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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Video From a Hospital Bed That the Patient Says Shows Incident So Disturbing He Hasn’t ‘Been the Same’ Since

A Florida man filed a lawsuit this week alleging that while he was in the hospital a male nurse sexually assaulted him.

“It has caused me a lot of damage. I haven’t been the same since this happened,” the unnamed victim said at a news conference this week, according to WFOR-TV. “He put his hands in my boxers and he grabbed my private part and he started playing with it.”

WPLG-TV reported that the alleged victim went to the hospital in the first place with leg and back pain on Sept. 15. In the emergency room at Palm Springs General Hospital in Hialeah, the man he said he was given medication that made him drowsy. There he alleged that such inappropriate behavior by ER Tech Rene Martinez happened not once but twice.

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8 Charts Showing the Real State of the American Economy

Jim Rickards was interviewed recently by Money Morning, and he presented 8 must-see charts …

1. Bang for the Buck

The bang for buck has plunged in terms of how much stimulus federal spending has on the economy … going from $2.41 per dollar spent in the 1950s and 60s to 3 cents per dollar now:

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Burwell: We Need To Give Obamacare To DREAMers

Health and Human Services chief Sylvia Burwell made an appeal for immigration reform and extending Obamacare benefits to DREAM-eligible illegal immigrants on Tuesday while promoting the health-care law.

Burwell was touting the upcoming Obamacare enrollment period, which begins Saturday, on a webcast with several Latina bloggers when she stepped outside her typical domain and advocated for a change in immigration policy.

“DREAMers are not able to be covered in the marketplace,” Burwell said in response to a question about whether families with mixed immigration statuses can get Obamacare coverage. “And this is an issue that I think is more than a health care issue — it is an immigration issue.”

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Traffic Alert Accident On Snowhill Road

There is an accident on Snow Hill Road in the area of Toadvine Road.  A vehicle has hit a pole and power is out in the area. Please use caution if you are  or are planning to be in this area.

SPD Needs Help Finding Missing Salisbury Teen

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Help SPD find missing person/Akylah Cynsir Hunter/described as a 15 YO female, 4’11”, 121 lbs

Valerie Jarrett, The Obama Whisperer

EEven at this late date in the Obama presidency, there is no surer way to elicit paranoid whispers or armchair psychoanalysis from Democrats than to mention the name Valerie Jarrett. Party operatives, administration officials—they are shocked by her sheer longevity and marvel at her influence. When I asked a longtime source who left the Obama White House years ago for his impressions of Jarrett, he confessed that he was too fearful to speak with me, even off the record.

This is not as irrational as it sounds. Obama has said he consults Jarrett on every major decision, something current and former aides corroborate. “Her role since she has been at the White House is one of the broadest and most expansive roles that I think has ever existed in the West Wing,” says Anita Dunn, Obama’s former communications director. Broader, even, than the role of running the West Wing. This summer, the call to send Attorney General Eric Holder on a risky visit to Ferguson, Missouri, was made by exactly three people: Holder himself, the president, and Jarrett, who were vacationing together on Martha’s Vineyard. When I asked Holder if Denis McDonough, the chief of staff, was part of the conversation, he thought for a moment and said, “He was not there.” (Holder hastened to add that “someone had spoken to him.”)

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How Police Officers Are Trained to Know Which of Your Belongings Are Most Worth Seizing

Police officers are trained to know what property of yours makes the most sense to seize.

Let us explain. The Heritage Foundation has written much about a law enforcement tool known as civil asset forfeiture, which allows police departments to generate revenue from the seizure of money, cars, homes or anything else of value which they allege is connected to criminal activity.

Just looking at the numbers and reading the anecdotes, it is clear that law enforcement authorities are often tempted to prioritize their enforcement efforts where it is most profitable—but thanks to the Institute for Justice and The New York Times, we now know that this is not the result of a few rogue officers.

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Liberal groups send Obama ‘to-do’ lists

Dozens lining up to demand executive action

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Dozens of liberal-leaning groups are lining up to demand President Obama take executive action on a wide range of regulations and reforms that have no chance of passing a Republican-led Congress next year.

For some groups, the lists are long and specific: A call by the Center for Progressive Reform to implement stricter smog rules, tougher food safety regulations and expanded federal oversight of streams and wetlands.

Dozens of Hispanic organizations, meanwhile, joined together a day after the election to demand in writing that Obama take executive action to legalize millions of immigrants now living in the United States.

Chick-fil-A Manager Reportedly Bans Slang Words At Restaurant

A Chick-fil-A franchise manager has reportedly banned the use of popular slang words at his restaurant.

Last Thursday, a Reddit user that goes by the name of Mauser posted a list of terms he said his manager—referred to as “Eric”— told employees they could no longer use. The post has since received over 1,300 comments.

“You will speak properly when you walk through these doors. These words are banned,” the list begins.

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Dems move to block new Pennsylvania gun rights law

A collection of lawmakers, allied with a state gun control group, are challenging a bill — the “strongest firearms preemption statute in the country” — signed into law by Gov. Corbett (R) earlier this month.

The measure, added as an amendment to a metal theft bill, had passed the state legislature earlier this month by wide margins. It allows groups such as the National Rifle Association to stand in for local citizens in challenging gun city and county control ordinances stronger than the state’s own laws in court.

