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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

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Dylan Ratigan Rages Over "The Extraction Of America" And The Bought-Off Congress

BREAKING NEWS: Congress Approves Bill To End Partial Shutdown

The House votes 285-144 to pass a Senate-approved bill ending the partial government shutdown and raising the debt ceiling, sending the deal to the president’s desk.



Editor’s note: This story contains graphic details that may be disturbing to some readers.

An alleged sexual assault that took place in front of numerous students during Ohio University’s homecoming celebrations this weekend has led to serious questions about why witnesses reportedly snapped pictures and recorded video instead of stepping in to help the victim.

What’s worse is that these images were subsequently shared on social media. The female victim, who received oral sex, reportedly did not realize what had happened to her until she saw photos online the following day. She reported the incident to police in Athens, Ohio on Sunday, the Daily Mail reported.


NY Fed Looks To Seal Documents In Latest Whistleblower Case

As was widely reported last week in both the alternative media and the mainstream presstitute media , former senior bank examiner at the New York Federal Reserve, Carmen Segarra, has filed a lawsuit against her former employer accusing them of wrongful termination after she determined that Goldman Sachs had insufficient conflict-of-interest policies. As usual, anything that threatens to shed some light on the criminality at the most powerful institutions in America is immediately labeled “top secret” or “classified” and hidden from the public. Just as you would expect in a Banana Republic.

From Pro Publica:

On Friday, the Fed asked for a protective order to seal documents in the case as well as parts of the complaint. In a letter to U.S. District Judge Ronnie Abrams, New York Fed counsel David Gross said the information should be removed from the public docket because it is “Confidential Supervisory Information,” including internal New York Fed emails and materials provided to the Fed by Goldman.

“These documents show that at the time (Segarra) left the employ of the New York Fed, she purloined property of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System,” Gross wrote, citing Fed rules that prohibit disclosing supervisory information without prior approval of the Fed.

Gross argues that the Fed’s obligation to keep bank supervisory records secret outweigh the public’s right to know. “The incantation of a ‘public right to know’ cannot ever be a license to discharged employees that they may violate Federal law simply by filing a complaint in Federal court,” Gross wrote.

The New York Fed has historically been one of the most opaque financial regulators and maintains that it is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act because it is not a public agency.


BREAKING NEWS: Democrat Cory Booker Wins NJ Senate Election

Democrat Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, beats Republican Steve Lonegan to win the New Jersey Senate seat left by the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg.

From Fox News

You Big Baby!


President Obama is seeking power the Constitution has assigned to Congress. Soon, he will formally ask Congress to surrender its constitutional authority and grant him “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority.

And House Republicans are inexplicably ready to give it to him.

Members of Congress who take our Constitution seriously will follow Nancy Reagan’s advice and Just Say No.

Article One, Section 8 of the Constitution assigns Congress the exclusive responsibility to set the terms of “commerce with foreign nations” -- trade. The Founders established this clear check and balance to prevent the president from unilaterally negotiating deals that reward his supporters while harming opponents or the nation as a whole.


Cats Stealing Dogs Beds

Are We Approaching Peak Retirement?

If stocks, bonds and real estate all decline going forward, where are pension funds going to earn their 7+% annual yields?

If we look at the foundations of retirement--Social Security, stocks, bonds and real estate--it seems we may have reached Peak Retirement. Let's start the discussion by noting that the primary Federal retirement programs--Social Security and Medicare--are "pay as you go," meaning the checks sent out to beneficiaries this year are funded by payroll tax revenues collected this year from workers.

As Mish and I (as well as others) have tirelessly pointed out, the "trust funds" for these programs are phantoms of imagination. When these programs run deficits, the government raises the money to fund the deficit the same way it funds all its deficit spending--by selling Treasury bonds.

These programs were founded on a demographic illusion, i.e. that the number of retirees (beneficiaries) would magically remain a small percentage of the workforce paying payroll taxes. Alas, the number of beneficiaries is rising fast while the number of full-time workers is stagnating.

Full-time employment and the number of Social Security beneficiaries: the ratio of full-time workers to beneficiaries is already 2-to-1, and set to decline. Below 2-to-1, either payroll taxes will have to icnrease or benefits will have to be trimmed, or some of both.



As the realities of Obamacare continue to sink in, more and more people are getting letters from their health insurance providers telling them that their plans no longer comply with federal requirements under Obamacare. We just brought you the story of “Trick Shot Titus” and his family facing significant increases in the cost of their health care plans.

Now, a community blogger on the far-left Daily Kos website has penned a blog post complaining that both he and his wife are facing a nearly 100 percent increase in their monthly premiums. He claims he is canceling his insurance and refuses to pay any “f***ing penalty.”


Ex-ACORN Operatives Helping Out In Rollout Of ObamaCare

A group formed from the ruins of ACORN is hard at work signing people up for ObamaCare, and may be collecting taxpayer cash for their work despite Congress' efforts to cut the organization and its affiliates off from government funding, a watchdog group charged.

The United Labor Unions Council Local 100, a New Orleans-based nonprofit, announced last month it would take part in a multi-state "navigator" drive to help people enroll in President Obama's health care plan. The labor council was established by ACORN founder Wade Rathke after his larger group was broken up amid scandal in 2009 and banned from receiving taxpayer funds.

“At a time when our government has ceased functioning due to an appropriations gap, it is ironic that America’s tax dollars are being doled out to an entity whose poor stewardship of our funds was well-established by Congress,” said Dan Epstein, executive director of Cause of Action, a nonpartisan watchdog group based in Washington.


Troopers Investigate Serious Crash South Of Laurel

Location: Sussex Highway (US13) at Whitesville Road (SR30), Laurel, DE

Date of Occurrence: Wednesday October 16, 2013 at approximately 12:30 p.m.

