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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Manure...An Interesting Fact (Urban Legend)

Manure: In the 16th and 17th centuries, everything had to be transported by ship and it was also before commercial fertilizer's invention, so large shipments of manure were common.

It was shipped dry, because in dry form it weighed a lot less than when wet, but once water (at sea) hit it, it not only became heavier, but the process of fermentation began again, of which a by product is methane gas. As the stuff was stored below decks in bundles you can see what could (and did) happen.
Methane began to build up below decks and the first time someone came below at night with a lantern, BOOOOM!

Several ships were destroyed in this manner before it was determined just what was happening.

After that, the bundles of manure were always stamped with the term 'Ship High In Transit' on them, which meant for the sailors to stow it high enough off the lower decks so that any water that came into the hold would not touch this volatile cargo and start the production of methane.

Thus evolved the term ' S.H.I.T ' , (Ship High In Transport) which has come down through the centuries and is in use to this very day.

You probably did not know the true history of this word.

Neither did I.

I had always thought it was a golf term

Loretta Lynch Will Follow 'Eric Holder's Agenda'

NBC justice correspondent Pete Williams said on MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” Monday that President Obama’s attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch will likely follow “Eric Holder’s agenda.”

I think that she’ll certainly follow Eric Holder’s — every indication she’ll follow the broad outlines of Eric Holder’s agenda, which has been to try to reinvigorate the Civil Rights Division, especially after the huge blow the Supreme Court dealt the Voting Rights Act by gutting the Section 5 pre-clearance requirement. Now the challenge has been to try to keep the rest of the Voting Rights Act alive in court, sort of breathe new life into parts of it.

There are continuing fights over access to the ballot box, voter ID, redistricting: all those fights are coming. And there may be more districting fights in the Supreme Court. And then of course the huge defense of the president’s health-care law, which will fall on her shoulders when the Supreme Court takes that case up next year.

… There’s every reason to think she’ll follow Holder’s broad outlines on civil rights, sentencing reform and the main goals for him.


If Black Americans Want The N-Word To Die, They Will Have To Kill It Themselves


A 6-letter noun in the English language which the dictionary defines as ‘a contemptuous term for a black or dark-skinned person’.

It’s such an inflammatory and offensive word that for any high profile white person to publicly use it, without abbreviating to ‘N-word’, is rightly tantamount to professional suicide and personal opprobrium.

I don’t use it; would never use it. But it has become astonishingly ubiquitous in modern American society.

According to a new data survey by social media analytics Web site, it will be used, either as ‘n****r’ or ‘n***a’, 500,000 times on Twitter today.


Obama Attorney General Pick: Voter ID Laws Are About Taking Back What Dr. King Won

President Obama’s Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch said that voter ID laws are meant to reverse Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s accomplishments and promised that DOJ lawsuits against “Deep South” states with voter ID laws will continue.

Lynch was nominated two days after President Obama’s post-midterm election White House meeting with Al Sharpton, who previously revealed that he was working with the White House on choosing Holder’s replacement. Lynch was a U.S. Attorney in Brooklyn and prosecutor on the Abner Louima assault case against New York police officers. Lynch met with Sharpton and the wife of a man allegedly brutalized by police officers, in her Brooklyn office on August 21.

In a speech in Long Beach, New York captured on video about nine months ago, Lynch stated that voter ID laws are intended to “take back” what Dr. King fought for, and vowed that DOJ lawsuits against “Deep South” states will continue.


A Simple Act Of Kindness

Feds to Back Risky Home Loans Again

Critics warn that Fannie and Freddie are setting up housing market for repeat of 2008 crisis

Critics warn that government agencies are making the same mistakes that led to the economic downturn of 2008.

Federal agencies have made a series of recent moves that could precipitate another housing crisis similar to the one in 2008, experts say, again threatening the stability of the entire U.S. economy.

Housing regulators and other agencies have announced rulings and proposals in recent weeks that would lower credit and lending standards for home mortgages. Subprime or low-quality mortgages that defaulted in 2008—a majority of which were backed by the government housing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac—were a significant contributor to the economic downturn.

Additionally, Fannie and Freddie currently hand over most of their earnings to the Treasury Department under changes made by the agency in 2012. That means that as home loans become more risky, the companies known as government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) would have no capital buffer to absorb losses. Taxpayers could again be called upon to rescue them in the event of another economic shock.


Judge OKs Settlement For Social Security Workers

A federal administrative law judge in Baltimore has given preliminary approval to a $6.6 million settlement for more than 570 current and former Social Security Administration employees with disabilities.

The deal would resolve a nearly decade-long dispute over promotions and accommodations. A final approval hearing is set for March.

The action, filed in 2005 with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, accuses the Social Security Administration of denying employees advancement because of disabilities.

An agency spokeswoman says the settlement, which got preliminary approval on Oct. 30, isn't an admission of wrongdoing.


GOP Sen. Ron Johnson May Target Fed Workers' Pay, Benefits

Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, poised to become chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee when the GOP takes control of the Senate in January, is a tea party-leaning fiscal hawk whose positions on deficit spending will be seen as worrisome among federal employees, The Washington Post reported.

