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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Cruz Blasts House GOP For 'Empty, Symbolic' Votes On ObamaCare

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) slammed House Republicans for holding "empty, symbolic" votes to repeal ObamaCare instead of forcing the law's demise with tougher tactics.

Speaking at the Heritage Foundation on Tuesday, Cruz touted his plan to threaten a government shutdown in September until President Obama agrees to defund the healthcare law.

The freshman senator said he was frustrated by the House's nearly 40 attempts to thwart the Affordable Care Act, saying the votes made for "ideal politics" but were "largely symbolic with no chance of passage."



Newspaper Spanks Obama: 'Shove It, Mr. President'

A newspaper editorial today greeted Barack Obama in an entirely new way as he traveled to Chattanooga, Tenn., to visit an business center and lobby for his newest strategy to try to create jobs for Americans.

“Take your jobs plan and shove it, Mr. President: Your policies have harmed Chattanooga enough,” said a commentary in the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

“Forgive us if you are not greeted with the same level of Southern hospitality that our area usually bestows on its distinguished guests. You see, we understand you are in town to share your umpteenth different job creation plan during your time in office. If it works as well as your other job creation programs, then thanks, but no thanks. We’d prefer you keep it to yourself,” the newspaper said.


The Buckeye Firearms Foundation’s Raises $12,000 To Buy Guns & Security System For George Zimmerman

However you feel about how George Zimmerman’s trial, he had his day in court, he was acquitted and now the trial is over. However, the death threats against Zimmerman and his family have not ended. So, the Buckeye Firearms Foundation has decided to do something about that.


Vanishing Ocean City With Bunk Mann

Photo by Richard Miller
The Ocean City Boardwalk has seen its share of characters over the years, but none as popular as Norman Webb, better known as “Boardwalk Elvis.”

Norman began walking the Boardwalk in the mid-1960s and became a regular sight with his huge boom box on his shoulder. He began dressing like Elvis Presley in the 1970s and changed from boom box to cassette player to kazoo. Norman became so popular that people sought his autograph and posed with him for photos. Postcards of him as “Boardwalk Elvis” were sold in local gift shops.

Norman retired from his Boardwalk strolls several years ago and now is seen riding his customized “Elvis” bicycle around Ocean Pines or attending Ocean City events such as Sunfest. He rarely wears a costume today -- he usually dressed in a suit and a tie -- but still answers to the name of “Boardwalk Elvis.”

Sarah Palin: “I Was Forbidden From Telling The Truth About Obama In 2008″

There were some people who wanted to really focus on Obama’s background in 2012, but I wasn’t one of them. Voters evaluate a politician on his background before he’s elected, but after he’s elected, they evaluate him on his record — unless he’s Obama, in which case he’s still evaluated on promises he makes about what he’s going to do one day.

So, if there was a time to do it, it was in 2008 and the best person to do it was the Vice-Presidential candidate because she had the juice to make people pay attention. Unfortunately, Sarah Palin says the McCain campaign didn’t want to get its hands dirty.
In this sneak peek clip of the special, Greta talks to Sarah Palin who exposes that in her 2008 vice presidential run, she was forbidden from talking about Obama’s relationships with both Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers, as well as his job experience.

“I was not allowed to talk about things like that because those ‘elitists,’ those who are the brainiacs in the GOP machine, running John McCain’s campaign at the time said that the media would eat us alive if we brought up these things.”

People Sign Petition for “Mandatory Euthanasia” for Senior Citizens Under ObamaCare

And so it continues from Mr Dice, another example from the 51% who agree with the imperial regimes agenda to keep healthcare costs down by putting senior citizens to sleep!

Here’s a thought: do you think any of these people realize that they will one day be that person being subjected to “mandatory euthanasia”?! No, liberal drones never think about future ramifications from their immediate actions like signing a petition, they act on the here and now.

Some of the people signing this petition are completely cold & heartless: “I agree with that”

Court: Bloomberg's NYC Ban on Big Sodas Is Unconstitutional

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's controversial plan to keep large sugary drinks out of restaurants and other eateries was rejected by a state appeals court on Tuesday, which said he had overstepped his authority in trying to impose the ban.

The law, which would have prohibited those businesses from selling sodas and other sugary beverages larger than 16 ounces, "violated the state principle of separation of powers," the First Department of the state Supreme Court's Appellate Division said.

The decision, upholding a lower court ruling in March that struck down the law, dealt a blow to Bloomberg's attempt to advance the pioneering regulation as a way to combat obesity. Beverage makers and business groups, however, challenged it in court, arguing that the mayoral-appointed health board had gone too far when it approved the law.


Why American Racism Is Impossible To Defeat

Despite all of the genuine hopes, by millions of people, of every tribe and tongue from every corner of this planet, an excruciatingly sad reality is being made perfectly clear.

