Sunday, April 08, 2012
That being said Berlin Police department has been short changed by their Mayor and Council for several years now. Berlin and Delmar police departments are among the lowest paid in Maryland so certified officers aren't rushing to work there. When positions become vacant - if they are permitted to fill them - they must hire new recruits and pay their salaries for 6 months while they attend the police academy. Once they gain experience they move on to agencies that pay higher salaries and offer better benefits. Agencies and communities that can least afford it must pay the most.
Unfortunately for Berlin P.D., when officers leave for higher paying positions elsewhere or retire, the Mayor is not allowing the Chief to fill the vacant positions. The lack of patrol is not due to donut shops, radar traps, or seat belt patrols. It is due to unfilled vacancies and/or young, inexperienced officers. It is repeatedly and all too often the case that the law enforcement agencies plead with their mayors and councils for the resources they need but until the crime rates go up, these pleas fall on the deaf ears of councils who are being penny wise but dollar foolish. The recent rash of burglaries in Berlin is a perfect example of what happens when these pleas are ignored. Another example is the recent shooting, burglary, and rape in Delmar. Again, the result of a former Mayor and council who underestimated the needs of a law enforcement agency for too long. Fortunately for the citizens of Delmar, they have a new Mayor and Council who are very well aware of many of the problems faced by their police department and are well on their way to addressing them. Fruitland P.D. picked up their efforts at addressing similar problems when their new Police Chief came aboard some time ago and are further down the road to addressing the needs of their community as well. Chief Downing and the Berlin Police Department need the support of their governing body as well. The safety and security of their community needs to be given priority.
Imclain, law enforcement agencies cannot be lumped together. One cannot compare the police function of small towns such as Berlin, Delmar, and Fruitland, with larger agencies such as Salisbury Poice Department, Wicomico County Sheriff's Office, etc. Larger agencies are insulated from their respective communities and are, therefore, not as affected by the voice of the voters. Salisbury is pre-occupied by the political goings on and Wicomico County is pre-occupied by the wasteful spending by the BOE, etc (not finger pointing, just giving examples of issues that tend to draw the attention of the people). The results of an effective proactive police agency often cannot be accurately measured. But the results of an under paid, under staffed police department become completely apparent AFTER the safety of the community has been compromised - often after it has been neglected for a long time. It then costs much more to gain control and put it back in the hands of the community. Small police departments are much more likely to be aware of the needs of the communities within their town and how to effectively address those needs with the help of those communities. They, at the direction of their administrations, are more likely to remember that their mission is one of "protect and serve" rather than "seek and destroy" as is often the case with larger law enforcement agencies that are insulated from the will of the people by out of touch elected officials (MSP?). Small towns are the perfect model of what America is supposed to be about. Elected officials carrying the voice of the people forward (without the input of special interests) from top to bottom. Most police administrations in small towns remember the oath they took and, to the extent possible, impress upon their staff the importance of that oath as they exercise discretion when enforcing the law within their jurisdiction. It is, after all, the spirit of the law that must be enforced rather than the letter of the law. I'm not saying that members of small law enforcement agencies don't go astray. I know that they can and do. But in a small town, elected officials and their law enforcement administrations can address small problems as they arise, regardless of the nature, provided they maintain an open channel of communication.
Chief Downing is an intelligent, articulate young Chief of Police. He Started in Berlin as a recruit and worked his way up through the ranks. He is a resident of the Town of Berlin and is very familiar with the law enforcement needs of the town and its communities. I know that he has expressed his concerns relating to the salary shortcomings, the lack of benefits, and the lack of adequate staffing to the elected officials. They now shoulder the blame for the resulting spike in crime perpetrated against the citizens. The power to fund the police department to adequately serve the town is in the hands of the Mayor and Council of the Town of Berlin. Let's hope for the sake of the citizens that they will do the right thing.
According to Tulsa police spokesman Jason Willingham, the suspects – 19-year-old Jake England and 32-year-old Alvin Watts [pictured above] – were arrested at a house just north of Tulsa.
A press release from Shelters Direct brags about how they are providing the DHS with bullet resistant guard booths. Images of the booth from the company’s website suggest the guard shacks will be used to control checkpoints.