Operator and Vehicle Information:

Operator #1: Logan D. Ferrell, 16, Laurel, DE
Vehicle #1: 2003 Ford Taurus
Passenger: 16 year old female, Laurel, DE
Passenger: 2 year old nephew of Ferrell, Laurel, DE

Operator #2: Elizabeth M. Dennis, 19, Smyrna, DE
Vehicle #2: 2008 Ford Fusion

Laurel, DE- The Delaware State Police are investigating a serious crash that injured three people including a 2 year old boy.

The incident occurred around 12:30 p.m. this afternoon as Logan D. Ferrell was operating a 2003 Ford Taurus westbound on Whitesville Road (SR30) approaching the intersection with Sussex Highway (US13). Ferrell came to a stop and then entered into the northbound lanes of US13 and into the path of a 2008 Ford Fusion being operated by Elizabeth M. Dennis. The Fusion struck the Taurus on the driver's side causing the car to rotate clockwise and spin into the center median. The Fusion also continued northbound and came to a stop in the center median.

A two year old boy, seated in the back seat behind Ferrell, was not properly restrained in a safety approved car seat and was ejected into the front seat passenger. The boy, who is the nephew of Ferrell, was flown to A. I. DuPont Hospital with serious injuries. He is currently listed in stable condition. Ferrell and a 16 year old female passenger were both transported by EMS to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Elizabeth M. Dennis, who was properly restrained, reported no injuries at the scene of the crash.

The Collision Reconstruction Unit is currently investigating this incident and charges are pending. US13 northbound was closed at Whitesville Road for approximately three hours as the crash was investigated and cleared.

Nor'easter Strands Record Number Of Dolphins

A record number of dolphins washed ashore following the recent nor'easter, according to estimates by a local sea mammal stranding group.

“This week was outrageous,” said Suzanne Thurman, executive director of Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation Institute. “This is the most we've ever had.”

On Monday, Thurman was trying to catch up after tending to 18 bottle-nosed dolphin strandings and five loggerhead turtles – all found dead this past week along a coastline stretching from Kitts Hummock on the Delaware Bay down to Fenwick Island, she said.

“This is more than we get in a year,” she said.



Walmart will be on the hook for the glitch-prompted shopping spree that nearly wiped out stores in Louisiana after the Electronic Benefit Transfer system temporarily removed spending limits on food stamp recipients’ cards.

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, which oversees the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP, said Walmart will have to foot the bill for store losses in Springhill and Mansfield, La., during a food shopping frenzy.


ATF Threatens French-Style Firing Squad For Agents Who Leak Secrets

After months of anguished debate over mass shootings, gun control and Second Amendment rights, the Justice Department finds itself on the defensive after a training manual surfaced that suggests federal agents could face a firing squad for leaking government secrets.

The online manual for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — complete with a photo of a turn-of-the-century firing squad — was obtained by The Washington Times from a concerned federal law enforcement official, and it immediately drew protests from watchdogs who said it showed a lack of sensitivity to gun violence and the continuing hostile environment toward whistleblowers.

Stephen Kohn, executive director of the National Whistleblower Center, said the DOJ has forgotten about the protections of the First Amendment, which covers leaks to the media, and that the photo could scare its employees into self-censorship. 


More Black Mob Violence Denial In Albany

I wish the liberals would make up their minds.

Here is what they ALWAYS say about the black mob violence documented in the book White Girl Bleed a Lot:
1) It is not happening.

2) Here is why it is happening.

Salon did it. Then CNN. Then MSNBC. The former head of a state-wide NAACP did it on my radio show. Now comes Casey Seiler, a reporter at the Albany Times-Union. Seiler does not approve of a recent FrontPage story about black mob violence in Schenectady. He says “the riot has no color.”

Mr. Seiler accuses me of forgetting what is causing all this black mob violence.

You remember, the violence that does not exist.



Many Maryland employers to see unemployment insurance tax reduced by 70 percent

ANNAPOLIS, MD (October 16, 2013)
– Governor Martin O'Malley today joined Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Secretary Leonard J. Howie III and Maryland Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kathy Snyder to announce that Maryland’s economic recovery has once again driven down unemployment insurance tax rates for Maryland employers. Beginning January 1, 2014, most Maryland businesses will pay lower unemployment insurance taxes. Unemployment Insurance is a critical lifeline for working Marylanders during tough economic times. Improving the unemployment insurance trust fund has been a priority for the O'Malley-Brown Administration.

"Progress doesn't happen by chance, but by the choices we're making together to build a strong, growing and resilient economy," said Governor Martin O'Malley. "As a result of our efforts together with Maryland employers to recover the jobs lost during the recession, Maryland businesses will see a significant cut in their unemployment insurance rate - many as much as 70 percent."

Under state law, the tax rates are determined each year based upon the health of the Trust Fund on September 30. The health of the trust fund is connected to the health of the economy – as the economy improves, so too does the health of the trust fund. As the health of the trust fund improves, tax rates for Maryland employers fall.

At $934,896,062, Maryland has the eighth highest trust fund balance in the country. Weekly benefit payouts have declined steadily since peaking in 2009, and the balance in the trust fund is healthy enough to trigger a key rate change for 2014. Reflecting the recovery of the fund, the range of unemployment insurance rates that employers will pay in 2014 will be significantly lower than the rates in the prior four years.

In 2012, Table F was in effect with a range of tax rates of 2.2 percent to 13.5 percent of the first $8,500 in annual wages. For calendar year 2013, Table C was in effect with range of rates of 1.0 percent to 10.5 percent of the first $8,500 in annual wages. For 2014 Table A – the lowest range of tax rates – will be in effect, with a range of rates of .3 percent to 7.5 percent on the first 8,500 in annual wages. Many businesses will realize an 86 percent reduction in their UI cost per employee over the last two years.