Johnson would succeed Delaware's Sen. Tom Carper, a Democrat. The current ranking Republican on the committee, Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, is retiring. Johnson, a freshman lawmaker, is currently one of seven members of the Republican minority on the committee, which oversees the government's workforce.

He is known to favor eliminating, consolidating or privatizing certain federal agencies — such as the Post Office. He thinks federal employees are overpaid, would reduce their healthcare and retirement benefits, and make them contribute more toward their benefit packages.

He would also eliminate cost of living adjustments for retirees, the Post reported.

He is on record as advocating a reduction of the federal workforce by 10 percent and cutting workers who contract for the government by 15 percent.



As we Silver Surfers know, sometimes we have trouble with our computers.

Yesterday, I had a problem, so I called Georgie, the 11 year old next door, whose bedroom looks like Mission Control, and asked him to come over.

Georgie clicked a couple of buttons and solved the problem.

As he was walking away, I called after him, 'So, what was wrong?

He replied, 'It was an ID ten T error.'

I didn't want to appear stupid, but nonetheless inquired, 'An, ID ten T error? What's that? In case I need to fix it again.'

Georgie grinned..'Haven't you ever heard of an ID ten T error before?

'No,' I replied.

'Write it down,' he said, 'and I think you'll figure it out.'

So I wrote down:


I used to like Georgie, the little sh!thead.

If you're not a Senior yet, then send this to someone who is.

Baltimore City Council Passes Amendment To Ban Plastic Bags

The Baltimore City Council has preliminarily passed an amendment to ban plastic bags Monday.

Initially the city considered a bag surcharge, but City Council President Jack Young via Twitter said, "Today we announced an amendment to the Bag Bill to ban, not tax, plastic bags in Baltimore City."

Jerry Jordan owns Eddies Market of Charles Village. He is against the City Council's legislation.

"The bag tax is an attempt to change people's behavior, but I think education of what to do with the bag is better," Jordan said.


The Dems Lost and It’s Not Their Fault

The Democrats lost and no one is resigning. Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi intend to stay on even after overseeing the largest political catastrophe for their party in decades. In six years, Pelosi went from a House majority of 257 seats to a current running total in the 180s. Harry Reid took a Senate majority and turned it into a minority and all he has to show for it are a lot of donations from out-of-state law firms.

Not only aren’t Harry and Nancy resigning, but they aren’t even taking any responsibility. Irresponsibility is the Democratic word of the day and the decade. Harry is blaming Barry. Barry is blaming Harry. No one is even paying attention to Nancy ever since she became irrelevant four years ago.

The Democrats don’t just preach irresponsibility and pander to the irresponsible. They are irresponsible.

Democrats often point to Congress’s low approval ratings as proof that the public doesn’t support the Republicans. They neglect to mention that its present low approval rating of 14 matches its low point of 14 under Pelosi and Reid’s Democratic majority. The last time Congress had an approval rating above 40, there were Republican majorities in the House and Senate.


Pa. Restaurant Supplier Opening Maryland Warehouse

A Pennsylvania-based online supplier of commercial cooking gear says it’s opening a distribution center in western Maryland that will create 150 jobs.

The WebstaurantStore Food Service Equipment and Supply Co. announced Monday that it has purchased a 525,000-square-foot building in Cumberland that will become its second warehouse on the East Coast.

The privately owned Lancaster, Pennsylvania company says it will begin operations in Cumberland next spring.

Maryland’s Department of Business and Economic Development says it’s providing a $300,000 loan, and Allegany County is offering a $30,000 loan.


Obama Threatens Amnesty Executive Action Before New Congress Sworn In

U.S. President Barack Obama defended his plan to use executive powers to implement some immigration reforms, saying in an interview broadcast on Sunday he had waited long enough for Congress to act.

Obama told congressional leaders on Friday he would try to ease some restrictions on undocumented immigrants, despite warnings from Republican leaders that such actions would "poison the well" or would be "a red flag in front of a bull".
The meeting came after Obama's Democratic Party was punished in midterm elections on Tuesday. Republicans seized the U.S. Senate and kept a majority in the House of Representatives, in what Obama said was a message from voters who held him responsible for how Washington worked, or didn't.

In an interview on CBS' "Face the Nation," Obama said he had watched while the U.S. Senate produced a bipartisan immigration reform bill, only to have it not taken up by House Republican Speaker John Boehner.


New Montgomery County Public School Calendar Might Leave Off Some Holiday Names

Proposed changes to the Montgomery County Public Schools' calendar are sure to get a lot of attention at a school board meeting Tuesday.

Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Joshua Starr is proposing three options for next school year.

The first, which Starr recommends, would remove references to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, while still closing schools on those days.

Option two would keep the current calendar, and the third option would add a mention of the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha, which in 2015 happens to be on the same day as Yom Kippur.

"I have considered the concerns raised by some representatives of the Muslim community about the desire to recognize Muslim holidays and close schools on Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, or at least have these days noted on the school calendar," Starr wrote in a memo to the Board of Education detailing the proposals.


