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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Inside The late Dick Clark's 'Flintstone-Esque' home

Who knew that the timeless music countdown maestro Dick Clark was also a lover of architecture as art? Or, make that, architecture as cave.

A new listing by the late “American Bandstand” host and host of countless New Year’s Eve nights in Times Square has hit the Malibu real estate market and caused a few heads to turn.

Of course, those heads have to turn up, since the cavern-like structure, listed for $3.5 million, is nestled on 22 acres on top of a mountain. The 1-bedroom, 2-bathroom specialty dwelling, which resembles something you'd see in 'The Flintstones,' affords some spectacular, 360-degree views of the Pacific Ocean, Boney Island, Channel Island, the Serrano Valley and the bright lights of Los Angeles.

Homeland Security Raids Patapsco Flea Market

Homeland Security Investigations special agents executed a federal search warrant at the Patapsco Flea Market Sunday.  Officials said the move was part of an ongoing criminal investigation.

The flea market is located at 1400 West Patapsco Avenue.  The popular venue for cheap and odd goods is open throughout the year.

Officials said the enforcement action was based on specific information developed during a two and-a half year long investigation involving violations of intellectual property rights law.


U.S. Supreme Court Immigration Case Weighs States' Powers

A clash over immigration law will go before the U.S. Supreme Court this week, pitting the state of Arizona against President Barack Obama in a case with election-year political ramifications for him and Republican rival Mitt Romney.

In its second-biggest case this term, the court - fresh from hearing the Obama healthcare overhaul case - will consider on Wednesday whether a tough Arizona immigration crackdown strayed too far into the federal government's powers.

A pro-Arizona decision would be a legal and political setback for Obama, who has criticized the state's law and vowed to push for immigration legislation if re-elected on November 6.

A decision against Arizona would deal a blow to Romney, who has said the government should drop its challenge to the law.


Alabama Forced to Keep Convicted Felon Because U.S. Won't Recognize Homeland

He’s a man without a country.

An immigrant in Alabama who has been arrested 35 times in 12 years cannot be extradited because the United States does not recognize his homeland, the Birmingham News reports.

According to the paper, federal authorities have tried to remove convicted felon Sofyan Eldani, 45, but couldn’t send him to his native Palestine because the U.S. does not recognize it as a country. Eldani says he is a native of Palestine, though he carries an Egyptian passport.

Eldani's arrests include assault, fraudulent checks, criminal mischief, resisting arrests, reckless endangerment, shoplifting, burglary, drug possession, failure to appear, probation violation, possession of a drug paraphernalia and DUI.

A Soggy Earth Day for the D.C. area

WASHINGTON - It's going to be a soggy day for the D.C. area. While a rainy Sunday afternoon might not be ideal, the area sure could use it.

ABC 7 Meteorologist Mike Stinneford says the morning rain will pick up as the day goes on, and could be hard at times.

"We'll see anywhere between one to two inches of rain, maybe three inches in the eastern and southern parts of our region," says Stinneford.


1 in 2 New Graduates Are Jobless or Underemployed

WASHINGTON (AP) - The college class of 2012 is in for a rude welcome to the world of work.

A weak labor market already has left half of young college graduates either jobless or underemployed in positions that don't fully use their skills and knowledge.

Young adults with bachelor's degrees are increasingly scraping by in lower-wage jobs _ waiter or waitress, bartender, retail clerk or receptionist, for example _ and that's confounding their hopes a degree would pay off despite higher tuition and mounting student loans.


Super Fresh In West Ocean City Closed

The Super Fresh in West Ocean City has been closed down due to heavy water leaks in the roof.

Rep. King Wants to Know Whether 'Per Diem' Used to Pay Colombia Prostitutes

A top House Republican wants to know whether Secret Service employees involved in the prostitution scandal in Colombia used their taxpayer "per diem" to pay any of the women for their services.

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King, R-N.Y., posed the question along with dozens of others in a letter to Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan as part of his committee's escalating probe into the controversy. The questions covered everything from the potential security risks to internal training procedures.

