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Thursday, June 21, 2012

MSM Never Once Turned To Me To Say, Do You Have A Response Mr. Albero

I stated earlier I would go to the Press Conference the Mayors Office refused to tell me when and where and I would do so in the company of my Attorney.

We attended the Press Conference and the Mayor knowingly and willingly lied and tomorrow Mayor James Ireton will feel the impact of such lies. As will another major company here on Delmarva.

I know I have made statements in the past but let me assure you of one thing, tomorrow will change several peoples lives because this corruption must come to an end and I will lead the way in doing so through the court system.

I will deliver a full story on this matter some time tomorrow so stay tuned for the other side, the side the MSM refused to cover. Remember one thing Ladies & Gentlemen, (as clearly stated in Greg Bassett's letter yesterday) there are two sides to every story. In order to be fair and balanced when you have every opportunity to have access to the "other side" and refuse to do so, there's a scandal involved.

Wait until you see what I deliver tomorrow.

Divide In Albany Kills Proposal On Marijuana

ALBANY — The Democrats who control the State Assembly, many of them black or Latino residents of New York City, saw a proposal to decriminalize the open possession of small amounts of marijuana as a simple matter of justice: too many black and Latino men were being arrested because, after being stopped by the police, they were forced to empty their pockets.

But the Republicans who run the State Senate, all of them white and most of them from suburban or rural districts, saw decriminalization differently: as an invitation for young people to use drugs and as a declaration that Albany was soft on crime.

"Marijuana still is a gateway drug to so many other much more dangerous things," said Senator John J. Flanagan, a Long Island Republican.

The differing life experiences, and worldviews, of lawmakers in the two chambers proved too much to overcome in the final days of this legislative session, and on Tuesday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo declared his marijuana proposal dead.


Public Workers Face New Rash Of Layoffs, Hurting Recovery

Companies have been slowly adding workers for more than two years. But pink slips are still going out in a crucial area: government.

In California, the governor is threatening to eliminate 15,000 state jobs. When school begins in Cleveland this fall, more than 500 teachers probably will be out of work. And in Trenton — which has already cut a third of its police force, hundreds of school district employees and at least 150 other public workers — the only way the city will forestall the loss of 60 more firefighters is if a federal grant comes through.

Government payrolls grew in the early part of the recovery, largely because of federal stimulus measures. But since its postrecession peak in April 2009 (not counting temporary Census hiring), the public sector has shrunk by 657,000 jobs. The losses appeared to be tapering off earlier this year, but have accelerated for the last three months, creating the single biggest drag on the recovery in many areas.

With the economy expanding, albeit slowly, state tax revenues have started to recover and are estimated to exceed prerecession levels next year. Yet governors and legislatures are keeping a tight rein on spending, whether to refill depleted rainy-day funds or because of political inclination.

At the same time, costs for health care, social services, pensions and education are still rising. Fourteen states plan to resolve their budget gaps by reducing aid to local governments, according to a report by the National Governors Association and the National Association of State Budget Officers.


Greece Finally Has A Government

Reaching out to other pro-austerity Parties – the Conservative New Democracy Party cobbled together a coalition government that will likely keep Greece in the Eurozone for now. The leader of the New Democracy Party – Antonis Samaras – was sworn in as Prime Minister today just ahead of an upcoming meeting with Eurozone finance ministers where the new Greek government will try to renegotiate the bailout deal and ease some of the harsh austerity that European banksters have forced on Greece. Stay tuned.

State Sells Rocky Gap Paving The Way For Casino

The State of Maryland no longer owns the Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort near Cumberland.

Maryland's Board of Public Works has voted unanimously today to sell the resort to the company that plans on building a slot machine casino adjacent to the existing hotel. 

The resort was sold to Evitts Resort LLC, which is a unit of Lakes Entertainment Inc. of Minnetonka, Minn.


House Committee Slashes Funding For Scandal-Plagued GSA

A House committee voted Wednesday to slash roughly $100 million from the scandal-plagued General Services Administration’s budget next year and deny bonuses to agency officials under investigation for misconduct.

The cuts followed revelations this spring about a 2010 GSA conference outside Las Vegas that cost taxpayers more than $800,000 and included a clown and a mentalist. Videotapes released during the investigation showed employees from the agency’s Western region mocking the lavish spending and activities.

“This bill directs funding where it will do our citizens the most good, and aims to eliminate gross mismanagement of public funds, like the GSA boondoggle in Las Vegas,” said Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., the committee chairman.


Gallup Poll: Confidence In America's Public Schools Hits Record Low

Confidence in America’s public schools has hit a record low, with only 29 percent of respondents expressing “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in them, according to results from a recent Gallup poll.

The number is down 5 percentage points from last year, and represents a 4 percent decrease from the previous low of 33 percent in 2007 and 2008.

Public schools rank eighth -- tied with the criminal justice system -- among 16 confidence categories that Gallup studies. Its position is unchanged from last year, and once again follows the presidency and U.S. Supreme Court, and ranks ahead of newspapers.


Wild Vacuum-Equipped Doormat Will Clean Your Shoes Whether You Like it or Not

Have you ever walked around your home after coming in from outdoors only to realize your shoes were a bit dirtier than you had assumed? If so, then you'll love the latest invention from Japan's Palonia Furyokuki company: An industrial-quality doormat which sucks unwanted debris off the bottoms of your soles simply by walking across it.

The metal-clad walkway is equipped with hundreds of small, rubberized buttons that form a seal. When the built-in motion sensor detects someone walking by, it automatically turns on a vacuum system beneath the doormat. Then, when your shoe pushes down on the buttons, the vacuum sucks all the dirt that was on your shoes into the mat itself. The dirt is collected in removable drawers for easy disposal.


Family of Slain Border Agent to Holder: We Deserve the Truth

Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s mother and father released a statement today on President Obama’s executive privilege. 

“Attorney General Eric Holder’s refusal to fully disclose the documents associated with Operation Fast and Furious and President Obama’s assertion of executive privilege serves to compound this tragedy. It denies the Terry family and the American people the truth.”
Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry “was killed by members of a Mexican drug cartel armed with weapons from this failed Justice Department gun trafficking investigation. For more than 18 months we have been asking our federal government for justice and accountability. The documents sought by the House Oversight Committee and associated with Operation Fast and Furious should be produced and turned over to the committee. Our son lost his life protecting this nation, and it is very disappointing that we are now faced with an administration that seems more concerned with protecting themselves rather than revealing the truth behind Operation Fast and Furious.”


Top Uses of Executive Privilege: Washington, Nixon, Obama

President Obama today invoked executive privilege to shield documents related to the "Fast and Furious" gun walking scandal from a congressional investigation, marking the first time his administration has invoked the right and the 25th time it's been used since 1980.

In response, a House committee voted Wednesday along party lines to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. The White House dismissed the proceedings as "political theater."

Louis Fisher, author of "Politics of Executive Privilege," questioned the legitimacy of the administration's claim to executive privilege.


Mother of Teen Set Afire Speaks About 2009 Attack

Michael Brewer still suffers vivid nightmares from the attack by former middle school classmates who doused him with alcohol and set him on fire in 2009, his mother said in an interview Wednesday.

"He wakes up screaming, thinking that he is still on fire. And it takes a long time to get him calmed down and get him back to sleep," Valerie Brewer told The Associated Press.

Brewer, now 17, suffered severe burns over 65 percent of his body but survived after leaping into an apartment complex swimming pool. He spent months in the hospital, undergoing seven skin graft operations, followed by months of rehabilitation and physical therapy.

