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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Bee Gees Co-Founder Robin Gibb Dies

Robin Gibb, singer in the Bee Gees, dies at 62 after battle with cancer, family says.

A Letter To The Editor: Salisbury's Downtown Deja Vu Stinks

For several decades the revitalization of the downtown area at public expense has been a goal of the political/business elite even though most City residents oppose using more public assets for that purpose. About thirty years ago a group of so-called city planners conceived the "RUDAT" plan; during the reign of Barrie Tilghman and the "Dream Team" controlled City Council, the HyattPalma plan was adoped; and there have been others by the Desman group, etc. Despite great fanfare in the Daily Times for such "professional" guidance and the Urban Salisbury episode, the downtown area has declined to the point of dormancy except for the Perdue chicken processing plant and governmental activity, plus offices of those who are involved in that activity, such as engineers/architects and lawyers.

The extensive growth in governmental and related facilities, including the City/County "GOB", the state office building and expansion of the County Courthouse, has done nothing to prevent the exodus of stores and general offices. There is no foreseeable demand for downtown residential or commercial premises that is not being met or cannot be with the ample existing surplus (vacant space).

Today we have another mayor facing the end of a terrible term in office who is attempting to cast himself as the savior of Salisbury by regurgitating the notion that somehow the downtown can be transformed into a mecca for residents and business under his "vision." Salisbury residents should recognize this latest attempt for what it is: more of the nonsense promoted by the same groups --.the Chamber of Commerce and Greater Salisbury Committee -- that have been doing so for years.

This time the scheme has progressed from absurd to ridiculous. To generate what he claims could be 500 residential units and more jobs and stores, Ireton proposes to sell most of the public parking lots, with those who currently use them shifting to the parking garage, which has some available space as do the various lots. Does he realize that there is excess parking space now because the retail stores and many other businesses have left the downtown area in recent years. There is humongous existing vacant space, but Ireton wants to create another 100,000 sq. ft. more. If even half of that which now exists were filled, on days when the court calls in jury panels (when the garage is packed in the morning) parking would be impossible without the lots. And the garage is not convenient for some parts of the downtown.

He has formed a "revitalization commitee" and is proposing special breaks for developers. Many members of that committee (several are city employees) have some form of conflict of interest. Hopefully the City Council will be proactive by voting to tell Ireton as soon as possible that it won't be bound by anything he or his advisors recommend. No doubt Laura Mitchell and Shanie Shields will march in lock-step with Ireton, so it would probably be a 3-2 vote.

And no doubt there will be expression of interest in doing development downtown -- just as there was to do those condos on the river that either went belly-up or have proven very difficult to sell. Salisbury does not need more of this stuff. We have much greater and Citywide problems than the downtown area.

Keyes faulted Obama for not being a “natural born citizen”, and in which Obama, by his quick retort, “So what? I am running for Illinois Senator, not the presidency”, self-admitted that he was not eligible for the office.

SU LAX Wins Semi Finals 7-2

Salisbury University just beat Stevenson in the semi final LAX game. They'll now go on to I believe Foxboro to play Cortland.

Cortland beat the Tufts in their semi final game. The Championship will be held next weekend at the Patriots Stadium in New England.


Iraqi Court Likely to Release Hezbollah Commander Transferred by Obama Admin

On April 19, I had a post focused on the fact that the Obama administration was working to transfer convicted terrorist Omar Khadr from Guantanamo Bay to Canada, where he would quickly be set free. This story came on the heels of news that the Obama administration had plans to free a number of Guantanamo Afghan terrorist detainees to curry favor at the negotiating table with the Taliban.

And now, news is breaking that Ali Mussa Daqduq, a Hezbollah commander who is tied to the deaths of five U.S. soldiers in 2007, will likely be released by the Iraqi court system after the Obama administration turned him over in December 2011 rather than try him in Guantanamo Bay.





Is It A Hate Crime?

Maryland Sees Biggest Job Loss In Nation In April

Loss of 6,000 jobs comes as most states expand

Maryland shed 6,000 jobs in April, the federal government said Friday — the largest monthly loss in the country as most states gained.

Thirty-two states and Washington, D.C., added jobs in April, according to the estimates from the U.S. Department of Labor.

