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COME MEET JOE ALBERO AT THE FARM AND HOME SHOW

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 01:46 PM PDT

If you've never had the chance to meet me in person, now is your chance. My Wife and I will have a Booth at the Farm & Home Show from 4 PM tonight through Saturday.

We'll have tee shirts and bumper stickers available, (while quantities and sizes last).

Take this opportunity to come and ask any questions you'd like answerd. Share your concerns for Salisbury and let's get the ball rolling for April.

For those of you who already have tee shirts, wear them to the Show. Let's show this community we mean business.

I look forward to meeting ALL of you.

UPDATE Joe is set up and ready

UPDATE FROM JOE  5 t-shirts given out in the first 5 minutes. "Amazing the people going out of their way to come by"

Officers Assaulted By Disorderly Suspect

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 08:30 PM PDT

On August 12, 2012, at approximately 02:30 a.m. an OCPD bike patrol officer observed
a white male lying on a parked vehicle in the parking garage of the Princess Bayside Hotel, at 4701 Coastal Highway.

While approaching the suspect, who was later identified as Michael Patrick McPartland, 28, of Astoria, New York, the officer observed the McPartland get down off the hood of the car with his pants and undergarments around his ankles. As McPartland was pulling up his pants, the officer approached and attempted to make contact with him. The officer attempted to speak to the him about the circumstances of being on top a car with his pants down, however the suspect refused to speak with the officer.

When the officer attempted to identify and detain McPartland, he became very disorderly, uncooperative and aggressively shouting profanities at the officer refusing to comply with any of the officer's request. Additional officers arrived at the scene to assist the initial officer.

At one point during the encounter, McPartland's friends attempted to calm him down, however he continued to be uncooperative. McPartland, who showed obvious signs of intoxication and aggressiveness, became more defiant when officers attempted to have him sit down at the ground.

McPartland, who at one point swung at the officers resulting in a struggle, was arrested and charged with: two counts of 2nd Degree Assault of a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest and Disorderly Conduct. McPartland was seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner and was released on his own recognizance.

Victim Of Burglary Escorts Suspect Out Of Home After Burglary

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 08:00 PM PDT

On August 12, 2012 at approximately 12:43 a.m., Ocean City Police responded to the area of 4401 Atlantic Ave, in reference to suspicious activity, possibly a burglary in progress.

Police arrived at the scene and met with the victim who related he had heard noise on the lower floors of his unit. When the victim went downstairs to investigate he observed a male suspect attempting to steal various items. The victim, who confronted the suspect in the residence and stopped him from stealing the items, escorted the suspect out of the residence.

Officers obtained a detailed description of the suspect, who was last seen walking towards the 10 bock of 45th Street, and broadcast it to other police personnel. Shortly after, officers located a person matching the description of the suspect in the area of 45th Street and Coastal Highway and identified him as Antonio Eduardo Lacaffine, 29, of Uniontown, PA.

After the victim positively identified Lacaffine as being the person in his home, police placed him under arrest for 1st degree burglary, 3rd degree burglary, 4th degree burglary, and for theft under $100.00.

Lacaffine was seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner and was held on $25,000 bond. Lacaffine was transferred to the Worcester County Jail.

ARIZ. GOV. JAN BREWER SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER PROHIBITING PUBLIC BENEFITS TO YOUNG ILLEGAL ALIENS

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 07:30 PM PDT

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Wednesday ordered state agencies to deny driver's licenses and other public benefits to young illegal immigrants who obtain work authorizations under a new Obama administration policy.
In an executive order, Brewer said she was reaffirming the intent of current Arizona law denying taxpayer-funded public benefits and state identification to illegal immigrants.
Young illegal immigrants around the nation on Wednesday began the process of applying for federal work permits under the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

EGYPT CONSIDERING VIOLATING PEACE TREATY WITH ISRAEL

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 07:00 PM PDT

Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi is studying the possibility of keeping tanks in the Sinai Peninsula on a permanent basis, according to a senior Egyptian military official who spoke to WND.
The military buildup would violate a key provision of peace accords signed with Israel in 1979 that calls for the total demilitarization of the peninsula.
Over the last two weeks, there have been reports of Egypt sending in light tanks, armored vehicles and attack helicopters in the Sinai purportedly to fight Islamic groups blamed for a spate of attacks and attempted attacks against both Israel and Egyptian police.
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Price of Ground Beef Hits Record High

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 06:30 PM PDT

The average price of ground beef hit a record high in the United States in July, according to data released Wednesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The BLS has been tracking the average price of a pound of 100% ground beef since 1984. In July, it cost $3.085, up from $3.007 in June.
Prior to June, the average cost of 100% ground beef in the United States had never topped $3.00.

Border War: Costco Customers in Washington Blame Canada For Shopping Hell

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 06:00 PM PDT

Costco shoppers in Washington state are ready to start a border war with Canadians, who they say swarm the big-box store like locusts, leaving empty shelves, long lines and no place to park.
A Facebook page called "Bellingham Costco needs a special time just for Americans" was created last month for shoppers of the big-box store in the Washington city just 17 miles south of the U.S.-Canada border. Canadian consumers have apparently flocked south to stock up on cheaper staples like milk, gas and other items at American prices.
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Lab-Grown Meat Gives Food For Thought

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 05:30 PM PDT

A burger grown in a laboratory. Sounds like science-fiction? Well up until very recently it probably was but now the prospect of lab-grown meat appearing on our supermarket shelves is closer than ever.

Synthetic or test-tube meat involves taking a small amount of cells from a living animal and growing it into lumps of muscle tissue in the lab, which can then, in theory, be eaten as meat for human consumption.


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‘IT IS SO INCREDIBLY SAD’: AD CAMPAIGN PORTRAYS FRUSTRATION OF CARING FOR ELDERLY PARENTS

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 05:00 PM PDT

 A woman grips her car's steering wheel and silently lets out a scream as her frail father, on oxygen, coughs beside her and her kids play around in the back seat.
This how taking care of an elderly parent is portrayed in a new public service announcement. It is a frustration recognizable to millions of Americans who struggle to care for aging loved ones while holding down jobs, raising children and taking care of their own health.

Baltimore Mayor Taking CA Vacation With Police Detail

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 04:30 PM PDT

When Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake heads on a California vacation this summer, it will cost taxpayers $2,000 so her personal police detail can accompany her and her family.  The money was approved by the Baltimore City Board of Estimates at its meeting Wednesday. 
Even though the vacation is 'personal,' she will get to take her detail.
"That's a decision that's made by the police department," she told WBAL-TV 11 News. 

