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Tuesday, January 03, 2012


The hot topic for the night is clearly the announcement we made referencing two key employees at the Wicomico Board Of Education. However, we can now top that.

Tomorrow morning all principals will be made aware that Dr. Terry Greenwood and Bill Middleton will be the replacements for the two employees placed on paid administrative leave.

Some are truly bothered that Fredricksen didn't promote from within, but what else is new.

Again, who's DelMarVa's News Leader? More news in REAL time.

BREAKING NEWS: Too Close to Call in Early Iowa Voting

Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul are in a dead heat with about a third of the precincts reporting in the Iowa GOP caucuses


Two Ranking Employees From The Board Of Education Placed On Administrative Leave

Stephanie Moses (director of HR) and Stacey Messick as of December 28th, 2011. They are both are on administrative leave with pay apparently pending an investigation regarding their treatment of a union discussion.

Is someone a threat to Dr. Fredericksen? Isn't his contract up middle of this year?

Let her rip!

E-Voting Gets Closer In 2012, But It Isn't There Yet

Some states embrace it to counter low voter turnout, but others worry about security
Voters in many states will have an easier time casting their ballots in 2012, as elections officials are now allowing some people to vote via email or iPad devices. They're also using technology to help count ballots faster and keep track of ballot boxes.

These new voting technologies will save time and money and perhaps allow more people to take part in the elections process. But some experts worry that security flaws still haven't been fixed and that federal elections are still decades away from going fully online.

Despite the concerns, some states are embracing e-voting as a way to counter low voter turnout.

Oregon, for example, allowed disabled people to vote with iPads during a special election in November 2011 and will continue allowing that in 2012.

Oregon is also one of 11 states that currently or will soon let residents register to vote online as long as they have a valid state driver's license or ID card, according to Politico. All other states require voter registration in person or by mail.


Jobless Rate Up, But Crime Down: What Gives?

Americans, take solace: While your chances of landing a job these days might not be great, you’re also less likely to be murdered, or robbed or to have your car stolen.

The rate of major crimes in the U.S. continues to drop – even during the recent recession and its aftermath – and crime experts aren’t sure why.

"I am surprised by the overall decline in both violent and property crime during and since the recent recession. I’ve studied crime trends in relation to economic conditions for some time, and the 2008-09 recession is the first time since WW II that crime rates have not risen during a substantial downturn in the economy,” says Richard Rosenfeld, a professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and past president of the American Society of Criminology.


Stocks Surge In New Year's Rally, Boosted By Economic News

The stock market kicked off the new year with a bang by posting solid gains on the first trading day of 2012 as investors sent their cash back to work in hopes that an improving U.S. economy may end the financial turbulence that characterized 2011.

Fresh data Tuesday seemed to confirm a series of earlier reports, including last month’s sharp drop in the jobless rate, that the economy is slowly mending. U.S. manufacturers ended 2011 with the strongest showing since late spring. A rise in new orders suggested that momentum could carry over into 2012. Spending on construction projects rose for the third time in four months.


Should Smokers Have To Pay The Full Tax If They Roll Their Own Cigarettes?

Since state and local governments began slapping heavy taxes on cigarettes, a number of smokers have managed to pay less by buying loose tobacco and rolling their own. But as a growing number of stores have begun offering free-to-use roll-your-own machines that take the loose material and spit out a pile of smokes that look like they came straight out of the carton, some lawmakers are crying foul.

"It's a willful attempt to evade the tax that is in Massachusetts," says State Senator James Timilty to WBZ-TV. "We should shut them down."


Bank Of America Won't Let New Bride Deposit Wedding Gift Checks Because She Didn't Change Her Last Name

While a large majority of women in the U.S. choose to take their husband's last name when they get married, it's certainly not some unheard-of practice that should wreak havoc at a national bank. But Bank of America employees in Albany decided they could not possibly recognize a new bride as her husband's spouse since she hadn't changed her name to match his.

