Saturday, June 22, 2013

Zimmerman Judge: No Testimony On 911 Call Screams

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) -- The judge in the murder trial of George Zimmerman said Saturday that prosecution audio experts who point to Trayvon Martin as screaming on a 911 call moments before he was killed won't be allowed to testify at trial.

The screams are crucial pieces of evidence because they could determine who the aggressor was in the confrontation before Zimmerman fatally shot the unarmed teenager. Martin's family contends it was the teen screaming, while Zimmerman's father has said it was his son.

Judge Debra Nelson ruled that the methods used by the experts aren't reliable. But her ruling doesn't prevent the 911 calls from being played at trial.

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PIN DROP

JFK'S Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60's when
DeGaulle decided to pull out of NATO. DeGaulle said he wanted all US
Military out of France as soon as possible.

Rusk responded, "Does that include those who are buried here?"

DeGaulle Did not respond.

You Could have heard a pin drop.

When in England, At a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the
Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of
'empire building' by George Bush.

He answered by saying,

"Over the years, the United States has sent many of
Its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom
Beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for
In return is enough to bury those that did not
Return."

You Could have heard a pin drop.

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There was a conference in France

Where a number of international engineers
Were taking part, including French and American. During a break,
One of the French engineers came back into the room saying, "Have you
Heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft
Carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does he
Intend to do, bomb them?"

A Boeing engineer Stood up and replied quietly: "Our carriers have three
Hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they are
Nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power to
Shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity to
Feed 3,000 people three meals a day, they can produce several thousand
Gallons of fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry half a
Dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to and
From their flight deck. We have eleven such ships;

How many does France have?"

You Could have heard a pin drop.

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A U.S. Navy Admiral Was attending a naval conference that included
Admirals from the U.S., English, Canadian, Australian and French
Navies At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large
Group of officers that included personnel from most of those countries.
Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a
French admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many
Languages, Americans learn only English. He then asked, "Why is it that
We always have to speak English in these conferences rather than
Speaking French?"

Without hesitating, The American Admiral replied, "Maybe it's because the
Brit's, Canadians, Aussie's and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't
Have to speak German."

You Could have heard a pin drop.

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AND THIS STORY FITS RIGHT IN WITH THE ABOVE...

Robert Whiting,

An elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane.

At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport

In his carry on.

"You Have been to France before, monsieur?" the customs officer asked
Sarcastically.

Mr. Whiting Admitted that he had been to France Previously.

"Then You should know enough to have your passport ready."

The American said, "The last time I was here, I didn't have to show it."

"Impossible..Americans always have to show their passports on arrival in France !"

The American senior Gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he
Quietly explained, ''Well, when I came ashore at OmahaBeach on D-Day in
1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn't find a single Frenchmen
To show a passport to."

You Could have heard a pin drop.

NEW BLACK PANTHER LEADER WITH ‘KILL WHITEY’ FACE TATTOO BUSTED ON GUN CHARGE

A New Black Panther Party leader with the words “kill whitey” tattooed on his face has been busted for allegedly carrying a loaded and unlicensed gun, according to the New York Post.

Maruse Heath, also known as “King Salim Shabazz,” the head of the New Black Panther Party Philadelphia chapter, was arrested in New York City Thursday night after police spotted him allegedly wearing a large ballistic vest. Officers then allegedly found the .25-caliber gun.

Heath, 41, had been leaving a New Black Panther Party planning meeting, the Post reported. A source told the newspaper his first phone call in custody was to New Black Panther Party national leader Malik Zulu Shabazz.

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Ray Stevens - Come To The USA

Four-Wheeled Scooter Pushes Limits Of Law With City And State

In keeping with the resort’s continuing demand for scooters and scooter-based vehicles, a local sports shop appeared before the City Council this week to push for the town’s approval of a new four-wheeled “Scoot Coupe Buggy” – even going so far as to offer test rides in the City Hall parking lot.

But town leaders say the go-ahead for the vehicle is not up to them, and the scooter will remain un-rented for the time being.

Waterways Marina owner Ron Croker told officials Monday night that the vehicle was designed to increase safety for recreational renters who may not be used to driving on two wheels.

“They’re much more familiar to someone who drives a car than are two- or three-wheeled vehicles,” Croker said. “The learning curve is pretty much zero.”

