Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Migraines Link To Plastic Cups And Bottles

‘Gender-bending’ chemical in packaging may trigger the attacks

Drinking water from plastic cups or bottles could be giving millions of Britons headaches.

New research shows that a controversial ‘gender-bending’ chemical in synthetic packaging may trigger migraines.

Bisphenol A (BPA) has already been linked to a range of heath problems including obesity, infertility and heart attacks.

Now the latest study – published in the journal Toxicological Sciences – points to BPA causing the debilitating headaches which afflict one in seven UK adults.

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‘HE WASN’T GOING WITHOUT HER’: HUSBAND AND WIFE MARRIED NEARLY 65 YEARS DIE WITHIN NINE HOURS OF EACH OTHER

Eleanor and Frank Turner would have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Christmas Eve, except the elderly couple died Friday within just hours of each other.

The North Carolina couple entered this world just 26 days apart in July 1926, according to The Charlotte Observer. They were married at age 22 and their family told the newspaper it seems only fitting that they would leave the world so close together at age 87.

Eleanor died in Hospice House in Monroe just after 4:30 a.m. Friday. While the family debated telling Frank, who was at another hospice care center, about his wife, they later found they never had the chance. 

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America's Excuse Book: Take Your Choice, Victim Or Heartless Hypocrite

Yes, there are injustices and imbalances of power and wealth that we collectively need to remedy. But the way to do that is to embrace fact, responsibility, choice, consequence and thrift rather than deny those realities in favor of a false dichotomy of victim and non-victim.

Are the "poor" really too poor to buy fresh ingredients? Let's start with the fact that according to the U.S. Census Bureau, 49% of Americans Get Gov’t Benefits; 82 million in Households on Medicaid. That means roughly 156 million Americans out of 317 million total population are receiving cash benefits (i.e. direct transfers) from the Federal government. Approximately 57 million receive Social Security retirement or disability benefits.

Over 47.6 million people get SNAP food stamps, a non-cash benefit that acts just like cash at the grocery store. Clearly, the vast majority of those with low incomes receive government cash or equivalent benefits.

How many "poor" people routinely buy fast food meals that cost $3 or more? How many buy frozen waffles, chips, snacks, frozen pizzas, etc. with food stamps, purchases that add up to way more money than the ingredients of the Thanksgiving dinner that so enraged the reader? How many households would it take to pool some food stamps to spend $130 to make 40-50 servings of a great, healthy home-cooked meal?

The excusers, enablers and guilt-trippers seek to divide the populace into two (and only two) classes: victims and non-victims, who are by definition heartless hypocrites (or worse).

Luckily for the excusers, enablers and guilt-trippers, America's Excuse Book runs into the thousands of pages. There are excuses for literally everyone and every situation; almost everyone can stake a claim to victimhood.

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Group Working to Spread the Truth About the Constitutionality of Christmas

Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ but it’s also a federal holiday. Signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant in 1870, the law acknowledges the United States’ Judeo-Christian tradition.

Bill O’Reilly commented in his Talking Points Memo, “Everything was swell up until about 10 years ago when creeping secularism and pressure from groups like the ACLU began attacking the Christmas holiday. They demanded the word Christmas be removed from advertising and public displays.”

Many people caved in to their demands, creating what O’Reilly has dubbed as the “Happy Holidays” syndrome.

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We Should All Worry About The ACA

It’s not true that the “vast majority of Americans” will emerge unscathed.

All eyes have been focused on the functionality of the HealthCare.gov website — or the lack thereof — since its launch October 1. But another rolling disaster is underway that is much more significant: Despite the president’s assurances to the contrary, virtually everyone — not just the 15 million Americans with individual policies — will feel the brunt of Obamacare’s sweeping changes. Once members of the public begin to see the costly changes to their health plans and the limits on their access to doctors, the issue will dominate the debate through 2014.

Earlier this year, the president asserted that “for the 85 to 90 percent of Americans who already have health insurance . . . their only impact is that their insurance is stronger, better, more secure than it was before. Full stop. That’s it. They don’t have to worry about anything else.” And as recently as November 14, the president claimed that “when I said you can keep your health care, I’m looking at folks who’ve got employer-based health care; I’m looking at folks who’ve got Medicare and Medicaid — and that accounts for the vast majority of Americans.”

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After 12 Yrs of U.S. Occupation, Afghanistan Sets Record for Growing Opium

After 12 years of occupation by U.S. military forces, Afghanistan set a record for growing opium poppies in 2013, according to newly released data from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

“Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan reached a sobering record high in 2013,” said the UNODC. “According to the 2013 Afghanistan Opium Survey, cultivation amounted to some 209,000 hectares, outstripping the earlier record in 2007 of 193,000 hectares, and representing a 36 per cent increase over 2012.”

In fact, according to the latest worldwide data on opium-poppy cultivation, Afghanistan dedicates more land to the cultivation of opium poppies than all of the rest of the world combined. 

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An Outbreak Of Lawlessness

Reid and Obama have their way with the rules.

For all the gnashing of teeth over the lack of comity and civility in Washington, the real problem is not etiquette but the breakdown of constitutional norms.

