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Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Winners Announced for 2014 Restaurant Association of Maryland

After a Record Breaking 25,000 Votes,
The 2014 Stars of the Industry Awards Are Announced!
Over 600 Members of the Restaurant and Hospitality Industry Attend the Restaurant Association of Maryland’s 60th Annual Awards Gala in Cambridge.
*Local Winners Highlighted In Red 

(Columbia, MD)--The Restaurant Association of Maryland is excited to announce the winners of the 60th Annual McCormick & Company Stars of the Industry Awards. The Gala Celebration and Awards presentation took place Sunday, April 6, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay in Cambridge, Maryland.  Over twenty-five thousand members of Maryland’s dining public voted for their favorite Maryland restaurants and industry professionals.
“The Gala is our opportunity to honor and give recognition to elite restaurants across the state.  We are fortunate to have such a diverse group of restaurants to choose from who are dedicated to their customers, their community and their employees,” said Marshall Weston, President and CEO of the Restaurant Association of Maryland.  
Award Winners and Honorees
McCormick Cornerstone of the Industry Award
Awarded to the companies that best illustrate how restaurants are the cornerstone of the economy and their community.  These successful businesses support local communities by creating jobs and financially supporting non-profit groups, schools, scouts and youth sports teams.
Galway Bay Irish Pub
CarterQue BBQ & Grilling Co.
Glory Days Grill 
Rams Head Tavern - Annapolis
Maryland Hospitality Hall of Honor 2014 Inductees
In 2000, the Maryland Hospitality Hall of Honor was created to recognize those restaurants in Maryland that embody the spirit of the hospitality industry based on their longevity and overall contributions to their customers and the industry as a whole.  These are the longtime favorites and best of the best.
Bayside Skillet
Middleton Tavern
Kelsey's Restaurant
BJ's on the Water
Cracker Barrel Restaurant & Old Country Store
2014 Restaurateur of the Year: presented by the Maryland Restaurant & Hospitality Self Insurance Fund
Tammy Patrick-Cebula
Galaxy 66 Bar & Grille and Skye Bar
2014 Allied Member of the Yearpresented by Nourish Now & Alliance Material Handling
Vinnie Rege
Howard Community College Center for Hospitality and Culinary Studies
2014 Chef of the Year: presented by MICROS
Travis Wright
The Shark on the Harbor
2014 Craft Brew Program of the Yearpresented by Evolution Craft Brewing Co.
Fager’s Island
2014 Favorite Restaurant:
2014 Wine & Beverage Program of the Year:
2014 Favorite Bar or Tavern:
Brew River Restaurant & Bar

CURL: It's the Democrats' turn for a 'culture of corruption'

In the run-up to the 2006 mid-term elections, crucial to President George W. Bush’s plans for his last two years in office, scandal reared its hideous head. Again and again. And just for the Republicans.

First, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay resigned in disgrace after he was charged with violating campaign finance laws and money laundering. Then, Rep. Duke Cunningham pleaded guilty to a slew of federal charges like bribery, fraud, tax evasion. And right before Election Day, Rep. Mark Foley resigned after accusations of sending male teenage congressional pages sexually explicit messages.

Democrats danced. “Culture of corruption!” they cried. And they swept the elections, re-taking control of both the House and the Senate, and even picking up as majority of state governorships and legislatures across the country. Mr. Bush was finished, and some political pundits say the lingering effects led to the 2008 presidential victory by Barack Obama.

But now, the shoe is on the foot — or feet, as it were.


Reid's Favors to Family Dragging Him Down

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has found himself slowly sinking into the political quicksand as he faces close public scrutiny over potentially enriching family members through his powerful position as a Democratic leader.

The Nevada senator has recently become embroiled in the embarrassing controversy surrounding the $31,268 that his campaign paid to his granddaughter Ryan Elisabeth Reid for the purchase of gift items from her jewelry line, according to Politico.


Broken Window Theory

Heat-packing, Retired Nurse Stopped Detroit Mob From Beating Man To Death

Taking a stand.

You may have heard about this story, although maybe not as much as we're hearing about it in the Detroit-area media. It happened last week, when a man from the suburbs named Steven Utash accidently hit a young boy with his car, then jumped out of the car to check on the boy. A mob of approximately 12 youths, having seen the car hit the boy, subsequently attacked Utash and severely beat him.

It now looks as if Utash is going to live, but we're only hearing today about the reason the beating apparently stopped short of killing him.

Writing in the Detroit News, my friend and fellow Tiger fan George Hunter introduces us to the courageous Deborah Hughes:


I Looked Up The Fastest-Growing Jobs In America, And Boy Was It Depressing

If you live in certain buildings in New York City, you get to know your doorman.

The weekend guy in my building, Gene, knew I was a business reporter, and on Saturday he asked me what his son should study when he starts City College next year.

(City College, by the way, remains the primary option — and a stellar one — for advanced higher ed in New York for the children of what remains of New York's working class.)

Anyway, off the top of my head, I was at a loss. I mostly cover energy, an area that obviously has seen tremendous growth in the past few years, but I doubted his son would be interested in moving to North Dakota or Texas to work on an oil rig.

So I told him I'd look up what the fastest-growing job opportunities were in the country.

Each year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects which occupations it expects will see the greatest growth in the next few years.