On the issue of prostitute payment, King asked the director two questions -- how many agents paid the women, and how many "provided monetary remuneration to the female foreign nationals involved in the alleged incident in Colombia with the per diem provided by the U.S. government?"

It's unclear how much money the agents may have shelled out on the night in question, or whether any of that money came from the government pocketbook -- one of the women reportedly was paid $225 for the night. It's one of the many questions lawmakers have for the Obama administration as they launch their own investigations into the alleged misconduct.

Talbot Considers Breaking Tax Cap to Fully Fund Schools

The Talbot County Council proposed its FY 2013 operating budget on Tuesday, announcing that the county’s property tax cap may have to be broken in order to comply with maintenance of effort.  The proposed budget also calls for an increase in personal income tax from 2.25 percent to 2.4 percent. Talbot County currently has the lowest property tax rate and the second lowest income tax rate in Maryland. The Star Democrat reports:
The budget proposes to override the tax cap by $1,928,545, the amount above last year’s Board of Education funding to meet the MOE level.
Under the proposal, the county’s property tax rate would increase from 44.8 cents to 49.1 cents per $100 of assessed value, which includes a 26-cent “Education Supplement” on properties outside the towns of Easton, Oxford, Queen Anne, St. Michaels and Trappe.
The proposed budget also increases personal income tax from 2.25 percent to 2.4 percent.
The total proposed budget is $69,471,600 compared to $65,945,000 during the current fiscal year.


What true “environmentalists” could possibly object to non-polluting wind power that will help save our planet from the dreaded climate-ravaging fossil-emitted CO2 scourge? Some of their names should be quite familiar to you. One, for example, is Robert F. Kennedy Jr., nephew of a popular president and prominent lawyer for the powerful Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). His uncle, the late Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA), along with Senate colleague and fellow Nantucket resident John Kerry, didn’t want Cape Wind disturbing their vistas either.

Senator Kerry explained his reasons this way: “I’ve always said that I think Senator Kennedy has raised very legitimate issues with respect to the siting process and with respect to location. I’ve also suggested that it’s my opinion there may be even better locations for it. I’ve sat with Jim Gordon [president of Cape Wind], I’ve sat with other folks, I’ve met with Coast Guard people. I’ve tried to do due diligence on it, and I’m not sure there aren’t both windier and, you know, more accessible areas.”

In other words, it’s not that the Senator doesn’t like wind power. He just doesn’t want it located off his beach.

In case you’re wondering, former Governor Mitt Romney opposed Cape Wind …not because he doesn’t like wind power, but because it would depress property values and damage the local economy which depends heavily on tourism. Project supporters accused him and federal lawmakers of “back-door deal-making” to kill the project.


The Daily Times Is, Well, Worthless Any More

10 DEBT: Student loan payments could double 1 Georgetown woman named Mother of Year 1 GRAPEVINE 1 Beware of ticks as summer weather approaches 1 GRAPEVINE The above shows the number of comments on their most popular articles, (and even complete sections). Salisbury News averages around 200 comments per day, getting the community involved. Our local traffic is higher that ANY local MSM source and we're less than a hand full of people simply trying to educate the Eastern Shore. We're not backed by Gannett, Fox, CBS, NBC, ABC and the likes. So what does that tell you. It tells you that when a select few dedicated AMERICANS come together for a better cause, (the truth) we can and will make a bigger difference. Forgive me for being repetitive but Greg Bassett and Joe Carmean flat out told me, "we love competition". This was back when I told them, if they don't publish the truth, I'll start my own Newspaper. You have to wonder, the Daily Times had more than 200 employees at that time. Now they have around 12. They had their very own building, press, you name it. Now they rent and farm out their printing. The paper was one in which you could spend hours on end reading, now it's a joke. It used to be $ .25 cents per day, now it's $1.00+. Your daily read in that newspaper is "Our View" and not what the general public believes. They try to come off as if their view, (which is always inaccurate) is what you should believe to be true. You know, like, the government will pay 96% of the cost to build Bennett Middle School, as just one example. They quote the people they interview, knowing what they're quoting is a lie. Here at Salisbury News, when we get a quote and it's a lie, we're calling the person out no matter who they are and that's what we're supposed to do. Unfortunately Blogger has enforced a two word verification for our comments. There's nothing we can do about that but even so we're still averaging more than 200 comments per day. Who knows how many we've lost per day because of this word verification but hopefully that will soon change. The Daily Times is now ending their pieces with questions in the hopes of gaining more comments like the following, "Can we declare a consensus on that?" Who knows, maybe it will work. In the mean time they'll need to work a whole lot harder to try to catch up to our numbers. However, in order to do so they'll have to start reporting information, (like the outbreak at the Zoo yesterday) rather than 2 or 3 days after it happens. Yeah, I know, they have to gather up all their facts first, right?

