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Monday, August 06, 2012

Troopers Arrest 57 Year Old Man In I95/I495 Disabled Vehicle Shootings

I95 and I495 corridor from the Delaware/Pennsylvania line to DE RT 141, Newport

Date of Occurrences:
June 2012-August 2012

22 incidents involving unoccupied disabled vehicles

Defendant/Charges/Bond Information:
David F. Saddler-57 of Wilmington, DE (photo attached)
Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon (2 counts)
Criminal Mischief over $5000 (F) (1 count)
Criminal Mischief $1000-$5000 (M) (19 counts)
Traffic Charges
Committed to HRYCI on $22,500 Cash Bond

Wilmington-Troopers have arrested a 57 year old man in connection with the shootings and damage of a total of 22 unoccupied disabled vehicles on the I95/I495 corridor, which occurred between June and August 2012.

An Investigation into these shootings was launched in mid June after troopers began to notice an increase of complaints in which vehicles had been damaged after becoming disabled and abandoned along the I95/I495 corridor in the Wilmington area.

Between June 2012 –August 2012 Troopers investigated a total of twenty two incidents of unoccupied disabled vehicles found to have damage consisting of shattered windows and riddled with bullet holes. The preliminary investigation determined that the majority of these shootings took place in the overnight hours, and evidence collected at several of the scenes suggested that multiple weapons including handguns and shotguns were utilized. There were no injuries as a result of any of these incidents. As the comprehensive investigation continued, Troopers assisted by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources Environmental Control (DNREC) Environmental Crimes Unit, conducted general surveillance of the corridor and were able to follow leads. Investigators developed an unknown suspect through surveillance footage obtained during a July 30, 2012 incident (this surveillance footage will not be released at this time as the investigation continues).

The investigation culminated on Saturday, August 4, 2012 at approximately 11:30 p.m. as a Trooper familiar with the ongoing investigation was traveling I495 northbound in the area of Edgemoor Road, when he observed a vehicle described as a red 2009 Hyundai Elantra, traveling on the right shoulder of I495 northbound, at a slow rate of speed for a considerable distance. After conducting a traffic stop on the Elantra, the Trooper observed that the operator, later identified as David F. Saddler-57 of Wilmington, DE matched the suspect description that appeared in the July 30th surveillance photo that was obtained during the investigation. Saddler was taken into custody without incident. A search of Saddler’s vehicle was conducted and a loaded Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun and a loaded Remington 22 caliber rifle located under a blanket on the front seat of the vehicle. Through further investigation Troopers were able to connect Saddler to the previous incidents. A subsequent search of Saddler’s residence recovered several more handguns and an additional shotgun, along with a large amount of ammunition (evidence photo attached).

David F. Saddler was charged with the above crimes and committed to Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on $22, 500 Cash Bond. Troopers continue to investigate.

Meanwhile, Chicago Values See 4 Dead, 25 Wounded Over Weekend

But, hey, Chick-fil-a is evil or something, per Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago values. They’re not respectful of our residents, our neighbors and our family members. And if you’re gonna be part of the Chicago community, you should reflect Chicago values.

Meanwhile, as Barack Obama celebrated his birthday….strange that I can’t find any stories, even at Organizing for America, about who won the contest to attend Barry’s birthday bash by donating $3….Chicago values were on display


The Week In Liberal Stupid

Every attempt to find the dumbest thing in liberal world this week just led to another, and another, each dumber than the last. Picking just one to rant about became a task of epic proportions, so two of them it is.

In no particular order…

A Chicken

The name Adam Smith has a storied history, particularly in economics. Now, that name has a smudge on it thanks to Adam Smith of Arizona. This Mr. Smith became infamous on Wednesday for his uncontrollable hatred for anyone who might disagree with him on the issue of gay marriage. That’s fine. Far be it from me to attempt to deny him that which he seeks to deny others – the right to their opinion. But, in this reality TV/YouTube age where nothing is worth unless the world sees it, Smith decided everyone on Earth needed to see just how enlightened he is, so he filmed his “activism.”

What he thought would be seen as a triumphant moment for progressives ended up being what it was – a middle-aged man misdirecting his irrational anger over a difference of opinion towards a teenager simply trying to make a buck at her local fast-food restaurant. Anyone watching it could see how disgraceful it was…except Adam Smith, who had to have watched it before he uploaded it to the Web.

Within a day, the controversy had blown up. Smith got what he was seemingly after, to be famous. But he got something else … something he clearly was unprepared for.

Smith was fired from his job the next day and, shell-shocked, issued a video apology to the girl he attacked for daring to work for a corporation run by a man whose thoughts differed from his.

It’s hard not to feel sorry for Smith, he did lose his job. But he did it to himself. I got the same feeling when I saw former NFL quarterback Gus Frerotte celebrate a touchdown by headbutting a wall and giving himself a concussion. You just look at it and think, “What the hell did you expect? A parade?”

There are no “middle-aged men being mean to teenage girls” trading cards, so it’s not really a skill he could have marketed. Which is too bad because he could use a job about now.


Is Your Garden Hose Toxic?

Lead, BPA, you name it. Some of the most harmful chemicals still on the market are in your garden hose.

As a gardener, I’m always sipping water from the hose — especially during these brutally hot days when I have no choice but to get out and weed. You can imagine how dismayed I was to come upon research released by the Ecology Center, which tested water coming from standard garden hoses and found that it can contain lead, endocrine disruptors and neurotoxins, especially in older hoses.

Hose fittings contain brass, an alloy that can contain up to 8% lead. One in three hoses tested had levels of lead that exceeded drinking water standards — one as high as 18 times the level. It turns out that hoses aren’t covered by the same lead laws that govern plumbing fixtures — even though those hoses are watering our food. Lead is also used as a stabilizer or pigment in the tube, especially in yellow and green hoses, which are practically ubiquitous. Lead is a potent neurotoxin that especially affects children. Newer hoses, purchased since 2007, when a lawsuit led by California required labeling on hoses, might be lead-free, although Consumer Reports testing in 2011 still found lead in new hoses.


