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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

BREAKING NEWS; Mitchell Wants To Raise Your Taxes


In today's final budget work session the Council was able to find enough money to abate the proposed tax increase by the Mayor. They also came up with the following proposals.

A cash bonus to all employees.

No furloughs.

2 new police cars.

1 dump truck.

No tax increase.

New safety shoes for some employees.

There were some other items also proposed but get this. Laura Mitchell all of a sudden, out of nowhere, came up with, I want to know what it would take to gain support on covering the 3% insurance increase we'll have on the employees NEXT YEAR.

Now mind you Folks, Laura has NEVER once in all these months brought this to any one's attention. In other words, no matter what was said or done, Laura Mitchell, the woman who supported O'Malley's Flush Tax increase, never wanted to side with the employees. her ONLY interest is for the good of whatever Mayor Ireton wants and that's all there is to that.

The Mayor popped in and out of today's meeting and has threatened to VETO the Council's Budget. I SAY, GO FOR IT! Push your council budget through and let Laura, Shanie and Jim Ireton stand alone in support of taking away bonuses to the employees. Just think of how many of them will stand outside holding Albero For Mayor signs.

Just when you'd think Laura Mitchell would come around she continues to prove she has no interest in being fiscally responsible. Let the comments fly.

I'll close with this. Remember the Post I put up the other day mentioning the Fireworks former Council President Mike Dunn is pulling off at SU. Each display will cost $20,000.00 a year and Mike has raised $45,000.00, covering more than 2 years worth.

GET THIS, Mayor Ireton stated at the Chamber of Commerce Luncheon they'd like to put up $5,000.00 directly from the City towards this event. Well, first of all, we're now talking about funding that SHOULD be three years from now. However, John Pick and Jim Ireton, (WITHOUT COUNCIL PERMISSION) want the money NOW! They knew they had extra funding hidden in their budget but Campbell was too sharp to catch most, (if not all) of it.

The Red White and Boom will NOT suffer this year or next year. Mike Dunn, (of all people) should know that the Mayor nor John Pick can make such an offer without the Council's consent. In other words, the Mayor could start paying bar tabs at taxpayers expense and that wouldn't be very cool. We have a process for a reason and this is one of them.

New Posts to fall below.

Student Defends Criticism of Obama After Being Berated by Teacher

The North Carolina high school student who was berated by his teacher after he spoke critically of President Obama told Fox News on Monday that he wanted to "laugh" when he heard the teacher suggest he could be arrested for criticizing a sitting president. 

"Honestly, at the time I wanted to laugh at her, because I've been taught all my life that nobody can take your opinion," Hunter Rogers said.  He said he knew that it takes an actual threat against the president, not just criticism, to be arrested. 

Hunter Rogers and his mother Gina spoke to Fox News about the incident and the recording of the argument that later went viral on YouTube. 

"(The teacher) doesn't want to hear anything but what she believes, and ... if you disagree, you get berated and put down," Rogers said. "I just decided to finally get some proof of it." 


WCBI Criminal Burglary Arrest

DATE: May 21, 2012
CASE #: 12-000385 / 12-000391 / 12-000393
LOCATIONS: 1) 3000 BLK Brantley Road
Pocomoke, MD

2) 3100 BLK Brantley Road
Pocomoke, MD

3) 6000 BLK Worcester Highway
Snow Hill, MD
CHARGES: Burglary, Theft and MDOP
ACCUSED: 1) Brian Keith WATERS B/M 30yoa
Bivale, MD

2) Marco Phillip LEE B/M 32yoa
Quantico, MD

3) Zachary John MANLEY W/M 24yoa
Saylorsburg, PA

NARRATIVE: On Friday, May 18, 2012
a Deputy of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a Burglary In-Progress in the 3000 BLK of Brantley Road, Pocomoke, Worcester County, Maryland. The victim was able to provide an excellent vehicle description of a “beat up” gold colored Honda 4-door with a huge scratch across the back bumper occupied by two black males to the 911 Dispatcher and this information was relayed to responding units.

