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Friday, May 25, 2012

WSW Golf Tournament

Deer Run hold golf tourney for Women Supporting Women

Join Women Supporting Women at Deer Run Golf Club on Saturday, June 9 for a summer golf tournament to benefit the Worcester County chapter. Play in the golf tournament, which is hosted by Ed and Margaret Colbert, to honor someone you love or have lost to breast cancer.

The tournament is a captain’s choice scramble with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. The cost is $100 per player and includes a continental breakfast, luncheon after the tournament, golf cart, range balls and one mulligan per player. There will be prizes for net and gross, closest to the pine and hole-in-one. Silent and live auctions, putting contest, 50/50 raffle and a cash raffle all add to the excitement.

Various levels of sponsorship, from $100 for a hole sign to $2,000 for full promotional opportunities and a foursome team entry, are also available for the golf tournament.

Call WSW at 410-641-2849 or Deer Run at 410-629-0060 to register to play a round for the local breast cancer support and awareness organization or to become a sponsor.


  • Drug dealer, alleged child molester, and convicted perjurer, forger and Indiana Speedway Bomber (who is also believed to have played a role in the assassination of a grandmother), Brett Kimberlin, spent 17 years in prison before his ultimate re-absorption into American society
  • He started a non-profit dubbed “Justice Through Music (JTM)” that has, since at least 2005, been funded by George Soros’ Tides Foundation and Barbara Streisand among other leftists
  • Along with his associate, Kimberlin also started an organization called “Velvet Revolution” that supports the Occupy movement 
  • JTM’s goal is to use music to foster “social justice” and fight Republican “voter fraud” (like the kind George Bush allegedly used to “steal” the Florida election)
  • Any blogger — conservative and liberal alike — who has written the truth about Kimberlin has come under vicious attack by either Kimberlin or his minions, suffering death threats (veiled and unveiled), multiple lawsuits, loss of jobs and worse
  • He has filed over 100 frivolous lawsuits against anything that isn’t nailed down and somehow is being allowed to continue unchecked 
  • This story has never been reported on in the mainstream media  


You may remember at the beginning of this week when we reported that Ryan Young, an employee in a Safeway in Monterey, California, stopped a man from beating his pregnant girlfriend, only to be fired from his job.
The story went viral nationwide, prompting protests, a petition at, and oodles of media outrage.
Well, now that media outrage, as well as some union arm twisting, has paid off. The Associated Press reports:
Safeway meat clerk Ryan Young has his job back and has become a bit of a celebrity after being suspended for trying to help a pregnant woman who was being kicked by her boyfriend.

Underground 'Gay' Group Shakes Christian College

On the same day President Obama became the first U.S. president to come out in support of same-sex marriage, a group of students announced the presence of the “Biola Queer Underground” at this small evangelical university, touching off a highly-charged debate about Christianity and homosexuality.

The group launched a website and posted flyers around the Biola University campus May 9 with the following message: “We want to bring to light the presence of the LGBTQ community at Biola. Despite what some may assume, there are Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender, and Queers at Biola. We are Biola’s students, alumni, employees, and fellow followers of Christ. We want to be treated with equality and respected as another facet of Biola’s diversity.”


Death Row Woman Could Get New Trial Over 'Dropped Baby' Evidence

A Texas woman who was convicted of killing a 3-month-old baby but claimed she merely dropped him could be released from her cell on death row and receive a new trial.
Texas Judge Jon Wisser has submitted a formal recommendation to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to toss the conviction ofCathy Lee Henderson for the murder of 3-month-old boy in 1994.
Henderson, now 55, was found guilty of killing her infant neighbor,Brandon Baugh, while she babysat, and then burying the body in a wine cooler box 60 miles from the home and fleeing the state. Henderson maintained throughout her trial that she accidentally dropped the boy on her concrete floor, from four-and-a-half feet in the air, while swinging him around to try and calm him.

Democrats Run Fundraiser Celebrating Barney Frank's Coming Out Anniversary

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is holding a very special campaign event for Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) on May 30. It’s an important 25th anniversary that deserves celebration, according to the DCCC. What happened 25 years ago? He came out of the closet as gay. “Barney is an inspiration to all of us as one of the first openly gay Congressmen to serve in the House,” writes Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), another openly gay Congressman. “This event will be particularly moving for me as it will be one of our last events with him before he retires this year.”

But it isn’t just a celebration for Frank letting the world know about his sexual orientation. It’s an opportunity for the DCCC to fundraise: “Leader Nancy Pelosi, DCCC Chairman Steve Israel, and I would love for you to join us as we pay tribute to his service.


‘Stand Your Ground’ Backed in Florida, Poll Shows

Despite increased scrutiny of Florida’s gun laws following the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, a majority of the state’s voters support the state’s Stand Your Ground law.

Indeed, 56 percent of the registered voters in Florida support the law, compared with 35 percent who oppose it, according to a new Quinnipiac poll.

