Friday, March 22, 2013

I NEED YOUR HELP

A friend of mine is in desperate need of some black ink for a Zerox Printer, (Phaser 8560).

Here's the deal, they need it by tomorrow, (Saturday) morning. They can either buy it from you or borrow it and replace it early next week. 

If you can help could you please call me at 410-430-5349 as soon as possible. This is very important. Thank You So Much, Joe

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UNTHINKABLE EVIL: TEEN INTENTIONALLY SHOOTS WOMAN’S 13-MONTH-OLD BABY IN THE FACE DURING ROBBERY ATTEMPT

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Police arrested two teenagers Friday who are suspected in the shooting death of a 13-month-old baby in a stroller and wounding the baby’s mother during an attempted robbery.

Seventeen-year-old De’Marquis Elkins is charged as an adult with first-degree murder, along with a 14-year-old who was not identified because he is a juvenile, Police Chief Tobe Green said.

Police announced the arrest Friday afternoon after combing school records and canvassing neighborhoods searching for the pair. The chief said the motive of the “horrendous act” was still under investigation and the weapon had not been found.

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PAUL RYAN'S PROPOSED BUDGET CUTS

A List of Republican Budget Cuts
Notice S.S. and the military are NOT on this list.
These are all the programs that the new Republican House has proposed cutting. Read to the end.

* Corporation for Public Broadcasting Subsidy -- $445 million annual savings.
* Save America 's Treasures Program -- $25 million annual savings.
* International Fund for Ireland -- $17 million annual savings.
* Legal Services Corporation -- $420 million annual savings.
* National Endowment for the Arts -- $167.5 million annual savings.
* National Endowment for the Humanities -- $167.5 million annual savings.
* Hope VI Program -- $250 million annual savings.
* Amtrak Subsidies -- $1.565 billion annual savings.
* Eliminate duplicating education programs -- H.R. 2274 (in last Congress), authored by Rep. McKeon, eliminates 68 at a savings of $1.3 billion annually.
* U.S. Trade Development Agency -- $55 million annual savings.
* Woodrow Wilson Center Subsidy -- $20 million annual savings.
* Cut in half funding for congressional printing and binding -- $47 million annual savings.
* John C. Stennis Center Subsidy -- $430,000 annual savings.
* Community Development Fund -- $4.5 billion annual savings.
* Heritage Area Grants and Statutory Aid -- $24 million annual savings.
* Cut Federal Travel Budget in Half -- $7.5 billion annual savings
* Trim Federal Vehicle Budget by 20% -- $600 million annual savings.
* Essential Air Service -- $150 million annual savings.
* Technology Innovation Program -- $70 million annual savings.
* Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program -- $125 million annual savings..
* Department of Energy Grants to States for Weatherization -- $530 million annual savings.
* Beach Replenishment -- $95 million annual savings.
* New Starts Transit -- $2 billion annual savings.

* Exchange Programs for Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Their Historical Trading Partners in Massachusetts -- $9 million annual savings
* Intercity and High Speed Rail Grants -- $2.5 billion annual savings.
* Title X Family Planning -- $318 million annual savings.
* Appalachian Regional Commission -- $76 million annual savings.
* Economic Development Administration -- $293 million annual savings.
* Programs under the National and Community Services Act -- $1.15 billion annual savings.
* Applied Research at Department of Energy -- $1.27 billion annual savings.
* Freedom CAR and Fuel Partnership -- $200 million annual savings..
* Energy Star Program -- $52 million annual savings.
*Economic Assistance to Egypt -- $250 million annually.
* U.S.Agency for International Development -- $1.39 billion annual savings.
* General Assistance to District of Columbia -- $210 million annual savings.
* Subsidy for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority -- $150 million annual savings.
*Presidential Campaign Fund -- $775 million savings over ten years.
* No funding for federal office space acquisition -- $864 million annual savings.
* End prohibitions on competitive sourcing of government services.
* Repeal the Davis-Bacon Act -- More than $1 billion annually.
* IRS Direct Deposit: Require the IRS to deposit fees for some services it offers (such as processing payment plans for taxpayers) to the Treasury, instead of allowing it to remain as part of its budget -- $1.8 billion savings over ten years.
*Require collection of unpaid taxes by federal employees -- $1 billion total savings. WHAT'S THIS ABOUT?
* Prohibit taxpayer funded union activities by federal employees -- $1.2 billion savings over ten years.
* Sell excess federal properties the government does not make use of -- $15 billion total savings.
*Eliminate death gratuity for Members of Congress. WHAT???
* Eliminate Mohair Subsidies -- $1 million annual savings.
*Eliminate taxpayer subsidies to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change -- $12.5 million annual savings. WELL ISN'T THAT SPECIAL
* Eliminate Market Access Program -- $200 million annual savings.
* USDA Sugar Program -- $14 million annual savings.
* Subsidy to Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) -- $93 million annual savings.
* Eliminate the National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program -- $56.2 million annual savings.
*Eliminate fund for Obamacare administrative costs -- $900 million savings.
* Ready to Learn TV Program -- $27 million savings..
* HUD Ph.D. Program.
* Deficit Reduction Check-Off Act.
*TOTAL SAVINGS: $2.5 Trillion over Ten Years

My question is, what is all this doing in the budget in the first place?
Maybe this is why the Democrats are attacking Paul Ryan.

