Sunday, March 31, 2013

Albero - Salisbury's Best Choice for Economic Development

As a frequent contributor to SBYnews, I have written many articles regarding the current poor state of our local economy. Articles that list actual business closures and the associated detrimental effects on our local economy.  We have published information regarding the actual number of employees being displaced.  Such notables industry giants as Haliburton, Crown Cork & Seal, Campbell Soup, Grumman Corporation, Sealy, American Paving Corp. - 88 businesses in all.  Virtually every dinner table in and around Salisbury has heard of these horror stories.  And now finally - along comes a high profile retired business professional - one that has battle tested entrepreneurial skills.

As independent assessor - the employment conditions in and around Salisbury - shows that our County has lost another 1400 jobs in our workforce over the past 12 months alone.  My question to our political leaders - how much longer can this deteriorating condition continue?  It's now been going for over 5 years.

CORRECT THE CONDITION - It is well within the power of our residents to try and remedy the situation.  This rare opportunity comes every four years and will come again on Tuesday.  The voters in Salisbury will have a decision to make.  Who is the most qualified candidate to lead our City/County out of the economic doldrums and usher-in a new business friendly environment.  At the very top of the list - should be the name Joe Albero.

Economic Promoter - We all know that Joe is a big fan of Fernando.  From the humble beginnings of Fernando's career as an amateur - all the way to the big leagues - Joe has touted this young man's talent.  So it comes as no surprise that Joe has been a natural at promoting events.  The same analogy can be applied to Salisbury.  Will it be easy - probably not - but the bottom line is that Joe is the candidate that will pour out his 'heart and soul' to try and better this community as a whole.  We have all seen this at the Civic Center events, Perdue Stadium, not to mention the charitable contributions to the Salvation Army and countless snow removal projects.  And SBYnews is another noteworthy accomplishment as it is rated as one of the nation's top blogs, and, Maryland's top blog.

Family Man - One of the most prominent features that I can describe about this gentleman - is his sense of grounding - his ever loving devotion to his wife, children, grandchildren, and community.  And aren't these the ideals and principles that America was founded on?  Now I am not saying that he is perfect and can tend to be a little bit mischievous from time to time - but then again - don't these features add to his allure of an all American family tradition.  In my honest opinion - I would much rather have a Mayor with a little color and sense of humor as opposed to one that has no fare at all.

Bottom Line - I encourage all Salisbury registered voters to go out and vote for this gentleman on Tuesday. I know of no other person that is up for the occasion to help lead this City/County out of the current economic predicament.  This is one of the few opportunity's that comes along whereby one single person can make a demonstrable change.  I encourage everyone to vote for Joe Albero as Mayor.

Posted by Beezer - SBYnews Contributor

I Think It's Important You See This Message From Jim Ireton

"We need all hands on deck to win this, and to help our friends, Jake Day and Shanie Shields with their council races".


I have stated the following in ALL of my brochures and forums. I will work with ALL five Council Members, whomever they might be.

I think it is rude and foolish for Mayor Jim Ireton to make the above statement, (in bold). Just like we saw in the PACE Forum, clearly a select few Candidates were given the questions before the Forum. As I have stated to many since, I really don't care because I'd rather be questioned on the spot so the public can hear my spontaneous and honest answers without them being premeditated. 

While I have your attention, I have worked tirelessly seven days a week going door to door. I have had incredible conversations with thousands of Salisbury Residents and I thank you for taking the time out of your schedules, (especially family time) to allow me to share my intentions. 

To those of you to whom I was not able to reach, I truly have done my best to visit you personally, instead of a group of volunteers. I wanted to meet you face to face so you could look me in the eye and hold me accountable throughout my term as your next Mayor. 

Over the past three months of door knocking I have had only 7 people tell me they were voting for Jim Ireton. Mind you, there are some 14,000 registered voters in Salisbury and I know I reached close to 7,000 of you on my own. I did so in the cold, the rain and three times in the snow. I did take one snow day off to shovel some driveways for those in need. 

It has been an incredible experience and I am so humbled by the massive volume of people who showed their support on my behalf. Tuesday is a very important day for Salisbury. We need you to get out and vote. You have heard me say this many times throughout my campaign. "This is not Joe Albero's election to lose, it's the citizens' election to lose". We must come together Tuesday and make a difference. 

I have spent the past 8 years defending the citizens of Salisbury against the local media who refuses to either tell the truth or only allow a 10 to 15 second sound bite about important information. How often have we sat back and complained about local media telling Delaware and or national news when there is so much going on locally. How often have we seen Salisbury News stories published elsewhere days after we published it. How often do we see sports and weather taking up the majority of broadcasts.

Have I been outspoken at times, absolutely. When you are passionate about what you do and spend seven days a week doing it, it becomes bothersome when other sources ignore important topics that involve our community. 

Together we have reunited thousands of animals. We united the Salvation Army to an all volunteer organization and have broken record donations each and every year since. We have raised thousands of dollars through advertising and paid it forward by giving it back to the community. 

I have proven skills that will help unite our Council. Jim Ireton has proven only to divide. He has pointed fingers and blamed others for his lack of ability to work together as a team.

Salisbury is truly at a crossroad. As I stated in the last forum, funny how all of a sudden Joe Albero gets in the Mayoral race and all of a sudden each candidate wants to ride the shirt tails of my platform. All of a sudden JOBS are important, yet they haven't been for the past 16 years. Jim Ireton held up a piece of paper with 5 companies named as newcomers to Salisbury since he's been in office. I immediately stated, you conveniently forget to mention the 80 companies that left while you were in office. 

