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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

How Come No One Ever Told Me?

You’ve been dispensing Tic Tacs the hard way.
You know how when you violently shake a container of Tic Tacs into your palm it seems as though you always end up with zero or seven? Avoid that altogether by letting a mint gently glide into the tiny lid crevice

You haven’t been using ketchup cups to their full potential.

Instead of grabbing multiple cups of ketchup, simply pull apart at the edges for twice the space.
Chinese takeout containers are actually made to fold out into plates 

The containers actually are meant to unfold into a makeshift plate, which you can easily reassemble into a box for storing leftovers.
Greek yogurt containers are meant to be folded in half.

But, have you realized, the topping holder folds over, so you can pour the toppings DIRECTLY ON TOP?

Soda tabs double as straw holders.

You probably don’t realize it, but your pots come 
with built-in spoon rests.

Soft-drink lids can double as coasters.


Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Press Release 10-23-13

The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office along with the Ocean City Police Department, Berlin Police Department, Maryland State Police, Worcester County Health Department and Assateague Coastal Trust will be utilizing the following locations for the NDTBI (Drug Take Back Initiative) on October 26th from 10 am to 2 pm.

You can bring your unused and or expired prescription drugs to the following locations so they may be properly disposed.

These locations are as follows:

Worcester County Health Department – Pocomoke, Maryland
400 A Walnut Street, Pocomoke, Maryland 21851

Worcester County Health Department – Snow Hill, Maryland
6040 Public Landing Road, Snow Hill, Maryland 21863

Ocean City Fire House
10124 Keyser Point Road, Ocean City, Maryland 21842

Ocean Pines Fire House (South)
911 Ocean Parkway, Ocean Pines, Berlin, Maryland 21811

Ocean City Police Department
6500 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, Maryland 21811

Maryland State Police – Berlin Barrack
9758 Ocean Gateway, Berlin, Maryland 21811

Berlin Police Department
10 Williams Street, Berlin, Maryland 21811


Nearly 700 employees of Internal Revenue Service contractors owe $5.4 million in back taxes, said a report Wednesday by the agency's inspector general.

More than half of those workers are supposed to be ineligible to do work for the IRS because they are not enrolled in installment plans to pay the taxes they owe.

Unlike other federal agencies, the IRS requires employees and those who work on agency contracts to comply with federal tax laws. That means they have to file returns on time and either pay all the taxes they owe or enroll in a payment plan.

University Of Maryland's Shocking Sex Week

Emphasis on 'eco-friendly sex,' lube

Teacher compared wooden sex toys to 'art pieces'

Funded by the university, which receives federal and state taxypayer funds

WARNING: Clearly the link will bring you to some very detailed sexual information.

More Than Half A Million People Lose Their Insurance Thanks To Obamacare - In Just 3 States

"If you like your current plan," tough noogies.

Throughout the Obamacare battle, the President's biggest - and most transparent - lie about as that "If you like your current plan, you can keep it." From day one, conservatives said that wasn't the case, but the White House and its left-wing media allies swore that it was true. We were told, again and again, that if you're happy the way things are, you probably wouldn't even notice a change.

Someone should explain that to the multitudes who have just had their insurance cancelled due to Obamacare's implementation.

For the last two months, insurance cancellation letters have been arriving at homes across the country, and some concrete numbers have started to trickle in. We now know that, across just three states, more than half a million people have lost their preferred coverage.


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Subject: HR 4646

Be sure to read entire explanation

Watch for this AFTER November elections; remember this BEFORE you VOTE.

A 1% tax on all bank transactions is what HR 4646 calls for.

Do you receive a paycheck, or a retirement check from Social Security or a pension fund and have it direct deposit??

This bill was put forth by Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA).

YES, that is 1% tax on all bank transactions - HR 4646, every time it goes in and every time money goes out.

Ask your congressperson to vote NO.


1% tax on all bank transactions ~ HR 4646 -ANOTHER NEW OBAMA TAX SLIPPED IN WHILE WE WERE ASLEEP. Checked this on snopes, it's true! Check it out yourself ~ HR 4646.

This is a 1% tax on all transactions at any financial institution - banks, credit unions, savings and loans, etc..Any deposit you make, or even a transfer within your own bank from one account to another, will have a 1% tax charged.

If your paycheck or your Social Security or whatever is direct deposit, it will get a 1% tax charged for the transaction.

If your paycheck is $1000, then you will pay the government $10 just for the privilege of depositing your paycheck in your bank. Even if you hand carry your paycheck or any check in to your bank for a deposit, 1% tax will be charged.

You receive a $5,000 stock dividend from your broker, the government takes $50 just to allow you to deposit that check in the bank.

If you take $1,000 cash to deposit at your bank, 1% tax will be charged.

Mind you, this is from the man who promised that, if you make under $250,000 per year, you will not see one penny of new tax.

Keep your eyes and ears open, you will be amazed at what you learn about this guy's under-the-table moves to increase the number of ways you are taxed.

Oh, and by the way, if you receive a refund from the IRS next year and you have it direct deposited or you walk in to deposit that check, you guessed it. You will pay a 1% charge of that money just for putting it in your bank.

Remember, any money, cash, check or whatever, no matter where it came from, you will pay a 1% fee if you put it in the bank.

