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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

100 Years Old & Still Killing Us: America Was Much Better Off Before The Income Tax

Did you know that the greatest period of economic growth in American history was during a time when there was absolutely no federal income tax? Between the end of the Civil War and 1913, there was an explosion of economic activity in the United States unlike anything ever seen before or since. Unfortunately, a federal income tax was instituted in 1913, and this year it turned 100 years old. But there was no fanfare, was there? There was no celebration because the federal income tax is universally hated.

Sadly, most Americans just assume that there is no other option to an income tax. Most Americans just assume that it has always been with us and that it will always be with us. This year, the American people will shell out approximately $4.22 trillion in state and federal income taxes. That amount is equivalent to approximately 29.4 percent of all income that Americans will bring in this year, and that does not even take into account the dozens of other taxes that Americans pay each year.


Family Of Four, Mother Of Two Hit The Lottery At Housing Fair

The round of applause made 10-month-old Tafsir Islam cry in the arms of his aunt, Sanjida Islam, but they could have been tears of joy. Just seconds before, his parents had won the opportunity to purchase a new three-bedroom townhouse at a below market rate in Ellicott City.

Standing in the crowded atrium of Long Reach High School on Saturday, April 13, Mohammed Islam and Rusella Mirza were announced as the first winners of the Housing Lottery at the Howard County Housing Fair.

The lottery is an annual drawing at Howard County Housing's largest event, which brings more than 55 exhibitors together to discuss homeownership in Howard County. The lottery offers prospective homeowners the chance to purchase homes priced below market value.



“Demanding domestic security in times of war invites carelessness in preserving civil liberties and the right of privacy. Frequently the people are only too anxious for their freedoms to be sacrificed on the altar of authoritarianism thought to be necessary to remain safe and secure. Nothing would please the terrorists more than if we willingly give up some of our cherished liberties while defending ourselves from their threat.”

Ron Paul

“It is not we non-interventionists who are isolationists. The real isolationists are those who impose sanctions and embargoes on countries and peoples across the globe because they disagree with the internal and foreign policies of their leaders. The real isolationists are those who choose to use force overseas to promote democracy, rather than seek change through diplomacy, engagement, and by setting a positive example.”

Ron Paul

“The moral and constitutional obligations of our representatives in Washington are to protect our liberty, not coddle the world, precipitating no-win wars, while bringing bankruptcy and economic turmoil to our people.”

Ron Paul

“Our foolish policy in Iraq invites terrorist attacks against U.S. territory and incites the Islamic fundamentalists against us.”

Ron Paul

BREAKING NEWS: Letter With Ricin Sent To Senator, Lawmakers Say

Lawmakers have been informed a letter addressed to Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., tested positive for Ricin, Fox News confirms. The letter was intercepted and screened at an off-site facility.

Where Does Your Tax Dollar Go?

In 2012, Washington collected $2.4 trillion in taxes, more than $20,000 for every American household...and spent $3.5 trillion...

Marathon Bombing Victim, 8, Recalled As Spirited

BOSTON (AP) -- Neighbors and friends remembered 8-year-old Boston bombing victim Martin Richard on Tuesday as a vivacious boy who loved to run, climb, and play sports like soccer, basketball and baseball.

Family friend Jack Cunningham spoke of how as a pint-sized preschooler, Martin had insisted on getting out of a stroller his mom was pushing during a 5K race in South Boston about five years ago.

But once she let him out to run with the rest of the family, Martin had other plans for the rainy race course.

"He was just having a ball, splashing in every puddle," Cunningham said.


Letter Sent to Roger Wicker Tests Positive For Ricin

An envelope sent to the office of Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) included a substance that has tested positive for Ricin, two sources said.

It was not immediately clear when the envelope was received, but senators said it was identified on Tuesday morning as containing Ricin. It arrived at a Senate mail facility, which has now been closed for more testing — all mail bound for Capitol Hill is now being directed through a U.S. House facility.

