Saturday, September 13, 2014

Wedding Photo Found In 9/11 Rubble Reunited With Owner After 13 Years

According to "Good Morning America," college professor Elizabeth Stringer Keefe has spent the last 13 years seeking the rightful owner of a wedding photo found by a friend of hers in the 9/11 rubble.

Every year since the attacks, Stringer Keefe would engage in a campaign to find the photo’s owner. In recent years, she has spread the word via social networks.

Stringer Keefe kept the photo tucked inside her favorite Ernest Hemmingway book for safekeeping.

This year, a day after the 9/11 anniversary, Fred Mahe was made aware of the photo via a coworker who sent him a story about the photo quest.
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Rand Paul Vows to Repeal Every Prior Executive Order if Elected President

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — In front of a boisterous pub crowd of young voters here, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) ripped into President Obama over executive overreach and even vowed to repeal “all previous executive orders” in one of his first acts as president, should he run.

Paul’s comments came to the New Hampshire chapter of Generation Opportunity, a national grassroots conservative group with a libertarian appeal with thousands of young liberty-minded activists nationwide engaged through it.

Paul focused much of his remarks on executive overreach by President Barack Obama, saving some of his most interesting points for a question-and-answer session at the end.

“There’s a rumor going around you might run for president in a couple years,” a young man shouted as Paul took questions from the audience for several minutes after a 15-plus-minute speech.

“Man, who started that?” Paul joked with the man, who was in his mid-20s.

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Democrats in Desperation

In the battle for Senate control, analysts from left to right give the GOP an edge.

Two things are becoming clear about this November’s U.S. Senate races. First, more and more analysts now say Republicans are likely to win at least the 51 seats needed for control of the Senate. Second, the result is that Democrats will run even more desperately negative campaigns in an effort to hold onto power. But don’t expect too much media thumb-sucking about “attack ads” this fall, since the worst are almost certain to come from the left.

In the battle for Senate control, analysts from left to right give the GOP an edge. Mark Blumenthal, the pollster for the Huffington Post, this week gave Republicans a 55 percent chance of taking back the Senate, which the Democrats have held since 2007. Among the close races, he says Arkansas and Louisiana are likely to tilt Republican, while Colorado and Iowa are “truly 50–50 races.”

Other analysts ranging from Larry Sabato to Charlie Cook to FiveThirtyEight.com’s Nate Silver also give the GOP the edge. Silver, who predicted Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection on the nose, says the GOP has a 65 percent chance of capturing the Senate. In his analysis: “Republicans can win the Senate solely by winning Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, Montana, South Dakota and West Virginia, states which voted for Mitt Romney over Barack Obama by an average of 19 percentage points in 2012.”

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CBS Sports Rejects Ad Featuring Child Reciting Pledge Of Allegiance As ‘Too Political’

Do you think a four-year-old girl reciting the Pledge of Allegiance is terribly offensive?

Apparently, CBS Sports Network does.

The national cable sports network rejected a 30-second television advertisement from Windermere Real Estate that shows company owner Dave Retter's adorable granddaughter delivering the pledge with her hand over her heart.

CBS Sports said the ad was "too political" to air during the network's upcoming broadcast of the Wrangler Champions Challenge rodeo.

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Dem lawmaker suggests ‘sexting’ to get out vote

Congressman tells woman: 'Use the tools that we have'

(Daily Caller) Rep. James Clyburn, the third-ranking House Democrat, recently told a C-SPAN caller that “sexting” is an important tool for organizing voters.

Clyburn seemed to confuse basic “texting” with “sexting” — which involves sending sexual messages or photos — during a Labor Day weekend appearance on C-SPAN to promote his new memoir.

Clyburn, 74, told an anguished caller that Americans concerned about the Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin shootings should employ Twitter, Facebook and “sexting” to organize.

BREAKING NEWS: Reports of ISIS video claiming to show beheading of British hostage

British media reports the release of an ISIS video claiming to show the beheading of British hostage David Haines.

From Fox News

ISIS Army Parades in 43 New Toyota Hilux Trucks – Donated By US Taxpayers

Since July, the Obama-backed Free Syrian Army, Al Nusra Front, and ISIS have paired together in order to fight the Syrian Assad regime.
 

According to one Free Syrian Army commander, the combining of forces with ISIS was needed in order to achieve “the greater good.”

Since around that time ISIS has paraded around the Caliphate in their brand new Toyota Hilux trucks.
Paid for by US taxpayers.

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Obama Losing Support Among Women, Youths, Latinos

Three essential groups that formed part of Barack Obama’s voting coalition are slipping away from him, according to a newWashington Post/ABC News poll: women, young voters, and Latinos.

50% of female respondents disapproved of Obama, while 44% approved, a huge shift from 2012, when 55% approved and 44% disapproved. When Obama was inaugurated the second time in 2013, 60% of women approved of him. Traditionally, single women tend to vote more for Democrats while married women vote more for Republicans.

The poll reflected women’s discomfort with Obama’s handling of foreign affairs.

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Reporter: Peterson's Son Told Cops "Heartbreaking Story"

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was booked and released from a Texas jail on a child abuse charge early Saturday, capping a tumultuous week for the NFL, which was already facing heavy criticism for its handling of a domestic violence case involving another star player.

Nick Wright, host of CBS sports radio station 610 in Houston and one of the first reporters to break the Peterson story, said that he's read an account of what Peterson's 4-year-old son told police and described his story as "a heartbreaking story" on "CBS This Morning: Saturday."

"He mentions his reluctance to want to talk to police because 'Daddy Peterson might hit me,'" said Wright. "He references being hit in the face."

Wright also said that, according to the mother's statement to police, the boy told her that "Daddy has a whooping room."

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Doctor: Bureaucracy Consuming Time That Should Be Spent With Patients

Modern-day medicine has become a quagmire of bureaucracy that consumes time that doctors should be using caring for their patients, says Dr. Mark Sklar, an assistant professor of medicine at the Georgetown University Medical Center and at the George Washington University Medical Center.

If high-quality medical care is the goal, the bureaucracies need to be tamed," Sklar writes in an opinion piece for Thursday's edition of The Wall Street Journal.

"Our government and insurance companies understandably want to measure outcomes of healthcare dollars spent. However, if the healthcare system rewards data entry, that is what it will get — the quality of care seems an afterthought."