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VIRGINIA BAKERY REFUSES TO SERVE BIDEN; ANGRY OVER 'YOU DIDN'T BUILD THAT'

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 04:00 PM PDT

The owner of Crumb and Get It in Roanoke says he doesn't agree with the Obama administration's policies.

See the Video HERE

Government, Marriage Rights, And Same-Sex Marriage

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 03:30 PM PDT

August 15, 2012 — Continued talk about same-sex marriage has sparked debate across the political spectrum.
One side insists that marriage is an institution that must be protected by government, while the other claims that same-sex couples should be given the same legal rights as married couples. By their actions, both sides agree on one thing: Government must define marriage.
Both sides have put so much trust in government that they have forgotten the history of marriage licenses. It was not always the case that couples had to have marriage licenses. George and Martha Washington never had a marriage license, and most Americans didn't need them until the mid-1800s. 
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Study: Companies Paid More To CEOs Than In US Tax

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 03:00 PM PDT

Twenty-six big U.S. companies paid their CEOs more last year than they paid the federal government in tax, according to a study released Thursday by a liberal-leaning think tank.

The study, by the Institute for Policy Studies, said the companies, including AT&T, Boeing and Citigroup, paid their CEOs an average of $20.4 million last year while paying little or no federal tax on ample profits, according to regulatory filings.

On average, the 26 companies generated net income of more than $1 billion in the U.S., the study said.

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FORT HOOD SHOOTER’S BEARD PUTS TRIAL ON HOLD

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 02:30 PM PDT

The trial for an Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly 2009 Fort Hood shooting has been put on hold while an appeals court considers his objections to being forcibly shaved.
Maj. Nidal Hasan had been scheduled to enter a plea Wednesday to charges in the attack at the Texas Army post, but all court proceedings were put on hold before he could do that.
According to a defense motion, Hasan indicated he wanted to plead guilty for religious reasons. Hasan, 41, is an American-born Muslim.

PENNSYLVANIA JUDGE: NEW STATE VOTER ID LAW OKAY

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 02:00 PM PDT

Pennsylvania Judge Robert Simpson sided with his state's Voter ID law today.

The ACLU and others sued over this new state law, which was enacted five months ago. The law requires voters to present identification when casting ballots, which the ACLU argues is unconstitutional. The challengers sought a court order in the form of a preliminary injunction, blocking the law from going into effect before the November 6 election.
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Why Does The Social Security Administration Need 174,000 Rounds Of Ammunition?

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 01:45 PM PDT

First the DHS needed 450 million rounds of ammunition, then the NOAA requested 46,000 rounds, now we've discovered an online request at FBO.Gov calling for 174,000 rounds of ammunition for the Social Security Administration.


The request actually calls for 174K .357 hollow points that arguably have as much stopping power as any bullet out there, and hollow point to do as much damage to soft tissue as possible on top of that.


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TOP OBAMA CHAMPION SWITCHES FOR ROMNEY

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 01:30 PM PDT

'Being Republican is cool, being conservative is the right thing'



In 2008, he was one of the biggest champions for Barack Obama, even serving as an Obama campaign co-chairman and seconding Obama's nomination at the Democratic National Convention.
But that was then and this is now.
Today, Artur Davis, a former four-term Democratic congressman from Alabama is now supporting Republican Mitt Romney for president, and is joining him on the campaign trail in Arlington, Va.
Just last month in Falls Church, Va., Davis gave a rousing address to the Northern Virginia Tea Party, rallying the crowd to defeat his former ally Obama.

Cash Bash

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 01:15 PM PDT


American Legion Post 218 in Sharptown, in conjunction with the Sharptown Fire Department, invites you to a Cash Bash to benefit Heroes Haven. Every 15 minutes, there will be a $250 give away, with the final jackpot being determined by ticket sales. Enjoy the food, games and entertainment while waiting for your next chance to win some cash!

Similar to the Wounded Warrior Project, Heroes Haven brings wounded soldiers from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland to the Eastern Shore for hunting in the fall. The program covers their transportation, lodging, meals, hunting and entertainment expenses. A banquet is held at the end of the week to honor our wounded heroes.

Please contact Hank Wheatley (443)359-3400, Walt Cohee (410) 845-9127 or Dor-Wic American Legion Post 218 (410)883-3780 if you would like to purchase tickets. You do not have to be present to win!

KILL ‘ALL WHITE’ MEN, WOMEN, BABIES, BLIND, CRIPPLE, FA**OTS, LESBIANS & OLD CRACKERS, SAYS NEW BLACK PANTHERS VILE RADIO OPENING; THEN ‘DIG ’EM UP’ & ‘KILL ’EM AGAIN’

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 01:00 PM PDT

After news broke Wednesday of the New Black Panthers calling for the killing of white babies,  more shocking audio from the group's radio program has now surfaced. In the organization's radio opening for August 13, they play a shocking segment from Khalid Muhammad, a former spokesman for Louis Farrakhan's Nation of Islam. In it, he advocates extreme violence against white people in general, and specifically gays, lesbians, babies, and women:
We give them 24 hours in South Africa to get out of town by sundown. I say, if they don't get out of town, we kill the men, we kill the women, we kill the children, we kill the babies, we kill the blind, we kill the cripple, we kill the crazy, we kill the fa**ots, we kill the lesbians, I say god dammit we kill them all.
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Water Shortages Hit US Power Supply

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 12:30 PM PDT

As the United States' extended heat wave and drought threaten to raise global food prices, energy production is also feeling the pressure. Across the nation, power plants are becoming overheated and shutting down or running at lower capacity; drilling operations struggle to get the water they need, and crops that would become biofuel are withering.
While analysts say the US should survive this year without major blackouts, more frequent droughts and increased population size will continue to strain power generation in the future.
Power plants are a hidden casualty of droughts, says Barbara Carney of the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) in Morgantown, West Virginia, because they are completely dependent on water for cooling and make up about half the water usage in the US. That makes them vulnerable in a heat wave. If water levels in the rivers that cool them drop too low, the power plant – already overworked from the heat – won't be able to draw in enough water. In addition, if the cooling water discharged from a plant raises already-hot river temperatures above certain thresholds, environmental regulations require the plant to shut down.
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11 Chicago Cops Sue City, Accusing Rahm Emanuel of Discrimination

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 12:18 PM PDT

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is named in a federal lawsuit from 11 of the city's police officers, alleging that the mayor unlawfully removed them from his security detail when he took office in 2011.
The officers, all of white or Hispanic descent, claim Emanuel, who was elected mayor  in 2011, replaced senior members of his security detail with volunteers who contributed to the mayor's campaign. They also allege that African American officers with less seniority were given preferential treatment by being kept on Emanuel's team.
Comments regarding the lawsuit were not granted to ABC News from either the city of Chicago or the mayoral office of Rahm Emanuel.
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Obama's War On Whistleblowers Accelerates: Science Itself Is Now Contraband

