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Thursday, February 16, 2012

LATE BREAKING NEWS - Maryland Sales Tax On Gasoline Sales - Legislation Now Officially Sponsored

Here it is folks - as we anticipated - Maryland will soon be adding at least another 21 cents per gallon and most likely a whole lot more - as gasoline prices continue to climb.

Tonight - HB 1302 was officially sponsored by House Speaker Busch and SB-971 by Senate President Mike Miller at the request of our illustrious Governor Martin O'Malley. FYI - a 6% Sales Tax is to be assessed on all fuel sales in the State of Maryland and passage of these bills will require the gasoline dealers to collect and to pay to the State of Maryland.

This is in addition the present rate of Maryland fuel tax - currently 23.5 cents per gallon, and the Federal rate of - 18.4 cents per gallon.

In this author's humble opinion - tonight - class warfare has been officially declared against Maryland's citizenry, and more particularly against the working middle class.

The Daily Times Wiped Out My Bank Account


This past week The Daily Times has had to of their employees selling subscriptions at the Delmar Food Lion. My wife wanted a subscriptions for the copouns in the paper. I went ahead and purchased a subscription from them with my debit card .

They wrote down the card number, which I did not want to do but that was the only way to pay. In return they gave us a $10.00 Food Lion Gift Card . The subscription cost was $13.10 .

Yesterday The Daily Times charged my Debit Card ( are you sitting down ? ) $1,146.51 ! I have no idea where they got this number. It doesn't even correlate with $13.10 at all .

A lady named Donna 443-260-3307 called me today and explained that this happened to a few of their customers. They did offer to pay and charges they had might have me but did offer anything for my inconvenience.

It's been a day now and I have not had my money returned to me yet . My mortgage is due this Monday . I hope they give me back my money tomorrow.

I was wondering if anyone else had this happen to them from The Daily Times .

I also wanted to say Thank You for your Local News and help with Lost Pets .




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Women In Need Of More Cash Simply Bleach A Few $5 Bills & Turn Them Into $100 Instead

Boston cops are on the lookout for two women who they say have been particularly clever with a bit of counterfeiting. The suspects were able to get past the iodine pen test by simply bleaching some $5 bills and reprinting them into $100 bills.

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Judge Really Thought No One Would Catch Her Dismissing Her Own Parking Tickets

Silly judge, the law is for everyone, not just the plebeians you rule over on a daily basis. A Pennslyvania Magisterial District judge was totally busted for dismissing her own parking violations, which she racked up with her BMW.

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Westminster Dog Show Ditches Sponsor Because Ads Make Everyone Cry

Anyone who sat down to watch the Westminster Kennel Club dog show this week probably likes dogs, and might even have one. That's why Pedigree brand dog food has been the event's major sponsor for the last 24 years, even though it's unlikely that the dogs in the ring eat such pedestrian fare. This year, Purina has replaced Pedigree as sponsor. Why? Was their contract up? Slashed ad budget? No. It was because Pedigree's commercials about the plight of shelter dogs were bumming everyone out.

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Got Lipstick? There's Probably Some Lead In It

Back in 2007, the Food & Drug Administration did a small sample test on 33 lipsticks and found varying levels of lead in two-thirds of them. As a follow-up, the FDA requested testing of a significantly larger sampling and has now announced that it found at least trace amounts of lead in 400 varieties.

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FCC To Make Robocalls Opt-In Only, But Human Telemarketers May Still Annoy You

In spite of the fact that more than 200 million numbers have been placed on the National Do Not Call Registry, robocalling telemarketers are continuing to either ignore the list or find ways around its restrictions. But the FCC is set to unveil new rules that would shrink the size of those loopholes.

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Pay-Per-Use Electrical Outlets Closer To Becoming A Reality

Right now if someone wants to charge you to use their electrical outlet, they need to physically block your access — or keep the outlet turned off — until you fork over some cash. But that could all change in the not-so-distant future.

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Before You Send Off Your Tax Return, Run It Through This Checklist

If you've got a tax refund coming and are eager to file your return to get the money flowing, your haste may end up causing errors that could hold things up. You should give your tax return a once-over before you send it off to make sure you haven't screwed up some key areas.

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High School Rewards Students With Gift Cards For Showing Up To Class

Forget the images of truant officers chasing no-good punk school-skippers out of soda jerks or stories of headline-chasing judges sentencing parents to community service because they can't get their teens to show up to school. One Ohio high school is going the opposite route and using monetary rewards to lure its students into their seats every morning.

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Man Suffers Heart Attack At The Unfortunately Named Heart Attack Grill

Unfortunately for one man in Las Vegas, a restaurant lived up to its name quite literally. While dining out on a "Triple Bypass Burger," a man suffered a heart attack at The Heart Attack Grill over the weekend.

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Citigroup Settles Mortgage Fraud Charges For $158 Million, Admits Fault

The U.S. Department of Justice nailed Citigroup on mortgage fraud charges, getting the bank to agree to pay out a $158 million settlement while admitting it tricked a federal insurance program into backing bad loans. When borrowers defaulted, taxpayers ended up footing the bill.

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Peanut Butter Disguise Can't Sneak Pot Past TSA

Many things go great with peanut butter, but marijuana isn't one of them, at least when you're going through airport security. A passenger allegedly tried to sneak marijuana aboard a flight from Oakland by packing it inside a peanut butter jar, but Transportation Security Administration workers spotted the ruse with an X-ray machine. The man was cited for drug possession and missed his flight. He said the pot was for medical use and he hid it because he didn't have a medical marijuana card.


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PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT


The Salisbury Police Department would like to advise motorists that speed cameras will soon be operational in the South Division Street area near the intersection of Onley Road. This is within the half mile radius of Bennett Middle & High Schools.

THERE WILL BE NO WARNING PERIOD.

Our first concern is the safety of the students, parents, and school buses that use Onley Rd to drop off and pick up students from the schools. We would like to remind drivers that utilize this street to Drive Alert-Slow Down-Be Safe-Watch for Pedestrians.

Motorists should also be aware that the next location for speed cameras has been approved for the U.S. Rt 50 & Davis St area near Wicomico Middle School.

Senior Moments--BRAIN FARTS

Now ....War on the Iranian Front

How can this be? How can we afford this? Haven't they realized that our economy is too large to keep it alive by feeding the Military Industrial Complex? This will not help us. This may well bury us!

WASHINGTON – Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta believes that Israel could attack Iran in an April-to-June timeframe, and there apparently has been a decision made for the U.S. to help in an assault on the radical Islamic nation’s nuclear facilities.

U.S. military sources tell WND that the Pentagon has begun preparations for “a number of operational plans and counter-operations,” with a Feb. 22 due date for submitting the plans.