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John Mccain Exposed By Vietnam Vets And Pow's

PAWN STARS’ RICK HARRISON ALLEGES SHOCKING MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE IN SPEAKING OUT AGAINST BIG GOVERNMENT

Rick Harrison, star of the History Channel’s hit series “Pawn Stars,” spoke out against big government on the Glenn Beck radio program Friday using some shocking examples from his own life.

After discussing the $400,000 it would’ve cost to tear down a wall in his building to be in compliance with government regulations, Harrison spoke about a close family member who had something “really bad” happen to her.

The man involved, whom Harrison identified as Richard Burditt, was charged with forcible sexual abusefour years ago and has pleaded guilty.

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CORKER AMENDMENT PERMANENTLY OFFERS CITIZENSHIP TO THOSE OVERSTAYING THEIR VISAS

Just as public anxiety about the weak border security provisions in the Senate immigration bill was building, GOP Sen. Bob Corker stepped forward with an amendment to "fix" the problem. The result of his efforts, however, has been a "Christmas tree" measure, covering items far beyond border security. Breitbart News has learned exclusively that one provision of Corker's amendment will allow workers who stay in the country past their visa will remain on the "path to citizenship."

Even in the future, breaking the law won't stop progress on what VP Joe Biden calls the "unfettered path" to citizenship.

The Corker Amendment ostensibly addresses measures to beef up border security. It, however, is also likely to be the last amendment considered on the immigration bill. As such, it has become a 1,000+ page amendment to supplant the current proposal and provide multiple new provisions. It has become the vehicle for ObamaCare 2.0.

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Harbour League Event Special OPS In The U.S.

THE HARBOUR LEAGUE
Cordially Invites You to
The Last Line

Join The Harbour League as we host Lt. Col. Anthony (Tony) Shaffer (ret.) to discuss Special OPS in the U.S.
Since 2005 Lt. Col. Shaffer has been a controversial figure for some political circles and a resource to others.
His first book, Operation Dark Heart, was a New York Times best seller and caused much angst with-in the Department of Defense. The book was based upon a diary he kept while in Afghanistan and covered triumphs as well as mistakes committed by our military brass. DOD tried to censure the book even after first approving its publication. It bought all 9500 copies in the first printing and had them destroyed. This made front page headlines in The New York Times at the time. The redacted version became an immediate best seller.

During his military career, Shaffer was a real life “Jack Bauer” assuming more than 40 different aliases while serving his time in the field. In addition to serving two combat tours in Afghanistan, he has been deployed to Thailand, Germany and New Zealand and provided special support to Army Intelligence during Desert Storm/Desert Shield. He has been interviewed on numerous television and radio shows and is frequently brought in as a military analyst to provide his opinions and experience to current situations. Col. Shaffer currently serves as the Director of External Communication of the Center for Advanced Defense Studies (CADS) and is a consultant.
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THURSDAY, JUNE 27 AT 7:30 – 9:00PM THE BWI HILTON 1739 WEST NURSERY ROAD LINTHICUM HEIGHTS, MARYLAND 21090
RSVP online at www.TheHarbourLeague.org | or call (202) 810-4845
The cost for the presentation is $10. To order a signed copy of Tony Shaffer’s book, The Last Line, the cost is $25 prior to the event and will include 1 reservation for the presentation.

GOP Lawmaker Proposes Lerner Rule

The bill would require federal workers to be fired if they don't answer questions from Congress.

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) on Thursday proposed legislation that would require federal workers to be fired if they don't answer questions from Congress.

The bill is a reaction to Lois Lerner, the IRS official who refused to answer questions about the IRS's targeting of conservative groups during a congressional hearing last month. Lerner told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, "I have not done anything wrong," then invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination on the advice of her lawyers.

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Very Interesting Information

Revealed: Shocking list of popular foods and drinks readily available in U.S. grocery stores that are BANNED in other countries because their chemicals are deemed 'dangerous'

  • In Singapore, you can get sentenced to 15 years in prison and a $500,000 fine for using a chemical in food products that's common in frozen dinners
  • Mtn Dew and products used to keep carpets from catching on fire are made from the same chemical
  • A chemical found in Chex Mix is known to cause cancer in rats

Man Proposes Using 8,000 Post-it Notes

A Denver man put every other guy to shame recently, proposing to his girlfriend using 8,000 Post-it Notes.

