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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Kissinger Flagged For Extra Screening

Justice is blind, and so, apparently, is TSA. Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was flagged for extra screening by airport security on Friday. A freelance journalist recognized the 89-year-old statesman, but TSA agents didn't. They subjected Kissinger to a full search. The journalist told the Washington Post that Kissinger didn't ask for any special treatment and even cracked jokes with an aide.

Senators Want More Answers

Senators want more answers from the General Services Administration on how it is controlling its wallet. Leaders of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee have asked acting General Services Administration chief Dan Tangherlini to respond to 41 new questions. The senators cite concerns that GSA headquarters does not oversee regional offices adequately when it comes to spending. In the past, regional heads have approved their own travel and expenses. The lawmakers have asked the agency to respond by the end of the month.

Only In America

1) Only in America could politicians talk about the greed of the rich at a $35,000 a plate campaign fund raising event.

2) Only in America could people claim that the government still discriminates against black Americans when we have a black President, a black Attorney General, and roughly 18% of the federal workforce is black (10% of population).

3) Only in America could we have had the two people most responsible for our tax code, Timothy Geithner, the head of the Treasury Department and Congressman Charles Rangel who once ran the Ways and Means Committee, BOTH turn out to be tax cheats who are in favor of higher taxes.

4) Only in America can we have terrorists kill people in the name of Allah and have the media primarily react by fretting that Muslims might be harmed by the backlash.

5) Only in America would we make people who want to legally become American citizens wait for years in their home countries and pay tens of thousands of dollars for the privilege while we discuss letting anyone who sneaks into the country illegally become American citizens.

6) Only in America could the people who believe in balancing the budget and sticking by the country's Constitution be thought of as "extremists."

7) Only in America could you need to present a picture ID to cash a check or buy alcohol, but not to vote.

8) Only in America could people demand the government investigate whether oil companies are gouging the public because the price of gas went up when the return on equity invested in a major U.S. oil company (Marathon Oil) is less than half of a company making tennis shoes (Nike).

9) Only in America could the government collect more tax dollars from the people than any nation in recorded history, still spend a trillion dollars more than it has per year for total spending of $7 million PER MINUTE, and complain that it doesn't have nearly enough money.

10) Only in America could the rich people who pay 86% of all income taxes be accused of not paying their "fair share" by people who don't pay any income taxes at all.

11) Only in America could anyone be so dumb as to give Illegal Immigrants child tax credits for several children ($1000 each).......who live in another nation and are only distantly related. Yes, IRS has known about this fraud for years and has done nothing about it.

Mexican Jihad

The following article was originally published by the Gatestone Institute.

As the United States considers the Islamic jihadi threats confronting it from all sides, it would do well to focus on its southern neighbor, Mexico, which has been targeted by Islamists and jihadists, who, through a number of tactics—from engaging in da‘wa, converting Mexicans to Islam, to smuggling and the drug cartel, simple extortion, kidnappings and enslavement—have been subverting Mexico in order to empower Islam and sabotage the U.S.

According to a 2010 report, “Close to home: Hezbollah terrorists are plotting right on the U.S. border,” which appeared in the NY Daily News:


Nuclear Evidence Against Iran Mounts

What is likely the final diplomatic push prior to military intervention against Iran is off to a tense start. Yesterday, a five-hour kick-off to renewed negotiations took place between senior U.N. nuclear watchdogs and Iranians at the diplomatic mission in Vienna. There, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) officials reported that they believe a site at the Islamic Republic’s Parchin military complex was used to test components of nuclear weapons capability, directly undercutting Tehran’s oft-stated claim that the country is developing such capability strictly for “peaceful” purposes.

The Parchin complex came into focus when the Associated Press (AP) publicized a drawing from a country keeping track of Iran’s nuclear program. It depicted a containment chamber that is used to test multipoint explosives of the type used to set off a nuclear charge. The official who shared the computer-generated drawing with AP says it is based on information from an informant inside the Parchin complex, and that going into further detail would endanger the informant’s life. The official also demanded that he and his country remain anonymous in exchange for sharing secret intelligence information.


GAO: Recoverable Oil in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming 'About Equal to Entire World’s Proven Oil Reserves'

The Green River Formation, a largely vacant area of mostly federal land that covers the territory where Colorado, Utah and Wyoming come together, contains about as much recoverable oil as all the rest the world’s proven reserves combined, an auditor from the Government Accountability Office told Congress on Thursday.

The GAO testimony said that the federal government was in “a unique position to influence the development of oil shale” because the Green River deposits were mostly beneath federal land.


Nervous Democrats Brace for Romney Slam Dunk on Israel

Democrats are bracing for the political impact of a likely visit by Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney to the State of Israel, which would highlight the fact that President Barack Obama has not visited Israel once during his term in office. Romney, who has visited Israel several times and enjoys a long-standing personal relationship with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, may attract pro-Israel Democrats who are disappointed in Obama's often hostile approach to America's closest ally.

Obama has visited the Middle East several times, including a much-hyped visit to Cairo in June 2009, where he addressed the Muslim world as a whole. His first telephone call to a foreign leader went to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, and Obama clearly saw himself as the president who would solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by sheer force of will. However, his chosen method--public confrontation with Israel--only alienated Israelis while hardening Palestinian demands.


Iran Boasts U.S. Has Abandoned Israel

Iranian outlets have been claiming recently the United States has been forced to bow before Iran on its nuclear program, demonstrating the West’s abandonment of Israel and paving the way for the Islamic regime to annihilate the Jewish state.

While restating that Iran will demand ever more in the upcoming second round of talks with the 5+1 nations to be held this month in Baghdad, the Iranian media are now boasting that Israel has been abandoned by its allies and is in a dire bind.

One such editorial, published last week by Iran’s Keyhan newspaper, which is directly under the supervision of Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, stated, “It can be said that within the last 60 years, this is the first time that the Zionist regime, since its illegal inception, has had to endure rejection by the West over its vision and interest in the region.”


Pakistani Suggests NATO Supplies Should Resume

Pakistan's foreign minister suggested Monday that the country should reopen its Afghan border to NATO troop supplies, saying the government has made its point by closing the route for nearly six months in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes that killed 24 Pakistani troops.

Reopening the border risks a domestic backlash in Pakistan given Washington's refusal to apologize for last year's attack, which it says was an accident. But it could help ensure Pakistan has a role in the future of Afghanistan as NATO prepares to retool its strategy there during a major conference that starts Sunday in Chicago.


Calif. Family Wakes to Find Lexus in Their Pool

The Diaz family awoke to find a Lexus at the bottom of their swimming pool.

The Southern California family tells the San Gabriel Valley Tribune ( that drivers navigating the tricky intersection next to their house in La Puente have hit their cinderblock wall before, but early Sunday one of them smashed right through it in his silver sedan, then sank into the pool. A crane later fished out the 2006 Lexus.

