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Monday, March 17, 2014

If Dogs Worked In An Office

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Mark Levin: Facts Show GOP Establishment 'Dumped All Over' Jolly

Republican Party leadership is celebrating this week's special election win by Florida Republican David Jolly, which kept the House seat in GOP hands and helped make a point that Obamacare is a key election issue in the fall.

But radio talk show host Mark Levin says party leadership is hypocritical. Prior to his unexpected win, party leaders were not so complimentary of Jolly in a story published by Politico last Friday, four days before polls opened.

National party officials thought Jolly was going to lose, so they went to Politico "and they dump all over this guy," Levin said Thursday on Fox News Channel's "Your World with Neil Cavuto."

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Progressive racism and how it shapes public policy

The Left has been winning over the Right by spreading paranoia among the blacks about the hidden "racist" motivation of conservatives and Republicans. What will happen if the blacks find out that a major factor behind just about every "liberal" policy for the last 40 years has been the hidden racism of the white "progressive" Democrats?

Our comrade-in-arms Zombie is making a great point that may well tart a wave of reverse paranoia, if only the message is allowed to sink in.

While it's hard to imagine that racism is the only factor here - after all, socialist revolutions also happened in ethnically homogeneous societies - it's also obvious that that racism is adding a unique appearance to the American brand of progressivism.

Let's hope this insightful piece gets the attention it deserves. If anything, it can improve conservative messaging and help the Republicans deliver more effective counter-punches.

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Professor Calls For Climate Change ‘Deniers’ To Be Imprisoned

A professor with Rochester Institute of Technology has called for the incarceration of any American who actively disagrees that climate change is solely caused by human activity.

Lawrence Torcello, a philosophy professor with a Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo, published the comments as part of an essay submitted to the academic website The Conversation.

Torcello argues that malignant individuals, who he does not identify, are collectively organising a “campaign funding misinformation” about climate change. Torcello goes on to suggest that such activity “ought to be considered criminally negligent.”

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The End of Property Rights

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez was a regular customer of Santa Fe hair stylist Antonio Darden. About two years ago, Darden decided that he would no longer accept the Governor as a client because of her public support for the conventional definition of marriage as a monogamous, heterosexual arrangement. This was a perfectly legitimate exercise of Daren’s absolute property right as the owner of his business.

Six years earlier, New Mexico resident Elaine Huguenin, who runs a photography business, declined a request to photograph a commitment ceremony between two women. In doing so, Mrs. Huguenin broke no contract, violated no promise, and didn’t defraud anybody.

Like Darden, Mrs. Huguenin exercised her absolute property right as a business owner, which includes the unqualified freedom to accept or reject clients at her sole discretion. Darden was publicly praised for his decision. Huguenin was prosecuted.

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Marijuana Study In Veterans Wins Federal Backing

The federal government has signed off on a long-delayed study looking at marijuana as a treatment for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, a development that drug researchers are hailing as a major shift in U.S. policy.

The Department of Health and Human Services' decision surprised marijuana advocates who have struggled for decades to secure federal approval for research into the drug's medical uses.

The proposal from the University of Arizona was long ago cleared by the Food and Drug Administration, but researchers had been unable to purchase marijuana from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The agency's Mississippi research farm is the only federally-sanctioned source of the drug.
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Closings And Delays For Tuesday March 18th



The Star Democrat ‏Caroline County Public Schools will have a two-hour delay on Tuesday, March 18.

Talbot DES ‏ Talbot County Public Schools are operating on a two hour delay on Tuesday March 18, 2014 with no morning Pre-K.

SeafordBluejaysWe will be operating under a 2 hour delay for tomorrow - March 18th. A reminder that under a 2 hour delay breakfast is not served.

John D. Ewald ‏@LaurelDelSuper Laurel School District Schools & Administrative Offices will open two (2) hours late tomorrow, 3/18/14 due to emergency weather conditions.


We will be updating this post as the information becomes available to us. 

Rep. Bill Johnson: Obamacare's 'Broken Promises' Hurt Seniors

Older Americans are bearing the brunt of President Obama's "broken promises" on healthcare — paying more and getting less because of the Affordable Care Act, Ohio Rep. Bill Johnson charged Saturday in the GOP weekly address.

Johnson said seniors who rely on the popular Medicare Advantage are getting hammered because of Obamacare, forced to shell out "higher premiums and out-of-pocket costs," and in many cases, losing access to their regular doctors.

"If the president won’t help us repeal this law in its entirety, he ought to step up here, do the right thing, and protect our seniors," Johnson urged. "And he ought to do this soon."

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Power Outage In Salisbury

The power is out in the Parkside area, Highland Estates. DP&L is saying it may be back on around 10:00 PM.

St. Patrick Biography

Synopsis

Born in England arguably in the late 4th century A.D., St. Patrick was captured by pirates as a child and brought to Ireland. During his enslavement, he was called to Christianity and escaped his captors after six years. He returned to Ireland as a missionary, and in his teachings, combined Irish pagan beliefs with Christian sacrament, devising the Celtic Cross. He is annually honored on March 17.

