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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Houston Firefighter Puts Out Truck Blaze With Beer

A Houston firefighter spent his day off Monday fighting a fire with beer.

Capt. Craig Moreau was with his wife on a trip back from Austin on Texas 71 when the couple came across an 18-wheeler with smoke pouring from the brakes.

"The brakes had caught and the tire was burning," said Moreau, who initially fought the fire with a small extinguisher the driver had on board.

"I crawled underneath and thought we'd got it out but it flared back up," said Moreau, who was off duty at the time. "So I said to the driver, 'what have you got in here?'"

"It's beer! It's all beer," the driver said of his cargo of Coors Banquet beer.


Wicomico Superintendent John Fredericksen Wants You To Know He's In Control

Per the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. John Fredericksen - 

Wicomico County Public Schools were in session on Tuesday, Jan. 7. For any students who were kept home due to the cold, upon the student’s return to school, parents and guardians must provide a note naming the cold as the reason for the absence and requesting that the absence be excused. Students will be allowed to make up work that they miss during these excused absence days. The absence, while excused, will still count as an absence from school.

Obamacare Subscribers Take Big Out-of-Pocket Hits

The Obamacare nightmare never ends as scores of frustrated patients are finding out while paying hundreds of dollars out of their own pockets for doctors visits, and drugs even though they have already paid for their insurance premiums.

People who have taken out policies from state and federal healthcare exchanges are now venting their anger at overwhelmed insurance companies while running into a whole new set of problems following the rocky rollout of, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The consumers are spending countless hours attempting to contact insurance company call centers — and often don't even get through.

And even if they succeed, they cannot get their coverage confirmed, they cannot get simple questions answered, and they cannot get the vital identification numbers to receive medical care or get their prescription drugs, says the report.


Guerrieri Family Foundation Announces $8 Million Gift For SU Academic Commons

SALISBURY, MD---One of the Eastern Shore’s leading philanthropies, the Guerrieri Family Foundation, has announced an $8 million gift for the construction of a new Academic Commons, including a state-of-the-art library, at Salisbury University. This is one of the largest private donations for a capital project in the campus’ history.

The gift is made in memory of Patricia R. Guerrieri, an SU alumna for whom the new complex will be named. “We are grateful for the opportunity to honor our mother at the very place where she first met our father, on this campus, in a way that expresses our love for her and shares with those who did not know her what a truly amazing and gracious person she was,” said Michael Guerrieri.


If Your Car Doesn't "Talk"

Sometime this year, unelected bureaucrats in the bowels of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – the federal regulatory apparat that issues “rules” (that is, arbitrary orders we’re all forced to obey) governing how new cars are to be made - may issue a rule fundamentally different from all the rules that have gone before. Because this one has the potential to affect not-new cars, too.

But it’s much more – and potentially much worse – than just that.

It’s called “Vehicle to Vehicle” communications – V2V for short. It uses GPS (which almost all new cars already have) to enable Car A to communicate its location (as well as speed and direction) to Car B, so that (as an example) Car B would “know” that Car A is not stopping for that red light and thus Car B’s computer-controlled drivetrain would automatically slow/brake the vehicle to avoid a collision. (Many new/late-model cars come equipped with some form of “active” collision avoidance; that is, using radar or laser proximity sensors to detect objects in the vehicle’s path; using automated braking/steering, the vehicle acts to prevent an accident in the event the driver fails to act.)


Some Tips For Consumers Worried About The Target Breach

Here are some tips you need to know if you think you’re a potential victim of Target’s security breach.

Q: How did this happen?

A: Target has said that the breach was caused by malware that affected its U.S. stores.

Ken Stasiak, founder and CEO of SecureState, a Cleveland-based information security firm that investigates data breaches like this one, says it’s likely that the perpetrators infiltrated Target’s main information hub with malware and from there were able to access the store point-of-sale systems. Once the malware was in the POS systems, it could collect credit and debit card numbers as the cards were swiped.

PRUDEN: Hillary's Skeleton Stampede

Every night’s going to be Halloween night for Hillary. The skeletons in her closet are signing up now for the conga line. They’re impatient to put on their dancing shoes for the 2016 presidential campaign. Like it or not, it’s just around the corner.

Even when her friends try to raise their voices in Hillary’s defense, what comes out is mostly static. The attempted whitewash by The New York Times of the hash she made of Benghazi only reminds everyone that she was asleep when the telephone rang at 3 o’clock in the morning.

Robert M. Gates, the former defense secretary, tried to be nice in his bombshell book, “Duty,” but his assertion that she tried to meddle in Iraq war strategy for image-making purposes only confirms the widespread public view that Bonnie and Clod are always looking out only for themselves.



According to a report leaked through Russian and Lebanese sources and reported by the London Telegraph, Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan told Russian President Vladimir Putin the Arab kingdom has control over the Chechen jihadists, who have been unleashing terrorist bombings in Russia and have been threatening the Olympics scheduled to begin in Sochi, Russia, on Feb. 6.

The leaked reports detail a “stormy” meeting this summer between Bandar and Putin, in which the Saudis were offering an oil deal in return for favors in Syrian relations.

