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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

An Upcoming Protest

While we are CONSIDERING publishing information sent to us today about animal cruelty with animals in the Circus and the Show coming to the Civic Center next week, the OVERKILL in bombarding us with at least TEN messages quite frankly is overkill.

As ALL of you know, the Albero Family absolutely loves animals. My Wife has raised literally thousands of different species of animals both personally and at the Salisbury Zoo. 

As a Family we do believe the Ringling Brothers Circus needs to eliminate the majority of animals in their show. It's bad enough so many animals in our local Zoo have to be caged for the entertainment of HUMANS. It's bad enough so many HUMANS tease and throw objects at the defenseless animals in that same Zoo. The biggest shame is that our elected officials call the Salisbury Zoo the Pride of the City. 

Cage a few of them up for one year and let's see how many HUMANS throw items and tease them seven days a week and see how they like it. 


 Children rush into a candy store following the end of 
"sweets rationing" in 1953.

 Soldiers comfort each other during the Korean war in 
the early 1950's.
 Stephen Hawking marries Jane Wilde in 1965.
 Albert Einstein brings sexy back in 1932.

We Need To Start Being Creative Again


Ocean City Man Gets 18 Months For Immigration Fraud

BALTIMORE — An Ocean City man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for helping 70 people fraudulently apply for asylum benefits.

Thirty-six-year-old Gasim Manafov, who also lived in Charlotte, N.C., had pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit immigration fraud. He was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Baltimore.

Dad Builds Son Awesome Mission Control Desk


That Is How The Whole Misunderstanding Occurred

Some years ago President Clinton was hosting a state dinner when, at the last minute, his regular cook fell ill, and they had to get a replacement on short notice.
The fellow arrived and turned out to be a very grubby-looking man named Jon.
The President voiced his concerns to his Chief of Staff but was told that this was the best they could do on such short notice.

My Gun

Delawareans Can Use State Tax Return In 2014 To Support Veterans Trust Fund

Displaying the page of the Delaware individual tax return that for the first time allows residents to designate a small portion of their return to support the Delaware Veterans Trust Fund are (l-r) John Knotts, executive director of the Commission of Veterans Affairs; Paul Lardizzone, chairman of the Commission of Veterans Affairs; and Dave Skocik and Paul Davis, president and vice president of the Friends of Delaware Veterans Inc.

For the first time, individual taxpayers can support the newly created Delaware Veterans Trust Fund through a tax checkoff on their state income tax return. The checkoff box is item P on Schedule III of the return.

The Veterans Trust Fund was signed into law in September 2013 under the auspices of the Commission of Veterans Affairs. Its mission is to raise funds to provide assistance to honorably discharged veterans residing in Delaware.

Obviously We're In The Wrong Business

President Barack Obama will propose a 1 percent pay increase for both civilian agency and Defense Department employees in 2015. He sends his budget request to Congress next week. It would be the second year in a row federal employees receive a raise. A White House official tells Federal News Radio, the uniformed DoD leadership pushed for the 1 percent for service members. Raises in 2014 follow three years of pay freezes for civilian federal employees.

Concealed-Weapons Laws Have Changed America Regardless Of National Debate On Gun Control

Over the last 25 years, we have had related national debates over proposed federal gun-control laws designed to restrict access to certain firearms. But only one piece of major legislation has passed Congress, in the 1994 crime bill, and the electoral backlash against many of its supporters in the 1994 midterm elections convinced many Democrats inclined to support such restrictions to try to sidestep the issue.

But Congress and the laws it passes are not the only determinants of facts on the ground. Starting with a Florida law in 1987, most states have passed concealed weapons laws, allowing law-abiding citizens who have had relevant training to obtain licenses to carry concealed weapons. Such laws have been supplemented by court decisions covering a few states since the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Heller v. District of Columbia in 2008, which recognized that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to keep and bear arms.

