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Saturday, June 08, 2013

Texas High School Silences Valedictorian's Microphone During Speech On Constitution, Report Says

 A Texas high school silenced its Valedictorian’s microphone during his speech when he diverted from his pre-approved remarks and instead spoke about the Constitution.

Joshua High School graduate Remington Reimer, who was accepted into the Naval Academy, had his microphone silenced during his speech right after he told fellow graduates that school officials apparently threatened him with the move the day before, reported.

Colin Radford, a fellow graduate told that Reimer was "talking about getting constitutional rights taken away from him, and then he said "just yesterday they threatened to turn my microphone off," and then his microphone went off."

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Guns and Grade-School Panic

The specter of school shootings has brought a too-typical staple to local newspaper sections: the boys disciplined at (or suspended from) grade school for bringing a toy gun or anything resembling a gun.

The Washington Post just found the latest wild overreaction, from Calvert County, Md., a blue state that's cracked down on gun rights. "A kindergartner who brought a cowboy-style cap gun onto his Calvert County school bus was suspended for 10 days after showing a friend the orange-tipped toy, which he had tucked inside his backpack on his way to school," according to the family.

Post reporter Donna St. George relayed, "The child was questioned for more than two hours before his mother was called, she said, adding that he uncharacteristically wet his pants during the episode. The boy is 5 - 'all bugs and frogs and cowboys,' his mother said."


Big Brother

Carly Rae Jepsen, The Wanted to headline Maryland State Fair

Pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen, of “Call Me Maybe” fame, will headline the 132nd Maryland State Fair.

Jepsen will be joined by British boy band The Wanted for the Aug. 25 concert at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium.

Tickets are on sale now on and cost between $39 and $80.


Ever Hear Of The Dick Act Of 1902 (not a joke)..

You can check out a good read on this at:

Wonder if anyone in Congress is familiar with this one?

FYI--The Dick Act of 1902 - Gun Control FORBIDDEN by law!
Were you aware of this law?

DICK ACT of 1902 - CAN'T BE REPEALED (GUN CONTROL FORBIDDEN) - Protection Against Tyrannical Government
It would appear that the administration is counting on the fact that the American Citizens don't know this, their rights and the constitution. Don't prove them right.

The Dick Act of 1902 also known as the Efficiency of Militia Bill H.R. 11654, of June 28, 1902 invalidates all so-called gun-control laws.

It also divides the militia into three distinct and separate entities.

The three classes H.R. 11654 provides for are the organized militia, henceforth known as the National Guard of the State, Territory and District of Columbia, the unorganized militia and the regular army.
The militia encompasses every able-bodied male between the ages of 18 and 45. All members of the unorganized militia have the absolute personal right and 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms of any type, and as many as they can afford to buy.

The Dick Act of 1902 cannot be repealed; to do so would violate bills of attainder and ex post facto laws which would be yet another gross violation of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The President of the United States has zero authority without violating the Constitution to call the National Guard to serve outside of their State borders.

The National Guard Militia can only be required by th National Government for limited purposes specified in the Constitution
(to uphold the laws of the Union; to suppress insurrection and repel invasion). These are the only purposes for which the General Government can call upon the National Guard.

Research Finds High Fructose Corn Syrup Can Trigger Addiction

WASHINGTON - New research reportedly shows that high fructose corn syrup can trigger behavior similar to the actions accompanying a drug habit.

Research by Dr. Francesco Leri, an neuroscience professor at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, showed that lab rats self-dosing on the sweetener behaved like other rats dosing on cocaine, according to Citizens for Health, a nonprofit consumer group involved in health activism.

"It showed that the brain activity for high fructose corn syrup mimicked the brain activity of certain addictive substances," says Jim Turner, the group's board chairman.

Leri studied the changes in lab rats caused by eating foods containing high levels of sugar, fats and taste enhancers like the syrup. His tests reportedly included allowing lab animals to press a lever to receive doses of high fructose corn syrup.



Michael Ramirez Cartoon


You may want to sit down for this.

It appears that along with online information, the U.S. government has tracked credit card purchases and, in some cases, shared phone data with the U.K., according to The Wall Street Journal and The Daily Beast.

It was revealed earlier this week that the feds have been monitoring Verizon, Sprint Nextel, and AT&T customers and that the National Security Administration had established a massive program, code-named PRISM, that indicates the monitoring of Americans.

Now the Wall Street Journal’s sources claim NSA operations also encompass purchase information from credit-card providers.


DSP And DATE Arrest Tobacco Smugglers In Georgetown

Location: South DuPont Boulevard (US113) and Arrow Safety Road, Georgetown, DE

Date of Occurrence: Thursday June 6, 2013 at approximately 2:30 p.m.