Some will say, oh well, it's just 1%. Are you kidding me? It's a 1% tax increase across the board. Remember, once the tax is there, they can also raise it at will. And if anyone protests, they will just say, "Oh,that's not really a tax, it's a user fee"!

Think this is no big deal? Go back and look at the transactions you made from last year's banking statements. Then add the total of all those transactions and deduct 1%. Still think it's no big deal?
The following is copied from Snopes: 

1. Debt Free America Act⤢⤢⤢
Is the U.S.government proposing a 1% tax on debit card usage and/or banking transactions?
...It is true. The bill is HR-4646 introduced by US Rep Peter deFazio D-Oregon and US Senator Tom Harkin D-Iowa. Their plan is to sneak it in after the...
....moved beyond proposing studies and submitted the Debt Free America Act (H.R. 4646), a bill calling for the implementation of a scheme to pay down the...
...[2010] by Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.). His "Debt Free America Act" (H.R. 4646) would impose a 1 percent "transaction tax" on every financial transaction...
Wed, 02 Nov 201111:27:37 GMT

Pedestrian Critically Injured In Crash On Pulaski Highway

Location: Pulaski Highway (U.S. Route 40), east of LaGrange Avenue, Newark, DE

Date of Occurrence: Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at 2:03 a.m.

Vehicles and Drivers:
Driver 1: Jerome Bright, 57, of Salisbury, MD (properly restrained, not injured)
Vehicle 1: International tractor trailer

Pedestrian: Jonathan Wolfe, 19, of Newark, DE

Newark- A Newark man was critically injured in a crash on Pulaski Highway (U.S. Route 40) this morning.

The crash happened at 2:03 a.m. as Jerome Bright, 57, of Salisbury, MD, drove an International tractor trailer in the right lane of westbound Pulaski Highway. As the truck approached LaGrange Avenue it struck Jonathan Wolfe, 19, who was walking in the roadway.

Wolfe was transported by ambulance to Christiana Hospital, where he was admitted in critical condition. Bright was not injured.

The Collision Reconstruction unit is continuing its investigation, and no charges have been filed. The westbound lanes of Pulaski Highway were closed for one-and-a-half hours as Troopers investigated and cleared the crash.

Bloomberg's Anti-Gun Group To Drop $1.1 Million For McAuliffe

Independence USA PAC, the pro-gun control group affiliated with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is spending $1.1 million on advertisements supporting Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the final two weeks of his race to become Virginia’s next governor against Republican Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II.

Politico reported that the ads in the D.C. area market will begin Tuesday and continue through the eve of the Nov. 5 election.

Mr. Cuccinelli’s campaign blasted the development.

Terry McAuliffe and his allies are spending tens of millions of dollars in an attempt to buy Virginia’s governor’s mansion and impose an ideological agenda that will severely restrict Virginian’s Second Amendment rights, hike energy prices for Virginia families and undermine our right-to-work laws,” said Cuccinelli communications director Richard T. Cullen.

It’s not the first time that Mr. Bloomberg, who has spent more than $15 million on gun control initiatives, according to Politico, has dipped his toes into Virginia politics.


New Campaign Software Firm Seeks To Improve Ground Game In Md. Races

Herb Sweren and Barry Silverman worked in political campaigns for years as an avocation, while they pursued careers in marketing and advertising. But a couple of years ago, after working together on a Baltimore County campaign, they decided to put their professional skills and political experience into a business using the latest technology that could improve the ground game for state and local candidates.

This year they launched CampaignOn, which offers a package of software services that helps candidates identify voters, stay in touch with their supporters, get out the vote and track donations. On a national level, the get-out-the-vote efforts of the 2012 Obama reelection campaign assisted by technology and social media was considered a major factor in its success.

“We didn’t think there was a business model that put all these things in one affordable package” for state and local candidates, said Sweren, who spent years in tennis industry marketing and played roles in a number of mostly Democratic Baltimore County political campaigns.

30th Anniversary Of Beirut Bombing. 220 Marines Killed

Fake Faint

France, Mexico Seek Answers After 'Shocking' US Spy Claims

AFP - France and Mexico have angrily demanded prompt explanations from the United States following "shocking" new spying allegations leaked by former US security contractor Edward Snowden.

The reports published in French daily Le Monde and German weekly Der Spiegel reveal that the US National Security Agency secretly monitored tens of millions of phone calls in France and hacked into former Mexican President Felipe Calderon's email account.

They come on top of revelations also leaked by Snowden and published in June that the US had a vast, secret programme called PRISM to monitor Internet users.


Brooke Mulford Goes To The World Series!

Someone loves her Mama! Share this if you think Brooke is excited to be at Game 1 of the #WorldSeries?!?#GoTeamBrooke!

Gov’t & Finance Workers Tie for Lowest Unemployment Rate

Americans working for the government and in the finance industry had the lowest unemployment rates in September, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In both industries the rate was 3.9%.

The unemployment rates in agriculture (9.4 percent) and in construction (8.5 percent) were more than twice the unemployment rates in government and finance.

