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Friday, August 16, 2013

Former Marine Colonel To Town Council: 'You're Building A Domestic Army, Are You Blind?'

Every day it seems more like the "war on terror" is at home in the U.S. rather than abroad in a foreign country.

Whether it's the NSA denying they scoop domestic communications while their chief tells hackers "we're looking for the terrorist among us," or it's the growing militarization and equipping of domestic police forces, it seems more and more crows keep coming home to roost.

Well, one former Marine colonel, Peter Martino, has had about enough.


More 'Fast And Furious' Weapons Appear At Mexico Crime Scenes

Three more weapons used in Operation Fast and Furious have been recovered at crime scenes in Mexico, Fox News confirms.

CBS News first reported earlier this week that the guns had been tracked down. According to Justice Department documents, all three are described as WASR-10 .762-caliber Romanian rifles and all three were traced to a gun shop in Glendale, Arizona. The exact locations where the guns were recovered, and what crimes the guns may have been used in, was not immediately clear.



The crew of A&E’s hit show “Duck Dynasty” has been on a media tour in New York City this week ahead of the Wednesday-night premiere of their show. And while it’s hard to believe that some across the country can’t pick out the bearded brothers of the Robertson clan from a mile away, Jase Robertson revealed that he was kicked out of a hotel in the city this week after being confused for a homeless man.

“I think it was a facial profiling deal,” Jase joked while describing the incident on “Live with Kelly and Michael.”

“I asked where the bathroom was and he said, ‘Right this way, sir.’ He was very nice,” Jase told a disbelieving Michael Strahan. “He walked me outside, pointed down the road, and said, ‘Good luck. Have a good day.’”

Chesapeake Man Bitten By Rattlesnake - A Rarity

Nick Beaver calls it "the worst day of my life."

Beaver was working in his southern Chesapeake backyard about 4 p.m. Monday when he and a friend spotted something and instinctively tried to hit it. It was a rattlesnake, rare to South Hampton Roads.

Then the snake did something far rarer: It bit someone. Beaver's friend.


Rand Paul: No Evidence Of Election Racial Discrimination

Republican Sen. Rand Paul says there is no evidence that African Americans are being barred from voting, and there's no need to restore provisions of the Voting Rights Act struck down in June by the Supreme Court.

Speaking in Louisville, the Kentucky senator, seen as a potential contender for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016, said, "The interesting thing about voting patterns now is in this last election, African Americans voted at a higher percentage than whites in almost every one of the states that were under the special provisions of the federal government," WFPL radio reported.


Watch Land Rover Being Destroyed

WASHINGTON - A Land Rover Defender that had been seized at the Baltimore seaport has now been destroyed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers.

The vehicle, worth $25,000 overseas, but with a U.S. resale value of $150,000, was seized because it violated federal highway standards, including lack of airbags. It was destroyed at an undisclosed facility.

In a statement, Customs and Border Protection officials say dozens of Land Rovers have been stopped in recent months at ports of entry in Philadelphia, Norfolk, Va., Charleston, S.C., Savannah, Ga., Jacksonville, Fl., Houston, and Tacoma, Wa.


Scam Artists Coming Out As Obamacare Health Exchanges Near

Consumer experts warn that Obamacare is a breeding ground for confusion and that makes a playground for scammers and the dealers of legal products that people mistake as health insurance.

The Affordable Care Act was passed three years ago. On Oct. 1, 2013 new healthcare plans will be offered through a government-run marketplace commonly referred to as a healthcare exchange. But major knowledge gaps still exist and there are many unscrupulous people anxious to take advantage of that.

According to a recent Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, roughly half of the public knows "nothing at all" about their state's decision to create an exchange, and 67 percent of uninsured Americans — a prime group the exchanges are designed to help — don't even understand how the new healthcare laws affect them.



A radical Muslim political advocacy group has sparked controversy with its plans to hold a “Million Muslim March” on Washington, D.C., on the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The gathering is intended to condemn the discrimination of Muslims following 9/11 and urge the U.S. government to reveal the “truth” about the terror attacks.

The move has been blasted as “tasteless” given the significance of the date commemorating the worst domestic terror attack in American history.

The group behind the event, the American Muslim Political Action Committee (AMPAC), is led by M.D. Rabbi Alam, a self-proclaimed 9/11 truther who believes that Jews are somehow behind the plot. AMPAC is radical enough that the Huffington Post even labeled it a “fringe group.”



