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Thursday, October 09, 2014

'Why do I have to be half-naked to swim?'

Muslim woman in traditional dress barred from swimming in public pool with her children

A Colorado city is promising to revise its swimsuit rules after a Muslim woman was turned away from its recreation center pool for wearing an Islamic dress over a shirt and pants.

Saba Ali said that she offered to just wear the shirt and pants to swim on Sunday but was denied.

Commerce City spokeswoman Michelle Halstead says street clothes aren't allowed in the pool because they can increase the likelihood of contamination and waterborne illness.


Florida Football Is Blowing Up


The University of Florida cancelled a scheduled press conference featuring embattled head coach Will Muschamp on Monday less than an hour before it was scheduled to begin.

The issue? Rumors of an investigation involving freshman quarterback Treon Harris – who entered the Gators’ game against Tennessee during the fourth quarter on Saturday and led the team to a 10-9 come-from-behind victory over the Tennessee Volunteers.

“University of Florida student athlete Treon Harris is accused of sexually assaulting a female student early Sunday morning in a residence hall on the UF campus,” a statement from the school read. “The University of Florida Police Department is investigating the incident, and UFPD has brought in the Gainesville Police Department to assist with collection and analysis of forensic evidence. The investigation is ongoing and the university does not have an update regarding any charges at this time.”

Wow …

In relief of starting quarterback Jeff Driskel, Harris completed 2 of 4 passes for 17 yards against Tennessee – and ran the football four times for 24 yards. The Gators scored on both of his first two possessions under center – after failing to score on ten previous drives with Driskel running the offense.

The 5-foot-11, 178-pound Harris is a true freshman from Miami, Florida. He led Booker T. Washington high school to back-to-back state championships in 2012 and 2013.


Why Are We Paying $300 Million to Help the Brazilian Cotton Industry?

Taxpayers are being forced to pay $300 million to help the cotton industry–theBrazilian cotton industry–in order to resolve a long-standing dispute between the U.S. and Brazil over cotton subsidies.

In 2002, Brazil brought an action against the United States arguing that American cotton subsidies violated World Trade Organization rules. The Congressional Research Service explains:
In September 2004, after nearly a year-long period of hearings and review, a WTO dispute settlement panel found that certain U.S. agricultural support payments and guarantees were inconsistent with WTO commitments and resulted in market distortions that depressed international cotton prices, as asserted by Brazil.


German doctors show CDC wrong about spread of disease

A group of German medical doctors in a peer-reviewed medical journal article published by Oxford University Press have challenged a key assumption regarding the Ebola virus repeatedly asserted by Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

The researchers found that a patient showing no symptoms of the disease can still transmit a virus like Ebola by air if droplets containing the virus are transmitted to another person by a sneeze or cough.

As WND reported Tuesday, the World Health Organization has admitted that “wet and bigger droplets from a heavily infected individual, who has respiratory symptoms caused by other conditions or who vomits violently could transmit the Ebola virus over a short distance to another nearby person.”

WHO said it could happen when “virus-laden heavy droplets are directly propelled, by coughing or sneezing onto the mucus membranes or skin with cuts or abrasions of another person.”

Still, WHO added a qualification, insisting the transmission of Ebola by sneezing or coughing is not within its definition of airborne transmission.


Notice of County Council Meeting Time Change

The November 4th County Council meeting has been changed from 6:00pm to 10:00am for Election Day. The meeting will be held in Council Chambers, Rm 301.

Jesse Does Dallas

Let’s say you’re a Liberian dude who brings Ebola with you to America. You’ve put dozens of people, if not hundreds, at risk. Your own country is prosecuting you for lying about your contact with Ebola victims, in order to leave the country.

There are cameras all around, and plenty of white people who can be accused of racism. This looks like a job for:

‘Governing for Results’ Series Recognizes Nearly 500 Maryland Schools Meeting School Breakfast Participation Goal

BALTIMORE, MD – Governor Martin O’Malley today visited Franklin Square Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore to share breakfast with students and emphasize gains Maryland schools have made in providing school breakfast to students. The visit is the latest event in the ‘Governing For Results’ series, a statewide initiative to promote the O’Malley-Brown Administration’s 16 strategic goals, with today’s event highlighting progress towards ending childhood hunger in Maryland.