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"There Will Be No Place To Hide" - Markets Are Over 50% More "Exuberant" Than In 1996

"It is really going to end badly," is the ominous warning that Damien Cleusix has issued to his clients as he believes we are now reaching the top of the secular bull market. Crucially, he sees US stock markets as "grossly over-valued" but that it is hidden from most people's perceptions because (just as in 2000 and 2007) there are marginal sectors that make the 'aggregate' seem reasonable (not to mention the dreams of forward earnings.) His novel approach of a point-in-time Price-to-Sales comp shows the median valuation its highest in 23 years.. and Alan Greenspan's infamous "exuberance" valuations in 1996 were 40% below current levels of elation. Today, the big difference with 2000 and 2007 is that government and central banks have already spend a lot of firing power to "make believe" that everything is fine again. He concludes, "there will be no place to hide when the tide turns."

Via Damien Cleusix,

It is really going to end badly...

What if we are indeed only now reaching the top of the secular bull market... What if

It is no secret that we view the US stock markets as grossly over-valued. In recent meetings, as in the Spring of 2007, we have insisted that not only are markets more overvalued than what they seem, the overvaluation is also general. Ed Easterling wrote a provocative article not long ago on the subject [11]. Those who have read his two books, "Unexpected Returns" and "Probable Outcome" know the quality of his research.

In 2000 while TMT companies were reaching absurd valuation, small caps and quality value stocks where cheap. Remember that Berkshire Hathaway made its low the same day as the Nasdaq made its top or the same month as Julian Robertson, one of the best value stock picker of history, liquidated his fund.

In 2007, the overvaluation was general but here again you had a sector distorting the various valuation ratios - financial companies. In the bear market that ensued, nobody who was long, even the best conservative value stock pickers, made money if they were long-only. There was carnage.

Today our contention is that markets are more overvalued than in 2007.



In 2009, at the height of debate about President Barack Obama's stimulus plan, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh proposed a compromise in the pages of the Wall Street Journal that would have devoted half the stimulus to tax cuts. Now, a new working paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) concludes that Limbaugh was right, at least in terms of that portion of the stimulus that was directed to state governments.

The paper, by Gerald Carlino and Robert P. Inman, finds that "ARRA [American Recovery and Reinvestment Act] assistance would have been 30 percent more effective in stimulating GDP growth had the share spent on government purchases and project aid been fully allocated to private sector tax relief and to matching aid to states for lower-income support." In other words: tax cuts and cash transfers would have been better.

Breaking News: Police Officer Shot In Howard County; Suspect Sought

Howard County police say an officer has been shot and authorities are still searching for the suspect.

Police say officers responded to the 9500 block of Washington Boulevard in Howard County Wednesday afternoon for a report of a man with a gun. The officer was shot in an exchange with the gunman and was taken to the hospital.

The officer's condition was not known. Police did not have information about the suspect.


Is Governor O'Malley Stealing From Orphans?

How Maryland robs its most vulnerable children

The state has long taken foster children's disability and survivor benefits without notifying themTry this on for size: The Maryland agency overseeing foster care has been appropriating foster children's assets — orphaned children's survivor benefits, for example — and handing them over to the state.

There's more: Not only does this agency take assets from children, but Gov. Martin O'Malley and the head of the Maryland Department of Human Resources encourage the practice, going so far as to hire a private company to help obtain Social Security disability (SSI) and survivor benefits (SSDI) from foster children to use as government revenue.

Children's Social Security benefits are intended to serve the children's best interests, not to pay the state back for foster care. But our foster care agency is targeting abused and neglected children who are disabled or have dead parents, applying for Social Security benefits on their behalf — and then diverting the money to state coffers. The practice has been occurring for years, but in secret. Children and their lawyers are not notified.


$80 Million For Armed Guards For IRS

What is federal government preparing for?
(INFOWARS) — The Department of Homeland Security is set to spend $80 million dollars on hiring a raft of armed guards to protect IRS and other government buildings in upstate New York during “public demonstrations” and “civil disturbances,” once again prompting concerns that the federal agency is preparing for food stamp riots, anti-tax demonstrations or some other form of domestic unrest.

According to a solicitation posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website, the Federal Protective Service (a unit of the DHS), is looking for a contractor to supply armed Protective Security Officers (PSOs) to guard a variety of government buildings in the region, including “IRS buildings(s) during tax season.”


W.Va. Chicken Farmer Wins EPA Lawsuit Over Runoff

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has no legal right to force a West Virginia poultry grower to obtain water pollution permits for runoff from her Hardy County farm because it is routine stormwater discharge, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey said litter and manure washed by rain into Chesapeake Bay tributaries at Lois Alt's Hardy County farm is agricultural runoff, not a fixed pollution source such as a factory. That means it's exempt from the requirement that it be permitted and regulated under the federal Clean Water Act, he said.

"The term `agricultural stormwater discharge' was not and has not been defined in the statute" covering permitting, Bailey wrote. "The fact that Congress found it unnecessary to define the term indicates that the term should be given its ordinary meaning."

The EPA initially threatened to fine Alt if she didn't seek a permit for her farm, which it called a "concentrated animal feeding operation." After Alt sued last year, EPA withdrew the fines. In March, it offered to dismiss the case.

But the American Farm Bureau Federation and the West Virginia Farm Bureau joined Alt in keeping the case alive, arguing it had economic implications for farmers nationwide.


