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Friday, June 15, 2012

Homeless Texas Man Finds $77,000, Gets to Keep It

A Texas  city council ruled this week that a homeless man who found $77,000 worth of gold collectible coins and $100 bills in a river could keep his treasure.

Bastrop City Council voted 6-0 Tuesday night that the money Timothy Yost found while washing his feet in the Colorado River Jan. 18 belonged to him. The city has had possession of the money since that time.

“It was a considerable sum of money, and we anticipated it would draw a fair amount of attention,” Bastrop Mayor Terry Orr said. “The city could have kept the money, because no one came forward to claim it, but we elected not to do that. It’s clearly Mr. Yost’s.”

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Bristol Palin Sued by Bar Heckler

Last September, Bristol Palin was heckled at a West Hollywood bar and restaurant by a man who called her mom, Sarah Palin, a “whore” and made a crude reference about Bristol’s former relationship with the father of her child, Levi Johnston. That heckler is now suing.

According to TMZ.com, Stephen Hanks’ lawsuit notes that Bristol suggested he is a homosexual during their exchange, which occurred while she was shooting a segment for her new Lifetime series, “Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp.” Hanks claims he’s been featured in ads for the show despite the fact that he never signed a waiver.

Hanks also states that Bristol falsely claimed to a magazine that the incident was the reason why she moved from Los Angeles back to her native Alaska. He argues that Palin bought a home in Alaska two months before the incident.

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Berlin’s Zenna Wellness Center Celebrates Opening

The Zenna Wellness Center, Berlin’s first-ever Zumba, yoga and aerial yoga studio, aims to stretch the town’s horizons as well as its limbs.

“There was always a vision here,” said co-owner Chrissy Ehrhart-Knight of putting the studio on Main Street.

Ehrhart-Knight, Cate Carrick Nellans and Jesse Martin came up with the idea for a Zumba and yoga center long before they actually made any moves to set up in town.

“Chrissy and I started talking about the idea a year and a half ago,” said Nellans.

Once the pair decided to look for space in Berlin, they found that the process went faster than expected. According to Nellans, a lease for the 10 South Main Street location was signed just last March, while the studio doors opened officially last Friday. Prior to opening, Ehrhart-Knight revealed that the building had to be “totally gutted” and refitted to house high-energy Zumba classes.

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Victim in Florida Teen Burning Takes the Stand

Michael Brewer, who was nearly burned to death by his middle-school classmates in 2009, took the stand Thursday against the teen accused of planning the attack.

On the afternoon of Oct. 12, 2009, Bent and two other teens, all 15 at the time, confronted Brewer near an apartment complex in Deerfield Beach, Fla. One boy doused Brewer with rubbing alcohol they found in a container on the street, then another set him ablaze with a lighter.

"I felt like I was going to die," Brewer testified Thursday afternoon, NBC 6 Miami reported.

More than two and a half years after the fire covered 65 percent of Brewer's body with second- and third-degree burns, he confronted the alleged ringleader of the attack, 17-year-old Matthew Bent, in a trial that has captured national attention. Charged with attempted second-degree murder and facing 30 years in prison if convicted, Bent was angry at him, Brewer said, because he refused to buy drug paraphernalia from Bent.

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Local Program Offers Response Hotline During Disasters

OCEAN CITY -- Hurricane season is here and after last year’s near-miss with Hurricane Irene, Royal Plus President Matt Odachowski presented local business owners and public officials with tips on how to prepare and respond if a disaster should strike Ocean City.

Odachowski drove this point home by highlighting some of the situations that his company’s “Disaster Kleenup” crews have confronted in the past during an event this week at the Ocean City Marlin Club.

“We don’t want to be in the position as a community that some of these communities have been,” he explained while showing slides of the after-effects of hurricanes.

The slides underlined the level of destruction that such storms are capable of producing and the incredible amount of effort it takes to clean everything up.

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Cost of Rearing a Child Rises to $234,000

Having kids is expensive, as if parents needed to be told that. But the US government issued a report today quantifying just how expensive: For a child born now, it will cost an average of $234,900 to raise them, and that's just to age 18.

The total cost is up 3.5 percent from a year ago, according to the US Department of Agriculture report. Child care and education, transportation and food had the biggest cost jumps.

Costs vary by family income. A typical family earning less than $59,410 a year will spend $169,080 in 2011 dollars to rear a child, but parents who make over $102,870 will pay $389,670, according to the study.

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‘God Hates Everything’: Westboro Baptist Church Pickets Against the Rev. Billy Graham

Westboro Baptist Church, the extremist group that is known for picketing military funerals and other related events, has a new target: the Rev. Billy Graham. The anti-gay hate group went after the famed minister on Tuesday, waving signs, playing music and making statements accusing the faith leader of putting profits before preaching the gospel

About a dozen of the protesters assembled outside of the Billy Graham Training Center in Swannanoa, North Carolina, going on to continue their protest later in Montreat. The troop was accompanied by 20 counter-protesters from the Asheville area, who assembled to rail against the group’s message.

The Citizen-Times has more about the elements of anti-Graham sentiment that was present among the Westboro protesters:

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Hollywood Might Be Coming To Ocean City This Fall

It was announced this week that there is a possibility that a movie, Ping Pong Summer, starring actress Susan Sarandon, will be filmed in Ocean City this September.

Following Tuesday afternoon’s Mayor and City Council meeting, officials received invitations to a cocktail party on June 28 to introduce the movie.

Ruth Waters, director of sales for the Harrison Group Resort Hotels & Restaurants, sent out the invites as she has been working closely with the project and its director and writer, Michael Tully.

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LIVE From 3rd Friday In Salisbury




The rest of the world must be at the Chicken Festival because they sure aren't Downtown. I know its early but I have been to many of these events where people are here well before 5:00 and it's somewhat busy.

I was speaking to someone about the event a little while ago and they said they don't go any more because its always the same vendors. Salisbury needs to spice it up more.

Congress Eyes Workplace 'Protections' For Transgenders

A Senate committee, for the first time in years, is giving serious consideration to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which in spite of its title is intended to provide special “protections” for homosexuals and transgender persons in workplaces across America.

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee gave ear this week for the first time to a transgender person testifying at a U.S. Senate hearing in favor of ENDA, which critics say would force employers to surrender their religious conscience rights while giving employees access to restrooms designated for individuals of the opposite sex

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Executive Order Launches Regulatory Reform And Review

Gov. Markell Joined by Small Business Owners and Bipartisan Group of Legislators to Announce Changes

Dover – To tackle outdated, ineffective and redundant regulations while giving a boost to small business, Governor Jack Markell today signed an executive order that launches a statewide effort that brings citizens, businesses and state agencies together to identify and remove regulatory hurdles.

