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Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Perry Camp Denies Leaking Explosive Cain Story

Rick Perry's presidential campaign says it is "absolutely not" responsible for leaking the fact that Herman Cain was accused of sexual misconduct while head of the National Restaurant Association to Politico, which broke the explosive story Sunday night.

"That is false, patently untrue, no one at this campaign was involved in this story," said Perry communications director Ray Sullivan.

Sullivan then suggested to CBS News and National Journal reporter Rebecca Kaplan that Mitt Romney's campaign is behind the allegations.


Passengers On Plane Didn't Realize They Were Making A Belly Landing

You've probably heard by now about the LOT Polish Airlines flight from Newark to Warsaw that was forced to land on its belly after the Boeing 767's landing gear failed. But according to some passengers on the plane, the landing went so smoothly they didn't realize they were skidding down the runway on the jet's belly.

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Gym vs. Genes: How Exercise Trumps Obesity Genes

Our genes may have a lot to do with the way we look and behave, but they certainly don't dictate our destiny. That's true when it comes to our weight too.
Scientists at the Institute of Metabolic Science in the U.K. report in the journal PLoS Medicine that people who are genetically predisposed to obesity can counter the influence of their DNA by doing even moderate amounts of exercise. People in the study weren't marathoners or gym rats; rather, they got about 30 minutes of exercise five days a week by walking the dog, riding their bike to work or tending their gardens.


The Reality Of Redistricting

Redistricting, the Music Video

Redistricting should be a way of ensuring your vote counts. But the harsh reality is that instead of voters choosing politicians, redistricting at its worst lets politicians choose voters.

House Panel to Subpoena Homeland Security for Information on Illegal Immigrants

The House Judiciary Committee, in a rare move, is planning to subpoena the Department of Homeland Security for information about illegal and criminal immigrants whom the department has declined to deport.

A subcommittee on the panel voted 7-4 on Wednesday to authorize the subpoena, which Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, is expected to issue later this week. It would be the first subpoena issued by the committee since it came under GOP control.

Move Your Money: Campaign Grows To Divest From "Too Big To Fail" Banks To Local Banks, Credit Unions

As participants in the Occupy Wall Street movement continue protesting the record profits made by banks bailed out by taxpayer money, a group of grassroots activists are hitting America’s largest banks—including JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Wells Fargo—where it hurts most: the wallet. Dubbing this Saturday, Nov. 5 as "Bank Transfer Day," activists are urging people to move their money out of the banks deemed "too big to fail" into local community banks and credit unions. Bank Transfer Day draws on an idea popularized by filmmaker Eugene Jarecki, economist Rob Johnson and columnist Arianna Huffington, among others. In 2010, they created the short film called "Move Your Money," which became a viral sensation. We speak with filmmaker Eugene Jarecki.


Eugene Jarecki, filmmaker who directed the short film 'Move Your Money' in 2010. His works include Why We Fight, which won the 2005 Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and The Trials of Henry Kissinger, among others.

TSA: Screeners Find 4-5 Guns On A Typical Day

Washington (CNN) -- Federal airport screeners still find four to five guns at checkpoints on a typical day, the Transportation Security Administration's chief told a Senate hearing Wednesday.
"Yesterday we found six, including one at ... Bradley (airport in Connecticut) -- a loaded gun with seven rounds in it, in a checked bag that (a passenger) was trying to get through," Administrator John Pistole said.

Paul Teutul Jr. Post To Come Tomorrow Morning

Salisbury News was the only news source there tonight covering this event. That being said, we're going to wait until tomorrow morning to publish the story and images. It will be a top story early tomorrow morning.

Latinos Call For Immigration Reform, Not Record Deportations

New York - In his campaign, President Barack Obama promised to make comprehensive immigration reform a top priority – a pledge mainly directed at Latino voters.

But in his nearly three years in office, his attention has been on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, healthcare reform and the financial crisis, disappointing Latino voters and jeopardising an important source of support for his bid for re-election in 2012.

But the Obama administration has not merely left aside the question of reform.

One of the key demands of Latino rights activists is an end to a controversial Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) programme known as Secure Communities.

Although the aim of the programme is to deport undocumented immigrants who have criminal records, it has led to massive sweeps of immigrants without criminal records.

Researchers Now Presume That Dr Livingstone Lied


He is one of history's most famous explorers, and his first-person account of a 19th-century massacre in Africa helped lead to the closure of one of the continent's most notorious slave markets.

Now researchers say they have evidence Dr. David Livingstone may not have been telling the whole truth. An international team of academics used spectral imaging technology to decode Livingstone's long-illegible field diary and say it hints that his own men may have participated in the atrocity.


The Median Net Worth Of A Member Of Congress Is Five Times Higher Than The Median American Household

Part of the reason the richest 1 percent of Americans have captured our politics is because they are able to finance political races, issue campaigns, and lobbyists. But the other reason some of the richest Americans have been able to control our politics is because they themselves have gotten elected to positions of power at a much higher rate than the rest of us.

