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Saturday, July 05, 2014

Gotta Luv The Rednecks......

 



Guess which U.S. right foreigners value most

'Without the 2nd Amendment, there are no other amendments'

WASHINGTON —
As America celebrates the 238th anniversary of the Founding Fathers’ decision to break from Great Britain, an outsider is telling WND it’s clear what made the unlikely revolution possible, and successful.

An armed citizenry.

“If the colonists had not had the means of defending themselves they would never have been able to throw off the chains of tyranny and bring forth a new birth of freedom on the American continent,” said Nick Adams, an Australian celebrity who is coming out with the a book, “The American Boomerang.”

He comes from a perspective where an entire generation hasn’t had the freedom to protect themselves already.

He said many things about America are exceptional, but he singles out the Second Amendment and the preference for individual freedom over state control as unique circumstances.

“Without the Second Amendment, there are no other amendments: the rest of the Constitution is a recommendation,” he noted.

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Chicago: 37 Shot, 3 Fatally, in Surge of Holiday Weekend Violence

A surge of overnight violence struck Chicago on the Fourth of July with at least 22 people shot overnight, bringing the total number of people shot since the long holiday weekend began to 37.

The holiday’s latest homicide involved a young man who was killed late Friday night after being shot by police officers in the Portage Park neighborhood.

Police said officers approached the man just before 10 p.m. in the 3800 block of North Cicero Avenue when they saw “an object protruding from his waistband” and tried to stop him. The man fled the scene and pointed a “large revolver” at pursuing officers, according to a statement from Chicago police.

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Ron Paul: Immigrant Surge Creates 'Serious' Border Health Crisis

The ongoing crush of children illegally entering the United States has sparked a major health crisis at hospitals along the nation's border, Ron Paul, a former Texas congressman and Republican presidential candidate, tells Newsmax TV.

"Our hospitals have already been under siege by immigrants,'' Paul, an obstetrician, said Wednesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show.''

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‘Beating a Great-Grandmother in Broad Daylight’: Family of Woman Seen in Video Repeatedly Punched by Cop Want Heads to Roll

LOS ANGELES (TheBlaze/AP) — The family of a woman seen on a cellphone video repeatedly punched in the head by a California Highway Patrol officer want authorities held accountable for “beating a great-grandmother in broad daylight,” according to a Los Angeles attorney.

“We want the focus to be what he was doing to her, not what she was doing” prior to the confrontation, said attorney Career Harper, who said she is representing the family. “She was getting beat like an animal. No one should ever be beat like that.”

The video shows the woman struggling and trying to sit up while the officer pins her down on the side of Interstate 10 and punches her in the face and head until an off-duty law enforcement officer appears and helps him handcuff her.

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The 12 Mathematicians Who Set The Stage For The Modern World

Mathematics is an increasingly central part of our world and an immensely fascinating realm of thought.

But long before the development of the math that gave us computers, quantum mechanics, and GPS satellites, generations of brilliant minds — spanning from the ancient Greeks through the eighteenth century — built up the basic mathematical ideas and tools that sit at the foundation of our understanding of math and its relationship to the world.

Here are 12 of the most brilliant of those minds and some of their contributions to the great chain of mathematics.

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How Our World Would Look If You Were A Bird

Central Park, New York City (Sergey Semenov)

Maze at Longleat, England (archive.4plebs.org)

Barcelona (Aldas Kirvaitis)
Famous landmarks like the Arc Du Triumph, the Pyramids of Giza, and the Sagrada Familia have been photographed countless times by photographers from around the world, and they are recognizable to most, if not all, of us. But this collection of stunning aerial photographs gives us a bird’s-eye-view of these places, casting them in a totally new light.

Most of the pictures are of places or things that most of us could easily identify right away. The images illustrate just how much a change in perspective can alter. It’s also worth noting that a few of these sites, like the Pyramids of Giza and the hotels in Dubai, were designed with an aerial perspective in mind. The designs of certain Dubai hotels can only be appreciated fully from above, and some theorize that the Pyramids of Giza were meant to be aligned with the stars in Orion’s Belt.

