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Tuesday, October 22, 2013


You might think that going to California, Texas or New York exposes you to a lot of crime. But in fact it was Tennessee that had the nation’s highest violent crime rate last year.

The FBI’s latest statewide statistics offer a snapshot of the underside of the 50 states: where violent crime is most likely to occur. According to the FBI, violent crime includes murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the states with the highest rates of violent crime in the country.

Click here to see America’s 10 Most Dangerous States


Salisbury Fire Boat To The Rescue Today. Wait... There's No Fire!

Getting the flat spots off the props today!


With 20 percent of all American households on food stamps, amounting to 23.1 million households and 47.6 million individuals in July, an across-the-board cut in food-stamp benefits is scheduled to go into effect in November, even though most recipients know nothing about the coming change.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service, the benefit increase granted by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to help people adversely affected by the recession is scheduled to expire Nov. 1.

The USDA projects that the average monthly food stamp payment of approximately $272 per household will decline in November by $36 for a family of four.
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U.S. Marine Band Returns To SU Saturday, October 26

SALISBURY, MD---Established by an act of Congress in 1798 and dubbed “The President’s Own” by Thomas Jefferson, the U.S. Marine Band is the nation’s oldest professional music organization.

The renowned group returns to Salisbury University 7 p.m. Saturday, October 26, in Holloway Hall Auditorium.

As the only musical organization charged to perform for the president, the U.S. Marine Band has a rich history. The band debuted at the White House on New Year’s Day 1801 in a performance for President John Adams. That March, it played during the inaugural of President Jefferson and has performed at every presidential inaugural since.
John Philip Sousa was perhaps the organization’s most famous member. As its 17th director, from 1880-92, he shaped the band into a world-famous musical organization. During his tenure, the group became one of the first musical ensembles to make sound recordings. National concert tours began in 1891, and Sousa started writing the marches that earned him the title “The March King.”
Sponsored by the Cultural Affairs Office, admission is free and the public is invited. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. No large bags or backpacks will be allowed.

For more information call 410-543-6271 or visit the SU website at

Thousands Get Health Insurance Cancellation Notices

Health plans are sending hundreds of thousands of cancellation letters to people who buy their own coverage, frustrating some consumers who want to keep what they have and forcing others to buy more costly policies.
The main reason insurers offer is that the policies fall short of what the Affordable Care Act requires starting Jan. 1. Most are ending policies sold after the law passed in March 2010. At least a few are canceling plans sold to people with pre-existing medical conditions.

By all accounts, the new policies will offer consumers better coverage, in some cases, for comparable cost -- especially after the inclusion of federal subsidies for those who qualify. The law requires policies sold in the individual market to cover 10 “essential” benefits, such as prescription drugs, mental health treatment and maternity care. In addition, insurers cannot reject people with medical problems or charge them higher prices. The policies must also cap consumers’ annual expenses at levels lower than many plans sold before the new rules.


CNN Poll: After shutdown, America Is Less Optimistic About Economy

The number of Americans who say the economy is in good shape has dropped to the lowest level of the year, according to a new national poll.

And a CNN/ORC International survey also indicates that economic pessimism is growing in the wake of the government shutdown, with nearly six in 10 forecasting poor economic conditions a year from now.

The poll's Tuesday morning release comes a few hours before the Labor Department announces the September unemployment report. The release of last month's jobless figures was delayed because of the 16-day partial government shutdown.


Watch Your Guns Around Obamacare

What does gun control have to do with health care? As odd as it seems, Obamacare contains provisions that jeopardize gun ownership, especially for veterans. Anti-gun provisions were added to initial drafts of Obamacare legislation under the pretext of prohibiting people with mental illness – which can include PTSD – from owning guns. Fortunately, the NRA stepped in and got some of the worst language revised last December. Senate amendment 3276, Sec. 2716, part c.prohibits the creation of a firearms database and stops doctors from disclosing or collecting information relating to a patient’s firearms. Ironically, this provision was probably the only positive result of most members of Congress not bothering to read the bill before voting on it.

However, the provision does not go as far as prohibiting doctors from asking their patients if there are any firearms in their home. In January, Obama issued 23 executive actions and orders regarding firearms. Order 16 stressed that Obamacare does not prohibit doctors from asking patients about their firearms, and the fact sheet includes, “Clarify that no federal law prevents health care providers from warning law enforcement authorities about threats of violence.” What constitutes a “threat of violence” could be very arbitrary. This puts doctors in a difficult position by suggesting they act as pseudo-law enforcement agents. It is damaging to doctor-patient privilege. If doctors have a patient with PTSD or mental illness, and they fail to ask the patient about their firearms, or report them to law enforcement, they could be on the hook later. It encourages them to err on the side of snooping into their patients’ guns. This is especially troubling considered the definition of mental illness keeps expanding.


Over One Hundred Cited in I-95, Route 1 Construction Zone Safety Initiative

DSP News Release: Over One Hundred Cited in I-95, Route 1 Construction Zone Safety Initiative

Location: Construction area on I-95 and State Route 1, Newark, DE

Date of Occurrence:  October 15 and 16, 2013

Newark- In response several crashes and complaints of speeding and aggressive driving in the construction zone on I-95 and State Route 1, Troopers conducted a two-day traffic initiative on October 15 and 16.

Through the initiative, Troopers issued over 100 traffic summonses for a total of 113 charges. The majority of the citations were for speeding. Troopers will continue to have an increased presence in the construction area in order to ensure the safety of construction workers and motorists.

Troopers remind motorists to always exercise increased caution and vigilance when driving through construction zones. Drivers should always follow the posted speed limit and be alert for construction workers and slow moving vehicles. Fines for most moving violations are doubled when the offense occurs in a construction zone.

