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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Three Cups Of Coffee A Day To Help Keep Skin Cancer Away?

Drinking copious amounts of coffee may reduce the risk of the most common type of skin cancer, a new study finds.

Women in the study who drank more than three cups of coffee a day were 20 percent less likely to develop basal cell carcinoma, a slow-growing form of skin cancer, than those who drank less than one cup a month.

Five People, Four Companies Indicted In Alleged Plot To Export Devices To Iran

WASHINGTON – Five people and four companies have been indicted for allegedly plotting to export 6,000 radio control devices to Iran, including 16 of the items that were found in improvised explosive devices in Iraq, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.

Authorities in Singapore arrested four people in the case Monday. The fifth defendant is a resident of Iran who remains at large.


Two Nebraska Children Kept In Kennel, Police Say

North Platte authorities say they've rescued four children from a filthy trailer home, including two children who'd been kept in an animal kennel.

Station KNOP reports that the children were removed from the home on Monday, after officers had been sent to check on the children's welfare.

Incident: Handgun on Person
Date of Incident: 24 October 2011
Location: 1000 block of Tyler Avenue, Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Donald H. Ellis, 30, Salisbury, MD

Narrative: On 24 October 2011 at 10:03 PM, deputies from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office
responded to a complaint of a suspicious subject in the 1000 block of Tyler Avenue in Salisbury. Upon
arrival, the deputies located the subject later identified as Donald Ellis of Salisbury. During the encounter,
Ellis began acting furtively which further raised the suspicions of the deputies. One of the deputies began
a pat down of Ellis for a weapon and recognized the feel of a handgun in the waistband of Ellis’ pants.
The deputy attempted to handcuff Ellis who instead tried to push away from the deputy while reaching
into in his pants in what appeared to be an attempt to grab the handgun. A second deputy utilized a Tazer
device to gain Ellis’ compliance.

Ellis was arrested and transported to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front
of the District Court Commissioner. After an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained Ellis in the
Detention Center in lieu of $20,000.00 bond.

Charges: Handgun on Person
Concealed Dangerous Weapon
Resist Arrest

Last Rare Rhinoceros In Vietnam Killed By Poacher, Group Says

Vietnam's rare Javan rhinoceros was declared extinct in that area after poachers killed the last remaining animal in the country for its horns, the World Wildlife Fund said.

“Vietnam must see this loss as another warning sign of its looming wave of species extinctions,” Dr. Barney Long, WWF’s Asian species expert, said in a statement. “The single most important action that is needed to save remaining threatened species like tigers and elephants is protection.”


Top 10 States With Highest Debt Per Capita

Are you in a state that has saddled its citizens with a big debt load per person? This list tells you. It may surprise you that the state with the highest debt per capita is also the one with the most penny loafers per capita.

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Investigation Uncovers Rampant Fish Fraud

A new investigation provides fresh evidence that restaurants and markets continue to dupe seafood lovers into paying top dollar for low-grade fish.
As part of a special “Fishy Business” series, the Boston Globe spent five months buying fish from dozens of establishments throughout Massachusetts and sending the samples off to a lab in Canada. DNA tests found 48 percent of the fish had been mislabeled as a more expensive type of fish

Mat And John Carter Memorial Benefit Coed Softball Tournament

Mat and John Carter Memorial Benefit Coed Softball Tournament
Saturday, November 5th
Sunday, November 6th
(if necessary)

LOCATION: Winterplace Park, Salisbury, MD
COST: $75 per team entry fee; Double Elimination
REG. DEADLINE: Friday, October 28, 2011
*First game starts at 9 a.m. Blind tournament draw. Teams will be notified of scheduled playing time.
$10 Homerun Derby - 15 pitches or 10 hits.
$5 Cornhole Tournament - Signups the morning of

For registration forms and more info contact:
Shannon at  or
Chris at

Donations welcome and can be made to:
The John H. Carter, Jr. Children Memorial Fund or Lucas Carter Memorial Fund
C/O Karen Mumford, County Bank, 19927 Shuttle Road, Rehoboth Beach, DE

Mat and John Carter Memorial Benefit Coed Softball Tournament Saturday, November 5th

LOCATION: Winterplace Park, Salisbury, MD
COST: $75 per team entry fee, double elimination
REG. DEADLINE: Friday, October 28th
Note: Blind tournament

Please Detach Below and Submit with Tournament Payment

Team Name: _____________________________
Coach: __________________________________
Address: ______________________________________________________________________
Phone: (home) ___________________________ (work/cell) ____________________________
Email: ________________________________________________________________________
Make checks payable to: Coed Softball
Can mail registrations to: Shannon Thomas, P.O. Box 4551, Salisbury, MD 21803

87-Year-Old Vet Arrested in Michigan After Cops Reportedly Find Cocaine in Car

Detroit police arrested an 87-year-old veteran last week after reportedly finding more than 228 pounds of cocaine in the car he was driving.