“This guard building features a standing seam hip roof, a thru-wall HVAC unit, (2) UL 752 BR Level 3 sliding doors, UL 752 Bullet Resistant Level 3 glass and a Low]E coating. Other noticeable highlights of this prefabricated steel building include metal halide security lighting, decorative window grille frames, and a “Stop & Go” light with controls,” states the press release.
The purpose behind the bullet proof booths is unknown, but the DHS has publicly announced that it plans to increase the number of unannounced checkpoints manned by TSA VIPR teams and other federal agents beyond the 9300 that were set up last year alone.
The Russian International News Agency (RIA Novosti) is a Russian state-owned news agency based in the capital Moscow whose clients include the presidential administration, Russian government, Federation Council, State Duma, leading ministries and government departments, administrations of Russian regions, representatives of Russian and foreign business communities, diplomatic missions, and public organizations.
The White House news briefing referred to in this report occurred this past Thursday (5 April) when Obama regime officials were queried about the latest shock downgrade of the United States credit rating stating that to the American people this critical event should be kept in the category of a “non-story” so as not to confuse and/or shock them.
Most surprisingly, this report continues, the mainstream US news media, including their most important television networks and major newspapers, dutifully followed the directives of the Obama regime and failed to uniformly inform the American people of this momentous event.
The following photos are from March and February of this year and were taken at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. The photos are similar to a collection from May 2010 that depict several National Guard units from different parts of the U.S. quelling protesters in mock communities holding signs that say “Food Now”. A description of one of the events was posted to Facebook by the U.S. Army’s 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment:
The Soldiers in a closed formation bang their batons in cadence against their shields as an angry mob approaches.
“When I initially picked up my shield, the thought of the movie 300 was the first thing that came to mind,” said Spc. Kyle Wilhelmi.
FYI, I am passing this along...there are comments from two other people I have also been asked if we keep guns in the house. The nurse just kinda slipped it in along with all the other regular questions. I told her I refused to answer because it was against the law to ask. Everyone, whether you have guns or not, should give a neutral answer so they have no idea who does and who d oesn't. My doctor asked me if I had guns in my house and also if any were loaded. I, of course, answered yes to both questions. Then he asked why I kept a loaded gun close to my bed. I answered that my son, who is a certified gun instructor and also works for Homeland Security, advised me that an unloaded, locked up gun is no protection against criminal attack. The Government now requires these questions be asked of people on Medicare, and probably everyone else.
Just passing this along for your information: I had to visit a doctor other than my regular doctor when my doctor was on vacation.. One of the questions on the form I had to fill out was: Do you have any guns in your house?? My answer was None of your damn business!! So it is out there! It is either an insurance issue or government intervention. Either way, it is out there and the second the government gets into your medical records (as they want to under Obamacare) it will become a major iss ue and will ultimately result in lock and load!! Please pass this on to all the other retired guys and gun owners...
Thanks, from a Vietnam Vet and retired Police Officer: I had a doctors appointment at the local VA clinic yesterday and found out something very interesting that I would like to pass along.
While going through triage before seeing the doctor, I was asked at the end of the exam, three questions:1. Did I feel stressed? 2. Did I feel threatened? 3. Did I feel like doing harm to someone? The nurse then informed me, that if I had answered yes to any of the questions, I would have lost my concealed carry permit as it would have gone into my medical records and the VA would have reported it to Homeland Security.
Looks like they are going after the vets first. Other gun people like retired law enforcement will probably be next. Then when they go after the civilians, what argument will they have? Be forewarned and be aware. The Obama administration has gone on reco rd as considering veterans and gun owners potential terrorists. Whether you are a gun owner, veteran or not, YOU"VE BEEN WARNED ! If you know veterans and gun owners, please pass this on to them. Be very cautious about what you say and to whom.
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WASHINGTON - There is a new game coming to bar bathrooms that some might find lude. Never-the-less, the musical urinal game "Guitar Pee" is expected to be a hit.
It is somewhat like the popular video game "Guitar Hero" except "Guitar Pee" requires a different type of skill -- good aim.
The game offers targets in the urinal that act as chords. There is even a computer that records men's bathroom tunes. Later on, bathroom maestros can visit the mobile-only site to listen to what they and others have composed.
The RNC emailed reporters an official White House photograph of Mr. Obama whispering into the Easter Bunny's ear during the 2009 Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn. RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer suggested the following caption:
Simon Cowell has found himself one step closer on his quest to find a new Lassie with dog act Ashleigh and Pudsey.