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TSA Agent Confiscates Cupcake On Grounds That Its Delicious Frosting Could Be Explosive

We've known desserts to be so tasty they're downright dangerous, but one TSA agent in Las Vegas took that idea very literally, confiscating a cupcake for the possibility that its icing could be explosive.

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Gotta Love Chicago

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New Hampshire Legislators Send “Another Shot Heard Around The World” From Concord

New Hampshire State Representatives Challenge

State Attorney General on Election Fraud Investigation

Today concerned New Hampshire State Representatives delivered a signed affidavit to the State Attorney General Michael Delaney, stating that in 2009 Representative Larry Rappaport, Mr. Lucien Vita (now a State Representative), and Representative Carol Vita met with New Hampshire State Attorney General Michael Delaney and argued that they believed Barack Obama was not eligible to be President of the United States and requested that Attorney Delaney launch an investigation of Mr. Obama’s credentials. The three believed that the people of New Hampshire had been defrauded by Mr. Obama’s candidacy. The Attorney General stated it was a federal matter and refused to investigate.

We believe that according to the United States Constitution (Article ll section 1 paragraph 5) “No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years and been fourteen years a resident within the United States.”

A natural born Citizen, as defined by the U.S. Supreme Court in “Minor vs. Happersett”, Vattel’s “Law of Nations”, and the 2008 (S.Res. 511) Senatorial resolution, is one wherein both parents of whom were Citizens of the United States of America. According to the record, Mr. Obama’s father was born in Kenya. He never was a Citizen of the United States of America, making Mr. Obama ineligible to be a Presidential Candidate on the New Hampshire ballot.


Great Original Slapstick

Talk About A Scumbag

As all of you know, Erick Ludwig had a heart attack and has been forced to close down his business until he is well enough to return.

Pete Tippet is another Barber in town. Pete has a reputation of being, well, for those of you who know where I'm headed with this, you fill in the blank. If you look at the images above, Pete's business card is actually taped over top of the message on Eric's front door explaining his absence and condition. Talk about a scumbag, someone who will hit you when you're down.

Pete, "You've Been Blogged". This is the reason many of us stopped giving you business in the first place.

New Posts to fall below.

Vandals Attack Downtown Salisbury

Barbour Denied Travel Reimbursement

Former commissioner requested more than $11,000
A justice of the peace has ruled a former Rehoboth Beach commissioner is not entitled to reimbursement of more than $11,000 in travel expenses.
Former nonresident Commissioner Dennis Barbour filed a lawsuit against the city and City Manager Greg Ferrese after Ferrese denied Barbour's request for reimbursement.
"I'm happy with the judge's decision," Ferrese said. "I have no qualms at all about what I did in denying payment to him."

Ron Paul Son On Dad's Drugs, Prostitution Stands

(CBS News)  
Politics is a family affair for Texas congressman Ron Paul, among the leaders in polls in Iowa among Republican presidential hopefuls heading into today's caucuses.

His son, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), is stumping for his father in Iowa.
CBS News' Chief White House correspondent Norah O'Donnell noted on "The Early Show" today that Ron Paul has a supportive stance on legalizing prostitution and certain drugs, such as heroin and cocaine.

NYPD Releases Video, Sketch In Firebomb Probe

NEW YORK - Police kept watch over a globally prominent Islamic cultural center that was firebombed as they investigated other possibly linked attacks that also could be bias crimes.
Although structural damage to the Imam Al-Khoei Foundation building was minimal, the incident Sunday has left the community emotionally shaken, said its assistant imam, Maan Al-Sahlani.
On Sunday evening, the entrance to the foundation in Queens was struck by two Molotov cocktails, the types of bombs usually made of glass bottles filled with flammable liquid and corked with rags.

Barney Frank Offers Lawrence O’Donnell A 2012 Democrat Slogan: ‘We’re Not Perfect, But They’re Nuts’

Rep. Barney Frank may find the 2012 Republican primary as wildly entertaining as most anyone else following the campaigns has, but he is still a little worried that the Democrats may suffer from this. This he told Lawrence O’Donnell on tonight’s The Last Word, where he explained that part of the blame for close-minded political rhetoric was voter demand, and that Democratic desire to cooperate has led to more gridlock in Congress.