Marylander's Soon To Pay for Schoolteachers Pension - Twice

Payment No. 1 -

The ARRA stimulus money was supposed to help put the nation back to work. But what did the O'Malley administration do - it took 329 million dollars of the 3.8 billion MD stimulus package and directed it towards increases in teacher retirement benefits. What is alarming - is that Annapolis State lawmakers neglected to identify how they would pay for the new spending, which must be financed every year in perpetuity. The ARRA stimulus runs out in 2012 - and so the $329 million basically provides only temporary relief from the ill effects of state lawmakers neglecting to make a difficult financial decisions in subsequent years.

Payment No. 2 -

Fast forward to this Tuesday's scheduled meeting with Governor O'Malley, Senator Mike Miller, and House Speaker Busch. To restore the State Retirement and Pension System (SRPS) to fiscal health, the appointed Pension Commission recommends shifting a portion of the liability onto the Counties. Beginning in fiscal 2000, the system actuarial liablities consistently grew faster on an annual basis than its actuarial value of assets, resulting in its unfunded liabilities increasing each year to the present. As a result, the system's actuarial funded status, which reached 100% in fiscal 2000, has dropped to 64.1% as of June 2010. This has prompted the growth rate for State pension contributions to far outpace its revenues. From fiscal 2002 to 2011, the annual state cost of teacher pensions grew 159% while general fund revenues grew just 39% - thus the present crisis. Current projections predict that annual State general fund expenditures on pension for both State employees and teachers will grow at twice the annual rate of general fund revenues between fiscal 2012 and 2015. While general fund revenues are expected to grow at 4.9% annually during that time, pension costs are projected to grow 9.9% annually. These trends make the current structure of State pension benefits unsustainable.

Maryland Counties - Look out, cause here it comes. You are about to inherit a partially depleted asset - with extensive exposure.

A Letter To The Editor On WCDC

The citizens of Wicomico County should understand how their tax dollars are spent.  WCDC is the largest county jail on the eastern shore and wastes a whole lot of tax dollars on ridiculous things.  The Director gets his own Crown Vic with police lights provided by the tax payers.  Why does a Director need a Police Crown Vic to drive back and forth to work?  The Inmates need to have a freshly painted living area? WCDC needs a new drop ceiling installed in the hall ways? Need to pay Officers overtime so inmates can go to gym or so an Officer can clean?  Do we really need to have 2 Majors, a Captain,  2 lieutenants, a Sergeant, a Colonel and a Director there Monday through Friday on one shift?  Do we really need an Officer on the weekend that collects and inventories inmates garbage so the inmate can get a free snack?  Yes, Officers have to collect and inventory trash.  Inmates have been flushing commissary wrappers down the toilet and damaging the sewage grinder causing it to overflow and have to be pumped out at tax payers expense. Instead of stop selling the inmates the commissary which Aramark provides, the tax payers bought every inmate a little plastic trash can for their cell. Did this work? No.  Inmates are still flushing the trash causing the sewage grinder to become damaged at tax payers expense.  Does the Officers collecting and inventorying the garbage work? No. Who pays for the free snack that the inmates get when they actually do save their trash? Yup, the tax payers.  Did WCDC really need a nice new paint sprayer when Inmates could have used a roller?  Did WCDC need to buy all the inmates new uniforms and shoes? Did the tax payers have to buy every inmate who took a “parenting class” a twenty dollar phone card? Seems that was the only reason they even took the class, a bribe. Jail just doesn’t seem so bad. Yes you loose your freedom but you get a free place to stay, 3 meals, if you have some money you can buy commissary, free medical and dental care, free mental health care, unless you have some money then medical services are 4 dollars.  Inmates who work in the Kitchen get to make their own food and eat as much as they like.  Inmates get free cable TV, work release has a huge flat screen TV, pool table, vending machines, and a ping pong table.  