Leo Sharp refused to allow a state trooper to search his car after being pulled over for improper lane use, according to records. Police called a drug-sniffing dog to the scene and found 104 brick-shaped packages of cocaine worth nearly $3 million in his car, reports.

St John Church Bazaar

This  Friday  St John Church in Fruitland is holding their yearly Bazaar…

California Man Stuck in Baby Swing for 9 Hours After Bet Goes Wrong

A California man became stuck in a baby swing for about nine hours after a wager went horribly wrong, police said.

After making a $100 bet with friends, the 21 year old lubricated himself with laundry detergent and squeezed into the swing, the Times-Herald reported.


Smokey, don’t get excited, it’s the paper pink slip, not the one he wears
Bernanke, we’re making changes. You’re one of them.
You should have gotten both of Captain Obvious’s memos—one titled “Arab Spring,” the other going by “#Occupy Wall Street.” Just the very fact that we are having this conversation clearly indicates that your complete lack and understanding is not limited to just our economy.

Let me spell this out for you.

The memos indicate that 99% of the world has had enough with the Federal Reserve system and its “leadership”. Together the two account for 99% of the world’s ills.

Former Comptroller General David Walker said: “The fourth and most serious of all [of America’s deficits] is our leadership deficit.” Bernanke, you and former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan are poster boys for personifying America’s “Most Serious Leadership Deficit.”

That’s really putting it too kindly though. After all, you helped create the Second Great Depression, so we don’t have to be polite about this, and I’m not going to be.


CDC Backs HPV Vaccine For Boys

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory panel recommended Tuesday routine vaccination of boys ages 11 and 12 with Gardasil, which protects against infection from human papilloma virus. The panel unanimously approved the plan, with 13 votes in favor and one abstention.

The panel also advised that vaccinations with Gardasil begin in boys as young as 9 years old.


Key Regulator Agrees To Major Program Reforms

Last month, we noted that the Obama administration's push to allow more underwater homeowners to refinance faced a major barrier: the regulator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Federal Housing Finance Agency chief Edward DeMarco had blocked earlier efforts to help underwater homeowners.

But this morning, the administration announced major changes to its refinancing program -- changes beyond what analysts were expecting.

Riot Police Arrest "Occupy Oakland" Protesters

OAKLAND, Calif. - Oakland police say they arrested 75 people while clearing an anti-Wall Street protest in front of City Hall that had grown into an encampment with dozens of tents.

Most of the people arrested were taken into custody on suspicion of misdemeanor illegal lodging, as police raided the encampment around 5 a.m. Tuesday.

Interim Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan said at a news conference later in the morning that hundreds of officers and sheriff's deputies from more than 12 agencies moved in on about 170 protesters.


Today's Top Stories 10-25-11


Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry said he will propose a tax overhaul that would cut corporate rates and give individuals the option of paying a 20 percent flat tax on their income.

President Obama said he will take executive action to move ahead with his economic proposals while keeping up pressure on Congress to act on his broader package of tax cuts and spending.

Herman Cain has his 9-9-9 plan. Rick Perry will unveil his flat tax this week. What separates Mitt Romney from other Republican presidential contenders is that he doesn’t want to scrap the Internal Revenue Code.

Hungary’s central bank kept interest rates unchanged for a ninth month as the European debt crisis raised the country’s borrowing and risk costs and pressured the forint, cutting room to ease policy.

Hong Kong’s exports declined in September for the first time in almost two years and the government warned the outlook is “bleak,” adding to the risks the city will enter a recession.

Denmark’s banking crisis has left in its wake a number of cheap acquisition targets that may entice buyers to take advantage of an industry brought to its knees by a sequence of insolvencies.

Occupy Wall Street protests against income inequality, joblessness and big banks may have some unintended consequences. They’re hurting nearby merchants as police barricades deter shoppers.

Delta Air Lines Inc. reported third-quarter profit that trailed analysts’ estimates as higher fuel costs eroded the benefit from rising fares. The shares tumbled the most in three weeks.

The Bank of Canada left its main interest rate unchanged, cut its growth outlook for the Canadian economy and removed a reference to withdrawing stimulus as the global economy slows.

India raised interest rates for a 13th time since the start of 2010 and signaled it’s nearing the end of its record cycle of increases as the economy cools.

South Africa delayed plans to rein in the budget deficit as a growth slump curbed tax revenue and the government maintained spending plans to support the economy and create jobs.

Home prices in 20 U.S. cities dropped more than forecast in August, highlighting one of the obstacles facing the economic recovery in its third year.

U.K. home values will fall 5 percent in 2012 as buyers are deterred by government job cuts, rising unemployment and low wage growth.

AP Top Stories

Some 5 to 20 million tons of debris--furniture, fishing boats, refrigerators--sucked into the Pacific Ocean in the wake of Japan's March 11 earthquake and tsunami are moving rapidly across the Pacific. Researchers from the University of Hawaii tracking the wreckage estimate it could approach the U.S. West Coast in the next three years.