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James Foley Mom: 'Country Let Jim Down'

The mother of slain American journalist James Foley is harshly criticizing the U.S. government for its handling of her son’s hostage situation.

“I really, really feel that our country let Jim down,” Diane Foley said during a Thursday night interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

oley made clear that she didn’t want to blame specific people and said that there were many government officials who genuinely wanted to help. But she reserved significant criticism for the U.S. government in general, which she felt failed to help her family or James while he was held by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant captors.

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Vote YES On Scottish Independence – Scotland Finally Has A Chance To Get Free From The British

Scottish voters finally have the opportunity to fulfill William Wallace’s dream of a Scotland that is free and independent of England forever. All they have to do is vote yes next week. Without a doubt, a divorce from the British would be quite messy, and life would probably be more comfortable in the short-term if Scotland remains part of the United Kingdom. But hopefully the people of Scotland are looking beyond short-term concerns. Today, the United Kingdom is a horribly repressive Big Brother police state that is dominated by bureaucratic control freaks. You can hardly even sneeze without violating some kind of law, rule or regulation. And the London banking establishment is at the very heart of the debt-based global financial system which is enslaving so much of the planet. Scotland finally has a chance to get free from all of this. All it is going to take is a yes vote on Scottish independence.

It looks like it is going to be an incredibly close vote. Recent polls show that the result could go either way. Needless to say, this is causing the British establishment to freak out quite a bit.

For example, a couple of large banks have attempted to sway the vote during this past week by publicly declaring that they will have to move to England if the vote for Scottish independence is successful…

The Royal Bank of Scotland announcedThursday that it is making contingency plans to move its legal incorporation to England in the event of a “yes” vote. In addition, Lloyds Banking Group said it had made arrangements to establish “new legal entities” in England should voters in Scotland decide to sever ties with Britain.

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Enterovirus D68 Makes Its Way To The Northeast, Officials Confirm

The mysterious respiratory virus that's been making children sick across the United States has made its way to the Northeast.

More than a dozen cases of enterovirus D68 have been confirmed in New York state, officials said Friday, and FoxCT.com said that two Connecticut hospitals have reported possible cases.

The virus, which is responsible for sending dozens of children to hospitals in the Midwest, especially affects children with asthma. There is no vaccine and, because it is a virus, there is no cure.

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Do You Agree Or Disagree With Whoopi?

Why The U.S. Chills Its Eggs And Most Of The World Doesn't

Go in search of eggs in most foreign countries and you might encounter a strange scene: eggs on a shelf or out in the open air, nowhere near a refrigerator.

Shock and confusion may ensue. What are they doing there? And are they safe to eat?

We Americans, along with the Japanese, Australians and Scandinavians, tend to be squeamish about our chicken eggs, so we bathe them and then have to refrigerate them.

But we're oddballs. Most other countries don't mind letting unwashed eggs sit next to bread or onions.

The difference boils down to two key things: how to go after bacteria that could contaminate them, and how much energy we're willing to use in the name of safe eggs.

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WCSO Most Wanted 9-13-14 (Part 2 of 2)



Traci Lynn Pethtel
• White Female, 5’04” 107 lbs
• DOB 10/01/1969 44 years of age
• Brown hair, Brown eyes
• Pethtel’s last known address was East New Market MD
• Pethtel also uses the names Tracy Lynn Brooks and Tracy Lynn Bradley
• Pethtel is wanted by the Sheriff's Office on a District Court Bench Warrant issued for Failure to Appear in March 2014 on Theft charges
• There is no preset bond, she must be brought before the court
• Pethtel has history of DRUG ABUSE
• The state will extradite her from DE and VA


Reginald Edward Quailes
• Black Male, 5’09” 160 lbs
• DOB 10/28/1968 45 years of age
• Black hair, Brown eyes
• Quailes’ last known address was Salisbury MD
• Quailes uses the nicknames Fube or Fubi and Bube as well as the alias Charles Ray Jr
• Quailes is wanted by the Sheriff’s Office on a District Court Bench Warrant issued for Failure to Appear in June 2013 for a Violation of Probation hearing on the charge of Theft $1000 to $10,000
• Quailes should be APPROACHED WITH CAUTION, he has a history of RESIST ARREST, ASSAULT POLICE, and DRUG ABUSE, he should be considered DANGEROUS 


Adarrin Darnell Smith
• Black Male, 5’11” 189 lbs
• DOB 06/28/1967 47 years of age
• Black hair, Brown eyes
• Smith’s last known address was Salisbury MD
• Smith is wanted by the Sheriff's Office on a Circuit Court Child Support Warrant issued in November 2013
• There is no preset bond, he must be brought before the court


Bryan Keith Taylor
• White Male 6’05” 155 lbs
• DOB 07/24/1977 37 years of age
• Brown hair, Hazel eyes
• Taylor’s last known address was Laurel DE
• Taylor is wanted by the Sheriff's Office on a District Court Bench Warrant issued for Failure to Appear in April 2014 for a Violation of Probation Hearing on the charges of CDS Possession Not Marijuana, Paraphernalia, and Admin Equipment
• The preset bond is $20,000
• Taylor has history of DRUG ABUSE
• The state will extradite him from DE and VA 


Kristopher Michael Tindall
• White Male, 5’09” 150 lbs
• DOB 01/13/1978 36 years of age
• Brown hair, Brown eyes
• Tindall’s last known address was Felton DE
• Tindall also uses the name Christopher James Jonson and has multiple tattoos on both arms and legs
• Tindall is wanted by the Sheriff’s Office on a Child Support Body Attachment issued in April 2011 as Unable to locate
• The preset bond is $20,000 cash


Richard James Wiggins
• White Male, 5’08” 150 lbs
• DOB 09/29/1973 40 years of age
• Brown hair, Green eyes
• Wiggins’ last known address was Cambridge MD
• Wiggins is wanted by the Sheriff's Office on a District Court Bench Warrant issued for Failure to Appear in February 2013 for a Violation of Probation hearing on the charge of Assault 2nd
• And on a District Court Bench Warrant issued in March 2013 for Violation of Probation on the charges of CDS Possession Not Marijuana and Paraphernalia
• The total preset bond is $75,000
• Wiggins should be APPROACHED WITH CAUTION and has history of DRUG ABUSE
• The state will extradite him from the states surrounding MD 