While individual rates in 2014 will vary from business to business, today’s announcement means that many of Maryland’s businesses will receive a significant tax cut. For example, while an employer at the lowest end of the tax rates paid $85 per employee in 2013, the company will now be paying less than half this much - $25.50 – in 2014.

"By working together when times are tight, we're now seeing significantly reduced unemployment insurance taxes for Maryland's employers, adding further fuel to our economic recovery," said Secretary Howie. "Thanks to the leadership of Governor O'Malley and the work of our partners in the General Assembly, and the hard work and fortitude of Maryland businesses, we are far ahead of most states in this area," said Secretary Howie, noting that 15 other states have loans from the U.S. Government to pay unemployment insurance benefits.

David McGlone, Acting Assistant Secretary for the Division of Unemployment Insurance, attributes the tax rate reduction to cooperative planning in the State. "Through Maryland's Unemployment Insurance Oversight Committee, we work together to have a strong system for all Marylanders. Today’s announcement shows that the rate structure system works as intended.”

When unemployment claims increased during the national recession, Governor O’Malley introduced legislation to strengthen Maryland's unemployment insurance program, and worked with the Division of Unemployment Insurance on a new program to offer payment plans for employers. Over the last four years, Maryland employers have implemented 3,582 payment plans with DLLR. These plans work to the benefit of employers and claimants alike by keeping wage records current and a consistent revenue stream for the UI Trust Fund.

"The reduction in unemployment insurance tax rates is good news for Maryland employers, workers and the economy,” said Kathy Snyder, CCE, President/CEO, Maryland Chamber of Commerce. Working together through the Unemployment Insurance Oversight Committee, business, labor and elected leaders have strengthened Maryland's unemployment insurance system."

"Lower tax liabilities will have positive consequences for Maryland's employers, workers, and the economy. They are the direct result of the prudent decisions made by Maryland business leaders, labor, the legislature, and the O'Malley Administration. Maryland is well-positioned to seize new economic opportunities," said Ronald Adler, President-CEO of Laurdan Associates, Inc., Chair of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce UI Subcommittee and member of the UI Oversight Committee.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has ranked Maryland #1 for entrepreneurship and innovation two years in a row. The Milken Institute ranks our State #1 in research and development per capita, and #2 for science and technology assets. The nonpartisan group The States Project says we’re #2 for economic opportunity, and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation ranks us among the five states best positioned to succeed in the new economy. And for the fourth year in a row- the Chamber also ranks us in the top ten for economic performance. Last year, entrepreneurial Marylanders made our State 4th in the nation for startups per capita according to a study by Fast Company.

The Louisiana Heist

On Saturday, Louisiana’s “EBT” system malfunctioned, causing spending limits on users’ food-stamp cards temporarily to be lifted. In two counties at least, recipients noticed the error, spread the word, and set about trying to check out as much as they could fit into shopping carts. At Walmarts in the towns of Springhill and Mansfield, employees called corporate headquarters to ask what they should do. They were instructed to “keep the registers ringing.” This they did — and with a vengeance.

By the time that proper limits on the cards had been restored a couple of hours later, the shelves had been all but stripped bare. “Just about everything is gone, I’ve never seen it in that condition,” Anthony Fuller, a customer in Mansfield, told the press. Will Lyn, the chief of police in nearby Springhill, agreed, telling the Daily Mail that “it was definitely worse than Black Friday. It was worse than anything we had ever seen in this town. There was no food left on any of the shelves, and no meat left. The grocery part of Walmart was totally decimated.” One man even managed to spend $700.

“I saw people drag out eight to ten grocery carts,” Lynd reported. Those who did not manage to take advantage in time simply abandoned their hauls in the middle of the aisles.

“Contrary to rumors,” CBS proclaimed, “nobody was unruly or arrested and [the police] were mainly there to help prevent shoplifting and theft.” Given the circumstances, “preventing theft” is a rather peculiar way of describing the behavior of officers who stood and watched the incident. Whether or not local authorities had legal cause to arrest the shoppers on the spot, there really should be no doubt that widespread theft took place — or, perhaps, that widespread fraud took place. Neither that the beneficiaries evidently believe that they could get away with it, nor that the victim was the unsympathetically anonymous mass of Louisianan and federal taxpayers alters the plain fact. This was a crime.


BREAKING NEWS: Boehner Says House Will Take Up Senate Budget Plan

Speaker John Boehner says the House ‘absolutely’ will take up the new Senate budget plan -- even if he has to rely on Democrats to pass it -- and that he expects the partial government shutdown to end by Thursday.


No Geographic Mistake In Gansler’s Pick Of Ivey

The latest bit of nonsense in the Maryland governors’ race is the suggestion that Doug Gansler from Montgomery County made a mistake by not balancing his ticket with someone from the Baltimore Region.

Gansler picked Del. Jolene Ivey from Prince George’s County. Professor Don Norris of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County described the pick as proof Gansler is “knee-deep in quicksand.” I have great respect for Don Norris, but knee-deep in quicksand? Maybe he’s up to his ankles in a mud puddle.

No one has suggested that Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, from Prince George’s County, failed the regional balance test when he picked Howard County Executive Ken Ulman. This is apparently a balanced ticket.


Station 7 In West Ocean City Successful At Liquor Board Hearing Today

After one complaint about music being too loud in the West Ocean City location the Liquor Board took away their license to play music until 1:00 AM in the beginning of the summer. 

Today a group of almost 30 people showed up in support, (I was also present) of Station 7 getting their license back and the Board unanimously agreed.

Not one person showed up to complain and many neighbors living directly next to Station 7 testified in support of allowing them to play on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday until 1:00 AM. 

If you've never been to this location, it's incredible. Hopefully the pictures above show just how great a job these guys did remodeling an old bar that had a 50+ year reputation of hosting a really bad crowd. All that has changed and now there's a really great restaurant/bar in West Ocean City Families go to dine and enjoy.  

Goldwater-Rockefeller Redux

"History does not repeat itself, but it does rhyme."