Defendant, Charges, and Bond Information:

Konstantinos Tsolatis, 63, Astoria, NY (Photo Attached, blue shirt)
Possession of Untaxed Cigarettes
Attempt to Evade Delaware Excise Tax
Conspiracy 2nd
Driving without a Valid License
Operating a Motor Vehicle without Taillights

Arraigned at JP3 and released on $4,500.00 unsecured bond.

Panagiotis Tzathas, 72, Astoria, NY (Photo Attached, green shirt)
Possession of Untaxed Cigarettes
Attempt to Evade Delaware Excise Tax
Conspiracy 2nd

Arraigned at JP3 and released on $4,500.00 unsecured bond.

Georgetown, DE- The Delaware State Police and Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement have arrested two men in connection with smuggling tobacco through Delaware.

The incident occurred around 2:30 p.m. yesterday as a trooper on patrol in the area of South DuPont Boulevard (US113) and Arrow Safety Road observed a 1995 Jeep Cherokee without two working taillights. A traffic stop was conducted and contact was made with the driver, Konstantinos Tsolatis, 63, and passenger, Panagiotis Tzathas, 72, of Astoria, NY. When the trooper initially approached to the vehicle, filled trash bags were observed through the rear windows and loose cartons of cigarettes were scattered throughout the rear of the vehicle.

Further investigation and a search of the vehicle revealed the occupants were in possession of a total of 205 cartons of cigarettes bearing Virginia tax stamps along with $11,539 in cash. Both individuals were taken into custody without incident and the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement (DATE) was notified and responded to Troop 4 to assume the investigation. DATE agents determined that the 205 cartons were obtained in Virginia and were being transported to an unknown destination. DATE agents seized the cash and the 1995 Jeep Cherokee and charged both Tsolatis and Tzathas with Possession of Untaxed Cigarettes, Attempting to Evade Delaware Excise Tax, and Conspiracy 2nd Degree. Tsolatis was also charged with Driving without a Valid License and Operating a Motor Vehicle without Taillights. Both were released on a $4500.00 unsecured bond pending future court action.

WCSO Most Wanted

Heather Lavonde Wallace

• White Female, 5’06” 185 lbs
• DOB 11/06/1975 37 years of age
• Red hair, Brown eyes
• Wallace’s last known address was Salisbury MD
• Wallace is wanted by the Sheriff's Office on a Circuit Court Bench Warrant issued for Failure to Appear in April 2013 on the charge of Firearm in Drug Trafficking Crime
• And on a District Court Bench Warrant issued in February 2013 for Violation of Probation on the charges of Fraud Identity Theft and Use of Signature
• And on a Child Support Body Attachment issued in April 2013
• There is no preset bond, she must be brought before the court
• Wallace should be considered ARMED, DANGEROUS, should be APPROACHED WITH CAUTION and has history of DRUG ABUSE
• We will extradite Wallace from Delaware and Virginia

Adrianna Jane Kowalski AKA Shockley
• White Female, 5’05” 140 lbs
• DOB 10/06/1965 47 years of age
• Brown hair, Hazel eyes
• Kowalski’s last known address was Salisbury MD
• Kowalski is wanted by the Sheriff's Office on a Circuit Court Bench Warrant issued in February 2013 for Violation of Probation on the charge of Burglary 1st degree
• The preset bond is $10,000
• Kowalski has a history of RESIST ARREST and DRUG ABUSE

Tashena Lavon Burton

• Black Female, 5’09” 135 lbs
• DOB 02/05/1985 28 years of age
• Black hair, Brown eyes
• Burton’s last known address was Princess Anne MD
• Burton uses the nickname Shena and has tattoos on both arms, her abdomen and neck
• Burton is wanted by the Sheriff's Office on a Circuit Court Bench Warrant issued for Failure to Appear in April 2013 on the charge of CDS obtain by alter prescription
• There is no preset bond, she must be brought before the court 
• Burton has a history of DRUG ABUSE

Elizabeth Ann Keough 
• White Female, 5’03” 135 lbs
• DOB 01/19/1976 37 years of age
• Brown hair, Brown eyes
• Keough’s last known address was Laurel DE
• Keogh is wanted by the Sheriff's Office on a Circuit Court Bench Warrant issued for Failure to Appear in November 2012 for a Violation of Probation hearing on the charge of CDS Possess with Intent Distribute Narcotics 
• There is no preset bond, she must be brought before the court 
• We will extradite from Delaware and Virginia
• Keogh has a history of DRUG ABUSE

Shea Lagwen Grooms 
• Black Female 5’04” 160 lbs
• DOB 10/06/1981 32
• Black hair, Brown eyes
• Grooms’ last known address was Salisbury, MD 
• Grooms also uses the names Shay or Shae
• Grooms is wanted by the Sheriff’s Office on a District Court Arrest Warrant issued in May 2009 for Escape 2nd for failing to serve her weekend sentence at the Wicomico Detention Center
• And on a Child Support Body Attachments issued in September 2009
• Grooms has a history of RESIST ARREST
• The preset bond on the Child Support is $1000 cash

Is the Government Also Monitoring The CONTENT Of Our Phone Calls?