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What A Pleasant Man And Surprise From Mr. Jay Leno

Moments ago I received a very unusual phone call from Mr. Jay Leno. 

Today we published an interesting POST TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 1930's, 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's!

I answered the phone and a man said, Is Joe there? I replied, this is Joe. He said, Joe, this is Jay Leno. He then said I had published a story today and he wanted me to know that he did not author the piece. He said, "I liked it but I really shouldn't take credit for something I didn't write". 

Talk about a decent guy. As I'm sure many of you receive e-mails passed on by friends and family, a friend forwarded this piece and I liked it enough to publish it.

What's important is honoring Mr. Leno's request to clarify that while he liked the article, he did not author it. 

So as I assured Mr. Leno I would correct the Post I asked, how many cars are you up to Jay. He replied, 125. We enjoyed a nice chuckle over my smaller collection and I thanked him for his very pleasant phone call. I should say this as well. Mr. Leno said, Joe, this isn't a legal call. I just wanted to make sure I'm not credited for something I didn't write. 

So I just had to ask, how did you hear about the article. He told me that NBC has an alert any time something is published about him and he follows up on the things he feels are important. 

So Mr. Leno, Thank You. Thanks for taking the time to correct this article and setting the record straight. 

Antarctic sea ice hits second all-time record in a week

Antarctic sea ice has hit its second all-time record maximum this week. The new record is 2.112 million square kilometers above normal. Until the weekend just past, the previous record had been 1.840 million square kilometers above normal, a mark hit on December 20, 2007, as I reported here, and also covered in my book.

Mark Serreze, director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center, responded to e-mail questions and also spoke by telephone about the new record sea ice growth in the Southern Hemisphere, indicating that, somewhat counter-intuitively, the sea ice growth was specifically due to global warming.

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So This Is How the Left Celebrated the Fourth in Minneapolis

Fireworks bring a lot of noise and mess — why can’t we just talk instead?

That seemed to be the attitude of Minneapolis liberals, who presented an alternative to traditional Fourth of July celebrations on Friday.

After 122 years of Independence Day fireworks at Powderhorn Park, community organizers ditched the pyrotechnics because last year the crowd of 20,000 had been too rowdy, the Minneapolis StarTribune reported.

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RULE FOUR FAILURE: Be Sure Of Your Target And What's Behind It

We’ve now had 24 hours to digest retailer Target’s decision to issue a statement on the matter of the carrying of firearms in their stores.

Every day at Target, in everything we do, we ask ourselves what is right for our guests? We make all of our decisions with that question in mind. Questions have circulated in recent weeks around Target’s policy on the “open carry” of firearms in its stores. Today, interim CEO, John Mulligan, shared the following note with our Target team members. We wanted you to hear this update from us, too.

The leadership team has been weighing a complex issue, and I want to be sure everyone understands our thoughts and ultimate decision.

As you’ve likely seen in the media, there has been a debate about whether guests in communities that permit “open carry” should be allowed to bring firearms into Target stores. Our approach has always been to follow local laws, and of course, we will continue to do so. But starting today we will also respectfully request that guests not bring firearms to Target – even in communities where it is permitted by law.

We’ve listened carefully to the nuances of this debate and respect the protected rights of everyone involved. In return, we are asking for help in fulfilling our goal to create an atmosphere that is safe and inviting for our guests and team members.

This is a complicated issue, but it boils down to a simple belief: Bringing firearms to Target creates an environment that is at odds with the family-friendly shopping and work experience we strive to create.


The statement was later reinforced by a clarification which noted that the statement was merely a request for customers to leave their firearms at home. They would make no effort to post their stores against the legal carriage of firearms.

Basically, what the company really wanted to say was something like this.

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There are LOTS of people In Ocean City




Ship Returning To Spain, Not Ocean City Needing Repairs

Although a month-long event is still in the works for the August arrival of the Andalucia in Ocean City, its sister ship – the Nao Victoria – will not be coming to the resort.

