 8 month old pug/beagle mix with a red and black collar.  His tag came off a week ago and has not been replaced.  I have his picture up on FB but its not real good.  He is black, with a curly tail, and small white markings on his chest and a little on his paws.  Please let me know if you can help and if you need any more information.  Thanks for your help!


Festival Of Trees At The City Center, Downtown Salisbury

Benefiting The March of Dimes
Gala & Auction
Revisit a Holiday Tradition
SATURDAY, November 19, 2011-6:30pm

A much long awaited return to Downtown Salisbury, this year’s Festival at The City Center will be sure to one to remember! A cocktail buffet & champagne reception prelude the annual auction that will include holiday trees & décor, dinner packages for guests of 2 to 20, weekend getaways, kid & teen "must haves" and MORE!!!

Dancing & After Glow Party ‘til midnight.
$75 per person
Children’s Holiday Party
Saturday, November 26th-10am-1pm*

A holiday party for children featuring a visit from Santa, several make it & take it crafts, holiday hair and nails for the lil’ divas courtesy of Parkside CTE, cupcake decorating, face painting, story time with the author, Zoo To You, Lego league demo and MORE!
$5 per person

Thursday, December 1, 2011-5:30-8:30pm
A night devoted to pampering, holiday ideas & shopping... Most Importantly, a night to raise money for the March of Dimes! A fabulous fun-filled night is planned for the ladies of Delmarva!
Holiday Fashion Show, Key Raffle, Cupcake Challenge, Food, Live & Silent Auctions, Prizes, Music, Shopping & More!
$25 in advance/$35 at the door

General Admission Dates & Times to view the Festival
Sunday, November 20- 12-6pm
Monday, November 21- 10am-7pm
Tuesday, November 22-10am-7pm
Wednesday, November 23-10am-7pm
November 24 & 25-Closed for Thanksgiving
Saturday, November 26- 10am-7pm*
Sunday, November 27- 12-6pm
Monday, November 28- 10am-7pm
Tuesday, November 29-10am-7pm
Wednesday, November 30-10am-7pm
Thursday, December 10am-2pm
Adults $5/Children $3

For Gala or general event updates and tickets visit
Or by calling the March of Dimes at 410.546.2241

Harley To Recall More Than 308,000 Motorcycles

DETROIT (AP) - Harley-Davidson is recalling about 308,000 motorcycles to fix a switch problem that can cause failure of the brake lights and possibly even the rear brakes themselves.

The company says in government documents that brake light switches can be exposed to too much heat from the exhaust system. The brake lights can fail, and the problem also can cause fluid leaks and the loss of rear brakes.


2011 National School Bus Safety Week - "Be Aware - Know The Danger Zone!"

In the early 1990’s, the National Association for Pupil Transportation (, the National School Transportation Association ( and the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services ( joined forces to form the National School Bus Safety Week Committee and coordinate School Bus Safety Week activities throughout the country. The members of the committee, joined by several other sponsors, have designated the third week in October each year as National School Bus Safety Week. As a result, what was once a disparate series of loosely connected state-level events has become a national celebration of school bus safety.

Did You Know That Each Year More Than 800 Students are Killed Going to and From School?

Why Osama Was Burried At Sea

Stupid People Do Stupid Things

Really stupid people repeat the same failed process over and over ad infinitum. Please pay attention, Dr. Chu! Einstein said it was the proof of insanity.

Case in point is the Obama administration's solar power loan guarantee program. Not one of the loans made since 2009 have proven successful. The most costly failure, as of now, is Solyndra at $535 million. After Solyndra received its loan it laid off 1100 workers and filed for bankruptcy, in which it had the government (Department of Energy) restructure the loan to put the taxpayers behind the bus, losing US taxpayers $535 million.

Before that, Spectrawatt went belly up and we lost $500,000. Spectrawatt was one of 13 companies given grants. How many are still in business is anyone's guess. We can't even find a list on the Internet.


Fill In The Blank 10-24-11

My most memorable experience was ______.

Ron Paul: Buchanan Or Reagan?

