Saturday, June 20, 2009

Toothpick City Took 34 Years to Build

A California man has spent the last 34 years building a model of San Francisco out of toothpicks.
Scott Weaver, 49, has used a million tiny sticks to construct the city and its many landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf. "Rolling Through the Bay" also features entry points where ping-pong balls can be inserted to run along tracks. The sculpture is 9 feet tall and 7 feet wide, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

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"I always had a dream that I would build the world's largest toothpick sculpture," Weaver told the paper.
Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum offered him $40,000 for the sculpture, but he turned down the offer. Weaver said it belongs in the city that inspired it.
Weaver told KGO-TV the hobby began in the 4th grade, when his teacher asked students to build a sculpture.

WTH: For Today

Barrel ‘monster’ gets N.C. student arrested

RALEIGH, N.C. - When Joseph Carnevale chopped up three stolen orange and white traffic barrels from a construction site to create a massive sculpture of a roadside monster thumbing a ride, the North Carolina college student said he saw it as a form of street art.

Raleigh, N.C., police just saw vandalism.

They dismantled the 10-foot "barrel monster" and arrested Carnevale. Hundreds of online supporters want the charges dropped and the publicity has turned the history major and part-time construction worker into a local celebrity.

Even the construction company has become a fan, and wants the 21-year-old to create a replica of the figure that led to his arrest on June 10.

"It's surprising how many people have called attention to it," Carnevale said.

'It was something I had to do'
The college junior hadn't spent much time planning when he set out the night of May 31 and snatched the barrels from the site near the North Carolina State University campus where he studies.

"I had the idea in class that morning, and it kind of grew in my head, until it was something I had to do," he said. He went back to his Raleigh apartment and in an hour and a half returned to the site to assemble the freshly painted pieces before driving away.

What emerged was a hulking figure that seemed to extend a thumb, seeking a ride from passing cars. The next morning Raleigh Police dismantled the creation and took the pieces in for evidence while they searched for the perpetrator.

Although photos quickly spread on the Internet featuring the "barrel monster," it was an N.C. State newspaper article that offered enough clues to lead police to a Web site that identified Carnevale. Police charged him with larceny and destruction of property, both misdemeanors, and he's scheduled to appear in court next month.

Carnevale, an Indianapolis native, prides himself on his street art, but said he's most interested in guerrilla photography — making art and snapping images from restricted locations.

"If you can break the rules, and no one knows they were broken in the first place, then there's no point," he said.

His apartment walls serve as a canvas, covered in various hues of paint, with images on the walls and doors of sharks, hollow skulls and even Gandhi. His 1997 Volkswagen Jetta is almost completely covered in hot-glued beer bottle caps.

Carnevale has made other street art pieces with stolen barrels, including an alligator and caricatures with small arms.

'It's been positive publicity for us'
Hamlin Associates, the construction company whose barrels were turned into a monster, doesn't want to press charges.

"We've had a fair amount of vandalism, but never anyone turn it into art," Company President Steven Hussey said. "I actually thought it was pretty neat."

Hussey said the value of the publicity his company has received is well above the $365 cost of the traffic barrels that Carnevale used.

"It's been positive publicity for us," he said. "If we'd known he'd do that good of a work, we'd have given him the barrels."

Carnevale said he's weighing Hussey's offer to reconstruct the monster for the company's offices in Climax, N.C., possibly for pay. Meanwhile, at least three Facebook support groups have formed to support Carnevale, including "Don't Charge Joseph Carnevale," boasting more than 800 members.

Raleigh police spokeswoman Laura Hourigan said the charges won't be dropped, despite the company's stance.

The Doctors Contract; The Rest Of The Story (Update)

Ok, now that I have composed myself from the phone call I received from the Doctors wife about the contract I can write and explain why I wont sign that contract and why I and my family will not be going back to Dr Whittakers office.

This is probably going to be a long post but I urge you to read it in it’s entirety as this could be important to you and/or your family.

As I stated in a previous post I am on some strong pain meds do to severe nerve damage, I went to a pain management specialist that I didn’t like and I asked Dr Whittaker if his office would consider taking on the task of managing my pain in which they gladly agreed.

Pain management is a simple task for a Dr as they just prescribe you pain meds and change them until they find the right combination of medicine that keeps you the most comfortable.

So, a couple of months ago I signed a contract with Dr Whittakers office that I would agree to only using one pharmacy and only use one doctor to prescribe pain medication. I understand why they need to do this and I had no problem with that contract.

Doctor Whittakers office is a little screwed up when it comes to getting a refill on your meds because it can take up to 72 hours through their automated system in which you must use to gain a refill on any prescription he writes. Still I had no problem with that and timed it so I had my scrips.

This Tuesday I had an appointment to see the Dr again for a check-up and follow-up on the pain and other problems, again my pain meds need an adjustment so Jen his PA which is a wonderful caring person that will go out of her way to help you made some minor changes for me to try for a month, this is normal procedure.

Here’s where the problem started, a associate came in the room with a new contract for me to sign. This new contract had added from the previous contract that the Doctor at will and at anytime can call you in for a blood or urine test at random.

This was explained to me that the Dr had to resort to this to make sure his patients were actually taking the medication or not doing other drugs along with the medication.
Well this didn’t settle with me very well and I refused to sign that new contract. It’s a violation of our rights and it’s definitely unconstitutional.

Later that day the Doctors office called and I explained again why I would not sign the contract in the way it is worded now, I told her that if the Dr would like to get together with me maybe we could come to some compromise on how this contract is worded as not to offend. The young lady politely agreed with me and said she would have someone else call later.

The next day the Doctors wife called and started right off with “what is your problem?” she was very, very nasty and said I needed to stop calling their office to “bitch” about the way they do business, I kept my cool and told her to hold on a minuet, I have NOT called their office it was their office that kept calling me trying to get me to sign their contract.
She then went right into (with broken English) “well then you need to keep your wife out of your business” this is when our discussion turned sour, my wife as has never been in my business other than calling in the past for refills.

The Doctors wife, I think her name was Sue, just kept rambling on things that made no sense at all, throwing out several curse words and accusing me of doing things I shouldn’t be doing if I was “afraid” to sign their contract.

She then said I had an appointment coming up on the 30th of the month and if I came in the office and even mentioned “pain” I would be escorted out of their office. Then she asked if I wanted to keep the appointment because she didn’t need my business.

I told her that the way she just handled this situation I wanted to cancel that appointment and would promptly look for another Doctor, in which she replied “good we don’t want your kind here” and she went on to say if I did choose another Doctor she would be sure to charge me for any records that they had to forward to the new doctor.

There are many things I have left out of our conversation as to not totally embarrass the Doctor and his wife as he may not even know about her conversation with me.

I will urge everyone NOT to sign that contract, no doctor has the right to submit you to a random drug test to treat you, all Dr’s take an oath to keep you from pain. This is clearly a violation of the oath and a violation of your rights.

You’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything!


My son just went to the post office and brought home a letter from Dr Whittaker.
it says.

Effective July 18, 2009 we are unable to continue to serve you as a patient of this practice due to patient/doctor conflict of interest which we can not seem to resolve.
we will gladly see you for acute visits only up to July 18, 2009.

LOL DUH! I already fired you Doc.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Super Walmart in Onley

Boy this will put a dent in Pocomokes Wal*Mart.
I'm glad to finally see it happen, if you look around in pocomoke Wal*Mart parking lot there are as many if not more Virginia cars as it is Maryland.

This will greatly benefit those that drive 35-40 miles and more to shop at the Pocomoke store.
It's long overdue for the Virginia locals.

The bid process for construction of a Super Walmart in Onley is underway.Larry Forbes, director of economic development in Accomack, said Wednesday that work could begin at the site along Lankford Highway in a month.The company invited four contractors, the ones that usually build the mega-stores, to bid on the project this week. Forbes said Walmart gives the businesses two weeks to present their proposals, generally awards the contract in the third week and construction begins in the fourth.Forbes distributes flash drives with the names of more than 400 local companies whenever a company shows an interest in the county. Those businesses will likely compete for subcontracting jobs at the site, he said.There was a delay in the schedule earlier this year when the discount chain enlarged the grocery section of the store.

WTH: For Today

Los Angeles marijuana store robbed of pot, cash

Robbers in ski masks got away with pot and cash in a stickup at a Los Angeles medical marijuana store.

Police spokesman Richard French says three gunmen held up the Gourmet Green Room dispensary shortly before 11 p.m. Thursday.

The robbers took about $15,000 in cash and an undisclosed amount of marijuana and fled in a silver Cadillac driven by a fourth man.