Released: 102213 1155

Original Release
DSP News Release: Troopers to Conduct Targeted Traffic Enforcement in I-95, Route 1 Construction Zone

Location: Construction area on I-95 and State Route 1, Newark, DE

Date of Occurrence:  October 15 and 16, 2013

Newark- In response several crashes and complaints of speeding and aggressive driving in the construction zone on I-95 and State Route 1, Troopers will be will be increasing traffic enforcement in the area.

Numerous Troopers will be engaged in targeted enforcement in the area tomorrow and Wednesday. Specifically, Troopers will be looking drivers who are speeding and driving aggressively. The public should expect Troopers to have an increased presence in the area for weeks to come, and be mindful of the reduced speed limit on Route 1.

Troopers remind motorists to always exercise increased caution and vigilance when driving through construction zones. Drivers should always follow the posted speed limit and be alert for construction workers and slow moving vehicles. Fines for most moving violations are doubled when the offense occurs in a construction zone.

Liberals Feel Crush Of Obamacare

“Disaster,” “embarrassment,” “humiliating” and “train wreck” are just a few of the colorful terms being used to describe it. The Obama administration’s incompetent half-billion-dollar rollout of its incompetent multi-trillion-dollar signature achievement is but a tragic metaphor for this man’s entire presidency. (It’s not hyperbole when it’s true.)

Nearly three weeks in and the utopian promise of “affordable care” for all has yielded but a handful of folks who’ve even been able to sign up for this clinic in socialism.

That Obamacare – something billed as a health-care panacea for the collective – is something that the collective neither asked for, nor wanted, is now the back story. That it has failed so fantastically in every respect, has taken center stage.

Reuters reports: “In its third week of operations, the [Obamacare] website continues to experience problems, which government officials say they are working day and night to repair. Even allies of the Obama administration have been highly critical, with former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs calling it ‘excruciatingly embarrassing’ and calling for ‘some people’ to be fired.”

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., was both a sponsor of – and cheerleader for – Obamacare. He saw this coming. Once he read this 2,400-page regulatory monstrosity, he came to the same conclusion as did anyone else with two synapses to rub together. He called the implementation of Obamacare “a huge train wreck” and announced that, rather than resulting in his re-election, Obama’s pet government health-care albatross would sink him into retirement.


Welcome To Maryland?

The Most Powerful Eye Nutrient Ever?

Scientists long ago discovered that a class of naturally-occurring pigments called carotenoids held powerful antioxidant properties that are crucial for your health.

But only recently has one particular carotenoid jumped to the forefront in terms of its status as a “super nutrient,” becoming the focus of a large and growing number of peer-reviewed scientific publications.

This carotenoid is called astaxanthin.

Astaxanthin is produced by the microalgae Haematococcus pluvialis when its water supply dries up, forcing it to protect itself from ultraviolet radiation.

Astaxanthin is leaps and bounds more powerful than beta-carotene, alpha-tocopherol, lycopene, and lutein–other members of its chemical family. Astaxanthin exhibits VERY STRONG free radical scavenging activity, and protects your cells, organs, and body tissues from oxidative damage.

What makes astaxanthin so different from other nutritional elements? And what can it do for your health?

The answers to these questions will form the basis of the remainder of this article, and I think you’ll be quite impressed.


JCPenney Joins Macy’s In Opening At 8 P.M. On Thanksgiving Day

Birds of a feather flock together, especially when there are some particularly tasty crumbs to be had. In thise case JCPenney is joining Macy’s in opening at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, the better to gobble up whichever tasty customers are tempted to start shopping as early as possible.

JCPenney needs this holiday boost to bolster its slippety-sliding sales and struggling image. It’ll open most of its 1,000 stores on Turkey Day, the same as Macy’s, and will stay open for 25 hours straight until 9 p.m. closing the next day, reports the Associated Press.

Common App Glitches Frustrate Students, Expose Vulnerabilities In Admissions System

A cascade of glitches in a major online college application program has frustrated prospective students across the country and prompted several universities to push back their fall deadlines, exposing vulnerabilities in the nation’s college admissions system.

More than 515 colleges and universities, including the entire Ivy League and public flagships such as the University of Virginia, use the Common Application to help choose their incoming classes. The program, which handles millions of applications annually, was retooled this year in an attempt to make an inherently stressful teenage ritual a little easier. But the fourth online version of the Common App, which went live Aug. 1, has compounded the angst of many college-bound students.

Software troubles and other technical difficulties have left students staring at frozen screens or led them to pay multiple fees for a single application. Others reported being shut out of their accounts entirely. 


The $3.5 Billion Destroyer

The biggest destroyer built for the Navy is ready to go into the water. The christening of this first-in-class warship was canceled a week ago because of the government shutdown. But plans call for the Zumwalt to be moved to dry dock in Maine and floated without fanfare. The Zumwalt will remain at dockside for final outfitting. It's the first new class of destroyer launched at Bath Iron Works since 1989. The destroyer is named for the late Adm. Elmo "Bud" Zumwalt. The ship will cost more than $3.5 billion. That's more than three times the cost of previous destroyers.

Md. Officials Count Undocumented Immigrants As Uninsured For Health Care, But None Qualify For Obamacare

State officials have been talking a lot about the high number of uninsured Marylanders who will have access to Obamacare, but not all are eligible to sign up.