The New Professionalism

Maybe there’s a legitimate law enforcement reason to strip a man naked, strap him to a chair, tie a “spit hood” around his mouth, put a hood over his head (see video at the link), and douse him with pepper spray until he dies. That’s what sheriff’s deputies in Lee County, Florida did to 62-year-old Nick Christie two-and-a-half years ago.
I certainly can’t think of any such legitimate reason. But Lee County State’s Attorney Stephen Russell apparently can. Because he cleared the deputies involved of any wrongdoing.
Christie’s family just filed a lawsuit.

Santorum Targets Blacks In Entitlement Reform

At a campaign stop in Sioux City, Iowa on Sunday, Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum singled out blacks as being recipients of assistance through federal benefit programs, telling a mostly-white audience he doesn't want to "make black people's lives better by giving them somebody else's money."


Prison Inmates Register With The IRS As Tax Preparers

Hundreds of prison inmates have found new careers behind bars — by registering with the IRS as income tax preparers.

 A total of 331 inmates were serving prison terms when they got active or provisional tax preparer tax identification numbers from the IRS, according to an audit issued Thursday by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.


3 Arrested For Peddling Miracle Stem Cell Cure

Three men were arrested and a fourth is being sought by the FBI in what investigators said was a scheme to market stem cells as miracle cures to desperate people suffering from terminal diseases.
The arrests began in the past 10 days after two indictments were issued in November charging the four with 39 counts of mail fraud and unlawfully manufacturing, distributing and selling stem cells and stem cell procedures not approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

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Let The Kids Play: They’ll Do Better In School

First Lady Michelle Obama may be on to something with her unflagging “Let’s Move” admonitions — the latest research shows that physical activity may help children do better in school.
Amika Singh, a senior researcher at VU University in the Netherlands, reports in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine that physical activity is associated with better academic performance, as measured by higher GPAs and better scores on standardized tests. She and her colleagues reviewed 14 studies, some of which simply recorded the amount of physical activity that children, parents or teachers reported that youngsters got over three days to seven days prior to the study, and some of which randomly assigned students to varying amounts of exercise a day. Taken together, the studies showed that the more physical activity the children had, the higher their scores in school, particularly in the basic subjects of math, English and reading.

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Immigrant Tuition Referendum Sparks Bills To Improve The Process

Members of the General Assembly who spearheaded a petition drive to bring a law granting in-state tuition to some illegal immigrants have proposed legislation for the coming session to solve some of the problems they encountered while trying to get the referendum on the ballot.


Restoring Bay Could Create 230K Jobs

"It's a cynical myth that cleaning up the water and the air kills jobs," says Will Baker, president of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.


Foods That May Help Keep You Cancer-Free

Everything you put into your body has some effect on your health and well-being. Some foods are believed to lower the risk of cancer. While there's nothing you can eat that will insure you don't get sick, you can stack the odds in your favor by adjusting your diet.


Homeless Veterans

A joint venture between Housing and Urban Development and VA has cut homeless among veterans. The number of homeless vets fell 12 percent last year. The administration has announced a goal of eradicating veteran homelessness by 2015. But the program, called HUD-VASH, is facing a flat budget for 2012. Mark Johnson is HUD's deputy assistant secretary for persons with special needs. He says the easy cases have been taken care of. The tougher cases are more expensive. Plus, HUD VASH will have to deal with large numbers of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

New Rules & Regulations For 2012

The new year brings new rules and regulations for many sectors of the economy, The Hill reports. New federal rules for light bulb efficiency began phasing in on Monday, despite fierce opposition from congressional Republicans. They had secured a measure in the 2012-spending bill, that de-funds enforcement of the regulation. But the regulations themselves remain in effect. They require traditional incandescent light bulbs to be 30 percent more efficient starting this year. Other new federal rules include a 3.6 percent Social Security cost-of-living Increase for federal retirees. Truck and bus drivers face a $2,700 federal fine for using cellphones while driving.

