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Thursday, March 01, 2012

O'Malley Wants 6% Tax On Gold

That's right, O'Malley wants to charge a 6% tax on anyone purchasing more than $1,000.00 worth of precious metals.


So if you retire and buy gold instead of a 401K or whatever, Maryland will be your 6% partner.

Energy Secretary Chu: Administration OK With High Gas Prices

President Barack Obama's Secretary of Energy Stephen Chu uttered the kind of Washington gaffe that consists of telling the truth when inconvenient. According to Politico, Chu admitted to a House committee that the administration is not interested in lowering gas prices.

Chu, along with the Obama administration, regards the spike in gas prices as a feature rather than a bug. High gas prices provide an incentive for alternate energy technology, a priority for the White House, and a decrease in reliance on oil for energy.

The Heritage Foundation points out that hammering the American consumer with high gas prices to make electric and hybrid cars more appealing is consistent with Obama administration policy and Chu's philosophy. That explains the refusal to allow the building of the Keystone XL pipeline and to allow drilling in wide areas of the U.S. and offshore areas.

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Tsunami: Then and now

The moment when the tsunami struck Japan and the same view today.

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Arpaio Investigates Obama's Birth Certificate

PHOENIX (AP) - America's self-proclaimed toughest sheriff finds himself entangled these days in his own thorny legal troubles: a federal grand jury probe over alleged abuse of power, Justice Department accusations of racial profiling and revelations that his department didn't adequately investigate hundreds of Arizona sex-crime cases.

Rather than seek cover, though, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is seeking to grab the spotlight in the same unorthodox fashion that has helped boost his career as a nationally known lawman.

Arpaio scheduled a news conference Thursday to unveil preliminary results of an investigation, conducted by members of his volunteer cold-case posse, into the authenticity of President Barack Obama's birth certificate, a controversy that has been widely debunked but which remains alive in the eyes of some conservatives. Last year, Donald Trump most prominently revived the issue while entertaining a possible bid for the presidency.


Judge blocks part of Arizona immigration law

PHOENIX (Reuters) - A federal judge blocked Arizona on Wednesday from enforcing a part of its immigration law that prohibits occupants of vehicles from stopping traffic to pick up day laborers.

In a preliminary injunction, U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton ruled that plaintiffs seeking to overturn the law were "likely to succeed on the merits of their claim" that the rules violate the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

"Plaintiffs have also shown that they are likely to suffer irreparable harm in the absence of an injunction ... and that the public interest favors injunctive relief," Bolton said in the ruling.

Arizona's Republican Governor Jan Brewer signed the state's tough immigration law in April 2010, seeking to clamp down on illegal immigrants in the Mexico border state.


Doctor At Heart Of Stent Scandal Wants To Sue Former Employer

TOWSON, Md. (WJZ)—Legal limbo. A judge will soon decide if a Maryland hospital will face a multimillion dollar lawsuit. The plaintiff is Dr. Mark Midei, an embattled cardiologist at the center of the stent scandal.

Adam May sat through hours of arguments.

On Wednesday, St. Joseph Medical Center wanted the case thrown out of court. Midei’s legal team accuses the hospital of defamation and fraud.


Something is Wrong when a U.S. Soldier Costs $1 Million a Year

According to CNN, the Pentagon comptroller said during a congressional budgetmeeting that it cost "about $850,000 per soldier" per year in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments reached a more expensive conclusion: $1.2 million per soldier per year. The estimate is supposed to increase for 2012.

The Pentagon comptroller, Department of Defense undersecretary Robert Hale, said higher weapons operating costs were "a good part that's probably 50 percent of the budget" when explaining the $850,000 per-soldier statistic.

Something is wrong when the U.S. is spending around $1 million per soldier per year to fight in Afghanistan. It's more wrong when we're getting "probably" and "a good part" and other ambiguous terminology. While I'm struggling to pay my rent on a public school teacher's salary, I want to know why the Department of Defense lacks hard-and-fast figures on its overseas spending.



Salary of retired US Presidents .........$450,000 FOR LIFE
Salary of House/Senate members ..........$174,000 FOR LIFE
Salary of Speaker of the House .........,$223,500 FOR LIFE
Salary of Majority/Minority Leaders .....$193,400 FOR LIFE
Average salary of a soldier DEPLOYED IN AFGHANISTAN - ...$38,000

Average income for seniors on SOCIAL SECURITY - ...$12,000

I think we found where the cuts should be made!

U.S. Lawmakers Challenge Iran to Spare a Christian Pastor’s Life

( –The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday will take up a bipartisan resolution calling on Iran to spare the life of an Iranian Christian pastor sentenced to death for “apostasy.”

Sponsored by a conservative Christian Republican and a liberal Muslim Democrat, the list of bipartisan co-sponsors for the resolution – introduced on Feb. 17 by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.) -- has climbed to 46.

The resolution condemns the Iranian government for the “state-sponsored persecution of religious minorities” in violation of international covenants, and it calls on Iran “to exonerate and immediately and unconditionally release Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani and all other individuals held or charged on account of their religious or political beliefs.”


Bishopville Volunteer Fire Department Upcoming Events

$12.00 ADULTS, $6.00 FOR CHILDED 6 & UNDER


Sex-Crazed Co-Eds Going Broke Buying Birth Control, Student Tells Pelosi Hearing Touting Freebie Mandate

A Georgetown co-ed told Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s hearing that the women in her law school program are having so much sex that they’re going broke, so you and I should pay for their birth control.

Speaking at a hearing held by Pelosi to tout Pres. Obama’s mandate that virtually every health insurance plan cover the full cost of contraception and abortion-inducing products, Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke said that it’s too expensive to have sex in law school without mandated insurance coverage.

Apparently, four out of every ten co-eds are having so much sex that it's hard to make ends meet if they have to pay for their own contraception, Fluke's research shows.


A Letter To The Editor 3-1-12


I know your passion for Sex Offender Laws here in Md. But at the same time we must not allow our hearts to build and lead our fears. And allow laws to be written hastily and pushed through the system to give the public a false sense of security , when in fact it does nothing to protect the public other than gaining votes for those who pushed the hastily written bills to laws. We all know we need laws in our country ,but at the same time the laws needs to be fair and just and have meaning and bring proper justice for all. As we all know the Md.'s Sex Offenders List is flawed badly and is growing in record numbers and the cost of running the complete program in Md. is raising just as fast. Sooner or later the budget will crash and where will it end and how will it effect the Sex Offender Program. The list is growing to the point that we no longer know who the real threats are to the public and some are on it for life with no way off of it. That to me is crazy and amounts to a death penatly and causes the list to grow even larger and takes up law enforcement time to register them every three months and the time to visit their homes for life and that could be 10-70 years of work per registrant that could be cleared if those on it for life be allowed at some point to go in front of a board and prove they are no longer a threat and be pulled off the list.Even is this is not a option, maybe after a x-amount of years of no new convictions of any type these on for life could be pulled off the public access list and be put on a Law Enforcement only list to allow the more recent offenders to be tracked better. This would free up Law Enforcement time to track and watch those who are a more recent and possible threat to the public.

One of the biggest myths that is told to the public to keep them scared and to back any new Sex Offender Laws is the so-called recidivism rate of sex offenders. Well studies have been done in many states and with the d.o.j. to prove that this is not the case and in fact the recidivism rate for sex offenders is well under many if not most other offenders.This myth needs to be researched here in Md. and the truth be told to the public and then maybe the right changes can be done regarding not only sex offender laws , but changes to the sex offender list so the public can be properly informed and not just giving a false sense of security as they asre now being giving at a high cost to taxpayers in Maryland.