The Deputy observed a vehicle matching the exact description occupied by two black males and one white male traveling north-bound on Worcester Highway (Route 113) north of the Pocomoke Elks Lodge. When the Deputy slowed to make a U-turn the vehicle sped up and attempted to elude the Deputy before making a quick turn into a residential driveway. The occupants quickly attempted to exit the vehicle and were ordered back in the vehicle until additional units could arrive to assist.

Ultimately, the victim was brought to the scene and made a positive identification of the vehicle and the two black males. The victim also identified personal property that was recovered from the front pocket of one of the suspects. The above three suspects were transported to the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office to be interviewed by members of the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation and the vehicle was impounded.

During interviews, all three of the above denied any involvement in any burglaries and offered no cooperation. A Search Warrant was obtained for the vehicle and as a result of the Search Warrant being executed all of the initial victim’s property was recovered. In addition a large amount of jewelry, electronics, baseball cards, coins and other valuables were recovered from the trunk and passenger compartment. In addition, three pairs of gloves and burglary tools were also recovered.

A check with area Pawn Shops revealed that MANLEY had pawned a large amount of jewelry on Thursday, May 17, 2012. A detailed description and photographs were obtained of the pawned jewelry. This resulted in the positive identification of items stolen from the above referenced Worcester Highway burglary that was reported to the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office on the evening of Thursday, May 17, 2012.

The above three were all charged identically for the burglaries in the 3000 BLK Brantley Road and 6000 BLK Worcester Highway cases. LEE and MANLEY were each held on $25,000 bond in each case and WATERS was held without bond because of an active Arrest Warrant in Wicomico County.

On Saturday, May 19, 2012 a Deputy of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a residence in the 3100 BLK of Brantley Road, Pocomoke, Worcester County, Maryland for a burglary investigation. Upon his arrival he quickly determined that this incident was similar to the previous two and contacted the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation.

After speaking with an investigator the Deputy learned that all the property being reported stolen had been recovered during the execution of the Search Warrant on the above mentioned Honda. Based on these facts the Deputy was able to obtained Arrest Warrants for the above three for additional charges of Burglary, Theft and MDOP.

All related cases are a pending trial and future trial dates are pending.

Andy Harris Around The District

As part of my continued effort to have at least one in person town hall meeting in every county in the district, I will be having two Town Hall meetings on Wednesday, May 23. Please join me if you are in the area.

· 1:30 – 2:30 PM – Honeygo Regional Park, 9033 Honeygo Blvd. in Perry Hall
· 4:30 – 5:30 PM - Town Hall Rotunda, 39 North Hickory Avenue, Bel Air, MD 21014

Additionally, I have been holding Tele-Town Hall meetings across the 1st Congressional District to hear from people who are not able to attend my local town halls in person. Be sure to be on alert for the phone calls inviting you to the Tele-Town Hall meetings.

I hope to see around the district soon!



A former high-ranking CNN executive and University of Georgia professor has been caught red-handed in a prank more fitting for adolescent pranksters than a middle-aged man.
What did he do?  Unaware that he was in plain view of a security camera, Bob Furnad left a bag of dog feces in his neighbor’s mailbox.
Furnad told the Covington News that he pulled the prank due to a long-standing feud with the two [neighbors].


Governor signs into law Maryland Innovation Initiative to move ideas out of the labs and into the marketplace

FY 2013 budget works to maintain Maryland’s Triple A bond rating; protects investments in education, public safety, and critical social services

ANNAPOLIS, MD (May 22, 2012)
– Governor Martin O’Malley today joined Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr., House Speaker Michael E. Busch, and Lieutenant Governor Anthony G. Brown to sign legislation focused on job creation, protecting Marylanders’ shared priorities, and improving our quality of life.

