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Saturday, January 26, 2013

I'm Not As Young As I Used To Be...

But I am younger than the Seniors and Handicapped and today was the most rewarding day of the entire year.

It's been a while since we've had the opportunity to see some of the same people we've taken care of in years past but today we got out there with hand shovels, (not the snow blower) and took care of those people who truly needed it most. 

I'd like to add, Public Works explained to me today that they had been out and about almost all night clearing roads and they did eventually get Downtown to clear the road through the Plaza. Glad to see the Mayor still follows Salisbury News. 

If anyone is still in a jam tomorrow don't hesitate to call. After hand shoveling eight different locations today, I'm beat and called it quits for the day. I'd like to thank my Father for helping me out today. 

Albero Is At It Again

Rather than going door to door campaigning - Joe has decided to go back to his old ways of helping the elderly and handicapped - clearing their sidewalks and driveways.  If you are  a senior or handicapped and in need of having your sidewalks or driveways cleared you can call Joe at 410-430-5349.

Folks - as most of you know by now Joe performs this service almost everytime we get these storms.  From helping to clear firehouse roofs - to shoveling sidewalks using his own motorized snow blower.  To Joe - Thanks!

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I Wish You Enough


Recently, I overheard a mother and daughter in their last moments together at the airport as the daughter's departure had been announced. Standing near the security gate, they hugged and the mother said:

"I love you and I wish you enough."

The daughter replied, "Mom, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Mom." They kissed and the daughter left.

The mother walked over to the window where I sat. Standing there, I could see she wanted and needed to cry.

I tried not to intrude on her privacy but she welcomed me in by asking, "Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever?" "Yes, I have," I replied. "Forgive me for asking but why is this a forever good-bye?"

"I am old and she lives so far away. I have challenges ahead and the reality is the next trip back will be for my funeral," she said.

When you were saying good-bye, I heard you say, "I wish you enough." May I ask what that means?"

She began to smile. "That's a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone." She paused a moment and looked up as if trying to remember it in detail and she smiled even more.

"When we said 'I wish you enough' we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them". Then turning toward me, she shared the following, reciting it from memory,

"I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.

I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.

I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.

I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.

I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.

I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.

I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye."

She then began to cry and walked away.

They say it takes a minute to find a special person. An hour to appreciate them. A day to love them. And an entire life to forget them.

Please Share this with your friends. It has the potential to inspire alot of people.

Be Blessed Of Divine Light.

Are "We The People" The Terrorists Now?

Hebshi Shoshana is an American citizen and the mother of 7-year-old twins. She's also one of the latest casualties of the hysteria built into our national war on terror.

On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, she flew on Frontier Airlines flight to Detroit. When the plane pulled up to the gate, all the passengers onboard were ordered to stay in their seats, put their heads down, and their arms up in front of them. Federal agents carrying large, military style weapons then boarded the plan, and marched down the aisles.

"I wondered if there was a fugitive on board," Shoshana said.

What she didn't realize at the time was the she was the "fugitive."

The agents stopped at Shoshana's row, ordered her to stand up along with two other men she had been randomly seated next to, and then she was handcuffed and removed from the plane at gunpoint. From there, they put her in a small jail cell, stripped the American mother of two children naked, and told to squat and cough while officers watched.

"I was scared and alone," she said. "I can't begin to describe the humiliation I felt. No one would tell me what was going on despite my repeated requests for information. No one told me of my rights, or when I would be able to call my family, who had no idea where I was."


DREAMer's Clout Increases In Immigration Debate

When Erika Andiola's mother and brother were detained by immigration agents this month, she jumped to action.

She summoned the help of undocumented youths like herself, known as DREAMers, and within hours, immigration officials were flooded with dozens of phone calls.

Andiola's mother and brother were released.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say the detention of the pair and their eventual release had nothing to do with Andiola's activism.


Sustainable Food Is A Full-Time Job, Campus Cooks Say

On the American University campus in Washington, D.C., a movement is growing to make the university accountable for food sustainability—and it begins with the workers who cook and serve our food.

Students are working with the food service workers union UNITE HERE to demand not only “real food” but also “real jobs” on AU’s campus.