Maryland becomes eighth state in the nation to legalize gay marriage

ANNAPOLIS, MD (March 1, 2012)
– Governor Martin O’Malley today, joined by Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. and House Speaker Michael E. Busch, signed the Civil Marriage Protection Act of 2012 into law. With the passage of this historic bill, Maryland now becomes the eighth state in the nation to legalize gay marriage. The Governor released the following statement:

“For a free and diverse people,… for a people of many faiths,… for a people committed to the principle of religious freedom,… the way forward is always to be found through greater respect for the equal rights of all; for the human dignity of all.

“The very reason for our State’s founding was for religious freedom. At the heart of religious freedom is the freedom of individual conscience.

“If there is a thread that unites the story of our people, it is the thread of human dignity; the dignity of work; the dignity of family; the dignity of every child’s home; the dignity of every individual.

“We are One Maryland, and all of us, at the end of the day, want the same thing for our children: to live in a loving, stable, committed home protected equally under the law.”

Quotes On The Internet

Statement From U.S. Senate Candidate Douglas On Maryland's Gasoline Tax

"Like the vast majority of Marylanders, I am not surprised that the General Assembly spiked the Governor's economy-killing bid to boost Maryland's gasoline tax. This patently anti-worker proposal should never have seen the light of day. In fact, developments over the last few hours with the gas tax indicate that it may in reality have been a negotiating 'decoy' intended to deceive voters. Business as usual."

"Either way, throughout this unfortunate episode Mr. Cardin put party discipline above the interests of Maryland workers. He failed utterly to defend workers against the Governor's blatantly punitive initiative. One of the longest-serving, least-distinguished members of the U.S. Congress, since 1967 Mr. Cardin has shown Marylanders over and over that they may not rely upon him to speak out when a strong
voice for reason, tradition, peace, and economic stability is urgently needed on Capitol Hill."

"Marylanders should seize the opportunity afforded in 2012 to retire Mr. Cardin from Congress and replace him with a Senator who knows the importance of leadership and loyalty to the people instead of party."

-Richard Douglas

RIP Davy Jones

Letter From Bob Ehrlich Concerning Nancy Jacobs

Governor of Maryland, 2003 – 2007
U.S. House of Representatives, 1995 – 2003
Maryland House of Delegates 1987 - 1995

February 15, 2012

I write to you today with an urgent request that you support a good friend of ours, State Senator Nancy Jacobs who is challenging Dutch Ruppersberger in Maryland’s redrawn 2nd Congressional District.


You may contribute online or click here to download a mailable form.

For 8 years I represented the wonderful people of Maryland’s 2nd Congressional District. And in 2002, the Annapolis leadership used their map-drawing powers to draw me out of my district by just a few blocks. But at least that power play failed, as I made a successful run for governor.

We have the opportunity to send Nancy Jacobs to Washington to fight for our values. And I can’t think of a better candidate to beat one of Pelosi’s incumbent lieutenants. Nancy Jacobs has my full support. I know she will have yours too.

Nancy will need every last penny to unseat a Pelosi-backed incumbent. And that’s why I’m asking you to make a generous contribution of any amount from $5 to $2500 today.

You and I both know that Washington is broken. Massive deficits darken the skies. A liberal culture of tax, spend, and regulate dominates the national agenda. A shake-up is no longer optional, it’s a necessity to sustain all that we have come to know and love about our country.

Truthfully, I fear for our future. I fear for our children. But I am optimistic that sending a true leader such as Nancy to Congress is the best way to turn the tide.

Nancy is up against an entrenched liberal monopoly that is desperate to regain the House of Representatives. They will spend millions of dollars in special interest money against her.

I’m asking you to contribute today to help Nancy Jacobs win.

Together, we can and we will make a difference. Join me in supporting Nancy Jacobs for Congress!

Thank you for all that you have done.

Yours truly,
Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.

P.S. Your support today will help Nancy wage a successful campaign. With campaign finance deadlines looming large, don’t wait to show your support. And one more thing, I’m proud of your decision to join me in supporting Nancy!

REMEMBER: Maryland’s primary day is Tuesday, April 3. Please vote for Nancy Jacobs.

Murder In Delmar, MD

There's been a shooting in Delmar. From what I've gathered it's multiple gun shot wounds. The victim is at PRMC and they're not sure if he's going to make it. The suspect, (from Salisbury) is allegedly in custody.

The shooting took place at the government subsidized housing at Chestnut Manor.

UPDATE: Now we're being told it was a fatal shooting/murder.

UPDATE #2: We're told the shooter may still be at large. No discription of the shooter so far.

UPDATE #3: Victim was shot at least 4 to 5 times, once in the back of the head. They are looking for a young black male from Salisbury.

77 Percent of Illegals Caught on Mexican Border Were Not Prosecuted

( – About 77 percent of the 327,577 illegal aliens caught along the Mexican border by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) during fiscal 2011 were not prosecuted, according to government data analyzed by the office of Rep. John Culberson.

The Texas Republican, whose district includes parts of Houston, submitted a document containing the data for the record at a Wednesday hearing of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security. The hearing focused on the budget for CBP.

Culberson gave a copy of the document, which contains prosecution rate figures for illegal aliens apprehended by CBP between FY2007 and FY2011.

According to figures made public by CBP, 327,577 illegal aliens were caught along the southwest border during fiscal year 2011 (Oct. 1, 2010 thru Sept. 30, 2011)

Will This Man Split Republican Vote?

Mysteriously funded 'independent' party tied to Obama

Former Louisiana Gov. Charles “Buddy” Roemer has said he hopes to become the independent candidate to run for president as part of a group calling itself Americans Elect.

The mysteriously funded, highly organized Americans Elect effort to put a third-party candidate on this year’s election ballot has ties to President Obama and top Democrats, as WND previously documented.


Two NATO Soldiers "Killed By Afghan Soldier, Civilian"

(Reuters) - Two NATO soldiers were shot dead on Thursday by two Afghans, including a man believed to be a soldier, NATO said, an attack that is likely to raise further questions about the future of the country's security forces.

The killings in south Afghanistan came after two senior U.S. officers were gunned down in the heart of Afghanistan's Interior Ministry on Saturday by what Afghan security officials say was a police intelligence official.

That attack raised questions about NATO's strategy of replacing large combat units with advisers as the alliance tries to wind down the war.

NATO immediately moved to withdraw all its advisers from Afghan ministries, followed by Britain, Germany and Canada


A Letter To The Editor 3-12-12

It seems as if the issues related to the Wicomico County Board of Education have calmed down quite a bit since the renewing of Dr. Fredericksens contract. It makes me question the validity of the concerns expressed. If there are problems, the problems exist even though the contract was renewed. I am a parent of children in the school system and I believe we are facing tough times ahead of us. Budget cuts, teacher exhaustion, children with behavior problems and ineffective leadership will continue the downward spiral. My family has suffered wrong doings at the hands of the leadership at the BOE and I am not stopping my fight until they are held accountable for what has been done. Students in special education are being left behind in spite of the wonderful NCLB implemented across the nation. IEP's are not being followed, parents are being lied to about services and teachers have no clue how to modify curriculum. If an IEP says services are to be provided twice a cycle, that is what it means. It does not mean the therapist walks in, looks at the child and walks out. Special education is crumbling before our eyes. Parents, we need to stand up for our children, no one else will. I think it would be in the best interest of this county to have a parent led support group. Or do we already have one in this county?