I'd like you to think about the following as well. You have only TWO choices for your next Mayor. One, a businessman who has multi-million dollar experience and the other who has never been in the private sector and knows nothing about business. Now think about this for a second. There are a select few who want to play Monday Morning Quarterback, yet not one of they stepped up to the plate to RUN for Mayor. 

I have divided myself from my Wife and Grandson and moved to Salisbury just to run for a $25,000.00 a year job. We have sacrificed like very few in this Country ever have. I dedicated 8 years of my life to Salisbury with Salisbury News. There are NO special interests with Joe Albero. In fact it's quite the opposite. Those special interests are scared to death of Joe Albero because they know I care more about the citizens than anything else.

So here's what I'll ask of you. I'm asking you to please take the time Tuesday to get out and vote. I'm asking you to please encourage your Family, Friends and Neighbors to do the same. 

If ANY of you know my Wife, you KNOW what I have given up for the past year. She believes in me and she knows I can do a much better job than the current and former Mayor. 

I've NOT endorse ANY other Candidate because that is YOUR choice. You simply have my word that I will work with ALL five Council Members. I will not point fingers or blame others and I will bring every piece of legislation to the Council President, (whomever that may be) the day it is brought to me. NO MORE SURPRISES. 

Happy Easter to ALL of you and please forgive me if I haven't made it to your front door. You have my word, I worked my fingers to the bone trying to get to you but unfortunately I wasn't able to reach everyone. I will be out Monday giving it my all to meet you in person.    

Dear Mr. Ireton

This is NOT a phone spoof!

I have been working extremely hard to send out my message and platform. Today as we drove around Salisbury and we started noticing all of the Albero for Mayor Signs that have mysteriously been removed from most of the businesses along Rt. 13. 

I am asking you out of professionalism, please ask your people to STOP stealing my signs. Please STOP telling businesses you'll never do business with them again if they keep my signs up. 

As I have gone through neighborhoods I have even straightened up your signs and Jake Days, as many of them had tilted over and even some lying on the ground. 

I have been a gentleman when campaign brochures were lying on the ground at someone's front door and slid them back into the doors for you.

You see, I believe the people have the right to review ALL of the information we provide to make an informed decision. 

I have spent thousands of dollars on yard signs and many have disappeared. For what it's worth Jim, this is going to backfire on you. If you look at your own phone records you will see that I tried to personally call you a few days ago to discuss this matter. You refused to answer as well as return my call.

One thing is for sure, this Post WILL get read by you and unfortunately for you, this could have stayed between you and I. However, today after seeing so many signs down and gone, shame on you and your people. 

While YOU may think this is funny, the VOTERS have simply had enough and I'm confident that will be proven on Tuesday.

When you don't have a record to run on, this is what they do.  

Coburn Calls On OPM To Fire Feds 'Paid To Do Nothing'

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has written to Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry, saying the office should take steps to offload federal workers and contractors who don't show up for work, aren't performing official duties or "are simply not working at all."

In the letter, Coburn, the ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said doing so could prevent the need to furlough critical employees under sequestration.

"Thousands of essential federal employees performing critical missions from food safety to national security are being threatened with furloughs, while others who are literally paid to do nothing or do not even show up for work are being retained," Coburn wrote.

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Seeking To Save Peter Cottontail From Extinction

The New England cottontail was once so common that Massachusetts author Thornton Burgess adapted one named Peter for the children's stories he penned a century ago.

But the critter that inspired "The Adventures of Peter Cottontail" and the enduring song that came later faces an uncertain future. Its natural habitat is disappearing, and without intervention, it could be unhappy trails for the once-bountiful bunny.

Conservationists are hoping a new program to restore shrub lands across the Northeast and captive breeding efforts will help ensure the New England cottontail sticks around for many Easters to come.

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Hooking Kids On Sex: PP Starts “Saturation Process” In Kindergarten

While the White House says sequestration has eliminated funds for children touring the White House, President Obama has no problem spending $350 million federal tax dollars for sexual indoctrination programs starting in kindergarten for those same children.

This is not your grandmother’s sex education about how things work and what can go “wrong.” In fact, the exact opposite is the essence of the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP): Obamacare funnels $75 million annually into PREP, which must be used exclusively for Planned Parenthood-style “comprehensive” sex ed programs where no type of sex is wrong and the only sexual behavior PP considers “unsafe” is becoming pregnant.

More than one-fourth of the funds ‒ $20 million ‒ has been awarded to a coalition of six Planned Parenthood affiliates, operating under the name Northwest Coalition for Adolescent Health, to implement HHS’s TOP program across Montana, Oregon, Idaho, Washington, and Alaska at over 50 sites. In Oregon schools, Planned Parenthood is paying children cash incentives to participate.

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He Arose

Eastern Shore Osprey Cam A Hit In Area Offices, Homes

Meet Tom and Audrey, the newest stars of reality entertainment and the latest Internet distraction.

The couple — a pair of ospreys — recently returned to their summer home at an undisclosed location on the Eastern Shore, where a high-resolution camera is broadcasting their every move online.

Viewers can see and hear the birds as they rebuild their nest, rekindle their relationship, mate and eventually raise young ospreys.

When the camera went live, productivity at some offices dropped. Some osprey lovers tuned in, took a peek and spread the word.

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Medicare Shifts Course, No Sex-Change Coverage For Now

National attention to Medicare’s move to consider paying for sex-change operations forced the arm of the Department of Health and Human Services to withdraw its plan.

A day after Secrets Friday morning reported that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services was moving to reversing its 1981 rejection of funding sex-change operations because they were deemed “experimental,” HHS pulled the plug. They even removed the website which detailed their plans.