“Regulations, when properly used, can help meet shared goals. They can ensure the safety of the food we eat, the hospitals we visit, and the roads we drive. But regulations can become outdated and inconsistent. They don’t work the way they were intended to work. In short, they can become a problem, not part of a solution. This is a statewide effort to find those problems and remove them,” said Markell, who has visited over 750 businesses in Delaware since his swearing-in.

Before the Governor signed the Order, he heard from a bipartisan group of legislators and a number of small business owners representing the National Federation of Independent Businesses.

“This reinforces Delaware’s ranking among the best places in the country to do business,” said NFIB State Director Ellen Valentino. “Small businesses are deeply appreciative and we’re looking forward to working with the Governor’s administration to implement this order.”

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Living Large in a Tiny House

Imagine living in a space that measures a mere 168 square feet, more than 14 times smaller than the average American home. That’s the reality for one family of four who, for the past year, has been living in their “Tiny House” tucked away in the rural mountains of Virginia.  It’s here, they say, that they’ve truly learned how less can be so much more. In fact, in just one year the family has managed to save about $3,000 a month by downsizing in more ways than one.

The move began when Hari, her husband Karl and their two young children Archer and Ella were forced to give up their 1,500 square foot home last year due to financial struggles. Hari and Karl decided to take matters into their own hands, literally, by building their new tiny house with just $13,000 in materials found on Craigslist. Karl’s a bit of a handyman, to say the least. His parents helped build homes for a living and he learned the ropes at a young age.

The Tiny House is temporary. The end goal, they say, is to save enough to one day build a bigger home, one that’s 100% mortgage-free. And with the amount they’ve saved so far, they’re right on schedule to do so. 

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DOING FINE

Berlin Starts Ambassador Program

BERLIN -- Visitors to Berlin’s Main St. this summer are in for an unusual sight -- a bright yellow umbrella with town employees underneath waiting to give out directions and information.

Dubbed “the Berlin Ambassador Program,” June through August will see volunteer town employees, of which there are currently 34, out on Main St. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors will be able to approach the employees for directions around town, tips on where to go to find dinning or shopping, as well as general information about Berlin.

According to Mayor Gee Williams, the idea originated months ago, when town leadership began to realize that an influx of new businesses, and the re-arrangement of old ones, has many visitors and even some locals curious about what is going on in Berlin.

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THE GOLDEN RULE

Time To Get Out Of The Middle East


It takes a lot of time and effort to try to understand American counter-terrorism policy today.


Personally, I think the status quo is like trying to treat a cocaine overdose with methamphetamine. It’s like trying to cure chlamydia by having sex with multiple random strangers in a park. It’s like trying to cure a broken nose by punching oneself in the face.


Or, as Glenn Greenwald puts it:
I absolutely believe that another 9/11 is possible. And the reason I believe it’s so possible is that people like Andrew Sullivan — and George Packer — have spent the last decade publicly cheering for American violence brought to the Muslim world, and they continue to do so (now more than ever under Obama). Far from believing that another 9/11 can’t happen, I’m amazed that it hasn’t already, and am quite confident that at some point it will. How could any rational person expect their government to spend a full decade (and counting) invading, droning, cluster-bombing, occupying, detaining without charges, and indiscriminately shooting huge numbers of innocent children, women and men in multiple countries and not have its victims and their compatriots be increasingly eager to return the violence?


Isn’t it painfully obvious? The interventionist policies — occupation, drone strikes, cluster-bombing, indefinitely detention, false vaccination programs and so forth — in the middle east advocated by both “liberal” and “conservative” hawks that are supposed to prevent terrorism are creating anger, creating enemies, and creating terrorists. I too am amazed another 9/11 hasn’t happened. I despise jihadism and Islamism. It is contrary to everything I stand for. That’s exactly why I oppose a foreign policy that serves as a hugely effective recruiting tool for the totalitarian jihadists.


Yemeni lawyer Haykal Bafana explained the rationale last month:
Dear Obama, when a U.S. drone missile kills a child in Yemen, the father will go to war with you, guaranteed. Nothing to do with Al Qaeda.


Or as convicted terrorist Faisal Shahzad put it:
Well, the drone hits in Afghanistan and Iraq, they don’t see children, they don’t see anybody. They kill women, children, they kill everybody. I am part of the answer to the U.S. terrorizing the Muslim nations and the Muslim people. And, on behalf of that, I’m avenging the attack. Living in the United States, Americans only care about their own people, but they don’t care about the people elsewhere in the world when they die.


Or as former CIA counter-terrorism expert Michael Scheuer noted:
The idea that has been pushed by President Clinton and President Bush and Mr. Cheney and Barack Obama and Senator McCain, that America is being attacked [for its freedom] is a disservice to the population of the United States. This war is not against Americans because we’re Americans, it’s motivated by the activities of our government and its allies in the Muslim world.
So why do we keep doing this? Two reasons: hubris and greed.


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Feds use tax dollars to fund pet shampoo ad, reality show in India

Every year, the federal government spends hundreds of millions of dollars to market agricultural products abroad — sending taxpayers’ money to subsidize the advertising campaigns of some of the country’s largest brand names, according to a report by the Senate’s chief waste-watcher.

Sen. Tom Coburn said taxpayer money has gone to subsidize projects such as a promotion of pet shampoo and a reality television show in India sponsored by an American cotton promotor. The Oklahoma Republican said it’s time to trim the flow.

He is releasing a report Thursday morning that highlights a number of brands he said don’t need the help when that money could be better spent reducing the government’s deficit.

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Unemployment As A Lifestyle


All one hears is that the lack of jobs is the number one economic problem. Well documented are endless examples of systemic destruction in employment opportunities. The negative consequences of off shoring corporate jobs are undeniable. Up until now, the little attention placed on the psychological mindsets that build the structural impediments for a healthy main street economy, keep a serious discussion on jobs, just going in circles.

The official attitude that government social agencies exist to mitigate economic distress is a staple ever since the New Deal era. Much of the state of mind that created the welfare society emerged from the "do gooders" in New York State. The result from decades of socialization and educational indoctrination left us with the entitlement culture. One illustration supports the contention.
The NYAPRS, New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services provides conclusions from a 2009 survey taken from informants who were consumers of employment services, administrators of state agencies, and community providers.

This research revealed several systemic and structural barriers to employment:

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Economic Morons!

Not everyone from the Western Shore are liberals. This picture was taken on Interstate 70 in Howard County, between the Route 97 exit (Cooksville) and Route 94 (Woodbine/Lisbon) exit

Obama Turns to NYC Celebrities for Campaign Cash

President Barack Obama soaked in the support _ and the campaign cash _ of Manhattan's elite entertainers Thursday as his re-election team sought to fill its fundraising coffers.

The president and first lady Michelle Obama made a rare joint fundraising appearance when they visited the home of actors Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick. The intimate dinner banked about $2 million, with 50 people paying $40,000 each.

