Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Below is a 13-minute video taken at a protest in Brooklyn, NY, on Sunday featuring a lot of communists, a lot of angry cop-haters, a New Black Panther, and a heck of a lot of crazy all filmed by what appears to be an Occupy sympathizer. The rally-goers are upset over the death of 16-year-old Kimani Gray in early March. He was shot by police after they say he pulled a gun. But protesters have been rallying ever since and claiming it as an example of police brutality.
Such was the case on Sunday, when a group met to march near where the young man died. So far, whether you agree or not with their cries, that likely makes sense.
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The former Arizona governor predicted her state would turn blue in coming elections — just like Nevada, New Mexico and Colorado has gained in Democratic popularity, she said in a Christian Science Monitor report.
“Arizona will be behind them,” she said to reporters on Tuesday. “I think it will be more purple over time, but ultimately blue. … It’ll happen, I think. The fact that I could win three straight elections there, I think is indicative that Democrats can win and do win in Arizona.”
Dr. Carson — a conservative speaker and neurosurgeon who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2008 — was referring to a comment made by MSNBC’s Toure Monday, who said Dr. Carson is a token “black friend” to Republicans who embraced him only to assuage their own white “guilt.”
“That’s what you can find on a third grade playground,” Dr. Carson told Fox’s Megyn Kelly. “This is something that we need to move beyond in this country, and let’s have a real discussion about the real facts. If somebody disagrees, let’s talk about why they disagree, let’s talk about the pros and cons, let’s see if we can find some accommodation. But to sit around and act like third graders is nonproductive.”
Direct confiscationAs Cyprus showed us, bankrupt governments are quite happy to plunder people’s bank accounts, especially if it’s a wealthy minority.
Aside from bank levies, though, this also includes things like seizing retirement accounts (Argentina), increases in civil asset forfeiture (United States), and gold criminalization.
TaxesJust another form of confiscation, taxation plunders the hard work and talent of the citizenry. But thanks to decades of brainwashing, it’s more socially acceptable. We’ve come to regard taxes as a ‘necessary evil,’ not realizing that the country existed for decades, even centuries, without an income tax.
Yet when bankrupt governments get desperate enough, they begin imposing new taxes… primarily WEALTH taxes (Argentina) or windfall profits taxes (United States in the 1970s).
InflationThis is indirect confiscation– the slow, gradual plundering of people’s savings. Again, governments have been quite successful at inculcating a belief that inflation is also a necessary evil. They’re also adept at fooling people with phony inflation statistics.
Capital ControlsGovernments can, do, and will restrict the free-flow of capital across borders. They’ll prevent you from moving your own money to a safer jurisdiction, forcing you to keep your hard earned savings at home where it can be plundered and devalued.
We’re seeing this everywhere in the developed world… from withdrawal limits in Europe to cash-sniffing dogs at border checkpoints. And it certainly doesn’t help when everyone from the IMF to Nobel laureate Paul Krugman argue in favor of Capital Controls.
The White Student Union has been drawing attention since one of its members defended segregation during a panel discussion earlier this month at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), an influential forum in Republican Party politics.
The roughly 50-person union was formed to celebrate European-American culture, and members attend church and the shooting range together, said Matthew Heimbach, 21, the founder and self-professed commander.
On Feb, 22, Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson rejected defense attorneys' initial request, agreeing with Crump that he was not at the scene of the shooting and could provide no material details.
But last week, defense attorney Mark O'Mara filed new paperwork, asking her to reconsider.
Defense attorneys want to learn more about Crump's dealings with the state's most important witness, a young Miami woman who was on the phone with Trayvon moments before Zimmerman shot the Miami Gardens 17-year-old to death Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford.
In Detroit, a 41-year-old man got stuck and drowned in two feet of water after squeezing head first through an 18-inch-wide sewer grate to retrieve his car keys.
A 49-year-old San Francisco stockbroker, who was "totally zoned when he ran", accidentally jogged off a 100-foot high cliff on his daily run.
While at the beach, Daniel Jones, 21, dug an 8 foot hole for protection from the wind and had been sitting in a beach chair at the bottom, when it collapsed, burying him beneath 5 feet of sand. People on the beach used their hands and shovels trying to get him out but could not reach him. It took rescue workers using heavy equipment almost an hour to free him. Jones was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Santiago Alvarado, 24, was killed as he fell through the ceiling of a bicycle shop he was burglarizing. Death was caused when the long flashlight he had placed in his mouth to keep his hands free rammed into the base of his skull as he hit the floor.