The result has been that over the years the entire nation has become carry-concealed-weapons territory, as shown in a neat graphic in a Volokh Conspiracy blog post by Dave Kopel. Back in 1987, some people, myself included, worried that such laws would lead to frequent shootouts on the streets arising from traffic altercations and the like. That has not happened -- something we can be sure of since the mainstream media would be delighted to headline such events.

Newmont To Cut Additional 500-600 Jobs At Ghana Mine

ACCRA (Reuters) - Newmont Mining Corp <NEM.N> plans to cut up to 600 jobs at its Ghana gold mine by June this year, its local manager said on Monday, citing an ageing facility and slumping gold prices.

Global gold prices slumped 28 percent last year. They have recovered around 4 percent so far this year, benefiting from risk-aversion on fears of capital flight from emerging markets following the U.S. Federal Reserve's move to taper its stimulus.

U.S.-based Newmont operates two mines in the West African country. Ahafo produced its first gold in mid 2006, and Akyem commercial production began last year. Both projects constitute around 20 percent of the company's core assets worldwide.


Police: Drug Testing Lab Mishandles Evidence

Crime scene evidence sent to a state lab for testing was tampered with and stolen, a state police investigation shows.

To date, there are 15 known cases, most involving Oxycontin, said public defender Brendan O'Neill. One case involves marijuana, he said.

“It may be that there are more,” O'Neill said.

O'Neill said in some cases all of the evidence was taken, in others only some of it. It at least one instance, he said, blood pressure medication was substituted for oxycontin.

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We ARE The Push Back

Obama Eases Penalties For Businesses Hiring Illegal Immigrants

The Obama administration regularly cuts a break for businesses that hire illegal immigrants, reducing their fines by an average of 40 percent from what they should be, according to an audit released Tuesday that suggests the government could be doing more to go after unscrupulous employers.

According to the audit, conducted by the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement cut one business’s fine from $4.9 million to slightly more than $1 million — a 78 percent drop.

Investigators said the reduction is legal, but it may be undercutting the administration’s goal of getting tough on businesses that hire illegal immigrants.

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House Republicans Recall Lois Lerner To Explain IRS Targeting

House Republicans announced Tuesday that they are recalling Lois G. Lerner, the former IRS employee at the center of the tea party targeting scandal, to testify to Congress next week, saying she has critical information.

Ms. Lerner asserted her right to remain silent to avoid self-incrimination at a hearing last year, but at the time she also proclaimed her innocence. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell E. Issa, California Republican, said she effectively waived her Fifth Amendment rights with that claim and made her open to being compelled to testify.

“Ms. Lerner’s testimony remains critical to the committee’s investigation,”Mr. Issa said in a letter to her attorney, William W. Taylor III. “Documents and testimony obtained by the committee show that she played a significant role in scrutinizing applications for tax exempt status from conservative organizations.”

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What Was The Fcc Newsroom 'Survey' Really About?

That is the question that Byron York poses at the Examiner. His explanation:

[T]he FCC’s action may have, in fact, been something different: an attempt — still grossly unconstitutional in its method — to lay a foundation for a new government push to increase minority ownership of the nation’s media outlets.

Byron bases that conclusion on the fact that the driving force behind the FCC’s now-withdrawn newsroom initiative was Mignon Clyburn, daughter of hard-left Congressman James Clyburn, who was appointed to the FCC by Barack Obama. About Ms. Clyburn, York writes:

Mignon Clyburn…has long advocated more minority ownership in the media. But she has often reminded colleagues that to make the case for policies that would increase minority ownership, proponents need more empirical information to support their contention that more diverse ownership would be better than what exists today. For example, if a study showed that the existing media structure is not meeting the “critical information needs” of minorities and women in America, proponents could use it to buttress the case that government should enact policies to make sure more television and radio stations end up in the hands of minorities and women.


FCC Monitoring The Media

Dick Cheney: Obama “Would Much Rather Spend The Money On Food Stamps Than…Support For Our Troops.”