According to reports, the department is going to let its appeals board determine if sex changes are experimental or not before moving to cover the operations. The department had just opened a 30-day public comment period on taxpayer funding the operations.

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The Jelly Bean Prayer


Labor, Big Business Agree On Key Part Of Immigration Reform, But Final Deal Still Faces Hurdles

Organized labor and big business have reached a deal on a new, low-skilled workers program that will help clear the way for Capitol Hill immigration reform, but President Obama and a leading Republican senator maintain cautious optimism about a final deal.

The deal was reached during a Friday night phone call between AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and U.S. Chamber of Commerce chief executive Tom Donohue, according to several news organizations and confirmed by Fox News.

The deal was brokered by New York Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer, who also was on the phone call and is one of eight senators working on bipartisan reform legislation.

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Federal Judge Throws Out Atheist Lawsuit Seeking to Remove 9/11 Cross From NYC Museum

Manhattan, New York – A federal judge appointed by former president Bill Clinton has thrown out a lawsuit filed by a national atheist organization that sought to remove a steel beam cross from the 9/11 Museum in New York City because it promoted Christianity.

As previously reported, the group American Atheists stated that the cross, which was found in the rubble following the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center, has caused individuals to suffer “depression, headaches, anxiety, and mental pain and anguish,” and even indigestion. It had filed suit against numerous responsible parties, including the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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Eggs Marks The Spot


Could Some of Our Favorite Flavorings Be Damaging Our DNA?

Plants are all-natural sources of all things good for us, right? It turns out some of our favorite plant-based flavorings may do more harm than good.
Scientists from Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center report in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology that teas, coffees and “smoky flavoring” could be damaging our DNA at levels comparable to that caused by chemotherapy drugs.


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Navy IDs SEAL Killed In Ariz. Parachuting Accident

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Brett D. Shadle always had wanted to be a member of the Navy's most elite special forces unit. A year after enlisting, he made it happen and went on to become a highly decorated member of the Navy's famed SEAL Team 6.

U.S. military officials confirmed Saturday that Shadle, a 31-year-old special warfare operator chief, died Thursday when he and another SEAL collided in midair during a parachute training exercise over the rugged desert of southern Arizona.

Shadle was taken to University of Arizona Medical Center in Tucson, where he was pronounced dead. The other SEAL -- an unidentified E-6 petty officer first class -- remained in stable condition Saturday at the Tucson hospital.

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Happy Easter



FBI: We Never Investigated Popular UFO File

Of all the 6,700 previous top-secret files in the FBI’s online reading room, one single- page memo about a UFO report has attracted almost a million viewers over the last two years. However, the FBI now says it never followed up on the unconfirmed account of extraterrestrial life.

In the popular 1950 memo titled “UFOs or No?” then head of FBI field office in Washington, D.C. Guy Hottel related the UFO story to then FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. Hottel wrote that three “flying saucers” were recovered in New Mexico. The saucers, which were “circular in shape with raised centers, approximately 50 feet in diameter,” each had “three bodies of human shape but only three feet tall, dressed in metallic cloth of a very fine texture” inside.


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Man Who Died In Wingate Blaze Identified

WINGATE - The identity of a man who died in a one-alarm blaze at 2126 Wingate Bishops Head Road Wednesday evening was revealed to be 89-year-old Ralph V. Mills, the Office of the State Fire Marshal said Thursday.

According to a preliminary report by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Mills was determined to have died from severe smoke inhalation injuries received during the fire.

Beretta Courted By Other States

Firearms manufacturers upset over newly restrictive gun laws and proposals in their home states are getting a message from other places: Move here, where the climate is favorable to your products and so are the tax codes.

In New Hampshire, a group of conservative Republicans sent letters wooing gun companies. Politicians in Virginia and West Virginia have said they would welcome Beretta if it chose to leave Maryland. Alaska House Speaker Mike Chenault, in a letter to the head of Magpul Industries this week, said he read "with shock and disdain" reports of new gun laws in Colorado, the home of the firearms accessory and magazine manufacturer. "Though many feel the actions taken by your state government were appropriate," he wrote, "we in Alaska do not."

When the debate over gun laws reignited after the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., in December, critics of proposals to toughen state laws cautioned that gun manufacturers could move and take local jobs with them. And indeed, now lawmakers and residents in a few states are using restrictions on guns recently passed and proposed elsewhere as an opportunity to attract affected businesses.

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Bombshell IMF Study: United States Is World’s Number One Fossil Fuel Subsidizer

Between directly lowered prices, tax breaks, and the failure to properly price carbon, the world subsidized fossil fuel use by over $1.9 trillion in 2011 — or eight percent of global government revenues — according to a studyreleased this week by the International Monetary Fund.

The biggest offender was by far the United States, clocking in at $502 billion. China came in second at $279 billion, and Russia was third at $116 billion. In fact, the problem is so significant in the U.S. that the IMF figures correcting it will require new fees, levies, or taxes totaling over $500 billion a year, or more than 3 percent of the economy.

The Words of the Risen Lord

I like to go to old cemeteries in various parts of the world. When we wander through a graveyard and look at the tombstones or go to a church and examine the old monuments, we see one heading on most of them: “Here lies … ” Then follow the person’s name, date of death and perhaps some praise of the qualities of the deceased.

But how different would be the epitaph on the tomb of Jesus! It would neither be written in gold nor cut in stone. It was spoken by the mouth of an angel and is the exact opposite of what is engraved on other tombs: “He is not here; for He is risen” (Matthew 28:6).