Mark Twain's insight comes to mind as one observes the panic of Beltway Republicans over the latest polls in the battle of Obamacare.

According to Gallup, approval of the Republican Party has sunk 10 points in two weeks to 28 percent, an all-time low. In the Wall Street Journal/NBC poll, approval of the GOP has fallen to 24 percent.

In the campaign to persuade America of their Big Lie — that the House Republicans shut down the government — the White House and its media chorus appear to have won this round.

Yet, the truth is the Republican House has voted three times to keep open and to fund every agency, department and program of the U.S. government, except for Obamacare.

And they voted to kill that monstrosity but once.

Republicans should refuse to raise the white flag and insist on an honorable avenue of retreat.



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Salisbury Police Department and Wicomico Bureau of Investigations Joint Press Release - Robbery Suspect Arrested

WCSO Press Release 10-16-13

Incident: CDS / Possession of a Firearm / Resisting Arrest
Date of Incident: 14 October 2013
Location: 800 block of West Road, Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Devale Jerwyn Palmer, 18, Salisbury, MD
Narrative: On 14 October 2013 at 6:38 PM, a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 800 block of West Road in Salisbury for the report of a suspicious subject, possibly involved in CDS activity. Reports had come into the Sheriff’s Office of a subject later identified as Devale Palmer inside a residence without permission in the 700 block of N. Westover Drive using CDS. Upon the arrival of the deputy to the area, he recognized a subject that matched the provided description who proceeded to run away as the deputy exited his vehicle.  As the deputy pursued Palmer on foot, others in the area began yelling, “Run Palmer, Run!”  The deputy pursued Palmer and managed to catch him on Mohawk Avenue at which point Palmer began to struggle against the efforts of the deputy while a crowd began to form around them. The deputy managed to secure Palmer and recovered a .25 cal semi-automatic handgun from Palmer’s coat. Further search of Palmer revealed a baggie of marijuana along with crack cocaine that was packaged for apparent sale.  Upon presentation to the district Court Commissioner, Palmer was detained in the Detention Center in lieu of $250,000.00 bond.
Charges: CDS Possession with the Intent to Distribute, Possession of Firearm by a Minor, CDS Distribution while in Possession of a Firearm, Burglary 4th Degree and Resisting Arrest

Palmer, Davale
Palmer, Davale

Incident: Fraud Alert
Date of Incident: 14 October 2013
Location: Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Pending
Narrative: On 14 October 2013 at 8:52 AM, a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into a reported fraud. Upon meeting the victim at his residence in Salisbury, the deputy learned that back on 3 October 2013, the victim was contacted by a subject claiming to be the victim’s grandson. This subject then told the victim that he had been involved in an accident with a vehicle displaying diplomatic plates while DUI. The victim then spoke with a subject that identified himself as his grandson’s public defender and was told that if the victim wired $1,900.00 then his grandson could get out of jail.

The victim did as requested but was soon re-contacted by the “public defender” who advised that the wire was done incorrectly, that the first $1,900.00 would be mailed back to the victim and that it had to be re-sent again. The victim then made a second wire transfer of $1,900.00.

The victim realized he had been scammed when he called his grandson a few days later to see how he made out during the ordeal. Upon finding out that someone had pretended to be his grandson the victim contacted the Sheriff’s Office. Investigation has revealed so far that the calls originated from Canada and that money was wired to a location in the Caribbean.

The Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office wants to warn all of our citizens about these growing trends. Many unscrupulous individuals are willing to prey on an individual’s desire to help out their family members in distress. When being contacted by someone asking for money to be transferred, please make sure that you are absolutely certain where that money is going.

Public Schools Look Like The Prisons They Are

The free-market principle of open entry is challenged by governmental restrictions on access to consumer markets. There are many official justifications for these restrictions, but the main one is this: “Customers do not know what is good for them.” They do not know what products to buy, what prices to pay, or what arrangements to negotiate with respect to return and replacement. Customers are in fact woefully ignorant of what they really need, so the state enters the marketplace to restrict what customers are legally allowed to purchase. The idea here is that state officials know what customers really need as distinguished from what customers are willing to pay for.

One of the justifications for this is that advertising deludes customers. This means that customers are considered not able to sort out fact from fiction when they read or see an advertisement. It is interesting that the same advertising agencies hired by businesses to sell products are also hired by politicians to produce advertisements in election years. In other words, advertising is accepted as a legitimate way to motivate people to take action during election years, but is placed under suspicion when it comes to advertising products and services. People in their capacity as voters are supposedly perfectly capable of making accurate decisions based on advertising. On the other hand, those same people in their capacity as customers supposedly are incapable of making accurate decisions based on advertising. This is utterly illogical, but it is basic to understanding all modern governments in the West …

Whenever the state intervenes in a market to restrict entry by sellers, it results in higher prices. Customers are not able to buy the kinds of goods and services they want, at a price they are willing to pay. So the producers who would otherwise have entered the market are forced to enter other markets. These markets are less profitable than the restricted markets. Customers in the regulated markets are worse off, and so are marginal suppliers who leave those markets.

We can see this principle at work in the market for education. The supply of education is limited by government restrictions on academic certification. Teachers must go through a specified regimen at the college level in order to be eligible to teach in the nation’s tax-funded school systems. This reduces the supply of teachers who can legally be hired by local school districts. Furthermore, restrictions on school construction by private entrepreneurs limit the amount of competition tax-funded schools face.


GOP Congressmen: Republican Senators Need 'Backbone'

Two GOP House members took aim at Senate Republicans Monday for what they see as lax efforts to negotiate with Democrats over the debt ceiling and government shutdown.

"The Senate Republicans, with all due respect, are only relevant I would argue because we have a House majority," Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., told Fox News Channel's "On the Record."

The only reason President Barack Obama called off negotiations with the House leadership, he said, was because he thinks he can get a better deal from the Senate.