Tamerlan Tsarnaev Implicated In 2011 Triple Killing, According To Court Filing

Slain Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was named as a participant in an earlier triple homicide by a man who was subsequently shot to death while being questioned by authorities, according to a filing made by federal prosecutors in the case against his brother, surviving bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

According to the filing made Monday, Ibragim Todashev told investigators Tamerlan Tsarnaev participated in a triple slaying in Waltham on Sept. 11, 2011.

In that case, three men were found in an apartment with their necks slit and their bodies reportedly covered with marijuana. One of the victims was a boxer and friend of Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

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The Bad Fruits Of Race Hustling

Young minorities have been taught to believe the system is against them.
Years ago, someone said that according to the laws of aerodynamics bumblebees cannot fly. But the bumblebees, not knowing the laws of aerodynamics, go ahead and fly anyway.

Something like that happens among people. There have been many ponderous academic writings and dour editorials in the mainstream media, lamenting that most people born poor cannot rise in American society any more. Meanwhile, many poor immigrants arrive here from various parts of Asia and rise on up the ladder anyway.

Often these Asian immigrants arrive not only with very little money, but also very little knowledge of English. They start out working at low-paid jobs but working so many hours, often at more than one job, that they are able to put a little money aside.
After a few years, they have enough money to open some little shop, where they still work long hours, and still save their money, so that they can afford to send their children to college. Meanwhile, these children know that their parents not only expect, but demand, that they make good grades.


Amazon To Open "Fulfillment Center" On Site Of Old GM Plant In Baltimore will open a 1-million-square-foot fulfillment center on the site of the former General Motors Assembly plant along Broening Highway in Southeast Baltimore.

The company's news release offers no details as to when the facility will open, but the company says it will create 1,000 fulltime jobs.

Workers at the facility will pick, pack and ship books, electronics and consumer goods.

The company says the fulfillment center jobs pay on average 30-percent more than traditional jobs, and include benefits including health care, stock awards, and a 401 (k).


Doctors In Congress: Obamacare Worse Than You Think

Predict 'the whole thing will implode' because system 'can't work'

At least 12 doctors in Congress have expressed serious concerns about Obamacare, and now President Obama admitted the recently unveiled online health insurance exchanges have been a technological headache and that he’s “frustrated” by them.

Obama also insists once those problems are fixed people will discover that the exchanges offer wonderful health plans at affordable prices, but a prominent congressman says the facts are not on the president’s side.

“They’re still trying to sell a program that the American people know won’t work,” said Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., a former physician who authored a free-market version of health-care reform that is still awaiting House consideration. “And it won’t work because the same things that are wrong with the website, that is the challenge of getting into it and having it work are the same things that are going to be wrong throughout the entire health-care system when Washington is running it.”


Blue Angels To Return To The Skies Over Maryland

After being grounded for much of this year by sequestration, the Blue Angels will soon be performing again, according to the Navy.

And that means for the first time since 20-10, the Navy's flight demonstration squadron will fly in May for Commissioning Week in Annapolis.

The Navy says the Blue Angels will fly a full schedule in 20-14, including a trip to Baltimore for Navy Week in September.

The decision comes after The Pentagon announced a plan last week that it says will enable the military services to resume conducting community and public outreach activities in Fiscal Year 2014.

14-Year-Old Arrested In Murder Of Massachusetts Teacher To Be Tried As Adult

The 14-year-old arrested in the murder of a 24-year-old teacher in Danvers, Mass., has been charged Wednesday in court as an adult.

Philip Chism, 14, did not return home from school Tuesday. He was found by Topsfield police early Wednesday morning wandering Route 1, authorities said. He appeared in Salem District Court Wednesday afternoon. His defense attorney argued for the proceedings to be closed and her client to be allowed to stay hidden because of his age. The judge denied the request.

Chism is charged in the murder of Colleen Ritzer of Andover, a Danvers High School teacher. She was found dead in the woods behind the school. She had not returned home from work Tuesday and was not answering her cellphone, Jonathan Blodgett, the Essex district attorney, said. Investigators found blood in a second floor school bathroom and soon located the victim.



(QUEENSTOWN, MD) -- Maryland State Police and the FBI have arrested and charged a Prince George’s County man in connection with a Queen Anne’s County jewelry store robbery last spring during which hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry was stolen.

The accused is identified as Roy L. Tolbert, 42, of Suitland, Md. After consultation with the Queen Anne’s County State’s Attorney’s Office, he has been charged with state charges that include armed robbery, robbery, theft over $100,000, first degree assault, and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony. After an initial appearance before a court commissioner, Tolbert was held in the Prince George’s County Detention Center without bail. Federal charges may also be pending against Tolbert.

The arrest and charges are the result of an investigation that began about 8:00 p.m. on May 19, 2013, when a suspect entered the Ultra Diamonds jewelry store, in the 100-block of Outlet Center Drive, Queenstown, Md. The suspect displayed a handgun and stole dozens of pieces of jewelry from the store. The suspect was described as wearing a disguise that included a wig, fake beard, sunglasses and a ball cap. He was seen fleeing the area on a sport motorcycle, which was later found and determined to be stolen from Washington, D.C. The stolen jewelry was valued at more than $300,000. No one was injured during the robbery.