Brett Beutler of Littleton wrote "I love you" on each of the little three-by-three-inch squares of paper and wallpapered them to the wall of girlfriend Megan Loosli's front room, Denver TV station KUSA reported.

He then spelled out "Will you marry me?" by pasting brightly-colored sticky notes over the top.
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Another Month, And Job Losses Continue For Maryland Families

Maryland lost 5,700 jobs in May according to the latest available numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Maryland(-.2%) also saw the highest jump in its unemployment rate in the mid-Atlantic region from 6.5% to 6.7%.

"Every month in Maryland is like Groundhog's Day - over and over again we hear this administration talk about jobs, yet more times than not, Maryland families wake up to learn once again our state has lost jobs," said Larry Hogan. "Career politicians think that if they say something enough times, it will eventually become true. And while the O'Malley / Brown administration likes to talk about jobs, the cold harsh reality is that 5,700 hard working Marylanders lost their job last month."

More Hogan: "The time for results is long overdue and the O'Malley / Brown administration has no more excuses left. They have been at the helm of our state's economy for seven years, there is no one else to blame for these job losses. The need for real change in Maryland has never been more clear."

Nationwide, the employment rates in 25 states jumped in May while 17 states saw their unemployment rates increase. Only Louisiana(-.4%) and Tennessee (-.3%) experienced higher increases in their unemployment rates for May.

You can find the complete data at: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/laus.t03.htm

It's Raining Taxes!

July 1 brings the New Rain Tax! 
Unfair, Uncertain, Unnecessary, Unwarranted, UGLY!

Those are just a few words that describe the new Stormwater Management fee - better known as the Rain Tax.  If you don't know how much your bill is, you're not alone.  The Rain Tax will appear on our property tax bills due out in July.
How Did We Get Here?

In 2012, HB 987 passed in Annapolis requiring the 9 most populated counties plus Baltimore City to charge property owners a stormwater utility fee by July 1, 2013.  Stormwater is rain.
Arguments were made in the House of Delegates and the Senate to amend and even kill the bill.  The measure passed largely along Party lines.  I VOTED NO.
Environmental groups and the Leadership in Annapolis pushed this new tax through.  They claimed that the EPA requirement mandated a new tax.  However, Virginia sued the EPA and prevailed - proving in court that the EPA does not have jurisdiction to impose taxes and fees on states.  The O'Malley/Brown team did not join in that lawsuit, but rather worked to pass yet another tax in Annapolis.  And our Attorney General, Doug Gansler, did not fight for us either.

One more reason for Maryland businesses (i.e. jobs) - that will get hit with a huge Rain Tax bill - to leave and move to Virginia.  Commercial properties, including some churches, shelters, soup kitchens, and animal shelters, will get taxed thousands and thousands of dollars per year in Maryland beginning July 1, 2013. 

How will businesses pay for this new Rain Tax?  They will pass it on to consumers.  Gas tax, rain tax, sales tax, increased tolls, new fees, increased fees - it's a steady drumbeat from the liberal leadership in Annapolis that hurts working families and senior citizens on a fixed income.  
Unfair and Uncertain

If you live in one of the 10 counties identified in the law: Anne Arundel, Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Carroll, Charles, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Prince Georges, you will be charged a Stormwater Management Fee - or Rain Tax.  Each county and the city are mandated by the law passed (HB 987) to set up a fee structure.  Each of the 10 jurisdictions is taxing at different rates.  10 counties + 10 different rates = mass confusion.

If you live in one of the other 14 counties that have not been required to charge a Rain Tax, you will not see a bill this year.  However, it's certainly possible for them to tax you next year.  After all, most of those counties do impact the Bay too and the rain falls across our state not just in 10 counties.
What Is My Rain Tax?

Frederick Co has the best solution - charging only 1 penny!  Residential, commercial, agriculture, non-profit, - all pay 1 penny per year!  Blaine Young and the other Frederick Co Commissioners are showing good leadership by protecting citizens and taxpayers.

Baltimore Co Rain Tax - $39 single family, $21 attached home, commercial varies by impervious surface and could be tens of thousands of dollars, non-profits and churches will get a discount from the commercial rate but will still have a significant bill.  Not all the property Rain Taxes are finished yet.

Harford Co Rain Tax - $12.50 single family going up to $125 next year.  Commercial varies by impervious surface.  Property owners can get up to a 100% credit on this tax for remediation on their property.  Harford County has a great explanation on their website about this tax  - Click Here to Read About Rain Tax The full tax will phase in over 10 years, this is just year one.

