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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Hearing Examiner Rules Against Boy Who Chewed His Pastry Into A Gun Shape

A hearing examiner affirmed the suspension of an Anne Arundel County boy who chewed his breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun in what many have come to know as “the Pop-Tart case.”

In a 30-page opinion, hearing examiner Andrew W. Nussbaum supported a principal’s assertion that the suspension was based on a history of problems, not the pastry episode. “The evidence is clear that suspension is used as a last resort,” Nussbaum wrote.

The boy’s family asked to have his school records cleared of the incident, which occurred early last year, when he was 7 years old and in second grade. The findings and recommendation will go to the county Board of Education for a decision.

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Pamela Harris fought the law, and she won

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pamela Harris says she had one reason for going to battle with the powerful Service Employees International Union.

“ … I don’t want anyone to get between me and caring for my son,” Harris said Monday, shortly after learning the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to government unions that sought to organize home-care workers and others not directly employed by government.

The high court ruled 5-4 that groups, such as home-care workers, cannot be compelled to pay representation fees or dues to labor unions.

Harris, a Lake County mother, is caring for her adult disabled son, Josh, and receiving assistance from the state of Illinois to do so.

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Rand Paul Schools Hannity on ISIS and Iraq

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Santelli Slams America's 'Debt-Is-Wealth' Mentality

In American society, 'debt' and 'income' have become increasingly synonymous over the past 3 decades; but as Rick Santelli blasts (commonsensically), "they certainly shouldn't be." It appears the average joe has been led to this conclusion by the Central Banks. Rhetorically asking "where's the horsepower in the economy coming from?" Rick reflects on the auto-loan fears we discussed earlier, santelli notes that 55% of used cars (and 30% of new cars) are financed by subprime lenders... and rages, "if we continue as a country to fuel our consumerism with debt, there is no way the bond market's going to be wrong."

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Howard Vendors Question Rules On Festival Fare

Howard Countians celebrating the Fourth of July at Columbia's Lakefront this year can complement classic Independence Day fare such as hot dogs and hamburgers with a low-calorie side of reduced-fat chips or a pack of vegetables – and wash it all down with a Diet Coke.

On Friday, vendors running booths at the county's flagship fireworks event will have to comply with new regulations on their food and drink offerings for the first time since Howard County Executive Ken Ulman passed an executive order to ban sugary drinks and restrict other junk food in county buildings and at county-sponsored events.

While Ulman and health advocates have touted the regulations — the first and only of their kind in the state — as an important step in the fight against obesity, some vendors have balked at what they consider unnecessarily restrictive rules.

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Sorry, But It's Time To Remind You About The Possibility Of A Stock Market Crash

The stock market has had another good year so far.

Despite concerns about high prices (from people like me), stocks have meandered higher over the past 6 months. And they are now, once again, setting new all-time highs.

That's good for me, because I own stocks. But I'm not expecting this performance to continue.

In fact, the higher stocks move, the more concerned I get about a day (or days) of reckoning. Why? Because the higher stocks move, the farther their prices get farther away from the long-term average. This doesn't mean the market will crash anytime soon — or ever. But it does mean that, unless it's "different this time," stocks are likely to perform very poorly from this level over the next 7-10 years.

And it's not just price that concerns me.

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Economic Freedom

A couple of years ago, President Barack Obama, speaking on the economy, told an audience in Osawatomie, Kansas: "'The market will take care of everything,' they tell us. ... But here's the problem: It doesn't work. It has never worked. ... I mean, understand, it's not as if we haven't tried this theory."

To believe what the president and many others say about the market's not working requires that one be grossly uninformed or dishonest.

The key features of a free market system are private property rights and private ownership of the means of production. In addition, there's a large measure of peaceable voluntary exchange. By contrast, communist systems feature severely limited private property rights and government ownership or control of the means of production.

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Breaking News: Mandatory Evacuation Ordered For Hatteras Island

OUTER BANKS, N.C. (WAVY) — Many are keeping a close eye on Tropical Storm Arthur, especially folks in North Carolina along the Outer Banks. A mandatory evacuation has been ordered for Hatteras Island on Thursday.

Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency Wednesday as Tropical Storm Arthur moved toward the state. Later in the day, the National Weather Service issued a hurricane warning for all of Dare County.

Around 6 p.m., Dare County emergency management issued a mandatory evacuation for both visitors and residents of Hatteras Island, beginning at 5 a.m. Thursday. After that time, there will be no access to the island.

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Assateague Horse Recovering After Being Struck By Vehicle

ASSATEAGUE — A wild horse on Assateague apparently struck by a vehicle last Thursday evening appears to be on the mend, but with the arrival of the holiday weekend and the height of the summer season the incident illustrates the importance of giving the island’s most famous inhabitants plenty of space and observing the traffic laws.