The figures, which are preliminary and adjusted for seasonal variations, paint a much less rosy picture of Maryland employment prospects than in recent months. In April, the Labor Department said the state had seven straight months of job gains. Now, in addition to the dour April numbers, the agency has revised downward its estimate for March, saying the state lost 600 jobs rather than adding 1,500.

The estimates are based on surveys, and revisions are common as the agency gathers information from more employers. But the results can create whiplash for workers, employers and policymakers trying to understand where trends are headed.

Maryland's unemployment rate rose to 6.7 percent in April from 6.6 percent in March, partly because more Marylanders joined the labor force of people working or looking for work.

Despite the monthly drop, the state had about 34,000 more jobs in April than it did a year earlier, the Labor Department estimated. That number is not adjusted for seasonal variations.


GOP House Leaders Increase Pressure on Holder to Comply With Subpoena

The GOP House leadership has sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder demanding he comply with a subpoena ordering him to provide more documents about the failed Obama administration gun-tracking program known as Fast and Furious.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives program was created to send thousands of guns across the Mexico border to suspected arms dealers with the expectation that they would lead to organizers of Mexican drug cartels, allowing the U.S. to track arms smuggling.

However, the weapons reportedly turned up in street crimes across Mexico. Hundreds reportedly remain missing, but at least two were found at the scene of a 2010 gun fight between smugglers and the U.S. Border Patrol in which Agent Brian Terry was fatally shot.

Regardless Of What The Propaganda Says, This Is Not How A Free Society Treats People

I’ve been in the US for a little more than 24-hours. And having flipped through the TV channels trying to figure out what useless drivel big media is passing off as ‘news’, I realized that I’m going to vomit if I hear the word “fair” one more time.

This concept of ‘fair’ seems to be dominating discussion of the US government’s dismal fiscal condition. The talking heads say that it’s ‘fair’ for wealthy Americans to pay higher taxes and bail the country out… or that everyone needs to pay his/her ‘fair’ share.

The whole logic is absurd: you do not ‘fix’ the country’s fiscal imbalances by giving the idiots in charge even more resources to squander… it’s like dumping gasoline on a forest fire. Somehow the debate seems to have missed this point.

This ‘fair’ nonsense is also very dangerous. Just ask any three-year old– ‘fair’ is completely arbitrary. It’s like a Wiki version morality… if enough people agree on it, it’s fair.

In this case, ‘fair’ is defined in the sole discretion of those who are the direct beneficiaries of confiscating other people’s money. But let’s look at the numbers:

According to the IRS statistical database, the top 1% of income earners in the United States pays roughly 40% of all US individual income tax. They also get audited at least 5-times more than anyone else. Fair?


Unarmed officer tackles gunman to end brutal home invasion

St. Louis, Mo. -- She was shot five times at point-blank range; now a brave police officer tells her riveting story of survival.

Isabella Lovadina: I was so proud when I became a police officer. I knew that it was not a job that a lot of people can do. And it made me feel so good that I could go out there and do that.
I knew that I wanted to do something that was gonna make a difference and that I could help people.

Nick Koenig: I met Isabella -- on an accident.

Isabella Lovadina: I knew that he was a fireman and was wearing all his fire gear. And every girl thinks that's attractive [chuckles], or most women.

Nick Koenig: I thought, "How cool is this? This beautiful, little, petite girl that's, you know, a police officer." It was literally love at first sight.


Why Can't We Do This Here?

Dorchester is almost a ‘no-kill' community: Unprecedented partnership for animals set to begin

CAMBRIDGE - With the opening of Snip Tuck, Inc. a low cost spay and neuter clinic focusing on the neglected animal population of the DelMarVa Peninsula, Dorchester County becomes one of the very few communities in the Unites States that can say, "we are a no-kill community."

There are now five animal welfare organizations in Dorchester County practicing the philosophy of No-Kill.

The mission to become a No-Kill Community began in 2002 at the Humane Society of Dorchester County (HSDC). At the time HSDC was the only organization within the county saving homeless animals. It fell onto HSDC to provide shelter, animal control, cruelty investigations, spay and neuter services, food assistance, education and any other services required by the Dorchester citizens regarding animal care. It was an overwhelming task.