Part of Bandar’s “carrot-and-stick” negotiations, however, reportedly included the statement, “I can give you a guarantee to protect the Winter Olympics in the city of Sochi on the Black Sea next year. The Chechen groups that threaten the security of the games are controlled by us.”

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Md. GOP Hopeful Larry Hogan Plans To Announce Bid For Governor On Jan. 21

Republican Larry Hogan plans to formally launch his campaign for Maryland governor on Jan. 21 at an Annapolis crab house, he said Saturday.

Hogan, a Cabinet official under former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R), signaled in November that he intended to enter the GOP primary early this year.

Hogan, who leads the government watchdog group Change Maryland, will join a field that includes several candidates who have been running for months.

5 Foods With Risky Levels Of Trans Fats Alert

The Food and Drug Administration's recent ruling that trans fats are unsafe in food — paving the way for a ban — was hailed by nutritionists and health-food advocates nationwide. But what was lost amid all the hype and hoopla over the FDA move was the fact that many foods still contain dangerous levels of the fake fats.

In fact, partially hydrogenated oils are likely to remain in many processed, fried, and fast foods for years to come, as the FDA moves toward banning trans fats — an action the agency said would prevent more than 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 new cases of coronary heart disease each year.

Millionaires Club: More Than Half In Congress Now Have The Big Bucks

Who dares sling the label, do-nothing Congress? More than half of current members are now millionaires – a historical first, the Center for Responsive Politics reported.

Of the 534 who currently hold congressional seats, at least 268 tout an average net worth of $1 million or more, the CRP said. And that’s for 2012. The list could have grown in recent months, the organization suggested.

Either way, this is history in making. The Millionaires Club on Capitol Hill has never included more than 50 percent of congressional members,CRP said, in a written statement.


(HAGERSTOWN, MD) – A Pennsylvania man was arrested and three guns were recovered from his car after a Maryland state trooper observed him talking on a hand-held phone with no hands on the steering wheel, as he drove on I-81 in Washington County yesterday.

The accused is identified as Scott C. Smartt, 51, of Needmore, PA. He is charged with illegally transporting a handgun in a vehicle and possession of an assault weapon. He was also charged on traffic citations with not wearing a seat belt and using a hand-held phone. He was taken to the Washington County central booking facility for processing and his initial appearance before a court commissioner.

Shortly after 2:00 p.m. yesterday, a trooper and his cadet who are assigned to the Maryland State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division were patrolling on I-81 near Halfway Blvd. The trooper saw a driver and only occupant, later identified as Smartt, driving a Lincoln while using a hand-held cell phone. Smartt was not wearing a seat belt and he had no hands on the steering wheel.

After stopping the car, the trooper saw a handgun in the glove box of the vehicle when Smartt was searching for the registration. Smartt was ordered out of the car and arrested without incident. During a subsequent search of the car, troopers found a second handgun in the driver’s side door, along with a chemical spray and a set of brass knuckles. In the trunk of the car, troopers found an AK-47-style rifle, with a 30-round magazine. The rifle was unloaded, but ammunition for it was also found in the trunk. The gun found in the glove box was loaded. The gun in the driver’s door was not loaded.

None of the firearms were reported stolen. State Police firearms investigators will be conducting a follow up investigation.


Dr. Savage was outraged by reports that “Obama and the contractors went around the law” and permitted the Air Force to install cheap Chinese parts into F-35 aircraft – parts that might be encrypted with chips for the purpose of espionage.

“How could people not be in prison or in front of a firing squad for this?” Savage wondered. “In my time, if a contractor did that and they found out who did it, they’d try him, convict him and execute him. It’s called treason,”

Savage continued to press the case against granting amnesty to illegal immigrants. Along with concerns about the importation of communicable diseases from Third World countries, Savage explained that the massive influx of cheap labor is contributing to unemployment among American citizens and the “Balkanization” of the country
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Power Outage Updates

Slowly but surely power is being restored to the area. Route 113 at the intersection with Old Ocean City Blvd. (Route 346) is currently closed so crews can address utility poles that reportedly fell on the road. Part of Berlin remains without power at this time.
Power companies are working to restore power in areas on the North End of the county. South End roadways still have small limbs and debris in areas with trees near roadways. County Roads are out working to clear up large limbs and trees. At this time, we have no reports of roads closed. The traffic signals are starting to come back online and we should be back to normal in a few hours. If you are out and traveling, please use caution on the roadways. If you encounter a tree across the roadway, please contact your local police department or 911.

Update: Roughly 20,000 customers were affected by the recent outage, although DP&L reported around 6:45 that at least three-quarters of those had been restored. Power should be back on in all areas by 8:00.

The downed transmission line caused a lock-out of four power substations, according to DP&L. Route 113 is currently closed to traffic in front of AGH while crews fix the downed line. 

It is unclear if there was an auto accident involved, or if the weather was solely to blame. The area apparently experienced a major wind shear, with some of AGH's signage along Rt. 346 being visibly damaged.