Sylvester Briddell, Jr., 26, was killed as he won a bet with friends who said he would not put a revolver loaded with four bullets into his mouth and pull the trigger.
After stepping around a marked police patrol car parked at the front door, a man walked into H&J Leather & Firearms intent on robbing the store. The shop was full of customers and a uniformed officer was standing at the counter. Upon seeing the officer, the would-be robber announced a hold-up and fired a few wild shots from a target pistol. The officer and a clerk promptly returned fire, and several customers also drew their guns and fired. The robber was pronounced dead at the scene by Paramedics. Crime scene investigators located 47 expended cartridge cases in the shop. The subsequent autopsy revealed 23 gunshot wounds. Ballistics identified rounds from 7 different weapons. No one else was hurt.
Paul Stiller, 47, and his wife Bonnie were bored just driving around at 2 A.M. so they lit a quarter stick of dynamite to toss out the window to see what would happen. Apparently they failed to notice that the window was closed.
Kerry Bingham had been drinking with several friends when one of them said they knew a person who had bungee-jumped from a local bridge in the middle of traffic. The conversation grew more excited, and at least 10 men trooped along the walkway of the bridge at 4:30 AM. Upon arrival at the midpoint of the bridge, they discovered that no one had brought a bungee rope. Bingham, who had continued drinking, volunteered and pointed out that a coil of lineman's cable lay nearby. They secured one end around Bingham's leg and then tied the other to the bridge. His fall lasted 40 feet before the cable tightened and tore his foot off at the ankle. He miraculously survived his fall into the icy water and was rescued by two nearby fishermen. Bingham's foot was never located.
AND THE WINNER IS....
Zookeeper Friedrich Riesfeldt ( Paderborn , Germany ) fed his constipated elephant 22 doses of animal laxative and more than a bushel of berries, figs and prunes before the plugged-up pachyderm finally got relief. Investigators say ill-fated Friedrich, 46, was attempting to give the ailing elephant an olive oil enema when the relieved beast unloaded.
The sheer force of the elephant's unexpected defecation knocked Mr Riesfeldt to the ground where he struck his head on a rock as the elephant continued to evacuate 200 pounds of dung on top of him. It seems to be just one of those freak accidents that proves... 'Shit happens'
IT ALWAYS SEEMS IMPORTANT TO THANK THESE PEOPLE FOR REMOVING THEMSELVES FROM THE GENE POOL.
In Pasadena, some 200 prospective gun owners are now waiting on background checks to be performed by the state. It's a back-up that has frequent gun owners steeped in frustration.
At Pasadena Gun and Pawn, there's a run on guns like they've never seen before. An assault rifle, long rifles, any rifle - if it fires it's sold. And some customers are after more than one gun.
The state is known to be home to some of the best elk hunting in the country. But after its governor, John Hickenlooper, signed controversial bills this month banning ammunition magazines that hold more than 15 rounds, and require background checks for private and online gun sales, some out-of-state hunters say they'll take their business elsewhere.
Hunting outfitters say people began canceling trips after the legislation passed, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported. The numbers are few, but growing.
“I think Jesus was a compassionate, super-intelligent [homosexual] man who understood human problems,” opined Elton John in a Parade magazine interview.
John’s views of “a compassionate man” juxtaposed to the compassion of Jesus of Nazareth are incoherent because he doesn’t recognize Jesus as Christ, Lord and Savior. He misses the truth of Christ by reducing Him simply to a man.
"If you're going to have a lot of these Easter candies and displays around, make sure you have them up where your pet's not going to be able to get to them," said veterinarian Dr. John Fioramonti.
Experts said the shiny grass typically used to decorate Easter baskets shouldn't be used because pets sometimes try to eat it and can't digest it. Fioramonti said the blades can get stuck internally and cause a blockage in the intestinal tract.
John Brennan then proceeded to take the Oath of Office, as administered by Vice President Joe Biden. Director Brennan then did something no other officer has done, something that occasioned its own measure of controversy. Brennan was sworn in on an original copy of the Constitution. It was a very august occasion, to be sure, but it was also a mysterious one.
For the man who will be America's spymaster, it was an odd move for him to stir up trouble. If spies are said to be "spooks," our top spy's action was, well, "spooky."