Such as the one just spectacularly blown up in the Senate. To get three judges onto a coveted circuit court, frustrated Democrats abolished the filibuster for executive appointments and (non–Supreme Court) judicial nominations.

The problem is not the change itself. It’s fine that a president staffing his administration should need 51 votes rather than 60. Doing so for judicial appointments, which are for life, is a bit dicier. Nonetheless, for about 200 years the filibuster was nearly unknown in blocking judicial nominees. So we are really just returning to an earlier norm.

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Bill Would Nearly Double Federal Gasoline Tax

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) is introducing legislation that would nearly double the 18.4-cents-per-gallon federal gas tax that is traditionally used to pay for federal transportation projects.

Blumenauer's bill would increase the gas tax by 15 cents, matching a proposal that was included in the 2011 Simpson-Bowles budget reform recommendations.

The legislation would result in drivers paying an extra 33.4 cents per gallon on their purchases, in addition to state taxes.

Transportation advocates have pushed for a gas tax increase to close an approximately $20 billion shortfall in infrastructure funding that has developed as cars have grown more fuel efficient.

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ACORN Redux: The ObamaCare Navigators Nightmare

The undercover videographer who helped to kill ACORN is now turning his powerful lens on Obamacare “navigators,” showing how left-wing groups break the law and defraud taxpayers by pushing Obamacare exchanges.

The undercover investigators of Project Veritas, the nonprofit created by ACORN slayer James O’Keefe III, are going after the almost 50,000 Obamacare “navigators,” whom the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says are supposed to “serve as an in-person resource for Americans who want additional assistance in shopping for and enrolling in plans” on the Obamacare exchanges. Left-wing activists have scooped up more than $67 million in grants nationwide to hire the navigators, a payoff to ACORN and other radical outfits that helped win Barack Obama the presidency.

Undercover investigators from Project Veritas captured taxpayer-paid Obamacare promoters on video telling health care insurance applicants to lie about preexisting medical conditions.

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Ocean City Investigators Release Findings of Fire Investigation

(December 3, 2013) – On Tuesday, November 26, 2013, at approximately 9:25 a.m., Ocean City Communications received a call for a fire at St. Paul’s by the Sea. Ocean City Fire Department personnel responded to the scene, which is located at 302 North Baltimore Avenue, and found fire coming from the rectory building upon their arrival.

Investigators determined that the fire originated on the body of John Raymond Sterner, 56, of Ocean City, who entered the structure with a significant amount of fire on and about his person. The fire quickly spread from Sterner to the structure. The cause of the fire is classified by the Ocean City Fire Marshal’s Office as “incendiary.”

The investigation revealed that prior to the fire; Sterner purchased gasoline, which investigators believe he then put on his body. The gasoline is believed to have acted as an accelerant and was responsible for the quick spread of the fire. Sterner was deceased inside of the building upon arrival of the Fire Department.

The fire also claimed the life of St. Paul’s by the Sea’s Reverend, David Dingwall. Fire Department personnel located Rev. Dingwall during a primary search of the second floor of the building, where they experienced heavy smoke and heat conditions. Rev. Dingwall, who was unconscious at the time, was quickly removed from the building, treated on-scene by paramedics and transported to Atlantic General Hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled that the manner of Rev. Dingwall’s death was homicide caused by smoke inhalation. In regards to Sterner, the Medical Examiner ruled his death to be suicide by way of thermal burns and smoke inhalation.

A female victim, whose name is not being released, also sustained injuries while attempting to exit the Shepherd’s Crook facility during the fire. She was treated by paramedics’ on-scene and ultimately transported to John’s Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Her current condition is unknown, however; she is still being treated for her injuries at John’s Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

Initial damage assessments indicate significant fire damage of the first and second floor office, in addition to smoke and overhaul damage throughout the first floor of the rectory building. The worship center and Red Doors Community Center, which are located within St. Paul’s by the Sea, experienced minimal to no significant damage.

“Our community has experienced unimaginable tragedy,” said Mayor Rick Meehan. “Our community, as a whole, mourns the loss of Father David. All of our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family during this very sad time. He will be forever remembered for making Ocean City a better
place.”

First Deadline Missed In Bipartisan Negotiations To Avoid Shutdown In January

The congressional negotiators trying to write a budget to avoid another partial shutdown next month missed their first informal deadline Monday.

It has been nearly three weeks since the 29-member committee of House and Senate budget negotiators met, and they don’t have any meetings scheduled before their final Dec. 13 deadline.

The lawmakers who will have to translate the budget into individual spending bills had pushed for an even earlier Dec. 2 deadline, saying if they didn’t have top-line numbers by then, they would struggle to pass the stand-alone bills before the mid-January shutdown deadline.
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The Coming Civil Unrest

According to a survey conducted by the Adelphi University Center for Health Innovation, 55 percent of Americans believe that the government will come to their rescue when the proverbial poop hits the fan because your big brother really cares. Literally, every alternative media outlet could show conclusive proof that an EMP was going to wipe out the power grid. We could conclusively prove that nuclear bombs were going off in 39 American cities in the most horrific false flag attack in world history and it would not make any difference to 55% of all Americans because oftheir cognitive dissonance.