“To create jobs, a modern economy requires modern investments: investments by all of us, for all of us,” said Governor O’Malley. “These investments are not free. That’s why with the FY 2013 budget, we’ve taken a balanced approach of cuts, revenues and investment to protect Maryland’s Triple A bond rating and put our State back on the path to fiscal responsibility. Today, we’re signing legislation that will create jobs, invest in innovation and protect our shared priorities. The common thread uniting all these priorities is the thread of human dignity: the dignity of work, the dignity of family, the dignity of a child’s home, the dignity of every individual.”

“Maryland stands out among states in these difficult economic times as we have never let our commitment to our priorities waiver even though it might have been the easier path to do so,” said Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. “Today, we will be signing legislation to protect family farms, to create jobs and to keep social studies as an academic priority for our children. These bills will positively affect the lives of every Marylander and represent great work by the Governor and the General Assembly.”

“The most important thing that government can do is continue to invest in the future workforce - our students,” said Speaker Michael E. Busch. "Investments in K-12 education, community colleges and higher education ensure that Maryland will have a well-trained workforce to compete in the global economy. The next generation deserves the best quality education that Maryland can afford.”

The Governor signed into law the Maryland Innovation Initiative, a groundbreaking partnership between Maryland and its world-renown universities to accelerate the commercialization of technology, create jobs, start new businesses and strengthen Maryland’s economy. The Initiative does not require a State appropriation; however, the State has the discretion to allocate funding, and the FY 2013 supplemental budget allocates $5 million to the Initiative. Thus far, Johns Hopkins University, Morgan State University and three of the University of Maryland’s schools- College Park, Baltimore and Baltimore County- are all partners in this effort and will contribute either $100,000 or $200,000 annually, based on research dollar flow, to the Initiative. Funds will support start-up grants to innovators best positioned to push their technology and business plans into the marketplace quickly.

Last year, the Administration created and the General Assembly passed the InvestMaryland initiative, an historic initiative to invest in the State’s promising start-up and early stage companies. This year, Maryland became the first state in the nation to use online auction to raise funds for a venture capital program – raising $84 million in venture capital for Maryland businesses. Together with the General Assembly, the Administration is also advancing Maryland’s Innovation Economy by protecting priorities such as the Biotechnology Tax Credit, the R&D Credit and Stem Cell Research.

Following the Special Session to complete work on Maryland’s budget, the Governor signed into law the FY 2013 budget to maintain Maryland’s Triple A bond rating, and protect critical investments in public education, public safety, the State’s workforce, and critical social services. In addition, the Administration’s FY 2013 capital budget supports and leverages approximately 50,000 jobs building and re-building modern schools, modern roads, modern transit, and modern clean water infrastructure.

The Governor also signed the Family Farm Preservation Act of 2012, which secures a sustainable future for Maryland’s family farms. The Act reduces the current estate tax rate from 16 percent to 5 percent to protect Maryland’s farms valued over $5 million through a mandate requiring recapture of the tax obligation if the farm is taken out of agricultural use within 10 years.

With the passage of Senate Bill 791, which accelerates the solar portion of the State’s renewable portfolio standard, an estimated 10,000 new local jobs will be created by 2018. Maryland became the first state in the country to recognize geothermal heat pump technology as a renewable source of energy with the passage of Senate Bill 652 and House Bill 1186. The technology will now be included as an eligible source in the State’s renewable portfolio standard. Due to Maryland’s aggressive solar energy policies, the State now supports more than 2,000 well-paying solar industry jobs as of January 2012.

Among the other bills signed today are the Iran Certification Act, which makes Maryland one of five states to pass sanctions to prevent businesses from engaging in relations with Iran; and the Firefighter’s Cancer Presumption Bill, which expands the occupational presumption under Maryland’s workers’ compensation law to include multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, brain cancer, testicular cancer and breast cancer.

For a full list of bills signed today, click here.