As Roll Call points out today, the estimated median net worth for a member of Congress in 2010 was $513,000 (this is strictly an estimate as assets are reported in ranges). Meanwhile, the Center for Economic and Policy Research’s David Rosnick points out that the net worth of the median household in the United States that same year was closer to $100,000:
For Congress, the median net worth in 2010 was about $513,000. For regular households, the Federal Reserve Board pegged that number at about $120,000 in 2008, and that number this year is probably around $100,000, [said economist David Rosnick]. While it is hard to make an exact comparison between Congress and the rest of the nation, what is clear is lawmakers “are all a lot richer than anything you would call a typical American,” Rosnick said.
The Center for Responsive Politics looked at the average wealth of members of Congress in between 2004 and 2009 (relying on estimates derived from ranges). In 2009, the average net worth of a senator $13.4 million. On the House side, it was $4.9 million:

Forever 21 Criticized for ‘Oriental Girl Necklace’

Forever 21 has the Internet buzzing with an “Oriental Girl Necklace” that some shoppers are calling offensive for its stereotypical depiction of an Asian woman and the use of the outdated term “Oriental.”

Congressional Hearing Sought Over Voter ID Laws Sweeping States

Washington - Does requiring a photo ID to vote return America to the days when poll taxes and literacy tests made it hard for minorities to cast ballots? Are state lawmakers trying to make it harder for people to vote?

Two top House Judiciary Committee Democrats want to know, and on Monday they asked Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, to hold hearings on those laws, which have been adopted or are pending in 37 states.

The chairman is reviewing the request, and he had no immediate comment.

"As voting rights experts have noted, the recent stream of laws passed at the state level are a reversal of policies, both federal and state, that were intended to combat voter disenfranchisement and boost voter participation," said Reps. John Conyers, D-Mich., and Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y.

Conyers is the committee's top Democrat. Nadler is the top Democrat on its Constitution subcommittee.
They're concerned about new laws in 13 states that they say will curb access to the ballot box.

Troopers Investigating Suspicious Death In Millsboro

Location: Residence located in the 27000 block of Barkantine Drive, Millsboro, DE
Date of Occurrence:   Wednesday, November 02, 2011 at 2:48 p.m.
-70 year old female resident
Millsboro, DE- The Delaware State Police are currently investigating the suspicious death of a 70 year old female in Millsboro, DE. 
The investigation into this incident began at approximately 2:48 p.m. today after Troopers were called to a residence located in the 27000 block of Barkantine Drive in Millsboro. Concerned neighborhood residents had called the 9-1-1 call center after they had not seen the female homeowner for several days. Upon arriving at the residence, Troopers attempted to make contact with the homeowner, however, received no response. They then made entry into the home at which time they found the 70 year old female homeowner laying on the floor of the residence deceased. The victim’s body was turned over to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner where an autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death.
This incident is being investigated as a suspicious death at this time. The name of the victim is being withheld pending the notification of the next of kin.
More complete information will be released at a later time.

Conservative "Reverse Robin Hood" Tax Plans

Institute for America's Future co-director Robert Borosage appeared on the Tavis Smiley Show on October 31 to discuss the tax and economic policies advanced by Republican presidential candidates and their impact on middle- and low-income people.

He calls the flat-tax proposals of candidates Rick Perry and Herman Cain, as well as the regressive tax changes offered by candidate Mitt Romney, "reverse Robin Hood plans" that take from the poor in terms of reduced government services and higher taxes, and give to the rich in the form of a lower overall tax burden. These plans come "at a time in which we're seeing extreme inequality and concentrated wealth we haven't seen since before the Great Depression."

The flat-tax plans are particularly egregious, Borosage tells Smiley. In the case of Perry, his plan "eliminates taxes on wealth" and slashes government revenues by $5 trillion over 10 years, a deficit that has to be made up by a 25 percent cut in government spending, including "deep cuts in the basic promises we make to working Americans about their retirement."

Cain's plan "is the worst," Borosage says, because it would among other things impose a 9 percent national sales tax on top of the state and local taxes people pay on consumer goods. Because the lower the income a person makes the higher the percentage of that income is devoted to spending on consumer items, that means the Cain plan would fall the hardest on low-income and middle-income people.

Rob Garagiola’s Robin Ficker Problem

You couldn’t miss the signs as supporters gathered Tuesday at a Germantown arts center for state Sen. Rob Garagiola’s announcement that he was running for Congress. High above the small crowd, plastered on pieces of lumber, the signs said, “NO Gas Tax Hike.” Holding up the signs was Robin Ficker – former delegate, Montgomery County gadfly, perennial candidate and thorn in the side to the MoCo establishment.

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Senators Introduce Constitutional Amendment To Overturn Citizens United

One of the overarching themes of the 99 Percent Movement is that our democracy is too corrupted by corporate special interests. This corruption was worsened last year by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, which allowed for huge new unregulated flows of corporate political spending.

Yesterday, six Democratic senators — Tom Udall (NM), Michael Bennett (CO), Tom Harkin (IA), Dick Durbin (IL), Chuck Schumer (NY), Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), and Jeff Merkeley (OR) — introduced a constitutional amendment that would effectively overturn the Citizens United case and restore the ability of Congress to properly regulate the campaign finance system.