Georgia Bill Calls For Ten Commandments In Gov't Buildings

A copy of the Ten Commandments could be posted in all Georgia government buildings and schools under a bill passed unanimously Tuesday by House lawmakers.

Rep. Tommy Benton, R-Jefferson, is seeking to expand a 2006 law that already permits the passage from the Old Testament to be displayed in judicial buildings and courthouses when accompanied by other historical documents deemed to have influenced the U.S. legal system.

Georgia lawmakers passed that original law one year after the U.S. Supreme Court in 2005 struck down Commandment displays in two Kentucky courthouses, ruling they appeared to be a government endorsement of Christianity.

His latest bill passed by a vote of 161-0 and now heads to the state Senate. It has few vocal opponents and a strong chance of passing in the Legislature.



Videos highlight Governor’s 15 Strategic Goals to deliver results for Maryland

– Governor Martin O’Malley released the first two in a series of videos focused on the 15 Strategic Goals for Maryland. The videos demonstrate the Administration’s commitment to tracking progress and delivering results for Marylanders.

“In Maryland, we believe that the things that get measured are the things that get done,” said Governor O’Malley. “We are committed to an open and accountable State government that works for the people of our State. Together, we can work toward implementing effective strategies to reduce crime, restore the health of our Bay, create jobs, expand opportunity and improve the quality of life for all Marylanders.”

The first of two new videos focuses on the Governor’s goal to restore the health of the Bay by 2025. Click here to watch.

The second focuses on the public safety goal to reduce violent crimes committed against women and children by 25 percent by the end of 2012. Click here to watch.

“Especially during the legislative session, it can be easy to overlook the work that State government is doing every day to improve services, increase accountability and make government open and transparent,” said StateStat Director Beth Blauer. “These videos amplify our Administration’s strategic goals and are a great way to track our progress as we work to protect our citizens’ priorities.”

Today, Governor O’Malley also launched an official “Pinterest” account with a board focused on the strategic goals.

Governor O’Malley has made a commitment to using new media to connect with more Marylanders. The Pinterest account is another way to share information and make state government work for the people of Maryland.

Canada: Homeschoolers Can't Be Taught 'Gay' Sex Sinful

Homeschooling families will soon be forbidden from teaching that homosexual sex is sinful as part of their schooling program, according to the government of Alberta, Canada.

Under the province’s Education Act, homeschoolers and religious schools will be banned from “disrespecting” people’s differences, Alberta Education Minister Thomas Lukaszuk’s office told LifeSiteNews just last week.

“Whatever the nature of schooling – homeschool, private school, Catholic school – we do not tolerate disrespect for differences,” said Donna McColl, Lukaszuk’s assistant director of communications. “You can affirm the family’s ideology in your family life, you just can’t do it as part of your educational study and instruction.”


Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Report

"President Barack Obama's long-form birth certificate released by the White House on April 27, 2011, is suspected to be a computer-generated forgery, not a scan of an original 1961 paper document as represented by the White House when the long-form birth certificate was made public," Arizona's Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said at a press conference today in Phoenix.

This is the major preliminary finding of a six-month ongoing Sheriff's Cold Case Posse law enforcement investigation into the authenticity of Obama's birth certificate and his eligibility to be president.

Having developed probable cause to believe the long-form birth certificate was most likely a computer-generated forgery, investigators began examining other evidence of President Obama's life history.

Investigators additionally have developed credible evidence suggesting:

• President Obama's Selective Service card was most likely a forgery, revealed by an examination of the postal date stamp on the document;

• Records of Immigration and Naturalization Service cards filled out by airplane passengers arriving on international flights originating outside the United States in the month of August 1961, examined at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., are missing records for the week of President Obama's birth, including the dates Aug. 1, 1961 through Aug. 7, 1961.

Beginning in October 2011, the Sheriff's Cold Case Posse, consisting of former law enforcement officers and lawyers with law enforcement experience, examined dozens of witnesses and hundreds of documents, as well as taking numerous sworn statements from witnesses around the world.

In August 2011, 250 members of the Surprise, Arizona, Tea Party, residents of Maricopa County, presented a signed petition asking Sheriff Arpaio to undertake the investigation.

The Tea Party members petitioned under the premise that if a forged birth certificate was utilized to obtain a position for Barack Obama on the 2012 Arizona presidential ballot, their rights as Maricopa County voters could be compromised.

The Cold Case investigators further determined that the Hawaii Department of Health has engaged in what Sheriff's investigators believe is a systematic effort to hide from public inspection whatever original 1961 birth records the Hawaii Department of Health may have in their possession.

"Officers of the Hawaii Department of Health and various elected Hawaiian public officials may have intentionally obscured 1961 birth records and procedures, to avoid having to release to public inspection and to the examination of court-authorized forensic examiners any original Obama 1961 birth records the Hawaii Department of Health may or may not have," said Mike Zullo, the lead investigator in Sheriff Arpaio's Cold Case Posse.

The Cold Case investigators have not yet determined who, when, or precisely how the long-form computer-generated birth certificate released on April 27 may have been forged, but investigators say the evidence contained in the computer-generated PDF file released by the White House as well as important deficiencies in the Hawaii process of certifying the long-form birth certificate establish probable cause that a forgery has been committed.

The Cold Case Posse investigators advised Sheriff Arpaio that the forgers most likely committed two crimes: first, in fraudulently creating a forgery that the White House characterized, knowingly or unknowingly, as an officially produced governmental birth record; and second, in fraudulently presenting to the residents of Maricopa County and to the American public at large a forgery the White House represented as "proof positive" of President Obama's authentic 1961 Hawaii long-form birth certificate.

"A continuing investigation is needed to identify the identity of the person or persons involved in creating the alleged birth certificate forgery, and to determine who, if anyone, in the White House or the state of Hawaii may have authorized the forgery," Arpaio said.

Among the evidence released at the press conference were five videos the Cold Case Posse produced to demonstrate why the Obama long-form birth certificate is suspected to be a computer-generated forgery.

The videos consisted of step-by-step computer demonstrations using a control document.

The videos were designed to display the testing used by the investigators to examine various claims made by supporters of the April 27 document.

The videos illustrate point-by-point the investigators' conclusion that the features and anomalies observed on the Obama long-form birth certificate were inconsistent with features produced when a paper document is scanned, even if the scan of the paper document had been enhanced by Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and optimized.

Additionally, the videos demonstrated that the Hawaii Department of Health Registrar's name stamp and the Registrar's date stamp were computer-generated images imported into an electronic document, as opposed to actual rubber stamp imprints inked by hand or machine onto a paper document.

"That we were able to cast reasonable suspicions on the authenticity of the Registrar stamps was especially disturbing, since these stamp imprints are designed to provide government authentication to the document itself," Zullo said, stressing that if the Registrar stamps are forgeries, the document itself is likely a forgery.

The investigators also chronicled a series of inconsistent and misleading representations that various Hawaii government officials have made over the past five years regarding what, if any, original birth records are held by the Hawaii Department of Health.

"As I said at the beginning of the investigation," Arpaio said, "the president can put all this to rest quite easily. All he has to do is demand the Hawaii Department of Health release to the American public and to a panel of certified court-authorized forensic examiners all original 1961 paper, microfilm, and computer birth records the Hawaii Department of Health has in its possession."

