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Sunday, April 05, 2015

Because CVS Believes

All I need to know I learned from the Easter Bunny!

Don't put all your eggs in one basket. 

Everyone needs a friend who is all ears. 

There's no such thing as too much candy. 

All work and no play can make you a basket case. 

A Cute Tail attracts a lot of attention. 

Everyone is entitled to a bad hare day. 

Let happy thoughts multiply like rabbits. 

Some body parts Should be floppy. 

Keep your paws off of other people's jelly beans RR. 

Good things come in small, sugar coated packages. 

The grass is always greener in someone else's basket. 

To show your true colors, you have to come out of the shell. 

The best things in life are still Sweet and Gooey. 

May the joy of the season fill your heart. 


Happy Easter!

Delaware Family's Vacation Nightmare: Teen Boys in Comas, Dad Can’t Move or Talk — Toxic Pesticide May Be Culprit

Two teenage boys are in comas and their dad can’t move or talk two weeks after falling ill during a family trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands, CNN reported Saturday, citing the family’s lawyer.

The presence of Methyl Bromide, a highly toxic pesticide, was detected in the Delaware family’s unit at the Sirenusa resort in St. John, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


Lost Dog: UPDATE

We lost our small pekingese/terrier mix from Camden Ave/South Blvd area April 3, 2015; answers to "Charlie". Your blog has successfully found lost animals. We would appreciate posting this information. please call 410-572-2880 with information. Thanks 

Happy Easter!

Mayor Ireton Wants You To Celebrate Gay Pride Night Tonight: But Closes Adult Book Stores

Wednesday night! Come celebrate spring break and dance with us!
Posted by Jim Ireton on Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Ireton Is Not Delusional, He Is Simply and Skillfully Deceitful

Those who listened to Mr. Ireton's recent spiel, aided and abetted by Don Rush of "Public Radio Delmarva," might jump to the conclusion that Ireton is non compos mentis. In his attack on the effort to bring about an elected school board in Wicomico County he pointed his finger at two persons that he named – "G. A. Harrison and Joe Albero” – whom Ireton portrays as having drawn the County’s council districts. He offered no evidence to support that claim, and there is none.

Ireton also attributed the legislation pending in the General Assembly to what he sees as the "far right wing" that – according to him – controls the County after last year's election and to the right wing portion of the county voters who elected the Council members and County executive. Given the magnitude of the victories of Bob Culver and the council members who faced an opponent (two ran unopposed) it is preposterous that the far right "won" the election. Then, look at the council members: four of the seven members are moderate Republicans or RINO’s, and another is a Democrat.

Mr. Ireton is not ignorant or misinformed, and he is not crazy. Like his idol, Obama, he knows that if you vilify your opponents by distortion and outright falsehood – and do it enough and with a straight face – the low information residents will accept what you say as fact. Obama has mastered that technique, but he did not create it. Past masters have included Hitler among others. Like them, Ireton knows that it works best by pointing to a group that is portrayed as the "enemy among us." For that purpose, Obama uses the wealthy and business owners; Hitler used the Jews; and Ireton castigates the "far right" and "tea party." Often, the masters portray themselves as community organizers or watchdogs, and there is a racial or nationalistic aspect to the baiting and fomenting. Sound familiar?

But to pull it off, you must be an accomplished liar and agitator in public speaking, like Obama and Hitler, and Ireton has honed that skill for many years. And it helps, and may even be essential, to have an accommodating mainstream media. Again, Obama and Hitler are examples, and in Wicomico there’s the Daily Times as well as Don Rush, who sat mute while Ireton spouted his vitriol at those currently at the top of his enemies list. The Daily Times, which gave major coverage to Ireton’s recent and similar performance in Annapolis, has afforded him extensive free and flattering publicity for many years.

Without suggesting that their respective goals are equally evil, there is a remarkable similarity in the manner in which Ireton, Obama and Hitler have used the "big lie" propaganda technique in public statements and the mainstream media. We weren't around to counter Hitler, but we have not been silent in regard to the other two. It’s interesting that so many comments now refer to Ireton by a term that’s a word-play on his name and suggests his propensity for deliberate distortion and fabrication of fact.

A Viewer Writes: 4-3-15

I would like to start this conversation by saying that I am a middle aged woman. I do not have anything against people of either sex that are gay and I believe gay couples should have the right to marry. 

However there is one subject that irritates me about some gay men, and that’s the over the top feminism. I can’t stand it when women act overly flamboyant and it comes off as bad if not worse, with gay men. 