In 2003 the county government took over the responsibility for enforcing animal control ordinances. The animals picked up by animal control were still housed at HSDC and it fell to this group to find homes for the animals. Still an overwhelming task with the intake of animals nearing 1,500 per year. The organization implemented many life saving programs; a spay neuter clinic, Trap Neuter Return (TNR) for feral cats, a no-kill cat sanctuary, PetsMart and other offsite adoption events. Many of the volunteers migrated to the program that they loved the most and focused their energies there. In 2008 it became apparent the shelter could not efficiently handle all of these programs by itself.

Many of the volunteers branched off to form new non-profit animal welfare groups and the county animal control took over the responsibility of sheltering the dogs they pick up. Each group focuses on a special need.

Snip Tuck provides low cost spay and neuter services to feral cat colony caretakers and citizens that cannot afford to have their pet sterilized at a traditional veterinary hospital.

Wags and Wishes Animal Rescue (Wags) specializes in pulling adoptable dogs from kill shelters and assisting county animal control officials in finding homes for their dogs or transporting them to no-kill rescues.

Kitty City Rescue specializes in assisting the cats of the county by sheltering, fostering and trapping feral cats for Trap Neuter Return program.

HSDC has transformed into a no-kill rescue, Baywater Animal Rescue (BAR), handling dogs and cats from Maryland and pulls from kill shelters in other states. BAR also transports animals for low cost spays and neuters for citizens within Dorchester County, provides pet behavior assistance and has a food bank for pet owners who need assistance. These programs help keep pets in their homes and out of the rescues and shelters.

County animal control enforces the county animal laws and the Maryland State animal anti-cruelty laws and picks up stray and loose dogs. They work with rescues like Wags, to adopt out the dogs and return owned dogs to their owners. Animal control also has funding for TNR and works with KCR assisting feral cat colony caretakers trap and transport cats for sterilization to local veterinarians and Snip Tuck. The county also has a dog/inmate program that helps to rehabilitate both.

In 2011, these rescues and animal control took in 820 animals, saved the lives of 600 animals through adoption, transfer to rescues or returning them home and spayed and neutered 1,277.
No animals were killed for space.

Only 35 were euthanized and these were for illness, injury or excessive aggression. The rest are still in the shelters or foster care awaiting their forever homes. All of these groups are 501(c)3 non-profits or government agencies and all take donations and have volunteer programs.

In 2011, the Dorchester County Council declared Oct. 16 Feral Cat Day giving recognition to these much maligned animals as having value and deserving of compassionate, humane treatment. Snip Tuck has received assistance from the city of Cambridge Mayor and Council in obtaining a grant from the Snyder Foundation in 2010 and provided funding for the spay neuter clinic at HSDC in 2004 and 2005.

Our veterinarians in Dorchester County are very supportive of TNR and low cost spays and neuters. They perform feral cat surgeries at their hospitals for their local towns, for animal control or have their own programs in house.

There is still much work to do to assist our community to reduce the number of un-wanted, homeless animals being produced within our borders.

"Seven dogs & cats are born every day for each person born in the U.S. Of those, only 1 in 5 puppies and kittens stay in their original home for their natural lifetime. The remaining 4 are abandoned to the streets or end up at a shelter (The Humane Society of the United States)."
"Each day 10,000 humans are born in the U.S. and each day 70,000 puppies and kittens are born. As long as these birth rates exist, there will never be enough homes for all the animals (Spay USA)."

"In a study of relinquishment of cats and dogs in 12 U.S. animal shelters, 30 percent of the surrendered dogs were purebreds. The same study indicated that 55 percent of the surrendered dogs and 47 percent of the surrendered cats were unaltered. (Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science)."

For every human being living in Dorchester (2010 census 32,618, 13.4 precent of whom are below the poverty rate) it is estimated that there are .25 feral cats. That is 8,154 feral cats in Dorchester County alone. A female cat can produce as many as five litters of kittens every year, averaging four kittens per litter. That is 20 kittens for each female cat each year. This means more than 80,000 kittens will be born this year in Dorchester County alone. We need to spay and neuter 70 percent of those cats to start the process of attrition allowing the population of feral cats to begin to decline naturally.

