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Wednesday, December 21, 2011


Bennett Middle School Is Just The Beginning, Don't Be Fooled

An Update To The Bennett Middle School Article Below

Adding Salt To Our Wounds

WICOMICO Sales Tax Collections Continue Downward Spiral

The Death Of Wicomico County And Its Employees

First Amendment Under Attack: 18 Examples Of How They Are Coming For Our Free Speech

In the United States today, the First Amendment is under attack like never before. Technological innovations such as the Internet have made it possible for average Americans to communicate directly with one another in ways that completely bypass the mainstream media, and this is making the elite very uncomfortable. They have decided that they better come after our free speech before it is too late. Right now, free speech in America is being chipped away at it in thousands of different ways. On the one hand, you have the disciples of "political correctness" that want to make all forms of speech that are "offensive" to anyone against the law. On the other hand, you have those that are obsessed with "national security" that want to ban all speech that is critical of the U.S. government or the U.S. military. These twin forces are constantly seeking to push the First Amendment into a smaller and smaller box. If you say the wrong thing in America today, your website might be shut down, you could be suspended from school, you may find yourself out of a job and there is now even a possibility that you could be arrested and shipped off to Guantanamo Bay without a trial.

Usually those that are targeted for their speech are those that the "establishment" does not like. That would include free thinkers, political activists, libertarians, true conservatives and Christians.

Instead of seeing the value in allowing everyone to say what they think, we are being taught in America today that there is speech that is "acceptable" and speech that is "not acceptable".

If we allow this attack on the First Amendment to continue, eventually we will wake up in a country where our freedom of speech is totally gone.

The following are 18 examples of how the elite are coming for our free speech....

#1 Two bills currently going through Congress, the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Act, would give the U.S. government the ability to shut down literally millions of websites.

These bills are incredibly dangerous and if they are passed they could change the way that the Internet operates forever.

The following is from a piece that Google co-founder Sergey Brin recently authored about these new bills....

"Imagine my astonishment when the newest threat to free speech has come from none other but the United States. Two bills currently making their way through congress -- SOPA and PIPA -- give the U.S. government and copyright holders extraordinary powers including the ability to hijack DNS and censor search results (and this is even without so much as a proper court trial)"

Any website that posts "infringing material" could be instantly shut down under these news laws. For example, if one "infringing video" was posted on YouTube, the entire site could be taken down forever and permanently erased from Google in a matter of days. That is how serious these new bills are as Brin noted later on in his piece....

"While I support their goal of reducing copyright infringement (which I don't believe these acts would accomplish), I am shocked that our lawmakers would contemplate such measures that would put us on a par with the most oppressive nations in the world."

Can you imagine a world where there is no more YouTube, no more Facebook and no more Twitter?

That is what we could be looking at.

Sadly, many in the U.S. Congress seem absolutely obsessed with censoring the Internet.

U.S. Senator Chris Dodd once said the following....

"When the Chinese told Google that they had to block sites or they couldn’t do [business] in their country, they managed to figure out how to block sites"

U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman has gone even farther. Just check out what he once said....

"Right now, China – the government – can disconnect parts of its internet in a case of war. We need to have that here too"

Not only that, U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman also recently asked Google to install a "terrorist button" on all blogs so that readers can easily flag "terrorist content" for authorities.

The Internet is under attack from Washington D.C., and if you love the Internet you need to say something while you still can.

Please contact your representatives in Congress and tell them that they must vote against these bills.



The rest of the Porter Stansbury article. Again, very long, but well worth the time.

The Corruption of Politics

I’ll start with one of the biggest factors in the decline of our civilization – the link between welfare, education, crime, and politics.

It is routinely alleged in national political debates that something is fundamentally unfair and un-American about the huge “wealth gap” between the poorest Americans and the wealthiest. Some politicians like to argue that the poor never have a real shot at the American dream, and as a nation, we owe them more and more of our resources to correct this injustice. Most important, it is alleged that only the government has the resources to correct this inequality.

This is a dangerous notion…

First, it promotes the idea of entitlement. Entitlement is a fairly new idea in the American political lexicon – perhaps because most of our nation’s wealth is still fairly new. The American idea of entitlement argues that because you were born into a rich society, other people owe you something. The idea has become pervasive in our culture. It underlies the basic assumptions behind the idea of a “wealth gap.” Implicit is the assumption that successful Americans haven’t rightfully earned their wealth… that in one way or another, they’ve taken advantage of the society and have an obligation to give back most of what they’ve “taken.”


WSJ: GOP Botched Tax Debate

In a scathing editorial on Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal said House GOP leadership has “thoroughly botched” the payroll tax cut fight.

The editorial board also wrote that the GOP might have put President Obama in a “stronger reelection position” that opens the door to Democratic majorities in both the House and the Senate.

GOP Senate Leader Mitch McConnell [Ky.] famously said a year ago that his main task in the 112th Congress was to make sure that President Obama would not be reelected,” the editorial says. “Given how he and House Speaker John Boehner [R-Ohio] have handled the payroll tax debate, we wonder if they might end up reelecting the president before the 2012 campaign even begins in earnest.”

McConnell and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) negotiated a deal to extend the payroll tax cut through February to give the two sides more time to negotiate how it would be paid for. The measure passed the Senate by an overwhelming majority, and Boehner seemed to signal that it had the support of House Republicans.

GOP Senate Leader Mitch McConnell [Ky.] famously said a year ago that his main task in the 112th Congress was to make sure that President Obama would not be reelected,” the editorial says. “Given how he and House Speaker John Boehner [R-Ohio] have handled the payroll tax debate, we wonder if they might end up reelecting the president before the 2012 campaign even begins in earnest.”

McConnell and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) negotiated a deal to extend the payroll tax cut through February to give the two sides more time to negotiate how it would be paid for. The measure passed the Senate by an overwhelming majority, and Boehner seemed to signal that it had the support of House Republicans.

“The GOP leaders have somehow managed the remarkable feat of being blamed for opposing a one-year extension of a tax holiday that they are surely going to pass. This is no easy double play,” the editorial said. “Republicans have also achieved the small miracle of letting Mr. Obama position himself as an election-year tax cutter, although he's spent most of his presidency promoting tax increases and he would hit the economy with one of the largest tax increases ever in 2013. This should be impossible.”


Hatch: Payroll Tax Extension ‘Very Dangerous’ To Social Security

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), top Republican on the Finance Committee, has concerns about the impact that extending the payroll tax holiday will have on Social Security, but he said the House Republican package debated Tuesday offers avenues to trim spending and spur job growth.

“Let’s face it. They’re taking money out of Peter to pay Paul, where there is no money for Paul to pay it back,” Hatch told “In other words, they’re going to take money out of Social Security.