Since the 2008 launch of the Partnership to End Childhood Hunger in Maryland, the O’Malley-Brown Administration has worked with non-profits, advocates, business leaders, and others to connect more children to federal nutrition programs, including school breakfast. Through private funding, technical assistance, outreach, and increased State investment in the Maryland Meals for Achievement program (MMFA), hundreds of additional schools have connected nearly 70,000 additional children to a school breakfast.

“Increasing access to a school breakfast is one of the most effective actions we can take to prepare our students to learn and achieve every single day,” said Governor O’Malley. “In Maryland, we came together to overcome barriers to participation because we believe that there is no such thing as a spare Marylander and that every child deserves a healthy start to their day.”

Ebola and Obama

The president’s official reassurances about the virus and other dangers have become worthless.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is both a danger in itself and a wake-up call for Americans — about President Obama, about the institutions of this country, and, most important, about ourselves.

There was a time when an outbreak of a deadly disease overseas would bring virtually unanimous agreement that our top priority should be to keep it overseas. Yet Barack Obama has refused to bar entry to the United States by people from countries where the Ebola epidemic rages, as Britain has done.

The reason? Refusing to let people with Ebola enter the United States would conflict with the goal of fighting the disease. In other words, the safety of the American people takes second place to the goal of helping people overseas.

As if to emphasize his priorities, President Obama has ordered thousands of American troops to go into Ebola-stricken Liberia, disregarding the dangers to those troops and to other Americans when the troops return.

What does this say about Obama?


Antique Evaluation Night

Inspired by PBS's Antique Road Show®

The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art

October 15, 3 - 6 p.m.
You are invited to learn the history of your treasures. A panel of certified specialists will be available to evaluate your items. Admission to the event is free. There is a fee of $10 per item to be evaluated with a maximum of 3 items.

Your panel of evaluators' areas of expertise includes colonial artifacts, coins, decoys, folk art, glassware, hunting & maritime artifacts, prints & paintings, sculpture, silver, textiles & related material.

Opportunities to win door prizes, 15% off everything in Treetops Gifts, additional 5% off for Ward Museum Museum members and 50% off new memberships. Good time to start your holiday shopping!


  • Dave Allen - Allen & Marshall Auctioneers & Appraisers: Prints & Waterfowl Art
  • Elaine Eff - Independent Expert: Textiles & Folk Art
  • Gary Guyette - Guyette, Schmidt & Deeter: Decoys & Sporting Art
  • Charlene Upham & Steve Blumenauer - Charlene Upham Antiques: Jewelry, Silver, Coins & Asian Art

MORICI: Jobs and Obama's political woes

Despite another seemingly good jobs report, President Obama’s approval rating is lower than a snake’s belly, and Republicans could retake the Senate in November.

Missteps in the Ukraine, Iraq and elsewhere weigh on voters’ minds but the economy—especially the jobs picture—is not what Obama cracks them up to be.

Obama has managed to increase employment only 5.5 million or about 4 percent but measured against other presidents facing similar challenges, his performance is hardly stellar.

Ronald Reagan was dealt a tough hand by history too. He weathered a deep recession early in his first term and unemployment peaked at 10.8 percent. He cut spending and taxes, eliminated much unnecessary government meddling in business and boosted employment 8.4 million, or more than 9 percent, his first five and a half years.

The 5.9 percent unemployment rate is a fraud. The percentage of adults working or seeking employment is the lowest since women began entering the labor force in larger numbers in the 1970s.


ISIS Graffiti In Northwest D.C. Puts FBI On Alert

WASHIINGTON (WJLA) – With the FBI on alert for home-grown terrorists, the agency is monitoring troubling cases of vandalism in Northwest D.C. that seem to express support for so-called Islamic State militants.

Graffiti on a traffic camera at the busy intersection of Connecticut Avenue NW and Calvert Street NW reads, in Arabic, “Allah Akbar” followed by “ISIS,” referring to the terror group.

“It’s strange,” said tourist Lacey Rase. “I don’t know why anyone would do that.”

“It probably was a prank,” said D.C. resident Tim Schwedes. “I’m not going to announce it to anybody if I actually plan on doing something.”


