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Saturday, February 02, 2013

Today's Survey Question 2-2-13

In Ireton's December letter to the Maryland Attorney General, Jim Ireton said;

“I am not yet ready to make a permanent appointment to the Fire Chief’s position...”

On the same day that letter was sent, this appeared in an article in the Daily Times:
“I have the fire chief I want,” Ireton said the other day.
SURVEY QUESTION: Do you think Jim Ireton lied to the Maryland Attorney General?

Why Some Still Buy The Newspaper


’60 Minutes” Missed Opportunity

In the days of the late Mike Wallace, “60 Minutes” was known for hard-hitting, aggressive journalism that asked the questions viewers wanted answered and held the powerful accountable.

The Jan. 27 program on which Steve Kroft interviewed President Obama (at his request, no less) and outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton fell far short of that high standard. It was the kind of softball toss you might have expected if Oprah Winfrey or Barbara Walters had conducted the interview.

The president said of Clinton, “…a lot of the successes we’ve had internationally have been because of her hard work.” Kroft should have asked if one of those successes included Russia, a nation with which Clinton promised to push the “reset button.” Yet, as the Washington Post reports, “A poisonous unraveling of U.S. relations with Russia in recent months represents more than the failure of President Obama’s first-term attempt to “reset” badly frayed bilateral relations. It threatens pillars of Obama’s second-term foreign policy agenda as well.” And how about the Middle East, which is not exactly headed toward peace and stability?

Late in the interview, the president rattled off his administration’s foreign policy successes. He mentioned Egypt and said, “…had it not been for the leadership we showed, you might have seen a different outcome there.”

Kroft should have followed up with: “Different from Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s president and Muslim Brotherhood proponent, who agrees with the Koran that Jews ‘…are descendants of apes and pigs’”?


Teen Charged With Throwing Bronx Boy, 9, Off Roof: Police

A 17-year-old boy has been arrested after police say he admitted to throwing a 9-year-old boy off the roof of a Bronx apartment building Friday night, critically injuring him.

The 9-year-old boy was found on the pavement unconscious with severe body trauma in front of the five-story building on Nelson Avenue in Morris Heights at around 8:30 p.m., authorities said. He was taken to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital where he is listed in critical condition.

On Saturday, police charged 17-year-old Casmine Aska with attempted murder.

Will States Lead The Way To Legalizing Marijuana Nationwide?

When citizens of Colorado and Washington voted in November to legalize marijuana, they created a conflict, because pot remains illegal under federal law and anyone who lights up is committing a federal crime and could theoretically still be arrested for it. After Colorado passed its referendum, Governor John Hickenlooper said the implementation of the law in his state would be a “complicated process” and warned residents not to “break out the Cheetos or Goldfish too quickly.”

While it seems unlikely that the federal government will make much of an effort to arrest pot users in Colorado or Washington — President Obama has said he has “bigger fish to fry” — the tension between federal and state laws on marijuana remains. Just last week, an appeals court rejected a suit that sought to lower the drug classification of medical marijuana under federal drug laws.

Clydesdale Star of Super Bowl Ad is Newborn Foal

BOONVILLE, Mo. (AP) - For decades, Anheuser-Busch has used its famous Clydesdales in Super Bowl ads for Budweiser. The latest star is barely two weeks old.

A foal born Jan. 16 at Anheuser-Busch's Warm Springs Ranch near the mid-Missouri town of Boonville is featured in an ad that will appear in Sunday's game between the NFC champion San Francisco 49ers and AFC champion Baltimore Ravens.


Giant Recalls Crab Spread

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Criminals And Terrorists Can Fly Drones Too

Americans know their government uses unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, on military and intelligence missions from surveillance to assassination. But drones are no longer the sole domain of the military, and just as with many new technologies, they can easily fall into the wrong hands.

Robotic machines — including drones, which are basically robots that fly — are already policing international borders, exploring deep-sea shipwrecks, repairing undersea cables and vacuuming living rooms. Robots fly, roll, swim and walk. Some carry guns and bombs. Others have superhuman strength, endurance and sensory perception. A future in which they commit crimes may yet seem like the realm of science fiction, but it is closer than you think. Criminal organizations are early adopters of technology, and some have already used UAVs and other forms of robotics to violate the law while reducing their risk of arrest and apprehension.

Pier 1 Imports Opens In West OC With Gifts For First Visitors

The first 1,000 people who visit Pier 1 Imports on its opening day at the White Marlin Mall on Monday will receive a free reusable canvas tote bag and a free backscratcher.