Baltimore City Rain Tax - still finalizing their plan.  $48- $144 per residence, commercial is HUGE, highest in the state and non-profits and churches are still negotiating their rates.

Anne Arundel Rain Tax - $85 residential house, non-profits and churches $1 per year, commercial is huge and threatens to put some business under.  The full tax will phase in over 3 years, this is just year one.

Montgomery - already is charging most of their citizens a rain tax! 

Howard Co Rain Tax - $18 million per year will be generated!  All properties are charged differently, about $75 year per residential house.  Commercial and agriculture are high, and non-profits and churches have to pay too.  Howard Co has a good website and property owners can estimate their Rain Taxes too - Click Here to Find Your Howard Co Property

Charles, Prince Georges, and Carroll Counties have not finalized their Rain Tax structures yet.

Except Frederick County, residential rates are different than commercial, non-profit and agriculture.  Some counties charge less for townhouses than single family homes and others do not.  Those properties with large parking lots - like malls and churches - will be hit the hardest.  Anne Arundel County did the right thing and is protecting churches and non-profits by only charging $1 annually.  Your church, like mine, probably has a large parking lot.  That bill will be VERY high.  Please warn your pastors, as they may not be aware that this tax is on the horizon.
Unnecessary & Unwarranted

Usually, before a tax or fee is passed or raised, there are identified problems and SOLUTIONS.  There are NO shovel ready projects in any counties!  That's right - we will pay a Rain Tax in the 10 chosen counties, and government bureaucrats will find or create projects to spend our hard earned money!

Ugly

The non-partisan Department of Legislative Services estimates that the Rain Tax will cost local governments $482 million each year through 2025.  

To put salt in the wound, the EPA is using bad data to formulate their Chesapeake Bay cleanup goals!  The EPA admits they've known about this for more than a year.  Click Here to Read Article

We all want a clean Chesapeake Bay.  Yet the EPA and the State of Maryland are ignoring the Conowingo Dam - which is a major problem and filled with pollution from Pennsylvania and New York.  
Thanks for your continued support and prayers.  I will keep you updated on this important issue as more information is made available.

As always, do not hesitate to call me if I can be of assistance to you and your family.
Kathy
Delegate Kathy Szeliga
Minority Whip
Maryland House of Delegates

Some Immigrants Excluded From Health Care Overhaul

PHOENIX — President Barack Obama has championed two sweeping policy changes that could transform how people live in the United States: affordable health care for all and a path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants illegally in the country.

But many immigrants will have to wait more than a decade to qualify for health care benefits under the proposed immigration overhaul being debated by Congress, ensuring a huge swath of people will remain uninsured as the centerpiece of Obama’s health care law launches next year.

Lawmakers pushing the immigration bill said adding more recipients to an already costly benefit would make it unaffordable.

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CHARGES REPORTEDLY FILED AGAINST NSA SECRETS LEAKER

Federal prosecutors reportedly have filed charges against NSA secrets leaker Edward Snowden and asked Hong Kong to detain him.

OC Needs International Workers, Committee Tells State Dept.

Ocean City’s long involvement with international students could influence legislators considering an exemption in the Senate Immigration Bill that would ensure international students could continue to come to the resort and elsewhere in this country for short-term employment.

The international students, participants in the State Department’s Exchange Visitor Program, pay fees to sponsor organizations for placement and related services to be able to work for three months and travel on their J-1 visas for one month before returning to their home countries.

Many businesses need the international workers and would find it difficult, if not impossible, to continue without them. Because the need for them is so great and because Ocean City is considered a model for the program because of the involvement of so many citizens who work to enhance the students’ experiences, the Department of State asked the resort’s Seasonal Workforce Committee for information about the need to continue the program.

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Congressman Harris Honors Maryland Small Businesses During 50th Annual National Small Business Week

The Backbone of the American Economy Deserves Recognition

WASHINGTON, D.C.
– This week marked the 50th Annual National Small Business week – a time to celebrate the contributions of small business to the American economy. To recognize the efforts of small businesses in Maryland’s First Congressional District, Congressman Harris is creating an “Entrepreneur Certificate” that will be presented to businesses that are making positive contributions to their community. Throughout the week, Congressman Harris asked people in the first district to share with him businesses that they believe deserve recognition.