On Tuesday, jurors convicted 17-year-old Matthew "Zeke" Bent of aggravated battery for the attack that claimed national headlines. Bent is to be sentenced July 23. Conviction on the charge carries a maximum of 15 years in prison.


This Day in History

U.S. Constitution ratified, 1788
New Hampshire becomes the ninth and last necessary state to ratify the Constitution of the United States, thereby making the document the law of the land.

By 1786, defects in the post-Revolutionary War Articles of Confederation were apparent, such as the lack of central authority over foreign and domestic commerce. Congress endorsed a plan to draft a new constitution, and on May 25, 1787, the Constitutional Convention convened at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. On September 17, 1787, after three months of debate moderated by convention president George Washington, the new U.S. constitution, which created a strong federal government with an intricate system of checks and balances, was signed by 38 of the 41 delegates present at the conclusion of the convention. As dictated by Article VII, the document would not become binding until it was ratified by nine of the 13 states.


Won't That Make 'Em Mad: A Black Tea Partier!

Birds of a feather might stick together, but they aren’t inviting artist-activist Lloyd Marcus to their dinner parties. At least most of the blackbirds won’t anytime soon.

Marcus is an anomaly as an artist and an enigmatic political mover. A creative African-American with a

distaste for the current, ethnic-tagging craze, Marcus calls himself “a proud, unhyphenated American.”

With apologies, I only mention skin tone because it’s the bear that pushed Marcus into the racially charged circus liberals devised for him. Rather than performing their old dog and pony tricks, though, Marcus had the audacity to become a (gasp) Republican activist. Worse yet he’s now a public face, speaker and voice for the national tea-party political group.

How did a nice boy from Baltimore end up in a place like Providence, R.I., singing “Dance with the Devil” and speaking to someone named Mr. Constitution in the rain?


Dan Savage Calls Pro-Romney Gays ‘F******"’

Today, the Republican gay group GOProud endorsed Mitt Romney for the presidency, explaining that Romney was “light years better” than Obama, particularly on the economy. “Most gay Americans – like their straight counterparts – are not better off than they were 4 years ago,” stated Jimmy LaSalvia, GOProud’s executive director. “The truth is that gay people are living in the disastrous failed Obama economy too … President Obama and his friends on the left want this election to be about divisive social issues, because the President’s record on jobs and the economy is indefensible.”

This is hardly an outrageous statement – the fact is that many gays and lesbians around America care less about President Obama’s support for same-sex marriage than they do about his disastrous mishandling of the economy.


Top doctor's chilling claim: The NHS kills off 130,000 elderly patients every year

  • Professor says doctors use 'death pathway' to euthenasia of the elderly
  • Treatment on average brings a patient to death in 33 hours
  • Around 29 per cent of patients that die in hospital are on controversial 'care pathway'
  • Pensioner admitted to hospital given treatment by doctor on weekend shift
NHS doctors are prematurely ending the lives of thousands of elderly hospital patients because they are difficult to manage or to free up beds, a senior consultant claimed yesterday.

Professor Patrick Pullicino said doctors had turned the use of a controversial ‘death pathway’ into the equivalent of euthanasia of the elderly.

He claimed there was often a lack of clear evidence for initiating the Liverpool Care Pathway, a method of looking after terminally ill patients that is used in hospitals across the country.


OK, Now I'm Getting Ticked Off

The word on the street, (confirmed) is that Mayor Jim Ireton is holding a Press Conference today referencing the phone matter. I attempted to talk to the Chief of Police but she was heading into a meeting, yet not willing to admit the Daily Times had anything to do with Iretons phone call.

I was told, however, that Matt Maciarelly has assigned a special out of town prosecutor to handle this for me personally. Of course Maciarello has REFUSED to take ANY of my phone calls and continues to have Wayne Lowe call me back to play middle man between Joe Albero and Matt Maciarello ever since Matt was elected.

Nevertheless, WHY didn't Ireton contact me AT ALL? WHY didn't Ireton invite me to this Press Conference, since, (as far as they claim) I am the actual victim of an alleged prank?

Ladies & Gentlemen, this makes me sick to my stomach that Jim Ireton and the Daily Times are controlling this entire situation. Ireton could have called me weeks ago to straighten this matter out, he has not.

IF Joe Albero had pulled a stunt like this off I would be sitting in Federal Prison right now and each and every one of you know that to be true. Instead, I have been harassed by Mike Lewis, Matt Maciarello, Barbara Duncan, the Daily Times and even the Comptrollers Office, which seems to be tied into ALL of the ongoing problems ever since I announced my intent to run for Mayor.

This is the same Comptrollers Office that came after me years ago for bogus documents, connect the dots. An political attorney from Baltimore has contacted me offering to represent me pro bono, (as I've stated before) as the harassment never seems to end. What is Mike Lewis trying to pull and what is he so afraid of. Oh, that's right, he'll be up for reelection and he too wants to defame my name just as bad as the Daily Times.

I have thick skin but when the Mayor of a city I pay taxes in refuses to invite me to a Press Conference that references me, he's obviously deeply tied in with the Daily Times. It's time for all of you to start opening your eyes and see clearly what is going on. It disgusts me the way these good old boys work and the lengths they'll go to in order to stop an honest man from being in Office.

Well, it just adds fuel to my fire and creates an even stronger desire to win. Expect me at your Press Conference Ireton and be very prepared to answer some questions.

Disturbing Viral Video Shows Middle Schoolers Abusing & Threatening Bus Monitor

Prepare to see a disturbing video of young people at their worst. This clip of middle schoolers allegedly abusing a bus monitor is so disgusting, so bothersome that it will leave many wondering what has gone awry in our society. Of course, it is merely one of the many tragic, anecdotal instances of human cruelty that we so often see today. The unbelievable clip is painful to watch, as it shows alleged students from Greece Athena Middle School in Rochester, New York (my hometown) take their abuse to horrific levels.

The woman purportedly shown in the video, Karen Huff Klein, 68, is victimized incessantly, as students spew insults and obscenities at her. Throughout the clip, the children can be heard in the background calling her “fat,” threatening her and making fun of her hairstyle, among other sentiments. Astonishingly, the abuse continues for more than 10 minutes.


 Editors Note: If these were your kids how would you punish them?

Hold That Thought

The plan to close nearly 50 mail processing plants has hit yet another roadblock. The Postal Service planned to close the plants in July and August. But in order to that, it's required to obtain a non-binding advisory opinion from the Postal Regulatory Commission. And, as the Federal Times reported, the commission doesn't plan to issue its opinion until September. The Postal Service reportedly wants to close the plants anyway, but the American Postal Workers Union has filed a complaint. The commission will rule on the union complaint by July 1.

Obama Administration Program Spent $10B to Create 355 Jobs Per Year

The Obama administration spent $10 billion to create 355 renewable energy jobs per year, according to testimony offered Tuesday before Congress by a Congressional Research Services expert.

Asked by Rep. Cory Gardner (R., Colo.) “how many jobs were created” in 2009 and 2010 under the 1603 renewable energy grant program authorized by the Obama administration, a CRS specialist in public finance admitted that $10 billion was spent to create 3,666 construction jobs over a two-year period–and only 355 jobs per year going forward.

Dr. Molly Sherlock, the CRS specialist, first said the jobs total would depend on the type of job–and differentiated between “induced,” “direct,” and  ”indirect” jobs–before Gardner asked for a straight number.