The issue of race--and more specifically America's brand of racism--will never be defeated.

As the father of a multi-racial family, this reality strikes at the disappointment my soul feels about many things in our nation today, but none more personal.

Some who see the headline to this piece will immediately assume I've taken a position in this fight. Because I merely observe what is evident, and state my observation publicly. Some whites will believe I am attacking them. Many African-Americans will believe I am championing their grievances. The truth is neither, the truth is both, and the truth will never be admitted.

For it is impossible to cure a societal sickness, when parties don't wish for it to be cured!


FBI To Rand Paul: Domestic Drone Surveillance Doesn’t Require A Warrant

Drone surveillance in the United States does not require a warrant, but the practice remains limited, the FBI told Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., in a letter after he placed a hold on James Comey’s nomination to be the new FBI director.

“[T]he FBI does not, and has no plans to use [unmanned aerial vehicles] to conduct general surveillance not related to a specific investigation or assessment,” Stephan Kelly, the assistant director at the FBI’s Office of Congressional Affairs, wrote Paul.

Kelly said that UAVs, or drones, have only been used for surveillance in the United States 10 times since 2006, in cases related to “kidnappings, search and rescue operations, drug interdictions, and fugitive investigations.”


Unemployment Rates Rise In 90 Percent Of US Cities

Unemployment rates rose in nearly all large U.S. cities in June as college graduates and many of those still in school began searching for jobs.

The Labor Department said Tuesday that unemployment rates rose in 347 large metro areas in June compared with the previous month. They fell in 12 and were unchanged in 13. In May, rates fell in 109 cities and rose in 243.

Unlike the national figures, the metro unemployment data are not adjusted for such seasonal changes. Many of the cities with significant rate increases have large universities where students graduated in June and began looking for work. And many university workers are temporarily unemployed in the summer when the academic year ends.


Global Warming: It’s Happening Again

Senator Boxer recently held a hearing entitled, “Climate Change: It’s Happening Now.” To honor historic truth, the title “It’s Happening Again” would have suited better.
Heidi Cullen, formerly the alarmist voice at the Weather Channel, was one of Boxer’s key witnesses. In her testimony, Dr. Cullen said that “heavy downpours” have increased by 73 percent over recent decades due to global warming. The U.S. Geological Survey data show no such increase over the past 60 years, though there may have been some increase in rainfall variability. She once was too good a scientist to make a misstatement such as that.

In fact, her side has not been able to give her much alarmist ammunition beyond the never-verified and now-failing computer models. At one point, Senator Vitter (R-LA) asked the panel of experts “Can any witnesses say they agree with Obama’s statement that warming has accelerated during the past 10 years?” After a deafening silence, Dr. Cullen said our focus should be on longer time-periods, rather than the ten years mentioned by Obama. When pressed, however, she admitted that global warming has slowed, not accelerated.

Dr. Cullen knows about longer climate cycling. She is an expert on the long, natural 1,500-year climate cycle that gave us the Little Ice Age, the Medieval Warming, and more than 600 previous warming/cooling cycles over the past 1 million years.


Should There Be Choking Warning Labels On Food?

Choking is a leading cause of injury in children, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, especially those four years and younger. Although the number of choking incidents involving toys and toy parts has gone down in the last 20 years due to manufacturer and federal government warnings, the number of food-choking cases in youngsters is still high.

"We have done a great job in this country (of) preventing choking in children on toys, “says Dr. Gary Smith, co-author of a new study on choking injuries and a professor of pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. “Since the 1990s we've had laws and regulations, systems where we can monitor these injuries when they happen. We have no such systems in place currently for food."

The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, reviewed thousands of statistics on children who had choking-related emergency room visits between 2001 to 2009. The study authors found that an average of 12,400 children under the age of 15 were treated for non-fatal, food-related choking each year, which equals about 34 children per day.


Museum Does Not Want 9/11 Photo Of Firefighters

Best News Bloopers July 2013

Bradley Manning: Acquitted Of Aiding The Enemy

FORT MEADE, Md. — U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was acquitted of aiding the enemy — the most serious charge he faced — but was convicted of espionage, theft and other charges Tuesday, more than three years after he spilled secrets to WikiLeaks.

The judge, Army Col. Denise Lind, deliberated for about 16 hours over three days before reaching her decision in a case that drew worldwide attention as supporters hailed Manning as a whistleblower. The U.S. government called him an anarchist computer hacker and attention-seeking traitor.


Obamacare's Cost Of Control

There is a strong push currently being made by advocates of Obamacare to convince Americans it is the best thing that has ever happened to this country. Even celebrities are being trotted out by the White House to tell us how lucky we are to be forced into a system that is both built on promises that were never intended to be kept, and one that is ethically and morally bankrupt that they, members of Congress and other cronies of the elite will never have to use.

