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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Subpar: Anti-Obama Street Art Covers Santa Monica

An unknown artist is covering the streets of Santa Monica, Calif., with posters declaring President Obama to be “subpar.”

The artwork, which features images of Obama golfing with the message, can be found on trashcans, in Porta-potties, and on street benches, according to a taco blog in Los Angeles.

The appearance of the posters coincided with the PGA Tour, which was played at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, just outside of Santa Monica, over the weekend.


Who Burned Columbia, S.C.?


On this day in 1865, Union forces under the command of major general William Tecumseh Sherman captured the city of Columbia, S.C. – and burned a sizable portion of it to the ground.

Or did they?

In his 1999 book Lies Across America, author James W. Loewen disputes this version of history – the one that’s still plastered on monuments all over the Southern city. Citing research by historians Marion Lucas and James Rhoads, Loewen concludes that the main fire which destroyed roughly a third of the city was accidental – the result of wind rekindling cotton fires set previously by retreating Confederate troops.

In fact according to Loewen’s account, union troops actually helped to contain the conflagration.

Confederate loyalists bristle at such “revisionist history.”


Spanking Bill In Kansas Sparks Controversy

A Kansas state lawmaker says a bill she's introduced that would give school teachers and caregivers expanded rights to spank children is not "intended to legalize child abuse."

Democratic state representative Gail Finney of Wichita put out a statement Tuesday after media stories about her legislation, which would expand on current Kansas law by allowing teachers and caregivers to spank children up to 10 times, possibly causing redness and bruising.

The legislation specifically would allow for spankings "up to ten forceful applications in succession of a bare, open-hand palm against the clothed buttocks of a child and any such reasonable physical force on the child as may be necessary to hold, restrain or control the child in the course of maintaining authority over the child, acknowledging that redness or bruising may occur on the tender skin of a child as a result."



DHS Plan For National License-plate Tracking System Raises Privacy Concerns

A plan by the Department of Homeland security to establish a national license-plate recognition database that would collect information from commercial and law enforcement tag readers is raising concerns over privacy and how the data might be scrutinized.

The Washington Post reports that the agency recently issued a solicitation notice seeking bids for the database project, which would collect data from license-plate readers that rapidly scan the tags of passing vehicles, to help track down and arrest fugitive illegal immigrants.

A spokeswoman for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency told the newspaper that the database “could only be accessed in conjunction with ongoing criminal investigations or to locate wanted individuals.”


Ron Paul Asks Of The Fed: "When Will This Madness Stop?"

Last week, Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen testified before Congress for the first time since replacing Ben Bernanke at the beginning of the month. Her testimony confirmed what many of us suspected, that interventionist Keynesian policies at the Federal Reserve are well-entrenched and far from over. Mrs. Yellen practically bent over backwards to reassure Wall Street that the Fed would continue its accommodative monetary policy well into any new economic recovery. The same monetary policy that got us into this mess will remain in place until the next crisis hits.

Isn't it amazing that the same people who failed to see the real estate bubble developing, the same people who were so confident about economic recovery that they were talking about “green shoots” five years ago, the same people who have presided over the continued destruction of the dollar's purchasing power never suffer any repercussions for the failures they have caused? They treat the people of the United States as though we were pawns in a giant chess game, one in which they always win and we the people always lose. No matter how badly they fail, they always get a blank check to do more of the same.