It is that very allowance that has gun control groups and state Democrats banding together to fight its implementation.

“The best defense is a good offense and we’re going on the offense,” Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray (D) told local media, explaining why his city entered a lawsuit against the state to block the new law. Gray, who is chair of the Pennsylvania Chapter of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, is not enamored with the possibility that the city could have to defend its ordinances in a legal battle with national gun rights groups.

“Win or lose, it would result in a costly expenditure by the city,” Gray said.

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Muslim Woman Tries to Accuse Cop of Racism - Gets Busted for Lying on video

Brazil builds its own fiber optic network to avoid the NSA

This past week Brazil announced that it will be building a 3,500-mile fiber-optic cable to Portugal in order to avoid the grip of the NSA.

What’s more, they announced that not a penny of the $185 million expected to be spent on the project will go to American firms, simply because they don’t want to take any chances that the US government will tap the system.

It’s incredible how far now individuals, corporations, and even governments are willing to go to protect themselves from the government of the Land of the Free.

The German government, especially upset by the discovery of US spying within its borders, has come up with a range of unique methods to block out prying ears.

They have even gone so far as to play classical music loudly over official meetings so as to obfuscate the conversation for any outside listeners.

They’ve also seriously contemplated the idea of returning back to typewriters to eliminate the possibilities of computer surveillance.

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'Obamacare' Year 2: Insurance 'Sticker Shock' Predicted For Some Losing Existing Health Care Plans

As the second wave of Obamacare enrollment approaches on Nov. 15, hundreds of thousands of people are expected to lose their health care plans and the prices for new plans are on the rise.

Many people will find themselves without medical insurance if they fail to sign up through a state exchange or healthcare.gov. People have just four weeks to get it done.

Ed Kafes, an insurance broker in Maryland, said that when it comes to premiums “people will be in for sticker shock.” Prices in Kafes’ area are expected to rise as much as 20 percent.

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National Cathedral to Host First Muslim Prayer

Washington National Cathedral is hosting a Muslim prayer service for the first time on Friday.

Planners say they hope Friday's service at the historic cathedral will foster more understanding and acceptance between Christians and Muslims around the world.

The prominent Episcopal cathedral often hosts national events, such as presidential funerals, and has hosted Muslims at various interfaith services in the past. But planners say this is the first time the cathedral has invited Muslims to lead their own prayers there, which they call a "powerful symbolic gesture.''

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'Vacation Breasts' May Be Next Big Thing in Plastic Surgery

Think of it as test driving plastic surgery: You wouldn't buy a car without driving it, seeing how it feels when you sit in the seat. So why should breasts be any different?

The New York plastic surgeon who developed the "insta breast," a saline injection into the breast that gives the impression of implants for 24 hours, is now working on a method that would last two to three weeks.

"Twenty-four hours is great," said Dr. Norman Rowe, a board certified plastic surgeon who practices in Manhattan, "but it's still just 24 hours."

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JUST IN: Court Ruling Likely Ends California Conceal-Carry Restrictions

Law-abiding Californians may not need to justify their need to carry concealed weapons, after the same three-judge panel that struck down restrictions on the permits earlier this year ruled Wednesday that it is too late for new opponents to join the fight against the ruling.

The decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals would bar other law enforcement officials, including state Attorney General Kamala Harris, from gaining "intervener status" to join in further challenges of its ruling in a case originally brought by an independent journalist who sued the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department over its policy of requiring a specific reason for being allowed to carry a concealed weapon in public.

San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore has said he will not fight the ruling, meaning there is no one with standing left to challenge the decision made in February.

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Regular pot habit changes your brain and may even lower your IQ, study says

(CNN) — Using marijuana at an early age could have long-term consequences on your brain and it may even lower your IQ, according to a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Researchers found that compared to nonusers, people who smoked marijuana starting as early as age 14 have less brain volume, or gray matter, in the orbitofrontal cortex. That’s the area in the front of your brain that helps you make decisions.

“The younger the individual started using, the more pronounced the changes,” said Dr. Francesca Filbey, the study’s principal investigator and associate professor at the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas. “Adolescence is when the brain starts maturing and making itself more adult-like, so any exposure to toxic substances can set the course for how your brain ends up.”

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Veterans Want Hogan To Keep Campaign Promises

Gov.-elect Larry Hogan thanked voters and veterans alike at a Veterans Day parade in southern Maryland on Tuesday as supporters expressed high hopes for his administration.

Hogan, a Republican, broke a sweat while briskly walking the parade route as he shook hands with cheering adults and high-fived schoolchildren. Hogan, who takes office in January, avoided commenting on work relating to putting a staff in place or policy goals. Instead, he reserved the day for veterans and enthusiastic supporters who said they wanted a change in the state capital.

The parade was the first stop on a "Thank You" tour Hogan launched, one week after the election.

Hogan's tour is expected to stop at Perry Hall Shopping Center for a rally on Thursday afternoon.

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Dems In Crisis, GOP Leaders are ‘Younger and More Energetic’

Wicomico County Sheriff's Office Press Release 11/12/2014

Wicomico County Maryland -In 2013, Maryland had a 50-year low in traffic fatalities as highway deaths fell almost nine percent from 2012. As 2014 draws to a close, highway safety and law enforcement partners are optimistic for another decrease in traffic fatalities but say it rests largely in the hands of those traveling our roadways.