Of the state’s estimated 750,000 to 800,000 uninsured residents, only 480,500 — or roughly 60% — are eligible to enroll for health insurance plans under President Obama’s signature health care law, according to the federal health care website

The remaining 40%, estimated at 270,000 to 300,000, are mostly undocumented immigrants living in the state who are uninsured but cannot qualify for the exchange


Halloween Party @ Boonies

Boonies Restaurant is hosting a Halloween Costume Party this Friday!
Bring the family for dinner and you'll see our staff in costume!
We invite you to dress in costume, too! Friday, October 26th...
Join us in the pub for Karaoke @ 9pm! Prize for 'Crowd Favorite'!
Adult Costume Contest ~ Prize for SCARIEST & FUNNIEST Costumes!
Great food and drink specials! Open 5:00pm... Call ahead for reservations.


Redskins Name Fight Unearths Questions About Oneida Indian Nation Leader

As he describes it, Ray Halbritter is simply on a crusade of conscience by spearheading the effort to expunge the “Redskins” name from the National Football League.

But that controversy, which continues to grow as President Obama and others weigh in on whether Washington’s football club should abandon what some see as a racially offensive name, has taken a detour in recent weeks. Questions have arisen about Mr. Halbritter’s past, his ties to Mr. Obama and political fundraising, clashes with others within the Oneida Indian Nation, and lawsuits that have challenged his legitimacy as the nation’s leader.

Mr. Halbritter, recognized by the federal government as the Oneidas’ official representative and a wildly successful businessman, is described by his critics as a “fraud,” and faces accusations that he is using the Redskins fight as a vehicle to boost his own political profile.


Zombie Apocalypse Block Party Canceled

Event Canceled! 

We are sorry to announce that we have had to cancel the Zombie Apocalypse Block Party, scheduled for this coming Friday (Oct 25) on the Plaza.

If you have already purchased a ticket, please contact the Civic Center Box Office for a full refund.

Wicomico Public Library
122 S. Division St.
Salisbury, Maryland 21801
(410) 749-3612

The Fraus Abide

Yesterday, my father-in-law arrived from Oklahoma. He’ll be spending a week or so with us. Upon arriving, he asked us to look at the back of his neck; told us he had a rash or something that was driving him nuts. We drove him down to the one of those walk-in “urgent care” places – it was after 6 p.m. and forget about getting an appointment with a standard GP or dermatologist – not just because it was after hours, either. You know the drill: Call thefraus, try to get an appointment. Maybe they’ll slot you in next week sometime. That’s if you’re already a patient. Absurdity Number One. Getting in to see a doctor without a labryinthian process that makes the DMV seem a paragon of efficiency.

Does anyone remember a time when one could just walk in – not to “urgent care” – but to one’s regular doctor? And be seen – without all the folderol?

I listened to the intake process as my father-in-law sat at the desk with the frau. One obnoxious, irrelevant – but very intrusive question after the next. Where did he work? What did he do? What does his wife do?

All part of the insurance shyster shuffle.


Bingomania Returns To The Wicomico Youth & Civic Center On Saturday, November 2

SALISBURY, Md. - Bingomania, the Eastern Shore’s largest bingo cash prize event, returns to the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center on Saturday, November 2. Doors open at 5 p.m. for early bird games and regular games begin at 7:30 p.m.

Admission to Bingomania includes all regular and special games, including the Jumbo Jackpot Game. Regular game payouts are $500 while special games will pay out $1000. The Jumbo Jackpot Game pays a maximum of $10,000 depending upon attendance.

Increase your chances of winning and help a local food bank at the same time by bringing three non-perishable food items to the game. Those that do will receive three additional cards for the first early bird game.

Tickets are $45 per person in advance and $55 per person at the door, fees may apply to ticket prices. Tickets are on sale now at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center Box Office (500 Glen Ave., Salisbury, MD; M-F, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.), online at and by phone at 410-548-4911.

All proceeds benefit the Mardela Middle and High School Bands. For more information contact the Mardela Band-Aides at 410-677-5170.

Families Suspect SEAL Team 6 Crash Was Inside Job On Worst Day In Afghanistan

Questions haunt the families of Extortion 17, the 2011 helicopter mission in Afghanistan that suffered the most U.S. military deaths in a single day in the war on terrorism.

The investigative file made available to The Washington Times shows that the helicopter’s landing zone was not properly vetted for threats nor protected by gunships, while commanders criticized the mission as too rushed and the conventional Chinook chopper as ill-suited for a dangerous troop infiltration.

Every day, Charlie Strange, the father of one of the 30 Americans who died Aug. 6, 2011, in the flash of a rocket-propelled grenade, asks himself whether his son, Michael, was set up by someone inside the Afghan government wanting revenge on Osama bin Laden’s killers — SEAL Team 6.


Does This Sound Similar To Salisbury's Downtown Parking Lots?

County's purchase of apartments concerns Oakland Mills residents

The Howard County Housing Commission's plans to purchase an apartment complex near the Oakland Mills Village Center has some residents concerned that the community is being targeted for low- to moderate-income housing.

The commission is finalizing this month a contract to acquire Verona Apartments, a 251-unit complex located off Whiteacre Road, for $39.5 million, according to Tom Carbo, the county's director of Housing and Community Services.

"People are very concerned that the plans will increase the amount of low-income housing," said Bill Gray, chair of the Oakland Mills Village Board of Directors. "I think what they are doing is targeting and concentrating, which would significantly increase the stress in the community."

Carbo said, "There's no basis for those concerns. We don't anticipate any changes except for some minor improvements. ... It's a property we wanted to be able preserve and a project that can help the commission maintain its revenue streams."


Delaware State Police Honor Trooper Robert A. Paris

New Castle, DE- On Thursday, October 17, 2013, Troopers gathered at the Dutch Inn, 111 South DuPont Highway, to pay tribute to Trooper Robert A. Paris. This memorial ceremony will mark the passing of 50 years since the death of Trooper Paris, who was killed in the line of duty on Thursday, October 17, 1963.