California Highway Patrol officer Steve Licon says the driver _ 40-year-old Modesto Cabral _ was able to escape from the car through the passenger side window and had only minor injuries.


Obama's Budget Would Double the Interest Rate on Student Loans--After the Election

President Obama's fiscal 2013 budget proposal would double the interest rate on federally backed student loans from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent--eight months after the November presidential election.

The White House fiscal year 2013 plan calls for maintaining the current 3.4 percent interest rate for federally guaranteed student loans, but only through July 1, 2013, at which point it would automatically increase to 6.8 percent. Neither the president’s plan nor the Democrats’ legislation would extend the low rate beyond another year.


DeMint and Lamborn: Defund NPR and PBS

Two conservative lawmakers are teaming up to urge appropriation leaders in the House and Senate to defund the Corporation of Public Broadcasting (CPB), which is asking for $445 million advance for FY 2015.

This week, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) prepared letters for the heads of the appropriation committees, saying defunding the entity “should be one of the easiest decisions to make,” while searching for cuts in a government $15 trillion in debt.

“CPB’s requested appropriation represents no reduction from its prior year appropriation level,” DeMint and Lamborn wrote. “While so many Americans are making sacrifices around the country to make ends meet, CPB appears unwilling to do the same.”


Obama to Graduates: Don’t Believe the Media

President Barack Obama pointed a finger at the news media today when he gave the commencement address at all-female Barnard College in New York City, attributing some of the blame for what he described as a lack of faith in American institutions on news reports that focus on “sensationalism” and “scandal” and carry “a message that change isn’t possible."

In a survey conducted last September, Gallup discovered that 47 percent of Americans believe the media is "too liberal" while only 13 percent believe it is "too conservative." Thirty-six percent said they believed the media was "just about right."

“And while opportunities for women have grown exponentially over the last 30 years, as young people, in many ways you have it even tougher than we did,” Obama said.


Lawsuit Challenges Va. Ballot Access Law

The Libertarian Party is challenging a state law that allows only Virginia residents to circulate petitions to get independent or minor party candidates on the presidential general election ballot, according to a lawsuit filed Monday.

The complaint against the State Board of Elections alleges that the residency requirement in one of the nation's toughest ballot access laws unconstitutionally infringes on the plaintiffs' free-speech and freedom-of-association rights. No hearing date has been set.

"Circulating petitions for candidates is at the core of our constitutionally protected right to free speech," said Katie O'Connor, an attorney with the ACLU Voting Rights Project in Atlanta.


Street Man Claims $250,000 Prize From Record-Breaking Mega Millions Drawing

Historic drawing produced $540 million jackpot

- As lottery players across the nation watched with anticipation for the record-breaking winning Mega Millions numbers in March, one man from Harford County knew he hit a big prize, albeit not the $656 million one.

The man, who chose to remain anonymous, watched the reports about the where the winning ticket was sold, and he immediately knew he didn't win the big prize.

"I saw where the ticket was purchased and knew I wasn’t the winner," said the 63-year-old man from Street.

In fact, it wasn't until a week and a half ago when the man and his wife watched television and saw something that prompted him to check his tickets -- which he still had tucked away.

"I was watching a show and it reported that there were still three $250,000 unclaimed tickets out there," the man said. "When I saw one of them was sold at Redner's, I thought, 'I'd better check them."


Huge Numbers Think Islam in Conflict with West

A series of polls released over the last few weeks shows most Americans believe a global conflict is raging between Islam and the West.

Specifically, Rasmussen Reports polls found that 63 percent of likely U.S. voters believe a battle is brewing, while only 18 percent deny the divide.

Furthermore, when asked about many Western nations’ support of the populist uprisings known as “the Arab Spring,” only 26 percent of voters think the United States should do more to encourage the growth of democracy in the Islamic world, while 58 percent say the United States should leave things alone.

The numbers became even more significant when separating mainstream U.S. voters from a group Rasmussen calls the “political class.”


Mission Impossible: Finding A Minivan Made In America By Union Workers

Last year, not one of the 491,687 new minivans sold in the United States was made in America by unionized workers.

Some were manufactured overseas by companies owned by non-American manufacturers. The Kia Sedona, with 24,047 sales, was built in South Korea, Russia, and the Philippines. The MAZDA5, with 19,155 sales, was built in China, Japan, and Taiwan.

Some minivans from Japanese companies were built in the U.S., but by non-unionized workers. Honda sold 107,068 Odysseys built in Alabama. Toyota Siennas, built in Indiana, went to 111,429 persons. The Nissan Quest, built in Ohio, had 12,199 sales.

Only three minivans were built by unionized workers, but they were made in Canada by members of the Canadian Auto Workers. The Dodge Grand Caravan, with 110,996 sales; Chrysler Town & Country, with 94,320 sales; and the VW Routan, with 12,473 sales, all share the same basic body; most differences are cosmetic. GM and Ford no longer produce minivans.

The United Auto Workers (UAW) suggests that members who wish to buy minivans buy one of the three Chrysler products because much of the parts are manufactured in the United States by UAW members.


African-American Church Leaders Condemn Obama For Gay Marriage Support

Just days after President Barack Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage, pastors and priests around Maryland took to their own pulpits with their reaction– and in some cases– condemnation of the president.

Derek Valcourt explains the president’s comments have folks on both sides of the issue fired up.

Both sides hope the president’s position helps sway votes in their favor when the issue hits Maryland’s ballot this November.

 “I think same-sex couples should be able to get married,” Obama said.

When Obama announced that his position on same-sex marriage had evolved, it outraged some African-American pastors like Pastor and Del. Emmett Burns.

“He has said to his base, African-Americans, ‘I am going against your beliefs and your thoughts,’” Burns said.

He’s so opposed to same-sex marriage, he told church members he will no longer support the president and now predicts Obama will lose the election because of it.


What Really Died In AUSCHWITZ

Here's an interesting viewpoint The following is a copy of an article written by Spanish writer Sebastian Vilar Rodrigez and published in a Spanish newspaper on Jan. 15 2011.

It doesn't take much imagination to extrapolate the message to the rest of Europe - and possibly to the rest of the world.



By Sebastian Vilar Rodrigez

"I walked down the street in Barcelona , and suddenly discovered a terrible truth."
Europe died in Auschwitz ... We killed six million Jews and replaced them with 20 million Muslims. In Auschwitz we burned a culture, thought, creativity, talent. We destroyed the chosen people, truly chosen, because they produced great and wonderful people who changed the world.

The contribution of this people is felt in all areas of life: science, art, international trade, and above all, as the conscience of the world. These are the people we burned.