“Ultimately, our drivers must do the right things,” stated Sheriff Mike Lewis. “If people choose to go out and drink, we strongly recommend that they have a designated driver or get a cab home. And of course, we want everyone using a seat belt in every seat, every time they get in a vehicle.”

From 2009 to 2013 in Maryland, 856 people were killed in impaired-related crashes, accounting for a third of all traffic fatalities across the state. In addition, almost 600 people died in crashes where they were not wearing a seat belt.

No ID For Human Skeletal Remains Found Near Westminster

The state medical examiner will attempt to determine the cause of death for skeletal human remains found Sunday in the woods off Tannery Road near railroad tracks outside Westminster.

No identifying information was found at the scene, according to Capt. Richard Hart of the Carroll County Sheriff's Office, which is investigating the case along with the Maryland State Police homicide unit.

Forensic units processed the scene Sunday, after the remains were discovered by people walking near the railroad tracks, Hart said. No form of identification was found, nor were police able to determine whether the remains are those of a male or female.

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Ron Paul: What The 2014 Elections Meant

IS “REPUBLICAN CONTROL” REALLY GOING TO PUT AN END TO FAILED POLICIES?

Did the election last week really mean that much? I took to my Twitter account on Tuesday to point out that the change in control of the Senate from Democrat to Republican actually means very little, despite efforts by politicians and the mainstream media to convince us otherwise. Yes, power shifted, I wrote. But the philosophy on Capitol Hill changed very little. The warfare/welfare state is still alive and well in Washington.

Some were critical of my comment that, “Republican control of the Senate equals expanded neo-con wars in Syria and Iraq. Boots on the ground are coming!”

But unfortunately my fears were confirmed even sooner than I thought. Shortly after the vote, President Barack Obama announced that he would double the number of U.S. troops on the ground in Iraq and request another $5.6 billion to fight his war in the Middle East.

The President also said on Wednesday that he would seek a new authorization for the use of force in Iraq and Syria. He said that a new authorization was needed to reflect, “not just our strategy over the next two or three months, but our strategy going forward.”

That sounds like boots on the ground in an endless war.

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Troopers Seek Public’s Help in Locating a Wanted Subject

Smyrna, DE - The Delaware State Police is asking the public’s assistance in locatingThomas C. Cadmus Jr., 23 of Smyrna (Photo attached). Cadmus is wanted by the State Police for Felony Theft $1,500.00 or Greater, Selling Stolen Property, two counts of Theft Under $1,500.00, two counts of Falsifying Business Records, and four counts of Theft by False Pretense.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred Monday October 20, 2014 between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 am. at a residence located in the 800 block of Big Oak Road, Smyrna when Cadmus was assisting with home renovations of 63 year old female. When the female returned to the house after running an errand, she noticed various jewelry items valued at more than $4,900.00 missing from her bedroom after Cadmus was seen exiting the room alone. After the incident, Cadmus never returned to the house and detectives were able to positively identify some of the jewelry that had been pawned at local pawn shops.

If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of Thomas C. Cadmus Jr., they are asked to contact Detective M. Weinstein at 302-741-2813 or by utilizing the Delaware State Police Mobile Crime Tip Application available to download at:http://www.delaware.gov/apps/. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."

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BREAKING NEWS: European space probe successfully lands on comet

European Space Agency says it has succeeded in landing a spacecraft on a comet for the first time.

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Obama So Isolated That Dem Senators Call MSNBC to Learn White House Plans

Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough and Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd appear to have a much better relationship with senior Democratic leaders than President Obama does.

“I actually had a senator–and it happens quite a few times where senators will call us saying, what are you hearing over at the White House? What are they thinking on this bill?” Scarborough said. “I’ll go, are you kidding me?”

“I’ve had those conversations…” Todd said.

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The Fed Won: America's 0.1% Are Now Wealthier Than The Bottom 90%

Game over, man: the Fed won.

As the Economist reports, according to a new paper by authors at liberal bastion UC Berkeley and the LSE, US inequality in wealth is approaching record levels (actually it already surpassed it as reported long ago).

"The authors examine the share of total wealth held by the bottom 90% of families relative to those at the very top. In the late 1920s the bottom 90% held just 16% of America’s wealth—considerably less than that held by the top 0.1%, which controlled a quarter of total wealth just before the crash of 1929. From the beginning of the Depression until well after the end of the second world war, the middle class’s share of total wealth rose steadily, thanks to collapsing wealth among richer households, broader equity ownership, middle-class income growth and rising rates of home-ownership. From the early 1980s, however, these trends have reversed. The top 0.1% (consisting of 160,000 families worth $73m on average) hold 22% of America’s wealth, just shy of the 1929 peak—and almost the same share as the bottom 90% of the population."

That was as of 2013. By now the wealth of the top 0.1% is not only well above that of the "bottom 90%" but higher than it has ever been.

Thanks Uncle Ben and Aunt Janet.