The most important events in human history were the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul wrote, “If Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. … If Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!” (1 Corinthians 15:14, 17).

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Testing Begins for Dental Patients Possibly Exposed to Hepatitis, HIV

Tulsa, Oklahoma (CNN) -- Patients who were treated by suburban Tulsa dentist W. Scott Harrington will begin getting tested Saturday for HIV and hepatitis after an investigation found unsanitary conditions at his office.

About 7,000 of Harrington's patients from the past six years are being urged to get tested. Saturday's clinic will treat patients on a walk-in basis. It will be operational for 10 hours a day starting Monday.

About 1,000 people called a hotline Friday to inquire about screenings, Tulsa health department spokeswoman Kaitlin Snider said.

Harrington surrendered his dental license on March 20 after health investigators found sterilization and staffing infractions.

God's Gentle Reminder

There once was a man named George Thomas, preacher in a small Texas town. One Sunday morning he came to the Church building carrying a rusty, bent, old bird cage, and set it by the pulpit.
Eyebrows were raised and, as if in response, the Preacher began to speak. . . .


"I was walking through town yesterday when I saw a young boy coming toward
me swinging this bird cage. On the bottom of the cage were three little wild birds, shivering with cold and fright.

I stopped the lad and asked, "What do you have there, son?"

"Just some old birds," came the reply.

"What are you going to do with them?" I asked.

"Take 'em home and have fun with 'em," he answered.

"I'm gonna tease 'em and pull out their feathers to make 'em fight.

I'm gonna have a real good time."

"But you'll get tired of those birds sooner or later.

What will you do then?"

"Oh, I got some cats," said the little boy.

"They like birds. I'll take 'em to them."

The preacher was silent for a moment.

"How much do you want for those birds, son?"

"Huh?? !!! Why, you don't want them birds, mister.

They're just plain old field birds.

They don't sing. They ain't even pretty!"

"How much?" the preacher asked again.

The boy sized up the preacher as if he were crazy and said, "$10?"

The preacher reached in his pocket and took out a ten dollar bill.

He placed it in the boy's hand. In a flash, the boy was gone.

The preacher picked up the cage and gently carried it to the end of the alley

where there was a tree and a grassy spot.

Setting the cage down, he opened the door,

and by softly tapping the bars persuaded the birds out,

setting them free.

Well, that explained the empty bird cage on the pulpit, and then
the preacher began to tell this story:

One day Satan and Jesus were having a conversation.
Satan had just come from the Garden of Eden,
and he was gloating and boasting
"Yes, sir, I just caught a world full of people down there.
Set me a trap, used bait I knew they couldn't resist.
Got 'em all!"

"What are you going to do with them?" Jesus asked.

Satan replied, "Oh, I'm gonna have fun!
I'm gonna teach them how to marry and divorce each other,
how to hate and abuse each other,
how to drink and smoke and curse.
I'm gonna teach them how to invent guns and bombs
and kill each other. I'm really gonna have fun!"

"And what will you do when you are done with them?"
, Jesus asked.
"Oh, I'll kill 'em," Satan glared proudly.

"How much do you want for them?" Jesus asked.

"Oh, you don't want those people. They ain't no good.
Why, you'll take them and they'll just hate you.
They'll spit on you, curse you and kill you.
You don't want those people!!"

"How much
?” He asked again.

Satan looked at Jesus and sneered,
"All your blood, tears and your life."

Jesus said, "DONE!" Then He paid the price.
The preacher picked up the cage and walked from the pulpit.

The Truth About 'Molly,' One of America's Top Party Drugs

Ignorance abounds about the recreational drug 'Molly,' also known as MDMA, making it a ripe target for fearmongering and punishment by the the Drug Warriors.

The abundance of misinformation perpetuated about the recreational drug Molly could give way to harsher legal enforcement if steps are not taken to give Americans an idea of what the drug actually is and what the drug actually does, outside of myths born from hip hop lyrics referencing Molly's use. That was the takeaway from "The Truth About Molly," a conference held by Columbia University Students for Sensible Drug Policy and the Drug Policy Alliance at Columbia University on Wednesday evening.

MVA Correction

Joe I work in the MVA building
It is 100% open on Monday 8:30 to 4:30

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Defense Department Says Giving Purple Heart to Fort Hood Survivors Would Hurt Hasan Trial

Legislation that would award the injured from the 2009 Fort Hood shooting the Purple Heart would adversely affect the trial of Maj. Nidal Hasan by labeling the attack terrorism, according to a Defense Department document obtained by Fox News.

The document comes following calls from survivors and their families for the military honor, because they say Fort Hood was turned into a battlefield when Hasan opened fire during the November 2009 attack. Fox News is told that the DOD “position paper” is being circulated specifically in response to the proposed legislation.

The document reads in part:

"Passage of this legislation could directly and indirectly influence potential court-martial panel members, witnesses, or the chain of command, all of whom exercise a critical role under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). Defense counsel will argue that Major Hasan cannot receive a fair trial because a branch of government has indirectly declared that Major Hasan is a terrorist -- that he is criminally culpable." 
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‘Delegate Mike McDermott Fights For The Second Amendment Rights Of Military, Physically Disabled, And Families’