Authorities say customers were in the store at the time but nobody was hurt.
Investigators are trying to determine if the crime is linked to a similar holdup at a medical marijuana facility in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley.

"the Gourmet Green Room" Now That's Funny!!

Sharpton seeks help in Ariz. sheriff's abuse probe

Al Sharpton is a sick individual.
This Arizona Sheriff, 'Joe Arpaio' is a hero, if we had more law enforcement officials like Sheriff Joe are country would be in much better shape.
California could maybe build schools fast enough if they had a Sheriff Joe.

Emergency rooms wouldn't be packed full across the nation if we had more Sheriff Joe's.

We wouldn't be paying astronomical medical bills to make-up for the non payments of illegal aliens if we had more Sheriff Joe's

Our uninsured motorist insurance would be reasonable or non-existent if we had more Sheriff Joe's

The list is endless of the money we spend on illegal aliens not to mention the crime rate.

We need more Sheriff Joe's Mr Sharpton and wouldn't you say if there is any "profiling" going on it's Al Sharpton doing it?

Thank You Sheriff Joe, Keep Up The Great Work

PHOENIX -The Rev. Al Sharpton called Friday for opponents of an Arizona sheriff who has aggressively cracked down on illegal immigration to videotape alleged racial profiling by the sheriff's office.

The civil rights leader said the videos will help the U.S. Department of Justice in an investigation of alleged civil rights abuses by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office. Sharpton was scheduled to meet with Arpaio later Friday.

"We're gonna start some freedom rides around this county, to show how people of a certain skin color are treated different than other people," Sharpton told a crowd of several hundred people at the Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Phoenix.

The meeting Friday joins two figures known for outsized egos and media antics, but Sharpton said the meeting had a serious message. In April, Sharpton called for Arpaio to resign or be removed from office.

"I will not fly all the way across country to engage in the personality of Sheriff Joe," Sharpton said. "But I will fly anywhere to protect the rights of Citizen Jose and Citizen Jamal."

Critics said sheriff's deputies have racially profiled people during immigration and crime sweeps in some Latino areas in metropolitan Phoenix.

Arpaio had said people pulled over in the sweeps were approached because deputies had probable cause to believe they had committed crimes.

The sheriff has taken a hard line against illegal immigration and strongly enforces Arizona's employer-sanctions law, which punishes businesses that knowingly hire illegal immigrants. He worked with Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas to use the state's human-smuggling law to charge illegal immigrants for conspiring to smuggle themselves into the state.

The sheriff has publicly clashed with other local law enforcement who said Arpaio was damaging a delicate relationship between the police and the Hispanic community.

First Car Made In Detroit by Government Motors

Thursday, June 18, 2009

NASA Max Launch Abort System

The Max Launch Abort System launch which had been scheduled for June 20 from Wallops Flight Facility, has been moved to Monday, June 22. The launch window opens at 5:45 a.m.

The unpiloted test is part of an effort to design a system for safely propelling future spacecraft and crews away from hazards on the launch pad or during the climb to orbit. This system was developed as an alternative to the launch abort system chosen for NASA’s Orion crew capsule. Orion, part of a new spacecraft system being developed by NASA’s Constellation Program, is undergoing design reviews in preparation for flying humans to the International Space Station in 2015 and, later, to the moon.

The Max Launch Abort System is being tested to provide experience in flight testing a spacecraft to NASA’s Engineering and Safety Center, which leads the project from NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton. The 33-foot-high launch vehicle will travel to an altitude of approximately one mile to simulate an emergency on the launch pad. A full-scale mockup of the crew module will separate from the launch vehicle and parachute into the Atlantic Ocean.

Would You Call This Obaminoes?

Students at a Westfield, Mass., school have completed a two-month project to build a mural
of President Barack Obama from 24,000 dominoes.

The Franklin Avenue Elementary School students, working in tandem with Westfield State College mathematicians, said the "Obaminoes" mural was created to honor the nation's 44th president -- and to learn a bit about linear programming math, WWLP-TV, Springfield, Ma., reported Wednesday.

"We were the only elementary school to do this and to have a piece of artwork of our 44th president, the only African American president. It means a lot," said Marissa Costa, fifth-grader and one of the hundreds of students who contributed to "Obaminoes."

Mayor Breaks Up Fight, Calls Kid 'Fatso'

No, it wasn't here in Pocomoke.

Online video shows an Ohio mayor who was biking through a city park step into a fight to break it up, yelling at the teens and calling one a "fatso."
A video posted on YouTube shows 70-year-old Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner wading into the midst of about 20 young people.

He is heard yelling, "Come here, fatso" and "Tubby, get your butt out of here."
The mayor's spokeswoman says Finkbeiner was alone in late May, saw the highly charged situation and took action to stop it.
It's not the first time Finkbeiner has stepped in to keep the peace.
He once chased down a motorist who had driven through a red light and gave the driver a citizen's complaint.

WTH: For Today

Man Ticketed 170 Times for 'Nothing'

Tom Feddor racked up 170 parking ticket notices in the last two years -- but his car was not even present at the scenes of the alleged infractions.

Feddor is not a rogue city driver. He's the holder of a unique license plate number that became the target of a Chicago Department of Revenue glitch, the Chicago Tribune reported.

It turns out parking attendants had been using the number 0 as a test case for new electronic ticketing devices. They had no idea that 0 was an actual assigned plate number nor that it belonged to Feddor and that he was receiving the phony tickets.

Low license plate numbers are typically reserved for state VIPs, but Feddor's 0 plate is a family heirloom. The plate number has been in the Feddor family for almost 40 years, originally assigned to Feddor's grandfather in 1971 for special service to then-Illinois Secretary of State John Lewis.

When the deluge of parking tickets began, Feddor assumed an Illinois higher-up had launched a campaign to get his plate number. But when judges advised him to change his plates as the mistaken tickets began piling up, Feddor was not interested. According to the Tribune, the 39-year-old realtor enjoys having a lower plate number than the governor.

The city is taking measures to ensure registered plate numbers are no longer used for test cases. Feddor will receive refunds on any mistaken tickets he has already paid.

Accused Principal Arrested Again on New Child Sex Charges

What the sam-hill is wrong with people today?
A principal that was recently discovered to have sexually assaulted a 14 year old student has now been found to have sexually assaulted another, this one a 13 year old student.

Personally I don't know how the parents restrain themselves against these disgusting deviants that shouldn't be classified as human. If I were the parent of one of these children I really don't know what i would do had my child been molested by such a vile waste of air. What even makes it worse as if it could be worse is that these children entrusted and had to interact with this person on a daily basis.

CENTREVILLE, Md. - Maryland State Police say a school principal charged with having sexual relations with a 14-year-old turned himself in on Thursday after learning of new charges involving having sexual relations with a 13-year-old.

According to investigators, Lowell S. Litten, Jr., 39, of Sudlersville, Md. turned himself to police at the Centreville Barrack around 1 p.m. on Thursday.

He is currently being held at the Queen Anne's County Detention Center. Litten now faces up to 45 years imprisonment for the offenses arising from Queen Anne's County. In Queen Anne's County, Litten is now charged with second-degree attempted sex offense, second-degree sex offense and sex abuse of a minor in connection with a 13-year-old female. If convicted, Litten now faces up to 45 years imprisonment for the second offense.

MSP say they started the investigation on Monday evening, when police at the Centreville Barrack received a complaint of possible inappropriate sexual relations involving a 14-year-old in Kent County.

According to detectives, information received revealed an ongoing and inappropriate sexual relationship between Litten and the juvenile victim. Police also say they learned that Litten is employed as the principal of Eastern Shore Junior Academy in Sudlersville. Previously, he was employed at the John Nevins Andrews School in Takoma Park, authorities say.

State Police and the Kent County State's Attorney investigated the case and executed an arrest warrant the same day. Litten was then charged on three counts of illegal sexual conduct. He was held at the Kent County Detention Center and then later released on a $25,000 bond that evening.

According to authorities, on Tuesday, an additional juvenile victim, from Queen Anne's County, came forth. Police say one of her relatives contacted state police to report the crime.


Berlin Man Chosen to Fly U.S. Air Force Drones

What an honor it must be for young man Greg Groves, 21, of Berlin, it is an honor for our for out little piece of the Contry. Greg has been chosen from what TDT says was just a handful of young pilots from across the nation to fly a growing fleet of unmanned aircraft for the U.S. Air Force.

Groves started his training in Colorado this week.

His father, Joe, said Greg will be flying the planes by remote control, often a half-a-world away in Nevada.

