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Friday, October 11, 2013

New Movie With Local Connections

Joe my sisters brother-in-law wrote and directed "Crazy Heart" and now has his newest move coming to theaters in the next 30 days with a list of stars that's a who's who in the hot stars right now. Great movie and one everyone can relate to. Would appreciate a mention on your blog.
Thanks in advance!
Out Of The Furnace Trailers 1 & 2

How To Make Your Own Liquor (no still used)

Glenn Beck Program: Washington Redskins


WASHINGTON—Just when you thought nobody around here could agree on anything, Democrats and Republicans in Congress come together to unanimously express their unified and unwavering view of the innocent American taxpayer: SCREW YOU!

That's right. You can't get these people to agree on whether or not it's raining outside, but when it comes to their deep disdain for us suckers paying all the bills around here, a hot case of venereal bipartisanship breaks out all over the place.



ANNAPOLIS-It will likely be months before Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley decides the fate of fracking in the Free State, but opponents of the natural-gas extraction process aim to keep the issue in the spotlight.

Environment Maryland, a non-profit environmental conservation organization, has issued a report which outlines the potential side effects that fracking could produce, including contaminated water, reproductive issues and air pollution problems.

Some members of the General Assembly share these concerns, including Delegate Shane Robinson, D-Montgomery.

A member of the House Environmental Matters Committee, Robinson said among the top environmental concerns associated with fracking is the emission of methane, which is more harmful to the environment than carbon dioxide.

College Football Season.

Snooping Claims Mount Against Minnesota Cops, Government Employees

It may not rise to the level of the NSA surveillance scandal, but each week more cases alleging privacy breaches by police and government employees snooping into Minnesotans' personal driver license data without cause come to light and go to court.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety database contains personal information such as addresses, Social Security numbers and health conditions, according to court documents. The federal Driver's Privacy Protection Act protects individuals from unwarranted "lookups" or "pings" of their records and levies a penalty that dwarfs any speeding ticket -- $2,500 per violation.

Yet one newly minted case filed by 18 Wabasha County conservative activists - a state representative and two sitting county commissioners among them - ups the ante by raising accusations of prying into driver license data for political purposes.


Patriot Act Author Looking To defund NSA Bulk Spying

The author of the Patriot Act announced his latest plans to work to defund the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone and Internet records to an audience in Washington on Wednesday.

After months of gaining steam, the U.S. government shutdown appears to have stalled surveillance reform efforts on the Hill and in the executive branch.

On Wednesday, however, Wisconsin Republican Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner told an audience at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank in D.C., that he planned to introduce new legislation to “end the bulk collection of American’s communications records by adopting a uniform standard for intelligence gathering under Section 215 of the Patriot Act.”


SMITH ISLAND – For Maryland native Cindy Bradshaw, home is Smith Island, a speck of land resting in the Chesapeake Bay.

But according to Bradshaw, home will have no place in Maryland’s future if state policymakers have their way.

“I would ask them ‘Why don’t they feel ashamed of themselves,’” Bradshaw said. “I really would because don’t we matter enough, and if not, why?”

South Carolina Man Killed By 2 Men Responding To His Craigslist Ad About Pickup

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Two men have been charged in the shooting death of a South Carolina man they met because he was selling his pickup on Craigslist, authorities said.

Jquan Margel Scott, 19, of James Island has been charged with murder, armed robbery, kidnapping and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to court records. Isaac R. Williams, 20, of Charleston is charged with murder and kidnapping.

The men are accused of killing William Apps, 25, of Charleston. His body was found Monday night in Mount Pleasant.

Scott had arranged to buy Apps' pickup for about $15,000 after seeing it advertised on Craigslist, according to court documents filed Tuesday.


Foreclosures Are On The Rise In Maryland, Virginia and DC

The number of Washington-area homes in foreclosure in September surged 53 percent from a year ago, bucking a nationwide trend, according to analysis from RealtyTrac.

Maryland was one of 16 states that noted a jump in overall foreclosure activity compared to a year ago. The Old Line State reported a 230 percent increase in foreclosures, and was led by a 381 percent increase in foreclosures in the Baltimore area.

Virginia posted a 36 percent quarterly increase in the number of bank repossessions from a year ago, the fourth-highest jump by state in the nation.

Democrat Darling Cory Booker Facing Battle As NJ Senate Race Tightens

As one of the Democratic Party's rising stars, Cory Booker was supposed to have a cakewalk to the U.S. Senate.