Breastfeeding Wars: Why Locking Up Baby Formula Is A Bad Idea

Mayor Bloomberg's campaign against formula feeding in hospitals is profoundly out of touch with the realities of motherhood

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is right to want to promote breastfeeding, but his administration’s “Latch On NYC” campaign is an exercise in excess. First announced in May, the campaign is asking maternity hospitals to 1. ban formula feeding of newborn infants unless medically indicated; 2. restrict access to formula for hospital staff by locking it up and reporting its distribution to the New York City Health Department.

Lock up infant formula and track it as if it were a controlled substance? That’s not only unnecessary, but is both demeaning and disrespectful of a woman’s right to make her own choice about how to feed her infant. It’s also based on an awful lot of wrongheaded assumptions.


How To Solve The Voter ID Debate

It's time for Congress to create a federal ID card that would guarantee eligible voters the right to cast a ballot

In the Jim Crow South, the “Powers-That-Be” had ways of preventing blacks from voting: poll taxes and literacy tests. The Supreme Court and Congress eliminated those obstacles decades ago, but today there is a new way of keeping eligible voters from casting ballots: overly restrictive voter ID laws.

Pennsylvania recently adopted a new voter ID law that critics say could prevent as many as 1.5 million people from voting. A new Texas law could disenfranchise about as many. Eleven states have adopted new voter ID laws just since the 2010 elections. By one estimate, as many as 10% of eligible voters nationwide lack the documentation required by voter ID laws.

There is a simple solution to this problem. It is time for congress to create a federal ID card that would guarantee people the right to cast a ballot.


More On Mars

Just before its probe lands on Mars, NASA has chosen three companies to help it get people into low orbit. Boeing Company, Space Exploration Technologies and Sierra Nevada Corporation will share $1.1 billion. They'll develop competing designs for ships to take astronauts to the International Space Station. Until the new spacecraft are built in 2017, the United States will pay the Russian space agency $63 million per astronaut for taxi service.

Does Audit Show Federal Reserve Bank Sitting On $21 Billion In Gold?

The federal government has quietly completed an audit of U.S. gold stored at the New York Federal Reserve near Wall Street.

For many years, the U.S. government has been rumored to have a gold stash worth about $21 billion stored at the Federal Reserve, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Some believe the bullion is a result of a heist, similar to the movie “Die Hard”; others claim the gold has been used in a shadowy government transaction, or even swapped with gold-painted bars, according to the paper.


No God, No Bible, No Problem?

Why are we so shocked and dismayed when we read or hear of a crime like the Colorado theater massacre, or the 27-29 other mass murders that have occurred in America? In a couple of cultures that immediately come to mind, the Colorado shooter could have been deemed a hero!

The reason we are stunned to hear about people like him (and Josef Stalin, responsible for an estimated 40 million deaths; Mao Zedong, who caused the deaths of some 45 million in China; Goering, Goebbels and Hitler, who are collectively responsible for an estimated 46 million Europeans deaths; Japanese treatment of allied troops in World War II, which was called “uncivilized” and “barbaric”) is because their actions all violate our sense of rightness, decency and order. “That is not how civilized people are supposed to act!”


UM Oceanographer Tracks Rising Water Levels In Chesapeake Bay

Professor’s research shows region is vulnerable to land submerging under water

Ming Li is talking to the state Department of Natural Resources. He’s been meeting with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Li, an oceanographer, has spent the past two years studying the Chesapeake Bay, and while his findings have been published in national and international journals, they are little known outside the scientific community. He’s doing his best to change that.


Can America Even Protect Itself From EMP?

Can the United States actually protect itself from the effects of an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) attack, or is the nation merely a sitting duck just waiting for disaster?

The EMP Commission, a panel established by Congress, has written that “EMP is one of a small number of threats that can hold our society at risk of catastrophic consequences. … It has the capability to produce significant damage to critical infrastructures and thus to the very fabric of U.S. society … .”


'Perfect Storm' Of Black Violence On 'Gays'

Please be forewarned the links in the following report may contain offensive language.

Black mob violence against “gay” people is a perfect storm of three secret worlds: Newspapers do not report the predators, victims do not report the crimes and being “gay” is “about the worst thing you can be in black culture,” CNN anchor Don Lemon told the New York Times.

That is why a growing number of people – black and white, “gay” and straight – say this violence is more widespread and less reported than most people think.

So let’s start the reporting, beginning with the benign and working toward the violent.


Gay Protesters Harass, Mock Homeless Man Reading Bible at Chick Fil-A

70 Facts About Our Economy Obama Probably Doesn’t Want You To See

A stunning collection of 70 facts about the U.S. economy just posted on the web is probably not going to make it into the next campaign ad from the folks at Obama for America. However, you might want to read it.
TheBlaze has culled 10 from the list of 70 here:
  • The price of gas – When Obama took office, a gallon of gas cost you $1.85. Today, it’s up to $3.59 per gallon (July’s rise was 17 cents a gallon).
  • 71% of small business owners believe we’re still in a recession — Despite government claims that the recession actually ended years ago, a majority of small business owners feel very differently.  

