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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Punkin Chunkin Starts Friday!


It's Almost November 1st!


Many among the intelligentsia prefer to think of special interests as corrupting our dedicated public servants with campaign contributions. But Peter Schweizer's new book, "Extortion," shows what happens as the extorting of tribute by politicians in a position to do a lot of harm to businesses that do not pay them protection money.

Campaign contributions are just one of the things that can be extorted. The number of spouses, children or other relatives or favorites of Congressional incumbents who get high-paying jobs in private businesses regulated by government can hardly be coincidental.

When Al Gore was Vice President during the Clinton administration, he simply phoned various special interests and told them how much he wanted them to contribute.

He did not have to spell out the reasons why they should — or why they had better. They already knew from experience how the game is played.


Entire Town Comes Together To Give Boy With Cancer An Early Christmas

All Devin Kohlman wants for Christmas this year is ... Christmas. And the entire community of Port Clinton, Ohio, banded together to ensure that the eighth-grader, who has terminal brain cancer, would get his wish. On the day that Kohlman was released from the hospital, his big-hearted neighbors were putting the finishing touches on a massive Christmas display, including a freshly cut and trimmed tree, a gazebo adorned with decorations and a giant star that read "Merry Christmas, Devin." Later that night, as he watched from his mother's window, hundreds of people sang carols and chanted his name. And, of course, Santa Claus made an appearance, rolling into town on his motorcycle (it's still early for the reindeer) and promising Devin that he would "get the moon" this year. "You guys, Santa Claus on a motorcycle got the biggest smile I've seen in a while," Devin's mother, Alexis, shouted to the crowd. Merry Christmas, Devin.


Vandals Strike Speed Cameras, Sign In Gaithersburg Corridor

Montgomery County police are investigating speed-camera and sign vandalism in a corridor along Quince Orchard Road in Gaithersburg.

Police say the incidents occurred Wednesday night. Three camera lenses -- one owned by the city of Gaithersburg, the other two by the county -- were painted.


Facebook Photo Shows Another Google Mystery Barge Off The Coast of Maine

On October 27, CNET reported that a similar barge was docked in the San Francisco Bay. “Is it a floating Google data center? A floating Google Glass store? Or something else altogether?” asked Daniel Terdiman, writing for the tech media website. The barge is docked at a former U.S. Navy station on Treasure Island.

On October 26, Tom Bell, writing for the Portland Press Herald, reported “a four-story windowless building” docked in the Portland Harbor. “Its purpose and its owner’s identity have been kept secret.”

Despite a cover story that the barge was some sort of promotional gimmick for Google Glass, the wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display, a Google patent for a water-based data center filed in 2007 reveals a different agenda. The patent was granted in 2009.

Google is linked to the CIA and the national security state through the CIA’s technology research division, In-Q-Tel. In 2005, Google acquired the CIA funded satellite mapping software subsequently named Google Earth.


Breaking News: Federal Appeals Court Reinstates Most Texas' Abortion Restrictions

A federal appeals court issued a ruling Thursday reinstating most of Texas' controversial new abortions restrictions, just three days after a federal judge ruled they were unconstitutional.

The decision by the panel of judges at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals means as many as 12 clinics won't be able to perform the procedure starting as soon as Friday.

The panel said the law requiring doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital can take effect while a lawsuit moves forward. The restrictions could take effect Friday.

The Optical Illusions In This Honda Commercial Are Unbelievable

Judge Dismisses Hundreds Of Tickets Issued By Speeding Cop

SORRENTO, LA (WAFB) - According to District Attorney Ricky Babin, any citations issued by Sorrento Police Officer James Bell before September 10, 2013 have been dismissed.

Officer James Bell issued more than 300 traffic citations between July 1 and September 3, 2013. The dismissal affects all traffic citations since December 2012. The exact number is not known at this time.

Earlier this month, Officer Bell was accused of speeding more than 700 times within a 64-day period.


The Broadway Bomb

In a yearly event called The Broadway Bomb, thousands of skateboarders shoot down eight miles of Manhattan streets. The authorities are not amused.

America's Hunters

Pretty Amazing!
A blogger added up the deer license sales in just a handful of states and arrived at a striking conclusion:
There were over 600,000 hunters this season in the state of Wisconsin. Allow me to restate that number: 600,000!

Over the last several months, Wisconsin's hunters became the eighth largest army in the world.