The gifts are in celebration of Pier 1 Imports arrival in West Ocean City. Its doors will open at 10 a.m. at the mall, located just one-half mile west of Ocean City on Route 50 and adjacent to Tanger Outlets.

“The opening of our new Pier 1 Imports at White Marlin Mall will be a fitting welcome for all those who live in the Ocean City, Berlin, Ocean Pines and lower Delaware areas,” state manager Frank Pileggi stated in a press release.

Will Exaggerated Deficit Talks Lead to an "Obama Recession?" We Must Still Ask These Questions

Austerity is the absolute wrong answer for what ails the US economy - or even for reducing the deficit, argue Zeese and Flowers. There are real solutions.

In the last year of his life, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. shifted his focus to the American economy, poverty, full employment and how these issues related to militarism. In his 1967 speech, "Where do we go from here: chaos or community?" he urged the country to ask some tough questions and advocated for full employment or a guaranteed national income. He said:
. . . as we talk about 'Where do we go from here,' that we honestly face the fact that the movement must address itself to the question of restructuring the whole of American society. There are 40 million poor people here. And one day we must ask the question, 'Why are there 40 million poor people in America?' And when you begin to ask that question, you are raising questions about the economic system, about a broader distribution of wealth. When you ask that question, you begin to question the capitalistic economy.... One day we must come to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. It means that questions must be raised. You see, my friends, when you deal with this, you begin to ask the question, 'Who owns the oil?' You begin to ask the question, 'Who owns the iron ore?' You begin to ask the question, 'Why is it that people have to pay water bills in a world that is two-thirds water?'



NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins has won The Associated Press 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award, beating out two other sensational first-year quarterbacks.

Griffin, whose thrill-a-minute combination of running and passing skills led Washington to its first NFC East title in 13 years, pulled away from Andrew Luck of the Colts and Russell Wilson of the Seahawks in a lopsided vote announced Saturday.

RG3 earned 29 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league. Luck was next with 11 and Wilson got 10.


1 Dead, 1 Injured In Shooting Near Detroit High School

A 70-year-old man was in police custody after allegedly shooting two teens during an attempted robbery, killing one and seriously injuring the other, Detroit police spokeswoman Sgt. Eren Stephens said Saturday.

The shooting occurred near Martin Luther King Jr. High School on Detroit’s east side around 7:15 p.m. Friday.

According to Stephens, the older man was allegedly approached by the two teens near Larned and Mt. Elliott, who announced a hold-up.


Old Bay Made It To Bourbon Street

 Bourbon Street, New Orleans
Billboard outside M&T Stadium

Resident Outcry Leads Berlin To Relocate Wind Turbine

BERLIN -- With the discomfort of residents clear, the Berlin Town Council reached a consensus this week that a new wind turbine, which would be the town’s first, will not be located on Schoolfield Street. Instead, a property on Old Ocean City Boulevard will be pitched to the council as an alternative site.

“After the last meeting and thinking about it, we’re actually entertaining the thought of maybe moving [the turbine] to a different location, which would be the Rayne’s property off of Old Ocean City Boulevard,” said Electric Utility Director Tim Lawrence. “That’s in a commercial district, there’s not much residential around there, and we’re just thinking that might be a better site to put it at.”

Lawrence is referring to the property formerly home to Rayne’s Sand and Gravel, which has since moved from 10011 Old Ocean City Boulevard to Route 50. The location is currently owned by the town after being annexed years ago.


City of Newark Kicks Off Anti-Idling Campaign For Better Air Quality, Health And Savings Benefits

NEWARK – Federal, state, city and school officials gathered this morning at Newark High School to kick off a citywide anti-idling awareness campaign for cleaner air, better health and savings at the gas pump.

Newark Mayor Vance Funk was joined by DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara, U.S. EPA Region III Administrator Shawn M. Garvin, Christina School District Superintendent Dr. Freeman Williams, Deborah Brown, president and CEO of the American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic, and other officials to announce the campaign, which was created to promote awareness of Newark’s anti-idling ordinance. Passed in 2009, the ordinance restricts idling of personal motor vehicles within city limits.

“By promoting energy efficiency, clean energy, low-emission vehicles, interconnected trails, and today's idling ordinance, Newark is emerging as a statewide leader in ensuring clean air and saving money for its residents,” said DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara. “I congratulate the Newark City Council, the Newark Conservation Advisory Commission, and city officials for being the first to adopt an ordinance that will improve air quality and public health by reducing emissions from idling personal vehicles, commercial trucks, and buses.”

The Newark Conservation Advisory Commission, an advisory group to the Newark City Council, designed and coordinated Newark’s Anti-Idling Campaign, with a $15,000 grant through DNREC’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Projects Fund. In addition to signage posted, the grant covers public service announcements, advertising and video, design and production of audio and visual displays, and brochures, flyers and mailers to promote the campaign.