The polling showed a notable racial divide: White voters supported the controversial law 61 percent to 31 percent; while Hispanic voters supported it 53 percent to 36 percent. Black voters are opposed, 56 percent to 30 percent.

Number of High-School Students With Jobs Hits 20-Year Low

Did somebody say McJobless?

The American job market is no place for students as the number of employed high schoolers has hit its lowest level in more than 20 years, according to new figures from the National Center for Education Statistics.

In 1990, 32 percent of high school students held jobs, versus just 16 percent now. Blame their elders.

Sectors that traditionally have offered teens their first paying gig — fast-food chains, movie theaters, malls and big-box retailers — have now become the last resorts for out-of-work college graduates or older Americans forced back into the labor force out of sheer financial necessity. The resulting squeeze has left students on the outside looking in.


Muslim Woman Asked to Remove Head Scarf in NJ Mall

A Muslim woman has accused a New Jersey shopping mall security guard of trying to force her to remove her head-covering garment.

“He came into my face and made a hand gesture like he was going to lift my veil off,’ ” Wakeelah Salaam, 30, told The Post of her ordeal at the Bridgewater Commons Mall last Saturday.

“I felt like he was going to do something. I didn’t feel safe in the mall.”

The US-born Salaam said the confrontation happened about 10 minutes after she entered the mall with her two young sons.

Skydiver Becomes First to Land Without Parachute

Who really needs a parachute after falling from a half mile up in the sky? Certainly not Gary Connery.

The 42-year-old became the first skydiver to successfully land without a parachute, after his recent flight from 2,400 feet over Oxfordshire, England. All he had to cushion his fall was a specially-designed "wing suit" and 18,600 stacked cardboard boxes.

The entire flight took less than a minute, before he approached his makeshift runway. Connery's strategy of "flaring up" just a few instants before he hit the ground worked perfectly, he told the Telegraph, thanks to ideal weather conditions and his parachuting experience.

 More including pictures and Video  HERE

Anti-Walmart NV Dem Senate Candidate Owns $35K in Walmart Stock

Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-NV), the liberal Senate candidate challenging Senator Dean Heller (R-NV), is an ardent friend to Big Labor. At least that’s a centerpiece of her campaign against Heller – and with good reason, since Nevada is heavily unionized.

Union support will be critical to Berkley’s campaign. And Berkley has spent the last few years backing their agenda. One of her preferred targets has been Wal-Mart, the retail giant Big Labor hates for its frequent use of part-time workers to avoid unionization issues. In 2006, Berkley publicly associated with the “Change Wal-Mart, Change America” campaign to get the company to amend its hiring practices.

But while Berkley talks a good game with regard to the pro-union agenda, her financial records show that her husband’s trust owns approximately $35,000 worth of stock in Wal-Mart. In fact, the stock was purchased after Berkley associated with the “Change Wal-Mart, Change America” campaign – it was bought in May 2008. So while Berkley maintains that union tactics aren’t harming the economy, and while she has specifically targeted supposedly anti-union companies, her husband is busy investing in companies that won’t deal with unions. Clearly, Berkley isn’t quite as pro-union in her personal life as she is in her legislative career.


Senate Wants Patients to Buy American Meds

No, Canada.

More than a decade after the first skirmishes over allowing American consumers to buy cheaper prescription drugs from the Great White North, the issue is still a loser — and by wider margins than ever.

The Senate rejected the latest proposal Thursday, even with a number of former supporters switching to vote against it.

Absent from the fight was President Obama, who in the past had supported drug reimportation and even ran on it in 2008, but who did not take a stand this time around.


Outdoor Mural Dispute Ends Ruff-ly For Dog Daycare Owner

 Kim Houghton has three options for handling the mural she had painted on the exterior wall of her business: Paint over it with pictures of anything other than dogs, whitewash it or top it with a 5-foot-tall phrase.

Houghton owns Wag More Dogs, a dog daycare, boarding and grooming facility in Shirlington, Va. She commissioned a controversial 960-square-foot mural in 2010 on an outside wall bordering the Shirlington Dog Park, sparking a legal battle that pitted her against Arlington County.

Before opening her shop in September 2010, the Arlington County Zoning Administration deemed the painting a sign - instead of a mural - and said because it was too big, it must be covered before she could open. She complied, but enlisted the help of the Institute of Justice, who filed a pro bono lawsuit in federal court saying the county was violating Houghton's First Amendment rights.


Berlin’s Small Business Success Touted

BERLIN -- Representatives from Maryland Capital Enterprises (MCE) stopped by Berlin Wednesday for a tour of small businesses and to touch base with established and potential small business owners.

“Since the start of this decade, small business has created 95% of all new jobs,” said MCE Executive Director Hayley Gallagher. “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and this week we are reaching out to thank them for that important role.”