“It looks like the second ship is not going to be in Ocean City,” said Cathy Bassett, spokesperson for the National Air, Sea, and Space Foundation. “It’s going to have to go back to Spain for repairs.”

Earlier this year, the NASSF – the non-profit group run by OC Air Show promoter Bryan Lilley – had arranged to host two replica vessels from the golden age of sail in the resort this summer, following the successful visit of one ship last year.

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Rt 50 Into OC Still A Mess

There are a LOT of Saint's on the road today because let me tell you what, if I was subjected to sitting in the traffic hundreds of thousands of people are going through today I'd blow a gasket. 

I have no idea where people are going to park once they get into OC but one thing is for sure, O'Malley is loving life watching all these Tourons burn all that gas sitting and waiting.

As for the Mayor of Washington, D.C.. Hey you Idiot, I saw a LOT of D.C. tags heading East bound, SO SMOKE DIS!

Board Of Education Gift/Credit Cards GONE WILD In maryland

Mont. Co. school board members' credit card use called into question

SILVER SPRING, Md. —
Reading, writing and arithmetic have temporarily become overshadowed by lobster tail, hotel room service and credit card misuse.

Credit card purchases by Montgomery County Board of Education members and their staff have set off a new round of criticism and an effort to overhaul spending practices.

There was the restaurant meal at Fager's Island during a conference in Ocean City. The final tab, which included orders of the surf and turf, lobster tail and sea bass, was $509.

In another eyebrow-raising charge, a round trip taxi fare to St. Mary's County cost $457. The board member, Judy Docca, cannot drive for health reasons, so she takes taxis to meetings, ABC7 reports.

Other purchases have been called "accidental," with school district credit cards covering personal expenses.

One of those, by Board member Roland Ikheloa, was a $581.87 purchase at a tire shop. He later repaid the school district.

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Behind the Scenes: See Fireworks Explode From Just Inches Away


Unless you work in pyrotechnics or know someone who does, you’ve never seen fireworks quite like this.

Pyrotechnico, an award-winning fireworks and special events company that’s been in business for more than 120 years, invited TheBlaze to get a behind-the-scenes tour of one of their fireworks barges to witness one of their water-based shows just outside of Washington, D.C.

“We only have room for one extra person on the barge, for safety,” warned Mike Shook, the Virginia operations manager for Pyrotechnico. “But you’ll get as close as you can to the show.”

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Smugglers Threaten Landowners in Cameron County

BROWNSVILLE - Ranchers along the Rio Grande say immigrant smugglers threaten them constantly.

One Cameron County rancher said smugglers ordered him to look the other way or face the consequences.

The landowner said smugglers are using trails on his property to bring illegal immigrants into the country.

The rancher said he fears for his safety.

"You don't see anything; you don't talk to anybody," he said.

He said smugglers stop at nothing to get the immigrants across.

"They have no problem doing whatever it takes to protect them and their organization," he said.

Landowners said the trails are becoming increasingly valuable to smugglers because they are not patrolled as often and public lands.

More than 180,000 illegal immigrants have crossed into the Valley this year. The landowner said he and his neighbors are feeling increasing pressure by smugglers to turn a blind eye to criminal activity.

"They basically come up to you and say, ‘we are going to give so much a day and we will drop it off and you do what you want with it," he said.

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Report Finds Regs Needed On Parasail, But OC Operator Maintains Industry Already Has Standards

OCEAN CITY – Following in the footsteps of the DNR requesting regulations be placed on the new watersport of jetpacks, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has submitted a request to require parasail operators carry a special license to operate following a recent investigation.

On Wednesday the NTSB released its first investigative report into parasailing safety, concluding the activity is largely unregulated with serious accidents frequently caused by faulty equipment.

Because of the nature of an activity that often occurs in changing weather conditions with parasailers suspended 500 feet or more above the water’s surface, accidents often result in death or serious injury. None of the accidents were reported in Ocean City or in any of the mid-Atlantic states.

