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Friday, September 25, 2015

Quarter auction to benefit Operation We Care Tomorrow!

The quarter auction to benefit Operation We Care is this Saturday! The bid list has 101 items on it... ammo, hotel stay, gift cards, military themed items, door prizes, and much more. Vendors will be there with some cash and carry items as well. We will have beef and dumplings and hot dogs with the fixings, and sweets and drinks. ALL the proceeds go to Operation We Care! We hope to see you there!

Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ Is the Most Iconic Song Ever, According to Science

Science hath declared that Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” is the most iconic song of all time. The seminal grunge track — a cut from SPIN’s Best Album of the Past 30 Years, Nevermind — was placed at the top of a list of 50 songs by researchers from Goldsmiths, University of London, according to the Daily Mail. Computer scientist and musician Dr. Mick Grierson examined songs featured in seven ‘all-time best’ lists from sources like Rolling Stone and NME, and ran them through analytical software to compare their key, BPM, chord variety, lyrical content, timbral variety, and sonic variance. John Lennon’s “Imagine” took second place. U2’s “One,” Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean,” and Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” rounded out the top five.

“We found the most significant thing these songs have in common is that most of them use sound in a very varied, dynamic way when compared to other records,” Grierson explained. “This makes the sound of the record exciting, holding the listeners attention. By the same token, the sounds these songs use and the way they are combined is highly unique in each case.”

“Ultimately,” Grieson added, “there is no ‘formula’ for this, other than to make your song sound as different, diverse and exciting as possible.”


‘Oh My God’: Family Wants Public to Watch Disturbing Video of Their Son Dying in Police Custody After Being Jailed for Unpaid Traffic Ticket

After he failed to pay a careless driving ticket, police caught up with 32-year-old David Stojcevski last year and brought him in for obstruction of justice.

Not having the money to pay the $772 fine, a judge ordered him to jail for 30 days.

But Stojcevski died in his jail cell while a video camera rolled.

The 11 days of footage showed the Roseville, Michigan, man in a high-observation cell behaving erratically, exhibiting extreme weight loss — he lost 50 pounds during that stretch — and convulsing on the cement floor during his final two days of life.


New Invasive Fly Shuts Down $700 Million Florida Fruit Industry

A tiny fly has forced a sizable and productive agricultural area in Florida’s Miami-Dade County to grind to a halt. The creature, known as the Oriental fruit fly, is capable of feeding and laying eggs upon 400 different types of fruit crops. It was first spotted in Miami weeks ago and has since spread to Redland, a community in Miami-Dade that is home to many fruit growers raising crops such as papaya, tomatoes and dragon fruit.

The finding led Florida's agriculture commissioner, Adam Putnam, to declare a quarantine around 85 square miles of land in the region, an area larger than Manhattan and the Bronx combined. At this time, most crops cannot leave the area; much of the fruit will soon go to waste. Some crops can be shipped after being irradiated, but that is an expensive process.

The quarantine went into effect two weeks ago, just as farmers were preparing to harvest a variety of fruit crops, according to NPR.


Great lawn chemical debate: Md.’s pending legislation

Will Montgomery County vote lawn chemicals out?

The waiting will soon come to an end. The motion to restrict the use of chemical pesticides and herbicides on lawns in Montgomery County will be put to a final vote Oct. 6.

Is this a case of green lawns vs. browned-out blunders?

Some who oppose the proposed restrictions on the use of agricultural chemicals on lawns have attempted to frame the debate as “green grass with chemicals vs. brown grass without,” when nothing could be further from the truth.

The dirty little secret of lawn care is that having a green, healthy lawn has almost nothing to do with any kind of product — chemical or organic. As Bill Mollison, the founder of the popular permaculture movement, once remarked, “The problems of the world are increasingly complex, but the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.”

Cutting height is more important than chemicals

Atlanta Police Arrest Woman Just For Threatening To Kill Cops And White People

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my time on the Internet, it’s that you can make threats against police officers and white people as much as you want, as long as you do it on YouTube. Then it doesn’t count. The pigs can’t touch you.

That’s why I know this bull$#!+ will not stand. Check out these cracker-ass lies from the racists at WSB-TV in Atlanta:

Editor's note:  This is an update to the video we posted on Wednesday.  The video has since been removed from Youtube.

Coastal Style Magazine Hosts The "Best Of" Party At Seacrets Tonight

More to come.

Escaped tarantula grounds plane near Baltimore

LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) — An eight-legged creature that escaped in the cargo hold of a passenger flight from BWI to Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International grounded the plane and sent passengers onto another flight.