Mayor Gee Williams and Sen. Jim Mathias joined Gallagher and other MCE officials for a tour of the town, speaking to business oweners and residents in front of the Atlantic Hotel.


The Big Issue Facing the US Is Bain Capital

It's all about Bain as presidential battle heats up ... Voters are getting mixed messages about whether Mitt Romney was a corporate raider who put profits ahead of jobs or a turnaround artist who truly understands the economy. Expect to hear much more of both arguments Thursday — when President Obama visits Iowa — and in coming weeks. – The Des Moines Register

Dominant Social Theme: Is Romney empathetic or not? This is the issue.

Free-Market Analysis: There are many problems the US is facing. It likely is not a stable country anymore. It is facing in aggregate a debt of some US$ 200 trillion. This is unpayable.

Still, the US staggers on, becoming less free every day. There are probably 100 separate federal intelligence agencies dedicated to spying on foreign or domestic terrorists.

But there is also ample evidence that the war on terror is something of a manufactured one. This means that the myriad agencies are actually mostly aimed at domestic targets.

But the larger question is if the war on terror is manufactured by the powers-that-be, what is the proximate rationale? We answer that on a regular basis: It is part of a larger plan to secure world government.

That's how it seems to us anyway. The power elite that wants to run the world has always targeted the US "exception" because it remains an exception. The US was founded as a republic – and the republican culture remains strong.

It has not been eradicated despite the best efforts of the power elite and what we call the Internet Reformation has only reinforced the US's cultural trends in this regard.



Food stamp recipients are ripping off the government for millions of dollars by illegally selling their benefit cards for cash — sometimes even in the open, on eBay or Craigslist — and then asking the government for replacement cards.
The Agriculture Department wants to curb the practice by giving states more power to investigate people who repeatedly claim to lose their benefit cards.
It is proposing new rules Thursday that would allow states to demand formal explanations from people who seek replacement cards more than three times a year. Those who don’t comply can be denied further cards.
Wait, hold on — states don’t already ask for an explanation and under the new rules, you have to “lose” your card three times?


Harvard professor doesn't want 'fuel' against Islam revealed

MSNBC’s new golden girl was in a pickle: If someone sees a black person committing rape or domestic violence, should he report it if it makes black people look bad?

Or if Muslims see wife-beating, genital mutilation and childhood sexual abuse, should they just keep it to themselves, because saying something gives ammunition to the “Islamophobes”?

The questions appear to be simple. But they posed a challenge for the host of the new “Melissa Harris-Perry” show when guest Mona Eltahawy talked about her Foreign Policy magazine cover story about abuse of women by men in the Muslim world.

Eltahawy speaks from experience: She had her arms broken in a demonstration in Egypt and was tortured and raped in an Egyptian jail cell.

So she seemed surprised to find Harris-Perry questioning her right to draw attention to “traditions” such as involuntary female circumcision, wife-beating and childhood sexual abuse.

“I start with a little bit of trepidation in this conversation,” the host said, “in part because I know some of the critiques of this. The very idea that Western press, those that are not from these nations, who are not Muslim ourselves, who are not part of these traditions can look at your article and say ‘ahhh, look at how horrible those men, or those societies, or that religion is.’

“And that is part of the reason why, for example, we have an under-reporting of rape and domestic violence in African American communities,” Harris-Perry continued. “Because we know the violence enacted on black men by police, so we often don’t call. Right?”

Then the MSNBC host brought in Harvard professor Leila Ahmed, who questioned whether Eltahawy should have written the article at all. Not because it was false, but because it made Muslims look bad.


Doctors Report Rise in Kids Eating Detergent Packs

Miniature laundry detergent packets arrived on store shelves in recent months as an alternative to bulky bottles and messy spills. But doctors across the country say children are confusing the tiny, brightly colored packets with candy and swallowing them.

Nearly 250 cases have been reported this year to poison control centers. Though they remain a tiny fraction of the thousands of poisoning calls received every year about household medicines and other cleaning supplies, doctors are concerned. The symptoms they see in connection with ingesting the packets _ such as nausea and breathing problems _ are more severe than typical detergent poisoning.


Child Farm Labor Rule

Advocates for open government are pressing the Labor Department to restore documents about a proposed child farm labor rule. Federal Computer Week reports the documents were promptly withdrawn after the proposal was dropped. The plan would have prevented children from performing hazardous work on farms not owned by their parents. In a letter to Labor acting wage and hour administrator Nancy Leppnik, the Sunlight Foundation and other groups argue that the documents should not have been removed so quickly, regardless of the fact that the proposal was withdrawn.

Freeman Stage Launches Summer Series Saturday

SELBYVILLE – The Freeman Stage at Bayside will kick off the summer with an exciting performance of Cirque Montage on Saturday, May 26. The show is free for all and starts at 7 p.m.