Choptank Electric Cooperative
Here’s the latest update of the scope of our outages at this time due to Delmarva Power’s transmission lines being down: 

A total of 2,182 members are without power at this time. We are still waiting on DPL to give us the ok to start back feeding some of our members and restoring power to them. 

Choptank Electric Ironshire and Sinepuxent substations are offline at the moment. Other issues include tree limbs down and downed wires. Crews from both utilities are en route to their respective equipment and are working to restore power.Be safe out there guys! 

Thank you members for your patience & understanding.

Ocean City Today Newspaper
Delmarva Power and Light is reporting that a transmission line in the vicinity of Atlantic General Hospital has been disabled, causing the widespread outages. 

According to DP&L's central office, power to southern Ocean City should be restored within an hour, although West Ocean City and surrounding areas may be out for longer.

DP&L cited high winds as the culprit for the line going down, but several readers report that an auto accident near AGH took out utility poles there.
Berlin resident Jack Gillespie's backyard weather station recorded a gust of 86 mph from that passing storm. There are confirmed reports of portions of Route 113 being closed due to downed trees from the storm.

We have been informed by Delmarva Power that the transmission line feeding Sinepuxent sub is having issues. This has rendered New Hope, Sinepuxent, and Ironshire subs offline at this time. We are expecting there to be about 3200 people without power at this time. We will keep you posted on changes.
A major weather event just swept through the Berlin-Ocean Pines-West Ocean City-Ocean City area, leaving thousands without power. Police in Berlin report outage is due to downed utility poles in West Ocean City and no restoration timeline is available. Who is out locally and who has power? Please state locale...

The main line of the thunderstorms is now past our area. However, there area numerous areas in the northern part of the county without power. Most of the traffic lights from Berlin to Ocean City are out. Please use caution. We are also taking numerous reports for trees down across lines and roadways. Currently Route 12 and Governor Smith Lane is down to one lane due to trees down. If you do not need to go out, please remain indoors. The immediate area around AGH was also damaged with poles down. We have no ETA when power will be restore. Please drive safely if you must go out.

O'Malley to appear on CNN's State of the Union

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Gov. Martin O'Malley is scheduled to appear on CNN's State of the Union this weekend.

The television program is scheduled to air on Sunday.

O'Malley, a Democrat who has been weighing a potential presidential run, made frequent television appearances leading up to the presidential election in 2012. But he didn't have as many in 2013.

O'Malley cannot seek a third term as governor. His term ends in January 2015.

Major Power Outage On Eastern Shore

Obviously many of you will not see this until later tonight but the power is out in Pittsville all the way to Ocean City. 

We contacted Delmarva Power and they said they expect things to be back to normal by around 8 PM tonight. 

So if your concerned about a Family Member in these areas and you can see this message, you may want to check on them if you have the opportunity. 

If you are accessing SBYNews by phone and we've missed your area please update us and we'll publish it right away. 

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Gay People Against Redefining Marriage: They Exist

Recently, we received a question that highlights a great reality that Dan Savage and Andrew Sullivan fail to acknowledge: there are gay people who are against the government redefining marriage. The “marriage equality” movement assumes that its targeted audience is all on board with its goals. However, there are gay people who wish to not identify with this movement’s merciless tactics, which include using the government to silence dissenters with religious freedom assaults and threatening small businesses that uphold marriage between a man and a woman.

These people also don’t agree with the movement’s ultimate goals: undermining the natural family unit through more government encroachment into the marriage business. They see how this movement is creating a new definition of marriage that undermines the importance of sexual complementarity in marriage by making mothers and fathers optional for children by law. They also see how this movement is promoting a social reconstruction of our society that denies natural gender differences between men and women. This point was especially emphasized in the question we received. Overall, these people think this movement goes too far.


Former Howard County Substitute Teacher Charged

Howard County police have charged a long-term substitute teacher at Folly Quarter Middle School with possession of child pornography.

Police said Jeremy Sykes, 43, of Columbia, has been teaching at the school since October 2013.

Police received information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that numerous uploads of child pornography had been traced to the same user on two separate computers in Howard County.

One computer was traced to Sykes' home and the other to the Howard County Public School System.

Two Dems And A Union President Received Communist Awards At Event Held In A Public School

According to an article on the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) News, People’s World, in December of 2013 a Communist award ceremony was held in a New Haven Connecticut public high school auditorium where the Democrat State Rep, Former Democrat State Senator and the local Union President all received awards:

NEW HAVEN, CONN. — From the opening video and drumming to the remarks of the awardees, songs, youth slide show and finale, an atmosphere of unity and optimism inspired the entire multi-racial audience at the 2013 People’s World Amistad Awards, held in the auditorium of Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School…

…In his closing remarks Rev. Scott Marks brought the crowd to its feet as he called for door-to-door organizing that will “move forward” the fight for jobs and other needs. “I will not go back!” he exclaimed passionately.


Democrats' 'Answer To Everything' Is Send A Check

The Democrats' response to nearly all major problems, including poverty and long-term unemployment, is to just send a check, Sen. Marco Rubio said Thursday.