The Obama administration has been caught spying on the Verizon phone calls of tens of millions of Americans.

But the government has sought to “reassure” us that it is only tracking “metadata” such as the time and place of the calls, and not the actual content of the calls.

That claim is patently absurd.

The American government is in fact collecting and storing virtually every phone call, purchases, email, text message, internet searches, social media communications, health information, employment history, travel and student records, and virtually all other information of every American.

All U.S. intelligence agencies – including the CIA and NSA – are going to spy on Americans’ finances. The IRS will be spying on Americans’ shopping records, travel, social interactions, health records and files from other government investigators.

Glenn Greenwald reported in May:


Maryland Students May Have To Pay Millions With student Loan Interest Rate Expiring

Maryland students could be on the hook for an extra $95.4 million if an increase to federal loan interest rates goes into effect this summer.

Interest rates on subsidized federal student loans are set to double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on July 1, when a cut that has kept the rates low expires. A total of 105,027 Maryland students have subsidized federal student loans, with an average loan debt of about $24,000. The increase to interest rates would add an extra $909 to every student’s tab, according to a report by Maryland PIRG.

A college affordability program that had kept rates low for Stafford student loans expired in 2012. Congress extended the rate for another year, but have yet to approve a similar extension.


Somerset County Sheriff's Office Press Release 6-8-13

Epifanio Dominguez- Villa of Spring Texas, arrested 5-18-13 on a warrant for malicious destruction of property. Dominguez-Villa was later released on a $50,000 bond.

Jamar Marquel Tenner of Crisfield, arrested 5-20-13 on a parole retake warrant. Tenner was later held without bond, and turned over to ECI staff.

Rudell Arthur White of Princess Anne, arrested 5-20-13 on a warrant for failing to pay District Court fines. White was later released on personal recognizance.

Derek Anthony Whittington of Westover, arrested 5-20-13 on warrants for reckless endangerment, malicious destruction of property, violation of an ex-parte order, and disorderly conduct. Whittington was held on a $50,000 bond.

Joseph Reynold Elliott of Crisfield, arrested 5-21-13 on warrants for violation of District Court conditions. Elliott was held without bond.

Jamar James Brooks of Glen Burnie, arrested 5-22-13 on a warrant for violation of probation. Brooks was held without bond.

Harris Von-Russell Purnell Jr. of Salisbury, arrested 5-25-13 on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Purnell was held on a $500.00 bond.

Jeremy Lee Reynolds, and Matthew Gray Meekins both from North Carolina, arrested 5-30-13 for possession of suspected heroin, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both subjects were released on a unsecured $10,000 bond. The arrest was the result of a traffic stop conducted by deputies on Ocean highway, Princess Anne. Deputies recovered packs of suspected heroin, and several syringes.

Russell Coleman of Baltimore, arrested 5-30-13 on a warrant for violation of probation. Coleman was held on a $25,000 bond.

Zahid Mirz of Princess Anne, criminal summons served for disorderly conduct. Mirz was released on signature pending court actions.

Stephon Montell Holloway-Smith of Salisbury, arrested 6-4-13 on warrants for theft less than $1,000. Holloway-Smith was later released on personal recognizance.

Dontez Vonell Gerald of Crisfield, arrested 6-4-13 on two warrants for failing to appear in court. Gerald was later released after posting bond.

Elwood Henery Morris Jr. of Princess Anne, arrested 6-5-13 on a warrant for violation of probation. Morris was later held without bond.

Kenneth Leon Collins of Princess Anne, arrested 6-6-13 on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Collins was held on a $500.00 bond.

Feds Hoping To Extend Whale Protection Rules

OCEAN CITY -- The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) this week announced a proposal to make permanent rules the agency implemented five years ago to protect highly endangered right whales that migrate through and birth young in the waters off the mid-Atlantic coast.

On Wednesday, NMFS officials announced the 60-day public comment period is now open on the agency’s proposal to permanently implement rules the agency adopted five years ago to reduce the number of collisions by ocean-going vessels and North Atlantic right whales in certain seasonal management areas along the east coast from Maine to Florida including vast sections off the mid-Atlantic coast. The Seasonal Management Areas include vast sections of ocean at the mouths of both the Chesapeake Bay and the Delaware Bay, which overlap in areas well off the coast of Ocean City and Assateague.