Michael Ramirez Cartoon

Survey: Md. Voters Not Satisfied With Access To State Information

When you need to know, where do you go? A survey of Maryland voters shows most are dissatisfied with the way the state does, or does not, make important information accessible.

Political reporter Pat Warren has some examples.

Do you know the deadline to apply for a gun permit before the new law takes effect? Or when it becomes illegal for you to use a hand-held cell phone while driving? When does Maryland repeal the death penalty? How about a new law requiring employers to accommodate pregnant employees? New wind resistance codes may not be of interest, but did you know you will be able to file a lien against your employer’s property for unpaid overtime?

Thanks, Tricky Dick

It was 42 years ago today, on a Sunday, that President Richard Nixon went on television and announced to the American people that he was closing the gold window the next day and imposing full-scale price and wage controls on the American economy. He signed an executive order. Congress had nothing to say about it, and therefore said nothing.
The third indispensable element in building the new prosperity is closely related to creating new jobs and halting inflation. We must protect the position of the American dollar as a pillar of monetary stability around the world.In the past 7 years, there has been an average of one international monetary crisis every year…

I have directed Secretary Connally to suspend temporarily the convertibility of the dollar into gold or other reserve assets, except in amounts and conditions determined to be in the interest of monetary stability and in the best interests of the United States.

Now, what is this action — which is very technical — what does it mean for you?

Let me lay to rest the bugaboo of what is called devaluation.

If you want to buy a foreign car or take a trip abroad, market conditions may cause your dollar to buy slightly less. But if you are among the overwhelming majority of Americans who buy American-made products in America, your dollar will be worth just as much tomorrow as it is today.

The effect of this action, in other words, will be to stabilize the dollar.


U.S. Releases Records Confirming Existence Of Area 51

WASHINGTON - Newly declassified government documents acknowledges the existence of Area 51.

While Americans have heard of the section of Nevada most associated with the search for extraterrestrial life and a government conspiracy to cover up the existence of aliens, the National Security Archive at George Washington University has obtained declassified documents that "finally" confirm the land's existence.

The documents detailing the history of the U-2 spy plane through a Freedom of Information Act request. Although redacted, the records include numerous references to Area 51 and Groom Lake including a map of the area, according to the university.


CNN: Latest Obamacare Delay 'Could Have A Huge Political Impact'

On Thursday, CNN senior reporter John King said that the Obama Administration’s most recent delay of a key Obamacare provision that was supposed to limit consumers’ out-of-pocket expenses on deductibles and co-pays could prove seismic come the 2014 midterm elections.

“This one particularly though could have a huge political impact,” said CNN reporter John King. “Because as you mention, hidden in bureaucratic language, the end result is that when these changes kick in, the Administration promised for most Americans your costs would go down. Now it is saying, at least in the short term, your costs could be higher than you anticipated.”


Casino Expansion Project Enters County Planning Process; Addition Considered Likely Home For Table Games

BERLIN — The Casino at Ocean Downs is planning a major addition to the facility on Route 589. Exactly what the planned 35,475-square-foot space will be used for has not been confirmed, however.

The site plan passed through the Worcester County Technical Review Committee this week on its way to the Planning Commission. The addition will be built on the north side of the present casino.

“Basically, if you’re facing the building looking at the building now, it’s the vacant parking lot area on the left-hand side,” said Jennifer Burke, a planner for the county.


GOP Govs Outraise Dems Almost 2-1

The Republican Governors Association reported it raised about $24 million in the first half of the year. The RGA's take far outpaced the Democratic Governors Association, which reportedly raised just over $13 million. The Republican haul relied mainly on donations from individuals, while the Democrats were dependent on corporations, unions, and trade associations. The funding disparity leaves the RGA well positioned for a very competitive cycle next Fall.

Since Mitt Romney's loss in 2012, Republicans in DC have convinced themselves that the party needs to rebrand itself in a more moderate image. They believe the party's conservative principles are alienating voters and dampening the party's appeal. Earlier this year, prominent members of the party establishment endorsed "reasonable" restrictions on gun rights. Currently, it is arguing for an amnesty bill in a misguided bid for hispanic votes.


EPA Used Secret Emails Top Hide Info From Conservative Group

A federal judge says the Environmental Protection Agency's use of secret email accounts may have been aimed at skirting public disclosure requirements.

U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth ruled Wednesday that a conservative public interest law firm, the Landmark Legal Foundation, can question and obtain records from EPA officials as part of the firm's Freedom of Information lawsuit against the federal agency.