WCSO Press Release 2-19-14

Incident: WCSO Activity 18 February 2014

Location: Wicomico County

  • On 18 Feb 2014 at 8:30 AM a deputy arrested Shaun Michael Barlow, 26 of Salisbury, on a District Court Bench Warrant. The warrant was issued after Barlow violated the terms of his probation following a theft conviction. Barlow was detained on a bond of $25,000.00
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Barlow, Shaun
  • On 18 Feb 2014 at 2:17 PM a deputy arrested Theodore James Ballard Jr., 26 of Salisbury, on a Circuit Court Bench Warrant. The warrant was issued after Ballard failed to appear for a Driving Suspended case. Ballard was detained without bond.
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Ballard, Theodore
  • On 18 Feb 2014 at 3:35 PM a deputy arrested Garrick Levin Wharton, 22 of Salisbury, on a Circuit Court Bench Warrant. The warrant was issued after Wharton failed to appear for a CDS Possession case. Wharton was detained without bond.
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Wharton, Garrick
  • On 18 Feb 2014 at 4:25 PM a deputy arrested Bernard M. Kellam, 53 of Salisbury, on a Circuit Court Bench Warrant. The warrant was issued after Kellam violated the terms of a no contact order in an Assault 2nd Degree case. Kellam was detained without bond.
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Kellam, Bernard
  • On 18 Feb 2014 at 9:24 PM a deputy arrested Krystal Nicole Dennis, 25 of Delmar, MD, on a District Court Bench Warrant. The warrant was issued after Dennis failed to appear for a violation of probation hearing following a theft conviction. Dennis was released after posting a bond of $57.50.
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Dennis, Krystal
Releasing Authority: Lt. Tim Robinson        Date: 19 February 2014

6-Year-Old Gets Letter From IRS, Issues A Response

Due to a mix-up of some sort, a 6-year-old boy received a letter from the IRS requesting that he file a particular set of documents.

Realizing that it must be a mistake, his mother attempted to contact the IRS and sort the situation out. Unfortunately, because the original request was addressed to her son, and not her, the mom was unable to do anything.

Shortly after, the 6-year-old received this follow-up:


University Of Maryland Data Breach Affects 300,000, School Says

COLLEGE PARK, MD. – The president of the University of Maryland says there has been a breach of a database that contains personal information about more than 300,000 faculty, staff, students, and others.

Wallace Loh said in a statement posted Wednesday on the university's website that the database contained records of those who have been issued a university ID since 1998.

Loh said the database has information from the College Park and Shady Grove campuses. The records include names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth and university identification numbers.

Republicans Probe 3 States With Failing Obamacare Exchanges

Republican lawmakers are launching investigations into the failures of three of the nation's state-run Obamacare exchanges, a move which is putting Democrats on the defensive as both parties gear up for an important election year.

The healthcare websites in Oregon, Maryland, and Massachusetts are all coming under scrutiny both for their functional failures and for staggering costs that have left taxpayers footing the bill, The Hill reports.

On Wednesday, Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee wrote to the Government Accountability Office requesting a review of the $304 million in federal grants Oregon received to fund its exchange, which has yet to enroll one person online.



What would a stay-at-home mom earn today if she received a salary for all she does during the day? recently calculated that, in 2013, a stay-at-home mom in the United States was worth about $114,000 per year. While that six-figure salary may sound good, in order to earn it, Mom put in a 94-hour work week.

If a full-time job is 40 hours per week, this outcome means that Mom’s base salary is $37,549. With 54 hours of overtime, worth $76,037, Mom’s total salary is thus $113,586.


Disguising Evil

Evil acts are given an aura of moral legitimacy by noble-sounding socialistic expressions, such as spreading the wealth, income redistribution, caring for the less fortunate, and the will of the majority. Let’s have a thought experiment to consider just how much Americans sanction evil.

Imagine there are several elderly widows in your neighborhood. They have neither the strength to mow their lawns, clean their windows and perform other household tasks nor the financial means to hire someone to help them. Here’s a question that I’m almost afraid to ask: Would you support a government mandate that forces you or one of your neighbors to mow these elderly widows’ lawns, clean their windows and perform other household tasks? Moreover, if the person so ordered failed to obey the government mandate, would you approve of some sort of sanction, such as fines, property confiscation or imprisonment? I’m hoping, and I believe, that most of my fellow Americans would condemn such a mandate. They’d agree that it would be a form of slavery — namely, the forcible use of one person to serve the purposes of another.


Guy Pulls Out Sign on Gophers Kiss Cam


On February 19, 2014, Brian Keith Hensley, age 43, of Wicomico County, Maryland, was convicted by a Wicomico County Jury of Attempted First Degree Murder, Attempted Second Degree Murder, First Degree Assault, Reckless Endangerment, Armed Robbery, CDS Possession (Cocaine & Marijuana), and CDS Paraphernalia. An investigation conducted by the Salisbury Police Department and the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit revealed that on May 16, 2013, Hensley attacked an 18-year-old victim with a vodka bottle while he was asleep in a house on Ohio Avenue. Hensley fractured the skull of his victim during this attack. He also robbed the victim of his wallet, CDS and cell phones. Hensley now faces a maximum sentence in excess of Life in prison.