Just a heads up to those gay men, and you know who you are; please stop the theatrics. No one wants to be around someone acting that ridiculously whether they are gay or not. Women don’t like it in other women and we don’t appreciate that you feel that’s the way women act. We don’t! We’re not always fainting and screaming! We don’t have regular hissy fits! We’re strong, calm and can deal with anything that comes our way. 

Instead of focusing on the extreme actions of what you perceive as female, focus on the true grace and calm under adversity that your feminine counterparts actually possess. People will enjoy your company more when you are more enjoyable to be around.

Hogan Calls Madaleno Letter "Shameful" After First Lady Reference

Maryland State Senator Richard Madaleno has sent a letter to Governor Hogan, calling on him to to enact a ban on travel to Indiana with Maryland tax dollars.

Madaleno, who is openly gay and married to a man, addressed the letter on Maryland's News Now with Bryan Nehman:

In that letter to Governor Hogan he says - "Your family could be denied service due to a random business person, waiter or clerk's objection to the First Lady's previous divorce."

He says the ban would protect Maryland officials from potential public humiliation and embarrassment of denial of service.


Christian Asks Thirteen Gay Bakeries To Bake Him Pro-Traditional Marriage Cake, And Is Denied Service By All Of Them

CEO: We're Helping Employees Move Out of Indiana

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff is helping employees who are uncomfortable with Indiana's controversial religious freedom law to transfer out of the state.

Benioff told CNN's Poppy Harlow on Wednesday that several employees have asked for transfers -- and he has agreed, even supplying relocation packages.

"I just got an email on the way to studio from another employee who said, 'look I don't feel comfortable living in this state anymore, you have to move me out,' and I gave him a $50,000 relocation package and said, 'great, you're clear to go.' "

Benioff acknowledged that Salesforce (CRM, Tech30) won't be able to completely pull out of Indiana, given the size of the company's operations there. But the company is helping individual employees who feel oppressed to leave.

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A Letter To The Editor 4-4-15

I am a faithful follower but I have never posted a concern only commented. I just found out that my dental office Drs. Gray, Allen and Associates have installed security cameras throughout the entire office. I have been extremely disappointed and concerned for the past couple of years because I have noticed such a turn around in the staff there. But because they participated with my insurance, I continued to seek care there, but NO MORE!!! This takes the cake and I will be searching for care elsewhere. I feel it to be an invasion of privacy to the patient to be under surveillance. This office see adults as well as minors. What happened to HIPPA. You have to sign your life away in a medical/dental office these days so how can an office put up cameras and not make you aware of it. I did not sign anything giving permission to be on camera. This is not Walmart! This is a professional or so called professional office that I feel has to be in breech of patient privacy. This is not about patient theft or security. Obviously they have other issues and it pertains to their staff but at their patients/clienteles expense. I do not know if this is legal but I will be contacting the Board of Dental Examiners and I hope to make it aware to other patients of this office.

Thank You.

Gun Store in Ocean Pines?

Association member and member Bill Warenius alerted everyone today that an individual has applied for a Worcester County zoning variance related to stocking and storing guns for distribution purposes within an Ocean Pines residential area. This apparent gun sale business would be located on Moonshell Drive in Ocean Pines.

Worcester County Commissioner Chip Bertino quickly verified through the Worcester County Department of Development Review and Permitting department head Ed Tudor that the variance request is on the agenda for April 9th.

Warenius wrote, "Approving such a venture in a Multi-family neighborhood for the purpose of distributing guns is unacceptable encroachment on our neighborhood. This is an intrusion on the lifestyle that we all looked forward to when settling in O.P. There is also no assurance that only law abiding citizens would be coming to our streets. These ventures should be in business areas not in a residential area."

There will be a public hearing on the application for a zoning variance on April 9, 2015 at 6:35 pm at the Worcester County Center in Snow Hill, Room 1102.

If this issue concerns you, attend the meeting and make your opinion known. Letters do not have near the impact of attendance. Attend the hearing.

Who would you vote for? The social effort to put a woman on the $20 bill

WASHINGTON – It started as a revelation and is now a full-blown movement on social media.

Women across the country, including actresses such as Susan Sarandon, are taking selfies with President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill and sharing their photos on social media in support of an effort to put a woman’s face on the bill.

Susan Ades Stone, of Women on the 20s, says founder Barbara Ortiz Howard realized when rifling through her wallet at a coffee shop that there were no women on any U.S. paper money. What she didn’t initially realize was how simple the codes that govern the money are.


UPDATE On Christian Owners of Indiana Pizzeria

EDITORS NOTE: We posted about this Pizzeria last night at 9:30pm. The total on GOFUNDME is now reaching 600k.