The Wicomico County Department of Corrections is in complete turmoil. The Officers are constantly punished and treated worse than the Inmates housed there.  Officers who work here are not paid very well and have not seen a pay raise in 8 years nor have they seen a cost of living adjustment.  WCDC does not pay its Officers time and a half after working over 40 hours but instead pays time and a half after working 171 hours in a 28 day cycle as described in the County Personnel Manual.  This is the only department that operates its overtime like this as other law enforcement agencies get overtime after 40 hours.  

WCDC contracts out the food service to ARAMARK which includes the kitchen and commissary.  Commissary is extra food the inmates can buy to include sodas, whole pizzas, chicken or burgers and fries, noodles, candy, and hygiene items.  ARAMARK runs this service and makes all the money from this not WCDC.  If WCDC ran this service the county would see all the profit not ARAMARK.  

Yeah, Where Have We Heard This Crap Before????

Casino money could go toward public safety, education

When the Local Development Council met for the first time earlier this year, county officials asked the group for a recommendation on how to spend $15 million in impact fees expected next year from the Maryland Live! casino in Hanover.

After two meetings, the 15-member council — made up of area residents, business leaders and elected officials — recommended the money go to improve local police and fire services in the area around the $500 million casino, set to open this summer.

The group, created in accordance with state law, also recommended the county spend money on education, infrastructure and other needs around Arundel Mills mall. County Executive John R. Leopold included the recommendations in his proposed $1.2 billion budget for fiscal 2013.


Homes Abandoned Amid Riot Warnings in Chicago

In a sign of what may be coming, residents of a Chicago condo building located near the site of next month’s NATO summit have been asked to leave for the event or risk being caught in a storm of rioters.

WND first reported in August 2011 that radicals, some with ties to President Obama, were planning to riot during the NATO summit.

FOX Chicago News reported the people living in the 17-floor Library Tower building at 520 South State Street were warned in a letter from condo management that “we are STRONGLY recommending that all residents find places to stay during the conference from May 18 through May 21.”


Cultural Sharing Opportunity

Mr. Albero,
My wife and I have recently been involved with Global Friendship as assistant coordinators for placing students from Spain in host families homes from 6/28 to 7/25. The program provides the students with an education of American culture and history. The Students will attend a daytime class from Monday through Thursday at Oak Ridge Baptist Church. Half day and full day trips have been planned to local and distant attractions such as Washington D.C., Ocean City, MD and Hershey Pennsylvania. The students ages vary from 15-17 and arrive under the supervision of a chaperone. If this sounds like something that your readers would be interested in we would love for them to contact us for more details. They will have an opportunity to view the students profiles and the itinerary prior to making any decisions. Feel free to email us at or if you have any questions or are interested in hosting. There will be an interest meeting on Monday the 23rd at 6:00pm. We had the pleasure of hosting one of these students last year and it was a very special and heartwarming experience. Thank you very much for your time.
-Brett Hapner