It's A Matter Of Trust - Part 1

Who do you trust? Do you trust the President? Do you trust Congress? Do you trust the Treasury Secretary? Do you trust the Federal Reserve? Do you trust the Supreme Court? Do you trust the Military Industrial Complex? Do you trust Wall Street bankers? Do you trust the SEC? Do you trust any government agency or regulator? Do you trust the corporate mainstream media? Do you trust Washington think tanks? Do you trust Madison Avenue PR maggots? Do you trust PACs? Do you trust lobbyists? Do you trust government unions? Do you trust the National Association of Realtors? Do you trust mega-corporation CEOs? Do you trust economists? Do you trust billionaires? Do you trust some anonymous blogger? You can’t even trust your parish priest or college football coach anymore. A civilized society cannot function without trust. The downward spiral of trust enveloping the world is destroying our global economy and will lead to collapse, chaos and bloodshed. The major blame for this crisis sits squarely on the shoulders of crony capitalists that rule our country, but the willful ignorance and lack of civic accountability from the general population has contributed to this impending calamity. Those in control won’t reveal the truth and the populace don’t want to know the truth – a match made in heaven – or hell.

“Most ignorance is vincible ignorance. We don’t know because we don’t want to know.” – Aldous Huxley [29]

The fact that 86% of American adults have never heard of Jamie Dimon should suffice as proof regarding the all-encompassing level of ignorance in this country. As the world staggers under the unbearable weight of debt built up over decades, to fund a fantasyland dream of McMansions, luxury automobiles, iGadgets, 3D HDTVs, exotic vacations, bling, government provided pensions, free healthcare that makes us sicker, welfare for the needy and the greedy, free education that makes us dumber, and endless wars of choice, the realization that this debt financed Ponzi scheme was nothing but a handful of pixie dust sprinkled by corrupt politicians and criminal bankers across the globe is beginning to set in. A law abiding society that is supposed to be based on principles of free market capitalism must function in a lawful manner, with the participants being able to trust the parties they do business with. When trust in politicians, regulators, corporate leaders and bankers dissipates, anarchy, lawlessness, unscrupulous greed, looting, pillaging and eventually crisis and panic engulf the system.


Romney Campaign Calls Dem Challenge to Ohio Voter Law ‘Despicable’

Mitt Romney's campaign is mounting pressure on an Obama campaign lawsuit challenging Ohio's early voter laws, claiming it unfairly targets military personnel.

Romney's campaign released a statement Sunday afternoon from Romney General Council Katie Biber that accuses Obama of trying to limit voting rights for those in the military.


Millionaire Buys Every Foreclosed Home In Michigan County For $4.8 Million

MACOMB COUNTY, Mich. – A Michigan millionaire decided to go into the real estate business with a bang last week by buying every tax foreclosed property offered at a recent county auction. reports Bill McMachen, a businessman and former yacht dealer, paid about $4.8 billion for all 650 tax foreclosed properties at Macomb County's July 31 sale.


Sunni Muslim 'Extremists' Committed 70% of Terrorist Murders in 2011

Sunni Muslim terrorists committed “about 70 percent” of the 12,533 terrorist murders in the world last year, according to a report by the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC).

The information comes from the 2011 NCTC Report on Terrorism, which is based on information available as of March 12, 2012.

“Sunni extremists accounted for the greatest number of terrorist attacks and fatalities for the third consecutive year,” the report says. “More than 5,700 incidents were attributed to Sunni extremists, accounting for nearly 56 percent of all attacks and about 70 percent of all fatalities.”


Helpful Household Tips

UCLA to Offer Illegal Aliens Classes at 'National Dream University'

Former SEIU Attorney Kent D. Wong, the Director of UCLA's Center for Labor Research and Education, announced this past week that UCLA has joined forces with the National Labor College, the academic arm of organized labor, to create a new partnership, National Dream University, which enables illegal aliens residing anywhere in the United States to earn up to 18 college credits online. 

According to its website, the program is "designed to give immigrant youth the opportunity to access higher education," and will offer them "the opportunity to learn from influential Civil Rights leaders like Reverend James Lawson and Tom Hayden, Immigrant Youth Movement leaders, and academics and scholars from across the country." 


Portrait Of A Warrior (Texas Country Reporter)

God Save Arizona

Walmart And Monsanto Team Up To Sell Genetically Modified Sweet Corn

Retail behemoth Walmart says it will soon be selling a new variety of genetically modified sweet corn developed by seed megacorp/frequent litigator Monsanto. This is the same corn that other big names like Whole Foods and General Mills have already said thanks but no thanks to.

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Rising Gas Prices Return to Haunt Obama

Gas prices have surged in recent weeks and analysts predict they’ll keep rising, creating fresh openings for GOP attacks against President Obama that had waned when prices dropped sharply.

The nationwide average for regular gasoline is $3.60-per-gallon, a 24-cent rise over the past four weeks, according to AAA.

Prices are well below the peak of nearly $4 in early April, a run-up that fueled constant GOP criticism of White House energy policies and threw Obama on the defensive. The frequency of political clashes over gas prices have tapered off since prices tumbled.


Cable Companies Should Be Worrying About Kids Who Have No Plans For Ever Getting Cable

For many adults between the ages of 20 to 45, cable TV was a staple of everyday life -- and something that a lot of us automatically purchased for our homes when it came time to make nests of our own. But for the younger folks who have no memory of a world without widespread access to broadband Internet, cable could be looking more and more like a relic of an older world.

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This Day In History

On this day in 1945, at 8:16 a.m. Japanese time, an American B-29 bomber, the Enola Gay, drops the world's first atom bomb, over the city of Hiroshima. Approximately 80,000 people are killed as a direct result of the blast, and another 35,000 are injured. At least another 60,000 would be dead by the end of the year from the effects of the fallout.