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The Republican Majority Must Play Offense or They'll Lose

Instapundit's Glenn Reynolds has an excellent list of suggestions at USA Today for an early salvo of bills the Republicans could fire off when the new Congress comes into session. As he puts it, there are three kinds of bills they can pass: "those Obama will want to sign; those he won't want to sign but will have to; and those he'll veto, but where a veto is unpopular." His six suggestions cover all three categories, including some wonderfully outside-the-box ideas that will make the entire Democrat Party squirm and sweat when the President is obliged to knock them down. I especially like ideas Number 5 and 6. As Insty himself would say, read the whole thing.

It should be obvious to everyone from Mitch McConnell and John Boehner on down that the GOP Congress is doomed unless it plays offense. If they let themselves get pushed around by the media, share power with the defeated Democrats, and spend the next two years cutting deals with Obama, they'll be wiped out in a 2016 Democrat wave that looks an awful lot like the 2014 wave that swept Republicans into power. There is absolutely zero appetite in America for an "opposition party" that delivers hated Obama policies with a slight discount.

The Republicans also cannot be content with merely opposing Obama in the passive sense, i.e. knocking down whatever he sends their way. They have a golden opportunity to do something they could never do while friendly Democrat media was complicit with Majority Leader Harry Reid's quiet murder of legislation: they can take the initiative. As Reynolds suggests, a great deal of political capital can be drained away from Obama (and his increasingly marginalized, nervous Party) by dropping bills he has to veto on his desk. Obama's strategy has always involved amassing political capital without actually spending it - Harry Reid protected him from having to use that veto pen. The vulnerability created by the loss of the Senate's Crypt Keeper is enormous. And since the American people just handed Obama the most stunning repudiation any President has received in the modern age, they clearly expect Republicans to take aggressive action. It has to be done carefully... but there's no reason it can't be both vigorous and careful.

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Three Days After Re-election, Democrat State Rep. Convicted on Six Charges

AUSTIN, Texas -- It has been an up-and-down week for Texas State Representative Ron Reynolds. On Tuesday, Reynolds, an attorney and Democrat representing Missouri Springs, coasted to an easy re-election, winning 66 percent of the vote against his Republican opponent. Wednesday, he was in a Montgomery County courtroom -- not to represent a client, but to face trial for 10 felony counts of "barratry," the illegal solicitation of clients by attorneys commonly referred to as "ambulance chasing." Finally, on Friday, he managed to avoid a felony conviction, but wasfound guilty of six misdemeanor counts for a lesser charge of "solicitation of professional employment."

As Breitbart Texas previously reported, Reynolds has had multiple ethical and legal problems since being admitted to the Texas Bar in 2000, including having his license to practice law suspended twice by the Texas Bar and a $10,000 fine by the Texas Ethics Commission for failing to file required campaign finance disclosures, which he failed to pay until after the Texas Attorney General sued him to collect and the Comptroller placed a "warrant hold" on his state reimbursement checks. These problems, coupled with his lack of legislative accomplishments, led Texas Monthly to brand him one of the "Worst Legislators of 2013."

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Midterms Closed Door On Gun Control At Federal Level

With the midterm elections largely decided, save for a small number of races, federal gun control legislation that seemed improbable with a Democrat-run Senate looks nearly impossible with a Senate run by Republicans.

In fact, the door on federal gun control legislation seems to have slammed shut.

According to The Hill, the NRA "endorsed 279 congressional candidates" and over 90 percent of them won. Contrast that with the results Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly's gun control group got for their endorsements. They "spent millions of dollars endorsing 16 congressional candidates" and lost in more than 50 percent of those races.

The NRA' s Jennifer Baker reacted to these things by saying, "There's no appetite for gun control in Washington. We now have a Senate leader who is pro-Second Amendment [Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY] so it will be even more difficult for [Democrats] to pass gun control measures."

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Baltimore Postal Worker Convicted Of 7-Year Disability & Food Stamp Scam

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A long-term Baltimore mail carrier has been convicted of a disability scam that spanned seven years.

Colette Lee, 49, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty Monday to making false statements to obtain federal employee compensation benefits.

From 2003 to 2014, Lee worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a letter carrier and then became a mail handler.

Lee submitted claims for disability for a work-related injury in May 2007, February 2008, August 2009 and October 2009—but failed to disclose relevant parts of her medical history, including an active injury claim, physical therapy and injuries from previous car accidents.

Lee received wage payments and the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act benefits from May 2007 through January 2014.

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Teenager stops home burglary

BUTLER COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - A man is caught breaking into a Butler County house, escapes from the police cruiser, then tries to break into another nearby home.

In the end, a 15-year-old is the one who comes to the rescue.

Both burglaries happened in a span of about four hours, and two men are responsible for bringing this 26-year-old into custody.

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Mayor Announces Service Week Results

Mayor James Ireton, Jr. is pleased to announce the results of the latest neighborhood sweep by the City of Salisbury.

During the week of October 20, 2014, through October 24, 2014 the City of Salisbury conducted its Second “Service Week”, focusing on the Presidents Area and Snow Hill Road area neighborhoods. Participating departments were Department of Public Works, Salisbury Police Department, Salisbury Fire Department, Building Permits and Inspections, and Neighborhood Services & Code Compliance.

The Salisbury Police Department performed “Knock & Talks” throughout the neighborhood and opened the Princeton Homes Substation welcoming residents to visit. The Salisbury Fire Department knocked on doors offering free smoke alarm checks. The Department of Neighborhood Services & Code Compliance evaluated properties for potential property maintenance issues and educated occupants of those possible concerns. The Department of Public Works performed a great deal of work in this area, ranging from cleaning storm drains to repairing sidewalks.