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Independents Rule

GOP, DEMOCRATIC SUPPORT IS SLIPPING …

Nearly half of Americans – 46 percent – described themselves as political independents last month, according to partisan identification data compiled by Gallup. That’s the second-highest mark ever recorded – and the fifteenth consecutive survey in which the total of self-described independents topped 40 percent.

By contrast, only 28 percent of Americans classified themselves as Democrats and only 24 percent said they were “Republicans” in the latest survey.

GOP partisan identification hasn’t topped 25 percent since last June, while Democratic partisan identification hasn’t topped 33 percent since last March – signs America’s two-party system is losing its grip over an increasingly disaffected electorate.

Don’t believe us? Look at the voter turnout (or lack thereof) for the major party primary and runoff elections last month (HERE and HERE).

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From Sin City to Deja Vu, Store Complies With City

The former Sin City adult store on 137th Street has changed both its name and its window displays as part of a settlement with the Town of Ocean City, reached after more than a year of negotiations following a court decision in March of 2013.

“It’s a done deal,” City Solicitor Guy Ayres confirmed this week.

As part of the agreement, owner Ofir Bouzaglo has changed the name of his store to “Déjà Vu – a Romantic Boutique” and removed his previous window displays, which featured several neon signs and lingerie-clad mannequins.

“Basically, he had to change the signage, and he’s now limited as to what he can put in the windows,” Ayres said.

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Oops... Redskins Logo Was Suggested by a Native American Leader

The PC Police have tried their hardest over the last few months to shut down theWashington Redskins and strong arm them intochanging their name.

Sen. Harry Reid has made this his personal crusade, despite the numerous, more important matters that should be taking up his time.

Unfortunately for Reid, it’s going to take more than government muscle flexing and trademark rejections to stop the Redskins, who look in good shape to win their appeal case.

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Watch "Congress Classified HR 8791 Homeland Terrorism Bill Solved! Low"

Positive Rabies ID In Bat Leads To Local Outreach

BERLIN — The positive identification of rabies in a bat in Pocomoke Monday has prompted the Worcester County Health Department (WCHD) to remind residents that bats and other rabid animals remain a yearly danger but one that can be greatly mitigated by awareness.

Reported cases of rabies this year are far lower than the average for the past several years, but 2014 is only half over and cases do have a habit of seeing in an uptick in the summer.

The identification of rabies in a bat found near Third Street in Pocomoke marks the seventh documented case of the disease this year. That’s much lower than the 46 cases last year, the 19 in 2012, 16 in 2011, 26 in 2010 and all of those figures are shy of the 52 cases identified in 2009.

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Jobs Creation Has Improved, But Remains Far Short of What Is Needed

The economy added 288,000 jobs in June. Overall jobs creation has improved in 2014, but it remains far short of the 390,000 needed each month to keep up with population growth and genuinely reduce unemployment, and well less than the pace accomplished during the Reagan–Clinton prosperity.

The jobless rate is down to 6.1 percent from the recession peak of 10 percent, but most of the reduction has been accomplished by adults quitting the labor market — neither working nor looking for work. If the same percentage of adults were in the labor force today as when Presidents Obama or George W. Bush took office, the jobless rate would be 10.2 percent and 12.2 percent, respectively.

Three problems have limited jobs creation during both the Bush and Obama years — slow economic growth overall; a disinclination to control the border with Latin America or disappoint businesses' appetite for cheaper skilled labor from Asia; and the work disincentives imposed by social programs intended to redress income inequality and help the disadvantaged.

