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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

"Jobs Friday": Why Bubblevision Misses The Epic Failure Of The US Labor Market

CNBC’s long-running “jobs Friday” fetish is getting downright appalling. Each month the BLS puts out a treasure trove of data on the rich and complex mosaic of the US labor market - a download that embodies a truly frightening trend of economic failure.

Yet the clowns who assemble in its screen boxes to opine on Hampton Pearson’s 30-second summary of the BLS release never have a clue. In their allotted 15 seconds of fame, they merely bloviate about the single dumbed-down numbee - the establishment survey jobs print - that is the sum and substance of the coverage.

Trained seals would be just as effective: ort! ort! ort!


CDC Scientist Admits Mercury in Vaccines Cause Autism

Texas Textbooks Tout Christian Heritage

Texas students may soon be reading in their history textbooks that the American system of democracy was inspired by Moses, segregated schools weren’t all that bad and taxes imposed for programs like Social Security haven’t measurably improved society.

Those passages are among dozens of biased, misleading or inaccurate lessons identified on Wednesday by a panel of university professors commissioned by a liberal advocacy group to analyze dozens of new history, geography and civics textbooks up for review by the state Board of Education.

Defenders of the new textbooks dismissed the criticism as sour grapes. But the controversy in Texas also hints at rising tensions across the U.S. over academic standards, as conservatives have mobilized aggressively to shape what students learn in science, social studies and beyond.


BREAKING NEWS: Obama authorizes US airstrikes in Syria

President Obama authorizes U.S. airstrikes in Syria, senior administration officials say, as the president uses a prime-time address to the nation to call for a comprehensive campaign to wipe out Islamic State.


Army Officer Turned Away by Security at Entrance of Daughter’s High School — Want to Guess Why?

Sherwood Baker was about to head inside his daughter’s high school in Rochester, Michigan, to talk to a counselor about her class schedule when security stopped him at the entrance. Baker was told he couldn’t enter. Why? He needed to go home and change his outfit before entering Rochester Adams High School.

You see, Baker is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army and was in uniform that day — which apparently didn’t conform to the dress code.

“The security guard told him that men and women in uniform weren’t allowed because it may offend another student,” Baker’s wife Rachel Ferhadson told WJBK-TV in Detroit.


Mob Rule Economics

While we talk about democracy and equal rights, we seem increasingly to let both private and government decisions be determined by mob rule. There is nothing democratic about mob rule. It means that some people's votes are to be overruled by other people's disruptions, harassments and threats.

The latest examples are the mobs in the streets in cities across the country, demanding that employers pay a minimum wage of $15 an hour, or else that the government makes them do so by law. Some of the more gullible observers think the issue is whether what some people are making now is "a living wage." This misconstrues the whole point of hiring someone to do work. Those who are being hired are paid for the value of the work they do.

If their work is really worth more than what their employer is paying them, all they have to do is quit and go work for some other employer, who will pay them what their work is really worth. If they can't find any other employer who will pay them more, then what makes them think their work is worth more?


DC Inspector General Finds Motorists are "Guilty Until Proven Innocent"

The DC Inspector General released a scathing report on the Districts ATE (Automated Traffic Enforcement) system and parking ticket system, which concluded that tickets were being issued based on insufficient evidence and that motorists were essentially being presumed guilty.

The report showed that in FY13 DC issued 1,731,861 parking tickets producing $82,847,664 in revenue, and 666,275 ATE (Automated Traffic Enforcement, speed and red light camera) tickets in FY 2013 producing $88,832,976 in revenue.

"One of the most insightful and provocative comments made to the OIG team came from a senior District official:
“One of the beauties of parking, it’s like the [Internal Revenue Service]. If you get a parking ticket, you are guilty until you have proven yourself innocent.... That has worked well for us.”
The attitude behind this twist on accepted jurisprudence – that the burden of proof rests with the ticketed motorist – is also seen in a number of the key findings of this report:
• MPD’s issuance of tickets even in those instances when it cannot conclusively identify the speeding vehicle ;
• MPD’s issuance of tickets when vehicle information gleaned from violation images does not match registration information linked to the license plate;
• DPW’s issuance of parking tickets even when “required” photographic evidence is not available to motorists; and
• DDOT’s failure to require TCOs to capture images of violations"

No Economy For Americans

The Dow Jones stock average closed Friday at 17,137, despite the fact that the payroll jobs report was a measly 125,000 new jobs for August, an insufficient amount to keep up with the growth in the working age population.

The low 125,000 jobs figure is also inconsistent with the Bureau of Economic Analysis’ second estimate of second quarter 2014 US GDP growth of 4.2 percent–a figure beyond the capability of the present-day US economy.

Clearly, the economic numbers are out of sync with one another. They are also out of sync with reality.

One of the reasons the stock market average is high is the massive liquidity the Federal Reserve has pumped into the banking system since 2008. Instead of going into consumer inflation, the money went into stock and bond price inflation.


BREAKING NEWS: Obama plans to vow 'relentless effort' against ISIS

President Obama, in his prime-time address to the nation about the threat of the Islamic State, plans to vow a 'relentless effort' to wipe out the terrorists 'wherever they exist,' according to speech excerpts released by the White House.

Dad Was Home With His 4-Year-Old Daughter When the Doorbell Rang. Before He Could Answer It, He Realized Something Was Very Wrong.

A father in Omaha, Nebraska, was forced to defend himself, his home, and his 4-year-old daughter after he found a man inside his house Monday morning.