Below is a breakdown of the activity by each department performed during “Service Week”:

Free Stuff From POTUS—–They Are Even Stealing Obamaphones!

DENVER (CBS4) - A federally regulated program providing free cellphone service and phones to the poor and needy in Denver appears to be riddled with waste, fraud and abuse, according to an undercover CBS4 Investigation.

The $2 billion a year Lifeline program has handed out more than 13 million free cellphone plans across the country in the first six months of this year. In Colorado, the program handed out more than 117,000 free cellphone plans in the first half of this year, or about 20,000 cellphones every month.

The free phones and their wireless plans are paid for by a monthly tax on your cellphone, called the Universal Service Tax. Although the Lifeline wireless program has been around since 2005 and started under president George W. Bush, it has exploded under President Obama’s administration and the phones are often referred to as “Obamaphones.”

The program has strict guidelines. To qualify, you have to be on food stamps, Medicaid, housing assistance or some other government program to prove that you are low-income. The idea is that people who could not otherwise afford mobile phones would have them to help look for jobs, call 911 in an emergency or stay in touch with family members.

But on multiple trips to Colfax Avenue and Broadway in Denver, where multiple distributors set up their tents to hand out free cellphones, a CBS4 producer and reporter found the phone agents willing to circumvent strict government rules designed to ensure that only the truly needy get the free phones. The vendors receive massive government subsidies to hand out the phones and the accompanying monthly plans.

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After Election Day, Md. Republicans feel relevant again

For Maryland Republicans, the meaning of Tuesday’s elections could be summed up in three words: “We’re relevant again.”

That assessment by Joe Cluster, the state party’s executive director, followed a decisive win by Republican Gov.-elect Larry Hogan and gains for Republican members of the General Assembly. Come January, a party that many had dismissed as unlikely to ever win another statewide contest in heavily Democratic Maryland will all of a sudden have a real say in Annapolis.

Some giddy party members already are talking about a second term for Hogan and wondering whether his victory — the second election of a Republican governor in the past 12 years — might be a signal that a state long perceived as liberal could become more purple than blue.

There was talk of using Hogan’s laserlike focus on tax relief to rebrand the GOP in Maryland in a way that could broaden the party’s base and cut into the Democrats’ enormous advantage in registered voters.

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Maryland school district to strip references to religious holidays on school calendars

For some students in the suburbs of Washington, Christmas -- or at least recognition of it on their school calendars -- has been canceled.

The Montgomery County school board voted Tuesday to eliminate all references to religious holidays on school calendars, beginning in the 2015-16 school year. That includes Christmas and Easter, as well as Jewish holidays like Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah.

The vote came after a recommendation by schools Superintendent Joshua Starr that the board consider removing the names of religious holidays from the calendar in response to a request from Muslim community leaders to give equal billing to their holy day of Eid al-Adha. Starr told MyFoxDC that the county's public schools would still be closed on Christian and Jewish holidays due to the significant number of staff and student absences on those days, but technically not due to any religious observance.

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Man Injured In Carroll County Explosion Dies

BALTIMORE (AP) -- The State Fire Marshal says a man injured when a storage shed behind his home exploded has died.

Brian S. Geraci said in an email that 56-year-old Bernard Toporzycki of Westminster died Tuesday afternoon at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he was taken after the explosion Saturday morning.

Geraci says that while the explosion is believed to be accidental, the origin and cause are still under investigation.

Authorities say Toporzycki was walking into the shed when it blew up. The force of the blast damaged 11 homes.

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Obamacare Projected Enrollment Could Drop 30 Percent

The Obama administration announced Monday it expects the number of people who will gain health coverage in the next year through the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplaces to be significantly fewer than previous government predictions.

Health and Human Services officials said that 9 million to 9.9 million Americans — as much as 30 percent below other estimates— will have insurance by the end of 2015 through fledgling federal and state insurance exchanges intended for people who cannot get affordable coverage through a job.

The figures mark the first time that the administration has made public its view of how popular the marketplaces’ health plans, which began to provide coverage in January, will prove in their second year. They are more pessimistic than estimates last spring by the Congressional Budget Office, which predicted that 13 million people will have health coverage through these insurance exchanges in 2015.

HHS officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that their analysis is based on an appraisal of how quickly people have tended to be drawn to other kinds of public health insurance programs when they were new, combined with predictions of how many people who bought health plans through the exchanges this year will keep them.

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Democrats: The Party of Gun Control

From 19th century efforts in which Democrats strained to keep slaves and former slaves from owning guns to 20th century plans to ban a politically defined category of guns—"assault weapons"—to 21st century efforts to dissuade women from gun ownership, Democrats have certainly proven they are the party of gun control.

In years gone by, Democrats have been successful at using distraction to keep Americans from ascertaining the party's real goals. They have criticized the Republicans for being the party of the rich, the party of big oil, the party of corporate America, the party waging war on women, and the list goes on. And through this approach, Democrats have been able to divide America—setting one citizen against another—then step in with government-funded compassion to make everything better.