Troopers On Scene Of A Serious Crash Involving A Pedestrian

Location: US Rt. 13 and DE Rt. 42, Cheswold, DE
Date and Time of Occurrence:  Wednesday, November 02, 2011 at approximately 6:45 p.m.
Cheswold, DE-The Delaware State Police are currently on the scene of a serious personal injury motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian that occurred this evening in Cheswold.
The initial investigation has revealed that a male subject has been struck by a motor vehicle.
Troopers have shut down both US Rt. 13 and DE Rt. 42 around the scene of the crash and commuters are asked to find alternate means of travel.
The investigation into this crash is in its early stages and more information will be released at a later time.

Here's A Teaser, More To Come

Paul Jr. took the stage in Ocean City and unveiled an unbelievable motorcycle. More to come, MUCH MORE!

A Comment Worthy Of A Post 11-2-11

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Drug Terms Reduced, Freeing Prisoners

There are some big meals on the way for Darryl Flood.

Mr. Flood, who has served 10 years in prison over crimes involving crack cocaine, had been scheduled for release in 2013. Under new sentencing rules that came into effect on Tuesday, however, he is one of more than 1,800 prisoners eligible for release right away.

Mr. Flood, like tens of thousands of other prisoners, had received a far tougher sentence for a crime involving crack cocaine than he would have if the drug had been in powdered form — a disparity commonly referred to as 100 times greater for crack than for powder
Mr. Flood’s sister, Susan Cardwell, said in an interview that Mr. Flood was scheduled for release from prison in Ashland, Ky. on Tuesday night, and would board an overnight bus to rejoin the family in Virginia. “He told me he wanted me to send him $30 for the bus ride so he could eat on the way home — anything he wanted,” she said. “After jail food for so long,” she added, she expected their first stop would be an all-you-can-eat buffet.

At the time the law was passed in the 1980s, cocaine use and crime associated with it were skyrocketing.
Marc Mauer, the executive director of the Sentencing Project in Washington, said that the much of the spike had to do with initial turf wars as the drug hit the streets. Thousands of nonviolent criminals ended up with sentences that have long been criticized as extreme, and the disparity was increasingly viewed as racially tinged.

Congress addressed the issue by passing the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010, which reduced the sentencing disparity to 18 to 1. In June, the United States Sentencing Commission voted to apply the guidelines retroactively, with the new policy going into effect on Monday this week.

Over time, some 12,000 inmates could have their sentences, which average 13 years, shortened by an average of three years. Mr. Mauer noted that this still left “substantial” penalties for the crimes. “We’re not talking about a slap on the wrist here,” he said.

November 17th Is The 36th Great American Smokeout

The American Cancer Society is marking the 36th Great American Smokeout on November 17 by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By doing so, smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.

Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet more than 46 million Americans still smoke. However, more than half of these smokers have attempted to quit for at least one day in the past year.

Michael Selleneit, Utah Man, Shoots Neighbor For 'Telepathically Threatening' Him: Police

A Utah man shot and severely wounded a neighbor who he believed had been "telepathically threatening" him and his wife, according to police.

Michael Selleneit, 53, is accused of opening fire on Tony Pierce at around 4:55 p.m. on Oct. 30 in their Centerville trailer park, hitting the 41-year-old victim in the back and the leg.


FDA Study Concludes That ADHD Meds Don't Cause Heart Problems

A Food and Drug Administration study found that those who suffer from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can take medications without increasing their risk of heart problems. The study focused on patients ages 2 through 24.

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Florida Police Subdue 9-Year-Old Girl With Pepper Spray

Police in a Fort Myers, Fla., jail pepper-sprayed a 9-year-old girl in their custody after arresting and charging her with multiple felonies.

The trouble began Halloween day, on a school bus, when the driver told Anber Harris to stop eating the candy she'd carried on board. The fourth-grader refused, then allegedly attacked the driver, cursing and spitting at him.

Cain Sings!

Herman Cain may be the only presidential candidate in history to actually benefit from a sex scandal.

Just hours after Politico broke a story about accusations of sexual harassment against Cain, the former Godfather's Pizza CEO killed it during a luncheon speech at the National Press Club. And then to top it all off, he SANG.

After very little prompting to reprise his "Imagine There's No Pizza" performance at the Omaha Press Club, Cain launched into a surprisingly beautiful rendition of the hymn "He Looked Beyond My Faults" — an interesting choice given the sex scandal.


Young And Unemployed: What's Your Story?

As world leaders prepare to gather in Cannes this week for the annual G20 summit, a generation of young people are being left out in the cold, forced to fend for themselves in the wake of the economic crisis.

Youth unemployment rates are at a record high: In Spain, it is at a staggering 44%. In Italy it's 28% while France does slightly better at 21%.


The Supercommittee That Really Runs America - Presenting The November 1 TBAC Minutes

With Tim Geithner having proven repeatedly and beyond a reasonable doubt he has insurmountable intellectual challenges, many have wondered just who it is that makes the real decisions at the US Treasury? The answer is, The Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee [24], or the TBAC in short, chaired by JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs, which meets every quarter, and in which the richest people in America (here is its composition [25]) set the fate of the US for the next 3 months in the form of a very much irrelevant report to TurboTax (link [26]). What is of huge importance, however, are the minutes, which unlike the FOMC, are released immediately following the meeting. Below are the full minutes from the latest TBAC meeting held yesterday, just released by the US Treasury (and yes, the issuance of FRN Treasurys, corporate cash hoarding as well as the resumption of the SFP program are both discussed - like we said: these guys run the world) as well as the critical associated powerpoint.