Larry Rohatsch told police that he got up to answer the door after someone rang the doorbell. However, before he could even answer it, the suspect was already inside the home. The father reportedly opened fire, fatally striking the suspect.

Police later found the suspect, identified as 48-year-old Darrell Miller, bleeding and shot on the front porch. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition, but he later died from his injuries.


Economy Won't Save Democrats in November

Friday's disappointing jobs report provided a bookend to the false hope of another "recovery summer." The number of jobs created in August fell short of economists' expectations by more than 100,000. The weak gain in August also snapped a six-month streak of more than 200k jobs gains each month, itself an anemic goal. For a sixth year, hopes of an economic turnaround in summer went out with the Labor Day trash.

Just over a month ago, the Washington media was fretting that Democrats wouldn't get "credit" for the improving economy. The economy had clocked several months of job gains above 200k, a level understood in previous Administrations to mean "keeping up with population growth." The economy had experienced a sharp contraction in the 1st Quarter, but the media explained that this was due to cold weather, a phenomenon previously known as "winter."



Applications Now Being Accepted for the 2015 Maryland General Assembly Page Program

Wicomico County seniors may now apply for the 2015 Maryland General Assembly Page Program. Interested students must be seniors and at least 16 years old, and must submit an application. Please check with your school for more information.

This program provides students with a valuable, hands-on experience regarding the day-to-day intricacies of the legislative process in the state of Maryland. Each year, 120 student pages and 36 alternates are selected by local school systems to participate in the Maryland General Assembly Page Program. Selected pages work for two non-consecutive weeks at the State House in Annapolis and are assigned to either the House of Delegates or the Senate and perform duties such as run errands, distribute materials on the floor, and obtain additional legislative materials as necessary.

In Wicomico, a Student Page Selection Panel of teachers, parents, and students from each of the county’s high schools interviews page applicants who meet the academic requirements and have expressed an interest in government and politics. The panel annually recommends two pages and an alternate to represent Wicomico County. The President and Speaker of the Maryland General Assembly will notify students who are accepted into the Page Program by Nov. 15.

NAACP to Hold 9th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet Oct. 4

The Wicomico County Branch of the NAACP will host its 9th annual Freedom Fund Banquet at noon Saturday, Oct. 4 at the First Baptist Church Family Life and Cultural Center located on the corner of Booth Street and 528 Delaware Avenue, Salisbury.

The keynote speaker, Donald L. Cash, will speak to the theme, “Moving Forward from the Past to the Future: The Next 100 Years.” Cash is president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union’s Minority Coalition, and a founding member and current president of “Faces of Our Children,” a non-profit organization he created to raise awareness, support and funding for the fight against sickle cell disease. For more than 40 years, he has been a champion of worker and civil rights. In 2001, Mr. Cash was awarded the prestigious Benjamin Hooks “Keeper of the Flame Award” by the National NAACP.

The Wicomico County Branch will also honor several individuals and organizations at the Freedom Banquet: Del. Rudolph Cane, Marion and Judge Norma Lee Barkley, Sandy Fitzgerald-Angello, Fred Mason, Bishop Leon Wilson, the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore, Stop the Violence in Wicomico County, and the Salisbury High School Association.

Tickets are $35 for adults and $25 for youth (age 12 and under). All tickets must be purchased in advance: no tickets will be sold at the door. For more information, please contact Mary Ashanti at 410-543-4187.

JUST IN: US confirms ISIS Planning Infiltration Of US Southern Border

A senior Homeland Security (DHS) official confirmed to Congress on Wednesday that militants associated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) are planning to enter the United States via the porous southern border.

Francis Taylor, under secretary for intelligence and analysis at DHS, told senators during a hearing that ISIL supporters are known to be plotting ways to infiltrate the United States through the border.

“There have been Twitter, social media exchanges among ISIL adherents across the globe speaking about that as a possibility,” Taylor told Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) in response to a question about “recent reports on Twitter and Facebook of messages that would urge infiltration into the U.S. across our southwestern border.”


U.S. Army Report Urges Preparations For Troops to Occupy NYC, Other “Megacities”

"Army could be called to act in one of these places tomorrow"

A U.S. Army report warns that American troops need to be prepared to enter New York City and other global “megacities” in order to prevent civil unrest, political uprisings and protect key infrastructure and natural resources in the national interest.

The report, entitled Megacities and the United States Army (PDF), was released by the Chief of Staff of the Army, Strategic Studies Group.

Cautioning that the power of national governments to deal with the problems caused by increasing urbanization and the growth of megacities is “diminishing,” the report notes, “It is inevitable that at some point the United States Army will be asked to operate in a megacity and currently the Army is ill-prepared to do so.”



Salisbury Mayor’s Roundtable Sept. 16, with new City Councilman Jack Heath

The next Mayor’s Neighborhood Roundtable will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 1 p.m. in Room 306 of the Government Office Building. Newly elected City Councilman Jack Heath will be there to meet attendees.