BREAKING NEWS: Dow Closes Down 251 As Markets Plummet

Major US stock indexes close down at least 2 percent in broad sell-off, with Dow losing 251 points.

From Foc News

Operation Fast And Furious Update

House Republican leaders said they were willing to talk with the White House in hopes of heading off a contempt vote against Attorney General Eric Holder, but they were planning the vote for next week. They said they would call it off only if the White House produced certain documents related to the botched gun-tracking program known as Operation Fast and Furious. The decision was now in their hands. The House Oversight Committee voted yesterday to hold Holder in contempt. It was a bitterly partisan meeting, with Democrats likening it to a "kangaroo court." The White House asserted executive privilege to prevent the Justice Department from turning over the documents.

County Refuses Funds for Sheriff Joe's Obama Probe

In a move described by Sheriff Joe Arpaio as political payback, the Maricopa County, Ariz., Board of Supervisors today rejected a $5,000 reimbursement from the sheriff’s volunteer Cold Case Posse for expenses incurred on a trip to Hawaii to investigate Barack Obama’s presidential eligibility.

“It’s sad that they use these politics to reject money,” Arpaio told WND. “I made the promise when I launched the investigation to do everything I can to not use taxpayer money.”

He confirmed his Cold Case Posse team would not be deterred by any disagreement over a donation, however.

“If they want to know what’s going on, there’s a press conference in three or four weeks,” he said.


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Natalee Holloway's Mother Sues National Enquirer

The mother of Natalee Holloway is suing The National Enquirer, saying the tabloid published untrue stories to profit from her daughter's 2005 disappearance in Aruba.

Beth Holloway said in the lawsuit filed Wednesday that the magazine and its publisher, American Media Inc., published "false headlines, articles and statements" for nearly seven years.

"They keep on doing it," said Lin Wood, the attorney for Beth Holloway. "We had no choice but to file this lawsuit. This is a mother who has exercised every effort to make sure her daughter is alive."


What Is Fast And Furious

President Barack Obama assserted executive privilege over documents related to the Operation Fast and Furious, setting off a Washington firestorm over his administration's botched gun-running operation.

The move comes on the same day that House Oversight Chair Darrell Issa has scheduled a contempt vote against Obama's Attorney General Eric Holder over his refusal to turn over documents related to the Operation Fast and Furious, in which U.S. agents allowed guns to "walk" across the border into Mexico.

Although most people are just tuning in to the Fast and Furious fracas, the controversy has actually been quietly brewing in Congress for more than a year. But Obama's use of executive privilege — the first such action of his presidency — has upped the political profile of the gun-running scandal, which has become a touchstone election year issue for conservatives.

Here's a breakdown of what went down with Operation Fast and why the scandal is exploding today:

What Was Operation Fast and Furious?


DOJ Releases Muslim Terrorist; Stonewalls Inquiries

Barack Obama’s Department of Justice is up to its secret ways again. Last year, six Muslims in south Florida were arrested and charged with sending tens of thousands of dollars to fund the Taliban in Afghanistan.  Now, as Judicial Watch reports, the DOJ has dropped charges against one of them -- but when questioned why, the DOJ has stonewalled and remained silent.

The head of the funding operation is a Pakistani imam, Hafiz Muhammed Sher Ali Khan, who ran a mosque in Miami. The others charged were members of his family: his sons, his daughter, and his grandson.

The federal indictment said Khan ran a school in Miami which provided shelter and support for Taliban soldiers and taught children how to kill Americans in Afghanistan.



A bad deal for Pennsylvania taxpayers

BEFORE WE criticize Gov. Tom Corbett for his willingness to hand over the state to the natural gas-drilling industry, we want to note that his administration is to be commended for its attempts to use Pennsylvania’s natural gas deposits to attract industries to the state.

In April, Pennsylvania managed to outbid West Virginia and Ohio for a Shell Oil Co. ethane cracker plant largely because Corbett and his team managed to do their bidding quietly with behind-the-scenes negotiations.

While those states were publicly braying about what they were doing to attract Shell, Corbett’s stroke of genius was to get the state Legislature to expand the tax-free Keystone Opportunities Zone designation from 10 to 15 years. And he did so without tying the KOZ expansion to the cracker plant bid.

Fifteen tax-free years is hard to ignore, and Shell signed on. Shortly after announcing the deal, Corbett was asked if other tax incentives might be forthcoming.

“We would be open to considering just about anything,” he said.


Obama Criticized Bush Administration for Trying to 'Hide' Behind Executive Privilege

President Obama criticized former President George W. Bush for trying to "hide" behind executive privilege in 2007 after the Bush administration refused to turn over subpoenaed documents related to the controversial firings of nine U.S. attorneys.

In an interview on CNN's "Larry King Live," Obama said there's been "a tendency on the part of this administration to try to hide behind exec privilege every time there's something a little shaky that's taking place."

"I think the administration would be best served by coming clean on this," Obama said, after Bush claimed executive privilege on the issue.


Terror Tuesdays, Kill Lists and Drones: Has The President Become A Law Unto Himself?

“What lies at the nexus of Obama’s targeted drone killings, his self-serving leaks, and his aggressive prosecution of whistleblowers is a president who believes himself above the law, and seems convinced that he alone has a preternatural ability to determine right from wrong.”

~ Peter Van Buren, a 24-year veteran Foreign Service Officer at the State Department

Since the early days of our republic, we have operated under the principle that no one is above the law. As Thomas Paine observed in Common Sense, “in America, the law is king. For as in absolute governments the King is law, so in free countries the law ought to be king; and there ought to be no other.” Several years later, John Adams, seeking to reinforce this important principle, declared in the Massachusetts Constitution that they were seeking to establish “a government of laws and not of men.”

The history of our nation over the past 200 years has been the history of a people engaged in a constant struggle to maintain that tenuous balance between the rule of law – in our case, the United States Constitution – and the government leaders entrusted with protecting it, upholding it and abiding by it. At various junctures, when that necessary balance has been thrown off by overreaching government bodies or overly ambitious individuals, we have found ourselves faced with a crisis of constitutional proportions. Each time, we have taken the painful steps needed to restore our constitutional equilibrium.


Good Humor Shortage Puts Ice Cream Man in Bad Mood

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - As the first heat wave of summer broiled the Northeast on Wednesday, fans of Good Humor's classic Toasted Almond Bar found a shortage of sweet relief.

Parent company Unilever PLC said a sales spike during the unusually warm spring and challenges linked to next month's closing of its Hagerstown manufacturing plant have limited its ability to supply ice cream trucks with Toasted Almond, Candy Center Crunch and Chocolate Eclair bars _ treats especially popular in the Northeast.

The British-Dutch conglomerate said the Toasted Almond shortage should ease by the end of July. "We are confident that all issues will be resolved by mid-summer," Unilever spokesman Jeff Graubard said in an email.


The Immigration Ploy

President Obama's latest political ploy – granting new "rights" out of thin air, by Executive Order, to illegal immigrants who claim that they were brought into the country when they were children – is all too typical of his short-run approach to the country's long-run problems.

Whatever the merits or demerits of the Obama immigration policy, his Executive Order is good only as long as he remains president, which may be only a matter of months after this year's election.

People cannot plan their lives on the basis of laws that can suddenly appear, and then suddenly disappear, in less than a year. To come forward today and claim the protection of the Obama Executive Order is to declare publicly and officially that your parents entered the country illegally. How that may be viewed by some later administration is anybody's guess.

