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Monday, May 12, 2014

Snippets From Ron Kessler's Book, "Secret Service"

Interesting snippets from Ronald Kessler’s book
about our Presidents.
*A philanderer of the highest order.*
*She ordered the kitchen help to save all the left-over wine during a State dinner,
mixed it with fresh wine and served again during the next White House occasion.*
*Another philanderer of the highest order.
In addition, LBJ was as crude as the day is long.
Both JFK and LBJ kept a lot of women in the White House for extramarital affairs
and both had set up early warning systems to alert them
if/when their wives were nearby. Both were promiscuous and oversexed men.*
*She was either naive or just pretended to not know about her husband’s many liaisons.*

New Jersey Allowed to Require ''Justifiable Need'' to Carry a Firearm in Public

Since the Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that the Second Amendment includes theright to bear arms in self defense, guns rights advocates, led by the NRA, have challenged laws that have put restrictions on carrying guns in public. Their argument has been that these restrictions prevent them from protecting themselves in public. Many of these challenges have failed, with lower courts ruling that restrictions are in line with the ruling of District of Columbia v Heller, which said that handguns in the home were permissible for self defense.

In the majority opinion, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote: "Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited. From Blackstone through the 19th-century cases, commentators and courts routinely explained that the right was not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose." The opinion even pointed out that laws banning concealed carry were permissible.

New Jersey's law is very strict and make it all but impossible for anyone not a member of law enforcement to carry a gun in public. It requires gun owners to indicate "specific threats or previous attacks demonstrating a special danger to applicant's life that cannot be avoided by other means" in order to get an open carry permit. Approval must be granted by the local police and a Superior Court judge.

The "justifiable need" requirement survived two lower court challenges, which were upheld in 2012 by the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals. The plaintiffs petitioned the Supreme Court to challenge the appeals court ruling. This week, the Supreme Court rejected the challenge, leaving in place the 3rd Circuit's ruling and New Jersey's law.


Who Should Be In Charge?

All the organs of the body were having a meeting,
Trying to decide who was the one in charge.
"I should be in charge," said the brain, "Because I run all the body's systems, 
so without me nothing would happen."
"I should be in charge," said the blood, "Because I circulate oxygen all over so without me you'd all waste away."

Regulating the Internet

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has revised his proposed new rules for regulating the Internet. The revised proposal could be issued as early as today. Wheeler ran into a storm of criticism for a proposal to let carriers charge extra for priority use of their networks. The Wall Street Journal reports, his new version bans broadband providers from slowing down service for content providers that don't pay extra. Wheeler will seek comments on whether the Internet should be considered a utility. That would make it subject to even more federal regulation.

Washington Monument Reopend Today

A patched-up Washington Monument reopens today, nearly three years since earthquake damage forced it to close. The National Park Service celebrates the return of public tours with a star-studded affair. Topping the list is the local philanthropist David Rubenstein, who donated $7.5 million to match federal funds for the repairs. An earthquake in August 2011 shook the monument to its core. The marble chipped, cracked and sustained hairline fractures. Most of the damage was to the pyramid-shaped top. Today, elevator rides will resume.

PUBLISHERS NOTES: It's been reported today that there are 700,000 visitors to this site annually. I want you to keep that number in mind because now I want to remind ALL of you that the Salisbury Zoo claims they have more than 500,000 visitors to the Zoo annually. Now, who are YOU going to believe? 

$474M of Your Taxpayer Dollars Wasted on Failed ObamaCare Exchanges

Your taxpayer dollars went to four failed state ObamaCare exchanges costing $474 million dollars. Now, those states are figuring out how to dig themselves out of the financial hole. Should they ask Washington for more money?

Oregon spent $248 million and was the first to drop its state exchange.

Politico reported:
Each of the states — Massachusetts, Oregon, Nevada and Maryland — embraced Obamacare, and each underperformed. All have come under scathing criticism and now face months of uncertainty as they rush to rebuild their systems or transition to the federal exchange.