"He'll be flying that plane and not necessarily be in it," he said. "From a parent's perspective, he's a lot safer sitting somewhere else than actually sitting in that plane."

Greg will be flying planes like the Air Force's Predator and Reaper drones, which fly daily missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Each costs millions of dollars and are often armed with missiles and bombs.

Pilot Brian Seeba, who flies small planes locally, but has never flown an unmanned aircraft, said he believes young pilots might be better-suited to flying the planes.

"I think the younger people will have the advantage there with video games. With the exposure they've had to video games and the aptitude there," he said.

Joe Groves said CNN will be featuring a special documentary on the future of unmanned aircraft in August of which his son was interviewed.

Although the first paragraph is a bit confusing to me that Greg has been chosen to "fly" an "unmaned" craft maybe someone can explain that to me.

OAK HALL -- At large: Suspect wanted in kidnapping, robbery

Two suspects have been arrested and a third remains at large in the June 9 kidnapping and armed robbery of an acquaintance.

Martese J. Creekmore, 18, of New Church and Demetrick D. Downing, 22, of Temper-anceville, were arrested June 11 on charges of robbery, abduction and grand larceny of a vehicle. Both remain incarcerated in Accomack County Jail with bond denied.

The third suspect, Richard Lebryant "Spiderman" Copes, 29, of Withams, remained at large at press time. Copes is described as a black male, about 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing 230 pounds.

Felony arrest warrants have been obtained by the Sheriff's Office charging Copes with robbery, abduction, grand larceny of a vehicle and two counts of use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

Copes also has been entered into the Virginia Criminal Information Network and the National Crime Information Center as a wanted person.

Accomack County Sheriff Larry Giddens reported his office received a report about 1:30 last Tuesday afternoon that a man had been abducted and robbed at gunpoint in Oak Hall.

Further investigation revealed that the three suspects were acquainted with the victim, who was not injured in the incident. The suspects took an undisclosed sum of cash and the victim's vehicle outside an Oak Hall bank, where the victim escaped from his captors.

The vehicle later was found abandoned nearby.

Anyone with information concerning Copes' whereabouts is asked to contact the Accomack County Sheriff's Office at 757-787-1131 or 757-824-5666.

Source: The Daily Times

POCOMOKE CITY Two awarded ROTC bronze medals

The General Levin Winder Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently awarded ROTC bronze medals to graduating students in Junior ROTC programs at Worcester County high schools.

The DAR has awarded ROTC medals since 1967 because the ROTC is an important source of trained officers for our armed forces.

Recipients must have demonstrated loyalty and patriotism, and earned a record of military and scholastic achievement during their participation in an ROTC program.

Local recipients were senior Bryanna Hall, Pocomoke High School and William Bowen, Snow Hill High School. The General Levin Winder Chapter also presented each medal recipient with a $50 United States Savings Bond.

Does Your Company Provide You a Work cell Phone?

If they do be prepared to pay tax on your company provided phone.

The Internal Revenue Service proposed employers assign 25 percent of an employee's annual phone expenses as a taxable benefit. Under that scenario, a worker in the 28 percent tax bracket, whose wireless device costs the company $1,500 a year, could see $105 in additional federal income tax.

The IRS, in a notice issued this week, said employees could avoid tax liability if they showed proof they used personal cell phones for nonbusiness calls during work hours. The agency also could decide on a set number of phone minutes as "minimal personal use" that would be untaxed.

In a third option proposed by the IRS, employers could use a statistical sampling to determine what portion of workers' cell phone use is personal and how much is work-related. Workers would be taxed on the difference.

The IRS move, which is spurring efforts by the wireless industry and others to kill the idea, would mark a stricter enforcement of an existing rule that classifies employer-provided cell phones as a taxable benefit, rather than a 24-hour-a-day work tool.

Under a 1989 law, workers who use company-provided mobile phones for personal calls are supposed to count the value of those calls as income and pay federal income taxes accordingly.
But businesses and workers have long ignored the requirement, prompting the IRS to consider steps the agency said would make it easier for businesses and workers to comply.

Now The Shoe Is On The Other Foot

the libs are going nuts over the letterman thing huh?the liberal left has be trying to stifle the right wing talkers for years, now that the shoe is on the other foot and they are getting a taste of their own medicine they are going berserk.Gotta love it, do as I say not as I do. What's the word I'm looking for? hmmm?

Yesterday, 15 people gathered outside the Ed Sullivan theater to call for the firing of David Letterman. The long anticipated rally, created to protest a joke David Letterman made about Sarah Palin's daughter, turned out to be a dud despite mountains of media attention. On Monday, Letterman apologized to Palin and she accepted, which rendered the feud obsolete. Apparently 15 people didn't get the message.

Last night, Letterman responded to these critics the best way he knows how: mockery. He had writer Joe Grossman wander out on stage looking for the protest, then did a top ten list of things overheard there. He graciously kept the list self-deprecating, joking that CBS had catered the affair, that his old friend Regis attended, and that his hair looks like a toupee.


Hussein Calls For Summer Of Service

Although I agree with helping out wherever possible I don't believe in being forced to unless there are certain circumstances.
Now this video and article does not mention that anyone will be forced into community service hussein has said in the past that he will implement a mandatory volunteer program for every citizen to complete a minimum number of hours per year, every year.

This could very easily be solved without "every citizen" being required to do community service. Look at the people on welfare and unemployment, if he wants to mandate volunteer service start there, you want welfare? work for it, you get unemployment? How about a few hours per week as a volunteer that could lead to a new job? It should definitely be mandatory for welfare recipients to do community service for the complete time they receive benefits.

I like
THIS service and I am going to submit an idea that I have had for some time now, my idea would be great for the youth of Pocomoke and help clean up the corners and hopefully change the ways of some of our young. If I can save just one it would be justified.

Obama Calls For Summer Of Service

If you would like to get involved or find a group near you or even if you have a good idea to start your own service check out HERE

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The States Are Fighting back

Hopefully more States will follow suit and tell the fed to shove it.
I'm so glad that some of the people have had enough and are taking their rights back from the federal nanny government.
The liberal democrats will soon learn that their ways of my way or the highway do as I say not as i do will not be tolerated much longer the "gun tote'n Bible thumpers" and the "regular people" are going to prevail.

Montana Gun Law Challenges Federal Powers

A new Montana gun law puts the state at the forefront of a national bid to restore states' rights by attacking up to a century of federal court decisions on Washington's power.

Two other states - Alaska and Texas - have had favorable votes on laws similar to Montana's, declaring that guns that stay within the state are none of the feds' business. More than a dozen others are considering such laws, and more-general declarations of state sovereignty have been introduced this year in more than 30 legislatures.

The federal courts may not respond well to these laws in the short term, but backers who acknowledge this say that regardless, they intend for the laws to change the political landscape in the long term. They hope these state laws will undercut the legitimacy of contrary federal law - as has happened with medicinal marijuana - and even push federal courts to bend with the popular wind.

"What's going on is that people all over the country have decided, 'Enough is enough,' " said Kevin Gutzman, a professor at Western Connecticut State University and the author of "Who Killed the Constitution?" "This is supposed to be a federal system, but instead Congress seems to think it can legislate anything it wants."

In May, Montana became the first state to approve the Firearms Freedom Act, which declares that guns manufactured and sold in the Big Sky State to buyers who plan to keep the weapons within the state are exempt from federal gun regulations.

According to the act's supporters, if guns bearing a "Made in Montana" stamp remain in Montana, then federal rules such as background checks, registration and dealer licensing no longer apply. But court cases have interpreted the U.S. Constitution's Interstate Commerce Clause as covering anything that might affect interstate commerce - which in practice means just about anything.

So if this law sounds ripe for a court challenge, well, that's the idea, said Gary Marbut, president of the Montana Sports Shooting Association, the state's largest pro-gun group.

"The Interstate Commerce Clause has grown and grown until the government asserts authority over everything under the sun," said Mr. Marbut, who wrote the original firearms legislation. "How much water you have in your toilet. Almost all environmental laws. Maybe one-third of all federal regulations are asserted under the Commerce Clause."

Even if the Montana law, or similar bills already being pushed in other states, don't produce a blockbuster decision overturning a century's worth of economic rulings, supporters hope it will change political conversation and make federal intrusion on state matters politically unpalatable.

The federal government, said Mr. Marbut, "is a creation of the states, and the states need to get their creation on a leash."

In that sense, the law is only nominally about guns. "Guns are the object, but states' rights are the subject," he said.

Even so, gun-control groups have blasted the law. Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, called it "wrong from the constitutional side and wrong from the policy side."