Booker, the charismatic mayor of Newark, faces conservative activist Steve Lonegan in the Oct. 16 special election to finish the term of Frank Lautenberg, who died in June. While Booker is still considered a heavy favorite, a 35-point lead he held just two months ago has dwindled to 12 points, according to recent polls. Political observers say it is common for a race to tighten as election day approaches, but that doesn't completely explain a Tea Party favorite closing the gap on Booker in a state that voted overwhelmingly for President Obama.

“My sense is that the numbers reflect complacency in the Booker campaign,” Ross Baker, a political science professor at Rutgers University, told “The Booker people wrote off Lonegan as a right-wing crank and small-town mayor. Booker was on the fast track to election, and there was a growing realization that he saw the race wrapped up and that’s always a mistake.

“It’s one thing to be confident. It’s another to be complacent.”


Bush And The JFK Hit, Part 4: Barbara’s Hair-Raising Day

What possible connection could there have been between George H.W. Bush and the assassination of John F. Kennedy? Or between the C.I.A. and the assassination? Or between Bush and the C.I.A.? For some people, apparently, making such connections was as dangerous as letting one live wire touch another. Here, in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination in November, is the fourth part of a ten-part series of excerpts from WhoWhatWhy editor Russ Baker’s bestseller, Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, America’s Invisible Government and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years. The story is a real-life thriller.

Note: Although these excerpts do not contain footnotes, the book itself is heavily footnoted and exhaustively sourced. (The excerpts in Part 4 come from Chapter 4 of the book, and the titles and subtitles have been changed for this publication.)

For Part 1, please go here; Part 2, here; Part 3, here;

Block, Bridge, and Beautify

In the art of propaganda, and in the daily business of public relations, a cardinal rule is that if a problem emerges, it must be managed immediately. The trick is to quickly acknowledge and gain control of the new material, mitigating the damage by redirecting it in a beneficial way. This is known in tradecraft as “block and bridge.”

Thus it was that the first and only Bush family acknowledgment of where Poppy Bush was on that red-letter day came in classic form – from the wife, in the most innocuous swathing. The venue was in her 1994 book, Barbara Bush: A Memoir, which was published ten months after the document’s declassification. Deep in that book, mostly a compendium of narrow-gauge, self-serving recollections, there it was: not just a recollection of the assassination, but the reproduction of an actual letter written by Barbara on the very day, at the verymoment, that Kennedy was shot. The letter has plenty of details, but it omits one important personal item from that day: Poppy’s call to the FBI; perhaps Poppy did not mention it to her?


Family Day At Poplar Hill Pre-Release Unit in Quantico Has Been Rescheduled

Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services
Attention anyone who was planning to visit a loved one at Poplar Hill's Family Day tomorrow:

Due to inclement weather, Poplar Hill Pre-Release Unit in Quantico, Maryland has rescheduled its Family Day, originally intended to be held Saturday, Oct. 12.

The Family Day Events are rescheduled for next Saturday, October 19, 2013, from 10 am until 3 pm. All other visits this week will remain on a normal schedule.

Anyone needing additional information may call the facility at 410-845-4580.


A horrifying internal memo obtained by WTSP-TV reportedly details an incident which some pilots believe may have been a “dry-run” for terrorists plotting another 9/11-style attack.

Delta Airlines pilot Wolf Koch told the news station that it is “very foolish” to believe that an attack similar to the one that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001, could never happen again. In that attack, the deadliest on American soil, more than 3,000 people were killed.

In fact, Koch and other flight crews are worried that terrorists are already planning future attacks.


Ex-Treasury Official: Obama Could Use Debt Crisis To Seize Total Power

Former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Paul Craig Roberts warns that President Barack Obama could use the debt ceiling crisis to seize total power, by declaring a national emergency and passing an executive order in the name of preventing an economic collapse.

With the government still in shut down over the failure to pass a spending bill, the U.S. faces an October 17 deadline to raise the nation’s debt ceiling, which currently stands at almost $17 trillion dollars.

According to Roberts, there is a chance that Obama could exploit the disastrous consequences of a default to push for dictatorial control.

Roberts says that one of two scenarios will happen if Congress fails to make a temporary deal with the White House to raise the debt ceiling.


Jammin’ Out Cancer Party At Seacrets Fri.

Ocean City’s Pink Ribbon Classic series, which provides an assortment of local activities each October designed to raise awareness while garnering money for the American Cancer Society, continues tonight, with a big party.

The annual Jammin’ Out Cancer celebration will take place at Seacrets on 49th Street from 5-9 p.m. The theme of the party is "At the Hop."

"Since Jammin' is the same weekend the Endless Summer Cruisers are in town, we thought a sock hop would be fun," said Amy Katz, Jammin' Out Cancer chairwoman. "Dressing as bobby soxers and greasers is certainly encouraged, but there will be a good mix of attire. So whatever you wear, you will surely fit in."