Stephen James Wilson
• White Male, 6’03” 200 lbs
• DOB 07/25/1991 23 years of age
• Brown hair, Hazel eyes
• Wilson’s last known address is Hebron MD
• Wilson is wanted by the Sheriff's Office on a Circuit Court Bench Warrant issued for Failure to Appear in July 2014 on the charge of Theft
• There is no preset bond, he must be brought before the court
• Wilson has history of RESIST ARREST and DRUG ABUSE

WCSO Most Wanted 9-13-14 (Part 1 of 2)

Vernon Alonzo Cooper Jr.
• Black Male, 5’09” 165 lbs
• DOB 09/22/1989 24 years of age
• Black hair, Brown eyes
• Cooper’s last known address was Middle River MD
• Cooper is wanted by the Sheriff’s Office on a Circuit Court Bench Warrant issued in June 2014 for Violation of Probation on multiple counts of Attempting to Elude officer
• There is no preset bond, he must be brought before the court
• Cooper should be APPROACHED WITH CAUTION and has history of DRUG ABUSE


Michael Joel Daniel
• White Male 5’11” 160 lbs
• DOB 05/09/1978 36 years of age
• Brown hair, Brown eyes
• Daniel’s last known address was Fruitland MD
• Daniel is wanted by the Sheriff’s Office on a District Court Arrest Warrant issued in August 2013 for Check Forgery and Theft
• Daniel should be considered DANGEROUS and has history of DRUG ABUSE

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Bryant Tyrone Deale
• Black Male 5’06” 220 lbs
• DOB 03/04/1962 52 years of age
• Black hair, Brown eyes
• Dale’s last known address was Easton MD
• Deale also uses the name Charles Tyrone Taylor
• Deale is wanted by the Sheriff’s Office on a District Court Bench Warrant issued for Failure to Appear in June 2013 on the charges of Acting as a Contractor without a License, and Failure to perform contract
• He is also wanted by the Dorchester county Sheriff’s Office and the State of Maryland
• There is no preset bond, he must be brought before the court
• Deale has history of being ARMED, should be considered DANGEROUS, and has history of DRUG ABUSE
• The state will extradite him from DE and VA 


Blaise Delma (NMN)
• Black Male, 5’09” 190 lbs
• DOB 05/04/1960 54 years of age
• Black hair, Brown eyes
• Delma’s last known address was Hurlock MD but is known to have left that address
• Delma also uses the name Blaise Delmar or Delma Blaise
• Delma is wanted by the Sheriff’s Office on a District Court Bench Warrant issued in December 2012 for Violation of Probation on the charges of Forgery Private Doc, Issue False Doc, and Theft under $1000
• The preset bond is $10,000   sbynews


Wardell Flowers (nmn)
• Black Male, 5’11” 145 lbs
• DOB 11/01/1963 50 years of age
• Black hair, Brown eyes
• Flowers’ last known address was Salisbury MD
• Flowers also uses the names James Flowers or Wardell Dell
• Flowers is wanted by the Sheriff’s Office on a Circuit Court Bench Warrant issued in October 2013 for Violation of Probation on the charge of CDS Possess not Marijuana
• There is no preset bond, he must be brought before the court
• Flowers has a history of DRUG ABUSE and should be APPROACHED WITH CAUTION


Samuel Jesus Gomez-Torres
• Hispanic Male, 5’09” 136 lbs
• DOB 11/19/1987 26 years of age
• Black hair, Brown eyes
• Gomez’s last known address was Salisbury MD
• Gomez is wanted by the Sheriff’s Office on a Circuit Court Bench Warrant issued in August 2012 for Violation of Probation on the charge of Assault 2nd
• There is no preset bond, he must be brought before the court 



Clinton Lee Kelley
• White Male 6’00” 139 lbs
• DOB 08/29/1977 37 years of age
• Blonde hair, Brown eyes
• Kelley’s last known address was Hurlock or Crownsville MD
• Kelley is wanted by the Sheriff's Office on a Circuit Court Bench Warrant issued for Violation of Probation in August 2012 on the charges of Assault 2nd and Dangerous Weapon Carry with Intent
• And on two District Court Bench Warrants issued for Violation of Probation in August 2012 both for Assault, Motor Vehicle Unlawful taking, Theft $1000 to $10000, and MDOP over $500
• There is no preset bond, he must be brought before the court
• Kelley should be considered ARMED and may RESIST ARREST
• The state will extradite him from all states on the East Coast of the US


Braheem Lamar Kelly
• Black Male, 5’10” 220 lbs
• DOB 03/05/1981 33 years of age
• Black hair, Brown eyes
• Kelly’s last known address was Salisbury MD
• Kelly is wanted by the Sheriff’s Office on a Circuit Court Bench Warrant issued for Failure to Appear in May 2010 for a Violation of Probation Hearing on the charge of CDS Manufacture Distribute Narcotics
• There is no preset bond, he must be brought before the court
• Kelly has a history of being a DRUG USER SELLER 


Carlos Harlon Moore Jr.
• Black Male, 5’11” 220 lbs
• DOB 04/02/1972 42 years of age
• Black hair, Brown eyes
• Moore’s last known address was Salisbury MD
• Moore is wanted by the Sheriff’s Office on a Circuit Court Bench Warrant issued in September 2013 for Violation of Probation on the charge of CDS Distribute Narcotics
• There is no preset bond, he must be brought before the court
• Moore has history of DRUG ABUSE

Pendulum Wave Demonstration (Very Cool Video)


This is a large-scale demonstration of the interaction between period and pendulum length, using 16 bowling balls hung from a wooden frame.

Here are answers to some common questions:

** What am I seeing? How does this work? **
The length of time it takes a ball to swing back and forth one time to return to its starting position is dependent on the length of the pendulum, not the mass of the ball. A longer pendulum will take longer to complete one cycle than a shorter pendulum. The lengths of the pendula in this demonstration are all different and were calculated so that in about 2:40, the balls all return to the same position at the same time - in that 2:40, the longest pendulum (in front) will oscillate (or go back and forth) 50 times, the next will oscillate 51 times, and on to the last of the 16 pendula which will oscillate 65 times. Try counting how many times the ball in front swings back and forth in the time it takes the balls to line up again, and then count how many times the ball in back swings back and forth in the same time (though it's much harder to keep your eye on the ball in back!)