The military names five U.S. bases to be used for Ebola quarantine

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said those bases include Fort Hood in Texas and Fort Bragg in North Carolina. The military will also use two bases in Italy and Germany. Troops returning from Ebola missions in West Africa must be isolated and monitored for 21 days. It's a requirement for service members, but optional for Defense Department civilians. The U.S. Northern Command will train 30 medical support personnel to help with Ebola cases at hospitals across the U.S. The personnel will support another 30-member team that's already trained and ready to respond.


Using “gun violence” as its cover, the Obama administration has quietly unleashed a cache of federal dollars that will be used for testing students for signs of mental health issues in K-12 schools.

Critics say personal information scooped up in the screenings will be logged into databases that will follow the child throughout his or her academic career and beyond.

Public schools, which have increasingly taken on aspects of psychiatric clinics in recent years, will get infused with more than $150 million in federal grants to further this agenda under the auspices of Obama’s 2013 executive action titled “Now is the Time to Do Something About Gun Violence.”


Rapper Nicki Minaj accused of 'glorifying Hitler' over blatant use of Nazi imagery in her latest video

Rapper Nicki Minaj has been accused of blatantly using Nazi imagery and ‘glorifying Hitler’ in the newly released video for her song Only, which also features Chris Brown, Drake and Lil Wayne.

The animated video, which features Minaj as a dictator, is clearly inspired by the black and white Nazi-propaganda films of German director Leni Riefenstahl.

An army of soldiers wear red armbands reminiscent of those worn by the Nazis, while large red banner flags appear with an overlapping Y-M symbol in a design eerily similar to a swastika.

YM stands for Young Money, the record label founded by rapper Lil Wayne, who appears in the video as industrialist Henry Ford, along with Drake who appears as the pope, while Chris Brown appears as a military leader.


He Knew Exactly How To Handled This Telemarketer


Me: Hello?

Them: Hello sir, I am calling from *A Market Research Company*. Would you be willing to take a short study with us?

Me: Absolutely! We here at Evermoon Consulting are always ready to provide opinion based data to our clients!

Them: Um... Ok? Anyway, the survey just takes about 5 minutes and when finished you are entered into a drawing to win a 3 day vacation to Cancun.

Me: That will not be needed. Our usual remuneration per our standard service agreement is all that is required. However please be aware that our lowest billable period is one hour and this call will be billed for an hour of service even if only five minutes is used.

A Veterans Day Message from President George W. Bush

Did Al Qaeda Plot Attacks Through Al Jazeera Broadcasts?

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Are Human Beings Born to Be Conformists??

Throughout history, we’ve seen human beings accomplish wonderful things. We’ve also seen them commit unimaginable horrors. Members of our species have done things so heinous, that we’ve questioned whether we should consider them human at all. However, the most vile acts we’ve committed, haven’t been at the hands a few bad eggs. Often times, the worst of humanity comes out when we follow the herd.

When people find comfort and safety in the herd, they often begin to compromise their ethics for the “greater good”. It creates an environment where sociopaths can rise to the top, and the anonymity of the crowd gives everyone permission to act out against their fellow man. I would argue that more people have been killed or persecuted at the hands of conformity, than by any other human activity throughout history.

Adding to this dangerous behavior, has the been the technological advances in mass communication developed in the 20th century. For the first time in history, a small number of people could convince millions to follow their lead. As a result, the past hundred years has seen human conformity reach its peak with the rise of the Nazis and Communists of the early 1900′s. The human race saw with complete clarity, the power and the danger human conformity, and it could be measured by the millions who died by its hands.


Community Rights Over Corporate Power

DEMSPLAINING: 11 Rationalizations for Democrats' Election Whupping

From the Koch Brothers to the voters themselves, Dems blame everything but their own policies.

It’s a rebuilding year for the Democratic party, probably the first of many, made more bitter because it ends an eight-year period during which talk of permanent Democratic rule did not seem wild.

Resounding defeats on Tuesday in elections across the country stunned Democrats, who were betrayed not just by faulty polling but by their own mad hopes. The party had banked on a permanent shift — by age, gender, ethnicity, or all three — that would eliminate all Republican support and immanentize California-style Democratic permanence. (As it happened, even the Golden State turned a couple of House seats over to Republicans.) It’s the ordinariness of the news that makes it so painful. After all that hype, Democrats learn that even President Barack Obama, a figure of national transfiguration who once lifted us above rising tides and salved the trauma of history, is subject to the same six-year crisis that afflicts every two-term president. It can’t be easy to accept.


Md. Reports 9,000 Browse For Health Care Plans

Maryland officials say about 9,000 people have browsed for health insurance plans so far on the state's newly designed health care exchange website.

Carolyn Quattrocki, the exchange director, said Monday the website is working smoothly, and officials are pleased with the number of people who have started shopping. It opened on Saturday, ahead of Sunday's scheduled opening.

People will first be able to sign up for a plan on Saturday at an event in Anne Arundel County, the first of 25 events statewide. People are scheduled to be able to sign up on their own through the website on Nov. 19.

The website has been revamped with technology from Connecticut. Maryland's website crashed on the first day of enrollment last year and was troubled in the first enrollment period.


Judge orders man to shave his head bald as punishment for cutting off ex-girlfriend's pony tail under Virginia's 'eye for an eye law'

A man who cut off as much as 12 inches of his former girlfriend's hair has been ordered to shave his head for six months as punishment under an 'eye for an eye' law.