Robert A. Paris
Trooper Robert A. Paris was shot and killed while on a special burglary detail checking New Castle area motels. He encountered two suspicious subjects in the parking lot of a motel at 3:40 am. When he approached the pair a shootout ensued and Trooper Paris was fatally wounded by a shotgun blast.

The two suspects and their getaway driver were apprehended following a large manhunt. The shooter was sentenced to life in prison. The other two suspects were sentenced to lesser prison terms.
Trooper Paris had served with the agency for 4.5 years. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.

Mark Your Calendars For The Zombie Apocalypse Block Party On October 25

Event Presented by Wicomico Recreation & Parks and the Wicomico Public Library

Salisbury, MD
- Celebrate Halloween at the Zombie Apocalypse Block Party in Salisbury's Downtown Plaza on Friday, October 25 from 6-10pm. The evening will feature a live DJ and live music from UpriZing, a zombie costume contest, raffle drawings, zombie games and post-apocalyptic photos. Craft and domestic beer will also be available for purchase to those ages 21 & up.

The block party is open to ages 16 & up. Tickets are $10 per person and are available now at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center Box Office. The first 250 tickets purchased will be entered into free raffles.

Stop by the Wicomico Public Library's table at Downtown Salisbury's 3rd Friday this Friday, October 18 for more information and your chance to win two tickets to the block party.

The block party is presented by Wicomico Recreation & Parks and the Wicomico Public Library. Proceeds from the event benefit Recreation & Parks Youth Programs and Friends of the Library. For more information, contact Ashley Desjardins at

China Calls For De Americanized World


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Watters' World Showdown: Why Did a Town Council Ban a Christmas Tree Honoring Veterans?

It was tradition in the town of Bar Harbor, Maine to pay tribute to American soldiers by putting lights on a tree. The memorial was a way to honor the veterans and celebrate the Christmas they missed out on during the Battle of the Bulge.

Last month, the town council voted in favor of banning the tree, calling it “confusing” and “tacky.” O’Reilly Factor producer Jesse Watters traveled to Maine to find out why they canceled the tradition.

Those who support the tree argue that it was not about Christianity, but a symbol of hope and love. Paul Durost, from the American Legion, explained, “The memorial is about a historical event. And you can’t wipe that away by saying, well, it’s a Christmas tree.”


Terry Cohen vs. Jim Ireton

Report: No. 2 Official At IRS Commutes To Work . . . By Plane

A handful of top executives at the Internal Revenue Service ran up “extremely high travel expenses” in 2011 and 2012, according to a new report from Treasury Department inspector general J. Russell George.

The report indicates that these executives work primarily in Washington, D.C., but live elsewhere, and fly to Washington routinely. In 2011 and 2012, twelve IRS executives spent over 200 days traveling each year; in some cases, the number of travel days they logged actually exceeded the number of business days in the calendar because they remained in “travel status” on weekends and holidays.

An IRS source tells National Review Online at least two of the executives commuting to D.C. by plane work at the highest echelons of the agency. They include Beth Tucker, one of two deputy commissioners, and Laurel Cummings, the director of compliance strategy and policy for the Affordable Care Act. Both live in Texas but work primarily in Washington, D.C. Tucker reports directly to the IRS commissioner and Cummings reports to Sarah Hall Ingram, the director of the IRS office responsible for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Tucker last month came under fire at a House Oversight Committee hearing when she was grilled about her knowledge of the agency’s targeting of tea-party groups. She became aware of it in a meeting with TIGTA in May 2012 but did not take action. Her exchange with Ohio congressman Jim Jordan is below:


Three Reasons Why The Website Problems Could Become A Total Disaster For Obamacare

On Monday morning, President Barack Obama will address problems with in a Rose Garden statement.
The website, where residents of 36 states are supposed to be able to buy the health plans offered under the Affordable Care Act, has both frontend and backend problems. Anecdotal evidence suggests few consumers are successfully using it to buy health plans.

The White House has been trying to signal that it is working hard to fix the website problems while at the same time downplaying their significance. A White House official told Business Insider in an email:

He will remind the public that while these technical problems are unacceptable, the health care law is about much more than just a website — it’s about finally offering millions of Americans the health care security they deserve and giving new benefits and rights to those who have coverage today. The product — quality, affordable insurance — is good, and if anything, the interest and demand at the launch of proves just how urgently Americans want and need access to these new health care options.


WCSO Press Releases 10/22/2013

Incident: Theft
Date of Incident: 20 October 2013
Location: Camden Avenue at Pine Bluff Road, Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Abdi Michael Samuel Geleta,21, Salisbury, MD
Narrative: On 20 October 2013 at 12:28 AM, a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office responded to the intersection of Camden Avenue and Pine Bluff Road for the report that a subject had just stolen the stop sign. Upon arrival, the deputy learned that the suspect in this case entering a residence adjacent to that intersection. The deputy responded to that residence and made contact with Abdi Geleta who subsequently admitting taking the sign and having it in his garage.  The deputy placed Geleta under arrest for theft of the sign and transported him to the Central Booking Unit. After an initial appearance in front of the District Court Commissioner, Geleta was released on Personal Recognizance.
Charges: Theft under $1,000.00
Geleta, Abdi
Geleta, Abdi