Sometime last Thursday evening, Assateague wild horse N6EM, or Maggie, is believed to have been struck by a vehicle on the barrier island and suffered an injury to her right front leg along with other injuries characterized as “road rash.” There were no witnesses and the driver did not report the incident, but the evidence is fairly clear Maggie was struck by a vehicle and injured.
“We assume she got hit by a vehicle,” said Assateague Island National Seashore Science Communicator Kelly Taylor. “No one witnessed it, but it’s a safe assumption based on the evidence and the horse’s condition. She was limping badly and had road rash and black markings on her side because the road in that area was recently paved.”

Taylor said a visitor to the island reported the injured horse to park rangers, who then found Maggie and assessed her condition to make sure she was okay.

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EXTREME HEAT AND THUNDERSTORMS


(Salisbury, MD)  The National Weather Service is predicting continued high temperatures through tomorrow with the potential for high heat indices. Temperatures will be in the upper 90 degrees with the heat index reaching over 100 degrees.  As temperatures and heat indices rise, so does the risk for heat related illness.
Infants, young children, young athletes, obese persons, those older than 65 years of age, and those persons with diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease or a mental illness are at highest risk for heat related illness.   Family, friends, and neighbors who are at high risk will need extra help and residents should consider how they can help someone they know get to an air-conditioned place, if needed. “Air-conditioning is the number one protective factor against heat-related illness and death” says Lori Brewster, Health Officer for the health department.  “If your home is not air-conditioned, go to any public facility such as the mall or library to seek relief.” 
Health Officials are offering some tips to help you and others stay healthy and safe during extreme weather:
·       Seek air-conditioned environments such as malls, libraries and public places.  Stay indoors.
·       Schedule outdoor activities before 10:00 am and after 6:00 pm.
·       Minimize direct exposure to the sun; if you must be outdoors, seek shade.
·       Stay hydrated – regularly drink water or other nonalcoholic fluids.
·       Eat light, cool, easy-to-digest foods such as fruit or salads.
·       Check on others: co-workers, the elderly, and those living alone. 
·       Wear loose fitting, light-colored clothes.
·       Bring pets indoors.  If they must remain outside make sure they have shade and plenty of clean,fresh water.
·       Be sure listen to local news or NOAA Weather Radio for emergency updates. Watch for signs of a storm, like darkening skies, lightning flashes or increasing wind.
·       Bring in all loose items from outside. Objects that are too big to bring in must be securely anchored.

Conserve energy during a summer heat wave:
·        Set air conditioning unit to "low" or your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher, especially when not at home.
·        Keep your shades drawn during the day. At night, open your windows to let the cool air in.
·        Limit the use of appliances that use a lot of energy.
·        Turn off appliances when not in use. 
·        Run washing machine and dishwasher during off-peak hours. Save laundry and dishes for nights and weekends, when overall energy use is lower.
·        Change or clean the air filters in your air conditioners once a month.

In the event of a power outage, follow these basic safety precautions.

·        Follow food safety guidelines during a power outage. If the power is out for less than two hours, the food in your refrigerator and freezer will be safe to eat. But if the power is out for longer, you will want to pack your perishable, non-frozen foods in a cooler with ice. Frozen foods will be OK for about 48 hours. You can find other tips on how to protect your food before a power loss and know whether it's safe to eat afterward on CDC’s website at:http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/poweroutage/needtoknow.asp

·        Turn off appliances with sensitive electronics, such as stereos, televisions, and computers. Power surges that often occur when electricity is turned back on can damage appliances.

·        Try to conserve water during an outage. The pump systems that remove water and waste from your home into a sewer or septic tank are dependent on electricity and the sewage holding tanks in your home or community have limited storage capacity. So keep showers to a minimum, avoid washing clothes, and flush the toilet as little as possible while the power is out.


At this time, no cooling centers have been opened.  For local and updated cooling center information, facts on heat related illness, or additional tips on how to stay cool, visit the Wicomico County Health Department's website at www.wicomicohealth.org

SHA TO DELAY US 50 KELLEY BRIDGE OPENING BY ONE HOUR FOR FIREWORKS

Bridge Extended Closure Allows Travelers to Safely Exit After Annual Fireworks Show

(July 2, 2014) – The State Highway Administration (SHA) will temporarily keep the eastbound and westbound lanes of the US 50 Harry W. Kelley drawbridge closed to boat traffic for an additional hour to accommodate the large number of motorists who are expected to be traveling out of the resort area after the annual fireworks display.

This Friday, July 4th, the US 50 drawbridge will not open for marine traffic from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. to accommodate the traffic that immediately follows the annual Ocean City fireworks show. Should inclement weather prevent the fireworks event from taking place as planned and it is postponed to the following evening, the drawbridge will not open from 10 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 5th.

The bridge will operate under its normal summer schedule during all other times. Plan ahead to reach travel destinations and events by using MD511 for travel time and “Reach the Beach” information. Visit www.md511.org and www.ocwalksmart.com to learn more about traveling safely by car, bike or on foot.

The Next Global Meltdown Is Baked In: Connecting The Dots Between Oil, Debt, Interest Rates And Risk

The bottom line is the Fed can only keep the machine duct-taped together by suppressing the market's pricing of risk.