Arpaio further stressed the Hawaii Department of Health needs to provide, as part of the full disclosure, evidence regarding the chain of custody of all Obama birth records, including paper, microfilm, and electronic records, in order to eliminate the possibility that a forger or forgers may have tampered with the birth records.

Arpaio went on to say the President should also authorize Kapiolani Hospital, the birth hospital listed on the Obama long-form birth certificate, to release any and all hospital patient records for Stanley Ann Dunham Obama, his mother, and for the newly born Barack Obama, in order to provide additional corroboration for the original 1961 birth records held in the Hawaii Department of Health vault.

"Absent the authentic Hawaii Department of Health 1961 birth records for Barack Obama, there is no other credible proof supporting the idea or belief that President Barack Obama was born in Hawaii, as he and the White House have consistently asserted," Zullo said.

"In fact, absent the authentication of Hawaii Department of Health 1961 birth records for Barack Obama, there is no other proof he was born anywhere within the United States."

Arpaio concluded the press conference by suggesting a congressional investigation might be warranted and asked that any other law enforcement agency with information referencing this investigation be forwarded to his office.



MARCH 5, 2012

4:30 p.m. Possible Charter Amendments
Proposal for at-will status for the City Administrator and department heads
Discussion on breaking the Internal Services Department into its original two parts – Finance and Purchasing

5:00 p.m. Capacity fees (comprehensive connection charges)

5:45 p.m. Break

6:00 p.m. Amending garbage ordinance (Chapter 8.16)

6:30 p.m. Portable storage containers

7:00 p.m. General discussion/Upcoming Agenda items
Workflow/Workload continued discussion

Following the general discussion, there will be a vote to convene in closed session for the purpose of discussing a personnel matter (City Clerk position) in accordance with exemption allowed by the Maryland Open Meetings Law, Annotated Code of Maryland Section 10-508(a)(1)(i).

Adjournment of open session - after the conclusion of the closed session

Experts Determine Obama's Birth Cirtificate Is A Fake

Authorities want to open a full criminal investigation.

Analysis: Critics Question Cost As Consultants Nip And Tuck SEC

(Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is spending millions of dollars on consultants to streamline the agency, but SEC insiders and at least one lawmaker are questioning whether the SEC is getting its money's worth.

At a time when the SEC is fighting Congress for more funds, some agency employees are concerned that the SEC has spent over $8.5 million in just under a year on dozens of consultants from Booz Allen Hamilton to advise on reforming workflows and back-office operations, according to documents and people familiar with the matter.

Booz Allen consultants are costing the SEC anywhere between around $100 an hour to over $300 an hour depending on the person's position, according to internal documents reviewed by Reuters. The number of consultants on site fluctuates each month, but it has ranged from four to 77.



PHOENIX – An investigative “Cold Case Posse” launched six months ago by “America’s toughest sheriff” – Joe Arpaio of Arizona’s Maricopa County – has concluded there is probable cause that the document released by the White House last year as President Obama’s birth certificate is a computer-generated forgery.

Arpaio, at a news conference in Phoenix live-streamed by WND TV that began at 3 p.m. Eastern time, has elevated the investigation to a criminal probe that will make the resources of his Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office available to his volunteer posse

The posse says it has identified at least one person of interest in the alleged forgery of Obama’s birth certificate.

Arapaio, known for his strict enforcement of immigration laws,commissioned the investigative team after local citizens presented him with a petition expressing concern that Obama might not be eligible for Arizona’s presidential ballot.

In addition to the live-streaming, WND is making available to the public a report distributed to media today by Arpaio’s investigators.



MARCH 5, 2012
4:30 p.m. Possible Charter Amendments
Proposal for at-will status for the City Administrator and department heads
Discussion on breaking the Internal Services Department into its original two parts –
Finance and Purchasing
5:00 p.m. Capacity fees (comprehensive connection charges)
5:45 p.m. Break
6:00 p.m. Amending garbage ordinance (Chapter 8.16)
6:30 p.m. Portable storage containers
7:00 p.m. General discussion/Upcoming Agenda items
Workflow/Workload continued discussion
Election Redistricting Update
Following the general discussion, there will be a vote to convene in closed session for the purpose of discussing a personnel matter (City Clerk position) in accordance with exemption allowed by the Maryland Open Meetings Law, Annotated Code of Maryland Section 10-508(a)(1)(i).
Adjournment of open session - after the conclusion of the closed session

Watch The Live Feed Of Sheriff Joe Expopsing Obama

Frederick Looking To Capitalize On Civil War

FREDERICK — A century and a half ago, many of Frederick’s downtown buildings served as hospitals to care for wounded soldiers from both sides of the Civil War.

Downtown merchants were urged recently to use that historic connection to bring in tourists.

“Profit From the Past” was presented by George Wunderlich, executive director of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Amy Benton of Want 2 Dish, a marketing business.

Wunderlich, a historian who has appeared on television and at national conferences about the Civil War, said the museum on East Patrick Street has more than 35,000 visitors a year.

He said he expects that number to soar with the anniversary of various battles in the area and the overall interest in the Civil War. Wunderlich said that most people don’t think of a museum as a business, but it has a gift shop

Delaware State Police Announce Its Trooper Of The Year And DSP Civilian Employee Of The Year For 2011

Date and Time: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.

Dover, DE- Each year the Delaware State Police Executive Staff selects one Trooper for the Trooper of the Year Award. Troopers nominated must be recognized by their peers as having outstanding character and integrity and whose actions or performance significantly exceeded expectations during the previous calendar year.

This year, eight Delaware State Troopers were nominated. The Executive Staff selected Corporal Troy Ralston as the 2011 Trooper of the Year.

Cpl. Ralston began his career with the Delaware State Police in September 2006 and through his strong work ethic has established a reputation as a dedicated Trooper excelling in both criminal and traffic enforcement. The efforts of Troopers like Cpl. Ralston make our communities and highway safer for everyone. Cpl. Ralston consistently among the Troop leaders in traffic and criminal enforcement activities, all the while, is taking on additional responsibilities such as serving as a field training officer and as a mentor in the Troop 7 Explorers program.

Equally as important as Cpl. Ralston’s performance and work ethic, is Cpl. Ralston’s strength of character. Cpl. Ralston represents the core values of Honor, Integrity, Courage, Loyalty, Attitude, Discipline and Service.

I would like to highlight two incidents highlight and clearly demonstrate Cpl. Ralston’s dedication and commitment to the Core Values and to the citizens we serve.

On January, 11th, 2011, Cpl. Ralston was responding to Sussex County Court of Common Pleas on his day off for a trial. While en route to court, Cpl. Ralston heard SUSCOM dispatch other Trooper’s to a motor vehicle crash involving a vehicle on fire with a trapped occupant. Cpl. Ralston knew the crash was not far from his location and immediately redirected to the scene of the crash.

Cpl. Ralston was the first emergency responder to arrive on the scene and observed that a van and a tractor trailer had collided head-on, and both vehicles on fire. Cpl. Ralston saw that the tractor trailer was unoccupied, but the operator of the van was still inside. Cpl. Ralston grabbed his fire extinguisher and ran to the van. The van operator was unconscious and his clothing was on fire. Cpl. Ralston quickly directed the fire extinguisher at the flames on the operator, and did his best to suppress the fire from the engine compartment, but could not extinguish it completely. With the assistance of a citizen at the scene, they cut the operator’s seatbelt and attempted to pull the operator from the van, but then realized the operator’s legs were trapped under the steering wheel. Despite the flames creeping back into the passenger compartment Cpl. Ralston and the citizen continued work feverishly to free the operator from the vehicle. Finally, they were able to pull the operator from the vehicle, but not before Cpl. Ralston had sustained second degree burns on his hand.