To read more go here:
http://www.wnd.com/2012/02/u-s-military-told-to-prepare-for-iran-ops/

Ethics Committee Unanimously Recommends To Currie

The Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics unanimously recommended to censure Sen. Ulysses Currie, D-Prince George’s, for failing to report $250,000 in consulting fees he received from Shoppers Food Warehouse last year while advocating legislation beneficial to the grocery chain, according to a source with first-hand knowledge of the committee report.

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The Haircut

A teenage boy had just passed his driving test and inquired of his father as to when they could discuss his use of the car.

His father said he'd make a deal with his son, "You bring your grades up from a C to a B average, study your Bible a little, and get your hair cut. Then we'll talk about the car."

The boy thought about that for a moment, decided he'd settle for the offer, and they agreed on it.

After about six weeks his father said, "Son, you've brought your grades up and I've observed that you have been studying your Bible, but I'm disappointed you haven't had your hair cut."

The boy said, "You know, Dad, I've been thinking about that, and I've noticed in my studies of the Bible that Samson had long hair,

John the Baptist had long hair, Moses had long hair, and there's even strong evidence that Jesus had long hair."

( Dad's reply!)

"Did you also notice they all walked everywhere they went?"

US Jobs Gap Between Young And Old Is Widest Ever

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Squeezed by a tight job market, young Americans are especially struggling. They have suffered bigger income losses than other age groups and are less likely to be employed than at any time since World War II.

An analysis by the Pew Research Center, released Thursday, details the impact of the recent recession on the attitudes of a generation of mostly 20- and 30-somethings.

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Have A Sinus Infection? Don’t Bother With Antibiotics

Sinus infections are drippy and painful — an all-around headache, quite literally. When symptoms arise, patients often rush to the doctor for a prescription, usually an antibiotic, to put an end to the suffering.


But it turns out you’d do just as well to take a sugar pill and treat yourself with standard drugstore remedies. According to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association by researchers at Washington University’s School of Medicine in St. Louis, the antibiotics typically prescribed by doctors work no better than placebo for reducing symptoms of infection.

“Patients don’t get better faster or have fewer symptoms when they get antibiotics,” Jay F. Piccirillo, professor of otolaryngology and the study’s senior author, said in a statement. “Our results show that antibiotics aren’t necessary for a basic sinus infection — most people get better on their own.”

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A Short History Of Millionaire Sugar Daddies In Presidential Politics

From the man who made McKinley to the Man Atop the Horse, eight men who kept candidates supplied with cash.

If Rick Santorum is still in the presidential hunt by the end of March, he'll have two men to thank: Mitt Romney, for being a weak enough front-runner to give him an opening, and Foster Friess, for bankrolling the push. Friess is a Wyoming investor and longtime donor to conservative causes, including Tucker Carlson's Daily Caller. But the limelight has only fallen on the Wyoming investor since he became Santorum's political sugar daddy.

It's actually not clear how much money Friess has given to the Republican former senator from Pennsylvania. (It also appears that, contrary to what you might read, Friess isn't quite a billionaire -- although he is a multi-hundred-millionaire at the least.) In backing Santorum, he follows Sheldon Adelson -- the billoinaire casino magnate who has kept Newt Gingrich's momentum from completely burning out -- in the role of the media's favorite somewhat inscrutable bankroller of politicians. It's conventional to say that the sudden prominence of figures like Adelson and Friess is a product of the Citizens United decision, but while it's true that laws governing donations have changed recently, the presence of political sugar daddies is hardly new. Here are a few of their antecedents.

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Private Prison Corp Offers Needed Cash To States—In Exchange For Prison Ownership And Guaranteed 90% "Occupancy"

Yep, the CCA (Corrections Corp of America) is waving a bunch of cash in front of 48 cash-strapped states. The deal — states turn over prison ownership and guarantee the prisons stay 90% full.

In other words, "we own the store and you guarantee the inventory."

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'Colbert Report' Off Air; Comedy Central Mum


NEW YORK (AP) - Comedy Central's "Colbert Report" is off the air and it's a mystery why.

An expected new episode of the show was replaced by a repeat on Wednesday. Comedy Central said Thursday's live show will be off, too.

The network said it was airing the repeats "due to unforeseen circumstances," but offered no other explanation. A person close to the show, who wasn't authorized to speak publically on the matter, told The Associated Press that new episodes are expected to return soon.

A publicist for Colbert declined to comment.

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Music Director's Marriage Leads To His Firing From St. Gabriel Catholic Church

Longtime church employee was terminated for his same-sex wedding in N.Y.

The last five months have been eventful for Steav Bates-Congdon.

First he got married. Then he got fired.

The popular music director at St. Gabriel Catholic Church in south Charlotte lost his job last month for marrying his longtime partner in New York, one of seven states to recognize same-sex marriages.

Under a recent Supreme Court ruling, the firing appears legal.

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SMARTY PANTS TEST

When it says you only have 8 seconds to answer the question, they aren't kidding ! You better be quick!!!!

This is VERY FAST , so be prepared.

You only have 8 seconds for each question.

Click on the Smart or stoopid and have fun .

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Woman Sentenced For Spiking Utah Man's Smoothie

A Utah woman was sentenced Tuesday to consecutive prison terms for spiking a 79-year-old man's peach smoothie with antifreeze after taking control of his bank accounts.

Vernal's 8th District Judge Clark McClellan ordered Selena Irene York, 34, to serve three consecutive terms of up to five years each. York pleaded no contest in December to reduced charges of aggravated assault and forgery.

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Affirmative Action — Could Justice Alito’s Vote Change The Game?

The Supreme Court could decide this week whether to delve into yet another hot-button social issue: affirmative action.

At issue is a lawsuit brought by Abigail Fisher, a white student, who said she was denied admission to the University of Texas because of the color of her skin. If the justices vote to hear the case, it could mean a majority of the court is willing to curtail or further restrict race-conscious admissions policies at public universities.

The court is set to discuss the case in its closed-door conference this week and could announce as early as Friday whether it will add the case to next term’s docket.

“This case presents the court with an opportunity to clarify the boundaries of race preferences in higher education, or even reconsider whether race should be permitted at all under the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection,” said Edward Blum, the director of the Project on Fair Representation, a nonprofit legal defense foundation that has provided legal counsel for Fisher.

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24 Policies That Republicans Supported BEFORE They Were Against Them

Since President Obama took the oath of office in January 2009, Republicans have reversed their stances on many different policies and beliefs. Here are 24 of them.

1. Health Care Mandates) Prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act by Democrats, Republicans widely supported the idea of an individual health care insurance mandate, Newt Gingrich being perhaps the chief supporter. Republicans have always preached about how people need to take responsibility for themselves, and now that a law exists that makes people take responsibility, the GOP is rejecting it simply on the grounds that President Obama and the Democrats passed it.