The announcement that Islamic sharia law will be the basis of legislation in newly liberated Libya has raised concerns, especially among women, despite Islamists insisting moderation will prevail.

Home prices rose in August in half of major U.S. cities measured by a private survey, a sign that prices are stabilizing in some hard-hit portions of the country.

Red and pink streaks filled the sky across parts of the country after Earth’s magnetic field was hit by a coronal mass ejection, enabling the Northern Lights to be seen across the southeastern part of the United States.

Consumers' confidence in the economy fell in October to the lowest it's been since 2009 when the U.S. was in the middle of a deep recession.

Ravens Just As Mediocre As Everyone Else

The Ravens are still better than most teams because of their defense, but after that, they're just as mediocre or as bad as everybody else — and Monday night's 12-7 loss to Jacksonville proves it. With an inconsistent quarterback, slow and often penalized offensive tackles and other lackluster performers, the Ravens have to separate themselves from the bad teams in the NFL to make it as serious contenders.

FedEx Says It's Hiring 20,000 Extra Holiday Workers

In an attempt to not ruin your holiday season with late presents, FedEx is gearing up for the seasonal outpouring of gifts going around the world by adding 20,000 jobs just to deal with the rush.

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Gun Smuggling Sting Nabs 5 NYPD Cops

NEW YORK - Five New York City police officers are among 12 people arrested in a gun smuggling sting operation, two law enforcement officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the charges have not officially been made public.

The arrests come amid speculation that the Bronx prosecutor is close to bringing charges in a separate ticket fixing case that could result in about a dozen officers' arrests.


While Mom Gambles, Repo Man Takes Away Car With Kid Inside

A Florida woman who allegedly left her kid inside her car while she gambled at an internet cafe found her vehicle and child missing when she got back. It turns out a repo man had swooped in and taken her car, unaware of its precious cargo. Now the woman faces charges of neglect.

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Texas Police Looking For Man They Believe Sexually Assaulted 4 Sorority Alumnae

Plano, Texas (CNN) -- Texas police are hunting for a man they believe broke into the homes of four former members of the same sorority, then sexually assaulted them.

The alleged attacks took place over a span of months, and occurred in the Texas cities of Plano, Coppell and Corinth, according to police. No one has been named yet as a suspect, though Plano police last week released a video -- dated in April -- showing a man they believe is responsible for all four assaults.

TSA Releases VIPR Venom On Tennessee Highways

If you thought the "Transportation Security Administration" would limit itself to conducting unconstitutional searches at airports, think again. The agency intends to assert jurisdiction over our nation's highways, waterways and railroads as well. TSA launched a new campaign of random checkpoints on Tennessee highways last week, complete with a sinister military-style acronym – VIP(E)R – as a name for the program.

As with TSA's random searches at airports, these roadside searches are not based on any actual suspicion of criminal activity or any factual evidence of wrongdoing whatsoever by those detained. They are, in effect, completely random. So first we are told by the U.S. Supreme Court that American citizens have no 4th amendment protections at border crossings, even when standing on U.S. soil. Now TSA takes the next logical step and simply detains and searches U.S. citizens at wholly internal checkpoints.

The slippery slope is here. When does it end? How many more infringements on our liberties, our property and our basic human rights to travel freely will it take before people become fed up enough to demand respect from their government? When will we demand that the government heed obvious constitutional limitations and stop treating ordinary Americans as criminal suspects in the absence of probable cause?

The real tragedy occurs when Americans incrementally become accustomed to this treatment on the roads just as they have become accustomed to it in the airports. We already accept arriving at the airport 2 or more hours before a flight to get through security; will we soon have to build in an extra 2 or 3 hours into our road trips to allow for checkpoint traffic?

Worse, some people are lulled into a false sense of security and are actually grateful for this added police presence! Should we really hail the expansion of the police state as an enhancement to safety? I submit that an attitude of acquiescence to TSA authority is thoroughly dangerous, un-American, and insulting to earlier freedom-loving generations who built this country.


The McRib Is Back, Yet Again, At McDonald's

It's like the Brett Favre of fast food.

McDonald's announced on Monday that the McRib, usually available only when individual restaurants feel like making it, will be sold at all U.S. locations through Nov. 14.


Secret Service

Netflix Loses 800,000 Subscribers

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- For Netflix, the hits keep on coming -- the bad kind.

The latest thwack: Netflix lost 800,000 U.S. subscribers in the quarter that just ended, which was littered with PR nightmares including a price hike and the Qwikster debacle. It was the first time in years that Netflix's U.S. customer base shrank instead of grew.