Space and Time are Themes for Salisbury’s 3rd Friday Sept. 19

The theme for the Sept. 19 3rd Friday (3F) in Downtown Salisbury is Space and Time. A full lineup of events will be available on Sept. 12, but for now know that this free event for all ages will include: The Antares Rocket Program, with the Eastern Shore's real-life space explorers, with NASA Wallops, Orbital and LJT & Associates; the truth (and the photographer) behind Wallop's infamous "rocket frog" photograph; art shows at Tony Weeg Photography, Salisbury University Art Gallery: Downtown Campus, and the AI&G; live music by Dark Gold Jazz; history and educational animals from the Salisbury Zoo as it celebrates its 60th anniversary; and many local artists, crafters and exhibitors. 3F is an all-volunteer effort, a downtown economic development initiative and a project of the Salisbury Arts & Entertainment District Committee. There is no charge for local artists to set up, but online advance registration is required.

Salisbury Zoo’s 60th Anniversary Evening Sept. 26

Come celebrate the Salisbury Zoo’s 60th Anniversary with family and friends on Friday, Sept. 26, when it will be open extended hours from 4:30-7:30 p.m. The evening will be free to the public offering educational talks, demonstrations, animal enrichment, face painting, Zoo history presentations, and of course cake. There will be a visit from our favorite costumed animal friends for the little ones. “Fuel Up to Play 60,” an initiative put together by the National Dairy Council and the NFL that empowers students to take get fit and eat right, will be at the event with demonstrations on the stage to inform the community about the program. Nancy Ferguson, a local fiber artist will also be on hand to demonstrate how to spin alpaca wool. Mayor James Ireton will present the Zoo with a proclamation and birthday cake will be served. Special 60’s themed t-shirts will be on sale! A commemorative Zoo magnet will be given to the first several hundred families that enter the Zoo. For more information call 410-860-6880.

How Wolves Change Rivers


History Weekend at Pocomoke River State Park Sept. 12-14

Explore Delmarva history in a natural setting Sept. 12-14 during History Weekend at Pocomoke River State Park in Snow Hill. Events will take place both at Shad Landing and Milburn Landing areas of the park, with some events free and others available for a fee. Friday night: living history/roving naturalist 5:30-6:30 p.m., guided Trail of Change Night Hike 7-8 p.m. Saturday: Scales N Tales 9-10 a.m., dugout canoe burning demonstration 10-11 a.m., history reenactments 9 a.m.-5 p.m., education displays in Manokin Pavilion 11 a.m.-3 p.m., living history 12-1 p.m., movies and crafts in camp store 11 a.m.-2 p.m., dugout canoe burning demonstration 3-4 p.m., guided evening paddle 6-8 p.m. Sunday: living history 9-10 a.m., log canoe launch 10 a.m., auto tour Civilian Conservation Corps camp ruins and more, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 410-632-2566. Park information:

Performances of Macbeth, by the Brown Box Theatre Project

The Brown Box Theatre Project’s Sunday, Sept. 14 performance of Macbeth, at Pemberton Hall, will be offered free to the community through the Pemberton Hall Foundation and an arts grant from the Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council. Eye of newt and toe of frog, wool of bat and tongue of dog: Shakespeare's spellbinding vision of ambition, treachery, mystery and magic will be conjured up at 7:30 p.m. at Pemberton Hall, 5561 Plantation Lane in Salisbury. Starting at 6 p.m., bring lawn chairs or blankets and even a picnic supper to get ready for the show. Laytons Chance Winery will have wine and cheese for sale. Then, starting at 7:30 p.m., witness the rise and fall of Macbeth, the renowned war hero who murders and usurps his rightful king after a fateful encounter with a trio of infernal witches. For more information, visit or call 410-742-1741.

For the fourth year, the Brown Box Theatre Project will also present its play at James M. Bennett High, with two performances funded by the JMB PTSA so that all of the students have the opportunity to experience a live Shakespeare play. This year, students will see Macbeth at 8 a.m. (grades 9 and 12) or noon (grades 10-11) on Sept. 17. A study of Shakespeare is an integral part of English 9-12. The class visits, workshops and performances offer students opportunities to see literature come alive in a way that truly enhances the Speaking/Listening component in our curriculum.

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Pence: I Learned of Illegal Kids in My State in the 'Newspaper'

Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN) said that he learned of the federal government sending “several hundred” unaccompanied minors “in the newspaper” on Tuesday’s “Laura Ingraham Show.”

“I was taken aback when we learned from press reports that we had several hundred unaccompanied minors who had been brought to the state of Indiana without any notification to our administration ... so for me to read in the newspaper that these children had been brought to our state without any notification was totally unacceptable,” Pence reported.


Peninsula Home Care Uses Saebo Neurological Orthotic Devices

SALISBURY, MD – For more than 700,000 stroke patients in the U.S. each year, the crippling reality of stroke is not only physical, it is all encompassing. Getting dressed, making a sandwich, brushing teeth … even the most basic task becomes a daily challenge.

But, hope can be found in a new therapy provided by Peninsula Home Care. The treatment, administered by Peninsula’s certified therapists, can bring a new level of independence to stroke survivors and other neurologically impaired individuals. Now available in Delaware and this fall in Maryland, Saebo neurological orthotic devices are designed to help “re-program” the brain following a stroke or injury.