The truth about Obamacare that no one will tell you is it is NOT about healthcare it is about centralized government control:

1. It is about control of 1/6 of the economy.

All working Americans will have to either submit proof of insurance or enter an exchange. In order to be compliant an individual who enters the exchange will have to submit their tax return, their social security number, their employers tax ID, banking account information, their address, and telephone number. The information is kept on file for several years. If employment changes the following year and a person ends up making more money and pricing out of the government supplement, an individual will have to pay the government back. Say goodbye to the tax return and say hello to the incentive to work as little as possible in order to be eligible for government assistance.


Obama Low-Balls Keystone Job Creation Numbers, According To State Department

President Obama believes there is “no evidence” that the Keystone XL pipeline project “will be a big jobs generator,” but the statistics he cited as “most realistic” are far lower than the State Department’s projections about the pipeline’s impact on the economy.

“A president disparaging private-sector jobs while backstage at a jobs rally is beyond belief,” House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., said in a statement. “The president’s own State Department reported that Keystone would support upwards of 40,000 jobs. In this economy, any source of private job creation should be welcomed with open arms. After nearly 5 years and 15,500 pages of review, there is no reason to delay these jobs another day. Republicans, Democrats, leading unions, and job creators all agree, it’s time to start building.”

Obama pooh-poohed Keystone when asked if he thought it would be a “big jobs generator” by the New York Times last week. “Republicans have said that this would be a big jobs generator,” Obama said in the interview. “There is no evidence that that’s true. The most realistic estimates are this might create maybe 2,000 jobs during the construction of the pipeline, which might take a year or two, and then after that we’re talking about somewhere between 50 and 100 jobs in an economy of 150 million working people.”


Three Week Detour Between Mill Street And Park Avenue To Begin July 31st



Three Week Detour between Mill Street and Park Avenue to Begin July 31st 
(July 29, 2013) – As part of Salisbury Public Works ongoing effort to keep you informed of improvements within the City of Salisbury, the State Highway Administration (SHA) will begin the next phase of drainage improvement work in Salisbury with the 24-hour closure and detour of a one-block section of Isabella Street on Wednesday, July 31. All traffic on Isabella Street will be prohibited between Mill Street and Park Avenue. The round-the-clock detour will remain in effect for three weeks until Thursday, August 22, weather permitting.

The temporary road closure will allow the contractor to install both a new water main and new
storm drain along Isabella Street. Residents and business patrons will have access to Isabella and Mill streets through the following detour: westbound on Isabella Street to US 50 Business (East Salisbury Parkway) to Division Street and then return to Mill Street. Motorists traveling eastbound Isabella Street will take the same detour in the opposite direction.

SHA will use detour signs, cones and barrels to guide motorists through the work zone.

This section of work is part of drainage improvements along streets in the Newtown
Neighborhood. The second phase of the project includes installing new drainage pipes along both sides of US 13 Business north of London Avenue. The entire project is scheduled for completion by fall 2014.

Are We Investing Or Are We Just Dodging Thieves?

The individual with complete control of all his assets is the only truly wealthy person in a kleptocracy.

Correspondent Jeff W. recently posed a deeply insightful question: are we investing or are we really just trying to dodge thieves?

This question slices right through the carefully cultivated illusion of trust and prosperity and plunges straight into the heart of our cartel-state financial system.

Here are Jeff's initial thoughts on the question:

"As we try to preserve capital and earn a return on it, are we investing today or are we really just trying to dodge thieves?

First of all I question how much real investing is going on in America today. We continue to lose manufacturing in this country, so in manufacturing, disinvestment is what is going on. People speak of investing in houses, but today’s McMansions, if you look at how they are built, do not qualify as long-term investments. They are built more to allow their owners to participate in a real estate asset bubble rather than to live in and enjoy for generations (which is the purpose houses would be built for in a sane and honest world).

Investments in strip malls and big-box stores do not increase the wealth of the nation. When you have enough retailing, it is enough. You don’t need any more. Adding more retail space is malinvestment. A lot of retail space that is being added now will have to close down if The Federal Reserve ever starts tapering in a serious way.

So there is reason to suspect that not very much productive investment is really taking place in American at all. Regardless of that, investors still have to dodge the ubiquitous thieves who are swarming all over the landscape.


Pharmacy Owner, 2 Workers Indicted In $2.6M Fraud

BALTIMORE — A pharmacy owner and two workers have been indicted on charged of health care fraud and identity theft in an alleged plot to submit false claims to Medicaid and Medicare.

Forty-five-year-old Reddy Vijay Annappareddy of Fallston, 30-year-old Vipinkumar Patel of Edgewood and 27-year-old Jigar Patel of Columbia were indicted July 23. The Patels are not related.

