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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

AP Twitter Hack Causes Panic On Wall Street And Sends Dow Plunging

Wall Street collided with social media on Tuesday, when a false tweet from a trusted news organization sent the US stock market into freefall.

The 143-point fall in the Dow Jones industrial average came after hackers sent a message from the Twitter feed of the Associated Press, saying the White House had been hit by two explosions and that Barack Obama was injured. The fake tweet, which was immediately corrected by Associated Press employees, caused a sensation on Twitter and in the stock market.

White House officials were unimpressed. An AP reporter apologized for the Twitter hacking at the start of the daily White House press briefing, saying the tweet had been deleted as soon as it was discovered. A stoney-faced Jay Carney, Obama's personal spokesman, thanked the reporter but did not look amused. "The president is fine. I was just with him," added Carney.



President Barack Obama stood outside the White House last week and lamented the defeat of the expanded background check bill in the Senate. He stood there, repeating over and over how 90 percent of all Americans wanted such a law and how it wouldn’t have infringed on the rights of a single American. He called the pro-gun lobby liars for calling it registration.

Mr. President, you are the liar!

Obama can say that the bill outlawed a registry, but to what effect? Congress passes and overrides laws all the time. He knows this. Anyone with a single course in civics knows this as well. To tout this as proof that there will never be a registry is disingenuous at best…and with this president, I don’t see the best.

You see, when a paper trail is put in place for every gun purchase, or even a huge majority of them, you have created a de facto registry. Oh, I understand that it’s held at the gun stores, but for how long? No one said that this bill created a registry, but we knew it would make a registry just that much easier.

President Obama argues that if 90 percent of Americans support expanded background checks, it should go through. However, that number is based on a single question that left the interpretation open to the person being polled. Some would think it just means expanding the process to make sure the mentally ill can’t purchase guns. For others, it’s complete registration. There’s a lot of wiggle in there.



Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano admitted Tuesday that a Saudi national once identified as a “person of interest” in the Boston Marathon bombings was put on a terror watchlist after the attack.

Last week, she refused to answer any questions about the Saudi, calling South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan’s inquiry “so full of misstatements and misapprehension that it’s just not worthy of an answer.”

But today, speaking at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration reform, Napolitano responded to a question posed by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).


Why The Western Banking Cartel's Gold And Silver Price Slam Will Backfire - And How You Can Protect Yourself From The Blowback

Currently it seems as if the disinformation about the reasons why gold and silver paper prices have fallen so quickly seem to outnumber the real reasons at least 10 to 1 in the mass media and though there have been some solid commentaries already regarding the real reasons why gold and silver paper prices have fallen (that have zero to do with the rubbish the mass media is selling the public), I feel that one can never have enough articles that try to disseminate the truth, especially when the truth is being bullied into submission by those with captive platforms from which to sell their fake agendas. Thus, in this article, I will discuss the truth about the current banker executed gold/silver raid and why it will ultimately FAIL.

I wish to summarize the facts regarding why this paper gold and silver slam happened, including some of the information I was sending to my clients last week as this slam happened in real time, the usual suspects that were behind it, and why this slam will eventually result in massive failure and massive consequent devaluation of fiat currencies anyway. The reason I have opened up this first paragraph by constantly referring to a PAPER gold and silver price slam instead of a PHYSICAL gold and silver price slam is because massive premiums exist on physical silver and significant premiums exist on physical gold over spot prices of gold and silver. For all intents and purposes, the spot price is equivalent to the fake banker engineered price that cavorts across the ticker on your television everyday. But go to a dealer and try to buy at that ticker price and you will discover that it is a delusional fake price that no dealer is willing to kindly grant you. Instead, when I checked prices on 1-troy ounce American Eagle coins on Apmex last week, there was a 5.8% premium on gold coins and when the spot silver price had fallen to $22.99 an ounce earlier in Asia last week, Apmex was still listing their 1-oz American Eagles at $29.01, a whopping 26.2% higher than the spot price. Only a complete buffoon of economics, like Paul Krugman and his zombie followers, would ever believe that the price of real silver was $22.99 at any point and time last week.