“Patients recovering from stroke find it burdensome and limiting to rely on caregivers to assist them with simple everyday tasks,” said Sandy Russ, Peninsula Home Care branch director. “The Saebo certification allows our therapists to treat patients through exercises using innovative rehabilitation equipment in the comfort of their home, ultimately maximizing their recovery.”
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Ocean City will see an increased number of motorcyclists this weekend as bikers make their way to Ocean City for the annual OC BikeFest Motorcycle Rally set to take place September 11-14. Sponsored events will take place at various locations throughout Ocean City. The Ocean City Police Department is reminding citizens of a few important safety tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable weekend:
  • Be aware of motorcycle traffic. Often people cannot see motorcycles because of blind spots in their car. Be extra cautious of this when driving, especially when changing lanes.
  • Motorcyclists are reminded that Maryland law requires motorcyclists to wear a helmet while operating or riding on a public roadway. Motorcycles must also have a windscreen in place or the operator must wear an approved eye-protective device.
  • Driving any vehicle under the influence of alcohol poses a serious danger to the driver and others nearby and will not be tolerated by Ocean City officers.
  • When traveling by foot, always use crosswalks when crossing city streets. Drivers are strongly encouraged to be extremely vigilant while driving and be aware of all pedestrians, bicycles and scooters.
  • If you see any criminal activity including racing or dangerous driving, attempt to safely get a good description of the vehicle and person and contact police at 410-723-6600.
In hopes of a safe and successful OC BikeFest event, the Ocean City Police Department reminds all drivers and motorcyclists to share in the responsibility of keeping all drivers safe and do your part by safely sharing the road.

WCSO Press Releases September 10, 2014

Incident: Harassment / Violation of a Protective Order

Date of Incident: 9 September 2014

Location: Wicomico County

Suspect: Matthew Trey Lynch, 25, Willards, MD
Narrative:   On 9 September 2014 at 10:30 AM, a deputy arrested Matthew Lynch following a complaint was made that he was harassing a subject in violation to conditions in a protective order that had been served on him. According to the complainant in this case, Lynch was following her while taking video. The complainant also stated that Lynch was sending inappropriate text messages to her.

Following an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained Lynch in the Detention Center in lieu of$25,000.00 bond.

Charges: Harassment and Violation of a Protective Order


Incident: Sex Offender Registration Violation

Date of Incident: 9 September 2014

Location: Wicomico County

Suspect: Matthew Joseph Siebenberg, 28,Salisbury, MD
Narrative:   On 9 September 2014 at 2:23 PM a deputy arrested Matthew Siebenberg for failing to register as a sex offender as required. When Siebenberg failed to make contact with the Sex Offender Registry Unit at the Sheriff’s Office as required back in May 2014, the unit attempted to locate him without success.

Upon arrest Siebenberg was transported to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. After an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained Siebenberg without bond in the Detention Center.

Charges: Failure to Register as a Sex Offender


Releasing Authority: Lt. Tim Robinson        Date:  10 September 2014

Obama's rating as a 'strong leader' hits a new low among Americans as a majority now support airstrikes in Syria to destroy ISIS, finds poll

New polling numbers paint a dismal picture of the Obama presidency as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) gains influence in the Middle East and threatens to mount an attack on the U.S. homeland.

Just 42 per cent of Americans now see the president as a 'strong leader,' according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll released Tuesday - despite bullish talk from the White House that Obama will be able to carry out his strategy against ISIS without asking Congress.

Even as the U.S. leader languished in the new poll - consistent with seven others asking Americans to rate the president's performance.


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SFD Calls For Service 9-9-14

  • Tuesday September, 9 2014 @ 20:24Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Tuesday September, 9 2014 @ 20:24Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Tuesday September, 9 2014 @ 19:42Nature: Debris In RoadwayAddress: 1400-Blk Bell Island Trl Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Tuesday September, 9 2014 @ 19:21Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Tuesday September, 9 2014 @ 19:13Nature: Automatic AlarmAddress: 313 Mill Pond Ln Salisbury, MD 21801

Opportunities to Support Our Students and Schools

Saturday, Sept. 13
Bingomania 69 to Benefit the Mardela Middle and High School Bands
Wicomico Youth & Civic Center
Bingomania, the Eastern Shore’s largest bingo cash prize event, returns to the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center on Saturday, Sept. 13. Doors open at 5 p.m. for early bird games and regular games begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission to Bingomania includes all regular and special games, including the Jumbo Jackpot Game. Regular game payouts are $500 while special games will pay out $1,000. The Jumbo Jackpot Game pays a maximum of $10,000 depending upon attendance. Increase your chances of winning and help a local food bank at the same time by bringing three non-perishable food items. Those who do will receive three additional cards for the first early bird game. 
Tickets are $45 per person in advance and $55 per person at the door (fees may apply to ticket prices). Tickets are on sale now at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center Box Office (500 Glen Ave., Salisbury, MD; M-F, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.), online at, and by phone at 410-548-4911. All proceeds benefit the Mardela Middle and High School Bands. For more information contact the Mardela Band-Aides at 410-677-5170.

Saturday, Sept. 20
Parkside High Club Showcase Day & Fundraiser for Auto Technology
Parkside High School
Please come to Parkside High School on Saturday, Sept. 20 for a fun-filled day to benefit the Parkside High Class of 2016 and the Auto Technology program of Parkside CTE. From 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Sherwood Ford of Salisbury will exhibit its newest and hottest models, allowing community members to view and test drive these state-of-the-art vehicles. The Salisbury Fire Department will conduct demonstrations all day and Whitey’s Barbecue will be on hand to sell hom- cooked seafood and barbecue meals. There will be activities for children, including child care provided by the Early Childcare Program at Parkside CTE.  Also on hand will be representatives from many of Parkside’s sports teams and clubs, showcasing all of the wonderful things happening at the school. With a car wash taking place, coupled with a complimentary car safety inspection, parents can drop off their kids, have their car washed and checked, go for a test drive, grab some food, retrieve their kids, and enjoy their Saturday with a great deal accomplished all in one place. 410-677-5144 or 410-677-5143.