“Passing the anti-idling ordinance was part of the city’s efforts to reduce our carbon footprint and make a positive impact on air quality,” said Newark Mayor Vance Funk. “Now, with this outreach campaign, the Newark driving public can learn about the anti-idling law, why it’s important, and how each of us can make a difference.”

To kick off the campaign, the City of Newark introduced its new “Stop Idling – It’s the Law” signage, with 11 signs newly posted where students are dropped off and picked up at the high school. More than 300 of the signs will be placed in strategic locations throughout the city to remind drivers not to leave their engines running while parked.

“The Commission’s goal in this outreach campaign is to influence Newark drivers to eliminate daily idling. If as few as a quarter of Newark drivers would simply turn off their engines just half the time, we could potentially reduce carbon emissions by at least 1.7 to 2.6 million pounds per year,” said Thomas Fruehstorfer, chair of the Newark Conservation Advisory Commission. “Besides breathing cleaner air, drivers will enjoy the added benefit of wasting less gas while reducing fuel consumption and costs.”

Warming up a vehicle is the most common reason given for idling. Many drivers also have become accustomed to idling cars in the morning, at the ATM, at the drive-thru for lunch, when picking up children from school, while using a cell phone, or while waiting to pump gas.



Fed up with the threat of “censorship” on Facebook, a group of a conservatives are launching their own social network called “The Tea Party Community.” The site, which doesn’t even officially go online until Saturday, has already attracted nearly 50,000 members.

The site’s co-founder, Tea Party activist Ken Crow, told Fox News that The Tea Party Community will be the “new home for conservatives and the Tea Party movement in America.”

“Most of us are subjected to censorship on Facebook…I’ve been suspended there as have many of my friends. You also absorb a lot of abuse from liberals,” Crow said.


Five Awards For Wicomico High JROTC Drill Team And Color Guard In Drill Competition

The Wicomico High JROTC Drill Team and Color Guard won five awards at the "Golden Knight" Drill Competition held at Sussex Central High School in Georgetown. The Tribe Battalion won First Place in Regulation Drill and Exhibition Drill and Second Place in Color Guard, Unit Inspection and Squad Drill. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps JROTC programs from Maryland and Delaware competed in the event.

Report Shows OCPD Saw Less Violence, More Drugs In 2012

The Ocean City Police Department’s year-end numbers indicate that major crimes against persons are on the decline, but property crime and other offenses – particularly drug- and alcohol-related ones – continue to be a battle.

Capt. Kevin Kirstein, currently serving as the OCPD’s acting chief after the departure of former chief Bernadette DiPino, presented the department’s annual report to City Council on Tuesday.

Most crucial, Kirstein said, was that the city’s rate of major crime seemed to be holding steady. Since 2006, the town has averaged 1,486 incidents per year that are severe enough to be reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s national records system. Such crimes include homicide, rape, robbery, assault, breaking and entering, larceny and motor vehicle theft.


How Far Off Were The Predictions Of 1967′s Home Of The Future?

Faced with an amazing array of new technology, post-World War II America was obsessed with “the future” and how, within decades, we’d be living in geodesic colonies in the desert with self-sustaining farms. Not all of that has come true.
Back in March of 1967, Walter Cronkite dedicated an entire episode of his forward-looking show “The 21st Century” to the home of the future.

We’ve included some of the videos below, and the Smithsonian’s Paleofuture blog has a great write-up of the episode, which makes predictions of the devices you’d see in everyday homes in 2001.

More Laser Shows, Fireworks Planned In OC

OCEAN CITY – The popular laser light and firework shows downtown last summer have been given the go-ahead to continue on into the summer of 2013.

Tourism Director Donna Abbott presented the Mayor and City Council with a request to approve the recommendation made by the Tourism Advisory Board (TAB) to continue last summer’s weekly fireworks and laser light shows on the beach downtown.

According to Abbott, TAB reviewed T.E.A.M Productions’ proposal to continue the shows this summer, and the board voted unanimously to send a favorable recommendation to the Mayor and City Council to move forward with the plan.


Raleigh Government: Flushable Wipes Aren’t Flushable And Clog Sewers, So Cut It Out

Sewer lines in Raleigh, N.C. keep getting clogged. What’s to blame? Aging infrastructure? Rapid population growth? Massive sale on prunes at a local grocery chain? Well, not really: officials say that the latest clog, and a few previous ones, are allegedly due to huge wads of non-flushable paper in the pipes. They point specifically at non-flushable “flushable” wipes marketed for cleaning home surfaces and people.