a Makes Free Speech A Felony

The 25 Best Quotes From Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell is not only one of the finest columnists in the business, he's a prolific author, a brilliant economist, and he has an incomparable knack for simplifying complex concepts that few other human beings can match. Enjoy the distilled wisdom! 25) "Since this is an era when many people are concerned about 'fairness' and 'social justice,' what is your 'fair share' of what someone else has worked for?" 24) "Imagine a political system so radical as to promise to move more of the poorest 20% of the population into the richest 20% than remain in the poorest bracket within the decade? You don't need to imagine it. It's called the United States of America." 23) "Four things have almost invariably followed the imposition of controls to keep prices below the level they would reach under supply and demand in a free market: (1) increased use of the product or service whose price is controlled, (2) Reduced supply of the same product or service, (3) quality deterioration, (4) black markets." 22) "What sense would it make to classify a man as handicapped because he is in a wheelchair today, if he is expected to be walking again in a month and competing in track meets before the year is out? Yet Americans are given ‘class’ labels on the basis of their transient location in the income stream. If most Americans do not stay in the same broad income bracket for even a decade, their repeatedly changing 'class' makes class itself a nebulous concept." 21) "There are few talents more richly rewarded with both wealth and power, in countries around the world, than the ability to convince backward people that their problems are caused by other people who are more advanced." 20) "The poverty rate among black married couples has been in single digits ever since 1994. You would never learn that from most of the media. Similarly you look at those blacks that have gone on to college or finished college, the incarceration rate is some tiny fraction of what it is among those blacks who have dropped out of high school. So it’s not being black; it’s a way of life. Unfortunately, the way of life is being celebrated not only in rap music, but among the intelligentsia, is a way of life that leads to a lot of very big problems for most people." 19) "The first lesson of economics is scarcity: there is never enough of anything to fully satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics." 18) "Each new generation born is in effect an invasion of civilization by little barbarians, who must be civilized before it is too late." 17) "The vision of the anointed is one in which ills as poverty, irresponsible sex, and crime derive primarily from 'society,' rather than from individual choices and behavior. To believe in personal responsibility would be to destroy the whole special role of the anointed, whose vision casts them in the role of rescuers of people treated unfairly by 'society'." 16) "No one will really understand politics until they understand that politicians are not trying to solve our problems. They are trying to solve their own problems — of which getting elected and re-elected are number one and number two. Whatever is number three is far behind." 15) "Life has many good things. The problem is that most of these good things can be gotten only by sacrificing other good things. We all recognize this in our daily lives. It is only in politics that this simple, common sense fact is routinely ignored." 14) "There is usually only a limited amount of damage that can be done by dull or stupid people. For creating a truly monumental disaster, you need people with high IQs." 13) "Civilization has been aptly called a 'thin crust over a volcano.' The anointed are constantly picking at that crust." 12) "We seem to be moving steadily in the direction of a society where no one is responsible for what he himself did, but we are all responsible for what somebody else did, either in the present or in the past." 11)” For the anointed, traditions are likely to be seen as the dead hand of the past, relics of a less enlightened age, and not as the distilled experience of millions who faced similar human vicissitudes before.” 10) "It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong." 9) "Intellect is not wisdom." 8)” The charge is often made against the intelligentsia and other members of the anointed that their theories and the policies based on them lack common sense. But the very commonness of common sense makes it unlikely to have any appeal to the anointed. How can they be wiser and nobler than everyone else while agreeing with everyone else?" 7) "Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good." 6) "Experience trumps brilliance." 5) "The problem isn't that Johnny can't read. The problem isn't even that Johnny can't think. The problem is that Johnny doesn't know what thinking is; he confuses it with feeling." 4) "One of the consequences of such notions as ‘entitlements’ is that people who have contributed nothing to society feel that society owes them something, apparently just for being nice enough to grace us with their presence." 3) "Weighing benefits against costs is the way most people make decisions — and the way most businesses make decisions, if they want to stay in business. Only in government is any benefit, however small, considered to be worth any cost, however large." 2) "In short, killing the goose that lays the golden egg is a viable political strategy, so long as the goose does not die before the next election and no one traces the politicians’ fingerprints on the murder weapon." 1) "There are no solutions; there are only trade-offs."