But it's catching on with state legislatures. Five states have introduced their own versions of the law, while lawmakers in a dozen more are considering it.

In Alaska, the state House approved the Alaska Firearms Freedom Act by a vote of 32-7, but the Legislature adjourned before the bill could reach the Senate. In Texas, a similar bill sponsored by state Rep. Leo Berman won approval in the Public Safety Committee on a 5-0 vote, but failed to reach the floor before adjournment on June 1.

The three other states to see bills introduced were Minnesota, South Carolina and Tennessee. Lawmakers in Georgia, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Kansas, Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho and Washington are considering an in-state gun law of this sort.

Passing the Montana law was just the first step. Supporters are now working to ignite the legal battle by choosing a manufacturer willing to construct a "Made in Montana" line of guns, then contacting the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to see whether the firearms can be sold without dealer licensing.

If the bureau declares such sales illegal, backers say they plan to pull the trigger on the lawsuit.

That's when the entire enterprise threatens to collapse. Even supporters say it's a long shot that a federal court will overturn a century of legal history to rein in the Interstate Commerce Clause.

The Rehnquist court issued two decisions that limited congressional power under the Commerce Clause, though both decisions concerned law-enforcement matters.

The 1995 U.S. v. Lopez ruling struck down the Gun-Free School Zones Act, which made it a federal crime to have a gun near a school, and the Violence Against Women Act was nixed in the 2000 case of U.S. v. Morrison. The court decided that neither school crime nor sex-based violence qualified as interstate commerce.

But the "local only" approach hasn't been as successful.

As far back as 1905 (Swift v. U.S.), the Supreme Court upheld federal regulations of meat dealers who bought and sold locally as permitted by the Interstate Commerce Clause. In Wickard v. Filburn in 1942, the justices ruled that even wheat that never left the farm - the farmer fed his cattle with it - affected the interstate wheat trade and thus was subject to federal regulation - in that case, production quotas.

One design flaw with the Montana Firearms Freedom Act is its focus on firearms, said Mr. Helmke, of the Brady Campaign. There aren't that many federal laws regulating guns, apart from those requiring dealer licensing, banning machine guns and prohibiting felons from buying firearms, he said.

Mr. Helmke added that the courts were unlikely to side with Montana, describing the Interstate Commerce Clause as "settled federal law."

"In effect, Montana's trying to turn back the clock to pre-New Deal times, or even pre-Civil War times," Mr. Helmke said.

That may be true, but Mr. Marbut thinks public opinion in favor of such a change is growing. He pointed to the popularity of state sovereignty laws, which have been introduced this year in more than 30 states. And where the public goes, the judiciary often follows.

"The courts do pay attention to something they call 'emerging consensus.' It means the natives are getting more than restless," he said. "Hopefully, because there are so many clones of the Montana Firearms Freedom Act being introduced in other states, the courts will recognize this as an emerging consensus."

Judge: Dirty Bomber Padilla Can Sue Over Alleged Torture

Is this wonderful or what?
Now our enemies can sue us for alleged enhanced interrogations in a time of war or terror. What are we becoming?

SAN FRANCISCO – A man serving a 17-year prison sentence for terrorist activities has been given the green light to sue a former US government lawyer who wrote memos that allegedly led to his torture, US media reports said Sunday.

Jose Padilla, a US citizen arrested in 2002 for an alleged "dirty bomb" plot only to have the charges dropped three years later, was jailed in January 2008 for separate charges of providing support to the Al-Qaeda terror network.

Lawyers for Padilla have filed a lawsuit against John Yoo, a former lawyer in the George W. Bush administration, arguing that he was responsible for crafting the legal memos which led to his detention and harsh interrogation.

Padilla, who was held in solitary confinement as an "enemy combatant" for more than three years at a US Navy installation in Charleston, South Carolina, alleges he was tortured.

Padilla's lawsuit, which demands Yoo be held accountable for his treatment, alleges he suffered "gross physical and psychological abuse at the hands of federal officials as part of a systematic program of abusive interrogation intended to break down Mr Padilla's humanity and his will to live."

Yoo, part of Bush's war council and deputy attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel from 2001 to 2003, wrote several memorandums endorsing harsh treatment.

Yoo has argued that the suit should be dismissed because it has not been established that Padilla's treatment was unconstitutional.

However San Francisco Federal Court Judge Jeffrey White, who was appointed by Bush, said in a written ruling released late Friday that Padilla's case can proceed.

White found Padilla "has alleged sufficient facts to satisfy the requirement that Yoo set in motion a series of events that resulted in the deprivation of Padilla's constitutional rights."

Tahlia Townsend, a member of Padilla's legal team, described the ruling as a "a significant victory for American values, government accountability and our system of checks and balances."

Padilla and his mother, Estela Lebron, are seeking one dollar in damages and a declaration by the court that his treatment was unconstitutional.

Yoo, who is being represented by the Justice Department, so far has declined to comment on the case.

Padilla, 38, dubbed the "Puerto Rican Taliban," was arrested in May 2002 at Chicago's O'Hare airport after returning from Egypt and was taken to a US Navy prison in South Carolina.

At his 2007 trial, prosecutors said the former Chicago gang member and Muslim convert traveled abroad to train as a "jihad" fighter, and had asked to receive "violent jihad training" while in Afghanistan in July 2000.

US authorities justified his detention without charge, saying he was an "enemy combatant" who allegedly planned to explode a radioactive bomb in the country.

But when he was transferred to the civilian justice system after three-and-a-half years in military detention, the indictment made no mention of the so-called "dirty bomb" plot.

During the trial, his defense team claimed Padilla had been tortured while in military detention and that the alleged ill-treatment left him unable to participate in his own defense.

Will People Ever Come Together and Say Enough is Enough?

RE; My previous post on Are There Any Doctors that Actually will Listen? CLICK HERE

Why do people just sit back and put up with these types of controlling events to happen? Well not me and I will do all i can to have this kind of thing abolished, it's comes down to one and only one thing. Nanny government control of our personal lives.

The document mentioned in the article linked above can very easily be re-worded and I would gladly sign it and encourage everyone else to do so also. If they would simply ask that the patient purchase their medication at a single pharmacy and that under penalty of law that the patient not distribute their medication to anyone other than themselves and/or attempt to acquire more of the same medication from any other physician.

The problem lies in that nanny government our the physician himself does not trust that their patient and feels the need to an invasion of privacy. Privacy is something that all physicians are supposed to hold at the very highest standard.

This is only a step in the direction of nanny government inflicting their power in the private medical practice. I could rant on and on forever about what this simple "contract" between the patient and Doctor requiring the patient to sign this "contract" so as to subject a patient to a random piss test anytime the government, the insurance company, or the Doctor so desires. The big question is why?

Look at the people on welfare. I think before the government starts worrying about if a sick person is actually taking their medicine how about checking welfare recipients via random piss test to see if they are using drugs? OR even alcohol for that matter.

So the next time you at the Doctor and they bring out the contract please make sure you read it. If it requires you to be subjected to a random piss test... refuse to sign it until it's re-worded.

My guess is that y'all think I'm nuts for not being able to have my pain medication prescribed because of a paragraph in a "contract" and I may very well be, but I'm standing up for you and your children with or without the help of others. Oh I'm going to be hurting in a few days but I will do everything in my power to have this violation of your privacy re-worded or dismissed all together.

I hope you're with me. Today it's a nanny government piss test contract for medication, tomorrow it's a piss test to see if your cholesterol is ok so you can buy a cheese burger.

Enough is enough.

Slow Today

Hello folks, I'm doing my best to post some decent news today but I'm not having much luck.
many of the sites and sources I use will not respond and I'm having trouble with all internet connections.
My guess is that because it's Pocomokes first day of summer for the school children that they are burning up the lines and I can't say I blame them.

Enjoy your days of summer kids and if you have anything of interest or events please send me a line and I'll be sure to post it.

As soon as the internet starts cooperating I'll be getting some good stories up and out.

New Hydrogen Car is Eco-Friendly

Here it comes folks, the future is here.
I'm all for a replacement fuel, not an "alternate fuel" that the liberal government keeps preaching. There's no such thing as an "alternative fuel" if you think about it.
Now soon these little tiny things will be everywhere in the mix with those of us that are Dino's that simply refuse to give up safety for fuel mileage and don't buy into the the liberal theory that the world is coming to an end because we use Dino fuel.
What's going to happen when I decide to be courteous and back my big truck up on the corner to let someone turn in on the street I'm at the corner of and one of these things are on my bumper? I can tell you, I'll run over it and never know it was there, or how about if someone driving one of those baby buggies pulls out in front of a Chevy suburban running 60 down the highway, it sure wont be pretty.