Incident: Hinder and Obstruct / Underage Alcohol
Date of Incident: 20 October 2013
Location: Camden Avenue at Pine Bluff Road, Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Michael John Feeney, 19,Rockville, MD
Narrative: On 20 October 2013 at 12:28 AM, a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office was at a residence adjacent to the intersection of Camden Avenue and Pine Bluff Road conducting an investigation into the theft of a stop sign. During the investigation, the deputy discovered a large party going on with over 200 people in attendance.Due to the large number of individuals present, Sheriff’s Office deputies were assisted by officers from the Maryland State Police, Salisbury Police and Fruitland Police. While on scene, an individual later identified as Michael Feeney told the law enforcement officers present that he lived there.  Feeney was instructed to speak with the deputies outside of the residence who were investigating the theft report. Instead of complying, Feeney took the opportunity to run from the residence towards Camden Avenue, forcing one of the deputies to take steps to detain him. Feeney told the deputy that he ran because he did not want to get a citation for underage drinking.  Feeney was placed under arrest and 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 Feeney in the Detention Center in lieu of $25,000.00 bond.
Charges: Obstructand Hinder, Resisting Arrest and Underage Possession ofAlcohol
Feeney, Michael
Feeney, Michael

Incident: Warrant
Date of Incident: 20 October 2013
Location: 6000 block of Boyers Way, Pittsville, MD
Suspect: Frank Milton Jenkins, 64,Pittsville, MD
Narrative: On 21 October 2013 at 6:10 PM, a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office arrested Frank Jenkins on an open District Court Bench Warrant. The warrant was issued on 7 October 2013 after Jenkins failed to follow his pre-trial condition following an arrest on 11 September 2013 for Assault 2nd Degree.
The deputy transported Jenkins 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 Jenkins in the Detention Center in lieu of $25,000.00 bond.
Charges: Failureto Follow Pre-Trial Conditions
Jenkins, Frank
Jenkins, Frank

Releasing Authority: Lt. Tim Robinson

Consumer Reports: ‘Stay Away From'

Consumer Reports, which publishes reviews of consumer products and services,advised its readers to avoid the federal healthcare exchange “for at least another month if you can.” “Hopefully that will be long enough for its software vendors to clean up the mess they’ve made,” the magazine said, having tested the site themselves over the course of the past three weeks.

Noting that only 271,000 of the 9.47 million people who tried signing up in the first week managed to create an account, Consumer Reports then provided a few tips to those attempting to slog through the application process. From attempting successive logins because “error messages … may not always match reality” to checking your inbox frequently because if you miss an e-mail you’ll be timed out of the site and forced to start from square one, none of the suggestions guaranteed success.


Math Quiz

1. Pick a number from 1-9.
2. Multiply that number by 3.
3. Add 3.
4. Multiply by 3 again.
5. Your total will be a two digit number. Add the first and second digits together to find your favorite movie (of all time) in the list of 17 movies below:
Movie List:
1. Gone With the Wind
2. E.T.
3. Blazing Saddles
4. Star Wars
5. Forrest Gump
6. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
7. Jaws
8. Grease
9. The Obama Farewell Speech
10. Casablanca
11. Jurassic Park
12. Shrek
13. Pirates of the Caribbean
14. Titanic
15. Raiders of the Lost Ark
16. Home Alone
17. Mrs. Doubtfire
Now, isn't that something?

Ramadan Attorneys Dispute Terrorism Link, To Fight Murder-For-Hire Charges

OCEAN CITY — Less than a week after an Ocean City man was indicted in an murder-for-hire plot, his lawyers this week responded, saying there is no strong evidence to support the latest charges and further denying any connection to terrorism links.

In mid-May, federal officials concluded an investigation into a multi-million dollar cigarette smuggling operation with raids on two locations in and around the resort area, including the West Ocean City homes of local residents and business owners Basel Ramadan, 42, who has been called the “ringleader” of the operation, and Samer Ramadan, 40, who is being called the operation’s “enterprise treasurer.” Also indicted were 14 other alleged co-conspirators, from transporters to distributors to resellers, who were rounded up at locations all over the mid-Atlantic region on the same day in May.

Last Thursday, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and NYPD Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly announced the indictment of Basel Ramadan and Yousseff Odeh, one of his alleged distributors and a trusted lieutenant, on new charges they conspired from behind bars to murder witnesses they believed were cooperating with law enforcement in the massive cigarette smuggling case against them.

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Voting In Mexico

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Halloween can be a fun time of year. As all of the young trick-or-treaters dressed as witches and warlocks and party-going ghosts and goblins celebrate in the coming days, the Ocean City Police Department reminds everyone to remember to be safe this Halloween.
Trick-or-treaters are reminded of the following safety tips for a safe Halloween:

·    Never trick-or-treat alone. Always stay with a parent/guardian or friend.

·    Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags and always carry a flashlight. This will help drivers see you.

·    Never eat any treats before a parent/guardian checks them. Never eat any homemade treats made by strangers.

·    Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit homes. Do not visit dark houses. Also, never accept any rides from strangers while trick-or-treating.

·    Always remember to stay on the sidewalk and only cross the street at the crosswalk. Walk Smart!
For those older ghosts and goblins that will be celebrating Halloween, remember to keep the party off the road. Remember these safety tips while celebrating:

·    Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.

·    Before drinking, designate a sober driver.

·    If you’re impaired, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or us public transportation.

·    If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, do not hesitate to contact law enforcement.

·    And remember, Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk.  If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.
By following these simple safety tips, everyone celebrating Halloween in Ocean City will be sure to have a spooky good time!

Can You Relate?

Dreams From Frank Marshall Davis

LET’S CUT TO THE CHASE: Frank Marshall Davis was a literal, card-carrying member of Communist Party USA (CPUSA). His card number was 47544. He was pro-Soviet, pro–Red China. He edited and wrote for Party-line publications such as the Chicago Star and the Honolulu Record; contributors to the former actually served as secret agents to Stalin’s Soviet Union. Davis did outrageous Soviet propaganda work in his columns, at every juncture agitating and opposing U.S. attempts to slow Joseph Stalin and Mao Tse-tung. He favored Yalta and Red Army takeovers of Poland, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, and Central and Eastern Europe. He urged America to dump the “fascist” Chiang Kaishek in support of Mao’s Red forces.