More information about this video can be found HERE

State Police Detectives Arrest Sex Offender for Rape

Kent County, DE –
The Delaware State Police have arrested a Tier 2 sex offender after an investigation reveals he had unlawful sexual contact with a 14 year old female.

Detectives with the Troop 3 Criminal Investigations Unit in Dover arrested Tyrone A. Turcotte, 22 of Smyrna, on Friday September 12, 2014 after an investigation into the sexual abuse of a 14 year old female ensued following her recent disclosure to her mother that Turcotte had touched her inappropriately on several occasions beginning back in June 2014.

Tyrone Turcotte, who is a medium risk Tier 2 sex offender, was picked up by troopers at a house in Hartly on Friday and was charged with Rape 4th and seven counts of Unlawful Sexual Contact 2nd. He was arraigned at JP2 and committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $41,000.00 cash bond.

Because of the sensitivity of this case, and in consideration of the victim and their family, only limited information is being released.

Turcotte is a non-familial acquaintance of a relative of the victim.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1-800 842-8461). You may also email the unit Director atdebra.reed@state.de.us.

ISIS, ISIL Or Islamic State: What's In A Name?

The Obama administration favors the term ISIL. Many Western news outlets have switched to calling the group "the Islamic State." And in general, ISIS might be the most ubiquitous acronym.

All three terms refer to the terrorist group that rose to prominence this summer, taking over parts of Iraq and Syria, declaring a new caliphate and beheading two American journalists. Why is there so much disagreement over what, exactly, to call them?

Jonah Blank is a former staffer at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where he advised Joe Biden and John Kerry when they were senatoars. He's now at the RAND Corp. think tank. He tells NPR's Steve Inskeep that the militant organization is waging a propaganda war — and what name it goes by is part of that war.

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Berlin, WOC Getting New, Steel Utility Poles

Berlin officials announced during a Mayor and Council meeting on Monday, Sept. 8, that Delmarva Power plans to replace several transmission poles in the area, requiring a four-to-six hour interruption of power on Dec. 9.

The company will replace all of the 60-65 foot wooden poles between the Worcester Substation on Old Ocean City Boulevard and Route 50 and the West Ocean City Substation on Golf Course Road with 80-90 foot steel poles. Poles in Berlin will be brown steel, and poles toward Route 611 will be galvanized steel. Delmarva Power estimates the project to run from Oct. 1 through May 2015.

The power interruption will affect more than 2,400 Berlin customers and more than 11,000 Delmarva Power Customers.

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Report: Net Employment Growth In Georgia Went to Immigrants Since 2000

While native-born Americans accounted for more than half of the working-age population growth in Georgia since 2000, the net increase in employment went entirely to legal and illegal immigrants, according to a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies.

According to CIS — which reached its conclusions by analyzing government data — from the first quarter of 2000 to the first quarter of 2014 the total number of employed working-age immigrants in Georgia increased by 400,000. In that same timeframe the number of working-age “natives” with a job declined by 71,000 — despite the fact that “natives” represented 54 percent of the overall working-age population growth.

“There are a huge number of working-age people in Georgia not working and labor force participation remains at record lows,” Steven Camarota, the research director at CIS and lead author of the report, said in a statement Thursday.

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SFD Calls For Service 9-12-14

  • Friday September, 12 2014 @ 21:39Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Friday September, 12 2014 @ 21:39Nature: Emergency UnknownCity:Salisbury
  • Friday September, 12 2014 @ 21:15Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
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Our Bubble Economy Is On Its Last Gasp

Over the years I’ve heard the cries of “Economic Collapse Ahead!” more times then I care to remember. I’m sure you have as well. Ever since the crash of 2007-2008, it seems like nearly every internet voice has claimed at one time or another, that we are headed for an apocalyptic market correction (and just around the corner too!). This of course, is not without merit.

You’d be a fool to think that we’re on a sustainable course. It has come down to a matter of simple arithmetic. From federal and municipal debt, to stock market and housing speculation; from personal credit to student loan debt, we’re in heaps of trouble. We can project how much society as a whole will earn in the future, deduct how much we owe, and how much we will owe, and see that none of this will ever be paid for. At this point there is a 100% probability that the system will crash. The only question left to ask is, when?

And therein lies the problem. Those of us who have been calling it like it is, and speaking of this in terms of inevitability, must look like “chicken little’s” by now. Most people view the world through a very short term window. It’s been six years since the crash of 2008, and the average person will have tuned out the warnings by now. They don’t understand this one fundamental rule when it comes to predicting economics and geopolitical events-it is shockingly easy to predict the fall of any given system. It’s near impossible to predict when it will fall.

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Battleground poll shows Dems down by 18 points

If this week’s polling is any evidence, Democrats are facing an even tougher road come November. With President Obama’s approval sinking below former presidentGeorge W. Bush’s, the latest Fox News poll finds Republicans hold the advantage as they seek to reclaim the Senate. In states with active U.S. Senate races, likely voters say they would back the Republican a 9-point margin. And when looking at the results in just the 14 Fox News battleground states the GOP edge widens to 18-point margin. Fox News: “The president recently claimed that ‘by almost every measure’ the nation’s economy and American workers are better off now than when he took office. Voters dismiss his boast as ‘mostly false’ by a 58-36 percent margin. That includes 37 percent of Democrats who think it doesn’t ring true.”

[The battleground list: Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, New Hampshire, South Dakota and West Virginia]

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The Democratic Assault Begins Today

The Democratic assault begins today… and we are ready!
 
As you know the Democratic Governors Association is going up on TV today with a huge media buy in order to save Anthony Brown's faltering campaign.
 
In a true sign of weakness, our opponent has called in for reinforcements and it's about to get ugly. The Democratic establishment is desperate to hold on to Maryland and will do anything to keep her.

But we are ready. We know that these ads will be false and nasty, but we will not be swayed or distracted.

When they make false claims, we will combat them with facts. Facts about the failed economic policies of the O'Malley-Brown Administration, crushing taxes imposed on Maryland families and small businesses and a state with the third highest foreclosure rate in the county. 