U.S. Picks Up $700 Million Tab For Coalition’s Food And Laundry In Afghanistan

In a staggering loss of money even by Pentagon standards, the U.S. military and two contractors left American taxpayers on the hook for more than $700 million in food, laundry and other services that should have been billed to countries that sent troops to Afghanistan.
Coalition countries tacitly agreed to reimburse the Army, but U.S. regional commands in Afghanistan frequently failed to pass along the charges, according to audit records obtained by The Washington Times through the Freedom of Information Act.
The failures, which spanned a 27-month period from 2010 to 2012, included contractors, who didn’t report the costs of services to coalition forces, and poorly trained military overseers who neglected to enforce key contract terms with the two companies, identified as DynCorp andFluor.

Prison time and cash rewards: FL welfare bill offers a little of each

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida welfare fraudsters beware. A bipartisan legislative effort designed to clobber public assistance abuse may soon send welfare perps to prison for a long time.

Ripping off Medicaid, food stamps or taxpayer-funded cash assistance programs for more than$100,000 could mean 30 years in prison, the sentencing equivalent of seriously hurting a law officer.

Wrongfully receiving or seeking public assistance in the amount of $20,000 could carry a penalty of up to 15 years in prison.


Al Sharpton's Secret Work As FBI Informant

APRIL 7--When friends and family members gathered recently at the White House for a private celebration of Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday, one of the invited partygoers was a former paid FBI Mafia informant.

That same man attended February’s state dinner in honor of French President Francois Hollande. He was seated with his girlfriend at a table adjacent to President Barack Obama, who is likely unaware that, according to federal agents, his guest once interacted with members of four of New York City’s five organized crime families. He even secretly taped some of those wiseguys using a briefcase that FBI technicians outfitted with a recording device.


Charity Brawl: NYPD, FDNY Engage In Wild Fisticuffs At Nassau Coliseum

Disclaimer: Video Contains Adult Language

Moral of the story? Boys will be boys, even if they are playing for a good cause.

The NYPD and FDNY took the ice Sunday for their annual charity hockey game at Nassau Coliseum. And while it started out with the usual spirit of camaraderie, it didn’t take long for things to get out of hand.

Like, really out of hand.

With the score tied 3-3 in the second period, the teams engaged in the type of full-out bench-clearing brawl that was typically seen in the NHL during the 1970s and ’80s, and is still occasionally waged in the minors today.


Are We Heading For Another 1987-Style Crash?

The big story developing in the US markets regards the sudden crackdown by regulators, most notably the SEC and Justice Department, on High Frequency Trading or HFT.

For well over five years now, certain trading firms have been using high-speed computers to front-run orders from other investors.

In simple terms, the market exchanges, like the NYSE, would let these firms (for a price of course) see when someone put in a market order to buy or sell shares on the market.

The trading firm would then use super fast computer programs to buy or sell shares in front of that order, before turning around and selling the shares to the investor at a slightly higher price. The trading program may only make a $0.01 profit by doing this, but because they were doing it millions of times a day, they were making billions of Dollars per year.

At one point, this practice accounted for as much as 70% of all market volume. Put another way, 70% of all shares being traded on the market were not from investors actually placing buy and sell orders, but from computers front-running investors and each other.


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THE WATERMEN OF THE CHESAPEAKE, Farmers, Hunters, Sportsmen, Outdoorsmen and Friends invite you to a celebration in honor of DAVID CRAIG & JEANNIE HADDAWAY | Muziboo

Sunday, April 13, 2014
12:00 pm – 4 pm
Sailwinds Park, Cambridge, Maryland

Fresh local seafood and side dishes from Eastern Shore farmers and watermen!
Live music, exhibits and a silent auction.

Tickets are going fast so please rsvp today! The cost is $60/person in advance, $70 at the door.

For more information contact Ray Grodecki at (410) 253-2606.

By Authority: Craig-Haddaway for Maryland, Franklin Hajek, CPA., Treasurer

This is a "Good" example of Education 2014 style

In a few years they will all be VOTING!

But the teacher is probably voting already!

Printed in: Atlanta WW II Round Table - SEPTEMBER 2013 


Theodore "Dutch" J. Van Kirk was the navigator on the "Enola Gay" when it dropped the bomb at Hiroshima, Japan. He is the last surviving member of the crew.
Dutch was asked to speak at a grammar school this past week.
The young teacher introduced him by saying that the speaker was a veteran of World War Eleven (as in WW II).
Dutch stood up and walked out of the school without saying a word.
End of story.

Ted Cruz-Sponsored Bill To Bar Iran’s U.N. Envoy From Entering U.S. Passes Senate

A measure that would bar Iran’s recently appointed ambassador to the United Nations from entering the United States easily passed the Senate on Monday, delivering a rare legislative victory for its lead sponsor, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.).

Cruz, a first-term senator who is considering a run for president in 2016, has spent the last several days railing against Iran’s appointment of Hamid Aboutalebi as its new top envoy to the United Nations in New York.

Aboutalebi was a member of the student group that led the 1979 seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. He has acknowledged that he worked with the organization that took over the embassy, but has played down his role in the crisis.

Model airport Hamburg Germany

40 Years Ago Today: Baseball's Greatest Moments: Aaron's 715

Government baby daddy Obama

Issa Report Slams Dem Collaboration with the IRS

A bombshell report released by House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) completely refutes Democratic Party talking points that the IRS scandal involved unwarranted targeting of both liberal and conservative groups. “Time and again, (Democrats) have claimed that the IRS targeted liberal- and progressive-oriented groups as well—and that, therefore, there was no political animus to the IRS’s actions” the report states. “These Democratic claims are flat-out wrong and have no basis in any thorough examination of the fact. Yet the Administration’s chief defenders continue to make these assertions in a concerted effort to deflate and distract from the truth about the IRS’s targeting of tax-exempt applicants.”