If he's lucky, Ron Paul could be the Pat Buchanan of 2012. Pat Buchanan's spirited 1996 campaign could provide a blueprint for Ron Paul in 2012 ... Right-wing pundit Pat Buchanan is back in the news ... I've spent two years trailing Pat, writing the biography of a man whose life I think best summarises the history of the American conservative movement: speechwriter for Nixon and Reagan, instigator of the culture war and (some people believe) inspiration to Sarah Palin. This week he launched a new book called Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive Until 2025? It's a stunning Jeremiad on America's decline, written with characteristic muscle and wit. Pat's opinion matters because he ran for the presidency three times and, in 1996, won the New Hampshire Republican primary. His story offers some clues on how the 2012 GOP contest might play out – and the news is particularly good for Ron Paul. – UK Telegraph/ Tim Stanley


Argentina's Economic Collapse

This is almost verbatim what is un folding here. How can we expect a different result?

Here It Comes

Your access to drug choices could be limited, depending on what the Congressional supercommittee decides, GovExec reports. The deficit reduction super committee is looking at changes to the way pharmacy benefits are negotiated for feds. The proposal would allow the Office of Personnel Management to negotiate prices for all drug program participants. OPM would work with a single pharmacy benefit manager. The administration says it could save $1.6 billion dollars over 10 years. The idea is part of President Obama's cost cutting package that he unveiled last month.

Virginia Wants Lockheed Martin

It appears that the Commonwealth of Virginia is courting government contractor Lockheed Martin. Virginia governor Bob McDonnell told the Washington Post. Maryland, on the other hand, has already lost two defense contractors to Virginia, including Northrop Grumman which chose Virginia over Maryland for its global headquarters. It all started when a Maryland county council talked about passing a resolution asking Congress to spend less on wars, which irked Lockheed.

School Administrator Arrested after Theft Investigation

Location: Harry O. Eisenberg Elementary School, 27 Landers Lane, New Castle, DE
Date of Occurrence: Sunday, March 1, 2009 through Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Defendant and Charges:
-Jacob J. Getty, Jr., 43, Wilmington, DE
-Theft over $1500.00 (4 counts)
-Theft under $1500 (2 counts)
-Arraigned at JP Court 11 and released on $12,000.00 unsecured bail.
New Castle, DE- The Delaware State Police have arrested the principal of a New Castle elementary school after it was learned that he had stolen thousands of dollars from school fund raising events as well as the school’s PTA.
The investigation began on October 3, 2011 after state police were contacted by the administrative offices of the Colonial School District who reported that it was suspected that the principal of the Harry O. Eisenberg Elementary School, Jacob J. Getty, Jr., had misappropriated funds from several book fairs held at the school beginning in 2009. The investigation also revealed that Getty had written numerous checks to himself from the school Parent Teacher Association (PTA) account for his personal use.
During the investigation it was learned that beginning in April of 2009, Jacob Getty, who had control of the Eisenberg Elementary PTA check book, had written 11 pre-signed checks totaling over $4000.00 to himself. Getty then used the money stolen from the PTA not only for himself, but to pay for a bill owed to a fund raising company from a book fair that had been held at the school in the spring of 2009. Getty had kept the money raised from the book fair and then paid the bill with the stolen PTA funds after being confronted about it in the fall of 2009. It was then learned that Jacob Getty has also kept the money raised during a fund raising event held at the school in September of 2010 and two others in May of 2011. In total Jacob Getty stole over $18,000.00 from both the school PTA and the fund raisers held at the school.
The Delaware State Police obtained warrants on Jacob Getty for the above list of crimes. He was arrested on Sunday, October 23, after turning himself in at Troop 6. Getty was then arraigned at JP Court 11 and released on $12,000.00 unsecured bail.
Please direct any inquiries in reference to Jacob Getty’s employment status to the Colonial School District administrative offices.

Today's Survey Question

What sacrifices have you made, if any, due to rising gas prices?

Manufacturers Trying To Stop Sale Of Coupons On eBay

If you go to eBay, there are plenty of coupon clippers out there willing to sell you hundreds of already-clipped coupons for only a few bucks. But according to a group representing dozens of the country's biggest food, pharmaceutical, tobacco and toy makers, it's a practice that eBay needs to put an end to.