The Postal Service's finances continue their downward spiral

The agency recorded a $1.9 billion loss for the first three months of the year. At the same time, the Postal Service continued cutting costs. It gained 2.3 percent in operating revenue, citing increased employee productivity. Postmaster General Pat Donahoe says the agency is happy with its financial progress. But he says the Postal Service is still in the red because of congressionally-mandated retiree payments. Chief Financial Officer Joe Corbett says that's not all that needs fixing. He says the agency's liabilities exceed its assets by $42 billion.

Eric Holder will sprout wings and fly before Lois Lerner goes to jail for contempt of Congress

Imagine the outrage that would erupt if House Speaker John Boehnerdispatched congressional gendarmes to arrest Lois Lerner and confine her to the Capitol jail.

In defending such a decision, Boehner might say something like this:

"I remember before we made that decision of what to do, not only checking out the precedents on the inherent power of Congress to hold a person in contempt, but what would be done if that occurred. Who would go out and arrest Ms. Lerner? And where would she be incarcerated?

"I checked out the location of the old jail in the Capitol Building. I actually went and met with the Architect of the Capitol, and he took me around and showed me where they [the Capitol police] used to hold prisoners."


Md. Man Writes Song Dedicated To His Service Dog-in-training

WASHINGTON - A local man penned a song for dogs and it's helping veterans in need.

Brendan Biondi, of Ellicott City, Md., and his girlfriend volunteered to train a Hero Dog, which will eventually be paired with a disabled or injured vet.

"What hero dogs does, is they raise, train and place service dogs with disabled or injured veterans," Biondi said. "So we joined up with them and we have been raising our puppy, Calvin, for a little over a year now."

Biondi had never had a dog, and the experience of being with Calvin every day had a major impact on him.



New Mobile Resources For Drivers Roll Out

The automotive world appears to be stepping up its mobile app game.

Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, an association of more than 1,000 insurance companies, announced that Maryland drivers will be able to show law enforcement electronic proof of insurance on their smartphone or tablet.

The association anticipates the move will be convenient for drivers, who would no longer have to fumble around in their glove compartments for insurance documentation.

“It's another way to make it more convenient for drivers to provide that evidence on their phone,” said Bob Passmore, senior director of personal lines policy.


JUST IN: Keith Crisco, NC House Candidate, Dies At Home

Keith Crisco, who was locked in a battle with former "American Idol" contestant Clay Aiken in a race for North Carolina's 2nd House district, died suddenly at his home Monday. He was 71.

The Asheboro, N.C.-based Courier Tribune reported that Crisco died from injuries suffered from a fall around 1 p.m. He was reported dead when emergency workers arrived.

In a statement, the North Carolina Board of Elections said it was saddened to hear of Crisco's passing.

Michelle Obama to give weekly White House radio address, on Boko Haram

Michelle Obama on Saturday criticized the kidnapping of scores of Nigerian schoolgirls as an 'unconscionable act' carried out by a terrorist group she said is determined to keep them from getting an education - 'or grown men attempting to snuff out the aspirations of young girls.'

Taking over the president's weekly radio and Internet address on the eve of the American holiday for honoring mothers, the first lady said that, like millions of people around the world, she and President Barack Obama are 'outraged and heartbroken' over the April 15 abduction of the girls from their dormitory.

'In these girls, Barack and I see our own daughters,' Mrs. Obama said, referring to Malia, 15, and Sasha, 12. 'We see their hopes, their dreams and we can only imagine the anguish their parents are feeling right now.'


Report: Gov't Agents Protected Director's Aide

Members of a Secret Service special unit responsible for patrolling near the White House were pulled off that assignment over at least two months in 2011 to protect the assistant of the agency's director while she was engaged in a dispute with a neighbor, according to a report in The Washington Post.

Agents were told that the Secret Service director at the time, Mark Sullivan, was concerned that his assistant was being harassed by her neighbor, the Post reported in a story posted Saturday night on its website. The newspaper cited three people familiar with the operation but did not provide their names.

The agents were pulled from a surveillance team that patrols the outskirts of the White House compound and monitors the southern side of the executive mansion whenever crowds gather to watch the president and first family travel via motorcade or helicopter, the Post reported.