The report reveals far more about the early stages of Tea Party targeting conducted by the tax collection agency, identifying the initial three cases sent to Washington, D.C. for additional scrutiny in 2010. Two of the three abandoned their applications rather than face additional IRS questioning. The third group isstill waiting for its case to be resolved.


Md. Casino Revenue Totals Nearly $78M In March

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Maryland officials say the state's four casinos brought in nearly $78 million in revenue last month.

The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency announced Monday that Maryland Live Casino in Anne Arundel County led the group with nearly $62 million from slot machines and table games. That's a 38.5 percent increase since March 2013.

Hollywood Casino Perryville generated nearly $8 million from slots and table games, a 16.5 percent decline compared to last March. Casino at Ocean Downs generated more than $4 million from slot machines, a more than 5 percent increase from March 2013.

Rocky Gap Casino Resort, which opened in May last year in Allegany County, generated nearly $4 million from slot machines and table games.


Christie doubles down on Muslim judge appointment to Jewish audience

Christie shut down the GW Bridge, now he’s selling one to Jews. via Christie deftly defends appointment of Muslim Judge at RJC meeting | The Daily Caller.

Speaking at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s meeting in Las Vegas on Saturday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie responded calmly, but strongly, to a question about Sharia Law, taking the occasion to address lingering concerns about a Muslim judge he appointed in 2011.

“Sohail Mohammed knows as much about jihad as I do, being an Irish-American kid from Newark, New Jersey,” Christie said of the Indian-American judge who immigrated to America as a child.

Christie knows taqqiya. But if he knows nothing about the number one threat discussed since 9/11 (with the ’93 WTC bombing emanating in New Jersey), then he is woefully ignorant and unfit not only to run for president but to run a state that is home to large numbers of jihadists and sharia supporters.

“It is ridiculous and insulting, that because I nominated Sohail Mohammed — that people some how think that means I’m for Sharia Law. It’s crap,” he said to applause. “And I will not ever apologize for making him a judge — in fact, I’m proud of it.”

“Sharia Law won’t come into New Jersey,” Christie continued, “and to suggest otherwise is nothing more than internet blog B.S.”


Chicago preacher James Meeks dumps Dems, backs GOP gubernatorial candidate

The choir sang hallelujah as the congregation of 15,000 clapped and sang along. Reverend James Meeks ratcheted up the intensity of his speech. “Man looks at the outside,” he shouted rearing his head back. “But God looks at your heart! Are you with me here?”

Judging by the response, Meeks had the faithful at Salem Baptist Church hanging on his every word.“One hundred percent with Reverend Meeks,” said parishioner Eugene Harris outside the mega-church on Chicago’s fiercely Democratic South Side.

Meeks is careful not to preach politics from the pulpit. That doesn’t mean he does not have a political side. This former state senator is active as a leader in Chicago’s African-American community and also has considerable political clout.


Pedestrian Killed by Train Near Newport

Location: Amtrak rail line near Meco Drive, Newport, DE

Date of Occurrence: Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at approximately 11:56 a.m.

Newport- The Delaware State Police are currently investigating a collision involving an Amtrak train that struck a killed a pedestrian near Newport.

The incident occurred at approximately 11:56 a.m. this morning on the train tracks near Meco Drive. A preliminary investigation indicates an Amtrak Acela train struck and killed a pedestrian. The pedestrian has not been identified.

Detectives are on scene and this investigation is ongoing.

Feds Steal Ranchers Cattle in Armed Helicopter Raids: Feds attempt to rub out Family Farmers

In the latest attempt to rub out the family farm, the Federal Government is targeting a rancher in Nevada by sending in armed agents, armored vehicles and low-lying helicopters to steal the ranchers cattle.

Cliven Bundy, who has been fighting the federal government’s attempts to shut him down for the last 20 years, is in a bitter battle that just took a turn for the worse. Over the weekend, armed federal agents from the Bureau of Land Management stormed Bundy’s land, stealing over 500 of the rancher’s cattle.

The government claims the cattle were illegally grazing on government land; but Bundy, who has been a rancher all his life, says he’s been doing it this way for decades. In fact, his cattle are grazing on the same land that his father and father’s father used to raise their cattle.

The trouble started in 1993 when Bundy refused to pay the feds for the right to allow his cattle to graze on land that he claims has been in his family since the 1880s. His family actually owned the land before the Bureau of Land Management ever even came into existence; so how the federal government can now claim they own the land is a bit puzzling.

“We own this land,” he said, not the feds. He said he is willing to pay grazing fees but only to Clark County, not BLM.

“Years ago, I used to have 52 neighboring ranchers,” he said. “I’m the last man standing. How come? Because BLM regulated these people off the land and out of business.”



Annapolis, Md. (April 8, 2014) – Governor Martin O’Malley today joined fellow presiding officers, Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Mike Miller, to sign the first of the Administration’s 2014 legislative priorities, the Pre-Kindergarten Expansion Act of 2014. The governor also signed several departmental bills passed by the General Assembly this year.

“Education is a ladder to middle class success. Over the course of the O'Malley-Brown Administration, we've focused on creating opportunity by making record investments in Maryland’s top ranked public schools, and since 2007-08, we've done more than any other state in the nation to hold down the cost of college,” saidGovernor Martin O’Malley. “Thanks to the dynamic leadership of Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, along with overwhelming support from the General Assembly, our children will continue to lead the nation in achievement and eventually, the world.”

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9 Of The Top 10 Occupations In America Pay An Average Wage Of Less Than $35,000 A Year

According to stunning new numbers just released by the federal government, that we detailed yesterday, nine of the top ten most commonly held jobs in the United States pay an average wage of less than $35,000 a year. When you break that down, that means that most of these workers are making less than $3,000 a month before taxes. And once you consider how we are being taxed into oblivion, things become even more frightening. Can you pay a mortgage and support a family on just a couple grand a month? Of course not. In the old days, a single income would enable a family to live a very comfortable middle class lifestyle in most cases. But now those days are long gone.