In less than 24 hours, over 8,000 people have donated more than $228,000 for the embattled Christian owners of Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana. A slew of online threats forced the small business to close its doors after the owners told a local news station that they would refuse to cater for same-sex weddings based on their religious beliefs.

Among all of the donations was a $20 contribution that is being called the “greatest things I’ve seen in years” and the epitome of “real tolerance.” The GoFundMe page was set up by Lawrence Jones, a contributor for TheBlaze TV’s “Dana.” 


Despite Ever-Expanding Police State Measures, Cops Worse Than Ever at Solving Crimes. Here’s Why.Police2

If you were murdered today, there’s only a 60% chance of police catching the person who did it. That number drops to 3% if you’re raped. 50 years ago, that number was much higher. What happened?

Despite overwhelming disapproval from the public, the war on drugs wages on and we are witnessing the inevitable materialization of a fascist police state before us.

The irony here is that no matter how much money the state steals from us to fund themselves, and no matter how many tanks or AR-15s they acquire, they are solving far fewer crimes than before.

Police aren’t getting any closer to “winning” this ridiculous and immoral war on drugs either.

So, why aren’t police solving crimes?

The answer to that question can be found by looking at where police allocate much of their time and resources.

Civil asset forfeiture pays. Busting low-level drug dealers by the dozen and confiscating their drugs, guns, cars, houses, and money pays. Writing tickets for victimless crime pays. Pulling you over for window tint, seat belts, arbitrary traveling speeds, and expired license plates; these are the things that pay, not solving crimes.

In criminal justice, clearance rates are used as a measure of crimes solved by the police. The clearance rate is calculated by dividing the number of crimes that are “cleared” (a charge being laid) by the total number of crimes recorded.


Muslims Outraged Over What Safeway Did to Muslim Who Wanted to Practice Shariah Law

California Muslims are outraged at what happened to a Muslim woman working at Safeway fueling station who was intent on abiding by Shariah law inside the United States.

Rosemary Hassan, a Muslim woman hired at Safeway in El Dorado Hills, was originally told that she would be allowed to wear a hijab — the Shariah-compliant scarf that covers a woman’s head and chest.

But the next day upon reporting to work wearing the hijab, she was called into the assistant manager’s office and told that she wasn’t allowed to wear the garment while on duty — and Muslims went bonkers over it.

Hassan was told that she would be required to fill out a form to submit a formal request for permission to wear the Islamic garment, one that Muslim men and Islamic writings state that women must wear to keep them as oppressed as humanly possible.

The Muslim woman claimed that the form was only for those who were disabled and therefore refused to complete the form, citing her religious reasons for sporting a garment that’s been the subject ofmultiple legal incidents around the country.


Mother Wants Answers After Photo Of Beaten Son In Prison Goes Viral!

We’ve all heard horror stories of jailed inmate beatings and rapings other less equipped or ‘connected’ prisoners inside state prison walls often have to deal with, but that doesn’t make these vicious unnecessary on-goings right.

Horrified, when Facebook photo evidence that her son, Cortez Berry, was beaten inside a prison bathroom on his 18th birthday – Demetria Harris wants answers and she wants them now. The shocking photo shows Cortez kneeing on the floor with one eye swollen shut and a noose around his neck as two confident jail mates stand behind himmenacingly.

Demetria was first alerted to the incident when a friend saw the disturbing photo of her son being circulated on Facebook on Friday. “I was like OH MY GOD, what happened?” she says.

After she laid eyes on the picture, Demetria had a million “what ifs” floating through her mind and immediately contacted the prison to seek justice for her son. “Where were the guards? No one deserves this,” she says.


Death threats force Christian pizzeria to close

Facing death threats and pressure from the pro-”gay marriage” movement, a family-owned pizza business in Indiana was forced to close its doors.

Openly Christian owners Kevin and Christie O’Connor of Memories Pizza in Walkerton were asked by a reporter how they would respond to the state’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act and said: We would serve gay individuals at the restaurant but due to religious beliefs, would decline to cater a same-sex wedding.

The comments quickly went viral, and within hours, the shop owners said they received vicious threats – to include vows to harm and kill them – and so in fear, shut their doors, at least temporarily. In one widely reported threat, a Concord High School coach named Jess Dooley tweeted: “Who’s going to Walkerton, IN to burn down #memoriespizza w me?”


100 Students Refuse to Pay Their Loans

Dawn Thompson racked up $155,000 in student loans for a Corinthian College degree that proved worthless. Now she refuses to pay it off.

It's a risky move, but she's not alone. More than 100 of the now-defunct for-profit school's students are taking the same stand. And the government is willing to hear them out.