Early Life

St. Patrick, apostle of Ireland, was born in England circa 385. His father, Calphurnius, was a deacon from a Roman family of high social standing. His mother, Conchessa, was a close relative of the great patron St. Martin of Tours. St. Patrick's grandfather, Pontius, was also a member of the clergy. Surprisingly, St. Patrick himself was not raised with a strong emphasis on religion. Education was not particularly stressed during his childhood either. Later in life, this would become a source of embarrassment for St. Patrick, who in the early 440s, would write in his Confessio, "I blush and fear exceedingly to reveal my lack of education."

When St. Patrick was 16 years old, he was captured by Irish pirates. They brought him to Ireland where he was sold into slavery in Dalriada. There, his job was to tend sheep. Saint Patrick's master, Milchu, was a high priest of Druidism, a Pagan sect that ruled religious influence over Ireland at the time.

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Troopers Investigate a Train versus Vehicle Crash, Ellendale


Location: Main Street at Railroad Avenue, Ellendale, DE

Date of Occurrence: Monday March 17, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.

Operator and Vehicle Information:

Operator #1: Brandon A. Rudy, 35, Vienna, VA
Vehicle #1: 2013 Subaru Impreza

Vehicle #2: Norfolk Southern Locomotive (3 engines pulling 22 cars)

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Ellendale, DE- The Delaware State Police are investigating an early afternoon crash that involved a train and a car.

The incident occurred around 1:30 p.m. as Brandon A. Rudy was operating a 2013 Subaru Impreza eastbound on Main Street approaching the railroad tracks near Railroad Avenue. Rudy failed to stop for the crossing signal and entered into the path of a southbound Norfolk Southern train with three engines and 22 cars attached. The train struck the Impreza on the driver's side causing the vehicle to spin counter-clockwise and come to a stop on the east side of the tracks. The locomotive and its cars were able to come to a stop without derailment just south of Main Street.

Brandon Rudy, who was properly restrained, was partially entrapped in the vehicle and was extricated by Ellendale Volunteer Fire Company before being transported to Milford Memorial Hospital. He was later transferred to Christiana Medical Center where he is currently admitted in critical by stable condition.

None of the personnel on the train were injured in the collision.

Troopers are continuing their investigation into this incident. Traffic on Main Street was diverted to side streets for approximately an hour and a half as the crash was investigated and cleared.

BREAKING NEWS: Salisbury News Has Located The Malasia Airline


CIA NEVER CONDUCTED OWN INVESTIGATION OF BENGHAZI TERRORIST ATTACK

CIA personnel who were on the ground when the September 11, 2012 attack on the Benghazi consulate took place are "outraged" to learn the "CIA's Inspector General never conducted an investigation into what happened."

Although many in the CIA thought "an investigation was in the works," such was "not the case."

According to Fox News, a source close to the issue said, "They should be doing an investigation to see what the chief of base in Benghazi and station chief in Tripoli did that night. If they did, they'd find out there were some major mistakes."

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24 Hours News Cycle Pays Off

While we have experienced unusual record breaking days in the past, something the National News picked up from this Site, today is already a record breaking day without being linked to National Media.

As long as the numbers keep coming in like they are we will continue to deliver news and information 24 hours a day on week days. 

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Puppy Found 3-17-14

We found a lost pup on our pool deck near the dealerships on route 13. It is a girl, probably a little under a year or a year old, very docile and lovable, and we are looking to find her owner. 443-523-4220 is a good number to contact.

NRP Arrests Four Watermen with Help from State Police Helicopter

Using a State Police helicopter as a surveillance platform, the Maryland Natural Resources Police caught four watermen last Friday harvesting oysters from a protected area in Somerset County.

The watermen, aboard three commercial boats, were charged with removing oysters from the Evans Harvest Reserve, a remote 69-acre site at the mouth of the Wicomico River and Tangier Sound.

“Our ongoing partnership with the Maryland State Police expands our patrol capabilities to more effectively deploy our resources. In this case, the helicopter allowed us to track the vessels as they worked in the reserve and keep them in sight until additional assistance arrived,” said Col. George F. Johnson IV, NRP superintendent. “We want to thank State Police Aviation for helping us protect Maryland’s bounty.”

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Guinness pulls out of NY's St. Patrick's parade over ban on gays

BOSTON (Reuters) - Irish brewer Guinness said on Sunday that it would not participate in New York City's St. Patrick's Day parade this year because gay and lesbian groups had been excluded, costing organizers a key sponsor of the annual event.

The move came on the same day that Boston's Irish-American mayor skipped that city's St. Patrick's Day parade after failing to hammer out a deal with organizers to allow a group of gay and lesbian activists to march openly.

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Obama and Obamacare Could Doom Democrats in November

His name is not on the ballot, but with Republicans on the rise, Barack Obama has a strong incentive to battle hard for Democrats in November’s mid-term elections.