The Federal Elections Commission Is Going Mobile

The FEC has released the first in a series of apps for your mobile device. The mobile platform allows the public access to easily look up how much presidential candidates are spending and on what. It also has information about the commission activities. Right now it can only be used on iPhones. FEC says it will release full versions for other mobile devices at a later date.

Board Of Education Budget Hearing At 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5

The Wicomico County Board of Education’s first public budget hearing for the fiscal 2012-13 budget will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, in the Wicomico High School Auditorium, Salisbury.

Parents, students, community members and Board staff are invited to come with comments. Public input is critically important in what is expected to be an especially challenging budget year for the school system and the Board of Education. For information please call 410-677-4561.

Public input may also be given at any time by sending an email to, or calling the Public Input Line for the school system at 410-677-5251.

Obama Signs Legislation Killing Bill Of Rights

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How They Rig Election Machines

The Prepper Movement - Part 2 - Prepping for the long term

In Part 1 we discussed the many requirements of prepping for short term natural and man-made disasters. While it may have been a lot to absorb for many, it is necessary to prepare and execute a short term plan as necessary for survival of short term disasters. BUT it is also necessary for a short term plan to transform into the foundation of a long term plan if necessary.
As we mentioned in part 1, if food supply lines aren't re-established fairly quickly following a disaster, society will begin to degrade rapidly. Anarchy will spread and overtake the ability of law enforcement to control it. As things get worse, the military will fall short as well. A desperate society is a dangerous society.

As we stated, comprehensive prepping for short term disasters will provide immediate relief from starvation and will provide security in the short term. But should things get worse and the need for short term relief becomes the need for long term relief, the plan for short term survival needs to evolve into a long term plan.

Six months of food won't last forever. If you don't plan for re-supply, 6 months will pass and all your prepping will have been a waste of time.

As you move forward with the preparation of a plan for the survival of a long term disaster, a few things must be remembered. The transition from a short term plan to a long term plan must embrace the knowledge that your most important weapon against starvation, attack by looters, and dying of exposure is YOU! You must be prepared physically and mentally to provide for yourself and your family. No one can do this for you. And the time to prepare yourself for this is now. Vigorous physical activity can make a world of difference in whether or not you survive. Mental preparation is also important. There are literally hundreds of resources available to help you develop a survival mindset, including the website listed above and the government website I listed in part 1.

Another important thing to remember is that fuel supplies for generators run out rapidly, you may be able to barter food or ammunition for fuel but it is more likely that you will not be able to aquire more fuel for you generator after your initial supply is exhausted. For those who use electric pumps for water, this means you will also be without water. Remember the rules of 3. 3 days without water and you and your family become part of the desperate mobs. On the shore we are fortunate to have a relatively high water table most of the time. It would be in your best interest to drive a shallow well and use a pitcher pump to draw water from the ground when the electricity goes out for good.

While researching for this post, I corresponded with several friends from came up with what we believe are some other important issues to be addressed when prepping yourself for surviving a long term disaster.

First, remember that "no one can do everything, but everyone can do something". It is my new favorite phrase. This means that the need to create a network of like minded people is so important that your life will likely depend on it. Some people will be able to provide security to others who can't. But those who can't provide security may be able to grow vegetables but not livestock. Some may be good at raising livestock but not vegetables. A single person with several weapons may have friends who have no weapons but have the means to grow and prepare food for long term storage and a few extra rooms. Learn valuable skills such as gardening and safe food preservation and storage so that you can be a contributing member of a prepper group. You get the picture.

Second, educating friends and neighbors of the very real need to prepare for emergencies BEFORE they happen is just as important as anything else while preparing for both short and long term emergencies. Although more and more people are waking up everyday, many people are still not awake to the fact that prepping is essential. Be honest. How many of us have just opened our eyes? How would you feel if you survived and most of those you loved didn't because they either weren't aware of the need to prepare or didn't know where to begin? One of my fellow preppers from Arkansas told me that it would be worthless to him and his wife to prepare if they were able to survive and everyone they cared about were gone. Open the eyes of your friends and family.