Help For Texas Town Pours In From Around The County

WASHINGTON - Firefighters from around the country are stepping up to help the families of the 10 firefighters killed in the massive fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas.

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation will provide both short and long-term resources for the families, says foundation Director Ron Siarnicki.

"We will help them deal with things like home repairs, and help them understand some of the elements of financial planning. Because often times, when a death occurs, the primary bread winner for the family is gone," Siarnicki says.


Totalitarian By Joel Poindexter

There's really no other word that would accurately describe the behavior of the many agencies that stormed through Boston and its suburbs this week. Thousands of State and local police, sheriff’s deputies, FBI SWAT employees, Homeland Security Shock Troops, and National Guard soldiers conducted a massive search – virtually none of it in compliance with the 4th Amendment – in search of a single teenager. They practically ordered an entire city "locked down" and were presumably prepared to begin arresting residents who refused to comply with what amounted to martial law.

Now, just for a moment consider what the effective lock down means. As Charles W. Johnson presented the situation on Facebook, lockdown is "from the vocabulary of prison wardens, referring to a condition in which inmates are temporarily completely restricted in their movements and confined to their cells, in order to allow prison guards to conduct searches or contain and control what the inmates are doing." He then asks these two questions: "If the police have the power to put a city 'on lockdown,' then what does that make the city? And what does it make the innocent people living in it?" Well, it would make the city a prisons and the residents would be inmates, naturally.

Now, had the search not ended as early as it did, one question that seems appropriate is, "what about the 3rd Amendment?" Perhaps the least-addressed of all the amendments in the bill of rights, it's no less relevant to the situation. While it refers specifically to soldiers, little distinction exists in light of these two photographs. The individual on the left is, according to the source, a member of the FBI, who helped in the search. The individual on the right is a soldier in Afghanistan. Note the similarities in the uniform, the equipment, and the weapons. Whatever legal differences exist between the military and civilian law enforcement are at this point irrelevant.


US Hospitals Send Hundreds Of Immigrants Back Home

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Days after they were badly hurt in a car accident, Jacinto Cruz and Jose Rodriguez-Saldana lay unconscious in an Iowa hospital while the American health care system weighed what to do with the two immigrants from Mexico.

The men had health insurance from jobs at one of the nation's largest pork producers. But neither had legal permission to live in the U.S., nor was it clear whether their insurance would pay for the long-term rehabilitation they needed.

So Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines took matters into its own hands: After consulting with the patients' families, it quietly loaded the two comatose men onto a private jet that flew them back to Mexico, effectively deporting them without consulting any court or federal agency.


Just Say No . . . To Cops

Few of us like to interact with cops – like scabies, they are best avoided entirely. But when do you have a choice – and when don’t you have a choice about interacting with a costumed enforcer? When are you legally required to identify yourself? To produce ID? Laws vary, state to state, but here are some general things to know:
* The (so-called) “consensual” interaction -

This generally applies to pedestrians and so on – people out in public, but not operating a motor vehicle.

A cop may – like anyone else – approach you at any time and ask you questions. He is not required to have “reasonable suspicion” a crime has been committed – much less “probable cause” suggesting that a crime has been committed.

Most people – because they have been taught to defer to people wearing state-issued costumes – will answer a cop’s questions, even though they would rather not – and probably would not have, if the person asking were just an ordinary citizen as opposed to a costumed enforcer. They feel pressured. Some will show their IDs, if asked – and even grant permission to let the cop rifle through their possessions.


2nd Child Of Pa. Couple Dies After Only Praying

A couple serving probation for the 2009 death of their toddler after they turned to prayer instead of a doctor could face new charges now that another son has died.

Herbert and Catherine Schaible belong to a fundamentalist Christian church that believes in faith healing. They lost their 8-month-old son, Brandon, last week after he suffered from diarrhea and breathing problems for at least a week, and stopped eating. Four years ago, another son died from bacterial pneumonia.

Prosecutors said Tuesday that a decision on charges will be made after they get the results of an autopsy.