And under the pretense of tolerance, and because we wanted to prove to ourselves that we were cured of the disease of racism, we opened our gates to 20 million Muslims, who brought us stupidity and ignorance, religious extremism and lack of tolerance, crime and poverty, due to an unwillingness to work and support their families with pride.

They have blown up our trains and turned our beautiful Spanish cities into the third world, drowning in filth and crime. Shut up in the apartments they receive free from the government, they plan the murder and destruction of their naive hosts.

And thus, in our misery, we have exchanged culture for fanatical hatred, creative skill for destructive skill, intelligence for backwardness and superstition.

We have exchanged the pursuit of peace of the Jews of Europe and their talent for a better future for their children, their determined clinging to life because life is holy, for those who pursue death, for people consumed by the desire for death for themselves and others, for our children and theirs.

What a terrible mistake was made by miserable Europe .

A lot of Americans have become so insulated from reality that they imagine America can suffer defeat without any inconvenience to themselves.

Recently, the UK debated whether to remove The Holocaust from its school curriculum because it 'offends' the Muslim population which claims it never occurred.
It is not removed as yet. However, this is a frightening portent of the fear that is gripping the world and how easily each country is giving in to it.

It is now more than 60 years after the Second World War in Europe ended. This e-mail is being sent as a memorial chain, in memory of the 6 million Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians, and 1,900 Catholic priests who were 'murdered, raped, burned, starved, beaten, experimented on and humiliated.'
Now, more than ever, with Iran , among others, claiming the Holocaust to be 'a myth,' it is imperative to make sure the world never forgets. "

This e-mail is intended to reach 400 million people. Be a link in the memorial chain and help distribute this around the world.

How many years will it be before the attack on the World Trade Center 'NEVER HAPPENED' because it offends some Muslim in the United States?

If our Judeo-Christian heritage is offensive to Muslims, they should pack up and move to Iran , Iraq or some other Muslim country.

Please do not just delete this message; it will take only a minute to pass this along. We must wake up America before it's too late!!

I'm afraid it is too late!


The Surprises Just Keep Coming

WCSO Press Releases 5-5-12

Incident: Warrant Arrest
Date of Incident: 10 May 2012
Location: Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Joseph Hamilton Brown II, 28, Salisbury, MD

Narrative: On 10 May 2012
at 11:00 AM, a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office located Joseph Hamilton Brown in Salisbury, MD. Brown was wanted on two District Court Failure to Appear Bench warrants that had been issued the previous week when Brown failed to appear in two criminal cases.

Brown was transported to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. After an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained Brown in the Detention Center on a total of $75,000.00 bond on the two warrants.

Charges: Failure to Appear

Incident: Warrant Arrest
Date of Incident: 10 May 2012
Location: Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Zora Nicole Vetra, 20, Salisbury, MD

Narrative: On 10 May 2012
at 4:30 PM, a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Detention Center to locate Zora Vetra. Vetra was wanted on a District Court Arrest Warrant related to Vetra attempting to bring illicit drugs into the Detention Center. On 7 May 2012, Vetra was booked into the Detention Center on CDS Possession Charges. It was discovered that upon entering
the Detention Center, Vetra had secreted both crack cocaine and a smoking device in her person.

Subsequent investigation revealed that Vetra intended to sell the CDS once inside the Detention Center.

The illicit property was recovered and a warrant was obtained for additional charges against Vetra. Vetra was brought before the District Court Commissioner on these charges and she was detained on an additional $75,000.00 bond.

Charges: CDS Possession
Contraband in Place of Confinement
Possession of CDS while in Detention
CDS Distribution

Incident: Assault
Date of Incident: 11 May 2012
Location: 28000 block of Old Eden Road, Eden, MD
Suspect: Michael Bruce Warncke, 35, Eden, MD

Narrative: On 11 May 2012
at 9:32 PM, a deputy located Michael Warncke at his residence in the 28000 block of Old Eden Road in Eden, Warncke was wanted on an arrest warrant related to an assault and vandalism case.

On 10 May 2012 Warncke allegedly accosted a patron at the Valero convenience store on Stockyard Road and chased him in a vehicle from the parking lot before assaulting him near the intersection of Old Eden Road and U.S. Rt. 13. Warncke is also accused of causing damage to the victim’s vehicle in this incident.

The victim also added that he did not know Warncke.

Warncke was transported to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. The Commissioner detained Warncke without bond in the Detention Center.

Charges: Assault 2nd Degree
Reckless Endangerment

Incident: Assault
Date of Incident: 13 May 2012
Location: 800 block of Church Street, Sharptown, MD
Suspect: Reece G. Hales, 36, Sharptown, MD

Narrative: On 13 May 2012
at 12:40 PM, a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office responded for a reported disturbance inside a residence in the 800 block of Church Street in Sharptown.

Upon arrival, the deputy met with a female victim who advised she was involved in a verbal altercation with her live in boyfriend Reece hales that turned physical. The deputy observed signs of injury on the victim that corroborated her account of an assault against her.

The deputy placed Hales under arrest and transported him to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of a District Court Commissioner. After an initial appearance, the Commissioner released Hales on Personal Recognizance.
Charges: Assault 2nd Degree

Incident: DUI
Date of Incident: 12 May 2012
Location: 1500 block of S. Salisbury Blvd., Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Gordon Melvin Weitzel Jr., 55, Salisbury, MD

Narrative: On 12 May 2012
at 1:01 AM, a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office came into contact with Gordon Melvin Weitzel Jr., in a commercial parking lot in the 1500 block of S. Salisbury Blvd. in Salisbury. The Wicomico Sheriff’s Office had received a call of an individual matching Weitzel’s description acting suspiciously on the property. Upon contact, the deputy detected an odor of alcohol emanating from the operator and suspected that Weitzel was operating his vehicle under the influence of alcohol. The deputy administered sobriety testing and upon completion placed Weitzel under arrest for DUI.

During processing, Weitzel declined an opportunity to take a breath test.

The deputy completed the processing of Weitzel and released him upon the issuance of citations.

Charges: Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol

BPI Laying Off 86 After 'Pink Slime' Controversy

The maker of the beef product dubbed "pink slime" by critics said Monday it was laying off 86 employees from its corporate office in South Dakota, citing what it calls a misinformation campaign about a product that food-industry experts agree is safe.

Beef Products Inc. executives said this is the second round of layoffs resulting from the intense negative publicity about the company's lean, finely textured beef. BPI has said it took a "substantial" financial hit after social media exploded with worry over the product and an online petition sought its ouster from schools.

The company confirmed earlier this month it was closing its three plants in Kansas, Texas and Iowa, resulting in 650 lost jobs. A fourth plant in Nebraska will remain open but at reduced capacity.


Joe Albero Does Exclusive Interview With Bryan Russo On Coastal Connection 88.3

Get ready for an enjoyable lunch break this Friday at 12:00 and tune into 88.3 FM for yet another incredible interview with Bryan Russo on Coastal Connections. If you can't find the time at noon, tune in again at 8 PM where it will air for a second time.