Cirque Montage creates a whimsical world of animated characters that defy the perception of what is possible. The acts weave together in a collage of traditional cutting edge circus arts. Comedy comes in the form of the candid Ringmaster who is shadowed by a mischievous red featherless bird named Raven in search of fame.

Amidst a versatile dance ensemble, which ranges in movement from high octane and electrifying the Ringmaster presents a breath taking father and daughter hand balancing adagio, a variety of high flying aerial arts and a bombastic juggler dancing on the stage as if he’s in the last round of a marathon. Cirque Montage will excite and thrill audiences of all ages.


White House Looking For A Few 'Bad Asses' To Kick-Start 5 Projects

The Presidential Innovation Fellows program will bring 15 experts into government to work on specific programs aimed at improving citizen-government interaction. According to Todd Park, federal chief technology officer, the administration has a certain kind of person in mind for the job openings. "What we are looking for are bad-ass innovators," he said.


Barry offends Polish-Americans while apologizing to Asian-Americans

When apologizing to the Asian community for comments he made last month, D.C. councilmember Marion
 Barry may have offended another minority group on Thursday: Polish people.

Barry said the U.S. has had racial tensions since its founding.

"The Irish caught hell, the Jews caught hell, the Polacks caught hell," Barry said. "We want Ward 8 to be the model of diversity."

The word "Polack" is a derogatory term that describes people of Polish descent.


Arabic Mandatory At City Public School

An upper Manhattan public elementary school will be the first in the city to require that students study Arabic, officials said yesterday.

Beginning next semester, all 200 second- through fifth-graders at PS 368 in Hamilton Heights will be taught the language twice a week for 45 minutes — putting it on equal footing with science and music courses.

One reason Principal Nicky Kram Rosen selected Arabic — as opposed to more common offerings, such as Spanish or French — is because it will help the school obtain a prestigious International Baccalaureate standing.


‘Amazing’ Cruisin Weekend Reported In Resort

OCEAN CITY – Figures prove that last weekend’s 22nd Annual Cruisin Ocean City event had the most visitors in town in the past three years, although the congestion would have you guessing there was much more.

According to demoflush figures, which are estimates based on wastewater flow, there were close to 191,000 people in town this past weekend. In 2011 there was a little less at about 190,500. This year’s figures are the highest since 2009 when there were about 230,700 people in Ocean City over Cruisin weekend.

“It has definitely changed in population as far as participants and spectators, and I think with the forecast of beautiful weather and the actual beautiful weather there was just a lot of people in town for the event,” Meredith Hennen of Special Event Productions said.


Traffic Alert

If anyone is heading east bound towards Ocean City (2 miles before you reach route 90) there are 7 police vehicles and and officer in a cherry picker running radar. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.  Have a great weekend!

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Adbusters Endorses Occupy's Violent 'Black Bloc' Faction

In a piece that must be read to be believed, the radical publication Adbusters, which first suggested the tactic of occupying Wall Street, has now officially endorsed the Black Bloc anarchists as the next phase of the now-flaccid Occupy movement.

This endorsement is especially interesting, since many involved with Occupy publicly deny that the Black Bloc is actually affiliated with Occupy. Many have instead claimed that the Black Bloc are actually undercover police. Don't tell that to Adbusters, though: they give full-throated approval the Black Bloc and their violent May Day tactics in an article entitled, "Battle for the Soul of OccupyRound 7 - The Black Bloc Anarchist Turn."



“Gonna change my way of thinking, make my self a different set of rules. Gonna put my good foot forward and stop being influenced by fools.”
― Bob Dylan

“You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.”
― Bob Dylan

“When you’ve got nothing, you’ve got nothing to loose.”
― Bob Dylan

“every pleasure’s got an edge of pain, pay your ticket and don’t complain”
― Bob Dylan
“And I’ll stand on the ocean until I start sinking.”
― Bob Dylan

A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.”
― Bob Dylan

“Life is more or less a lie, but then again, that’s exactly the way we want it to be.”
― Bob Dylan

“People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.”
― Bob Dylan

“May God bless and keep you always,
May your wishes all come true,
May you always do for others
And let others do for you.
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung,
May you stay forever young,”
― Bob Dylan

Unearthed: Young Obama Took Racial Swipe at Colin Powell

President Obama took an apparent racial swipe at Colin Powell in a 1994 NPR interview in which he implied the four-star general is acceptable to “white America.”

In the same interview, Obama advocates that the government should provide jobs for every citizen and prenatal care for all women.

Obama in 1994 was a community organizer and lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School.

WND unearthed an Oct. 28, 1994, interview the future president gave to NPR in response to political scientist Charles Murray’s controversial book “The Bell Curve,” which argues that there are racial differences in intelligence.


Which Is Worse: Using Your Daughter To Shoplift, Or Abandoning Her At The Police Station?

It's bad enough to involve your 11-year-old daughter in a shoplifting scheme, but to then refuse to pick her up from the police station after you get away? That's more than bad parenting. That's just mean.