Our Real Food, Real Jobs campaign is part of a citywide movement to bring a sustainable food system to campuses. Students are organizing at six other universities in the D.C. area: Trinity, Gallaudet, Howard, George Washington, Georgetown, and Georgetown Law, and gaining momentum at Catholic University.

Currently, all six universities’ food service workers are unionized with UNITE HERE Local 23, and several, including AU, are in contract bargaining. Catholic University will begin negotiations in a few months.

“Sustainability” has become a catch-all term to describe food that has an ethical dimension—for the farmer, animal, consumer, or environment. These days, farmers, environmentalists, economists, and even parents and students are talking about what global warming, rising food and fuel prices, and the corporatization of agriculture mean for the world’s future. But for too long, the sustainability movement has ignored food service workers.


Subway Footlong Lawsuits: Sandwich Chain Responds

Subway customers may soon be seeing "footlong" sandwiches that are more consistently a full 12 inches long, according to a company statement issued in the wake of lawsuits filed against the sandwich chain.

Complaints that Subway's "footlong" sandwiches don't quite measure up have stretched all the way from Australia, across the Internet and this week into courts in New Jersey and Chicago. Today, Subway responded with a statement saying it would work harder to achieve sandwich-length uniformity.

"We have redoubled our efforts to ensure consistency and correct length in every sandwich we serve," the statement said, while declining to offer comment on the suits specifically. "Our commitment remains steadfast to ensure that every Subway Footlong sandwich is 12 inches at each location worldwide."


On Tuesday...

The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the Drug Enforcement Agency – and declined to change the official drug classification of marijuana. Currently, the DEA classifies marijuana as a schedule 1 drug – which is reserved for the most dangerous typed of drugs that have absolutely no medicinal benefit. In fact, drugs like cocaine, opium, and morphine are listed as Schedule 2 drugs – which they say are safer, and have more medicinal value, than marijuana. The plaintiffs in the case presented more than 200 peer-reviewed studies that show the benefits of medicinal marijuana. And Governor Lincoln Chafee in Rhode Island, and Governor Christie Gregoire in Washington, both called for marijuana to be rescheduled. But the court wasn't swayed, ultimately ruling that they are "obliged to defer to the agency's interpretation" of controlled substances. It's clear that the battle for sensible drug reform will not be won on a federal level – it will be won in the states, and has already been won in Washington and Colorado.

Senators Not In ‘Millionaires' Club’ Would Be Hurt By Lost Paychecks

The Senate is often called the “millionaires' club,” but some of its members would feel the pain if a blown budget deadline costs them their paychecks.

Provisions in the “No Budget, No Pay” debt ceiling bill that is headed to the Senate floor would impound senators' salaries if the upper chamber doesn’t approve a budget by April 15.

For most of the upper chamber, the loss of the $174,000 annual salary would be no hardship. Many senators are millionaires many times over, having earned substantial fortunes outside of politics.

But for a small group of senators whose net worth is measured in thousands instead of millions, the passage of “No Budget, No Pay” would put their very livelihoods at risk.


Labor Strikes Are Now A Thing Of The Past

As Matt Bruenig has discovered, working people aren't going on strike nearly as much as they used to forty years ago – despite the fact that they've suffered through 30 years of flattening wages and watching their jobs be shipped overseas. Forty years ago, there was an average of nearly 300 work stoppages, involving more than 1,000 workers, every single year. But in 2009, that number dropped all the way down to five. Just five major work stoppages a year. On the flip side, lockouts are on the rise. Lockouts occur when management locks workers out of the job – and they now represent a record percentage of works stoppages around the nation. This is a result of less democracy in the workplace, stemming from Conservatives busting up unions since the time of Reagan. And when unions decline, so too, does the middle class' share of national income. The Billionaire Class has absolutely neutered organized labor. That's why it's so important to support and nurture those few labor strikes we've seen recently – from the Wal-Mart workers, to the fast food workers in New York City, to the Chicago Teachers Union. When working people get organized and get active – progressive change follows.

GOP Lawmaker: Make Budget Deficits An Impeachable Offense

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) this week proposed a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution that would make the president's failure to enforce that amendment an impeachable offense.