Google Chrome Overtakes Internet Explorer As Most Used Web Browser In World: Statcounter

Has Google Chrome surpassed Internet Explorer to become the world's most used web browser?
According to one estimate (as pointed out by Global Nerdy), Chrome is the new king: Statcounter, which measures web usage, shows Chrome overtaking IE in week-over-week usage. Firefox, Safari, and Opera complete the top five:
Now, before you break out a bobble of Chrome-pagne, know that Google's lead in the browser wars is neither permanent nor indisputable. First, Statcounter's stats has had Google Chrome surpassing Internet Explorer previously -- specifically, over one week in April -- only to have Microsoft's browser push back ahead the following week. By Statcounter's count, the global race between Chrome and Internet Explorer for the Internet's top spot is really, really close, and Internet Explorer could be back on top next week.

New Disciplinary Action in Dover War Remains Case

The Air Force has reprimanded for a second time a colonel accused of retaliating against workers at the Dover, Del., military mortuary who reported the mishandling of body parts of some of America's war dead.

In a written statement the Air Force said Monday that it issued a reprimand against Col. Robert Edmondson and ordered him to forfeit $7,000 in pay. Last year it reprimanded him and denied him further command assignments after an inspector general's probe found him and two others at Dover to be responsible for "gross mismanagement." He remains in uniform but the punishments are likely to curtail his career.

The Air Force also said it has suspended Trevor Dean, who had served as Edmondson's top civilian deputy at Dover, for 20 days without pay, for his role in the reprisals. A third person accused of taking inappropriate actions against the whistle-blowers, Quinton Keel, resigned before action could be taken against him.



Judges from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, federal district and bankruptcy courts in nine Western states and two Pacific island territories, along with lawyers practicing in those courts, and court staff, will gather at the luxurious Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa from August 13 - 16, 2012 in what looks like a less than valiant attempt to ensure American justice is being a cost to taxpayers of approximately one million dollars.

From tennis courts to the caddy shack and luau experience, justice will be served in a manner many Americans never get to experience. Breitbart News has reviewed a letter from the offices of the Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, Senator Jeff Sessions, and the offices of Senator Chuck Grassley, the Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, with several detailed questions they want answered by the Ninth District.

Great Job Mardela HS Softball Team!

The Mardela High School girl's softball team won their state semifinal game today over Dunbar HS 10-0. 

They now advance to the state championship game on Saturday.


R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, recently shared his belief that Christians have been guilty of condemnation and their “own form of homophobia.” Despite his open discussion about the mishandling of gay issues in Christian circles, Mohler is doubling down on the Bible’s stance on homosexuality.
In a CNN Belief Blog article published on Monday, Mohler attempts to explain the Bible’s stance on homosexuality, while answering critics’ commonly held objections. He begins by bringing up one of the arguments that gay rights leaders and their adherents regularly raise. The central question posed is: ”If the Bible instructs readers not to eat shellfish or wear mixed fabrics, among other rules and believers no longer comply with these requirements, then why should individuals continue to oppose homosexuality?”
While Mohler contends that, on the surface this is a fair question, he attempts to frame the difference between Old Testament rules that were set for Israel and those moral codes that are more universal.

Food Stamps and America's Cultural Divide Over Shame

It is a cliché to say America is polarized, but that doesn’t make it any less true. While there is no shortage of examples, the cultural divide over shame may be the most revealing.

Those aiming to take the shame out of accepting government handouts are represented by The New York Times editorial page. 

On Friday, it praised Gov. Cuomo’s decision to prevent New York City from fingerprinting food-stamp recipients with its usual farrago of ideological assertions masquerading as facts and a demand that he do even more to open the entitlement floodgates.

Channeling the philosophy of Mitchell “Come And Get It” Ginsberg, a 1960s welfare commissioner in Fun City, the Times turns shame upside down. It believes there is something wrong with any eligible American who doesn’t grab all he can. It also argues that saying no to Uncle Sam’s handouts is a dereliction of the duty to turn other people’s money into a permanent stimulus.


Mayor Ireton Gets Played On 3rd Friday By Salisbury University Students

The signs above were placed on windows Downtown on 3rd Friday. Click on the bottom photo and when it enlarges you'll see, "What SPD should have said".