Run To Remember Memorial Day 5K Scheduled For May 27

Inaugural Event to be held at Wicomico Youth & Civic Center

(Salisbury, MD)
The inaugural Run to Remember Memorial Day 5K will be held on Monday, May 27 at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center to honor those who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The 5K will begin at 8:15am and will be followed by the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at 10:00am.

Proceeds from the 5K will benefit the Wicomico War Veterans Memorial located in front of the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. The Memorial was erected in 2003 to honor Wicomico County citizens who paid the ultimate price while serving in the United States Army, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard, Marines and Merchant Marines beginning with World War I to present day.

Register for the 5K by Friday, May 10 to receive a commemorative race t-shirt. Entry fees for early registration are $20 per person and $15 for Military (must register in person and present Military ID). On-site registration will also be held the day of the race for $25 per person. Check-in begins at 7:00am and the race begins promptly at 8:15am, followed by the awards presentation at 9:00am. Participants are encouraged to stay for the Memorial Day Ceremony after the race.

Registration for the 5K is open now at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center Box Office (Monday-Friday, 8:00am-6:00pm) and online at

For further information contact Tammy Taylor at 410-548-4900 ext. 115 or

Some Charges Dropped Against Abortion Doctor

It took the prosecution five weeks to present their case against West Philly abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell and it took defense attorney Jack McMahon a couple of hours to knock a big hole through a critical part of their argument.

Three first-degree murder charges were dropped against Gosnell after McMahon argued that "there is not one piece...of objective, scientific evidence that anyone was born alive" at Gosnell's clinic.

Prosecutors have argued that the babies were viable and that Gosnell and his staff cut them in the back of the neck to kill them.



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Ravens’ Flacco Works To Help OC Accident Victim’s Memorial Fund

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco spent much of last Friday afternoon working behind the counter of a Baltimore area Dairy Queen to raise $25,000 for a memorial fund on behalf of a pedestrian killed by a drunk driver in Ocean City last Memorial Day weekend.

Flacco was looking to raise money for a memorial fund in the name of Matthew Jude Cheswick, a 2008 Glenelg High School graduate and Towson University student who was struck and killed by a drunk driver on Coastal Highway on May 28, 2012. Flacco spent Friday afternoon working at the Dairy Queen in Rosedale and teamed up with DQ to raise and donate $25,000 to the Matthew Cheswick Memorial Fund.

The money raised by the fund will be used in numerous ways including scholarships for Glenelg High students who best exemplify Cheswick’s spirit and to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving. A portion of the funds raised will also be used for a memorial bench in Cheswick’s name on the Boardwalk in Ocean City.


Most & Least Taxing States 2013: How Taxing Is Your State?

How Taxing Is Your State?
In the wake of the 2012 election, there are 35 state governments where a single party fully controls both the executive and legislative branches. That means taxpayers can expect volatility as Republicans and Democrats seek to make their mark on state tax codes, says Steven Roll, a state tax analyst with Bloomberg BNA.
Is your state one of 14 that taxes Social Security income? Or are you in one of only two states to levy both an estate tax and inheritance tax? See how your state stacks up on income tax, sales tax, property tax, estate tax, inheritance tax and more.* Methodology details are on the final slide.

*If no tax on income, sales, estates or inheritance is noted on a slide, it is not levied in that state.



Exclusive: David Kupelian reveals record fear, stress, suicide – and inspired way out
Terrorism. Chaos. Fear of the future. In the age of Obama, America is undergoing a “fundamental transformation” – that much everyone knows.

But what few seem to realize about this transformation is that the sheer stress of living in today’s America is driving tens of millions to the point of illness, depression and self-destruction. Consider the following trends:

University of Maryland Makes Connections Abroad

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- The University of Maryland has signed a new agreement that establishes the school's first formal reciprocal student exchange program with the University of Jordan.

The agreement was signed on Monday during a visit to Jordan by Gov. Martin O'Malley and University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh.

Officials say that Maryland is the second largest U.S. import market by volume for Jordan, and that Jordan is the 63rd largest export market for Maryland.