U.S. President Harry S. Truman, discouraged by the Japanese response to the Potsdam Conference's demand for unconditional surrender, made the decision to use the atom bomb to end the war in order to prevent what he predicted would be a much greater loss of life were the United States to invade the Japanese mainland. And so on August 5, while a "conventional" bombing of Japan was underway, "Little Boy," (the nickname for one of two atom bombs available for use against Japan), was loaded onto Lt. Col. Paul W. Tibbets' plane on Tinian Island in the Marianas. Tibbets' B-29, named the Enola Gay after his mother, left the island at 2:45 a.m. on August 6. Five and a half hours later, "Little Boy" was dropped, exploding 1,900 feet over a hospital and unleashing the equivalent of 12,500 tons of TNT. The bomb had several inscriptions scribbled on its shell, one of which read "Greetings to the Emperor from the men of theIndianapolis" (the ship that transported the bomb to the Marianas).



So there is one address in Lansing, Michigan from which 2,137 fake tax returns were sent, with $3.3 million of your tax dollars handed over to criminals, and the IRS drones with their super computers didn’t find this unusual? WTF!!!!

The IRS is handing out at least $5 billion per year of your tax dollars to criminals and they have no clue how to stop it. How can anyone with two brain cells to rub together believe that government can do anything competently? Have you ever dealt with an IRS agent? I had to guide IKEA through a two year IRS audit back in 1992. They scrape the bottom of the barrel to find IRS agents. It is a requirement that you have an IQ below 80. The average IRS employee is a mouth breathing dullard.

These morons are now hiring thousands of new drones to enforce the Obamacare tax. I’m sure they will do a splendid job.


Beebe Medical Center Will Pay Millions to Victims of Earl Bradley

The Wilmington News Journal is reporting that Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, where former convicted child molester Earl Bradley once worked, will pay millions of dollars to settle a class action lawsuit.

The newspaper says that financial details of the agreement are currently confidential.


Can I Borrow Your Newspaper

I was visiting my son last night when I asked if I could borrow a newspaper.'This is the 21st century, old man,' he said. 'We don't waste money on newspapers. Here, you can borrow my iPad.'

I can tell you, that damn fly never knew what hit it...

Mayors Attack Christian Chick-fil-A, Not Muslim Business Owners Who Oppose Same-Sex Marriage

Regardless of how you feel about the same-sex marriage issue, whether pro, con or neutral, if you are a freedom loving American you have to be appalled and angry to one degree or another when elected officials denounce an American businessman and his business for having the moral integrity to stand by a deeply held religious belief.

I think that Boston Mayor, Thomas Menino, Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emanuel, and a few other “progressive” mayors showed the true colors of the left this week when they basically told Chick-fil-A, "If you don't believe the way we do we don't want you in our towns."

I think that the encyclopedias should put pictures of Menino, Emanuel and their similarly minded counterparts next to the definitions of hypocrites and cowards, and I don't say that lightly.

Muslims don't believe in same-sex marriage either, but have any of the stalwart mayors attacked any Muslims or Muslim businesses or told them they were not welcome in Chicago, Boston or San Francisco?


Keep The Gray Matter Going

1. Johnny's mother had three children. The first child was named April. The second child was named May. What was the third child's name?

2. There is a clerk at the butcher shop, he is five feet ten inches tall and he wears size 13 sneakers. What does he weigh?

3.. Before Mt. Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain in the world?

4. How much dirt is there in a hole that measures two feet by three feet by four feet?

5. What word in the English Language is always spelled incorrectly?

6. Billy was born on December 28th, yet his birthday is always in the summer. How is this possible?

7. In California , you cannot take a picture of a man with a wooden leg. Why not?

8. What was the President's Name in 1975?

9. If you were running a race, and you passed the person in 2nd place, what place would you be in now?

10. Which is correct to say, "The yolk of the egg are white" or "The yolk of the egg is white"?

11. If a farmer has 5 haystacks in one field and 4 haystacks in the other field, how many haystacks would he have if he combined them all in another field?

Here are the Answers
1. Johnny's mother had three children. The first child was named April. The second child was named May. What was the third child's name?

Answer: Johnny of course

2. There is a clerk at the butcher shop, he is five feet ten inches tall, and he wears size 13 sneakers. What does he weigh?

Answer: Meat.

3. Before Mt. Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain in the world?

Answer: Mt. Everest ; it just wasn't discovered yet. [You're not very good at this are you?]

4. How much dirt is there in a hole that measures two feet by three feet by four feet?

Answer: There is no dirt in a hole.

5. What word in the English Language is always spelled incorrectly?

Answer: Incorrectly

6. Billy was born on December 28th, yet her birthday is always in the summer. How is this possible?

Answer: Billy lives in the Southern Hemisphere

7. In California , you cannot take a picture of a man with a wooden leg. Why not?

Answer: You can't take pictures with a wooden leg. You need a camera to take pictures.

8. What was the President's Name in 1975?

Answer: Same as is it now - Barack Obama [Oh, come on .....]

9. If you were running a race, and you passed the person in 2nd place, what place would you be in now?

Answer: You would be in 2nd. Well, you passed the person in second place, not first.

10. Which is correct to say, "The yolk of the egg are white" or "The yolk of the egg is white"?

Answer: Neither, the yolk of the egg is yellow [Duh]

11. If a farmer has 5 haystacks in one field and 4 haystacks in the other field, how many haystacks would he have if he combined them all in another field?

Answer: One. If he combines all of his haystacks, they all become one big stack.


The shakedown will continue until you have nothing left. The only retail growth area in the U.S. has been online. Now Congress and the clueless state politicians want to drive thousands of small businesses into bankruptcy while handing you a 5% to 10% price increase on everything you buy. Once sales taxes are allowed for on-line sales, the bricks and mortar retailers will be free to raise prices. But don’t worry. The BLS won’t consider this a price increase because it is just a tax. Presto!!! – no inflation.