Saturday, Oct. 4
5th annual Mardela Middle and High AYCE Crab & Chicken Feast
Sharptown Memorial Building

The Mardela Middle and High School PTA will host the 5th annual All-You-Can-Eat Crab & Chicken Feast Saturday, Oct. 4. at the Sharptown Memorial Building. This is the PTA’s only fundraiser of the school year on behalf of Mardela Middle and High, and all proceeds benefit the school. Dinner will be from 6-8 p.m., featuring all-you-can-eat crabs, fried chicken, clam strips, corn and desserts. There will be silent and loud auctions from 6-9 p.m. and the Bad Mojo Band from 9-11 p.m. Attendees must be 21 and older. BYOB and BYOCKAM – bring your own crab knife and mallet (some mallets will be for sale). Tickets $35 or $125 for four tickets if purchased together. Purchase tickets from any PTA officer or call Mrs. Tayman in the school office at 410-677-5142.

Guilty As Charged

Dem Senate Candidate Dodges Questions About Ties to Communist Group

The Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate in Montana last month dodged questions about her ties to a group that explicitly advocates the abolition of capitalism in the United States.

“That sounds like contemporary communism,” said Montana Public Radio reporter Edward O’Brien of the Industrial Workers of the World, a labor group for which Montana legislator Amanda Curtis’ husband is a representative.

Her ties to the group have come under scrutiny since she won the Democratic nomination for Senate. She replaced disgraced Sen. John Walsh (D.) on the ticket after it was revealed that he plagiarized his final paper at the Army War College.

Curtis laughed when asked about her ties to IWW in a Friday interview and dodged two questions about those ties.


Ladies Night for Delmarva Zoological Society!

Supporting Delmarva Zoological Society...
Tuesday, September 16th at 6:30pm
Wear ANIMAL PRINT attire and get ready to ROAR!

Our "Women Gone Wild" theme was a hit last year...
Call before it sells out... 410.219.1117

$45 per person (plus tax & tip) 

Field of Greens' Chopped Salad - Zonin PROSECCO
Short Rib Sliders & Tiger Slaw-ALLIGATOR APPLE MARTINI
Seafood & Wild Game Paella - Chateau ST.Jean Pinto Noir

Favors and Loot for Sale

At a July fundraising event in Chicago, Mrs. Michelle Obama remarked, "So, yeah, there's too much money in politics. There's (sic) special interests that have too much influence."

Sen. John McCain has been complaining for years that "there is too much money washing around political campaigns today." According to a 2012 Reuters poll, "Seventy-five percent of Americans feel there is too much money in politics." Let's think about money in politics, but first a few facts.

During the 2012 presidential campaign, Barack Obama raised a little over $1 billion, while Mitt Romney raised a little under $1 billion. Congressional candidates raised over $3.5 billion. In 2013, there were 12,341 registered lobbyists and $3.2 billion was spent on lobbying. During the years the Clintons have been in national politics, they've received at least $1.4 billion in contributions, according to Time magazine and the Center for Responsive Politics, making them "The First Family of Fundraising."


Under Armour & Maryland Announce Renewal Of Partnership

Baltimore, Md. – The University of Maryland and Under Armour, Inc. (NYSE:UA) today announced a 10-year partnership extension that designates Under Armour as the official outfitter of its varsity intercollegiate athletic programs.

Under Armour, the global leader in performance footwear and apparel, will continue to design and supply the footwear, apparel, and equipment for training and game-day uniforms for the University of Maryland’s men’s and women’s varsity athletic teams. In addition to outfitting the Terrapin athletic department, the comprehensive partnership also includes integration into the brand’s marketing, social media, in-store, and grassroots activations.

“The University of Maryland is an integral part of Under Armour’s history, culture and identity,” said Matt Mirchin, Executive Vice President, Global Marketing, Under Armour. “We look forward to continuing this remarkable partnership over the next decade and beyond, outfitting the Terrapin student-athletes and fans in the most innovative performance gear in the market.”


Gambia passes bill imposing life sentences for 'aggravated homosexuality' - which includes having AIDS or being HIV positive

Lawmakers in Gambia have passed a bill imposing life sentences for some homosexual acts, officials have said this week.

The bill amending the criminal code was passed last month and brings life imprisonment for 'aggravated homosexuality', a charge which includes people living with HIV/AIDS, minority leader Samba Jallow told The Associated Press.

Under Gambian law, amended in 2005 to apply to women as well as men, homosexual acts were already punishable by up to 14 years in prison.


In North Carolina, More Children Homeschool Than Attend Private Schools

That statistic may seem shocking if you’ve been a stranger to the growth of the homeschooling movement

In North Carolina, the number of homeschoolers has now surpassed the number of students attending private schools.

That statistic may seem shocking if you’ve been a stranger to the growth of the homeschooling movement, which has rapidly increased in recent decades.

In 1973, there were approximately 13,000 children, ages 5 to 17, being homeschooled in the United States. But according to the National Center for Education Statistics, as of the 2011-2012 school year, that number has grown to almost 1.8 million or approximately 3.4 percent of the school age population. Other sources report numbers well over 2 million.

In the Tar Heel state alone, homeschooling has increased by 27 percent over the past two years.