“Every day we should be celebrating the dreamers and doers who make the American economy strong,” said Harris. “This week, especially, we recognize the contributions small businesses make to this country. We must champion their hard work, dedication, and sacrifice because these entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of our economy.

“In these tough economic times, Washington needs to be supporting small businesses now more than ever by advancing pro-growth policies that help – not hurt – these job creators grow and hire new workers. I will continue to stand for a competitive tax system, sound spending, and against burdensome regulations so our small businesses can reach their full potential and achieve their American dream.”

These businesses are featured on Congressman Harris’ Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AndyHarrisMD under the album “50th Annual National Small Business Week.”The Backbone of the American Economy Deserves Recognition

Rep. Paul Ryan Serves Up Red Meat For GOP Dinner

The juicy red meat of the steaks on the dinner plates was matched by the red meat politics Rep. Paul Ryan dished out to 400 Republican Party faithful at the Maryland GOP’s annual Red, White & Blue dinner Thursday night at Baltimore’s Renaissance Hotel.

“I certainly wish we would be introducing Vice President Paul Ryan tonight,” said Rep. Andy Harris, Maryland’s lone remaining Republican congressman. Despite Mitt Romney’s loss, Wisconsin Congressman Ryan was able to retain his seat in the House of Representatives and continue chairing its Budget Committee.

He urged the GOP in Maryland to follow Wisconsin’s example, and overthrow Democratic dominance of state government as his home state did when it elected Scott Walker governor in 2010.

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Somerset County Sheriff's Office Press Release 6-22-13

Antonio Wayne Thomas of Pocomoke, arrested 6-15-13 arrested 6-15-13 for 2nd degree assault, trespassing, 2nd degree sex offense, and 4thdegree burglary. Deputies were called to a residence on Walter Johnson Road regarding an assault after the fact. Deputies were able to determine that Thomas had forced his way into a residence, and later assaulted a female resident. Thomas was held on a $ 75,000 bond.

Frederick Leon Palmer of Salisbury, arrested 6-17-13 on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Palmer was released after posting bond.

Daquon Tymar Mills of Snow Hill, arrested 6-17-13 on a warrant for violation of probation. Mills was held without bond.

Sherry Kay Harris of Westover, arrested 6-17-13 regarding second degree escape. Harris was held without bond.

Megan Nichole Merrill of Princess Anne, arrested 6-19-13 on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Merrill was held on a $250.00 bond.

Morgan Kenneth Smith and Shakelah Nicole Simpson of Princess Anne, arrested 6-19-13 for 2nd degree assault. Deputies were called to the area of Bowland Hill Circle regarding a domestic dispute. The investigation showed that Simpson and Smith had assaulted each other during the dispute. Both parties were later held on a $10,000 bond.

Jobless Rate Goes Up As State Adds Jobs

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says the unemployment rate for May rose two tenths of a percent over April to 6.7-percent.

However, the state added 4,600 jobs in May, 28-hundred of them were in the private sector, and state labor officials say the private sector growth is the highest for the month May since 2008.

The government also revised the job loss figures for April.

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Proposed AP World History Textbook Available For Review

Members of the community are welcome to visit the Board of Education Office through July 3 to review the Ways of the World: A Global History with Sources (2nd Edition) textbook that is under consideration for Advanced Placement (AP) World History classes.

The Board of Education approved the textbook on 1st reading at its June Board meeting, and is expected to have the 2nd and final reading and vote at the July 9 Board meeting. Copies of the textbook are available for review at the Board weekdays from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. through July 3. Please ask for Mary Kay Morgan at the main desk. Reviewers are asked to fill out an evaluation form for the textbook.

The members of the AP World History Textbook Selection Committee proposed the adoption of Bedford St. Martin's textbook Ways of the World authored by Robert Strayer for use in all AP World History classes. The Curriculum Council reviewed the proposal and recommended that the textbook be presented to the Board for approval.

For additional information, please call Lori Bock, supervisor of Social Studies, at 410-677-4511.

IRS Sent $46,378,040 in Refunds to 23,994 ‘Unauthorized’ Aliens at 1 Atlanta Address

The Internal Revenue Service sent 23,994 tax refunds worth a combined $46,378,040 to “unauthorized” alien workers who all used the same address in Atlanta, Ga., in 2011, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).