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 12:15 PM PDT

The Obama administration is evil. Sorry, there is no other adjective to describe it at this point. They know they are corrupt, they embrace their corruption and now they are doing everything possible to silence anyone who dares call them out on it. The latest case of Obama's war on whistleblowers relates to how the Scientific Integrity Officer within the Interior Department, Dr. Paul Houser, was attacked when he started raising some scientific and environmental questions. According to Kate Sheppard of Mother Jones:

When he raised those concerns to then-DOI press secretary Adam Fetcher, Houser says he was told that he should not write anything about them in any electronic correspondence. "He wanted a hard copy, no email," says Houser, in order to avoid creating any internal correspondence that could be subject to a Freedom of Information Act request. (Fetcher is now the deputy national press secretary for Obama's reelection campaign.) Houser says his boss, who was out of the office during the initial exchange, also chastised him for emailing other scientists working on Klamath regarding the release. "I was told that the secretary of interior wants to remove the dams, so my actions weren't helpful," says Houser.

See how Mr. Fetcher was punished for covering up the truth. He was promoted! How about this revelation from Glenn Greenwald's latest article on a related topic.

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House Members' VIP Loans Excluded From Subpoena

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 12:00 PM PDT

A Democratic committee chairman overrode his own subpoena three years ago in an investigation of former subprime mortgage lender Countrywide Financial Corp. to exclude records showing that he, other House members and congressional aides got VIP discounted loans from the company, documents show.

The procedure to keep the names secret was devised by Rep. Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y. In 2003, the 15-term congressman had two loans processed by Countrywide's VIP section, which was established to give discounts to favored borrowers.

The effort at secrecy was reversed when Towns' Republican successor as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, California Rep. Darrell Issa, issued a second subpoena. It yielded Countrywide records identifying four current House members, a former member and five staff aides whose loans went through the VIP unit. Towns was on the list.

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For Back-To-School Shopping, Waiting In Line At The Store Might Be Better Than Buying Online

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 11:45 AM PDT

It's been a while since any of us here at Consumerist HQ have had to do any sort of back-to-school shopping, but we all remember the crowded stores and awkwardly running into schoolmates while our parents forced us to try on pants that didn't fit (Okay... maybe that's just me; stop judging). So it would seem like going online to buy new clothes and supplies would be ideal, but a new study says... maybe not.

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Elvis' Ex-Wife, Daughter Greet Fans At Graceland

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 11:30 AM PDT

Elvis Presley's ex-wife Priscilla and their only daughter Lisa Marie stunned a crowd of thousands Wednesday night when they unexpectedly greeted fans who had flocked to Graceland for a candlelight vigil marking the 35th anniversary of the singer's death.

The vigil began Wednesday night after Priscilla Presley and her daughter made the unscheduled and impromptu appearance on a stage set up just inside the walls of Graceland, Elvis' Memphis mansion. Together they briefly thanked the crowd for their undying admiration of the rock `n' roll icon.

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Detroit Sneaker Store Offers Free Nikes To Kids Who Show Up For School

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 11:15 AM PDT

October 3 is Student Count Day in Detroit. A headcount will be made of all the kids in school that day, and that figure will be used to determine state and federal funding. It will also earn free sneakers for every student who decides to show up.

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35 Years Ago Today

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 11:00 AM PDT

Popular music icon Elvis Presley dies in Memphis, Tennessee. He was 42. The death of the "King of Rock and Roll" brought legions of mourning fans to Graceland, his mansion in Memphis. Doctors said he died of a heart attack, likely brought on by his addiction to prescription barbiturates.

Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, on January 8, 1935. His twin brother, Jesse, died during the birth. Elvis grew up dirt-poor in Tupelo and Memphis and found work as a truck driver after high school. When he was 19, he walked into a Memphis recording studio and paid $4 to record a few songs as a present to his mother. Sam Philips, the owner of the studio, was intrigued by the rough, soulful quality of his voice and invited Presley back to practice with some local musicians. After Philips heard Elvis sing the rhythm-and-blues song "That's All Right," which Presley imbued with an accessible country-and-western flavor, he agreed to release the rendition as a single on his Sun Records label. The recording went to the top of the local charts, and Presley's career was launched.

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Slots For Veterans Enlisted To Help Gaming Bill Pass

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 10:45 AM PDT

For years, veterans posts have come to Annapolis trying to get slot machines and the money they bring in to help them survive.The vets on the Eastern Shore have had slots at their posts for some time, but year after year, the House Ways & Means Committee has refused the same privilege to veterans groups in the rest of Maryland. Suddenly, Tuesday afternoon, the House veterans caucus was told that slots for vets everywhere in Maryland was going to be an ornament on the Christmas tree that the gaming bill had become. Delegates saw it as a blatant attempt to buy votes.

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Bay Pollution Trading Impact On Poor Questioned

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 10:30 AM PDT

The impact on poor communities of cutting Chesapeake Bay pollution through credit trading is being questioned in a report released Wednesday by a nonprofit policy analysis group.

The Center for Progressive Reform said that the report finds that even if trading cuts overall pollution, it might still have a negative impact on low-income and minority communities.

Pollution trading allows some polluters to buy credits for cuts made by others. Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and West Virginia already have state programs, but a bay-wide program does not exist.

Gambling Win Gives Senate President The ‘Sine Die’ He Expected 4 Months Ago

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 10:15 AM PDT

By the bare minimum of 71 votes, the House of Delegates Monday night gave Senate President Mike Miller the kind of "sine die" adjournment he had expected April 9: The delegates passed a bill asking voters in November to approve table games and a sixth gambling casino in Prince George's County.

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Ambassador: Iran Planned To Blow Up Israeli Embassy

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 10:00 AM PDT

On Sept. 29, 2011, Manssor Arbabsiar, a 56-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen living in Texas and holding both Iranian and U.S. passports, was arrested at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and charged with plotting to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. in Washington.

What escaped the attention of many was another alleged high-profile component to the plot, according to an Israeli envoy.


"They also planned to blow up the Israeli Embassy, my embassy in this town," Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren confirmed in an exclusive interview with WTOP. Oren says there additionally was a plan "to blow up a restaurant not far from where we're being interviewed in Washington." (Oren was interviewed at WTOP in NW D.C.)