Meteor Sighting: UPDATE

This photo is not from the meteor tonight

Meteor sightings reported from Boston to Richmond, Virginia. There are reports that it landed near the Maryland/Delaware line.

Publishers Notes: I was outside on the phone with a friend when I saw a green light come through the woods at almost a similar angle as the picture above. I asked my friend to be quiet for a second as I thought a plane was crashing. As I listened there was no sound of an engine, just the hissing of whatever it was coming down fast. 

I continued to listen but I didn't hear any branches cracking and I never heard the sound of a crash. Since I was on the phone I didn't want to be rude so I continued my conversation. About 30 minutes later a friend called and said a meteor crashed in Delmar. I said, I SAW IT and it may be on my property or very close to it. 

You can watch WMDT tonight at 11 and see more of the footage of us looking for it with flash lights. We did not locate it but tomorrow is another day. 

ANTI-FOX AUTHOR ACCUSED OF STALKING ROGER AILES' FAMILY

Has “stalking” become the new gold standard of investigative reporting for left-wing journalists?

In the rough-and-tumble world of politics and media, family should be off limits—unless, of course, they have deliberately inserted themselves into the public discourse. This is an honor-code rule that most true journalists follow. But of course, not all writers feel bound by any journalistic code of honor—especially desperate ones.

A case in point is Gabriel Sherman, who has been pursuing, with Inspector Javert-like intensity, his tax-exempt effort to concoct a hatchet-job biography of Roger Ailes and Fox News. Along the way, Sherman reportedly has been observed violating the privacy not only of Ailes himself but also of the Ailes family.

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SPD Prostitution Operation

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Youth Nominated For Light Of Literacy Awards

WHAT: Light of Literacy Award Nominees

WHO: Roman Fuentes, Jock Simon, Cleon Deal, Quincy Todd, Caleb Grall

WHEN: April 11, 2013

WHERE: The Fountains, Salisbury, MD

SALISBURY, MD – “These five young men travel to various schools in the community to promote character education and positive values by reading to primary school aged children. They read one non-fiction and one fiction book based on a certain positive character trait (honesty, responsibility, caring, etc.) to a small group of students in the school’s library. Time is spent afterwards, focusing on building positive relationships and serving as strong male role models that promote literacy and athleticism. They are a shining example of good readers and great leaders,” says Erin Neal, their Advisor and Librarian at Parkside High School.

The Friends of Wicomico Public Library have received so many wonderful stories like this one as nominations for the Light of Literacy Awards that will be presented at The Fountains in Salisbury on April 11, from 8 until 10 a.m. This breakfast reception will recognize and honor individuals and organizations in our community that help others improve their reading and literacy skills, thereby giving them a necessary tool to become lifelong learners. Twenty-five nominations were received for the seven awards being given, including the nomination above by their advisor and librarian for five high school boys who have really made a difference for children younger than themselves.

Honorary Chair Mitzi Perdue says, “Literacy is the most effective, least expensive, and longest lasting approach to raising incomes and improving health. This is true whether we're looking at individuals or the community as a whole. We know that illiteracy almost always means poverty, and along with poverty, greater risk of poor health. If we want the educated and healthy workforce that underpins an economically thriving community, we need literacy. The Wicomico Public Library's efforts to promote literacy are a priceless gift to the community.”

Awards are sponsored by local businesses, book clubs, and civic organizations. Nominations were solicited from the public and judged based on several criteria including individual dedication, length of service and impact on the community. Award winners will be recognized with a trophy at the awards ceremony.

“As a leader in literacy, the Wicomico Public Library understands the crucial role that literacy skills play in empowering individuals to succeed. The Friends of the Library want to take this opportunity to recognize those individuals who are illuminating the community through literacy,” says Susan Bounds, Chair of the Friends of Wicomico Public Library.

If you would like to attend this inspirational event, tickets are $15.00 and now on sale at the Main Library, Centre Branch and Pittsville Branch.

The Friends of the Wicomico Public Library support the library through fundraising & advocacy, by raising awareness of the Library as a community educational institution, and by helping to provide events that are of interest to a diverse community.

More information on the Light of Literacy Awards may be found at www.lightofliteracy.org

Legislature Can’t Answer Child’s Question: ‘Which Parent Do I Not Need: Mom or Dad?’

Minnesota state legislators considering a same-sex marriage bill for the state did not have an answer to an 11-year-old girl’s question on which parent is not needed.