In Part One of this series, I detailed how the present administration, through Executive Order 13603, is positioning itself to impose martial law and subsequently control all food and food production. Part One further pointed out that despots use the control of food, and subsequent starvation of millions, as a means to subjugate an unruly population.

The United States is staring at an economic collapse in the face with its $17 trillion dollar deficit, $238 trillion dollars of unfunded mandates (e.g. social security, Medicare, etc.) and a one quadrillion dollar derivatives debt in which the governments of the world are being forced to assume in the form of the “bailouts”. Even if Obama and his bankster puppet masters never had any intention of executing a false flag event in order to put this country into martial law in order to fully complete the coup d’├ętat that is already underway, a crash is coming. The banks are going to collapse, the people will riot, there will be food shortages, whether they be planned or unplanned. I do, however, believe that food will undoubtedly be used to control the unruly masses, despite the DHS and their new found friends in the Chinese and Russian armies which are on our soil.

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President Obama Announces $100M Initiative To Find HIV Cure

At a World AIDS Day ceremony at the White House, President Obama announced a new $100 million initiative at the National Institutes of Health to find a cure for HIV.

After the long holiday weekend, many Americans are commemorating World AIDS Day today (officially, it falls on the calendar December 1).

The President said the new initiative would seek to find a new generation of therapies that could eliminate HIV or put it into remission.

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Fed's QE Policy Imposes $360 Billion Tax On Savers

The federal government has imposed a virtual tax on savers, costing them $360 billion since 2007, according to a new report by the research division of a major management consulting firm.

The Federal Reserve’s “Quantitative Easing” policy has dropped interest rates to almost zero, effectively taxing the flow of interest payments to older people who have diligently saved cash for emergencies or retirements, according to the “discussion paper,” which is titled “QE and ultra-low interest rates: Distributional effects and risks.”

The virtual tax had the effect of quietly transferring $900 billion to the federal government, and also boosting revenue for cooperating big banks by $150 billion, says the report, which was produced by the McKinsey Global Institute, which is run by one of the world’s major management-consulting firms, McKinsey & Company.

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High Court’s Action May Encourage States On Internet Sales Tax

WASHINGTON — On perhaps the busiest online shopping day of the year, the Supreme Court refused on Monday to wade into a dispute over state sales taxes on purchases on websites like Amazon.com, an outcome likely to prompt more states to attempt to collect taxes on Internet sales.

It’s part of a furious battle — also including legislation in Congress — among Internet sellers, millions of buyers, aggrieved brick-and-mortar stores and states hungry for billions of dollars in extra tax revenue.

The high court without comment turned away appeals from Amazon.com LLC and Overstock.com Inc. in their fight against a New York court decision forcing them to remit sales tax the same way in-state businesses do. This could hurt online shopping in that state, since one of the attractions of Internet purchasing is the lack of a state sales tax, which makes some items a little cheaper than they would be inside a store on the corner.

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War On Women: Dems Attack Garcia With Sexist Language, Imagery

New Hampshire Democrats were quick to attack Republican State Representative Marilinda Garcia once she made her intention to seek the her party’s nomination for the second congressional district seat official. Garcia announced her candidacy via a press release on Monday morning; she joins former Republican State Senator Gary Lambert in the race to take on Democratic Congresswoman Anne Kuster.

Within moments of her announcement, prominent Democratic State Rep. Peter Sullivan attacked Garcia on Twitter using sexist language and imagery. Sullivan compared the three-term State Representative, who holds a Master’s degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, to reality television celebrity Kim Kardashian. He went on to refer to her as “[Republican State Rep.] Al Baldasarro [sic] in stiletto heels” and “a lightweight.”

Throughout the 2012 and 2013 election cycles, national Democrats launched repeated attacks accusing Republicans of using rhetoric they claimed was demeaning to women.

Sullivan’s tweets are below:

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Md. Green Homebuilder Suffers Growing Pains

A Maryland homebuilder praised by Gov. Martin O'Malley for its environmental innovation says it's struggling financially because it grew too fast.

The Frederick News-Post (http://bit.ly/18hl339) reported Monday that Stevensville-based Nexus EnergyHomes faces lawsuits from seven contractors and complaints from homeowners in its North Pointe development in Frederick.

The company has two other projects in Frederick County, one in Upper Marlboro and one in North Charleston, S.C.

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Manufacturing Intolerance

By now everyone knows that Dayna Morales, the lesbian waitress who claimed to have been denied a tip over her sexual orientation, was lying. It’s not the first politically correct receipt hoax and it won’t be the last.

Morales’ hoax is a blip in the larger pattern of faked hate crimes. Bigotry is the witch hunt of the modern Salem and progressive witch hunters are just as careless about facts and evidence. Now as then, the goal is to stamp out an attitude and a cultural threat, rather than to enforce the law, and that leads inevitably to the entire tawdry parade of hysterical denunciations and moral panic.