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) said members were briefed that the substance had been found in a letter and that a suspect has been identified. 


VOTER FRAUD (Virtual State of the Union 2013)

County Councils Set 'Rain Tax' For Property Owners

Property owners in Baltimore and Anne Arundel Counties now know what they will be paying each year in the so-called "rain tax." That is the state mandated storm water management fees for all the concrete and pavement on a residential or business property.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the annual fee for single family home owners in Baltimore County will be $39 annually. For business owners there is a formula that will be set up with a fee for each square foot of impervious surface.

The Executive Director of Catholic Charities on Monday told WBAL TV he was concerned about the costs to non-profits for all the concrete and pavement at their facilities.



(PIKESVILLE, MD) – As the investigation into the Boston explosions continues, Colonel Marcus L. Brown, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police, has directed state troopers to increase vigilance, especially around critical infrastructures.

Troopers will be conducting increased patrol checks of critical infrastructures in their areas of responsibility. Although troopers are routinely vigilant and looking for suspicious activities as part of their daily duties, they have been reminded to increase their awareness.

“Our obligation to protect our citizens requires that we increase our awareness in response to this tragedy in Boston as a precaution,” Colonel Brown said. “We are coordinating our efforts with allied law enforcement at the local and federal levels. The Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center is monitoring the situation and will keep our law enforcement partners informed of the latest public safety information. I ask citizens to join police officers in being alert for any suspicious activity or situation and report that information immediately to authorities.”

Persons who see something suspicious are urged to contact the Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center at 1-800-492-TIPS (8877). The Center is staffed around-the-clock and will immediately review incoming information and forward it to the appropriate law enforcement agency for follow up. Local, state and federal law enforcement personnel work together at the Center to ensure Maryland’s coordinated response to public safety threats.

Maryland State Police command personnel are on alert to deploy additional troopers if needed for a State Police response or to assist local law enforcement. No additional personnel have been deployed at this time, but all troopers currently on patrol are implementing increased precautions.

NASA's Wallops Island Prepares For The Spotlight

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) — On one of Virginia's small barrier islands, a NASA facility that operates in relative obscurity outside scientific circles is preparing to be thrust into the spotlight.

On Wednesday, Orbital Sciences Corp. plans to conduct the first test launch of its Antares rocket under a NASA program in which private companies deliver supplies to the International Space Station. If all goes as planned, the unmanned rocket's practice payload will be vaulted into orbit from Wallops Island before burning up in the atmosphere on its return to Earth several months later.

The goal of the launch isn't to connect with the space station, but to make sure the rocket works and that a simulated version of a cargo ship that will dock with space station on future launches separates into orbit. Orbital officials say that should occur about 10 minutes after liftoff.


NFL Broadcasting Icon Pat Summerall Dies At Age Of 82

Pat Summerall, the legendary NFL play-by-play man who worked a record 16 Super Bowls, has died at the age of 82, according to multiple reports.

He began working for CBS in 1961 and stayed there for 31 years before moving to Fox for the final eight years of his career.

Summerall spent much of his time honing a fantastic chemistry with the most famous football analyst in history, John Madden, and tributes have begun pouring in on social media from those who associate Summerall with the big-time football games of their youth.


"100% of what is collected is absorbed

solely by interest on the Federal Debt ...
all individual income tax revenues are gone
before one nickel is spent on the services
taxpayers expect from government."
-- Grace Commission

Source: report submitted to 
President Ronald Reagan 
on January 15, 1984

BREAKING NEWS: Veteran Sports Broadcaster Pat Summerall Dies

Pat Summerall, the NFL player-turned-broadcaster who called games for more than 40 years, dies at 82, Fox Sports spokesman says.
From Fox News

State Credit Cards At University Used To Dodge Purchasing Rules, Auditors Find

One department at the University of Maryland Baltimore was found to have misused state-issued credit cards to dodge purchasing rules, and four people were using two credit cards issued to only two people, according to state auditors.