The bill, SB487, is intended to prevent landlords from rejecting tenants that receive public assistance simply because they are poor. But critics of the legislation said that it would force landlords to participate in social welfare programs and make them do business with housing authorities that send rent checks late and refuse to pay market rates.
Baltimore County Democrat James Brochin said that a landlord from his district was owed over $36,000 in back rent from county housing authorities. He claimed that such stories were legion throughout the state.
The IFHP just released the data for 2012. And yes, once again, the numbers are shocking.
This is the fundamental fact of American health care: We pay much, much more than other countries do for the exact same things. For a detailed explanation of why, see this article. But this post isn’t about the why. It’s about the prices, and the graphs.
The drop in grade is reflective of PIRG’s increasingly tough grading standards, and, according to the report: “in order for states to keep up with rising standards and maintain high scores, they must continually improve transparency.”
PIRG identifies the best transparency tools as being engaging, easily searchable, and comprehensive. The inaccessibility of Maryland’s website likely led to its less-than-perfect C grade.
For Locke the natural rights all human beings have are basically prohibitions. They forbid people from intruding on other people − from killing, assaulting, kidnapping, robbing them and so forth. In the field of political theory they are referred to as negative rights. They hold up a sign to all concerning invading people's lives and spheres and insist: "Halt! You need permission to enter!"
This can be well appreciated when one considers that throughout much of history ordinary folks had been viewed as subjects, not sovereign citizens. A subject is one who must follow the dictates of some master or superior. Kings have subjects who must obey their will! Once this fiction is abandoned, it becomes clear that all adult human beings are independent agents, no one's subject!
But, of course, many insist that such sovereignty is highly objectionable because it leaves it to the individual whether he or she will give support to others and their various projects. Involuntary servitude is ruled out if we are all sovereign citizens rather than subject to the will of a king, tsar, or ruler. Even the majority may not ignore this fact about us, sodemocracy is properly limited to some very few matters once the sovereignty of individuals is acknowledged.
While the survey found 2,288 makers of civilian firearms operating in the U.S. from 1986-2010, more than 40% of those guns came from three key companies:
- Sturm, Ruger & Co. leads the U.S. firearms industry with about 15.3 million firearms produced in the period.
- Remington (owned by Freedom Group) produced about 14.2 million and comes in second.
- Smith & Wesson is third, with nearly 10.5 million.
Today, tomorrow, and on unannounced days in the near future, Maryland State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division inspection teams will be working fixed and roving locations in Baltimore and on major roads leading to and through the city. Teams of troopers and inspectors will be looking for commercial vehicles committing traffic violations and in violation of state and federal safety regulations. A special focus will be made on commercial vehicles transporting passengers. Inspections will be conducted of vehicle equipment, driver’s log books, hazardous materials documentation, and other areas that impact safe operation.
“Spring brings an increase in people traveling by commercial and personal vehicles,” Captain Bill Dofflemyer, Commander of the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division said. “This initiative targets the enforcement and compliance of state and federal regulations in an effort to improve safety for all motorists on roads in and around Baltimore by reducing crashes involving commercial vehicles.”
State Police have established three temporary inspection sites that are located at M&T Bank Stadium, Fairfield Road and Northbridge Avenue, and Holabird Avenue and Broening Highway. Roving crews will be working interstates leading into the city from the north and south.
Tickets starting at $20 and VIP tables of 10 are on sale now at the Wicomico Civic Center Box Office, by calling 410-548-4911 or logging onto WicomicoCivicCenter.Org. A 20% military discount is available on all tickets purchased with a valid ID at the Civic Center Box Office and specially priced hotel rooms can be purchased by going towww.mmx2reservations.com/wicomico/pc/slug. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the action kicks off at 8.
Known for his heavy hands, Sanchez scored a stunning knockout over previously unbeaten and well-regarded Venroy July February, 22 before a pro-July crowd in Washington, DC. Fighting out of the notoriously tough city of Paterson, NJ, Sanchez also battled to a controversial draw against hometown favorite Jeremy Stauffer last November. Sanchez, who is 6-2 with 5 wins by knockout, has a reputation on the east coast for making exciting fights and has no problem fighting in enemy territory.
“This is definitely an attractive matchup,” said Jake Smith of Jake the Snake Promotions. “I’ve seen Elvin before. He’s a very strong fighter who punches like a mule. Alex will have to be sharp against him if he wants to remain unbeaten. Sanchez is no joke.”
In undercard action, unbeaten heavyweight Duane Mobley of Upper Marlboro, MD risks his 7-0 record against tougher than advertised Baltimorean Lonnie Kornegay in a four rounder.