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SFD Calls For Service 7-4-14

  • Friday July, 4 2014 @ 22:40Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
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  • Friday July, 4 2014 @ 22:14 Nature: Vehicle Accident w/InjuriesAddress: 1205 Parsons Rd Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Friday July, 4 2014 @ 21:44Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Friday July, 4 2014 @ 21:38 Nature: Vehicle Accident w/InjuriesAddress: Naylor Mill Rd & Northgate Dr Salisbury, MD 21801 
  • Friday July, 4 2014 @ 21:38 Nature: Vehicle Accident w/InjuriesAddress: Naylor Mill Rd & Northgate Dr Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Friday July, 4 2014 @ 16:41Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
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  • Friday July, 4 2014 @ 10:58Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Friday July, 4 2014 @ 09:40 Nature: Automatic AlarmAddress: 926 Snow Hill Rd Salisbury, MD 21801
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Father who left toddler to die in sweltering SUV

The father accused of leaving his 22-month-old son to die in the sweltering heat of an SUV for seven hours gave his family grim instruction on what they'd have to do to collect on an insurance policy on the boy's life from his cell, as revealed in new documents released on Friday

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported the latest twist in the shocking case after obtaining a search warrant served on Justin Ross Harris.

'Through the investigation Harris has made comments to family members regarding a life insurance policy that he has on Cooper and what they need to do in order to file for it,' the paper reported.

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Tensions Rise Over House Rentals To Disorderly Tenants

As summer wears on, issues surrounding the rental and overcrowding of nominally single-family homes appear to be getting even more heated for all parties involved.

So much so, that the rental agency at the eye of the initial complaint is referring all inquiries to its lawyer.

“It’s become very, very controversial,” said a representative from Central Reservations. Attorney Randy Coates did not respond as of press time.

However, it appears that some realtors and rental agents in the resort are catching a backlash from the owners of the homes, who claim that they were never made fully aware of the zoning restrictions involved with their properties – and that rental brokers have turned a blind eye as long as the money is right.

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Traffic Alert


If you are planning on going to Ocean City this afternoon please allow plenty of time. The traffic trying to get into Ocean City is heavy at this time. East bound Route 50 is backed up to the State Police Barracks in Berlin. East bound Route 90 is stop and go all the way back to Route 589.

50 Of The Craziest Laws In America, One From Each State

While federal policies are supposed to protect and benefit the American people, we can all name a few that are ludicrous or excessive: Obamacare, Michelle’s school lunch program, Common Core curriculum – the list goes on and on.
Independent Journal Review and Policy Mic have pulled together 50 of the most ridiculous laws, one from each state, that might be competition with the insanity of the Obama administration’s agenda.
While we don’t have an explanation for the passing of these laws, it’s amusing that such enactments were obviously written due to an incident related to each strange policy.
In no particular order, behold the absurdity:
ALABAMA: You can’t wear a fake mustache that causes laughter in church.
ALASKA: It’s against the law to wake bears for the purposes of taking a picture.
ARIZONA: It’s illegal to drive a car in reverse.
ARKANSAS: You’re not allowed to pronounce Arkansas incorrectly.
CALIFORNIA: You will be fined if you detonate a nuclear device.
COLORADO: People must not dress unbecoming of their sex.
CONNECTICUT: Scrabble is not to be played while politicians are giving an oration.
DELAWARE: You may not marry on a dare.

Bus Fare Increase Bringing In Additional City Revenues

The city appears to be getting significantly more additional revenue than expected as a result of the bus fare change made at the beginning of the summer.

Beginning May 23, the city eliminated the $1-per-boarding option and forced all riders to purchase a $3 all-day pass.

Budget estimates called for the move to draw an additional $78,000 in the current 2013-2014 fiscal year, which ends June 30. According to data from the city’s Transportation Department, however, the period from May 23 to June 18 of this year saw $635,267 in bus revenue, a $117,591 jump from the $517,676 collected over the same period last year.

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Ban The Letter "L"?


Dew Tour Breaks Record With 105,000 Attendance

OCEAN CITY – The 2014 Dew Tour Beach Championships in Ocean City set another attendance record last weekend.

Dew Tour came back better than ever with a lineup of world-class athletes and music acts. Celebrating the 10-year anniversary, Dew Tour history was made as athletes young and old came to prove themselves before a new record of attendance with 105,000 people experiencing the event, compared to its previous record of 103,000 set last year.