Obviously SU Students were trying to make their mark on Ireton's night out but it wasn't until I called the Mayor's Office yesterday in which I suggested someone come down to the Plaza and remove these posters. They are now gone.

The Mayor did see them but didn't look at the fine print, an honest mistake.

Mich. Police: Grandmother Shot Grandson 8 Times

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Jonathan Hoffman frantically told a 911 dispatcher he had been shot in the chest by his grandmother and was going to die, a police detective testified Monday.

By the time officers arrived at the family's upscale condo in a Detroit suburb, at least four more shots from a .40-caliber handgun had been pumped into the 17-year-old high school senior.

A West Bloomfield Township detective told a judge during Monday's arraignment for 74-year-old Sandra Layne that eight entry and exit wounds were found in Hoffman's body


“It is one of those twists of history that I’ve yet to understand and how when you look at something like the NAACP siding up with an organization like Planned Parenthood that has as part of its history and its charter and its existence — you know, the use of abortion to eliminate and limit the number of African-Americans and other minorities in this country, to me it’s just beyond the pale."

Video  HERE

Greeks May Be Making Preparations To Drop Euro and Adopting Drachma

Greece near 'Drachmageddon' as;

The European Union, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund - who must give Greece money within weeks to pay pensions and salaries - say they will pull the plug if the next government in Athens does not back the bailout.

SBYnews was one of the very first medias to cover De La Rue's 'warming-up' of their printery.

Stay tuned as the austerity standoff continues!

It's Time to Investigate the IRS

Richard Nixon ordered the IRS to conduct tax audits of those on his infamous “Enemies List.” Now, a spate of investigations and leaks coming out of President Obama’s IRS raises concerns that this administration may also be using the power of the nation’s most feared agency to silence its political opponents. 

Today, more than six dozen grassroots citizens groups seeking to gain 501(c)(4)—and in some cases 501(c)(3)--tax status today find themselves facing unexpectedly invasive investigations and onerous procedural hurdles. All these groups have received non-profit recognition at the state level. Yet their requests for IRS recognition have been left in bureaucratic limbo for months—in some cases, for more than two years. 

Now they are being told to complete long and tortuous questionnaires seeking proprietary, irrelevant and sensitive information such as names and addresses of donors, as well as detailed descriptions of every event the group had held in the past year and transcripts of the remarks of all speakers. 


What Is The Imagination Library?

Learn more at our May 29th kick off!
Where:Wicomico Public Library122 South Division StreetSalisbury, MD 21801Driving Directions
When:Tuesday May 29, 2012 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM EDTAdd to my calendar

Join other members of our community as United Way launches the Imagination Library on May 29th. The open house kick-off will take place at the Wicomico Public Library from 5-7pm. Food and refreshments will be served. Guests are welcome.

We are very pleased to have the opportunity to offer such a wonderful program to children in Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset and Dorchester Counties. This book program is TOTALLY FREE to participating children. Upon registering for the program, a child will receive a high quality, age-appropriate book delivered to his or her home each month until his or her fifth birthday. Children can sign up at any age as long as they are under five years old. For more details, visit .

The goals for the Imagination Library include:
To help children foster a love of reading
To encourage family involvement
To enable every household to have books regardless of income level
And, ultimately, to better prepare children for entry into the school system Those who attend our event on May 29th will have the opportunity to learn more about this wonderful program, to discuss possible partnerships, volunteer opportunities and involvement, to network with other community-minded professionals, and to celebrate a great opportunity for young children on the Eastern Shore.
Register Now!
I can't make it
Please contact me if you have any questions about the event or the Imagination Library in general. Thank you so much for your support!


Amy Luppens
United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore


A resident of the Chicago apartment raided by police in an alleged terror bust related to the city’s NATO summit is the spokeswoman for Occupy Chicago, WND has learned.
Zoe Sigman, a top leader of Chicago’s Occupy movement, claimed in a radio interview yesterday that she was “110 percent sure” the police trumped up claims of confiscating Molotov cocktail equipment in her home as part of a planned attack on President Obama’s Chicago headquarters and Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s home.
In the same interview, Sigman conceded she was not present during the time of the police raid and claimed that she didn’t know the protesters she allowed to stay in her home.
“We opened up our house because there were a bunch of protesters coming in and no place for them to stay,” Sigman said on WABC Radio’s “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio.”