Barack Obama is just as much of a joke on the international scene as he is in America. Not only is he wrecking the country domestically, he’s decimating the military so we’ll be ineffective abroad as well.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney responded Monday night to the Obama administration’s proposal to cut the U.S. Army to its lowest point since before World War II.

Calling into Fox News’ “Hannity,” Cheney declared the proposed cuts to be “absolutely dangerous” and “just devastating.”

…“The other thing I now for a fact too, Sean, from keeping in touch with some of my old friends that I used to deal with in the Middle East — they no longer have any confidence at all in American security guarantees,” he said. “They’re absolutely convinced that they can no longer trust the United States to keep its commitments — that includes the Israelis, Saudis, a lot of others in that part of the world.”


The Minimum Wage Is No Friend Of The Poor

There are better ways to lift peoples' fortunes than micromanaging the labor market.

The debate over raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour from the current $7.25 heated up last week with the publication of a Congressional Budget Office study, which estimated that total employment would likely be reduced by "500,000 workers" if the hike were implemented.

While the CBO's scenario made sense, a truly substantive debate about the minimum wage would start with the merits of abolishing it altogether, while seeking to help poor people through more direct means. Instead of decreeing that the unskilled can't accept certain low-wage offers, thereby condemning many to joblessness, allow them to consider all of the potential options. But to the extent that low-paid workers are part of poor families—and many are not—help them in other ways.

Ironically, Nobel laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz, an advocate of hiking the minimum wage and critic of the CBO report, sensibly opined in his textbook Economics that "the minimum wage is not a good way of trying to deal with problems of poverty." His point: Since many minimum-wage workers aren't poor, this is yet another case of the government trying to solve a problem with a blunt instrument. The same CBO study he criticized bears him out, estimating minimum-wage workers' median family incomes at $30,000, which shows that most live in families well above the poverty line, given that many have multiple workers.


Separation Of Government From Press

After much criticism from conservative quarters, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has decided, at least for now, to withdraw plans for its proposed study of how media organizations gather and report news. The expressed goal of the survey was to determine if the “critical information needs” of the public are being met. In making the announcement on Friday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler indicated the survey would be “revised” and that the government agency had “no intention” of regulating political speech of journalists or other broadcasters.

You couldn’t prove that from reading the initial study.

The obvious question is: Who gets to define my or your “information needs”? The answer begins with two universities commissioned by the FCC to conduct the study: the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Communication and Democracy and the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. Both associated with a liberal political philosophy.

The reasoning behind this proposed newsroom intrusion is that certain categories of the public (“underserved” consumers in multiple “media ecologies” in the bureaucratese of the study) may not be getting enough “balance” in its news diet.


Yes, Virginia, You Pay Subsidies Not Just To Banks But To Flood-Prone Homes Of The Rich

You are supporting the habits of the rich in more ways than you know, including their love of water views.

Readers may recall that we wrote about the Biggert-Waters Act, a bill to address rising losses in a Federal flood insurance program that had run on a self-supporting basis until the late 2000s. As New Jersey Spotlight explained:

Congress created the National Flood Insurance Program in the late 1960s after Hurricane Betsy hit New Orleans, causing over a billion dollars in damage. Flood insurance was nearly impossible to secure from the private market, so lawmakers felt the federal government had a duty to step in and provide help to residents along the coast. The program was set up to be self-sustaining, borrowing from the U.S. Treasury only when necessary, and it generally worked for several decades. But beginning in 2005, Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Wilma and several other storms caused it to blow through its budget and go $24 billion in debt.


U.S. Route 13 Seaford Intersection Improvements Project Will Require Nighttime Lane Closures

Seaford -- The Department of Transportation's (DelDOT) contractor Mumford & Miller will begin construction on Monday, March 3. The Seaford Intersection Improvements Project is a product of the Corridor Capacity Preservation Program. The purpose of the program is to preserve highway capacity along principal arterial roads. The goals of the program are to maintain the area's ability to handle traffic, minimize impacts of increased economic growth, preserve the ability to make future improvements, prevent the need for an entirely new road, and sort local and through traffic. The $4.2 million project is anticipated to be completed within 236 calendar days, pending weather.