But the president who twice carried his party to the White House may struggle to find a candidate willing to stand with him.

His diminished personal brand and the unpopularity of his health care law are becoming millstones to Democratic candidates — even as he warns the party faces a walloping unless its activists wake up.

Obama often complains that Congress has thwarted his plan to grow the economy since Republicans seized the House of Representatives in 2010.

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Disney and Pixar Sings Let it Go

With so many covers of Let it Go coming out, people may forget the original Disney magic that this song has, so what better way to preserve that magic with other Disney and Pixar characters singing the song! So enjoy this Disney and Pixar Mashup! Performer is me, Brian Hull and the audio is recorded and produced by Seth O'Neal

Tomorrow's County Council Meeting LOADED With Goodies

Rather than doing like the Daily Times and reporting what happened AFTER the meeting has ended and publishing it the following day, or so, I'll give you the opportunity to know what's about to happen.

Wicomico County has been represented by PKS, (Pig, Krahl & Stern) Auditing Firm for YEARS. I'm talking about well past the LANDFILL theft/fiasco. Yes, they are still on board. 

This company will come up for yet another contract with the County at tomorrow's meeting. NOW you'll see just what kind of representatives you have on the County Council because after ALL of the questionable problems at the Landfill and the Board of Education, someone was asleep at the wheel and it took a State Auditor to find very serious issues with how funds were handled.

The first item on the agenda will be Councilwoman Stevie Prettyman's request to bring the raises of the Orphan Judges and Sheriff Lewis' raise. I'm not sure if the Council and Executive raises will be brought up as well. As I had stated in a comment the other day, I personally know Prettyman is well aware of the fact that Sheriff Lewis spends quite a bit of time away from the Sheriff's Department and has had a problem with that. Now, all of a sudden, he is worthy of a massive pay increase?

John Fredericksen will also be present tomorrow morning in an attempt to defend MANY of the issues brought to our attention through the state Audit. 

The meeting starts at 10:00 AM and you have now been forewarned. If you truly want to make a difference, be there and voice your concerns. In the very least, be there to hear what each group has to say. I have the feeling the general public is finally going to see what this Council is made of and I don't think you are going to be very happy. 

CORRECTION/UPDATE: PKS does NOT audit the Board of Education. Our apologies for stating they do. 

Homeland Security Conducts Unannounced School Lockdown Drill

Federal occupation of America expands

The Department of Homeland Security is expanding its operations by running unannounced school lockdown drills, another sign of the federal agency’s encroachment into more areas of Americans’ lives.

“On Thursday, March 6, a team comprised of ten officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, and the NJ Department of Education’s Safety and Security Task Forces visited Glen Ridge High School to conduct an unannounced school lock-down drill,” reports Georgette Gilmore. “With the exception of Glen Ridge Superintendent Dr. John Mucciolo and Chief of Police Sheila Byron-Lagattutta, no Glen Ridge Public School personnel received advanced notice of the exercise.”

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Caption This Photo 3-18-14


Mayo Clinic Psychometric Test

See if you can solve this one. Facial expression interpretations are an important part of the respected Mayo Clinic Psychometric Test.
In the following pictures you see women with a range of facial expressions.

Study the expressions, and try to imagine what single act each is experiencing.
Don't cheat......guess first then scroll down to find out the answer.

Snowplow Driver Injured in I-95 Crash

Location: I-95 northbound, south of Del. 141, Wilmington, DE

Date of Occurrence: Monday, March 17, 2014, at 10:49 a.m.

Vehicle and Operator:

Operator: Charles Purnell, 33, of Bear, DE
Vehicle: 2004 Sterling dump truck

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Wilmington- A DelDOT snowplow driver suffered a minor injury today after the plow he was driving on I-95 overturned.

The incident happened at 10:49 a.m. as Charles Purnell, 33, drove a 2004 Sterling dump truck on the right shoulder of northbound I-95, at the Airport Road exit. As he plowed the shoulder, the passenger-side tires of the vehicle entered a ditch on the side of the roadway, causing Purnell to lose control of the truck.

As the vehicle continued north while Purnell attempted to regain control, the plow struck the guardrail, and the vehicle overturned onto its passenger side.

Purnell was transported to Christiana Hospital by ambulance. He was treated for a minor injury and released. He was not cited.

Livin’ Large on the Union Payroll

Tucked deep in a South Philadelphia neighborhood that decorates for St. Patrick’s Day the way other places do for Christmas, there stands a bar that’s locally notorious for underage drinking and random brutality.

On a sunny afternoon in March, I tried unsuccessfully to visit; conflicting hours were reported online, and all phone numbers I could find for the bar had been disconnected. But when I asked a young woman who lived nearby whether the pub was safe to check out later that evening, she refused to answer directly but repeatedly recommended I go to a bar down the street instead. Another neighbor later tells me by phone that he was almost jumped outside the bar once — he had spoken out when a drunk man flicked a cigarette into his chest as he rode his bicycle past— but makes me promise not to mention his name.