Downtown Plaza Coming Along

I stopped by Eric's Barber Shop a few minutes ago and glanced at today's Daily Times. On page 3 in the top right hand corner was a little blurb about the Downtown Plaza being closed this week. Hmmm, I wonder where they found that out. Yeah, your probably right, Salisbury News. No doubt there's a hand full of die hard supporters left still subscribing to the paper, so I guess it is necessary they borrow some of the stuff we have to better inform the community.

Nevertheless, they are doing such a nice job you probably won't even be able to tell anything was ever done. That's the way professionals are supposed to do it. There were no pictures in the DT's but at least people now know the Plaza is closed.


“The older I grow, the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.”
H.L. Mencken

“All government, in its essence, is a conspiracy against the superior man: its one permanent object is to oppress him and cripple him. If it be aristocratic in organization, then it seeks to protect the man who is superior only in law against the man who is superior in fact; if it be democratic, then it seeks to protect the man who is inferior in every way against both. One of its primary functions is to regiment men by force, to make them as much alike as possible and as dependent upon one another as possible, to search out and combat originality among them. All it can see in an original idea is potential change, and hence an invasion of its prerogatives. The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And even if he is not romantic personally he is very apt to spread discontent among those who are.”
H.L. Mencken
“It is inaccurate to say I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for any public office.”
H.L. Mencken
“Civilization, in fact, grows more maudlin and hysterical; especially under democracy it tends to degenerate into a mere combat of crazes; the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary. Wars are no longer waged by the will of superior men, capable of judging dispassionately and intelligently the causes behind them and the effects flowing out of them. The are now begun by first throwing a mob into a panic; they are ended only when it has spent its ferine fury.”
H.L. Mencken, In Defense of Women

Top 10 Things Guys Wish They Could Say...


Honesty is all they were asking. When GalTime asked if I’d be interested in working with them, they made it clear that they expected me to adhere to that core principal of honesty from a guy’s perspective when it comes to love, sex, dating and relationships.

Read What They Are

Obama Channels A Wartime FDR?

Obama's Re-Election Model Is FDR ... With the economy sinking in 1937, Roosevelt accused business of sabotage. President Obama is cozying up to the "Occupy Wall Street" movement, intending to make resentment of big business a central theme of his re-election campaign. Here he's following the lead of Franklin D. Roosevelt, who tried to convince the public that Wall Street was to blame for the double-dip recession that plagued his second administration. – Wall Street Journal


Delmarva Cautions Would-Be Copper Wire Thieves

Delmarva Power has warned anyone with ideas of stealing copper wire from power lines, substations and equipment yards that doing so could have consequences far worse than being arrested and locked up.

The company Monday released a statement saying copper theft from its facilities can be life-threatening for would-be thieves, electrical workers and possibly customers.


What's Gonna Get Us

The typical American is so conditioned to Authority that he will not even dare to defy a road sign – even when it’s out in the middle of nowhere and there’s essentially zero chance of any repercussions. Anything that looks official, anyone in a uniform of any kind – even if it’s not an official uniform and the wearer has no gun or actual authority to do anything – the average American will, without a murmur, sit quietly – and obey.

Here’s an example.

The other day I was headed into town, which for me is about 35 miles away on a rural secondary road, one lane each way. I suddenly found myself stuck behind a line of three other cars, all backed up behind an official VDOT (Virginia Department of Transportation) tractor running a brush shredder of some kind, cleaning up the right shoulder. It had yellow flashing lights and was painted Obey Me Orange. Now, even though the other (oncoming) lane was clear – you could see ahead for a good 1/4 mile – not one of the three drivers ahead of me made a move. They all sat quietly, deferentially plodding behind this VDOT tractor that was half-on, half-off the road and doing maybe 8 MPH (this is a 55 MPH road). I truly believe they would have followed him all the way down the mountain, unless and until the Authority Figure in Orange – with his Official Reflective Jacket on – had given them leave to pass.


Sex Toy in Luggage Elicited 'Wildly Inappropriate' Note From TSA Agent, Traveler Says

An alert Transportation Security Administration screener at New Jersey’s Newark Airport apparently spotted a "sex toy” stuffed inside a passenger’s luggage Saturday and offered the traveler some encouragement.

“Get your freak on girl” was found written in black ink on the back of a TSA notice, passenger Jill Filipovic revealed on her Twitter page.

“Just unpacked my suitcase and found this note from TSA,” she tweeted. “Guess they discovered a 'personal item' in my bag. Wow.”

The End Of History By Paul Craig Roberts

Now that the CIA’s proxy army has murdered Gadhafi, what next for Libya?

If Washington’s plans succeed, Libya will become another American puppet state. Most of the cities, towns, and infrastructure have been destroyed by air strikes by the air forces of the US and Washington’s NATO puppets. US and European firms will now get juicy contracts, financed by US taxpayers, to rebuild Libya. The new real estate will be carefully allocated to lubricate a new ruling class picked by Washington. This will put Libya firmly under Washington’s thumb.