"[Writing a check] is the Democrats' answer to everything. And it shows you why, after 50 years, we still have 49 million people living in poverty," the Florida Republican told CNN's "New Day."

Rubio proposed a series of changes to transfer oversight of the welfare system from the federal government to the state level. He indicated there are states already that have initiated innovative programs for helping people out of poverty.


A Comment Worthy Of A Post 1-11-14

Jessica Adkins has left a new comment on your post "A Must Read: OBAMACARE":

For all the women with children, especially who are the primary breadwinners and MUST continue to work for health benefits, it is truly a sad situation. I am in this boat.....I don't have the option to stay home full time and raise and home-school my kids.

Now Obamacare and its penalties are the final nail in this coffin.

The alternative is that I go on welfare to live like I'd please at the cost of other taxpayers. I won't be a slug, so this is not an option....

****To all who post under anonymous, take credit for your thoughts and opinions. Start letting others know how you feel. This is still America, say what you believe and own it!****

The White Ghetto

In Appalachia the country is beautiful and the society is broken.

Owsley County, Ky. – There are lots of diversions in the Big White Ghetto, the vast moribund matrix of Wonder Bread–hued Appalachian towns and villages stretching from northern Mississippi to southern New York, a slowly dissipating nebula of poverty and misery with its heart in eastern Kentucky, the last redoubt of the Scots-Irish working class that picked up where African slave labor left off, mining and cropping and sawing the raw materials for a modern American economy that would soon run out of profitable uses for the class of people who 500 years ago would have been known, without any derogation, as peasants. Thinking about the future here and its bleak prospects is not much fun at all, so instead of too much black-minded introspection you have the pills and the dope, the morning beers, the endless scratch-off lotto cards, healing meetings up on the hill, the federally funded ritual of trading cases of food-stamp Pepsi for packs of Kentucky’s Best cigarettes and good old hard currency, tall piles of gas-station nachos, the occasional blast of meth, Narcotics Anonymous meetings, petty crime, the draw, the recreational making and surgical unmaking of teenaged mothers, and death: Life expectancies are short — the typical man here dies well over a decade earlier than does a man in Fairfax County, Va. — and they are getting shorter, women’s life expectancy having declined by nearly 1.1 percent from 1987 to 2007.

If the people here weren’t 98.5 percent white, we’d call it a reservation.


Water Being Sent to WV After Spill

FEMA is sending water from two locations in Cumberland and Frederick after a spill in West Virginia.

Officials say they don't know when tap water will be safe to use after a chemical spill into the Elk River.

Some 300,000 people in nine counties are affected.

Federal authorities are investigating how the foaming agent escaped a chemical plant and seeped into the river, leaving the water tinted blue-green and smelling like licorice.

'I Just Cried': Boy Testifies About Being Starved And Locked In Closet

A 14-year-old boy has described being starved nearly to death and locked in both a closet and a bathroom for days on end by his father and his father's girlfriend.

Looking far healthier than he did when he was rescued two years ago weighing just 40 pounds, the boy testified at Sharon Glass' child abuse trial Wednesday, softly recounting his time with the woman, who he first met in 2009 when he was in the third grade and she was dating his dad, Michael Marshall.

Giving short answers to the prosecutor's questions, he said Glass quickly moved into their home in Titusville, Florida and he began to call her 'mom.' But he soon started getting in trouble, beginning with the time Glass accused him of stealing an iPod, he told the court.

More Becomes First Major Retailer To Accept Bitcoins

Online retail giant has moved forward its plan to take bitcoin payments. The company began taking the digital currency on its site this morning.

About $10,000 worth of bitcoins has reportedly already been spent since Overstock made the announcement just a couple of hours ago. The first item purchased in bitcoin, according to Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne, was a $2,700 patio set. Around 150 bitcoin-based orders were received in the first 90 minutes, he added.

The firm has chosen California-based online wallet and payment processing firm Coinbase to handle its transactions, in what must surely be a major coup for the company, which posted the following on its blog:


Bridge Over Troubled Wate


DNREC Order Authorizes Use Of Lethal Action On Coyotes Posing Threat To Humans, Livestock, Pets

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary Collin O’Mara has issued a Secretary’s Order effective Jan. 11, authorizing landowners to use certain firearms all year on coyotes conditionally for human safety and the protection of livestock or domestic animals. The issuance of the order coincides with the effective date of new wildlife regulations that include the establishment of coyote hunting and trapping seasons in Delaware.

“These new wildlife regulations are based on modern wildlife management science, with the coyote hunting and trapping seasons designed to manage the coyote population at biologically and socially acceptable levels,” said David Saveikis, director of the Division of Fish and Wildlife. “The combination of coyote hunting and trapping seasons to manage the coyote population and the Secretary’s Order authorizing landowners to protect themselves and their property from coyotes provides the tools needed to address Delaware’s relatively small coyote population.”

The Secretary’s Order pre-authorizes Delaware landowners or their agents to take coyotes, with no individual permit needed, on the landowner’s property under circumstances where coyotes present an imminent threat of injury to, or are in the act of injuring humans, livestock or domestic animals, subject to the following conditions:


OBAMACARE - A comment posted on the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare FB page:

"I actually made it through this morning at 8:00 AM. I have a preexisting condition (Type 1 Diabetes) and my income base was 45K-55K annually.