Majority of football players end up bankrupt after lavish spending

A new class of millionaire football players just secured NFL contracts with the draft but the vast majority of them will not keep their fortunes secure for very long.

The NFL is taking active steps to try to help curtail the staggering rate by which football players blow through their multi-million dollar contracts.

Contracts awarded to top players- like this year's first round draft pick Jadeveon Clowney who landed a $22million contract with the Houston Texans- lead to spending excesses in a surprisingly high number of cases.


SPD Press Release 5-12-14

DeJuliis Accused Of Tearing Down Brochin Signs In Senate Race

The state Senate Democratic primary in Baltimore County District 42 pitting Sen. Jim Brochin against former Del. Connie DeJuliis turned nasty over the weekend as Brochin campaign signs were removed by three men including Ron DeJuliis, the candidate’s husband and the Maryland commissioner of labor. has obtained photos of the incident.

Baltimore County police were called to the scene, a Parkville apartment complex at the busy intersection of Loch Raven Boulevard and East Joppa Road, and police issued a statement about the incident late Saturday. 


'Daily Show's Larry Wilmore to replace Stephen Colbert

Comedy Central has announced Stephen Colbert’s replacement.

Larry Wilmore, currently of ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,’ will replace the ‘Colbert Report’ host when he jumps ship next year to replace David Letterman as host of ‘The Late Show.’

The 11.30 p.m. Monday to Thursday show following Stewart will be called ‘The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore,’ according to Variety. It will launch in January.


American Comedian Jeff Dunham Mauled By African Lions During World Tour.

Unidentified remains of 9/11 victims returned to Ground Zero

The unidentified remains of those killed at the World Trade Center have returned to the World Trade Center site in a solemn procession on a foggy Saturday morning.

The remains were moved from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on Manhattan's East Side at dawn Saturday, accompanied by police and fire department vehicles with lights flashing but no sirens.

The remains will be transferred to an underground repository in the same building as the National September 11 Memorial Museum.


Apartment Fire In Salisbury

There's an apartment fire on Overlook Drive near the Mall. More to  come...

Update: command reports outside deck fire between the 2nd and 3rd floors. Investigating

Update: command placing situation under control. Holding with Truck 2 and Asst Chief 1

10 USPS Workers Charged With Workers' Compensation Fraud

Each week, Federal News Radio's Ciera Crawford highlights federal employees and government contractors charged with defrauding the government. Have a tip or want to contact Ciera? You can do so by email or phone, (202) 274-4824.


(Berlin) Today the Department of Transportation will announce that they have found around $50 million with which they may continue to construct another section of RT 113 in Worcester County. Costs being what they are in Maryland, when all is said and done, we will probably see another 5-6 miles of paved highway. This is always a good thing when it comes to traffic safety for our residents and those who travel our roadways.

It is noteworthy that the Democrat administrations scan the political horizon before spending money on projects such as RT 113. This time is no different. In fact, they have headlined the “show” with a grand announcement today in Berlin where two of O'Malley's top supporters received top billing on their news release: Senator Jim Mathias and Delegate Norm Conway.

While Norm and Jim take a bow, let’s consider this “carrot on a string” approach to highway safety. Since this project began, if the state had merely paved 1 mile per year it would have been completed over 20-years ago. At the current rate (with all the optimism one can muster), this project could take another 15-20 years for completion.

If Highway User Revenues were distributed to actually build roads and bridges, we would be talking about the new project to 4-lane RT 90 into Ocean City, and the days of our family members traveling on a 2-lane version of RT 113 would be a distant memory. Sadly, that is not the case.

The lion’s share of our Highway User Revenues is going to fund Mass Transit Projects like the Red Line and the Purple Line in the metropolitan areas of our state. Even though only 6% of our population uses these systems, they receive over half of our transportation funding.

We have an abysmal rate of fare recovery in Baltimore City for the bus system/mass transit (we pay roughly 80%) and we paid out hundreds of millions for the ICC which is not receiving the traffic counts projected. The failure to require a revenue stream from the metro core to pay for mass transit projects is appalling. In fact, we are the only state in the Union that does not have such a mechanism.