But what is behind this need to manufacture intolerance? When your only real identity is the hatred of others then it is that hatred which keeps you going. An identity built around victimhood needs constant fresh injections of oppression to sustain its existence.

Those African-Americans who define “blackness” not in terms of positive values but in terms of negative values, need white racism to remind them of who they are. And the same holds true for other oppressed minorities who define themselves not by their values; but by their resentments.

Not So Great Start for MD Retailers

For many Maryland retailers hoping to cash in big on the official kickoff to the holiday shopping season, they didn't quite get the gift they were banking on this past weekend.

"I wouldn't call it bleak," said Patrick Donoho, president of the Maryland Retailers Association. "It's just not meeting expectations."

Donoho said in the survey he sent out to about 250 retailers across the state, many weren't 'overjoyed' at weekend sales. The association has many small businesses, not big box retailers.
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BREAKING NEWS: House Renews Ban On Plastic Weapons

The House has renewed a ban on firearms that can evade metal detectors, which would prohibit all-plastic weapons produced by 3-D printers; the Senate is expected to vote next.

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New Study From China Helps To Prove The Abortion-Breast Cancer Link

In the US we are used to abortion advocates claiming that the risk of elective abortion is relatively trivial, and major medical organizations denying any link between abortion and breast cancer. Now a powerful new study from China published last week by Yubei Huang and colleagues suggests otherwise. The article, a meta-analysis pooling 36 studies from 14 provinces in China, showed that abortion increased the risk of breast cancer by 44% with one abortion, and 76% and 89% with two and three abortions.

This new article is another example of the recent excellent scholarship on abortion in peer-reviewed journals coming out of the People's Republic. There is no bigger data base than China, where there is an average of 8.2 million pregnancy terminations every year, and 40 abortions for every 100 live births. Chinese researchers and physicians are unencumbered by abortion politics, and do not cover up data showing long term effects of induced abortion, as do their US counterparts in governmental, professional and consumer organizations.

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Troopers Investigate Lewes Home Invasion

Location: 28000 block of Lewes Georgetown Highway, Lewes, DE

Date of Occurrence: Monday, December 2, 2013, at 5:45 a.m.

Victim: 23-year-old male

Suspects:
Black male, wearing a bandana over his face (no further physical or clothing description available).
Unknown race male, wearing a bandana over his face (no further physical or clothing description available).

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Lewes – Troopers are investigating a home invasion that occurred yesterday morning at a residence in the 28000 block of Lewes Georgetown Highway.

The 23-year-old male victim awoke to find two male suspects in his bedroom. One suspect stayed with the victim while the second suspect left the bedroom. After both suspects left the residence the victim discovered jewelry, cash, electronics, and two pit-bull puppies missing.

No one was injured during this incident.

If anyone has any information in reference to this crime, they are asked to contact the Troop 4 Major Crimes Unit at 302-856-5850 extension 218, or by utilizing the Delaware State Police Mobile Crime Tip Application available to download at: http://www.delaware.gov/apps/. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."

City, County Honor Fallen Law Enforcement Officers


Upper Ferry Closure

On Wednesday, December 4, 2013 the Upper Ferry will be closed from 7am-9am to replace remaining ramp cables. The Wicomico County Department of Public Works appreciates your patience.

GOVERNOR O’MALLEY ANNOUNCES STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION APPOINTMENT

ANNAPOLIS, MD. (December 3, 2013) -- Governor Martin O’Malley today announced the appointment of Larry Giammo, former Mayor of Rockville, to the State Board of Education.

“I’m pleased to welcome Larry Giammo to the Maryland State Board of Education,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “Larry’s substantial knowledge of economics, along with his background as a successful entrepreneur and elected official, will add diverse perspective to the board and help better prepare students in our number-one-in-the-nation school system to compete in the 21st century global marketplace.”

Currently, Giammo serves as the Executive Director of Green America, a national non-profit focused on establishing a green economy defined by environmental sustainability and restoration; social justice and fair labor; thriving and inclusive local communities; and, personal health and well-being.

Prior to joining Green America, Mr. Giammo served as CEO for Property Tax Pros-- a company he co-founded, focused on using research and statistics to empower homeowners in the property tax assessment process. He also worked as Managing Director of the highly-regarded international consulting firm, the Matrix Knowledge Group, from 2009 to 2010.

Additionally, Giammo served as Mayor of Rockville from 2001 to 2007. While in office, he led efforts to redevelop the town center of the Montgomery County city. Before his election as mayor, Giammo served as a Commissioner on the Planning Commission for the City of Rockville from 1996 to 2001.

Mr. Giammo received a B.A. in Economics, magna cum laude, and a B.S. in Finance, summa cum laude, from the University of Maryland and an M.B.A., with distinction, from Carnegie Mellon University.

Hillary Clinton Partied While Benghazi Mission Begged For Help

Hillary Clinton can’t point to any actual diplomatic achievements during her time as Secretary of State. The one thing they bring up endlessly is how often she traveled and how many parties she attended.

Take this New York Times profile

In contrast, even when members of Mrs. Clinton’s own party describe her achievements, they tend to point to a lot of miles traveled (956,733 to be exact).