Brian Kruse, spokesman for Delta Airlines, tells The Baltimore Sun ( that baggage handlers noticed a baboon tarantula had gotten out of its container on Flight 1525 Wednesday night.


Days Of Rage Are Coming

The resistance will take the form of subverting the signifiers of wealth that exemplify the few who have benefited so greatly while everyone else lost ground.

It's time to trade in your Jag, Mercedes, BMW (and maybe your Prius, Volvo, Lexus, etc.) before the Days of Rage start. As I've explained before ( As the "Prosperity" Tide Recedes, the Ugly Reality of Wealth Inequality Is Exposed), the rage of the masses who have been losing ground while the Financier Oligarchs, the New Nobility and the technocrat class reap immense gains for decades has been suppressed by the dream that they too could join the Upper Caste.

But once the realistic odds of that happening (low) sink in, the Days of Rage will begin. For those still who don't know the facts of rising inequality, here's what you need to know.

The top 1% skim 23% of all income:


Father: Daughter was in car when teens attacked

BALTIMORE —A northwest Baltimore resident said he and his 6-year-old daughter were terrorized and his car was vandalized by students out of control at a convenience store near Frederick Douglass High School.

Anthony Japzon said teens attacked his car while his daughter was inside. He described the attack as unnerving, unprovoked and totally random.

"Everybody surrounded the car, and they started kicking the car," Japzon said. "I picked my daughter up from school, and we were coming over here to get her a Slurpee."

Japzon said he and his daughter were in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven near Mondawmin Mall around 3 p.m. Wednesday, just after city schools dismissed for the day. If it were not for the shelter of their car and the coincidence of a patrol officer stopping by, Japzon believes they would have been physically harmed.


The New European Normal - "If You Cannot Tell The Truth, Hide The Truth"

Perhaps Volkswagen is the best most recent example of "lying when it's important" but as Martin Armstrong, the European Union's leadership (elected and unelected) are the kings of hiding the truth when it matters. As he warns, "if you do not know whom to trust, distrust everyone."

The motto of the ECB is plain and simple: why reform when we still have some power?

Governments will fight until the last drop of blood is spilled; they assume it will be your blood, not theirs. We will see the opposite of transparency unfold along with a rush to eliminate cash. This will force Europeans into electronic money for that is the solution to prevent bank runs. The head economist of the Deutsche Bundesbank warned that the ECB cannot afford to tell the people the truth about banking for it may lead to bank runs.


Hogan budget chief resists calls from Democrats to relax austerity measures

Maryland Budget Secretary David R. Brinkley resisted calls for austerity relief from Democrats on Thursday despite higher-than-anticipated revenue projections, an indication that the partisan spending battles that dominated this year’s legislative session could continue in 2016.

Appearing before the House and Senate committees that handle fiscal matters in the Democrat-controlled legislature, Brinkley shot down a question from Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. (D-Montgomery) about whether Gov. Larry Hogan (R) would be open to raising property taxes to help offset the state’s rapidly growing debt.

Madaleno noted that former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., a Republican during whose administration Hogan served as appointments secretary, reluctantly supported such a move in 2003. But Brinkley wasn’t swayed.

“No, this governor will not support a property-tax increase,” the budget chief said of Hogan, who won an underdog victory last fall by promising to roll back many of the tax and fee increases enacted by then-Gov. Martin O’Malley, who is also a Democratic presidential candidate.


Pope calls for abolition of death penalty in address to Congress

Speaking to Congress, Pope Francis is calling for an end to the death penalty in the U.S. and across the world.

Francis says that every life is sacred and society can only benefit from rehabilitating those convicted of crimes.

The pope noted that U.S. bishops have renewed their call to abolish capital punishment. That idea is unpopular, however, with many American politicians.

The pontiff did not specifically mention abortion — a particularly contentious issue in Congress at the moment that threatens to force the shutdown of the U.S. government next week.


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Judge: Maryland prison mistreated transgender inmate

BALTIMORE —A transgender inmate who says she was called "it" and "some kind of animal" by guards who watched her shower has won a legal victory that forces the Maryland prison system to better train for how to treat transgender people, advocates say.

Neon Brown, who goes by Sandy, said in a grievance that she was sent to the state prison at Patuxent in February 2014 for a psychological screening.

Brown said she was placed in solitary confinement, and kept there for 66 days despite a directive from the jail warden that staff shouldn't segregate her from the rest of the population.

During that time, she was routinely harassed by guards who made fun of her while she showered, including one who told her to commit suicide, Brown said in the complaint.