The project includes the addition of turn lanes and the separation of shared movements at the intersecting roads, modifications to islands and medians along Route 13 and the installation of bike lanes at Tharp Road/Herring Run Road and Route 20.

This project will reduce congestion and improve safety at the following five intersections along U.S. Route 13 in the Seaford area: U.S. Route 13 at Tharp Road / Herring Run Road; U.S. 13 at Route 20/Stein Highway; U.S. 13 at Middleford Road; U.S. Route 13 at Route 20/Concord Road; and U.S. 13 at Oneals Road/Bethel Concord Road.

For Healthcare The Best Government Plan Is No Plan

One of the most difficult lessons for people to understand and learn is that sometimes you just have to "let go." That is, you must accept the fact that not everything can be controlled and trying to do so sometimes can make a situation worse. This is never more true than when it concerns government intervention in the economic affairs of the citizenry. Think of the controversy around the implementation and imposition of ObamaCare. Critics have hammered away at the disaster surrounding the opening of the government's enrollment website, at the loss of coverage by millions of health insurance policy holders, or the jolting higher premiums or deductibles that many people have discovered they must pay under the "Affordable" Care Act. 

Everyone is Looking for a Healthcare Plan 

What has been the response of President Obama's administration and by other supporters of government compulsory health insurance? Besides an illusionary insistence that "now" everything is working just fine, and that people will just "love" this government-mandated "good product" as soon as everyone has had to live under it for a while, their reply has been, "Well, if you think that the Affordable Care Act is so bad, what is your plan for replacing it with something better? What is your alternative agenda for assuring that all Americans have high quality and reasonably priced health insurance and medical care?" 

When Failure Is Success

For Obama’s supporters, what matters is not what he does, but what he says and represents.

Losing a job is freedom from job lock. A budget deficit larger than in any previous administration is austerity. A mean right-wing video caused the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi. Al-Qaeda was long ago washed up. The Muslim Brotherhood is secular. Jihad is a personal journey. Shooting people while screaming Allahu akbar! is workplace violence. Unaffordable higher premiums and deductibles are the result of an Affordable Care Act. Losing your doctor and your health-insurance plan prove you will never lose your doctor and your health-insurance plan — period! Being a constitutional lawyer means you know how to turn the IRS and the FCC on your enemies. Failure is success; lies are truth.


Survey: Md., Va., Health And Well-Being Dip

WASHINGTON - Both Maryland and Virginia dropped in an annual assessment of states' health and well-being.

Gallup released it's annual "State of American Well-being" rankings, which judge each state on six categories including physical and emotional health, work life, healthy behaviors and access to health care.

According to the rankings, Maryland dropped from 11 to 18 and Virginia dropped from 14 to 24 - enough to push the state into the middle third of states. The index compares all 50 states but does not include D.C.

West Virginia ranked last for the fifth year in a row, according to Gallup.

The ‘Fairness’ Fraud

Differences in outcome aren’t always the result of “social barriers.”

It seems as if everywhere you turn these days there are studies claiming to show that America has lost its upward mobility for people born in the lower socioeconomic levels. But there is a sharp difference between upward mobility, defined as an opportunity to rise, and actually having risen.

That distinction is seldom even mentioned in most of the studies. It is as if everybody is chomping at the bit to get ahead and the ones who don’t rise have been stopped by “barriers” created by “society.”

When statistics show that sons of high-school dropouts don’t become doctors or scientists nearly as often as do the sons of Ph.D.s, that is taken as a sign that American society is not “fair.”


Why Comcast Wants To Buy Time Warner Cable, And Why TWC Wants To Let Them

Commentary has been flying nonstop since Comcast announced its plan to buy Time Warner Cable. If the buyout goes through, there will be enormous repercussions in the TV and broadband industries, both for competitors and for consumers. Before the legal filings and federal approvals and consumer chaos all begin in March, though, it’s worth taking a step back to look at why this merger is being proposed, and why it’s happening now.