(Thats more men under arms than in Iran. More than France and Germany combined.)

These men, deployed to the woods of a single American state, Wisconsin, to hunt with firearms, and NO ONE WAS KILLED.

That number pales in comparison to the 750,000 who hunted the woods of Pennsylvania and Michigan's 700,000 hunters, ALL OF WHOM HAVE RETURNED HOME SAFELY.
Toss in a quarter million hunters in West Virginia and it literally establishes the fact that the hunters of those four states alone would comprise the largest army in the world.
And then add in the total number of hunters in the other 46 states. It's millions more.

The point?

America will forever be safe from foreign invasion with that kind of home-grown firepower!
Hunting... it's not just a way to fill the freezer.

It's a matter of national security.
That's why all enemies, foreign and domestic, want to see us disarmed.
Food for thought, when next we consider gun control.

NSA Infiltrates Links To Yahoo, Google Data Centers Worldwide, Snowden Documents Say

The National Security Agency has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world, according to documents obtained from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and interviews with knowledgeable officials.

By tapping those links, the agency has positioned itself to collect at will from hundreds of millions of user accounts, many of them belonging to Americans. The NSA does not keep everything it collects, but it keeps a lot.

According to a top-secret accounting dated Jan. 9, 2013, the NSA’s acquisitions directorate sends millions of records every day from internal Yahoo and Google networks to data warehouses at the agency’s headquarters at Fort Meade, Md. In the preceding 30 days, the report said, field collectors had processed and sent back 181,280,466 new records — including “metadata,” which would indicate who sent or received e-mails and when, as well as content such as text, audio and video. 



The German newspaper Der Spiegel over the weekend revealed that not only did the U.S. monitor the cellphone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, it also allegedly utilized the American embassy in Berlin as a listening station by means of a windowless structure filled with hi-tech gadgetry on the roof to monitor cellphone and other sensitive communications.

An Israeli intelligence analyst has now discovered similar mysterious white structures positioned on the rooftops of many key American embassies including in Beijing, Moscow, and Tel Aviv and published the photos to support his claims. While the structures appear to have a solid exterior, they are actually permeable by communication signals, according to the German report.

Der Spiegel described attic-like rooms positioned on the roof of the embassy in Berlin from which the CIA and NSA are able to monitor “a large part of cellphone communication” in the epicenter of the German government, calling the operation “a nest of espionage.”

In The Wake Of Prison Scandal, Legislators Discuss Reforms — Body Scanners, Wiretaps, Polygraphs

Body scanners and phone wiretaps throughout Maryland’s prison system are the latest in a series of legislative proposals being considered by lawmakers trying to eliminate corruption in the state’s correctional facilities.

Other suggestions include polygraph tests for correctional officer applicants and mandatory minimum sentences for convicted contraband smugglers.

In a work session Wednesday, the General Assembly’s commission on prison safety discussed new security measures to respond to the federal indictments of 13 correctional officers at the Baltimore City Detention Center who were accused of being active gang members and bringing dangerous contraband into prisons. The indictments caused a stir when they were released this May, and the Special Joint Commission on Public Safety and Security in State and Local Correctional Facilities was formed to address systemic problems in the prison system.


$50 Billion In Unfunded State And Local Retirement Benefits, Study Says

The money Maryland’s state and local governments have failed to set aside to fulfill pension promises made to teachers and employees has ballooned to more than $22.5 billion over the past five years, a new report has found.

But the counties that run their own pension systems are in much better shape than the state of Maryland, with the exception of Prince George’s County.

The most under-funded retirement benefits continue to be health insurance for these retirees, which amount to $28 billion for state and local governments. Only a handful of county governments have tried to sock money away.


Sources: White House Told Insurance Execs To Keep Quiet On Obamacare

(CNN) -- White House officials have pressured insurance industry executives to keep quiet amid mounting criticism over Obamacare's rollout, insurance industry sources told CNN.

Sebelius: 'I apologize, I'm accountable' for Obamacare website flaws

After insurance officials publicly criticized the implementation, White House staffers contacted insurers to express their displeasure, industry insiders said.

Multiple sources declined to speak publicly about the push back because they fear retribution.

But Bob Laszewski, who heads a consulting firm for big insurance companies, did talk on the record.

"The White House is exerting massive pressure on the industry, including the trade associations, to keep quiet," he said.