Many of these organizations are supported by local foundations and receive grants to do their life saving work; The Mid Shore Community Foundation, the Choptank Electric Trust, the Snyder Foundation for Animals, Petsmart Charities, the Nathan Foundation, Two Mauds Foundation, the American Legion, the Elks, the Moose and the local governments.

It has been 10 years since the idea of a No-Kill Community was introduced to Dorchester County and these groups have saved thousands of lives since then. But the work is not done and they will continue to save lives until there are no more homeless, un-wanted animals in Dorchester County. The collaboration of these five organizations and the local governments is what has resulted in the success the community is seeing to control overpopulation of animals.

You can help by supporting all of these organizations and thanking your local representatives for their caring response to the needs of the neglected animals of Dorchester. More information can be found at:,,, Kitty City Rescue, PO Box 1259, Cambridge, MD 21613, 410-228-2880,

Editor's note: Cindy Smith is acting President and Treasurer, Snip Tuck, Inc.

White House to Look into Security Reimbursement

The White House will look into reimbursing local law enforcement for costs associated with President Barack Obama's decision in March to move the G-8 summit to Camp David from Chicago, where it was originally planned, an administration official said Saturday.

That acknowledgment from Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, came as more than 400 activists converged on downtown Thurmont on Saturday afternoon, less than 10 miles away from where Obama and other G-8 leaders tackled some of the world's most pressing issues, including shoring up the global economy, sanctions against Iran and unrest in Syria.

County and Thurmont law enforcement officials have said they were keeping a tally of the costs of staffing and planning for security outside Catoctin Mountain Park, which closed for the G-8, as they monitored social networks and other websites in the run-up to the summit to estimate how big protests may become. U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett sent a letter to the White House last week asking Obama to reimburse the county for its cost after Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins said it was unfair that Chicago, which will host the NATO summit beginning today, was receiving about $40 million in federal assistance.



Will you, or someone, please explain to me why "We the People" continue to put up with some of this mess???? I want to know what you think "We the People" can do...

Why do all these people in government get their salaries paid to them for the rest of their life, even if they only serve one term???

Why are they exempt from taxes, social security, etc?

Why do "We the People" continue to pay their health care?

If the government wants to cut some of the deficit in this world, let them have retirement just like the rest of us. Let them pay their own health care, co pays, medicines and such. Tell me what the difference between "We the People" paying for that or paying for Welfare?

Why do we have to continue to give money to countries that want nothing to do with us? The government need not try to make me believe that we don't have some of the resources right here in the United States.

Why do we continue to help people that have never worked a day in their life, in the United States, and can't take care of some of our wonderful seniors that have worked here since they were 12 and 13, and paid into Social Security all their lives???

Why do seniors that own their homes, have paid taxes all their lives, still have to pay such outrageous taxes on the money they saved for their retirement? Do these government people understand that they can pay above and beyond 500.00 a month just for medications? You know their Social Security isn't very much for a 70 or 80 + year old...

Another thing that bothers me is...when a senior looses their spouse, they loose that Social Security. They only get half of the deceased spouses retirement (if they are lucky). The bills don't go down. The price of food doesn't go down. Their medication prices don't go down...

We seem to forget that if it weren't for these seniors, we wouldn't be here.... Come on, why don't we take better care of them????

Sorry, I don't mean to get on this soap box but I get so tired of hearing some of this darn campaign mess, how this one did that and that one did this...I don't care. I don't care who sleeps with whom...that is between him and his wife. I don't care how many times they went to the bathroom or anything else...I want to know what they are going to do to help us..."We the People". And I don't want to just hear it, I want it to be followed through. I want US to be put first. After all, there wouldn't be any need for a President if there weren't and "We the People"!!!!

Thanks Joe,
Terri Dryden
Just a concerned citizen!!!

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Unrestrained Stimulus and Draconian Austerity: Two Sides Of The Same Coin

The Elite Financial Players Are Manipulating the Game So that They Get the Stimulus ... and the Little Guy Gets the Austerity

Liberal economists and financial wonks say [14] that we need to learn the lesson from the 1930s and stimulate more to unnecessarily avoid falling back into a very deep economic abyss.