“Since every child needs a mom and a dad to be born, I don’t think we can change that children need a mom and a dad. I believe God made it that way,” Grace Evans, 11, said before the Minnesota House Committee on Civil Law last week. “I know some disagree, but I want to ask you this question: Which parent do I not need – my mom or my dad?”

She paused for eight seconds as the legislators on the committee sat silent.

Evans then said, “I’ll ask again, which parent do I not need – my mom or my dad?” She paused again, this time for 13 seconds of silence from state lawmakers.

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OBAMA - "NOT ONE DIME"

Congress is likely to follow precedent and bypass the new health care law’s draconian payment cuts to doctors and hospitals, causing the law’s cost to balloon by trillions of dollars.
It turns out President Obama was right when he said his health care law wouldn’t add one dime to the federal deficit.1 Figures from the Government Accountability Office suggest that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will in fact add 62 trillion dimes over the next 75 years.2 (To give that $6.2 trillion some perspective, our national debt is currently $16.7 trillion.) Sometimes called the congressional watchdog, the GAO is the official auditor for the U.S. Congress. GAO is the agency that designated Medicare and Medicaid as high-risk programs because they are particularly vulnerable to fraud, waste, abuse, and improper payments. And it is likewise the agency that ultimately will be tasked with identifying all the bureaucratic snafus associated with Obamacare as it continues to roll out, affecting more and more Americans.

Federal Budget on an “Unsustainable” Path

In the meantime, GAO has issued a report that paints a bleak picture of Obamacare’s impact on our fiscal future. An important takeaway is shown in Figure 1.

Disease Destroying Flowers; Impatiens Hard To Find

Impatiens are a garden favorite that may be very hard to find this season because of a disease that's destroying the flowers, but experts said to not fret -- there are other items you can plant.

The problem was first spotted in Europe and has since made its way to the United States.

Valley View Farms in Cockeysville has plenty of flowers to plant this spring, but garden specialist Carrie Engel said impatiens can't be found anywhere because the yearly favorite has been diseased by a fungus called downy mildew.

The fungus showed up last year in gardens in 37 states, including Maryland, and experts said it hit the East Coast particularly hard.

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A Précis On Libertarianism And Capitalism

Libertarianism is the political system wherein the highest political good is the protection of the individual citizen's right to life, liberty and property. Capitalism is the economic system of libertarianism since in libertarian societies the institution of the right to private property, that is, to own anything of value (not, of course, other human beings, who are themselves owners), is fully respected and protected.

Libertarian law rests on the idea that the individual is the most important member of society, with all groups to be formed by the consent of individual members, including the military, corporations, universities, clubs, and the government itself. What is primarily prohibited in a libertarian society is involuntary servitude. What is primarily promoted via the political administration is the liberty of all persons to advance their own objectives provided they do not in this process violate anyone's equal rights.

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THE REACTIONS OF TWO MEN WATCHING A CHILDBIRTH VIDEO WILL HAVE YOU CRYING — FROM LAUGHTER

Earlier this year, two European TV hosts showed us just how men react when they try to re-enact feeling some of the pain women experience in childbirth.

Now, two other men have filmed their reactions while just watching a birth video. The result is hilarious.

The video starts off with one of the young men expressing his slight exasperation before the video starts that it’s four minutes long. To which the other responds, ” you can’t give birth in a minute.”

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COLD, HARD NUMBERS

The financial MSM are truly amazing. They can turn any bit of news or data into a positive for the economy and stock market. The liars in government keep producing numbers and data that is false and manipulated.

Bernanke is confidently printing $80 billion per month. The Fed balance sheet is ballooning, and if/when QE stops, everyone will be racing for the exits.

Reality can be avoided for a long time; sometimes it seems like there is no reality anymore except the bullshit we keep hearing from the government and MSM shills. But reality will kick in sooner or later. Debt does matter, and it’s all based on IOU’s.

We’re living through the largest debt bubble in the history of mankind. When interest rates start going up, when Bernanke and the central banksters lose control, all bets are off and debt will again matter. Will the government be able to afford the $1 trillion per year it’s spending on the FSA? Will the government even be able to afford the interest on our almost $17 trillion debt? Or will they simply confiscate your savings and retirement? Inquiring minds want to know.

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Police: Teens Rob Woman, 89, Force Her Into Car Trunk


Police say two girls robbed an 89-year-old Lincoln woman, forced her into a car trunk and drove around for about two days before releasing her in a cemetery miles from her Lincoln home, driving away in her car and later meeting up with three friends.

The girls, Jackeline H. Perez, 15, and Junia McDonald, 14, both of Milford, were at the Chicken Man Convenience Store in Milford at 11 a.m., March 18, when Margaret E. Smith, 89, of Lincoln, drove up, said Cpl. Gary Fournier of the Delaware State Police.