(Annapolis) -- “Despite the serious erosion of our Second Amendment rights in the O’Malley-Brown Gun Bill, I was able to offer several significant amendments approved by the Joint Committee which will remove burdens on the disabled and protect gun owners all over the state.” stated Delegate Michael A. McDermott (R-Worcester & Wicomico Counties). Today the House Judiciary Committee and Health & Government Operations Committee met to vote on SB-281, the so-called “Firearm Safety Act of 2013.”
Delegate McDermott’s first amendment adopted by the Joint Committee will exempt the Maryland Defense Force from many aspects of the bill. It would allow members of the Maryland Defense Force to buy guns from the list of banned “assault weapons” and to purchase or receive a handgun without having to show the Handgun Qualification License, that is created under SB-281. Additionally, it would allow members to sell, rent, and transfer a regulated firearm to another person without having to show a Handgun Qualification License. 
Delegate McDermott’s second amendment adopted by the Joint Committee allows anyone who is 18 years or older and serving in the Armed Forces or National Guard to purchase regulated firearms. Under the original bill, anyone under the age of 21 would have been prohibited from purchasing firearms. “This substantial change in the law will provide for our brave veterans to return home and have the ability to own firearms which, before, were kept from them simply because they were not yet 21. It is clearly a right they have earned in defending our country”, stated Delegate McDermott.
The third amendment adopted by the Joint Committee will protect individuals with physical disabilities from needing to go through a special board to get approval for the Handgun Qualification License. Under the original bill, anyone who had physical disabilities would have to apply to a special board in order to get a Handgun Qualification License. “I was pleased that we were able to remove this additional barrier to firearms ownership by the states disabled”, said Delegate McDermott. 
The last amendment adopted by the Joint Committee clarified that a person may obtain a regulated firearm through inheritance. Essentially, it will exempt inherited firearms from many of the other requirements in the bill and clears the way for possession by the heirs of regulated firearms. “This provides protections for transferring property in the form of firearms to your children and grandchildren,” said Delegate McDermott. 
Although these amendments passed, Delegate McDermott still strongly believes that this bill is a major infringement on Marylanders Second Amendment Rights. On the final committee vote on SB-281, Delegate McDermott stated “Not just no, but HELL NO!” The final vote count to SB-281 was 27-18. The bill is expected to be heard on the House Floor early next week.

‘JESUS STOMP’ PROFESSOR PUT ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE, GETTING DEATH THREATS AMID NATIONWIDE FUROR

Dr. Deandre Poole, the professor at the center of Florida Atlantic University’s “Jesus stomp” controversy, has been put on administrative leave following nationwide outrage.

The chaos started after student Ryan Rotela complained over an exercise during which Poole apparently told students to write “JESUS” on a sheet of paper, throw it on the floor and then stomp on it.

According to WBSF-TV, Poole’s removal from the classroom was for safety reasons, considering the widespread anger that the story sparked. FAU responded to the incident via an official statement on Friday.

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2nd UPDATE - False Alarm Fines/Fees

We have just been informed that reconsideration of the new false alarm ordinances has been scheduled for 4:30PM, Monday, April 1st in room 306 of the Government Office Building. Please attend and show your opposition to the significantly increased costs, and your support for those council members who want to fix the issue.Thank you and hope to see you there, 

Ron Boltz
President & CEO
Alarm Engineering

STUDY: WASTE COULD FUND UP TO 45,000 YEARS OF WHITE HOUSE TOURS

A study from the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) shows the federal government's needless spending and costly regulations waste over $42 billion dollars–enough to fund up to 45,000 years of White House tours.

After the White House announced that its public tours would be one of the first government functions to be shut down due to the budget sequester's slowdown of spending increases, conservatives have highlighted government spending on inconsequential projects ranging anywhere from puppet research to snail sex.

The NRCC has compiled a "waste list" totaling $42,642,721,597 from its findings. Some of its expenditures include:

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A Comment Worthy Of A Post

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Daily Times–Where’s the Beef?":

Here's a great comment copied from the DT's article by a young Sby native. I hope he doesn't mind but I found it so wise that's it's worth posting here.

"Heaven help the people of Salisbury if we keep the forwardly backward thinking, non business experienced Jim Ireton... Salisbury right now is the smaller version of Chicago. Without the help of a successful businessman, Salisbury will continue to fall further into economic shambles. This article on the daily times is a joke. Attacking other people is up to blogs prior to the weekend before election. You are a newspaper! Write about specific plans that each candidate has for Salisbury! Ever heard that quote: 'SMALL minds discuss people, average minds discuss events, great minds discuss ideas!' Typical Salisbury"

BEN CARSON ‘ABSOLUTELY’ WILLING TO STEP DOWN AS COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER AFTER GAY MARRIAGE COMMENTS

Johns Hopkins pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson said Friday he is “absolutely” prepared to step down as commencement speaker for the university’s medical school after controversial remarks he made this week about gay marriage.

Carson apologized for any offense taken by his comments, when he was accused of comparing gay relationships with pedophilia and bestiality during an appearance on Fox News on Tuesday.

“Marriage is between a man and a woman,” Carson said on “Hannity”. “It’s a well-established, fundamental pillar of society and no group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in bestiality — it doesn’t matter what they are, they don’t get to change the definition.”

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A Viewer Writes: "Could This Be The Kiss Of Death"?

This change on the council will end the voting bloc that has crippled Salisbury and renew the city’s potential. Salisbury has been blessed with outstanding City Council representatives and I am convinced that Day will be one of the finest to serve.

Barrie Parsons Tilghman

Salisbury

Tilghman is a former mayor of Salisbury. — Editor

Airports Suing FAA Over Planned Tower Shutdowns

CHICAGO (AP) -- Airport operators are mounting a legal challenge to the Federal Aviation Administration's decision to cut funding for 149 air traffic control towers, accusing the agency of violating federal law meant to ensure major changes at airports do not erode safety.