ANNAPOLIS, MD – As part of a weeklong economic development mission to Israel and Jordan, Governor Martin O’Malley traveled to Amman, Jordan to meet with the Regent, HRH Prince Faisal bin Al-Hussein. The mission marks the Governor’s first to Jordan, where he hopes to open new avenues for trade and investment. Following the meeting, the Governor toured Amman – Jordan’s capital and largest city – then met with the U.S. Charge d'Affaires in Jordan Stephanie Williams, who hosted a reception where the Governor addressed Jordanian business leaders. 

“We see great potential to strengthen our export relationship with Jordan, and also promote Maryland as the gateway to U.S. markets for Jordanian businesses,” said Governor O’Malley. “It was an honor to meet with the Regent, who, along with King Abdullah II, understands the importance of reaching across borders to explore new trade and investment opportunities that will benefit not just Maryland and Jordan, but the global economy.”

“We welcome the visit of Governor O'Malley and his delegation from the state of Maryland,” said U.S. Charge d’Affaires in Jordan Stephanie Williams. “We look forward to exploring the opportunities presented by this visit to identify future business and academic ties between the United States and Jordan.”

During the reception, Governor O’Malley joined University of Maryland (UMD) President Wallace D. Loh in announcing that the university today signed an historic agreement with the University of Jordan. The agreement establishes UMD’s first formal reciprocal student exchange program with Jordan’s oldest and largest university, and is among College Park’s first such accords in the Middle East.

“Opening doors and establishing connections with outstanding academic partners like the University of Jordan quickly benefit our educational and research efforts,” said President Loh. “Student exchanges pack indelible lessons into a few months, and presage even deeper collaborations. Throughout this trip we are discovering how our maturing international networks increase our impact and effectiveness for the State of Maryland.”

Maryland is continuing to grow its business and economic relationship with Jordan. While Maryland is the second largest U.S. import market by volume for Jordan, Jordan is 63rd largest export market for Maryland. In 2012, Maryland exports to Jordan totaled $17 million, with vehicles, used or second hand merchandise and machinery and chemicals as the top exports.

In addition to being a large import market for Jordan, Maryland is also home to the Governor’s Commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs, which Governor O’Malley created in 2007 to effectively address the concerns of the Middle Eastern American community. Maryland also has the Middle East American Chamber of Commerce (MACC), which helps to bring together entrepreneurs and professionals from the Middle East. Their objectives are to create jobs in Maryland, advocate for small businesses in Maryland, improve the relationship between Maryland and Middle-East countries, maintain communication about opportunities and legislation on a regular basis, and create opportunities to empower Middle East American businesses and professionals.

The O’Malley-Brown Administration has taken significant steps to ramp up the State’s international outreach. In 2011, the Governor led two historic economic development missions – one to China, South Korea and Vietnam and one to India – that netted a combined $145 million in trade and investment deals for the State and the companies that were part of the delegation. Subsequently, several delegations from those countries have visited Maryland in recent months, resulting in additional partnerships and deals for Maryland companies. 

Juveniles Charged For Making 'Soda Bottle Bombs'

Deputy State Fire Marshals say they have charged three juveniles with making and detonating chemical reaction devices, 'soda bottle bombs,' on a school's property.

The two thirteen-year-olds and one twelve-year-old were all charged with six counts of manufacture, possession and use of a destructive device. They were also charged with six counts of reckless endangerment.

According to an investigation conducted by the Office of the State Fire Marshal and the Bel Air Police Department, the boys made and detonated the devices at Harford Day School located at 715 Moores Mill Road in Bel Air around 5:00 p.m. last Friday. 


West Texas Explosion

Nearly 70 federal and state investigators are in west Texas trying to determine what caused a fertilizer plant to explode there last week. Robert champion, the ATF special agent in charge of the Dallas field office, said it will be a slow process. The blast left a large crater in the small town. Experts will enter it within the next few days and start digging. So far, they do not suspect anyone set off the explosion on purpose. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board postponed a meeting in Washington this week to send staff to the small Texas town.


WILMINGTON, DE – The Delaware State Police and United States Marshals announce the arrest of a suspect wanted on a two-count indictment charging him with murder and possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony. 