Yelp reviewers are less reticent: “I saw a bunch of regulars/locals beat up a few other guys just because they weren’t locals and therefore weren’t welcome,” wrote one woman last year. “I saw the bartender get involved and violently throw the non-locals out on the street. One guy was beat so bad he was taken away in an ambulance. It was truly horrific.”

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GOVERNOR O’MALLEY ISSUES STATEMENT ON MARYLAND'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

ANNAPOLIS, MD (March 17, 2014) – Governor O'Malley today issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics monthly release of state jobs and unemployment data:

“Despite January's preliminary jobs report from BLS indicating monthly losses, Maryland's economy continues to show signs of strength across a broad array of indicators, including driving down our unemployment rate to 5.8 percent, its lowest level since November 2008.

“Among the most important things a state can do to create jobs and build a strong middle class over the long-run is to ensure young people have access to a quality education. Maryland has had the #1 ranked public schools for five years in a row, according to Education Week Magazine, and we’ve done more than any other state in the nation since 2007-08 to hold down the cost of college.

“In addition, Maryland has been ranked the #1 state in the nation for innovation and entrepreneurship for two years in a row by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, we moved more Marylanders from welfare to work last year than at any time in our state’s history, we’re a national leader in creating green jobs, and we’re one of the top three states in the country for upward economic mobility according to Pew Center for the States.

“But we still have more work to do. That’s why we are investing more than ever to put people to work building roads, bridges, and transit projects; why we expanded the Earned Income Tax Credit; why we’ve set, and exceeded, the most ambitious Minority Business Enterprise goals in the country; and why we’re fighting to raise Maryland’s minimum wage to $10.10.

“We are creating an economy with a human purpose. And we must continue to make better choices so that everyone who works hard will have the opportunity to succeed.”

SFD Calls For Service 3-16-14

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Americans rising up against oppressive government, says university law professor

If the current state of politics in America has taught most of us anything, it is this: The United States is no longer governed by “citizen legislators” who serve a couple of terms out of civic duty and return to the private sector but rather a professional political class that has established itself as a sort of aristocracy, passing laws and making rules that apply to the masses but not to the governing elite.

That’s not simply this writer’s opinion, but a growing perception among many Americans and academics. In a recent column for USA Today, Glenn Harlan Reynolds, a University of Tennessee law professor, documents some of the most recent pushbacks by citizens and concerned citizen groups against several policy plans, government initiatives and laws passed or implemented by the federal government and some states.

The resistance is growing

“America’s ruling class has been experiencing more pushback than usual lately. It just might be a harbinger of things to come,” he writes. Consider:

America just says ‘no’ to national surveillance system. In mid-February, in response to widespread protests, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shelved plans (for now) to develop a national license plate database. Without any regard to the Fourth Amendment’s “probable cause” provision, DHS higher-ups, in approving such a plan, essentially presumed that every driving American is potentially guilty of something and, as such, should be monitored every time they leave their driveways.

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BREAKING NEWS: Jagger girlfriend found dead

A representative for rock legend Mick Jagger confirms that the body of a woman found Monday morning in a NYC apartment is the singer's longtime girlfriend, L'Wren Scott.

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City of Salisbury, Youth Civics Council Meeting Cancelled

Due to the inclement weather, the City of Salisbury’s Youth Civics Council meeting scheduled for today, Monday, March 17, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. has been cancelled.

9 Year Old Girl’s Rant Against Gun Control Goes Viral

This goes to the proposed law I mentioned back in February, which would limit magazines to 10 rounds, among other things. She, figuratively, blew the room away.

(The Blaze) Speaking before the New Jersey Law and Public Safety Committee in Trenton, N.J., on Thursday, 9-year-old competition shooter Shyanne Roberts spoke in opposition to a proposed bill that would further limit magazine capacity to 10 rounds.

In her speech, which earned thunderous applause from the audience, she presented the simplicity and common sense nature of the pro-gun argument in a way only a kid can.

“I am not a ‘gang banger or domestic terrorist’ as a certain vocal supporter of this bill claimed two weeks ago in the Star Ledger,” Roberts said. “This bill, if it becomes law, will severely impact me and a million other gun owners.”

The 9-year-old girl explained that she is a 4th-grade honor roll student and competitive shooter in multiple styles with numerous local, state and national sponsors.

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TOP DEMOCRAT MONEY MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CAMPAIGN FINANCE VIOLATIONS

“This is probably why Harry Reid’s been going after the Kochs so much,” muses Instapundit’s Glenn Reynolds as he delivers news of top Democrat money man Jeffrey Thompson’s guilty plea for campaign finance violations. It sure does sound like a gigantic case of projection, which has always been a major component of Democrat psychology – they love to cast their own sins at their enemies.