Conservative economists and financial gurus say [15] that we need to tighten our belts and live within our means, or the tsunami of debt will wipe out our prosperity, and that of our children and grandchildren.

We've repeatedly noted that neither stimulus or austerity can ever work ... unless and until the basic problems with the economy are fixed [16].

But stimulus and austerity are not only insufficient on their own ... they are actually 2 sides of the same coin.

Specifically, the central banks' central bank warned in 2008 [17] that bailouts of the big banks would create sovereign debt crises. That is exactly what has happened.

Remember, it is not the people or Main Street who are getting bailed out ... it is the giant banks [18].

A study of 124 banking crises by the International Monetary Fund found [19] that propping up banks which are only pretending to be solvent often leads to austerity:

Existing empirical research has shown that providing assistance to banks and their borrowers can be counterproductive, resulting in increased losses to banks, which often abuse forbearance to take unproductive risks at government expense. The typical result of forbearance is a deeper hole in the net worth of banks, crippling tax burdens to finance bank bailouts, and even more severe credit supply contraction and economic decline than would have occurred in the absence of forbearance.

Cross-country analysis to date also shows that accommodative policy measures (such as substantial liquidity support, explicit government guarantee on financial institutions’ liabilities and forbearance from prudential regulations) tend to be fiscally costly and that these particular policies do not necessarily accelerate the speed of economic recovery.


Question of the Day

If you could have any job in the world what would it be and Why?

Main Street Gym Update

Going into night two of the regional Junior Olympics held in Chesapeake, Ohio, two Main Street Gym boxer have advanced to fight for championships on Saturday evening’s card. On Friday night Corey Moore dropped a very close decision in the 15-16 106 lb division. "He looked very slick in the ring and his defensive movement was pleased the Ohio crowd", said Coach Hal Chernoff,” He was doing some very good things but needed to step up his offensive just a little in terms of punch output. Corey like to play a real chess game in the ring, but sometimes the clock can run out on you if you are waiting too much. He landed good solid punches, but in the amateurs a point is a point and if you do not land enough punches in terms of numbers rather than power or sharpness, it still results in a loss. It was a great experience for Corey his performance did him proud, while at the same time learning something for the future”.

Going into Saturday night Kobe Moore 11yrs 80lb div. will compete for a gold medal and Rudy Calixto will also compete for gold.

Evan Calixto will also fight Saturday night in the 13-14 year 106 division.

McDonnell Signs Voter ID Law, Orders Election Board to Issue New Registration Cards

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Friday signed into law legislation that will require voters to bring identification to the polls, and issued an executive order requiring the State Board of Elections to provide a new registration card to every voter.

The combination of the law, accompanied with Mr. McDonnell’s executive order, walks a fine line on what has been a thorny issue both in the state and around the country.

“For the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia to have faith in their government, they must have faith in their elections,” Mr. McDonnell wrote in his order. He acknowledged that potential burdens on eligible voters — including the elderly, poor, racial minorities, non-native English speakers and the disabled — must be taken into account. “All eligible voters regardless of income, race, age, and other factors should be able to have equal access to the electoral process and should be made aware of any changes that may impact their ability to vote.”


OC/Berlin Cruisers

Berlin and Ocean City were packed this weekend with classic cars just about everywhere you turned. We're told this is a record turn out and we couldn't be more excited for these Folks. This is good clean family fun.

It's a shame Mayor Ireton didn't monopolize on these kind of events to help boos the local economy. That's about to change!

NAACP Backs Same-Sex Marriage as Civil Right

The NAACP passed a resolution Saturday endorsing same-sex marriage as a civil right and opposing any efforts "to codify discrimination or hatred into the law."

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's board voted at a leadership retreat in Miami to back a resolution supporting marriage equality, calling the position consistent with the equal protection provision of the U.S. Constitution.

"The mission of the NAACP has always been to ensure political, social and economic equality of all people," Board Chairwoman Roslyn M. Brock said in a statement. "We have and will oppose efforts to codify discrimination into law."