The investigation by the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division investigators began immediately. They were joined in the investigation by special agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Evidence developed during the investigation led to the identification of Tolbert as a suspect. Investigators obtained search warrants that were served on October 18, 2013, in Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties by State Police investigators and special agents from the FBI. No weapons or jewelry were recovered during the service of the search warrants.

One of the search warrants was served at Tolbert’s home. He was not home at the time. Troopers from the Maryland State Police State Apprehension Team eventually made contact with Tolbert and convinced him to turn himself in. Tolbert surrendered to State Police at the Forestville Barrack at about 3:00 p.m. on October 18th.

In addition to the FBI, Maryland State Police investigators received significant assistance from law enforcement agencies that included , the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Postal Inspector's Service, U.S. Attorney General's Office, Prince George's County Police Department, Anne Arundel County Police Department, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, the Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center, the Eastern Shore Information Center, Maryland State Police State Apprehension Team, Maryland State Police K-9, and the Maryland State Police Field Operations Bureau.

The investigation is continuing. raises free shipping minimum to $35 customers will need to spend more money on the site in order to qualify for free shipping.

The online retailer raised the minimum order size needed for free shipping to $35 from $25. The change, made Monday, comes ahead of the busy holiday shopping season. It also comes after made a similar change earlier this month. Inc. is pushing customers to sign up for its Amazon Prime service, which costs $79 a year. Members receive free two-day shipping on millions of items on the site and access to its TV and movie streaming service.


Pedestrian Injured In Crash On Pulaski Highway Dies

Location: Pulaski Highway (U.S. Route 40), east of LaGrange Avenue, Newark, DE

Date of Occurrence: Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at 2:03 a.m.

Vehicles and Drivers:
Driver 1: Jerome Bright, 57, of Salisbury, MD (properly restrained, not injured)
Vehicle 1: 2006 International tractor trailer

Pedestrian: Jonathan Wolfe, 19, of Newark, DE (deceased)

Troopers Conducting Death Investigation, US 13 New Castle

Location: 100 block of South DuPont Highway (US13), New Castle, DE

Date of Occurrence: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 10:50 a.m.

Victim: Unidentified, unknown age or gender

Resume: New Castle-The Delaware State Police are conducting a death investigation after a body was found in a marshland adjacent to the southbound lanes of US 13 in New Castle, this morning.

The incident occurred at approximately 10:50 a.m. as a billboard maintenance crew was working on billboard located in a field in the area of the 100 block of South DuPont Highway and found the decomposing body.

Preliminary investigation indicated that the unidentified, partially clothed, decomposing skeletal remains were located approximately 20 feet down a grass embankment, in a marshland type area adjacent to the southbound lanes of US 13. The age or gender of the remains has not been determined at this time.

Troopers were able to access the remains and are working in coordination with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to remove the body from the scene and conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.

Delaware State Police Detectives continue their investigation to determine the circumstances surrounding this incident. Traffic was not affected due to the investigation or recovery.

If anyone has any information in reference to this incident, they are asked to contact the Major Crimes Unit at Troop 2 at 302-834-2630 Extension #7 or by utilizing the Delaware State Police Mobile Crime Tip Application available to download at: Information can also be provided to the Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333. Information may also be provided via the internet

Send an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."

IRS Paid Out $132 Billion In Bogus Tax Credits Over Last Decade

The IRS paid as much as $13.6 billion in bogus claims for the Earned Income Tax Credit last year, according to a report the agency’s internal auditor released Tuesday morning.
The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said it warned the IRS in 2001 that it was making the erroneous payments, but two years later the agency hasn’t fixed the problem.

Over the last decade, the IRS could have paid out as much as $132.6 billion in improper payments.


Don’t Let Obamacare Crisis Go To Waste

Republicans must present a coherent alternative to the president’s crumbling health-care law.

The constipated debut of Obamacare has reduced the president of the United States to the status of TV pitchman. “Act now” to get this great product, he exhorted listeners on Monday, offering testimonials from one of the rare successful purchasers, promising limitless benefits and low prices, and even an 800 number. His operators are standing by, he urged, and they speak 150 languages! (You could sign up in Min Bei and Kazakh, if you could sign up at all.) If Obama had thrown in a free tote bag for the first 100 callers, it wouldn’t have seemed out of place.

The president has consistently claimed that his law will extend coverage to the roughly 47 million uninsured (there is no agreed-upon number) while also reducing premiums for everyone. This is like promising that you can eat all you want and still lose weight (which other TV pitchmen routinely promise, come to think of it). This is not possible. For the law to work even reasonably according to plan, say, with only small increases in premiums for everyone, large numbers of the young and healthy who have previously gone without health insurance must sign up.


Massachusetts Teen Charged In Fatal Stabbing Of Danvers High School Teacher

A beloved Massachusetts high school math teacher was stabbed to death by a 14-year-old student who then dumped her body in the woods behind the school, police said today.

The teen, whose name was not disclosed because he is a juvenile, faces arraignment in Essex County Juvenile Court where he is charged with killing math teacher Colleen Ritzer.

Law enforcement sources said Ritzer, 24, was stabbed to death.

"She was a very respected, loved teacher," said Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett. "At 24 years of age it's a terrible tragedy for the entire Danvers community."