Fournier gives the following account:

The girls asked Smith for a ride to a Lincoln-area home, and Smith agreed. When they arrived at the home, the girls demanded Smith's car keys; Smith refused and struggled with them until the girls forcibly took the keys. They ordered Smith out of the car, forced her into the trunk and drove away with Smith inside the trunk. Jackeline and Junia also took more than $500 from Smith's coat pocket. They drove around for almost two days with Smith in the trunk giving her no food or water and leaving her overnight in the trunk while they stayed in a Seaford hotel. They eventually dropped Smith off in a cemetery on Calvary Road, off King Road, east of Seaford. Someone visiting the cemetery Wednesday morning saw her and called police.

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The Sales Tax Price-Fixing Conspiracy Act Of 2013

One of the main lessons of microeconomics is that price-fixing cartels among businesses always collapse eventually because of cheating by one or more members of the conspiracy. Once one conspirator is revealed to have given secret discounts, the rest know that they’d better follow suit or they will become bankrupt – the price cutter will capture the entire market if they don’t.

A second lesson is historical: Having failed over and over to increase profits with price-fixing conspiracies, many industries have historically recruited the heavy hand of government to enforce the price-fixing conspiracy. The Interstate Commerce Commission enforced a railroad and trucking industry cartel; the Civil Aeronautics Board enforced the airline cartel for more than half a century; and state and local regulatory commissions have enforced cartel pricing in the "public utilities" industries for generations.

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No More Asking For Permission To Speak

In 1798, when John Adams was president of the United States, the feds enacted four pieces of legislation called the Alien and Sedition Acts. One of these laws made it a federal crime to publish any false, scandalous or malicious writing – even if true – about the president or the federal government, notwithstanding the guarantee of free speech in the First Amendment.

The feds used these laws to torment their adversaries in the press and even successfully prosecuted a congressman who heavily criticized the president. Then-Vice President Thomas Jefferson vowed that if he became president, these abominable laws would expire. He did, and they did, but this became a lesson for future generations: The guarantees of personal freedom in the Constitution are only as valuable and reliable as is the fidelity to the Constitution of those to whom we have entrusted it for safekeeping.

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Maryland Bill Would Charge Fees For New Spay-Neuter Fund

ANNAPOLIS - The Maryland Senate passed a bill Thursday that would help reduce the state's exploding pet population by creating a fund to pay for the spaying and neutering of cats and dogs, though opponents worry it puts the burden of that payment on small businesses.

The bill, which passed 46-1, would create a $100 fee on makers of dog and cat food that would go toward vouchers and grants to have animals spayed or neutered -- with some companies paying nearly $60,000 annually.

Manufacturers would be assessed the fee on each brand or product name they produce.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY 3-22-13

“Aristocracy has three successive ages: the age of superiorities, the age of privileges, and the age of vanities. Having passed out of the first, it degenerates in the second, and dies away in the third.”

Francois de
Chateaubriand

Due To The Sequester


Attorney General Eric Holder: If The President Does It, It's Legal

Since the early days of our republic, the Attorney General (AG) of the United States has served as the chief lawyer for the government, entrusted with ensuring that the nation's laws are faithfully carried out and holding government officials accountable to abiding by their oaths of office to "uphold and defend the Constitution."

Unfortunately, far from holding government officials accountable to abiding by the rule of law, the attorneys general of each successive administration have increasingly aided and abetted the Executive Branch in skirting and, more often than not, flouting the law altogether, justifying all manner of civil liberties and human rights violations and trampling the Constitution in the process, particularly the Fourth Amendment.

No better example is there of the perversion of the office of the AG than its current occupant Eric Holder, who was appointed by President Obama in 2009. Hailed by civil liberties and watchdog groups alike for his pledge to "reverse the disastrous course that we have been on over the past few years" and usher in a new era of civil liberties under Obama, Holder has instead carried on the sorry tradition of his predecessors, going to great lengths to "justify" egregious government actions that can only be described as immoral, unjust and illegal.

The following are just some of the highlights of the dangerous philosophies embraced and advanced by Holder and his Justice Department.

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Waterkeeper Motion Maintains Hudson Farm Case ‘Not Frivolous’

BERLIN -- The unsuccessful plaintiffs in a civil suit against a Berlin farm family and Perdue this week filed a motion asking the court not to award the defendants a combined $3 million being sought in legal fees and other costs associated with litigating the case.

In March 2010, the New York-based Waterkeeper Alliance, along with the Assateague Coastal Trust and the Assateague Coastkeeper, filed suit in U.S. District Court against Perdue and Berlin’s Hudson Farm after sampling in ditches adjacent to the property revealed high levels of harmful fecal coliform and E. coli in concentrations that violated the Clean Water Act.

After a 10-day trial in October, U.S. District Court Judge William Nickerson ruled in favor of the defendants Perdue and Alan Hudson, opining the Waterkeeper Alliance was not successful in proving a Clean Water Act violation. Buoyed by their victory in October, Perdue and the Hudsons in January filed a motion to recover a combined $3 million in legal fees and other costs associated with successfully defending the landmark case, asserting the plaintiffs continued to push forward with the litigation even after it appeared its position was untenable.