2. The Nuclear START Treaty) Republicans shamelessly filibustered the ratification of the Obama START Treaty for quite a period of time and criticized it tremendously and continue to try and find ways to circumvent the treaty today. What Republicans conveniently forget is that Ronald Reagan, the man that Republicans worship like a God, negotiated the very first START Treaty which was signed by yet another Republican, George H. W. Bush in 1991. That treaty expired in 2009 so President Obama negotiated a new one to continue the Reagan legacy. But since President Obama negotiated this treaty, Republicans retreated from Reagan’s policy faster than the decade it took to create the START Treaty in the first place.

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"Alexander Field, Greg Clark, And Optimism About The Current Unpleasantness"

Why aren't we doing more to rebuild our infrastructure at a time when our needs are high and borrowing costs, labor costs, and other costs of infrastructure are at bargain prices? Not to mention the employment benefits that would come with enhanced infrastructure investment.

And why aren't we doing more to shore up our financial infrastructure through new regulations and oversight of the banking sector so that the problems we are having presently are less likely to reappear? There have been some changes in financial regulation, but not enough, and the financial sector is doing its best to block any further progress in this area:

Alexander Field, Greg Clark, and Optimism about the Current Unpleasantness, by Eric Rauchway: On the jacket of Alexander Field’s new book A Great Leap Forward, my colleague Greg Clark says this:

As we sit mired in the Great Recession, Alexander Field’s exciting reappraisal of the Great Depression offers surprising solace. By showing the Great Depression was coupled with the most rapid technological advance in U.S. history, he fundamentally recasts the history of the 1930s. But he also offers hope that our own depression likely will have no long-run costs to the U.S. economy.

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SALISBURY MAN SENTENCED TO 24 YEARS IN D.O.C. FOR HOME INVASIONS

On February 13, 2012, Clifton Brimer, age 26, of Salisbury, Maryland, was sentenced to a total of twenty four (24) years in the custody of the Department of Corrections (DOC) for home invasions that occurred on July 23 and 24, 2011, in Salisbury and Pittsville, Maryland. In one of the home invasions, the Defendant forced his way into the home of an elderly couple. The Defendant proceeded to assault an eighty year old male resident. The investigation into this home invasion led the Wicomico County Bureau of Investigation to second location in Salisbury where the Defendant had committed another burglary and theft. During the investigation, detectives learned of a third burglary that the Defendant committed in Pittsville, Maryland.

Clifton Brimer pleaded guilty to Robbery, Burglary, and Theft, and a Wicomico County Circuit Court Judge sentenced Brimer to a total sentence of Twenty Four (24) Years in the custody of the Department of Corrections (15 Years for Robbery, 8 Years for Burglary, 1 Year for Theft).

Matt Maciarello, Wicomico County State’s Attorney, stated, “Nothing is more important to me than protecting those who are unable to protect themselves. Moreover, we strive to ensure that people can feel safe and secure in their own homes in Wicomico County. It is gratifying that the Wicomico County Bureau of Investigation was able to solve this case and the public will be protected from Brimer for a good bit of time.”

The Last FEMA Temporary Housing Unit Has Left New Orleans

The agency says it's a milestone for recovery in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the gulf coast in 2005. That last family moved into their rebuild home this week. FEMA provided temporary trailers to more than 90,000 families throughout Louisiana in the largest housing operation in the nation's history. FEMA has provided nearly $6 billion worth of housing assistance in the wake of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, including $4 billion for rent, repairs and replacement housing and $1.6 billion for things like furniture, clothes and replacement vehicles.

Officer Threatens To Make Up Evidence After Arrest Of Innocent Men

SEATTLE -- A Seattle police officer has been caught on tape talking about "making up" evidence while two wrongly arrested men sit in jail. It's the latest shocker uncovered by a KOMO 4 Problem Solver investigation into the Seattle Police Department's vanishing dashcam videos.


Josh Lawson and Christopher Franklin filed a claim against the city Monday for excessive force and wrongful arrest.


The two were arrested at gunpoint on November 16, 2010 and said the incident changed their lives forever. "I thought I was gonna die," Lawson said about that night.


Franklin said it was "the most terrifying thing I've ever experienced."


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Shouldn’t Pro-Lifers Be Anti-Death?

A battle over pollution is dividing Evangelicals over what's appropriate to fight for under the "pro-life banner"

Evangelicals have opened up a fascinating new controversy around the complicated issue of fetal rights: If a known neurotoxin — being spewed into the air by coal-fired plants — enters the fetal bloodstream and causes brain damage or premature death, does that threat to the fetus count as something pro-lifers should consider? No, according to lengthy statement released Feb. 8 by the Cornwall Alliance and signed by religious leaders such as Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser, officials with Focus on the Family and other groups that oppose abortion. “The life in pro-life denotes not quality of life but life itself.” The statement goes on to say that the signees do not feel that it is appropriate to fight anything but abortion “under the pro-life banner.”

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South Carolina Mother Faces Charges After Maggots Found In Baby's Diaper

(CBS) ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. - A South Carolina mother is facing charges after her sick baby was taken to an emergency room and nurses found maggots in the 10-month-old's diaper.

NBC affiliate WYFF reports the baby boy also tested positive for drug exposure. According to a police report, Michelle Butler, 20, took the child to someone's apartment, where they told her to get medical attention for the baby who appeared to have a fever.

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BREAKING NEWS: Hall of Famer Gary Carter Dies


Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter dies after brain cancer battle.

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N.J. Dentist Investigated After 2nd Child's Death

(CBS/AP) NEWARK, N.J. - A New Jersey dentist is under investigation after a second child died in his care during a routine procedure, CBS station WCBS-TV reported.

Prosecutors said 3-year-old Juan Quiej died on Feb. 8 while visiting dentist Patrick Bamgboye's office in Irvington.

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INTERNAL DOCUMENTS: The Secret, Corporate-Funded Plan To Teach Children That Climate Change Is A Hoax

Internal documents acquired by ThinkProgress Green reveal that the Heartland Institute, a right-wing think tank funded by the Koch brothers, Microsoft, and other top corporations, is planning to develop a “global warming curriculum” for elementary schoolchildren that presents climate science as “a major scientific controversy.” This effort, at a cost of $100,000 a year, will be developed by Dr. David E. Wojick, a coal-industry consultant.

“Principals and teachers are heavily biased toward the alarmist perspective,” Heartland’s confidential 2012 fundraising document bemoans. The group believes that Wojick’s project has “potential for great success,” because he has “contacts at virtually all the national organizations involved in producing, certifying, and promoting scientific curricula.” The document explains that Wojick will produce “modules” that promote the conspiratorial claim that climate change is “controversial”:

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To Those Of You Who Thought He Was Lip Sinking...

Obama Wants $2.1 Billion For NASA's Florida Spaceport

(Reuters) - President Barack Obama's proposed 2013 budget for NASA boosts spending at the Kennedy Space Center, which bore the brunt of job layoffs at the end of the space shuttle program last year, the center director said on Tuesday.

The president's $17.7 billion budget request for NASA for the year beginning October 1 includes $2.1 billion for the Florida spaceport, an increase of $323 million over this year's budget.