Virginia man Melvin D. Hunt, 61, has agreed to the terms and must take a razor to his scalp by December 1.

His attorney, Billy Shields, said that he didn't think there was anything terrible about the punishment.


Governor-Elect Larry Hogan At Veteran's Day Parade In St. Mary's County Today

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Mother's fury after finding that teachers had locked her disabled daughter, 7, in makeshift CAGE at elementary school

The mother of a developmentally disabled girl has filed a legal claim against her daughter's former special education teacher for allegedly putting the child in a gated enclosure that the mother said amounted to a cage.

Ledelldra Brooks told The Fresno Bee she found her 7-year-old daughter wearing a dirty diaper inside the pen made from a toddler gate and a crib gate attached to bookshelves when she showed up unannounced at the girl's first grade classroom at Viking Elementary School in Fresno in May.

Brooks called the police, who dismantled the unit and referred the results of their investigation to the district attorney as a possible case of misdemeanor child abuse.


Bush's Mediocrity Brigade

Michael Gerson at the Washington Post, Peter Wehner at Commentary, Jennifer Rubin at the Washington Post, and Karl Rove at the Wall Street Journal, and many more are the voice of the moderate mush, the mediocrity brigade of the Republican Party.

And so it has begun, the push to attack Reagan by Commentary’s Peter Wehner and Henry Olsen. Trying to put a fine point on what Reagan stood for, the two described Reagan as standing more for human dignity, rather than human freedom, as if the two can be separated. The rather long and tedious piece is answered by Western Journalism’s Donald Devine, who shows the weasel-like co-opting of Reagan’s philosophy by the re-write of history.

The small-mindedness of believing Reagan conservatism is outdated, and the accusation that Reagan didn’t get the job done, are things Wehner regularly accuses that great man of. But he does so by overlooking the fact that Reagan was opposed by the mush of the time, people like him who want compromise with the left, but not with right, and couldn’t, “get the job done” because of them, his philosophical comrades. Wehner is mighty bold when the man isn’t around to defend himself. The idiotic attempt to paint Reagan as someone who would reject tea party sentiment is pathetic. Reagan understood he was battling people who hated the idea of limited government when he ran for the party nomination, in fact, he contributed to George W. Bush’s opponent when he was running for office in Texas. Yes, Reagan was well aware of who was conservative, and who was not.


Sessoms' council votes benefited TowneBank borrowers

Mayor Will Sessoms, a president of TowneBank, has voted dozens of times with the City Council on matters directly benefiting developers who borrowed at least $140 million from the bank. The votes violate Sessoms’ promise not to let his duties to the bank conflict with his public obligations, and some may also violate state law.

The votes began soon after he became mayor in January 2009 and continued as recently as October, records show. Sessoms voted to sell city land to TowneBank borrowers at far below appraised value, to pass zoning changes that let them expand their projects, and to grant variances that protected his bank's loans. He also took votes making it easier for developers to build or encroach on city property, sometimes weeks or months after they received construction loans from his bank.

In 2012, the mayor got involved on both sides of a lawsuit between the city and a client who borrowed $800,000 from TowneBank, negotiating for the city while signing land documents on behalf of the client and his bank, according to court and city files.


Veteran Fears For His Safety After Getting Attacked

AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – A veteran who lives in Aurora and uses a wheelchair says he’s worried after he was attacked in his home by a robber.

That’s what Lee Pekish assumes happens, at least. Aurora police have little to go on in their investigation into the case so far, but Pekish, an 80-year-old Korean War veteran, told CBS4 the events of last Saturday played out like this:

At 6 p.m. he went out with his dog for a few minutes. The door to his home was unlocked.

The next thing he remembers it was hours later.

“Blood is everywhere and I really didn’t know what the heck had happened to me. It took me most of the night to figure out what had happened,” he said.


‘To Give Hope to Others’: Delmarva Man With ALS Plans 10-Mile Walk on November 22

Tim Hill’s walk from Dewey Beach to Bethany Beach on November 22 is a 10-mile journey, and it will show how far he has already come. Hill has ALS – amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, which attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, and affects the body’s ability to control muscles. For many with ALS, a short walk is impossible.

“That’s why I am doing this walk – to offer hope,” Hill said. “When you’re told that there is no hope, you don’t try. I want to show people that trying matters.”

Hill first noticed the onset of symptoms – unsteadiness, shaking, severe leg pain – about three years ago. He received his diagnosis in the spring of 2014 at a major Baltimore-area hospital, and was taken aback by what the doctor told him. “He said, ‘Get your affairs in order,’ and that was it. I asked about physical therapy, things I could do to help, and he told me that even if it did help a little, my insurance probably wouldn’t cover it.”



SALISBURY -- Kerry Palakanis, PHD. a nurse practitioner who opened a health care clinic in Crisfield two years ago, was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Maryland Capital Enterprises at a dinner celebration on Thursday at Salisbury University..

More than 25 entrepreneurs from the four Lower Shore counties were nominated, for the prestigious award, and three made it to the final round: Palakanis, Jennifer Layton of Layton's Chance Winery and Lazy Day Farms in Vienna, and Michael W. Wilt, President of Warwick Fulfillment Solutions in Hurlock.