Cowboys Stadium Is Now AT&T Stadium

As a Philadelphia Eagles fan, it would be very easy for me to say that football’s Emperor Palpatine finally has his Death Star, but I would never stoop so low as to make a joke like that. Rather, I’ll just straight out tell you that after four seasons, Cowboys Stadium now has a corporate name with today’s announcement that Tony Romo will soon be throwing clutch interceptions at the newly renamed AT&T Stadium.

Beer By Beer, Houston Home Morphs Into Landmark

  HOUSTON (AP) -- A child of the Great Depression, John Milkovisch didn't throw anything away -- not even the empty cans of beer he enjoyed each afternoon with his wife.

So, in the early 1970s when aluminum siding on houses wasall the rage, he lugged down the cans he had stored in his attic for years, painstakingly cut open and flattened each one and began to wallpaper his home.

"The funny thing is that it wasn't ... to attract attention," said Ruben Guevara, head of restoration and preservation of the Beer Can House in Houston's Memorial Park area. "He said himself that if there was a house similar to this a block away, he wouldn't take the time to go look at it. He had no idea what was the fascination about what he was doing."



Former Alabama Cop Claims He Was Fired After Blowing Whistle On Ticket Quotas

A former Alabama police officer claims he was fired after complaining about a ticket quota, but city officials say the “unfounded accusation” is damaging the entire department.

Justin Hanners, a 30-year-old father of two, claims the Auburn Police Department began instructing its officers as early as 2010 to make 100 contacts per month, with those interactions divided among warnings, tickets, arrest and field interviews. Hanners, a six-year department veteran who was fired in March, said he has audio recordings to prove his claims.

“I stressed a moral objection to the quota,” Hanners told “I was then told I wouldn’t get promoted, I would get bad evaluations and ultimately I would be fired.”


The "I" In Team

Efficient Gun Control

You just gotta love it. Can't argue with statistics. Or Democrats!

In 1863 a Democrat shot and killed Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States. 

In 1881 a left wing radical Democrat shot James Garfield, President of the United States who later died from the wound. 

In 1963 a radical left wing socialist shot and killed John F. Kennedy, President of the United States. 

In 1975 a left wing radical Democrat fired shots at Gerald Ford, President of the United States. 

In 1983 a registered Democrat shot and wounded Ronald Reagan. 

In 1984 James Huberty a disgruntled Democrat shot and killed 22 people in a McDonalds restaurant. 

In 1986 Patrick Sherril a disgruntled Democrat shot and killed 15 people in an Oklahoma post office. 

In 1990 James Pough a disgruntled Democrat shot and killed 10 people at a GMAC office. 

In 1991 George Hennard a disgruntled Democrat shot and killed 23 people in a Lubys cafeteria. 

In 1995 James Daniel Simpson a disgruntled Democrat shot and killed 5 coworkers in a Texas laboratory.

In 1999 Larry Asbrook a disgruntled Democrat shot and killed 8 people at a church service.

In 2001 a left wing radical Democrat fired shots at the White House in a failed attempt to kill George W. Bush, President of the US. 

In 2003 Douglas Williams a disgruntled Democrat shot and killed 7 people at a Lockheed Martin plant. 

In 2007 a registered Democrat named Seung - Hui Cho shot and killed 32 people in Virginia Tech. 

In 2010 a mentally ill registered Democrat named Jared Lee Loughner shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed 6 others. 

In 2011 a registered Democrat named James Holmes went into a movie theater and shot and killed 12 people. 

In 2012 Andrew Engeldinger a disgruntled Democrat shot and killed 7 people in Minneapolis. 

In 2013 a registered Democrat named Adam Lanza shot and killed 26 people in a school.

One could go on, but you get the point, even if the media does not.
Clearly, there is a problem with Democrats and guns.

No NRA member, Tea Party member, or Republican conservatives are involved.

Conclusion: It should be illegal for Democrats to own guns. Best idea I've seen.

Woman Arrested After Green Paint Found On Organ At National Cathedral

A wave of vandalism continued to mar some of Washington’s more popular landmarks Monday with at least three more attractions spattered with green paint, and authorities announced the arrest of a woman near one of the incidents at Washington National Cathedral.

The latest crimes occurred three days after the Lincoln Memorial was hit in similar fashion. On Monday, the light-green paint was discovered on an organ in the cathedral’s Bethlehem Chapel, in the cathedral’s Children’s Chapel and on the granite base of a statue next to the Smithsonian Castle on the Mall.

D.C. police said Monday evening that they had charged Tian Jiamel, 58, whom they believe to be homeless, with one count of defacing property.


Mid-Atlantic Charity Poker Classic Offers 1st Place Prize Of $15,000

Buy-In Early and Save!