I chose tier 2 "Silver Plan" and my monthly premiums came out to $597.00 with $13,988 yearly deductible!!! There is NO POSSIBLE way that I can afford this so I "opt-out" and chose to continue along with no insurance.

I received an email tonight at 5:00 P.M. informing me that my fine would be $4,037 and could be attached to my yearly income tax return.

Then you make it to the "REPERCUSSIONS PORTION" for "non-payment" of yearly fine.

First, your driver's license will be suspended until paid, and if you go 24 consecutive months with "Non-Payment" and you happen to be a home owner, you will have a federal tax lien placed on your home.

You can agree to give your bank information so that they can easy
"Automatically withdraw" your "penalties" weekly, bi-weekly or monthly!

This by no means is "Free" or even "Affordable."

Kinda sheds a lot of light on all of the arming and beefing up of arms for all of the domestic departments INCLUDING the IRS now doesn't it?

There's a war coming folks, COUNT ME IN!

Songs Of The Past

Songs of the past just great, you got to book mark this, its funny how
you can remember the words to these old songs , but you have trouble remembering your own name at times.

Evan Sayet - Best Political Comedian

Stop Stealing Our Sign!

In an effort to curb the theft of the 420 mile markers here in CO since pot was legalized the state has done this.

Shame On You, Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey, a prominent billionaire member of America’s racial grievance industry, is claiming once again that the society that idolizes her is racist to the core.

In a recent interview with the BBC to promote the European release of “Lee Daniel’s The Butler,” a movie in which she stars and is considered an Oscar contender, Winfrey said about her friend, President Barack Obama:

There’s a level of disrespect for the office that occurs in some cases, and maybe even many cases, because he’s African-American. There’s no question about that. And it’s the kind of thing no one ever says, but everybody’s thinking.

What disrespect, exactly? Despite “some cases” and “even many cases,” what examples prove Winfrey’s flimsy accusation?

Winfrey gives but one example — when Representative Joe Wilson (R-SC) rudely yelled out “You lie!” during Obama’s address to Congress about ObamaCare in 2009. It was rude for Wilson to do it, as he later apologized for it. But that’s it?


Morality Versus The National Security State

One of the horrible consequences of the national-security state apparatus that was grafted onto America’s governmental system is how it has oftentimes placed Americans in the position of choosing between morality and obedience to the law.

Just this week, we have been reminded of the conflict between morality and law back in 1971, during the height of the Cold War, the “war” that was used to justify the existence of the national-security state apparatus in the first place.

The federal government was illegally targeting American citizens who were protesting and demonstrating against the national-security state’s war in Vietnam. In a free society, people are free to protest and demonstrate against anything they want. Freedom entails letting the government know that one is opposed to what it is doing. Freedom entails having the right to persuade government that it is doing wrong and to change direction. Freedom entails persuading other people to take a stand against government wrongdoing.


New York Teen Arrested In Connection With Videotaped "Knockout Game" Attack On Elderly Woman

The First Brew Master’s Competition

SALISBURY, MD---Brew River Restaurant & Bar and Dogfish Head Brewery are teaming up for a one-of-a-kind contest. The first Brew Master’s Competition will be held on Saturday, January 25, 4-8 p.m. at Brew River in Salisbury, MD. 

Participants are tasked with coming up with a new “infusion” idea for an existing Dogfish Head line. Submissions must include the name for the new creation, the ingredients the beer is to be infused with and the name of the Dogfish Head beer used. The competition is free to enter and can be submitted by emailing or through any of Brew River’s social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @BrewRiver). Submissions are being accepted from now until one day prior to the event. 

The winner will become an honorary guest at Dogfish Head for one day and receive a VIP tour of the brewery with ten guests. The winning beer will be announced at the event and will be available for sampling during the Brew Master’s Competition. Dogfish Head will also have tastings available for their World Wide Stout Vertical. The winner must be present when announced. 

To enter, visit Brew River on 

Facebook at://, on 
Twitter at, on 
Instagram, or email at The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 410-677-6757 or visit

‘Main Street’ GOP Groups And Their Leftist Funders

Unions are funding Republican groups to help push through amnesty for illegal immigrants.

What do George Soros, labor unions, and money-grubbing former GOP representative StevenLaTourette all have in common? They’re control freaks. They’re power hounds. They’re united against tea-party conservatives. And they have all operated under the umbrella of D.C. groups masquerading as “Main Street” Republicans.

LaTourette heads up the so-called Main Street Partnership, which claims to represent “thoughtful,” “pragmatic,” “commonsense,” and “centrist” Republican leadership. Reality check: The pro-bailout, pro-debt, pro-amnesty, anti-drilling group founded by former liberal GOP representative Amory Houghton of New York includes three liberal Senate Republicans (John McCain, Mark Kirk, and Susan Collins) and 52 center-left House Republicans. LaTourette himself is a self-serving Beltway barnacle who held office for nearly two decades. Now he’s using his new tea-party-bashing platform to benefit a family-operated lobbying business.