Employers likewise cannot rely on policies that may be here today and gone tomorrow, whether these are temporary tax rates designed to look good at election time or temporary immigration policies that can backfire later if employers get accused of hiring illegal immigrants.


More Change Needed at Md. Pension System

Maryland is in the same pension pickle as three-fifths of the other states, with its management of its long-term retirement obligations causing “serious concern” to the authors of a new study by the Pew Center on the States.

“States continue to lose ground,” said David Draine, one of the authors of “The Widening Gap,” which showed states had a $1.38 trillion gap between assets and pension obligations, up from $1 trillion, which the first Pew report found two years ago. In that time, Maryland’s unfunded pension liabilities have risen to $19 billion from $11 billion, and now its assets would pay only 65 percent of its promises to retired state employees, down from 78 percent in 2008.

Like 43 states facing similar problems, Maryland made substantial changes in its pension system last year, increasing contributions from employees, reducing cost-of-living increases and tightening benefits. These changes are supposed to bring the retirement system up to 80 percent funding in nine years.


Tonights Beer Dinner At Mojos

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“When fascism comes it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross”

Ron Paul

“We’ve slipped away from a true republic. Now we’re slipping into a fascist system where it’s a combination of government, big business and authoritarian rule, and the suppression of the individual rights of each and every American citizen.”

Ron Paul

“We’re not moving toward Hitler-type fascism, but we’re moving toward a softer fascism: Loss of civil liberties, corporations running the show, big government in bed with big business. So you have the military-industrial complex, you have the medical-industrial complex, you have the financial industry, you have the communications industry. They go to Washington and spend hundreds of millions of dollars. “That’s where the control is. I call that a soft form of fascism — something that’s very dangerous.”

Ron Paul

Troopers Investigate Seven Car Crash

Location: South State Street and Woodlytown Road, Magnolia, DE

Date of Occurrence: Wednesday June 20, 2012 at approximately 6:19 p.m.

Operators and Vehicle Information:
Operator #1: Alan C. Peters, 24, Greenwood, DE
Vehicle #1: 2001 Chevrolet Pickup truck

Operator #2: Eugene T. Scott, 24, Dover, DE
Vehicle #2: 2000 Chrysler 300

Operator #3: Edward G. Davis, 72, Laurel, DE
Vehicle #3: 2003 Ford F250

Operator #4: Keona D. Smith, 31, Frederica, DE
Vehicle #4: 2012 Kia SUV

Operator #5: Frank W. Eicherly, 53, Frederica, DE
Vehicle #5: 1997 Ford Ranger

Operator #6: John J. Kacsmar, 64, Frederica, DE
Vehicle #6: 1995 Ford Explorer

Vehicle #7: Legally Parked 2010 Ford F150 Pickup truck (Fire Police)

Magnolia, DE- The Delaware State Police are currently investigating a seven car crash that occurred early last night.

Troopers were called to the scene of a chain reaction crash involving five cars last night around 6:19 p.m. on South State Street at Woodlytown Road north of Magnolia. The crash occurred when Alan C. Peters, who was operating a 2001 Chevrolet Pickup truck southbound on South State Street approaching Woodlytown Road, failed to see traffic stopped in front of him for a red light and struck the rear of a 2000 Chrysler 300, operated by Eugene T. Scott. This caused the Chrysler to be pushed forward into the back of a 2003 Ford F250, operated by Edward G. Davis and then into Keona D. Smith’s 2012 Kia SUV, and finally a 1997 Ford Ranger, operated by Frank W. Eicherly. A fire erupted from the Chrysler 300 which in turn caught on to the Ford F250. Both operators were able to free themselves from the vehicles prior to them being engulfed in flames.

Peters, Scott, Davis, and Smith, who were all properly restrained, were removed from the scene by EMS and transported to Kent General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Eicherly was not injured in the crash. Alan Peters was cited by Troopers for Inattentive Driving. Eugene Scott was cited for Driving While Suspended.

At approximately 7:05 p.m. as the crash was still being investigated and fire police were directing traffic away from the area, John J. Kacsmar was operating a 1995 Ford Explorer eastbound on Woodlytown Road approaching South State Street. As a 70 year old fire policeman was directing the Ford around the scene, Kacsmar swerved through some cones in the roadway almost striking the fire police, before running into the back of a 2010 Ford F150 pickup that was used by the fire police to block the roadway.

Kacsmar, who was suspected to be under the influence of drugs, was transported back to Troop 3 where he was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, Driving While Suspended, and other traffic related charges.
Kacsmar was not injured in the crash.

Traffic in the area was impacted for approximately two hours as the crash was investigated and cleared.

Col. Greg Gadson Taking Over Fort Belvoir Command

Greg Gadson, the Army colonel who lost both of his legs in Iraq, became a source of inspiration for an NFL team and later appeared in a big-budget action film, will take over command of Fort Belvoir on June 25.

Gadson, who has been serving as the director of the Army's Wounded Warrior Program, will take over for Col. John J. Strycula, who has served as base commander since July of 2010.

A 20-year Army veteran, the highly-decorated Gadson graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1989. Through the course of his service, Gadson has been awarded three Bronze Star medals and a Purple Heart among nearly two dozen medals and honors.


Obama Asserts Executive Privilege Over Fast And Furious Fiasco

If there was any confusion whether Obama is in fact Bush, or maybe even Nixon, this has now been squashed. From Fox:

President Obama has granted an 11th-hour request by Attorney General Eric Holder to exert executive privilege over Fast and Furious documents, a last-minute maneuver that appears unlikely to head off a contempt vote against Holder by Republicans in the House. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is expected to forge ahead with its meeting on the contempt resolution anyway.

Holder, whose guilt is implicitly proven by this action, is now likely absolved of everything as the TOTUS has effectively onboarded all of his "balance sheet risk." And why not. The Fed does it for everyone else every day.

As a reminder, from the WSJ:

A showdown Wednesday in the House between Attorney General Eric Holder and Rep. Darrell Issa comes down to this: Who will blink first in a dispute over Justice Department documents Mr. Issa is demanding related to the botched Fast and Furious gun-trafficking probe?

California Republican Mr. Issa is chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and he has called a 10 a.m. meeting of his panel to vote on a resolution to sanction Mr. Holder with contempt of Congress. The two men held a meeting Tuesday that lasted only 20 minutes. And from their accounts, it has become a game of chicken, with each side insisting the other act first to resolve the standoff.

Mr. Holder said Mr. Issa rejected his offer to provide documents because the lawmaker wouldn't agree that they would fulfill the subpoena, effectively ending the contempt threat. Mr. Issa said the attorney general didn't come prepared to provide documents and that the contempt threat can't be removed until the documents are produced.


12 Juicy New Details About The Young Barack Obama

David Maraniss' highly anticipated — and incredibly dense — biography of Barack Obama finally hit the shelves today, offering a fresh look into the early life and family history of the 44th president.

Although Obama doesn't make an appearance until the seventh chapter, Barack Obama: The Story does contain some pretty salacious stories about Obama's childhood in Hawaii and Indonesia, his college years in California and New York, and his early days as a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago. (Hint: There's more nudity and pot-smoking than you'd expect.)


Public-Private Partnership - Another Phrase For Fascism

The word “privatization” is a loaded term these days. Unions and big government worshippers scoff at the idea of any public services being in the hands of ruthless, greedy capitalists. The left has the distorted view that people in the private sector are driven primarily by their desire to cut costs and throw workers out on the street. To them, government workers are angels sent from heaven to do God’s work like picking up the neighborhood trash or maintaining a public pool filled with the bodily discharges of kids whose derelict parents decided to drop off and go shopping for a few hours. On the right, conservatives who supposedly hold high regard for market forces and Ronald Reagan’s classic declaration “government is the problem,” typically have a favorable view of privatization schemes.