Right whales are among the most endangered species in the world and are highly vulnerable to ship collisions. As part of NMFS’ long-standing efforts to recover the right whale population, rules were put in place five years ago to reduce an ocean-going vessel’s speed to 10 knots or less during certain times of the year and in certain designated locations called seasonal management areas, some of which are located off the mid-Atlantic coast. However, the rules are set to expire on December 31, 2013, and NMFS officials are now seeking to make them permanent.


Pay Down Your Debt

There's a worse crisis on the way unless we get serious about tackling debt ... For all of the talk of austerity, Britain is still drowning in debt, private as well as public. 'Together, families and non-financial firms' debt is still worth 208pc of GDP and is merely back to levels last seen in mid-2007, a time when leverage was already utterly unsustainable. – UK Telegraph

Dominant Social Theme: Don't worry, be happy.

Free-Market Analysis: We've warned about a deleveraging bond market. When Western economies are seen as weak and their currencies weaker, then investors around the world don't want to buy bonds and rates rise. This makes the bonds that people and institutions already hold worth less.

A bond crash is in the making. And this Telegraph article does us the favor of pointing out that it will extend to private debt, as well. That is, a bond crash is symptomatic of a larger economic sickness, which is bound to be widespread and individual not just sovereign.



A driver who fell asleep at the wheel drifted into a highway lane and slammed right into a police cruiser, causing the patrol car to roll over several times and injuring the officer inside.

The cruiser’s dashcam captured the whole ordeal on film, and the Jupiter Police Department posted the video as a reminder of the dangers of driving while tired, WKMG reported.

Officer Jason Starks, 34, was driving on I-95 after leaving the Palm Beach County jail around 4:30 a.m. Sunday when the other fast-moving vehicle, driven by 30-year-old Steven Klix, pulled crossed directly in front of the cruiser and hit the concrete guard. Starks’ vehicle began to spin and roll over on impact.


The IRS Claims It Can’t Find Its Own Receipts

At this point we have all heard of the IRS being caught redhanded with regard to its political targeting, but revelations of corruption and cronyism get worse and worse each day. Yesterday, we found out that the IRS has wasted tens of millions of dollars on hundreds of conferences over the past few years. Conferences where in one instance $17,000 was spent to make paintings of Michael Jordan, Albert Einstein and Bono. Believe it or not, the story gets even better.

We actually don’t even know how much taxpayer money the IRS has blown. Why? They didn’t keep their receipts. You couldn’t make this stuff up.


So Who Is James Comey, Obama’s Nominee To Head The FBI?

In light of the latest revelations that the NSA is spying on the communications of millions of Verizon customers courtesy of information provided by the FBI, it probably makes sense to know a little more about Obama’s nominee to head that Bureau. That man is James Comey, and he was a top Department of Justice attorney under John Ashcroft during the George W. Bush Administration (since then he has worked at Lockheed Martin and at the enormous Connecticut hedge fund Bridgewater Associates). This guy defines the revolving door cancer ruining these United States.

Comey’s defenders point out that he stood up to some of the more egregious spy programs that Bush officials wanted to pursue, and that he also expressed reservations about the torture program. Nevertheless, he signed off on, and provided the legal justification for both. This is the man being recycled back through the revolving door by Obama. I have read many articles on Mr. Comey ever since it surfaced he would be nominated and, as usual, Glenn Greenwald did the best work. From the Guardian:


Council Moves Ahead With Paid Parking Areas; Mayor’s Compromise Rejected

OCEAN CITY – Despite a compromise proposed by Mayor Rick Meehan and concerns from residents and two other elected officials, the City Council majority have approved new paid parking areas for this summer.

An ordinance authorizing additional paid parking in certain areas came before the Mayor and City Council this week for its final passage. New locations include the east side of the driveway in the Public Safety Building parking lot between 65th and 66th streets, from 5 p.m.-7 a.m. on Monday-Friday, except for holidays, and all day Saturday and Sunday; City Hall parking lot, from 5 p.m.-7 a.m. on Monday-Friday, except for holidays, and all day Saturday and Sunday; on the west side of Philadelphia Ave. from 7 a.m. until midnight between N. Division St. and South First St.; 49th Street ocean block; 131st Street from Coastal Hwy. to Sinepuxent Ave.; and 146th St. ocean block.

“I have voted against this proposal from the beginning,” Councilman Brent Ashley said. “Adding more expense for the visitors that come to Ocean City with more parking meters would seem to be counterproductive to the promotion of tourism when we can least afford to lose even one visitor.”


The NSA, AT&T And The Secrets Of Room 641A

Our final observation on the matter of the US government, no longer accountable to anyone, and treating its citizens as indentured debt serfs who are entitled to precisely zero privacy rights, comes from Stephen Wolfson and "The NSA, AT&T And The Secrets Of Room 641A."