So as we celebrate another 5 miles of paving on one of our highest traffic count roadways for commerce and tourism, let us not forget that these are mere scraps that fall to us from the king’s table every election year.

Texas officer who shot dead armed 93-year-old woman fired from force

Texas officials have voted to fire a police officer who shot dead an armed 93-year-old woman during a confrontation at her home.

The city council unanimously voted on Saturday that Officer Stephen Stem should be removed from the force after killing Pearlie Golden on Tuesday.

It took less than half an hour for the council to take the vote, which came after Hearne mayor Ruben Gomez told demonstrators he could recommend Stem be dismissed.


Transgenders In The Military

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the military should review its ban on transgender people serving. Speaking on a Sunday television talk show, Hagel stopped short of saying whether he thinks the policy should be changed. He says every American who wants to serve and is qualified should have the chance to do so. 

Estimates by transgender advocacy groups put their numbers actually in the military at more than 15,000. Hagel says logistics and medical issues with transgenders have complications that don't apply to gay service members.

The Decline Of Small Business And The Middle Class

The only way to not just survive but thrive as an entrepreneurial enterprise is to destroy fixed costs and labor overhead.

It is not coincidental that the middle class and small business are both in decline. Entrepreneurial enterprise and small business have long been stepping stones to middle class incomes and generational wealth, i.e. wealth that is passed down to future generations rather than consumed. As the headwinds to entrepreneurial enterprise and small business rise, the pathway to middle class prosperity narrows.

The Washington Post published a study that found U.S. businesses are being destroyed faster than they’re being created. While not exactly a surprise, it was sobering evidence that small enterprise is in structural decline:


A Letter To The Editor: Worcester County Budget Citizen Comment

Dear County Commissioners:

Once again, the most highly-educated among us have come to demand pay increases they are “due”

Their willingness to suspend disbelief of the economic environment which exists is UNSUSTAINABLE. When will the rank and file on the education front realize there is no bottomless pot of money to fund millions of dollars in new approaches to “education” and endless increases in their pay?

The unions and their ruling class elite “public servants” have arranged a stranglehold on taxpayers that includes “maintenance of effort” which results in a cycle of never-ending increases and has no recognition of economic reality. Are you aware that “American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten, who was paid $543,150 last year, defended her compensation by claiming her pay is $360,000 and other reported expenses simply prove the union’s “transparency.”’

Worcester County taxpayers currently fund 90% of health premiums for these employees. How many of these individuals are responsible for supporting the “Affordable Care Act”? What is the economic impact on the lowly taxpayers of the increasing premiums of this prime benefit?

It continues to amaze me that politicians continue to kick the bankruptcy can down the road for their children, grandchildren, et seq., to bear the consequences of their spending sprees of the present to curry favor with public employees while “borrowing” their pension funds to spend on projects left unfunded by their raids on various “trust funds”.

Your responsibility is to ALL taxpayers who fund the decisions you make. Please prayerfully consider your choices and ask God to direct your actions,


Gwen L. Cordner

Johns Hopkins Workers Rally For Higher Pay In Md.

Workers at Johns Hopkins Hospital have been rallying for higher pay at the esteemed medical center.

A union representing 2,000 service workers at the hospital held a rally Saturday. Some workers say they rely on food stamps to make ends meet and live in poverty, despite having jobs.

Actor Danny Glover and "The Wire's" Wendell Pierce joined the rally and spoke to the crowd. Pierce says workers at the world's greatest hospital should be paid a living wage.

Voter fraud an ‘existential threat to America’

The left's road to power paved with bad intentions

(Accuracy in Media)
It is difficult to describe the enormity of the crime being committed by the Obama administration and their Democratic allies. They flagrantly flout the law, while simultaneously turning it into a weapon against political opponents, use government agencies to target innocent Americans, attempt to create legal voters through amnesty, and undermine voter integrity measures to facilitate vote fraud, while denying it even exists. In short, they are corrupting the entire process.