“One of the reporters said to me, ‘Well, they’re going to pay for it out of the general fund.’ I said ‘with what? We’re broke,’” Hatch continued. “They’d have to borrow it to pay for it. In my eyes, it’s a very dangerous thing to be doing to Social Security. Democrats say ‘well, yeah, but it gives the middle class some money.’ There may be better ways of getting the money than ripping it out of Social Security.”



“A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but once they lose their virtue they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader… If virtue and knowledge are diffused among the people, they will never be enslaved. This will be their great security.” — Samuel Adams

I don’t have to tell you that the biggest problem in America is malaise. Last week’s Republican debate drew approximately 3 million less viewers than X Factor. People can tell you what Chas Bono was wearing on Dancing With the Stars last week, but they don’t know that the federal government has made it illegal to give your garden vegetables to your neighbor. It is scary, shocking, and terrifying how far this nation’s people have fallen since we were the world leader in, well, everything worth being the world leader in.

We used to be a free nation with people allowed to keep the majority of what they earned and they were pretty much left to their own devices as long as they didn’t interfere with anyone else’s liberty.

Article 1 Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution only allows the federal government to do 20 things. The following is a brief list of the damage our freedom has taken in the last century by allowing the federal government to step around, on, and over the Constitution. The funny thing is, when you read the Declaration of Independence and see what our grievances against King George were, I think this list is much more heinous. These are just my top ten, I’m sure there are MANY MANY more:


'Whatever' Reigns Supreme As Most Annoying Word For The Third Year In A Row

To brush off the results of a recent poll that asserts the word 'whatever' was voted the most annoying word for the third year running would seemingly be the best tribute to the news.

A university in up state New York announced Friday that the dismissive 'whatever' continues to reign supreme in the common lexicon.

For the third year in a row, the Marist University poll asked 1,026 adults what the most grating word was from a five options.


What Makes Someone An Angry Drunk?

There are weepy drinkers, inappropriately affectionate drinkers, giggly and goofy drinkers. But there's one type of reveler you really want to avoid: the angry drinker. New research suggests how to spot one. 

Impulsive, live-in-the-moment types are likely to become aggressive when they're intoxicated, according to a new study from Ohio State University's Brad Bushman, a professor of communication and psychology at the school. "We already know that alcohol increases aggression. And people who have aggressive personality traits also tend not to think about the consequences of their actions," Bushman says. "You put the two together, and it's really a toxic mix."


8 U.S. Troops Charged In Fellow Soldier's Death

NEW YORK - The U.S. Army says eight American soldiers have been charged in connection with the Oct. 3 death of a fellow soldier in southern Afghanistan.
Pvt. Danny Chen, a 19-year-old from New York, was found in a guard tower in Kandahar province with what the Army described at the time as "an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound."
Further details weren't immediately available. The Army announced in October that it was investigating Chen's death.

If You're Going To Give Gift Cards, Here Are 3 Rules To Follow

Whenever you can't think of the right gift for someone, resorting to a gift card is a simple fallback option. But the amount of thought you put into the purchase can determine whether or not the recipient sees the gift as a throwaway or something that's just right.


Couples Avoid Marriage Because They Fear Divorce

Many committed couples aren't marrying because they fear divorce, a new study indicates, though many other reasons for and against marriage abound in young adults from different social classes.

Social pressures and thoughts of deeper commitment may promote wedding vows in middle-class young adults, while fears of extra responsibilities and the costs of exiting the relationship make working-class women more fearful of marriage.


Toys R Us Will Be Open For 112 Hours Straight Before Christmas

For those waking up in the dead of night, terrified that they forgot to find that perfect toy for their kid, Toys R Us will be leaving its grinning giraffe arms open for 112 hours straight. Starting this morning at 6 a.m., the toy shillers will keep stores open until 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve, December 24.


Manning Defense's Focus On Gender Identity Disorder Alarms Some

Raising the hackles of some attorneys who work on transgender legal issues, defense attorneys for Bradley Manning apparently intend to make an almost novel legal argument -- that the Army private was suffering from gender identity disorder when his alleged crimes were committed -- if his case proceeds to court martial as expected.


Survey: 40% Of U.S. Drivers Putting Off Vehicle Repair & Maintenance

When you're driving around in a vehicle that needs repairs, there's a possibility that you're putting yourself and others at risk. But with many people still strapped for cash, car troubles often take a back seat to pinching pennies, according to the results of a new survey by our polling pals at Consumer Reports.


Salisbury Fire Ruled Accidental

The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office has ruled a Tuesday morning fire in Salisbury accidental.

Firemen were called to the home on Kiowa Avenue around 2:30 a.m.; the blaze caused an estimated $115,000 damage to the one-story structure.

The Fire Marshal says it appears the blaze started in a bedroom when burning incense ignited some nearby combustibles.

We're Sorry, Your Delicious Package Of Treats Was Intercepted By Post Office Rats

Rodents make the worst postal workers, especially when delicious, edible holiday treats are involved. One post office in Manhattan had a few rats and/or mice working over packages before they reached their intended destinations, resulting in a holiday surprise of a different kind.


Why We Don't Protect The Bullied

Why is it that children and teens are bullied while several and sometimes even hundreds of people stand by passively, observe the bullying, and do nothing? And, yes, in some cases bullied children and teens have used suicide as a way out of what is experienced as an unbearable set of experiences. Hopelessness and helplessness may be a result of feeling alone and unsupported. How, I have been asking myself recently, have we and our kids gotten to the point where we watch or hear about others getting tormented and simply stand by idly. This issue has been on my mind even more recently since the following event occurred weeks ago. This event has been referred to in the media as "The Twitter Rant."


Man Sentenced To Year In Prison For Leaking So-So Wolverine Movie

The New York man who pleaded guilty to uploading a nearly finished work print of X-Men Origins: Wolverine to the internet a month before it hit theaters, has been sentenced to a year behind bars in federal prison for letting the world see how mediocre the movie was before they had to pay $10 to see it at the theater.


President Gingrich?

Similar to the presidential election of 1980, America's last period of nerve-wracking economic dislocation, the 2012 election will be concerned with two things: first, a referendum on the incumbent and his policies, and second, the size and composition of government spending. The bottom lines will be, do the American people want four more years of Barack Obama's leadership, and do they want to continue expanding the size and role of government?


Walmart Managers Turn Away Wannabe Secret Santa

The biggest trend this holiday season appears to be people who have some money doing something nice for those who might need it by anonymously paying for layaway purchases. But when a woman in Houston attempted to do this at two of her local Walmarts, managers at both stores turned her away, citing a nonexistent company policy.