“The hospitality of the city and enthusiasm of the fans within Ocean City certainly helped contribute to its success,” Alli Sports President Eric Grilly said on Wednesday.

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Crosses on the Beach at Santa Barbara - ACLU Suit Against Military Crosses And Prayer in the Military?

Prayer request message that includes information and photographs about the temporary military memorial at Santa Barbara, California claims that the ACLU has filed lawsuits to have all military cross-shaped headstones removed and completely stop prayer in the military.

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Back In The/Our Day... THIS Was Summer


Bodysurfer, 69, Dies From Injuries

A Timonium man died Tuesday after a body surfing incident on Ocean City’s beach last week left him with a broken neck, Ocean City Beach Patrol Capt. Butch Arbin said.

Emergency responders rushed the man, 69, off the beach at 82nd Street around noon Wednesday, June 25, after on-duty lifeguard Robert Phiambolis spotted him facedown in the surf.

Though responders could not find a pulse when they carried him to shore, he began coughing up water after five rounds of CPR and his heartbeat returned by the time medical staff carried him from the beach, Phiambolis said.

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Lost Dog 7-5-14: UPDATE

Yes, this is her. She is on her way home. Thank you for your help!

Good morning, 

Our dog went missing last night shortly after the fireworks in Hebron. We live right on Quantico road in Hebron, next to westside intermediate. The local police recommended we contact you to post a message about her. She is a young golden retriever, 7 mos old. If anyone has seen luna or knows where she is, please call 443-880-4710 or 443-783-5579. Please help us find her, our family is heartbroken right now. Thank you.

Who Is Buying American Stocks?

Is it hedge funds? Nope. They are selling.

How about retirement funds? Not this time. They are selling.

How about insurance forms? Nope. Sellers.

Insiders! They know a good thing when they see it! They do, indeed. They are net sellers.

Then it must be foreigners. Sorry. They are selling.

Then who? Corporations, mostly. They are using business profits to buy back shares.

Individuals also buy, but not as much as corporations.

We have not seen this much buying back of corporate shares in years. Specifically, not since since 2007. That was the #1 year for corporate buy-backs.

You may recall what happened in 2008.

But why do they do this? What value does this add to plant capacity? To marketing? To innovation? None.

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HISTORICAL COMMENTS BY GEORGE CHEVALLIER 7-5-14

Children

Not much history has been written about children because, generally, they were too young to create any history. The plight of the child is interesting, though. Throughout history, young children were not very productive and were not useful until they had attained a certain age and that age was around five years old. At some point they were used in fields, canning houses and oyster shucking houses. They would do menial work, such as snipping beans, de-heading shrimp or picking in the fields. It is hard for us to imagine now how a child of five is forced to go to work at five in the morning, but it was done. In a periodical from 1913, a federal inspector found that the children were coming in as early as three in the morning during peak canning or shucking periods. This volume of the Child Labor Bulletin from February, 1913, has many pictures of children working and their living conditions. We cannot even imagine such conditions today.

Since Salisbury was mainly an agrarian society, many hands were needed to work the large expanses of land owned by some farmers. The cheapest labor was his own children. Due to the large infant mortality rate, people on farms had many children. There was always something to do, no matter what age a child was. Taking care of the larger animals was usually taken on by the man of the farm because they were so important to the whole operation and could be dangerous for children. The children picked, fed and carried as much as their age and size would allow. There are many people around Salisbury that grew up on farms, and they can verify that there was never a dull moment. I’ll bet they never let their father hear them say, “I’m bored”, such as the children of today lament.

Education was spotty at best a hundred years ago. The number of one-room school houses that dotted the Shore covered the full extent of a child’s education. They only had one teacher, and the only qualification was that they had assisted a teacher for one year after they had finished the full nine years of formal education. Many of the students were at different stages of growth, and their “school grade” would differ greatly due to the level of knowledge attained. Many of the children had to miss a lot of time due to the planting season in the spring and the harvest season in the fall. When my grandfather decided to throw in the towel on his formal education, he was 15 in the fifth grade. Usually it was age and not graduation that determined when a child left school.