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Indiana Identical Twins Give Birth On Same Day

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Two identical twins in Indiana now have another birthday in common: They delivered babies on the same day at the same hospital.


Have Corporate Media Warmed To Occupy Wall Street?

Media coverage of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protests started out exactly as one might expect. There was little coverage at first (FAIR Action Alert, 9/23/11), and as it expanded, much of it consisted of snide dismissals of demonstrators'' ignorance, hygiene and so on.

But then something happened. Following incidents of police abuse, including the unprovoked pepper-spraying of several demonstrators on September 24, media coverage began to pick up (FAIR Activism Update, 9/29/11).NPR executive editor Dick Meyer explained that the protests were not covered early on because they "did not involve large numbers of people, prominent people, a great disruption or an especially clear objective." But within a day or so, NPR was covering the protests, as was the rest of the media.

Soon the actions were being treated as front-page, top-of-the-newscast material. Consider this Brian Williams introduction at the top of the October 5 NBC Nightly News:

We begin tonight with what has become by any measure a pretty massive protest movement. While it goes by the official name Occupy Wall Street, it has spread steadily and far beyond Wall Street, and it could well turn out to be the protest of this current era. The lyric from 45 years ago in the Buffalo Springfield song "For What It's Worth" could also describe this current movement right now. Once again, there is something happening here. What it is ain't exactly clear, but it encompasses a lot of things: anger, frustration, disenfranchisement, income disparity, unaccountability and general upheaval and dissatisfaction.

Gary Pusey's Quality Cars

Downtown Plaza Closed To Through Traffic

If your planning on traveling through the Downtown Plaza via a vehicle, don't.

During the daytime hours work is being done to repair all of the brick beds throughout the Plaza. A minor inconvenience for a long time problem.

Romney, McDonnell To Make Joint Appearance In Fairfax

FAIRFAX, Va. - Some volunteers at Fairfax County Republican Party headquarters working on next month's statewide elections will be getting a special thank you on Wednesday. But it will be anything but routine.

Gov. Bob McDonnell will be stopping by with former Mass. Gov. and presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.

"It helps [Romney] to attach himself to a very popular Governor such as Bob McDonnell, who might be considered for a vice presidential nomination next year," says George Mason University Public Policy Professor Mark Rozell.


Texas Prisons Cut Lunch To Save Money

Texas prisons are scaling back meals on weekends to cut costs – a move that could leave inmate blood sugar levels low and tempers high.
Thirty-six prisons are cutting lunches on Saturdays and Sundays, forcing some 23,000 inmates to cram three-meals-worth of calories into an early breakfast and dinner, the New York Times reported. The cutbacks are part of a broader effort to save $2.8 million in food-related expenses, but some nutritionists are crying foul.

Kill The Rich

This is a great reality check of the spending problem in America. It clarifies the magnitude of just how much we spend, IN JUST ONE YEAR. It graphically demonstrates how taking ALL the profits, salaries, assets, income, every penny, of the "rich" - group by group impacts on the federal budget. At the end, everything has been confiscated and the deficit is far from solved. I urge you to take a few minutes to watch and then pass it on. Let's make it go viral.

DE Unemployment Rate Unchanged in September

Delaware's September unemployment rate was unchanged from August, and was a point below the national figure.
Figures released Friday by the state Department of Labor show unemployment in Delaware was at 8 point 1 percent last month.

Does The New iPhone's "Siri" Make Texting While Driving Legit?

When Apple introduced its new iPhone 4S earlier this month, tech analysts raved about the phone’s voice-activated personal assistant, nicknamed “Siri.” One thing they loved was how Siri can be used to dictate text messages without typing — or read incoming texts aloud — a convenience that seemed perfect for life behind a steering wheel. “Big news for drivers,” declared The New York Times’ David Pogue. The Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg noted that he’d had success using Siri to dictate e-mails and text messages in the car.

There’s just one problem. Texting while driving is illegal in dozens of states. And while some states have written their laws to allow for hands-free use of emerging voice-activated texting technologies, many others haven’t


Mega-Bucks Flow From Drug Cos. to Doctors

CBS News)

A dozen pharmaceutical companies have given doctors and other healthcare providers more than $760 million over the past two years - and those companies' sales comprise 40 percent of the U.S. market.