Maryland Exchange Informs Man He is Not a Citizen (though his ancestors arrived on the Mayflower)

Brian Shaffer lives in Maryland. He is one of hundreds of thousands who has lost insurance because of the Affordable Care Act. But when Shaffer tried to buy replacement insurance on the Maryland exchange he got a surprise, one which he described as "sheer stupidity."

"I went to the Maryland Exchange, filled out the application, and at the end it told me I wasn't eligible because I was not a U.S. citizen" Shaffer told WJLA-TV.


Ocean City Celeb 'Rodney' Carries Bride Down The Aisle

Brides don't shrink away from sometimes ridiculous requests when it comes to their wedding day.

One woman decided her big day wouldn't be complete without the help of local celebrity Rodney, who is best known for appearing in ads wearing a lifeguard outfit and whisking people off to Ocean City, Md.

Lauren M. Weiss of Lords Valley, Pa., and Rob J. Semanick of Bethlehem, Pa., were married Oct. 11 at the Dunes Manor Hotel in the beach town. Both became fans of Rodney after seeing billboards on a highway in Harrisburg, Pa.


WCSO Press Release 10-31-13

Incident: Fugitive
Date of Incident: 30 October 2013
Location: Wicomico County, MD
Suspect: Benjamin Townsend Meintzer,42, Salisbury, MD
Narrative: On 30 October 2013 at 3:30 PM, a deputy arrested Benjamin Townsend as a fugitive from the State of Delaware. Authorities in that state wanted Meintzer in connection with a theft case involving a vulnerable adult.  The deputy transported Meintzer to the Detention Center where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. After an initial appearance,the Commissioner detained Meintzer in the Detention Center without bond pending extradition back to Delaware.
Charges: Fugitive from Delaware
Meintzer, Benjamin
Meintzer, Benjamin

Incident: Extradition
Date of Incident: 30 October 2013
Location: Sussex County, DE
Suspect: Christopher Elmer Shaver, 23,Delmar, MD
Narrative: On 30 October 2013 at 1:00 PM, a deputy traveled to Sussex County, DE where authorities had detained Christopher Shaver at the behest of Wicomico County. Shaver was being sought on an arrest warrant that charged him with Assault 2nd Degree stemming from an incident back in Oct 2012.  Upon return to Wicomico County, the deputy transported Shaver to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. After an initial appearance, the Commissioner initially detained him without bond. After a bond review on 31 October 2013 a bond of $10,000.00 was imposed on Shaver and he was detained in the Detention Center.
Charges: Assault 2nd Degree (2 counts)
Shaver, Christopher
Shaver, Christopher

Incident: Burglary / Assault
Date of Incident: 29 October 2013
Location: 600 block of South Westover Drive, Salisbury, MD
Suspect: 1. Te Shombre Shanice Taylor,21, Salisbury, MD
               2. Tyshika Nicole Stanley, 23,Salisbury, MD
               3. Sarah Harmon, 45, Salisbury,MD
               4. Lamar Darnell Trotter, 26,Salisbury, MD
Narrative: On 29 October 2013 at 3:34 PM deputies responded to a reported disturbance at a residence in the 600 block of South Westover Drive in Salisbury. Upon arrival, the deputies located a male subject that had been cut with a knife. During the ensuing investigation, the deputy learned that Lamar Trotter, Tyshika Stanley and Sarah Harmon had come into the residence uninvited to speak to the resident, Te Shombre Taylor about a complaint that Taylor had recently made with law enforcement regarding Trotter.A confrontation broke out during the encounter, during which an allegedly enraged Taylor grabbed a knife from the top of a refrigerator and began swinging it around which resulted in the injury to Trotter.

All four subjects in the case were arrested. Trotter, Stanley and Harmon were arrested for entering the residence of Taylor uninvited while she was arrested for cutting Trotter with the knife.