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GSA Adjusts Lodging Rates

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 09:53 AM PDT

The General Services Administration has frozen per diem travel rates. In the next fiscal year, the standard rate will stand at $77 a day for lodging and $46 a day for meals and incidental expenses. Higher rates will still apply for expensive cities like New York or Los Angeles. Federal News Radio has learned, GSA will add 10 more non-standard cities in 2013. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he was worried hotel rates were too low and left out some mid-range hotels. GSA said it was following White House orders to cut travel spending 30 percent next year.

Immigrants To Flock Homeland Security

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 09:45 AM PDT

Homeland Security is gearing up for hundred of thousands of applications from young illegal immigrants allowed to stay in the United States. The Obama administration authorized the program, which would have been included in the Dream Act that has not passed Congress. Illegal immigrants who wish to stay need to get passports or equivalent records to submit to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The government estimates nearly a million people are eligible. The deferred action program will cost as much as $585 million, according to documents obtained by AP. But DHS estimates fees will cover much of that cost.

New Black Panther: We Must Create Military To Murder Babies And Skin White People

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 09:37 AM PDT

National Field Marshal for the New Black Panthers King Samir Shabazz who was caught on video tape allegedly intimidating voters in Philadelphia in 08 is now in charge of the New Black Panthers plan to create inner city militaries that would go into nurseries and kill white babies and murder white people n the street

GO HERE to view video.

Today's Fill In The Blank 8-16-12

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 09:30 AM PDT

Have you ever been to ______.

Is $22.5 Million A Big Enough Penalty For Google?

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 09:23 AM PDT

The Federal Trade Commission called the penalty for privacy violations "substantial," but it amounts to a mere five hours' worth of revenue for the search colossus.

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Goldberg Tells MSNBC’s Mitchell To Leave Georgetown Bubble, O’Reilly Wants Ted Koppel Out Of ‘Semi-Retirement’

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 09:15 AM PDT

On The August 13 broadcast of the O'Reilly Factor, Bill had regular guest Bernie Goldberg discuss Andrea Mitchell's absurd comment that Paul Ryan isn't a pick for "suburban moms." This came after Ryan claimed that rights come from God, not government, but Mitchell seemed to think these two unrelated points, when combined, made a cogent argument. Apparently Ms. Mitchell hasn't heard of an obscure statesman in American history known as Thomas Jefferson.

Mitchell's complaint exposes the disconnect liberal elites have with normal Americans as Goldberg articulated on the show:

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Why The Doctor Can't See You

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 09:07 AM PDT

The demand for health care under ObamaCare will increase dramatically. The supply of physicians won't. Get ready for a two-tier system of medical care.

Are you having trouble finding a doctor who will see you? If not, give it another year and a half. A doctor shortage is on its way.

Most provisions of the Obama health law kick in on Jan. 1, 2014. Within the decade after that, an additional 30 million people are expected to acquire health plans—and if the economic studies are correct, they will try to double their use of the health-care system.

Meanwhile, the administration never seems to tire of reminding seniors that they are entitled to a free annual checkup. Its new campaign is focused on women. Thanks to health reform, they are being told, they will have access to free breast and pelvic exams and even free contraceptives. Once ObamaCare fully takes effect, all of us will be entitled to a long list of preventive services—with no deductible or copayment.

Here is the problem: The health-care system can't possibly deliver on the huge increase in demand for primary-care services. The original ObamaCare bill actually had a line item for increased doctor training. But this provision was zeroed out before passage, probably to keep down the cost of health reform. The result will be gridlock.

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Today's Advertiser Of The Day 8-16-12

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 09:00 AM PDT




Why The ‘Open’ Office Is A Hotbed Of Stress

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 08:45 AM PDT

Lack of privacy is the least of it. Research shows that open-plan offices sap motivation and create "cognitive load"

Ringing phones. Pinging e-mail. Co-workers' ringing phones and pinging e-mail. How is anyone supposed to get work done in this place?

The modern open office was designed for team building and camaraderie but is mostly distinguished by its high noise levels, lack of privacy and surfeit of both digital and human distractions. And indeed, several decades of research have confirmed that open-plan offices are generally associated with greater employee stress, poorer co-worker relations and reduced satisfaction with the physical environment. But there are some ways to combat those detrimental effects and still be productive.

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IT DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS!

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 08:38 AM PDT

ARE YOU LISTENING MAYOR AND GOVERNOR?

DR. JAMES DOBSON OFFERS ROMNEY SOME ADVICE

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 08:30 AM PDT

'It is not enough for a national leader to talk only about money'

 

Dr. James Dobson  , the evangelical Christian author of "Dare to Discipline," "Bringing Up Boys," "Bringing up Girls" and dozens of other books, is telling likely GOP candidate Mitt Romney he needs to take a stand on the social issues that deeply concern conservative Americans.
Dobson, who founded the Colorado Springs-based Focus on the Family ministry, now runs FamilyTalk,  a radio program addressing numerous family-related issues and subjects.

 He earlier took a defiant stand against Barack Obama's health-care mandate that requires Americans to pay for contraception and abortion services, stating, "I WILL NOT pay the surcharge for abortion services. … So come and get me if you must, Mr. President. I will not bow before your wicked regulation."

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WCSO Press Releases 8-15-12

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 08:15 AM PDT

Incident: Violation of a Protective Order
Date of Incident: 7 Aug 2012
Location: 31000 block of Fred Adkins Road, Parsonsburg, MD
Suspect: Dwayne Paul Pellegrin, 48, Salisbury, MD


Narrative: On 13 August 2012, a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office arrested Dwayne Pellegrin on an arrest warrant for violating a Protective Order. Back on 7 August, Pellegrin allegedly went to his estranged wife's property and made contact with her in violation of a Final Protective Order that was currently in effect.

Upon the arrest of Pellegrin on the warrant, the deputy transported him to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. After an initial appearance, the Commissioner released Pellegrin on Personal Recognizance.

Charges: Violation of a Protective Order


Incident: Child Support Non Compliance
Date of Incident: 13 Aug 2012
Location: Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Ryan Robert Clary, 45, Mardela Springs, MD


Narrative: On 13 August 2012 at 12:17 PM, a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office
located and arrested Ryan Clary on an outstanding Child Support Non Compliance bench warrant.

Upon arrest, Clary was transported to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and detained in the Detention Center in lieu of $500.00 cash bond.