Why isn't Brown talking about the O'Malley-Brown tax increases, job loss and economic decline?  Simply because he has no idea how to improve these areas for Marylanders - yet it's these areas that most Maryland families struggle with!It's going to take strong leadership and real solutions to get our state back on track and change Maryland for the better. 

So I ask you to stand with me in this fight and combat political rhetoric with the issues that matter most to Maryland families. We need leadership that will cut taxes, create jobs and get our economy back on track! 
 
Your contribution of $25, $50, $100, $250 or anything you can afford today will help us to fight off the liberal special interest money and change Maryland for the better. 
 
Help us fuel the momentum and fight the liberal money machine today!
 
 Thank you for your support, 



Larry Hogan

Manhunt in Pennsylvania After Deadly Ambush at Police Barracks

A late-night shooting during a shift change at a Pennsylvania State Police barracks left one trooper dead and another injured in a targeted ambush on the officers, sparking a multi-state search for the potential shooter or shooters.
One trooper was leaving the barracks in Pike County's Blooming Grove and another was arrived when shots were fired just before 11 p.m. Friday, State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said. He confirmed that one trooper was killed and the other was injured and taken to Geisinger Medical Center in Scranton, where he was in stable condition.

Noonan said the attack seemed to be directed solely at state police.

"This has been an emotional night for all of us," he told reporters.
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Somerset County Sheriff's Office 9-13-14

Titany Somona Townsend of Jamesville Virginia, arrested 8-29-14 on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Townsend was released after posting bond.

Lashawn Andrews of Pittsville, arrested 8-29-14 on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Andrews was held on a $500.00 bond.

Ted Davis 3rd of Pocomoke, arrested 8-30-14 for driving under the influence of alcohol, driving impaired by alcohol, and violating license restrictions. The arrest was the result of a traffic stop conducted by deputies in the area of Ocean Highway, and King Miller Road. Davis was released on signatures pending court actions.

Hezekiah Jackson of Parkville, arrested 8-31-14 on a warrants for failing to appear in court. Jackson was held on a $500.00 bond.

Adrian Hernandez Juarez of Marion, arrested 8-31-14 for driving while impaired by alcohol, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving without a license, and speeding. Juarez was released on signatures pending court actions. The arrest was the result of a traffic stop conducted by deputies in the area of Crisfield Highway, and Lovers Lane.

Karen Lee Leath Bloodsworth of Princess Anne, arrested 9-8-14 for failing to appear in court. Bloodsworth was held on a $500.00 bond.

DJevan Adrien Edmond of Halethorpe, arrested 9-9-14 on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Edmond was released on an unsecured bond.

Micheal Anthony Goodwyn of Glen Burnie, arrested 9-9-14 on warrants for failinf to appear in court. Goodwyn was released on an unsecured bond.

Keshawn Lovell Wright of Berlin, arrested 9-11-14 on a warrant for violation of probation. Wright was held without bond.

Homeland Security chief drops amnesty bombshell

Admits 'overreach' would devastate Democrats in November election

President Obama’s Homeland Security chief may have let the cat out of the bag about the real reason for his boss’s decision to delay plans to declare amnesty for 5 million immigrants living illegally in the U.S.

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, in a meeting Wednesday with the influence-wielding Council on Foreign Relations, indicated the president didn’t want to add fuel to an already burning fire of conservative anger over illegal immigration before this November’s critical mid-term elections. To do so might cause a repeat of the historic Democrat losses of 1994 and 2010.

In 1994 the Democrats lost 50 seats in Congress, and in 2010 they lost 63.

“As you know, the president has determined we should wait until after the midterm elections to announce what we believe we can and should do to fix the (immigration) system,” Johnson told the CFR.

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Person of interest questioned in Pennsylvania shooting that killed trooper

BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. – Two troopers were ambushed outside a state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania during a late-night shift change, leaving one dead and another injured, and authorities were questioning a person of interest, state police said Saturday.

One trooper was leaving the barracks in Blooming Grove, Pike County, and another was arriving when shots were fired at 10:50 p.m. Friday, State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said.

A person of interest identified as Jeffrey Hudak, 48, was being questioned by police, Trooper Connie Devens said.

"No one is in custody or under arrest," she said. "Mr. Hudak is being questioned as a person of interest."

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Congresswoman: "I'm Glad People Have This 9/11 Mentality Again"

In the wake of non-stop propaganda from politicians of both parties, as well as a mainstream media desperate for ratings, the American public is finally terrified enough to support another war in the Middle East. This is an unfortunate development I lamented in yesterday’s post: The American Public: A Tough Soldier or a Chicken Hawk Cowering in a Cubicle? Some Thoughts on ISIS Intervention.

With just 6% of likely U.S. voters thinking Congress is doing a good or excellent job according to a recent Rasmussen poll, it’s no surprise to see so many of these corrupt clowns falling over one another to appear tough on ISIS, using myriad hyperbolic and Orwellian statements.

Let’s start with Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) who decided to see if she could take crazy to a whole other level:

“There’s been no pushback against the Islamic State and they have made breathtaking advances. We haven’t seen anything like this since Hitler and the blitzkrieg in World War II

The Islamic State have declared war against the infidel, they have declared war against the U.S.”

Well Rep. Bachmann, perhaps ISIS wouldn’t be so successful if not for our allies funding it [9], in addition to its use of U.S. military hardware. But of course those arms must’ve just immaculately conceived themselves out of thin air in the desserts of Mesopotamia.

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Golden Hammer: Feds spend millions to study drunken monkeys, pilots and students

There’s a whole lot of drinking going on in the name of government science, and some watchdogs think it’s the American taxpayer who is getting hammered.

Right now the National Institutes of Health is spending $3.2 million to get monkeys to drink alcohol excessively to determine what effect it has long term on their body tissue.

NIH also has handed out $69,459 to the University of Missouri to study whether text messaging college students before they attend pre-football game tailgates will encourage them to drink less and “reduce harmful effects related to alcohol consumption.”

And the government’s premier research arm has doled out money in recent years for research on binge-drinking mice, inebriated gamblers and pilots seeking the sensation of flying drunk — on a simulator of course.