All four were transported to the Central Booking Unit where they were processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. After their initial appearances, all four were detained on bonds of:
  1. Lamar Darnell Trotter, $7,500.00
  2. Sarah Harmon, $2,500.00
  3. Tyshika Stanley, $3,000.00
  4. Te Shombre Taylor, $40,000.00
Charges: Burglary 4th Degree (Trotter, Harmon, Stanley)
               Assault 1st Degree(Taylor)

Harmon, Sarah
Harmon, Sarah

Stanley, Tyshika
Stanley, Tyshika

Taylor, TeShombre
Taylor, TeShombre

Incident: Child Support Warrants
Date of Incident: October 2013
Location: Wicomico County
Narrative: During 26-31 October 2013, deputies from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office arrested the following individuals on Circuit Court Body Attachments that had been issued in connection with Child Support Cases: 
  1. Kevin S. Duffy, 34, Princess Anne, MD
  2. Travis Sentelle Waters, 32, Salisbury, MD 
All subjects were detained on bond in the Detention Center pending an initial appearance in front of a Circuit Court Judge.
Charges:Child Support Non-Compliance 

Duffy, Kevin
Duffy, Kevin

Waters, Travis
Waters, Travis

Date of Incident: 31 Oct 2013

1.     On 29 Oct 2013 a deputy located Brian Edward Tribeck at a residence in the 20300 block of Nanticoke Road in Salisbury and took him into custody on an open arrest warrant stemming from a CDS Possession case from 2012. Upon presentation to the District Court Commissioner, Tribeck was detained in the Detention Center in lieu of $20,000.00 bond.

2.      On 30 Oct 2013 a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office charged George Franklin Morgan Jr, 32 of Seaford, DE, with the theft of two personal checks from a subject that resided in Willards, MD. Morgan was charged on a Criminal Citation and released pending a future court appearance. Delaware law enforcement is currently investigating the subsequent forgery and cashing of these checks in that state.  

3.      On 30 Oct 2013 a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office charged a 16 year old male juvenile from Salisbury with theft after the juvenile charged $120.00 worth of video games on his mother’s credit card without permission. The juvenile was released back to the mother pending adjudication by the Department of Juvenile Services.     
Releasing Authority: Lt. Tim Robinson        Date:  31 October 2013

Feds Paid $252 Billion In Unemployment Benefits During Recession

The federal government has paid out 881 million weekly unemployment benefit checks during the current economic slowdown, totaling $252 billion since 2008, according to a new memo released Wednesday by the House Ways and Means Committee.

During and after recessions, federal taxpayers step in to pick up the tab for long-term unemployment benefits when state benefits expire.


NBC/WSJ Poll: Obama Approval Rating at All-Time Low

President Barack Obama's approval numbers have hit a record low, according to a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll.

Only 42 percent approve of Obama's job performance, according the poll. That's down 5 points from early October. And 51 percent disapprove of his performance, which is tied for his all-time high disapproval.

And for the first time in the poll's history, Obama's personal approval ratings were lower than his disapproval ratings. The poll showed that 41 percent approve of him on a personal level and 45 percent disapprove.

Now’s The Time To Take Action Against Urban-Suburban Runoff

We are making progress reducing pollution from agricultural lands and sewage treatment plants. But polluted runoff from urban and suburban streets, parking lots, rooftops, and other impervious surfaces keeps increasing.

Polluted runoff from urban and suburban areas creates flooding, can threaten human health and carries toxic chemicals into local waterways. In developed areas, it can be a significant contributor to the impairment of streams and rivers.

For example, in Anne Arundel County, the Public Works Department estimates that runoff from city streets and suburban parking lots contributes more than 880,000 pounds of nitrogen pollution to local waterways every year. This is more than the nitrogen pollution from agriculture and septic systems combined.



At the time advocates were lobbying for an alcohol tax increase to raise revenue for the disabled, the Developmental Disabilities Administration knew about and covered up $38 million in unspent state and federal funds from fiscal year 2010, according to court documents filed by a whistleblower.

Carrie Phillip, former Chief Financial Officer of the much-beleaguered agency tasked with administering services to Maryland’s disabled community, filed a complaint in Baltimore City Circuit Court, alleging she discovered and notified top agency officials about the unspent funds, top officials in the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene ordered her to hide the surplus funds in 2011, and that she was subsequently terminated for blowing the whistle.

Phillip also alleges she alerted her superiors about inadequate internal controls, and agency staff doing work they were unqualified to perform.



Reaction to 'purge' of generals, flag officers, includes frustration, alarm, worry

– President Obama is aiming a “wrecking operation” at the U.S. military, according to a former Defense Department official who was reacting to a WND report about his dismissal of nine generals and flag officers so far during his second term.
And the official was joined by hundreds of commenters who responded to the story with blasts of criticism for the president.