Earl Campbell, President Of The "What A Guy" Club

Former Ocean City Police Officer Earl Campbell, (via e-mail) corresponded with the City Council respectfully denying their offer to reimburse the Campbell Family the more than $6,000.00 for a surgery on his K-9 Charlie.

"It's not about the money" said Mr. Campbell. More importantly, Mr. Campbell would prefer Ocean City consider enacting new legislation for the well being of future K-9 Dogs/Officers down the road.

To the Campbell Family, thank you so much for your unconditional love for Charlie. May you enjoy the finest Christmas Holiday Ever and our very best wishes for the new year.

New Posts to fall below.

Got Money? Then You Might Lack Compassion

Are the rich really the unfeeling boors they're made out to be? Studies suggest that the richer people are, the less compassion they show.
Pity the poor plutocrat. Politicians want to tax them, Occupy Wall Streeters mock them, 99% of their fellow citizens are mad at them (even if they secretly want to be one of them). Now comes word from the University of California, Berkeley, that is not likely to send their approval ratings any higher: a new study has confirmed that the richer you are the less compassionate you are — and don’t gloat, you upper-middle classers, that includes you too.


The Super Bowl Will Be Streamed Online & On Some Mobile Phones For The First Time

Not in front of the TV? No problem for those watching this year's Super Bowl if you've got a computer with an Internet connection or certain mobile phones — Super Bowl XLVI will be streamed online for the first time ever, the NFL announced today.


The Santa Hotline: Starting Saturday, Kids Can Use NORAD To Track Santa’s Position

For decades, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has committed its resources to tracking Santa Claus around the world; in recent years, impatient youngsters could even monitor Santa’s progress via Google Earth on the official NORAD Tracks Santa website. This weekend, the tradition continues.


Online Florist Garden Of Discontent: The Christmas Shrub

Erica's boyfriend is the type of exceptionally thoughtful person who sends his girlfriend's mom flowers for Christmas. It's a nice arrangement, with the greenery arranged in the shape of a Christmas tree and decorated with candy canes. Or, in the case of the arrangement actually sent, a roundish shrub.


IBM's Top 5 Technology Predictions for he Next 5 Years

Who would have guessed, five years ago, that by 2011 we would have mobile phones that would, in a rudimentary way, listen to our questions and give us useful answers? Or ways for doctors to get help to people in the most remote corners of the world?
Crystal-ball forecasts, fanciful or otherwise, are a staple of year-end conversations, but IBM, the computer-services giant, has a research arm that makes them as a matter of course. Every December, it puts out a "5 in 5" list -- five predictions for the next five years. The company says it is a way to solve major societal problems, identify business opportunities, and, while they're at it, get people talking.


Aerial Drones To Replace National Guard

The National Guard is reducing the number of troops on the Southwest border, and increasing its aerial drone surveillance as more border patrol agents take their positions. The announcement come from the Homeland Security Department. DHS says the drones will allow the National Guard to shift surveillance from fixed sites to mobile ones that can quickly match the dynamic environment of the border, and hopefully enhance their ability to detect and deter illegal activity at the border. The transition to the new DOD/DHS strategic approach will begin in January, with additional aviation assets in place by March 1.

On Tape: Apparent FedEx Worker Throws Box Over Fence

New Rules For Fatigued Airline Pilots

•The Federal Aviation Administration is releasing new rules today, aimed at preventing airline pilots from flying while dangerously fatigued. This comes nearly three years after the NTSB found two pilots in a deadly crash in Buffalo, N.Y., were likely exhausted. Proposed rules include: Making work hours shorter for pilots who fly at night, while some pilots who fly during the day could wind up spending more time in the cockpit. Pilots would be required to have a minimum of nine hours off to rest between work shifts, one hour more than under present rules. Researchers say fatigue can impair a pilot's performance by slowing reflexes and eroding judgment, much like alcohol.

David E. Hickman, R.I.P.

The Iraq War is officially over – for the third time.

The first time the Iraq War ended was on May 1, 2003, when President Bush announced – in front of a "Mission Accomplished" banner – that "the United States and our allies have prevailed" and "major combat operations in Iraq have ended."

Evidently major combat operations had not quite ended since 4,300 more American soldiers then died for a lie while President Bush promised to the families of those killed to "complete the mission so that their child or their husband or wife has not died in vain."

The second ending of the Iraq War was on August 31, 2010, when President Obama proclaimed that "the American combat mission in Iraq has ended" and "Operation Iraqi Freedom is over, and the Iraqi people now have lead responsibility for the security of their country."

Sixty-six more American soldiers then died in vain during "Operation New Dawn."

I hope for the sake of every young man and woman in the U.S. military that the Iraq War is really over this time.


Holiday Showdown Over Payroll Taxes Continues

Lawmakers and the White House appear locked in a stalemate that could drag all the way into the last week of the year. House Republicans killed a Senate passed two-month extension of expiring social security tax cuts late yesterday. They are demanding the Senate return from its holiday recess to negotiate a year long measure that would paying for the tax cuts with an extended federal pay freeze among other cuts. If legislation isn't passed by January first, payroll taxes will go up by almost $20 a week for the average worker. Almost 2 million people could lose unemployment benefits and doctors would bear big cuts in Medicare payments.

Chevy Volt Costing Taxpayers Up To $250K Per Vehicle

Each Chevy Volt sold thus far may have as much as $250,000 in state and federal dollars in incentives behind it – a total of $3 billion altogether, according to an analysis by James Hohman, assistant director of fiscal policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

Hohman looked at total state and federal assistance offered for the development and production of the Chevy Volt, General Motors’ plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. His analysis included 18 government deals that included loans, rebates, grants and tax credits. The amount of government assistance does not include the fact that General Motors is currently 26 percent owned by the federal government.

The Volt subsidies flow through multiple companies involved in production. The analysis includes adding up the amount of government subsidies via tax credits and direct funding for not only General Motors, but other companies supplying parts for the vehicle.

For example, the Department of Energy awarded a $105.9 million grant to the GM Brownstown plant that assembles the batteries. The company was also awarded approximately $106 million for its Hamtramck assembly plant in state credits to retain jobs. The company that supplies the Volt’s batteries, Compact Power, was awarded up to $100 million in refundable battery credits (combination tax breaks and cash subsidies). These are among many of the subsidies and tax credits for the vehicle.


Americans Elect: Can a Well-Heeled Group of Insiders Create A Populist Third-Party Sensation?