While at the State Department, Mrs. Clinton enjoyed generally positive media coverage and some of her highest approval ratings. She was often portrayed as a pantsuit-wearing globe-trotter, hitting the dance floor in Pretoria, South Africa, and partying in Cartagena, Colombia.

Because 8 years of a White House occupant who goes from party to party just weren’t enough. And what was going on while Hillary Clinton was “hitting the dance floor“?

On August 30, just 12 days before the U.S. Consulate was overrun in a coordinated terrorist attack and four Americans were murdered, Clinton was in Rarotonga, a South Pacific island between New Zealand and Hawaii, population 13,000. Judging by the festive, tropical welcome party pics, it looks like it was a fun time.

Is that unfair? Not at all.

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Judge Andrew Napolitano 2016 Draft Gains Momentum

Supporters looking to draft Judge Andrew Napolitano to run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 are claiming momentum.

Over the weekend, Larry Hunter from the"'Draft Andrew Napolitano For President" committee insisted the effort he helps lead was making progress.

“We are focused on convincing the judge the support is there to make a run,” Hunter emailed supporters. “And the numbers are making the case. We added 100,000 fans on Facebook in just the last three months – taking us from 30,000 to more than 130,000. That’s quite an influx of support.”

Hunter is aiming high, looking to get 1 million supporters by the elections in November.

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Broken Promise Of Obamacare To Haunt Democrats’ Congressional Campaigns

President Obama completed an ambitious fundraising schedule for Democrats in November, but many of the congressional candidates he is trying to help are finding their election prospects next year imperiled by the president’s faulty health care law.

Several polls in the past week have shown congressional Republicans pulling even or slightly ahead of Democrats in generic balloting for the midterm elections, a swing of at least 10 percentage points in less than a month. Pollsters attribute the seismic shift to the series of glaring flaws in Obamacare, most of which came to the public’s attention after the program’s rollout Oct. 1.

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Cardinal Dolan Affirms Church's Opposition To ObamaCare, Warns Of Backlash

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, said Sunday the Catholic church remains opposed to ObamaCare in large part because it requires businesses to offer health-insurance plans that include no-cost contraception.

Dolan, the former president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said the church’s position is a difficult one, considering it has supported universal, affordable and comprehensive health care since the early 1990s.

“We bishops have really been in kind of a tough place,” Dolan said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” "That's how far we go in this battle. We're not Johnny-come-latelies."

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Serial Hep C Infector Sentenced

A traveling medical technician who infected dozens of patients in multiple states with hepatitis C through tainted syringes has been sentenced to 39 years in a New Hampshire prison.

David Kwiatkowski, 34, worked as a cardiac technologist in 18 hospitals in seven states, including Maryland before being hired at New Hampshire's Exeter Hospital in 2011, moving from job to job despite being fired at least four times over allegations of drug use and theft. Since his arrest last year, 46 people in four states have been diagnosed with the same strain of hepatitis C he carries.

Kwiatkowski worked at four hospitals in Maryland, including the VA Hospital in Baltimore, Johns Hopkins, and Maryland General.

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Inflation Watch 2013; Price Of Christmas Surges 7.7%

Over the past 30 years, the rise in the price of Christmas according to PNC's annual 12-days-of-Christmas price index has matched the CPI at around 2.9% YoY. However, in recent years, the reality is considerably worse than the well-managed inflation data the government profers. The price of Christmas in 2013 is up a stunning 7.7% over 2012 - the biggest jump since 2010' 9.2% rise. The biggest driver of the increase were the dancing ladies (must be the minimum wage decree?) though 8 items saw modest increases also. Once again, it seems the government's benign inflation data is fictionalized by reality's rising price of everything.

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The Other Great Rotation - From Hope To Change


This College Kid Made Over $24,000 Yesterday Just By Waving This Bitcoin Sign On ESPN

A college student quickly made over $24,000 just by waving this sign on TV.

Here's the deal: Yesterday on ESPN's "College GameDay" (an ESPN college football show that's filmed at a different college campus each week) some student held the above sign that has both the Bitcoin logo and a QR code.

A QR code is a visual representation of any kind of information (frequently a URL for a website). In this case, the code represented a Bitcoin wallet.

On Reddit, Bitcoin fans managed to enhance the QR code from the screen in order to identify his wallet, so that people could donate money to him.

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TREASONS From The WHITE HOUSE BUNKER The WEEK Of OBAMA'S ATTEMPTED NUCLEAR FALSE FLAG

Detroit Bankruptcy Judge Rules To Allow Pension (And Bond) Haircuts

As somewhat expected - though hoped against by many Detroit union workers - Judge Steven Rhodes appears to have confirmed Detroit is eligible for bankruptcy protection (after pointing out that the city's accounting was accurate and it is indeed insolvent) making this the largest ever muni bankruptcy.

JUDGE RHODES SAYS HE WILL ALLOW PENSION CUTS IN DETROIT'S BANKRUPTCY

DETROIT JUDGE: NOTHING SEPARATES PENSIONS FROM OTHER DEBT

The city will now begin working toward its next major move - the submission of a plan to re-adjust its more than $18 billion in debt - including significant haircuts for pension funds (possibly 16c on the dollar recovery) and bondholders. With Detroit as precedent, we can only imagine the torrent of other cities in trouble that will be willing to fold.