It is an impartial view of what is really going on in the world of communication surveillance. The reality is that while the NSA, which is a public entity through and through, is allowed and expected to do whatever its superiors tell it (i.e., the White House), how does one justify the complete betrayal of their customers by private corporations such as Verizon and AT&T? This may be the most insidious and toxic symbiosis between the public and private sector in the recent past. Because if private telecom corporations are willing to bend all the rules when it comes to the US government, just what do all the other companies operating in the US have to do to appease first the Bush and now the Obama administrations?

From the paper:
This note discusses the possible existence of a domestic surveillance/data collection program conducted by the National Security Agency (“NSA”) with the assistance of AT&T, and the implications of such a program under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (“ECPA”). This article first examines a May 11, 2006 USA Today article reporting that the NSA was given access to a huge number of call records from AT&T. Next, it turns to the story of former AT&T technician Mark Klein and the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s (“EFF”) case, Hepting v. AT&T Corporation. Klein claims that the NSA has built a “secret room” in AT&T’s San Francisco switching center that grants the agency access to a vast amount of customer information. In Hepting, the EFF alleges that AT&T violated the Stored Communications Act, Title II of the ECPA; the Wiretap Act, Title I of the ECPA; and the Pen Register Statute, Title III of the ECPA. Finally, this article addresses the Protect America Act of 2007 and provides analysis of expert opinions in the field.


$431,363 Stimulus Project Concludes 'Gay Fathers' Have Less Time for Sex

President Barack Obama's 2009 economic stimulus law financed a $431,363 grant in Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco-based congressional district to study the “psychological distress” of homosexual fathers. The study took three years to publish its results and created no jobs.

The study concluded that homosexual men likely reduce their chances of contracting HIV after becoming fathers because they have less time for sex.

The grant--entitled “Health and HIV Among Gay Fathers"--was awarded to San Francisco State University. At the time, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who represented the area, was speaker of the House.

The $431,363 was to be used to “to identify psychological and behavioral factors that help prevent gay fathers from HIV risk, substance abuse, and psychological distress as they navigate the myriad life-changing situations faced as parents.”


Pact Aims To Reduce Animal Waste Into Chesapeake Bay

RICHMOND — The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Environmental Protection Agency announced an agreement Wednesday to ensure that dairy farms, poultry growers and other farm animal operations are on track to reduce pollution flowing into the bay.
The foundation said the agreement is intended to ensure that the multi-state, EPA-led restoration of the Chesapeake Bay is achieved by 2025.

The multi-part plan is aimed at ensuring compliance with measures that limit manure and other pollutants from entering streams that ultimately feed into the bay. They include fencing off streams to keep cattle from fouling their waters and management plans for feeding operations and manure.


Baltimore Ranks Low For Best Cities To Work For A Small Business

Baltimore ranked in the bottom half of CardHub’s list of Best & Worst Cities to Work for a Small Business in 2013.

The credit card comparison website ranked the 30 largest U.S. cities based on ten measures, including small business job growth, variety of industries, hours worked and average wages for new employees.

Baltimore ranked 20th on the list, while Denver came in first and Detroit ranked last for best small business climate. Los Angeles ranked just ahead of Baltimore at No. 19, while Atlanta was immediately behind at 21.



THE GUARDIAN--The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America's largest telecoms providers, under a top secret court order issued in April.

The order, a copy of which has been obtained by the Guardian, requires Verizon on an "ongoing, daily basis" to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the US and between the US and other countries.

The document shows for the first time that under the Obama administration the communication records of millions of US citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in bulk – regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing.

“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking [2013].” --George Orwell, 1984


I rest my case...

Common Core: What Is It Anyway?

“Stop fed ed.” “Rotten to the core.”

These have become battle cries of opponents of the Common Core State Standards, a national list of school benchmarks for K-12 students set to go into full effect in the 2013-2014 school year in Maryland.

The standards, adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia, aim to make students better prepared for college and careers by setting clear goals for reading, writing, speaking and listening, language and mathematics in school.

So, what’s the problem with Common Core? Tea Partiers, disgruntled parents and some teachers oppose what they see as increased centralization and teaching to the test. They also say schools’ technology lags behind what’s needed to assess the standards.


One Sought, Three Arrested After Crash Near Seaford

Location: Sussex Highway (US13) northbound, south of Airport Road, Seaford, DE

Date of Occurrence: Friday June 7, 2013 at approximately 8:20 a.m.

8 year old female
6 year old female
1 year old female

Suspect and Charges:

Brooks J. Cornish, 26, Millsboro, DE
Disregarding a Police Officers Signal
Endangering the Welfare of a Child (3 counts)
Resisting Arrest
Vehicular Assault 3rd
Three Active Capiases

Defendant, Charges, and Bond Information:

Aubrey E Baine, 27, Seaford, DE
Endangering the Welfare of a Child
Resisting Arrest
Hindering Prosecution

Arraigned at JP2 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $1,500.00 secured bond.