In a city that thrives on power, being attacked is often a sign that you have some. So in mid-December, when President Obama’s advisers took aim at Americans Elect, a bipartisan clutch of political elites planning to bankroll a third candidate in the 2012 presidential election, the group’s members reacted with dramatized indignation that couldn’t quite disguise their glee. “On the left, the Democrats are worried,” says Doug Schoen, Bill Clinton’s former pollster and a frequent Obama critic. “On the right, the Republicans are worried. That tells us we are doing something right.”



Dear Diary,

For my birthday this year, I purchased a week of personal training at the local health club.

Although I am still in great shape since being a high school football cheerleader 43 years ago, I decided it would be a good idea to go ahead and give it a try.

I called the club and made my reservations with a personal trainer named Christo, who identified himself as a 26-year-old aerobics instructor and model for athletic clothing and swim wear.

Friends seemed pleased with my enthusiasm to get started! The club encouraged me to keep a diary to chart my progress.
Started my day at 6:00 a.m. Tough to get out of bed, but found it was well worth it when I arrived at the health club to find Christo waiting for me. He is something of a Greek god-- with blond hair, dancing eyes, and a dazzling white smile. Woo Hoo!!
Christo gave me a tour and showed me the machines... I enjoyed watching the skillful way in which he conducted his aerobics class after my workout today. Very inspiring!
Christo was encouraging as I did my sit-ups, although my gut was already aching from holding it in the whole time he was around. This is going to be a FANTASTIC week!!
I drank a whole pot of coffee, but I finally made it out the door. Christo made me lie on my back and push a heavy iron bar into the air then he put weights on it! My legs were a little wobbly on the treadmill, but I made the full mile. His rewarding smile made it all worthwhile. I feel GREAT! It's a whole new life for me.
The only way I can brush my teeth is by laying the toothbrush on the counter and moving my mouth back and forth over it. I believe I have a hernia in both pectorals. Driving was OK as long as I didn't try to steer or stop. I parked on top of a GEO in the club parking lot.
Christo was impatient with me, insisting that my screams bothered other club members.. His voice is a little too perky for that early in the morning and when he scolds, he gets this nasally whine that is VERY annoying.
My chest hurt when I got on the treadmill, so Christo put me on the stair monster. Why would anyone invent a machine to simulate an activity rendered obsolete by elevators? Christo told me it would help me get in shape and enjoy life. He said some other crap too.
Butt hole was waiting for me with his vampire-like teeth exposed as his thin, cruel lips were pulled back in a full snarl. I couldn't help being a half an hour late-- it took me that long to tie my shoes.
He took me to work out with dumbbells. When he was not looking, I ran and hid in the restroom. He sent some skinny witch to find me.
Then, as punishment, he put me on the rowing machine-- which I sank.
I hate that jackass Christo more than any human being has ever hated any other human being in the history of the world. Stupid, skinny, anemic, anorexic, little aerobic instructor. If there was a part of my body I could move without unbearable pain, I would beat him with it.
Christo wanted me to work on my triceps. I don't have any triceps! And if you don't want dents in the floor, don't hand me the darn barbells or anything that weighs more than a sandwich.
The treadmill flung me off and I landed on a health and nutrition teacher. Why couldn't it have been someone softer, like the drama coach or the choir director?
Satan left a message on my answering machine in his grating, shrilly voice wondering why I did not show up today. Just hearing his voice made me want to smash the machine with my planner; however, I lacked the strength to even use the TV remote and ended up catching eleven straight hours of the Weather Channel..
I'm having the Church van pick me up for services today so I can go and thank GOD that this week is over. I will also pray that next year my husband will choose a gift for me that is fun-- like a root canal or a hysterectomy. I still say if God had wanted me to bend over, he would have sprinkled the floor with diamonds!!!


Think about something you’re better-than-average at. Better yet, something you’re good at. Now imagine being required by law – backed by the threat of violence for failure to comply – to dumb yourself down to the level of the average. Performance at a higher level puts you in violation – and subject to punishment.


Of course. But that doesn’t prevent it from being the basis of traffic law (and other laws besides).

Consider “jaywalking.” The law says this occurs when a pedestrian crosses a street before an “ok to proceed” light tells him he may. The legal premise is that the average person is too low-performance to gauge when he may safely cross the street. And he may well be. But – and here’s where it gets interesting – rather than using the situation as a teaching moment, our system immediately, reflexively, puts up a crutch (the “walk/don’t walk” light) and – much worse – turns a punitive eye toward the able and competent pedestrians who don’t need the light. Incentives, on the one hand, are created that encourage passivity (mindless compliance) while on the other, another salvo is fired at the exercise of initiative for the sole purpose of defeating it and encouraging an ever-more-passive populace.

Think about it.

And I choose the word think very deliberately.


Detectives Seek Public’s Help In Cold Homicide Case

Location: Apple Tree Road 1 mile north of SR 404, Bridgeville, DE

Date of Occurrence: Saturday, December 20, 2008


Michael J. Chicosky, Georgetown, DE

Bridgeville, DE- Delaware State Police Homicide Detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in helping to solve a Bridgeville homicide that occurred in 2008.

On Saturday, December 20, 2008 at approximately 9:20 a.m. the body of Michael J. Chicosky was found deceased in a field off of Apple Tree Road in Bridgeville. The death was ruled a homicide by the office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The initial investigation by homicide detectives revealed that Chicosky and two other male subjects had been observed driving around the Bridgeville area in the victim’s 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser on Friday, December 19th. This was the last time Chicosky was seen alive.

On Saturday, December 20, 2008 at approximately 7:15 p.m., fire personnel were told to respond to Band C Storage located on Cannon Road (SR 18) in Bridgeville, for the report of a vehicle fire. After the fire was extinguished, it was discovered that the vehicle was the PT Cruiser owned by the victim, Michael Chicosky.

Homicide detectives have since followed several leads in this case, however, have not been able to make an arrest at this time.

The Delaware State Police are asking anyone who may have any information in reference to this homicide to contact Detective Mark Ryde at 302-741-2730. Citizens may also provide a tip by texting keyword “DSP” plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Tipsters may also provide information through lines maintained by Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333. Callers can also submit information via the internet at

BREAKING NEWS: Bank of America To Pay $335M Settlement Over Discriminatory Loans

Bank of America settles with U.S. Justice Department to pay $335 million to resolve allegations that its Countrywide unit issued discriminatory mortgage loans.

From Fox News

Open Letter To 'The Republican Establishment' - What the Military And Mainstream Knows About Ron Paul That You Should Learn

Ron Paul’s surge to the top of the polls in Iowa, and increasing likelihood that he will win is causing angst among many of you "Establishment Republicans". You are quick to try and dismiss a potential win as some sort of fluke, or owing to Independents registering to vote for him. Your typical argument against him is that "Ron Paul is too far out of the mainstream", and that his rise in the polls could be bad for Iowa’s standing as the first caucus and bad for the Republican party. Let’s address the idea that Ron Paul is out of the mainstream, and by implication, unelectable.