If you don’t spend any time in the left-wing fever swamps, you might be surprised at how large the demonic Koch Brothers loom in their mythology, and probably thought it was a bit odd for Senate Majority Leader Reid to rail against these private citizens from the Senate floor. Were you taken aback to learn that the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body would be used for purposes higher than partisan primal scream therapy, in which the controlling party shrieks insults at law-abiding Americans who have the nerve to participate in our national political discussion? One reason for Reid’s conduct is that hurling his slander from the Senate floor immunizes him against legal retaliation. Another might be that he knew the Thompson story was brewing, and wanted to ratchet up the Koch hatred to cushion its impact.

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Experts: Officials Missed Signs Of Prescription Drug Crackdown’s Effect On Heroin Use

From the beginning, the U.S. government’s decade-long crackdown on prescription drug abuse has run an unsettling risk: that arresting doctors and shuttering “pill mills” would inadvertently fuel a new epidemic of heroin use.

State and federal officials have pressed their campaign against prescription drug abuse with urgency, trying to contain a scourge that kills more than 16,000 people each year. The crackdown has helped reduce the illegal use of some medications and raised awareness of their dangers.

But at the same time that some pain medications have become less available on the street and pricier, many users have switched to cheaper heroin, since prescription pills and heroin are in the same class of drugs and provide a comparable, euphoric high.

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Bill Gates Says Neither People Nor Governments Are Prepared for the Huge Changes Coming to the Labor Market

Within 20 years, “software substitution” will dramatically reduce the demand for many types jobs, Bill Gates said Thursday at the American Enterprise Institute. It’s a gloomy prediction that he says many people, including governments, aren’t prepared for.

Make no mistake, “software substitution” is a fancy way of saying software automation — as in “bots” and whatnot. Many of the jobs that could be eliminated are lower skill occupations.

“Software substitution, whether it’s for drivers or waiters or nurses … it’s progressing,” Gates said. “Technology over time will reduce demand for jobs, particularly at the lower end of skill set. … 20 years from now, labor demand for lots of skill sets will be substantially lower. I don’t think people have that in their mental model.”

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Holder Lets Prosecutors Get Away With Misconduct

A government watchdog group has attacked the Justice Department for failing to discipline hundreds of federal prosecutors who have committed serious misconduct during their cases, The Washington Times reported.

The Project on Government Oversight revealed that there were 650 cases of mostly "reckless" or "intentional" infractions from 2002 to 2013, including one incident in which a prosecutor actually had a "close personal relationship" with a defendant.

Calling them "bad apples," POGO claimed Attorney General Eric Holder's office has declined to name the government attorneys involved, allowing them to get away with and continue their actions.

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Latest Estimate of Illegal Alien Population Exceeds Unemployed

(CNSNews.com) - The Pew Research Center’s latest estimate of the number of illegal aliens residing in the United States—11.7 million as of March 2012--was less than the approximately 12.5 million people whom the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated were unemployed in the United States in the average month of 2012.

However, it exceeds the approximately 11.46 million people whom BLS says were unemployed in the average month of 2013.

Pew released its latest report on the “unauthorized immigrant” population on Sept. 23, 2013. Headlined “Population Decline of Unauthorized Immigrants Stalls, May Have Reversed,” it estimated that the illegal alien population in the United States in March 2012 was 11.7 million.

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The Next Obamacare Enrollment Crisis For The Uninsured Arrives On April Fool's Day

There is likely to be yet another crisis for the uninsured come April Fool’s Day: They will be barred by law from buying health insurance until the next “open season,” which will begin in October. That is, unless President Obama unilaterally disregards the clear text and purpose of his health care law—a pattern we’ve seen many times—and extends the March 31 enrollment deadline.

I’d put the chances of that enrollment extension at about 75 percent.

Before Democrats “fixed” the health insurance marketplace, people buying their own coverage in the individual market could do so any time of the year. In addition, if a person had purchased coverage but decided he or she didn’t like dealing with that insurer or the network of doctors, or whatever, that individual could cancel the policy and buy a different one—again, any time during the year.

Well, you can kiss that economic freedom goodbye, thanks to Obamacare.

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A Letter To The Editor:County Goverment In Disaray

Mr Albero Having been an avid watcher of our local goverments for the past twenty years or so I must say this week has been most interesting. 

The recent audit of the BOE and the recall to vote on the raises again by the County Council has prompted me to respond with this post. 

First lets step back to the last budget that was passed by the Wicomico County Council, Mr Pollitts office presented a budget that was by all accounts over the top as far as spending goes, this budget also increased property taxes. Four council members voted for the budget Matt Holloway, John Hall. Stevie Prettyman and Sherre Sample- Hughes, three council members voted against the budget Bob Culver, Joe Holloway and Gail Barkovitch. 

Warnings were given in public hearings and expressed by some council members about the increased spending and the increase in taxes due to the poor economy. The best argument against the budget was given by John Hall who then voted for the budget. 