The Online Nightmare Sales Tax Bill that is Sitting in the Senate

Never trust anyone in Congress. Congressmen are all about aligning themselves with certain power centers, creating new power centers, but always about expanding government in one direction or another. That said, a congressman may, not very often, but from time-to-time find himself on the side of truth, as he tries to maneuver some power center.
Senator Jim DeMint has found himself on the side of truth when it comes to the online taxes. He warns in WSJ:

The Marketplace Fairness Act recently introduced in the Senate would require online retailers to collect and pay sales taxes to states where they have no physical presence or democratic recourse., eBay and the like could have to pay sales taxes to any state from which an Internet user placed an order, even if the company’s headquarters, warehouses and sales staff are located entirely in other states.

Such online sales tax proposals are taxation without representation. The proposed federal law tells businesses that there is no escape from the clutches of tax-hungry politicians. That concept is antithetical to our federalist system, which promotes competition among our states for the best economic policies…

The Supreme Court ruled (in Quill Corp. v. North Dakota, 1992) that retailers can be required to collect sales taxes only in states where they have a physical presence. The proposal before Congress, however, would give a federal blessing for states to chase revenues far outside their borders.

Consider the absurdity of such a law. When a customer buys a product in a store, does the cashier ask for the customer’s home address? Of course not. The store simply charges the state and local sales taxes applicable for its physical location, no questions asked.


Who's Buying Elections?

It's not the SuperPACs that are buying our elections, so-called "social welfare" organizations are. According to IRS law – 501c4 and 501c6 groups – what are known as social welfare organizations or trade associations – are allowed to spend unlimited amounts of money in our elections – and not disclose a single donor – just as long as they don't explicitly call for the election or defeat of a particular politician. And since the super-rich who are trying to buy Republican politicians would rather stay in the shadows, they're increasingly using these "dark money" groups rather than SuperPACs – which do have to disclose their donors – to influence our elections. According to a new report by Demos and the U.S. PIRG – 50% of all outside spending this presidential race has come from these "dark money" groups. The top 5 "dark money" groups more than $50 million bucks on television adds so far this election, yet Americans only know where 1% of that money actually came from. For all we know, Chinese business tycoons, Saudi princes, or foreign dictators could be funneling money into our elections to help Republicans win. This is the insanity that the Supreme Court gave us in its Citizens United decision.

Today's Fill In The Blank 8-6-12

I'm in the mood for ____.


“Debasement was limited at first to one’s own territory. It was then found that one could do better by taking bad coins across the border of neighboring municipalities and exchanging them for good with ignorant common people, bringing back the good coins and debasing them again. More and more mints were established. Debasement accelerated in hyper-fashion until a halt was called after the subsidiary coins became practically worthless, and children played with them in the street, much as recounted in Leo Tolstoy’s short story, Ivan the Fool.”

Charles P. Kindleberger

Obama's Second Term Agenda: Cutting Social Security, Medicare, And/Or Medicaid

This is probably the least important Presidential election since the 1950s. As an experienced political hand told me, the two candidates are speaking not to the voters, but to the big money.

They hold the same views, pursue the same policies, and are backed by similar interests. Mitt Romney implemented Obamacare in Massachusetts, or Obama implemented Romneycare nationally. Both are pro-choice or anti-choice as political needs change, both tend to be hawkish on foreign policy, both favor tax cuts for businesses, and both believe deeply in a corrupt technocratic establishment.

So while the election lumbers on like the death rattles of the wounded animal known American democracy, no one on either side is asking what the plan is for the next term. For Obama, his team is going into rooms of donors and shouting “Supreme Court”, while mumbling something about bipartisanship and $4 trillion, or Simpson-Bowles. What this means is that term two of the Obama White House will be organized around cutting entitlements.

The White House already tried cutting all three main entitlement programs, last year (cuts to Medicaid are actually cuts to Obamacare, for what it’s worth, since an expansion of Medicaid was a key plank of the new health care law).

The White House agreed to cut at least $250 billion from Medicare in the next 10 years and another $800 billion in the decade after that, in part by raising the eligibility age. The administration had endorsed another $110 billion or so in cuts to Medicaid and other health care programs, with $250 billion more in the second decade. And in a move certain to provoke rebellion in the Democratic ranks, Obama was willing to apply a new, less generous formula for calculating Social Security benefits, which would start in 2015.


Super Rich Holding $21 Trillion Overseas To Avoid Taxation

At a time when the gap between the ultra-rich and the rest of us is reaching historic heights across the globe, at least $21 trillion (with a "t") in unreported private financial wealth was recently discovered sitting in secret tax havens.

While it can be difficult to imagine sums so large, consider this: the $21 trillion alone is the amount of the U.S. and Japanese economies combined. That reflects only financial wealth, and not the holdings and investments of this monied elite in mansions, yachts, private jets, etc. According to a recent reports by the Tax Justice Network, "The Price of Offshore Revisited" and "Inequality: You Don't Know The Half of It," this staggering disparity is only growing worse.


Today's Advertiser Of The Day 8-6-12

Congress Delays Stock Act

Senior executives and political appointees get a temporary reprieve from the STOCK Act. Congress has delayed by a month parts of the new law aimed at preventing high level federal officials from using official knowledge for stock trading. The House and Senate both agreed to the halt just as the American Civil Liberties Union prepared a lawsuit. Plaintiffs included the Senior Executives Association. The law requires posting of executives' financial information to a public web site.

WCSO Press Release 8-6-12

Incident: Theft
Date of Incident: 30 July 2012
Location: 7900 block of Royalty Way, Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Fred Douglas Lykes, 56, Salisbury, MD

Narrative: On 30 July 2012
a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into a theft at the Royal Farms store located on Ocean Gateway west of Salisbury. The deputy learned that a suspect, later identified as Fred Lykes, approached the register to pay for a purchase. During the transaction, Lykes kept changing his mind about how he wanted the change made and kept trying to pass money back and forth with the cashier. This scheme is often conducted in a manner meant to confuse a cashier and allow the suspect to leave the store with cash he would have tricked the cashier into handing over. The theft was confirmed at the end of the shift when the cash drawer was significantly short.