Miguel H. Aramiz was arrested Wednesday in Tenancingo, Mexico, by agents from the Policia Federal Ministerial, based upon the issuance of a Provisional Arrest Warrant which seeks his extradition to the United States. 

Aramiz, 34, had been sought since March 2006 for his alleged involvement in the beating death of another man at a crowded carnival in the Canby Park Shopping Center. Aramiz was indicted on charges that he and others chased the victim through a crowded carnival and then beat the victim with a baseball bat in open view of carnival patrons. 

During the seven-year manhunt, leads were developed and investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service and the Delaware State Police. Aramiz had also been featured in a gang segment of “America’s Most Wanted” in early spring 2010. 

“The arrest of Aramiz is a result of the coordinated investigative efforts of the U.S. Marshals and Delaware Troopers.” said Sergeant Paul G. Shavack, Director of Public Information for the Delaware State Police, “These cooperative efforts ensure that fugitives who choose to leave Delaware and United States to avoid prosecution, will be located and brought to justice.”

Allan Arbus, Acerbic Psychiatrist on ‘M*A*S*H,’ Dies at 95

Allan Arbus , who left the successful fashion photography business he and his wife, Diane , built to become an actor, most memorably playing the caustic psychiatrist Maj. Sidney Freedman on the hit television series “M*A*S*H ,” died on Friday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 95.

Amy Arbus, his daughter, confirmed his death.

Mr. Arbus appeared in films like “Coffy” and “Crossroads” and was a TV regular during the 1970s and ’80s, appearing on “Taxi,” “Starsky & Hutch,” “Matlock” and other shows. But his best-known role was Major Freedman, the liberal psychiatrist who appeared in a dozen episodes of “M*A*S*H.” He treated wounds of the psyche much as Capt. Hawkeye Pierce treated surgery patients: with a never-ending string of zingers.


Supreme Court Won’t Stop Judges From Getting Raises

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court won’t stop some federal judges from getting cost-of-living increases promised to them by Congress but never paid, a move that could end up increasing the salaries of all federal judges.

The high court on Monday refused to hear an appeal of a decision ordering the money to six federal judges. Congress in 1989 limited federal judges’ ability to earn money outside of their job, giving them instead automatic cost-of-living increases. But Congress withheld those cost-of-living increases in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2007 and 2010, while giving other federal employees their promised increases.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in October ordered Congress to pay the six federal judges who sued for back pay, saying the Constitution ordered that compensation for federal judges “shall not be diminished during their continuance in office.”



Paul Kevin Curtis, who was charged with sending ricin-laced letters to President Obama and other officials, has been released, the Associated Press reports. Sources earlier told Fox News that the FBI was investigating whether Curtis was framed.
From Fox News

The Decline Of Self-Employment and Small Business

Self-employment and small business are two sides of a single economic coin: financial independence. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) counts two types of self-employed, the unincorporated and the incorporated. The unincorporated may have employees, but typically do not, i.e. they are sole proprietors. The incorporated have employees, starting with the owner, as the BLS counts the incorporated self-employed as employees of their own corporation.

I know that's confusing, but it's important to separate the sole proprietors from those "self-employed" incorporated businesses that have employees: law firms, doctors' offices, accountants, etc.

When we speak of "small business," we're referring in large part to the incorporated self-employed: people who establish corporations as the legal structure for their enterprise.

Nothing is simple when it comes to parsing all the data, of course, but the BLS has a paper that explains the basic categories: Self-employment in the United States (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

The BLS attributes the decline in unincorporated self-employment from 1950 to 1970 to the consolidation of agriculture. As agriculture became more mechanized, small farms were no longer viable and farming required less labor. As a result, many self-employed farmers and laborers became employees or moved to other sectors.

The trajectory of self-employment from 1970 to the mid-2000s tracked general economic growth, which was weak in the 1970s but began a 30-year boom in the early 1980s.Things changed in the recession, as the self-employed ranks have lost 1.6 million from the peak in 2007. The number of self-employed has fallen to early 1980s levels: (All FRED charts courtesy of frequent contributor B.C.)