Fire In Ocean City Yesterday

Yesterday's OC Fire Started In Kitchen, Ruled Accidental
Shortly after 5 p.m. yesterday, Oct. 10, Ocean City Fire Department personnel responded to the Dunes Mist IV condominium building on 128th Street and discovered a working fire in a kitchen that was spreading throughout the unit. The Ocean City Fire Marshals Office has ruled the cause of the fire as accidental.
A city press release reports, "According to witnesses, the fire began in the kitchen and rapidly spread through the interior of the home. Crews from the Ocean City Fire Department worked immediately to control the fire, which was extinguished a short time later. "
While the residents were able to safely leave their home, a pet cat remained, and firefighters were able to retrieve it and returned the pet to its owners. No injuries were reported by the occupants or the animal, who was transported to the Ocean City Animal Hospital.
“It is National Fire Prevention Week and we have been spreading the word to our residents and visitors that more fires start in the kitchen than any other part of the home,” said Ocean City Fire Department Chief Chris Larmore. “Thankfully, no one was injured in this incident; however it is a testament to how dangerous kitchen fires can be. We hope that by sharing this year’s fire safety campaign with our community we will be teaching residents how to prevent kitchen fires from starting in the first place.”
Photo: A cat receives oxygen on the scene of the fire yesterday. Photo byChris Parypa Photography

Looks Like It’s Finally Lights Out For Lindsey Graham In South Carolina

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a thought piece about the enormous change happening in the Republican Party in an article titled: What the Ted Cruz Filibuster Really Means – It’s the End of the GOP as We Know It. That article noted the need for two of the most despicable GOP neocon Senators to be booted out of office once and for all, John McCain and Lindsey Graham. While it seems video-poker war hawk McCain may be retiring, it appears Graham plans to fight it out. It’s going to be an epic battle as he already has three contenders in the 2016 primary: Lee Bright, Nancy Mace, and Richard Cash.

More from Breitbart:

“Graham, who is facing competition from the libertarian wing of the party in the June primary, was liked by 53 percent of those polled,” Shain added. “More than one-third of GOP voters had an unfavorable opinion of the Seneca Republican.”



Rapper Nelly is as horrified by the government shutdown as most of his fellow Americans. The musician thinks the fact that most of the government isn't operating means it has no right to expect his hard-earned cash.

The impasse might even push him into running for office, he tells VH-1.
I'm trying to campaign, since the government ain't working, we shouldn't have to pay taxes,” Nelly told VH1. "Because, you know, paying taxes is supposed to pay for the government, which in turn is not working. So if they're not working, I shouldn't have to pay taxes.”
Nelly added that, in a way, it’s worse for him because he’s rich.

“And me being in the upper echelon of the tax bracket," he said. "[I] feel that the money I could be saving over these next couple of days could be very vital to my survival.


The Muslim Brotherhood President

The State Department announced Wednesday that it was cutting hundreds of millions in military and other aid to Egypt, and make no mistake: this was not a government shutdown move. This was the President of the United States blackmailing a sovereign state to force it to restore the Muslim Brotherhood government he favors. With the Egyptian economy in crisis and Egypt strongly dependent on this aid, Obama has just effectively cast his vote for the Muslim Brotherhood’s return to power – and his vote outweighs that of millions of Egyptians.

This comes as the Brotherhood is becoming increasingly violent in Egypt, belying its “moderate” reputation. The New York Times reported Tuesday that “three brazen attacks across the country included a drive-by shooting near the Suez Canal that killed six soldiers, a car bomb that killed three police officers and wounded dozens near the Red Sea resorts area, and the first rocket-propelled grenade launched in the struggle, exploding near an elite enclave of the capital and damaging a satellite transmitter.”


Reasoning With Figures

City Manager Questioned Over Ad Agency Contract Mishap

OCEAN CITY – City staff members received a tongue lashing this week after the town’s advertising agency’s notice period of its contract expiration slipped and was automatically renewed for another year.

At the conclusion of this week’s Mayor and City Council legislative session, Councilman Brent Ashley brought up then contract extension of the town’s advertising agency, MGH, expressing frustration with how the opportunity for the town to re-bid went to the wayside.

Ashley approached the subject a few weeks ago asking if a Request For Proposal (RFP) to re-bid the town’s advertising contract had been considered. Staff was unsure of the expiration date on MGH’s contract and replied it would be looked into and brought back for discussion.


Caption This Photo 10-11-13

Democrats To America: We Own The Government!

In the current fight over the government shutdown, Republicans are simply representing the views of the American people.

Americans didn’t ask for Obamacare, they don’t want it, but now their insurance premiums are going through the roof, their doctors aren’t accepting it, and their employers are moving them into part-time work — or firing them — to avoid the law’s mandates.