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David Frum, The Iraq War And Oil

Former Bush speechwriter David Frum, author of the infamous "Axis of Evil" claim in Bush's 2002 State of the Union address, has a Newsweek column this morning announcing that "all of us who advocated for the [Iraq] war have had to do some reckoning". His column is an attempt to provide such a reckoning, and contains numerous revealing assertions.

He begins with this melodramatic decree, designed to make you sympathetic of the stressful and scary environment in which Bush officials were operating: "My youngest daughter was born in December 2001: a war baby." To justify this characterization, he says that "when my wife nursed little Beatrice in the middle of the night, she'd hear F-16s patrolling the Washington skies," and that "a few weeks before, a sniper had terrorized the Washington suburbs. Anthrax attacks had killed five people and infected 17 others. What would come next?" (In actuality, the anthrax attacks came from a US Army lab; the Washington sniper attacks were in 2002, not 2001, and were perpetrated by two Americans; and hearing some F-16s patrolling the sky is hardly the stuff of extreme war trauma, particularly when compared to what people in actual war zones regularly experience). Frum is right that the fear levels were extremely high in this time period, but that was due to a deliberate campaign orchestrated by the administration in which he served.

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The Fraudulent Marketplace Fairness Act

The Internet is currently our best example of the free market at work. Since the government has not been able to capture the Internet under its thumb, the Net illustrates how well the market really functions when the government stays out of the way.

But have no fear. Control freak politicians never rest, and a few of the more dedicated ones are working relentlessly to slap chains on the world’s most unfettered market. Of course, no exercise in the destruction of free markets would be complete without a rhetorical flourish of socialism’s ostensible raison d’etre: fairness. Yes, something must be done to stop the free flow of information and commerce that is the Internet because it’s not FAIR.

The Marketplace Fairness Act is being pushed by three US senators, Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, Mike Enzi, a Wyoming Republican, and Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee Republican. What is the injustice that the Marketplace Fairness Act addresses? Under current US law, states are prohibited from forcing Internet retailers who have no physical presence within their borders to collect sales tax on Internet transactions. This policy gives Internet retailers an advantage over traditional brick-and-mortar retailers who must tack, in some cases, up to 10% onto transactions due to sales tax.

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Wicomico Seeks To Ease Business Tax Requirements

SALISBURY – Wicomico County is looking to relieve frustration among businesses by exempting manufacturing equipment under certain conditions when determining a company’s assessed value.

The Wicomico County Council introduced legislation Tuesday to exempt from county property taxation manufacturing equipment under certain conditions by reducing the percentage of the assessed value subject to county property tax from 100 percent to 0 percent.

Director of Administration Wayne Strausburg said County Executive Rick Pollitt has determined that the process for granting an exemption for tax on manufacturing equipment is an impediment to the economic development of Wicomico County.

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A Letter To George W. Bush And Dick Cheney From A Dying Iraq War Vet

I write this letter on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War on behalf of my fellow Iraq War veterans. I write this letter on behalf of the 4,488 soldiers and Marines who died in Iraq. I write this letter on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of veterans who have been wounded and on behalf of those whose wounds, physical and psychological, have destroyed their lives. I am one of those gravely wounded. I was paralyzed in an insurgent ambush in 2004 in Sadr City. My life is coming to an end. I am living under hospice care.

I write this letter, my last letter, to you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney. I write not because I think you grasp the terrible human and moral consequences of your lies, manipulation and thirst for wealth and power. I write this letter because, before my own death, I want to make it clear that I, and hundreds of thousands of my fellow veterans, along with millions of my fellow citizens, along with hundreds of millions more in Iraq and the Middle East, know fully who you are and what you have done. You may evade justice but in our eyes you are each guilty of egregious war crimes, of plunder and, finally, of murder, including the murder of thousands of young Americans—my fellow veterans—whose future you stole.

You sent us to fight and die in Iraq after you, Mr. Cheney, dodged the draft in Vietnam, and you, Mr. Bush, went AWOL from your National Guard unit. Your cowardice and selfishness were established decades ago. You were not willing to risk yourselves for our nation but you sent hundreds of thousands of young men and women to be sacrificed in a senseless war with no more thought than it takes to put out the garbage.

Is Salisbury for Sale?

AVAILABLE After April 2nd
Small City, Population 30,000+
Waterfront Opportunities Available
City Government willing to SUBSIDIZE Real Estate Development
Contact Jake Day
That’s the REAL message that showed up in voters mailboxes yesterday in a mailer from the National Association of Realtors.
When was the last time that a NATIONAL Political Action Committee got involved in a LOCAL race in a city the size of Salisbury?
If you read Salisbury council candidate Jake Day’s “plan” the reason is clear – Day’s “solutions” for Salisbury’s local economy are focused almost exclusively on DOWNTOWN and on SUBSIDIZING RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT.
Is Jake Day channeling the political corpse of the previous Salisbury administration?
  • Developer Reimbursements
  • Failed TIF’s
  • FREE or SUBSIDIZED Capacity Fees
Are Day and his backers hoping that putting a NEW FACE on an OLD PROBLEM will make voters forget that they are still paying for past mistakes and that Jake Day wants the Salisbury taxpayer to DOUBLE DOWN?