"During these austere times when other centers went down, for us to go up I think says a lot about the importance of what we're doing and where we're going," Kennedy Space Center director and former astronaut Bob Cabana told a National Space Club Florida Committee meeting in Cape Canaveral on Tuesday.

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The Case For Super PACs

Despite the hand-wringing, they’re healthy for democracy. No, really.

President Obama’s 2012 retooled message is about fairness. If that’s the case, the president should learn to love super PACs and their influx of money into the campaign system—a development which, if nothing else, ensures a stronger competitive balance in elections. That’s a good thing for democracy because it levels the playing field for candidates challenging entrenched incumbents with connections to moneyed interests.

The dirty secret about most campaign finance reforms is that they’re designed to protect incumbents. By decrying the federal campaign rules making it easier for wealthy donors to donate big chunks of cash, good-government groups are unwittingly backing policies that protect current officeholders.

Think about it: Presidents and members of Congress have all the perks of power at their disposal to help them raise cash. President Obama has a slew of willing and wealthy Democratic donors. Most federal lawmakers covet seats on important committees, such as Ways and Means, because of the greater opportunities to raise money.

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The Gray Lady’s Decline

As The New York Times ‘right-sizes’ its editorial staff, the death of print media approaches.

The nation’s most powerful newspaper, The New York Times, faces a sixth straight year of profit loss. The unions are forced to save editorial jobs by taking salary cuts. How does one make a living in print journalism anymore?

As Mike Elk reported last month on this website, in an effort to trim its overhead costs, in December the company froze the pensions of its foreign citizen employees and threatened to cut their health insurance benefits. A frozen pension means the company will no longer be contributing to that employee’s retirement account. The company is trying to cut pensions across the board, for both union and foreign nonunion employees, from The International Herald Tribune in Paris to foreign citizen Times staffers posted worldwide. (Contract talks with the Newspaper Guild union continue.)

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‘Governor’ Franchot Would Apply Litmus Test To School Board Appointments

Comptroller Peter Franchot said, “if I were to run for governor, and if I were fortunate to win,” he would have “a litmus test for any appointment to the state school board” or the local boards of education where the governor still makes the choice. They would have to support a financial literacy course requirement for graduation.

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Bill Seeks To Reduce Chauffeurs For State Officials

House Minority Leader Anthony O’Donnell, R-Calvert, testified Wednesday on a bill he sponsored to stop public officials from using state employees as personal chauffeurs. He also wants to reduce the number of state troopers assigned to transport lawmakers and top government executives.

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Tensions Flare As Committee Considers Voter ID Bill

Tensions were high once again this year as delegates on the House Ways and Means committee debated a bill that would require Maryland voters to present proof of identity at polling stations when voting.

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BREAKING NEWS: 'Underwear Bomber' Gets Life In Prison

Nigerian man who tried to blow up flight to Detroit on Christmas 2009 sentenced to life in prison.

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OCPD WELCOMES NEW K9 PARTNERS


This week the Ocean City Police Department is welcoming two new police K9 dogs. The new K9’s were picked up by their partners earlier this week from “Castle K9” in Mechanicsburg, PA. PFC Daniel Jacobs met his new partner “Jaxx” a 14-month-old Dutch Sheppard and PFC Michael Kelly met his new partner “Chibo,” a 12-month-old Sheppard mix.

The two new K9 teams will begin a four-week training program at the Castle K9 training center beginning February 23. They are expected to graduate from the program at the end of March and expected to be operational beginning in April.

Upon completion of the training both K9 dogs and their officer handlers will be certified by the North American Police Work Dog Association as patrol and drug detection police K9’s.

“Our K9 unit has always had a long standing tradition of excellence,” said Chief Bernadette A. DiPino. “I am excited about adding two new teams to our department and we know our citizens will enjoy meeting them in the future. Their skills in drug detection, tracking and searches are a great benefit to our officers and our community.”

Happy Mold Infested 3rd Friday



While some may attend the 3rd Friday event in Downtown Salisbury, be sure to bring a mask when you walk into the Vernon Powell building. The last time they held the event there many of the people complained about the severe odor of mildew inside the building.

Mold and Mildew are not something you want to play around with Folks. I'm not exactly sure why they have chosen to use this building but anyone just walking past the exterior of this building can clearly small the mildew and inside is even worse.

Perhaps the Health Department should be checking into this facility. Could you just imagine if ANY local business/restaurant had this same problem while serving FOOD inside! From what I'm hearing they're supposed to be doing just that on 3rd Friday.

Bring A Mask and call the Health Department!

Same-Sex Marriage Bill Debated In House Today

Duane Keenan talked to several delegates on Wednesday about Thursday’s same-sex marriage debate on the floor of the House of Delegates. Listen to his podcast here.

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Nanny state report: NC school officials confiscate preschooler’s homemade lunch

A North Carolina elementary school forced a preschool student to eat cafeteria chicken nuggets for lunch on Jan. 30 after officials reportedly determined that her homemade meal wasn’t up to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s standards for healthfulness, according to a report from the Carolina Journal.

New Airlines Makes 1st Landing At Salisbury Airport


Aliegiant Airlines has arrived in Salisbury. This is supposed to be the airline that offers discount rates to Florida. You saw it here first Folks.

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Gilkerson Begins CCIM Journey

SALISBURY, MD, FEBRUARY 2012 - Advisor Joey Gilkerson of Sperry Van Ness – Miller Commercial Real Estate has returned from Washington, DC where he was enrolled in the ‘Intro’ CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) course. The CCIM is the most prestigious designation in the Commercial Real Estate industry. Gilkerson is now officially a candidate for the CCIM designation.


Gilkerson passed the class with a 96% on the final examination. He is required to complete...


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Today's Wildlife Photo 2-16-12

THINGS I LEARNED LIVING IN THE SOUTH

A possum is a flat animal that sleeps in the middle of the road.

There are 5,000 types of snakes and 4,998 of them live in the South.

There are 10,000 types of spiders. All 10,000 of them live in the South, plus a couple no one's seen before.

If it grows, it'll stick ya. If it crawls, it'll bite cha.

Onced and Twiced are words.

It is not a shopping cart, it is a buggy!

Jawl-P? means, Did you all go to the bathroom?

People actually grow,eat and like okra.

Fixinto is one word. It means I'm going to do that.

There is no such thing as lunch. There is only dinner and then there's supper.

Iced tea is appropriate for all meals and you start drinking it when you're two. We do like a little tea with our sugar. It is referred to as the Wine of the South.

Backwards and forwards means I know everything about you.

The word jeet is actually a question meaning, 'Did you eat?'

You don't have to wear a watch, because it doesn't matter what time it is, you work until you're done or it's too dark to see.

You don't PUSH buttons, you MASH em.

Ya'll is singular. All ya'll is plural.

All the festivals across the state are named after a fruit, vegetable, grain, insect, or animal.

You carry jumper cables in your car - for your OWN car.