Contrary to Obama’s promises, it turns out: You can’t keep your doctor, you can’t keep your insurance — you can’t even keep your job. In other words, it’s a typical government program, but this one wrecks your health care.

Also, the president did raise taxes on the middle class in defiance of his well-worn campaign promise not to. Indeed, Obamacare is the largest tax hike in U.S. history.


He Predicted What America Would Become

In 1899 the great libertarian scholar William Graham Sumner of Yale University delivered a speech in which he warned that the Spanish-American War was a crossing-the-Rubicon event in the nation’s history that had finally transformed the nation from a constitutional republic to an empire. Empire was what the Pilgrims escaped from, and the American Revolution was fought against, for in an empire the average citizen is viewed by his rulers as nothing more than a tax slave and cannon fodder. Americans would soon become, he warned, exactly what their country was founded to oppose.

The speech was entitled “The Conquest of the United States by Spain” to denote the fact that the Spanish-American war, an imperialistic war of conquest, was no different from the types of aggressive wars that the old empires of Europe had been waging forcenturies. Having devoted his adult life to scholarly pursuits in the field of political economy (among others), William Graham Sumner was prescient in his predictions about what America would become once it embarked on the road to empire. Among his observations were the following:

The Spanish-American War, like future American wars of imperialism, was “justified” by a string of “sensational assertions” that are easily proven to be untrue. Spain never threatened any American “interests,” and would have been the last to have an incentive to sabotage the Battleship Maine, the calamity that stoked war fever and got the masses (“Boobus Americanus in H.L. Mencken’s words) behind the short “war.” Scholars like Sumner may have easily seen through the government’s lies, but not the rationally-ignorant masses.


How Many Lashes Can One Man Take?

Thousands, if they're performed correctly.
There were protests in Egypt this week after an Egyptian doctor was sentenced to 15 years in prison and 1,500 lashes by the Saudi Arabian government for prescribing medicine to a princess that "drove her to addiction." The wife of the convicted doctor worried publicly that the sentence would kill him. How many lashes can one man stand?
It depends on how you're lashed. It's very unlikely that the doctor will die from his sentence if it is administered in the usual Saudi Arabian way—i.e., broken up into weekly bouts of 50 lashings each. (Women are given 20 to 30 at a time.) But a string of regular punishments administered over a span of seven months could still be dangerous. After just one round of lashings, he could suffer lacerated or bruised skin. More serious problems are likely to arise after repeated, weekly abuse—including nerve damage and infection.


Ron Paul Redux: "The End Of Dollar Hegemony"

Georgia-Pacific Closing Delaware Plant

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Georgia-Pacific says it is closing a packaging facility in Harrington by the end of the year, leaving about 95 workers without jobs.
The privately held company says operations at the Delaware Color-Box facility will be consolidated at other packaging facilities in Indiana and Mississippi.
Georgia-Pacific, an Atlanta-based paper, packaging and building products company, also said this week that it is closing a fiberboard plant in Southside Virginia that employs about 80 workers and will move its production to a facility in Texas.

The Landfill Harmonic Orchestra

All of America has their eyes focused on Washington. We are watching the tit for tat, back and forth volleying between the Republicans and Obama and Reid. Americans are preparing for the Trucker Ride for the Constitution descent on Washington beginning tomorrow and lasting for three days, awaiting the anti-spying groups protest scheduled for the last of this month, and wondering what will happen in November when Larry Klayman hits the Washington pavement with his group of millions intent on holding government accountable for their ineptness.

The news has bombarded us with new information regarding wasteful spending, Gestapo tactics by the Brown Shirt Park Rangers, and ever more horror scenes involving Obamacare.

But, just for a few minutes, let's take our eyes off Washington and look at this video of children from Cateura ( The Landfill Harmonic Orchestra ). It will certainly warm hearts, show the results of perseverance and courage, and remind us all that treasures can be found even in a sea of trash; sometimes it just takes a little imagination to see it.

What The Skinny People Of Colorado Know About Fitness That The Rest Of Us Don't

Known as the slimmest state since 2010, gorgeous Colorado boasts the lowest rate of obesity in all of America. According to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, Colorado residents were the least likely in the nation to be obese in 2012.

And Colorado is the only state where less than 20 percent of adults are obese. But what makes those in Colorado different than the rest of us when it comes to managing their weight?
To uncover the mystery, James Hill, founding executive director of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the University of Colorado, and Holly Wyatt, a physician and researcher at the center, studied the behaviors of lean people who live in Colorado. They also examined the habits of patients in their weight loss clinic. Based on their findings, they created a program based on what they consider to be the six key factors that can help all of America create a healthy, lean lifestyle in their new book, "The State of Slim: Fix Your Metabolism and Drop 20 Pounds in 8 Weeks on the Colorado Diet."