In 2014, both parents are expected to work, and in many cases both of them have to get multiple jobs just in order to break even at the end of the month. The decline in the quality of our jobs is a huge reason for the implosion of the middle class in this country. You can't have a middle class without middle class jobs, and we have witnessed a multi-decade decline in middle class jobs in the United States. As long as this trend continues, the middle class is going to continue to shrink.

The following is a list of the most commonly held jobs in America according to the federal government. As you can see, 9 of the top 10 most commonly held occupations pay an average wage of less than $35,000 a year...
1. Retail salespersons, 4.48 million workers earning $25,370
2. Cashiers 3.34 million workers earning $20,420
3. Food prep and serving staff, 3.02 million workers earning $18,880
4. General office clerk, 2.83 million working earning $29,990
5. Registered nurses, 2.66 million workers earning $68,910
6. Waiters and waitresses, 2.40 million workers earning $20,880
7. Customer service representatives, 2.39 million workers earning $33,370
8. Laborers, and freight and material movers, 2.28 million workers earning $26,690
9. Secretaries and admins (not legal or medical), 2.16 million workers earning $34,000
10. Janitors and cleaners (not maids), 2.10 million workers earning, $25,140

Jesus Lectures Westboro Baptists

2 powerful forces join to take over GOP

Richard Viguerie, often called the “founding father of conservatism” for his advances in direct-mail fundraising, is on a campaign to take back the Republican Party from the “big government” advocates.

In that pursuit, he has a new book, “Takeover: The 100-Year War for the Soul of the GOP and How Conservatives Can Finally Win It,” coming out in just days.

Now he’s being joined in his effort by a force powerful enough to turn the tide in the 2010 elections and leave the U.S. House of Representatives in the hands of Republicans, including many that follow a conservative pathway.

That would be the tea party, represented here by Tea Party Patriots President Jenny Beth Martin, who wrote the forward for Viguerie’s book.

She explains that a “bitter political civil war” is happening now that ultimately will determine whether America remains a constitutional republic.

“The modern version of this struggle is not between Democrats and Republicans, but within the Republican Party itself,” she writes. “It is a civil war between limited-government, constitutional conservatives and the progressive, establishment wing of the GOP.


America's New Drug Policy Landscape

Two-Thirds Favor Treatment, Not Jail, for Use of Heroin, Cocaine

The public appears ready for a truce in the long-running war on drugs. A national survey by the Pew Research Center finds that 67% of Americans say that the government should focus more on providing treatment for those who use illegal drugs such as heroin and cocaine. Just 26% think the government’s focus should be on prosecuting users of such hard drugs.

Support for a treatment-based approach to illegal drug use spans nearly all demographic groups. And while Republicans are less supportive of the treatment option than are Democrats or independents, about half of Republicans (51%) say the government should focus more on treatment than prosecution in dealing with illegal drug users.

As a growing number of states ease penalties for drug possession, the public expresses increasingly positive views of the move away from mandatory sentences for non-violent drug crimes. By nearly two-to-one (63% to 32%), more say it is a good thing than a bad thing that some states have moved away from mandatory sentences for non-violent drug offenders. In 2001, Americans were evenly divided over the move by some states to abandon mandatory drug terms.

The survey by the Pew Research Center, conducted Feb. 14-23 among 1,821 adults, finds that support for the legalization of marijuana use continues to increase. And fully 75% of the public –including majorities of those who favor and oppose the legal use of marijuana – think that the sale and use of marijuana will eventually be legal nationwide.

By wide margins, the public views marijuana as less harmful than alcohol, both to personal health and to society more generally. Moreover, just as most Americans prefer a less punitive approach to the use of drugs such as heroin and cocaine, an even larger majority (76% of the public) – including 69% of Republicans and 79% of Democrats – think that people convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana should not have to serve time in jail.


DEA Administrator Tells Congress Her Agency Is “Fighting Back” Against Administration’s Tolerance of Marijuana Legalization

At a Wednesday House subcommittee hearing, DEA director Michele Leonhart publicly opposed Department of Justice position on legal marijuana in Colorado and Washington and warned of dangers of marijuana legalization … to pets

Statement below from Dan Riffle of the Marijuana Policy Project

— Michele Leonhart, administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), repeatedly criticized the Obama administration at a hearing Wednesday on the DEA’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

In a memo released in July 2013, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it would not interfere with the effective implementation of laws regulating the cultivation and sale of marijuana for adults in Colorado and Washington. When asked by Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA) during a Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies subcommittee hearing whether the Obama administration’s tolerant views toward legal marijuana had affected morale at the DEA, which is a branch of the DOJ, Leonhart replied that “our agents are fighting back against those messages. It makes us fight harder.” She had earlier criticized the DOJ for a perceived delay in issuing a response to Washington and Colorado’s new laws, claiming there was “a lot of confusion in those 296 days.”

Leonhart also claimed that public opinion in Colorado is turning against the initiative making marijuana legal, yet two recent polls suggest Colorado residents are more supportive of the law than ever before. A Public Policy Polling survey from March showed that 57% of Colorado voters think marijuana should be legal, and a Quinnipiac poll from February showed 58% support for the state’s legalization law. It was supported by 54.8% of voters in 2012. Finally, Leonhart claimed legalization would be dangerous to pets in Colorado and warned of a surge in veterinary clinic visits due to dogs consuming marijuana.