Schock repeated his call for Senate Republicans to "grow a backbone." They should join House Republicans and not sell out on anything short of a deal that takes care of long-term spending, he said.

House members have long held a view that Senators are snobs, with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., often joking about it.


Save The TaTa's


"Train wreck." "Fundamentally flawed." “Not ready for primetime.” This is the rollout of Obamacare.

Constant “glitches” keep people from logging into the exchanges. Humiliating live video of reporters normally favorable to Obamacare simply giving up in frustration because they cannot sign up. Consumers who are lucky enough to get through the system are stunned to learn that their premiums have skyrocketed by thousands of dollars. One Pennsylvania mother says that she can either pay her increased premiums or pay for her kids to eat, but she can’t do both.

Extremely personal information has already leaked from the system in Minnesota. Software security experts from McAfee predict millions of identity theft victims. And one of the healthcare exchanges was forced to acknowledge that information collected from patients will be shared with law enforcement.



As a confrontation at a restaurant in Columbia, S.C., quickly spun out of control, a witness began video recording the incident involving an off-duty deputy and a female soldier. The video shows the deputy attempting to arrest the soldier following an argument at the establishment.

However, veteran deputy and former U.S. Marine Paul Derrick, 49, was ultimately arrested and charged with assault after police reviewed the cellphone video and determined the cop acted inappropriately. He has also been placed on leave without pay following the Oct. 7 incident at Buffalo Wild Wings.


Emerging Deal Would Be A Victory For Big Labor

Unions would come out as one of the winners in an emerging deal between Senate Republicans and Democrats to resolve the budget impasse that has triggered the government shutdown now entering its third week.

The proposed deal would include a one-year delay in a fee strongly opposed by unions that was to be assessed against health insurance plans starting in 2014, according to Politico.


Water Main Break In Salisbury

A Political Earthquake Hits France: Is A European Union Referendum Next?

I will negotiate over the points on which there can be no compromise. If the result is inadequate, I will call for withdrawal. Europe is just a great bluff. On one side there is the immense power of sovereign peoples, and on the other side are a few technocrats.

- Front National Leader Marine Le Pen

I haven’t been paying as much attention to Europe as I was a few years ago. After all, monitoring the oligarch theft, shit-show in my own backyard is a full time job. Even back when I was watching the Continent more closely, I never paid particular attention to the happenings in France. That needs to change.

Ambrose-Evans Pritchard of the UK’s Telegraph has written an excellent article detailing the extraordinary success of Marine Le Pen’s Front National in recent elections. What was once seen as a fringe right-wing party is now collecting a surprising amount of votes from socialists attracted to the anti-bank/anti-euro platform. With all the talk of Greece, Italy and Spain over the past several years, wouldn’t it be ironic if France was the one country that ended it all…


9 Mind-Blowing Facts About Money

China Invented Every Form of Money

Invented every single major form of currency: shell money, metal money, paper money , and fiat currency not backed by any tangible commodities
Seized gold six centuries before Franklin Roosevelt, in order to prop up its fiat currency and prevent runaway inflation
Debt Forgiveness Is The Basis for Modern Civilization

Religions were founded on the concept of debt forgiveness.

For example, Matthew 6:12says:
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

Periodic times of debt forgiveness – or debt “jubilees” – were a basic part of the early Jewish and Christian religions, as well as Babylonian culture.

David Graeber, author of “Debt: The First 5,000 Years” told  Democracy Now:
If you look at the history of world religions, of social movements what you find is for much of world history what is sacred is not debt, but the ability to make debt disappear to forgive it and that’s where concepts of redemption originally come from.

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard wrote in 2009:
In the end, the only way out of all this global debt may prove to be a Biblical debt Jubilee.

Indeed, the first recorded word for “freedom” in any human language is the word for freedom from debt.

(Moreover, there is a long-standing legal principle that people should not have to repay their government’s debt to the extent that it is incurred to launch aggressive wars or to oppress the people … what is called “odious debt”).


What to Do About America’s Low-Skill Work Force

The U.S.’s economic future may not be as bright as its past.

Some bad news for America, not on the political front this time, but in what corporate executives call human resources.

It’s from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s report on adult skills, based on 166,000 interviews in 24 economically advanced countries in 2011 and 2012.

The verdict on the United States: “weak in literacy, very poor in numeracy, but only slightly below average in problem-solving in technology-rich environments.”
On literacy, just 12 percent of U.S. adults score at the top two levels, significantly lower than the 22 percent in largely monoethnic and culturally cohesive Japan and Finland. American average scores are below those in our Anglosphere cousins Australia, Canada, England, and Northern Ireland.

One-sixth of Americans score at the bottom two levels, compared with 5 percent in Japan and Finland.


How Maryland Robs Its Most Vulnerable Children

Try this on for size: The Maryland agency overseeing foster care has been appropriating foster children's assets — orphaned children's survivor benefits, for example — and handing them over to the state.

There's more: Not only does this agency take assets from children, but Gov. Martin O'Malley and the head of the Maryland Department of Human Resources encourage the practice, going so far as to hire a private company to help obtain Social Security disability (SSI) and survivor benefits (SSDI) from foster children to use as government revenue.

Children's Social Security benefits are intended to serve the children's best interests, not to pay the state back for foster care. But our foster care agency is targeting abused and neglected children who are disabled or have dead parents, applying for Social Security benefits on their behalf — and then diverting the money to state coffers. The practice has been occurring for years, but in secret. Children and their lawyers are not notified.


Another ObamaCare ‘Glitch’: $30B Blown On Non-Operational Medical Record System

The rollout of ObamaCare has been plagued by problems these past two weeks, as thousands complained they couldn’t sign up for coverage due to a deeply defective website.

But this process could have been easier if a nine-year, government-backed effort to set up a system of electronic medical records had gotten off the ground. Instead of setting up their medical ID for the first time, would-be customers would have their records already on file.