That was not the only Atlanta address theoretically occupied by thousands of “unauthorized” alien workers receiving millions in federal tax refunds in 2011. In fact, according to a TIGTA audit report published last year, four of the top ten addresses to which the IRS sent thousands of tax refunds to “unauthorized” aliens were in Atlanta.

The IRS sent 11,284 refunds worth a combined $2,164,976 to unauthorized alien workers at a second Atlanta address; 3,608 worth $2,691,448 to a third; and 2,386 worth $1,232,943 to a fourth.
 
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Tornado survivor, her dog found in rubble: How they're doing

A Movie Poster For The Documentary About The Obama "Presidency"

I may be reaching with this parody of this late-80's Eddie Murphy movie. I was a kid when it came out so I don't know how well known it is...

STUNNING VIDEO SHOWS PARKINSON’S PATIENT BEFORE AND AFTER TURNING ‘DEEP BRAIN’ TREATMENT DEVICE OFF

Patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease lose some of their motor function, leading to violent trembling, rigidity and stiffness, among other symptoms. There are a variety of treatments for this disease, one of the most invasive being Deep Brain Stimulation.

A New Zealand man who had this procedure done — neurotransmitters were placed deep in his brain in areas where electrical nerve signals create the symptoms of Parkinson’s — and recently showed what he is like with the Deep Brain Stimulation device turned on and off. And the video is stunning.

Andrew Johnson, the 35-year-old Auckland man and author of the blog Young and Shaky, wrote that he was “curious about what would happen when I turned my neuro-stimulator off.” He explained he would be flying and wanted to be prepared if going through airport security screeners would turn off the implanted device, which he wrote was known to happen.

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Chicago Teachers’ Union President: “Rich White People” To Blame For Chicago School Failure

Chicago’s public schools are extraordinarily bad. How bad? Well, 79% of their 8th graders aren’t grade-level proficient at English and 80% aren’t grade-level proficient at math. Naturally, the head of the teachers’ union in that city is saying that the buck stops with her for that terrible performance and…oh wait, actually she’s blaming “rich white people” because she sucks at her job.
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Fatal Accident Update

Troopers Investigate Fatal Crash Involving Bicyclist, Bethany Beach

Location:
Coastal Highway (SR 1) northbound, south of the Indian River Inlet Bridge, Bethany Beach, DE

Date of Occurrence:
Friday, June 21, 2013 at 4:40 p.m.

Victim/Bicyclist:
Dorothy Brenner-66 of Pittsburgh, PA (Deceased, pronounced at scene)

Operator/Vehicle:
Craig C. Thomas-53 of Lewes, DE (properly restrained, not injured)
2007 Chevrolet Panel Van

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Bethany Beach-The Delaware State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal crash in which a bicyclist was struck and killed this afternoon on SR 1 north of Bethany Beach.

Preliminary investigation has determined that the crash occurred at approximately4:40 p.m. this afternoon as Dorothy Brenner-66 of Pittsburgh, PA was riding a bicycle traveling on the shoulder of Coastal Highway (SR 1) northbound. For unknown reasons, Brenner attempted to cross the northbound lanes in a diagonal direction from the shoulder towards a median crossover, into the path of a non-contact vehicle that was traveling northbound in the right lane. The non-contact vehicle was able to aggressively brake and swerve to the left avoiding Brenner. The evasive maneuver by the non-contact vehicle forced a 2007 Chevrolet Panel Van operated by Craig C. Thomas-53 of Lewes, DE, also traveling northbound, to brake and swerve to the left, where the front of the van struck Brenner and her bicycle in the left lane. Brenner was ejected from the bicycle onto the grass median.

Dorothy Brenner-66 was pronounced dead at the scene.

Craig C. Thomas-53 was properly restrained and not injured.

Preliminary indication has determined that alcohol does not appear to be a factor in this incident.

Coastal Highway (SR 1) northbound and southbound were restricted to one lane of travel for approximately 3 hours while the crash was investigated and cleared. The Delaware State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate this crash.

HISTORICAL COMMENTS BY GEORGE CHEVALLIER 6-22-13

Coming Home

While his years in the lumber camps of South Carolina must have entailed many hardships, my grandfather never said much about them except for the few amusing stories which he related to me.