An audit report released Monday said purchases made on these two corporate purchasing cards, which had monthly limits of $400,000 or more, “were artificially split in order to bypass formal procurement policies,” which generally require competitive bids for purchases over $5,000.

In some cases, vendors of research and medical equipment used at the professional schools were asked to generate several invoices for a single purchase to avoid competitive bids. The team from the Office of Legislative Audits found that 15 orders from two medical supply firms totaling about $122,000 were split into two or more transaction to avoid the $5,000 limit. The purchases occurred from March 2009 to September 2011.


Ship My Pants

Registration Open For Wicomico Recreation’s Adult Kickball

(Salisbury, MD) As an adult, you may not get summers off anymore, but Wicomico Recreation offers the opportunity to relive those childhood memories with a playground favorite - Kickball! The cornerstone of our Social Recreation series, Adult Kickball creates a break during the work week to exercise and have fun in a social sports setting. Join as a team, group or individual to enjoy this unique recreational opportunity where participants can meet new people and bond with family, friends and colleagues.

This year, the program will be offering two leagues; a non-competitive league and a social league. Teams who are ‘in it to win it’ are encouraged to join the non-competitive league, while the social league is geared towards teams looking for a more relaxed atmosphere.

Adult Kickball is open to men and women, ages 18 and over. Games will be played on Wednesday evenings at the Henry Parker Athletic Complex in Salisbury. The program fee is $25/individual or $300/team, recommended team size is 12-15 players. Individual registrants will be matched up with one another to create full teams. Register online or in person at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center Box Office (500 Glen Avenue, Salisbury; M-F, 8am-6pm). Registration deadline is Monday, May 20. The season will begin on Wednesday, May 29.

For more information, please contact Email Emily Eskridge at or call 410-548-4900 x108.

Violinist Sues Ocean City Over Noise Ordinance

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — A violinist is suing Ocean City, saying police hassled him over his music while enforcing a restrictive noise ordinance.

The American Civil Liberties Union has sued on behalf of William F. Hassay Jr., who says he stopped playing on the Boardwalk last year for fear of being arrested and had to perform “in less lucrative settings.”

Hassay is trying to recover any money he says he lost.


Why Can't We All Travel To Cuba?

Earlier this month, entertainers Jay-Z and Beyoncé were given a license by the US government to travel to Cuba. Because it is not otherwise legal for Americans to travel to Cuba, this trip was only permitted as a "cultural exchange" by the US Treasury Department. Many suspect that the permission was granted at least partly due to the fame, wealth, and political connections of the couple.

Some Members of Congress who continue to support the failed Cuba embargo, demanded that the Administration explain why these two celebrities were allowed to visit Cuba. The trip looked suspiciously like tourism, they argued in a letter to the White House, and American tourism is still not allowed in Cuba. They were photographed eating at the best restaurants, dancing, and meeting with average Cubans, which these Members of Congress frowned on.

Perhaps it is true that this couple used their celebrity status and ties to the White House to secure permission to travel, but the real question is, why can't the rest of us go?


The Most Awesome Wal-Mart Greeter Ever

Brain Teaser

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You can take some meteor showers to the bank, like the Leonids, Perseids and Geminids. Other showers are more spikey; they can underperform one year, with just a few dozen meteors an hour, or boost up to hundreds in an hour – a full on meteor storm! Our next meteor shower, the Lyrids, is one of those examples, especially when the peak night coincides with a new Moon: April 21/22, 2012. Is it going to be amazing this year? There’s only one way to find out – get outside, and look up.

The meteors come from Comet Thatcher (C/1861 G1); the trail of debris left behind as it makes a 415-year highly elliptical journey around the Sun. And each year the Earth passes through this trail, scooping up the the tiny particles of ice and dust and annihilating them in the atmosphere. Thatcher’s loss is our gain.
They’re named for the constellation Lyra, since the meteors appear to emanate from a region just off to the side of the familiar constellation – the bright star Vega is part of Lyra. Don’t just look at that one spot, though, meteors can be seen anywhere in the sky.