Yolanda R. Trammell, 35, Laurel, DE
Hindering Prosecution

Arraigned at JP2 and released on $500.00 unsecured bond

Annette D. Bivens, 52, Seaford, DE
Hindering Prosecution

Arraigned at JP2 and released on $500.00 unsecured bond

Seaford, DE- The Delaware State Police have arrested three people and are searching for another after a short pursuit ends in a crash.

The incident occurred around 8:20 a.m. Friday morning as a trooper on patrol in the area of Sussex Highway (US13) and Airport Road near Seaford, spotted a black Chevrolet Monte Carlo northbound on US13. The registration of the vehicle was partially obscured and as the trooper began following the car, it quickly turned onto Airport Road and into a private driveway. The trooper observed the vehicle for a moment as no occupants exited the vehicle and a short time later, watched as it departed the driveway and drive west on Airport Road. As the trooper got behind the Monte Carlo, it accelerated quickly and then crossed over US13 onto Onkels Road where it began passing cars on the left in a no passing zone. The trooper activated the emergency equipment on the patrol car in an attempt to conduct a traffic stop, but the weather and road conditions were not conducive to continuing the pursuit. The trooper attempted to follow the car through roads south of Blades, but lost sight of it in the area of Oneals Road.

Minutes later, Sussex Emergency Operations Center began receiving calls of a Monte Carlo that crashed into a tree in front of Pine Ridge Mobile Home Park off US13 and two black males and children were running from the scene. Upon arriving at the crash scene, the trooper was informed by witnesses that the subjects ran into a house located in the 27000 block of Pondside Drive. The trooper made contact with the residents at that house, identified as Yolanda R. Trammell and Annette D. Bivens, who initially denied anyone coming into the home, but later admitted Aubrey E. Baine was inside. Baine was taken into custody without further incident and transported back to Troop 5. While interviewing the females and children at the house, it was determined that the 8 year old female, who was a passenger in the car, was injured in the crash. EMS transported her to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The 6 year old and 1 year old females were not injured in the crash and were cleared by EMS at the scene.

Information was received through the investigation that Brooks J. Cornish was the driver of the Monte Carlo and had fled the scene shortly before troopers arrived. A search of the area was conducted and he was not located. A computer inquiry revealed he is wanted on three capiases out of Sussex County Courts. Warrants have also been obtained on Cornish for Disregarding a Police Officers Signal, three counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Resisting Arrest, and Vehicular Assault 3rd.

Aubrey Baine was charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Resisting Arrest, and Hindering Prosecution. He was arraigned at JP2 and committed to SCI on $1,500.00 secured bond. Yolanda Trammell and Annette Bivens were charged with Hindering Prosecution and released on $500.00 unsecured bond.

If anyone has any information as to the whereabouts of Brooks J. Cornish, they are asked to contact Troop 5 at 302-337-1090 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."

Found Cat 6-8-13

This cat wandered into my friend's back yard today in the vicinity of Shumaker Road, Montrose/Loch Raven roads. SUPER friendly...young, maybe 8 months old or so? Not sure if she is lost or if someone just threw her out. They can't keep her but are hoping to find her owners or someone that may want her. 410-726-1081

IRS Star Trek Parody

WCSO Press Release 6-9-13



Another tale out of the South Carolina lumber camps is the one about the time Grandpop thought he killed a man. These were rough times and his world surrounded him with rough men. Try to imagine a boy not yet 20 years old, 5 foot 7 inches tall and about 130 pounds in that environment. I would have to think that terror filled some of his thoughts. It certainly did that night when he was hanging around the company store, trying to relax and fit in. Apparently, he was leaning up against the counter when a large man tripped over his feet trying to get by. First, the man cursed him and then came toward him stammering something about teaching him a lesson. Grandpop backed up until he was in a corner occupied by a lard barrel. In his desperation, he grabbed the paddle out of the lard barrel and swung it at his assailant. Now, a lard paddle is about three feet long and looks something like a boat oar. He said it was a terrible sound when the paddle made contact with the side of the man’s head. The man went down, spilling all the teeth from one side of his mouth. At that point, Grandpop made a hasty exit, thinking that he surely must have killed the man. He went to another camp that very night and only after several weeks had passed did he learn that he had not killed the man. He said that he encountered the same man on a narrow path sometime later. He just knew that he was in for a beating. But, as they approached each other, the other man stepped aside and let him pass. It seems that no one mentioned to the man that he had been hit with a lard paddle. He just assumed that he had been hit by a fist and he wanted no more of the boy that could hit like a mule’s kick. Grandpop really liked this story. I heard this story many times over a period of 25 years and he never embellished it or wavered from the same facts.