Cpl. Ralston immediately assessed the operator’s condition and began to administer CPR, until he had to move the victim again because the fire continued to grow, and there were several small explosions that erupted from the vehicles. Cpl. Ralston continued to perform CPR until Fire and EMS personnel arrived on the scene. The operator of the van was transported to the hospital where, unfortunately, he succumbed to his injuries.

Cpl. Ralston’s efforts did not go unnoticed, and because of his willingness to put his own life in harm's way in an attempt to save the life of another, he was awarded the Division’s Valor Award.

Ten days later, on January 21, 2011, Cpl. Ralston responded to a call for a 75 year old male in cardiac arrest. Cpl. Ralston was the first emergency responder to arrive on the scene and upon his entry into the residence located the victim who was unconscious, without a pulse and not breathing. Cpl. Ralston utilized his AED to assess the victim and then together with the victim’s son took turns performing CPR on the victim until EMS arrived on the scene and took over. The victim was transported to the hospital and we are happy to say that he survived.

The men and women of the Delaware State Police are very proud of Cpl. Ralston and grateful for his dedicated service.

Civilian of the Year: Each year the Delaware State Police Executive Staff selects one civilian employee for the Civilian of the Year Award. Civilian employees are nominated for this award for outstanding performance and meeting the following criteria:

Exceptional service as identified by the employee’s performance evaluations
A consistent record of such service through their years of employment
Recognized by their peers as having outstanding character and integrity

This year, nine civilian Delaware State Police employees were nominated. The Executive Staff of the Delaware State Police has selected Mr. Nicholas Lindale as the 2011 Civilian of the Year.

Mr. Lindale began his career with the Delaware State Police in 1974 as an Auto Mechanic at Delaware State Police Troop 7 in Lewes, and left from the Division for a brief period of time in 1977, but thankfully, he returned to the Delaware State Police in 1985 and has continuously served as Troop 7’s mechanic for the past 26 years.

Mr. Lindale takes a great deal of pride in his work and has a reputation for being conscientious, selfless, friendly and dedicated. Mr. Lindale is loved and respected by active and retired Troopers, not only from Troop 7, but from Troops and Sections throughout the state.

Legend has it, that in the 1970’s, when there was no garage at Troop 7, Mr. Lindale had to work outside in the elements utilizing the troop tow truck as a lift, to jack up the patrol cars and then crawl under the vehicles in the scorching heat and in the blowing snow. Today, we are happy to say that Mr. Lindale’s shop at Troop 7 has all of the modern amenities and Mr. Lindale keeps his shop in tip top condition.

In addition to his close attention to the fleet, Mr. Lindale has the uncanny ability to create unique mechanical solutions from common items that others may have tossed to the side. Over the years Mr. Lindale’s inventions have done everything from reducing the time required to burn old documents, (this was before the modern paper shredder) and recently he fabricated a custom cell phone bracket for one of our Troopers out of an old parking sign. This ability to assess a mechanical challenge and identify a solution, allowed Mr. Lindale to swiftly assemble a series of hose lines to control a brush fire in the field behind Troop 7 last July, until the fire department could arrive and extinguish the blaze. I should mention that the Troop 7 fuel pump is located behind the Troop, about 30 feet from the wooded area, so we are especially grateful for Mr. Lindale’s quick thinking.

Mr. Lindale’s number one priority is the safety of the Troopers on Patrol and his goal has always been to ensure that “no trooper is ever injured due to a mechanical failure in their vehicle.”

On behalf of the men and women of the Delaware State Police, we thank Mr. Lindale for his commitment to that goal and are grateful for his service.

Media Finally Paying Attention To Eligibility?

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Poll after poll in recent months has indicated that Americans have a high level of concern over Barack Obama’s eligibility to be president, with one poll showing fully half of the nation wants Congress to investigate the question.

But reporters for the traditional media – networks, major newspapers, major news corporations and conglomerates – mostly have giggled when talk turns to the serious question of just what the U.S. Constitution requires of presidents.

Nevertheless, media organizations from all political persuasions are seeking admittance to a news conference to be held by Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz.

The event is tomorrow at 1 p.m. Mountain Standard Time in Phoenix, 3 p.m. Eastern, and will be live-streamed by WND.


Editors note. This event is Today at 3 p.m.

Delaware State Police Camp Barnes Applications Now Available

Contact Information:
For questions call Cpl. Shawn Hatfield at 302-856-5850 X 212

Applications for Camp Barnes will be available at all State Police Troops March 1st or can be downloaded at the camp’s website.

Camp Barnes is a recreational overnight summer camp run by the Delaware State Police.
All Children that are residents of the State of Delaware and are between the ages of 10-13 are eligible. Below are some of the many activities campers participate in throughout the week:

Swimming in an Olympic size pool.
Kayaking in Millers Creek
Arts and Crafts
Nature Walk
Talent Show
Fishing and Crabbing

Campers also enjoy a scaled down version of the Olympics, and State Police demonstrations by the K-9 unit.

Camp Barnes has a staff of 12 counselors, 2 cooks, 1 nurse and 1 kitchen assistant. Counselors are required to submit to a criminal check as well as an interview. There is also a State Trooper on the grounds at all times when the camp is in session. Camp Barnes is NOT a boot camp or intended for youth with behavior or disciplinary problems.

Campers are required to get a physical exam or an updated physical exam prior to being accepted to Camp Barnes. It is encouraged that all parents get an updated physical for their children now in preparation for the upcoming camping season.

History-In 1947, the Delaware Association of Chiefs’ of Police, an organization which was composed of active law enforcement and correctional officers, accepted the challenge to undertake a project to combat juvenile delinquency in the First State. A committee was appointed to investigate the problems confronting youth. The committee’s resulting recommendations led to the establishment of Camp Barnes for the recreation of deserving youth from throughout the state.

Camp Barnes, located on Miller’s Creek, a tributary of Little Assawoman Bay, has since served the needs of thousands of children from throughout Delaware. Camp Barnes was originally designed to provide the children who were unable to attend summer camp an opportunity to experience life at a summer youth camp. Camp Barnes has remained basically unchanged, providing Delaware children with these outdoor experiences for over 60 years.

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"A firearm has not been recovered."

According to a recently released Maryland State Police Press Release, no weapon was found on the scene of the Princess Anne homicide.

Today the MSP are scrambling to different meetings with the local Media. The state troopers who fired their weapons at the scene are identified as Trooper Ryan Watkins and Trooper First Class Carl Tyler, who are both assigned to road patrol duties at the Princess Anne Barrack. Trooper Watkins has been with the State Police for three years and TFC Tyler is a four year veteran.

I want to make something very clear here. I have spoken to numerous Officers who stated this was a suicide. I also talked to the head of the Maryland State Police who confirmed they have NOT found a weapon.

The investigation continues and this is not as open and shut as we had learned this morning.

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Jan Brewer Smacks Down Piers Morgan: 'You Don't Know What I Was Saying' to Obama on the Tarmac

After Tuesday's Arizona GOP primary, CNN's Piers Morgan accused Gov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.) of "jabbing him [Obama] in the chest and threatening all sorts of things," in reference to Brewer's tarmac meeting with President Obama where she was photographed pointing her finger at him. Brewer immediately called Morgan out for embellishing the story, during the interview early Wednesday morning.