One of the Grand Narratives of our era is the substitution of debt for income: as earned income and disposable income have stagnated for 40 years, the gap between the rising cost of living and stagnant household income has been filled by borrowed money.

Money has been borrowed to replace income everywhere: consumers have borrowed money to buy things they otherwise couldn't afford, students have borrowed over $1 trillion to attend college, governments have borrowed money to fund wars and social spending, corporations have borrowed money to buy back their own shares, pushing stock prices higher.

There's one little problem with debt: interest must be paid on debt. Let's focus for a second on the difference between cash income and borrowing money. Cash doesn't cost money to maintain; debt does. In a functioning economy (as opposed to the dysfunctional mess we have now), cash would earn income from interest paid by borrowers.

If cash income is saved, the cash can buy stuff without debt or interest payments. That is a powerful advantage over debt.

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Critics Who Claim Voter ID Laws Are Racist Won’t Like the Results of This Study

If there was a hidden agenda behind North Carolina’s voter ID law to suppress minority turnout – as the law’s opponents claim – it hasn’t worked, based on a study showing not only more voters overall, but an increase in black voter turnout especially, after the law’s implementation.

The findings came before a scheduled hearing next week where the U.S. Justice Department will ask a U.S. District Court for an injunction against the law going into the November midterms. The Obama administration has argued that such a law will make it more difficult for minorities to vote.

Comparing May 4, 2010 North Carolina primary election data with the May 14, 2014 primary data, the study found that voter turnout increased across the board, but particularly among black voters, where it increased by 29.5 percent, compared to an increase of white voter turnout of 13.7 percent. The findings were based on Census Bureau data and public names who signed the voter rolls.

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How Hot Does It Have To Get Before They Open The Cooling Stations In Wicomico County?

 

Fed Is Ignoring Signs of Inflation

Inflation is soaring, and the Federal Reserve is looking away.

It has printed trillions of dollars to save big banks from their financial crisis debauchery and to keep interest rates low to spur economic recovery, but those have not improved the lot of ordinary Americans.

Here are five things you should know:

1. Inflation Is Heating Up

The Fed target is 2 percent inflation, but since March the pace has quickened. In May, the Consumer Price Index, the data the government uses to adjust Social Security and other benefits, increased at an eye-popping 4.3 percent annual rate.

Troubles in Iraq are pushing up gas prices, and growth in China is creating huge demand for grain on global markets, increasing meat, dairy and other grocery prices.

July 4th Celebration Rescheduled, Fireworks on Saturday in Two Great Locations

It’s better to be safe than sorry and when the projected inclement weather threatened to impact Friday’s holiday fireworks celebration, Town of Ocean City officials agreed that rescheduling the event was the best bet! Both fireworks celebrations, one held at Northside Park and the other in the area of N. Division Street and the beach, have been rescheduled for Saturday, July 5.

“Due to the passing storm and the probable residual effects of the weather, including wind and rain, it would be logistically challenging to hold the fireworks shows on Friday,” commented Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan. “We are expecting some wet weather on Thursday night and into Friday morning, which makes it nearly impossible to set-up the fireworks show on the beach in enough time for Friday night. Alternatively, the weather over the weekend looks beautiful so Saturday is the safest choice.”

Aside from the date change, operations for the holiday will remain mostly the same. The Town of Ocean City will still host celebrations in two great locations offering music and fireworks displays for free. At Northside Park, 125th Street and the bay, patriotic music will begin at 8 p.m. with the spectacular fireworks display lighting up the sky at 9:30 p.m. The U.S. Army Drum Downrange and Baylee Morrison will not perform.

On the south end of town, you can head to Ocean City’s famous Boardwalk with its bright lights, assortment of food, family fun and more fantastic fireworks. Performing the first show on the new Caroline Street Stage, Frankie & the Pack will take the stage at 8 p.m. with fireworks filling the sky beginning at 9:30 p.m.

The $50 flat-fee for all day parking in the Inlet Lot will now be applied on July 5. The fee, which is good for one-entry, will allow visitors to come as early as 5:30 a.m. and stay as late as midnight, without being charged an hourly parking rate. In addition, a late entry fee will be permitted based on availability at 3 p.m. for a fee of $30, also allowing one-entry only. Once the lot fills, visitors will be encouraged to use neighboring parking lots, including Worcester Street, Somerset Street, Dorchester Street, North Division Street, 4th Street and the West Ocean City Park & Ride. The normal “ticketed” parking operations will return at 12 a.m. on July 6.

Parking is extremely limited at both locations. It is recommended that visitors take the bus. Bus service is $3 ride all day. The West Ocean City Park & Ride on Route 50 is just west of the Route 50 Bridge and offers free parking and $3 ride-all-day shuttle service to downtown. Also, area boaters should note that on the evening of July 5, the span of the Route 50 Bridge will remain closed to marine traffic at the usually scheduled 10:25 p.m. and 10:55 p.m. opening times. The Route 50 Bridge will reopen for boaters at 11:25 p.m. on the evening of July 5.