Bryan wanted to be the first on board to interview me for the upcoming Mayoral election in Salisbury. Bryan is a true professional who's show truly represents the heartbeat of the Eastern Shore.

While some may feel Maryland Public Radio is a bit too much to the left, Bryan never carries himself that way and is truly balanced in his interviews. Hopefully this message will encourage others to start tuning into his show on a more regular basis because it really is that good.

Oh, and then there's me being on that show, which really takes it over the top. Just kidding people! See You Friday!

Salisbury Youth Orchestra Performs At SU Thursday, May 17

The Salisbury Youth Orchestra presents its annual spring concert 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17, in Salisbury University’s Holloway Hall Auditorium. Conducted by Dr. Jeffrey Schoyen, the orchestra includes student musicians ranging from elementary school to high school seniors throughout the Eastern Shore. Contemporary works include selections from the Harry Potter films, Santana’s “Smooth” and Tallarico’s video game-based “Bounty Hunter,” mixed with Baroque pieces by Susato, Couperin and Lawes, and Korsakov’s “Dance of the Tumblers.”

Commies Storm Obama Headquarters

The protest group that stormed President Obama’s Chicago campaign headquarters today was founded by a Communist sympathizer recently named by Obama as a “great” reformer.

Obama has ties to several other activists plotting chaos in Chicago this week in the leadup to the NATO summit that starts on Friday.

Dozens of protesters slipped past security guards today and ran up escalators at the Obama Chicago campaign headquarters to kick off what they called a “Week Without Capitalism,” reported the Chicago Tribune.


PRESTO Students Share Talents During Recital Tuesday, May 15

Students taking lessons through Salisbury University’s PRESTO preparatory school of music share their talents during a recital 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, in the Great Hall of Holloway Hall. The students range in age from 6-14 and in ability from beginner to intermediate. They perform on violin and piano. Admission is free and the public is invited.


Poll Shows Little Taste For Third-Party Candidates

There’s a substantial appetite among American voters for an option other than the two major parties in this year’s elections — but there’s little taste for any of the third-party or independent candidates currently competing, according to the latest poll by The Washington Times/JZ Analytics.

While voters said they’d like more options, the vast majority conceded they usually only look to the Republican and Democratic parties for their choices, and said there are structural barriers that prevent third-party candidates from getting in the race or winning the kind of attention it takes to make a splash.

The desire for other choices was strong among both independents and Republicans, while Democrats — who control the White House and the Senate — were less eager to see alternatives.


PACE Co-Hosts Civil Liberties Discussion Tuesday, May 15

Professor Ajmel Quesreshi of ACLU—Maryland and the Howard University School of Law discusses “Civil Liberties After 9/11” 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 15. His talk takes place in the meeting hall of the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, 1324 Belmont Ave. Quesreshi examines the re-authorization of the National Defense Authorization Act, as well as the U.S. immigration policy, racial profiling and related challenges to civil rights and liberties.


Obama noncommittal on repeal of DOMA

Although he came out in support of same-sex marriage last week, President Obama on Monday declined to say whether he would work with congressional Democrats to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.

Taping Tuesday’s episode of the ABC daytime talk show “The View” before a largely female audience, Mr. Obama noted that his administration has stopped defending DOMA in court.

DOMA defines marriage as between a man and a woman, and Democratic leaders in Congress are feeling emboldened to try to repeal it since Mr. Obama’s pronouncement last week that he supports gay marriage.


SU Honors Four Distinguished Community Leaders

Four hard-working individuals and organizations dedicated to a vision of a caring community are the 2012 recipients of the Salisbury University President’s Distinguished Community Leadership Awards. Their work is celebrated during SU’s 86th year Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 19, at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center.


Reality TV, Religion Give Birth to Top Baby Names

Reality TV is giving birth to some of the most popular baby names. No, not Snooki. But Mason, as in Kourtney Kardashian's son, jumped 10 spots to become the second most popular name for newborn boys in 2011.

The more traditional Sophia is the new top name for girls, while Jacob is No. 1 for boys for the 13th straight year, according to the list released Monday by the Social Security Administration.

Kardashian, the reality TV star, gave birth to Mason in December 2009 following a heavily publicized pregnancy. In 2010, Mason jumped from No. 34 to No. 12. Last year, 19,396 baby boys were named Mason, an increase of nearly 4,600, by far the biggest jump for any name.


25-Year Veteran Of The FBI Accused Of Trading Child Porn

CARMEL, Ind. – A Indiana man who spent 25 years with the FBI specializing in counterterrorism and bombing investigations has been charged with distributing and possessing child pornography, Fox 59 reports.

Authorities say 54-year-old Donald J. Sachtleben openly traded child porn using the e-mail address ""

Fox 59 reports in one instance, Sachtleben allegedly sent someone an e-mail containing nine images featuring child pornography and told the recipient, "I have even better ones if you'd like."


Record Class Graduates During 2012 SU Spring Commencement

Salisbury University graduates the largest class in its history—some 1,605 students—during its 86th-year Spring Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 19, at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. This year’s commencement speakers are graduates Allison Trotter of Damascus, MD, at the 10 a.m. ceremony, and Sarah Slabaugh Blondeaux of Delmar, MD, at 2 p.m.


Troopers Seek Public’s Help In Locating A Wanted Subject

Location: Parking Lot of Carvel Gardens Apartments, Laurel, DE

Date of Occurrence: Wednesday March 14, 2012 at approximately 4:20 p.m.

Suspect and Charges:
Darron J. Hines, 27, of Dover, DE (Photo Attached)
Attempted Murder 1st (2 counts)
Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony

Laurel, DE- The Delaware State Police are still actively searching for Darron J. Hines, 27, of Dover. Hines has been identified as the suspect involved in the shooting of two victims in Carvel Gardens on Wednesday March 14, 2012. An active arrest warrant for Hines has been issued including two counts of Attempted Murder 1st Degree and a single count of Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony.

If anyone has any information on Darron Hines whereabouts, they are asked to contact Troop 4 Major Crimes at 302-856-5850 ext. 255 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333. Information may also be provided via the internet at

Send an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."

Today's Fill In The Blank 5-15-12

My oldest relative lived to be ____ years old.

VIDEO: U.S. Army Soldier Brutally Beaten In South Tampa

Tampa, Florida -- Police want your help finding four men who teamed up to beat a young U.S. Army soldier in a South Tampa street.

It was an awful welcome to Tampa Bay for a young soldier. Police say the victim of a violent beating caught on camera is 24 years old and has lived in Tampa for less than a month.

GO HERE to see more.