With Libya conquered, AFRICOM will start on the other African countries where China has energy and mineral investments. Obama has already sent US troops to Central Africa under the guise of defeating the Lord’s Resistance Army, a small insurgency against the ruling dictator-for-life. The Republican Speaker of the House, John Boehner, welcomed the prospect of yet another war by declaring that sending US troops into Central Africa "furthers US national security interests and foreign policy." Republican Senator James Inhofe added a gallon of moral verbiage about saving "Ugandan children," a concern the senator did not have for Libya’s children or Palestine’s, Iraq’s, Afghanistan’s and Pakistan’s.

Washington has revived the Great Power Game and is vying with China. Whereas China brings Africa investment and gifts of infrastructure, Washington sends troops, bombs and military bases. Sooner or later Washington’s aggressiveness toward China and Russia is going to explode in our faces.

Where is the money going to come from to finance Washington’s African Empire? Not from Libya’s oil. Big chunks of that have been promised to the French and British for providing cover for Washington’s latest war of naked aggression. Not from tax revenues from a collapsing US economy where unemployment, if measured correctly, is 23 percent.


Kid Sports: Is Our Obsession With Winning Making Us Lose The Point?

At the age of 7, I put on my first baseball uniform as a member of Joey’s Children’s Wear of Teaneck Western Little League. From that day forth, I would continue to wear team colors through high school, college, and until I retired from major league baseball in 2005. Even in between seasons or off the field, I would find ways to adorn my baseball attire, from my Phillies’ Halloween costume in the early 1980s to my “acting” on the movie Summer Catch in the late 1990s.


Is Larry Summers An Economic War Criminal?

Where does Larry Summers get off giving Americans advice on how to fix the continuing housing crisis?
And where does this political opportunist find the unmitigated gall to instruct us not to “finger point” and thereby identify culprits in Washington who helped enable the housing mess? Like advising the White House to ignore the fact of a collapsing credit market for jumbo and high SATO loans for the past several years?

As a general rule I like to follow the sage advice of Roger Kubarych, formerly of the Fed of New York and then Wall Street, but now working in the public sector, [24] in 2008 during the depths of the crisis. “I have nothing bad to say about anybody,” he quipped during a discussion about how and when the FRBNY senior staff were first apprised on the problems at Bear, Stearns & Co. Good advice in these dark times.

But former Harvard University head Larry Summers is a special case and one that rises to almost Kissingerian dimensions, to borrow from Christopher Hitchens. In “Rational Irrationality” [25] in The New Yorker last May, John Cassidy compared Summers to Henry Kissinger, an apt appraisal which begs the question: Is Larry Summers an Economic War Criminal?


Refinancing Plan Won't Help Housing Market

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- It might get easier for some homeowners to refinance their mortgages, but that won't do much to help the broader housing market.

The Obama administration Monday announced changes to its refinancing program to allow more homeowners who are current on their loans to take advantage of today's super-low mortgage rates.


Consumer Confidence At Lowest Level In 2 1/2 Years

Consumer confidence unexpectedly dropped to its lowest level in two-and-a-half years in October as consumers fretted about job and income prospects.

The Conference Board, an industry group, said its index of consumer attitudes fell to 39.8 from a upwardly revised 46.4 the month before. It was the lowest level since March 2009.


Troopers on Scene Of Personal Injury Crash

Location: Coastal Highway and Broadkill Road, Milton, DE
Date and Time of Occurrence: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 11:45 a.m.
Milton, DE- The Delaware State Police are currently investigating a personal injury motor vehicle crash involving an overturned dump truck that occurred late this morning in Milton, DE.
The crash has eastbound Broadkill Road in the area of Coastal Highway closed at this time. Commuters are asked to use alternate means of travel around the area.
More information will be released after it is received.

Lost Dogs

We are looking for our two Jack Russell's. (Hebron Mardela area) They have been missing for alittle over two weeks, but we still have hope! They were sun baking after a bath, (shock collars were off) when they saw a cat and took off (they love a good chase). They have done this before and have come back, but they are still missing. Both are brown and white. One is mostly white, with tinny brown spots, and a brown round spot on her eye, she has a tail that was broken when she was a puppy and it never healed correctly so its got a bind in it. The other one has a tail that is about 2 inches long, she has a brown face, with white marking around her nose and goes up her nose between her eyes. They are very much missed! My youngest cries every night. If you have been keeping them safe or have seen them Please call 443-359-3638.

Fill In The Blank 10-25-11

My dream Job is_____.

Most Powerful US Nuclear Bomb Being Dismantled

Size of minivan and weighing 10,000 pounds, the B53 was on B-52s

The last of the United States' most powerful nuclear bombs — a weapon hundreds of times stronger than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima — is being disassembled nearly half a century after it was put into service at the height of the Cold War.