So lets save the oil and cause the price of Dino crude to skyrocket and kill millions driving these baby buggies for the sake of drilling here in the USA where we have enough oil to supply us for many thousands of years.

The first hydrogen-powered car launches and will allow drivers to travel with a conscience and save money.
Embedded video from CNN Video

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Are There Any Doctors that Actually will Listen?

I have been having ongoing health problems, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and few other things that are fairly normal in today's high paced high fat world.
I have been diagnosed with a couple of strokes, and several TIA's (mini strokes) 'they think' what I don't get is "they think"

I have had endless cat scans, sonograms, x-rays, blood work etc. etc. etc. it's still "they think".

Well the worst part is I have severe pain, I have been sent to a number of neurologist and neurosurgeons for this. I finally found a good neurologist in Berlin, Dr Yonkers, I really like her, she at least found some of the problems that cause me such pain. Now she is a great Dr but she is also limited in what she can do after a diagnosis so she has to refer me to others that again... "they think" this has been going on for a number of years.

Just over two years ago "they thought" so long that I'm now disabled do to severe pain and "they think" a couple of strokes.

I have also found a PA I really like and she wants to help so bad but again, she's a PA so she can only do so much because she has to listen to her boss, the Dr that "thinks"

Now to the meat of the subject. Why do I say and title this post "Are There Any Doctors that Actually will Listen?"

Because they wont, not one Dr I have ever been to since I have started having problems will listen when I say I am very tolerant to drugs, ALL drugs. VERY tolerant.
I explain that I have had a couple operations that required Anesthesia and the Anesthesiologist actually became upset because they had other appointments and I would not respond to the medicine, I would not go under and I was making them late for their next victim.

In one case the paralyzing drug took affect and the Anesthesia DID NOT and I could not move, blink, or talk to tell them I could feel everything they were doing while they were slicing and dicing, I think I passed out in shock during that operation.

Now what I mean about this whole thing is after I tell every Doctor this they go to a book and look at the medicines that they think I need to try and they always start with the lowest dose, again after I have stated it wont work. I have gone as far as telling the doctor to look in the book for the highest dose, double that, then lets see what happens. They wont listen.

Here's an example for those of you that take or have taken for example strong pain medicine. lets use vicodin, they moved me up to 750/7.5 vicodin the strongest you can get by law. I can take 4 of those at once with absolutely zero effect.
After finally convincing them that the vicodin was equal to taking M&M's candy they finally moved me up to Oxycontin, the lowest does again. That did absolutely nothing.
Then they told me take the Oxycontin and wait a couple hours and take a vicodin.

Ok, I followed those directions and again, refer back to the M&M's comment.

I was then sent to a pain management specialist, what a piece of work she was. I explained everything I could remember and gave her a list of my medication and results of what they "think" is causing my pain. Now believe it or not this pain management specialist said to me and I quote, "If you came to me for medicine to help with pain you're in the wrong place, I could care less about your pain"

I know what you're thinking right now but that's the truth, I was stunned and started to walk out but the wife was with me and convinced me to stay and listen to what she had to say. By the way, that quack that calls herself a pain management specialist is Dr. Jafferys in Salisbury. She told me I would be doing physical therapy under her care and would never be medicated for the pain.

Ok again, I complied with Jeffery's orders and went to therapy and even the therapist thought Jeffery's must be nuts, they put some hot towels on my neck and back and said they wouldn't do any more until I had a positive diagnoses as it could cause more damage.

Now back to the Dr today because I've been getting sick and things are just falling apart and getting worse, I cannot do any regular life chores NONE if you get my drift. At this point I have no life outside being able to type on this stupid computer and that's even a chore because I also have glaucoma and my chair does not hurt me to set for a short period of time.

Trying to explain to my favorite PA (I wish she was a doctor) that there is really no way to describe my pain and that unless I can get the strongest pain meds to even help ease the pain is fruitless, I really think she understands and does her best but the Dr is another story, he's only going to write a prescription that he "thinks" (there's that word again) will work because it works on 99.9% of other folks.

So today I come home with a lower dose from what I previously had and will be expected from the Dr that they will last as long as the prescription before. Look, when you hurt like I do I could care less if the bottle says take every 6 hours or not, I'm going to take them when I hurt, I have too, this is not a toothache. Sure I wait as long as I can before the next dose and then some because I know I'll run out to soon and will not have anything to curve the pain and government has made sure that you wont get a refill if you do run out a day or even an hour early.

Now this gets me to the other subject. Today I was presented with a new "contract" now I'm familiar with these contracts that you have to sign that says you wont sell these medications and that you must use one and only one pharmacy for the purchase and refills of narcotic pain medications to help deter fraud. I have no problem with that.

What I do have a problem with is the new "contract" has an added clause, the patient and/or receiver of the prescription will now be subject to a random piss test by the Dr. or his office. I assume this is for a few reasons.

1) to make sure the patient is taking the prescription and not selling it.

2) that the patient is not using any other illegal drugs.

3) that the patient is taking this drug as prescribed.

4) that the patient is not taking another prescribed narcotic possibly from another doctor.

5) Liberal democrats don't think we have enough personal responsibility and have a need to control every aspect of our lives.

6) use your imagination.

I REFUSE to sign such a contract as it is completely and totally unconstitutional, it's a violation of our rights and imposes on personal life.+

So, at this point I guess not only has my pain medications that is almost non affective the dosage has been lowered by a Dr that's to busy to look back at his notes I will not be able to even receive any when this prescription run dry.

That's my rant for today, looks like I'll be strapping myself down in a couple of weeks while my body goes berserk from uncontrollable pain.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Eastern Shore Robotics visits Cypress Festival

Eastern Shore Robotics, FRC Team 1829, led by Chris Thompson, Chip Choquette, and Patti and Todd Winfield, visited the Cypress Festival on Saturday. Eastern Shore Robotics started as a team at Arcadia High School, and then Eastern Shore Robotics took over, thanks to the supervision and time given to Chris Thompson of SCSC (Surface Combat Systems Center). The main goal of ESR is to spread out around the shore gaining awareness in engineering and technology. They had the robot on location and also doing demonstrations throughout the day beside of their booth. The robot is made of a material called Carbon Fiber. Carbon Fiber was picked because of it's lightweight and duriability. Demonstrations showed just how the robot worked, and gave the kids at the festival a little fun, and freak out the people at the food stands. They were able to see exactly how it worked, and got to play witht the balls that it shot out. The robot was made for FRC's game called LUNACY. LUNACY is played on a 54' x 27' low friction field. Robots are equipped with slippery wheels and payload trailers. LUNACY game pieces are “Orbit Balls” designated as Moon Rocks, Empty Cells, or Super Cells. Two three-team robot alliances collect and score Orbit Balls in trailers attached to the opposing teams’ robots. Human players are positioned around the perimeter of the arena and can score from their stations. The team won the XEROX Creativity Award for the design of the robot as well as the Regional Engeneering Inspiration Award which allowed the team to go from the NASA/VCU Regional competition in Richmond, VA (March 19-21) to the World Competition in Atlanta, GA (April 16-18)

ESR is currently trying to start a LEGO League (Middle School, age 9-14) to gain awareness in more than just high school students, and to prepare people for the FIRST Robotics Comeptition.

If you would like to help out Eastern Shore Robotics, please visit to learn how to help.

Having trouble with the digital switchover?

Getting ready for the digital switchover we got and installed cable boxes, I know we didn't need them being on cable but as I said in a previous post you will get more channels with a cable box.

But here's the deal, if you have any of the old connectors or splitters in-line you MUST replace those with digital satellite splitters/connectors.

You can tell by connecting a TV to the single main line coming into the house, check and compare the channels you receive on a TV connected directly to the main line that has no connections to any TV's that are added to that line by any connectors.

I got my satellite splitters at radio shack here in Pocomoke, Kenny knows just what you will need, they are heavy splitters with rubber waterproof connectors and they are the splitters that they use when installing their satellite systems.

They are not on the shelf and you have to ask for them, it was hard for me to believe there was a difference in the way a splitter works but trust me, there is.

I also picked-up a digital amplifier at wal*mart that helped greatly for 30 bucks. Be careful of the amplifiers because they still have the old ones for simple cable, the amp MUST be for digital signal, I believe it also works with cable internet service if you get the right amp, the old style amp will kill the signal so if you have one in-line now take it out.

Hope this helps with the new digital to get the most from the change.

Below is what you will need if you have more than one TV. Trust me, you might think your new digital signal is working OK and you may well be right, but if you are using cable boxes I can almost garantee you that you will recieve more channles if you use these items. If not you can always return them to the store.