Divide Ron Paul’s positions into domestic and foreign policy. Domestically, Ron Paul is Mr. Republican. As the ideological founder of the Tea Party movement, he has put forward a plan to cut $1 Trillion dollars from the Federal Budget year one, and he has the voting record to make it credible. He has never voted for a tax increase. He has never voted for a program not authorized in the Constitution. He names 5 agencies that he proposes be eliminated: Energy, HUD, Commerce, Interior, and Education as well as the TSA. This sounds radical, but consider that in 1980 Ronald Reagan promised to eliminate the Department of Education if elected. As his plan points out, these cuts would return spending to 2006 levels. So his domestic policies, low and no tax plan, and budget plan should seem like a dream come true for you. Foreign Policy must be where Ron Paul is "out of the mainstream".

Ron Paul’s domestic policies quickly tie into his foreign policy. He proposes to bring home US troops from all around the world. This he claims, rightly, would be his prerogative as Commander in Chief. Note that this is not a reduction in overall military force, although defense budgets would be cut too, but the immediate savings from eliminating the cost of stationing troops abroad, with all the attendant logistics issues, foreign rents, and base maintenance costs. This is where you "Establishment Republicans" disagree with him. The boogeyman of Iran is constantly floated in the debates, acting as a foreign policy litmus test .

It is here, dear Establishment Republican, that Ron Paul’s position is in step with the rest of America as well as the rank and file in the military, while you are out of step. Consider that George W Bush won in 2000 largely due to the mainstream being tired of Clinton’s police the world strategy. "A humble foreign policy" was a nice alternative to the Democratic nation building most perceived would continue under an Al Gore presidency. In 2008, 7 years post 9-11 with the Iraq war lies coming to light, the mainstream again voted for the peace candidate, Barack Obama, and against John "bomb Iran" McCain. For you Establishment Republicans reading this, I’ll say it again.


A Letter To The Editor 12-21-11

Hey Joe,

Talk about fiscal responsibility, state decides to save money they are going to turn off lights on Vienna Bridge to save $2000 a year in electricity, and award a contract to remove lights for $26,000. Somewhere in my elementary school days when I learned math, it equates out to a 13 year payback. Think they need to go back to school?

Ravens Sign Kicker Shayne Graham

The Baltimore Ravens have signed kicker Shayne Graham.

He is an 11-year veteran who has played in 138 career games, including two this season with the Miami Dolphins.


US Military: Unconstitutional Orders Are Unlawful; Defend Americans, Don’t NDAA “Disappear” Them

US military take an Oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” The US Constitution refutes the so-called “National Defense Authorization Act” provisions for US military to seize people in America (here, here, here). The 5th and 6th Amendments of the US Constitution promise that if the government is to seize you, they damn sure have to demonstrate you’ve committed a crime (my comments). Note that these promises apply to all persons, not just citizens:


U.S. Postal Service Tells Carrier To Stop Dressing Like Santa

The U.S. Postal Service has ordered a letter carrier to stop wearing a Santa Claus outfit after a co-worker complained.

The U.S. Postal Service has ordered a letter carrier to stop wearing a Santa Claus outfit after a co-worker complained.

Bob McLean has been dressing up as Santa for the past decade, donning a red suit to deliver the mail along his route in Bellevue, WA. He even has a snow white beard – that’s real.

“The government is shutting me down because it’s a non-postal regulation uniform, McLean told the Bellevue Reporter. “This was the first time; I don’t know what happened. I don’t step on anyone’s toes. Being Santa isn’t religious to me; it’s secular. It’s about giving.”

But the U.S. Postal Service said it’s about looking like a letter carrier.


Payroll Taxes On Americans Or Foreign Aid in 2012?

Congress is once again either unable or unwilling to perform the work that the American people hired them to do. The payroll tax extension they are creating so much drama over will cost the American taxpayers $33 billion next year if it is not renewed. Yet, withholding the $100 billion of direct/indirect foreign aid that is scheduled to be paid out next year is not even being considered.

The United States of America will not be respected as a true super power until we show the discipline, accountability and leadership of taking care of our own citizens first. Until then, the rest of the world will only laugh at us and our embarrassing banana republic as we continue to destroy ourselves from within.

Merry Christmas,
Thomas J. Miller

Happy Holidays From Governor O'Malley

Oops. Housing Crash Deeper Than We Thought

The housing industry's national trade association confirmed that its monthly data have been painting a rosier picture of the pace of home sales since 2007.

Real estate agents are famous for putting a listing in the best possible light to close a sale. On Thursday, the industry's national trade association confirmed that its monthly data have been painting a rosier picture of the pace of home sales since 2007.

As reported in March, the National Association of Realtors has been overstating the pace of existing home sales by more than 16 percent. The trade group now says just 17.7 million existing homes were sold from 2007 to 2010, not the 20.6 million it originally reported. The NAR made no changes to its data on home prices.


NASA Testing Floating Servant For Space

NASA is testing out a new robot. This one floats and will act as a servant on the International Space Station. It is a floating robot servant powered by a smartphone. The Daily Mail reports that the robots can fly, navigate and record information all by themselves. NASA says that the inspiration came from the lightsaber training remote in Star Wars. These new robots are called Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient Experimental Satellites, or Spheres. They have a little brain like a smart phone, with the phone chip removed, and with double-A batteries for power. The spheres move around by releasing carbon dioxide as propulsion. The robots will be able to inspect areas of the station, and might one day be able to take flight outside the station.

Treats 4 Our Troops Van Stolen

Thieves have made off with a van containing treats and care packages for overseas troops and those in the hospital.

The van was stolen from outside the home of Treats 4 Our Troops founder Yael Roggen in Arlington, Roggen told NBC4's Angie Goff.

"In addition to all our personal items, in the van was a lot of candy, some boxed up ready to go, and bags made up for Wounded Warriors that were going to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Fort Belvoir," she told

"We always have candy in the vehicle. There was activity in the neighborhood [Monday night]; they had gone through other vehicles, looking for change in the consoles.... [But] our car keys were in the house," Roggen said. "We have no idea how they made off with the van."


2 Women Share 1st Kiss At US Navy Ship's Return

Kiss marks first time on record that a same-sex couple was chosen for homecoming tradition

— A Navy tradition caught up with the repeal of the U.S. military's "don't ask, don't tell" rule on Wednesday when two women sailors became the first to share the coveted "first kiss" on the dock after one of them returned from 80 days at sea.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta of Placerville, Calif., descended from the USS Oak Hill amphibious landing ship and shared a quick kiss with her partner, Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell of Los Angeles. The crowd screamed and waved flags around them.