The final components of the B53 bomb will be broken down Tuesday at the Pantex Plant near Amarillo, Texas, the nation's only nuclear weapons assembly and disassembly facility. The completion of the dismantling program is a year ahead of schedule, according to the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration, and aligns with President Barack Obama's goal of reducing the number of nuclear weapons.

Thomas D'Agostino, the nuclear administration's chief, called the bomb's elimination a "significant milestone."

Another Fraud And Kickback Scheme Discovered

A fraud and kickback scheme involving a New York City contract has cost three executives their jobs at Science Applications International Corp. SAIC's CEO, Walt Havenstein, called their actions an "affront to everything SAIC stands for," The Washington Business Journal reports. At issue is the CityTime project for New York City. The project was supposed to cost $63 million back in 1998, but the costs ballooned to more than $600 million. The Wall Street Journal reports that prosecutors have called the project an international conspiracy, The Wall Street Journal reports.

New Radar Detector Lets Drivers 'Un-Friend' Speed Cameras

WASHINGTON -- A new combination radar detector and social networking device alerts its owner and other nearby drivers whenever it spots a speed camera.
The ESCORT Live uses Bluetooth technology to transmit warnings about laser guns to smartphones, before drivers are in range.
When a driver is near a speed trap or speed camera, a "laser detected" alert is relayed to other drivers in the ESCORT Live network.


Will The Government Phase Out The Dollar Bill?

Of all the ways that the Congressional supercommittee is considering to save money, this one could be among the more unorthodox. If the dollar bill were phased out and replaced with a dollar coin, it could save more than $5.5 billion. But the Government Accountability Office found more than $1 billion dollars in dollar coins aren't used. USA Today reports that lobbying interests on both sides are ramping up their efforts. They think that Congress might decide the issue after more than 25 years of debate. Mining interests, vending companies and mass transit agencies support the coin. Paper and ink producers and some small retailers oppose it.

The Real Contagion Risk

Around here we like to track things from the outside in [18], as the initial movements at the periphery tend to give us an early warning of when things might go wrong at the center. It is always the marginal country, weakest stock in a sector, or fringe population that gives us the early warning that trouble is afoot. For example, rising food stamp utilization and poverty levels in the US indicate that economic hardship is progressing from the lower socioeconomic levels up towards the center -- that is, from the outside in.

That exact pattern is now playing out in Europe, although arguably the earliest trouble was detected with the severe weakness seen in the eastern European countries nearly two years ago.


Eleven People Sentenced On Government Bribery Scheme

Eleven employees and contractors with the General Services Administration have been sentenced in contracting bribery schemes. The last defendant is Eric Minor, a 25-year GSA employee, who was sentenced to 30 months in prison. Minor handed out contracts to four companies for no work. He received kickbacks totaling $118,000. Federal agents found a box containing $70,000 in Minor's home. Minor told the judge he had a soft heart and wanted to help the contractors support their families.

TX Jury Convicts DE Woman Of $3M Worth Of Tax Fraud

A federal jury in Texas has convicted a Delaware woman of bilking the federal government out of more than 3 million dollars over 3 years.

Jurors in Dallas Monday convicted Lorna Moseti of Clayton of conspiring with others to claim tax refunds to which she and her accomplices weren't entitled between 2007 and last year, using prison inmates' Social Security numbers and various spellings of the inmates' names.

Home Invasion Robbery

On October 24, 2011 at approximately 8:20 pm, Officers of the Salisbury Police received a call to respond to a residence on the seventeen hundred (1700) block of Emerson Avenue for the report of a home invasion robbery. Upon arrival the officers met with an adult male and female and their three (3) children that had been in the residence when the incident occurred. The adult male had sustained a puncture injury to his back area and was transported to the Peninsula Regional Medical Center for treatment. The officers were advised that the suspects had knocked at the door and then forced their way into the residence when the door was answered. Three (3) of the suspects were described as African American males and one (1) suspect was described as a Hispanic female. The males were in possession of handguns and the female was in possession of a knife. Once inside of the residence, the suspects took property and fled from the area on foot. Salisbury Police K-9 Miso conducted a track of the suspects and ultimately led to a parking area in the Northwood Industrial Park. During the track, additional evidence was recovered for processing by Salisbury Detectives.

The injury to the adult male was non life-threatening. The suspects were described as:
African American male, early 20’s, thin build, wearing a bandanna facial mask.
African American male, early 20’s, thin build, wearing a bandanna facial mask and a baseball hat.
African American male, early 20’s, thin build, wearing a bandanna facial mask and a toboggan type hat over dread lock hair.
Hispanic female, early 20’s, approximately 5’6", with a medium build

If anyone has any information concerning this incident they are asked to contact the Salisbury Police at 410-548-3165 or Crime Solvers of Delmarva at 410-548-1776. All information is beneficial and information may be left at both locations anonymously.

Today's Survey Question 10-25-11

Do you read all the fine print when signing contracts?