Imagine the following scene:

A handful of union bosses crowd around an old card table, punching numbers into their calculators. They’ve been up all night. Someone puts on another pot of coffee and a few of the older bosses are starting to fall asleep. Those who are still alert and active scratch their heads and re-enter their calculations.

“Oh, my gosh!” one of them shouts, concluding the all-night exercise. “‘Obamacare’ is going to cost us!”

Yes, according to a recent report from the Wall Street Journal, union leaders (i.e. the same people who campaigned tirelessly in favor of universal healthcare) are trying to figure out a way to avoid paying for the costs associated with “Obamacare.”


Student Loan Debt Is Creating Generation Of High-Risk Borrowers With Low Credit Scores

Lots of people graduate college with minimal credit histories. Repaying student loans was always a dependable way to build that history. But recent, rampant growth in student loan debt in the U.S. could slow that process for an entire age group.
The folks at FICO, the very people you need to impress in order to get that gleaming credit score when it comes time to get a mortgage, have just released the results of a study showing the negative impact student loan debt (now totaling more than $1 trillion in the U.S.) is having on credit scores and credit risk.

Dead Man Stops At Burger King For One Last Whopper Jr.

David Kime Jr. had it his way up until the day he was buried.

The 88-year old World War II vet from West York, Penn. loved Burger King’s Whopper Jr. so much that after he died on Jan. 20, he was buried with one.

On Saturday — the day of his memorial service — his entire funeral procession drove through the fast food restaurant so that he could have one last hamburger.

“He always lived by his own rules,” his daughter, Linda Phiel, told the York Daily Record. “His version of eating healthy was the lettuce on the Whopper Jr.”


The President's Budget Plan For The Next Fiscal Year Will Be At Least A Month Late

CQ Roll Call reports: The Office of Management and Budget now says March 4 is the earliest the White House will send its proposal to Congress. "Passback," the budget negotiations between the White House and agencies, began just days ago. They usually start in November. The law requires that the president deliver his budget by the first Monday in February. OMB blames the drawn-out stalemate over the fiscal cliff. Officials tell lawmakers: they had to wait for a solution to know how much revenue to expect this year.

People Are Amazing!

Thought Of The Day

“A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don't have one, you'll probably never need one again.”


“People want to burn their jerseys and don’t want to support the [Baltimore] Ravens anymore,” one commenter said after the Ravens chose not to invite 23-year-old Courtney Lenz to the Super Bowl.

While not everyone is quite as passionate, thousands of people have signed a petition requesting the Ravens revise their roster and bring the five-year cheerleading veteran to the biggest game of the year, claiming she was unfairly punished for a 2-pound weight gain and announcing her plans to retire after the end of the season.


The Amazing Human Body

It takes your food seven seconds to get from your mouth to your stomach.

One human hair can support 6.6 pounds.

The average man's penis is two times the length of his thumb.

Human thighbones are stronger than concrete.

A woman's heart beats faster than a man's.

There are about one trillion bacteria on each of your feet.

Women blink twice as often as men.

The average person's skin weighs twice as much as the brain

Your body uses 300 muscles to balance itself when you are standing still.

If saliva cannot dissolve something, you cannot taste it.

Women will be finished reading this by now.

Men are still busy checking their thumbs


Well, it looks like there have been some major developments in that “I give God 10%” receipt story: The alleged “pastor” is real and the server who posted the photo has been fired.

A photo posted to Reddit on Tuesday by a user named “GateFlan,” who claims to be a St. Louis-area server, shows how an alleged “pastor” reacted to the restaurant’s automatic gratuity policy:


The Next Generation Of Surveillance

Dog Found In NM Reunited With Kentucky Owner

Mandi Smith's 5-month-old puppy disappeared from the family's Fort Campbell, Ky., yard 18 months ago. So when Smith got a call saying Pooka had turned up in northern New Mexico, she says she was more than a little surprised.

"At first I thought someone was playing a trick on me," the 26-year-old Smith said Wednesday, adding that she played the voicemail from the Espanola Valley Humane Society more than once.

"I thought I'd never see her again."

But it was no joke. The now 2-year-old Chihuahua-dachshund mix, also known as a "chiweenie," was found wandering the streets in Espanola on Jan. 12. She was traced back to her military family by a microchip that Smith says had been installed just days before she went missing.


Another Arson Reported On the Eastern Shore Of Va

Olney, Va. – Yet another arson was set on the Eastern Shore late Friday night.

Shortly after 11pm Virginia State Police were called to a fire in the 26000 block of Locustville Road in Olney.