(This is part 4 of a 7 part story of my grandfather’s life – part 5 next week)

Mike Ramadan Speaks Out On Brothers’ Arrest

Ocean City businessman Mike Ramadan’s life has been in turmoil since his two brothers were arrested May 15 and charged in connection with a cigarette smuggling ring.

Because he is their sibling, some people and at least two newspapers, but not Ocean City Today, have made it appear he was involved somehow by naming his businesses and his office.

“I’ve been staying out of my stores to avoid confrontations,” Mike Ramadan said Monday in the office of his attorney, Mark Cropper. “It’s really playing havoc with my life.”

The newspapers that published names of his businesses and the location of his office in articles about his brothers, Basel and Samir Ramadan, “were literally directing people to come. Literally telling people where to come and “let’s do damage,’ “ he said.


The Terrible Future Of The Syrian War

The last war America fought openly through proxy was the Vietnam War. The idea was not necessarily “new”; General Smedley Butler’s exposé on his career as a conqueror-for-hire, titled War is a Racket, uncovered a long history of bloodshed by U.S. government and corporate interests in third world countries designed to destroy sovereign nations and plunder their resources. This was done through the use of mercenaries for hire, military men acting covertly or guerrilla forces with a pre-existing agenda supplied through back channels.

After our defeat in Vietnam, our government set forth on a program of private warfare. The "School of the Americas" was formed, also known as the School of Assassins, in Fort Benning, Georgia. The combat academy churned out some of the most unstable monsters in third world politics. The U.S. trained and conditioned agents for violent social change and military overthrow, who were then implanted around the world (mostly in Central and South America). These agents then initiated war fever in the name of cementing U.S. interests around the globe. Their horrifying methods were seen as a means to an end.

The sad and disturbing reality is that most wars fought by our country over the course of the past century have not been fought on principle. Instead, they have been fought for profit and for the consolidation of power and oligarchy.

Vietnam was a break in the tradition of secret puppet conflicts, sending the U.S. into the realm of openly admitted proxy. The establishment wanted the American people to know that we were supplying funding and weapons to the South Vietnamese nationalists, meddling in a civil war which had absolutely no bearing on U.S. international relations or domestic policy. The rationalization then was that America had to stop the spread of communism. Ironically, the communists of North Vietnam were a minimal threat compared to the elitist communists within our own borders sitting in positions of political power


Operation Border To Border

Six State Enforcement Initiative Aims to Reduce Crashes on 790+ Miles of US Route 15
(FAIRFAX, VA) – Six state police and highway patrol agencies this weekend will engage in Operation Border to Border, a coordinated traffic safety enforcement initiative targeting approximately 791 miles of U.S. Route 15, which originates in Waterboro, S.C., and ends in Corning, N.Y. The corridor is a heavily-traveled thoroughfare for summer vacationers and for those attempting to avoid congested interstates serving all six states.

Just as the summer vacation begins for thousands of students and families up and down the East Coast, state troopers from Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia will carry out Operation Border to Border to prevent traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities along the entire length of U.S. Route 15. For three days, troopers from each of the six agencies will work together, conducting saturation patrols, sobriety check points and other enforcement initiatives to reduce traffic crashes and combat criminal behavior along this major, non-interstate highway. The initiative begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday, June 7, 2013, and runs through midnight, Sunday, June 9, 2013.

This is the first time all six states have coordinated enforcement efforts to target U.S. Route 15. Last year, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia launched the first such joint operation. During the three-day 2012 Border to Border traffic safety initiative, troopers from the three states stopped a total of 509 speeders and 16 reckless drivers. Three commercial vehicles were stopped and cited for speeding in Virginia and North Carolina. Seven drunk drivers in Virginia and Maryland were arrested. Troopers cited 56 seat belt violations and 19 child restraint violations. A total of 24 felony and misdemeanor arrests, to include two drug arrests, also resulted from the initiative. No traffic fatalities occurred during the three-day project. There were three traffic crashes that involved injuries – all of which occurred in Virginia.

Driving under the influence, speeding, aggressive and distracted driving have contributed to motor vehicle crashes and fatalities along Maryland’s 37.85 miles of Route 15, a major north/south roadway frequently traveled by vacationers throughout the summer months. In 2012, Maryland State Police responded to approx. 700 reported motor vehicle crashes along Route 15 in Frederick County. These incidents ranged from minor fender benders to serious personal injury crashes. Fortunately, none of these involved a fatality. However, between 2010 and 2011, there were six fatalities along the Maryland portion of Route 15 in Frederick County.