Canine-lover Simon stated during tonight’s show “I’m on a mission to find a dog act. We want to find the best.”
And it seems like he may have done. Earlier viewers fell in love with Ashleigh and her collie-cross Pudsey, as he danced and leaped his way expertly through their routine to the Flinstone’s theme.
Ashleigh received Pudsey from her mum as a gift on her eleventh birthday and melted viewers’ hearts as we saw a home video of the moment when Ashleigh first met her four-legged-friend.
And real rabbits certainly don't lay eggs.
Why are these traditions so ingrained in Easter Sunday? And what do they have to do with the resurrection of Jesus?
Bunnies, eggs, Easter gifts and fluffy, yellow chicks in gardening hats all stem from pagan roots. These tropes were incorporated into the celebration of Easter separately from the Christian tradition of honoring the day Jesus Christ rose from the dead.
Did they meet down the dog and duck?
Well, not quite.
A bizarre friendship has been struck up by a Labrador and a duckling after the tiny waterbird was found abandoned when its mother was killed by a fox.
Dennis the duckling was just a few days old when its mother was mauled by a vixen.
Somehow Dennis survived the attack and would have perished had it not been found next to a brook by Jeremy Goldsmith while out with his dog Fred.
Surprisingly, the Labrador took a shine to the duckling and began to clean it with its tongue. Since then, their unlikely friendship has blossomed with Fred even allowing Dennis to sit on his head.
CBS News legend Mike Wallace, the 60 Minutes' pit-bull reporter whose probing, brazen style made his name synonymous with the tough interview -- a style he practically invented for television more than half a century ago -- died last night. He was 93 and passed peacefully surrounded by family members at Waveny Care Center in New Canaan, Conn., where he spent the past few years. He also had a home in Manhattan.
"It is with tremendous sadness that we mark the passing of Mike Wallace. His extraordinary contribution as a broadcaster is immeasurable and he has been a force within the television industry throughout its existence. His loss will be felt by all of us at CBS," said Leslie Moonves, president and CEO, CBS Corporation.
1.Where there's a will, I want to be in it.
2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on my list.
3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
4. If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.
5. We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.
6. War does not determine who is right - only who is left.
7. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
8. They begin the evening news with 'Good Evening,' then proceed to tell you why it isn't.
9. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.
10. Buses stop in bus stations. Trains stop in train stations. On my desk is a work station.
11. I thought I wanted a career. Turns out I just wanted paychecks.
12. In filling out an application, where it says, 'In case of emergency, notify:' I put 'DOCTOR.'
13. I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.
14. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.
15. Behind every successful man is his woman. Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.
16. A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory.
17. You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.
18. Money can't buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with.
19. There's a fine line between cuddling and holding someone down so they can't get away.
20. I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not so sure.
21. You're never too old to learn something stupid.
22. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.
23. Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.
24. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.
25. Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.
26. Where there's a will, there are relatives.
Passover is the holiday which celebrates the Exodus from Egypt and the next stage in the unfolding biblical story of the Children of Israel. In 2012 it begins on Friday night, April 6.
Here are eight things you may want to know about it:
1.What is Passover and is it the same as Pesach?
Passover and Pesach are the same thing. One is simply English and the other is Hebrew. In either case, it is the holiday which celebrates the Exodus from Egypt and the next stage in the unfolding biblical story of the Children of Israel.
But it wasn't enough. They had no choice but to eject from the jet, which was traveling at 170 miles per hour. Moments later, the jet crashed into an apartment complex (photo below). Although the pilots and several residents were injured, reports so far indicate that no one was killed.
RT’s apology To Taser International - The Killer Of 500 Americans, According To Amnesty International
In our article published April 5, “NY cops break into Marine vet's home and Taser him to death,” RT was imprecise in our wording of the story’s headline and would like to formally offer our apologies to Taser, the manufacturer of the electroshock guns used by law enforcement across the country and, unfortunately, also on the late Mr. Chamberlain. We have appropriately retitled our original article.