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NBC News producer is charged for 'secretly taping himself having sex with his girlfriend on Valentine's day and posting it on a porn website'

An NBC producer was charged today after he allegedly made a sex tape with his unsuspecting girlfriend and then posted the video on a porn website.

Carlo Dellaverson, 30, who is an NBC News digital producer, allegedly filmed the couple having sex on Valentine's Day on a hidden camera in their shared New York City apartment.

He then later posted the clip of his girlfriend on XTube, a police source told the New York Post.

The 30-year-old's deception was only discovered when his girlfriend found the sex tape on September 4 on his computer.

She promptly moved out of the apartment after ending their relationship.


County Seeks State Probe Of Liquor Wholesaler; Comptroller Asked To Investigate Unfair Trade Practices

SNOW HILL — In the latest chapter of the county’s ongoing and longtime liquor distribution history, Worcester County has requested a state investigation into alleged unfair trade practices by a major wholesaler.

According to a letter sent to Field Enforcement Division Director Jeffrey A. Kelly, county attorney Sonny Bloxom is requesting an investigation into what the county’s Department of Liquor Control (DLC) believes was an unfair trade practice and false advertising by wholesaler Reliable-Churchill in relation to a rather large purchase of Captain Morgan rum at a deeply discounted price in advance of the summer season. According to the letter, the DLC purchased 400 cases of Captain Morgan at an advertised sale price of $12.79 per bottle in April based on the representation by Reliable-Churchill that the sale price would be locked in until October.

However, in July, Reliable-Churchill issued another sale flier advertising Captain Morgan at a sale price of $9.99 per bottle, or nearly $3 less than what the county purchased its 400 cases in April under the assumption the price was fixed until October. As a result, the county alleges it overpaid for the 400 cases by over $8,300 and sought a rebate from Reliable-Churchill, which the company tacitly denied by failing to respond to the request.


Lynn officials: Illegal immigrant children are stressing city services

LYNN, Mass. ( -- Lynn is a municipality on the brink. Key department officials say a recent influx of illegal immigrant children and families in the city is stressing almost every service from trash collection to healthcare.

"We have been aware of the unaccompanied children issue for quite a while, and we were able to absorb a lot of these children early on," said Lynn Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy. "But now it's gotten to the point where the school system is overwhelmed, our health department is overwhelmed, the city's budget is being sustainably altered in order of accommodate all of these admissions in the school department."

Flanagan Kennedy says the first contact for immigrant arrivals in the city is the school system.

The amount of new foreign born student admissions has nearly doubled in the last two years. This school year alone saw more than 600 new admissions. Among those students, 248 were from Guatemala. Flanagan Kennedy says of those 248 children, 126 were illegal, undocumented minors.

"They are not literate in any language, so they do need some skills. And I assume they are enrolling in school to receive those skills," said Catherine Latham, Lynn's superintendent of schools .


12-Year-Old In Wheelchair Beaten, Robbed By Teens In Delaware

NEWARK, Del. (CBS) — Police in Delaware are searching for two juveniles who attacked and robbed a 12-year-old confined to a wheelchair.

Twelve-year-old LeQuan Mackey is bravely talking about his attack Monday in hopes police will find the two boys he says have been picking on him for months.

Officers with the New Castle County Police Department responded to Buchanan Circle in Newark at about 2:45 p.m. Monday.

According to investigators, Mackey was outside exercising in his wheelchair when two suspects, as young as 12-years-old, approached him from behind.

“These kids pushed me into a sewer grate thing and my wheel got stuck and he started punching me. And I put my hand up to block the punch and then he grabbed my lanyard, twisted it, put it back around my neck again and started to pull it,” he said.


Georgetown Fest


The 2014 Historic Georgetown Art Crawl will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 10:00 am -4:00 pm in downtown Georgetown, along with the 5th Annual Farmer & Foodie Festival. This is a rain or shine art & foodie event, and will feature artists & artisans and farmers & foodies from throughout the Sussex County region.

Georgetown’s inaugural Art Crawl was a great success last year, with hundreds of people visiting downtown Georgetown and The Circle to see the artists’ exhibits. Dozens of artists and artisans will display their fine art, pottery, woodworking, mixed medium sculptures, jewelry creations and much more along the downtown streets of Georgetown and at The Circle this year also.

Like last year, the Historic Georgetown Art Crawl will be held in conjunction with the Annual Farmer & Foodie Festival on The Circle, which celebrates our local farmers and their farm fresh foods. Attendance at the Farmer & Foodie fest has grown over its 4 years, and nearly one thousand people were estimated to have enjoyed the event, according to Lynn Lester, who is both owner of The Brick Hotel and started the event. The festival features cooking demos, beer tastings from 16 Mile Brewery, carriage & tractor rides, live entertainment, pumpkin decorating for the kids, and backyard barbeque contests.


Justin Amash: Time for Republicans to Stop Listening to Dick Cheney

Former Vice President Dick Cheney met with House Republicans Tuesday morning after returning from their August recess, warning lawmakers about how grave the threat of Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists is.

But some anti-interventionist Republicans were not thrilled about Cheney’s foreign policy views returning to prominence in the party.

Rep. Justin Amash, R-MI, fresh off of his victory of a contentious Republican primary, was one of them.

Asked by the Washington Post’s Robert Costa whether it was time for Republicans to stop listening to Cheney, Amash replied “Yeah … Because Republicans don’t agree with him … they don’t agree with him on foreign policy.”


Maryland Angler's Log - Share Your Catch!