Dad Saves Boy Before Car Plunges Down Cliff -- And Gets Pair of Traffic Tickets

A New Jersey dad got the scare of his life when his 5-year-old son almost ran off a steep embankment, and though the man saved the boy from falling, he couldn't stop his Jeep from going over the precipice and into a river below.

The reward for his ordeal? Two traffic tickets from local police.

Frank Roders, a construction worker from the town of Winfield Park, had taken his son, Aidan, down to the Rahway River to feed ducks Thursday. But when he stopped briefly before settling on a parking space, the impatient boy jumped out and took off -- straight toward a ledge 35 feet above the river, Roders recalled.

"He hopped out, and I thought that was OK, I was just going to park," Roders, 38, said, but "he just took off, made a beeline for the edge."


Interesting Illusion

Can you see the girl sitting and the boy hugging her neck?

See again, it is actually the other way round!!!


They’re kidding, right?
India wants to set up a system whereby the United Nations would rule the Internet.
The Internet is governed by “a voluntary, multi-stakeholder group called ICANN or Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.” This group, headquartered in California, ensures that the Internet is free and mostly decentralized. ICANN has a Government Advisory Council (GAC), and invites governments across the world, including India, to participate.
But that is not good enough for India, which wants to set up a different system wherein the United Nations would rule the Internet.

The Global Diabetes Tsunami... And Why America Actually Has It Good

Lately there has been a flurry of media reports focusing on America's obesity epidemic, and how costs associated with America's gradual shift to a fat society will inundate the already strapped budget in the form of shadow taxation and other direct and indirect costs, which are, to put it simply, unsustainable. As the first chart below shows, the primary cost center associated with the obese conditions - diabetes - has certainly gripped a substantial portion of the US population, at last count affecting at least 10% of the population. Yet as chart #2 [4] shows, America, with its $23.7 million diabetes cases, actually has it good. Because when compared to countries without a social safety net, such as China and India, the US diabetes problem is child's play. With 90 million diabetes cases in China, and 61.3 million in India, or nearly half of the total 346 million worldwide diabetes cases, perhaps it is time for the developing world to worry how they plan on funding the billions of associated costs, as they assimilate more and more of the worst American habits. Because as the International Diabetes Foundation says, "In developing countries, the looming costs in human lives, healthcare expenditure and lost productivity threatens to undo recent economic gains." However since all of this is in "the future" what's the point of worrying about it now...

American diabetes is bad...


Md. Aims to Raise Sex Trafficking Awareness

Maryland officials hope to teach police officers and social services workers to be the state's front line in a battle against sex trafficking.

Being a little "nosey" and knowing what signs to look for during everyday interactions and who to alert can make a difference in uncovering what is too often dismissed as a victimless crime, Homeland Security Special Agent Adrian Sanders said.

"Anyone who is observant will see it," Sanders said. "The victims aren't going to reach out for help, so it's up to us to approach them."


Policing for Profit: 'I Absolutely Would Not Believe That This Could Happen In America'

You may think your biggest threat when carrying any amount of cash over $1000 is a thief or armed robber, but you’d be wrong.

Your most immediate concern is not being robbed by a criminal, but rather, by the very people who are supposed to serve and protect the public.

As one New Jersey man found out when he was on his way to pay for a car he purchased on Ebay, a new heavy handed trend called “policing for profit” is empowering law enforcement officers to ignore fundamental Constitutional safeguards against warrant-less searches.