Wicomico County State’s Attorney, Matthew A. Maciarello, commended the Salisbury City Police Department and the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit for their work in the investigation and prosecution of this case. Mr. Maciarello also thanked the citizens of Wicomico County who sat on the jury, and Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Kristen Schultz and Deputy State’s Attorney Ella Disharoon, who prosecuted the case.

Can The Markets Crash?

This is the trillion-dollar question. From a common sense perspective, the simple answer is “absolutely!”

Since 1998, the markets have been in serial bubbles and busts, each one bigger than the last. A long-term chart of the S&P 500 shows us just how obvious this is (and yet the Fed argues it cannot see bubbles in advance?).

Group Lays Groundwork On Saylor bill

ANNAPOLIS — As a father with a 25-year-old son on the autism spectrum, Jeff Moran said he has lost sleep worrying about his child encountering the type of situation that led to Ethan Saylor's death.

Standing with a crowd of disability rights advocates Tuesday outside the Maryland State House, Moran said he wonders what would happen if his son came into contact with police or first responders in the community.

"He may present as a typical young man, but the more that they may interact with him, he might become evasive," Moran said. "They could take actions against him."


Government Adds 1,516 Pages To The Federal Register

Last week Mother Nature shut down Washington’s government offices for a day, but the extreme weather was no match for federal regulators.

Over that time period, 1,516 new pages and 56 additional final regulations were published in the Federal Register, according to the free-market Competitive Enterprise Institute.

Broken down, that is the equivalent of a new regulation added about every three hours.


Team Effort Leads To ‘Happy Ending’ To Ocean City Locks Story

OCEAN CITY — Valentine’s Day weekend provided the perfect backdrop for a great love story with a happy ending this week involving a pair of locks attached to a pole on the Ocean City Boardwalk by a visiting couple several years ago that briefly went missing before being found again on Monday.

Back on Valentine’s Day in 2008, Lauren Burr and her boyfriend and future husband were visiting Ocean City. The young couple purchased a large, metal lock and carved their initials on it before hanging it on a post on the Boardwalk at Dorchester Street as a symbol of their growing love for each other. A year later, Burr’s boyfriend joined the Marines. The couple got married in March 2010 and Burr’s husband then went away for a year for training.


The People As Enemies

Relationships are fragile things, none more so than the relationship between a citizen and his government. Unfortunately for the American people, the contract entered into more than 200 years ago has been reduced to little more than a marriage of convenience and fiscal duty, marked by distrust, lying, infidelity, hostility, disillusion, paranoia and domestic abuse on the part of the government officials entrusted with ensuring the citizenry’s safety and happiness.

Don’t believe me? Start paying attention to how you and your fellow citizens are treated by government officials—the ones whose salaries you are paying–and then focus in on how the government is spending your hard-earned tax dollars. Pay particular attention to the heavily armed officers in tactical gear, the surveillance cameras, the drones, the roving VIPR squads, the cops who shoot first and ask questions later, the military drills in small towns, the military equipment being funneled to small-town police departments, and the massive ammunition purchases by domestic agencies such as the Postal Service, the Department of Education, the IRS and the Social Security Administration.


House Panel Considering Speed Camera Changes, Repeal

A House committee in Annapolis today, is considering more than a dozen bills dealing with speed cameras.

One of the bills is the result of the work of a task force that spent a year studying the issue.

Baltimore County Delegate James Malone, who chaired the task force, says the bill represents a compromise.

"If you like speed cameras, you'll love this bill. If you hate speed cameras, you'll love this bill," Malone told WBAL News.



This week The Tonight Show with new host Jimmy Fallon returned to its storied birthplace in New York’s 30 Rockefeller Center. Jimmy is talented and likable and closest to my old boss, Johnny Carson, doing characters and sketches.