"Now Piers, you don't know what I was saying," she corrected her host. "I was not threatening him." It certainly was not the first time Morgan had characterized the President as a victim of Republican behavior.

Brewer then tried to set the story straight about her meeting with the President. "I was talking to him, and he was a little bit taken – he took offense to the book that I wrote, which is a truth-telling book, by the way," she told Morgan. "I think he was a little thin-skinned."





Iran’s Underground Nuclear Sites Not Immune To U.S. Bunker-Busters, Experts Say

Western spy agencies for years have kept watch on a craggy peak in northwest Iran that houses one of the world’s most unusual nuclear sites. Known as Fordow, the facility is built into mountain bunkers designed to withstand an aerial attack. Iran’s civil defense chief has declared the site “impregnable.”

But impregnable it is not, say U.S. military planners, who are increasingly confident about their ability to deliver a serious blow against Fordow should the president ever order an attack.

U.S. officials say they have no imminent plan to bombard the site, and they have cautioned that an American attack — or one by its closest Middle Eastern ally, Israel — risks devastating consequences such as soaring oil prices, Iranian retaliation and dramatically heightened tension in a fragile region.



For What, All These Wars?
by Patrick J. Buchanan

“I wish to express my deep regret for the reported incident. … I extend to you and the Afghan people my sincere apologies.”

As President Obama sent this letter of apology to Hamid Karzai for the burning by U.S. troops of Qurans that were used to smuggle notes between Afghan prisoners, two U.S. soldiers were murdered in reprisal.

Saturday, a U.S. colonel and a major working in the Interior Ministry were shot dead by an Afghan protesting the desecration of the Islamic holy book. All U.S. officers have been pulled out of the ministries in Kabul.

Sunday, seven U.S. troops on base were wounded by a grenade.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Gen. John Allen, commander in Afghanistan, have also offered their apologies.

Remarkable. After fighting for 10 years, investing $500 billion, and losing nearly 2,000 dead and many more wounded and maimed to save Afghanistan from a Taliban future, America is issuing apologies to the regime and people we are fighting and dying to defend?

And how has Obama’s apology been received?


Brand-Name Deals To Mix With Facebook Friend Posts

NEW YORK (AP) - Messages from brands such as Walmart and Starbucks may soon be mixed in with your Facebook status updates and baby photos from friends and family.

Facebook unveiled new advertising opportunities Wednesday to help the world's biggest brands spread their messages on the world's largest online social network.

Brands you've endorsed by hitting the "like" button will now be able to push deals and other updates right into the news feeds that show your friends' updates, photos and links. These marketing messages could also show up if one of your friends has interacted with a brand, such as by liking it or commenting on a photo.


The Japanese Tsunami

We've seen a lot of of the tragic Japan , but this clip is the most horrifying yet. Entitled "South Sanriku -- Tsunami seen from Shizugawa High School," it's shot from high ground, but toward the end of the video you can see panicked residents running for their lives.

Almost as dramatic as the video is its audio track, where even if you don't speak Japanese, you can tell the people are expressing concern at the beginning, but by the end, their voices have reached a high level of panic and horror as they watch their homes washing away.

Shortly after the tsunami, one survivor called the oncoming deluge "a gigantic pile of garbage coming down the street." That's an apt description, as you can see an entire town reduced to a huge pile of watery debris in a matter of minutes. Shocking.

Government Investigates Rancher

The Montana Department of Employment, Division of Labor Standards claimed a small rancher was not paying proper wages to his help and sent an agent out to investigate him.

GOV'T AGENT: "I need a list of your employees and how much you pay them."

RANCHER: "Well, there's my hired hand who's been with me for 3 years. I pay him $200 a week plus free room and board. Then there's the mentally challenged guy. He works about 18 hours every day and does about 90% of all the work around here. He makes about $10 per week, pays his own room and board, and I buy him a bottle of bourbon every Saturday night so he can cope with life. He also has sex with my wife occasionally."

GOV'T AGENT: "That's the guy I want to talk to - the mentally challenged one."

RANCHER: "You're talkin' to him."

Taken Locally, Note Says...

Do you remember that Inauguration day(Jan 20th 2009), the national average of a gallon of gasoline was $ 1.78?

How’s that Hope and Change working out for you?

Today's Fill In The Blank 3-1-12

I adopted a _____ from the Humane Society.

Ron Paul To Ben Bernanke: "People Lose Trust In The Government Because You Lie To Them About Inflation"

Anytime Ron Paul sits across from Ben Bernanke you know sparks will fly. Sure enough, they did: starting 50 seconds into the clip below, Ron Paul, guns blazing, asks the Chairman if he does his own shopping, if he is aware of what true inflation is, and if he knows that Americans don't trust the government because they are being lied to about inflation. And it only gets better, once Paul starts brandishing a silver coin. The punchline: "The Fed will self-destruct anyway when the money is gone" - amen. And ironically letting the Fed keep on doing what it is doing will achieve that in the fastest possible way. In fact, letting the system cannibalize itself with no further hindrances may be the best option currently available - just go to town.


Government Increasingly Eyeing Dissent On Social Media

A subpoena by the New York City District Attorney’s office to Twitter should raise alarm bells for anyone who uses social media during demonstrations. According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the DA subpoenaed the social media site for “any and all user information, including email address, as well as any and all tweets posted for the period of 9/15/2011-12/31/2011” from user Malcolm Harris (h/t Common Dreams). Harris (@destructuremal), managing editor for the New Inquiry online magazine, was arrested with 700 other demonstrators on the Brooklyn Bridge on October 1, 2011. The arrested were charged with disorderly conduct, which carries a punishment of a $250 fine or up to 15 days in jail.

The District Attorney’s office is attempting to use Harris’ tweets to contradict his defense that demonstrators on the bridge did not hear police orders to vacate the area and had permission to march. Harris and his lawyers from the National Lawyers Guild argue the subpoena is an “unwarranted invasion of privacy.” The San Francisco Gate reports Assistant District Attorney Lee Langston disagrees, writing “he has no proprietary or privacy interest in tweets that he broadcast to every person with access to the Internet.”

The EFF acknowledges this partly, insofar as the government can simply scroll back through a public Twitter feed and get the information they desire. The subpoena however, covers much more than just the public tweets of Mr. Harris:

With this overbroad subpoena, the government would be able to learn about who Mr. Harris was communicating with for an extensive period of time not only through Tweets, but through direct messages. And with the government’s request for all email addresses associated with @destructuremal, they could subpoena Mr. Harris’ email provider to get even more information about who he communicated with.


11 Reasons To Get Your Kids Out Of The Government Schools

It should be painfully obvious to everyone by now that it is time to get all of our kids out of the government schools. The public school system in the United States has been dramatically declining for a long time, and in most areas of the country the public schools are open sewers at this point. Yes, there are some U.S. public schools that are still very good and that do a decent job of preparing our young people for their adult lives. But those good schools are the exception to the rule. Hopefully the school shooting that just happened in Ohio will be a wake up call to millions of parents out there. Drugs, sex and violence are rampant in American public schools today. The "teachers" are endlessly pushing specific political and social agendas down the throats of our kids, and the skills that our children really need such as reading, writing and mathematics are often badly neglected. Hopefully we can get more parents educated about what is really going on in these schools. After all, why would any parents want to send their children into an environment that is going to be highly destructive for them for six to eight hours a day?