China Is Sitting on an Ocean of Diesel Fuel

The nation exported a record volume of the fuel last month after already shipping unprecedented amounts of steel and aluminum overseas. The weakest economic growth since 1990 is sapping domestic demand for commodities, while refineries, mills and smelters grapple with excess capacity after years of expansion.

“A lot of it has to do with slowing demand at a time when companies had plans for much a better demand environment, so capacities had been increased,” said Ivan Szpakowski, a commodities strategist at Citigroup Inc. in Hong Kong. “As demand slows, that’s led to an overcapacity in the domestic market and producers have sought to export the surplus.”


Obama gift to Pope Francis steeped in Maryland religious history

President Barack Obama has given Pope Francis a gift from Maryland: a 116-year-old key from the Emmitsburg home of Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first native-born American to be declared a saint.

The key once opened the door of her home, the Stone House, which now stands on the grounds of The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton.

The key celebrates both His Holiness' and Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton's dedication to opening doors for the poor, sick and vulnerable, a White House spokesman said.

Obama presented the key upon the pope's arrival at the White House Wednesday.


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Military Blimps Floating Over Baltimore Area Labeled A ‘Failure’

BALTIMORE (WJZ)–A major blow for American taxpayers.

The military blimps floating over the Baltimore area since December are being labeled a “failure,” according to a newly released investigation by The Tribune.

WJZ’s Rick Ritter has the details.

In Baltimore, it’s a sense of safety above the city skyline, but some are now calling it a complete waste of taxpayer money.

“This is a completely expensive white elephant,” said Michael Greenberger, University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security.


A dad frustrated with Common Core wrote the best check to his kid's school

Doug Herrmann has a message for Melridge Elementary schools: You figure it out.

Herrman recently posted a photo on Facebook of a check he wrote to the school in Painesville, Ohio, in which the dollar amount of the check was expressed as a nonsensical string of Xs and Os.

The school uses the Common Core, Herrmann says, the standardized (and often criticized) curriculum designed to level the playing field in American education.

Though Herrmann admits he never sent the check in, he does joke that the school should be perfectly capable of deciphering the correct amount, given its use of the Common Core.


WBI Press Release- 9/25/2015 SEXUAL ASSAULT

FIVE Burglaries In Wicomico County Yesterday

According to the calls for service on the Sheriff's Office Website there were five burglaries in one single day yesterday and two the night before. 

There was approximately 21 burglaries the entire month of August according to the information posted on the WCSO website. 

But crime is down, according to Police.

There were an additional 2 burglaries in Salisbury, bringing the total to 7 burglaries in Wicomico County in one day.   


Let’s Move! Active Schools, a sub-initiative of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, has honored Westside Intermediate School in Hebron with the Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award for 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 for its outstanding efforts in creating an active school environment.

The award celebrates a school’s commitment to integrating at least 60 minutes of physical activity before, during and after the school day. Only 525 schools across the country achieved this prestigious honor. Westside Intermediate received a banner, certificate, and congratulatory letter from the First Lady to proudly showcase its school-wide dedication to improving children’s health and academic performance.

“As the principal of Westside Intermediate School, I am very pleased with the support from parents, students and staff who helped to make the Grab and Go Breakfast Program, Directed Play and Brain Break activities a success for all students,” said Westside Intermediate Principal Jason Miller. “As a result of these initiatives, students were more focused on the importance of healthy eating and increasing their physical activity to improve their overall academic success and physical well-being. We’re going to continue with last year’s focus to make Westside Intermediate School a Healthy, High-Achieving School. Already this year, we’ve started Workout Wednesdays, with students arriving before school to participate in fitness activities like cross country that will give them a boost for the day.”


Congressman Andy Harris’ Statement on Speaker Boehner

WASHINGTON, DC: Congressman Andy Harris (MD-01) released the following statement after Speaker John Boehner announced that he would be retiring at the end of October:

“I would like to thank John Boehner for his almost 25 years of service in Congress and for leading Republicans as Speaker of the House for the last several years. I look forward to a robust discussion about what our new conservative leadership is going to look like in November.”

N. Korea blames 'evil' US for Europe's migrant crisis

North Korea on Thursday offered its verdict on the migrant emergency facing Europe, blaming the "evil empire" United States for triggering the continent's worst refugee crisis since World War II.

In a lengthy screed denouncing "intolerable" criticism of Pyongyang's human rights record, a North Korean foreign ministry spokesman argued that Washington should be the real focus of censure.