During the ensuing investigation which led to the identification of this suspect, the deputy watched surveillance video which clearly showed what Lykes was intending to do.

A warrant for the arrest of Lykes was obtained and he was arrested on 2 August 2012 and transported to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner.

After an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained Lykes in the Detention Center in lieu of $10,000.00 bond.

Charges: Theft under $100.00

Incident: Assault
Date of Incident: 1 August 2012
Location: 600 block of Rose Street
Suspect: 1. Marquita L. Hargis, 48, Salisbury, MD
2. Patrick P. Sheppard, 45, Salisbury, MD

Narrative: On 1 August 2012
at 9:28 PM, a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office responded for a problem at a residence in the 600 block of Rose Street in Salisbury. Upon arrival, the deputy discovered that Marquita Hargis and Patrick Sheppard engaged in an argument over the end of their relationship that turned physical. The deputy observed signs of injury that made it clear that a
physical struggle had ensued between the couple.

The deputy believed that Hargis and Sheppard both aggressively assaulted each other which led to the arrest of both. The deputy transported them to the Central Booking Unit where they were processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. After an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained both in the Detention Center in lieu of $5,000.00 bond each.

Charges: Assault 2nd Degree

Demo Began Today

The windows are coming out and the demolition will continue for the next 45 days, or so. You can expect to see everything but the three story building torn down in that time frame. This is very exciting for Downtown Salisbury.

MCDONNELL: Fix Health Care Once By Fixing It Right

Virginia has been a laboratory of democracy since the beginnings of our country, and as we debate the future of health care in our great nation, the Old Dominion should again step forward to lead in the discussion. To do this, Virginia must continue to work toward meaningful health care reform but stand up and object to the significantly flawed national health care mandates that threaten the economic stability of our country.
Three years ago, President Obama told Senate Democrats, “As we move forward on health reform, it is not sufficient for us to simply add more people to Medicare or Medicaid to increase the rolls, to increase coverage in the absence of cost controls and reform. Another way of putting it is we can’t simply put more people into a broken system that doesn’t work.” Mr. Obama has ignored his own advice, and if implemented as intended, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) will put 16 million to 20 million people into a broken Medicaid system. In Virginia, our Medicaid program already is nearly 20 percent of the commonwealth’s budget, and this number continues to grow. This is without the proposed Medicaid expansion under PPACA. I was elected to be a careful and responsible steward of our limited tax dollars, and it would be irresponsible to infuse billions of tax dollars into a program that we all agree is broken.

New CVS Open On W College & Rt 13

Voting Democrat

1. I voted Democrat because I believe oil companies' profits of 4% on a gallon of gas are obscene,

but the government taxing the same gallon of gas at 15% isn't.

2. I voted Democrat because I believe the government will do a better job of spending the money I earn than I would.

3. I voted Democrat because Freedom of Speech is fine as long as nobody is offended by it.

4. I voted Democrat because I'm way too irresponsible to own a gun, and I
know that my local police are all I need to protect me from murderers and thieves.

5. I voted Democrat because I believe that people who can't tell us if it will rain on Friday can tell us that the polar ice caps will melt away in ten years if I don't start driving a Prius.

6. I voted Democrat because I'm not concerned about millions of babies being aborted so long as we keep all death row inmates alive.

7. I voted Democrat because I think illegal aliens have a right to free health care, education, and Social Security benefits.

8. I voted Democrat because I believe that business should not be allowed to make profits for themselves. They need to break even and give the rest away to the government for redistribution as the Democrats see fit.

9. I voted Democrat because I believe liberal judges need to rewrite the Constitution every few days to suit some fringe kooks who would never get their agendas past the voters.

10. I voted Democrat because I think that it's better to pay billions to people who hate us for their oil, but not drill our own because it might upset some endangered beetle or gopher.

11. I voted Democrat because while we live in the greatest, most wonderful country in the world, I was promised "HOPE AND CHANGE".

Caption This Photo 8-6-12

Today's Survey Question 8-6-12

Should people be allowed to bring their pet to work?

View Of A Young Doctor

Dear Mr. President:

During my shift in the Emergency Room last night, I had the pleasure of evaluating a patient whose smile revealed an expensive shiny gold tooth, whose body was adorned with a wide assortment of elaborate and costly tattoos, who wore a very expensive brand of tennis shoes and who chatted on a new cellular telephone equipped with a popular R&B ring tone. While glancing over her patient chart, I happened to notice that her payer status was listed as "Medicaid"! During my examination of her, the patient informed me that she smokes more than one costly pack of cigarettes every day and somehow still has money to buy pretzels and beer.

And, you and our Congress expect me to pay for this woman's health care? I contend that our nation's "health care crisis" is not the result of a shortage of quality hospitals, doctors or nurses. Rather, it is the result of a "crisis of culture", a culture in which it is perfectly acceptable to spend money on luxuries and vices while refusing to take care of one's self or, heaven forbid, purchase health insurance. It is a culture based on the irresponsible credo that "I can do whatever I want to because someone else will always take care of me."

Once you fix this "culture crisis" that rewards irresponsibility and dependency, you'll be amazed at how quickly our nation's health care difficulties will disappear.


Congressman Harris Putting Good Money After Bad Money

On Monday, Rep. Andy Harris hosted an emergency preparedness meeting in Berlin. He advertised this meeting by sending out 60,000 self-serving postcards.

Harris told us these cost 35 cents each. That's a total of $21,000. Only about 30-35 people attended.

That means taxpayers spent about $650 to get each person to the meeting. A notice in the newspaper would not have cost anything, but Harris wouldn't have gotten his free election-year advertising.