More Blacks Arrested In Mob Attack On Whites

Defense attorney: 'I don't think it has a racial intent'

Police in Norfolk, Va., have arrested three more black teenagers in connection with a mob assault last month on two white reporters for the local newspaper, a case which has sparked national public outrage but little media attention.

Two 16-year-olds and one 13-year-old were taken into custody Saturday, each charged with two counts of simple assault by mob and one count of participation in a riot, both of which are misdemeanors.
It brings the total number of arrested suspects to four, since another 16-year-old was arrested May 3, charged with throwing a missile at a vehicle, a felony, as well as two counts of simple assault by mob, destruction of property and participation in a riot, all misdemeanors.


Thousands of Verizon Wireless Customers Receiving Strange Bills, BBB calls it "Phishing"

Thousands of Verizon Wireless customers have been receiving a monthly bill in their email boxes in recent weeks. 

Some have paid it with barely a second thought: Bad idea. 

Because the Better Business Bureau is now issuing an alert , calling this is one of the best "phishing" scams yet. 

Looks Very Legitimate 

Karen Littman is a longtime Verizon Wireless customer. So when she received an email from the company, she immediately opened it up. 

"It says your current bill for your account is now available online for My Verizon," she said.
That made sense, as did the figure, which appeared to be just a couple of dollars more than her normal bill. "My normal bill is $120," Littman said, "so this just looked like a decimal point in the wrong spot." 
But she says when she looked more closely she realized the bill wasn't for $120, but for more than a thousand. "It was saying I have a bill of over $1,200."


Local Boys Go To Nationals

Parkside CTE program has 3 local boys who have won the local & state competition for USA skills. They are now going onto National competition in Kansas city Mo. to represent the state of Maryland, on June 20,2012. We are trying to raise funds to help send these boys. If anyone would like to make a donation they can forward a check made out to Parkside CTE or contact Mr.Jim Maynard at Parkside. One competitor JW Truitt will have a chicken Barbecue on June 9th at The Hardware Store on route 50 in Mardela Springs Md for any details about the barbecue contact Wes Truitt 443-880-2148. Please come out and support our local boys

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The incumbent president, who goes by the name of Obama, is an utter and complete failure as president. Spending is off the charts, we are in an un-named depression, with real unemployment at more than 20%, the deficit is pushing $16 trillion, there are a record number of people on food stamps, SSDI, Welfare, and every other entitlement program the democrats can think of. More people are sliding into poverty, and Obama and the criminals in Washington are taking away our freedom, if not our actual bodies, and we may never be heard from again. The progressives and Obama have used moral relativism to remove the concept of guilt and shame from our culture, except for those labeled racist; for which there is no bigger crime.

When Obama was elected, he had the potential, as the first black (well, 1/2 black) president, to improve race relations in this country. But, no, he instead has done what every other criminal politician of color has done, he’s played the race card hard and often, culminating with the Trayvon race-bating travesty. Obama, I believe, was trying to incite riots, the goal of a few black politicians, so as to get more funding, more entitlements, and more free shit for their constituents (as a bribe, to prevent further violence).

Having absolutely no accomplishments to run on, and the economy and jobs picture sinking into the abyss, Obama has decided to preach to his core constituency: Women, minorities, gays, and the FSA. If he can lock-up their votes, he knows he has the election won. So, instead of talking about the economy, or jobs, or corporations shipping jobs overseas, or the criminals on Wall Street, or his friends Jamie Dimon or Corzine, who steal (or lose) billions, Obama talks about the war on women, he stokes more racial hatred and anger, and he panders to gays and tries to get more and more people on Welfare, food stamps, and SSDI. His minions report statistics designed to make him look good that are more the BLS lies, lies, and more lies.

And so, Newsweek has labeled him “the gay president”. I always had a sneaky feeling he was gay. Mooshel and the kids are window dressing. Barry’s had many late night meetings with Barney Frank and his friends down at the bath house. The secret service has gotten so tired of hanging around flamers that they go nuts when presented with real women, working women, who can be purchased for a fun time (but you must pay your bill guys, it’s only fair).

You can expect the rhetoric and bullshit to get bigger, louder, and thicker daily up until the election. Don’t expect to hear anything about the $550 billion per year trade deficit (Obama is actually trying to increase “free trade” so we can continue to have open markets and get raped by cheap goods dumped here). Don’t expect to hear a word about the deficit, or the debt ceiling, which we are rapidly approaching AGAIN. Don’t expect to hear anything about the continued manipulation of the markets and economy by Bernake and the Fed. Don’t expect to hear anything about the millions of Americans underwater on their homes, without jobs, sinking into the quicksand of history.


Tee Shirts & Bumper Stickers Flying Out The Door

Well, I must be saying and doing something right because people are still coming by every single day and getting their free tee shirts and bumper stickers.

One gentleman came by this morning and said, I wore your tee shirt in WalMart the other day. I thought, hmmmmm? He said, Joe, it was unbelieveable how many people were giving me the thumbs up throughout the entire store.


We're sick and tired of the bickering, We'll change that. People are sick and tired of the tickets every time they come into Salisbury, we'll change all that. In the last two Council Meetings I stood up and discussed my disgust with the parking meters and tickets.

I shared with the public last night the FACT that 50% of all the revenue brought in from the parking meters and tickets goes into the General Fund. SINCE WHEN IS GOVERMENT IN THE PROFIT BUSINESS, so much so that 50% takes care of all the upkeep, salaries, health insurance, office space and so forth and the other 50% profit goes elsewhere.

It's time to get rid of the parking meters in most areas. You wouldn't put them at the Zoo, would you???? The excuse would be, why would you punish those people visiting the Zoo. Well, why would you punish the people coming to visit our Downtown???

Kate Gibson said it perfectly last night. I come Downtown to do business. As I put money in the meter and walk up the Plaza I see a new Deli. I think to myself, boy, I'd really like to try their food, maybe I'll stop in for lunch. After taking care of my business and staying longer than expected I walk down the Plaza and I start to panic thinking I may not have enough money in the meter. So instead of stopping and giving them business at the new Deli I instead head as quick as I can to my car to get the hell out of Salisbury before I get a ticket. She went on to say that the Mayor is driving people OUT of Salisbury as fast as they can.

Take the 2 hour parking lot building and MOVE it to the Court House parking lot! Why are we paying someone to sit from 8 am to 7 pm to collect 2 hour FREE parking tickets? No one heading into Court first thing in the morning is thinking about getting quarters before they go to Court. Its already a stressful enough day having to be there. So move the Booth to that parking lot instead and charge by the hour! Open up the 2 hour lot to FREE parking, period.

We have a TON of better ideas for Salisbury, Ideas that WILL encourage people back to the Downtown area. Come on down to 300 W. Main Street and get your Bumper Stickers and Tee Shirts. Show your support so together we can all make the right kind of changes for the City.