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Miss Maryland Jade Kenny of Madison competing for Miss America Sunday

MADISON — Jade Kenny, the daughter of Missy and Wade Kenny of Madison and Miss Maryland 2014, will be competing this Sunday for the title of Miss America 2015 in Atlantic City, N.J. The competition will be broadcast live by ABC from 8 to 11 p.m.

Kenny, who is 23, was crowned Miss Maryland in June in Hagerstown. It was her fourth attempt at the title. Her mother had entered the pageant at the age of 17 and won the bathing suit competition, a fact Kenny jokes about because she hadn’t won that part of the pageant.

Kenny earned a degree in sports broadcasting from the University of Alabama in May. She works in advertising and marketing at CBS Sports and lives in Silver Springs. She was recently a cheerleader for the Washington Wizards.

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Treated Wastewater To Be Used To Irrigate Golf Course

Treated effluent from the Mystic Harbour wastewater treatment plant in West Ocean City will be used for irrigation at Eagles Landing Golf Course, pending the approval of the Worcester County Commissioners following a public hearing on the issue.

Additional treated effluent would be redirected to the Ocean City wastewater treatment plant when capacity does not exist at the municipal golf course or the injection wells currently used. The application for the text amendment to the county’s Comprehensive Water and Sewerage Plan Amendment also requests the expansion of the permitted flow from the Mystic Harbour wastewater treatment plant from the currently approved 250,000 gallons per day to 450,000 gallons per day.

The Mystic Harbour plant was built with a capacity of 450,000 gallons per day, but to fully utilize that capacity, provisions must be made for the disposal of the treated effluent. The plant now uses shallow groundwater injection wells for effluent disposal. Those wells, however, are not reliable and are permitted for only 250,000 gallons per day of effluent disposal.

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Dead Lion Found In Freezer During Inspection At Restaurant Near To Zoo

The animal's body was discovered stuffed next to food which was due to be served to unsuspecting customers

The body of a dead lion was found in a restaurant's freezer during an inspection by environmental health officers.

The animal's corpse was discovered stuffed next to food which was due to be served to unsuspecting customers.

The restaurant's owner told health inspectors the lion was donated to him by a nearby zoo to feed to his pack of dogs.

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Barack Obama = Black On Black Crime

YET THE LOVE REMAINS UNDYING …

U.S. President Barack Obama is the nation’s first black president … or half-black, if you want to be precise about it. We don’t … because Obama’s skin color has never mattered to us. Nor did Mitt Romney‘s religion. And neither does the party affiliation of either of these two big government hacks.

Color and creed have precisely zero to do with one’s fidelity to founding American liberties or free market principles. And apparently neither does party label (see Exhibit A).

We don’t like Obama for the simple reason that he – like the vast majority of Democrats and “Republicans” in Washington, D.C. – is bad for the country on multiple levels.

Obama has been especially harmful to black Americans – the constituency that helped deliver him the White House and breathlessly hailed his historic election as the most visible manifestation of a post-racial nation.

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9/11 Firefighter Blows WTC 7 Cover-Up Wide Open

Atheist Must Swear to God or Leave U.S. Air Force

Last month, an airman who doesn't believe in God was denied his request to re-enlist. That's because he refused to "swear to God". As a result, he has a lawyer and is poised to take the military to court.

"We have not received word from the Air Force regarding our letter. It has not indicated a willingness to settle out of court," said Monica Miller, an attorney for the American Humanist Association, which has taken up the service member's case.

Denying airmen to re-enlist wasn't always the case. In the past, an airman could opt for an alternative phrase and omit the words "so help me God," but the United States Air Force changed its policy in October 2013.

The Air Force is the only branch of the American military to require referencing God. All other branches make the reference to God optional.

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[WATCH] Entitled “Hey White People” Video Will Make Your Blood Boil

Distict Court Of Maryland Notice Of Revision Effective 10/1/2014


MIKULSKI COMMEMORATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT TO FIGHT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT

Senator helped pass legislation in 1994, which has helped millions of women
 
“If the last 20 years have shown us anything, it’s that VAWA works. I am proud of it and am so happy to mark this important milestone,” Senator says
                                   
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) Subcommittee, today commemorated the 20th anniversary of the bipartisanViolence Against Women Act (VAWA), which helps protect women and families from domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence. Senator Mikulski played a leading role cosponsoring the legislation which was originally enacted on September 13, 1994. As Chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Mikulski puts funds in the federal checkbook to support the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office on Violence Against Women and programs authorized through VAWA.
 
“Today we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, a landmark piece of legislation that continues to improve the lives of millions of women, their families, and the communities that support them. If the last 20 years have taught us anything, it’s that VAWA works,” Senator Mikulski said. “This legislation stands today as an example of what we are really called here to do – meeting people’s day-to-day needs. That means protecting people, making their lives better and providing vital resources to those in need. No woman in this country should live in fear that her partner will hurt or kill her or her kids. I have zero tolerance for domestic violence. If you are beaten and abused, you should have somewhere to turn for help and a path to recovery.”
 
As a cosponsor of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013Senator Mikulski has continued to fight against domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking, crimes of epidemic proportions that are exacting terrible costs on individual lives and our communities. Twenty-five percent of women in the U.S. report that they have been physically assaulted by an intimate partner during their lifetimes, one in six have been the victims of attempted or completed rape, and the cost of domestic violence exceeds $5.8 billion each year.
 
Senator Mikulski provided $430 million in the fiscal year (FY)2015 CJS Appropriations bill to support programs authorized through VAWA. The bill funds multiple competitive and formula grant programs that support state domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions, rape prevention programs, national domestic violence hotlines, battered women’s shelters and transitional housing support services, help for teens and young adults caught in abusive relationships, victims of child abuse, training for police officers and prosecutors, and funding to provide rape victims with counselors during trials.

Daily Times Blows BS for Somerset County Wind Power Promoters

In a recent editorial the Daily Times spouts the propaganda of an industry trade group (American Wind Power Association) about the benefits of electric power provided by wind turbines and a bogus economic analysis prepared by an associate professor at Coppin State University. This so-called expert analysis, which is being fed to the public and local officials by the investors who want to bring the huge windmills to Somerset County, should be understood for the scam that it is.