Minutes of the Meeting of the Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association November 1, 2011


Hit And Run Accident

While this news is developing, there's been a hit and run accident in Salisbury. We have been told the vehicle that left the scene of the accident was a white car and POSSIBLY a local Taxi Cab. Salisbury Police are in route to one of the Cab Companies to investigate. We're reserving the name for now until we learn more.

Georgia University To Employees: Reject Premarital Sex And Homosexuality, Or Leave

Working at Georgia's Shorter University isn't a nine-to-five gig. It's a way of life.
That's what the university's top brass seem to be hoping, anyway. On Oct. 26 the Baptist university in Rome, Ga. announced that all 200 employees must read and agree to a Personal Lifestyle Statement. Among other things, it commits them to being active members of their church and avoiding the consumption of alcohol in public. “The ‘why' is really simple: What you stand for matters," the school said in a statement. "Proverbs 3:5-6 tell us to ‘Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding'... If we acknowledge Him, He will make this university's path straight.”


ADP Number Confirms Relentless Erosion In US Manufacturing Base

The October ADP Private Payrolls report, which is the butt of all jokes when it comes to accurate NFP predictive ability, has come and gone, printing at 110K on expectations of 100K, and down from a revised 116K in September. For those who actually care about the quality of jobs, services added 114K of the total 110K jobs, while good-producing jobs subtracted 4K, and manufacturing jobs as a subset declined by 8K. And then they complain that China is making everything in the world...

From the report: "Today’s ADP National Employment Report suggests that the recent trend in private employment remains moderate, and probably is below a pace consistent with a stable unemployment rate. This rate of moderate job creation reflects the sluggish pace of GDP growth exhibited earlier this year. Employment in the private, service-providing sector rose 114,000 in October. Although down a bit from an increase of 122,000 in September, this increase marks more than 20 consecutive months of employment gains. Employment in the private, goods-producing sector declined 4,000 in October, while manufacturing employment declined by 8,000." Somehow growth came from small and medium businesses, while large payrolls declined: "Employment on small payrolls—those with up to 49 workers—rose 58,000 in October, down from the 64,000 jobs created among small businesses last month. Employment on medium payrolls—those with 50 to 499 workers—rose 53,000, and employment on large payrolls—those with 500 or more workers—declined 1,000." As for the fulcrum construction and financial sevices jobs, "Employment in the construction industry fell 1,000 in October, bringing the total decrease in construction employment since its peak in January 2007 to 2,131,000. Employment in the financial services sector rose a scant 1,000 in October."


Julian Assange Loses Appeal Against Extradition, But The Saga's Not Over

Remember Julian Assange, the world's most famous whistleblower? He's back in the headlines and, from the looks of things, he might be staying there.

Assange has kept a lower-than-usual profile in recent months as he's been under house arrest in England in the wake of rape accusations. However, he was present as judges John Thomas and Duncan Ousely ruled in London's high court Wednesday that he would be extradited to Sweden where he's been accused of raping one women and sexually molesting another in August of 2010.



ANNAPOLIS, MD (November 2, 2011) – Governor Martin O’Malley today issued the following statement on the indictments by a federal grand jury of the Dead Man Incorporated gang:

“As public servants, one of our top priorities is to keep our neighborhoods and communities safe. Today's indictments are a major step forward in protecting the public's safety and increasing collaboration among law enforcement agencies. Thanks to the efforts of our federal, state and local partners, these individuals will be brought to justice. Working together, we can maintain our commitment to creating a safer Maryland for our children and families.”



In accordance with §SC2-4 of the Salisbury City Charter, a majority of the City Council have called for a Special Meeting to be held on Monday, November 7, 2011, at 4:30 p.m. for consideration of 1) award of blacktop contract and 2) FY12 budget amendment to purchase a loader in Public Works.

This special meeting will be held in Conference Room 306 of the City/County Government Office Building (125 N. Division Street).

Dismal Tale Of Arrest For Tiniest Of Crimes

The arresting officer came by the cell, Samantha Zucker said, to make snide remarks about finding her with a friend in Riverside Park after its 1 a.m. closing.

For instance:

“He was telling me that I needed to get a new boyfriend, that I should get a guy who takes me out to dinner,” Ms. Zucker said. “He mocked me for being from Westchester.”


House Passes Bill To Better Protect Volunteers From Sexual Assault In Peace Corps

Lawmakers are taking action after complaints that the Peace Corps has not done enough to protect volunteers from sexual assault. The House voted unanimously to pass a bill requiring the agency to do a better job preventing and responding to such attacks, the Associated Press reports. The bill provides whistleblower protections for volunteers who report dangerous conditions and requires the Peace Corps to develop sexual assault risk-reduction training. The agency must also establish a victims' support office. The Senate passed the bill by voice vote in September. It now moves to the president's desk for signing. (AP)

Judge Under Investigation for Disturbing Video [WARNING: Graphic]

A Texas judge is under police investigation after a video, purportedly showing him beating his teenage daughter with a belt, was released on the Internet.

“Aransas County is aware of the video posted on YouTube regarding County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams, and the matter is now under review by the Police Department,” read a statement posted on the county website.