WND reported earlier this week that Obama this year alone has fired some nine generals and flag officers, on top of at least four similar dismissals during his first term.



President's testimony over years confirms plans for socialized medicine
The Obamacare plan – state and federal exchanges through which Americans are ordered to buy government-specified health care plans from insurance companies that signed up to offer coverage – perhaps should be called Obamacare 1.0.

After all, President Obama himself has advocated over the years for what Americans someday could see as Obamacare 2.0 – a fully controlling, nationalized, single-payer, universal health care plan.


Report: Deportations Plummet In 2013, Lowest Since 2007

Authorities deported fewer illegal immigrants in fiscal 2013 than at any time since President Obama took office, according to secret numbers obtained by the Center for Immigration Studies that suggest Mr. Obama’s nondeportation policies have hindered removals.

Just 364,700 illegal immigrants were removed in fiscal 2013, according to internal numbers from U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement that CIS released Wednesday — down 11 percent from the nearly 410,000 who were deported in 2012.



Conservatives point to the Obamacare website exploiting a strange loophole in the National Voting Rights Act to question whether the President's signature healthcare law had a political motive, as well.

Several election integrity activists have alleged that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), or Obamacare, does not appear to have been an effort to conduct healthcare reform to fix what was described in 2009 and 2010 as a broken healthcare system.

The law passed Congress with just Democratic Party support. Instead of being an honest attempt to fix America’s healthcare woes, “I think [it] is the biggest voter registration fraud scheme in the history of the world,” said Gregg Phillips, the founder of the election integrity group Voters Trust, in an interview with Breitbart News Wednesday morning.



A city council candidate in New York is “flabbergasted” that he’s forbidden from wearing an American flag lapel pin in his photo for the city’s voter guide.

Joseph Concannon, a Reform Party candidate in Queens, told the New York Daily News that the New York City Campaign Finance Board’s policy is outrageous.

“This is the United States of America, not some banana republic. What’s the problem with wearing the flag?” Concannon said.


NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly Shouted Down Tt Brown University Lecture

Students force Kelly to cancel lecture with protest of police department's stop-and-frisk policy and surveillance of Muslims

New York City police commissioner Ray Kelly was shouted down by protesters at Brown University, forcing administrators at the Ivy League school to call off his lecture on Proactive Policing in America's Biggest City.

More than 100 students and social justice activists turned out Tuesday to protest the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy and its surveillance of Muslims. Many of them began shouting and chanting inside the lecture hall as the event began.


Forget Obamacare, Will Hillarycare Be Next?

Since the Government seems to know what's best for all Americans, will Hillary be next in an attempt to take control of Auto Insurance?

What's the difference. It's a huge scam too. $1,200.00 for a windshield? A slight ding that costs $1,000.00 to repair. Nah, deal with it, it ain't so bad, (the Government tells you).

Ever wonder why they can show as many commercials on television as the pharmaceutical companies do?

Many wonder why young people are not getting a drivers license these days, because they can't afford the insurance. Well, expect, (if, God Forbid she's ever elected) Hillary to come up with Hillarycare. 

The kicker, you won't get a license to drive if you don't join their program. Unless your undocumented or illegal, that is. 

Democrats, because they know how to get your vote.


A New Jersey man modified his E-Z Pass — a device used to automatically pay highway tolls — to alert him every time his it was being connected to by an outside source. He found it wasn’t just when passing through tolls that his device was being read.

The man going by the name Puking Monkey rigged a cow-shaped device to light up and make “moo” sound every time the E-Z Pass’ RFID card was read. The man recorded video of the device being read in non-toll areas and presented his findings at the hacking conference Defcon, which took place in August.

Here’s a look at how the device works, signaling the E-Z Pass was being read in a toll-less area in the Lincoln tunnel, which connects New York City and New Jersey:

Runaway Bay Apartments

BREAKING NEWS: Convict Caught At St. Francis DeSales

St. Francis DeSales went into lockdown minutes ago. A Criminal with a warrant for his arrest was found on school property. The children were preparing to go on a Halloween Field Trip Parade when everything broke loose. Chief Barbara Duncan came flying into the parking lot and multiple Officers found their suspect hiding behind a dumpster and was taken away without incident. 

The suspect was not wearing a shirt. St. Francis DeSales had just conducted an intruder safety dill yesterday. The children were immediately taken inside when this happened and some were painting their Halloween Pumpkins and had no clue what was going on. 