The dinner was the Obama campaign's latest attempt to bank on celebrities for fundraising help in countering the growing donor enthusiasm from Republicans supporting Mitt Romney's presidential bid.

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SECRETARY NAPOLITANO’S DEFERRED ACTION PROCESS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Statement from Governor Martin O’Malley on SECRETARY NAPOLITANO’S DEFERRED ACTION PROCESS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

ANNAPOLIS, MD (June 15, 2012)
– Governor Martin O’Malley today released the following statement on U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano’s announcement of a deferred action process for young people who are low enforcement priorities:

“I am pleased that Secretary Napolitano has announced this very positive and important step for young people in our country who consider themselves Americans and deserve the opportunity to contribute to our country’s future without the fear of enforcement action. This is the only nation that many of these young people have known, and they’ve worked hard to succeed here.”

“I wholeheartedly support President Obama and Secretary Napolitano for taking this important action, which is a step in the right direction towards comprehensive immigration reform. I call on Maryland residents to build on this momentum by supporting our own DREAM Act to give our children a chance to gain the skills and education they need to compete and win in the future.”

Community Yard Sale


Nottingham Woods Community Yard Sale- Saturday, June 16 7:00-noon

Outten Road and enter cul-de-sacs on Camelot Drive, or enter Friar Tuck Lane and other cul-de-sacs off of Parker Road.

Clothing, some furniture, miscellaneous treasures!

Hubris As The Evil Force In History

I have always been intrigued by the Battle of Bull Run, the opening battle of the US Civil War, known to southerners as the War of Northern Aggression. Extreme hubris characterized both sides, the North before the battle and the South afterwards.

Republican politicians and their ladies in their finery road out to Manassas, the Virginia town through which the stream, Bull Run, flowed, in carriages to watch the Union Army end the “Southern Rebellion” in one fell swoop. What they witnessed instead was the Union Army fleeing back to Washington with its tail between its legs. The flight of the northern troops promoted some southern wags to name the battle, the Battle of Yankee Run.

The outcome of the battle, left the South infected with the hubris that had so abruptly departed the North. The southerners concluded that they had nothing to fear from cowards who ran away from a fight. “We have nothing to worry about from them,” decided the South. It was precisely at this point that hubris defeated the South.

Historians report that the flight back to Washington left the Union Army and the US capital in a state of disorganization for three weeks, during which time even a small army could have taken the capital. Historians inclined not to see the battle as a victory for the South claim that the southerners were exhausted by the effort it took to put the yankees to flight and simply hadn’t the energy to pursue them, take Washington, hang the traitor Lincoln and all the Republicans, and end the war.

Exhausted troops or not, if Napoleon had been the southern general, the still organized southern army would have been in Washington as fast as the disorganized Union. Possibly the southerners would have engaged in ethnic cleansing by enslaving the yankees and selling them to Africans, thus ejecting from the country the greed-driven northern imperialists who, in the southern view, did not know how to behave either in private or in public.

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Van Jones Group Uses NAACP Style Racism Ad Tactic Against ALEC

Color of Change, a left wing attack group founded by former White House Green Jobs Czar Van Jones, is on a mission to smearthe American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC is a 30 year-old non-partisan membership association for “conservative state lawmakers who shared a common belief in limited government, free markets, federalism, and individual liberty.” As a result of the organization’s successful assistance to lawmakers in state legislatures it has made them the target of liberal smear campaigns.

Left wing groups are attacking ALEC by intimidating ALEC’s corporate donors who have benefited from the conservative organization’s work over the years. A number of these long time donors have fled ALEC after Color of Change and their allies falsely accused ALEC of racism. Below is a radio ad being played in New Jersey that scared away Johnson & Johnson from ALEC’s corporate donor list:

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Troopers Make Drug Arrest On Traffic Stop Near Milford


Location: Coastal Highway (SR1) northbound at Argos Corner Road, Milford, DE

Date of Occurrence: Wednesday June 13, 2012 at approximately 7:05 p.m.

Defendant, Charges and Bond Information:
William S. Robbins, 36, Milford, DE (Photo Attached)
Possession of Heroin
Possession of a Controlled Substance (2 counts)
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Driving Under the Influence of Drugs
Driving While Suspended
Speeding
Expired Registration
Fictitious Registration
No Proof of Insurance

Arraigned at JP3 and committed to SCI on $4,750.00 secured bond.

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Milford, DE- The Delaware State Police have arrested a Milford man for drug possession after he was stopped for speeding.

Troopers on assignment for the Office of Highway Safety, Federal Aggressive Driving Campaign, were patrolling the area of SR1 and Truitt Road yesterday evening, when a motorcycle was observed on radar traveling above the posted speed limit. Troopers were able to stop the Kawasaki motorcycle in the area of SR1 northbound at Argos Corner Road and make contact with the operator, William S. Robbins, 36, of Milford. Robbins, who appeared to be under the influence of drugs and could not provide any identification, was taken into custody. A back pack that Robbins was in possession of contained over 2.7 grams of Heroin, 8 Clonazepam pills, 5.5 Diazepam pills, 64 syringes, and other drug paraphernalia. A computer inquiry into Robbins license yielded a capias out of Sussex County Court of Common Pleas.

Robbins was transported back to Troop 7 where he was arrested on the above listed charges. He was arraigned at JP3 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $4,750.00 secured bond.

Drone That Crashed This week In Dorchester County Cost $45.9 Million

The cost factor was underscored this week, after one of the Navy's unmanned aircraft crashed in Maryland. The aircraft was one of five Global Hawk drones acquired from the Air Force for surveillance testing; according to the Navy, the military paid $45.9 million for the crashed drone, although Pentagon budget documents put its average unit cost much higher.

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US Jobless Claims Rise to 386K

More Americans sought unemployment aid last week, suggesting hiring remains sluggish.

The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly unemployment benefit applications rose 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 386,000, an increase from an upwardly revised 380,000 the previous week.

The four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose for the third straight week to 382,000. That's the highest in six weeks.

Weekly applications are a measure of the pace of layoffs. When they drop below 375,000, it typically suggests hiring is strong enough to reduce the unemployment rate.

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Bush Dynasty

Is it just me or have you noticed all the recent poignant and touching stories in the establishment mainstream media about the Bushes, particularly Jeb Bush and his father George H. W. Bush. It seems that a full court press is on to "humanize" and create a new spin on the legacy of the Bush dynasty. For what purpose? To have Jeb appear as "the man on the white horse" come to save the Party as its legacy nominee and in the name of party unity, seize the GOP nomination from Mitt Romney who is still distrusted by the party's base of supporters? Jeb's most recent remarks about the need for moderation are very suspicious. Is he testing the waters for a palace coup attempt in Tampa?