Fewer Than Three In 10 Americans Like The Federal Government

A Pew Research Center survey shows that percentage has dropped steadily over the past dozen years, from a high of 81 percent just after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Democrats, predictably, have more favorable views of the federal government than Republicans do, at 41 percent to 13. But this is the first time since President Barack Obama took office that more Democrats are more likely to say they have an unfavorable view of Washington. There's better news for state and local governments. Regardless of party, people were more likely to have favorable views of them.

448 Marylanders Registered For Boston Marathon

Listings for the Boston Athletic Association show 448 Marylanders registered to run the 2013 Boston Marathon , which was marred by tragedy Monday afternoon.

According to those records, 47 individuals from Maryland never finished the race, although it's likely many of them were pulled from the course following two explosions around 3pm.

An additional 75 runners did not start the course according to the listing. Among those who deferred or opted out is Ashley Recker, an assistant field hockey coach with Johns Hopkins University. The university confirms she did not participate.


Boston Update

The aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings has become a distinctly federal affair. The FBI has taken charge of the criminal investigation. It set up telephone hotlines for people who might have information about the perpetrator. It's looking for tips, pictures or videos of anything suspicious along the 26.2-mile route. Attorney General Eric Holder directed the entire Justice Department to make itself available. U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz is coordinating the department's response with Massachusetts and Boston authorities. Yesterday's bombing near the finish line killed three spectators and wounded more than 100 people.

Troopers Investigate Home Invasion In Seaford

5800 block of Woodland Ferry Road, Seaford, DE

Date of Occurrence:
Monday, April 15, 2013, at 12:10 a.m.

33-year-old male

Suspect 1: male, approximately 5’6” tall, thin build, wearing dark clothing and a mask (no further physical or clothing description available). Armed with a handgun.
Suspect 2: male, approximately 5’11” tall, thin build, wearing dark clothing and a mask (no further physical or clothing description available).

Seaford – Troopers are investigating a home invasion that occurred at a residence in the 5800 block of Woodland Ferry Road early this morning.

The incident occurred at 12:10 a.m. when the 33-year-old homeowner was awoken by his home alarm system. He exited his bedroom and encountered a masked male armed with a handgun. The homeowner fought with the male and another masked assailant, who both fled after the brief struggle. The homeowner did not require medical treatment at the scene.

If anyone has any information in reference to this incident, they are asked to contact the Troop 4 at 302-856-5850, or by utilizing the Delaware State Police Mobile Crime Tip Application available to download at: Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."

First Lady To Attend Signing of Veterans Bill

First lady Michelle Obama will visit the United States Naval Academy and deliver remarks at a bill-signing for Maryland's Veterans Full Employment Act of 2013.

Obama will be present on Wednesday as Gov. Martin O'Malley signs into law legislation that will enable veterans who apply for occupational and professional licenses in Maryland to get credit for their military training, education and experience.


US Households On Foodstamps Hit Record High

Record Dow, record S&P, record debt, record plunge in gold, and now: record US households on foodstamps. What's not to like. While today's gold selloff may be confusing to everyone, one can scratch off some 23,087,886 US households, or the number that according to the USDA [3]were on foodstamps in January and just happen to be a fresh all time high, as the likely sellers, especially when one considers that the average monthly benefit to each household dropped to a record low of $274.04. This number probably ignores, for good reason, the once every four years fringe benefits of Obamaphones and other such made in China trinkets.

Judge Holds Self In Contempt For His Smartphone

IONIA, Mich. (AP) -- A Michigan judge whose smartphone disrupted a hearing in his own courtroom has held himself in contempt and paid $25 for the infraction.

Judge Raymond Voet has a posted policy at Ionia County 64A District Court stating that electronic devices causing a disturbance during court sessions will result in the owner being cited with contempt, the Sentinel-Standard of Ionia and reported.