The School and Children are safe. 

Early ‘John Doe’ Probe Left Local Family In A Panic, Fearing Worst

BERLIN — For several hours on Sunday morning, a local family was under the impression a family member was the victim in the fatal pedestrian collision on Route 50 near Route 589, but Maryland State Police investigators said this week they were merely trying to identify the victim and did not intend to wrongly inform the family of the bad news.

Around 2:20 a.m. on Sunday, Stephen Bird, 38, of Madison, N.J., was struck and killed by a vehicle on eastbound Route 50 near its intersection with Route 589. However, Bird was not carrying any identification and when Maryland State Police (MSP) investigators attempted to identify the victim, one of the officers on the scene determined the victim loosely met the description of a local man named Tim Bailey, who works at Wal-Mart nearby and was known to walk back and forth across Route 50.

With a “John Doe” on their hands and a possible match on the victim, MSP troopers began exploring the possibility the victim was Bailey, setting in motion a traumatic sequence of events for the Bailey family who were mistakenly led to believe their brother was the victim in the fatal collision.


Fall Into Comfort


It’s no secret that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is intensely disliked by organized labor and Democrats.

Indeed, the Republican governor’s opponents have made their feelings toward him very clear since he was first elected — especially during the state capital protests in 2011 and the defeated effort to have him recalled.

But if you thought the rhetoric aimed at Walker during the 2011 protests was bad, just wait until you hear his version of events included in his upcoming book, “Unintimidated: A Governor’s Story and a Nation’s Challenge” — particularly the chilling note that was sent to his wife.

State Patrol Capt. Dave Erwin, a former United States Marine, brought the governor a particularly eerie piece of hate mail during the protests that contained very specific information about his wife and children.


Virtual Pistol Range

Follow the Russian directions. Click on the Crapo thing by the finger guard and get ready to shoot three rounds for your score.


Check this one out … see how good you are with a Russian pistol, the Makarov. All text is in Russian.

When the pistol appears, click on the dot on the trigger. Next screen,click on the arrow, aim, and fire. It’s really self-explanatory.

You have 3 shots in 30 seconds to hit the target and get your score. It’s addictive.

Happy Halloween

BREAKING NEWS: FAA Expands Use Of Personal Electronic Devices On Planes

Federal Aviation Administration to allow airline passengers to use most electronic devices during takeoffs and landings on planes that meet certain criteria to protect aircraft systems from electronic interference.


Thanksgiving Coloring Contest

10,000-Word New Yorker Article On Rise In Homelessness Mentions ‘Barack Obama’ Zero Times

The New Yorker magazine’s latest issue features a nearly 10,000 word article on the rise in homelessness in New York City — but the piece doesn’t mention the name “Barack Obama” a single time.

According to the article, the number of homeless in New York City has exploded in recent years.

“For baseball games, Yankee Stadium seats 50,287. If all the homeless people who now live in New York City used the stadium for a gathering, several thousand of them would have to stand,” the article opens.


Five Foot Tall Man With Down Syndrome Beaten By Police For ‘Bulge In Pants’ That Turns Out To Be Only A Colostomy Bag

Consumer Confidence Plunges Most In 2 Years

Following the lowest UMich confidence print in 2013, Gallup's economic confidence collapse, and Bloomberg's index of consumer comfort signaling major concerns among rich and poor in this country (in spite of record highs in stocks), today's Conference Board Consumer Confidence data continues to confirm a problem for all those 'hoping' for moar multiple expansion. From 80.2 in September, confidence collapsed to 71.2 (the largest MoM drop in 2 years) to its lowest in six months, and notably below expectations. As we have noted in the past a 10 point drop in confidence has historically led to a 2x multiple compression in stocks (which suggests the Fed will need to un-Taper some more to keep the dream alive). Hope for the future dropped to 7-month lows but what is perhaps most intriguiging, just as with the Bloomberg surveys, we are seeing the wealthiest cohorts confidence plunging (even as stocks soar to new highs). It would appear the Fed has lost its wealth effect inpiration.