Wicomico Bureau Of Investigation Press Release 10-9-14

JUST IN: Texas Deputy Tests Negative For Ebola

The sheriff’s deputy who went into the apartment where an Ebola victim was living tested negative for the virus, the Texas Department of State Health Services confirmed Thursday afternoon.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas said in a statement earlier Thursday that Micahel Monning remains in good condition one day after he was taken by ambulance to the hospital.
The hospital said Monning does not have a fever, vomiting or diarrhea.

Officials had said earlier that Monning was hospitalized out of an "abundance of caution" after falling ill Wednesday.


The problem isn’t the world spinning too fast, Mr President, it’s you flip-flopping too often

How Obama’s broken promises have put America in danger

If you’re President of the United States, and therefore unofficial Leader of the Free World, then your most important job every day is to make everyone feel calm and secure even as chaos reigns.

POTUS is supposed to be a global figurehead for stability.

That’s why when George W Bush was told about the second World Trade Center attack while sitting in a classroom full of kids, he didn’t jump up and race out of the room. He remained sitting, determined not to exude fear or panic in front of the cameras. It’s what Presidents have to do.

That’s also why Martin Sheen’s character President Jed Bartlet in the West Wing was so popular – he took everything, even being shot, in his easy, confident, reassuring stride.

Yet today, Barack Obama gave a speech to fellow Democrats in New York where he said the following words: ‘There’s a sense possibly that the world is spinning so fast and nobody is able to control it.’


Station 7 $5.00 Burger Night Tonight

Visit any Station 7 Restaurant tonight and enjoy a 1/2 pound burger or chicken breast sandwich with fries for only $5.00. 

BREAKING NEWS: Dow closes down more than 300 points

The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunges more than 300 points over fears of a global growth slowdown.


Montgomery County Will Not Hold Immigrants Without Probable Cause

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett said Tuesday the county will not comply with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement civil detainer requests, unless there is adequate probable cause under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Leggett’s statement comes on the heels of an identical directive from Gov. Martin J. O’Malley to the Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Gregg Hershberger for a state-run jail in Baltimore, and advice from the Attorney General’s Office that without probable cause, continued detention likely violates the constitution.

Immigration detainers are notices to local law enforcement agencies that ICE intends to assume custody of an individual being held locally. Detainers not only notify local law enforcement that ICE means to take a person into custody once they are no longer subject to local detention, detainers also request the local agency hold individuals for up to 48 hours after their scheduled release to provide ICE time to take custody, according to

According to a news release from the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland, federal courts have found that detention on the sole basis of an immigration detainer request violates the Fourth Amendment. Three federal courts have found that such detention raises constitutional concerns and that counties are liable in damages to the individuals they detain on that basis, according to the release.


Paulson admits he saw the big banks as indispensible

Here’s an important and underappreciated aspect of the Wall Street bailout, and of the tenures of Hank Paulson, Tim Geithner and Ben Bernanke: They believed that the Big Banks were an indispensable part of the U.S. economy. We just couldn’t get by without them.

It’s not a crazy idea. It’s not even necessarily as corrupt as it may sound. It may be a mistaken idea. But I’ve written before that I thought Geithner truly believed this, and this was a fairly innocent explanation for his solicitousness toward them. My critique of TARP is not that the government intervened, but that the government intervened with the aim of saving the banks, rather than winding down the failed banks in an orderly manner.

Hank Paulson’s testimony at the AIG trial has been telling in this regard. He has testified as to why AIG needed to be stripped down, and he’s made it clear that this was in contrast to the banks.


Michelle Blames 'This Country' For Female Vet's Unemployment

Michelle Obama says that America is responsible for a female veteran’s unemployment.

She’s been given the cover in the Oct. 14 issue of Redbook to tout the administration’s claimed support for women veterans, just three weeks before the Nov. 4 election.

She returned the favor by blaming Americans for their shared economic difficulties.


Street Fight Aussie Style

MD Sheriff: Feds Releasing Criminal Aliens for 'Political' Reasons

Frederick County, MD Sheriff Chuck Jenkins accused the federal government of taking illegal aliens who have committed crimes and “releasing the back onto our streets,” and argued that the lack of enforcement is “political” on Thursday’s “Laura Ingraham Show.”

“What they’re doing is taking people who we’ve arrested on local and state charges here in Frederick County, once they’ve served their sentences, they’re adjudicated where we turn them over to ICE, instead of deporting, they’re releasing them back onto our streets…this president, this administration is not protecting our country” he said.