The numbers come from the non-profit journalism organization Pro Publica, which assembled and continues to update a database on the payments.


Mercilessly Fin-ished: Divers Find Shark Massacre Off Colombia Coast

More than 2,000 of the oceanic beasts were stripped of their fins and left for dead at the bottom of the Pacific.

Imagine the horror of the researchers who traveled to the Malpelo wildlife sanctuary off the coast of Colombia to study the hammerhead, Galápagos and silky sharks that inhabit the area: they found a number of them on the ocean floor, brutally murdered simply for their fins.

Number Of Suspended Licenses Soaring

WIC Farmers Market Vouchers

Asking for your help again with the Farmers Markets....just need a reminder sent out that the WIC Farmers Market Vouchers HAVE TO BE used by the 31st at the authorized Farmers Markets.....there's still plenty of produce to be had.
The farmers really appreciate all your help.

Ohio Dentist Offers To Buy Back Halloween Candy

MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio dentist is offering to buy kids' trick-or-treating booty this Halloween, and he's even throwing in a toothbrush to sweeten the deal.

The Mansfield News Journal reports ( that dentist Craig Callen and his associates are offering kids $1 per pound of candy they bring in, with a 5-pound limit per child. The dentists are also holding a drawing for two children's bikes.


Welcome Home Maryland Greets Returning Troops

Dozens of service members who landed at Baltimore-Washington International Airport on Friday night were greeted by Operation Welcome Home Maryland.

The servicemen and women arriving from Iraq and Afghanistan were passing through Baltimore on their way home to other cities.

Schools Fear Worst Budget Cuts Ahead

Educators across America are bracing for a tough reality. Even in a best-case scenario that assumes strong economic growth next year, it won't be until 2013 or later when districts see budget levels return to pre-recession levels -- and that means more cuts and layoffs are likely.


Outdoor 'Sleepover' teaches Students About Homelessness

76 seniors spend the night at Our Daily Bread

High school seniors got a lesson this weekend in what it's like to sleep outdoors under cardboard when it rains.

It didn't rain exactly. While taking part in a "sleepover" outside a local soup kitchen, some of the students were soaked when a garden irrigation system unexpectedly turned on at 3 in the morning.

Nevertheless, a point was made.


Incident: DUI
Date of Incident: 20 October 2011
Location: Ocean Gateway, Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Sean Paul McGrath, 27, Upper Marlboro, MD

: On 20 October 2011 at 7:56 PM, a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office was flagged down by motorist who told the deputy about a pick- up truck travelling eastbound on Ocean Gateway that was all over the road. The deputy managed to find the vehicle and observed it swerving erratically and also speeding. The deputy stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Sean Paul McGrath of Upper Marlboro, MD. The deputy also detected a strong odor of alcohol emanating from McGrath. The deputy administered field sobriety testing after which the deputy placed McGrath under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol.

The deputy transported McGrath to the Maryland State Police barrack for a breath test. During the test, McGrath registered a .34.

The deputy also discovered that the registration plates on McGrath’s GMC pick-up truck were expired.

The deputy transported McGrath to the Central Booking facility where he was processed and booked into the Detention Center.

Charges: Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol Per Se
Operating a Motor Vehicle with an expired registration.

Incident: Assault
Date of Incident: 21 October 2011
Location: 4500 block of Snow Hill Road, Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Kurt V. Otto, 55, Salisbury, MD

On 21 October 2011 at 4:37 AM, deputies from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office responded for a domestic situation in the 4500 block of Snow Hill Road in Salisbury. Upon arrival, the deputies learned that a domestic situation had been ongoing when Kurt Otto allegedly began brandishing a large kitchen knife while making threatening gestures towards family members.

The deputies located Otto inside the residence and recovered the knife the victims stated he used. Otto 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,

Charges: Assault 1st Degree
Assault 2nd Degree
Reckless Endangerment


(BALDWIN, MD) – Maryland State Police have ended the more than two-week search for a missing Baltimore County man after he was found yesterday in West Virginia, the victim of an apparent suicide.  