On Friday afternoon, during a prosecutor's closing argument as part of a jury trial, Voet's new smartphone began to emit sounds requesting phone voice commands. Voet said he thinks he bumped the phone, and the embarrassment likely left his face red.


US Rice Imports 'Contain Harmful Levels Of Lead'

Some samples exceeded the "provisional total tolerable intake" (PTTI) set by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by a factor of 120.

The report at the American Chemical Society Meeting adds to the already well-known issue of arsenic in rice.

The FDA told the BBC it would review the research.

Lead is known to be harmful to many organs and the central nervous system.

It is a particular risk for young children, who suffer significant developmental problems if exposed to elevated lead levels.


SPD Press Release 4-16-13


Salisbury Md. Kennel Club, Inc.31663 Winter Place Pkwy, Salisbury, Md 21804
410-548-2110 (Message Center)

We are proud to announce that the Salisbury MD Kennel Club will again be host to the Poodle Club of America's POODLES-ONLY INTERNATIONAL DOG SHOW, to be held at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center and other places in the area from April 19 through April 26. The public is invited to watch. There is no admission fee for any of the events. Unentered dogs are not allowed on the premises.

Friday - April 19 will be an AKC TRACKING TEST at Pemberton Park, 5561 Plantation Lane, Salisbury MD starting at 8:00 AM.

Saturday & Sunday - April 20 & 21 will be HUNT & WC/WCS TESTS at the Anatidae Farm, 4635 Maiden Forest Rd., Rhodesdale, MD starting at 8:00 AM.

Monday - April 22 will be an AGILITY TRIAL at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center beginning at 8:00 AM.

Tuesday - April 23 will be OBEDIENCE and RALLY TRIALS at The Wicomico Youth & Civic Center beginning at 8:00 AM.

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday - April 24, 25 & 26 will be BREED COMPETITION at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center for approximately 800 Poodles (Toy, Miniature, and Standard) from all over the world beginning at 8:00 AM each day.

Seminars and Clinics are open to public enrollment: (INFO: ; &

Also, please note that the Salisbury MD Kennel Club will hold 3 ALL-BREED AGILITY TRIALS Friday, Saturday & Sunday - April 19, 20, & 21 at the Crown Sport recreational facility located on US Rt 13-B South of Fruitland. Trials will begin at 8:00 AM each day. Each day is a separate event.

This should be a welcome boost for our local economy. We will appreciate your attendance and support to help make our events successful.

WCSO Press Release 4-16-13

Is It Legal For Employers To Make Employees Pay For Uniforms?

Millions of Americans have jobs that require them to sport a uniform of some sort. This is especially true in retail, food service, hospitality, and other public-facing industries where uniforms further the brand and aid customers in identifying employees. But should — and can — employers require that workers fork over their own money to cover the costs of these outfits?
In general, the answer is “yes…but.”

It’s a bit confusing because the Dept. of Labor’s own fact sheet on the topic [PDF] first states that “if the wearing of a uniform is required by some other law, the nature of a business, or by an employer, the cost and maintenance of the uniform is considered to be a business expense of the employer.” But what immediately follows are all the rules on when and how much an employer can charge for uniforms.

Report: More People Are Watching Netflix Streaming Content Than Cable Networks

That panicked wiggling you hear might just be cable giants quaking in their over-priced boots: Netflix CEO Reed Hastings says subscribers watched four billion hours of streaming content in the last three months. Exciting for Netflix, not so much for the cable biz: According to one report, this all means more people are watching Netflix than cable TV.

Research firm BTIG (hat tip to HuffPo) totted up the numbers after reading Hasting’s Facebook post, noting that the four billion figure is a global one. But by assuming that say, 88% of the subscribers, about 28.1 million, are in the U.S., that translates into the average U.S. subscriber watching 87 minutes of content per day.

Richard Greenfield of BTIG tells HuffPo this is no small feat. “Netflix is now likely the most watched cable network, essentially in-line with the Disney Channel,” he said.