Police-State Fears Grow in Delaware

Actor Andy Griffith’s TV character Andy Taylor became famous as the sheriff without a gun, who made arrests and enforced the peace through his courage and firm, but gentle, persuasion. But what would he have done if he hadn’t had the ability to make traffic stops or arrests at all?

That’s just about the situation that has developed in Delaware, where one sheriff is campaigning to restore the authority to his office  he says was granted by the state’s constitution.

The battle now includes the state legislature, where lawmakers are trying to redefine sheriffs so they can serve papers and process administrative work but have no hand in actual law enforcement.


A Contest To Have Dinner With Obama

Enter to win a spot at the reception with George Clooney and Barack Obama. Fill out the form to throw your name in the hat. Then, will you consider making a donation to support the campaign and be automatically entered again? No purchase, payment, or contribution necessary to enter or win. Contributing will not improve chances of winning. Void where prohibited. Entries must be received by April 30, 2012. You may enter by contributing to Sponsor here or click here to enter without contributing. Two winners will each receive the following prize package: round-trip tickets for winner and a guest from within the fifty U.S. States, DC, or Puerto Rico to a destination to be determined by the Sponsor; hotel accommodations; and dinner with President Obama and George Clooney on a date to be determined by the Sponsor (approximate retail value of all prizes $3,200). Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. Promotion open only to U.S. citizens, or lawful permanent U.S. residents who are legal residents of 50 United States, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico and 18 or older (or of majority under applicable law). Promotion subject to Official Rules and additional restrictions on eligibility. Sponsor: Obama for America, 130 E. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601. GO HERE to fill out form.

Miller Proposes Expanded Income Tax Rate; No Gambling in Special Session

For the first time since the legislative session ended nearly two weeks ago, Governor Martin O'Malley, Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch will meet next week to discuss a possible compromise on a state tax bill, and a special session to take place before the end of June.

Lawmakers ended their session last week without approving a tax increase and revenue package.  That means $512-million in spending cuts would take effect July 1, in what Democrats call a "doomsday budget."

The meeting scheduled for Tuesday morning, follows a letter Miller sent to O'Malley and Busch, offering a compromise on a revenue package, as well as a plan to shift the cost of teacher pensions from the state to county governments.

U.S. Building a Domestic Population-Control Grid Based On Military Ops

The U.S. military has become expert at controlling urban populations in Iraq – but why is the Department of Homeland Security building similar capabilities here? Unfortunately, the federal government’s war on freedom is a subject still dominated mostly by conspiracy theorists, end-of-the-worlders, and yes, crackpots who hold highly marginal and dismissible views. Fortunately, some of that is changing with the rise of “smart preppers.” I think most people concerned about liberty would appreciate an honest, probative look at actual plans and initiatives that federal authorities are now developing in earnest. Not wild conclusions based on dark conspiracy theories that make most rational people roll their eyes. But a careful assessment of what Uncle Sam and his legions of high-tech crony capitalists are actually building and developing. In this case, what’s on the table for scrutiny is nothing less than the creation of a national population surveillance and control grid. Mushrooming Government Capabilities to Control Society This is sadly a subject that is so big, wide, and dynamic that in many cases, even members of Congress do not understand the extent of bureaucratic planning to control our lives. Or that the Department of Homeland Security’s big-picture plans, tactics, and technology are based on population control tactics originally developed and used in Iraq. More


How about this for the promo piece: Peninsula Regional Medical Center – PACE Institute at Salisbury University cordially invite you to a live talk with U. S. Representative ANDY HARRIS, M.D. But with the following persons on PACE’s Advisory Board – Norman Conway, Richard Pollitt, Paul Sarbanes, Anthony Sarbanes – that’s not going to happen. So, maybe this: Atlantic General Hospital -- Wor-Wic Community College cordially invite you . . . PS – wanna bet he discussed Obamacare? Publisher: Sent in by a viewer.

