Thursday, December 12, 2013


Death comes regardless of the season but it seems the deaths that occur in the Christmas season are just that much more bitter.  Today my friend and neighbor, Harvey "Butch" Baker passed away.  I think he was 63. He was a good neighbor and will be much missed.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Chuck Lorre Vanity Cards

Some of you may have noticed at the end of a TV Show such as Mom, Big Bang Theory, 2 and 1/2 men, Mike and Mollie etc a quick flash of a card with a lot of words on it that you don't have time to read.  These are the vanity cards from Chuck Lorre.  Chuck Lorre is a writer, Producer, etc for many popular shows.  A website that has all his comments/cards can be found here;

Delmar Police Pass On Safety Tips For Shoppers

The Delmar Police suggest these safety tips from the National Crime Prevention Council for you at Christmas time.

Safety First Holiday Safety Tips for Last Minute Shoppers

The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) reminds last-minute holiday shoppers to keep safety in mind as they hunt for those last-minute bargains.

Arlington, VA –The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) reminds last-minute holiday shoppers to keep safety in mind as they hunt for those last-minute bargains.

The organization best known for its icon, McGruff the Crime Dog, has tips to help you shop safely while getting those great holiday bargains.

Shopping in Stores
•    Do not buy more than you can carry.  Plan ahead by taking a friend with you or ask a store employee to help you carry your packages to the car.
•    Save all receipts.  Print and save all confirmations from your online purchases.   Start a file folder to keep all receipts together and to help you verify credit card or bank statements as they come in.
•    Consider alternate options to pay for your merchandise, such as onetime or multiuse disposable credit cards or money orders, at online stores and auction sites.
•    Wait until asked before taking out your credit card or checkbook.  An enterprising thief would love to shoulder surf to get your account information.
•    Tell a security guard or store employee if you see an unattended bag or package.  The same applies if you are using mass transit.
Walking to and From Your Car
•    Deter pickpockets.  Carry your purse close to your body or your wallet inside a coat or front trouser pocket.
•    Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle. Check the back seat and around the car before getting in.
•    Do not leave packages visible in your car windows. Lock them in the trunk or, if possible, take them directly home.

Shopping with Small Children
•    If you are shopping with children, make a plan in case you are separated from each other.
o    Select a central meeting place.
o    Teach them to know they can ask mall personnel or store security employees if they need help.

Shopping Online
•    Before surfing the Internet, secure your personal computers by updating your security software. Everyone’s computer should have anti-virus, anti-spyware, and anti-spam software, as well as a good firewall installed. Visit for free software downloads.
•    Keep your personal information private and your password secure. Do not respond to requests to “verify” your password or credit card information unless you initiated the contact. Legitimate businesses will not contact you in this manner.
•    Beware of “bargains” from companies with whom you are unfamiliar—if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
•    Use secure websites for purchases. Look for the icon of a locked padlock at the bottom of the screen or “https” in the URL address.
•    Shop with companies you know and trust. Check for background information if you plan to buy from a new or unfamiliar company.

To find more useful shopping tips and personal safety information, visit the National Crime Prevention Council’s


About the National Crime Prevention Council
The National Crime Prevention Council is the nonprofit leader in crime prevention. For 30 years, our symbol of safety, McGruff the Crime Dog®, has delivered easy-to-use crime prevention tips that protect what matters most—you, your family, and your community. Law enforcement agencies nationwide rely on our expertise to make an impact on personal safety and crime every day. For more information on how NCPC can be a public safety expert for you or how to “Take A Bite Out of Crime®,” visit

The Delmar Police Humvee

Perhaps my comments on the "Free" Humvee vehicle the Delmar Police Department received has disturbed them as I received this press release from them.  Free - get real you know as well as the Police department knows - the taxpayers of America paid for that Humvee.  Much the same as those "Free" policeman the town hire on grants, in the long run this Humvee will be a drain on my wallet.

 Incident:  Introducing of the newest member of our fleet
Location:  Delmar, DE/MD
Date:  12/09/13

Subject:  The Delmar Police Humvee                       

The Delmar Police received their Humvee from Ft. Meade, MD, through the Department of Defense, Law Enforcement Support Office; 1033 program.  The program’s motto is “from War Fighter to Crime Fighter.” The program enables Law Enforcement to receive military equipment FREE for utilization in its mission to serve to the people of Delmar. The Delmar Police Department’s Humvee made its debut to the public this past Saturday at the Delmar Christmas Parade.

The Delmar Police Humvee was given a complete makeover from its original War Fighter configuration to accommodate its new Crime Fighting and Rescue mission for the Delmar community. The funds for the makeover were obtained through a grant from the USDA Rural Development for Community Service. The remaining matching funds were paid by the Delmar Police Drug Forfeiture Proceeds. The makeover for the Humvee was led by Tom Hopkins of the Hopkins Automotive Group, with two locations to serve you, in Seaford, DE and Salisbury, MD. 

The Delmar Police thank the Mayors and council members of both Delaware & Maryland for supporting this project to better serve the citizens of Delmar.

Special thanks to Lester Hobbs of the State of Delaware Emergency Management, LESO, 1033 program coordinator.



Photo of exterior in its original configuration

Photo of exterior after its makeover


Photo of interior from the rear