Example, wireless phone, legal, credit card, etc. contracts.

Mating Season Leads To Rise In Vehicle Crashes

Autumn marks falling leaves, brisk air and deer-mating season, already in full swing.

All year long, deer will generally cross certain roadways at certain locations, but from early October through December, the wild animals are more likely to be seen grazing in more populated areas, including high-speed roads.

The season is keeping Frederick Auto Body owner Kevin Loewenstein busy. His shop recently finished repairing three vehicles involved in deer collisions.

While a deer can leave less damage than hitting a stationary tree, pole or vehicle, Loewenstein said the cars he works on have more damage than most would expect.



The message is enforcing the rule of law. Fraud on a massive scale was committed by Wall Street banks and no one has gone to jail. The Federal Reserve has broken the law in funneling taxpayer funds to these criminal banks. No one has gone to jail. Until criminals are treated like criminals, the population will get angrier and more resistant to the government.

Occupy Wall Street does have a clear message

Commentary: A call to recognize the crimes of High Finance

By David O. Friedrichs

SCRANTON, Pa. (MarketWatch) — The Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York City and now in countless other cities and on numerous campuses as well have it right: the current architecture of our political economy is not sustainable, going forward.

The vast economic inequities promoted by Wall Street and the corporate world are immensely harmful to countless millions of people, and to the well-being of our country itself. The financiers whose massively fraudulent activities played a key role in taking our economy over the side of a cliff have not been held accountable for their crimes.


The Apple

Delmarva Wood Pellets

Delmar Holds Historic Meeting

"This Is How A Town Hall Should Be" said one Council Member.

When I had learned that the Bank of Delmar was going to sell their office in Downtown Delmar, I wanted it and I wanted it bad. You know, a Bank of my own.

When I sat down with Carl Anderton and mentioned I wanted to buy it, Carl looked at me and said, Joe, the Town is actually thinking of buying it for a Town Hall.

I had no idea someone would actually be interested in it but it made perfect sense, so I backed away from making an offer and let me tell you, I'm very glad I did.

Folks, this turned out to be one hell of a beautiful building. Whomever did the construction, well, my hat is tipped to them as they seem to be perfectionists. Mind you, I'm sure they were paid a good penny but it looks fantastic.

Its such a pleasure going to meetings OUTSIDE of Salisbury. No Police Officers assigned to protect the Council. No audience bickering. No Mayors throwing digs at Council Members. Yes, going to places like Ocean City, Delmar and Fruitland are truly a pleasurable experience.

The citizens offer well thought out suggestions without being attacked back. Its just a whole new world.

I did learn that the Christmas Parade in Delmar will be held at 2 PM on the 10th of December and the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Town Hall will be on the same date at noon. Note that the Parade date has in fact changed.

A representative from the Wood Creek Development was there to ask for relief from the Town's billing to cut their lawns. It seems they received a bill for more than $30,000.00 to cut around 150 lots over time. They agreed that they had failed to cut the properties and they didn't deny Delmar arranged to have a company cut the lawns but felt each cutting should have been around $650.00 and not around $10,000.00.

Carl Anderton quickly explained how this would have been the same rate for an individual lot or two lots side by side. They are not in the business of cutting lawns and they charge these rates to discourage taxpayers from forcing the Town to have to do so. The Council, (as a whole) stated they would discuss it and get back to the Wood Creek representative.

At that point things were going so smooth I felt lost and disoriented. I thought, Joe Albero just doesn't belong here any more, there's NO BEEF! LOL

Seriously though, good work Delmar. You should be VERY proud and I truly hope you enjoy your new facility for many years to come in good health.

Toddler Given Methadone For Pain

PHOENIX - Police say a 2-year-old boy found not breathing at a Phoenix motel Sunday had methadone in his system.

Phoenix police Sgt. Steve Martos said officers responded to a call of a child not breathing at a Motel 6 at Northern Avenue and Interstate 17 Sunday morning.

Alcohol Tax Money Goes To Districts That Supported It

It took some Annapolis deal making in order to get the new 3% alcohol tax passed at the tail end of this year’s legislative session, and charges are being levied that politics are being played with where those proceeds are being spent.

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Soft Drinks Don’t Make Hardened Criminals, Experts Say

In 1979, lawyers for Dan White, on trial for the assassination of Harvey Milk, a San Francisco city district supervisor, and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone, argued that White’s diet of junk food and sugar contributed to a depressed mood and altered state of mind that led to the killings.

White was convicted of manslaughter, not murder, and the “Twinkie defense” was born.
More than 30 years later, scientists say they may have found a connection between soda consumption and violence in teenagers. But not everyone buys the latest version of the “Twinkie defense.”

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Clients Are Up, Funding Is Down For Free Legal Aid

As the economy has slowed, the demand for free civil legal services has risen, but funding for those services has not increased.