Congressional franking --free mail --has cost taxpayers more than $2 billion total. Legislative efforts this year to reduce franking by 10 percent failed, thanks to Republican opposition, including Harris.

Harris' $21,000 expenditure on this mailing shows what a hypocrite he is. He doesn't deserve a second term in Congress.

Thomas Lilly

Parkside Speed Camera Up Again

Medal Count Top Ten

Places 11-56 HERE

Meanwhile, The Salisbury Fire Department Is Waxing Their New Fire Boat

Street Trees & The Importance Of Codes

Though tempted, I won’t write a soliloquy today on the many virtues of street trees. Others have done so better than I, including Allan Jacobs, who wrote in the book Great Streets, “Given a limited budget, the most effective expenditure of funds to improve a street would probably be on trees.”

Some of my colleagues have written about the inherent economic value of trees, parsing all manner of numbers and outcomes. Those are interesting intellectually, but they are also frankly numbers that can be gamed depending on the person running them. For me it’s more practical. Trees provide shade. They make a street more beautiful. Both of those things encourage me to be outside more, to walk more, to ride a bike more. It’s really quite that simple.

Here are two blogs this week on the subject: “SidTV:Trees Alive” “What Trees Mean to Communities

If there were only two things I’d like you to remember from this piece it’s that:

Street Trees are really important to walkability

What Gets Coded, Gets Built

The details matter when it comes to creating desirable places. Savannah can arguably afford more mistakes than other places, simply because of the abundance of quality streets and public spaces it possesses. It will still attract people to visit, live and work because of its physical qualities. But as the city continues to experience rejuvenation, it must take great care to keep enhancing its great assets. And clearly its primary asset is the beautiful, walkable quality of its neighborhoods.

Allow me an analogy: A restaurant may have a loyal base of existing customers, but if it doesn’t take care of new people who come in the door, it will eventually experience stagnation and decline. It’s wise to continue looking for ways to generate new revenue, and not just rely on the “regulars”. Cities are no different. In the case of Savannah in particular, it must continue to enhance the quality of its streets and neighborhoods in places beyond the Historic District, or it will miss a valuable window of opportunity to expand its revenue (happy citizens).


Record Days Continue

At 8:00 AM this morning I took a look at yesterday's traffic as well as how many people are currently on the Site. It turns out Sunday was the biggest Sunday we've ever seen. When I dug deeper it seems that the majority of people visiting actually came to see what had happened with the accident on the Bypass yesterday. At 8:00 this morning there were 4,710 people on the Site. I'd say we're off to a pretty decent start for the day.

I hope every one had a great weekend. I know I'm ready for the temperature to start cooling off a little bit, how about you?

Liberals’ War on Boy Scouts, Chick-fil-A

Twelve years ago, Bryant Gumbel called me an (expletive) idiot on CBS‘“The Early Show” for defending the Boy Scouts after the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed their right to uphold moral standards for leaders and members.
Whether or not you agree with his unvarnished assessment, I’d like to think most people would contend he crossed a line.
Though he was caught on camera saying it, CBS denied it. Years later,Mr. Gumbel himself smugly confirmed it. This is what liberals mean when they lecture us about keeping a civil tone.

Dog Found 8-6-12

Found dog - wandering on Eastern Shore drive by West College Ave. Looks like she just had puppies, no tag but had collar. Please contact me at 410-749-0010 (my office number) or this email if she's yours!

City Police Response To Destressed Dog

Yesterday I called the City Police to 404 Vine St residence where a dog was tied, with what appeared to be about a 3-4 ft chain. ( I believe our County Laws state a dog tied out has to have 6 or 7 feet of chain.) This dog had NO Shelter what-so-ever----only a tree near by !! It was said by the neighborhood children, the dog had no food or water for 2 days as the owners were gone for the week end.

After seeing what I could of the dogs situation, I called in to report to the police. A gentleman on that street let me know the Police came & stayed almost an hr. at the residence.

Thank you City Police for your help in the matter!!!!!! I rode by today----the dogs chain is longer & he now has a house. Food or water-----I do not know, as I can't really see.

Concerned Advocate for Animals

'Real' Unemployment Rate Shows Far More Jobless

While the national unemployment rate paints a grim picture, a look at individual states and their so-called real jobless rates becomes even more troubling.

The government's most widely publicized unemployment rate measures only those who are out of a job and currently looking for work. It does not count discouraged potential employees who have quit looking, nor those who are underemployed — wanting to work full-time but forced to work part-time.

For that count, the government releases a separate number called the "U-6," which provides a more complete tally of how many people really are out of work.

The numbers in some cases are startling.

Consider: Nevada's U-6 rate is 22.1 percent, up from just 7.6 percent in 2007. Economically troubled California has a 20.3 percent real rate, while Rhode Island is at 18.3 percent, more than double its 8.3 percent rate in 2007.

Those numbers compare especially unfavorably to the national rate, high in itself at 14.9 percent though off its record peak of 17.2 percent in October 2009.


Barack Obama And Harry Reid's Broken Liberal Souls

One of the more messianic moments of the 2008 presidential campaign came when Michele Obama promised that her husband would heal us all.

Only Barack Obama could help us all "fix our souls. Our souls are broken in this nation."

Four years later, it has become more apparent than ever that it is President Obama whose soul is broken. His presidency collapsing around him, the true colors of the man have come to light. What we see now is not pretty.

Even most of Obama's critics in the beginning felt he was basically a nice guy not up to the job. He was a good, decent, well-intentioned man with some incorrect ideas. It seems that analysis was a bit too generous.

President Obama has decided that the only way to cling to power is to obliterate Mitt Romney from a humanity standpoint. Nothing is off limits. The Democratic briefing book that read "kill Romney" is on the verge of being taken literally.