Everyone should carefully study the 1940 GOP Presidential Convention and its "dark horse" nominee Wendell Willkie. The world was at war in Europe. The Republicans held an "open convention" in Philadelphia. There were two non-interventionist candidates, former president Herbert Hoover and Ohio Senator Robert Taft (Ron Paul's mentor). Thomas Dewey of New York represented the Rockefeller forces, Senator Arthur Vandenberg of Michigan (another prominent non-interventionist who was "turned" by covert female British agents), several other lesser candidates, and Willkie (covertly chosen by Thomas W. Lamont of the House of Morgan, FDR, and by British Intelligence).

The story is laid out in full in Thomas E. Mahl's brilliant book, Desperate Deception: British Covert Operations in the United States, 1939-44, in his chapter 8, "We Want Willkie."

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More Solyndra Corruption: Lied About Layoffs, Excessive Bonuses

When Solyndra, the $535 million boondoggle that the Obama Administration funded and championed, went bankrupt, the company stated that 1100 workers lost their jobs. That was a lie; the Labor Department now has revealed that 1861 workers were let go. That’s 70% higher than Solyndra claimed. 

In addition, the Labor Department reports that Solyndra increased production in 2011 even though it didn’t come close to selling off its inventory of panels. The company had enough panels to power about 23,000 homes but still pressed ahead with their production. It’s unlikely that they would have proceeded in this manner if they had not been funded by the government.

Solyndra was corrupt in other ways; senior executives collected multiple bonuses, some as high as $60,000, even though they were heading toward bankruptcy. More than a dozen senior executives received huge quarterly bonuses on April 15 and again on July 8 in 2011.

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Squealing Versus Killing

If you are still listening to those in the political class who are falling over each other to condemn leaks from the government to the media, you’d think the leaks had revealed private information in which the public has no legitimate interest, or perhaps a planned secret government mission to rescue innocents. Neither is the case.

Republicans and Democrats in Congress, most of them from the House and Senate intelligence committees, have blasted the White House for leaking to The New York Times and others the existence of President Obama’s secret kill list and his cyber-warfare against Iran. According to those doing the blasting, the leaks were made in order to bolster the president’s war-on-terror credentials with voters in anticipation of an onslaught against those credentials by Gov. Mitt Romney in the coming fall presidential campaign.

So, who has violated the Constitution and federal law, who has caused more harm and who has performed more of a disservice to the nation: those who leaked the truth to the media, or the president, who caused death and destruction among those he hates and fears?

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BREAKING NEWS: Obama To Speak On Immigration Policy Shift

President Obama to speak at 1:15 pm ET on new policy granting young illegal immigrants immunity: Watch live on Fox News and FoxNews.com

American Drivers Turn To Smaller, Better Engines

Back when gas was cheap, Americans bought cars with V-8 engines like the Big Block, Cobra Jet and Ramcharger. Acceleration was all that mattered, even in family cars that never made it to full throttle.

The 427-cubic inch Chevrolet Tri-Power was the siren song of the gearhead, sending Corvettes roaring down the highway at up to 140 mph.

But now, thanks to government regulation and gas-price gyrations, the motors that move the nation's cars and trucks are shrinking.

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Holly Center Canteen Boutique Opening

The Canteen Boutique at the Holly Center

We open the Boutique to the public on the third Wednesday of each month. Our next opening is on Wednesday, June 20th, from 11am - 3pm. All proceeds from that days sales go directly to help our residents living here at the Holly Center. We have new and gently used clothing items as well as jewelry and home decor. Great summer bargains and low prices. We also have delicious soup provided by Dayton's Family Restaurant, homemade baked goods made by our Auxiliary Volunteers, freshly grilled all beef hotdogs, and soda or bottled water for sale.

Agenda For June 18 Work Session

SALISBURY CITY COUNCIL
WORK SESSION AGENDA
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JUNE 18, 2012
CONFERENCE ROOM 306
GOVERNMENT OFFICE BUILDING

1:30 p.m. Zoning Code Changes – Jack Lenox
 Board of Zoning Appeals
 Ordinance Permit - Emmanuel Wesleyan Church daycare
2:00 p.m. Policy on Extra Duty/Secondary Employment – Chief Duncan
2:30 p.m. Special Meeting (pending required signatures from Council)
 Ordinance No. 2206 – 2nd reading - budget amendment to appropriate funds received
from Wastewater Treatment Plant settlements
 Resolution No. 2169 - accepting gift from Salisbury University for Streetscape
improvements for Onley/Bateman project
3:00 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. Comcast Consultant proposals for franchise re-negotiation – John Pick
3:45 p.m. Workflow & Council Rules of Order
4:30 p.m. General Discussion/Upcoming Agendas
4:45 p.m. Adjournment

Discount Amusement Park Tickets Sold At Wicomico Youth & Civic Center

(Salisbury, MD) Are you craving the rush of a roller coaster or the smell of funnel cakes this summer? If you plan to visit one of the many amusement parks in the Northeast or Mid-Atlantic regions you can save yourself some money by purchasing discounted tickets from the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center Box Office.

PARK GATE PRICE SELLING PRICE



BUSCH GARDENS (2 & under free)

Special Days (3/24 – 9/3) $66.99 $52.00

WATER COUNTRY (2 & under free)

All Ages $47.99 $38.00

DORNEY PARK (2 & under free)

Adult $48.99 $38.00

Jr/Sr (3+ & under 48” & 62+) $29.99 $28.00

DUTCH WONDERLAND (2 & under free)

All Ages $35.99 $34.00

HERSHEY PARK (2 & under free)

Adult $56.95 $48.00

Jr. (3-8), Sr. (55 - 69) $35.95 $36.00

Special Days (5/4–6/29; Sun-Fri only) $56.95 $38.00

Camp Specials (7/1-8/17) $56.95 $36.00

KINGS DOMINION (2 & under free)

Adult $59.99 $44.00

Jr/Sr (3-61 & under 48” or 62+) $37.99 $33.00

Spring (April & May weekends) $59.99 $34.00

Summer Days (6/30 - 8/4) $59.99 $34.00

Fall Fun(9/1-3;8,16,23,29,30; Oct weekends)$59.99 $34.00

SESAME PLACE (under 23 months are free)

All Ages (Good Any Day) $62.17 $51.00

Special Days (7/1-7/31) $62.17 $43.00

SIX FLAGS AMERICA (MD.) (2 & under free)

Good Any Day — All ages $62.84 $34.00

Special Days (7/1-7/31) $62.84 $29.00

SIX FLAGS GREAT ADVENTURE (NJ) (2 & under free)

Good Any Day (Theme & Safari) $78.32 $36.00

Hurricane Harbor $39.99 $26.00

Discounts are available for children and adults of all ages. Unless otherwise noted, children two and under are free. Reduced price tickets are available all season long and include special days at some of the parks.

For more information about discount amusement park tickets, please contact the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center Box Office at 410-548-4911 or visit the Box Office located at 500 Glen Ave. in Salisbury, MD (open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm).