Go Here To See Video (Warning Graphic)

Management And Budget Workers Turn Down Union

Office of Management and Budget professional staff workers voted "no" on union representation. The vote was 101 to 59 against joining the America Federation of Government Employees. But a small group of non-professional workers voted 11 to one to join up, GovExec reports. Professional workers also also voted down forming a single bargaining unit with the clerical workers. Those results ratified by the Federal Labor Relations Authority

8,000 Deadly Exploding Containers Feared On Loose

SEATTLE -- Emergency procedures are being instituted at ports in Western Washington after a string of problems with exploding shipping containers. The problem, say those familiar with the situation, is not with the cargo but with the containers themselves.

TSA's Frequent Flyers Program Working

It's so far, so good for the TSA's new frequent travelers program. Transportation Security Administration boss John Pistole plans to tell Congress today that the pilot program has been earning positive reviews, The Washington Post reports. It allows select frequent-fliers to register with airlines by answering a few extra questions. Once part of the club, travelers can speed through screening at airports in Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit and Miami. Pistole is expected to tell the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee that the program has great potential for enhancing security and improving the travel experience for passengers.

Parents Help Kids Lie To Get On Facebook, Study Finds

(CNN) -- It probably won't surprise you that millions of underage kids -- some as young as age 8 -- are on Facebook, despite rules that prohibit children under 13 from joining the social-networking site.
What may be more startling, however, is this: Their parents are helping to sign them up.

Senate Finishes Fiscal 2012 Budget

The Senate has taken a stab at finishing the fiscal 2012 budget, passing a $182 billion bill to cover transportation, NASA, housing subsidies and the FBI. The bill combined three separate appropriations bills into one. Senators must still negotiate with House members on a final version. The move comes as both chambers await the outcome of the Special Joint Committee on Deficit Reductions. Yesterday Erskine Bowles, co-chair of President Obama's deficit reduction commission, had harsh words for the committee. He openly doubted the six Democrats and six Republicans could agree on anything by their Nov. 18 deadline.

Japan's Fukushima Reactor May Have New Problem

TOKYO - Radioactive particles associated with nuclear fission have been detected at Japan's tsunami-damaged atomic power plant, officials said Wednesday, suggesting one of its reactors could have a new problem.

The fresh concerns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear facility came as a reactor in southern Japan was restarted and brought back online, marking a first since the March 11 disaster created an outcry over the safety of Japan's nuclear power sites.


Air Force Cuts Ranks To Save Money

The Air Force is cutting its ranks, announcing it will fire 436 captains and majors in a force reduction. The Air Force is trying to trim its payroll to a lower level authorized by Congress. A spokesman told Federal News Radio that Air Force leadership looked at nearly 9,000 officers. The ones targeted must leave by March 1, 2012. The Air Force is also reducing its enlisted numbers by allowing selected airmen to leave earlier than planned. That's called a data of separation rollback. To be eligible, the service member must have fewer than 14 years or service, or more than 20. They'll need to leave by or retire by April 1, 2012


Major accident in front of Lowe's Of Salisbury on Rt.13 south bound. Expect delays.

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Debt- Reduction Committee’s Automatic Cuts Could Fall Heavily On Younger Generation

Countless battles are being waged behind the closed doors of the Congressional deficit-reduction super committee, which has less than a month to strike an agreement on reducing federal spending by at least $1.5 trillion over the next decade.

No Car Will Escape This "Future Now" Speed Cam

Most photo radar systems can't keep track of more than one car at a time. But the descriptively-named "Cordon multi-target Photo Radar System" can. If these bad boys get deployed across America, people who pride themselves on their speeding skills better cool their jets.

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U.S. Soldier Arrested On Suspicion Of Espionage

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A 22-year-old U.S. Army soldier based in Alaska is being held without bail on suspicion of espionage.

The Anchorage Daily News reports Spec. William C. Millay was arrested Friday.

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NYC Woman in Medically-Induced Coma After Struck With Falling Shopping Cart

The wealthy Manhattan real-estate agent who was hit by a shopping cart that police say was dropped four stories by two 12-year-olds as she was buying Halloween candy for underprivileged children will "in the best of cases" be in rehabilitation for months, her husband told the New York Post.

Marion Salmon Hedges has been in a medically-induced coma after she was struck in the head by the falling cart on Sunday while walking outside a Target store with her 13-year-old son in East Harlem, the paper reported.

WBI Press Release

INCIDENT: Robbery with a Deadly Weapon
DATE: October 28, 2011
LOCATION: 27000 Block of Ocean Gateway, Hebron, Wicomico County, MD 21830

On October 28, 2011 at approximately 2243 hours, Deputies from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office and Detectives from the Wicomico Bureau of Investigation responded to the 27000 Block of Ocean Gateway for a report of an armed robbery. Video surveillance show two suspects entered the business at 2236 hours, one displaying a handgun. The suspect displaying the handgun approached the victim and demanded cash. This suspect was wearing a dark in color pull over ski mask, gloves, a black in color knee length coat, blue jean pants and black in color shoes with white coloring on them. The second suspect stood by displaying what appeared to be a tire iron. This suspect was wearing a camouflage pull over ski or hunting mask, a dark in color knee length coat, blue jean pants and what appear to be work boots. Both suspects are believed to be white males. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, both suspects fled the location. See the still images at the bottom of the press release that were captured by the store surveillance camera.