How else does one explain the scorched Earth campaign being waged by the candidate who entered American presidential politics with flowery prose about "hope," "change we can believe in," and "Yes, we can?"


Seven People Dead in Shooting at Sikh Temple in Wisconsin

A gunman opened fire Sunday and killed six people at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee before he was killed in an exchange of gunfire with one of the first officers to respond to the chaotic scene, authorities said.

The shootings happened before 10:30 a.m., when witnesses said several dozen people were gathering at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin for a service. Hours of uncertainty followed as police in tactical gear and carrying assault rifles surrounded the temple with armored vehicles and ambulances.


BREAKING NEWS: Syrian Prime Minister Reportedly Has Defected

Syria's Prime Minister Riad Hijab reportedly has defected to Jordan, according to a Jordanian official and a rebel spokesman.

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Somerset County Sheriff's Office Press Release 8-6-12

Clifton Wells horsey Sr. of Crisfield, arrested 7-26-12 for driving on a suspended drivers license. Horsey was released on signature pending court actions.

Wendell Anthony Stanford of Princess Anne, arrested 7-26-12 on a warrant for violation of probation. Stanford was held without bond, and released to staff members at ECI.

Zachery Daniel Paulley of Marion Station, arrested 7-30-12 for warrants regarding theft less than $1,000, first and second degree burglary, deadly weapon intent to injure, and trespassing. Paulley was held on a $55,000 bond.

Jeffrey William Coons of Waldorf Maryland, arrested 7-31-12 on a warrant for violation of probation. Coons was held without bond.

Bonnie Gay Taylor of Ocean City, arrested 7-31-12 on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Taylor was held on a $100,000 bond.

Jeffrey Reynolds Scott of Salisbury, arrested 7-31-12 on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Scott was held on a $500.00 bond.

Katherine Alexia Ritzel, and Jordan Michael Fairbanks, both from Virginia Beach, arrested 7-31-12 for possession of suspected marijuana, prescription Xanax, and drug paraphernalia. Both subjects were released on a unsecured bond pending court actions. The arrests were the result of a traffic stop conducted by deputies on Ocean Highway near Costen Rd.

Christopher Ryan Sutton of Crisfield, arrested 8-1-12 for possession of suspected marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Sutton was later released on personal recognizance. The arrest was the result of a traffic stop conducted by deputies on Somerset Ave, Crisfield.

Ricky Alan Dowden Jr. of Marion, arrested 8-1-12 on a warrant for violation of probation. Dowden was held on a $20,000 bond.

Andre Carllarel Scott Jr. of Salisbury, arrested 8-1-12 on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Scott was held on a %$500.00 bond.

Craig Durand McGill of Salisbury, arrested 8-2-12 on a warrant for violation of probation. McGill was held on a $50,000 bond.

Vernon Tawes Sterling of Marion, arrested 8-2-12 on a warrant for assault second degree. Sterling was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond.

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Democrats Launch National Effort to Help Dream Act Kids Stay Legally in US

Democrats in both chambers have launched a national effort to enroll young illegal immigrants in a new program letting them stay in the country without threat of deportation.

With the Obama administration's "deferred action" program set to take effect Aug. 15, the Democrats are organizing outreach programs nationwide to help potential beneficiaries navigate applications, understand fees and avoid expensive scams.


How A Last-Minute Decision Led To The Nuking Of Nagasaki

Days after Hiroshima, a deadlier atomic bomb was bound for an armaments factory in Kokura – until bad weather forced a change of plan. In an extract from his new book, Nagasaki, Craig Collie gets inside the cockpit of the plane that dropped Fat Man.

Born out of a small research programme, the Manhattan Project began in 1942 as a joint American-British-Canadian project, and was responsible for producing the atomic bomb.


1 Dead, 9 Injured In Lightning Strike At Pocono

Lightning strikes at Pocono Raceway after a rain-shortened NASCAR race Sunday killed one fan and injured nine others, one critically, racetrack officials said.

Multiple lightning strikes occurred behind the racetrack's grandstands and outside one of the gates as fans were leaving, Pocono spokesman Bob Pleban said. It wasn't immediately clear how many of the fans were actually struck by the lightning itself or were injured by related jolts.

Seasonal And Birth Death Adjustments Add 429,000 Statistical "Jobs"

Happy by the headline establishment survey print of 133,245 which says that the US "added" 163,000 jobs in July from 133,082 last month? Consider this: the number was based on a non seasonally adjusted July number of 132,868. This was a 1.248 million drop from the June print. So how did the smoothing work out to make a real plunge into an "adjusted" rise? Simple: the BLS "added" 377K jobs for seasonal purposes. This was the largest seasonal addition in the past decade for a July NFP print in the past decade, possibly ever, as the first chart below shows. But wait, there's more: the Birth Death adjustment, which adds to the NSA Print to get to the final number, was +52k. How does this compare to July 2011? It is about 1000% higher: the last B/D adjustment was a tiny +5K! In other words, of the 163,000 jobs "added", 429,000 was based on purely statistical fudging. Doesn't matter - the flashing red headline is good enough for the algos.


Good Samaritans

When a wheelchair-bound guy at a Blake Shelton show in Kansas was upset because he couldn't see over all the standing fans, these two anonymous strangers held him up.

 A video on the story can be found HERE

BREAKING NEWS: Suspect ID'd In Sikh Temple Shooting

Authorities tell Fox News they have identified the suspect in Sunday's shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin as Wade Michael Page, 40, an active Army serviceman out of Ft. Bragg, Calif. Seven people died in the shooting, including the gunman.

BREAKING NEWS: NASA Confirms Landing Of Mars Probe

NASA confirms the landing of the Mars probe and rover 'Curiosity.' WATCH LIVE coverage on Fox News and