You only own five spices: salt, pepper, mustard, Tabasco and ketchup.

The local papers cover national and international news on one page, but require 6 pages for local high school sports, the motor sports, and gossip.

Everyone you meet is a Honey, Sugar, Miss(first name) or Mr.(first name)

You think that the first day of deer season is a national holiday.

You know what a hissy fit is..

Fried catfish is the other white meat.

We don't need no dang Driver's Ed. If our mama says we can drive, we can drive!!!

You understand these jokes and forward them to your Southern friends and those who just wish they were from the SOUTH.

THIS IS HOW SICK THESE PEOPLE ARE

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C'mon, Joe, You know you want to post it. Don't be afraid.

Are you proud of yourself JR, JT, JI or MD? Do you feel like men now that you'll attack my deceased Mother?

Ladies & Gentlemen, THIS is the kind of crap I've been rejecting all day. THIS is the kind of crap I deal with day in and day out.

I tried to tell you people that I wanted to start a Website that just published ALL of the nasty comments we spammed but the majority of you said no.

ONLY this select group of men would attack an innocent and even dead WOMAN. Not ONE of them are man enough to man up to who they are because they know for a fact a real man would beat the living shit out of them.

No matter what, we move on and we deal with them but every so often I will expose them for who they are so that YOU can see the evil in them. Try getting a hundred of those messages a day and you'd understand my position.

Now they have stooped so low they'll pick on a deceased woman who has no defense. Do tell me of another man you can think of outside of this crowd that would stoop so low. There are none that I'm aware of.

WE ARE THE ROMAN EMPIRE


Obama wants cheaper pennies and nickels

The U.S. Mint is facing a problem — especially during these penny-pinching times. It turns out it costs more to make pennies and nickels than the coins are worth.

And because of that, the Obama administration this week asked Congress for permission to change the mix of metal that goes to make pennies and nickels, an expensive recipe that has remained unchanged for more than 30 years.

To be precise, it cost 2.4 cents to make one penny in 2011 and about 11.2 cents for each nickel.
Given the number of coins that the mint produces — 4.3 billion pennies and 914 million nickels last year alone, those costs add up pretty quickly: a little more than $100 million for each coin.
But even though Treasury has been studying new metals since 2010, it has yet to come up with a workable mix that would definitely be cheaper, and it has no details yet as to what metals should be used or how much it would save to do so.

Even if a cheaper metal can be used, it might not take the cost of a penny down to less than a penny.

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Li(e)borgate Set To Become "Next Big Litigation Thing" As Lawsuits Against Libor Banks Avalanche

Last week we discussed [18]the gradual unraveling of a topic we had been following for the past 3 years, namely the brazen and criminal manipulation in the Libor market, which directly and indirectly impacts a stunning $350 trillion worth of securities (and thus, their implied risk, and hence, prices). Today we are delighted to learn that the retribution against these banks who have been artificially representing to the market that they are in better condition than in reality (courtesy of Libor's "strict" self-reporting approach), are beginning to see lawsuits filed against them, with Schwab merely the latest out of the gate. And just as fraudclosure was the litigation topic of 2010 and 2011, sit down and watch as Li(E)borgate explodes into the biggest litigation pain for banks, with litigation expenses that could easily surpass both the robosigning scandal (and its robo-settlement [19]) and the escalating banks Reps and Warranties scandal. Because as recent evidence confirms, there are likely emails proving manipulation exists black on white, as discussed last week [18]. Which means that the case of Schwab, noted last summer by Reuters, is about to become a pandemic.

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School-Zone Sign With 6 Separate Times Irks Driver

WHITE LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - An unusual school zone speed limit sign in suburban Detroit has drawn the attention of an irked driver.

Greg Smith tells The Oakland Press of Pontiac ( http://bit.ly/zeVCbZ) that he noticed the sign recently in Oakland County's White Lake Township that lists six separate times when drivers should slow down to 25 mph on school days.

Smith says drivers "practically have to come to a stop to read it." An elementary, middle and high school all are nearby.

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PUBLISHERS NOTES: Beware Salisbury, TWO new speed cameras are being set up. One is already in place at Bennett, almost 1/2 mile from the school, (which is legal). The other will be set up any day now on Rt. 50 near the Arby's.

Tuition Costs Rising In D.C., Virginia And Maryland

WASHINGTON - The cost of higher education keeps getting higher, and universities in D.C., Virginia and Maryland are no exception.

Tuition and fees at the College of William & Mary have gone up 48.8 percent since the 2004-2005 school year, to $12,188 in 2010-2011.

In the same time period, they've gone up more than 40 percent at Virginia Tech, Virginia Commonwealth and Radford universities. Tuition and fees went up 38.1 percent in that period at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, to $10,828 in 2010-2011.

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Prosecutors Want Johnson To Pay Fine Before Prison

GREENBELT, Md. - Prosecutors say former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson has the money to pay a $100,000 fine related to his extortion conviction before he heads to prison.

The Washington Times reports that a motion was filed on Wednesday that requests Johnson pay the fine up front rather than in installments after his release. Prosecutors for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland say Johnson has nearly $212,000 in cash that could be used to pay the fine.

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Interracial Marriage In US Hits New High: 1 In 12

WASHINGTON (AP) - Interracial marriages in the U.S. have climbed to 4.8 million _ a record 1 in 12 _ as a steady flow of new Asian and Hispanic immigrants expands the pool of prospective spouses. Blacks are now substantially more likely than before to marry whites.

A Pew Research Center study, released Thursday, details a diversifying America where interracial unions and the mixed-race children they produce are challenging typical notions of race.

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Today's Fill In The Blank 2-16-12


When I take my significant other out we go to __________.

Subsidies Flow To Obama Donors

Soon after President Barack Obama touted Westport Innovation’s liquefied natural gas-powered engines April 1 at a Maryland UPS facility, the company’s top individual investor made large contributions to Democrats.

Kevin G. Douglas, Westport’s largest individual shareholder, April 8 gave more than $30,000 to Obama and the Democratic National Committee, according to federal campaign filings.

In a lucky confluence of events, a bill, supported by the president, New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions Act, designed to subsidize the migration of American vehicles from gasoline and diesel to LNG-powered engines was filed April 6 in the House of Representatives. The bill is also known by the shorthand: Natural Gas Act.

The Natural Gas Act will create federal tax credits for natural gas vehicles, storage facilities and fueling stations for a five-year period.

Speaking in front of UPS and other trucks equipped with Westport engines, the president told the large crowd of UPS employees and supporters that the Natural Gas Act was good for the economy and the environment.

“We’re actually here to announce an exciting new partnership between the federal government and some of America’s leading companies,” the president said.

“My hope is that members of both parties, Republicans and Democrats, will support these kinds of proposals. This shouldn’t be a partisan issue. This is an American issue,” he said.

Westport’s CEO David R. Demers, who also spoke at the event, said his company was ready to take advantage of the Natural Gas Act when it is passed.