“The expected weather left a lot of uncertainty and several logistical complications on Friday evening,” Meehan continued. “We know a lot of our guests are traveling a long distance to watch our holiday celebration and we would hate to have had to disappoint them. The weather for Saturday, on the other hand, looks beautiful.

With a beautiful setting and two great fireworks events, we hope our guests will come early and stay late to celebrate America’s birthday at the beach.”

For more information about the holiday activities, call Town of Ocean City Communications Manager, Jessica Waters, at 410.289.8967.

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Video: Cop Goes Ballistic On Wheelchair-Bound Man


The entire command staff of the police department in Lafayette, Indiana recommended Lt. Tom Davidson be fired for shoving a man in a wheelchair onto the street last year, but the department’s Civil Service Commission decided instead to issue a 30-day suspension and place the officer on supervisory probation for a year.

Police Chief Patrick Flannelly made that revelation Tuesday as he released a dashcam video of the Oct. 1 wheelchair incident, nine months after it happened.

In the video, Lt. Tom Davidson, who has been on the force since 1995, is engaged in a conversation with Nicholas Kincade, 25, who uses a motorized wheelchair.
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Hillary Clinton's air of 'inevitability' evaporating

Hillary Clinton needs a conscience transplant, and she needs it now. Her book tour is in a shambles, the fate of her $14 million advance from her publisher is marooned somewhere in limbo. She’s under 50 percent approval for the first time in the presidential polling for 2016, and, scariest of all, she’s having to call on Bubba for help. She knows better than to become merely “a wife of,” but 2014 is beginning to smell like 2008, and she’s Miss Inevitability once more. This is dj vu all over again.

Some of the learned pundits, who only yesterday were writing about “the five reasons why Hillary is a lock for the White House,” are writing now about “five reasons why Hillary won’t run.” The budding consensus is that (1) she’s just not very good at politics; (2) there’s no “fire in the tummy”; (3) who wants to clean up after Barack Obama, any way; (4) the country wants real change; and (5) another round of “Clinton, Bush, Clinton” with children of both families waiting in the wings, is thrilling nobody.

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Detectives Seek Public’s Help in Identifying Suspects Involved in an Attempted Robbery of an Elderly Man






Seaford, DE - The Delaware State Police are asking the public’s assistance in attempting to identify two subjects involved in the attempted robbery and assault of an elderly man.

The incident took place on Saturday June 14, 2014 at approximately 6:30 a.m. when a 78 year old male victim was approached outside of the Royal Farms, located at 8800 Concord Road, by a black female who asked him for help due to mechanical issues with her vehicle. As the male victim was walking to his vehicle to retrieve a paper towel in order to check the oil in the female’s vehicle, the female suspect began following him. When the victim turned around to face the female, he was sprayed in the eyes with pepper spray. The female suspect then attempted to take the victim’s wallet from his pants pocket, but the victim was able to cover his pocket with his hands and move away. The female, along with a black male who was accompanying her, then fled the area in their own vehicle in an unknown direction.

The female suspect was described as 5’04”-5’06” tall, 120-30 lbs., medium skin tone, dark colored hair, wearing multi-colored pajama bottoms and a dark colored t-shirt.

The male suspect was described as a black male with short dark hair, wearing a white tank top with green lettering across the front, tan shorts and tan sneakers. (No further physical description)

Suspects operating an older model white Chevrolet Blazer with unknown registration.

Surveillance photos attached.

If anyone has any information on these subjects or this incident, they are asked to contact Sgt. G. Windish at 302-856-5850 ext. 218 or by utilizing the Delaware State Police Mobile Crime Tip Application available to download at: http://www.delaware.gov/apps/. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."

Detectives Seek Public’s Help in Identifying Motor Vehicle Theft Suspect



Seaford, DE - The Delaware State Police are asking the public’s assistance in attempting to identify a subject involved in the theft of a Clark's Pool truck.

The incident took place on Saturday June 7, 2014 at approximately 3:30 a.m. when an unknown subject entered the north parking lot of Clark's Pools located at 22855 Sussex Highway. The subject unhitched the tractor portion from the water tanker trailer and then drove the truck off the lot in an unknown direction. The truck is a 2002 Kenworth Tractor with Delaware registration CL112016 and has a Clark's Swimming Pools decal on the side doors

The suspect depicted in the surveillance photos was wearing jeans, a sweat shirt, white shoes, and dark colored gloves.

If anyone has any information on this subject or this incident, they are asked to contact Detective J. Jones at 302-856-5850 ext. 227 or by utilizing the Delaware State Police Mobile Crime Tip Application available to download at: http://www.delaware.gov/apps/. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."