WCSO Press Releases 4-22-12

Incident: Possession of CDS Date of Incident: 17 April 2012 Location: Mill Street, Salisbury, MD Suspect: 1. Betty A. Pruitt, 32, Salisbury, MD 2. Shally D. Handy, 29, Salisbury, MD Narrative: On 17 April 2012 at 2:18 PM, a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office stopped a vehicle operated by Shally D. Handy for a registration violation. During the encounter, the deputy received consent to search the vehicle and located both marijuana and a substantial amount of oxycodone in the possession of the passenger Betty Pruitt. The oxycodone was stored in separate pills bottles, some with obliterated labels and in a quantity to indicate intent to possibly sell it. Along with the oxycodone was a straw that would have been used to snort the drug after it had been crushed. Further search of the vehicle revealed a twelve inch fixed blade knife concealed in the center console that Handy claimed ownership of. Both Pruitt and Handy were arrested and transported to the Central Booking Unit where they were processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. After their initial appearances, the Commissioner released both on Personal Recognizance. Charges: Possession of Marijuana (Both) Possession of a Concealed Deadly Weapon (Handy Only) Possession with the intent to Distribute (Pruitt only) Incident: Fugitive Apprehension Date of Incident: 19 April 2012 Location: Baltimore Washington International Airport Suspect: Beau L. Layton, 32, Virgin Islands. Narrative: On 19 April 2012 the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office learned that a wanted fugitive was travelling via airplane from Miami for a visit to Maryland. This fugitive, Beau L. Layton had been sought on three Wicomico County Circuit Court Bench warrants that were issued back in April 2000 when Layton failed to show up for his cases. During the last decade, Layton had relocated to the U.S. Virgin Islands in the Caribbean where he had been able to avoid apprehension on these warrants. Layton was wanted in a Violation of Probation case in a case that involved the distribution of LSD. Layton had also been sought on two other Circuit Court bench warrants issued for failure to appear, one for the manufacture of psilocybin; the other for theft. A deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office was present at B.W.I. airport upon the arrival of Layton’s flight at which point he was taken into custody without incident. The deputy transported Layton back to Wicomico County where he was processed in Central Booking before being detained in the Detention Center without bond. Charges: Violation of Probation Failure to Appear. Incident: Possession of CDS Date of Incident: 19 April 2012 Location: 1200 block of Mineola Avenue, Salisbury, MD Suspect: Joseph C. Johnson, 32, Salisbury, MD Narrative: On 19 April 2012 at 4:50 PM, a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office stopped a vehicle operated by Joseph Johnson for operating a vehicle with expired registration plates. Upon contacting Johnson, he provided the deputy an identity that the deputy would soon suspect was not accurate. After being unable to verify the name provided by Johnson, the deputy discovered an identification card that positively identified Johnson. Johnson told the deputy he lied about his name because he did not want to get arrested. Upon conducting a check on the true identity of Johnson, the deputy discovered four outstanding warrants and also learned that Johnson’s privilege to drive a vehicle in the State of Maryland had been revoked. The deputy also located a baggie in the vehicle that contained what the deputy recognized as marijuana. The deputy placed Johnson under arrest and transported him to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. After an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained Johnson in the Detention Center on $25,000.00 bond for the marijuana possession. Johnson was detained without bond on two Circuit Court Bench Warrants, $10,000.00 bond on a District Court Bench Warrant and an additional $557.50 bond on a District Court Bench Warrant. Charges: Possession of Marijuana False Name to Law Enforcement Drive Revoked Incident: Disorderly / Interfere with Arrest Date of Incident: 19 April 2012 Location: 9000 block of Riverton Road, Mardela Springs, MD Suspect: Stephen Wilson, 21, Hebron, MD Narrative: On 19 April 2012 at 10:28 PM, a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence in the 9000 block of Riverton Road to assist with a call where a trooper was taking a female, Amanda Wilson, into custody. Amanda’s brother, Stephen Wilson, became very argumentative with law enforcement on scene over her sister’s arrest. A deputy had to prevent Stephen from interfering in the arrest of Amanda who was actively resisting herself. After Amanda was placed into the patrol vehicle, Stephen exited the residence and renewed his belligerent and combative behavior while he charged at the law enforcement officers. The deputy placed Wilson under arrest for his interference with the arrest of his sister and his disorderly behavior. The deputy transported Wilson to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. After an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained Wilson in the Detention Center in lieu of $5,000.00 bond. Charges: Disorderly Conduct Intentionally interfere with a lawful arrest