Lawmakers Wrap Up Session Passing Minimum Wage Hike, Marijuana Bills

On the last day of the 2014 Session of the Maryland General Assembly, lawmakers in Maryland have passed the first increase in the minimum wage since 2006.

The House of Delegates this morning voted 87-47 to approve the bill to raise the minimum wage gradually, over a four year period to $10.10-an hour by July, 2018.

The bill also gives workers at state supported nonprofits who care for the disabled a 3.5% annual increase in their salary from 2016-2019.

All of the votes in favor of the bill came from Democrats, who believe this will help low wage workers, particularly women and minorities.

Federal Snipers Train Guns on Family For Filming Cattle

Man arrested for expressing free speech outside of designated “First Amendment Area”

Federal snipers with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) trained guns on members of a family yesterday after they dared to stop and take video footage of cattle outside the bounds of a designated “First Amendment Area,” before arresting one of the men for non-compliance.

The cattle were being rounded up by BLM officers as part of a crackdown on Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who has refused to pay “grazing fees” demanded by the feds as a result of a re-classification of 600,000 acres of federal land in northeastern Clark County which Bundy claims has been in his family for generations.


Afghan policeman screams “Allahu akbar,” murders AP photographer

This was an Afghan policeman — a unit commander named Naqibullah. Ostensibly an exponent of the Karzai regime, America’s ostensible ally. The problem is that there is no reliable way to distinguish “moderates” from Islamic jihadists, and the politically correct U.S. command in Afghanistan makes no attempt to do so, anyway. Such inquiries would be “Islamophobic.”

“AP photographer killed, reporter wounded,” from theAssociated Press, April 4 (thanks to Darcy):

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A veteran Associated Press photographer was killed and an AP reporter was wounded on Friday when an Afghan policeman opened fire while they were sitting in their car in eastern Afghanistan.

Anja Niedringhaus, 48, an internationally acclaimed German photographer, was killed instantly, according to an AP Television News freelancer who witnessed the shooting.


Poodle Club of America National Specialty Dog Show Returns to WY&CC April 20-25

Salisbury, Md. – Hundreds of poodles and poodle owners from across the United States, Europe, Australia and Japan will descend upon Salisbury for the 82nd Annual Poodle Club of America National Specialty Dog Show April 20-25 at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. The event is all poodles, all varieties including toy, miniature and standard. The show is free of charge for spectators and open to the public.

The Civic Center will be transformed for the weeklong show. The interior of the arena will be laid with sod and decorated with elaborate flower arrangements, the Midway Room will become a shoppers’ paradise for dog lovers and the rear parking lot will become a campground complete with RVs, electric hookups, barbeque grills, tents and lawn chairs.

For additional information and a full schedule of event for the 82nd Annual Poodle Club of America National Specialty Dog Show, visit

WCSO Press Releases- April 8, 2014

Incident: WCSO Activity 3rd/4th April 2014

Location: Wicomico County

1. On 3 April 2014 at 4:45 PM a deputy arrested Kevin Tracy Stanley Sr., 47 of Vienna, MD, on two District Court Bench Warrants. The warrants were issued after Stanley violated the terms of his condition following convictions in two theft cases. Stanley was held on a bond of $35,000.00 bond.

Kevin Stanley
Kevin Stanley

2. On 3 April 2014 at 5:56 PM a deputy arrested Dawn Elizabeth Miller, 47 of Parsonsburg, MD, on a Circuit Court Bench Warrant. The warrant was issued after Miller violated the terms of her probation following a conviction in CDS Possession with the Intent to Distribute case. Miller was detained on a bond of $25,000.00

Dawn Miller
Dawn Miller

3. On 4 April 2014 at 11:30 PM a deputy arrested Tyron L. Tucker, 28 of Salisbury, on two Circuit Court Bench Warrants. The warrants were issued after Tucker violated the terms of his probation following his convictions in a Handgun in Vehicle case and a CDS Possession with the Intent to Distribute case. Tucker was detained on a bond of $10,000.00

Tyron Tucker
Tyron Tucker

On 4 April 2014 at 11:30 PM a deputy arrested Marcus D. Echard, 22 of Fruitland, MD, on a District Court Bench Warrant. The warrant was issued after Echard violated the terms of his probation following a theft case. Echard was detained on a bond of $10,000.00.

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Incident: WCSO Activity 5/6 April 2014

Location: Wicomico County

1. On 5 April 2014 at 10:06 PM a deputy arrested Angelique D. Harris, 43 of Salisbury, on two District Court Bench Warrants. The warrant was issued after Harris failed to appear for a Driving While Suspended and Driving Uninsured case in February. Upon arrest, Harris was detained on a bond of $5,000.00

Angelique Harris
Angelique Harris

2. On 6 April 2014 at 12:30 AM a deputy arrested Marguerite Anne Powell, 23 of Parsonsburg, MD on a District Court Bench Warrant that was issued after Powell violated the terms of her probation in a theft case. Powell was detained on a bond of $5,000.00.

Marguerite Powell
Marguerite Powell

3. On 6 April 2014 at 8:46 AM a deputy arrested Jessica Blythe Scruggs, 34 of Salisbury, on a District Court Bench Warrant. The warrant was issued after Scruggs failed to appear for a Driving Revoked and Possession of CDS case. Scruggs was detained on a bond of $1,500.00. 

Jessica Scruggs
Jessica Scruggs

Releasing Authority: Lt. Tim Robinson        Date: 8 April 2014

Pelosi: House Dems ‘Proud’ of Obamacare, Those Running From it Are ‘Exceptions’

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told State of the Union’s Candy Crowley Sunday morning that Democrats were openly embracing the success of the Affordable Care Act, and that the candidates who were distancing themselves from the law were the exception.