Given that government creates no wealth [13] and only consumes capital, privatization of services would seem like an obvious choice; especially for cash strapped states and municipalities. The rational behind privatizing public service is that the private sector is almost always more efficient in operation than bureaucracies unconcerned with earning a return on investment. Even leftists will grudgingly acknowledge the super quality markets tend to produce to a point.

So if common sense dictates allowing businesses with a vested financial interest in their own success to pick up the slack in delivering public services, why should free marketers be wary of such ventures?

There just so happens to be two different forms of privatization. The first type is genuine privatization; that is the political class and bureaucrats completely removing their hands of any dealings with the offering of a service. Supporters of the free market should applaud this type of privatization as it means entrepreneurs and investors can freely enter into the industries the government has just vacated. As long as consumers demand the service in question, the opportunity will exist for businessmen to devise new and profitable ways in ensuring its delivering.


Today's Fill In The Blank 6-21-12

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20 Worst Foods In America: 2012

20. Worst Side Dish

TGI Friday’s Loaded Mashed Potatoes

930 calories

What appears to be two potatoes' worth of mash is corrupted with fat, fat, and more fat. First, they're whipped with butter and cream and then they're blanketed with Cheddar cheese and finally pelted with bacon pieces. This would be a poor entree order. As a side, it's just gross. Because Friday's won't supply nutritional information other than calories, we can't tell you how much of a fat toll this feast will take on your gut. It can't be light. We do know it will chew up half your calories for the day.


Ex-CO Gets Reprimand, $300K Fine

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany -- Col. James Johnson, convicted of fraud, bigamy, and conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman, was sentenced Thursday to a reprimand and a $300,000 fine.

The court-martial panel also imposed a sentence of five years’ confinement if Johnson, the former commander of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, fails to pay the fine. He was not dismissed from the service and was not sentenced to forfeit his pay and allowances. His convictions all had to do with an affair he had with an Iraqi woman he met while deployed and his efforts to help her family.

Thursday’s hearing began when Johnson addressed the panel for the first time in the proceedings.

He implored the five colonels deciding his fate to let him leave the courtroom a free man so that he could protect the woman, Haveen Al-Atar, from the damage inflicted by the pair’s illict love affair.

"She has nowhere to go,” Johnson said. “She’s hiding in an unnamed hotel, waiting to see if anybody will show back up to care for her,” Johnson told the court. “I passionately ask that you consider that.”

Haveen Al-Atar’s father, who has disowned her, has threatened to send her back to Iraq, Johnson said, where she’d either live a destitute life on the street or even be murdered in an honor killing. Her ex-husband, whom she was forced to marry, then forced to divorce when her relationship with Johnson came to light and dishonored the family, he said, has threatened to take away her beloved 4-year-old daughter.

“Haveen and her daughter are at the center of my life,” Johnson said.


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I Believe Greg Bassett, Chief Duncan And Mayor Ireton Better Take Another Look Into The Law

“Truth in Caller ID Act” Signed by President Obama

This posting was written by Thomas A. Long, Editor of CCH Privacy Law in Marketing.

A law that amends the Telephone Consumer Protection Act to prohibit the transmission of misleading or inaccurate caller identification information with the intent to defraud, cause harm, or wrongfully obtain anything of value was signed by President Obama on December 22, 2010.

The “Truth in Caller ID Act of 2009” (Public Law No. 111-331, Senate Bill 30) is intended to combat “spoofing,” which occurs when a telephone caller alters the number or other information that appears on a recipient’s caller ID to conceal his or her identity.

Transmissions are exempted if they are made in connection with authorized activities of law enforcement agencies or a court order specifically authorizing the use of caller ID manipulation.

The law calls for the Federal Communications Commission to prescribe implementing regulations no later than six months after enactment.

Further details will appear in an upcoming issue of CCH Privacy Law in Marketing.

New Posts to fall below.

Julian Assange Fled To The Ecuadorian Embassy In London To Seek Political Asylum

Facing an extradition to Sweden – and then possibly the United States – Wikileaks founder Julian Assange fled to the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to seek political asylum. In a letter to Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa – Assange wrote that he faces extradition to, "a foreign country that applies the death penalty for the crime of espionage and sedition." Currently – Ecuadorian officials are reviewing Assange's request for asylum – meanwhile he is out of reach of British police while he remains – techinically – on foreign soil within the Ecuadorian Embassy. Even China allowed one of their political dissidents to find asylum in the United States earlier this year. We'll see if the British Government grants the same rights to Assange to leave that country.

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Couple's Radio Flyer Turns Heads On Streets

500,000 Jobs Lost Overseas

The U.S. call center industry has lost 500,000 jobs over the last six years thanks to corporations like Bank of America, Well Fargo, and T-Mobile outsourcing Americans jobs to foreign countries where they can exploit low-wage workers. But on Tuesday, Republicans in the House had a chance to put an end to this giant sucking sound by passing the U.S. Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act, which would cut off federal loans and grants to corporations that outsource American call center jobs. Unfortunately for Americans workers, the bill failed as House Republicans lined up against it – voting it down, while most Democrats supported the bill. The big four Wall Street banks have all moved their call centers to the Phillipines in the last few years, laying off hundreds of thousands of American workers who bailed out the banks to the tune of a couple hundred billion dollars back in 2008. Time to call your Member of Congress – especially if they're a Republican – and ask why they support stimulating the Filipino economy over the American economy.

US to Give 146 Warplanes to New Afghan Air Force

The United States government decided to give 146 planes to Afghanistan's National Army air force by 2016, a spokesman for Afghan Ministry of Defense (MOD) said Wednesday.

The ministry praised the decision, adding that more warplanes should be given to Afghanistan in order to protect the country from any kind of threat.

"There is an agreement that US would give us 146 warplanes, but we are not satisfied with this. The number should increase. The planes would be used in any kind of situation," MOD spokesman Gen. Mohammad Zaher Azimi said.


BREAKING NEWS: US Commerce Secretary John Bryson Resigns

US Commerce Secretary John Bryson -- the subject of a hit-and-run investigation in Los Angeles -- has resigned, saying he's doing so to 'prevent distractions' at the department.

President Obama immediately accepted Bryson's resignation.

From Fox News

Multi-Millionaire Congressman Paul Ryan Wants To Raise YOUR Taxes, While Cutting His Own

The Congressional Joint Economic Committee released a new report on the House's Paul Ryan budget – finding that while it gives huge tax cuts to the top 2% of Americans – it actually raises taxes on middle class families. Under the Ryan plan – which Republicans passed out of the House of Representatives nearly unanimously earlier this year – households earning more than a million dollars a year would see a tax cut of about $300,000 a year. But average income households like the middle class would actually see their taxes go up by several percent. The Ryan plan also reverses some of President Obama's tax cuts for working Americans who make less than $30,000 a year – basically raising their taxes, too. So when Republicans say they can't raise taxes on anyone – and even sign pledges to not raise taxes on anyone – they're lying. What they really mean is – they can't raise taxes on their Romney super-rich buddies who are funding their re-election campaigns.

