Saturday, September 06, 2008

Alaska's Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD)

The newspapers are writing once again about Alaska’s Permanent fund Dividends. This year it will be $2,069 for everyone who was a resident in Alaska for the previous year. If a family consists of four members they will get $8,276 from the permanent Fund. This sets off an enormous buying spree in Alaska each year. When I use to receive the Anchorage Daily News this time of year there would be all kinds of ads from cars dealers to televisions and appliance dealers saying spent your PFD here. The PFD is taxed however and for that family of four they may pay up to $3,000 in taxes. They giveth and they taketh away.

The Permanent Fund is part of the money Alaska receives from Oil and mineral companies operating in Alaska. The Alaska Permanent Fund sets aside a certain share of oil revenues to continue benefiting current and all future generations of Alaskans and once a year this paid out to everyone in Alaska. The calculation is interesting and it is here.

In addition to the $2,069 , Gov. Sarah Palin give Alaskans a "special one-time" payment of $1,200" to help with the high costs of energy. The $1,200 she said would come out of the windfall the state is getting from high oil prices. All Alaskans who qualified for the 2008 permanent fund dividend would be eligible for the $1,200 in addition to their PFD. Anyone else who can show on an application they have lived in the state for at least 180 days would also receive the $1,200. So our family of four would also receive anther $4,800 dollars for energy costs. Like most people they will no doubt spent it foolishly in spite of the high cost of heating oil and gasoline in some parts of Alaska.

Fuel oil and gasoline in Alaska is usually transported by barges and once the harbors are iced in there is no more deliveries until the spring thaw. Inland the fuel is flown in by airplane. In Noatak they pay $10 a gallon for heating oil, the highest price in Alaska.

Sarah Palin Fans

For those who want more pictures of Sarah Palin, the Anchorage Daily News has a feature called Palin and me in which residents send in photos of Sarah Palin and them.

1988 Ad - S B Woo

Friday, September 05, 2008

Street Sweeping


The Delmar Street Sweeper was out today. With the lack of rain, dust is everywhere and the street gutters have not been washed out from the rains we would normally get. You can look at the amount of rain we have received by looking at Delmar weather at CW4197. Should be interesting to see what it show on Sunday after the effect of theses hurricanes go thru.

Political Events next week

September 9th, Tuesday is Delaware Primary election Day. It is from 7am to 8 pm. in Delmar you will vote at either the School or the firehouse - look at the polling card you should have received a couple months ago for your location or go to Delaware polling place to see where you vote.

September 10th Wednesday Barb Hudson is holding a takeout dinner from "My Turn To Cook in Laurel from 3 to 6, Cost is $10.00. Call 875-8183.

September 12th, Friday, is the last day to file for one of the two councilman positions in Delmar Delaware or to file for Mayor of Delmar Delaware. Go to Town Hall for the forms needed.


September 13th Saturday, Biff Lee will have a "Pig Pickin" at the Laurel Fire Hall from 4 to 7 tickets $15 call 875-5448.

Delmar Police Department Press Release

Delmar Police Department Press Release

Incident: Drug Violations / Search Warrant
Date of Arrest: 09-02-08
Location: 30 Shannon St., Delmar, DE 19940
Suspects: Johnny R. Shockley, W/M, DOB: 04/23/85, Courtney M. Shockley, W/F, DOB: 12/22/87, both reside at 30 Shannon St., Delmar, DE

On September 02, 2008 officers of the Delmar Police Department received information about marijuana being grown in the backyard of 30 Shannon St., Delmar, DE. Officers responded, observed and recovered the suspected marijuana, and subsequently obtained a search warrant for the residence. Upon execution of the search warrant by the Delmar Police Department additional suspected marijuana was located along with drug paraphernalia and numerous controlled prescription medications. Johnny and Courtney Shockley along with their 3 year old son were located within the residence at the time of the search warrant execution. Johnny and Courtney Shockley were charged with the following crimes:

Manufacture of a Nonnarcotic Schedule I Controlled Substance
Possess w/ Intent to Deliver Manufacture Schedule III IV V Narcotic
Maintaining a Dwelling for Keeping Controlled Substances
Possession of a Narcotic Schedule IV Controlled Substance
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Possession of Marijuana
Endangering the Welfare of a Child

Incident: Assault
Date of Incident: 09-04-08
Location: 420 E. State St., Delmar, MD 21875
Suspects: Antonio K. Durand, B/M, DOB: 03-18-81, 420 E. State St., Delmar, MD 21875

On September 04, 2008 at 2:00AM officers of the Delmar Police Department responded to 420 E. State St., Delmar, MD in ref. to a domestic. Upon arrival the investigation revealed that Antonia Durand had assaulted his wife/victim. Officers arrested Durand for Assault 2nd Degree and transported Durand to the Wicomico County Detention Center.