Today's Fill In The Blank 6-15-12

If you could change one flaw in your life it would be ______.

How The Election Is Being Rigged Before You Vote

It shouldn’t be any surprise, but the presidential election is shaping up as a case study in how to manipulate the democratic process.

The media have played a huge roll, of course, by manipulating Obama’s poll numbers, which seem to stay high despite numerous reports of his losing ground among various constituent groups.

Careful selection of the stories to downplay or ignore is also important. The Fast and Furious scandal, the presidential leak scandal, the almost complete ignoring of the Catholic Church’s battle with the administration, the proof that President Obama was a dues-paying member of the socialist New Party, the ongoing coverup of Obama’s past — the list is long and getting longer every day.

But there are deeper manipulations going on.

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Returning Vet

A USMC LCPL returns after two tours in AFG, 20 June 2012 at 2130 (9:30 PM Civ time) at SBY Airport..

His family is in Salisbury.

This Just In

M&T Bank on Phillip Morris and Rt 50

Someone put a bullet through the glass door of the ATM enclosure, bank lobby was closed and you could only use the drive thru.

UPS guy tells me the lobby is open now.

Investigators Looking For Wanted Sex Offender


Location: Seaford or Dover area

Date of Occurrence: June 6, 2012

Suspect and Charges:

Roger W. Price, 50, Seaford, DE (Photo Attached)
White male, 6’00” tall, 210 lbs, brown hair, and hazel eyes
Failure to Re-Register as a Sex Offender

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Seaford, DE- The Delaware State Police Sex Offender Apprehension and registration Unit (S.O.A.R) is currently looking for a Seaford sex offender after he failed to re-register his current address.

Investigators have obtained warrants on Roger W. Price, 50, who is a moderate risk Tier 2 sex offender, after they learned that he failed to re-register is home address within three days as he is required to do by law.

Roger Price is described as a white male, 6’00” tall and 210 lbs., brown hair and hazel eyes. Price may be operating a gray 1994 Toyota Camry with Delaware registration HP16483 and could possibly be in the Seaford or Dover area.

The Delaware State Police Sex Offender Apprehension and Registration Unit is asking anyone who may know the location of Roger W. Price to call 9-1-1 or 302-739-5882. Citizens may also provide a tip by texting keyword “DSP” plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Tipsters may also provide information through lines maintained by Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333.

Callers can also submit information via the internet at www.tipsubmit.com.

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WCSO Press Releases 6-15-12

Incident: Violation of a Protective Order
Date of Incident: 12 June 2012
Location: North Salisbury Blvd., Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Justin Suave, 21, Pittsville, MD

Narrative: On 12 June 2012
at 7:04 PM, a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office responded to a commercial business on North Salisbury Blvd for a report of a violation of a protective order. The deputy learned that Justin Suave, who had just been released after an earlier arrest for violation of a protective order, went to the place of employment of the subject who had gotten the protective order and asked him for a ride back to Pittsville, The Protective order also barred Suave from contacting the petitioner at his place of employment. The deputy also discovered that Suave had a copy of the order in his pocket with the conditions clearly detailed.

The deputy placed Suave under arrest and transported him to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. After an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained Suave in the detention Center in lieu of $25,000.00 bond.

Charges: Violation of a Protective Order

Incident: Violation of a Protective Order
Date of Incident: 12 June 2012
Location: 7000 block of Maple Street, Pittsville, MD
Suspect: Justin Suave, 21, Pittsville, MD

Narrative: On 12 June 2012
at 12:45 PM, a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported complaint of a violation of a Protective Order in the 7000 block of Maple Street in Pittsville. Upon arrival, the deputy learned that Justin Suave had entered a residence through a window, after being barred from the residence on a Protective Order that had been issued and served back on 7
June 2012. Upon contact with Suave who was still inside upon the deputy’s arrival, Suave admitted he knew there was an active protective order barring him from the residence.

The deputy placed Suave under arrest and transported him to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. After an initial appearance, the Commissioner released Suave on Personal Recognizance.

Charges: Violation of a Protective Order

Incident: Disorderly Conduct
Date of Incident: 11 June 2012
Location: 600 block of S. Westover Drive, Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Jeanette B. Odom – Fortt, 48, Salisbury, MD

Narrative: On 11 June 2012
at 9:32 PM a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported disturbance in the 600 block of S. Westover Dive. Upon arrival, the deputy learned that a very intoxicated Jeanette Odom-Fortt came to a residence in the 600 block of S. Westover Drive yelling loudly about a cell phone. Odom-Fortt refused all requests to leave and continued to cause a disturbance;
Witnesses stated that Odom-Fortt attempted to fight with several individuals in the vicinity.

The deputy arrested Odom-Fortt and transported her to the Central Booking Unit where she was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. After an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained Odom-Fortt in the Detention Center in lieu of $3,000.00 bond.

Charges: Disorderly Conduct

Incident: Assault / Theft
Date of Incident: 11 June 2012
Location: Ocean Gateway, Hebron, MD
Suspect: Laurie A. Adkins, 36, Princess Anne, MD

Narrative: On 11 June 2012
at 6:50 PM, a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office responded for a report that the proprietor of a produce store on Ocean Gateway in Hebron was detaining Laurie Adkins on his property. Adkins had arrived at the produce stand demanding a refund for what she stated was bad corn and watermelon which was later discovered to have not been purchased there. The proprietor was getting ready to provide the refund when a proprietor of another nearby produce store arrived and denounced Adkins for just attempting the same act at his store which he had declined to refund. Upon meeting with the deputy Adkins admitted she was trying to scam the produce stands from cash.

While being detained by the one proprietor, Adkins assaulted him by hitting and scratching him.

The deputy placed Adkins under arrest and transported her to the Central booking Unit where she was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. After an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained Adkins in the Detention Center in lieu of $10,000.00 bond.

Charges: Assault 2nd Degree
Theft

Incident: Weapon / Assault
Date of Incident: 9 June 2012
Location: 9000 block of Guy Ward Road, Pittsville, MD
Suspect: William Jason Smith – Lake, 19, Salisbury, MD

Narrative: On 9 June 2012
at 10:34 PM, a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported stabbing in the 9000 block of Guy Ward Road in Pittsville. The deputy discovered that William Smith – Lake was at a party and tried to drive away while extremely intoxicated.

Another subject attempted to stop William when William became enraged, pulled out a knife and cut this other subject on the hand. Upon the arrival of the deputy, other party goers were holding William on the ground.

The deputy placed William under arrest and transported him to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. After an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained William in the Detention Center in lieu of $125,000.00 bond.