Both women, ages 22 and 23 respectively, are fire controlmen in the Navy. They met at training school and have been dating for two years.


Fruitland Press Release 12/21/11

DATE & TIME:Friday December 16, 2011 @ 1408 hours


 LOCATION:200 Block of Poplar Street

 CASE NO:2011-1493

 PERSON CHARGED: Bryan Lamont Miles

 AGE(s):    23 Salisbury, Maryland

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

 DISPOSITION: Released to custody of Central Booking at WCDC

SYNOPSIS:On the above date and time Fruitland Officers responded for a reported Domestic Assault.  Upon arrival, officers met with the victim who had visible, serious physical injuries.  The above named suspect was present and evidence at the scene supported the victim’s version of events, that the suspect repeatedly struck the victim in the face and continued to do so even after the victim became unable to defend herself against the much larger defendant.  The victim was transported by Fruitland EMS to receive emergency medical care and the defendant was arrested and transported to WCDC.

DATE & TIME:Tuesday December 20, 2011 @ 2043 hours

 INCIDENT: Possession of CDS-Not Marijuana
Disorderly Conduct

 LOCATION:   N. Fruitland Blvd / Camden Avenue

 CASE NO.: 2011-1507

 PERSON (s) CHARGED: 1) Leslie Rasmussen
2) Charles Waters
 AGE(s): 28 and 29

 ADDRESS:Both of Wicomico County, Maryland

CHARGES:Possession of CDS-Not Marijuana
Disorderly Conduct
Resisting Arrest

 DISPOSITION:   Released to custody of Central Booking at WCDC

SYNOPSIS:On the above date and time Fruitland Officers responded to the Wine Rack for a report of disorderly patrons who broke a bottle in the parking lot after being refused service.  An officer observed the vehicle in the area of the 600 block of S. Camden Avenue and initiated a traffic stop for an unrelated traffic violation.  Upon contact with the occupants of the vehicle, Rasmussen attempted to conceal suspected CDS in his clothing.  Officers had the occupants exit the vehicle and Rasmussen became disorderly.  Officers attempted to place Rasmussen under arrest as he had caused enough of a disturbance to draw the attention of other citizens in the area.  Rasmussen resisted arrest and officers were finally able to secure Rasmussen in handcuffs.  Prior to being transported to WCDC, Rasmussen was found to have concealed a quantity of suspected CDS in his pants leg.  Waters was also found to be in possession of suspected CDS and was arrested as well.  Both were transported to WCDC without further incident.

DATE & TIME:Friday December 16, 2011 @ 2255 hours

 INCIDENT: Possession of CDS-Not Marijuana
CDS Paraphernalia

 LOCATION:   N. Fruitland Blvd

 CASE NO.:2011-1496

 PERSON  CHARGED: Charles Johnson

 AGE:   34

 ADDRESS: Pocomoke, Maryland

CHARGES:Possession of CDS-Not Marijuana
Possession of CDS Paraphernalia
Related Traffic Charges

 DISPOSITION: Released to custody of Central Booking at WCDC

SYNOPSIS:On the above date and time a Fruitland Officer initiated a traffic stop of a vehicle being operated by the above named suspect.  During the officer’s contact with the driver the officer became aware that other criminal activity may be present and requested assistance from the Fruitland Police K-9 Team.  A scan was conducted and the K-9 did have a positive alert for the presence of an odor of a Controlled Dangerous Substance.  A Probable Cause search was conducted and several pieces of CDS paraphernalia and suspected CDS were located in the vehicle.  The suspect was arrested and transported to WCDC without incident.

Christmas Trees Can Make You Sick

WASHINGTON - With their twinkling lights, shiny tinsel and festive ornaments, Christmas trees can bring plenty of joy into your home at this time of the year.

But they also can make you sick.

The Week reports that researchers at State University of New York's Upstate Medical University say Christmas tree mold spores can be blamed for a range of respiratory and other health problems, from sneezing to insomnia.

The spores -- brought indoors from their normal outdoor homes -- can even touch off bronchitis and pneumonia.


Solar Power Fuels Frederick Christmas Tree Lights

FREDERICK, Md. -- Frederick is taking the term "green" to a new level, powering the lights on the Christmas tree outside City Hall with solar power.

Solar panels are set up and calibrated by a small GPS controller.


"President Obama . Says That He Can Kill You On His Own Discretion" Without Charge Or Trial

I've previously noted [8] that Obama says that he can assassinate American citizens living on U.S. soil.

This may sound over-the-top.

But nationally-recognized [9] constitutional law expert Jonathan Turley (the second most cited law professor in the country, one of the top 10 lawyers handling military cases, who has served as a consultant on homeland security and constitutional issues and is a frequent witness before the House and Senate on constitutional and statutory issues, who ranked 38th in the top 100 most cited ‘public intellectuals’ in a recent study by a well-known judge) said yesterday on C-Span (starting at 15:50):

It's even worse than coming into your house. President Obama has just stated a policy that he can have any American citizen killed without any charge, without any review, except his own. If he's satisfied that you are a terrorist, he says that he can kill you anywhere in the world including in the United States.

Two of his aides just were just at a panel two weeks ago and they reaffirmed they believe that American citizens can be killed on the order of the President anywhere including the United States.

You've now got a president who says that he can kill you on his own discretion. He can jail you indefinitely on his own discretion


I don't think the the Framers ever anticipated that. They assumed that people would hold their liberties close, and that they wouldn't relax those fingers ...


AT&T Ends T-Mobile Merger; What Next?

Many people, especially T-Mobile customers, are wondering what will happen next now that the merger agreement with AT&T has fallen through. A few things to be noted, although there are several more in the article itself:
- T-Mobile will remain operational as an independent company for the time being
- Neither T-Mobile or AT&T are expected to see rate changes as a result of the failed merger
- There is a remote possibility that T-Mobile will become a separate company (currently owned by Deutsche Telekom) because of the significant break-off fee
Despite all the recent rumors and merge talks, T-Mobile is still expanding it's 4G network and making available new plans for customers.

Mike's Tech Service

TSA: Daggers Hidden In Book At Reagan Airport

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Transportation Security Administration says officers found two throwing daggers hidden in a hollowed-out book at a checkpoint at Reagan-Washington National Airport.

A TSA spokesman says a passenger was stopped Monday when officers found the knives in the person's carry-on bag. The daggers measured just over a half-foot long and were hidden in the hard-cover book.

The passenger was flying to Chicago and surrendered the knives and book


First Amendment Right?