Once again NBC ditched Jay Leno for a trophy comic. This despite Jay’s consistent ratings dominance. NBC hopes Fallon will hold Leno’s audience and not become Conan 2. The current late night landscape is populated by 19 comedy/talk shows. Leno was the Everyman, the flyover fave. He was middle of the road, less ironic than David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel. The Caesar salad to their kale. And the only one willing to launch comedic drones over the current West Wing.


SPD Press Release 2-19-14

Boys Lived In Squalor On Magothy River

WASHINGTON - Lots of families make their homes on houseboats in the Chesapeake Bay. But one family caught the attention of police after neighbors became concerned for the welfare of the children on board.

The family of John and Sherri Kelly, of no fixed address, was stranded on the thick ice of the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Natural Resources Police tried to help.

But according to court documents, the family refused assistance to get to shore.

Days later, police returned to check on the family who were on a boat moored in the Magothy River. When police boarded they found what prosecutors called "atrocious" conditions.


Island Club Apartments

Maryland Signs Cybersecurity Agreement

Maryland officials have signed an agreement with the National Institute of Standards and Technology to more clearly define the development of the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence in the state.

Gov. Martin O'Malley, Sen. Barbara Mikulski and Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett joined acting Undersecretary of Commerce Patrick Gallagher at a news conference on Tuesday in Annapolis to announce the agreement.


Public Schools Are Preparing America’s Children For Life In A Police State

Our children are the future of America, and our public schools are systematically training them to become accustomed to living in a “Big Brother” police state. All across the United States today, public schools have essentially become “prison grids” that are run by control freaks that are absolutely obsessed with micromanaging the lives of their students down to the smallest detail.

As you will read about below, students all over the country are now being monitored by RFID microchips, their lunches are being inspected on a daily basis by school administrators, and the social media accounts of students are being constantly monitored even when they are at home. Of course these sorts of things do not happen everywhere just yet, but on the path that we are on it is just a matter of time. At this point, many of our public schools very closely resemble “totalitarian dictatorships”, and so if the United States ever slips into totalitarianism the students of today will actually feel very comfortable under that political system.



Early voting for the March Primary Election began today with Texas’ voter ID law enjoying full enforcement, despite U.S. Department of Justice objections in federal court. Just as Texans experienced in the 2013 Constitutional Election, voters must present an approved photo ID to cast a regular ballot at their polling place.

The Holder Justice Department filed a federal lawsuit against Texas in summer 2013 on the claim that voter ID was a violation of the Voting Right Act, as part of a wider national campaign to block election integrity reforms. On February 11, the DOJ requested the court consider postponing the September 2014 trial date – arguing they did not have ample time to analyze data among ethnic groups and, therefore, their effort would be “irreparably prejudiced” as a result. The DOJ was rejected on Friday.



Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) are gathering colleagues' signatures on a letter to networks ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox expressing their disapproval at the lack of global warming discussion on the channels' Sunday shows.

According to Sanders, "It is beyond my comprehension… that their shows have discussed climate change in 2012, collectively, for all of eight minutes.” Sanders is using liberal watchdog group Media Matters for America as his source. MMfA's data indicates that, in 2009, the Sunday shows covered climate change topics for over an hour, and in 2012, Sunday show coverage dropped to less than eight minutes on climate change.



The Star-Ledger's new analysis of the distribution of relief funds for victims of Hurricane Sandy has found that almost one third of the federal money provided to New Jersey went to relatively unaffected areas. This is the latest in a string of reports by the state's biggest newspaper suggesting Governor Chris Christie misappropriated Sandy funds.

According to the paper, $47.6 million,meant to build new affordable housing projects for those displaced by the hurricane went to projects in Essex and Middlesex counties--the inland counties home to Newark and New Brunswick, respectively. Essex County received 16.1% of the total money, while Middlesex received 13.7%. Meanwhile, shore areas in Ocean County received 7.7% in federal funds. Ocean County is home to the iconic post-Sandy image of Seaside Heights' signature roller coaster floating in the sea by the ruined boardwalk.


Craig Proposes Flat Tax, Then Ending Income Tax; House Republicans Propose Cuts

As House Republicans get a hearing today on their proposal to cut income tax rates in Maryland by 10-percent over three years, a Republican candidate for governor wants to replace the current rates with a flat tax, and eventually eliminate the income tax entirely.