Salisbury Park Snakehead

Type: Tidal
Region: Eastern
Location: Salisbury Park

Seth caught this 22inch, 3.5 pound snakehead at Salisbury Park below the white footbridge on a top water hollow body frog.

Murder of Catholic Nuns Shocks World

The triple murder of three elderly Italian religious sisters in Burundi has their religious family and the local community reeling. The Italian Foreign Ministry has confirmed Monday’s death of a third missionary, Sister Bernadette Boggian, who wasdecapitated, according to a senior official of the local police. Boggian's name is added to the those of Sisters Lucia Pulici and Olga Raschietti, who were killed on Sunday.

Initial reports expressed the theory that the killings were the result of an attemptedrobbery gone wrong, but it now appears that more was afoot here. Fr. Mario Pulcini, superior of the Xaverian Missionaries in Burundi, reported the death of the three and expressed his opinion on Vatican Radio that given the brutality of the attack, it seems like some sort of vendetta or something more personal.


Report: Virginia Taxpayers Will Pay $20,000 Per Undocumented Student

RICHMOND, Va.— Virginia classrooms this school year will include as many as 2,800 new undocumented children, who will cost state taxpayers $54 million.

The cost for school-eligible children who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border and have been released in Virginia—often to extended family members—is among the highest per-capita in the nation, according to the Federation for American Immigration Reform. FAIR, a research group opposed to illegal immigration, said the feds reimburse the state and localities about 10 percent.

That works out to nearly $20,000 per student—as opposed to about $11,000 per student the state averages overall.

Why so high?


Five Ways Social Media Is Changing Your Brain’s Chemistry

Finally revealed: What ambassador in Benghazi was really doing

Operating under orders of Obama, Hillary Clinton on secret mission

The U.S. special mission in Benghazi and the nearby CIA annex were utilized in part to coordinate arms shipments to the jihadist rebels fighting the Syrian regime, with Ambassador Christopher Stevens playing a central role, documents an explosive new book released today.

The activities, which included a separate, unprecedented multi-million-dollar weapons collection effort from Libyan militias who did not want to give up their weapons, may have prompted the Sept. 11, 2012, attack, charges the new book.


The Luby's Cafeteria Massacre: A Brutal Reminder to Restaurants Telling Customers "No Guns"

Yesterday Panera Bread became another restaurant establishment asking customers to leave their guns at home, joining eateries like Chilis, Starbucks and stores like Target after pressure from anti-gun groups. Like other restaurant chains, Panera's official policy hasn't changed to an outright ban, but they've made clear customers carrying firearms for self-defense aren't welcome.

This "please leave your guns at home" policy is catching on, but as more restaurants join Panera and others like it, it's important to remind them of the horrifying Luby's Cafeteria massacre.

In 1991 Texas residents were banned by law from bringing firearms into restaurants. That same year, a mad man with an intent to kill as many people as possible, crashed his truck into a Lubys Cafeteria in Killeen. The man got out of his vehicle and shot 50 people, killing 23 of them. One of the survivors, Dr. Susan Gratia-Hupp, had left her gun in the parking lot and watched as her parents were executed in front of her. She was following the rules and obeying the law by leaving her gun in the car, right where the killer knew it would be. As Hupp describes in her own words, it was like shooting fish in a barrel. Everyone was defenseless.


Study: Teens Who Smoke Weed Daily Are 60% Less Likely To Complete High School Than Those Who Never Use

Teenagers who smoke marijuana daily are over 60 percent less likely to complete high school than those who never use. They're also 60 percent less likely to graduate college and seven times more likely to attempt suicide. Those are the startling conclusions of a new study of adolescent cannabis use out today in The Lancet Psychiatry, a British journal of health research.

Researchers gathered data on the frequency of cannabis use among 3,725 students from Australian and New Zealand, and then looked at the students' developmental outcomes up to the age of 30. They found "clear and consistent associations between frequency of cannabis use during adolescence and most young adult outcomes investigated, even after controlling for 53 potential confounding factors including age, sex, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, use of other drugs, and mental illness."

Significantly, they found that the risks for negative outcomes increased with the frequency of cannabis use. In a conference call, study co-author Edmund Sillins said that the relationship between cannabis use and negative outcomes is significant even at low levels of use (e.g., less than monthly), and that "the results suggest that there may not be a threshold where use can be deemed safe" for teens.


Highlighted Events in Wicomico Schools This Week and Next Week

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Sept. 10, 11, 15
Registration for Evening High School
Wicomico High School, Building E
 Fall registration for Evening High School will be held from 4-7 p.m. Sept. 10, 11 and 15 in Building E of Wicomico High School, off Glen Avenue. Evening High School is designed to help students who are enrolled in other Wicomico County high schools and who need to take classes to “stay on track” for graduation. It also serves anyone ages 16-21 who wishes to return to school to complete the requirements to earn a Maryland High School Diploma. Classes begin Sept. 17. To register, bring in a birth certificate, Social Security card, immunization records and transcript (copies of all of these are available at the last school attended) and proof of residency (any utility bill or rent/mortgage statement). Students already attending a Wicomico County high school during the day and wishing to attend Evening High School at night must bring to registration a blue form completed by the high school guidance counselor. 410-677-4537