G. A. Harrison is a former editor of SBYNews and a regular contributor.  He also writes at the DelMarVa Observer.  This article was originally posted at the DelMarVa Observer.

Worcester County Sheriff's Office Press Release 3-22-13

The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office has received several recent calls from citizens that report an attempt to extort money from them while using the internet. It is believed that this is part of a widespread scheme to extort money from certain personal computer users. 

The FBI has reported that this Citadel Malware delivers “Reveton Ransomware” to your personal computer. A victim is lured to a drive by download at which time the “Ransomeware” is installed on the user’s computer. Once installed, the computer freezes and a screen is displayed warning the user that they have violated United States Federal Law. The message further states that the users IP address was identified by the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section as visiting child pornography or other illegal content. 

To unlock the computer the user is instructed to pay a fine using prepaid money card services. In addition to the “Ransomware”, the virus continues to be active on the computer and may be used to commit online banking and credit card fraud. 

If you are a victim of this type of fraud it is suggested that you contact your banking institutions and file a complaint at www.IC3.gov. For more information on e-mail scams and warnings, concerned citizens can go to the FBI website and look under the tab, INTERNET CRIMES

Congress Reinstates Tuition Assistance For Members Of The Military

Congress voted to reinstate tuition assistance for members of the military today as part of the continuing resolution to keep the government funded through September.

The Senate included tuition assistance as part of the funding bill on Wednesday, and the House approved the measure today, Stars and Stripes reports.

Over the last several weeks, the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard and Marine Corps had suspended their tuition assistance programs for the rest of the fiscal year, blaming sequestration for the cut. Only the Navy kept its program funded.

The program provides $250 per credit hour and up to $4,500 per year for service members working toward a college degree.

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Salisbury Middle School’s Kristin Cashman Named 2013-14 Wicomico Teacher Of The Year

Kristin Cashman, a Salisbury Middle School Reading/English/Langage Arts (RELA) teacher who dedicates herself to breaking down the “apathetic wall” that can stand between students and success was honored as the 2013-14 Wicomico Teacher of the Year March 21 at the annual Wicomico Teacher of the Year Banquet at the Commons at Salisbury University.
“If we are unable to break down the ‘apathetic wall’ surrounding students (from the lowest achieving to the gifted student), we will have a hard time closing the achievement gap, holding teachers appropriately accountable, keeping quality teachers around, and heightening parental involvement and support,” wrote Cashman in her Teacher of the Year writing prompt. 
Sometimes apathy develops because a student isn’t challenged enough. Cashman said she sets the bar for each student individually. “At the beginning of the year, I look at each student and recognize that each is at a different height academically. I imagine the bar exactly one foot higher than each of their heads. I want each of my students to figuratively grow at least one academic foot by the end of the school year. This is a constant reminder that one bar height does not fit all students, but all students can grow that one academic foot when instruction is properly delivered.”

Somerset County Sheriff's Office Press Release 3-22-13

Stantez Rontrese Wise of Crisfield, arrested 3-16-13 on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Wise was held without bond.

Andre Demetris Dennis of Princess Anne, arrested 3-16-13 on two body attachment warrants. Dennis was held without bond.

Raheem Brown of Newark New Jersey, arrested 3-16-13 for the transportation of unstampted cigarettes, and possession of over 30 cartons of untaxed cigarettes. Brown was later released on a unsecured bond pending court actions. The arrest was the result of a traffic stop conducted by deputies on Ocean Highway where deputies discovered 380 cartons of unstampted cigarettes, and cash.

James Paul Stephens Jr. of Crisfield, arrested 3-17-13 on warrants regarding possession of marijuana, possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Stephens was held on a $ 25,000 bond.

Adrian L. Marshall of Salisbury, arrested 3-18-13 on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Marshall was held on a $1,000 bond.

Joshua Mark Hill of Princess Anne, arrested 3-19-13 on a warrant for violation of probation. Hill was held on a $ 20,000 bond.

Nina Kaye Adkins of Crisfield, criminal summons served for false statements to police officers, driving a motor vehicle on a suspended driver’s license, and leaving the scene of a unattended vehicle damage. Adkins was released on signature pending court actions.

Briana Carmilla Harmon of Salisbury, arrested 3-20-13 on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Harmon was released after posting a $5,000 bond.

Robert William Conaway Jr. of Salisbury, arrested 3-20-13 on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Conaway was held on a $5,000 bond.