“7 million people signed up!” Pelosi said. “The Congress of the United States wrote the bill, the members are proud of what they’ve done, are happy to not run away from what we have done. We are proud of what we accomplished.”

Crowley asked about certain members in vulnerable districts who were crab-walking away from the bill, largely by proposing “fixes” to the legislation.

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Lt. Scott Harner, Auxiliary Officer Dorothy Morse,
Auxiliary Officer Tonja Sas, Chief Ross Buzzuro
On Friday, April 4, 2014, the Ocean City Police Department celebrated its annual “Auxiliary Officer of the Year” luncheon. The OCPD Auxiliary Unit, which began in 1999, boasts 12 members who volunteer their time to the Ocean City Police Department and the Ocean City community.

The title of “Auxiliary Officer of the Year” is awarded to those who best demonstrate a devotion to duty and public service and whose conduct and contributions exemplify the purpose of the Auxiliary Unit. This year, the honor was awarded to Auxiliary Officer’s Dorothy Morse and Tonja Sas. Each has been a member of the Auxiliary Unit since its inception in 1999.  Auxiliary Officer’s Morse and Sas have volunteered a combined total of 9,759.75 hours of service to the Ocean City Police Department and the citizens of Ocean City.  Ocean City Police are sincerely grateful for each Auxiliary Officers’ service and commitment.

“Our Auxiliary Officers are invaluable to our department,” commented Chief Ross Buzzuro. “Their dedication to public safety in Ocean City has greatly benefited our community and the men and women of the Ocean City Police Department. I commend Auxiliary Officer Morse and Auxiliary Officer Sas for their tremendous commitment to the Ocean City community.”

Since its inception, the officers of the Auxiliary Unit have collectively volunteered a total of 51,379.75 hours of service to the Ocean City Police Department.  In 2013, Auxiliary Officers volunteered 2,956.5 service hours.

Citizens who wish to support the Ocean City Police Department and the Town of Ocean City by joining the Auxiliary Officer Unit are encouraged to contact Lt. Scott Harner at 410-520-5318.



On February 24, 2014, a Worcester County Grand Jury indicted two suspects, Wade William Korvin, 21, of Odenton, MD, and Terrance James Webster, 20, of Odenton, MD on multiple charges stemming from an incident that occurred in Ocean City last summer. The suspects are each being charged with first degree assault, second degree assault and reckless endangerment, for a serious assault that occurred on August 18, 2013.

Officers responded to the area of 17th Street and St. Louis Avenue at approximately 1:45 a.m. and located the male victim suffering from serious injuries. During the subsequent investigation, officers determined the victim had gotten into a physical altercation with a group of unknown males who then fled the scene.  Although police quickly arrived on scene and searched the area, officers were unable to locate the suspects.

Over the next several months, detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division’s Major Crimes Unit were able to identify Korvin and Webster as the two suspects involved in the assault. Detectives presented the case to the Worcester County State’s Attorney’s Office, who secured Grand Jury indictments on both individuals. Korvin and Webster were both released from custody on $100,000.00 bond pending their cases being heard in the Circuit Court for Worcester County.

Immediately following the incident, the victim was admitted to Johns Hopkins Medical Center Surgical Intensive Care Unit in Baltimore, MD.  The victim has since been released from the hospital, however is still suffering from the long term effects of the assault.

Please note: The Ocean City Police Department does not have photos or imagines of the suspects available.

Black teens arrested in beating of pickup driver

DETROIT — Detroit police have arrested two teenagers in connection with the brutal beating of a motorist that has sparked outrage across the nation.

The teens, ages 16 and 17, were arrested without incident early Saturday morning in the area of the beating on Detroit’s eastside, according to Detroit Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Woody.

Woody said the teens, who are from Detroit, were part of the group that beat Steve Utash, 54, on Wednesday, after his pickup hit 10-year-old David Harris, and he stopped to check on the boy. Woody declined to discuss a motive for the attack.

Police have said the boy was struck after he stepped into the path of the pickup, and that Utash, who as of Saturday afternoon was in a medically induced coma at St. John Hospital and Medical Center with multiple head injuries, was not at fault.

Full story here.

Hillary Clinton, Pussy Riot, and Shameless Propaganda

The Iron Maiden recently did a photo op with Pussy Riot, the punk group that served time for holding a guerrilla performance inside a Russian Orthodox church.

Great to meet the strong & brave young women from #PussyRiot, who refuse to let their voices be silenced in #Russia.

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 4, 2014

Pussy Riot is said to be against the dictatorial policies of Vladimir Putin. One wonders if they consider Madame Clinton, who has admitted following the policies of the Council on Foreign Relations – a globalist directorate ultimately no less authoritarian in approach – any less despicable.


Underground Commerce is the Real Economy

As the deadline for filing yearly income taxes is rapidly approaching, businesses especially hard pressed to make a profit in a depressed economy struggle with their tax compliance. Reporting legitimate deductions and costs is the easy part. When you are losing money, disclosing a diminished income stream based upon lower margins, is not a difficult decision. Nevertheless, small enterprises burdened with government regulation costs and tax obligations, often are unable to conduct business and retain a net return. Self-proprietorships frequently are so scared that many look to the cash underground economy to hide income earnings.

This shadow commerce, practiced throughout the world, is the real economy. Actually, in the United States, tax compliance is quite high by comparison. With the acceptance of instruments of credit, the banking system has become more of a tax reporting service than a financier of a healthy economy. The taxman would have you believe that voluntary transactions in cash constitute a black market in illegal dealing. Casting the dispersion of seedy activities upon the motivation to subsist is a common practice of governmental revenue agents.