Thus, it is fitting to begin this report by recounting a story of deliberate, blatant official voter fraud. This April 17, the Illinois House Executive Committee voted to authorize $100 million to construct President Obama’s future presidential library and museum in Chicago. AP reported that the Committee voted “unanimously,” 9-0 to support the plan. The report was false. Only four of the 11 Committee members were in attendance—all Democrats. They did not even have a quorum. Furthermore, this was supposed to be a “subject matter only” hearing, i.e., entailing no votes. No matter; the legislators simply made up the results—even counting absent Republicans as “yes” votes. Republican State Representative Ed Sullivan observed, “In this case they didn’t even care to change the rules; they just flat out broke them.”


Police Shooting Frenzy Raises Concerns

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – On December 10, more than two dozen police officers from across Miami Dade County converged on a blue Volvo that had crashed in the backyard of a townhouse on 65th Street just off 27th Avenue.

As the car was wedged helplessly between a light pole and a tree, nearly a minute passed before officers opened up – firing approximately 50 bullets at the car and the two unarmed men inside the vehicle.

The two men inside the car survived that initial volley of gunfire, according to witnesses, who said they could see the men moving inside the Volvo. Everything went quiet for nearly two minutes before the officers opened up a second time – unleashing an unrelenting torrent of bullets that lasted almost 25 seconds. By the time it was over, the two men inside the car were dead.

CBS4 News has learned a total of 23 officers fired a total of at least 377 rounds.


US Postal Service Loses $1.9 Billion; Needs $10 Billion Bailout Or Pensions Get It

Revenues are up modestly for the US Postal Service as First-class Mail volumes continue to tumble "extremely" but package volumes are rising; however, USPS records a $1.9 billion loss in the last quarter, despite efforts to streamline efficiency and cut costs. The rise in package volumes appears related to a "Sunday delivery" deal with who "found a great fit with USPS' capability and desire." However, USPS says it needs $10 billion for deferred investments (i.e. Capex) and warns if it does not get its bailout:

Given USPS says no new employees have been hired and flexible scheduling used for Sunday delivery, we wondered who exactly is benefiting from the taxpayer funded desperation of the USPS to do anything for even loss-making revenues?

USPS is set to deliver Amazon packages on a Sunday...

Starting this week, the postal service will bring Amazon packages on Sundays to shoppers' doors in the Los Angeles and New York metropolitan areas at no extra charge. Next year, it plans to roll out year-round Sunday delivery to Dallas, New Orleans, Phoenix and other cities.


Maryland Grocery Store to Stop Hiring Due to Obamacare

Philadelphia teachers accused of ‘culture of cheating’

(CNN) — A Philadelphia elementary school principal and four teachers face criminal charges for allegedly cheating on statewide student tests.

Elementary and middle school students take the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment, which, like similar exams in other states, tests students on statewide academic standards.

Cayuga Elementary School Principal Evelyn Cortez and four teachers are accused of “perpetuating a culture of cheating” over a five-year period, according to the state Attorney General’s Office.


Why Has America Forgotten God? This Guy Knows…

What would Abe Lincoln say about America today?

Many people wonder what has happened to our country. Out of frustration, some ask questions on social media about the moral decline in America: How did we get here? How did we reach the point where this people, a nation “under God”, failed so miserably to keep His commandments? John R.W. Stott once said:
We should not ask ‘what’s wrong with this world?’ For that diagnosis has already been given. Rather, we should ask, ‘What has happened to the salt and light?’
The root cause of every moral failure, problem, and societal decline is sin. And for a culture in which sin is celebrated and promoted, God’s judgment is right around the corner.

A society that used to claim Christianity now allows the murder of 4,000 innocent babies a day – government approved and funded by our taxes. Washington D.C. has an irresponsible spending addiction; and instead of cutting spending and paying down the national debt, government keeps spending what they do not have. The Bible considers this “the love of money.”
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Painting the Resurrection - Ron DiCianni

Daily Times Reporter Called Out By WBI, (Wicomico Bureau of Investigation)

Last week the Daily Times reported that Jocori Scarborough had been seen grabbing and dragging his victim on video, NOT TRUE.