New York
Route 15 travels 12.71 miles into New York State, approximately half that distance is two-lane rural highway with at grade intersections while the remaining portion is a four-lane divided highway. Over the last two years the number of motor vehicle collisions investigated by the state police has remained relatively unchanged. In 2011 there were 37 collisions with one fatality and there were 36 collisions in 2012.The primary cause of the majority of these collisions was unsafe speed.

North Carolina
Unfortunately to date, the North Carolina stretch of Route 15 from Interstate 85 north to the Virginia border has experienced one traffic death this year. Two people died in traffic crashes in 2012 on Route 15 and five in 2011. The 158-mile stretch of highway experienced 309 total traffic collisions last year, which was a 16% decrease from 2011 when there were a total of 369 traffic collisions. Speeding has been the most common cause for collisions, with impaired driving also being a frequent factor.

Route 15 spans approximately 195 miles through central Pennsylvania from the Maryland to New York borders. In 2012, law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania investigated a total of 428 crashes on Route 15, including four fatalities. This marks a decrease from the 496 crashes, including ten fatalities, on Route 15 the previous year. The primary factors for these crashes include speeding, distracted or careless driving, and aggressive driving.

South Carolina
Route 15 originates in Walterboro and continues north for 159 miles to the North Carolina border.

From 2011 to 2012, Virginia’s 230-mile stretch of U.S. Route 15 experienced a 23 percent increase in traffic crashes. U.S. Route winds its way from Clarksville at the North Carolina border through Virginia to the Maryland border at Loudoun County. The highway alternates between two-lane, rural stretches of road to urban four-lane highways, linking the towns of Clarksville, Farmville, Culpeper, Warrenton and Leesburg.

In 2012, there were 391 traffic crashes on U.S. Route 15, compared to 318 in 2011. Five of the 2012 crashes were fatal. Speed, fatigue, alcohol, and illegal drugs have been the most common causes of the crashes investigated along the Route 15 corridor within recent years.

Register To Receive Emergency Notifications


The Communicator System is a citizen notification method that will automatically notify the citizens of Wicomico County of important information in the event of an impending or occurring emergency via telephone communications. The system uses telephone company phone listings and addresses to place calls to residences in specific areas or countywide. Telephone companies do not maintain data bases for cellular phones that include addresses. Therefore, cell phones must be added with an address in order for a cellular customer to receive the informational call.

If you wish to receive these emergency messages on a cell phone, you must register your cell phone with the Department of Emergency Services (DES).

To register you must go to the DES web site at and select the section entitled: Communicator Citizen Emergency Notification System Cell Phone Self Registration Portal

Once you have logged in to the portal, follow the instructions to register your cell phone.


Salisbury, MD – Wicomico County Executive Rick Pollitt is pleased to announce the re-establishment of the Wicomico County Commission on Women. On May 20, 2013, Pyda Sterling (Chair), A. Kaye Kenney (Co-chair), Maureen McNeill (Secretary) and Vanessa Cooper (Treasurer) were sworn in as officers for the Commission. As part of his ‘Building Bridges, Building Community’ concept, Pollitt views the Commission on Women as a vital resource and advocacy group for women in the community.

The Commission on Women is a non-partisan organization dedicated to enriching the lives of women and families by focusing on issues of importance and concern to them including education, economic opportunities, health care, social issues and legislation.

Pyda Sterling, newly elected Chair commented, "I believe I speak for all of us when I say there was real excitement during our first meeting about the role the Commission can play in the community. It is a dynamic, talented and diverse group of women who can bring a wealth of resources to address the challenges all women of Wicomico County face as well as fostering opportunities for them in our community. We look forward to making a positive impact on the lives of women facing educational, economic and social obstacles in addition to recognizing those women who quietly and diligently work every day to make Wicomico County a better place for our families to live."


Regular readers know my complete and total disdain for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). An organization that is quite clearly gearing itself up for confrontation with the American public, rather than offering any meaningful protection from foreign “terrorists.” These folks think that because they have a big budget and a badge they do not have to abide by the Constitution. They have such little respect for the supreme law of the land that they claim they can search through travelers’ electronic items, and even confiscate them, based on a “hunch.” No, really.

Terrorists don’t take away freedoms. Governments take away freedoms…and ours is doing a damn good job of it.

From CBS:

WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — U.S. border agents should continue to be allowed to search a traveler’s laptop, cellphone or other electronic device and keep copies of any data on them based on no more than a hunch, according to an internal Homeland Security Department study. It contends limiting such searches would prevent the U.S. from detecting child pornographers or terrorists and expose the government to lawsuits.

The 23-page report, obtained by The Associated Press and the American Civil Liberties Union under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, provides a rare glimpse of the Obama administration’s thinking on the long-standing but controversial practice of border agents and immigration officers searching and in some cases holding for weeks or months the digital devices of anyone trying to enter the U.S.