Senate Democrats killed an amendment from Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) that would have paid for unemployment benefits for many Americans and replaced recent cuts to veterans’ pensions by closing a tax code loophole that allows illegal aliens to access the Refundable Child Tax Credit.

The vote failed on Thursday 54-42, with all Republicans but Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) voting for the amendment and against Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV). Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) crossed the aisle to vote alongside Republicans in favor of the amendment.


McDonald’s Sued Over Hot Coffee. Yes, Again

Times used to be, someone would bring up a lawsuit over hot McDonald’s coffee and we’d all sagely nod our heads and intone, “Ah yes, That One Famous Case 20 Years Ago.” But lately it seems what old is new again, as another Mickey D’s customer is suing the chain saying she was burned by hot coffee at an L.A. location.

It’s not like this is the very first time hot coffee since that first big case — there was this lawsuit from 2010, a caseinvolving a toddler in 2012 and in somewhat related liquids, this hot chocolate suit.


Christie vs. O'Malley On Taking Responsiblity

New Jersey’s Republican Governor Chris Christie fired his deputy chief of staff for her role in “bridgegate,” a political scandal in the Garden State involving state officials closing lanes on the busy George Washington Bridge connecting Ft. Lee, N.J., to New York City.

Christie fired Bridget Anne Kelly after emails surfaced exposing her involvement in closing the lanes a part of political payback against Ft. Lee’s Democratic mayor, Mark Sokolich, who did not endorse Christie for reelection.

Christie said he was “embarrassed and humiliated” by the conduct of some of his staff.

If You Don’t Want A Google+ Stranger You’ve Never Met To Email You, Opt Out Now

If you’re a Gmail user who likes to keep tight control of your inbox, with nary a missive gone unread, you probably noticed an announcement from Google last night waving the carrot of: “Contact more people you know.” Sounds great! But what it really means is that anyone on Google+ can email you, even if they don’t have your email address.

Yes, that Google+ user first has to move you into one of their Circles, which is a matter of a few clicks. And no, they will not be able to see your actual email address unless you actually respond or move them into one of your Circles.


Suicides Of Young Veterans Top Those Of Active-Duty Troops

Whatever torment has driven U.S. troops to commit suicide in historically high numbers is following them as they leave the service, according to new data released by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Young veterans just out of the service and receiving health care from the government committed suicide at nearly three times the rate of active-duty troops in recent years, according to new data released Thursday by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

VA officials say the data show that severe personal issues driving self-destructive tendencies for those in uniform follow them when they leave the military. The figures were released through a USA TODAY public records request.


Is Staples Cutting Employee Hours Ahead Of Affordable Healthcare Act?

Is it a case of following old rules, or a way to skirt paying part-time employees healthcare? That’s the question for Staples this week as a memo surfaced advising managers not to schedule part-time employees for more than 25 hours a week. Under the Affordable Healthcare Act, which takes effect next year, employees working more than 30 hours a week are considered full-time and eligible for affordable healthcare through their employer.


Rare Blue Lobster Joins National Aquarium

OCEAN CITY- A rare blue lobster hauled in off the coast of Ocean City by a commercial fishing vessel in June 2012 found a permanent home at the National Aquarium on Baltimore this week.

In June 2012, Captain John Gourley and mate Tim Aulinskis aboard the “Pot Luck” out of the commercial harbor in West Ocean City discovered a rare blue lobster in their harvest and donated the specimen later named “Toby” to the National Aquarium. For the roughly year and a half since, Toby was housed at the now-defunct National Aquarium in Washington, D.C.

This week, however, the very special lobster joined the ranks of the 17,000-plus animals at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. On Tuesday, Toby became the newest resident in the Atlantic Shelf gallery in the larger Maryland: Mountains to the Sea exhibit. The exhibit depicts the continental shelf habitat off Maryland’s Atlantic coast and has plenty of cave-like structures perfect for lobsters.

“A Pathway To Prosperity In 2014”

The Right Answer for Maryland

“A Pathway to Prosperity in 2014”

By Delegate Mike McDermott

For years, Maryland has been losing ground on attracting and holding businesses and corporate expansion opportunities. The results can be seen in lost revenues and a state that struggles to keep up with their budget projections (currently we are over one half billion in the hole). The Brown-Obamacare roll out by the Maryland Senate has crippled future planning and expansion and left many without jobs, healthcare, or a future they can rely upon.

General Assembly Republicans see a Maryland full of promise hidden behind the fog of failed policies and progressive-liberal misadventures. All of which have served to limit personal and corporate liberty.

A bold agenda is called for, and Republicans will be offering solutions on all fronts. For starters, I am joining many of my colleagues in sponsoring a repeal of Obamacare to free Marylanders from this onerous law. Helping our fellow citizens address their health insurance needs can be accomplished without destroying our entire system.

Maryland maintains the highest Corporate Tax rates (8.25%) in the region and some of the worst in the country. I am sponsoring a bill which will reduce our corporate rates to 6% by 2017. This act would stimulate our economy and make us a more inviting state in which to do business. Diminished revenue from lowered rates would be replaced by expanding revenue from new business and those choosing to remain and grow in Maryland.