Charges: Deadly Weapon
Assault 1st Degree
Reckless Endangerment

Incident: Possession of Marijuana
Date of Incident: 9 June 2012
Location: U.S. Rt. 50 at Naylor Mill Rd., Salisbury, MD
Suspect: 1. Sean F. Stewart, 18, Fulton, MD
2. Margaret Ann T. Frantz, 18, Elkridge, MD
3. Female Juvenile, 17, Columbia, MD

Narrative: On 9 June 2012
at 4:44 PM, a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office stopped a vehicle being operated by Margaret Ann Frantz of Elkridge, MD at a speed in excess of 90 mph on U.S. Rt 50. Upon approaching the vehicle, the deputy detected a strong odor of marijuana emanating from within the vehicle. The deputy temporarily walked away from the vehicle and turned around to observe the rear male passenger spraying an aerosol can inside the vehicle. The deputy began a search of the vehicle and recovered a “bong” type smoking device and two separate baggies of marijuana.

The deputy placed all three occupants, the driver Frantz and her two passengers, Sean Stewart and a 17 year old juvenile under arrest for possession of marijuana. Upon transport to the Central Booking Unit, Frantz and Stewart was both processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. After their initial appearances, the Commissioner released both on Personal Recognizance.

The 17 year old juvenile was detained at the Sheriff’s Office pending an arrival of a parent from Columbia, MD. Charges will be filed with the Department of Juvenile Services for formal adjudication.

Charges: Possession of Marijuana
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Incident: Motor Vehicle Theft / Possession of CDS
Date of Incident: 9 June 2012
Location: 100 block of Carrolton Avenue, Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Thomas L. Wheatfall, 50, Salisbury, MD

Narrative: On 9 June 2012
at 9:44 PM, a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop a vehicle he recognized as previously being reported stolen. Instead of stopping the driver continued in an apparent attempt to flee before stopping the vehicle and continuing to flee on foot. The pursuing deputy gave chase and caught him after a brief foot pursuit. Upon apprehension, the driver was
identified as Thomas Wheatfall and was discovered to have marijuana in his possession.
Additionally, it was discovered that Wheatfall was operating the vehicle while his privilege to drive in Maryland was revoked.

The deputy transported Wheatfall to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of a District Court Commissioner. After an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained Wheatfall in the Detention Center in lieu of $35,000.00 bond.

Charges: Motor Vehicle Theft
Possession of Marijuana
Driving While Revoked

Incident: Possession of Marijuana
Date of Incident: 8 June 2012
Location: 201 Baptist Street, Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Julius Z. Parson, 44, Salisbury, MD

Narrative: On 8 June 2012
at 9:25 AM, a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office was inside the District Court Building when he observed a wanted subject, Julius Parson. The deputy approached Parson and placed him under arrest for the open theft warrant. Upon arrest, the deputy discovered what was recognized as marijuana in Parson’s possession.

The deputy transported Parson to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. After an initial appearance, the Commissioner released Parson on personal recognizance on both the theft warrant and the marijuana charges.

Charges: Possession of Marijuana
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Incident: Possession of Crack Cocaine
Date of Incident: 8 June 2012
Location: 1000 block o Nanticoke Road, Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Kyle H. Bethards, 26, Salisbury, MD

Narrative: On 8 June 2012
at 9:36 PM, a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office stopped a vehicle operated by Kyle Bethards of Salisbury. During the encounter, the deputy observed signs of illicit drug use which led to a drug K9 scan, during which the K9 alerted to the presence of the odor of illegal drugs. During an ensuing search the deputy located both crack cocaine and a smoking device.

The deputy placed Bethards under arrest and transported him to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. After an initial appearance, the Commissioner released Bethards on Personal Recognizance.

Charges: Possession of Crack Cocaine
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Baby Ava Weekend Comes To Ocean City

Baby Ava’s Ocean City Beach Weekend kicks off Friday and continues through the weekend with proceeds benefiting the DelRicco family and on its ongoing expenses with Ava’s recovery.

Back in December, then 18-month-old Ava DelRicco and her mother, Ann Marie, were rear-ended on Coastal Highway by a motor vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. Both were immediately hospitality and Ava DelRicco spent several months recovery from her injuries. Although home now, Ava is still facing many challenges as a result of that accident.

That’s where the idea for a beach weekend to help Ava and her family came about. Here’s a look at the featured activities this weekend.

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Fruitland Police Department Press Releases 6-15-12

DATE AND TIME: Tuesday May29, 2012 @ 1656 hours
INCIDENT: Strong Armed Robbery
LOCATION: Poplar Street
CASE NO.: 2012-0738
PERSON CHARGED: Deondra Mears (Age 23)
ADDRESS: Melfa, Virginia

CHARGES:
Robbery
Theft
Assault 2nd Degree (x’s3)
Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle
Malicious Destruction of Property
Reckless Endangerment

DISPOSITION:
Released to custody of Central Booking at WCDC

SYNOPSIS: On the above date and time, Fruitland Police received a 911 call for an assault in progress. Upon arrival, officers learned that the suspect had assaulted his girlfriend and 2 others, broke windows out of her vehicle and forcibly removed U.S. currency from her possession. The suspect fled the area and was not located that day. Fruitland Police obtained a warrant for the suspect’s arrest and he later surrendered to police in Accomack County. On June 13, 2012 Fruitland Police travelled to Accomack County and transported the suspect back to Wicomico County where he was served with the arrest warrant and released to Central Booking. The suspect was held on $250,000.00 bond.

DATE AND TIME: Tuesday June 12, 2012 @1610 hours
INCIDENT: Theft (Shoplifting)
LOCATION: Wal-Mart (409 N. Fruitland Blvd)
CASE NO.: 2012-0779
2012-0800
PERSON CHARGED: Lorenzo Smith (Age 47)
ADDRESS: Salisbury, Maryland

CHARGES:
Theft under $1,000.00 (x’s 2)
Theft Scheme
CDS Possession (Not Marijuana)
CDS Paraphernalia

DISPOSITION:
Released to custody of Central Booking at WCDC

SYNOPSIS: On the above date and time, Fruitland Police were contacted and advised that the above named suspect, who was being sought regarding an ongoing theft scheme, was inside of the Fruitland Wal-Mart . Officers set up surveillance and Wal-Mart Loss Prevention was alerted. The suspect was observed to exit the store with more than $170.00 worth of Wal-Mart property, without making any attempt at payment. The suspect was placed under arrest as he attempted to leave the area in a van that was waiting in the parking lot. The suspect was searched incident to arrest and was found to be in possession of a suspected Crack Cocaine smoking device containing suspected Cocaine residue. The suspect was transported to Central Booking without further incident.