Harford County Executive David Craig unveiled his tax proposal at a news conference in Annapolis this morning.

If elected governor, Craig would lower all income tax brackets to a flat 4.25% by 2016. The personal exemption will increase from the current $3200 to $5000. Craig says the savings to taxpayers will be $600 million with an average savings of $352 for married couples or $176 for individual filers.


Union Negotiations Causes Rift In Maryland

A proposal to make public teachers union negotiations in Maryland’s Frederick County has caused a rift among state Republican lawmakers from the conservative-leaning area.

The proposal was made by state GOP delegate Michael Hough after a county commissioner was not permitted to join discussions between school board and teachers union officials.

Hough argued that taxpayers and elected officials should have access to the talks since public schools account for a large part of the county budget.


Happy Birthday To One Of The Greatest Men The Eastern Shore Has Ever Known

Many of you know him as Coach Hal. I know him as one of the greatest guys I've ever known.

Hal Chernoff created the Main Street Gym to help kids get off the streets, stay away from drugs and set examples to the rest of society how to carry ourselves in a positive and productive way.

Happy Birthday Hal Chernoff. May you enjoy many, many more. 

By the way, you SOB, you never returned my call yesterday. LOL

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What started as a slow trickle when American Tactical Imports (ATI) and PTR moved from the northeast to South Carolina, has now become an all out surge with Magpul Industries leaving Colorado, Beretta leaving Maryland for Tennessee, and Remington acquiring a 500,000 square ft. facility in Alabama.

As Breitbart News previously reported, Governor Andrew Cuomo's (D) SAFE Act drove ATI from New York in October while Governor Dannel Malloy's (D) draconian gun control drove PTR from Connecticut in June.


Famous Clinton Aide Unleashes Fury On Hillary

'Just pack your bags. You've had your 15 minutes'

Kathleen Willey, the former volunteer aide to Bill Clinton who says she was sexually harassed by the president in the 1990s, is now sounding the alarm about the potential danger of Hillary Clinton becoming president.

“Hillary Clinton is the war on women, and that’s what needs to be exposed here,” Willey said Sunday night on Aaron Klein’s WABC Radio show.

“The point is what this woman is capable of doing to other women while she’s running a campaign basically on women’s issues. It just doesn’t make any sense. She singlehandedly orchestrated every one of the investigations of all these women [who accused her husband of sexual crimes]. They’re the people reminding us of how sordid this all is.”

Click below to listen to Part 1 of Klein’s interview with Kathleen Willey:


Analysis: Health Exchange Problems Could Be More Serious And Expensive Than Reported

The problems at the Maryland Health Benefits Exchange (MHBE) are likely more serious and more expensive to fix than has already been reported, according to an assessment of project documentation by

Cost overruns and higher costs in future years could easily run to over $100 million, and big decisions loom regarding who will pay and what will happen to the glitch-ridden website.

In addition, the exchange will continue to need regular bailouts to break even until at least 2018, despite collecting a new tax on insurance firms that was supposed to pay for operations.



Center to relocate to permanent facility in Rockville

– U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, Acting Undersecretary of Commerce Dr. Patrick Gallagher, Governor Martin O’Malley, and Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett today signed a Partnership Intermediary Agreement (PIA) to more clearly define further the development of the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE). The agreement expands on the collaboration outlined in a Memorandum of Understanding – signed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the State of Maryland and Montgomery County in February 2012 – establishing the NCCoE.

“We’re standing up for the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence to protect America’s ideas and innovations from cyber terrorists, spies and thieves,“ said Senator Mikulski, Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee that funds NIST. "With Maryland's world-class educational institutions, leading federal assets and dynamic private sector, our state is the epicenter of cyber security. This center will unite the knowledge of the government with the know-how of the private sector to improve our nation’s cyber security and create jobs. I was so proud to put money in the federal checkbook so this new center will ensure Maryland continues to lead the way in cyber technology and cyber jobs.”‎

VW Workers Escape From Detroit

Workers at Volkswagen’s sedan factory in Chattanooga, Tenn., soundly rejected a bid by the United Automobile Workers (UAW) to subsume them. In this the workers were considerably wiser than VW management, which took an officially neutral stance on the unionization effort but is in general kindly disposed to efforts to transplant the “workers’ council” model, with which it has enjoyed success at home, from Germany to its American operations. German automakers maintain a largely cooperative relationship with IG Metall, the main autoworkers’ union. But the UAW is a very different sort of beast, a fact not lost on the Chattanooga workers who handed it an enormously important defeat.