He wanted Communist takeovers in Korea and Vietnam. He was adamantly, angrily anti-NATO, anti–Marshall Plan, anti–Truman Doctrine. He argued that the U.S. under President Harry Truman—whom he portrayed as a fascist, racist, and imperialist—and under secretaries of state George Marshall and Dean Acheson, was handing West Germany back to the Nazis, while Stalin was pursuing “democracy” in East Germany and throughout the Communist Bloc. He portrayed America’s leaders as “aching for an excuse to launch a nuclear nightmare of mass murder and extermination” against the Soviets and the Chinese— as eager to end all civilization.

In short, Frank Marshall Davis’ writings were outrageous. A Jeremiah Wright sermon or Bill Ayers lecture is tame by comparison.

The federal government certainly took notice. In December 1956, the Democrats who ran the Senate Judiciary Committee summoned Davis to Washington to testify on his activities. He pleaded the Fifth Amendment. No matter, the next year, the Democratic Senate, in a report revealingly titled, “Scope of Soviet Activity in the United States,” publicly listed Davis as “an identified member of the Communist Party.”

Even more remarkable, Frank Marshall Davis’ political antics were so radical that the FBI placed him on the federal government’s Security Index, which meant that he could be immediately detained or arrested in the event of a national emergency, such as a war between the United States and USSR. Davis’ 600-page FBI file includes reports that he had been observed repeatedly photographing Hawaiian shorelines and beachfronts with a telescopic lens. There was (and remains) suspicion that he might have been doing so for foreign intelligence—that is, Soviet intelligence.

And this is just the tip of a list of activities as chilling as a Siberian iceberg.

Oh, and Davis also happened to be a mentor to the current president of the United States of America, one Barack Obama.

We’re Not in Kansas Anymore



Tea Party groups and big-business interests will ratchet up the civil war for the heart and soul of the Republican Party during the 2014 elections.

Fed up with conservatives who do not want comprehensive immigration reform and more government expansion, business groups like the Chamber of Commerce will seek to oust conservative lawmakers in Congress.

“We are going to get engaged,” Scott Reed, a senior political strategist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, told Bloomberg News. “The need is now more than ever to elect people who understand the free market and not silliness.”


12 Shocking Clues About What America Will Look Like When The Next Great Economic Crisis Strikes

The collapse of American society is accelerating. For the moment, much of our social decay is being masked by the tremendous level of affluence that we are experiencing. It has been reported that 4 out of every 5 adults in the United States “struggle with joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives”, but in general Americans still enjoy a debt-fueled standard of living that is far beyond what most of the rest of the world enjoys.

When that debt-fueled standard of living permanently disappears, it is going to unleash chaos unlike anything that America has ever seen before. Right now, economic conditions in this country are not anywhere close to where they were before 2008, but this is just the beginning. We are in the midst of an ongoing economic collapse which is going to get much, much worse in the years ahead. When the next major wave of the economic crisis strikes, millions of people are going to become extremely desperate. And desperate people do desperate things. We are already starting to see this play out all over the nation, but this is only a preview of coming attractions. What we are going to witness in future years is going to be almost too horrible for words.

So how can I be so sure that this is going to happen? After all, the United States didn’t descend into complete and utter chaos during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Wouldn’t an economic depression unfold in a similar manner today?

Unfortunately, a lot has changed since then. A lot more Americans were self-sufficient back in those days, and the truth is that the character of our nation has been rotting and decaying for decades. In a previous article, I described it this way…

“We are simply not the same country that we used to be. Americans are proud, selfish, greedy, arrogant, ungrateful, treacherous and completely addicted to entertainment and pleasure. Our country is literally falling apart all around us, but most Americans are so plugged into entertainment that they can’t even be bothered to notice what is happening.”

Just last weekend, there were “mini-riots” in several U.S. states when “technical issues” caused the food stamp system to go haywire for a few hours.


Wicomico Bureau of Investigations - PRESS RELEASE

Wicomico Bureau of Investigations - PRESS RELEASE

INCIDENT: Burglaries
DATE: October 21, 2013

LOCATION: West Side of Wicomico County (Athol Road, Riggin Road, Porter Mill Road, Taylors Trail Area)

NARRATIVE: On September 30, 2013 the Wicomico Sheriff’s Office and the Maryland State Police began to take reports of Residential Daytime Burglaries in the areas listed above. The cases were assigned to the Wicomico Bureau of Investigation. Many tips and pieces of information came to the WBI. Detectives compiled the data and came up with a vehicle that appeared to be related to the burglaries. Detectives also knew the property was being sold but had a false name for the person selling the stolen property. Detectives put the information out to Local Law Enforcement and on Friday afternoon Deputies from Dorchester County stopped the suspect. Detectives from the WBI responded and took charge of the stop and continued investigation. Detectives worked through the night and in the end had linked the below listed suspect to five burglaries. Detectives recovered property from several of the burglaries and that property will be released to the owners. He was charged and is being held at the Wicomico County Detention Center on no bond. He is also wanted on three outstanding, one from Frederick County and 2 from Montgomery County. 

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

SUSPECT: Lucas Eugene Stone W/M 29 YOA Rising Eagle Road, Mardela Springs, MD 

CHARGES: Burglary, Theft, Firearm Possession with a Felony




Ron Paul: DC Wins, America Loses

Washington, D.C., Wall Street, and central bankers around the world rejoiced this week as Congress came to an agreement to end the government shutdown and lift the debt ceiling. The latest spending-and-debt deal was negotiated by Congressional leaders behind closed doors, and was rushed through Congress before most members had time to read it. Now that the bill is passed, we can see that it is a victory for the political class and special interests, but a defeat for the American people.