One Maryland Town Makes Happiest Seaside Towns List

The view is gorgeous and the seafood excellent, so it's no wonder that Solomons Island gets the nod as one of the Happiest Seaside Towns in America.

Solomons Island is where the Patuxent River meets Chesapeake Bay.

It's No. 15 on Coastal Living's rankings. The magazine's rankings came from Facebook combined with the

Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, which looks at everything from sunny days to commute times.
Topping the list is Kiawah Island, S.C., followed by Naples, Fla.


Thank Goodness For Regulation

Why We Regulate ... What did JPMorgan actually do? As far as we can tell, it used the market for derivatives — complex financial instruments — to make a huge bet on the safety of corporate debt, something like the bets that the insurer A.I.G. made on housing debt a few years ago. The key point is not that the bet went bad; it is that institutions playing a key role in the financial system have no business making such bets, least of all when those institutions are backed by taxpayer guarantees. For the moment Mr. Dimon seems chastened, even admitting that maybe the proponents of stronger regulation have a point. It probably won't last; I expect Wall Street to be back to its usual arrogance within weeks if not days. But the truth is that we've just seen an object demonstration of why Wall Street does, in fact, need to be regulated. Thank you, Mr. Dimon. – New York Times

Dominant Social Theme: We need more of "it," please.

Free-Market Analysis: Paul Krugman is out with another weary defense of massive financial regulation. The US Leviathan is in the process of strip-searching seniors and infants at airports for reasons it cannot aggregately define, but Krugman is still a true believer.

Actually, of course, he is not. The New York Times, Krugman and a coterie of additional people and resources are seemingly part of a larger elite effort to first justify and then create global governance.

This idea, in fact, hinges on regulation. Without regulation there is no apparent reason for government, nor the mercantilism that it gives rise to. Regulation – its timeliness and appropriateness – must be defended at all costs. And defend it Krugman does.

Banks are special, because the risks they take are borne, in large part, by taxpayers and the economy as a whole. And what JPMorgan has just demonstrated is that even supposedly smart bankers must be sharply limited in the kinds of risk they're allowed to take on.

Why, exactly, are banks special? Because history tells us that banking is and always has been subject to occasional destructive "panics," which can wreak havoc with the economy as a whole. Current right-wing mythology has it that bad banking is always the result of government intervention, whether from the Federal Reserve or meddling liberals in Congress. In fact, however, Gilded Age America — a land with minimal government and no Fed — was subject to panics roughly once every six years. And some of these panics inflicted major economic losses.


Today's Survey Question 5-15-12

Do you think City Council Meeting are taking too long?

Can A Restaurant Meal Be So Bad You Shouldn't Pay The Bill?

I have a friend who likes to reward horrible restaurant service and food by leaving two pennies as a tip, but I've never known him to not pay the bill. However, one Colorado couple is telling their local Outback Steakhouse that the meal was so bad, the eatery should not be expecting a payment anytime soon.

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The Too Big To Fail Banks are TOO BIG and TOO POWERFUL. They must be broken up before they destroy the world. The taxpayers should not pay for their acts of greed. Their executives, shareholders and bondholders must pay for their criminal misdeeds.


Shanie Shields Makes Yet Another Excellent Point Last Night

There came a point last night when the Council called for a recess. During that time Shanie Shields came over to a group of people in the audience and was discussing a topic I took to heart.

They were discussing children in school and the fact that the PTA holds field trips sometimes costing upwards of $80.00 per child. She said, "who can afford that, not any of the kids I know".

Mind you, while I'm sure these trips are educational and all, I have to agree, how many families can afford such a trip these days.

I should also say, I agree with school uniforms, (so to speak) as ALL children are then equal. So I asked Shanie, what are you going to do about it. Last night she decided to start a group that protects the interest of those families and children that can't afford these expensive trips.

I have to agree with Shanie. It shouldn't be solely for the rich. The PTA should make sure that each and every child that WANTS to attend, can attend. ALL of the children can fund raise to help one and other. Its not like they do this several times a year, so it shouldn't be that difficult.

Let's go back to the days where when and if someone wants something, they actually EARN it. In some cases you might even look at it as simply contributing. As adults we should do things on our own to be self supportive. However, when it comes to children we should be doing everything we can to encourage fairness no matter what kind of background you come from.

The PTA should not discriminate against those who cannot afford. You Go, I Go. It's called brotherhood.

Study: Millions Of U.S. Families Still Falling Behind On Mortgage Payments

In addition to all the people whose homes have fallen into foreclosure since the bubble burst a few years back, millions more have been having trouble keeping current on their loan payments — and about half of those homeowners say they expect their payment problems to continue.

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Nevada Solar Facility, Owned by Canadian Firm, Used $50 Million in Stimulus Money to Create… 2 Jobs

Let me get this straight. Obama and his ilk in Washington believe that taking money from taxpayers and spending it in the form of $50,000,000 for two “green” jobs is going to get our economy back on track? Worse, the money flowed into a Canadian Firm?

"The company behind the recently opened Silver State North solar plant is eligible to receive up to $50 million in federal tax credits under the Obama administration’s “stimulus” legislation, even though the plant created only two full-time jobs.

According to a Department of Interior memo, Enbridge Energy Partners, a Canadian-based company with extensive energy holdings in the U.S. that purchased the Southern Nevada plant from Arizona-based First Solar, “can apply for payments of up to 30 percent of the eligible costs of the project — approximately $50 million.”


The Fed: Mend It Or End It?

Last week I held a hearing to examine the various proposals that have been put forth both to mend and to end the Fed. The purpose was to spur a vigorous and long-lasting discussion about the Fed's problems, hopefully leading to concrete actions to rein in the Fed.

First, it is important to understand the Federal Reserve System. Some people claim it is a secret cabal of elite bankers, while others claim it is part of the federal government. In reality it is a bit of both. The Federal Reserve System is the collusion of big government and big business to profit at the expense of taxpayers. The Fed's bailout of large banks during the financial crisis propped up poorly-run corporations that should have gone under, giving them a market-distorting advantage that no business in the United States should receive. The recent news about JP Morgan is a case in point. JP Morgan, a recipient of $25 billion in bailout money, recently announced it lost another $2 billion. If a corporation shows itself to be a bottomless money pit of "errors, sloppiness and bad judgment," the Fed shouldn't have expected $25 billion in free money to change that or teach anyone a lesson in fiscal discipline. But it determined that this form of deliberate capital destruction was preferable to one business suffering bankruptcy. Clearly, some changes need to be made.

Several reforms for the Fed were discussed at the hearing. One was a call for the full employment mandate to be repealed, in order to allow the Fed to focus solely on stable prices.


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Assault Charge Dropped Against Jennifer Foxwell

Even though Jennifer's Daughter called the Police and stated she had been assaulted by her Mother, the charges have been dropped.