His Protecting America's Solvency Act, H.R. 371, would let the debt ceiling rise by $1 trillion after congressional passage of the balanced-budget amendment. The ceiling could rise another $1 trillion after states ratify it.

The bill says the amendment must require federal spending not to exceed the revenue it collects, a goal it must meet after five years. But it does allow Congress to suspend this limit with a four-fifths majority vote, or by a simple majority during wartime.


Can The Auto Insurance Model Work For Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance?

With most people with employer-sponsored insurance plans, an employee who never visits the doctor pays the same premium as her co-worker who is a regular in his doctor’s waiting room. But what about plans that either reward an employee’s healthy behavior or penalize those with risky lifestyles? takes a look at some plans being offered by Fortune 500 businesses like IBM, JetBlue and Caterpillar that take an approach to group health plans that resembles what you see in auto insurance policies.

Much like safe driving is often rewarded by auto insurers (and things like speeding tickets and accidents result in higher premiums), some of these plans are using this carrot/stick approach to encourage members to refrain from smoking, keep their cholesterol levels manageable, and maintain their treatments for chronic conditions.

Maryland Lawmakers Propose Lowering Corporate Income Tax Rate

Two state lawmakers from Frederick County want to lower Maryland’s corporate income tax rate, saying it would make the state more competitive with neighboring Virginia.

The bill would drop the rate on corporate income from 8.25 percent to 6 percent, the same as in Virginia. That would help Maryland compete better for jobs and corporate relocations with its southern neighbor, said Del. Kelly Schulz, R-Frederick County, who sponsored House Bill 261.

“If we lose business to Virginia, it won’t be because we don’t offer the same tax rate as Virginia,” Schulz said. “I want to be able to take that issue off the table.”

Sen. David Brinkley, R-Frederick and Carroll counties, is the sponsor of SB34, which would also lower the rate to 6 percent.


NRA Boycott Kills Outdoors Show That Banned Assault Weapons

A massive boycott backed by the NRA and outdoorsmen and women outraged that the nation's largest outdoors show banned the exhibition of assault weapons has caused the show's organizers to abruptly cancel the week-long event in Harrisburg, Pa.

The successful boycott, started by the website, was the biggest demonstration of support by the outdoors industry yet against gun control efforts being pushed in Washington and in several states.

"Reed Exhibitions has decided to postpone, for now, the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show given the controversy surrounding its decision to limit the sale or display of modern sporting rifles (also called ARs) at the event. The show was scheduled to take place February 2-10 in Harrisburg, Pa.," the organizer said in a statement Thursday.

Editors Note: This explains the situation a little better than our earlier post.

Burger King Decides To Not Take The Chance Of Horse Meat Ending Up In Its Whoppers

Burger King has decided to end its relationship with a meat processing company in Ireland that, last week, was among those found to be churning out some beef products containing small amounts of horse meat.
The company tells the AP that its decision to cut ties with the meat processor is a “voluntary and precautionary measure” and stresses that it’s not an issue of food safety. After all, Burger King says its patties are 100% beef, so it would only seem right to take measures to insure that statement is true.

For BK fans in the UK and Ireland, this may mean a brief shortage in the availability of Whoppers and other beef items at the fast food chain. Though we’re sure most of these people would rather go without Burger King for a while than be unsure about whether they are eating cow or horse meat.

Court: Obama Appointments Are Unconstitutional

In a setback for President Barack Obama, a federal appeals court ruled Friday that he violated the Constitution in making recess appointments last year, a decision that could severely curtail the president’s ability to bypass the Senate to fill administration vacancies.

The three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said Obama did not have the power to make three recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board because the Senate was officially in session — and not in recess — at the time. If the decision stands, it could invalidate hundreds of board decisions made over the past year.

The court also ruled that the president could only make recess appointments if the openings arise when the Senate is in an official recess, which it defined as the once-a-year break between sessions of Congress.


Is It Rude To Take Photos Of Your Food In A Restaurant?