"This was our third year presenting this award and we had so many great nominees this year,"said Joe Morse, CEO of MCE. "Our organization works hard to promote entrepreneurship and we take great pride in honoring those hard working men and women who not only take those business risks but also find time to give back to the community."

This year's winner, Kerry Palakanis, is a nurse practitioner who saw a critical need for health care services in Somerset County, one of the poorest and most under-served areas of the state. She opened the Crisfield Clinic two years ago and already has plans to rapidly expand to meet the needs. She now employs 10 full time workers and one part time, but envisions the opportunity to hire up to 75 more employees once her vision can be carried out.

She takes a holistic approach to patients that walk through her door. She offers services that help address medical, mental, social, economic and immediate needs.

She hopes to establish tele-medicine with the residents of Smith Island and all Somerset County Schools, setting up school-based health care. She wants to expand rural health care offices across the
state in a network managed system that will serve as a model for other nurse practitioner managed systems across the country.

Kerry belongs to the Nurse Practitioner Association of Maryland, she serves as Eastern Shore District Manager Healthy Somerset, Somerset Early Learning Advisory Council, and Reach out and Read. She is a clinical provider for Vaccines for Children. Kerry volunteers her time with the National Crab Derby and Women Supporting Women. She is a site supervisor for National Health Service Corp. She is a also a member of the Crisfield Chamber of Commerce.

She will take home a check for $2,000 as part of the award, and the two runner-ups each earned $500.

MCE is a non-profit organization that promoted entrepreneurship through loans, counseling and trainings for start-up and established businesses. MCE also opened a Women's Business Center to help
women owned businesses thrive. MCE is a CDFI (certified by the U.S. Department of Treasury as a Community Development Financial Institution), serving the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Baltimore and Annapolis.

To learn more about MCE, visit or call (410) 546-1900.

Student shot as Temple University frat boys take down armed robber

A university student was shot during a party at his frat house this weekend after the shooter was barred from going inside and tried to rob some of the members.

The 22-year-old student, who has not been named, was shot during a fight which broke out in the early hours of Saturday close to Temple University in Philadelphia.

The man suffered a gunshot wound to the left thigh and was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital where he was treated and released.


Massachusetts Town Weighs Nation's 1st Tobacco Ban

WESTMINSTER, Mass. (AP) — The cartons of Marlboros, cans of Skoal and packs of Swisher Sweets are hard to miss stacked near the entrance of Vincent’s Country Store, but maybe not for much longer: All tobacco products could become contraband if local health officials get their way.

This sleepy central Massachusetts town of 7,700 has become an improbable battleground in America’s tobacco wars. On Wednesday, the Board of Health will hear public comment on a proposed regulation that could make Westminster the first municipality in the United States to ban sales of all tobacco products within town lines.

‘‘To my knowledge, it would be the first in the nation to enact a total ban,’’ said Thomas Carr, director of national policy at the American Lung Association. ‘‘We commend the town for doing it.’’

Town health agent Elizabeth Swedberg said a ban seemed like a sensible solution to a vexing problem.


North Highlands Veteran, 91, Dies From Injuries Suffered In Brutal Home Invasion Robbery

NORTH HIGHLANDS (CBS13) — He survived three tours of duty, but a 91-year-old veteran couldn’t survive the brutal beating he suffered in a home invasion.

Akemi Girion had to make the toughest decision of her life this weekend—saying goodbye to her stepfather, John Masson.

“His face was all broken—jaw, cheek, head—everything was broken,” she said. “Even if he survives, hes not going to have a quality life.”

Masson was badly beaten on Oct. 28 when thieves broke into his North Highlands home in the middle of the night. They blindfolded and tied up Girion and a caretaker and demanded Masson’s car keys.

“He didn’t give up his key because hes a military man,” she said.

The suspects left with cash, jewelry and prescriptions drugs instead.

Masson’s injuries were too much, and he died over the weekend.

“This is not a home invasion anymore, its a murder,” she said.


Veterans Day LIVE From The Wicomico County Civic Center

Led Zeppelin turn down Richard Branson's £500MILLION offer to reform for 35-night tour

Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant tore up Sir Richard Branson's £500million contract to reform the band for a 35 date tour, it has been reported.

Even though the other members of the widely-adored rock band had agreed to the record-breaking deal, the band's frontman, 66, ripped up the document in front of promoters.

It is estimated the tour would have made Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones £190million each before tax.


Walmart Welcomes Maryland Veterans Home To New Beginnings

Retailer Providing Employment Opportunities Across the State For Transitioning Veterans

BENTONVILLE, Arkansas, Nov. 11, 2014 –
Walmart today announced it has hired 733 Veterans for job opportunities across Maryland in the first 18 months of the retailer’s Veterans Welcome Home Commitment.

Part of the company’s long, storied commitment to supporting our nation’s military and military families, Walmart’s hiring effort has connected more than 67,861 veterans with employment opportunities across the country to date. The initiative guarantees a job offer to any honorably discharged veteran within the first 12 months of separation from service.