5 Human Foods You Should Be Feeding Your Pet

Most of the time, pet owners are cautioned to never feed their furry friends "people food." Veterinarians often remind pet owners that chocolate, grapes, and raisins can be poison to dogs and cats and that onions can cause a life-threatening form of anemia. And while broccoli, cauliflower, and other vegetables in the brassica family (cruciferous vegetables) can be healthy additions to diet, but can have a troublesome affect on thyroid function unless they're cooked before feeding.

But there are human foods that, when used as a supplement to a dog or cat's diet, can be quite beneficial to their health. Our pets have thrived on our leftovers for hundreds of years, but with increasingly unhealthy diet choices in human meals, we need to be careful what we offer our pets from our own plates.

Human foods such as meats, fish, cheeses, and other animal products can be used regularly in a healthy pet's diet. We just have to be sensible about what we feed, and, of course, how much.

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Don’t Mess with Messiahs

Whenever things go wrong, it’s the fault of those obstructionists in Congress.

In Obama’s most recent — and embarrassing — public whine, he lashed out at the once-obsequious press. In his now customary first-person I/me/my/mine lament (e.g., “They don’t do anything, except block me and call me names. . . . If they were more interested in growing the economy for you and the issues that you are talking about instead of trying to mess with me, we would be doing a lot better. . . . The critics, the cynics in Washington, they’ve written me off more times than I can count.”), he lambasted the partisan culture of Washington. He lashed out at the Tea Party, the House Republicans, his opponents in general, and all those who would unreasonably oppose his blanket amnesties, his climate-change taxes and regulations, the shutdown of the Keystone-pipeline project, Obamacare, and $9 trillion in new debt.

Apparently someone other than Obama is in charge when the IRS goes rogue, the VA implodes, the Justice Department goes after Associated Press reporters, the consulate in Benghazi is overrun, the NSA taps the phones of allied leaders, Iraq is torn apart, the Middle East melts down, or we trade five terrorist kingpins for an American deserter. Obama’s impromptu adolescent moaning was bizarre and reminds us again why he would be wiser to stay close to his teleprompter.

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Delaware Now Allows Electronic Proof Of Auto Insurance

Insurance Commissioner Karen Weldin Stewart is alerting drivers in Delaware that Delaware law-enforcement officials now accept proof of auto insurance (insurance ID card) in physical or electronic format. House Bill 258 w/HA 1 states that law-enforcement will now accept electronic proof of insurance on “a cellular phone or any type of portable electronic device.”

While this bill will make it easier for drivers in Delaware to prove that they have the proper insurance coverage Stewart recommends that drivers continue to keep a current physical copy of their insurance ID card in their vehicle at all times.

Stewart noted, “I applaud the Delaware legislature and Gov. Jack Markell for passing and enacting this legislation that will now allow for electronic proof of auto insurance. Delaware is now the 37th state to allow this proof of insurance coverage. However, I suggest that all drivers still keep a physical copy of their current insurance ID card in their vehicle in case your cell phone [or other portable electronic device] has a dead battery or can’t get a signal when you need to show your proof of coverage. Additionally, not all of the states in the region accept electronic proof of auto insurance, including New Jersey, New York and West Virginia. You don’t want to be caught without the proper proof of insurance when traveling.”

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The Best Birthday Present

America needs its citizens to fight for the things that made us great.

Birthdays are supposed to be times for celebration and gift-giving. But America’s upcoming birthday on the Fourth of July is a time when the gift most needed is an urgent warning about the dangers of losing the things that have made this country America — and that have long made “America” a ringing word of freedom, not only in this country but to people around the world.

All is not lost. But all could be lost — especially if too many of us take freedom for granted and focus our attention on other things, such as electronic gadgets and the antics of celebrities, while ignoring such dangers as nuclear weapons in the hands of suicidal fanatics with a track record of savagery, whom we are too squeamish to call anything stronger than “militants.”

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SFD Calls For Service 7-1--14

  • Tuesday July, 1 2014 @ 20:57Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
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GOVERNOR O'MALLEY ISSUES STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF FORMER PRINCE GEORGE's COUNTY EXECUTIVE WAYNE K. CURRY

ANNAPOLIS, MD (July 2, 2014) – Governor O’Malley issued the following statement on the death of former Prince George’s County Executive Wayne K. Curry:

"Today I join the Prince George's County community and Marylanders across the State in mourning the loss of my friend and one of Maryland's most forward- thinking leaders, Wayne Curry. As Prince George's County Executive, Mr. Curry led the County through one of the most transformative periods in its history, overseeing the County's explosive population and economic growth.

"Over the course of the eight years we worked together, I witnessed his tireless advocacy on behalf of the people he served and his fearless efforts to advance causes beneficial to Prince George's County and the African-American community statewide. Katie and I, along with many around our State, offer our deepest condolences to the family of County Executive Curry."

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Why There Will Be No Revolution

I recently read an article on the Left-wing website in Great Britain, The Guardian. This has been the most consistently Left-wing publication in Great Britain. It was part of the organized Left as early as the 1920's, and it has never varied in the slightest.