Fellow unbeaten heavyweight and Seth Mitchell protégé Jerry “Slug” Forrest, of Newport News, VA returns to the ring against an opponent to be named in a four rounder. Forrest, 5-0 (4 KO’s), is known for his heavy hands, scoring three of his four knockouts in the opening round.
Former Penn State Boxing Team Captain and National Collegiate Champion AJ Williams, who resides in the Delmarva area, and Salisbury’s very own Damont Giddings make their pro debuts in separate bouts against opponents to be named.
Other fighters featured on the card include popular light heavyweight Frankie “Freight Train” Filippone, undefeated junior lightweight Terron Grant and Nuwan Jacoby.
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United States Senate
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Re: Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and that agencies preparation for war against citizens of the United States of America
Dear Senator Cornyn,
It is with gravest concern that I write to you today concerning the recent appropriation of weapons by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that can only be understood as a bold threat of war by that agency, and the Obama administration, against the citizens of the United States of America. To date, DHS has been unwilling to provide to you, the elected representatives of the People, justification for recent purchases of almost 3,000 mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) armored personnel carriers, 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition (with associated weapons), and other weapons systems, when, in fact, the DHS has no war mission or war making authority within the limits of the United States of America.
Significant is the fact that at the same time the Obama administration is arming his DHS for war within the limits of the United States against the People of the United States in accordance with his 2008 campaign speech claiming,
“We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve gotta (sic) have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded [as the United States military]”–Candidate Barack Obama, 2008.
The Obama administration is deliberately defunding, overextending, and hollowing the Department of Defense; the only legitimate agency of the U.S. government with a war mission.
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, considered to be the pivotal vote on the issue, said the court was in “uncharted waters.” He questioned whether it should have even accepted the case, in which lower courts struck down California’s voter-approved Proposition 8, which restricted marriage to heterosexual couples.
The court’s historic review of same-sex marriage continues Wednesday with a more limited question: May Congress withhold federal benefits from same-sex couples married in those states where it is legal? Lower courts have said that the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 is unconstitutional because it treats legally married homosexual couples differently from heterosexual ones.
Last week, Ohio Sen. Bob Portman announced he has reversed his position and now supports gay marriage.
In an exclusive interview with Newsmax TV, former Arkansas Gov. Huckabee — and ordained Southern Baptist minister — was asked if he sees the GOP ever pivoting and backing gay marriage.
The case concerned Franky, a chocolate Labrador retriever who detected the smell of marijuana outside a Florida house used by Joelis Jardines. Based on Franky’s signal, the police obtained a warrant to search the house, and they found a marijuana-growing operation inside.
Mr. Jardines moved to suppress the evidence, saying that using Franky to sniff around his residence was an unreasonable search barred by the Fourth Amendment. The Florida Supreme Court agreed, and so did a majority of the United States Supreme Court.
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The bill requires jurisdictions that use cameras to clock speeds in school and construction zones to pay the vendor a strict flat rate rather than allow expenses to be calculated on the number of tickets issued.
Jurisdictions get a portion of each $40 fine as the contracts stand now.
Monday Night Session:
Third Reader Bills Highlighted/controversial bills included HB-347 which would require additional permitting for certain corporations. Once again, these bills increase the burden on Maryland businesses and often results in diminished economic returns.
HB-667 would require all school employees across the state to be union members and pay mandatory dues. There was much debate on the issue. 10-counties currently have unions and the bill would force the same conditions on all of the remaining counties. There were attempts to amend the bill to require audit oversight and minimum participation numbers but they were all rejected. Ultimately the bill moved to Third Reader without any amendments.
Tuesday Judiciary Hearings:
Third Reader Bills
HB-1106 would allow the sealing of a Search Warrant Affidavit while an investigation is ongoing on a 30-day basis with 30-day extensions allowed by the court.
HB-1232 would allow for the issuance of a Search Warrant via electronic means. This bill would recognize the digital nature of current law enforcement applications and would speed the process under many circumstances regularly encountered by law enforcement.
HB-1453 would decriminalize the use of marijuana for minimum amounts. The bill also creates a taxation of the drug for revenue collection in the state.
HB-1185 would create a specific charge for 2nd Degree Assault of a health care worker. We heard from many nurses and the respective Health Care Association advocates about the need for this type of charge to be implemented.