The judge granted Landmark the right to seek the information to determine whether top EPA officials used personal email accounts to conduct official business — and whether the agency initially excluded those accounts from Landmark's Freedom of Information request.

"The possibility that unsearched personal email accounts may have been used for official business raises the possibility that leaders in the EPA may have purposefully attempted to skirt disclosure under the FOIA," wrote Lamberth, who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan.


Congressman Andy Harris Hosts Town Hall Event Tuesday In Fruitland

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. will be hosting a constituent town hall event on Tuesday, August 20th in Fruitland to answer questions about the work he is doing in Washington and listen to the concerns of First District residents.

When: Tuesday, August 20th

Where: Black Diamond Catering and Lodge
219 S Fruitland Blvd 
Fruitland, MD 21826

This Restaurant Banned Tipping And Made More Money

Jay Porter, the founder of Linkery (previously of San Diego but currently closed to move to San Francisco), eliminated tipping in the restaurant’s second year, instead applying an automatic 18 percent charge for service to all dine-in checks. Writing in Quartz, he explains that the move brought in more money. “Our service improved, our revenue went up, and both our business and our employees made more money,” he says.

Service improved, he explains, because servers and management were aligned in working toward a single goal and because the restaurant was able to find many people who wanted to work in the new environment. He also points to research that shows that because customers rarely change tips based on service, servers are incentivized to increase quantity rather than quality and target guests who are more likely to tip higher. Even if a tip does convey displeasure with service, that information may not even make it to a manager where it might be addressed.


Dry Pet Food Recalled Due to Salmonella Threat

Both dog and cat foods are included in the recall of select Iams and Eukanuba products.

Procter & Gamble recalled several dozen lots of dry pet food Wednesday due to a risk of salmonella contamination.

The pet food—both dog and cat varieties—was distributed nationwide. Certain types of Eukanuba and Iams foods are included in the recall.


It Appears That Eight SEALS Thought To Be Blown Up Over Afghanistan Fought On The Ground Until They Were Killed By The Taliban

According to Michael Strange’s parents, Michael along with 8 other SEALS made it out of the Chinook and were fighting on the ground.

This seems now to be the biggest cover up in United States Government and Military History.

Tells Michael Savage ‘they knew something was up.’

What, you thought I would give up on this before we had answers?


Woman Indicted In Connection With Eastern Shore Fires Granted Bond, Fiance Remains Jailed

ACCOMAC, Va. — A woman suspected of setting a string of fires on Virginia’s Eastern Shore has been granted bond.

The Accomack County Circuit Court clerk’s office said a judge ruled Thursday that Tonya Bundick of Parksley could be released on a $30,000 secured bond.

As a condition of her bond, the 38-year-old can’t leave Accomack or Northampton counties unless it is medically necessary.


Hate Crime? Police Investigating If Brutal Beating Of White Man Was Race-Related

A 26-year-old Minnesota man was out for a walk in St. Paul, Minnesota late Sunday when, according to police, a group of people unexpectedly attacked him, knocking him to the ground and repeatedly kicking him until he was in such terrible condition that he had to be hospitalized with severe brain swelling.

When Raymond Widstrand was discovered, local CBS affiliate WCCO reports, “his pants were off and his shirt torn.” His arms and legs were “spread out,” and he was bleeding profusely.


Alabama Eligibility Case Under Review

By Sharon Rondeau

According to a clerk at the Alabama Supreme Court, the case claiming that Alabama Secretary of State Beth Chapman did not properly vet the credentials of presidential candidates in 2012 is currently under review by the justices. 


The "Obamacare Part-Time Jobs" Effect Goes Mainstream

While many Wall Street economists and strategists shrugged in the face of tin-foil-hat-wearing bloggers who suggested the disaster that is the part-time jobs receovery was due to The Affordable Care Act [6] - of 953,000 jobs created In 2013, 77%, or 731,000 are part-time - epitomized best by Larry Kudlow and Deutsche Bank's ever-smiling Joe Lavorgna; it seems the drag on employers' hiring has now hit the mainstream media. As NBC Nightly News reports in this succinct clip, things are not going according to plan for the President's better bargain even as Fed's Bullard proclaims "clear improvement in labor markets." Perhaps he should watch TV this evening?

As NBC Reports,
"The White House dismisses this as 'anecdotal."

The Affordable Care Act employer mandate to provide health insurance to anyone working 30 or more hours a week hasn’t been implemented yet, but that hasn’t stopped some businesses from cutting back on employees’ hours to avoid paying healthcare costs.