The author interviewed a former American spy. The spy is a very well read man. But he cannot think straight. He is a super Leftist. He talks about "the commons." He does not like private property. He sees all of capitalism as an attempt to take away from the commons and privatize wealth. But there never was a state-free commons. The commons was always a state agency. Throughout men's history, when there is common land, it is run by an agency that possesses political power. It possesses the power of coercion. Every time you see the word "commons," think "commissars." You don't have commons without commissars.

This man is singing the same old song that he sang in his youth. He says there's going to be a revolution. No, there isn't. He says that the open source technology will create the revolution. No, it won't.

The essence of revolution is centralized power. Engels knew this early, and reminded us of it for years. There is nothing more centralizing than a revolution. Every revolution in history has moved towards the centralization of power, including the American Revolution. This ex-spy, singing the songs of his youth, says that we are right at the edge of a revolution.

We are at the edge of a non-revolution.

What we're seeing is decentralization. We are seeing the breakup of the equivalent of the Roman Empire. There was no revolution against the Roman Empire. It simply disintegrated. The medieval world was a time of enormous decentralization.

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The Sham Boom

A trifecta of disappointment last week...

First, the inflation number came down the track faster than expected. Then GDP lumbered across the finish line, lower than expected. And finally, at the end of last week, the poor consumer practically broke a leg in the home stretch.

As you know, dear reader, the idea behind the Fed’s ZIRP and QE policies is to stimulate demand. More demand – meaning more consumers spending more money they don’t have on more things they don’t need – is supposed to be a good thing.

Fed economists have bet trillions of dollars on it. Not their money, of course. Each year, since 2008, they’ve put money on the consumer nag. And each year, he’s failed to win, place or even show up. Then the following year, they’ve doubled down… with the chant “the consumer is back.”

Ersatz Money

The US economy is 70% consumer spending, reason the geniuses at the Fed. So anything they can do to boost consumer spending will also boost the economy. This sort of simpleminded logic is either breathtakingly naïve or mind-bogglingly stupid. Consumers need to have money to spend before they can spend it. If the economy is working properly, they earn it from honest bussing and schlepping.

But suppose the economy is in a funk? Then what are they supposed to do? No problem, say the economists. We’ll just create it. This ersatz money is supposed to stimulate the consumer to spend… whereupon, businesses will spring to life. They’ll offer him a job, boost his wages… and then he’ll have real money to spend!

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Subrpime 2.0 Spreads To Cars: OCC Warns Of Auto-Loan Risks

It would appear that the exuberance over today's better-than-expected car sales data should be tempered significantly. Confirming our warnings, as the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) explains, across the industry, auto lenders are pursuing growth by lengthening terms, increasing advance rates, and originating loans to borrowers with lower credit scores. With average loan-to-value rates above 100%, they have an ominous warning: "risk in auto-lending is beginning to emerge." We are sure this will be dismissed (just as the BIS' warning has been), but with surging charge-offs and increased repackaging (CLOs), and banks holding a lot of this debt, this 'bubble-financing' has all the ingredients for subprime 2.0 contagion.

Auto-loans are surging... Subprime auto-loans were up 10-fold in 2013...

As OCC reports,

Auto lending remained a highly competitive product segment, as strong growth continued through the end of 2013.

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Maryland Appeals Court Restricts Who Can Be Listed On State’s Sex-Offender Registry

One-fourth of the names on Maryland’s sex-offender registry might be removed after the state’s top court on Monday expanded upon a ruling that adding offenders from before the list was created violated the state’s Constitution.

The Court of Appeals declared last year that the state could not require the registration of people who committed their crimes before October 1995, when the database was established. State officials removed the one name in question in that case but maintained that federal law required them to keep older cases in the database.

On Monday, the judges ruled in that case and another one that federal law doesn’t override the state’s Constitution.

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Obama Will 'Start to Lose Democrats' with Power Grab

George Washington law professor Jonathan Turley, who self-identifies as a liberal and has supported President Barack Obama on numerous issues, argued that that the president’s attempts to expand the power of the executive branch will “cause serious problems,” and will “start to lose Democrats.”

Turley characterized the Obama administration’s recent defeats at the Supreme Court “an as abysmal 10 days for this administration, the worst of any modern day president,” and added “it doesn't get much worse than this for a president.” Turley argued that today’s Hobby Lobby decision was “a very, very rough decision for the administration.”

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Above the law Cops Caught Speeding to Dunkin’ Donuts

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Former IRS Attorney Donated $12,831 to Democrats

(CNSNews.com) -- Former IRS attorney Jennifer O’Connor, who now works in the White House Counsel’s office, donated a total of $12,831 to Democrat candidates and parties between 2008 and 2012, which included donations to the Barack Obama campaign and to the Hillary Clinton campaign, according torecords from OpenSecrets.gov.

O’Connor made headlines when sheevaded questions about the IRS-Tea Party scandal at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on Tuesday, June 24.

Oversight Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) subpoenaed O’Connor to testify after the White House initially declined to make her available on a voluntary basis.