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Utility Customers Can Defer Smart Meters

The Maryland Public Service Commission says utility customers can defer installation of so-called smart meters until the panel issues a permanent order on whether customers can opt out of the meters entirely.

The commission's order is effective immediately and affects customers of Baltimore Gas & Electric, Potomac Electric Power Company and Delmarva Power.


The New

My father taught me at an early age that each of us must serve somebody else before we can get around to serving our self. Thanks to your support, I have had the privilege to work in partnership with Governor Martin O’Malley to serve the people of Maryland and help move our State forward through these difficult times.

I believe elected officials have a responsibility to serve all those who we represent, and to help me better serve all Marylanders, today we’re launching a brand new

This website will help me communicate with you about what we are doing in Maryland to strengthen our communities and, also, to hear from you about what more needs to be done.

To go along with the new site, we’ve put together a series of web videos that give you more information about my background and service, as well as two issues I believe very strongly in: ending domestic violence and encouraging more Marylanders to become foster or adoptive parents.

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Investment Firms Warned Off Facebook IPO In Advance While Small-Timers Lose Big Money

In the days leading up to last Friday's initial public offering for Facebook stock, the company raised the IPO price by several dollars a share, leading many small-level and amateur investors to wonder if maybe there was something more to the company than a place to post photos of you and your friends waiting in line to see Men In Black III. But at the same time, large investment firms were reportedly bailing on sinking their money into the social media site.

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Law Dropout With Asperger Syndrome Gets $339,361 In Student Loans Forgiven

College debt is one of the few debts that can't be discharged in bankruptcy, unless you have a really, really good reason. You pretty much have to be dead or have a debilitating disability that keeps you from working. So it caught the attention of the National Law Journal when a 66-year-old Maryland woman had $339,361 in college debt discharged in bankruptcy court earlier this month.

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Free Youth Fishing Derby On June 2 At Salisbury City Park

Hook, Line and Sinker

(Salisbury, MD)
Cast your rod at Salisbury City Park on Saturday, June 2 during the Annual Youth Fishing Derby. This free event is open to children 15 and under. Registration will begin at 8:30am on site (advanced registration is not necessary), and fishing starts promptly at 9:00am. Participants must bring their own rod and bait. Several catch and release contests are planned and trophies will be awarded for the biggest fish, most fish caught, most unusual catch and more.

In preparation for the derby, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will help stock the pond at Salisbury City Park. Approximately 500 blue gills will join the pond’s current inhabitants including catfish, large-mouth bass, perch and carp.

Food and drinks will be provided for all of the youth participants. For more information on this year’s fishing derby please contact Program Director Katie Kuta at 410-548-4900 ext. 109 or email

Congressional Leader Calls For Investigation Of The Pardon Office

The ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee has called on [1] President Barack Obama to order an investigation into the case of Clarence Aaron, a federal prison inmate whose quest for a presidential commutation was the subject of a ProPublica investigation.

The investigation [2], co-published May 13 with the Washington Post, showed that Pardon Attorney Ronald L. Rodgers, who works for the Justice Department, withheld key information from the White House in 2008 regarding Aaron’s application.


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In Race For Better Cell Service, Men Who Climb Towers Pay With Their Lives

Corporate giants have outsourced the work of building and maintaining communications towers to tiny subcontracting companies. Over the last nine years, nearly 100 workers have died, 50 of them on cell sites.

In the spring of 2008, AT&T was racing to roll out a new cell phone network to deliver music, video and online games at faster speeds.

The network, known as 3G, was crucial to the company’s fortunes. AT&T’s cell service had been criticized by customers for its propensity to drop calls, a problem compounded when the company became the sole carrier for the iPhone.

Jay Guilford was a tiny but vital cog in the carrier’s plans.

On a clear evening in May, Guilford was dangling, 150 feet in the air, from a cell tower in southwest Indiana. He had been sent aloft to take pictures of AT&T antennas soon to be replaced by 3G equipment.

Work complete, Guilford sped his descent by rappelling on a rope. Safety standards required him to step down the metal pole, peg by peg, using a special line that would catch automatically if he fell. But tower climbing is a field in which such rules are routinely ignored.

“Bouncy, bouncy,” Guilford, 25, called jovially to men on the ground.

Then, in an instant, the hook attaching the rope to the tower – broken and missing its safety latch – came loose. Guilford plummeted to the gravel below, landing feet first. The impact shattered his legs and burst his aorta. He bled to death in minutes.

Cell phones are our era’s ubiquitous technology device. There are more active cell phones in the U.S. than people.


Judge Says Auto Dealers Must Give Credit Notice

A federal judge says auto dealers who use consumers' bad credit histories to charge them more interest on car loans must tell buyers they have negative information on their credit report, even if the loan is farmed out to a bank or finance company.