Westport has three engine manufacturing partnerships in China, according to the company's federal filings.

Federal filings also show that Soros Fund Management, the investment vehicle controlled by billionaire and longtime Democratic donor George Soros, owns more than three million shares in the Vancouver, British Columbia-based distributor of LNG engines. It is a position worth more than $90 million, as of the Feb. 14 market close.

Always generous to Democrats, Soros, and individuals associated with him, have supported proponents of the Natural Gas Act.

Soros himself has donated $5,000 to bill co-sponsor Rep. Nita M. Lowey (D-N.Y.) and $75,000 in May to the Democrat’s House Majority PAC, a super political action committee, which was established April 8, according to federal filings.

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Obama Pushes Global Minimum Tax in Milwaukee

Earlier this week, White House economic adviser Gene Sperling announced his support for changes in the tax structure. “[W]e need a global minimum tax so that people have the assurance that nobody is escaping doing their fair share as part of a race to the bottom or having our tax code actually subsidized and facilitate people moving their funds to tax havens,” Sperling said at an official White House meeting. He even indicated that President Obama “supports” this change.

But the White House pushed back the next day, telling Politico through an unnamed “official” that “[Sperling] was referring to our proposal in the Blueprint for an American Built to Last that removes tax incentives for companies that ship jobs overseas.” The Politico article was titled, “No 'global tax,' W.H. says,” though the article never actually quoted anyone—named or unnamed—denying the substance of Sperling’s proposal (or even that it would in effect be a “global minimum tax”).

Well today, in a speech the president is delivering in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Obama announced the thrust of what amounts to a “global minimum tax”—even if he avoided using the controversial phrase.

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Principles

"The principles of a free constitution are irrevocably lost when the legislative power is dominated by the executive."

-- Edward Gibbon
(1737-1794) English historian and Member of Parliament 1776

ICYMI: Belling The No-New-Taxes Cat

Key Point: He [Governor O’Malley] argues that elected officials can no longer escape the “tough choices” of public service by resorting to no-new-taxes pandering that never built a bridge nor paved a road
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/16/opinion/belling-the-no-new-taxes-cat-in-maryland.html?ref=opinion

February 15, 2012
Belling the No-New-Taxes Cat
Credit Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland with political courage in daring the Legislature to face up to the state’s neglected roads and transit needs by, yes, raising the gasoline tax. It was last increased 20 years ago with no index for inflation. State lawmakers, fearing the voters’ wrath, have neglected this responsibility ever since.

In his State of the State address, Mr. O’Malley, a Democrat, bucked the no-new-taxes delusions with a blunt reminder that, sooner or later, taxpayers must pay for the services they enjoy. He also proposed several revenue and fee increases to pay for education and other programs.
The gas-tax proposal would phase in across three years an additional 6 percent sales tax on gasoline, the same that is levied now on general goods. This would float with the wholesale cost of gas and eventually add an estimated 18 cents to the cost of a gallon while raising $615 million a year in revenues.

While Republicans and some Democrats loudly protest that the governor is asking too much of taxpayers in hard times, their complaints of his “job killing” agenda hardly stacks up against the likely growth in transportation projects. For drivers, the net effect would leave the total cost of state and federal fuel taxes at 17 percent of the pump price, compared with the 20 percent it was 20 years ago, according to The Baltimore Sun.

Mr. O’Malley, in his final term and a subject of presidential speculation for 2016, is not backing down. He argues that elected officials can no longer escape the “tough choices” of public service by resorting to no-new-taxes pandering that never built a bridge nor paved a road.

O'Malley Not Eager For Table Games In Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Gov. Martin O'Malley isn't enthusiastic about a push to legalize table games in Maryland casinos.

O'Malley spoke Wednesday night during a forum at The (Baltimore) Sun with the newspaper's opinion editor, Andrew Green, who posed questions submitted by Maryland residents to the governor.

Asked about his thoughts on expanding gambling in Maryland, O'Malley said: "I'm not barking up that tree."

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15 file-sharing sites like Megaupload that the Feds may target next

As more details come to light in the much-publicized Megaupload case, other file-sharing sites around the web are shutting their doors in fear that they could be targeted next by the U.S. Department of Justice.


Over the weekend, popular Megaupload alternatives FileSonic and FileServe completely turned off the ability to share files with other people. And another well-trafficked site,Uploaded.to, has blocked all U.S.-based IP addresses in fear of getting in serious trouble with the U.S. government.


Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom and several other Megaupload employees were arrested after being named in a 72-page indictment issued Thursday by the DOJ. The indictment alleges Megaupload is connected to a vast criminal enterprise and has caused more than $500 million in harm to copyright owners. If convicted, the company’s executives could serve many years in prison.


Even with trouble brewing, many sites that emulate Megaupload’s basic capabilities still work just fine. The CEO of popular file-sharing site MediaFire told me Sunday the company isn’t too concerned about government scrutiny because it is a legitimate business and doesn’t incentivize piracy like Megaupload did. That said, just because a company is confident about its legitimacy and employees don’t absurdly flaunt their wealth, doesn’t guarantee the government won’t investigate it.


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BREAKING NEWS: US, Afghanistan And Taliban In Talks

Senior military officials confirm to Fox News that the United States, the Karzai government and the Taliban are engaged in three-way talks.

From Fox News

BREAKING NEWS ON GAY MARRIAGE

They have pushed the Second Reader vote on Gay/Lesbian Marriage back to 5:30 pm today. it would seem their vote count is coming up short.

"Somebody To Love" Audition

Today's Survey Question 2-16-12


Do you believe Barrie Tilghman and Mike Dunn are working closely with Jim Ireton, Laura Mitchell and Shanie Shields?

USNS Comfort Moving Out Of Baltimore Port

The hospital ship USNS Comfort will soon have a new home port.

The Navy has announced that the floating medical complex will be moving to Norfolk.

The move is expected to be done early next year. The Navy said that moving the Comfort will save around $2 million a year.

Missing Dog 2-15-12: UPDATE



Hi Joe,

I have always been happy to see pets reunited with families through your blog and hope that the same happens to me. Budd is a 6 year old male pit bull, very friendly. He broke his chain sometime today between 8AM and 2PM. We live on Campground Rd. close to the Upper Ferry. I have contacted the Human Society and they have not gotten any calls but will contact me if so. I have had Budd since he was born and actually sat all night with his mom while she gave birth. He is a big part of our family and we hope to have him home soon. Thank you.

Obama’s Budget Plan Backs Ending Saturday Mail, Other Postal Service Changes

President Obama’s budget proposal supports allowing the U.S. Postal Service to end Saturday mail deliveries, raise the price of stamps above the rate of inflation and recalculate how it plans to pay for the future retirements of postal workers.

The budget proposals mirror plans Obama presented to the fiscal “supercommittee” in September that the panel didn’t adopt.