This is the splitter, notice how heavy it is made compared to the standard cable splitters.

This is the amplifier, note the wording on it. This is a MUST, you cannot use the old style amp.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Happy Birthday US Army

Today, June 14th is the birthday of the United States Army. Founded by an act of the Continental Congress on the 14th day of June 1775 the US Army actually is over one year older than the United States itself. The first battles of the revolutionary War were fought in April, 1775 and just two months later the US Army was born.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Onley VA; Salvation Army hosting barbecue, yard sale fundraiser

The Salvation Army's Accomack County Service Unit provides funds to families in emergency situations all year. Its major fundraising campaign is the Red Kettle drive during the Christmas holidays, but due the increase of requests, the unit will be conducting additional fundraising activities.

The Service Unit will be hosting a fundraising project on Saturday, June 20, in front of Edwards Seafood in Onley. It will be selling barbecue chicken dinners, which includes chicken, potato salad, green beans, a roll and drink for $7. Dinners will be sold from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is eat-in or takeout.

There will also be a yard sale at the same location starting at 8 a.m. Individuals or groups can rent a space for $10. Vendors must provide their own tables for set up. To donate items to Salvation Army yard sales, contact Mary Waldron at 757-787-3420, Julia Spickofsky at 757-302-9077 or Jesse Poulson at 757-787-1311.

To reserve a space for the yard sale and/or to order dinners, call Earline Washington at 757-787-8321 or Brenda Holden at 757-787-8590. All proceeds will be used for the Salvation Army County Service Unit's Emergency Services Program.

Local Virginia Youth Sports Activity Schedules

Swim lessons offered at Captain's Cove
Captain's Cove Golf and Yacht Club will offer swim lessons for ages 4-15 at its Town Center Pool.

Registration and a swim test will be conducted on June 19 from 2 to 5 p.m.

The class dates are June 22-26 from beginners and June 29 to July 3 for advanced. Swim times are 4:45 to 5:45 p.m.for ages 4-8 and 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. for ages 9-15.

Call Jimmy Coulbourne at 757-824-5478, ext.216 for more information

Registration open for youth soccer
CHINCOTEAGUE -- Youth Fall soccer registration is open through Aug. 7.

Girls and boys, ages 4-to-13 are welcome to enroll.

Games are played every Saturday from September to November at the Chincoteague High School fields.

There are two ways to register. Pick up a player form at either H&H Pharmacy location or visit the youth soccer league at

For more information, call Ricky Stanfield at 757-990-9770.


Entries open for youth football
ACCOMAC -- The Accomack County Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting registrations for its Youth Football League. Eligible ages are 7-10 and 11-13.

Practice will begin in August and games will start in September.

Call 757-787-3900 or 757-824-0314.


Youth football clinic lined up
ONLEY -- The Accomack County Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a youth football clinic that will be conducted by T.J. and Todd Washington, Coach Tony Washington, and others beginning Friday, June 26, with registration at the Parks and Recreation office and a full-day clinic on Saturday, June 27.

The clinic will conclude on Sunday, June 28, with a rap up session and picnic for the presenters, participants and their family. This clinic will be held on the grounds of the Nandua High School.

Those interested can register early at the Parks and Recreation office, Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. Youth ages 6 and up are eligible to participate. Lunch will be provided for all participants.

The registration fee is $20 for youth enrolled in the ACPR Youth Football League, and $25 for youth not enrolled in the youth football league.

The first 50 youth that register will receive a special gift package.

For additional information, contact the Parks and Recreation office at 757-787-3900 or 757-824-0314.

INFO: Daily Times

Home Invasion Dreamland Trailer Park

The Accomack County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a home invasion at a residence in Dreamland Trailer Park shortly before 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.

According to Sheriff Larry Giddens, several suspects had entered the trailer and were spotted, at which time shots were exchanged between the suspects and the victims. The victims were wounded and the suspects fled prior to deputies’ arrival, according to the sheriff. He said one victim was taken by Parksley Ambulance to Shore Memorial Hospital as his wife, who sustained minor injuries, followed in a personal vehicle. Both victims have been treated and released.

Giddens said the investigation is continuing.

Anyone with information concerning this crime is asked to contact the Accomack County Sheriff’s Office at 787-1131 or 824-5666.

In other crime news, Elton Lewis Merritt III, 19, of Cape Charles was charged by Northampton deputies with malicious wounding, shooting into an occupied vehicle, and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, all in connection with a May 30 incident. According to Northampton County Sheriff Jack Robbins, Merritt is being held in Eastern Shore Regional Jail with bond denied.

Corruption in NJ continues for distraught family (update)

From a recent email by the family in NJ that are desperately fighting for their War Veteran father that the snakes in the NJ government seam to think they need/want this hero's land more than the family that worked and fought for the right and freedom to property, they have advised me that it's not looking good finding an attorney that will even consider going up against the mafia NJ government.

Anyone that possibly has any connections or friends that know the system this family needs our help. If nothing else post this story all over the internet. This is one of the most disturbing things I have seen in awhile but not surprising

original post below;

How far up does Government Corruption go in New Jersey? Does it reach up to the Senate? The Governor? Who is it that oversees the Office for the Public Guardian?

Dear, Americans! Help!

My Father, a Vietnam Vet with a purple heart, is having his estate stolen by New Jersey’s Government Courts.

I am begging for your help on behalf of a Vietnam Vet who did three tours of duty and earned a purple heart. He is currently being robbed by the Office for the Public Guardian in Ocean County NJ

His name is Vincent Stanley Blasco and he is my Dad. He has Alzheimer’s and is in their care where they refuse to give any of his 3 children here in Georgia custody of him. Instead they continue to sell off dozens of plots of my Dad’s property and continue hiding thousands and thousands of dollars in false expenses. Now they are trying to sale his 19 acre farm off East Veterans Hwy.

The courts have allowed OPG to already sale 7 properties of his in Berkley NJ and they claimed it was for medical bills. We received accounting after 4 years of requests only to find out my dad by himself racked up $800 per month in Grocery bills, $2,000 a month in landscaping bills. $500 per day about 3 days a week in Home Depot bills, etc... I have a stack of accounting 2 inches thick of frivolous spending.

I am contacting News Agencies or whatever it takes to get this to quit. We deserve to have our father in Georgia where all 3 of his children live. Not tucked away in a nursing home in NJ to have his Army Pension and Social Security bilked as his farm goes on the market to cover thousands of bogus expenses and invented expenses

I found out second hand, through my sister, Amy Ferguson, that my father, Vincent Stanley Blasco, had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. By the time I found out, my father had already been placed in the care of OPG and we all assumed he was being taken care of. Well it was only after a trip up there that we started to wonder.

When Megan (employee of OPG) did call she told Amy Ferguson (my sister) and me that because they (OPG) were the guardians that all medical information on dad had to be retrieved through them (OPG) and any information on dad’s status would be reported to them only per the guardianship papers. They (OPG) told us that with any change in condition they would notify us. We had to call them consistently as they would never return our phone calls or give us any health updates, we repeatedly asked if we can get him in a home down here, could we get custody, could we email him? They told us they shut down his email and as far as transfer of Guardianship, they told us no! We are my fathers children, how can they say no?

The OPG recently went to court in Ocean County in front of Judge John Peterson to try to sale my dad’s 19 acres farm in Ocean County.

My older brother Joseph Stanley Blasco hired an Attorney (Olszak & Olsazk) to contest the sale.

We reside in the state of Georgia and had his attorney appear for us.

The OPG claimed not only that they had kept us well informed of my Dad’s health, but also his financial transactions. IN COURT BEFORE JUDGE PETERSON they also said Dad’s farm had been ON THE MARKET for 2 years already. How can they even place my dad’s farm on the market without notifying his children?

Why have we not been notified that Dad’s farm was for sale until 2 years after it went on the market? Because in front of a Judge it is easier to get permission to sell his property WITH a buyer on stand by.

OPG told the judge that we were well aware of the farm being on the market. Bull Crap!

WHAT HAPPENED? Read the complete story HERE

Union Rules & Hookers

A dedicated Teamsters union worker was attending a convention in Las Vegas and decided to check out the local brothels.

When he got to the first one, he asked the Madam, 'Is this a union house?' 'No,' she replied, 'I'm sorry it isn't.' 'Well, if I pay you $100, what cut do the girls get?'

'The house gets $80 and the girls get $20,' she answered. Offended at such unfair dealings, the union man stomped off down the street in search of a more equitable, hopefully unionized shop.