Doing genealogy on the Shore has always been difficult due to the fact that many farmers had a second wife. The first wife might have had six or seven children by the time she was worn out and died in her twenties. Since the farmer couldn’t tend his farm and the children, he would marry again. A second family might include another half-dozen children. These would include any children resulting from the second marriage and any children the second wife would bring with her.

Ramadan Admits To Enterprise Corruption. Faces Six Years

OCEAN CITY — One of two Ocean City residents indicted by a New York grand jury in May 2013 in a vast smuggling and money laundering scheme, which culminated in raids on the resort area homes and businesses, pleaded guilty on Friday and now faces up to six years in prison.

In May 2013, federal officials concluded an investigation into a multi-million dollar cigarette smuggling operation based in and around the resort area with raids on two locations including the West Ocean City homes of local residents and business owners Basel Ramadan, 43, who has been called the “ringleader,” and Samer Ramadan, 41, who is being called the operation’s “enterprise treasurer.” Also indicted were 14 other alleged co-conspirators, from transporters to distributors to resellers, who were rounded up at locations all over the mid-Atlantic region on the same day as the federal raids in the Ocean City area.

On Friday, Samer Ramadan pleaded guilty to enterprise corruption, the top charge against him and now faces a sentence of two to six years in prison. Sentencing has been set for next Monday, July 7. During the plea on Friday, Samer Ramadan admitted his role in the operation run by his brother, Basel Ramadan, and told Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Foley his brother ran the operation.

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Somerset County Sheriff's Office Press Release 7-5-14

Carlos Lamonte Wise of Salisbury, arrested 6-25-14 on a warrant for failing to pay court fines. Wise was later released on an unsecured bond.

Jasmine Latrae Turner of Princess Anne, arrested 6-25-14 on a warrant for violation of probation. Latrae was held on a $40,000 bond.

Mary Janine Avara of Fairmount, criminal summons served on 6-5-14 regarding theft over $1,000. The arrest was the result of a theft of funds investigation from the Fairmount Academy Historical Society, where Avara allegedly used the Historical Society’s money to purchase personal items. Avara was released on signature pending court actions.

Maurice McKinley Turner of Princess Anne, arrested 6-28-14 on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Turner was released on a $10,000 unsecured bond.

Timothy Lodge Riddleberger of Salisbury, arrested 6-30-14 on a warrant for violation of probation. Riddleberger was later held without bond.

Keshana Shaqcanda Miller of Salisbury, arrested 6-30-14 on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Miller was later held on a $30,000 bond.

Tinaha Lasha Cooper of Salisbury, arrested 7-3-14 on a warrant for malicious destruction of property. Cooper was later held on a $250,000 bond.

"Opie And Anthony" Host Fired Over Racist Twitter Rant

WASHINGTON -- It's not that the guys at the "Opie and Anthony" radio show on SiriusXM haven't seen their share of controversy. They've withstood fines and firings before, but this time the corporate action against one-half of the team was swift, and because of the nature of the Tweets in question, could spell the end of the show in its latest incarnation.

Anthony Cumia, who has worked in radio with Gregg "Opie" Hughes for 20 years, was taking pictures at Times Square in New York when he was assaulted by a woman who thought he was taking pictures of her, he said. Cumia, in describing the incident in a litany of Tweets, said he was punched by this woman repeatedly. No police were called. Yet on Twitter he spoke of his personal persecution and repeatedly called out her race, calling her a black "--itch," "-unt," "animal," and "savage," among other names, and promising that if he was an "illegal gun owner" he would have shot her.

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What Would You Do?


So True In America Today


Get er done...

Think about this:

1. Cows

2. The Constitution

3. The Ten Commandments

COWS

Is it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing that during the mad cow epidemic our government could track a single cow, born in Canada almost three years ago, right to the stall where she slept in the state of Washington? And, they tracked her calves to their stalls. But they are unable to locate 11 million illegal aliens wandering around our country. Maybe we should give each of them a cow.