Several airports are now asking a federal court to halt the plan and compel the FAA to more carefully study the potential safety impact, said Carl Olson, director of the Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington, Ill. He warned that without a more cautious approach, lives will be put at risk by cuts that he contends are arbitrary and the result of reckless political brinkmanship in Washington.

"I think everybody's going to realize what the industry knows, and that is there is a razor thin margin of error in aviation and any diminishment of safety is going to have an immediate and cascading effect," Olson said in an interview Friday. "And all the talk to the contrary won't change that fact."

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Rand Paul on ‘Hannity’: I Will Filibuster Any Gun Control Bill Brought Forward in the Senate

"I haven't heard one proposal from [Obama] or Harry Reid that would've saved one life… I think it's a mistake to play on these victims and the emotions of their tragedy when nothing he's proposing would change one iota of what happened." -Sen. Rand Paul speaking on 'Hannity' last night about gun control laws and the Sandy Hook tragedy


Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul joined ‘Hannity’ on Thursday night, telling guest host Eric Bolling that he will filibuster a gun control bill if and when it’s brought forward in the Senate by Majority Leader Harry Reid.

“We will filibuster the bill; we won’t let them bring it forward, because our fear is that once it comes forward, they’ll come forward with something that sounds benign in the beginning,” he said, “but we already have the Feinstein amendment, that talks about banning certain types of guns. That is inconsistent with the Second Amendment.”
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WHITE HOUSE SCRUBS FIRST DAUGHTERS SKI TRIP REPORT

A local news affiliate in Idaho reported that the First Daughters, Sasha and Malia Obama, are on a Spring Break ski trip in Sun Valley, Idaho. The story quickly spread across the Internet when picked up by the highly trafficked Drudge Report website.

But hours later, the story disappeared from the KMVT website without an update or correction. Breitbart News confirmed that the White House requested that the post be removed.

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‘I’M ALMOST IN DISBELIEF’: PLANNED PARENTHOOD REP SAYS MOTHER AND DOCTOR STILL HAVE RIGHT TO DECIDE BABY’S FATE IF BORN ALIVE AND ‘BREATHING’ ON A TABLE

Earlier this week a committee in the Florida House of Representatives heard positions on its “Infants Born Alive” bill, which addresses situations where a child is still born after a failed abortion. Planned Parenthood representatives were on hand, arguing the bill would ultimately make abortions harder to get in the state.

Alisa LaPolt Snow with Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates presented this perspective, saying in the hearing that even if a child were born alive, she believes it is still the mother’s right to decide its fate.

The Weekly Standard pointed out to a clip from the full committee hearing, which took place Wednesday, where Snow was questioned by representatives about the position: 

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Obama Uses Executive Power To Move Gun Control Agenda Forward

President Obama is quietly moving forward on gun control.

The president has used his executive powers to bolster the national background check system, jumpstart government research on the causes of gun violence and create a million-dollar ad campaign aimed at safe gun ownership.

The executive steps will give federal law enforcement officials access to more data about guns and their owners, help keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill, and lay the groundwork for future legislative efforts.

It is unclear whether the National Rifle Association (NRA) will challenge any of the executive actions in court. A spokesman for the NRA did not return a request for comment.

Committee Sends O'Malley Gun Bill To Full House of Delegates

Gov. Martin O'Malley's gun control plan is headed to the House of Delegates floor mostly intact.

After more than eight hours of discussion at a Friday voting session, the House Judiciary and Health and Government Operations committees voted 28-17 to give an amended version of the bill a favorable report.

Delegates made around 20 changes to the Senate's version of the bill.

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SALISBURY CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION AGENDA APRIL 1, 2013

CONFERENCE ROOM 306GOVERNMENT OFFICE BUILDING

4: 30 p.m. False Alarm Fees— Further' Discussion

5: 15 p.m. Police Budget amendment— Shell casings— Chief Duncan

5: 30 p.m. Briefing on Watershed Study— Teresa.Gardner

5: 45 p.m. CIP Discussion— John Pick

6: 00 p.m. Break

6: 10 p.m. Information Technology Issues— Bill Garrett

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Briefing on Mobile Device App program

Internet Use policy

VPN Use policy

6: 45 p.m. General discussion/ LTpcoming agendas .

7: 00 p.m. Adjournment

Congressional Inaction Could Cost College Students

WASHINGTON — Congressional inaction could end up costing college students an extra $5,000 on their new loans.

The rate for subsidized Stafford loans is set to increase from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on July 1, just as millions of new college students start signing up for fall courses. The difference between the two rates adds up to $6 billion.

Just a year ago, lawmakers faced a similar deadline and dodged the rate increase amid the heated presidential campaign between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. But that was with the White House up for grabs and before Washington was consumed by budget standoffs that now seem routine.

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Change Maryland On Senate Passage Of Motor Fuel Taxes

Change Maryland Chairman Larry Hogan released the following statement regarding the General Assembly's final approval of the Governor's motor fuel tax proposal:
Annapolis - "Two outcomes of the Governor's legislative agenda is to make gasoline and electricity more expensive. We have now seen 36 consecutive tax, fee and toll increases that will remove $3.1 billion out of the pockets of struggling Marylander's per year, with these motor fuel taxes and the additional fees required of utility customers to support offshore wind.

"Instead of developing a coherent transportation policy, our top elected officials took the easy way out by adding yet more of a tax burden to a state that has faced so many in recent years. They choreographed the proposal's original announcement, committee hearings and final votes to take place on late Fridays and in the evenings to avoid news coverage in the waning days of this legislative session. This speaks volumes about just how unpopular more taxes are, and this may push Maryland to the tipping point. Taxpayers have finally had enough."