Our state is one of the worst when it comes to inheritance taxes. While most states have eliminated this final shakedown of the taxpayer, Maryland maintains rates that cause many of our citizens to flee to other states in their later years. To protect their families from this draconian tax, I have sponsored a bill with other delegates to repeal the inheritance tax.

When it comes to tax reform, there are many targets in Maryland. One area that I am focusing on with my colleagues is income tax rates. Our families deserve relief, not additional taxes. I’m joining my fellow Republicans in sponsoring a bill which would reduce income tax across the board by 10% for all Marylanders.

We continue to be a grossly over-regulating state, and I am sponsoring several bills to curtail the effects of big government on businesses and people. I want to require the state to provide a detailed fiscal impact statement on the rules they move to adopt when we are not in session. This was on full display with the recent Phosphorus Management Tool being pushed by the Department of Agriculture. This is a far reaching problem.

I have filed bills to address “no reason” permit denials by government as well as a penalty forgiveness bill for minor first offenses discovered during state inspections. Restoring the business community’s faith and confidence in government will encourage expansion and entrepreneurship in Maryland.

Lip service will not grow our economy. We must be bold, and change the way we think.

Alcohol Abuse?

Captain Craig Moreau was driving back home from Austin with his wife when he noticed smoke pouring out of an 18-wheeler on the side of the road. Without a second thought, the Houston firefighter stopped to help. Obviously, Captain Moreau didn't have a fire hose handy to put out the brake fire, so he got creative, and used the truck's contents to fight the flames. He asked the driver, "what have you got in here?" and the driver said, "It's beer! It's all beer." So, the driver, the Captain, and his wife all started shaking cans and spraying them on the flames until the fire went out. Captain Moreau said, "It's in [my] nature to help folks, but this is the first time that I've done it with beer." Most people hate to see a good beer go to waste, but even the Fire Chief was impressed with Captain Moreau's quick thinking. He said, "I support the extinguishment of the fire, no matter what the cost."

Feb 4th 2nd Amendment Rally

SFD Calls For Service 1-10-14

  • Friday January, 10 2014 @ 20:07:27Nature: Allergic ReactionCity: Salisbury
  • Friday January, 10 2014 @ 19:33:15Nature: Difficulty BreathingCity: Salisbury
  • Friday January, 10 2014 @ 19:19:30Nature: Odor InvestigationAddress: 618 Gunby Rd Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Friday January, 10 2014 @ 16:25:34Nature: Flood With Electrical HazardsAddress: 104 Cherry St Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Friday January, 10 2014 @ 15:23:57Nature: Pro Qa EmsCity: Salisbury
  • Friday January, 10 2014 @ 12:51:55Nature: Difficulty BreathingCity: Salisbury
  • Friday January, 10 2014 @ 11:40:38Nature: Subject FallenCity: Salisbury
  • Friday January, 10 2014 @ 09:27:14Nature: Difficulty BreathingCity: Salisbury
  • Friday January, 10 2014 @ 09:11:31Nature: Sick SubjectCity: Salisbury
  • Friday January, 10 2014 @ 07:28:55Nature: Abdominal PainCity: Salisbury
  • Friday January, 10 2014 @ 06:46:37Nature: Structure FireCity: Salisbury
  • Friday January, 10 2014 @ 06:46:37Nature: Structure FireAddress: 517 Bailey Ln Salisbury, MD 21801
  • Friday January, 10 2014 @ 04:58:35Nature: Medical AlarmCity: Salisbury
  • Friday January, 10 2014 @ 04:40:11Nature: Unconscious SubjectCity: Salisbury
  • Friday January, 10 2014 @ 01:09:35Nature: Abdominal PainCity: Salisbury

Say It Isn’t So: Nine Dealerships Cop To Deceptive Advertising

You can’t always believe what you see. Especially when it comes to car advertisements. Those ads promising low financing and easy monthly payments are probably too good to be true.

Nine auto dealers agreed to settle charges of alleged deceptive advertising, the Federal Trade Commission announced in a conference call and press release Thursday. Action is currently being taken with a tenth dealership.

The nationwide sweep, Operation Steer Clear, found dealers made a variety of misrepresentations in advertisements, violating the FTC Act by falsely leading consumers to believe they could purchase or lease vehicles for much lower prices.


Craig, Haddaway Blast Emergency Obamacare Legislation

Maryland Lt. Governor candidate and state delegate Jeannie Haddaway pointed out fundamental flaws of the O'Malley-Brown Administration's emergency health care legislation which is intended to be a stop-gap measure for consumers experiencing enrollment difficulties on the state-run exchange.   The bill, SB 134, introduced today in the Maryland General Assembly, is the Administration's latest response to numerous technical challenges plaguing Maryland Health Connection.  

“The O'Malley-Brown Administration's ill-conceived emergency legislation merely shuffles people from the failing state-run Obamacare exchange into another state-run insurance program for a limited amount of time,” said Haddaway. “Trying to fix bureaucratic problems with more bureaucracy just creates more confusion and makes it more difficult for consumers.”