A Visible Sign Of Progress

Today, a very visible sign of progress sailed under the Bay and Key bridges and on into the Port of Baltimore. Four huge cranes have arrived to complete the new 50-foot berth at the Port of Baltimore. The landside portion of the new berth was completed earlier this year. The four super-sized cranes will now be off-loaded from the ship over the next ten days. They will be assembled in place during the summer with the entire berth becoming operational in September of this year.

The creation of this new, deep-water berth is vitally important to the future of the Port of Baltimore. The Panama Canal is being widened and when construction is complete in 2014, larger ships carrying goods from Asia and around the world will be able to pass through the Canal to the U.S. East Coast. Baltimore will be one of only two ports on the U.S. East Coast with a 50-foot facility, something that will be critical to maintaining our strong position in the highly-competitive shipping industry.

All this was made possible as a result of our innovative, award-winning public-private partnership with Ports America Chesapeake. In 2009, we agreed to a long term lease with Ports America where they would assume day to day operation of Seagirt Marine Terminal and pay for the hundreds of millions in capital investments that are needed in the near term and over the length of the 50-year agreement. The state retains ownership of Seagirt and benefits from financial terms that are beneficial to both partners. Working together, our collective goal is to grow business at the Port of Baltimore. More business means more stability for the more than 14,000 men and women who depend on the Port for good family supporting jobs.

This agreement is already producing dividends, even before the new berth is operational. Earlier this year, Hapag Lloyd, one of the top 5 container companies in the world, began service to Baltimore. The Port of Baltimore is now the first US port of call for Hapag’s northern Europe to North America service. We likely would not have secured the Hapag business without the new berth. Today, the Port of Baltimore is now served by three of the top 5 container shipping companies in the world.

Thanks in part to our partnership with Ports America and the new 50-foot berth, the future is bright at the Port of Baltimore.

Investigators Looking for Wanted Sex Offender

Location: Delmar, DE and possibly North Carolina

Date of Occurrence: Tuesday June 12, 2012

Suspect and Charges:

Anthony L. Corbin, 45, Delmar, DE
Black male, 5’06” tall, 165 lbs., black hair, and brown eyes
Failure to Re-Register as a Sex Offender
Making a False Written Statement
Sussex County Superior Court Capias

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

On June 7, 2012, Corbin was brought back to Delaware by the State’s Attorney General's Office on two counts of Failure to Re-Register as a Sex Offender after being held in a detention center in North Carolina. He was arraigned at JP2 for the charges and given a $2,000.00 unsecured bail. He was, however, held at Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on a $688.00 cash bail for a capias until he was released on June 8th. On June 12, 2012, Corbin registered a new address in Delmar of 216 Brick Road through the State Bureau of Identification.

Corbin was scheduled in Sussex County Superior Court for a preliminary hearing on June 14th for the new charges and failed to show up. A capias has been issued for his arrest. After learning that Corbin failed to show, Investigators attempted to contact Corbin at his newly listed address in Delmar only to find out that there was no such address.

Investigators have obtained warrants on Anthony L. Corbin, 45, who is a high risk Tier 3 sex offender, after he failed to register his current address, and had not notified S.O.A.R. of his status within 3 days as he is required to do by law.

Anthony Corbin is described as a black male, 5’06” tall and 165 lbs. with black hair and brown eyes. Information has been received that Corbin is possibly living in the Delmar, DE area or possibly fled to North Carolina.

The Delaware State Police Sex Offender Apprehension and Registration Unit is asking anyone who may know the location of Anthony L. Corbin 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

Today's Survey Question 6-21-12

How difficult is it for you to find affordable child care for the summer?

Soldier Returns To Salisbury From Afghanistan

Just to let you know--several folks attended for the first time to help welcome in the returning Marine last night at the airport and said they came because they "saw it on Joe's blog". Thanks~

Publishers Notes: While last night was a wonderful celebration and all of us were able to thank this young man for his service, I was truly disappointed in the lack of Public Officials who did not attend. Of course Council President and Vice President Terry Cohen and Debbie Campbell were there, thank you. Rick Pollitt, Mike Lewis, Matt Maciarello, County Council, Mayor and so forth did not attend, some of which live right down the street from the Airport.

On a better note, those who did attend truly wanted to be there and I thank all of you for taking the time to do so.

Time To Fire Eric Holder?

Everywhere the Obama Administration encounters legal controversy, Eric Holder can be found. Among his biggest offenses are dragging his feet on terrorism investigations, insisting that terror masterminds be tried in civilian courts, and most recently, ignoring the Defense of Marriage Act.

Attorneys general are supposed to enforce laws, not choose which to disregard. So tell us: is it time for Holder to go? Vote now!

GO HERE to vote.

BREAKING NEWS: Supreme Court Strikes Down FCC's Profanity And Nudity RulesOon Broadcast TV

US Supreme Court rules against FCC policy regulating curse words and nudity on broadcast television.

From Fox News

Army Vet Selling Medal On eBay To Support Family

If you desperately needed the money to support your family, would you be willing to sell something priceless? That's exactly what a local Army veteran is doing online.

He calls it pan-handling, only this is the high-tech version. He's asking for charity on eBay.
In return, he's selling something you don't often find up for bid.

Bill Shephard reads the certificate he received when the Army awarded him a medal for a job well done: "It says great achievement while assigned to A Troop 102nd Cavalry during combat operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom."


2012 Retirees From Wicomico County Public Schools

2012 Retirees From Wicomico County Public Schools Thanked for Many Years of Service to Students, Schools

Thank you to the 2012 retirees from Wicomico County Public Schools for their many years of service:

Sharon Adams, Bennett Middle, Science teacher, 33 years
Mary Monica Anthenelli, Pinehurst Elementary, speech pathologist, 18 years
Rachel P. Beail, Instructional Resource Center teacher and Mardela Middle and High HSA Bridge teacher, 17 years Wicomico/37.6 years total
Shirley A. Blackwell, Delmar Elementary, grade 4 teacher, 10 years Wicomico/39.8 years total
Penelope D. Borelli, Prince Street Elementary, instructional assistant II – Special Education, 31 years
Sarah R. Bounds, Bennett Middle, Social Studies teacher, 18 years
Cora R. Brown, Mardela Middle and High, Business Education teacher, 13 years
Sandra Burtman, Pinehurst Elementary, Kindergarten teacher, 40 years
Lois A. Campbell, Delmar Elementary, Grade 4 teacher, 37 years
Rondald R. Clark, Mardela Middle and High, RELA (Reading English Language Arts) teacher, 22 years
Charles H. Clough, Wicomico High, Math teacher, 43 years
Gloria J. Comunale, Mardela Middle and High, instructional assistant I – Special Education, 10 years
Janelle K. Cropper, Fruitland Intermediate, Grade 4 teacher, 31 years
Roy N. Davis Jr., Bennett Middle, building service manager II, 32 years
Margaret L. Elwood, Charles H. Chipman Elementary, Grade 1 teacher, 33 years Wicomico/36.5 years total
Lee Esham Jr., Salisbury Middle, Technology Education teacher, 10 years
Mary H. Freistat, James M. Bennett High, Social Studies teacher, 15 years Wicomico/20 years total
Deborah Gates, Mardela Middle and High, instructional assistant III – Special Education, 18 years
Patricia Gibbons, James M. Bennett High, ESOL teacher, 26 years Wicomico/34 years total
Mattie L. Greene, Salisbury Middle, office associate III, 29 years
Elton (Buddy) Harrington, Parkside High School Department of Career & Technology Education, Criminal Justice teacher, 15 years Wicomico/26 years total
Alton J. Hudson II, Fruitland Intermediate, building service manager I, 23 years
Beverly U. Jackson, West Salisbury Elementary, Grade 2 teacher, 15.5 years
Susan Jackson, Wicomico Middle, Dean of Students, 28 years Wicomico/34.7 years total
Anthony Johnson, Westside Primary, building service manager I, 19 years
Dr. Carolyn S. Johnston, Central Office, Supervisor of Reading, 33 years Wicomico/34.5 years total
Sheila Justis, Pinehurst Elementary, food service worker, 34 years
Karen B. Leimann, Central Office, Coordinator of Professional Development, 33 years
Nancy Sue Matthews, Salisbury Middle, RELA (Reading English Language Arts) teacher, 13 years
James G. Maynard, Parkside High School Department of Career & Technology Education, Occupational teacher, 18 years Wicomico/31 years total
Mary J. McGraw, Prince Street Elementary, Special Education teacher, 11 years Wicomico/31.9 years total
Patricia A. McLeod, Mardela Middle and High, English teacher, 12 years
Thomas E. Meadows, Bennett Middle, Special Education teacher, 13.5 years Wicomico/23.5 years total
Mary Jo Moore, Delmar Elementary, Grade 2 teacher, 29 years
Rebecca L. Mumford, Grade 2 teacher, Delmar Elementary, 30 years
Linda C. Orndorff, Delmar Elementary, instructional assistant II – kindergarten, 25.5 years
Sherry L. Perkins, Beaver Run Elementary, Grade 2 teacher, 30.2 years
Elaine C. Price, Salisbury Middle, instructional assistant II – Special Education, 12 years
Mildred C. Price, Central Office, student data analyst, 14 years
Robert A. Reading II, Pinehurst Elementary, Grade 3 teacher, 8 years
Susan D. Robson, Parkside High, Special Education teacher, 29 years Wicomico/34.5 years total
Nancy S. Rowe, North Salisbury Elementary, TAD (Thinking and Doing) teacher, 31 years Wicomico/32 years total
Dixie L. Sherrill, Pemberton Elementary, instructional assistant II – elementary intervention, 7.8 years
Rudolph E. Stanley, Mardela Middle and High, Math teacher, 42 years
Helen L. Todd, East Salisbury Elementary, instructional assistant II – elementary intervention, 37 years
Janice E. Wagner, Central Office, Supervisor of English and World Languages, 10 years Wicomico/34.9 years total
Susan N. Weis, Delmar Elementary, Grade 2 teacher, 13 years Wicomico/18.5 years total


(ELDERSBURG, MD) – A suspect is in custody and has been charged with the overnight murder of a co-worker which occurred during an altercation at their cleaning company’s job site in a Carroll County grocery store.

The accused is identified as Zamani A. Lawson, 26, of Jamaica, New York. After consultation with the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office, Lawson is charged with one count of second degree murder. He has been taken to the Carroll County Central Booking Center where he is awaiting his initial appearance before a court commissioner.

The identity of the victim is being withheld at this time because investigators have been unable to locate family members who are believed to be out of state. The victim was a 22-year-old male from Brooklyn, New York.

Shortly before midnight yesterday, a 911 call was received at the Carroll County Emergency Operations Center reporting a stabbing at the Martin’s Supermarket in the 1300-block of Londontown Blvd., Eldersburg, Md. Deputies from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and one of the first deputies who arrived found the suspect standing near the store entrance with what appeared to be blood on his shirt. The suspect, later identified as Lawson, was immediately taken into custody by the deputy.

Deputies were directed by store employees to a storage area in the rear of the store where the victim was found lying on the floor. Deputies observed that the victim was bleeding from several wounds to his upper torso.

Emergency medical personnel were summoned to the scene. The victim was transported by ambulance to the Carroll Hospital Center. He was pronounced dead at the hospital early this morning. His body has been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy.

Investigators from the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit responded to the scene to conduct the investigation. They were assisted by members of the State Police Westminster Barrack Criminal Investigation Section and crime scene technicians from the State Police Forensic Sciences Division. Carroll County Sheriff’s Office investigators and crime scene technicians also assisted with the investigation throughout the night. A member of the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office responded to the scene and worked with investigators.

The preliminary investigation indicates the victim and suspect both worked for a cleaning company contracted to provide services at the grocery store. Both had recently been sharing a room in the basement of their supervisor’s home, located about a mile from the grocery store.

Witnesses told investigators the two became involved in a loud argument in the storage area of the grocery store. The argument escalated into a physical altercation. During that altercation, the victim was allegedly stabbed by the accused. The cause of the argument has not been specifically identified at this time.

During a search of the area outside the store, State Police investigators recovered what appears to be a kitchen knife. The knife is being forwarded to the State Police Forensic Sciences Division for evidence processing.

The grocery store is open 24-hours a day, but shoppers were not in the storage area where the assault occurred. The store was closed during the crime scene processing, but later reopened for business.

The investigation is continuing.

Obamacare To Be Ruled Unconstitutional, Say Supreme Court Insiders

Most former Supreme Court attorneys and clerks believe that the individual mandate to buy health insurance — the signature provision of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act — will soon be struck down as unconstitutional by the high court.

That's according to a joint poll by the American Action Forum, Center Forward and Purple Strategies. An astounding 57 percent of clerks and attorneys polled now think that the mandate will be ruled unconstitutional. That's up from just 35 percent in March, before the court held oral arguments on the case.

Purple Strategies

Here's what one respondent told Purple Strategies:

“I feel like a dope, because I was one of those who predicted that the Court would uphold the statute by a lopsided majority…it now appears pretty likely that this prediction was way off.”


No Money For Forced Sterilization Victims in NC

The first serious proposal to compensate victims of forced sterilization failed Wednesday when North Carolina legislators said they were not approving any money for them. One ardent supporter declared: "At this point, I have lost all hope."

The effort to give each victim $50,000 passed the House, but the Senate never gave the measure consideration. Republican lawmakers in that chamber said the state didn't have the money in such a tight budget year to make up for misguided, decades-old procedures. Legislators also feared paying the victims would lead other groups, such as descendants of slaves, to seek reparations.

"If you could lay the issue to rest, it might be one thing. But I'm not so sure it would lay the issue at rest because if you start compensating people who have been `victimized' by past history, I don't know where that would end," Republican Sen. Austin Allran said.


Changing The History: Building A 30-Story Hotel In 15 Days. China Broad Group

Nevada Inmate Shackled Before Giving Birth Sues

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - A former prison inmate who says she was shackled at the ankles in an ambulance while in labor prior to the birth of her daughter despite the objections of medical personnel sued the Nevada Department of Corrections on Wednesday.

The suit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada, cited what it described as shocking indifference to "wholly obvious, serious medical needs" after the woman's ankles were shackled before and after giving birth in October.

The woman, Valerie Nabors, was being held at the Florence McClure Women's Correctional Center in North Las Vegas for trying to steal about $300 in casino chips, a nonviolent crime, when she went into labor. Nabors, 30, has since been released.

The lawsuit, which alleges violations of state law and Nabors' constitutional rights, said that after she went into labor, guards ran to the ambulance in which she was transported to the hospital and shackled her ankles together, despite protests by ambulance personnel.


Poker Run

Temperature Records Broken on 1st Day of Summer

The official start of summer brought temperatures in the high 90s to the Eastern Seaboard on Wednesday, setting records in some spots and getting awfully close in others, with people wilting at graduation ceremonies, students trying to learn in sweltering classrooms and authorities warning folks to check on elderly neighbors.