Unfortunately for patients -- and taxpayers -- the long-running project has produced tangibly few results despite costing the government, so far, at least $30 billion.


BREAKING NEWS: Senate Leaders Finalize Budget Deal, Aide Confirms

Senate negotiators have reached a tentative deal to raise the debt ceiling ahead of Thursday’s deadline and end the partial government shutdown, a Senate aide confirms.


A Tulsa man shot a suspected burglar several times after he found him lurking around in his home on Monday, according to police.

Charles Sweeny told KJRH-TV he went for a walk on Monday prior to the incident. When he returned, he immediately sensed something wasn’t right.

After realizing his top dresser drawer was open, Sweeny said he retrieved his firearm — just moments before he saw a man standing in his bedroom doorway.

The homeowner opened fire, shooting several rounds at the intruder before calling the police.


The "Aggregation Of Rackets" That American Life Has Become Is Rolling

Things that can’t go on, the prophet Herb Stein once observed, go on until they can’t. Criticality eventually bushwhacks credulity. The aggregation of rackets that American life has become is rolling over like a great groaning wounded leviathan and the rest of the world is starting to freak out at the spectacle. Instead of a revolution, we’re having a suicide party.

But don’t worry, a revolution would not be far behind. My guess is that it would kick off as generational rather than regional or factional, but it would eventually incorporate all three. A generation already swindled by the college loan racket must be chafing at the bureaucratic nightmare that ObamaCare instantly turned into at its roll-out, with a website that wouldn’t let anyone log in. Isn’t technology wonderful? I wonder when the “magic moment” will come when all those unemployed millennials join a Twitter injunction to just stop paying back their loans. If that particular message went out during this month’s government food fight, it would do more than just get the attention of a few politicians. It would crash the banks and snap the links in every chain of obligation holding the fiasco of globalism together.

So far, the millennials have shown about as much political inclination as so many sowbugs under a rotten log, but it is in the nature of criticality that things change real fast. In any case, the older generations have completely disgraced themselves and it is only a question of how cruelly history will treat them in their unseating. The last time things got this bad, the guys in charge divided into two teams with blue and gray uniforms, rode gallantly onto the first fields of battle thinking it was a kind of rousing military theatrical, only to find themselves in a grinding four-year industrial-scale slaughter in which it was not uncommon for 20,000 young men to get shot to pieces in a single day — one day after another.

Of course, things are a bit different now since we became a nation of overfed clowns dedicated to getting something for nothing, but despite the abject futility of American life in its current incarnation, there is room for plenty of violence and destruction. The sad and peculiar angle of the current struggle is that both sides in government wish heartily to keep all the rackets of daily life going — they just disagree on the distribution method of the vig.


Court Won't Hear Arguments Against Md. Gun Law

The Supreme Court won't review a decision upholding a Maryland gun law that requires residents to demonstrate a "good and substantial reason" to get a permit to carry a handgun outside their own home or business.

The high court on Tuesday refused to hear from Raymond Woollard and the Washington state-based Second Amendment Foundation Inc., who said the law violates the Second Amendment. Maryland is one of about half a dozen so-called "may issue" states where residents must demonstrate a reason to get a permit to carry a gun in public. Those states include California, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and Hawaii. The legislation in some of those states is also the subject of legal challenges.

Woollard initially obtained a permit allowing him to carry a handgun outside his home after his son-in-law broke into his Baltimore County home in 2002. The permit was renewed once, but Woollard was denied a second renewal in 2009. State officials said Woollard failed to demonstrate any ongoing danger outside his home. Maryland law does not recognize a vague threat or general fear as an adequate reason for obtaining a permit.



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When media consultant Brian Aitken moved from Colorado to New Jersey to be closer to his son in 2009, police found legally-purchased, locked, and unloaded handguns in the trunk of his car. Aitken was arrested, imprisoned, and denied the ability to see his son.

Although Aitken regained a small taste of freedom when his 7-year sentence was commuted after 4 months, he has yet to get his life back. He is labeled a felon, which means he cannot own guns, he cannot vote, and he cannot travel internationally since his passport was revoked. Moreover, because of the firearms charges he faced over his legally purchased guns, he is barred from seeing his son.


Hillary Clinton To stump For Terry McAuliffe

Hillary Clinton is hitting the campaign trail with Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe this weekend, the first time the former Secretary of State will appear publicly for the Democratic candidate.

Clinton will headline a “Women for Terry” event in Falls Church, Va., on Saturday, where she’ll officially endorse McAuliffe.


Obama: Not Allowing Gov't To Borrow More 'Would Amount To A New Tax'

( - President Barack Obama used his Saturday radio address to press for an end to "this Republican shutdown" and for an increase in the debt limit.

"It wouldn't be wise," he said, "to just kick the debt-ceiling can down the road for a couple months, and flirt with a first-ever intentional default right in the middle of the holiday shopping season. Because damage to America's sterling credit rating wouldn't just cause global markets to go haywire; it would become more expensive for everyone in America to borrow money. Students paying for college. Newlyweds buying a home. It would amount to a new tax -- a Republican default tax -- on every family and business in America."


Doug Gansler Calls Reckelss Driving Allegations Untrue

Maryland Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Doug Gansler said Tuesday that reports that he abused the power of his police escorts are simply not true.

In an appearance on NewsTalk with Bruce DePuyt, Gansler responded to a Washington Post article that accused Gansler of ordering his police escorts to use their power to help him bypass traffic.

"That story is one hundred percent completely untrue," Gansler said. "They say I even got a speeding ticket that I didn't pay. There's a public record to show I never got a speeding ticket, so we know that's not true."