“Walmart has benefited greatly from the expertise and dedication of the thousands of veterans we’ve welcomed into our ranks this year,” said retired Brigadier General Gary Profit, Walmart’s senior director of military programs. “No veteran should have to fight for a job when they return home. We are proud to be a part of their story as they transition to the next chapter of their lives.”

Charged with driving programs that support veterans, a large focus for Profit in the last year has been building a community within Walmart for its military hires. Profit is proud of how the hiring effort is contributing to the fabric of the retail giant.

“Our veterans thrive in our structure and we have promoted thousands of our Welcome Home Hires within the last year,” said Profit. “The flexibility we offer allows some to pursue educational goals, while others are finding a meaningful new career path.”

Walmart has welcomed Veterans into every aspect of operations from logistics to management to sales at its 61 facilities in Maryland.

Founded by Army Veteran Sam Walton, serving the military and military families is part of the global retailers DNA. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have worked with many organizations supporting Veterans such as Goodwill and Fisher House for many years.

Top Cop: Militarized Vehicles Needed to Deal With “Anti-Government” Groups

MRAPs justified by domestic terror threat, claims Officer Steve Rabinovich

In an article for popular law enforcement website, Officer Steve Rabinovich writes that the controversial use of militarized vehicles in domestic law enforcement situations is necessary to deal with the threat posed by “anti-government groups.”

Rabinovich boasts an impressive list of credentials, with his assignments including Emergency Response Team, Crisis Intervention, ERU, Mounted and dignitary details. Rabinovich also teaches other police and emergency medical responders at his state’s technical college system.

Acknowledging that law enforcement bodies have received “criticisms from their communities” for utilizing the Department of Defense’s 1033 Program to acquire militarized vehicles previously used to hunt insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan, Rabinovich cites domestic terrorism and “a steady increase in deadly and violent assaults on cops” as good reasons for police departments acquiring MRAPs and other military gear.


A Comment Worthy Of A Post 11-11-14

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Obama backs net neutrality as he calls for tough '...":

Do the folks here even understand what net neutrality is?

Let me break it down for you. Without net neutrality, your internet service provider can throttle your access speeds, and charge content providers to deliver content.

Lets make it easy. Lets say Comcast makes a "local news page" for Salisbury news. Now, we ALL love coming to Joes web site. Comcast would then see Joes web site as a problem, and could then throttle the speed for it, making it difficult to navigate, AND charge this web site a cost prohibitive price to stay online... thus squashing the competition.

This is effectively rigging the game. They don't want to compete for traffic against better content, nor do they want the end user to decide. This is simply a profit grab at the cost of the end users experience.

Say what you want about Obama, but if the only way to ensure net neutrality is to rally behind him on this issue, then I'm not stupid enough to cut off my nose to spite my face. I'm gonna support this initiative.

Vienna Elementary Holds 1st Veterans Day Ceremony

Duck Hunting

A big city lawyer went duck hunting in rural Tennessee. He shot and dropped a bird, but it fell into a farmer's field on the other side of a fence. As the lawyer climbed over the fence, an elderly farmer drove up on his tractor and asked him what he was doing.

The litigator responded, "I shot a duck and it fell in this field, and now I'm going to retrieve it."

The old farmer replied, "This is my property, and you are not coming over here."

The indignant lawyer said, "I am one of the best trial attorneys in the United States and, if you don't let me get that duck, I'll sue you and take everything you own."

The old farmer smiled and said, "Apparently, you don't know how we settle disputes in Tennessee. We settle small disagreements with the 'Three Kick Rule.'"

The lawyer asked, "What is the 'Three Kick Rule'?"

The Farmer replied, "Well, because the dispute occurs on my land, I get to go first. I kick you three times and then you kick me three times and so on back and forth until someone gives up."

The attorney quickly thought about the proposed contest and decided that he could easily take the old codger. He agreed to abide by the local custom. The old farmer slowly climbed down from the tractor and walked up to the attorney.

His first kick planted the toe of his heavy steel toed work boot into the lawyer's groin and dropped him to his knees. His second kick to the midriff sent the lawyer's last meal gushing from his mouth. The lawyer was on all fours when the farmer's third kick to his rear end, sent him face-first into a fresh cow pie.

The lawyer summoned every bit of his will and managed to get to his feet. Wiping his face with the arm of his jacket, he said, "O'kay, you old fart. Now it's my turn."

The old farmer smiled and said, "Nah, I give up. You can have the duck."

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Shocking video shows high school teacher, 68, lying unconscious in hallway after being knocked out by a STUDENT

This is the shocking moment a Philadelphia high school teacher was filmed lying unconscious in a hallway after allegedly being knocked out by a student.

Pewu Johnson, 68, a substitute English teacher, reportedly reprimanded the teenager after he saw a girl sitting on his lap in an 'inappropriate' manner at Bartram High School.

Later that day, the student confronted Mr Johnson and told him, 'get the f*** out of my face', before throwing him to the ground, causing him to smack his head against the floor, school officials said.


DOJ Grants $63 Million for Social Justice School Discipline Promoted by Bill Ayers

Terrorist bomber pushes tirelessly pushing Communist takeover

The Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice recently promised a whopping $63 million to investigate school safety programs and to reward districts for implementing “restorative justice” and other related school discipline programs.