Charges: Child Support Non-Compliance

Incident: Burglary Arrest
Date of Incident: 14 August 2012
Location: 500 block of Bridge Street, Mardela Springs, MD
400 block of Main Street, Mardela Springs, MD
Suspect: 1. Male Juvenile, 13, Mardela Springs, MD
2. Male Juvenile, 10, Mardela Springs, MD

Narrative: On 13 and 14 August 2012,
a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office took a burglary report of two separate vacant residences. In one incident the suspects cut a window screen and opened a window while in the second they were able to pull a door open. Once inside each building, the suspects took items such as jewelry, dolls, baseball cards and some small tools. During the ensuing investigation the deputy managed to identify two juvenile suspects involved. During questioning, both admitted their culpability and still had many of the purloined items which were turned over to the deputy.

Both juveniles were charged on juvenile referrals with committing these burglaries and the referrals will be forwarded to the Department of Juvenile Services for formal adjudication.

Anyone who has any additional information about any other related events in Mardela Springs is asked to contact the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office at 410-548-4890 or Crime Solvers at 410-548-1776.

Charges: Burglary 2nd Degree
Theft
Malicious Destruction of Property

Incident: Disorderly Conduct
Date of Incident: 15 August 2012
Location: Salisbury – Wicomico Regional Airport, Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Victoria T. Choma, 27, Salisbury, MD

Narrative: On 15 August 2012
at 5:50 AM a deputy was at the Salisbury- Wicomico Regional Airport when the deputy was alerted to trouble at the U.S. Airways Ticket Counter. The deputy observed a subject later identified as Victoria Choma acting in a manner the deputy deemed disorderly in front of other airport patrons. The deputy learned that Choma was upset over being denied boarding due to being too
late for her flight. The deputy took steps in an effort to calm Choma down who instead spoke in a demeaning manner to the deputy, made an obscene gesture with her hand followed that with a belligerent comment. The deputy decided to place Choma under arrest but Choma instead twisted and tried to pull away from the deputy requiring the deputy to take steps to ensure the handcuffs were properly placed on
Choma.

The deputy transported Choma to the Central Booking Unit where she was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. After an initial appearance, the Commissioner released Choma on Personal Recognizance.

Charges: Disorderly Conduct
Disturbance of the Peace
Resisting Arrest

Incident: Disorderly Conduct / Assault on a Deputy
Date of Incident: 14 August 2012
Location: 1500 block of South Salisbury Blvd., Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Victor Cruz Bautista, 21, No Fixed Address

Narrative: On 14 August 2012
at 2:08 AM, a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a disorderly subject at the Temple Hill Motel on South Salisbury Boulevard.

Upon arrival, the deputy located a visibly intoxicated Victor Cruz Bautista outside one of the hotel rooms and observed that a good number of hotel guests had come outside to see the spectacle Bautista created.

The deputy made an attempt to find which room Bautista might belong in but was unable to. During that endeavor, Bautista assaulted the deputy on the deputy's arm and began to resist all reasonable requests to sit down and be quiet. Because of the disturbance that Bautista was creating and the assault on the deputy, the deputy attempted to place him under arrest. Instead of submitting, Bautista began flailing his arms wildly in a manner indicative of trying to further assault the deputy.

The deputy managed to place Bautista into handcuffs and transported him to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the Circuit Court Commissioner. After an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained Bautista in the Detention Center in lieu of $7,500.00 bond.

Charges: Disorderly Conduct
Assault 2nd Degree
Resisting Arrest

Hypersonic Plane Crashes

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 08:07 AM PDT

An unmanned experimental aircraft plunged into the Pacific Ocean yesterday after a control fin malfunctioned. The X-15-A Waverider is a hypersonic aircraft the Air Force wants to fly at Mach 6 or six times the speed of sound. But the aircraft lost control and broke apart off the California coast. Another Waverider suffered a similar fate in a test flight last year. Only one Waverider remains and the Air Force hasn't decided whether it will fly.

Today's Survey Question 8-16-12

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 08:00 AM PDT

Which strange home remedies do you swear by?

OCPD ARREST MAN FOR RAPE AND ASSAULT

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 07:53 AM PDT

On August 12, 2012, at approximately 10 a.m. Ocean City Police responded to the area of 120th Street in reference to a disturbance. After arriving on scene, officers were confronted by a group of persons who advised that a male who was staying with the group in unit, had been involved in either a fight or an argument with several persons in that unit.

During the incident the male suspect, who was later identified as Jason Paul Mackulin, 31, of Littlestown, PA, displayed a TASER. While officers were speaking to citizens in the parking lot, Mackulin came out of the unit and was detained by police.

While at the scene, officers learned that Mackulin assaulted his girlfriend and her 14-year-old son. Police further learned that the original disturbance involving Mackulin, may have been as a result of Mackulin being involved with a sexual assault of a 15-year-old female, not related to Mackulin, who was also staying in the same unit.

As a result of the investigation, which detectives responded to the scene and determined that MacKulin had sexually assaulted the 15-year-old female, OCPD Detectives charged Mackulin with: 2nd degree rape, 3rd and 4th degree sex offense and 2nd degree assault involving the 15-year-old female. Mackulin was also charged with 2nd degree domestic assault of his girlfriend and 2nd degree assault of her 14-year-old son.

Mackulin was seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner and has been held without bond. During a bond review, Mackulin was held on $250,000 and was transferred to the Worcester County Jail.

TRAFFIC ALERT 8-16-12

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 07:45 AM PDT

12th America 9/11 Ride Along Interstate I-95 Saturday, August 18

New Castle
-- The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announces that a planned motorcycle rally to support 9/11 is expected to impact northbound Interstate 95 on Saturday, August 18. The America's 9/11 Ride is about Remembering the Heroes, Volunteers, and Victims who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. The America's 9/11 Ride is an Annual Memorial Ride which takes place in August respecting each site and the survivors, allowing them to mourn during September.

Motorists should expect major delays on I-95 northbound when the rally begins in DC and no traffic will be allowed to pass the riders. There will be a rolling rock block from DC to Rommel's Harley Davidson in New Castle. The rolling rock block will decrease in speed when the bikers approach the Newark Toll Plaza in order to pay tolls. This will cause several miles of back-ups on I-95 northbound. This event will require the temporary closure of I-95 northbound on-ramps from the Newark Toll Plaza to I-295 for several minutes until the procession passes each on-ramp. Ramps along I-295 between I-95 and Route 9 will be impacted as the motorcycles travel to Rommel's Harley Davidson (formerly known as Mike's Famous) in New Castle for a rest stop. Once the procession passes, the ramps will be open to traffic onto I-95.

After riders leave the Rommel's Harley Davidson in New Castle, police officers will temporarily shut down the northbound traffic on the Delaware Memorial Bridge.

Message boards will display traffic related messages to warn of ramp closures that are caused by this event. Information will also be posted on DelDOT's radio station, WTMC 1380 AM.