"The US is an evil empire... committing all sorts of human rights abuses," the spokeswoman said in a statement carried by the North's official KCNA news agency.


McDonald's employee praised for act of kindness after photo goes viral

A Chicago McDonald’s employee who closed the register during the dinner rush to help a disabled customer is being praised by the fast food chain.

A photo showing the employee, known only as Kenny, cutting food of an elderly disabled man was secretly taken by Facebook user Destiny Carrero. The image, which was first posted to Facebook last week, has been shared more than 250,000 times on Facebook and received more than 700,000 views on other social media platforms.

Carrero wrote that she was in line waiting to order when the man, who was in a wheelchair, took his food, before asking: “Please help me.”


Before Yankees career, Navy gunner Yogi Berra was part of D-Day invasion

Yogi Berra will be remembered by many for his light-heartedness and goofy sayings, but the Hall of Fame catcher participated in one of history's most storied battles while still a teenager.

Seaman Second Class Lawrence P. Berra was on a rocket boat stationed off the coast of Normandy on June 6, 1944, barely three weeks after his 19th birthday. He and the other six men in the 36-foot craft provided fire support for the invasion that came to be known simply as D-Day and remained in the area for nearly two weeks after the initial landings.


Wallops Flight Facility: RaD-X balloon launch is a go! (WATCH LIVE)

RaD-X balloon launch is a go! WX is finally cooperating with us at Fort Sumner, NM. Inflation has begun--watch live here:

Liftoff targeted for 1:15 pm EDT!

Soldier Wears GoPro Camera to Prove Abuse by Estranged Wife – Catches Her Grabbing His Genitals

You’ve probably heard or even experienced a story like this – the marriage which goes badly wrong and the breakup which gets horrendously worse. Sometimes things will even descend to violence, and those charged with sorting out the damage are stuck with trying to discern the truth from the lies and the good guys from the bad guys.

In the case of one Florida couple, things got so bad that the ex-husband resorted to wearing a GoPro at a child custody handover – and by doing so he caught his ex-wife physically assaulting him (as the headline makes clear)…


Planned Parenthood tries in vain to get Carly Fiorina to retract video claim

It could have been a simple story of facts, exaggeration and fetal tissue. In the last Republican presidential debate, Carly Fiorina passionately challengedHillary Clinton and President Obama to watch one of the undercover videos featuring a Planned Parenthood official talking about donating fetal tissue to researchers.

Describing the videos at last week's debate, Fiorina said, "Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain."

It was arguably her best moment of a very good debate performance, but fact-checkers pointed out quickly that none of the videos — by the Center for Medical Progress — actually showed this.


Puppy SHOOTS Florida Man According to Police

Admittedly, this is from 2004. But it just came across the RWN news desk, and sometimes karma can be a…you know.

In a case of obvious animal cruelty and karma, Jerry Allen Bradford was trying to shoot puppies in the head because he could not find them a home. He was able to kill three of the seven before one of them shot him as it wiggled in his arms. He was treated for the .38-caliber revolver wound and later charged with felony animal cruelty.

Police found three puppies in a shallow grave outside of Bradford’s home, and four other puppies were found unharmed.

Apparently he was killing the puppies…because he couldn’t find them homes. He was charged with felony animal cruelty. If it were me, I would have charged him with a lot worse.


Baltimore gets $20 million grant to battle HIV

BALTIMORE —The Baltimore City Health Department is getting more than $20 million in grant funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to battle HIV infections.

New cases of the virus are declining across the city except among the gay male and transgender communities in Baltimore, health officials said.

African-American populations are particularity at risk. The Health Department reported that 84 percent of those living with HIV in Baltimore are African-American.


Useless Idiots

Good grief. Scott Walker can't even drop out of the presidential race without invoking Ronald Reagan! He began his exit speech, "As a kid, I was drawn to Ronald Reagan ..." then went on to read a statement written for him by GOP donors, calling on the other one-percenters (in the polls) to get out, so that the party can nominate a "conservative alternative to the current front-runner."

A true admirer might have recalled that the front-runner terrifying Republican insiders in the summer of 1979 –– was one Ronald Reagan. (And surely, everyone remembers how Reagan's constant droning on about Dwight Eisenhower propelled Dutch to victory and allowed him to crush the Soviet War machine and usher in 20 years of peace and prosperity.)

Which reminds me: Perhaps Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina are soaring in the polls not because they're "outsiders," but because they're not dumb. I notice that, other than Ted Cruz, they're the only GOP candidates for president who went to top schools.

I think we want a president who's better than us.