New Plan To Expedite Disability Claims For Veterans

The Veterans Affairs Department announced a new plan to expedite disability claims from the veterans who have waited the longest. VA says it is making provisional decisions on claims that are at least a year old. It will use the evidence at hand. The agency is responding to criticism about the soaring number of claims that have been pending for longer than 125 days. The VA said that of the nearly 900,000 claims pending in the system, some 250,000 are from veterans who have been waiting at least a year for a decision.

Drug Testing For Benefits Bill Passes NC Senate

RALEIGH, N.C. — Applications for the welfare program known as WorkFirst would need to pass a drug test before enrolling in the program under a bill that passed the state Senate Monday night.

The measure, which passed 35-15, now goes to the House.

There are currently 21,124 people in North Carolina enrolled in WorkFirst, a program that provides cash payments to people looking for jobs. It is targeted to the parents of young children.

"Every kid in North Carolina deserves to live in a drug-free home," said Sen. Jim Davis, R-Macon, the bill's sponsor. 


Few Delays

Commercial airline flights mostly moved without delays Sunday, the first day of furloughs for federal air traffic controllers. However, the tracking website FlightAware reported 70-minute delays at New York area airports because of staff reductions. The FAA said flights headed into Los Angeles were delayed an average of three hours. This morning will be more telling as weekday air traffic picks up.

Maryland Government Properties Won't Pay 'Rain Tax'

Montgomery County businesses and nonprofits will have to pay as much as $14,000 per year to help clean up the Chesapeake Bay starting July 1, but the county and state won't have to pay the fee on their government buildings, which account for millions of square feet.

The Water Quality Protection Charge -- decried as a "rain tax" by opponents -- will be charged to property owners based on how much of their property consists of impervious materials like concrete or pavement that rain can't pass through. Residential property owners have paid it since the state General Assembly passed a law in 2012 to put Maryland in compliance with an Environmental Protection Agency mandate. Montgomery County voted last week to extend the fee to nonresidential properties -- except for government buildings.

"There's a historical exemption for state bodies and local jurisdictions because of separation of powers," said Samantha Kappalman, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Department of the Environment.


Nicaragua Nabs US Most-Wanted Child Porn Suspect

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) -- Police in Nicaragua have detained a former U.S. school teacher who was on the FBI's 10 most-wanted fugitives as a suspect in a child pornography investigation, authorities confirmed Monday.

Eric Justin Toth was detained Saturday in Esteli, a city near Nicaragua's border with Honduras, and will be immediately deported to the United States, said National Police chief Aminta Granera.

"Toth will be deported immediately because he was in our country illegally," Granera said at a news conference in Managua, the capital.


Probation For Former Miss Delaware Teen USA

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) -- A young woman who resigned as Miss Delaware Teen USA after an online porn video surfaced was given a year of probation Monday for underage alcohol possession in Maryland.

Melissa King, 19, appeared in Worcester County District Court in Ocean City on citations for the alcohol violation and a separate theft charge. King was cited in August after police found a bottle of rum in her father's truck, which she was driving home from work. Two months earlier, King was cited on a charge of stealing money from a city bus fare box, but prosecutors dropped that charge Monday because of doubts about their case.

King resigned her pageant title in February after the online sex video surfaced, but denied appearing in the video.


Snow Hill Update

DATE: April 23, 2013 

CBI Case # 13-0100

LOCATION: Snow Hill Police Department, Snow Hill, Worcester County, Maryland

CHARGES: Wanted : Warrant for Escape
ACCUSED: Jessey Dean Dudley

On April 22, 2013 at 11:00 P.M. Jessey Dean Dudley turned himself into the Snow Hill Police Department and was arrested on the warrant for Escape. He is currently being held at the Worcester County Detention Center awaiting extradition back to Delaware. 

There will be additional charges brought against him for resisting arrest and assault on the police officer that attempted to arrest him.

Arrestee Shot As He Tries To Escape Police Custody

State Police are investigating after an arrestee was able to escape Baltimore City Police custody Monday morning.

Authorities say the arrestee was being brought into Central Booking in Baltimore around 11 a.m. when he managed to either escape the police wagon or run off as he was outside the wagon.