The Wicomico Bureau of Investigation is seeking the public’s assistance in this matter. Anyone with information is urged to contact WBI at 410-548-4898 or Crime Solvers at 410-548-1776.

VICTIMS: Hebron Shore Stop
CHARGES: Robbery with a Deadly Weapon
DISPOSITION: Under Investigation

Detectives Probe Rehoboth Area Burglary

Location: Zumiez Store, 36474 Seaside Outlets Drive, Seaside Outlets, Rehoboth, DE
Date of Occurrence: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 3:10 a.m.
Rehoboth, DE- Delaware State Police Property Crimes detectives are currently investigating the burglary of the Zumiez Store located in the Seaside Outlets in Rehoboth that occurred early yesterday morning.
Troopers were called to the store located in the 36000 block of Seaside Outlets Drive at approximately 3:10 a.m. after a burglary alarm had been activated. Upon their arrival troopers discovered that unknown suspects had used bricks to smash out the glass to the windows of the store. The suspects then gained entry into the store and once inside, proceeded to remove watches, wallets, sunglasses, and skateboards that were on display. The suspects then fled in an unknown direction. The stolen property was valued at over $16,000.00 and included G-Shock watches, Nixon watches, Nixon wallets, Von Zipper sunglasses, Electric sunglasses, Oakley sunglasses, a Santa Cruz long board skateboard, an Arbor long board skateboard, a Sector 9 long board skateboard, and a Gold Coast long board skateboard.
The Delaware State Police are asking anyone who may have any information in reference to this incident to contact Property Crimes detectives at Troop 4 at 302-856-5850. 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

Be Prepared To Get A Real Ticket

Over the past 30 days Wicomico Coounty/Salisbury has been sending out warnings to those people exceeding 12 miles per hour over the posted speed limit in school zones. That's all about to change.

Starting this week, (FRIDAY) the warnings will end and the real tickets begin. Anyone, (from this point forward) who speeds in a school zone is just a fool and will get what they deserve.

Feeding-Tube Case Pits Wife Against Mother

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A judge in Maryland must decide if a man who suffered severe brain damage after a heart attack should continue getting sustenance through a feeding tube at his mother's and brother's behest, contrary to his wife's instructions.

Sex Offender Released From Jail

A mentally challenged sex offender who spent two nights in jail for soliciting sex from a young girl on Facebook last year, only to then get locked up for violating probation by luring another minor over the Internet, was released to his parents' custody Monday.

Brian David Wyninger, 30, of Gambrills, admitted to Circuit Judge Paul A. Hackner yesterday that he violated his probation by sending a handwritten letter to a minor girl in April.

Wyninger, who has the mental capacity of a 10-year-old, faced the possible imposition of the remainder of his sentence: about nine months in prison.


A Letter To The Editor 11-2-11

Mr. Albero,

I read on sbynews last week that there were repairs being done to the Plaza … have they been completed?  Please tell me they have fixed the fountain at Division and West Main?

And thanks for continuing to cover  Delmarva as you do; Being 2 hours away from home, I see no reason to rely on WBOC or WMDT anymore when I get all the information (and the occasionaly lol moment) from sbynews.


Fill In The Blank 11-02-11

A friend should always _____.

A New Home For Blind Great Dane And Her Guide Dog

WASHINGTON - Man's best friend and her best friend have found a home.
The Daily Mail reports that after it featured a story about two great danes looking for a new home, more than 2,000 people from across the U.K. responded, wanting the canine companions.


Meetings Set For Potential Milton Merger

The Cape Henlopen school board worked out a timeline for discussions pertaining to a potential elementary school merger at its meeting Oct. 27.

Superintendent Kevin Carson said he has fielded many phone calls since the last board meeting regarding the proposed grade consolidation plan for students enrolled in Milton and H.O. Brittingham elementary schools.



Washington Post Discards All Journalistic Standards In Attack On Social Security

News outlets generally like to claim a separation between their editorial pages and their news pages. The Washington Post has long ignored this distinction in pursuing its agenda for cutting Social Security, however it took a big step further in tearing down this barrier with a lead front page story that would have been excluded from most opinion pages because of all the inaccuracies it contained.

The basic premise of the story, as expressed in the headline ("the debt fallout: how Social Security went 'cash negative' earlier than expected") and the first paragraph ("Last year, as a debate over the runaway national debt gathered steam in Washington, Social Security passed a treacherous milestone. It went 'cash negative.'") is that Social Security faces some sort of crisis because it is paying out more in benefits than it collects in taxes. [The "runaway national debt" is also a Washington Post invention. The deficits have soared in recent years because of the economic downturn following the collapse of the housing bubble. No responsible newspaper would discuss this as problem of the budget as opposed to a problem with a horribly underemployed economy.]

This "treacherous milestone" is entirely the Post's invention, it has absolutely nothing to do with the law that governs Social Security benefit payments. Under the law, as long as there is money in the trust fund, then Social Security is able to pay full benefits. There is literally no other possible interpretation of the law.