Four weeks ago Mr. Pollitts office reveiled that the county was going to be 3.7 million short which prompted a transfer from the roads dept. As the county roads are already falling apart this money will now be used in the general fund. At the same meeting the council rejected moving forward with giving raises to Mr. Pollitt, Mike Lewis and the county council. That vote was one of the smartest moves the council had taken in a long time. However now one has to question the leadership of the council or better yet question who is really in charge. 

Will Pollitt's office step up and claim times are looking up again so the raises will move forward ? What debt is owed to those recieving these increases by the council members that are bringing forward the vote again? 

The judges of orphans court increases are also being reconsidered however no one has ever mentioned that one of the judge's is Pollitt's first cousin. All of these are elected positions and there are canadates running for these seats. 

The BOE is another story, every year the County Council has increased funding over MOE for the school system dispite warnings from citizens and some council members that spending was out of control. The audit reveiled gross over spending and mismanagement, threats have been made to discontinue programs if increased funding was not provided yet the abuse goes on. So now that the BOE has been exposed, what will be the action of the county council will they have the backbone to stand up to the mighty BOE and Pollitt or continue to hand out the taxpayers dollars with no questions asked. 

You have to admire the council members that have the fortitude to ask the tough questions and say no .

Oklahoma Sheriffs Visiting State Capitol Building Ordered to Disarm — How Do You Suppose They Responded?

Wagoner County Sheriff Bob Colbert traveled to Oklahoma City, the state’s capitol, earlier this week with 40 other sheriffs from around the state like they do every year — to meet with politicians and lobby.

Everything was going fine in the state capitol building on Tuesday. More than that, “everybody in that building knew who we were,” Colbert told KTUL-TV in Tulsa.

“One of the senators, who they wouldn’t tell us, complained because we were armed in the building,” Colbert added to the station.
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I Feel His Pain!


Driver in deadly South by Southwest crash 'intentionally' drove car into crowd, report says

Austin police said a rapper with a criminal history “intentionally” drove into a crowd Thursday morning at the South by Southwest festival, killing two people, MyFoxDFW.com reported.

Rashad Owens, 21, who police say was behind the wheel, was charged with capital murder Friday, and other charges may follow. A district judge Friday set bail for Rashad Charjuan Owens at $3 million. He remains jailed.

Police are waiting on blood tests to determine his blood alcohol level.

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Guinness Pulls Sponsorship Of New York St. Patrick's Day Parade

What's a St. Patrick's Day parade without Guinness? The organizers of New York City's annual march down 5th Avenue are about to find out.

The makers of the popular Irish beer announced over the weekend that they had pulled their sponsorship of the parade due to organizers' longstanding rule against gay and lesbian groups marching openly.

"Guinness has a strong history of supporting diversity and being an advocate for equality for all,” the company said in a statement posted on the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation website Sunday. "We were hopeful that the policy of exclusion would be reversed for this year’s parade. As this has not come to pass, Guinness has withdrawn its participation. We will continue to work with community leaders to ensure that future parades have an inclusionary policy."

The move by Guinness follows similar moves by fellow beer companies Heineken and Sam Adams, the latter of which pulled its sponsorship from Sunday's parade in the traditional Irish stronghold of South Boston. The decision also left Ford Motor Company as the only major U.S. company sponsoring the New York City parade, which dates back to 1762.
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Sen. Rand Paul Wins NRLC2014 Presidential Survey

NASHUA, NH – WPA Opinion Research (@WPAResearch) announced today that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has won this weekend’s Northeast Republican Leadership (@NLRC2014) Presidential Survey capturing almost 15% of the vote.

“What this survey tells is that is that no one candidate has really separated themselves from the potential field in 2016,” said Ryan Steusloff Vice President of WPA Opinion Research. “At this point, the nomination is completely up-for-grabs and of the would-be contenders, no one can be ruled out just yet.”

Full Results:

1. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) – 15%
2. Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) – 13%
3. Dr. Ben Carson – 11%
3. Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) – 11%
3. Fmr. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) – 11%
6. Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) – 9%
7. Fmr. Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) – 8%
8. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) – 4%
9. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) – 3%
10. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) – 3%
10. Fmr. Amb. John Bolton – 3%

Speed Cameras

Vote to ban them fails but reforms are passed ...

HB 929, Speed Monitoring Systems Reform Act of 2014, passed the House this week. The first action taken on the House floor was to offer an amendment to ban them outright. That failed by 46 to 87. I voted to ban speed cameras. There have been too many problems with the speed cameras and it looks like a program put in place to raise money from tickets and not about safety. If this is about safety, let's put law enforcement in place.

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Feckless father who has EIGHTEEN children by TEN women and hasn’t worked in 20 years claims council is violating his human rights – by refusing to give him a six-bedroom house

The headline provides all the information any reader needs about this story — with the exception of the fact that local government is actually listening to this guy’s complaints, and was ordered to give him a small amount of money — but I suppose John wants a blog post longer than one sentence.