Since the earliest days of photo sharing, shutterbugs have been posting images of their restaurant meals online for all to see. That behavior has only become more common through the use of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and whatever other service was launched yesterday. Now some chefs say it’s gone too far.
“It’s reached epic proportions,” a spokesman for a number of New York City restaurants tells the NY Times. “Everybody wants to get their shot. They don’t care how it affects people around them.”

Why Young Women Want AR-15s

Sorry, President Obama. As young women, we prefer an AR-15 “assault” rifle with a 30-round magazine for self-defense.

In fact, we wouldn’t want to be stuck at home without one. In the wake of mass murders like Sandy Hook and the horrific rapes and murders of thousands of women each year, pepper spray, mace, or five-round handheld pistols aren’t going to cut it.

So what’s a girl to do? When choosing our tool for home defense, we want the best — in accuracy, handling, and aesthetics. The best choice by all three criteria is — hands down — the AR-15.


A Viral Reaction: Ravens Super Fan Receives Super Bowl Surprise

BALTIMORE (WJZ)— Being a purple bird’s fan isn’t easy, but somebody’s got to do it. We met a Harford County fan who does it with passion—so much passion that he received the surprise of a lifetime.

Gigi Barnett has the story.

Watching the Baltimore Ravens take on the Denver Broncos, Ravens fan Keith Letourneau had a fit.

His wife Rachel recorded his dramatic reaction on a camera phone during the game and then posted it on YouTube. The video went viral.

Since then, Keith’s team pulled it off twice against two elite quarterbacks for a trip to the Super Bowl.


President Obama's Haunting Anti-Liberty Inaugural Speech

I have now read President Obama's second inaugural speech for the third time. The speech haunts me. In very clever language the speech lays out a plan for a more centralized government, for more interference by the government in the affairs of individuals. The speech is about government as the solution to society's ills.

The President does this, though, while early on in his speech hailing the Constitution, which attempted to put a limit on government. He then quotes from the Declaration of Independence:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."He then proceeds in the remainder of his speech to rip apart the Declaration's call for Liberty.
But even before his mention of the Constitution and the quoting from the Declaration, in the very first paragraph, after greetings to the "Vice President Biden, Mr. Chief Justice, Members of the United States Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens," the speech is haunting. In the first paragraph that begins the President's message, he speaks of that arrogant notion American exceptionalism:

What makes us exceptional, what makes us American, is our allegiance to an idea, articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago[...]


Public Works Arrives Downtown & Clears Plaza

Salisbury Public Works arrived Downtown to clear off the Plaza by shoveling snow and laying down salt. At this time the roadway is now clear and safe. The same can't be said about the sidewalks, (not their job). 

Mentoring Makes A difference In Student’s Life

Dustin Alt, a junior at Stephen Decatur High School, spends part of one day each month at Atlantic General Hospital.

He is not ill and he is not getting medical tests. He is being mentored by a hospital employee who is participating in the workplace mentoring program of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake.

Dustin, 16, first heard about Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake from his school guidance counselor who recommended it and he liked the idea.

“I’d been wanting to have more people to talk to,” said Dustin, who lives in Ocean Pines with his mother, stepfather and sister.


Unattended Death Being Investigated By OCPD

On January 26, 2013, at approximately 1:30 a.m. Ocean City Police and Paramedics responded to 216 Somerset Street, in reference to a subject who was found unconscious on the street outside of the Harbor Inn bar.

EMS and Police personnel arrived at the scene and located an unresponsive male. The male was taken to Atlantic General Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The male has been identified as Michael Eric Post, 39, of Ocean City, Maryland.

Ocean City Police are currently investigating this incident as an unattended death. The deceased remains will be taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Maryland in Baltimore for autopsy to determine the manner and cause of Post’s death.

Shock Claim: 'The New Litmus Test of Leadership in the Military Is If They Will Fire On US Citizens Or Not

Had the following comments been made on a fringe corner of the internet most would dismiss them as outright conjecture. However, what you are about to read comes from one of the world’s foremost philanthropists, Jim Garrow, who has spent tens of millions of dollars of his own money to help over 35,000 Chinese baby girls from near certain death under China’s one-child-per-couple policy.

He was one of the 206 nominees for the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, which was ultimately awarded to President Barack Obama.