His search continued until finally he reached a brothel where the Madam responded, 'Why yes sir, this is a union house. 'We observe all union rules.'The man asked, 'And if I pay you $100, what cut do the girls get?'

'The girls get $80 and the house gets $20.' 'That's more like it!' the union man said. He handed the Madam $100, looked around the room, and pointed to a stunningly attractive green-eyed blonde.

'I'd like her,' he said...'I'm sure you would, sir,' said the Madam. Then she gestured to a 92-year old woman in the corner, 'but Ethel here has 67 years seniority and according to union rules, she's next

NOW YOU Know what's wrong with the AUTO industry.And why they want a BAILOUT.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Cypress Festival Disappointment

This was the first time in I don't know how long I was able to get out because of my health so we decided to go to the Cypress Festival tonight, and let me tell you that was a tremendous disappointment other than seeing my good friends the Burton's. Seeing the Burton's made it worthwhile to say the least.

There was a time when the food vendors were strung out from the last bridge piling all the way around to the tennis court parking lot and they had more than every kind of food you could think of for an event as this.

But anyway, armed with my camera all excited to come home and report how nice it was and post some great pictures for everyone and tell them to get out there and enjoy the fun and food at the Pocomoke City Cypress Festival.

To start we entered on the dock at the big bridge end and gladly gave up six bucks for my son, wife and myself to enter we headed straight to the food as we had been waiting all day and we were starved.

There was oh, about 4 or 5, at the most 6 booths for food, each booth had it's own specialty except one booth that had hot dogs AND hamburgers. The wife had her taste buds set on a soft crab sandwich which we quickly found out they didn't have this year. My son loves hot dogs so that was a no brainer until I saw him throw it in the trash, he did eat his french-fries though.

I love most all seafood so a good'ol crab, oyster or clam fritter and I would be set. My only option this year was an oyster fritter so no big deal for me until I found out I'd be lucky to find a bite of oyster in the fritter.

After my son got his dog, fries and a drink the wife and I were his table, holding one of his items until he was ready for the next because there was no place to sit and eat, that was fun trying to juggle his food while holding our own drinks, camera and trying to dodge the mud and water.

There were seats on the bottom of the bleachers but the folks on the second row of the bleachers decided that the lower seats were foot stools so we waded through the water and mud and almost got run over a couple of times by golf carts, one of the golf cart operators was nice enough move over so he didn't throw an over abundance of mud all over us, then we made our way towards the little arch foot bridge on the walkway and found a bench that didn't have to much trash on it have a seat.

We had a seat on the bench and the son finished his fries (remember the hot dog lover threw it away). There was a nice officer standing right next to the bench where we sat, I had never seen him before so I greeted him and he very politely looked away.

All and All, for around 20 bucks for 3, the Cypress Festival was great if you have 6 hands and like French-fries, oyster batter sandwiches, overpriced hamburgers, 2 dollar sodas, playing dodge the mud slinging golf carts, bleachers with muddy foot stools, "police line do not cross" taped off around the pavilion tables, playing musical empty food containers and rude cops. Did I leave anything out? Oh, the drunks on their boats and the dock that expect you to walk on water to get past them seamed to be having a great time.

This festival was a complete disaster, I think it gets worse every year, clearly they need someone that knows how to put this thing together much, much better and sadly with the results I have seen over the last few years if something is not done in the form of a good committee and PR it's a dieing event and that is truly a shame it's been Pocomokes number one drawing card for what, 30 years now?

Hey! the funnel cake looked good but I didn't have any. Don't miss it, I can't wait 'till next year.

Looking for more fun on the shore?

This just sent in by a reader that participates in bogging. It's a very enjoyable event, in fact i used to build the BIG trucks when we had bogs here going crazy all over the place. What man doesn't like to play in the mud? Especially with lots of noise and horsepower?

I am sending you some news about a local event that does not get alot of publicity.

This is the website you can go to for just about all the info anyone needs. Since the mudbog is supposed to be in Pocomoke this summer maybe more local people need to know about it.

Fun for the whole family. No alcohol. Plenty of seats but people do bring their own lawn chairs. Usually it is crowded so get there early. Refreshment stand with hamburgers, hotdogs, chicken, etc. Even icecream!

If you have never been to a mudbog it is quite amusing at times. My husband races and so do some of his friends. I am sending a pic of his mud truck.

Sorry this is late but I just thought about it. Everyone else is busy with the Cypress.

Check out the website and see what you think.

Thanks to jmmb

Dog gets stoned on weed

A dog in a Seattle park ruined someones day when it found and ate their mary jane.
Read on.

A dog that ran off from its owner in Seattle's Seward Park found and ate some marijuana and got high.

Owner Jen Nestor Waddell told KING-TV the 11-year-old black Lab mix named Jack was "just stoned" May 12 after they returned home from the park. The dog's eyes glossed over and he had trouble walking.
The vet said Jack had swallowed a large amount of dried, harvested marijuana. After some medication to induce vomiting and a night of rest Jack was back to normal.
Waddell told police about the drugs and joked they could borrow Jack to find them if they paid the $1,500 vet bill.

The 14 Liberal Commandments

The more things change the more they stay the same, except in this case worse.

Now I'm no fan of Rush, he is way to far left for me ;) but this very old video that he was obviously joking about way back then is absolutly true today plus more.

WTH For Today, When your number is called, it's called

Woman who missed Flight 447 is killed in car crash

An Italian woman who arrived late for the Air France plane flight that crashed in the Atlantic last week has been killed in a car accident, it has been reported.

Johanna Ganthaler, a pensioner from Bolzano-Bozen province, had been on holiday in Brazil with her husband Kurt and missed Air France Flight 447 after turning up late at Rio de Janeiro airport on May 31.

All 228 people aboard lost their lives after the plane crashed into the Atlantic four hours into its flight to Paris.

The ANSA news agency reported that the couple had managed to pick up a flight from Rio the following day.

It said that Ms Ganthaler died when their car veered across a road in Kufstein, Austria, and swerved into an oncoming truck. Her husband was seriously injured.

Todays WTH was sent in by TWO SENTZ

Sick and Tired of Verizon

I am soooo sick and tired of dealing with verizon, I have nothing but trouble with their billing. They cannot get my bills correct and I get threatening emails that they are going to "interrupt" my services.
I have checks, I have all the paperwork needed, now they can't send the bills but I keep paying.
A few months ago I canceled my land-line and it's been really hell every since. I called in April and 'thought' I had everything straightened out, I was told I was paid-up and had a $13.00 credit toward my DSL because my final land-line/DSL payment went to the wrong department, today I get a "interruption" notice by email AGAIN for the DSL.

I have the bill AND the canceled check for 5/15 that I overpaid once again. They will not send me a monthly statement to save my life.
So... as it stands right now I have a $13.00 credit but verizon says I owe them $140.00 WTH?
After 17 calls and 4 disconnects and being unwillingly transfered to the wrong departments 6 times and hung-up on twice I'm still right where I started.

I told them they wont have to worry about this after Monday because I was going to cancel verizon after being a good customer since they have been in business and they offered to transfer me to the service cancellation department.

Boy has things changed, I remember when a good customer had problems and they would give you a credit for their error. Now! They offer to disconnect you.

Where do y'all do business with your ISP and cell phones?

How about this new $19.95 per year telephone service being offered now?

BTW; I was on the phone for 2 hours for nothing

oh I forgot to mention my wife was on the phone with them for an hour before i started out.

Today was not a good day for me either.

"press 1 for English" then I get someone that spoke broken English with a headset that was breaking up.

My first words were, "there must be a mistake, I pressed 1 for English"

Another Pit-Bull attack on a child

I'm not a believer in laws that protect us, I strongly believe in personal responsibility, but on that note something needs to set in place when it comes to pit-bulls. These dogs just don't stop and inbreeding is making them worse. Yes this parent made a terrible mistake by letting the dog play alone with the children but it may have never shown any aggression as with pits is often the scenario, they just snap, they grasp their easiest pray usually being a small child or animal that cannot strongly protect themselves. (kinda like most of the dog owners act huh?) But Pits are strong and determined when they go into attack mode.

I have an old blind dachshund/beagle mix (mutt) that is a house dog that goes outside on a chain. One day I heard the wife screaming and I ran to see what was happening. An un-leashed pit-bull was in our yard attacking our dog while she was chained, the pit had her by the neck and shaking her like a rag.