Sadly, "destructive" is not too hard a word to use for the environment in these public schools. I went to public schools all my life, and they were absolutely horrible. Unfortunately, they have gotten even worse since the time that I left them.

The following are 11 reasons to get your kids out of the government schools....

#1 You Could Be Arrested For Something That Your Child Does
Yes, you read that correctly. If your child writes a story or draws a picture which a teacher or an administrator takes the wrong way, you could end up in jail.



Entitled: Education – Maintenance of Effort

Comes now Wicomico County Taxpayers advocacy group – VOICE – (VOTERS OPPOSED TO INCREASED COUNTY EXPENDITURES) – and hereby cites specific reasons for opposing the proposed legislation.

Reasons against the Proposed Legislation:

1. The legislation being proposed circumvents the ‘express will of the people’ as the Wicomico County Revenue Cap charter amendment was adopted through a public referendum whereby approximately 64% of the voters approved the revenue cap limitation.

2. The legislation being proposed will severely penalize the Wicomico Co. Council in their ability to fund other governmental entities including: the Sheriffs Department, Fire Department, Department of Corrections, Planning & Zoning, Building Inspections, Health Department, Transportation Department, and other public entities.

3. The legislation being proposed unjustly discriminates by giving priority to the County’s education budget over other public entities as outlined in item 2 above.

4. The legislation being proposed will preclude the Wicomico County Council, and, the elected County Executive to have autonomy to make their own funding decisions without the heavy-handed, mandated spending formulas imposed from the State. Moreover the bill is vague and unconstitutional inasmuch as it allows those who administer the Board of Education budget so much discretion that administrators will severely impair the County Council and County Executive’s ability to administer their office.

5. The legislation being proposed is illegal in that it is being sponsored as an EMERGENCY BILL. A record of the Bill filing reveals that HB-1412 was filed and First Read on 02/27/12, Re-referred to Ways and Means & Appropriations committee on 02/28, and that the hearing Notice was then posted sometime on 02/29/12 – just 1 day before the time of the scheduled meeting. The scheduled hearing does not give the general public adequate notice – and thus is illegal in that the sponsors intent is to try and ‘ramrod’ the bill through without adequate public input.

For all of the above cited reasons our organization respectfully request that the Maryland House Ways & Means and Appropriations Committees to reject the legislation being proposed.

Johnnie Miller

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Ayn Rand Worshippers Should Face Facts: Blue States Are The Providers, Red States Are The Parasites

There's only one way to demonstrate who America's producers and parasites really are. It's time to go Galt.

Last week, the New York Times published a widely discussed article updating an argument that progressive bloggers noticed a very long time ago. It's now well-understood that blue states generally export money to the federal government; and red states generally import it.

TPM published a great map showing exactly how this redistribution works:

Progressives believe in the redistribution of wealth, so we're not usually too upset by this state of affairs. That’s what it means to be one country. E pluribus unum, and all that. We’re happy to help, because we think we’ve got a stake in making sure kids in rural Alabama get educations and seniors in Arizona get healthcare. What’s good for them is good for all of us. We also like to think they’d help us out if our positions were reversed. It’s an investment in making America stronger, and we feel fine about that.

But maybe it's time to admit that we're being played for chumps, and that there are people in the rest of the country who are taking way too much advantage of our good nature. After all: it's now a stone fact that the blue states and cities are the country's real wealth creators. That's why we pay more taxes, and are able to send that money to the red states in the first place. We're working our butts off, being economically productive, going to college, raising good kids, supporting reality-based schools, keeping our marriages together, tending to our busy and diverse cities, and generally Playing By The Rules. And the fates have smiled on us in rough proportion to the degree that we’ve invested in our own common good.


City Demands Christians Get Permit For Bible Study

Chuck and Stephanie Fromm already have been fined $300 for holding Bible studies for their friends at their home, and they face the potential for additional fines of $500 for each study held, according to a legal team taking their case to court.

The newest conflict over Bible studies in homes in America arose in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., where city officials say city code section 9-3.301 prohibits religious organizations in residential neighborhoods without a conditional-use permit, a sometimes very expensive procedure.

The code cites “churches, temples, synagogues, monasteries, religious retreats, and other places of religious worship and other fraternal and community service organizations.”


Study Warns That Repairing The Nation's Water Systems Could Triple Your Bill

Each time you fill up a glass of water or brush your teeth, maybe you're trying to conserve water for nature's sake, but you're probably not overly worried about jacking up your water bill. That could change, as the price of overhauling our country's drinking water system is likely to be a steep one, warns a new study — and that expense could be reflected in the water bills of many consumers.

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Today's Survey Question 3-1-12

Do you support all new vehicles being equiped with rear cameras?

Life As A Landlord

I’M a landlord in Lakewood, Ohio, a Cleveland suburb near where I live that is predominantly prewar apartment buildings and double houses. In Cleveland — and probably most of the Midwest — you can get a clean one-bedroom in a decent neighborhood for $500. No air-conditioning and no dishwasher, but the unit is painted and has refinished hardwood floors.

I once had a tenant, Stan, who paced those floors at 3 a.m., waking up the people below. When I asked Stan to ease up, he said: “What do you want from me? I can’t fly.”

He moved out shortly after that.

About 10 years later, he called and said: “Stratton, you remember me. I want to move back in.”

“Stan!” I said. “You complained about the guy across the hall blasting organ music. You complained about the people below you fornicating. You skipped on your final month’s rent. You painted the floor.”

“But I used Benjamin Moore paint, Stratton. Only the best.”

I didn’t let him back in.

I want my tenants to be law-abiding and act middle-class. That’s the goal. The riskiest tenants are bartenders and servers. They often come home late and party hard, annoying the 9-to-5 tenants. I rent to welders, bartenders, landscapers, flight attendants, legal secretaries and Suzuki violin teachers. Some of the tenants meet one another in the vestibule, fall in love and marry. Then I have another vacancy.


Elderly Golfers Go Berserk After Teen Prank

SHALIMAR, Fla. – When people think of winter golfing in Florida, they often think of a calm, restful experience enjoying the lush, green scenery and balmy breezes of the Sunshine State.

What usually does not come to mind is a sudden blast from an air horn by mischief-minded teenagers.

But such a situation took place over the weekend, prompting a pair of elderly golfers to go ballistic with a metal golf-ball finder

According to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, Ronald Richardson and Donald Nieto, both 71, were teeing off at the ninth hole at the Shalimar Pointe Country Club when four teens disturbed their Saturday by blasting a loud air horn.


Curb Your Shopping Impulse When You're On The Go

If you can't restrain yourself from making unnecessary purchases, it doesn't matter how much money you make because you'll find a way to bury yourself in debt. By identifying your tendencies and curbing them before they victimize you, you can get your shopoholicism under control.

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BREAKING NEWS: Widely-Read Internet Publisher Andrew Breitbart Dies

Andrew Breitbart, founder and publisher of the widely-read Internet news websites, and others has died in Los Angeles at the age of 43, his sites report.

From Fox News

Update On Princess Anne Shooting Last Night

Salisbury News has learned the deceased man committed suicide.

As we had reported first, our witness claimed he had heard a gun shot before Police ever drew their weapons.

I'm confident once the Officers heard the gun shot they had no idea if those shots were being fired at them.

I'm also confident you'll learn in the very near future that the information I am providing is solid.
IMHO, the return fire was absolutely justified.

Speeding Councilwoman To Take Driving Course, Give Up County Car

WASHINGTON - A Prince George's County councilmember stopped for speeding released a second statement Wednesday after receiving some public criticism.