Why does Comcast want to buy Time Warner Cable?
Comcast is putting $45 billion into this deal. That’s a lot of money, even for a company as large as Comcast. (In comparison, they spent less than $17 billion to buy out NBCUniversal.) For such a large cost, Comcast must see a large potential gain.

From one perspective, the benefits are crystal clear:


Carroll St Construction Schedule

As part of Salisbury Public Works’ ongoing effort to keep the public informed of improvements within the City of Salisbury, please be advised that a private contractor will impact traffic patterns on Carroll Street to install a new storm drain pipe for PRMC. On Friday, February 28, 2014, East Carroll Street between South Division Street and Route 13 will have an eastbound lane closure at 10:00 am to allow for construction. Beginning at 6:00 pm on Friday, February 28, 2014, all eastbound traffic on Carroll Street will be routed on Division Street. All westbound traffic will maintain normal traffic patterns. Weather permitting; the work will be completed before 7:00 am Monday, March 03, 2014.

Dear New York Times, Self-Defense Is Not Vigilantism

Over at the New York Times ”Opinionator” blog, Firmin DeBrander, an associate professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art, takes issue with a post I wrote last year outlining the biblical and natural-law right of self-defense. My argument was rather simple: From the Noahic Covenant to the New Testament, there were ample biblical examples of self-defense being not only permitted but in some cases actually mandated. I also – borrowing from Jim Lindgren’s excellent work at the Volokh Conspiracy — quoted John Locke for the proposition that the right of self defense wasn’t just a biblical right but a right located in natural law.

This is a critical conversation. If the right of self-defense predates and supersedes the state itself, then the circumstances where the state can abrogate that right are limited indeed. In fact, the right of self-defense includes a right of self-defense against the state itself, when the state attempts to harm its citizens.


WBOC Called For A Light Dusting Today

I don't know about you but a light dusting doesn't stick! 

Can You Solve This?

Delaware Wants To Pay New Hires During Training

Pending approval from the US Dept. of Labor, Delaware employers could get the state to pay 90% of a new hires paycheck during a training period.

Lt. Gov. Matt Denn made the pitch to the Workforce Investment Board at its meeting last month. Under the program, the state will pay 90% of a new employee's wages with a couple of caveats. The employees must have been unemployed for more than 26 weeks, and the business must have 50 or fewer workers.

"This is a great opportunity for us to give our small businesses another tool to hire new workers and give them valuable training," said Denn. "It's also a way for us to incentivize hiring of some of our neighbors who have been out of work for a long time."


Sears To Shutter Downtown Chicago Store Amid Decline In Sales

Sears Holdings Corp. (SHLD) plans to close its money-losing namesake location in downtown Chicago, reducing its physical presence in the city as it shrinks its store network and divests assets amid a decline in sales.

Sears will shutter the store at 2 N. State St. in Chicago’s Loop business district in April, Howard Riefs, a spokesman, said yesterday in an e-mail. The store employs about 160 mainly part-time staff and those eligible will receive severance and be able to apply for positions in the company’s other stores in the Chicago area, he said.

“The store has lost millions of dollars since opening and we can no longer continue to support the store’s operating losses,” said Riefs.


Congressional Hearing Scheduled For 30 Fallen Heroes Killed In Shoot Down Of Extortion 17

At the funeral service in Afghanistan an Islamic cleric disparaged in Arabic the memory of these servicemen by damning them as infidels to Allah.

On May 9, 2013, Billy and Karen Vaughn and other families of fallen American heroes held a press conference demanding a Congressional Hearing to investigate the death of their sons in the military operation, commonly referred to as Extortion 17.

Their cries have been heard. Americans all across the nation banded together with the Vaughns, and on February 27th, Congress will hold a one-day hearing on the devastating details behind the fatal operation leading to the death of 30 Americans.


Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Second Amendment Cases

Cases concern the right to carry concealed handguns outside the home

Three cases involving Second Amendment issues were turned away from the Supreme Court on Monday. The cases concerned the right of Americans to carry firearms outside their homes for self-defense.

The Court did not comment on petitions for certiorari for NRA v. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, NRA v. McCraw and Lane v. Holder.

Constitution Daily reports the cases were considered on Friday in private conference.

A fourth case, however, may ultimately be considered by the Court and settle the matter. Drake v. Jerejian addresses gun control in New Jersey. The case argues that the Second Amendment permits a resident of the state to carry a firearm outside the home without providing justification to the state. A number of amici curiae briefs were filed with the Court on February 12.

The Court is set to respond by March 14, according to the SCOTUSBlog.


How Covert Agents Infiltrate The Internet To Manipulate, Deceive, And Destroy Reputations

One of the many pressing stories that remains to be told from the Snowden archive is how western intelligence agencies are attempting to manipulate and control online discourse with extreme tactics of deception and reputation-destruction. It’s time to tell a chunk of that story, complete with the relevant documents.

Over the last several weeks, I worked with NBC News to publish a series of articles about “dirty trick” tactics used by GCHQ’s previously secret unit, JTRIG (Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group). These were based on four classified GCHQ documents presented to the NSA and the other three partners in the English-speaking “Five Eyes” alliance. Today, we at the Intercept are publishing another new JTRIG document, in full, entitled “The Art of Deception: Training for Online Covert Operations.”

By publishing these stories one by one, our NBC reporting highlighted some of the key, discrete revelations: the monitoring of YouTube and Blogger, the targeting of Anonymous with the very same DDoS attacks they accuse “hacktivists” of using, the use of “honey traps” (luring people into compromising situations using sex) and destructive viruses. But, here, I want to focus and elaborate on the overarching point revealed by all of these documents: namely, that these agencies are attempting to control, infiltrate, manipulate, and warp online discourse, and in doing so, are compromising the integrity of the internet itself.


Legislative Staff Recommends Cutting Raises, Benefits Of State Employees Just Ratified In Contract

State employees last Wednesday ratified a new one-year contract that provided 2% raises, regular step increases, health premium holidays and other financial benefits they had been denied in the lean years of the Great Recession.

Two days later, the legislature’s budget staff recommended rolling back about half the negotiated increases, moves that took the largest state union by surprise, calling them “alarming” and “disturbing.”

“We find this budget analysis almost shocking,” Sue Esty, legislative affairs director for Council 3 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, told the House Appropriations Committee Friday.


Update On Jaywalking Jogger Arrest: Police Chief Says Hey, At Least Cops Didn’t Sexually Assault Her

A few days ago, a woman jogging on Guadalupe Street near the University of Texas at Austin was stopped by police for jaywalking and then arrested for failure to provide ID. Photographs and video of the incident were taken by onlooker Chris Quintero.

That woman has since been identified as 24-year-old Amanda Jo Stephen. The video and photos of cops manhandling her went viral, and public outrage ensued.

On Saturday, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo held a press conference to discuss the incident.

Here’s what he said:


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Exposing What Lies Beneath The Bodies Of Dead Bankers And What Lies Ahead For Us

By Douglas Hagmann

I feel that this is one of the most important investigations I’ve ever done. If my findings are correct, each of us might soon experience a severe, if not crippling blow to our personal finances, the confiscation of any wealth some of us have been able to accumulate over our lifetimes, and the end of the financial world as we once knew it. The evidence to support my findings exists in the trail of dead bodies of financial executives across the globe and a missing Wall Street Journal Reporter who was working at the Dow Jones news room at the time of his disappearance.

If the bodies were dots on a piece of paper, connecting them results in a sinister picture being drawn that involves global criminal activity in the financial world the likes of which is almost without precedent. It should serve as a warning that we are at the precipice of something so big, it will shake the financial world as we know it to its core. It seems to illustrate the complicity of big banks and governments, the intelligence community, and the media.