Feds Removed Handles From 40 Public Water Pumps Along C&O Canal

( – National Park Service (NPS) rangers removed the handles from some 40 public water pumps and closed restrooms in the 184.5 mile- C&O Canal National Historical Park, but they haven’t been able to keep hikers and bikers off the popular trail known as a “cyclist’s dream.” 

“It’s full every day,” said Gail Hall, who runs Mountain Side Bikes at the trailhead in Cumberland, Md. “They’re bringing in their own water and utilizing the tree-lined areas [of the park] for restrooms. Some towns like Harper’s Ferry even brought in potties to accommodate them. As long as they can pedal, they don’t care.”


Privacy Fears Grow As Cities Increase Surveillance

OAKLAND, Calif. — Federal grants of $7 million awarded to this city were meant largely to help thwart terror attacks at its bustling port. But instead, the money is going to a police initiative that will collect and analyze reams of surveillance data from around town — from gunshot-detection sensors in the barrios of East Oakland to license plate readers mounted on police cars patrolling the city’s upscale hills.

The new system, scheduled to begin next summer, is the latest example of how cities are compiling and processing large amounts of information, known as big data, for routine law enforcement. And the system underscores how technology has enabled the tracking of people in many aspects of life.

The police can monitor a fire hose of social media posts to look for evidence of criminal activities; transportation agencies can track commuters’ toll payments when drivers use an electronic pass; and the National Security Agency, as news reports this summer revealed, scooped up telephone records of millions of cellphone customers in the United States.


FALL-FEST Deck Party!

Gather with your friends on the deck at Boonies...
Saturday, October 19th for a FALL-FEST Deck Party!
Live Music w/ Rob Becker from RED NO BLUE 4-7pm!
Enjoy great happy hour food & drink specials!
Fall Spice Sangria & Sparkling Apple Sangria - $4!!
$3.50 EVO Jacques Au Lantern & EVO Mainline Beer
$2.50 Rails ~ $4 House Wine ~ $1.50 Domestic Drafts
Cornhole Tournament starts @ 6:00pm! 
Stick around for Karaoke w/ Moonbeam Entertainment!
(Inside from 8:00pm until closing!)


ANNAPOLIS - On October 16, Governor Martin O’Malley will join state officials and business leaders to make an announcement about unemployment insurance tax rates for 2014. Unemployment Insurance is a critical lifeline for working Marylanders during tough economic times. Improving the unemployment insurance trust fund has been a priority for the O'Malley-Brown Administration.Under state law, the tax rates are determined each year based upon the health of the Trust Fund on September 30.

Where: Maryland Chamber of Commerce, 60 West Street #100, Annapolis, MD

When: Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 12:00 p.m.

As of last month, Maryland recovered 100 percent of the jobs lost as a result of the national recession. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has ranked Maryland #1 for entrepreneurship and innovation two years in a row. The nonpartisan group The States Project says we’re #2 for economic opportunity, and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation ranks us among the five states best positioned to succeed in the new economy. And for the fourth year in a row- the Chamber also ranks us in the top ten for economic performance.

SFD Calls For Service 10-15-13

  • Tuesday October, 15 2013 @ 23:09:14 Nature: Pi Accident Address: 1208 Old Ocean City Rd Salisbury, MD 21801
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  • Tuesday October, 15 2013 @ 19:04:55 Nature: Psychiatric Emergency City: Salisbury
  • Tuesday October, 15 2013 @ 18:53:24 Nature: Chest Pain City: Salisbury
  • Tuesday October, 15 2013 @ 17:13:11 Nature: Pi Accident Address: Regency Dr and snow Hill Rd Salisbury, MD 21801
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  • Tuesday October, 15 2013 @ 16:11:10 Nature: Pi Accident City: Salisbury
  • Tuesday October, 15 2013 @ 15:32:56 Nature: Psychiatric Emergency City: Salisbury
  • Tuesday October, 15 2013 @ 14:05:12 Nature: Sick Subject City: Salisbury
  • Tuesday October, 15 2013 @ 14:02:35 Nature: Subject Fallen City: Salisbury
  • Tuesday October, 15 2013 @ 13:02:11 Nature: Sick Subject City: Salisbury
  • Tuesday October, 15 2013 @ 12:55:32 Nature: Structure Fire Address: 1101 Camden Ave Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Tuesday October, 15 2013 @ 12:55:32 Nature: Structure Fire City: Salisbury
  • Tuesday October, 15 2013 @ 12:55:28 Nature: Structure Fire Address: 1101 Camden Ave Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Tuesday October, 15 2013 @ 12:55:26 Nature: Subject Locked In Car Address: 901 Snow Hill Rd Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Tuesday October, 15 2013 @ 12:55:25 Nature: Subject Locked In Car Address: 901 Snow Hill Rd Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Tuesday October, 15 2013 @ 12:38:34 Nature: Seizure City: Salisbury
  • Tuesday October, 15 2013 @ 12:36:18 Nature: Sick Subject City: Salisbury
  • Tuesday October, 15 2013 @ 12:17:39 Nature: Pi Accident City: Salisbury
  • Tuesday October, 15 2013 @ 11:11:37 Nature: Difficulty Breathing City: Salisbury
  • Tuesday October, 15 2013 @ 10:51:39 Nature: Overdose City: Salisbury
  • Tuesday October, 15 2013 @ 09:26:49 Nature: Sick Subject City: Salisbury
  • Tuesday October, 15 2013 @ 08:28:15 Nature: Unconscious Subject City: Salisbury
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Governor O’Malley joins together with FERC Chairman, Standard Solar, Konterra and Solar Grid Storage to dedicate Maryland’s first commercial solar microgrid at a mixed use development

- Governor Martin O’Malley, joined by FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff and executives from Standard Solar, Konterra and Solar Grid Storage, dedicated Maryland’s first commercial solar micro grid at Konterra headquarters in Laurel. The 402 kW solar micro grid system, a grid-interactive energy storage system co-located with a new 1,368 panel photovoltaic (PV) canopy array, is also recognized as one of the first commercial solar micro grids in the nation. The benefits of the system include generation of 20 percent of the annual building power for the Konterra headquarters as well as two electric vehicle charging stations, and LED parking lot lighting. The power is equivalent to the electrical usage of about 57 American homes for one year, or removing 90 passenger vehicles from the roads per year.