Competitive wages are part of the calculation, but they are far from a ruling consideration. The partisans of organized labor point out that German marques such as VW and Mercedes-Benz sell a great many cars and make healthy profits despite paying their comprehensively unionized work forces about two-thirds more than what the average American autoworker earns: roughly $67 an hour in wages and benefits for the Germans versus $40 an hour for a General Motors employee. (The frequently cited figure of $73 an hour for GM includes heavy retiree costs and does not reflect the compensation of active workers.) The U.S. labor camp takes precisely the wrong lesson from this situation: “Germany builds twice as many cars as the U.S. while paying its workers twice as much,” as one columnist put it. Another way of putting it: GM managed to go bankrupt while paying its workers just over half of what Daimler pays its own.


Brooke Update

Lose it for Brooke
Here's Brooke yesterday in "Art Therapy" at CHOP. She's doing great and we're all rooting for a release today!


Dover Airman Charged In 2012 Death Of Child

Location:1000 block of Avocado Avenue, Dover Air Force Base Housing, Dover, DE

Date of Occurrence: November 3, 2012 at 3:52 p.m.

Victim: Evan J. Dudley-21 months old from Dover Air Force Base, Dover, Delaware

Defendant/Charges/Bond Information:
Justin K. Corbett-25 of the first block of Hickory Lane, Dover, DE (photo attached)
Murder by Abuse or Neglect Recklessly Cause Death of Child
Committed to JTVCC on $100,000 Cash Bond

Dover - Delaware State Police have charged a 25 year old Dover Air Force Base airman in connection with the 2012 death of 21 month old Evan J. Dudley who was entrusted to his care as a primary caregiver during the military deployment of the child’s mother, also an airman assigned to the base.

The incident occurred on November 3, 2012 at approximately 3:52 p.m. when Justin K. Corbett-25, an airman assigned to the Dover Air Force Base contacted 911 from his residence located in the 1000 block of Avocado Avenue, Dover Air Force Base Housing, to report an emergency requesting assistance for 21 month old Evan J. Dudley who was unresponsive after falling down a flight of eight carpeted stairs.

Evan J. Dudley was transported by ambulance to the Kent General Hospital in Dover for initial assessment and care and was later transferred to the Nemours/Alfred I duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington where he was admitted in critical condition with head trauma and multiple contusions on his body.

On November 7, 2012 just after midnight, Evan J. Dudley succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the Nemours/AI duPont Hospital for Children.

State Medicaid Director Resigns

The head of Maryland's Medicaid program is leaving his post as the program adds tens of thousands of new clients under the health care overhaul.

The Daily Record reports that Charles Milligan is expected to leave his post as deputy secretary of health care financing at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in April.

Department spokeswoman Dori Henry did not give a reason for Milligan's resignation. But Henry says Milligan is expected to move back to New Mexico, where he previously served as director of that state's Medicaid program.


Secure A Consealed Carry Permit

Maryland continues to ignore our rights to defend our families. Brother Oath Keeper, Richard Rothschild, County Commissioner of 4th district Carroll County and the Maryland Chapter of Oath Keepers believe that you have the right to bear arms. Maryland does not honor those rights. There are states that do.

I travel the country and have held a Utah CCW for the last four years. I can carry in 34 states including all surrounding states. When on the road in strange environments accompanied by my family I am secure.

Here's how to secure your Utah CCW

See you at the meeting


More than four months after its scheduled launch and despite receiving $305 million in federal grants and spending at least $160 million on the website, Cover Oregon has not enrolled anyone.

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) and other leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee wrote a letter to the General Accountability Office, stating, "The catastrophic breakdown of Cover Oregon is unacceptable, and taxpayers deserve accountability."