DATE AND TIME: Thursday June 14, 2012 @ 0343 hours
INCIDENT: Trespassing / Disorderly Conduct
LOCATION: Ogle Avenue
CASE NO.: 2012-0807

PERSON CHARGED: Yura R. Hagens (Age 27)
ADDRESS: Salisbury, Maryland

CHARGES:
Trespassing
Disorderly Conduct
Disturbing the Peace
Fail to Obey a Lawful Order

DISPOSITION:
Released to custody of Central Booking at WCDC

SYNOPSIS: On the above date and time, Fruitland Police were dispatched to a house on Ogle Avenue for a male who was at the resident, uninvited and who refused to leave. Upon arrival, officers observed the above named suspect yelling at residents and who refused to leave after being asked to do so by the residents and Police. The suspect continued to shout profanities and was placed under arrest. The suspect was transported to Central Booking without further incident.

Statement from Governor Martin O’Malley on MAY JOBS REPORT

U.S. Chamber of Commerce ranks Maryland #1 for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

ANNAPOLIS, MD (June 15, 2012)
– Governor Martin O’Malley today released the following statement on the U.S. Department of Labor’s release of preliminary employment data for the month of May:

“This was a disappointing monthly report after what has been a solid steady year of job creation and recovery. After creating 35,600 net new jobs over the past 12 months, today, 30,800 more Marylanders are working than were at this time last year. This is the best May to May for job creation since before the Bush recession. For 24 months in a row, our monthly job growth has been higher than the previous years. Though Maryland’s unemployment rate increased slightly, it still remains nearly 20 percent below the national average.

“This week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ranked Maryland #1 in the nation for entrepreneurship and innovation, and in the Top 5 states for economic performance – for the third year in a row. It is not by chance, but because of the choices we’ve made together to expand opportunity and invest in the skills, talents, innovation and education of our people so they can compete and win in the New Economy.

“Unfortunately, even as Maryland continues to recover from this economic downturn, some of our elected representatives in Washington no longer believe they were sent there to make the choices that will strengthen and grow the ranks of an upwardly-mobile middle class. Instead of promoting job growth and prosperity for the American people, some members in Congress have chosen to block the bipartisan, job-creating policies that can strengthen and grow our nation’s economy – the American Jobs Act, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization proposal, incentives for clean energy and American independence from foreign oil, the Small Business Innovation Program, and the reauthorization of the Export Import Bank. Some may say that teachers, firefighters and police officers are not critical to our nation’s workforce, but we believe that every job counts.

“A prosperous economy works for everyone, not just for a wealthy few, and a discourse that divides us will not help our nation’s recovery.”

Today's Survey Question 6-15-12

Who do you think Romneys running mate should be?

Five Products That Don't Measure Up To Their Model Names

Based on their monikers, a "chill" air conditioner or "pet" vacuum may seem like just the thing to cool your home or tackle that pesky dog hair. And you'd think that a string trimmer called "grasshog" would be a champ at chomping through the weeds. But when Consumer Reports put these products through their paces they didn't live up to their names.

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Yard Sales This Weekend


#1. Moving yard sale on Saturday, the 16th from 8 am til 1 pm at 4461 Kettleford Dr., Coulborne Mills Village.

#2. Sat June 16,2012
7am-1pm
26873 Riverside Dr. Ext.
Salisbury

I have a LOT of baby items along with childern clothes sizes newborn to 2T. Along with some adult clothes and other house hold items.

Killens Pond State Park And White Clay Creek State Park To host Great American Backyard Campout Event On June 23

NEWARK AND FELTON - White Clay Creek State Park and Killens Pond State Park will host special camping opportunities on June 23 as part of the National Wildlife Federation’s annual Great American Backyard Campout event. The Great American Backyard Campout is a national event, attracting more than 170,000 families, youth groups and individual participants last year throughout the United States.

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Northside Park To Host Art’s Alive

OCEAN CITY -- Art’s Alive celebrates its 12th year of presenting fabulous fine arts in the beautiful setting of Ocean City’s Northside Park on Saturday and Sunday, June 16-17. Admission is free.

Stroll along the park’s winding pathways and browse the artist tents filled with the beautiful works of more than 100 artists. All artwork is available for purchase.

Enjoy lunch at the Artists’ CafĂ© while listening to live music. Art’s Alive also presents free art activities for children.

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Delaware To Observe World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Delaware will observe the seventh annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on Friday, June 15, with a series of events in the state’s three counties. Attorney General Biden, representatives of the Department of Health and Social Services and other state agencies, law enforcement officials and other advocates will take part in the events.

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PUBLIC NOTICE 6-15-12

SPECIAL MEETING SCHEDULED

In accordance with §SC2-4 of the Salisbury City Charter, a majority of the City Council have called for a Special Meeting to be held on Monday, June 18, 2012, at 2:30 p.m. for consideration of 1) Ordinance No. 2206 – 2nd reading – budget amendment to appropriate funds received from Wastewater Treatment Plant settlements, and 2) Resolution No. 2169 – accepting a gift from Salisbury University for Streetscape Improvements for Onley/Bateman project.

This special meeting will be held in Conference Room 306 of the City/County Government Office Building (125 N. Division Street).

BE VERY AWARE IN SALISBURY & WICOMICO COUNTY


If you thought the speed cameras were turned off when schools let out for the summer, you're mistaken.

I made some calls yesterday referencing this matter and here's what I found out.

Salisbury's speed cameras will continue for about 5 more weeks.

Wicomico County speed cameras will run 365 days a year.

How our Council Members agreed to such is beyond me but authorities are telling me there's still activities going on in the schools throughout the summer, therefore they will continue to operate. Salisbury stops when summer school lets out.

Yeah, Wicomico County, it's all about the children's safety, NOT. Mind you, Mr. Fredericksen has requested they operate 365 days a year.

Obama Treats Military Vets To Lunch…Then Leaves Without Paying the Bill

Barack Obama isn’t necessarily known for being fiscally responsible, but it seems he may be a bit oblivious when it comes to personal finances as well as national.
ABC explains:

Amid the bustle of President Obama’s surprise stop for barbecue Wednesday the White House apparently overlooked one key detail: the bill.
 Celebrating Father’s Day early, the president had lunch with two service members and two local barbers at Kenny’s BBQ on Capitol Hill.
 As the group chatted about fatherhood, the president enjoyed a steaming plate of pork ribs with hot sauce, collard greens, red beans and rice and cornbread.
 The bill for the president and his four guests was $55.58, but was left unpaid at the point of sale, according to pool reports.

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And The Poor Get Poorer

The Federal Reserve just released its Survey of Consumer Finances, the only government survey of wealth in America. The Survey is conducted every three years. This survey, conducted in 2010, is the first one to reflect the effects of the Wall Street Meltdown in 2008.

How does it look? Bad. Really, really bad.

The median wealth of American families (meaning half above and half below) dropped from $126,400 in 2007 all the way down to $77,300 in 2010. That's a 39% slide. It puts the median net worth of American families at its lowest level since 1995, fifteen years earlier.

About 12% of American families have a negative net worth. Meaning that they're broke.

Among Americans with no high school diploma (15 percent of the adult population), median wealth plunged from $34,800 in 2007 to $16,100 in 2010, a 54% drop. That is the lowest level since at least the Fed's 1983 survey, maybe earlier. So three decades of progress have been wiped out.