Rep. Harris Talks Jobs And Regulation On Shore

In a comprehensive interview, Rep. Andy Harris (R-1st) discussed the impact federal action could have on the Lower Eastern Shore and what he plans to do to protect and promote the interests of this region in Congress.

Harris discussed his plans for using his new role as a member of the House Appropriations Committee to ensure oversight of the Environmental Protection Agency, and other federal policies that could negatively affect agriculture, the poultry industry, and tourism. He also offered his views on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.”

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STATEMENT RE: SHOOTING SUSPECT WOUNDED BY TROOPERS AFTER STANDOFF

This statement is issued regarding the condition of the suspect involved in the shooting incident that occurred on March 29, 2013 in Rawlings, Maryland. 

The suspect identified as Samuel E. George, 53, of the 15000-block of Meadow Dale Drive, Rawlings, Maryland has died from the gunshot wounds sustained during a standoff with troopers. He was pronounced dead this afternoon at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

The criminal investigation is being conducted by the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit, which conducts criminal investigations in to all shootings involving Maryland state troopers. Homicide Unit investigators are being assisted by investigators from C3I and the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office as well as crime scene technicians from the Maryland State Police Forensic Science Division. 

State Police investigators have conducted interviews with persons who witnessed the incident. Evidence collected from the scene will be reviewed and analyzed to corroborate witness statements. All victims involved are currently cooperating with investigators. 

The Allegany County State’s Attorney responded to the scene and has been continually updated on the active investigation. The Maryland State Police Internal Affairs Unit is also conducted an investigation into the police involved shooting, which is procedure.

Ocean City, Dew Tour Outline June Event Expectations

OCEAN CITY – The town of Ocean City is starting to feel the heat as this summer approaches with a crammed schedule of events.

Last week several private event requests were scheduled under the Mayor and City Council’s legislative consent agenda when most of them were removed to discuss in further detail.

Up first, Chris Prybylo of Alli Sports requested approval of the 2013 Dew Tour. The Dew Tour’s stop in Ocean City this summer is June 20-23 when professional BMX, skateboarders and surfers will compete for a title. The event takes place downtown on the beach between the Inlet and North Division Street.

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Somerset County Sheriff's Office Press Release 3-30-13

Belinda Antionette Stanford of Salisbury, arrested 3-21-13 on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Stanford was held on a $500.00 bond.

Juvenile arrested at Washington High School on 3-21-13 for disturbing school functions. Deputies were called to the school for a student that wouldn’t give the principal his ear phones, the student later used profanities towards the principal. The juvenile was arrested and charged with disturbing school functions, and released to parents pending juvenile court actions.

Terri Lynn Dennis of Crisfield, criminal summons served on 3-23-13 for uttering a bad check, false statements to law enforcement, and theft less than $100.00. The summons was the result of a bad check investigation where Dennis allegedly wrote a check from a closed bank account to Linton’s Seafood, Crisfield. Dennis was later released on signature pending court actions.

Latrice Janel Belote of Princess Anne, arrested 3-23-13 on a warrant for violation of probation. Belote was held on a $20,000 bond.

Juvenile arrested 3-25-13 for assaulting teaching staff at the Somerset Intermediate School. Deputies investigated an assault at the school involving a male juvenile that became disorderly after being suspended. The juvenile later pushed and shoved teaching staff. The juvenile was arrested for four counts of 2nd degree assault, and disturbing school functions, and later released to parents pending juvenile court actions.

Seumas Ureil Custis of Princess Anne, arrested 3-25-13 for warrants regarding failing to appear in court. Custis was held on a $1,000 bond.

Juvenile arrested at the Tawes Vo-Tech school on 3-25-13. Deputies were called to the school for a disorderly student that refused to leave the classroom. Deputies later learned that the male juvenile threw a marker striking another student. The juvenile later used profanities at teaching staff until deputies arrived. The juvenile was charged with 2nd degree assault, and disturbing school operations, and later released to parents pending court actions.

Almami Ibraham Cylih of Princess Anne, arrested 3-26-13 on a Circuit Court indictment for possession of marijuana, possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Cyllah was held on a $25,000 bond.

James paul Stephens Jr. of Crisfield, arrested 3-26-13 on a warrant for violation of probation. Stephens was held on a $10,000 bond.

Melvin Lee Brunson of Westover, arrested 3-27-13 on a warrant for violation of probation. Brunson was later held without bond, and returned to the Somerset County Detention Center.

Juvenile arrested at the Washington High School on 3-27-13 for possession of marijuana. Deputies were called to the school for a male student possessing baggies of suspected marijuana. Deputies later recovered 13 individually wrapped baggies of suspected marijuana. The juvenile was arrested and charged with possessing marijuana, and possession with the intent to distribute marijuana. The juvenile was later released to parents pending court actions.

Shekienna Dickerson Corbin of Horntown Virginia, arrested 3-28-13 for a body attachment. Corbin was held without bond.

Major Gas Tax Hike Sent To Governor by Maryland Senate

Just 25 days after it was introduced, the Maryland Senate enacted the first gas tax hike in 21 years, sending the governor a 10 to 12 cent per gallon increase by 2015. The bill calls for the tax to go even higher — it will rise automatically in future years.

The vote on HB1515 was 27-20, with eight Democrats joining all 12 Republicans opposing what Senate Minority Leader E.J. Pipkin wanted to rename “The Gas Tax Job Killer Act of 2013.”

Instead the Democrats stuck with the title Transportation Infrastructure Investment Act of 2013, saying that the estimated $2 billion it would raise over the next five years will help bolster Maryland’s depleted Transportation Trust Fund. The money would be used to build and maintain roads and transit systems, including three new major transit lines, if federal money comes through.