Third, develop a network of people with whom you can trade things you have for those things you will need. If you grow and can your own vegetables, get to know people who raise chickens so that you can trade in the event the food supply lines are not re-established. In essence you are responsible for creating your own re-supply lines right within your community. Remember, the time to establish these contacts is now - not after a disaster.

Fourth, stock up on things you will need for long term survival.

heirloom seeds (those which aren't genetically altered. Seeds that you can plant that will grow to yield fruit/vegetables that generate seeds that can be planted next season to grow more plants. Genetically altered seeds often do not produce vegetables that yield viable seeds).

Ammunition (for shooting and trading for other goods).

Medication (although most over the counter meds lose potency over time, they can still be more effective than having nothing at all - check with your local physician to find out which can be saved for extended periods of time).

I believe that the most important thing you can do to assure your survival of a long term disaster is to gather together a close group of friends and family members and develop a survival plan together. It may include everyone moving into one house when a specific event triggers the gathering of your group together. It may include everyone contributing food to a common food "bank" for your group. It may include several gatherings a year at a local shooting range. All of these are good ideas as far as I'm concerned. But whatever you do, do something.

We hope these posts have opened your eyes a little to the need to care for yourself your friends and family by developing a survival plan for natural and man-made disasters. We also hope you will be able to use some of the ideas listed here to develop your own survival plan.

Ron Paul Has Already Won

What happens if Ron Paul wins Iowa? ... Paul seems to have a natural ceiling among GOP voters: A recent Washington Post/ABC News poll found that nearly half of Republican voters feel Paul's foreign policy views are a major reason not to vote for him. Indeed, the primary reason Paul has an opening to win in Iowa is that no consensus candidate has emerged among social conservatives, which dominate the GOP electorate here – a situation that allows Paul to potentially win with less than 30 percent of the vote. Still, a Paul win in Iowa would have significant ramifications. It would go a long way toward pushing his Libertarian views, long dismissed as outside of Republican mainstream, to the center of the conversation. The resultant media coverage would allow Paul to further spread his message – and potentially win a host of new supporters. And if Paul can do well in New Hampshire on January 10, where he is currently tied for second place with Gingrich, Paul could even move to shared front-runner status with Romney, who is now ahead by more than 20 points in New Hampshire. – CBSNews

Dominant Social Theme: Paul is a crank and will never light up the sky.

Free-Market Analysis: The Internet Reformation is a process not an episode. US GOP Presidential candidate Ron Paul shows us the accuracy of this statement. Ron Paul and his libertarian allies are winning the battle for the hearts and minds of Americans by the millions. In fact, they have already won. More on this below.

It is not too much of an exaggeration to say that a substantial minority, if not a majority, of Republicans and Democrats are really libertarians of some sort. This gives Ron Paul a natural constituency that is far larger than the mainstream media admits.

There is apparently only one struggle in the world – and in the US. That is the seeming struggle between a handful of ancient, elite families who control hundreds of trillions via central banks around the world and want to move to world government (dominated by them) and the rest of us.


Are Aries More Likely To Be Criminals?

One Canadian city would like to caution you to beware of loved ones who claim Aries as their zodiac sign—they might be more likely to break the law.
Canada’s National Post reports that according to police in Chatham-Kent, Ontario, 203 of 1,986 people arrested last year were Aries, while Sagittarius came in as the least-arrested sign at 139.

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It's Snowing In Salisbury

If you look outside you'll see snowflakes.

8 Ways To Simplify Your Life In 2012

( -- Streamline your workouts, your morning makeup, even your resolution list. Here are eight New Year tips on how to look better and improve your health for 2012.


Today's Survey Question 1-3-12

Will you try to lose weight in 2012?

Iraq Vet Sought In Killing Of Rainier Ranger Is Found Dead

An armed Iraq War veteran suspected of killing a Mount Rainier National Park ranger was found dead Monday, apparently killed by the cold overnight.