That ruling came Thursday from U.S. District Judge Ellen Huvelle in a battle between the National Automobile Dealers Association and the Federal Trade Commission. The law says auto dealers who agree to extend financing have to tell buyers that their bad credit history is being used to charge them more interest.


War Pay: The Nearly $1 Trillion National Security Budget

Recent months have seen a flurry of headlines about cuts (often called “threats”) to the U.S. defense budget. Last week, lawmakers in the House of Representatives even passed a bill that was meant to spare national security spending from future cuts by reducing school-lunch funding and other social programs.

Here, then, is a simple question that, for some curious reason, no one bothers to ask, no less answer: How much are we spending on national security these days? With major wars winding down, has Washington already cut such spending so close to the bone that further reductions would be perilous to our safety?

In fact, with projected cuts added in, the national security budget in fiscal 2013 will be nearly $1 trillion -- a staggering enough sum that it’s worth taking a walk through the maze of the national security budget to see just where that money’s lodged.


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How do you celebrate Memorial Day?

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What will you be doing this weekend?

Top 10 most crowded rest stops

For those courageous enough to brave the messy traffic this Memorial Day weekend, pulling over will be a necessity. But when it comes to needing a break from the wheel, keep in mind that some rest stops are worse that others.

USA Today compiled a list of the 10 rest stops most visited by commuters using the foursquare app. These are likely to be packed with anxious drivers navigating the busy Northeast Corridor.
Here is the top 10:

  • Delaware Welcome Center Travel Plaza (Newark, Del.)
  • Maryland House Travel Plaza (Aberdeen, Md.)
  • Molly Pitcher Service Area (Cranbury, N.J.)
  • Lake Forest Oasis (Lake Forest, Ill.)
  • Cheesequake Rest Area (Sayreville, N.J.)
  • Woodrow Wilson Service Area (Hamilton, N.J.)
  • Chesapeake House Service Plaza (North East, Md.)
  • Grover Cleveland Service Area (Woodbridge, N.J.)
  • Charlton Service Plaza (Charlton, Mass.)
  • Des Plaines Oasis (Des Plaines, Ill.)

Obama, Education aAd The End Of The American Dream


Richard Rorty (1998), the American pragmatist philosopher, begins his book "Achieving Our Country" with the comment, "National pride is to countries what self respect is to individuals: a necessary condition for self improvement" (p. 3). He provides a narrative re-crafting of the dream in pre-Vietnam America by reference to Walt Whitman and John Dewey. According to Rorty, Whitman and Dewey shaped the secular dream of America based on the notion of exceptionalism without reference to the divine - a society where all Americans would become mobilized as political agents in the cause of democracy. He argues that, for Whitman and Dewey, the conjunction of the concepts "America" and "democracy" is an essential part of a new description of what it is to be human. Rorty's success as a philosopher is related to his ability to tell a new story about America and the American Dream, to re-describe the past using a different vocabulary and to highlight how a new philosophical history can make us feel differently about who we are and who we might become. Rorty offers us a "philosophy of hope," a philosophy based on the narrative of cultural invention, self-discovery and national self-creation


County Cuts $851K From School Board Budget

The Worcester County Commissioners met Tuesday in their final budget work session before the plan is set to be voted on June 5. Some of the most important decisions made during that meeting included the following.
Pension Shift Figures Finalized

The exact cost of the long dreaded teacher pension shift has been factored into the budget. Coming in at $1,271,561, the cost of the shift for the first year has been added to the Board of Education section of the budget. Originally, Worcester officials feared that the traditionally state-funded teacher pensions would be dumped to an even greater degree onto the laps of individual counties.

Chief Administrator Gerald Mason reminded the commission that pension costs had a “worst case scenario of $2.2 million.”


Congress Isn't Just Stalemated, It's Broken, Experts Say

Washington - Congress isn’t just stuck in partisan and ideological gridlock: It’s broken.

Once again this month, and probably throughout this year, lawmakers are mired in stalemates over what used to be routine solutions to commonplace issues.

They can’t agree on freezing student loan interest rates, which are due to double July 1. They’re stymied on highways and infrastructure policy. They’re fighting over laws that protect victims of domestic violence.


The Economy Could Be Headed For A "Fiscal Cliff"

That's the warning the Congressional Budget Office had for lawmakers on Tuesday after a looking at the consequences of automatic spending cuts set to take effect at the end of the year, and the expiring Bush tax cuts for ALL Americans. The CBO estimates that the economy will shrink by 1.3% in the first half of 2013 should lawmakers let the spending cuts takes effect and let the tax cuts for ALL Americans expire. On the flip side, the deficit would shrink by about $607 billion. So Republicans would get what they want – deficit reduction – but the economy would tank, and millions more Americans would be out of a job. Democrats have proposed a solution to this problem – which is extending the Bush tax cuts for all Americans except for the Romney-level super-rich. Unfortunately, Republicans would rather watch the economy go off the cliff than see their Romney-level super-rich political donors have to pay their fair share in taxes. Even the Associated Press is asking the question "is the GOP trying to sabotage the economy to hurt Obama?" I think the answer is clearly, yes.