His next stop was Cincinnati, where he worked for a carriage maker. It was here that he learned many of the skills that carried him through life. One of the most amazing things was how a 19 year old boy could manage to get a photo of himself back to Salisbury without any damage. This photo was made into two post cards. I have both of them. One was sent to my grandmother before they were married. The card, sent in 1908, was addressed to Josephine Kelly, 200 Second St., Salisbury, Md.

I went to look for this house and figured it was on the corner of Second and Pearl. There is nothing there now, so I figured that time had claimed another milestone in my life. Then I came across a book issued by the City of Salisbury in October, 1952. The City decided to renumber all the streets in Salisbury. This book gave all the old numbers with the corresponding new numbers. This has proved to be an invaluable tool in researching any address in Salisbury prior to October, 1952. The new address was 134 Second St. and there is a house on it. Verification of it being the same house was made through the comparison with a photo I have of her sister standing on the front porch in 1906. The post card he sent to her was cut into an oval and framed to be cherished her entire life, for it was always displayed prominently in their house. The other resides in my post card collection. As you can see by the photo of the card, he really dressed up to have his picture taken. He had also not started growing his moustache yet (or he wasn’t old enough to grow a decent one).

From Cincinnati, he went to Minnesota where he found work in the wheat fields. While there he became enamored of a certain young lady who was the owner’s daughter on the farm where he worked. I do know that he slept in the hayloft in the barn. Her parents never thought he was good enough for their daughter. He didn’t have any money and he didn’t have any land. So he returned to Salisbury in 1910 with hopes that he could make enough with his newfound skills to impress them when he returned. However, as my grandmother told me years later, when he returned she “set her little cap for him” and he never again moved away from Salisbury.

(This is part 6 of a 7 part story of my grandfather’s life – part 7 next week)

SPD Press Release 6-22-13



THE "KINGS AMBASSADORS"

THE  "KINGS AMBASSADORS"  WILL BE SINGING AT:
 
ST Andrews Methodist Church---400  E. Vine St.---Salisbury
       Saturday, June 22nd at  6.p.m.

Hi Joe

As you can see below ----I'd sent  this ad  to the papers    Jun 9th,  to be published for our church  this coming Saturday night, the 22nd.       It didn't happen   for some unknown reason  & I am    so  disappointed !!!  I  was planning on putting the information  on your blog  Friday.   However ,   with this happening----I am asking you if you would possibly  post it Friday & Saturday  for us?  ( I do realize you don't normally do this ) 
 
We are working  to raise money for a  new roof  for the church .   Much more damage was discovered  when  the contractors come to give their bids  &  amounted to  over  $70,000 ---- for  church  members  to raise.  Most of us being seniors  it's  harder for us  to do things requiring laboring work to make the money.      This group ,  The Kings Ambassadors ,   is kind enough to come to  sing at our church  to help raise money----with all the "good will " offering  being  given back to our church.
 
With this understanding,  I  hope  you'll see  how important it is to our church  to have this posted more then once  &  hoping   you will  do that  for us.
 
Thanks for the good  you do for others in getting truths out there on your blog site   and -----of course -----  the  good works you do for the animals !  ( I  also am a strong  advocate for  them! )

FBI Admits To Using Surveillance Drones On US Soil

As if the news of the NSA's phone and internet spying weren't enough to worry us, the FBI has just admitted to using surveillance drones to spy on Americans on US soil. During a Congressional hearing on telephone data collection, FBI director Robert Muller said the agency is in the "initial stages" of developing privacy guidelines, and has only used drones in a "very, very minimal way." However, Americans are skeptical of such a description after being told that sweeping data collection was only a "modest" invasion of our privacy. Democratic Senator Mark Udall, said he is "concerned the FBI is deploying drone technology while only being in the 'initial stages' of developing guidelines to protect Americans' privacy rights." Senator Udall explained that he understands drones have the potential to "more efficiently and effectively perform law enforcement duties," but promised to do everything in his power "to hold the FBI accountable and ensure its actions respect the US constitution." In keeping with the defense of NSA spying, Director Muller urged Congress to consider national security before placing any limits on drone surveillance and data collection. He said, "Are you going to take the dots off the table, make it unavailable to you when you're trying to prevent the next terrorist attack?" Our nation is at a crossroads in deciding how much privacy we are willing to give up in the name of security. As Benjamin Franklin said, "those who would give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." This won't be an easy debate. Stay tuned.