(Salisbury, MD)
The Mid-Atlantic Charity Poker Classic is on deck for Saturday, August 24th at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. Doors will open at 8 a.m., with the main event starting at 10 a.m. The tournament is offering a guaranteed, minimum first place prize of $15,000.*

Proceeds from the one day tournament will benefit the Friends of Wicomico Recreation, Parks & Tourism’s “Tomorrow Fund.” This fund provides scholarships to families in need for county run after-school child care, summer day camps and youth recreational programs.

The Poker Classic is a No-Limit Texas Hold'em Tournament with $200 going to the prize pool. Buy-in includes $30,000 in tournament chips. An extended blind structure will be offered, with play at 30 minute blinds before moving to 45 minutes later in the day. Blinds starting at $25/$50 will offer additional chances to win. An extended blind structure will offer the aggressive or tight player plenty of time to play their game.

The buy-in for the Mid-Atlantic Charity Poker Classic offers advanced registrants a discounted registration fee:

Now-August 16th $250

August 17-August 23 at 5pm $275

At the Door $300

Registration is open at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center Box Office, open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Forms may also be downloaded from and mailed to the Civic Center at 500 Glen Avenue Salisbury, MD 21804. Payment must accompany registration. Cash, checks and money orders are accepted (please do not mail cash) as forms of payment. Seating is limited to 300 and is available on a first come-first served basis.

Satellite tournaments are taking place throughout the region. Visit for a schedule of local tournaments. For more information please contact 410-548-4900 x114 or visit

Top 5 Hillary Gaffes You Won't See in Upcoming Clinton Miniseries

NBC will produce a miniseries based on the political career of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a project sure to polish her 2016 presidential aspirations. NBC's programming is consistently left of center, and Bob Greenblatt, NBC Entertainment chairman, donated thousands to Clinton's failed 2008 presidential bid.

Just casting the gorgeous Diane Lane in the lead role is bias enough.

The project will likely sugarcoat the Whitewater investigation, HillaryCare and TravelGate, but here's betting the following five moments get left on the cutting room floor.



Said communist mass-murderer 'inspired' by U.S. founding documents
When President Obama said Ho Chi Minh – the North Vietnamese communist revolutionary who led the war effort against the U.S. that cost almost 60,000 American lives – was a fan of the U.S. Constitution and Thomas Jefferson, he was echoing what an influential new book calls one of the most deadly communist disinformation campaigns in American history.

During a White House meeting with Vietnam’s President Truong Tan Sang last Thursday, Obama said he and Sang “discussed the fact that Ho Chi Minh was actually inspired by the U.S. Declaration of Independence and Constitution, and the words of Thomas Jefferson.”


Punked TV Station Fires Producers Over Bogus Asiana Pilot Names

Nearly two weeks after Oakland TV station KTVU became the laughing stock of the season for airing an “exclusive” list of obviously bogus Asiana airline pilot names, three producers at the station have been given the axe.

Ocean City Lions Club to Host 8th Annual USFOCAP Golf Tournament

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The Ocean City Lions club will be hosting a golf tournament to benefit the US Forces Overseas Casualty Assistance Program on October 16. The tournament will take place at the Ocean City Golf Club Seaside Course on Route 611.

For more information, contact Ben Dawson at 410-603-2205 or Ron Edelmann at 410-726-0059.


Who: 85th Delaware State Police and 76th Municipal Recruit Class

When: Friday, August 2, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.

Location: Delaware State University Education Humanities Building (Auditorium)
1200 North DuPont Highway Dover, Delaware

Dignitaries Addressing the Graduates:
Lt. Governor Matthew Denn
Chief Deputy Attorney General Ian McConnel
Secretary Lewis D. Schiliro
Colonel Nathaniel McQueen Jr.

Key Agenda Events:
Class Speech:
Trooper Tyler N. Wright, Delaware State Police
Officer Andrew L. Osgood, University of Delaware Police Department
Keynote Speaker:
The Honorable Peter C. Schwartzkopf, State Representative, District 14

Dover, DE- Delaware State Police Superintendent Colonel Nathaniel McQueen Jr. announces the Graduation Ceremonies for the 85th Delaware State Police and 76th Municipal Recruit Class.

The ceremonies will celebrate and recognize the successful completion of Law Enforcement training of 34 Delaware State Troopers and 19 Law Enforcement Officers representing the Bridgeville Police Department, Clayton Police Department, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (Divisions of Fish & Wildlife and Parks & Recreation), Delaware State University Police Department, Laurel Police Department, Millsboro Police Department, Newark Police Department, Rehoboth Beach Police Department, State Fire Marshal's Office, and the University of Delaware Police Department.

The ceremonies will begin at 2:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Delaware State University Education Humanities building Dover, Delaware.

Where Public High School Costs $600, Including A Mandatory Chromebook

It’s not unusual to see public schools that charge students for extracurriculars or sports, but we were surprised to see this bill from an Illinois school district where it costs $586 to enroll in tenth grade, including $300 for a Chromebook.

