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Saturday, September 01, 2012

I'm Going Broke, HELP!

My Wife said, it's been months since we've had Marissa, WE'RE GOING SHOPPING! I thought I'd tag along in the hopes of saying, nah, that doesn't look good, depending on the price tag, of course. Guess what, THAT DIDN'T WORK AT ALL!

Here I was thinking, the Park, maybe some amusement rides, you know, fun Family things, NOT! What is it with women that shopping for clothes is more important?????

In the mean time, my Brokers are off for the entire Holiday weekend, so I can't ask them to freeze my accounts and I'm in desperate trouble. Can ANYONE help me!!!!!

It's A Holiday Weekend And I'm Taking Advantage Of It

My Son called and asked me what my plans were for the weekend. I replied, the usual. The Blog, a speaking engagement, a couple get together on Memorial Day, how about you. He replied, we were thinking of going to the Beach for the weekend but I guess your too busy to keep an eye on Marissa. I replied, the Blog will take care of itself, there's several months before the election and for what it's worth, I could use the break.

I think you can see where I'm heading. My Granddaughter is now with me and I'm stepping aside this weekend to give her all the quality time a Grandfather can offer.

I can assure you there will be plenty of Posts up on Salisbury News this weekend but the comments may stall for a while, I hope you can understand.

It's called Memorial Day and I'm going to create as many memories for her and me as I possibly can. Have a great weekend, all of you.

Obama Calls for Amendment Limiting Free-Speech Rights

President Barack Obama endorsed a constitutional amendment that would restrict the free-speech rights of political activist groups by overturning the Supreme Court decision in the landmark Citizens United v FEC case that granted First Amendment rights to corporations.

“Over the longer term, I think we need to seriously consider mobilizing a constitutional amendment process to overturn Citizens United,” Obama wrote during a question and answer session on the website Reddit on Wednesday.

“Even if the amendment process falls short, it can shine a spotlight of the super-PAC phenomenon and help apply pressure for change.”


Chick-fil-A ‘Tastes Like Hate’ Vandal Won’t Be Charged: D.A.

TORRANCE, CA, – Manuel Castro may have accused Chick-fil-A of peddling hate, but police say they have determined that he wasn’t motivated by hate when he vandalized a Chick-fil-A restaurant earlier this month.
Castro, a gay activist, had scrawled the words “Tastes Like Hate,” along with a cow holding a paintbrush, on the side of a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Torrance, California, on “National Same-Sex Kiss Day” – an event organized to protest company CEO Dan Cathy’s stance in support of traditional marriage.

“National Same-Sex Kiss Day” followed on the heels of Chick-fil-A “Appreciation Day,” on which hundreds of thousands of traditional marriage supporters had lined up, sometimes for several hours, to dine at Chick-fil-A as a show of their support for Cathy. 


Poll: Third of Americans Fear They Will Never Retire

More than one-third of Americans near retirement age expect they'll never retire, a poll finds.

Thirty five percent of Americans don't expect to retire, up from 29 percent two years ago, according to findings from a “2011 Risks and Process of Retirement Survey Report” from the Society of Actuaries, the New York Times reports.

Four in 10 of the survey's so-called "pre-retirees" say they won't retire say because they are financially unable to do so, as they either need the income or the employer benefits.


Unprecedented Civil Union Unites Brazilian Trio

Brazilian public notary Claudia do Nascimento Domingues set off a firestorm by granting Brazil's first civil union to a trio, an act so unprecedented that there isn't a word for it in Portuguese.

Uniao poliafetiva is the label she created. "Polyfidelitous union" is her best guess in English.

The relationship involves three professionals in their 30s -- one man and two women -- who, she says, live together, love one another as equals and are like any other non-married cohabiting couple -- except they are three.


The Condensed Liberal Handbook of Racial Code Words

Thumper the Rabbit's parents always taught him, "If you can't say something nice, don't say nothing at all." If the left's self-appointed Omniscient Diviners of True Meaning have their way, conservatives in the public square won't be left with anything at all to say. Ever.

It's a treacherous business exercising your freedom of speech in the age of Obama. As a public service, I present to you: "The 2012 Condensed Liberal Handbook of Racial Code Words." Decoder rings, activate!

—Angry. On the campaign trail this summer, President Obama has become — in the words of the mainstream Associated Press — more "aggressive." But don't you dare call him "angry." According to MSNBC host Toure, that's racist!


Muslims Hosting Events To Coincide With Charlotte DNC Face Blowback

In the run-up to the Democratic National Convention, several hundred Muslims attended "Jumah," or Friday prayer, in a park in Charlotte, N.C., as part of an effort to mobilize Muslims and get them engaged in political discourse. But the event sparked some of the same negative reaction that the organizers were hoping to combat.