Tuesday Judiciary Voting Session:
Bills Approved: HB-129, HB-443, HB-542, HB-777, HB-792, HB-857, HB-942,
Wednesday Judiciary Committee:
HB-1490 would place a prohibition on the right to refuse a chemical test of their breath or blood in cases of drunk or drugged driving for someone who has previously been detained for DWI who refuses a required test. It would place a $1000 fine and a one year jail sentence as potential penalties.
HB-565 would make it a crime to sell a vehicle in Baltimore City that would be illegal to operate in Baltimore City.
Bills Approved: HB-14, HB-489, HB-604, HB-889, HB-909, HB-952
Thursday Morning Session:
Third Reader Bill Link There were a few debated bills on Third Reader: HB-328 which provides for “crony capitalism” on behalf of many special breaks being provided for biotech firms. All businesses in Maryland need a break and giving it to a very narrow sector may encourage their growth and development at the expense of all others. HB-361 provides for some implementation language for Obama Care. It provides for the bureaucracy regarding implementation and funding. It is fraught with regulations and fees. HB-224 would relax the penalties
Thursday Judiciary Committee Hearings:
HB-1523 seeks to significantly restrict the collection and storage of DNA for evidentiary purposes. It would set provisions whereby samples could be collected and would establish the procedures for storage. As written, it would restrict law enforcement in many ways from retaining samples or from the collection of samples from convicted sex offenders.
Bills Approved Wednesday Night by Judiciary Committee: HB-396, HB-428, HB-478, HB-541, HB-631, HB-698, HB-854, HB-941, HB-985, HB-1263, HB-1281, HB-1382, HB-1394, HB-1396, HB-1408 B-1396 HB-H
Friday Morning Session:
Bills Approved on Third Reader Debated Bills: HB-1170 which channels state money in certain programs to “sustainable growth” and development and would deny money to communities who do not adopt the state standards for growth.
Saturday Morning Session:
Bills Approved on Third Reader
Saturday Evening Session:
Bills Approved on Third Reader Debated Bills: HB-863 which is the “Fair Share Act” for certain colleges and universities in Maryland. It would require that all of the employees become paying members of the State Teachers Union. Until this time this has been an option for the employees.
Prince George's County prosecutors announced Tuesday that Aaron Thomas has been indicted on six counts of first-degree rape and related charges.
Thomas, whom authorities have dubbed the "East Coast Rapist," was sentenced in Virginia this month to multiple life terms. He's been linked to attacks in Virginia, Maryland, Connecticut and Rhode Island.
At Tuesday evening’s final candidate forum before next Tuesday’s Salisbury city elections, there were few surprises; but there were a few. The biggest surprise was that the sponsors of the forum – the Salisbury Chamber of Commerce and SU’s Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement (PACE) – through their chosen moderator, Chamber ED Ernie Colburn, gave up all pretense of being honest brokers in this process. For starters, it became abundantly clear that SOME of the candidates had been provided the questions in advance of yesterday’s forum. Candidates were also permitted rebuttals on a SELECTIVE basis.
The first question posed by Colburn was to council candidates about creating a business-friendly environment for the city. After District 1 incumbent Shanie Shields read her answer from a prepared script, a stammering Colburn interjected that “No candidate had been provided the questions in advance”. District 2 challenger Jake Day also seemed to have his answers well prepared in advance. However, he was not as obvious as Shields.
After the first embarrassment, Colburn followed up by attempting to sandbag mayoral candidate Joe Albero. Colburn stated that Albero had called for the closing of the Salisbury Zoo. Albero was at ease when he corrected Colburn, “I’ve never said or written such a thing. My wife worked at the zoo and she would kill me if I ever said such a thing.” Albero has been a critic of the zoo in the past and has called on the zoo to be more financially self-sufficient. Our research was unable to find any instance where Albero called for the zoo to be closed.
TAG TEAMING CANDIDATES
One new approach in this debate was a “tag team” approach taken by Day and incumbent mayor Jim Ireton. Ireton never referred to Albero. In a weak attempt to tie Albero and Campbell together, he would say “my TWO opponent”, while pointing to both Albero and Campbell. Day attacked Albero directly by claiming that NO ONE has called for 500 affordable housing units to be built on existing downtown parking lots. Ireton’s downtown plan does call for 500 housing units. Speaking on the matter over the past two years he has called for some or all of those units to be “affordable” housing. Even while trying to call Albero out, Day equivocated; saying “I think” and “I’m pretty sure”.