Do we really have first amendment rights anymore? Remember our last city council? Louise? Well it appears as though this is a growing trend. Think about it. 2011. Miitary patrolling our streets. People being told by the government what they can and can't say. What will 2012 be like?

Student Sues School District Over Punishment For His Views Against Homosexuality

A student at a public high school in Michigan who was punished because he said that his religion opposed homosexuality is now suing the school district and his teacher for violating his civil rights, according to the Thomas More Law Center, which filed the lawsuit in federal court last week.

The case was filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and cites the plaintiffs as the student, his brother, and their mother, Sandra Glowacki, and the defendants: the Howell Public School District, and the teacher, Johnson (“Jay”) McDowell.

The incident took place on Oct. 20, 2010, the day that McDowell, Glowacki’s economics teacher, wore a purple “Tyler’s Army” t-shirt as part of a national campaign called “Spirit Day,” which is promoted by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) to raise awareness of alleged bullying of homosexuals.

Instead of teaching his economics course, McDowell reportedly used his allotted class time to promote the pro-homosexual agenda, which was accompanied by McDowell sharing his thoughts and showing a video concerning such bullying to his classes.

When Daniel Glowacki was in class, he reportedly witnessed McDowell order a fellow student to remove her confederate flag belt buckle because the teacher found it offensive. Glowacki then “raised his hand and asked Defendant McDowell why it was permissible to display a rainbow flag, which is offensive to some people, but not a Confederate flag, which Defendant McDowell found offensive,” states the lawsuit.

At that point, McDowell asked Glowacki “whether he ‘supported’ or ‘accepted gays,’ or words to that effect,” says the lawsuit. When Glowacki “responded by stating that his religion does not accept homosexuality and that he could not condone that behavior,” McDowell got angry, according to the lawsuit, and said “that his religion was ‘wrong,’ or words to that effect, and ordered [Glowacki] to leave his classroom under threat of suspension.”


Please Consider Storing My E-Mail Address In Your Cell Phone

It's simple. Rather than typing in a cell phone number, type in instead and store it like it was a phone number. Any time you come across a situation/event you can take a picture on your cell phone and send it right to my e-mail address.

While many people out there send us pictures to my cell phone, using the above process saves us from having to forward it to my e-mail. You'd be amazed at how often we get things sent to us and I'd consider this a Christmas Present if you'd give it a shot.

Red Kettle Drive Ends This Saturday

The Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive ends this Saturday and we've learned they're well shy of the projected funding they set their sights on this year.

I have faith the numbers will come around in the final stretch.

Stifled By Corporate America, The Young Turn To Farming

Despite its risks, farming is seen as a good bet as demand for organic produce rises

— While fresh demographic information on U.S. farmers won't be available until after the next agricultural census is done next year, there are signs more people in their 20s and 30s are going into farming: Enrollment in university agriculture programs has increased, as has interest in farmer-training programs.

The young entrepreneurs typically cite two reasons for going into farming: Many find the corporate world stifling and see no point in sticking it out when there's little job security; and demand for locally grown and organic foods has been strong enough that even in the downturn they feel confident they can sell their products.

Farming is inherently risky: Drought, flooding, wind and other weather extremes can all destroy a year's work. And with farmland averaging $2,140 per acre across the U.S. but two to four times that much in the Midwest and California, the start-up costs can be daunting.


Homes Damaged In Dover Area Crash

Location: Westbound East Lebanon Road (SR 10) west of Golden Lane, Dover, DE

Date and Time of Occurrence: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 8:45 a.m.

Operator and Vehicle:

Mark L. Lefevre, 49, Dover, DE
2007 Ford Expedition

Dover, DE- The Delaware State Police are currently investigating a one vehicle crash in which a vehicle severely damaged a Dover home this morning.

The incident occurred at approximately 8:45 a.m. this morning as Mark L. Lefevre, 49, was operating a 2007 Ford Expedition and was stopped on the shoulder of eastbound East Lebanon Road in Dover. For an unknown reason, Lefevre accelerated his vehicle and traveled in a northeast direction across the westbound lanes of Rt. 10. The Expedition then left the roadway and climbed an embankment where it struck a fence. It then continued down the embankment where it struck the rear of two homes located in the 100 block of Planters Run Court.

Mark Lefevre was able to exit the vehicle and was evaluated by responding EMS. He refused medical treatment. Lefevre was citied by troopers with Inattentive Driving and No Proof of Motor Vehicle Insurance.

Officials from the Kent Count Office of Licenses and Inspection responded to the scene and determined that one of the two homes that were struck was uninhabitable at this time. An occupant of one of the two houses, who was home at the time of the crash, was also not injured.

The crash remains under investigation. Alcohol or drugs does not appear to be a factor in the crash.

Detectives Investigating Series Of Residential Burglaries

Location: Western Sussex County, DE to the Maryland state line (including the areas west of SR 404, west of Laurel, and west of Seaford)

Date of Occurrence:

Tuesday, September 6, 2011 through Monday, November 19, 2011

Georgetown, DE- Delaware State Police Property Crimes Detectives are currently investigating a string of residential burglaries that have occurred in the western portion of Sussex County, DE since September.

In early September of 2011 state police detectives began noticing an increase in residential burglaries that had been occurring in the area west of SR 404 to the Maryland state line in Sussex County. Since that time, detectives have investigated an estimated 25 burglaries that have occurred. In each case, the suspects who have committed these crimes have entered an unoccupied residence either through a door or window and once inside, have removed electronics, jewelry, and other personal items. The suspects were then able to flee from the homes undetected.

At this time Delaware State Police detectives, along with detectives from Dorchester and Caroline County in Maryland, who have also had an increase in residential burglaries, are actively investigating these incidents both in Delaware and Maryland. No arrests have been made at this time.

The Delaware State Police would like to take this time to offer a few quick tips in how to prevent being a victim of a burglary.

Lock all doors and windows when you are at home or away.
Invest in a residential security system and place an alarm company sign or “beware of dog” sign in your front yard.
Engrave and photograph all of your valuables.
Do not allow mail or newspapers to accumulate.
Always give the appearance that someone is home.
Be a nosey neighbor. Look out for suspicious activity. If you notice something that just does not feel right, call 9-1-1 immediately.

The Delaware State Police are asking anyone who may have any information in reference to these incidents to contact Detective John McColgan at 302-856-5858 ext. 211 or Detective Scott Gray at 302-856-5850 ext. 216. Citizens may also provide a tip by texting keyword “DSP” plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Tipsters may also provide information through lines maintained by Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333. Callers can also submit information via the internet at

Want Jobs? Region Needs Housing

If housing is where the jobs live at night, then the metro area better start building more housing -- and housing that is priced right. That's what one housing expert is telling transportation leaders.