Obama unveils new site - with the FIRST WORD of the Spanish-language version spelled wrong

The Obama administration unveiled a new version of on Wednesday, with some improvements as well as at least one early mistake and a new challenge.

Officials also said that won't display premiums for 2015 until the second week of November. Open enrollment season runs Nov. 15 through Feb. 15. Coverage can start as early as Jan. 1.

On the plus side, the health insurance website will feature a streamlined application for most of those signing up for the first time. Seventy-six screens in the online application have been reduced to 16, officials said. The site has been also optimized for mobile devices.


SFD Calls For Service 10-8-14

  • Wednesday October, 8 2014 @ 23:01Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Wednesday October, 8 2014 @ 20:45Nature: Emergency UnknownCity:Salisbury
  • Wednesday October, 8 2014 @ 19:39 Nature: Automatic AlarmAddress: 501 W Main St Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Wednesday October, 8 2014 @ 19:32Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury
  • Wednesday October, 8 2014 @ 17:29Nature: Medical EmergencyCity:Salisbury

Troopers Seek Public’s Help in Identifying Robbery Suspect

Rehoboth Beach, DE - The Delaware State Police is asking the public’s assistance in attempting to identify a male subject that committed a robbery after he pushed an employee in an attempt to flee the store.

The incident took place Wednesday October 8, 2014 around 12:50 p.m. when a white male subject was observed by a 29 year old store employee remove a shirt from a sale display and push it into his pants to conceal it. When the male employee confronted the suspect at the door about the shoplifting, the suspect shoved the victim in the chest and fled out the door. As he fled, he removed the merchandise from his pants and threw it on the floor.

The suspect depicted in the surveillance images is described as a white male approximately 40 years of age, heavy set build, wearing khaki pants and a dark blue zip up fleece shirt.

If anyone has any information regarding this incident or the identity of the suspect, they are asked to contact Trooper M. Burch at 302-644-5020 ext. 274 or by utilizing the Delaware State Police Mobile Crime Tip Application available to download at: Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."

What's Wrong With This Picture?????

Here, I'll help you.

Josh Hastings stuck his sign in

with a group of republicans 

without permission.

12 Reasons Why Ithaca, New York Is The Best College Town In America

The American Institute of Economic Research released its annual list of the best college towns in the country this week — naming Ithaca, New York as the best destination for students.

Ithaca is home to both Cornell University and Ithaca College, and is truly a welcoming and comfortable setting for students. As a former four-year resident of the town, I could not agree more with the AIER's findings (I graduated from Cornell last year).

Based on my own experiences, Ithaca is the perfect mixture of giving students everything they would want in a college experience and offering seemingly endless opportunities to explore a unique local culture.

The Hidden Government Group Linking JFK, Watergate, Iran-Contra and 9/11

Peter Dale Scott is considered the father of “Deep Politics”— the study of hidden permanent institutions and interests whose influence on the political realm transcends the elected, appointed and career officials who come and go.

A Professor of English at Berkeley and a former Canadian diplomat, he is the author of several critically acclaimed books on the pivotal events of our country’s recent past, including Deep Politics and the Death of JFK; Drugs, Oil, and War: The United States in Afghanistan, Colombia, and Indochina (War and Peace Library); The Road to 9/11: Wealth, Empire, and the Future of America
and American War Machine: Deep Politics, the CIA Global Drug Connection, and the Road to Afghanistan (War and Peace Library) . He is also a poet, whose long work, Coming to Jakarta: A Poem about Terror, was hailed as “the most important political poem to appear in the English language in a very long time,” by Robert Hass, Poet Laureate of the United States from 1995 to 1997.

Daniel Ellsberg said of his book Drugs, Oil and War, “It makes most academic and journalistic explanations of our past and current interventions read like government propaganda written for children.”

What follows is based on a recent Scott lecture entitled “The JFK Assassination and Other Deep Events”, and will be expanded on further in his next book, The American Deep State, due out in November.


For some time now, I have been analyzing American history in the light of what I have called structural deep events: events, like the JFK assassination, the Watergate break-in, Iran-Contra, or 9/11, which repeatedly involve law-breaking or violence, are mysterious to begin with, are embedded in ongoing covert processes, have political consequences that enlarge covert government, and are subsequently covered up by systematic falsifications in the mainstream media and internal government records.