Garrow, who has friends in high places, including the U.S. military, made a startling claim on his Facebook page Sunday, which if true, should leave no doubt about why the Obama administration is moving full force to seize firearms from law abiding Americans and why the US government’s law enforcement and security assets have been making preparations for years in anticipation of social breakdown and widespread civil unrest.

According to Garrow, the Obama administration has been rapidly retiring or re-assigning US military leaders based on a new ‘litmus test’ of their loyalty:
I have just been informed by a former senior military leader that Obama is using a new “litmus test” in determining who will stay and who must go in his military leaders. Get ready to explode folks.

“The new litmus test of leadership in the military is if they will fire on US citizens or not”.

Those who will not are being removed.


Snowman In Salisbury

Maryland To Buy Chicken-Litter Power

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Chicken waste will one day power state offices and university buildings in Maryland.

Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Friday that the state and the University of Maryland have agreed to buy up to 10 megawatts of electricity from a proposed Federalsburg power plant. The deal is expected to save the state up to $80 million over the life of the 15-year agreement.


Rangel In The News

Southern pols chide Rep. Charlie Rangel for generalizing 'cultures' that need to be 'overcome' for new gun laws

Rep. Ted Poe (R-Tex.) and Rep. Tery Gowdy (R-S.C.) fire back at Rangel, who said gun rights advocates must acknowledge that assault weapons are not necessary for hunting and they must be kept from the mentally ill.

Council Approves Bid For New Inlet Parking Lot System

OCEAN CITY – The city is moving forward with repairs to the Inlet and bayside boardwalk as well as a new and more efficient control system for the Inlet Parking Lot.

There are a number of upcoming projects planned in Ocean City. This week City Engineer Terry McGean returned with bid award recommendations for the Inlet and bayside boardwalk repairs and lumber and the Inlet Parking Lot controls.

According to McGean, the Boardwalk at the Inlet and Chicago Avenue were destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. The city received separate bids for labor and materials to repair the boardwalks. The estimated total cost that was not budgeted is $300,000 but the city is expecting 75 percent to be reimbursed from federal storm relief funds.


New Scanner

NYPD Commissioner says department will begin testing a new high-tech device that scans for concealed weapons 

The device, which tests for terahertz radiation, is small enough to be placed in a police vehicle or stationed at a street corner where gunplay is common


Huge Gun Show Postponed Because Of Assault Rifle Ban

What's billed as the largest among sportsmen's shows on the East Coast, if not North America, has reportedly been put on hold and might not happen at all.

The organizers of the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show have postponed the event after scores of vendors pulled out.

That was in response to the decision to ban assault type rifles and large ammunition magazines at this year's show.


Injured, Beaten Serena Williams Smashes Racket During Quarterfinal Loss To 19-Year-Old Sloane Stephens At Australian Open

Williams appeared to hurt her lower back while attempting to pull up short of the net during the eighth game of the second set. She called for a trainer after the ninth game with the score 5-4 and on serve.

Whew! What A Relief

Ever walk into a room with some purpose in mind, only to completely forget what that purpose was?

Turns out, doors themselves are to blame for these strange memory lapses.

Psychologists at the University of Notre Dame have discovered that passing through a doorway triggers what's known as an event boundary in the mind, separating one set of thoughts and memories from the next. Your brain files away the thoughts you had in the previous room and prepares a blank slate for the new locale.

Thank goodness for studies like this. It's not our age, it's that damn door!

Did I publish this already?

Joke For The Day

A blind guy on a bar stool shouts to the bartender, "Wanna hear a
blonde joke?"In a hushed voice, the guy next to him says, "Before you tell that joke, you should know something."Our bartender IS blonde, the bouncer is blonde. I'm a 6' tall, 200 lb black belt. The guy sitting next to me is 6'2", weighs 225, and he's a rugby player. The fella to your right is 6'5" pushing 300 and he's a wrestler. Each one of US is blonde. Think about it, Mister. Do you still wanna tell that joke?"The blind guy says, "Nah, not if I'm gonna have to explain it five times."