But following the heinous attack on Sandy Hook Elementary, emboldened Democrats began to describe their gun control plans openly. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) pushed an "assault weapons" ban that would have banned over 150 different firearms, and she and other Democrats also supported a ban on "high capacity" ammunition magazines. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) pushed gun control in the wake of Sandy Hook, too. Yet, unlike the other Democrats, Manchin actually admitted his gun control package would not have stopped the Sandy Hook shooting, but he pushed it nonetheless.

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Obama’s Mental Health Screening in Schools Will ‘Disarm’ Gun Rights: “Databases to Follow Academic Career and Beyond”

Students will be screened not for their own benefit, but to further the aims of total gun control

Under the auspices of helping struggling school children to grapple with complex emotions and mental health issues, students will be screened not for their own benefit, but to further the aims of total gun control.

The Obama executive orderswritten in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting introduced a number of policy-laws designed to mandate mental health programs and screening, and include ‘gun talk’ as part of the deal.

Funding for these programs has now followed suit.

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Rhode Island Man Nearly Wins Governor’s Race With $35 Campaign

Thirty-five dollars can barely buy a tank of gas in the current economic climate, but Bob Healey, a Rhode Island man who ran for governor this week during Tuesday’s midterm election, arguably got more bang for his buck than one would expect .

Healey didn’t technically win this week’s gubernatorial race in Rhode Island, but did end up garnering nearly a quarter of the total votes cast in that state’s big election on Tuesday, and with hardly much monkey, to say the least.

Despite spending only $35.31 on his campaign for governor, the Moderate Party candidate received 67,707 votes during this week’s election, or around 22 percent of all ballots combined.

It’s amazing what $35 can do,” Healey told Eyewitness News on Wednesday. “As I’ve been saying, if we only spent $75, $80, we might’ve won the race.”

The Washington Post reported that a political analyst that appeared on the Providence, RI-based news outlet on Election Day agreed that Healey did beyond just about everyone’s expectations.

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The Maryland Health Exchange Is Spending $446,800 On Social Media. Here's What That Pays For

The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange plans to spend close to $450,000 to interact with Maryland residents through social media.

All eyes are on the exchange as it prepares to launch its overhauled online insurance marketplace for open enrollment season Nov. 15. The exchange experienced significant technical problems last year that left users frustrated. Social media could play a crucial role in building up a conversation and buzz around open enrollment season.

A $446,800 social media contract with the exchange's marketing contractor, Weber Shandwick, will focus on publishing lots of content — in English and Spanish — that helps residents understand their insurance options and create an online community of happy enrollees. Social media will be an extension of the exchange's customer service, where residents can get answers to pressing questions about the enrollment process.

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What hotel cleaners are REALLY get up to

Guest captures worker rooting through his luggage and checking out his laptop after hiding secret camera in his suite at 'well-known' American hotel

This secretly-taped footage may make you more eager to use that hotel safe while on vacation.

One holidaymaker decided to leave his laptop camera recording after he left his room at an unidentified U.S. hotel which he described as 'brand-named'.

The video later revealed a housekeeper rifling through the guest's suitcase and trying to access his laptop computer.

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Morale sinks at CNN's DC bureau

CNN's Washington bureau is suffering from low morale and high anxiety in the wake of weeks of layoffs and buyouts — with one employee likening the place to the Redskins’ locker room.

In conversations with POLITICO, sources at the bureau spoke of tension in the office as several longtime staffers have been let go while others are being promoted and given raises. On Friday, during the most recent departures, "people were crying all over the bureau," one D.C. employee said.

"Morale at the CNN Washington Bureau is about as strong as it is inside the Redskins’ locker room — and the management is just as bad," another CNN staffer said.

The latest round of layoffs and buyouts was meant to cut roughly 300 positions from across CNN’s bureaus, or 8 percent of its total staff. In Washington, roughly 50 employees were let go — 27 through layoffs and roughly two dozen through buyouts. Meanwhile, CNN DC has created 20 new positions on the digital side. The network said that a few of the laid-off employees have reapplied for new positions at the network, and at least three have been accepted so far.

The latest exit was Michelle Jaconi, an executive producer and D.C. bureau stalwart, who declined to relocate to New York and bid adieu to her colleagues in a lengthy email on Friday. Jaconi was escorted out of the bureau immediately after sending the email.

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Gun Sales in Ferguson Skyrocket As Grand Jury Decision Draws Near

At a gun shop near Ferguson, Missouri, the manager told CNN that sales of firearms for personal protection have increased nearly 50 percent. As stores in Ferguson and nearby areas board up their fronts in fear of riots that could be sparked in the coming days of a potential grand jury decision, residents appear to be taking up arms.

“Every time that door opens we see new faces everyday. Dozens of new faces are coming in,” the shop manager said noting that he believes the spike in sales is connected to the tension related to the decision that is about to be released by the St. Louis Grand jury as to whether or not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for fatally shooting 18 year old Mike Brown last August.

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Wicomico County's Political Loser of the Year – Michael Pretl?

If he did not do any better as an attorney, 2014 is a very, very bad year for Mr. Pretl.

We can only comment on his political exploits, which include his role as the chairperson of Ron Pagano's campaign for the seat on the County Council held by Joe Holloway. It's inconceivable that Mr. Pretl was not aware of Pagano's record in Maryland and Ohio before it was exposed on this blog, leading to Pagano's decision to withdraw as a candidate. That attempt to scam the voters was a farce that failed.