Apple Scrapple Festival Update

Apple Scrapple Festival
UPDATE: Please Share! Tonight we are having our Opening Ceremony and Little Miss Apple Scrapple Pageant at the Bridgeville Volunteer Fire Hall. We are unfortunately cancelling our street Dance with the Glass Onion Band. We are saddened that the weather is causing us issues. We are still hopeful for a good Saturday. Please share and spread the word.

6 Science-Based Conversation Hacks To Make People Like You

So you want to know how to make people like you? It’s easier than you think.
A while back I posted about how to master conversation skills. Here are 6 more research-backed tips:
1) Encourage people to talk about themselves

It gives their brain as much pleasure as food or money:

"Talking about ourselves — whether in a personal conversation or through social media sites like Facebook and Twitter — triggers the same sensation of pleasure in the brain as food or money, researchers reported Monday…

'Self-disclosure is extra rewarding,' said Harvard neuroscientist Diana Tamir, who conducted the experiments with Harvard colleague Jason Mitchell. Their findings were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 'People were even willing to forgo money in order to talk about themselves,' Ms. Tamir said."


IRS, White House Officials That Shared Confidential Taxpayer Info Had 155 White House Meetings

Embattled IRS official Sarah Hall Ingram made 155 visits to the White House to meet with a top Obama White House official with whom she exchanged confidential taxpayer information over email.

Of Ingram’s 165 White House meetings with White House staff, a staggering 155 of them were hosted by deputy assistant to the president for health policy Jeanne Lambrew, according to a June Watchdog.Org analysis of White House visitor records.

Ingram exchanged confidential taxpayer information with Lambrew and White House health policy advisor Ellen Montz, according to 2012 emails obtained by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. (RELATED: White House, IRS exchanged confidential taxpayer info)


PUBLISHERS NOTES: The IRS is the same group who will police Obamacare. Government is taking over, probing every single detail of our lives. 

WCSO Press Release 10-11-13

Incident: Warrant Arrest
Date of Incident: 9 October 2013
Location: Salisbury, MD 
Suspect: Donald E. Schaefer, 32, Middle River, MD             
Narrative: On 9 October 2013 at 12:00 PM, a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office arrested Donald Schaffer on an open District Court Bench Warrant. The warrant was issued after Schaefer violated the terms of his probation in a prescription forgery case.  The deputy transported Schaefer to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. After an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained Schaefer in the Detention Center without bond.
Charges: Violation of Probation
Schaefer, Donald

Incident: Warrant Arrest
Date of Incident: 9 October 2013
Location: Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Brian Neal Bratten, 40, Parsonsburg, MD                 
Narrative: On 9 October 2013 at 1:22 PM, a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office arrested Brian Bratten on an open District Court Bench Warrant. The warrant was issued after Bratten violated the terms of his probation in a Burglary and Resisting Arrest case.  The deputy transported Bratten to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. After an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained Bratten in the Detention Center in lieu of $20,000.00 bond.
Charges: Violation of Probation
Bratten, Brian

Incident: Assault
Date of Incident: 9 October 2013
Location: Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Charles Merrill Schoolfield, 49, Salisbury, MD        
Narrative: On 9 October 2013 at 3:30 PM, a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office arrested Charles Schoolfield in connection with an assault he allegedly perpetrated at a residence in Bivalve, MD. In this incident, Schoolfield is accused of engaging in a verbal argument with a subject before assaulting a third individual who attempted to intercede and calm the situation.  Upon arrest Schoolfield was transported to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. After an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained Schoolfield in the Detention Center in lieu of $20,000.00 bond.  Additionally, Schoolfield was also served with two bench warrants. One issued after he failed to appear for a CDS case and the other for violation of probation in a DUI case. Both warrants held Schoolfield in the Detention Center without bond.
Charges: Assault
Schoolfield, Charles

Incident: Assault
Date of Incident: 9 October 2013
Location: Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Kimberly V. Graham, 26, Sharptown, MD               
Narrative: On 9 October 2013 at 5:30 PM, a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kimberly Graham in connection with an assault she allegedly perpetrated at a residence in Sharptown, MD. In this incident, Graham is accused of engaging in an altercation with a subject she resides with that turned physical. According to the victim, Graham punched the victim repeatedly.  Upon arrest Graham was transported to the Central Booking Unit where she was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. After an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained Graham in the Detention Center in lieu of $25,000.00 bond.
Charges: Assault
Graham, Kimberly

Surveillance Reform On Hold, And The Government Shutdown Is The Excuse

After months of gaining steam, the federal government shutdown is forcing a delay on surveillance reform efforts.

Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook, and LinkedIn asked the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to delay the proceedings over “their lawsuits against the U.S. government over surveillance transparency,” The Hill reports.

The companies were scheduled to respond by Oct. 21 to a recent DOJ motion urging the FISC to reject their pleas to be able to publish the number of user data requests they receive from the nation’s intelligence agencies.


Coastal Flood Advisory

The National Weather Service has extended the Coastal Flood Advisory through noon today, Friday, October 11, 2013. High tide will occur this morning around 8:45 am. At this time, all City streets are open. Public Works crews will continue to monitor road conditions and will barricade any streets that are flooded and impassable. If you encounter high water, do not drive through it. Please alert Public Works at the City Yard by calling 410-548-3177.


Last night (October 9), my wife brought home a pamphlet from our local CVS pharmacy, titled "Affordable Care Act Answers." I didn't expect to find anything in this simple booklet that I didn't already know, but it did refer me to their website on the topic,, which my wife asked me to check out.
On the website is this Q&A entry:
Do I need to have insurance?

Yes. The ACA requires all Americans have health care coverage "that meets basic minimum standards."
I said to my wife, "That's flat-out false," and I sent a brief, indignant note to CVS from my iPad telling them of their mistake, and why they were wrong.
Then it occurred to me -- although I know that the CVS website statement is untrue, most Americans are acting as if, indeed, the federal government has ordered them to buy health insurance, or else. I've been checking the Facebook page (at regularly, and I see people panicking -- they feel they must buy health insurance by December 15, and the signup website still doesn't work in its ninth day of being up and running (or should I say "not running"?).



Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) on Wednesday went after Sarah Hall Ingram, who once headed the IRS division that targeted conservative groups, expressing his frustration that it took her five whole months before she agreed to come before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Some GOP lawmakers have been hammering Ingram for months as she headed the IRS division that targeted conservative political groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status. Hall said she left to run the agency’s health care office in 2010, about six months before a top deputy learned about the targeting.



We're the battling boys of Benghazi

No fame, no glory, no paparazzi.

Just a fiery death in a blazing hell

Defending our country we loved so well.

It wasn't our job, but we answered the call,

fought to the Consulate and scaled the wall.

We pulled twenty Countrymen from the jaws of fate

Led them to safety, and stood at the gate.

Just the two of us, and foes by the score,

But we stood fast to bar the door.

Three calls for reinforcement, but all were denied,

So we fought, and we fought, and we fought until we died.

We gave our all for our Uncle Sam,

But Barack Obama didn't give a damn.

Just two dead seals who carried the load

No thanks to us...we were just "Bumps In The Road".

GOP Lawmaker Blasts MSNBC’s Obamacare Coverage

(Newsbusters) Appearing on Andrea Mitchell’s MSNBC 1 p.m. ET hour show on Tuesday, Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy slammed the press for not doing its job in pointing out the hypocrisy of ObamaCare being delayed for certain groups but not for all Americans: “…the media won’t even ask the question about, ‘Why are you [the Obama administration] treating families different than big businesses?’…That’s how pathetic, I think, news reporting has become, when we won’t ask tough questions to the administration.”


New Delaware Health Insurance Exchange Still Experiencing Start-Up Problems

DOVER, Del. — Delaware officials say they’re still experiencing problems with the launch of the state’s new health insurance exchange.

Officials as of Thursday have yet to confirm a single enrollment in the exchange, part of the federal health care reform effort.

The state health care commission also was told that only about half of the 68 “marketplace guides” being hired to teach people about the exchange and help them enroll have been fully certified, with many still awaiting completion of federal criminal background checks. 


Thank God Its Friday 10-11-13

What will you be doing this weekend?

Obama Administration Brings Chilling Effect On Journalism

The U.S. government's aggressive prosecution of leaks and efforts to control information are having a chilling effect on journalists and government whistle-blowers, according to a report released Thursday on U.S. press freedoms under the Obama administration.

The Committee to Protect Journalists conducted its first examination of U.S. press freedoms amid the Obama administration's unprecedented number of prosecutions of government sources and seizures of journalists' records. Usually the group focuses on advocating for press freedoms abroad.

Leonard Downie Jr., a former executive editor of The Washington Post, wrote the 30-page analysis entitled "The Obama Administration and the Press." The report notes President Barack Obama came into office pledging an open, transparent government after criticizing the Bush administration's secrecy, "but he has fallen short of his promise."