Every Soldier Has An Amazing Story. Great Presidents Listen, Others Shut Them Down.

Gansler Pays Speed Camera Ticket In DC

Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler has apparently paid a speed camera ticket issued in June, 2012, in Washington DC.

Gansler, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor, paid the ticket more than a week after the Washington Post reported that Gansler ordered members of his Maryland State Police security detail to drive recklessly, to get him to events.

Attorney General Doug Gansler paid the ticket Tuesday afternoon after repeated questions from WBAL-TV's Jayne Miller and the I-Team.


"Peak Bartenders" - After A Record 42 Consecutive Months, Waiters Suffer First Monthly Job Decline

The last time employees in the "Food Services and Drinking Places" category experienced a monthly job decline was February 2010. Since then, for 42 consecutive months, the US eating and drinking industry went on an epic hiring spree without a single month of net layoffs, adding over 1 million workers and hitting an all time high 10.334 million workers, even as actual restaurant retail sales have recently tumbled  as a result of the middle-class US household once again running on fumes as a result of the Fed's disastrous wealth-transferring policies. Well, as the chart below shows, after 42 months of relentless hiring of bartenders and waitresses, we may have just hit "peak bartenders."


If You Believe In The Recovery, Do Not Look At This Chart

Just a few moar years of unlimited open-ended quantitative money printing and we are sure this will all be fixed...

Of course it does beg the question Rick Santelli asked...

"[What the Fed minutes said] is, listen, we have to wait for bigger confirmation that the economy is doing better; and for that, we're going to look at the employment side. [At the same time] we have the fewest people working that can work in 30 years, and all-time-record-high profits for corporations. Now, does that strategy sound rational to you?" It seems, now that Bernanke has seemingly promised that it will really never end, that Santelli's question will become increasingly critical in this country.


Craigslist Makes Turning Food Stamps Into Cash A SNAP

Food stamp recipients are turning the government handouts into quick cash with ads on Craigslist, despite efforts to stem fraud.

The federally-funded grocery assistance coupons -- which are issued by states in the form of debit cards under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) -- are being sold on the online bulletin board as well as auction sites like eBay. found several offerings at Craigslist sites around the country, where the sellers offered the welfare benefits at large discounts from face value.
"I have food stamps for sale..... Serious Replies only!!!"
- Craigslist ad
“If you need food. This is not a gimmick or game,” read one posting from Philadelphia. “Please let me know, I have food stamps for sale..... Serious Replies only!!!”


154,000 Fewer Women Held Jobs In September; Female Participation In Labor Force Matches 24-Year Low

American women participated in the nation’s labor force in September at a rate that matched the lowest level in 24 years, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
At the same time, the number of women actually holding jobs declined by 154,000 from August to September.

Because the number of women participating in the labor force declined in September, the drop in the number of women who were actually employed did not cause an increase in the unemployment rate for women.

In fact, even though 154,000 fewer women worked in August than September, the unemployment rate for women dropped from 6.8 percent to 6.7 percent.



The media are doing a good job covering the ObamaCare launch problems. But like their coverage of President Obama's disastrous performance in his first presidential debate with Mitt Romney, there is a partisan motive at work here. The media want ObamaCare to succeed and believe that pounding away at the site problems will motivate the White House to get the site fixed.

While the tech problems are real and worth covering, so are five other ObamaCare catastrophes. But the media won't cover those because to do so might further undermine the program:

1. Millions are Losing Their Health Insurance

About 14 million Americans (not enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid) purchase their health insurance privately as opposed to through an employer. Because a large percentage of these plans do not cover everything ObamaCare mandates a policy cover -- among other things: birth control, mental health, maternity, vision, dental -- these plans are being cancelled -- no matter how happy people might be with them. We learned today that in just one state just one provider dropped 300,000 customers.

Now these 300,000 (and millions more, including spouses being dropped by UPS and other organizations) have not only lost the health insurance they were happy with, they have also been thrown into the nightmare of these ObamaCare exchanges. Moreover, because their old insurance plans were dumped for not covering everything the government now demands be covered, you can bet that the new plans will be more expensive.

And let's not forget that with a new health insurance plan, you can lose the doctor you had and liked under the old one. Repeatedly, President Obama promised the American people that his health care reforms would not cost people their doctors or force them off the health insurance plans they like. Now we know that was nothing more than a bald-faced lie.


IRS Wrongly Pays Out $110 Billion In Tax Credits

A Treasury investigator says the Internal Revenue Service has paid out more than $110 billion in tax credits over the past decade to people who didn't qualify for them.

The Earned Income Tax Credits were intended for poor working families. In a report released Tuesday, the IRS inspector general said more than one-fifth of all credits paid under the program went to people who didn't qualify.

The inspector general said the IRS is not doing enough to reduce the improper payments. The report said IRS efforts are hampered by unscrupulous tax preparers as well as honest families that have trouble calculating the complicated credit.

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90,609,000: Americans Not In Labor Force Climbs To Another Record

( - The number of Americans who are 16 years or older and who have decided not to participate in the nation's labor force has climbed to a record 90,609,000 in September, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The BLS counts a person as participating in the labor force if they are 16 years or older and either have a job or have actively sought a job in the last four weeks. A person is not participating in the labor force if they are 16 or older and have not sought a job in the last four weeks.