WCSO Press Release 10-31-13

Incident: Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute
Date of Incident: 29 October 2013
Location: 800 block of Mohawk Avenue, Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Travis Sentelle Waters, 32,Salisbury, MD
Narrative: On 29 October 2013 at 9:14 AM, a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office stopped a vehicle operated by Travis Waters after receiving information that he was operating his vehicle while suspended. Information had also been relayed of an outstanding Circuit Court Warrant for Waters. Post arrest of Waters, the deputy searched the vehicle and located three baggies of what was recognized as marijuana and a locked safe. Based on the CDS already located and the belief that other illicit material could be hidden in the safe, the deputy applied for and received a search warrant for it. Upon opening the safe, the deputy then located two large jars that contained additional marijuana, a metal grinder, U.S. currency and a 9mm handgun capable of only firing blank ammunition.  Also located in the safe were live 9mm and .357 ammunition. Based on a previous conviction, Waters is prohibited from possessing ammunition for a regulated firearm.  The deputy transported Waters 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 Waters in the Detention Center in lieu of$125,000.00 bond.
Charges: Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of ammunition while prohibited from possessing a firearm
Waters, Travis
Waters, Travis

Incident: Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute
Date of Incident: 29 October 2013
Location: Naylor Mill Road at Jersey Road, Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Michael Lee Parsons, 26,Laurel, DE
Narrative: On 29 October 2013 at 1:23 PM, a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office stopped a vehicle operated by Michael Lee Parsons of Laurel, DE after observing Parsons not wearing a seat belt. Upon making contact with the deputy, Parsons informed him that there were drugs in the vehicle. Upon a search of the vehicle, the deputy located two jars that contained marijuana along with two baggies containing the same.  Further search revealed a scale, a grinder and a smoking device in the vehicle.  Additionally, the deputy recovered two shotguns and their ammunition from inside Parsons’ vehicle.  The deputy placed Parsons under arrest and transported him 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 Parsons in the Detention Center in lieu of $250,000.00 bond.
Charges: Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Firearm during a Drug Trafficking Crime
Parsons, Michael
Parsons, Michael

Halloween Cops

Sean Hannity Interviews Woman Who Was Fired By Obamacare Officials


(PIKESVILLE, MD) – As cold weather approaches, Maryland State Police are reminding drivers that an unoccupied vehicle with its engine running is an open invitation to car thieves who are prowling neighborhoods, convenience stores, and gas stations, looking for the easy steal.

Troopers across Maryland will be working to educate drivers that leaving a vehicle running, or with the keys in it, are the quickest ways to have it stolen. Leaving a vehicle unoccupied with the engine running is also illegal. Violators fortunate enough to find their vehicle still there when they return could receive a citation that carries a fine of $70 and one point. Maryland motor vehicle law states that before a person driving a motor vehicle may leave it unattended, he or she must stop the engine, lock the ignition, remove the key, and set the parking brake.

Although Maryland law enforcement and citizens working together have driven down vehicle thefts to record lows in recent years, there were still more than 14,000 vehicles stolen in Maryland last year. That means a motor vehicle is stolen every 36 minutes. More than 50 percent of the vehicles stolen were unlocked and more than 30 percent of the stolen vehicles had the keys inside them. Investigators estimate that as many as 4,000 of those vehicles stolen were actually running at the time they were stolen.

Car thieves are like anyone else. They love to find ways to make their job easier. State and local police know that as the weather turns colder, they will take more reports of vehicles stolen while they sat running in front of a house, a convenience store, or a gas station. Owners always report they were just ‘warming up’ their car, or they were only inside the convenience store for a few seconds.

Police have scores of cases involving car thieves cruising neighborhoods early in the morning just looking for the telltale plume of exhaust from an unoccupied vehicle. Other thieves loiter around gas station and convenience store parking lots watching for the driver who leaves his or her vehicle running just to keep it warm while they go inside. This especially concerns police when it involves parents who leave their children in cars with the engine running. Car thieves don’t always check to see who is in the back seat before stealing the vehicle.

During the next several months, troopers will be especially alert for unoccupied vehicles with the engines running. State Police are reminding drivers that the most important steps to vehicle theft prevention are easy – lock your car and take the key. Additional layers of protection can be added, such as using a mechanical anti-theft device, etching the vehicle identification number onto various locations of the automobile, and investing in a vehicle tracking security system.

For more information about vehicle theft, including helpful prevention tips, visit the Maryland Vehicle Theft Prevention Council at The Council is an agency of the Maryland Department of State Police.

Remember, ‘you hold the key’ to preventing auto theft.

System Reset 2014-2015

Resets occur when the price of everything that has been repressed, manipulated or obscured is repriced.