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Public Notice Of Closed Session



PUBLIC NOTICE



THE SALISBURY CITY COUNCIL WILL CONVENE IN WORK SESSION AT 2:30 P.M. ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2012 TO ENTERTAIN A VOTE TO CONVENE IN CLOSED SESSION TO CONSULT WITH LEGAL COUNSEL AND STAFF ON PENDING OR POTENTIAL LITIGATION AS PERMITTED UNDER THE ANNOTATED CODE OF MARYLAND SECTIONS 10-508(a)(7)(8).

THE OPEN WORK SESSION WILL BE HELD IN CONFERENCE ROOM #306 OF THE GOVERNMENT OFFICE BUILDING (125 N. DIVISION STREET) AT WHICH TIME THE PUBLIC CAN OBSERVE THE MOTION, ANY DISCUSSION AND THE VOTE TO CONVENE IN CLOSED SESSION AS NOTED ABOVE.

Female Passengers Say They Were Targeted for TSA Body Scanners

TSA agents in Dallas singled out female passengers to undergo screening in a body scanner, according to complaints filed by several women who said they felt the screeners intentionally targeted them to view their bodies.


One woman who flew out of Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport several months ago said a female agent sent her through a body scanner three times after the agent commented on her “cute” body.


“She says to me, ‘Do you play tennis?’ And I said, ‘Why?’‘You just have such a cute figure,’” Ellen Terrell recalled to CBS News in Dallas.


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Moyers: Meet The Shameless Plutocrats Choking What's Left Of Our Democracy

The race for the White House may cost more than two billion dollars. What’s getting trampled into dust are the voices of people who aren't rich.

Watching what’s happening to our democracy is like watching the cruise ship Costa Concordia founder and sink slowly into the sea off the coast of Italy, as the passengers, shorn of life vests, scramble for safety as best they can, while the captain trips and falls conveniently into a waiting life boat.

We are drowning here, with gaping holes torn into the hull of the ship of state from charges detonated by the owners and manipulators of capital. Their wealth has become a demonic force in politics. Nothing can stop them. Not the law, which has been written to accommodate them. Not scrutiny -- they have no shame. Not a decent respect for the welfare of others -- the people without means, their safety net shredded, left helpless before events beyond their control.

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Why Don’t Americans Elect Scientists?

I’ve visited Singapore a few times in recent years and been impressed with its wealth and modernity. I was also quite aware of its world-leading programs in mathematics education and naturally noted that one of the candidates for president was Tony Tan, who has a Ph.D. in applied mathematics. Tan won the very close election and joined the government of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who also has a degree in mathematics.

China has even more scientists in key positions in the government. President Hu Jintao was trained as a hydraulic engineer and Premier Wen Jiabao as a geomechanical engineer. In fact, eight out of the nine top government officials in China have scientific backgrounds. There is a scattering of scientist-politicians in high government positions in other countries as well. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has a doctorate in physical chemistry, and, going back a bit, Margaret Thatcher earned a degree in chemistry.

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Leak Exposes How Heartland Institute Works To Undermine Climate Science

Libertarian thinktank keeps prominent sceptics on its payroll and relies on millions in funding from carbon industry, papers suggest

The inner workings of a libertarian thinktank working to discredit the established science on climate change have been exposed by a leak of confidential documents detailing its strategy and fundraising networks.

DeSmogBlog, which broke the story, said it had received the confidential documents from an "insider" at the Heartland Institute, which is based in Chicago. The blog monitors industry efforts to discredit climate science.

The scheme includes spending $100,000 for spreading the message in K-12 schools that "the topic of climate change is controversial and uncertain - two key points that are effective at dissuading teachers from teaching science", the documents said.

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Michigan's Hostile Takeover

A new "emergency" law backed by right-wing think tanks is turning Michigan cities over to powerful managers who can sell off city hall, break union contracts, privatize services—and even fire elected officials.

When the city of Pontiac, Michigan, shut down its fire department last Christmas Eve, city councilman Kermit Williams learned about it in the morning paper. "Nobody reports to me anymore," Williams says. "It just gets reported in the press." This was just the latest in a series of radical changes in the city, where elected officials such as Williams have been replaced by a single person with unprecedented control over the city's operation and budget.

Gov. Rick Snyder put Louis Schimmel in charge of Pontiac last September, invoking Public Act 4, a recent law that lets the governor name appointees to take over financially troubled cities and enact drastic austerity measures. Under the law, passed last March, these emergency managers can nullify labor contracts, privatize public services, sell off city property, and even dismiss elected officials.

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Lacking A Real War On Religion, Republicans Just Made One up

WASHINGTON – At ease, Christian soldiers. There is no “war on religion,” no assault on the Catholic Church. A faith that has endured for thousands of years will survive even Nicki Minaj.

It never occurred to me to evaluate the Grammy Awards show on theological rectitude, but apparently we’re supposed to be outraged at the over-the-top “exorcism” Minaj performed Sunday night.

The hip-hop diva, who writhed and cavorted amid a riot of religious iconography, is accused of anti-Catholic bigotry – and seen as an enemy combatant in an escalating “war on religion” being waged by “secular elites,” which seems to be used as a synonym for “Democrats.”

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Oh, We Have Really Upset The Old Tilghman Administration, (Dirty Dozen)


They are now copying and pasting comments to each and every post I have up. The same message over and over again.

Oh My God, I think I'll stop blogging for the rest of my life because JT, BT, MD, LC, JI, JR and the rest of the Dirty Dozen are sending me hate mail.

We called them out yesterday. We called out the Daily Times and they removed my comment from their Website and we proved it. Now they are freaking out sending in comment after comment hoping just one might slip through.

Ladies & Gentlemen, be VERY afraid of the next election because you will see the most crooked group of people lying, cheating and stealing anything and everything they can to get back into power.

Poor little Jimmy and his buddies are being exposed by the tens of thousands and NOW they finally realize it.

Remember Folks, Salisbury News ads are only $100.00 a MONTH, not per day, per MONTH. The Daily Times ads START at 1/4 page, $568.00 PER DAY and go up to $2,106.00 PER DAY!!!!!!!

Show your support for Salisbury News and FINALLY get the attention you deserve without emptying your bank account. alberobutzo@wmconnect.com

Are You Making the FBI Suspicious? See The Fliers That Reveal What They’re Looking For

Do you pay for your coffee each day with cash? Express an interest in remote-controlled airplanes? According to fliers created by the FBI and Bureau of Justice Assistance for distribution to a variety of businesses, this could be considered indications of terrorist tendencies, the Huffington Post reports.


The 25 fliers part of the campaign “Communities Against Terrorism” are targeted toward “threat areas,” which include airport service providers, beauty/drug suppliers, construction sites, hobby shops, Internet cafes, martial arts, rental cars and tattoo parlors, among others. Each target area comes with a downloadable flier profiling activity employees could look for to detect potential terrorists. See all the fliers here.