Radio giant Rush Limbaugh, often a lightning rod for national controversy, was targeted by the National Organization for Women in a protest Friday, but only seven women showed up for the event in the nation’s capital.
The event took place outside WMAL Radio, the Washington, D.C., affiliate which carries Limbaugh’s top-rated program.
Erin Matson, NOW Action vice president, spoke with the Daily Caller to explain that Limbaugh went over the line with comments earlier this year about Georgetown graduate student Sandra about Fluke when she pushed for insurance-covered birth control.


In a completely outrageous editorial the Daily Times has suggested that the City Council should become a five-district body in order to avoid litigation by the ACLU and NAACP if the Council does not defer to them by dancing to their redistricting tune. The editorial also makes ridiculous remarks that the further division of the City Council is appropriate. It excoriates the Council for not having done redistricting sooner but does not mention that Mr. Ireton withheld the latest census data for some months.

Anyone who has followed events with an open mind can see that the Council majority members have worked long and hard to arrive at a fair and balanced plan, despite the incessant and continuing grandstanding and whining by Ireton, the groups mentioned above and their sycophants on the Council as well as the Daily Times.

The editorial does contain a very significant comment in its conclusion: "Come on, Salisbury, we can do better than this." If applied to the Daily Times, that sentiment is completely correct.

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"I'll Wear It With Pride"

If you ever wanted to send a message to the current and even former administration here in Salisbury, do like this gentleman did and hundreds of others and stop by 300 W. Main Street and get your free tee shirt and bumper sticker.

Get your free tee shirt and show up at a Monday night City Council Meeting and start letting this Mayor know his stay will be short lived as we're taking back our City.

I was thinking about the raises Mayor Ireton is proposing for ONLY his internal Staff in the Mayor's Office AGAIN. Yet no other City Employee will see a raise. I then realized, Mayor Ireton knows he can't beat you and I this go around so he's trying to secure an increase that quite frankly is NOT deserved.

There are plenty of other people who work extremely hard for the City and haven't see a raise in many years. I intend to change all that, with the help and support of the City Council.

I could go on and on but I won't. There's plenty of time ahead to express what we'll do together to improve our little part of the world. In the mean time, I've been backing all of you and taking all the punches for quite a few years. Show your support, come get a bumper sticker and tee shirt and together we'll stop these bullies.

Hula Hoop

Unfolding Authoritarianism And The Afghan Setback

NATO to hand combat role to Afghans as it seeks way out of war... NATO will hand over the lead role in combat operations to Afghan forces across the country by mid-2013, alliance leaders said on Sunday as they charted a path out of a war that has lost public support and strained budgets in Western nations. A NATO summit in Chicago on Monday will formally endorse a U.S.-backed strategy for a gradual exit from Afghanistan, a move aimed at holding together an allied force scrambling to cope with France's decision to withdraw its troops early. – Reuters

Dominant Social Theme: This is merely a strategic reconfiguration.

Free-Market Analysis: For years now, we've tracked the expanding authoritarianism of the West – and in the process been subject to various labels. But lately, we have to think that our worldview doesn't look so very extreme. (Cold comfort, that.)

Just in the US (never mind Europe), the out-of-control government of Barack Obama has basically okayed an entire suspension of civil rights. At the discretion of the authorities, citizen can literally be arrested without cause for saying the wrong things at the wrong time.

Habeas corpus has been suspended and military personnel exhibit their wares and practices within the borders of the US with "terrorism" as the justification. Civil policing has been expanded into the military realm with the advent of a huge amount of military weaponry.



NC Teacher Reportedly Suspended After Telling Student Not to Criticize Obama

A North Carolina high school teacher reportedly has been suspended with pay after she was captured on video shouting at a student who questioned President Obama and suggesting he could be arrested for criticizing a sitting president. 

The Salisbury Post reported Monday that district school officials suspended the teacher in the course of their investigation into the incident. 

The newspaper, which first reported on the YouTube video, did not identify the teacher in question, who is reportedly on staff at North Rowan High School. The video does not show faces, but the heated argument in the classroom can clearly be heard. 

"Do you realize that people were arrested for saying things bad about Bush?" the teacher said toward the end of the argument, telling the student, "you are not supposed to slander the president."