The structure was an airplane hanger which was not occupied at the time of the fire. There were no injuries. Preliminary investigation has determined this to be arson.




Nursing Home Head Charged In Alleged Assault On Resident

The administrator of the Berlin Nursing & Rehabilitation Center was charged in January with assaulting a resident there.

Donald Scott Boger, 49, of Ocean Pines was served with a summons in mid-January charging him with a second-degree assault on a woman on Oct. 16, 2012.

Boger was scheduled to be in Circuit Court in Snow Hill on Wednesday for an initial appearance. He is scheduled to have a jury trial in that court on April 4.




Something we never get enough of as children turns into something we don’t want to see as adults is snow. The idea of getting a “snow day” was always appealing to a youngster in the 1950’s. Looking back, when school was cancelled because of snow, it never seemed to get so bad that we couldn’t go out in it and play all day or until we were so cold and wet we couldn’t stand it anymore.

The picture above is of me and my sister before 1948. I can tell this by the black 1938 Ford in the background. This was the family car until my Dad bought a new one in 1948 and it was light gray. You don’t see snowmen this big anymore around here and there are two reasons for this. First, we don’t have “good snow” anymore. By this I mean that in days gone by, the snow packed better. Second, since my sister and I were both little, we had to have help building two snowmen this big. My Dad or Granddad had to have helped, which they always did willingly. It seems like everybody is so busy these days that helping their children build a snowman is put on the back burner.

We had a sled back then. It was a Flexible Flyer and was appropriately named. This was before all the new-fangled devices were invented that propelled you down any incline available. The earliest devices I can remember were some kids using trash can lids with the handle torn off. We always went to the City Park by the cannon. My mother was never very athletic, but she attempted to go down the hill with me one time and thought we were going in the water. She stuck her leg out to stop the speeding sled and proceeded to get it run over, causing her to get a sprained ankle. She never went again.

As recently as the late 1990’s, when both my boys were in high school, I had the greatest sledding experience of my life. I’ll never forget it. It was a Tuesday evening and a full moon was out. Except for one other man about my age, we were the only ones on the hill by the cannon. The snow was packed just right and a trip down the hill propelled you enough so that we went parallel to the water and half-way up the hill a ways down. When we finally got off, we only had about six steps to be at the top of the hill again. We went back and forth all evening. I still don’t know why that place wasn’t really crowded that night.

As time has gone on, more caution is taken with school buses traveling the back roads and being responsible for around 12,000 students every day. There is so much more traffic on the road that it is probably good for the safety of the children to call for a snow day rather than take chances. Times haven’t changed for the children though. They get excited at the first flake and the thought of no school, but have no trouble getting around in it when it is a foot deep. When my boys were in school and had a snow day, they walked the sled down to City Park even though it was farther than Wi-Hi.

Background Checks

O'Malley To Visit Gretna, La., Before Super Bowl

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will visit Gretna, La., when the two officials head to the Super Bowl in New Orleans.

They plan to visit the town on Saturday.

They will be recognizing more than 160 years of close ties between the cities of Baltimore and Gretna. The ties began with the 1850 bequest of the fortune of Baltimore native and Gretna resident John McDonogh to the schools of New Orleans and Baltimore.


Smart Meters: What the Mainstream Media Isn't Telling You

On Wednesday January 23, Naperville, Illinois resident Jennifer Stahl was arrested for verbally refusing installation of a smart meter on her own property. Jennifer has been studying the issue for quite some time, and decided that a smart meter could be detrimental to her health, security, and privacy. 

The city of Naperville, Illinois, which owns the electrical utility, claims otherwise. They insist the smart meters are safe, and have bullied homeowners into accepting them. The smart meters are so important to the city that they won't permit anyone to refuse installation - and if they do, they are arrested. It seems that property rights and trespassing laws don't apply in Naperville.
Tune in to Off the Grid radio to hear Jennifer's story in her own words.

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Happy Groundhog Day

Department Of Homeland Security Targets Gun Collector

KRQE in Albuquerque, New Mexico, reports that the Department of Homeland Security – the federal agency initially established to protect the United States from terrorists and respond to natural disasters – has used its ICE division to bust a gun collector.
Federal Homeland Security Investigation agents raided the home of Robert Adams on Thursday and seized 548 handguns and 317 rifles from the collector. They also raided his business and took an additional 599 handguns.

KRQE reports that Adams did not violate any laws and was not charged with any crimes. It said the DHS, however, is not finished with Adams and he may be charged with gun smuggling, tax evasion and violating importation laws.

The government spent yeas surveilling the gun collector and argues that his weapons are “not properly marked possibly to make the guns more valuable and to avoid paying high import taxes.”