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DEATH SPIRAL OF DEBT

The world is a complicated place. Those in power want to make things appear complicated so that you will give them a blank check to do whatever they want. They don’t want you to connect the dots. Data about foreign holders of U.S. Treasury bonds came out this morning. It seems foreigners are dumping Treasuries, particularly Russia and China. Foreigners sold $18.2 billion of Treasuries in December. For some perspective, the U.S. issues $110 billion of new Treasuries every month to fund our $1.3 trillion annual deficit. In the last year foreigners only bought $300 billion, leaving $1 trillion to be bought by someone else. Would you buy a 10 Year Treasury bond yielding 2% or a 30 Year Treasury bond yielding 3% when inflation is running at 10%? Of course you wouldn’t. Guess who would? That’s right – Ben Bernanke. The Fed is buying the debt. Not only are they buying the debt, they are giving money to foreign central banks to buy our debt. Does it sound like a giant ponzi scheme?

The article below the charts from Niall Ferguson describes our pathway to becoming Greece. Our hubris blinds us from the fact that we are no different than the PIIGS. Our interest rates will spike at some point. You will not receive advance warning. It will happen over a weekend. Our time is coming. The death spiral of debt will consume everyone.

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Even More Positive Data; Now From Homebuilders

Homebuilder confidence in U.S.has increased to the highest level since 2007.

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo index of builder confidence rose for a fifth straight month, to 29 in February from 25 in January, figures showed. Keynesian econometricians underestimated the increase. The median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg News called for a rise of only 26.

The last time the builder confidence index increased five straight months or more was April through October 1995.

Further, a measure of sales expectations for the next six months advanced to 34, the best reading since July 2007, from 29. The gauge of buyer traffic rose to 22, the highest since June 2007, from 21.

Bernanke printed money is starting to circulate.

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PARAPROSDOKIANS

PARAPROSDOKIANS: (Winston Churchill loved them!)

I had to look up "paraprosdokian". Here is the definition: "Figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently used in a humorous situation."
"Where there's a will, I want to be in it," is a type of paraprosdokian.

1. Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.

2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on my list.

3. Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

4. If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong. <----------- My favorite!

5. We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.

6. War does not determine who is right - only who is left..

7. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

8. Evening news is where they begin with 'Good Evening,' and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.

9. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.

10. A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station.

11. I thought I wanted a career. Turns out I just wanted paychecks.

12. Whenever I fill out an application, in the part that says, 'In case of emergency, notify: I put 'DOCTOR.'

13. I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

14. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.

15. Behind every successful man is his woman. Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.

16. A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory.

17. You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

18. Money can't buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with.

19. There's a fine line between cuddling and holding someone down so they can't get away.

20. I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not so sure.

21. You're never too old to learn something stupid.

22. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.

23. Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.

24. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

25. Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

Lawmakers Challenge O’Malley, Environment Secretary On Flush Tax Hike; Small Businesses Could See 250% Increase

Gov. Martin O’Malley and Environment Secretary Robert Summers were questioned by lawmakers Tuesday on the cost for the proposed consumption-based flush tax on homes and businesses.

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Free Concert

WHAT: Blues Guitar
WHO: Chris English
WHEN: Thursday, March 15, 7 - 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Wicomico Public Library, Main Library, Room 1

SALISBURY, MD
– February 12, 2012 – Chris English performs original and traditional blues at the Main Library as part of the free concert series. Show time is 7 p.m. Friday, March 15. Chris is a busy blues artist and a full time faculty member in the Music Department at Salisbury University. He delivers a unique "take 'em to church" performance which includes singing, guitar, harmonica, and foot box, all at the same time! This evening will also include the artist's insight on technique and song origins. Informal questions are welcome.

This event is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council, awarded by the Maryland State Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information on this event or other library services, visit us on the web at www.wicomicolibrary.org or call 410-749-3612. Programs are free and open to the public. Wicomico Public Library has five locations to serve you: Bivalve Station, Centre Branch, Pittsville Branch, Main Library, and Bookmobile.

Wicomico Public Library: Supporting Learning, Building Community, Enriching Lives!

One In 8 U.S. Voter Registrations Faulty

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One in eight U.S. voter registrations is invalid or markedly inaccurate, the result of an outdated and inefficient registration system, a Pew Center on the States report said on Tuesday.

More than 1.8 million dead people are listed as active U.S. voters, and about 2.75 million people have active registration in more than one state, according to the research by the non-partisan think tank.

U.S. electoral systems "are plagued with errors and inefficiencies that waste taxpayer dollars, undermine voter confidence, and fuel partisan disputes over the integrity of our elections," the report said.

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As Legislators Debate Clean Energy, Report Outlines Extreme Weather In Maryland

New Report and Online Map to Show How Many Marylanders Affected by Weather Disasters, Review Science Exploring Link to Global Warming

WHAT:
2011 set records nationally for extreme weather and weather-related disasters. Environment Maryland will hold a press conference to release a new Environment Maryland report and launch an interactive online map documenting how many Marylanders live in counties hit by recent weather-related disasters. The report will also outline how global warming could lead to certain extreme weather events becoming even more common or more severe in the future.

The report is being released as Maryland officials consider ways to improve the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), and look to pass the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2012 (SB 237 and HB 441) to bring more home-grown and pollution-free clean energy to the state, while limiting the carbon pollution that fuels global warming.

WHO:
· Del. Thomas Hucker, Maryland House of Delegates (District 20)
· Maria Broadbent, Director, Department of Neighborhood and Environmental Programs for the City of Annapolis
· Ewa Krason, Field Organizer, Environment Maryland

WHEN: Thursday, February 16, 2012
11:30 AM

WHERE: City Dock Pier in Annapolis, MD where Dock St meets the Chesapeake Bay at Susan B. Campbell Park
At the end of the Dock St. pier, after the Visitor's Information Booth and the Dock Master's office (the two story building by the restrooms)

VISUALS: Backdrop of the Chesapeake Bay at the Annapolis City Dock, a place that has been affected by weather-related disasters in recent years. The online interactive map will go live on Environment State’s website shortly after Thursday’s press event.

DAILY TIMES REMOVES MY COMMENT, AGAIN


No matter what is said, yellow journalism is alive and well here on the Eastern Shore.

Early this morning I sent in the above comment and wouldn't you know it, they removed it in absolutely no time at all. We were smart enough to capture the image but this is exactly what I'm talking about when it comes to the Daily Times.

Their agenda is to crush Debbie Campbell, Tim Spies and Terry Cohen at any cost. Anyone supporting them or challenging Mitchell or the Mayor will get rejected.

What';s it going to take before all of you subscribers get it. You're not getting fair and balanced news/reporting. You're getting what the Daily Times wants you to hear.

House-Senate Deal Reached On Payroll Tax Cut

Sen. Max Baucus says House and Senate have sealed a final agreement on extending
the payroll tax cut and jobless benefits for millions of unemployed workers.

THE FAT LADY IS SINGING

The U.S. dollar is only holding up because we are the best looking horse in the glue factory.