Same-sex marriage is legal in six states and the District of Columbia, but 31 states have passed amendments to ban it.


Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner

I promise that this will be a program you will not want to miss. David Bossie may not be a household name to you, but it should be. David is an incredibly successful political activist. Through Citizen's United he has produced investigative films but is best known for the Citizen's United Court case which which held that the First Amendment prohibited the government from restricting independent political expenditures by corporations and unions. You will be delighted to hear from this passionate activist who is a public enemy of the left that calls him "a vast right wing conspirator". I would love to gather a table. Let me know if you are interested. Ellen

The Baltimore County Republican Central Committee
Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 6:30 – 9:30 PN
Columbus Gardens
4301 Klosterman Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21236
Featured Speaker: David Bossie
★ Best-selling author and movie producer
★ Former executive director of the Leadership Institute
★ Lead investigator for the Congressional “Whitewater investigation” which led to the
Impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton.
★ President of Citizens United, known for 2010 Supreme Court victory
★ A native Maryland volunteer firefighter
★ Nationally renowned conservative voice for the Republican people photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore

$250 - 1 reg. ticket, and personal photo with David Bossie
$500 - 2 reg. tickets and photo
$1,000 - 2 VIP tickets and photo

VIP = $125.00
Dinner = $75
Table of 10 sold by one
individual @ $75 - upgrade
one ticket to VIP

RSVP TO Woody 410 682 5433 or
or use our event website
Authority: Baltimore County Republican Central Committee, Fred Fleischmann, Treasurer

Important Post Today At 4:00 PM

Salisbury News will have a challenging Post at 4:00 PM today. Many people seem to be quite upset about today's Daily Times article supporting Mayor Ireton's drive to surplus many of the Downtown Parking Lots because there's plenty of parking in the Parking Garage.

I'll not give away this incredible Letter to the Editor at 4:00 PM but I will say this. Barrie Tilghman and Jim Ireton are masters at hiring people to write grants and find federal money, especially subsidized housing projects.

The big question is, DO YOU WANT AN INNER CITY IN DOWNTOWN SALISBURY? Secondly, do you know what an inner city is? The ONLY people who benefit from these projects are local developers. Give it 5 years and everyone will be screaming blue bloody murder and guess what, those politicians currently in office will be LONG gone, leaving you and I with a Little Baltimore or Harlem on our hands.

I think you'll enjoy our 4:00 Post but I just wanted to throw this out before it arrives because I firmly believe Ireton and the Daily Times are seriously on life support.

Obama Campaign Responds to Breitbart 'Kenya' Booklet Story

Though it quickly became an Internet punchline, Attack Watch should not be dismissed. Attack Watch is paid for and an extension of Obama for America, which is part of, the online campaign hub for the White House. That means that the Obama campaign itself has decided to comment on the Breitbart News' exclusive surrounding a 1991 booklet published by President Obama's literary agency that falsely claimed the President was born in Kenya. It's also worth noting that this claim extended to the lit agency's website until 2007, two months after Obama announced his candidacy for president.

What's fascinating about the Obama campaign's response is the many questions it leaves unanswered:

Continued  Here

Wanted Motorcycle Operator Located In Virginia

Laurel- Matthew A. Kondash, the operator of the motorcycle involved in the fatal motorcycle crash in Laurel yesterday morning, has been apprehended in Virginia.

Investigators from the Delaware State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit had contacted the Virginia State Police after they received information that Matthew Kondash was possibly staying in a campground along the eastern shore of Virginia. Virginia State Police located Kondash while he was kayaking in the Kiptopeke State Park in Cape Charles, VA late this morning and took him into custody. Kondash is currently being held in Virginia as a fugitive from justice pending his extradition back to Delaware.

Riot Crew Handles G-8 protest

When hundreds of protesters descended from tour buses onto Main Street on Saturday, law enforcement agencies put their riot plan into action.

Sheriff's deputies and state troopers lined the street, clad in riot gear, with plastic masks and shields. They had been preparing for this since President Barack Obama announced in March that the G-8 summit would be at Camp David.

Four miles away from Camp David, Thurmont Police Chief Greg Eyler watched the busloads of protesters fill the town square to demand a change in government for Ethiopia. They said they have not been able to get their message out, and they came to Thurmont because the media were there.