Anthony Cortez Brown Jr. of Camden New Jersey, arrested 3-20-13 for possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Brown was later released on signature pending court actions. The arrest was the result of a traffic stop conducted by deputies on Ocean Highway, where deputies recovered suspected marijuana.

Transportation Tax Bill Also Boosts Car Registration Fees

The House of Delegates takes its’ final vote Friday on the bill that will boost gas taxes to pay for roads, bridges and mass transit.

A WBAL News review of the 26 page bill also finds that the bill will also increase vehicle registration fees.

You have to go to page 20 of this 26 page bill to find out that vehicle registration fees are being increased by $3.50.

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Lions Fundraiser

The Salisbury-Wicomico Lions Club will be holding a Flapjack Fundraiser as part of it's continuing efforts to support people in need of sight and hearing assistance. 

What: All you can eat Flapjacks, Sausage, Juice, Coffee 

Where: Applebee's Neighborhood Grill 2703 North Salisbury Blvd 

When: Saturday, March 23, 2013 8AM till 10AM Tickets: $7.00 per person - Available from and member or at the door

Delaware Takes The Cake (and Trophy) In Governor’s Challenge Basketball Tournament

Salisbury, MD – For years, the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center in Salisbury, MD has brought high school basketball players together in competition over the holiday break. In 2010 Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley placed a unique spin on this tradition by issuing a challenge to Delaware’s Governor Jack Markell. The wager: a Maryland Smith Island Cake to a Delaware Peach Pie. The inaugural Governor’s Challenge Basketball Tournament was born.

The tradition continued this past December as teams from Delaware and Maryland engaged in intense competition over four days. In the end, Delaware captured its third straight Governor’s Challenge Cup, winning 11 games against 10 losses. Maryland held up their end of the bargain this week by presenting Governor Markell with a Peanut Butter Smith Island Cake courtesy of Cakes by David. Shortly after the cake and 40-lb. trophy were unveiled to him Markell tweeted, “Victory is still sweet, 3 years & counting.”

Delaware will look to four-peat as the Governor’s Challenge Champions in December 2013 while Maryland will try to capture its first title and deliver a Delaware Peach Pie to Annapolis. Teams are being recruited for the 2013 event, which is scheduled for December 26-28. For more information, visit www.SalisburyChampionships.org. ;
Photo Caption Above: Delaware Governor Jack Markell is presented with the Governor’s Challenge Trophy for the third year in a row. Presenters from left to right: Milford High School Head Coach BJ Joseph, Milford High School Assistant Coach Rene Diaz, Wicomico County Tourism Manager Steve Miller, Milford Legislator Harvey Kenton, Wicomico County Sports Marketing Representative James Simmons.

Congressman Harris Draws Attention To Third Anniversary Of Job Destroying Obamacare Law

Three Years After its Passage Obamacare is Knocking People off the Ladder of Opportunity

WASHINGTON, DC
—Today marks the third anniversary of the House of Representatives passage of the Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare. Three years ago today, the Democrat-controlled House passed this bill without a single Republican vote, even though the American people were strongly against it. Now, three years later, the negative effects of this bill are becoming painfully clear – higher insurance costs, less access, and fewer jobs.

As an anesthesiologist, Congressman Harris understands that this legislation will not increase the quality of healthcare here in America. Instead, it will make things worse. He is strongly in favor of repealing this law and replacing it with patient-centered care that strengthens the relationship between a patient and their doctor.

“On the third anniversary of Obamacare passing the House of Representatives, we have to continue fighting back against this disastrous law that will make it more difficult for the American people to have access to quality and affordable healthcare,” said Congressman Harris. “The more we are finding out about how this law will affect young people and job creators, the more we are realizing that it should never have passed.”

“Obamacare is destroying jobs and will continue to destroy jobs as it becomes fully implemented. Job creators are being forced to let workers go or cut back their hours because they cannot afford the higher costs, looming taxes, and heavy-handed mandates. Young people are finding out that they are not able to afford the skyrocketing cost of insurance. This law must be replaced with patient centered healthcare solutions that do not hurt job creators or ruin the healthcare Americans already have.”

This morning, Congressman Harris participated in a press conference on Capitol Hill with other members of the GOP Doctors Caucus to highlight Obamacare’s disastrous effects on the American healthcare system.

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Court Upholds Maryland's Concealed Carry Law

A federal appeals court says Maryland's law requiring applicants for a permit to carry a handgun to have a substantial reason is constitutional.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday unanimously overturned a March 2012 ruling by U.S. District Judge Benson E. Legg.

Legg found that the right to bear arms is not limited to the home and that Maryland's law was designed to minimize the number of firearms outside homes by limiting the privilege to those who could demonstrate "good reason." He said the Second Amendment and a Supreme Court decision barred the state from enforcing that provision of the law.

Appeals court Judge Robert King wrote that the provision is reasonably adapted to Maryland's interest in public safety and crime prevention.

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Georgia Runs Out Of Food Stamps!