Organizers said they hoped to use the prayers, a town hall meeting planned for Saturday and cultural festival to open events to non-Muslims and bring attention to problems that they believe disproportionately affect Muslims but are ignored by both political parties.


BREAKING NEWS: ICE Chief Of Staff Resigns

ICE chief of staff Suzanne Barr is resigning amid allegations of lewd behavior, has learned.

Ayatollah Khamenei Embraces Occupy Wall Street Movement

Iran's supreme ruler, the Ayatollah Khamenei, praised the Ocuppy Wall Street Movement on Thursday and called for the end of U.S. and Israeli dominance in international affairs.


Donald Lawson, Powerball Winner, Claims $337 Million Prize

LANSING, Mich. -- Donald Lawson decided to have a little bit of fun with his mother two weeks ago.
"I called her and said, `I got a surprise for you. I won $200,000 in the Powerball.' She goes: `Oh my god. Yay!' I said, `All right. Are you ready, Ma? Well, the truth is, I won $337 million and $4 in the Powerball. Ha, ha."
Ha, ha indeed.
The 44-year-old father of two and self-described "hillbilly" from Lapeer, Mich., claimed his prize Friday – the third largest in the game's history – in a lump-sum, $224.6 million payment that works out to $158.7 million, after taxes.

Feds End Probe of 'America's Toughest Sheriff' Joe Arpaio; No Charges

The federal government has closed a criminal probe of alleged financial misconduct by Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio, who styles himself as "America's toughest sheriff," and no charges will be filed, the U.S. Attorney's Office said on Friday.

A separate federal investigation relating to allegations of civil rights abuses by Arpaio's office is continuing.

The announcement on Friday marked the end of an investigation that began in November 2010 at the behest of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to examine alleged financial improprieties by the county sheriff and his deputies.


DOJ Targeted Public Library for Lending E-Books 'Inaccessible' to the Blind

The U.S. Justice Department says it has reached a settlement with the Sacramento (California) Public Library over a trial program the library was conducting that let patrons borrow Barnes and Noble NOOK e-book readers.

DOJ and the National Federation of the Blind objected to the program on grounds that blind people could not use the NOOK e-readers for technological reasons.


Michelle Obama Presents Course: 'Supermarket Shopping 101'

As part of her anti-obesity Let's Move campaign, First Lady Michelle Obama is now presenting a brief online course: “Supermarket Shopping 101.”

The course, which now appears on the website, provides novice shoppers with tips such as “steer clear of the cookie, snack and soda aisle.”


Homeless in Tampa See Racism, Classism in Occupiers Protesting RNC

For Occupiers protesting the Republican National Convention, some within their ranks are too poor to be part of the 99%.

In "Romneyville," the protester welcoming camp in Tampa, Florida, residents spoke about dissension within the Occupy movement. Interviewees said Romneyville was not an Occupy camp but rather a "poor people's camp."


Pittsville Carnival

Labor Department Announces $75 Million in Education Grants for ‘Out of School’ ‘Youth’ Ages 16-24

Labor Secretary of Hilda Solis announced on Wednesday that $75.7 million in grants are being distributed to organizations that help “out of school youth” earn a high school diploma and learn occupational skills.
The “at-risk individuals” who will benefit from the grants are ages 16 to 24.

“Many participants have been in the juvenile justice system, are aging out of foster care, have dropped out of high school, or are otherwise at-risk of failing to reach key educational milestones and opportunities that lead to career fulfillment,” the press release states.


Police: Suspect couldn't get to stepdad's guns

Baltimore County police say the high school student suspected of critically wounding a classmate knew about the cache of guns at his stepfather's house but couldn't get to them because they were locked in a safe.

Fifteen-year-old Robert Wayne Gladden Jr. has been charged as an adult with attempted murder and assault in the shooting Monday morning at Perry Hall High School.


Veterans Group Vows To Get To The Bottom of 'Autopen-gate'

A veterans group is vowing to get a handwriting expert to determine if the letters sent to parents of Navy SEALs killed in Afghanistan were signed by President Obama himself or an electronic autopen that can replicate his signature. 
Karen and Billy Vaughn, whose son Aaron Vaughn was one of 17 SEALs and 13 other Americans killed in a helicopter crash Aug. 6, 2011, raised the issue at a Tea Party rally in Tampa during the Republican National Convention. Karen Vaughn said she compared the signature on her letter, dated Sept. 23, 2011, with those received by other families of SEALs and determined the signature was mechanical.
But the White House insists every letter sent out to the families of fallen service members is signed by the hand of the Commander-in-Chief.


WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) announced today that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded a $1 million grant to Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Maryland Aviation Administration (MAA) for an environmental assessment of Martin State Airport’s five-year capital improvement plan.
“Martin State Airport is home to the Maryland Air National Guard and it is an important relief airport for our region,” said Senator Cardin, who is a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee. “The Airport’s growth and success means it needs a strong capital improvement plan for the future.  I am committed to making sure it has the resources it needs to assess and address any environmental issues associated with its five-year plan to upgrade and improve the airport.”

Sequestration could spell $39B in cuts to civilian agency budgets

Civilian agencies may lose almost $40 billion dollars in top-line funding if sequestration goes into effect on Jan. 2, according to a new analysis by the Professional Services Council.

Using fiscal 2012 funding as a baseline, PSC calculated overall civilian discretionary spending would decline by $39 billion and that individual agency budgets would decline by 7.8 percent.


National Atheist Party Cancels Convention Over Lack of Funding

The National Atheist Party has announced that it has canceled its upcoming convention due to a lack of sufficient funds.

The political organization states that it had planned to host its second annual rally in October of this year in Boston, Massachusetts, but  the lack of ample donations threatened the financial stability of the party.

“NAPCON 2012 was supposed to be our biggest and best public event; our chance to show the U.S. that we could fund and organize a large, noteworthy and impressive ‘Secular Summit’ that would attract media buzz and even more interested members and donations,” National Atheist Party president Troy Boyle explained. “The reality is that we can’t. The donations simply aren’t there and if we went ahead with the event as planned, it would bankrupt us.”


Look Who Parks Their Cash At Bain

Democrats convened in Charlotte, NC, will double down on their claim that Bain Capital is really the Bain crime family. They will accuse Republican nominee Mitt Romney and Bain’s other “greedy” co-founders of stealing their winnings, evading taxes and lighting cigars with $100 bills on their yachts.

But Bain’s private-equity executives have enriched dozens of organizations and millions of individuals in the Democratic base — including some who scream most loudly for President Obama’s re-election.

Government-worker pension funds are the chief beneficiaries of Bain’s economic stewardship. New York-based Preqin uses public documents, news accounts and Freedom of Information requests to track private-equity holdings. Since 2000, Preqin reports, the following funds have entrusted some $1.56 billion to Bain:


New Fences Erected At Site Of Fatal Train Derailment

Howard County authorities and CSX have already taken steps to try to prevent another tragedy like the one that left two women dead when a coal train derailed earlier this month in Ellicott City. 

For one, a new fence is now in place at the top of the concrete stairs leading to the elevated tracks over Main Street near where the two women were sitting when the rail cars tipped over and buried them last week

County Executive Ken Ulman said county police have increased patrols around the tracks to discourage anyone from trespassing on railroad property.  


Obama and That Empty Chair: Mitt Goes to Israel and NOLA While Obama Won't

While the media take potshots at American icon Clint Eastwood for his non-teleprompter speech last night at the GOP convention and talking to an empty chair representing President Obama, they seem to be missing the point. Or more likely, they "get it" but are sweeping it under the rug.

GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney recently visited U.S. ally Israel, while President Obama refuses to do so until/unless he is reelected. Empty chair.

President Obama has no plans to visit New Orleans post-Isaac, but Mitt Romney is on his way there. Obama continues to fundraise and campaign instead. Empty chair.


From Janesville to Jilin

A bailed out General Motors expanded its small truck and SUV manufacturing in China soon after closing down similar facilities in Janesville, Wisconsin—the plant Barack Obama pledged to save and keep open for “another hundred years” in 2008.

GM has increased its manufacturing capacity in China by 55 percent since emerging from bankruptcy thanks to a $50 billion bailout from taxpayers. An important piece of that increased capacity has taken place in Changchun, Jilin Province in China.


17 Men Arrested in Md. In Immigration Sweep

Seventeen illegal immigrants or immigrant fugitives have been arrested in Maryland.

The arrests, announced Friday, took place in Prince George's County and surrounding areas and are part of a 3-day enforcement operation run by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement


Bidding Opens for Trapping Privileges on Select Eastern Shore Wildlife Management Areas

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is currently accepting bids for the 2012-2013 trapping seasons at LeCompte, Linkwood, Taylor’s Island, Fishing Bay, Idylwild, Ellis Bay, Wetipquin and Nanticoke River wildlife management areas.

Applicants must pick up bid packages in person at LeCompte Wildlife Management Area, 4220 Steeles Neck Road, Vienna, Md. 21869.

Applicants must return sealed bids to Lecompte Wildlife Management Area by 12 p.m. on October 19, 2012. DNR will award annual trapping leases to the highest bidder, as determined during the bid opening, to be held at 1 p.m. on October 19, 2012.

More information is available by calling 410-376-3236 ext. 302 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

House Panel Probing Stimulus Cash for MSNBC Ads

A House panel is calling on the U.S. Department of Labor to turn over all records involving a half-million dollar contract funded through President Obama’s $831 billion stimulus program that paid for more than 100 commercials on MSNBC touting a “green jobs” initiative.