According to testimony from the IRS chief counsel Neil Eggleston, O’Connorwas hired by the IRS for the sole purpose of overseeing the agency’s response to congressional investigations of the IRS targeting scandal.

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Buses With Migrant Families Rerouted Amid Protest

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Homeland Security buses carrying migrant children and families were rerouted Tuesday to a facility in San Diego after American flag-waving protesters blocked the group from reaching a suburban processing center.

The standoff in Murrieta came after Mayor Alan Long urged residents to complain to elected officials about the plan to transfer the Central American migrants to California to ease overcrowding of facilities along the Texas-Mexico border.

Many protesters held U.S. flags, while others held signs reading "stop illegal immigration," and "illegals out!"

"We can't start taking care of others if we can't take care of our own," protester Nancy Greyson, 60, of Murrieta, told the Desert Sun newspaper.

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Proposal Would Mean Underground Parking At The National Mall

There could be invisible construction on the National Mall in a few years. An underground parking lot would solve a lot of problems, proponents say, including giving tourists a place to park, use the restroom and get tour buses off the streets.

The proposed underground lot is aimed at serving tourists, says Judy Scott Feldman with the National Mall Underground Project.

"They want a place to put the car and not have to move it every two hours given parking restrictions. We need something that's aimed at people who want to see our national memorials and museums," Feldman says.

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"Hot Girl Knows Her Rights with Police Tells Off Border Patrol Police Officers"

Here Is The 2700 Page Obama Care Condensed To 4 Sentences

Here is the 2700 page Obama Care condensed to 4 sentences.....
As it seems to be working, this is according to plan
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1. In order to insure the uninsured, we first have to un-insure the insured.
2. Next, we require the newly un-insured to be re-insured.
3. To re-insure the newly un-insured, they are required to pay extra charges to be re-insured.
4. The extra charges are required so that the original insured, who became un-insured,  and then became re-insured, can pay enough extra so that the original un-insured  can be insured, free of charge to them.
 
(This is called “redistribution of wealth” … or, by its more common name, socialism.)

Biden Warns Of Telephone Scams

Attorney General Beau Biden alerts Delawareans to be on the lookout for two telephone scams that have been reported to his office and appear to be on the rise in Delaware. The callers appear to be targeting the elderly, but Biden warned that all consumers may be at risk in these frauds.

“Criminals are always looking for new ways to manipulate consumers and defraud them,” Biden said. “That’s why we’re alerting the public to two recent scams featuring unsolicited phone calls to consumers. By recognizing the signs of a scam you’ll be better prepared to protect yourself against scams and fraud.”

In the first scam, consumers receive unsolicited phone calls from individuals who claim to be a member of local law enforcement or federal agent. The caller notifies the consumer that they have an unpaid parking violation or traffic ticket or owe a tax, and consumers report that the callers harass or threaten them with jail or fines in order to obtain personal data and debit/credit card information from them.

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ISIS Declares A Caliphate; Crucifies 9 Syrian Rebels For Being "Too Moderate"

Erstwhile leader of ISIS, Sheikh Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi has declared himself Caliphate, Amir Al-Mu'minin - Leader of Believers, as militants bear down on Baghdad. This comes as the extremist group demands that all Al-Qaeda and Jihadi branches must now pledge allegiance to ISIS.. if not there are consequences as nine rebels have been crucified for being too 'moderate' or accused of receiving support from Western powers. We suspect this may slow 'demand' for Obama's latest cunning plan to offer 'aid' to only "moderate" terrorists.

ISIS have declared their Caliphate.

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Oh Deer!



Yesterday afternoon I was walking around the corner of our home in Ocean City and I stopped in my tracks, pulled out my cell phone and snapped a couple pictures. 

Now you might be concentrating on the cat but if you look in the background there's a beautiful deer that frequents the property on a daily basis. NOTHING spooks this deer. 

Several times I would sit on the front porch and the deer will walk right past me, even when I'm holding a conversation on the phone. 

Maryland's High Court Ruling could scrub quarter of sex offender registry

One-fourth of the names on Maryland's sex offender registry could be removed after the state's top court on Monday expanded on an earlier ruling that adding offenders from before the list was created violated the state constitution.

The Court of Appeals declared last year that the state could not require the registration of people who committed their crimes before October 1995, when the database was established. State officials removed the one name in question in that case but maintained that federal law required them to keep older cases in the database.

On Monday, the judges ruled in that case and another one that federal law doesn't override the state constitution.

"Where we have declared the retroactive application of Maryland's sex offender registry to be unconstitutional, the State must remove [the men's] information from the registry," Judge Clayton Greene Jr. wrote for the court.

Activists for sex offender rights, who say the registries are punitive and do little to protect future victims, hailed the ruling, but victims' advocates expressed disappointment. They see the registry as a useful tool to alert families to potential predators in their midst

As many as 1,800 of the state's 8,000 or so registered sex offenders could be affected by the decisions, and other cases are pending that could expand the number of people whose names are scrubbed.