"In the Obama administration's Washington, government officials are increasingly afraid to talk to the press," wrote Downie, now a journalism professor at Arizona State University. "The administration's war on leaks and other efforts to control information are the most aggressive I've seen since the Nixon administration, when I was one of the editors involved in The Washington Post's investigation of Watergate."



SFD Calls For Service 10-10-13

  • Thursday October, 10 2013 @ 23:34:52 Nature: Automatic Alarm Address: 408 E Gordy Rd Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Thursday October, 10 2013 @ 21:59:38 Nature: Automatic Alarm Address: 505 Marvel Rd Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Thursday October, 10 2013 @ 20:56:01 Nature: Unconscious Subject City: Salisbury
  • Thursday October, 10 2013 @ 20:34:51 Nature: Assault Ems City: Salisbury
  • Thursday October, 10 2013 @ 19:14:32 Nature: Abdominal Pain City: Salisbury
  • Thursday October, 10 2013 @ 18:09:17 Nature: Sick Subject City: Salisbury
  • Thursday October, 10 2013 @ 17:53:38 Nature: Sick Subject City: Salisbury
  • Thursday October, 10 2013 @ 17:22:21 Nature: Automatic Alarm Address: 1429 E Sandy Acres Dr Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Thursday October, 10 2013 @ 16:58:14 Nature: Emergency Unknown City: Salisbury
  • Thursday October, 10 2013 @ 16:47:47 Nature: Automatic Alarm Address: 2300 N Salisbury Blvd Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Thursday October, 10 2013 @ 16:09:05 Nature: Subject Fallen City: Salisbury
  • Thursday October, 10 2013 @ 13:53:43 Nature: Difficulty Breathing City: Salisbury
  • Thursday October, 10 2013 @ 13:15:17 Nature: Medical Assist Address: 1504 Harting Dr Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Thursday October, 10 2013 @ 11:57:42 Nature: Difficulty Breathing City: Salisbury
  • Thursday October, 10 2013 @ 11:54:57 Nature: Medical Alarm City: Salisbury
  • Thursday October, 10 2013 @ 10:57:39 Nature: Subject Fallen City: Salisbury
  • Thursday October, 10 2013 @ 09:37:05 Nature: Sick Subject City: Salisbury
  • Thursday October, 10 2013 @ 09:34:46 Nature: Medical Assist Address: 1030 S Schumaker Dr Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Thursday October, 10 2013 @ 09:34:40 Nature: Subject Fallen City: Salisbury
  • Thursday October, 10 2013 @ 08:56:25 Nature: Medical Assist Address: 200 Civic Ave Salisbury, MD 21801

An Officer’s Life

*You wonder why he pulled you over and gave you a ticket for speeding,

He just worked an accident where people died because they were going too fast.
*You wonder why that cop was so mean,

He just got done working a case where a drunk driver killed a kid.

*You work for 8 hours,

He works for up to 18 hours.

*You drink hot coffee to stay awake,

The cold rain in the middle of the night keeps him awake.

*You complain of a "headache," and call in sick,

He goes into work still hurt and sore from the guy he had to fight the night before.

*You drink your coffee on your way to the mall,

He spills his as he runs Code 3 to a traffic crash with kids trapped inside.

*You make sure you're cell phone is in your pocket before you leave the house,

He makes sure his gun is clean and fully loaded and his vest is tight.

*You talk trash about your "buddies" that aren't with you,

He watches his buddy get shot at, and wounded in front of him.

*You walk down the beach, staring at all the pretty girls,

He walks down the highway looking for body parts from a traffic crash.

*You complain about how hot it is,

He wears fifty pounds of gear and a bullet proof vest in July and still runs around chasing crack heads.

*You go out to lunch, and complain because the restaurant got your order wrong,

He runs out before he gets his food to respond to an armed robbery.

*You get out of bed in the morning and take your time getting ready,

He gets called out of bed at 2 am after working 12 hours and has to be into work A.S.A.P. for a homicide.

*You go to the mall and get your hair redone,

He holds the hair of some college girl while shes puking in the back of his patrol car.

*You're angry because your class ran 5 minutes over,

His shift ended 4 hours ago and there's no end in sight.

*You call your girlfriend and set a date for tonight,

He can't make any plans because on his off days he still gets called back into work.

*You yell and scream at the squad car that just past you because they slowed you down,

He's in the driver seat of the squad car, going to cut somebody out of their car.

*You roll your eyes when a baby cries in public,

He picks up a dead child in his arms and prays that it was crying.

*You criticize your police department and say they're never there quick enough,

He blasts the siren while the person in front of him refuses to move while talking on their cell phone.

*You hear the jokes about fallen officers and say they should have known better,

He is a hero and runs into situations when everyone else is running away in order to make sure no one else gets hurt and loses his life doing it.