The "debt strikers" are asking the federal government to forgive their loans because they were ripped off by the school.

On Tuesday, 14 of the strikers were scheduled to meet with reps from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Department of Education, which has the power to cancel the loans. Officials wouldn't say what the agenda was for the meeting, and it's not uncommon for the CFPB to meet with students struggling to pay off loans.

This is the first time the "debt strikers" have been acknowledged by the government.

"I believe every student from Corinthian College who was lied to should have their loans forgiven so they can to go a real school and get a real degree," she told CNNMoney before Tuesday's meeting.


A Viewer Writes: Don Rush

Apparently Don Rush isn't his real name at all? Rush is a fake name he uses on the radio. Looks like his real last name is Wroeck. What kind of a newsman gives a fake name on the air? That's the kind of nonsense that radio deejays do, not journalists. Look at the email address he gives here. Maybe someone should ask him about that.

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Nearly 40 percent of restaurants serve fake blue crab cakes

WASHINGTON — Summer months are around the corner and that means blue skies.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean the crabs will be blue.

Nearly 40 percent of crab cakes served at area restaurants don’t have the blue crab meat they advertise reports Oceana.

Instead the eateries serve imported and often illegally caught crab meat.

Oceana is a nonprofit dedicated protection of the world’s oceans.


A Letter From Senator Jim Mathias

A Letter To The Editor: Delmarva Power

I'm not sure if you know this or not but when the Home Energy Programs sent money to them to help someone pay their bill. Instead of applying the whole amount sent to them all at once they are now spreading it out over the year (without letting any one know till they call and ask about it). Someone I know was granted $156.00 but DP only applied $13.00. That still leaves a balance that they then add $58.00 to each month. I feel acting this way is only to get more money. Please let your viewers know that now DP is blaming a State Law for this. When checking your balance it states that the whole amount was made but when getting your bill it shows only the $13.00 was applied. I feel this is not right. Who can I call to help my friend? Thank you for your time on this.

Did speeding PGPD officer with .07 BAC die in line of duty?

GREENBELT, Md. (WJLA) – After Prince George’s County Police revealed off-duty Officer Brennan Rabain had alcohol in his system when he got into a crash that killed him, some officers are asking if his death should be listed as having occurred in the line of duty.

Two weeks ago, Officer Rabain was laid to rest with full honors. Days before, the 26-year-old died in a crash that was ruled in the line of duty, because though technically off duty, Rabain was in pursuit of a 100-mph speeder on Greenbelt Road.

“To the end, he was serving this community with no concern of his own safety,” said Chief Mark Magaw at Officer Rabain’s funeral.

Last Friday, it was revealed that Officer Rabain’s blood alcohol concentration was .07—enough for a possible charge of driving while impaired—at the time of the crash. On Tuesday, Dean Jones, the president of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge 89, said that changes nothing.


Indiana governor wants changes to religious-objections law

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Tuesday that he wants legislation on his desk by the end of the week to clarify that the state's new religious-freedom law does not allow discrimination against gays and lesbians.

Pence defended the measure as a vehicle to protect religious liberty but said he has been meeting with lawmakers "around the clock" to address concerns that it would allow businesses to deny services to gay customers.

The governor said he does not believe "for a minute" that lawmakers intended "to create a license to discriminate."

"It certainly wasn't my intent," said Pence, who signed the law last week.

But, he said, he "can appreciate that that's become the perception, not just here in Indiana but all across the country. We need to confront that."


National Distracted Driver Awareness Month (Berlin Barrack Press Release)

National Distracted Driver Awareness Month

Troopers of the Maryland State Police will be joining this effort over the next 30 days. The Maryland State Police will focus efforts on the key laws in Maryland which are in place to reduce crashes based on distracted drivers.

The U.S. Department of Transportation is leading the effort to stop texting and cell phone use behind the wheel. Since 2009, The Department of Transportation has held 2 distracted driving summits, banned texting and cell phone use for commercial drivers, encouraged states to adopt tough laws, and launched several campaigns to raise public awareness about the issue. is your resource for learning more about distracted driving. Get the facts, get involved, and help keep America's roadways safe.

Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. These types of distractions include:

• Texting
• Using a cell phone or smartphone
• Eating and drinking
• Talking to passengers
• Grooming
• Reading, including maps
• Using a navigation system
• Watching a video
• Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player

For questions contact the Maryland State Police Berlin Barrack Duty Officer (410)641-3101 ext 0

Barrack Commander: Lt. E.W. Starner
Assistant Commander: F/Sgt. Davala
Criminal Investigation Commander: D/Sgt. Sharp

Va. man sentenced in HIV case involving 2 Md. women

WASHINGTON – A Virginia man, who admitted he had unprotected sex with two Maryland woman without telling them he was HIV positive, was sentenced to 18 months in prison Monday.