Let People Get High!

So says the American people in a new Rasmussen poll that finds 56% of Americans support legalizing marijuana and regulating it like tobacco and alcohol. Only 36% of Americans were opposed to the idea. The number of Americans supporting marijuana legalization has jumped nearly ten-percent since a similar poll was conducted back in March. And this poll backs up a Gallup poll from last year showing that for the first time pot was criminalized in the 1920s, more than half of the nation supports marijuana legalization. The American people are realizing that Nixon's failed war on drugs has a lot to do with our economic and social problems today – from prison overcrowding, to deficit-inducing drug enforcement, to violence on the Southern border. Let's scrap it altogether and put in place some common-sense drug laws.

Split Commission Plans Tax Hike, Employee Raises

SNOW HILL -- Employees of Worcester County will likely be seeing their first raise in three years this budget cycle while the property tax rate is set to increase 7 cents. However, neither event is guaranteed as the county budget still has to pass a final vote June 5.

Though the tax hike has been considered by many on the commission and the community a forgone conclusion in a year filled with increasing financial demands from the state, both decisions left the County Commission divided.

The commission voted 4-3 to increase the property tax rate by 7 cents from $.70 to $.77 per $100 of assessed value. The increase would bring Worcester property tax revenue back up to constant yield, or the same level as the previous year. This is because recent property reassessments have lowered the value of land in the county and therefore the amount of taxes to be paid has diminished.


What's The Chamber Up To?

Just in case you thought our Congress wasn't the best that money can buy – the Chamber of Commerce is confirming it this election year. At a meeting in Washington, Chamber President Tom Donohue told members that his organization is, "planning on having a good year," and will spend more money this election than they did in 2010, when they spent more than $30 million catapulting corporate shills calling themselves Tea Partiers into Congress. The Chamber is eyeing at least 12 Senate races and 37 House races with their corporate war-chest. Already the Chamber has dumped $3.4 million into this year's election. As for the goal – the Chamber's National Political Director summed it up by saying, "Our strategy is to protect the pro-business majority in the House and advance our interests in the Senate." That's similar to the campaign platform of Warren Harding who in 1920 called for "more business in government and less government in business." Nine years later – the economy crashed. And less than nine years after our first MBA President, George W. Bush, put in place basically the same policies – the economy crashed again. And now, here's the Chamber of Commerce promising to do it all again.

Public Safety Radio Contract Causes Static Over Minority Contracting

Contracts over a statewide wireless radio network for first responders produced a heated debate before the Board of Public Works Wednesday, causing the award to be delayed for two weeks.

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More Maryland Families Than Ever Require Government Aid To Stay Afloat

The number of Maryland families who need government help to make ends meet has reached record levels. More than 700,000 people receive food assistance, the most in state history. A record 70,000 people depend on emergency cash assistance. And the demand for the state's child care subsidy program has caused officials to impose an indefinite freeze on new applicants.

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Berlin Plans First Bridal Stroll During Second Friday

BERLIN – The first step down the aisle in downtown Berlin for the community’s first-ever “Bridal Stroll” will begin at the Second Friday Art Stroll on June 8 from 5-8 p.m.

Participating businesses will be showcasing their special wedding offerings with creative and artistically inspired displays. Already some Berlin businesses have donated over $1,300 in gifts for a “wedding basket” to be given away during the event.

Eleven businesses have donated gifts for the wedding basket give-a-way, each designed to make Berlin the perfect place for couples to “Say I Do”.

Gifts contributed to date include Atlantic Retreat, $200 gift certificate for service or product; Atlantic Hotel, two-night stay in deluxe room and dinner for two in the Drummer’s Café valued at $500; Baked Dessert Café, Get Baking Package with the café’s own cake mix, cupcake papers, measuring cups and more; Ballroom Made Simple, one private lesson for two valued at $48; Bungalow Love, set of Mr. and Mrs. Etched beer Mug/Wine Glass valued at $45; Culver’s Antiques, $150 gift certificate; Furious Fitness; free one-month gym membership with one training session, a $65 value; The Nest, Canapé Set valued at $75; Treasure Chest, Wedding Planner Book and Jewelry Cleaner valued at $35; Victorian Charm, Brighton “Charming Wedding” bracelet, a $125 value; and Waystead Inn, Cooking Class for two valued at $70.


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Friday Freebies: Memorial Day deals and steals

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  • Tanger Outlets in Ocean City is holding a Summer Savings Bash May 26-27. There will be a performance by American Idol Kris Allen, fireworks, a rock climbing wall and face painting. Also, if you spend $75 in one day, you can get a free tote bag while supplies last.
  • If you're a fan of Starbucks coffee and/or tea, you might consider getting it delivered regularly. It's called a subscription, and right now if you start a subscription you'll get a free Bodum coffee press with your first order. Available while supplies last.
  • Grab 10 free songs (an album's worth!) from USA Today and iTunes. The play list includes tunes by Bon Iver, Feist and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. Offer expires August 31.