Although the trail of mysterious and bizarre deaths detailed below begin in late January, 2014, there are others. Not only that, there will be more, according to sources within the financial world. Based on my findings, these are not mere random, tragic cases of suicide, but of the methodical silencing of individuals who had the ability to expose financial fraud at the highest levels, and the complicity of certain governmental agencies and individuals who are engaged in the greatest theft of wealth the world has ever seen.

It is often said that life imitates art. In the case of the dead financial executives, perhaps death imitates theater, or more specifically, the movie The International, which was coincidentally released in U.S. theaters exactly five years ago today.



General: 'This was the administration's plan all along'

The Obama administration is proposing the biggest cuts to the military in generations, citing an end to the war in Afghanistan and the impact of sequestration, but critics allege the president and Pentagon officials are engaging in a deliberate and dangerous hollowing out of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Tom McInerney also said the cuts will further erode already poor military readiness and signal the world that the U.S. will be in no position to defend national security threats on the scale it has in years past.

On Monday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced plans for a $522 billion budget, which is still exponentially higher than than the defense budget for any other nation. But the plan also calls for bringing troop levels to the lowest level since before World War II.

The plan would bring Army troops down to between 440,000 and 450,000.


Police Chief Cites Satirical Story On Marijuana Deaths As Evidence For Weed Ban

Testifying against a bill in Maryland to legalize marijuana, Annapolis Police Chief Michael Pristoop cited a hoax story that claimed 37 people died the first day marijuana was legalized in Colorado.

“The first day of legalization, that’s when Colorado experienced 37 deaths that day from overdose on marijuana,” Police Chief Pristoop said during a testimony at a Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee hearing Tuesday.

Sen. Jamie Raskin, who has proposed a bill that would legalize recreational pot, responded with an immediate correction: “Unless you have some other source for this, I’m afraid I’ve got to spoil the party here, but your assertion that 37 people died of a marijuana overdose in Colorado was a hoax on the Daily Currant and the Comedy Central website.”

A Brief Fact

Update: Lewes Man Charged With Murder

Location: Dunbarton Apartments, Georgetown, DE

Date of Occurrence: Sunday, February 23, 2014, at approximately 3:00 a.m.

Victim: Cornelius J. Henry, 43 (no address available)

Defendant, Charges, and Bond Information:

Teveya W. Brittingham, 24, Lewes, DE (Photo Attached)
Murder 1st

Arraigned at JP2 and held without bail at Sussex Correctional Institution.

Georgetown- Delaware State Police Homicide Detectives have arrested a Lewes man in connection with the death of Cornelius Henry.

The investigation began shortly after 3:00 a.m. on Sunday February 23rd when members of the Georgetown Police Department responded to Dunbarton Apartments after receiving a report of an injured or dead male in the vestibule of one of the apartment buildings. After officers and medical personnel located the male, he was pronounced dead at the scene. Teveya W. Brittingham was taken into custody in a nearby apartment shortly after the officers arrived on scene. Brittingham had a significant amount of blood on the lower portion of his pants and sneakers and a trail leading to the apartment he had entered began at the crime scene. He was transported back to Troop 4 and later incarcerated at SCI due to a violation of probation as detectives continued to conduct interviews and contact witnesses.

The decedent was later identified as a 43-year-old Cornelius J. Henry. His body was removed from the scene and turned over to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. An autopsy was conducted on Monday and determined the manner of death to be homicide by blunt force trauma to the head and neck area.

After a thorough and comprehensive investigation encompassing numerous interviews and evidence collected at the crime scene, detectives were able to obtain a warrant for Teveya Brittingham's arrest on one count of Murder 1st. He was arraigned this evening via video phone with JP2 and continues to be held at Sussex Correctional Institution without bail.

Detectives are continuing their investigation into this incident.