Remember Habeas Corpus??

We know many things about habeas corpus. We know that it goes back to the Magna Carta and that the U.S. Constitution affirmed this bulwark of Anglo-American liberty. We know that habeas prohibits jailing people without cause, and that it remained healthy throughout U.S. history, except during wartime, until George W. Bush’s 2006 Military Commissions Act. And we also know that in 2008, the Supreme Court guaranteed basic due process rights for Guantánamo’s inmates.

The trouble is that none of these things are true. Five years ago, I believed the conventional civil libertarian narrative and began writing a paper to criticize the Bush administration and its nearly unprecedented violation of this sacred right.

My research revealed that much of what I knew about habeas corpus was wrong, and that many well-intentioned people had a romanticized view of the great writ. I published my findings in my Independent Institute book The Power of Habeas Corpus in America: From the King’s Prerogative to the War on Terror, and I found that as with other idealized state functions, habeas corpus has an uneven history.


Photos: On This Day – August 15, 1969 – Woodstock Begins

The Woodstock Music & Art Fair (informally, Woodstock or the Woodstock Festival) was a music festival, billed as “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music”. It was held at Max Yasgur’s 600-acre (240 ha; 0.94 sq mi) dairy farm in the Catskills near the hamlet of White Lake in the town of Bethel, New York, from August 15 to August 18, 1969. Bethel, in Sullivan County, is 43 miles (69 km) southwest of the town of Woodstock, New York, in adjoining Ulster County.

During the sometimes rainy weekend, thirty-two acts performed outdoors in front of 400,000 concert-goers.It is widely regarded as a pivotal moment in popular music history. Rolling Stone listed it as one of the 50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll.

The event was captured in the 1970 documentary movie Woodstock, an accompanying soundtrack album, and Joni Mitchell’s song “Woodstock”, which commemorated the event and became a major hit for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.(AP, Wikipedia)


MSP Accident Press Release

DATE & TIME: 08/14/2013 @ 1623 hrs C C. CARD NUMBER: 13-54-006352

On 08/14/2013, at approximately 1623 hours, Troopers from the Salisbury Barrack were dispatched to W/B Maryland Route 50 at Walston Switch Road for a personal injury collision involving five vehicles. Preliminary investigation revealed that the operator of a red 2006 Saturn Vue driven by Joseph Anthony Cinderella of 3304 Redden Ferry Road, was unable to avoid colliding with a blue 2004 Jeep Cherokee driven by Nicole Marie Brown of 17547 Old Sabillasville Road. Bouncing off of the Jeep, the Saturn then collided with a blue 2008 Ford Focus driven by Elizabeth Ellen Adams of 711 College Lane. The Ford then collided with a 2013 Chevrolet SUV driven by David Sepiashvili of 80 Hefhill Court Thornhill Quebec. After colliding with the Chevrolet the Ford then continued colliding with a 2001 Ford Van driven by Wesley Carl Schnoor of 502 James Street. Paramedics from the Station 1 Salisbury, Pittsville Fire company and Parsonsburg Fire Company arrived on scene and attempted to render aid to the above listed individuals.

Tonight At Brew River

Who Really Has Your Back 8-16-13

Yard Sale 8-16-13

Saturday---28213 Riverside Dr., household items, clothes, shoes, purses and more. Just pass Cherry Hill. Can park in church parking lot and walk across. 7am-till. No early birds please:)

Multi Family yard sale tomorrow, August 17th in Pocomoke! Woodland Manor development, directly in front of the high school. Over 6 families participating. Household items, baby crib/bedding, toys, holiday decorations, bicycles and lots of other items. Starts at 7:00 a.m. until....


(Salisbury, MD) Fatal or near-fatal drug and alcohol poisoning is a significant public health problem. Maryland data indicates that overdose deaths continue to rise in Wicomico County. “Opioids, including heroin and pharmaceutical opioid analgesics, are involved in a majority of overdose deaths,” says Lori Brewster, Health Officer for Wicomico County. “To begin to address this issue Wicomico County has developed an Overdose Prevention Plan to be implemented in conjunction with the Maryland State Plan.”
The public is invited to join state and local leaders in a Roundtable Discussion on this issue on August 28, 2013 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at Wor Wic Community College, Workforce Development Center, Room 103, A, B, and C. The agenda will include an overview of the State plan, overview of the local plan, roundtable discussion and end with audience questions for the roundtable participants. 

To register for this free event, please visit