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Baseball And Sports Collectibles Auction Set For April 11 & 12 At Wicomico Youth & Civic Cente

(Salisbury, MD) Eastern Shore Auctions will hold a Baseball and Sports Collectibles Auction at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center on April 11 & 12. This auction will sell the lifetime sports and baseball collections of four of the area’s prominent collectors.
Among the collectibles up for auction are over 400 autographs of some of sports greatest stars including Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Cal Ripken, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Willie Mays, Stan Musial, Hank Aaron, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, John Unitas, Bill Russell, Bob Cousey, Duke Snider, Johnny Bench and Billy Williams. These autographs are on prints, photos, balls, bats, cards, books, magazines and other collectibles.
The auction will feature over 50 framed prints, drawings, photographs and plaques, several of which are autographed. Prints by George Wright include a Ted Williams autographed lithograph, John Unitas print with remarque, Babe Ruth print with remarque, Eddie Murray print, three "A Tradition of Excellence" prints autographed by Frank Robinson, Brooks Robinson, Cal Ripken, Jr., and Jim Palmer, a Harold Baines autographed print and a Maryland Terrapins National Championship print autographed by Gary Williams.

Autographed balls include The Perfect YANKEES ball signed by Don Larsen and Yogi Berra 1956, David Wells and Jorge Posada 1998, and David Cone and Joe Gerardi 1999, 1970 & 1977 Yankee team balls, and more. Thousands of baseball cards will also be available from the 1950s-present.
The auction will also have a large quantity of Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees memorabilia and Cal Ripken, Jr., Mickey Mantle and Derek Jeter collectibles and autographs. If you are a Cal Ripken fan, this is a great opportunity to own a piece of history.

The auction will be held in the Danang Rooms of the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. Hours are Friday 2:00–7:00PM and Saturday 8:00AM–6:00 PM. Refreshments will be available for purchase. For more information, please call 443.235.5717.

Sheriff Mason Requests Central Booking To Save Time And Money

The deputies of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office could get more work done if they did not have to spend so much time with paperwork after arresting suspects, Sheriff Reggie Mason told the Worcester County Commissioners on Tuesday.

“It just takes way, way too long,” he said, as he asked them to “consider central booking for us and the towns.”

When a deputy makes an arrest, the required paperwork and trip to the Sheriff’s Office in Snow Hill can mean that he or she cannot do road patrol or respond to incidents for three hours. Although the deputy would still have to drive to Snow Hill if the requested change is made, that deputy “could be back on the road in 20 minutes” because much of the paperwork would be done by others.

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STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR MARTIN O'MALLEY ON PRELIMINARY FEBRUARY JOBS REPORT

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Martin O’Malley issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Labor's release of preliminary employment data for the month of February:
“Together, we set a goal in Maryland to recover every single job we've lost during the Bush recession by the end of 2014, and today we are closer than ever before to reaching that goal – we have now recovered nearly 95 percent of those jobs.

“Last month, the people of our State created 10,500 jobs, our best February for job creation in more than a decade. Over the last 12 months, we have now created 38,200 new jobs with our private sector leading the way - creating 95 percent of those new jobs. Today, our unemployment rate has been driven down to its lowest level in four years - 6.6 percent - 14 percent below the national rate.

“This preliminary report marks one more positive milestone in our jobs recovery, but there are still too many Marylanders out of work. That's why together, we must make the better choices to invest in a stronger future: more job creation, more opportunity, and a stronger, growing middle class.”

Purnell Museum’s Season Opens With Historic Summer Exhibit

SNOW HILL — When the Julia A. Purnell Museum reopens on April 2 for the 2013 season, a new exhibit will be on display featuring the museum's collection of historic bathing costumes. Summer at the Shore also includes information and artifacts related to Ocean City and Public Landing.

The museum has a fine collection of swimwear, from women's wool bathing dresses from the late nineteenth and early 20th century, to suits from the 1950s and 1960s. These artifacts (some of which have not been previously exhibited) will form the base of the exhibit.

Also included are photographs of Ocean City in the early 20th century and Public Landing during its heyday, and an array of beach-related artifacts from the museum’s collection, as well as several items generously loaned from the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum. The exhibit has interactive elements such as telescope pictures with historic beach photos from the museum's collection inside.

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STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR MARTIN O'MALLEY ON NEW EPA MOTOR FUEL STANDARDS

ANNAPOLIS, MD  – Governor Martin O’Malley issued the following statement on new motor fuel standards announced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):

“The new motor fuel standards proposed today by the Environmental Protection Agency under President Obama’s leadership will help Maryland reach its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020. Reductions from mobile sources are one of the most important strategies needed to provide clean air to Maryland’s citizens for generations to come. Today's actions will also provide a significant benefit to the Chesapeake Bay as approximately one-third of its nitrogen issues are caused by air pollution.

“By proposing these new robust vehicle and fuel quality standards, President Obama and the EPA have made a strong commitment to protecting the public’s health and our environment. Together with our federal partners, we can create a more sustainable future for our children.”

Delmarva Power Wants $22M Rate Increase In Maryland

Delmarva Power is asking Maryland regulators to approve a $22.7 million rate increase on its customers.

The utility said Friday that the proposed base rate adjustment is needed to help pay for costs incurred in providing electrical service. Delmarva said the rate increase also includes about $6.5 million for costs associated with restoring power after storms last year, amortized over a five-year period.

If the rate increase is approved by the Maryland Public Service Commission, a residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours per month would pay an additional $7.74 per month, a 5.5 percent increase.

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