“The situation is dire,” said Sharon Goldsmith, executive director of the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland. “The programs are feeling stretched beyond their limits. The funding is not there.”

The center — the pro bono arm of the Maryland Bar Association serving as a clearinghouse for lawyers’ volunteer services — is a statewide nonprofit entity. Nowadays, Goldsmith said, center volunteers are seeing “a lot” of formerly middle-income people who would not have qualified for free legal help before. This is “a whole new group of people” asking for help, she said, in addition to the low-income people already being served.


Gold Alert Leilani Martin

Location Last Seen:
Camp Arrowhead Road, Lewes, DE
Date of Occurrence:
Monday, October 24, 2011 at approximately 9:00 p.m.
Gold Alert Subject:
Leilani Martin, 43, Bristol, PA
White female, 5’6” tall, heavy set, curly black and grey hair, and hazel eyes.
Last seen wearing blue jeans and a black hooded sweatshirt

Lewes, DE- The Delaware State Police are issuing a Gold Alert for Leilani Martin of Bristol, PA.

Martin is a white female, 5’6” tall and is described as being heavyset. She has curly black and grey hair and hazel eyes. Martin was last seen walking along Camp Arrowhead Road in Lewes, DE on Monday, October 24, at approximately 9:00 p.m. and has not been seen or heard from since.

Leilani Martin’s medical condition is such that there is a real concern for her safety.

A photograph of Leilani Martin is not available at this time.

Troopers are asking anyone who may know the location of Leilani Martin to contact Troop 7 at 302-644-5020. Citizens may also provide a tip by texting keyword “DSP” plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Tipsters may also provide information through lines maintained by Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333. Callers can also submit information via the internet at

My Ride Into Work This Morning 10-18-11

Judge Blocks Fla.'s Drug Testing Law

(ORLANDO, Fla.) — A federal judge temporarily blocked Florida's new law that requires welfare applicants to pass a drug test before receiving benefits on Monday, saying it may violate the Constitution's ban on unreasonable searches and seizures.

Judge Mary Scriven ruled in response to a lawsuit filed on behalf of a 35-year-old Navy veteran and single father who sought the benefits while finishing his college degree, but refused to take the test. The judge said there was a good chance plaintiff Luis Lebron would succeed in his challenge to the law based on the Fourth Amendment, which protects individuals from being unfairly searched.


If so, destroy it (or use it to line a bird cage).

Next Up For Lawmakers: Gas Tax, Same-Sex Marriage

Md. Court Strikes Down Landlord Protection In Lead Paint Law

Maryland's highest court struck down Monday a key provision of state law that shielded owners of older rental housing from civil lawsuits — and potentially costly payments to victims — if they took precautions to protect children in their units from lead-paint poisoning.

In a unanimous 7-0 ruling, the Court of Appeals declared that the 1994 lead-poisoning law violated the state's Constitution by denying a day in court to victims of the once-widespread environmental health scourge. In doing so, the court struck down what was considered a historic legislative compromise.



Occupy Boston learned this week that Bank of America’s holding company (BAC) has moved troubled derivatives from its subsidiary, Merrill Lynch, to Bank of America, which is insured by the FDIC and, ultimately, the US Treasury. Bloomberg News reports that BAC moved the troubled derivatives after having its credit rating downgraded last month. This downgrade was due to its relentless acquisition of failing companies like Countrywide Financial and Merrill Lynch, both of which have massive, hidden losses that will now to be borne by the 99%.

This means that Bank of America’s exposure to the ongoing European debt crisis is now insured by US taxpayers. This direct transfer of risk was completed without approval by regulators and, needless to say, without public input. It was done over the opposition of the FDIC, which objected because it put the insurance fund at risk. It was done with the support of the Federal Reserve, which, now more than ever, clearly represents the interests of the 1%. Bloomberg also reported that other investment banks’ derivatives positions have been placed in insured banks so that taxpayers will bear the risk of those losses as well. Collectively, the insured banks’ derivatives exposure is well over $100 trillion—far larger than the world’s GDP.


Utah Mom Admits Trying to Sell Girl's Virginity

A Utah woman accused of trying to sell her 13-year-old daughter's virginity has pleaded guilty to forcing the girl to model for men in her underwear.

The 33-year-old woman made the plea Monday in Salt Lake City to two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

“Obama to Bypass Congress on Mortgages” … But “New Obama Foreclosure Plan Helps Banks At Taxpayers’ Expense”

Obama Bypasses Congress … to Enact Program Which Helps Banks at Taxpayers’ Expense

CBS News notes that Obama is bypassing Congress to enact mortgage reform:
President Obama is going to begin a series of executive branch actions that will not require action from Congress – or the assent of Republicans.
With recovery in the housing market tied to economic recovery, Mr. Obama will today announce what senior officials are calling a “major overhaul” of the government’s underused refinance program for federally guaranteed mortgages, in order to aid homeowners having difficult refinancing their housing loan.