The more I study these deep events, the more I see suggestive similarities between them, increasing the possibility that they are not unrelated external intrusions on American history, but parts of an endemic process, sharing to some degree or other a common source.


Artist's Impression Of How Americans Perceive Government Ebola Statements

It’s Time to Take the Islamic State Seriously

Islam has no central or definitive body or figure authorized to define what exactly it is. Opinions about its essence and scope vary widely according to the political or philosophic background of its own interpreters. The current effort to establish an Islamic State, with a designated Caliph, again to take up the mission assigned to Islam, brings to our attention the question: “What is Islam?”

The issue of “terror” is a further aspect of this same understanding. Many outside Islam seek to separate “terror” and “Islam” as if they were, in their usage, independent or even opposed ideas. This latter view is almost impossible seriously to maintain in the light of Islamic history and the text of the Qur’an itself.

John Kerry, however, insists that what we see is “terrorism” with nothing to do with Islam. The Obama administration seems to have a rule never to identify Islam with “terrorism,” no matter what the evidence or what representatives of the Islamic State themselves say. The vice-president speaks of “Hell” in connection with actions of the Islamic State. Diane Feinstein speaks of “evil” behind the current slaughters in Iraq and Syria. The pope mentions “stopping aggression.” The English hate-laws prevent frank and honest discussion of what actually goes on in Islamic countries or communities in the West. Not even Winston Churchill’s critical view of Islam is permitted to be read in public.





(FEDERALSBURG, MD) – The Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division is assisting Federalsburg Police Department in a bank robbery which occurred at the PNC Bank, located at 3352 Hayman Drive, Federalsburg, Caroline County, Maryland on October 3, 2014 at approximately 3:40 PM.  

            Two black males entered the bank. The first suspect removed an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency from the teller drawers, while the second suspect maintained a position in the main
lobby near the front door, holding customers and employees at gun point. Both suspects were seen leaving on foot in an unknown direction of travel.

Investigators from the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division Upper Shore Region, Federalsburg Police Department, and the F.B.I are working in conjunction, comparing leads and developing information which ultimately will lead to the identity of these suspects.  PNC Bank has offered a $10,000 reward for any information leading to the suspects arrest and conviction.

Anyone with additional information about the bank robbery is asked to contact investigators TIPS LINE at (410) 819-4786 or follow this link to submit an online tip. All calls are confidential.  The investigation continues.

NFL Develops New Conduct Plan After Rice’s Suspension

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Fixing the NFL’s domestic violence problem. Team owners are in New York to meet with Commissioner Roger Goodell about the league’s new conduct plan.

Christie Ileto has more.

Graphic pictures cost former Raven Ray Rice his job and kept Roger Goodell in the hot seat.

“I’ve been very open publicly where we’ve made mistakes and what we’ve done to correct them to make sure they don’t happen again,” Goodell said.


Keep Ebola Out of America

Let’s treat victims abroad before letting them back into the country.

As the Ebola infection rate and death toll continue to rise rapidly on the African continent, many of us have become complacent with the measures we have taken to protect Americans from this deadly disease.

Other nations, such as England, have gone so far as to ban flights bound from the affected regions of Africa. The Centers for Disease Control and various infectious-disease specialists have done a yeoman’s job in their efforts to prevent infected individuals in our country from contaminating others. They have put excellent protocols in place that would virtually guarantee complete safety. Unfortunately, all of those valiant efforts cannot preclude human error, which remains an ever-present danger, regardless of intellect.

For this reason, I and many others are not comfortable with the idea of bringing infected individuals into our midst when we can readily treat them elsewhere and happily receive them back once the infectious danger has passed.

When one does a logical benefit-to-risk analysis, it is clear that the worst things that could happen by intentionally bringing this dangerous disease to America are far worse than the best things that could happen. Some say if we bring infected individuals here, it will accelerate research endeavors and a potential cure or effective vaccination. Others say that not bringing infected citizens back demonstrates an insensitivity toward wonderful people who risk their lives for others. I am sympathetic to these arguments, and if we did not have safer alternatives, they would convince me.