A plane searching the remote wilderness for Benjamin Colton Barnes, 24, discovered his body lying partially submerged in an icy, snowy mountain creek with snow banks standing several feet high on either side.


Humble People Are More Helpful

Helping others means sacrificing your time and energy. But if you're humble, you don't mind.

If a stranger asked for your help, how likely are you to jump in, regardless of how busy you are or how much your Good Samaritan act will interrupt your day?

Turns out that if you’re a humble person, you’re more likely to help. In the latest research on helping behavior, scientists found that humility is a major factor in determining whether you go out of your way to come to the aid of others, regardless of time and social pressures.
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Ohio Wastewater Well Triggered Quakes

(CLEVELAND) — A northeast Ohio well used to dispose of wastewater from oil and gas drilling almost certainly caused a series of 11 minor quakes in the Youngstown area since last spring, a seismologist investigating the quakes said Monday.

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Woody's Pest Control & Tree Care

First 2012 Sussex County Council Meeting Will Start With Change

There will be some changes tomorrow morning in the County Council chambers.  In the County Administrator’s seat will be new Administrator Todd Lawson, who took the reins of the county on New Years Day.  The first order of business for the council is the election of officers.  

There will also be a public hearing for a conditional use request on behalf of Michael van Drunen for a manufactured home installation business and equipment storage on about 3 acres of land on Doddtown Road in Harbeson.  The public hearing is set to begin at 11:30am.


Powerball Tickets Doubling To $2

Get ready to pay more for Powerball: Ticket prices are going up to $2. Lottery organizers hope the price change will entice more people to play because jackpots are getting bigger and the odds of winning are improving.


Santorum's Support Builds Ahead Of Iowa Caucuses

After concentrating on Iowa more than any other Republican presidential candidate, Rick Santorum is gaining on front-runners Mitt Romney and Ron Paul, a new Des Moines Register poll shows. Santorum is hoping to consolidate Iowa's Christian conservative vote — the strategy that won the state for former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee four years ago.
Jeanne Zyzda did not expect more than 100 people in her Sioux City coffee shop, the Daily Grind. Not all at once, and not on a holiday.
"Normally, we're not open on New Year's Day," Zyzda says. "Normally, we're not open on Sunday at all."

Virginia Attorney General Backs Off Call To Change Ballot Rules Before Primary

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is backing off a push to change his state's election rules before the March 6 presidential primary, after only two Republican candidates qualified for the ballot. 

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Celebratory Gunshot Fired Miles Away May Have Critically Injured Florida Boy

Florida authorities say a child may have been critically wounded as a result of celebratory gunfire shot into the air miles away on New Year’s eve.

At 1 a.m., Diego Duran, 12, who was with his family outside their Ruskin home admiring a fireworks display, suddenly dropped to the ground bleeding from his nose and eyes, Sandy Duran, his mother, told authorities.

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Romney’s Top Contributor: Goldman Sachs, Ron Paul’s: US Army

Democrats are shocked to see President Obama treat Wall Street's top banks with respect and kindness. In order to predict his kindness (Obama's justice department has failed to prosecute the crimes that helped lead to the financial crisis of 2008) towards the top financial institutions it didn't take a crystal ball, all it took was a list of his top donors which included Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Citigroup.


Cantor Refuses To Admit Reagan Raised Taxes

Appearing on the CBS News program 60 Minutes on Sunday night, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) experienced an awkward moment when he was challenged to admit that his hero, President Ronald Reagan, did in fact raise taxes.
Cantor was speaking with interviewer Lesley Stahl, who asked if he was ready to start compromising with Democrats on taxes. Cantor said he was indeed “ready to cooperate,” but then hedged his response.

'Stop Sugarcoating' Child Obesity Ads Draw Controversy

"Being fat takes the fun out of being a kid," read graphics of a TV ad in which a young girl tells of how she doesn't like going to school because she's bullied over her weight.

 It is part of a video and print campaign to combat childhood obesity in Georgia, which has one of the highest childhood obesity rates in the nation.


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