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4th of July DUI Checkpoint - Drug Dogs, Searched without Consent, while Innocent

Seaford Man Charged In Bomb Threat At Del Tech

A 40-year-old Seaford man faces charges after police say he called in a bomb threat June 24 at Delaware Technical Community College causing the evacuation of the campus.

The campus was evacuated at 2:51 p.m. after David C. Detwiler called the school to report a bomb, said Lt. Lawrence Grose of the Georgetown Police Department.

Bomb-sniffing dogs were used to check the campus, and they alerted several times on a trash can, although nothing was found, Grose said.

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Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Press Release

On June 27, 2014 at 1546 hours a Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Deputy stopped a vehicle at 63rd Street and Coastal Highway for an equipment violation. The Deputy identified the driver as Brenden Waller, 20, of Ocean Pines, Maryland. A K9 scan was conducted on the vehicle. The K-9 alerted to possible C.D.S. A search of the vehicle was conducted. The Deputy recovered suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia, Percocet, and a replica handgun which was contained in the glove compartment of the vehicle and Mr. Waller was arrested and charged with Possession of a controlled dangerous substance. Mr. Waller was later taken to the District Court Commissioner and released pending trial.

On June 29, 2014 at approximately 0214 hours, a Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Deputy observed vehicle travelling west bound on Route 50 in Berlin with a broken tail light. The Deputy began to follow the vehicle. The Vehicle began traveling at a high rate of speed. The vehicle was also swerving all over the roadway and weaving in and out of traffic. The Deputy stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Edward Allen Golden 2nd, 27, of Preston, Md. Mr. Golden acted confused and disoriented and had the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath. Mr. Golden did poorly on field sobriety tests and was arrested. Mr. Golden was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. He was released pending trial.

This Cognitive Tool Helped Thomas Edison Discover His Inventions

Back in 1887, Thomas Edison and his crew in West Orange, New Jersey, invented one of the first ways to view a motion picture: a kinetoscope.

It was like a super early version of the film projector. A string of photographs would flash across a peephole, where folks could view a moving image.

As National Geographic notes, Edison was tipped to the idea from the British photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Muybridge made images like the below gif, which clued Edison to the fact that motion could be conveyed through a series of photos.

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Almonds Reduce Heart Disease Risk, Study Shows

A new study shows that eating almonds can reduce the risk of heart disease by keeping blood vessels healthy.

Researchers found that the nuts significantly increase the amount of antioxidants in the bloodstream, reduce blood pressure, and improve blood flow. These findings support the theory that Mediterranean diets with lots of nuts have significant health benefits.

The study was conducted at Aston University in Birmingham, UK. Researchers tested the effects of a short-term almond-enriched diet on healthy young and middle-aged men as well as on a group of young men with cardiovascular risk factors including having high blood pressure or being overweight.

Almonds contain an abundance of beneficial substances such as vitamin E and healthy fats, fiber, and flavonoids. The researchers believe it is likely to be the combination of all these components working together to create the overall health benefits rather than just one particular nutrient in isolation.

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Letter from Detroit: Black mob violence finds new part of town

Black mobs are now invading downtown Detroit.

This is different than what usually happens there.

This recent black mob violence represents a shattering an uneasy and informal truce in that town: No funny business in the downtown area.

Now the local media is struggling to cover it in a way that does not show the violence is from black mobs.

Here’s the article. “Rowdies shift downtown.”

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LIVE: NASA to Test Suborbital Rocket Technologies during Launch from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia

T-10 minutes and counting. Targeted launch time for ‪#‎subtec6‬ is 0436.

Watch the launch live HERE

4 Life Lessons That Lead To Happiness, Success, And Longevity

We see an endless stream of one-off studies in the news.

This makes you healthy. Wait, no, it doesn't. Oh hold on, yes, it does. Um, no, no it doesn't…

Unless we can somehow put them all into perspective, these little drips and drabs of knowledge really aren't much more than trivia.

What happens when you study entire lives?

When you check in on big groups of people again and again for decades?

What do you learn about what makes a good life? About what makes us all happy? What makes us thrive? What leads to success? And what doesn't?

This isn't just a thought experiment.

The Grant Study followed a group of 268 men for 75 years. The Terman Study started in 1921 with 1528 children and is still ongoing.

So when we look at these studies, what life lessons can we learn to make sure our own lives are more fulfilling, happy and successful?
1. "Happiness is love. Full Stop."

When asked to succinctly summarize his findings, what did George Valliant, who shepherded the Grant Study, say? "Happiness is love. Full Stop."

Via Triumphs of Experience: The seventy-five years and twenty million dollars expended on the Grant Study points, at least to me, to a straightforward five-word conclusion: "Happiness is love. Full stop." Virgil, of course, needed only three words to say the same thing, and he said them a very long time ago — Omnia vincit amor, love conquers all — but unfortunately he had no data to back them up.

The Terman Study agrees — having a large social network and nurturing relationships adds years to your life.

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