*You are asked to go to the store by your parents, you don't,

He would take a bullet for his buddy without question.

*You sit there and judge him, saying that it's a waste of money to have them around,

Yet as soon as you need help he is there.


“Truckers for the Constitution” organizer Zeeda Andrews on Friday circulated a list of demands that will supposedly be delivered to Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert.

Among them are suggestions that “Barry Soetoro, aka Barack Obama,” is a fake president because “his documents” are “forgeries.”

From the document:

From 2003 to 2008, several members of Congress introduced legislation, attempting to change Article 2, Section 1, Clause 5 of the Constitution on eight separate occasions to make it possible for Barack Obama to meet the eligibility requirements for the office of president. Of which, a legal investigation has proven that his documents provided are forgeries, which is a felony offense.

Global Chemical Watchdog Wins Nobel Peace Prize

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has awarded this year's Nobel Peace Prize to the Hague, Netherlands-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

Truck Driver Cited After Bus Crash On Summit Bridge Road

Location: Summit Bridge Road (St. Rt. 896) at Howell School Road, Bear, DE

Date of Occurrence: Thursday, October 10, 2013, at 10:01 p.m.

Vehicles and Drivers:
Driver 1: John Faverio, 56, of Wilmington, DE (properly restrained, not injured)
Vehicle 1: 2002 International bus

Driver 2: Roberto Figueroa-Gomez, 26, of Miami, FL (properly restrained, not injured)
Vehicle 2: 1990 Peterbilt tractor and trailer

Bear- Numerous bus passengers were injured in a crash yesterday evening.

The crash occurred at 10:01 p.m. as John Faverio, 56, of Wilmington, drove a 2002 International bus south on Summit Bridge Road. As the bus turned left from Summit Bridge Road onto Howell School Road it was struck by a tractor trailer that was traveling north on Summit Bridge Road. The collision caused the bus to overturn onto its side.

Nine of the bus passengers were transported by ambulance to Christiana Hospital. Two were admitted with non-life-threatening injuries. The remainder of the forty bus passengers were transported to area medical centers by private vehicle and treated for minor injuries.

Faverio and the tractor trailer driver, Roberto Figueroa-Gomez, 26, of Miami, FL, were both properly restrained at the time of the crash and not injured. Figueroa-Gomez was issued a traffic summons for failing to stop at a red light.

Yard Sale 10-11-13

Multi-Family yard sale on 10/5/13 from 7am – noon @ 5545 Mt Hermon Church Rd in Salisbury.

Obama Signs Bill To Pay Military Death Benefits

Families of fallen troops will be assured of receiving death benefits under legislation President Barack Obama signed Thursday amid a national firestorm after the Pentagon suspended the roughly $100,000 payments during the partial government shutdown.

Obama signed the bill into law after it won final passage in the Senate earlier in the day.

But his chief spokesman, Jay Carney, had said the measure was unnecessary because a military charity had stepped in to continue the payments. Carney also had declined to say whether Obama would sign the bill, which reinstates benefits for surviving family members, including funeral and burial expenses, and death gratuity payments.


Bus Crash on Summit Bridge Road Cleared

DSP News Release: Bus Crash on Summit Bridge Road Cleared

Location: Summit Bridge Road (St. Rt. 896) at Howell School Road, Bear, DE

Date of Occurrence: Thursday, October 10, 2013, at 10:01 p.m.
Bear- Troopers have cleared the scene of the bus crash on Summit Bridge Road at Howell School Road, and the roadways are open.

An initial investigation suggests the bus, which was carrying approximately forty adult passengers, was making a left turn from southbound Summit Bridge Road onto Howell School Road. While crossing the northbound lanes of Summit Bridge Road the bus was struck by a tractor trailer that failed to stop for a red light.

After being struck the bus overturned. Approximately nine bus passengers were transported to Christiana Hospital. Several other passengers were transported to area medical centers by private vehicles. None of the injuries are considered to be life threatening.

More information will be released later today.

I Was Sentenced To Life In Prison — Here's What My First Day Was Like

I remember my first day because it was my worst day. I was sentenced to life in prison on September 25, 1995 and about a week later was transferred from the San Diego County Jail to RJ Donovan Prison for intake into the state prison system.
The morning of my transfer a deputy came to my cell and told me that I was “catching the chain” to the pen. I had just made it to sleep as my cellmate and I had stayed up late playing chess and talking.

He was a 19-year-old 1st-termer headed to the joint with a life sentence and every night he would ask me a gang of questions about prison life. I felt compelled to answer his questions in as much detail as possible because I knew he didn't understand the danger he was headed into and he needed all the help he could get.