The bill shuffles people from Maryland Health Connection to another state-run program, the Maryland Health Insurance Plan, a high-risk insurance pool the state created in 2002.  The legislation requires that people must provide evidence that they could not sign up for coverage.  It is unclear how government officials plan to deal with those who may not have such evidence or simply gave up due to computer screen freezes and crashes. 

This transfer plan would only be in effect until March 31. That means consumers would have to apply for the Maryland Health Insurance Plan and then go back and re-apply to Maryland Health Connection.  The Administration is assuming that Maryland Health Connection would then by working properly. 

"I am very concerned that people will fall through the cracks and wind up without access to healthcare," said Haddaway. "The Administration does not know how many people are affected, nor what the cost to the taxpayer will be.  Moreover, if Governor O'Malley's health care point man and Lt. Governor Anthony Brown had been on top of this, there would not be a need for so-called 'emergency legislation."

Harford County Executive and Maryland Governor candidate David Craig, along with Haddaway, have previously called on the Administration to drop the emphasis on Maryland Health Connection and instead inform consumers of their rights to sign up for coverage directly through carriers or utilize the assistance of insurance brokers. 

"It is time to call on people who know what they're doing," said Craig. 

The Administration has previously estimated the measure will cost up to $10 million affecting anywhere from hundreds to thousands of consumers. 

BREAKING NEWS: Israel’s Ariel Sharon Dies

Former prime minister, 85, was in a coma for eight years after suffering a stroke.

From Fox News

Nation’s Highest Corn Yield Was Harvested In Henrico

It Gets Even Better Today

Last night we said we'd provide articles at least every hour throughout the day today for 24 hours. It gets better. We'll be providing articles from 8 AM to 5 PM every 15 minutes and every half hour from 8 AM to midnight. That is how it stands right now and it could get even better. 

So while it's raining outside and there's nothing better to do you can at least pop on here whenever you like and stay occupied throughout the entire day. 

1 Shot As Corrections Cops’ Love Triangle Turns Deadly

A love triangle between three corrections officers turned deadly early Friday when a jilted husband was fatally shot by his estranged wife’s new boyfriend during a confrontation on a Queens street, police sources said.

The victim — identified by police as 50-year-old off-duty corrections cop Jeffrey Ragland — was shot once in the chest by the boyfriend as the two men tangled on 108th Avenue near 227th Street in Queens Village around 4:30 am, sources said.


Caption This Photo 1-11-14

As seen on Northwood Drive yesterday.

DUI Suspect Hid 19 Pieces Of Jewelry, Marijuana And Socket Wrench In His Rectum

HEIDLEBERG TOWNSHIP, Pa. - In early December, 18-year-old Christopher Scheller was heading eastbound on Old Hanover Rd when he lost control of his vehicle and slid off the road into a tree. Although his injuries were non-life threatening, a responding officer summoned medical personnel to the scene and Scheller was transported to York Hospital.

Upon closer examination of the crash scene, the officer found evidence suggesting Scheller may have been intoxicated. The officer then headed to York Hospital to have a chat with the suspect.


Let The Sessions Begin

January 11, 2014 through January 17, 2014

Saturday, January 11, 2014


Sunday, January 12, 2014


Monday, January 13, 2014

12:00 p.m.       Governor O’Malley to Make Remarks at the SS200 "Star Spangled Summer" Press Luncheon
Location: 21 Club, West 52nd Street, New York, New York

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

6:00 p.m.         Governor O’Malley to Attend a Rally on Minimum Wage with Lt. Governor Brown
Location: Lawyers' Mall, State Circle, Annapolis, Maryland

Wednesday, January 15, 2014


Thursday, January 16, 2014


Friday, January 17, 2014


In The Long Run It Always Depends

Someone has finally explained the reason baby diapers have brand
names such as "Luvs" and "Huggies," while undergarments for old
people are called "Depends."

You see, when babies crap their pants, people are still gonna Luv'em and Hug'em. However, when old people crap their pants, it "Depends" on who's in the will.

Glad to get that straightened out for you.

Obama Super PAC Morphs Into Hillary Super PAC

Buffy Wicks, a senior Democrat operative at the pro-war Center for American Progress run by Clintonista John Podesta, is gearing up to run the Iron Maiden as president in 2016.

From CNN:

The main super PAC that supported President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election is scheduled to announce new hires Friday, as the group works towards transforming itself into a key super PAC for a possible Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential campaign.

According to a Democratic source with knowledge of the moves by Priorities USA, the super PAC will announce that Buffy Wicks, a veteran field organizer who was a top staffer in the Obama re-election campaign, will become the group’s executive director. Jonathan Mantz, an experienced Democratic fundraiser who served as national finance director for Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, will join Priorities as a senior finance adviser.

The source, who asked to remain anonymous to speak more freely, said it’s doubtful there would be any announcement Friday regarding Jim Messina joining Priorities. Messina, who steered the President’s 2012 re-election campaign, is reportedly discussing the possibility with Priorities.


GUNS (Virtual State of the Union 2013)