According to an October 1st statement from Attorney General Eric Holder, “This funding is being awarded as part of the Comprehensive School Safety Initiative – a large-scale, multi-agency research effort to build practical, and scientifically-sound, knowledge about effective ways to increase school safety nationwide.”

However, according to a review of past and current restorative justice initiatives in schools, the funding appears to be just another effort to expand whole-child social justice reforms touted by far-left progressive educators like William Ayers.

Believing that the American education system is inherently racist and oppressive and students of color only act out because they are victims of that system, Ayers began writing about restorative justice alternatives to school discipline many years ago. Examples are his 1998 book, A Kind and Just Parent, and 2001 book, Zero Tolerance: Resisting the Drive for Punishment in Our Schools.

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Eric Holder says critics of handling of gun running scandal can 'kiss my ass'

Newly released emails show Attorney General Eric Holder said that Justice Department prosecutors who were critical of the department's handling of the fallout of the Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal could 'kiss my ass.'

Fast and Furious was a botched effort by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to track firearms across the Southwest border.

Revelations about it created a political firestorm, leading to congressional investigations and turnover within the ATF and Justice Department.



Kentucky Deputy Won't Be Charged In Shooting Death of 19-Year-Old Trying to Leave a Party

Although the portion of the video of the incident that was publicly released (see this May Hit and Run entry) made his story seem improbable—as it seemed to show him approaching her departing car from the side with her front well past him—a grand jury in Boone County, Kentucky, faced with a prosecutor's death investigation evidence concluded that Samantha Ramsey did indeed represent a threat to the life of Deputy Tyler Brockman such that he was justified in shooting her four times from the hood of her car, into a car with three other passengers.


Brockman was breaking up a party from which Ramsey and her friends were trying to leave, and he suspected she might be legally impaired. According to the investigator's report, she was, on both alcohol and marijuana.

The forensic report said tire tracks matching the car are on his foot, and that she indeed made a sharp left turn into him and knocked him to the hood of her car, making the shooting justified.

Accounts of the grand jury decision from Cincinnati's WCPO-TV,, and WKRC Local 12 from Cinncinnatti.


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A Viewer Writes: Wi Hi GAS leak, no evacuation

Apparently, there is a GAS leak in kitchen at Wi Hi. No one is evacuated and they are using fans to blow out the gas and smell.

Tomb of the Unknowns

Hurricane Isabel struck Washington, D.C., hard that night.

It was Sept. 18, 2003. I lived in Alexandria, Va., at the time. I rode out the storm reading a book and enjoying a glass of wine.

At the Arlington National Cemetery, just a few miles from where I sat, the sentinels who stand guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns were having an entirely different experience.

The Tomb of the Unknowns was established in 1921. Three of its chambers contain the remains of unknown soldiers from World War I, World War II and Korea (a fourth chamber had contained the remains of an unknown soldier from the Vietnam war until DNA technology determined his identity).

Only the finest soldiers are selected to guard the Tomb. The sentinels are specially trained soldiers of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard). They watch over the Tomb 24 hours a day, seven days a week. As each solitary guard paces before the Tomb, his movements are precise, his dress impeccable.

Each guard’s dedication is made clear by the Sentinel’s Creed:

My dedication to this sacred duty is total and wholehearted.

In the responsibility bestowed on me never will I falter.

And with dignity and perseverance my standard will remain perfection.

Through the years of diligence and praise and the discomfort of the elements,

I will walk my tour in humble reverence to the best of my ability.

It is he who commands the respect I protect.

His bravery that made us so proud.

Surrounded by well meaning crowds by day alone in the thoughtful peace of night,

this soldier will in honored glory rest under my eternal vigilance.

Which brings us back to Hurricane Isabel.

For the first time in the Tomb’s history, in preparation of a potentially dangerous storm, the commanding officers established a contingency plan.

The sentinels were free to withdraw to safer positions under the Memorial Amphitheater arches or inside the trophy room should conditions become life-threatening — positions from which they could still maintain their mission watching over the Tomb.

But none would leave.


What is Veteran's Day: Tribute, Celebrations

FEMA Asking Elderly, Disabled NYCers In Assisted-Living Home To Pay Back Thousands In Sandy Relief Funds

Spending months living in emergency shelters after being forced out of your home by Superstorm Sandy’s floodwaters sounds bad enough, but now disabled, elderly and poor adults living in an assisted-living center in New York City have been told by the Federal Emergency Management Agency that some of them have to pay back thousands of dollars they received in disaster aid.

According to the Associated Press, at least a dozen residents of the home on NYC’s Rockaway Peninsula have gotten notices recently from FEMA< saying that they'd been declared ineligible for aid checks that they received two years ago — money that many of them have already spent — because the money was only supposed to pay for temporary housing.

Those residents didn't ever have to pay for housing, as they were moved from one state-funded shelter to another. Yet they're expected to pony up the cash by Nov. 15, cash most of them don't have.

One 61-year-old resident suffering from a spinal disability and other chronic health problems says he has to send a check for $2,486 or file an appeal. He says he spent the money on food and clothing, things he needed after the storm, and was never told he was ineligible.