“We invested in this project through our MEA Grant Changer Program because in Maryland we know that if we want better results, we have to make better choices. Better choices like making solar energy a priority,” said Governor O’Malley. “Since 2007, we’ve multiplied by 1,500 the amount of solar power on the state’s grid. In the process, we’ve created 2,000 new jobs. These are modern, innovative investments that lead to jobs and a greener economy.”

This innovative renewable energy project, which brings Maryland closer to reaching its goal of increasing in-state renewable generation to 20 percent by 2022, combines the strengths of Maryland’s booming solar energy market and the power of grid resiliency. In the event of a conventional power grid outage, the innovative solar PV array will stay online through the power of an advanced energy storage system. If grid power grid goes down, the system batteries will keep a “critical load” of 50 kW online for just over four hours at night and recharge the next day.

“Energy storage not only provides substantial value to the electric grid, it makes the integration of solar PV and other distributed generation systems reliable, efficient and cost-effective as well,” said FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff. “Distributed storage is an important piece of the puzzle as we deploy new resources to generate energy.”

“For years the solar industry has recognized that widespread implementation of grid-connected energy storage systems would be key to solar PV becoming a mainstream energy source,” said Tony Clifford, CEO, Standard Solar. “Today, we dedicate one such system, marking a huge step for solar microgrids and the industry overall.”

“This solar energy storage project is a milestone in the evolution of energy generation. It is the beginning of what will be a smarter, more resilient grid as more renewables with storage are deployed,” said Tom Leyden, CEO of Solar Grid Storage. “Successfully pairing reliable emissions-free solar power with energy storage provides a range of additional new benefits: emergency back up during power outages, grid stability, and peak demand reduction. Simply put, PV plus storage is ushering in the grid of the future.”

“Konterra is excited to power up with solar energy coupled with innovative storage capacity while now contributing to the ambitious Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard goal that Maryland has set for 2022,” said Melissa Gould, Director of Sustainability Initiatives for Konterra. “Konterra strives to be a sustainable mixed-use community in which healthy living and working environments incorporate cutting-edge technologies and renewable energy solutions. We anticipate that this micro-grid prototype will encourage the development of similar facilities on surface lots and roof tops across the state and the nation.”

The MEA Game Changer Competitive Grant Program is supported by the Strategic Energy Investment Fund, which was created from public auctions of carbon credits through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Additional project funding was provided by Konterra, PNC Bank and Solar Grid Storage.

SPD Press Release 10-16-13

Obama's Military Contempt: The Outrageous Treatment Of Clint Lorance

WASHINGTON, – If the fact that the Obama Administration has blocked aging veterans from visiting the World War II memorial and denied death gratuity benefits for fallen warriors doesn’t seem to indicate contempt for our military, how about this most recent story?

Army First Lieutenant Clint Lorance, a 28-year-old combat leader in the 82d Airborne Division from Celeste, Texas was recently found guilty of two counts of murder in Afghanistan and sentenced to 20 years in Ft. Leavenworth.

The story of First Lieutenant Lorance has not been covered by a single major media source.

In July 2012, Lorance was ordered to take command of a platoon in the southern Afghanistan province of Kandahar, a region where I also spent two and a half years training and advising the Afghan National Army. The platoon Lorance now commanded had lost its previous leader to enemy attack.

During a patrol in enemy territory, Lorance ordered a marksman to engage two unarmed Taliban fighters on a motorcycle operating as scout spotters.

In Afghanistan and Iraq, a common enemy tactic is for unarmed fighters on motorcycles with cell phones to track unit movements. In fact, enemy combatants had previously used the tactics against this same platoon.


Wicomico County Bureau of Investigations PRESS RELEASE

Wicomico County Bureau of Investigations

INCIDENT: Burglary
DATE: October 2, 2013
LOCATION: Athol Road Area, Mardela Springs, MD

On October 2, 2013 at approximately 1420 hours, Maryland State Police were called to the Athol Road area of Mardela Springs, Wicomico County, Maryland in reference to several burglaries in the vicinity. 

At one of the burglary locations, a dark green or black in color Jeep Compass was seen in the area possibly “scoping out” a residence. The vehicle was missing the front right hub cap, had a sun roof and displayed a sticker on the left rear of the vehicle. The driver was described as a white male, with tattoos on both sides of his neck, on his fingers and on his forearm. Vehicle tag and registration information was not able to be obtained.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Wicomico Bureau of Investigation at 410-548-4898 or Crime Solvers at 410-548-1776.


Shock plan regulates food, medicine, financial markers, Internet freedom
Despite the government shutdown, the Obama administration has continued secret negotiations to complete what is known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP.

The expansive plan is a proposed free-trade agreement between the U.S., Australia, Brunei, Chile, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.

The agreement would create new guidelines for everything from food safety to fracking, financial markets, medical prices, copyright rules and Internet freedom.

The TPP negotiations have been criticized by politicians and advocacy groups alike for their secrecy. The few aspects of the partnership leaked to the public indicate an expansive agenda with highly limited congressional oversight.


9 Of 12 Md. Pet Stores Failed To Post Puppy Origins

Nine of 12 pet stores visited in September as part of an undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States did not comply with a Maryland law that requires them to post on each dog cage every dog's breeding and origins.

The law requires the state in which the breeder or broker is located and the U.S. Department of Agriculture license number of the breeder or broker. Brokers are middlemen who resell to pet stores.

Using that information consumers can find out whether the breeder has a history of animal welfare problems

 Humane Society outlines which stores complied with Md. law

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