Mr. Pretl's effort to join the County's Democrat Central Committee also failed – he was the lone loser among the candidates on the ballot in the primary election. And defeated candidates that he supported by donation of funds include Anthony Brown, Kenneth Ulman, Norman Conway, Rick Pollitt, Laura Mitchell and Josh Hastings.

That's a record of accomplishments in one year that few, if any, can beat.

The Question, Will We Be Able To Swim In The River In 10 Years?


Mayor Jim Ireton ran his original campaign firmly stating citizens will be able to swim in the Wicomico River in 10 years. 

While some have ignored his promise, we have not. To answer the question, absolutely not. Jim Ireton used that statement as a way to say he is environmental friendly but like all liberals, he's full of crap, just like the River. 

He has made MINOR steps in protecting the River and test results have proven such. The last results really ticked off the Mayor because they came out at a time in which he was claiming the River was healthier, wrong.

Ireton's only answer is to VOLUNTARILY bring on the RAIN TAX for City of Salisbury Taxpayers. 

Salisbury News has also learned Jimmy threw a massive fit when we came up with the "hoax" article with the Downtown Revitalization where we showed pictures of former Mayor Barrie Tilghman's building completely falling apart. The Mayor has done NOTHING about ALL of the buildings. Why, because Joe Albero exposed it, that's why. 

I'll be down this week to follow up with more pictures to shame that weak wanna be leader who proves every day he's nothing but hot air. 

Ireton's legacy will be, Who's full of more crap, the Wicomico River or Mayor Jim Ireton?

Gold Alert Issued for Missing Laurel Man

Laurel - The Delaware State Police are issuing a Gold Alert for Preston A. Chambers -28 who was last seen at his residence located on Manchester Lane in Laurel on Monday November 10, 2014.

Preston A. Chambers is a white male, 28 years of age, 6’00” tall, 150 lbs., brown hair, blue eyes and was last seen wearing a green T-shirt, jeans, and work boots. (Photo attached)

Troopers have been unable to make contact with Chambers to check on his welfare. Attempts to locate him have been unsuccessful and there is a real concern for his safety and welfare.

If anyone has any information in reference to his whereabouts, they are asked to contact Troop 5 at 302-337-1090 or by utilizing the Delaware State Police Mobile Crime Tip Application available to download at: http://www.delaware.gov/apps/ Information can also be provided to the Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333. Information may also be provided via the internet at www.tipsubmit.com

Send an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."

Salisbury Substance Abuse Community Center Receives United Way Support

In the year ahead, United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore will increase the number of Twelve Step programs held at the Salisbury Substance Abuse Community Center and will increase the center’s visibility through Community Impact Funding in the amount of $19,000. Since 1991, United Way has devoted over $511,000 in support of Salisbury Substance Abuse Community Center.

Salisbury Substance Abuse Center provides a safe and convenient environment for 37 local Twelve Step recovery programs. Over 1,000 individuals seeking recovery and those affected by substance abuse participate in support group programs held at the Salisbury Substance Abuse Community Center on a monthly basis.

SSACC Executive Director Beth Ohlsson shared, “For nearly 25 years, United Way has sustained Salisbury Substance Abuse Community Center in a very meaningful and practical way. Our long term partnership with United Way has made it possible for us to continue to support those seeking recovery from addiction on a day to day basis, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. “

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SAUERBREY: Maryland’s biggest loser

By Ellen Sauerbrey - - Monday, November 10, 2014

There were many Democratic losers in last week’s midterm elections, but in Maryland, the biggest loser is Governor Martin O’Malley, whose Presidential aspirations may have just gone up in smoke.

In a stunning election outcome, Republican businessman and Governor-elect Larry Hogan made the gubernatorial election about “the third term of Martin O’Malley”. Running against Anthony Brown, O’Malley’s Lt. Governor, Hogan campaigned relentlessly against the “O’Malley-Brown” record. And Maryland voters repudiated that record decisively.

While Democrats attempted to make the campaign about guns and birth control, Governor-elect Hogan achieved one of the biggest upsets in the country with a disciplined message focused on jobs, the middle class and restoring Maryland’s economy. He pledged to control spending, roll back O’Malley’s taxes, and improve the dismal business climate in Maryland. His campaign put a spot light on the tax and spend record of the O’Malley administration. But his laser like focus was on the 40 tax increases that have been the O’Malley-Brown signature “achievement”.

TRUCK SPOTTED LEAVING DC


School Delays

Fog developing in last half hour. Wicomico Schools one-hour delay Wed Nov 12.

  • Worcester County Schools
Schools are delayed one hour on Wednesday, November 12, 2014, due to fog. Buses will operate accordingly. All programs will begin after the one hour delay.

  • Delmar School District
Schools are delayed 1 hour
 

Blacks Must Embrace Freedom, Learn, and Progress

I am a conservative. I believe in the truth of traditional values, of limited government, and free markets.

And I believe in personal freedom and that it is not possible without all the above.

Our country has been going in the opposite direction and things, predictably, have not been going well.

The American people spoke last Tuesday, and I am happy with what they had to say.

But I am also happy that we have, once again, proof that America is still a free country. That when the American people are not happy, they can vote for change.

This is a great thing.