The sentence was the maximum allowed under a plea agreement Daniel Cleaves, 28 of Richmond, struck with Montgomery County prosecutors. He pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment earlier this month.

Dressed in a dark green jumpsuit, Cleaves cried several times in court and told Judge Joseph Quirk how sorry he was.


SPD Calls For Service 3-29-15

Open Cases: Why One-Third Of Murders In America Go Unresolved

If you're murdered in America, there's a 1 in 3 chance that the police won't identify your killer.

To use the FBI's terminology, the national "clearance rate" for homicide today is 64.1 percent. Fifty years ago, it was more than 90 percent.

And that's worse than it sounds, because "clearance" doesn't equal conviction: It's just the term that police use to describe cases that end with an arrest, or in which a culprit is otherwise identified without the possibility of arrest — if the suspect has died, for example.

Criminologists estimate that at least 200,000 murders have gone unsolved since the 1960s, leaving family and friends to wait and wonder.

"It's like the boogeyman," says Delicia Turner. Her husband Anthony Glover was found murdered — along with a friend — in Boston in 2009. Police never made an arrest. She says the open case preys on her mind. "You don't know if you're walking next to the person, if you've seen the person ... if the person knows you."

Turner watches a lot of true-crime TV, hoping to see something that could be applied to her husband's case. She calls her ideas in to the detectives in Boston, who tell her not to be "a TV cop," she says.



“Would you indict Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown?”

That is the question posed by a new play, Ferguson, that will make its debut in April at the Odyssey Theater in Los Angeles.

The play, written by journalist, producer, and documentary filmmaker Phelim McAleer, will be the first to explore the controversial shooting of African-American teenager Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri last summer. The show will recreate the shooting using witness testimony presented during grand jury proceedings in Ferguson, where the jury ultimately declined to pursue an indictment against Wilson.


Ted Cruz: I don’t believe in climate change because I ‘follow the science’

19 States Have 'Religious Freedom' Laws Like Indiana

Indiana has come under fire for a bill signed Thursday by Gov. Mike Pence (R) that would allow businesses to refuse service for religious reasons. The NCAA has voiced its concern ahead of Final Four in Indianapolis next week, there are calls to boycott the state, and Miley Cyrus has even weighed in, calling Pence a name that we can't reprint on this family Web site in an Instagram post.

But Indiana is actually soon to be just one of 20 states with a version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Those states are shown above in dark teal.

Forty percent of U.S. states have something similar to Indiana, as does the federal government.

A federal RFRA signed by President Clinton in 1993 shares language with Indiana and other states' bills, prohibiting the government from "substantially burdening" individuals' exercise of religion unless it is for a "compelling government interest" and is doing so in the least restrictive means.

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Adam Smith of infamous Chick-Fil-A viral video forced to sell home, live on food stamps

Adam Smith, the former medical-device executive whose career was ruined when a video of him berating a Chick-Fil-A employee for the company’s anti-gay stance went viral, said his family is now homeless and living on food stamps.

Mr. Smith, 37, who was the CFO of an Arizona-based catheter manufacturer, toldABC’s “20/20” he was fired after recording an exchange between himself and a drive-thru cashier in June 2012, as the fast-food chain was embroiled in a national controversy over company President Dan Cathy’s public opposition to gay marriage.

“I don’t know how you live with yourself,” he told the cashier in the video, adding that the company was a “hateful corporation.”


Six Flags to cut 18,000 trees to go solar

JACKSON, N.J. (AP) - A theme park plans to cut down more than 18,000 trees for the construction of what it says will be the largest solar farm in New Jersey.

Six Flags Great Adventure says the facility will generate 21.9 megawatts, or enough to power about 3,100 homes, and capable of meeting all of the park's needs.

The facility will be located east of the safari park in Jackson and is expected to be operational during the second half of 2016.


Why your Water Bill is About to Go Up

Could the record drought in California result in a hefty hike in your water bill even if you don’t live anywhere near the Golden State?

Public policy experts say increases are a likely and much-needed measure in California as a way to curb demand for water. But they say the hikes could spread to other states, including those not facing a drought situation, as a way to encourage conservation in general.

“California could be the green guinea pig,” says Matthew E. Kahn, a professor at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs.

The call for higher rates in California and elsewhere is not necessarily new. Public policy experts have long noted that Americans pay some of the lowest prices in the world for water — Australians pay more than twice as much, for example, according to Global Water Intelligence, a company that tracks the international water industry.