ICICYMI: Editorial "Why we should ban assault weapons"

In case you missed it, we wanted to share this editorial from the Baltimore Sun on the need for an assault weapons ban.

Key Point: “As delegates consider amendments that would limit Mr. O’Malley’s proposal on assault weapons, they should ask themselves this question: If the features common to these firearms are merely cosmetic, why has the military adopted them? They are not for hunting or target shooting or for defending one’s home from an intruder. They are for killing as many people as possible as quickly as possible, and there is no justification for having them in civilian life.”

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US Marine Kills Two Colleagues At Quantico Base

A Marine opened fire on two of his comrades Thursday night at a base in Quantico, Va., before turning the gun on himself, leaving all three dead, military officials said.

A relationship dispute was believed to be behind the shooting, which occurred in the staff barracks area of the Officer Candidates School at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Northern Virginia, a Marine official said.

The assailant and both victims, a man and a woman, were staff members at the school and not students, a senior defense official said. The official called the incident "isolated," adding: "There was nothing random here."

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Traffic Advisory

Delaware Route 1 Northbound Closed Due to Crash

Location: Delaware Route 1 northbound, at the split with U.S. 13, immediately south of Tybouts Corner

Date and Time of Occurrence: Friday, March 22, 2013, at 6:58 a.m.

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New Castle- Troopers are on the scene of a crash on Delaware Route 1 northbound, at the split with U.S. 13, immediately south of Tybouts Corner. The roadway is closed.

Motorists are urged to avoid the area. Updates will be released when available.

SPD Press Release 3-22-13


NO CHARGES FOR FATHER OF 10-YEAR-OLD HOLDING HUNTING RIFLE ON FACEBOOK

Reports indicate that police in Carneys Point, NJ will not file charges against Shawn Moore, the father who posted a picture of his 10-year-old son holding a .22 caliber hunting rifle on Facebook.

As Breitbart News reported on March 20, the rifle was made to look like an AR-15, and the Moore family believes that, when someone saw the photograph on Facebook, they called New Jersey's anonymous child abuse line.

Carneys Point Police Chief Robert DiGregorio said officers went to the Moore house about 8:15 PM on March 15, after receiving "anonymous tips that a boy there might have access to weapons and ammunition."

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Shooting on Quantico Marine Corps Base; Suspect Barricaded

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. (WUSA9) -- One person has been shot and the suspect is barricaded at Marine Base Quantico, officials said.

It happened at approximately 11 P.M. at Marine Base Quantico, according to, 1st Lt. Agustin Solivan.

A person believed to be a male marine shot another person on the main side of the base, near the Officer Candidate School, Solivan said in phone interview. 

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Pork In The Park BBQ Festival Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary

Festival Returns to Salisbury, MD April 19th - 21st

Salisbury, MD
– Follow your nose to the Pork in the Park BBQ Festival, presented by Gateway Subaru. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, this Eastern Shore staple will be served up April 19th – 21st in Salisbury, MD’s WinterPlace Park. The festival offers three days of family-friendly entertainment including live music, rides and games, unique craft vendors, delicious food and cold beverages. Admission is $5 daily for adults, and children under 12 are admitted free.

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Pork in the Park has ramped up the action this year. National performers, the Marshall Tucker Band will headline the main stage on Saturday, April 20th from 8:00pm to 10:00pm. The southern rocker’s hit singles “Can’t You See” and “Heard It In a Love Song” helped earn them seven gold and three platinum albums during their career.

On Sunday, the Eastern Shore Wing War presented by Mountaire Farms pits area restaurants, amateur eaters and professional eating champions against one another in this trifecta challenge. Sixteen area restaurants will compete in a bracket-style contest, where attendees can vote for their favorite wing in the People’s Choice Wing Competition. Afterwards, local wing-eaters will take the Main Stage to compete in the Amateur Wing-Eating Competition. The Wing War culminates with a Major League Eating sanctioned Wing-Eating Competition. Current World Champion Joey Chestnut and fourth-ranked Sonya Thomas will take on other professional eaters in this challenge where a $5000 purse is up for grabs. Sunday also marks the return of the annual Backyard BBQ Amateur Competition and Cornhole Tournament.

The Kansas City Barbeque Society (www.kcbs.us), the world’s largest organization of barbeque and grilling enthusiasts with over 14,000 members worldwide, has once again selected Pork in the Park as a host to one of its 300+ sanctioned BBQ Cook-Off Competition. Over 120+ BBQ teams will converge behind the scenes of the festival, spending the weekend slicing, sizzling and seasoning for a chance to earn a portion of the $20,000 in cash prizes. Because of its strong reputation on the grilling circuit, Pork in the Park has garnered national recognition. With that, it has been selected as one of only fifteen competitions in the United States to host the Smithfield Rib Super Series. It is also an official qualifying event for the World Food Championships. Held in Las Vegas, this competition offers a $300,000 prize purse.