Mark Vernarelli with the Department of Public Safety and Corrections tells WBAL Radio the arrestee then took off towards the Eager Street gate and he was shot by a corrections officer guarding that area of the complex.


Lost Keys

I lost a set of keys while at the Pork in the Park this past weekend. If found please call 443-497-3028.

US Failing Again: Never Ending Downturn

Jobs, factory data point to slowing economy ... Economic data for January and February suggested that growth accelerated in the first quarter after activity almost stalled in the final three months of 2012. But in a replay of the prior two years, the economy appeared to have hit a speed bump at the end of the quarter, with data ranging from employment to retail sales and manufacturing weakening significantly in March. – Reuters

Dominant Social Theme: The US is getting better all the time.

Free-Market Analysis: Keynesianism doesn't work.

Printing oodles of debt money does not inflate the real economy but merely further distorts it.
While the above excerpt was posted in February, things have not improved in the US since then. As NBC recently reported, "For the third year in a row, the nation's economic recovery has hit a springtime soft spot ... Reflecting that weakness, only 1 in 4 Americans now expects his or her own financial situation to improve over the next year, a newAssociated Press-GfK poll shows."


Weekend Inlet Lot Rates Heading Up; New Paid Parking Areas Identified

OCEAN CITY – During a budget wrap-up session last Friday, discussion over alternative revenues continued with the City Council voting to install new paid parking downtown and on 49th, 131st and 146th streets as well as increasing the weekend rate for the Inlet Parking Lot.

A couple of weeks ago, City Engineer Terry McGean went through the different areas of town that are potential to install Cale machines, or paid parking, to offer alternative revenues in attempts to close the budget gap.

To develop a clearer picture, McGean returned on Friday breaking down the potential streets to begin paid parking. He began with the west side of Philadelphia Ave. from South 1st Street to North Division St., which totals 55 spaces and $35,000 in estimated new revenue. The east side of Philadelphia Ave. in this area was metered a few years back, but the council at that time decided to leave the west side free for downtown employees.


Congress Exploits Our Fears To Take Our Liberty

This week, as Americans were horrified by the attacks in Boston, both houses of Congress considered legislation undermining our liberty in the name of "safety." Gun control continued to be the focus of the Senate, where an amendment expanding federal "background checks" to gun show sales and other private transfers dominated the debate. While the background check amendment failed to pass, proponents of gun control have made it clear they will continue their efforts to enact new restrictions on gun ownership into law.

While it did not receive nearly as much attention as the debate on gun control, the House of Representatives passed legislation with significant implications for individual liberty: the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). CISPA proponents claim that the legislation is necessary to protect Americans from foreign "cyber terrorists," but the real effect of this bill will be to further erode Americans' online privacy.

Under CISPA, Internet corporations are authorized to hand over the private information of American citizens to federal agents, as long as they can justify the violation of your privacy in the name of protecting "cyber security." Among the items that may be shared are your e-mails, browsing history, and online transactions.



Maryland Ringleader and Brothel Operator Convicted of Sex Trafficking Charges

A Maryland brothel ringleader and operator were convicted by a federal jury earlier today on sex trafficking charges following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Annapolis Police Department and the Easton Police Department.

A federal jury convicted German de Jesus Ventura, 35, a citizen of El Salvador unlawfully in the country residing in Capitol Heights, Md. of conspiring to transport and entice females to travel interstate for prostitution; transporting females for prostitution; enticing females to travel interstate for prostitution; sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion and possessing a gun in furtherance of sex trafficking. The jury also convicted co-defendant Kevin Garcia Fuertes, aka Kerlin Esquivel-Feuntes, 25, a citizen of Honduras unlawfully in the country residing in Annapolis, Md. and Richmond, Va., of the conspiracy and sex trafficking charges.


Caption This Photo 4-23-13


For those who haven't heard, Washington State just passed both laws - gay marriage and legalized marijuana.

The fact that gay marriage and marijuana were legalized on the same day makes perfect biblical sense because
Leviticus 20:13 says, "If a man lies with another man they should be stoned."

We just hadn't interpreted it correctly before!