As the article notes, the trust fund currently holds $2.6 trillion in government bonds, so it is nowhere close to being unable to pay benefits. The whole point of building up the trust fund was to help cover costs at a future date when taxes would not be sufficient to cover full benefits. Rather than posing any sort of crisis, this is exactly what had been planned when Congress last made major changes to the program in 1983 based on the recommendations of the Greenspan commission.

The article makes great efforts to confuse readers about the status of the trust fund. It tells readers:

Another Game Backfires On Anti Albero Bloggers

Not long ago I received an e-mail from a company interested in advertising with Salisbury News. We replied back with the information and they immediately responded stating they would like to go forward with the ad and included the artwork to do so.

After sending them an invoice I received an interesting call from the owner of the company asking what the invoice was for. I told them it was for the advertising on Salisbury News. It became instantly clear that they had no clue what I was talking about. I went back to the original e-mail and read back the e-mail address and they said, that's not me.

I went on to explain who we were and what we do. They were kind enough to hear me out and I assured them that there would be no charge for the ad and if they'd like they could tear up the invoice. Their response was, let me go take a look at your Site and get back with you.

Today we received confirmation that they would like to stay on board.

So you see Folks, Good Things Happen To Good People. We work extremely hard every day doing what we do. Many have tried this Blogging thing and many have failed. Certainly no one has achieved the volume of traffic and comments that Salisbury News delivers, not even the local MSM.

If you would like to become a part of our Family of advertisers, contact me at and take a chance for $100.00 a month. There's no contracts binding you to a long term agreement. There's no strings, just positive results for your money. And if we can't deliver, cancel your ad, it's as simple as that. We appreciate your business and will do all we can to get you the best advertising results your hard earned money can buy.

New Bill in Congress Could Turn Alternative Media Outlets And YouTube Singers Into Felons

SB 978 is just one more bullet in a broader government effort to end the web as we know it.

In June, Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., introduced SB 978, specifically “to amend the criminal penalty provision for criminal infringement of a copyright, and for other purposes.”

In lay terms, it’s the “illegal streaming bill,” and it would essentially make the streaming of any copyrighted material on the Internet a felony punishable by up to five years in prison. On paper, it sounds innocuous—copyrighted material and the Internet have a contentious history, and efforts to curb piracy have conflicted with the concept of the Internet as a free exchange for information. But SB 978 is a sweeping curtailing of Internet rights under the guise of hindering piracy, and just one more bullet in a broader government effort to end the web as we know it, and snip away at the First Amendment.

Worse is the potential of SB 978 to prosecute those individuals uploading YouTube videos. This will not simply target those people uploading full movies there or to other video streaming sites. It could also be used to curb individual musicians who upload their cover versions of copyrighted songs, a tradition that practically made YouTube what it is today. The nonprofit Fight for the Future is particularly concerned with this aspect, and has launched a campaign called “Free Bieber,” using the example of Justin Bieber’s rise to fame as a way to get out the message. (Ironically, Bieber’s camp has issued a cease-and-desist over using his name in the campaign.)

The implications are far broader than a Bieber, though. When Rufus Wainwright and Sean Lennon covered Madonna’s “Material Girl” at Occupy Wall Street, if someone had uploaded a video of the performance to YouTube, Madonna (or whomever owns her music) could sue the uploader if it’s deemed a “public performance.” Reports the Internet advocacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF):



Potash is the residue from left over from smoking a marijuana cigarette. Just kidding. This is not an article about drugs.

Potash, aka Pink Gold, is one of the key ingredients in the inorganic fertilizers that enables America to grow massive amounts of various crops and be the largest exporter of food in the world. It is a potassium compound.

There are three essential ingredients, all extracted from the Earth, in the fertilizer used to grow crops commercially. Nitrogen, extracted mostly from natural gas, phosphorus, and potash. Because of the high cost of domestic natural gas, the U.S. imports nitrogen, but this could, and should, change because of the recent discoveries of massive natural gas deposits in the Northeast. We have plenty of of phosphate deposits and export 50% of what we produce. So that’s no problem. But all three ingredients are critical for commercial farming, AND THERE ARE NO SUBSTITUTES. None, including the so-called organic alternatives, which have less nutrients and are more expensive, bulky, and subject to carrying and spreading pathogens. Of the three, potash makes up to 60% of the content of commercial farming fertilizer.


TSA Thugs Now Searching For Silver And Gold

The TSA has been known to download the contents of flyers’ laptops and smartphones, and to take cash. Now they search and question travelers who have as few as 8 coins. This is totally outside of the law, and amounts to an internal customs check point. This is a federal power grab!