For further information for the planned motorcycle rally, America's 9/11 Ride

OCPD INVESTIGATE DEATH IN THE INLET

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 07:37 AM PDT

On August 14, 2012, at approximately 3 p.m. Ocean City Police, Beach Patrol and Fire Departments responded to the Ocean City Inlet, in reference to people in the water just east of the ticket booth area. Ocean City emergency personnel arrived at the scene and were advised that an adult male and a small child had been walking along the sea wall at the inlet when the man and the child fell from the sea wall.

The victim, who was later identified as Stephen Richard Ostan, 49, of Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania, and his 2-year-old child struck the rocks during the fall. According to witnesses, the 2-year-old child was in the water clinging to the rocks below the retaining wall when an unidentified female citizen climbed down the sea wall and recovered the child. The citizen was able to pass the child to other citizens on top of the retaining wall.

A privately owned boat with two citizens attempted to recover Ostan, who had an apparent head injury. At this time, the citizens were assisted by members of the Ocean City Beach Patrol and the Ocean City Fire Department. In addition, a boat and crew from Surf Side Parasail assisted with the recovery of Ostan, who was put on the parasail boat and taken to the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Ocean City.

Ostan's 2-year-old child was taken by Ocean City Emergency Services to Atlantic General Hospital (AGH) where the child was treated for non-life threatening injuries and released. In addition, Ocean City Paramedics met the rescuers at the Coast Guard station and transported Ostan to AGH where he was pronounced dead. The cause and manner of death will be investigated by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Maryland.

The investigation, which is being handled by the Ocean City Police Department, is on-going. Due to the nature of the investigation, the names of the witnesses and citizens involved are not being released at this time. The Ocean City Police Department would like to acknowledge the courageous actions by the citizens and public safety employees who assisted in this incident.

‘I’M NOT STOPPING’: PENN. WOMAN FACES $600 DAILY FINE FOR FEEDING HUNGRY CHILDREN

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 07:30 AM PDT

Angela Prattis has spent part of the summer distributing meals to hungry children in Pennsylvania, but now, the township has informed her that if she does not obtain a costly "ordinance," she will be fined $600 each day she distributes food.
"I'm not stopping," said Angela Prattis, who has been distributing meals she receives from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to about 60 children from a gazebo on her property this summer. "These kids are hungry. I'm not tearing down the community. I'm keeping the children out of harm's way."
Prattis, who has lived in the township for about three years, started distributing meals and drinks to underprivileged children at her church, the Church of the Overcomer in Trainer, several years ago. This year, after giving birth to her second child, she began distributing the meals from the gazebo in her yard.

OCPD SERGEANT PROMOTED TO LIEUTENANT

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 07:23 AM PDT

Chief Bernadette DiPino is proud to announce the appointment of Sergeant Howard C. Whaley, Jr. to the rank of Lieutenant. "I am extremely proud of Lt. Whaley," said Chief DiPino. "He has worked hard and earned this appointment. I am confident he will be an asset to the command staff and continue to contribute to making the Ocean City Police Department a dynamic and professional law enforcement agency."

Lt. Whaley is a native of Berlin, Maryland and a graduate of Stephen Decatur High School and Salisbury University. He began his career at the Ocean City Police Department as a seasonal records clerk in 1987. He was hired as a seasonal police officer in 1988, where he worked two summers before being hired as a full time officer in 1989.

Lt. Whaley was promoted to the rank of Police Officer 1st Class in 1995 and to the rank of Sergeant in 2004. He has been a supervisor in the patrol division, boardwalk division, and services division. He has been the noise unit supervisor and is currently the assistant K-9 patrol supervisor.

Lt. Whaley has been a member of the police department's honor guard unit and has been an alcohol breath test operator for 20 years. In addition, Lt. Whaley has been an instructor of noise meter operations. During the course of his career Lt. Whaley has received commendations and awards including nominations as Police Officer of the Year. Lt. Whaley is married and has two children.

QUOTES OF THE DAY

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 07:15 AM PDT

"If two parties with two sets of bad ideas cooperate, the result is not good policy, but policy that is extremely bad. What we really need are correct economic and politcal ideas, regardless of the party that pushes them."

― Ron Paul, Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom

One thing is clear: The Founding Fathers never intended a nation where citizens would pay nearly half of everything they earn to the government."
― Ron Paul

"I'm convinced that you never have to give up liberties to be safe. I think you're less safe when you give up your liberties."
― Ron Paul

"Freedom is not defined by safety. Freedom is defined by the ability of citizens to live without government interference. Government cannot create a world without risks, nor would we really wish to live in such a fictional place. Only a totalitarian society would even claim absolute safety as a worthy ideal, because it would require total state control over its citizens' lives. Liberty has meaning only if we still believe in it when terrible things happen and a false government security blanket beckons."
― Ron Paul

"The most basic principle to being a free American is the notion that we as individuals are responsible for our own lives and decisions. We do not have the right to rob our neighbors to make up for our mistakes, neither does our neighbor have any right to tell us how to live, so long as we aren't infringing on their rights. Freedom to make bad decisions is inherent in the freedom to make good ones. If we are only free to make good decisions, we are not really free."
― Ron Paul

"Mr. Speaker, I once again find myself compelled to vote against the annual budget resolution for a very simple reason: it makes government bigger."
― Ron Paul

JT's Grill, Mt. Hermon Rd. Salisbury

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 07:07 AM PDT

There is a new grill in town. JT's grill on Mt. Hermon Rd. The owner has JT's market in Pittsville. After much prayer he decided to take the plunge. It opened last Friday and is really going good. Stop in and give it a try. If you have ever had a burger or boardwalk fries from jt's, I know you will love this new grill.

Popular Bumbo Infant Floor Seat Recalled

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 07:00 AM PDT

About 4 million Bumbo Baby Seats are being recalled after nearly two dozen reports of infant skull fractures.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says babies can wiggle out of the floor seats.

About 1 million of the molded foam seats were recalled in October 2007 for additional warning labels against placing the Bumbo seats on raised surfaces, such as tables or kitchen counters.

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Special Ops Group Attacks Obama Over Bin Laden Bragging, Leaks

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 06:53 AM PDT

(Reuters) - A group of former U.S. intelligence and Special Forces operatives is set to launch a media campaign, including TV ads, that scolds President Barack Obama for taking credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden and argues that high-level leaks are endangering American lives.

Leaders of the group, the Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund Inc, say it is nonpartisan and unconnected to any political party or presidential campaign. It is registered as a so-called social welfare group, which means its primary purpose is to further the common good and its political activities should be secondary.