The debt ceiling deal increases spending above the levels set by the “sequester.” The sequester cuts were minuscule, and in many cases used the old D.C. trick of calling reductions in planned spending increases a cut. But even minuscule and phony cuts are unacceptable to the bipartisan welfare-warfare spending coalition. The bill also does nothing to protect the American people from the Obamacare disaster.


Your Health Insurance Is Going To Go Up

According to the Heritage Foundation, Americans of all ages are going to see massive increases in their health insurance premiums under U.S. President Barack Obama’s new socialized medicine law.

Which makes it all the more baffling why this so-called “conservative” think tank folded like a cheap lawn chair during the recent debate over defunding Obamacare.

Oh well … this obviously isn’t the first time these neocons have been “all hat and no cattle” when it comes to protecting taxpayers, but this latest sellout is especially depressing considering it took place under the leadership of U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint.

Anyway …

Heritage has released a new statistical analysis of the impact of Obamacare in all fifty states – breaking down premium increases for a single 27-year-old adult, a single 50-year-old adult and a family of four. In all but five states, premiums go up – in some cases stratospherically.

“Individuals in most states will end up spending more on the exchanges,” Heritage researchers conclude, adding that ” the claims of savings on premiums for the average participant is a fantasy.”


Druckenmiller Blasts Obama: "Show Me When You Initiated Budget Discussions Without A Gun At Your Head"

One of the great ironies of the Obama presidency is that it has been a disaster for the young people who form the core of his political coalition. High unemployment is paired with exploding debt that they will have to finance whenever they eventually find jobs, and as Stan Druckenmiller explains in his WSJ interview, the "rat through the python theory," (that fiscal disaster will only be temporary while the baby-boom generation moves through the benefit pipeline and then entitlement costs will become bearable) is simply wrong; since, by then Druck exclaims, "you have so much debt on the books that it's too late." Unfortunately for taxpayers, "the debt accumulates while the rat's going through the python." The hedge fund billionaire adds that he "did not think it would be nutty to tie entitlements to the debt ceiling because there's a massive long-term problem. And this president, despite what he says, has shown time and time again that he needs a gun at his head to negotiate in good faith." The interview goes much, much further...

On The Thieving Generation...
While many seniors believe they are simply drawing out the "savings" they were forced to deposit into Social Security and Medicare, they are actually drawing out much more, especially relative to later generations. That's because politicians have voted to award the seniors ever more generous benefits. As a result, while today's 65-year-olds will receive on average net lifetime benefits of $327,400, children born now will suffer net lifetime losses of $420,600 as they struggle to pay the bills of aging Americans.

"Oh, so you've paid 18.5% for your 40 years and now you want the next generation of workers to pay 30% to finance your largess?" He added that if 18.5% was "so immoral, why don't you give back some of your ill-gotten gains of the last 40 years?"

But the "kids" still don't get it...
One of the great ironies of the Obama presidency is that it has been a disaster for the young people who form the core of his political coalition. High unemployment is paired with exploding debt that they will have to finance whenever they eventually find jobs.

Are the kids finally figuring out that the Obama economy is a lousy deal for them? "No, I don't sense that,"



On Sunday, a 60 Minutes investigative report by veteran CBS reporter Steve Kroft and Government Accountability Institute (GAI) President and Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Peter Schweizer revealed how leadership PAC loopholes allow members of Congress to convert campaign cash into lavish lifestyle upgrades for themselves and their family members.

“It's another example, unfortunately, where the rules that apply to the rest of us, don't really apply to the members of Congress,” said Schweizer on 60 Minutes.

The report, which contained selected material from Schweizer’s forthcoming book Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets, revealed embarrassing and outlandish instances of cronyism and self-enrichment by members of Congress. Despite the fact that funds from leadership PACs are supposed to go to help elect fellow members of one’s own political party, lax campaign laws allow lawmakers to turn their leadership PACs into private slush funds to fund just about anything.

SFD Calls For Service 10-21-13

  • Monday October, 21 2013 @ 22:19:29 Nature: Assault Ems City: Salisbury
  • Monday October, 21 2013 @ 21:48:06 Nature: Sick Subject City: Salisbury
  • Monday October, 21 2013 @ 21:08:28 Nature: Non Breathing City: Salisbury
  • Monday October, 21 2013 @ 20:08:12 Nature: Medical Alarm City: Salisbury
  • Monday October, 21 2013 @ 20:06:06 Nature: Sick Subject City: Salisbury
  • Monday October, 21 2013 @ 18:59:28 Nature: Emergency Unknown City: Salisbury
  • Monday October, 21 2013 @ 17:37:00 Nature: Subject Fallen City: Salisbury
  • Monday October, 21 2013 @ 17:14:44 Nature: Seizure City: Salisbury
  • Monday October, 21 2013 @ 16:41:32 Nature: Medical Assist Address: 2336 Goddard Pkwy Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Monday October, 21 2013 @ 16:35:30 Nature: Abdominal Pain City: Salisbury
  • Monday October, 21 2013 @ 16:30:25 Nature: Difficulty Breathing City: Salisbury
  • Monday October, 21 2013 @ 15:54:35 Nature: Pi Accident City: Salisbury
  • Monday October, 21 2013 @ 13:33:00 Nature: Psychiatric Emergency City: Salisbury
  • Monday October, 21 2013 @ 12:42:28 Nature: Diabetic Difficulty City: Salisbury
  • Monday October, 21 2013 @ 12:24:35 Nature: Altered Mental Status City: Salisbury
  • Monday October, 21 2013 @ 11:32:45 Nature: Chest Pain City: Salisbury
  • Monday October, 21 2013 @ 09:39:05 Nature: Sick Subject City: Salisbury
  • Monday October, 21 2013 @ 09:04:17 Nature: Assault Ems City: Salisbury
  • Monday October, 21 2013 @ 08:28:15 Nature: Chest Pain City: Salisbury
  • Monday October, 21 2013 @ 06:48:04 Nature: Syncopal Episode City: Salisbury
  • Monday October, 21 2013 @ 06:30:39 Nature: Syncopal Episode City: Salisbury
  • Monday October, 21 2013 @ 05:15:13 Nature: Difficulty Breathing City: Salisbury