Americans Just Want To Get High

For the first time (in the 44 years of polling), the majority of Americans favor legalizing marijuana. As Gallup notes, from a low of 12% in favor in 1969, the latest poll shows a clear majority (58%) now believe the drug should be made legal.


There is a lot of commentary in the press about who is responsible for the government shutdown and the near-miss with respect to extending the debt ceiling. The leading culprit is the Tea Party movement, a bunch of right-thinking Americans who are foolish enough to believe in the libertarian principles upon which our nation was founded. But blaming the Tea Party for the fiscal gridlock in Washington is dead wrong.

Next comes Texas Republican Ted Cruz, who conducted a one-man demonstration on the floor of the US Senate against fiscal dysfunction in Washington -- this in an effort to derail the Obamacare law. For his efforts, Cruz earned the derision of conservative Washington insiders for daring to threaten the Fed’s artificial life support program with a real live financial crisis. He also earned the disdain of most establishment Republicans in the process.

“Ted Cruz and the people around him said that anyone who didn't follow his direction on this was a Nazi appeaser… if you didn't take his tactic, you owned Obamacare," Grover Norquist, head of Americans for Tax Reform, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" onNewsmax TV. "No one's questioning his conservative credentials. It's his wisdom and his judgment and the name-calling that he has thrown at every Republican in the House and the Senate," Norquist told Newsmax.


Harris Attacks Obamacare On Crossfire

Rep. Andy Harris used an appearance Monday on CNN's Crossfire to argue that the problems people are facing as they try to sign up for health insurance through Obamacare are only the beginning.

"Some things are just not fixable," said the Baltimore County Republican and Johns Hopkins trained physician who was elected on a platform of repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act. "Is the health insurance system broken? Yeah it is, but getting the federal government to a one-sized fits all approach is not a great solution."

Harris, among the Republicans who voted against the measure last week to reopen the government and avoid the Oct. 17 debt ceiling deadline, sat opposite Anne Filipic, president of Enroll America. The nonprofit group is a coalition of advocacy organizations, health insurers and pharmaceutical companies that are trying to help people enroll.

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I am beginning to get the whole picture. As I sit back and watch life unfold I see that America as we knew it is no more. The future of this country is government medicine, government housing, government rules and regs because the next generation has nothing to look forward to. In the past each generation always believed they would do better than their parents generation. Today they know there is no chance of this happening and they look to assistance for every aspect of their lives. More adult children are moving in with parents and carrying huge debt loads in spite of the assistance they receive from parents. What happens when this all dries up? We must be ready for a totally dependent generation of adults. The government is stepping in and offering to be that crutch. We have never seen the cost of such a thing in this country but we are getting glimpses of it today. The more government runs your life the more they expect to OWN you.
Remember, Where much is given much is expected in return.

IRS Pays Illegal Immigrants $4.2 Billion While Stalling Tea Parties

While harrying and stalling Tea Party groups seeking nonprofit status, the Internal Revenue Service mailed $4.2 billion in child-credit checks to undocumented immigrants.

Critics say midlevel IRS bureaucrats continue to abuse the Additional Child Tax Credit program by dispensing $1,000 checks to families in this country illegally.

“The law needs clarification that undocumented immigrants are not eligible,” Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, told in a statement.


'Wind Turbine Syndrome' Blamed For Mysterious Symptoms In Cape Cod Town

Sue Hobart, a bridal florist from Massachusetts, couldn't understand why she suddenly developed headaches, ringing in her ears, insomnia and dizziness to the point of falling "flat on my face" in the driveway.

"I thought I was just getting older and tired," said the 57-year-old from Falmouth.

Months earlier, in the summer of 2010, three wind turbines had been erected in her town, one of which runs around the clock, 1,600 feet from her home.

"I didn't put anything to the turbines -- we heard it and didn't like the thump, thump, thump and didn't like seeing them, but we didn't put it together," she told

Hobart said her headaches only got worse, but at Christmas, when she went to San Diego, they disappeared. And she said the same thing happened on an overnight trip to Keene, N.H.

"Sometimes at night, especially in the winter, I wake up with a fluttering in the chest and think, 'What the hell is that,' and the only place it happens is at my house," she said. "That's how you know. When you go away, it doesn't happen."


Divorce Granted

A judge was interviewing a lady regarding her pending divorce, and asked, “What are the grounds for your divorce?”

She replied, “About four acres and a nice little home in the middle of the property with a stream running by.”

“No,” he said, “I mean what is the foundation of this case?”

“It is made of concrete, brick and mortar,” she responded.

“I mean,” he continued, “What are your relations like?”

“I have an aunt and uncle living here in town, and so do my husband’s parents.”

He said, “Do you have a real grudge?”

“No,” she replied, “We have a two-car carport and have never really needed one.”

“Please,” he tried again, “is there any infidelity in your marriage?”

“Yes, both my son and daughter have stereo sets. We don’t necessarily like the music, but the answer to your question is ‘yes’.”

“Ma’am, does your husband ever beat you up?”

“Yes,” she responded, “about twice a week he gets up earlier than I do.”

Finally, in frustration, the judge asked, “Lady, why do you want a divorce?”

“Oh, I don’t want a divorce,” she replied. “I’ve never wanted a divorce. My husband does. He said he can’t communicate with me.”