Toddler Left Alone For 24 Hours In Capitol Heights

A two-year-old girl was found cold and hungry in a Capitol Heights, Md., apartment on Tuesday after being left alone for 24 hours.

It happened in the 6900 block of Walker Mill Road in Capitol Heights, Md


April 3 Primary In Doubt As Federal Judges Hear Redistricting Arguments

Arguments before a three-judge panel in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt Tuesday morning left state officials and a group of black voters opposed to the new congressional districts watching the clock to find out if April’s primary election can proceed as scheduled.


Salisbury Family Loses Christmas Presents To Burglar(s)

Maryland State Police are investigating a string of burglaries on or near South Westover Drive in Salisbury, including one in which the thief or thieves stole a family’s Christmas presents this week.
Police say they were called to the home Monday afternoon around 5 o’clock after the homeowner discovered that someone had damaged a side door to the home to gain access; once inside, the thief or thieves ransacked presents under the tree and fled with some gifts.
Anyone with information about the burglary should call Maryland State Police at 410.749.3101. 

Medical Group Wants Legislators To Keep Teens Away From Tanning Beds

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — If the holiday season inspires your teen to head to the tanning salon, take note. The Maryland State Medical Society is asking the General Assembly to keep the under-18s out of tanning beds. Political reporter Pat Warren explains previous efforts to ban those tans have failed.

The artificial light of a tanning bed led to their darkest hours. Heidi Edmonds and Jane Shapiro testified to that in Annapolis last year.

“We grew up going to the beach, going to the tanning salons to get a base tan,” said Edmonds.

“I’ve got a hole in my scalp under my hear that you can’t see,” said Shapiro.


Fill In The Blank 12/21/11

This time of year is ____ for me.

Bank Associates Deliver Toys To Hospitals In Delaware

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) -- Associates from WSFS Bank have delivered oversized stockings stuffed with toys to the pediatric wards at several hospitals throughout Delaware.

The News Journal reports that bank associates delivered 6-foot stockings on Tuesday containing toy trucks, action figures, board games and musical instruments.


Eric Hartley: Where's The Democratic Outrage?

Outrage, rinse, repeat.

The Democratic State House redistricting plan is less laughable on its face than the congressional plan that was passed two months ago.

But the goal is the same: protecting Democrats' seats and unseating Republicans.

And the result will be the same.

If history is any guide, Thursday's public hearing will feature speakers pointing out the political motivations and demanding changes to the plan unveiled Friday by an advisory committee. Democrats will listen politely.


Republicans Unhappy With New Plan For Redistricting

Local Republicans say the state's new redistricting plan dilutes their influence in Anne Arundel County.

Politicos studied the maps released Friday evening and concluded that new legislative districts in Anne Arundel could lead to the ouster of two Republican members of the state delegation.

"Just from my first look at the map, it's possible that we might lose control of the delegation in the next election because of the redrawn districts," Alan Rzepkowski, chairman of the Anne Arundel County Republican State Central Committee, said yesterday.

State Republicans criticized the plan as "overly partisan and divisive" in a statement laden with holiday-themed jabs.


A Comment Worthy Of A Post 12-21-11

A few months ago you wrote a piece warning about people getting in debt. You said something to the effect that after the government; 'has picked your bones clean they will even disintegrate your bones'

I have never forgotton your advice to our reading audience - and it has unfolded almost precisely like you had written.

The economic situation is getting worse each and every day as evidenced by the statistical data.

The Death Of Wicomico County And Its Employees

Things just keep getting worse Folks. Allow me to preach for a minute before I get to this devastating news.

Salisbury News continues to bring you REAL NEWS, while the local MSM simply cover events and feed you information fed to them from whatever representative/department they are covering.

Yeah, you have certain anchor people that have been here for a long time but the MSM holds firm in stating they cannot, do not and or are not willing to offer any opinion.

The problem that comes from such alleged REPORTING is the fact that WBOC, WMDT and the Daily Times have come and go reporters who are NOT educated as to what is truly going on and that's exactly what the special interests want. They do NOT know what questions to ask because they have no clue what's going on.

Along comes Joe Albero who has been around for seven years who knows the ins and outs of local politics, who has a major platform to spread the real news and truth, it's no wonder they don't want me around. It's no wonder they are afraid to let us into Press Conferences.

You see Folks, Salisbury News has also come to learn today that Wicomico County's Pension Fund is SEVERELY underfunded by millions of dollars. Oh, is this NEW to you? Well, it shouldn't be! You see, it has been underfunded in the millions for three years now. $2,859,675.00 to be exact. Oh, and guess what. It's about to go into the 4th year because THERE IS NO MONEY!

So while your County Executive is playing with funny money, while your County Executive wants to pressure the Council into signing off on letters of intent for Bennett Middle School, know that your County Executive is pulling off what he had the reputation of doing while in Fruitland before ever becoming County Executive.

Last year the Council became aware that the Pension Fund was running short, so they agreed to place more than a million dollars into that fund. Hmmmmmm, why is it that it was only funded 8%?

FOUR YEARS in the RED!!!!!! Furloughs!!!!! NO COLA INCREASES!!!!! NO SALARY INCREASES!!!!! Yet they want to pass Collective Bargaining for the WCSO? They want to borrow over $40,000,000.00 for Bennett Middle School? They want to borrow $35,000,000.00 for Parkside?

Get your own damn house in order Rick Pollitt before you go shoving this kind of crap down our throats. As the Post below this one clearly proves, the health of the State AND the County does NOT look good. The numbers do NOT lie. STOP spending taxpayer money and acting like its in the best interest of every one involved.

IF Salisbury News was not here, NONE of you would be aware of what's going on. Taxpayers should be outraged that the County Executive has played with these funds. It's no wonder he wants TWO days in advance from Council Members about a request to speak to Department Heads. Does this sound familiar people?????

Just what kind of condition will Rick Pollitt leave the next County Executive in, because he most certainly knows he'll NEVER get elected into this position again, especially after this Post. Heck, he already knew it after the last election when he almost lost to someone who should have never been considered.

It sure makes me wonder, should I really consider running for County Executive when this guy is going to leave the position in an almost impossible financial rebound condition?

Here is link to Wicomico's Budget where the information is posted:

Go to page 11 of the budget and you will see listed
'Funded Retire/Pension - $2,859,675 - Amended Budget - $205,980

They used the retirement benefit fund to help balance the Wicomico's budget.

Also note the next item:
FUNDED OPEB - (Other Post Employment Benefits) - the entire fund was not funded at all - vanished

Most people are not aware as to what has been going on in this specific area of the budget.