In the past, military exploits have been turned against presidential candidates by outside groups, most famously the Swift Boat ads in 2004 that questioned Democratic nominee John Kerry's Vietnam War service.

The OPSEC group says it is not political and aims to save American lives. Its first public salvo is a 22-minute film that includes criticism of Obama and his administration. The film, to be released on Wednesday, was seen in advance by Reuters.

"Mr. President, you did not kill Osama bin Laden, America did. The work that the American military has done killed Osama bin Laden. You did not," Ben Smith, identified as a Navy SEAL, says in the film.

"As a citizen, it is my civic duty to tell the president to stop leaking information to the enemy," Smith continues. "It will get Americans killed."

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What Does Liberty Really Mean?

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 06:45 AM PDT

For some time now – years actually – I have pondered the nature of liberty. Or more specifically, what liberty actually means to me. And to be extra clear, I am not talking about the meaning in abstract or philosophical terms, but tangibly – in much the same way I might answer if asked what my wife means to me.

The trigger for this entirely personal discourse comes from reading various articles and viewing various YouTube videos and speeches from self-styled champions of liberty (COL). There is even an entire conference, Mark Skousen's FreedomFest, dedicated to the topic.

Invariably, these well-meaning COL rail against "The Man" (something I do myself), accentuating their public angst by sharing stories of being molested by the TSA or otherwise inconvenienced by minions of the state. It is my contention that most of these individuals, and certainly the majority of "freedom-loving" Americans, don't actually understand the meaning of liberty, but rather give the matter little more than lip service.

And again, I don't mean liberty in an abstract way – like, say, "world peace" – but tangibly.

Now, before going on, tripping emotional wires as I do, I feel the need to quickly establish my bona fides on the topic. I start with the simple fact that with age, and 58 years old counts, comes perspective. In addition, unlike most of today's COL, I have actually been jailed for rioting against authority – at the na├»ve age of 14, as the result of actively participating in the toe-to-toe anti-war confrontations during the Oakland Induction Center Riots of the late 1960s.

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The Childishness Of The American Left

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 06:37 AM PDT

The American left is the most self-indulgent, arrogant, and spoiled group of people on the face of the earth. They live in a nation facing national bankruptcy and societal upheaval -- a country presently subsisting on the residue of past economic achievements. Yet the only things that matter to them are their lifestyles and imposing their self-determined superiority on rest of the American people.

The true indebtedness of the United States now exceeds $222 trillion. Appearing on National Public Radio in August of 2011 Professor Laurence J. Kotlikoff of Boston University said:

If you add up all the promises that have been made for spending obligations, and subtract all the taxes we expect to collect, the difference is $211 Trillion. This is the fiscal gap. That is our true indebtedness.

Since that interview, the indebtedness has increased by another $11 trillion. Yet these estimates do not include the full impact of ObamaCare, which could add another $17+ trillion. On the other side of the ledger: the annual Gross Domestic Product (the value of all economic activity in the U.S.) is $15.6 trillion. The indebtedness to GDP ratio is a staggering 14.2 to 1 and guaranteed to further accelerate if Barack Obama is re-elected.

The United States is not facing bankruptcy, it is bankrupt. The primary factor that has kept the nation afloat over the past four years is that the dollar, albeit temporarily, remains the world's reserve currency, thus allowing the Federal Reserve to print enormous sums of money to cover the Obama budget deficits and flood the global market with near worthless cash. Today it requires $100.00 to purchase the same goods $10.00 purchased in 1950.

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Comments Soaring

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 06:37 AM PDT


While the daily traffic on Salisbury News continues to increase, published comments went over 400 yesterday and trust me, we rejected a LOT of comments yesterday too.

The new guy on the block is desperately trying to get Salisbury News advertisers to come on board with his new publication, even offering 6 months FREE advertising to make it look like they have support.

Salisbury News is a proven product. We do not have contributors with questionable backgrounds in ethics and not one of us is a product of the Daily Times.

Salisbury News is a success because we've been around for 8 years delivering news and information 365 days a year. Our viewers and advertisers know they can trust we'll deliver a product each and every day and we do not ask our advertisers to sign contracts. We either earn your business or we don't deserve your business. Sure, its the old school way of doing business but we feel it's the right way to conduct business.

I want to thank all of you for visiting Salisbury News on a daily basis and I'd especially like to thank our Advertisers for their continued support. Most importantly I'd like to thank our viewers for participating with comments. I have always felt that IF we can get our community to participate through comments we can better our community. Agree or disagree, together We The People have made a difference in Salisbury and the Eastern Shore.

If you'd like to advertise your business with us please contact me at alberobutzo@wmconnect.com or 410-430-5349.

BREAKING NEWS: 7 US Troops Killed In Afghanistan Helicopter Crash

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 06:35 AM PDT

NATO says 11 people, including seven US troops, killed in helicopter crash, as a Taliban spokesman says aircraft was shot down over the southern region of the country.


From Fox News

Va. Ends Fiscal Year With Nearly $450M Surplus

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 06:30 AM PDT

Gov. Bob McDonnell said the state government ended the latest fiscal year in June with an unspent balance of $448 million, but more than 90 percent of it is already obligated by state law, including a 3 percent pay bonus for state employees.

McDonnell told the General Assembly's budget-writing committees on Wednesday that total savings from government operations for the past 12 months include $187 million from state agencies and $132 million recouped from higher education and other sources.

Those funds, along with a revenue surplus of $129 million announced in July, gives the state enough to provide a one-time 3 percent bonus in December to employees with solid job-appraisal records _ about a week-and-a-half's additional pay before taxes.

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It's A Miracle

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 06:23 AM PDT

Ex-CIA Analyst Explains The Real Reason Israel Wants To Strike Iran Before The US Election

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 06:15 AM PDT

For months senior Israeli officials have said the "window of opportunity" for attacking Iran's nuclear facilities is "before the U.S. presidential election in November" because Iran's nuclear facilities will soon be in fortified underground bunkers out of the reach of Israeli bombs.

But former CIA analyst Ray McGovern believes that delaying Iran's nuclear capabilities is not the primary concern of a military strike, but simply the pretext.

"The Israelis want to pretend the Iranians are building up their nuclear capabilities, want to zap them between now and November 6, and the chances are at least even that they will try to do that thinking the U.S. will come in with both feet," McGovern told us.

McGovern thinks that "Israel does not fear a nuclear weapon in Iran's hands" because Israel already has a nuclear arsenal and the threat of Iran having a couple of nukes "would not be all that credible except in a limited, deterrent way."

That deterrent would be important, however, because "since 1967 the Israelis have been able to pretty much do whatever they want in that area" and a nuclear Iran would bring a "different strategic situation because, for the first time, Israel would have to look over their shoulder."