How US Banks Are Lying About Their European Exposure; Or How Bilateral Netting Ends With A Bang, Not A Whimper

A little over a month ago, Zero Hedge started an avalanche [38]in the financial sector, and an unprecedented defense thereof by the "independent" financial media and conflicted sell side, by being simply the messenger in pointing out that the gross exposure of one Morgan Stanley to the French banking sector is $39 billion [39]. The firestorm of protests, which naturally focused on the messenger, and not the message, attempted to refute the claims that Morgan Stanley (and many others) are overexposed to Europe (both banks and countries) by stating that gross is not net, and that when one nets out "hedges" the real exposure is far, far lower. The logic is that bilateral netting, as the principle behind this argument is called, should always work - no matter the market, and that counterparty risk, especially when it comes to hedges, should always be ignored because banks will always honor their own derivative exposure. Obviously that this failed massively when AIG had to be bailed out, to preserve precisely the tortured and failed logic of bilateral netting was completely ignored, after all things will never get that bad again, right? Well, wrong. Because the argument here is precisely what the exposure is when the chain of netting breaks, when one or more counterparties go under (such as MF Global for example, which filed bankruptcy precisely due to its hedged (?) European exposure - luckily MF was not in the business of writing CDS on European banks or else all hell would be breaking loose right now). So little by little the story was forgotten: after all when everyone says gross is not net, contrary to what history shows us all too often, everyone must be right. Today it is time to refresh this story, as none other than Bloomberg pulls the scab right off and while confirming our observations, also goes further: yes, banks are not only massively exposed to Europe, but they are in essence misrepresenting this exposure to the public by a factor of well over ten!

Bloomberg [40]begins with some simple math: the concept that is seemingly most disturbing to the status quo, not only in Europe, but now in the US as well.


Town Of Pittsville Election Letter To The Editor

Good morning Joe,
I have read your blog about the election in Pittsville and you are right. The election should be held on November 8, 2011 election day.
I think something needs to be done about this. If you have any ideas let me know.
The election was not even properly advertised like it should have been.
Thank you

Today's Survey Question 11-2-11

Is the backpedaling by banks on debit card fees a sign of growing consumer/internet power?

Another Missing Boxer

Hi Joe,
I was forwarded a link to your website about another missing Boxer. Our 2yr old male Boxer was taken on Friday October 28th between 4:30 and 5:30pm from the Westover, Md area. He is very friendly and is missed terribly by my two sons 5 &7. I am including a picture I hope you can also post ours to your site.. If anyone has any information they can contact Sarah at 443-735-7507 we are offering a reward.

Powerball Jackpot Climbs To $245 Million

WASHINGTON -- How does winning $245 million sound to you?
If it sounds good, you might want to think about playing the Powerball lottery on Wednesday.
There was no Powerball jackpot winner on Saturday, which means this Wednesday's jackpot is up to $245 million -- the ninth largest in the history of the game.


Meet Bubba

The admission is here:
  • MF Global Admits Using Client Money, AP Says
  • MF exec. made the admission in phone call with regulators Monday morning
It's time to get some expert on the ex-MF Global head's mental state and to blame temporary insanity, otherwise, someone is going to be bunking with Bubba very shortly.
From AP:
A federal official says MF Global, the securities firm led by Jon Corzine, admitted to using clients' money as its financial troubles mounted.

An MF Global executive admitted that to federal regulators in a phone call early Monday after regulators discovered money missing from clients' accounts, according to an official familiar with the conversation.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss a preliminary investigation by federal regulators.

Government rules require securities firms to keep clients' money and company money in separate accounts. Violating them could result in civil penalties.

MF Global, which filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday, faced a cash crunch following multibillion-dollar bets on European sovereign debt.

Corzine ran Goldman Sachs Group Inc., and later was governor of New Jersey.


Case:     Cathey v. Board of Review, Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene, Court of Appeals - Oct. 25, 2011.

Issue:     Is a developmentally disabled adult entitled to Maryland-funded disability services if she lives only two weeks of every month in the state?

Holding: Yes: For the benefits at issue, it is possible for a developmentally disabled individual to have multiple residences and obtain benefits accordingly.

Jobs Panel Member Whose Solar Firm Won Loan Guarantees Raises 'Conflict Of Interest' Concerns

A clean-energy firm led by a member of President Obama's jobs council has a stake in projects that have reaped nearly $2 billion in loan guarantees from Washington, a case that has raised conflict-of-interest concerns as the same jobs council pushes for more "government-backed" investment in renewable energy.

The company, NextEra Energy, secured a loan guarantee in August for a solar project in California. An affiliate has taken over another California project that won a separate guarantee in September. The firm is no lightweight -- NextEra Energy Resources, the subsidiary working on both solar projects, is the biggest producer of wind and solar energy on the continent.


Nationwide Emergency Alert System Test

Date of EAS Test:
  • Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.
Dover-The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS).
The nationwide test will occur on Wednesday, November 9 at 2 p.m. eastern time and may last up to three and a half minutes. The public will hear a message indicating that "This is a test.” The audio message will be the same for radio, television, and cable.
The National-level EAS is a public alert and warning system that enables the President of the United States to address the American public during extreme emergencies. Similar to local EAS tests that are conducted frequently, the Nationwide Test will involve broadcast radio and television stations, cable television, satellite radio and television services and wireline providers across all states and territories.
Over the past two years and as part of ongoing national preparedness planning efforts, FEMA, the FCC and other federal partners, State, local, tribal and territorial governments, EAS Participants, and others in the EAS Community have been working toward making this test a reality.
As the federal, state, tribal, territorial and local governments prepare for and test their capabilities; this event serves as a reminder that everyone should establish an emergency preparedness kit and emergency plan for themselves, their families, communities, and businesses. Anyone can visit for more information about how to prepare for and stay informed about what to do in the event of an actual emergency.