The global financial system will reset in 2014-2015, regardless of official pronouncements and financial media propaganda hyping the "recovery." Despite the wide spectrum of forecasts (from rosy to stormy), nobody knows precisely what will transpire in 2014-2015, so we must remain circumspect about any and all predictions-- especially our own.

Even as we are mindful of the risks of a forecast being wrong (and the righteous humility that befits any analysis), it seems increasingly self-evident that financial systems around the world are reaching extremes that generally presage violent resets to new equilibria--typically at much lower levels of complexity and energy consumption.

John Michael Greer has described the process of descending stair-step resets (my description, not his) as catabolic collapse [11]. The system resets at a lower level and maintains the new equilibrium for some time before the next crisis/system failure triggers another reset.

There is much systems-analysis intelligence in Greer's concept: systems without interactive feedbacks may collapse suddenly in a heap, but more complex systems tend to stair-step down in a series of resets to lower levels of consumption and complexity--for example, the Roman Empire, which reset many times before reaching the near-collapse level of phantom legions, full-strength on official documents, defending phantom borders.

In the present, we can expect the overly costly, complex, inefficient, fraud-riddled U.S. sickcare (i.e. "healthcare") system to reset as providers (i.e. doctors and physicians' groups) opt out of ObamaCare, Medicare and Medicaid; like the phantom armies defending phantom borders of the crumbling Empire, the vast, centralized empire of sickcare will remain officially at full strength, but few will be able to find caregivers willing to provide care within the systems.


SPD Press Release 10-31-13


New World Trade Center Blasted As A Disaster

Banksy, the elusive British artist nearing the end of a month-long New York City residency, published an op-ed column slamming the design of One World Trade Center, the 104-story skyscraper scheduled to be opened on the World Trade Center site next year.

"As a visitor staying New York for the past few weeks one thing has become very clear to me," Banksy wrote in the op-ed. "You've got to do something about the new World Trade Center. That building is a disaster. Well no, disasters are interesting. One World Trade centre is a non-event. It's vanilla. It looks like something they would build in Canada."

"The attacks of September 11th were an attack on all of us and we will live out our lives in their shadow," Banksy continued. "But it's also how we react to adversity that defines us. And the response? 104 floors of compromise?"


SFD Calls For Service 10-30-13

  • Wednesday October, 30 2013 @ 23:54:38Nature: Sick SubjectCity: Salisbury
  • Wednesday October, 30 2013 @ 23:13:55Nature: PoisoningCity: Salisbury
  • Wednesday October, 30 2013 @ 20:30:43Nature: Subject FallenCity: Salisbury
  • Wednesday October, 30 2013 @ 17:58:42Nature: Trash FireAddress: Baccharis Dr and johnson Rd Salisbury, MD 21802
  • Wednesday October, 30 2013 @ 17:58:35Nature: OverdoseCity: Salisbury
  • Wednesday October, 30 2013 @ 17:44:40Nature: Pro Qa EmsCity: Salisbury
  • Wednesday October, 30 2013 @ 16:25:51Nature: Elevator RescueCity: Salisbury
  • Wednesday October, 30 2013 @ 16:11:55Nature: Pi AccidentAddress: 909 Progress Cir Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Wednesday October, 30 2013 @ 16:10:29Nature: Pi AccidentCity: Salisbury
  • Wednesday October, 30 2013 @ 09:11:45Nature: Subject FallenCity: Salisbury
  • Wednesday October, 30 2013 @ 09:05:52Nature: Sick SubjectCity: Salisbury
  • Wednesday October, 30 2013 @ 08:17:29Nature: Pi AccidentAddress: N Salisbury Blvd and arlington Rd Salisbury, MD 21802
  • Wednesday October, 30 2013 @ 08:08:15Nature: Medical AssistAddress: 1109 S Schumaker Dr Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Wednesday October, 30 2013 @ 08:08:10Nature: Subject FallenCity: Salisbury
  • Wednesday October, 30 2013 @ 06:00:00Nature: Chest PainCity: Salisbury
  • Wednesday October, 30 2013 @ 01:39:02Nature: Pro Qa EmsCity: Salisbury
  • Wednesday October, 30 2013 @ 01:13:40Nature: Abdominal PainCity: Salisbury
  • Wednesday October, 30 2013 @ 00:28:11Nature: Pro Qa EmsCity: Salisbury