The hot spell arrived right on time _ on the longest day of the year _ in a region that's home to some of the nation's most densely populated cities. Record temperatures were reached at all three New York City-area airports, along with Connecticut's Bradley International Airport and the cities of Burlington, Vt., and Houlton, Maine, according to the National Weather Service.


A Letter To The Editor 6-21-12

Hi Joe, I recently read about the destruction of Ash trees in MD by the Emerald Green Borer on your site. It's noted, 10's of millions of these trees have already been destroyed in several States when you view the info on line.

We have an Ash tree in our yard that's definately under distress, losing its leaves from the top--- for an unknow reason to us. I would not have known , what definately appears to be the cause---- had I not read about this on your site.
I have found the number to call -- 1-301- 782 1946 --to report the possibility of the "Emerald Ash Borer". I called & they will be contacting me to set up an apt. to come down to inspect the tree . They said , thus far this is the first suspected tree in Wicomico County. reported ---although many other Countys in MD have reported the "Borer " & are under restrictions to help stop the spread.

The "Borer" looks more like a fly, is Emerald Green in color , will fit on a "penny", & is a native of Asia. You will note dead branches AT THE TOP OF YOUR TREE OR WILD SHOOTS BRANCHING OFF NEAR THE BOTTOM.

Firewood, green lumber, logs, & chips are the primary means of advancing the beetle
spread!!!! Further info on what to look for can be found on line. Asking all your viewers to send this info on to others.

Thanks to you for all the info you "put out there!"

E. & J. Walls, Salisbury-MD

Wicomico Recreation Introduces Convoy 4 Kids & Community Celebration

New Community Event will Support Area Youth

Salisbury, MD
– Join Wicomico Recreation & Parks for the Convoy 4 Kids & Community Celebration at Billy Gene Jackson, Sr. Park on Saturday, June 30. This new event will run from 11am-6pm and feature a Recreation & Parks Summer Showcase highlighting current programs, a Bayside All-Star Basketball Game & Slam Dunk Contest (beginning at 12pm), the Convoy 4 Kids Vehicle Parade & Showcase (beginning at 2pm), live DJs, food and craft vendors and other family entertainment and games including bounce houses, corn hole and more. The event will be followed by an on-stage performance of Arabian Nights at 6pm presented by Wicomico Public Library. The community celebration is free and open to the public.

Businesses and individuals are invited to enter their vehicles in the convoy and show their support for our community youth. Participating vehicles will gather at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center for a brunch at noon. The convoy will leave from the Civic Center and arrive at Billy Gene Jackson, Sr. Park at 2pm for a Vehicle Parade & Showcase. Those interested in joining the convoy or sponsoring this event may contact Andy Kitzrow, Recreation Superintendent at 410-548-4900x114 or

Why Does The Board Of Ed Need Money?

Because they have TWO Vice Principals and ONE Principal at each summer school location, according to a source. I'll stop here and simply let the comments fly.

Deaf-Blind Camp in Maryland Gives Children a Chance to be Children

Every summer deaf-blind individuals travel from across the country to spend a week in Anne Arundel County.

Their destination? The Deaf-Blind Camp of Maryland—a place where they step outside of their comfort zone physically and mentally.

Whether it's soaring through the air on a giant swing or bouncing across the water on a banana boat, the camp encourages campers with total or partial hearing and vision loss to step outside their comfort zone.


Arrest Made In Claymont Homicide

Riverview Motel, 7811 Governor Printz Boulevard, Claymont, DE

Date of Occurrence:
Thursday, June 14, 2012 (Victim discovered Monday, June 18, 2012 at 10:30 a.m.)

Theodore Tucker, 52, Wilmington, DE

Defendant, Charges, and Arraignment Information:
Sherry Jackson, 48, Wilmington, DE (pictured)
Murder 1st Degree
Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony
Possession of a Deadly Weapon by a Person Prohibited
Arraigned at JP Court 11 and committed to the Delores Baylor Correctional Institute without bail.

Claymont-Delaware State Police homicide detectives have arrested a Wilmington woman in connection with the murder of a Wilmington man that occurred at a local motel.

On Tuesday, June 19, 2012 detectives arrested Sherry Jackson, 48, and charged her with one count each of murder first degree, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, and possession of a deadly weapon by a person prohibited. She was arraigned at JP Court 11 and then committed to the Department of Corrections without bail.

Jackson was developed as a suspect in the case after detectives investigating the homicide obtained a warrant to search the room in the Riverview Motel in which the body of Theodore Tucker had been found deceased. During the search, detectives discovered personal items belonging to Sherry Jackson as well as the possible weapon used in the murder.

Detectives, with the assistance of the New Castle County Governor’s Task Force, then began searching for Sherry Jackson and were able to locate her in the 500 block of W. 6th Street in Wilmington. She was then taken into custody without incident. Jackson was subsequently charged with the above list of crimes.

Pr. George's Councilwoman Charged, Fined for Reckless Driving

The Maryland councilwoman who led police on a high speed chase on the Beltway in February was found guilty of reckless driving and fined.

Karen Toles, a councilwoman in Prince George's County, was stopped on Feb. 22 for traveling up to 105 mph. She was fined $90 for an unsafe lane change and issued a warning for reckless driving.

The incident caused an uproar in the community and Toles was charged with reckless driving after a further police investigation.



(Salisbury, MD) Our area is experiencing a period of extreme heat as temperatures are substantially hotter and/or more humid than average for the location and time of year. Health officials in Wicomico County are reminding residents to be careful, stay cool, and well hydrated.

Individuals can quickly develop a heat-related illness which can become life-threatening, if not properly treated. While the body normally cools itself by sweating, under some conditions, sweating just isn't enough. In such cases, a person's body temperature rises rapidly. Very high body temperatures may damage the brain or other vital organs. Infants, young children, young athletes, obese persons, those older than 65 years of age, and those persons with diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease or a mental illness are at high risk.

County health officials are offering these tips to help you stay healthy and comfortable in the heat:
Stay indoors;
Schedule outdoor activities before 10:00 am and after 6:00 pm;
Wear light colored, loose fitting clothing;
Drink plenty of cool fluids without sugar, caffeine or alcohol;
If outdoors, schedule frequent water breaks. In extreme heat or when exercising drink 2 – 4 glasses (16 – 32 oz.) each hour;
Avoid hot, spicy or heavy foods as they add heat to the body;
Limit using the stove or oven to keep the house cooler;
Take a cool shower or bath;
Seek air-conditioned environments such as malls and libraries;
Check on the elderly.

“Air-conditioning is the number one protective factor against heat-related illness and death” says Lori Brewster, Health Officer for the health department. “If your home is not air-conditioned, go to any public facility such as the mall or library to seek relief.”

For more tips on how to stay cool, go to or

Stink Bugs: They're Coming Back

They swarmed in the garden, covered screen doors and camped out on porches across Washington this fall. This summer, the stink bugs will be back.

"They are on the same schedule they were in 2010, and if you recall, 2010 was their breakout year," says Mike Raupp, professor of entymology at the University of Maryland.

But stink bugs don't seem to be popping up in great numbers yet.

"They're beginning to show up in our commercial fruit orchards now," Raupp says. Soon, gardeners will see the beetles go after tomatoes and peppers.


Hilarious and Unique Signs Outside of Church

Being a Christian doesn't have to be all serious all the time. Let's take a few minutes to enjoy the lighter, funnier side and check out these creative signs various churches have used.

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