Why ObamaCare Is A Fantastic Success

There are two major political parties in America. I’m a member of the naïve, stupid, and cowardly one. I’m a Republican.

How stupid is the GOP? They still don’t get it.

I told them 5 years ago, 2 books ago, a national bestseller ago ("The Ultimate Obama Survival Guide"), and in hundreds of articles and commentaries, that ObamaCare was never meant to help America, or heal the sick, or lower healthcare costs, or lower the debt, or expand the economy.

The GOP needs to stop calling ObamaCare a “trainwreck.” That means it’s a mistake, or accident. That means it’s a gigantic flop, or failure. It’s NOT.


Tractor Supply In Salisbury Comes Through Again

There are 2 events being held this Saturday at the Salisbury Tractor Supply Company. Both events will be held from 10:00-1:00. The events are as follows:

Halloween Pet Photos: Cost: $10.00 per photo, and each photo will be 4x7 and will include a frame.

Rabies Clinic: Cost $10.00 per vaccination. This clinic is for DOGS ONLY. Proof of a current rabies vaccination must be presented in order for your dog to receive a 3 yr. booster, without proof of a current rabies vaccination, your dog will receive a 1 yr. vaccination.

Both events are cash only.

Tractor Supply is located just past PetSmart and across from Home Depot. For more information, people can call 410-219-2601.

Lawmaker Proposes Abolishing "Rain Tax"

A state lawmaker wants to do away with the rain tax.

Howard and Carroll County Republican Senator Allan Kittleman, has already filed legislation to repeal the requirement that Baltimore City and nine counties collect the storm water management fee, or so called rain tax.

He says the law is unnecessary, and has an attorney general's opinion to back up his argument, noting local governments could have collected this tax on a property's paved surfaces as far back as 1992.


Police Charge 2 Teens With Beating 65-Year-Old Man In Dispute Over Parking Space

CARLISLE, PA. – Police have charged two 17-year-old boys with beating a 65-year-old man in a dispute over a parking space in central Pennsylvania. reports that Carlisle police filed the charges but are not releasing the boy's names because they're charged in juvenile court.

Police say the attack happened about 2 p.m. Friday and was captured by city surveillance cameras. Police say one teen beat the man with a tree branch then punched him. They say the other teen threw the man to the ground and kicked him in the face.


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Chocolate Protects Against Alzheimer's, Harvard Study Shows

Here's some sweet health news for chocolate lovers: A daily dose of the sugary treat may help prevent Alzheimer's disease. That's the conclusion of new research at Harvard Medical School that found people who drank two cups of hot cocoa a day had improved memory and blood flow to the brain.

But the benefits only come from certain types of chocolate, which contain high levels of beneficial antioxidants, notes one of the nation's top Alzheimer's experts, Dr. Gary Small, professor of psychiatry and aging. It's also important to know that you can get too much of a good thing.

ObamaCare Just Hit New(er) Lows

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White House Official Fired for Tweeting Under Fake Name

A White House national security official was fired last week after being caught as the mystery Tweeter who has been tormenting the foreign policy community with insulting comments and revealing internal Obama administration information for over two years.

Jofi Joseph, a director in the non-proliferation section of the National Security Staff at the White House, has been surreptitiously tweeting under the moniker @natsecwonk, a Twitter feed famous inside Washington policy circles since it began in February, 2011 until it was shut down last week. Two administration officials confirmed that the mystery tweeter was Joseph, who has also worked at the State Department and on Capitol Hill for Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Joe Biden. Until recently, he was part of the administration's team working on negotiations with Iran.

During his time tweeting under the @natsecwonk name, Joseph openly criticized the policies of his White House bosses and often insulted their intellect and appearance. At different times, he insulted or criticized several top White House and State Department officials, including former National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, Secretary of State John Kerry, and many many others.

SU Society Of Professional Journalists Hosts Diversity Discussion Thursday, October 24

SALISBURY, MD---Does the media cover all ethnic groups fairly? Do reporters receive specific criticisms because of their race or gender? How are decisions made regarding news coverage and headlines?

Salisbury University’s Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) chapter asks these questions and more during the Media Forum 2013 panel discussion “Diversity: the Challenge for the Media” 7 p.m. Thursday, October 24, in the Wicomico Room of the Guerrieri University Center.

A pre-discussion reception begins at 6:30 p.m. A “Meet the Panelists” session follows at 8:30 p.m. Panelists include Baltimore Sun reporter Michael Gold, Daily Times executive editor Michael Kilian, WMDT reporters Emily Lampa and Lenita Wesson, and ESPN panelist and University of Maryland, College Park faculty member Kevin Blackistone.
“Our purpose is to examine diversity portrayed in the media via news and feature coverage and those producing it,” said SU SPJ president Ajia Allen. “We also want to bring attention to the groups that tend to have, or are perceived to have, attention in the media for less appealing reasons than those within the group may prefer.”
During the presentation, audience members are encouraged to interact with panelists, both in real time and via social media using the Twitter hashtag #OurMediaOurVoice. Questions and comments tweeted with that hashtag during the discussion will be broadcast on a screen at the event.

Admission is free and the public is invited. For more information call 410-543-6030 or visit the SU website at