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BREAKING NEWS: Detroit Eligible For Bankruptcy, Judge Rules

Ruling clears way for Detroit to come up with plan to shed $18B debt, four months after city sought Chapter 9 protection in largest municipal filing in US history.

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Get Ready To Pay More Online: Supremes Refuse To Hear Internet Tax Case

Physician Assistants In Demand As ACA Rolls Out

There is going to be a big need for physician assistants in the coming months as millions of Americans enroll in insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act.

Physician assistants are playing a key role in the ACA and are one of three groups named as primary care providers by the government.

The president of the American Academy of Physician Assistants tells WBAL Radio they are up to the challenge of treating people through the ACA. But he says they probably do not have enough programs and enough schools to meet the demands in the coming months of the ACA.
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Are Another 1.3 Million Americans About To Drop Out Of Labor Force (And Send Unemployment Plunging)?

With even the Fed somewhat challenging the credibility of the official unemployment rate - as labor force participation collapses structurally - the possibility that if Congress does not act by Dec 28th, a further 1.3 million people will lose emergency aid and may be deemed 'out' of the labor force merely exaggerates an already farcical situation. As JPM's Mike Feroli notes, the "official" unemployment rate may drop up to 0.8 percentage points, but it won't mean the economy is any better. Is this the 'excuse' the Fed needs to transition from QE to forward guidance (with the public seeing only a rapidly collapsing unemployment rate as evidence of their success) even as the data that they are so "dependent" on becomes worse than useless?

As we warned in November, the only two charts that matter ahead of Friday's likely distorted nonfarm payrolls report.

First, the labor force participation rate, which plunged from 63.2% to 62.8% - the lowest since 1978!

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Professionals, Skilled Workers To Fund Obamacare's Subsidies

The Obamacare network artificially raises healthcare payments for single, middle-income young professionals and skilled workers, according to a detailed analysis by the 2017 Project, a think-tank seeking to create a conservative reform agenda.

The raised payments are used to subsidize cheap health-insurance for older and poorer people, says the group’s analysis.

A 26 year-old unmarried person with an income of just $35,000 would have to pay $1,863 a year for the cheapest insurance policy on President Barack Obama’s website. That person wold get no subsidy from other taxpayers, even though the insurance premiums, co-pays and deductibles are much higher than those offered by pre-Obamacare polices in 2012 and 2013.

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Maryland’s Circular Firing Squad

Martin O’Malley, his lieutenant governor, and the AG are all squabbling over Obamacare’s failures.

The state of Maryland has become a national test bed for every liberal public-policy experiment coming out of Washington, D.C. Democratic governor Martin O’Malley, a possible presidential candidate in 2016, and Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, who would like to succeed him, have concluded that their left flank must be protected in order to win their future primary elections.

Maryland thus rushes headlong into the Common Core education standards, punitive taxes to comply with EPA mandates, and proposals to raise the minimum wage.

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SPD Press Release 12-3-13


Black Friday = MORONS

3 WANTED Registered Sex Offenders


Please contact Crime Solvers at 410-548-1776 if you have seen any of these 3 WANTED Registered Sex Offenders. 

3 Times As Many Americans Supported King George During Revolutionary War Than Support Congress Today

When Congress’ approval rating was in the double-digits, polls showed that it was less popular among the American public than cockroaches, lice, root canals, colonoscopies, traffic jams, used car salesmen, Genghis Khan, Communism, North Korea, BP during the Gulf Oil Spill, Nixon during Watergate or King George during the American Revolution.

An October poll by Public Policy Polling showed that Congress is less popular among the American people than zombies, witches, dog poop, potholes, toenail fungus and hemorrhoids. That was when Congress’ approval rating was 8%.

A new Economist/YouGov.com poll shows that Congress has hit an all-time low: only 6% of the American public approves of Congress.

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REPORT: GUN BANS RESULT IN HIGHER MURDER RATES

A report issued by the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) shows that gun bans result in higher murder rates.

The report looks at the January 1997 "handgun ban in England and Wales" to substantiate this.

Between the time of that ban and 2012, the "homicides rates" rose, exponentially at times, and fell, but they only fell to a level lower than 1996 rates in one year--and that was 2010. Studies that claim "success" for the handgun ban are frequently an outworking of crime numbers that have been manipulated to make the ban look effective.

Breitbart News reported on this manipulation on October 18, showing that there are certain "bureaucratically designated 'targets'"--or "thresholds"--which a crime in Britain has to meet before it is even reported as a crime to begin with.

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9th ANNUAL “STUFF THE BUS” TOY DRIVE TO BENEFIT LOCAL RESIDENTS

SALISBURY, Md. - The 9th Annual Stuff the Bus Event to benefit Toys for Tots will take place this Saturday, December 7th, from 9 AM to 3 PM at four area Walmart locations. At each location a school bus will be filled with unwrapped toys, non-perishable food items, and cash donations during the 6 hour event. The event is hosted by local radio stations Froggy 99.9 , KISS 95.9, Magic 98.9 , Q 105, Fox Sports 1470 and Comedy 960, in partnership with First Shore Federal, Megee Plumbing and Heating, and Furniture & More.