The man is identified as Michael Diffenderffer, 52, of the 12000-block of Fork Road, Baldwin, MD.  He had been reported missing to Maryland State Police at the Bel Air Barrack late on October 5, 2011.  His wife told troopers when she made the report that her husband had left her a note stating he was out, but would home for dinner that night.  He did not return.

For more than two weeks, Maryland State Police had conducted an extensive search for Diffenderffer.  Troopers had enlisted the assistance of multiple units within the State Police, as well as that of multiple other state and local police agencies in the region.  

Maryland State Police at the Bel Air Barrack were contacted about noon yesterday by West Virginia State Police, who reported they had found the body of a man tentatively identified as Diffenderffer.  West Virginia troopers were called to Milo School Road in Morgan County after receiving a call from citizen who reported an abandoned vehicle on the property of a private hunting club.  

Troopers found the body of Diffenderffer in his 2005 Acura MDX, along with two empty pill bottles.  There were no signs of foul play.  

West Virginia troopers said a local resident advised the vehicle had been parked there for about two weeks.  The person did not report the vehicle to authorities until yesterday.  

CONTACT: Lt. Chuck Moore
Cmdr., Bel Air Barrack


(JESSUP, MD) – Maryland State Police are charging a patient at a state hospital in Howard County tonight in connection with the murder of his roommate that occurred this afternoon.  

The victim is identified as David Rico-Noyola, 22, formerly from Anne Arundel County, who was a patient at the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital in Jessup, Md.  He was pronounced dead by an emergency room doctor.  His body will be taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy.  

The suspect is identified as Vitaly Davydov, 24, formerly of Montgomery County, who is a patient at the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital in Jessup.  After consultation with the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office, Davydov is being charged tonight with first degree murder and second degree murder.  He is currently in police custody and will be taken later tonight to the Howard County Detention Center for his initial appearance before a court commissioner.  

The preliminary investigation by the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit has revealed that shortly before 2:30 p.m. today, Davydov came out of the room he shared with Rico-Noyola on a maximum security wing and asked a security officer for assistance.  The officer and hospital staff investigated further and found the victim on the floor of the room.  They saw he had sustained trauma to his body and head and was bleeding.  Davydov was detained by hospital police and emergency personnel were summoned.

A nurse had checked the room occupied by the victim and suspect less than 30 minutes before the victim was found assaulted.  Both had been in the room at that time and nothing unusual was observed.  

A motive for the murder has not been established at this time.  The investigation is continuing.

Delaware Transit Corporation Executive Director Leaving Agency For Position In New York

Dover -- Stephen Kingsberry, Executive Director of the Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC), will be leaving his post on October 31, 2011 to assume the position of Deputy Director for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

DTC operates as DART First State, providing Fixed Route bus, Paratransit, RideShare statewide, and state-funded commuter rail service under contract with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA).

Kingsberry served as DTC's Executive Director since 2005, after joining the agency in 1999 as Development Director. He served previously with New York's Metropolitan Transit Administration and New Jersey Transit.

Secretary of Transportation Shailen Bhatt, stated, "Stephen Kingsberry has been a tireless advocate for expanded transit service in the state of Delaware and is to be commended for his service to transit riders statewide. On his watch, annual ridership grew from 9.2 million to over 12 million, including more than 1.15 million commuter rail trips. This represents an increase of more than thirty percent."

"His efforts introduced Sunday service in New Castle County, Saturday service in Kent County and weekday buses to Delaware City for the first time in over 40 years, despite repeated years of budget challenges," Bhatt said. "He also oversaw significant investments in transit infrastructure while serving as Executive Director, including creation of several new bus hubs and a service facility."

Kingsberry said that the decision to accept a position with the Port Authority was not an easy one. "It is difficult to leave DART whose employees have become like my Delaware family," he said. "However, knowing that Secretary Bhatt is strongly committed to transit and other forms of alternative transportation, I am confident they will continue to make progress in providing convenient, efficient transit services that meet the growing needs of customers."

Bhatt indicated a national search is underway to replace Kingsberry. John McGinnis, current Director of Operations, will serve as Acting Director until a new Executive Director is named.

Today's Weather- 10/24/11






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