But best is when we use this precious gift of freedom to learn and to grow.

Freedom means making inevitable mistakes, learning from them, changing and improving.

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How 'Double Bucks' For Food Stamps Conquered Capitol Hill

The federal government is about to put $100 million behind a simple idea: doubling the value of SNAP benefits — what used to be called food stamps — when people use them to buy local fruits and vegetables.

This idea did not start on Capitol Hill. It began as a local innovation at a few farmers' markets. But it proved remarkably popular and spread across the country.

"It's so simple, but it has such profound effects both for SNAP recipients and for local farmers," says Mike Appell, a vegetable farmer who sells his produce at a market in Tulsa, Okla.

The idea first surfaced in 2005 among workers at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. They were starting a campaign to get people to eat more fresh produce.

"I think we were trying to confront the idea that healthy foods, [like] fresh fruits and vegetables, are not affordable," says Candace Young, who was director of the department's nutrition programming at the time. (Young now works for The Food Trust in Philadelphia.)

Young recalls that one of their workers pointed out that some SNAP recipients live near farmers markets "and we thought, how about we incentivize them to use their SNAP benefits at these farmers markets?"

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BREAKING NEWS: GOP's Dan Sullivan wins Alaska Senate race, AP projects

Republican candidate Dan Sullivan defeats Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Begich, giving the GOP eight Senate pickups in the midterm elections.

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This is what happens when you elect someone with no business experience

The Obama administration is dialing back expectations for how many Americans will use the federal health care insurance exchange to buy coverage, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell says. Enrollment opens Saturday, and Burwell says she expects 9.1 million customers will have signed up this year — well below the 13 million projected by the Congressional Budget Office. Last's year's inauguration of healthcare.gov resulted in disaster when the site failed. HHS staff have spent the last year rebuilding it.

Who to Marry? (Written by Kids)

HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY?  (Written by Kids)

You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff.  Like, if you like sports, she should like
it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming.  
-- Alan, age 10  

- No person really decides before they grow up who they're going to marry.
God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you're stuck with.  
-- Kristen, age 10

2.   WHAT IS THE RIGHT AGE TO GET MARRIED?
  
Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then..  
-- Camille, age 10  

3.   HOW CAN A STRANGER TELL IF TWO PEOPLE ARE MARRIED?
  
You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.  
-- Derrick, age 8  

4.   WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR MOM AND DAD HAVE IN COMMON? 

Both don't want any more kids.  
-- Lori, age 8  

5.   WHAT DO MOST PEOPLE DO ON A DATE?
  
-Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other.
Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.  
-- Lynnette, age 8  (Isn't she a treasure)  

-On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that usually gets them interested
enough to go for a second date.  
-- Martin, age 10  

6.   WHEN IS IT OKAY TO KISS SOMEONE?  
-When they're rich.  
-- Pam, age 7  ( Love her )

-The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn't want to mess with that.  
- - Curt, age 7

-The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and
have kids with them.  It's the right thing to do.  
- - Howard, age 8  

7.   IS IT BETTER TO BE SINGLE OR MARRIED?
  
It's better for girls to be single but not for boys.
Boys need someone to clean up after them.  
-- Anita, age 9   (bless you child )  

8.   HOW WOULD THE WORLD BE DIFFERENT IF PEOPLE DIDN'T GET MARRIED?
  
There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn't there?  
-- Kelvin, age 8  

And the #1 Favorite is:

9.   HOW WOULD YOU MAKE A MARRIAGE WORK?

Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a dump truck.
-- Ricky, age 10

Seniors

An elderly couple, who had just learned how to send textmessages on their mobile phones.

The wife was a romantic   type and the husband was more of a no-nonsense guy.
 
One afternoon the wife went  out to meet a friend for coffee.
  She decided  to send her husband a romantic text message and she
wrote:
  "If you are sleeping, send me your  dreams. If you are laughing, send me your smile. If you are eating, send me a bite. If you are drinking, send me a sip.  If you are crying, send me your tears. I love  you."

The  husband texted back to her:   "I'm on the toilet. Please advise."

The US Is Crossing The Frontier Of Criticality

Anybody truly interested in government, and therefore politics, should be cognizant above all that ours have already entered systemic failure. The management of societal affairs is on an arc to become more inept and ineffectual, no matter how either of the current major parties pretends to control things. Instead of Big Brother, government in our time turns out to be Autistic Brother. It makes weird noises and flaps its appendages, but can barely tie its own shoelaces.

The one thing it does exceedingly well is drain the remaining capital from endeavors that might contribute to the greater good. This includes intellectual capital, by the way, which, under better circumstances, might gird the political will to reform the sub-systems that civilized life depends on. These include: food production (industrial agri-business), commerce (the WalMart model), transportation (Happy Motoring), school (a matrix of rackets), medicine (ditto with the patient as hostage), and banking (a matrix of fraud and swindling).

All of these systems have something in common: they’ve exceeded their fragility threshold and crossed into the frontier of criticality. They have nowhere to go except failure. It would be nice if we could construct leaner and more local systems to replace these monsters, but there is too much vested interest in them. For instance, the voters slapped down virtually every major ballot proposition to invest in light rail and public transit around the country. The likely explanation is that they’ve bought the story that shale oil will allow them to drive to WalMart forever.

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