The letter notes that the Obamacare federal exchange,, and the various state exchanges "have encountered numerous problems." Yet, according to Walden, Cover Oregon, the healthcare exchange for the state of Oregon, may have won the booby prize.


Obama's Minimum Wage Boost Will Result In Even More Job Losses

In the aftermath of the crushing humiliation from two weeks ago when the bipartisan (if perpetually wrong) Congressional Budget Office found  that Obamacare would result in an additional 2.5 million job losses  over the next decade, all else equal, one would think that the administration would, and should, do everything to make sure that the CBO is sufficiently incentivized, monetarily if need be (wink wink) to avoid such embarrassing incidents of truthiness in the future. One would not think that Obama would turn the other cheek and eagerly anticipate yet another roundhouse punch to the face just days later. Yet that is precisely what happened.

Minutes ago, the CBO issued another stunner of a report, looking at the impact of the minimum wage boost proposal from $7.25 to $10.10 (which at least when it comes to Federal workers is nothing more than a populist gimmick since as we showed previously the average Federal worker makes nearly twice as much as the average American. The punchline: while income would be boosted for about 16.5 million workers or a grand amount of about $31 billion, "the income of most workers who became jobless would fall substantially, and the share of low-wage workers who were employed would probably fall slightly." And the cherry on top: as much as an additional 1 million jobs would be lost by the end of 2016.

All in a day's work for central-planning.


Do Feds Get Too Many Snow Days

The Washington Times reports, federal offices have been closed for a quarter of this fiscal year. Between the weather, the shutdown and holidays, agency doors have shut for all or some of 27 days since Oct. 1. To be fair, the paper singles out Congress as the biggest no-show. Members have not stayed in Washington long enough for a five-day work week this year.

Largest Mass. Electric Utility: Smart Meters “Irrational”

According to Halt MA Smart Meters, Massachusetts largest electric utility NSTAR has submitted scathing comments to the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) regarding its proposed mandate (to the utility, not the customer- there is no legal mandate for individual utility customers to accept “smart” meters on private property anywhere in the US or abroad that we are aware of- that is a myth and a lie perpetuated by utilities).

NSTAR states in its official submission to the DPU:

“there is no cost justification that can support the implementation of ‘smart’ meters”
“Smart Meters do not reduce the number of outages”

“Smart metering systems are not necessary to integrate distributed resources” (wind & solar)”

“Smart meters introduce a brand new portal into (our) information systems, significantly increasing the cyber-security risk.”

“mandated implementation of (smart meters) is not a prerogative within the [DPU]‘s discretion”
“Many customers have a deep aversion to technology that links them to the ‘grid’ in a way that they perceive as an invasion of their privacy and/ or detrimental to their health”



Maryland shoots up the rankings from 6th place 

ANNAPOLIS, MD (February 18, 2014) — Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that Maryland placed second in its ranking of the Top 10 States for LEED.

The list highlights the regions around the country leading the movement for sustainable building design, construction and operation. Utilizing less energy and water, LEED-certified spaces save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce carbon emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.

"Here in Maryland, we’ve committed to developing and implementing environmentally smart building practices over the last seven years because green development saves money and is good for the environment," said Governor Martin O'Malley. "We’ve made tremendous progress, but there is still more work to do.  By using LEED standards as a benchmark, we’ll continue to build on Maryland’s reputation as a leader in creating a greener, more sustainable environment for future generations."

“In the face of the extraordinary global challenge of climate change, our national imperative to create resource-efficient and cost-effective green buildings has never been greater,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “Maryland has a strong base of dedicated individuals who are using LEED to transform its built infrastructure into high-performing spaces that promote the health of our planet and the people who use these buildings each and every day.”

David Craig Announces Major Tax Cut, Sweeping Reforms Of State Budget Policy

'Vote Yourself a Raise' is message to voters

Annapolis, MD - Harford County Executive and candidate for Maryland governor David Craig announced his plan for a sweeping reform of the individual income tax code that would save taxpayers $2.55 billion in a phased-in approach that puts the state on a glide path toward eliminating the tax altogether.  He also previewed further announcements that will roll back the O’Malley- Brown tax and spend legacy.