Community Yard Sale

Tamarac Village Community Yard Sale (next to Parkside High School) Saturday, May 26th from 7 -12.

AWOL Muslim Soldier Guilty in Fort Hood Bomb Plot

A federal jury on Thursday convicted a Muslim soldier on six charges in connection with a failed plot to blow up a Texas restaurant full of Fort Hood troops, his religious mission to get "justice" for the people of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Jurors in U.S. District Court in Waco deliberated a little more than an hour before finding Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo guilty of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, attempted murder of U.S. officers or employees, and four counts of possessing a weapon in furtherance of a federal crime of violence.

Abdo, 22, did not stand with his attorneys when jurors and the judge entered the room, and he showed no emotion when each of the six guilty verdicts was read by the court clerk. Abdo, who's been accused of spitting blood on authorities escorting him and a jailer, wore a mask covering his nose and mouth throughout the trial.





New York Senate Bill Seeks To End Anonymous Internet Posting

Anonymity is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, the United States was founded, in part, thanks to Thomas Paine's anonymously written, pro-revolution pamphlet Common Sense. On the other hand, 12-year-olds who post anonymously on the internet can be rather unpleasant and cause real problems by cyberbullying. Whether you think the good outweighs the bad, this news is troubling indeed: A far-reaching bill introduced in the New York State Senate could end the practice of posting online once and for all.

Flats), S6779 would require that any anonymous post online is subject to removal if the poster refuses to post — and verify — their legal name, their IP address, and their home address. From the (likely well intentioned) bill:

"A web site administrator upon request shall remove any comments posted on his or her web site by an anonymous poster unless such anonymous poster agrees to attach his or her name to the post and confirms that his or her IP address, legal name, and home address are accurate. All web site administrators shall have a contact number or e-mail address posted for such removal requests, clearly visible in any sections where comments are posted."

Critics are quick to point out how dangerous and ineffective the anti-privacy bill would be in the off chance that it somehow passes. After all, IP addresses do nothing to verify a person's identity, and including your home address on a controversial internet post could open you up to real-life threats.


Publishers Notes: It will never happen.


(Forestville, MD) The Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Unit arrested a Prince George’s County resident this morning in connection with the possession and distribution of child pornography.

The accused is identified as Chandler Earl Vines, 22, of the 7000 block of Flag Harbor Drive in Forestville. He is charged with two counts each of distribution and possession of child pornography. If convicted, Vines faces to up to 30 years in prison.

The Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Section began this investigation in April after receiving information from the Air Force Office of Special Investigations at Andrews Air Force Base. Air Force investigators located a suspect computer sharing child pornography on a peer-to-peer network. That information was given to a State Police investigator who was able to trace the activity back to Vines’ Flag Harbor address.

A search warrant was executed early this morning. A preliminary review of a computer owned by Vines revealed the presence of child pornography. A detailed computer forensic examination will be conducted on all seized equipment at a later date.

Vines was processed at the Forestville Barrack. He is currently awaiting an initial appearance before a Prince George’s County Court Commissioner for a bond hearing.

The Computer Crimes Unit’s primary mission is to protect children from computer-facilitated sexual exploitation. The unit works cooperatively with law enforcement agencies and prosecutors to provide resources to combat these crimes. The unit is also charged with helping to prevent the spread of these crimes through education and community awareness.


We went out to Rita's Wednesday night for the cruise that normally takes place on Wednesday's through out the summer. As we were waiting in line a fire truck and ambulance pulled up. After seeing my 3 year old son Cameron in line, one of the fire fighters went back to the fire truck and came back with a fireman's hat for Cameron. They then opened up the fire truck and ambulance and allowed him to look inside, ask questions and have a very hands on experience. Although he was a little shy at first he began to open up and asked questions up till the fire dept got a call. He then got to see them drive off with the lights flashing and sirens blaring, as the fire truck was pulling off he said "daddy when I get bigger I want to drive a fire truck and ambulance so I can help people." He then wore the hat the remainder of the evening. Upon waking up this morning it was the first thing he went for and has wore it all afternoon while outside playing. I wanted to say thank you to the fire department for taking those few minutes of their time and really making an impression on Cameron. He also stated that it was the best Rita's trip ever!

Thank you to the Salisbury Fire Dept.

Tommy, Cameron and family

Auditors Find Continuing Problems At County Social Service Agencies

County social service agencies don’t do a good job of tracking foster children, leave federal funding on the table, have missing files on welfare checks and grant food stamps to too many ineligible people, a new state audit found. These problems and a host of others on documentation and control were found in some of the largest social service agencies in the state, and scores of the issues were repeat errors that had been found in previous audits.

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