So even though Israel's leaders don't truly fear imminent nuclear annihilation, McGovern says they "would like to end any possibility, however remote, that anytime soon Iran could have that kind of very minimal deterrent capability."

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Its Time To Take The Battery Out Of Your Cell Phone

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 06:13 AM PDT

On Tuesday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth District threw the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution out the window, ruling that police can track cell phone GPS data – and thus track you – without a warrant. The case of United States v. Skinner centered on a suspected drug trafficker who was tracked through his cell phone and arrested by the DEA. The Judge in the case, John Rogers said in his ruling, "Skinner did not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the data emanating from his cell phone that showed its location." He went on to say, "Law enforcement tactics must be allowed to advance with technological changes, in order to prevent criminals from circumventing the justice system." There are two ironies to this decision. One, the Supreme Court ruled in January that cops could not place GPS tracking on someone's car without a warrant, so yesterday's ruling affirms that cops can track cell phones but not cars. Two, the ruling comes on the heels of the discovery of TrapWire – the massive law enforcement surveillance system that is tracking every Americans' whereabouts in order to detect terrorist threats. So, Judge Rogers's worries about criminals being able to circumvent the judicial system are unfounded. Never before in history, has law enforcement had this much surveillance and technology to keep tabs on Americans.

BREAKING NEWS: WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Granted Asylum

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 06:07 AM PDT

Ecuador grants political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

From Fox News

THIS Is Why The NOAA Supposedly Ordered 46,000 Rounds Of Ammunition

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 06:07 AM PDT

Last night we put up a post mentioning that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) placed a request for 46,000 rounds of mostly hollow point, copper jacketed, .40 caliber rounds of ammunition.

The order was attributed to the National Weather Service and received quite a bit of attention.

From the post:

The National Weather Service stations in Ellsworth, Maine, and New Bedford, Mass., are slated to receive 16,000 rounds of .40 S&W jacketed hollow point (JHP) bullets.

Jacketed hollow points usually have a layer of copper around the lead to provide strength and prevent the barrel of the gun getting fouled up with soft lead. Hollow point bullets are designed to expand when they enter the body, causing as much damage as possible to internal organs and tissue.

6,000 rounds of S&W JHP will be sent to Wall, New Jersey and another 24,000 rounds of the same bullets will be handed over to the station in St. Petersburg, Florida.

St. Pete. is the only city that's not receiving 100 or more paper targets to assist with training of agency issued sidearms. Two hundred targets are going to Maine and Massachusetts, but only 100 to New Jersey. So, 46,000 rounds and 500 targets.

We talked to Scott Smullen, the Deputy Director of NOAA Communications & External Affairs who says the announcement is a mistake and is apparently being corrected at the time of this writing.

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MAURICE JAMES CONVICTED OF ATTEMPT FIRST DEGREE RAPE

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 06:00 AM PDT

On August 15, 2012, Maurice James, age 19, of Salisbury, Wicomico County, Maryland, was convicted by a jury sitting in Wicomico County of attempted first degree rape, attempted second degree rape, third degree sexual offense, second degree assault, reckless endangerment and false imprisonment. The State expects sentencing to be held in approximately sixty days. A presentence investigation and psychiatric evaluation have been ordered. The Defendant faces a sentence of life plus consecutive sentences for lesser offenses.

Wicomico County State's Attorney Matthew A. Maciarello commended the Salisbury University Police Department for their investigation of this case, and thanked Senior Assistant State's Attorney Jamie Dykes who prosecuted this case.

Obama's Educational Excellence Initiative

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 05:45 AM PDT

President Barack Obama recently wrote an executive order that established a White House initiative on educational excellence for black Americans that will be housed in the Department of Education. It proposes "to identify evidence-based best practices" to improve black achievement in school and college. Though black education is in desperate straits, the president's executive order will accomplish absolutely nothing to improve black education. The reason is that it does not address the root causes of educational rot among black Americans. It's not rocket science; let's look at it.

The president's initiative contains not one word about rampant inner-city school violence, which makes educational excellence impossible. During the past five years, Philadelphia's 268 schools had 30,000 serious criminal incidents, including assaults – 4,000 of which were on teachers – robberies and rapes. Prior to recent layoffs, Philadelphia's school district employed about 500 police officers. In Chicago last year, 700 young people were gunfire victims, and dozens of them lost their lives. Similar stories of street and school violence can be told in other large, predominantly black cities, such as Baltimore, Detroit, Cleveland, Oakland and Newark.

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Caption This Photo 8-16-12

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 05:15 AM PDT




Security Guard For Conservative Group Shot in DC

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 05:00 AM PDT

A Virginia man suspected of shooting and wounding a security guard at the Washington headquarters of a social conservative lobbying group on Wednesday made a negative reference about the organization's work before opening fire, a law enforcement official said.
Police said the man, identified as Floyd Lee Corkins II, entered the front lobby of the Family Research Council in downtown Washington around 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, began arguing with a security guard and then shot him in the arm. Corkins, 28, was restrained by the wounded guard and others and was being held Wednesday night on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon, the FBI said.

Farm & Home Show Starts TODAY

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 04:00 AM PDT

**Traffic Advisory**

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 03:40 AM PDT

Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash with Road Closure I95 Southbound at RT 896, Newark

Location:
I95 Southbound south of the Delaware Toll Plaza, Newark, DE

Date of Occurrence:
Thursday, August 16, 2012 at approximately 3:15 a.m.

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Newark-Troopers are at the scene of a motor vehicle crash involving a tractor trailer and a box truck with one reported fatality, in the area of I95 southbound south of the Delaware Toll Plaza, Newark.

Troopers are advising that the I95 southbound is completely closed at RT 896, with southbound traffic being detoured to RT 896 for an extended period of time while the crash is investigated and cleared.

Updated information will be provided as information related to the crash investigation becomes available.

SU Students To Intern At Republican, Democratic National Conventions

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 12:45 AM PDT

Two Salisbury University students will have front-row seats at this year's Republican and Democratic national conventions … though they may not do much sitting. Senior communication arts major Jessica Cahill of Severna Park, MD, was selected as an intern for the Republican National Convention, scheduled August 27-30 in Tampa Bay, FL. Senior communication arts major Chelsea Brown of Coeur D'Alene, ID, was chosen to intern with the Democratic National Convention, set September 3-6 in Charlotte, NC. SU earned the chance to send interns to each of the conventions through a partnership with the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars. The University's Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement (PACE), Office of the Provost and Fulton School of Liberal Arts held an essay contest to select the winners.

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