The short version is this father, who is 64, lives in a four-bedroom house provided by the government. He moved in about 18 months ago, and has five kids and two grandchildren who live with him. The father of his grandchildren stays four days a week to help take care of the family, and on the weekends four of the patriarch’s other children — he has 18 by 10 women, which he excuses as having “made some mistakes” — stay with them. One of the rooms in the current house is moldy.

He says, of course, it’s all about the children:

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BREAKING NEWS: Obama announces sanctions against 7 Russian Officials

Obama announces sanctions against 7 Russian officials after the Crimea referendum. This comes as European Union foreign ministers slapped travel bans and asset freezes on 21 people from Russia and Crimea, who are linked to the push to secede from Ukraine.

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Traffic Stop On I-95 Results In Drug And Gun Charges

Location: I-95 southbound, in the area of the toll plaza, Newark, DE

Date: Thursday, March 13, 2014, at 7:33 p.m.

Defendant, Charges, and Bail Information:
Victor Jones, 47, of Hampton, VA
Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance
Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony
Possession of a Controlled Substance in a Tier I Quantity
Speeding
Committed to Howard R. Young Correctional Institute on $5,000 cash, $2,000 secured bail.

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Newark – A Virginia man is in custody after Troopers discovered he was in possession of a large amount drugs and a gun while traveling on I-95.

The incident occurred at 7:33 p.m. when two Troopers patrolling I-95 noticed a speeding 2013 Chrysler 200 traveling southbound towards the toll plaza. The Troopers stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Victor Jones, 47.

An ensuing search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of a handgun, ammunition, and two vacuum-sealed bags containing a total of 965 grams of marijuana. All of these items were in the vehicle's trunk.

Jones was transported to Troop 6 where he was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a controlled substance in a tier 1 quantity, and speeding. He was committed to Howard R. Young Correctional Institute on $5,000 cash, $2,000 secured bail.

No, House Republicans haven't voted 50 times to repeal Obamacare

It has become a truism that House Republicans have voted dozens and dozens of times -- at least 50 in all -- to repeal Obamacare. "They have been obsessed with repealing the Affordable Care Act," President Obama told a Democratic National Committee meeting in Washington last month. "You know what they say: 50th time is the charm. Maybe when you hit your 50th repeal vote, you will win a prize. Maybe if you buy 50 repeal votes, you get one free. We get it."

For more than a year, Democrats and their advocates in the press have been ridiculing the GOP's anti-Obamacare efforts. "The House Republicans have voted more than 30 times to repeal Obamacare," White House press secretary Jay Carney said in March 2013. "The House has wasted weeks voting more than 40 times to repeal Obamacare," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in October of last year. "If at first you don't succeed, try 50 times -- Republicans [are] holding a 50th vote to repeal Obamacare," MSNBC's Al Sharpton said last week. Many others have said similar things.

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Council Work Session Cancelled

Due to the inclement weather, the City Council Work Session scheduled for today, Monday, March 17, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. has been cancelled. The public will be notified once the meeting has been rescheduled.

New Abortion Deadline Proposed In Bill That Has Little Chance Of Success

As legislatures around the country have renewed efforts to restrict abortions, an Anne Arundel County Republican has proposed a Maryland law that would impose a deadline on when a woman could receive an abortion during the course of her pregnancy. But even he doesn’t think the proposal will make it out of committee.

Legislation titled the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, SB 34, sponsored by Sen. Ed Reilly dictates that after 20 weeks into a pregnancy, a physician would not be permitted to induce an abortion, except in cases of medical emergency. The 20-week cut off was determined by the bill’s proponents, who provided data that says the fetus develops pain receptors by that date.

Reilly said he anticipates there will not be a committee vote for the bill, though he said members of the Senate Finance Committee were respectful of the bill when they heard it Wednesday.

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Rand Paul Gets It

I disagree with some of Rand Paul’s more libertarian positions, especially on social issues. And I’m certainly not endorsing him or anyone else to be the Republican nominee for president at this time. But Sen. Paul of Kentucky did two things recently that won my favor.

He showed the 2,500 conservative activists at the CPAC conference last weekend that he understands what the GOP must do if it wants to take the Senate this fall and win back the White House.

And then on Monday he wrote a good column for Breitbart.com calling for his fellow Republican presidential wannabes to, as the headline said, “Stop warping Ronald Reagan’s foreign policy.”

CPAC, as all conservatives and political junkies know, is the annual bathing beauty competition for every Republican who’s ever had a daydream about running for president.

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March 2014 Breaking News MUST SEE Part 1 of 4 Fukushima

Proposed Rules Take Second Stab At Holding For-Profit Colleges Accountable For Graduate’s Success

The Department of Education is making a second attempt to rein in those for-profit collegesthat benefit from financial aid to students without providing them the education needed to find gainful employment after graduation. But some consumer advocates say the proposed regulations don’t do enough to help students.