Among minorities, median wealth plunged from $29,700 to $20,400. That is the lowest level since 1992. White median wealth is now 540% higher than minority median wealth.

The median value of American homes dove from $209,500 in 2007 to $170,000 in 2010. But the median mortgage was almost completely unchanged: $74,700 in 2007, $74,100 in 2010. So debt payments increased from 7% of income to 11% of income.

In 2007, the bottom 25% had a net worth of $14,800 or less. In 2010, the bottom 25% had a net worth of $8,300 or less, a 44% decline.

In 2007, the top 10% had a net worth of $955,600 or more. In 2010, the top 10% had a net worth of $952,500, a decline of less than 1%.

Let me sum it up for you: In the greatest economic crisis that the United States has faced since the Great Depression, the rich barely lost a nickel. But the poor definitely got poorer. And people in the middle were crushed.

If this continues any longer, then we can invite a priest to administer last rites to the American Middle Class.

Courage,

Alan Grayson

Thank You For Your Service (A Moment of Truth)

The Big Catch


Taken in Crisfield, MD by rebekahtodd

Rockfish and a stunning sunset on the Chesapeake Bay near Crisfield, MD, the day after Thanksgiving.

Catch and Release for Low-Priority Illegals Proposed

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the agency charged with guarding the U.S. borders, has written a secret draft policy that would let its agents catch and release low-priority illegal immigrants rather than bring them in for processing and prosecution.

The policy, which has not been signed off on, would be the latest move by the Obama administration to set new priorities for the nation’s immigration services, and would bring CBP in line with other Homeland

Security Department agencies that already use such “prosecutorial discretion.”

The policy was detailed in an internal memo obtained by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith and reviewed by The Washington Times, which confirmed the document.

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Stanford Gets 110 Years For $7B Ponzi Scheme

Former Texas billionaire R. Allen Stanford sentenced to 110 years in prison for role in $7B Ponzi scheme.

Its 3rd Friday

Will you be attending this event tonight?

Upper Ferry To Reopen

The Upper Ferry is expected to reopen next Wednesday.

OR Court Orders Release of Boy Scouts‘ ’Perversion Files’ Detailing Suspected Child Molesters

The Oregon Supreme Court on Thursday approved the release of 20,000 pages of so-called perversion files compiled by the Boy Scouts of America on suspected child molesters within the organization for more than 20 years, giving the public its first chance to review the records.

The files, gathered from 1965 to 1985, came to light when they were used as evidence in a landmark Oregon lawsuit in 2010. A jury awarded a record $18.5 million to a man who was molested by an assistant scoutmaster in the early 1980s, ruling that the Scouts failed to protect him.

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Lt. Robin Roberts Retires Today


After almost 30 years of being with the Wicomico County Sheriff's Department Lt. Robin Roberts will retire today.

Mr. Roberts ran the sex offenders registry for years and ran for Sheriff several years ago against Mike Lewis.

The man knew his job. Thank You for your service Robin, enjoy your retirement.

Thank God Its Friday 6-15-12

What will you be doing this weekend?

Don't Blame Bush

This tells the story, why Bush was supposedly so bad at the end of his term.

Don’t just skim over this, it’s not very long, read it slowly and let it sink in. If in doubt, check it out!!!

The day the Democrats took over was not January 22nd 2009, it was actually January 3rd 2007 the day the Democrats took over the House of Representatives and the Senate, at the very start of the 110th Congress.
The Democrat Party controlled a majority in both chambers for the first time since the end of the 103rd Congress in 1995.
For those who are listening to the liberals propagating the fallacy that everything is "Bush's Fault", think about this: January 3rd, 2007 was the day the Democrats took over the Senate and the Congress.
At the time: The DOW Jones closed at 12,621.77 The GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5% The Unemployment rate was 4.6% George Bush's Economic policies SET A RECORD of 52 STRAIGHT MONTHS of JOB GROWTH Remember the day... January 3rd, 2007 was the day that Barney Frank took over the House Financial Services Committee and Chris Dodd took over the Senate Banking Committee.
The economic meltdown that happened 15 months later was in what part of the economy? BANKING AND FINANCIAL SERVICES! Unemployment... to this CRISIS by (among MANY other things) dumping 5-6 TRILLION Dollars of toxic loans on the economy from YOUR Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac FIASCOES! Bush asked Congress 17 TIMES to stop Fannie & Freddie - starting in 2001 because it was financially risky for the US economy. And who took the THIRD highest pay-off from Fannie Mae AND Freddie Mac? OBAMA And who fought against reform of Fannie and Freddie? OBAMA and the Democrat Congress So when someone tries to blame Bush. REMEMBER JANUARY 3rd, 2007.... THE DAY THE DEMOCRATS TOOK OVER!" Budgets do not come from the White House. They come from Congress and the party that controlled Congress since January 2007 is the Democrat Party. Furthermore, the Democrats controlled the budget process for 2008 & 2009 as well as 2010 & 2011. In that first year, they had to contend with George Bush, which caused them to compromise on spending, when Bush somewhat belatedly got tough on spending increases. For 2009 though, Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid bypassed George Bush entirely, passing continuing resolutions to keep government running until Barack Obama could take office. At that time, they passed a massive omnibus spending bill to complete the 2009 budgets. And where was Barack Obama during this time? He was a member of that very Congress that passed all of these massive spending bills, and he signed the omnibus bill as President to complete 2009. If the Democrats inherited any deficit, it was the 2007 deficit, the last of the Republican budgets. That deficit was the lowest in five years, and the fourth straight decline in deficit spending. After that, Democrats in Congress took control of spending, and that includes Barack Obama, who voted for the budgets. If Obama inherited anything, he inherited it from himself. In a nutshell, what Obama is saying is I inherited a deficit that I voted for and then I voted to expand that deficit four-fold since January 20th. There is no way this will be widely publicized, unless each of us sends it on!

Community Yard Sale

Spending Off the Hook: Free Phones Costing Taxpayers $2.1 Billion Per Year

You're probably familiar with the food stamp program which grew from $35 billion in 2008 to $75 billion last year. But did you know that getting food stamps also makes you eligible for a free government cell phone? 

A program called Lifeline provides free phones and free monthly minutes to anyone on food stamps, WIC, Medicaid, Head Start, and several other government programs. And just like food stamps, Lifeline (aka "phone stamps") has been growing by leaps and bounds since 2008, at significant cost to taxpayers.

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MISSING CHILD

Anthem BCBS Decides Boy Who Can't Sit Up On His Own Doesn't Need A Wheelchair

There's a 2-year-old in New Jersey whose cerebral palsy makes it impossible for him to walk or even sit up without support. But according to the computers at Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, he should give a cane a try before Anthem forks over the cash for a wheelchair.

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