They decried Obama's decision to meet with Ethiopian representatives. Many were political refugees whose families and friends continue to live under a repressive government, they said.


A Letter To The Editor 5-20-12

Ireton Is Running Scared

Hi Joe

Your election bid for Salisbury's next Mayor appears to have 'disturbed the roost'. Ireton is seeking political cover by actually trying to do something for a change. I do not believe that he would proposed anything if it wasn't for your decision to run for Mayor - and challenged him to the task.

Speaking for myself - I would much rather prefer to have a family oriented, straight laced, monogamous oriented, fun loving, successful free enterpriser candidate for Salisbury's next Mayor. Therefore - I will be encouraging others to vote for Joe Albero for Mayor.

Good Luck and God Bless.

Johnnie Miller - LIFETIME Salisbury resident

Public Art at Risk as Postal Service Downsizes

                 “Scenic View of the Village,” by Belle Baranceanu, 1936.   Post Office, La Jolla, California  Photo: Gray Brechin

Thousands of post offices stand to be converted to condos, restaurants, and real estate offices, or demolished to cover the Postal Service’s largely manufactured deficit. Those that rely on the post office are protesting the disappearance of this still-vital public service, but few have registered what this fire sale represents to the nation’s architectural and artistic legacy.

    As the Great Depression deepened, a desperate Herbert Hoover began to build post offices in an effort to buoy the economy and save his presidency. His efforts were too little, too late. The Roosevelt Administration launched a far more ambitious campaign as part of its massive public works program, building more than 1,100 post offices nationwide.
As physical representatives of the federal government, these buildings often featured dignified architecture, superb materials, and public art. Artists hired by New Deal agencies embellished public buildings with murals and sculpture. For the first time, ordinary Americans saw themselves reflected and ennobled on the walls of the public spaces where they came together to transact business.
Post office art often depicts local legends, landscapes, and historical events, but also farmers, miners, loggers, cowboys, fishermen, and foundry men — and postal workers — thus imbuing their labor with the everyday dignity that Aaron Copland expressed in his Fanfare for the Common Man, and artists such as Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange captured in the documentary photographs commissioned by the Farm Securities Administration.

BREAKING NEWS: Lockerbie Bomber Dies In Libya, According to Family

Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing that killed 270 people, has died of cancer, according to his family.

From Fox News
I'll Have Another had Bodemeister in his sights again, a shot at the Triple Crown hanging in the balance.

Two weeks ago, he ran down his rival and won the Kentucky Derby. This time, the chestnut colt needed to be even more relentless to win the Preakness.

Jockey Mario Gutierrez asked for more at the top of the stretch, and I'll Have Another closed the gap with each stride, finally surging past Bodemeister a few yards from the wire.


Michelle Obama hosts G-8 spouses at White House

While President Barack Obama hosted world leaders Saturday for high-level economic talks at Camp David, Michelle Obama engaged in some soft diplomacy with their spouses.

The first lady hosted a tour of the White House on Saturday for the spouses of the Group of Eight leaders. White House curator Bill Allman led the tour, which included stops in the East Room, where the visitors viewed portraits of George and Martha Washington, and the State Dining Room.

During a walk through the Grand Foyer, Mrs. Obama, wearing a purple sundress, explained how the president walks through the long hallway into the East Room for news conferences and other events.


Allanbank Nursery

Over the last few weeks we have been looking for a particular plant. I remember Joe had posted about a nursery in Quantico and we had visited there a few times before. Last year we didn't get the chance to go. We went there Saturday. The flowers/plants are so pretty and healthy.

If you are looking for any flowers, vegetable plants or hanging baskets this is the place you want to visit. The hanging baskets were beautiful and they were much cheaper than the ones we saw at one of those big hardware stores.

The drive might seem long to some but it was well worth it.Their address is listed as Hebron but it's closer to the cute little town of Quantico.

Give it a try you won't be disappointed in the quality.

They are open on Saturday and Sunday and they only take cash or checks.

Saturday 9-6
Sunday 9-5

Allanbank Nursery
6815 Cherry WalkRoad
HebronMD 21830