One of the claims – that data shows that wind power generation has greatly reduced the cost of electric power to consumers – has been revealed as a hoax by an independent and objective analysis of the actual data, which was manipulated by the AWPA to support its false claim. The details are here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamestaylor/2014/02/27/wind-industry-study-electricity-prices-skyrocketing-in-largest-wind-power-states/

In Texas, the only state with significant wind generated electric power in which the charges have decreased, the drop is due to that state’s deregulation policy under Gov. Rick Perry. The AWPA study incorrectly attributes the drop to the wind farms there.

The notion that wind farms have sprung up in many states because of the lower cost of electricity from wind power is pure fiction. There are other reasons, including state laws that require power companies to obtain power from so-called renewable sources. And to make investment in wind farms feasible, the federal government has offered huge tax subsidies, called the “production tax credit.”

As Warren Buffett, who is a major investor in wind farms, recently said: “They don't make sense without the tax credit." Wind power is much more expensive to produce than power from the conventional sources – fossil fuel and hydroelectric – which are also more reliable.

The Daily Times also spouts the wind industry’s spiel about the local economic benefits of wind farms: jobs by the score, if the County Commissioners do what the investors want. That economic projection mentioned about those benefits is too absurd to take seriously. The windmill towers and equipment are made elsewhere and the construction and maintenance work is done by specialized firms located elsewhere. There would be some temporary but very minor stimulus during the development phase and then a handful of permanent positions to mow the grass and remove the birds killed or crippled by the blades. But, as that old cartoon said at the end, “That’s All, Folks.”

The scam being perpetrated in the Daily Times about the economic aspects of wind power is important to expose, but not as much as that regarding the serious health effects of the wind turbines, which we will soon discuss in a separate post.

HISTORICAL COMMENTS BY GEORGE CHEVALLIER 9-13-14

The 3 Eras of W. Main Street

Main Street in Salisbury can be broken down into three separate and distinct eras.

The first era was when it was known as Bridge Street. This was a dirt street with businesses and residences on both sides of the street. Most of the buildings were owned by whoever had their business on the first floor. The two upper floors were occupied by the family of the business owner. There were also some with accommodations in the rear for the family horse and buggy.

The buildings were built out of brick or stone due to a city ordinance after the Great Fire of 1886 leveled 22 acres of mostly wooden buildings. Since there was no stone on the Eastern Shore and we were right in the middle of many pine trees, it was only natural that they would incorporate the readily available material in their building ventures. This is what happened after the Fire of 1860 that leveled Salisbury. In fact, during the Civil War, the population was less than that of Camp Upton, a Union Camp situated where the Daily Times building is now.

During this first era, Salisbury came up to speed with the rest of world in acquiring such amenities as underground sewers, electricity and gas, telephones and automobiles. It was during this period, in 1904, that Salisbury got its first paved road. This was of yellow brick and ran from the bridge to Division Street where it turned left. It continued on to Church Street, turning right out to the old N.Y.P & N. railroad depot, which was 200 yards south of where the Union is now. They thought this would give Salisbury an air of modern improvement. Many of the original stores on Main Street plodded through the difficult times and one even survives to this day. That store is Kuhn’s Jewelers, which can date itself back to 1853 when Amos Woodcock started his jewelry business across Main Street near where WMDT now stands.

The second era was the heyday of Main Street. When someone wanted anything, they went on Main Street and it could be found. Clothes, jewelry and gifts were readily available from ladies stores such as Hess, Benjamin’s and R.E. Powell. The men could be similarly accommodated from Lee Johnson’s and Ralph & Gaskill’s. There were three predominant banks. Although other smaller banks made brief appearances, the big three of Union Trust, Maryland National and County Trust Company dominated the banking scene. They are all still in Salisbury but doing business under different names. There were also drug stores, stationery stores, shoe stores, 5 & 10 cents stores such as Woolworth’s, McCrory’s and J.J. Newberry along with a selection of specialty stores. One of the busiest was the famous Watson’s Smoke House. Along with a great selection of tobacco products, they sold records. In those days, you could ask for a 45 RPM record and take it to one of the “listening booths” before plunking down your 89 cents (plus tax) to take it home to be shared with all your teenage friends.

We are now experiencing the last phase of Main Street. The only store remaining from happier times is Kuhn’s. Now there are more lawyers than retailers represented along a street that was once truly “The Hub of Delmarva”.

(To the commenter who inquired last week about where he can get a book on local history, the Wicomico Historical Society has copies of George Corddry’s book on Wicomico County History. It is only $6 (2/$10) and it is one I frequently reference. Call me at (410) 749-1021 if you want one. I think this is a very good reference for anyone wanting to learn more about local history.) The other books I use are old directories and phone books. Many are one of a kind and not to be found anywhere. That’s why I feel obligated to share this information through this column.

Strong Year For City’s Employee Pension Funds

The city’s pension funds posted strong investment returns this year heading into some major methodology changes next fiscal cycle, according to a recent presentation by the city’s actuarial advisor.

“This is a real good year to be an actuary in the public sector,” said Ed Koebel of Cavanaugh Macdonald Consulting. “A lot of the plans have finally been able to realize all the losses that occurred in the market back in 2008-2009.”

The values of city’s pension trust funds – one for general employees and the other for public safety, who have a different retirement criteria – are dependent on both the city’s contributions to them, as well as the investment return the funds generate.

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Men arrested in Egypt for taking part in a same-sex wedding are declared not gay after ‘testing negative for homosexuality’

Is this really a THING? I have no idea how this test is even POSSIBLE…and I highly doubt it is science-based at all. It seems to be, according to the article, some sort of invasive anal examination. This whole situation is absolutely ridiculous – the government should have no say so in the private sex lives of its citizens.

From the article:

The video shows one man being given a ring, followed by shouts of delight from those watching.

According to one report, the video’s title was misleading, because what actually happened was that the man was given a silver ring as a birthday present.

However, at the end the camera does linger briefly on a cake decorated with two men standing side by side.

The men were not arrested on suspicion of homosexuality, because being gay is not illegal in Egypt. However, ‘debauchery’ is against the law, and it was for this that the men were detained on Saturday.

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Employer Health Plan Deductibles Jumped Almost 50% Since 2009

Remember, Obamacare was supposed to bend the curve down and save everyone money

(USA Today) A report out today puts numbers behind what hit many workers when they signed up for health insurance during open enrollment last year: deductible shock.