Joggers Tough It Out In Salisbury

Die hard joggers are just about everywhere running around Downtown Salisbury. Well, you see the conditions, need I say more?


Berlin Brewery Scores Prominent Invitation

BERLIN -- Small-town brewery Burley Oak has been invited to next month’s Beer Advocate’s Extreme Beerfest in Boston, confirming for owner Bryan Brushmiller his brewery’s outside-the-box approach to crafting beer is on the right track.

With half a dozen beers being showcased at the festival, Brushmiller said that he’s excited for people outside of Delmarva to taste what’s being brewed in Berlin.

“It feels like someone is paying attention to us and it is definitely some validation,” he said.

Burley Oak has always taken an “experimental” approach to brewing, said Brushmiller, which he believes resonates with event organizers.


Some Paths Are Cleared, Some Are Not

If you want to encourage business Downtown, you have to act like you want to be open for business.

It starts with the City making an attempt to plow and treat the Downtown Plaza, something that hasn't been done since it started snowing days ago. 

Once the City takes revitalization seriously you might see other property owners doing what is necessary to clear the path for patrons. 

Don't you find it interesting how you and I can be fined if we don't clear the sidewalks but the City, (who taxes us dearly) won't even plow the streets?

I'll give it this though. At least the people driving through the Plaza are finally doing the posted speed limit for once. 

Its time for a new VISION. Its time for new LEADERSHIP. If I can get up and start clearing my path at 7:30 this morning, (again) the City can start doing their job. Things are about to change on April 2, 2013.

Downtown Barber Shop Open For Business Today

Eric Ludwig has his path cleared this morning and is open for business.


The Catholic Church in Salisbury

A report to the Maryland Provincial Council in 1708 listed eighty-one Catholics in Old Somerset. Old Somerset was comprised of what is now Somerset, Worcester and Wicomico counties in Maryland and part of Sussex County in Delaware. A large area, to be sure. Catholicism made little progress on the Eastern Shore during the next one and a half centuries.

Just before the outbreak of the Civil War, Roman Catholics vacationing on the Eastern Shore in the summer began registering complaints with Archbishop Spalding that there was no place on the Shore for them to worship. In 1860 he sent a priest to Salisbury and he started preaching and offering Mass in the old court house. The distractions of the war years evidently prevented any further organizational efforts until 1868 when the parish was founded. In 1869, a redemptionist emissary was sent to Salisbury to look over the condition of Catholicism in this area. Though he found only two or three local families adhering to that faith, he conducted a service in the town hall. Attending the service was young Miss Kate Tracy, a daughter of John Tracy, owner of the Peninsula Hotel at Main and St. Peter Streets. She induced her father to donate the lot at the rear of the hotel on which a $2,000 Catholic chapel was erected. It burned ten years later and a second chapel was built on the site. That chapel met the same fate as the first. A third chapel was built at that location in 1890 and served the congregation until 1910.

In 1910, the former Trinity Methodist chapel at Bond and Water (more recently Calvert) Streets was acquired and made the mother church of St. Francis de Sales parish.

The congregation had grown to about 200 by 1938 when Rev. Eugene T. Stout was assigned the pastorate. Under his leadership the church made remarkable progress in the 2,300 square mile parish. Missions were established at Delmar, Pocomoke City, Westover and Crisfield. AtOcean City the church was enlarged and a second one erected.

In 1941, Father Stout bought for the church the residence and seven acres of land on Camden Avenue from the estate of William H. Jackson for $14,000. During WWII the parish turned over the building to community organizations for use as a USO recreation center where thousands of service men were fed and many were provided overnight accommodations. A fire did considerable damage to the building on September 10, 1946. A brick garage at the rear of the property was renovated for church activities.

The first Catholic school in Salisbury was dedicated on the property on April 2, 1950 and opened in September with 105 students in grades one through six. I was one of those 105. In later years the school was enlarged and other grades added. I went there through the 8th grade.

The adjoining residence of the late congressman William P. Jackson was bought for use as a rectory in 1960. The mansion of many rooms was later razed for a new rectory.

In 1961, the property at the corner of Wicomico Street and Riverside Drive was given to the parish by Salisbury businessman John E. Morris. It became the site for the present church which was dedicated on May 31, 1964.