"I take full responsibility for my actions and I apologize to my constituents, my County Council colleagues, and Prince George's County," Karen Toles wrote. "In addition to paying the appropriate fine, I will not be driving a county owned vehicle until voluntarily completing a driver improvement course to ensure my safety and the safety of others."

Toles was issued a warning for the speeding infraction last week, but did receive a $90 violation for an unsafe lane change. Police said Tuesday that a warning is consistent with the discretion officers have in handling speeding motorists.


Why Is The Government Monitoring Social Media Networks?

DALLAS, February 28, 2012 — When a facebook user posted a negative comment about a presidential candidate to a private page, he found himself in a whole mess of trouble, with authorities showing up at his workplace and later arriving at his home to interrogate him.

According to Jason Brashear of Citizen Wars who reported Sunday that the facebook user, also named Jason, had contacted him with the story, a local police officer and two sheriffs showed up at his home, explaining, “We are here because of a possible threat to Senator Santorum based on your Facebook comment.”

The comment in question? “I wish there was a magic wand to make Senator Santorum disappear,” which Jason had posted to a private political thread.

The officer explained he had made his appearance at Jason’s house,

“ view the home and make sure that there were no pictures of the former Senator Rick Santorum or evidence that Jason was planning something against the former Senator."

The officer explained the US Government has a system to monitor and scan all social sites like Facebook for key words that might raise suspension of ill intent. The officer stated that Jason was ‘flagged due to his post on Facebook.’


Club For Growth Releases 2011 Scorecard

Senators DeMint, Coburn, Paul, Johnson and Lee receive perfect scores in 2011

Washington, DC – - Today, the Club for Growth released its 2011 Congressional Scorecard, which ranks the voting behavior of members of Congress based on issues relating to limited government and economic growth.

To view the Club for Growth's 2011 Congressional Scorecard and all prior Scorecards, click here, or go to:

“The Club for Growth applauds those members of Congress who fought tooth and nail for economic freedom in 2011,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “The Club for Growth’s 2011 Scorecard is intended to help our members and the general public differentiate between those who talk a good game about economic growth, and those who actually vote for pro-growth policy. Defenders of economic freedom are hard to find, but we hope that those who are currently serving redouble their efforts to save America from fiscal ruin in 2012.”

This year, 45 members of Congress will receive the Club for Growth’s Defender of Economic Freedom Award. Beginning with last year's scorecard, The Club for Growth required Representatives and Senators to not only score 90 or better on votes cast in a year, but to also have a lifetime score or “LifeScore” of at least 90.

Highlights from the Club for Growth's 2011 Congressional Scorecard:

• Five United States Senators received perfect scores in 2011: Jim DeMint (SC), Tom Coburn (OK), Rand Paul (KY), Ron Johnson (WI), and Mike Lee (UT) – all of whom also qualify for the Defender of Economic Freedom Award.

• Senators Pat Toomey (PA), Marco Rubio (FL), Dan Coats (IN), Kelly Ayotte (NH), Jon Kyl (AZ), and Jim Inhofe (OK) had 2011 scores and LifeScores high enough to qualify for the Defender of Economic Freedom Award

• 34 house members who received scores of 90 percent or better in 2011 also had LifeScores of 90 or better to qualify for the Defender of Economic Freedom Award.

• Nine members of Congress received 100 percent ratings in 2011. Of those, two are incumbents who also have 100 percent LifeScores: Jeff Flake (AZ-06) and Doug Lamborn (CO-05). Three freshmen Republicans received 100 percent ratings in 2011: Raul Labrador (ID-01), Justin Amash (MI-03), and Tim Huelskamp (KS-01).

• Four members of Congress received 100 percent ratings in 2011 who do not have 100 percent LifeScores – but all four have LifeScores of either 98 or 99 percent: Jason Chaffetz (UT-03), Jim Jordan (OH-04), Tom Graves (GA-09), and Trent Franks (AZ-02).

• Two Senate Democrats scored zero in 2011: Senator Robert Casey (PA) and Senator Sherrod Brown (OH). 25 scored below 10 percent

• 78 House Democrats scored lower than ten percent, and six scored zero percent

MILLER: Congress Needs Rehab

In spending-addicted government, redundant programs can’t get cut

In treating addiction, experts say admitting there is a problem is the first step to recovery. Steps Two through 12 require stopping the drug of choice and taking action not to start again. When it comes to a spending and legislating addiction, Congress can’t get past Step One. In order to tackle the nation’s $15.4 trillion debt, Washington must stop creating new programs and start eliminating the excess.

On Tuesday, House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa held a hearing on the second annual report to Congress from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on duplicative and overlapping government programs. It lists specific areas across federal agencies that should be consolidated or eliminated, saving tens of billions.


U.S. Plans To Kill Barred Owls To Save Spotted Owl

To save the imperiled spotted owl, the Obama administration is moving forward with a controversial plan to shoot barred owls, rival birds that have shoved their smaller cousins aside.

The plan is the latest federal attempt to protect the northern spotted owl, the passive, 1-pound bird that sparked an epic battle over logging in the Pacific Northwest two decades ago. The government set aside millions of acres of forest to protect the owl, but the bird's population continues to decline - a 40 percent slide in 25 years.

A plan announced Tuesday would designate habitat considered critical for the bird's survival, while allowing logging to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire and to create jobs. Habitat loss and competition from barred owls are the biggest threats to the spotted owl.

SCANLON: Union Hijacking Of Charter Schools

Organized labor cares more about teachers’ rights than kids’ education

If you can’t beat them, take them over. That seems to be the new union strategy on charter schools. Charter schools are publicly funded schools that are governed by private groups that sign a contract, or charter, with the state. The charter requires that the school meet certain standards of accountability in return for taxpayer funding, but in other areas it exempts the school from many burdensome state or local regulations. Some of the most burdensome are rules required by labor unions.

Charter school teachers usually are not required to join existing union collective-bargaining units. This means charter schools can more easily promote good teachers and fire bad ones. But, of course, this has made charter schools targets for hostile union action.


SU's Kotlowski Speaks About Nixon On C-SPAN3 March 4th

Dr. Dean Kotlowski of Salisbury University’s History Department appears on C-SPAN3 to discuss Understanding Richard Nixon and His Era: Domestic Policy Sunday, March 4. The hour-long program was filmed during a panel discussion, which included Kotlowski, at the Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace in Yorba Linda, CA. It airs at 8:30 a.m., with repeat broadcasts at 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. as part of the network’s “American History TV” programming block.


In case you plan on heading out of Town, the draw bridges are about to go up.

One Year Ago Today 3-1-11

Kmart Manager Shot By Robber, Still Manages To Stop Robbery

If you're shot while trying to prevent a robbery, not many people would hold it against you if you just let the bad guy finish up the heist and leave. But don't tell that to the manager of the Seattle-area Kmart who not only survived his gunshot wound but also held the robber until police arrived.

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My Ride Into Work This Morning 3-1-12

License Plate For Veterans Stirs Controversy

Controversy is brewing in Annapolis over a license plate designed to honor U.S. military veterans.

The license plate, similar to the Chesapeake Bay license, says "Maryland supports veterans." The proceeds, according to 11 News reporter David Collins, would go to the Veterans Trust Fund.

Collins said that for most people, a round of applause for returning military veterans doesn't come close to really appreciating the debt owed to the men and women in service. Some, like Maj. Robert Marchanti of the Maryland Army National Guard, made the ultimate sacrifice.