“There is nothing captured on video that shows any of the physical portion of the case that we’re investigating,” Sgt. David Owens of the Wicomico Bureau of Investigation said.

Say what you need to say to SELL PAPERS and then use one of your slowest days, (Monday) to say you made a mistake. Now that's marketing!

A Red-Flashing JOLT: Manufacturing Job Openings Signal Recession Dead Ahead

Contrary to the April nonfarm payroll data, today's JOLTS report was simply ugly. First, the total number of Job openings of 4014K, missed significantly the expected number of 4125K, dropping 111K last month, and the worst since December's 212K tumble when as everyone recalls, the weather was extensively scapegoated as the reason why the economy is not performing as the priced to perfection central planning expects it to.

And now that weather excuses no longer can be abused, the experts finally repeated what we first said in November when we reported that "The Time To Hike Rates Is Now According To The Beveridge Curve" starting with Stone McCarthy:

... Typically openings precede payroll gains. Over the past 6 months
openings increased by only 116,000. This isn't consistent with the
payroll growth of late ...

... the relationship between openings and the unemployment rate, the co-called Beveridge Curve, suggests that there has been a structural shift in the curve typical of an increase in structural unemployment and perhaps a higher NAIRU than generally thought....

Then from Bank of Tokyo:




As sure as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, Maryland fared poorly on another state business ranking.

Chief Executive Magazine ranked Maryland 41st in the nation on its 2014 Best & Worst States for Business.

Maryland earned two stars out of five for taxes and regulations, three stars for workforce quality, and three starts for living environment.

The report’s Development Trend Indicator rated Maryland negative citing the recent minimum wage increase and push for paid family leave.


PRUDEN: Barack Obama's dysfunctional Washington

Barack Obama fell in love with the sound of his voice at an early age. It’s the love that dares shout its name, and will not die even when everybody else has quit listening.

The president traveled this week to Hollywood, the reliable refueling stop for Democratic candidates, and preached to show-biz friends who paid up to $65,000 each for supper and had to eat it in a tent in the backyard. Everybody who was anybody was there, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Tom Rothman, James Brolin. Barbra Streisand, no doubt hoping Bubba might drop by unexpectedly, was there, too.

The president didn’t have to pay for a plate of beans and cornbread, so he returned the gift with his voice. Washington, he said, isn’t working because it’s “dysfunctional” and despite everything he has done “there’s still disquiet around the country.” (Jimmy Carter called it “malaise.”)

Mr. Obama, like Mr. Jimmy, railed about disquiet and dysfunction on the Potomac, forgetting that he lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, which is well within the District of Columbia and the fount of the bad stuff. The president is the very point of Washington. If Washington isn’t working, maybe it has something to do with what he brought to town.


Trooper cleared after stomping on innocent man’s skull while handcuffed

EXTON, PA — Police followed an innocent man into his home, believing that he was a fleeing suspect. When the man protested being handcuffed on his own floor with strangers searched his home, an officer cussed at him and stomped on his head, causing multiple facial fractures and shattered teeth. The scene was so gruesome that a cop testified against a fellow cop. Yet instead of being fired, that stomping officer was later promoted, and now has been officially cleared of violating the victim’s civil rights.

Botched Drug Raid

The incident dates back to August 19th, 2009, when a multi-agency drug task force performed a raid on a home on East Swedesford Road in Exton, Pennsylvania. Officers from the West Whiteland Police Department joined forces with the Pennsylvania State Police “Clandestine Drug Lab Team.” The group dressed in black masks and carried long guns into the targeted residence about 9:30 p.m. to stop the inhabitants from getting high.

Things did not go smoothly for the cops, as two of the suspects were able to escape through the back door. Officers resorted to combing the neighborhood for individuals matching the suspects’ description. A few blocks a way, officers came upon a young male wearing shorts and no shirt, entering a residence on nearby Heather Lane.

That man was actually 20-year-old Zachary W. Bare, who had just returned home from swimming in Brandywine Creek. The residence he entered was his own home, where he lived with his disabled mother.