Chuck Norris challenges readers to honor nation's heroes

With Veterans Day being Nov. 11, patriots everywhere feel a sense of pride as we again honor all who have served our country. But can you pass my Veterans Day test?

Do you know these facts about Veterans Day?
  • According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2013 surveys:
  • There are 19.6 million veterans in the U.S.
  • There are 9.3 million U.S. veterans over the age of 65.
  • There are 1.6 million younger than 35.
  • There are 1.6 million female veterans.
  • There are 39,890 veterans still alive who served during three wartime periods: World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.
  • There are 3.6 million veterans with a service-connected disability rating.

Why Matt Taibbi Thinks This Woman Is JPMorgan's "Worst Nightmare"

In reality, there is nothing surprising in Matt Taibbi's latest piece since returning to Rolling Stone from the Intercept, as it tells a story everyone is by now is all too familiar with: a former bank employee (in this case Alayne Fleischmann) who was a worker in a bank's (in this case JPM) mortgage operations group, where she observed and engaged in what she describes as "massive criminal securities fraud" and who was fired after trying to bring the attention of those above her to said "criminal" activity.

The story doesn't end there, and as Carmen Segarra already showed, when she revealed that Goldman runs the NY Fed, once Alayne was let go and tried to "whistleblow" on the house of Jimon from the outside, she found the that US Department of Justice headed by Eric Holder is just as, if not more, corrupt, and in his desperate attempt to prevent discovery and bring JPM et al to justice, he would stretch the statue of limitations on frauds committed during the crisis long enough to where nobody had any legal recourse any more, up to and including the US taxpayer.

That is the 1 minute recap of yet another story in which the good guys lose, the bad guys bet everything on red, are bailed out when black hits, lie, never go to jail and instead use the same bailout funds to keep paying "settlement charges" to bribed government officials and avoid prison time. In short, the bad guys win.

And all with the help of every branch of the US government.


Dawn Of The Dead Zone: Warming Waters Worsen Oxygen Deprivation

Global warming is likely playing a bigger role than previously thought in dead zones in oceans, lakes and rivers around the world and it's only going to get worse, according to a new study.

Dead zones occur when fertilizer runoff clogs waterways with nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorous. That leads to an explosion of microbes that consumes oxygen and leaves the water depleted of oxygen, harming marine life.

Scientists have long known that warmer water increases this problem, but a new study Monday in the journal Global Change Biology by Smithsonian Institution researchers found about two dozen different ways - biologically, chemically and physically - that climate change worsens the oxygen depletion.


New Poll Reveals Trouble Ahead for Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush

Bad news for both Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush—that’s a key takeaway from a new national opinion poll.

The American people overwhelmingly support a strict voter ID system. Americans are deeply skeptical of the Middle East “peace” process pushed by Secretary of State John Kerry and the Obama administration. And Americans overwhelmingly support an ambitious national program to cure or prevent Alzheimer’s Disease.

These and other findings are from a survey of 806 actual voters taken on Election Day, November 4, by the Polling Company. The questions were chosen by Breitbart News, as well as Judicial Watch.

Since many believe that the 2016 presidential contest started as soon as the 2014 elections were over, we can take a closer look at the public’s assessment of two of the biggest names who are thinking about running for the White House: Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Jeb Bush.


Maryland Congressman Raises Questions About Postal Service Security Breach

Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings is asking the nation's Postmaster General to explain how hackers were able to steal sensitive data on Postal Service employees.

The U.S. Postal Service said Monday it is the victim of a cyberattack and that information about its employees, including Social Security numbers, may have been compromised.

The FBI and other federal agencies are investigating, the agency said in a statement.

Postal Service spokesman David Partenheimer said the personal information that may have been obtained in the attack includes employees' names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, addresses, emergency contacts and other information.


7 Psychological Tricks For Winning A Negotiation

Preparing for a negotiation when a lot is on the line can elicit a tremendous amount of fear and negative thinking.

This kind of thinking can mean the negotiation is lost before the salesperson has even started to prepare for it. The first war to be won is the battle inside the salesperson against defeatist thoughts. By becoming clear on desired outcomes, he or she has the greatest chance at negotiation success and making a sale.
1. Eliminate anxiety.

The brain loves options. A salesperson should always have more than one significant opportunity in the pipeline. This leads to increased confidence and less anxiety when negotiating.

Thus the salesperson doesn't feel desperate and can more confidently acquire new business by directing negotiations to the point where the potential customer ends up selling the salesperson on why they should do business together.


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Why It's Important To Be Friendly For No Reason

Moments after the young man walked in the room I thought, "Oh, so now you want to act all friendly towards me?"

A friend owns several gyms. As a favor he asked me to interview applicants for front desk positions. He wasn't happy with how recent hires had worked out and wanted a fresh take.

The job itself is simple: greet members, show prospective members around and sign them up... but mostly do a lot of standing around and talking to other front desk employees while sneaking peeks at cell phones. (I keep telling him he should find more things for them to do.)

His front desk employees aren't trainers or fitness experts; their primary duty is to be friendly, welcoming, and likable. That's the main reason he kept hiring the wrong people. He chose candidates who had experience in client management software since that made their initial training easier, but hard skills can be taught. Attitude, personality, likeability — those qualities are impossible to teach.