All donations are given to the local chapters of the Toys for Tots Foundation, who benefit families in need directly in the Delmarva community. The first 25 donors at each location will receive a complimentary pass to Disney On Ice, which is coming to the Wicomico Civic Center January 9th – 12th.

“This event truly embodies what the Christmas spirit is all about,” says morning show host Jon “Whiskey” Wilson of the Whiskey & Randy morning show on Froggy 99.9 FM. “Seeing the generosity of our local residents who support this event year after year makes me very proud to be a Delmarva resident.”

If you would like to participate in the Stuff the Bus event, drop-off locations include the Walmarts in Berlin, MD on Route 50, Seaford, DE on Route 13, Fruitland on Rt.13, and new this year, The Rehoboth, DE Walmart. Local radio personalities will be broadcasting on location and accepting donations Saturday December 7th between 9 AM and 3 PM. For more information and additional drop-off locations and times please visit www.Froggy999.com.

WCSO Press Release 12-3-13

Incident: Assault
Date of Incident: 27 November 2013
Location: 5800 block of Forest Grove Road, Parsonsburg, MD
Suspect: Rodney Marion Powell, 52, Parsonsburg, MD
Narrative: On 27 November 2013 a deputy arrested Rodney Powell in connection with an assault he allegedly perpetrated against a juvenile family member. During this investigation, it was discovered that a family dispute over the juvenile having a friend over escalated to an ongoing physical assault which also included Powell threatening to burn down the residence.  Upon arrest Powell was transported to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. After an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained Powell in the Detention Center in lieu of $25,000.00 bond
Charges: Assault 2nd Degree and Threat of Arson
 Powell, Rodney
Powell, Rodney


Incident: Fugitive
Date of Incident: 29 November 2013
Location: 4300 block of Tyaskin- Nanticoke Road, Tyaskin
Suspect: Tom Joshua Outten, 21, Salisbury, MD
Narrative: On 29 November 2013 at 10:33 AM, a deputy arrested Tom Outten at a residence in the 4300 block of Tyaskin-Nanticoke Road on an outstanding Circuit Court Bench Warrant. The warrant was issued after Outten failed to appear for a Drug Court review hearing in a robbery case back in October.  Upon arrest Outten was detained in the Detention Center without bond pending an appearance in front of a Circuit Court Judge.
Charges: Failure to Appear
Outten, Tom
Outten, Tom


Incident: Theft
Date of Incident: 29 November 2013
Location: 800 block of Miami Avenue, Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Tamika Dalon Walker, 33, Salisbury, MD
Narrative: On 29 November 2013 at 5:54 PM, a deputy arrested Tamika Walker in connection with the theft of personal checks from a family member and their subsequent cashing. During the investigation the deputy learned that a total of 33 checks were obtained by Walker without the account holder’s permission and Walker proceeded to use them at Salisbury area grocery stores to purchase over $2,000.00 worth of groceries during the summer of 2013.  The deputy applied for and obtained a warrant for Walker’s arrest. Upon arrest and presentation to the District Court Commissioner, Walker was detained in the Detention Center in lieu of $15,000.00 bond.
Charges: Theft $1,000.00 to $10,000.00
Walker, Tamika
Walker, Tamika


Incident: Burglary / Assault
Date of Incident: 30 November 2013
Location: 900 block of Booth Street, Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Maurice Lamar Daniels, 20, Salisbury, MD
Narrative: On 30 November 2013 at 3:48 PM, a deputy arrested Maurice Daniels in connection with a burglary he reportedly committed in the 900 block of Booth Street. In this incident, Daniels allegedly entered the residence uninvited and assaulted the female subject who resided there. During the investigation of this incident, the victim also informed the deputy that Daniels had taken a television, a lap top and a cable modem that belonged to her. The theft had occurred prior to this incident and the items were now unable to be located. Daniels had also come into the residence uninvited to take the victim’s property.  The deputy transported Daniels 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 Daniels in the Detention Center in lieu of $70,000.00 bond.
Charges: Burglary 1st Degree, Assault and Theft under $1,000.00
Daniels, Maurice
Daniels, Maurice


Incident: Violation of a Protective Order
Date of Incident: 1 December 2013
Location: 7000 block of Wainwright Avenue, Parsonsburg, MD
Suspect: Francis Michael Cordwell, 27, Parsonsburg, MD
Narrative: On 1 December 2013 at 9:44 AM, a deputy arrested Francis Cordwell at a residence in the 7000 block of Wainwright Avenue at the request of the Westminster, MD Police. That agency had investigated a report of a violation of a final protective order that occurred when Cordwell began sending text messages to the mother of their daughter that were perceived to be threatening. Due to the conditions that had been imposed by a judge for Cordwell to refrain from contacting this other individual, the Westminster Police obtained a warrant for Cordwell’s arrest.  Upon arrest, Cordwell was brought 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 Cordwell in the Detention Center in lieu of $50,000.00 bond pending transfer to the Carroll County Detention Center.
Charges: Violation of a Protective Order
Cordwell, Francis
Cordwell, Francis