I'm a big guy and I tried to pull the pits jaws from around our dogs throat and I couldn't budge it, they say they cannot lock their jaws but I don't believe that, I then started punching the pit in hopes to break a rib or hopefully it's neck, it wouldn't give up,

I then started kicking the pit hopefully to at least make it let go and start on me, the pi held on and was still doing major damage. Finally I told the wife to get my gun, just as she did the owner of the pit casually walked up and was able to get his dog off our old dog and he just walked away, not a word did he speak, I should have shot them both.

Pit-bulls are dangerous animals and have no place in society, this is one law I could get behind.

Wilmington police say a 2-year-old girl was seriously injured when she was bitten by a pit bull her mother was watching for a neighbor.

The girl was attacked while she and three siblings were playing with the dog around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday in the basement of a home in the 1000 block of West Fifth Street.
The dog bit the girl on the neck, but her siblings got the dog off her and got the girl out of the basement.

The girl was taken to Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Rockland where Master Sgt. Paul Reutter says she was listed in stable condition after surgery.

The dog was turned over to animal control officers in Kent County. It will be quarantined while the investigation continues.

Panel to address racial disparities

This crap burns me up to no end, I want them to look at the ratio of breadwinner jobs at UMES and hold them to the same guidelines that the NAACP is forcing the county to do. When they get the staff at UMES at least 70% white then we can talk, until then take a walk NAACP. The NAACP basis it's finding on population and never considers the education of that population, as long as their skin meets the necessary color; they then by NAACP standards are qualified.

A diverse committee of ordinary citizens and professional heavyweights has formed to tackle what civil rights leaders call racial disparities in hiring practices by Somerset County government and Board of Education leaders.

At a Thursday meeting of the Somerset Branch of the NAACP and the ACLU of Maryland, 16 community residents volunteered to serve on a county committee formed to continue dialog on the hiring and appointment practices by county agencies and to make recommendations that would create a work force to include African-American professionals more closely reflective of the county's 42 percent black population.

The meeting was attended by an estimated 75 blacks and whites from across the county, and included Crisfield and Princess Anne elected officials, members of the Somerset County Commissioners, the Democratic Central Committee and the Somerset County Board of Education.

Public figures who volunteered to tackle the issue in committee are schools Superintendent Karen-Lee Brofee, School board members H. DeWayne Whittington and William Miles, State's Attorney Kristy Hickman, Police Chief Warner Sumpter at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Crisfield City Councilwoman LaVerne Johnson. Other members are county residents Joy Beacott and NAACP member Mary Handy.

The Rev. Craig Matheis of Princess Anne called on residents to admit that racial divides continue in the county, and urged them to be unafraid in speaking out against injustices. Disparity in the workplace hurts those shut out during uncertain economic times more than any other, he warned.

"In Somerset County, we have a problem," he said. "There is going to come a time when you will need a method to survive."

The session was moderated by noted longtime civil rights activist Carl Snowden, the first civil rights director for the state of Maryland, who told the audience that that the process to solving problem starts with an admission that there is one.

"As we move in this next phase, where community residents have an opportunity to ask the question, 'Where do we go from here?' " he said. "There are strong feelings."

The session followed the release of a report by the NAACP branch and ACLU several weeks ago claiming that, among other things, no African-Americans worked in a professional capacity for county government in the year 2007.

Most African-Americans employed by the school system "are mostly employed in a nonprofessional capacity," the report says.

Brofee called the report "alarming," and committed to working to address the issue. "There may be ways to increase the number of minorities," she said. "Black and white (students) need to see strong African-American models."

Delegate Page Elmore, R-38A-Wicomico, who also represents Somerset County, said while the number of African-Americans in key positions at the Board of Education could be improved, he has seen great strides since taking office seven years ago.

"There is room for improvement, although it's better today than seven years ago," he said, adding that he was instrumental in a move to hire more blacks at the Tri-County Council, a community services umbrella agency that represents Somerset, Wicomico, Worcester counties. "I went to (Director) Mike Pennington. We can do the same in this county."

Somerset Commissioner Rex Simpkins, though, said while he favored fair hiring practices, he questioned some of the facts in the NAACP/ACLU report, such as the statement that the county government lacked a black professional in the workplace in 2007.

He also cited the 350 or more African-Americans employed at UMES, out of the 433 county residents who work on campus.

"We're going to walk out of here and we'll be friends," he said, underscoring that he is not prejudice. "My house is open to anyone."

Hickman said that although she, too, doubted some of the statistics in the report, she argued "that that doesn't make up for the disparities."

"That's why I'm here, to see what can be done," she said.

NAACP President Kirkland Hall said he was pleased with the interest from the total community, and expected that through the committee, "there will be immediate change."

Debbie Jeon, an ACLU legal council, said she believes both races are committed to seeking a resolution.

Snowden said he hoped that recommendations would be formulated within 45 days of the first committee meeting.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

A Little to Far?


WHY IS CALIFORNIA BROKE?From a California school teacher "As you listen to the news about the student protests over illegalimmigration, there are some things that you should be aware of: I am in charge of the English-as-a-second-language department at a largesouthern California high school which is designated a Title 1 school,meaning that its students average lower socioeconomic and income levels.

Most of the schools you are hearing about, South Gate High, Bell Gardens, Huntington Park , etc., where these students are protesting, are alsoTitle 1 schools. Title 1 schools are on the free breakfast and free lunch program.
When Isay free breakfast, I'm not talking a glass of milk and roll -- but afull breakfast and cereal bar with fruits and juices that would make aMarriott proud. The waste of this food is monumental, with trays andtrays of it being dumped in the trash uneaten.

( OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK) I estimate that well over 50% of these students are obese or at leastmoderately overweight. About 75% or more DO have cell phones. The schoolalso provides day care centers for the unwed teenage pregnant girls(some as young as 13) so they can attend class without the inconvenienceof having to arrange for babysitters or having family watch their kids.

(OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK) I was ordered to spend $700,000 on my department or risk losing fundingfor the upcoming year even though there was little need for anything; mybudget was already substantial. I ended up buying new computers for thecomputer learning center, half of which, one month later, have beencarved with graffiti by the appreciative students who obviously feelhumbled and grateful to have a free education in America ..

(OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK) I have had to intervene several times for young and substitute teacherswhose classes consist of many illegal immigrant students here in thecountry less then 3 months who raised so much hell with the femaleteachers, calling them "Putas" whores and throwing things that theteachers were in tears. Free medical, free education, free food, day care etc., etc, etc. Is itany wonder they feel entitled to not only be in this country but todemand rights, privileges and entitlements ?
To those who want to point out how much these illegal immigrantscontribute to our society because they LIKE their gardener andhousekeeper and they like to pay less for tomatoes: spend some time inthe real world of illegal immigration and see the TRUE costs .. Higher insurance, medical facilities closing , higher medical costs,more crime, lower standards of education in our schools, overcrowding,new diseases etc., etc, etc .For me, I'll pay more for tomatoes.

We need to wake up. The guest worker program will be a disaster becausewe won't have the guts to enforce it. Does anyone i n their right mindreally think they will voluntarily leave and return? It does, however, have everything to do with culture: A third-worldculture that does not value education , that accepts children gettingpregnant and dropping out of school by 15 and that refuses To assimilate , and an American culture that has become so weak andworried about " politically correctness " that we don't have the will todo anything about it. If this makes your blood boil , as it did mine, forward this to everyoneyou know.

CHEAP LABOR? Isn't that what the whole immigration issue is about? Business doesn't want to pay a decent wage. Consumers don't want expensive produce. Government will tell you Americans don't want the jobs. But the bottom line is cheap labor.

The phrase "cheap labor" is a myth,a farce, and a lie. There is no such thing as "cheap labor." Take, for example, an illegal alien with a wife and five children. Hetakes a job for $5.00 or 6.00/hour. At that wage, with six dependents,he pays no income tax, yet at the end of the year, if he files an IncomeTax Return, he gets an "earned income credit" of up to $3,200 free.

He qualifies for Section 8 housing and subsidized rent. He qualifies for food stamps.

He qualifies for free (no deductible, no co-pay) health care.

His children get free breakfasts and lunches at school.

He requires bilingual teachers and books.

He qualifies for relief from high energy bills. If they are or become, aged, blind or disabled, they qualify for SSI.
Once qualified for SSI they can qualify for Medicare.

All of this is at(our) taxpayer's expense.

He doesn't worry about car insurance, life insurance, or homeownersinsurance. Taxpayers provide Spanish language signs, bulletins and printedmaterial.

He and his family receive the equivalent of $20.00 to $30.00/hour inbenefits. Working Americans are lucky to have $5.00 or $6.00/hour left afterpaying their bills and his.

The American taxpayers also pay for increased crime, graffiti and trashclean-up. Cheap labor? YEAH RIGHT! Wake up people!