General: If Ebola Reaches Central America, 'There Will Be Mass Migration into the U.S.'

Those looking for good news on the fight against Ebola will not find much encouragement from Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly, the commander of the U.S. Southern Command. As Jim Garamone of Department of Defense News reports, Kelly told an audience at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday that, if the disease reaches Central America, "it’s literally, ‘Katie bar the door,’ and there will be mass migration into the United States." He also said with certainty that "there is no way we can keep Ebola [contained] in West Africa."

“By the end of the year, there’s supposed to be 1.4 million people infected with Ebola and 62 percent of them dying, according to the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]..."

“So, much like West Africa, it will rage for a period of time,” Kelly said.

This is particularly possible scenario if the disease gets to Haiti or Central America, he said. If the disease gets to countries like Guatemala, Honduras or El Salvador, it will cause a panic and people will flee the region, the general said.

“If it breaks out, it’s literally, ‘Katie bar the door,’ and there will be mass migration into the United States,” Kelly said. “They will run away from Ebola, or if they suspect they are infected, they will try to get to the United States for treatment.”


Broken Dream: Emotional Ad Hits Democrats for Youth Unemployment

Working for Maryland

2014 Job Fair

When: Thursday, October 23, 2014
Time: 3:30 - 7:00 pm
Where: Centre at Salisbury Mall
(2300 N. Salisbury Blvd.)
Employers interested in hiring new employees -Click Here
Job Seekers - Click Here

The Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce and the One-Stop Job Market are proud to host their annual Job Fair every October at the Centre at Salisbury. Over 40 employers participate in the job fair and approximately 1500 job seekers attend the event. Booths are set up throughout the main corridors of the mall. The event is open to any business seeking employees in the Lower Shore area. Tens of thousands of people visit the mall each day so this is a terrific opportunity to meet with many excellent potential employees. Free resume evaluation is also available during the event.

America usurped: $17 TRILLION China overtakes US as the the world's largest economy, says IMF

As America falls into second place for the first time since 1872

China has toppled America to become the biggest economy in the world, according to figures from the International Monetary Fund.

The White House seemed caught flat-footed by the news, crowing on Wednesday about America's relative economic strength in comparison with the rest of the world.

The US has been the global leader since it overtook Britain in 1872, but has now lost its status as top dog.

The latest IMF figures show the Chinese economy is worth $17.61 trillion compared with $17.4 trillion for the U.S.


‘Ebola Didn’t Kill Him’: Guess What’s Being Blamed For The Death Of Thomas Duncan

Thomas Duncan, the man from Liberia who was being treated for Ebola at a Dallas hospital, died earlier today.

Though Duncan died from the horrible effects of the Ebola virus, there are many people blaming other factors.


Woman Denied Food Stamps Attacks Workers at Welfare Office

In Butte, Montana on Monday afternoon, Linda Darnell Wyatt, 47, was denied food stamps at her local welfare office, so she tried to attack workers by swinging the heaviest thing she had available--her purse.

Police were alerted to a "female out of control." Wyatt was also accused of hurling paperwork around the building and was arrested for disorderly conduct. She posted $185 bond and was released.

There is no word as to how much change was in her purse.


US suicide rate hits 25-year high according to new government report

Americans are living longer than ever before according to a new government report which has found that U.S. life expectancy continues to inch up while death rates also fell.

Rates dropped or held steady for all the leading causes of death with the exception of suicide, which reached its highest point in 25 years.

The number of suicides has been increasing since 2000 and 'it's really hard to say why,' said Robert Anderson, who oversees the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention branch that issued the report on Wednesday.


Obama slams GOP as party of billionaires then attends $32k-a-head fundraiser hosted by billionaire property tycoon named Rich Richman

President Barack Obama chided the Republican Party for catering to the 'interests of billionaires' in an email to supporters on Tuesday, then attended a series of high-dollar fundraisers, including one at real estate mogul Rich Richman's house.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee fundraiser at Richman's house in Greenwich, Connecticut, cost as much as $32,400 a person, according to the White House.

The other two events, held in New York and sponsored by the Democratic National Committee, cost between $1,000 and $32,400 to attend.