Senators Criticize Septics Regulation Proposal

Maryland senators on Monday criticized regulations proposed by the Maryland Department of the Environment last month that would require the use of best available technology for nitrogen removal septic systems in new construction on land draining to the Chesapeake Bay or Atlantic Coastal Bays watershed.

The matter came up during debate during a special session that has been called to address budget matters.

Sen. David Brinkley, R-Frederick, proposed an amendment to require legislative approval of the regulations. The proposal could have been taken up while lawmakers were debating septics legislation during the regular 90-day session that ended last month, he said. Instead, the department announced the regulations April 27, nearly two weeks after lawmakers adjourned.



“Ideas are very important to the shaping of society. In fact, they are more powerful than bombings or armies or guns. And this is because ideas are capable of spreading without limit. They are behind all the choices we make. They can transform the world in a way that governments and armies cannot. Fighting for liberty with ideas makes more sense to me than fighting with guns or politics or political power. With ideas, we can make real change that lasts.”
― Ron Paul, Liberty Defined: The 50 Urgent Issues That Affect Our Freedom

“Under the United States Constitution, the federal government has no authority to hold states “accountable” for their education performance…In the free society envisioned by the founders, schools are held accountable to parents, not federal bureaucrats.”
― Ron Paul

“I’m convinced that you never have to give up liberties to be safe. I think you’re less safe when you give up your liberties.”
― Ron Paul

“Freedom is not defined by safety. Freedom is defined by the ability of citizens to live without government interference. Government cannot create a world without risks, nor would we really wish to live in such a fictional place. Only a totalitarian society would even claim absolute safety as a worthy ideal, because it would require total state control over its citizens’ lives. Liberty has meaning only if we still believe in it when terrible things happen and a false government security blanket beckons.”
― Ron Paul

“Truth is treason in the empire of lies.”
― Ron Paul, The Revolution: A Manifesto

“Mr. Speaker, I once again find myself compelled to vote against the annual budget resolution for a very simple reason: it makes government bigger.”
― Ron Paul

“The most basic principle to being a free American is the notion that we as individuals are responsible for our own lives and decisions. We do not have the right to rob our neighbors to make up for our mistakes, neither does our neighbor have any right to tell us how to live, so long as we aren’t infringing on their rights. Freedom to make bad decisions is inherent in the freedom to make good ones. If we are only free to make good decisions, we are not really free.”
― Ron Paul

“Liberty is lost through complacency and a subservient mindset. When we accept or even welcome automobile checkpoints, random searches, mandatory identification cards, and paramilitary police in our streets, we have lost a vital part of our American heritage. America was born of protest, revolution, and mistrust of government. Subservient societies neither maintain nor deserve freedom for long.”
― Ron Paul

“Failure of government programs prompts more determined effort, while the loss of liberty is ignored or rationalized away…whether is it is the war on poverty, drugs, terrorism…or the current Hitler of the day, an appeal to patriotism is used to convince the people that a little sacrifice of liberty, here or there, is a small price to pay…The results, though, are frightening and will soon become even more so.”
― Ron Paul

“When the federal government spends more each year than it collects in tax revenues, it has three choices: It can raise taxes, print money, or borrow money. While these actions may benefit politicians, all three options are bad for average Americans.”
― Ron Paul

“A system of capitalism presumes sound money, not fiat money manipulated by a central bank. Capitalism cherishes voluntary contracts and interest rates that are determined by savings, not credit creation by a central bank.”
― Ron Paul

“Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it’s realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy.”
― Ron Paul

“The original American patriots were those individuals brave enough to resist with force the oppressive power of King George…Patriotism is more closely linked to dissent than it is to conformity and a blind desire for safety and security.”
― Ron Paul

“As many frustrated Americans who have joined the Tea Party realize, we cannot stand against big government at home while supporting it abroad. We cannot talk about fiscal responsibility while spending trillions on occupying and bullying the rest of the world. We cannot talk about the budget deficit and spiraling domestic spending without looking at the costs of maintaining an American empire of more than 700 military bases in more than 120 foreign countries. We cannot pat ourselves on the back for cutting a few thousand dollars from a nature preserve or an inner-city swimming pool at home while turning a blind eye to a Pentagon budget that nearly equals those of the rest of the world combined.”
― Ron Paul

“It is no coincidence that the century of total war coincided with the century of central banking.”
― Ron Paul, End the Fed

“A citizen walking through the airport today is bombarded with 1984-style propaganda messages that are designed to make us fear some amorphous threat and also be suspicious of others. The government designs these messages to make us feel dependent and heavily lorded over in every aspect of our lives. These messages are becoming ever more pervasive, hitting us even in grocery stores when we are shopping.”
― Ron Paul, Liberty Defined: The 50 Urgent Issues That Affect Our Freedom

Support The Bay

Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 16 and join Chesapeake Bay supporters far and wide for the 1st Annual 5K for the Bay. Starting at 8:30 am at breathtaking Quiet Waters Park, participants will enjoy an exceptional 3.1 mile run/walk along the South River in one of Annapolis' most beautiful parks. Registration is only $30 (kids under 10 are free and leased pets are welcome) and registrants will receive a t-shirt, water bottle, and other goodies! You can register today and support a cause we care deeply about--restoring our beloved Chesapeake Bay.

Local Family Stands Up To Cyberbullies

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It’s bullying taken to a whole new level. Cyberbullying allows millions of people to witness someone’s humiliation on the Internet.

A young Maryland teen tells Denise Koch it happened to him and that his life has never been the same.

It’s a new kind of victim: young people who kill themselves when cyberbullies make life unbearable.

“This has got to stop,” said Vicki King.

On Easter Sunday in Howard County, it happened again. Grace McComas, 15, took her own life. Her parents blame cyberbullies who preyed on her for months.


Senate Gives First Approval To Income Tax Hike In Special Session

The Maryland Senate tonight gave preliminary approval to a nearly $250-million tax package that increases some income and tobacco taxes.

The vote came on the first day of a special session, and sets the proposal up for a final vote by the Senate Tuesday morning.

The House of Delegates is due to begin debate on the bill Tuesday afternoon, and take a final vote Wednesday ending the special session.

Senate President Mike Miller told colleagues that he "regrets" lawmakers having to return to Annapolis, but he notes that the legislature did not pass the tax bill by the time the regular session ended on April 9.


"The Weight Of The Nation": Documenting America's Obesity Epidemic: Part 1 - Consequences

Why We Need To Move Forward

To protect Maryland’s Triple A bond rating, avoid devastating cuts to programs and services, and continue to place our State on a fiscally-responsible path, last week, Governor O’Malley called a Special Session of the Maryland General Assembly to complete work on the budget plan for FY2013.

Earlier today, I joined Department of Budget and Management Secretary Eloise Foster and Senior Policy and Legislative Advisor Joe Bryce to testify before the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee. This afternoon, we will also testify before the House Appropriations and the House Ways and Means Committees.