Premiums for employer-paid insurance are up 3% this year, but deductibles are up nearly 50% since 2009, the report by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows.

The average deductible this year is $1,217, up from $826 five years ago. Nearly 20% of workers overall have to pay at least $2,000 before their insurance kicks in, while workers at firms with 199 or fewer employees are feeling the pain of out-of-pocket costs even more: A third of these employees at small companies pay at least $2,000 deductibles. (snip)

Deductibles will keep going up as companies try to keep their own health care costs down by raising the amount of cost-sharing workers have to bear, says Gary Claxton, a Kaiser Family Foundation vice president who co-authored the annual study.

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Poll Offers Brutal News for Obama, Democrats

The new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll came out yesterday and it offers brutal news for President Obama and Democrats. It is worth looking at it in some depth.

Overall, Obama’s job approval is unchanged, which might be called good news for the president, except that it remains at a low in this poll for the administration. Forty percent approve versus 54 percent who disapprove. This puts the poll toward the low end of the approval scale, but the NBC/WSJ poll is of registered voters, which probably makes it mildly less disposed to the president.

Obama’s approval numbers on the economy are statistically unchanged from last month, although there is an improvement since December, when it was 39-58. Today it is 43-53. This number is interesting to me because people have been talking up the growing economy, but it does not seem to be translating into politics. I’d note with interest that Gallup’s measure of economic confidence has been flat for six months. The economy has been growing at a pretty consistent 2 percent since it emerged from the recession in the spring of 2009. That rate appears not to be enough to provide a political boost to the president.

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White Men Lead The Army

That's the takeaway from a USA Today report on diversity in Army command. Fewer than 10 percent of active duty Army officers are black. There were no black colonels at the brigade level in 2014. Officials and military sociologists say this threatens the Army's effectiveness. The Army's chief of public affairs says they have an action plan. The goal is to expand the pool of minority officer candidates and help them choose the right jobs to climb the ranks.

Not Quite McMansions

They're not quite McMansions, but homes the government built for Border Patrol agents had big price tags. The Homeland Security inspector general finds, DHS wasted millions of dollars on housing in the Arizona town of Ajo, near the Mexican border. It spent $680,000 to build each of 21 houses. The average local price for a house is $90,000. DHS spent $17 million on land. It purchased 20 mobile homes for more than $1,000 each. The inspector general says DHS should have built apartments instead. The project dates to 2008, when DHS doubled the size of the Border Patrol, and discovered a housing shortage in Arizona.

The Internet Speaks Up: FCC’s Fast Lane Proposal Would Be “A Cluster f**k Worse Than Comcast’s Customer Service”

It’s been a long road since an appeals court threw out the FCC’s Open Internet Rule — the one most of us call net neutrality — back in January. The FCC proposed a replacement rule in May, but there’s one small snag: it’s terrible. The proposal currently on the table would allow large ISPs to charge businesses for prioritized access, effectively splitting the internet into fast and slow lanes and choosing for consumers what sites and services they can best access. With the for-really-reals final deadline for the public to have its say fast approaching, today a large swath of the internet is speaking up for net neutrality and asking their visitors and customers to do the same.

During the first comment period, late-night comedian John Oliver ended up breaking the FCC’s comment site, but that didn’t stop the internet from having its say. Comments are still pouring in — at last count, the FCC had received over 1.3 million — and organizers of the Battle For The Net protest are hoping for one large, final push.

Internet-based businesses are joining the chorus. Etsy, Reddit, and Netflix are all displaying banners urging site visitors to contact lawmakers in support of net neutrality. Kickstarter has devoted their front page to the effort. And Tumblr, in true Tumblr fashion, has simply created a post that is quickly finding its way reblogged through the service — complete with a video featuring explosions, explanations, and actor Mark Ruffalo.

Other major internet companies, including WordPress and Mozilla, are also backing the effort.

Some lawmakers have jumped in as well, including Senators Ed Markey (MA) and Angus King (ME).

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The Afterlife Of America’s Dead Malls

When a mall dies, what happens to its corpse? If the mall failed because of too much competition, renovating the mall space and building a new one doesn’t make a whole lot of senese. As America deals with the massive carcasses left over from the heyday of in-person commerce, dead malls are being re-used in many ways: some that you might expect, and others that you might not.

Ellen Dunham-Jones, a professor of architecture and urban design at Georgia Tech, explained to NPR that the problem started when American developers have simply built more retail space than we need. We could manage just fine with about half of the space we have. Fine, then: how do we reuse the dying and dead malls that we have?

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Pennsylvania Chipotle Workers Walk Out, Sign Alleges “Sweatshop Conditions”

It’s not clear what happened at the Chipotle restaurant in State College, Pennsylvania, but we do know some things. The restaurant was closed for several hours this morning and afternoon. At first, all that aspiring burrito-eaters knew was that the store was closed. A sign in the window claimed that most of the employees had quit in protest of “borderline sweatshop conditions,” so the shop had to close.

Want to know why were [sic] closed?

Ask our corporate offices why their employees are forced to work in borderline sweatshop conditions. Almost the entire management and crew have resigned.

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Why Has Classical Capitalism Devolved To Crony-Capitalism?

The money-shot: "People of privilege will always risk their complete destruction rather than surrender any material part of their advantage."

Here is the quote that perfectly captures our era: "People of privilege will always risk their complete destruction rather than surrender any material part of their advantage." (John Kenneth Galbraith) The trick, of course, is to mask the unspoken second half of of that statement: everybody else gets destroyed along with the Elites when the system implodes.

Union pension funds: toast. Government employees' pension funds: toast. 401Ks: toast. IRAs: toast. The echo-bubble in housing: toast. The Fed's favorite PR cover to cloak the enrichment of their financier cronies, the wealth effect:toast.

The primary tool the Elites use to mask the risk of complete destruction is magical thinking--specifically, that "given enough time, the system will heal itself."

That's rich, considering that the Elites' primary tool of avoiding destruction is crippling the market's self-healing immune system: price discovery. Thanks to ceaseless interventions by central banks, the price discovery mechanism has been shattered: want to know the price of risk? It's near-zero. Yield on sovereign bonds? Near-zero. And so on.