1928 Political Ads


Interesting, smaller, simple ads - must not have cost an arm and a leg to have run for office back then

Thursday, September 04, 2008

New Place In Town Restaurant

Well the replacement restaurant for Linda's Railroad Cafe is opened. It is called The New Place in Town. The place has a new coat of paint and cloth table cloths. They open at 4:30 A.M. and stay open until 2 P.M., on Thursday and Fridays they are open until 8 P.M., closed Sundays. The lunch meals are in the $5 to $6 range and the supper meals are between $6 to $9. It certainly won't hurt your pocket book and you can play big spender with the waitress when you leave the tip. It is still working out a few opening issues but I am sure it will become another Delmar classic.

1986 ad - Bill Brittingham

The Morning Walk - Thursday


On my morning walk I thought Delmar was in the middle of a sand storm but it turned out to only be the DelDot street sweeper going down Bi State Boulevard. It looked liked more sand was thrown in the air than sucked into the truck.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Levi Johnson



Levi Johnson, who a week ago figured the worst he had done was knocked up the 17 year old daughter of the Gov. of Alaska, this week found out he knocked up the daughter of the Vice President Republican Candidate, plus found out he was getting married, had to buy a suit, and had to fly to Minneapolis-St. Paul to meet John McCain. At the airport John McCain had to show him how to lift his arm in order to shake a hand. It has been a bad week for an 18 year old who main interest is ice hockey.

He is now sporting a tattoo on his ring finger that says Bristol.

1972 Ad - Joseph S. Triglia

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Alaskan Secession

Interestingly today’s complaint about Sarah Palin is she may have belonged to the third largest party in Alaska, the Alaskan Independent Party. The AIP believes Alaska should be free of the United States, in spite of all the campaigning Alaska did in 1958 to be a state. The party calls for increased Alaskan control of Alaskan land, gun rights, privatization, home schooling, and reduction of governmental intrusion in the private lives of its citizens. This simply sounds like a states rights group to me. What seems to stir things up is Joe Vogler of Alaska whose quote of "I'm an Alaskan, not an American. I've got no use for America or her damned institutions” which has been displayed everywhere.

Now on Delmarva, particularly the Eastern Shore of Maryland and some times from the Eastern Shore of Virginia, routinely there is some group of elected Maryland or Virginia state assembly officials from the Eastern Shore talking about secession from Maryland or Virginia and joining Delaware and maybe Delmarva will seceded from the Union. We have had of course one bad go at secession when Virginia went with some other southern states in an attempt to stop northern aggression. When you sit on the edge of a continent it seems easier to talk about secession. So a little thing like Alaska wanting the same thing doesn’t come as a surprise.

In 1833 the Delaware General Assembly by unanimous vote invited the Maryland Eastern Shore Countries to join them in the formation of a new state. The offer was turned down by the Maryland State Senate by a vote of five against and four in favor. So the State of Delmar missed being formed by one vote. Another effort was made in 1835 and over the years up to the present, the Eastern Shore Counties in Maryland have talked of breaking away from Maryland.

Joe Long wrote me once that when he was in the Maryland assembly he personally suggested that the Eastern Shore of Maryland detach their selves from the state, float the Eastern Shore of Maryland. about a mile or two out in the ocean and declare our independence, attack the U.S., surrender, and apply for foreign aid. We then would have had no taxes, and could have lived like the rest of the world, on the taxpayers of the USA.

Sometimes the News Media sound like old roosters squabbling and claiming the same sunrise.

Actually in thinking about it Joe Vogler comment it reminds me of a song sung after the civil war that was called "I'M A GOOD OLD REBEL"

Oh, I'm a good old rebel, that's what I am;
And for this land of freedom, I don't care a damn,
I'm glad I fought agin her, I only wish we'd won,
And I don't axe any pardon for anything I've done.

I served with old Bob Lee, three years about,
Got wounded in four places and starved at Point Lookout;
I caught the rheumatism a-campin' in the snow,
But I killed a _chance_ of Yankees and wish I'd killed some mo'.

For I'm a good old rebel, etc.

I hate the constitooshin, this great republic too;
I hate the mouty eagle, an' the uniform so blue;
I hate their glorious banner, an' all their flags an' fuss,
Those lyin', thievin' Yankees, I hate 'em wuss an' wuss.

For I'm a good old rebel, etc.

I won't be re-constructed! I'm better now than them;
And for a carpet-bagger, I don't give a damn;
So I'm off for the frontier, soon as I can go,
I'll prepare me a weapon and start for Mexico.

For I'm a good old rebel, etc.

Summer's Gone


It may not officially Fall but once labor day arrives summer is done for.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Labor Day

Naturally since I am retired, Labor Day is just another day to me but for the working souls in this house they had off. So we had the usual cookout and we went to the beach this weekend.

I am still not ready to put up with crowds and traffic at the Oceanside resorts so we went to Cove Road Beach. It is down by Bivalve and is a nice beach on the Nanticoke River for old people, who are tire of being ground into the sand by ocean waves, and small children. It has shallow water and the quality of the water is at least comparable to the Ocean plus you don't get body parts washed in from New Jersey like you do at the Ocean beaches.