Tonight - A Ravens Battle Song (Some Nights Parody)

Anonymous Threatens Justice Department Over Hacktivist Death

In anger over the recent death of an Internet activist who faced federal charges, hackers claiming to be from the group Anonymous threatened early Saturday to release sensitive information about the U.S. Department of Justice.

They claimed to have one such file on multiple servers ready for immediate release.

The hackers apparently hijacked the website of the U.S. government agency responsible for federal sentencing guidelines, where they posted a message demanding the United States reform its justice system or face incriminating leaks to select news outlets.


Caption This Photo 1-26-13


“The next Fourth Turning is due to begin shortly after the new millennium, midway through the Oh-Oh decade. Around the year 2005, a sudden spark will catalyze a Crisis mood. Remnants of the old social order will disintegrate. Political and economic trust will implode. Real hardship will beset the land, with severe distress that could involve questions of class, race, nation and empire. The very survival of the nation will feel at stake. Sometime before the year 2025, America will pass through a great gate in history, commensurate with the American Revolution, Civil War, and twin emergencies of the Great Depression and World War II.” – Strauss & Howe – The Fourth Turning

“Reflect on what happens when a terrible winter blizzard strikes. You hear the weather warning but probably fail to act on it. The sky darkens. Then the storm hits with full fury, and the air is a howling whiteness. One by one, your links to the machine age break down. Electricity flickers out, cutting off the TV. Batteries fade, cutting off the radio. Phones go dead. Roads become impossible, and cars get stuck. Food supplies dwindle. Day to day vestiges of modern civilization – bank machines, mutual funds, mass retailers, computers, satellites, airplanes, governments – all recede into irrelevance. Picture yourself and your loved ones in the midst of a howling blizzard that lasts several years. Think about what you would need, who could help you, and why your fate might matter to anybody other than yourself. That is how to plan for a saecular winter. Don’t think you can escape the Fourth Turning. History warns that a Crisis will reshape the basic social and economic environment that you now take for granted.” – Strauss & Howe -The Fourth Turning

“History offers no guarantees. If America plunges into an era of depression or violence which by then has not lifted, we will likely look back on the 1990s as the decade when we valued all the wrong things and made all the wrong choices.” – Strauss & Howe - The Fourth Turning

“The seasons of time offer no guarantees. For modern societies, no less than for all forms of life, transformative change is discontinuous. For what seems an eternity, history goes nowhere – and then it suddenly flings us forward across some vast chaos that defies any mortal effort to plan our way there. The Fourth Turning will try our souls – and the saecular rhythm tells us that much will depend on how we face up to that trial. The saeculum does not reveal whether the story will have a happy ending, but it does tell us how and when our choices will make a difference.” – Strauss & Howe - The Fourth Turning

“Don’t think you can escape the Fourth Turning the way you might today distance yourself from news, national politics, or even taxes you don’t feel like paying. History warns that a Crisis will reshape the basic social and economic environment that you now take for granted. The Fourth Turning necessitates the death and rebirth of the social order. It is the ultimate rite of passage for an entire people, requiring a luminal state of sheer chaos whose nature and duration no one can predict in advance.” – Strauss & Howe - The Fourth Turning

“The risk of catastrophe will be very high. The nation could erupt into insurrection or civil violence, crack up geographically, or succumb to authoritarian rule. If there is a war, it is likely to be one of maximum risk and effort – in other words, a total war. Every Fourth Turning has registered an upward ratchet in the technology of destruction, and in mankind’s willingness to use it.” – Strauss & Howe - The Fourth Turning

“History offers no guarantees. Obviously, things could go horribly wrong – the possibilities ranging from a nuclear exchange to incurable plagues, from terrorist anarchy to high-tech dictatorship. We should not assume that Providence will always exempt our nation from the irreversible tragedies that have overtaken so many others: not just temporary hardship, but debasement and total ruin. Losing in the next Fourth Turning could mean something incomparably worse. It could mean a lasting defeat from which our national innocence – perhaps even our nation – might never recover.” – Strauss & Howe - The Fourth Turning