As you’ll see from our testimony today, there’s too much at stake not to move forward.

President Of Wicomico County NAACP Pulls Race Card At City Council Meeting

It was very clear last night, the NAACP and Shanie Shields wanted it well known they weren't happy with the redistricting in Salisbury but to me it seemed even more obvious they really want more minorities on the Council instead.

Shanie wants the Mayor to have more power but even after all these years on Council she still doesn't get it. The Mayor is not the President of the United States and even the President has to deal with Congress.

America is set up to protect everyone, or it's supposed to be anyway. We may not be able to control many issues on a national level but come on, shouldn't we have at least some checks and balances on the local level?

The Mayor is administrative and the Council is legislative. The Mayor should have NO SAY in redistricting. It's a legislative action. Just because ONE person, (the Mayor) disagrees with something shouldn't give them the power to veto it.

I find it absolutely amazing to see the shoes on the other feet when it comes to 3 to 2 votes. While Shanie, Gary, Louise, Mike & Lynn enjoyed a majority Council for many years, now they are the minority and if you watched last nights meeting it was a group of children screaming and crying because they weren't getting their way.

Rather than rambling on and on about topics that have absolutely nothing to do with the subject at hand, act professional, stop being disrespectful, stop the personal attacks and IF you feel the majority of people agree with you on so many topics, PROVE it in the next election and STOP crying like babies.

Mary Ashonte was there last night for only ONE reason, with all due respect. It was to play the race card. That was very unfortunate.

Post Offices Won't Close

The U.S. Postal Service said Monday its decision to halt the closing of more than 3,700 post offices includes roughly 600 urban and suburban postal branch offices and satellite stations.

The facilities in many cities serve as neighborhood post offices. The Postal Service announced last year that it was looking at closing up to 252 mail-processing centers and 3,700 post offices, many of them in rural areas, as part of a plan to save some $6.5 billion a year.

"I guess I would say I'm cautiously excited," said Thomasine Derricks, president of the American Postal Workers Union in Baltimore that represents more than 3,000 workers in Maryland.  "We are still realy looking forward to Congress getting involved in the situation," she said.


The Way California Goes - So Goes The Rest Of The Nation

In January California projected a 9 billion dollar deficit. Today - the latest projection numbers just came in and they have now revised the deficit estimate - instead of 9 billion they are projecting 16 billion. Income tax revenues are dramatically down from the estimates - (sound familar - as we recently predicted the same for Wicomico's projected income tax revenue shortfall).

It is a short video of Governor Jerry Brown's disclosure today:

Board Of Education Michelle Wright Calls It Quits

As I stated months ago, Michelle Wright will turn in her resignation, I was absolutely 100% correct. However, she did so AFTER she placed her vote in favor of John Fredericksen.

Many are wondering just what Michelle has to hide contract wise with the County as this had everything to do with disclosure of financial information under new Maryland law. You might say we'll now never know because Michelle is resigning.

NJ airport: Security Supervisor Used Dead Man's ID

A Nigerian man used the identity of the victim in an unsolved murder to hide his status as an illegal immigrant while working undetected for two decades as a security guard and then a security supervisor at one of the United States' busiest airports, authorities said Monday in announcing his arrest.

The arrest of Bimbo Olumuyiwa Oyewole came on the day a federal report found the Transportation Security Administration's handling of security breaches at the airport, Newark Liberty International, deficient. Newark has had a number of high-profile security beaches, the most notorious being the case of a Chinese graduate student who slipped past an exit checkpoint to say goodbye to his girlfriend in 2010, shutting down a terminal and causing huge delays affecting domestic and international traffic.

Oyewole, 54, worked at the airport, starting in 1992, under the name of Jerry Thomas, who was killed that year in New York City. He was arrested, after an anonymous tip, at his home in Elizabeth on Monday and faced charges including identity theft, authorities said. It wasn't immediately known how Thomas' personal information was acquired.


ACLU Questions School Cyberbullying Policy

DOVER, Del. — The American Civil Liberties Union is warning that the Capital School District’s proposed cyber-bullying policy could be unconstitutional.

The ACLU sent a letter to a lawyer for the school board Monday asserting that the policy would violate the First Amendment rights of students.

The ACLU says the policy uses an overly broad definition of cyber-bullying to include teasing, laughing at someone’s mistakes, using unwelcome nicknames, mimicking, name -calling and using offensive language.


GOP Kills Civil Unions in Colorado Special Session

A last-ditch effort by Colorado's governor to give gay couples in the state rights similar to married couples failed Monday after Republicans rejected the proposal during a special legislative session.

Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper had said the special session was needed to address a "fundamental question of fairness and civil rights."

The bill's demise was expected by Democrats, who have begun using the issue as a rallying cry to topple Republicans in the November elections. Republicans assigned the bill to the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, which voted 5-4 along party lines to kill the measure.


Ron Paul Ends His Hunt for Votes

Rep. Ron Paul said Monday he will not compete in Republican primaries in any of the states that have not yet voted — essentially ending the 2012 primary season and leaving the path open for Mitt Romney to win the GOP presidential nomination.

Mr. Paul said he will still try to win over delegates in states where the voting is done but where state conventions are still picking representatives to the Republican nominating convention in Tampa, Fla., in August. But the Texas congressman and three-time presidential hopeful said he’s done actively trying to win over voters themselves in the 11 primaries still ahead.

“Moving forward, however, we will no longer spend resources campaigning in primaries in states that have not yet voted,” Mr. Paul said in a statement from his campaign. “Doing so with any hope of success would take many tens of millions of dollars we simply do not have.”


Free Car Seat Check Today From 9 - 11 A.M. UPDATE


The free car seat check scheduled for Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at the Lower Shore WIC Office in Salisbury has been canceled due to inclement weather.

Safe Kids Lower Shore Maryland will hold another free car seat check:

Saturday, June 9, 2012

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Fruitland Walmart

409 N. Fruitland Blvd., Fruitland


Safe Kids Lower Shore Maryland, WIC

FREE CHILD SAFETY SEAT CHECK. Have a certified child safety seat technician inspect your child’s safety seat for free!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Lower Shore WIC Office, 801 N. Salisbury Blvd, Salisbury, MD

Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 14 and under. Each year, more than 1,700 children die and an additional 265,000 are injured as occupants of motor vehicles. Among children who were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2000, 56% were completely unrestrained.

Safeway's New 'Easy Scoop' Ice Cream Easier To Scoop Because There's Less Of It

Safeway's Lucerne house brand ice creams have been repackaged, and now come in a round container branded the "Easy-Scoop Package." That's a nice redesign, and round containers are easier to scoop from. Only, as reader Ryan points out, maybe the ice cream is easier to scoop now because there's now a half-quart less of it.

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