Officers suspected Mr. Bare of being involved with a plot to get high without government permission. They entered his home without permission and confronted him in his kitchen. Bare was ordered him to the floor and cuffed, so that officers could then perform a warrantless search on his house.


You Just Never Know What Will Pop Up At An Auction

Eastern Shore Auctions held an auction at the Delmar Police Department on Saturday. Talk about an incredible variety of items for sale! 

I happened to win a bid on a Nikon D2X digital camera, (above) brand new, never used for $90.00. Retail for this item when it came out was around $5,500.00. 

I can't tell you the amount of things I have personally purchased from different local auction companies but it's a LOT. It's also a lot of fun and it's obviously rewarding. 

Minimum Wage Order Sends Veterans Packing From Nursing Homes

SHREVEPORT, La - Some military veterans are being forced to leave their nursing home. It's an unintended consequence of President Obama's executive order in February to raise the minimum wage for new federal contract workers from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour.

Sandy Franks, public affairs officer at Shreveport's Overton Brooks V. A. Medical Center, explains that nursing homes that have contracts for subsidized care from the Veterans Administration become federal contractors. If they refuse to raise their wages, their contracts will not be renewed.

Former Marine A.J. Crain just wheeled himself into his new room at Shreveport Manor on Mansfield Road when he got the news that the home's contract will end this month.

No. 2 Sea Gulls Double Up Spartans to Reach Quarterfinals

SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 2 Salisbury lacrosse team advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Division III tournament, defeating York, 12-6, in a second-round game at Sea Gull Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Sea Gulls jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter, but York came back in the second to cut the lead. SU (19-1) came out of halftime leading by one goal, but opened the third quarter with two-straight scores before using dominant defense and a six-goal half to take the win.

"We talked at halftime about how we wanted to win the first five minutes of the third quarter," SU head coach Jim Berkman said. "We won the first five minutes and scored two right away to get that cushion."

Senior attackman Luke Phipps scored 44 seconds into the third quarter on the crease, taking a pass from senior midfielder Greg Korvin.

Just under two minutes later, senior midfielder Donovan Lange ripped a 15-yard shot to put Salisbury ahead, 8-5. Lange led the Gulls with three goals in the game, while Phipps and senior attackman Rhett DePol scored two goals and two assists, each, to lead SU with four points, each.

The Spartans cut the lead to two with 2:54 left in the third quarter, but the goal would be the only second-half score for York, as Salisbury's defense dominated the half, forcing eight turnovers and only allowing 14 shots.

DePol began a four-goal fourth quarter that took the victory, taking a pass from junior midfielder Sean Fitzgerald and scoring on the crease at the 14:13 mark, after which, Fitzgerald netted a shot of his own from the left wing with 10:56 left.

Junior attackman Mike Kane's score on the crease, and senior midfielder Brandon Kendrick's low shot while driving down the middle after a pass from DePol capped the win.

For the game, SU led in shots, 33-32, while converting on 11 of 12 clears and only turning the ball over seven times.

The Sea Gulls opened the game on a 3-1 run, with Lange netting the first goal of the game at the 10:48 mark of the first quarter from the left wing.

Junior defender Knute Kraus followed just over a minute later on a clear in transition for a low score; the goal was his first of the season and second of his career.

After a York score with 5:34 left in the first, DePol netted his first to take a 3-1 lead into the second quarter. DePol took a pass across the crease from Phipps and redirected the ball into an open cage, as the York goalkeeper was slow to get back in front of the cage after covering Phipps.

York opened the second quarter on a 2-0 run to tie the game, 3-3, in the first five minutes. After a score for sophomore midfielder Thomas Cirillo to break the tie, 4-3, the team's alternated scoring for the rest of the half. Phipps and Lange both scored in the quarter, giving SU the one-goal lead into the half.

Senior goalkeeper Alex Taylor earned the win, making five saves in the effort.

The Sea Gulls now look forward to an NCAA quarterfinal game, taking on Denison University, which defeated Aurora University in another second-round game on Saturday; the game will take place on Wednesday, with the time and place to be determined.