Obama Erases Campaign Promises From Election Website

President Transparency, in the interest of protecting his Administration’s spotless record of least transparent ever, has decided to erase sections of his original campaign website so that inconvenient and broken promises (ie, every single thing he said) can’t be so easily exposed. Although clearly no one goes to the campaign site for groundbreaking news, it had served as a useful platform to compare candidate Obama to the George W. Bush clone he has become as President. From Policy Mic:

In a recent blog post by the Sunlight Foundation, the watchdog organization curiously notes how the Obama administration has removed previously available content from then candidate Obama’s famous 2008 campaign platform, While the site has long since served as a landing page to redirect traffic towards the now President Obama’s, the content of the website, particularly the materials and agenda pages, has always been accessible. However, very recently, access to such information is now no longer supported through the site and appears to have been “scrubbed” off the internet (of course, you can still access archived forms of the aforementioned pages).


July 2013 Notes From The Wicomico County Board Of Education

Board Notes provide an unofficial summary of business conducted at recent meetings of the Wicomico County Board of Education. The Board of Education at its monthly meeting held on July 9, 2013:

Board Reorganization

Conducted its annual reorganization, re-electing Ron Willey as President and electing Don Fitzgerald as Vice President. Board members congratulated Willey and Fitzgerald, and thanked Dr. Tyrone Chase for his years of service as vice president. Board members also congratulated Larry Dodd on his recent reappointment to the Board, for a second five-year term.

Awards for James M. Bennett High Project

Received from Brad Hastings, Vice President and a Principal with the architectural and engineering firm of Becker Morgan Group, awards and certificates for excellence in design, construction and performance for the James M. Bennett High School project. The honors include:

-AIA (The American Institute of Architects) Chesapeake Bay Chapter: "People's Choice Award" - December 2011, and the Chapter's "Honor Award" for Architectural Excellence
-National School Boards Association/AIA 2012 - Exhibition of School Architecture
-Brick Industry Association 2012 "Silver Award"
-ENR (Engineering News-Record) Mid-Atlantic Region: "Best K-12 Education Project - 2012"
-ENR National: Best of the Best Award 2012: "Best K-12 Education Project"


An Atlanta crook picked the wrong Waffle House to target early Monday morning. That’s because when the bandana and hoodie-wearing bandit walked into the restaurant and pointed a gun at patrons, one of them reached for his gun and fired back.

Police say the suspect entered the Waffle House in south Fulton County just before 2 am, brandishing a pistol and demanding money.

“Nobody move and open the cash register,” the suspect, 20-year-old Ashton Macafee, allegedly said according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC).

What he didn’t know was that seated together at a booth were off-duty Atlanta police officer Jonathan Sutton and his friend, off-duty security guard Evans Chad Pollard.


Express Shuttle Service Offered for White Marlin Open

The Town of Ocean City will be once again offering an “express shuttle service” to and from the Convention Center parking lot to the 40th Annual White Marlin Open. The shuttle, which will run from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. from Monday, August 6 through Friday, August 10, will pick-up and drop off passengers in the south Convention Center parking lot to or from Jacqueline Avenue at 14th Street.

The frequency of service will be approximately every 20 minutes. Fare is $1 per-boarding or $3 Ride-All-Day. $3 Ride-All-Day passes are also valid for same day service on Coastal Hwy. and Park N Ride Buses.

For more information about the express shuttle service, please contact Ocean City’s Transportation Division at 410.723.1606 or visit:


Will tour PathSensors and Noxilizer Companies

ANNAPOLIS, MD (July 30, 2013)
– On Wednesday, July 31, Governor Martin O’Malley will visit University of Maryland’s BioPark where he will highlight the integral role biotechology plays in Maryland’s innovation economy. During his visit, the Governor will tour PathSensors and Noxilizer companies.

WHEN: 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 31, 2013

WHERE: University of Maryland BioPark, 800 W. Baltimore St. Baltimore, MD
More than 600 people work in 30 companies at the University of Maryland BioPark, moving us toward cures for diseases like cancer, malaria and diabetes. It is this innovative, collaborative, job-creating, and life-saving work that continues to allow Maryland to compete and win in a 21st century economy.

The Fate Of Army Pvt. Bradley Manning Decided Today

After a long trial, a military judge will announce her decision on the fate of Army Pvt. Bradley Manning this afternoon. Manning is charged with leaking secret military and State Department documents to the WikiLeaks website in 2010. At the time, he was working in what the Army calls a tactical-sensitive, compartmented information facility near Baghdad. Manning already pleaded guilty to 10 charges that will put him in prison for up to 20 years. If convicted on 11 other charges, he could face life in prison for aiding the enemy. The court martial judge is Col. Denise Lind. Manning chose a single judge instead of a panel.