Building upon this attitude, a deceptive title to a USA report, $2 trillion underground economy aids recovery, would have you think constructive criticism returned to the mainstream press. Sorry to disappoint, you can always count on the Gannett media to be a government mouthpiece.

“Shadow economies are usually associated with illegal activity, such as drug dealing. But anecdotal evidence indicates that off-the-books work in today’s job market includes personal and domestic workers, such as housekeepers and nannies.

People are running out of patience when it comes to finding a job and losing income,” Gonzalez said. “So it’s not that surprising to have workers take jobs that are in the shadow economy. But it’s a sign of how bad things are and how we have to get the real economy moving again.”


Tense: Watch What Happens When Thousands of Residents Confront Westboro Protesters

It was an epic showdown that sent Westboro Baptist Church members fleeing the scene after only 10 minutes of picketing Sunday afternoon in Oklahoma.

Westboro congregants, known for protesting against gays and lesbians and at military funerals, regularly contend that God punishes mankind with natural disasters.

And considering that residents in Moore, Okla., suffered a horrific tornado last year, the virulent church group was apparently in town to affirm its belief that the deadly storm was evidence of God’s wrath.



Project to Improve East and Westbound lanes from Choptank River Bridge to Bucktown Road

The State Highway Administration (SHA) begins paving four miles of US 50 (Ocean Gateway) in Cambridge, Dorchester County, starting Wednesday, April 9. The project will resurface two and one-half miles of east and westbound US 50 from the Choptank River Bridge to Bucktown Road.

The project is scheduled to be complete by April 25, weather permitting. SHA awarded the $1.2 million contract to American Infrastructure of Fallston.

During construction, motorists will encounter single lane closures Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The contractor will use variable message boards, temporary signs, cones and barrels to guide motorists through the work zone. Motorists should plan extra commute time during the resurfacing project.

While SHA and its transportation partners work hard to maintain safe traffic mobility in work zones, each driver needs to actively modify his or her driving style to help prevent crashes. Stay alert and look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers. Slow down and don’t follow too closely. Safer Driving. Safer

2016 Wishes - A President Who Doesn't Kiss Wall Street's Rear-End

Is there any hope that we might actually elect a president with the mandate and courage to take down Wall Street instead of kissing its rear end in humiliating obeisance?

The 2016 presidential election may be far away to those obsessed with the news cycle, but it's not too early to express one single hope: that we finally elect a president who doesn't kiss Wall Street's rear end every single day for four/eight years running. It's not difficult, folks; it's either/or. Either the President is willing to take down Wall Street or he/she is kissing Wall Street's rear end. There is no middle ground.

Either the next president issues an executive order (or whatever it takes) to enact these four administrative rules, or he/she is kissing Wall Street's rear end every single day of his/her administration.


Obama and The Democrats Plot To Control America

Barack Obama’s presidency will come to an end. The legacy of pain he will leave behind will not -- at least for years to come. He and his fellow Democrats plan to keep their grip on the levers of power-even if they lose control of Congress and the White House. And they will do so with “invisible hands” gone but not forgotten.

Every first-term president has a single compelling desire: to win a second term. But for Obama and his liberal allies to accomplish a second major goal, to “fundamentally transform America,” requires more than two terms. Their agenda depends on fundamentally transforming ourgovernment and how its vast powers will be deployed.

How was this done?

The trillion-dollar so called “stimulus” bill was the first major step to vastly increase our spending and deficits. It was a sign of things to come. Budget-breaking binges have followed with no serious efforts to control our massive federal debt. The Democrats have run up more red ink than all previous administrations combined.


WCSO Press Release 4-8-14

Crash Leads to DUI and CDS Arrest- 4/8/2014

Incident: DUI / Possession of CDS

Date of Incident: 7 April 2014

Location: 32000 block of Longridge Road, Parsonsburg, MD

Suspect: Patrick Allen Layfield, 46, Salisbury, MD

Patrick Layfield
Patrick Layfield

Narrative: On 7 April 2014 at 5:15 PM a deputy responded to the 32000 block of Longridge Drive for a reported motor vehicle collision. Upon arrival, the deputy located a F150 that had run off the road. While speaking with the operator, Patrick Layfield, the deputy detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage. The deputy also observed that Layfield was unsteady on his feet. Layfield would be subsequently arrested for DUI.

The deputy located two empty bottles of Captain Morgan in Layfield’s vehicle along with a pill bottle that contained what was identified as narcotic pain pills that were not prescribed to Layfield.

The deputy transported Layfield 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 Layfield in the Detention Center in lieu of $15,000.00 bond.

Charges: Possession of CDS

               Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol                                                                

Releasing Authority: Lt. Tim Robinson        Date:  8 April 2014

Shocking Facts About The Deindustrialization Of America That Everyone Should Know

How long can America continue to burn up wealth? How long can this nation continue to consume far more wealth than it produces? The trade deficit is one of the biggest reasons for the steady decline of the U.S. economy, but many Americans don’t even understand what it is. Basically, we are buying far more stuff from the rest of the world than they are buying from us. That means that far more money is constantly leaving the country than is coming into the country.

In order to keep the game going, we have to go to the people that we bought all of that stuff from and ask them to lend our money back to us. Or lately, we just have the Federal Reserve create new money out of thin air. This is called “quantitative easing”. Our current debt-fueled lifestyle is dependent on this cycle continuing. In order to live like we do, we must consume far more wealth than we produce. If someday we are forced to only live on the wealth that we create, it will require a massive adjustment in our standard of living. We have become great at consuming wealth but not so great at creating it. But as a result of running gigantic trade deficits year after year, we have lost tens of thousands of businesses, millions upon millions of jobs, and America is being deindustrialized at a staggering pace.