Thursday, Sept. 11
Programs for National Day of Service and Remembrance/Patriot Day
Wicomico High, North Salisbury Elementary
 Wicomico High School will welcome guests for the dedication of its newly refurbished memorial garden. The community is invited to attend. Guests may begin arriving at 8:45 a.m., and the JROTC at Wicomico High School will guide visitors to the memorial garden and lead a dedication program starting at 9 a.m. Birdhouses with plaques for deceased members of the Wicomico High family will be placed in the garden. Over the past several weeks, Wicomico High and JROTC, with support from Foundation for Human Potential, Salisbury’s Promise and ShoreCorps/PALS AmeriCorps, have cleaned and weeded the garden, laid stone, improved walkways, installed rain barrels, built birdhouses, and made other improvements to the memorial garden as an environmental stewardship project. Thursday’s ceremony will include the dedication of the memorial garden and the laying of a memorial wreath. 410-677-5146
North Salisbury will welcome the Salisbury Fire Department for a Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance program for all NSS students, grades 3-5. The fire department will bring two ladder trucks, four ambulances, 25 firefighters and a bagpiper to join in the observance. The program will begin at 9:10 a.m. Thursday. The theme this year is “Peace in our Community and Peace in our World, Peace Begins with Us.” Students from 5th Grade will share a PowerPoint presentation including the timeline of events that took place on the morning of September 11th, and a wonderful illustrated book written by A.B. Curtiss called “The Little Chapel that Stood.” (The book tells the story of a little chapel beside the World Trade Center. On 9/11, the chapel served as a staging area for firefighters and police: “Oh, what gallant men we did lose/Who never came back to get their shoes.”) The 4th grade students will sing a patriotic selection.
All NSS students will be writing a wish for our world on white ribbons, and parents and students will begin typing the ribbons to the fence outside the school starting at 7:10 a.m., to serve as a gentle reminder of the significance of the day. Each class will go outside to tie them on the fence located in the front of the school.  The morning’s activities will conclude on the playground with a dove release by White Wings of Eden. 410-677-5807

Friday, Sept. 12
Deadline to register for Oct. 11 SAT administration. Juniors and seniors should visit the guidance office to information.


The IRS suspected a fishing boat owner wasn't paying proper wages to his deckhand and sent an agent to investigate him.

IRS AUDITOR: "I need a list of your employees and how much you pay them".

Boat Owner: "Well, there's Clarence, my deckhand, he's been with me for 3 years. I pay him $1,000 a week plus free room and board.

Then there's the mentally challenged guy. He works about 18 hours every day and does about 90% of the work around here.

He makes about $10 per week, pays his own room and board, and I buy him a bottle of Bacardi rum and a dozen Budweisers every Saturday night so he can cope with life.

He also gets to sleep with my wife occasionally".

IRS AUDITOR: "That's the guy I want to talk to - the mentally challenged one".

Boat Owner: "That would be me. What would you like to know"?

Letter from Rochester: Another dead cop. Black on white crime


Didn’t know if you had heard about the murder of a (white) policeman here in Rochester last week by a black man. Daryl Pierson was just 32 years old and just returned to the job on Tuesday after rehabbing for several month from a workplace injury.

He leaves a wife, 4 year old son and and infant daughter. This was the first Rochester policeman killed on duty since 1959.The guy (black) who shot him was just out of prison and had jumped parole. This occurred in one of the many violent neighborhoods in the city of Rochester.

Turns out this guy had a long rap sheet which included armed robbery, for which the victim couldn’t understand why he wasn’t contacted to testify. Because of a plea bargain, the perp was out on the street and able to kill this policeman, rather than serving his rightful debt to society (see his interview here) :’s a link to the numerous newspaper articles on this terrible event: they didn’t say much about, but I saw it on the twitter feeds from the police scanner transmissions, was that at the time this occurred, there was a big crowd of residents gathering, no doubt to pounce on the cop who they suspected was brutalizing one of their own.

One local radio host said he must have missed the candle light vigil for the officer in that neighborhood (there was none) as there are numerous such vigils since there are many murders in this area of Rochester (mostly black on black).

Nuclear Nightmare: As Terror Fears Spike, Power Plant Near Nation’s Capital Sits Practically Unguarded

LUSBY, Md. — About 50 miles outside Washington D.C. is a nuclear power plant that sits on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay. It’s the sort of place the government has warned is vulnerable to a terrorist attack.

But an investigation conducted by The Daily Caller found that anybody can enter the property of the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant, drive through the front gates, park not far from a nuclear reactor and have no contact of any kind with security.

A reporter and videographer drove from the nation’s capital last Friday to Calvert Cliffs and twice accessed the power plant site. No one stopped or even seemed to notice them.

TheDC was able to proceed through an unmanned security checkpoint — the guard booth was empty and padlocked — and, minutes later, enter a parking lot about 550 feet away from one of the plant’s two nuclear reactors.


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Members of Minneapolis Mosque "Actively Recruiting For ISIS"

Dinesh D’Souza Prosecutor Accused Of Failing To Enforce Anti-Discrimination Court Order

The Obama donor prosecuting conservative writer Dinesh D’Souza is being accused of “fostering disrespect for the rule of law” for allegedly failing to enforce a housing desegregation ruling.

Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, is an Obama donor and prospective Attorney General in a Hillary Clinton administration. But his career ambitions might face some opposition from the left.

The New York-based group ERASE Racism joined with the Equal Justice Society and the local housing group Enhanced Section 8 Outreach Program to accuse Bharara of failing to enforce a desegregation court order issued in 2009 against New York’s Westchester County.