The proposed regulations [PDF] set standards for career colleges – those schools that offer specialized training programs in recognized occupations – to do a better job of preparing students for gainful employment, or risk losing access to taxpayer-funded federal student aid.

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Consumer Reports names the 23 worst used cars to buy

The annual Consumer Reports auto issue is out, and among all of its suggestions for the best vehicles in just about every class is a list of what it says is the worst used cars and trucks you can buy.

Based on a survey of its subscribers, the collection covers vehicles from the past decade that have been reported to have “much-worse-than-average overall reliability” for multiple years.

The list is limited to vehicles with at least three years of data, and specific issues aren’t mentioned.

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A Comment Worthy Of A Post 3-17-14

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Got Milk, Bread and a Shovel?":

You guys are hilarious. You wonder why The Bury sucks so bad. All the smart people leave for better and brighter futures. All the teacher-hating class clowns and buffoons stayed behind. Now the teachers in your area are stuck trying to instruct your kids that have to listen to your buffoonery every night when they go home.

Week Eleven: Crossover Day, Then Hearings

Members of the Maryland General Assembly will start work a little earlier than usual on Monday, as lawmakers head into the home stretch of the 2014 session.

Monday is known as "Crossover Day" where lawmakers have to pass bills in at least one chamber, if those bills have any chance of getting to the governor's desk. Bills can still be introduced after Monday, but lawmakers would have to vote to suspend their rules.

Lawmakers normally convene at 8 p.m. on Mondays, with committee hearings held earlier in the afternoon.

The Senate will convene at 7 p.m. Senate President Mike Miller says senators have finished much of their work until now, and so Monday's session will begin with a ceremony to mark St. Patrick's Day, and then senators will begin their work.
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City offices are closed today, March 17, 2014

Due to inclement weather, the City of Salisbury, "Da 'bury" offices are closed today, March 17, 2014.

Self-penned obituary earns Korean War vet last laugh from grave

A Korean War veteran who wrote his own heart-warming and hilarious obituary now gone viral gave himself a perfect sendoff, one of his grandchildren told FoxNews.com.

Walter George Bruhl Jr., of Delaware, who died at early Sunday at 80, in Florida, poked fun at society, his wife and most of all himself in the 679-word obituary, originally posted online by his grandson, Sam, last week after Bruhl's family discovered it. In the first line, Bruhl aptly describes himself as "a dead person," and goes on to note his wife of 57 years, Helene, will “now be able to purchase the mink coat” he always denied her because “only minks should wear mink.”

Bruhl’s granddaughter, Kalla, said the obituary was vintage Walter Bruhl.

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Pennsylvania Attorney General shuts down investigation because everyone they caught on tape taking money and gifts was black

The Attorney General of Pennsylvania shut down an investigation of corrupt elected officials because everyone they caught — on tape — taking cash and gifts was black.

The Philadelphia Inquirer broke the story on Sunday. The sting operation began with a deal: If a black lobbyist accused of fraud would offer elected officials — black and white, Democrat and Republican — cash and gifts in exchange for votes, the prosecutors would drop charges against him.

So that is what he did over a three-year period.

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Federal Government Shut Down Today

Federal offices in the Washington, D.C. region are closed Monday. 

Emergency employees and those telework-ready must follow their agency's policies. 

Read the full story.

Delays and Closings 3-17-14

MarylandStateClosing ‏@MdStateClosing
Liberal leave in effect beginning 6:00am Mon, 3/17 till end of day shift. Emergency essential personnel should report as scheduled.


Delmar Elementary, Middle & High School are closed.

Wicomico & Worcester Schools closed.

The list is so long, (closing wise) we'd probably be better off just listing what's left open. That being said, I'd say it's pretty safe to just figure most everything is closed when it comes to schools here on the Shore. Prove me wrong. 

If anyone would like to list any busines closings please send them to alberobutzo@wmconnect.com. 

Secession Fever Sweeping America

If your county held a secession vote to separate from the rest of your state, would you support it? It may sound theoretical but it’s not, and there is a growing movement across America for rural counties to separate from what is often an out-of-control state government and form the 51st state.

Citizens in at least seven states are promoting secessions movements, looking to escape big-city tax and gun control policies. In fact, several counties in Colorado already voted for secession.

On this week’s Off The Grid Radio, we talk to the leader of one such state group: John Bergener of the Upstate Conservative Coalition in New York. Bergener’s group has found a unique way that New York can be split into two regions that won’t even require approval from the US Congress. It wouldn’t even technically be a new state.

Bergener tells us:
How the group’s plan could be duplicated across America, making secession far easier than previously thought.
Why rural New York citizens want to separate from Albany and New York City.
What everyday Americans can do to promote secession movements in their part of the country.

Citizens in Arizona, California, Colorado, Maryland, Michigan and Oregon also are promoting secession movements, and others likely will join the wave soon. Learn about this growing movement!

I'll Take My Upbringing Over Yours Any Day



"Gift" - A Very Touching Video. About Father And Son

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