Arkansas School District Arming More Than 20 Teachers, Staff

CLARKSVILLE, Ark. – As Cheyne Dougan rounded the corner at Clarksville High School, he saw three students on the floor moaning and crying. In a split-second, two more ran out of a nearby classroom.

"He's got a gun," one of them shouted as Dougan approached with his pistol drawn. Inside, he found one student holding another at gunpoint. Dougan aimed and fired three rounds at the gunman.



People sometimes ask me why the media are so obtuse, why they seem to have so little grasp of the country they live in, and why the internet is eating them alive.

I ask them to think of Tom Clancy. He wrote a book that with its children would be worth many, many millions of dollars, and shopped it around the publishing houses of New York. They all bounced it. No interest. It probably got no further than a first reader, a recent co-ed at Barnard who thought a submarine was a sandwich. Clancy? Some crackpot who thinks he can write.

He sent it to the Naval Institute Press, which published it. It took off hugely. Only then did New York get involved.

You might ask: Why did the sophisticated (one would think) professionals of publishing, highly intelligent, very educated, with long years in the book racket—why did they not grab at The Hunt for Red October? Certainly it wasn´t a conspiracy. Nobody conspires not to make money.

The answer: They live in a bubble. They eat together, drink together, talk to each other. They think in unison. They largely went to the same schools, Ivies. They could all join Mensa if they wanted, but they don´t, because in New York you don´t have to hunt for smart company. They all know who Zola was. They can tell Goya from El Greco at a glance.


It's Not Just Marriage, Democrats Want To Redefine EVERYTHING

A 101-Year-Old Test For 8th Graders

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KEY POINT: "... the latest effort to address greenhouse gas emissions in Maryland — an ambitious plan released last week by Gov. Martin O'Malley — ought to be required reading, particularly by those who dismiss such efforts as too costly or unnecessary. ...Naysayers may remain skeptical, but Maryland has already taken substantial action to reduce the state's climate change footprint. The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative has used an emissions cap-and-trade system to invest millions in energy efficiency, clean energy technology and other consumer benefits, and the Clean Cars Program has reduced tailpipe emissions (and raised fuel efficiency standards) — both examples of progress that has already been made without harm to the economy."
Maryland's climate opportunity
Our view: Gov. O'Malley's road map for aggressively reducing greenhouse gas emissions offers a chance for the state's economy to bloom along with the environment.

SPD Press Release 7-29-13

IRS Employee Union: We Don’t Want Obamacare

IRS employees have a prominent role in Obamacare, but their union wants no part of the law.

National Treasury Employees Union officials are urging members to write their congressional representatives in opposition to receiving coverage through President Obama’s health care law.

The union leaders are providing members with a form letter to send to the congressmen that says “I am very concerned about legislation that has been introduced by Congressman Dave Camp to push federal employees out of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and into the insurance exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act.”

The NTEU represents 150,000 federal employees overall, including most of the nearly 100,000 IRS workers.


FDA Finally Realizes Maybe It’s Time To Do A Better Job Of Improving The Safety Of Imported Foods

Perhaps your kitchen is only stocked with locally sourced organic food, but around 15% of what Americans eat — including half the fresh fruit, one-fifth of fresh veggies and 80% of fish — comes from around 150 different countries. So, finally getting around to implementing changes mandated by the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the Food and Drug Administration has proposed a couple rules aimed at beefing up controls on imported edibles.
The first major rule change proposed by the FDA gives U.S. food importers guidelines for verifying that their suppliers’ food meets U.S. food safety requirements. Importers would be required to identify the specific hazards associated with each type of food they bring in and take proactive measures to minimize these risks.

Conservatives Should Be More Racially Sensitive

Like it or not, the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin story has triggered a national conversation about race. President Obama waded into the controversy with much-hyped remarks on the incident July 19, which provoked a harsh reaction from some conservatives. I’m inclined to agree with the Daily Beast’s Kirsten Powers that this reaction is indicative of why Republican outreach efforts to minority groups are unlikely to succeed.

The problem, I think, is not widespread racism, but enough examples of racial insensitivity to create the impression that conservatives don’t care about the African American community.

If somebody is going to criticize anything about Obama’s speech, I could see how one might argue it was fluff that tried to assuage both sides without saying much. But personally, as I said at the time, I thought he struck the right tone. And I don’t get the accusation that Obama was engaging in race-baiting.