Halloween Costumes in the Middle East

AG Gansler Announces $105 Million Cramming Settlement with AT&T Mobility

Consumer refunds available for unauthorized premium text message services

Baltimore, MD (Oct. 10, 2014) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that his office's Consumer Protection Division, along with the Attorneys General of the other 49 states and the District of Columbia, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Federal Communications Commission, reached settlement with AT&T Mobility, LLC that include a $105 million payment. The agreement resolves allegations that AT&T Mobility placed charges for third-party services on consumers' mobile telephone bills that had not been authorized by the consumer, a practice known as “mobile cramming."

“Mysterious fees started showing up on consumers' bills for services they never signed up for," said Attorney General Gansler. “This settlement provides refunds for overcharged consumers and puts in place tough standards to prevent unauthorized charges from appearing on consumers' bills."

Consumers who have been “crammed" often complain about charges -- typically $9.99 per month -- for “premium" text message services (also known as “PSMS") such as horoscopes, trivia, and sports scores that they never heard of or requested. The attorneys general and federal regulators allege that cramming occurred when AT&T Mobility placed charges on consumers' mobile telephone bills for these services without the consumer's knowledge or consent.


When: Thursday, October 16, 2014, 4-6:30pm

Where: Somerset County Civic Center, 11828 Crisfield Anne, Maryland

Doors will Open @ 3pm and the Forum will be open until 8:00pm for viewing of educational displays

A Public Forum has been scheduled concerning Pioneer Green’s Great Bay Wind Energy Project for Somerset County. This project would place up to fifty industrial wind turbines, up to 690 feet tall in Somerset County near the communities of Marion Station, Princess Anne, Westover and Crisfield. This development which is very near final approval would give Somerset County the distinction of having the tallest wind turbines in the nation.

The purpose of the forum is to provide information on the project and its effects on Somerset County. It will feature expert speakers who will give an overview of the project, its economics, its implications for adjoining landowners, health and safety, property values and the environment.

The conference hall will also feature educational exhibits and demonstrations such as shadow flicker, noise and location of proposed wind turbine sites.

The program will conclude with an airplane fly-over at an altitude of 690’, and a setback distance of 1,000’ which has been proposed by Pioneer Green.

The general public, elected officials, candidates and news media are invited to attend.

So that we may recognize them at the beginning of the program, we request that all elected leaders and members of the news media planning to attend, RSVP to:

Check out our website: and our FACEBOOK page that can be accessed from the website.

Parsonsburg Volunteer Fire Company Celebrates Their 90th Anniversary Sunday, Oct 12th

Parsonsburg VFC 90th Anniversary/Open House - Sunday, Oct 12 from 11-3pm There will be history of the company/community - pictures/Slideshow, firetruck demo's, food, activities/crafts for kids etc.

Mayor Carl Anderton Jr Candidate for 38B

McDermott Outlines Why He Is Running For State Senate

To bring Eastern Shore values to the table in Annapolis, this is why I am running, because you deserve a voice...I have stood up for you in the House, and I will fight for you in the Senate.” said candidate for State Senate, Delegate Mike McDermott during a PAC 14 interview last week. During the course of the interview with Phil Tilghman, McDermott touched on a wide variety of issues currently facing the Eastern Shore, including economic instability, education, and tax hikes.

We don’t need followers, that place is full of followers...getting elected is not the end goal. We need leaders from the shore to go up there and represent our values” said McDermott when asked how to move the Eastern Shore forward. “Our people are hurting, they deserve better” concluded McDermott.

McDermott’s full interview with Tilghman can be viewed by clicking the link below. In just 30 minutes, McDermott outlines his reason for running for the State Senate seat in District 38. If you want to make an informed choice come election day, this piece is for you.

Hardly Anyone Uses Heroin. So Why Do We Keep Freaking Out About It?

Heroin deaths are on the rise, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The overdose death rate from heroin doubled in two years, from 1 death per 100,000 population in 2010 to 2.1 deaths in 2012. These statistics are alarming, and they are likely to add to a collective heroin freak-out that's been ongoing since at least February this year, when Philip Seymour Hoffmann overdosed on heroin and some other drugs. But it's important to keep these numbers in context. To wit:

Heroin use is vanishingly rare.

We don't know exactly how many people regularly use heroin in the United States. That's partly because relatively few people actually use it, which makes counting these people via traditional means, like surveys, difficult to do.