THE CONSTITUTION

They keep talking about drafting a Constitution for Iraq ... why don't we just give them ours?

It was written by a lot of really smart guys, it has worked for over 200 years, and we're not using it anymore.

THE 10 COMMANDMENTS

The real reason that we can't have the Ten Commandments posted in a courthouse is this -- you cannot post:

'Thou Shalt Not Steal'

'Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery,' and

'Thou Shall Not Lie'

in a building full of lawyers, judges and politicians. It creates a hostile work environment.

AMEN


The Truth about the Vietnam War

Statement by Jay Leno: CORRECTION: This was not authored by Mr. Jay Leno

GO HERE to see the update on this article. 

Those of You Born 1930 - 1979

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE
1930's, 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's!

First, we survived being born to mothers
Who smoked and/or drank while they were Pregnant.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing,
Tuna from a can and didn't get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby

cribs covered with bright colored lead-base paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles,
Locks on doors or cabinets and when we rode
Our bikes, we had baseball caps not helmets on our heads.

As infants & children,
We would ride in cars with no car seats,
No booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes.

Riding in the back of a pick-up truck on a warm day
Was always a special treat.


We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and no one actually died from this.

We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter and bacon..
We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar.
And, we weren't overweight.
WHY? Because we were always outside playing...that's why!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day,
As long as we were back when the streetlights came on.

No one was able to reach us all day. And, we were O.K.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps. And then ride them down the hill, only to find out We forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes
a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's and X-boxes.
There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable,
No video movies or DVD's, no surround-sound or CD's,
No cell phones, No personal computers, no Internet and no chat rooms.

WE HAD FRIENDS
And we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth
And there were no lawsuits from these accidents.

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt,
And the worms did not live in us Forever.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays,
Made up games with sticks and tennis balls and,
Although we were told it would happen,
We did not put out very many eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and
Knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just
Walked in and talked to them.

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team.

Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment.
Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law
Was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

These generations have produced some of the best
Risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever.

The past 50 years Have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.

If YOU are one of them? CONGRATULATIONS!
You might want to share this with others who have had the luck

to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated

so much of our lives for our own good .

Kind of makes you want to run through the house
with scissors, doesn't it ?

The quote of the month is by Jay Leno:
"With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control,
mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms
tearing up the country from one end to another,
and with the threat of swine flu and terrorist attacks.
Are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?'

The Army Wants a New Handgun. Here It Is. And By The Way… You Can Have It NOW

After many years of service, the Army is looking to replace the venerable Beretta M9 9mm handgun with something else:

The U.S. Army is moving forward to replace the Cold War-era M9 9mm pistol with a more powerful handgun that also meets the needs of the other services.

As the lead agent for small arms, the Army will hold an industry day July 29 to talk to gun makers about the joint, Modular Handgun System or MHS.

The MHS would replace the Army’s inventory of more than 200,000 outdated M9 pistols and several thousand M11 9mm pistols with one that has greater accuracy, lethality, reliability and durability, according to Daryl Easlick, a project officer with the Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Georgia.

“It’s a total system replacement — new gun, new ammo, new holster, everything,” Easlick said.

The Army began working with the small arms industry on MHS in early 2013, but the effort has been in the works for more than five years. If successful, it would result in the Defense Department buying more than 400,000 new pistols during a period of significant defense-spending reductions.

Army weapons officials maintain that combat troops need a more effective pistol and ammunition. But experts from the law-enforcement and competitive shooting worlds argue that tactical pistol ammunition — no matter the caliber — is incapable of stopping a determined adversary without multiple shots in most cases.

One of the major goals of the MHS effort is to adopt a pistol chambered for a more potent round than the current 9mm, weapons officials said. The U.S. military replaced the .45 caliber 1911 pistol with the M9 in 1985 and began using the 9mm NATO round at that time.

The article goes on to say that the competition will be an open-caliber competition… which is false.

The .357 SIG and .40 S&W are dead on arrival as military calibers.

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