My faith in Internet stories has been restored. Finally, some honesty in big buck hunting stories.
Above is a picture of the new world record whitetail buck. It was taken by the cousin of a co-worker's sister's uncle's best friend's son-in-law's niece's hairdresser's neighbor's ex-boyfriend's oldest nephew. Reportedly it will score 2603-1/8 by B&C standard and was shot in West Texas on a really windy day, 85 degrees downhill, around a curve at 900 yards with a .22 cal. rifle.

Supposedly, this deer had killed a Brahma bull, two Land Rovers, and six Jehovah's Witnesses in the last two weeks alone. They said it was winning a fight with Bigfoot when it was shot. It has also been confirmed that the buck had been seen drinking discharge water from a nuclear power plant.

All this has been checked and confirmed by my friends at Snopes.

Honestly and Sincerely,
Barack H. Obama

O'Malley Spewing More Disinformation On State's Unemployment Rate

Governor O' Malley goes off the deep end, once again, claiming that he has reduced the unemployment rate for Maryland Employers.  

Fact is - someone ought to stomp his butt - for him misstating the facts.  You see beginning in 2010 - O' Malley INCREASED the Maryland Unemployment Insurance rates on Maryland Employers by a WHOOPING - 366%

Tax rates were raised in 2010 for all employers, but the specific tax rate an employer pays is determined by the employer’s individual experience, factoring in whether the employer had laid off any employees in the past year. In Maryland, the first $8,500 an employee earns is taxable for unemployment insurance. Minimum rated employers - those who have not laid off - saw their rates increase from $51 per employee to $187 per employee. - (we're not making this stuff up folks). The rate increase for employers that laid off employees in recent years were raised higher in 2010, up to the maximum rate, which increased from $765 per employee to $1,147.50 per employee

State law requires the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) to review the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund each September 30. The UI tax rate automatically increases if the balance of the fund falls below a certain level. There are six tax tables, ranging from the lowest (A) to the highest (F). Maryland’s Trust Fund has dropped from $774 million in January 2009 to a low of 50 million dollars in 2010. Because the ratio of the balance in the trust fund to the total taxable wages in the state is below 3 percent, Maryland will move from tax rate table B to rate table F. 

Table B (2009): 
Minimum tax rate .6% * $8500 = $51 (taxes paid per employee)
Maximum rate .9% * $8500 = $765

Table F (effective January 2010): 
Minimum tax rate 2.2% * $8500 = $187
Maximum tax rate 13.5% * $8500 = $1,147.50

The tax rates were up again for review on September 30, 2013 - and O' Malley decided he could now reduce the State Unemployment contribution rates  - as a result of a significantly smaller workforce  - due to excessive higher taxes in 2010, 2011, 2012 - that forced employers to downsize.  Fact is - his 2009 actions actually crippled Marylanders chances for trying to find a job.  

When I first saw the legislation come up in a House Bill in 2009 - I thought to myself - has the legislature lost its mind!!! Apparently not - as most Maryland employers simply started laying off or significantly reducing their Workforce.  Fact is, Marylands' actions of significantly increasing the unemployment rate - forced the downsizing of businesses - that have actually cost Marylanders jobs.  

So when it comes time to pull the lever at the voting booth - keep this information in mind as O' Malley has not given anyone a break throughout this difficult economic period.  If anything - his actions have led to businesses fleeing our great State.

Article by Beezer - SBYnews Contributor 

Biden’s Office Secures Conviction Of Healthcare Professional Charged With Patient Abuse

Georgetown – Attorney General Beau Biden announced today that his office has secured the conviction of a Sussex County woman who was charged with abusing an elderly patient at a Seaford nursing home.

“We have a special obligation to look out for the most vulnerable members of our community, including residents of nursing homes and patients in healthcare facilities who often can’t speak up and speak out,” Biden said. “That’s why we use our broad authority under state and federal law to hold individuals who mistreat them accountable for their crimes.”

In late February, the Seaford Police Department referred a report of patient abuse to the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, which opened an investigation. The investigation revealed that during a work shift at the Methodist Manor House on February 24, 2013, Anne Nunemann, a Certified Nursing Assistant at the facility, placed large trash bag over an 89 year-old resident’s head as she sat in her wheelchair in the facility. Fortunately, the victim, who suffered from severe dementia, did not sustain physical injury. The defendant was terminated from her position at the Seaford nursing home as a result of the incident.

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Multi-Billion Dollar Criminal Probe Won't End Any Time Soon For JPMorgan

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co CEO Jamie Dimon has pleaded with and complained to the U.S. Justice Department but cannot convince the government to end its criminal probe of his bank because prosecutors are not yet certain of their findings, people familiar with the matter said.
Dimon has negotiated a tentative $13 billion deal to settle many of the U.S. investigations into mortgage bonds that JPMorgan - and the banks it bought during the financial crisis - sold to investors.

But the criminal investigation proved to be a sticking point during negotiations, the sources said, and Dimon's inability to win this point underscores the breadth of the problems his bank faces even after it resolves these mortgage suits.

The criminal probe relates to whether JPMorgan misrepresented the quality of the mortgages it was packaging into bonds and selling to investors.