A floor estimate comes from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), which showed 289,000 monthly heroin users in 2013. That works out to about one tenth of one percent of all Americans aged 12+. There's good reason to suspect that people under-report heroin use, however. An alternative measure developed by researchers at the RAND corp. for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy suggests there may be as many as 1.5 million regular heroin users -- that is, those who use the drug four days a month or more.


Rep Harris to Host Aerospace Career Day

Representatives of the FAA, NASA, NOAA, and MD’s aerospace industry will be present

Chester, M.D. –
The office of Congressman Andy Harris, M.D., is hosting an Aerospace Career Day for the students of Maryland's First Congressional District on Saturday, October 11th from 2:00 to 4:30p.m. The event will be held at Easton Airport located at 29137 Newnam Road in Easton, Maryland. All interested middle school, high school, college students and their parents are strongly encouraged to attend.

Representatives from the FAA, NASA, NOAA, and the aerospace industry in Maryland will be present. Students will be able to experience first-hand an air traffic control simulation and will be able to speak with leading experts in the space and aviation industry about potential career paths.

This will be an excellent opportunity for our future pilots, astronauts, engineers, and mechanics to ask questions and learn more about the wonders of flight. If you have any questions or have students who would like to RSVP for the event, please feel free to contact the Bel Air District Office at 410-588-5670.

Twitter sues the FBI and the Justice Department

The company wants to be able to release more information about government surveillance of its users. Twitter, based in San Francisco, filed the lawsuit in a California federal court. It contends it has the right to publish more detailed information about the scope and frequency of government information requests. In January, Justice negotiated a compromise with Google, Facebook, Yahoo and LinkedIn. That agreement lets the companies reveal how often the government requests information on users.

Minimum-wage contractors can expect a pay raise next year

Employees working on new contracts will earn at least $10.10 per hour. The Labor Department posts its final rule on the Federal Register. It follows an executive order from President Barack Obama in February. The rule is effective starting January 1st. After that, the Labor Secretary will determine the pay increase each year. Obama wants to raise minimum wage for all federal employees. Right now, it's $7.25 per hour.


Mason Dixon Stand Down

Hogan to Tour Maryland NFIB Member Business

Sunrise Safety Services; Press Conference Will Follow

ANNAPOLIS – October 8, 2014 – On Thursday, October 9 at 8 a.m. Maryland gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan will tour Sunrise Safety Services with company president Janet Groncki. Following the tour,Hogan, Groncki, and other National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) leaders will hold a press conference at the facility to make an important announcement.   

Larry Hogan said, "As a small business owner for three decades, I understand how the misguided policies of Anthony Brown and the current administration have crushed struggling small businesses. Because of my experience in bringing jobs and businesses to Maryland, I know how government policy affects job creators in the real world, and as governor, I plan to do whatever I can to make it easier for small businesses to stay in and come to Maryland."


There are only FOURTEEN DAYS left until early voting begins in Maryland. Every single vote counts in this pivotal election and we need your help to get as many of your friends and family members out to the polls as possible.

One easy way that you can help out is to join our early voting Thunderclap campaign. With this tool, you can schedule a post for your Facebook timeline or Twitter profile reminding your friends and followers to get out the vote. All it takes is a few clicks of your mouse, and it will help us reach hundreds of thousands of Marylanders when early voting begins on October 23. To get started, click here.

Convicted rapist, 560lbs, set to SUE because his $10,000-a-month taxpayer-funded bed is too small and his food too bland

A 560-pound sex offender who was convicted of rape is livid with the medical center he is staying at free of charge over their food offerings.

Kenneth Harvey, 58, lives at the Peninsula Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation in Queens, New York, and is hoping a lawyer will help him sue over the horrible food and bad bed he has been provided with, among other things.

Harvey, who was convicted of first-degree attempted rape in 1994, does not pay for his stay at the center, with taxpayers picking up the bill.


Poll: 65% of Marylanders Don't Think Gov. O'Malley Should Run for President

A strong majority of Marylanders do not think their governor, Martin O'Malley (D), should run for president.

A Goucher poll found that 65 percent of Marylanders think O'Malley should not run for president, while only 19 percent think he should. O'Malley, whose second gubernatorial term ends in January, has been traveling around the country stumping for Democrats and brown-nosing with activists and donors in early primary states.