Missouri Legislature Passes Bill to Withdraw from Common Core

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., – Both chambers of the Missouri legislature have passed a bill to end the state’s involvement in the Common Core educational standards. One final committee approval is required before sending the bill to the Governor’s desk for a signature.

House Bill 1490 (HB1490) passed through the state senate on May 1 by a 24-8 margin. It had previously passed the house by a 132-19 vote. Since the Senate version differed from the House version, the House had an opportunity to accept the amendments offered by the Senate, but refused. That sends the bill to a joint conference committee, with members of both chambers, to work out the differences in the bill and finalized the version going to the governor.

A spokesman for Rep. Bahr, the bill’s chief sponsor, said, “The conference was requested by the floor leader since the house passed a four page bill and the senate sent back a 44 page version. He did not feel like there would be enough time for all 150 house reps to pour over all of the new information in the bill to pass it speedily and also doing their duty.”


Vermont Maple Syrup Producer Complains: NBC Edited My Remarks to Support ‘Global Warming’

Sometimes the truth is much sweeter than the syrupy environmentalism of the national media.

While hyping the alleged effects on climate change, NBC’s May 6 “Nightly News” tried to localize the impact by citing a different problem in each region. The broadcast played a clip of Burr Morse, a seventh-generation maple syrup producer from Montpelier, Vermont, stating that this season’s weather had been too warm. Contrary to this clip’s implications, Morse told the MRC’s Business and Media Institute that cold weather actually did more to harm this year’s maple syrup season.


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Lost in the Fifties- Another Time, Another Place

Drug Makers Raising Prices On Prescription Medicines Because They Can

Imatinib, a cancer drug sold under the name Gleevec by Novartis, is a life-saving and life-prolonging medication. The question for many patients, however, is: how much are they willing to pay to prolong their lives, and how much profit a company can make from one medication before it becomes immoral.

Gleevec is a notable example of this phenomenon for one scary reason: patients who take it stay on the medication for years on end. Bloomberg Businessweek spoke to one patient who has been taking the pill since it was introduced in 2001. He pays $7,676 for a one-month supply, but the drug only cost one-third as much thirteen years ago. Why?

Because Novartis can. When drug companies merge or acquire each other, it’s helpful to their bottom line. When they sell more drugs in a given category, that puts drug companies in a better negotiating position with health insurers. Insurance companies “only” pay about $100 per pill for Gleevec.


Judge Rules Against Indiana Bureau Of Motor Vehicles On “0INK” License Plate Rejection

In the latest battle against seemingly arbitrary rules employed by many states when it comes to whether a personalized license plate is acceptable or not, a judge has ruled against the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles in a case involving an ex-police officer who was rejected when he tried to renew his “0INK” plate.

There doesn’t seem to be much rhyme or reason at the BMV, as it denied a request for “HATER” but was fine with “HATERS,” notes the Indianapolis Star, and it sounds like the judge agreed.

In a ruling that mentions our First Amendment rights, a superior court judge sided with the man who’d filed a lawsuit last year over the license plate. He wanted the plate with the verbal pig snort as “an ironic statement of pride in his profession.”


Eliminating the State Income Tax will Keep Jobs in Maryland Craig

Missouri just cut its income tax to 5.5%. Indiana's was cut to 3.2%. Kansas has cut again with the aim to eliminating the tax altogether. Once elected, as governor, I will make sure MD joins the crowd of states like North Carolina, Wisconsin and others seeking to eliminate the personal the personal income tax to relieve some of the burdens on individuals and businesses that hurt job growth and the economy. With the county piggyback taxes, Maryland's top rate is an oppressive 9%.

When I looked at business conditions, I recognized that our state needs small business growth immediately. Small businesses have typically been the source of most new jobs in the entire country. Under the O'Malley-Brown administration, 6500 businesses have either closed or left Maryland. Most small businesses pay taxes on personal income tax forms. Obviously then, cuts to these onerous taxes would lead to prosperity from what is now a barely sputtering economy. Encouraging "good old American ingenuity" is what the state should do, and as governor, I will get it done for you.