SFD Calls For Service 7-29-13

  • Monday July, 29 2013 @ 21:46:32 Nature: Suicide Attempt City: Salisbury
  • Monday July, 29 2013 @ 21:26:51 Nature: Automatic Alarm Address: 504 Emory Ct Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Monday July, 29 2013 @ 21:26:48 Nature: Structure Fire Address: 28763 Ocean Gtwy Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Monday July, 29 2013 @ 21:26:45 Nature: Structure FireAddress: 28763 Ocean Gtwy Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Monday July, 29 2013 @ 19:26:18Nature: Chest Pain City: Salisbury
  • Monday July, 29 2013 @ 19:12:56Nature: Unresponsive Patient City: Salisbury
  • Monday July, 29 2013 @ 19:07:32Nature: Medical Alarm City: Salisbury
  • Monday July, 29 2013 @ 18:59:22 Nature: Pi AccidentAddress: Roger St and princeton Ave Salisbury, MD 21802
  • Monday July, 29 2013 @ 18:59:19Nature: Pi Accident City: Salisbury
  • Monday July, 29 2013 @ 17:53:45Nature: Subject Fallen City: Salisbury
  • Monday July, 29 2013 @ 17:02:59Nature: Medical Alarm City: Salisbury
  • Monday July, 29 2013 @ 16:16:47 Nature: Structure Fire Address: 4299 Allen Rd Fruitland, MD 21826
  • Monday July, 29 2013 @ 16:09:17Nature: Subject Fallen City: Salisbury
  • Monday July, 29 2013 @ 15:47:07Nature: Difficulty Breathing City: Salisbury
  • Monday July, 29 2013 @ 14:44:56Nature: Sick Subject City: Salisbury
  • Monday July, 29 2013 @ 13:08:26Nature: Seizure City: Salisbury
  • Monday July, 29 2013 @ 11:53:24 Nature: Medical Assist Address: 1002 Marley Manor Dr Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Monday July, 29 2013 @ 11:48:45Nature: Difficulty Breathing City: Salisbury
  • Monday July, 29 2013 @ 11:39:10Nature: Sick Subject City: Salisbury
  • Monday July, 29 2013 @ 11:26:30Nature: Sick Subjec tCity: Salisbury
  • Monday July, 29 2013 @ 07:36:07 Nature: Unknown Type Fire Address: 2317 Hudson Dr Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Monday July, 29 2013 @ 05:34:52Nature: Sick Subject City: Salisbury
  • Monday July, 29 2013 @ 01:44:50Nature: Subject Fallen City: Salisbury

Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Press Release 7-30-13

On July 26, 2013, at approximately 1255 hours, a Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Deputy stopped a vehicle on Rt. 13 in the area of Old Virginia Rd for following a vehicle too close.

The Deputy identified the driver as Marquise Obryan Drummond 27, from Gargatha, Virginia, a check revealed Mr. Drummond was wanted through Salisbury Police Department and had a suspended Virginia driver’s license. The Deputy placed Mr. Drummond under arrest. A search incident to arrest of Mr. Drummond revealed a clear plastic baggie containing powder cocaine. Mr. Drummond was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, CDS paraphernalia, and CDS possession with intent to distribute.

Mr. Drummond was held in the Worcester County Jail on $5,000.00 bond.


On July 27, 2013 at approximately 0931 hours, a Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Deputy was dispatched to West Ocean City, Maryland for a domestic dispute. Upon arrival the Deputy met with the victim who stated James Robert Main 37, of West Ocean City Md. physically assaulted her. Mr. Main was located at the Royal Farms in West Ocean City and subsequently arrested for second degree assault. Mr. Main was taken before the District Court Commissioner where he was released on a $25,000.00 unsecured bond.


On July 28, 2013 at approximately 0715 hours, a Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Deputy was in the area of Route 90 and Old Ocean City Boulevard in Berlin, Maryland. When they observed a gray passenger vehicle traveling east bound on Route 90 traveling at a high rate of speed, the Deputy stopped the vehicle for 71 mph in a posted 55 mph zone.

The Deputy identified the driver as Carlos A Lopez-Rivera 39 of Alexandria, Virginia. Mr. Lopez-Rivera did not have a valid license. Mr. Lopez-Rivera was placed under arrest for driving without a license.

Mr. Lopez-Rivera was taken before the District Court Commissioner for Driving without a license where he was released on his personal recognizance on the traffic charge however Immigration and Custom Enforcement placed a detainer on Mr. Lopez-Rivera for failing to appear for a deportation hearing. Mr. Lopez-Rivera was taken to the Worcester County Jail pending a disposition with Immigration and Custom Enforcement.


A series of major explosions at a central Florida gas plant has reportedly injured several workers and left others missing.

From Fox News

Navy To Attempt To Un-Bomb Area It Bombed Accidentally

The Navy is trying something novel. It will attempt to un-bomb an area it bombed by accident. Earlier this month, two Navy AV-8B Harrier jets jettisoned four bombs into the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park off the northeast coast of Australia. The bombs did not explode and missed the barrier reef itself. The Seventh Fleet will lead the effort for what it calls the ordnance retrieval mission. Navy officials say they're committed to reversing any adverse environmental impacts the bombs have caused. The flights were part of joint training exercises with the Australian military called Talisman Saber 2013. The training takes place every two years. Navy officials say that until they are recovered, there is virtually no chance of the bombs detonating.