Most Americans won’t even notice, but the latest monthly trade deficit increased to 42.3 billion dollars


Government Confiscation And Lifting The Veil On "The 401(k) Scheme"

Governor O’Malley Lauds NRP Oyster Enforcement Efforts

Radar system, helicopter patrols deter poaching, 
protecting keystone species

Governor Martin O’Malley today thanked the Maryland Natural Resources Police for its enforcement efforts during the six-month oyster season, which ended March 31.

“When we began this large-scale oyster restoration initiative nearly four years ago, we promised to turn things around and do everything within our power to protect this vital species,” said Governor O’Malley. “I want to thank our NRP officers ─ the men and women who continuously put their hearts into protecting our State’s natural resources ─ for their hard work and dedication not only this past oyster season but every single day.”

Preliminary reports show that officers issued 92 citations for violations, the majority of them for harvesting undersized or unsorted oysters and harvesting in prohibited areas. The total is a 3-year low and the second lowest number of citations in five years.

Gas Leak In Salisbury

There's a leak near Pizza Hut on Mt Hermon Road. Part of Dove Point has been evacuated but not the whole building.

Summing Up The American Dream (In One Cartoon)

Armed Feds Prepare For Showdown With Nevada Cattle Rancher

Ruby Ridge-style standoff brewing as Bundy says he is prepared to be killed

A Ruby Ridge-style standoff is brewing in Nevada, where dozens of armed federal agents are closing in on cattle rancher Cliven Bundy over claims that Bundy has allowed his cows to graze illegally on government land, endangering a protected species of tortoise.


Mortgage Originations Plunge To Lowest On Record

New mortgage originations fell over 23% month-over-month and a stunning 47% year-to-date according to Black Knight (formerly LPS). As they show in their detailed presentation [3], with a 65% year-over-year drop, new mortgage originations are at their lowest since their records began and what is perhaps more concerning is prepayment speeds signal further declines are ahead and the ratio of serious deterioration to foreclosure (along with huge numbers of loan mods due to reset) suggest the housing market is anything but recovering fundamentally with the average loan in foreclosure now 2.6 years past due.


Democrats Stole $75,000 in TV’s from DNC Convention

The Party of Crooks and Thieves just can’t seem to stop stealing. When the Democratic National Convention comes to town, the town can count itself lucky if it’s left with the streetlights and the mailboxes afterward.

The Democratic National Convention has been over for 18 months, but it’s still fresh in the mind of one company who filed a police report saying it can’t find $75,000 worth of equipment. LG Electronics spoke with WBTV and explained why it decided to tell police now.

The DNC ended in September 2012. LG electronics based in New Jersey had hundreds and hundreds of displays for delegates and convention participants.

After the DNC people packed up and left the Time Warner Cable Arena, but LG says somehow 72 of their tvs walked away. Taylor said during a convention it’s not unusual to lose an item or two, but this was a lot.


Where O’Malley Is Positioned For 2016 Presidential Run

ANNAPOLIS — A look at preparations by Gov. Martin O’Malley for a potential 2016 presidential campaign:

Nondenial denial: “No one ever goes down this road, I would hope, without giving it a lot of consideration and a lot of preparation and a lot of thought work, and so that’s what I’m doing.” — February. Spoke earlier of building “a body of work that lays the framework of the candidacy for 2016,” in an acknowledgment of presidential ambition that is rare in the field.

Book: No. “I’m not sure where I’d find the time for that.” It’s probably only a matter of time before he suddenly finds the time.

Iowa: Yes, in fall 2012 headlined U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin’s annual steak fry, a must-stop for many Democrats seeking to compete in the leadoff caucuses. In Maryland, attended fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, who is running for the Senate in Iowa.



1. Out-Of-Control Spending

When Obama took office, we were $10 trillion in debt — we are now nearly $17 trillion. INCREDIBLE!

This Is What Employment In America Really Looks Like

The level of employment in the United States has been declining since the year 2000. There have been moments when things have appeared to have been getting better for a short period of time, and then the decline has resumed.

Thanks to the offshoring of millions of jobs, the replacement of millions of workerswith technology and the overall weakness of the U.S. economy, the percentage of Americans that are actually working is significantly lower than it was when this century began. And even though things have stabilized at a reduced level over the past few years, it is only a matter of time until the next major wave of the economic collapse strikes and the employment level goes even lower. And the truth is that more good jobs are being lost every single day in America. For example, as you will read about below, Warren Buffett is shutting down a Fruit of the Loom factory in Kentucky and moving it to Honduras just so that he can make a little bit more money. We see this kind of betrayal over and over again, and it is absolutely ripping the middle class of America to shreds.

Below I have posted a chart that you never hear any of our politicians talk about. It is a chart that shows how the percentage of working age Americans with a job has steadily declined since the turn of the century. Just before the last recession, we were sitting at about 63 percent, but now we have been below 59 percent since the end of 2009…



The Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Delmar, MD is currently hiring for a Breakfast Attendant. This individual must be an earlyr morning person and love to work with people. Weekends and Holidays are mandatory. Hours are approx. 

5:15 am- 10:30 am Monday-Friday, Saturday & Sunday 6:00 am- 11:00 am. 

Hotel would prefer someone with experience, but not mandatory.

Please no phone calls. Please apply in person at 30232 Lighthouse Square Dr. Delmar, MD 21875.

I am looking to fill this position immediately.

Anne Webster
General Manager