Incident: WCSO Activity
Date of Incident: 2 December 2013

  • On 1 December 2013 at 7:17 AM, a deputy stopped a vehicle operated by Joshua Tirpak, 19 of Salisbury, for speeding on U.S. 13. Upon approaching Tirpak, the deputy detected a strong odor of marijuana emanating from with the vehicle. Subsequent search revealed three marijuana smoking devices and a small amount of marijuana. Tirpak was charged on a Criminal Citation and released pending a future court date.
  • On 2 December 2013 at 3:18 AM, a deputy stopped a vehicle operated by Kristopher Horvath, 19 of Salisbury, for speeding. Upon detecting an odor of marijuana emanating from within the vehicle, the deputy conducted a search, during which the deputy recovered a smoking device and a small amount of marijuana. Horvath was charged on a Criminal Citation and released pending a future court date.

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ALLEN WEST: EPA ENGAGING IN BACKDOOR GUN CONTROL

I am one who steers very clear of tinfoil hat conspiracy theories. I often believe progressives plant stories in order to distract and disrupt, enabling them to pursue their true goals and objectives. That’s why I stress the importance of staying focused on the modern liberal socialist policies of the Obama administration, not the sideshow antics.

However, as a former combat commander, I have been trained to look for trends. And I believe we’ve found a very disturbing one. It seems that backdoor gun control is in full effect in the United States. Why? Thanks to Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), we can no longer smelt lead from ore in the United States.

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UP TO $2,000 REWARD OFFERED FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO ARREST IN PRINCESS ANNE MURDER

(PRINCESS ANNE, MD) – A monetary reward of up to $2,000 is being offered to anyone with relevant information leading police to an arrest in the murder of a Somerset County man found dead in his home in Princess Anne on Thanksgiving.

The victim is identified as Adrian Lurele Marshall, 35, of the 11,000 block of Greenwood School Road in Princess Anne, Maryland. Autopsy results indicate Marshall suffered multiple gunshots wounds to his upper body. 

At approximately 1:00 a.m. on the morning of Thursday, November 28, 2013, state troopers responded to Marshall’s residence after receiving a 911 call, reporting a possible shooting. Upon arrival, state troopers from the Princess Anne Barrack, found Marshall lying in the kitchen area of his duplex style residence. 

Detectives from the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit responded to the scene and initiated an investigation with continuing assistance from state police investigators from the Criminal Enforcement Division from Berlin and Princess Anne Barracks and crime scene technicians from the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division. The Somerset County State’s Attorney also responded to the scene. 

Investigators continue to interview witnesses and urge anyone with information to call Crime Solvers of the Lower Eastern Shore at 410-548-1776. All callers will remain anonymous.

The Other America: "Taxpayers Are The Fools... Working Is Stupid"

While what little remains of America's middle class is happy and eager to put in its 9-to-5 each-and-every day, an increasing number of Americans - those record 91.5 million who are no longer part of the labor force - are perfectly happy to benefit from the ever more generous hand outs of the welfare state. Prepare yourself before listening to this... calling on her self-admitted Obamaphone, Texas welfare recipient Lucy, 32, explains why "taxpayers are the fools"...

"...To all you workers out there preaching morality about those of us who live on welfare... can you really blame us? I get to sit around all day, visit my friends, smoke weed.. and we are still gonna get paid, on time every month..."

She intends to stay on welfare her entire life, if possible, just like her parents (and expects her kids to do the same). As we vociferously concluded previously, the tragedy of America's welfare state is that work is punished.

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SFD Calls For Service 12-2-13

  • Monday December, 2 2013 @ 19:59:35Nature: Sick SubjectCity: Salisbury
  • Monday December, 2 2013 @ 17:51:01Nature: Pi AccidentAddress: 1129 Snow Hill Rd Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Monday December, 2 2013 @ 17:50:57Nature: Pi AccidentCity: Salisbury
  • Monday December, 2 2013 @ 15:49:30Nature: Psychiatric EmergencyCity: Salisbury
  • Monday December, 2 2013 @ 14:24:19Nature: Medical AssistAddress: 1101 S Schumaker Dr Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Monday December, 2 2013 @ 14:02:19Nature: Medical AlarmCity: Salisbury
  • Monday December, 2 2013 @ 11:40:52Nature: Difficulty BreathingCity: Salisbury
  • Monday December, 2 2013 @ 10:25:18Nature: HemorrhagingCity: Salisbury
  • Monday December, 2 2013 @ 10:21:42Nature: Chest PainCity: Salisbury
  • Monday December, 2 2013 @ 10:10:38Nature: Psychiatric EmergencyCity: Salisbury
  • Monday December, 2 2013 @ 09:29:24Nature: Chest PainCity: Salisbury
  • Monday December, 2 2013 @ 05:48:43Nature: Sick SubjectCity: Salisbury

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