In addition to saying we are sorry to Taser, who we cannot blame directly in the death of the vet, we would like to clarify that, although the cause of death has not been made available to us, it was incorrect on our part to summarize the story as we did in our original headline. We cannot, with certainty, say that the elderly retired correctional officer that suffered from a heart condition died from injuries suffered as police officers attacked him with a Taser gun. While Mr. Chamberlain did pass away shortly after law enforcement used Taser guns on him, those same officers also fired “nonlethal” beanbag projectiles from a shotgun and used live ammunition on the man before he was transported to an area hospital only to die in front of his family.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has given preliminary approval to doubling the state's "flush tax."
The Senate on Saturday rejected two amendments offered by Sen. E.J. Pipkin, R-Cecil.
One of the amendments would have put a firewall around the money raised from the tax to prevent the revenue from being used for purposes other than upgrading wastewater treatment plants.
Location: Division of Family Services (DFS), Georgetown, DE
Date of Occurrence: Monday April 2, 2012 at approximately 6:00 p.m.
Kiera Bertrand, 5, of Dagsboro, DE (Photo Attached)
Defendant, Charge, and Bond Information:
Tara J. Bertrand, 39, of Dagsboro, DE
Interference with the Custody of a Child
Arraigned at JP3 and committed to Delores J Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution on $1,000.00 secured bail.
Georgetown, DE- The Delaware State Police have arrested a Dagsboro woman in connection with Interfering with Child Custody.
Tara Bertrand turned herself in to Troopers at Troop 4 around 1:00 a.m. this morning. She was arraigned at JP3 and committed to WCI on $1,000.00 secured bail.
Kiera Bertrand, who was not with her at the time of the arrest, was safe with a family member and has been placed in the care of Division of Family Services.
That passenger sustained serious injuries and was transported to Christiana Hospital.
State Police have learned that Joanne Barber has died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.
The Associated Press was among foreign news agencies allowed a firsthand look at preparations under way at the coastal Sohae Satellite Station in northwestern North Korea.
Steven John Gurczynski, 40, is charged in a federal indictment unsealed this week with making the threats in November and December 2010.
A concerned citizen told Roanoke police that Gurczynski was talking about Obama being the Antichrist and how he needed to kill him, according to court records.
Later, in an interview with a Secret Service agent, Gurczynski said that God told him to "put a bullet in Barack Obama's head and he considered it his duty to do so," the records state.
As lawmakers aim to balance the books for the next fiscal year and reduce an ongoing $1.1 billion deficit by about half, the panel worked to reconcile differences in legislation already passed by the House and Senate.
Senate negotiators accepted a proposal by House conferees on the income tax rates.
Mike Hellgren has the video and the investigation.
Police hope this video will get the attackers off the streets.
The so-called Million Hoodie March processed from Malcolm X Park to Freedom Plaza, where speakers from Howard University, the D.C. chapter of the NAACP, the National Urban League, and Students Against Mass Incarceration called for the arrest of neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman.
Aides say Grassley personally Tweeted: "Constituents askd why i am not outraged at PresO attack on supreme court independence. Bcause Am ppl r not stupid as this x prof of con law."
“It’s a Mr. John,” Saunders, now 77, recalls without explanation, certain the designer’s name alone says this was no ordinary hat.
She paid $5 to put it on layaway and made regular installments until she’d covered the $35 cost. When she finally clutched the gold braided handle of the pink floral hatbox and strutted out of the shop, she knew that this final touch to her pale pink Easter suit would place her among the best-dressed young ladies at Zion Baptist Church. And that would be no small feat, since proper church ladies back then all wore hats — their finest, of course, on Easter.
Maryland's House of Delegates narrowly approved a bill Saturday that would provide $1.2 million to the owner of a racetrack and casino on the Eastern Shore, setting aside objections from some lawmakers who called it a giveaway to the "one percent."
The bill would divert revenue earmarked for enhancing racing purses to provide operating assistance for the Ocean Downs Race Track, so long as the track has 40 live racing days. It is owned by William Rickman, a politically connected developer.
Rosecroft Raceway in Prince George's County would qualify for money only if it rehired about 300 workers who have been let go — a prospect lawmakers said was unlikely.
Here is a new spin on deviled eggs!
Use black olives for eyes and a carrot sliver as the beak... how cute is that!!!
I found this "recipe" on Pinterest and had to share it for those of you who might want to make these cute little chickies for Easter. My sister made them and said that her husband told her he couldn't eat them..... why not, she asked. Because they're too dang cute.