The citizens of Maryland now have an opportunity to vote themselves a raise,” said Craig, referring to the individual income tax cuts.  “My proposal will jump start economic growth, keep families together by stopping the mass exodus of Marylanders leaving to other states and unleash a flurry of new business start-up activity.”

In the first phase of the income tax reduction that would take effect in 2016, Craig will lower tax brackets to 4.25% for earners across income levels.  The personal exemption will increase from the current $3200 to $5000.   The savings to taxpayers will be $600 million with an average savings of $352 for married couples or $176 for individual filers.

After monitoring the effects on revenues combined with achieving cost-savings in the budget, Craig would then further reduce income taxes to a flat 3% before the tax is phased out entirely.  This would result in a savings of $2.55 billion for taxpayers in the aggregate and $1500 for married couples or $750 for individual filers.

Patrick Albero Wins Salesman Of The Year Award

Not only did he become the youngest salesman in the history of the company, he has proven to be an incredible asset to this very large company based in Maryland. 

Salesman of the Year comes with some pretty incredible perks to boot. The company will be flying him and a friend to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic for several days, all inclusive. He leaves Tomorrow. 

Congratulations Little Man! This old man couldn't be more proud. 

Circle Avenue Bridge Bulkhead Schedule

As part of Salisbury Public Works’ ongoing effort to keep the public informed of improvements within the City of Salisbury, please be advised that on Thursday, February 20, 2014 the Circle Avenue Bridge between Market Street and Carroll Street will have a lane closed to allow for construction of an adjoining bulkhead. The work hours will be 7:00 am to 5:00 pm. Weather permitting, the work will be completed within one day.

The eastern travel lane will be shifted to the center lane during the working period. A Traffic Control Plan will be in effect and Traffic Safety Flaggers will be directing traffic around the work zone. Public Works will strive to keep disruptions to a minimum, however please be aware of the potential for delays in this area.

For more information please contact William Sterling at the City of Salisbury Public Works Department at 410-548-3170.

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SFD Calls For Service 2-18-14

  • Tuesday February, 18 2014 @ 21:50:50Nature: Diabetic DifficultyCity: Salisbury
  • Tuesday February, 18 2014 @ 19:27:16Nature: Chest PainCity: Salisbury
  • Tuesday February, 18 2014 @ 17:34:07Nature: Difficulty BreathingCity: Salisbury
  • Tuesday February, 18 2014 @ 16:53:58Nature: Subject FallenCity: Salisbury
  • Tuesday February, 18 2014 @ 16:17:35Nature: Difficulty BreathingCity: Salisbury
  • Tuesday February, 18 2014 @ 14:26:05Nature: Intoxicated SubjectCity: Salisbury
  • Tuesday February, 18 2014 @ 14:25:02Nature: Emergency UnknownCity: Salisbury
  • Tuesday February, 18 2014 @ 13:37:03Nature: Sick SubjectCity: Salisbury
  • Tuesday February, 18 2014 @ 11:26:06Nature: Abdominal PainCity: Salisbury
  • Tuesday February, 18 2014 @ 10:37:59Nature: Sick SubjectCity: Salisbury
  • Tuesday February, 18 2014 @ 10:36:29Nature: Non BreathingCity: Salisbury
  • Tuesday February, 18 2014 @ 09:55:43Nature: Diabetic DifficultyCity: Salisbury
  • Tuesday February, 18 2014 @ 08:01:33Nature: Psychiatric EmergencyCity: Salisbury
  • Tuesday February, 18 2014 @ 01:52:40Nature: Psychiatric EmergencyCity: Salisbury

Four Summer Jobs Available at Assategue Island National Seashore

Assateague Island National Seashore
We have four more summer jobs available, so come work with us as a technician on our vegetation resource management crew!

Before you get all excited, please note that this job is not for people who aren't motivated or don't like the heat or insects. If you can handle being outside for long periods of time in protective clothing, you'll get to spend the entire summer working in the peace and quiet of the backcountry. Additionally, you'll have an awesome experience to add to your resume! takes you to the job announcement. The position closes on Monday, Feb. 24th, so get your application in today! (KT)

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