Hundreds of Thousands May Lose Internet in July

For computer users, a few mouse clicks could mean the difference between staying online and losing Internet connections this summer.

Unknown to most of them, their problem began when international hackers ran an online advertising scam to take control of infected computers around the world. In a highly unusual response, the FBI set up a safety net months ago using government computers to prevent Internet disruptions for those infected users. But that system is to be shut down.

The FBI is encouraging users to visit a website run by its security partner,, that will inform them whether they're infected and explain how to fix the problem. After July 9, infected users won't be able to connect to the Internet.


Why The Left Misunderstands Income Inequality

There is a widely-held notion on the political left that the key economic problem that our civilisation faces is income inequality. To wit: America emerged from the Great Depression and the Second World War with a much more equal distribution of income than it had in the 1920s; our society became middle-class in a way it hadn’t been before. This new, more equal society persisted for 30 years. But then we began pulling apart, with huge income gains for those with already high incomes. As the Congressional Budget Office has documented, the 1 percent — the group implicitly singled out in the slogan “We are the 99 percent” — saw its real income nearly quadruple between 1979 and 2007, dwarfing the very modest gains of ordinary Americans. Other evidence shows that within the 1 percent, the richest 0.1 percent and the richest 0.01 percent saw even larger gains. By 2007, America was about as unequal as it had been on the eve of the Great Depression — and sure enough, just after hitting this milestone, we plunged into the worst slump since the Depression. This probably wasn’t a coincidence, although economists are still working on trying to understand the linkages between inequality and vulnerability to economic crisis. I mostly agree that income inequality is a huge problem, although I believe that it is a symptom of a wider malaise [15]. But income inequality is an important symptom of that wider malaise. More

FoodStamp Nation

The USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service released a new report on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, commonly known as Food Stamps) earlier this week with some fresh data on the program. Given our earlier note on Mr.EBT [9], we thought the following brief clip from Bloomberg TV on the $82bn-per-year program would provide some rather shockingly sad insights and then Nic Colas' recent focus on the SNAP report provides some much more in depth color. First and foremost, there are 46.5 million Americans in the program as of the most recent information available (January 2012), comprising 22.2 million households. That’s 15% of the entire population, and just over 20% of all households. Moreover, despite the end of the official “Great Recession” in June 2009, over 10 million more Americans have been accepted into the program since that month, and the year-over-year growth rate for the program is still +5%. The USDA’s report is, not surprisingly, very upbeat on the utility of the program. Fair enough. But what does it mean when 20% of all households cannot afford to buy the food they need for their families? To our thinking, it highlights an underappreciated new facet of American economic life – one that will be felt everywhere from the ballot box to the upcoming Federal Deficit debates. More

Arpaio Team Prosecutor Targeted in 'Witch Hunt'

A longtime prosecutor who worked in concert with Sheriff Joe Arpaio, whose Cold Case Posse found probable cause that Barack Obama’s birth certificate was forged, says he was caught in a “witch hunt” for trying to remove corruption in the county.

A disciplinary panel for the Arizona Bar Association recently ordered the revocation of two attorneys’ law licenses and suspended the license of a third in a case WND first reported last fall. William O’Neill, the state’s presiding disciplinary judge, announced the decision.

Former county prosecutor Andrew Thomas has a deadline Tuesday to say whether he will appeal the decision. An ethics panel found Thomas’ office wrongfully accused three officials of illegal conduct to embarrass them.