The contract with McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations LLC in 2009 resulted in more than 100 commercials on cable shows hosted by Rachel Maddow and Keith Olberman to raise awareness about the Job Corps program’s training in environmentally-friendly career areas.

But spending reports showed that no jobs were created through the contract. The Washington Times first reported on the contract earlier this month, quoting one taxpayer watchdog who questioned not only the lack of jobs but why the commercials aired only on MSNBC, considered the most liberal of the major cable news outlets.


Bernanke: With Unemployment High, Fed Can Do More

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. — Chairman Ben Bernanke made clear Friday that the Federal Reserve will do more to boost the economy because of high U.S. unemployment and an economic recovery that remains “far from satisfactory.”

He also argued that the Fed’s moves so far to keep interest rates at record lows and encourage borrowing and spending have helped bolster the economy.

Bernanke stopped short of committing the Fed to any specific move, such as another round of bond purchases to lower long-term rates. But in a speech at an annual Fed conference in Jackson Hole, Wyo., Bernanke said that even with rates at super-lows, the Fed can do more.


Clint Eastwood

NRP Urges Safety over Holiday Weekend

The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) reminds citizens to make safety a priority during the last holiday weekend of the summer.

“Labor Day is the beginning of fall,” said Col. George F Johnson IV. “And as the cooler weather sets in, Marylanders will continue to enjoy camping, boating and fishing in the cooler September weather, and, as various hunting seasons begin. We urge everyone to make safety the top priority while enjoying these activities.”

As in the past, NRP will step up its enforcement in an effort to maintain safe waterways. Over the weekend, NRP will focus their enforcement effort on those activities that contribute to boating accidents, such as alcohol, negligent operation, bow riding and navigational violations.


Wicomico County Sheriff's Office Press Release 8-31-12

Incident: CDS Possession
Date of Incident: 29 August 2012
Location: Pittsville / Willards, MD

Suspect: 1. Brandon Murry Ehrisman, 25, Pittsville, MD
               2. Dawn Elizabeth Miller, 45, Willards, MD
               3. Joshua Thomas O’Brien, 25, Pittsville, MD
               4. Matthew Brandon Wells, 22, Willards, MD
               5. John W. West, 35, Pittsville, MD
               6. Victoria Christina Smith, 21, Pittsville, MD
               7. Marion Lee Atkinson, 35, Salisbury, MD
               8. Carrie Lynn Schwab, 23, Nanticoke, MD
Narrative: On 27 August 2012 members of the Wicomico County Narcotics Task Force wrapped up a
six month undercover investigation into the illicit use of forged and fraudulent prescriptions that were
used to obtain Oxycodone illegally. During the investigation investigators identified several individuals in
the Pittsville and Willards area that were determined to be principal players in this investigation. At the
conclusion of the investigation, the findings were presented to a Grand Jury and Indictments for those
involved were returned.
Those indictments were served on 28 August 2012 with the apprehension of the above listed individuals.
Upon arrest all were transported to the Central Booking Unit where they were processed and detained in
the Detention Center without bond.
Charges: CDS Possession with the Intent to Distribute
                 Obtain CDS by Forged Prescription
                 CDS Possession
Releasing Authority: Lt. Tim Robinson        Date: 31 Aug 2012

Anti-Obama doc '2016' doing well in Ohio, Texas

Here are the five strongest U.S. theater markets in terms of ticket sales for "2016: Obama's America," based on box office data from Rentrak, a media measurement and research company. The film's distributor plans to expand the film from 1,091 theaters to nearly 1,800 theaters this weekend. Ohio and Colorado are key presidential battlegrounds:
1. Lima, Ohio
2. San Angelo, Texas
3. Tyler-Longview, Texas
4. Harrisonburg, Va.-W.V.
5. Grand Junction-Montrose, Colo.


Fruit Products at Wawa Stores In 4 States Recalled

NEW YORK - Taylor Farms New Jersey is recalling products that contain mangoes or that might have been processed on the same equipment as mangoes potentially tainted with salmonella.

The company said Friday that it is recalling nine products that were distributed to 127 Wawa stores in New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania and sold under the Wawa brand. Most have a sell-by date of Aug. 30 or earlier.

Federal health officials are currently investigating 103 known cases of salmonella infection and other food producers have pulled products.


Suicide blasts hit U.S.-Afghan base; 12 killed

- Two suicide bombers struck a joint U.S.-Afghan military base in central Afghanistan early Saturday morning, killing 12 people, authorities said.

The attack also wounded 57 others, said Shahidullah Shahid, a spokesman for the provincial governor.

A majority of the casualties included civilians, but four Afghan police officers were among those killed, he said.