WHAT’S WRONG WITH TRANSPARENCY?
When asked about the proposed business disclosure ordinance, all of the candidates except for Campbell and Albero expressed disapproval. Day’s response was the most interesting – if you had followed him on this issue during the campaign. At the first PACE forum he stated that this (business disclosure) was “unprecedented” and that no municipality in Maryland did this. As the public became aware that Day’s statement was untrue (the city of Frederick, Wicomico County, the state of Maryland, and others already have similar measures) he now tries to paint this measure as too broad and that the limits should be higher (Maryland only requires disclosure if you do $100,000 or more in business with the state). While Albero did not endorse the proposed legislation, he did state that “As an investor in this city, I don’t have a big problem in it”.
IRETON DEFENDS LOCKOUT, ALLIES PILE ON CAMPBELL
While Albero commented on the disclosure ordinance, he added that it was Ireton’s proposed “lockout ordinance” which people should be really concerned about. When asked directly about this proposal, every candidate except Ireton opposed the ordinance.
Ireton went on the offensive claiming that Albero was in favor of the Liquor Licensing Commissioner having the same power, but it was somehow different if the city had the same power. Albero correctly pointed out that the Liquor Licensing Commissioners already had the authority to suspend or revoke liquor licenses. Ireton’s proposal allows the city to shutter a business if they receive two police calls in a two year period.
While this proposal came from the administration, Day and Shields accused Campbell of “playing politics” with the ordinance.
WHEN IS $110,000 MORE THAN $87 MILLION
One interesting note was Day’s insistence that the current city attorney is costing the city more than his predecessor. This is true, although it is difficult to compare legal services from one year to another.
Campbell asked for rebuttal time (which had been given to everyone else during the forum, both before and after Campbell’s request). Colburn denied her request. When asked after the forum what she had wanted to say, Campbell pointed out that the former city attorney (who Day implies did a better job) cost the city $87 million by approving contracts on the failed waste water treatment plant while greatly limiting the liability of the contractors involved. Result – Salisbury rate payers will see their water and sewer rates skyrocket in the future because they are paying for the same plant TWICE.
CITY FOR SALE?
As stated in the lead, there were few surprises. Jim Ireton, to his credit, defended his record without flip-flopping. Ireton did continue to point fingers and argue that any problems with the city were the fault of council because “he doesn’t get a vote”. Mayoral challenger Joe Albero continued to call for a more business-friendly city that can improve its quality of life by helping to foster the creation of new jobs and expanding the city’s tax base.
The District 1 candidates all continued on the same paths they have advocated throughout the campaign. District 2 challenger Jake Day continued to call for subsidized residential development and a downtown-only focus on economic development.
The big surprise came from the usually mild District 2 incumbent Debbie Campbell. On the day of forum, a second mailing from a national real estate PAC hit voters mailboxes calling for them to vote for Jake Day. Holding up both mailings, Campbell asked why a national PAC would be interested in a city council race in a town the size of Salisbury.
I can only guess who might be spreading such a LIE. Nevertheless, let me make myself perfectly clear. I have absolutely NO intent to close the Salisbury Zoo.
As many of you know, my Wife worked at the Salisbury Zoo for 18 years and let me assure you, if I had even mentioned any such intent, she would have killed me.
Animals are one of the biggest things in our lives in the Albero Household. I personally have the greatest RESPECT for those people working at the Zoo. I understand what it must be like to be outside in 20 degree weather power washing a Bear pool. I respect Keepers who work day in and day out in 90 degree temperatures.
The Salisbury Zoo is an absolute GEM to Salisbury, Maryland. I may disagree with some choices they have made at the Zoo but I have never stated I would close the Zoo or harm them in any way, shape or form. My former disagreements were with the management and they are now gone.
So if ANYONE from the Zoo or anywhere else tells you Joe Albero is planning on closing the Zoo, tell them they are full of it and you now have it in writing.
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED 3-23-13
A retired Maryland appeals court judge has shot down the front foot benefit charges that the Sanitary Commission imposed for the sewer bypass line that was installed in Princess Anne several years ago. Judge Cathell objected to the entire cost of the line being imposed on just a few landowners but not the others who are benefitted by the line.
It looks like the Sanitary District may have to refund or forget the hundreds of thousands that it has imposed, and it may have to increase the rates it charges for service in order to raise the required funds to pay for the bypass project and its attorney’s fees.
Further details to follow.